Sephora Haul (Jan 2021)

The entire time that I was there, I kept thinking that Sephora just hits different, when you don’t have someone constantly nagging you to leave the place (like my previous visit, here).

I had an absolutely delightful time while there!

The stuff I got was a split between items from Sol de Janeiro and items from the Sephora Collection. Oh and a Beauty Blender (that changes color). The rest were all samples.

These are all the products I picked up from Sol de Janeiro.

Some were repurchases. Some were not.

All of them had their delicious signature gourmand scent (pistachio and salted caramel)!

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Strengthening + Smoothing Shampoo
(90ml) KD 4/000

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Strengthening + Smoothing Conditioner (90ml) KD 4/000

I picked up the travel-size Shampoo and travel-size Conditioner just to try.

They both came sealed, which at first I thought was annoying, because I’d keep forgetting to unseal them, only remembering once I was already in the shower, with completely wet hands, which made unsealing them nearly impossible.

Once I remembered to lift the tightly sealed foil tabs on both products, the expiration date countdown began, which turned out to be not that long actually.

Basically, both the Shampoo and Conditioner expired super fast, despite the 12 month after-opening expiration date.

The ingredients actually separated in the bottle and no amount of shaking would fix it. Honestly, they both looked too disgusting to use, like curdled milk. They had to be trashed.

With that being said, the few times I did use them before they expired, I found that both products, but the Shampoo specifically, was too thick for my hair.

I’d rinse my hair an extra amount of times but still feel like there was Shampoo left in my hair. No bueno.

Honestly? You can get a much better Shampoo and Conditioner (full-sized too, not travel-size) from the drugstore, for that same price, if not less.

Sol de Janeiro Carnaval Flight Set retails for KD 8/500
– Brazilian 4-Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel (90ml)
– Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (50ml)
– Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 62 Perfume Mist (30ml)

I’d already purchased the Bum Bum Cream and Perfume Mist in my previous haul (here), but this was such a darling little set, that I just could not resist!

The infamous Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is a nice moisturizer that smells ah-mahzing! It’s great for layering too! Well worth the hype!

The Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 62 Perfume Mist smells pleasant enough, if not for the alcohol scent that most cheap-y fragrances (think Bath & Body Works or Victoria’s Secret) usually tend to have.

The Brazilian 4-Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel smelled great as well! It was a bit too thick but that’s fine. It came sealed and expired quickly though, much like the Shampoo and Conditioner. If you wanna’ buy it, make sure to use it up quick.

Even the cute yellow pouch was quite handy, as it could be repurposed for storage on your vanity table, to house Lipsticks or Hair Ties or whatever else. It could also be used to carry travel-size toiletries (like the travel size Shower Gel and travel-size Body Lotion and travel-size Fragrance Mist from B&BW) for weekend trips to neighboring countries, the chalet, post-gym session, day at the pool at a local hotel, etc…

Personally, I use it to stash my tanning stuff. My current fave is the Malibu Tanning Butter which comes in a tub and therefore can get quite greasy when you’re constantly unscrewing the lid to reapply the Tanning Butter. I don’t want the grease to get all over the rest of my stuff (phone, towel, speakers, etc…) in my Tote Bag (haulage here), so I’ll toss the greasy stuff in the yellow pouch to protect my stuff.

Plus, it’s just more convenient, as opposed to digging around in a large Tote Bag with greasy hands for my SPF Lip Balm or whatever else.

Out of the 5, 3 were duds and 2 were repurchases.

If you’re ever at the Sol de Janeiro stand, over at Sephora, do give their stuff a sniff. You’ll notice that they smell off (expired). I experienced this most recently with their GlowMotions Glow Body Oil which looked great but smelled awful.

The rest of the stuff I got in this haul performed much better.

Beauty Blender Wave Shadeshifter Makeup Sponge retails for KD 6/000

The 4pc Micro Beauty Blenders (haulage here) were my favorite!

In fact, I regret not picking up more 2pc Micro Beauty Blenders when I had the chance (towards the end of this post)!

The original Beauty Blender (cute hot pink, larger in size) is not my most favorite, but they do come out with Value Sets (here) and other fun gimmicky Sets, especially during the Holidays (purchased here).

I’ve noticed all kinds of different colors at our local Sephora and effectively ignored them, up until the Wave – Shadeshifter!

It comes in the original size (not micro) and is a lilac color (as shown), but changes into a pastel blue. Supposedly, it changes color once you wet it, but it actually changes color once you squeeze it (I think it’s the heat?) in your hands. In any case, it reverts back to lilac afterwards.

I thought that was pretty neat and warranted a purchase!

Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 retails for KD 7/000

Yet another Concealer Brush because I’m a sick, sick person.

I’ve said this before on my blog, once I’m obsessed with a certain type of Makeup Brush, I’ll keep repurchasing it from each and every single brand… up until the obsession dies.

Sephora 02 Medium Brow Gel Cream retails for KD 5/250

I was instantly smitten with the cool-toned brown (almost purple) shade of this Brow Gel Cream!

That said, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had already purchased and used this thing before. The packaging seemed so familiar yet not.

Eventually, I figured it out. The Sephora Brow Gel Cream was a dupe for the Benefit ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream Gel Color (purchased earlier here)!

The Sephora version only has 3 shades; 01 Light, 02 Medium, 03 Dark.

The little Angled Brow Brush is much nicer on the Sephora version as opposed to the splayed mess on the Benefit version. The Sephora version was a perfect match for my current hair color as opposed to the Benefit version which was slightly off. Lastly, I grew to detest the packaging on the Benefit version, as opposed to the more aesthetically appealing Sephora version.

I have no horse in this race, but in my humble opinion, the Sephora version is far superior to the Benefit version (half the price too).

Sephora Size Up Mascara retails for KD 8/000

I love trying out new Mascaras (potential new favorite) and I’d actually noticed this sucka’ during my previous visit, but couldn’t decide between the travel size and the full size, or just getting the full size in a Value Kit (with a certain someone constantly nagging) so I just skipped it.

It was still relatively new so I picked up the full size during this visit.

I was delighted to find the Size Up Mascara to be wonderful at volumizing! Highly recommend!

Sephora Beauty Pass Reward – Tarte Favorites Color Set
Base Tape Hydrating Primer
Shape Tape Stay Setting Spray
Lights Camera Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
Captivating Amazonian Clay Blush (bright peach)

The Sephora Black Card Gift (deets here) was in stock, so I managed to snag the one.

It contained a decent selection of goodies from Tarte (as shown).

Benefit Pink Brow Round Bag

They also gave me another one of those hideous Bags from Benefit, that I got during my previous visit (here).


Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume Lift Curl Mascara

Best of all, they gave me a ton of Mascara Samples!

Of the infamous Full Frontal Volume Lift Curl Mascara from Fenty Beauty, no less!

There’s quite a lot of hype surrounding this thing so I was excited to see if it was worth the hype!

I like it but I’m not quite sure if it’s the be all end all, y’know?

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

They also gave me some more Benefit Brow Stuff Samples and in different shades too!

Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum

Gypsy Water is an ode to the beauty of Romani culture, its unique customs, intimate beliefs and distinguished way of living.

The scent wakens a dream of a colorful lifestyle made of innate nomadism.

Woody notes of pine needle and sandalwood associated to intense amber and fresh citrus evoke the fever of gypsy nights spent in the forest.

Top: Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Lemon, Pepper
Heart: Incense, Orris, Pine Needle
Base: Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla

I even snagged a sample of Byredo Gypsy Water!

So much YES!

As I said, I only picked up a few things but managed to score so many excellent samples!

Needless to say, I had an absolutely delightful time during this particular visit to Sephora and aside from the few duds from Sol de Janeiro, pretty much loved everything I got!

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