Sephora Mini-Haul, Too Faced, Algenist, Christian Dior, Estee Edit, Dr Brandt and More

Sephora Mini-Haul, Too Faced, Algenist, Christian Dior, Estee Edit, Dr Brandt and More

It has been like forever since I last purchased makeup, at least it feels like it. I didn’t even buy anything during the Sephora 20% sale recently, but I decided to go a little mad when I got my $20 off $50 offer and had built up sufficient points to get something nice.

So, after adding things to my shopping cart, then removing them, then replacing them with something else, then removing them, then replacing them. You know what I mean ladies, I finally pressed the buy button for a few things I really needed. Well, okay I didn’t exactly need them, but here they are anyway in all their glory.

tarte Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette

I have had my eye on this since I first saw it as it has some great shades in it that really appeal to me. However, I was put off by some mediocre reviews and some downright negative ones. But, there were a number of positive reviews too, so I decided to take the plunge and order this so I could make up my own mind about it. It is odd to have so many very conflicting views on one palette, perhaps certain batches are not as good as others, but the only way to find out is to try it, after all, the worst that could happen is I hate it and have to return it.

I have to report that so far I’m really loving it. Once I have tried out all the shades fully and have been using it a while I will do a full review with swatches, looks etc. But so far, so good.

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Dr Brandt Pores No More Primer

As you will know from my blog, I have very oily skin with large pores, so I am always on the lookout for any products that will help. This product has been around a while but I’ve never used it, so I purchased the smallest size just to try it out. It is supposed to reduce the look of pores and absorb excess oil and blur fine lines. Sounds good to me - if it works!

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The Very Best of Algenist

This is one of the 500 point Beauty Insider products that caught my eye. I would never pay the normal price for these items to try them out and even though Sephora offer samples, there is never enough to use it for a good period of time to make a decision as to whether they work or not. I think you need to use these types of products for several weeks to give them a fair chance, so this box of goodies seemed a logical solution. This range is aimed at anti-ageing and you get four sample products. 

0.23 oz/ 6.80 mL Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
0.23 oz/ 6.80 mL Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream
0.27 oz/ 7.98 mL Algenist POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum
0.17 oz/ 5 mL Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

You are supposed to use the Retinol Serum after cleansing in the morning followed by the Genus cream and then the eye balm. Repeat at night but replace the Retinol serum with the Power serum. Once I have given this a fair chance, I’ll report back.

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Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick

Another primer aimed at reducing pores and this was a 100 point Beauty Insider product. It comes in a windup tube with a dual-action formula. The inner section is a sheer pigment and the outer has oil-absorbing powders, so together they are supposed to banish the look of pores instantly! Once I have used this I will let you know if it really works.

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Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick

This was a free gift that seems, at first glance, totally worth it. There a four separately vacuum packed lipstick samples and it even includes a small lip brush. The shades are:

772 Classic Matte
136 Delicate Matte
999 Matte
787 Exuberant Matte

Yes, you've guessed it they are a collection of matte lipsticks. Now, I am not a huge fan of matte lipsticks as I find they dry out my lips too much, but I couldn’t resist this sample of high-end Christian Dior lippy for free!

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SpiceBomb Viktor@Rolf and MAISON MARGIELA ’REPLICA’ By The Fireplace Male Fragrance

I actually chose Eros byVersace as one of my free gifts, but was sent Spicebomb instead.  I chose these two, as at the time I placed my order, other than the Dior lipstick all other free gifts were fragrance. I never wear fragrance, so I chose these for my husband as they were the only male fragrances available.

So there you have it, my mini-Sephora haul. As I said, as soon as I have used these products enough to give an informed opinion on them I will review them properly here on my blog. Until then, happy makeup days…..

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