Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Collection Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette

Colorful 5 Eyeshadow Palette ($25.00)

These collections of shades each create a certain look or focus on a specific finish. Sephora’s color experts and trainers have chosen specific shades to mix and match for dramatic and everyday eye looks. The high-coverage, intense, and long-lasting colors come in a slim palette with an included mirror and applicator for easy use.

  • Uptown to Downtown Smoky (01)
  • Morning to Midnight Blue (02)
  • Flirty to Intense Purple (03)
  • Serene to Majestic Plum (04)
  • The Essential Mattes (05)
  • Pale to Rich Taupe (06)
  • Mild to Wild Khaki (07)
  • Sunrise to Sunset Bronze (08)
  • Sweet to Passionate Pink (09)
  • Milk to Dark Chocolate (10)

Availability: Now @ Sephora

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I have a definite weakness for colored eyeliner! I love how it can add a pop of color with very little effort. Here are a few shades I’m loving for summer this year…

  1. Urban Decay Chaos — bold blue
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) — bright teal
  3. Stila Mint Julep — mint
  4. Milani Perfect Purple — sparkling purple
  5. Sephora Sun Tan — coppery bronze

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Sephora Sun Safety Kit for 2014
Sephora Sun Safety Kit for 2014

Now in its eighth edition, SEPHORA proudly unveils the 2014 Sun Safety Kit. This perennial summer favorite features a collection of SPF essentials and sunless tanning favorites in special travel-friendly sizes, with $20 of the $32 purchase price benefitting The Skin Cancer Foundation. While skin cancer is the most common type of cancer found in the United States, it is also one of the most preventable. Defend yourself against the sun’s harmful rays and help others become aware of this growing presence of skin cancer with this must-have kit.

This year’s selection includes past favorites, as well as a few new deluxe-size additions for your sun protection arsenal. The kit comes with a lightweight canvas travel bag, ensuring you’re always ready to go with safe summer skin.

Sephora’s 2014 Sun Safety Kit includes:

  • BareMinerals READY™ Touch Up Veil SPF 15 (0.15 oz) – this solid mineral makeup is made with rejuvenating sea minerals and SPF 15 to blur imperfections and reduce shine for an airbrushed finish
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Glow Pad for Face (1 application) – add a glow with this exfoliating self-tanner with antiaging properties and vitamin D, all in a handy take-anywhere pad *
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Daily Glow Moisturizer (0.06 oz) – this daily, oil-free moisturizer is enriched with active vitamin D that enhances radiance with antiaging and exfoliating benefits *
  • Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ (0.33 oz) – choose this shine-reducing moisturizer for oil control that lasts up to eight hours, offering skin protection and decreased breakouts
  • TOO FACED Endless Summer 16 Hour Long Wear Bronzer (0.14 oz) – this buildable bronzer provides a lit-from-within glow with subtle shimmer *
  • STILA Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Bronzing Beauty Balm with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (0.23 oz) – this beauty balm offers all-in-one high definition and an age-defying bronze glow with a high spectrum SPF
  • St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse (1.69 oz) – this super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse dries in 60 seconds and delivers a rich-bronze tan *
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 (0.08 oz) – this hydrating treatment nourishes, protects, and plumps the lips with SPF protection
  • SUPERGOOP! SPF 50 Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil (1.0 oz) – get super broad spectrum protection with this water-resistant, non-greasy formula for protected, youthful, glowing skin
  • Shiseido 50+ Ultimate Sun Protection Cream + Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face (0.64 oz) – this powerful and highly nourishing sunscreen delivers anti-aging skin protection benefits
  • Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer with White Tea (0.5 oz) – this supercharged moisturizer forms a virtually impenetrable protective bubble that intercepts damage before it causes lines, wrinkles, darks spots, and loss of firmness
  • Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth™ SPF 50+ Sunscreen (0.5 oz) – this lightweight antiaging barrier provides protection from environmental factors and UVA and UVB rays with Solar Active Complex™
  • TARTE Brazilliance™ Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face And Body Self Tanner (0.5 oz) – made with nourishing maracuja oil, this perfectly hued bronzer gives skin a sunkissed glow *
  • PETER THOMAS ROTH Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion with SPF 30 (0.5 oz) – rich in antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage, this oil-free formula keeps your complexion safe and healthy.
  • Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen High Protection Tint SPF 40 (0.3 oz) – protect yourself against harsh rays while diminishing imperfections with this multitasking day screen for gorgeous, healthy skin with a hint of sheer color
  • Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 (0.5 oz) – this moisturizer offers SPF 20 sunscreen protection and the exclusive antiaging ingredient alguronic acid.

* For proper sun protection, use with a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher

Availability: Now online for VIB Rouges @ Sephora; beginning in June 2014 while supplies last, at stores and online.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick
Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “hydrating lipstick that creates full lips with intense color.” During the sale, I picked up three of the shades that were featured for summer to try out the formula. All three shades I tried had full color coverage with a creamy, light-to-medium weight texture that looked smooth and even when applied to the lips. They were lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and longer-wearing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste, which is a nice bonus.

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It’s a bit more sheen than a satin finish, but it’s not truly glossy. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was creamy, comfortable to wear, and was lightly hydrating. Finding a neon pink has ever been as easy as it is these days–there are so many options just like this one. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flamingo Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly, and the color wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Samba Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly lightened medium orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the color went on evenly and smoothly–no tugging or pulling at the lip at all. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left a slight stain, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, more muted. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 28th, 2014

Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set
Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set

Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Eyeliner Set ($49.00 for 10 x 0.04 oz.) includes ten shades ranging from yellow to brown to basic black and pops of green and blue. I’m a huge fan of Sephora’s Contour Eye Pencils for multiple reasons, but first and foremost, they perform well. While they typically don’t last the full twelve-hours as boasted, they do last anywhere from eight to ten hours, have good color payoff, don’t tug or pull at the lash line, and come in at under $10 a pop and have a variety of shades to choose from. I already reviewed five of the ten shades in the set, but the set also contains two shades (Tropical Dancefloor and Capipirinha Dreamin’) that aren’t currently available in the permanent range, so I knew I had to scoop this up!

Romantic Comedy is described as a “flashy pink.” It’s a medium, cool-toned pink with a glittery finish. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had decent pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for ten hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tropical Dancefloor is a brightened, gold and copper-shimmered tangerine orange. It had good pigmentation in a single stroke but was buildable in two layers to opaque color. It wore well for almost ten hours on my lower lash line. I didn’t see this in the permanent range, so for now, it is exclusive to the set. Chanel Vegas Gold (LE, $28.00) is lighter, more golden. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Banana Split is described as “yellow.” It’s a brightened, light-medium yellow with a matte finish. I reviewed this previously here, but to erecap: good color payoff, wears ten hours. MAC Primary Yellow is the closest I could think of.

Caipirinha Dreamin’ is a flashy pop of yellow-toned green. It had so-so pigmentation in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, but it had a waxier texture so it wasn’t as creamy or as opaque as other shades. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. I didn’t see this in the permanent range, so for now, it is exclusive to the set. NARS Puerta del Sol (LE, $24.00) is darker. Sephora Collection Indulge Yourself (22) (P, $9.00) is darker. Urban Decay Freak (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summer Cruise is described as a “turquoise.” It’s a bright, medium blue with a pearly sheen. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had so-so pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for nine and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Eccentric Diva is described as a “purple.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single stroke, and it was buildable to slightly more opaque color, but it never was that opaque. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Tarina Tarantino Amethyst Android (P, $15.00) is cooler-toned. NARS Blue Dahlia (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Buxom Door’s Unlocked (P, $17.00) is similar. Laura Mercier Violet (P, $24.00) is less shimmery. Urban Decay Ransom (LE, $19.00) is very similar. NARS St. Marks Place (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned, less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tiramisu is described as a “brown.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good color payoff in one pass, and it was lightly creamy and applied evenly. This shade wore well for almost ten hours on my lower lash line. Tarina Tarantino Puppeteer (P, $15.00) and Tarina Tarantino Locket Book (P, $15.00) are more shimmery. Laura Mercier Espresso (P, $24.00) is redder in tone. Kat Von D Immortal Love (P, $10.00) and Make Up For Ever #25L (P, $19.00) are similar. Urban Decay Whiskey (P, $19.00) is warmer. MAC Stubborn Brown (P, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Duck (P, $16.00) is a touch warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cookie Crunch is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a medium-dark, gold and bronze-shimmered brown with warm undertones. It had good color coverage in one stroke, and the color lasted for almost ten hours on my lower lash line. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is darker. Urban Decay Smog (P, $19.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Scorch (P, $19.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Blonde Ambition is described as a “beige.” It’s a champagne beige with a pearly sheen. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had good pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Lace is described as a “black.” It’s a rich, deep black with a mostly matte finish. I reviewed this previously here, but to recap: it had good pigmentation in a single stroke and lasted well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Sephora.com, Inc.

Spring’s Hottest Ticket event gives VIB Rouges, VIBs, and Beauty Insiders 15% off.   Sephora VIB Rouges can get 15% off their orders with code ROUGETICKET, 3/30 through 4/11.  Sephora VIBs get 15% off their orders with code VIBTICKET, 4/3 through 4/11).  Sephora BIs get 15% off their orders with code TICKET, beginning 4/4 through 4/10.