I went to Sephora with the intention of picking up my “free” birthday present. And maybe if they had the Surratt Relevée Lash Curler, I would pick it up, cause, you know:
The Surratt curler wasn’t in stock but the “Hot Now” display was screaming out at me – they were featuring the new hakuho-do + Sephora Pro brushes with the red lacquered handles:
I had NOT heard about these until I saw them in that display… the SA told me that it’s limited edition – say no more – this went home with me:
Wedge Sloping Powder Brush (Kusabi) $68 – of course it was the most expensive one of the collection, but it was also the most useful shape to me (good for powder, bronzer or some contouring). The bristles feel very soft and are synthetic. I can’t wait to try it and will report back soon on how I feel about it. So I bought just ONE item from Sephora – I think that’s a record of some sort for me. On a related note, I’ve now qualified for VIB status for next year (recall that during the last VIB sale, I offered my code to my friends, which accounted for the bulk of my qualifying purchases). Yay, fist bump!
On the same shopping day, I also picked up the new Essie Gel Setter top coat and the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set:
Since getting gel polish applied for my vacation, I’ve been quite enjoying the constant shine of the gel polish. I don’t like the idea of using a UV light regularly so I’m hoping this top coat will provide that gel-like shine to my polishes. The setting spray I found at Winners for $9 (compare to reg $19), it has rave reviews and I’m hoping will keep me less melty during this recent heat wave.
L to R: Essie Perennial Chic, Picked Perfect, Marshmallow, Sugar Daddy, Just Stitched, Comfy in Cashmere, Coat Couture (these 3 are from the Cashmere Matte collection), Highest Bidder, and Blush Stroke (these 2 are from the Silk Watercolour collection)
Justification time (besides this being my birthday haulin’): Two of these were totally enabled by fivezero! She posted about Perennial Chic and Picked Perfect and then advised me that the local beauty supply store had them on clearance for $4 each. How could I resist? But THEN, at that beauty supply store, there was a buy 4 get 2 free offer for all regular priced Essies. And they already sell Essie the cheapest I’ve seen in the city at $6.95 each. So I got 6 Essies for less than $30! Like really, how could I resist? And the last one was because of an incredible Optimum Points offer: get 3,000 points for any Essie polish purchase. Essie polishes were on sale for $10 (reg $12) and normally in order to get 3,000 Optimum Points, I’d have to spend $300! So there, that’s why I just HAD to buy 9 Essie nail polishes. 😉
I also went a bit nuts over at Bath and Body Works because I am obsessed with their summer scent Waikiki Beach Coconut:
They had these on sale for buy 3 for $15 and I had a $10 off $30 coupon, so they were practically giving them away! I’m not normally a fan of BBW scents but something in this Waikiki fragrance just resonated with me – its key notes are coconut, sea notes and bamboo – even Fragrantica has positive things to say about this (apparently it is a dupe for Creed Virgin Island Water). I’ve been using the shower gel, aloe gel lotion, body mist and eau de toilette every day since I got these – I’m a walking beach coconut!
For my birthday, I received some gift certificates (to Holt Renfrew and Winners – I have yet to use them, I’m terrible at using gift certificates as I’m always saving them for a rainy day), and one of my awesome friends bought me this ColoreScience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50:
I’ve been wanting to try the Peter Thomas Roth version (which is only SPF 30) but it’s not readily available in Canada. I’m so psyched to try this!
And my SO got me this awesomeness:
Original Buddha Board – it’s a board for drawing with simply water. The water evaporates slowly so the drawings are only visible for a short time. It’s all zen-like and meant to be a metaphor for life, or something. 😛
I’ve been wanting it for ages! It’s a fun way to unleash your creativity:
(no, that’s not my cake in the header image, and my name isn’t Sid)