fivezero's Sephora haulage, VIB Sale (April 2017)

Haulage! Sephora VIB Sale: Unboxing (April 2017)

My Sephora VIB Sale orders arrived earlier this week, and I’ve only just had a chance to open them up and have a look.

I placed two orders online (for reasons I talked about in my initial post) and here is what I got:

  • Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Stargasm
  • DECIEM Niod Sanskrit Saponins
  • Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Nail Colour in Lilac Belt
  • Make Up For Ever Metal Palette ($16)
  • Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04
  • tarte Tarteist Pro Custom Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal

Free samples:

  • Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream (sample)
  • Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream (sample)
  • Fresh Rose Hydrating Eye Gel Cream (sample)
  • Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day (sample)
  • First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer (sample)
  • Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (sample)

I turned the NIOD tube backward in the group shot, haha! Oops.

Here it is facing forward:

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins

By now, I’ve tried a fair few things from Deciem, but this is my first product from NIOD, one of their pricier lines. Sanskrit Saponins is a cleaning balm that doesn’t use sulphate, oil, ester, or micellar ingredients. Rather, it uses Ayurvedic plant surfactants called saponins, which naturally foam and were used as hair and skin cleansers by people in ancient times. Honestly, curiosity got the better of me and this ended up in my Sephora order! (Also, apparently, according to Wikipedia, most saponins are also poisonous to fish, which I did not realize when I bought this product. Historically, people have also used saponins in poison fishing. I’ll have to make sure I don’t stick my hands in my fish tank right after using this! I also hope there’s no issue with washing this down the sink…but I suppose it is biodegradable and would be very dilute by the time it ever got into a river or lake.)

I also got two empty Make Up For Ever and tarte palettes, the first of which I’ve been lemming for a long time (but it was never in stock during sales, or even normally), and the second of which was too glam for me to pass up!

I don’t currently have a good way of photographing them, though, since they’re both on the larger side and thus too big for my lightbox. Today is a very gloomy and grey day, so I’m not keen on just taking photos around the house somewhere. For now, here are the stock images from Sephora:

Make Up For Ever Metal Palette at Sephora (5.8x9.7x0.6

Make Up For Ever Metal Palette (5.8 × 9.7 × 0.6 in.)
Image: sephora.com

tarte tarteist Pro Custom Magnetic Palette

tarte tarteist Pro Custom Magnetic Palette in Wild Animal
Image: sephora.com

The MUFE palette looks a bit too industrial, and it kind of feels like a massive pencil box—I have wondered about DIYing my own palettes from metal pencil boxes! I like the tarte a lot better, just from an aesthetic point of view. I’ll see how I really like them when I actually start to use them, though! It’s a shame the tarte palette is LE.

(I’m still kicking myself for not adding the CA$1 Anastasia Beverly Hills empty palettes to my orders! They’d have been 85¢, haha! Another time…)

I also picked up (Yet Another) lipstick, this time from a new-to-Sephora brand called Stellar. It’s a Toronto, Canada-based company that was founded by Indian-Canadian celebrity Monika Deol, who wanted to create a line of cosmetics catering especially to the needs of medium skintones. I actually had no idea the line was Canadian before I bought it, but now I’m delighted to be trying a local brand, especially one that is targeted to skintones like mine!

I’ll also be curious to see how Stellar compares with another Indian-Canadian cosmetic company, Vasanti, which has been around for some time.

Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04

Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04

Check out the fun holographic box!

Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04, holographic box

Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Dark Matter 04, holographic box

Can’t not get nail polish, of course:

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Stargasm

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro in Stargasm

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Nail Colour in Lilac Belt

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Nail Colour in Lilac Belt

And here are the samples:

fivezero's Sephora samples, VIB Sale (April 2017)

Samples: First Aid Beauty, Peter Thomas Roth, fresh

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day EDP (sample)

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day EDP (sample)

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon EDP (sample)

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon EDP (sample)

That’s it! Thanks for reading.

Here’s a ditty for your efforts:

Hawksley Workman, “No Reason to Cry Out Your Eyes” (2004)

Did you do any Sephora VIB Sale hauling?

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8 thoughts on “Haulage! Sephora VIB Sale: Unboxing (April 2017)

  1. What kind of name is Sanskrit Saponins?! That doesn’t sound appealing at ALL. But I hope you like it and it doesn’t choke sea life! 😛
    Yes, the MUFE empty palette feels like those pencil boxes when you buy a set of artist pencils. Aw I hope you get those ABH palettes next time – put them on your “loves” list. That always helps to prompt me.
    Monika Deol?! Electric Circus! Stellar looks… stellar. 😄 Have you heard of Ilia? I saw that Sephora carries their lipsticks and they’re Canadian.
    Deborah Lippmann Stargasm is stunning! 😮
    I friggen LOVED Hawksley Workman!!! I used to have the Lover/Fighter album on repeat. Haven’t listened in ages. I hear they found success in France.

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    • LOL it is a very weird name. When I saw it I just had to read more. All the NIOD stuff has names like that. “ELAN”. Uh….what’s that do now? Not sure yet if it’s all marketing or if the products are actually cool.

      Yes I’ve been keeping an eye on ILIA! Probably try it in the fall sale.

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    • Oh yes, chemistry is your thing, IIRC? 😀 PLMK if you discover anything interesting! And yeah, pricey – I am glad it was on sale! Hopefully it will be one of those products where a little goes a long way.

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