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
- 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:
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:
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.
Check out the fun holographic box!
Can’t not get nail polish, of course:
And here are the samples:
That’s it! Thanks for reading.
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Hawksley Workman, “No Reason to Cry Out Your Eyes” (2004)