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Sephora Beauty Finds

I’m pretty sure I’m the last person alive who has just discovered Sephora, the make-up/beauty “candy” store. Do you know Sephora? Are you a fan? Do you spend your extra-pennies there… often? I’m pretty enamored with the place. This was my first visit  (my birthday gift to myself), and I blame Ree and Amy for my newfound addiction of purchasing fun, new girly, beauty things.

It started with Ree. She wrote about Stila Lip Glaze… and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I found a whole pack of them and was lured in by the package deal. They’re a pen-like lip gloss where you turn the tube and the color is squeezed into the brush. Love. You can still get this big pack of 8 for $25- they’d make great stocking stuffers for girls.

My Sephora sales-girl had a field day with me. I wanted her to show me the latest and greatest, and she definitely did. This one was another package deal- a set of Rejuvenating Essentials from Amore Pacific. I love the eye cream and the serum and the facial peel. It was a splurge at $65.

My Sephora salesgal and I had quite the chat.  She explained to me that my skin was very dry and that I wasn’t using the right products to keep my skin nice and moisturized.  I listened, and then I bought more stuff.  Argan Oil is a natural, organic oil that supposedly will not make you break-out. She brushed it lightly on my skin (before moisturizer), and my skin drank it up quickly.  I’m still getting used to this stuff.  It does not make your skin oily, but I’m just not used to adding a product like this into my daily skin routine.  I’m giving it a go at $14.

Hallelujah for this product:  Erase paste ($26). Dab it into the dark circles in and around your eyes, and watch those dark circles magically disappear.

I have been a MAC Studio Fix Pressed Powder ($26.50) Girl for as long as I can remember.  I’ve never been so into liquid makeup- afraid of the whole “shiny” aspect of it all, I guess.  After trying 142 different kinds of liquid makeup on my skin, my Sephora Gal finally settled on Stila Perfect and Correct Foundation ($44).  It seemed to work well with my dry skin.  So now I use  this, and then gently pat a little of my MAC Powder on my nose so I don’t have any shine.

I tend to be a beige and sparkly kind of girl.  This Stila Eye Shadow Trio ($20) is perfect for me.

Here’s what I blame Amy for.  She wrote about this Benefit They’re Real Mascara ($22), and she described it so eloquently and enthusiastically that I simply had to have it.  You know how Kim Kardashian has eyelashes (real or fake?) that look like she used an entire bottle of mascara on them?  This is probably what she uses.  It seriously gives you a great coat of mascara- making your eyelashes stand out much more than normal.  I’m really loving this, though it’s not waterproof so I never wear it when it’s a hot and sweaty day, or when I think there’s a chance that I’ll become an emotional wreck.

I can’t believe I mentioned KK in a post.  I’m not much of a fan… at all!

Dior DiorShow Waterproof Mascara ($24.50) is the mascara that I’ve worn for a very long time.  It stays on your lashes through swims in the ocean and good crying fits.  And it comes in dark brown.  They carry this at Sephora too.

Here’s a new cleanser that was recommended to me at Sephora: Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Cream ($35). I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Make-Up Remover ($5.99) for my everyday, easy removal- but this cleanser leaves my skin so nice and smooth and soft after getting rid of all that makeup.

Here’s a sparkly goodie that I did not find at Sephora- instead I found this at Nordstrom Rack.  Glitter Eye Liner!  It’s not outrageous, but it just adds a tiny hint of girly glitter to your eyes.  Love this too.  Here’s Sephora’s version- Glitter EyeLiner Pencil ($8)

And guess what?  I’m feeling generous.  I’m giving away a $75 Sephora Beauty Gift Card!… and since it looks like there’s free shipping on orders over $50, you’ll be able to get some fun things!  This giveaway is now over– the lucky winner is randomly selected commenter #311- The Mrs!  Congrats, and thanks to all for entering!


Disclosure:  There is nothing to disclose!  I love Sephora & this giveaway is provided by ME :)

569 Responses to “Sephora Beauty Finds”

  1. postedNov 7, 2011 12:15 PM

    I don’t have any finds, that’s why i NEED to win this gift card! I have been experimenting with more natural products like baking soda, though.

  2. postedNov 7, 2011 12:15 PM
    Hallie J.

    i love sephora… my favorite beauty find is Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer! it’s the best beauty secret out there!

  3. postedNov 7, 2011 12:16 PM

    I love jet lag (under eye puffy bye bye) by cargo and cannon ball mascara by urban decay.

  4. postedNov 7, 2011 12:17 PM

    I’ve just purchased their eyeshadow primer. It helps my eyeshadow stay where it’s supposed to! fingers crossed I win :)

  5. postedNov 7, 2011 12:17 PM

    Favorite beauty find from sephora: Philosophy purity face wash! Great for winter when my skin is all dry.

  6. postedNov 7, 2011 12:18 PM

    tweeted this giveaway! (@emilee624)

  7. postedNov 7, 2011 12:19 PM

    NEED THIS!!! love it.,

  8. postedNov 7, 2011 12:20 PM

    I like smashbox photofinish primer

  9. postedNov 7, 2011 12:20 PM

    Retweeted this

  10. postedNov 7, 2011 12:22 PM

    My favorite beauty find (and available at Sephora!) is the smashbox bright eyes under eye brightener. It works better than anything on my dark circles!

  11. postedNov 7, 2011 12:22 PM

    I like Sephora, I really enjoy their Philosphy items, Carol’s Daughter, and Stila products.

  12. postedNov 7, 2011 12:23 PM
    Mary O

    Oh, how fun! I love Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, because I don’t like to use foundation every day.

  13. postedNov 7, 2011 12:25 PM

    OMG, I’m a Sephora addict. Also, I swear by mineral makeup (though my fave, which is the Sephora store brand, has been discontinued. Bare Minerals is pretty awesome, though).

  14. postedNov 7, 2011 12:25 PM

    I love Bare Essentials! Great find!

  15. postedNov 7, 2011 12:26 PM

    And I tweeted. Did I mention I’m an addict?

  16. postedNov 7, 2011 12:28 PM
    Nicole B

    I always wished I knew more about makeup, but don’t want to spend the money to experiment. I don’t even think we have a Sephora around here, but I would love to try it out!

  17. postedNov 7, 2011 12:28 PM

    you’re not the last person, I’ve never heard of Sephora! I haven’t really done much beauty type shopping in the past few years… so I don’t really have a find.

  18. postedNov 7, 2011 12:32 PM

    Totally cant live without my bare essentials!

  19. postedNov 7, 2011 12:32 PM

    I’m obsessed with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer which I found at Sephora about a year ago. My eyeshadow used to smudge or wear off but with this stuff it’s still there at the end of the day. Love!

  20. postedNov 7, 2011 12:33 PM

    GREAT giveaway!

    My fave beauty find…It’s a 10 Leave In Miracle Hair detangler. The stuff really is…a miracle! And it doesnt leave your hair greasy. Just soft and no tangles.

  21. postedNov 7, 2011 12:33 PM

    I just love Smashbox primer (green) and their super light foundation. The primer tones down the red areas on my face and also makes the foundation just glide on. It’s hard to imagine until you try it. I also love Bare Minerals powder blush and I’m really running low so that gift card would be great!

  22. postedNov 7, 2011 12:35 PM

    My most favorite product in the entire world is MAC’s Dazzleglass lipgloss. Love love love it!

  23. postedNov 7, 2011 12:36 PM
    LeAnn DeBoer

    I’ve been dying to try Sephora! I also read about the Stila Lip Glaze from Ree and would love to try it!! It would be awesome to get a chance to try some of the different things they carry!

  24. postedNov 7, 2011 12:36 PM

    I love Sephora’s fragrance sampler that comes with the voucher for a full-sized perfume once you’re done trying them all!

  25. postedNov 7, 2011 12:36 PM

    Tweeted it! @goofyfrito

  26. postedNov 7, 2011 12:36 PM

    I tweeted!

  27. postedNov 7, 2011 12:37 PM

    My favorite beauty find is MAC lipgloss – just sticky enough and actually stays put!

  28. postedNov 7, 2011 12:37 PM
    LeAnn DeBoer

    I also Tweeted it so my friends can get a chance at this great offer!

  29. postedNov 7, 2011 12:38 PM

    Tweeted too!

  30. postedNov 7, 2011 12:40 PM
    Jen D.

    I just discovered eye lid primer and it has made a HUGE difference!!

  31. postedNov 7, 2011 12:43 PM

    There’s this one product at Sephora that my best friend has that I absolutely love – it’s to put on before eyeshadow so you don’t get creases! I can’t remember what it’s called, but I totally need some of it!

  32. postedNov 7, 2011 12:45 PM
    Ninette Dean

    I could spend hours in store and buy more than I came in for! I love Sephora

  33. postedNov 7, 2011 12:45 PM

    I love Philosophy. I love their three in one products, the purity face wash and the hope in a jar :)

  34. postedNov 7, 2011 12:45 PM

    OPI nail polish: not a facial beauty product, but pretty much the best nail polish there is! The Sephora-branded OPI polish is great!

  35. postedNov 7, 2011 12:45 PM

    Also tweeted this giveaway!

  36. postedNov 7, 2011 12:46 PM

    I don’t consider myself a big make-up person but when I wear it, I want to wear good stuff. Sephora makes good stuff. I would love some of that sparkly eye shadow and what girl doesn’t need amazing mascara?

  37. postedNov 7, 2011 12:46 PM

    I *just* ordered from Sephora over the weekend. My beauty finds – Make Up For Ever HD foundation (amazing for photos/video) and Smashbox foundation primer. Thanks for the mascara tips – always looking for great ones!

  38. postedNov 7, 2011 12:47 PM

    My daughter-in-law got me into Sephora with a gift of her favorite eyepencil- Urban Decay. Rockstar is my choice of color!

  39. postedNov 7, 2011 12:48 PM

    I love the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

  40. postedNov 7, 2011 12:48 PM
    alison c

    NARS blushes!

  41. postedNov 7, 2011 12:49 PM

    I just Tweeted about the giveaway – @shelbyallen

  42. postedNov 7, 2011 12:50 PM

    I don’t know what my favorite beauty find is. I’m going to say if I can find thirty minutes extra sleep, that would be the best beauty find.

  43. postedNov 7, 2011 12:51 PM
    Amy Schneider

    I love Bare Minerals foundation and Warmth bronzer!

  44. postedNov 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    SEPHORA brand sun disk. Very affordable price for how big it is and looks natural, no orangeyness!

  45. postedNov 7, 2011 12:55 PM

    I am a huge Sephora fan. My fav beauty find from there is Tarte’s cheek stain. It’s amazing! You get a nice, healthy glow w/ out any glitter and this stuff won’t budge. Plus, you just rub it in with your fingers, so you don’t need a brush. I recently bought some for my mom, who is going through chemo for breast cancer right now and needed make up that would be easy, mess free and give some color to her face. It works perfectly for her.

  46. postedNov 7, 2011 12:55 PM

    I love the Urban Decay eyeliner sold in Sephora. Before I found it, I tried several eyeliners and I’m not good at it at all but thanks to Sephora I can finally do it! It glides right on nice & easy and they have a variety of colors to choose from. Thank you Sephora!

  47. postedNov 7, 2011 12:57 PM

    I’ve been loving the bare minerals powder!

  48. postedNov 7, 2011 12:59 PM
    Becky T

    My favorite beauty find is definitely the Bare Essentials makeup fro Sephora. I LOVE it! So, you definitely need to pick me for the win. :) Thanks for you great blog!

  49. postedNov 7, 2011 1:00 PM

    My latest and favorite beauty find is Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara. The wand takes some time getting used to but I works wonders on my lashes.

  50. postedNov 7, 2011 1:01 PM

    My favorite beauty find is NARS blush! It’s a roll on type. LOVE IT

  51. postedNov 7, 2011 1:03 PM

    Sephora sells this great gold glitter polish by OPI that I love!

  52. postedNov 7, 2011 1:09 PM

    Oh yes! I need some of that Erase Paste. My poor dark circles are a hot mess!

  53. postedNov 7, 2011 1:15 PM

    I absolutely LOVE Bare Minerals. I use the foundation, mineral veil, all-over face color, eyeliner and mascara! So pretty much everything! I have been dying to try the new eyeshadows they make!!
    I used to use liquid foundation and then a loose powder and I thought it looked pretty good until I tried the Bare Minerals Makeup, I kind of have a blotchy complexion and that stuff totally fixes it without feeling icky.

  54. postedNov 7, 2011 1:23 PM

    I also love Sephora! I always end up coming out with more than I went in for. :) Make-up and skin care galore! That erase paste is awesome.

  55. postedNov 7, 2011 1:25 PM

    Whoa! What a fantastic giveaway!! I’d love to try the Stila lip gloss! My best beauty find (so far) isn’t really a find. It’s actually everywhere! It’s the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette. Don’t know how I got by before I bought it :)

  56. postedNov 7, 2011 1:31 PM

    I love Essie nailpolishes, especially the no chips top coat. Best find this year. Also love the Pixi eye primer found at Target and I love Urban Decay eyeshadows.

  57. postedNov 7, 2011 1:31 PM

    Eye shadow primer is my favorite!!

  58. postedNov 7, 2011 1:31 PM

    I retweeted…:))

  59. postedNov 7, 2011 1:32 PM

    I tweeted the giveaway – @bubblymuppet

  60. postedNov 7, 2011 1:34 PM

    My favorite beauty find is the mascara with double ends.. One end is the primer and the other end is the black! It is genius because my lashes look long!

  61. postedNov 7, 2011 1:34 PM

    I love diorshow mascara! But my favorite beauty find is Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer. It’s magical!

  62. postedNov 7, 2011 1:37 PM

    I call it a “face appliance”…..the clarisonic mia. it is AMAZING. it feels like you’ve just had a facial every time you wash your face!

  63. postedNov 7, 2011 1:38 PM

    My favorite beauty find is my Shu Uemura eyelash curler that my sister told me about – around $20 bucks and curls lashes like no other curler ever could!!

  64. postedNov 7, 2011 1:38 PM

    I love everything bare escentuals makes. Their primetime primer is really great, and doesn’t feel thick or cakey at all/

  65. postedNov 7, 2011 1:38 PM

    I tweeted this! (@divaofyum)

  66. postedNov 7, 2011 1:39 PM

    Not from Sephora but equally important, Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover. Could not live without it!

  67. postedNov 7, 2011 1:40 PM

    My favorite beauty find is the XL canister of Mineral Veil (Bare Minerals) I found on Sephora’s website. I don’t see it online right now, but it is 0.84 oz for $30. Compare that to their normal size of 0.30 oz for $20. What a steal!

  68. postedNov 7, 2011 1:41 PM

    What a great giveaway! I love hearing about and trying new products. My favorite right now is Moroccan Oil. My hairdresser recommended it to me and it has done wonders for my curly, frizzy hair. Love it!!

  69. postedNov 7, 2011 1:41 PM

    Oh my I want to but that mascara, lip gloss, and eye liner!! My favorite beauty find is Ulta’s nail polishes…usually for $2 a bottle and my manicure will last me a week!

  70. postedNov 7, 2011 1:41 PM
    Sam H

    Love the Bare Essentials line!!

  71. postedNov 7, 2011 1:42 PM
  72. postedNov 7, 2011 1:43 PM

    I love alllllll benefit products & I’m a huge bliss fan as well!

  73. postedNov 7, 2011 1:46 PM

    Holy crap! I need this giveaway because I was just looking at my face in the mirror and crying. HELP ME.

  74. postedNov 7, 2011 1:47 PM

    Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub. Absolutely AMAZING. Will never buy another chapstick again!

  75. postedNov 7, 2011 1:49 PM

    Tarte lip stain is perfect for me

  76. postedNov 7, 2011 1:55 PM

    I just discovered Boscia BB Cream (foundation, concealer, sunscreen and moisturizer in one) and love it. Available at Sephora!

  77. postedNov 7, 2011 2:05 PM

    My all time favorite find is Bare Essentials Matte foundation!

  78. postedNov 7, 2011 2:09 PM

    Great giveaway! My favorite beauty find is Vincent Longo Lipstain Lipstick in Eve Rose – a great color, and really lasts. And I did find it at Sephora! :)

  79. postedNov 7, 2011 2:19 PM
    Nancy L

    I love Philosophy exfoliating cleanser! It makes your skin so soft and smooth, but it’s gentle enough to use everyday. And at my age those “dark spots” are starting to show up and this seems to keep those nasty things at bay!

  80. postedNov 7, 2011 2:21 PM

    Brilliant Gold Beauty loose powder by Bare Escentuals for sure! It’s sheer, absorbs oil and gives a wonderful glow. A quick brush of this over my cheeks, chin, eyelids and tip of my nose and I can walk out the door without any other make-up on a weekend and bright-eyed and bushy tailed! :o)

  81. postedNov 7, 2011 2:24 PM
    Nancy L

    Just tweeted this great giveaway!

  82. postedNov 7, 2011 2:39 PM
    Raquel P.

    Love Sephora and Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage!

  83. postedNov 7, 2011 2:47 PM

    nars blush in sin!

  84. postedNov 7, 2011 2:56 PM

    I love all Bare Escentials and Benefit products. I’m anxious to try the They’re Real Mascara!

  85. postedNov 7, 2011 3:03 PM
    Lori Kay

    I looooove Spehora! I posted the link on my Facebook page.

  86. postedNov 7, 2011 3:05 PM
    Lori Kay

    My favorite beauty find is Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Creme :) Love Sephora!

  87. postedNov 7, 2011 3:05 PM

    I love everything Laura Mercier. My favorite prodcut is the Undercover Pot.

    I use it everyday under my eyes to cover dark circles and discoloration. It come in 2 shades, so you blend them to get the perfect tone. You finish off with setting powder to make the makeup look natural and soft.

  88. postedNov 7, 2011 3:08 PM

    lorac primer. my skin loves it so much. so insanely much.

  89. postedNov 7, 2011 3:08 PM

    I’ll admit, I’m pretty hooked on the make-up from Melaleuca, what used to be the Nicole Millar line, but Sephora is a lot of fun to go meandering through :) It sounds like you had a spectacular time there :)

  90. postedNov 7, 2011 3:12 PM
    Rose Moore

    I love Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer. That stuff does magic, I swear.

  91. postedNov 7, 2011 3:33 PM

    The physicians formula tox 10 face powder is my must have!

  92. postedNov 7, 2011 3:36 PM
    Kathy A

    Lansinoh Lanolin topical treatment – medical grade lanolin is a must have in my make-up case!! I discovered it when my babies were tiny, but have used it for everything else – dry hands, chapped lips, to give tired eyes a shimmer. It’s a miracle in a tube!

  93. postedNov 7, 2011 3:42 PM
    Kristi in CA

    Love the Barescentuals products, however, your list sure has me tempted to try lots of other things!!

  94. postedNov 7, 2011 3:42 PM

    I love oouidad products they work wonders on my curly hair! And tarte’s lights camera lashes is LOVE

  95. postedNov 7, 2011 3:43 PM

    I’ve always loved Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer. It is not sticky and the little bit of glitter just adds that perfect amount of shine and shimmer!

  96. postedNov 7, 2011 3:44 PM

    I tweeted About it on twitter!

  97. postedNov 7, 2011 3:58 PM

    Sephora is my mother ship! I can’t go in without spending a small fortune. I bought my Clarisonic there and I love, love, love it!

  98. postedNov 7, 2011 4:07 PM

    Gee Lori, what a wonderful gift for a lucky winner. Would love to win so I could try some of these great products you’ve mentioned. Thank you.

  99. postedNov 7, 2011 4:17 PM
    Sue Dewane Smith

    My latest beauty find is AG Hair Cosmetics. It leaves my hair soft and shiney with no fly-aways or frizz! Absolutely love it and recommend it highly!

  100. postedNov 7, 2011 4:22 PM
    Sue Dewane Smith

    I’ve shared this on facebook! Thank you for the double opportunity to win!!

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