Sephora Haul

It’s my birthday on Monday, I have some money burning a hole in my PayPal account, and I’m close to running out of a few of my makeup holy grails. What better time to do an impromptu Sephora haul? There are a couple of things I feel like I can’t really live without when it comes to my makeup (dramatic, I know), so once I know these are close to running out I can usually justify a bit of a Sephora splurge.

Here is what I picked up –

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Dark Brunette
Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara in Black
Tarte Limited-Edition Artful Accessories Brush Set
BeautyBlender Swirl

They won’t arrive in time for my birthday, but hopefully they’ll arrive before my foundation runs out…

Sephora Haul

I try and put off placing Sephora orders for as long as I can, so I can pick up all of my necessary/holy grail items at once. There are some products that I absolutely love that I just can’t find anywhere in Australia, so being able to parcel-forward things from the US Sephora site via Hop Shop Go makes life a lot easier for me. Especially as my holy grail foundation is only available for purchase from there. *stressful* Here’s what I picked up this time around –

Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Hypnotic
2x Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge Nude
2x Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Fresh Sugar Lip Conditioner in Rose

If you have any suggestions for products I should pick up from Sephora in the future, please let me know. I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to purchasing new beauty products… Mostly because I have no idea what to try! I’d love to hear your suggestions so please be sure to leave them in the comments below.

Sephora Haul (and how I order from the US site…)

Ordering from Sephora has become a sort of hit-and-miss process, which can be extremely frustrating (especially when I’m approaching the end of my favourite foundation). I recently placed an order, and thought it would be a good time to update you all on how I order things from the US Sephora site using a parcel forwarding service. Because I tend to order 4-5 products at a time (depending on cost), I find in the long run it ends up being cheaper for me to get things sent here from the USA. It was even better when the Australian dollar was strong but what can you do?! I posted a how-to style post on Hop Shop Go a couple of years ago, but their site has changed a little bit since then. This is how I order now –

Step One – sign up with Hop Shop Go. Hop Shop Go is my favourite parcel forwarding service. I know Australia Post offer something similar, but I’ve heard enough nightmare stories from people of their parcels going missing and Australia Post not doing much to help them out that I’m happy sticking with what I know. When you sign up with Hop Shop Go you’re issued a postal address, and you’ll need this for later. Please note: to use Hop Shop Go you will also need a PayPal account.

Step Two – sign up as a Sephora member. Sephora have a great rewards system, and you can accrue points to exchange for sample sized products and additional benefits (if you get enough points under your belt).

Step Three – get shopping! Hop Shop Go will not ship aerosols or nail polishes. So no perfumes, sprays, or the Sephora for OPI range for us. I’ve also found I have a much greater success rate with orders that fall under US $100, so I always stick to that. If you’re unsure what to buy from Sephora, see here. Please note: if your order gets cancelled, Sephora will hold onto your money for a few days. So if you’ve been squirreling away your pennies for a little splurge on makeup, you may have to wait a few days longer if your initial order is cancelled.

Step Four – time to order! As you progress to the checkout you’ll be asked for an address – this is where the Hop Shop Go personalized address comes in handy. When placing the order, I always use a VISA. Again, I’ve had more of a success rate with this so it’s what I stick to now. You should get a confirmation email regarding receipt of your order, and then a second email when your order has shipped. These usually come within two or three days.

Step Five – forward that parcel! You’ll receive an email notification when your order arrives at the Hop Shop Go facility. At that point you can log onto the site, click on ‘Ship + Track’ and go from there. My orders usually arrive within a week and are delivered by DHL.

To give you an idea of what a typical order will cost, I’ve broken it down for you. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the Australian dollar is performing terribly at the moment. This plays a big part in whether orders from the US are worthwhile.

Total cost of products at Sephora: $87 USD ($117 AUD)
+ Shipping (this is calculated on the weight of your package): $23.13 USD ($31 AUD)
Total = roughly $148 AUD

Total cost of products in Australia (with no shipping cost): $140.51

One of the big benefits of ordering from Sephora is the range of products available. The fact that I can order the only foundation I use from the site, but cannot find it anywhere in Australia is a big selling point for me.

And now for what I ordered! The main reason for my order was to pick up another tub of the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, but I thought I’d pop another couple of staples into the cart to make shipping worthwhile. So I also grabbed another tube of my holy grail mascara – Lancome Hypnose, and my favourite go-to lip shade – the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose. I was also gifted three free samples but I only picked two, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, and the NUDE Skincare Progenius Omega Treatment Rescue Oil. Using my Sephora reward points I also picked up a deluxe sample size of Dior’s ‘Diorshow’ Mascara, and Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Shadow. Now I just need to sit back and wait for them to arrive!

5 Things To Buy From Sephora

It can be tricky business buying things from Sephora from here in Australia, but if you work out a way to do it it’s pretty wonderful (and can end up cheaper in the long run). I purchase items from Sephora myself, have them shipped to my Hop Shop Go address, and then forwarded on to me. This works about 75% of the time, and to be honest the times that it doesn’t work I really couldn’t tell you why. If you’re willing to take the gamble and place an order, I recommend picking up the following 5 products.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy – This is the current frontrunner for the title of my favourite blush of all time. It’s an extremely flattering peachy-pink shade that never fails to lift my complexion and brighten my face. The lasting power of these Tarte blushes is second to none, and even though I know this I’m always pleasantly surprised to see that I still have a face full of blush when I get home from work at the end of the day.

Beauty Blender – Once you go Beauty Blender you never go back. At least, I haven’t (and won’t). Nothing has ever managed to give me the same level of flawless liquid foundation application that the Beauty Blender does. Somehow this little miracle of a sponge just manages to work everything into the skin and leaves it looking perfect. Buy two.

Fresh Tinted Lip Conditioners – These are my favourite lip products, and I own them in nearly every shade currently available. I’d say out of all of the shades I’ve tried, “Rose” is my favourite, so if you’re planning on picking one up maybe try starting with that one. It’s probably the easiest one to wear, as it’s one of the more sheerer shades from the range.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – To be honest with you, I could never really tell if my loose powder was actually doing anything until I ran out of this one and had to use something else in it’s place. Somehow this powder is the only one I’ve found that keeps my face matte for the majority of the day. If you’re prone to a bit of oiliness, check this out because it works really well for me.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – I have shaky hands, poor eyesight, and hooded eyelids. To put it bluntly, if I can manage a decent looking winged liner using this, anyone can.

Spring/Summer Makeup Haul

As with my intention to ‘shop my stash’ for books, I failed dismally at my attempt to only shop my own beauty stash for the season. This is due in part to me being close to running out of a few of my beauty staples, so with that in mind I was able to justify placing a little Sephora order.

Lancome Hypnose Mascara – This is my daily mascara and I absolutely must have a back up tube ready to go for when the one I’m using runs out. I’ve been using Hypnose almost exclusively for about five years now. It’s one of the best mascaras on the market, and I can’t see myself straying from it anytime soon.

Hourglass Brow Arch – I’ve nearly reached the end of the Maybelline brow pencil I’ve been using lately, so I decided to pick this up on the recommendation of ViviannaDoesMakeup.

Beauty Blender Sponge Duo – Another daily makeup necessity. I decided to try out the black sponges this time around, although I’m not sure what the difference will be. Having said that, the pink sponges do tend to get some dark marks along the edges when it’s time to get rid of them, so not having that visible reminder on the black sponges might not be a good thing.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion – I go through a bottle of this foundation every few months. It’s the one I wear daily, so I like to make sure I have at least one back up bottle available to me at all times. The Givenchy foundations ARE available for purchase in Australia, but when I take into consideration the price different between here and the US plus the rate of shipping split over any other items I order, it ends up being cheaper for me to order replacements from Sephora every few months or so.

Tarte Power Pigment in Tipsy – This is the only thing from this particular order that I’m a little bit disappointed in. Which is probably my own fault, as I didn’t bother to read any reviews or look at any swatches before ordering it. Oops.

Boscia Blotting Papers – I tend to pick up a packet of these every time I place a Sephora order, as they’re the best blotting papers I’ve come across.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy – EssieButton mentioned this a few times earlier in the year, and the colour looked like something I would really like (and I do), so I decided to pick one up for myself. The Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes are up there with the best, in my opionion. This one is no exception.

additional samples: Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Lancome Definicils Mascara, and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.