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    It's been a while since I have done a Sephora haul on my blog, so this is the first one for 2017. I recently placed an order and popped in-store to see new in-items so I'm fairly certain I won't need to purchase new items any time soon. I am a total sucker on the rewards boutique but I did not find anything interesting so I did not redeem any of my beauty insider points. I want to save them for something really good! Also, this post isn’t sponsored but you guys, I placed my Sephora order via Ebates and got $14 cash back (8.0% cash back) which is pretty amazing! You can check this link to see what offer is running right now. Let’s get into the haul. Please watch the video below and comment below if you have any other suggestions for any videos you want to see from my Youtube channel. Last but not least, SUBSCRIBE to my channel for three videos a week. My upload schedule is Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Start your weekend mornings with new videos! 

    To keep up my rep of being a total beauty junkie I picked up a new mascara last week that I totally didn’t need. On sale at $10  with the makeup remover, it didn’t totally break the bank either, so I compared it with the waterproof version that I currently have and I prefer the waterproof version. The mascara is great for an everyday look but I found that the waterproof version holds a curl better and I better preferred the formula.

    This is the product that prompted me to go for the last minute deal just before checkout. On sale at $10 I was excited to purchase Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I have to say that it will make a nice addition to my miniature skincare set I've been accumulating. I will make sure to do a full review as soon as I dig into the tub. 

    This was a definite repurchase item, I initially bought the primer water last year and it's been in my foundation routine since then. For dry skin, this is a game changer as I find other facial sprays tighten and irritate my skin. Bonus: it doesn't contain silicones, alcohols or oils. If you are looking for a quick fix that will hydrate and prep your skin for all-day makeup wear, this might just be your new best friend.

    This is a new purchase from ULTA Beauty and Gilded Honey is a classic golden powder highlighter. The packaging is very basic but inside, Gilded Honey doesn't disappoint- it can easily worn sheer if you want a hint of gold highlight or it can be intensified when building it up or using it wet. This is definitely one of my favourite purchases from the haul. I couldn't contain myself and wore it in the video and photos!

    My favourite natural, nontoxic makeup for everyday is W3LL People Narcissist Foundation. I've continuously raved about this foundation on the blog so much that you're probably sick of it. But it's amazing, and I love that it's certified natural and organic so I can wear it everyday as a concealer without being worried about continuous exposure to chemicals in most makeup products. I'm just going to go ahead and say it: I like W3LL People's Stick Foundation better than RMS Beauty's "UN" Cover-up. And it has better shade selection for dark skin tones. This is my third purchase and I am so happy that I discovered W3LL People, it's seriously amazing, try a sample or watch here and here for an in-depth review.

    Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is my favourite glam, full coverage foundation and this is an immediate repurchase. I know that I can rely on this foundation to make my skin look flawless day or night. If you are new to the liquid foundation world, I would say go for this one, you won't regret it. It slides onto the skin like silk! And it doesn't irritate my skin (See my tutorial using this foundation). 

    A Sephora haul is not complete without an eyeshadow palette, am I right? I actually was not considering purchasing eyeshadow palettes as I have enough palettes to make multiple looks but when I saw the palette in-store, I was so impressed. Simply put, this palette is all round perfect. I have always been a neutral girl who never strayed too far from my browns, tans, beige's and gold tones. This fits into my comfort zone yet still pushing me far enough to try the darker shades. The shimmer shades though, are some of my favourites and the mattes blend so well. And the smell! A vanilla dream. I reach for this now on a daily basis mainly due to the packaging and the mirror is huge, great for travelling with. Totally worth the splurge! This was an unexpected, yet dope palette and my gamble buy definitely paid off.

    My name is Yasmin and I am horrible at contour. Like, I usually look like a big mess when I try to contour, especially with powder. Cream products I can somehow make work okay, but I've always had a problem with powder. Then to make matters worse, I'm medium dark to dark so finding a good colour that isn't ashy is a nightmare. I kept hearing great things about this product, but was hesitant to but it because of the horrible track record I have with contour powders. When I realized they came out with more shades outside of the original medium, I decided it was time to but the bullet. I'm so happy that I did. One of the best decisions in this haul I've made, the colour match is amazing for my skin tone and the powder is so fine that I could probably even get away with intensifying the contour for nights out. I'm hooked after one application and this will always be in my makeup bag. 

    This is the only product in the Sephora haul that was premeditated for over three years. I have had this product locked in my brain for a long time, and I was excited when my last concealer ran out. There has to be a reason why one tube of these creamy highlighters in a pen is sold every ten seconds across the globe: this stuff is LEGIT. Even with it's awesomeness, I hadn't broke mine out in a while because like any other beauty junkie as I was saving it for the Sephora haul video. SIGH, upon first application, I noticed that it has a sheer coverage, so if you are looking for high coverage, try instead the MAKE UP FOR EVER full coverage concealer. However, because it's sheer, it's perfect as a highlighting concealer, adding light and radiance to the skin. As I suffer with dark circles, I think I will add my regular concealer first and use the highlighting pen to erase the matte texture and brighten the skin underneath my eyes.

    When my favourite powder, the RMS "Un" Powder ran out, I took a chance and decided go with Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I always feel nervous when testing out new powders as a dark skin gal, because most setting powders are either too white or too yellow in their undertone. I wanted something that is close to my complexion and finely milled so I don't look cakey, instead I want to look dewy-matte, if that oxymoron is even possible. While there are a few powders in the drugstore, NOTHING is as finely milled as this. With one application, I am so impressed by this setting powder and cannot wait to try it with all of my foundations. 

    This product was a holy-grail makeup item repurchase and while I love the product, one disadvantage is that it runs out pretty quick if you are using it everyday. As I have quite thin brows, I primarily use a brow pencil to fill in sparse areas and then use the clear gel to keep the brow hairs and pencil in place throughout the day (watch my eyebrow routine). Altogether, this product is great for setting your eyebrow work that you spend five minutes in the mornings  on and will last all day through rain and snow. I know that I can depend on this gel, unlike others that leave your brow hairs looking crispy and too perfect. The natural finish is just perfect, and I am happy to start using it everyday.

    Last but not least, I want to finish the haul with my favourite lipstick launch from DIOR. The formula of the DIOR Rouge Dior lipsticks are my current obsession after purchasing the iconic classic red lipstick in 999  that Natalie Portman is wearing in the ads. They have surpassed my last favourite, the CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks due to their unique texture and finish. The lipsticks are highly pigmented, buildable full coverage with a satin matte finish that are lightly moisturizing and easy to wear. These do dry down but not to a fully matte finish a la Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. It has a touch of luminosity that I personally prefer and these are genuinely lightly moisturizing, which is so rare in matte formulas. The colour range is modern and fun and I especially love Rendezvous, a nude with a hint of plum, perfect as "my lips but better" lipstick. Ambitious Matte is a cool brown red, an on-trend lipstick that's perfect for the winter. I wait to wear it with an all-nude makeup look during the winter season.

     Peace and Love,


    Let me your thoughts on my Sephora and ULTA haul. Did I haul any of your favourite products? Comment below and let's begin a conversation


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