VIB Rouge 20% off Sale Haul

What is joy? Joy is receiving Sephora boxes in the mail, and that's what I've been getting for the past four days! Ever since the 'waves' of ordered were placed, I've been longing and longing for the deliveries, which were reasonably delayed due to high volumes.

As I mentioned in the last blog, I missed out on doing research and placing orders on highly-rated products this time around, but still managed to grab a few seriously amazing items and sets. Group photo first!

Let the haul begin!

Indvididual items

1. Sephora Cleansing Wipes - Rose (hydrating and brightening) and Coconut (soothing and relaxing)($10 CAD for 25 wipes). Makeup removing / cleansing wipes. The rose ones smell like a bouquet of roses -- it removes makeup and oils easily, leaving skin moisturized. I have yet to try the coconut one, but predict that it will be milder in scent.

2. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($24 CAD)

After about half a year of wait, Sephora has finally restocked this lip mask. I've used their sleeping mask before and really liked the texture and how it keeps my skin hydrated, so I'm hoping this would do the same for the lips and around the mouth, especially now that the heat is on 24/7.

3. Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette ($55 CAD)

Buttery smooth, finely milled and boasting a range of warm taupes, orange-hues and berry-tones, this palette was one of the hottest item from last year. I was lucky enough to get the last palette in the mall because it was still sold out everywhere online and even in-stores during the sale period!

4. Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation ($45 for 48mL in Porcelain)

This foundation is part of a relatively new collection called Peaches and Cream. At a glance, primers, foundations and eyeshadows in this lineup are all mattifying or matte in terms of texture. I picked this up after watching reviews on YouTube, where many said it's still suitable for dry skin. In the store when I swatched the product, it felt quite moisturizing and gave off a subtle glow. Did I mention that it smells absolutely amazing as well? Just like fresh peaches and whipped cream! I'm trusting the 'comfort matte' descriptor for now and will update with another blog post.

Value & gift sets

5. Beauty Blender Blender For All Seasons set ($88 CAD for $140 value)

This set caught my eye mainly because of the crystal stand included, as well as the lilac and purple blenders (I'm a sucker for purple shades πŸ’—). At first glance, the stand looked plastic, but once taken out, it is weighty, cold-to-the-touch and crystalline-as-described. Finally, my beauty blenders do not have to be left on old plastic containers and dusty eye cream bottle lids πŸ˜‚ . This set will last me at least another 2 years.

6. Urban Decay All-nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($48 CAD for $80 value)

This duo set contains two full-size setting sprays that have been indispensable since I purchased it during Sephora's April sale. My Friend who asked to split this duo is a genius. It eliminates the need for setting foundation with powders (saves powder $), which saves my dry skin while promoting longevity of makeup. And I'm talking about 12 hour + days at work, constantly walking around, talking with students and making all kinds of faces😜. The popularity of this value combo is through the roof, thus always out of stock. Note that the bottles are no longer individually packaged.

7. Tarte High Performance Naturals Brush Set ($57 CAD for $187 value)

In searching to replace my current scratchy crease brush, I stumbled upon this holiday set by Tarte, which already had a few very positive reviews at the time of purchase. The set contains a cheek brush, a complexion brush, a highlighter brush, a shading eyeshadow brush and a blending eyeshadow brush, all housed in a beautiful golden brush holder. Once unpackaged, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, comfort, size and beautiful textile designs. There is a plastic holder piece inside that can be removed to fit more brushes.


8. Sephora Favourites Extend Your Style Dry Shampoo Collection ($39 CAD)

The Living Proof Perfect Hair Days dry shampoo is one of my best discoveries this year. It turns oily and flat roots into lasting fresh and volumized hair with a couple of decent sprays. The result lasts throughout the day and does not leave residue if shaken well and rubbed in. Although the value set (one regular size, one deluxe sample size) was sold out, I was able to get my hands on this collection, containing dry shampoo from a range of brands such as drybar, amika and Bumble and bumble. Whilst the regular Living Proof spray is 198mL for $29 CAD, this set contains a total of ~258mL across five bottles. I have yet to try the rest of the brands, but will recommend in a future post if they are worthy!

9. Sephora Favourites Lashstash To Go ($33 CAD)

Sample five mascaras, choose a favourite and exchange the included voucher for a full size. This set contains Lancome Definicils, Benefit they're Real!, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major, Too Faced Better Than Sex, and Tarte Tarteist mascaras, with volumes ranging from  2.07mL to 5g. I picked this set because typically, any of these mascaras would cost upward from $30 and up. Even without the 20% off, the set is worth purchasing if you are exploring mascaras or just love trying different types like me!

10. Sephora Favourites Prime, Set and Go ($50 CAD)

This set contains eight deluxe samples containing some of the highly rated foundation primers, setting sprays, a blur stick and an excellent setting powder. I purchased this for my friend who is tackling issues of longevity of makeup with oily T-zones. Hopefully she will find some of the products effective!

Additional purchases outside of sale period

11. Clinique Cheek Pop (No.12 Pink Pop, $28)

I've had my eyes on this cream blush for a while, but only decided on the colour when I came across it for 20% off at the Sears liquidation sale. It's a girly pink that lean slightly on the warmer side, which I find very flattering on my skin.

13. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Compact in Colour No.2 ($69 CAD)

This is definitely a splurge! I've been debating about paying this hefty price tag for 9g of powder foundation. But I keep on hearing about it being versatile, and can be used as a setting powder for us dry skin gals or wear alone as a light foundation.


The samples I chose with these online orders are mostly shampoo + conditioner combos. This is for two reasons:
1) Hair products from Sephora are quite expensive in general, and
2) I often dislike shampoo & conditional provided by hotels when I travel, so these sachets will be my travel buddy this winter when I go to Mexico!

The rouge renewel gift for 2017 is a mini Sephora PRO Airbrush #56.5, with a red handle. I think this will be handy for travelling and can be used to apply highlighting powders as it's mini and provides precision.

So, this concludes my annual splurge in terms of cosmetic items. Although Sephora has sales twice a year, the November one is arguably the best in terms of % discount and all the holiday/value sets most brands put out. It's the perfect time to grab value sets to split with friends, to gift-shop, restock on favourite goodies, and try out researched items that is otherwise too pricey.

Just remember to first evaluate your current possessions, set a budget, research items interested and shop sensibly. πŸ‘…

as always,
xo,  mary

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