Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sephora Portugal: My First EVER Sephora Haul


When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you the opportunity to shop at Sephora, you do not pass the chance up. Unfortunately (or luckily, I'm not sure) Sephora has not yet made its way to the UK, nor do I think it ever will. Whilst we read hundreds of posts about Sephora hauls from our US based beauty blogger friends, we have to content ourselves with Boots and the likes, which is fine but I've always wanted to try something from Sephora and now I can say I finally have!

If you didn't know (I doubt it as I've gone slightly overboard on Instagram and as per my previous post, read here), I was in Portugal last week for just over a week and I made it my mission to visit a Sephora store during the trip. Originally, I wanted to go to a Lisbon store but given our time there would have been limited I found the next best thing, a store at the Algarve mall conveniently a 20 minute drive away from where we were staying. I had waited for this time for so long, I was like a kid in a candy store.

The store was small but it had quite a good selection of brands. I knew I wanted to purchase Sephora own products as well as anything that wasn't available in the UK (that didn't work). Notice I actually shopped responsibly, this is partially because I don't really need any more make-up (too many palettes I can't even get through) and partially because if you've been to Algarve you will know how bloody expensive everything is there. Here's what I got my hands on.


Let’s start with Porefessional License To Blot, an instant oil-blotting stick for a mattified complexion (here). This is meant to be used to touch up over make-up during the day, whenever blotting is needed. I don't usually blot so I knew that wasn't going to be how I use it. A few Youtubers I watch recommended using this prior to foundation and I'm so glad I took note as this makes my base sit so well on my face as well as hold back any oils that may want to break free during the day. My only complaint is how little product there is (4.25g) for its price tag ($20, £15.50) as I know I will soon-ish have to repurchase.


Next up, the Sephora Precision Sponge which I confess was an impulse buy near the cashier. I don't have the price for this as I've thrown the receipt away but a similar product on the Sephora website retails for $12. I've now read some pretty bad reviews online and am kicking myself for picking it up; never pick up anything whilst on a queue! Hopefully when I give it a shot it won't be so bad and actually usable. Fingers (and toes) crossed. 


Moving onto face/eye masks, I've talked about the multi-masking trend before here when I reviewed the L'Oreal Pure clay masks and ever since I've turned into a mask junkie. I'm definitely a late comer to this trend but better late than never. My choices include: Pomegranate Face Mask (awakens, energises, and protects the skin with antioxidant-rich natural pomegranate extract, $6), Algae Face Mask (detoxifies the skin to get rid of impurities that cause dullness for a fresh, radiant complexion, $6) and Pomegranate Eye Mask (reduces signs of fatigue, awakens, and tones the eye for a rested, energetic look, $5); find them here and here. I can't wait to give these a try this fall on a pampering Sunday evening and report back on how they did. Seen a few reviews and these seem pretty popular so a pat on my back for picking them up.


Last, but not least my favourite purchase of this mini haul. When I arrive in Portugal I realised I had taken no blush with me so it made perfect sense to get one. This is the Sephora Colorful Face Powder in shade Number 28. The colour may seem a little intense on these photos but in real life it's much more subtle, I promise. This is not a colour I would normally wear but my tanned skin allowed for something a little darker than usual and I went for it. I love how pigmented it is; it has become my go-to blush these past few days thanks to my tan. The shade unfortunately isn't on the website but you can see the collection here retailing at $14 each.


And that concludes my haul. I've definitely gone slightly overboard with the text in the post so if you've made your way to the end and not got bored half way through, thanks for reading! :) What do you think of my haul? Let me know below!

Wishing everyone a nice weekend ahead!

xoxo

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46 comments

  1. I love Sephora products,their colorful cosmetics are perfectly pigmented :-)Nice haul my dear:-)

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  2. Quero muito um The Pore Professional. O blush é muito lindo e fiquei com curiosodade em relação às máscaras :)

    Beijinho

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  3. Love your sephora haul. I love that face powder.

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  4. Lovely selection of items. I definitely feel I need one of those blending sponges!
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  5. I love the beauty blender. x

    Have a nice week,
    Andreea
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  6. I ove Sephora, I can find a lot of brand!

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  7. I heard wonders of The Porefessional. Wanna try it! specially in this humid weather in Panama

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  9. That is a great haul, Pam! I really should pay more attention to Sephora own brand as I know the quality is usually on par with high end brands but for a small fraction of the price.

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  10. It's always great to shop in a different country. A shame about the sponge, but I hope the other products treat you kind.

    Mich x
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  11. A facial mask is such an exclusive treatment for me. Never tried the ones from Sephora before. Hope you enjoy it :)

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  12. I love Sephora brand foundation.. I'll have to check more out by their line! xxo
    Jamie
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  13. Such a great post! Sephora is the best.

    Xx
    Molly
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  14. Would love to try those eye masks! I'm so gutted that Sephora doesn't exist in the UK, but I have hopes that it will one day *fingers crossed* x

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  15. Love love seeing makeup hauls! I also love seeing beauty products from other countries! Those eyes masks sound amazing!!!!!

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  16. Hehe, I think that's my biggest complaint with Sephora - the amount of product for the price you pay... :P but maybe that's because I'm a cheapskate...
    Anyway, glad you got to treat yourself to Sephora! I wish they would open in the UK already. They'd have such a huge market there, I don't know why they wont/can't do it?

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  17. Davam jeito essas coisinhas por aqui!

    Isabel Sá
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  18. Davam jeito essas coisinhas por aqui!

    Isabel Sá
    Brilhos da Moda

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  19. Some great items Pam, I love going to Sephora!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
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  20. The blush is so pigmented, love it! I must give pore-fessional a try!



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  21. I don't usually blot either, but this sounds like a great product!

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  22. I really want to visit a Sephora so many beautiful make-up products!!
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  23. You don't have Sephora in UK but have another few shops that I really love and wanted here in Portugal :p The haul is great :D I love Sephora masks ;)
    Kisses ♡
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  24. i think you can say "luckily" if sephora would be in germany I would be out of money immediately every month :D haha I LOVE sephora and I can totally understand you looked out for it and bought some goodies for yourself. such a wonderful haul :)
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  25. I've never been to a Sephora! I never seem to get the chance when on holiday. The eye masks look really interesting, I really want to try some of those! x

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  26. Sephora is really so good, I am glad that you went there and got so many lovely things, dear Pam! I loved the Porefessional License to Blot, I want that stick now! And I love Pomegranate, so an eye mask sounds really good. The Sephora line is really very good, but like you said, Boots is also a nice shop :) Loved your post, hope you can go to Sephora many more times in other places too!
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  27. I love the Sephora sheet masks! So glad you finally got to go :)

    xo, Liz
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  28. Wow! I wonder why they don't have a Sephora in the UK! I love shopping for makeup there as my local Sephora store has one of the largest selections of makeup ever. Sorry you don't have one, that really stinks!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  29. Amazing haul. I love the look of those masks, such a great value xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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  30. Absolutely LOVE the sephora sheet masks!

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  31. I've never bought anything from Sephora either (I live in the U.S. though). I want to try some of their products. Let me know if you want to follow each other.

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  32. Sephora can be very exciting. When I visit to pick up one item, I end up with ten cos everything looks great and supposedly works. I use Benefit pore professional primer and lovveeee it. Great haul Pam, enjoy!

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  33. a passar por cá para desejar um ótimo fim de semana!

    Isabel Sá
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  34. I had my first visit in Prague! I got some face masks, I really like them! Thank god it's not over here, I would be broke all the time haha! Glad you had fun in there!
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  35. I'm quite surprised that Sephora isn't making its way over here to the UK, I know we have tons of other brands/stores but I'd love to try Sephora own brand of products. The masks sound amazing x

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  36. Sephora is the best place! They need to open one in London asap!
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  37. That blush is such a gorgeous shade !

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

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  38. I love so many products from Sephora Collection so I need to check out their blushes! I honestly cannot believe that Sephora isn't in the UK. I wonder why. Hopefully they open one soon! I wish we had a Space NK in the states lol!

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  39. Nunca experimentei nenhum desses mas ando há imenso tempo para comprar as máscaras faciais, tenho ouvido coisas boas delas!
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  40. Great products! So there is difference in products depending the country!

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  41. i love sephora products

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  42. I really wish we had a sephora in the UK i get so jealous at all the US people haha

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