Sephora had its first sale of the year in April with VIB Rouge and VIB members receiving a 15% discount and Beauty Insiders receiving a 10% discount. This is a much-anticipated event for many! I have been debating and reading reviews on various products for a few months and finally settled on these six items.
I always love reading blogs and watching YouTube videos on shopping hauls. In a way, I am shopping vicariously through the reviewers while keeping a mental note of any interesting products I should purchase. If you are considering any of the items below, I hope you will find my mini reviews helpful!
Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb
I recently purchased the GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer from Birchbox so I wanted to purchase this serum to try out skincare from Origins.
Origin claims this serum helps the skin look fresher, brighter and smoother while minimizing the appearance of imperfection. The ingredients include Canadian willowherb and Persian silk tree (Willowherb has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties).
After a week of use, I haven’t seen a fresher and brighter skin but I do notice my skin feels smoother after application. The scent is citrusy, much like the energy-boosting moisturizer. In my opinion, this light serum will be great for all skin types during the summer but is likely too light for combination to dry skin types in the winter. Overall, I like the serum but will probably not repurchase because I want to try other skincare lines and products.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer – #7
Ohhh I have been mulling over this baby for at least 6 months. Before Sephora started carrying this item, I never pulled the trigger to pay the full price ($62) for this item regardless of how many raving reviews I have read. I also questioned how natural it would be on my skin since the product was quite glittery on my hands. However, once I saw the product on Sephora and knew I can get it at a small discount, this became the first item in my cart.
The Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer is described to be multitasking illuminator and complexion perfector. You can use it as a primer before your foundation or mix it with your foundation to achieve a luminous skin. You can also use it as a liquid highlighter or use alone after moisturizer to achieve a glowing skin.
So far, my favorite is to use this product as a highlighter; it gives the most natural highlight to the cheekbones. Compared to the Benefit High Beam, the fluid sheer gives a more subtle and natural highlight due to the product’s fine shimmer. I have also mixed it with my foundation but I haven’t noticed any luminous effect. I would repurchase this, the product look so natural and I hope after a few more uses I will be able to see the subtle luminous effect with the foundation!
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder – Medium
Contouring has been the key promotional product of the beauty industry this spring. When you walk into a Sephora store, you are hit immediately with various contouring palettes. Last year I bought my first nice primer and foundation set, which started my purchase of tangent products, including my first contour powder to add more dimension to my face!
I debated over the Smashbox, Urban Decay and NARS contouring palettes for days. The reviews on these products were very positive but I did read some commentary on the difficulty of blending these products. I was seeking a non-shimmery, natural and blendable contouring powder and took a leap of faith with Kevyn Aucoin’s sculpting powder.
I am very satisfied with this sculpting powder. It is a non-glittery and shadowy shade that looks very natural (although it looks like a bruise on my arm) and the powder is extremely fine. Although the price tag is quite high, I am very happy I didn’t buy a product that works moderately well and eventually I have to buy another one.