Sephora Haul & First Impressions (+ UK Shipping Experience)


It finally happened: I did a Sephora order! I’ve been dying to do one for so long but this month I took the plunge and went for it. I’m going to tell you all about the ordering process and the products I picked up.

Sephora have a flat £6 shipping rate to the UK if you spend more than £85, however that does not include tax. Tax is calculated at the checkout though, so you know exactly how much you owe and you pay it there and then. Obviously the tax is a percentage of the value of the goods you’ve purchased so for me there was a bit of a balancing act between ordering enough to get the £6 shipping but not ordering so much that the proportionate tax was really high. In the end I ordered £100 worth of products, paid £19 of tax and £6 for the shipping. My order arrived through DHL without any fuss on the following Thursday after I ordered on the Sunday; not bad at all!

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed | $28

I love Tarte's blush formula and whilst QVC UK did stock a tiny handful of shades at one point, they seem to have discontinued them. Exposed had my name written all over it as it's a deep plummy-mauve matte shade and if you're a regular, you'll know that's kind of my M.O.

On first impressions, the formula is just as pigmented and long-lasting as the shade I already have (Captivating). I find Tarte blushes so easy to apply, especially compared to other matte formulas. They don't go on patchy and crucially they don't fade or go uneven throughout the day. I have a feeling Exposed is going to be a firm favourite.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop | $38

For the longest flipping time I was trying to get my hands on Becca's Opal Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector and ended up buying both the original and poured versions along the way... However it still seems to be having supply issues. In the meantime, along came Champagne Pop. I must admit its Limited Edition status nudged me to do this order sooner rather than later. I have heard a lot of people say their's arrived smashed so I was apprehensive, but luckily mine was fine (though Sephora's wrapping and packaging was definitely not adequate, in my opinion). 

The texture of this water-based formula is so beautiful that although it's a powder it almost feels like a cream. The shade itself is a champagne-gold with hints of peach. I've heard people liken it to a cross between their permanent shades Moonstone and Opal. It's slightly more peachy than I'd usually go for but I have to say this could well be my perfect highlighter. It's so blend-able on the skin and although it's very much a 'woo look at me' highlighter, you can get a more subtle everyday look by using a fan brush.

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Rosewood | $28

I've wanted to try something from Bite Beauty for ages, and although everyone raves about their matte formula, none of the shades were calling out to me. However the colour selection in the Butter Cream formula was much more my sort of thing and I eventually settled on Rosewood (a rosy plum nude shade). I love the little 'Hand Cut' sticker; the concept is that the most moisturising part of the lipstick is partway in so this is cut at the perfect point. A little bit gimmicky but I'm that weird person that prefers a flat lipstick bullet anyway.

The formula is so nice and creamy yet still pigmented. It has a sheen on the lips and feels very hydrating and nourishing. Rosewood is a great everyday shade I can see myself getting a lot of use out of.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 13 Marvellous Mauve | $14

I've heard so much about the Sephora Cream Lip Stains and it was a painful decision between getting one of these and getting one of the Kat Von D ones (as I said, I really didn't want to pay any more customs!) This shade, Marvellous Mauve, is what tipped me. Again it's is classic me, being a gorgeous deep, vibrant mauve.

This is seriously one of the most long-lasting lip products I've ever tried! You could easily apply it before a night out, eat and drink and not have to reapply it. It sits comfortably on the lips; though it has a  matte finish it really doesn't feel drying. I can't wait to get my hands on more shades!

Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush #55 | $34

I couldn't not pick up one of Sephora's own makeup brushes, as I don't think I've ever owned one but I've heard so many great things. The Pro Airbrush #55 seemed to be a popular choice and I'm always after something that will give me flawless foundation. It's definitely different to the foundation brushes I usually go for, which is what attracted me to it. It looks pretty much like a powder brush and the bristles are super-soft. Although I don't own a powder foundation, I will be trying this with some other powder products. So far though, I'm loving this for applying liquid bases. It gives such an amazing, flawless finish in a few sweeps and is already becoming my favourite brush to use with light bases.



So there you have it: my first ever Sephora haul. And I'm already planning my next...

What do you think of my haul? Which Sephora products do you want to get your hands on?

 


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  1. Inspiring post, dear!

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  2. The shipping sounds super easy, I don't think I've heard someone explain it so simply before as it always sounds complicated. The Tarte blush looks gorgeous and I really want to try a Sephora makeup brush. I'm still wishing they'll come to the UK!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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    1. I don't think Sephora is returning to the UK market any time soon but it would be so great if brands like Tarte were more accessible here! xx

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  3. Yey, you got Champagne Pop! The Sephora Cream Lip Stains are amazing, I do find that the Kat Von D's go on a little smoother but there isn't a huge difference between the two formulas I don't think. I really want to try some more of Tarte's blush products - I got a deluxe sample as part of a set with a lip crayon but the blush is a bit too glittery for me. Definitely need to make an order as I didn't realise the shipping is so quick!

    Amy | The Beauty Post

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  4. Awesome haul! How beautiful is Champagne Pop?!?! I got the little trio palette and I'm obsessed with it. I definitely think I need to buy a full size before they're all gone x
    The Beauty Bloss

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  5. Ooooh, Marvelous Mauve looks gorgeous! Love a good Sephora order :)

    Laurzrah 

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  6. Nice! I'm not sure if you're into red lipsticks (they would look great on your colouring!) and I know everyone bangs on about it, but the Sephora lip cream in Always Red is MUST HAVE. I've abandoned pretty much every other red I own since getting my hands on it x

    The Beauty Locker

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    1. I'm not normally that into red but I'm definitely open to trying to find the perfect shade for me so thanks, I'll check it out next time :) xx

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  7. I ordered from them last year and shipping was SO fast x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  8. I have ordered from Sephora before and was really impressed. I really want some Tarte blushers and also the JH highlighter but I just can afford it right now...boo!

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  9. I have yet to place a Sephora order but am forever adding products to my basket! That blush looks stunning! I love Champagne Pop! xx

    Beautylymin

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  10. Ooh Marvellous Mauve looks like a shade I would adore! Great picks on your Sephora order - I have the same shade as the Tarte blush with you and I absolutely love it! xx

    The Girl From the North

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  11. Bite Rosewood looks bloody gorgeous!! And of course Champagne Pop looks stunning! I've not ordered from Sephora but I do have one of their makeup brushes that I picked up in a blog sale and I love it :)
    I'm impressed the shipping was so quick!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I was impressed too, it's so fuss free my mind has been put at ease and I will definitely be doing another when I can :) xx

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  12. I have seen many Sephora hauls and most seems to purchase a minimum of £100. :)
    Champagne Pop looks magnificent. I want to get my hands on it so badly!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  13. Ahh so jealous you got Champagne Pop! I bet it looks amazing on your skin tone with the peachy/gold tone :)

    Kat | www.kathorrocks.com

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  14. Great haul, I definitely want to try out a few of these products!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. Yeah it's not bad at all and I like that you know upfront how much tax you're paying so no nasty surprises! xx

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  16. Love the Bite Lipstick shade, so pretty. I might treat myself to an order after Christmas x

    Amy / srslylou

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  17. Oh love what you got! I definitely take Sephora for granted come to think of it haha, glad you were able to get a haul in. I picked up the Bite lipstick in Pecan, looove the formula - it's definitely very comfortable to wear. I hope you get to try the Kat Von D liquid lipstick next time! I finally picked them up and they blew my expectations, much prefer them to any others I've tried. Definitely try and get one or two in your next haul :)

    Cindy | www.cindyhyue.com

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  18. You got so many of my favorites! The only thing I haven't tried is that Bite lipstick, but it looks like a gorgeous shade. I'm so glad you're loving Tarte's Exposed :)

    Kelsey | Beauty by Kelsey

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    1. You were a major enabler of that purchase ;) xx

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  19. You got some amazing bits! I'm yet to do my haul but I am excited! I will just have to top myself spending LOADS haha!
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  20. Everything you picked up looks gorgeous Jasmine!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  21. Thank you so much for doing this! I've been looking for experiences of Sephora hauls in the UK for ages as I was worried about making an order and being disappointed or being charged too much. I think I'll be waiting until after Christmas to pick up a few bits. I'm definitely eager to get Champagne Pop, I can't find Opal anywhere! Love the colours of everything you picked out, I'm a big fan of mauve/dusty rose shades. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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  22. I always forget Sephora isn't in the UK, I have no idea why. I think they'd make crazy money over there.

    Sephora always seems to have stocking issues with Becca highlighters. The first time I bought Opal I had to go to five different stores because it was sold out everywhere and online. The only way I got it was by attending the grand opening of a new Sephora store (and lucky me it broke in my purse a few days later, lol). I think I'm going to try Topaz next, though.

    The Bite beauty lipsticks are some of my favorites. That whole line is amazing. If you order again try Marzipan, it's a hand cut one as well. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

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    1. I'm guessing because it was in the UK for a while but wasn't very successful, they aren't very keen to bring it back despite the beauty industry being completely different to how it was a decade ago!

      Also the Becca Opal thing was Becca's supply issue as it was the same on Cult Beauty and in Space NK, though they finally have it back now :) xx

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  23. Although it's pricey the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush sounds absolutely marvelous. Have a happy weekend!! :]

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  24. The taxes are what put me off ordering but I love how simple they have made it! Definitely think I may have to take the plunge soon! Love the lip colours and blush!

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  25. I don't think I'd order online but I've been to a Sephora store in NYC and it was amazing!

    Love the sound of the butter cream lipstick!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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  26. It sounds like you had a pretty good first time with Sephora! So glad your Champagne Pop arrived safely. I adore Tarte blushes too, they are just the tops! Those lip shades are gorgeous. Now I just want to shop, Jasmine! haha
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  27. I love Champagne Pop! I have Marvelous Mauve but I hate it, it looks too pale on me, just like KVD's Lolita...among the other Sephora Lip Creams, I have Strawberry Kissed and Always Red which I like way better

    Hannah
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    1. I will definitely have my eye on more shades soon! xx

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  28. The lip products look so creamy and amazing! Great post :)
    xo Kiki
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  29. That is a great haul and wow, I really need to swatch Marvellous Mauve again, I don't remember it being that pretty! I adore BITE Beauty lipsticks in general, they are one of the creamiest and most hydrating I owned.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  30. WOW! That swatch of Champagne Pop! Incredible *_* I wonder how long these will be around for, I wish limited ed meant available for two years, I would love to get my hands on that! Also Rosewood is a stunning shade ^_^
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

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  31. Lovely picks ! I absolutely love the Sephora pro airbrush range! The number 56 is my favorite one to apply foundation, it is like a mix between a flat and a buffing brush!

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  32. I keep thinking of ordering from Sephora but the taxes scares me a bit :) But considering everything is a bit cheaper in US it might be worth taking the plunge. I have Marvellous Mauve and it's gorgeous and I can't fault the formula! x

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    1. I wouldn't bother to get products you can get in the UK as I'm not convinced their any cheaper once tax and shipping are added in but it's perfect for brands/specific products you can't get here :) xx

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  33. Lucky you! I love a good Sephora order and the products you picked are all gorgeous. Champagne Pop is so highly raved online at the moment. Bite Rosewood's shade is gorgeous! Xx

    Ally | www.glamoclock.com

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  34. Champagne pop looks stunning as always! I have the same lip cream and I love it. The colour is perfect for this time of year xx
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  35. I NEED Sephora to come to the UK!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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    1. Maybe they will make a comeback someday! xx

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  36. Awesome haul!! I just did some Sephora splurging myself in the VIB sale! You will LOOOVE Champagne Pop. It's amazing!

    Olive & Ivy

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  37. Your order arrived very quickly! Champagne Pop looks stunning, I badly need it! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. That Rosewood shade looks divine! When I read "Bite Rosewood', I don't know why but I immediately thought of vampires and the shade colour just played the part in formulating that image. I need to stop watching supernatural shows...


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  39. Oooh I'm obsessed with Sephora! And I've always had such an excellent experience with them ordering online.
    I'm glad your first impressions of the Becca pressed powder are positive. It's probably my favorite makeup brand as far as helping me achieve the "my-face-looks-dewy-almost-like-I'm-sweating-but-I'm-really-not-because-that's-gross."

    I've just come across your little blog and I really love it! I'm officially subscribed. Can't wait to see more posts from you soon!

    -Alex
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  40. Oooh I'm obsessed with Sephora! And I've always had such an excellent experience with them ordering online.
    I'm glad your first impressions of the Becca pressed powder are positive. It's probably my favorite makeup brand as far as helping me achieve the "my-face-looks-dewy-almost-like-I'm-sweating-but-I'm-really-not-because-that's-gross."

    I've just come across your little blog and I really love it! I'm officially subscribed. Can't wait to see more posts from you soon!

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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  41. I love Sephora! I've always had such a great experience with ordering online.
    I'm also really glad that your first impressions of the Becca pressed powder are positive -- Becca is probably my favorite makeup brand as far as achieving that "my-face-is-dewy-and-sort-of-looks-like-i'm-sweating-but-i'm-really-not-because-that's-gross" look!

    I've just come across your little blog and I really like it! Can't wait to see more posts from you soon :)

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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  42. So keen to try the Sephora lip stains, they look amazing! I think I'm heading to the states next year so I'm just going to insane in Sephora...

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  43. Gosh the tax is so much! I've just moved to the UK a few months ago after we JUST got Sephora in Australia. I was dying to make a order from their website but It seem so expensive! That Tarte blush is ever so gorgeous though!

    Georgia Jade | The Weekend Attic

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    1. To be honest I wasn't too fussed as in the US they add tax on after the price on the product even if you're over there a lot of the time! I was just glad it told me upfront so I knew what I was getting into :) xx

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  44. This was such a helpful post, I've been thinking of doing a Sephora order for ages but was worried about the tax! Thank you for the tips!

    Amanda x

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  45. I absolutely love Tarte's Exposed, I'm so glad I picked it up from Sephora when i was in the Sates in October, it is such a lovely neutral blush and it blends so beautifully. xx

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  46. Tarte's blush in Exposed is gorgeous! Loving the lip choices you picked!

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  47. Thank you for your comments lovelies! xx

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  48. I'm so glad that Sephora now ship to the UK, so I can get my fix when I don't have a holiday to the US booked.
    Leigh

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  49. £6 flat shipping is actually pretty good! :)
    This is such a cute little haul. Champagne pop is gorgeous and makes my lackless cheek bones look on point! Rosewood looks stunning! Argh. I want it ;)
    Ellie,xx
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  50. I love Champagne Pop! And Exposed is a gorgeous shade!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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  51. I have the Sephora Cream lip stain and the brush #55 and love both but I always shop in Sephora when I travel around Europe. Haven't bothered online yet because I find it annoying that we have to order at least £85 in one go (before tax) to get the £6 shipping.

    I've recently got Becca Opal (since I couldn't get Champagne Pop) and I'm obsessed!! So pretty! x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  52. I wish we had Sephora here in the UK! I am dying to get my hands on more Tarte products as they're so hyped up, that blush is such a gorgeous shade too, perfect for this time of year. After seeing your swatch of the Becca Champagne Pop I am dying to make a Sephora order, that is absolutely beauitful and I am looking for a powder highlight as I just can't find one I like. Those lip shades are beautiful too, they're definitely shades I would've gone for. Sephora is calling me...Great post Jasmine, lovely photos as per usual x

    Ami | perksofbeingami

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    1. Thank you lovely :) and Champagne Pop is going to be available in Space NK soon in limited numbers! xx

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  53. Bite Rosewood is beautiful, I bet it looks stunning on you Jasmine!!

    Jess xo
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  54. the worst thing about ordering things online is paying for shipping! 😫 you got some lovely products, especially that highlighter!
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  55. The Tarte Blush shade is gorgeous!! The tax wasn't as much as i expected. You picked out some great products.
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