Sephora Haul, Recent Buys, and Deals Ending Soon (December 2014)

Tonight I finally had some time to visit my local Sephora to take advantage of the $25 off $50 promotion (read here for more details on this good deal)! Read on to find out what I purchased! In this post you will also find some new makeup that I recently bought and received. I have some amazing deals to share with you at the end of the post, too! There is a lot of information in this post, so without further ado, let's get started!

The Sephora $25 off $50 haul

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, Caudalie Beauty Elixir Ornament, Shiseido Facial Cotton, and Bite Beauty Bite Lush Lip Wipes
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, Caudalie Beauty Elixir Ornament, Shiseido Facial Cotton, and Bite Beauty Bite Lush Lip Wipes

Obviously, I bought more than $50. ^_^” Are you surprised that I did not buy any makeup at all? Yes, I am surprised at myself, too! Most of the stuff is just essentials and skincare products — a little boring but totally necessary! :D

  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ($14 | Sephora) I have heard nothing but great reviews of these pads! The instruction is easy: just “wipe it across the face after cleansing to exfoliate, tone, and brighten“. I'm super excited to try this tonight! I hope it helps clear up my complexion over time!
  • Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover ($28 | Sephora) I just finished my bottle of the Chanel Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover so this product is a must buy. Eye makeup remover is something I like to experiment with. I have come across many that I love but I can't seem to stay loyal to any of them for some reason. Hopefully this one by Clarins is going to be a love, too! :)
  • Caudalie Beauty Elixir Ornament ($18 | Sephora) The famous facial mist favorited by so many! The claim: “visibly smooths, tightens the appearance of pores, and provides a burst of radiance to the complexion” sounds pretty far-fetched to me for basically a facial spray but we'll see. At this point I just want something refreshing with a pleasant smell to rehydrate my face after toning. :)
  • Shiseido Facial Cotton ($9.50 | Sephora) My favorite cotton of all time is actually the Chanel Le Cotton but it's been out of stock everywhere including on the Chanel's own website. Well, time to revisit my old favorite then! This one by Shiseido is super, super soft. Softer than the Chanel one even but it is less absorbent. It's also smaller in size but I still love it especially for removing my eye makeup where I need the softest cotton possible.
  • Bite Beauty Bite Lush Lip Wipes ($12 | Sephora) I wanted to try these wipes for so long! Bite is known for their high-performance lip products so I have high hopes that I'll really like these. Supposedly, they are used to “remove color, replenish, and mattify” your lips. Sounds pretty straightforward to me! Stay tuned for my next Tool Thursday review as I'll talk about this in more details!

Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Collection

Hello Kitty Kawaii Nail Set, Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette, An Apple A Day Trio Lip Balm Set, and Ruby Solid Perfume Cocktail Ring
Hello Kitty Kawaii Nail Set, Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette, An Apple A Day Trio Lip Balm Set, and Ruby Solid Perfume Cocktail Ring

I have just received these Hello Kitty Anniversary sets in the mail a couple of days ago but as I looked online on Sephora website, they are no longer available! Fear not, if you are a Hello Kitty fan, as chances are there will still be plenty of these in stock at your local Sephora. At least mine does, and they are now half off, too! So right now is a great time to buy as they would make for great holiday gifts for kids/pre-teens (or for yourself). I'll try to get the swatches and reviews up by next week. :)

Recent buys

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection Lipsticks and Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms
Tom Ford Lips & Boys Collection Lipsticks and Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms

The Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lipstick Collection is probably among the most talked about products right now! I have only received my first shipment of 4 lipsticks as shown above (Justin, Alexander, Preston, and Pablo; please note: colors are not accurate in this lighting) and I'll have to wait until after new year for my second shipment to arrive. It's going to be a torture but hopefully one that will be worth it! I'll also try to get the review up as soon as I can so you can contemplate whether they're worth a splurge. They won't be available for purchase again until after Christmas anyway so you have plenty of time to decide.

My other “mini” lipstick buy is the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms set! The set includes 3 of the brand's best-selling shades: Penelope Pink, Bitch Perfect, and So Marilyn. As you can see in the picture above, they are super tiny! They are smaller than my thumb. :D The set is unfortunately already sold out everywhere but you can still buy each color individually. Edit 12/13/14: The set is back in stock at Nordstrom! I will have a review up by this weekend. :D


Kat Von D makeup at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls
Kat Von D makeup at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

If you have not heard, a lot of makeup from big brands such as Kat Von D, Deborah Lippman, and Butter London is now being sold at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls nationwide. I found these Kat Von D lippies at my local T.J. Maxx for almost half off! I also spot some Butter London eyeliners for only $2.99 each (full price is $18)! There are lots of great deals going on so keep checking your local stores for availability.

More great deals ending soon

  • Marc Jacobs – Customize your Lovemarc Lip Gel Trio Set for only $70! (I am customizing my set as we speak!) Use code LIPKIT at checkout! Valid December 11th – 16th
  • Kate Somerville – 25% off Friends & Family sale extended for one day only on Monday, December 15th! Use code FRIENDS25 at checkout
  • Tarte – 30% off Friends & Family sale extended for one day only: today, December 12th! Use code DECFNF. Free sample + shipping $40 & up, too!
  • Nordstrom Beauty – Lots of new GWPs including the free cosmetics bag boasting 19 deluxe samples, yours with any $150 beauty or fragrance purchase
  • L'Occitane – Unfortunately the famous Locci Box is out of stock again but you can still find lots of other sample sets for a reasonable price!
  • – Free Edun Wool Felted Pouch with 17 deluxe samples with any $150 purchase

I have participated in a few of these deals myself and I promise to show you photos of what I bought when they arrive on my instagram! Make sure you follow me there to get the latest updates. :)

Have you finished (or started) your holiday shopping yet? What are the items you look forward to getting (or giving) the most?

Disclosure: The Hello Kitty Kawaii Nail Set, Pop-Up Party Eyeshadow Palette, An Apple A Day Trio Lip Balm Set, and Ruby Solid Perfume Cocktail Ring were provided by Sephora. All opinions are my own.

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  1. says: Agata

    Nice buys, Jaa. I don’t have any Tom Ford lipsticks but I really want to get at least one. I just cannot decide which shade to pick!

  2. says: Sunny

    Haha all the holiday shopping I’ve been doing lately is for myself :p I am a horrible person LOL Skincare is NOT boring, although I have to admit I’d love to see those boys here soon :)

    1. says: Jaa

      I’m really taking my time testing the TF boys! ;D I want to make absolutely sure about how I feel about them before writing a review. I guess that’s why my reviews of the new stuff always come out late. LOL. I take too much time testing!

      1. says: Sunny

        Oh but that’s great! That’s why I love you really :) I hesitate to say anything about everything for the same reason! I want to make sure how I truly feel about something first!

        1. says: Jaa

          I think it’s a good thing that we take our time testing the products, though. Quality and integrity come first even though it could mean less hits on our page. :)

  3. says: Erin

    I’ll have to go to TJ Maxx sometime soon and see what they have. I wholly doubt they would have Interstellar since it’s new but I can dream.

  4. says: Lily

    First, I thought those Bite wipes looked like condoms. Sorry >_<
    And oh, those Tom Fords! I'm trying to resist the Bad Boys but I'm afraid I might succumb…

  5. says: Janet

    Nice haul! i love the Hello Kitty stuff. I just got the lip balm trio too! i haven’t tried it yet. i am loving that eyeshadow palette too! Thanks for the heads up with Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, and Kat Von D. That is most excellent news!!! :D :D :D I have some friends that will really love that news!!! i am with Sunny on the shopping. i have been in a mostly, (okay, all) for me, shopping mode! ;D i have had an obsession with Memebox lately. The bug bit me hard with that one! :D :D :D ;D

    1. says: Jaa

      I still haven’t gotten on the Memebox trend! I’ll have to keep an eye out for a good one before I splurge! :D How do you like the Hello Kitty eyeshadow palette?

  6. says: Liz

    I bought the FAB pads during VIB but still haven’t opened it yet – currently using a similar product from Skyn Iceland that’s pretty good. And I waffle big time on the Caudalie elixir. I want the big size but it’s not really a necessity – just something nice to have. At first I didn’t like the herbal smell of it but by the time I finished the small bottle, I was in love with it. Unlike other face mists though, I think it does have some benefits. My skin looked and felt good while I was using it, so I hope you like it!

    1. says: Jaa

      That is so good to hear about the Caudalie Elixir, Liz! I still haven’t had a chance to open my bottle yet. LOL. Been busy testing other things! :)

      I am loving the FAB pads so far! I honestly saw a difference after first use! I have a feeling it will be a repeat purchase from now on. :)

  7. says: Sylirael

    *Scream* Look at those lipsticks! CT and TF and ALL THE INITIALS OMGWTFBBQ!!!!

    Funny story: I made a specific pilgrimage in Paris to find some Caudalie Elixir to sniff after hearing everyone including Lisa Eldridge rave about it…and then I didn’t really like the scent!! >_< I was so disappointed, LOL! I don't hate the scent by any means, but I don't like it enough to buy a whole bottle. *sigh* XD

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