After two years of following a very strict financial diet, I decided to treat myself with a little splurge at Sephora and CVS. By and large, I purchased items that I needed rather than things I wanted. As someone who struggles with purchasing too much makeup, I am proud of my restraint. Keep reading to see my mini fall Sephora haul.
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Fall Sephora Haul
Sephora Collection – Ready to Roll 10 Piece Brush Set | Price: $70.00
After moving this September, I went through a major decluttering spree. Nothing was safe from being thrown out or re-homed, including my makeup brushes.
When I first started toying around with the idea of creating a blog, I purchases a giant 22-piece brush set from Coastal Scents on Amazon. Why not? This particular set was inexpensive and came with a TON of brushes. However, as I started to get better at applying my makeup I came to the realization that these brushes were not the best quality.
Nevertheless, the sentimental part of me could not bring myself to toss out this brush set. If I know something will be repurposed then decluttering is easy. In contrast, I have a really hard time throwing away items.
This year, I *finally* mustered the courage to toss out this brush set. Instead, I purchased a slightly smaller, but better quality set – Sephora Ready to Roll Brush Set.* Although this set doesn’t contain every single brush I’d need, it is a great starting point.
The brush set comes in faux leather, travel-friendly case. Also, the brushes are cruelty-free; however, the Sephora Collection is not Cruelty-Free. For more on beauty tools that I enjoy using read my Tati Beauty Blendiful Review or my ColourPop The Full Beat Kit Review.
Sephora Collection – Line Up Makeup Tape | Price: $6.00
When I was younger, I was much more adventurous with my eye makeup. I used to wear bold, bright colors. I experimented with bold winged eyeliner. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve fallen into a stale routine when it comes to my eye makeup routine.
In the hopes of reteaching myself to create super structured eye looks, I purchased the Sephora Collection Line Up Makeup Tape. Buying this tape felt bougie. However, I would rather buy specific beauty tape over normal scotch tape. Regular tape could irritate the skin or exacerbate wrinkles.
This tape promises to be hypoallergenic and easy to remove. Additionally, this product is not tested on animals.
Duo – Eyelash Adhesive in Black | Price: $9.00
Although I’ve heard mixed things about the Duo Eyelash Adhesive online, I decided to purchase this glue. It was relatively inexpensive. Also, it comes from a known brand.
I’ve seen people complain about the smell of Duo online. However, I still felt like giving this product a try. Ultimately, since I am still getting acclimated to applying false lashes, I purchased black glue to hide any sloppy application.
Like both of the aforementioned products, this adhesive is not tested on animals. Also, it is formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, or triclosan.
Sephora Collection Level Setter Razors | Price: $8.00
I should probably be embarrassed about this purchase but I’m not. Like nearly every other human on the planet, I have peach fuzz on my face. Personally, I don’t like the way that my fuzzy baby hairs impact how foundation lays on my face, so I chose to remove them with a facial razor.
I’ve purchased the Sephora Collection Level Setter Razors before and found them effective. That being said, I think these are expensive.
Tweezerman – Pink Perfection Pointed Slant Tweezer | Price: $25.00
The Tweezerman Pink Perfection Pointed Slant Tweezers looked like they’ll be great for plucking stray eyebrow hair. I am slightly nervous to use them near my eyes (when applying false lashes). I may need to purchase a pair of tweezers specifically meant to apply false lashes.
Looking at the reviews online, I’m seeing a lot of mixed opinions on these tweezers. To be honest, I had no clue how expensive these were until looking at them again online. This product is not tested on animals.
Natasha Denona – Mini Lila Palette | Price: $25.00
The Natasha Denona Mini Lila Palette was the only true “splurge” that I made during this haul. I’ve wanted to try the Natasha Denona eyeshadows for some time. The Natasha Denona brand creates beautiful color stories for each palette.
However, Natasha Denona Palettes are some of the most expensive palettes at Sephora. Her regular five-pan palettes sell for $48.00and her most expensive palettes retail for over $200.00.
Despite the high price tag, I often find that Natasha Denona products receive mixed reviews. Some people rave about the shadow formula, while others hate it. Naysayers claim that the mattes do not have a long shelf life and that the shimmers have bad fallout. All the above being said, the makeup lover in me really wanted to try this brand.
The palette contains five shadows – two shimmers and three mattes. Of the shadows included, four shadows are warm-toned and one is cool (the deep, shimmery purple). Although this is a similar format to her traditional five-pan palettes, this palette is actually much smaller.
Milk Makeup Meet the Fam Milk Bestsellers Set | Price: $39.00 (now discontinued)
*Technically* I bought two of Milk Makeup’s Meet the Fam kits. I purchased the first kit for a friend and a second kit for myself. This set of best-selling Milk Makeup minis seemed like the perfect way to try the brand.
All products in the set are vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. Each included product is formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Included within the set is:
- Mini KUSH Mascara*
- Cooling Water Under-Eye De-Puffer Stick*
- Watermelon Brightening Serum*
- Blur Stick Matte Primer*
- Lip + Cheek in Werk*
- Highlighter in Lit*
- Holographic Highlighter Stick in Supernova*
- Rainbow glitter clutch
Read my in-depth review on these cult-classic Milk Makeup products.
Bite Beauty – Beauty Insider Birthday Gift 2018
Let me first say, if you are not a Sephora Insider you should be.
- (1) it is free to join
- (2) you get a free birthday gift every year
- (3) Sephora now offers birthday gift choices
This year, Beauty Insiders had the choice between a mini Glamglow Set or a mini Bite Beauty Set. Needless to say, I picked up the Bite Beauty lip set.
I have never been disappointed with any product I’ve tried from Bite Beauty. Having recently the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb, I was eager to try more from the brand. The above lip kit comes with several minis:
- Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai
- Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Glace
- Agave Lip Balm
- Agave Sugar Lip Scrub
Although I’m not the biggest fan of a matte lip, I love rocking matte lips during the colder months. I can’t wait to give these a try! Also, Bite Beauty is Cruelty-Free, so these products are not tested on animals.
P.S. In 2020, Bite Beauty completely reformulated their line. All of the products mentioned have been discontinued and brought back with a vegan formula.
It Cosmetics – It’s Your Glow-Getting Essentials Kit | Price: Free
Although It Cosmetics has a cult following, I’ve never been enticed to try anything this brand. However, this 500-point perk called my name. I am curious to see whether the brand is worth the hype. This kit included mini versions of:
- Miracle Water 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water*
- Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm*
- Secret Sauce Clinically Advanced Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer*
- Bye Bye Under Eye – Eye Cream*
I won’t lie. As soon as I became a regular Sephora customer, I started to neglect the drugstore. For a while, I falsely believed that drugstore products were inferior quality. However, that just isn’t true.
Just like there are some expensive duds at Sephora, there are plenty of inexpensive gems at the drugstore. In fact, read my Milani Soft & Sultry review, Milani Eyeshadow Primer review, or my L’Oreal True Match Foundation review to learn about some dope, affordable products.
Wet n Wild – Kohl Crayon Eyeliner | Price: $1.49
I love using a light-colored eyeliner in my waterline to make my eyes look bigger. Although I am focused on finishing my NYX Jumbo Crayon in Milk, I am eager to return to a flesh-colored eyeliner. Nude liners enlarge the appearance of our eyes in a way that looks more natural than white liners.
Since CVS ran a BOGO 50% sale on Wet n Wild, I picked up the Calling Your Buff Kohl Crayon Eyeliner. This pencil promises to be long-wearing, easy to apply, and highly pigmented. Additionally, I love that this is a traditional pencil because I find retractable pencils to be somewhat wasteful.
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Wet’n Wild – Photo Focus Foundation (in Soft Beige) | Price: $5.99
Although I am so close to finishing my current Tarte foundation, I decided to hold off on purchasing a high-end foundation until the Sephora sale this November. Instead, I opted to try an affordable foundation.
The Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation promises to be “your skin, only better.” It is a full coverage foundation that promises to make your skin look good no matter the lighting. Moreover, this foundation was a hot commodity when it came out. YouTubers everywhere praised the formulation and the affordable price tag.
Although I am moving away from full-coverage foundations, I was curious to try this foundation. At the drug store, I’ve really only ever tried (and loved) the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. In fact, I used my Fit Me shade to help me determine my Wet ‘n’ Wild foundation shade. Hopefully, this color will be a close enough match for me.
Final Thoughts on my Mini Fall Sephora Haul
Overall, I am pleased with my mini Fall Sephora haul. This haul shows my shopping restraint. Two years ago, a haul this size would have been mainly makeup rather than tools. Also, this wouldn’t be a mini Fall Sephora haul – it would be a full-blown, shopping black out. Instead, my purchases represented my immediate ”needs” as opposed to my impulse ”wants’.
Also, this is the first major Sephora purchase I’ve made all year. In fact, the last time I stepped into Sephora, I was there to purchase a gift for my sister. Prior to this haul, I did not purchase myself anything at Sephora this year – excluding a repurchase of my favorite sunscreen from Algenist.*
Finally, this is the longest I’ve ever gone without hitting VIB status at Sephora. To reach this tier, one needs to spend at least $350.00 in a calendar year at Sephora. Normally, I would have hit this spending threshold by Sephora’s April sale, so I am quite proud of myself.
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What do you think about my mini Fall Sephora Haul? What beauty items have you recently picked up? Have you tried any products on this list? If so, please share your experiences down below!0