Before we get into the haul I’ll just break down the payment side of things, so hopefully my fellow UK beauty lovers can have an idea of whether they think its worth it. Personally I’m not planning to make a trip to the U.S anytime soon and there are so many ethical brands that are easily available in America and not here in the UK! :c I always knew the shipping costs were steep so I decided that I would make an order for my 20th birthday and I reckon it’ll be an annual treat which, yes I’ll have to save up for, but after this experience it’s totally worth it.
Basically the actual shipping cost to the UK is £6 when you spend over £70 I believe and then they charge taxes and duties on site so you pay it all together online rather than being charged customs here in the UK. The T&Ds are what make any Sephora haul expensive, however if you don’t have family in the U.S or if you don’t take trips (and spend hundreds on a holiday) to America, this charge is well worth it in my opinion! I mean I’d rather pay £23 extra than wait till I get the urge to save up for a holiday to America y’know? It’s just not a destination at the top of my travel list personally and I’m 99% sure the main reason I would go if I DID make plans to go it would be to shop!! Just keeping it real here haha. So if I can purchase goodies from the U.S site for a small charge - I mean come on I'm not going to deny myself that treat once a year!
So justifying my spending aside (three paragraphs later) on to the haul...
Marc Jacobs #instamarc light filtering contour powder which I had seen here and there before but not heard a LOT about. This is HUGE in size, so much bigger than I expected (larger than the palm of my hand) and it contains 18g of product all together. Despite the size, it’s super sleek and the packaging is reflective of the price in my opinion. Marc Jacobs falls in the ‘luxury’ category of makeup for me and so this is one of the most expensive products I’ve bought, it costs around £33. Yah..it’s pricey...
I also really wanted to try the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer and I bought the shade medium sand to use as more of a highlight shade rather than one to match my skintone, which I already have plenty of. It claims to be full coverage and waterproof so I have high hopes! This costs £17.24 so it's certainly on the high-end spectrum. I love the packaging and the cute wooden lid - lets hope it performs as well as it does ascetically.
Too Faced Natural Eyes palette which I had seen over and over again on the net and experienced serious palette envy. Yas that's a thing .__. Honestly if you've never seen these palettes in real life you won't be able to imagine how adorable they are. These are the ultimate travel friendly palettes and just look at those gorgeous shades! It comes with a decent sized mirror and a little booklet with eye make-up inspiration and how to's. I've used this twice, once for an everyday look and another time I went for a quick smoky eye and I'm so impressed with how speedy yet beautiful it turned out. It costs £24 on the Sephora website which is slightly cheaper than here in the UK and so far I'm very pleased to add this to my collection.
Finally one of the most exciting things in my haul HAS to be the Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour Palette which cost me £31.72. I decided to purchase this over the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette because I watched a few comparison videos of the two and this one ended up being the favoured palette. Especially from Nicole.G on Youtube, her video really swayed me towards this and I wasn't a big fan of most of the shades in the ABH alternative. The palette is large, includes a guide sheet and has amazing shades in it which I am incredibly excited to try out! This is the one that I've not used yet as I've been loving my Marc Jacobs duo, but I will be of course posting a thorough review as soon as I've used it enough ^_^
That concludes my first ever annual Sephora haul, there were so many other things that I was semi-tempted to pick up but I have more than enough beautiful goodies to use here and I cannot wait to share detailed reviews with you all! Oh I should mention that unfortunatly they didn't include the samples I picked out which was a bit of a shame, why make you choose a few and then fail to deliver? But anyways, aside from that small annoyance, I had a great experience over-all and I think it's the perfect birthday present to one's self!
Have you tried anything here? I’d love to know what you think! ^_^
Thank-you for reading ♥