Temporary Sephora Insanity

I’m fairly certain that when I walked into Sephora yesterday afternoon that I looked like a complete and utter madwoman.  I was grabbing products left, right and centre and tossing them into my basket carelessly, already on the hunt for the next product to pounce on.  Another $180 later (that seems to be the magic number with me and Sephora), and I am the proud owner of the following products:

1) Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment
2) Lavanilla The Healthy Fragrance Rollerball in Vanilla Grapefruit
3) Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in #10
4) Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Discrete
5) Phyto Phytolactum + Intelligent Shampoo
6) Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
7) Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (Travel Size)

You’ll notice I have only one color cosmetic purchase…it was a tough call, and there were a few things I would have liked to try, but I have so much of that stuff already I have to limit it to only one per shopping trip.  I *sort of* need a new lip gloss so that was my justification.  I’ve never used LM products either and the gloss feels really nice so I thought I’d give it a shot.

My list isn’t really that long I guess, but I didn’t really rein myself in, in any way.  I picked up what I wanted to buy and bought it without second thought or consideration for price.  So, I saved absolutely NO money giving up buying cosmetics for Lent, but I did learn a valuable lesson…………..NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!!!  Sheesh.  Terrible idea.  Of course you know when you can’t have something you want it even more?  Yea.  Totally brutal.  Although I’ll say again that the absence of reading blogs was a far more difficult challenge really.  I can avoid shopping malls etc but I can’t avoid going on the internet.  So that was a bummer.  BUT I plan to spend like, 5 hours catching up tonight so what a wonderful evening it will be :D

Anyway, back to the products.  I’m pretty wiped, having just sat in a car for about 10 hours straight, and I’m a little loopy so forgive me for not making complete sense.

Unfortunately, Illamasqua was not carried at the store in Portland (ME) so I didn’t get to check that line out at all, which is a real disappointment.  I also wanted to look at the Hourglass line firsthand but that wasn’t available either – but I’ll get my chance in a couple months when I’m in Toronto for Canada Day, so it’s not so bad.  As for Illamasqua, one day I might get really crazy and just order something from their direct website and pay an arm and a leg for shipping.  It could happen.

I haven’t had an opportunity to get a true idea about each product’s performance etc. just yet, but I will post my reviews as I am able.  My initial thoughts are that the shampoo is terrific and well-suited to my hair needs; the fragrance is lovely and I wish I had bought the body wash I picked up last month (the Vanilla Coconut scent) in the Vanilla Grapefruit instead – I far prefer it; and the concealer is just ‘OK’ and may be a hair too light, although I didn’t exactly get exceptional rest while away (we saw West-Coast musician Dan Mangan in Fredericton on Thursday night – ABSOLUTELY AMAZING SHOW – and then the band CAKE in Portland Saturday night), so I might just have some extra-serious dark circles to contend with at the moment.

On that note, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday / Easter weekend, and be fair-warned that I will be trolling  some of your own blogs with ardent fervor and zeal :D  I’ve missed you terribly!!!

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  1. #1 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on April 24, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    Your list is not that bad. ;) And if you found Hourglass, your wallet would have been weeping for months! Great picks and it sounds like the whole Lent experiment was a valuable experience. Personally I would use it to wean myself away from something permanently, like forsaking coffee (I did once quit for an entire year, which is something). I know I can’t stay away from blogs, magazines, and products.

    We should totally storm a Sephora together when you come to Toronto! Better yet, ransack the Deborah Lippmann stash at Holts and Stillwater!

    • #2 by Latoya on April 26, 2011 - 9:54 pm

      That sounds like an absolutely fantastic idea, count me in :D I am still aching for more Lippmann polishes. In general I’ve been needing to get to Holts desperately. I don’t know what Stillwater is but if you’re recommending a visit, I know it must be somewhere I need to be!! I can’t imagine going shopping with someone else who has mad love for beauty products! ~Be still my heart~

  2. #3 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on April 27, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    Stillwater is Toronto’s #1 spa. But the relevance to our conversation is that the spa boutique sells a nice collection of Lippmann polishes and aren’t out of stock constantly as they are over at Holt Renfrew. They’re just a block away from each other and not many people seem to be in the know! Let me know your plans closer to the date and we’ll go nuts when the time comes. :D

    • #4 by Latoya on April 28, 2011 - 9:35 am

      O.M.G. I’m going to have to put away some serious cash it seems! LOL. So fun!! I will keep you posted!!

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