I’m one of those people who doesn’t plan for Sephora sales. Then it gets here, I freak out, and buy everything I see. This year the only thing I had in my shopping cart was my boyfriend’s birthday present, which I made sure to order as soon as I woke up. Then I headed down to the recently renovated Sephora on Bloor St. and was amazed by the sheer selection of product available.

The loot (part one lol).

This is my haul from Bloor St. – yes, I also have an online order coming as well, yikes. For ease, I’ll refer to the regular prices, not the 20% discounted price.


I received a sample of this mask in the past and really enjoyed it. It feels great on the skin and when I wake up in the morning after using it my skin feels amazing plump and soft. It also does not cause break outs for me, unlike some other thicker/moisturizing products. And at $30CAD for 2.7oz/80mL it’s is extremely reasonably priced when you compare it to something like a Glamglow mask which is $79CAD for 1.2oz/30mL. It also comes with a spatula for those who are averse to sticking their fingers in the pot.

Although, I love this mask for the price/quality I think many Asian Beauty lovers would scoff at Sephora’s price – although it is still a very popular product amongst them. It would be worth looking into other sleeping masks which are probably much cheaper when ordered online.

Other sleeping masks/packs to consider include:
– Innisfree Green Tea Pure Sleeping Pack
– Cosrx Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask
– Cosrx Honey Overnight Mask
– Mizon Good Night White Sleeping Mask

The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm with Pink Peony in 500 Caramel
The Estée Edit Skin Glowing Balm with Pink Peony in 500 Caramel

This product has fairly bad reviews online but when I received a sample I quite liked it as it evened my skin and added a natural moisturizing glow. It’s not buildable as some of the reviews complain, but nor does it claim to be. The texture is similar to a primer and it has a little bit of a floral scent that many people complain about. I’m not particularly bothered by scents, but I have to admit, this one is quite bad.

After all that I did decide that I’m going to return this product. I bought the shade that matches my skin tone and it didn’t do anything. I couldn’t see any glow or improvement in my skin’s appearance. Then I realized that my sample was a shade darker than my skin (510 Truffle) and that’s what was giving me the nice bronzed look.

NUDESTIX Cheek + Lip Pencil in Sin on NC45 Dark Skin
NUDESTIX Cheek + Lip Pencil in Sin on the cheek

The brand rep was standing next to this display and basically complaining about how Colourpop doesn’t do any product development. After swatching a few pencils I discovered that I really liked the colour and finish of the products and picked up this multi-purpose stick in Sin. So far I think the application is pretty fool-proof on the cheek and it blends out really nicely. In real life it looks like more like a natural flush. I find the tin packaging wasteful/excessive but I’m intrigued by the brand and excited to try more products.

Ouai Wave Spray

Now this stuff smells really bad. I’m almost perplexed by how a hairstylist like Jen Atkins could manage to make a product smell like a perfume my grandmother would have bought for $10 at a strip mall. At the price of $32Cad it should smell like Oribe, but at least the scent doesn’t linger too long.

I wasn’t initially sucked into the Ouai social media excitement as I thought it’d be a faff to order online. But when I saw the products in the Bloor St. location I thought I should try at least something.

My hair type is between 2B and 2C depending on the day. I think the two biggest influences product-wise on my hair is the shampoo and leave-in conditioner I use. This Ouai spray didn’t change my hair in a major way but it wasn’t bad either.

It was lightweight and not oily, which surprised me. It didn’t weigh my hair down at all which is great because I need all the volume I can get. It made my curls a little shinier and defined them by reducing frizz by about 20-30%. I didn’t take a picture of my hair after using it but I’d say it looked very similar to how my hair looks here.


Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Deep

On a constant quest to make my skin look more glowy I bought this Bobbi Brown bronzer. It is the most finely milled pressed powder I’ve ever used and applies so easily with a Real Techniques blush brush. It’s completely matte and a little terracotta but I think darker skin can pull off the tint of orange easily. It’s the perfect shade for giving my winter skin a bit of a tan and I’m very pleased with it.

Original beauty blender

Same old, same old. Just needed to get a new one because my skin breaks due to improper cleaning of my old beauty blenders- yikes.

Swatch of Sephora Collection Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner (Waterproof) in Caffeine Buzz
Sephora Collection Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner (Waterproof) in Caffeine Buzz
Swatch of Sephora Collection Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner (Waterproof) in Caffeine Buzz
Swatch of Sephora Collection Contour Matte Gel Eyeliner (Waterproof) in Caffeine Buzz

This eyeliner also has fairly bad reviews but I really needed a matte brown eyeliner, didn’t want to spend too much, and panicked. In the past I’ve had highly rated liners from Urban Decay & Marc Jacobs and haven’t really been that impressed so I thought I’d go a little cheaper.

NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Toy

These seem to be a hit or miss for a lot of people. Three of my friends love them but I don’t. I haven’t tried all of the shades but Toy definitely applies patchily. And from what I can tell all of the shades are streaky in the Google arm swatches, which isn’t a good sign. The texture feels amazing on the lips and it’s definitely hydrating but it also exaggerates my dryness. I just can’t justify $34CAD for this formula. Unless there’s a shade you need to have I’d pass.

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in No.89 Rose Blush
Burberry Kisses Lipstick in No.89 Rose Blush

Sorry, no swatches for this lipstick yet. But Burberry lipsticks are my favourite luxury brand lipstick by far and I highly recommend them to WOC. The nude shades look so great on dark skin unlike brands like YSL. And the brighter shades they don’t look garish at all! The formula is so comfortable and I love the finishes.

Nails Inc in King William’s Walk
Nails Inc King Williams Walk
Nails Inc in King William’s Walk

I think it’s a little too peachy and light against my skin but overall it’s not bad. These are acrylics btw.

Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm

For my boyfriend’s Christmas stocking.

And that’s all….for now. Hope this round up was helpful!