Ciao Selects: Best finds from Sephora 焦點嚴選:美國化妝品網站 Sephora 推薦

In my efforts to stop hoarding beauty products, I made a pact with my fellow beauty product enthusiast, Laura that I wouldn’t buy any beauty products until the Sephora sale this year.  For a die-hard product junkie like me, this is a hard rule to enforce, especially in an enabling environment like Taipei. There are lovely air conditioned drugstores on every corner, beckoning me with their shiny new products. During my weakest moments, I’ve had to cross streets and take alternative routes home just to avoid temptation.

But I’m happy to report that for the past four months or so, I’ve been really good! During this time, I’ve been really enjoying my past purchases, and consistently working through my stockpile of face masks.  Before shopping this year’s sale, I thought it would be helpful if I shared with you my reviews of products from my past Sephora purchases.

From left to right, is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment which has been a favorite of mine for years. I love the texture and the smooth application. I also purchased the mini size this year, which is perfect for just a touch of color when I am out and about. The second product is is the First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller.  This is a new product for me that I bought on my most recent trip to the U.S.. It feels icy cool upon application, absorbs quickly, and alleviates some puffiness.  I can’t say if it is doing anything to help my intense under-eye circles just yet, but I will report back once I am about halfway though the product. The third product is Charlotte Tilbury’s Brightening Youth Primer. This primer sinks into my skin quickly, and provides a lovely lit-from-within glow under my foundation. It also feels lightweight to wear, even in Taiwan’s humidity. Some of the reviewers mentioned that this product has a strong scent, but I have not noticed this at all.  The fourth product is Tatcha’s  luminous dewy skin mist.  This is my first Tatcha product and it will be the first of many to come! The mist floats ethereally onto your skin, and refreshes like morning dew.  Love, love love it!

Next  up is Laneige’s lip sleeping mask, in the original scent, which smells like berries. (I believe that it is now available in vanilla). I bought this in the dead of winter, for the two weeks I was working in Oregon, and just slathered it on my lips before going to bed every night. I think it worked well as a buffer against the wind and cold. I reinforced it with Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment during the day, and I was set. The Edible Beauty masks are my first product from this brand. I love the light scent and the mask felt very calming and soothing ~ it was especially welcome during a disastrous incident with a new product (more on that later!)  The other product I believe is worth a mention is the Jade Roller from Mount Lai.  This is one tool that I wish I was more diligent about using! Theoretically, it should be part of my nightly routine, but I always forget. However, if I do remember to use it, it’s a perfect complement to my facial masks. I think it really helps the serums sink in.

The one product that I have had disastrous results with is the Banana Bright Eye Creme from Ole Henrikson. This eye cream is highly rated on Sephora’s website, and I naturally had high hopes… unfortunately, the product made the skin around my eyes swell up and itch like crazy. The swelling took about 2-3 days to go down, and another few days for my skin to return to normal. In a fit of rage, I  was about to toss both jars (the mini and full size) into the trash. But Laura suggested that I use them as a hand cream, instead of letting them go to waste. Amazingly enough, the product works well as a hand cream, with no signs of irritation.

Thankfully, this eye cream has been my only skincare disaster from Sephora of late. Of course, this means that I am well justified in getting a new eye cream. After much research and discussion, I’ve decided on my list for this sale:  First, the item I will be repurchasing is the the Tatcha skin mist. I think the mini size is a perfect size (it lasts about 2 months with daily use) and is light and refreshing to use in Taiwan’s humid weather.  I’m also excited to try the Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum from Drunk Elephant, and the Strawberry C Brightening Serum from Volition Beauty. The soothing quality of the masks from Edible Beauty have also encouraged me to try more from their product line up; this time I’ve chosen the Glowing Skin Smoothie serum. Lastly, I’m looking forward to trying Fenty Beauty’s Match Styx, which looks like such a pretty color and fun product for summer.

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Again, I’m trying not to go overboard and just buy products that I can realistically use this upcoming spring/summer season. I have my eye on a few more serums and lotions, but I think they will probably be more suitable for the winter months, so I’ve wish listed them for now.

For those living in the US, or are lucky to have friends who live in the US, the Sephora sale is on from May 2nd to May 6th!

Note: This is not a sponsored post. All products shown are/will be purchased with my own money. All experiences and viewpoints expressed are my own. Links are for your reference only.

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