Before going into Sephora I did my research. I had already been using the pure radiance all over face colour ($19.00) as a blush for over a month. It is a soft peach colour with lots of lustre. I loved the way it made my skin look. However, I started developing acne around my cheek, forehead and eye area not long after I started to use it and I usually NEVER break out there (only on my chin usually, grrrr). After a quick web search I found out that one of the ingredients bareMinerals uses in its lustre makeup has been linked to breakouts amongst many women- it is called bismuth, or bismuth oxychloride. Assuming it was triggering my own break outs, I went back to my basic MAC blush and decided to only use this all-over colour as an eye shadow.
Luckily, bareMinerals offers a foundation line that does not contain bismuth- the matte line. So I got a colour match done at Sephora and ended up buying bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 foundation in fairly medium ($35 in Canada). I have to give huge thanks to the staff at my local Sephora- they were amazingly helpful and kind to me on my recent visit :) They even gave a sample to my shopping partner although she wasn't buying anything.
I have used it and it isn't a direct match to my skin tone so I can't use it as a concealer. I usually don't wear all over foundation because the only area of my face that needs it is my chin. I will keep experimenting to see if I can bring myself to like it.
|Mini Sephora Haul!
I also picked up one of Sephora by OPI's nail colours, called mermaid to order ($12.00). It is a greeny-blue shiny colour and very funky. I didn't want to spend twelve dollars on a nail colour but it is worth the money. I painted them on Saturday and didn't bother using a top coat or bottom coat. It is now Monday and they're magically chip free! I wash my hands a lot at my job, so that is very unusual. I am impressed.
Sephora always throws in a few samples, so I got a hair treatment for curly hair which I gave to my mom since my hair is straight. I also got a decent sized sample of Betsey Johnson perfume. It isn't my personal taste, but it isn't offensive either!
I am getting a new handbag on Wednesday from Fossil. I've decided it will be my Valentine's day gift to myself since I am single for the first Valentine's day in 6 years. I deserve it, right? ;)