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Sephora Favorites: Holiday 2015 Edition

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As you get to know me beauty readers, you surely realized by now that I live for value sets. I’m always overly excited and intrigued by Sephora’s Favorites sets and honestly, I have to restrain myself (a little) because I would buy them all!!!. What can I say, I LOVE trying new stuff and I don’t mind if the vast majority of the products in value sets are deluxe samples. Anyway, when was the last time I finished a blush, an eyeshadow, a bronzer, an highlighter or a lipstick for that matter? So bring to mama those deluxe samples (I mean a lot of them). Sephora Favorites are my thing, my dada (as we say in french). The ones that the usual brands come up with during the holiday seasons (in the beauty world, we all know that means september!!) are especially sweet. Already,  there is 3 new value sets available. So this post will serve as Archives for my Sephora Favorites sets’ reviews.

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sephora favorites Give me Some Lips 2015

availability

Exclusively at Sephora: it’s a Limited Edition, available for 25$US (30$CND)

fromthewebsite

IN DETAIL:

0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment (Regular Size (RS): 0.15 oz) – Sheer Rose 
0.10 oz Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip in Lolita (RS: 0.22 oz) – Chestnut Rose 
0.10 oz Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi Gloss 202 (RS: 0.23 oz) – Sheer Sweet Pink

0.03 oz Marc Jacobs LeMarc Lip Crème in Je T’Aime (RS: 0.12 oz) – Rhum Raspberry 
0.068 oz Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion The Neutrals in 19 – Peony (RS: ??? They don’t say)
0.1 oz Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom (RS : 0.1 oz) – Salmon Pink

 Give Me Some Lip 2015

Give Me Some Lip 2015

Totally my personal opinion, but this set is not greatLet me explain :

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Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment:

If you are a makeup lover, chances are you already have it in your collection. Sephora are always adding it to every set or give it as gift with purchases. I never bought one and still, I own 6 of them. Overhyped! Nice but nothing special; in fact they are almost drying my lips.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip in Lolita:

Fabulous formula, can’t argue there! Maybe a cult favourite, however, for me, this shade makes me look like Marilyn Manson. Very trendy for fall.

Make Up For Ever artist Plexi Gloss 202:

Well let’s just say that there is sticky (which I don’t mind!!!) and STICKY. The color is great but it doesn’t stay on my lips more than 30 minutes.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème in Je T’aime:

Splendid, I love this lipstick! The formula is beautiful but the format is so very small and I don’t do red 💄

Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion The Neutrals in Peony (19):

Again didn’t stay on my lips for a long period. Beautiful shade but bleeds like crazy. Lip pencil is a must.

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom:

Indeed very buttery, gorgeous shade but like today’s theme, this one has no staying power on me. This a full size.

finalthoughts

To be honest, this set is not worth 30$CND (25$US). I would suggest either to buy last year’s FABULOUS set (still available), to buy yourself a full size of your dream lipstick/lipgloss (you’ll probably pay the same price) or to wait for the big “Give Me More Lip” set, that should be available soon. As always agree to disagree…


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Sephora Favorites Brow Raising 2015

To my knowledge, it’s the first Sephora Favourites set dedicated to brows. Not to jumped to any conclusion but boy it’s a good one. On top of it, Sephora made an extra effort to give their consumers the choice of Light/Medium or Medium/Dark for different skin tones. Since I think that brows are the #1 thing that helps shape any face, a kit like this one is a must anytime, so imagine at a value price!!

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availability

Exclusively at Sephora: it’s a Limited Edition available for 40$US (48$CND)

fromthewebsite

What it is:
A seven-piece set of brow essentials that includes five full-size products.

Each set contains:
Medium/Dark: 
– 0.085 oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
– 0.003 oz Anastasia Beverly Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
– 0.1 oz Benefit High Brow Pencil
– 0.03 oz Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Medium Brown
– 0.47 oz SEPHORA COLLECTION Compact Mirror
– 0.38 oz SEPHORA COLLECTION Tweezers
– 0.01 oz Smashbox Cosmetics Brow Tech Gloss Stick in Brunette
– Step-by-step tutorial

Light/Medium:
– 0.085 oz Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
– 0.003 oz Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe
– 0.1 oz Benefit High Brow Pencil
– 0.03 oz Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in Blonde
– 0.47 oz SEPHORA COLLECTION Compact Mirror
– 0.38 oz SEPHORA COLLECTION Tweezers
– 0.01 oz Smashbox Cosmetics Brow Tech Gloss Stick in Taupe
– Step-by-step tutorial

Sephora Favorites Brow Raising 2015

thegood

♥ A great value set of superstar brow products.

♥5 FULL-SIZE products 😊👍 (the Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel is the only deluxe sample)

♥ Selection of two different tones (Thanks Sephora!)

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♥ Nothing to report YET !

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Sephora Favorites Brow Raising 2015

Sephora Favorites Brow Raising 2015

IN THE ORDER I APPLY/USE THEM:


Sephora Collection Compact mirror

♥ Pretty random but a nice mirror to bring with you for touch ups. Always good to have!

Sephora Collection Tweezer

♥ Tweezers are either good or bad, there is no halfway. I’m happy to report that this one is perfect to clean/pluck all unwanted hairs.

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

♥ This stick is the surprise product of this set; I love it so much. It glides easily so you don’t have to put a lot. It really does give a natural glossy touch to my eyebrows. Absolutely the star of the set and a product I will surely repurchase over and over!

Kat Von D Tattoo Brow

♥ I love this product so far. I use it for the first part of my brow (meaning the area closer to the nose), where it’s always more flattering to put a lighter shade for a gradient effect. For me, it’s also the part where I have sparse eyebrows. I can literally draw individual hairs and I’m telling you, when applied, it doesn’t budge. So cool !!! For a perfect result though, you have to let it dry before continuing your brow makeup regiment (Do Not Over Pluck, like I did in my teenage years!!!) .

Note: I will do an update on this product since I read so many reviews that have stated that the product dried up very quickly … If it happens to me than it would be a dud and I will be very disappointed. So far so good!

Update (12/09/2015) : I love this product; 3 weeks of using it daily and it’s not drying at all (yay!). I use it to “Tattoo” the skin under my brows, I then let it dry and proceed with my usual routine. Such a unique product.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

♥ Unless you are living in a convent (even there, we might be surprised to see nuns with gorgeous brows), you have heard the merit of the Brow Wiz. It’s a cult favorite for good reasons: it lasts all day, is easy to apply, defines eyebrows perfectly and in no time, and is beginner-friendly. It’s my “rush” fool proof product .

Note: The only downside of this product is that it runs out fast and will last you no more than 3 months. Like I said, it’s my “I have no time” product of choice but if I can, I will preferably use my ABH Pomade.

Benefit High Brow

♥ I can’t live without this product. I use it on my waterline or to highlight my underbrow area and it stays all day! I also love the fact that it glides so easily. It really is a versatile product. The shade is the palest pink that makes my brows look so natural while brightening the eye completely.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel

♥ It’s been my go-to gel for setting my eyebrows, I never go a day without it. Its principal quality is that it doesn’t make my eyebrows feel crusty. It leaves me with an ever so slightly glossy finish, for perfect natural looking brows.Sephora Favorites Brow Raising

finalthoughts

Besides the supposed drying up problem of Kat Von D’s Tattoo Brow which I didn’t encounter during my 3-week trial period, I’m super pleased with this purchase. Totally worth the price since I will use up every single product. Brows are the main part of my makeup routine and having a Sephora Favorites set containing all quality brands makes me really really happy. I might get a back up …(In fact I just did). In an ideal world of eyebrows maintenance, it would have been nice to maybe add a pomade like my ABH one. Can’t stop a girl from dreaming on how to perfect this beautiful set after such a magnificent discovery and this holiday surprise in autumn.


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Sephora Favorites Draw The Line 2015

availability

Exclusively at Sephora: it’s a Limited Edition, available for 30$US (36$CND)

fromthewebsite

What it is:
An essential, multi-branded eyeliner kit with six coveted liners (3 deluxe samples & 3 full-size liners).

This set contains:
– 0.007 oz Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
– 0.028 oz Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear in Black Lace
– 0.01 oz Smashbox Cosmetics Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra (Full-Size)
– 0.01 oz Stila Cosmetics Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray (Full Size)
– 0.034 oz Tarte lights, camera lashes precision longwear eyeliner in Black (Full-Size)
– 0.03 oz Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Vice

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finalthoughts

Sephora Favorites Draw The Line 2015

If you are on the hunt for the basic (no crazy color here) good liners, grab this set!! It’s a great value for your money. You have in there enough products for a good solid year of liner usage!!! UD 24/7 is an incredible product; it’s my favorite liner and is included in this set. I chose not to buy this Sephora Favorites this year because seriously I actually own and love each product enclosed in it. Moreover, I have at least 30 liners in my drawers or different storage spaces waiting to be use !!!


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Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Holiday 2015

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip 2015

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip 2015

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Holiday 2015

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Holiday 2015


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Sephora Favorites Superstars 2015

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Sephora Favorites Superstars 2015

Probably Surely THE one set I am the most excited about since the beginning of the year. Right off the bat, my first impressions were not that favourable, I was even a bit disappointed. When you look at it, it does not say WOW: No bling bling, no pizzazz … very boring! But when you take a closer look, there are fabulous products inside !!!

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What it is: 
A multibranded set with seven full-size beauty essentials, including mascara, eyeliner, eye shadow, primer, and a highlighter— plus, up-and-coming top-sellers.

In detail:
0.3oz Beautyblender original (Full-Size) 20$US (28$CND)
0.1oz Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (Deluxe Sample)
0.21oz Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight (Full-Size) 22$US (26$CND)
0.42oz Lancôme DRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL Extreme Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense (Full-Size) 23$US (31$CND)
0.06oz Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlight (Deluxe Sample)
0.16oz MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer / Base step 1 skin equalizer (Deluxe Sample)
0.05oz NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia (Full-Size) 29$US (36$CND)
1oz Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (Travel Size) 16$US (15$CND funny!!!)
0.016oz Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black (Full-Size) 22$US (29$CND)
0.06oz Tarte the sculptor contouring face slenderizer in park ave princess (Deluxe Sample)
0.035oz Tarte The slenderizer bamboo contouring brush (Travel Size)
0.24oz Touch in Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara (Full-Size) 22$US (25$CND)
0.05oz Urban Decay Eye shadow in Lounge (Full Size)19$US (22$CND)

When considering just the full-size items, the total is worth: 173$US (212$CND) The rest is just plain, real bonus !!!

availability

Exclusively at Sephora: it’s a Limited Edition, available for 75$US (90$CND)

Sephora Favorites Superstars 2015

theproducts

Beautyblender original 

♥This little number as been copied so many times but it still remains the best one on the market (real Techniques is quite good too). Applying foundation is a breeze with this sponge. To try it is to adopt it !!!

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara 

♥ I’m not going to lie it’s not my favorite but it’s a universally solid mascara.

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight 

♥ I need to play more with this one. However, I’m not seeing myself using it this much. I always feel that creamy highlighters are messing with my foundations/powders. At the moment, it is not my favorite but I think that it will be more suitable for spring or summer with its light color and its shiny attribute. Will do an update on this one. For now, I’m totally rocking the most beautiful shine in the inner corner of my eyes, thanks to this stick.

Sephora Favorites Superstars Holiday 2015

Lancôme DRAMA LIQUI-PENCIL Extreme Longwear Eyeliner in Noir Intense

♥ I really thought that this product would be a huge disappointment but for now, I am  pleasantly surprised! If this pencil would have a twist up packaging, it would be perfect. When it dries, this thing doesn’t budge (NO FLAKING) and application is effortless as it glides on so easily. If it wasn’t included in sets like these, I would have never bought a Lancôme eyeliner.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Highlight (01)

♥ I’ve been wanting to try this highlight powder for so long but I didn’t want to buy a full-size and be underwhelmed, so I was ecstatic to find it in this set. Verdict: I Loveeeeeee it!! It’s subtle enough on my fair skin that it gives a glow but not so ‘glowy’ that you look like Tinkerbell’s sidekick (Not that I would mind!!!). There is no glitter, it’s just a sheen. Since a little seems to go a long way, this deluxe sample will be with me for a very long time…

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer / Base step 1 skin equalizer 

♥ I love this primer; it totally agrees with my combination skin type, mixed with dry patches. I’m 100% certain that in our cooler/wintery extreme weather, it will be very useful.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia 

♥ Nars eyeshadows have been more misses than hits for me. This one has beautiful colors without a doubt, totally a WOW factor there, but what about the formula?!? Contrary to other Nars shadows I own, its formula is really impressive: it applies easily, stays on for a good 10-hr without any alteration during the day. If I apply it wet, I’m good to go for an allnighter 😉. Colorwise, It’s intense alright; a little bit too intense for work, more intended for glamour nights or Christmas season. I don’t see myself purchasing a whole Dual Intensity eyeshadow palette simply because it’s probably the only color I really want with this kind of formula… Perfect for when I want a VaVaVoom makeup look.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water 

♥ You can read my original review (HERE). Update: Initially, I really liked the primer water, but now I love it. I use it daily, before & after I’ve put on my makeup. I love that Sephora included the travel size which makes it perfect for my purse.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black 

♥ Stila is hands down one my favorite liquid eyeliner brand. The felt tip makes it super easy to apply and once set, the formula remains perfect. I own so many of them that I attest to the longevity of these liquid eyeliners. Some have been in my collection for maybe 2 years and they still feel new!!!

Tarte the sculptor contouring face slenderizer in park ave princess

♥ I am already very familiar with this product since it was included in the “Bronze Bares All” summer set. At first, I didn’t use it very often since I prefer a powder to contour, but it grew on me and I really adore it now. I find it especially perfect for contouring my nose and jaw line. I have to tell you that a little practice was necessary to master this creamy formula.

Tarte The slenderizer bamboo contouring brush 

♥ This super small brush is very well made and it’s perfect for placing the product. In fact I will go on saying that to really carve my cheekbones it’s the best brush I’ve tried. I must say however that I have to blend with another brush to assure a natural effect.

Touch in Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effect Mascara 

♥ I don’t know about you but this brand is totally new to me. I will put an update on how I really feel about this mascara when I’ve tested some more. My first impressions are that it’s a clump free lengthening formula BUT who doesn’t add volume. I love when my lashes look full so this is a little disappointing but the length is quite phenomenal.

Urban Decay Eye shadow in Lounge (brick red w/ green shift)

♥ I don’t have to praise UD eyeshadows, as you are probably all aware that they are one of the best brand in the business. No creasing, blend like a charm, long wearing, highly pigmented. Personally I love UD shimmery shadows (more than there matte) but what is particularly interesting about this one is the uniqueness of the shade. Most of us don’t have anything like this one in our collection. I do own my fair share and this one I’m telling you is special. It’s really the most beautiful reddish/green I’ve seen. (Not that there is a lot of these running around anyway!!!)

Sephora Favorites Holiday 2015

finalthoughts

I’m quite happy with this set. I have to admit that I’m missing the usual favourites: a nice blush, a lip product, some nail polish; with that included, it would have been a spectacular set. Two mascaras, 2 eyeliners & 2 eyeshadows is a particular combination (wandering why the duplicates) and disappointing in a way but still, all the products inside are more than enjoyable for a fair value for money. However, when comparing to the previous years, the 2015 “Superstars” holiday set edition is somewhat of a deception (especially the 2013 edition). Let the past be the past and just enjoy this one. As previously stated, this is a “STAR” without the “SUPERSTAR” status but the truth is that all the products, except maybe the Clinique chubby stick, will be used to the max. Even if previous year sets had a more sensational value, I still recommend this set! With all the sure bets included in this Sephora Favorites Superstars, combined with those stunning two eyeshadows, it justifies spending your hard-earned money!!! Aren’t they to die for…

Note: If I could, I would like to put my hands on this exclusive set, available at JC Penney’s Sephora boutique.

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13 thoughts on “Sephora Favorites: Holiday 2015 Edition

  1. Oooh I want that liner set! I love trying new liners and I’m not too adventurous with my colours – I just stick to brown, black and greys usually. 😀 These Sephora sets are always such great value and a fantastic way to try out a variety of different brands!

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  2. Where he heck did you find candy canes in September!? I WANT SOME! I’m with you on being a sucker for value sets. I wasn’t interested in that brow kit at first but after seeing your review I think it may be high time I investigate more into brow products!!!

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      1. I have to tell you that since I really learned how to fill my eyebrows (that was a LONG process), I can’t see myself with “bare brows” 😀
        I loved last year set so much that this one felt very short ! It went back to the store !!!

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    1. I think this set is such a good one for beginners. I agree that us “makeup junkies” have already plenty of liners to play with !!! A great gift maybe 🎁 Have a beautiful week Anne xxx

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