How to: Not Panic in Sephora

As you’ll know if you read my sephora haul post (if not why not and still if not click here) I recently had my first ever american sephora experience and it was amazing! But I needed to make sure that I had sorted myself out and made sure that when I got there I didn’t get overwhelmed and end up buying anything and everything that I ended up wasting my money. So, here are some tips on how to not panic and make the most of sephora shopping, especially if you’re from the UK and this is a rare opportunity!

1. Make a list // I’ve said this multiple times, making a list is what will keep you on track when you’re getting in a fluster over all the new products and pretty packaging. Try and keep your list realistic, look at what budget you have and try and keep to things you really want.

2. Do your research // For a fair few weeks before I was on YouTube and sifted through blog posts to see what people bought in their Sephora hauls and what products were their favourites. This meant I’d be buying products that people already like so they would be less likely to be a waste of money.

3. Get a basket and take your time // Do. Not. Rush. Wander around the store taking your time to look at everything because it can be easy to think “I’ll have this and this and this…”. If you have a scope around first then you can make a mental note of things to go back to rather than picking it up and filling your basket straight away.

Now you have these handy tips you can shop to your hearts content! Have fun!

First Sephora Haul!

Now isn’t this exciting! During an amazing three week holiday to Florida I jumped at the chance to visit a Sephora and I had a great time. Last year I went into one in Spain and it was a bit of an under yet also overwhelming experience. There wasn’t the brands that I wanted and I there were so many products that I had no idea what to buy. This time I did my research, made a list (which you can read here) and went in there ready and raring to go!

There were some things on the list that I didn’t end up getting but I think that my little collection (which had a rather large price tag) worked out well. The first section I went to was Tarte. I have been dying to try this brand out for a couple of years, ever since I was introduced to the ‘YouTube scene’. The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes seem to be a popular product and since that is something my collection is lacking I picked one up in the shade Tipsy, a deep-ish pink colour. I’ve never tried a waterproof mascara before and the Tarte Lights Camera Splashes Mascara is supposed to be good so I put that in my basket. A few weeks ago I noticed that Benefit had brought out a base related gift set which looked right up my street so the Benefit Operation Pore-Proof Set went into my basket too. It comes with a selection of minis including the Professional Primer and Shy Beam, a matte liquid highlighter that’s exclusive to the set. As soon as I clapped my eyes on the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette I knew it had to be mine. The shades are completely up my street and I cannot wait to do a full blown smoky eye with it. The Makeup Forever Step 1 Primer was a bit of an impulse purchase as I’d heard from somewhere that it was good at mattifying and making foundation stay put so I picked one up. I don’t often buy perfumes but the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White¬†smells too good to miss. I also love the fact that the rollerball packaging means it’s easy to take around with me. Blotting Papers also made their way into the basket because they are really good and can be hard to find.

Somehow with my one visit I managed to clock up 200 points on my Sephora Beauty Insider card that I had signed up to in store. This meant I got to pick out two product minis. I didn’t really know what they were but I went for a Clarins Facial SPF 50 and a Clinique Revitalising Moisturiser. As an extra freebie I also got two Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser Oil samples. Although the price tags on the products were large you get rewards for you spending and rewarded very well. I will definitely be returning!

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Vigo Vigo Vigo!

First port of call was the northern spanish city of Vigo. It was the perfect weather, boiling hot with a nice breeze every once in a while. My first sighting was on my mum and dads balcony which luckily faced the ‘docking side’. It was a lovely mix of mid rise modern buildings and little spanish suburban houses that could be seen in the distance. Another thing that got me soooooo excited was the giant sign for a Sephora….eeeeeek! There was just a nice feel about the place and I couldn’t wait to get off the ship and have a little explore.

The first thing we did when we got off was make our way towards the main street of shops. We walked up what seemed like a hundred million steps, but the streets were really cobbled and cute so it all had a nice feel. The buildings were the typical ‘apartment type’ buildings that remind me of Paris with the cute little iron gate balconies and the shutter windows. It’s one of those places where it’s just nice to have a wander around and not really do much (if that’s a good thing…I think it is).

The Sephora experience was a bit of a strange one. As soon as I walked in I think I had a bit of a panic attack. I had no idea where to go first and it was all a bit overwhelming. But then after I’d had a wander I just realised it’s like a more expensive Boots. That didn’t mean I didn’t part with my cash though and i got a Sephora foundation brush, dry shampoo and the bumble and bumble sea salt spray.

Finishing off the trip we had a drink at one of the bars at the front and it was nice to just sit back and watch life go by. I really liked Vigo, I thought it was a really nice place and seems like it would be a good place to live, walking down the streets to the shops with a coffee…aah, lovely.