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Sephora Haul Reviews – and my signature spring look

I’ve mentioned this several times, but I did go to Sephora and plop down over $100 bucks to try out some of the newest and best-selling items. Needless to say, $100 doesn’t take you very far when you are at Sephora, at least for me.

Let’s start with the hyped up products first:

Tarina Tarantino Makeup Line by Sephora

Tarina Tarantino by Sephora

Okay, this is a firm NO for me, a huge Tarina fan. I am completely disappointed by the quality of this line. It seems like the developers spent more time on the packaging than the stuff that’s inside. I tried everything, hoping to find one little gem to put in my basket (trust me, I got my tax return, money wasn’t an issue on this day) and I couldn’t find ONE thing that I liked. The blush looked very blotchy on my skin, the lip color on the model (above) wasn’t anywhere to be found, all of the lipsticks were very sheer. The eyeliner too waxy and wasn’t rich like the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner. The eyeshadow was very blah, nothing really popped out, so I popped myself over to the Makeup Forever eyeshadow stand and continued to be impressed by the texture and price. I forced myself to find one thing to take home, so it was the Sparklicity Shimmer Dust ($19) and I am still trying to like it! Pictures of the product on my skin are shown towards the bottom of this post. Sorry, Tarina, I will buy your jewelry, but your makeup line.. epic fail! Good marketing though, great advertising photos, but where is that lip color?

Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder – Shine Control ($32 – Only @Sephora)

Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder
The title of this product sounds impressive. It says to me that you are going to have a smooth complexion, flawless and all of your oils will vanish. Well, for someone like me, who gets oily around noon and seemingly oilier every hour beyond that, this powder didn’t do much for me. I need to use it about 4 times per day, and if going out at night, make that about 6 times per day. The powder itself is a greenish / bluish color, to cut the redness in the skin and even out blotchyness. The application pad it comes with is a double-sided velvet flocked pad with a sponge texture on the opposite side. When I use this applicator, too much product gets concentrated in one area, so I am now using my Chanel Kabuki brush with it and it’s working much better. This product is very similar to the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder , but in pressed form. I don’t stay matte for very long and I can see the product on my face in certain lighting.  I won’t purchase this again, as I think I need something with color to help keep the coverage of my foundation fresh.  3 out of 5 stars – Pros: nice quality, good packaging. Cons: I need something with color, look of powder is sometimes too noticable.

Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying Gel ($27 @ Sephora)

Laura Mercier Secret Finish Mattifying Gel
This wasn’t available in Sephora stores when I went to purchase, but I was given a hefty sample and it was enough to come up with my verdict. I simply cannot put a gel substance OVER my foundation. I just can’t! I tried to do this very delicately and it really did disturb my foundation. I did noticed that my pores looked smaller since the product fills them in, but I didn’t stay matte at all for very long. I tried this under my foundation and I didn’t notice a difference except for the possibility that my foundation went on just a tad faster. I will continue to try this and use it in different ways, I’ll update this review if I find that I fall in love with it somehow. 3 out of 5 stars – Pros : No fragrance, no parabens, nice quality. Cons: Disturbs my foundation when used over the top, doesn’t keep me “matte”.

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Cream Blush ($25 @ Sephora for .33 oz) – Was not availabe on my trip. I will check again soon!

Givenchy Le Prisme Blush Powder Blush – I saw it, but totally forgot to test it out. Sorry! Will check again soon!

Kim Kardashian fragrance (starting at $16) – Wow.. did I call it or what? I knew this fragrance was going to be a rip off of something, and it’s exactly Marc Jacobs. Did Kim think I wasn’t going to find out? Geez. Well anyway, it’s Gardenia and it’s totally Marc Jacobs. LOL!

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation ($34 Only @Sephora)

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet
Yay! I love this stuff. It’s like the old Revlon Colorstay formula from the 90s. Not AS good as the Revlon one, but really close. Full coverage.. I’d say it’s medium – full coverage. The color choice range is amazing and I found the right shade within 5 seconds of looking.  4 out of 5 stars : Close to perfection. Pros: Great coverage and color choices. Nice product quality. Cons: I feel like this will only last me a month.

Krista Dior
Yup, this is me on a morning before work. I am wearing the following:


Benefit Shangri la Sheers I lotused you looking

  • Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure – I am not sure why I bought this. You don’t really see much:

Tarina Tarantino

It looks nice when piled up on your hand, doesn’t it? When it’s on your face, not so much. I think I will try applying it with a foundation brush and dampen it with water next time.



NYX Spoiled Lipstick

Whew.. that’s about it, kids! I am still awaiting the arrival of my MAC Viva Glam lipsticks.. so stay tuned and I’ll be showing those off soon!


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I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

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