Saturday Shopping: Fab Buys from My Asia Trip Part II (Sephora)

Saturday Shopping: Fab Buys from My Asia Trip Part II (Sephora)

For Part II of the fabulous buys I made during my Asia trip, I’ll be featuring the beauty products I bought from Sephora. If you’re wondering why I went crazy over purchasing the numerous beauty products, well, if you’re not aware by now, we all know how much more expensive beauty products in Australia are. Added to the fact that we can’t find most of the brand names here in Australia, especially when it comes to the Korean beauty products, so it’s only natural that I went a little bit crazy buying up products that were not only regarded as inexpensive but also high in quality.

I did a little research and Sephora apparently is a French based perfume and cosmetic chain, which has now opened up quite a number of stores around the world (except for Australia of course). Besides some big name brands, Sephora also carries its own line – SEPHORA. With their own eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, eyeliners and more, all with prices ranging from as low as AUD$15.00 for a good quality liquid eyeliner  to AUD$18.00 for a lipstick. Eyeshadow palettes range from about AUD$27.00 and this is going by what was in store over in the chains in Singapore. Online, I think it’s even cheaper for around US$24.00 for a colour palette. Pity they don’t ship to Australia.

Ok, so on to what I actually got from Sephora.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

I have held back buying this palette for a very long time. After reading the numerous reviews on this amazing eyeshadow palette, even going as far as comparing the “original” and the Naked Palette 2, I decided to discover it for myself and see it in the flesh. I don’t think my photos does this palette any justice because the colours, although are all basically neutral shades are simply stunning! The set comes with 12 shades, which are all richly pigmented (a little goes a long way!), a brush and the urban decay eyeshadow primer potion in travel size. It cost me AUD$60 but boy is it worth every penny! I can create quite a number of different looks with this palette, from an everyday look to an intense smokey eye for night, in a number of colour combinations.

 

  • China Glaze Nail Polish in Joy AUD$11.25

China Glaze Nail Polish in Joy

Yet another brand name that I’ve read about but have never tried is the nail polish range from China Glaze. I was just smitten with this eggplant shade, which looked like it had some kind of a pearlised effect. I loved how easily the nail polish glided on my nails, plus they were dry in almost under a minute! I also just found out that Beautybay.com sells it for the same price and has free world wide delivery.

 

  • MakeUp For Ever Lipstick in N15 AUD$26.00 and Sephora Lipstick in 45 AUD$15.00

MakeUp 4 Ever lipstick & Sephora Lipstick

Having tried a sample of the Makeup For Ever Rouge Natural in N15, from the goody bag that was in the Beauty Bloggers Utopia from one of the sponsors PM Studio, I knew I had to get that shade into my already growing lipstick collection. The colour is a shade that is pretty neutral with a touch of pink tinge, perfect for everyday wear.  Being in Sephora, I thought, why not have a try of one of their lipsticks. At AUD$15 a pop, I thought the price was pretty reasonable and I think there was some sort of a plum theme going on in my head as I almost instantly chose shade number 45, which is a rich mulberry shade.

 

L-R: Bad Gal Lash in Plum, Sephora Liquid Eyeliner in Fancy Violet, Sephora Eyeshadow Duo in Gorgeous Pink, Sephora Liquid Eyeliner in Navy Black
With Benefit Cosmetics being one of my favourite brands I just had to check out what I haven’t already tried while I was in Sephora. Their Badgal Plum mascara caught my eye and at only AUD$27 compared to about AUD$37 here in in Australia it would be a shame not to get my hands on it. Sephora’s range of liquid eyeliners were had pretty impressive collection of colours. Once again, I think it must have been a plum theme in my mind that made me choose the Fancy Violet, a gorgeous metallic amethyst shade and of course I had to have a dark shade to play with so I chose the Navy Black, which really is a mix of dark sapphire with blue glitter – perfect for that night time look. Finally, I also picked the eyeshadow duo in Gorgeous Pink, which really is a set of shimmery shadows in mauve pink and smokey plum – see the same theme running there? I have to add that I did get an additional 20% off the eyeshadow and eye liners because I had gone in on another day and they were having a special sale for members – good thing I signed up to their free membership!
Lady Gaga Fame Perfume
My final buy from Sephora – the Lady Gaga Fame perfume. Having heard mixed reviews from this much talked about perfume, I decided to give it a whiff and see if it really smelled like….”sex”. One spritz and…it was actually pretty nice! Surprisingly! It’s a mix between sweet and a little bit ….ok, I can’t describe perfumes so I won’t pretend to be a connoisseur on what exactly it smells like. Basically, I loved it. So I bought it! Plus, they had a 20% off special so I chose the slightly bigger bottle (1 size up).

 

That concludes Part II of my shopping. Stay tuned next week as I share some of the clothes I bought during my trip. Have you shopped at Sephora? What were your best buys there?

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  • Saumya says:

    Awesome Haul 🙂 Am just back from my USA trip and have been featuring hauls on my blog 🙂
    Ya shopped at Sephora for the first time 🙂 finally got my hands on Dior Amber Diamond 🙂

    • baublesb says:

      Sephora can be daunting if you don’t know what you’re looking for but I’m so glad I did my research before going in there. Still felt overwhelmed and lost because they didn’t have Nars or some of the other brands I wanted to check out.

  • coco says:

    Great buys! I know Australia is ‘far away’, but it just doesn’t justify charging us way more than overseas! And Australian retailer are wondering / complaining we don’t buy from them… /sigh!
    Although I already own too many neutral color eyeshadows, I still want UD Naked palettes. Nice set of wearable colors for many possible looks.

    • baublesb says:

      Yeah I agree with you Coco…you know what’s hilarious? Even Daiso here is 80 cents more than in Singapore! It’s supposed to be $2!! And Benefit Cosmetics…love their stuff but if only they’d put their prices down to match the ones in America, I wouldn’t hesitate buying them from the counters.

  • Vita says:

    Fabulous picks! I’ve been to Sephora once a few years ago and felt like the proverbial “kid in a candy store”. I can’t wait til I go back to Singapore next year – and yes, it’s all confirmed as the flights are booked!

    • baublesb says:

      I actually took a stroll around the store to see what they had and figure out what I really wanted again. It was definitely an eye opener for me. Mr. C couldn’t understand why it would take me so long! Hello…make-up is equivalent to candy! Only a lot healthier hahahaha!

  • Fabulous picks, Norlin!

    I went a bit crazy in Sephora KL last year too! I’m almost afraid of what damage I will do in Dec. on my next trip!

    I have that same UD palette and it truly is gorgeous, I got mine from Beauty Bay.

    I also quite like that Lady Gaga perfume (particularly that black to clear feature it has, sue me, I’m nerdy sometimes) and it’s next on my wishlist (well, together with Dot…and maybe Freak). 😛

    xx

    • baublesb says:

      I was thinking of getting Dot but it was quite expensive. My cousin will be getting married next year…hmmm…maybe I should encourage my sis to get married soon so I can have an excuse to go back and shop! LOL!

  • kerker says:

    I went crazy in the US Sephora, everything was so cheap. I was stocking up on everything, it felt like nearly everything was half the price compared to Australia. I just bought the UD palette too from beautybay as well.

    • baublesb says:

      Don’t you just LOVE the UD palette!! OMG I’ve used it for day AND night looks! Had that on for the BBQ on Saturday. Love the versatily. And yes, everything else is cheaper elsewhere. Really, Aussie retailers should re-think their pricing strategy.

  • Love reading hauls! You purchased some great items. I didn’t know that Sephora in Singapore stocked China Glaze. This is going to be so dangerous. My shopping list for Malaysia and Singapore is huge enough as it is. My poor credit card is going to hate me!

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