There are only a couple of things I really miss from living in the States. And one of the top three is Sephora. I got Free 2-Day Domestic Shipping because I was VIB Rouge status (which essentially means I spent a shitload of money there every year so they gave me free shipping).
I never had to worry about running out of anything as I knew I could order it online and have it delivered to my apartment in two days’ time. Not to mention, I managed to find a way to make the most of their ordering system and get as many free samples as possible.
When I went back to the States for Thanksgiving, I not only had certain items delivered to my parent’s house ahead of time, but I also got birthday and Christmas gifts from family members and managed to make it to the Sephora store at my favourite mall.
I came back with loads of stuff, but decided to include my favourites below as of late. The good news is that I can, in one way or another, get most of these items here in the UK. So for those of you who are interested in any of these, I’ve also included links to where you can purchase them.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
These chem peel pads are heaven. They’re ridiculously expensive, but they work so well that I justify the expense every time. I have scarring on my face from acne, and doing these daily really help to regenerate new skin faster so that the scars fade. They also help to brighten the skin tone, and reduce wrinkles and aging. If you can afford to add these into your skincare regime, I would highly suggest it. It will be the best thing you can do for a healthy looking face.
Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eye Shadow Palette
Tarte has some amazing products. Everything I have used of theirs has been brilliant. I really like this eye shadow palette for Winter colours. However, everything they sell is crazy expensive. And as that brand hasn’t really made it over the pond yet, it’s really expensive to buy here in the UK. Although, it seems you can get this palette on Amazon if you really wanted it. Or, you could look on QVC as they sell quite a bit of Tarte products. You will have to pay for packaging and posting though so be careful with that.
Sephora Collection Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying
I am obsessed with this mask. It very closely resembles the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask but for a third of the price, and has great results. I’m trying to use very little of it so that it carries me for awhile because I will be really upset when I run out of it. Unfortunately, as it’s Sephora brand, it isn’t really sold anywhere else and would be much more expensive to buy from overseas. So if you’re in the States, you’re all so very lucky to have this at your disposal.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Volume Mousse
Bumble and Bumble, £23
I have been using this mousse every time I’ve washed my hair for the last four years, and on the odd day I don’t use it, I notice a major difference. It truly does make my hair feel thicker and have much more volume. If any of you out there struggle with volume, this is a great staple product to work with. And luckily enough, it is everywhere in the UK. You can purchase it on the Bumble and Bumble website (link above), or at Boots if you prefer for only £23. It’s worth it.
Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream
John Lewis, £35
I actually first used this face cream from the free samples I got from Sephora and instantly fell in love with it as it worked so well. I asked for the full size version of it for my birthday, and luckily enough my mom bought it for me. I now use it every night and sometimes in the mornings if my skin is feeling dry. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but a little amount goes a long way. Thankfully, you can find this very easily in the UK. Either through the Fresh website, or at John Lewis (links above).
As you can tell in the main picture of this post, I got a lot more products from Sephora, but I just wanted to mention my absolute favourites in a post here to show you all how you can get your hands on them yourself! Check out the post on Instagram to get a detailed account on what’s in the picture!
As always, let me know if you have any questions on these products, and please feel free to share your experience with me!