How to Hack Sephora to Get Free Samples

I was, and still am, a Sephora addict. For those who don’t know what Sephora is, google it. It’s a skincare and makeup heaven. If you become VIB Rouge, which you have to spend $1000 a year to get there and maintain, you get a load of benefits. Not only do you get free custom makeovers whenever you want, but you also get Free 2-Day shipping on online orders, first access to new items, and special gifts on your birthday. If you’re seriously into makeup and skincare, it’s a perfect place.

But buying good makeup and skincare products is expensive. And spending $1000 a year on those products sounds insane – believe me, I know. Although, I love it. I love trying out new products and taking care of my skin as much as I can. With having psoriasis and acne-prone skin, I am definitely willing to pay more for quality products that keep my skin healthy. For me, it’s all worth it.

After being a VIB Rouge member for some time, I began to realize some tricks into the online Sephora system. Any online order is qualified for 3 free samples. Somewhere hidden on the Sephora website is a page called “Weekly Specials” which shows all these other samples you can choose from after spending ~$25. Now if you know Sephora, it’s highly doubtful you’re purchasing an item for less than $25, which means that for almost every item, you can do a separate order and get 4 free samples if you are VIB Rouge (because of the free shipping). So, I began to do just that. I’d have 4 or 5 products to buy, so I’d place 4 or 5 separate orders, and they’d send me everything in one box. It’s a brilliant way to try new products and decide if you like them enough to purchase it on its own. Or you can save up the samples for travelling or to keep in your handbag when you’re out and about.

After doing this for a year, I had built up an insane amount of free samples. Before I moved to the UK, I had to go through them all. And then I got this brilliant idea: that I would try these samples out and write reviews on them. Yay – I love being inspired by a new post idea! Within the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing my feelings on all these skincare and beauty products to let you know which ones I think are worth purchasing.

Oh! And as an added bonus, my CapitalOne card gives me an option to use my miles to get gift cards. Sadly, there are no Sephora locations in the UK, however, they can do international shipping. It may not be as convenient as it was back in the States, but I can still feed my Sephora addiction from time to time.

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated as I carry on with everything. Make sure you follow my Instagram account and keep a look out for my stories as I’ll make sure to show you all what I’m trying out!

 

Much Love

xxx

 

The Moment I Fell in Love With AmorePacific

Well the moment is here. I found my favorite skincare moisturizer.

Unfortunately it costs as much as my grocery bill for a month, so I’ll never actually get to use it.

You guys, this stuff was amazing. And I had no idea what I was getting myself into! Let me explain…

I have found a very clever way to hack Sephora and get free shit. So in one of those Sephora hacks, I was able to choose a free sample. I tend to choose moisturizers or face washes so that I can take them with me when I’m travelling. I saw the AMOREPACIFIC gel moisturizer and picked it. It got to my apartment just in time for my weekend trip to NYC. I was staying with some girls and when I pulled it out, they freaked out and told me that this is an amazing brand and it’s really expensive. And I’m just over here in my ignorant cocoon like “la da da da da” having absolutely no idea.

I went to wash my face and put the moisturizer on. And I kid you not, I woke up in the morning and my face had transformed. It looked amazing and felt amazing. A lot of my acne had settled down and my face looked healthy. So I’ve been using teensy tiny bits of this moisturizer since then so I could get as much out of it as possible. My acne has almost completely gone away. My face looks the best it has looked in MONTHS. And I feel like I have to attribute it to this moisturizer. I looked it up on Sephora and it was $100-200. So I’ll never be able to afford it and this makes me very sad.

But, if you get the chance for a free sample or any kind of opportunity to use this, DO IT. It is amazing. And now I can understand how models and celebrities have flawless skin – because they have access to magical products that are priced much too high for the peasants! Argh!!

Anyway, go look at their website here. Even the design of the site looks like it cost a billion dollars.

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Have any of you used AMOREPACIFIC’s products before? Comment below!

Much Love

xxx

What’s in my Makeup Bag?

Day 30 – 31 Day Blog Challenge

Ok so we’re nearing the end of the blog challenge here. And for today I am supposed to write about what’s in my makeup bag, which is hilarious because I have fit a billion different products in there. As I don’t feel like naming each and every one, I have taken pictures of some of my favorite items and have listed and included links to everything else.

My makeup bag is a mess. It’s relatively large, so I have been able to fit a lot of stuff in it. It’s also dirty, but honestly, who’s isnt?

As you can see, there’s two sections. The top section has a zipper pocket where I keep my mascara, eyebrow pencils, and eyeliners. Then you have the area for all of my brushes, which there are many. And many more I don’t keep in there.

And then there’s the bottom part which has foundations, CC creams, eyelid primer, face primer, eyelash curler, mirror, eye shadow palettes, contouring palettes, etc. Just to name a few.

I just bought the Tarte Double Take Eyeliner (left) which has the pencil on one end and a defining waterproof liquid on the other. It’s perfect and I seriously love it.

I do layer my mascara. I have worked with LOADS of mascara since I started wearing makeup at age 12. Obviously I started with cheap drug store brands and now I just get my mascara at Sephora. My three favorites are Lancome Hypnose Drama to start, then Too Faced Better Than Sex , and end with Urban Decay Perversion (not pictured). I have also used a sample of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara and loved that as well.

I have been buying more Tarte products lately as I love their brand and the positive effects it has had on my skin. I never breakout using their products and feel like my skin reacts very well to their creams and moisturizers.

As for eye stuff, I just bought this BB eye cream from Smashbox (top left) and I absolutely love it. I hate under eye concealers that look cakey and crease all over so when I went in to Sephora, I had a sales associate help me and as soon as I tried this on, I realized it was perfect!

For eye shadow, I tend to work mostly with palettes as it’s been my lazy way of accruing lots of different colors. As I have dark eyes and hair, I gravitate towards the Urban Decay Naked palettes since they generally have brown and natural looking tones. I have the Naked2, the Naked Smoky (shown below) and Naked2 Basics, which is actually my favorite one.

Lately, I have been using the Smashbox Matte Exposure palette (shown below) using most of the colors on the left. I tend to just mix colors and throw a dark shade on my crease and call it a day, which is why it looks as messy as it does. Usually when I’m doing my makeup, I’m going to work with a bunch of middle-aged men so I tend to be very lazy and simple with my makeup.

I started contouring my face a while back and have used all Smashbox products. I started with the Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio, which was great for beginners. Then I got the Step-by-Step Contour Palette, which is a powder. After awhile, I wanted something more advanced. So I did some research and found the Anastasia Contour Kit. I bought it and have been using it ever since. I really like the fact that you can buy refills for the powders and don’t have to purchase a whole new palette or kit like I had to do with the Smashbox ones. It saves me a lot more money.

Photo May 30, 7 02 33 PM

Weirdly enough, I don’t keep any lipsticks in my main makeup bag. I keep them in a smaller bag in my purse since I tend to carry my lipsticks with me everywhere. I’ve listed my favorite brands below. I tend to navigate towards bright reds, matte, and long lasting wear.

Some other products that I love and use daily are below:

From this post, you may gather I am obsessed with makeup and products. And I kind of am. I find it so much fun to shop for makeup and try out new products or even go to Sephora and get my makeup done. I have been VIB Rouge for two years now and going on my third, and probably fourth. For those who don’t know, you have to spend a certain amount of money a year to become VIB Rouge and maintain status. The benefits are Free 2-Day Shipping, and free 60-minute makeovers in the store among other things. However, with my impending move to UK, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to deal since there aren’t any Sephora locations in the UK. I do know they have international shipping although I’m sure it’s not “Free 2-day.” Sad face.

I would eventually like to have a vanity where I could sit and seriously organize all of my makeup and products, which I do hope to accomplish when we get our new flat. Crossing my fingers for that one.

Please let me know if you have any questions on any of the products I listed. This has recently become a passion of mine so I love talking about it. Do any of you share the same love for any of these items? Comment below and let me know!

 

Much Love

xxx

All the Hair Products

Not to sound incredibly arrogant, but my hair is one of my favorite things about myself. Around puberty, my hair went from naturally stick straight to naturally curly. It was very odd, but I am so happy that it did! During summer and on beach days, I can just let my hair air dry and easily master the beach wave look without much effort. My hair is also incredibly easy to work with and style. It’s frizzy if I blow dry it but as soon as I use a ceramic styling iron, the frizz is gone. I can straighten it in less than 10 minutes, or curl my hair many different ways and it will hold for up to 4 days (if I don’t wash it) and that’s even sleeping with it in a bun – or an onion (as D likes to call it). I don’t mean to brag, but my hair is kick ass.

But it takes time, effort, and much TLC to keep it this way. As I previously stated, it’s one of my favorite things about myself so I take very good care of it.

Below is a list of products I use and highly recommend:

OGX Shampoo and Conditioner

I began using the OGX products years ago and haven’t stopped. Their shampoo and conditioner bottles are about $5-6 each, smell really good, and I can always notices a difference in my hair. There is one for each individual problem you are trying to tackle. I have gotten many of my friends into this brand as I swear by it. I’ve used the bamboo fiber-full, Brazilian keratin therapy, coconut milk, biotin & collagen, keratin oil, and the teatree mint ones. You can get these at any grocery store, Ulta, or even on Amazon, if you prefer to shop online.

Here are all the hair products.

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco

I wasn’t lying when I said I love this brand…

When I get out of the shower and have towel dried my hair, I immediately spray this on top. Not only is it adding more awesome oils to your hair, but it also acts as a detangler. Be careful not to spray too much otherwise you’ll look oily. You can find this at select grocery stores, Target, Ulta, or Amazon.

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Mouse

I began using this two years ago after I changed hair stylists and saw that every time she used this, my hair felt so much thicker. I bought myself one to use every day and haven’t missed a day since. You can get it at Sephora, for $30.

Big Sexy Hair Hairspray

I have been using this since I was a teenager. I went through so many different kinds of hairspray growing up and one day my mom bought me this one. Insanely thankful she did. You don’t have to use a lot of this for it to work. You can get the extreme hold or not. I don’t because like I said above, my hair holds really well to begin with. It’s about $17 at your local grocery store, Target, or Ulta.

Coconut Oil

Now I don’t use this every day, but when I was dying my hair vigorously, I would take a little bit and put it on my ends before I blow-dried my hair to help lock in the moisturizer after a shower. I have also done coconut oil masks when I know I won’t be in public for a couple days. Put some coconut oil in a boil and place it on top of a bowl of really hot water to melt the oil. Then spread the coconut oil all over your hair and leave in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it all out and dry your hair. It feels amazing, but will look really oily until about two more washes.

Tangler Teezer Brush

I saw this at Sephora and asked for it for Christmas and was very pleased when I saw that my mom bought it for me. I’ve only had it for a month now, but I love it! You can use it when your hair is wet or dry and it works wonders, especially if you’re trying to be gentle with your hair. I wouldn’t suggest this if you have really thick hair as it would take a really long time to brush through everything, but I do feel that less hair comes out into my brush with this new one. And to add to that, it’s super easy to clean. You just grab the hair in one pull and you’re done. It’s not even expensive. Just go buy one. Do it.

I think from reading through all these, you can gather that I put a lot of oil in my hair. It’s slowly coming to light that oils are amazing for our bodies. Whether you’re putting it in your hair, on your face, your body, or ingesting it, oils are very beneficial and I have slowly realized that over the last few years.

 

What hair products do you use that you swear by? Any other brands that have different kinds of oil as their main ingredients that you like? Comment below or write me on Twitter -@knackeredchaos!

 

Much Love

xxx