I'm back! I've had a whirlwind 2 weeks traveling back to North America, for a wedding, for family, and for some very unexpected epiphanies. All the simple, spontaneous days throughout our trip was exactly what we needed to clear our minds and our vision.
But the one exception to the simple and the spontaneous was the long-planned, much anticipated Sephora visit. With my wishlist in hand, I marched into the store, swatching and sniffing as fast as I could (can't keep the man waiting!). If I do say so myself, this was one successful, well-behaved Sephora spree. Everything I got was on my preplanned shopping list!
First the makeup. I can't give full reviews for most of the products mentioned here yet, but the one I've immediately fallen in love with is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner. It is THE best liquid liner I've used (sorry Lancome Artliner!). Thick, thin, dark, light - it's so flexible, so precise, and does not budge or smudge. Yes the preciseness means you need a bit of practice, but once you do, ladies, it's everything you've wanted in a liner. I also got the Anastasia Brow Wiz, which is so pleasantly easy to use as an eyebrow noob. Mine is the shade "Ebony," a charcoal grey shade that I can lightly use to define my brows but not so much darken them, unless I'm feeling adventurous that day. I love that this can do both with such minimal effort.
In the skincare department, I got the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy and the Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel. So far so good with the FAB eye cream - the pure ingredients give me peace of mind, and the cool metal applicator has become slightly addictive for mornings. I've yet to try the Ole Henriksen peel, so more to come on that later.
My final Sephora buy was the Elizabeth & James Nirvana "White" Rollerball Perfume. I was originally more intrigued by the "Black" scent, hoping to be one of the cool kids, but in the end I stuck true to my girly, floral roots and opted for "White," a musky peony scent. This was a definite 100% love for me at first sniff. Peonies are my favorite flowers, and the scent even earned the picky boyfriend stamp of approval. Fragrances that I get while traveling always to take me back to memories of the trip, and I know this one will not be an exception.
In addition to the Sephora stuff, I also brought home the MAC Eyeshadow in "Soba" (which I still don't understand why MAC doesn't stock in Hong Kong) and the Milani Baked Blush in "Luminoso." Both have proven to be worth the hype; they deserve full reviews which I will leave for a later day.
Last but not least, I had to pick up a box of Frango mint chocolates, a Chicago classic which has somehow become a family tradition of mine. It's my mom's favorite and brings back fond memories!