A trip to Paris (or any other major European city for that matter) is not complete without a visit to Sephora, and when I was in the French capital for a few days over the weekend I made it my business to check out the store on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. This flagship store really is something else, and as soon as I sat foot in the place I knew I was home. It is a beauty addicts dream and I'm not even kidding when I say that my face basically turned into something resembling a heart eyed emoji for the time that I was there.
Whenever I'm abroad and feel like treating myself to a few new make-up bits, I always try to purchase things that I know I either can't buy or are difficult to hunt down at home (it makes me feel less guilty), so I headed straight for the NARS stand. I don't know why, but NARS is ridiculously difficult to get a hold of in Ireland and to the best of my knowledge there is only one stand in the whole country. It is possible to buy online of course (which is why my collection isn't too shabby), but this can pose a bit of a problem if you are looking to get colour matched. I grabbed another Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade 'Vanilla', which is actually my third time purchasing one of these bad boys - and yes, I feel that the €27 price tag is totally worth it. This concealer is a replacement for the one that I dropped and smashed a while back - I had been making do with the shade 'Honey', but now that summer is nothing but a distant memory it was slowly but surely getting to be too dark for my skin tone. So I think that the shade 'Vanilla' will take me through the winter months just nicely. I had been interested in trying out the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for quite a while, and finally decided to pick it up whilst I had the opportunity to get colour matched. Buying the wrong shade of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation online meant that I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice, and I'm super happy with what I ended up with - 'Light 2 Alaska'. I haven't actually worn it yet so I can't give my thoughts on it just yet, but considering the fact that I tend to gravitate towards lightweight and sheer bases more often than not, I am fairly positive that we will get along just nicely. Whilst at the NARS counter I was very tempted to pick up the new Virtual Domination Cheek Palette (it just looked so pretty!), but I didn't give in. Round of applause please! €55 was perhaps a little too pricey considering the fact that I'm not a major blush fan, and I already own full sizes of two of the shades ('Deep Throat' and 'Laguna'). I had heard lots about the Make Up Forever Smoky Lash Mascara and had wanted to try it for a while, so when I came across the Smoky Lash Kit that offered the mascara plus a free mini Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil and mini Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser I knew that it was a deal not to be missed out on. I have given the mascara a go but I'll need to try it out a few more times before I can come to any conclusion on it. I have heard that it gets better with age and works better once it dries out a little, so I'm excited to see how it will fare over the next few weeks. Given how much everybody bangs on about them, I knew that I had to try out one of the Sephora brushes and after much deliberation I finally settled on the Sephora Contour Bronzer Brush #46. I actually don't intend to use this kabuki style brush for contouring or bronzing (I don't that that would work out too well), but rather have it in mind for foundation application. The bristles are densely packed, feel super soft on the skin, and I have a feeling that it is going to make applying my base a super quick and easy process.
My last two Sephora purchases - the Sephora Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner and Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red were actually purchased in Rome when I was there about a month ago, but I decided to lump everything in together under the one post. I thought that the brush cleaner would come in super handy for spot cleaning my eye make-up brushes in the mornings, but I'm too scared to use it again after I tried it on my MAC 239 and it ended up turning the bristles green. Maybe I didn't use it correctly... Does anybody else own this?! I'm not massively into red lips, but it is important to have a couple of staples and so I decided to pick up one of the Cream Lip Stains in Always Red after reading one too many rave reviews. This stuff is seriously creamy and pigmented and glides onto the lips beautifully. Even though it is marketed as a stain, I have found that it doesn't stay on the lips for quite as long as I was led to believe, but nevertheless it a super pretty classic red shade and I'm sure I will get plenty of wear out of it.