Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Sephora Birthday Wishlist + ADVICE NEEDED!

Sephora 2015 Birthday Makeup Wishlist


I've been wanting to place a Sephora order since it first became possible to do so from the UK (haven't we all?), and now, with my birthday coming up next month I've decided to take the plunge and ask Kenny, my mum and sister to each get me something as a gift (plus, I might get myself a little gift too...)

As a complete eye shadow addict, there's no way I could not order a palette (or two... ahem) and right now, I'm thinking it's between the Kat Von D Monarch Palette - which I've heard great things about, but I worry that's its super warm toned? Or the Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette - but, while I love my little matte Naked Basics palettes, I worry this is more nude mattes than I'd actually need/want to play with.

 An item that is an absolute definite (well, I 'think' it's a definite anyway, although I suppose that's a bit paradoxical really), is the Tarte Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette. I've been looking to buy a contour palette for some time now and I've only heard good things about this one, and most of Tarte Cosmetics in general.

Sticking with cheeks and there's two more products I fancy, one is the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil - I'm always on the search for nice, natural finish blush products - and the other is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed which I've wanted to try since I first heard about Tarte, but now I wonder if I would be better sticking with just the contour palette for now, in case the formula doesn't agree with me somehow?

And two last products that I'm more on the fence about, first is the Tarte Kiss and Belle Lipsurgence Lip Set which looks brilliant, but I don't know much about the formulas of these, are they good? Secondly, I have the Sephora Collection Look Color in the Eye Brush Capsule - I've been looking to get some new eye brushes for a while, but can't bring myself to pay the likes of MAC prices. These seem like a really nice set and they rate really well on Sephora - but is it worth using my precious, one off, order money on them?

So, I said I needed advice and I do: what do you think of the wishlist? Anything that's not worth it? Anything missing I need to get?

The only real criteria I have (which actually, now I read this back, is a lot!):

1. No foundation or other skin tone based products - I am very pale, as in, frequently too pale for the palest shade in a range and I would hate to order something and not be able to wear it. 

2. I have very sensitive skin so it makes me nervous to try new things, so a little thing would be cool, but I don't want to gamble a big chunk of the purchase on something I'll quite possibly react to.

3. Not things I can buy in the UK (strictly speaking you can buy Tarte on QVC, but the Exposed Blush has been out of stock for ages and they don't have the other products last I checked...). As tempting as it is because things are cheaper/come in cute sets, I want to avoid buying things I could buy normally.

So please, if you have any suggestions, advice or criticisms about my wish list, please let me know! Also, if you've ever ordered from Sephora to the UK let me know how your ordering experience was - anything I should know?

Thank you! 

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