Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Best of the Best - Sephora Beauty Game Changers*

Nothing is more rewarding than knowing your skin and makeup are on point from the time you started your makeup, til the end of the day. These Sephora Beauty Products all do this and create the best experience when applying on the skin. You cannot go wrong with these notoriously high quality items. 

Note, all of these items can be purchased on

Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Definer

You know it's good for your brows when Anastasia is doing it. And it was about time that Anastasia caught on with producing this kind of brow pencil. Hourglass, Nudestix, Bobbi Brown... have already created this kind of brow pencil but this product is just as good. It provides a nice pigment on the brows, with little slip and full control. It gives you the precision that you want, as well as the perfect accuracy of application. 

The mechanical pencil is very similar in functionality to the original brow wiz, but just in a bigger form. It has a spooley at the end, with the product. It has the same design with the black and rosegold accents, illustrating the permanent collection is here to stay! Hallelujah!

What I love about this pencil is the shape. I love this kind of shape to define my brows. It gives such an easy application and control that it takes little to no effort to do your brows. The process is easier to also even your brows as well, because the shape of this does most of the job for you. You would use the narrow part of the pencil to draw the outline of the brow, as well as draw in little hairs and sharpening the wing and you would use the wider end to fill in the brow in seconds. It's just the perfect shape to cater for both thick and thin brows. 

This range has the same kind of shades as the brow wiz, with the identical colours. It retails for $45 AUD at Sephora, both online and in-stores.

Sephora Base Lissante Smoothing Primer

This Sephora branded product is the cheapest and high quality primer you're going to find on the market. It is a silicon based product that adheres to the skin providing skincare benefits such as anti-aging properties, inclusion of vitamin A and E...and so on. It can be used on both the eyes and skin. It will do the job and keep your makeup lasting longer. 

When applied to the skin, a transparent, smooth product comes out and when spread onto the skin, it becomes smooth til you can barely feel anything. It's almost can be described having an emollient consistency. It fills in the uneven texture on your skin and it also filled in fine lines on the skin that you want to hide when applying your foundation or concealer. It is such a great primer for such an affordable price of $20 AUD! It comes in a small frosted glass bottle with a pump and lid. Great primer!

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

It was no surprise to me that this was considered as a Beauty Game Changer. It has been a favourite of mine for a long time for good reason. This CC+ Cream by It Cosmetics provides the coverage of a foundation, the skin correcting properties of a CC Cream and the skincare of a CC cream. It just does it all. It is not running, but has a slightly thick consistency that is easy to blend and work into the skin. It doesn't oxidise but provides a perfect canvas for the face. It lasts all day and you just don't need to worry about it throughout the day. 

I had previously mentioned this product in a previous post (click here to find out more). It is just the perfect product to bring with you while travelling or just to use everyday. It has four available shades and retails for $58 AUD both online and in-stores at Sephora.

Makeup For Ever HD Foundation

Another favourite of mine! I own both the HD and Ultra HD Foundation by Makeup For Ever and they are just amazing. It's a medium to full coverage foundation that's lightweight, easy to use and long-lasting. It gives the skin a very natural finish with a wide range of 40 shades to choose from. The only flaw I have with this foundation is the naming system that the company has implemented. It's so  confusing. 

Anyways, this foundation is just so great for everyday use, giving the skin a great, comfortable, long lasting look. This foundation is able to cover almost anything and it is very buildable. It has hyaluronic spheres that offers the skin a ever-lasting hydration to suit all skin types. 

This foundation is said to be best used with a damp sponge when applying to the skin to maintain the hydration and natural look to the skin. The sponge also helps to build very coverage in a flawless manner as well without removing product in the process. This foundation retails for $60-65 AUD.

Cover FX Contour Kit and Brush

I have heard so many great things about this contour kit by Cover FX. There are so many brands out there trying to get their name out there, but you know you can trust Cover FX will do the job ten times over and still provide great performance. There are six different shades of contour available in this range, catering to all skin colours! I love this palette so much that I am going to dedicate a separate post on this palette. So stay tuned for this! All you need to know is that the objective of this kit is to illuminate, highlight and contour to shape your face. This retails for $70 AUD and can be purchased both in-stores and online at Sephora

It is recommended to use this contour/highlighting duo-ended brush by Cover FX with the contour kit. The wider brush is used to contour and blend out the product you have laid on and the smaller end is used to apply product with precision, such as the under-eye area, cheeks, the nose and jawline. The bristles on this brush is very soft and does a good job at blending the product, but personally I won't reach for this for highlighting, but for contouring, yes! It works the contour perfectly with precision and accuracy to give that sharp structure that you want on application. Such a great brush!

The smaller end is quite stiff but is still gentle to apply on the skin. It is what helps the product to smoothly slide giving you that control. The wider end is flat and tapered, which is used to blend and diffuses the product in such a seamless way. This brush retails for $61 AUD and is such a handy brush for contouring.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette

When this was first released into Sephora stores, I was extremely excited. It was such an innovative and perfectly concepted palette that advances and enhances the average eyelook. Instead of just popping on some colour to the eyes, contouring is now involved to create the perfect shape and look to your eyes.

The shadows in the palette are extremely pigmented, smooth and easy to work with. It is very long-lasting, buildable and for all skin types. There is little to no effort to make the shade blend and you can create versatile looks or natural looks. This palette contains only matte shades as it is in-line with its concept of "contouring".

There are 12 shades - ranging from cool to warm tones. This palette is created to transform and enhance the intended shape of your eyes, while giving definition to what you want to bring forward or recede back, where the lighter shades are to brighten and highlight and the dark shades are to create shadows and bring less attention.

This palette can either be used on its own to create natural to smokey eye looks or be an addition to another palette or preferable shadow. There is no limit to what you can do with this. It retails for $64 AUD at Sephora both online and instores.

Tarte Cosmetics Lip Paint in Bae

Tarte Cosmetics recently released this liquid lipstick that comes in ten remarkable shades that offer full colour, semi-matte finish to the lips. It is claimed to be long-wearing, pigmented and is non-drying. It is formulated with a vegan friendly moussey formula and holds a velvet-like feel to the lips that glides smoothly over the skin.

I don't like the applicator because it doesn't allow me to have great precision, but it does the job, nonetheless. This retails for $29 AUD which is quite affordable on the high-end perspective of things.

Alpha H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid 100mL

Alpha H is an uprising skincare brand that is growing to be well-known in the skincare world. They produce cleansers, toners, moisturisers... and everything else that your skin desires. They are highly raved on the social media and have proven themselves to be a great brand to use on the daily.

The Liquid Gold product is a skin treatment used 3-5 nights a week to resurface your skin. It is used to remove and prevent sun damage, dark pigmentation and wrinkles. It is said to be great for firming and making your skin more youthful. It is an overnight liquid that helps tired and aging skin and also helps young skin to remain looking youthful. Over time, it claims to improve the look of your skin. It is suitable for all skin types. But if you have sensitive skin, you may feel a slight tingle (as warned) but this is said to be expected.

I have not used this long enough to prove those claims but after immediate use, I can feel my skin feeling softer and fresh. After a week or so, my skin remained to be normal and smooth, which was a great sign that it was working. Slight fine lines around my smile lines seemed to be less visible.

This product sells for $64 AUD for 100mL.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Nothing is better than knowing you have a secret weapon to create big, beautiful, thick lashes with just a few swipes of the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. This retails for $40 AUD and comes in a sleek hexagonal shape tube.

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This mascara has a curvy, hourglass brush shape that gives the lashes the best volumising and full lashes without having to have falsies. The shape of the applicator allows you to completely coat your lashes, as well as the roots of your lashes. The formula is smooth, non-drying and super-concentrated with black pigment! It claims to be smudge-proof, lengthening and buildable. It does not transfer when dried. It is just the perfect mascara for those perfect full set of lashes.

If you guys wanted an indepth-review on any of these or if you wanted to know anything more about them, please leave a comment below.

Until next time, stay awesome guys!

Disclaimer: All of these products were sent to me as part of a campaign I was involve in with Sephora. This was to promote my opinions and thoughts on the products given to me. This by no means that this post was biased or dishonest. I was not paid in any manner and was not sponsored or compensated for this post. All words said remains genuine and true based on my personal preference and experience. I wanted to thank Sephora for this great opportunity. 
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