The Haul: Sephora Edition

So, picture this: I’m in France, I’ve survived the turbulance (yes I thought I was going to die!), navigated my way out of the airport to the bus station and dropped my stuff off at the apartment – my next next misson? Sniff out a Sephora. Okay, I may have looked up the quickest route via Google Maps before leaving so it was in fact a breeze. Sephora actually turned out to be a ten minute walk from where I was staying which was… dangerous, to say the least. In the end the other half reminded me we did have a liquid restriction, so I made myself a challenge to keep this haul liquid free. Difficult doesn’t quite cover the experience…

In the end I went for a few simple pieces. Firstly I loved the make up brushes! They were such good quality for the price, the “contour brush” – basically a flat top Kabui – was around €17, which in ££ is slightly less, so it was basically the same or maybe cheaper than a sigma brush, and a lot cheaper than a MAC brush (still no contest to Real Techniques because they are le bomb!). I reall love this brush, it’s amazingly soft and blends really well. If I had to compare its magical blending powers, I’d say it blends faster and gives a more natural finish than the Sigma Flat Top, but doesn’t blend quite as quickly or as naturally as the Real Techniques Buffing brush. A winner in my opinion (plus you can’t see it getting dirty, a nice one if you hate the look of dirty brushes – downside? You may forget to clean it…)

In addition to the Sephora brushes, I was also intrigued by their make up range. Now I’m not an eyeshadow girl, so I gave their extensive range a miss, but did like the look of their blushes. The packaging reminded me of the Liz Earl blushes and when swatched this one looked like a lovely light rosey pink. On the cheeks? Nothing. I don’t know if it’s my skin colour, but this definitely wasn’t a winner. It cost around €8 euros, which is very cheap in pounds, so I can’t moan too much, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing another one!

Whilst I was mooching around, I also grabbed a couple of the travel pots by Sephora, for no reason other than that they are handy and they look super cute. They were around €1 each which is pretty good. My boyfriend also pointed out that I needed a sharpener for my eyeliner (the eyebrow pencil and Benefit “Eye Bright” were almost un-usuable) so I grabbed one of these as well. In hindsight, I don’t know if it was the best idea as I’m pretty sure there are some restrictions on sharpeners (or their blades) on flights, which I didn’t remember until I got home, but somehow it must have slipped through… Airlines, take note!?

That’s pretty much it, I’ll be passing by another Sephora in Paris at the end of November. I’m hoping it will be a bit bigger and have a wider selection of products. If you have any ideas of things I should pick up then let me know in the comments as it’s easier to shop with recommendations!


  1. x natasha x
    08 Oct 2012 / 11:00 pm

    did you spot any of the sephora favourites gift sets when you were in there? they seem amazing value for money, but i'm not sure if only the sephoras in the states stock them…

    • HelloOctober
      09 Oct 2012 / 7:55 pm

      It might just be the US as I didn't see them in Nice, but it could have just been a very small branch x

  2. Julie
    08 Oct 2012 / 11:57 pm

    Tarte blushes?

    • HelloOctober
      09 Oct 2012 / 7:56 pm

      Oooooh good plan batgirl! x x

  3. Romzs
    09 Oct 2012 / 5:12 am

    Try their Color lip last range, the matte ones are amazing! xx

    • HelloOctober
      09 Oct 2012 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks! x

  4. GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle
    09 Oct 2012 / 7:51 am

    I also like Sephora's range. Colors are amazing.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Cheap Makeup Reviews

    • HelloOctober
      09 Oct 2012 / 7:56 pm

      They are indeed 🙂

  5. Olivia Law
    09 Oct 2012 / 9:52 am

    I LOVE when I'm abroad and can buy sephora… Forever needing extra baggage allowance xo

    • HelloOctober
      09 Oct 2012 / 7:57 pm

      hahaha, story of my life! x

  6. Nora
    09 Oct 2012 / 2:24 pm

    Ooh you're in my country 🙂

    • HelloOctober
      09 Oct 2012 / 7:57 pm

      I was a few weeks ago, i'm home now! 🙂

  7. shannon
    09 Oct 2012 / 5:21 pm

    I didn't even know there was a Sephora in France, it makes me want to go even more now 🙂
    Was this in Paris? x

    • HelloOctober
      09 Oct 2012 / 7:57 pm

      There are a fair few I think, the one I went to was in Nice, but there is one in Paris x

  8. Lana S.
    10 Oct 2012 / 3:52 pm

    That colour is so pretty!

    Lana, xo

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