Sephora, Lush & Forever 21 Haul

February 11, 2015

Last week my girl-friend Eshie and I did a little retail therapy. We've been dying to go shopping for the past month or so and last Wednesday we decided to treat ourselves! So because I am currently procrastinating on my paper that's due this Friday I decided that since I don't feel like writing a paper, I might as write a blog post heh. 
Most of my purchases were towards skincare because lately I've really been noticing that I don't do much to take care of my skin. I've also been dreary about aging and I want to do whatever I can early on to prevent any severe or premature aging. 

The first items I'll be talking about were purchased from Sephora. 

The first product which I got from Sephora was from the Tatcha skincare line. Originally I was not going to get this because the only cleansing oil I've heard of prior to buying this was the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil. But because the Sephora I went to was sold out of that product the sales associate introduced me to this cleansing oil and let me just say that I am so glad I decided to buy this in the end because it is absolutely AMAZING. The oil is pure camellia oil and it just does a wonderful job getting off all my makeup. I seriously think about going home at the end of the day and using this to clean my face. And the packaging for it is very sleek and feminine-looking in my opinion. I think this is a great item for people of all ages (well maybe not 5 year olds or anything, but you know what I mean.) 
And even after purchasing this item I've been seeing that it's been getting a lot and a lot more attention geared towards it. For $50 I would say it is definitely worth it. As the first cleansing oil I've ever used I'm pretty sure I'm going to never use any other kind of cleansing oil and this is definitely going to be a repurchase for years to come. And I'll probably even purchase these products for my mom for Mother's Day that's coming up! 

And if you haven't heard of the brand Tatcha, it is a brand by Vicky Tsai and you can read her story and journey of creating Tatcha here

The second product I got from Sephora was the First Aid Beauty's Ulta Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream. So as you will see I was looking for both a day and night time cream and for night time I decided to go with this one solely because a lot of people on the Sephora website were raving about this product, so I decided to give into the hype. 

I will say that the cream does leave my skin feeling a lot firmer in the morning and I have noticed that my face does feel a lot more plump. However, when I apply it, it kind of feels as if it's just sitting on top of my skin rather than being absorbed into it. 

I'm not quite sure if I would repurchase this once it's all out but I've only been using it for about a week and there have not really been any other problems other than it leaving a "film" over my face. 
I have been breaking out ever since I've been using these newer products on my face, but I want to say it's probably more likely due to stress and hormones.

For a day cream I bought the Clinique Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer for Age Prevention. Prior to purchasing this I haven't really heard about this either. I've used other Clinique products before and haven't had problems with them. With this, so far I've been using it everyday for the past week. I haven't noticed much difference in my skin but like the First Aid Beauty cream I've noticed that it doesn't necessarily absorb into my skin either. Also when I put my makeup on top (which I'm not really sure whether or not it's okay to do when wearing this cream) it does kind of feel a little heavy and makes my foundation look a bit cakey.
For the price ($48) I'm not totally sure if I'm going to repurchase this in the future. I'm not totally in love with it, but I'll probably still use it until it runs out.

Now, onto the Lush products that I bought.

 The first product that I got from Lush was the H'suan Wen Hua hair treatment. And I've been wanting to try this out for the longest because I've read a ton of reviews from people saying how this has really helped revive their hair. My hair has gone through hell and back from a bad bleach job and has become completely fried at the ends. So in hopes of a cure for my hair I thought I'd give this a try.

So basically you apply this to dry hair and leave in for about 20 minutes then wash and condition like normal. 
Let this be a fair warning to those who are thinking about purchasing this though, because this stuff has a really pungent ginger smell to it. It's really overpowering when you first smell it. I want to say it kind of reminds me of gingerbread but at the same time it also just reminds me of a really strong ginger-tea. 
And I was really surprised when I first applied this to my hair because the cream looks really thick but it's actually fairly thin. 
I was kind of disappointed when I first used this though because it actually made my hair feel a lot drier than it did before I used this and I ended up having to drench my hair with argan oil just to gain back the moisture I lost after using this. 
I'll probably try and use this again later in the week because it's recommended to only use this once a week, but so far I'm not that impressed with this and I feel like it was a big let down. But I want to say maybe it didn't work as well because I didn't apply as thick of a layer as I should have (because I'm cheap and want to make the product last as long as I can) but after I use it 3 or 4 more times and I still get the same results of my hair just getting stripped of it's moisture then I wouldn't recommend this to people who have overprocessed hair and I more than likely would not purchase this again. 
What's funny is that the person who made this is named Anthony and kind of looks like my boyfriend Anthony without a mustache. heh heh

The second item I got was a lip scrub and OMG this stuff smells sooooo good. This stuff does wonders for those with really chapped lips and those who find that their lips really start to peel, especially during the colder months. What I really like about this is that you can literally eat this stuff. When applying this to your lips you can just lick off the excess without worrying whether or not this stuff is toxic. And applying chapstick after using this feels really great on my lips and the chapstick just goes on so smoothly. The one downside about this product is that it can get a little messy when applying so I would recommend doing this lip scrub over the sink if anything. Overall I really like this and would recommend it to all those dealing with chapped/dry lips.

The next product is Lush's "9 to 5" cleanser. I bought the 3.3 oz bottle just incase it didn't work out for me or decided it didn't want to get along with my skin. I bought this cleanser because I work a lot and that really causes my skin to be overworked and stressed out so I thought buying this cleanser, which is meant for those girls who y'know work those 9-5 hours and come home exhausted and just want to feel relaxed and clean afterwards. So far I've been using this after I take off my makeup with my Tatcha cleansing oil and so far the combination has been working well for me. I feel the cleansing oil takes off my makeup and the 9 to 5 cleanser really revitalizes my skin.
The last item I got from Lush was this Enchanted Eye Cream. And along with my hunt for a good night/day cream I've also been looking for a good eye cream and I think I've found it. After using this for a week I've noticed that the area around my eyes feel a lot firmer and don't feel as thin or look as transparent. I've been lacking a lot of sleep lately so I know my eyes have been going through a lot so it's become really noticeable how well this cream has been working for my eyes so 10/10 would seriously recommend to everyone out there looking for a really good eye cream. I do wanna say it was kind of pricey for such a small bottle ($26) but a little goes a long way and you just need about one tiny pump and it'll cover your whole eye area.
Then lastly from Forever21 I got these two necklaces and then a pair of black leggings (not pictured, cause...we all know what a plain pair of black leggings look like lol). They were both about less than six dollars (USD) each and I kind of bought these on a whim because I felt I don't really wear that many accessories. So to add a little bit of detailing into my outfits I decided to buy some crystal-y pieces.

Overall. I feel it was a really successful shopping day. I'm pretty happy with my purchases and hopefully later on down the road I won't regret any of the things I bought *fingers crossed*

With love,

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