In partnership with Sephora Canada: Hallelujah, Sephora Canada has lowered the free-shipping minimum from $75 to $50, and that's not all! Returns are free, and shipping time is now just four (4) days. Plus the no-duties thing... I think an uh-oh! is in order. With our low Canadian dollar, it's is enough to sway this beauty enthusiast from store-front to computer-screen spending. Please don't tell my mother. Or my financial advisor.
I'm geeking out about a whack of Sephora-available covetables right now:
Fresh Rose Face Mask 15th Anniversary Edition ($72 at sephora.ca and $62 at sephora.com): holy moly is this limited-edition not the prettiest jar ever from our friends at Fresh? Illustrator Jo Ratcliffe is a rising star in the world of multi-dimensional media (that was not a booth on Career Day when I was in school). A UK Vogue contributor, she's worked with Uniqlo, Topshop, H&M, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo, and won a 2015 CLIO for Sephora's 2014 holiday packaging.
And then there's the mask itself, a soothing, fragrant gelée of rosewater and rose petals, plus cucumber extract, aloe vera gel, green tea and a moisture-boosting algae extract called porphyridium cruentum (we can practise spelling it as part of a pressed-juice drinking game). I'm taking the afternoon off to enjoy it. (Well, maybe I'll take 25 minutes off.)
Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner ($36 at sephora.ca and $28 at sephora.com) and La Quill Precision Brush ($36 at sephora.ca and $28 at sephora.com): Intense, vivid and packaged in no-spill sponge pots, these water-based liquid liners come in six shades, two matte and four shimmery, and can be used as eyeshadow too. The shades are more vibrant than they appear on the paper in the above photo, and they're buildable. The La Quill brush is great, with a small brush that offers excellent control. More to come (with Stila pro Sarah Lucero) on Beautygeeks!
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 30 ($50 at sephora.ca and $42 at sephora.com): Say what? On the heels of our geek-out about the not-yet-available-in-Canada Bioderma Hydrabio SPF sunscreen water, we're eager to test-drive this new pigmented, broad-spectrum BB Water stuff. Plus, we've just got our hands on the recently released silicone-free Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($37 at sephora.ca and $32 at sephora.com). Have you tried that yet? If the brand-promises for these two items are true – increased hydration + flawless finish – we'll be so prepped for the impending drier weather. Re: how Camera-Ready BB works, we'll let Smashbox's vivacious makeup pro Lori Taylor explain it for now:
In fact, we're a bit obsessed with Smashbox at the moment. Several of the brand's newest launches have caught our attention -- so much so, that when I contemplated the next item, I rather regretted not having a zit to cover. Careful what you wish for, lovelies. #ugh #ithurts
Smashbox 24 Hour CC Spot Concealer ($29 at sephora.ca and $25 at sephora.com): This stuff has serious staying power, and an impressive pigment load. I'll be testing it today – a zit helpfully presented itself last night for trial purposes. *eyeroll* The teeny-tip applicator is genius for small spots, but of course my blemish is huge. #overkill. Don't wait for my assessment, though – Sephora reports "only a few left" on the purchasing page. It's a hit.
Smashbox #ShapeMatters Palette ($69 at sephora.ca and $65 at sephora.com): This all-neutrals palette is a clever capitalization on the current contouring "trend." I've put "trend" in quotation marks because I don't see it that way – contouring and highlighting (aka strobing when done on its own) are key techniques most of us need in our makeup-skills arsenal. Anyway, the #ShapeMatters Palette looks like a terrific neutral sculpting palette for face, eyes and brows. Click here for Smashbox makeup for your eye shape charts – and oh, here's a #ShapeMatters video tutorial with Lori:
Have you tried this palette yet? Are you considering it? (I have it on deck.)
YSL Couture Kajal 3-in-1 Khol Eyeliner ($39 at sephora.ca): Oh, these are fancy. And creamy, not lid-dragging waxy. Oily lids may want primer backup, but the staying power is pretty good. And the generous tip makes things easy whether you're intensifying your lashline, tightlining or drawing on your upper inner rim, or using Couture Kajal as eye shadow. Limited edition, the black seems to be the sole shade available at Sephora; that's a good start. (Layer colour eyeshadow over a black Couture Kajal base for a stay-put smoky finish.)
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation ($49 at sephora.ca and $39 at sephora.com): A lightweight, oil-free, full-coverage formula with hyaluronic acid and coconut water in the mix – sounds like a variation of a couple of releases from another brand we'll talk about next. (I'm so glad to see more full-coverage foundations on the market; they're so versatile. When your skin needs to hide, use one at full strength. When you need just a hint of pigment, add a drop or two of full-coverge foundation to your moisturizer or primer for a sheer finish.) At the moment, my bottle is on deck awaiting attention, so I can't give you much in the way of feedback. But I know someone who's already tested it thoroughly – lovely Kelly of Gouldylox Reviews has Too Faced Born This Way details here. Best tip: give the foundation time to set before you apply other makeup over it..
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate ($69 at sephora.ca and $55 at sephora.com): Crazy-high pigment in a water-weight foundation – bring it on. This foundation I have tried, and I'm a fan. Best layered over the deliciously hydrating Marc Jacobs Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer ($55 at sephora.ca and $44 at sephora.com), this foundation is as re(marc)able as hyped. Ultra thin, ultra light, great coverage. The Marc Jacobs Face III Buffing Brush ($69 at sephora.ca and $55 at sephora.com) is aces, too. Proof: all three are temporarily sold out. Have you tried any of them yet??
And is anyone else in trouble with this new, lower, $50 minimum for free-shipping from sephora.ca? And four-day delivery promise? Eek!