Mini Sephora Birthday Haul and Quick Review

For my birthday I placed a small order on Sephora and I was so excited when I got it in the mail. I thought I would show you a few swatches of the items I ordered and tell you what I thought about them.

Sephora Birthday Haul

I ordered NARS sheer matte in Stromboli. I already have the Sheer Glow and I love it. Since I have oily skin I thought I would try the matte version and see if it would be better for my skin (review and comparison coming soon).

A product I have been hearing so much about was Benefit Bella Bamba. It’s a shimmer watermelon pink with gold undertones. Benefit claims that it is a 3-D blush that is supposed to amplify your cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features. Not sure about that, but I LOVE this color! This shade would look beautiful on a wide range of skin tones, unlike their other face powders. It has great pigmentation and the shimmer isn’t overpowering so it gives your cheeks a lovely pink glow. I love the packaging on this one! One thing about Benefit is they really know how to catch a girl’s attention. It’s bright and shiny and PINK!They did however change the packaging for Bella Bamba. The lid doesn’t come of and has a mirror in it, which I love! The only downside to Bella Bamba is that you get less product for the same price as the other Benefit face/blush powders. The previous boxes were .42 oz for $28.00 and Bella Bamba is .28 oz! Despite the decrease in the amount of product we get I will continue buying this blush. A little goes a long way and the color is so pretty!

Benefit Bella Bamba

Benefit Bella Bamba Swatches

I read online that Kim Kardashian (her makeup artist) uses these two products so I had to try them out. Her makeup artist Joyce Bonelli uses a combination of Smashbox bronzer in Suntan Matte and Glow Fusion in Golden. I have a ton of bronzers but I have to say that the Glow Fusion is the best one I have tried. The color is not orange looking and does not make you look muddy. It does have gold shimmer but it doesn’t make you look shiny. I think this color would look great on medium and olive skin tones.  This is going in my all time favorite products! The Smashbox bronzer is also a great product. It does remind me a bit of NARS laguna, but I  Laguna is a little more brown. Both of these together make a very pretty combination.Glow Fusion in Golden Swatches

Smashbox Bronzer in Suntan Matte

I also received a few samples with my order, Kat Von D eye primer, Smashbox Luminzing primer, Prada and Gucci perfumes, Perfekt primer and Philosophy Birthday Cake Body wash.  I hope the reviews and swatches help some of you out! Overall I’m very pleased with my new products!


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