Sephora Exclusive Brands Showcase 2016
This time last month I received an invitation to an event I could only dream of attending. It was for the Sephora Exclusive Brands 2016 Showcase where I would get to discover new and exclusive products from brands such as Becca Cosmetics, Kat Von D, ZOEVA, iT Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Ole Henriksen, Caudalie and many many more!
Hyperventilating, I emailed back straight away confirming my attendance and counted down the days to this amazing event! Those who know me will understand why I was so excited. Not only am I a Sephora addict (I may or may not hold the highest membership tier in both Australia and America) but this invitation also marked a major milestone in my blogging journey. To be asked to attend an event by a company I admire so much was a huge compliment, personal achievement and the fact that I would get to try new, not yet released products and connect with the brands was a huge bonus!
So without further a do, I am here to share with you some of the new products coming soon to Sephora Australia as well as some amazing holiday packs which will be released closer to Christmas!
I only started using ZOEVA brushes and eyeshadow palettes about 6 months ago and my only regret is not getting them sooner! The quality and finish or their products is incredible so I was excited to spot them at the Sephora Showcase and check out some of their new products!
You know I love anything which highlights the skin so I was all about the new ZOEVA Strobe Gels! Available in three shades, these gels illuminate and create a gorgeous, dewy sheen which is ideal for makeup artists or anyone wanting to faux that summer glow. The gel formula felt really smooth, blended out beautifully and bounced right back into shape like it had never been touched. This beauty is definitely on my wish list for Spring/Summer!
The new ZOEVA Rose Golden Luxury Vol.3 Brush Set is the third instalment in ZOEVA's popular Rose Gold brush range. If you haven't tried ZOEVA brushes before I cannot recommend them enough and these sets are a great starter pack to try them out and begin your collection. This 8 piece brush set contains 5 face brushes, 3 eye brushes and comes with a brush clutch perfect for travelling:
103 Defined Buffer
109v Face Paint Vegan
114 Luxe Face Focus
129 Luxe Fan
142 Concealer Buffer
228 Luxe Crease
234 Luxe Smoky Shader
317 Wing Liner
I already know this set will be hot fire so keep your eyes peeled and get on it as soon as it is released!
Another must-have for any ZOEVA fan is their new Rose Golden Blush Palette, a trio of pressed powders to highlight and sculpt the face. The formula has a soft, velvety feel which blends seamlessly across the skin. The contour shade 'Heavy Crown' is matte, 'Glowing Still' highlight is a satin finish while the blush 'Palace Door' has a pearl finish - all complementing each other beautifully for that healthy, lit from within glow.
The ZOEVA Holiday Set contains three full size eyeshadow palettes including best seller 'Cocoa Blend' and comes beautifully packaged in a box that you will definitely want to keep! Each shadow is perfectly pigmented and when applied with their brushes creates the ZOEVA dream team!
The shade which really caught my eye was 'Visions of Gold' - a gorgeous golden, yellow that will be the perfect pop of colour in Spring and Summer! But each palette is carefully curated so the looks and colour combinations you can create are endless. I can see myself buying two sets; one for me and one to split up amongst my besties for Christmas!
Fun Fact: The name ZOEVA comes from ZOE, greek for 'life' and EVA the first woman.
KAT VON D
I am a huge fan of Kat Von D Beauty and I couldn't be happier to see new additions in the 'Lock-It' Complexion collection and that the colour range has expanded with more shades for every skin tone!
First up is the new Lock-It Concealer which provides unbelievable coverage! I prefer a heavier coverage with a lightweight feel and this concealer will knock out any blemish and last all day! The doe foot applicator is perfectly shaped for precision and a little bit goes a REALLY long way! Simply apply a little bit under the eyes and blend out using the new 'Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush #40' (see below) for a flawless finish. This concealer comes in 21 pigment tones including 'White Out' the very first pure white concealer. This is genius and great for mixing in with colours to customise shades (why not add a bit with your concealer and use as an under eye highlighter?!) and can be used on any skin tone.
I am all about locking my makeup look down and a good setting powder is a must to achieving a flawless finish! To date the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder is my ride or die but there is a new kid in town and I think KVD will give them a run for their money! The KVD Lock-It Setting Powder is a fine and smooth formula, perfect for setting the face or baking your contour and under the eyes. I worked a small amount into the back of my hand and it had a beautiful velvety, matte finish without my skin looking chalky or dry. It blends to a transparent finish on all skin tones and there is NO Flashback (Yayyyyy!).
I love the results I can achieve using the Kat Von D 'Shade and Light' Brushes so I was excited that new complexion brushes are being released to complement the Lock-It Concealer and Setting Powder. The Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush #40 + Lock-It Setting Powder Brush #20 are soft, synthetic brushes that are cruelty free forever! Plus the brush handle doubles as as a spatula if you need to decant products onto your palette or hand!
Hot Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for more KVD brushes coming soon!
From YouTube fame to her successful collaboration with Becca Cosmetics, Jaclyn Hill has become a household beauty name! The launch of her signature highlighter 'Champagne Pop' quickly became a best seller and secured its spot as a core item in the Becca Cosmetics range. But the fun doesn't stop there! Due to popular demand the Champagne collection has expanded and is making its way to our shores exclusively for Sephora Australia!
By now you have probably seen or may already own the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette but the great news it that it is coming to Sephora Australia and will be available on Monday 11th July 2016 for $92AUD! The gorgeous, limited edition palette features the signature 'Champagne Pop' (soft white gold with pinky peach undertones) highlighter as well as her new kid sister 'Prosecco Pop', a medium, warm gold highlighter perfect for wearing solo or mixing with Champagne Pop! They are complemented by two mineral blushes and one luminous blush in Rosé Spritz for a pop of colour!
Champagne Splits are the latest addition to the Champagne Pop family! I couldn't wait to swatch these gorgeous duos and I can definitely report that the blushes have the same perfect pigment and glow as you would expect from Becca Blushes and Champagne Pop! Each duo contains a mineral blush and highlighter and is available in 4 different colour ways:
Champagne Pop & Mineral Blush in Flowerchild (peachy pink, golden highlights)
Champagne Pop & Mineral Blush in Hyacinth (vibrant poppy pink)
Prosecco Pop & Mineral Blush in Amaretto (matte toasted almond)
Prosecco Pop & Mineral Blush in Pamplemousse (matte warm coral pink)
I have my eyes set on Amaretto and Flowerchild and these ARE limited edition so stay tuned for more details on the release date so you can collect them all!
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!
Becca Cosmetics is also releasing Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight! Travel friendly, highlighting sticks in the shades Champagne Pop, Topaz and Pearl are perfect for highlighting the high points (cupid bow, tops of cheekbones, brow bone, bridge of nose or inner corner of the eyes) of the face with ease! I tested Champagne Pop on the back of my hand and it glided over the skin and blended out beautifully. These will retail for $50AUD each and will be out later this year.
If you're a regular on my blog you will know that my obsession with It Cosmetics is real! So when I spotted my favourite Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in a new illuminating formula I rushed over to try it out!
Just like the original, Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer provides full coverage but also contains 'Drops of Light Technology' which creates a radiant glow! Available in 4 shades I swatched 'Light' on the back of my hand and it blended out beautifully, wasn't drying and had a soft subtle glow which would really help brighten under the eyes. I would also dab this onto the high points of my face and blend with my finger for a quick highlight.
I am declaring to the world that I have a new love and it is the It Cosmetics You Sculpted! Face and Body Contour Palette! I really like the power of contouring and how it can change the shape of your face and features but I am not a fan of the muddy look which some palettes create. But THIS palette has got it so right! It contains 4 contour shades (soft, light, medium and deep) and 2 highlighting shades (matte and radiance) and the formula is smooth and blendable. I swatched the radiance highlighter and it was so beautiful, not overly shiny or glittery just a really pretty glow. I am definitely going to pick up a palette for myself and my kit because I think it would be ideal for brides looking for that natural, contour look.
It Cosmetics has also released the new Heavenly Luxe Contour & Highlight Brush to use with the You Sculpted! palette. This brush has the same look as the NARS Ita Brush but the bristles are so much softer and much gentler on the face! The handle also provides grip and control ensuring an accurate contour application.
I have only ever used the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and I don't have much knowledge on the brand or their range so I was really impressed to learn more about this innovative company and their latest products!
Click Sticks is a portable and customisable tool designed to hold 2 Cover FX Clicks. As a makeup artist I thought this was such a great concept because you can mix and match the products and conveniently carry what you need in your pocket or brush belt when you're on location. The Cover FX Clicks come in three different types:
Correct Clicks - cream corrector sticks - I tested these and the formula was nice and creamy and the orange shade that corrects blues and purples was the perfect colour, not too bright or dark like some that create that orangey shadow around the eyes.
Cover Clicks - cream foundation stick - the pigment on these is incredible! I swatched one directly over the top of the orange Correct Click and it completely covered it and there wasn't a trace or colour!
Enhance Clicks - cream illuminator stick - another creamy and blendable product perfect for strobing on the go!
For $70AUD you get the Click Stick and two Cover FX Clicks of your choice. Not only is it convenient but it is refillable so when you want to change shades or replace with a new Click you just swap them out. Easy!
After swatching the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in real life (as above) I am SO happy I ordered one via Shop and Box and have it being delivered to me as we speak! Available in 4 illuminators and 2 bronzers you simply mix a few drops into your favourite foundation or lotion for a gorgeous all over glow! They are a highly pigmented, concentrate which creates a beautiful metal finish without a spot of sparkly glitter in sight. You can definitely build this product and if you like a more intense finish just add more drops! These will be available in October for $56AUD.
Another Cover FX product I got to try which blew me away was the Custom Blot Drops. If you have oily skin or prefer a matte makeup finish you NEED to try these drops! They can be worn under makeup, mixed with makeup (foundation, BB Cream or your favourite tinted moisturiser) or over makeup to create a matte finish. To apply you pat a couple of drops onto the skin or area you want to mattify (don't wipe or you will remove the product) and watch the transformation take place! The more drops you add will result in a more matte finish. The Cover FX Custom Blot Drops will launch at Sephora Australia on July 20 and retail for $56AUD too.
MAKE UP FOR EVER
Not only has Make Up For Ever released their new Artist Rouge Show-Stopping Collection featuring 41 intense shades but they have teamed up with Swedish pop duo ICONA POP to release two limited edition shades! One in a creamy, dark blue and the other in a matte, deep red. With blue lipstick so on trend right now these could not have come at a better time!
I have seen the MakeUp Eraser many times in Sephora but always thought it would be a gimmick until I saw it in action! Today, I can say 100% this works wonders! Simply put it in warm water and then wipe over the area you would like to remove makeup from and just like magic the makeup is gone! I'm not just talking about a bit of foundation either. I saw the demonstration using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, which can be one stubborn product to remove, and it simply wiped away!
This wouldn't be a replacement for my makeup removal or cleansing routine but it is great if you're feeling lazy and don't want to wake up with panda eyes or if you have sensitive skin and you want a gentle and effective makeup remover! Plus the MakeUp Eraser lasts up to 1000 washes and can be thrown in the washing machine to clean!
Ole Henriksen is another brand I haven't had much experience with but I really enjoyed trying their new 3 Step Power Bright range and learning more about the brand.
As soon as Ole Henriksen mentioned 'bringing the spa experience home' I was hanging onto every word! I love being able to get spa results in the comfort of my own home and they have made it easy with their new Power Bright 3 Step System. I was lucky enough to try the process on my skin yesterday and even now, over 24 hours later, my skin is still looking and feeling incredible!
This professional-strength skin care system will help to visibly brighten skin using Vitamin C concentrate. There are 3 steps to getting the ultimate ole glow:
Step 1: Exfoliate using the truth sugar glow polishing mask
Step 2: Brighten with the 25% Vitamin C treatment mask
Step 3: Glow by applying the pure truth melting cleanser.
Ole Henriksen Power Bright will be released at Sephora Australia on August 17 and a 6 pack of 3 Step Pods will be $68AUD.
They also have have some amazing holiday sets ranging from $25 to $95 that will be released later this year. I love holiday sets as gifts and for myself because they are an affordable way to try new products before investing in the full size product.
I had never heard of Algenist before the Sephora Showcase which made me even more curious to try it out. I soon learn that Algenist is a clinical skincare brand delivering anti-aging innovation from Microalgae, one of the oldest and most nutrient-rich algae in the world. While this might sound a little gross, after using the products and seeing visible results I soon forgot about it!
I started out by trying the PERFECT Clarifying Pore Corrector Mask. I like to try anything which claims to minimise pores so I applied some on the back of my hand and let it work its magic. After a couple of minutes I wiped it off and when comparing it to the back of my other hand my skin felt softer and was visibly smoother. I would definitely like to try this on my face where I do have visible pores to see what difference it makes.
I then went in with the SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Gel Moisturizer and this felt amazing! Again it is the perfect time of year to use a powerful, hydrating moisturiser and this gave my skin the much needed boost it needed! It was lovely and lightweight and absorbed beautifully into my skin. I will definitely be picking this up when it launches at Sephora Australia!
I was also given a sample of their Complete Eye Renewal Balm to try and if it is anything like the SPLASH Absolute Hydration Replenishing Gel Moisturizer then my eyes are going to look youthful and amazing, what more could a girl ask for!?
There is no better feeling than starting the day with a refreshing, hydrating facial mist! It is an instant wake up call for your skin and it is always the first step in my makeup routine. I have quite the collection but the facial mist I love to reach for is the Caudalie cult classic 'Beauty Elixir'. My good friend Shazeena spoilt me with a bottle from Paris and it is honestly one of the best facial mists I have ever used! The smell, the feeling as it settles on my skin - I love it! But Caudalie have released a new Grape Water facial mist which they showcased so I knew I had to give it a go!
Caudalie Grape Water Facial Mist is 100% organic and extracted from grapes during their harvest. What I found really interested is that when used regularly it increases skin hydration by 127% and reduces skin sensitivity by 61% which is perfect for this time of year when my skin is dry due to the cold weather. I decided to put it to the test and gave myself a sneaky midday spritz. The mist lightly settled on the skin making it feel instantly refreshed and revived. I don't know if this will replace the Caudalie 'Beauty Elixir' but I think I can definitely find a place in my collection for it!
Of course no event would be complete without some sneaky selfies and pics with my beauty PIC Leah (aka Temporary Princess)!
Thank you so much to Sephora Australia and One Daydream PR for having me at this incredible event.
*All opinions expressed are honest and my own. All photographs have been taken by me.