Sephora Exclusive Brands Showcase 2017
Tuesday January 24, 2017 - North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club
The Sephora Exclusive Brands Showcase is like my Christmas, in fact I think I get more excited for this than Christmas! All my favourite brands in one room showcasing their new products for my swatching pleasure. I am sure my fellow bloggers and makeup fiends can relate to that 'swatch arm' and the amount of wet wipes we go through trying all the pretty things!
In this post I share some of the brands from the showcase and the new and exciting products they have coming out soon!
KAT VON D BEAUTY
New Arrivals coming March 2017
If you're a regular on my blog you'll know I am a huge fan of the Kat Von D Beauty range so I was super excited to hear about what beauties they have coming our way!
Let's start with the 'Alchemist Holographic Highlighting Palette'! These 4 shades add a magical double dimension and can be used to transform your look in so many ways! Highlight the tops of your cheekbones the inner corner of the eyes or pop some on top of your favourite matte eyeshadow (Pastel Goth anyone?) to create a unique shade and finish! My fave shade would have to be Saphyre!
Speaking of 'Pastel Goth', that is the new all matte pastel eyeshadow palette and it is incredible! With 9 highly pigmented, creamy and blendable shades you can create endless looks and as mentioned above, transform them using the Alchemist Holographic shades!
Now onto the 'Lock-It Brightening Powders' which are heaven sent! This non-cakey, talc free formula creates a beautiful veil on the skin to brighten and smooth under the eyes. It is available in three universal shades: Petal (fair skin), Peach (medium skin) and Golden (deep skin) and is so fine that is blends and blurs to perfection!
I was super excited when they revealed the 'Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist'! This versatile spray can be applied on bare skin to hydrate, on makeup to set or throughout the day to stay refreshed. It contains Aloe and Cucumber extract for a fresh scent and like most KVD products is Vegan Friendly!
I love the coverage the 'Lock-It Concealer' creates so you know I am all about that high coverage 'Lock-It Foundation' life! While this isn't necessarily new they have released some new shades from the lightest light through to the darkest shade so the range is suited to anyone no matter what your skin colour or tone. A little bit of this goes a really long way and if it is a bit too much coverage for your liking you can simply mix it with the Lock-It Hydrating Primer for a softer finish.
The perfect way to apply and blend this baby out is with the 'KVD #10 Foundation Brush'! The soft yet firm bristles really help to buff the product into the skin for that beautiful airbrushed finish!
Arriving March - April 2017
It Cosmetics can do no wrong! From their best selling 'Bye Bye' and 'Superhero' collections they have added two new stars to the mix which I cant wait to try!
First is the 'Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Ageing Palette' which is specifically designed in sections so you can easily create your favourite eye looks! Start with a base shade and then add your favourite nude shade to the crease, neutral shade to the lid and define using the liner shadows! Apply using their duel ended shadow brush for precision and to blend out any harsh lines!
Then the one I have been waiting for, the 'Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream'. I have been taking extra special care of under and around my eyes to try and prolong fine lines so this could not have come at a better time! But the beauty of this is that you can use it as an eye cream or an eye mask! Simply apply a thicker than usual layer under the eyes so it is visible, leave on and then blend in before bed for a more thorough treatment!
Also for those also obsessed with It Cosmetic 'Confidence in a Cream' (which seems to be sold out everywhere) never fear because there is a large shipment coming soon!
Launching April 2017
Tarte Cosmetics is such a fan favourite and I know many beauties who will be excited for their new releases coming to Oz!
Let's start with the 'Tarteist Pro Glow' palettes which comes in the full size 'Pro Glow' and 'Glow To Go' deluxe mini. I couldn't wait for them to land so I ordered them direct from the Tarte website but they are now both available at Sephora Australia so I suggest you walk and don't run to get your hands on these must-have sculpting palettes!
I am beyond excited for their cruelty-free lash range too which comes in 6 natural and super glam styles! They also have latex-free lash adhesive in clear and black formulas so you can perfectly apply your falsies!
What I am most excited for is their 'Rainforest of the Sea' skin care! I ordered some of their 'Pack Your Bags 911 Under Eye Rescue Patches' from the range and they make my eyes feel incredible! Either apply straight to the face or pop them in the fridge to get that instant cooling gel effect to awaken tired eyes! I can't wait to try the 'Drink of H2O' hydrating moisturiser and their '3-in-1 Frxxxtion Stick' which is an easy to use exfoliating cleanser made with charcoal that helps detoxify the skin.
The latest range which I recently spotted on IG is their 'Athleisure' collection which is designed for the everyday woman or man! Each of the products in this collection have been carefully designed for an all day, long lasting finish for the girl or guy on the go!
My favourite would have to be the 'Blot Party' mattifiers palette which contains blotting paper and a translucent setting powder so you can touch up on the run! Also look out for the 'Lifted Sweatproof and Waterproof Mascara', 'Tarte Guard Tinted Moisturiser' and 'Brazilliance™ set of 5 self-tanning face towelettes'.
MAKE UP FOR EVER
If you caught my 2016 Best of Makeup Post you will know the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundations are my fave foundations! So you can imagine my excitement when I was told about the new products joining the family!
I am most looking forward to trying the new Ultra HD Skin and Lip Boosters! The 'Hydra Plump Serum' is used to boost skin radiance and luminosity for a healthy, plumper complexion while the 'Lip Booster' provides the lips with hydration, plumping and smoothing - great for mature skin and filling in any of those fine lines!
Plus any way that I can achieve plumber lips without injections is fine with me (not that I have a problem with lip fillers, I am just chicken!)
Another much loved brand that didn't let me down with their new arrivals was Zoeva.
I am soooo happy they are releasing a 'Brow Spectrum Palette'! This is definitely going to come in handy when I am doing makeup on myself and my clients who like a nice natural brow look! A tip the Zoeva rep gave was to use he new Zoeva fan brush to apply the powders to the brows in an upwards motion to create a natural, full brow. The 9 shades are creamy but very blendable and they are also bringing out 'Graphic Brow Fix' brow tints in 3 wearable shades and 'Graphic Brow Pencils' too so they have all bases covered!
Another must mention is their new, first ever 'Graphic Lash Mascara' which takes your lashes to a whole new level! I was convinced the Zoeva rep was wearing false lashes but she swears by 3 coats of this mascara to give fuller more voluminous lashes or just 1 coat for a natural lash look!
Another favourite is their 3 new highlighting palettes! Available in the shades Summer, Winter and Spring, they are ideal for highlighting or layering on top of matte eyeshadows to add shine and dimension!
Another new product I can't wait to try is their all matte eyeshadow palette! In 15 bold, striking colours they are true to the Zoeva shadow quality we know and love - pigmented, blendable and long lasting!
COVER | FX
Stop the press!
The new Custom | FX Illuminating Setting Spray and Custom Enhancer Drops in 3 new shades is coming!
First I tried their new 'Illuminating Setting Spray' which is absolutely gorgeous! The ultra-fine mist delivers an even, luminous finish making this a perfect all-over highlighter for both face and body.
A highlight (see what I did there hehe) of the Sephora Showcase was discovering the 3 new 'Custom Enhancer Drops' shades: Blossom, Rose Gold + Halo, a holographic shade that I'm convinced is made from unicorn tears - see swatches below!
SMITH & CULT
Launching Mid March 2017
Famous for their uniquely shaped nail polish bottles and on trend shades, Smith & Cult are finally coming to Sephora!
But they aren't just launching with their must-have nail lacquers - they will also be bringing their eye and lip products to the party! They have 4 gorgeous 'Book of Eyes' quad palettes to collect as well as a mascara and liquid eyeliners which you know I am super keen to put t the test!
The thing I have always been most curious about is how they come up with such unique shade names for their products! Fun fact - each shade is named after co-founder, Dineh Mohajer's, life experiences which is guided by colour and written in a diary. I was lucky enough to pick up one of the diaries and am enjoying reading the stories behind each of my favourite shades!
I was immediately drawn to this super cute packaging which I discovered was the Sephora Valentine's Day Collection inspired by Betty Boop! From lipsticks to eyeshadow palettes and lip balms these beauties are bound to make anyones heart flutter!
Everyones favourite beauty sponge is now available in the new limited edition baby pink shade 'Bubble'! To celebrate 15 years beautyblender have released this beauty in full size and micro mini so you can blend and bake to create complexion perfection!
Coming End of March 2017
Another new eco-luxe brand I discovered was Antonym Cosmetics. This natural, all vegan brand has a gorgeous range of eyeshadows, blushes, lip products and the softest brushes I have ever felt! The handles are crafted out of bamboo so they are light weight but their laser-cut synthetic bristles make for a flawless application.
The one product which stood out to me and went straight to the top of my wish list is their 'Endless Summer' certified organic, baked highlighter! I have pictured it below so you can get a closer look at the beauty of this champagne pink marble swirl pan! It was so pigmented and is definitely buildable for a light or glam glow!
Launching February 15, 2017
I currently only have one Givenchy lipstick in my possession but after swatching the new 'Rouge Interdit' Collection I want a whole lot more!
These lipsticks are such a beautiful, creamy formula and come in 16 gorgeous shades ranging from black to nudes which you know I gravitated towards first (see swatches below)!
What I loved most abut them is that while they are pigmented they had a sheer shine and glide on like a dream!
Launching April 2017
Farmacy is a natural skincare range which uses farm-grown botanicals and science to enhance the goodness that nature provides and create irritant-free bioactive formulations for fresh, radiant skin.
The unique, patent-protected ingredient found in their best selling products is Echinacea GreenEnvy™ which contains the highest known concentration of the phytochemical Cichoric Acid, a potent natural antioxidant which helps protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen.
Two of their products I was excited to learn about and try was the 'Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask' and the 'Skin Dew' Facial Mist!
Honey Potion is a renewing antioxidant hydration mask which contains GreenEnvy™ honey, propolis (a healing antiseptic found in beehives) and amino acid-rich royal jelly which works together to enhance skin renewal for a younger appearance. You simply apply it to the face using the included spatula and you will feel it start to warm up and transform into a white cream. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off to reveal softer, clearer skin! Apart from this amazing formula I also love that it comes with a spatula that magnetically sticks to the lid of the jar! So no more missing spatulas for me plus it is a much more hygienic way to dispense and apply the mask.
You know how much I love my facial mists so I instantly fell in love with Skin Dew! It is a light weight, fresh scented setting mist which not only hydrates and tones the skin but also sets makeup! I love that it is multi purpose but also that it gives your skin that extra boost of hydration as you need it!
Their products don't contain any chemicals so you know you are giving your skin the very best!
There is nothing better than relaxing with a sheet mask and Dr.Jart+ has taken it to the next level with their 2 step 'Rubber Masks'!
I was a little skeptical at first but once I tried their 'Moist Lover' mask I was blown away! First you gently massage the included serum to the face and then apply the rubber mask over the top. Netflix and chill for 30-40 minutes and then remove the mask and pat any excess serum into the face. I was kindly gifted the Moist Lover Mask so I decided to wear it while I write this post and as soon as the rubber touched my face my skin immediately feels cooler and refreshed!
This was only one of their four masks designed to target different skin concerns: firming, pores, hydrating and moisturising. Each made from green seaweed extract and the soothing rubber mask prevents the ingredients from evaporating and locks in the moisture!
I adore the Erno Laszlo Firmarine Neck Cream and apply it daily! I think the neck is an area which often gets overlooked but is also one of the first places to show signs of ageing so I am doing what I can to preserve my skin and keep it firm.
I was super excited to learn about their new 'Power of 2' double cleanse kits! Each set contains a cleansing oil and a cleansing bar housed within a travel case that has drainage holes in the base so after you use it the excess water can drain off and you have a dry, scum free cleansing bar!
I tried the set to remove foundation blended into the back of my hand. First you apply a small amount of the oil onto to dry skin and rub it over the area in a circular motion. Then dip the cleansing bar into warm water and work over the same area and you will see the product lifting and removed from you skin! Rinse with warm water and blot dry to reveal clean and clear skin!
Each set comes in 5 different solutions each to suit your skin concern: Exfoliate & Detox, Firm & Lift, Hydrate & Nourish, Purify & Control and Soothe & Calm.
In Store Now + March 2017 Release
Another amazing brand I got to try was ARCONA who develop skin care products using cold-pressed, natural cosmeceutical-grade ingredients without any nasties or chemicals.
The first item I got to try was the 'Triad Pads' which you can already pick up at Sephora in store and online! These cranberry infused pads are used to cleanse, tone and remove makeup from the skin and are perfect for travelling, after the gym or freshening up during the day!
They have definitely saved the best for March when they release their 'Magic Black Ice Mask'! This powerful formula contains Icelandic Volcanic Sand (they are the first company to use this ingredient) to exfoliate the skin while black lava and charcoal works together to minimise pores! We tried it out and the results were instant and amazing!
YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE
Coming Mid 2017
Don't enjoy eating Kale but still want the benefits of this superfood? Then you need to try Youth To The People. This relatively new brand uses cold pressed extracts to create their 100% Vegan, 3 piece range:
Cleanser ($50) - Kale, Green Tea and Spinach Cleanser the winning recipe for healthy skin and a fresh face!
Serum ($87) - clinically proven to reduce the signs of ageing in 28 days!
Moisturiser ($67) - complete your routine with their lightweight yet super hydrating cream!
I also love that their packaging is 100% recyclable so you're saving your skin and the planet!
A little bit definitely goes a long way plus keep your eyes peeled for their 'Eye Treatment' coming soon!
Now this showcase wouldn't have happened without the brand itself, Sephora!
Just like their makeup, Sephora have an affordable range of skincare products to target different skin types and in various scents and flavours.
But something new I did learn was that a lot of their skincare range comes in at under $10 a piece! That is such a great price especially if people are new to the brand and want to try a few items without breaking the bank!
The item on my wish list? The Charcoal Micellar Water to magnetically remove all those impurities!
Last year I was lucky enough to attend the NEST Fragrances event in Sydney and discover their fabulous fragrance range (click here for my review and first impressions).
I was convinced Dahlia and Vines was made for me and I have worn it almost every day since the event but then I met 'Black Tulip'!
This mysterious and seductive scent was inspired by founder, Laura Slatkin's trip on the Black Sea and is made up of Black Amber Plum, Pink Pepper and Japanese Violet notes.
It is a gorgeous fragrance and I highly encourage you to visit Sephora and try the range for yourself. There is a scent to evoke every mood and style.
Thank you to the team at One Daydream for having me at another wonderful event!
I hope you enjoyed this post and are as excited as I am for all these fabulous new arrivals coming to Sephora Australia soon!
*All opinions expressed are honest and my own. All photographs have been taken by me.