Sunday, 28 October 2018

The Big Sephora Holiday Sets Haul


sephora holiday 2018 sets

So to say that I went a little crazy when it came to the Sephora holiday sets would be a bit of an understatement, especially when this was me being restrained.

Several of the sets were available online only which involved quite a lot of logistical planning with me staying in a vacation rental but thankfully I was able to get them delivered (Sephora, you've got to get on the collect from store bandwagon!)

drunk elephant inspector drunk night kit

Drunk Elephant Inspector Drunk Night Kit ($98/Value $144)

The one brand that I was the most excited to acquire on this trip simply had to be Drunk Elephant. Even though I knew that they were finally launching here in the UK, into Space NK and Cult Beauty whilst I was on holiday, holiday money for some reason or another just doesn't feel like real money, making it much easier to part with that $100.

There were three Drunk Elephant holiday sets to choose from in Sephora and two of them have made their way over here to the UK, along with what seems to be a UK/European exclusive (see below).



I did also order the Big Reveal set which included a full size of the T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial but after many miscommunications, my parcel ultimately didn't get delivered whilst I was there but I suppose it did save me like $90 on a purchase that might have been too strong for my sensitive skin anyway.

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The Inspector Drunk Night Kit, complete with neon magnifying glass, includes a full size of the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, which I have heard so many people rave about. I have a strange skin texture on my forehead in particular and this looks like it's designed specifically to deal with this issue. I also like for most of my skincare to do it's work overnight so that just made buying this product a no brainer. Then for a few dollars extra I also got travel sizes of the Lala Retro Whipped Cream, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream and Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser. I am so excited to put these products to the test over the next few weeks and months and I will definitely be sharing my thoughts on what I try in a dedicated blog post probably at the start of December.

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You can get this exact set here in the UK from Space NK and Cult Beauty and it really is superb value for money, especially if you've had any of Drunk Elephant's products on your to try list.

Milk Makeup Meet The Fam Holiday Set

Milk Makeup Meet The Fam Holiday Set ($39/Value $108)

I have wanted to try Milk Makeup for the longest time but every time that I do find myself at their stand I get so overwhelmed, much like I often do when I enter a Sephora in general, that I ultimately leave empty handed. So when I saw this set pop up online I knew that I had to get it. For less than $40 you get seven generous travel sizes, perfect for putting much of their range to the test and it all comes in a handy and gorgeously glittery makeup bag.

In the set you get an iconic Cooling Water, the one thing that always ends up in my basket for me then to put back because I'm not sure if I'll use or finish a full one, a Watermelon Brightening Serum, a Blur Stick, a Lip + Cheek in the shade Werk, a Holographic Stick in Supernova, a Highlighter in Lit and the much hyped Kush Mascara. I have heard so many good things about that mascara that I cannot wait give it a go, now that blog photos have been taken of course.

dr jart new ceramidin

Dr Jart. Holiday Fantasy Cera Never Runs Dry Set ($48)

Again, much like the Drunk Elephant, I've wanted to try Dr. Jart's Ceramidin for the longest time but it isn't the easiest thing to get your hands on here in the UK, especially when you can't try it out in-store to see if it's the right formulation for you. I got a little sample pot from my nearest Sephora when I first got there and finished it just before I left to go home and thankfully I was right to think that it might work for my crazy dehydrated skin.

Apparently this newly formulated version and tube launched right as I got there so I can't compare it to the original but it is just SO good! This set was also the exact same price as buying the full size tube, which this set includes! I mean, doesn't that just blow your mind a bit?

In addition to the full size Cream, it also includes one travel size Cream, one travel size Ceramidin Liquid and two full size Cermadin sheet masks. Unreal! And how cute is the packaging as well? I'm always a little bit nervous about cramming boxes like this back into my suitcase because inevitably they will get crumpled, crushed and even torn in transit but my holiday sets didn't fare too badly on my trip home this time so that was good.

saturday skin no bad days set review

Saturday Skin No Bad Days Set ($39)

Saturday Skin are a brand that we can now get here in the UK thanks to Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty but as I had quite a few products of theirs that I wanted to try, adding this set to my basket made sense. It includes their Rub-A-Dub, Daily Dew, Wide Awake and Featherweight products, all of which I am beyond excited to try. I also like that you essentially get a full skincare routine just by buying this kit. I think I may be set for skincare for the forseeable, to say the least.

I'm always looking for products to give my skin hydration and glow, which is why I ended up adding the next set to my online order too.

herbivore hydrate + glow natural skincare mini collection

Herbivore Hydrate + Glow Natural Skincare Mini Collection ($39)

Again, I'd seen Herbivore launch here in the UK earlier in the year but there was seriously too much that I wanted to try. This set contains a 60ml of the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, a 15ml of the Brighten Pineapple + Gemstone Glow Mask, a 5ml of the Phoenix Regenerating Facial Oil and a 7.5ml of the Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Creme.



I had a little play with the enclosed products whilst I was browsing the skincare aisles at Sephora and all of them feel so lovely on the skin.

herbivore true blue skin clarifying duo review

Herbivore True Blue Skin Clarifying Duo ($29/Value $50)

Last but not least we have another Herbivore set. I was completely won over by the value when it came to this set that, again, I couldn't leave it behind. I do get quite a few hormonal blemishes and even more pop up if I'm stressed or not feeling well so I thought that this might be quite a good investment.

It includes two minis of their Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask and Lapis Balancing Facial Oil, which have a value of $50. How good is the branding when it comes to the Herbivore range?

So those are the sets that I got from Sephora this holiday season. I still have another few US beauty haul posts to share with you so be sure to check back for those over the upcoming weeks. Also, be sure to let me know if you'd like to see stand alone reviews of any of the individual gift sets or products contained within them.

Do any of these sets look like ones that you would pick up if you had the chance to? Do you wish that we had more Sephora-style value sets? Were you excited about some of these brands launching in the UK? And would you like to see a Bath & Body Works haul next or a more general Sephora/TJ Maxx style haul first?

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