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beauty hauls (#1): française édition

Entering the grandiloquently embellished Sephora showroom is always a sight for the sore eyes. Whenever I gaze at the expansive range of black mascara or the exotic variants of sheet masks, my heart starts to pound against my ribs, matching a dove in a cage, demanding its owner. Sephora’s ambience, genial staff and abundance of maquillage is why I still have the willingness to live further, thrive and flourish. Otherwise, my life is devoid of any purpose.

Alright, that was slightly dramatic. Pardonne. So, I was vacationing in Paris only recently (when I made the first post, I was actually on a vacation) so I had had the fortune to visit Sephora and Monoprix (Montmartre outlet). This piece is mainly about the non-judicious purchases that I made at Sephora. Trust me, the metaphorical embodiment of guilt is gnawing me inwardly and I am genuinely considering retail therapy. I visited the store in Champs-Élysées, which was flooded with customers; it was a potpourri of people utilising samples and sniffing the perfume bottles—summarising, the entire place radiated with chaotic energy. I also stumbled across these condoms at a souvenir shop that read ‘Tu veux voir ma baguette?

Tour Eiffel, Champs de Mars, Paris (Isn’t it beautiful?)

Before this turns into a generic travelogue, let me start off with the actual reason behind the existence of this damned piece (I only say that so I can embrace this chimerical delusion of being a renowned literary artist; this blog post is not a piece, whatsoever). Also, I will be—occasionally—violently speaking in French because let’s stick to the damn theme!

Disclaimer: The ratings are absolutely based on my own personal experiences and this is a completely unbiased and honest review. The photos used are not my property, the source is the internet!

1. Glow Mon Amour by L’Oréal (16€)

L’Oréal’s Glow Mon Amour, Bellini

J’ai achetée this from Monoprix since L’Oréal isn’t available in Sephora as if they’re some sort of inebriated, goth teenagers with deplorable hormones who don’t deserve a place in the elite leagues. Sephora, this isn’t an American high-school, level up. L’Oréal is one my favourite brands and most of my, ahem, Holy Grails are from the said enterprise.

There were two variants of the Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops—Champagne and Bellini. I purchased the latter for 16€. Nonetheless, the quality was up to the mark and it had a muted salmon shade with mild shimmer; it wasn’t anything scintillating or strobing. It is definitely something I’d use on a daily basis.

The price variation was the only unexpected problem that arose, otherwise:💄💄💄💄 (out of 5 rouge à lèvres)

2. Bronze Please! by L’Oréal (32€)

L’Oréal’s Bronze Please!

If this hasn’t been established yet, je suis brown. Bronzers really enhance my skin-tone and provide contouring, shaping and glitter which is a perfect mix, to be honest. Bronze Please! (Don’t ignore the exclamation mark, please! It makes me uncomfortable) is a super matte bronzer, in fact, it gives that to-die-for summer/sun-kissed glow and I’m in love with it. Much to my surprise, it wasn’t orange! Usually, the bronzers or even foundations and concealers for that matter, are pigmented with that ghastly morbid orange shade that personally makes me nauseous.

I don’t have a “warm undertone” which is generally shades with a saturated, reddish to orange tint to them. I have a neutral undertone, so I’m a bit of golden and a pinch of reddish-brown and the shade I bought (Amalfi, which was medium dark) really suited my complexion. Its application is not limited to the face! It can be worn anywhere on the body! My next favourite bronzer is here, everyone!

Multi-application, diverse shades, that “sun-kissed glow”: 💄💄💄💄+ 1/2💄

3. Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna (24€)

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna’s Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick, Confetti

Alright. This was way out of my budget; it costed me 24€ for 0.25 fluid ounces. Let that sink in. I bought that shade Confetti, which, as described on the bottle, is an iridescent opal, so you can imagine how luxurious the colour is. If you can’t, don’t worry, I’m including a photograph.

Rihanna is honestly slaying. This is noble work, the colours are popping, sis. They’re legitimately, popping. I can’t even stress enough.

For a few of my readers, this might be the boring, dreadful section so I’d like to apologise beforehand! Going through the ingredients, I noticed the presence of Paraffin wax. Despite the said component being a natural emollient, in its entirety, it’s not beneficial for the skin. Paraffin is known to clog pores and it’s also a derived from petroleum, hence making it a petrochemical!

Pricing can be lowered, questionable composition: 💄💄💄 + 1/2💄

4. Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel by Origins (18€)

Origins’ Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel

In my very first post, I had sung praises for La Roche-Posay Effacular Duo Acne Treatment and of course! It’s still one of my front-runners, but this gel was much more effective and mild on my skin, it’s also extremely clean and free from parabens, phthalates and sulphates etcetera! A few months ago, my dermatologist had prescribed me birth control pills for acne breakouts (mainly for the cystic acne that I had been suffering from) and despite my skin naturally secreting excessive amounts of oil, I was experiencing some hormonal imbalance as well. The issue with birth control is that other than curing acne, it also causes mood swings, breast tenderness, headaches and increase in blood pressure. That’s why I had to forcibly switch from pills to external treatments.

The gel cleared my whiteheads in a mere span of two days and my cystic acne vanished in four days without leaving a scar. But it only works if you religiously apply it overnight!

The efficiency and texture of the gel was: 💄💄💄💄💄

5. Cocoa Contour by Too Faced (€47)

Too Faced’s Cocoa Contour

Too Faced? More like Two Faced. If you’re nineteen-year-old Jared from Vine who is unable to read, the palette above’s packaging from the front says Cocoa Contour. On the inside however, it says that there are three highlighters. I bought this 47€ palette after blatantly being misled because of its name—in this essay I will.

The so-called “highlighters” we’re chalky, ashy in colour and orange. Same goes for the contours. There was no brush, I repeat, no brush unlike the older version of the same palette. I, being chai-coloured, cannot use the first three shades in the palette because they don’t suit my skin tone. If I do the math—assuming that each shade is about 7.8-8€ and that I’m good at calculations—around 23.5-24€ are being wasted simply because. The only plus points are for the delicious cocoa/chocolate smell.

I really wanted to love the product but… I’m disappointed: 💄+ 1/2💄

6. O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan by Marc Jacobs Beauty (44€)

Marc Jacobs Beautys O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan

At this point, I’m assuming that you all are well aware of my obsession with bronzers. I’m obsessed.

I’m going to be brutally honest here, I bought this product solely because one of my absolutely favourite models was promoting it on her Instagram live story. But I did not expect it to be this good. I had previously stated that Bronze Please! (with an exclamation point) is one of my new preference for bronzers but I personally think that MJB’s O!Mega is unrivalled, unbeaten.

My two loves: Stormi Bree Henley with Marc Jacobs Beauty’s O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan. (Source: @marcjacobsbeauty)

If you happen to get your hands on this, you’ll understand the hype. It possesses an intoxicating coconut fragrance and is not orange at all. My only issue would be the lack of compactness of the product. Otherwise, it’s lightweight and super-sized! I bought the shade Tantalize for 44€ (for 25g) but it was worth it! It also provides contouring and shaping, outlines the cheekbones and did I mention that it smells like heaven? I did, I guess. 10/10 would recommend!

Mon dieu, je suis amoureux! ‘Nuff said: 💄💄💄💄 + 1/2💄

7. Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette by Huda Beauty (30€)

Huda Beauty’s Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, Nude Rich

Not going to lie, but I bought this from Sephora’s France website while I was in Paris because I couldn’t find this palette but it was all over the billboards in the store! I even asked the staff at Monoprix but they claimed it to be ‘exclusive’ so I decided to order it online!

Huda Beauty really outdid itself with this palette. This palette comes in three variants, each made to compliment different skin-tones. I was a little torn between the Nude Rich (The one I have) and Nude Medium variants because both were equally popping! (The Nude Light also had great shades!)

The colours were easily blend-able, super matte and it can be worn without a film of primer prior to the application. What I genuinely liked about the product was the texture—it wasn’t powdery, it was sort of creamy, perhaps, that’s why it didn’t require any extra efforts to make it visible. The shimmery shades needed a bit of rigorous swiping with the fingers because they were slightly dry.

The variety, shades, price texture of the matte and shimmer shades: 💄💄💄+ 1/2💄

That’s it for today, folks! I didn’t splurge much because I’m sorta… heh, broke? Merci beaucoup for your unwavering support and love on my last post! I aspire to become a part of a community where everyone’s passionate about makeup and skincare, an industry that is still emerging, where my readers come in terms with the upcoming and much-needed diversity when it comes to makeup and where science isn’t foreshadowed by the ever-present glamour of beauty. Please tell me in the comments if you’d like me to do a Confessions (#2) on Forest Essentials or The Body Shop! I also plan on doing a Beauty Haul (#2) for HBO’s Euphoria makeup! Stay tuned for more updates! A bientôt!


By the day, I’m an avid reader, writer and a bio-chemistry student and by the night, I’m a makeup addict and a full-time procrastinator. Mostly the latter.

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