Sephora Haul-ette

Nothing too exciting. I only got the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX05 and the bareMinerals Invisible Bronze bronzer in Fair to Light, and both are products I’ve bought and reviewed on the blog before.

I finally ran out of my last compact of Gerda Spillmann Bio-Fond foundation which is perhaps my all-time favorite foundation and most accurate color match ever. I was all set to purchase a new compact until I saw that Gerda Spillmann had raised the price. It was already expensive at $59.99 but I was able to justify the purchase in the past because when it was on sale it cost $48. However, they recently bumped the price up to $64.99 and the biggest discount Gerda Spillmann ever offers is 20% off which means that the sale price is now $52. We all have our limits and $50 is where I personally draw the line on what I want to spend on beauty products.

Suffice it to say I was in need of a new foundation and I decided to give the Sensual Skin Enhancer another chance. Yes, it’s an expensive foundation but it’s also incredibly pigmented so one tiny jar of this is going to provide many more uses than your average foundation. In terms of value for your money, it’s a good one.

If you recall my review, I actually really liked SSE but felt it was simply too fussy, especially compared to other foundations I was working through at the time. However, after purging and reducing my foundations to one (Gerda Spillmann Bio-Fond), I felt like I could finally devote the time and effort to making SSE work. I’ve been playing around with it since the holidays and I think I’ve figured out the best way to use it on my extra dry skin type. I slather my face with moisturizer and while my skin’s still moist I paint a small amount of the foundation onto my face using the tiniest concealer brush I have, specifically the e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush which I usually use for spot concealing. Then I stipple over it with the Up & Up Complexion Brush to blend. The trick is to work quickly while the skin’s still very moist so the foundation sinks into the skin with the moisturizer and the finish looks smooth, seamless and natural. If I try to blend the foundation over dry skin after my moisturizer’s completely sunk in, the foundation looks as if it’s just sitting on top of my skin and emphasizes flakes and dryness.

I also wanted to give the bareMinerals bronzer another try. I really loved the color but I sold it off because the formula’s a bit drying. However, I’ve been upping my skincare with more plant oils, so I thought maybe that would be able to counteract the mattifying nature of the bronzer.