Luxury Sephora VIB Haul + First Impressions


The annual Sephora VIB sale just occurred and with 20% off for VIB Rouge, I had to get a few things.  Let’s jump into a quick haul (with a few first impressions so this post can at least be semi-helpful).



Drunk Elephant AHA Kit

The cost: $96

I have been wanting to try Drunk Elephant skincare for a while so I went for it.  This kit contains a full size T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and minis of the C-Firma Day Serum and the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel.  I haven’t tried the minis yet, but I have tried the T.L.C. serum.  It is supposed to hydrate and resurface skin by lifting dead skin cells away, revealing a more even-toned, youthful complexion.  I apply this at night after cleanser and toner, before moisturizer.  Make sure to let this fully sink in before putting on moisturizer otherwise it will ball up and come off weirdly.  I use half a pump a few times a week and it does feel nice and hydrating on my skin.  When I wake up in the morning, my skin is soft and refreshed.  Other than that, I haven’t noticed a difference.  It might be because I am not using the product everyday or that I haven’t used it for a long enough time.  I will continue to use this and update you if that changes.  As for now, I think this is too expensive for what it is.




Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Dim Light)

The cost: $46

The Hourglass powders are hyped up to be one of the best finishing powders on the market.  They were created to reflect light in a way that softens and refines the appearance of your skin.  I bought the shade Dim Light, a neutral peach beige meant to blur imperfections and highlight a radiant complexion.  Dim Light has a slight sheen, but it doesn’t look like your whole face is highlighted.  Instead, it makes your face look alive and almost glowing from within.  It is hard to describe because it is such a slight difference, but it is just the perfect finishing touch.  If you prefer a simpler routine, this isn’t a necessity in your collection.  But if you’re like me and like to be extra, I would recommend these powders.  Maybe pick up a travel size for $22 if you don’t want to buy the full size.



Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer

The cost: $29.50

I bought this lash primer because I feel like I am running out of my Lancome one.  The Lancome one and the Dior one are basically supposed to do the same thing.  I haven’t tried the Dior one yet, but will definitely let you know my thoughts in a battle of the mascara primers coming soon.  The primer is white to intensify the color of the mascara and has a serum to improve thickness and curl of lashes over time.  Because of the serum properties, you can use this at night as a deep conditioner for your eyelashes.  Fancy.  With my little stub lashes, I’ll try whatever I can.  You should probably take a moment now to subscribe so you won’t miss out on my thoughts on this primer.




Foreo Luna mini 2 Mint with belif – Merry Minis

The cost: $139.00

Since the Foreo Luna is adored by so many people, I took the sale as an opportunity to test it for myself.  I have only been using it for a few weeks, but I do really like it.  In case you didn’t already know, the Foreo Luna is a facial cleansing device.  It is unique because, instead of using a rotating brush head like the Clarisonic, it pulsates with gentle silicone bristles.  I bought the mini version because it was cheaper than the bigger version and is travel friendly.  This cleansing device is very gentle, but my skin still feels super clean.  I do think it is very expensive but there are no other cleansing devices like it for a cheaper price.  I will try to update after I test it out more, either here or on Instagram, so make sure to follow me @thepurplepandablog.




Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler

The cost: $65

I have been wanting to get another perfume, but wasn’t sure of which one to get.  I love the Sephora Favorites kits because they are such a good value.  In this particular kit, you get 15 perfume samples as well as a free full-size fragrance of the sample of your choice.  They also have kits to redeem for rollerballs if you would prefer that size perfume.   I have tried out all of the perfumes, but I’m not sure which one I want in full-size.  A few of my favorites include Chloe, Marc Jacobs Daisy, and Gucci Guilty.




Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

The cost: $49

I wanted a palette with bright, pigmented pops of color and this absolutely delivers.  This palette has high intensity color pay off and is surprisingly easy to blend.  It comes with a large mirror and a double-sided brush.  It contains four metallics and six mattes with “floating pearl” or a slight sheen.  This palette is not for people who don’t like to experiment with their eyeshadow, especially considering some of the colors say that they are “not intended for immediate eye area.”  I’m not sure why that is, so I am a little bit scared that I put something harmful on my eye.  Therefore, I’m not sure I can recommend this palette to you.  Use at your own risk.


(From left to right : UD Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Urban, Thrash)


And that’s the end of this luxury makeup haul!  I’m sure you will be seeing more in depth reviews of these products soon…that is, if you subscribe of course.  I’ll see you in my next post!


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*All photo credit goes to Jasmine Hwang

Amanda Hwang

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