November 6, 2008

Sephora Haulin’

I came, I saw, I conquered Sephora’s Friend & Family Sale!


I ended up doing all my own personal purchases and gift purchases for friends and family on the same order. I normally like keeping them seperate because I like to budget my own purchases but this year I just gobbed it all together!

Sadly, it wasn’t as thrilling as it would be if I wasn’t a blogger. I tend to end up purchasing things way early so I can get reviews up here. If I waited for Sephora FF I’d be WAY late on reviews so I just indulge early! But I did get a few items that had my eye and will review them all for you when they arrive of course!

Here’s the final list (I think that’s all of it!):

Kate Von D Rock n Roll Eyeshadow in Air Guitar and Confessional
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Emmanuelle
Korres Eyeshadow in 24S Gold
Korres Sugar Plums Gift Set
Stila Eyeshadow Duo in Terracotta
Bare Escentuals Extreme Glimmers Kit
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Persepolis and Mediteranee
YSL Bow Lip Palette

I won’t be posting gifts I brought as my friends and some family members read my blog! Don’t wanna ruin the surprise!

How about you?

Whatcha haul?

Tell the Muse!

Sephora Friends and Family Coupon Code

Sephora Holiday Catalog 2008

Sephora Friends and Family Checklist

Sephora Friends and Family Discount 2008: Disappointing News


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Vivian

    Hello here. Out of your wish list, I would definitely opt for YSL bow lip palette, but they are just too expensive for me.

    Sadly, Sephora Friend & Family sale doesn't apply to Canadians. SO, I'll pour myself a cup of hot coffee instead going on Sephora in this cold weather… sigh

  • the Muse

    aw that stinks! 🙁 how about ? maybe they ship to Canada? it’s 20% off too 🙂

    the YSL is rather expensive 🙁 I couldn’t resist!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Muse,
    I was going to get the book of shadows and the Korres sugar plum set but I’m Canadian.

    I have been looking for swatches of the Korres set all over and can’t find one so I hope you review it when you get it.


  • the Muse

    hello shiny!

    hi siny!

    Aw I’m so sorry you couldn’t take advantage…does UD ship to canada? they are having a 30% FF next week so maybe you can get book of shadows then!

    I was kinda wary of the korres set as the purple may clash with my dark circles lol! but it looks so pretty I couldn’t resist!

    I’ll def review/swatch for you when it arrives 🙂

    Thanks for the comment!

    Hope we talk again soon!

  • LostinBubbles

    OMG!! I was so happy to see the Sephora FF Sale!! I had been adding and taking stuff of a a master list for weeks as I had gotten an e-certificate but just couldn't push that submit button. I pushed it today and pleased as can be. Let's see what all did I get – the Best of Duwop Kit (total awesomeness and they're all full sized goodies, not like some of the little minis in other best of kits), Kat Von D Palette in Ludwig (can't wait for this), Sephora's Brush Cleaner (good stuff!), TheBalm Stainiac (looking forward to trying this), a few goodies from the Dylan Candy Bar collection for gifts this holiday, and the Urban Decay Vault w/ 6 shadows (ooooo ahhh and did I hear you say something about UD sale forth coming *uh oh*) PLUS since my beauty bank points were already over 100, I got a free Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick (these are ultra nice, can't wait to try out the new color, Sunset!). I am just tickled pink with delight 🙂 – And then I just found out from PurseBuzz that Stila is having a little 20% off sale & free shipping on orders of $30+ using code ECYX12. Christmas came early for me this year!! I think I deserved it…lol. Can't wait to see the forth coming reviews too!!

  • Nosh

    I spent 3 days adding and subtracting to my shopping cart and I lost my contents 3 times because the website was being wonky all day, BUT I MADE IT THROUGH! FINALLY! Lol 😛

    I got a CRAP load of stuff… but I deserve it since I’ve been depriving myself since the Urban Decay friends and family sale and I had a nice gift card too 😀

    NARS blush – Crazed
    NARS Duo E/S – Cheyenne, Brazil, Alhambra, Bohemian Gold, Isolde, Sugarland
    NARS single E/S – Nepal, Himalaya, Ashes to Ashes
    NARS Duo Lip Gloss – Giza/Boogie Nights
    NARS Lip Gloss – Sweet Dreams, Tempest, Stolen Kisses
    NARS Sephora Exclusive Lip Gloss Collection
    NARS Lipstick – Catfight, Tutti Frutti
    Stila Shine On Gift Of Glaze
    Cargo Eyelighter – White
    Bliss Change Your Spots
    CLEAN Coffret Set
    Anastasia Brow Kit – brunette

    And THEN from the sale, I got:

    Lavanila – Vanilla Grapefruit rollerball
    Lippmann Collection Gift Set – I Will Survive, Survival Kit For Nails
    Ojon Hydrating Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner

    I am gonna go throw away my credit card now =)

  • Stephy

    Hi Muse! I will be going to Seattle on Sunday so I just cannot wait to go to Sephora! But it sucks how the F&F sale is only online!!! 🙁

    Are there any special sets that are worth looking at Sephora?

  • Phyrra

    I got a very small haul.
    1. Sephora Brand Face Waterproof Eye Makeup remover
    2. UD 24/7 eyeliners – vip set
    3. UD e/s Sellout
    4. UD e/s Asphyxia
    5. Too Face e/s duo Shamrock Chic

    I wanted to try some UD and Too Faced 😛

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Muse!
    With the exchange rate + shipping costs, buying it in store may not be a huge difference after all.

    UD doesn’t ship to Canada either so no dice, but I like swatching things in person anyway. Just hoping the Korres set is avail! With my colouring I think the purple would look good!

  • Haru

    Hey Izzy,

    UD is having a 30% off next week? I dropped the Box of Shadows from my Sephora FF2008 list but perhaps I should reconsider now! Are you getting anything from UD?

  • the Muse

    hello there LostinBubbles!

    Me too! I was worried for a sec there 🙂

    I see the best of duwop kit..good haul item! I was thinking of going back for this!

    Ahh jealous! I was debating on the kate von d palette 😉

    You’ll be happy with Stainiac..good stuff!

    The vault looks AMAZING!

    Fantastic HAUL!!!!!! 🙂 Yes Urban Decay is having friends and family on the 10th I believe..will post ’bout it shortly 🙂 and Stila is having friends and family Dec 16 😉 wahoooo!

    Thanks so much for sharing your haul! Sounds amazing! I might have to stop by and play with all your goodies hehe!

    Enjoy hun!

  • the Muse

    hi Nosh!

    the website was fault as hell wasn’t it!? I really got pissed when it kept emptying my cart grrr!

    I had a good size gift card too 🙂 it sweetened the pot for me 🙂
    omg! you hauled hard! Nice very nice!

    I’m particularly jealous of your order..I love Lavanila 🙂

    LOL have fun with it all babe 😉 sounds like a sweet haul!

  • the Muse

    hey stephy!

    Actually Sephora sent out notice that one day only (believe this Sat) from 8-10am they will have 20% off for those who got an invite..did you get one? I got one a few days ago!

    Tarte Vanity Set, Book of Shadows from urban Decay, Duwop Set, ahhh so many 🙂 Def give book of shadows a I look as it’s divine!

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    Nice haul babe! Is this your first ud shadow purchase? You’re going to love ’em! They are a staple of mine 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi Anonymous!

    Aw I’m so sorry 🙁 I wish they’d ship to Canada it would make life so much easier sigh!

    I don’t blame you..I’m the same..I like seeing items before buying ’em!

    I’m eagerly awaiting to try the Korres 🙂

    thanks for the comments 🙂

  • the Muse

    hey iris!

    Yup! Next week 🙂 I’m not I don’t think but I’ll have a sneak peek just in case 🙂 want me to grab anything for you!?

  • the Muse

    hi betty!

    heheh 🙂 thanks! What did you get? Any goods for you or being good 🙂

    It is indeed! November 10th I believe..will post it shortly 🙂

    thanks for the comment!

  • Paige

    You’re list looks divine:) I, on the other hand, didn’t get so lucky…I’ve got to buy Christmas presents for the guys since I’ve done the ladies (Besame cosmetics sale:) of my family so no big fun in taking advantage of the discount. I did pick up the Cosmedicine-Medi Matte oil control lotion which I’d ordered from but it wasn’t stocked so this works out well. Really glad I got the full size Benefit eye pot since I had enough BI points…sweetens the deal:) Looking forward to what you like from your list. Thanks for posting about the UD Sale cause I almost picked up the jumbo UDP set! Have a great weekend!!

  • Phyrra

    This is both my first UD and first Too Faced purchase.

    Sad thing is, I’m thinking about purchasing more before the FF is up!

  • the Muse

    hello Paige!

    Thanks hun! I totally understand friends and fam come first!!!! 🙂

    Ooo besame sale! w00t! Hope you hauled lovely pressies!

    You have to tell me how you like the cosemedicine lotion..been curious about it! You got it or was it OOS? Confused..if you did or didn’t 🙂

    Reviews to come for sure 🙂 ooo yes 30% is a big deal for UD 😉 good time for the liners 🙂

    Happy Weekend!

  • the Muse

    hey dd!

    I can’t WAIT to hear what you think of UD 🙂

    I don’t blame you as 20% off is a rather huge deal 🙂

    Happy Shopping!

  • Phyrra

    Speaking of, not sure if you’ve checked my blog lately, but I have posted some new jewelry stuff I made and am selling in my etsy store, as well as reviews/fotds on Aromaleigh’s latest collections, Bete Noire and the Eye Plushes 🙂

  • the Muse

    ooooooo etsy!

    I’m an etsy whore! Even did a post about it a while ago hehe!

    I’ll go peek! you’re on my reader actually but I haven’t checked my reader in a week 😛 I’ll go peek now 🙂

  • Phyrra

    I'd love to know what you think 🙂
    And obviously I do make custom stuff if you have any requests :> at super muse discount!

  • Paige

    It was out of stock on…I'd order it a couple of weeks ago before I new about the Sephora code. I cancelled the order and picked it up at Sephora since it's in stock on their site + the discount helped! I tried a tester of the Medi-matte months ago and loved it since it really does control my oil better than the gazillion other products I've tried but it's pricey for my budget at $42usd but it works, really works. It has a different texture & feel too…more of a sticky lotion than the normal silicone based primers. Even with that texture, my makeup went on fine. I have exessively oily skin year round so I wouldn't reccommend it for people with dry skin but would for people with combo…esp. during summer months.

  • anna


    First off, thanks so much for your checklist-totally helpful, as you’ll see I purchased a few of your recommendations! Did a little research and invested in some good tools and complexion basics, as I turned 30 this year and my drugstore makeup, especially undereye concealer, isn’t really cutting it anymore!

    Behold the Haul:

    Make Up Forever:
    HD Powder Kit (I’m obsessed w/that black+white kabuki brush!!)
    HD microperfecting primer in Blue
    Mat Velvet Foundation
    Lift concealer

    Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush
    (totally new to applying liquid foundation with a brush, so we’ll see how this goes)

    Kat Von D autograph Eyeliner in Black Metal Love
    (couldn’t resist! was eyeing that palette in ludwig, but not sure if i’d really use it…)

    Sephora by OPI nailpolish in Metro Chic+Run w/it!

    Benefit posietint (can’t wait for this one! I’m a huge fan of cheek stains+love the way this looked in your review!)

    Oh, and totally of topic- I saw that you’re and Iron Maiden fan in one of your reviews- awesome sister, up the horns! I’m a huge fan too although you wouldn’t know it to look at me. get confused looks from teenage boys when I wear my aces high t-shirt!

    thanks again,

  • the Muse

    morning paige!

    Happy Monday doll!

    Awesome 🙂 glad you nabbed a discount on it!

    I’m dry in the winter so it would be a no go for me but it sounds ideal for the Summer as my forehead is like a mirror in the Summer and my cheeks and sides of my nose! So gross…it sounds interesting! May have to look at it comes the warmer weather 🙂

    Nice deal at 20% off! Maybe I should get it now and tuck it away for Summer as the 20% sure does help!

  • the Muse

    hi anna!

    My pleasure I’m so glad you thought it was helpful!

    I hear you! I jsut turned 31 and drugstore concealer def doesn’t do the job 🙁

    Man I’m jealous! Super nice haul!!!!!

    You’re going to love that HD Powder rocks!

    You’re going to find liquid application with a brush is actually quite super 🙂 I use my mac skunk brush for liquid foundation application and it’s dreamy!

    I was eyeballing the KvD palettes myself and I’m still debating on getting them but the combos are a bit dark 😛

    Fantastic 🙂 I love stains too and I think you’ll love posie!

    Rock on \M/!!!!! I don’t meet many Maiden fans myself 🙂 My friends are def not into it 🙂 I’m a metal head big time so IM def appeals 🙂

    Awesome to meet another person who loves/enjoys ’em!

    LOL! I always kinda think to myself if these kids can truly appreciate the music 😉 They wear the shirt but do they really get the music is the ? 😉

    Oh, and totally of topic- I saw that you’re and Iron Maiden fan in one of your reviews- awesome sister, up the horns! I’m a huge fan too although you wouldn’t know it to look at me. get confused looks from teenage boys when I wear my aces high t-shirt! Aces High is one of my fav graphics!

    Rock on Anna thanks for the awesome comment!

    We shall never surrender 😉

  • the Muse

    awww thanks dd!

    They look awesome!!!!!!!!! I’m leaning towards the green heart one you had on! That looks lovely..must look some more 😉