The haul that started it all… | My first ever Sephora haul 2016 | Where are they now?

Hey everyone! Do you have a moment in time that you remember starting it all? The moment you became a beauty addict? I do!

It was a crisp day in October, two days before Halloween. I had the thought, hmm.. maybe it’s time to get a real skin care routine going. I had just started grad school and was finally making a little more money and I think I had just won an award, so I had some money to blow. I had always been washing my face, using a toner, using moisturizer here and there, but I knew there were probably better products that I could be using. So I decided to go in to Sephora, and they gave me one of their mini facials and showed me a full line of products that would give me a really good skin care routine. But then I thought, hmmm.. what about makeup? So a cast member gave me a makeover, and I basically bought everything that she used on me LOL. I seriously did not go in expecting to do that, but it happened, and ever since I have been an addict. 

So today I would love to share with you all of the products that I got in my first ever haul. What were my thoughts on these products? Do I still use them today? Scroll on through to find out!

Below are some screen shots of my purchases from that fateful haul!





Now let’s go through the items one by one!

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Eye Cream

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I remember this eye cream being nothing remarkable. At the time I was new-ish to eye creams, and didn’t really notice any differences between products. I still don’t really. I always have dry under eyes and fine lines, but I repurchased this a few times so clearly it was fine at the time. I no longer purchase this eye cream though.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush “Fetish”

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This is a really pretty neutral pink blush that I still own and use to this day. I use this when I don’t want anything too bright or warm. It seems to have good lasting power and I still have a ton of product left.

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When I made this purchase, this was my first time using a sponge to apply foundation, so I needed to get a cleaner. This sponge cleaner is very good, but it’s so expensive! I was going through one of these per month because I clean my sponge every day. So I eventually turned to the cheaper Sephora version, and now I just use dish soap which works really well and is clearly more affordable!

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This has been my go-to brow product since 2015. It’s easy to work with and fills in well. While I have used a few pencils here and there, and I now have the ABH brow powder as well, this is still my most-used and preferred brow product.

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel

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This was my first chemical exfoliator. When you rub it on your skin, little white flecks and debris start to appear, which is allegedly the deeper layers of your skin exfoliating away. While it seemed like it was doing something, I could never be sure whether that was the truth or not, because it could have also just been the product balling up with itself. Additionally, this product was super annoying because it would leave white flecks on my face, and they would be IMPOSSIBLE to remove. They were so attached to my peach fuzz I would have to literally SCRUB my face with my towel. So freaking annoying. I no longer use this product and do not recommend it.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer “Blemish-less”

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This was my first foundation primer, and I thought it was good. However, I eventually stopped purchasing it because it just seemed like a really unnecessary step. I now only use primers on my nose to fill pores. I find my moisturizer acts like a primer for the rest of my face well enough.

Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

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I bought this foundation specifically for Halloween because it was the fairest foundation in all of Sephora. I was going as a day of the dead/candy skull person. You can see a photo here. It was an ok foundation but the spray format is not ideal! I really didn’t use it again after Halloween and probably sold it.

Sephora Collection PRO Contour Brush #79

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I was initially sold this brush to use it as a highlighter brush, and it worked fine for that, but I now use the Anastasia A23. I then used this for contour and it was fine for that too, but now I use a Profusion brush that is stiffer and angled. So now this brush just sits around lol. Sometimes I use it to clean up under my contour or to powder my under eyes.

Sephora Collection PRO Precision Powder Brush #59

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I was sold this brush to be used for bronzer, and I still use it today. It’s a good brush, however, for the first year of use it was constantly shedding, which was incredibly annoying. However, it seems by this point I’ve used it enough that the shedding has stopped. So not sure if I can suggest this brush?

Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel

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This was a really nice cleanser and I probably repurchased it and used it for over a year. However, I now use the Cerave Hydrating cleanser, and I prefer it! It’s also much more affordable at $17 CAD (or less) for 12 oz of product.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer “Vanilla”

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This concealer does not deserve all the hype it gets, in my opinion. I think I used the full tube of this concealer, but I never repurchased. It was just way too drying on my under eyes and it made them look really crepe-y. Bleh.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner

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This toner is so nice! It smells like roses and can be used as both a setting spray and a toner. I must have continued to repurchase and use this for at least a year, but it is just so darn expensive I had to stop! I also wasn’t sure I believed in all the toner hype at the time. Now I use the Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner. It’s affordable and helps me make sure that I’ve removed all of my makeup. But I’m sure it has other benefits too.

L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil

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This is a great cleansing oil that is affordable, in my opinion. It does a great job of melting off your makeup, including your eye makeup. However, of course you still need to use a regular cleanser after using this. Anyways a bottle of this lasts me around 6 months, and I am still repurchasing and using it to this day!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation “Deauville”

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This is a very nice glowy foundation that has medium buildable coverage. I still really like this foundation, however, I usually don’t use it. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless is my HG because it holds up really well. NARS Sheer Glow isn’t quite as bullet proof. I think I still own it, but it should probably be thrown out at this point, as it’s been two years!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

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This was my first ever highlighter. It was really beautiful when first applied, but for whatever reason it seemed to fade on me throughout the day, so I think I returned it in exchange for one of the Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighters. It may have just been user error on my part at that point since I was a noob, or it may have been how it sat on the foundation. I do love the Becca highlighters that I own now.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream

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I totally forgot about this moisturizer! I honestly can’t remember what I thought of this, but I did repurchase at least once. Then I went through my crazy skin change where all of a sudden I was breaking out constantly with 6-7 acne spots at a time. It was insane the change I went through, and really horrible, so I must have stopped using this because I was desperate to find something to solve my really upsetting acne problems. At this point my acne has almost gone away (after a year and a half of topical creams and I am now on antibiotics), so I might try this again! It is so affordable compared to my Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator.

Beautyblender The Original Beautyblender

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Well of course, my first sponge had to be the beautyblender. Before this point, I applied foundation with my hands… Anyways, this introduction to sponges really changed everything for me. Now I only use sponges and I seriously think they are the best tool to apply creams and liquids. BUT beautyblenders are way way to expensive, so I use the Real Techniques sponges now!

Laura Mercier Translucent loose Setting powder

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This is a great setting powder, and I used it for quite a long time, repurchasing multiple times over. However, this is another product that is just too expensive, and I have since found a drugstore dupe that works just as well! Since its release, I have been using the Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder. It is awesome, and usually less than $10!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer

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You may not have noticed, but this isn’t actually in the pictures of my purchase history of my haul, but I KNOW I bought it. Before this, I had never used bronzer, and I bought my bronzer brush in this haul. Looking through my whole purchase history, this bronzer doesn’t show up at all, even though I have purchased it TWICE from Sephora. Anyways, I can’t explain this, but this is a great bronzer! Earlier this year I hit pan on my second one, but I haven’t replaced it because I don’t like how they have gipped us with the repackaging. When they put out these newly packaged bronzers, they decided to give us less product, but charge the exact same price. That’s right, the old bronzers had 0.35 oz of product, and these new ones have 0.28 oz. I actually published a full post discussing this. Anyways, I have plenty of other bronzers that I love, but this one is good.

Well that’s everything that I got in my first ever Sephora haul! And I’ve been an addict ever since! What are some of the first products you remember buying? Have you tried and loved any of these? Comment down below!

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8 thoughts on “The haul that started it all… | My first ever Sephora haul 2016 | Where are they now?

  1. Ah! I feel the same way about peeling gels, I’m convinced it’s just product balling up! Hmm. That’s so shady about the Too Faced bronzer!
    My first makeup haul was so much Tarte stuff & way too many Sigma brushes!!

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  2. GIRLLL you purchased more in your very first Sephora haul than I purchased from 2011-2016, LOL! My first high-end products were the Benefit High Beam which was super hyped up back in the day, and an Urban Decay eyeshadow single in Half Baked.

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    1. Hahaha yeah….. I don’t think I knew what I was getting into at the time LOL! It’s safe to say I haven’t beat that haul yet 😅 Do you still use the Benefit highlight?

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      1. Gosh, no! I threw that highlighter out YEARS ago – it was a liquid highlighter that was pretty thick and it was really difficult to use. It was all the rage back in the day, but nobody talks about it anymore lol.

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  3. haha this is so fun! I’d love to do this, but I never buy online and I just started getting stuff from Sephora like within the last two years. My post would be so boring. 😂

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