I’ve re-shot this blog post twice and frankly I’ve had enough of being reminded about my depression so now it’s time to just get over it and publish it already. Depression Haul number… three? happened in two installments from, the OG daddy Sephora, the big guy, the real guy. I often browse Sephora when I’m feeling down and/or bored and, as you can imagine, this sometimes turns into buying lots of things. My girls Allison and Tamara from xoVain helped me out by letting me use their addresses to get my things delivered and then they sent the parcels on to me, because Sephora has well and truly plugged all the gaps to stop people from using mail-forwarding services.

Let’s split this up and do skincare first.


Sephora Collection Purely Pure Organic Cotton Facial Pads, $6

I hoped that these might be as good as the Shiseido ones but instead they suck heaps. They’re not secured around the edges so really you’re just getting cotton wool loosely pressed into panels.

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, $65

A “water cream” is just a gel moisturiser, when it’s at home. This isn’t available in New Zealand or Australia because it contains alpha-arbutin. I’ll probably write more about this in its own post bc right now I don’t know what alpha-arbutin is. Anyway, instead of hoping to find a sample somehow I just went ahead and bought the whole dang thing sight-unseen from Sephora.

Belif #MoistureAttack Bestsellers, $38

This kit had a cute box but more importantly, cost the same as buying The True Cream Aqua Bomb on its own. Wendy from xoVain had told me this belif moisturiser was as good as Tidal, so naturally I bought both. It also comes with a toner and a “water essence” (I thought that’s what a toner was tbh) and while those two are underwhelming, the moisturiser is decent and kinda makes up for it.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, $56

Mother Mary, I did not realise that I paid $56 for this. Well, at least I like it! I had tried this in a couple of sample sachets and discovered that wearing it under my foundation makes my skin look super hydrated and glowy. I’m slowly discovering oils that my skin can handle.

Nude Skincare Triple Skin Rescue kit, $25.20

I’m not sure what’s happening with Nude skincare because everything on Sephora is on clearance and now when I look it up on Mecca nothing is available online. I bought this kit because it was cheap and I really wanted to try the Omega Cleansing Jelly, not pictured because it’s somewhere in the bathroom. (It’s fine, nothing special.) I’m yet to try the Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash (sounds novel) and the ProGenius Rescue Oil so this may not have been the most successful purchase.


Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation, $63

Shhh, shhh. Don’t talk about the price. This foundation is beautiful.

Sephora Lash Stash, $28

This is no longer available but you know the vibe: a multi-set of miniatures, in this case mascara, for the same price as buying one at full size. This came with a Ciate mascara (given to Mum), the Tarteist mascara (given to Callum’s mum), Too Faced Better Than Sex (haven’t tried), Marc Jacobs something mascara that I’m hoping will be better than the Velvet Noir, and Milk Makeup something mascara that was all gimmick and no good (the wand has three big blobs of bristles).

Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner, $16 (but now it’s $18)

I wish I couldn’t justify paying this much money for a tiny, tiny amount of eyeliner, but this is truly great. It’s the only black eyeliner I’ve found that goes on really easily and stays on, especially on the waterline. Even Urban Decay 24/7 pencils don’t stick around on me. I’ve bought three more already from Mecca (they don’t sell them individually in New Zealand).

Last up, these stupid Sephora Purely Pure cotton pads again a whole big bunch of tiny free things. My favourite is probably the Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss—not something I’d buy full price, but I was interested to try it. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Primer is a disappointment, however. Nothing remarkable about it, and it disappears immediately into your skin doing no kind of ambient lighting at all.

OK like I said I’m done with these hauls for a while (I bought a few things from Mecca last weekend but I’ll ignore them because they’re both repurchases) so I’m going to hit publish now. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these things!

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