Recent Sephora Buys and Reviews

While I’m nowhere near a professional or even a highly skilled amateur, I really love makeup. When I don’t feel well, I either watch Netflix or makeup tutorials. I love learning how to do makeup well and I love doing my own and pretending that I don’t have to fight for even the small successes of my day. Back in November, when my last infusion started to kick in after 5 weeks of hell, I treated myself to a bit of a Sephora splurge. Since then, I’ve accumulated more products from Christmas and the odd Sephora trip, and it has been long enough since this makeup accumulation began that I have tested and developed opinions on the products I bought. So today is all about makeup reviews, as well as brush reviews. I’ve broken the products into three categories: eyes, cheeks, and brushes. At the end of each, I tell you if you should definitely buy something, if it depends on your personal makeup preferences, or if you shouldn’t waste your money on it. But don’t forget to leave me your opinions of these products in the comments since I’m definitely not an expert and would love to hear your opinions on these, too.

Makeup Reviews


Makeup Reviews: Sephora Wink-It Felt Eye Liner

Sephora Colorful Wink-It Felt Linter – I’m really not a fan. I’m definitely not a pro at liquid eye liner, but I’m not awful at it, and this was hard to use. I think it might not be as bad for someone who is better at liquid eye liner than I am, but going forward I will probably still to L’Oreal’s Linear Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner. That being said, if you have another not-incredibly-expensive liquid eyeliner that you adore, let me know!

Makeup Reviews: Sephora Sunbleached Filter Palette

Sephora Sunbeached Filter eye palette – I think this a lot! I picked it up because it has a lot of shades that I don’t already have, and so far I’m a fan. Some of them aren’t as pigmented as I would like, but overall I enjoy it. It’s not a must-buy, but if you like the shades in it, I would get it. Like it says in the description, it’s soft and sun inspired, and I’m not really one for wild eye makeup.

Urban Decay Naked Basics eye palette – I. Adore. This. As I said, I’m more of a soft and neutral kind of girl when it comes to makeup, and this is perfect for me.

Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara – I got this as a reward from my Sephora points because I wanted to try it but didn’t want to spend the money on it, and I’m glad I didn’t. It basically just made my eyelashes darker and I was very underwhelmed; no lengthening or volumizing. I’m sticking with my Mabelline Lash Sensational Mascara from now on.

Definitely Buy: Naked Basics
Depends on Your Preferences: Sephora liquid eye liner, Sephora Sunbeached Filter palette
Don’t Waste Your Money: Benefit They’re Real


NARS The Multiple in Orgasm – This is a beautiful creamy multipurpose makeup stick, and I love it. However, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, especially since it’s nearly $40.

Makeup Reviews: Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter

Benefit Watt’s Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter – I use this every day, even on days when I only wear concealer and mascara, I add this highlighter. It’s easy to blend and the perfect color if you have fair (or frighteningly pale) skin.

Definitely Buy: Benefit Watt’s Up
Depends on Your Preferences: NARS The Multiple in Orgasm


Makeup Reviews: Angled Brow Brush

Sephora Classic Brow Filler Brush – While this is for your eyebrows, I actually use this for eyeliner. I wet it, tap to get the extra water off, and dip it in eye shadow to make my own eye liner. This is great because while I love and regularly use probably 2/3 of the shades of my Naked 2 palette, there are still a bunch that I don’t love or use, mostly because I don’t do smokey eye or darker makeup looks in general. But using this brush opens up so many more possibilities. This was an incredibly great investment for me because of that, but obviously this is a personal choice.

Makeup Reviews: Sephora Multipurpose Powder Brush

Sephora Classic Multitasker Powder Brush – I love this brush so much! It feels great and works wonderfully. I’m currently using it with my powder blushes (from a palette that I love but was apparently only available for the holiday season) and it is amazing.

Definitely Buy: Multitasker
Depends on Your Preferences: Brow Filler

And, of course, the makeup bag!

Makeup Reviews

Breakups To Makeup Bag – I love it! It fits everything, it’s incredibly cute, and it’s great for traveling.

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  • Reply Meghan Farrell

    I use the L’Oreal Linear felt tip pen and I love it! It makes eyeliner wings so much easier. Also I have the Naked Basics 2 palette and I use it almost every day!

    February 4, 2016 at 8:07 am
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Aren’t they both the best? The felt tip pen is amazing.

      February 4, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    The Nars blush has been my go-to for years now! x

    February 4, 2016 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Ingrid

    LOVE your reviews! The breakdown and your opinions are so helpful! (also that bag is ah-mazing <3)
    xo, Ingrid

    February 4, 2016 at 10:59 am
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Thank you! I’m so glad they help and you love them!

      February 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Marina Mendez

    I’ll have to try Benefit’s highlighter. I’ve been looking for one to try and people seem to like this one. (I’m also pretty pale right now too, so..) My favorite liquid eyeliner is Maybelline’s Line Stiletto! It goes on really easily and stays all day.

    February 4, 2016 at 11:57 am
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      It is amazing, especially for us pale girls! I completely and totally advise it.

      February 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Cherie Jamison

    I got that Benefit mascara as well. It’s ok, but definitely nothing special. I’ll have to try that highlighter!

    February 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Darrian Duckworth

    The Naked Basics pallet is one of my absolute faves! I love using it in combination with my other pallets!

    February 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Me too! There are so many more matte shades in it that in the other Naked palettes, which actually makes for great combinations.

      February 7, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Kathryn Wesson

    I’ve been wanting to try that Benefit highlighter for a while now. Good to know that you like it and it works on fair skin!

    February 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      It’s amazing! And I especially recommend it to people with fair skin.

      February 7, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Chelsea Jacobs

    How do you wear the multipurpose stick? As a blush still, or do you use it for other things, too?

    February 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Just a blush right now. I’m not 100% sure if it actually works well for other things or if it’s the kind of product that technically works for other things but doesn’t actually work for anything other than a blush.

      February 7, 2016 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Jasmine Eclipse

    I love Naked basics palette! I’m also a person who only wears neutral shades, so it’s perfect for me! This made me want to go on a Sephora shopping spree (Currently resisting temptation… Or at least trying to… haha)

    Jasmine /

    February 6, 2016 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Ha I feel you! It is a very good thing that I moved a little farther away from Sephora, or else I would be there all the time.

      February 7, 2016 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Miranda Pollitt

    Awesome post! I love hearing other peoples thoughts on makeup. I just picked up some things from Sephora that I can’t wait to try!

    February 7, 2016 at 6:57 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Thanks! I really love makeup – it’s such a fun and pretty form of self-expression!

      February 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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