Sephora Favorites Superstars

Sephora faves

Every year around the holiday shopping season Sephora releases some pretty awesome gift sets.  This year, after doing a bit of research on the value of the products (and taking advantage of the 20% VIB sale that is happening this weekend) I decided to wish myself a happy birthday and spend the money on the Superstars set.

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In a nutshell: this set is AWESOME!  The retail price is $75, so with the discount I paid $60 for the entire set.  If you can’t already tell by the picture, the value of the Superstars set is a lot more than what I paid for it.  It’s a lot more than what someone without the VIB discount would pay for it.  I’m going to go ahead and break it down for you.

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Working from left to right:

Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil (15ml/0.50 fl oz): Value: $14.00

I have heard a lot about this “miracle” product.  This is a pressed oil that is quite rare and can be used for many things:hair, cuticles, rough spots and face.  As a very acne-prone person, I’m always afraid to try oils on my skin, but as I’ve been doing research I have found people saying it’s actually great for acne prone skin.  I’ll report on it once I have made up my mind.  The giant 4oz bottle of this stuff retails at $96, so I am glad I get to try this out for such a great value.  Sephora does sell this size as well, so if you wanted to try it out, you can pick it up without breaking the bank.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream (15ml/0.50 fl oz) FULL SIZE: Value: $30.00

Yes, this is our first of several full size products found in this kit.  I have actually gone through a tub of this already and I loved it, so the fact that for 1/2 of what I paid for the kit I’d be getting my eye cream that I planned on repurchasing for full price anyway was a huge selling point for me.  It is proven to brighten and de-puff those pesky under eye circles, and with ingredients like ginseng and caffeine (anyone who knows me knows I thrive off of caffeine) this was an amazing thing to get in this box.  Learn more here.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (50ml/ 1.7 fl oz): Value: $15.00

I already had this product in my arsenal but truth be told I can’t decide how much I actually like it.  That being said, knowing I got my hands on another mini version of this surf spray (which can be purchased in that size) was nice because I don’t hate it, I just don’t think paying that much for a spray is necessary, so any way I can cut the cost and still have it works for me.  It’s a texturizing spray for the days you want that be achy, undone look.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball (10ml/0.33oz): Value: $29.00

Yeah, $29 for the rollerball.  I discovered this fragrance a year or so ago and I absolutely went crazy for it.  The problem was the price tag: $80 for 1 oz!  Thus, I had to morn the loss of probably never owning it and find something a tad more reasonable.  With notes of Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, and Patchouli, this scent makes me feel sultry and sexy, although I asked Erik what he thought just now and he likes what I currently wear (Marc Jacobs Lola) better.  I guess that means I don’t have to worry about spending the money on a new supply of this, and will enjoy my rollerball while it lasts.

Running Total Value: $88.00  *see? ALREADY the kit has been paid for*

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow duo in Sin and Mushroom (1.5g/0,05oz) FULL SIZE: $18.00

I LOVE Urban Decay Eyeshadows.  Technically this is a half size of two of their front runners, but the two combined equals one full eyeshadow.  These colors are exceptional looking when used together, and Sin is one of my all time favorites.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel (2.5ml/0.085 fl oz: Value: $6.60

This highly ranked brow brand brings us a gel that keeps those hairs in place all day.  Full size is 0.28 oz for $22

Too Faced Better than False Lashes Lash Extension System base and topcoat (9 ml/.30 oz) and Flexistretch Nylon Fibers (.8g/0.02 oz) FULL SIZE: Value: $35.00

This is a crazy little system.  The big gold tube is the black mascara base and topcoat and the white tube has these little fibers attached to a mascara wand.  First you apply a black layer, then a layer of these white fibers (which looks wacky), then you go over the fiber layer with another layer of the black.  I would say there for sure was a bit of extra va-va-voom in my lashes, but nothing as dramatic as in the photo they provide.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (.5ml/0.016 fl oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $20

Stila’s trusted waterproof liquid eyeliner with easy application comes full size in the Superstar set.  I guess I should learn how to apply liquid eyeliner..

Running Total Value: $167.60!

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light(30ml/1 fl oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $39.00

Over the summer I was a huge BB cream fan, and still am on days I don’t want to do a full foundation face.  I somehow got a sample of this BB cream and remember absolutely loving it.  The coverage was quite generous for a BB cream, my skin felt silky smooth, and it had some pretty fabulous staying power.  Thank you, Sephora for the full size BB cream in your awesome set!

Deborah Lippman Nail Color in Cleopatra in New York (15ml/0.50 fl oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $19.00

Again, a brand I’ve been dying to try but just not been able to justify paying the price, and now I can 🙂  The glitter shades run a bit pricier than their non-glitters, so the nail color in my set was of higher value than I thought.

NARS Blush/Bronzer duo in Orgasm/Laguna (5g/0/17 oz): Value: $24.00

This is the mini version (which you can purchase without a kit) of the ever popular duo in NARS’s best selling shades.  I have the Orgasm blush (one of my all time faves) and have gone through two full sizes of the Laguna bronzer.  I always like getting mini versions of my favorites.

NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita (3.4g/ 0.12oz)FULL SIZE: Value: $26.00

The price is a bit steep for a lipstick, but having owned several NARS products before, and knowing this is a very popular shade, this is a thrilling edition to the set.

TOTAL SET VALUE: $275!

Not too shabby at all!  Many of these products would have been difficult to justify spending retail price on by themselves, but for $75 you can get ALL of these amazing products to try for yourself. With a value like that, there’s no excuse not to give some of your guilty pleasures a try, when they all come in this one box!  Check out your local Sephora to see if they have it in stock, as I was online a few minutes ago only to discover it’s no longer available, at least not right now.  I have also found it on Amazon for for slightly higher price, but still nowhere near as much as it’s value.  Check it out if you want a chance to get your hands on it before it’s gone!  I give this set an A+!

*Disclaimer: I purchased this set with my own money and all opinions are my own*

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