Sephora Anti-Haul: aka What I'm Not Going to Buy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Today's post is going to be a bit different, because instead of me telling you about things I have bought from Sephora, I'm going to tell you what things I'm not going to buy with a Sephora Anti-Haul. The idea of an Anti-Haul came from Kimberly Clark on YouTube and when I first saw one of her Anti-Haul videos, I just thought it was such an ingenious idea. In this day and age, especially in the culture of America, society, brands, commercials, TV Shows, Movies, Celebrities, YouTubers, Bloggers, Instagramers, Internet Influencers, and so on market and hype up products to us at every second of the day. With as many makeup items I buy from a store, such as Sephora, there are way more things that I'm not going to buy, and I feel it's just as important for me to tell you why I'm not going to purchase something as when I tell you why I do purchase or love something. So without further ado, on to my very first Sephora Anti-Haul!


*Disclaimer: What is said about the items mentioned in this post are my own opinion. If you have bought or want to buy one of these items or something I dislike is something you like, that is ok. It is ok for us to have different opinions, this post is just meant for me to share with you my own opinion,  not tell you that you can't or shouldn't purchase or like something. We are allowed to have our own opinions, so please don't take anything I say personally. Thank you! 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection (#1, 7, 10)
I thought we would start with a collection I am passionately Anti-Hauling, the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection. First of all, I love Too Faced as a brand and they make some amazing products that I use everyday or are holy grail beauty products to many people, but this is not a good collection and anyone you read or watch on YouTube that tells you differently is in my opinion lying, or at least stretching the truth. For starters, there is nothing unique about this collection other then the "peach" scent, which doesn't really smell like peaches, and then the "cute fun packaging" which is so childish. The highlighting palette is chalky with low pigmentation and the blush is a basic peachy pink shade that you could find anywhere or probably already have in your collection. The eyeshadow palette also isn't unique enough to have such rave reviews as it has. There are only a few peach shades and the rest are shades that you probably already own. But of course this collection is marketed in our face all the time and you almost feel brainwashed by Too Faced to buy it, (especially since I found out they are expanding their line... no please stop Too Faced), but I'm staying strong and I'm not going to buy this! 

Highlighter Palettes (#3, 4, 5, 6, 15)
Now let's discuss the excessive amount of highlighting palettes that have launched recently. I love a good highlighter as much as the next beauty guru, (I am very loyal to my Becca Champagne Pop because nothing will ever top it) but the amount highlighters being launched have kind of gotten out of control. Every single brand is launching their own highlighting palette and after awhile they all start to look the same. Let's start with the NARS Band De Sable Highlighting Palette. I don't really have a lot of bad things to say about this palette. The pigmentation and wear of these shades are good and are up to par with other NARS powder products, but the colors are just average peachy warm gold shades for $49. Then there's the Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette. Nothing about this palette makes me want to purchase it. The packaging is ok, but the shades are way too glittery. Highlighters are supposed to add a glow to your face not glitter. Next, the Smashbox Spotlight Palette which was a collaboration with YouTuber Casey Holmes. I love watching Casey videos and I have been a loyal viewer and supporter for many years, but I felt like this palette was just meh. It's just another average highlighting palette that I don't need in my life. Now let's talk about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. I am also such a fan of Nicole's videos and I almost bought this palette a few times. I watched a lot of videos about this palette, swatched it in store, and came so close to purchasing it, but the voice inside of my head kept screaming "Do I need this.. DO I NEED THIS!" (Any Shopaholic fans?) Needless to say, I did not purchase it and my wallet is happy. Lastly, the Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette. I love Huda Beauty's lashes, but like all the other highlighting palettes I've mentioned, nothing about this palette made me want to purchase it. The excessive highlighting palettes are just making me so bored and not inspiring me as an artist. Come on beauty brands, be different and stop following the crowd! 

Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette (#2)
It's become quite popular for beauty brands to team up with celebrities to "create" a product and so it was no surprise when Becca teamed up with Chrissy Teigen to create a face palette. Now, I don't have any doubt that Chrissy was involved in choosing the products and packaging design of this palette. The palette design and product shades are beautiful and I'm not going to lie, I almost bought this palette, but I stopped myself. After watching a few YouTube videos and swatching it in store, I realized this palette isn't universal. It's really aimed at people with Chrissy's complexion and skin tone. The shades are more pinky peach cool toned and a tad dark. They would look beautiful on someone with a more olive skin tone, but not on a fair skinned warm neutral toned person like myself. But my main reason why I'm not purchasing this palette is because around this time last year, Becca teamed up with YouTuber Jaclyn Hill to create a glow face palette, and the two palettes look almost identical. The shades of the products inside are slightly different and the product packagings are different colors, but the overall concepts are the same. I guess if you weren't able to get the Jaclyn Hill palette last year then Becca coming out with a similar palette this year is good news for you, but for all of us that already own the Jaclyn Hill palette its kind of a bust. I just hope this concept doesn't become a trend with Becca and they don't punch out a new palette every year that looks exactly the same but just with a different celebrities name on it. 

Eyeshadow Palettes (#8, 9, 12)
Brands are coming out with new eyeshadow palettes left and right, but recently they've all looked the same and uninspiring. NARS recently came out the NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, which because it's a NARS palette it is good quality, but the shades in the palette just bored me. Then Too Faced came out with the Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Palette, which is a combination of shades from their top selling palettes with a few new shades. Overall, a lot of the shades were a little too pink for me and then because I already own a few Too Faced Palettes I already own the shades I liked. Lastly, there's the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Edition Eyeshadow Palette. I already own a few palettes that have similar shades in this palette but the thing that deterred me the most from this palette was that I really didn't like the top row of glitter shadows. 

Natasha Denona Palettes (#11, 13, 14, 16)
I'm going to state my opinion about the Natasha Denona Palettes very briefly. These palettes cost $239, $89, $169, and $129. I could NEVER justify purchasing any beauty product for that much money. No matter how beautiful these palettes are or how much I want one, I just can't morally do it. You don't need these palettes either. You'll feel bad or guilty for spending that much money and in the words of Kimberly Clark, "Don't need it, not going to buy it!" 

Wow that was a lot of negativity, I promise more positive posts will be coming in the future. I hope you enjoyed this Sephora Anti-Haul and if you liked this post I encourage you to check out Kimberly Clark's Anti-Haul YouTube series which I will link here

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