Hello everyone! First of all, so sorry for being MIA for so long but I took up a second job working abroad. I won't be back until early June so my posts will still be sporadic until then!
But enough about me! Let's move on to a more exciting news! If you didn't know yet, you can now shop Sephora online in Thailand 24/7! I had long been dreaming of being able to buy makeup online from Sephora in the comfort of my own home and now it has become a reality! I couldn't contain my excitement so I thought I'd write up a post to introduce you to the Sephora Thailand website. I was also given some makeup items from 5 different brands to play with and I'll be sharing them with you in a moment. For now, let's see what Sephora.co.th has to offer! :)
The homepage looks very similar to the US Sephora website. You can choose to shop by new arrivals, bestsellers, trending now, or by brand and category. I took a look at the brands offered, and while there aren't as many brands as the US website, the current list is still pretty impressive in my opinion! I'm happy that they carry items from my favorite brands such as Benefit Cosmetics, Becca, Burberry, Fresh, Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs, theBalm, Tarte, Too Faced, and Urban Decay. If you're into brushes, you're in luck because they also carry Real Techniques and Zoeva brushes! Oh, and like Hello Jaa, Sephora.co.th offers content in both Thai and English! :)
If you used to shop at Luxola.co.th, you can continue using your membership and points at the Sephora.co.th website. You'll be automatically enrolled in the Sephora Beauty Insider program just by signing up with your LX Insider login (learn more)!
What I also love is the many fabulous ways you can pay for your goods! No credit card? No PayPal? No problem! You can pay cash at any 7-Eleven, counter service, or you can wire transfer, your choice. They also offer next day free shipping on orders over 499 Baht, otherwise 59 Baht flat anywhere in Thailand. You can even go to their office or a BTS station to pick up your package in person!
As for returns, well, as with any makeup purchase in Thailand, you cannot return used goods (unless factory defect). Once open, it's yours, sadly. Plus, any gifts received with your order must be returned as well. This makes me miss US Sephora's return policy!
You can sign up for a Sephora Beauty Pass on the website. If you already have the card, simply register it on the website. Currently there are two levels — Sephora White Member (White card/Entry card) and Sephora Black Member (Black card). For every 250 Baht spent, you get 1 point. Once you hit 250 points, you are automatically upgraded to the Black card! Beside earning points, being a member qualifies you to coupons, discounts, promotions, welcome and birthday surprises, and much more! Click here for more details on the membership level.
Free coupon code!
To receive a free gift with your order of 699 Baht or more, enter TLX_HELLO at checkout from March 27th to April 11th, 2016 or until supplies last. You're welcome! ;)
Now, let's talk about some goodies I was sent for review considerations! Since I've only received them a couple weeks ago, I plan to take a little bit more time testing them before I write my complete reviews. For now though, let me just write about my first impressions on each item!
Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation
For a name like “10HR Wear Perfection”, I was under the impression that this was a full-coverage foundation but it's not. In fact, I find myself applying multiple layers on problem areas such as on my old blemish scars. Due to its thinner consistency, it doesn't take long to blend it into the skin. It is oil-free and contains skin-loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. Does it really last 10 hours, though? Read my full review here! :)
Sephora Smoothing and Brightening Concealer
Love how precise the tip is! It's shaped like a pencil! The brush is rather firm but flexible enough to maneuver easily to reach every nook and cranny of the face as well as under the eye area and corners of the mouth. It has great coverage and a lightweight formula that spreads and blends well although it seems to crease a little in the beginning of wear. Once blended out, it pretty much stays crease-free for me. Head to this page for full details of this concealer.
Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Trio
How about a trio of luminizer, blush, and bronzing powders in one super portable compact? I have been really enjoying using this product since I received it! The blush is nicely pigmented so it shows up easily on my skin. The luminizer is plain gorgeous! Seriously, it's on the subtle side but somehow it imparts such an unbelievably gorgeous glow on the skin. I like to pop it gently above my blush and my face just looks fresh all day long! I haven't tried to use the bronzer much but I can say that it's also on the subtle side which is how it's supposed to be when it comes to bronzing products. Here is my complete review.
Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Yes, this one is just as good as the reviews say! It has quite a unique texture for a glow-enhancing primer. It's not very fluidy but it has a whipped fluid feel to it that makes it spread quickly and easily on the face. The scent is amazing and very pleasant! I don't think it does much in terms of blurring imperfections but I'll have to give it a perfect score on the glowy effect! It's pearly gorgeous, and subtle, but not too subtle. You can definitely see a difference after application. I like to use it alone and then top with a loose setting powder for a fresh-faced, light makeup day. :) For a full review, click here.
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate
This foundation takes “full coverage” to a whole new level! I don't think I've ever used anything with this level of coverage! You literally need just a dab to cover your entire face. It conceals pores, acne marks, and redness in one go. It leaves a subtly velvety matte finish that makes my skin appear so much smoother. I prefer using a Beautyblender with it to prevent my face from looking thick and cakey. I over applied it once and my skin was continuously oily all day so my advice is to really use it sparingly! Head over to this page for my full review including a before-and-after photo!
Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
Another winning product from Marc Jacobs! A duo of contour and highlight powders in a gigantic compact! The powders are silky smooth to the touch but what I like even more about these is how they are not overly pigmented. When I contour, I like to take my time to build it up and this product allows me to do just that. The highlight powder is very subtle and blends right in with my skin. I like to use it to set my concealer as well as to brighten up my under eyes in an upside-down triangle shape. Having no shimmer, the end result is truly believable and skin-like!
Burberry Autumn/Winter 2015 Runway Palette
I have mixed feelings about this one. While I am 100% in love with the camouflage pattern, I can't say I am 100% in love with the quality. At first glance, you'd assume that the colors would be ultra pigmented but they aren't. The color payoff is actually rather weak compared to my other Burberry single eyeshadows. The consistency is also on the dry side. Definitely pair it with a good eye primer to bring up the vibrancy. The pattern, while so pretty to look at, is rather impractical to dip a brush in. I feel like this product is more a collector's piece than for actual use, or maybe I just need to spend more time playing with it! :) See my review here.
Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set
I'm so stoked to finally have my hands on my first Zoeva brush set! I chose the Rose Golden Complete Eye Set because I can never have enough eye brushes. :) The reviews are true, these brushes are excellent not only in design but also quality. Every single brush is well-made and the bristles are soft but not too soft on the skin. There are 12 brushes total in this set; each one carefully designed for different functions. The included brown leather bag is also well-made and luxurious! It fits all the brushes and still has more room for extras. This will not be my last Zoeva brush set for sure! Check out my full review here.
You can shop all products mentioned here and many more in store and online at Sephora.co.th (except Zoeva where its products are sold exclusively online). Don't forget to use code TLX_HELLO for your complimentary gift with purchase! Happy shopping! :)
Disclosure: All products mentioned here were provided by Sephora.co.th free of charge for review considerations. All opinions expressed herein are honest and my own.