Well hello there!
Its been rather quiet over here at Tea and Blush recently... thats because Ive been away on holiday! I'm sure, if you follow me on Instagram (@hollylucyhp) or Twitter (@teaandblush) will have seen all my excitable tweets and photos- there's more to come about that over the next few weeks on my blog of course. But for now, I just thought I'd do a quick post on one of the items I picked up in Sephora whilst on a shopping trip in Barcelona.
Before Barcelona I was a Sephora virgin; I'd seen all the US bloggers/youtubers talking about how amazing the stores are so I knew it was something I wanted to do when in the city; forget Gaudi.. lets get some beauty stuff eh!
The store in Barcelona is luxurious and a thing of a beauty addicts dreams; tons of high end brands all in one place for you to lust over. Of course, some of the bits they stock are rather pricey but I'd budgeted a little bit specifically to spend in-store- its all in the name of beauty research yeah?
I was familiar with a lot of the brands they stocked so wanted to try some of Sephora's own range as I knew I wouldn't be able to get my hands on it in the UK, so I went for the Sephora Moisturizing & Energizing Water- Mood Enhancer.
I've come to love spritz type products recently as they can be easily slipped into my beauty routine without taking up too much time. I also sometimes use these types of sprays instead of moisturisers just to mix things up a bit.
The mist comes in a tennis ball sized round bottle with a pump already attached. I like that there is a lock function on the pump as it meant I could pop it into my luggage whilst away without worrying about it leaking over everything.
I find the best time to use the spray is just after I've had a shower or once I've taken all my makeup off before bedtime (excuse the awkward face here).All you do is spritz the water over your face (try to do it without screwing your face up in anticipation I dare you!) and then let the water settle into your skin.
The water is grapefruit scented and OHH its divine- very tropical but not too overpowering. It doesn't leave any stickiness at all once its settled. I found it a really nice treat to use on holiday in the warm weather too!
When it comes to effectiveness its hard to say whether its living up to the name-
Moisturising- I use a good cleanser and moisturiser on my face anyway so I don't think I'd see the effects from just this product.
Energising- because of the cold spritz it does definitely give you a bit of an energising kick of coldness on your face- maybe once I'm back at work having to get up early I'll use this first thing to help drag me into the world of the living!
Nevertheless I do like having a new product in my skincare routine, it leaves me feeling fresh,smelling yummy and the packaging is pretty cute too!
Annoyingly I can't find this water on the US or Spanish Sephora site, only on the French site here. It set me back €12.95.
The BodyShop Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz (£11.00)- love this orange scented spritz; over the summer I kept this in the fridge just incase I needed to cool down on the very few warm days we had here in the UK. This one is slightly sticky so not one I'd use over makeup.
Benefit Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist (£20.50)- I've pretty much tried every product in the Benefit skincare range and this is one I'd repurchase for sure- it has a light scent of cucumber and can be used to add a dewy finish over your makeup too!
Superdrug Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist (£2.99)- Love this one too! Cheaper but I think its just as good as the more expensive ones- maybe this would be a good one to start with if you haven't used a facial mist before to see whether it fits into your routine!?
Although its autumn/winter season now I still think mist products have a place in our beauty routines, they provide moisture to dry skin and give that extra bit of glow when sprayed over your makeup!
Have you tried any of these mists?
Whats your fave Sephora Collection product?