Sephora for My Birthday

Anyone who has heard me talk about beauty, makeup or my travels will have come across a Sephora story or two at some point.

I was first introduced to Sephora in 2012 in the USA by Contiki buddies I was traveling with. The sheer size of the many stores we visited was so awe inspiring… so many brands and products under one roof!

The mothership was calling…

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I remember stocking up big on products that were either more affordable than in Australia or not yet available {some still aren’t!} Purchasing multiples of many and finding new brands to love.

On my next overseas trip, last year {Paris, UK & Dubai} I prepared to spend big and stock up again as Sephora still did not have a store in or ship to Aus. I fondly remember looking for a certain brush in Dubai and having a massive tip sharing conversation between two assistants and I.. it was fun and again I wished for something of it’s magnitude here.

You can imagine how thrilled I was when Sephora confirmed they were coming not only to set up Sephora Australia but in Sydney – a mere two hours from my area. Thrilled.
The mothership is coming.

The official opening date has been confirmed as Friday 5th December.

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Which is 14 sleeps away and the day after my birthday. Happy Sephora Birthday to me! I can’t wait to see what prices are like, and it also means that the brands they are bringing with them are ones I won’t need to stock up on when I am in the USA at the end of the year. I am hoping to make a trip down as soon as possible.

Elle magazine provides a full list of the brands that will be available – will be more to come…I am most excited for Kat Von D, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Tarte and the Sephora Collection. I am hoping Urban Decay will be added to the Australian brand list shortly too.

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Have you Sephora-shopped? Are you excited for the first Australian store to open? P.s head to the Facebook page to enter a VIP competition for you and a friend.

Shine brightly dolls x x

KOOKLAH ~ A living doll, living a life not yet imagined

Found! Amazing beauty site & a fantastic philosophy..

It’s late at night and I am trawling through beauty sites, heading from one post to the next. I then stumbled across Beauty Heaven‘ – what a name for starters! This site is managed and contributed to by professionals in the beauty industry and has product reviews, how tos and advice, as well as news and other interesting articles.
I am really looking forward to exploring this site more – will definitely be trying there how tos and contributing to reviews of products (you can do this by becoming a member – read more here).

There is something for everyone here, and if I hadn’t been clicking on random links leading to new posts I would never have found this amazing piece of advice I just read from Bobbi Brown the founder and creative director behind Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. What captured me was “I’ve always believed in showing women what’s right about them, instead of what’s wrong” , such a simple sentiment but so wise! Dress and style yourself to highlight the aspects you love – you will feel amazing and that will show! To read Bobbi’s interview with Beauty Heaven click here.

I then headed to Bobbi’s Australian webpage and found this philosophy echoed in the opening lines of her story, “makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident.” If you have some time, the story of how she started in the industry in America and formed her company is pretty fascinating (click the link – Bobbi’s Story). I had no idea her breakthrough involved an American Vogue cover, Naomi Campbell and selling 100 lipsticks in her first day of retail.

When I was travelling in the USA I picked up a Bobbi Brown eyeliner product and have been waiting for a special occasion to try it out. This weekend I will definitely be doing some makeup trials with it… and if I love it, will expand my collection of products.

Have you recently been inspired by someone’s story or philosophy?

Kooklah Xx