Jan 14, 2013

Sephora India Haul (with Experience Around the Store and Brands)

I reached Delhi on Friday morning and the first place I decided to go after I dropped my bag was Select Citywalk Saket. Reason? Sephora! I even took boy with me who endured 4 hours in just one shop with me running from one counter to another. The SAs were really helpful and luckily there were very few girls when I went there.

My main aim was to get Soap and Glory and Burts Bees products. I also wanted to try things from The Face Shop and Sephora but after going though all the ingredients, I decided to stick to Burts Bees for major products.

The first counter that you see on the left side are the Sephora bath products and the shower gels with round bottles were for Rs 600. Just opposite to them was Forest Essentials and I had no interest for them simply because they never mention the full ingredient list.

Then on the next counter I saw Soap and Glory. I picked up the Soaper Heroes gift pack but them found that the travel size were available separately so put that pack and I picked the Soap and Glory Hand Food because I had very little or no interest for the shower gel and that mist. I also wanted a body butter in bigger size but nothing was in stock.

Right after that I saw Burts Bee and then the Face Shop. After analysing the complete list of ingredients, I picked Burts Bees Orange Facial Cleanser. It is one of their most popular/loved/famous.

Then I came to The Face Shop counter because the Burts Bees creams/serums were too costly. I asked the SA for the ingredients list and she said - "All natural. Korean products so, ingredients list only in Korean." Then I discovered the peel-off thing for ingredients and she was surprised as she was not aware...hehe. But, I found that the face Shop products were majorly silicon. But before I moved on, I wanted at least ONE thing and the pet creams was it. I wanted just ONE but got confused over smell vs cuteness. So, asked Boy to step in. After 10 minutes of analysis, he choose The Face Shop Lovely Me:Ex Mini Pet Fruits because the baby one was like johnson baby powder and the face looked sad, floral one was boring and sweet wasn't anything different. LOL.

I went to Sephora cosmetics section but anything that seemed good had a very high price tag. Also, I was not very comfortable with the quality so, I skipped it completely and stated to move to other counter. I also skipped Clarins, Crabtree and Eyelyn, Dior and Shiseido. Then Boy said - You missed this one in the middle. And I saw - Ohh Benefit! But then the price tag was way too high. He realized  my situation and said that if he can gift me something but I do not like skincare/makeup as gifts because they expire and I have to throw them. There are cases of gifting because of which I preserved a lipgloss for more that 7 years but I do not want that to happen again.

One of the demerits of going to a much awaited store late is thought there were very few girls screaming or running around but then many products were missing. Like, the NYX counter is almost deserted. Also, no good big size body butter in Soap and Glory section.

Finally, I moved back to Burts Bee because I decided to buy better things at very higher rate than to buy average products at high rates.  So, after lot of analysis I got Burts Bees Daisy White Serum (the only serum they had) and Burts Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion. 

I was still in need of a night cream and under eye cream but dragged myself to the counter.

Boy - Are you satisfied with what you got?
Me - Yes and No. Yes because of the natural things and No because there are no fun products.

I glaced at the counters one last time looking for FUN product and I saw the Sephora pink sipper kind of thing. With no idea of what it was, I got Sephora Instant Moisture Mask. I also purchased the Sephora Age Defy Eye Cream because No Paraben, No Sulfate written on it turned me on. I does has silicon but then I was in no more mood to be in Sephora anymore. Not proud of getting these two...not proud at all.

Total Products

Serum - Burts Bees Daisy White Serum (Rs 2200 for 30ml)

Mask - Sephora Instant Moisture Mask ( Rs 680 for 4*10g)

Total Price

Rs 8270

My highest so far for skincare products - beating The Body Shop bill of Rs 6500-7000 in Dec'10.
I got a mini heart attack. I do not know why I would never buy a dress or shoe for 1800 but instantly buy a eye cream for the same amount. (Mental Note- Change this habit.) 

PS: I peaked once inside mango but it looked liked a fish market with girls shouting and cloths everywhere with SAs no idea of what was where. So, I decided not to get anything else or even go anywhere else.
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