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Sunday, August 13, 2017


Today is a special day! Not only is it my twentieth birthday, it's also the day I finally decided to redeem my Sephora points! Below you'll find my big 500 POINT reward and this year's birthday gift. Keep reading for pictures and first impressions!

I remember getting my Sephora member card when I was fifteen years old. I had just started my blog and was getting super serious about makeup. In those days, I was buying products like crazy. These days, I don't buy makeup very often since I have practically everything. That's why today, while picking up my Sephora birthday gift, I decided it was time to cash out. I've never used my rewards points until today. My pick was a big box of Tarte sample products.

This looked so luxurious in the little counter display that I couldn't resist it. I've been feeling an itch lately to get some new makeup too, so this was really perfect timing. The official name for this box is the Tarte Play With Clay Discovery Set. This is a 500 point reward option. Inside is:

Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in Park Ave Princess
Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Concept
Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

I'm impressed with the amount of little samples that comes inside the box. I think the shades are very natural and should work on most skin tones. I like the foundation samples, however I think the shades could be more diverse. I'm also a little iffy on the mascara, usually I need waterproof and more on the waxy side to make my straight lashes stay curled and defined. We'll see how it goes! The finishing powder looks promising though, very fine grained.

Next is my little birthday gift. This year, the options were a Caudalie duo set or a Tarte duo set. I obviously went with the Tarte set. Inside is:

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty
Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit

Again, these colors look perfect for a natural glam look. I'm really excited about the lip paint, I've been dying to try one for a long time. I just grabbed all this stuff earlier today, so I haven't tested anything out yet. If anyone's interested in reviews of the products, let me know and I'll make a post! So far I don't regret any of my set choices today. If you're in the market for redeeming points or choosing a birthday gift, definitely look into these options.