Beauty / Retail Therapy

Shopping in Los Angeles: Sephora, When Will We See You Again in UK?

For anyone who doesn’t know, Sephora is basically the ultimate beauty sweet shop. It stocks all the big beauty brands such as Chanel and Bobbi Brown alongside funky niche ones such as bite, Edward Bess, Ellis Faas. They are also often the first to stock new ranges like the new Marc Jacobs Beauty and exclusive kits not available anywhere else. Most importantly for me, the staff let you play with the products to your heart’s content with zero hassle.  The French company did have several locations in the UK but for some unknown reason pulled out leaving beautyaholics heartbroken.

I’ve written before about my deep aversion to department store beauty halls with their unhelpful, trowel makeuped staff more focussed on hitting targets and pushing products regardless of their suitability for you. Thankfully we now have places like  the Beauty Workshop and BeautyMART that are helping heal my beauty product buying trauma. However Sephora still holds a special place in my heart and I mourn the way it was cruelly snatched away from our shores.

On my recent trip to Los Angeles, you can bet your bottom dollar that it was top of my list of places to visit. Here are a few interesting things I spotted and I wish were here in UK (please excuse the quality of the pics, the lighting was not great):

Sephora & Pantone Color IQ

Sephora & Pantone Color IQ. This scans your skins and comes up with all the matching foundations available – genius !

Sephora BB Buzz box

Sephora BB cream selection. These are such a great idea to try a range of products or as travel sizes.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mini Kits - only available at Sephora. 4 colours for $20

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Mini Kits – only available at Sephora. 4 colours for $20

Sephora Makeup Palette - 72 eyeshadows, 18 lipsticks, 7 blushers and more for $49.50

Sephora Makeup Palette – 72 eyeshadows, 28 lipsticks, 7 blushers and more for just $49.50!

Korres foundations in a range of colours not available anywhere else but Sephora

Korres foundations in a range of colours not available anywhere else but Sephora

Sephora nail polish tapes to test out nail colours

Sephora nail polish tapes to test out nail colours

Marc Jacobs Beauty launched in August is currently exclusively available at Sephora

Marc Jacobs Beauty launched in August is currently exclusively available at Sephora and selected Marc Jacobs stores

Sephora nail varnishes

Sephora’s brand new Formula X nail varnishes – The New Neutrals

Sephora Angel perfume refill

‘The Source’ Thierry Mugler perfume refill station – eco-chic indeed!

Sephora Becca Cosmetics Counter

Great to see a full counter of Becca cosmetics once again.

Samples are no problem. Simply ask and it's done - no if, buts or maybes.

Samples are no problem. Simply ask and it’s done – no if, buts or maybes.

Inspired by the delightful Eye of the Beholder who spins the best blog related tunes thought I’d pick a track for Sephora to listen to:

Anyone else feel this way about Sephora?

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3 thoughts on “Shopping in Los Angeles: Sephora, When Will We See You Again in UK?

  1. I like you far too much to be jealous that you got to experience the delight that is Sephora! And I hope Sephora read this and realise how much LOVE London has for them, and return. Otherwise, maybe we’ll have to visit their headquarters and serenade them ..? x

  2. Pingback: Beauty News: Checking Out Marc Jacobs Beauty | Wonderlusting

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