Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift Review and Swatches

Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift Marc Jacobs Duo Review and Swatch
Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift Review

Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift Marc Jacobs Duo Review
Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift: Marc Jacobs Beauty Duo Review

Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift Marc Jacobs Duo Swatch and Review
Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift for Beauty Insiders, VIBs, and VIB Rouges
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick (216 Kiss Bang Bang) and Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Blacquer)

Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift Marc Jacobs Duo Swatch and Review
Sephora 2016 Birthday Gift Swatches
Left - Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick (216 Kiss Bang Bang)
Right - Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Blacquer)


My birthday is in early January and when I was young I did not like how my Christmas presents and birthday presents got mashed together and I was either left with nothing on Christmas or nothing on my birthday (depending on how badly I wanted whatever it was that I wanted). Some kids in school also talked about getting new year's gift which, if I did get one, was again equivalent to my Christmas and birthday gift. And that somehow felt unfair.

But I can think of one perk of being a January baby--I get to try Sephora birthday gifts as soon as they are released! As for 2016, Sephora is giving Beauty Insiders, VIBs, and VIB Rouges either a travel sized version of Fresh's Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Face Mask or mini Marc Jacob's Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick and Highliner Gel Eye Crayon.

I have always wanted to try Fresh's Rose Face Mask but figured I will probably buy the full-sized one sooner or later anyway, so instead I opted for Marc Jacob's Beauty duo. And can I just say how amazing these are? The lipstick is in shade 216 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and it is a deep rosy pink which I think would flatter all skin tones. Very creamy and applies like a dream. The full size is $30, and I might just have to get a full-sized version of this.

And that Highliner Gel Eye Crayon. WHAT IS THIS, A GIFT FROM GOD? After swatching, I tried to wipe it off and it did not budge nor smudge at all. I had to put about three times more effort getting this off than, say Bobbi Brown's Gel Eyeliner which I have been using on a daily basis. This would be so perfect to fill in the lashlines as I find it difficult to do so with a gel liner and a brush which gives me the most smudge-free look. The full size retails for $25 and there is no doubt I am picking this one up in full-size. Impressed much?

Do you own Marc Jacob's Beauty products? If so, which one is your favorite?

XOXO, HaeMin


  1. Happy belated birthday! What a great gift from Sephora! Have a great day!


  2. Happy Birthday sweetie :) looks like the perfect duo.

    Stephanie |

  3. Happy Bday :)

    The swatches are so neat :) loved the shades.
    Walking Freckle

  4. Such great products from Marc Jacobs! Also, belated happy birthday! I hope you had a great one :D -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

  5. Great review =)

  6. my birthday is in january too and i can't wait to pick up my birthday gift from sephora. i think i'm going to choose the marc jacobs one as well since i really want the eyeliner. i think it'd go well with my everyday make up routine. it looks so smooth and i like it!

  7. I don't own anything Marc Jacobs, and Sephora doesn't do this birthday thing for people from foreign countries, so I am always missing out. We don't even have Sephora here in Germany!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  8. Happy belated birthday! I love gel eyeliners, I can't wait to try this one out! My birthday is way later in the year though, so we will see how long I hold off til I just go and buy one haha

    ~Andrea Tiffany~

  9. Unfortunately I do not own any Marc Jacobs but it really is a brand I'd love to try out. But then again, who woudn't? It's Marc Jacobs after all. That lipstick is so so so beautiful. I've always been a pink type of girl so I'd honestly go for that if I could.

    Happy belated birthday love! My birthday is quite close to Christmas as well but there are so many people in my family whose birthdays are either before or after that I think they gave up on not not giving birthday presents ahahahah

    Ella Pinto xx

  10. I love that lip color! It's a great shade!:) And oh my gosh that eyeliner is amazing! It's so cool that it didn't not budge! I may need to pick that one up!:)

    Shannon Sage

  11. Can't wait to get mine next month :)

  12. Happy Birthday! This lipstick is such a lovely colour. Last year I believe it was Nars Lippies but I never got around to picking my gift up!
    Thanks for sharing, hope you had a wonderful day!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  13. I've been seeing so much Marc Jacobs lately, and I've been wanting to get my hands on some products but they're so expensive *insert sad face emoji* However it's great that this ended up being a perk for you! That lipstick color is so gorgeous, I'd probably wear it all the time (except I wouldn't because that'd mean I'd have to buy the full-sized that much faster, lol).

    Happy late birthday!
    Sam |

  14. These look like such lovely goodies! Happy belated birthday! xx

  15. My birthday is actually on Christmas, so I definitely understand your stance on presents, haha. It isn't fun -_-" That's awesome that you got the birthday gift already - it looks so awesome! I'd also get the Marc Jacobs packet instead of Fresh, mainly because I think you can get more out of these ones.

  16. Don't own any MJ beauty products but I've heard great words about the Gel Foundation. By the way, that's a very generous Bday gift!!

    Real Life Nerd //

  17. I got both items from a 500 point beauty perk previously. So excited to get it again. The eyeliner is so good! On par with my other favorite, Urban Decay 24/7 in perversion! A little less black but more budge-proof.

    xx freshfizzle

  18. What a fun idea!!! Even if you didn't send it, I can think of other fun ways to use this idea at home with my kids. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    important gift ideas


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