When I'm about to have another "What am I doing with my life?" breakdown, there's only one thing that can quiet my nerves: a trip to Sephora.
There's something about the pristine black and white shelves stocked with new, colorful shadows and lipsticks that puts me right at ease. When I'm there I can be whoever I want to be, whether it's punk rock chic with a panache for glitter or a demure, doll-eyed wallflower with Kim Kardashian-esque falsies.
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After my last crisis/shopping trip, I started to wonder -- what are the other women in Sephora buying right now? Are they splurging on new perfume, snagging a bottle of nail polish for a quick pick-me-up, or are they just stocking up on the basics?
There was only one way to find out: Stalk my fellow shoppers and work up the nerve to ask them for a peek inside their black and white bags. So that's what I did (in heels no less). Check out the top 7 buys at Sephora right now. Then tell me -- what's your most recent beauty splurge?
"This is the best foundation. I break out sometimes, so it gives me full coverage. I just got married and my husband works around here so I usually make him come with me, like today. It's funny because he came into Sephora and he went straight to the [Laura Mercier] aisle and was like, 'Here's your color!'" -- Lindsay S.
"It's the one I use normally and I just ran out of it," says Louisa D. "Are you lugging your boyfriend around with you for the day?" we ask. "She's making it a miserable day," he jokes. "We came specifically for Sephora, and he didn't have a choice!" says Louisa.
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"I got the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, $40, and the Nars Blush -- it's amazing, I'd recommend it," says Rebecca W. "You smell fabulous. Did you try on a perfume?" we ask. "I did, it's Chanel Chance Eau de Toilette, $90, my favorite perfume. I have it at home, I was just respritzing. I come to Sephora often. I love it. I feel like a little girl on Christmas Day when I'm shopping here."
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"I got the BareMinerals set. I also got a Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, $41, and the application brush. So basics, but basics are good." -- Stephanie T.
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"I bought Nars Orgasm Blush and YSL Lipstick. My birthday is coming up and I'm planning a party so I wanted to prepare my look in advance. And I knew that Sephora gives you a birthday gift if you buy something in your birthday month, so I just got a present from them too. They gave me the Fresh Sugar Kisses Mini lip duo. Shopping is a personal indulgence for me. I usually go alone so that I don't get interrupted." -- Sarah K.
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"I got the Urban Decay eyeliner in black. I went in there with intentions of buying it. I've always used it and I can't use anything else." -- Vichy K.
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"I got Too Faced eyeshadow and the bareMinerals Foundation. I was returning a Too Faced eye palette that I got as a gift. Then I remembered I needed a new foundation. I usually use the original bareMinerals powder, but I got the matte powder instead this time." -- Hally P.
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