Oh Sephora, I do love you so much. Why oh why don’t you come back to London?! They were here years ago, but for some reason didn’t do as well as expected, which I don’t understand! I think they would do very well now. There seems to have been a proliferation of standalone beauty stores in recent years – just walk around Covent Garden, and you will see MAC, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS, KIKO Milano, 3ina, Space NK, Burberry, and Clinique). Sephora stocks so many brands that are popular here, but not so easy to lay hands on – Tatcha and Tarte cosmetics being just two of them – so of course, when I hit NYC earlier this year I had to go to a Sephora and stock up!
Cue, one of my long-distance loves, Tatcha. I’ve used their Indigo soothing triple recovery cream, and wanted to pick up some more of their Indigo range (this is for sensitive skin), specifically their soothing rice enzyme powder – a cleanser and exfoliant in one for baby soft skin – for days when I am not wearing any make-up (it is not a make-up remover). Botanical indigo acts to soothe and calm sensitive skin; Hadasei-3 bioactive complex works as an antioxidant; green tea, Okinawa red algae, and Japanese rice bran extracts for anti-ageing; and colloidal oatmeal, naturally rich in beta glucans and polysaccharides, helps to reduce skin redness and support natural collagen. The ritual is a draw too – dry powder to which you add water to create the exfoliating foam. I know at some point I am going to get water into it ruining all the powder, which will be $65 wasted in a matter of seconds, but until that day I am going to revel in the joy of not just squeezing something out of a tube.
I’ve not used their beauty papers (blotting papers) yet, but I have read lots of good things about them, plus geisha use them, and have you ever seen a geisha without picture-perfect skin? I use DHC blotting papers on a daily basis, and am looking forward to trying out these Tatcha ones. They are made of 100% natural abaca leaf and gold flake, which absorb excess oil without disturbing make-up, which will explain why they are $12 for a pack of 30 sheets, vs £4.50 for 100 sheets of the DHC ones.
Sephora do deliver to the UK for £6 for orders over £75, so if you know what you want, then it is worth a go, except the £ isn’t doing as well against the $, but meh. If you club together with a few of your friends, then the £6 delivery charge doesn’t feel so bad! Or book yourself a trip to the US 🙂