HAUL | Summer 2018, Beauty

So… I went a little apeshit shopping the last couple of months, and now that all of the stuff has arrived and my shopping urge has calmed down, I figured it was time to share what I got.

Since I really went a little crazy with my shopping, I dreaded posted this up for the longest time, just because listing everything seemed so daunting. I’ve since tried a few of these products though, so I’ll be able to share my thoughts on some of them.

I’ll be splitting this haul into two parts – part one will be the beauty portion, and part two will be fashion.

Glossier

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This haul was motivated by my upcoming business trip. I will be interacting with clients, so I wanted to get a complexion product that did more than a tinted moisturizer, but wasn’t a full coverage foundation like my Hourglass stick foundation. I won’t say much about these products, because I’ll be writing reviews on all of them after I’ve used them a few times.

Skin Tint in Medium (1 oz, $26)

Cloud Paint Duo in Beam and Storm (0.33 oz, $18 each or 2 for $30)

Lash Slick (0.29 oz, $16)

 

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I’ve been really inspired to step outside of my comfort zone recently with eye makeup looks, so when I got a 20% off discount code for Colourpop last month, I figured it’d be a good opportunity to pick up a bunch of goodies to try out.

  • Super Shock Shadows (0.074 oz, $5): Super Shock shadows are some of my favorite eyeshadows, but I had always stayed with the more typical neutral shades. This time, I only purchased colors out of my usual.
  • Pressed Power Shadows (0.053 oz, $5 with compact, $4 without):
    • Glass Bull (duochrome lavender icy-blue)
    • Backstage (matte cobalt)
    • I also got the On the Daily Palette (4 x 0.053 oz, $12), which includes the four shades You Know the Drill (metallic light bronze), B-Side (matte warm nude), Optional (matte mid-tone brown), and Paper Crane (true vibrant bronze). I’m planning on passing on my Tartelette in Bloom palette because I only use maybe three or four shades from that twelve-shade palette, and someone else will probably get more use out of it. This mini palette will be great for travel and means I’ll actually be getting use out of every shade.
  • Supernova Shadow in Lucky Penny (0.17 oz, $6): I’ve only used this twice, but I love it. I’ve been wanting a liquid eyeshadow for a while, and I’m glad this is the first one I decided to try. The site describes Lucky Penny as a silver with a teal flip, but I would say that it’s more of a silvery white sheen with a baby blue.

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e.l.f. products are already ridiculously cheap, so when there was a sale on the site, I couldn’t resist picking up a whole bunch of items.

Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow ($1.60, originally $4) in Rose Gold: I’ve only used this twice, but I’ve really enjoyed it. On my skintone, there’s not much pigment to this shadow, but it leaves a beautiful rose-gold sheen on my lids.

Beautifully Bare Highlighting Stick ($4) in Fresh Morning Dew: I just tried this for the first time today, and I LOVE IT. This shade is described as a “clear, shimmer-free balm” that gives a dewy glow, and I think that that is exactly what this is. It’s great for super light makeup days, but I also want to try layering this over cream or powder highlights. I also want to give the other shades a try, because the formula is quite nice as well.

Best Friend Eyeshadow Duo ($1.20, originally $3) in Soul Mate and Peach Squad: I haven’t used either of these yet, but I thought they would be nice to have on hand for simple looks. I’m thinking of taking one or both of these with me when I go on a business trip to the UK in a little over a week. Soul Mate includes a shimmery silver and a matte navy/purple, and Peach Squad includes a shimmery gold and matte peachy nude.

No Budge Shadow Stick ($1.60, originally $4) in Blue Steel: I already have one of these in Perfect Pearl, and I like it a lot for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes. I’ve recently been inspired to do more cool-toned eye looks, so I thought I could pick up this blue/grey color.

Tinted Shape & Stay Wax Pencil ($1.20, originally $3) in Dark Brown: I’ve found that I don’t care too much about using the typical brow pencil on my brows, so I thought I’d give this one a try.

Mineral Infused Mascara ($3): I haven’t found a drugstore mascara I love yet, so I figured I’d give this a try, especially since it’s at such an affordable price point.

Lip Balm Tint ($0.80, originally $2) in Berry: I’m a sucker for lip tints, tinted lip balms, in the like, and this was only 80 cents when I purchased it.

Gotta Glow Lip Tint ($6) in Perfect Berry: I redeemed 150 of my points for this. It got decent reviews, and once again, I’m a sucker for lip tints.

Beautifully Precise Blending Eye Brush ($2, originally $5): I’ve heard good things about this line of brushes from e.l.f., and I always feel like I could do with more eye brushes.

Cream Blush Palette ($2.40, originally $6) in Soft: I love cream blushes, and I’ve heard Amy Serrano on Youtube talk favorably about this palette, so I grabbed it while it was at such a steep discount. This will be a good one to bring around while I’m traveling, since it’s pretty compact and is pretty versatile with its four different shades.

Matte Lip Color ($3) in Natural and Wine: I haven’t worn either of these yet, but I thought they could be dupes for the NARS or Laura Mercier lip crayons. I actually purchased two of the Natural one by accident and got another in the gift with purchase, so I’ll be donating one and giving the other to my sister.

Contour Palette in Dark/Deep ($6): I got this as part of the gift with purchase for spending $25. I have no need for a powdered bronzing/contour palette, so I will be passing this on to someone else.

Bronzing Brush ($2): This was also part of the gift with purchase.

CVS

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Beauty 360 Premium Cotton Rounds (80 ct, $3.79): I think I got these when there was a 2 for $7 deal. I like these, and I think they’re comparable to the Glossier ones, which are slightly pricier at 60 ct for $4. Overall though, I think I still like using the Daiso ones the best, because they’re the most affordable.

Beauty 360 All In One Micellar Cleansing Water (13.5 fl oz, $6.99): I also got this when there was a deal, though I forget the exact discount. Regardless, at $6.99 it’s cheaper than the Garnier one, which is priced at $9.59 for the same size. Also, Beauty 360, which is CVS’s own brand, is cruelty-free. I’ll report back on whether this is good.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Serum (1.05 oz, $14.99): Glycolic acid works great with my skin, so I wanted to give this a try.

Lumene Arctic Lumenessence Valo Light Glow Boost Essence (1 oz, $25.99): I’ve seen a Youtuber or two talk about this brand, so I wanted to check them out. I’ve been wanting to compare different vitamin C products as well, hence the decision to get this product.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Deep Bronzer ($16.29): I bought this because everyone and their mom raves about it, and thought my collection was finally at a place where I could get a new bronzer to use.

Also, CVS shopping tip: There are always discounts/coupons/sales at CVS. Unless it’s an emergency product, you can always wait for some type of discount. Although I listed the original prices for these products, I didn’t buy any of them at the original price.

Marshall’s

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You can always score at Marshall’s. I always make it a point to stop by the beauty section if I’m going to Marshall’s. I scored some Alba Botanica and Acure products this time around, which I’ve seen at multiple stores, including Whole Foods and Target.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Warming Clay Cleaner (6 fl oz, $6.99, originally $9.49)

Acure Organics The Essentials Marula Oil (1 oz, 6.99, originally $15.99): I’ve been eyeing this for a while because I’ve been looking for an affordable marula oil that’s not from The Ordinary, and when I saw it at Marshall’s for such a discount I grabbed it without a second thought.

Acure Organics Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub (4 fl oz, $5.99, originally $9.99)

Urban Outfitters

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Urban Outfitters had 20% off your whole purchase a while back, which was the only reason I placed this order.

Gisou Honey-Infused Hair Oil (3.4 fl oz, $90): I got interested in this oil after seeing Amy Serrano review it on Youtube. I was never going to pay full price for this hair oil, so I took advantage of the 20% off to purchase it. I have yet to use it since I still have another hair oil that I want to use up first, but you’ll definitely see a dedicated review on this. A $90 hair oil definitely deserves its own review…

Pixi Glow Mist (2.7 fl oz, $15): I’ve been wanting to try this since I’ve heard it’s a dupe for the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (1.35 oz, $48), which I love but is a ridiculously pricey for what it is. I will report back after I’ve tried this.

Frank Body Cherry Bomb Lip + Cheek Tint ($0.51 oz, 12): I’ve wanted to try Frank Body for a while, and the sale was a good opportunity for me to order something to try.

The Detox Market + The Nature of Beauty

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As I am transitioning to cruelty-free beauty, I’ve gotten curious about certain brands that I never really thought to try before. I didn’t want to commit to any full-size purchases either since I still had some to use up first. I then stumbled upon sample programs at The Detox Market and The Nature of Beauty and thus decided to pick up samples from both stores.

The Detox Market allows you to pick samples from pretty much the whole website. Rather than have a list of select samples, it offers sample sizes of most, if not all, of its products throughout the site. You can pick four samples for $7.99 plus shipping, and I picked:

  1. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Joyful ($56): I’ve tried this once already, and I quite enjoyed it. It had pretty good staying power, but I’ll have to try it again to form a full opinion on it.
  2. Kjaer Weis Highlighter in Ravishing ($56): I tried this at the same time I tried the blush and will also need to try it again to form a full opinion on it.
  3. May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon (1.69 oz, $180): I’ve heard great things about this product, but it’s so ridiculously expensive that I’ve never had much interest in trying it until now.
  4. Vinter’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (1 oz, $185): Same thoughts as the Blue Cocoon.

The Nature of Beauty had more of the standard sample program, where you can choose from a list of select samples. You can choose 5 samples for $1 each and shipping. I chose all RMS samples, including:

  1. Lip2Cheek in Beloved ($36)
  2. Lip2Cheek in Smile ($36)
  3. Cream Eye Shadow in Solar ($28)
  4. Cream Eye Shadow in Seduce ($28)
  5. UN” Cover-Up in 22 ($36)

 

If you’ve made it all the way through this post, thanks for reading! If you’ve tried any of these products before, let me know whether you liked them or not! 🙂

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FAVORITES | September 2017

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Another month has come and gone, and that means another favorites! This month, I share with you three beauty favorites, four fashion favorites, a movie favorite, and a TV show favorite.

  1. e.l.f. Pore Refining Face Brush and Mask Tool ($5): This tool has made masking so much easier. Honestly, I get lazy and reluctant about applying masks because if it’s a rinse-off mask, the application gets pretty messy. This fixes that problem, and so I’ve gotten better about masking regularly. I don’t care much for the pore refining brush and don’t ever see myself using it, but this product is so affordable that only having one usable side isn’t a big deal to me.
  2. YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Black ($32): Honestly, this isn’t anything groundbreaking for me. But I’ve had a streak of really mediocre mascaras in the last year, and this one grew on me because it actually lengthens my lashes and does hold a curl for a while. I got a deluxe size of this as part of one of those Sephora mascara sampler packs, so I didn’t know the price. Knowing it now and unable to find any information on how much product you get for $32, I’m not too keen on purchasing a full size of this.
  3. Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Blaze (0.074 oz, $5): I’ve actually had this for a while, but didn’t really bust it out until recently. This shadow, a coco bronze sprinkled with multi-dimensional glitter, is part of the Where The Light Is quad (4 shadows, $18) from Colourpop’s collaboration with KathleenLights. I’ve never been disappointed with Colourpop shadows, and I’m glad I finally put this shade to use. The bronze color keeps it very wearable for day-to-day, and the glitter adds a little extra something that keeps this from being a typical bronze. My favorite look with this shadow is a standard warm crease shade, Blaze all over the lids, applied with finger tips, and a darker matte brown smoked out in the outer edges of the eye. With whatever product I have left on my fingers, I smudge Blaze through my lower lash line.

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    This swatch doesn’t do the shadow any justice, but you can see that it’s very pigmented!
  4. Men’s Tees at Marshalls ($7.99 each): Last month, I was obsessed with digging through the men’s section of Marshalls for graphic-tee treasures. I had two favorites, both of which I’ve already worn every opportunity I get: (1) a Pulp Fiction tee, and (2) a plain white tee with a little french bulldog patch on the top left corner.
  5. Abercrombie & Fitch Lace-Trim Cami ($28): Since this was first released, I’ve kept it on my radar so I could buy it at first discount. I bought two, one in black and one in olive, for $16.80 each. They’re great as layering pieces, and I can see myself wearing these in so many different outfits. The straps are also adjustable, and the lace is so very pretty. The only concern would probably be that they’re pretty sheer, so lighter colors could be see-through.
  6. Abercrombie & Fitch Cropped Wide-Leg Pants in Black ($58): First of all, I want to say very proudly that I got these for a steal at $17.40 with a couple of discounts, and I love them already after wearing them only once. I actually wore these with the previous item, the lace-trim cami in olive, and my mules that I featured in last month’s favorites, for a laid-back yet still put together look.
  7. C9 French Terry Jogger in Light Grey ($22.99): I had never been planning to purchase these, but at the beginning of September, I traveled to Upstate New York extremely unprepared for the chillier weather. For some reason, I saw that the weather would be in the high 50s to low 60s and interpreted that as sundress-and-shorts weather. Not really sure what I was thinking, but as soon as I saw these at the local Target I grabbed them without even trying them on first. Despite being an impulsive purchase, I have enjoyed wearing these, even after coming back from my trip. They’re extremely soft and not too baggy. For a quality pair of sweats, these are at a pretty good price point. I only wish they had my size in the darker grey, since that would’ve been my color preference.
  8. Little Evil (out on Netflix): This is branded as a horror comedy, and is something of a parody of The Omen, but really, there wasn’t much horror in it besides the premise itself. Adam Scott (from Parks and Rec) plays Gary Bloom, who marries the woman of his dreams, but his stepson may be the Antichrist. Adam Scott is great in this role, but the supporting cast, specifically the group of stepdads from Gary’s support group, really make the movie. Watching this inspired me to watch the director Eli Craig’s previous movie, Dale and Tucker vs. Evil, which was also hilarious, and I’m excited to see more horror comedies from him.
  9. The Strain, season 4 (on FX): The Strain is a horror drama about vampires that are created through a virus, and a ragtag group of protagonists that come together to fight these strigoi, as vampires are known in the show. It isn’t the most well-written show out there, and I still don’t understand the showrunners’ obsession with the possible redemption of one possibly evil, psychopathic character (if you watch this show, you know who I’m talking about), but I’ve always found the world of The Strain and most of its characters worth watching. I had been slightly disappointed with season three, but the fourth and final season did not disappoint, and I really liked how the show explored the effects of a complete strigoi takeover of society. I was also satisfied with the ending to the series, as it was very fitting of the show and its characters.

What are some of your favorites this month?

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HAUL | Beauty Gems at Marshalls

Last week, I went to Marshalls to pick up a few home and kitchen items I needed. As always, I got distracted by the rest of the items available at the store, and, this time, ended up sucked into the beauty section. They’ve always had some pretty good stuff there at discounted prices, like Crabtree & Evelyn or The Body Shop, but in just a couple months since I last went, Marshalls went and became a treasure trove for discounted, higher-end beauty items!

Click through to see what I got and a price comparison chart for the products 🙂

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