Archive for the ‘Hauls’ Category
A very small haul, mainly skin care and some small things. I wanted to wait until my MAC purchases came in, but I’ll just put that in a later post. I’m going to focus more on the skin care items that I purchased because they’re my current favorite items these past few weeks.
Lumene is a Nordic brand with a wide variety of skin care and cosmetics. Their skin care is sectioned off in age ranges.
I really like the cleanser – it doesn’t leave my skin all dry and tight, yet my skin feels clean and smooth. Those beauty drops in the far right are my favorite! I put this on before my moisturizer and it leaves my skin matte and helps my moisturizer absorb into my skin much faster. It also leaves my skin super smooth. As for the Time Freeze serum, I use that at night and apply it before I use my night cream. Its really soothing and it gives off a slight cooling sensation. I have noticed a difference in my skin. My skin has less dry patches (around my cheeks), it isn’t as oily (especially in the t-zone!) as it was before and my skin looks brighter and my skin’s texture has been much smoother. Plus, these items are very affordable, so go and give this line a look.
Ok, I know that there a lot of people out there who like the YesTo line. But honestly, I don’t really see what the hype is all about. This eye gel is the only product I have from this line and I wasn’t impressed. It cost US$15 and that isn’t including tax for that small thing. Yes, I know that eye products are a little more on the pricier side, but really, this is worth its price. It gave a cooling sensation, but that faded quickly after a few seconds. As it was absorbing, my eye area felt sticky and uncomfortable. It took long to sink in. I didn’t really see an improvement in my eye area. The Hanwoong Collagen Hydro Eyepatch worked much better than this and it cost much cheaper. Sorry YesTo lovers, but I not going to purchase anything else from this line. I’m just going to stick with Olay, Roc, Laneige and Shiseido.
I didn’t want to purchase any Jesse’s Girl products because I thought that they were too glittery for me. I’m not a big fan of shimmer and glitter as much as I used to be, but these colors were really nice and I couldn’t resist! And what I liked about them the most?
Look how packed it is – its crazy! But the new pots have a sifter now, so its not as packed as this one – but less messy.
You can’t really see here, but when you look at different angles, you see different colors. I especially love Sunlit Cactus! It has beautiful green and olive specs in it – gorgeous! These work wonderfully as highlighters and as blending colors.
Along with the pigments/shadows, I purchased Pretige eyeliners from there Smooth Minerals line. These pencils glide on very nicely and they don’t tug on your eyelid. I also got some MAC pigment samples and purchased an eyeliner brush from Stars Makeup Haven. Its nice and pretty thin, but I haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet. Also, I bought the Olay Quench with the gradual tanner, but it’s not doing much for me. The TREsemme 24 Hour Body finishing spray is crap – total BS! It didn’t even hold my style all day, and my hair became flat after a few hours. I wouldn’t buy this again. Hopefully I can start doing some makeup looks here soon and thanks everyone for viewing and/or commenting! I hope you like my mini haul and reviews. Bye lovelies! ♥
Hey dearies! Here’s the haul post I promised. Nothing big, but I just wanted to share what I bought and if there’s anything you would like to know, or if maybe you want a review on a certain product, let me know!
What I purchased:
– Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
– Merlot Grapeseed Moisturizer
– Storage Cups (Great for use with pigments and mixing medium)
– Makeup Remover Towelettes
– Highlighting Brush (Stippling Brush)
– Smudge Eyeshadow Brush
– Makeup Removing & Cleansing Sponges
– Black & White Eyeliner
– Clear Top Coat Nail Polish
– Eyeshadow in Rich Vanilla
– B23 All Purpose Brush
– B12 Crease Brush
– B15 Smokie Brush
– 2 Felt Tip Eyeliner Pens in Jet Black & Dark Brown
– CB05 Rouge Cream Blush in Glow
– Get Even in #02
– Erase Paste in #02
– “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer
Let’s start with skin care first.
I am absolutely in love with these two items. I used the mask for about 3 days, and my pores have significantly gotten smaller! LOVE! I really like the moisturizer too – it absorbs into skin really quick, and you don’t even need that much on your face. I’m going to be writing more about this in my next post.
Sonia Kashuk Highlighting Brush
This is a really good brush, and by looking at the caption I put yes – I do use this for mineral makeup as well. This is because I find that it really evens out the application. For example, sometimes I put too much on my forward and chin, I would swirl this brush around and the synthetic white fibers would take away the excess. Very soft, and great for cream blushes and liquid/cream foundation. Its not flimsy either, which is also good.
Benefit “That Gal”
I’ve always wanted to try this because I really liked the packaging. Plus, I’ve never seen a pink primer (my Bare Escentuals one is clear) before. Actually, after I bought this, I found a similar primer at Target by I think the brand was Pixi (?) – I don’t remember, I have to check back on that.
Benefit “Get Even” & “Erase Paste”
Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with Erase Paste – I thought it was a little bigger. I don’t think this was worth 28 dollars, really. Nonetheless, its really creamy and works fairly well. Get Even is very smooth and does not appear chalky.
Now onto my NYX products! 🙂 Here’s the package it came in.
I do appreciate that they take care of their items, because I know my products would be in top condition when it reaches me. I’m from California and I believe NYX is located in L.A., and it took about a week and a few days to arrive.
Okay, now with the brushes. I was a bit disappointed because a lot of the things on their website (including swatches) don’t look the same as they do in person. So I do recommend to anyone who has not tried NYX and want to order, do go look around for swatches before ordering anything. Also, for their eyeshadows, anything that has the name “HOT” before it – watch out, it can be a bit chalky. Anyway, the B23 All Purpose brush was shown to be much shorter and I was planning to use it with the pencil technique. But it wasn’t flat enough for my taste, though it still works. The B15 Smokie brush was too fat and full to be a pencil brush, so I’m going to be using that for blending instead. The B12 crease brush is perfect for my eyes and it fits perfectly into my crease. So I recommend the crease brush.
I use the Sonia Kashuk brush with the cream blush and it works great. I don’t even need a ton – just one dab into that blush and I’m good for both cheeks! The blush highly pigmented so anyone who wants to try out NYX’s cream blushes, do use a light hand and gradually build the color. I really recommend buying “Glow” because it will give you that nice natural rosy flush. I also adore the pen liner – its way better than the L’Oréal one (IMO) and its really rich in color. Great to put in your purse or travel bag.
So, that’s it for this haul! I’m not going to talk about the other things I bought since there’s really not much to say about it. I also ordered some things from Stars Makeup Haven (I bought my palettes from there!) and I was planning to order from E.L.F (this would be my first time puchasing their stuff!). I was interested in their Studio brushes (I’m a brush fanatic – so don’t mind me, haha) and I was looking at some things and I’m not sure what to buy. So any recommendations would be awesome, thanks! ♥
Next post would probably be a haul about the Benefit items I purchased as well as the Merlot moisturizer, so do look out for that! Hope you have a great day and weekend (for those who’s last day of school is today), and take care!
I finished reposting blog posts from my old blog and I wasn’t supposed to post until next week, but I got my package today and I wanted to share what I have. Nothing much, but I wanted to try out this haul thing and see if I want to continue with it. Below are some of the things I purchased (everything I bought isn’t in the picture because I was lazy to gather everything, haha).
– Clinique Moisture Surge
– Bare Escentuals (Bare Vitamins) Prime Time
– Urban Decay XL Eyeshadow Primer Potion
– Milani Brow Fix in Medium
– Witch Hazel Toner For Face & Body
– Olay Warming Deep Purifying Cleanser (Love this!)
– Olay 2-in-1 Cleanser and Pore Refiner
– N.Y.C. Sparkle Shadows in Champagne and Pink Champagne
– Smudge Brush by Sonia Kashuk (Similar to the 219 but smaller)
– Fan Blender Brush
– Super Small Angle Shader Brush
– 2 Eyeshadow Palettes
The only eyeshadows I’ve used are from Clinique, Benefit and a few drugstore brands. I usually don’t use palettes since I know I won’t be using all of the colors, but I kind of wanted to try them out before I start purchasing the Yaby palettes or MAC Pro palettes since they are pricey. A friend of mines had a palette before me and I’ve used it a few times. I did like it so I decided to finally purchase some of my own so I don’t have to borrow from my friend anymore, lol. I bought two palettes – the 88 Matte/Satin Palette (US$19) and the 88 Ultra Shimmer Palette (US$23). I wanted to get the 96 Palette, but there were colors that I liked in the 88 more, so I decided to purchase it instead.
I ordered these palettes from Stars Makeup Haven because I actually heard and read some things about Coastal Scents, and I don’t really want to deal with any of it. Plus, The palettes are cheaper on SMH! They both came in a matte box cover and both palettes had a shiny finish to them (I was hoping they were matte because I hate seeing fingerprints, but meh). Everything was in tact and nothing was broken and I was happy that they added extra bubble wrap (as I asked them too) because it didn’t come in a box as you can see in the first picture above. I didn’t want to do any swatches since I know these have been around for quite sometime already.
I also got a free sample! It’s called, “Smoke And Mirrors” and its a nice satin-shimmery type of black. Its really pretty and it actually looks a bit similar to the black in the 88 Shimmer Palette. So I have a back up for that and I don’t have to use the one in the palette just yet. Sweet.