Hauls are always so much fun for me to read/watch. I guess I am just a little bit curious to see what other people are interested in, what might be new out there, older products I maybe haven’t heard of and, let’s face it, I love to see people’s reactions to products. Shopping always gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, but make up shopping is a whole other ball game. I know I am not alone, but just seeing all of the pretty colours and the magical things make up can do is so fun. Before moving out, I did get to do a little bit of online shopping at, you guessed it, Sephora but I also bought few other bits from OMG Nail Strips (speaking of, awesome new product on their website* – check it out!).
First and foremost, I got my super exciting Nars birthday gift. Being VIB Rouge at Sephora, I received both Nars lippies and a black liner. I am not hurting for black liners, but I haven’t tried this liner (I believe it is the Larger Than Life Longwear in Via Veneto) yet so it could be amazingly mind-blowingly different. For the two lippies, I already own the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien from a 2014 500 point perk (I think…) which also came with the liner. I promptly gave the liner away since, at the time, I had so many to go through. The Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella is what I had my eye on when this gift was announced. Natalie received this in January when we went shopping and every time she wears it, it looks so amazing on her! I hope I love it just as much on me.
Speaking of Sephora perks, I got try out a Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème for 100 points. I believe it is an entirely new line of lipsticks but don’t quote me on that. This one in particular is in the colour Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which doesn’t really blow me away. With a very velvety finish though, and a hydrating formula, I am glad I got it. Luxury lippies are always lots of fun to try out – hence why I have so many minis. Marc Jacobs in itself is a fantastic brand that I plan to take a close look at very soon.
Ok, onto actual purchases. As an oily girl, I frequently need a bit of touching up during the day. I like to use the Clean and Clear oil absorbing sheets (which last an incredible amount of time since there are about 50 in a pack) but thought it may be time to try something new. I have heard so many good things about the Sephora brand blotting papers and these Vitamin C blotting papers were on sale on Sephora’s website for $5, so I figured it would be a good time to give them a try. Honestly, I don’t know whether the Vitamin C factor will actually do anything special but $5 for 100 papers can’t be beat.
While in the sale section, I saw the Urban Decay Ammo palette complete with a mini Urban Decay Primer potion for only $20. As you may know from my previous empties post, I had a sample of the Primer Potion and instantly decided to purchase. Phenomenal staying power is the words I would use to describe this stuff. The mini Primer Potion is $14, so for only an extra $6, I got a palette? Sign me up. I can finally start to use my new eye shadows without fear so you will be seeing this again soon I am sure! Unfortunately, the deal is no longer available.
Samples and sales and mini’s are obviously my favourite things so there is no shock that I checked out the travel sized section at Sephora. I am all about trying different things and having options, so having a mini product to use just means I can try more things more often. Primers are another product that I really have a whole lot of from ipsy bags, Sephora samples or value packs over the years, but I recently made a pretty important discovery. All these years, I could never find a good foundation match. I always thought it was just because I am so pale, or I am more yellow-toned and things just didn’t match. I knew that I had some discolouration in my face, but I never realized that a bit of green would completely fix my issues. I have a green Maybelline Cover Stick Corrector concealer that I have been using thus far to cover discolouration, but it can be heavy especially on my cheeks. So, though I am not a fan of the original, I picked up the Smashbox Photofinish Color Correcting primer. No, I haven’t tried it yet. I am almost done 2 of the opened primers in my drawer which will promptly be replaced by this so I can give it a good try. I am so excited!
Again, scouring that travel sized beauty section, I came across this Ole Henriksen Clean Truth Cleansing Duo. Since my last haul, I have fallen madly, deeply, truly in love with the Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths. These are meant to be oil free and pore refining, but I mostly notice how exfoliating these bad boys are. My face feels so clean and so good after using these, but they are not an every day thing. Being a bit of a hoarder, I promptly looked up what other wipes the brand had and the price. I was hoping and praying I hadn’t just fallen for an extremely expensive product that will only last a month. Amazingly, the brand has several different wipes and several different packages to choose from and for only $19-$22 for 30. The package I received comes with a 10 pack of the Clean Truth Cleansing clothes which are meant to be brightening as well as the African Red Tea foaming cleanser. I am very excited to give these a try as well as the other wipes I am sure to purchase in the future.
Onto the amazing OMG Nail Strips I got. If you recall, around the end of December, I raved about OMG Nail Strips, specifically how long they lasted and how easy they were to remove with nail polish remover. No fuss and no mess but all the cuteness. There are a hundred and one designs from cute little patterns to unique and adorable and intricate artwork. With no shipping cost internationally, and an amazing 5 for $25 deal, I picked up 5 more designs that I am crazy about. I am bursting at the seams to put them all on, especially the amazingly cute nautical design, In The Navy*.
From left to right:
In The Navy*
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little haul. Just a reminder that my Deborah Lippmann Glitter Polish draw ends TOMORROW (Feb 28th, 2015) so enter if you’re interested.
Til next time, ttfn x
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