Black Friday haul, pt 1.5

Hi friends! I know what you’re thinking — another Black Friday haul? Technically, most of this isn’t Black Friday purchases (only two things are) but I figured I might as well clump them all together anyway.

As you might know, I had some issues with my Black Friday purchases not coming in time for me to blog about them all at the same time, which was somewhat frustrating.

The ones that took the longest (but traveled the shortest distance, ironically enough) were the OFRA goodies I wrote about last Thursday, but the last goodies to arrive were the e.l.f. goodies you see here.

So anyway, enough chatter and let’s get to it!

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Let’s start with the actual Black Friday purchases, shall we? I got the e.l.f. lip exfoliator in Sweet Cherry, because I’ve been a fan of their original exfoliator for ages now and am down to half a tube of it, so I figured it was time to stock up. I was surprised to see that the packaging and the formula is quite different from the old one, and in a good way, too! The original formula had much bigger pieces in it that could sometimes rub your lips a tad too raw, and the new one is much softer but still does the work. Plus the scent is just yummy!

Along with that, I got the HD Undereye Setting Powder after seeing in a KathleenLights video that it’s a dupe for the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. The e.l.f. powder allegedly used to have glitter particles in it that Kathleen didn’t like, but her viewers told her that they reformulated it without glitter, and I figured that this was the perfect time to try it out! I haven’t used it so far, but I’ll report back when I do!

Moving on! I recently received a coupon for 20% at Ulta and I had racked up a few points I could use to get a few dollars off, so I went and picked up the Batiste dry shampoo in the Floral Essence scent, as well as a NYX Matte Lipstick in the color Merlot!

If you’re wondering what those makeup wipes are and why the hell I’ve decided to share them in a haul, worry not. The reason I wanted to tell you guys about these is because they cost 96 cents!!! YES, REALLY. And for 96 cents, I was expecting a crappy product, but let me tell you, these are just as good as any other brand wipes I’ve tried, so I’m very happy with this discovery. Granted, my skin isn’t sensitive so this isn’t a concern for me, so keep that in mind before you run out to Walmart!

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Then I had a bit of a cheeky Sephora purchase, mainly an excuse to use that coupon that Sephora gave us VIBs for 20 dollars off a purchase of $50 or more. I got the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in the color Always Red, after seeing Emily Fox rave about it on her channel multiple times! Once I got it, I realized it’s basically a dupe for Kat Von D’s liquid lipstick in Underage Red (as is the NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Kitten Heels, which I just got last week). What can I say? I’m easily tempted and I sometimes forget to check for dupes. But hey, at least now I know I have enough dupes in my collection to do a post about it!

The big item I got at Sephora with this order was the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, which I saw good reviews about and am always interested in, considering my eternal struggle with oily skin! I haven’t tried it yet, but you’ll definitely be hearing about it when I do. (Also, is it just me or are all of their names total tongue twisters?)

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You think I’ve forgotten, but I promise I was just saving the best for last! The last bit of this haul is the newest member of my merry MAC family — Whirl! After hearing everyone and their mother rave about this shade (particularly Lucie), I knew I had to have it, so when my aunt got me a shade I already own for my birthday present, I took the chance to exchange it for Whirl instead, and I am so glad I did! This baby looks beautiful on and I love it more than I can explain.

So here we have swatches for Always Red, Merlot and Whirl, from left to right. And with that, we have come to the end of this very wordy post, and I’m going to leave you, until my next extremely wordy post on Thursday.

Don’t forget to let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Black Friday haul, part 1

Hi my loves! Here I am, after unexpectedly taking a few days off my blog (aka not setting time aside to write new posts and having to work too many days last week).

It’s a little late, but since I’m just now getting my Black Friday purchases, the next two posts will be all about that! I’m still waiting for a few more purchases and the next post will be way longer than this one, but I couldn’t wait to share these goodies with you guys!

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Up first, we have this gorgeous baby and the reason I was even on the Ulta website in the first place! This is the Lorac Love, Lust & Lace matte eye shadow palette, which I got for a whopping 12 bucks! Considering that this has one less shade than Naked Basics and cost less than half the price of that one, this one was for sure I steal!

I wanted to get something small that I could easily travel with, but I know I need more matte shadows and I figured this fit the bill perfectly on both accounts. The colors are very simple but very versatile, and that grey looks so much more beautiful in person than it did on the website!

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The second part of my Ulta purchase was two of the (fairly) new NYX Liquid Suede cream lipsticks. I got the colors Vintage (on the left) and Kitten Heels (on the right) and let me just say, I love Vintage so much more than I was expecting to!

They both look beautiful and they dry to a nice matte but they’re not totally drying (not transfer proof either). I can’t wait to see how they wear throughout the day!

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As a bonus, here’s a selfie of me wearing Vintage! I couldn’t resist putting it on when it came in the mail and I really love how it looks, it’s so vampy and perfect for fall and it’s such a unique color to boot! I really love it!

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Lastly, we have theBalm Cosmetics’ Meet Matt(e) Hughes liquid lipstick in Devoted (left) and Sentimental (right). I know I already have like ten different lipsticks that look just like these, but after trying out the lipstick I got in my ipsy the other day at work, I couldn’t resist their Black Friday sale!

These are probably one of the best liquid lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried (and that’s saying a lot). They dry to a complete matte and they’re 100% transfer proof once dry, but after wearing it for more than seven hours, they get a little uncomfortable and crumble a bit on the inside of my lips. No lipstick is perfect, but these are pretty damn close!

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And f0r some swatches, we have Vintage, Kitten Heels, Sentimental and Devoted (from top to bottom). If you’re judging me for buying two red liquid lipsticks, at least you can see that Devoted is way more of a pinky red than Kitten Heels!

So there’s part one of my Black Friday haul! Tune in on Thursday to see what I got in part two, if everything shows up in time…

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Mini NYX haul: last one, I promise

Okay, so I know I said I was starting my No Spend July early, but this one I couldn’t possibly pass up. See, the other day, I walked into Ulta with my friend Erika thinking I wouldn’t spend any money, that I’d be good and leave my wallet in the car, and as soon as we drove up, we saw giant signs proclaiming that NYX was 40% off that day.

How could I resist?

So I did my best to be good and not go over the top, and I only spent ten dollars! But I did get stuff I needed or didn’t have any of and stuff I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

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So here’s what I got:

  • First up, we have the Dark Circle Concealer. I heard mixed reviews about this but since I haven’t found any concealers I love and I mostly need it for my dark circles, I figured it was worth a shot! I haven’t tried it out first but when I do I will definitely let you guys know.
  • Then I got the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. I heard from a lot of people that it’s a really good eyeshadow base to make your eyeshadow look more pigmented and for colors to pop more so I figured it would be a good staple in my makeup bag!
  • Lastly, I got a double pencil sharpener since I have a lot of pencil eyeliner and lip liners that remained unsharpened… but not anymore!

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Here’s a swatch of the Jumbo Eye Pencil! As you can see, it’s a pretty stark white, especially considering this is just one swipe and I didn’t lay it on to thick.

After this, I promise I’m done. To be fair, I bought these things on June 30th!

Is anyone else trying a No Spend July? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to follow me on instagram and twitter!

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Slightly belated June favorites

Hi guys! How’s everyone doing? I’ve been really busy so I’ve been slacking a bit with my blog this past week, but I’m posting this today and scheduling two more posts for the upcoming week to tide us over until things calm down a bit! That being said, while I’ve had this blog for two months now (two months today, actually, happy month-aversary to me!), I’ve never done a monthly favorites post before. So here’s my first ever monthly favorites post!

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Here we have:

  • Ben Nye Luxury Powder in the color Buff: I use this mainly to set my under eye concealer, and I really like how it feels! I’ve noticed some creasing but I’m not sure if that’s the powder or my concealer, so I don’t want to discard this one quite yet.
  • NYX Roll On Shimmer in Salmon: This is actually something I’ve had for a long time now but I just recently rediscovered it and it had to make my favorites list! On days where I don’t feel like spending a lot of time on my eyeshadow, this is perfect to dab on and make my look shimmery and sparkly!
  • MAC Lipstick in Impassioned: You may have seen me rave about this for one of my 30 days of lipstick posts, and it’s the first lipstick that I thought of when I was trying to pick a favorite for this month. It’s a lovely color, stays forever and will probably become a staple in my collection.
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner: I got this in my ipsy a few months ago and I picked it up a few weeks ago because I was working (and still am) on using up all the samples I’ve received. I love wearing it alone or underneath makeup and if it weren’t $45 dollars for a full sized one I would totally buy it!
  • 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment: This is also something else I only picked up to go through all my samples but I’ve been loving it lately! When I actually have the time to wash and dry my hair, I spritz this on before blowdrying and I’ve found it really helps!
  • Nourish Organic Face Cleanser: I didn’t like this at first because of the smell, but after a month of using it every day, I actually barely notice it anymore! The best part is, my face does feel a lot better and I’ve had a lot less breakouts as well.
  • Simple Cleansing Micellar Water: Almost everyone I follow recommended this to me, and boy am I glad to have checked it out! I love using it to take off my makeup or just to give my face a nice, clean feel. It actually works really well to remove my eye makeup, and it just makes my face feel super clean and hydrated!

So here we have my June favorites! What made your list this month? As always, let me know what you thought and don’t forget to follow me on instagram and twitter!

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