Wednesday, February 16, 2011

First Post - HAUL

Hello beauty lovers! I'm so excited to finally have my own blog for my Youtube account! I'll be posting hauls, reviews, swatches and anything beauty, hair and style related! So to start off my blog, I thought I'd post a huge haul that I've collected from over the past few months.

So the very first thing is this Cargo Catwalk palette I received for my 18th Birthday!

I really adore this palette! It comes with six eye shadows, four smokey-eye shadows, two bronzers and three blushes. On the inside of the case comes a guide to creating the perfect smokey eye (which I have yet to use). I adore that the powders are pressed to look like objects. The six eye shadows on the side are buttons and the blushes and bronzers are scarves. As you can tell, I have used this palette quite a bit, especially the smokey eye browbone colour.

The eyeshadows actually have no names. They're simply labeled as 1, 2, 3 etc. The smokey palette is called Essential Palette (Grey). The blushes do have names, the are: The Big Easy, Rome and Topeka. The bronzers in between are Medium. I don't really understand why they would add 2 of the same bronzers.

The next item is the Nivea Visage Refreshing Toner for Normal to Combination skin. I really like this toner! It wasn't too expensive, about $9-12 and it will last me for a while.

I found that I've been reaching for my LashBlast very often lately and that I ran out of it quicker than I thought! So I stopped by my drugstore and bought another Waterproof LashBlack. Unfortunately my mom was rushing me and I just grabbed the nearest one, later to find the colour was Black Brown. :C I had to go back and exchange it for Black. Now, normally I would have tried the Black Brown but I was too much of a chicken and I like my black mascara too much.

A few weeks ago I was talking with my co-worker about my crappy and extreme skin and it turns out she has the same skin as I do! She recommended La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche Soothing Protective Cream and I just had to jump on this product! I visited my local Shoppers Drug-Mart and was surprised to find the product was indeed $30. I was a bit hesitant about buying it because it was so much money for so little product! Only 40 ml which is not a lot at-all! But I bought the product anyway and was very happy with it. Along with it I received a few La Roche-Posay samples but I'll post about them later.

 I recently ran out of my CoverGirl Fresh Complexion concealer that I would wear as a foundation (don't shoot me, I have my reasons!) and that one lasted me a good few months but I was ready to move on to something a bit more serious and more... foundation-y. So I bought the L'Oreal True Match Foundation in Shell Beige. A sales associate applied the foundation onto my bare skin at Shoppers and of course, they have the worst lighting ever so it looked like my exact shade the next day when I did my foundation, it was not my colour at-all! So of course I went back and decided to exchange it for a completely different foundation instead. I chose the Maybelline Age Rewind (you can start early!) Foundation in 150 Classic Ivory. I was helped by another sales associate and this time got the exact colour!

I just love a great deal, like any other girl, so naturally I just had to dig through the discount shelf at Shoppers where a lot of Gosh makeup was on sale! There was this beautiful medium blue eyeshadow on sale and I was going to snag it but honestly, I never wear blue and it was too pretty to just sit around in my makeup collection so I left it. Instead I found this beautiful medium Taupe nail polish called 596 Miss Mole. I just fell in love and have hopefully found something to inspire me to stop biting my nails! But the best part was that it was on sale from $7 to $3! $4 off! I don't like spending $10 on nail polishes so to have found something on sale for $3 was a major win for me.

This mascara was a gift from a friend. She went to a fashion show for her friend's birthday (great idea!) and got a ton of freebies and decided to give me the Maybelline Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara. So nice!

The next thing is the Physicians Formula Organic Wear pressed powder in Sand Beige. It comes in a cute cardboard-like container with the powder on one side and a mirror and brush on the other. This cost me about $6 at Winners so I just had to snag it! It offers great coverage but does get a little powdry.

This powder foundation was also on-sale for about $2.50 and it's the Annabelle Mineral Powder Foundation in Natural Ivory. My mom actually got this for herself but I have a special way of using it. C;

About a month and a half ago I ordered from the Makeup Geek store! I paid $38 (with shipping) for my entire purchase. I got two brushes, the C411 Pointed Blender and an angled bronzer/blush brush. I also ordered two Nyx lipsticks in Power and Sash. I also ordered the Palladio Eye Ink liquid liner in black and the Nyx cream blush in Boho Chic. (Images of the Liner and lipsticks are next!)

I've been slightly obsessed with lipsticks lately and so I bought 4. Two are fro MAC and two from Nyx (which I just talked about). The two MAC lipsticks are Myth (Satin) and Fast Play (Amplified). I bought Fast Play for my mom because she had this Clinique lipstick she loved but ran out of and so since MAC has just a great collection of lipsticks, I wanted her to get a similar one to her Clinique one.

I also got a Bonnebell LipLUSHous gloss in Strawberry Kiss. This was a random buy because I don't usually opt for brands like Bonnebell or Annabelle but I saw it, thought it was a cute colour and just grabbed it. Apparently it's a lip plumping gloss but I don't notice a difference, just makes my lips tingly.

Here are some swatches of the lipsticks and gloss! From the top we have Sash, Power, Myth, Fast Play and Strawberry Kiss. These swatches are not completely true to colour.

I'm not much of an eyeliner girl, but I thought I would try some liners for my top lid. The first eyeliner is the Maybelline Eye Studio in Blackest Black. It retails for about $10.99 I believe. The second is the Palladio Eye Ink in Black from Makeup Geek that was $6. The last is the Rimmel London Soft Kohl eyeliner in 011 Sable Brown which was a birthday gift as-well so I dunno how much it retails for.

I ordered from Sephora a few months ago and with my order came a bunch of samples! I got the Getaway pack plus three extra samples. Some are missing because I used them and threw out the containers -_-. Oops. So I got a Smashbox Limitless eyeliner in Onyx, the Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel, Make Up Forever lipstick in Rouge (a very bright pink), Caudalie Pulpe Vitaminee 1st Wrinkle Eye Cream, Tarte MultiplEYE lash enhancing mascara, Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Lorac lip gloss in 3D, Sephora Advanced Lash Booster mascara in Black, Sephora eyeshadow in Peach Beige number 13, Shiseido Benefiance Concentrate Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream, and Sephora eyeshadow samples in Milestone number 17, Golden Girl number 50, Swimming Pool number 37 and Fame and Fortune number 43. I also received the Philosophy Hope oil-free daily moisturizer (forgot to put it into the first picture).

I also received these extra samples from Shoppers Drug-Mart during my many trips there. I got the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP Body Balm, Nuxe Gentle Pureness Gentle Purifying and Clarifying Mask, Two NeoStrata Smoothing Cream Level 1, Biotherm Skin-Ergetic, Nuxe Moisturizing Balancing Emulsion and two La Roche-Posay Nutritic Transforming Care for Dry Skin.

And last but not least, I randomly bought this Almay Facial Soap for Normal to Combination Skin for $1.

So there you have it! My ridiculously large haul of random stuff! If you would like a review or swatch on any of these products, please drop me a comment below or email and I will be happy to make one!

Hope you're well and happy!