[ ♡ ] Black Friday Haul – Part 2

Ok onward! I dropped by Forever21 and picked up a few things. I did not want to try on clothes because again, no spectacular deals. I got a silver necklace for my traditional outfit for our new year. And then I just got to envelope clutches in brown and red. These I’ve been searching for because they are a good deal, they’re only $10 each!

Then we drove across the street to Ulta where again, they had some good beauty deals.
First I picked up a deslick from Urban decay to try it out.

So far I’m not loving it. I don’t feel like it does anything to hold the oil at bay.

Next I got this benefit blush duo in Throb and Georgia.

They’re full sized, discontinued and really good deal! Each blush on its own is almost $30 so two for $20 is a good enough deal for me. I actually want shades like this. I don’t really want the popular benefit shades like bella bamba and coralista because I have so much pink and coral but I do want odd shades like dandelion and these two. Throb is a purply mauve and Georgia is a light peach which is so pretty!

Then I got this Stila waterproof liner set for $10.

Its in koi and silver dollar and they’re really nice. The gold one has extreme staying power!

And then they had the Smashbox mini primer on sale for $9 so I picked one up.

They’re usually $16 for the small bottle. Here I have it pictured next to my big 1 oz one so you can see the difference in size. I bought this because mine is almost out and I started using MUFE’s HD primer but I’m not loving it so I decided to get this one just in case I end up really hating the MUFE one and have no more primer.

And that’s it for my makeup haul! Here’s a shot of everything!

I did get some Christmas things from Walmart for wrapping and some other little stuff like gifts but that’s most of my Black Friday Haul. I’m reconsidering how early I go next year because I was disappointed with the sales this year.

Bonus: I picked up 10 elf brushes from the new year over the weekend. I just figured, I need them and there’s no shipping cost so why not?

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ ] Black Friday 2011 Haul – Part 1

I have to break this up into two parts because I bought so much so bear with me. I feel like the deals this year were not as good as other years. I was really disappointed in my usual spots and their deals. Like I usually love target deals on black Friday but I feel like they weren’t good enough this year. I usually get dvds and small electronic accessories at Target’s black Friday sale but I didn’t see much I liked this year. They had a lot of dvds but not too many good titles and most for $5 instead of the usual $2.99. And they didn’t have a lot of good TV Dvd sets either. I was going to complete my collection and pick up the office season 6 but they didn’t have it on sale. They had Gossip Girl season 3 but I hated seaons 3 so much that I decided not to buy it. I did get modern family season 1 & 2 though for $12.99 a piece.

I also got some Christmas gifts. I got some thermals and pjs for my kid cousin:

And then I was going to get Christmas décor and accessories but they didn’t have anything that matched my theme this year which is white, gold, silver and pale blue. I wanted a predominantly white wrapping paper but couldn’t find any so I left without Christmas stuff.

I did get a nice 8gig memory card for about $10 so that was a good deal. And I got my boyfriend’s MW3 game but that wasn’t on sale. Overall I was disappointed in Target sales this year.

Then we went to a mall close by that opens at 12 am and I was surprised to find H&M was open. I researched like a crazy woman this year to see when stores would be opening on Black Friday but I thought most news said H&M wouldn’t open until 5 so I almost skipped this mall because I only wanted to come this mall for H&M. I’m glad I didn’t but I didn’t get much. Again the deals were sparse. They had a few racks of $10 items but nothing spectacular. My mission on black Friday is usually to only shop deals because otherwise why would I wake up in the middle of the night after 1.5 hours of sleep to shop? If I wanted things regularly priced I could shop anytime. Which is why I didn’t spend much time in H&M because again, not too many deals. I just picked up a scarf for myself and some gifts for more cousins.

I got the scarf for regular price at $12.99 but I really like the color and wideness of it. I can wrap it around my shoulders as well and not just my neck!

Then we went to gap and old navy where I picked up a few more baby gifts for cousins. After that we left the mall and went to a further away mall where stores were just beginning to open up. Here I found a few more deals but again, not too many exciting ones.

We went through JCP doors so I got this little snowglobe that they give out every year.

I also picked up a few gifts as well but I won’t be showing those in case people read this post lol.

Next I went to two sephoras, one inside JCP and one in the main mall area. The beauty deals this year were actually the best deals I’ve found, mostly because its unusual. I’ve never known sephora to do beauty sales on black Friday, usually they just give you a free tote bag or something with your order. This year they had a 10 for $10 deal which is actually misleading. It makes it sound like you get 10 things for $10 but its actually 10 items on sale for $10 each. The weird thing is that the main Sephora in the mall had all the things listed online as part of the $10 deal and then the Sephora inside JCP had only some of those things plus a few other random things for $10 which turned out to be great because I was able to pick up a lot more beauty deals for just $10.

Here’s my makeup stash!

Here are some of my $10 deals. I got this little three piece Benefit set to try out. I don’t have any benefit products so I wanted to try these out especially the Hoola bronzer because it’s supposed to be matte and not shimmery.

I’ve actually tried two of these already. The bronzer is really nice but sort of dark. And then I’ve tried the mascara before from a sample back years ago and wasn’t crazy about it so we’ll see how I like it now after I try it again.

I also got a smashbox blush in Intermix for $10.

I’ve tried it once so far. Its got a nice peachy pink flush color to it.

Then I got the stila set with a palette and lipgloss:

The palette actually has colors I like. They’re a little powdery instead of creamy but they’re still nice. I especially love the pink and purple on the bottom. And I really like that it comes with a powder blush and highlighter rather than a cream cheek and lip thing on the bottom. I hate when flimsy palettes like this have a cream product mixed with the powder because it always picks up the powder chunks which make it sort of gross to continue using on your lips. The gloss a nice dark shimmery plum/berry color.

I also got this little NARs eye primer sample from a coupon I found online.

I’m excited to try this because my urban decay Professional size primer potion has finally dried up completely on me and is no longer usable unless I put it in hot water every day before using which is becoming too much work to do. I’m never getting the big size again, I’ll just get the smaller one so it wont dry up.

I also got this BE set for $10.

It comes with a thin blusher brush which is actually quite nice despite it’s weak look. And I like the color of it. I haven’t tried the blush yet but I generally like the pigmentation and staying power of BE blushes. I just don’t like that they’re not pressed because its messy. This one is a beautiful berry color. The lip product that came with it is actually kind of weird. I’ve never used BE lip products before so I thought this was a gloss but its actually sort of a cream stain like the NYX ones. It’s thick and super pigmented. It’s a berry rose red color.

Then I got this Buxom set for $10.

It’s a full size liner and full size buxom mascara. I’ve tried the mascara before from the same mascara sampler from a long time ago but I don’t remember what its like so I’ll have to try it again and see.

They also had a few other things for $10 but they didn’t really interest me so I didn’t pick them up like the Tokidoki palettes with the little charm in the bottom. I don’t want super cutesy packaging so I didn’t pick them up. There was also a shaving kit and a Kat V D perfume that wasn’t interesting to me. I did get one last Sephora thing that I’ve been searching for but it’s been out of stock. I got the Lancome set:

It just seems like such a good deal and I’m out of liquid liner too so it was the perfect excuse to try it. I’ve never tried lancome products before so I’m excited for this set. As you can see I now have tons of mascara to try but I won’t be opening any of the tubes for a while because I recently opened a MUFE Smokey lash that should last me a few more months.

I’ll be posting the rest in part 2!

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ ] Thanksgiving recap – 11/30/11

I’m going to be blogging a little out of order because I have pictures on separate memory cards so bear with me. I was going to do my Sephora F&F & VIB haul first but I can’t find those pictures right now so I’m going to do Thanksgiving weekend and Black Friday first.

I think I’ve confirmed this year that Thanksgiving is definitely my 2nd favorite Holiday, following Christmas which is going to always be tough to beat but number 2 is a high spot too since I have a special fondness for all holidays! I just love getting together, cooking huge meals and eating all weekend long!

We usually do two thanksgivings, one for my friends and I and then one for the family. This year we havd our Friend’s dinner at Choua’s house where we started pretty late so we spent a lot of time playing games while we waited for the turkey. We played Cranium a few times and it was hilariously fun!

Here’s a shot of us cooking and the turkey:

The following day we did Thanksgiving at my house. My sister was the Thanksgiving Nazi and directed us all around the kitchen all day long until the meal was perfect. We had so much food. She kept worrying about not having enough food for the whole family and I kept telling her that we had too much. We had a huge turkey, a huge pot roast with three giant chucks, salad, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted veggies, rice, pumpkin rolls, biscuits, fried green beans and two pies! Unfortunately we were too busy cooking to take pictures so I have no pictures of our food.

We cooked from 8am – 6pm, at ate 6, cleaned until 8 and then prepared to get ready for black Friday. I slept for about 1.5 hours before waking up at 12 to go shopping! We shopped for 12 hours straight. I was so tired half way through that I couldn’t drive anymore and my sister had to take over for the 2nd half of shopping.

First we went to Target then One mall and then we drove to another mall, then to an Ulta across the street and then we drove to walmart and then finally finished at KMART. I usually just do two malls and Target so we did extra shopping this year. We didn’t get home until 12 noon on Friday and immediately we organized our stuff and knocked out.

Before we slept my boyfriend came over so I could give him two of his crhistmas gifts early because I figured he would like it a lot sooner than having to wait. He’s been asking for Modern Warefare 3 and FIFA 12 for a while and I found both games, one on sale! I decided I should just give it to him right away so he can play and catch up with his buddies lol. Of course now all he does is play those games.

I hauled so much on this trip, pictures coming in the next post!

♡ PaNhia