Recent Purchases 5/9/12 Biggest Haul of Them All – PART I Beauty

Fair Warning: Picture Heavy. This will be my last major Haul I think. I’m splitting this up into two parts because there are too many shots. This first part is all things beauty related. I know I said I would stop with the nail polishes but I keep finding myself getting really good deals or returning stuff and needing to buy something else to exchange it with. So let’s begin with some polishes. I heard about this new NYC matte top coat so I picked it up to try against my Essie one.
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They work exactly the same so if you want a matte top coat, I say go for this one. I think it’s around $1.75 and the Essie is around $8-$10.

I also got a coupon that was expiring so I picked up a Rimmel top coat as well.
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This is just a normal clear top coat but I picked this one up because I really like the Rimmel brushes. They’re wide and easy to use and quick.

I also picked up four polishes from Walgreens when the Sinful colors were on sale for $1 a few weeks ago. First I picked up this pearly white in Tokyo Pearl
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It’s very pretty and I actually plan to layer it over a plain white coat of polish to make it less stark.

I also picked up this one in Blue by You.
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It’s a blue with green shimmer. It just looked so interesting in the bottle and I really like it.

I also picked up this green one in Irish Green.
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I thought it’d be a more opaque green but I actually like that it’s a neon green sort of color.

And then I picked up my very first crackle polish to create a nail look I found on Pinterest.
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I’ve learned that thin uneven quick swipes look better and crackle better than full sweeps.

Continuing on with the nail polish I returned some things from Ulta that did not work for me and got some goodies. The China Glaze, Orly and Zoya are currently on sale for buy 2 get 1 so I picked up a few and combined it with my return and coupon and basically paid the price of one for a lot of them. First, I got three Orly’s. I picked up this one in Fancy Fushia.
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It’s a bit more purple than the picture is depicting and it’s also brighter.

I also got bright purple in Frolic.
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My last Orly one is a bright blue in Frisky.
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And then I picked up this China Glaze one in Shocking Pink.
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I also picked up two other polishes and a base coat. I picked up a sally Hansen one in Wet Cement.
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And an Essie that I’ve been wanting forever in Shine of the Times.
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And then Using another coupon I picked up Sally Hansen smoothing base coat.
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I also stopped by Target and did some crafty coupon combining to get some Revlon polishes. I got a grey blue in Chic.
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A dark teal in Midnight.
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And a lilac pink in Flirt.
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And then I used a maybelline coupon and got a color tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.
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I love this. It’s very similar to NYX jumbo stick in Iced mocha. It’s actually more brown/grey tone than an actual bronzey gold tone.

I also did some damage at mac and picked up a few things with the help of my boyfriend.
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First I picked up a lipglass from the Chen Man collection in Force of Love.
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It’s a bright pink with sparkles in it. Usuallly I don’t like lipglasses because they’re sticky but they’re the only things with color in them so I’m reconsidering my opinion and trying it out. I think it made my lips react though so I’m letting my lips get back to normal and then I’ll try it again to see what happens.

And then I picked up two blushes, one in Melba and one in Well Dressed.
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Melba is just a neutral brown tone color that actually shows up a bit red on my cheeks.

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Well Dressed is a light pearly pink.

I also picked up a fluid line because my little stila one was dry.
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And then I picked up four lipsticks. First, is creme cup.
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It’s a slightly muavey light pink.

I also got Impassioned which is a bright red pink.
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And then I got Chatterbox which is more of a hot pink.
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And then lastly, I picked up Ruby Woo.
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I still want Russian Red and Lady Danger.

Lastly, I picked up a new toner. I had actually finished my toner two days before I was able to pick one up. After much debate I went with this Shiseido one because of my oily skin.
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I almost went with the amore pacific one but that was twice the price and it smelled strong. The smell was very nice but it did not leave my skin. I still might invest in that one in the future for toning at night because I currently use toners mostly to really clean my skin so that my moisturizer will sit on a clean face. The amore pacific one is more of a prepping toner to prep it for serums.

That is it for my beauty haul. I don’t think I will pick up any more beauty things for a while except maybe a few more lipsticks and some skincare.

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Recent Purchases 4/9/2012 Haul-iday Weekend

This is quickly becoming a trend. More hauling coming your way. Like I said in my last haul, this past weekend was crazy chocked full of sales so I had to take advantage. I told you guys about the 20% off Ulta haul but it actually didnt start until Friday which is when I went. We had a whole day of shopping planned and I planned my makeup purchases carefully because of the sale and I’m trying to cut back on buying makeup and buy more clothes.

So first I went to ulta to use my coupon and I got a lot less than I originally planned. I did pick up a lot of polishes though. Here is my entire Ulta Stash for the day.
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First, I got something I’ve been wanting for a long time, Essie’s Matte top coat.
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It’s so awesome! I totally missed out on the matte collections so I’m glad I found this baby for an instant muted nail look! It’s originally $10 but I got it for $8 with my coupon.

Next I got an OPI polish in Samoan sand which I’ve also been wanting.
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It’s a light soft brown nude color that’s lighter than my skin but opaque.

And then I picked up Orly’s Cotton Candy.
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It’s a cotton candy pink with a coral undertone, super cute!

I also had a bit of a decision dilemma at the Essie display. I originally intended to go in for Essie’s Van d’go but when I put it up against my nail with the Orly swatch of prelude to a kiss that I bought in my last haul, it looked identical so I ended up not getting it and instead getting Haute as hello which is actually the tone of orange creamsicle that I thought van d’go was going to look like.
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I don’t know, I still want to see more Van d’go swatches before I completely let it go as an exact dupe for my orly one.

For my last polish, I picked up a Revlon one for dirt cheap. This is in Sweet Tart.
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Revlon was 40% off plus my 20% so The polish was something like $2.30. This is probably my favorite of the bunch because I’ve been wanting a bright Barbie hot pink and this fits the bill.

Since Revlon and Nyx were 40% off as well I picked up a few other things. I picked up a Revlon colorstay foundation in True beige.
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I’m trying this color for the first time. I haven’t quite found my perfect shade yet from this line. Currently I have two that are too light and one in natural tan that is too dark. It made my face look muddy rather than a nice tan color. I wore this foundation yesterday and it actually matches me quite well. My cheeks are still lighter than the shade but it evens out my skin tone in such a way that it matches my neck perfectly. I think this might be the closest to my shade I can find.

I also picked up a Revlon concealer stick in light medium.
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I’m trying this for the first time as well. I wanted another concealer because I have a makeup bag that I like to keep multiples of and my undereye concealer in there is running low so I wanted another one. On my vanity I use Maybellene’s sponge tip one and I really like it but mine recently cracked at where you turn it to bring up more product so I didn’t want to get another one in case the same thing happens because it is currently a pain to get my concealer out every morning. And of course this one was on sale. This is actually quite nice and creamy. I tend to like stick concealers better than liquid cause they’re just more manageable. And as an undereye concealer, the color’s perfect.

Nyx was also 40% off so I picked up three things. I got a lipstick in blush.
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This is actually a really pretty color and the perfect bright pink shade. It’s sort of like my MAC Nicki Minaj but not so matte and bright. This one is more wearable but still a nice bright pink.

I also picked up another jumbo eye pencil in a grey silver shade called pots and pans which I think is such a cute name.
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I haven’t used it yet but I always like this little guys. I just use them as bases for when I need my shadow to pop.

Then finally I picked up a matte lip cream in Tokyo.
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I don’t know what’s going on with the bottom sticker, I didn’t even notice when I picked this up. I’ve tried this, it’s lighter than I like but I’ll probably keep it because there will be times when I want a lighter lip color. As far as the feel and texture goes, I’m not completely sold on it. I didn’t love it like I thought I would. I still prefer a lipstick or gloss.

Then Of course when we went to the mall I picked up a few more things. I went to Sephora to use my 15% off coupon and I got the Smashbox brow tech in taupe.
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I wanted to get this at Ulta with my 20% but they didn’t have any and I was literately out of my brow pencil on my vanity. I had to use my pencil from my makeup bag everyday and then put it back. Don’t let the name Taupe fool you though it’s not ashy or grey or anything. It just looks brown to me. This is actually my favorite brow product I’ve ever tried because I love the shape of the tip. It works so well to draw and this product is waterproof! I really wanted to try the Tarte waterproof pencil too but it’s one of those with a tiny tip and I don’t literately want to draw my browns in. I want to color them and tint them with a pencil and this Smashbox one is really good for that. I’ve noticed it’s always out at Sephoras and Ulta though so either they’re phasing it out or people just love it as much as I do. It’s originally $26 but I got it for something like $22 which is still pricey for a pencil but I have ridiculously thin light brows naturally so it’s worth it to not look browless.

I also dropped my MAC to pick up some things from the new Tres Cheek and Reel Sexy collection but lo and behold, it was all sold out! This is after one day of the release date! I was only able to pick up one thing from the collections. It was a blush from the Tres Cheek collection in Peony Petal.
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Luckily for me it was one of the two that I wanted. The other one was the light orange in Immortal Flower. I’m still on the hunt for it. This color though is so pretty! It’s a light lilac pink shade that I’ve been wanting. I wore it yesterday and it was still on my cheeks after about 11 hours so that’s awesome. I also picked up a lipgloss.
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And that is all for makeup. I also picked up a few other things at the mall. First I got some great accessories. My highlight find of the day is this starfish wrap ring from H&M!
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It’s a little big but it was such a great last minute find cause I’ve been googling this type of ring and it’s been coming up in the $50 price range which is too much. I’m so glad I found this. It was about $4 I think.

I also picked up a pair of men’s aviators from H&M because I like my shades to be really big.
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I picked up some bracelets from F21.
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This one is just nice for spring and summer.
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And these are going to be for stacking.

I also picked up this pink one for stacking but I didn’t even look at the sizes and now I’m stuck with one that’s too big. I don’t remember F21 having bracelet sizes. Now I need to be more careful.
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This one I can only wear at the bottom of the stack or it will fall off my hand.

And then I picked up three little short necklaces. These were super cheap and will be cute for simple outfits.
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As far as clothes go, I didn’t find a whole lot but I did get some nice things. I got a pair of magenta pink pants and some neon pink shorts.
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Then I picked up two t-shirts in light heathery grey and dark heathery grey.
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I also found a thin chiffon type top that will be great over tanks this summer.
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It kind of has a blazer feel but it’s not structured and it’s really thin so it won’t be too hot to wear.

I also got a polish from F21 that I forgot to post in my last haul. It’s a neon yellow glow in the dark color.
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I tested it out this weekend when we went out for Xti’s birthday and it did sort of glow. Here’s how I wore it.
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That’s it for my haul. I’m certain I’ll be hauling more. I just haven’t finished my spring shopping yet.


Recent Purchases – 04/05/2012

Back again with of course more hauling. This is like the crazy week of sales or something! Everything is on sale this week! Sephora has a 15% off deal right now and then Ulta has 20% off starting tomorrow and Sallys is having a nail polish sale as well!

Let’s start out with a bit of clothing I purchased last week. I got this cute peplum dress from forever21 but it’s a bit big so I have to make it shorter and a bit tighter.
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I still haven’t decided what to do with the mesh top part yet.

Next is this cute black and white striped top that I’ve been searching what seems like forever for.
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It’s got this great mesh at the top shoulder part that makes it sort of 80’s feeling.

Then I got two dresses from Charlotte because they were on sale. First I got this little black number for going out.
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Then I tried this beautiful colbalt blue dress on and decided I had to have it.
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I also picked up a bit of jewelry from F21. I got this three ring set that I’m still not sure how to wear yet.
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This is how I’m wearing it right now. I tried stacking it on one finger but they’re too thick to all sit nicely and the rings are all the same size so that didn’t make sense.

I also picked up this great circle necklace.
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I love it because it sits flat against my collar and chest.

And finally I found this coral orange version of my white necklace I got last time.
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I love it because the colors so interesting and great for summer and spring.

And then I got this bracelet set to stack this summer. It’s the only beige suede piece I have.
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Next are some great nail polishes because for some reason I’ve been on a crazy polish binge lately.
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It must be all the deals happening. I got so many because Sally’s is on sale for buy two get one free on all polish. And their prices are cheaper than Ulta too I realized. For instance Orly is $8 at Ulta but only $6 at Sally’s and only $5 if you’re a member.

First I picked up two random sinful colors from Walgreens though. I got this darker Tiffany blue type color called sweet dreams.
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Then I got this cool purple color in Zeus. It’s a darker shimmery purple with a sort of red sheen under, really interesting.
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I also picked up two sets of three polishes from Sallys because of the sale. First I purchased three China Glazes. The first one is this beautiful blue grey color called Sea Spray.
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Then I got this nude with peachy undertone color called Sunset Sail.
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And then I got the classic For Audrey.
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I’ve also been wanting to try Orly polishes lately because I just love the bottle and the handle design and the colors are also quite different. They just look so unique and opaque in the bottles. First I picked up this color called You’re Blushing that I’ve been wanting.
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It’s this cool tone grey purple that actually comes on a lot less harsh than it looks in the bottle. It looks quite feminine for it’s color tone.

I also picked up Lollipop, a bright lilac shade.
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I love this color! It’s so cheeky and cute.

Lastly, I picked up this milky nude pink color in Prelude to a kiss.
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I love the opaqueness of it and the bright but milky nude shade. I can’t wait to wear this when I’m tanner.

That’s all for my haul. I’m sure with the great sales still happening you’ll be seeing more.