Recent Purchases – Bits and Bobs

I think it’s been a decent amount of time since my last haul and I’ve been slowly gathering things here and there. This is all spread up over May and some were purchased by my boyfriend.

First are some clothing and accessories. I got three pairs of shorts this month and a pair of jeans.
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I got really good deals on these! The top two shorts were from AE and we got them at 40% off over Memorial day weekend. The bottom pair is a $12 pair from F21 and the jeans were purchased with a 35% off coupon!

I also picked up a leopard print button down for $13 and a cute jean shirt that I’ve been wanting.
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And then I picked up some bandeaus from AE at 40% off to go under tops and tanks with big arm holes.
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I also picked up two bright purses.
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I sat on this blue one for a while, since March I think. I never bought it because suede material always scares me because it’s hard to clean but I love the structure and color and I finally gave in!
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This neon pink one was a love at first sight. I love how its a play on the classic quilted shape but the material makes it very causal. I’m not quite sure what material this is, it feels like a windbreaker type of fabric if that makes sense.

I also picked up this cute little wallet from Target.
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I’ve been lazy lately and I’ve only been using card holders or wristlets but now I want to get back into wallets again so I got this one because my old one is from 2 years ago.

And then I only picked up one piece of jewelry.
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I just feel like on my last haul I picked up all the jewelry pieces that I wanted and haven’t been able to find anything I liked more since but this necklace is something I’ve been looking for and I really like that one blingy accent ring. I do wish the sizes didn’t get bigger at the bottom but I compromised because it was only $7.

I also hauled a bit of makeup this month.
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First I picked up this Dior Blush that I could not get out of my mind.
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In the pan it’s the most beautiful pink and right up my alley but apparently it adjusts to you ph and moistures levels so the color looks different on everyone and on me it looks red which I don’t like. I’m still deciding on this one because I love it but I can’t use it if it continues to look red on me. My skin is not light or dark enough to pull off red blush.

I also picked up a blush from the new Hey Sailor Collection.
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It is the only thing I got from that collection. I wanted more because I like the limited edition packaging but I’m not really interested in any of the stuff from that collection, only the blushes and bronzers. I wanted a lipstick so badly but of the four released, I only liked the red and orange and I dont need another red or orange. I bought this blush because I’m currently really into very light blushes right now and this one is a really pretty flush on my skin. I didn’t get any bronzers because I was just overwhelmed at how many there were.

I also picked up a NARS eyeshadow duo in Charade.
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I really love the purple-taupe color and the soft brown rose color. They’re perfect for everyday wear and I plan to pick up some more duos when I go back.

I also picked up a MUFE rouge artist natural lipstick in 41.
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It looks quite bright in the picture but on the lips it’s softer and more muted. These lipsticks are super creamy and comfortable on the lips. I really like the formula so I plan on picking up a few more. I’ve already found a light pink and a hot pink one that I want.

This past month I also dropped by the CCO and picked up a few things. These are not all CCO discounted stuff. I got two creamsheens.
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Five lipglasses.
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I really love pink lemonade. It’s a coraly orange color that looks really cute for summer.

And then I picked up three lipsticks.
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I am slowly, but surely building my Mac lipstick collection.

From Target I picked a few beauty and misc. items. I got two brushes, an elf powder brush that I love for foundation and powder products and a Sonia kashuk synthetic buffing brush that I used a coupon for.
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The elf one is always a no fail for me and I use it for so many purposes that I picked up another. I probably have 5-6 of them. The Sonia Kashuk one is great for foundation so far. It’s very soft and dense.

I also picked up my first waterproof mascara in a long time.
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It’s probably been years since I’ve bought one but lately my lashes have really been bothering me the way one side stays up and one doesn’t so I thought I’d try to see if waterproof will help the droopy side 🙂 So far, I don’t like the way it applies as much as the regular one. I feel like it’s not as volumnizing as the normal one.

Also, Target now has those great BOGOFree deals with some of the salon/ higher end hair products so I picked up this hair mask that I’ve been meaning to try.
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I love the smell of it but I’ve only used it once so far so I can’t much say how it performs yet.

And finally I picked up some misc. stuff from Target. I just love Target.
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Bonus: I bought scissors!
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And that is all for my very long long haul!


[ ♡ ] 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