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Haul: NYX Cosmetics

22 Jun

A month or so ago, NYX had their 12 year anniversary sale where almost all products were $1.20.  Because this is such a great deal, maneuvering around the website was as slow as a can be, and nearly impossible.  I was able to add products to my cart, but was never able to check out after 2+ hours of trying (yes, I am ashamed).  Many other people had the same problems, or worse, so NYX came out with a 50% off code plus free shipping to those who were not able to make a purchase.  I took advantage of this and here is what I got:


Champagne and Caviar 10 Color Runway Palette

top row

 bottom row

Powder Blushes
clockwise:  Pinched,  Terra Cotta, Angel, Cinnamon, Pinky

top to bottom:

Cinnamon,  Pinched, Pinky, Terra Cotta, Angel

Single Eye Shadows
Clockwise: Nude, Dark Brown, Iced Mocha, Taupe, Brown, Hawaiian Coffee

Top to bottom:  Dark Brown, Brown, Iced Mocha, Hawaiian Coffee, Nude, Taupe

Did you purchase anything from either of the NYX sales? If so, what?  What do you particularly love from NYX?  Anything you dislike?  Have you tried any of these items?  Let me know!



3 Jun

I made a few purchases over the past few weeks and here is what showed up in the mail over the last week!

  • Allure Makeup Bag

I honestly have no idea why I got this.  It came in the mail one day, and I think it might have been through P&G brands.

  • Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer

I have been using the regularly over the past couple days, and so far I think I like it.  Full review coming soon.

  • Stila Order
    • Beach Palettes
    • It Girl Palette

Beach Palette in Haute in the Hamptons

I have not had time to extensively play with these palettes.  However, my initial thoughts and opinions are that this palette is one you could easily (and I advise you to) skip.  The pigmentation is relatively poor, which could be because most of the shades are matte.  Also, all of the colors are extremely easy to dupe.

Beach Palette in Stunning In Sayulita (sorry for upside down pic)

While playing around with this palette, I found the colors more pigmented than the previous palette and could justify buying this one again, as I also think the colors are gorgeous.

It Girl Palette

Have you tried any of these products that I picked up?  Are there any you had your eye on for a while?  What have you bought lately? Let me know!

Haul: Urban Decay

19 Apr

About a month ago Urban Decay was on Hautelook, a site I am aboslutely obsessed with.  In the past I haven’t been interested in the Urban Decay products they’ve had but this time around there was a lot I was loving! I only ended up getting two things, but am happy with both of my purchases!

First, I got the Afterglow powder blush in Score.  It is a gorgeous peachy-pink shade with a subtle sheen.  Many of my blushes are similar to this including Sleek Rose Gold, Wet ‘n Wild Pearlescent Pink, and maybe an ELF, Cover Girl, LORAC, and Clinique one that I have as well.  I plan on doing a post comparing all of these blushes in the next week or so.  Anyway, the blush has great pigmentation but is smaller than I expected at only  .13 grams.  I am not sure if this is the normal size of their blushes, but it is smaller than I was expecting it to be.  This retails for about $21 and I got it for $10.

The Summer of Love palette is a gorgeous neutral palette with a bright purple; all my favorite colors!   It comes with a mini 24/7 eyeliner pencil in Bourbon and a mini Primer Potion in Sin, which has a metallic coloring.  I have not had the chance to wear this yet, but based on swatching I have formed a few first impressions.  I love their 24/7 pencils so I was extremely excited about Bourbon, they glide on extremely smoothly and easily and they are extremely long wearing as well.  I am excited to try Sin Primer Potion as I think it’ll be a gorgeous base.  All of the eye shadow colors are gorgeous, and perfect for summer, as the palette is named for it.  They all have a good pigmentation; however, I think Maui Wowie could have some serious fallout problems as there is chunks of glitter and it already spread on my hand just from swatching.  If planning to wear that shade, take extra precautions.

Top to bottom:
Flash, Maui Wowie, Chopper, Smog

I know the swatches are small (and poor quality as it was taken with a camera phone), but I believe you should be able to click on them and see them at full size for a better idea of what the products and colors look like.

I plan to do a full in-depth review of the Summer of Love palette once I have a chance to experiment a bit more with that, so stay tuned!

Have you tried any of these products?  What do you think of Urban Decay in general? Any products you specifically love, or even hate?  What are your opinions of Hautelook?  Let me know!

Haul: Clinique, Express, Forever 21, Target

7 Apr

I have been extremely bad lately.  I am officially on a no-buy for the next two months.  And no, this is no joke I have to stick to this no matter what since  I am a broke college student.  Anyway, before my two-month no-buy I decided to go out with a bang.  I went shopping today and picked up a bunch of things from Clinique, Express, Forever 21, and Target!  I also have 3 packages coming in the mail as well.  Anyway, I took pictures of the items I bought today and thought I’d share with you.

Note: they are awful quality pictures because they are either taken with my phone camera or my webcam. Sorry!


I’ll start with Clinique.  I’ve been eyeing their Chubby Sticks for a while now, I was excited that Macy’s was having a GWP with any purchase over $21.50.  When I got there, I was actually pretty disappointed with their selection as they had very slim pickings.  They had about 1,000 Graped Up, quite a few Cherrys (or Watermelons, I’m not sure).  I wanted the Whole Lotta Honey and the Mega Melon.  I finally found the Whole Lotta Honey, but they didn’t have the Mega Melon.  I settled for the Fuller Fig.  I’m still not sure how I feel about the colors, but I plan on ordering the others, or at least most of them, at some point anyways so it’s not that big of a deal.  Here are pictures and swatches of the Chubby Sticks and the GWP:

Clinique Chubby Sticks


Makeup bag the GWP came in


The Gift-With-Purchase included:

  • Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, 1oz./30ml
  • Clinique Colour Compact: Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Rose Wine – Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in Pink Blush
  • 2-in-1 Lipstick & Gloss Duo – Different Lipstick in Think Bronze, 1.3g/.04 OZ – Long Last Glosswear in Air Kiss, .15 FL OZ/4.5m
  • Lash Doubling Mascara in Black, .14 OZ./4g
  • Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes and Lips, 1.7 FL.OZ./50ml





I then went into Forever 21 because I saw online they were having a deal on maxi dresses, and I was wanting to find a maxi skirt as well.  I found a maxi dress (as well a few other items), but no skirt, unfortunately.  I also bought 2 shirts (same kind, just different colors) at Express because they were having an additional 30%  off already reduced prices.  It would just be rude to ignore those types of deals 🙂


Top: Express – $10.49 originally $39
Skirt: Forever 21 – $9.50


Forever 21 – $10, orinigally $15.80


Forever 21 – $9.50


Forever 21 – $5.80 (similar)


The last place I went to was Target because I had  a $25 gift card I wanted to spend on a dress and a few shoes!  I was not overly impressed with their dress selection, and I was shocked how much they were!  I find it shocking that Target dresses are more than Forever 21.  Anyway, they had a ton of shoes on sale, for those of you looking!  So here’s what I got:


Target – $9


Target – $12.99


Shoes – $6.24, originally $24.99


Dress – $18


ELF Complexion Perfection – $3


ELF Studio Contour Brush – $3


Woo! That was a lot!  As I said, I’m expecting 3 more packages so I’ll be posting those once they arrive.   I am very pleased with everything I got and cannot wait to begin wearing/using it all!


What did you think?  Have you done any hauls lately?  Let me know!

Haul and Swatches: ELF, Benefit, Charlotte Russe, Dollar Store

16 Nov

A few weeks ago I did a couple ELF Hauls.  Keep reading to see what I got and swatches for the products!


Nail Polish From Left to Right: Metal Madness, Golden Goddess, Champagne, Twinkle

Metal Madness and Golden Godess (indoors, with flash)

Golden Goddess, Champagne, Twinkle (indoors, no flash)

Benefit Products L to R: Boiing Conclear in 02 medium, Eye Bright, High Beam

ELF All Over Color Sticks
from L to R: Spotlight, Pink Lemonade, Persimmon, Lilac Petal, Ivory, Golden Peach

L to R: Spotlight, Pink Lemonade, Persimmon
(indoor, with flash)

L to R: Persimmon, Lilac Petal, Ivory, Golden Peach
(indoors, no flash)

First Ever MAC Haul!

5 Nov

I have a very exciting video today!  It is my first ever MAC haul! Watch the video below to see what I got!