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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Collective Beauty Haul

It's been a good while since I treated myself to a good old fashioned haul, and with my birthday just gone, I had the perfect excuse. I picked up a few items that I'd been meaning to repurchase as well as some others that I've had my eye on for quite a while.


I'd actually never purchased from Sephora online before but even if I hadn't been given a Sephora e-gift card for my birthday (thanks, Jesse), I still had a trusty $10 birthday voucher, plus the chance to accumulate 2x Beauty Pass Points on my next order courtesy of Sephora. It was the perfect excuse.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks in "Trendsetter" and "Cheerleader"
I'm such a fan of these lipsticks! The formula is lovely if not a little too liquid-y for my liking; they still dry down fairly quickly to a matte finish, however, and only one coat is needed for fully opaque coverage. The shades I picked up are gorgeous! Cheerleader is a pretty muted red and Trendsetter is a lovely brown nude (it looks MUCH more brown in my (terrible) swatch photo below).
On a somewhat related note, is the Huda's Desert Dusk Palette worth getting?

This lipstick, you guys! It has barely left my lips since I've gotten it. Lolita II is an amazing terra cotta nude as opposed to the original Lolita which is a much more rosy pink nude. We all know that I'm all about terra cotta shades. The formula dries fast and doesn't budge throughout the day - it took me 2 showers and the removal of my entire forearm's worth of skin to completely get rid of the swatch. I've found that it does make the lips feel pretty dry, but nothing a good lip balm can't remedy.

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream
This is my favourite eye cream. I've tried many-a-product and I just keep coming back to this. I've found nothing that matches this in terms of moisturizing my dry lids, which get flaky if they are not moisturised liberally enough (gross), which is my main concern at the ripe old age of 23. I have noticed that with daily use, the few small fine lines that I do have underneath my eyes are visibly reduced, which is not something that I've noticed with any other eye creams I've tried.

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in "Champagne Pop"
I'm a terrible beauty blogger in that I'd not yet tried Champagne Pop until now. Gold highlighters don't usually look amazing on me, but this one somehow manages to give me the most beautiful warm, sun-kissed glow. The formula is lovely - it's so finely milled and "creamy" and a little bit really does go a long way.


MECCA
I didn't have any vouchers or gift cards for MECCA but it just so happened that MECCA's beauty loop box (I was level 1 at the time) came out right before my birthday.. and then there's the free birthday gift, so of course, I had to have a sneaky MECCA shop.

I'm already obsessed with this powder! I've always been a pressed powder kind of girl (on the rare occasion that my dry skinned self even uses a powder) but this really is amazing. It's a silky translucent powder that works wonders to set my face. It leaves my skin feeling so very smooth and looking flawless.

I'm such a fan of the Sweet Peach Palette so I had to pick up the same-smelling blush from the collection. The colour is amazing but be warned that it is a shimmery (not chunky and glittery - shimmery) formula if that's not what you're in to. It gives off a beautiful, luminous, peachy, glow that leaves me looking lightly flushed and healthy looking.

I have "Diffused Heat" (a more pink hue) in my collection already but I was after something a little more subtle and "Dim Infusion" is exactly that - it's a lovely muted coral colour that compliments my blue eyes beautifully. The quality of these blushes are amazing; The powder is very finely milled; I love how smooth and silky it feels, while still remaining incredibly pigmented and it also has a luminescent finish, giving off a beautifully soft, gentle glow without being sparkly.

NARS Sun Wash Diffusing Bronzer in "Laguna"
This one was actually a repurchase for me (I mentioned it back in June's beauty favourites). It is the most natural looking bronzer that I've used with a purposely sheer (but definitely buildable if desired) formula. It's perfect for those who, like me, prefer a more minimalistic approach to bronzer. The colour is almost identical to the original (much loved) Laguna, minus the shimmer.

Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Illuminating Balm (Free birthday gift)
I haven't had the chance to play around with this a whole lot yet, but I did wear it to a daytime Melbourne Cup event. It is a warm pinkish beige colour that is quite subtle. It did feel a little sticky on my face as many cream products do but even so, it did not budge throughout the whole day. I think it would be lovely as an inner corner highlight.

MECCA Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious in "Peach Shimmer" (Free beauty loop gift)
"Peach Shimmer" was a limited edition shade for MECCA's 20th birthday, but you can still purchase from the original Lip De-Luscious line. This is such a nourishing lip balm! It works to condition my lips leaving them soft and hydrated while giving off a beautiful shiny peach tint. This balm is also rated SPF25 - which I can always appreciate.


My Priceline haul consisted of all  tried and true, re-purchased products. Plus I had a $5 birthday voucher to spend. Every penny counts, my friend.

This mist is my new favourite thing now that the weather is warming up. It sprays such a fine, evenly dispersed mist that is so refreshing on a hot day. It also contains an impressive list of natural ingredients that nourish and tone the skin, leaving me with a healthy-looking radiance.

Reef Dark Tanning Oil
Now that we're actually getting some sunshine, I've been using this almost every day on my lunch break. The formulation helps to promote a natural tan whilst also hydrating and leaving your skin smelling all coconut-y and delicious. I chose to purchase the "dark" offering, which contains no SPF (because YOLO), but they have oils of all different SPF ratings.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 x2 (no longer available online)
These things sell out fast, so I picked up two. I use it before my usual moisturiser, basically how you would use a serum, and let me tell you: the hype is real! It has quite a thick consistency but the product quickly absorbs in to the skin without leaving any sticky or unpleasant residue behind. It just leaves my face feeling soft, moisturised and plump. This has honestly been a life saver for my dry, flaky skin. I ran out and couldn't repurchase for about 2 weeks (again, ALWAYS sold out) and my skin really did notice it's absence.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
I love, love, LOVE this moisturizer - I will forever repurchase. It's got such a clever gel formula that continuously releases moisture throughout the day without going too far and leaving the skin looking oily. It has such a refreshingly light and non-sticky texture that my skin slurps right up. My dry patches have been getting the nourishment they need and my skin looks supple.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+
I absolutely love rosehip oil. It's the ultimate skincare ingredient if you ask me! I apply 3-4 drops after my shower, before moisturiser every night and mix 2-3 drops in to Neutrogena's Hydro Boost every morning. The improvement to my skin since using rosehip oil is insane! It works to moisturise dry skin without leaving any oily trance of its existence and it leaves my skin feeling so soft and healthy. If I skip the rosehip oil for any reason, I can always notice it's absence. I always pay extra for the Antioxidant+ version of Trilogy's rosehip oil - it's more than worth it, trust me.


Left to right
Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Illuminating Balm, Too Faced Papa Don't Peach, BECCA Champagne Pop,
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Diffused Heat, NARS Laguna, Kat Von D Lollita II, MECCA Cosmetica Lip De Luscious,
Huda Beauty Trendsetter, Huda Beauty Cheerleader



48 comments:

  1. Wow! Fab haul!! I'm so jealous right now!
    The Kat Von D liquid lippies and the Too Faced Papa Don't Peach blush have been on my wishlist for ages now! Enjoy them! Xx

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  2. Beth Shankle AndersonNovember 16, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    I have the Trilogy Rosehip OIl on my Holiday Gift Guide so I'm glad to read that it works so well! Kate Middleton uses it and I modeled my guide after her beauty products. I have rosehip oil of my own and I'm going to try it just the way you described. It sounds awesome!

    Beth || www.TheStyleBouquet.com

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  3. Oh my gosh! Love your haul! And the shades of those lip color are so fab!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

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  4. You got SO many great beauty goodies! You're making me want to spend all of my $$$ on makeup now! haha!

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  5. I just bought my first huda lipstick and I am obsessed! I seriously love the shade and formula!

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  6. I love all of this! I really want to get my hands on those Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks. I'm a sucker for a good lip!

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  7. You got some good stuff here! I so want those HUDA lippies! Her highlighters look sooo beautiful as well.

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  8. That Lolita II looks so good! I have two friends who'd only wear Lolita when we go out. I finally got one for myself and know why now

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  9. I NEED to try those Huda lippies! I've been hearing so much about them! Matte liquid lipsticks are my fave!

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  10. I love this haul!! SUCH awesome products. I've yet to try Huda Beauty but I want to!

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  11. Too Faced makes the best products! Love the other items you chose as well!

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  12. Love this post! I see so many wonderful products that I need to try. The deep sea hydrating toner is one of them.

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  13. I've been really curious to try Hour Glass products. The price point is a little high but I've heard great things. That blush looks nice.

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  14. You got some really great collection, I would love to have that eye cream to reduce lines beneath my eye.

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  15. What an awesome haul! The hourglass blush is so pretty and I've been wanting to try something from Huda Beauty!

    xo,
    Pri

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  16. I want to be your bestfriend and freeload on your makeup and beauty products! I am just having a hard time spending money on make-ups but I would love to try them all!

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  17. Thanks for the detailed review. I'm not much of a makeup person but its always good to learn about new products.

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  18. I've heard so many good things about the Kat Von D collection! Cruelty free too if Im not mistaken! I would love a couple of new lipsticks for the season! I need to take a trip to sephora!

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  19. Oh, thanks for sharing your review! It's right on time for the holidays too. I have a heard a lot of good things about Huda lipsticks. Now I'm convinced to try them out. - Joy

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  20. I love the colors in this collection - various shoes of neutrals, with some highlights. Perfect for any occasion.

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  21. Awesome haul! I appreciate post like yours because I love makeup but I'm not very knowledgble on which to buy. Thanks so much for keeping me updated!

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  22. That's such a great haul, just started using NARS myself and loving it so far

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  23. CourtneyLynne StormsNovember 25, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Oooo now that’s one awesome haul!!!! So many fabulous products! Makes me want to make a Sephora trip stat!

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  24. What a good thing Christmas is just around the corner - perhaps a certain lipstick and blush will make an appearance on your wishlist hehe. ;) They're both amazing!, I've been using them so much since I bought them. Worth it if you ask me. :) x

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  25. Yesssss to Trilogy's Rosehip Oil! It's my absolute favourite facial oil. :) I didn't know that Kate Middleton uses it too. That fact makes it even more fantastic in my book. :) x

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  26. I'm still dying over the three lipsticks that I go - especially Lollita II. So pretty. :) x

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  27. Ahahaha it's a terrible habit to start, but just LOOK at how pretty everything is. Worth the spend if you ask me.. I have something of a problem, I think. ;) x

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  28. How amazing is the staying power of Huda's lipsticks?! I'm already lusting after so many more shades after trying these two aha. x

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  29. Definitely try some of Huda's lipsticks - they're amazing! Girllllll, I know! I died when I saw swatches of her highlighters, I think they'll be my next purchase hehe. x

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  30. If you love you a good liquid lipstick, Huda has you covered, girl. They're amazing! :) x

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  31. YESSSSS! *insert heart eyes emoji here* x

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  32. I definitely prefer Lolita II to the original, but they're both so pretty! You and your friends have great taste hehe. ;) x

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  33. Oooof, girl. Huda's stuff is absolutely amazing! I can't recommend her brand more. :) x

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  34. If you love a matte liquid lipstick, Huda's your girl, Kristin. Her formulas are wonderful. :) x

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  35. I thin that Too Faced (along with Benefit) would have to be my favourite high-end beauty brand. :) Their products are amazing. x

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  36. Definitely give this mist toner a try if you can get your hands on it, Tasheena! It's amazing, and cheap too. x

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  37. Ahahahaha my friends do get a lot of my make-up overspill. Come to Australia and we can be friends, I'll let you freeload my collection hehe. x

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  38. I believe Kat Von D is indeed cruelty free, vegan too! :) Her lipsticks are amazing - definitely worth it if you ask me. x

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  39. Aha I'm glad I could introduce you to a few bits and bobs about make-up. :) x

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  40. Ugh, Hourglass is so expensive, but the products that I have tried have all been amazing so it has been worth the spend to me. My eye is on the Ambient Lighting Palette this Christmas - hopefully Santa is kind to me this year. ;) x

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  41. Benefit's eye cream is my ride-or-die. Hands down the best eye cream I've tried (and I've tried a lot haha). x

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  42. Ahah how convenient - I hope your Christmas wish list contains a few of these items this year hehe. Huda's lipsticks are SO good, definitely worth a try. :) x

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  43. Aha you've nailed my favourite colour palette - neutral with a few feminie pops. You can just tell, can't you? :P x

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  44. I'm glad I could be your make-up knowledge bank, Toya. :) x

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  45. I do love NARS - their concealers are wonderful if you're in the market for that type of thing. :) x

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  46. Sephora trips always seem to be dangerous to my bank account ahaha but it's always so worth it! I love new make-up. :) x

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  47. Yes! I love them! Easily my fave formula :)

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