August - December 2011 Collective HaulThis post is a bit late, but better late than never! :]
I think I did a pretty good job controlling myself in the later part of 2011, compared to the earlier half. No? In past I've bought this many products in one-two months alone heh :X
Let's see if I can control myself better in 2012. Must try to use my stash!!
Onward with my haulage ~~
Maybelline Fit Me line haul
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 210 Sandy Beige and 220 Natural Beige
Swatches of Maybelline Fit Me Foundations
L to R: 210 Sandy Beige, 220 Natural Beige
I have since returned shade 220 because it seemed a bit too dark for me. Even 210 doesn't exactly fit my skintone but I have many BB Creams that are too light for me so I justified keeping one so I could mix products.
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder in 220 Natural Beige
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment
I got this after a few bloggers recommended it, especially because of Lil Lady's Life. I've tried a few acne treatments before and they all stung or made my face very feel dry/tight wherever I placed it. Also I never saw a lot of results from those. However, this one didn't have any of those problems! Maybe it's because it doesn't contain salycic acid like the other acne treatments I've tried. This isn't a miracle product for me (yet) because it does take some time for the product to do its job. But I can't ask for too much from a product :P I just wish it wasn't so expensive for one tube.
Maybelline Lasting Drama Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
After trying a few pencil & liquid liners and not having much luck with either, I decided to venture into gel liners. I've only used this a handful of times. It felt strange applying liner with a brush. Probably need to practice more heh...I don't quite remember if this also smudged on me or not. Will try to report back on it later on!
Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm in Sheer Peach Tint and Sheer Pink Tint
Again, I got these after reading reviews on it. I'm always looking for lip balms, tinted lip products that are sheer. This seemed to fit my criteria. I used these a few times (but not when my lips were very dry so I cannot say how well it hydrates). For someone like me who doesn't wear much lip product & is self-conscious whenever I do where colored lip products, I think these do a good job in providing just a little color. A small step to get myself more comfortable with wearing lipstick/gloss xD
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Temptress & Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Peach Petal
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Temptress
I got these when CVS had their Extrabucks deal on Revlon lip products a while ago. This was probably the first time that I actually went to CVS trying to get products for Extrabucks. It wasn't a pleasant experience though. I went in thinking all the lipstick/gloss shades were a part of the deal but in reality only a few were. It wasn't marked or anything and the only way was to check the price (which I didn't do). I ended up buying I think one of the two at full price and realized I didn't get the Extrabucks...so I returned and bought some one that was a part of the deal and repurchased my return =.=Ahh...incident #1 of me spending more money that I probably should have. A great example of me impulse buying.
Anyone want to share their money saving tips with me? hehe :P
Target Sample Bag #2
When Nouveau Cheap posted about the Target sample bag a while back I rushed to fill the form out. It was very hectic. I didn't even think I would receive anything because the site didn't say my form went through.
The makeup bag's design is very...interesting...heh. Definitely not something I would purchase, not my cup of tea xD But I shouldn't complain too much since it was free. This bag, if I remember correctly, is actually a little bigger than the last one (blue, purple, and white one).
My first Sephora online purchase during the Friends and Family sale
I was so surprised to see all the paper that was in the box!
I think they probably could have just used a smaller box :P
Clarisonic Replacement Brush Heads 2pk - Sensitive
Bestfriend and I split this particular item. I've mentioned before that we got our Mia's at the same time, so we needed replacements around the same time. The brush heads are pretty expensive so I waited for some kind of sale before I bought a replacement.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF40+
After using up my Shiseido sunscreen and trying a Japanese milk sunscreen for a while, I really wanted to purchase a new sun protection product. I've been eyeing this particular one for a long time because of it's size and since it is a natural sunscreen (my personal preference). I've been using it more lately during my break and I'm not sure if it's the Genie in the Bottle serum...my moisturizer...or this SPF, but my skin feels very soft lately! Makes me want to try the Argan Oil as well hehe Maybe in the future...
The samples that I picked. I haven't tried them yet though.
Has anyone used/tried these products before? If so...how are they?
Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid
I realized I have been purchasing a lot of products that Lil Lady's Life recommends xD The strange thing is most have worked pretty well for me too. I bought this when I was running low on my Hada Labo Arbutin Milky Lotion. I've recently started to use this exclusively to see how it faired. Although I don't like the immediate feel (tight) after some time when my skin fully absorbs it, my face is very soft and doesn't feel as dry. The best part is it isn't too expensive!
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42 PA+++ in No.27 Honey Beige
I think this is a new shade, correct me if I'm wrong. I actually got this for 'free' during their labor day (?) promotion. The reason for 'free' is because I had to pay for shipping which was around $9-10. I had some trouble with this order because I didn't receive any confirmation from Missha. I thought I was just unlucky and it wouldn't come! But to my surprise it arrived. No.27 is more yellow/golden undertone than 23. It also doesn't have much gray either, which is always good. However, it is a bit dark for me so I use it to mix with my lighter BB Creams. I never formally compared this shade with the other darker BB Creams I own but I think it is similar to the Hadalabo BB Moist Emulsion SPF50+ PA+++ in Natural Ochre or Nanoce BB Moist Cream...I'll try to post swatches soon!!
Sephora Pro Foundatio Airbrush #55
This purchase came about because of the Beauty Insider's giftcard I received (through e-mail) a couple of months ago. I just couldn't pass it up =X I went into the store with one list and walked out with a bag of different products! How often does this happen to everyone else?
Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin' Watermelon
I wasn't expecting to find this at Sephora but after I spotted it I couldn't resist. I have a soft spot for sheer lip products :X I can't comment too much on it's lip balm properties because I haven't used it enough or consistently to see the effects. I probably wouldn't purchase more until I use most of this one or if I have another gift card from Sephora.
Jack Black Lip Balm SPF25 in Black Tea & Black Berry
My lip balm collection just keeps growing! I decided I should probably take care of my lips with SPF products since I do so with my face already. Picking a flavor was a little overwhelming. I wanted to have all of them but I realized it was a bit much, therefore I only got one (for now xD). I must say it works well and the flavor isn't bad. The plus is it doesn't have any mint in it! However I did notice that the sunscreen ingredients it used was Octinoxate, which if I remember correctly is a chemical sunscreen that could cause some sort of bad effect (but don't quote me on that...I should do more research on this!).
Sephora Glass Nail File
The American Apparel warehouse sale came to New York in mid December. I went twice the first week it opened. I didn't pick up many pieces because the prices of the prettier items were still out of my preferred price range. I ended up purchasing only two hoodies, two pairs of leggings, and a tank, & of course these three polishes. Many of the polishes available weren't very well mixed. These were considered the few good ones. You could see in Factory Grey and Peacock that there are two colors in them.
I purchased this at a nail supply store. I've been searching for a spatula like product. I don't know the real purpose for this item but it works well as a spatula so I have no complains :P
OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
At the nail supply store I also purchase this base coat. I was actually looking for a top coat but hastily said "What is a good base coat?" instead *smacks head* I didn't realize it until I came home that night. *sigh* Well I'm set for a base coat for the next year or two! hehe
Any recommendations for a top coat? Besides Seche Vite and Essie Good to Go?
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser
Yet another purchase made after reading Lil Lady's Life's blog! I was running out of my Hada Labo cleansers and wanted one that had some acne fighting ingredients in it. I must say this cleanser is drying! But the smell is nice, just like grapefruit. I don't know how I feel on this product yet...must use it longer to see how it does for my acne.