And the Hauling Continues…

I present to you yet another modest haul. I wish I could say that I accumulated these items over time to make it seem more practical, but I didn’t, lol. What can I say? YouTube made me do it.

1. MAC – Duo Fibre Blending/Tapered Brush 286
2. Revlon – Colorburst Lipstick 006 “Pink Sugar”
3. Josie Maran – Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40+ (not full size)
4. Kat Von D – Painted Love Lipstick in “Agatha”
5. Bare Minerals – Matte Mineral Foundation in “Golden Fair”
6. MAC – Mineralize Concealer in NW 15
7. Fresh – Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment (white tube)

All items purchased were based on stellar reviews online either via YouTube, blogs, and various review sites. None were items that I needed – as all hauls seem to be this way, haha. However, I was curious about everything I got apart from the Bare Minerals matte foundation.

Side note –> I have a love-hate relationship with Bare Minerals. When I was much younger, and before the time of using liquid foundations, I only used mineral ones. At that time, BM was the option that every one was raving about simply because nothing else was available yet (in my opinion). When the matte formula was first released, the shade “Golden Fair” wasn’t available, so I used “Fairly Light” which was too neutral-toned for me. Because of the unsuccessful color match, I gave up and moved onto bigger and better things – only to forget about BM for years. Recently, I got re-interested in BM’s matte foundation because of the shade “Golden Fair.” Just by looking at the loose powder particles I could tell this would be more of a suitable match for me.

I’ve decided to give BM another try because:
1. The shade “Golden Fair”;
2. the “click, lock, go” thing that makes everything less messy;
3. the introduction of the matte formula;
4. and, because Houston’s nearly year long heat wave is rapidly approaching, and I know liquid foundation will begin to slip and slide all over my face.

Having said all these things, I hope to report back to you soon.

What are you hauling? Anything you would recommend?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Haul: Makeup Retail Therapy

Every day is a “haul-iday” in makeup land. What do you guys think? :)

It’s a modest haul and nothing extravagant. But my excuse to myself was: I need to pick up things I need (and while I’m out and about, I’ll just have a look around). In my defense, I really did need more of my trusty Neutrogena eye makeup remover and I really did need my Cetaphil soap. Recently, I randomly switched over from their liquid cleanser to the bar soap one and I’m totally loving Cetaphil in a whole ‘nother way.

My old eyelash curler was the Shu Uemura one – which I’ve been dedicated to for the past 10 years. It’s held up well because I just replaced the rubber pads and I was too stingy to pay the $20 for a stupid eyelash curler, haha. And FINALLY, it was time to part with it because it was just old and I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t replaced it this whole time. So after going back and forth with what I wanted to do, I gave into purchasing and new eyelash curler for yet another $20. But I do have to say that I like that it’s a dark gray (but shiny) color; and it’s just nice to have a new tool.

My favorite purchase is the NARS tinted moisturizer. I’ve been drooling over pictures of this product online for months, and even though that sounds totally creepy, I’ve been waiting for it be available in stores. When I was innocently “picking things up that I ‘needed,'” I saw the Sephora sales associate putting them out on display. The testers weren’t even put out yet, so I creeped around the corner pretending to look at other things. When she asked if I needed help with anything, I asked to play with the testers, lol. I know that sounds so obsessive, but she was nice enough to let me color-swatch and I was instantly sold. :)

And, the best part of today is FREE stuff. Actually, it wasn’t totally free since it takes some dollars spent to rack up some major reward points.

I scored the Tarte set for my 500-points Beauty Insider reward. I’ve been saving my points because nothing had appealed to me for months. But I’m glad I saved because I love everything in this set!

This was my free gift at Ulta for the quarterly reward thing. This retails for $20 so it’s not too shabby. I haven’t tried this brand and normally I don’t gofor leave-intreatments. But I’m eager to try it since my hair has been getting super long, so I’ll report back soon.

Here is everything unpackaged and looking pretty. Oh yea, I got a nail polish too. It’s taken me awhile to purchase Butter London polishes because of the price. But I bought the color “Trout Pout” from the Spring line because YouTube made me do it. I’m going to take this baby with me to the nail salon when I go in for a pedicure – woohoo!

Review on the tinted moisturizer will be coming up soon. I’m going to be trying it out for the next few weeks; however, let me just forewarn you that I have ridiculously high expectations for base makeup and I normally don’t even stick with wearing tinted moisturizers unless they totally wow me. I will be comparing this to the famoulsy popular Laura Mercier one. We shall see.

What did you guys buy this weekend?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

What’s In My Makeup Bag?

Behold, the contents of my makeup bag. This has been a reader-request for quite some time, so apologies for the late post. I understand those who have been curious – and no, I don’t find it intrusive at all. I’m one of those people who wonder about other people’s makeup bag contents (and sometimes purses) too! I’ve emptied the contents here to show a picture of everything. Keep in mind that I tend to rotate products quite frequently, so what I’m showing here is limited to the next few days. Also, just FYI – I’m not one of those ladies who carries around a makeup bag either. I know – disappointing, right? But I’m quite a minimalist when I’m out and about. Long story short: my makeup bag houses items that are my “current favorites” until I get bored and items get replaced or rotated out.

Featured items:
Benefit eyeshadows in “Raining Men” and “Nice Melons”
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
L’Oreal Voluminous False Lashes Mascara (waterproof) in “Black”
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder in “Warm W1 Porcelain”
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Conditioner in “01 Peppermint”
MAC Brow Set in “Beguile”
MAC Eye Brow Pencil in “Lingering”
KOJI eyelash curler
MAC eyeshadow in “Coquette”
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream (original formula) SPF 15
Benefit High Beam highlighter
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Foundation in B10
Christian Dior – DiorSnow UV Shield SPF 50 PA +++ in translucent
Benefit Bella Bamba Triple Dimension Blush

Makeup bag is from Victoria’s Secret from years ago. I believe they were giving this out for free at one point in time when you purchased a certain amount of PINK products.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*Click on images to enlarge.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation & the Pump

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation has been on the market for some time now and I’m only recently jumping on the band wagon. I write this post because this foundation, although branded “high end,” comes with no pump and we need a solution for that. The online reviews for this foundation are superb – from what I’ve researched, very small amounts of people actually dislike the foundation for its formula and texture. In fact, the main turn-off is that there’s no pump, which can lead to unwanted mess, and in some cases, waste of foundation when you accidentally pour out too much. Oh, and god forbid you spill the darn thing.

To some, the pump may not be a big deal, but for many – it’s a design flaw and a deal breaker. It doesn’t help that only the testers at the NARS counter and Sephora have the pumps; and, it also isn’t helpful that you can’t even get one separately anywhere (not even the NARS counters).

After much searching, the NARS foundation pump can be found at the Barneys New York website for $6. There’s no shipping fee and mine arrived in about a week. I was impressed to see that it came heavily wrapped in tissue paper and bubble wrap since it isn’t necessary with a plastic foundation pump, but the effort definitely earned points with me.

The pump is well-made and locks and unlocks by turning the nozzle. The “squirt mechanism” functions well, as it doesn’t clog and get unmanageable, and you can control the amount of foundation to dispense. Even a half a squirt is achievable with this pump. Unfortunately, the original cap that comes with the foundation can no longer be used after you’ve placed the pump in its place. In fact, with the pump, you don’t have an option to cover it with a cap like Chanel’s foundations. You just need to be sure that the pump is locked after each use; and, when traveling, to be extra careful to transport it in an upright position.

I know it’s a lot of trouble to go through. For me, the foundation is totally worth it and it’s not that big of a deal. But with the information provided above, I hope it’s of some help if you’re on the fence about this foundation.

Bottom line: NARS Sheer Glow retails for $42 + $6 pump = $48.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*First image (left aligned) extracted from sephora.com
[As always, click on picture to enlarge if you wish.]

Retail Therapy Confession: Chanel Nail Polish

As an avid beauty product hoarder, I confess that I do have some boundaries. For instance, I don’t think twice about shelling out major money for skin care items – but for cleansers, I like to stick with my Cetaphil, which you can find at a local drugstore for less than $10. I’ll spend ridiculous amounts of money on Chanel foundation and powder, but will wear blush from an Asian drugstore line. So yes, I guess there needs to be some balance to the madness, right?

For the most part, I rarely had any requirements or expectations for nail polish. Mainly, it’s because in my personal opinion, wearing glittery or brightly colored nail polishes come across as unprofessional in the work atmosphere. For that reason, I leave my nails bare and when I would remember – I would file them (very rarely). Since my Chanel kick, I admit I’ve been lusting after item after item – but quite frankly, I didn’t care much for the nail polish because of its price. At times I indulge in OPI, Essie, or Orly polishes at about $8 a bottle; occasionally, I’d get some Revlon polish at the drugstore for a little less than that (but not that much). If the occasion truly called for going beyond the $10 mark, I would find my way over to the Butter London and Deborah Lippmann polishes at Nordstrom – however, this is quite rare.

So you can imagine why I stayed away from Chanel’s nail polish selection – at a whopping $25 a bottle, I expect miracles.

Needless to say, I caved when I saw this particular polish released with Fall 2010’s recent collection – the color “Graphite” was so tempting and alluring, I bought it without even trying it out.

I love it and I have to say that this is the longest time I’ve gone wearing a particular color. Normally after about 2 days or a day and half, I get bored. I confess I want more Chanel nail polishes. In fact, I want to go back to the counters and look at the rest of the released polishes for this season – and I also confess, that I will be on the look out for additional upcoming nail polish releases in the future (along with everything else – which will mean I will need to seriously budget myself).

At this point, perhaps I need help.

*Picture taken on my Blackberry Bold in natural day light.
*Click picture to enlarge, so you can see all the sparkles!

New Treasure

What I mean by “new treasure” is finding something cute and durable at a good price. Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a zip-around wallet — which, sadly, I was unable to find at a decent price. The ones that would catch my attention were hundreds of dollars; and, the ones that were readily available were cheap looking with a very short life span.

Surprisingly, when I stopped by Urban Outfitters on a whim, I randomly found this wallet that did exactly what I wanted. It was soft leather, zipped all the way around, had good amount of slots/compartments, and it looked pretty. It feels like good quality — definitely durable…all for $20.

The brand is KIMCHI BLUE, which is exclusively for Urban Outfitters. While it is named after a popular Korean side dish, I admit, maybe I was a teeny bit biased because of the name! Other than that, the inside stitching is simple and well-kept, with no loose threads (which could lead to potential disaster). The inside is cloth so it doesn’t stretch much, but I figured as long as it’s not overstuffed, we’re good to go.

The back has a sizeable pocket. It’s not designed to hold much, but it’s good to have just in case. Overall, I’m impressed with the quality and price of the wallet. I like that I can shove things into it and then just zip it up.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
[As always, click on picture to enlarge if you wish.]