Category: Haul

Bask in the Light of the Hourglass Luminous Light Palette

Hourglass Ambient Luminous Light Palette

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is a wonderful time of year when new fall collections and limited edition beauty products hit the market at crazy good prices for just a limited time. It’s pretty much like Christmas in July as you get to save big bucks on your favorite brands from Diane von Furstenburg to NARS. I love how Nordstrom likes to let us grab the new fall trends first at a great price but I’m always super excited about the exclusive limited edition beauty goodies that brands create especially for Nordstrom. I’m usually wooed by the MAC and NARS offerings but this year Hourglass stole the show with the new, limited edition Luminous Light Palette.

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Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette Swatches

Tarte x MakeupShayla Tarteist Contour Palette

When Tarte first released the Tarteist Contour Palette a while back my first thought was, “Okay, so where’s the deeper version?” The Tarteist Contour Palette is such a great, convenient highlight and contour palette that comes with everything you need from setting powder to blush. However, the first rendition wasn’t brown girl friendly at all so I gave it a hard pass and explored my options with Anastasia Beverly Hills. Somewhere down the line, Tarte got the memo that WOC like to highlight and contour too and teamed up with MakeupShayla to create a new, limited edition Tarteist Contour Palette more suitable for those of us with a little more melanin. I have to be honest. I gave Tarte major side eye for: A) waiting so long to come out with a darker version and B) using MakeupShayla to promote it. However, I have to say it was a smart marketing move because if I didn’t love MakeupShayla I would have easily passed on this palette.

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Lipstick is My Vice!

Urban Decay Twitch, Heroine, Conspiracy, Violate Vice Lipstick

I just love me some lipstick! A good lipstick can completely lift your mood and transform your look in an instant. A girl can never have too many lipsticks which is probably why Urban Decay decided to unleash 100 shades of their new Vice Lipsticks to help us perk up our pouts in every color imaginable. I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay lipsticks because they’re smooth, creamy, pigmented and long lasting so I just had to add a few more to my collection to round things out. What can I say? Lipstick is my vice!
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ColourPop Haulin’!

ColourPop Churro Super Shock Cheek, Dream Catcher Super Shock Cheek, LaLa Super Shock Shadow, Alchemist Super Shock Shadow, BFF3 Lippie Pencil, Creature Lippie Pencil, Bangin' Brunette Brow Pencil, Black N Brown Brow Pencil

ColourPop has to be the most addicting makeup brand ever. When ColourPop first hit the scene, I just couldn’t understand the huge fascination with them. Then I placed an order and it all clicked. From the shadows to the lipsticks, ColourPop makes some of the most amazing products I’ve ever tried. And they’re all under $10! So, by makeup junkie logic, I’d be doing myself a disservice to not try their new or limited edition products after having such a great run with them. Right? Don’t answer that.

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Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette Swatches

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette

When Becca and Jaclyn Hill announced that they were releasing an entire collection based around her famous limited edition Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector they practically broke the internet. Everyone went nuts! I’m not gonna lie. I got a little excited myself because Champagne Glow is beautiful and Becca really knows how to whip up a perfect cheek palette. However, I kept telling myself that I didn’t need it because I’ve been buying a ton of highlighters lately and I already own the Champagne Glow Palette and Afterglow Palette from Becca’s holiday collection. But you know me. The more pictures and swatches I seen of the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette pushed me to want it more and more. It’s just looked so beautiful!

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Rock Cute Lips & Cheeks All Summer with Tarte!

Cute Lips & Cheeks All Summer with Tarte

I don’t know about you but I just love sales! A few weeks ago, Tarte was feeling super generous with a 30% off sitewide sale. Most times, I take sitewide sales with a grain of salt because they don’t actually include everything on the site like the name implies. Especially Tarte’s. Tarte is known for handing out discount codes like Oprah hands out cars that you can’t even use on the really good stuff like their new or limited edition products. This time around, though, things were different. You could actually take 30% off sitewide. No gimmicks! So I did what any normal makeup junkie would do. I ordered up all of the new stuff I wanted and then tossed in a blush for good measure.
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MAC Haul!

MAC Haul: Otherearthly Mineralize Skinfinish, Adobe Brick Blush, Dunes at Dusk Gleamtones Powder

Years ago, I used to be obsessed with MAC. I had to have a piece (or two or three) from every limited edition collection because MAC was the best of the best with the most beautiful lipsticks, eyeshadows and compacts I’d ever seen. Then I grew up. After years of racing to the MAC site and counter to get my hands on the latest shiny new collection I soon grew tired of the rat race. Makeup is supposed to be fun not stressful! It appears that MAC is beginning to learn their lesson with super limited edition collections because now they’re much easier to shop with plenty of product to go around for everybody. Finally!
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Ulta Beauty Collection Cheek Haul

Ulta Beauty Collection Pink Diamond Illuminating Powder, Radiance Baked Bronzer, Highlight Sculpting Stick, Fame Blush, Flush Blush, Sunkissed Blush

There’s tons of good brands to discover in Ulta but one that’s often overlooked is Ulta’s own Beauty Collection. I’ve shopped at Ulta for years and never paid any attention to the Ulta Beauty Collection until I began working there. Huge mistake! After curiosity pulled me to swatch a few pretty things I quickly learned that there were some hidden gems in the Ulta Beauty Collection. Like the lipsticks, eyeliners and their cheek goodies too. Especially the cheek products. From blushes to highlighters, the Ulta Beauty Collection has a little something for everybody.

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Happy Birthday ColourPop!

ColourPop Birthday Boy Haul

Can you believe that ColourPop is already 2 years old? Man, they grow up so fast! Just last year, I remember┬ádiscovering ColourPop for the first time and seeing first hand just how amazing all of their products are. I’m so happy that I finally decided to give ColourPop a try but I do wish that I would have been with them from the beginning. Then I would have both the limited edition Birthday Girl and Birthday Boy Super Shock Shadows which are beyond beautiful. Lucky for me, I at least made it to the 2nd birthday party just in time to receive ColourPop’s new baby, Birthday Boy and I’m loving it!

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ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix Are Here!

ColourPop Matte X Lippie Stix Are Here!

If I had to pick a favorite budget beauty brand for the year I would have to go with ColourPop, hands down. ColourPop has only been around for two years now yet they’ve already expanded their brand to include shadows, highlighters, lipsticks and more. Plus, just about everything ColourPop creates is amazing quality that won’t set you back more than $8 a pop. Now that’s what I call a win! Besides their great quality, my favorite thing about ColourPop is how they’re always creating new, innovative products that are fun, exciting and too tempting to resist. Their latest creation is the new line of Matte X Lippie Stix. They’re an ultra matte extension to the Lippie Stix lineup that features a shine free finish that’s a bit easier on the lips than the Ultra Satin Lipsticks.

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