Haul: Sephora, Ulta, Lush and Some Random Things!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I'm back with another haul post of a fairly random assortment this time. Some of the more expensive items were purchased through the Sephora Friends and Family sale (still going on now, click here!) and I'm debating checking out the Ulta sale as well, as their Friends and Family just started. And, as always, if you want me to do a follow-up review on anything you see here, just leave me a comment!

1. Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer: As much as I love skincare, I rarely get excited over moisturizer--I'm more of a mask and treatment kind of girl. But the second I saw this at Sephora, I knew I had to get it and quickly placed my Friends and Family order. For starters, Clinique is one of my favorite skincare brands of all time. I adore and religiously use their All About Eyes Rich eye cream (post), their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (post) and everything else I've tried from their foundations to body butters has never done me wrong. It's a very no-fuss or frills brand with lots of products being fragrance free or hypoallergenic and even my dermatologist approves of quite a few of their skincare items. This moisturizer, newly launched with their Turnaround Radiance line, is supposed to reveal brighter and younger looking skin. I don't particularly care about the younger part, but I'm hoping this will lighten some of my acne scarring and even out some bumpiness. What really drew me to this, though, is the unbelievable texture this cream has. It starts out as a nice, spongey moisturizer and then turns into a gorgeously smooth sort of serum that left the skin on my hand deliciously velvety soft. I can't wait to finish off the last of my Alba Jasmine and Vitamin E Moisture Cream (post) and crack this open! 

2. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: I've been wanting to try this mask forever and the Friends and Family sale seemed like a perfect opportunity! There's nothing I love more than peeling things off my face and examining all the gunk it pulled out, and this product is supposed to give particularly fantastic results. It says it's for all skin types, so while I don't imagine it's the best for dealing with acne, I'm sure it'll clear out, and maybe even help refine, my pores. $35 is a bit high for only 2.8 oz of product and you're supposed to put on quite a thick layer of this, so I'm really interested in seeing how long this tube will last me.

3. Thayer's Lavender and Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Toner: I love that clean feeling a quick swipe of toner across the face gives you and never skip it, though I know many people do. I've tried a lot of different ones, but they've all performed basically the same in my experience, so now I just go for what's inexpensive. Thayer's offers a lot of considerably natural toners (paraben free), and although I liked their witch hazel astringent I was using earlier, this one just might be my favorite. It's alcohol free, and the lavender and aloe in it don't seem to leave my face as red as most other toners do. It also smells deliciously fresh and was only $10 for a good-sized bottle.

4. Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry: I'm testing out a whole bunch of blow dry creams at the moment as part of my current blow-out obsession, and this is the most recent addition to that list. I'm planning on writing about this at length either here or in a post for Temptalia, so I won't say too much about this now. Just know that between how well it straightens and cuts down on drying time, this miracle product takes a lot of work out of blow drying. 

5. Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Set: I wrote about this set in my gift ideas post and of course, wound up getting it for myself. Five $25 lip stains for only $29?! How could I possibly pass up that kind of deal? Color-wise, these aren't the most wearable of shades, especially if you're not comfortable with a bright lip. But I happen to love these bold, reddish, pinkish shades that are so perfect for this time of year! (I do, however, find that the loudest color of all, flashy--a bright, glittery fuchsia is a bit much for me. But a quick blot of tissue against your lips takes off the worst of the color and leaves you with a proper stain). 

6. Jane Be Pure Mineral Blush in Soft Mink: I picked this up when I was at Nordstrom Rack in Union Square a while ago, buying some Bliss body butters (that are absolutely amazing, by the way). I really don't know what possessed me to get it, but it looked pretty, was less than $3 and I could always use more blush. Not only was this product an incredible value, but it's been the only cheek color I've worn since getting it. A soft, shimmery, peachy-pink, it's a perfectly wearable shade that could go with anything. It also has a touch more sheen to it than most blushes I have, so it turns into a really pretty and flattering glow on your cheeks.

7. Comforter Bubble Bar: I love taking baths in the winter, and while I absolutely think that Lush products are completely extravagant and overpriced, I do like to indulge in them every now and then. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know how finicky I am with scents, so even though Lush has a huge array of different scented products, there are really only a few that I like. This bubble bar is one that I keep coming back to--who wouldn't want to bathe in super frothy, sudsy, fruity water? This is one of their more expensive bars, but I can get about 5 uses out of it as my bathtub is considerably small.

8. Honey Bee Bath Bomb: I tend to think bath bombs are just a waste of money as no matter what Lush claims they do to your bath (moisturize the water, draw out all your skin's impurities...) I never actually notice a difference. Call me a fool, but I just love the smell of this floral-honey scented bomb so much that I buy it pretty much only for that reason. It also turns your bath water a pale yellow color, but I don't find that particularly appealing. =)

9. Melting Marshmallow Moments Bath Melt: These, in my opinion, are the bath products worth shelling out for. They really do add incredible moisture to your bath water to put some much-needed hydration back into your skin--we all know how drying lingering in hot water can be, right? This one is not only shaped like a fluffy marshmallow but is utterly consumed with a sickly sweet fruity/candy smell. Obviously, the scent is much more concentrated in the melt than it would be in your bath, but it still makes my whole bathroom smell like Candyland!

10. Bedhead TIGI Rockaholic Dry Shampoo: We all know how much I love dry shampoo and as I'm currently going through the hell that is more commonly referred to as midterms, I use even more of this stuff than usual. Normally, I wouldn't stray from my beloved Batiste (post), but Ulta was selling cans of these for around $9 each a while back, so I picked one up while it was at the reduced price. I used it this morning actually, as late night cramming for my Linguistics exam prevented me from showering, and while I like it more than the Suave one, it's nowhere near as good as my Batiste. I'll have to play with it some more, but it left my hair thick and almost sticky and generally uncomfortable to touch, though it did hide the oiliness well.

It's late and I'm currently happily reclined on my cousin's bed in New Jersey for another glorious weekend of malling and consuming guilt-ridden food. Frankly, after the week I've had, I deserve it!

Good night, everyone! Have a happy and safe Halloween weekend!

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