Haul: Ulta and La Roche-Posay

Sunday, April 8, 2012

While spending time with my family this weekend, I made time for some shopping at Ulta, knowing they had a 40% off sale on a few drugstore brands. But what started off as a strictly in-and-out trip for two makeup items didn't exactly end that way, though I did manage to have some restraint. I also acquired a couple new La Roche-Posay products, one of which makes me embarrassingly excited, given what it's concerned with.

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Powder in Beige: This was the first thing I thought of when I found out about the sale. I've heard good things about this glowy but not shimmery powder for quite some time now and decided to give it a go. I very nearly got this in translucent, but it looked a little pink and beige is much more suited to someone as yellow as I am. I haven't used it yet, but am positively itching to swipe it across my cheekbones tomorrow and maybe even try it layered over Benefit's Watt's Up (post) for an especially radiant look. 

Almay Wake Up Under Eye Concealer: You know I love a drugstore brightening under eye concealer, and this is one that I've been after forever. I'm sure the wake up thing is all marketing schtick, but I'm a sucker for such things. I have this in light/medium, which is my usual under eye drugstore shade, but it might be just a hair dark. On that note, shade range for this product is abysmal, as it's only offered in light, light/medium, and medium--the darkest of which would only suit olive skin tones. Get it together, Almay!

Looks like something out of Star Wars!

Befine Eye Blossom Miracle Eye Serum: Midterms and harried workdays have left my under eye circles significantly darker than usual and I'm afraid they'll never improve unless I get cracking on the issue. Most brightening eye treatments are ridiculously expensive (especially considering most don't even work) but this little kit was on sale and caught my eye. There are four little pods filled with some sort of cucumber/flax seed oil cream with each one meant to last you a week. The box actually describes the product as "magic" so I very foolishly have some high hopes for this stuff. I'll be sure to report back in a month's time!

One Bath and Body Leave-on Eye Rescue Mask: Seriously, these dark circles are out of control. I had previously thought that cooling masks and eye gels only fought puffiness and didn't actually combat darkness, but my mom and other women in my Asian family have said otherwise. I saw this little pack for a mere $2 or so and figured I'd give their theory a try. I can't tell from the packaging, but I think it's a one-use thing, so although it probably won't lighten my dark circles, I'll still get a nice eye treatment out of it. 

So beautiful they deserved their own close-up.

OPI Light My Sapphire: Remember when I was obsessed with blue polish? Clearly that phase hasn't entirely gone away. The frostiness and depth of this blue is faintly reminiscent of Butter London's Big Smoke (post) but this shade is so deep it's nearly black. I know it's not at all seasonal, but I get tired of brights and pastels every now and then so this color is sure to get its turn.

Orly Opal Hope: Expect to see this in a NOTW post very soon! Between the pale pink and multicolored shimmer in this nail polish, my fingernails might look like salmon. It's unusual and maybe even a little weird, but I feel that spring is a very forgiving season for crazy nail color. =)

La Roche-Posay 24 Hour Deodorant: My mom brought this to me from Zurich not 6 hours ago, and I don't think I've ever been so excited to receive a deodorant. I don't believe this is available in the States, but if you can get it you absolutely should if only for the smell. I haven't tried it yet, but I fell in love at first whiff. It's clean and soapy and fresh without smelling the least bit artificial and I honestly wish it came as a perfume--who wouldn't want to smell beachy and light with a hint of fresh laundry? It's absolutely a unisex fragrance, so if you can get your mitts on it, pick one up for a man in your life as well! If I like this I might have to update my aluminum free deodorants post (link) as this doesn't contain aluminum, alcohol or parabens. Really, I don't think I've ever been so excited about armpit care before. Thanks, Mom!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel: I'm still using the brand's Effaclar Duo acne treatment (with no huge results) and decided to pick up their oily skin facial cleanser as well. What attracted me to this was their soap-free claim on the bottle, which is something I've never seen on a face wash before. It also promotes its pH level of 5.5 which should probably mean something to me, but I'm a complete idiot at chemistry. This has a surprisingly short ingredients list, though, which I always interpret as more natural and generally better for you, though that may be completely unfounded. 

This will probably be the last haul for a while as the amount of beauty related crap I've amassed is getting a little out of control. If I didn't continuously use things up, I'd consider going on a Project 10 pan, though I think we all know I wouldn't stick to it. =)

Slightly different post coming up!

Happy Easter!


  1. Please report back asap on the deodorant, lol! After reading your aluminum-free post I bought both the Arm & Hammer and LaVanila to try out. I'm liking both so far and my pits seem to be liking me more as well. Your haul posts always inspire me!

    1. Hahaha still testing but I'll report soon. So glad you're liking the deodorants--your pits will thank you!