Haul: Post-Christmas Sales, Haircare, Nails and New Drugstore Products!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

I was planning on putting this up after January 1st, but I figured if I did yet another NOTW post (my New Year's Eve one), you'd all come after me with torches and pitchforks. So here we are!

Post-Christmas is my favorite time of the year to shop, and that only marginally has to do with the sales. The weeks (sometimes even the months) before Christmas are extremely frugal for me, as I'm desperately saving up to be able to afford presents. But once the holiday arrives, I'm rewarded with a few envelopes of cash and I can finally purchase the things I've been eyeing for months. 

This year's shopping was even more thrilling, as several drugstore brands have just released all sorts of fun new items, and you know nothing makes me happier than under $10 makeup! I'll throw in my first impressions when I can, but for the most part, this hodge-podge collection of stuff is so new that I haven't even tried it yet.

I've been drooling over L'Occitane's set of Lemon Verbena Hand Soap and Lotion for weeks, but wisely refrained from purchasing because I knew it'd be in the after-Christmas sale. (Tip: if it's packaged in a festive/holiday-ish way and you want it for yourself, wait for the sale!) I popped into one of their stores on Dec. 26th, and sure enough, the set was reduced from $40 to $30, but the very next day my cousin got the same set for $20. Annoying, but proof that sometimes you need to wait it out even more. Still, as someone with a weird obsession with nice bathroom soap, I can't wait to use the set.

J. Crew was next (hey, look, the first non-beauty related item on my blog!), and they're having terrific sales still, so go if you get a chance. I've been looking at these flats online for weeks, and grabbed them in the sale for $35 (originally $150!). I'll have to wait a few weeks to wear them, but I don't mind!

I harassed my cousin to take me to Ulta, where haircare became the theme of the day. You know I love the Organix Macadamia Oil line, so I picked up their new Moroccan Argan Creme Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, along with the Biotin and Collagen Shampoo. I'm one of those "oily and limp roots, dry ends" types, so this combination sounds perfect for my needs.

I also spied some new L'Oreal haircare items that were incredibly cheap, compared to the far more expensive products that are harder to find in the U.S. I picked up the Total Repair Damage-Erasing Balm, and this stuff is so magnificently dense that it could really only be called a balm. You know I love a good hair mask, and this might be the thickest one I own--turn it upside down and it doesn't even move!

Now we're getting to the good stuff--a whole slew of new drugstore products!

Complexion: I'm nearing the very end of my beloved Revlon ColorStay and have been on the hunt for something lighter, so Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation seemed perfect. Color selection is great (one of Revlon's best qualities), and I've heard good things about the foundation as well as the corresponding powder. I've also been looking for a similar drugstore dupe to my favorite under-eye concealer, Estee Lauder Double Wear, and Revlon ColorStay Concealer sounded similar enough. But of course one concealer is never enough, and I also picked up the L'Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer, mostly because it's a pencil. I plan on using it on days when I just want some quick spot-concealing, powder, and mascara--because really, what is easier to use than a pencil?

Eyes: My obsession with blue nails has recently carried over to my eyes, which I only realized when I saw Maybelline's new limited edition 24 Hour Color Tattoo shades. Bad to the Bronze is a terrific neutral, but the new shades are great for those who like color or want to try it (like me). I picked up Electric Blue and Test My Teal, and can't wait to start playing with them. I'm not yet sure how I'm going to use them (possibly as liner, all over the lid, as a strong base...) but it's nice to expand my boringly neutral eyeshadow collection. I also grabbed the new Rocket Volume Mascara (in Brownish Black, damnit!) so you can expect a Mascara Experimentation post some time next week.

Lips: Maybelline also has a new Color Whisper lip product and all I can say is holy pigmentation! A single swipe gives me complete coverage and intense color--these babies are going to be incredibly popular, I can already tell. I love the skinnier bullet (makes for easier application), and they're creamy without being drying--though I wouldn't call them moisturizing. My one complaint thus far is that the color selection leans either bright or dark, making it difficult to find natural colors, and the shades they show you are terribly misrepresentative of the color you actually get. Great for fans of brighter lips, but those looking for more wearable colors might not be able to find a shade for them. 

Nails: I probably get more excited about new nail products than anything else, and this time it's the Essie Sleek Stick Nail Stickers that have me on a high. Her designs are more interesting than most nail stickers I've seen (though the selection is still small), and I can't wait to see how Sticks and Stones looks on my hands. OPI also released their Mariah Carey collection, and while the colors aren't too exciting, I got The Impossible just to see what this "liquid sand" texture is all about. You'll see them both in a NOTW post soon!

In my typical shallow ways, I'm now experiencing the post-shopping bliss of being surrounded by shiny, new things--no shame!

Of course, the only thing more exciting than having new products is reviewing them, so let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like to know more about.

Happy post-holiday shopping!

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