Haul: Nuxe, Nude, Batiste, Real Techniques, MUFE

Monday, April 29, 2013

We can call this the Sale Haul, because I didn't pay full price for anything here!
There's nothing like that smug sense of knowing you saved money...combined with the realization that you might have bought more than you should have just because you had a discount.

Still, between Sephora and Ulta's 15% off deals recently, I'm proud of how well I restricted myself. (That may also have to do with my weird and annoying habit of forgetting everything I want from Sephora the minute they have a discount sale).

Let's begin with my baby, my pride and joy.


Sigh...still taking crooked pictures.

Nuxe Holiday Set: This was on sale at Space NK (likely because it was  a Valentine's Day sort of thing), and I promised myself I could get it if I did well on all my midterm exams and papers. It took a ridiculously long time for me to get my grades, but the second they were in, I had my prize shipped. This kit is supposed to be the best of, or a starter set, to the Nuxe brand which seemed appropriate. You'll know by now that my fixation with this brand started with their Creme Fraiche moisturizer (I dare you to smell it and not fall in love), but I haven't tried much beyond that, so this set seemed like a good place to start. In it, you get a full-sized Huile Prodigieuse multi-purpose dry oil, a miniature of the oil with gold shimmer, a small candle, and a one ounce Creme Prodigeuse moisturizer. It's too early for reviews, but I will say that so far my Nuxe love affair is going strong.



Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry, Wild, and Paisley: I went to Ulta's website to stock up on my Batiste in Fresh (my favorite dry shampoo--see here and here), when I saw that the brand had three new scents. I totally abandoned my beloved Fresh, and immediately popped all three into my basket. My order only came yesterday so I haven't had the chance to try any of them, but I'm interested to see what Wild and Paisley smell like, and if I'll like any of them better than Fresh!



Real Techniques Flawless Base Core Collection: Ulta was also running a Buy One, Get One 50% off deal with Real Techniques brushes, so I finally purchased two sets I've been eyeing for ages. This face set contains the appropriate brushes for painting on or buffing in foundation, contouring (or highlighting), and pinpoint concealing. Technically, they're referred to as the Pointed Foundation Brush, Buffing Brush, Contour Brush, or Detailer Brush. I haven't tried them yet, but I really like Real Techniques face brushes (post), and am curious to see how the Buffing Brush and the Expert Face Brush (post) compare.



Real Techniques Eyes Starter Set: I have an embarrassingly small number of eye brushes for someone with my interests, but they've always been enough for my low-maintenance eye makeup. Recently, I've been getting into slightly more complicated looks, and this set contains the more specific brushes I've been needing. Aside from the standard Base Shadow Brush and Deluxe Crease Brush, the kit also has a tiny Accent Brush, a Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush and Brow Brush. I probably won't use the brushes for their specific purposes, but I feel like this group covers all my eye makeup bases.



Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil: I've consistently heard such good things about this skincare line (created by Bono's wife!), and from what I know, this is the line's cult product. I'm not adverse to face oils, but I've never used one in place of moisturizer, and am slightly concerned about the change in consistency and texture--greasy hairline, anyone?. I'm sure it won't be a big deal, but it'll take some getting used to. The Sephora sales associate also swore the oil would easily absorb, so maybe I'm just not up to speed on these new generation oils. 



Makeup Forever Aqua Liner #11: I just mentioned this in my Beauty Cravings post, and am so glad I wound up purchasing it. I'm always looking for an eyeliner color that's dark enough to define, but not so dark that it competes with my eyelashes. This particular color (Diamond Burgundy) may run just a bit dark for my purposes, but in sunlight, you can really see the distinction between liner and lashes.

There's nothing like some shallow gloating over purchases to fight the effects of the otherwise miserable beginning of the week.

Here's to a (hopefully) tolerable Monday!

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