Haul: Elf, Real Techniques, Maybelline, Pixi, Napoleon Perdis, AmLactin + Giveaway Winner

Monday, October 14, 2013

I really should have written a Products I've Used Up post today, but I've neglected that topic for so long that my shopping bag of empties is overflowing and just looking at it feels overwhelming. Obviously, that problem will go away if I put off that post a while longer... =)

But if there's anything that warrants a shuffling in the blog schedule, a haul is unquestionably it. I spent a terrific weekend with my family in New Jersey--we volunteered, spent a delicious afternoon at a cider mill, and had an impromptu make-your-own-pizza party. It was the perfect mixture of productivity, activity, and lazy, and in the midst of all that, I found time to stop by Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond. 

I don't really shop at Bed, Bath and Beyond (I keep writing Bed, Bath and Beyonce!--thank you, sleep deprivation), but my cousins worship at the altar of the 20% off any item coupon, and insisted that I check out the makeup section. I wasn't expecting much, but not only was the beauty section surprisingly vast, it was extremely current. I noticed a few things that have yet to make their way to New York drugstores, and wasted no time tossing them into my basket. 

Maybelline Volum'Express the Colossal Smoky Eyes Mascara: I hope you've missed my Mascara Experimentation posts, because you can expect quite a few in the near future! I've been playing with this latest Maybelline offering for a few days now, but all I'll tell you until the review is that I'm annoyed it doesn't come in a waterproof formula. 

Revlon Parfumerie Spun Sugar: It was actually the bottle and not the idea of scented nail polish that made me buy this. The packaging is sweet, and a nice change from Revlon's typical boring bottle, but I'm not sure how I feel about scented nail polish. First of all, you definitely shouldn't be trying to inhale polish fumes, and to the best of my knowledge, the '90s are over. I'm still excited to give it a try, though, and if nothing else, I can always use another silver polish in my collection come winter. 

Real Techniques Setting Brush: My current favorite YouTuber and girl crush, ThePersianBabe (Barbara) keeps talking about this in her videos, and it sounds like the brush I've been looking for. I normally use my Sigma E40 brush for sweeping a bit of powder over my under-eye concealer, but it's a bit small for the job. To be fair, it's meant to be a crease brush, and it's not the brush's fault that my eye/crease area is so small. The egg shape of this Real Techniques one looks extremely promising, and I imagine it'll be fantastic for highlighting as well. I haven't even tried this yet, but between my experience with Real Techniques brushes and Barbara's endorsement, I've got a good feeling about it. 

Target was next on the agenda, where I went to town with drugstore makeup I've never tried before. 



ELF Baked Eyeshadows in Toasted and Bark: The fabulous Emilynoel83 mentioned Toasted as the perfect rose gold eyeshadow in a recent video, and as much as I hate how overhyped that phrase is, there's no denying the beauty of the color. Toasted runs warm, with the right amount of metallic finish to be interesting without veering into dangerously glitter territory. I can't wait to run it on top of my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink for a little extra oomph. Bark is the kind of shimmery, medium-brown I have about five versions of, but at $3 apiece, I couldn't just leave it on the shelf.

Boots No 7 Exquisite Curl Mascara: This will be another Mascara Experimentation post, and it's one product I'm particularly excited to play with. I've experimented with a good chunk of No 7 skincare, but not with any of their makeup. You should know by now that I am all about mascaras that will retain a curl, but curling mascaras are kind of hard to come by, so I'm especially glad I picked this up. 

Pixi Fairy Light Solo in Bronze Beam: I really don't know what possessed me to pick this up. Bronze Beam is possibly the most standard, easily-duped eyeshadow I've ever seen but it somehow came home with me, and I'm glad it did. I've only played with it a few times, but the tone of this brown is on point. It's a little sheerer than it looks in the pan, making it the perfect medium-brown shade for all over the lid--and you know I love my one-eyeshadow shadows. The gold adds just the right kind of dimension and light, and the texture is lovely and smooth. I'll definitely go into further detail in a later post when I have more experience with this baby.

Pixi Lid Last Shadow Pen in Perfect Plum: You know I love my cream eyeshadow sticks/crayons, but I was looking to branch out towards more russety, autumnal shades instead of my usual beiges, golds and taupes. I caught sight of Perfect Plum and decided it was perfect (based solely off the painted end of the packaging) and realized when I got home that it's not nearly as red as I thought it would be. The tube led me to believe it would be a perfect berry shade, but the crayon itself is really more of a deep, sparkly purple which my collection already has quite a bit of. Annoying, but I don't have any non-neutral shadow pencils, so it'll still be worth it if this formula proves up to scratch. 

AmLactin Ultra: Though it didn't seem possible, I finally used up my enormous bottle of AmLactin, and if you read this post, you will know what a godsend this is. I can't be without it, period, let alone being without it in the colder months! I thought I'd upgrade to the Ultra version this time--not really sure what the difference is, but I'll keep you posted.

Napoleon Perdis Contour and Highlight Palette: Napoleon Perdis is one of those Target makeup brands that I consistently walk by, shrug at, and then continue shopping. I don't know much about it, and I've never really cared to look into it, but I was having a serious case of Sleek contour + highlight palette envy. I love the idea of all your face color products being held in the same little case, and am crossing my fingers that this will be somewhat like the much-adored Sleek palettes. I haven't so much as swatched these shades, but this set includes two highlighters, and a blush and bronzer--which I don't think is a variation that Sleek does. 

Toni & Guy Hair Accessories: These were in the clearance section, and are the kind of subtle, but different hair accessories I tend to go for. I especially like gold touches in my 'do (read: ponytail) come the holiday season, but I'm not yet sure if these will look cheap or slightly more expensive in my hair. 

I also swung by Sephora during my lunch break, looking for the new Hourglass Ambient Light palette (ugh, I want it but already have one of the included shades) and found myself in the Clarisonic section.

I can't be the only one who doesn't open skincare things until moment of use, right?

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head: I talked all about my "Eh, it's no big deal" feelings towards the Clarisonic in this post, and recently have heard some chatter about the deep pore cleansing brush head and the difference it makes. Honestly, I haven't used my Clarisonic since around May, but my skin has started acting up a bit recently so I thought I would get back into it. Acne's not really my problem this time--it's more like small bumps all over my face that feel like the hyper-clogged pores. I'll crack this baby open when I wash my face tonight, and hopefully I'll have a more positive Clarisonic experience this time around.

Now, about that giveaway!

The winner for my Hada Labo Tokyo Giveaway is jadorezrg. I'll have sent you an email by now, and thanks to the rest of you for offering to take that extra product off my hands!

That Products I've Used Up post should be up Wednesday...unless I get lazy again. 

Hope you all have a lovely week!

1 comment :

  1. i just splurged and bought a clarisonic mia! i know my brain has a difficult time discerning between different makeup/beauty products (esp mascara), so i kind of have to do a side by side comparison, otherwise it all looks the same to me!
    SO, i am going to test the clarisonic and just half of my face for a month or so? and hopefully can return it if i see no difference....

    have you heard of this super expensive personal micro abrasion machine??? it goes by an acronym....and sells for about $200? i see it all over the beauty blog world! I'm mildly curious but unfortunately, i don't have a money tree in my backyard...