Haul: Philip Kingsley, Real Techniques, Embryolisse, Anastasia, OPI and More!

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's been far too long since I last showed you how I frivolously squander my money! As per usual, this whole slew of product has been slowly accumulated, but despite how I seem to have hit every department of beauty, there's a clear theme of haircare and British products here. I'm actually desperate to get this post up because I haven't tried/opened anything here, and am itching to do so (symptom of productjunkie-itis, you know). 

Let's start with haircare!

Philip Kinglsey Elasticizer and Stimulating Scalp Mask: I've wanted to try the Elasticizer for ages, and when the company launched their new scalp products, I headed to Feel Unique to place a massive order. They don't ship Philip Kingsley products to the U.S., but luckily I was able to find a few of their products on Amazon, though they didn't have the other scalp care products. Can't wait to try them both out, especially as I haven't used a pre-shampoo hair treatment since the Michael van Clarke 3 Inches Longer (post). 

Toni & Guy Conditioner for Dry Hair: I've clearly been lusting after British haircare products, and while I'm still waiting on Charles Worthington to make its way across the pond, Toni & Guy has been scratching that itch nicely. I've already purchased and reviewed their dry shampoo here, but I wanted to see how their wet products performed, so here we are. They didn't seem to have a shampoo for my hair type (oily), so I skipped out on that, but might have to pick up their heat protectant. 

Amika Oil Treatment: Ricky's had a 50% sale on a few haircare items, and as a hair oil junkie, I practically leapt at this one. I actually haven't heard anything about it, but the Amika products have a gorgeous smell to them, so most of my motivation for purchasing was so my hair would smell that good. (Sidenote: anyone else's hair weirdly absorb and cling to scent? I basically need a shampoo after eating Indian...)

Schwarzkopf Oil Potion: Okay, the Amika may have been a little justified, but this purchase was completely gratuitous. It was, however, 50% off as well and I'm completely addicted to hair oils, so obviously stocking up in advance is a smart financial strategy. Plus, if I do a a review post on all my hair oils, then it's just gone to a good cause, right?

Eysilix Total Eye Rescuer: Caroline Hirons was talking about this eye cream for a while, so when I saw it in my Duane Reade (sadly, without any Hydraluron sitting next to it), I didn't think twice. My current eye cream is actually stinging my eyes a little bit, so I might even whip this open tonight.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre: Oh, yes. I'm actually surprised I managed to hold off on buying this for so long, but I have to confess that I'm trying this potentially for a Cult Products Not Worth the Hype post. I hope it's up to scratch, of course, and I'm almost positive I'll end up liking it, but I'm keeping that post idea on back burner anyway. 

Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream: I don't typically wear foundation these days (partially out of laziness, and partially because my normally hellish skin has recently decided to cut me some slack), but sometimes even my usual It Cosmetics CC Cream can feel a bit foundation-like. I wanted something for lazy class days that qualifies more as skincare than makeup, and this has a good amount of SPF (30), and was on for reward points. 

Lancome Definicils Mascara: My eyelashes have been in a crazy funk recently, with mascaras I've formerly loved suddenly making my lashes look terrible. Maybelline Big Eyes used to be my favorite (picture here), and now it's like my eyelashes have completely rebelled. In my screwball logic, I've decided if mascaras that used to work fantastically suddenly don't, mascaras that didn't work for me suddenly will. (Yeah, I don't know about that either). I've always been surprised that Definicils didn't work for me, so maybe it will this time around!

Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Granite: I've been using the Benefit Gimme Brow for the past month or so and really like it, but can't decide if it's just a typical brow gel or if there really are some thickening fibers to it. Obviously I'd need a regular tinted gel to compare it to, so I repurchased this old favorite to see where the Benefit lands.

Wet n' Wild Walking the Red Carpet Palette: I snatched up this $5 baby in my Duane Reade just today, because the last time I tried a Wet n' Wild limited edition palette, it was out of this world (post). This looked like a good mix of satins and shimmers in the store, but I got home and realized almost all the shadows are extremely shimmery, if not a molten-metallic finish. I'll play around with it a bit and then get back to you, but I'm a little wary of these shades at the moment. 

(From left to right)

Butter London Nail Polish in Goss: The latest rose gold polish everyone is talking about. I hated Sally Hansen Gold Roses (post), so maybe I'll have better luck with this one?

OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian: The new spring Brazil collection is predictably fabulously bright, and after months of dark nails, I'm so ready for spring shades. I don't have any cool pinks in my frighteningly large collection, so this purchase was totally warranted.

OPI Taupless Beach: This one wasn't. I have quite a few greiges in my stash, but you can never have too many classics!

Real Techniques Duo Fiber Brush Set: I've been expanding my brush collection, but realized I don't have any duo fiber ones at all, so I snapped this up on my latest trip to Ulta. (Can we get RealTechniques in the drugstores, please?). They're deliciously, typically Real Techniques soft, and I'm especially curious to try the eye brush!


I could probably use a spending ban right about now, but I think we all know that's not going to happen. 

I'll keep you posted on the products you've just seen, but if there's anything you're particularly interested in, give a shout!

A review of the Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Foundation will be up Wednesday!

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