Buying Stuff: Episode 20

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I absolutely cannot wait to share my Las Vegas haul with you guys.  The products I bought are what dreams are made of.  Well, my dreams, that is.  However, because I’ve been meaning to post some other products for several weeks now, I suppose I’ll do it first.  So, presenting, THAT OTHER HAUL THAT ISN’T AS EXCITING.  (But still awesome.)

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I do love me some eyeshadow.  I want to own every palette that’s ever been made.  I’m addicted, I’m fully aware, but you should see it all.  They are like my little eyeshadow children, and I love each and every one of them.  These right here are no exception.

I would never guess I would love an $11 drugstore eyeshadow palette.  But this Maybelline The Nudes one is awesome.  Every color is wearable, blendable, colorful.  It is, quite literally, one of my favorite palette purchases.  Isn’t that strange that something so inexpensive – it was even on sale for $7 when I picked it up – could turn out to be more precious than my $50 palettes.  Just goes to show you, luxury makeup doesn’t mean squat.  Although you can forget I said that as soon as my Vegas haul is posted.  Cuz money doesn’t seem like actual money when you’re in Vegas.  I don’t make the rules, guys.  It is what it is.

Aside from that, I recommend you pick up this palette.  The concept is pretty cool because it’s strategically placed in pre-designed quads, trios and duos.  So if you count in fours (two top, two bottom) that is considered your quad; if you count in threes (all top, then bottom), those are your trios; then count in twos (all top, then bottom), those are your duos.  They make it super easy to put looks together.  Of course, I rebel and mix all over the place, but that is what professionals do.  I am a professional, just so we’re clear.

Another batch of really nice drugstore eyeshadows are the new Milani Bella Eyes.  Even looking at them is pretty exciting – they look like little cookies that someone stuck their thumb in.  Or maybe that’s just how I see them.  In any case, I bought some neutral colors (shown above) because that’s all my local Walgreens carried.  However, we got a brand new CVS, and you’d swear it was a Bloomingdale’s or something the way I was carrying on.  I made a special trip clear across town to see what kind of makeup they carried.  And wouldn’t you know it – the best Milani display I’ve ever seen.  Hoards of different things in all the colors.  So I picked up a couple more shadows because I really do like the texture.  They call them gel powders, and I’m not even gonna pretend to know what that means, but the result is lovely.  They blend into each other so naturally.  If you haven’t given these a try, I recommend you grab a few.

And then I bought this thing:

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It’s a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick highlighter in Beige.  In case you’re wondering:  YouTube made me do it.

Well, you know how it is.  Someone goes on and on and on about something, you start to feel like you’re missing out on the secret to life.  I caved and bought one to see for myself.  And yes, it does have a very lovely sheen.  It’s not over the top sparkly by any means.  Sometimes when I use it, I almost feel like I didn’t put on enough, that’s how subtle it looks on me.  It comes in several colors, like a bronze, a pink and something else (besides the beige), so perhaps if I had gotten a different one, it would show up more pronounced.  Or more likely than not, I just don’t know how to apply highlighter properly.  Because when I swipe my finger through it, the color is just stunning.  On my cheeks, however – just barely.  It’s not my most favorite highlighter I’ve ever used, lemme just say that.  Until I figure out how to use it the right way, that is.

Here’s my very first MAC lipstick purchase:

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I think I picked a pretty good one for scrolling through a bunch of thumbnail color swatches on the Internet. I chose the MAC frost lipstick in the color Fluid, and it’s a plum brown. Perfect for fall. And the frost finish of it reminds of my first lipstick purchase in 7th grade. I don’t know if that’s a compliment to the lipstick or not, but I like it regardless.

Aside from all that, Ebates had like an 8% cash back or something at Macy’s, and that’s the only reason I bought this lipstick. I make absolutely no sense, I’m quite aware.

Last part of the haul came about from a Birchbox email that enticed me with a 25% off coupon. They know what they’re doing. Oh yes they do.

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Sometimes when you’re forced to shop, it can takes days to figure out what you want to buy. There was no way I was letting a good coupon go to waste. I mean, there are starving people in China, for chrissakes.

So after about 3 days, and realizing that I clearly need more responsibilities in life, I finally decided on the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette and brushes kit. Oh man! This was such a big surprise to me. Normally I don’t go for palettes that have almost all similar eyeshadow colors (in this case, pink), but I took a chance on this one and I absolutely love it. Every look I’ve done with it has been so pretty. Shadows are blendable and pigmented. Well worth wasting 3 days if you ask me.

As for the brushes, these are pretty decent quality. I got a large shadow brush, a crease brush and some kind of angled blender brush. I can’t think of a feasible use for that last one, but I did like the other two. The crease brush deposits a nice amount of color in the outer v, then blends it out real good. I’ll continue to use them. However, probably not that angled one.

And while I was getting 25% off, might as well buy something else to make it even more worth my while. Decided to go with the Origins GinZing moisturizer, a product I was really curious about. This is an energizing moisturizer, meant to be applied in the morning when you’re halfway asleep, brushing your teeth with your eyes closed. It has caffeine in it to wake up your skin, and it has a nice, refreshing citrus scent. It is very light, and leaves my skin feeling very soft. Not sure if it really peps me up or not, but I can brainwash myself into thinking so.

That’s it for today. October boxes are rolling in so I’ll have those coming up this week. Plus of course the most fabulous haul of all time. Stay tuned, y’all. You won’t wanna miss it.

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