Spring 2014 haul, part 2

I couldn't resist placing one more order at Sephora during the VIB 15% discount last week.  Then Nordstrom had a gift-with-purchase and I'm a sucker for those too...and then I decided I needed new spring nail polishes.  Without further ado, here is the rest of my spring haul.

I'll start with some of the more practical items. I picked up Clé de Peau concealer (trying to see whether it creases under my eyes, which is the bane of my existence at the moment), YSL Touche Eclat since I'm almost out of the tube I have, and I'm giving Becca Ever Matte Foundation a shot.  I took a wild guess on the shade since Becca isn't at my local Sephora, and forturnately Shell is a perfect match.  Also got Deborah Lippmann Steppin' Out foot cream, which is the best one I've ever tried.


Now for more "fun" products:  NARS Années Folles lip gloss, Benefit Lolli Tint (I intend on layering the NARS gloss over it and pairing both with MAC Full of Joy blush, which was in part 1 of my spring  haul), Shiseido Fuchsia lipstick, which I've been pining for for over a year, YSL Gloss Volupté in Corail Trapeze, and Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #53 - another item I should have just bought last year.  It was limited edition and not available at Sephora anymore but I managed to track it down on E-bay.


And finally, the nail polishes...what can I say, the China Glaze ones were a mere $3.25 each at head2toebeauty.com.

Top row:  China Glaze Love's a Beach, Hang Ten Toes, Strike a Rose, Pink Plumeria

Bottom row:  Essie Resort fling, China Glaze Mimosas Before Manis and Keep Calm, Paint On, Essie Naughty Nautical


So much makeup and yet I'm already looking ahead to summer hauls!  The NARS Adult Swim summer collection in particular is calling my name.

Spring 2014 haul, part 1

Okay, so my spring haul might be...excessive, even for me.  I actually had to divide it into two parts, the second of which I will post as soon as my Sephora order arrives (I used the VIB 15% off discount late last week.)  In the meantime, here's what I scooped up between January and the end of March.  As you can see, I focused mainly on lips and cheeks - there's nary an eye product to be found, which is highly unusual for me.


Tom Ford lip sheers in Sweet Spot, Pink Dune and In the Buff, Bobbi Brown shimmer lipsticks in Pink Apricot and Pink Gold, Rouge d'Armani Sheer #314:


So far I've dug in to the Bobbi Brown lipsticks - both are amazing and look fabulous with Stila Kitten eye shadow and NARS O blush.

Now for the blushes.  Top row:  Hourglass Diffused Heat, MAC Full of Joy, NARS Sex Fantasy (can't stop wearing this with a little bit of Bobbi Brown Rose shimmerbrick on top and Bobbi Brown Rose Gold lip gloss.)

Bottom row:  Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Rouge Pot, Armani Cheek Fabric #305, NARS Final Cut and Love


And the rest:  Chanel Sonate Glossimer, NARS Pro Prime primer (not impressed with this so far, sadly), Nails Inc. polish in Princes Gardens, Deborah Lippmann Flowers in Her Hair polish


Davines conditioner, which is too much for my fine hair as an everyday conditioner but makes quite a nice weekly treatment.


What have you hauled so far for spring?

2013 Holiday Haul


I can't believe I've neglected my beloved blog for a solid week!  But to paraphrase Bob Cratchit, I was making rather merry.  :)  We're just about wrapping up the holiday season, so I thought I'd share the products I picked up between my fall haul and now.  I haven't tried all of them but I can't wait to dig in!  You'll notice there's not much makeup this time around - it's mostly nail polish, hair and bath and body products.

First, the Pedi-sonic...I'm a sucker for fancy foot treatments, especially now as my feet are kind of a mess from running, so I'm eager to try this and see if it works better than my Diamancel file.


Chanel Cosmic, Essie Cashmere Bathrobe, Urban Decay Zodiac, OPI All Sparkly and Gold, China Glaze Ruby Pumps nail polishes.  I was shocked when, a few days before Christmas, I went digging through my polish stash and realized I didn't own a single glittery red polish.  Naturally I had to remedy that ASAP with a trip to Ulta.


Davines All in One Milk and Bumble & Bumble hair chalk, which I haven't had the occasion to try yet...but I think the fresh minty green hue will be fun in the spring.  I had heard of Davines but had never tried it until I started going to a different salon in town, and my stylist used this on my hair.  It's a little too heavy for me since my hair is fine textured, but it smells divine and detangles amazingly well, so I just use it once a week as a deep conditioner on a day that I don't have to style my hair.  I'm also a huge fan of their Sea Salt Spray (not pictured) which, I dare say, I like just as much as Bumble & Bumble's version.  I will definitely be trying more from this line!


Chanel Bronze Platine mascara and Initiation Illusion d'Ombre eye shadow (love both!), MAC Close Contact lipstick, Dark Outsider Creme Sheen lip gloss, It's Physical and Our Secret Fluidlines. 


Finally, lots of LUSH holiday stuff - Penguin Bubble Bar, Celebrate lotion (smells delish and layers well with the Penguin Bubble Bar scent), Ponche and Calacas perfumes.  I'm still testing out the perfumes, so far they're not great on me.  For some reason LUSH perfumes seem to turn weird on me.


What did you get during the holiday season?  Anything you're loving?

Fall haul!

Given yesterday's pictureless post, I thought I'd provide some eye candy today.  I'm taking a break from Museum-worthy items to share my fall 2013 haul, i.e. items I'm going to actually wear rather than exhibit (these go in the "stash", not the collection.)



Nails:  Laura Mercier Bewitched, Deborah Lippmann Rolling in the Deep, Jin Soon Azurite, Obsidian and Jasper, Zoya Payton, Flynn and Storm:


Eyes:  MAC Eat, Love and Beluga eye shadows, Chanel Mystere quad, NARS Tatar, Snake Eyes and Ubangi Eye Paints:


Lips:  Estée Lauder Gilded Honey, Armani Rouge Ecstasy #100 (Androgino), MAC Sweet Succulence:



I think I'll start doing this once each season, as it'll help me keep track of what I've got (buying similar colors is one of the hazards of having a large stash - you tend to forget some of the stuff you already have.)  So stay tuned for more haulage posts.  :)

What are you wearing make-up wise this autumn?