It is pretty obvious by the above pic that I spoilt myself too much on makeup products this month. But in the makeup world, "too much" sometimes isn't just enough with the endless sea of products out there to explore.
I actually ordered most of these online in December and got all my packages delivered to my cousin's address in Connecticut so she could send it to my home address here in Australia. For those of you who may not know we don't have Sephora in Australia and sadly, they do not ship internationally either :( We do have MAC stores nationwide and there's also the 'Mecca' stores (it is the closest thing we have to a Sephora store here) but it is steeply priced! You are pretty much better off shopping from a U.S. website and use a forwarding service site to send the package to you (if the website doesn't provide international shipping). Even with the additional shipping costs you'd still end up saving a bit of money, particularly if you buy in bulk. But lucky for me I have relatives in U.S. and one of my cousins was kind enough to agree to send me whatever packages I got delivered to her address. Saved me heaps of $$$ going through a forwarding service. Thanks cuz! xx
I bought products from Sephora, MAC, Cherry Culture and Nonpareil Boutique websites but due to delivery delays over christmas, I didn't end up receiving my packages from my cousin till early this month.
What I got from Sephora
MakeUp Forever HD in Caramel
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Stila Kajal eyeliner in Onyx
Dior Diorshow Mascara in Blackout
Nars Dolce Vita Blush
Nars Turkish Delight Lipgloss
Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original and Sin shades (my backup purchases)
I've tried all of these products and I am loving all of them especially the MUFE HD foundation and LM powder :)
Swatches L-R: Nars Dolce Vita blush, Nars Belle De Jour Lipstick, Stila Onyx Eye Liner
Swatch: Nars Turkish Delight lip gloss
Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Palette (left)
Urban Decay Mariposa Palette (right)
Haven't had a chance to play around with both of these palettes but UD hasn't let me down with their eyeshadows so I'm sure I'm gonna love it just as much as my other UD palettes.
UD Deluxe Shadow Palette
Swatches L-R: Fishnet, Honey, Ransom, Graffiti, Zero, Peace, Shag, Scratch, Underground
UD Mariposa Palette
Swatches L-R: Rockstar, Gunmetal, Skim, Infamous, Wreckage
Swatches L-R: Haight, Money, Mushroom, Spotlight, Limelight
As you all know, the first time Naked2 was released, it was selling out like hotcakes in Urban Decay's website and every time I get notified that it is back in stock it sells out within hours. But I couldn't wait till Sephora gets them in stock in late December so I jumped on ebay and ended up getting my palette from a trustee seller there. I paid a little bit extra but I didn't care, it's the price I had to pay for being impatient and it was worth it! Lol. PS. I'm not going to do swatches (as it is already popular in everyone's blogs) but you can check out my Naked2 Make Up Looks here if you haven't already done so).
What I got from MAC
Pro Palette x 15 eyeshadow
Studio Tech Foundation in NC43 (re-purchase)
Contrast Single eyeshadow
Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul
Finally got my first ever Mac custom palette! Most of the shades I got are neutral and six of them are matte browns which I love cause I do not have a lot of matte brown eyeshadows in my collection. Perfect as a transition colour or for blending out crease colours. But so far, my favourite one in this palette is Sketch, a brownish burgundy plum shade.
15 Pro Palette Swatches L-R
First Row: Expensive Pink, Star Violet, Sketch, Hand Written, Espresso
Second Row: All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Twinks, Swiss Chocolate, Saddle
Third Row: Naked Lunch, Mythology, Coppering, Texture, Soft Brown
Not long after I did that big spending online and vowed not to make any more trips to a beauty store/website for a long time, I got lured into my local Mac store while I was in the shops one day on my way to do grocery shopping. I have been eyeing the Matchmaster foundation for awhile now so I asked the MUA to match me so I'd know what shade to get next time I'm ready to buy it. But it turned out really good on me and I loved it so much that I couldn't pass up not buying it straight away. I had a bit of a browse in their eyeshadows section too and I also picked up two shades, Club and Mulch.
Studio Tech Foundation, Matchmaster Foundation, Warm Soul Blush
L-R: Club, Mulch, Contrast eyeshadows
Wet N Wild Walking on Eggshells Palette
Wet N Wild Knock on Wood Palette
Wet N Wild Lust Palette
Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette
Wet N Wild Heather Silk Blush
Wet N Wild Berry Shimmer Blush
Wet N Wild Pearlescent Pink Blush
Wet N Wild Mellow Wine Blush
5 x Red Cherry Falsies
WnW Blush: Berry Shimmer, Heather Silk, Mellow Wine and Pearlescent Pink
I love these blushes. Insanely pigmented and a very cheap alternative to Mac and Nars blushes.
Swatches L-R: Berry Shimmer, Heather Silk, Mellow Wine, Pearlescent Pink
WnW Eyeshadow Palettes: Comfort Zone, Lust, Walking on Eggshells, Knock on Wood
Walking On Eggshells (L) and Knock on Wood (R)
Knock on Wood Swatches
Walking on Eggshells Swatches
Comfort Zone Swatches
May I just add, the last swatch (on the right) kinda reminds me of Mac's Club eyeshadow that I just bought. As you can see in the pic below, it's not an exact dupe for Club but both are duochrome brown shades except Club is leaning more towards a greenish brown shade (when it hits a different light) as opposed to WnW's definer shade which is more of a reddish brown colour.
WnW Comfort Zone Definer Shade (on the left) and Mac Club eyeshadow (on the right)
What I got from Cherryculture.com
Milani Baked Blush in Coralina
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
Milani Liquif'eye liner in Silver
Nyx Burgundy Pearl eyeshadow
Nyx Herb eyeshadow
Nyx Iced Mocha eyeshadow
Nyx Volcano eyeshadow
Nyx Red Bean Pie eyeshadow
Nyx eyeshadow trio in Golden/Rust/Walnut Bronze
Nyx eyeshadow trio in Orange/Golden Orange/Peach
Nyx Jumbo pencil in Black Bean
Nyx Jumbo pencil in Iced Mocha
Nyx Jumbo pencil in Frech Fries
Nyx lip gloss in Whipped
Nyx lip gloss in Sorbet
Nyx lip liner in Natural
Nyx lip liner in Nude Pink
Nyx lip liner in Nude Beige
Nyx Candy Glitter eye liner in Jade
Nyx Candy Glitter eye liner in Purple
Nyx Dramatic sparkle studio effect liquid liner in Crystal Silver
Nyx Dramatic sparkle studio effect liquid liner in Crystal Pink
Nyx Round lipstick in B52
Nyx Round lipstick in Frappucino
Nyx Round lipstick in Heather
Nyx Round lipstick in Milan
Nyx Round lipstick in Orange Soda
Nyx Round lipstick in Pumpkin Pie
Nyx eyeshadows (clockwise): Herb, Burgundy Pearl, Volcano, Red Bean Pie and Iced Mocha
Swatches L-R: Burgundy Pearl, Herb, Iced Mocha, Red Bean Pie, Volcano
Nyx Trios: (L) Orange/Golden Orange/Peach
(R) Golden/Rust/Golden Bronze
Orange/Golden Orange/Peach Trio Swatches
Golden/Rust/Golden Bronze Trio Swatches
Nyx Round Lipsticks in B52, Frappucino, Heather, Milan, Orange Soda, Pumpkin Pie
Love Nyx lippies. Very creamy and long lasting.
Nyx Lip Gloss in Sorbet and Whipped
Swatches L-R: Sorbet, Whipped
Milani Baked Blushes in Luminoso and Coralina
Absolutely adore these blushes. Gives a nice sheen and natural glow to my face. Love it! Two of my most fave blushes I own!
Swatches L-R: Luminoso, Coralina
Nyx Lip Liners
Swatches L-R: Nude Pink, Natural, Natural Beige
Swatches L-R: Milani Liquif'eye eye liner in Silver
Nyx Jumbo pencils in Black Bean, French Fries and Iced Mocha
Nxy Candy glitter eye liner in Jade and Purple
Nyx Studio Effect Dramatic Sparkle liquid liner in Crystal Silver and Crystal Pink
I was also at my local Priceline store a couple of weeks ago when they were having a sale on beauty products. I finally jumped on the BB cream bandwagon and picked up Garnier's Miracle Skin perfection BB cream in Medium. By the way I've used this a couple of times now and I am really liking it. Feels good on the skin, very hydrating and does cover up imperfections and evens out my skintone. I have also been hearing good things about Covergirl's Natureluxe foundation so when I saw it on sale for only $10 AUS I also picked it up, in shade Sandstone. So far so good, I haven't had any reactions or break outs from this foundation. I like the fact that it is lightweight and is very natural looking on my skin. I also picked up another foundation, it is Maybelline's Liquid Dream mousse in Medium 2. I've actually tried the Dream matte mouse a long time ago but I wasn't fond of the consistency of it, it broke me out and no matter how little I put on, it just looked cakey on me. Maybe I bought the wrong shade or not applying it properly (I used my fingers)?? but it just wasn't working out for me. But when I saw the liquid dream mousse on sale, I thought, what the heck, might as well give it a try. I'm glad I did cause it is ahhhmaazing! It looks flawless on my skin and leaves an airbrush finish to my face.
I also ended up purchasing a few lipsticks. I picked up L'oreal's Color Riche lipstick in Nude, Revlon's Super Lustrous lipstick in Temptress and picked up five shades of the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks in Blushing Brunette, Warm Me Up, Totally Toffee, On the Mauve and Yummy Plummy.
Maybelline Color Sensational Swatches
L-R: Blushing Brunette, On the Mauve, Totally Toffee, Warm Me Up, Yummy Plummy
Swatches: L'Oreal Color Riche in Nude and Revlon Super Lustrous in Temptress
And last but not the least, I picked up a few more shades of the L'oreal Infallible eyeshadows. I've been raving about these eyeshadows since I got my first few shades last month so when I saw it on sale, I got really excited and bought three more shades in Burning Black, Endless Chocolate and Midnight Blue. These are just as amazing as the other ones I got and my opinion hasn't wavered, I still think these are the best drugstore eyeshadows out there at the moment.
Swatches L-R: Burning Black, Endless Chocolate and Midnight Blue
So that's about it for my haul this month. Hope you guys liked what I shared. Sorry for the very long post and abundance of photos lol.
I'd be lying if I say I'm not gonna do another haul anytime soon but I know I'm not going to be able to help myself! haha.
Until my next post..