My (Semi) Recent Purchases

Hi lovely followers! Recently, both of us have slowed down our general beauty purchases for various reasons, making our haul posts few and far between. However, I quite enjoy making haul posts, so here’s what I have purchased over the last three months.

Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara | $4.99 | link: I am constantly on the hunt for mascara I actually like, but I heard great things about this one so I bought it at Ulta. If you have any suggestions for mascara, both of us are looking for good ones. Nice volume and decent length would be nice.

Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara | ~$12 | link: Speaking of recommendations, a wonderful reader recommended that both Arabelle and I try this brand of mascara because she really liked it, so when I went to a Japanese supermarket and saw it, I purchased it! At enormous markup but it was completely worth it; the product I’m looking forward to trying most out of everything here. Isn’t the packaging cute?

Sana Super Quick Gel Pencil Eyeliner | ~$12 | link: This was an impulsive purchase but one can never have enough black eyeliner so it’s completely justified. 

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer in Deep Tint | $42 | link: Repurchased my favorite summer base product since my entire collection of drugstore foundations were breaking me out. Just enough coverage for my acne scars but light on the skin and good lasting power with a finishing powder. 

Etude House Sun Prise Natural Corrector SPF 42 PA ++ | ~$11 | link: I wanted to try a new sunscreen so I decided on this one, which is supposed to act as a makeup base as well as a sun protectant. This does leave a cast on the skin, which slowly adjusts to your skintone. As an African-American, I was very surprised that it actually adjusted darker, but it needs time. This product + powder and concealer would make a great light makeup base. However, I think this breaks me out. A tad heartbroken. 

Etude House Sun-Prise Water Essence Gel SPF 30 PA++ | ~$11 | link: I gravitate towards Asian sunscreens since they don’t break me out and they are better for my skin with no white cast. I purchased this from Gmarket along with the other sunscreen pictured above! I haven’t used this one yet but I think I’ll like it because it looks like the newer version of the sunscreen I used last summer – mentioned here.

Glycolix Elite Gly-Sal 5 Percent-2 Percent Pads | $16.40 | link: My skin had been reacting to absolutely everything I was using, so I decided to stop using all of my skincare for about a month except a light moisturizer, and then try something new for my acne. Found this product, and from two weeks of use, I must say I like this. Works well for my skin and my active breakouts are almost gone. 

What have you purchased recently, lovely followers? Comment on the post using Disqus! o/ See you soon and as always, leave a comment or an ask if you would like a review.  

Quick snap of things I&#8217;ve been trying out or can&#8217;t wait to. Some of these were purchased by me, some were gifted, * means gifted but obvi doesn&#8217;t impact my feelings about the actual product because duh integrity. 
Illamasqua Foundation ($44) - I purchased this months ago during the sale but I haven&#8217;t used it yet and I&#8217;m still feeling weird about using Illamasqua products since their terrible handling of their Christmas promotions (just google it, I know we&#8217;ll be asked, and I&#8217;m not going to talk about it anymore). Illamasqua has amazing, high quality products especially their lipsticks and foundation for super pale people who want intense coverage. 
Arrojo Styling Whip* ($18) - I get my hair cut at ARROJO (pics of my hair here) and love both their dry shampoo and their Styling Whip. I never used styling products on my hair when it was long but I think it&#8217;s so important now because my hair is super malleable and if I don&#8217;t control it at such a short length it can look weird. This is super light and easy to use &#8212; a little bit through damp hair to shape it the way you want, and you can air dry. Most mousses and gels etc I&#8217;ve tried have been too tacky or gooey but this isn&#8217;t.
Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream ($20) - I buy all my MB products during the Hautelook sales but they didn&#8217;t have the toner I liked so I picked this and the lotion instead. This is quite thick! I think the Ren one I like to use but ran out of is more like a super creamy lotion, but this is definitely more whipped. I&#8217;m still testing it out, I&#8217;ll let you know how I like it in a little bit. 
Balenciaga L&#8217;Essence ($135) - I&#8217;ve totally talked to death about this. Yeah yeah perfect perfume I love it etc. 
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($39) - Rebought this because I&#8217;ve already hit pan on my first one after only a few months! It&#8217;s been steadfast in favorites posts since I purchased it.
China Glaze Polish &amp; L&#8217;Oreal&#8217;s Paparazzi Pleaser ($5.99)* - Haven&#8217;t used these yet since I&#8217;m currently obsessed with Color Club Glitters. 
Shoprite Oil Free Makeup Remover ($7.99) - I remove all my makeup using DHC Cleansing Oil now usually but if I have a lot of eye makeup on, I use some variation of the Nuetrogena remover. Target, Shoprite, etc&#8230; pretty much all the same formula. I like it best out of all the ones I&#8217;ve tried which have often been too oily or weirdly harsh.
Illamasqua Poised Illuminator ($20) - I am fond of using illuminators and contour and no blush, so I bought this one also during the sale because I was curious. Still haven&#8217;t touched it though.
Illamasqua Indulge ($22) - Illamasqua&#8217;s lip products have never failed me and make up a good chunk of my collection. Pigmented, super glossy or super matte depending on the producted, but never crappy.
Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) - I like using this post cleansing and it really makes a difference for my dry skin &#8212; helps it glow, looks brighter etc.
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Quick snap of things I’ve been trying out or can’t wait to. Some of these were purchased by me, some were gifted, * means gifted but obvi doesn’t impact my feelings about the actual product because duh integrity. 

  1. Illamasqua Foundation ($44) - I purchased this months ago during the sale but I haven’t used it yet and I’m still feeling weird about using Illamasqua products since their terrible handling of their Christmas promotions (just google it, I know we’ll be asked, and I’m not going to talk about it anymore). Illamasqua has amazing, high quality products especially their lipsticks and foundation for super pale people who want intense coverage. 
  2. Arrojo Styling Whip* ($18) - I get my hair cut at ARROJO (pics of my hair here) and love both their dry shampoo and their Styling Whip. I never used styling products on my hair when it was long but I think it’s so important now because my hair is super malleable and if I don’t control it at such a short length it can look weird. This is super light and easy to use — a little bit through damp hair to shape it the way you want, and you can air dry. Most mousses and gels etc I’ve tried have been too tacky or gooey but this isn’t.
  3. Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream ($20) - I buy all my MB products during the Hautelook sales but they didn’t have the toner I liked so I picked this and the lotion instead. This is quite thick! I think the Ren one I like to use but ran out of is more like a super creamy lotion, but this is definitely more whipped. I’m still testing it out, I’ll let you know how I like it in a little bit. 
  4. Balenciaga L’Essence ($135) - I’ve totally talked to death about this. Yeah yeah perfect perfume I love it etc. 
  5. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($39) - Rebought this because I’ve already hit pan on my first one after only a few months! It’s been steadfast in favorites posts since I purchased it.
  6. China Glaze Polish & L’Oreal’s Paparazzi Pleaser ($5.99)* - Haven’t used these yet since I’m currently obsessed with Color Club Glitters. 
  7. Shoprite Oil Free Makeup Remover ($7.99) - I remove all my makeup using DHC Cleansing Oil now usually but if I have a lot of eye makeup on, I use some variation of the Nuetrogena remover. Target, Shoprite, etc… pretty much all the same formula. I like it best out of all the ones I’ve tried which have often been too oily or weirdly harsh.
  8. Illamasqua Poised Illuminator ($20) - I am fond of using illuminators and contour and no blush, so I bought this one also during the sale because I was curious. Still haven’t touched it though.
  9. Illamasqua Indulge ($22) - Illamasqua’s lip products have never failed me and make up a good chunk of my collection. Pigmented, super glossy or super matte depending on the producted, but never crappy.
  10. Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) - I like using this post cleansing and it really makes a difference for my dry skin — helps it glow, looks brighter etc.
I have been pretty good with resisting all of the new drugstore collections that have been coming out recently, but I finished some products and cleaned out my collection a tad (tossing old products and giving some away). My skin has not been doing too hot as of late as well, so I&#8217;m returning to some old favorites and simplifying it again. The products I bought include:
My Beauty Diary All-in-One Set (Pink) 15pcs + 1 Eye Mask | link: I splurged a bit and bought this because my skin has been acting up as I said, and these masks have always helped my skin return to normal. I absolutely love these and so does Arabelle. There are different masks for everything!
Naruko Perfecting Elixir | link: I used this a ton over a year ago after seeing how much fuzkittie liked Naruko products (;_;7 fuzkittie) and it completely changed my skin. I am in need of a skin savior right now so I purchased it again and I&#8217;m questioning why I ever stopped - this is the perfect night moisturizer for my skin right now. It consists of mostly rosehip oil (plus other good ingredients), which provide deep hydration for the skin. love love love it!
Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 104: This is a medium pink toned lipstick that turns into a pink-toned beige nude on my lips. Same great formula and lasts for four hours on the lips.
Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color in Penthouse Sweet (A036) | link: Mentioned in this post that I would probably get a couple more lipsticks from both this collection and the Rimmel Kate Moss collection, and well. It&#8217;s bright pink! Couldn&#8217;t resist..
Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup SPF 20 in Caramel (260) | link: Decided to jump on the hype train and see what this was all about after finishing my Estee Lauder foundation. Tried it for the first time and my first impressions are: it really feels like nothing on the skin, medium coverage at most if applied carefully and why is there no pump?! Will this be the drugstore foundation I feel comfortable recommending - only time will tell.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment in Medium/Deep | link: I&#8217;m on the lookout for a new concealer since the Bobbi Brown one that I&#8217;ve been using is not working for my skin anymore. This is technically for dark spots (hence the name) but I&#8217;ll try it as an under-eye concealer and see how I like it. Also going to pick up the new L&#8217;oreal stick concealer eventually. (Update: This product is okay, both as an under-eye concealer and spot concealer. I can&#8217;t comment on the treatment part of the concealer since I haven&#8217;t been using it for long enough for that to have an affect yet. As a concealer, it&#8217;s either good or bad - merely okay and it&#8217;s not something to rush out for in the slightest.)
And that&#8217;s it! As usual, drop an ask if you want additional pictures or mini-reviews. &lt;3! High-res

I have been pretty good with resisting all of the new drugstore collections that have been coming out recently, but I finished some products and cleaned out my collection a tad (tossing old products and giving some away). My skin has not been doing too hot as of late as well, so I’m returning to some old favorites and simplifying it again. The products I bought include:

  1. My Beauty Diary All-in-One Set (Pink) 15pcs + 1 Eye Mask | link: I splurged a bit and bought this because my skin has been acting up as I said, and these masks have always helped my skin return to normal. I absolutely love these and so does Arabelle. There are different masks for everything!
  2. Naruko Perfecting Elixir | link: I used this a ton over a year ago after seeing how much fuzkittie liked Naruko products (;_;7 fuzkittie) and it completely changed my skin. I am in need of a skin savior right now so I purchased it again and I’m questioning why I ever stopped - this is the perfect night moisturizer for my skin right now. It consists of mostly rosehip oil (plus other good ingredients), which provide deep hydration for the skin. love love love it!
  3. Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 104: This is a medium pink toned lipstick that turns into a pink-toned beige nude on my lips. Same great formula and lasts for four hours on the lips.
  4. Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Perfect Pout Lip Color in Penthouse Sweet (A036) | link: Mentioned in this post that I would probably get a couple more lipsticks from both this collection and the Rimmel Kate Moss collection, and well. It’s bright pink! Couldn’t resist..
  5. Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup SPF 20 in Caramel (260) | link: Decided to jump on the hype train and see what this was all about after finishing my Estee Lauder foundation. Tried it for the first time and my first impressions are: it really feels like nothing on the skin, medium coverage at most if applied carefully and why is there no pump?! Will this be the drugstore foundation I feel comfortable recommending - only time will tell.
  6. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment in Medium/Deep | link: I’m on the lookout for a new concealer since the Bobbi Brown one that I’ve been using is not working for my skin anymore. This is technically for dark spots (hence the name) but I’ll try it as an under-eye concealer and see how I like it. Also going to pick up the new L’oreal stick concealer eventually. (Update: This product is okay, both as an under-eye concealer and spot concealer. I can’t comment on the treatment part of the concealer since I haven’t been using it for long enough for that to have an affect yet. As a concealer, it’s either good or bad - merely okay and it’s not something to rush out for in the slightest.)

And that’s it! As usual, drop an ask if you want additional pictures or mini-reviews. <3!

My Sugarpill haul! If the new palettes were out yet I would have purchased them (Mai has nice coverage of the to-be-released Sugarpill products I’m talking about). Got to finally meet the sweet Jasmine from Beautylish in person and she was absolutely adorable, too. 

Purchased: Heart Breaker, Bulletproof, Asylum, Junebug. 

Here are some tentative swatches of the INGLOT purchases I made at IMATS. I wasn’t really expecting to haul anything because I didn’t think they’d have the Pacific Blue collection, but I was pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately they gave me the wrong eyeshadow purchase (>:|) and that is the straw that breaks my back because I’m so goddamn tired of their stupid numbering system. If their shadows had actual names, they wouldn’t have given me the wrong shade. BLARRGGGG. 

You’ll obviously see me wearing these lip products in future FOTD’s so keep an eye out. Sorry I can’t provide face swatches at this time. (These photos are under flash, btw.) 

A closer look at the Naked Cosmetics pigments I hauled at IMATS LA (combined with my previous IMATS NYC Naked purchase). I am very fond of these stacks for photoshoots — the shimmer trio is wonderful for highlighting on a variety of skin tones  so I naturally wanted more. Naked always has a great deal at IMATS — a stack for $30, 2 for $50, 3 for $75, 4 for $100 with 1 free. I split the 5 with my cousin and aunt. 

 IMATS Haul. I already took photos and initial swatches of some of this stuff, but I’m exhausted from the flight so I’m gonna crash. (Keep in mind the DHC Oil and eyeliner aren’t from IMATS, just from that day.) I didn’t end up taking photos of the booths or whatever because I was way too neurotic about getting what was on my list and finding my friends (and trying not to burst into tears when I met Marlena from Makeup Geek) to take photos. 

After my tour of Urban Decay they sent me off with a generous little bag of goodies! I am still behind on swatches and reviews &#8212; I left my Naked Basics in New York but I will swatch my cousin&#8217;s &#8212; but will get around to it this weekend, at least some of this stuff.  High-res

After my tour of Urban Decay they sent me off with a generous little bag of goodies! I am still behind on swatches and reviews — I left my Naked Basics in New York but I will swatch my cousin’s — but will get around to it this weekend, at least some of this stuff.