High End Haul

20151205_155144.jpgI’ve bought a few things lately. It’s not as bad as it looks because all of the Bobbi Brown and MAC products were heavily discounted.

Anyhow, I’ve spent money and thought I’d share what I bought.

On Monday, I dropped by Sephora in Melbourne and picked up three items. Firstly, the pomegranate mask that I can’t wait to try. I’m a big fan of sheet masks but haven’t been able to find any good western ones, so I’m hoping this will be a good option.
Secondly, I bought a hair product, which is unusual for me. From Percy & Reed comes Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational, which is a ‘volumising no oil for fine hair’. I honestly don’t have a clue how to use this product or what it’s really meant to do. But I intend on googling it and learning what I actually bought.

20151205_155435.jpgUsing lipsticks as away to move from one store to another… At Sephora I purchased a small sample lipstick from Estee Lauder, it’s their Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in 340 Envious. It’s the lowest of the swatches and I’m really impressed with it so far. It’s very pigmented, has a nice colour, nice texture, and it has a really nice scent.

The other two lipsticks shown here are from MAC and were purchased at a charity event at a local corporate Estee Lauder store. The red one (tube & colour) is their Viva Glam Rihanna Frost. It smells like fondant which is something I’m mildly bothered by. It required a few layers to look completely opaque and that’s something that worries me.

The second one is from their Mineralise Rich series and is called Midnight Mambo. I was really excited about this one since it in the tube looks like a really electric violet colour. Really hoped it would be one of those crazy statement colours you can wear when you want to bring out your eccentric side. Instead its rather sheer, which is not something I want from a lipstick. It also reeks of fondant. I don’t know why MAC gives their lipsticks this scent, but it’s horrible.

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Here’s a lipgloss from Bobbi Brown called Crystal. It’s see-through with some glitter bits in it. I’m not usually a fan of lipgloss but I was able to get this one from 10 bucks and thought that would be a great chance to see if high end glosses are different from lower end ones. Who knows, maybe it will change my mind.

In the upper right corner is a powder blush from MAC that’s inspired the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Yes, that is why I bought it. It’s impossible to get a good photo of the colour, but it’s some sort of brownish deep purple colour that I probably should have looked at before buying it. I’m worried it will end up being too dark for my skin since it looks mildly… bruised when I swatch it on my arm. Hopefully it looks better on my face.

Lastly, there’s a compact foundation from Bobbi Brown. This colour is Warm Ivory. I love the packaging and it comes with an amazing sponge. I just tried this product and it appears to match me and feels pretty good. Heavy foundation is not something I use very often but I think this might be a good option for when my skin decides to hate me. I was able to get this product for only 20 dollars instead of the regular 70 or so, so it seemed a good opportunity to try something I normally wouldn’t buy without spending a fortune on it.

Haul: Estee Lauder Corporate Store Fundraising Event

Today I attended a fundraising event organised by Women’s Legal Service Queensland that was essentially “we’re selling tickets so that regular plebs can shop at discounted rates at this corporate store” but nicer and it helped raise funds for the Women’s Legal Service. They do a lot of family law and domestic violence cases, things like that.

wpid-20150815_111530.jpgIt started at approximately 10 am and so many people were there. The range was really decent even though some of it was limited in terms of the number of shades they had. I really didn’t expect it to be so versatile, so that was a pleasant surprise.
As always at events like this, it seems the best and worst in people truly comes out. Hardly the fault of the organisers.

This photo is from a really quiet moment at the event and I just wanted to show a bit what the store looks like. You all know I’m not usually a massive fan of western makeup brands, not because I find the quality horrible or anything but because I think they tend to be really overpriced. Thus a 40% or more discount event managed to make a lot of these products more appealing.

Brands sold at the store included Bobbi Brown, MAC, Estee Lauder, Clinique, DKNY, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, and more. Although I spent a fair amount I still feel I got the things I wanted without losing control over what I bought. There were a few people who probably spent most of their paycheck and walked away with 20+ products.

I ended up buying seven items, somehow they were all from Bobbi Brown and Mac. I’ve heard a lot of good things about both of those brands in the past but beyond my favourite Guerlain lipstick and a few high end foundations I’m usually really really sceptical when it comes to spending a lot of money on something you don’t know you’ll like.Read More »

Haul: face masks and cosmetics.

So, yesterday was the final day of the seasonal sale at W Cosmetics. 20% off everything. Naturally I thought it was better to spend my money then than on another occasion where I’d get less for the same amount.
Haul is a really stupid name for “Look what I bought!” but since it’s commonly used, I decided to go with it.

I have no clue how clear the photo is, so let’s step it through. What did I get?
wpid-20150630_212259.jpgFrom W Cosmetics:
Clio Art Shadow in 417 Forte Green Brown for 18.95. This is a trio of eyeshadows in a small compact (it’s the blue package with the face on it). Seems like a very convenient package for travel and has a gorgeous green shadow that could force me out of my beige comfort zone.

Clio Moist Cusion Complexion Corrector in 01 Natural Beige for 32.95. That would be the beige package. So yeah, I like cushion foundations and I like Clio. It has SPF 50+ and PA+++, so that’s a massive plus. It’s also smaller than my other cushion and thus I hope it will be easier to bring it when I travel. Will probably review this at some stage.

Holika Holika’s Pig-Nose Clear Black Head Mask Sheets for 3.50. It’s a 3-step treatment for blackheads, I’ve heard it’s good and thus decided to try it. No exciting backstory really.

Sheet masks: Mediheal Cacao Ade Mask for 1.50. TonyMoly’s Broccoli & Makegeolli masks for 1.80 each. Have never tried any mediheal masks before, so why not go with one that probably smells good? I like TonyMoly’s masks and so I decided to try two variations I haven’t tried before.

Samples: a total of five. All of them TonyMoly. Four moisturising products (cashier thought my skin looked dry) and one CC cream.

Subtotal: 60.50
Discount: 12.10
End total: 48.40.

The other items in this photo?
Picked up two face masks at an Asian grocery store, both from The Face Shop. Mainly because I wanted to compare prices but also because I haven’t seen the acai berries and avocado masks in a lot of other places. The SNP charcoal mask and the massage lotion were bought at MD Ranking. Have wanted to try charcoal masks for a while, so I grabbed one of those. The lotion is one of those heating lotions that’s meant to firm the skin. Don’t care about the firming part, but lotions that warm up is really nice in winter. Wish I’d found that one before I bought a heater.