My haul is a little bit early this month for two reasons:
I don’t anticipate myself buying anything more in the month of March (and even if I do, I’ll just hold it over till April).
I didn’t have a review ready for today, so I thought I’d slot this in early!
The one thing I was the most excited for was definitely the brand new limited edition Too FacedPeanut Butter and Honey palette. I have fallen deeply in love with its predecessor, the Peanut Butter and Jelly palette, and I was sooo anxious to get my hands on this one!
It’s an Ulta exclusive, so my wonderful friend Sara in Baltimore picked it up for me as a gift and shipped it up here! Sadly… the quality is nowhere near what the PB&J palette was and although I’ve only used it twice now, I’ve been very sad with how it performed. 🙁 Ah well, you can’t love them all!
Alongside the PB & Honey palette, Sara sent along a few more gift items (we exchange Christmas gifts) and this adorable cupcake bath fizzy was one of them. I’ve always been intrigued by these kind of cake looking bath bombs, but haven’t ever used one yet!
And the last item Sara put in my gift was this trio of Philosophy shower gels. I’ve mentioned before that I definitely do not need anymore shower gels in my life but I had told her how much I loved the holiday Philosophy ones so she grabbed me up a sweet set! I know I’ve used the Candy Cane one before, but I’m excited to try the other two scents since they’re completely new to me!
Since there were a few sales on at Ulta, Sara offered to grab me some items I was after. I think the Real Techniques duo pack of the sponges was around $9, but I’m not entirely sure since I paid her about four months ago for it. I always have a stockpile of these becuse they are the BEST!
Another thing I snapped up (via Sara) when they went on sale for the holiday season was the Too FacedMerry Macarons set (again, another Ulta exclusive item!).
As we’re all aware now, I’ve become a rather rabid Too Faced fan so I kind of feel like I need to own every single palette they put out. (I acknowledge that this is not only an expensive habit, but also kind of ridiculous.) It’s kind of pointless to talk about this item at this point since the holiday season is long gone, but I did buy it and just got it, so it’s worth mentioning!
And that’s it for the month! Looking back, I actually didn’t spent ANYTHING this past month – these items were all either gift products or something I paid for back in December! That’s kind of impressive actually…
Let’s kick right into by far the most exciting item I picked up this month: the Kat Von DPastel Goth palette!
You may have seen my swatches yesterday, and as of typing this I hasn’t yet put this palette on my eyes, but OH MAN am I ever excited to! I wasn’t originally keen on this palette because I didn’t like the idea of pastels – just a bit too blah, you know? Like it’s basically an unpigmented bright shade and I just wasn’t into it. But as I saw more and more swatches coming out on the net, I realized this was really just a brights palette with a slightly muted tinge to it. I would call these pastels at all really, and that makes me very, very happy! (They’re also all matte which is even more amazing!)
And now… with the exciting item out of the way… I picked up a pack of the BioreDeep Cleansing Pore Strips because I’d run out. I prefer the nose strips because I feel like they do a better job than the forehead ones. But I also swear they used to say “extra strength” on them and these don’t seem to indicate that. Hmmm.
I was also getting dangerouly low on my NeutrogenaHydrating wipes, so I grabbed another package because they went on sale. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I have no idea why these are SO EXPENSIVE (especially when you compare it to their regular wipes), so I always wait for a significant sale to pick these up. They’re my favourite ones EVER, but I’m still not okay with paying $14 for them!
January haul time! Here’s everything I bought or was gifted this past month!
For anyone new here: these posts include things I have either purchase myself, been given by friends or family (as gifts or sometimes PR samples they did not need/want/did not match skintone-wise) – these posts will never include something I was sent directly by a PR company.
I finally ran out of all of my holographic silver glitter polishes, and was trying to hunt down some in the drug store. I don’t know what’s happened, but they don’t seem to exist anymore! I ended up buying a bunch of the Color ClubMagic Attraction polishes on NailPolishCanada.com and I have to say… I’m not a fan. I had spent a lot of hours online trying to find out if it was the right kind of silver holo glitter for my toes (which is all I wear on them) and as it turns out it’s got silver holo glitter… but there’s also red glitter in it? It’s kind of weird, it adds a pink tinge to the product. I could get over that, except that the polish has horrendous staying power. It’ll last maybe a day or two on my toe nails before half a nail will chip off (whereas most brands last at least five days – the better ones will last 8). Sadly, I’ve now got four bottles of the stuff and no desire to use it. UGH.
This was SUCH a random item. I was scouring the Bunz Makeup Facebook Group (are you in Toronto??? If so, LOOK IT UP!) one evening and someone was saying they wanted something like eight bucks for this brand new pair of Huda Beauty lashes. I messaged them and we agreed to meet up, etc. But upon further discussion we actually learned WE LIVED IN THE SAME BUILDING and she actually lived in MY OLD UNIT. (We moved to a larger unit in the same building a few years ago.) So I ran down to her apartment at like midnight that evening and gave her some cash and scored my lashes. What a bizarre coincidence!
I’ve run through multiple bottles of MAC‘s Turquatic perfume over the years and my mom picked me up a new bottle of it (I was out of it yet again) for my birthday this past month! Love, love, LOVE this scent!
Grabbed another bottle of QUO‘s nail polish remover since I also ran out of the last bottle.
Since my birthday is in January, I snatched up the tarte 2017 birthday gift from Sephora. It has the blush “Party” and the lip paint in “Birthday Suit”.
All said and, supposedly, done, I was going to resist the Urban DecayAfterdark palette. But But I kept playing around with my Electric palette and I feel like they’re kind of brother and sister, so I decided to pick up this one after all. Plus, Rebekah is the devil and kept showing me her awesome looks with this palette!
In the end, it may have the same kind of packaging that the Electric palette has, but the Afterdark palette is not similar at all in my opinion. The Electric palette has matte shades in it which really help to make the palette more versatile. This Afterdark palette is ONLY shimmery shades which I think is just a bit too much overkill. I do love the shades, and I’m happy to have a backup of Fringe (such an amazing colour), but I really wish they had made the textures somewhat different. There will be a Challenge Week coming up for this palette as well!
The next few items are a bunch of items that my friend (and YouTuber) Samantha didn’t want, so I was happily shopping her stash for these! First up is the MarcelleHydra C Daily Radiance Scrub. I have a bunch of facial scrubs sitting in my closet waiting to be used, but I am always happy to add more to the back of the line! (There’s something about skincare I have hoarding tendencies for…)
Another one from Sam! I love my Bioderma so, so much, but I’m always curious to try other brands out as well. We’ll see how the GarnierMicellar Water works out!
The Body Shop always puts out amazing products for the holiday season, and I’m happy Sam passed on the Frosted Berries Foaming Bath to me. Shower gel never quite gets as many bubbles going as a proper bubble bath product can, so I’m always ecstatic to have more of this kind of product!
Sam doesn’t have blonde brows, so I was the easy option for this RevlonBrow Pencil. And so far, I’ve been quite pleased with it! The tone isn’t too warm and although it’s a bit of an odd shape (larger than the micro pencils I’m accustomed to) I still find it works out pretty well!
And finally, the last item I snagged from Sam is this Konjac Sponge. I’ve heard people mention this off and on for use with their facial cleanser. I’ve always use only my hands to wash my face so I’m not sure I really want to add in an extra step with a sponge… BUT, I will say that this sponge feels WONDERFUL on my face as I’m using it to scrub my face wash in. I don’t always love the added step, but it does feel good!
My brother-in-law thoughtfully sent me a few green tea face masks for Christmas! There’s five in the pack which is nice since with face masks you generally just get… like… what? A single item?
This was soooo random! Mel from I’m Not A Beauty Guru and I had done a swap for some items (she gave me some wine for my IT Cosmetics CC cream) and she ALSO showed up with these MAC items she’s gotten at the warehouse sale in one of their charity bags! I was so surprised! I mean… that’s a heck of a lot of MAC items! There’s the patentpolish in Tumbleweed, the huggable lip colour in Cantonese Carnation, and, the item I’m most excited about… the matte lipstick in Ablaze! I’ve been wanting Ablaze for a while and just never got around to picking it up! Yay!
And there we have all of the new beauty goodies I’ve amassed throughout January! Have you bought anything in January that you’re super excited about? Let me know!
As per usual, by the time December hits, I am sooo tired of makeup releases. Don’t get me wrong, I love diving headfirst into all of the new palettes and sets when September hits, but after three months of constant NEW NEW NEW, I get pretty dang tired. So December’s haul is on the small side because I am burnt out on new makeup! (This won’t last – I give it till late February before I’m enticed by shiny new things again!)
I ended up returning the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Taupe (from last month’s haul) because it was just wayyyyy too dark for my brows and was nowhere close to matching my own hair). So I decided to get the NARSBrow Defining Cream in Sonoran (their only blonde shade). I was really worried about the colour tone in this shade since it does pull quite warm in the pot. Thankfully, it does actually work out really well for my brows. It doesn’t give as much depth as a deeper product would, so what I do is lay down this product as a base for my brows, and then follow it up with a few flicks from a taupey-grey pencil and it looks fantastic. Probably one of the best pairings for my brows yet!
I have no freaking idea what these Black Magic Makeup Remover Cloths are made of, but they are absolutely incredible. Using only water doused on these cloths, I am able to remove the bulk of my makeup (even from my Grinch tutorial!). This is really handy if you can’t be bothered to grab makeup remover (although I do sometimes prefer to use makeup remover instead of these). Seriously… how does this work??
Ughhhh. My level of disappointment with eyelash curlers is at an all time high right now. I used to LOVE Sephora’s eyelash curlers – I picked up their Original Eyelash Curler in Prague back in 2014 and I have been loving it ever since. But, the pads ran out, and Sephora doesn’t make replacement pads you can buy, so I went ahead and bought another set of curlers. THESE ARE NOT THE SAME, and the ones I bought last month aren’t either. The clamp part doesn’t open as wide, which makes getting my eyelashes in between the clampy bits REALLY, REALLY awkward. Like… so tedious that I’m at the point where I don’t even want to be bothered with an eyelash curler in the morning. I am so frustrated because I LOVED the original Sephora one I got back in 2014. If this new one is their “updated and improved” model then I am sorely disappointed. (And, also, the new pads don’t fit on the old curler. UGH.)
For the first time in my life, I did not have a list a mile long for Christmas presents that involved makeup. It’s been a plentiful year of makeup for me, and I just didn’t really “need” anything. But one thing I did absolutely want was the limited edition Too Faced Melted Matte in Candy Cane. Not only is the colour right up my alley (a stunning pink-red that I saw Jen wearing more times than I could count), but it also actually smells like peppermint mocha. How I wish all of the Melted Mattes smelled this way! In the end, I do find the formula is on par with their original line, so it is kind of drying, slightly sandpapery on the lips, but for this special item, I’m willing to deal with the pain of it! Oh, and it was my husband who got it for me for Christmas. 🙂
The other item my husband got for me on my list was this Lush shower gel in It’s Raining Men. I really, REALLY do not need shower gel – I’ve got far more than I can ever even get through in the next year, but I love the It’s Raining Men scent and it had been about two years since I last had a bottle of it. So happy to have this one again. 🙂
The next item I received via Zoe of Writing Whimsy. She passed on the Too FacedChocolate Shop palette to me because she knew what I rabid fan I am for Too Faced and figured I’d get a lot more use out of it. And right she is! This palette was part of their 2016 holiday lineup – Christmas in New York. And yes, it smells like chocolate… which I’m starting to feel is almost a necessity when I’m doing my makeup now!
Zoe also sent along a Marc Jacobs item she had two of: the Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara. This is a glitter topcoat for your mascara which I have yet to use… but she knows me so well – glitter is always good in my book!
I’ve been using a lot of random brands’ invisible lip liners and primers (all sent by PR) and none of them work nearly as well as MAC‘s Prep + Prime Lip. I finally said “enough” and just went out and bought MAC‘s lip primer because I was “making do” with products that only worked 50% as well as MAC. I am so, so happy to have my MAC lip primer back – it prevents lip line bleedout and makes sure my lipstick stays in place. LOVE!
I picked up the two brand new Physicians FormulaButter Blushes as soon as I spotted them at Shoppers Drug Mart. They are on the unbelievably pricey side at 17.99 each, but they had tear off mail in rebates for $7 each which brings them down to a bit more of a reasonable price tag. Review is forthcoming!
Another pricier item by Physicians Formula (seriously, their Canadian price tags always make me gasp), but this one had a $9 mail in rebate. Anyone see something familiar in this product? It’s identical in tone to the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill trio! Review also forthcoming with a comparison to the BECCA shades!
That’s it for December! Did you get anything really awesome this month? Tell me in the comments!
So I thought I had done really well this month! It got to be the end of the month and I had only purchased three items (that were actually essentials) and I was like “Wow! Look at how much money I saved this month!” Then I remembered that IMATS was on October 1st and I had bought a crapton of products there. So uhhhh… yeahhhhh.
Here’s my IMATS haul in case you hadn’t seen it yet:
As for the items I picked up outside of IMATS, here they are:
I need to accept that nothing else is going to work on my heel cracks other than Dermal Therapy‘s Heel Care. I’ve been using this for years, but could only ever find it at Walmart (which I’m nowhere close to in Toronto) and I had run out long ago, so my mom brought me back a huge bottle of it from Costco. At one point I had thought that The Body Shop’s Hemp Rescue Balm was working for me, but it was a bandaid fix and wasn’t really healing my heels. I’m not trying anymore products anymore now – Dermal Therapy is IT for me!
I needed some kind of bloody stuff for my work’s Halloween costume this year, so I went to Malabar in Toronto and picked up some Ben Nye Scab Blood. I’ve been using this stuff for YEARS to do blood dripping from my eyes (I got it from Dark Angel’s “Red” episode!) because for whatever reason I’ve always been attracted to that look.
That shot above is Dorothy (university friend and roommate!) and I back in 2004 for Halloween! Anyway, Scab Blood works well as a stay in place kind of congealed blood. It doesn’t move around and it looks realistic so long as you add a black or grey liner behind the product to deepen it. At $10 a pop, Scab Blood is not only cheap, but it’ll also last you a really long time! (My first pot lasted about five years before I had to chuck it.)
In the end, you can’t really tell I’ve got bloody eyes in this group shot we took of our Halloween costumes at work. (We were going as camp counsellors at Camp Crystal Lake – I opted to be a dead one as if Jason had killed me.)
I picked up the MaybellineLash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect mascara (longest name EVER) at Walmart when we were in Niagara Falls for my half marathon last weekend because I’m planning on doing a drugstore favourites video. I LOVE this mascara, but had used it all up so I decided to grab a fresh tube for the video. I’m currently in the midst of using up another mascara, so I won’t be opening this one yet, but this stuff is phenomenal!
And that’s it for the month! With the Sephora VIB sale looming over my head I’m sure I’ll have plenty of goodies to share next month!