I haven’t really shared a haul post here before, it’s not something I do too often anyway, but with the spring Sephora sale just passed, I’ve done quite a bit of shopping over the last month or two and decided to share. This is a bit of a mix between general overview, products I love, and a few first impressions from a collective haul featuring Sephora, ColourPop, Glossier, and vegan indie brand Blackbird Cosmetics. Unfortunately, not everything arrived in time for this post, so I’ll share more details on my Instagram and Snapchat once they do and maybe do a second haul post if that’s something you guys want to see (let me know in the comments).
Even though the sale is over now, there’s another in November, and you can still get cash back year-round for shopping online through Ebates.
Please note this is meant to be informative and fun for others who are nosy like me. This post is not meant to be insulting and I’m not trying to brag in any way. Please keep any negative comments to yourself, but feel free to contact me about personal budgeting tips or minimizing impulse purchases.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($105.00/1oz) – My goodness this stuff gets a lot of real estate here lately! I got to try a deluxe sample of this sorcery back in December and finally went crazy enough to splurge on the full size bottle (which should last me at least the rest of this year). I have talked this stuff to death in both my skincare routine and my recent products worth the hype post, so I’ll just say that I really enjoy using this product and definitely think it makes a difference in my complexion. The packaging is ultra luxe, and the oil leaves my skin looking and feeling smooth, soft, and full.
Drunk Elephant “All Glowy” Set ($90.00/1.54oz total) – I’ve had my eye on the Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum since reading rave reviews about it on Paula’s Choice and I just had to try it. In fact, almost all of the Drunk Elephant products have amazing reviews (from a scientific/chemical standpoint) so I took the opportunity to try three for the price of one. This set includes a full size, one ounce pump bottle of TLC (a glycolic acid serum that helps promote skin renewal and collagen production) as well as two quarter-ounce (0.27oz) minis of their Virgin Marula Oil and C-Firma Day Serum ($72 and $80, respectively). I’ve still only tried the TLC serum so far, but I love the gel-like texture and a little goes a long way. As always, Drunk Elephant products are fragrance free which is a huge bonus for anyone with sensitive or acne-prone skin. I know it’s not just me having a field day with this stuff, because my mom ordered two bottles as well.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Dragonfruit ($26.00) – I knew I wanted to get my hands on a full size of Bite’s new formula after scoring a deluxe sample of Radish in a 100-point perk, but it took me ages to decide which one to get! After swatching several at my local Sephora last week, Dragonfruit was victorious. Described as a “violet magenta,” this blue-based pink is such an interesting shade and definitely unique to my collection (increasingly harder to say). The formula is creamy and very comfortable to wear, but it surprisingly dries down a bit too so I didn’t feel the need to set it with any powder. Considerably long wearing, this lipstick successfully made it through a protein bar and an open-faced sandwich yesterday.
Ciaté Mini Paint Pot Nail Polishes in Amazing Gracie, Iced Frappe, and Gelology Top Coat ($9.00 each/3 for $20) – Of course I needed more! I really didn’t know one could have strong feelings for a nail polish formula, but Ciaté has my heart these days and I’ve written about the brand several times recently (here and here). I own several of the “Gelology” minis now (a gel-like polish that doesn’t require a UV light to set), but until this point had been using my CND Vinylux weekly top coat. I thought I’d take the sale opportunity to try the actual Gelology top coat and pick up two more polishes in light, neutral shades for when I need to look like a grown up.
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer ($32.00/1.35oz) – An old favorite, my HG (Holy Grail) primer. This coconut water-infused primer is amazing on my dehydrated skin, but got left behind for a little while as I experimented with other products. Unfortunately, the primer I was using instead has pore-smoothing silicone, which makes it a poor choice for my water-based serum foundation (you can apply silicone-based products over water-based products, but not the other way around) so I’m reverting back to the OG for soft, flawless skin. The coconut scent is very light and pleasant (I’m usually not a fan), and the consistency reminds me of my regular face lotion. It feels nourishing and smoothing on the skin, but also sets quickly so I can move on with the rest of my makeup.
Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil SPF50 ($12.00/1oz) – A new experiment for me from the Supergoop line! I really love the sunscreen mist, but it has a ton of alcohol which is both damaging for the skin, and very counterproductive for dehydrated skin like mine. The oil seems promising, it feels really light on the skin and absorbs very quickly. I haven’t had the chance to put it to the test in any bright sun yet, but if it’s anything like the brand’s other products I’ve tried, it’ll keep me proportionately pasty all summer long.
Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil Cologne Absolue ($25.00/0.25oz) – A refill of one of my favorite scents, this is a newer release from one of my favorite brands. I’m a sucker for bright, fresh, citrus scents and they always seem to work well with my body chemistry (that’s a thing, really). I’m also a huge fan of the brand’s Cedrat Envirant and Orange Sanguine colognes, but with bergamot – a type of orange most famous for being in Earl Grey tea – and musky notes, the Bergamote Soleil is a bit more versatile for wear throughout the year and I’m a big proponent of having one signature scent at a time.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash ($4.00/2oz) – I’ve heard great things about this stuff for dry, dehydrated skin, but was hesitant to splurge on the full size after a major letdown with a previous body wash purchase. It’s described as a nourishing and creamy cleanser which are all the keywords I needed to hear, and Sephora just so happens to stock a tiny 2oz pouch, a perfect size for a test run while I’m in Seattle this weekend.
ColourPop Brow Colour and Brow Pencil in Dope Taupe ($6.00 each) – a new venture for the brand, I have been so curious to try the new brow products and see how they compare to my favorites from MAC and Anastasia Beverly Hills. The shade selection is not ideal, the browns are all quite warm and I usually go for more ashy shades, but I figured I’d give the taupe guys a try. So far I’ve only tried the brow pencil, but honestly… I am super impressed. For starters, it’s the same size as both the MAC Eye Brows pencil and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, which retail for $16.50 and $21.00, respectively. The taupe shade suits my cool-toned hair and skin quite well and the super-thin tip made it incredibly easy to apply. It looked more natural than my brows usually do and lasted through an intense of evening of board games and wine with no issues (drinking alcohol can actually make your makeup wear off faster). I’ll of course continue road testing, but this might be my new favorite brow product.
ColourPop x KathleenLights Super Shock Shadows in Weenie and Telepathy ($5.00 each) – It took me a long time to get the hang of this formula, and it’s not that great for matte shadows or complete looks, but the one thing ColourPop got so right with these little pots are the metallics. They are absolutely perfect for an all-over lid shade or accent color (think inner corner or halo eye) and I just could not resist these two colors or the opportunity to support KathleenLights. As far as the shades themselves, I was definitely expecting a metallic pink and yellow-green based on swatches, but unfortunately what I got was a typical bronze and gold duo. That said, they’re still beautiful shades and surprisingly, not something I already owned.
ColourPop x KathleenLights Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in Lumiere 2 ($6.00) – I own the matte lippie stix and matching pencil for Lumiere and it’s one of my favorite bullet lipsticks in my entire collection, so I knew I had to get the same color in liquid form. I’m a total fiend for the liquid matte and I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of this one. It’s a dusty mauve with a hint of purple that’s perfect for every day or a night out.
ColourPop Ultra Satin liquid lipstick in The Rabbit ($6.00) – One of ColourPop’s newest releases, I’ve been really curious to try their liquid satin finish lipsticks and one can never have enough fluorescent pinks, am I right? A bright fuschia with a subtle blue sheen to it, The Rabbit looks quite similar to Bite’s Dragonfruit in photos, but in person is more of a true pink (comparatively). Still one of my favorite shades and coupled with the name, something my parents used to call me as a kid (it sounds much cuter in Russian), I just couldn’t resist.
ColourPop Creme Gel Liner pencils in Puppy and Cry Baby ($5.00 each) – These $5 pencils have somehow outperformed every other pencil liner in my life to become my all-time favorite (so far). I use bright violet Piggy Bank constantly and really wanted to try a few more fun, unconventional shades for spring and summer. I do own the Anastasia Beverly Hills waterproof creme color in a similar shade of orange, but these are so much easier to use for the waterline and last just as long.
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