Pick-Ups & Deliveries: August 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015
You might have noticed that I didn't have a haul for July, and that's because I was being a really good girl and didn't buy anything (that I didn't need). I spent so much over May and June that I was really trying to cut back on spending, and I was trying to keep this more "thrifty" lifestyle until I saw that Ebates was having 8% cash back at Sephora. And that's when my self-imposed ban lifted.

Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in La Vie en Rose, Ponceau, and Parfait

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral Mattes, Sultry Muse, and Bridal Satin

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Naked Skin Concealer in Medium Dark Warm, and Matte Revolution Lipstick in After Dark, Bittersweet, 1993, and Stark Naked

I have been eyeing Surratt's blushes for the better part of a year, and I finally caved and bought the three shades that were on my wishlist. I decided that I wasn't gonna wait until the VIB sale because they're just gonna sell out in like, a minute (like last time), so I might as well take advantage of the higher cash back percentage from Ebates. I'm still wavering on whether or not to get the empty palette; they're expensive and not magnetized, but on the other hand, they are cute and given that the blushes are so small and delicate, I kind of do want a palette to put them in. We'll see how much I care about this in like, a month. I also caved and got the coveted Viseart eyeshadow palettes that I'd been contemplating over for the last few months. My first thought was that they are expensive for non-customizable eyeshadow palettes at $80 a pop. But then I realized that it ends up being $6.67 per eyeshadow and it contains a whopping 24 grams of product. So, you know. I bought three. Finally, I got four shades of Urban Decay's new Matte Revolution Lipstick (review coming up), a new tube of my favourite Perversion Mascara, as well as a new Naked Skin Concealer in a darker shade because despite not spending long periods of time outside, I am somehow tanned.

MAC Haute Dogs Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

MAC Haute Dogs Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad in Pure Bred

MAC Haute Dogs Brushes in #161, #139, and #288

MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion and Essence

I put in an order with MAC to replenish my Lightful C Softening Lotion and Essence (which I still think is MAC's most underrated range of products) and for some of the new Haute Dogs collection. Aside from the lipsticks and eyeshadow quad that I reviewed last week, I also picked up all three of the limited edition brushes that launched with this collection (they are freakin' beautiful, and if you are a brush fiend like me, you need to check these out). Honestly, if there's one thing to pick up from the Haute Dogs collection, I'd say it's any of the brushes, but especially the #139. It's good for liquids or powders, blushes, highlighters, foundations, whatever. It's super-duper soft, more so than MAC's permanent duo fibre brushes, and it gives such a gorgeous airbrushed look. I might have to get a second one... 

Simple Traditions Whipped Soap in Lilac, Blackberry Sage, Caribbean Coconut, Coconut Lime, and Lemongrass Verbena

Hare Polish Nail Lacquer in For Margot Tenenbaum, Bisbee 2.0, Desperately Seeking Blue Skies, Rosa Meditativa, and Attack of the Army from Albiorix

Finally, I did some Etsy shopping! I'm not a hardcore Etsy browser, but sometimes I'll find myself getting sick of what the mainstream retailers are selling and wanting to look at more unique items. You can find some amazing hand-crafted products and help indie retailers along the way, so it's really a win-win. I found this ultra-cute fresh handmade bath and body shop called Simple Traditions, and was immediately intrigued by their whipped soaps. There's great ratings and reviews for them, so I bought five different ones. The texture is amazing (as the name implies, they are whipped, so it's airy and creamy at the same time), the foaming ability is incredible (you know how I like my foam), and the scents are unbelievable. No regrets on the five I chose, but my favourites are Blackberry Sage (fresh, sweet, and tart) and Lemongrass Verbena (smells exactly like a lemon cupcake). So worth checking out if you're interested in some new body products; I can't find any other product like this in regular stores. I also checked out Hare Polish since it's been a while since I last saw their offerings, and ended up ordering five new shades (um, how much do I love the name "For Margot Tenenbaum"?). I get bored of nail polish shades really easily because I find that all companies just end up copying each other so I rarely find anything really unique or interesting in stores. But Hare Polish never disappoints me with their creations.

What did you buy this month? Do you have any favourite Etsy shops?
4 comments on "Pick-Ups & Deliveries: August 2015"
  1. Tell me you like the Surratts! But honestly, the palettes are kind of worthless since the products don't feel secure in them.

    And now I have a strong urge to haul whipped soaps.

    1. I haven't gotten around to even touching the Surratts yet, LOL. Will be testing them soon, though, and then I'll put a review up! Not sure what I'll do about the palette situation... I don't really like them as singles because they don't feel very sturdy on their own... Maybe I'll get a Z Palette or something. But I like the idea of them together in a Surratt palette, you know? :P


  2. I kind of want those brushes now, but I don't really need a brush, hahaha. They look so pretty, though! And I still love the theme for that collection!

    1. Lol, if you WANT new brushes, then these ones are worth looking at. ;) I never NEED new brushes, but I'll always want new ones. I just wash them less frequently, LOL.


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