Pick-Ups & Deliveries: Haul No. 65

Thursday, May 11, 2017
I will be the first to admit that I went a little overboard last month. Like, more than usual. In case you haven't been following me here, I got a big promotion at work near the end of March, and proceeded to spend all of April celebrating. And by "celebrating," I really just mean shopping. (That's the point of making more money, right? Who needs to be a responsible adult when there's makeup to be bought?)

Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Benefit Box o' Powder Blush in GALifornia and Rockateur

Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick in Naked Dolly, Sugar Daddy, and Naughty Nude

Pinrose Eau de Parfum in Merry Maker and Sun Saint

Sephora Collection Sprinkle Me With Kisses The Voyager

As we all know, all my hauls start at Sephora because I have a sickness. I picked up a few things during the VIB sale, and then I asked my friend who works there to snatch up a few things for me as well. Last Friday, the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette was available for early purchase for one day on the Sephora app, so I immediately snatched it up. The swatches all over Instagram were giving me serious lady wood and I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP. If it's anything like the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette, the Chrissy Teigen palette will become this year's summer staple for me. I asked my friend to pick up two Benefit blushes for me as well: the stunning new golden pink GALifornia, and the rose gold Rockateur, which I surprisingly didn't own yet despite having all of the other Benefit boxed blushes. I also got three new Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lipsticks (two nudes that I didn't own yet, Naked Dolly and Sugar Daddy, and another tube of Naughty Nude because I finished my old one); two new summer scents in Merry Maker (nectarine, grapefruit, and rose) and Sun Saint (sea salt, coconut wood, and lime) from new niche perfume brand Pinrose (it's always a risk to buy fragrance online before smelling them, but I actually ended up loving both of these); and the cutest new makeup bag that features two things I love — ice cream and lipstick.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Skin Frost in Eclipse

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Siberian Gold and So Fucking Gold

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Androgyny Eyeshadow Palette

When Jeffree Star announced his collaboration with Manny MUA, I really wasn't that interested until I saw swatches of the Eclipse Skin Frost. Obviously, I needed it, 'cause you know how much I love my blinding highlight. Plus, I've been wanting the Androgyny palette for a while now because there's just nothing like it on the market right now and I'm a huge fan of the Beauty Killer palette — which houses some of the smoothest, most pigmented shadows I've ever used. Both of them were surprisingly in stock, so I snatched them up... and also saw that both the Siberian Gold and So Fucking Gold Skin Frosts were in stock (they were sold out when I bought Peach Goddess and King Tut), so I had to get those, too. I mean, if I'm gonna pay for shipping anyway, I best make it worth it.

MAC Min Liu Lipstick in Peach Blossom Pink and Dynasty Red; First Waves Pearlmatte Face Powder

MAC Justine Skye Iridescent Powder

MAC Extra Dimension Blush in Telling Glow and Faux Sure!

MAC 140S Brush (x 2), Next to Nothing Pressed Powder in Light Plus, and Next to Nothing Face Colour in Light Plus

While MAC's spring collection back in March did nothing to spark my interest, I did pick up a few new releases from last month. I got the two lipsticks and the Pearlmatte Face Powder from the Min Liu collaboration, not necessarily because the colours are unique or that they are must-haves, but because the whole design of the collection was so well-executed. Once a collector, always a collector, you know? I also snatched up the Justine Skye Iridescent Powder, which was the first product in MAC's Future Forward collaborations, and one of the most unique cheek/highlighting colours I've ever seen. (I seriously feel like a unicorn when I wear it. I get compliments on it every time.) And then I snagged a few new permanent products as well: the two Extra Dimension Blushes in Telling Glow and Faux Sure! that weren't released with the original launch (I think they were having production issues with it), the new Next to Nothing Face Colour and Pressed Powder (I'm not usually a fan of liquids for skin, but I've been enjoying using liquid as a base for my Studio Fix Powder, and the pressed powder to use for touch-ups — both of these give my skin a very soft-focus, almost airbrushed finish), and two of the new 140S brush that came out with Next to Nothing — the synthetic bristles actually work phenomenally to apply Extra Dimension products.

The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator and Seaweed Oil-Balancing Toner (x 2)

The Body Shop Shower Gel in Satsuma, Pink Grapefruit, and Strawberry

The Body Shop Shower Gel in Mango, Fuji Green Tea, and Olive

The Body Shop is having their "Buy 3, Get 3 Free" promotion right now and is giving 15% cash back through Ebates, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to stock up on shower gels since I'm at the end of my last bottle from Bath & Body Works. (As much as I love B&BW, I do like The Body Shop's shower gels more. The scents are cleaner and simpler, and they're more gentle on skin.) I got seven shower gels (two of Pink Grapefruit, 'cause it's my fave), 'cause I'm excessive like that. (Whatever, I just won't buy anymore until next year.) Plus, two bottles of my old stand-by Seaweed Oil-Balancing Toner and a tube of Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Exfoliator. I used to use these religiously when I was younger; I guess I stopped using them to try other things, but I forgot how affordable and effective The Body Shop's skincare is. On that note, can I just say that The Body Shop is slaying the packaging game right now? I am obsessed with the new design revamp.

Lovefresh Hand & Body Lotion in Pearl, Grapefruit, and Key Lime Coconut

Illume Hand Crème in Coconut Milk Mango, Cloverleaf Nectar, and Sugared Blossom

Folklore Hand Cream in Minty Elderflower, Juicy Raspberry, and Sweet Honey

Indigo Mixed Fruits Capacity Pouches in Pink Lemons and Blue Limes

I was buying a bunch of books online from Indigo and stumbled upon their sale section, which is always a dangerous game. Especially when you have an extra 10% coupon code. Case in point: I ended up buying three bottles of Lovefresh's Hand & Body Lotions and three tubes of Illume's Hand Crèmes for $13.50 each from $20, and three of these adorable new Folklore Hand Creams for $5.40 each from $8. (In case you're wondering why the hell a person needs so much hand cream, it's because I go through it like water. I have five going at the same time — one in my bag, one at my desk, one on my bedside table, one by the couch, and one in my brush belt at work — because my hands get so dry from washing and sanitizing them all the time. So, really, this hand cream haul might only last me, like, three months.) I also bought two adorable citrus-themed makeup pouches that I really didn't need, but were just too cute and summery to resist. (Also, is it weird that I haven't felt the need to buy makeup bags in years and I bought three all in the same week?)

Quay Australia On the Prowl Sunglasses in Black/Pink

Quay Australia x Desi Perkins High Key Sunglasses in Gold/Gold

Finally, I bought some new sunglasses. I'm not someone that buys a lot of eyewear in general, but after having the same ones for the past few years, I felt like trying something new. I've been hearing a lot about Quay Australia over the past year, and heard they were great for someone who likes wider frames (I have a big head, okay?), so I decided to check them out. Buying sunglasses online is risky because I don't have the kind of face shape that looks good with all styles, so I really had to look at specific frames that will look good on round faces. After much debate (and looking at dozens of photos of people wearing different sunglasses), I went for On the Prowl in black with pink reflective lenses, and High Key in gold with gold reflective lenses from the Desi Perkins collaboration. They're two styles that I had never tried before, and in colours that I would never have considered (I always stuck to classic black rectangular plastic frames with black lenses), but I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone. Plus, I figured that they're both really reasonably priced (both of them together are still half the price of designer sunglasses), so even if they didn't look good on me, I could sell them to a friend or colleague. But there was no need for that, because they are both surprisingly flattering and fit amazingly well, even with my Asian nose. So, take note, people with round faces and low nose bridges!

Now, with all of that behind, I promise May will be a no-extraneous-spending month for me. I'm going to NYC next weekend and need funds for all the glorious food I plan on eating.
2 comments on "Pick-Ups & Deliveries: Haul No. 65"
  1. Congrats on the promotion, Denise!!!

    This haul isn't as much as I expected, lol. Awaiting NYC haul. :>

    1. Thanks, Liz! I gunned for this position so hard and worked my ass off so I'm glad it paid off. :)

      LOL, I like that I'm known for shopping so much that this haul isn't as much as you expected. :P Honestly, I'm probably not gonna do a lot of shopping in NYC, mostly because our dollar sucks right now and partially because there's not much to buy there that I can't already get here. It was different before when certain brands and stores weren't readily available here, but now we kinda have everything! I might stop by Jo Malone or Le Labo to snag a new perfume because I get a discount with those brands... but that's pretty much it. :P


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