Following my post last week on my credit card binge at Sephora, I am now sharing with you the rest of my spring beauty haul. As I mentioned, last month’s haul was insanely huge and I think my credit card has taken a fairly good beating. I don’t normally like to post hauls because let’s face it, no one really needs to know how much I spend on makeup every month. But I realize that I’ve been doing so many review posts, and that you guys tend to like haul posts as well, so here it is!
My purchases from MAC was largely unintended. I picked up a blush, the MAC Lovecloud Blush ($25, available here) which was first released as part of the Tres Cheek Collection. It was a beautiful blush and I am so stoked to see this part of the permanent range. A beautiful almost blue-based pink that looks natural even on warmer skintone.
I also purchased the number one, must-have brush on everyone’s list, the MAC 217 Brush ($28.50, available here). I picked this up strictly for research purposes mainly because I have heard only good things about it, but never felt like spending $30 on a brush alone. However, I feel that I’ve tried enough MAC 217 dupes to do a review but I’ve never actually owned and used a MAC 217, so hence this brush is strictly for comparison purposes.
The Shopping Channel
The Shopping Channel had a pretty decent promotion in March, including a showstopper set which I managed to grab before it sold out. The first thing I picked up was the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and Brush Duo ($29, available here). Individually, each product retails for $29, which meant that this duo would have costed me $58. I was lucky that I managed to pick it up not only at the awesome price of $29, but when it was on sale (15% off) and they also allowed me to tack on the St. Patrick Discount (17%) off. The shipping and taxes that I had to pay killed the deal, and brought my total back up again, but I was quite happy that I paid just around $30 for the brush and concealer duo.
The Showstopper item which I also purchased was from It Cosmetics CC Beautiful Skin 4-Piece Collection. It was on sale at the time for $69.95 but as I was checking out, the price dropped to $49.99. The set included four items:
- Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in Light
- Tightline Waterproof Full Mascara
- CC+ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss in Love
- Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush
Considering that the CC cream itself retails for $38, this set was an incredible deal. It’s like getting the other three items (all full-sized) for free! I believe this set was valued at over $100 for all the items included.
Shoppers Drug Mart is the boss when it comes to personalized coupons – seriously. They know my shopping habits better than myself. After receiving several personalized email/mail coupons, I decided to channel my inner Extreme Couponer and went all out. I think I did well – one of my grocery haul costed me $0.33 on $20 worth of stuff (BOSS!)
I picked up so many stuff that maybe I should have done a video instead. I’ll the items I picked out here:
- Quo Luxury Cotton Pad ($7.50), dupe for the Shiseido Facial Cotton ($11, available here)
- got2b Smooth Operator Lustre Lotion ($9-10, available here)
- Essence Cosmetics Stay Matte Lip Cream in Velvet Rose, Silky Red, and Berry Smoothie ($2.99)
- Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Phenomenon and Aurora ($9.99)
- Maybelline Color Show Lip Elixir in Rose Redefined ($10.99)
- L’Oreal Sublime Micellar Water ($15.99)
The L’Oreal Sublime Micellar Water ($15.99) is the closest thing I’ve found to the Bioderma Micellar Water. Without any sale/discount, this thing is EXPENSIVE! Like, $15.99 for a 200mL bottle which works out to be more expensive than the 500mL version of the Bioderma Micellar Water. Anyways, spotted this on sale for $7.99 (half price guys, HALF. PRICE!) at Shoppers, and I went all out. And bought 8 bottles (it was because of the coupon offer from Shoppers!! Something along the line of spend $50 and get 18,500 points. I cannot say no to that!) Granted, I bought them from my local Shoppers Drug Mart, so no worries I’m sure there were plenty left at other locations.
That has been an insanely long haul post. Now, it’s your turn! What have been your recent purchases? What have you purchased recently?