These are an accumulation of online orders from since late December until now…
Some parcels were shipped from local sources while others came all the way from China and Japan. 🙂
• CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation in 932 Nude Beige –
• Cake Milk Made Velveteen Hand Creme –
The site offered a few post-holiday deals so while I was ordering toiletries, I snagged these.
I showed the CoverGirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation in my previous Hauluary post and commented that the shade I picked up seemed to be dark. These are the same shade names but see how the Elixir is darker than the Outlast? The Outlast foundation is a great match for me – I’ve also read that the Elixir tends to oxidize… I guess the Elixir foundation will be a mixer!
These are from 2 different orders. One was to use my $25 off $50 code back in December and the other was during the clearance sales.
• Burberry Brush No. 11 Small Eyeshadow Brush – $36
• Sephora Collection The Pointer – Blending Sponges – $15
• Bobbi Brown Luxe lipstick in Neutral Rose (2.5g sample) – 100 points
I had a “difficult” time figuring out what to redeem my $25 off $50 code. I didn’t really need anything and wanted to order something right at the $50 mark. I really like those Sephora sponges so I decided to stock up, and bought the Burberry brush on a whim (because another brush, why not?) So my total was $51, and with the code, I only paid $26. The Burberry brush is very similar to the MAC 239 Eye Shading brush – the Burberry brush is made in France whereas the MAC one is made in Japan.
• ColourPop Semi Precious Shadow Palette –
• Sephora Collection Micellar Cleansing Water & Milk in Yuzu –
• Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Fall Leaves –
• Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (2.3g sample) – 100 points
• Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray (30ml travel size) – 100 points
I almost didn’t buy anything at Sephora during their post-holiday clearance sale. I waited until January 1st, the last day of their additional 20% off “SALEONSALE” code to get these. I saw that ColourPop palette on fivezero’s blog and added it to my wish list and pulled the trigger when it went on sale. 🙂 The other items were pure impulse purchases simply because they were in the sale section on the site. 😛
• UNII Empty Palette Light Purple –
$27.55 USD $23.42 USD
• Bobbi Brown Empty Palette 4 Square –
$9.50 USD $8.08 USD
• MAC Pro Colour X4 Compact Empty Palette –
$7.60 USD $6.38 USD
Ever since I posted the Megapost on custom palettes, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on another UNII palette, which are no longer available. I googled “UNII palette” and one of the results was Glambot. I’ve heard of Glambot before but didn’t feel entirely confident about buying used makeup on there – I’d much prefer swapping makeup with people I know, or who are part of an online community, rather than with complete strangers (If you haven’t heard of Glambot, have a read here) But, I felt that buying an empty palette would be safe.
The UNII and Bobbi Brown palettes show slight signs of usage but were nearly new looking, whereas the MAC 4 pan compact was actually brand new in the original box. 🙂 This is the discontinued style of the MAC empty palette, which I find to be more compact compared to the current model:
I was pleased to snag another one of the older style as a backup.
I’ve been wanting the Bobbi Brown empty palette for ages but every time I inquire at the counter, they’re sold out. Here’s what it looks like with a pan popped in:
The Bobbi Brown eye shadow and blush pans are identical in size – the eye shadow shade is Camel (hauled here) and the blush is Nude Peach (shown in my most recent Hauluary). Now I just have to get 2 more pans to complete my palette! 😉
There was an additional 15% off coupon using the code “DROP”. Shipping cost $5 USD if under $100 for international orders, so the discount paid for the cost of shipping. This shipment took forever to get here – I ordered Dec 27th and it arrived Jan 30th (from San Fran to Toronto) and the tracking # they provided was useless (every time I checked, the status would read “information unavailable at this time”). I’m unsure if I’ll order off Glambot again.
• Anna Sui Kaleidoscope Makeup Coffret –
• Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan in Prom Night –
I debated on this Anna Sui Holiday kit since Black Friday and finally decided to grab it – I’m so glad I did, it’s prettier than I pictured! I picked up MUG Prom Night just because… taupe! (and I said that I would in my MUG haul, plus, I saved $0.05? 😆 ) This order also took ages to arrive. I placed this order on Dec 31st and it arrived on the same day as the Glambot one – on Jan 30th. That’s pretty much expected since my previous orders took about the same time – this actually had to cross an ocean (from Manchester, UK) so I can forgive it. 😛
• Trind Nail Balsam – $19.95
• ILNP The Magician – $17.95
I had put up an alert on the site for the Nail Balsam to come back in stock since I’m running low of my current bottle. I love that stuff as a pre-polish nail prep. And of course, while I was on NPC’s site, I had a browse around and saw that the limited edition and sold out everywhere ILNP polish in The Magician was in stock on their site! 😮 What are the chances? If you don’t know about this polish, read more about its legend here (aka “Unicorn Pee” polish). This had been sold out since last April…
It doesn’t look like much in the bottle but as a topper applied over a dark polish, the polish really shines with a spectrum of rainbow hues (check out this blog for a great example). Best part about this order? Fully paid for with my ebates rebate. 😀
In mid-January there was a bonus Optimum Points redemption event where the highest tier was worth an additional $40 ($210 instead of the normal $170 value) so I jumped on it (with a little reminder from fivezero! 😉 )
• Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Nail Colour in Black Perfecto –
• Dior Vernis Long Wear Nail Lacquer in #257 Incognito –
• Chanel Longwear Nail Colour #08 Pirate –
• Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in #54 Boy –
• Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Correctors in Beiges –
• Lancôme Grandiôse Liner in Brun –
I own Dior and Guarlain nail polishes already but this is my first Chanel nail polish and lipstick! I’m not sure why, but Chanel makeup has never had much appeal to me. I’ve heard a lot of raves about the lipstick shade in Boy so I hope I’ll like it!
My total was $212 so I had to pay the $2 difference, plus tax (13%) on the full amount. Yes, we pay 13% sales tax here.
This was my first time ordering off BeautyBoutique.ca – the experience was very good!
The day I placed the order, it was bloody cold outside so I opted to stay indoors rather than trek out to my local Shoppers Drug Mart (really, not that far 🙄 ). A huge plus with ordering locally: I placed the order on a Sunday and it arrived the next Wednesday! The packing and presentation were excellent – I will definitely order from the site again.
• W212 Squirrel Hair Angle Eyeshadow Brush Ebony Handle –
• W216 Pony Shadow Brush Ebony Handle –
• S-105 Goat Hair Eyeshadow Brush (red handle) –
• M05 Goat Hair Shadow Brush (blue handle) –
• K05 Goat Squirrel Highlighter Brush –
• W207 Goat Blusher Brush Ebony Handle –
• Y01 Goat & Synthetic Powder Brush –
I’ve ordered off AliExpress before and recently I’ve been reading online boards about this particular AliExpress shop called Girlstory that sells good quality makeup brushes at affordable prices. They’re not knock-offs – they’re unbranded or random unknown brands.
They’re not dirt cheap but much less expensive than comparable quality of branded lines. And guess what? These brushes are freaking awesome! They’re really well-made, feel super soft, and have no weird odour.
I especially like the ebony W-series ones with the pointed handles – they have a solid feel to the handle and the brush heads are very silky.
If you muttered to yourself, “Hey, the red and blue handle brushes look like the MAC 217 brush” then you would not be wrong! The MAC 217 is like the love child of those two brushes. 😛
Also check out the handles of these! I want a nail polish colour like that blue / purple handle. I’m having such a love affair with makeup brushes right now…
There was a 7-day sale in January with 5%-25% off depending on the item. The items arrived lightning fast from China – less than 2 week (and shipping cost was only $2.66 flat rate). If you’re unsure of ordering off AliExpress, I can vouch for this seller – I’m going back for more! (I also heard good things about the brushes from this seller: Makeup Cat. Will likely try some brushes from them too)
• Chikuhodo R-C2 Cheek Brush – ¥4500 (~C$50)
• Koyudo Saikoho Blush Brush Japanese Cherry Birch Handle (Mizume-zakura) – ¥4200 (~C$46)
• Koyudo Macaron Kabuki Brush in Violet – ¥4800 (~C$53)
This is my first time ordering off this site and I know it won’t be my last! There is a promotion for free shipping from Japan so I took advantage. This shipment arrived to me (Toronto, Canada) from Japan in just 6 days! 😮 Japanese brushes are simply top-notch – all of these brushes are so incredibly silky and soft.
The Chikuhodo R-C2 Cheek Brush is made of grey squirrel hair like the Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush (my review on it here), but it feels a bit softer than the Surratt (and more in line with the Yojiya due to the silkiness). And, the Chikuhodo is less than half the price of Surratt! (I watched this video comparing Surratt and Suqqu brushes and that’s how I learned about the Chikuhodo brush). I chose the Koyudo Saikoho Blush Brush to use as an under eye setting brush (it is made of goat which is more durable) but it turned out to be too dense and too large for that purpose. It’s actually quite similar in size, shape, and softness to the Surratt Cheek brush too. See how the 3 brushes look side by side:
I’ve inadvertently acquired 2 brushes almost identical to the Surratt and I’m not at all mad about that! 😀 I would say though, if you’re thinking of shelling out for the Surratt Cheek brush, look into Chikuhodo or Koyudo options first.
Would you just look at this cute little mini mushroom Macaron brush? 😍
The Koyudo Macaron brushes come in 2 other colours – pink and orange – with pink being the most popular.
Purple is my favourite colour so I knew I had to have that first… but I can see myself getting the pink one eventually. I’ve used the Macaron brush a few times now and it is softer than all my other kabuki brushes. I’ve mentioned before how much I like collecting kabuki brushes. Now I have my eye on several other mushroom-style Japanese brushes:
I’ve officially caught the Fude Fever! (Fude means brushes in Japanese) I plan to transition my brush collection bit by bit over to higher quality ones. 😀
And that concludes my Hauluary for 2018. 🙂 Have you bought anything online lately? Would you ever buy stuff off Glambot? Or off AliExpress?