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. 🙂
I remember a time when Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) was solely a brow product brand. And look at it now! According to Sephora, their most popular product is their Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette. You know me, I can’t commit to a large scale palette so I was quite psyched when I learned that ABH launched single refills and a customizable palette.
I got these right before Christmas last year as gifts to myself. 😉
Last week was quite draining, to say the least. I’m so glad it’s over.
Here are the posts that went up, in case you were too busy drinking yourself into a stupor:
PP12: Bourjois Java Rice Loose Powder
This lovely smelling loose powder adds a nice luminosity to my under eye area.
Since the weather is turning a bit cooler, I thought I’d finally wear this polish which I bought in January during one of my crazy no-holds-barred hauls:
Steel Grey caught my eye because of its greige tone and golden shimmer.
And let’s be frank, that Burberry packaging suckers me in every time.
Since I skipped May’s accountability post, I’m lumping both months together. Let’s recap, in April, I was able to carry over $122.48. My combined budget for May and June was $100. So in total, I had $222.48 to play with. Let’s see how I did. First, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way, I hauled BIG time in Japan:
But in the rule books of Low-Buys, out of country purchases do not count. I didn’t create the rules, I just follow them, mkay? 😉 But I did a lot of shopping at home too, especially prior to my trip…
I’m really back-logged with my posts as you can see, as this was meant to be posted before I left for vacation, but I didn’t have time to take photos. Ah well, better late than never! 😉
So I wasn’t really planning on doing much makeup shopping before my trip but I’ve been finding some AMAZING stuff at Winners! I just couldn’t NOT buy this stuff:
Burberry! Armani! Nars! Paul & Joe! Nail polishes from the newest collections! I couldn’t even fit everything into the frame. 😀 I’ll start off with the craziest (aka the best!) things:
I get a bit obsessive about discontinued makeup items. I kick myself for not buying them when they were readily available. And when they’re gone and difficult to acquire, their lure becomes even greater! I start plotting ways to get my hands on them. Enter eBay. I know some people are uneasy about being off eBay but I’ve never had any issues – just do your research, if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.
In January I was lucky to find TWO discontinued items that I had put eBay alerts on: Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Pale Barley No. 22 and Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Exhibition (Rosewood NO. 09 wasn’t on my original alert, it just came along for the ride 😛 ). These were purchased in late January and arrived recently.
It was only a matter of time before I placed a Sephora order! Initially I was lured onto Sephora for the final day of the Double Points offer on skincare – I wanted to get the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray. But then a few other nagging bits from my Lemmings list urged me to get other things…
I just couldn’t wait until April for the VIB sale to get the Surratt Beauty – I had every intention to wait, but my resolve has been weakened by Hauluary. 😛
One thing I will say is, holy, there’s so much packaging with these items, this is what the above items look like removed from their cartons:
Even the eyeliner came in its own box – ridiculous!
I don’t even need to explain myself. I bought makeup. Lots of it. Hudson’s Bay is Canada’s main department store – we often just call it “The Bay”. Its American equivalent would be Macy’s. It carries all the core cosmetics brands typically found in department stores: Clinique, Clarins, Shiseido, Lancome, Estee Lauder… but, their flagship location in downtown Toronto also carries some brands that I’ve been wanting to try more of, including Becca, Burberry and Vincent Longo:
These were purchased over 3 separate visits; first I visited the Becca counter, which is located in a newer section of the store, called Beauty Underground which is located on the lower level, the same level as the subway. Within this department, they carry more of their “fringe” brands like Becca, Vincent Longo, and Anna Sui – there’s even a special display with TonyMoly products! This post will be more about my experiences at the beauty counters rather than about the products – I promise I’ll do more detailed reviews about the products in the future.
Immediately after I did The Lipstick Tag, I thought – hey, why isn’t there an Eye Shadow Tag? I’m not really a lipstick girl, but I love me some eye shadows! I’ve seen a Perfect Palette Tag on YouTube but I’m not really a palette gal either, so I decided to make some modifications to The Lipstick Tag and came up with The Eye Shadow Tag! 😀
- Tag 3 bloggers to answer these same questions.
- Those bloggers will TAG 3 more bloggers of their choice with the same questions & rules.
- No tag backs.