Friday, 26 April 2013

US Haul! Sephora, MAC and TheBalm

2 weeks ago, I went a little crazy whilst online shopping and I ended up with DHL delivering 5 boxes to me today... Whilst I've done a lot of damage to my wallet, I'm over the moon and absolutely love everything :) I don't think I'll be doing this type of haul again in the near future as I've utterly exhausted my makeup budget...

I have to apologise in advance for the photos (as usual). It took me about an hour to get through all the packages and I was really exhausted at the end. I know they're of terrible quality BUT this isn't a review on anything so it doesn't really matter that much. (hopefully!).

DHL delivered 5 boxes to me :)
Box 1: TheBalm

TheBalm held a sale on April 1st to launch their new website. Everything was 50% off and I managed to place an order at 4am in the morning (the site was obviously really slow). They couldn't keep up with the online traffic so the "official 50% off sale" didn't actually go ahead until the next week but luckily for me, TheBalm honoured all orders that made it through before they closed the website to fix it.

TheBalm order
I picked up 8 things in total but 4 of them are for other people/swaps. I got myself the new Instain blush in Swiss Dot which is a peach colour, Frat Boy blush, Nude 'tude eyeshadow palette and a lipstick in Ima Goodkisser which is a coral colour. This would have cost me US$96 but I paid US$48. I don't believe Instain has been release in Australia yet but the other 3 items together would have cost AUS$97.85 from David Jones.

Box 2: MAC

Yep.. I know it's a terrible photo!
I sold the majority of my MAC makeup a few months ago as I found that I never used it but I decided to give it another go as I've fallen in love with the brow pencil in Lingering (bottom of the picture). I wanted a backup of the brow pencil as you can't tell how much is left in it (it winds up but not down) so I made a small order.

I also picked up the brow gel in clear, blot powder in Medium and 3 lipsticks (Lustering, Please Me and   Chatterbox). This cost me US$101. It would have cost me AUS$202 to get it from David Jones or Myer.

Box 3: Sephora

Sephora pack 1
I got 2 things in this order that I really wanted for awhile but never picked them up due to their prices. However, I couldn't resist when Sephora had a 15% off everything sale so I got the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (US$43) and the Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia (US$25). The makeup bag was on sale for $3 (reduced from $12) so I picked it up to use as a makeup brush bag. However, it's actually pretty small so I'll have to find another use for it.

The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation is actually also a little too light for me. I read a lot of reviews that said that Bamboo Beige was the best match for NC30 but I think it might actually be closer to NC25. I'll have to save this for winter :)

Box 4: Sephora

Make Up For Ever Concealers
I made this order as I was helping Sarah from More Than Adored get the Lorac Pro Palette and I needed to bump the order up with a few items to get the free US shipping.

I absolutely love my Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in shade 8 but it's starting to get a little too dark for me so I picked it up in number 7. I also got the Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer in Neutral Beige 3 as my under eye concealer. They were both bought during 15% off sale too.

Box 5: Sephora

Sephora Box 3
Unfortunately I purchased these about a week before the 15% off sale. I picked up the Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in shade 8 (I love this stuff!), Dior BB cream and an Urban Decay Primer that I love. I also qualified for the VIB program so I got the welcome kit :)

I definitely won't be shopping like this again for a really long time. Let me know if you want any reviews on any of this stuff :)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

New Revlon Lip Butters

When I found out a little while ago that Revlon had brought out 4 new lip butters, I begged some of my friends in the US and Canada to go hunting for them for me :P But they were always sold out and no one could find me any for weeks! One of my friends eventually found 3 of them for me and sent them over. The only colour that I didn't get was pink lemonade as I've seen swatches of it and it's really sheer so I didn't really want it... I actually also didn't really want Sorbet but I'm so happy that I got it as I really love it. I'm a little sad that I left it at my boyfriends house :(

So the ones that I did get are called Juicy Papaya, Sorbet and Wild Watermelon. I've been using them for a little bit and they're pretty much the same as the original ones. The only difference I've noticed is that Juicy Papaya is a little bit "firmer" than the other ones so I can apply it pretty hard onto my lips and it doesn't really smear or smoosh like the other ones do. It's also a little drier and not as moisturising.

Sorbet and Wild Watermelon have the same consistency and texture as the other lip butters (the non-glitter ones). They were really soft and smeared around the edges of the tube when I was applying them a little carelessly. I hope they come out in Australia as I'd definitely repurchase Sorbet when I run out :)

Left to Right: Juicy Papaya, Sorbet and
Wild Watermelon
Left to Right: Juicy Papaya, Sorbet and Wild Watermelon

Left to Right: Juicy Papaya, Sorbet and
Wild Watermelon
Juicy Papaya

Wild Watermelon

Will you be buying these or are you over lip butters now?

p.s. I know that my lip swatch photos never really look that great. I'm going to start aiming to do full face photos instead for future posts.

Monday, 1 April 2013

My week in photos :)

I've been super busy these last 2 weeks and I'm not ready to review the new products that I've been trying so I thought I'd share some photos that I took during the week with you instead :) It's a light and fluffy post :) A bit different to what I usually do...

Anyway, the Easter Show is currently on in Sydney at the moment and because I LOVE the show, I made my boyfriend go with me :) We spent the whole day wasting money on overpriced (but really yummy) food :P

Top: Half a kilo beef rib
Bottom Left: AMAZING Lemonade
Bottom Right: Country Women's Association scones and coffee

Diving and Racing Pigs at the Easter Show

Left: My boyfriend made me fried rice for a snack since I can't cook... :)
Right: The best vegetable laksa I've ever had

I also went to a uni cruise as some of my friends organised it.

Uni cruise
And that's it :) Short and sweet.

I'll be back with reviews soon I promise!


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