24/04/2014

Collective Haul // April 2014

It's haul time again! Whenever I go on school holidays I tend to execute some major spending sprees, then vow to go on a ban 'til the next holidays (which succeeds mainly because I don't have the opportunity to go shopping). Regardless, here is what I've bought mainly in April, though also between now and my last haul in January. 














































Nail stuff first as usual! 

Maybelline Color Show Brocades in Knitted Gold
The Brocades collection released fairly recently and I'd seen some swatches online of them and they looked so pretty but I was really only keen on this shade. I'm so glad I snagged it when I did (in Woolies of all places and it was the last one) because whenever I check out the Maybelline stand, this shade is sold out. My previous post was a NOTD featuring it so check it out if you'd like to see some swatches!

Illamasqua Speckle
Man oh man, as usual I had my eyeball out for those bargains. Illamasqua is one of the few high end brands that I actually notice clearancing their stock (I guess others send them to outlet/corporate stores and the like), so I made sure to check out their counter. Sure enough, they had all their speckle nail polishes for $5! FIVE DOLLARS! I was so excited, but managed to limit myself to just one. I wore it over the Easter break as I thought it was perfect for the occasion!

Sportsgirl Pink Icing
I can't seem to go a haul without a Sportsgirl nail polish can I? This is one I had my eye on for a while, but as usual I waited until it was on clearance. They had their 30% off further reduced so it came down to $3-ish. I'll have a NOTD up, but it's a good 'un. They have a white version out right now.

 Essence Blush Up! in 10 Heat Wave
Do you see this?! IT'S AN OMBRE BLUSH. FROM ESSENCE. AMAZE. Literally when I saw it, I couldn't make faster grabby hands. Ombre blushes are seriously fascinating, and this is reminiscent of that one from MAC and that one from Estee Lauder (you know the ones I'm talking about...maybe). Nonetheless the shade is totally up my street, and y'all know I love Essence blushes. It was on the more expensive side of Essence ($6.95) but still super affordable!

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Libido
Yup - that crazy bright red blush right there? I bought it *sheepish face*. This, like the nail polish, was on clearance - for half price ($14). Initially I scoffed at it like, "pfft I would never wear that!" and went home to promptly read some reviews of it because I couldn't get my mind off of it. Every single review was glowing. GLOWING I tell you. So I went back the next week and bought it! I'm guessing they are discontinuing this particular shade because it's probably not selling very well? I'll have a review up of it soon but trust me, it's not as scary as it looks (and might I add, a lot more orange).

Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Lipstick in Peach on the Beach
FINALLY! Gawd it feels like an eternity that I have been wanting this product! Every time I went into Priceline, this shade was sold out - even the tester had been used to it's last! I must be the last person ever to finally get this. I was so over it that I paid the rather high price of $15. I'm just glad to have it and gosh darn hope that it lives up to my expectations!

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms in Audacious and Complex
I've already reviewed these here - and I like 'em. I bought the pair for buy one get one free from Priceline.

Sportsgirl Pucker Up lip crayon in Fruit Tingle
This pencil was on sale for quite cheap (around $3) so I picked it up because I love the colour! However, it appears slightly sallow on me, and makes my teeth look a lil' yellow. I probably could have gone without it (who am I kidding? I could have done without all of this), but I'm sure I'll get some use out of it!

L'oreal Colour Riche Moisture Matte lipstick in Cherry Crush
I've also already done a review on this here, in short - it's amazing. Can you tell I was having a bit of a matte lip moment?

Benefit They're Real! Mascara
I got this mini in their mascara swap where you trade in an old mascara of any size or brand to get a free mini. It's still going on until May! I'm super excited to try out this crazy popular formula but won't open it until I finish my current mascara.























Skincare bits!

Puretopia Refresh & Balance Facial Mist & Toner
I picked this up on account of Sarah's good words about it, and my need for a new morning time toner. It was also on sale at Priceline for around $10 which pushed me over the edge to purchase it!

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion
I was in pretty desperate need of a new spot treatment as I'm coming near the end of my Lush Grease Lightning which I really wasn't a fan of anyway. I was completely stumped as to what to buy, and ended up going with this one as it's basically the be all end all of spot treatments, and one of the only to solely target cystic acne - which the majority of my pimples are. I decided not to faff with the cheaper ones and just go for the top! I've already tried a sample and I was quite satisfied with the results!

Lush Ultrabland facial cleanser
I decided to pick this guy up as I'm actually speeding through my current cleanser and I wanted to get a new cleanser before the end of the holidays. I've heard some pretty great things about this one, and the Lush girl talked it up HEAPS. I also really wanted to try a Balm Cleanser, if this can be classified as one. It was quite expensive at $17.95 for the 45g tub, so hopefully I don't use it up too quickly.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads
I stumbled across this lil' tub at David Jones on clearance for $11! I was mad excited as recently I've been hearing raves about the brand, and though I hadn't heard a ton about this particular product (just that Meghan really likes them), it sounded like I would really like them. I'll have a full review up on it but they are basically toning pads that help exfoliate and brighten the skin! Just what I need amirite?
























L'oreal Elvive Total Repair 5 hair mask
I was in need of a new hair mask as I've basically finished my current one. I'm not too fussy when it comes to hair masks and basically take whatever I can get. I have heard really good things about the L'oreal ones so I bought this one despite not reading any reviews or it not being on sale. Hopefully it works out!

Smart Skin Moisturising Facial Cleansing Wipes
Needed new face wipes and I decided to switch to these as I was starting to find the Beauty Care Co ones to be a tad dry. I'm quite liking these - they're very moist and remove most of my makeup. They're the same price ($2) and can be bought at Woolworths.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Miracle Complexion Sponge and Travel Essentials set (not pictured)
I made an iHerb order with my sister and bought a few Real Techniques goodies I've been wanting for a while. I've already reviewed the travel trio, and other reviews are in the works. I haven't included the sponge or the other brushes because they're quite dirty at the moment!

Beauty Care Co Makeup Remover Pads
I purchased these guys because they're still the cheapest I've found! $2 for 200.
























I now have a few jewellery picks that I bought, and thought hey why not feature them?

Lovisa two gold necklaces and gold rings
Lovisa was having 3 for 2 and I wanted to pick up some things - I was mainly inspired by a few pieces some of my fave UK youtubers have been wearing. I thought these pieces were pretty nice, and I've actually gotten a ton of wear out of them these past holidays!

Sportsgirl Star sign necklace
This guy was on sale for only $2 and it was the last Taurus one left! I really like how dainty it is and just thought it was a cute necklace.

Phew! That was a long post - as basically all of my haul posts are! I hope you enjoyed reading about what I've been blowing my money on! 

43 comments:

  1. This haul looks amazing! It definitely makes me feel better about the splurges I have made this month.. Hahaha

    xo, Rebecca

    wednesdaypress.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, eek that doesn't make me feel very good! I made sure to hunt for bargains though! My weak justification...

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  2. What a fab haul! Loving the gold glitter nail varnish.

    Something about Carey

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  3. Best haul, oh my goodness. I am so very jealous of your Illamasqua purchases! I love the look of those lip crayons too. Looking forward to future posts featuring some of these things x

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    1. Seriously, Illamasqua has become one of my favourite brands! I'll definitely be writing some reviews :)

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  4. Wow, you got a lot of items! I cannot believed you got an Illamasqua nail polish for only $5! I would really like to try some lip crayons :)

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha..yeah it was over a while though! Yes - amazing price right!

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  5. CHRIST LITTLE LADY. I thought I was good at throwing money bricks into stores but jeebs.
    (Also, CAMERA DEETS PLS. DESE PICS BE KILLIN IT)
    5ever laughing at the name "Libido". "What's that on your face?""Just some libido" ".....:|"
    BUT HOLY CARPS, I WANT THAT ESSENCE BLUSH. Have you tried it yet though? I find that some of their blushes kinda....suck.
    YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY FOUNDATION BRUSHES. I have like, 3, but I got lazy regarding washing them and now I'm stuck slapping things on my face with my fingers. -sigh- tis the life of a lazy person

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    1. Yep - trying not make a habit out of it...and flailing. Hehe thanks bud, I have a Canon 350D but it be SUPER old (and I just use the kit lens), it's only like 8 megapixels? Maybe? But yeah I fix the shit out of them in Photoshop.
      Bweheh, it's like company's get a kick out of naming their blushes kinky things ;)
      YEAH YOU WANT THAT BLUSH. I thought of you as I was typing it up - like bet Vanessa will like it! I actually really love all the blushes I've tried from them! I will do a review, but so far it's really good!

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    2. PSH, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE CAMERA, IT'S ABOUT HOW YOU USE IT.
      D'awww ;) I literally have a tendency to buy all of Essence's blushes and limited edition blushes except I've bought so many of the limited edition ones and they all suck and I never learn my lesson, so. (Like, I literally slapped on their newest one today and totally forgot I was even wearing blush. Sad tingz) I WONDER IF YOU GUYS HAVE DIFFERENT COLLECTIONS IN AUSSIELAND.

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    3. I'm such a camera noob tho! Erm...I use it on Av with the highest aperture setting?
      We probably do! Essence is pretty inconsistent with the collections - obviously like the European countries get ALL the new stuff and collections. They're so cheap tho and the Limited nature just makes me like "NEED DAT".

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  6. Great haul! I swatched Cherry Crush today and it's such a gorgeous shade - however I don't think it'll suit my skin tone :/ And I must go to DJ to find First Aid Beauty!!

    Nhi | Miss Blushaholic

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    1. That's a shame - I thought it was quite a universal shade. Hopefully there is still some FAB there!

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  7. What an amazing haul and BARGAINS you scored especially the Illamasqua products (so envious we don't have that brand in WA sadly) I really love the Mario Badescu range that we stock - their buffering lotion is really nice and works well! x

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    1. That sucks that Illamasqua is not yet available in WA - I'm slowly becoming a huge fan of them haha!

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  8. What a nice haul! I'm kind of living off other people's hauls now because I haven't bought a lot of makeup in ages (I've been spending money on food and clothes instead). I was eyeing that Essence blush and was soo tempted but I kept chanting "you don't need it you don't need it". I'll probs grab it in the future though, it's too pretty!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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    1. Haha - good on you! Other people's hauls just make me tempted and jealous, I do enjoy them though. Haha good restraint, I'm really liking it though!

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  9. Omg Tasha! Awesome, awesome stuff! I really love the expert face brush personally but from your bunch I'd totally grab that maybelline polish and the essence blush!

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    1. Haha thanks! I'm loving the expert face brush too!

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  10. Wowww quite a big haul :D!! I guess I havent gone shopping for too long I didnt even know they put some illamasqua products on clearance. Missed out :( !
    Going to priceline and try to find that essence blush ;)

    XO Denise
    http://pixiedw.blogspot.com.au

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    1. I hadn't gone shopping (to the city) for like three months either, so do check out your illamasqua counter if they have one!

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  11. Great purchases - those Illamasqua goodies are such a bargain! I can't wait for you to review the blush. Oh and great jewellery picks! :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes - I'll definitely have a review on it - just have to figure out how to wear it first!

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  12. omg you got soooo much amazing stuff!! I'm kind of on a spending ban right now so this is like makeup porn for me...and ugh I really really want that L'oreal lipstick!

    Yige || Yet Another Makeup Blog.

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    1. Haha - I always get jealous of other people's hauls! I'll be going on a bit of a spending ban now too because I really need to save!

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  13. oh man, which meyer did you get your benefit sample from? i went to meyer in the city recently and they informed me that they weren't doing the mascara swap anymore because they're out :( so gutted

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    1. I got it from Brisbane Myer Centre. That sucks that they were out for you! They did say it was while stocks last :(

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  14. Wow, you picked up so many amazing goodies! I'm such a huge fan of the Revlon lip pencils and Real Techniques brushes. Loving the jewelry too! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Yup haha - I was very much in the shopping mood!

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  15. oooh you got so many nice things!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

    ps. there's a little $100 jewellery giveaway on my blog if you fancy a look! Click here.

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  16. Nice haul! I absolutely love Lush's ultrabland cleanser.

    Beauty Challenged

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    1. So far I'm liking it a lot too!

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  17. Would love to hear how the Lush cleanser goes, I've been thinking about picking one up!

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    1. I'll definitely have a review up for it, but so far so good!

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  18. So much awesome stuff :D I'm drooling over that Illamasqua polish, it's gorgeous. Great makeup picks too!

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  19. I've always loved the look of those Illamasqua speckle polishes, but never picked one up. What a perfect choice for Easter though, so cute and festive!

    Definitely let us know how the RT Complexion Sponge goes. I am so annoyed that Priceline is still not selling this :(

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    1. Mhmm, it was perfect. I just wish Easter was during Spring here! I feel like it would be so much more festive and all happy pastels haha :p

      Yes - I've already got the review written! I'm sure they'll be stocking it soon, but IMO they charge waaaaay too much for the RT stuff!

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  20. what a collection. I have the maybelline knitted gold, love it, if find it cheaps easily thou :( Peach on the beach from Bourjois is my face out of the range they have in the colour boosts. Love it. Also I think I need to check out that essence blush, looks amazing.

    Great blog, new follower. :)

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  21. YOU DO EPIC HAULING! They're super epic hauls because bargains are the best! ;)

    I was so close to buying that Libido blush but still the colour scared me off, I can't wait to read your review and perhaps consider going back if they still have it.
    I was also about to get the speckled polish but I have too many and a friend recently got me an Illamasqua black-glitter top coat that transforms any colour into 'speckled' polish but at $5 holy moly it was highly tempting!

    I really like your blog :))

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    1. Haha thanks, I always look out for the bargains!

      I still haven't worn it yet! Trying to figure out what sort of makeup to wear it with, and the right occasion. I think $5 is a steal - good restraint on your part though!

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  22. I am amazed that you found that Illamasqua nail polish for $5, very jealous!

    Laura | Breton & Blush

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  23. That Illamasqua blush looks like the cream version of NARS Exhibit A (which is my all time favorite blush :D ). I'd love to see a review on it and the Lush cleanser :)

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