Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Haul from Macy's and Sephora!

Mishelle from Mishelle's Sleepy Time reminded me today that I'd forgotten to do my haul post! I posted a sneak peek of it recently and she was dying to see what was in it :P (probably a bit like how I'm always dying to see new posts from her! She's an amazing blogger!)

Anyway, here's the photos of what I got in November. I always tell myself that I'm on a shopping ban but I can never resist Sephora... I actually have a shopping cart full of stuff right now but I've had to buy a few birthday presents recently and.... my wallet is going to go find itself a new owner if I don't stop shopping!

There aren't too many photo's as I wasn't sure if I was going to keep it all so I didn't want to open all the packaging. I'll post links to the products though. I'm also starting to sell some of my stuff. Check out my blog sale :)

Package 1

Package 2
Both my packages arrived on the same day at my boyfriends house. That's his green cutting mat in the background that he uses for his architecture classes at uni. It's pretty ugly but it's going to be in all my photos. I didn't realise until the end... sorry about that!

First up is the box containing my Macy's haul. I picked up a few MAC things and something from Philosophy.

Philosophy and MAC haul
1. Philosophy clear days ahead trial kit $38- This kit has $67 of value and is a 30 day trial kit. I have pimples ALL THE TIME. It never goes away and it's so frustrating when I've tried so many things but nothing works! I mainly get them on my forehead but sometimes one or two will pop up on my cheeks or in that spot right under the middle of my bottom lip so that I look like I have a piercing or that spot between my upper lip and nose.... it's SO ANNOYING. I used this the other night and I'll post a thorough review soon but I'm not a fan of 3 of the 4 things in this kit. I think I only like the cleanser.

2. MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (pressed) $24 - I've actually decided to keep this. It's basically what the name says it is... a pressed finishing powder. I haven't started using this yet. The box it came in was so pretty! It was a sparkly purple box :)

Sparkly packaging
3. MAC lipsticks. I didn't open these as I wasn't sure which one I was going to keep. I picked up Creme cup, Bare Again, Fanfare and See Sheer. I may be giving one away in a Christmas giveaway... When I have more time, I'll post up swatches of my MAC lipsticks. I've picked up 8 over the last 2 months... They're so cheap in the US compared to here in Aus! ($15 vs $36).

I try to avoid ordering from Macy's as much as possible as I think of them as a "budget department store" for some reason. I'm sure that they aren't but whenever I get packages from them, it never seems like they've packaged it very well and the products tend to look a bit beaten up.

But I was too tempted by their gift with purchase which was a huge bag of samples!

Macy's sample bag
There were more than 25 perfume, skincare and makeup samples!

Sephora Haul
The second package contained only 2 things. It's so rare for me to only order 2 things from one store but I couldn't really find anything else that I wanted at the time.

1. Beautyblender Duo Set $39.95: I picked up a 2 pack of the beautyblenders. They're basically pink egg shaped makeup applicators. I thought that they were a bit of a gimmick at first but I'd been watching youtube tutorials and lots of people seemed to love their beautyblenders. It came with a cleanser for them as well.

2. Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour pencil in lovechild $19: I bought this to push me over the $50 limit for free shipping. The pencil is super creamy and pigmented and a dream to apply. I'd love this more if my lips weren't so pigmented as it doesn't come up on my lips as pale pink. I've been dying to get the perfect baby pink lipstick/pencil.

And that's it! I have a David Jones haul to post as well but I probably won't do that until Christmas is over as it features some stuff that I got for Kris Kringles/Secret Santa's.

What do you want for Christmas this year? I'm dying to get an acrylic makeup box. I wish the people at the makeupboxshop.com could hear me! :P


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36 comments:

  1. amazing haul! if you dont mind me asking, how did u order these products? did u use a mail forwarding service? :) x

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    1. I used PriceUSA as my mail forwarding service. I've found that they charge the lowest shipping fees and don't charge handling fees if you pay by bank deposit. I've used them more than a dozen times this year and everything is always perfect :)

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    2. ohh ok, thanks! i may need to check them out after i get christmas pressies out of the way :)

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  2. They sure were generous with the samples!
    I'm so jealous of all the awesome things you bought! Woo MAC lipsticks! <3 I'm lusting after Creme Cup.

    And thanks for telling us about PriceUSA, I really want to start ordering from US sites because it's so so much cheaper.

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    1. There is no way that an Australian retailer would give away that many samples in one go! It's such a shame for them though as I tend to really like samples and end up buying the full version.

      Keep an eye on my blog :) I have a friend in the US right now who's picking up a MAC Creme Cup lipstick for me for a giveaway :)

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  3. Yay! Let me know what you think of the beauty blender! I have been reluctant to try it out so far.
    x

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    1. I haven't used the beautyblender yet but I'm hoping that it'll make me fall in love with my old foundations again :)

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  4. Me right now: Picking my jaw up from the desktop in an effort to stop drooling over your haul... so jealous of those lipsticks!

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    1. $15 for a lipstick! $15!!! I can never resist picking up MAC lipsticks at that price! We get soooo ripped off here in Aus.

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  5. Wow so many samples! I love samples, they are so much fun!
    xo

    http://bubblybabblings.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Me too! I love samples so much!

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  6. Wow what a great haul! Looking forward for your reviews, especially on why you didn't like most of the Philosophy products! The Macy's sample bag looks awesome, so jealous :(

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    1. I'll be definitely doing a review on the Philosophy products. I'm not a huge fan of most of the products but I do love the cleanser.

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  7. Amazing haul! I must check out Macy's although I will be careful with what I order!
    xx

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    1. Macy's is really good for gift with purchases :)

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  8. Can't wait for you to review the BeautyBlenders. Heard so much about them and I was thinking of purchasing them but the price...quite expensive for makeup sponges :( Great Haul though X

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    1. The beautyblenders and definitely on my to do list. I just realised that they're actually super expensive...

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  9. ahhh Ravishing has been on my wishlist for ages. I have swatched it at the MAC counter and love love love it :) I think it's been on my wishlist far too long ;)

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    1. Ravishing? Did you get autocorrected cos I don't think I picked up that one :P

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  10. lovely hauls!! drooling over the MAC items ^_~

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    1. I love MAC so I can never resist a lipstick... or 4 :P

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  11. lots of MAC and freebies!!! =)

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    1. I love samples! Introduces me to so many new things :)

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  12. Love the haul!

    I loved visiting Macy's while I was in the U.S.

    Also surprisingly I looked for the Beauty Blender in store in Sephora and found it nowhere! I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

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    1. The pack that I bought is sold out online at the moment actually. I was at Kit cosmetics a few weeks ago and saw their version in store. It looks identical and I think it's cheaper :)

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  13. WOW!!!! Now I want the Philosophy clear days ahead trial kit

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    1. I'll post up a review soon. I actually didn't like it :(

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  14. Great haul. I completely understand ordering from a store because of samples!

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    1. I choose who I order from based on samples and gift with purchases :P

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  15. Love your haul! You picked up some amazing stuff from the states... Makes me want to do another shop :(

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    1. Thanks :) I just did another 2 orders from Sephora :( Stop me Abby!

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  16. always wanted to have mac lippies but they are so damn expensive here in Manila :(

    aragwin.blogspot.com

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    1. If you can find a parcel forwarder like PriceUSA, definitely use them :) I get my MAC products so cheaply now :)

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