There's never an understated way to share the accumulation of things - in this case beauty booty - but that's what I did this month and am sharing now. Through a combination of good luck, an eye for a good deal (and my birthday thrown in) I've been spoiled and spoiled myself pretty well. I've checked through my archives and I haven't done a bona fide haul post since February so I don't feel too obnoxious about it.
Red Earth Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid (01 Pearl) - I won this via a Red Earth Twitter competition. I haven't tried it yet but the Red Earth site markets this as a multi-purpose illuminator suitable for face and body and the pretty pearl shade looks promising.
Tom Ford Sahara Noir EDP sample - This complimentary sample was given out when my husband purchased my boxed set of Tom Ford nail polish. It's an oriental-woody fragrance described as an "ode to incense". Sahara Noir conjures up very vague recollections of YSL's oriental Opium for me but this has a much sharper, woodier note to it. A friend spritzed this and remarked it smelt too cedary for her and she rather strongly disliked it. I still haven't made up my mind about this one but I can see it will polarise opinions.
MAC Matte Lipstick (Lady Danger) - This matte orange-red was My Back 2 MAC pick. While I was ultimately happy with my choice it disappoints me that we can no longer pick from the entire lipstick range for Back 2 MAC in Australia. I had to make my choice from a laminated card illustrating the best sellers (of which half the shades were sold out!) In principle: Grrrr! Snarl! @#%$!!
Tom Ford Lip Colour sample tube (Cherry Lush) - Another complimentary product my husband brought home from the TF counter. I love my TF lipsticks and was overwhelmed by the chicness of this little sample tube. I've been told Cherry Lush is a best-seller and after wearing it for the first time a few days ago (see my IG post here) I understand why. I just love the clear, vibrant blue-based red.
Benefit They're Real Mascara - I attended a Benefit event a few weeks ago arranged by one of my Melbourne blogger friends Nalini aka The Made Up Maiden. After viewing a brow shaping session (at the Benefit Brow Bar in Myer Melbourne) and a makeup demonstration using Benefit's newly released creaseless eyeshadow shades and their uber cute new Fine-one-one cheek and lip colour I walked away with a thousand lemmings. One of the lessons learned was They're Real mascara is Benefit's number 1 selling product and now I've received a complimentary tube to find out why for myself.
The good deals...
Real Techniques Core Collection - I put $26 worth of Priceline gift vouchers towards this brush set so I ended up $19 out of pocket - to put it into perspective these retail for a whopping $44.99 in Australia. My sole interest is the much raved about buffing brush and even if that is the only brush I end up using I'll still be happy for the price.
The Body Shop Body Butter duo (Macadamia) - I thought these duo tubs were a good concept with their dual body lotion/rich body cream combos but they're being discontinued! At 50% off I grabbed a tub for my winter-parched skin.
Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner palette (Smoky Sexy) - Obviously a discontinued colour combination but I bought this wintry cool palette on a self-indulgent whim as part of a 2 for $10 deal together with the...
Rimmel Glam'Eyes Trio Eyeshadow palette (740 Fever) - I admit I wasn't impressed with a previous palette I bought from Rimmel's Glam'Eyes line but I was sucked in by the pretty lilac-pinks (and the price). Could be nice for spring I hope??
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Blackberry 640) - I grabbed this gorgeous - but discontinued - cream burgundy shade for $7AUD. I don't understand why it's been discontinued??? This is THE perfect winter lip shade and apparently a dupe for MAC's Dubonnet. I'll view this as Revlon's loss but my gain.
I didn't have time to swatch for this post but here are the eye and lip colours viewed a little more closely:
Rimmel - 740 Fever, Revlon - Smoky Sexy
Top - Bottom:
Revlon - Blackberry 640, MAC - Lady Danger, Tom Ford - Cherry Lush
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Until next time...