November Beauty Haul

This month, I did the most. Thankfully, I barely spent much money because a $100 Amazon gift card came through, Sephora’s VIB 20% off sale happened and not all the things I bought were expensive (yay, me!).

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – first timer. Cute story.

My hard earned money well spent. I have been obssessed with this palette for a minute because of IG. Nearly every beauty blogger has this palette and raves about it, so I had to buy it because FOMO, duh. So, when I finally decided to close my eyes and make the purchase, I discovered the palette was nowhere to be found. I searched for months and months, but my efforts were futile. It was completely sold out. Then November XX happened. I was browsing and decided to ‘heart’ all the things I wanted to buy. When my eyes fell upon this palette, I nearly lost my mind. It was in stock! I was about to purchase it on sight when I remembered there was a Sephora right downstairs from my office. On the move to Sephora, I decided to call the store just to see if they had the palette in stock. There was no need for unnecessary disappointment. When the sales associate returned to the line and told me they had the palette in stock, a huge smile took over my face. Complete bliss. My day was going well. It was the last palette left. Dare I say it was meant to be. There could have been more in the drawer, but that’s really none of my business. I’m just going to assume I snatched up the last palette. #Blessed.


Bioderma Sébium H2O – first timer

Amazon came through. Micellar water is the new facial cleanser, but I’m not really about that life, so I use it as a makeup remover and an eyeliner corrector. It’s especially good for the latter. Instead of using coconut oil to correct my newbie cat eye mistakes, I use this. It saves my life every time.


Trader Joe’s Natural Facial Cleansing Pads – first timer

Hard earned money. This was like three bucks at TJ’s, and it’s been worth it, too. It’s especially nice to use after a long day’s work in the city. I swipe it across my face, focusing on my t-zone and any pimply areas. It downsizes pimples the very next day. I also like the fact that it has tea tree oil in it. It’s a natural antibacterial and so bomb for oily skin, read: drying out pesky pimples.


The Ordinary – first timer

Hard earned money. I bought the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum and Hyaluronic 2% + B5 serum. I’m enjoying them so far. They’re extremely inexpensive, which intrigued me. The Canadian company prides itself on “clinical formulations with integrity.” They’re selling us honesty in a bottle that will treat our various skin conditions at a price that’s unbeatable. These serums were five and six dollars. I’m in!


Maybelline New York – repurchases

Forty percent off all Maybelline products. I love a promotion, so – of course, I had to get my Lash Discovery and Great Lash mascaras.


Nelsons Pure & Clean Acne Treatment Gel – first timer

Amazon came through. I heard this is what a lot of makeup artists use backstage on models when their skin isn’t on fleek. It’s supposed to cast away pimples.


Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant – first timer

Hard earned money. I was looking for something that would make the texture of my skin smoother, and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is the thing because it’s good for exfoliating, getting rid of dead skin and allowing new skin to grow, minimizing blemishes and much more. It’s particularly good for those with oily skin. The most common BHA is salicylic acid an it’s typically used for treating acne. I don’t have much of an acne problem, but I do have a texture situation that I’m not too fond of. Aside from the bumpiness that I sometimes see and the occasional pimple, my skin and I don’t have any issues. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy for rubbing acid on my face, but nah. BHAs are organic acids that can be found occurring in nature.


Murad Anti-Anging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – first timer

Sephora 20% off. I was in the market for new sunscreen. I’ve been using Coola, and although that’s a fine product, I was over it and wanted to try something new. Perhaps I’ll circle back to it once summer decides to say hi again.


Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – first timer

Sephora 20% off. I read somewhere that it is an effective charcoal mask that’s suitable for oily skin, so I decided to give it a try. I bought the travel size, just in case. I currently use the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask.


This was a great month in beauty and skincare. So much joy. I’ll see you all in December. 🙂


M.A.C Sample Sale Haul With Swatches

M.A.C Cosmetics had its first public sample sale in New York City this past week, and I went! I planned to go on Tuesday, the day it started, but my friend got there first and told me the line wrapped around three blocks. I had an oh-hell-nah moment at my desk and decided to take my cute self home. I finally made it on the very last day (yesterday) just hours before it ended (4 pm EST). The event was very organized; I was impressed. There were still plenty of products, too. I thought I was going to be able to cop some paint pots, concealer, bronzers and blush – but I thought wrong. It was only selling seasonal or limited-editon products. However, everything was 60% off! Here’s what I purchased:

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Velvetease Lip Pencils in Oh Honey, Ready To Go, Velvet Teen & Anything Goes – $8/ea.  |  MAC +Brook Candy Studio Eye Gloss in Black-Yang – $10

I purchased several lip pencils, so maybe I’ll do a giveaway one day. The pencils literally feel like velvet on your lips and dry down to a semi-matte finish.

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M.A.C claims these are matte lip pencils. Imo, they have more of a semi-matte finish.

  • Anything Goes is described as a “rosey fuchsia.” It’s a bright red with cool, berry undertones.
  • Ready To Go is a deep red with warm undertones. M.A.C describes it as a “deep brick red.”
  • Velvet Teen is a deep, eggplant purple. It’s similar to Smoked Purple, but a lot darker. M.A.C describes it as a “deep blackened plum.”
  • Oh Honey is a light, muted brown with pinkish-peach undertones. It’s described as a “warm chocolate.”


The M.A.C + Brooke Candy Studio Eye Gloss is so relevant to the the oily, glossy-eye trend. Black-Yang is a glittery, deep blue with sheer coverage. It works for a glossy, smokey eye look. M.A.C describes its Studio Eye Gloss as a “gloss for the eyes that provides high shine with buildable coverage.”

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Studio Eye Gloss Black-Yang swatch.




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Cremesheen Lipsticks in Black Night and Midsummer Night – $7/ea. | Glaze Lipstick in Ring My Bell – $7

The cremesheens are very much what they sound like – sheer lipsticks with a creamy finish.

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  • Black Night has some shimmer in it and a glossy-to-creamy finish with sheer coverage.
  • Midsummer Night is a sheer, muted brown with pink undertones.
  • Glaze Lipstick in Ring My Bell offers a creamy, metallic finish with sheer coverage. It could build up to opaque depending on how many times you layer it on. Ring My Bell reminds me of M.A.C’s Lipglass in Explicit. Explicit was one of my first buys from M.A.C as a teenager. Both products have a cute 90’s vibe, which I love – and they’re very on-trend considering the metallic-lip buzz that’s been happening, so buying Ring My Bell was a no-brainer.
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Nail Lacquers clockwise: Anti-Fashion, Delicate, Sour Cherry & Midnight Sky – $5/ea.

I have a thing for nail polish, especially dark cream shades, metallic shades and neutral, cream to sheer shades. I love all the colors I bought!

Everything was final sale. It’s only been one day after the sale, but I have no buyer’s remorse lol. However, if I could exchange one thing for another thing it would be the Cremesheen Lipstick in Midsummer Night for an Aim To Please lip pencil.

I’ll be trying these products out soon, and then I’ll post photos on IG. Updated: See all these lipsticks on me here.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! 🙂