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 sephora.com 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

-Genevia 

October Beauty Haul 

I feel like I’m a legit lipstick blogger lol. I have acquired so many kinds over the past decade and even repurchased a few this month. Not to mention, I feel like I post about lipsticks a lot more than anything else. I’m planning on reorganizing my lip collection soon because I have so many that I don’t use or even want. My style has changed, and I know myself now more than ever before – so a carefully curated lip collection is necessary.

October brought me many first-time pleasures:

Laura Mercier 

  1. Translucent Setting Powder – first timer

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Kiko Milano

  1. Invisible Lip Liner – first timer to this brand, but not clear lip liners. I love them! It’s a must-have item in a lip arsenal.

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M.A.C

  1. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood and Quite Natural – first timer
  2. Select Cover-Up Concealer NW45 – repurchase. I use it to define my eyebrows here and here.
  3. Angle Brush #266 – repurchase. I needed another angle brush for doing gel eyeliner because I found myself using the same brush for my eyebrows. I really like using this brush for gel eyeliner because it’s sturdy and already has an angle tip to help guide my “flicks.”
  4. Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it’s still applicable to my entire being.
  5. Lipglass in Explicit – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it still has relevance.
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Far left: Select Cover-Up Concealer NW45, Top: Pro Longwear Paint Pots (L: Quite Natural, R: Indianwood), Middle: Lipglass in Explicit, Bottom: Angle Brush #266, Far right: Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait

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  1. Lingerie in Teddy and Beauty Mark – first timer
  2. Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania and Copenhagen – first timer to these shades. I love this line. It’s not long lasting at all, and I’m a bit skeptical about the “matte” claims, especially with these two shades. However, I like the creaminess of the products and the fact that it’s not overly drying. I swear by the shade “Abu Dhabi.” It’s hands down my favorite nudish matte. I’m wearing it in the photos here and here.
  3. Liquid Suede in Club Hopper – first timer
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Top Lingerie (L: Beauty Mark, R: Teddy), Middle: Liquid Suede in Club Hopper, Bottom Soft Mate Lip Cremes (L: Transylvania, R: Copenhagen)

 

The end. I’ll see you all in November. 🙂

-Genevia 

September Beauty Haul

The first of September seriously started yesterday and today is already the last day. Crazy. Anyhow, I bought a few things this month. Actually, I bought a lot of things this month thanks to Milani, Nars, Givenchy and Embryolisse. I feel like I bought some other things, but I don’t remember. I really should’ve been doing posts like this since I started this blog in July, but there’s no time like the present, right? Ok, I completely forgot – my bad.

Milani 

I purchased five more Amore Matte Lip Cremes. I mentioned in the Milani product review video how #blessed I was to have discovered these five colors.

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Nars

  1. I finally got my hands on Pure Radiant in Polynesia. I swear it’s either sold out in my shade when I’m ready to purchase it or summertime happens lol (you can read about my summertime struggle here).
  2. I bought the Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for the first time. I might do a review of this and the Urban Decay eyeshadow primer soon. Stay tuned. What’s funny is I don’t even where eyeshadow like that, but I own these two tubes. Smh. I think I might’ve said why I use eyeshadow primer in a video. If not, I’ll reveal my beauty tip soon.
  3. I couldn’t help myself, so I bought the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. It’s all the rave, all the time. FOMO, so I had to buy it.
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Left: Pure Radiant. Top: Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Right: Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.

Givenchy 

I also finally got around to buying the Mister Mat Primer. I sampled a bit on the back of my hand, and my eyes bulged out. It has a matte finish with no white cast, which means I can where it alone. Hopefully, I’ll fall in love with it once it goes on under my face makeup. It’s supposed to be bomb for oily skin, and I’m looking forward to trying it out with bae (Urban Decay Weightless foundation). I talked about my holy-grail primers here, so I would love this to be a part of that list. Fingers crossed.

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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

This is my third tube of French goodness. I love it. It does everything and then some. If you have dry skin, you can use it as a primer. It can also be used as a hand cream, eye cream, makeup remover, moisturizer, etc. The possibilities are endless. I use it as a hand cream, makeup remover and eye cream. In fact, they made a product that just targets under eye concerns, but this cream will get the job done, too. It’s rich, yet lightweight. Ya’ll already know I have oily skin, so I would never use it as a daytime face moisturizer. Although, I sometimes use it as a face cream at bedtime in the winter.

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That’s all for now. September is over today, so I’ll see you all in October. 🙂

-Genevia