Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April Collective Haul & First Impressions

*All of these products were purchased by me.*
My purchases from Rite Aid, Nordstrom's Rack, and Ulta.
Hello everyone! So I haven't been amazing at keeping down my spending, but it was hard to pass up such great sales! Next month is my birthday month, so I'm sure I won't be much better then, but after that I'm planning on doing more reviews, and less hauls! lol
Purchases from Rite Aid.
From Rite Aid:
Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose Kiss
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $3.99
  • Why I purchased: As you might remember, I have a Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss that I am seriously in love with! Click here for my review. I also wanted the one in Raspberry Rose Kiss, so I went for it! I'm sure I'll love it as well!
  • Description: A lip balm smelling of raspberries and roses.
NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $1.79 (sale was 40% off, so regular price was $2.99)
  • Why I purchased: NYC Sunny is a popular drugstore matte bronzer that is always raved about on youtube/blogs, so I thought I'd see what the fuss is about, especially for only $1.79! I don't own many bronzers, and the ones I do own are smaller deluxe sample sizes from high end brands, so I'd love to compare them all!
  • Description: A matte bronzer
  • I've tried it as a contour, and for overall warmth on my forehead (or places where the sun usually hits), and I'm quite impressed. It was surprisingly pigmented, so a light hand is necessary!
Nordstrom's Rack purchases.
From Nordstom's Rack:
*Nordstrom's Rack is a wonderful resource when it comes to finding discount high end makeup, as well as NYX! You'll find a lot of items that were a part of holiday/seasonal collections, that are now drastically reduced in price.*
OPI Stay the Night (Liquid Sand)
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $7.97 (original price: $9)
  • Why I purchased: This is one of the first textured nail polishes introduced with OPI's Mariah Carey Collection. By textured, I mean that this nail polish is full of textured glitter that dries to a matte finish. It's versatile since you can leave it matte, or make it shiny with a nice top coat. Stay the Night was the shade that stood out the most to me, even though it is more of a winter shade. It's dark and vampy, but the red glitter adds a splash of femininity that I really love.
  • Description: A textured nail polish with an asphalt base and red glitter
  • Although Stay the Night is a polish I will wear more often in winter, it's a nice break from all the bright spring colors I will mostly wear throughout the season
Smashbox Studio Pop Brush Trio
From left to right: Tapered Shadow Brush #7, Definer Brush #15, & Double-ended Smudger Brush #20
Tapered Shadow Brush #7
Definer Brush #15
Double-ended Smudger Brush #20
Double-ended Smudger Brush #20
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $14.97 (original price of the kit was around $30, or $24 if each brush was bought individually)
  • Why I purchased: I don't have too many brushes as it is, especially higher end brushes, and for this price I couldn't say no! I also needed eye brushes of these specific types. 
  • Description:
    • Tapered Shadow Brush #7 (retails for $24 individually!): This is a fluffier eye shadow brush that can be used for a wash of color on the lid or for blending. I have an old eye shadow brush from Clinique that is similar to this one, and since it's old and starting to fall apart, I've been searching for a replacement. This one is even nicer than the Clinique one, and will now be my primary blending brush!
    • Definer Brush #15 (retails for $24 individually!): This is a unique contour brush to my collection, since it is very smaller (even smaller than my favorite ELF Studio Contour Brush), and is tapered at the tip. Therefore, it is a contour brush that would work wonderfully for precisely defining the crease and outer V. It would also be good for smudging eyeliner!
    • Double-ended Smudger Brush #20 (retails for $24 individually!): Both sides are intended to smudge out eyeliner for a smokey effect. One side is a tiny brush to create a softer, lighter smokey effect, or in my case, I've been using it to highlight the inner corners of my eyes since it's so small! The other side of the brush is a dense foam smudger, which is better for thicker, bolder smudging.
Purchases from Ulta.
From Ulta (I also had my $3.50 coupon, so my Ulta purchase was even cheaper!):
Urban Decay Rebound Build Your Own Palette
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $10
  • Why I purchased: Unlike other build your own palettes from UD, this one is cheaper at $10 (instead of $18) and does not come with a shadow. That way, you can customize all 4 colors. Even though I do not have many Urban Decay singles, I do own a random one (Flash) that was gifted to me, so I wanted to give it a home. There are a couple singles I've been wanted to buy anyway (certain shades that are never in palettes), so I decided to finally create my own custom palette!
  • Description: An empty customizable palette for the new reformulated UD single eyeshadows (these shadows can be popped in and out of their individual casing and into this palette).
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Hip

First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $2.69 (w/ 40% off, regular price is $4.49)
  • Why I purchased: I've been wanted this glitter liquid liner for a long time, but was waiting for a good sale. My plan is to use in on top of matte black or colored eyeliners for added sparkle and glitter, but without the fallout. 
  • Description: A opalescent & iridescent crystal glitter liquid liner.
  • I tried this on top of matte black pencil eyeliner, and the glittery effect was lovely and with no glittery fallout! I highly recommend!
NYX Slide On Glide On Eye Pencil in Sunrise Blue
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $4.79 (w/ 40% off, regular price is $7.99)
  • Why I purchased: These eyeliners are the same quality as the Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil eyeliners, but much cheaper! I already own the NYX Slide On Glide On Eyeliners in Jet Black, Brown Perfection, Glitzy Gold, Golden Bronze, and Tropical Green. Sunrise blue is the next shade I was dying to get, but wanted to wait for a sale!
  • Description: A dark blue eyeliner w/ silver shimmer.
  • These Slide On Glide On eyeliners don't smudge, crease, or budge once they are set!
NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in I Have a Headache, Bare My Soul, & Betrayal
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $2.69 each, $8.08 for all three (w/ 40% off, regular price is $4.49 each)
  • Why I purchased: I love matte eyeshadows, and the NYX Nude Matte eyeshadows are definitely good quality, especially for drugstore-priced matte eyeshadows! I bought these specific colors to use as my everyday staples for my custom palette. Basically, my palette was lacking a matte brow bone highlight color and matte browns I could use on my eyebrows or in the crease. To see the first post on my custom MAC palette (plus other shadows!) click here.
  • Description: 
    • I Have a Headache: light beige w/ yellow undertones
    • Bare My Soul: cool brownish greyish taupe
    • Betrayal: cool dark brown
  • These were super easy to depot! I can now look at the packaging of most eyeshadows, and figure out a game plan on how to depot them. I even figured out how to depot the NYX Single eyeshadow! (hint: I basically just used an open flame from a candle and burned the crap out of I don't advise this unless you are extremely careful!).
From Nordstrom's:
MAC Sunny Seoul Lipstick (Cremesheen)
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $15
  • Why I purchased: I don't really have any warm pinks, so I thought this would be a great everyday color that's unique to my collection! Plus I love the cremesheen formula!
  • Description: Frosted light warm pink (though I don't really see the frost at all; it's just a subtle white shimmer)
From Target:
Olay Complete All Day Moisture Cream SPF 15 Sensitive Skin
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $6.49
  • Why I purchased: This is the moisturizer I've been using for years. I believe I started wearing it towards the middle to end of high school! It's the only moisturizer I've ever used that never ever breaks me out. It adds the perfect amount of moisture for my combination to oily skin, without making me greasy. I think it would be suitable as a day moisturizer for all skin types!
  • Description: Daily moisturizer for sensitive skin with SPF 15
  • This is a repurchase for the millionth time! For the price and effectiveness, I can't see myself regularly using another moisturizer.
Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer in 205 Very Light
First Impressions:
  • What I paid: $7.99 (on sale, the full price ranges from $10.99 to $13.99)
  • Why I purchased: This was recommended to me by my good friend and youtuber, Veronica (her channel is here). This is her "holy grail" under eye concealer. Like me, she's used the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Undereye Concealer (my current favorite), and actually prefers the Covergirl & Olay one!
  • Description: A yellow-toned under eye concealer for light skin tones.
  • This stuff really is amazing! Definitely more coverage without being cakey! Review to come soon!
I hope you are all having a great day! So excited it's May, since it's basically my favorite month of the year (other than December)!
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Disclosure: These products were purchased by me for review purposes. I was not paid or compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.


  1. Great haul. I like the Nivea lip butters but I still prefer my eos lip balm. That OPI nail polish looks really nice, love the color. I also like those eye shadows, they are very wearable.

    1. I love the EOS ones too! I prefer the Nivea as a night time lip balm, since it's so rich. The EOS ones I prefer under lipsticks, especially drying lipsticks! The OPI textured nail polishes are so interesting, that's for sure. The NYX eyeshadows are good quality. I was just happy I was able to depot them so easily (and without hurting

  2. Great haul. I have both the NYC bronzer and that Nivea Lip Butter and I love them both. I definitely need to buy myself another lip butter since mines is almost empty. The brushes look really good. I saw those at my Nordstorm Rack but wasn't sure about buying them since I never tried Smashbox brushes before.

    1. I could definitely see myself finishing off a Nivea lip butter....that is, if I didn't hoard lip balms like they're going out of NYC Sunny is so nice, especially since I'm so pale; it's got the perfect tone to it! I hadn't tried smashbox brushes either, but the quality is so nice so far! Absolutely no shedding and they're super soft.

  3. LOVE Raspberry Rose Kiss! I think it's my favorite of the 4 Nivea Lip Butters! Can't wait to see how Sunny Seoul looks on you! It's such a great pink! :D

    1. I love Sunny Seoul so much! It's a lot like Pink Pearl Pop, but slightly more yellow-toned.

  4. I found Olay Complete All Day Moisture Cream in the USA but I cannot find it anywhere is Canada for less than $10. Ive wanted to try that product so badly! Nice reviews.

    Cheers, Kelsey.

    1. Thank you! It is my favorite face lotion of all time, since it never breaks me out! I'd maybe search online, since I'm sure you'd be able to find a better price.

  5. That urban decay palette and lipstick look amazing :D cant wait to read how you get on with these would love to see individual posts on each, very pretty xx

    1. Sure! I will definitely do some individual posts once I catch up on blogging! Just checked out your blog, and I'm loving your style!

  6. YAY for such a great haul! I have the Nieva lip butter in the vanilla & macadamia one & I absolutely love it! However, I've been searching & searching for the raspberry one but I'm pretty sure they don't sell it here in Canada. What a bummer! Anyways love the NYC bronzer as well I use it almost everyday. Love this haul! :D