Wednesday, April 2, 2014

After Spending Ban Haul!

So as many of you guys may or may not know, my spending ban has ended! Which meant that I bought quite a bit of makeup, fashion...and a nice pair of shoes! In this monthish time frame, I have finally splurged on makeup brushes, and I am so happy that I did (if there is one thing I have learned through my experience in makeup, is to now invest in buying makeup brushes; I'd rather invest in a good quality brush than one that isn't as good).

On a somewhat random note, I also bought the Real Techniques Travel Essentials Makeup Brush set for my sister! She loves the set, and it has also stepped up her makeup routine! I don't typically like the flat foundation brushes that travel sets come up with...but the Real Techniques one is amazing, seriously! If you are on a budget, I highly recommend you to check out the Real Techniques line!

Anyways, check out what products I have purchased in the last month or so!

L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude
Perhaps one of the most talked about lipstick formulas and most talked about shade in the blogging world and youtube, so it wasn't a surprise that I grabbed it!

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation in W2 Nude Beige
So, you are wondering why on earth an oily skin girl would pick up a foundation meant to "luminous"?! Well, its because I plan one using this as a foundation to mix with a matte foundation (such as my well beloved, CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation - Review) and I also plan on using it in the relatively small winter we have in Florida. My other foundations don't fare at its best with winter season, so I'm hoping this foundation would do well during that time (even though... winter isn't going to come back for a long time and all...can't help but be prepared ahead of time!)

Mac 109 Small Contour Brush
One of the main struggles lately is finding a brush that can deposit enough color, without it being an excessive amount. This brush was recommended to me by a Mac makeup artist to use as a blush brush. I've used this brush a couple of times for that and its working well so far! Haven't used it for contour yet though, but I am looking forward to do so.

Mac 217 Blending Brush
Holy cow is this an amazing brush! I can not begin to fathom not having this in my collection now that I own it. I initially thought that my makeup application prior to this brush was decent...but now I know I was wrong. My makeup application has definitely stepped up its games since I've obtained this brush, and now I want to pick up so many more of these (even though its priced at $ maybe I'll go stumble around and try the "dupes" before deciding to pick up more of these...)

Mac 228 Mini Shader Brush
I wanted a brush that could place eyeshadow underneath my small eyes without making me look like a raccoon. Most smudge brushes are too big for me (like the Mac 215 Medium Shading Brush, which I initially bought and then returned for this one). I haven't used this brush yet, but I have high hopes for this brush!

Milani Blush in Luminoso
I still cannot believe that I have not picked up a Milani blush until now! It seems to me that my blush collection won't be complete without at least one blush from them! This blush is absolutely divine, it applies on my cheeks in a flattering light orange color and makes my cheeks glow! One thing I haven't gotten around to expect was that this blush has a bit of fallout when you press on it with your makeup brush a bit too hard!

Milani Eyeshadow Primer
I still love my Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Primer (Review) but I was in need of an extra eyeshadow primer so that I could have one primer in my travel makeup bag (which tends to have everything in it) and one at home. So far I like it, we'll see how this goes the longer I use it!

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush in Rose
I haven't bought anything from Physician's Formula for a long time, so when I got a coupon from CVS I couldn't resist and picked up this blush. First off, LOVE the packaging--the hearts are so adorable. The blush is a light pink and quite buildable. Definitely something nice to add to my collection!

Sephora Makeup Brush Cleaner
Currently using this to spot clean my makeup brushes, and I am loving it! I have the smaller size right now, but I am definitely going to be buying the full sized version when I finish this one up!

Sephora Makeup Brush Shampoo
This is what I'm currently using to deep clean my brushes. It's a gel like formula that I'm not use to, but one that cleans brushes decently well. Still unsure with what I think about it, but will keep you posted!

What's worse about this spending haul is that I just got the Sephora and Ulta coupons in the mail this week...which may mean more spending D: Not sure how my wallet can handle it...

What have you guys purchased lately? Let me know in the comment section below!


  1. Ooo lala! Great haul! I've told myself a few times last year to stop buying make up for a few months but the longest I went was a month plus! Grrr!! Even though I don't have the chance of wearing make up too often. I really love your two blush purchases! I'd love to have them too!

  2. YAYYY so glad you finally picked up Luminoso!! IT'S SUCH A GORGEOUS COLOUR ON THE CHEEKS. My only qualm about it is that the gorgeous gold veining rubs off when you get past the first layer ;-;
    Omg, my first brush set was RT too AND YEAH, IT REALLY IS A GAME CHANGER.

  3. congrats on surviving your spending ban! :D you bought nice stuff here, you might also like the sigma brushes, my friend has a set of sigma brushes and they are quite nice :) but i gotta say im contented with the RT brushes, if i had more moneyz id get myself a MAC brush set though :D

  4. What a fabulous haul!! Totally agree with you about the RT brushes, amaaaazing!
    would love to hear how you get on with that cotour brush, it seems perfect ^_^
    and Luminoso gaaaah heard soo many good things about that gorgeous blush over the years!
    love hauls ^_^ I hope you enjoy your make-up after the ban!
    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe

  5. this is the longest i've definitely lasted in a spending ban! I may have to undergo another one with the amount of spending I've done. I'm on a huge blush loving spree lately, my collection is going to end up being only blushes at the rate I'm going :B

  6. It is such a beautiful color! I definitely need to play with it more often. AWWWW, such a pity that the gold veining goes away ):

    and yes, it is a game changer. Changes your whole perspective on how makeup application is!

  7. ooooh, I want sigma brushes. been eyeing a good number of them for a while now. I am pretty content with the brushes I have now, but I can't seem to stop wanting to buy brushes!

  8. I'll definitely give you an update on the contour brush for sure! And Luminoso is SO beautiful, I need to use it more often, can't seem to remember where I've stashed it so I forget where to use it...

  9. I love RT brushes! Those blushes you picked up look amazing btw x

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  10. RT brushes are really good :D and glad to hear that the brushes I have are really good XD


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