Monday, February 24, 2014

January + February Pick-Ups - Haul Post

So far this year I haven't had time off from work and have been constantly on the go, which has been quite tiring. It does mean that I've been able to pick up a few pretties here and there over the last 2 months though! I bought a few other things that I didn't manage to snap a picture of for you (mint sneakers, huzzah!) but this is the bulk of the fun new shinies I've nabbed.
I'm a blush fiend, and isn't it obvious? All of these were on sale, but 5 blushes (okay 6) in a two month span is still pretty full on. Lucky I don't care and adore these new pops of colour for my cheeks!
 I'm yet to try the Sportsgirl Melon and Pink cream blushes but for $3.96 each they won't break my heart if they turn out to be greasy. The Calvin Klein blushes are so pigmented and just absolutely breathtaking in person, though I'm not a fan of the floppy top square packaging. Berry Shimmer and Heather Shimmer are deep and juicy wintery shades that made me want to throw on my grey infinity scarf and cuddle up with a coffee. The Australis LYLAS (Love You Like A Sister) blush from the Neon Crush collection is half-matte half-shimmer but 100% awesome, and despite disliking the names in this collection I actually don't mind the fun packaging.
I feel like it is my duty as a beauty blogger to try out most of the cult favourite products, so I had been meaning to pick up the Maybelline Great Lash for a while now. The Revlon Lash Potion is a great new mascara that is my go-to for everyday lashes, and to be honest the packaging is so rad that I don't mind that it doesn't stretch my lashes out as far as others can.
 
I swatched all of the shadow duos from the Australis Neon Crush collection and the only one that impressed me was this green one, and since I'd been on the hunt for a nice new green shade I was happy with this pick. The new Sinful Colors collection has some pretty awesome glitters, and this bronze and rose gold bar glitter is a stunning shade, so I just had to take it home with me. I snapped up one of the newly released lipsticks from Face of Australia in the pale pink shade Permanently Pink as well, such a nice finish.
 
My friend Carly and I went into Doncaster for the Disney Princess Film Festival to see Beauty and the Beast, and she stopped by T2 to get some fruity mixes to make iced tea with. The staff there are always so lovely (and I can't say no to a free cuppa) and when Carly got her freebies, the lady asked which flavours I was interested in trying. Is it obvious that I'm looking for a dessert replacement with these choices...?

For those who hadn't heard, Kmart have jazzed up their cosmetics sections and popped all of the beauty products into cardboard packaging to keep it sanitary. I'm iffy about the lack of testers, but I picked up some cheap treats from the new brands they have released anyway. Academy of Colour had some great nail packs out, but this $3 set of spotty polishes akin to my beloved Illamasqua Speckled polishes was a no-brainer.
The ELF section was still bare so I trotted over to the vague 'eyes lips face nails' section and saw some prettily packaged lipsticks hanging around. I brought home Naked in the Moisturising finish, and my friend Carly grabbed a matte and a moisturising to test them out. I will keep you updated once I've given mine a go, but the matte berry shade from this line looked amazing on Carly when we went out to a club on Friday night! 
And now, we are on to the luxe side of things. There is nothing I love better than a nice Myer voucher or a post pay day shopping spree, and that is how these two beauties came to be mine.
It has been well documented that I am a sucker for a good Dior collection (Fairy Golds, Bird of Paradise, Exotique, Amber Diamond) and the new Spring 2014 collection had one stand out in particular for me. I quite liked the look of the hot pink Exquise, but it was once I saw Liz's post I was in like Flynn (now I'm starting to sound like Mumma Bovary...) Hot pink jelly goodness to add to my beloved Dior stash, I'm treasuring this one.
Baby's first Hourglass, let this not be the start of an expensive addiction...
I tried a few on my cheeks at Mecca Cosmetica and Carly and I both loved Radiant Magenta over all others. That being said, I can't say I won't end up picking up another one sometime in the future. For now though, I'm happy to stare at this pretty marbled pan.
My last bits and pieces were spurred on by a horribly abusive customer at work and a need to stop myself from crying. Twinings Butter Mint Sensation is a mix of vanilla and mint that I can't wait to try, and the Gloria Jeans Chai Latte capsules are for our new coffee machine. Last but not least, I stumbled across the brand new Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks that I had been stalking online and had to grab the nude that everyone has been raving about. Notting Hill Nude is a supposed dupe for Tom Ford's Spanish Pink, so I will have to look into this and let you know what I think about it.

Phew, now that this post is over I actually feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. It's not a guilty sort of weight, it's just that until I share my ideas and new things with you all I just don't enjoy them as much! This year I want to keep up with more reviews and sharing my purchases more frequently, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on how that would go down for you all.

Did you find any of this haul exciting?
What is the last blush you bought?

Emma @ emmabovarybeauty

24 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh so many exciting products! I love love love the look of those spotty polishes and for $3, how could you go wrong? Also, is ELF going to be at Kmart?! What is happening, Essence, NYX and now Elf, what more could a girl want?! Ahhh, I can tell there will be some hauls happening in the near future...

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    1. Yes ELF are at Kmart now! They are actually also available at a Pharmacy near my new place but Kmart is way easier to stop into.

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  2. Awesome haul! I'm currently on a bit of a non-official spending ban, and all the new things you bought are very tempting! I still haven't popped into a Kmart recently, those new cheap brands seem intriguing - let us know how they go! Also, will definitely be picking up some of the new Moisture renew lipsticks! Aaaah the Hourglass blush looks gorg. Definitely on my wishlist though I doubt I'll be buying one anytime soon :(

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. I technically should be since we've got the wedding soon, but what can ya do ;) El cheapo hauls keep me sane through the wedding planning madness.

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  3. YAY EXQUISE! *accepts blame* :D

    You are such a blush whore and I mean that in the bestest way! More blush! MOAR! >:DDD

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    1. It is totally all your fault, not Dior's at all ;) I will take my new blush title and roll with it, thanks love x

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  4. Nive! Look at all the blush! LOVE. I got quite a few blushed this month too. SO MANY PRETTIES!!!

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    1. Can't have enough blush, right fellow #blushfiend?

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  5. Hurray, so many goodies! Tea! Dior! Blush! :D

    I hate bad work days, too, especially when you deal with other people. It can really just be so deflating.

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    1. all the good stuff now that I look at it, you need some Dior and some blush with every cup of tea ;P

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  6. Wow, so many pretty blushes! I hope you like the Great Lash- the lots of lashes formula is my favourite cheap mascara!

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  7. Wow, awesome haulage! I love the look of the Hourglass blush (I've never tried the brand before) and the spotty nail polishes (what a bargain). Also, I totally need to check out the Neon Crush range from Australis. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Di! I've not tried anything from Hourglass before this, though I do have a sample pack with a few sachets from them.

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  8. Great haul. There's nothing nicer than picking up a blush (or 6) when you need a pick me up!

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    1. Haha, it does sound crazy to have bought 6 doesn't it?

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  9. Woohoo blush! That hourglass blush is just so gorgeous! And I really like the Revlon lash potion :)

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    1. it's so pretty I love the marbled finish!

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  10. Just look at Radiant Magenta! You're right about Hourglass - I've a bit of an addiction to that particular brand too!

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    1. she sure is a beauty isn't she? So wearable on the cheek for me too!

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  11. So many gorgeous prods :) Where did you buy the new Rimmel lipsticks? I have been curious about that nude shade and some other red/orangey one, which I probably have 5 identical lipsticks to in my existing stash. The Hourglass blush is just tooooo purdy. Sorry to hear that a customer upset you at work, people can be such assholes :<

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    1. I bought them from MyChemist but have seen them out everywhere - Kmart, Priceline etc all the usual haunts. I think I will check out some of the other shades eventually lol they are less than $10 at MyChemist!

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  12. I'm really wanting to pick up one of the Hourglass blushes! How are you liking the Naked lipstick, the colour looks beautiful?

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    1. I think all of the Hourglass blushes look so beautiful! I quite like the Naked lipstick it's had a permanent spot in my bag for over a week now - I do find I need to rub it in a bit and I pop some gloss on over the top too. It's quite a nice matte finish for me

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