CVS Haul & Empties

I generally buy two or three skincare or makeup items at a time but it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a proper multi-purchase beauty haul. However, as it happens, I had some CVS ExtraBucks that were about to expire, I was interested in trying something new, and I also needed to restock some skincare staples. The stars were aligned for a haul.

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Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

I received my Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Bzz kit at the end of January which included complimentary tubes of Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Creams (6-0.5 oz Original formula and 1-2 oz Fragrance Free formula) along with an informational booklet.

I gave away the minis to friends but kept the larger tube for myself to test. I have the driest skin ever so this was a product I really looked forward to trying.

[If you’d like to learn more about my experiences with the BzzAgent organization please refer to my blog entry here.]

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Quickie Foundation Swatches

Neutrogena Healthy Skin in 10 Classic Ivory, Maybelline Fit Me 110, L’Oreal True Match Lumi W1-2 Porcelain Ivory, Jordana Creamy Liquid Foundation in Natural

I’m weeding out some foundations today. Whatever doesn’t work is headed for the purge pile!

The first three were all foundations that I was excited to try because, according to many reviewers, they supposedly all possess very dewy finishes. I have really dry skin so I’m a big fan of dewy, shiny but not shimmery foundations. My face also tends to get drier as the day progresses so matte foundations are just not for me! I prefer formulas that are dewy and moisturizing.

The last foundation, the Jordana, was simply a last minute addition when I made my Cyber Monday blush haul.

My skin right now’s around NC15 and I went with the lightest shades in all four foundations.

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Collective Haul

Collective Haul

There hasn’t been very much beauty talk on my blog lately but that’s because I was on a self-imposed no-buy for the past few weeks. I’ve been saving my pennies. All of the money that I would normally spend on makeup odds and ends has been going towards this one investment…and it’s finally here! Yes, I decided to upgrade my camera from a point and shoot to a DSLR! So exciting!

I decided to go with the Canon EOS Rebel T3 which by all accounts is a great starter DSLR for the novice photographer. I could’ve saved a little more for a T3i but I had specified a budget for myself and felt the T3 was good enough for me and the type of photography I had in mind. I’m just a blogger and amateur photographer after all. Besides, if I ever became really proficient at photography I’d probably want an even better DSLR model than the T3i, so I thought it would be better to begin with the more basic T3 now and maybe someday save up the $1000-$7000 for a fancier DSLR camera.

I still have to read through the manual and practice using the Canon so expect a mishmash of photos from my old Sony Cybershot and Canon DSLR on my blog for the foreseeable future.

Collective Haul

I celebrated the end of my no-buy by hauling of course. I picked up the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, a NYX concealer, Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation, Maybelline Fit Me foundation, L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation, a few NYC lip stains, and some NYC Quick Dry nail polishes. I can’t wait to try everything out and capture some swatches with the DSLR. Fun times!

I also went to Whole Foods and grabbed a jar of virgin coconut oil which I’ve heard is fabulous for moisturizing the skin. We’ll see.

Better late than never – September/October Favorites and skincare

I came across old photos of products that I really enjoyed using during the months of September and October. I fully intended to blog about them at the time but it must have slipped my mind. Oops. But, like the saying goes, better late than never.

Milani Nail Lacquer Jewel FX – Gems

This is a fantastic drugstore multicolor glitter polish that will only set you back $4-$5. Milani Gems contains a mix of small and large hexagonal glitter in an variety of colors such as orange, a purplish pink, gold, light blue, dark blue, green, silver, and red.

Milani Nail Lacquer Jewel FX - Gems

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