Summer Shopping!

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I haven't shopped beauty much since summer hit, feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff I apparently have and never use. All of a sudden, I decided to pick up a few things, and I couldn't escape the Space NK deal that was on Gilt at the beginning of the month.

I thought I would share it all with you in a video, despite the gloomy weather and having packed away my lights. Hopefully this isn't too horrible, and please excuse my lopsided eyeshadow, HA!

What have you been picking up lately? I'd love to know! :) 


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The Makeup Show: Thoughts & Purchases!

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Last weekend, Gummy and I attended The Makeup Show in Chicago! I've always wanted to attend, and this year we finally decided that we just had to go. We were both super excited to see Charlotte Tilbury and Hakuhodo in person, and I think we had a great day of shopping overall! 

Check out this video to hear more about our trip and see what I ended up buying! 

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April Beauty Purchases

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There's something about Spring (or the hope of it) that gets me in a shopping frenzy. Who am I kidding, I always like to shop, though I had been a little more restrained over the last few months... 

I've also done a little shopping of the fashion and fitness apparel variety, but I wasn't certain if I should include that in a video too. Anyways, take a look at the beauty goodies I purchased this month and let me know what you think! 

PRODUCTS MENTIONED: 
Bumble & Bumble Cityswept Finish Spray
Oribe Maximista
Oribe Impermeable Purse Spray
Nars Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto
Nars Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eye Primer
Bite Cashmere Lip Cream in Crianza
Sephora Pro Cream Shadow brush
Sephora Pro Small Shadow Brush
Bumble & Bumble Surf Set
Marc Jacobs The Conceal brush
Marc Jacobs The Face II Foundation brush
Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo in Dune
Tom Ford #12 Eye Contour Brush
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo in #4 Sculpting 
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo in #2 Pravella/Janelle
Malin & Goetz Lip Moisturizer
Pai Bioregenerate Rosehip Oil
Pai Bergamot Lip Balm
Waxalene
Louise Young ly39 Eyeshadow Brush
Louise Young ly16 Eyeshadow Brush

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NYC Beauty Purchases

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I spent a few days in NYC eating and shopping my way through the city. I definitely had fun revisiting old favorites and spending time with old friends! 

Fortunately for my wallet, I was relatively restrained with my purchases. Take a peek!

L-R: Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm, Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream, Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Sample, Aesop Skincare Samples

L-R: Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque, Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm, Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream, Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser Sample, Aesop Skincare Samples

I managed to visit two Aesop stores during my trip, and I really wish there were more Aesop boutiques around the country. I snapped a few pics on Instagram, but I have to say that I just love the aesthetic of the boutiques and the friendly SA's that helped me.

I also discovered a few new to me products - Tuberose Lip Heal, apparently coming soon in new packaging, Damascan Rose Treatment, a lovely facial oil, and Ginger Flight Therapy, an aromatherapy treatment for nausea and motion sickness. They've definitely landed in my wishlist!

L-R: Bite Beauty Lipstick Samples, Bite Beauty Custom Lipstick & excess product in pot

L-R: Bite Beauty Lipstick Samples, Bite Beauty Custom Lipstick & excess product in pot

I also stopped by the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in Soho and created my own custom lip color! I think it was my lucky day, as not only was it not busy (unlike the first time I tried to go) but the SA accidentally made too much product and put the excess in a pot for me. Plus she threw in some mini lipsticks from Bite's regular range! Don't worry, I do plan to do a post on the lipstick making experience as well as a review of my custom lipstick. :)

Can you believe that is all the beauty stuff I splurged on? My best friend did gift me with Diptyque goodies and many other fun little tidbits from her adventures that you may see popping up here soon, but other than that the only other things I bought were tea from Les Palais des Thes and tea accessories from Pearl River Mart. I also fell for an adorable pouch at Alexander Wang that turned out to be an accessory for Beats earbuds, so in the end I didn't end up getting them. I may regret it later but I have to say I showed remarkable restraint! Ha!

What do you think about my NYC beauty purchases? Are any of these goodies on your wishlist? I'd love to know! :)

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October Beauty Purchases

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Here are all my purchases for the month of October. For a little while, I had given up on my low buy, but by the end of the month I wanted to get back on track. (Haha, how could I even have thought such things with the Sephora VIB sale approaching? At least I saved a lot of store credit!) 

I hope you'll take a peek at the video and let me know what you think! 

Products Mentioned
Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 502 Scarlatto 
Oscar Blandi Invisible Dry Shampoo 
Living Proof Thickening Cream
Skinfood Honey Jasmine Bath Salts
Skinfood Sheet Masks (2)
Skinfood Parsley and Mandarin Emulsion
Skinfood Honey Black Tea Cleansing Milk
Skinfood Foundation Brush
Skinfood Lip Brush
Skinfood Lip & Cheek Tint in Pomegranate
Skinfood Peach Sake Pore BB Cream in 04 Soft Beige
Skinfood Cream Eyeshadow
Chanel Rouge Double Intensite in Light Rose
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Set
Chantecaille Pebble Compact
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Orchid
Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Lipstick in Myth
Sephora Brand Concealer 

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September Beauty Purchases

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I'm not even going to call this a low buy recap, because I find that I'm doing a terrible job! Well, I suppose this month wasn't so bad in terms of quantity of products purchased... but still. With the holidays fast approaching, I'm sort of over this whole no buy thing? Oh well, I think I am just being dramatic!   

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As you might suspect, I was quite tempted by the Space NK beauty event early on in the month. Thanks to Gummy's help, we were able to split the GWP, and I chose a few lovely items that had been on my wishlist. Sai Sei Mineral Seaweed Bath Crystals, ByTerry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon, and Laura Mercier Creme Eye Detail Brush all ended up in my shopping cart. 

Thanks to a Sephora gift card, I picked up the Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Kensington High Street and Bite Beauty Line & Define Lip Primer. Another late night shopping venture landed me with the Make Up For Ever 160 Blush Brush from their new Artisan line. 

What did you buy this month? I'd love to know! :) 

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New In: Beauty, Books, & More

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Did a little shopping the last week or two, and thought I would show you guys by video. :) As you know, the Sephora VIB sale is going on too, and I ended up grabbing some basic "essential" type items. I had some gift cards/exchange credits and got myself a few fun things as well. Don't worry, I didn't break the rules of my makeup no buy!

Watch the video, and let me know what you think! (More details in Youtube!) Did you grab anything from the Sephora sale? Have you bought anything fun lately, beauty or otherwise?

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New Haircut & Shopping Adventures

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The other day, I started thinking about how I really wanted to make some YouTube videos on a regular basis. After the somewhat successful setup of my Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation review, I was pretty encouraged to keep going. I'll be on camera every Wednesday for you, and possibly Sundays too, so I hope you'll subscribe to my channel and check back. :)  

I thought I'd start off the fun by sharing my shopping from this past week and also by showing you my new haircut! I was on the hunt for some dresses that I could dress up or down, as I currently have either super casual or more night/evening. I've also been looking for some ankle boots, but it seems like the perfect pair for me just doesn't exist right now…! (And since I'm on a no buy for makeup right now, I swear the beauty bits are purchased with a Sephora credit that I had been saving.)

Watch in YouTube to get all the details of the purchases and makeup that I'm wearing! And please let me know what you think or what you'd like to see next!

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December Beauty Purchases

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I vowed to spend less in December, and I definitely did better than my massive spending spree in November... At the beginning of the month, I somehow received a 15% off code at Saks that also worked on cosmetics... So with a gift card handy, I bought myself Kiehl's Rosa Artica Eye Balm, the Armani Nude Lip Kit, and Armani Maestro Eraser in shade 4.

Kiehl's Rosa Artica Eye Balm, Armani Rouge d'Armani Lipstick 103, Armani Gloss d'Armani 103, Armani Maestro Eraser 4
Origins 500 Point Perk, FairyDrops Scandal Queen Mascara, Eyeko Skinny Liner sample

Throughout the month, I made a number of purchases at Sephora, and there were a few products from November and December's purchases that didn't make the cut. Most notably, Fresh Umbrian Clay Foundation (too light) and AmorePacific Tinted Moisturizer (too strongly scented.) I was both depressed and relieved, LOL!

I did manage to grab a great Origins 500 point perk from Sephora, along with the eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner from a promo code when I bought FairyDrops Scandal Queen Mascara. There was another decent promo code in here somewhere, but I can't remember what anymore!

Becca Mineral Bronzer Duende, Stila Smudge Crayon Black, Sephora nude lip liner, sephora nano lipliner
Korres goddess beauty color collection, sephora pantone black magic liner set, bobbi brown long wear eyeliner pencil black plum, bobbi brown long wear gel eyeliner espresso ink

I finally decided to buy Becca Mineral Bronzing Powder, which I had wanted for quite some time. I also grabbed a few Sephora Brand Lip Liners, and Stila Smudge Crayon in Black. While Christmas shopping, I was sorely tempted by Korres Goddess Beauty Color Collection, as I had always sort of wanted that cheek trio. At $29, it was a decent price, and I also picked up Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Espresso Ink that day. In my quest to replenish some different shades of liner, I grabbed the Sephora + Pantone Black Magic Eyeliner set, which was super pigmented and budgeproof when I swatched it in store. And I also grabbed Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil in Black Plum because it is such a pretty shade!

Along the way, I grabbed a Rimmel x Kate Moss Lipstick that I found on sale on one of my many attempts to shop the CVS Beauty Clearance. (Why is Revlon not on sale?? Maybe it is now?) I also fell for the Space NK sale on the day after Christmas, and I cannot wait for my goodies to arrive. I grabbed By Terry Bronze Opulent, a couple By Terry Lipsticks, Jemma Kidd Light as Air Foundation, an eye liner, and lip liner, all on massive clearance.

I did also receive a few beauty items for Christmas that were on my list - Burt's Bee's Lemon Cuticle Butter, Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink, and a nice holiday set from Lush! But my Christmas gifts were pretty non-beauty oriented, and I'm still obsessing over some of the amazing things my boyfriend spoiled me with...

All in all, after gift cards, returns, and the like, I ended up spending only $82! Not bad, if I do say so myself... It could have been much worse, especially since the holidays always make me want to spend like crazy!

How do you think I did with my spending in December? How did you do with yours? Have you tried any of these goodies, or are they on your list of things to buy in 2013? ;)

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