Collective Haul #3
Oops, I did it again. This is another collective haul. I am not a person that has ever been into hair, but it seems that I am going through a phase. Now that I have quit using a straight iron on my hair its growing out and acting and feeling more healthy so I decided I am going to have a little fun with it. This haul is 2 visits to Ulta and one trip to the CCO!
This is what I got from Ulta in two visits. The Redken stuff is from one day and everything else is from the recent Friends and Family sale.
Good looking set of pretties!
I tried Organix shampoo and conditioner when it first came out and it was ok... It was the coconut-something scented one. I have recently been turned on to oils by a friend in an online beauty community and have gone coo-coo for Moroccan Oil. I have been seeking out Josie Maran stuff and other forms of the nutty oil. When I saw this shampoo and conditioner I knew it was coming home with me! In the words of McLovin "YEAHHH, chicka chicka!"
WOOO HOOO! Argan Oil that actually came from Morocco :) It is really nice! I think it is probably the best one I have tried. I have 2 Josie Maran Argan Oils (bronzing and regular) and this one kicks their a$$es and steals their twinkies! Seriously, it is fantastic!
This stuff is amazing... It smells DIVINE! The Nature's Rescue line all smells great and is something I am becoming more and more interested in owning. This Radiant Sea Spray is perfect for my lazy days. My hair is mostly straight with a slight wavy tendency and while the hair is damp I spritz this baby all over it and it actually amplifies the waviness and looks like awesome!
Like I said before, I am overly paranoid about heating tools on my hair so I have been really obsessed with heat protectants. Blown Away is a really nice clear gel like consistency and when I apply it to wet hair it goes on very weightless. It is like nothing is there. You wouldn't think that because it is so thick when you squeeze it out.
Hot Sets!! I have been wanting to try this for so long. When I curl my hair (which isn't very often--once a month or so) the curl falls out so fast. I have a thick head of fine hair and that combination is awful for holding any style. I have read countless good reviews on this and watched many YouTube videos on it. Go get you some! :)
I am on an everlasting hunt for a dry shampoo that actually works. My hair is prone to oiliness and it would be nice not to HAVE to wash it daily. Every other day would be sooo much better.
OH EM GEE! I can not explain to you how gorgeous this gel liner is. It is the Essence London Baby gel liner. I saw so many raves on this on a popular makeup website and immediately got sucked in. O_O Moth to a flame! You say something is taupe and it is amazing and I will damn near knife someone that comes between me and it. This little baby is great. I swear.... the swatch I did below was only on my hand for MAYBE 5 minutes before I went in to wash it off. I washed my hand 5 times and there is still remnants of the gorgeous taupe. That is fine... I would get taupe tattoos if I found a shade pretty enough!
This swatch is not doing it justice to be fair. It is soooo dimensional and gorgeous! Guess how much this gel liner costs? Go ahead... take a guess... What is it? OK WELL! This liner costs between $3-$3.50! SHUT UP! YES I SAID IT! Taupe perfection in a pot for cheap.
On to my CCO trip! This one is a goodie y'all! If you don't know what a CCO is, it is a Cosmetics Company Store/Outlet. You can find them in outlet malls throughout the United States. I think there are a few in other countries but I am not sure.
Look at my new babies! *Sigh* They are so pretty and from the CCO they are SOOO affordable! I bought everything except the 165 in a set. This set was from a Nordstrom exclusive collection in 2008 called Perfect Style. The set retailed for $125 and came with a 187, 168, 222, 263, and a case. It was at my CCO for $87.50! WOAH! DEAL! SCORE!
If anyone asked me what skincare item is my favorite I would say the Origins Brighter By Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum. I can't explain why I love it so much... but I do. I never want to be without this stuff. I have always struggled with my skin and when I started using this product my skin cleared up. I can't give this product all the credit because I started a lot of new skincare stuff at the same time. The 1 oz. serum runs about $40 and I got this whole kit for less than $50. It includes a full size serum, a 1 oz. Starting Over moisturizer, 1.7 oz. Checks and Balances cleanser (which I have in full size already--this will be in my upcoming giveaway!), and 20 Brighter by Nature High Potency brightening peel with fruit acids pads. This is a tremendous value!
Let's have a closer look at my new babies! They were all made in Japan, so they are the newer ones. I want some France ones but wont happen :( I went to the CCO this visit hoping to find a 225.
This is as soft as rabbit fur.. I don't know why rabbit fur came to mind, I guess because I associate silky softness with rabbits? *shrugs*
Love the 187 for applying heavy foundation and highly pigmented blush. I also sometimes spritz it with Fix + and buff in any powdery looking mess on my face with it. It is love.
This is my first real 168. I have had many dupes, 2 from Sigma and several from random brands. This is superior in quality in every way. The brush head is much smaller than the Sigma dupes... so essentially they will serve different purposes.
This is my 2nd MAC 222. I love this brush. It is the perfect brush for the outer v and crease work. I don't have as much lid space as some and this brush is a necessity. A lot of people love the 224 for blending but I prefer this for blending. So happy to have a 2nd one.
HELLO BEAUTIFUL, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? This brush is sooo much better than any and all of my other eyeliner brushes. It is soooo thin! I got the best most precise line I have ever gotten today when using it. I am forever sold on the awesomeness that is the #263.
That is my whole haul, and first opinions.
What have you hauled lately?