So this post is going to be a fairly large haul! I love hauls, both making them and watching/reading about them. I just love living vicariously through other people, just one of those weird quirks I guess. This all wasn't purchased at once; I've been collecting it since about the middle of January. What held this post up was I had made an Ulta order and it took forever to get here. It took 3-4 days to process the order, then it didn't get to my city until Feb. 4th and then I didn't get my package until Feb. 11th due to a looong sorting process, my mailperson, and my leasing office's annoying hours. This haul is a collection of things I bought online and in-person from a handful of different stores. Not everything is beauty related, but most of it is.
This is going to get kind of long...I got a lot of things!
I'll start with the stuff I got first and thus has been waiting around the longest. That will be my order from Sephora!
Now, I was told that this would be a deluxe sample size, and if you look at the pictures online, this tube is very different (and it looks smaller) than the full size. However, on the website, the full size is listed as being 1.1 fl oz and this size is...1.1 fl oz. I'm not sure if this is the full size or not or if there is a printing error somewhere (the bottle also says it's 1.1 fl oz on the back so it's not a misprint on the box) or what's going on. My best guess is that this is older packaging that they're trying to get rid off, but according to volume, this is the full size of this product, which makes it worth $30. Which is awesome and ridiculous.
And so what did I buy?
I think I'm going to stay in the vein of online orders (which I think is out of order from how I went in the video...I can't remember and I don't like watching my own videos after the initial once-through-before-uploading because I think I'm awkward) and do my Ulta order next, which is the thing that took the longest to get here and what was holding up this post/video from being posted/made.
One thing I really like about buying things from Ulta online is their sample sets. Unlike Sephora which lets you pick three samples from a selection of twelve (of which 4-6 are usually fragrance samples), Ulta gives you three options: a skincare sampler, a fragrance sampler, or a variety sampler. I pick variety and it really is; you can get anything from makeup to skincare to haircare and you get samples from both high-end and drugstore brands.
There were two main items to this order, and everything else was kind of just thrown in for fun.
The other item I picked up I didn't get a picture of because I returned it before I got a chance to. I also picked up a bottle of the Ouidad leave-in conditioner since at 20% off, it would save me about $4. I'm about half-way through my current one, but since I think I like my Klorane one better (so much so that I'll probably purchase another bottle when I finish this one) it'll will likely still last me a while. Unfortunately, it also managed to leak somehow; when I unscrewed the cap to check the seal, it was all gross and goopy inside. I couldn't find where the break was, but since it was likely to sit around for a long time without me using it, I didn't want the seal broken anywhere. I ended up returning it for store credit since I didn't have my confirmation e-mail (you need both the e-mail and the invoice to return things in store; I don't have a printer or a smart phone so I didn't have a way to bring it) and my bank issued me a new debit card due to the whole Target debacle (I didn't get my identity stolen, it was a precautionary and annoying measure). I don't mind getting store credit though, since, no matter what, I'll always be back for my conditioner.
And now for the fun, random things! At this point, I thought I needed to hit $50, so I just...threw things in my cart. There was a "buy 1, get 1 50% off" for Maybelline, so I figured why not pick up another cheek stick and a mascara?
Because I've been kind of obsessed with face masks lately, I picked up a few.
These two or from the Body Shop, and I think they're new. There is a Body Shop in the Mall of America, but I like that Ulta carries them as well since sometimes it's hard to get out to the Mall (especially on weekends when it's crazy busy). The Tea Tree mask is good for blemished skin (like mine) and the Seaweed one is for oily/combination skin (which I don't have but I didn't think it would hurt to try it). There's at least one other one that was for dry skin, but I was worried it would be too heavy for skin (still trying to find a good balance).
Finally, I got an eyebrow pencil, since I figure it's time I learn to do something about my brows. I'm lucky; because I'm blonde, my eyebrows are pretty light so it's hard to see any stray hairs. I've gotten them waxed before, but it leaves my skin severely irritated and red/bumpy for days so I try to avoid it. I'm absolutely terrified of shaping them myself since I have no idea what I'm doing and if I do something stupid, they might not grow back. I'm never done anything makeup wise with them, but I think it's something I need to start doing. Have groomed eyebrows can really open up your face and eyes and make you look super polished. I've heard a lot of good things about the Fling eyebrow pencil from MAC, but I thought it would be best to start small and work up from there. So I got this incredibly cheap one!
And that's my Ulta order from online! While I was waiting for it come, it ended up warming up enough where I felt I could venture out and not die, so I made a trek to my physical Ulta to get a deal on some Zoya nail polish!
If you bought two Zoya polishes (they were advertising the Naturals collection, but it could be any two), you could get a special product set worth $20! Because I love Zoya polishes and gifts with purchases, I couldn't resist. I picked up Giovanna (the green) and Addison (the pink). I didn't go in with a plan on which polishes to purchase and honestly, I ended up with these because there wasn't much left. My Ulta is pretty bad about restocking.
There was a bottle of Remove+ (which is great; it's not my favorite remover, but since Sephora stopped making it, this will have to do), a small Anchor base coat...
I'll move on tho things I bought in physical stores now; specifically stores in the Mall of America! I love going to the Mall; there's so many things to do there and even just people-watching is immense fun. Also, I love capitalism and where better to enjoy capitalism than at the biggest mall in the U.S.? I went to a lot of stores, but I ended up making purchases in only two.
My husband I really like going into Urban Outfitters and checking out their sales. Normally, they're pretty overpriced, but if you can get something on a super sale, you can get some cute, unique stuff for cheap! Also I like their cloth shopping bags. This time around I snagged a pair of mouse shoes:
Lucky for me, there is a MAC store in the Mall (it's right across the hall from Sephora, funnily enough. It's also near the Macy's, which I think is getting a MAC counter this month sometime). I've been somewhat into MAC and I've been periodically buying and trying out a bunch of different products. I wanted to try an eyeshadow, but they're pretty expensive at $10-$15 a color depending on what form you purchase them in. That is until the Fantasy of Flowers collection came out! I subscribe to Allura Beauty on Youtube and she usually has a video that shows swatches from MAC's newest collections. In the Fantasy of Flowers collection, there are four mineral eyeshadows that are basically quads since they're split into four different colors. Four colors for $21 is something I can justify, so I decided to get one. I ended up with two!
After getting the Golden Hours, I thought I would be satisfied. Nope. I think I discovered why people go so crazy for MAC; it's the idea of things being limited edition and collectible. As we walked around the Mall, I kept thinking about the Pink Sensibilities quad and that, if I didn't buy it then, I probably never would. Something just clicked and I needed it. It's that idea of collectivity and scarcity; it gets me every time!
Also while we were at the Mall, Caribou Coffee was having a special promotion. In the Mall there's a big central area called the Rotunda where they hold special events and display advertisements and stuff. Caribou Coffee was giving out free samples of their new, Pintrest inspired blend called "Real Inspiration". They also had a huge, 60ft Pintrest board that updated in real time, which was cool (not all the spaces did; it was a giant printed sheet with parts cut out that did change). You could take a picture next to this big coffee cup and get posted to the board. Because I am incredibly shy and awkward, I declined to get my photo taken, but the coffee was pretty tasty (I didn't even add any milk or sugar since they were over by the big coffee cup and thus at risk of getting photo-takened and it was still good) and I got a free notebook!
And that was our trip to the Mall! We used to live super close and would go at least once a week, but now that our schedules are so different and we live farther away, we probably only go a few times a month. Sad, but probably better for our wallets!
I wanted to include on last thing in this haul. I kind of threw it on haphazardly at the end of my video, but I did want to show you guys since it is something that interests me and I like talking about more than just makeup/beauty things. I really like buying Japanese magazines because A. they're much better quality than American magazines, B. they sometimes comes with free things like tote bags, and C. Asian fashion tends to be much more interesting than American fashion. I really love buying magazines from physical stores when possible (which is basically only when I've gone to Seattle and had access to Kinokuniya), but I do also purchase them online from CDJapan. I love CDJapan because they don't charge you anything extra for the magazines, you pay newsstand price. It's the shipping that sucks. Granted, you do pay more for the magazines at Kinokuniya since they factor in shipping, but if you calculate it, it ends up being about the same. This time around, I picked up five magazines, four for myself and one for my husband's Valentines Day gift. I didn't take a picture of what I got him, nor did I show it in the video because I didn't want him to see it before Valentines Day, but that's kind of a moot point now (I already gave it to him and he loved it!).
I got the February issue of egg:
And that, finally, is the entirety of my haul. Ugh, my fingers are sore from typing so much! This was a bit bigger than normal, but that's just because of how long I spent collecting these things. I'm happy I got through it though since now I can finally put everything away and clear up some space around my desk!
Thanks for reading (especially if you made it all the way through)! <3