Hello! Exclamation points are all over the place! Because excitement! Also because it is very difficult to express tone and intonation through the internet and using exclamation points makes sentences sound more friendly and bubbly. I feel like with the amount of time we now spend communicating with written words we really need to come up with a few more types of punctuation to help express the nuances of the English language. ...I took a lot of literary/language courses in college.
ANYWAYS. Yes, this is another haul! Ugh, it's starting to look like all I ever do is spend money on crap. Which I suppose is technically true, but these hauls are older and are usually over a certain span of time; they're not money-crazed one day shopping sprees. Usually. This haul should be pretty interesting since I went to our Premium Outlet mall and got some neat stuff, and it was the start of the Sephora VIB Rouge 15% off sale!
I'll start with the stuff I got at the Premium Outlet mall since that's what I picked up first! I'm lucky enough to live within a comfortable driving distance of a Premium Outlet mall, though I rarely ever get a chance to go shopping there (in fact, this trip was my first in a very long time...). What really drove me to go this time was the fact that there is a Cosmetic Company Store (CCS or CCO, which I think is the European version. The "O" stands for Outlet). Visiting a CCO is pretty much the only way to get MAC products on sale with the guarantee that they are authentic MAC products (you can find MAC products on sale online, but there are so many fakes out there that I would never risk it). The CCO also has Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbie Brown, Origins, and Smashbox products at discounted prices (since they're all owned by the same parent company. Funny how those things work!). I ended up getting some MAC eyeshadows and a Clinque set.
Now for the MAC shadows! I got two mineral eyeshadows and a holiday 2013 palette.
I didn't intend to go into the Coach outlet (this trip was specifically to go to the CCO), but since it was right next door, I figured why not? I went through a phase where I needed a Coach bag and had a hard time finding one I really liked (I feel in love with one from the Coach Poppy line, and I was thisclose to buying it, but I didn't and it ended up selling out). My husband got me a gorgeous one that I used almost every single day. After about a year, I kind of...not moved on exactly, but I felt that I had satisfied my Coach craving and started using other purses as well. Since then, I've been pretty "meh" about Coach, so I didn't think I was going to buy anything.
About a week or two ago (I think it's more like two weeks), Sephora had a special Spring 2014 Social for their VIB Rouges! We got to shop in the store during non-business hours, meet with a bunch of brand reps, and get 15% off our whole purchase (you could use the 15% discount as many times as you wanted until April 11th. I think other VIBs and Beauty Insiders got the 15% discount as well, but they didn't get to use it for as long as Rouges did). I was a super fun shopping-party, and I'm really happy I got to go! I ended up buying pretty much exactly what I wanted, though my Sephora was sold out of one thing.
The final item I intended to get was another Anastasia Beverly Hills Go Brow Kit.
I ended up grabbing one thing on impulse, and that was the Sephora Smoky Cream Liner in The Deep End.
With my purchase, I got some extra goodies!
They were also giving out special samplers of any fragrance you wanted! You could pick any bottle they had a tester of and they would fill a little atomizer for you to try it out. You got a good sized sample (the same, if not more, than what you get in a traditional sample vial), too! I went with two, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Marc Jacobs Honey.
And now on to the random things! These are some other purchases I made that I wanted to share with guys, but that didn't fit in and/or warrant their own blog post!
Also in the Mall of America, we stopped by the LEGO store to see if they had a certain set in stock...
We also stopped by Gamestop! My husband and I collect Skylanders and there was a certain one I've been on the look out for. And it finally came out!
Finally, I had a coupon to Bath and Body Works for a free travel sized item that I wanted to use.
And that's it! That's all the stuff I bought (at least, for this round of hauling...)!
Thanks for reading! <3