Beauty Haul – June & July Purchases

Beauty Haul

I thought I’d share my recent (over the past two months) beauty purchases and quick reviews of each item. Warning: there’s a lot of eyeliner involved — apparently that’s a product I struggle with! 

Stockholm12Nyx Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm – I can’t rave about this lippie enough. It’s smooth and has a sweet scent (think vanilla cupcake). It’s a gorgeous pinky-nude color and holds up pretty well. It will wear off when you drink a beverage, but that’s pretty common with basic lip products. It has a true matte finish that I cannot get enough of. I’m looking forward to picking up more shades! On the Nyx website these retail for $6.00 each. They have a huge selection of colors to choose from and I see them all over Pinterest as dupes for high end brands.


Almay Intense Eye Color Liner for Blue Eyes in Bronze Topaz
– I actually swatched this liner from my mom’s makeup collection and immediately fell in love. It’s a gorgeous bronze color that creates a natural looking liner for days when regular black is too much. It’s very smooth with no drag on the skin. It’s my go to for quick looks and busy mornings and sells for $7.00.

gel liner pencilMaybelline Master Precise Skinny Gel Liner in Black – This was advertised as a gel liner with a precise pointy tip, but like most twist up liners, the tip flattened out and isn’t sharp enough for me. I’m kind of (okay very) unskilled with winged liner and that’s why I originally purchased this pencil. I can’t use it for winged liner, but it’s smooth and decent for a basic black eyeliner. On Maybelline’s website this liner costs $7.99.

eyelinerNYC Liquid Liner – This liner applies with a brush and goes on like a dream. The color is a true black. I really like this product except for the fact that if I blink before it dries, it transfers to my upper lid and ends up all over my face. It smudges off rather easily, too which is another con of this liner. I think I’m more of a pen liquid liner kind of girl. It’s priced at $2.99, but this is a liner I most likely won’t use or repurchase again.


sandMaybelline Fit Me! Concealer in Sand (20) – This is one of the first concealers that I have used and I’m very impressed with it. It has a wand applicator and blends out to give my under eye area a pretty airbrushed look. I blend it with either a small foundation brush or my new beauty blender sponge. This shade is a little too dark for me currently (I’m pale at the moment) and doesn’t give a brightening effect to my under eye area, but it does match my foundation, which gives my face an even look. I plan on picking it up in a lighter shade, which will cost me about another $6.49.

elf powderElf Translucent Powder – Elf Cosmetics has really been blowing me away lately. They have upgraded the quality of their products, but not the prices! I’ve been wanting a setting powder and just picked this one up the other day. Let me say, HOLY COW! This powder is truly translucent and sets my concealer for the whole day. This setting powder is very fine and the packaging  is solid and durable too. With a price tag of $6.00, I don’t see me buying anything else in the future.

gel liner elfElf Gel Pot Liner in Black – I haven’t had the opportunity to use this for a winged liner yet, but the reviews from bloggers have my hopes set pretty high. The pot was $3.00 and came with a tiny brush that I probably won’t use. I did draw a few lines on my hand and I was pretty impressed. It didn’t bleed or smudge once it was set and applied blacker than I had anticipated. I’m looking forward to using this in the coming week!


c3L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in C3– I have the Lumi Foundation in W3, but currently it’s a little too warm for my skin tone. I love the dewy effect the Lumi foundation provides, but I know in the fall/winter, I sometimes prefer a more natural finish to my whole face with my glow only where I put the highlight. That’s why I picked up the more natural finish of this foundation in the same shade, but with cooler undertones. It’s still a light-medium coverage, but it can be built up. I have always been a fan of L’Oreal for drugstore foundations and I’m so happy I decided to drop the $7.99 on this bottle.

beauty360.jpgBeauty Blender by Beauty 360 – I caved and grabbed a drugstore beauty blender since everyone raves about how incredible they make your foundation look. Mine was $5.49 at CVS, and I’m still very on the fence about it. It ate so much of my foundation when I first used it, but it blended my concealer out super smooth and even. I’m honestly not sure how I will ultimately feel. I probably would have preferred the Real Techniques brand, but I got ahead of myself and picked up this one on a whim. I’m going to keep giving it more chances, but right now I’m very “meh” on the subject.


Keep in mind most of these products were bought with coupons so I didn’t spend too much money on them. I’m pretty sure I’m set on makeup purchases for awhile… After all, between this and a couple other recent-ish purchases, I’ve bought everything a girl could need and more!

What’s your take on these items? Drop a comment below to let me know!

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    • August 18, 2016 / 9:24 am

      They have awesome stay power and have great coverage for being sheer to medium and applies evenly. I love their entire line.

  1. August 18, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    i LOVE the fit me concealer. i was using urban decay naked skin and i like it just as much, if not better, than its higher end competitor!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      I tried a sample of the naked skin foundation and it blew me away. But the price tag on the bottle wasn’t happening. I do love the fit me concealer. I need it in a lighter shade though!

  2. August 22, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    I have the original beauty blender and the real techniques one, in my opinion the original one is the best! Is it just me that finds it super hard to wash though!? I feel like my foundation just doesn’t want to come out, no matter how long I wash it for, haha.
    I hope you’re having a fab Monday!


    • August 22, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      I have some random brand one and I’m not a fan at all. It’s super rough on the face and kinda hard. It doesn’t soften up even when damp. And yeah I can’t get my makeup out of it. I’m gonna stick with my morphe brush for now

  3. August 23, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    i have the ELF eyeliner is sooooo goood

    • August 23, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      I haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but I’m hoping to get to this week!

  4. August 30, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I love the shades for True Match but it is a disaster for people with oily skin (which is me). I wish I knew that before I bought it :(. Within 20 mins I am an oil slick. I totally agree with you about the NYX Matte lip cream. It’s gorgeous.

    • August 31, 2016 / 12:35 pm

      Even the regular true match and not the lumi? I’m pretty sure l’oreal has a super matte finish foundation!

      • August 31, 2016 / 1:00 pm

        The regular true match. Lol. Yes! The Infallible foundation but they only have a few deep shades but the undertone is way off for me.

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