Monday, March 25, 2013

Haul | MAC, Lush, Ulta

I'm so excited that this week is spring break. It'll be nice to have some time to myself and cross a bunch of things off the checklist. After work today, I ran errands and picked up a few necessaries (ignore my excitement about the gummy vitamins! I hate taking daily vitamins, hoping these will be easier) - while I was out, I found a few fun things as well.

My favorite shampoo from years ago was one by Marc Anthony- it came in a pink bottle. I don't remember exactly what it was, but I LOVED everything about it. It smelled great, made my hair look fantastic, and was pretty inexpensive. I think they've discontinued it though, I can't find it anywhere! Ulta was having a buy one get one half off sale, so I figured I'd try this one. (It took all my efforts not to buy cartloads of drugstore make up too, as much of those were buy one get one half off as well)

Just a repurchase of my favorite mask! It's minty, green, and cheap ($4!) and the bottle is 8oz- it'll last forever. It's great for oily, acne prone skin, and is not irritating. I wouldn't recommend this if you have dry skin though.

I've heard so many good things about this lip scrub. It's taken me a while to shell out the $10 for this, but hopefully it'll be worth it. I've been using the lip scrub from the Body Shop, but it wasn't doing it for me. It was so soft it would break, and didn't properly exfoliate either. High hopes for Sweet Lips! It smells amazing.

MAC Brush Cleanser
Fix +

I strolled into MAC to pick up a bottle of brush cleanser, and tossed in a travel sized Fix+. I've never tried this make up setting spray, so we'll see how it goes. I also wanted to get the Woodwinked eyeshadow, but it wasn't on display. I took it as a sign that it wasn't meant to be. siiiigh.

I've always been a huge fan of Ponds. The line was introduced to me by my mom, who always had a tub of the cold cream on her vanity. I came across the new Luminous Clean line and picked up two items. The Cream Cleanser "draws out trapped impurities and make up to brighten dull skin". I purchased the day lotion to replace the Ponds Clarant B3 I just ran out of. The Day lotion has SPF 15 and doesn't smell like sunscreen! Both products have a light rose scent. So far so good. The Luminous Clean line also includes an exfoliating cleanser and cleansing towelettes, all at super affordable prices of around $6.

Elizabeth Arden is another favorite of my mom's, so I figured I'd give it a try. Upon sampling the product when I got home, It's an orange petroleum-ish cream that reminds me a bit of Vaseline and Aquaphor, except the Eight Hour Cream gets completely absorbed! So far, I'm not a fan of the scent, reminds me of cardboad. Hopefully I'll get over the scent, I've heard it's a wonderful product. 

Have you tried any of these products?


  1. I love the Mint Julep masque! It's such the stereotypical 90s romantic comedy "girls night in" face mask, and I love it for that :)

    I've been looking for a better brush cleaner as well, is the MAC one good? (btw, you HAVE to get Woodwinked, it's so gorgeous and is stunning even when worn alone!). xx

    1. It definitely is! All that's missing is the cucumbers over the eyes! I love the MAC brush cleaner (I've been using johnson&johnson's baby shampoo, but it doesn't always get all the residue out). The MAC one goes by fast though since it's so easy to pour. Besides that, no complaints!

      Definitely picking up Woodwinked next time I go shopping!

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  3. Such a great post! I have not tried any of these products, but I have nominated you for the Liebster Award!

  4. Oh great haul! I have the MAC brush cleaner and it's so good! It makes cleaning my brushes so quick and easy. :) x

    1. It definitely does! I wish it weren't so watery though, I use it up so quickly!

  5. I just had my makeup done at Mac and they used the Fix spray on me. It was amazing, my makeup has never been so perfect for so long! Definitely on my to get list x
    p.s. love your blog :)

  6. I am yet to try Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque.
    I've heard good reviews on this mask and it suits my combination skin so well
    Looking forward on your reviews on MAC Brush Cleanser as I'm on constant experiment for a perfect brush cleanser;)
    Riza of Pour L'Instant

    1. You have to pick it up! You'll love it :)

  7. I uausual use pond's.


  8. Great buys hun! I haven't tried the Elizabeth Arden's Cream yet but I really want to! I've heard so many great things about it! hope you had a great time during Spring break! :))