Haul: Speed Shopping

Monday, April 13, 2015


I only had a day left to use my 20% off coupon at Ulta and I was short on time. The result? Speed Shopping. I went a little nuts grabbing things that I was actually looking for and others that just looked promising. When you're getting that discount on everything you tend to get a little spendy, I guess. I've tried out a few so far, so I'll throw in my thoughts on any those as I run through what I picked up. Let's dive in!

The reason I went there in the first place was to get another shade of the Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten baked blushes. I was so impressed with the sample I tried (review here) that I've dying to try more! I went in for one, so naturally I bought two. (Oops!) Tropic Hues (bottom right) is the shade I intended to buy. It's a lovely swirl of coral, peach, and bronze that I have a feeling I'll be wearing a lot this summer for a bright and glowing look. I also swatched Sunswept (top left) while I was in the store and was sold. The golden bronze with a hint of peachy pink of the this blush screams summer-sun-kissed-glow! I have a feeling I'm going to end up buying all of the shades in this collection as spring and summer roll on...

I've been on the hunt for a pink nail polish that's borderline white and I've hopefully found it with Essie's Limo-Scene. I tend to lean more towards bright nails in the summer, but this one is so soft and pretty that I might be converted. 

I really been liking blending in my concealer with a small brush lately, but the one I've been using hasn't been cutting it, so I chucked a Real Techniques Setting Brush into my order for that job. It works like a dream, let me tell ya. Pairing this brush with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer is my current daily concealing team.

So this L'Oréal Miss Manga mascara...I so hated it at first and now I'm totally in love. This is my second tube and I think I've figured out the two tricks to getting it to work fabulously. #1- let it dry out for a bit. Not ages or anything, but a couple of weeks after it's been opened and dried out a bit it's much easier to use. It's a little too wet for my liking at first. #2- at least two coats. Always. One coat of this doesn't do much, but two or more is really when you start to see some volume and length. I'm completely converted.

Last up, lip products! I grabbed a NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee, because you really can't go wrong with these glosses- both in formula and price! This shade is lovely pinky-nude that will be perfect for everyday wear. I also went for two more of the L'Oréal Collection Privee Nude lipsticks. I'd like to do a full review of these soon, as I also have one more (Doutzen's- a light pink shade). I ended up adding JLo's nude- a warm peach nude- and Frieda's nude- a lavender nude. Obviously these are "nudes" for different skin tones (and I am definitely no Jennifer Lopez or Frieda Pinto), but these something about these shades that just works. I especially loving Frieda's nude- it gives my lips an almost 90's vibe that I really like.

I can't wait to incorporate these finds into some looks for upcoming posts! Let me know if you've tried out any of these products before or if you're curious to pick them up! Have a great week everyone! The end's in sight for my crazy hours at work and I finally have some time off at the end of the week! I'm planning on doing a bit of cleaning around the house (much needed), some spring clothes shopping (not needed, but whatevs), and hopefully some relaxing outside if the weather's nice enough. I'd love to get my hammock set back up for the year and maybe read a book laying on it in the sun. Fingers crossed!

44 comments

  1. I always wanted to try out the real techniques setting brush, everyone seems to love it! :)

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  2. Some great products!

    So jealous of the drugstore items in the US!

    Leanne xx

    nailsandteapots

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  3. It's pretty good so far- no complaints!

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  4. Thanks! It definitely goes both ways! There's some products in the UK that I'd Love to get my hands on!!

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  5. Those blushes are so gorgeous!! And I love the Miss Manga Mascara... you're so right, it definitely needs to dry out a bit!!

    I'm doing a giveaway over on my blog, it'd be awesome if you went and checked it out!!

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  6. It's so much better once it's dried out! Thanks!

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  7. It sooo good for concealer- blends it in like a dream!

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  8. They actually sell Laura Geller through QVC, so you might be able to get them! I absolutely adore Tropic Hues- been wearing it the last two days!

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  9. I wish you didn't tell me this ;) haha xx

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  10. I'm an excellent enabler! haha sorry!

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  11. Those Laura Geller Blushes look stunning! xx

    Kirsty Leigh| Bloglovin'

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  12. Oooh those baked blushes are stunning. I use the RT concealer brush and it does a great job but I'd love to get the setting brush too!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  13. I'm completely obsessed with them! I'd highly recommend!

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  14. I'm so in love with these blushes!! I haven't tried the concealer brush yet!

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  15. Love this! Thanks for sharing your favorite products! Xo

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  16. Those blushes look so beautiful! x

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  17. I absolutely love them! They're so good!!

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  18. Love the things you got! It's interesting that you first hated Miss Manga, I find with mascara I can immediately tell if I'll love it or hate :)

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  19. Also love this mascara, I apply two coats of it (;
    Nati xx
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  20. Great post, I really liked your photos and they're really nice!


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  21. I have the orange set of real techniques but would love to try the one you have! great post.


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  22. I've had my eye on those max factor blushes for a while, they look absolutely stunning!

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  23. Ulta is seriously my happy place. And I LOVE Laura Gellar's products!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  24. I really like it! I've tried a few other brushes that they make and I've never been disappointed. The blush brush is great too!

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  25. They're actually from Laura Geller but they do look very similar!

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  26. I'm completely addicted to them now!! And Ulta is way too much fun to browse through! :)

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  27. You definitely got some great products!


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  28. those blushes look so pretty!


    Have a great weekend!
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  29. I just recently picked up Frieda's nude! I haven't worn it though, I don't have the right lipliner to wear under it yet. If you like that one you should look at Covergirl's #275 Coffee Crave. It's a little more brown than lavender, but has a similar vibe.

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  30. The Laura Geller blushes are beautiful. They remind me a lot of some baked ones I have from Mac but I love that you also get a small mirror in the packaging. We can now buy the brand in the UK (online) and I'm gonna have a look at their products. :)

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  31. Thanks! I'm excited to try them out!

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  32. Love, love, love them! Have a great weekend too!

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  33. I have to check it out! Frieda's is definitely different than any other shade that I own, so I'm still getting used to it!

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  34. I'm so completely in love with these blushes!! Definitely check them out!

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  35. The RT brushes are such winners- never been disappointed! A coupon and a time limit are so dangerous- glad you were under control in there!! haha

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  36. Those Laura Geller blushes look beautiful! x


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  37. I've always meant to try Real Techniques brushes!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

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  38. They're such good quality for an affordable price! I have a few and they're definitely some of my go to brushes!

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  39. It takes me a while to warm up to new colors as well, I typically stay in the dark brown lip color range, but every now and then I mix it up. Inglot also has a shade similar to Frieda, but with a hint of burgundy, if that makes sense.

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  40. Never tried anything from them before, but I'll have to check them out! :)

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