I went to visit my family on the east coast for Christmas, and had a lot of goodies waiting for me. My boyfriend and I are in the middle of a move and don’t have a permanent address at the moment, so to play it safe I had some purchases sent to my parents’ house for me to pick up when I was in town. My parents also gave me a bunch of really wonderful beauty-related gifts, so I’m excited to go through everything and share some photos.
A lot of these first purchases were Black Friday deals. On Black Friday, I dropped some money on indie brands DreamWorld Hermetica, Shiro Cosmetics, and Concrete Minerals.
I had a bit of a wish list going for DreamWorld Hermetica, but their Black Friday discounts weren’t all that deep so I tried to keep my purchases on the smaller side. I bought another foundation, this time one shade deeper than the one I already have (Rhea 3 rather than 2) and in a different formula (Luna rather than Cloud). I bought the Moon Glo finishing powder, which I have previously tried in sample form (photos here), and then a full size of their Witch’s Sunset blush which is from their Hocus Pocus collection and one I’ve previously had in a mini jar (photos here).
I also selected a couple of finishing powder sample baggies that I wanted to try, and Dreamworld kindly added a handful of other finishing powder samples to my package. I love their finishing powders and am excited to try these new ones out, and it looks like I’ll be able to do another big comparison of their setting powders in the future.
This was my first order from Shiro Cosmetics, and I was particularly excited to try their eyeshadows inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire. I bought six of those, and then they threw in sample baggies of two more (the left and middle baggies). The artwork on the lids is awesome. The colors are difficult to show through the jars, so I’ll be diving into the shades in a separate future post.
I also bought two video game-themed cheek products, a blush and highlighting powder. As a Final Fantasy fan, I couldn’t pass up Curaga! Like Dreamworld, Shiro’s Black Friday discount wasn’t enormous, but I’ll take some discount over no discount and this company has been on my list of ones to try for a while.
This was my second year in a row making an order with Concrete Minerals on Black Friday, and their deals have been a nice 30% discount, which I was able to stack on top of their normal deal for bundling 8 mineral eyeshadows for $48. I bought 8 mineral eyeshadows plus their eye primer, which is solid and comes in a little tin, and then they threw in a full size of a limited edition shade called Tinseltown. I actually wasn’t familiar with this shade, perhaps it was a Black Friday exclusive? They also provided a couple of shadow sample baggies. Again, it’s difficult to show the colors of the full sized eyeshadows without opening each of them up, so I’ll show the shades in a separate post in the future.
I’m normally not the kind to participate in the frenzy of a limited release, but I had my eye on Urban Decay’s Vice LTD palette ever since that surprise sale for Sephora VIB Rouge members earlier in the fall. So, I stayed up on the night they released it online and was successful in scoring one for myself. I love the shade selection in this one, and I don’t already own any of the shadows (some of which were previously released in old UD palettes). The Vice LTD sold out very quickly and is no longer available, but you can still snag the Vice 3 palette for the time being.
While I was making an order on Urban Decay’s website, I also threw one of their Build Your Own Palettes into my cart. Two of them were on sale discounted from $18 to $12, and I bought Rock, which has a nice gem design on the front and a shimmery oyster/taupe shadow (called Rock) exclusive to the palette. I already own an empty palette from UD and like to buy single shadows from them, so I’m a fan and happy to have another.
The last purchase I made for myself over the holiday season was a Vitacost order. I bought a few skincare products:
– Andalou Naturals Blossom + Leaf Toner, from their Age Defying line, which will be the third toner I’m trying from the brand
– Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum, from their Brightening line
– Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel, from their Clarifying line
– MyChelle Dermaceuticals Clear Skin Clarifying Pads, which I’m hoping might help me out with some increasingly problematic hormonal skin issues
That wraps up the purchases I made for myself, but I was also surprised that my parents gave me a lot of beauty-related gifts for Christmas so I’ll move into those items now!
I received a sweet Sephora bundle with a bunch of products that I’m really excited about. It included the Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadow palette in Power Neutrals, Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop, Buxom Stay There cream shadow in Poodle, Supergoop! eye cream with SPF 37, Too Faced La Creme lipstick in Spice Spice Baby, Too Faced 3 Way eyeliner, and Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Catfight.
And finally, my mom picked out a whole skincare regimen from Melaleuca’s Sei Bella line. Melaleuca is a health-oriented company that you need to be a member of in order to purchase from. Well, technically you can purchase from them as a non-member, but at a huge markup. I’m familiar with some of their personal care products, some of which are quite good (possibly my favorite toothpaste ever), but I’ve never tried any of the Sei Bella skincare or makeup before, and I thought it was really sweet of her to pick out a whole regimen for me to try out.
She picked out the Refining Facial Cleanser, Clarifying Facial Toner, and Daytime Delivery Lotion.
And from the luxury skincare line, she picked out the Luxury Serum Concentrate and Luxury Creme Concentrate. I’m going to try and finish up a couple of products before diving into these, but I’m looking forward to seeing how they work.
There’s a lot of stuff to explore in the new year, and I’m really excited to get familiar with all of the new products! I hope you had a lovely, not-too-stressful holiday season, and found some good products in the holiday sales and gift-giving fun. Is there anything you’re particularly excited about?