I’ve recently moved to a new city and am currently looking for a new job, so theoretically I shouldn’t be shopping. I’ve continued to grab things here and there, though, and so recently I’ve been doing monthly purchase roundups because I tend to end up with a decent pile of new things to share. I’ve bought goodies from Lush, Sephora, Harmons, The Yeon, and CVS and will share some first impressions and swatches.
1. ELF Smudge Pot in Brownie Points ($3) – The Targets near me never carry these cream eyeshadows so I was really excited to see this one at Harmons, even if they did only have the one shade. This is a really nice warm brown – it has more red/orange than something like Maybelline’s Bad to the Bronze. You can’t beat a $3 price tag.
2. ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit in Light ($3) – I wasn’t sure how well these colors would work with my reddish hair, but I felt ok putting down $3 to find out. This comes with a wax on the left and a powder on a right. My feelings on this product are sort of so-so right now, I don’t know if the two different textures are working that well together, but alone they work nicely.
3. ELF Eyeshadow Brush ($1) – I already own a few ELF eye brushes and this particular one is a repurchase, as the ferule of one of my others came off after maybe a year of use. I love these brushes and they’re only $1, so it really doesn’t bother me that one of them broke on me.
4. Revlon ColorStay Under Eye Concealer in Light ($9.99) – I went back and forth trying to find a concealer that might be good for the eyes and for the face because a lot of my concealers from this past year are currently a bit dark for me. I kind of wanted to try the Revlon Age Defying concealer, but ultimately grabbed this one from the ColorStay line because I could actually see the shade inside the tube. Light is the second-lightest shade, and has turned out to be a really good shade match for me.
Sephora and drugstore purchases:
5. Rimmel Exaggerate Auto Waterproof Eye Definers in In the Nude and Rich Brown ($6.49) – The CVS website has these at $6.49 but I think I paid under $5 for each of them. I’ve never tried these before and I’m so happy with the quality of these. They’re retractable, have a smudgy sponge on the back, and really stick around on the waterline.
7. Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner ($5) in 07 Golden Sands – I love these little $5 eye and lip liners from Sephora, and I was just looking for an easy bronzy liner good for days when I’m not wearing a lot of makeup and don’t want anything too dark. It looks like the shade selection online is small and marked down to $3 – I hope they aren’t being discontinued?
8. Clinique Cheek Pop in Pink Pop ($21) – I already have and love Ginger Pop and Berry Pop from the initial launch, and Clinique has released a bunch of new shades for 2015. I want a whole bunch of them but limited myself to Pink Pop for now, which I’ve found looks great when I’m not really wearing any other color cosmetics on my face. It’s a beautiful, healthy color.
From left to right: ELF Smudge Pot in Brownie Points, Sephora Nano Liner in 07 Golden Sands, Rimmel liner in Rich Brown, Rimmel liner in In the Nude, Revlon ColorStay Under Eye Concealer in Light, ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit wax and powder, and Clinique Cheek Pop in Pink Pop.
And, here’s a quick look at how the color of Pink Pop (on the left) compares to Ginger Pop and Berry Pop.
10. Dream Steam toner tablet ($2.95) – Another favorite of mine (review), these are cheap but lovely treatments that help my skin look better. I steam my face by dropping the tablet in hot water, and then when that’s done I stick it in the fridge and use it as a toner for a couple of days. I bought two.
11. Ocean Salt face and body scrub ($21.95) – I was surprised at how expensive this one was, so I just bought the smaller pot to start with. It has a beautiful scent, and is a mixture of fine salt, course salt, and moisturizing ingredients like virgin coconut oil and avocado butter. I’ve been trying it out on my face (gently, because the course salt is kind of harsh) and thankfully it looks like it’ll last me a long time.
Two final skincare bits come from The Yeon, which is a Korean beauty store I discovered in Flushing, Queens. They sell their own products as well as products from a bunch of other companies like Too Cool for School and Innisfree (woo!!).
12. Banila Co. Clean It Zero ($21) – When I told a sales associate I was looking for a makeup remover, she showed me a few options and spoke highly of this one. Although I’ve never tried Banila Co. before I remembered hearing about this product online, so I was curious about it. This is a balm that quickly turns into an oil on the skin and emulsifies when water is introduced to rinse clean.
13. The Yeon Green Botanic Moisture Power sheet masks ($2) – I received two of these as free samples with my purchase, woo! These masks are formulated to moisturize, lift, and firm and the ingredients include panthenol, broccoli extract, cabbage leaf extract, honey, green tea seed oil, and cucumber extract. I don’t know if you can buy these online in the US, it might be an in-store sort of thing.
Have you tried any of these products? Have you bought any awesome products recently?