This month has been really nice for my wallet because there were sales left and right, so I was able to enjoy more for my buck. I shopped at elf, cherryculture, sally's, target, etc. I am enjoying what time I have left of having a little disposable income because Felix is coming soon, and I know that I will gravitate towards the diaper aisle instead of the lipstick aisle. Then, ironically, I know that I will go back to the lipstick aisle because he will have done something horrible to my lipstick. But that is a story for the future.
Here is what I bought at Cherryculture (free shipping for all orders!):
NYX lippies in
These lippies are really lovely in texture, pigmentation, and color range. Unfortunately, some of the colors I chose were wayyy too vibrant and pink for me, so I passed them on to my cool-toned friend. I love the price at $2, and next time they have another sale, I will get some more (right now they are having a sale, but I have reached my limit).
I also decided to try out some of the Wild 'n Crazy shadows. I had bought a matte black shade before, and I have been really happy with the pigmentation and staying power. I had also heard great reviews on them, so I decided to explore the other colors. I bought Ocean in Mood, Sassy Diva, Magic Purple, and Rosy Jubilee. Overall, these are really pretty shadows with a nice amount of pigmentation. I have just swatched them, so I will be sure to dedicate a full on review and look with them. The shadows range from $1.50 to $2.00, steal!
To top off the order, I got an Amuse palette. The pigmentation is great, but the shades are very, very shimmery, so I don't know how often I will grab this.
ELF haul (free shipping)
I bought all of the $1 brushes. Overall, I have been pleased with the quality of the brushes. There are a couple that are blah, but the majority of the eye brushes are great. I am also loving the big powder brush for a light application blush.
I also purchased the flat top powder brush from the studio line, which is $3. This is a gem. Super soft, super dense, great for foundation application. There is a chemical smell, but I have read that the smell dissipates after several washings. I think I will get another one, when another free shipping sale is offered.
In addition, I bought several lip pencils and lip glosses in ruby kiss, cherry tart, ruby slippers, pink lemonade, and maple sugar. I also bought a kit at Ross for $4.99 (saved a penny). The kit contained the smudge sponge, eyelash curler, dual-ended mascara in regular and waterproof black, black eyeliner, and a quad. The quad shadows are surprisingly nice for $1. Oh, and my Target has decided to bring back Elf, so now I don't have to wait to order it online, yay!
Avon (lippies for $2.99)
I got three ultra rich lippies in Berry, Berry Nice, Sheer Mocha, and Wineberry. They are lovely!Berry, Berry Nice; Sheer Mocha; Wineberry
MAC (no sale, this was a true treat! The scholar bought this)
I received the undupable 217 brush, and boy am I in love with this friggin' brush. I have been trying to find a dupe for it for a very long time, but I have not had luck, so the scholar gave me this. I also bought studiofix fluid foundation in NC40. I am really enjoying the goodies.
A ton of Sally Girl eyeshadows, several nail polishes ($.89 with the sally card), and several hair care products that I will review in due time.
Makeup Forever Mist and Fix spray (travel size to try out), and I got the beauty insider birthday gloss set
Arbonne (I went to a friend's party)
Baby Rash cream
Dual Volume Mascara in black. This was a splurge, but I am glad I splurged because I really, really like the mascara.
Oh, and I have an Ulta giftcard that I have yet to burn through (thanks, Nanni)
Overall, it was a great birthday. I have a baby on the way, I was able to relax, and I was able to take advantage of several sales. Yay!
Now, I shall be on a "you-better-think-long-and-hard-before-buying" buy.
Let me know if you would like any swatches or reviews on the products!