I've recently fallen in love with cream stick highlighters and it's all due to the Pony Effect Makeup Arti-stick Highlighter in Dream-Like. It officially moved me from loving liquid highlighters to creams. I bought this in one of the sets that included the Pony Effect Pebble Blender and Mirage Highlighter in Lucid Dream, which is also one of my favorite highlighters to use. The Arti-stick in Dream-Like retails for $28 by itself and contains 10 grams of product.
I'm a pretty avid YouTube watching and one of my favorites to watch is HeyClaire (channel here)! I was on the fence about the Bite Beauty Multisticks, but Claire's stamp of approval motivated me to purchase some as well. I planned an all day date with my boyfriend recently and since we were going to do so many things, I wanted to do an initial easy look for the majority of the day and then add a bit more drama for the night. The Multisticks seemed like the perfect choice for me to use and it also meant less products to pull out or touch up!
I recently really wanted/needed to repurchase Lush Oatifix and decided to pick up some other things as well. My skin has been feeling dry and the masks I currently have in my collection weren't really cutting it. I mean, I do have facial oils and moisturizers I really enjoy but sometimes you just want to spoil yourself with a nice mask. I know that there are some mixed feelings about Lush Skincare, but a lot of their things do work well on my skin.
I've been watching Serein Wu (blog / YouTube) and one of my favorite series from her channel is Makeup Bag Monday. Lately, I've been overwhelmed with the amount of makeup I have and I thought this was a great way to combine testing new additions to my collection and also shopping my stash. I'm still planning on doing lengthy full reviews that go more in depth, but those take up so much time sometimes that new products I've purchased have already become old news in the blogging world. With these kind of posts, I'll be able to give quicker reviews and can always expand later on if people are interested in my longer reviews. I am going to do these every other week though instead of once a week so that I can still do other kind of posts since I only post two-three times a week anyway.
For this post, I'll be featuring Colourpop, Holika Holika, Milani, Hourglass, and Essence!
Kimberly Clark (YouTube Channel Here) has started a real big trend - Anti Hauls! If you haven't heard of her before, her videos are great and she's now become the voice in my head when I want to buy something. As mentioned here and there, my spending has gotten out of control and so I also wanted to start doing Anti Hauls to almost convince myself out of buying more things. I have nothing against these brands and products, but sometimes I just need a reminder that just like my life, my room is a mess.
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
I've purchased the Gleam Glow Kit and I rarely reach for it. Not because it's bad, but because I just have too many highlighters and the packaging is a bit bulky. I do have magnetic palettes, but most of these are already full of eye shadows. Honestly, this palette does speak to me so much! The pinky shades that I always gravitate to and lovely bronze shades that would definitely make me feel like a glowy bronzey goddess! If I didn't already have a Glow Kit and an abundant of highlighters, I would've immediately snatched up this palette. I've also heard that the previous 6 pan Glow Kit wasn't that great and that definitely helped me curb my "need" to get this palette.
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette
I swear, I'm not trying to pick on Anastasia Beverly Hills or something. I think that this palette is a great idea and I'm loving all the color combos I've seen using this Lip Palette. For an average makeup user, this might be too much and it'll be hard to recreate an lip color favorites if you're trying to customize the color. I already have a lip palette that I actually do like from Pony Effect (sent from Memebox and the review is here), but I rarely even reach for that because I don't want to go through the hassle of creating a color in the mornings. It'll also be hard to reapply the shade if I don't pre-mix something in the morning. For a makeup artist, I can totally see this working wonderfully. It's just not for me.
3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst
Oh Becca, you make the most gorgeous highlighters but this one just isn't for me. I feel like the shade is very on trend right now since everyone and their moms have been releasing duo-chrome and non-neutral highlighter shades. I almost got this shade, but then I remembered that I barely even use the current Becca highlighters I have in my collection. Again, not because I have something against the brand or their products, but I just have other highlighters I like more. I do sometimes use Topaz on top of bronzers or Opal very slightly dusted over my cheekbones, but not that often. Amethyst is actually my birth stone and that was also the other reason why I really really wanted this highlighters, but when am I going to ever wear an Amesthyst highlighter. I don't even use goldish highlighters and that's the type of highlighter shade that almost everyone loves and says is universally flattering.
....Now that I just talked about Topaz and Opal, I might actually break them out again because they are gorgeous. Maybe I'll include it in my next Makeup Bag Monday post!
4. Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub
I absolutely love the regular Dior Addict Lip Glow in Pink. I've mentioned it everywhere and I always have one in my collection. I'm trying to push off opening my current new tube while I'm trying to test out and go through some other tinted balms and lipsticks though. This Lip Sugar Scrub though. Who the heck needs a $33 lip scrub?! I thought it was interesting, but again... why? There are millions of other amazing lip scrubs including DIY versions that are so affordable. I watched a review where a YouTuber said it was also moisturizing and gave a tint like the Lip Glow, but I would rather just spend $10 on a Lush Lip Scrub and then $33 on the regular balm. The edges of my lips are also sometimes dry and I would not want this stick lip scrub going over my lip lines in case that area gets tinted as well.
5. Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Highlighter
Oh boy. This is something I've been really really wanting ever since I saw it on the Sephora website. Honestly, I would get it if I didn't already have 2/3 shades from this palette. I bought the contour duo that includes Candlelight and also bought Sunlight during my "BUY EVERY SHIMMERY BRONZE SHADE" phase a few weeks ago. Starlight is the only thing I'm missing and will eventually buy as a single and so this "palette" was an easy pass. I'm kind of assuming that the quality is the same in this product as the individual shades and if they are, holy moly. I would recommend it to others who don't already have these shades! The neapolitan aspect of this product might be hard to work with, but all of the shades are pretty sheer and already look gorgeous in the pan and so I feel like it'll still look great if a bit of another shade gets mixed in. For me, this is an easy pass.
6. Scented MAC Sized To Go Prep + Prime Fix+
I almost bought all the scents just because of hype. Even though I have dry skin, I don't super like facial sprays. I go light with powders as well and so I usually don't need something to fuse powders with my base and things like that. I do actually have the regular Fix+ and do like it, but it's one of those things that I'll just use it if it's on hand. If anything, I mostly use it to dampen my brushes a bit to foil my eyeshadows. I really don't need scented sprays to do that. The mini of the scented version and the mini of the original version are the same price with the same amount of product and so it might be worth of a try if you haven't tried it out and like the fragrances.
I feel like this was a pretty tame Anti Haul. I've also gotten less sassy since one of my coworkers left and so I might have to work on that.
What are you currently not hauling? Did you or do you want to get any of these products?
*Photos were pulled from Sephora and Nordstrom's websites
Sugarpill released the #FelineFancy limited edition set for Valentine's Day this year and it included a palette with four new shades and a new Liquid Lipstick in Strange Love. I'm quite a fan of red/pink shades and their eyeshadow and lipstick formulas so I was very excited when the promo pictures of this set was released. The whole set retails for $48 dollars and can be found on the Sugarpill website.