Mar 28 2018

#TreatYoSelf 2018 – A Recent Haul!

Friday before I had my baby, I went into Target for a taco kit, and Ulta to see if they had the Too Faced Life’s a Festival eye palette.

Yeah…I went home with a LOT more than those two things!

But seriously who ever goes into Target for one thing and leaves with just that ONE thing?! I walked around so much I had to sit down by the time I reached the shoe aisles.

Anyway!

I never really “haul” anything, except at trade shows.  I usually get one or two things I’ve been eyeing or that I need. But there’s definitely an excitement about doing a haul, about adding things to your bag you would normally restrain yourself from buying.

I have no regrets! And I decided to share with you what I picked up!

Target

At Target I focused on two brands: Profusion Beauty and Pixi.

I got an email from Profusion’s PR, learning that the brand was landing at Target. Since I was about to have my baby I didn’t want to commit to cosmetic samples and reviews, so when I saw the display at my local Target, I decided to pick up a couple things on my own to test out, because my interest was piqued!

The packaging of the products varies; the Strobe & Glow palette I picked up has a nice, heavy weighted plastic/acrylic case. The blush palette is plastic and cardboard-like material on the outside and a plastic pane in the middle of the front. Not really impressive but the brand is a more affordable, lower price point and I reserve my judgement for any makeup product until I’ve had an opportunity to use what’s inside!

There was a highlighting kit that I wanted but the only one they had in stock had been played with extensively by another customer.

I’ve worked with Pixi by Petra for years, but couldn’t wait to see if I would receive samples of any of their new makeup launches for spring. I had to try them! Things were pretty picked over, not surprisingly, but I was able to get a couple things I had eyed!

I picked up one of their new collaboration pieces with Dulce Candy, a multi-use face palette called Sweet Glow. I used the entire middle row in a look recently, and loved not only the color deposited but the glow.

I also picked up the two Glow-y Goassamer Duos in Delicate Dew and Subtle Sunrise. Have I ever mentioned how much I love highlighters? I love highlighters. And I love Pixi.

Ulta

I looked in the Ulta app and saw that a local Ulta I hadn’t been to yet had the Too Faced Life’s a Festival palette in stock. It’s not far from the Target I was at, so I hit it up.

When I walked in I was blown away. This Ulta just opened in November, and the displays were nice. The store is huge. There were brands on display I’d never seen in an Ulta (although I understand Ulta is in the process of updating their brands in-store, anyway). I picked up the palette as soon as I walked in (it was on a special display), and sprung for a bottle of the Festival Refresh Spray, and a Mystical Effects Lipstick in Angel Tears, too. Then I walked almost every inch of the store and did more damage.

I also picked up:

That Laura Geller lipstick swatched so beautifully and is this gorgeous plum and blue duochrome metallic lipstick. I could not resist it.

I’ve been eyeing the NYX Born to Glow! highlighter in Stand Your Ground for a while, but couldn’t find it in stock. I found one left at this Ulta and snatched it up.

I Dew Care Mini Meow Trio was a total spontaneous purchase. I admit, I like how the masks look iridescent and fun. But I genuinely wanted to try all three and as I debated which one I wanted to take home, I spotted the sample set and it was a quick win.

The Colorista 1-day Color spray is something I’d been wanting to pick up for a while, as well, as I already have a purple one. I love the flexibility of using the sprays to have color on my hair when I want to but not everyday.

The Morphe 3502 palette has been calling my name for a while what with its bold reds and oranges, browns and neutrals in a variety of finishes. I couldn’t resist the call any longer.

Finally, I spotted the Caption nail polish remover and noticed it’s a thicker “concentrated cream,” and I was intrigued. I’ll definitely need to give this a go on glitter.

I had been saving a bit of Christmas money, so while this was a haul, and way more than I ever usually spend, the gift money I used brought the total down to a more typical “Ulta cost” for me.

I haven’t had a chance to try everything yet, but what I have tried, I love! No regrets. I was in a position to splurge because I’d had Christmas money left, and I’m glad I did it!

Have you hauled recently? Do you do this often or once in a blue moon like me?!

  • Yvette Price

    Great haul! That Morphe palette is awesome!!!

  • Natoya

    Amazing haul! I love anything by Pixi

  • Ehmkay Nails

    I’m torn on the Festival palette. Too Faced has it on sale right now. Do I grab it?! TELL ME! lol!

  • http://polishedlifting.com Courtney B

    What a fun haul!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks!

  • http://glamorable.com/ Anastasia

    That’s a fab haul! I’ve been loving the latest PIXI releases.

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too, I did get the PR samples and everything swatches so nice

  • http://www.25sweetpeas.com 25 Sweetpeas

    That morphe looks great!!

    • BeautyJudy

      I can’t wait to use it!!

  • Kristi Vasquez

    I’m loving the palettes of PIXI shades – so pretty! And I totally agree – we go in with 2 items planned for Target and come out with a shopping cart and our wallets a few hundred dollars lighter!!

    • BeautyJudy

      I have no self control in Target, lol! Last time I went I sadder up at the Starbucks for a drink and took my jacket off. I knew I wasn’t just getting one thing lol

  • Jen Sky Walker

    Arrrggggg! My Target doesn’t carry Profusion, and it irritates me since I really want to try several things from the brand.

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s a bummer!!! I need to find another Target that has the highlighting kit I wanted!

  • Declare Your Heart of Gold Blo

    I LOVE this. The Too Faced products all look amazing. Also, I have this Morphe palette and I absolutely LOVE it!!

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s one of the things I haven’t tried, the Morphe palette, I can’t wait!!

  • Phyrra Nyx

    Wow, amazing haul!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com

    Festival Refresh sounds like it would be good during summer!

    • BeautyJudy

      Yes agreed. The glow it gives is great for all seasons though!

  • marciaf

    What great buys. I’d be thrilled to come home with a haul like that. I haven’t hauled at all lately other than nail polish which I can’t seem to stop buying. But I promised I’d use my Christmas palettes before anything new came into my life. I wonder how much longer I can hold out.

    • BeautyJudy

      I have a feeling I’m going to do some damage in the next Polish Pickup!!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    That’s quite a haul–call it a PUSH haul!

    • BeautyJudy

      Haha yes! A push present to myself!!

  • http://www.notesfrommydressingtable.com/ Erika

    Nice haulage! I want to get that Pixi eye palette, so much and I also like the look of some of the Too Faced new things. Enjoy your new pretties.

    • BeautyJudy

      The Pixi palette is a versatile face palette, I have only used them as blush and highlight but can’t wait to use some as shadows!!!

  • http://www.ourexternalworld.com Shilpa

    Wow! Awesome haul, you just tempted me so much!!!!

    • BeautyJudy

      Uh oh! Sorry to be a bad influence lol!!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    OMG, you win! That’s the most amazing haul ever, but you deserve it! Eager to see a swatch of the TF palette and thee setting spray. How lucky that there’s a new Ulta near you! The one near me is older and small. The news ones are amazing, places where I could literally spend the day!

    • BeautyJudy

      Splurging felt amazing. I have to say I love everything so far except one thing (I’m not giving spoilers lol!) that TF spray is one of my favorites – I’m going back to get a back-up bottle, I love it that much! I hope your Ulta gets an overhaul!