Collective Vacation Haul: Nars Laguna Liquid Bronzer… And What The Hell Do I Do With It?

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I saw swatches of this online and I fell in love with it. I was all oohhh, liquid bronzer, yeah! I saw it swatched on fair skinned girls, medium skinned girls and dark skinned girls, each time it looked not only fabulous, but a wee bit sparkly and I am a toddler. Clearly people have been playing with the Photoshop and it’s knockoffs cause this…? 

Nars Laguna Bronzer is an iconic product. Everyone swears by it. As a darker skinned chick, you know bronzers are tricky, and since I’m by no means a Nars aficionado, I thought since everyone my complexion, lighter and in between loves this stuff… Ok, let’s break it down.

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New For Fall 2016: Kiko Milano Neo Noir Collection

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Autumn is officially here. In makeup land anyway. It seems like every year the new collections debut earlier and earlier, soon we’ll be having Autumn in June, which you know, won’t suck because I tend to prefer the Fall offerings anyway cause the colour schemes are generally the ones that I prefer, because yes, I am a boring bitch.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Laura Mercier

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These are some of the items that I got from MUABS.com. The seller, Brenda aka Omgmakeup, sells only new items at a fraction of the cost. There are actually a few sellers on the site for whom it’s a business and they only sell new makeup. When I’ve purchased stuff from the site I usually only purchase from Omgmakeup and Nya90. Because let’s get real, this is a makeup site for deeply discounted makeup, and I get that the others are also selling new items, but if I wanted to pay full price, I’d just go to Sephora. Use this link for omgmakeup’s MUABS shop and this one for Nya90. I’ve purchased from both a few times and each time I haven’t been disappointed with my stuff when I get it. In all from Omgmakeup I spent $142 for $283 worth of brand new items, cause this wasn’t the only thing that I got from her shop. So yeah, MUABS is a good place to find bargains, you just have to be careful of the scammers cause there are some, always use PayPal and you’re covered.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Illamasqua Vanitas Rose Gold Collection.

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For some reason I don’t see a lot of people reviewing Illamasqua. It’s probably because it’s super expensive and there’s no place to buy in the states. But I think I mentioned before if you buy something from Illamasqua.com and it hits a hundred dollars, (which ain’t hard in the least) you get your order in two days cause they ship it express. I didn’t however, purchase this from the Illamasqua site cause I dithered around so much that Beauty Bay finally got it in stock, and the deal was too good to pass up despite the fact that unless you spend like $400 on BB you’re gonna get your stuff in 13 days the end, unless you pay thirty dollars for express.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Kiss & Blush Palette.

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Who else was excited when this baby dropped?! Cream blushes from Tarte? Yaaaassss! You guys know that I’m obsessed with the Rainforest collection because of the packaging, and this was no different. The five cream blushes and one highlighter are housed in beautiful round golden compact, with a full sized mirror and the most gorgeous painted lid. The names aren’t printed on the interior of the compact but rather the back.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation & Colour Correcting Primer.

 

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You know how I’m always on about how Hourglass doesn’t really cater to dark skin beyond a certain point, so the brand was permanently, sorta off my radar? Well, Hourglass came through. Clearly someone over at head office has been listening to not only the criticism of Hourglass itself, but to the uproar from brown girls and allies in the beauty community about the absolute lack of representation and colour choices available in everything from foundation to blush and beyond. I mean there’s always been grumbling, but in the last few months black girls were like “um…you can’t fug wit me? Cool, I can’t fug wit you either”. When I say they came through, they did so like the Roman army, they conquered, put down stakes and made the scene their own. 26 shades people. 26. Their new Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation comes in 26 shades of awesome that range from the very lightest to the very darkest, and undertones for all! Got peachy undertones (raises hand)? Got golden undertones (raises hand again cause weird), got red, olive or neutral undertones? Not to worry, they got you. And for once, brown girls aren’t saddled with just neutral or red undertones in their foundation, the undertone process is very democratic, and we finally have more than two shades to choose from. From a mainstream brand, this is kinda huge ya’ll.

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Collective Vacation Haul: Too Faced La Matte Lipsticks.

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So we’re starting off with the simplest things to review. I actually hauled these in an Ulta store in Williamsburg. My youngest niece, the one I call My Kid cause if I’d given birth to her she couldn’t look or act more like me, was in one of her funky moods one day. When she’s like that she only wants to be around me for some reason, I don’t get it, I mean I’m not even very nice most days. She decided to stay home with me and I didn’t feel like staying in the house so we went exploring to find some beauty. She’s also the one that’s been picking some of my favourite makeup items since she was four, which I find really ironic because she’s a stereotypical tomboy. Exactly like I was at her age come to think of it.

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Collective Vacation Haul. 

I didn’t tell you guys that I was going on vacation did I? I realised that somewhere in the middle of last week and totally intended to rectify it, but then I happened. It was a family vacation, kinda huge, very noisy and child filled. Because it seemed we had every single child over the age of three with us, someone decided that it would be a good idea to visit historic Williamsburg and rented a huge three story monster and there still wasn’t enough room for all of us. Beyond what I consider the very problematic idea that is a theme park loosely based on the colonial era, I hate amusement parks, but I couldn’t very well get out of going cause family.

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New For Summer BH Cosmetics Products!

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I’m really restless today. As I’m writing this it’s all can do to not bolt up from my seat and run around screaming. The coffee isn’t helping. So if this at times makes little sense, that’s the reason. I usually write the three posts for the coming week on Sunday mornings. That is so not happening today, hell it took me three tries to do this one post. So yeah…

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The Last Of The Ulta Birthday Haul! Picture Heavy.

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For the last of it all I got a bunch of Makeup Revolution stuff cause let’s face it, wee bit obsessed. Oh yeah and they were all blush. The one other thing that I did get that wasn’t MR was a lipstick from Soap & Glory. I had really intended to get all S&G, but when I went into the store I was really meh when I saw all the things in person. My twelve year old niece also almost convinced me to get a bunch of the new UD lipsticks, but I stuck to my drugstore guns.

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Another Kiko Milano Haul

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What can I say? I like the brand and this is what I wanted for my birthday. Plus, I knew if I waited patiently some of the things that I wanted from early summer releases would eventually go on sale, and oh baby have they ever! To the tune of over 50% off both the Artist and Lovegrove collections are now on sale. I flirted with the idea of getting a lot more stuff, since over the July 4th weekend, they also had an additional 30% off coupon, but in the end I decided to go ahead and just get the things that I really really wanted, everything else can wait. I also picked up three items from the new Beauty Games collection, there were more items that I wanted from that collection, but I decided to go ahead and get the things that had the highest sell-out probability, I’m not doing a review on those today either, I’ll wait till I get the rest of the items that I want.

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Dupe Alert! L’Oreal Liquid Lumi Highlighter vs. Becca Liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors.

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These were part of my birthday haul from Ulta, I wound up getting both because at the time Ulta was doing their buy one get one 50% off on most drugstore lines. Like I said I mostly hauled drugstore stuff cause for some reason that’s what I was in the mood for this year. The highlighters are bomb though, so I’m really glad I got them.

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Finally! Every Single Colour of BH Liquid Lipsticks That I’ve Wanted And Then Some

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Do you guys have any idea how long I’ve been stalking the BH cosmetics site for all the shades to come back into stock?!?

I mean they’re friggin unicorns! New shades would debut and then all the old shades that I wanted would  be out of stock with crazy three month re-stock dates. Finally, when I did my usual summer haul of new products, all of the shades including the new ones were in stock and I got the nine shades that I really wanted. But truth be told, I should have just gotten all of them because wow!

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Ole Henriksen Skincare Try-out

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Like I told you guys, I’ve been really happy with my current crop of Influenster VoxBoxes. I was probably the most stoked when I got this baby in the mail. Ole Henriksen is one of those brands that people rave over constantly. It’s lauded for it’s clean organic ingredients and also for how well the products supposedly work. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but I’ve been wanting to dabble for a bit. I like when my skincare comes to me like this rather than me having to work for it, yeah we all know I’m lazy.

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