ColourPop 5 Million Instagram Followers Haul

Once again, ColourPop came out with a whole slew of new products (Pressed Powder Blushes, Pressed Powder Bronzers, Pressed Powder Highlighters, Crystal Liquid Highlighters, Crystal Setting Sprays, Crystal Priming Sprays, Crystal Lip Balms, Brow Products, Concealers, Makeup Brushes)!!!! What’s more, they even updated their website with more accurate photos (infinitely better than the previous ones, at least) of all their products! They also came out with some new shades in the Super Shock Shadows range. The Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on all their Liquid Lipsticks was still ongoing, as was the Free Empty Eyeshadow Palette you got with every purchase of 4 Pressed Powder Shadows. I wasn’t planning on placing yet another order… up until ColourPop hit 5 million followers on Instagram and they decided to celebrate by coming out with 5 Limited Edition products that you got for free (well, technically as a gift with purchase)!

We are celebrating reaching 5 million on Instagram with limited edition items for a grab bag starting tomorrow at 10am PST!
Fab Five Lippie Stix, Nine to Five Ultra Glossy, Take Five Ultra Matte, High Five Super Shock Highlighter, Party of Five Super Shock Shadow

Spend $10 + Get 1
Spend $25 + Get 2
Spend $40 + Get 3
Spend $55 + Get 4
Spend $70 + Get all 5

My order was $100 exactly, so I qualified for all 5 but didn’t get the Fab Five Lippie Stix so I’m assuming that they ran out of stock by then (my order was placed on August 30th). Despite that, it’s a really cool deal and I appreciate the fact that ColourPop are constantly coming up with new shades, all-new products, interesting collaborations, and all kinds of promotions! Basically, I love that ColourPop are always trying to keep things exciting!

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Debenhams Haul

Normally, I tend to avoid the perfume and makeup aisles at Debenhams (Soug Sharq) due to the overly aggressive sales assistants. The makeup people will literally yell out to me, from behind their designated booths, rattling off a list of things that I have no interest in, whatsoever. Even after politely declining, they’ll still keep going, completely disregarding my lack of interest. You might think, what’s the big deal? After declining the first few times, if they still continue, just ignore them. However, one of them (Filipina sales assistant) actually kept following me (from booth to booth), trying to convince me to go back to her counter. In the past, I’ve gotten so annoyed by this behavior that I’ve actually stormed out (without purchasing anything).

The perfume people aren’t any better. They keep shoving perfumes in my face, regardless of my preference. It’s more about them selling perfume from the brand that they’ve been assigned to, rather than what I’m actually interested in. They even interrupt and talk over each other in trying to get my attention. I just find this behavior so uncivilized and unsettling. Honestly, it makes me feel like I’m at some sort of street bazaar rather than a department store. As such, I tend to avoid the perfume and makeup counters at Debenhams.

So I was at Debenhams looking for a new swimsuit (but gave up after not being able to find anything cute enough) when I decided to check out the makeup department. It’s been forever and a day since my last visit and I was kinda’ curious to see what was new. I wasn’t planning on getting anything, really, but then I spotted some new Maybelline Baby Lips. I figured I could just get them later on from somewhere else, like Boots (they tend to have Buy Two Get One Free deals on Maybelline every now and then). However, once I spotted the Farsali Unicorn Essence, I knew I was going to end up doing some damage. There weren’t any deals going on at the time so I justified my purchase by only getting things I truly needed (lawl).

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MAC Faerie Whispers Collection

Let your innocence roam free. Transcend seasons with charmed hues inspired by the secret, wondrous world of fairies. Eyes flutter impishly in new Foiled Shadows, in luminous wet or dry shades that flicker like morning mist. Feathery pinks for cheeks brighten the day, imbuing you with a spritely glow. Cast a spell with rosy metallics for nails and pearl-lit nudes for lips, spinning glamour ’til the moon turns to sun.

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Makeup Revolution

I was delighted when I came across Makeup Revolution and its sister brands I Heart Makeup (which are known for their Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette dupes among other things) and Freedom at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at Mishref Fair Grounds (October-November). I’ve heard of those brands before but I wasn’t aware that they’ve already made it to the shores of Kuwait. There wasn’t a huge selection but everything looked quite cute! I picked up an Eyeshadow Palette (one of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar dupes), a Contouring Palette, two single Highlighters, a metallic Eyeshadow single and a Contour Brush. They even threw in a free Lipstick as a gift with purchase (gwp). I mean everything was super cute and super budget-friendly!

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H&M Cosmetics Haul

I went to H&M (Salmiya Branch) again in December because they were having a Buy Two Get One Free deal on cosmetics. I’ve always enjoyed H&M cosmetics because they’ve got a vast array of products and everything is so inexpensive! I’ve purchased so many of their face masks, scented wet-wipes, eyeshadow palettes, colored eyeliners, black liquid liner (which is amazing!), nail polishes, and so much more from them, in the past. In fact, I always used to purchase at least one pink-y lip gloss every single time I visited H&M. However, I stopped purchasing makeup-y bits from them because everything always looks so ratchet (severely picked over) now. Plus, I feel like they bumped up the prices. With that being said, I downloaded the AlShaya Privileges Club Application on my phone (which is supposed to tell me whenever any of the AlShaya Stores such as H&M, Victoria’s Secret, etc… are having some sort of “offer” which normally aren’t even that enticing). That’s how I found out about the Buy Two Get One Free deal on select cosmetics (not all). I wasn’t really in the mood to try anything on in the changing room so I only purchased another one of those stripe-y pajama pants, aside from all the makeup-y bits. Now on to the haulage…

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MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

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M•A•C captures the passion of samba in a shimmering colour collection pulsating with sensuality. Give in to the heat, beat and exotic glamour of shades that define desire. Be seduced by the lure of the Latin beat.

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Tropical Taboo was yet another mineralize collection which I couldn’t resist purchasing a whole bunch from, obvi. I got 2 Mineralize Skinfinishes (MSFs), 2 Mineralize Blushes, 3 Mineralize Eyeshadows. Continue reading

MAC Heavenly Creature Collection

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Discover a whole new, gorgeous galaxy of supernova shades. On the surface they look marbleized, but on the skin they blend for stunning celestial effects. The M·A·C Heavenly Creature colour collection features 4 Mineralize Skinfinishes and 4 Mineralize Blushes, orbited by 5 Lipsticks and 5 Cremesheen Glass.

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Clearly, I cannot resist MAC’s mineralize products. They’re just so unbelievably pretty and they really do look like cute little planets!

Galaxy Rose Cremesheen Glass (mid-tone violet pink) On my lips it’s less pinky and more mauve. Cremesheen Glasses are usually quite sheer with a very subtle yet buildable tint to them and this was no exception. I love the texture of Cremesheen Glasses. They’re so light, and airy, and best of all non-sticky. They kind of remind me of my favorite lipglosses, the discontinued Super Lustrous Lipglosses from Revlon which I’ve reviewed here.

Fire Sign (red pink, lustre finish) I figured this would be a good dupe for the Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick that I missed out on and I’m thankful to say that it is! Fire Sign is a delightful strawberry red and because it’s a lustre, it applies less opaquely than say an amplified finish lipstick. Normally I’m not a fan of darker colors that have a shine to them but this is glossy enough that it just works. Plus, if I wanted to, I can easily add more to get it to be more opaque. Plus, you know Sagittarius in da’ house, heeeeey!

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My little planets. Aren’t they darling? L-R: Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish, Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush, Supernova Mineralize Blush, Earthly Mineralize Eyeshadow, Magnetic Attraction Mineralize Eyeshadow

Center of the Universe Mineralize Skinfinish (coral with gold shimmer) The first stripe is a swatch of everything swirled together. The second stripe is a swatch of the gold part on the outer edges of the MSF. The last stripe is a swatch of the middle part. Obviously, I’m not going to sit there and apply this with a microscopic brush so the the first stripe is closest to the effect of what I get on my cheeks after swirling my stippling brush (which sheers it out even more) in it. The end result is a sweet, shimmery coral orange which I love! Again, if you want a more pigmented look, just wet your brush and dip it in there as even these MSFs can be used both wet and dry.

Ring of Saturn Mineralize Blush (terracotta and gold melange, frost finish) I managed to swatch the gold part on my pinky but unfortunately I couldn’t quite manage to get a clean swipe of the terracotta on my ring finger without picking up some of the gold (as you can tell from the photo). The first swatch is of the terracotta mixed in with the gold which is why I didn’t do a separate swatch of everything mixed together. It’s a gorgeous peachy pink with gold shimmer, which in my eyes is a darker, more pigmented version of Orgasm Blush by Nars. The second swatch, right next to it, is the gold part which is actually a pink which flashes gold. Even though it’s a beautiful duochrome, it’s also quite powdery with lots of fall-out. I know it might not look it from the swatches, but on me, it looks exactly like Deep Throat Blush from Nars.

Supernova Mineralize Blush (magenta and burnished gold, frost finish) The magenta shows up nicely, on my finger, in the swatch, on my cheeks. The “burnished gold” on the other hand, shows up as a tan on my finger, a peach in the swatch, and a coral on my cheeks. After swirling my stippling brush in Supernova, it applies as a straight up magenta with a slight sheen. In hindsight, it’s too similar to Her Blooming Cheek Blush from MAC (which I’ve reviewed here) for me to own both, especially since hot pinks, magentas, and fuchsias are not my thing. The first swatch is of the magenta part. The next swatch is the burnished gold part. Again, the burnished gold part is powdery and there was a lot of fall-out. Directly below them, I’ve swatched the magenta and burnished gold together light-handedly.

Here they are swatched side by side L-R: Supernova Blush, Ring of Saturn Blush, Center of the Universe MSF Supernova is a sheen-y magenta, Ring of Saturn is a gorgeous duochrome-y peachy pink, and Center of the Universe is a frosty golden orange.

Magnetic Attraction Mineralize Eyeshadow (Orange, pink, gold melange) With these mineralize eyeshadows, it’s easier to pick and choose which colors you want to be more dominant, by using a smaller eyeshadow brush but oh my ‘lanta! This really is a beaut! Does it not remind you of a sunset? I’m talking strictly color-wise. I attempted to swatch the swirls seperately but that wasn’t happening (fat finger syndrome) so that’s why in the first photo you can see the yellow swatched in the center of all that copper. They just look so pretty together!

Earthly Mineralize Eyeshadow (beige, peach, cool brown melange) In the swatches, this looks like one of those gorgeous glow-y neutrals which as you all should know by now, is my favorite! I truly was expecting a sandy tan. Continue reading to find out what it looks like…

L-R Magnetic Attraction Eyeshadow, Earthly Eyeshadow The first shot is a closeup of both of them so you can see how beautifully shimmery they are. Magnetic Attraction is a cute peachy pink whereas Earthly is a gorgeous taupe-y lilac with multi-colored shimmer. I believe I can even use Magnetic Attraction as a blush, if I felt so inclined. F.Y.I. On most people, Magnetic Attraction is copper and Earthly is brown. Like I said before, the overall outcome depends on the veining you get and which veins/swirls/stripes you swipe your brush through. Again, these can be used dry (as I’ve swatched them) or wet (for deeper pigmentation).

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Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. Yes, I did actually haul 3 because I can never find these and I’m obsessed with exfoliation products. I’ve reviewed this in the previews post (here).