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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Colourpop Haulage

My first order ever from Colourpop was in November 2016. I accidentally titled that haul Black Friday when it should’ve been titled Cyber Monday. I felt like I was getting a good deal that I just couldn’t pass up which is why I placed my first order with Colourpop during Cyber Monday. I put in a second order with Colourpop before the first one had even arrived, in December 2016. Once again, they were having some kind of deal going on. If you purchased $100 worth of products, you got $25 off your next purchase (coupon code to be received via e-mail a week or so after your order ships). My third order (this one) was placed in January 2017 using the coupon code I’d received from my previous order. At this point, I’d played around with some of the Colourpop stuff I’d already purchased so I had a better feel for what would work for me.

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theBalm Cosmetics Haulage

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Colourpop Haul

Before my first order had even arrived, Colourpop were having yet another really good deal on their website and so I decided to take advantage of it and quickly placed my second order with them.

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Al Mansour Collective Haul

Once I spotted the Al Mansour Booth at the Perfume and Makeup Exhibition, I cautiously approached the booth. Why cautiously? Because Al Mansour (mentioned previously – here) sold everything from L.A. Girl, LASplash, Milani, Deborah, etc… basically all the drugstore brands (read: inexpensive products). Now that every single girl in the world has joined the darkside (read: has turned into a makeup junkie of sorts) the ones in Kuwait have quickly sussed out that Al Mansour sells great products at a relatively inexpensive price. In case you missed it, basically it means their booth is now always swarmed by women and consequentially men who are trying to “pick up” said women, much to my dismay. I can understand the hand-holding couple who are so in love that they can’t bear the thought of being apart even for a second and I actually kinda’ think it’s cute! I can understand the grumpy older husband being dragged by his much younger and consequentially much hotter wife to these things. I can understand the gay guy whose brow game is so next level it hurts, browsing the same brow products shelf as I am and sizing me up (or my brows, more accurately) as I do the same to him, like two samurai warriors acknowledging each other as worthy adversaries before they do battle. I can understand the younger men sent by their significant others (who for whatever reason couldn’t make it) and shopping on their behalf. I understand the men who are there to purchase Oud and such from the neighboring booths. I cannot however understand the fully grown men who gather on the outskirts of these makeup booths just to leer at women. Aside from being creepy AF they also create an obstruction to the already narrow pathways and add unnecessary participants to an already large crowd!!!! *end rant*

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MAC Sized To Go Collection

I’m completely obsessed with the MAC Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (reviewed – here), and MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ (hauled – here) and since I’ve had such good experiences with the few skincare items that I’ve tried from MAC, I really wanted to branch out and start using their other skincare items, but I was hesitant on purchasing a full-sized item, lest it turn out to be like the Complete Comfort Creme (hauled – here) which was okay but nothing special, and consequentially ended up expiring before I got to use it all up.

Once again, I placed another order (little did I know that it was going to be my final order) on the official MAC website (before this happened) and picked up a few travel-sized products at $10 a pop and got to pick out free deluxe samples. Can you guess which is which from looking at the photo?
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MAC In Extra Dimension Collection

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Introducing a new liquid-powder hybrid formula with prismatic reflections that instantly sculpts, highlights and models the face to the desired effect – extra dimension. Two formulas to try: the three shades of Extra Dimension Skinfinish and the ten shimmering tints of Extra Dimension Eye Shadow. This cool, creamy, silky, near-fluid formula creates a luminous, visually arresting, well-defined finish. With the flawless, deft application of the 234 Split Fibre Eye Blending Brush and the 128 Split Fibre Cheek Brush, these are your mediums. SHARE YOUR FUTURE.

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Extra Dimension Skinfinish? Extra Dimension Eyeshadow? Near-fluid formula? Liquid-powder hybrid? I love my Mineralize products just fine but that didn’t mean I wasn’t super excited to try out the all new Extra Dimension products. I mean, what the heck is an Extra Dimension supposed to mean (makeup-wise) anyway? It all sounded so very hi-tech if not sci-fi. The last time I was this intrigued by a MAC product was when they released the Magically Cool Liquid Powder several years ago.

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I wanted to buy every single product in this collection but instead, I played it safe and just chose one item; an Extra Dimension Skinfinish in the shade Whisper of Gilt (Light, soft white gold with shimmery sheen, metallic finish). I love glowy highlighters so this was a no-brainer and the name was cute as well (as I’ve mentioned before, I like names that include some sort of play on words). I was expecting this to be creamy but instead it was dry yet silky and incredibly pigmented and metallic looking even without the use of Fix+ or water. The last few photos are of Whisper of Gilt blended out. Notice how sheen-y and glowy it looks. I was worried that it’d be too metallic but as you can see, it’s sheer enough that my veins are showing. I highly, highly recommend Extra Dimension Skinfinishes.