Teeez Cosmetics

Has anyone actually seen or heard of this brand before? I was at Mishref Fair Grounds (October) when I came across the Teeez Cosmetics booth and because it was my first time ever seeing this brand, I decided to pick up one thing to try out from them (but you know how that goes, and I ended up with three instead) regardless of how expensive this brand was. I mean it wasn’t Chanel expensive but their price point was higher than MAC‘s… if that makes any sense. Honestly, the wacky packaging is what drew me in, but the gorgeous shades is what made me actually buy.

I picked up a single Lipbalm and two Eyeshadows.

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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 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 The Matte Lip Collection

The Matte Lip Collection consisted of 22 Lipsticks (some new and some repromotes) to be added to the permanent line. Most of them had a matte finish, but a few had a retro matte finish. I purchased some online ($16.00 a pop) and some in-store (KD 8/750 a pop).

Tropic Tonic – full power coral (matte finish) *new*
All Fired Up – bright fucshia matte (retro matte finish)
Whirl – dirty rose (matte finish) *new*
Studded Kiss – dark oxblood red (matte finish)
Matte Royal – deep blue (matte finish) *new*

Velvet Teddy – deep-tone beige (matte finish) not shown
Pink Pigeon – bright cleanest pink (matte finish) already owned (here)
Please Me – muted rose tinted pink (matte finish) already owned (here)

L-R Tropic Tonic, All Fired Up, Whirl, Studded Kiss, and Matte Royal
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MAC Barking Gorgeous Mineralize Rich Lipstick

(Wo)man’s best friend is barking up the right tree in a well-groomed collection of new canine-inspired hues from M·A·C, featuring luscious, buttery fur tones, gold-spun sculpting powders, and regal berries for lips. From aristocratic to collars-off cool, shades of every pooch are perched to prime your every mood. With Haute Dogs, you’ll be lapping up accolades as best in show!

I died laughing when I first saw this! The Haute Dogs Collection has one of the funniest themes ever from MAC, in my humble opinion. I mean even the name of the collection, Haute Dogs = Hot Dogs Oh, the lulz. This was a pretty big collection, consisting of 5 Mineralize Rich Lipsticks, 4 Mineralize Glass (glosses), 2 Lip Pencils, 4 Fluidlines, 3 Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads, 2 Mineralize Skinfinishes, 4 Sculpting/Shaping Powders, 3 Nail Lacquers, and 4 Makeup Brushes (mix and match of permanent and limited edition items) and most of those had pretty funny names too like Labradorable (lipstick), Dressed to K9s (gloss), and Very Important Poodle (nail polish). Let’s not forget the pièce de résistance, that promo pic (see first photo). I just can’t stop giggling! I’m pretty sure they were trying to recreate the success of Fabulous Felines but while that collection evoked images of grace, elegance, and beauty, Haute Dogs just comes across as goofy yet hilarious!
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MAC Little Buddha Cremesheen Pearl Lipstick

Cremesheen Pearl, the shimmering twist on a M∙A∙C classic, is back with a brilliant bang. Cremesheen Lipstick and Cremesheen Glass, both infused with pearlized pigments, are available in 15 new Asian-inspired shades. Prominent pinks, radiant reds and contemporary corals glow strikingly against all skin tones with a finish that leaves lips luminous and decidedly lacquered. With foolproof colour coverage and gleamingly creamy gloss, this eye-catching update to Cremesheen is the new yin and yang for your lips.

As a teenager, I’ve always had very strong opinions about French Manicures, Pearls, Animal Print, Polka-Dots, and Gold. I thought they were extremely tacky, and so I avoided them like the plague. Over the years, I’ve slowly been warming up to some of the things I just listed, especially if they come in unexpected colors. For example, when I was in Thailand (I believe we were on an day-tour to Phi Phi Island) I purchased a pearl necklace from the open-air street vendor because the pearls were a dark gray (almost metallic) which I thought was pretty cool and unexpected. The point of all that was, aside from the pearly nail polish (which wasn’t even part of the collection) the promo pics of the Cremesheen Pearl Collection did absolutely nothing for me. I took one look and thought “Pass”. The Asian-inspired shade names however were everything to me! Based on my love for Anime, Manga, RPGs, Japanese Movies, Japanese Snacks, Japanese Makeup, Japanese Skincare, Korean Dramas, K-pop, Korean Contact Lenses, Korean Skincare, Korean Makeup, and everything pertaining to Japan and Korea, I just had to get at least one thing from this collection. Unfortunately, with names like Nippon (creamy mid-tone coral pink), Koi Coral (pale peachy nude), Little Buddha (bright peachy pink), Tokyo Tizzy (bright yellow-orange), Obi Orange (intense clean reddish orange), Pretty Boy (intense pink coral), Sweet Sakura (true red with soft gold pearl), I kinda’ wanted them all.

After much deliberation, I narrowed it down to Little Buddha and Pretty Boy. I know a lot of people don’t like the cremesheen finish on MAC lipsticks, but it actually happens to be my favorite! However, I wasn’t quite sure about this new cremesheen pearl finish. As such, after messing around with those two in-store, I decided to go with a shade that I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of, regardless of how badly it performed. I purchased Little Buddha for KD 8/750 at MAC (Avenues branch).


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