Small Spring Haul

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Here is a small drugstore/ high-end/ online haul. It’s the first haul on this blog. I thought I’d share a couple of my purchases from yesterday with you.

I forgot to put on mascara yesterday when I was getting ready to go to work. I went to Boots on my way to the office to pick one up. In the evening, I stopped by Selfridges to get a new Konjac sponge. I’m going away for a couple of days and wanted to take the sponge with me but my old one needed to be replaced. I also placed an online order for a couple of French skincare items. One of my favourite online stores, Escentual (here) has 1/3 sale on French pharmacy brands throughout March.

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Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Justify: I needed a matte taupe or brown eyeshadow for an upcoming tutorial. I went to MAC but they didn’t seem to have anything like this. This is my first Illamasqua product and I am amazed by the pigmentation and softness of their shadows. They have a great selection of matte colours. The lady at the counter explained that matte shadows look better on camera as they are not light-reflecting. Which is why Illamasqua is the brand of choice for many TV and movie makeup artists. Or so she says.

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Max Factor on the left. Rimmel on the right

Rimmel Lash Accelerator and Max Factor Lash Extension Effect Mascaras: I’m not a fan of Rimmel and Max Factor mascaras. The little Boots next to my office didn’t have L’Oreal which is my go-to drugstore brand for mascaras so I thought I might as well try something different this time. They are both lengthening and separating. I tried the Rimmel one yesterday and at first glance I wasn’t impressed.

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Konjac Sponge: My first post on this blog was a review of Konjac sponges 🙂 (here). This time I got the red version for dry and sensitive skin. This is just casue my skin is a bit dehydrated at the moment due to the cold weather and heating.

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar K for Oily Skin: Effaclar has been getting great reviews recently. I decided to try the version for oily skin. I’ve been loving La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel lately so I’m hoping this product will be great too. It’s paraben-free.

Vichy Liftactive Retinol HA Night and Eyes: I’ve been looking for a retinol eye cream. I had a sample of the Retinol HA Night and I really liked the effects. Both products have retinol and hyaluronic acid and are paraben-free.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mirifique Beauty
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 13:48:28

    Love Vichy Retinaol HA products and they are reasonably priced as well

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    • youngforgood
      Mar 21, 2013 @ 13:57:56

      That’s great! I hope I will love them too. Yes, because they are sold at the drugstore I sometimes forget that the French skincare brands are actually really good. I’ve been trying to branch out a little bit lately 🙂

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  2. unfadedbeauty
    Mar 21, 2013 @ 16:32:53

    I’m always looking out for a good, matte neutral eye shadow so I’ll be interested to read how the Illamasqua works out. I did buy Mac’s Vanilla but found it too chalky on me.

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    • youngforgood
      Mar 21, 2013 @ 18:49:59

      Yep, they’re really good for work. I’m going to do a tutorial next week using this eyeshadow so you will be able to see some swatches and photos 🙂

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      • unfadedbeauty
        Mar 22, 2013 @ 15:33:26

        Excellent, I’ll look at for it.

      • youngforgood
        Mar 30, 2013 @ 19:30:22

        Hi, it took me a while but I finally posted the tutorial. You can see how Illamasqua Justify looks on the eyelids. I’m really impressed with this eyeshadow. It’s really long lasting and pigmented. I think Illamasqua might be my next favourite brand.

  3. bepcity
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 02:10:16

    Thanks for recommending that site! I’ve been interested in a few French products, so I’m checking it out now.

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    • youngforgood
      Mar 25, 2013 @ 15:07:59

      I’m so glad it was useful. I hope you will be able to take advantage of the 1/3 sale. I got my order last week. It arrived quickly and with no problems. They even sent me a nail fail as a free gift 🙂

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  4. pinksterstyle
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 13:26:53

    Hey! Loved the haul! I nominated you for a tag on my blog:
    http://pinksterstyle.wordpress.com/

    Reply

  5. The Posh Blog
    Mar 26, 2013 @ 09:07:30

    Oh nice picks! I’m going to look into that sponge. XO

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