Hello, my lovelies! As some of you know, my birthday is early in November, and my daddy sent me a very generous birthday check! What's an average girl to do with birthday money? Buy MAKEUP, of course!
Ok, so I had birthday cash and I went a little nuts. When my mother (hi, mom!) heard me say how much I spent on makeup, she couldn't believe that it was possible to spend that much on cosmetics, but I assure you, it was pretty easy (and really, not all THAT much money).
Here's my birthday haul, and hopefully you will see some awesome deals that you can pick up
The first order I placed, was with EM Cosmetics. I purchased the "Get Started with EM" kit, which includes a sampler of The Life Palette, and a full size Waterliner and Lipstick for $27.50, free shipping.kj k7ijuytu yuru6u 46 7tyyy7uyggftgyhhyhnhnhnhxrttr7
|Em Cosmetics The Love Life Palette Sampler|
|EM Cosmetics The Life Palette- Love Life Sampler, look 1- Warm Fuzzies, net weight 2.26g (0.079 oz), available HERE; retails for $10.|
|Swatch of The Life Palette- Love Life Warm Fuzzies sampler|
|EM Cosmetics Waterliner in Ro's Gold, full size (280mg/0.01 oz), available HERE, retails for $20.|
|Swatch of Waterliner in Ro's Gold (sorry for the crappy pic- it was a rainy day)|
|EM Cosmetics Lip Gallery Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Be Mine, full size (3.5g/0.123 oz), available HERE, retails for $16.50|
|Swatch of Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Be Mine|
My order also arrived with a cute insert card, with a thank you message from Michelle Phan herself. I thought this was a nice touch, as was the pink tissue paper that everything was wrapped in.
TOTAL PURCHASE: $27.50, free shipping
My second order comes from my favorite company, Urban Decay. UD creates amazing products, and I'm never disappointed with what they have on sale on their website!
|Glinda Palette, full size (includes 6 full size eyeshadows, each 1.5g/0.05 oz, 24/7 glide-on eye pencil, 0.8g/0.03 oz, and a super-saturated lip pencil, 2.8g/0.1 oz), available HERE; sale price is $24.|
|Get the look :)|
|Left to right, top to bottom: Tornado, Aura (duo shadow), Magic, Illusion, Oz (duo shadow) and South.|
|Swatches of Tornado, Aura and Magic|
|Swatches of Illusion, Oz and South|
|UD 24/7 Glide on Eye pencil in Rockstar, from the Glinda palette|
|Swatch of Rockstar|
I love this dark purple eyeliner with my blue eyes. The 24/7 formula is a favorite of mine, and I'm so excited to grab this sweet deal!
|UD Super Saturated lip crayon in Glinda|
|Swatch of Glinda|
This lip pencil is soft, and glides on smoothly, leaving lips beautifully tinted and just a touch glossy. The shade Glinda looks fab on my lips- it's just a shade darker than my natural color- this is an awesome "nude lip" look for me!
|Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Greed, full size (11ml/0.37 fl oz), available HERE; sale price is $10|
|Swatch of Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Greed|
|Urban Decay Lip Envy in Envious, full size (8.5 ml/0.29 fl oz), available HERE; sale price is $4.|
I love love love the packaging of this lip product- it's almost like an alchemist's bottle! This deep red stain smells like vanilla, and adds a bit of color to your lips. You can layer the color to get a darker shade, but for me and my pale self, I love it with just one sheer layer.
|Swatch of Lip Envy in Envious|
This is a product similar to Benefit's Benetint- it pulls double duty as a cheek stain, too! Lip Envy is just a tad bit sticky until it dries, and then there is no stick at all. I found this to be just a bit dry, so I added lip balm on top, and my lips are absolutely gorgeous!
|Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, deluxe sample size (15ml/0.5 fl oz), retail value $3.63 , full size (118ml/4.0 fl oz) is available HERE; retails for $29|
This setting spray was a free gift with my order. I love how UD sends me a deluxe sized sample with all of my orders- it's such a nice touch! I've tried the de-slick mattifying spray, and loved it- I'm sure that I will love this spray, too!
|Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm foil pack sample, no retail value, as no size is listed. Full size (35 ml/1.18 fl oz) is available HERE, and retails for $34.|
I received a deluxe sample of UD's beauty balm in January, and I absolutely loved it. I can't justify purchasing the full size of this, but I will definitely be using this sample. I absolutely love it!
Total purchase price (including a second Glinda palette that I purchased for Tween Angel's Christmas gift): $62, free shipping ($38 for just my birthday haul).
Next, I cruised on over to BH Cosmetics. I received an email that their 36 brush set (in a case) was on a special sale! I've been wanting new brushes, so you know I snapped these up!
|BH Cosmetics Ultimate Brush Steal- 36 brushes plus storage case, $29, plus $7.95 shipping, currently on sale for $39.95, available HERE.|
|Seriously, this thing is HUGE!|
|I couldn't fit the whole thing in a picture!|
I pulled on bristles, and twisted the brush heads, and these appear to be of very good quality. I haven't put them all through the wringer yet, but I definitely will very soon!
|bh Cosmetics 36 Ultimate Brush Set|
|Brushes 1-6, left to right: eyebrow, spoolie, small fan, shadow sponge, eyeliner smudger, bent eyeliner|
|Brushes 7-12, left to right: rounded liner, eyeliner, angled liner, small smudger, lip brush, small angled liner|
|Brushes 13-18, left to right: small rounded liner, round angled smudge, flat liner, small concealer, small smudge, angled shadow|
|Brushes 19-24, left to right: concealer, crease, eyeshadow, round flat shader, short shadow, short smudger|
|Brushes 25-30, left to right: smudge, flat shadow, blending, angled blending, large shadow, foundation|
|Brushes 31-36, left to right: small blush, large angled blush, highlight & contour, duo fiber stippling, powder, large fan|
Total cost of this haul, including shipping: $36.95, which works out to be about $1.03 per brush!
I used to be really into nail polish, and lately I've become more conscientious of how my nails look. Zoya polish has some amazing shades to offer, and with the special offer from Ipsy (buy 2 get 1 free), I was able to score an amazing deal! Zoya polishes are big 5 free, which I seriously love!
|Zoya Pixiedust in Carter, full size (0.5 fl oz/15ml), retails for $9; available HERE.|
|Swatch of Zoya's Carter|
|Zoya Pixiedust in Miranda, full size (0.5 fl oz/15ml), retails for $9; available HERE.|
|Swatch of Zoya's Miranda|
|Zoya polish in Dream, full size (0.5 fl oz/15ml), retails for $8, available HERE.|
|Swatch of Zoya's Dream|
|Zoya polish in Payton, full size (0.5 fl oz/15ml), retails for $8, available HERE.|
Another holo polish, Payton is a dark cranberry shade, and perfect for the winter months.
|Swatch of Payton|
This polish takes a grown up reddish purple, and adds a touch of elegance with the holographic glitter. Love, love, love! I couldn't be happier with my new Zoyas!
|Zoya Remove +, deluxe sample (1 fl oz/15ml), retail value $1.25. Full size is available HERE, and retails for $9.99, 8 oz container, with spill-proof lid.|
I received the Zoya color lock system with the prize I recieved earlier this month, and I absolutely love it! This polish remover is step one of the set, and I love that I have a little more to fill my large bottle with, or to throw in my travel case!
Total cost from Zoya: $31, including shipping. I can't believe I spent that much money on nail polish, but I'm so happy with what I received, I think it was money well spent.
You all know that I'm an Ulta kind of girl. I love that store and recently made Platinum status. I don't have a brick and mortar Sephora in my area, and I really do prefer to do shopping in person, so I have never ordered from them before. One of my Instagram friends posted an extra code for 20% off anything, and I snatched that code up- it was like it was meant to be! Here's what I ordered for the first time with Sephora:
Obsessive Complusive Cosmetics Lip Tar All Star Mini set with brush, each 0.08 oz, contains the shades Memento, NSFW, Anime, and Black Dahlia, set retails for $20 (advertised as a $34 value), available HERE.
Ok, my beauty obsessed friends. I have to have words with you. First off, I thought y'all were my FRIENDS. I share tips with you, you share tips with me. WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME ABOUT THESE??!!
In all seriousness, these lip tints are amazing! The name "lip tar" is very misleading- I expected thick, sticky gloss. These liquid lipsticks are none of the above!
|Swatch of OCC's lip tars: left to right: Memento, NSFW, Anime and Black Dahlia|
|Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in Light (W15), full size (8g/0.28 oz), retails for $27, available HERE.|
I love Bare Minerals foundation, and have used every last bit of what I have here at the house! I typically purchase samples, but I think ounce for ounce, it's a better value to buy the larger container, especially since this is a product I use every day. I love how flawless this makes my skin look, and the added bonus is that my skin isn't sensitive to this formulation. I'm one happy customer :)
Sephora offers a birthday gift to all of their Beauty Insider customers. Joining the Beauty Insider program is free, so I signed myself up months ago. I was super excited to receive a birthday email, letting me know that I could pick out my gift!
|Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara, deluxe sample size (3.0g/0.1 oz), retails for $10 (via Benefit Cosmetics), full size is 0.3 oz, retails for $23 and is available HERE. Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up!, deluxe sample size (25g/0.08 oz), retails for $8 (via Benefit Cosmetics); full size is 0.33 oz , retails for $30 and is available HERE. (Side note: the deluxe sample size is cheaper, ounce for ounce than the full size. If you are looking for this, I suggest the deluxe size, because it's a better price!)|
I own full sizes of both of these products and use them very frequently. These mini's will have a happy home in my stash, anxiously awaiting the day when I run out of their full size doppelgangers! Watt's Up! is a gorgeous highlighter- I love this mini size because it is perfect for the browbone. They're Real! is my absolute favorite prestige brand of mascara, and always makes me look gorgeous. What an awesome birthday gift!
I also picked up a little Christmas gift for a friend, to bump me over the free shipping threshold of $50. Total cost of this order, after my friends and family code, and including the little gift (gift was $5 before the discount), was $46; $42, not including the little gift.
My last purchase (at this point, anyhow), was at Glamour Doll Eyes. GDE makes amazing pigments in fantastic colors, and I just HAD to add to my collection!
Glamour Doll Eyes offers a "blogger's special", where bloggers get to choose 6 shades at a discounted price. I snapped up this deal, and am so happy that I did! I'll post a full review later, but here's swatches of what I received:
|Glamour Doll Eyes Tattooed, Mushroom, and Celestial Crow, full size|
|Swatches of Tattooed, Mushroom, and Celestial Crow|
|Glamour Doll Eyes What's my Name? Mannequin and Island Chic, full size|
I have yet to find a GDE shade that I DON'T like, and these are joining the "I LOVE YOU!" crowd! Simple perfection. The key to using these pigments with minimal fallout is to put a tiny bit in the lid, gently dip your brush, and tap off the excess. I've had a bit of fallout, but not at all what I usually get from loose pigments.
|Swatches of What's my Name?, Mannequin and Island Chic|
I seriously love these three shades- What's my Name is a beautiful light pink, Mannequin is a great neutral, and Island Chick is a fantastic teal.
GDE always includes two sample baggies in each order- which is very, very cool!
|The samples I received are for After Prom and Corrode.|
I really love these shades- After Prom is a pretty pastel pink, and Corrode is a gorgeous golden shade.
|Swatches of After Prom and Corrode|
Sadly, I have misplaced the baggie sample of Corrode after I took swatch pictures, but hopefully it will turn up soon!
Glamour Doll Eyes offers their loose eyeshadows for sale for $6 a jar. Customers can choose between sifter jars (I don't actually like these, but they can prevent spills) with 1 1/2-2g of product, and no-sifter jars with 2-2 1/2g of product.
It's hard to choose colors over the internet- everyone's monitor's aren't calibrated the same, and it's sometimes difficult to get makeup to photograph true to life. Plus, just because something looks awesome in the jar doesn't mean that it will look awesome on your face. GDE understands this, and offers sample baggies ($1.50 for 0.5g) and sample jars ($2.50 for 1g) for sale. Samples come with free shipping (to the US), and (here's the best part!) if you choose to order the full size of a sample that you ordered, GDE will deduct the cost of the sample from your purchase of the full size shadow! Tell me- who else does this because I've never heard of such an awesome perk!
I'm totally in love with my purchase from GDE, and it was very affordable, at $25.81, shipping included- because of the blogger's special, it works out to $4.30 per shadow!
My total cost of my birthday haul: EM Cosmetics: $27.50
Urban Decay: $38
BH Cosmetics: $36.95
Glamour Doll Eyes: $25.81
Grand total: $201.26
Ok, so I went over my budget by $1.26, but I'm going to say that it doesn't count! I am so happy with everything I purchased, I can't even begin to tell you. I don't think I could pick a favorite item if I tried!
|My 2013 Birthday mega haul|
Until next time, my lovelies- stay Average!
Disclaimer: The items featured in this post were purchased with my birthday money, and not by my husband. Any free gifts were given as a promotion available to the public and not for PR purposes. I was not asked nor required by any company to review products, and all opinions are my own. There are referral links in this post- the Glamour Doll Eyes links are referrals because GDE is awesome and lets bloggers refer people and try to make a buck. Feed my beauty obsession and yours at the same time- shop at GDE.