I love checking out haul posts. Especially when it’s a beauty blogger doing the hauling. I know first hand that it’s hard to justify buying new products when you have a whole slew of them sitting on your desk. But since a beauty blogger is also a beauty junkie, and there are just so many irresistible products out there, hauls happen and they’re usually epic. Here’s my latest from my trip to Philadelphia.
First stop, one of my favorite beauty stores; Bluemercury. Their location in Center City is just gorgeous, a beautiful old building rich with history and filled with the high end beauty galore.
If you ever see a Bluemercury – go inside! You will flip. I do, every time.
I’m embarrassed to admit that this is my first CHANEL lipstick ($34). And I may have created quite a problem. Because Rouge Allure in Enjouee is amazing. This is their brand new formula that they say has “concentrated, ultra-thin pigments.” It delivers a shockingly pigmented satin finish for how smooth it is.
And fall shades be damned, I couldn’t resist the beautiful, subtly shimmered pink coral Enjouee. Plus, I love the heavy weight of the square tube. And the fact that with a click of the double C’s, out pops your lipstick.
I actually paid a bit more than I would have liked to for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Creme Compact ($45) but I just couldn’t control myself at the thought of a tinted moisturizer COMPACT. And once it was on my skin, it was all over. I chose Sand, which seemed way too dark in the pan. But once my MA applied it on one side, with the shade lighter on the other, then send me outside with a mirror, I saw it’s perfect on my still summer skin. It’s creamy, divine and I love it.
I also got the M-61 Skincare Fast Blast ($50). M-61 is Bluemercury’s own line which was just developed and released “after thirteen years of performing nearly 100,000 spa treatments every year.” Fast Blast is named after one of their facials. It’s a two minute vitamin C mask with seaweed and aloe. It brightens and exfoliates and bubbles! My MA demoed this on his hand and I couldn’t believe the difference in his skin. It was like a giant Smart Water and a good night’s sleep happened right in front of my eyes.
AND, I was able to get their anniversary gift so I got a bag chock-a-block with samples. Hooray – samples! (Use code 13years for any purchase over $150) My favorite? The Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift, which has gone straight on my list for my next haul.
I also popped into Kiehl’s, home of my favorite skin care line, to pick up a couple of items I’ve been eying for awhile.
I’ve dreamed of Açaí Damage-Minimizing Cleanser ($24.50) since I first read that its “organic formula wipes out the first signs of aging.” I mean, wouldn’t you? It’s in a pump that creates a lovely foam, it’s organic certified with 100% natural origin ingredients, it smells FAB and it leaves my skin feeling super clean and not at all dry. What’s not to love?
The Midnight Recovery Concentrate felt a bit too heavy for my oily skin. But the Midnight Recovery Eye is juuuust right! It has the same essential oils but in a rich cream that you use only at night. I love having a night specific eye cream! And it really seems to be working, I’ve actually been skipping my cream in the morning because my skin looks so nourished.
I couldn’t resist the items at the supermarket checkout of Wegman’s (the east coast’s Bristol Farms), put specifically there to do just that. I picked up organic Badger Balms in Sweet Orange, Cool Mint and Lavender & Orange. Yum.
Finally, how great is Maybelline Color Show in Bold Gold? It’s a honey gold with a very slight blue duochrome (I see it more in the bottle than on my nails, but I swear I see it!) Plus, it’s got amazing coverage with just one coat. Let’s hear it for drugstore polish!
Readers, are you intrigued by any of my purchases? What have YOU bought lately?
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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