Outlet Hauling (7 December)

7 December, 2011

Today, I hit the outlets for the first time in 7 months. It wasn’t intentional, not going for that long-it was just between vacation, work, youth group stuff, and not having a whole lot of time-the multiple busses to shop weren’t feasible.

But I got up there today, because I needed to do a little Christmas shopping-and that I did!

First off, at the Kate Spade store, I picked up one of the little piggy coinpurses for my best friend. I was pleased to hear that they are vinyl, and that there are quite a few things they do that have no leather on them whatsoever-the girl told me to just ask them the next time I come up. Definitely a fan; it’s hard finding a good bag that isn’t leather, and I quite like Kate Spade. I may have to come back and get myself a piggy coinpurse as well, since they have bright pink. It was under $20, also, which made it a great buy.

At the Juicy outlet, I treated myself to a charm. It was a little bottle of sunscreen, but it was $16 so I couldn’t resist. Ironic thing is that my bracelet is missing somewhere in my room, so I haven’t been able to put it on there yet. (That, and the pumpkin pie charm that I got several weeks ago) I could have bought way more, but I hate spending a ton of cash. They had a really cute charm that was a dog in a bubble bath though.

Finally, at the CCO I picked up a couple shadows for my friend-Her Alter Image and Sky Blue. I could have bought a lot for myself-they had Amazon Princess blush (from Wonder Woman), about 20 pigments/glitters (including Bright Fuschia, meaning I should come back and get it), as many if not more eyeshadows (Surf USA is one I almost got-that and Vibrant Grape. Also could have gone for a backup of Sky Blue), beauty powders…lots of good stuff. I got myself one beauty powder though-Light Sunshine. They had a bunch of Michael Kors Island Palm Beach, including a set for $50 that had a bonus. Definitely will have to get it; I’m halfway done with my bottle. Ah, the pains of Christmas shopping. Worst part is I still have quite a bit more to do.

I was happy though because the local nail supply had two bottles left of OPI DS Perfection. I picked up one, to go in the package down to California, and may have to get the other along with the last bottle of DS Original. Just to have backups, ya know?

Last year, Nordstrom was the first place where you could get your hands on Juicy’s Couture Couture, which is one of my personal favourites. Now this year, they are launching the new one, “Peace, Love, & Juicy Couture” in rollerball form ($18), and I have to say, it’s kind of intriguing.

The whole inspiration is the sort of flower power thing that has been big lately-Urban Decay’s exclusive shadows for Sephora, as well as a lot of their summer line, had that sort of feel, and this is designed to be like that too. From Nordstrom’s website, I got the composition of the fragrance:

Top notes: Lemon blossom, black currant, hyacinth, sweet apple
Middle: Sambac jasmine, magnolia, poppy, linden blossom, honeysuckle
Base: Patchouli, orris, musk

Even though I hate patchouli and musks, this is one that I totally would give a try, for the sole reason that it’s a Juicy fragrance and I loved both Viva La Juicy and Couture Couture. It is available for pre-order now, but the sale starts in mid-July.

My Loves: May 2010

28 April, 2010

Here’s a few of the fun things that I am loving for this coming month! Keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Juicy Couture MP3 Bear Speaker: $58
Now this is one of those totally indulgent things. I mean, it looks like a cute and cuddly teddy bear, but in the back there’s a little pocket…and it’s a holder for your iPod/Zune/other MP3 player, with a hookup. Yes, the bear is a speaker, and it’s totally cute! When I bought it, I had two separate thoughts going. The first was “Crap, did I really just drop $63 (with WA state sales tax) on a teddy bear speaker?” but then I thought “Since I missed out on the Scottie dog speakers, this is justified”. This is great for any lover of Juicy stuff, but also for the young and young at heart. Act quick, though-the Scotties sold out quickly.

Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail: $69 for a 1.7 ounce, but easily findable at TJ Maxx for $20 for that same size. Yes, no typo-you’re saving almost $50.
I am a huge lover of L, which is the most I ever paid for a bottle of perfume-and two years later, I still have a lot left! This is a great alternative for the summer-it opens up in a floral-citrus manner, then gets a little oriental on us but still staying light and refreshing. Lasting power, like you would expect with all LL perfumes, is excellent. (Oooh, I just got orchid and vanilla!) The bottle is gorgeous, also-these are bottles to keep when you are finished, and display them, use them as paperweights-whatever. They’re too pretty to be hidden.

MAC Luscious Spark Dazzleglass Creme: $18
I know this is old news, but I just bought this last week and it is definitely an interesting gloss! For me to buy a gloss, it has to clearly kick ass, which this does in spades. It’s a reddish orange, and it’s got some opacity to it! The shimmer is good, which I like-but I like the colour. It works with so many different lipsticks that I own. For example, it turns Show Orchid into a bright reddish-pink, and on its own it’s what I wished so many other glosses had been for me. If your local CCO has it, snatch it up. NOW. Read the rest of this entry »

I know this one is a week late, but I lost the ad and just finally found it today kicking around at the bottom of my purse!

If you like Neutrogena, then you’ll want to hit ULTA, as it’s all B2G1 free. Ditto on all “salon styling/finishing products”, which equates to brands like Bed Head, Sexy Hair, Paul Mitchell, and so forth. Good times. Dermalogica is also B2G1 free, except for kits-which makes it a darn good way to get stocked up on what you need. I actually work at a shopping center with a store where I get 20% off Dermalogica, and the main thing I need is the facial sunscreen so that I don’t totally age my face this next summer when I inevitably am at the beach all the time with my friends.

On the note of skincare, there’s plenty of new stuff. Murad has an anti-aging acne regimen, which looks really interesting. I am a HUGE Murad fan, and the line is broken into three easy steps: cleanse/tone, treat/repair, hydrate/protect. I still am waiting a bit to review my Murad cleanser and moisturizer, but so far, the results are showing and my face is loving it. Anywhoo, Strivectin has a new Got Wrinkles? set for $99 which has the SD treatment, the hand cream, and the new eye cream. Kinerase also has new stuff, in this case two new firming products (face cream and eye cream) that go “beyond collagen”. Hmm… Exuviance CoverBlend is 10% off, which looks to be good for the one spot on my face I need to cover but I don’t need as much else. Mario Badescu has a sample of the Herbal Hydrating Serum with any purchase, DDF has a sample of the Advanced Micro-Exfoliation cleanser with purchase, and Peter Thomas Roth has a sample of the Mega-Rich eye cream with purchase. Read the rest of this entry »

Mmm, fragrance. My favourite thing. And there are plenty of new and exclusive fun things-we start out with the new “Couture Couture” by Juicy Couture roll-on. I have a feeling this is a product that will launch nationally later this year, as all the rollerballs do:) The fragrance is said to have notes of pink grape, star jasmine, sandalwood, and vanilla. I was underwhelmed by both Juicy Couture and Viva la Juicy, so I hope this is way better. This will retail for $16. Continuing on the note of Juicy, there are two new hatbox gift sets-one for the original and one for Viva La Juicy. They each have a 3.4 ounce bottle of the EDP and a tub of the body cream, along with a compact miror, for $98.

More hatboxes? You got them! CH by Carolina Herrera has a $90 hatbox with a 3.4 of the perfume and a 6.8 of the lotion. Daisy by Marc Jacobs has the new fall one, which is $85, and has the 3.4 perfume, a 5.1 lotion, and the solid perfume necklace. The perfume ring actually made an appearance on Daisy of Love, so who knows, it may end up on in the next box! Read the rest of this entry »

Birthday Hauling!

2 May, 2009

So today, I am officially 21. Yep, it’s kinda scary. Not only that, but most of my friends ignored it. Not a happy camper.

Anyways, the best way to celebrate? Shopping. We went to the local outlets (my brother, mom, friend, and I) and we went all over, just trying to find some great deals. The CCO is always going to have great deals-no matter what. Sure, they may not always be MAC products, but at least there is something, right? Well this time, the selection was quite low. None of the lip things I wanted, none of the new collections-but I overheard that 168 boxes are coming next week. Anywhoo, I did pick up two items. Evening Aura is a Neo Sci-Fi eyeshadow and figure I have a shade that is close enough, but I love the packaging and it is just purty. Then I got the 204 brush, which is a spooly brush, like a mascara wand. The beauty of it though is I can use it to apply any mascara, and then clean it so I get good application every day. I can also use it to quickly groom my brows. I paid about $8 for this, so it is a cheapie and a must-have for a flawless look. I may actually try using it with a liquid liner for a fun lower-lash trick. Read the rest of this entry »

100, and New Sephora Stuff

10 January, 2009

Post 100!!! YAY!

Anyways, there’s some new Sephora exclusives, and they are all looking mighty interesting!

Clinique has two sets that are exclusive. One of them is a skincare set like you wouldn’t believe, with try-me sizes of the mild liquid face soap, the Dramatically Different moisturizing lotion, the clarifying lotion, the makeup remover, and High Impact mascara, plus full sizes of City Block (an SPF 25 facial sunscreen) and All About Eyes (which my mum swears by). The set is worth over $70, but at Sephora, it is $46. It is for types 1/2, which I believe is normal to dry skin. However, if you are like me and a type 3/4, there is also a set for you, with the oily face soap, the Clarifying Lotion 3, and the moisturizing gel (gels are better for oilier skin). Read the rest of this entry »