Summer Beauty Haul
It's that time again! I did a two part Spring Beauty Haul earlier this year and thought I would do a summer haul since I've been quite spendy lately. My inner treat yo' self came out again in full force. Some items were bought during various sales and promotions and some items I did pay full price for - I know, shocker. There was one brand in particular that I had been wanting to try out more products from and decided to bite the bullet and ended up buying quite a few things because I have very little self control. I've listed everything in order of purchase like I usually do so without further ado, let's get to it!
Note: Because of the way I had to upload my photos, since there's so many, the links are not underlined like they normally are so I've italicized anything that is a link in the body text and the items that are still available for purchase are linked in the title.
I got this particular palette because I am so utterly sick of all the warm toned palettes; Urban Decay Naked Heat, Natasha Denona Sunset, Colourpop Yes, Please!, Sephora PRO Warm Eyeshadow Palette, etc. The list goes on and on. I am just not a fan of orange, yellow and brown tones because I don't think they look that good with my skin tone/eye color (reds and pinks I'm okay with though because they make the green in my eyes pop). I'm so glad I got this because I absolutely love this palette with my eye color. There is a little bit of kickback with this formula but it's nothing compared to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette - I would say it's a "normal" amount for a good shadow. Some of the reviews on this palette suggest that it doesn't have very good pigmentation but I will have to disagree with that entirely. There are brands out there that have formulas that are more like a pressed pigment, Subculture for example, and while that type of eyeshadow can be incredibly pigmented it can make them more difficult to blend. I like the option of being able to build up intensity and these shadows have that perfect formula of being pigmented but still able to build and blend easily. If you are also sick of all the warm palettes and like mauve tones I would definitely recommend this one. I got mine from Ulta with a 20% off coupon so I only paid $25.60, it's regularly $32, but if you're new to Dose of Colors you can subscribe to their email list and also get 20% off your first purchase so you'd get it for the same price!
I bought this from ASOS because they had a promo going for the 4th of July, $70 off $250 which ended up being 28% off. I had never used pigments before trying the Precious Metals pots but this color just speaks to me, pinks/purples are a thing for me right now. It's a little bit more red than I was anticipating but it works really well with some of the other eyeshadows I got so I ain't mad at it. The primer this comes with is actually better than I anticipated, a lot more sticky than the other primers I have which is necessary for pigments. I still get a little bit of transfer since I have hooded eyes but nothing major and I don't think it would be an issue if your eyes are not hooded. I really like this color, a lot more so than Lincoln Road which is the other color I have, so I'm really glad I decided to get this shade as well. The sale price from ASOS right now is actually $1 more than regular price so if you are interested in this and want a discount I would suggest signing up for Ciaté's emails so you can get a 10% off welcome code.
This is totally a YouTube made me buy it scenario. I have a ton of powders right now in pressed and loose formulas, five in total not counting this new one, so I really didn't need it but I wanted to see if the formula is as magical as everyone says it is. To say I had high hopes would be an understatement. As someone with dry skin who doesn't like to set their makeup too much I don't find this as wow-ing as YouTube told me it would be. I was hoping it wouldn't mattify my skin too much since it is so lightweight, major pro, but it did still make me look fairly matte. I do like it a lot more than some of my other powders that I currently own but it's not a must have for me. All in all I don't think it's a bad product and I'm glad I got it so I could try it but I think for my skin type/preference my favorite setting powder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder since I like a dewy to natural skin finish. I ended up getting this for $40.50 from the retailer Feel Unique by using Charlotte Tilbury as my Brand for Life (a promo where you get 10% off any brand you select for the next six months). I wouldn't necessarily recommend Feel Unique since their shipping to the states takes almost a month which is absolutely ridiculous in my opinion.
The pressed powder was just the tip of the Charlotte Tilbury iceberg for me because this is the brand I ended up going in on. I had been dying to try out her Luxury Palettes since the color stories are gorgeous and decided now was the time. I ended up buying two eye quads and an eye pencil at Beautylish since shipping from Feel Unique takes too long and I am incredibly impatient. I will note that I made the Feel Unique purchase and the Beautylish purchase on the same day because right after buying the powder I made up my mind about trying more of her products and was eager to get to it. I chose The Sophisticate palette because I knew it was one that I would be able to get my use out of since it is neutral. The three darker tones are matte and the lighter shade is more of a satin. This is the perfect every day neutral eyeshadow palette and I think the colors are the perfect balance of not too warm and not too cool. The formula is also amazing and very unique. They have the least amount of fallout that I've ever seen in an eyeshadow and blend like a dream. This is my favorite eyeshadow formula that I've come across thus far because of how easy the shadows are to work with. It is rather expensive for only four shadows coming in at $53 but this is a palette that I really like and can see myself using very frequently. If you want to see this palette in action you can watch Charlotte's video creating The Sophisticate look here.
I had heard the formulas for Charlotte's eye pencils are really good so I decided to try it out for myself. The color is a medium brown with subtle gold flecks through it and is perfect for adding just a hint of definition around the eyes without being harsh. Charlotte calls these powder pencils and I can totally see why, the formula is much more dry than any of the other eyeliner pencils I own and gives a much softer effect than using a gel or cream eyeliner pencil. This is a great daytime eyeliner for when you don't want anything too strong but still want a little something on the lash line. I tried this out with The Sophisticate palette and loved the way the two worked together for an easy vibe. This is one of the more reasonably priced items in Charlotte's line and comes in at $22 - still expensive but not insane for a luxury cosmetics brand. She only uses this color of eyeliner in her The Golden Goddess look which you can see in action here.
This was the other eyeshadow quad that I really wanted that I knew I would be able to get some use out of (I really like The Rebel palette but don't think I'd get much wear out of it since it's very bold). I love the color story in this one so much and think it looks pretty good with my eye color as well. The glitter pan will be getting the least use since it's a bit glam for my taste but I can definitely appreciate it in this palette. The colors in this pair really well with the Ciaté pigment which is an added bonus for me so I can get more mileage out of both products since they work so well together. I absolutely love this palette and would highly recommend if if you're into these tones which would be great for fall. I also paid $53 for this palette as well but think that it was well worth it for me since I'm low key obsessed with this one. If you want to see this palette in action you can check out Charlotte's The Vintage Vamp look here.
This eyeliner is so hyped up with a lot of the UK YouTube/blogger ladies I follow so when I saw that it was on sale for about $32 at Feel Unique I decided now was the time to try it - normally it goes for $43. It is expensive but keep in mind that you get 5 ml of product compared to the traditional eyeliner pens which typically have around .5 ml of product so the price isn't so unjustifiable when you take into consideration how much more you are getting for the price. These types of pot and brush eyeliners can be tricky to work with but I prefer the really wet formula on this since pen eyeliners dry out too fast and are difficult to get more product out of so it's all down to personal preference. This has a brush tip applicator which is my favorite since they don't drag or skip on the skin like felt tip pens can and glides really easily on the eyelid. This lasted really well on me and didn't smudge or crumble throughout the day but was still easy to remove. I really like this for myself but I will say it's not going to be for everyone and there is a definite learning curve involved. If you're comfortable with this type of application then I would 100% recommend this eyeliner because it's totally worth the hype and steep price tag.
I first saw this on Beautylish a while back and the colors spoke to me. I love the color story in this palette but wasn't sure how wearable it would be for me. I ended up getting a 15% off coupon from Free People for my half birthday and saw that they stocked this palette. I figured if ever there was a time to try it out it was now since I had a small discount and went for it. This reminds me a lot of the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palettes with the glitter pan and has a very similar vibe. Only one shade has a bit of fallout and that is the darkest color but the other two shadows are minimal. I thought this would be too much for a daytime look but if you leave out the glitter and use the dark color sparingly it can actually work pretty well for daytime. Again, I don't think I'll be using the glitter in this palette that often but it is really pretty. The colors in this one also look really good with my hazel eyes so I'm really glad I took a chance and got this one. I paid $37.40 for this with my discount but the full price is $44.
Can we talk about this packaging for a minute? This is a face mist and it comes in the most stunning frosted glass bottle. It's not just all pretty packaging though, the product is actually amazing. I haven't tried a ton of setting sprays but out of the ones I have this is by far my favorite. It smells amazing, jasmine is the only floral scent that I like, and it makes the skin silky smooth thanks to the ingredient glycerin. It is pretty expensive for what it is, $35, but I will definitely be repurchasing because I am hooked. I just missed out on their Fourth of July sale where they had 20% off but I'll be keeping an eye out for discounts to help with the price tag. If I run out before they have another promotion then I might reuse this bottle with a different mist because the bottle is too beautiful to throw away and the spray on the mister is pretty good. I would definitely recommend this even though it is a bit expensive because it's seriously so good.
This product has a bit of a cult following and now that I've tried it I can definitely see why. It very rich, which is fantastic for my mega dry skin, but doesn't feel heavy at all. My makeup goes on over this so much more smoothly than it did with the Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream which would sometimes bunch up and crumble if I applied too much. I'm not usually a repeat offender with many beauty products, if you can't tell I love to try out different things, but this might be my new go-to daytime moisturizer because of how well it is working for me thus far. I used a 20% off welcome code on this and got it for $28 but it goes for $35 which is a lot cheaper than a lot of the other moisturizers I've tried out so it's a win-win.
The smell of this is absolutely divine. I 100% did not need another lip balm but the Birthday flavor was calling to me. It's a clear balm with micro glitter through it. The glitter makes it a little juvenile for my taste and makes it feels a bit gritty on the lips but it smells so good that I don't let it get to me. The balm-y part feels really nice though and makes my lips really soft and smooth when I leave it on overnight. If I can get used to the glitter I would probably repurchase since it's not as expensive as the Bite Agave Lip Mask which is the other thick balm I have that I really like and is kind of similar. This is only $12 but with my discount code I was able to get it for $9.60.
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil Refill Duo (Refill Bag Not Pictured)
Right when I was trying to purchase this from Sephora it went out of stock so I got it from L'Occitane instead. I ended up snagging it for $50 because they had a 20% off promo going on at the time of my purchase - full price is $62.50. After I started working on this post I ended up running out of my Sol de Janeiro shower gel and need a replacement. I love the scent of the Sol de Janeiro gel, it's pistachio caramel, and prefer it over this shower oil (which still smells great though) but L'Occitane is so much more hydrating so I've gotta give my skin what it needs. If you don't have super dry skin like me you should definitely check out the Sol de Janeiro shower gel but if you also have dry skin I cannot recommend this shower oil enough.
Again, I totally did not need another primer, I have three currently, but every time an influencer mentions the best smoothing or pore filling primer out there it's always this one. My pores are pretty noticeable (at least to me) and the other pore minimizing primers I have are okay but I knew there had to be something better. Tarte had their Friends & Family sale going on and I decided to try this out to see if it is the superior pore minimizer. This stuff is super thick, almost like putty, and I can happily say that it is my favorite pore minimizer that I have tried. As the name would suggest, it creates a super smooth base for maekup to glide over and doesn't pill up like some pore filling primers can when you try to work the product in. I got it for $29.25 in the sale but it normally goes for $39.
This whole summer haul was meant to stop with Tarte so let's just take that in for a minute since we're actually only a little over halfway through. When I was watching a YouTube video an add popped up for Charlotte's Summer sale, 30% off select items, and I freaked out a little. Last year I bought the Filmstar Bronze & Glow from the Norman Parkinson collaboration in the sale and absolutely loved it. I thought it was making me break out and ended up depoting and throwing away the creams but I kept the packaging since it is so beautiful. Turns out it wasn't that and now I'm super sad that I tossed the product - think my skin was just going through a rough patch. I'd been wanting to try her clear brow gel since I'm a clear brow gel kind of gal so I was really happy to see it in the sale. I grabbed it for $15.75 but it was further reduced during the sale to $13.50. I'm currently using the Lancôme Sourcils Styler Brow Styler in transparent and I love it but I decided to crack into this just to test it out so I could tell you about it. The hold isn't quite as strong as my Lancôme one but it's still decent, out of the very few brow gels I've tried I'd say it's comparable to the Marc Jacobs one. I love the tiny brush on this and can definitely see why the colored versions are so popular since it really grabs on to every hair. It's not my favorite brow gel ever but I'm not mad that I got it either and I will happily use it.
Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Dreamy Glow Highlighter
This was also in Charlotte's sale. When I purchase this it was marked down to $45.50 but was further reduced to $39 so apparently it's best to wait a short while during her sales since the prices will have further reductions. In the photos online it looks pink but with a bit of a gold shift and I would say that's pretty much how it appears in real life. I was worried the pink undertone would look like a stripe on my face head-on since I am quite fair but this actually works on my skin tone - though just barely. It's totally a candlelit glow so if you're into an intense shimmery highlight you probably won't like this too much but I personally love this style of highlighter. It's not glittery or chunky and gives a very soft luminescence to the skin, very lit from within. Sometimes I'll mix this with my Dior highlighter to lighten the undertone a little bit but still get the beautiful glow from this one as well. The color is as gorgeous as the packaging and I am completely obsessed.
Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Colour of Youth
10/10 did not need another peachy-pink cream blush but gosh darnit I love the packaging so much on the Norman Parkinson collection that I decided to go back in the sale a second time and grabbed this. The color is very similar to the other two cream blushes I have, Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy and Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Pink. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this in the winter when my skin gets extra dry because this is the most hydrating/balmy feeling cream blush out of the three. I have worn it once since I got it and I really like the way it applies and feels on the skin - it's more buildable and blends easier than my other two cream blushes. I paid $34.80 but the full price was originally $58 so I think I got a pretty good deal. Not sure how much use I'll get out of it since I'm overwhelmed with options in this color but the packaging is so stunning that I'm not mad about it.
I love cream eyeshadows though all I have are shadow sticks and I had been wanting to try a pot cream shadow so I was really happy to see a few of these added to the sale when I went back. I'll be dammed, all three shades that were added were the ones I had on my Beautylish wishlist. The other shade was Cleopatra which is a gorgeous peacock teal but I knew I wouldn't get much use out of it since it is incredibly bold so I decided not to grab that one. Veruschka is an olive green with a slight gold shift to it and I thought this color would compliment my eyes well (it's a dead ringer for the green shade in the Smith & Cult palette). I love the color of this and it is super pigmented so a little goes a long ways. I got this for $19.20 but the sale has ended and it has since gone back to its original price of $32.
Mona Lisa was the other color I was interested in that is on the more wearable side so I picked it up as well. This color is described as wisteria-chocolate bronze which I totally agree with. I love how easy cream shadows are to wear/apply so I'm hoping I'll get quite a bit of use out of these two shades. So far I've worn each shade once and I wore Veruschka first and she creased so when I used this one I didn't take it as high up on my lid. I used this one in conjunction with The Vintage Vamp palette and the Ciaté Precious Metals pigment and the three looked beautiful together. The price situation was the same, $19.20 in the sale but is now back up to $32. Irregardless of the price I would definitely recommend these if there's a color that you like because the formula is so easy to work with and is very pigmented - just make sure you set it with a powder shadow or don't take it up into the crease if you have hooded eyes like me.
I've heard Charlotte's brushes are amazing and I really wanted to try them out but they're pretty darn expensive, $26-85 each. Enter Charlotte's Magical Mini Brush Set. The price was right and I liked the style of brushes so I went for it (this was another of my non-sale item purchases). In particular I liked the look of the two smaller brushes since I don't have that many options in smaller eye brush options and I'm so glad I got this because these are exactly what I needed! The travel case this came with makes it a great option for on-the-go touchups without having to dig around for brushes in your bag. I'm very happy wit these brushed and have used them every day I've worn makeup since I bought them. This brush set cost $65 which is way more easy to take compared to the $320 for her Complete Brush Set which contains eight full size brushes.
I got an email from Ulta on National Lipstick Day about all sorts of specials they had going on and could not resist picking up a few lippies. A lot of the deals they had going were 'spend so much on this brand and get a free lipstick' which was not something I was interested in since you had to spend upwards of $25 on one brand for some of those bargains. Estée Lauder was one of the few brands that had some of their collections at just a discount so I watched a few lip swatch videos on YouTube and settled on the color Rose Xcess for this formula. The color is a gorgeous deep red rose tone and was different enough from a lot of my other lip products for me to keep (I returned two other lipsticks I purchased during the promotion). This particular color is pretty matte but, so far at least, is not drying like some matte lipsticks can be which is great for me and my perpetually chapped lips. This is going to be a great color for autumn and I can't wait to bust it out more. I got this for $13.20 but this lipstick range regularly goes for $22.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Since it's more of a gloss formula I was expecting it to be goopy and sticky but surprisingly it's not at all (at least in my single experience wearing it so far). I did wear a matching lip liner underneath to make sure the color would be even, you can see your natural lip color poking through if you don't, but this particular color is a stunning bright red and lasted really well until I decided to take it off. I love the color and the formula so I think I'll be getting a lot of use out of it since I'm very much a red lip gal. I will say with this formula you need to make sure you wipe off the inside rim of you lips so you don't get it all over your teeth since it does move around a bit. This normally goes for $32 but was marked down 50% to $16 and is still on sale!
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If you made it this far, congratulations! That was a lot of makeup and beauty products and I'm officially banning myself from online shopping for the foreseeable future (lol like that worked last time). For the most part everything pictured here is all items I really like and I don't regret purchasing all but maybe two items (the Charlotte Tilbury powder and brow gel I could of done without). I did end up returning quite a bit, 9-10 items in fact, but I think it's important to send back or return items you're not satisfied with if the retailer allows returns after an item has been opened (Charlotte does not hence why I kept those two products). Three of the things I returned were all attempts at finding a new nighttime moisturizer and all three were epic fails. My skin is just too dry for everything I tried out so for now I'm just testing out a bunch of the samples I have to see how long that last me. After that who knows what I'll do...probably go back to my trusty Clinique Moisture Surge Intense if I'm keeping it real here. I hope you enjoyed today's post and if you have any specific questions on any of the products mentioned please feel free to ask. Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day!
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