Walgreens Haul, Makeup Edition!

I know, I know. But those Balance Rewards points keep racking up, and what’s a girl to do? I seriously had over $250 worth of points!! So I did what any normal girl would do – took an audit of my makeup collection and used my rewards points to fill in the holes.

walgreens BR order
I am OBSESSED with these L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows. As you know, I’ve had Amber Rush for awhile, and after rediscovering it last month, had a total one-track mind when it came to acquiring some of the other colors. The green (above left) is Golden Sage, and the brown (above right) is Bronzed Taupe. Both are shimmery pots of gorgeousness, with amazing long-lasting wear. I seriously can’t say enough good things about these shadows. They give eyes depth and polish, without having to do a whole involved eyeshadow routine – I just gently pat my index finger into the product and tap lightly all over my lids. If I’m feeling fancy, I take a highlighter shade and buff the color up above my creases. I don’t even have to use primer! And 10 to 12 hours later, after a long workday, my eye makeup looks just as pretty as it did in the morning when I applied it. AH. MAY. ZING.

walgreens mini haul slices
A close up look at my goodies. From left to right:

Milani Easy Brow Automatic Pencil – I love double-ended products, especially double-ended brow products. The pencil is deeply pigmented – this is Dark Brown 02 – so I advise going in with a light hand. It’s perfect for the tail end of my brows, which tend to be non-existent and need darkening. And the spoolie brush is perfection – it packs a punch and gets every last unruly hair into place. I’m using this every day and loving it.

Milani Illuminating Facial Powder in Hermosa Rose 02 – When reviewing my makeup collection, I realized that I didn’t own a really good neutral blush. I have corals, hot pinks, rosy pinks, all kinds of pinks actually, but nothing that ran more towards the nude pink end of the spectrum. This is one I’ve had my eye on for awhile, and I must say, it’s absolutely gorgeous in person. The powder is pressed into overlapping roses, and has hues of light brown, nude pink, and champagne. I like to swirl my big fluffy Sonia Kashuk blush brush in it, and tap on the apples of my cheeks and up towards my temples. The result is very subdued and neutral, and leaves me with a perfectly flushed face, which makes it perfect to pair with more dramatic eye or lip looks.

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm for Lips in Nourishing Nude – I am not, nor will I probably ever be, a lipstick person. But this is not technically a lipstick, but rather a balm. The color is almost exactly my lip shade but a little deeper, and it goes on smooth and creamy. Does NOT dry out my lips, as many lip products tend to do, and it looks natural. I highly recommend this, especially if you are lipstick-averse like I am. It’s a nice way to have a more polished lip without going full on lipstick.

And finally, all the way to the right in the collage above, a better look at that gorgeous Golden Sage eyeshadow.

swatches walgreens BR order
I hardly ever do swatches because unless you have the exact same coloring as I do, it’s probably not very helpful. But these shadows are so amazing, I had to swatch and share. From left – Bronzed Taupe, Golden Sage, Milani Brow.

And there you have it, a pretty nice makeup haul, if I do say so myself! How about you – any great makeup hauls lately? What are you buying and loving right now? Let me know!

Cheers,
birdie

Walgreens Balance Rewards Haul

I’ve posted before about my deep and abiding love for Walgreens. We get all of our prescriptions and the majority of our household/personal care items there, and I try to take full advantage of their Balance Rewards program, which means that I end up with a ton of points that I inevitably use on “fun” stuff.

walgreens points order
This is a rewards haul from Walgreens that I ordered earlier last month. I was able to take advantage of a 20% off personal care coupon (they run these promotions all the time online, so I really don’t make an online purchase and use up my points unless I also have a coupon for a certain % off my order). After the coupon, my total was $53 and change. I redeemed 40,000 Balance Rewards points (equal to $50), so I basically got all of this for $3. And change. Whee!!

From left to right:
Fekkai Dry Shampoo (travel size)
Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream in Light/Medium
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream
EO (Essential Organics) Coconut & Vanilla bubble bath
Calgon Ageless Bath Milk Serum

This order was a combination of stuff I’ve had my eye on (I’m looking at you, Neutrogena BB Cream!), products I already know I love (the Neutrogena Night Cream, as well as the EO bubble bath, although this is a scent I haven’t tried yet), and a few things I just had to try (Ageless Bath Milk Serum – how could you not be utterly intrigued by that name alone? As well as the Fekkai dry shampoo, because I love Fekkai products and I love dry shampoo, so hopefully this one’s a winner!).

How about you – any good drugstore hauls lately? Any drugstore products you are loving that you think I should try out?

Cheers,
birdie