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!


The Randoms: Laino Strawberry “Lip Stick”

What are The Randoms, you ask? It’s those products that are surprising – whether you weren’t expecting to like it, or it didn’t quite look like what you expected but turned out great anyways. I’ve got quite a few of these so I’m thinking this might be an ongoing series of posts.

First up for The Randoms – Laino Strawberry “Lip Stick”. Laino’s website refers to these as lipsticks, but they are absolutely more of a lip balm, hence the quotation marks.

I found these at a pharmacy in Paris – and not just any pharmacy, but the holiest of all holies, City Pharma. I can’t even begin to describe the claustrophobic delight that is City Pharma. It definitely deserves its own post, so I’ll put that on the To Do list. I’m lucky enough to be able to travel to Paris quite often – both for work and for play. It’s cliche, but it really is one of the most amazing, beautiful cities in the whole world.

On a trip last year, I popped into City Pharma. Well, actually, no one really “pops in” to City Pharma – it’s more of a carefully plotting, getting your elbows ready for warfare, kind of visit. But I digress. Pharmacies are always great places to find little gifts to take back home for family and friends – from lip balm to toothpaste to shower gel, I guarantee you that a fancy pharmacy treat will bring a smile to people’s faces.

To that end, I grabbed a few of these Laino balms, including one for myself in the Strawberry flavor. Aren’t they cute? Don’t they look like a fab little gift?

lainoSo imagine my crestfallen expression when I opened up the tube later that day, to find that it looked like something a five-year old would get in one of those princess makeup kits for kids…

laino lipstickBUT, to my immense surprise, it left me with a lovely satin-y *matte* pink lip – totally subdued and appropriate for a variety of makeup situations. I will often reach for this when I do a heavier or more dramatic eye. The color and matte-ness of it is a really nice balance. It’s a great find – much more of a lip “product” than just a basic lip balm, and SO much more that the five-year-old princess product that it looks like on first glance.

How about you – what are your Randoms? Anyone else have City Pharma war stories to share?