Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Monthly Haul | February 2016

I was on my last leg of pregnancy this February, and I went into scheduled C-Section on the 20th.  None of the aforementioned stopped me from beauty-shopping though.  The best part?  My long-distance long-time girl-friend Sam sent me a big box of goodies from UK; I literally un-boxed it in my bed, at the hospital.  #cestlavie

1. iHerb

I've been making orders about monthly, although I haven't been posting or blogging about them.  This month I made two orders, picking up a few extra bath and beauty things while I purchase essentials for mama and kids.  I didn't take pictures of Omega 3 (iHerb link) which I bought for my mum.  

As always, my iHerb code is JBF362, which you can get discount if you use it with your orders.  iHerb links used are affiliated.  Thank you if you choose to use them!

Acure Organics - Aromatherapeutic Moroccan Argan Oils Trio Set (Coconut, Rose, Citrus Ginger) 30 ml each Made in the USA
iHerb link
I believe it was on 20% off specials that week so I grabbed this set; it is always out of stock!  Haven't tried them all out yet, but the Citrus Ginger scent is not bad.

Desert Essence - Travel Size Coconut Hand and Body Lotion 44 ml Made in the USA
iHerb link
This travel size is currently US$1 for trial so I picked it up thinking it may be handy to bring along in my hospital bag.  In the end I didn't use any lotion during my stay because the environment wasn't that dry at all.  *The full size: iHerb link

SmartyPants, Kids Complete 15 Packs, 4 Gummies Per Pack Distributed from USA
iHerb link
For Roma.  He likes it and I give him a small pack every other day or two.  Another type, with fibre added - iHerb link.

Nordic Naturals - Prenatal DHA Unflavored Formula 500 mg, 180 Soft Gels Processed in Norway
iHerb link
I'm currently exclusively breast-feeding Monkey Romeo (my second child), and plan to continue for 9 months or so, depending on how well he weans.  Therefore, these fish oils are essential.

Earth Mama Angel Baby - Morning Wellness Spray 120 ml Made in USA
iHerb link
Earth Mama Angel Baby - New Mama Bottom Spray 120 ml Made in USA
iHerb link
Morning Wellness is a lovely refreshing mist predominantly lime-smelling to me.  I love giving myself a few generous spritzes any time during the day when I'm feeling a bit tired or dull.  New Mama Bottom Spray has a cucumber scent and upside-down dispenser.  I have yet to try it on the designated area but I do like it as a facial mist.

Acure Organics - Cell Stimulating Body Wash + Argan Oil 30 ml Made in the USA
iHerb link
Thought I may shower in the hospital but I didn't (yes gross).

Desert Essence - Italian Lemon Shampoo Revitalizing 237 ml Made in the USA
iHerb link
I made a mental decision that whenever Desert Essence is on specials, I'll get a new flavour of shampoo, until I try out every one they make.  The Raspberry one (iHerb link) is currently in my shower, but I also really enjoyed Grape (iHerb link) and Green Apple (iHerb link).  The next one I want to try is the Mango one (iHerb link).  #drooling

Attitude - Little Ones 3 in 1 Shampoo Body Wash Conditioner #Night Almond Milk 300 ml Made in Canada
iHerb link
The other bubble wash by Earth Mama Angel Baby is not tear-free (iHerb link) and we now solely use that for washing Roma's butt after he poo-ed.  Therefore, when Attitude was on specials I picked this up and so far so good.  Roma has been using it to shower at night and all his dad, himself and I find the scent pleasant and product not drying on him.

Nubian Heritage, Honey & Black Seed Intensive Moisture Therapy Kit, 4 Piece Kit
iHerb link
Because I saw this with the gloves and socks and I have drier than dry hands and feet.

Plus White - 5 Minute Premier Whitening System, 3 Piece Whitening Kit
iHerb link
Because Leighannsays talked about it long time ago in her how-to-whiten-teeth video.

Nature's Answer - PerioBrite Natural Brightening Toothpaste with CoQ10 & Folic Acid #Wintermint 113.4 g
iHerb link
Because this was on special, but really it wasn't that refreshing at all.

2. UK Love Package

My 'adopted' sister in London spoilt me, for no reason, of course, with a heavy package packed full of make up goodies.  It arrived the day I checked in hospital, so I asked my family to bring it to me.  Un-boxing when I was bedridden (it only lasted for ~1.5 days) and it was Oh So Good.

5 box sets from various brands, probably holiday exclusives?

Max Factor - Colour Elixir Lipstick #Scarlet Ghost 4 g Made in Ireland
Max Factor - Glossfinity #104 Just Cheerful 11 ml Made in France
Max Factor - Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow #Night Sky 8 ml Made in Ireland
Max Factor - False Lash Effect Mascara #Black/Brown Waterproof 13.1 ml Made in Ireland

Swatched the nail polish and it's a brilliant neon pink with some orange hue.  May paint my nails with this after I'm done with my current nude paint.

Revlon - ColorBurst Lip Butter #Creme Brulee 2.55 g Made in USA
Revlon - Colorstay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel #Perfect Pair 11.7 g Made in USA
Revlon - PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara #Blackest Black 10 g Made in USA
Revlon - ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Palette #Addictive 4.8 g Made in USA

Perfect Pair is a flattering, lovely medium almost neutral mauve-nude with hint of grey.  Wearing it now and am loving it!

L'Oreal - Color Riche Nail Varnish #Feline Sauvage 5 ml Made in France
L'Oreal - Mega Volume Collagene Mascara #Black 9 ml Made in Italy
L'Oreal - Color Riche Eyeshadow #Jungle Jade Made in Italy
L'Oreal - Super Liner Eyeliner #So Couture Black Made in China

The liquid eyeliner is, really surprisingly, the most impressive out of this set.  The tip is very small, tinier than your/my normal liquid pens or brush tip liners, and gives a very black and precise line.

Bourjois - So Laque Ultra Shine Nail Polish #24 Rouge Escarpin 10 ml Made in France
Bourjois - Rouge Edition Velvet #03 Hot Pepper 7.7 ml Made in France
Bourjois - Volume Glamour Max Holidays Mascara #52 Ultra Black 6 ml Made in France
Bourjois - Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow #06 Upside Brown 3.2 g Made in Italy

The top left shade in the eyeshadow quad is a close call of the Pale Barley by Burberry.  I'll swatch it side by side once I have sunlight!

Soap & Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick #Berry Gorgeous 1.5 g Made in Italy
Soap & Glory - Thick & Fast High Definition Collagen Coat Mascara 10 ml Made in China
Soap & Glory - Love at First Blush 7.5 g Made in China

Wore the blush for several days consecutively as it really gives a healthy glow with the fine 'mineralize' shimmer, without highlighting pores and imperfect texture on the skin.  Great one~

L'Oreal - Infallible Mega Gloss #101 Girl On Top (Cream) 8 ml Made in France
It is hydrating, super smooth and creamy, and semi-opaque.  The shade is a lovely pale baby peach which makes lips fuller and delightfully nude.  The wand applicator of this is really uniquely shaped, reminds me of the YSL Tint-in-Oil!

Max Factor - Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum #40 Light Ivory 30 ml Made in Ireland
Revlon - PhotoReady BB Cream #010 Light 30 ml Made in USA
Revlon - ColorStay Lipliner #Red 0.28 g Made in USA

L'Oreal - Le Blush #160 Peach 5 g Made in Italy
L'Oreal - Le Blush #90 Luminous Rose 5 g Made in Italy
Luminous Blush is a lovely light-medium pink with very fine silver flecks which can ever so slightly highlight pores on the cheeks.  Peach, on the other hand, is totally matte and ultra smooth; it is a medium orange colour, more Mandarin than your ordinary Peach (which in my mind is more yellow or lean peachy pink).  Love #160.  Both is pigmented, smooth and blendable, plus mind-blowing long-lasting.  *Note: I would love a nude colour from this formula!

Kevyn Aucoin - The Eye Pencil Primatif #Basic Black 1.05 g Made in Germany
Max Factor - Colour Elixir Lip Liner #02 Pink Petal 1.2 g Made in Germany

MAC - Kissable Lipcolour #Woo Me 5 g Made in Italy
Woo Me is a light pinky nude.  This is my first time trying out the Kissable Lipcolour and it is pretty interesting.  Lip swatch pic: IG link.

Bourjois - Rouge Edition Velvet #14 Plum Plum Girl 7.7 ml Made in France
Bourjois - Rouge Edition Velvet #10 Don't Pink of It! 7.7 ml Made in France

Barry M - Get Up & Glow Palette 17.2 g Made in China
Barry M - Natural Glow Palette 9.2 g Made in China
Barry M - Lip Liner #2

Soap & Glory - Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil #Brownie Points Made in Korea
I like the shade and effect of both ends.  It will be perfect if it can build in a spoolie of some sort.  ;)

Soap & Glory - Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner #Superblack 1.2 g Made in Germany

Kiko - Pencil Lip Gloss #10 2.27 g Made in Germany
Kiko - Pencil Lip Gloss #11 2.27 g Made in Germany
May do lip swatch with these next.  I am a HUGE fan of Kiko!

Make Up Revolution - Sam basically sent me the entire Advent Calendar over!  Many of the items do not have colour names written on them.  The mauve-nude nail polish is really pretty and I really wish I know the colour name!

Make Up Revolution - Baked Highlighter #Pink Lights 2.3 g Made in China
Make Up Revolution - Pressed Blush #Treat 2.3 g Made in China
Make Up Revolution - Pressed Blush #Wow 2.3 g Made in China

Extras, including~

ESPA - Optimal Skin ProSerum Made in England
Percy Reed - Volumising No Oil Oil Made in England
Lancome - Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream Made in France
Eve Lom - Radiance Lift Foundation #Cream 6 Made in Italy
Eve Lom - Daily Protection + SPF 50 Made in England
Eve Lom - Moisture Mask Made in England
Mirenesse - Secret Weapon iCurl 24 Hr Mascara Made in Taiwan

3. K-Beauty

I hauled a Pony Memebox Pony Shine Easy Glam eyeshadow palette back in December (instagram link) and I've been using it non-stop.  I decided to get the Glam2 palette as well knowing it is all shimmer and probably not as impressive; turned out it is just as marvellous!

from We Are Seoul (online shop)

Clio - Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion #03 Linen 15 g + 20 g (refill) Made in Korea $350
VerySix - 6 Seconds Kissing Lip Gloss #Coral2 10 ml (gift with purchase of the Clio Cushion)

Pony x Memebox - Blossom Lip Color #04 Blooming Love (glossy type) 4.5 g Made in Korea $115
The newest lipstick released by Pony x Memebox I believe.  It is a really cool pink which looks very youthful without drawing too much contrast to the yellow undertones of my skin.  Nice.

I'm Meme - I'm Tint Balm #RD201 True Red 4 g Made in Korea $88

from We Are Seoul (online shop)

Pony x Memebox - Pony Shine Easy Glam2 13 g Made in Korea $215
The first palette is really impressive with four mattes and four shimmers.  I love it so much I decided I need to get the second one as well.  So far so good.  The texture of these shadows is superb and really last all day on the lids, even without primer.

I'm Meme - I'm Eye Brow Pencil #BP02 Deep Brown 0.3 g Made in Korea $68
Disappointedly, the pencil end has already loosened from the plastic case after two uses.  The spoolie end is quite scratchy and sparse.  The colour is too dark for my liking.  Almost a fail.

Hera - Master Concealer Kit Made in France $299
I ordered another Pony Memebox Pony Shine Easy Glam (the 1st palette) for Sam, and in order to get free shipping I bought myself a concealer kit to try out :P

4. Japan

Honor's family went to Japan early this month, and her mum offered to bring me back some beauty products.  Regrettably, as I've recently made two considerably large hauls - Thanks Honor, Thanks Mum - I do not have much to ask for.

Aube - Essence Lip Color #PK201 5.5 g Made in Japan
Aube - Essence Lip Color #BE801 5.5 g Made in Japan
Aube - Brush Cheek #02 7 g Made in Japan

Paid a total $461 for the three items.  The lip colours are very moisturising and plump-looking but the stopper prevents me from getting enough product on the wand.  I need 5 to 10 dips in order to get adequate amount to cover my lips.  Annoyed.

The blush has a highlight built-in and the application is mistake-proof.  With the included brush, one swipe will dispense enough product at the right place.  A great no-brainer.

5. 759 Store

A month is not complete without some sale shopping at 759.  This time I only picked up couple of sheet masks, shared with Honor.

Utena - Premium Puresa Beauty Mask #Collagen (blue) 4 pieces Made in Japan $38.1 after discount (I got 2 piece)
Leaders Insolution - Wrinkle Cell Made in Korea $12.6 after discount
Leaders Insolution - Vital Cell Made in Korea $12.6 after discount

Used them already.  Really highly appreciate and recommend the Premium Puresa ones (I've tried green and blue now).  Leaders, as always, makes good ones too.

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Beautiful wishes,

Lazy silly Jacq :")



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