Tuesday, 3 July 2012

[Haul] May 2012

You might remember that I mentioned in my Apr haul post that I started to use an expense record app on my phone. So is it useful? Definitely! I set a $1000 spending budget on shopping, and saved over $600 in May itself =)

Here are my sins in May and I'm so happy that the list is much shorter than Apr!

I love beauty sampler programs and subscribed to this quarterly New Beauty test tubes from QVC. For $29.96 you get to enjoy all of the products pictured with a New Beauty magazine. Items I received include:
180ml WEN conditioner
60ml Philosophy Amazing Grace shower gel
60ml St Tropez self tanner
60ml Bliss facial cleanser
15ml StriVectin SD
15ml Peter Thomas Roth Resurface Laser gel
Full size Mally eyeshadow stick
Full size Tarte Lipsurgence
I loved most of the products but St Tropez, as I'm trying to get fairer, not tanner... =p

A closer look to the Mally and Tarte stuff I received.

I started my subscription of BirchBox from April and as usual received it in Singapore only in May. Unfortunately that the first box I received was a disappointment. The BeFine samples I got were expired and all other samples are not really interesting to me. But great that they offered 100 points ($10 equivalent) to make it up, so still acceptable I think...

Another beauty sampler program I subscribed from US is myglam bag. Their Apr bag is getting better with an Urban Decay 24/7 pencil sample. I don't mind receiving the two brushes and the false eyelashes, but the Dermstore lip quench included was a duplicate from what dermstore sent me in one of their packages... So now I have two of them LOL

Last beauty sampler was the Beauty Cache from SkincareRx. It's still a good deal since I received a Lerac full size palette pictured at the left side as mystery gift, but not as good as previous one... I would say that the cosmetic case is one thing I love most from this cache. :(

The Pola Red BA set was from the Metro sale, and I got the travel set for $39.90 to have a try. While at the left side is a gift I received, Idole d'Armani body lotion that comes in a same scent of Giorgio Armani =)

Anastasia offers the best brow makeups in the world! For beginners, I would recommend this beauty express kit, which includes 5 brow stencils for you to shape your brows, brow gel/powder and shadows to fill in the blanks and contour. My holy grail!

My Kevyn Aucoin and Jane Iredale purchases. KA Sculpting Powder is the best contouring powder I could find, not too red/brown/yellow, just the natural grayish skin color that nicely contours your face. As for the JI stuff, I bought all of them to have a try only - my first experience with the brand =)

Butter London and Deborah Lippmann nail polishes are among my favorites. Those Lancome single color eye shadows are from an online group buy site, which I waited for almost 3 months so I'm not recommending it although they are cheap...

All the samples I received from these purchases - look at the middle of the photo, this is the other Dermstore Lip Quench I received LOL

I did a comparison between Too Faced Beauty Balm and Stila Tinted Moisturizer.
On my arm.


Yay! That's all for my May hauls. A lot of beauty samplers with not many other stuffs = Good budget control.

Sadly that I spent a lot again in just finished June. I'll post them soon...

p.s. I'm thinking of having a blog sale or ebay sales so that I could clean part of my stashes - anyone interested?

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