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Christmas 2013 Haul

January 17, 2014

I’ve been putting off writing this post and before I knew it, we’re already halfway through with January.  Ah, January, why are you so hectic?

Anyway, this post is going to be a collective haul about the gifts I received last Christmas along with a couple of things that I bought for myself. I know it’s super late, but better than never, right? I usually include mini reviews or impressions on haul posts but in this case, I’ll refrain from doing that because this post will be way too long if I do.

So, here’s a sneak peek of all the good stuff!

Let’s dive right into the most exciting part!

Palettes and Gift sets!

Top to bottom: Bite Holiday 2013 Lip kit, Lorac Pro Palette, Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Kohl Pencil set, Tarte Off The Cuff Palette, Smashbox Masterclass 2 palette

These are all gifts from my cousins (yeah I have the best cousins ever!) and I couldn’t wait to play with these babies! Let me give you a closer look at each of them.

Bite Holiday 2013 Lip kit (USD 25)

This set contain 4 travel sized Bite lip crayons.  One full sized lip crayon from Bite is roughly 25 USD as well, so this kit is great if you just want to try a couple of shades and you don’t want to shell out 100 bucks for 4 lip pencils.

I think it’s pretty expensive but Bite only uses food grade ingredients for their lip products.  So that’s a plus to those who are into all-natural beauty products.  The formula is really pigmented and very hydrating . 🙂

Lorac Pro Palette (USD 42.00) 

No flash

With flash

I’ve wanted this palette in FOREVER and I just couldn’t make up my mind if I should get it or not.  Thank you ate Mae for putting me out of misery and giving me this for Christmas. Haha!

Laura Mercier Mini Kohl Pencil Set 

This was a gift from someone at work. The set comes with 8 travel sized kohl pencils in varying shades. Kohl pencils are usually used as base for smokey eye makeup.

I’m not a fan of smokey eye looks because I always botch it… and I find that it makes my eyes look smaller when I do get it right.  However, these pencils make creating smokey eyes a total breeze and the look is starting to grow on me.  It doesn’t hurt that I have 8 different colors to play with too. :p

Tarte Off The Cuff Palette (USD 47.00)

Now this is a palette I knew I had to have the moment I saw Emily Noel review it.  So when my cousin made me pick out what I’d like from the Sephora website, I picked this one right away.  I love experimenting with different blush shades, and having four in one palette is really nice.  If that isn’t good enough, the palette also includes a bronzer.  I’m definitely taking this with me on my next trip abroad.

Smashbox Masterclass 2 palette (no flash and with film cover)

Smashbox Masterclass 2 palette (59 USD) (with flash and no cover) 

I was heartbroken when I wasn’t able to get the first Masterclass palette.  So when I saw this in the Sephora site, I just knew I had to get it.  This is more compact than the first palette and it doesn’t have any lip product but I still like it.  I hesitated to get this because of the mix reviews, but I just like it so much I had to risk it.  Good thing my palette wasn’t damaged, nor did I have any problems with the pigmentation of the eyeshadows.  I just seriously adore this thing!

Hodgepodge of gifts and things I bought

Ulta and Maybelline Mascara Haul was having a sale right about the time my cousins asked me to pick out what I like from Sephora so I asked them to order a bunch of stuff for me as well.

Everything in this photo are from Ulta, except for the Maybelline mascaras.  I got them here in Manila when they were having a holiday sale.

Bifesta Cleansing Lotion (P420.00) 

My current favorite makeup remover! This is a repurchase because I’m almost done with my first bottle.  I have to tell you, this is even better than Bioderma, and I freaking love this.  I got this at 10% off from Watsons.  I use the Moist variant because I have dry skin.

Maybelline Mascara – The Rocket, The Falsies, The Rocket and Hyper Curl 

I’ve tried A LOT of mascaras and nothing holds the curl of my lashes as well as Maybelline mascaras do.  They were having a 30% off sale on mascaras last December and so I hoarded.  Nothing new there. lol

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealers and Loreal Carbon Black Liquid Eyeliners

Buy 1 get 50% off on the other item means I bought two of each variant that I want. Ahhh, Ulta.  It’s a good thing I don’t live in the states. haha! Anyhoo, I finally bought the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener and Neutralizer.  I haven’t tried this yet but I’ve seen nothing but rave reviews about it, so I’m excited to use these!

As for the eyeliner, it’s really good!  I think I’m breaking up with my K-palette eyeliner for a while. 😛

Essence Stay All Day Cream Eyeshadow in Coppy Right

I just felt like trying this cream eyeshadow because I’ve been hearing a lot about it.  Let’s just say that I still prefer powder eyeshadows.

Rimmel Scandal eyes crayon and eyeliners

These eyeliners and smudge crayons are awesome! I can’t find any sellers here so I kind of hoarded again because they were on sale at Ulta.   I swatched the smudge crayons and eyeliners at the back of my hand and rubbed them real hard, but they didn’t budge.

Great value for drugstore products. 🙂

These are gifts from my good friend Abi

Artdeco Lip Stylo with SPF 30 

I haven’t used this yet, and I haven’t figured out if it’s a primer or a lip balm, but Abi said she thinks I’ll need this for when I’m wakeboarding because it has a really high SPF.  Wear testing this tomorrow! 🙂

Clockwise: Formula X for Sephora in Chaotic, Revlon Parfumerie in Wintermint, Maybelline Lumineyes quad, Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Lippie in My First Time, Mac Riri Woo, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer 

The nail polish and MAC lipstick are from my cousin, Ate Mae, who is a total enabler when it comes to beauty products and she sends me nail polish and lipsticks whenever she can.

The Happy Skin lippie and Maybelline quad is from Nikki of 🙂  –> Thank you again Nikki! I really like these!

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: This one is from my boss.  I really like this highlighter, and now that I have it, I have to wonder why I even hesitated about purchasing this.  It’s seriously amazeballs.

Za Cosmetics Perfect Solution Set (P999.00) 

This was something ate Mae gave to me days before she went back to LA.  We were browsing in the Beauty section of SM Dept. store when I saw that these were bundled together and they were almost 50% off.   I wanted it so bad, but I was telling myself I should stick to my January mini goal (no beauty product shopping) when she decided to just buy it for me anyway. lol

She saved me from failing that goal.  That or she got annoyed at me for hovering around the Za counter. haha!

Totally random gifts! This aromatherapy candle is from my officemate.

Last but not the least is this water bottle from Starbucks.

Now you might be thinking, “huh? Water bottle?” right now, so let me tell how much I reeeally want this.

I used to have a white water bottle that is identical to this one.   Then I accidentally left it in the FX when I commuted to school.  If that wasn’t bad enough, this wasn’t available here at that time.  It was 2010, and I got it from a recent trip to Osaka.  I’ve had it for only a week and then I lost it.  So yeah, I never really recovered from that heartbreaking incident, until someone got me this.

The best part? It’s PURPLE! I LOVE PURPLEEEEEEEE!!! ❤

Okay enough.  You might think I suddenly turned into a retarded person. haha!

You pop the latch (lavender colored) then press the button so the lid will pop open to reveal this:


Now you can probably tell how much I love this.

So that was most of the stuff I got for Christmas!  It’s funny how almost everyone got me makeup, and I am just so excited to experiment with my new things.  I have a lot of posts lined up and I just can’t decide what to write first.  I’m thinking maybe a 2013 favorites post or Travel essentials since I’m going on a trip soon. What do you think?

Let me know in the comments section!



P.S.  The Cream Factory just launched the Scrub-in-a-Tub (best body scrubs I’ve ever tried!) and they’re giving away 10 tubs on their page!  Visit them here for more details! 🙂

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2014 3:45 am

    OH EM– Jealous overload!!! So much awesome stuff, especially the makeup. Been thinking of buying my own Lorac Pro palette but I don’t really need it so I keep postponing. Haha! I’d like to read both the 2013 favorites and travel essentials. I’m going on a trip as well on June so tips are greatly appreciated! 😉

    • March 6, 2014 3:55 am

      I knowwww I was overwhelmed when my cousin handed me the Sephora bag full of goodies. LOL!

      Anyhoo, I was a bit unimpressed with the Lorac Pro Palette. Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are still the best for me.

      I’m moving to a new domain soon, but I’m working on the travel essentials post. 😀 Is it too late to post a 2013 favorites?

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