Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Beauty Hauls: Sephora, Mecca Maxima, etc!




As you may know, I recently enjoyed a fantastic trip to Sydney with my family. I was incredibly patient, enduring two full days of non-shopping related activities such as playgrounds, the beach and amusement rides, before I even saw the shops. I basically waited until the third day of the holiday to shop like a Mofo visit Mecca Maxima and Sephora, because I'm just that considerate. LOL. You may see a product theme in the form of MASKS. I went batshit cray-cray for masks for some insane reason (I'm still trying to work it out?) and decided I needed every mask known to man. Check out my beauty hauls below!

For starters, a tiny lip mask haul from Cosmo Cosmetics, a small store selling luxe brands (eg SK-II) at heavily discounted prices, immediately rendering me 100% suspicious. I steered clear of those and got these fun-looking lip masks, because I've never tried a lip mask before and by gosh they look like a good time! Besides, all the packaging is in Asian symbols, adding to the excitement, because I don't know what any of it means! Also, you can put them on your boobies (I asked WTF the cartoon meant and she said you can put them on your nips, and I burst out laughing and went red).


This is perfectly normal

Items Hauled:
Pure Smile Choosy Fruit Lip Mask
Pure Smile Choosy Gold Pearl Lip Mask

Oh My God, you guys.........

Wall to wall makeup in Sephora *dies*

Next up, Sephora. Oh how I was looking forward to this experience! It didn't disappoint, even though they didn't stock Sleek or Leaders InSolution (online only, apparently). Still, it was two floors full of makeup and skincare goodness, a beauty lovers dream! I was served by a lovely man wearing a full face of makeup (you don't see that in Adelaide!) and he kindly gave me some free samples with my order, although I did have to ask. I kept the purchases to a minimum (lol, see below) since I'm better off getting the Stila, Too Faced, etc from Mecca because their rewards system shits all over Sephora's. Here's my mask-heavy haul...





Items Hauled:
Dr. Jart The Book of Masks
Sephora Green Tea Face Mask
Sephora Lingzhi Face Mask
Sephora Lingzhi Sleeping Mask
Sephora Lingzhi Eye Mask
Sephora Pomegranate Eye Mask
Sephora Lotus Eye Mask
Sephora Ginseng Eye Mask
Sephora Multi-Texture Sponge
Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in Sexy Game
2 x Clinique Foaming Sonic Facial Soap (free sample)
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence Eye (free sample)

This was a spontaneous haul because my son wanted a nice bath in our hotel room, so we needed some bath bombs. Of course, being a huge Lushie, I don't need much convincing to visit a Lush store! The Sales Assistant let him push the buttons on the cash register and stick on the labels, so that was pretty cool, too!


Items Hauled:
Blackberry Bath Bomb
Intergalactic Bath Bomb
FUN Green
Mint Julips Lip Scrub


Swatch Til You Drop, right?

Mecca Maxima time! I was expecting the QVB store to be quite large, but it actually isn't! Anyway, I had my list ready (as I did with Sephora) and had a grand old time swatching, smelling and putting everything in my basket! I tossed up between the Too Faced original Chocolate Bar palette, the Semi-Sweet and the Bon Bons one, but I'm pretty happy I went with the original. Again, the customer service was phenomenal; I had multiple SA's helping me, discussing beauty and explaining the difference between the palettes and how to use each of the free samples.





Someone has a Soap & Glory addiction







Items Hauled:
Origins GinZing Eye Cream
Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose
Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Evangeline
Too Faced Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette
Soap & Glory SoaperHeroes set
Soap & Glory Sexy MotherPucker Lip Plumping Gloss
Soap & Glory The Breafast Scrub
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Moisturizer
GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment (free sample)
Ren Keep Young and Beautiful Firming and Smoothing Serum (free sample)
Perricone MD Neuropeptide Face Activator Serum (free sample)
Perricone MD Advanced Eye Therapy (free sample)


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What would you have picked up?

25 comments:

  1. Awesome haulage!! Was Sephora very busy when you went? I was literally getting elbows when I was in there! I look forward to full revies of the Too Faced palette and that Soap & Glory stuff sounds amazzzzzze. I feel like you shouldn't have to ask for samples. Places rely on that Australian fear of looking like a scab.

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    1. No, not at all busy, thankfully, and I'm one that gets annoyed with that type of thing, so I would have noticed! I agree re samples, I feel entitled, especially if I do a substantial shop! LOL (I have no shame when it comes to samples, I will ALWAYS ask haha).

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  2. Ooh nice haulage! You're right about the Mecca store in the QVB - I feel like I'm cheek to jowl with people when I go there. Still, it's a bit more spacious than where it used to be upstairs (not by much though). I feel the same way about the city Sephora store too (glad you had a good experience there, I was worried my rant post might've put you off). I never ask for samples, probably because as Beth said, I'm afraid of looking like a scab.

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    1. Thanks Shell! Oh I was too excited to be put off, but it's awesome having the full story so I know what the heck's going on, so your post on the background stuff was totes useful. I just don't care if they think I'm a scab for asking for samples, and also it's in their best interest cos if I love it I'll get the full size after trialling samples sometimes anyway!

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  3. You lucky thing, this looks like so much fun, what a fantastic haul!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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    1. You're so right, it was way too much fun Kez, I already want to go back (but without my family so I don't have time restraints - lol, how bad is that?!) :)

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  4. Looks like you had a fun time shopping! You got some great things too :)

    I didn't know Mecca sold soap and glory, how cool! I won some of their stuff on anther blog a while back and thought it was really nice, will have to check it out next time I'm passing :)

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    1. Yes Soap & Glory is beautiful isn't it? I bought some from the Singapore Sephora when I was there and fell in love (so thought I'd stock up haha).

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  5. How exciting!! I love a good haul. I don't have Mecca or Sephora where I live. Looking forward to saving up and going to Sydney one day and buying errrrrything.

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    1. Haha yes I know the feeling. I wanted to buy errrrrything too and probs came close lol :D

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  6. omggg great haul!!! making me itching to go back and shop some more (but i have a stash of makeup waiting to be used, damn!)

    Lily not Louise

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    1. Haha! I literally need to buy more beauty storage now to deal with all this!

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  7. so many goodies! :D love that palette, I want it :(
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  8. Great Haul. I hope you had lots of fun shopping these goodies.. Looking forward to read your reviews !

    www.luv4beautyblog.com

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  9. That's one shopping trip. I'm heading to Sydney next month. Can hardly wait. Have lots of shopping on the agenda. Just not sure where I should head first.

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    1. Have fun! Hope you can case out some lovely goodies to buy!

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  10. Oh my gosh! Browsing through these pics made me so happy! Haha the boobie pic was a lark, looks a bit suss. :P

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    1. Lol, yeah the boobie pic gets me every time. I'm not going there, girlfriend! Haha :D

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  11. Amazing haul!! I LOVE Sephora. I also agree that samples should just be offered without having to ask!

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  12. Lol I'm glad your nips are now going to be cared for ๐Ÿ˜‚
    What a haul! I'm so jelly I'm busting to get inside a saphora!

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    1. It was well worth waiting til the third day. I'm not game to stick those things on my nips, but mad props to any lady who does. Haha :)

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  13. That is a seriously good haul! I laughed out loud at the lips and nips mask. I would love to see someone with a nip mask on. Bron x

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