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Pre-Spending Ban Haul ft. Sephora & ColourPop

Two hauls in 2 weeks? Who the hell do I think I am? Well, I better soak it all in now because this is going to be my last one in a very, very long time. If you read my May Goals, then you know that I've officially declared another spending ban and it's very much needed. Anyways, here are the things I picked up from the Sephora VIB Sale a week or so ago. I also picked up a few bits from ColourPop during they're free worldwide shipping promo. 

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation | I've been meaning to pick up this foundation for the longest time. Literally everybody talks so highly about this one so, as a beauty blogger, of course I had to try it out for myself. I've tried it once or twice so far and am really enjoying it. Agreeing with a bunch of people, it doesn't give the glow that the name suggests but I do see a bit of luminosity to it which I love. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade | This is a repurchase for me as I'm fina-f'n-ly nearing the end of my first Dip Brow. I must have owned it for like two years of something, so you could tell how happy I was when I realized I was almost done with it. This is seriously one of the best eyebrow products to ever come into existence. 

Stellar Cosmic Face Powder | This was a really random purchase. I just saw it on the "Just Arrived" page on Sephora and read a couple of reviews and decided to try it out. I've tried it twice already but don't know how I feel about it just yet. I bought the shade Glow 2 which is more on the yellow side. I feel like it's too dark to set my under eye concealer (which is what I mainly bought it for) but is perfect for an all over the face setting powder. 

beautyblender Two.BB.Clean | On the last day of the sale, I had one of the most brilliant thoughts ever - stock up on beautyblenders while they're on sale, stupid! Everybody knows how overpriced those damn sponges are, but I can't deny that they're the best beauty sponges on the market. None of the other sponges I've tried have ever matched up to this one. So I ended up picking up a set that came with two of the original hot pink beautyblenders (bleh, I much prefer the other colours but whatever) and the liquid cleansers. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder | The first time I heard about Hourglass' new bronzers was from this post by The Beauty Look Book. They looked absolutely beautiful and I just had to snag one for myself. I ended up picking out Luminous Bronze Light......and my gosh, it is one of the most beautiful bronzers I've ever owned. I swear I haven't used any other bronzer since I got this one. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Elixir | I've seen this shadow on Jasmine Talks Beauty way too many times and every single time I fall in love. I promised myself I would get it the next time I put in an order at ColourPop and finally I had the chance to. I have no regrets whatsoever. This shade is beautiful, pigmented and super buttery. Im obsessed.

ColourPop Pressed Eyeshadows in High Strung & Come and Get It | I also wanted to give CP's new pressed eyeshadows a go and opted for these two shades. I first swatched High Strung and was super impressed. But, for some reason, when I tried to swatch Come and Get It, there was no colour pay off whatsoever. I literally had to scrape away the top layer of the eyeshadow to get a less than decent swatch. I'm on the fence with these just because of my experience with that shadow. Hopefully I just got a dud. Anybody else run into this problem?

ColourPop Brow Colour in Dope Taupe | I know their eyebrow line came out ages ago & that should tell you how long it's been since I ordered from ColourPop. But I've so badly wanted to try the line since it launched so I ended up picking this up. Haven't tried it yet, but I wonder if it's any where close to comparing to the ABH Dip Brow. 

ColourPop Brow Pencil in Bangin' Brunette | Also had to get the eyebrow pencil. I've tried it a few times and I can tell you that they're super pigmented and creamy. I'm a fan thus far, but I'll continue to use it and see if that first impression holds up. Is it just me or is the brow pencil a whole lot longer than regular ones? 

ColourPop Ulta Metallic Lipstick in Man Eater | Lastly, I picked up one of their metallic lipsticks since I don't have any metallic lippies in my collection yet. It swatched amazingly but I have yet to try it on the lips. I'm a fan of ColourPop's liquid/satin lipsticks & lippie stix, so I don't think I'll be disappointed by this guy. 

L-R: HG Luminous Bronze Light, CP Come & Get It, CP High Strung, CP Elixir, CP Man Eater 

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