New in for Spring – Fashion and beauty haul

One thing that is very important in a relationship is sharing a passion and goals. And keeping my marriage a happy one is among my top priorities.

My husband was thrilled when I announced that recently, but somehow his enthusiasm dwindled considerably when I made him sit down and watch lookbooks on You Tube.

 

 

All for the greater good, I might add. For the purpose of helping me film my latest haul, which, surprisingly, consists of fashion as well as beauty stuff.

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Unboxing: EcoNaturals, Cult Beauty – Science and surprises

After having my baby boy in early March, I somehow lost track.

Track of time, track of my chores, basically track of everything that wasn’t feeding or nappy changing.

Which means I also lost track of the parcels arriving at my doorstep, even though I had been eagerly awaiting some of the things inside them.

Unboxing: EcoNaturals, Cult Beauty
Unboxing: EcoNaturals, Cult Beauty

So when I finally emerged out of the fog surrounding the early days and realized that it was April already, I decided it was time to catch up. And given the decision to catch up on household chores or beauty items, I chose the latter.

Tough choice, I know.

And to make things even more enjoyable, I slapped on some makeup, changed into a fresh (read: no puke) top and turned on the camera.

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New In March 2016 – I have been shopping

I know, I know.

I have told you many times that my collection is overflowing, that I really need to cut back on buying new stuff and that I own more skincare than any sane person probably should.

A sneak peak of the products...
A sneak peak of the products…

 

But in my defense: I really needed to restock on some things, and I DO have another Empties video just around the corner, so…

Oh well, I just did a little haul-ing. Please click below if you want to see what I got.

 

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New in – What I got in France

Many of you may know, I recently went for a (much needed) holiday in France.
Not so many know that my parents have a holiday home there, so I visit quite regularly and tend to use the opportunity to stock up on beauty and makeup stuff I don’t get as easily back here in Germany.

La vie en France

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New in – The parcel edition

Every three months I gather what I have been purchasing, shake my head in disbelief on the amount of brown eyeshadows and red lipsticks I have accumulated and start taking pictures.
Because the one reason behind every purchase is reviewing the things I bought here on Linda, Libra, Loca.
At least that is what I tell my husband.

Don’t you just love it when the postman rings?

This time I thought I´d change things up a little and show you the parcels I received, one being a must-buy from Cult Beauty, one being giveaway prizes I won and one being part of a makeup swap I did with Dawn from Brilliant Orchid.

Let´s start with the giveaway stuff.
Funny enough, it included Sheet Masks, just like the one I did a few weeks back, so I am sorted for the time to come.

Isn’t the packaging too cute?

Other than that it contained:
– a Belle Madame Girl Love Beautyblender
– a ParaDo Lasting Eyebrow Pen
– a set of three Dolly Wink Lashes in „1 Dolly Sweet“
– a MBR Eyeliner Pencil in „Metallic“ (Cheetah print, yay!)
– one Etude House Moonlight in Spoon Blending Sleep Cream (a spoon full of a night time eye treatment)
For a self-proclaimed skincare addict getting my hands on Korean products is beyond exciting!

Cant wait to try making these Banana Donuts!

When I opened Dawns parcel, I immediately knew I was going to love it, no matter what makeup she would have included. She send me sweets!
– Audrey Hepburn Blueberry Candies
– Sweetstacks Guam Banana Donut Mix

My very first Chanel nail polish!

Apart from that she included nail polishes from Wet n Wild („Through the grapevine“), Milani („Club Lights“), four OPI minis and a Chanel one („Cinema“).
We had agreed on drugstore and samples, so Chanel was definitely unexpected.
Now I am pretty loyal to Essie and don’t wear nail polish too often (work reasons), but there is no woman out there who wouldn’t be over the moon when gifted a Chanel polish, am I right?

A Lancome Définicils High Definition Mascara sample completed the makeup stuff. I love Lancome mascaras and haven’t tried this one yet, so again: Great choice!

Will I really try the Snail Repair Anti-Wrinkle Cream? I´ll keep you posted!

Kindly enough she added some skincare:
– An original chapstick
– A soothing lip balm by Magic (isn’t the packaging the cutest?)
– A Coconut Organic soap in the shape of a teddy bear
– Some Royal Jelly Skin Oil capsules
– Etude House Oh My Goodness! Dry Shampoo
– A sample of Chamos Snail Repair Anti-Wrinkle Cream

I have read tons about the benefits of snail slime but would never, ever have spend money on it. Now I am stuck with a sample, and disgust and curiosity keep fighting in my head.
Should I try it?
Would you?
Let me know in the comments!

And while I am debating this, let´s move on to the last and most obvious purchase.
If you have been a reader for quite some time, you know I am addicted to skincare and I religiously read the skincare blog by Caroline Hirons.
Ladys (and gentleman? I don’t think so) meet the Cult Beauty box designed by Caroline Hirons!

Cult Beauty Box designed by Caroline Hirons

Inside is skincare greatness (or at least I hope so) in form of:
– Alpha-H Liquid Gold: Love it, read my review here
– Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm
– MV Organic Skincare 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic
– Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex
– Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask
– Bio-Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Droplet Sleeping Beauty Mask
– Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil
– David Kirsch Vitamin Mineral Powder Superjuice

Pretty much my skincare wish list Pinterest board all in one box. How could I have resisted?

As much as I am tempted to rip everything open and lock myself into the bathroom for two days straight, I will patiently finish what I am using now and then try and test everything thoroughly before providing you with my thoughts.
Bare with me, it is hard for me too!


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The exception from the rule – Collective Haul

I have mentioned several times before, I put myself on a spending ban when the Little Bean was born.

That was how I imagined it to be.

The reasons were various:
I own so much makeup, I could probably go for two years straight without the need to buy something new.
I have a bathroom cabinet dedicated to unused skincare I really wanted to try.
I wanted to get use out of the products I really love, instead of hoarding them until they were far beyond expiration date and went to the bin almost unused.
I wanted to cut back on my expenses. Going from „Double Income, No Kids“ to me staying at home for one year had a major impact on the bank balance, and I wanted to save up for our family adventure in New Zealand.
And last but not least, I wanted to get more sensible with spending in general. Like, looking what I really want, not buying red lipstick number eight, just because I saw it at the drugstore.

I am proud to say it didn’t go too bad.
But of course, there are exceptions from every rule.
Let me introduce you to the biggest ones yet: New Zealand, Singapore and my birthday!

Birthday Goodies

Lets do the birthday stuff first.
Technically, not everything was a birthday present. The lipstick and the palette were given to me by my wonderful friend Pia just because.
But as they were a gift, it felt right to include them into the birthday part.

1. Skincare:
Last time I was at my parents, I carefully instructed my mother and sister on the different skincare lines The Body Shop offers and which sound promising enough for me to keep them on my wishlist. They got the not so subtle hint and I will soon be testing:
– Camomile Cleansing Balm
– Nutriganics Drops of Youth Youth Enhancing Concentrate (yes, this is double youth in there)
– Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask
– Drops of Youth Eye Serum

2. Makeup:
– Clinique Chubby Stick for eyes in „Bountiful Beige“
– Lipstick Queen lipstick in „Saint Coral“ (read the explanation on Sinner and Saint over at Eyespaintedblack)
– Revolution Redemption Palette Iconic 3, which is said to be a dupe for the Naked 3

Heading over to New Zealand:
I HAD to get some Antipodes skincare while there, because they are a NZ based brand I had never tried before and finally could get my hands on, and while I was browsing a Revlon counter, it came to my notice they had a GWP including eyeshadow, a lipstick, a mascara and a nail polish. It would have been a sin to pass on that, since we don’t have Revlon here in Germany anyway.

Antipodes Joyous Serum, Divine face Oil, Hosanna Serum and Aura Manuka Honey Mask



1. Skincare:
– Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum, packed with antioxidants
– Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip, aimed at scars and breakouts
– Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum, meant for hydration (obviously)
– Aura Manuka Honey Mask, for dehydrated, blemish-prone skin

Left to right: Kissable Pink LS, Cherrys in the Snow LS, Really Red LS, Impressionist ES Palette, Bewitching NP, Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair, Photoready 3D Volume Mascara in Black



2. Makeup:
– Lipstick 805 „Kissable Pink“ (Shine): GWP, as I usually don’t gravitate towards light pinks
– Lipstick 440 „Cherries in the Snow“ (Crème): Sat on my wishlist for almost two years.
– Lipstick 006 „Really Red“ (Matte): You remember me saying I own to many red lipsticks?
– Colorburst Matte Balm 240 „Striking“: Red in matte and as crayon. I think I have a problem.
– Eyeshadow palette 505 „Impressionist“: GWP, I don’t really like palettes, but the colors seem nice.
– Nailpolish 620 „Bewitching“: GWP. I have never heard about Revlon nail polishes before.
– Photoready 3D Volume Mascara in 001 „Blackest Black“: GWP. Volume sounds good.
– Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 „Fair“: Recommended by The Painted Rogue. She knows where the best loot is.

Last stop Singapore:
You can’t be a You Tube lover without hearing about sheet masks. Of course, they are available via the World Wide Web, but buying them hands on in a supermarket has a whole different level of satisfaction to offer.
Looking back, I might have gone a little overboard. Expect me to look like I just stepped out of a horror movie at least five evenings a week.
And maybe I was thoughtful enough to stock up for a little giveaway coming soon.

So many Sheet Masks! And a 100 ml Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II

The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II (Review here) finally was a necessity, as my last one has just a few drops left and you can get the 100 ml bottle as a travel exclusive only.
But I have to admit, I had a hard time convincing Mr. Loca that this time I was actually saving money.

I think it is safe to say that when it comes to breaking the rules, my motto is „Go big or go home!“.

What was your last splurge?
Any thoughts on the items I purchased?


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