Beauty Haul | Summer 2015

Once again, I got sucked into a big beauty haul thanks to a sweet coupon for 20% off my entire purchase at Ulta, one of my favorite beauty supply stores.  This happened just a few months ago!  The timing worked out well so I could restock on some of my standby favorites, but of course, I also purchased a few items I had no intention of getting before I went in.  Those tricky coupons always get me!  I also purchased some mineral makeup at a new local Whole Foods.  Here’s a look at my latest beauty acquisitions:

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beauty haul summer 2015

✻ Tarte Maracuja Oil – I’ve been using this face oil off and on for the past year or so and it’s definitely my favorite out of the different kinds I’ve tried so far.  I was so happy to have the coupon right when I needed to repurchase as it is on the pricey side, but well worth it in my opinion.  My skin drinks it right up!

✻ Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub – These amazing scrubs are another tried and true favorite that I like to stock up on when I have a good coupon.  I picked up Tropical Mango and Passion Fruit & Guava, which are both fresh tropical fruit scents.  Perfect for summer!

✻ Pacifica Body Butter – I’ve been obsessed with this body butter over the past few months and flying right through it thanks to my unusually dry skin lately.  My current favorite scent is Hawaiian Ruby Guava.  It smells divine!  I also picked up Island Vanilla. which is a great year round scent for me that I can use come fall.

Pacifica Hand Cream – I’ve been using this hand cream exclusively for the last couple of months and decided having the coupon was the perfect opportunity to stock up on another so I’m all set when I run out.  It’s moisturizing without the greasy residue and I love the light vanilla scent.

✻ Maybelline Volum Express The Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara – My current mascara is on its last legs, so I thought I’d purchase an old favorite or two to have on hand.  This mascara has always given me the natural look I prefer for myself with excellent staying power.

✻ Covergirl Clump Crusher Waterproof Mascara – I also picked up this longtime favorite from Covergirl to have in my stash.  Now I’m all set for the rest of summer and fall in the mascara department!

✻ Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer – I wanted to try a new lightweight, medium coverage face base product, so I thought I’d give this popular BB cream from Tarte a try.  Unfortunately, it contains an ingredient (retinyl palmitate) that I’m not comfortable using while pregnant, so I’m going to return it, but I might give it a whirl post pregnancy next year!

✻ Earth Therapeutics Aloe Socks – I have a few pairs of these socks already and decided a new one would be well appreciated when the weather turns chilly!  Even though they’re marketed as slipper socks, I like to wear mine as a daily option during the winter months.  They’re cozy without being too bulky and fit nicely inside my winter boots.

✻ Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – If you’ve been following my hauls and favorites for awhile, this eyeliner repurchase won’t be a surprise, as it’s my all time favorite.  I love being able to have a backup on hand for 20% less!

✻ Clarisonic Luxe Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head – I go through several of these Clarisonic brush head replacements a year and it’s nice to stock up with a coupon.  The luxe cashmere is my absolute favorite!  I use my Clarisonic every night and this brush head is gentle yet effective.

✻ Smashbox Mini Exposure Travel Palette – This palette was a total impulse grab and buy while I was waiting in the checkout line.  I need more eyeshadow like I need a hole in the head.  I’ve heard some great things about it and it’s super small which is great for a travel, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

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I also popped into a new local Whole Foods and was delighted to find a full beauty counter with testers (!) of a few popular mineral makeup brands.  What a find!

beauty haul mineral makeup summer 2015

✻ Pacifica Ultra CC Cream – I’ve been on the hunt for a lightweight and light coverage foundation with good ingredients lately and thought I’d try this one by Pacifica.  They only offer it in two shades, which is a bit limiting, but I’m hoping it works out.

✻ Pacifica Enlightened Gloss in Opal – I’ve been a lot pickier about my lip products since becoming pregnant and have been looking for a good sparkly gloss for summer.  I’m hoping this one has the kind of formula and results I like.  The color is gorgeous!

✻ Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint in Shimmer – I can’t tell you how excited I was to see a mineral-based lip crayon!  I scooped up this pretty light shimmery coral shade.  It has a light mint scent which is so refreshing!

✻ Mineral Fusion Lipstick Butter in Ripe – You know me and lip butters!  When I saw this mineral formula I just had to give it a try.  This MLBB (My Lips But Better) shade is right on the money for my go-to color.

✻ Mineral Fusion Lip Pencil in Splendid – I’ve recently started using lip pencils with some frequency and wanted to try this mineral version out.  It’s the perfect neutral pink shade that’s a touch darker than my natural lip color for me to use as a base.

✻ Mineral Fusion Waterproof Mascara in Cliff – Waterproof mineral mascara is hard to come by, especially in dark brown, so you can imagine my excitement at this find.  I’ve already used it a couple of times and so far, so good!

Check out my video for more details:

It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the beauty haul love with two of you.  The Summer Beauty Haul Giveaway will run until Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  TWO winners will receive a LeSportsac makeup bag with a few of my current beauty favorites inside, as pictured below:

beauty haul  summer giveaway 2015

You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.  Good luck!

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Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my new beauty goodies.  I would love to know if you picked up any new beauty items this summer if you care to share.  I hope you have a wonderful day!


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37 thoughts on “Beauty Haul | Summer 2015”

  1. I have looked at the full exposure palette but have not found many reviews you will have to let us know if you like it xx great video again today

  2. I love all your products but have you ever thought about during a hand cream for anti we all get older our hands do’s something to think about I use one and its good one.

  3. Hi Jen!!
    Enjoyed your video 🙂 could you please give us a review on the Pacifica makeup?
    Long time ago I received samples on my itsy bag and really didn’t care it but maybe now it has been improved 🙂

    ps – you are the so giving!! thank you so much for all these giveaways you do!!

    Blessings 🙂

    1. I’ve used the CC cream twice now and while I do like it, it doesn’t offer any real coverage to speak of. More of a complexion evener.

  4. Thank you for this beautiful Beauty Haul!
    I really enjoyed watching the video.
    Thank you for the giveaay too!
    It s really awesome from you to offer those lovely goodies!

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I have tried the Hawaiian Ruby Guava Pacifica body butter and shower gel, and really love it!

    I love pacifica and my fingers are crossed to win one of the give-aways.
    congrats. on expecting!

  6. I love your youtube channels. thank you for making them long and of high quality and great sound quality!! I really enjoy how detailed you are on each subject you post. My husband & I recently returned from a trip to London & your packing videos are so incredibly helpful I’m so grateful i found your channel. This tip was the most successfully packed because of your advice and reviews. please keep them coming! Thank You!

  7. I really wish I managed to get some more big coupons like this! I’ve got my eye on so many goodies right now but a sweet little discount would really help me commit to the purchase lol! I really want to try out the Pacific line but I think the only way I can get it in the UK is buying on Amazon and I’m not too sure about the prices!

    Mega Plush is one of my favourite mascaras! It’s very similar to Benefits ‘They’re Real’ but at a much more affordable price! It also has less fall out than ‘They’re Real’ too 🙂

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  8. I am totally a tiny sized product sucker! They get me every time. I think it is because they make me dream of my next trip and I love to travel! Thanks for sharing your beauty goodies. Is it wrong that it makes me want to go shopping? Then again, it doesn’t take much to make me want to go shopping!

  9. Hi Jen,
    I know it is sometimes difficult for you to stick to goals. It would be great if when you show beauty products you have purchased you also show which items you toss from your collection (in your beauty purge video you stated you were going to do a “one in one out” from then on).

    You have purchased quite a bit since then…the Bare Minerals items, the items in this haul, etc. I think it would help those of us trying to maintain a clutter-free and organized lifestyle feel motivated and give some authenticity to what you say in your videos. Thanks!

    1. I usually replace things when I have a specific need. Looking for a foundation with cleaner ingredients that works well is proving a bit tricky! I like to give items I purchase a fair try before I move onto something else.

  10. Love your summer beauty haul. I appreciate so much the review. I hate spending a lot of money on an item only to hate it. Thank you for always helping with what you think of the item and why. It is greatly appreciated and very helpful.

  11. I see that you’ve acquired some BB cream and CC cream…..have you tried any of the Korean BB and CC creams? I love them….

  12. I refer to Ulta as one of my happy places. 🙂 I also love the Cover Girl Clump Crusher mascara – it’s one of my new summer finds. Have a great day!

  13. Love this post and video, thanks 🙂 Living in the UK Burts Bee’s is kinda expensive which is so sad to me but when I visit the US I always stock up!!

  14. Love your videos, Jen!! I saw that you were still looking for a foundation with better ingredients for you since you are pregnant! May I suggest Younique makeup? It’s naturally based and safe for mommies to be 🙂 Let me know if you would like more info or samples! Have a great day!

  15. Jen, have you looked at the Paula’s choice line? I’m on my 4th tube of the resist super-light daily wrinkle defense broad spectrum SPF 30. The active ingredient is zinc oxide with a slight tan tint.

  16. Thanks for a great giveaway Jen! I love your give aways! I’m determined to one day win! POKE POKE, LOL! 🙂

  17. Enjoyed your video. I never get a 20% off coupon from Ulta. The most I get is 3.50 and you can’t use it on prestige cosmetics or fragrances. Loved all your goodies.

  18. Thank you so much for the recommendations. I just purchased the pacifica hawaiian ruby guava body butter thanks to the video/blog post and I love it so far. I have very sensitive skin so it’s nice being able to use a lotion with a fragrance.

    I also only seem to get the 3.50 off of $10 purchase coupon from ulta, but maybe one day I will get a nicer coupon haha.

  19. What a fun giveaway! I have recently started to use more organic and/or natural beauty products. Especially on my body, but also makeup products. I have heard a lot of great things about the brand Pacifica, so I ordered a mascara and a perfume from them a couple of days ago. Can´t wait to try them out 🙂 It would be great if you did a follow up video or blog post about the things you got, and if they worked out for you..That would be really helpful 🙂

  20. Thank you Jen for sharing all you beauty goodies, I also love using Mineral Fusion products from Whole Foods. I feel better using organic makeup on my skin.

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