Tuesday, 31 July 2012

HAUL! MAC, St Ives, Zinc, Barielle

I hit up the mall yesterday and ended up shopping my heart out! 
I picked up 4 candles from Bath & Body Works because they're have a great sale on right now. I got two frosted cupcake (my fave!), one peach bellini and one carribean escape. 
From American Eagle, I got a pair of black skinny jeans, a pair of mid-length jean shorts, and a pretty white lace top. They are also having big sales going on now! 
From Aldo, I got a gorgeous gold leaf necklace. I love their fashion jewelry because it is inexpensive but always fairly well-made and beautiful. 
At Winners, I picked up two new Ralph Lauren pillows for only $19.99! I also grabbed two decorative leaf plates for $5.99 each. 
Here are my beauty-related buys: 
The MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in 'medium' ($34.00/10g) doesn't really need an explanation- it is a cult classic and I am pretty sure most if not all of you own one or know of it. I am getting low on my current powder so I decided to grab this because I was doing a 'Back 2 MAC' return where I took in 6 empty MAC containers in exchange for a lipstick. I grabbed Vegas Volt which I had been eyeing for quite some time. The Sale Associate told me it seemed to be the most popular lip colour this summer and that they'd been selling it like hotcakes!
St. Ives Naturally Clear Cleansing Cloths with witch hazel
If you saw my recent empties post, you'll know I used up my travel wipes so I grabbed these because they were on sale for $6.99! St Ives isn't really a brand I buy usually, but these wipes are made for acne-prone skin with witch hazel so I decided to grab them! I used one last night and really like it, although the wipe is smaller than Simple's cleansing wipes.
Barielle Clearly Noticeable Nail Thickener ($5.99 at Winners)
At Winners, I grabbed this Barielle nail strengthener for $5.99. My nails have been so flaky lately, to the point that I cannot grow them out and I've had to keep them cut very short! I don't really know why, but I am hoping this will help. Anyone have experience with this nail strengthener? I do use cuticle oil on my nails daily to help them but it hasn't been paying off! 
Lastly, I bought a bottle of Zinc. I recently talked to a homeopath about my acne. I told her I was taking Cod Liver Oil capsules for it. She told me that those were fine, but that I should really be taking 50mg of Zinc every day! I grabbed some yesterday and I will try it out. I did some online research and apparently many people with acne have had great results from Zinc. My research says that chelated Zinc is the best (which I didn't buy) and that if you take Zinc on an empty stomach it will make you nauseous. I will keep you all updated on my results of adding this supplement to my daily routine!

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27 comments:

  1. Ah, I have wanted Vegas Volt for months now!

    I have also heard great things about Zinc...I can't wait to hear about your experience with it! Keep us posted! xo

    xo Courtney from StrawberreeSwing.com

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    1. I have been wearing it every day since I got it! it may be a little dramatic for day wear but I dont curr ;)

      I hope Zinc clears me up once and for ALL! If not, I am gonna bite the bullet and order some Mario Badescu products- however they really focus on treatment and I want PREVENTION!

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  2. I had no idea St Ives had wipes ^^ I love their face scrubs and body moisturizers, they're very good. Hope the Zinc works for you. I use to take this vitamin pills that had Magnesium and Zinc and my skin improved a lot... actually it wouldn't be such a bad idea to start taking those again ^^

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    1. I didn't know either! but they were on sale so they caught my eye. I hate paying full price for wipes because they go so fast!

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  3. I have never really tried out too many St. Ives products, but these wipes seem nice! I'm also really curious to see how the Zinc supplement works out:)

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    1. I hope the wipes do the trick for me, they smell nice! I am really really wanting zinc to work for me!

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  4. I recently got a boxed set of Barielle nail polishes. I had never even heard of the brand before.. but I really like them so far. They are very thick and seem to be really good quality. Plus they leave out a lot of nasty toxic ingredients! :) www.simplyalexandramyfavoritething.blogspot.com - Alexandra

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    1. I know, I saw Barielle at Winners and wasn't familiar with the brand- they had tons of polishes! then I saw the same nail strengthener I bought for 5.99 at Winners for sale on ebeauty.ca for $18.00! I got a great deal!

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    2. I don't know where they sell it in the US. I ran across it at a store called TJ Maxx that picks up what doesn't get sold other places. Got a package of 5 or 6 for $9.99 - US dollars. :)

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  5. I love that MAC powder, I have 2 *ashamed*.

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    1. I find it settles kind of cakey on my skin, actually. I am slightly disappointed.

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  6. I'd love to know how the Barielle works out for you!

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  7. I might try the zinc thing - I've read a lot about it too, but thought I was getting enough with my multivitamin...am going to read up some more - thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. I am going to keep you updated on zinc- after a month I will post an update! I figure I have nothing to lose!

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  8. yay hope you love vegas volt x

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  9. Vegas Volt looks like such a nice colour for you lips!
    I'm def going to buy this next time I'm at MAC!

    www.blondeebrittany.blogspot.ca

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    1. I am loving it and wearing it every day! haha.

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  10. I love Vegas Volt, you should definitely do a FOTD with it!

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    1. I usually don't do FOTD because my skin is crappy and not luminous and pretty like most girls who do FOTD :P

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  11. great haul! Can't wait to see you feature Vegas Volt :)

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    1. ty! I will definitely swatch it for you all.

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  12. Great haul!! I love aldo's jewelry!! I hope the zinc works for you! If you are finding that it isn't don't give up on it.. A little word to the wise.. drugstore vities etc have more fillers in them then those found at a health store. My nails have gone all weird on my in the last week. They are peeling and breaking and I was so mad I cut them all down. The only thing that I did different was use the zoya polish remover and Sally Hanson complete care 4 in 1 treatment! I've stopped both to see what happens.. I find one thing that is huge for me for nail growth is cuticle creams & oils.. If I use them 2-3 times a day my nails are long in 2 weeks. Check out PinksoFoxy on youtube.. She has beautiful nails and gives a great tut on how she takes care of them. Hers use to peel too!! I'll have to check out the lipstick. Our Mac store is right across from our Sephora so good excuse lol... I've never tried the mac mineralize skin finishes before.. Hides face lol. I did just buy another beauty powder from Mac in the play it proper shade!! I am so needing a frosted cupcake candle!!!

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  13. I totally agree that zinc helps prevent and heal zits. I take it daily. In fact, I always make sure I take vitamin B (apparently also prevents acne), milk thistle (to help the liver work better), and dong quai (to balance hormones)...after consuming this combo for several months, my skin stabilized.

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  14. I love the colour of polish you received! It's really pretty x

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  15. Fantastic haul.. I am thinking of going to shoppers tomorrow and doing some damage similar to this lol. Can't wait to hear about your results from zinc.. does it just help face acne or problems on your back to? I don't have anything bad but once in awhile I will get a few here and there.

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