Sunday, January 15, 2012

{Haul} Miscellaneous

So this final haul is just a mix of things I got before and during my NYC trip. I stopped by an outlet, TJ Maxx, the dollar store, and Ocean State Job Lot.

1. Tommy Hilfiger

While in NY, I made my way into New Jersey to see some family and stopped by the Tommy Hilfiger outlet looking for some good deals on clothes. Instead, I ended up getting a couple of makeup bags on sale. They were around $11 each and are nice and sturdy and roomy. I've been using one from Sonia Kashuk I got for free in a Target Beauty is my Bag Sampler (reviewed here), but it's just a tad too small. I really hate it when I've got makeup rolling around in my bag cause I'm afraid it's going to crack/burst and ruin it. These bags are a good size, large enough to fit my touch up makeup and even my Vaseline and hand lotion.

And how pretty is the pattern and logo?

I've got my Vaseline in there, makeup, hand cream, etc, and there is still a lot of room!!

2. TJ Maxx

The TJ Maxx I went to was also in New Jersey. I've gotta say, they had some awesome stuff there. I saw a lot more stuff on sale than at the one near where I live. I got the Arnaud Micellar Beauty Water for $9.99. I've been wanting to try a micellar water for a while now, but all of the ones I've seen are upwards of $30. This one is much cheaper and I absolutely love the dispenser. It's like the ones at Sephora where you just push down on the top and the product is dispensed right onto the cotton pad. The second thing I got was the Ultraceuticals Revitalising Body Treatment Oil. It was on clearance for only $3 so I got it to try in my hair, even though it is technically a body product. I had read some reviews online and several people said it works great as a treatment oil for dry hair. Definitely looking forward to giving it a try. And at $3 a total steal!

3. Ocean State Job Lot

Can I just say that if you've never been to an Ocean State Job Lot, you have not lived yet. Not kidding. You never know what kind of goodies pop up there and the prices can't be beat. I found a brush roll from Posh that comes with 5 brushes and a brush cleaner for only $3.99!

It includes a concealer brush, large shadow brush (similar to MAC's 227), brow/lash comb, large foundation brush, and what I was most excited about, a small powder brush that is very very soft. I've yet to test the brush cleaner or the other brushes in depth, but I can already say that I'm absolutely in love with the powder brush!

4-5. Amazon and the Dollar Store

I picked up the Sea Breeze Astringent online. I'd read a lot of good things about this astringent online, how it helps get rid of acne without drying out the skin too bad and decided to try it out.

If you look at the ingredients label you'll notice that it contains alcohol. Honestly, I know a lot of people steer clear of toners that contain alcohol, but honestly I've never had that big of an issue with them. I've been using this for almost two weeks at night after cleansing and my skin feels great. Not dry, thanks to all of the oils in the astringent, but clear and fresh.

I also stopped by the dollar store in the mall and picked up some more cotton pads because I'm running low (or was before I stocked up on the big ones in NY lol). I really love the ones this dollar store carries. They are square, but very thick and plush. They hold up really well when removing nail polish. I know this seems like such a trivial thing, cotton pads, but a good one at this low a price ($1 for 100) is hard to find. This is my second time buying these. I stopped by the store on Black Friday and I saw women buying ten packs at a time! I guess I'm not the only one who loves these. Definitely gonna buy them as long as the store stocks them.

This is it for hauls! Reviews coming soon!


  1. Do you recommend that astringent with any cleanser? I switch between using the proactiv system + an olay anti aging moisturizer (the 2 in 1 serum it's AMAZING - I'm 23 btw!) and other times I use grapefruit scrub and moisturizer - can I use this astringent with that?

    I LOVE your blog please keep updating!

    PS Just got the express lip balms (nude, berry and rose they look AMAZING), the runway makeup palette AND the limited edition nail collection, I'll let you know how I like them!

    1. For this astringent, I would use a normal cleanser, one without any acne meds. I have recently stopped regularly using any acne containing cleansers because I find that they dry my skin out too much and I get flakes around my chin--not too attractive :( I do use the Target version of the Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit scrub, but only occasionally. I use this astringent regularly, but I use a heavy moisturizer at night with it as well. It sounds like to me your skin care routine works well for you. If you don't have too much of an issue with acne right now, I wouldn't start routinely using this astringent. Try a couple times a week with a good moisturizer and go from there.

      How did you like the Express balms?? I was tempted by the runway palette (I'm a sucker for kits lol), but it's sold out online. On sale for $10 too!

      Thanks for commenting!