Sunday 13 May 2012

Birthday Trip Haul - Breakdown

WARNING: This post is picture heavy (and long) and may cause a case of lemmings...

It has been requested for me to do a more detailed post of my haul. I had intended to do but wasn't sure what way to go about it. I've decided I will show you the products I purchased but will leave swatches and comments until I actually review the products. I haven't even used most (actually pretty much all) of the products yet.

Nars at Mecca Cosmetica

I purchased these items on a kind of spur of the moment. I had intended to purchase some products from Laura Mercier but could not find a counter (I was told by someone at Myer that they don't have counters anymore?) so I decided to check out Nars at Mecca. 

I had to wait around 10 minutes to be served as both the artists were busy with other customers. I was then served by the fabulous Vanessa. She made me want to purchase so many things. She was so helpful - full of information and recommendations. All the products I purchased she actually applied for me and told me all about them. I should have taken a photo but forgot. :)

I purchased:
  • Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc
  • Multiple in Copacabana
  • Blush in Torrid
  • Lip Gloss in Chihuahua


I think Chanel may be the love of my life (an expensive love). I just love the products and cannot go past a counter without purchasing something. Plus when I got my make up done on my birthday, I had to purchase two products to make the appointment free.

I purchased:
  • Inimitable Intense Mascara in 10 Noir
  • Nail Colour in 513 Black Pearl
  • Nail Colour in 549 Distraction
  • Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in 164 Volupte
  • Rouge Coco Shine in 52 Fetiche
  • HydraMax + Active Nutrition Lip Care

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

I went to the Bobbi Brown counter knowing I wanted to purchase the corrector and concealer for under the eyes. At first the woman at the counter was not too friendly but I think once she realised I was a genuine customer she became much nicer when colour matching me. She even threw in a couple of samples.

I purchased:
  • Corrector in Light Bisque
  • Creamy Concealer Kit in Ivory/Pale Yellow Powder
  • Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in 2 Calypso Coral


There is something just so luxurious and beautiful about Guerlain products. I had to add some to my collection. The lipstick is in pretty slide to open packaging. The pretty looking compact is a face powder and it smells like roses. I also got a GWP from Guerlain but sadly it is mostly skincare.

I purchased:
  • Shine Automatique in 261 Rose Imperial
  • Metorites Compact Pressed Powder in 01 Teint Rose

Burberry & Tom Ford

I have wanted a Burberry lipstick for ages but wasn't near a counter and could not find a reputable place to buy online (David Jones now sell some Burberry online here). I have been lusting after another Tom Ford lipstick since I got one at Christmas and again couldn't find anywhere to buy it online.

I purchased:
  • Burberry Lip Cover in 03 Cameo Pink
  • Tom Ford Lip Color in 08 Flamingo

Dior & YSL

I had to get one of the new Dior lipsticks. I am in love already, I intended to purchase another but got distracted by other shiny things. I also purchased another YSL Glossy Stain as I love them.

I purchased:
  • Dior Addict Extreme in 476 Plaza
  • YSL Glossy Stain in 12 Pink Coral

MAC & Giorgio Armani

This was my first visit to a MAC counter and I must say I wasn't overly impressed - so much so I left with only one product. I was served easily enough, I told the artist I was interested in the Mineralise Skin Finish powders. She then tried to match me to a dark colour. I am the lightest or second lightest shade in most foundations.  I let her apply it and I was going to buy it, but then they didn't have it in stock (which I am now relieved about). There was just something that stopped me from purchasing anything else. I also purchased a Giorgio Armani eye shadow I have been wanting to try.

I purchased:
  • MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Lightscapade
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow in 8 Champagne


Clinique had a GWP on at David Jones so I decided to pick up a couple of their newest products. I was talked into the eye liner shade by the artist - still not sold on the green.

I purchased:
  • Almost Lipstick in 39 Shy Honey
  • Quickliner for Eyes Intense in 07 Intense Ivy 

Priceline & Target

In all my time spent at Myer and David Jones I managed to fit in a trip to Priceline and Target. I picked up the Australis palette as I have read a lot about it on the BeautyHeaven forums. The Loreal shadows were reduced to $10 each and then I got one free (a buy 2 get 1 free promotion). I was really excited to see the new Nude by Nature products in Priceline so I had to get them.

I purchased:
  • Australis Nudist Eye Shadow Palette
  • Loreal Colour Infaillible Eye Shadow in
    • 024 Bronze Goddess
    • 027 Goldmine
    • 021 Sahara Treasure
  • Nude by Nature BB 5-in-1 Miracle Cream in Light
  • Nude by Nature Papaw Ointment

Gift With Purchases & Samples

With all my shopping I managed to pick up two GWP's, one from Guerlain and one from Clinique. I also got some samples from both Bobbi Brown and Chanel. The Guerlain GWP was advertised on the box as a four piece gift but it has more than that in the bag, so that was a bonus.  

So there is my massive beauty haul. I think I will have to be good on the beauty shopping for the next couple of months. I had such a fun time shopping. It was great to have access to so many make up counters that I normally don't, so I went a little crazy. I had however saved up some money for that purpose and had some generous relatives plus it was my 21st birthday celebration. I'm not much of a partier so I make up for it by being a shopaholic. :)

What have you purchased recently? What did you do to celebrate your most recent birthday? 


  1. Such a wonderful haul, well done! And thank you so much for satisfying all our curiosity by doing a product breakdown...hope you're enjoying your goodies!


  2. WOW! I you got such amazing things.. you must have spent SO much money! I'm so jealous :P especially of the Chanel!

  3. Great birthday haul!

    Laura Mercier is still at David Jones. I saw a Counter at Chadstone and in the CBD.

    Caitlin xoxo
    xoxo lusted

  4. amazing birthday haul!!! i think i might do the same (prob won't buy nearly as much but) on my birthday :D

  5. Great Haul! I's sure you will enjoy each and every one of those products.

  6. Wow that's an amazing haul!


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Stephanie x

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