Monday 7 January 2013

Christmas Haul - Presents & Shopping

It is impossible for me to go to Melbourne and not go shopping. I love the big shopping centres and can spend hours walking around them and enjoying the atmosphere. I don't even need to buy anything - though I cannot deny that I enjoy buying things. 

I was planning a trip to Chadstone but with my paying being messed up I decided to just stick to Eastland which limited my shopping options. I think I still managed a decent haul though. Some items were presents and some were just items that I purchased. For Christmas I was given mainly money so I could purchase what I wanted. 


It is not a good shopping trip unless some Chanel is purchased. If you saw my Christmas Wishlist you would see I had the items from the Chanel Holiday Collection. Sadly the Chanel counter I went to did not get the collection and everywhere was sold out. I now know I should have purchased it online from overseas instead of waiting to buy in store. I did pick up a few items though:
  • Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in
    •  90 Pimpante
    • 95 Enjouee
    • 98 Coromandel
  • Precision Lip Definer in 57 Rouge Profond


I was perusing the Dior counter waiting for the sales person to return to the Chanel counter (I was planning on purchasing a backup foundation), when my eyes caught some items I couldn't resist. The woman who served me was lovely and actually ended up doing my make up for me which was convenient as I was going out for tea that night. I was super impressed by the service I received. I purchased:
  • Diorific Long-Wearing True Colour Lipstick in 040 Marilyn
  • Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Make Up in 010 Ivory
  • 5 Couleurs Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 764 Fairy Golds

Tom Ford

This was a Christmas present that I actually purchased a couple of weeks before Christmas for my Mum to put away. I purchased it from the David Jones online store when they had 15% off perfume. Violet Blonde has been on my wishlist for ages and I am so glad to finally have it. It is a gorgeous, sexy, mature scent. 


I had originally wanted to pick up another shade of the Glossy Stains but they did not have the one I wanted and the sales assistant thinks it was limited edition (though she didn't seem to know what she was doing). I managed to pick up this gorgeous nail polish in 33 Top Coat in Premiere Neige. It is stunning in the bottle and I cannot wait to wear it. 


I had a lot of fun picking up some more Essence products. Previously I had only tried a limited selection of products. This time I branched out and purchased some different items. It also helped that I had a couple of stockists to visit and pick up the items I wanted.

  • Nude Glam Nail Polish in 03 Cotton Candy
  • Peel Off Base Coat in 01 Carry Me Home
  • Silky Touch Blush in 10 Adorable
  • Sun Club Glamour to go Eyeshadow in 02 Long Beach
  • Quattro Eyeshadow in 05 To Die For
  • Gel Eyeliner in 01 Midnight in Paris
  • Gel Eyeliner Brush
  • Eyeshadows in
    • 06 Metropolitan
    • 35 Party all Night
    • 58 Cappuccino Please
  • Lip Liner in 07 Cute Pink


Starting Boxing Day, Chemist Warehouse had a massive 50% off cosmetics. How could I resist not picking up some items? I wish the stands had have been better stocked so I could have gone really crazy...

  • Match Perfection Blush in 001 Light
  • Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 22
  • Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer & Highlighter in 010 Ivory
  • Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Pencil in 021 Red Dynamite
  • Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in 
    • 003 Brown
    • 004 Taupe


Again a few items I picked up at Chemist Warehouse and again I wish the stand had more stock. It was pretty empty and the store was packed with people all pushing for the cosmetics (like in the movies, for real). I did pick up two things though:
  • Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation in 110 Porcelain Ivory
  • Super Stay 14 HR Lipstick in 005 Perpetual Peony 


I am totally obsessed with the Color Riche polishes. I will not rest until I own them all or at least all the shades I like. I also picked up a Color Infaillible shadow that was on clearance for half price.

  • Color Riche polishes in 
    • 005 Vendome Pearl
    • 112 Marrakech Sand
    • 504 Insolent Magenta
    • 613 Blue Reef
    • 617 You Are Worth It
  • Color Infaillible in 040 Cosmic Black

Bourjois, Hello Kitty & Smooch

I picked up a couple of random items. The Bourjois polishes were buy one get one free. I like Hello Kitty so I could not resist the stickers and I really liked the shade of lipstick (I picked it up at Chemist Warehous).

  • Bourjois No Chips Nail Enamel in
    • 15
    • 26
  • Hello Kitty Nail Art Stickers
  • Smooch Lipstick in Popping Pink

So there is another haul. Please do tell me if you don't like haul posts, I just like to share what has excited me enough to purchase. Plus my family don't get excited about make up like I do... Reviews to come on products I like or don't like... 

What have you hauled lately? What did you get for Christmas? Purchase any Boxing Day bargains? 


  1. I love the shade of the Maybelline Perpetual Peony lipstick! The Bourjois nail polishes are the best! they last really well!

    1. It is a gorgeous shade and so long lasting - perfect for work! :)

  2. Love love love your haul!

    Have you heard/seen/read about the Chanel CC Cream? If so, what are your thoughts? I'm so tempted to get one, as I've got a mate in Taiwan at the moment!

    1. I have read a little about it - it is meant to be very good. Get it and let me know how it is :)

  3. Amazing haul! I'd love to see a review of the Dior lippie and eyeshadow palette :)

    I've done a few big online hauls lately so now I'm just twiddling my thumbs waiting for parcels to arrive.

    1. They will be coming, they are fantastic products

      I hate playing the waiting game, stalking the postie haha

  4. WOW! I love that you have a mixture of high end and "drug store!" Makes me love your blog even more ;) haha!
    I really want to try the Tom Ford scent now!

    1. I love my pricey products but I also love being able to spend what I would on one Chanel lipstick on about 10 Essence products.

      The Tom Ford scent is just lovely

  5. WOW, thats a serious haul, you must have had so much fun! I love the sound of the Tom Ford perfume too, I have never seen that one before!

    1. I have a fabulous time buying it all haha

  6. I love your haul posts :) I love the Chanel lippies! Have you seen the Chanel Spring Collection?

    1. Yes I have seen the advertising images and I need it all haha especially the highlighter & the matte lipsticks

  7. Love the haul!! I hope to see some reviews/swatches!

    I got one item from Chanel Holiday - the Star Dust blush. I've just ordered something from Spring - the Frivole blush. I am eying the highlighter! The joys of online shopping!

    I've got that Dior foundation and I do like it, I need to wear it more often, I've only worn it a few times - the shame!


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Stephanie x

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