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Anti Haul 2018 #1

There is so many things about me that have changed since I started this blog. The main one being having to buy every single new product that came out. Three years ago it was about quantity not quality. It was about tools and not technique. I spent some time in the beauty community last night looking at some very talented people’s work and lets be real here, I am just not on that level. 3 years ago, that would have been very discouraging to me, and now I just accept it. There are many more facets to me than makeup. Now I will buy products to review, that are different, something that hasn’t been done, and isn’t duplicated 30 times over.

This being said, welcome to my first anti-haul of 2018. (Not to be confused with Auntie Haul (When your Aunt buys you presents.)

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Brands I don't buy from · makeup reviews

Brands I rarely buy from: Huda Beauty

Everyone and their mother has a make up line these days. Except me and my mother. What the hell Mom?

The first time I had ever heard of Huda beauty I was confused. I had no idea who this person was or why everyone was freaking out about it. HudHuda.jpga was an ultimate stranger to me. Could have been a hobo for all I knew. Turns out nope, Huda was living in Dubai and working in finance, and really not happy where her career was headed. So she made the shift to beauty and being a beauty influencer. The top beauty influencer in the world at that… where had I been? Living under a giant rock under at the bottom of the ocean it would seem

Her first launch came in the form of false eyelashes (which I rarely wear), and then a few lip products, and she is now dabbling in foundation and eyeshadow palettes as well.

Screen-Shot-2016-09-28-at-9.35.17-AM.pngAll I own from this company is their first eye shadow palette, the Textured Rose Gold Shadow palette. Although I found it to be “ok” it was not quiet on the value point I needed it to be. Ringing in around $85 CAD for 18 shadows, ($4.70 per shadow)  it really needed to be amazing. Unfortunately it fell short of the mark. Not short enough that I returned it, but definitely to a point where I would not recommend it to others. There are too many more affordable options that perform much better in my opinion.

As far as the brand is concerned I feel as though they are laying their pricing bench marks on Huda’s popularity on social media and not on the quality of their products, I have heard there have been some improvements made since I have purchased this palette, but the entire thing put a foul taste in my mouth, and I have been disinterested ever since.

Have you tried anything from Huda? Should I give her another shot?

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Brands I Rarely Buy From : Colour Pop

Here I am, at it again. Today I am coming at you with another brand I don’t throw my money at with intensity.


Colourpop came out of no where, with their lippie stix being pedaled all over social media, and their super shock eye shadows were creating quiet the stir.  Everytime I filled up my cart with those beautiful little nuggets of mousy shadow, something in me has always screamed ABORT ABORT ABORT, right before check out.

The first time Ig74en.jpg abandoned my cart I was pretty sure if one more makeup package showed up on our door step my husband would change the locks and I would be homeless forever. There are a lot of things I will be homeless for, but single shadows aren’t one of those things. Come talk to me when you find an epic palette.

The second time, I was in a panning phase. I knew damn well I have about 20 000 single shadows sitting in the second drawer of my Alex tower, screaming for me to use them, and stop being so hateful towards them. I always want them until I have th47267877.jpgem, and then carry on using my palettes instead.

Alas, a sale! Now I don’t feel bad about ordering anything because its ON SALE! Who can pass up such a good deal!? Dory me. ES-Cap-e. One day I did eventually figure out that no matter how cute the single shadows look all organized and pretty, or how good the sale was, it doesn’t mean I will use them. They will go in the drawer, and never come out.

After about six months, of the old cart fill up and abandon dance I started to intently watch reviews. More and more people (who weren’t paid to say good things) were launching more honest reviews. The lippie stixs were dry and flaky…. shadows were drying up and not being able to be used after only a few months. There was also some reports of sketchy business ethics as well, so I stopped regretting not picking up these products.

The releases never stopped, and although I was on their mailing lists I was never phased by them. Highlighters, Bronzers, Matte Liquid Lipsticks, Metallics, and now pressed shadows and Youtuber collaborations galore.

I was going to me-spends-200-plus-online-shopping-shipping-5-99-me-shipping-5793635bite the bullet very recently, it was time for me to just do it, but then THE DAMN SHIPPING WAS INSANITY. Everyone– I know. I just won’t pay stupid prices for shipping.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you are all Colour Poppin!

– Candice