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April Hauls and Spring Savings Stars 🌟

Spring is officially here! That means savings sales around the corner 🙌 Please share your fabulous April Hauls here, and happy happy birthday to all the April babies 🥳

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That's a gorgeous palette, @WinglessOne!

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Thanks @curlychiquita !

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That palette looks so pretty @WinglessOne! I love the swatches❤️

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Thank you @faeriegirl !

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Sephora spring sale order no. 2: 

 
I meant to add all of these to my first order.I meant to add all of these to my first order.
Details & swatches: 
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Jouer Soft Focus Hydrate + Set Powder, shade Dark - I tried the Tan shade a month or 2 ago and will keep it as a brightening powder for the center of my face. Haven’t tried Dark yet; waiting for daylight hours for that. I still don't think Jouer's powder stands a chance against my favorite setting powder, but I like having non-caking/drying powders to use over casty sunscreens, or as face brighteners or sheer coverage powder foundations. 
 
Surratt Lip Lustre, shade Tres Chic - very sticky going on, but feels less sticky after a minute. More of a wine shade than the purple I hoped for, but I like it anyway. 

Bottom swatch photo's in slightly cooler lighting.Bottom swatch photo's in slightly cooler lighting.
Danessa Myricks Colorfix, shades Magnetic, Alien, Plum Wine, Blackout, and Primary Yellow - the last 2 are backups. The other 3 are new to me. I mix a lot of custom colors with Colorfixes and decided to tweak a couple of these new shades. My swatch of Alien (on its own) doesnt do justice to its shift from gold to pink. 

Alien's so glittery compared to the PMG highlighter, which is barely visible here. :D I need to take a better photo of the PMG highlighter.Alien's so glittery compared to the PMG highlighter, which is barely visible here. 😄 I need to take a better photo of the PMG highlighter.
Pat McGrath Labs sale order: 
 
Another happy little haul.Another happy little haul.
It began with a tragedy: 
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I was changing a bathroom lightbulb. My old MatteTrance Flesh 3 wasn’t in its usual carousel slot; I’d put it on the top of a countertop drawer stack. On my way down the ladder, my elbow somehow grazed this bullet and sent it flying. The loud crack sank my heart. I'm not sure how the mechanism broke this way from a drop, but here’s how my poor old Flesh 3 looks now (and no, I can't pull that sleeve out of the cap; it's now jammed in there for life): 
 
I hadn't even gotten halfway through this bullet before disaster struck. :( I'll try fishing the actual lipstick out, but it'll be difficult.I hadn't even gotten halfway through this bullet before disaster struck. 😞 I'll try fishing the actual lipstick out, but it'll be difficult.
Naturally I immediately ordered a replacement. Since this happened during PMG’s sale, I also ordered 2 more things I’d been eyeing: MatteTrance shade Candy Flip and Divine Rose Skin Fetish Ultra Glow Highlighter. I swatched the latter along with the Danessa Myricks Colorfixes and man, that photo does a bad job showing off this highlighter. Ill have to try it on my face tomorrow, when I can see it in daylight. 
 
And though I already have 2 of these little concealer brushes, I bought a third one because I love it that much. This one will probably live in my travel kit. 
 
Nordstrom order - used some soon-expiring Nordy Notes and paid around $50 out of pocket: 
 
5 things I've never used before, and a whole bunch of free samples.5 things I've never used before, and a whole bunch of free samples.
Details: 
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Boy Smells Violet Ends - my nose is too stuffy to truly test this, but I put it on one elbow crook anyway. It smells like rhubarb and green citrus filling (perhaps for a pie or tart) liberally seasoned with black pepper, topped with violets, wrapped in parchment paper, and baked in a dutch oven over burning wood + leaves; someone’s tending the fire while wearing old leather gloves and smoking a pipe full of mild tobacco. It’s a very warm and comfy scent, and now I wonder what additional fragrance notes congestion’s hiding from my nose. Also, I now think I need Boy Smells’s Rhubarb Smoke candle in my life. 
 
Givenchy Khol Couture Waterproof Eye Pencil, shade Cobalt - seems I’m always looking for a good cobalt eyeliner. This one’s not the punch of color I hoped for: on me, it’s a soft true blue. Still pretty though, and definitely usable. I haven’t tried it on my eyes yet, so I don’t know if it’s really waterproof. It’ll be my first time trying a Givenchy eyeliner. 
 
Kosas Chemistry AHA Serum Deodorant, Fragrance Free - a friend insisted I try this, after I told her AHAs don’t do much for me as a deodorant. I’ll see if it works as an overnight deodorant. (I shower at night, and it’d be nice to go to bed without deodorant cream in my pits.) 
 
Corpus Deodorant, The Botanist and California - that friend I mentioned is also one of a few folks who recommended this brand of natural deodorant. I wish Nordstrom carried the mini set so I wouldn’t have to commit to full-sized untested scents. But I figured these 2 have the best chance of success for me. (I’d LOVE to try Corpus’s woods scent, but I know it won’t work for me.) I’ll try one tomorrow. 
 
GWP bag of sample foundations, primers, skincare, and fragrances, plus a DS of Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen (in addition to my usual 3 samples with order). 

I'll be giving a lot of this away.I'll be giving a lot of this away.

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What began as a tragedy ended beautifully! 😁 Yay for the Boy Smells fragrance @WinglessOne! I hauled the sampler set last month and narrowed my favorites down to Violet Ends and Tantrum.

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Thanks @itsfi ! I wanted the Boy Smells sampler set but couldn't get it, so I took a chance on a FS bottle. Based on fragrance notes alone, I had a hard time choosing between Violet Ends and Tantrum. The latter's still on my "must smell in person" list. I think my local Nordstrom now has it in-store... I'm still limiting my public interaction time, but this is a compelling excuse to wander back into Nordstrom! 😂 

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Amazing hauls, @WinglessOne!! Your colorfix mixing is SO inspiring, especialy love how Alien layers with Plum Wine!! Enjoy your goodies!! 

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Ugh @WinglessOne my heart breaks for your ruined Flesh 3. This reminds me of the time I managed to drop a PMG mini down my bathroom sink. It never returned.

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Thank you @sprocketta (oof, I remember that happening 🙁), @Tamara76, and @lmaster ! 

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RIP to your MatteTrance Flesh 3!

 

I love the PMG Divine Rose Highlighter so much!!!!  Enjoy!

 

@WinglessOne 

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Ooohhhhh I'm so so sorry to see this!!! @WinglessOne ughhhh great hauls though @WinglessOne the jouer powder is so pretty

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@WinglessOne  I’m interested in the corpus deodorant, I have some routine up next. The only problem I’ve found with natural deodorant is my body gets use to it so I find I need to switch up eventually! 

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@ather  Yesterday I used one of the Corpus deodorants (The Botanist). It worked well for me, but I was barely active yesterday. 😄 I need to wear it on an errands run day, or during one of my workouts. Also, I applied it in the morning after having worn the Kosas AHA deodorant to bed (I didn't wash that one off)—so for a true test, I'll have to apply a Corpus deodorant after my night shower, wear it to bed, and see how far I can get through the next day before needing to reapply. I never have to reapply my favorite Routine deodorants, so Corpus has some stiff competition. 

 

Just realized I forgot to show what the Corpus sticks look like uncapped: 

 

Goes on clear; feels like a traditional clear stick antiperspirant.Goes on clear; feels like a traditional clear stick antiperspirant.

Interesting that your body gets used to natural deodorants. Do you mean you have to reapply them at some point during the day? Or do they just stop working for you at all within an hour of application? Have you ever tried using AHA, BHA, or benzoyl peroxide as deodorant (to lower your armpit pH)? 

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@WinglessOne  That one sounds promising!!! I tried the Kosas one and I was smelly within hours. I can use a natural deodorant for awhile then all the sudden I’m smelly when before I could go all day without reapplying. I’m pretty no fuss. I don’t want to reapply. I tried routine yesterday and I was busy. It held up even through my massage which I usually end up sweating a ton at. I also workout and still good! I used the tarte one and it worked for a couple months and then I noticed I needed to reapply during the day. 

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@ather  I'm glad the Routine deodorant worked for you! I hope it keeps working. If it doesn't, I wonder if rotating between 2 or 3 different deodorants might work... if the Routine one suddenly stops working, maybe switch back to the Tarte one and see if it works all day again?

 

I don't think it's your body getting used to deodorants, since armpit body odor's caused by bacteria feeding on sweat. Could just be you sweat more sometimes and bacteria generates more odor than usual when that happens. Hormonal fluctuations/changes and stress are 2 main causes of this. Hell, I wear deodorant to bed because of my fluctuating hormones (hooray perimenopause! 😒) and not wanting to shower in the morning anymore. I'd say I've never had a problem with a deodorant not working for me anymore, but I usually rotate through different deodorants just because I like different scents so I'm honestly not sure about that. I do tend to use Routine Superstar when I know I'll be very active during the day, or on very hot and muggy days. 

 

Anyway, if you want to try Corpus deodorants, you can customize a set of 3 minis for $32 USD at their site; I might do that to try 3 more scents. They also sell a mini set of all their scents for $64, but it's out of stock right now. 

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@WinglessOne  I’ve sorta been rotating between deodorants lately. If one works I stick to it till it doesn’t. I’ve gone back to ones that worked in the past and stopped but they don’t seem to work again. I tried the Kosas one again this morning and by lunch I was smelly. It wasn’t like a gross bo more of a sweet smell but not really good. I’ve use one of the lush ones but I felt the smell was too strong and since I work in a hospital I am not suppose to wear scents. But I think I will definitely stick to the routine for now. I got the blackberry scent ans I love it. I’m wondering if once that one doesn’t work if I try a different scent if it will work. But I’m always on the lookout for new natural deodorants!!! Thanks for all your expertise!!

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@WinglessOne 

Such spectacular hauls and a moment of silence for that fallen beauty soldier. 

I’ve heard such great things about that Jouer powder. Those DM colorfix are so beautiful, I have a few coming (if my orders from last week ever ship LOL)

 

Everything looks amazing!

 

 

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Thank you @StellaBG ! My 3rd Sephora order, placed 5 days ago, finally shipped yesterday (Monday). So hopefully yours will also be en route soon! 

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The Danessa Myricks Color Fix colors loom amazing, @WinglessOne! I still love the swatch of the PMG highlighter, too, even next to all of the brighter colors.

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Thank you @curlychiquita @Loretta55 @SportyGirly125 (I stood on the ladder and stared at the floor in disbelief for at least a full minute 😂😭)  @AznAngelLiz @tsavorite (❤️!) and @Buootiful (Danessa Myricks is a MUA; I'm one of several folks who asked Sephora to carry her brand of multi-use products in the Re: Which Black-owned beauty and wellness brands do you want to see at Sephora? [Updated 1/29] thread, so I'm thrilled they brought her aboard 🙂)! 

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