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Smokin Hot ๐Ÿ”ฅ September 2023 Hauls




โ€ƒThis summer has really been a scorcher! ๐Ÿฅต But let's give everyone a better reason to sweat! Sweatin over some haulin! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ please continue to use August haul thread until September 1st. 

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A few more September acquisitions. I havenโ€™t swatched EVERYthing and donโ€™t have feedback on all these items yet. And I still need to post all the nail polish I got this month. (Note to self.) 


Kimiko and Moda Operandi: 


Photo taken before I re-pressed that broken shadow.Photo taken before I re-pressed that broken shadow.

Swatches & notes: 




  • Super Fine Eyebrow Pencil Automatique, shade Black Tea - a restock of my favorite brow pencil. I always buy it 2 or 3 at a time. 
  • Lifting Puff Blush, shade Plum Wine - curiosity made me try a Kimiko loose pigment blush. The color is pretty but too muddy on my cheeks, and the gold shimmer is too glittery compared to the shimmer in, say, a NARS shimmer powder blush. Think Iโ€™ll try using it as an eyeshadow before I give up on it. 


Isamaya Industrial Palette 2.0 - of all the shadows that could arrive broken, it had to be the sparkliest glitter bomb in the palette. It made a big olโ€™ mess of things. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ I re-pressed as much of it as I could salvage. (Didnโ€™t wanna chance getting another broken pan via exchange, considering how the weather was at the time.) Once I got all that copper sparkle off a few other pans and the palette casing, I was a happy lady. My swatch photos donโ€™t convey the shimmer and/or outright glitter effects of these shades, let alone any of the color shifts. And the different textures will be fun to play with. I will say that if you wanna try this palette, youโ€™d better love to sparkle, cause youโ€™re gonna. ๐Ÿ˜„ 

Left: bathroom lighting. Right: flash photo.Left: bathroom lighting. Right: flash photo.

Sephora & Ulta, minus some items I bought for other folks:


Also left out all the samples and GWP I got from Sephora.Also left out all the samples and GWP I got from Sephora.

Rouge Reward order. No, I havenโ€™t swatched Groundwork yet; waiting til this weekend to play with it.Rouge Reward order. No, I havenโ€™t swatched Groundwork yet; waiting til this weekend to play with it.

Swatches & a few notes: 


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette Snake - I paid Ulta $0 out of pocket for this. I wasnโ€™t sure the blushes wouldnโ€™t be dupes of other Hourglass blushes I already own. Now that Iโ€™ve swatch-compared a few of them, Iโ€™m glad I bought this palette. 

Radiant Lightโ€™s hard to see across my wrist, but itโ€™s there.Radiant Lightโ€™s hard to see across my wrist, but itโ€™s there.

The next 2 photos keep getting randomly cropped by BIC/Lithium. ๐Ÿ™„ Click on โ€˜em to expand to full size. 

Hourglass blush comparisons.Hourglass blush comparisons.Sun Beamโ€™s a bit redder/cooler toned than Burnished Glow, but theyโ€™re close.Sun Beamโ€™s a bit redder/cooler toned than Burnished Glow, but theyโ€™re close.

HUDA BEAUTY 1 Coat WOW! Extra Volumizing and Lifting Mascara Very Vanta - liked the mini GWP enough to buy a full size. This formulaโ€™s wet enough to sometimes get into my eyes while I wiggle the wand against the roots of my lashes. So if I see any mascara on my upper waterline (waiting to creep into my eyes), I just run a damp cotton swab along my waterline to remove it. Otherwise, I love this mascara. 




  • NARS Powermatte High-Intensity Long-Lasting Lip Pencil Dragon Girl - 132 and Endless Love - aaah, this new formulaโ€™s much better than the old Velvet Matte pencil formula! Iโ€™ll give one of these a full day wear test tomorrow, but I can tell Iโ€™ll like both of these from tonightโ€™s quick and dirty lip swatch. 
  • NARS Pencil Sharpener - bought a replacement in case I damaged my old one when I accidentally ran a plastic-cased eyeliner through it. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ 


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Resist Color Pencil Eyeliner 09 Ivy - replacement of the aforementioned plastic-cased eyeliner. ๐Ÿ™ƒ 


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Caring Satin Lipstick with Ceramides N157 Nu Inatendu wore this today (technically yesterday) with good results. This reformulation is very creamy smooth and comfy, and this shade didnโ€™t bleed or feather on me. Itโ€™s fragranced (that tea + rose scent) but not too obnoxiously. 

Sheโ€™s potent! :D Gotta be very lighthanded with the powder.Sheโ€™s potent! ๐Ÿ˜„ Gotta be very lighthanded with the powder.IMG_7801.jpegIMG_7808.jpeg


Look Fantastic, Amazon, and Olive Young: 






By Terry 8HA Hyaluronic Pressed Hydra-Powder, Travel Size - By Terry recently launched a reformulation of their pressed and loose Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder; they claim this new versionโ€™s more hydrating, with more forms of hyaluronic acid in the mix. The original translucent loose version is my rockstar setting powder, so I was very concerned about a reformulation. Iโ€™m not super fond of the original pressed version though, so I decided to try a mini of the new pressed version. Iโ€™ve used it twice so far and Iโ€™m still figuring out how much I truly need to set undereye concealer (the teeniest amount of the original loose powder gives me all-day hold). But I can say this reformulationโ€™s an improvement over the original pressed powder: it keeps my concealer in place for hours and doesnโ€™t make my skin a desert. This gives me hope for the reformulated loose powder: maybe the brand hasnโ€™t wrecked my longtime favorite after all. ๐Ÿ˜„ Iโ€™ll have to order a mini of that one to find out. 



  • Calming Facial Soap Heartleaf Stone - a restock of my current favorite PM facial cleanser. 
  • Collagen Eye Patch Jericho Rose Jelly - a curiosity-driven purchase. 
  • Gummy Sheet Masks, Madecassoside Sticker and Heartleaf Sticker - Abib says theyโ€™ve updated these masks with new material (I think) and an updated fit. Iโ€™m a BIG fan of Abibโ€™s Mild Acidic pH sheet masks, especially the Heartleaf mask, but Iโ€™ve been lukewarm about their Gummy masks. Iโ€™ll find out soon if the Gummy changes are improvements. 


Round Lab: 


  • Birch Juice Moisturizing Sun Stick - a friend and I each bought one of these to try. I meant to test it today but forgot. Tomorrow! 
  • Pine Tree Soothing Cica Mask - couldnโ€™t resist tossing one of these new-to-me masks into my cart. 

Seki Edge Folding Lash Pin Comb - decided to try this folding lash separator, since I canโ€™t repurchase my beloved Sephora Collection one. Apparently Iโ€™m now collecting all the folding lash combs for scientific research. ๐Ÿ˜‚ 


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What beautiful makeup, @WinglessOne, especially the Isamaya Industrial Palette 2.0.  The swatches look amazing. I'm sorry one of the shades broke, though.

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Thanks @curlychiquita ! Luckily that shadow was easier to press back into usable form than I thought itโ€™d be. ๐Ÿ˜… 

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@WinglessOne  Wow! Awesome haul! Those swatches are amazing! 

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Thank you @ather ! 

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@WinglessOne this is such a GREAT haul!! Thank you for your detailed reviews and pics ๐Ÿ˜

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Thanks @furbie ! 

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The Hourglass is gorgeous on you!  @WinglessOne   This year's palettes seem to be really nice.

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Thanks @Ispend2much6 ! Agreed, this yearโ€™s palettes are quite nice. I really liked last yearโ€™s palettes as well: I swatched Elephant and Butterfly at an Ulta and was surprised their new (for 2022) shades played nice with my skin tone. And I liked 2021โ€™s Universe Unlocked palette. Overall, Iโ€™m glad Hourglass has tried to be more skin tone inclusive with their annual Edit Unlocked palettes in recent years. (I do think they could still do better for skin tones deeper than mine; eh, I need to see how Snake behaves on other skin tones.) Also appreciate them adding more new shades to these palettes, so it doesnโ€™t feel like the same olโ€™ Unlocked in a different case each year. 

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Thank you for your thoughts @WinglessOne. I did want to mention to you that when I used the bronzer in the jellyfish palette as an eyeshadow on one eye to test it, and the next morning I had scaly skin there.

I know you have sensitive skin also.

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@Ispend2much6  Thanks for the heads up, and sorry the bronzer didnโ€™t play nice with your eyelid. ๐Ÿ˜ž This is normally where my dermatologist would lecture me on the dangers of using makeup around my eyes that isnโ€™t specifically noted (by the brand, on the packaging label) to be eye safe. (A blush by some brand did that to my lids onceโ€ฆ wish I could remember which blush it was.) Iโ€™ve used Tiger on my eyes with no problems (donโ€™t tell my derm ๐Ÿ˜‚), but there might be ingredient/formulation differences between that paletteโ€™s shades and Jellyfishโ€™s bronzer. Hope your skin recovers soon! 

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@WinglessOne  Oh what a wonderful haul!  That eye palette is amazing ๐Ÿคฉ.  And HG is going to look beautiful on you!  Love the lippies ๐Ÿ˜.  Have fun 

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Thank you @Cissy63 ! 

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@WinglessOne ,


I'm thrilled that you love the Hourglass Unlocked Snake Palette!  The swatches look so good on you! 

Congratulations on all of your other awesome purchases, too!

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Thanks @tsavorite ! 

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@WinglessOne you definitely have an eye for gorgeous products!!

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Thanks @lmaster ! I think my wallet wishes Iโ€™d stop looking at all the pretty shiny sparkly things for a while. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Great selection of newness @WinglessOne ! The HG looks wonderful on you as do the lips of course. Nice to hear about the reformulated BT powder too, itโ€™s good.  I swear I have a million of those but I know theyโ€™re not the new ones! ๐Ÿ˜ญ Youโ€™re so right about the berry blush. A little goes a very very long way! 

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Thank you @Sunnysmom ! I really hope the 8HA version of By Terryโ€™s loose powder performs at least as well as the original, because Iโ€™d much rather use loose powder at home. The new pressed powder will be great for travel though. And yeah, Sheโ€™s Wanted is definitely NARS Exhibit A level pigmented. ๐Ÿ˜„ Itโ€™ll take a loooong time to pan that blush, and thatโ€™s not a bad thing! 

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I love your hauls @WinglessOne ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

Have fun playing with Ground Work whenever you get the chance. I'm floored, I can't believe you got the HG Snake Palette for free, wowza, that's incredible! I ordered Jellyfish and I'm sooooo excited about it being a complete face palette this year.

Dragon Girl looks so good! I have seen it in a few hauls this month, it looks great on you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thanks @CynthieLu ! I also got Groundwork and Sheโ€™s Wanted (Patrick Ta blush) for free, via Rouge Reward. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy your Jellyfish palette when it arrives! 


Dragon Girlโ€™s an oldie but goodie NARS lip shade. I never liked the Velvet Matte Pencil formula so Iโ€™ve never owned this shade in that pencil/crayon. Iโ€™m very glad NARS carried Dragon Girl over to the new Powermatte pencils so I can finally wear it. (I do have this shade of Powermatte liquid matte but donโ€™t wear it often, simply because I generally donโ€™t wear liquid mattes often.) 

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