Collective Beauty Haul | Lush, MAC, NARS

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

A Beauty Haul featuring NARS MAC LUSH Cezanne NYX DUO and Urban Decay

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Welcome to another segment called ‘Bash Spends Too Much on Pretty Things to Trick People into Thinking She Is a Pretty Thang.’ 

I was fortunate enough to spend the first half of December in Japan and Singapore. One, an exotic land of rich culture I have never experienced. The other, a place I visit every so often it becomes customary place. In Japan, I managed to pick up a few Asian beauty products out of interest. In Singapore, I managed to spend even more. 

So much for saving money.

Hey Bash Beauty Haul from Japan with Cezanna and Canmake
Japanese Beauty HaulCezanne eyeliner and mascara and Canmake concealers

Japan has some odd beauty delights. None caught my eye like this Cats Face Mask did. Face Masks designed to look like Munkustrap & Griddlebone, from the Broadway Musical Cats. The musical nerd in me fluttered. Excuse me while I sing Memory to my reflection in the bathroom mirror.

There were a few drugstore products I found in Japan as well. All less than 1000 Yen each! That’s about B$10.

In need of a new felt tip eyeliner and mascara, I picked up Cezanne Black Eyeliner N and Glamourlush Mascara. I’m meticulous with my liners and mascaras, with only a few I adore. So I hope these will meet my expectations. I also feel this way about the Canmake Mixing Concealer. My opinion of cream concealers varies but I hope to use this on clients and for my own contouring.

Lush Haul featuring Mask of Magniminty, R&B, New Charity Pot, Breath of Fresh AirMask of Magnanimity R&B Hair Moisturizer and New Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion

Traveling to Shibuya, we came across a huge Lush store. My sister squealed and my brother groaned. We stepped into the store and spent a good half hour there. Running, laughing, and jumping for joy with fresh products in tow. Lush is difficult to find in Brunei, so whenever a Lush store is near, I go mad. As this haul reveals.

Many bloggers praise The Mask of Magniminty as one of the best products LUSH has to offer. I took one sniff at the minty-fresh almost tear-inducing smell and got curious. I picked it up along with A Breath of Fresh Air. This was a sea-salt spray used as a toner for skin ‘ravaged by weather.’

We also bought R&B Hair Moisturiser, for my sister in particular. My hair was not withered as my sister's after the third day in Japan. With a hair moisturiser picked up, we got a Charity Pot Hand & Body Lotion as well. In general, we bought a lot of moisturisers. Japan's cold weather did not bode well with our tropical skin.

Products in Haul include DUO Lash Adhesive, NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso and Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light WarmProducts in Haul include DUO Lash Adhesive, NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso and Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm

I thought I was done shopping for makeup. Until I remembered we were going to Singapore. Where there was Sephora. Where all my desires were satisfied and needs subdued. Suffice to say, the last three days of my holiday made me both beautiful and broke.

While I did buy a Naked Skin Concealer a few months ago, I discussed how it was too light for my skin. So I bought Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm, the second shade in the collection. It is just the right shade to hide blemishes and dull skin around my face. I will use these concealers in rotation, as my skin tone changes sporadically.

In need of a replacement for my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, I picked up NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso. I doubt it will ever replace the pomade as my favourite brow product. It is becoming a favourite in general. Like the pomade, a little goes a long way with this product.

DUO Brush-On Adhesive was a spontaneous purchase but one I do not regret. I find it much easier to use than their regular adhesives. It comes with a brush, which makes gluing lashes much quicker. I don't need to worry about excess glue spilling everywhere. 
Haul with MAC Prep and Prime Fix+, Soft Ochre Paint Pot and NARS Light Optimizing PrimerNARS Light Optimizing PrimerHaul with MAC Prep and Prime Fix+, Soft Ochre Paint PotHaul with MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot

I have a confession to make. I have never bought a single MAC product. Until now.

Both products are holy grails for many makeup artists, and for the limited time I've spent with it, I can see why. MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ is a water-glycerin mist that is like no other. The only thing I could complain about it is the packaging. The nozzle isn't designed well, making it occasionally difficult to have even sprays.

I've had my eye on MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot for quite some time. A pale, yellow beige cream eyeshadow, it is usually used as a base for the lid. Many bloggers swear by it, providing a base all over the eye. While it is a great base, I still have to apply an eyeshadow primer else it will crease.

On the way home from MAC, I also picked up my first purchase from NARS. Which was spontaneous. By spontaneous, I mean conjoled by a sales assistant and being too anxious to say no. NARS Light Optimizing Primer has a slight, barely noticeable shimmer that reflects under foundations. I adore it as it brightens my dull complexion for only $62! 

Wow, it almost wipes my tears away.

A Beauty Haul featuring NARS MAC LUSH Cezanne NYX DUO and Urban Decay

In conclusion, I regret everything and nothing. 

Please let me cry in the corner with a mirror and these products around me.

I'm happy with the products I bought. I say this with an acute sense of awareness I will not buy anymore products in the near future. This haul, and the next, guarantees that. Oh well, you live and you learn. And probably repeat.

So have you tried any products? Which would you like to see reviewed?


  1. i love the UD concealer, I too have it in that shade which is yellowy for me but works well on my purple dark circles :) the duo glue sounds much nicer than the usual tube it comes in. Does it stink also? that's the only drawback of it :/
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. Ooe you got some really great Lush goodies!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. Oh, Lush! I've only been acquainted with the brand last year and so far, I've been loving Ro's Argan body conditioner and American Dream hair conditioner!

  4. Oh my god, I´m literally SO jealous I would have loved to be in Japan ugh :3 I would have left with a massive bag full of cosmetics ha :D xx

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

  5. Those cat face masks look SERIOUSLY awesome and I need them in my life, purely so I wouldn't look out of place whilst meowing along to songs.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  6. Great picks dear!

  7. There's no Lush in Pakistan so I'm sure I'll go crazy when I enter a Lush store, probably come out broke as fuck! I'm swooning over EVERYTHING you bought!!!

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  8. Oh my goodness! Your wallet really got a workout, eh? Hopefully the next few months aren't too busy and you can save for a little while! I can totally understand the draw to all those LUSH products, but the price adds up so quickly!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

  9. Oh god, that's an amazing haul! I want literally all of these, but Mac Fix+ is definitely at the top of my list :D Thanks for sharing... I hope you'll do reviews soon ;) xx

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  10. So much goodness in one post!

    I had no clue Mask of Mag. was a cult favorite. It was the first mask from LUSH I tried, and while I did like it I actually love their fresh face masks more. Now I feel like I should give Mask of Mag. another try, maybe I didn't give it a fair chance?

    Do you have the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer? I've been wondering how the UD Naked Concealer compares to NARS since that's the one I use. I've heard good reviews about Naked, I'm just wondering if it's worth switching from NARS.

  11. I'm quite curious about the Naked concealer, would love to see a review on that. Hope you had fun in Japan; I got to go when I was a child and now thinking back on it, if I ever go now as an adult I would come back dead broke.

    xo, Alice | Alice + TYPENU

  12. Ahh you got so much! I'm still yet to buy anything from Mac or Nars but I hear constantly good things about them. The cat face mask sounds amazing! xxx

  13. oh my gosh i wish i had this all! it looks like a great haul! and i LOVE everything about UD so i'm sure it's great! enjoy your new treats :)

    if you get the chance i'd love for you to check out my blog! hope you have a great week! :)
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  14. Such a lovely haul! I need all of it now, please! Have fun with your new bits!
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  15. I was really happy to read such a honest review like this one! Finding the perfect the perfect shade and coverage to fill my needs was such a hard task for me. I have never used NARS but I do love MAC lipstics (well , most of them)
    Great post!

  16. Why indeed! Expensive huhh? Looks like you had a blaaast

  17. wow this is an amazing blog post !! love these kinds of blogs !! keep up the good work :

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  18. NO WONDERRRRRR! I don't have a LUSH store near me, but I am sure I will be uncontrollable at my first visit. Ops!

    Noor | Noor's Place

  19. Wow this is quite he haul, love the bits you picked, I've not had a good haul in ages

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  20. That is such a great haul! You picked up some really great products and I have read really good reviews on the NYX pomade. I have been thinking of picking it up for myself to try.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  21. Great finds and reviews. I have to say: I LOOOOOVE LUSH!!! Lol!

    All the Cute
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  22. So many great beauty products, Bash! Can't go wrong with Lush and NYX. Well, next thing you pretty little thang' is a YOUTUBE channel, huh? ;-)

    xoxo Ira

  23. pretty things are expensive because they are pretty ;A; i'm trying to bribe a friend to buy me a dozen of cat face mask because it looks so cute hahah have you tried it?


  24. I want it all :o I went to Japan when I was 18 and wasn't working back then, so I didn't get to purchase much. I'd totally go crazy if I go back now, I'd be broke haha. Thanks for sharing :) You must post some photos of you wearing the masks!

  25. So many awesome brands! I would love to see you review all the lush stuff because I get overwhelmed when I go in that store, not knowing which product to go for. Also I would love for you to do a mascara cat eye tutorial soon!


  26. So many wonderful products! I really liked the reviews!


  27. must seeing your haul! I use the R&B Hair Moisturiser as well and it's amazing; a little bit goes a long way with that one! Mask of magnaminty is also great! SOOO envious you went to japan, it's one of the top places I want to travel to!!!!!!!!!!

    Macarons and Mischief

  28. You got some great products! I adore Lush's R & B on my daughters hair and Naked Concealer is amazing!

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  29. These products all look great. Already added Mask of Magniminty to my wishlist. I think when I get to my first Sephora (never been to one...) I'll go mad and buy everything

    Project NW | Nakd Addicted

  30. What a great haul!! I love the sound of the concealer!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  31. But Bash, you ARE a pretty thang!! It's definitely hard to be thrifty when you're traveling haha, especially since I think most of us have the mindset of "I'm spending so much money to travel anyway might as well treat myself to more stuff" :P I haven't tried those lush products yet, though one of my friends always recommends mask of magnaminty.

    I looove Fix+ and I hope you will too! My boyfriend says the spray sounds like farts if you're spraying really quickly, lol.

    becky ♡ star violet

  32. you got some really great products. Would love to see you review them soon

  33. These are amazing, bash!

    - Joyce |

  34. Mask of Magnaminty is fab! I think you'll love it x

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  35. haha those sales people can be so pushy/convincing in makeup store. I think that it's all worth it in the end though because it doesn't hurt to try something new.


  36. Super jealous of your haul!! It looks like a makeup dream come true haha. UD skin is my next purchase, I've heard such great things about it!


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  37. I loved the shopping!
    Some of the products caught my attention.
    I love Japan! You liked to be there? :)


  38. You got some amazing goodies, hon! Can't even start thinking what product I would pick up if I were you because I would most definitely get (and happily use) ALL of these. I have a Lush store 5 min from the house. Talk about temptation...
    You got me laughing at "my sister squealed and my brother groaned" :D
    So nice you got to travel and treat yourself while doing that ;)
    xox Nadia

  39. I;ve used Lush a few times, and tried to go back but it didn't work out for my acne skin at that time. thanks for sharing love!
    Joua To The Rescue

  40. I NEED those Cats face masks. Like right now ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  41. Um, hello dream beauty haul?!?! I am sitting here in complete jealousy right now and, of course, with heart eyes over everything you've bought.

    Via Sora

  42. Makeup is so expensive. You come home with a small bag full of little goodies and you can't believe you spent so much on such tiny things. The Lush products sound amazing! My problem with Lush though is I can't stand in the store long enough to look around because the perfume of the soaps gives me a headache. I hope you enjoy your haul!

    xx Yasmin

  43. I've heard nothing but good things about The Mask of Magniminty, I can't wait to try it! I've also been wanting to try that concealer. Good choices!
    xo Jasmine|

  44. Amazing haul, so many great products. Love the look and sound of that Nars primer and I don't think I've heard of it before. I also want to get my hands on the UD Concealer this year x

    Beauty with charm

  45. Gimme all your LUSH stuff <33

  46. I adore your letter-slider shown in the images, what a great way to display/show the topic you're discussing! Great choice on the Lush products, by the way :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  47. Really enjoyed your post, I have been dying to visit Japan but it's so far from where I live that it's just difficult financially and mentally. But I know that Japan is like the hub of all things cute so I would love to go one day :)

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  48. Such a good haul! I want to see what the masks look like I've never seen a cat mask before but it sounds amazing! I also want to try that Urban Decay foundation. I've heard a few people talking about it now

  49. This is an article full of quality content. I'm very interested in all of these products and I really want to try many of them. You've selected great stuff an dexplained very well

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  52. nice stuffs

  53. Great haul! That UD concealer is one of my absolute favorites! It's amazing!

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  55. Nice post, you got some really amazing products here thanks for sharing.

  56. You got so much from Lush! I'm very jealous. I also love the light box you have - it really adds to the photos!

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  57. This reminds me that I haven't bought anything exciting from Lush in such a long time. I'd really like to try their Mask of Magnaminty though, I love that they're come out with a self-preserving version.

  58. I always love a good beauty haul, and this post was just perfect to feed my desires of wanting to buy loads of beauty products (but unable to do so due to my allergies...)

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