A Few Good Things on a Friday

Loccitane Shower Gel, MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in 4
Last week was a bit relaxed for me work wise, so I had plenty of time to think, read and write (hence a post nearly everyday this week!). Less work also means I get time to go to the stores and check whats new in, try things out and of course lighten my wallet. So a bit of Friday haulin’ happened and I ended up buying a few things, some of which I needed and some I didn’t! Besides, I now have a wishlist of things as they say “longer than my arm”! window shopping does this to me!

L’occitane Roses 4 Reines Shower Gel £20 for 250 ml: I recently got the L’occitane Rose 4 Reines Hand Cream which I love, and had been itching to get the matching shower gel. Perfect opportunity, had some points on my card to be used and this straight went into the basket! The Verdict? : Roses! Amazing! I am completely, hopelessly in love with it. I firmly believe that L’occitane know there body products and deliver everytime! L’occitane can be bought online in India here and here.

MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer $19 for 9 ml: Once I started photographing myself more frequently, my under-eye darkness has become very obvious to me, which I always overlooked before! After much research and reading a thorough review by the gorgeous LeBeautyGirl it was decided that I get the this concealer. Its fantastic! This stuff does not budge people, like at all! no creasing, no fading and covers everything in a swoosh! My shade for this is NC42, which is dark for my face but for under the eyes its perfect!

Btw, The pointed foundation brush which I received as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection is pretty good for applying concealer, under the eyes on the face anywhere!

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy in No. 4 $34: YSL lipsticks are my weakness and never have I been able to resist getting one whenever I am at a counter! I got something which I have been lusting over for a long time, and which never happens to be in stock. I know! I know! its just a balm but my Dior Lip Glow got over and I wanted something luxurious for the lips to wear all the time. In fact for things which I know I’ll use a lot I don’t mind spending!

Who likes samples here? Everybody? I received a generous helping of the Immortelle precious cream, a sample of the YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat foundation and a gorrrrgeaous gold pouch from YSL!! oh this one is pretty alright! its going to come along with me every where, it doesn’t fit compacts but for lipsticks and liners its perfect.

I remember getting really overwhelmed and wanting everything, right after watching haul posts and videos! I would instantly make notes of what I’d get the next time I am at a store. This caused a major major dent in my bank balance, needless to say turned me into a beauty junkie and an obsessive impulsive buyer! I have worked very hard to put brakes on this and sort of gotten in control. I would never ever advise anyone to rush out and buy things just because I like them and wouldn’t do that myself any longer! I have been telling myself :

    1. One should always use one’s judgement and only get things one would need instead of what one wants.
    2. Its always very easy to get carried away and get everything, but for everday, we hardly use all of it and most of it goes bad till its turn arrives.
    3. Its good to have wishlists and spend a lot of time researching about products.
    4. There will always be one or the other coupon/voucher code floating around.. don’t get encouraged by them and buy things you don’t really need
    5. When you actually need to get something, do look for a voucher/coupon code! 😛
    6. You should never get something instantly, think over it go back and see what similar products you have back home
    7. … If you still want it .. then get it.. No use regretting!
    8. Don’t buy too many things at a time.. things lose their charm when we have too much!

I am really proud of how much expenditure (mostly unnecessary) I have cut down this past month! I have been consciously saving my money for better and more important things in life and I now usually get just 1 or two things at a time (with the exception of this little haul ;-)). This also makes me content and I don’t feel that I am depriving myself!

I’d like to know how you guys deal with your beauty madness, and shopping?! I’d love it if you share your thoughts, it may help me get better at this! :-)

Hope you are having a good week, stay put weekend is upon us, good times will roll! :-)

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  1. sylirael

    Love YSL as a brand <3 Really great tips for cutting back on the addiciton 😉 I almost wish makeup were affordable enough here for me to have that problem, LOL! I'm having a ball in Dubai – it's almost embarrassing how much makeup I could buy if I let myself go nuts. So I am applying those techniques to makeing sure I don't just buy everything here 😉

    • Divya

      Oh dear if I was there! All these tips would be in the bin! 😛 I am literally reloading your page ever 1 hour for more haul pictures!! You better hurry up! 😀

      • sylirael

        Hehe, it’s coming! I’m gonna do a post on the Duty free exclusives, a post on what I bought, a special post on some local makeup and maybe a post on clothes…also one on conference looks! I have many plans, LOL

        • Divya

          Oh Man you planner!! I always write posts impromptu.. whatever excites me that day.. haven’t started planning! Need to now..! Can’t wait for all the goody posts! 😀

  2. Meera

    Hi Divya! Discovered your delightful blog on Temptalia. Loved reading through your old posts. They are well-written, interesting and insightful.

    I’m with you on the less is more philosophy.

    Looking forward to more posts from you. Good luck.

    • Divya

      Hey Meera! So glad you found me! 😀 And thank you so much for the praises.. its very encouraging! I hope I don’t disappoint you ever! Please visit again :-)

    • Divya

      Not in this range! This Sheer one was a first.. but I have a few Rouge Pur Couture and Rouge Volupte Shines which are top notch in their category! :-)

  3. howdoesdeedoit

    Hey Divya! I like the MAC concealer too but found the pump to be such a pain – always puts out way too much ( I found!), so I ended up putting a few pumps of that into an air tight container so I can just use that instead! If you are looking for your NEXT HG concealer I highly recommend the Estee Lauder Double Wear concealer in the medium deep shade(I’m pretty much the same shade as you are for MAC). Guarantee you’ll love it:)

    • Divya

      Hello there! That pump issue is something I am dealing with now and thanks a ton for that tip! Will do that too :-) You know I did try out the Estee Lauder concealer I guess the new one in the pot and liked it, but my Mum has been a big fan of this MAC one so I thought ill go for as a start.. but I am going to keep your recommendation in mind when this gets over! :-)

      • howdoesdeedoit

        Im not sure if my comment went thru :s but while Im at it I wanted to also mention the ITCosmetics concealer -its amazing too! Keep up the good work :)

  4. Faiza

    Nice haul post Divya! Mac prolong wear concealer is included in my wish list..it has so many good reviews on it…
    I want to ask your experience on Clinqiue dramatically different moisturizing gel…can you share a little bit here??? how was the final result of this gel?? like does it cause breakouts, or improve the skin texture in terms of clarity, glow etc..it s suitable for hot summars?? like everything i have currently (drugstore products) is breaking me out unfortunately, so i am thinking to invest in high end brand :-)

    • Divya

      Hey Faiza.. thank you It was really hard to restrict myself from buying more.. there was so much prettiness to be had! 😀 Ok about the Gel.. I have gone through two 125ml bottles of it and It great great great for summer! I cannot rave about it enough!
      If you have combination or oily and even normal skin but are prone to greasiness in summer in the sun then this is the mosituriser for you!
      This is almost 3000 here in India now.. so can’t say that rush out and get it.
      I have another one I recommend to you which is the La Roche Posay Tolerine lotion (not the Riche formula) Its avaiable at most shops now and its very light weight and great for day and night in warmer months. I am planning on picking it up as my DDML is over now.
      Hope that helps! You can drop me a mail if you need more information or just for chit-chat! :-)

  5. Lyndsay

    Nice little haul there! I am also so guilty of wanting EVERYTHING I see on blog posts, youtube video’s etc. I should read your list of reasons to calm down my shopping every time I am going to buy something as you are so right!

    I’m a big fan of the MAC concealer though, that is a must-have!
    Lovely blog! Will be reading more :)

    • Divya

      Hey Lyndsay! So happy to have you around! I am really glad you liked this post.. I was wondering if anyone would be interested.. I wanted to share my bit anyways! :-)

  6. themakeuptrain

    I really like your list of things to consider before purchasing. I put myself on a low-buy a few months ago, and it has made a huge difference. I now allow myself to buy something if I need to replace an item or if the item I want is LE or hard to find (therefore the opportunity to buy it shouldn’t be passed up). I’m so glad I’m on a low-buy because the amount of makeup I own is embarrassing. Lol.

    • Divya

      Thank you! I am happy you agree with me! :) LE products are serious budget foes.. every resolve goes for a toss when a great LE product comes along! 😛

  7. scriptmaddy

    first of all very nice haul ….that YSL sheer stuff goes into my wishlist …
    I agree with u on shopping madness and wanting to buy everything u see in the hauls,videos…..
    i used to buy everything …impulsive buy and obviously it made big dent in my pocket
    this year I made a consious decision to buy less …I buy stuffs but buy good highend products or buy only when i need the most
    and also try to stick to monthly budget
    i have also downloaded a expense manager app which makes me realise if im going overboard :)

  8. Erin

    I have the YSL Sheer Candy in 10, and it’s my FAVORITE! I have yet to get anymore YSL Sheer Candies. As for dealing with shopping, I just tell myself to wait for a sale. But Nordstrom is having a 10% off sale right now, and I went a little crazy yesterday. So waiting for a sale DOESN’T WORK! I’ll have to find a new method, let me know if you do :)

    • Divya

      Waiting for a sale is a great idea.. but I used to spend insane amount of money during sales! I think the best way to not over spend during sales is to get 1 or 2 high end products only which are the ones you save big time! Getting mid range products during sales doesn’t really help you save much and most of it goes unused till then next sale comes up! :-)

  9. Ana (@anajov00)

    I also used to have bad spending habits when it came to beauty… I have gotten a lot better now, only treating myself to one or two products a month. But now I have the same issue but this time with buying clothes hahah, since I neglected that area for so long when I was always buying make-up..:(. I have that YSL lipstick and it’s such a nice colour, awesome for summer! xx

    • Divya

      Oh yes! We shopoholics can shift attentions to different things pretty easily! 😛 If not makeup then clothes, if not clothes then shoes, home decor, stationary Oh God!

    • Divya

      I love Dior but a) its always out of stock and b) so damn expensive! It isn’t like YSL isn’t but I hate the smell of drugstore lip products so atleat in lipsticks and balm I stick to high end :-)

  10. Alex

    I have a one in, one out policy when I shop for anything, including makeup. After realizing I only really use of each thing, like one red lipstick or one mascara, it became easier. Plus, that way I can invest in one really good item even if it’s expensive.

    I’ve also grown to be more patient so if I want something, I will research the crap out of it first before deciding. Most times, I wait for a while and realize, eh, I don’t really want it that much. I just got excited with it when I first saw or heard about it.

    I may be late with the new releases and what not, but whatever I have in my collection get used to pieces!

    • Divya

      You read my mind! Those are my thoughts exactly! :-) although I still have to bring myself to the “one in one out” system properly! :-)

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