The Depression Hauls aren’t over, oh no. The second installment comes by way of Beauty Bliss, my favourite New Zealand beauty retailer. They’ve got a whole real shop which is really exciting, and it’s been cool to see the store expand—they’re authorised retailers of heaps of brands, like Anastasia Beverly Hills and Becca as well as more mainstream brands like Maybelline and Australis (maybe the default place to shop now that Farmers’ loyalty programme has gone to shit?)
Beauty Bliss aren’t paying me to say good things about them, by the way, they’re just a great NZ retailer that I want to support. I think the most they’ve ever given me for free is the eyeshadow brush that came free with orders over a certain amount (and that I forgot to photograph, oops!)
The Morphe eyeshadows pictured will have their own post dedicated to them, because I have some Thoughts about both them and the brand.
I just about fell over myself in excitement when I saw Beauty Bliss were stocking Bite Beauty, and I mean that literally, because I was walking and browsing Instagram and had to stop walking to take in the news. I’ve used and loved some Bite products but always wanted to try the Agave Lip Mask, and they were lovely enough at Beauty Bliss to order it in for me. It’s a thick, heavy-duty lip balm and now lives on my desk at work to combat air-conditioning-induced dryness.
My only disappointment is that it looks like it’s in a luxe metal tube, but the packaging is really just plastic with a silvery treatment. A minor complaint!
The Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask goes on clear and is slightly glossy, not sticky and tastes lovely and sweet.
LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealers, $12 each
I have these products that will always nag on my mind until I finally let myself buy them, and these concealers fall in that category. They’re super popular and while I’m more than flush with concealers, I decided I’d give them a go. I chose Creamy Beige and Natural, based entirely on guesswork, and you can see that Creamy Beige is quite yellow while Natural is more pink.
These were thicker, drier and stiffer than I expected them to be, but I’m pleased actually because that means they’re not just an exact equivalent of my NARS concealer, which is my usual favourite. They benefit from setting powder, especially under the eyes, so now I understand why I see all this under-eye-setting on YouTube.
LA Girl Pro Conceal in Creamy Beige (L) and Natural (R).
I had a beautyblender a long time ago, but it got mouldy and then it was expensive to replace so I never did, until now when I’ve gone all in and bought two. These sponges seem longer and narrower than my old one, which may just be my foggy memory. The cleanser is good, although I didn’t need it by any means (baby shampoo is fine)—that being said, I didn’t need any of this by any means, so that point is irrelevant.
One other thing I noticed with these sponges is that they released a lot of pink dye when I washed them. I don’t think it matters, because the pink isn’t transferring on my face with my foundation, but it illustrates, I suppose, that the pink is a branding thing rather than having any kind of utility. (Duh.)
Like I said earlier, I’ll write a whole post about the Morphe shadows I bought!
Have you shopped at Beauty Bliss before?