Thursday, August 23, 2018

Hawaii (Oahu) Beauty Haul - August 2018

Hawaii Oahu Waikiki Beauty Haul - August 2018

I'm sitting here at my laptop trying to find the right words to write this post.  It's been a long time since I've written a haul post on my blog and I guess I want to write this carefully because it seems very easy to come off as bragging about my purchases or trying to influence people to buy the same and that is in no way my intent.  For me visiting Hawaii has been a dream of mine for a few years but more than that, like the true makeup addict I am, I've wanted to visit America purely to check out all the makeup.  It used to be that makeup in America was so much more affordable than here in Australia but it isn't really the case so much anymore although I did find some awesome bargains.    Anyhow I'm rambling, US Sephora shits all over Sephora here and I've always wanted to visit one and what better place to do that than in Hawaii haha!

I spent a total of 8 days in Hawaii and was based in Waikiki, Oahu.  There are two Sephora's in Waikiki and I visited both numerous times.  I also shopped at Macy's, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Waikele Outlets, Longs Drug Store, Nordstrom and Target.

Today I'm going to show you what I bought and let you know about some of the bargains, and in another post I'll write up some tips and tricks about shopping for beauty products in Hawaii in case you ever get the chance to visit the beautiful island of Oahu.  I've separated them all into categories to make it a little easier to follow


Hawaii Oahu Waikiki Beauty Haul - Sephora

US Sephora is what you would get if you combined an AU Sephora with a Mecca Maxima and threw in some extra brands that aren't stocked here in Australia.

What I got:
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask
Sephora x Z Palette
Sephora Favorites Nude Liquid Lips
Natasha Denona Mini Lila Palette
Supergoop x Milly SPF50 Sunscreen Setting Mist 30ml
Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler (with full size Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Rollerball)
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo
Too Faced Peach Blur - Smoothing Finishing Powder

Sephora Freebies/Rewards/Samples

Hawaii Oahu Waikiki Beauty Haul - Sephora Samples Freebies

One of the really great things about shopping at Sephora was the staff were all really super friendly and helpful.  I feel like that should be a given but unfortunately it just isn't in Australia, everyone at both stores were so approachable and lovely.  At the counter I signed up to the Sephora Beauty Insider rewards program using my email address and birth-date (didn't have to be a resident), and this entitled me to a birthday gift even though my birthday had already been.  There were two options to choose from, a Bite lipstick duo and this Glam Glow mask duo that I picked purely because I have never tried Glam Glow before.  On my last day and last visit to Sephora I redeemed 200 points to get the Cover FX drops and Fresh moisturiser samples and I was given the other three samples.  I definitely recommend signing up to the beauty insider program on your first visit, trust me the purchases add up quickly and there's lots of things you can redeem your points on. 

Drugstore (Target, Longs Drug Store)

Hawaii Oahu Waikiki Beauty Haul Target, Long's Drug Store

I had an amazing time at Target and Long's Drug Store.  I loved just walking through the aisles and checking out all the stuff we don't have here and swatching like crazy.  Long's Drug Store is like a Priceline Pharmacy and the one right in Waikiki is open 24hours!  

What I got:
Aussie Mega Moist Shampoo
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Smooth
Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter - Rose Gold
Milani Baked Blush - Rose D'oro
Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Primer
NYX Hydratouch Oil Primer
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Loreal Infallible Paints Liquid Liner
Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara
Loreal Lash Paradise Primer Mascara

TJ Maxx & Nordstrom Rack Bargains!!

Hawaii Oahu Waikiki Beauty Haul TJ Maxx Nordstrom Rack Bargains
TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack were incredible.  These two stores were right next to each other and stock both clothes and makeup.  They're like clearance stores so they have a lot of discontinued and limited edition products.  It can be pretty messy and it's worth checking each box to make sure someone hasn't opened and put their fingers in but you can find some really good bargains.  As you can see I picked up the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar for US$25/AUD$34 which is stocked at Mecca for $71AUD.  I've wanted it for ages so I was stoked.  They also had the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette for the same price which was no surprise since it's had pretty bad reviews.  Apart from the Too Faced palette most of these items were between $5-$10 USD each

What I got:
Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
Too Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer
Lorac Beverly Hills Palette
Lorac Pro Powder Cheek Stain
Kat Von D Lock It Eyeshadow Primer
Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner - Zinfandel
Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy

Other - Nordstrom and Duty Free

Hawaii Oahu Waikiki Beauty Haul Charlotte Tilbury, MAC Duty Free

I didn't know what category to put these in so they get their own little space.  I found Charlotte Tilbury stocked at Nordstrom and it was my first time being able to swatch and play with the brand's products.  Unfortunately I was on limited time so I just made a snap decision to pick up a foundation (always on the hunt for the holy grail haha) and picked this up.  I say unfortunately because I've tried it a couple of times and it doesn't look very good.  I'm hopeful with a different primer and when my skin isn't so dry I can get it to work.  I can do a full review if anyone is interested.  I also picked up the Mac Pro Longwear Fluidline from the duty free store in Black because I want to try lining my lash line with this rather than a liquid.

Okay so that sums up my beauty haul from my trip to the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii.  I'll also work on a post with all my tips for shopping for makeup products in Hawaii and where I went and what I recommend etc.  

Let me know if you want to know more info like pricing or full reviews on any products listed here and I'll write them up.  This post ended up being super long whew!  

Have you been to Hawaii?


*All products in this blog post were purchased by me :)

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