Haul - Paul & Joe, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

2.06.2015

Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to do a light post about my recent haul.

I have to say it does feel good to have placed a few online orders for makeup and pretty things. Granted I am a materialistic person who maybe likes makeup too much, but it also means my work schedule is finally letting me breathe and think like a beauty blogger (yay!).
I've realized I don't shop or even think about shopping much when I am really busy, which is interesting because I know retail therapy can be quite soothing for many people under stress. For me, shopping based on "want" (vs "need") is some form of creativity, which I do not think I could afford lately.


Paul & Joe haul




I've ordered from ASOS and Beauty.com taking advantage of good sales. Both carry Paul & Joe stuff, and it was quite fun to compare price and add things to the shopping baskets sensibly.
My observation is that Beauty.com offers Paul & Joe Beaute priced very reasonably and their selections are pretty much up-to-date. Overall price on ASOS is higher, but I can spot some amazing deals there.


Paul & Joe Hand Cream Makeup Pouch set
This hand cream / makeup pouch set is ASOS exclusive and on sale at around $15.
I am interested very little in the skincare samples and certainly don't need another hand cream, but I'd totally pay more than $15 just for the makeup pouch. It is beautifully made with high quality fabric and a perfect size. 
The hand cream isn't half bad, actually. It is delicately scented with a feminine floral and feels light yet moisturizing. But I adore the tin more than what's inside. It is big to carry around (80g), so it's been placed on my nightstand.


The Pressed powder duo refil was also on sale at a little more than $20, which is much cheaper than the price on beauty.com.

Paul & Joe Pressed Powder Duo Cool
I chose the Cool shade, which is a very pretty and pale ivory with highlighting shimmer.
This will be housed in the empty Paul & Joe compact that I've had for years.

Paul & Joe Sheer Lipstick Pink Balloon
The sheer lipstick refil (Pink Balloon) was purchased from ASOS, and the lipstick tube from beauty.com since it was cheaper even at the regular price offered there.


And, taking advantage of $10 off coupon at beauty.com, I bought the new NARS foundation!

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Gobi
I have yet to try this but so far I think I like how it looks. The light yellow based Gobi shade is quite ideal for my skin.
We will soon find out if it indeed is "luminous, weightless and lasting all day"!



Hope you enjoyed this post.

Have you spotted any good deals lately? 
What pretty things have you been eyeing on?





40 comments

  1. Oh you definitely scored some good deals , Lena!
    I love Paul&Joe and was really tempted to get some offers from asos but since I needed to save for my upcoming holiday back home, I didn't end up buying them :/
    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the new NARS foundation.. The reviews have been mixed lately, some love it, some hate it. I like my sheer glow, so I am curious to see how the new one is going to perform hehe. Sadly NARS is not available here in Germany so I have to order online :/

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    1. Good for you! Nice deals will be there when you come back from the holiday. ;)
      I am assuming this NARS blush is very much like those liquidy silicon-y foundations introduced lately but in a creamier consistency. It wouldn't work very well on dry skin, is my hunch. We will see.

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  2. Can't wait for your review on the NARS foundation Lena. I'm shade Gobi as well, but read mixed reviews on the foundation :-)

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    1. I will make sure to test it out soon and form a proper review!
      It looks like this foundation required a right kind of application and some prep. I wanted a foundation with more coverage anyway. Very excited to try this one myself. :)

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  3. The NARS foundation!! Can't wait to read your review, Lena!

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    1. I'm excited as well. Hope I like it. LOL

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  4. I haven't tried anything from Paul & Joe but I've always admired their packaging - it's so adorable! Very excited to hear your thoughts on the foundation, I've heard both good and bad things!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Paul & Joe products are overall excellent. It would be a shame if they are just about the packaging. Plus they do very well don pressed powder and powder foundation. :)
      I hope the foundation fits me well. Fingers crossed. ;)

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  5. i always love the design and packing of the paul and joe items. you got some great picks here and the duo powder looks very pretty. awesome that you could put it into an empty compact that you already had. i've only ever tried their blush product and it was a huge favourite for me last winter.

    curious to hear what you thnk about the NARS

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. I've had that compact for years. Couldn't let it go although it was difficult to find a pan that fits (I've found those Shiseido powder foundation fits, though). And I have to agree with you, Paul & Joe makes nice pressed formulations. I've loved everything I tried so far. :)

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  6. What a beautiful haul! Paul & Joe have the most lovely packaging- that lipstick looks amazing! And definitely curious about the new NARS foundation :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. I'm quite happy with my haul. They were all delivered in timily manner, too!
      Will soon provide a review for the foundation. ;)

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  7. I've never heard of Paul & Joe but good deals! Been eyeing that Nars foundation too, am gonna wait for Sephora's VIB sale in March I think

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    1. Their cosmetics are made in Japan (the manufacturer is Albion, if you're familiar with it). Everything I've tried is very nice. :)
      Thanks for the reminder on Sephora sale. I haven't shopped from them for so long, though. Maybe this year I will finally make a list and go from there. ;p

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  8. Ahh! What a wonderful haul! I've always wanted to try a base from P&J but mostly I've been lusting after their blush duos! I can't wait to see you review on the powder and that foundation from nars! Hope they are all great!

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    1. I think you'd like the P & J makeup. Especially blushes, since they do very well on pressed powder anything. I've used the pressed powder before and I love it - kind of a repurchase.
      And I do hope I will like the foundation! ;)

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  9. Nice haul! That lipstick is gorgeous! I'd love to try the foundation, but I fear that it'll accentuate dry patches. I want to get a sample for sure though! Can hardly wait to hear your thoughts.

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    1. I like P & J sheer lipstick formula and hot pink, of course. This is something I can carry around in my makeup pouch. ;)
      I'm kind of with you that the new NARS foundation could accentuate dry patches. Luckily I'm not suffering them this winter, so have high hopes for this one. Will update soon. :)

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  10. Lipstick queen had (and still has?) sales on their lipstick sets so I grabbed one of those introductory set with three lipsticks for 24 bucks (still had to pay shipping and tax). Then last week when I was in the city, I spotted a bunch of Gosh cosmetic on clearance at Penn Station,so I hoarded a bunch of crap as well (when I was supposed to look for shoe polish).

    Hmmm, and I might end up getting some paul & joe stuff after seeing your link....I never tried their liquid lip color...

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    1. Ooh those sound like really good deals! (LOL at "look for shoe polish". I always have that "squirre!" moment, too!)
      P & J packaging is my thing. For example, Jill Stuart is too cute and frilly, but P & J is just right, you know? Albion makes them, so quality is nice overall.

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  11. All the Paul & Joe look so pretty. I have no interest in the foundation but so far the reviews are completely mixed - hope it suits you. :)

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    1. I hope so, too. I usually like foundations with high silicone content, and wanted something with more coverage. This sounded like one. We will see. ;)

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  12. P&J has cute packaging! The lipstick looks gorgeous :)

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    1. Isn't it so pretty? ;) I really like this lipstick shade, too. ^-^

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  13. I have the Paul & Joe pressed powder too. Really nice setting powder and the compact is beautiful x

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    1. I've only used it for touch-ups, but I will try it to set my foundation as well. Thanks for letting me know! :)

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  14. I just discovered your blog and I'm already loving it! I can't wait to read your review of the new Nars foundation, I'm so intrigued by it! :) xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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    1. Hi Gyudy! Thanks for finding me. ;)
      Many people say it is like the Chanel perfection lumiere in many ways. I'm curious to find out myself.

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    2. I just discovered Lena's blog as well thanks to you, Gyudy, and stalking your comment section, lol. :-) I'm curious about the NARS foundation as well, though I generally prefer fuller coverage.

      Beauty Isles | An Island Girl's Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    3. Hi Kimmy ;D
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment!
      I am wearing the foundation for the first time today, and so far I really like it! Coverage wise, it is medium to full but still has the liquidy consistency. :)

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  15. I have always loved how cute the packaging Paul & Joe is. I have only tried their lip glosses before. Can't wait to hear what you think of the Nars foundation. Wonder if it is remotely similar to Chanel Aqua Vitalumiere.

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    1. To be absolutely honest, Paul & Joe makeup itself is overall is betweent B+ and A-. Very solid and nothing really disappoints, but it is the packaging that makes everything so much better. LOL. I hear their liquid lip color is quite good, so I want to get it next time.
      Word out there is the NARS foundation is much similar to Chanel Perfection Lumiere. :)

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  16. Hey Lena! I havent tried ANY of these but that lipstick in particular is calling out my name!! (sort of a )good thing that I cant buy Paul& Joe anywhere close to me here in Montreal heh. I read your other post about the makeup addict tag. If I could get my vanity to look ANYTHINGlike it does in your picture i will be SOOOO happy. I dont know why i keep putting off clearing my stuff out ugh.

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    1. Hi Dee! :)
      I was really sad when Paul & Joe folded out of the U.S. a while back, but now I can get their stuff relatively easily. I actually like online shopping, so it works for me. ;)

      It took me years until I finally decided to clear some things out of my vanity. Once you get to it, it is quite liberating that it is hard to stop. It will come. ;)

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  17. Such a savvy shopper! :D Paul & Joe products are always so cute. The lipstick looks like a gorgeous shade - nice and cheerful. I think that NARS foundation is not going to suit my dry skin with all my unattractive dry patches, but I hope it works out for you! The finish does look beautiful in most of the reviews that I've read so far!

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    1. ;D I' quite happy with this haul! ASOS order arrived fairly quickly as well.
      I am going to try the foundation at least for a week before I make my conclusion. I really hope it works for me. It's my first full-bottle foundation purchase from NARS!

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  18. I only one Paul & Joe lipstick! I always adore their packaging, though! I don't think I've tried hand creams in a tin packaging before. Neat concept! Looking forward to your review on the NARS foundie!

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    1. I've only tried their sheer lipstick formula so far. I'm interested in the liquid lip color, though. They are all solid if not groundbreaking, imho. And of course, the packaging makes them even better!
      I have a thing for tins so I love the hand cream (not the most convenient to use, I must say. LOL)

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  19. Can't wait for your thoughts on this foundation!

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    1. So far, I really like it. This stuff does last for sure. I think I should wear it for at least a full week before my review, though. :)

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