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Haul: February & March 2013

This is a haul from mid February till now. I've done a bit of damage but not too bad. My birthday was in March so I wanted to spoil myself a bit. Don't judge. Hehe.

1. M.A.C Lustre Lipstick in Freckletone - $36 AUD
From the year of the snake collection. I wanted to get the limited edition embossing. It's so pretty.

2. M.A.C Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen - $42 AUD

3. M.A.C Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle - $47 AUD
Which is so raved about.

A pharmacist near my uni was having 50% of Rimmel so I thought I'd pick up a few things.

4. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Pink Blush - $5 AUD
Light blue based pink

5. Rimmel Vinyl Gloss in Fashion Icon - $6.25 AUD

6. Rimmel Vinyl Max Lipgloss in Outrageous - $7.50 AUD

7. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy - $49.99 AUD
This is currently on sale at My Chemist, Chemist Warehouse and The Beauty Spot. I've been lusting after this for AGES and it finally came on sale so I got it. Sale ends 18th of April.

8. Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Polished in Coral Silk and Midnight Magic - $5.21 AUD
These have finally come to Australia. They are originally $6.95 (not bad) but Target has 25% off most of their cosmetics. 

9. Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum - $5.48
PF is 50% off at Priceline. I wanted to try something from PF but this is all that interested me. I actually thought it was going to be $10 (that's what it had marked) but when they scanned it, it came up as $5 if I'd known I would've picked up another. I might try it out and if I like it I might go grab another. 


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