NET-A-PORTER BEAUTY HAUL – WHAT’S NEW ON OUR TOP SHELF
Is it normal to be this excited to tell you about the things we just bought? We doubt it.
By: Amber x Dani
It’s no secret that we have an affliction for luxury beauty products; when it comes to cosmetics and skincare, we refuse to skimp (anybody with us?). So a Netaporter beauty haul here on GOCO was only a matter of time. But you knew that already, right? Maybe? Well, there are a few other reasons this NAP beauty haul was a must. One, we’re absolutely obsessed with getting LBB (little black boxes) in the mail; their packaging is stellar.
Third, since we’re currently in the process of curating a fully cruelty-free beauty cabinet, so we’re trying lots of products (yay!).
Lastly, we decided to do this NAP beauty haul because if you’re new to luxury beauty products or high-end cruelty-free beauty, it can be hard to navigate the brands and choose which products you want to try out and see if they can become staples in your haircare, skincare, or makeup routines. Feel free to be inspired by the choices we made in this beauty haul. P.S. We love adding luxe to our wardrobes as well. If you’re thinking about making a splurge soon on a designer piece, check out this post and make your purchase strategic so you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse. Speaking of buyer’s remorse, you know you can regret-proof your closet too, right?
Rock ‘N’ Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil – Bedroom Black
You ever show up somewhere really, really late, like embarrassingly late and blame it on your winged eyeliner? If so, we’re totally twinsies right now. Applying liner can be a real challenge; it’s takes tons of patience and practice, but one you get it, you get totally and completely obsessed with it. If you’re struggling, it’s all about having the right formula. Pencil and gel liners are a lot easier to master than liquid liners. Formulas that you draw on versus paint also tend to look more natural. Had to add this baby to the cart during our beauty haul because after watching a few tutorials on YouTube, we just had to test it our for ourselves.
This is by far our favorite Charlotte Tilbury product. It’s beyond. We got the bedroom black pencil, which is a soft daytime-appropriate black that’s ideal if you have dark eyes/deep skin, and this stuff glides on like silk. You only need to do one slick and you’re done. No back-and-forth jerking that can irritate your eye. It’s waterproof and lasts all day without smudging.
If you’re new to eyeliner and want to master the perfect everyday wing, or even an eyeliner virgin, definitely start off with this pencil to line your upper lash line. Yes, it’s pricey but a pencil goes a long way.
Un Powder, 9g
Since we just finished our Honest Beauty Miracle Blur Powder, we decided to try something new (even though we both still love that one and definitely already have a backup on the way). This powder is definitely UN-detectable. Our only thing is that we wish the packaging could be slightly improved: because there are so few holes where the powder actually comes out and its nonadjustable, it’s a little bit of a struggle to get the powder out of the jar.
Age Defying AHA Facial Exfoliator, 75ml
For the past two years, we’ve been loyal to our St. Ives Apricot scrub. In the beginning we used to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, then pretty much as soon as we heard Christy Brinkley say that one of the key things she credits to her ageless skin is the fact that she exfoliates her skin every night, we followed suit, of course. Surprisingly, our skin did not fall off, which is what we were afraid of since there are a lot of articles out there that ward off exfoliating so often. Now, our exfoliating schedule is somewhere between the two; we listen to our skin and give it what it needs when it needs it. We’re not so regimented.
When we came across this KORA Organics AHA exfoliator on Netaporter, we immediately agreed to give it a try. Number one, because we’re in love with Miranda Kerr’s natural and organic brand. (Remember when we told you we were fully committed to incorporating more natural products into our collection?), and two, we all know anything with AHAs in it is good for your skin (right?).
We applied it exactly as directed: we opted for a gentle cleanser and washed our faces (using Herbivore’s Pink Clay bar soap if you’re wondering), patted our skin dry, then applied a thin layer of the exfoliant all over our faces, avoiding the eye area. We set our timer and checked a few emails. Five minutes later, faces tight, we went back to the sink and wet our fingers, as per the instructions, to re-emulsify the formula and then worked the exfoliator in circular motions before rinsing. So, okay. You’re wondering did we see any instant results? Any promise of future results? Will this be HG? Did our skin look all glowy and rejuvenated or not?
Well, hard to say with only one use, but our skin definitely felt *refreshed*, very clean and baby soft (seriously). And we can’t say how good it feels to use products sans chemicals! Okay, We will. It feels so. Damn. Good. Oh yeah, and it smells very green and mud mask-y as expected.
Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner, 100ml
This is actually the first product from Aesop that we’ve ever tried even though it’s been for on “to try” list for years now. Always been attracted to the simplicity of the brand, but once we went CF (and luxury skincare options were narrowed significantly, which is a good thing in our eyes), it was only about deciding which products we wanted to try first. It’s so hard to find a cruelty-free toner with salicylic acid in it, which is crucial for preventing breakouts from popping up on acne-prone skin. Still haven’t found one, but since this once has a pretty impressive ingredient list, we thought we’d give this one a try in this beauty haul.
We mostly look for a toner to get rid of the excess dirt, sweat, and other crap that cleansers don’t ever seem to get rid of, natural or not, and this one definitely pass my cotton pad test: if we cringe after looking at all the residue on the pad, then thumbs up. Don’t tell me we’re the only ones who do this, and get a twisted kind of pleasure out of it? Anyway, our skin felt so so clean. This toner even seemed to work better than our normal drug store laden-with-toxic-ass-chemicals toner. Then again, it should have considering it’s about half the size and double the price of our normal toners.
Goddess Skin Clay Mask, 75ml
Okay, who doesn’t love a beauty mask? It’s just one of those classic pampering treatments that makes us all feel girly and like we’re actually taking care of our skin, no? Sometimes we’re skeptical about trying masks because they all tend to over-promise and usually underwhelm (because of the whole over-promising thing). They make these astronomical claims, and after we wash our faces we’re like, “Um, that’s it?” (For reference, it’s kind of the equivalent of thinking to yourself, “is it in yet?”) Basically, we only eff with masks that will give us instant results. They don’t have to be out-of-the-world results, but if we’re going to walk around for twenty minutes looking crazy then we better see something after we pat our faces dry.
That said, the reviews on Charotte Tilbury’s Goddess Skin were just too good not to bite the bullet and drop $70 on a two-and-a-half ounce tube and try it. We applied the Spanish clay the way CT suggests: smoothed a thin layer to clean skin, left for ten minutes, wiped it off with a warm washcloth/water. We were expecting our skin to melt off our bones, but…nothing. Like nothing. After our first use we were overwhelmingly underwhelmed. The “fail-proof results” claim of what she describes as a “revolutionary” product left us hanging. But since it’s actually a brilliant formula — it’s thin, easy to apply/wipe off, and, as promised, not drying like traditional clay masks — we’re willing to use it consistently for a couple weeks to see if we notice a difference in our skin.
Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara – Glossy Black
Couldn’t complete this beauty haul without showing the lashes some love. If you’re a makeup minimalist like we are, then you know how impactful two coats of a really good mascara can be. Next to brows, your lashes can totally transform your face. This is why we’re currently on the hunt for a holy grail cruelty-free mascara. In order for something to reach this (pivotal) status, it’s got to basically be life-changing.
We’re just about done with our Bobbi Brown mascara and while this formula is nice, there’s nothing WOW about it. It does a bit of thickening, but nothing dramatic enough for us. It’s great because there’s no transfer and it goes on easily with no clumping, but it doesn’t give a falsies look and that’s what we’re really after.
Let us know if you enjoyed this beauty haul and seeing what we’ve added to our beauty cabinets. Also, definitely let us know if you’ve tried any of these products and had a different experience.
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