Saturday, March 14, 2015

Barneys Beauty Haul: Nars, Tatcha and the Spring 2015 GWP


Run, don't walk, to your nearest Barney's to get ahold of their spring beauty event gift with purchase - today is the final day! With a $200 purchase, you get a slew of deluxe sized samples. I placed my pre-order weeks ago with the manager of the Nars counter at the New York location and had a great experience. Here's a look at the gift with purchase and all the mini goodies you get with a roomy travel bag. Sometimes I've found gift with purchase bags to be shoddy and ugly but I actually really like this one. It has a denim exterior and a plastic lining on the inside which makes it easier to clean. I think this is a very well-rounded bag because there's not too much of one category. I'm particularly excited to try the makeup and the skincare products. The Rituals shower foam is a full size and you might remember I named it a favorite two years ago. It's the same exact scent that I bought the first time around so smelling this again reminds me of when I studied in Amsterdam, bonus! 


I didn't need anything but I wanted to take this opportunity to purchase some Nars goodies that I've been eyeing for a long time. Also, I figured now would be a great time to purchase a full size of the Tatcha Gentle Enzyme Powder because I loved the sample so much.


Have you ever bought a makeup product just because of the shade name? That's the reason why I couldn't stop thinking about Nars' eyeshadow duo in Kuala Lumpur for literally years. My parents were born and raised in Malaysia so an eyeshadow with the name of the country's capital needed a place in my stash. Luckily for me, the shades are a wearable rose gold and a lovely burgundy so I can justify the purchase. There's a duo called Kauai, the Hawaiian island my boyfriend and I fell head over heels for last year, but the shades are not ones I would reach for regularly.                     

I have a few Nars blushes but none of their bronzers so I opted for the Contouring powder in Paloma which is a lovely cool toned bronzer and a flesh toned highlight. Honestly I don't know if I'll use the highlight shade as I prefer ones with some shine but the darker shade is just perfect for chiseling out some cheekbones.


My final Nars purchases were two of their relatively new Audacious lipsticks. I purposely chose a wearable peachy shade, Julie, and a bright red, Carmen, to see how the shades compare. I have this need to own even numbers of products whether it be two or ten of the same product but in different colors. Only after I purchased these did I realize these two shades are exclusive to Barneys which is perfect. 


I received a few gift with purchase goodies on top of the gift bag for purchasing over $125 in Nars products as well. I'm super stoked about the mini blush in Orgasm because it's probably the most well-known blush of this decade and I've never tried it before. The Satin lip pencil in Rikugien will be interesting to try out as well since I've restrained myself from getting any of those in the past due to the lack of twist-up packaging. Rikugien is also the shade of one birthday gifts from Sephora this year. I also received a mini Orgasm lipgloss, nail polish, sample eye primer and brightening serum in addition to a small travel bag.

This was my first time participating in the Barneys beauty event and I have to be honest that I was somewhat anxious due to the whole pre-ordering bit. But everything turned out to be amazing and I had such a good experience with the Nars manager who helped me out. Barneys does a fall beauty event as well so if you're not ready to plop $200 right now, just wait a few months. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for that event and perhaps stock up on some Tatcha skincare. Hope you liked this peek at one of the largest all-in-one hauls I've done in a long time and stay tuned for separate reviews and swatches of all my new Nars goodies!

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