Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Beauty bargains: Big Bucket Deals.

Hello lovelies!

If you're interested in makeup or perfume, and live in the Wellington region, you've probably heard of, seen, or been to Big Bucket Deals - random pop-up shops selling heavily discounted makeup, perfume, skincare, nail polish, hair care, beauty accessories, and so on. I first went to one of their sales a couple of years ago after my boyfriend saw a pamphlet about them. I wasn't expecting much, but walked out with loads! Nowadays, if I need new makeup I usually hold out for one of these sales since I know I can usually find some great buys. I headed to one this Wednesday in Wellington with my mum, and although I picked up less items than usual, I still want to share my finds with you.

I first got two similar lip products by Revlon. My mum has been loving these crayon-shaped products lately, and recommended them to me. I'm looking forward to trying them!

First is the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in 025 Sweetheart Valentine.

This "Balm Stain" is supposed to act like a more moisturising lip stain.
It's a popping pink, great for summer weather.
RRP: $21 from Beauty Select.
I paid: $14

Next, Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 125 Flirtatious Chartreuse.

The "Lacquer Balm" claims to give more of a high-shine and stronger pigmented finish.
The name suits this colour really well, don't you think? It's hot!
RRP: $22.99 at Farmers.
I paid: $14

On to eyes, now! I then picked up this Maybelline Eyestudio Color Explosion palette in 10 Amethyst Ablazed.

Pretty standard style palette.
There's a lovely range of colours in the purple spectrum here, including pink-based, blue-based, and a very true purple.
RRP: I can't find this for sale online, so it seems it's been discontinued. However, I found a very similar one (same amount of product, same layout etc) for $17.99 at Farmers.
I paid:$8

Lastly, I got this Za True White Two-Way Foundation in 20.

Nice case, seems like it will hold up well.
It's a powder foundation, and the packaging says it is a "treatment foundation". Its features, as listed on the packaging, include:
Helps diminish spots and acne scars
Creates an even-toned and bright complexion
SPF 20
Fresh vitamin C powder
Vitamin E
Can be applied dry or with a damp sponge

I was surprised to find a powder light enough for my pale skin, but this looks like it will be a good match.
RRP: $19 for the foundation refill and $10 for the foundation case from Beauty Select.
I paid: $10 (for the foundation refill and foundation case together).

Total original price: $90.98
Total I paid: $46
Total saved: $42.98 - almost 50%!

As you can see, I think these Big Bucket Deals sales are definitely worth hitting up. They're especially good if you want to try something new, but you're worried about forking out a lot for something you might end up disliking. That said, it's also a great way to pick up some old faithful items - I usually stock up on my favourite mascara at these sales.

The only problem with these sales is there's no pattern as to where or when one will pop up.

The only way you can find out (apart from by checking your mailbox for pamphlets) is by adding your name to the mailing list on their sparse website:

Or by liking, and keeping an eye on their facebook page:

If you're interested in checking one of the sales out, I strongly suggest doing both of the above! I usually find out about the sales from the emails they send me.

Some final tips for attending the sales:

- You'll get the best selection by turning up early on the first day. If you can't make it then, just try to turn up early on any day. By the end of the day, everything looks like it's been gone over by a pack of vultures!

- You will have to hand over your handbag at the door. You can take your wallet with you around the sale. Your bag will be tagged and guarded, but I still suggest you don't take your flashest bag, and don't leave any valuables in it just in case.

- There are testers for all makeup items, and all perfumes. Take a few tissues with you so you can wipe your hand clean if you're going to use testers!

- The sales can sometimes be very busy, especially on the first day or the weekend, so just be aware things may be a little cramped and slow-moving inside.

- Double check that everything you buy is still sealed.

Well, that's it for my recent beauty purchases. Hopefully I'll do more detailed reviews on the individual products later on.

Have you found any good beauty bargains at a sale like this? Let me know about your best recent beauty buy!

- Annabelle


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