Christmas Anti Haul

With Christmas around the corner, the big brands are scrambling to get you to spend your Christmas money on their products. Christmas gift sets have been around for ages, but it is only really in the last few years that holiday season, limited addition makeup has been tempting us makeup addicts. Now I am all for a good splurging at this time of year, my Christmas Decoration Haul proves that, but I am also a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to the whole holiday season makeup thing.  So with a big old ‘Bah Humbug’ I bring you my second Anti Haul of all the products I will NOT be buying over the holiday season. 

Makeup Advent Calendars 

What is wrong with a normal chocolate advent calendar that you forget to open most days and spend most of Christmas Eve opening them all and stuffing your face because you completely forgot you had them? This trend of having advent calendars that have something other than a pretty picture or some bog standard plain chocolate in just sends me completely cold. Now, you can get an advent calendar for absolutely everything, makeup, nail polish, candles, even alcohol but to me it just seems like consumerism at it’s most desperate hour. 

I understand that thing might be a lovely present to receive or to treat yourself with but with Christmas just around the corner, do you really need it?  I also do not like the idea of not knowing what you get product wise, at least with a chocolate calendar you know its just chocolate, what about if it is a product you do not like, or will not use, it just seems a waste to me. I understand that often these calendars have smaller samples of products so you can try lots of things from a particular brand but if you think about it, is just another clever marketing gimmick to get people to part with their cash? 

Nyx Lip Lingerie Lip Vault

Don’t get me wrong, I love Nyx as a brand and really love their Lip Lingerie range but this seems a bit of an excessive present. I am all for a good nude lipstick but do people really need the whole range, you have enough there to keep a cheerleading squad looking like Kylie Jenner for a year. I do not see the point in having the whole collection together like this; maybe if someone was splitting it up to give as a variety of gifts or indeed you are a makeup artist then how could one person be in need of that many nude liquid lipsticks?  

Anastacia Beverly Hills Prism palette

Ever since the whole Subculture palette controversy I have been very wary of Anastacia Beverly Hills as a brand. Yes, I do love my Modern Renaissance palette but would I purchase it again, probably not, for me the cost outweighs the actual benefits of having it; knowing that I can probably purchase a very similar dupe from a brand like Makeup Revolution and do all the same looks at a fraction of the price.  I do however still rate their highlight palettes and my Nicole Guerria highlight palette is a much loved addition to my collection. 

When the teasers can out for the Prism palette, it just left me cold, I was thinking ‘it is a bit meh’, I just do not envision using the palette myself. However, there has been a lot of people desperate to get this palette and raving about it and I have seen some nice looks created with it. So why do I dislike it so much; maybe it is just my personal taste that it does not cater for or maybe I am cautious of a brand that would release a palette out to the general public that most people find hard to work with and then blame the customers who complains about it. 

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar 

My instant reaction when I looked at this palette was to do a massive eye roll and call ‘boring’, I was even disappointed by the green and green eyeshadow never disappoints me. Part of the reason that I might be thinking that is perhaps my dislike of Too Faced as a brand; saying they invented unicorn themed makeup and ripping off Nikkitutorials on her collaboration ‘The Power of Makeup’ are but a few things that I can name that makes my less than impressed with the brand. 

I really do like the whole chocolate bar theme but are they pushing the concept too far and just turning out a bland palette just to make a few extra dollars for their Christmas bonus’? I am half expecting for them to come up with a ‘Chocolate Pizza Bar palette’ or a ‘Chocolate Burrito palette’ because you need to pump the Chocolate Bar packaging/gimmick so it gets maximum revenue. 

Too Faced “Pretty Little Planner” gift set 

I love planning; I am into bullet journaling so you would think that this product would be right up my street, wrong. I can understand the logic behind this product, with planning becoming somewhat fashionable as of late, but again it feels like it has been just put together to make more money, to encourage planner addicts to try Too Faced makeup. 

Although I do admit that the zipped planner covers are a really practical idea, the rest of the planning stuff just does not cut the mustard. If you are not too picky about what you have inside your planner then this is fine, but usually people that plan will have very specific ideas when it comes to what they want and would just rather get a planner that catered to all their needs. I bullet journal because of the freedom it gives me to use the planner to suit my needs, I do not want to waste pages on layouts that would be left unused.

There is also the issue of the makeup palette itself, I know I am not Too Faced greatest fan and might be somewhat biased but these are such boring palettes, snore. I find that Too Faced design every palette the same way, loads of boring colours and then one or two ‘out there’ shades, it does nothing for my makeup addicted heart. If you look at similar brands like Urban Decay, Kat Von D and Jeffree Star at least these companies have a variety of different eyeshadow palettes, from neutral to popping colours. I would rather purchase from Urban Decay who seem to actually change up their palettes and have a different variety like the Naked palettes and the Spectrum palettes spring to mind. I could probably fill a whole post on my dislike of Too Faced, but I will leave it with the two products in the anti haul. 

Benefit brow box gift set 

This is another company that I really cannot get into, I have tried but I failed miserably. My opinion is that Benefit are more about style than substance, the products I have tried from them do not warrant that price tag and it seems more about the fancy packaging rather than the quality of the product. I received a Benefit gift set a few Christmas’ back and I was disappointed about nearly every product I tried, even the concealer, which I liked and used up can be now trumped by my drugstore concealers and do not get me started on their mascara, I could not use it because of the wand and it went unused. 

Brows are a big thing in makeup now, the bigger the better for some people and you can see lots of brands cashing in on the brow trend with pencils, pomades, tinted brow gels and even highlight pencils. Benefit are one of these brands that ted to focus more on the brow market than other items like lipstick or eyeshadow, but what I have tried of them is really not that good. I have tried the Gimme Brow and it is just the same as a tinted brow gel that I have from Nyx which is half the price. I will be giving Benefit a massively wide berth when it comes to Christmas and indeed the rest of the year for that matter. 

So that is my second anti haul, I have a feeling that there will be more in 2018; I could have talked about what I’m not buying forever, I might sound like a ‘grumpy old woman’ but I do agree with Kimberly Clark in that we need to be savvy to the ever increasing trend of consumerism that is engrossing society. What products would you have on your anti haul list. 

Ciao for now beauties xx

14 Comments Add yours

  1. DGGYST says:

    THANK YOU! I went to Ulta the other day, and I was like “wow…really? A nine piece mini set of body glitters with names like ” sugar plum.” Nine? Like, any other time of the year, no one would buy nine fucking body glitters, but give them christmas names and all bets are off. Loved this post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. lifewithmrst says:

      I hate how all the cheap makeup gets put in fancy packaging and sold for twice the price.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I agree with Too Faceds products, I feel like they’re putting out “rejected” makeup from a few years ago 🙃

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    1. lifewithmrst says:

      I think they will just do anything to make money, they have built their name up and now are not bothering being inventive

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  3. As much as I like a few Too Faced products, I agree with your overall assessment. It’s also how I feel about Tarte Shadow palettes; do you really need to put out 14 of the same thing every year?
    great post 🙂


    1. lifewithmrst says:

      I stay away from Tarte for this very reason, all they ever do us the same boring makeup

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  4. cherilyndoes says:

    I love these anti-haul posts. Seems like a lot of these companies rename the same shades and repackage the same crap for whatever time of year it is, and most everyone falls for the hype. No thanks. I’m with you on this stuff. Great post.


    1. lifewithmrst says:

      Make up brands really annoy me because they treat people like we don’t have a memory or a brain.

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  5. Michelle says:

    Great Post! I’m not a fan of the products you mentioned either and the make up advent calendar thing was way over done this year


  6. I was actually completely disinterested in the prism palette as well, such a flop release in my eyes. There are so many “it’s been done” palettes now not too much blows my skirt up these days.


    1. lifewithmrst says:

      The market is so over saturated that people are sceptical when products come out, every idea has been done 50 times over.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. At least we are starting to smarten up!


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