Beauty Bean + Glassons Haul

Hi everyone!

I have been on an unintentional makeup low buy this year and have barely purchased anything new… until last week. I first heard about Beauty Bean through a work colleague. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular at the time and it wasn’t until I was Googling foundations that the website popped up again.

Long story short, I made an order and purchased three items. The prices are really reasonable and if you buy three or more items shipping is free. Everything is stocked locally in New Zealand and shipping was a breeze, my order arrived within days.

1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup W1-2 Porcelain Ivory

If you saw my recent post about Rimmel’s Match Perfection foundation you’ll know that I used to adore it until the formula changed and my shade was discontinued. I’m not a fan anymore and I am simply using it up because it’s not bad enough to throw away and I don’t like wastage.

Buying foundation on a whim isn’t something I normally do but I know a lot of people enjoy L’Oreal’s True Match and I’m guessing this is meant to be the more dewy, luminous version. According to the ingredients the foundation is 40% water for all day hydration and contains antioxidants, Vitamin C and Vitamin E for improved clarity. Sounds like a dream for dry skin, right? I was a little worried about the colour match but I looked up swatches online and they don’t look any darker than my Max Factor foundations which I’m a big fan of.

First Impression: The shade doesn’t look dark for me at all. The formula feels light and blends easily. It seems to layer nicely as well. I’m impressed!

2. L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (Blackest Black)

Ever since this mascara launched I have heard nothing but rave reviews for it! The mascara goes under the name Paradise Extatic if you live in The UK and it has gold packaging. I recieved the American version of the mascara in a gorgeous, metallic light pink tube which I am glad about – I love pink! This is supposedly a dupe for Too Faced’s Better Than Sex and while I haven’t tried that, this L’Oreal mascara is half the price of Better Than Sex (in NZ). The wand isn’t plastic and is big which I like – I am used to working with a similar size wand on my favourite Rimmel mascara. I ordered the washable mascara and opted for blackest black because I love my lashes to be super dark.

First Impression: The formula isn’t wet which I like and the mascara doesn’t smudge or flake as the day goes on. My lashes look similar if not better to how they do when I use Scandaleyes Lycra Flex from Rimmel.

3. Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

This brush was added to my cart because I needed a third item for free shipping. It was a toss up between this brush and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. Since I prefer to apply foundation with a brush I went for this. The brush has really good reviews and like many of the Real Techniques brushes has multiple uses. This brush can be used to apply foundation and also to highlight and contour. The shape of the bristles means the brush fits perfectly under the cheekbones.

First Impression: The bristles on this brush are so soft! It blends foundation quicker than my Expert Face Brush also from Real Techniques and doesn’t eat up product. I haven’t tried to contour or highlight yet but I will.

Onto the Glassons part of the haul:

Glassons is a popular clothing store across Australia and New Zealand and price wise I’d say it’s mid-range. You get stylish, quality items for a good price, clothing isn’t cheap but isn’t expensive either. I have shopped in Glassons for years and have made numerous online orders and in store purchases in the past year. Shipping was also free as I spent over $40 and the order arrived less than 48 hours after I placed it.

1. Seagrass Sloppy Cardi

This is described as a lightweight, sheer cami for the trans-seasonal weather which is exactly what New Zealand is going through right now. The mornings and evenings are cooler but the days can still be warm. I really like the colour of this, it’s almost a light khaki and I love the way it was styled online.

2. Black Flare Sleeve Knit Jumper

I love my cosy jumpers and this reminded me of one Lily Pebbles wore in THIS VIDEO. Black is a staple colour in my wardrobe but I think I only have one other black jumper. I like the flared sleeves and the material is super soft.

3. Black Cropped Jean

I have a pair of these jeans in white already and they are super comfortable. As I am short these are full length on me and the jeans are stretchy and really nice to wear. I bought these to replace a pair of black jeggings I intend to get rid of. Black pants/jeans go with just about anything!

I shared this Instagram snap of me wearing the cardi and jeans:

Have you tried any of the makeup items?

What did you purchase in your last haul?


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18 thoughts on “Beauty Bean + Glassons Haul

  1. Rachael - Helpless Whilst Drying says:

    I think that RT brush might be one of the few ones I don’t have!
    I haven’t heard of that version of the L’Oreal Foundation! Sounds interesting I know that high water content would mean that it would just melt away on my oily skin though!
    Hope you like that mascara it was one of my faves from last year, I keep meaning to rebuy it!

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    • Chanelle says:

      I’ve used the brush a couple of times for applying foundation already and it blends really quick which is good if you’re in a rush! My skin is dry and the few times I’ve worn the foundation already I haven’t noticed any melting. I LOVE the mascara, it’s easy to work with and makes it look like I have way more lashes than I do!


  2. stashy says:

    I love that L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara! 🙂 It looks great on you too (from IG photo).
    I’ve been meaning to try a L’Oreal foundation – I used to use the True Match years ago and I really liked it. But I haven’t tried any of their newer offering. I do like how they offer such a wide shade range.
    It’s always great to have an excuse to buy another item to get free shipping – I’m guilty of that! 😛 I think you made the right choice in getting the brush rather than the sponge. 🙂
    Really digging the khaki colour of that cardi!

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    • Chanelle says:

      It’s such a good mascara, worth all the hype! It’s so easy to apply too, it doesn’t clump or smudge.
      I’m not sure how new the L’Oreal foundation I got is, I watched YouTube reviews and some of them are from a couple of years ago 😊 I really like the brush so I did make the right choice 👍🏻


  3. Kate's Vanity says:

    Very nice haul! I have the same shade in the Loreal Lumi foundation. The original True match has been a long time favorite of mine. When I tried the Loreal Lash Paradise mascara, I thought it was more on dry side too. I didn’t stick with it though in the end lol. I need to try that Real Techniques brush, I love their brushes! xx

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