As previously mentioned, haul posts are personally uncomfortable for me. I never want to come across as too showy or hyper-consumerist. Influencer hauls help people to find products that are new or interesting. However, often times online reviewers never tell readers or consumers how those hauled products performed for them. Therefore, those hauls potentially inspire others to buy products that they may hate or may not need.
As someone who bought beauty products almost addictively throughout college, hauls are triggering for urges to impulse shop. If you happen to have stumbled across this post and are unfamiliar with my previous blogs, I’ve been making immense efforts over the last two years to reduce my spending and to minimize my beauty collection by using up, donating or selling, or trashing items that no longer bring me joy. Part of this journey, lead me to focus on developing smarter shopping habits and to stop buying things in excess or solely for an emotional pick-me-up.
One of the ways that I keep myself accountable with shopping is by keeping thorough lists of what comes in and out of my collection, as well as sharing when I make new purchases or receive gifts from others. Additionally, I share with the online world (and those close to me), my progress in downsizing. More specifically, I will share an end of year update on my progress. Therefore, I don’t want to surprise anyone if I end the year with more products than I started with. This year, this seems likely (unfortunately due to the items I received in my Beautycon LA Hauler Bag).
Who Should Keep Reading
If you enjoy watching, reading, or posting hauls, my critique is not meant to cast judgment or shame. Ultimately, I just want to share my honest thoughts on this subject matter in case there is anyone else who finds these types of posts triggering. In the interest of transparency, I want to share what I received in my 2018 Beautycon LA Hauler Bag. Also, I will evaluate the worth of the bag.
If you are interested in seeing what I received in my 2018 Beautycon LA Hauler Bag, please keep reading:
Beautycon LA Hauler Bag & Ticket Value
Beauty Con L.A. offers a series of tiered tickets to the annual event ranging from one-day or two-day general admission, two-day early admission (with haul bag), VIP All Access, etc. When my friend and I were evaluating ticket options we were deciding between the two-day GA tickets ($75.00) or the early admission passes ($200.00).
Ultimately, we purchased the two-day early admission tickets. All-in-all, we felt that the early admission to the event, as well as the goodie bag were worth the price tag. However, it is always risky to take a chance on a mystery bag. In fact, mystery ahuler bags tend to contain a lot of junk.
Nevertheless, the tickets seemed more than worth it. After calculating the value of Beautycon LA Hauler bag, we concluded that the value of the products were worth more than $650.00. Also, the two-day GA tickets cost $75.00. Therefore, the package is valued at over $725.00. Additionally, I received so many products, that I needed to check a suitcase at the airport returning home to the East Coast.
To cut down on words, I will not describe what I received in the bag. However, I will provide links to any products still available. To note, I calculated the value for sample size products.
While I don’t plan to keep every single product in the haul bag, I was impressed with the the value, the sheer number of products (and the brands included), as well as the overall product selection. Not only did the bag provide a variety of brands from indie to drug-store and prestige, but they provided products across haircare, skincare, cosmetics, tools, and snacks. For an avid beauty junkie, the ability to test so many new products that I may have never purchased is exciting.
Beauty Con did a good job in ensuring that there would be products for everyone, regardless of skin concern, skin tone, or hair type. For example, there were quite a few products for textured or curly hair, as well as haircare for thin hair. Additionally, I think that the brands who provided lip products were smart to include colors that weren’t nudes, since there is no universal nude shade.
Would I Buy the Beautycon LA Hauler Ticket Again?
Honestly, when I opened the bag I felt extremely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of products. In fact, my on-going minimalism journey made me feel a little repulsed.
However, if I were to attend Beautycon again, I would still purchase the Hauler tickets. Ultimately, getting into the convention early is worth it. In fact, I saw and interacted with way more brands between 10:00AM-12:00PM, than I did during the remaining six hours of each day. Overall, the lines for each brand booth sucked up too much of the day.
In the end, I don’t have to stay overwhelmed. Anything I do not plan to use can be given to friends or family, or donated. Giving to others without expecting anything in return is a rewarding feeling.