Thoughts on Hauls
Fun fact, as of this writing, hauls account for over 31.2 million videos on YouTube and countless posts across WordPress.
As previously mentioned, haul posts are personally uncomfortable because I never want to come across as too showy or consumerist. While influencer hauls can help people to find products that are new or interesting, often times online reviewers never tell readers or consumers how those products performed for them. Therefore, those hauls are potentially inspiring others to buy products that they may hate or may not have needed.
As someone who was buying beauty products almost addictively throughout college, hauls can be triggering in terms of inspiring impulse shopping. 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 the things that I own (particularly within my beauty collection) by using up, donating, selling, or trashing items that no longer bring me joy. Part of this journey, has 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 and minimizing is keeping thorough lists of what comes in and out of my home, 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. Knowing that I will share an end of year update on my progress, I don’t want to surprise anyone if I end the year with more products than I started with…. which seems likely (unfortunately due to the items I received at Beauty Con).
If you enjoy watching, reading, or posting hauls, my critique is not meant to cast judgment or shame, but I do want to share my honest thoughts on this subject matter in case there is anyone else who finds these types of posts troublesome for their personal shopping behaviors. I am not planning on sharing any additional hauls in the near future, but in the interest of transparency, I want to share what I received at Beauty Con L.A. 2018 and evaluate the worth of the bag. If you are interested in seeing what I received, then please keep reading:
Beauty Con L.A. Ticket & Haul 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 USD) or the early admission passes ($200.00 USD). Ultimately, we purchased the two-day early admission tickets because we felt that the early admission to the event and the products would be worth the cost, even though we didn’t know what products we’d be receiving in the haul bag.
The tickets were more than worth it. The value of the products in the bag are worth more than $650.00 USD and two-day GA tickets cost $75.00. Therefore, the package is valued at over $725.00 USD. 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 be describing what I received in the bag, but will provide links to nearly everything I received in case any of these items intrigue you. To note, for items that are not full-size (excluding samples), I’ve listed the equivalent cost. For example if a 10 oz. item cost $10.00 USD, but the version I received was only 2 oz. then the associated cost is $2.00 USD)
Finally, I’ve made notes below as two products I already donated prior to taking my photos. Many more items are currently being re-homed – aka more than half of the haircare and lip products.
Beauty Con Hauler Bag Products
Aveda – Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo ($17.00 USD)
Aveda – Cheerry Almon Softening Conditioner Sample ($17.00 USD)
Cantu – Natural Hair Curl Stretcher Cream Rinse ($4.99 USD)
KISS – Heat Protecting Argan Hair Oil ($3.99 USD)
Clairol Clearly You Permanent Cream Hair Color ($6.49 USD)
Clairol Pure White 40 Volume Creme Developer ($0.62 USD)
Camille Rose Naturals – Aloe Whipped Butter Gel ($16.00 USD)
Mixed Chicks Conditioning Cleansing Co-Wash ($2.50 USD)
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Hair Elastic*
Popband London – Only Glo Hair Tie Multi ($1.80 USD)
SkinThesis by Dermstore – Daily Cleanser*
SkinThesis by Dermstore – Refining Retinol 0.5*
SkinThesis by Dermstore – Night Treatment*
Pure Bliss Naturals – CBD Eye Serum Sample*
Zoella – Beauty Quench Me Body Sorbet ($2.33 USD)
Zoella Beauty Loofa*
Palmer’s Coca Butter – Daily Skin Therapy ($2.00 USD)
Skinfix. – Foaming Clay Cleanser ($22.00 USD)
SweetSpot – Coconut Lime On-The-Go Wipes ($10.00 USD)
7th Heaven – Dead Sea Peel-Off Face Mask ($1.37 USD)
7th Heaven – Pink Guava Peel-Off Face Mask ($1.37 USD)
7th Heaven – Coconut Clay Peel-Off Face Mask ($1.37 USD)
Clabiane – Berry Bright Hydrogel Mask ($2.50 USD)*
Clabiane – PGA Aqua Mask ($2.50 USD)
KLAIRS – Midnight Blue Calming Sheet Mask ($3.00 USD)
Masque Bar – Pore Refining Crème Mask ($3.00 USD)
Lapcos USA – Metallic Sheet Mask Set (Pearl) ($2.80 USD)
Avatara- Light Up Face Mask ($3.00 USD)
Essence – My Must Haves Customizable Palette ($3.49 USD)
Essence – My Must Haves Satin Blush Single ($1.99 USD)
Joah – Be My Everything Blush & Bronze ($13.00 USD)
Becca – Backlight Priming Filter ($19.00 USD)
Dermablend – Loose Setting Powder ($27.00 USD)
Hourglass – Cautious Extreme Lash Mascara ($14.50 USD)
Ardell Mini Faves Lash Lookbook + Duo ($9.99 USD)
KISS – Blowout Lash (Chignon) ($4.49 USD)
Pop Beauty – Kajal Pen (Inky Purple) ($6.00 USD)
Rimmel London – Wonder’fully Real Mascara ($5.99 USD)
Covergirl – Colorlicious Lipstick (Hot) ($5.99 USD)
It’s Skin -Mini Macaron Lip Balm (Pineapple) ($6.50 USD)
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Liquid Lipstick (Crush) ($20.00 USD)
Revlon – Super Lustrious Lip Gloss (Fatal Apple) ($6.29 USD)
Nudestix – Lip + Cheek Balm (Siren) ($24.00 USD)
Hourglass – Girl Lip Stylo (Activist) (S32.00 USD)
Mugler – Angel Fruity Fair Sample ($3.14 USD)
Tools & Nails:
Labeautesoi – Duet Multi-Face Brush ($14.00 USD)
Beauty Fiend – Holographic Face Essentials Set – 4P ($70.00 USD)
Pur – Pillow Blend ($12.00 USD)
Caption – Art Screens in Party Squad ($29.95 USD)
CNDC – Vinylux (Video Violet) ($3.99 USD)
Thoughts on the Beauty Con Hauler Bag
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 Hauler Ticket Again?
Honestly, when I opened the bag I felt extremely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of products because of the minimalism journey that I’ve been undergoing the past few years. However, if I were to attend Beauty Con (whether in L.A. or N.Y.C) again, I would still purchase the Hauler tickets again because getting into the convention early was worth it. I was able to see and interact with way more brands between 10:00AM-12:00PM, than I did during the remaining six hours of each convention day because of the long lines at every brand’s booth.
Moreover, 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.
*Item or price not found online
What are your thoughts on hauls? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.