If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have seen that there was drama surrounding this year’s Hauler bag at Beautycon NYC 2019. To summarize everything in the simplest terms possible, people were highly disappointed at this year’s Hauler Bag (Freebie bag) because (1) the bag had barely any product in it when compared to previous years and (2) many of us actually received bags that were only half-full. Although Beautycon tried to rectify the latter issue, I still did not receive everything that my friend did and others were so disappointed that they didn’t come back to swap out their bag.
Nevertheless, between the hauler bag, the free samples from exhibiting brands, and the purchases I made at the event, I actually came home with a ton of products! As always, I don’t share posts with the intention to brag…personally, I like watching or reading this type of content because I genuinely love beauty and I’m just curious to see what is out on the market. If you’re like me, then please keep reading.
Beautycon NYC 2019 | Hauler Bag
The below products are items that I received in my Beautycon 2019 Hauler Bag. Overall, I received a ton of haircare products and very little actual makeup in this year’s bag.
Amlactin | Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion Mini ($3.72 USD)
– Travel Size Cherry Almond Softening Shampoo ($9.00 USD)
– Travel Size Cherry Almond Softening Conditioner ($9.00 USD)
Bioderma |Sensibio H20 Micellar Water ($9.90 USD)
CoTz | Prime and Protect Tinted Sunscreen – SPF 40 ($8.86 USD)
Dove | Body Wash Mousse with Rose Oil ($5.99 USD)
*Eden Bodyworks | Peppermint Tea Tree Natural Shampoo ($2.31 USD)
KISS | Lash CoutureTriple Push Up Collection in Bustier ($6.99 USD)
*Lime Crime | Diamond Crushers Iridescent Lip Topper in Angel’s Breath ($20.00 USD)
– *This particular shade appears to be discontinued
*Lip Bar | Lip Gloss in Party Girl ($14.00 USD)
Love Beauty and Planet | Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Hairspray ($6.99 USD)
Love Beauty and Home | Lavender & Argan Oil Multipurpose Cleaner Spray ($3.99 USD)
L’OREAL | Lash Paradise Mascara ($6.99 USD)
*Lumify | Redness Reliever Eye Drops ($11.99 USD)
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter|Daily Skin Therapy Solid Jar Mini ($1.17 USD)
Pixi by Petra | Endless Silky Eye Pen in Matte Mulberry ($12.00 USD)
Pond’s | Cold Cream Facial Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover ($9.99 USD)
*POP Beauty | Kajal Pencil in Inky Purple ($6.00 USD)
*Queen V | UTMI Women’s UTI Prevention ($15.00 USD)
Raw Sugar | Coconut + Mango Natural Lip Balm ($4.99 USD)
Sol de Janeiro
Coco Cabana Cream Deluxe Sample x 2 ($13.33 USD)
Bum Bum Cream Deluxe Sample ($6.67 USD)
SheaMoisture | Rehydration Treatment Masque ($13.49 USD)
The Balm | The BalmJour Creamy Lip Stain in Ni Hao! ($14.00 USD)
*TXTR by Cantu | Strengthen & Restore Moisture Mask ($9.99 USD)
– Youth Recharger for Neck Bio-Cellulous Sheet Mask ($10.00 USD)
– 10:00 PM Premium Bio-Cellulose Sheet Mask ($7.00 USD)
Total Bag Value: $271.34 USD
Total Bag Value (of items I’m keeping): $158.03 USD
Any item with an asterisk will either be given to a family member or friend, sold, or added to an upcoming giveaway to celebrate reaching 500 followers on Instagram and WordPress (note: my blog is just shy of meeting that milestone).
As evident from the above, the value of this bag is barely what it was advertised to be (especially when compared to previous years). However, when considering all the items I plan to declutter, the bag is worth far less than advertised. There are a few items that I’m still on the fence about, too… so it’s highly likely that this bag will actually be worth more like $100 to me.
Beautycon NYC 2019 | Free Samples
The below products are items that I received with purchase OR in exchange for a marketing/PR tradeoff (i.e. posting a photo to Instagram with a certain hashtag or providing my email address, etc).
Clean & Clear | Blackhead Eraser Scrubby Pore Strip ($6.67 USD)
– The Creme Shop – Brightest Crayon in the Box (Cream Highlight) in Gold Star ($10.00 USD)
– Peripera – Cushion Tint Pang in Celeb Coral ($17.99 USD)
– Neutrogena – Hydro Boost Hydrating Overnight Gel Mask ($3.49 USD)
– Argan Shampoo ($45.00 USD)
– Argan Conditioner ($45.00 USD)
Joah | Make Her Gel-Ous Gel Liner in Pearl Brown ($8.50 USD)
KISS | ImPRESS Nails Press-On Manicure in One Shine Day ($7.99 USD)
L’OREAL | Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Create ($11.99 USD)
Love Beauty and Planet | Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Shampoo ($6.89 USD)
Maybelline | Tattoo Studio Brow Tint Pen ($7.99 USD)
*Mugler | Eau de Toilette Angle Sample
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter | Daily Skin Therapy Solid Jar Mini ($1.17 USD)
– FlashMasque Hydrate 5 Minute Sheet Mask ($8.00 USD)
– moodpatch Perk Up Eye Gels ($3.00 USD)
Pixi by Petra
– Endless Silky Eye Pen in MatteKhaki ($12.00 USD)
– Matte Lustre Lipstick in Petal Pink ($12.00 USD)
– Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament (Promo Product Only)
– Pineapple + Maqui Berry + Coconut Natural Lip Balm ($4.99 USD)
– Raw Coconut + Mango Simply Body Wash Deluxe Sample ($0.96 USD)
– Photoready Insta-Filter Foundation in 200 Nude ($17.99 USD)
– Ultra HD Matte Lip Mousse in Death Valley ($9.99 USD)
Rimmel | Maxi Blush in Third Base ($4.28 USD)
– ion – Starter Hair Color Kit ($10.49 USD)
– Wella – Color Charm Paints Semi Permanent Hair Color in Light Pink ($5.99 USD)
– Wella – Color Charm Painting Balayage Developer ($1.49 USD)
– Wella – Painting Balayage Lightner Packet ($5.49 USD)
Sexy Hair | Fun Sexy Hair Bling It On Glitter Hairspray in 24 Karat (TBD)
SheaMoisture | Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Split End Balm ($9.99 USD)
Sol de Janeiro
– Bum Bum Cream Deluxe Sample x 2 ($6.67 USD)
– Coco Cabana Cream Deluxe Sample x 2 ($6.67 USD)
*Violet Voss | Liquid Lipstick in Paisley ($20.00 USD)
Zoey Sweet | Eyeshadow Single in Rose’ (Unknown)
Total Value: $313.22
Similarly to some of the Hauler Bag items, some of these freebies will be given to family or friends, sold or added to my upcoming giveaway.
Beautycon NYC 2019 | Beauty Buys
The below products are items that I purchased at the event. I’ve never tried any of the below products, but could not resist the chance to try these products at such a good discount.
Clean & Clear | Lemon Zesty Scrub ($5.99 USD)
I purchased the Clean & Clear Lemon Zesty Scrub to receive the free product with purchase (Blackhead Eraser Scrubby Pore Strip). I’ve always loved Clean & Clear’s skin products because of how effective they are at cleaning the skin, so I was pleased to pick up this goodie. Also, Clean and Clear definitely win the award for cutest packaging.
DNA Hairtools | Pink Thermal Brush ($350.00 USD)
The DNA Hairtools Thermal Brush has been on my mind since I tested it at Beautycon LA 2018. Like everything else on this list, I purchased this at a discount $200 discount AND received a free full-sized shampoo and conditioner.
Jouer | Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadows Palette ($40.00 USD)
The Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadow Palette was a limited edition release from Jouer that I was sad to have missed. This palette is currently available on the Jouer website for $40.00 USD…. but I got it for $7.00 USD at the event!!! BEST DEAL of the event.
MODA Brushes | Synthetic Eyeshadow Brushes ($29.95 USD)
I’m always on the hunt for eyeshadow brushes because I’m constantly experimenting with new shadows and looks. As someone who doesn’t like using dirty brushes, I find it helpful to have backup brushes on-hand for when I don’t have time to wash my dirty brushes or when my brushes are still damp from being cleaned. I grabbed four blue brushes and received one brush for free.
- Pointed Liner Brush ($4.99 USD)
- Crease Brush ($5.99 USD)
- Flat Eye Fluff Brush ($5.99 USD)
- Domed Shadow Brush ($6.99 USD)
- *FREE* Precision Angle Brush ($5.99 USD)
Pixi by Petra | Face Mists & Glitter-Y Quad ($44.00 USD)
Y’all – Pixi had one of the longest lines at Beautycon because they were offering great freebies AND a killer discount on a variety of products (20%). Unfortunately for me, they ran out of nearly everything I wanted to try… but they extended the discount to Beautycon attendees online! I’ve been testing out some Pixi skincare, but wanted to try a few more things from the brand. On Monday, I ordered:
- Hydrating Milky Mist ($15.00 USD)
- Glow Mist ($15.00 USD)
- Glitter-Y Quad in Rose Bronze ($14.00 USD)
Rude Cosmetics | Whatever Forever Palette ($18.00 USD)
I’ve been wanting to try the Whatever Forever Palette from Rude Cosmetics since I watched Smokey Glow’s Tutorial Tuesday featuring this 90s-themed palette. When I saw that Rude Cosmetics was selling this palette for $10.00, I couldn’t resist the temptation. The shadows swatched well, so I’m excited to see how this palette performs on the eye and how it performs when compared to the Sugar Crystals Palette.
Sol de Janeiro | Glowmotions in Rio Sunset ($35.00 USD) and Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist ($32.00 USD)
Sol de Janeiro has been on my list of brands to try for years, but I’ve never pulled the trigger to make a purchase due to the high price tag. As soon as I saw that Sol de Janeiro offered 25% off to Beautycon attendees, my credit card flew out of my wallet.
After playing with various products, I settled on trying the Glowmotions body illuminator in the shade Rio Sunset and the Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist. I purchased both products for roughly $50.00 USD. I don’t own any products quite like this, so I’m excited to have these on-hand for the summer. Expect a full review on my blog this summer.
VERB | Ghost Oil, Ghost Dry Oil & Sea Texture Spray ($48.00 USD)
VERB is a super cool, indie haircare brand sold at Sephora. I’ve tried their Leave-In Mist but wanted to try more from the brand. They were offering a 3 for $36 deal at Beautycon, so I picked up the Ghost Oil, Ghost Dry Oil, and the Sea Texture Spray. I really want to take my hairstyling game to the next level this year…hopefully, these products will help!
Violet Voss | Sugar Crystals Palette ($42.00 USD)
Honestly, I never thought I’d purchase from Violet Voss because I view them in a similar lens as Morphe; however, I’ve heard good things about the Violet Voss formula and was impressed by the products when I swatched them.
Originally, I found myself drawn to the Hashtag Palette, but opted to snag the Sugar Crystals Palette instead. If I’m being honest with myself, own too many similar shades to those in the Hashtag palette. By contrast, I don’t own any transformer shades quite like those in the Sugar Crystals Palette; however, I still really want the Hashtag Palette. I purchased this palette at a slight discount ($35.00 USD compared to $42.00 USD).
Zoey Sweet | Lash Holder & Eyelashes ($12.00 USD)
I see these little lash tins in so many makeup collection videos and they seemed so handy! This brand is supposed to be launching at Target soon.
Total Value: $644.94 USD
Total Cost: $365.94 USD (~43% savings)
Final Thoughts on my Haul
During Beautycon NYC I basically blacked out and went purchase-crazy. I’m not proud of it, but I’ve been having a difficult time lately, so I’ve been purchasing a lot of beauty items almost as compensation or an escape
Overall, the Hauler Bag was disappointing given that there was little to no makeup and that many of the hair products aren’t really meant for my hair type. Also, in comparison to last year’s bag (which was worth $650+), this year’s bag was a huge letdown. HOWEVER, many of the brands really stepped up their game this year by offering some killer samples and full-sized products. Special shoutout to Sally’s Beauty, CVS Health, and Revlon for offering the best samples.
I will be sharing another post regarding the overall Beautycon NYC 2019 experience but wanted to get this post up first because my feelings on this year’s convention are quite mixed. Also, I’ll follow up with reviews on many of these goodies in future posts.