If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have seen that there was drama surrounding this year’s Beautycon NYC Hauler Bag 2019. To summarize everything in the simplest terms possible, people were highly disappointed at this year’s Beautycon NYC 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. Others were so disappointed that they didn’t come back to swap out their bag.
Nevertheless, between the Beautycon NYC 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!
Disclaimer: As always, I don’t share posts with the intention to brag. Personally, I like watching or reading this type of content. I genuinely love beauty, so I’m just curious to see what is out on the market.
If you’re like me, then please keep reading to see what came in my Beautycon NYC Hauler Bag.
Beautycon NYC 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.
Total Bag Value (of items I’m keeping): $116.05 USD
Any item with an asterisk was either be given to a family member or friend, sold, or added to an upcoming giveaway.
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).
Similar to the contents of the Beautycon NYC Hauler Bag, you’ll see that I decluttered nearly everything I received for free from the vendors.
*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 items in the Beautycon 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 Scrubto 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.
Edit:this caused my skin to breakout so I decluttered this scrub.
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.
The Skinny Dip Ultra Foil Shimmer Shadow Palettewas 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.
Edit:I never reach for this palette so it was decluttered.
I’m always on the hunt for eyeshadow brushes. I find it helpful to have backup brushes on-hand for when I don’t have time to wash my dirty brushes. I grabbed four blue brushes and received one brush for free.
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. Thankfully, Pixi 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:
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.
Edit:I decluttered this palette because I never reached for it
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.
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)
I never thought I’d purchase from Violet Voss. I viewed 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.
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 the Beautycon NYC Hauler Bag & Purchases
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 Beautycon NYC Hauler Bag was disappointing given that there was little to no makeup. Many of the hair products that were included 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 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 regarding the Beautycon NYC Hauler Bag up first. 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.