Fourth of July Haul | (Mainly) Indie Beauty

Fourth of July Haul | Melt Cosmetics, Nudestix, Suva Beauty, Uoma Beauty

I was consumed by the hype and hysteria of the Fourth of July sales that went on earlier this month. Mood wise, I’m a mix of excited, anxious, and guilty because I spent way beyond my means this month. Nevertheless, I chronicle my spending journey on my blog, so I wanted to share this big Cruelty-Free beauty haul.

Milani Cosmetics

First, let me just say that my local drugstores don’t carry a wide selection of Milani products so I typically have to drive far to the closest Walmart or Ulta location to grab something in-store. On Milani’s website they were running a Buy One, Get One 50% promotion, as well as offering a free gift with purchases above a certain spend threshold. 

Fourth of July 2019 Haul | Milani Cosmetics Celestial Highlighting Palette, Mini Rose Brush, and Conceal + Perfect Concealer
Milani Cosmetics Celestial Highlighting Palette, Mini Rose Brush, and Conceal + Perfect Concealer

Celestial Highlighting Palette | $19.99 USD

The Celestial Highlighting Palette is a visually interesting, luxurious looking highlighter palette that appears to give the skin a wet-looking shine.

Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation – 01A Creamy Nude | $9.99 USD

I’ve wanted to try the Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation ever since I saw Tati Westbrook rave about the formula. The original line had no matches for my skin tone, but I’m hoping one of the newer shades (Creamy Nude) will work for me.

Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer – 125 Light Natural | $8.99 USD ($4.50 on sale)

The Conceal + Perfect Longer Concealer is a newer concealer at the drug store that I’ve been itching to try. Currently, I don’t have any Cruelty-Free drug store concealers I can recommend, so I’m hoping that I enjoy this formula.

Mini Rose Blush & Highly Rated Mascara Duo | Free with Purchase

In complete candor, I would not have purchased the Mini Rose Blush or Highly Rated Mascara on my own. I received this duo free with my online purchase, but I’m still trying to decide whether I want to keep this or put it in a giveaway.

Silky Matte Bronzing Powder – 01 Sun Light |$9.99 USD ($5.00 on sale)

Rather than repurchasing my beloved Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, I wanted to give the Silky Matte Bronzing Powder a try. Knowing Milani makes high-quality cheek products, I’m hoping to love this bronzer.

NudeStix

Even though I swore I’d never order directly from the Nudestix website due to a horrible experience with delayed shipping and poor customer service, the 30% off sale tempted me enough to give the brand’s e-commerce site another try.

Fourth of July 2019 Haul | Nudestix Nudies Blushes - In the Nude & Tiger Lilly Queen
Nudestix Nudies Blushes – In the Nude & Tiger Lilly Queen

Nudies Bloom & Matte Blush- Tiger Lily Queen & In The Nude | $32.00 USD ($22.40 on sale)

Who says oily-skinned girls can’t love creme products? The dewy Nudies Bloom creme blush in Tiger Lily Queen looks vibrant and fresh on the cheeks, while the Nudies matte blush, In the Nude, appears to give the cheeks a natural flush without the shine. Not only am I excited to compare these two formulas to each other, but I’m planning to compare the formula to the new Blush Stix from ColourPop.

Tinted Blur Stick – Light 2 | $30.00 USD ($20.00 USD on sale)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to embrace my natural skin more and more. The Tinted Blur Stick promises to blur and even out the skin with a lightweight formula and sheer coverage.

Melt Cosmetics

Melt’s sale was up to 80% off select items site-wide, excluding the brand’s beloved Gemini, Twenty-Seven, and Smoke Sessions Palette. Also, the brand lowered the shipping minimum from $75.00 USD to $25.00 USD during the sale.

Fourth of July 2019 Haul | Melt Cosmetics Stargazer Digital Dust Highlighter, Pin, and Pro Palette Case
Melt Cosmetics Stargazer Digital Dust Highlighter, Pin, and Pro Palette Case

Digital Dust Highlight – Stargazer | $39.00 USD ($25.00 USD on sale)

Although I love Melt Cosmetics, I would never spend $39.00 USD on a highlighter regardless of the design or packaging. However, when I saw that the Digital Dust Highlight in the shade Stargazer highlighter was on sale, I jumped at the chance to try this formula.

Mellon Collie Pin | $15.00 USD ($1.00 USD on sale)

I’ve been loving pins lately. This little cutie was such a steal at the $1.00 USD price.

Melt Stack Pro Palette | $15.00 USD ($5.00 USD on sale)

I decided to pick up the Pro Palette during the sale given the steep discount because I’d like to have the option to store my stacks in a more traditional, flat format.

Suva Beauty

Suva’s 20% off sale was technically for a Canadian holiday, but given the timing of the sale I’m lumping it in with all of my Fourth of July buys.

Fourth of July Haul | Melt Cosmetics, Nudestix, Suva Beauty, Uoma Beauty
Suva Beauty Hydra FX Eyeliners

Hydra Liners – Aztec, Badmash & My Jam| $14.00 USD ($11.20 USD on sale)

Suva Beauty has been on my list of brands to try for quite some time, so I jumped at the opportunity to try their famous cake liners at a discounted price. I picked up one of the FX liners  (Aztec) and two of the traditional liners (Badmash & My Jam).

Metal Spatula & Six-Ten Brush | 16.00 USD ($12.80 USD on sale)

Given that I’ve never tried a cake liner, I purchased two tools to help me better mix and apply the product.

Uoma Beauty

Uoma Beauty is a new, black-owned brand that sells exclusively Ulta Beauty in the U.S. This is the only brand I purchased from that wasn’t running any holiday promos.

Uoma Beauty | Black Magic Palette in Savage and Badass Icon Matte Lipsticks
Uoma Beauty Black Magic Palette in Savage & Badass Icon Matte Lipsticks

Black Magic – Savage Palette | $44.00 USD

The Black Magic Palette Savage is stunning, both from a packaging and color story perspective. I struggled to find reviews, swatches or demos of this particular palette but purchased it anyway.

Badass Icon Matte Lipstick – Angela, Eartha, Maya | $24.00 USD 

The Badass Icon Matte Lipsticks are named after iconic, badass black women who have made their mark in US culture, entertainment, and politics. I picked up the shades Angela, Eartha, and Maya… but wanted to grab some other shades, too! If I like the formula I will 100% pick up more from the line.

Final Thoughts

It wasn’t until I started drafting this roundup that I realized this is the first time I’ve written a multi-brand haul of exclusively Cruelty-Free products. Although I am not a Cruelty-Free consumer, I love supporting indie and Cruelty-Free brands. It is my sincere hope that all personal care and beauty brands will be Cruelty-Free in the future.

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Love indie brands just as much as I do? Check out my indie beauty roundups (volume I, volume II, and volume III) featuring indie brands that I love and want to try more of this year. Indie beauty, not your thing? Check out my review of the Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette or ColourPop Sweet Talk Palette.


Have you tried any of these Cruelty-Free brands before? What is your favorite thing in this roundup? Please let me know in the comments below.

25 thoughts on “Fourth of July Haul | (Mainly) Indie Beauty

  1. I am loving what you bought, LP. I am especially intrigued by the Nudestix products. I like a natural look more and more too. I know I bought something from that brand, but I haven’t tried it, and I need to find it! I hope your enjoy your new goodies.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Quite embarrassed by this haul (and the haul to come) because I purchased all this in a bad bout of exam anxiety, BUT I will say that I tried the Blur Stick and was really impressed by how natural this looked on the skin / how it wore throughout the day! The blushes have been quite nice too, but I’m always most critical of base products give how oily my skin is.

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      1. That is great to know because my skin is oily, too. Even with it looking natural, does it offer decent coverage?

        I fall into the same thing with “rewarding” myself with spending when I’m anxious, but then it just serves to make more anxious because I’ve overspent. I totally understand. ♥️

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      2. I would say it is about the same coverage as a tinted moisturizer, maybe slightly less? But great for no makeup makeup days… I would say though, if you do grab this you should still set it with a light dusting of powder if you have oily skin.

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    1. Aw thank you girl, when I purchased less makeup, I felt better about sharing hauls but now I feel a little sense of shame / embarrassment when I show them. ☹️ Really gotta get my spending in check!

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  2. It is always nice to see indie products being mentioned. I like that you spread yourself between different brands to see how they work. The palette looks gorgeous with the sparkles! You can’t go wrong with makeup when they’re really nice on the $$$ too. I am the same as you – I try to go cruelty-free when I can but sometimes, it is hard since there are a few brands that works with my skin type.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  3. Wow! So many great buys! I may have to pick up that Milani highlighter trio, I’ve been wanting a wet looking formula. So curious to know how the concealer has worked for you!

    The Nudestix blushes are so pretty. I’ve never tried a cream stick like that on my face before! & I’m still mad about the Suva liners lol. I wish it said on the instructions how to mix it properly & make it work…

    Uoma is a brand I’ve never even heard of. Their products look gorgeous!!

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    1. Milani is such a crazy brand, right? Like they bring such quality to the drugstore!! So far, I’ve been enjoying the Nudestix blushes, but I do think they are a bit expensive. ColourPop makes cream blushes/highlights now, too!

      Uoma is a newer brand, but I love what they stand for!!

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      1. I’m not sure I’ve tried anything by Milani before & I still need to jump on that CP bandwagon. I’ll add the cream blushes & highlights to my list!

        Def gonna check out Uoma, too!! Thanks for sharing, babe. ❤

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