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March 4, 2018

The Anti-Haul: What I’m NOT Spending My Money on This Month

You’ve seen the haul videos; now welcome to the ANTI-haul. Because sometimes the things we decide we DON’T need or want can say a lot more about us than what we do. 



Is there anything more fun than watching your favorite beauty blogger do a massive haul video? I don’t know about you, but I’m a tiny bit obsessed with them.


As a beauty editor, it’s part of my job to stay on top of the trends. Watching haul videos is one of the ways that I keep up with all the new stuff that comes out. I’m also just nosy as hell and love to see what people buy, so there’s that.


But then I started seeing more and more videos pop up on YouTube called the
“Anti-Haul.” It seemed to be in response to the excess and sometimes ridiculous amounts of money spent on products and makeup by beauty gurus to make the haul videos, who then don’t even really end up using the products. I love the idea, so I wanted to share with you my own anti-haul, aka the sh—t I’m not wasting my money on this month.


A’Pieu Oil Soak Cream



If I had seen this product even just a month ago, I would’ve thrown my debit card at the computer. The A’Pieu Oil Soak Cream is a rich, luxurious cream with like seven different oils in it, including avocado oil, camellia oil, and black currant seed oil. It would’ve been absolutely perfect for winter, but it’s been like 77 degrees here in Atlanta and the trees are bloomin’, so I think it’s safe to say that spring is coming, girl. I just don’t need a heavy, oil-based cream in my life right now.


May Coop Raw Eye Contour


It’s possible I’m one of the few people who didn’t jump on the May Coop train when the brand first launched, but I’ve never tried any of the products. I know their essence is super popular and well-loved, but the brand itself never really grabbed my attention. I was browsing some K-beauty sites and saw that they also make an eye cream. I’ve been looking into getting an eye cream because (gasp), I don’t use one, but I saw the price and was like, no thanks. The rent is too damn high.


Etude House Mini Lip Toppers


The whole holographic, glitter madness seems to have made its way over to Korea, and now there are a whole bunch of holographic lip products on the market, including the Etude House Mini Lip Toppers. Based on the pictures I’ve seen, they can be used alone, or over the top of your regular lipstick. The packaging is hella cute, but listen, I’m tired of the glittery lips. Maybe it’s because I can’t pull it off, but I’m over it. NO MORE GLITTER FOR ME.


Innisfree Makeup Touch Up Pads


When I first saw these, I was super excited because I thought they were going to be tiny little pads that help you take off smudged eye makeup, or like, help you when you put on mascara and you sneeze and then you have mascara all over your under eye area … but no. They are just makeup wipes in the shape of a giant cotton pad. I don’t need this. We don’t need this. No one needs this. Why the misleading name when they don’t even touch up anything? No one will ever know.


Missha Modeling Masks




I know modeling masks are like the big, new, hot thing in K-beauty, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I may be a powerlifter and pretty strong and a gym rat, but I am also very lazy and sorta, kinda, maybe hate putting more effort than necessary into most things. This includes my skincare. I am not a DIY kinda gal, so anything that involves me having to mix my own sh—t is a no-go for me, modeling masks included. The ones from Missha come in a bunch of different “flavors,” if you will, from mung bean to rice, and actually come with a tiny package of water to mix the mask in so you don’t have to measure anything, but still, too much work for me. I just want to slap on a sheet mask and be done with it. Passssssss!


What products are on your anti-haul list? Let me know in the comments!


Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.



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I did try a mini of the May Coop Raw Sauce and it was a nice hydrating toner. I can also find a lot of nice hydrating toners that are much more affordable and for some reason, I can't get on board with calling something "Raw Eye Contour". That sounds like the exact opposite of what I'm trying to accomplish with eye cream.

hahahaha, right?! Even the name sounds BLAAAAHHHH.

Yeah, total misstep there. I also feel you on the A'Pieu cream, it actually looks like a pretty decent cream, especially with all those oils included, but Arizona is gonna be pushing 100 degrees in like a month and a half, I do not want to be soaked in anything.