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I blogged about this order back when I placed it – I had been saving my Walgreens Balance Rewards Points for quite a while and finally cashed in 50,000 points – which brought a $50.92 order down to a whopping $4.92!

I’m excited about this haul but wanted to note that it’s not just hauling for the sake of hauling (haulers gonna haul?), but rather products that round out my existing beauty product collection and/or items that I’ve been wanting to try and keeping my eye on for quite some time. I know we talk about it incessantly, but I really do feel that No-Buy August helped me gain a lot of perspective on my shopping habits and being a consumer overall. I want to buy and consume things that are truly great products/finds, not just buy them because they were on sale or I got a good deal.

Enough with the deep stuff, on to the goodies:

Orofludio Shampoo: I had purchased the Orofludio Mask from Birchbox awhile back, and my beauty OCD was always triggered by the fact that I didn’t have the shampoo to go along with it. It’s a very distinctive smell – exotic and amber-y? – and is extremely nourishing. Highly recommend.

Seche Vite Fast Dry Topcoat: The supposed creme de la creme of all topcoats, and I finally snagged it! I’ve used it several times already and have to say, I can see what the fuss is about. It dries polish fast and leaves my mani/pedi looking super shiny. Highly recommend.

Smith&Vander Energize Spa Shower Tablets: How fun are these? I didn’t even know such a product existed but I’m loving being able to experience aromatherapy/pampering while in the shower. The scent is fruity and invigorating and really does permeate the entire bathroom, as the packaging suggests. Highly recommend.

Walgreens1Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in Hemp Rose: I bought this to use as a brush cleaner, but obviously, as the bottle says, it has a ton of uses. There is also a lot of crazy stuff on the bottle. Political and religious statements, etc. Anybody know what’s up with that? Recommend.

Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask: This was featured in Allure magazine’s October Best of Beauty issue and I immediately added it to my Wish List. It has a very gritty texture and definitely has sugar in it (don’t get it in your mouth, but if you do, it’s not too bad). It leaves my skin sparkling and bright. Kind of ridiculous how well it works for how little it cost. Highly recommend.

Village Naturals Aches&Pains Foaming Bath Oil: Love this scent and had used the bath salts version before. I was very intrigued by the “long-lasting bubbles” claim, because I can never find a bubble bath product with decent staying power. Unfortunately, this didn’t really measure up in the long-lasting department, although it did scent my bath quite nicely. Recommend.

Whew! What do you think? I’m quite pleased with this order and looking forward to continuing to use all of these products. I also purchased a Real Techniques face brush set, which I’ll blog about later – I have a lot to say about brushes, as I’m kind of new to that scene. Turns out that using nice brushes goes a long way towards making your makeup look fab.

Any recent hauls for you? Are you a Balance Rewards (or any kind) points hoarder like I am?