Mini Spring 2018 Shopping Haul – Ross Dress for Less

I finally got to go out and do some good shopping, enough to do a mini spring 2018 shopping haul. Unfortunately it is still unseasonably cold here and not at all what spring should be. In anticipation of some warmer temperatures (hopefully in the 60s and 70s), I have purchased a variety of items to freshen up my wardrobe and makeup stash. My hope is that by the end of this post you will feel more confident about shopping at discount stores while still looking sharp.


Fashion

Bozzolo burgundy lace bralette

I'm starting off my mini spring 2018 shopping haul with a definite wardrobe staple- a bralette. I like to collect them in a variety of colors. They are awesome because they are beyond comfortable. They are also ideal for those style situations where your bra is going to show no matter what by keeping your look tasteful.

Bozzolo burgundy lace bralette
Bozzolo burgundy lace bralette

American Rebel tie front anchor tee

If you find this shirt to be familiar from another Ross trip, you are correct. I already have this shirt in navy blue, but that one is longer and without the tie. The back of this shirt also says "hope is the anchor of my soul." The main difference is that the navy blue shirt is made by French Pastry, but this one is American Rebel. Either way I really love all things nautical, and this comfy shirt was an easy choice.

American Rebel tie front anchor tee
American Rebel tie front anchor tee

Hint of Blush floral cold shoulder blouse

I selected this shirt because it is something different all the way around. It has the feel of a casual blouse, and I appreciate that it is a button down. Besides the beautiful red roses overlapping the black and white stripes, this shirt is could-shouldered and features an added ruffle flair. I can easily pair this with jeans, denim shorts, or denim capris, as well as the black and white bag coming up soon.

Hint of Blush floral cold shoulder blouse
Hint of Blush floral cold shoulder blouse

Splash mesh panel t-shirt

I was a little bit surprised that I was drawn to this shirt. The color is probably the most appealing to me, but I do like the deep v mesh panel. I think it really gives it that pop of attitude and may pair well with a black denim distressed skirt that I bought recently.

Splash mesh panel t-shirt
Splash mesh panel t-shirt

First Love floral tank

This dressy tank screams spring! I think it is so pretty, but hanging on a hanger does not do it justice. The sides come in at an angle on the bottom so that the middle is longer. I plan on pairing it with khaki capris and white sandals.

First Love floral tank
First Love floral tank

Perfect Image New York

Clear iridescent handbag

This bag is so different and weird that I just had to have it. It totally reminds me of the clear designer handbag trend that happened back when I was in high school. The straps and sides are made of a silver material. There is an included crossbody strap inside, also in the same silver. The clear part has a purple/pink iridescent shift. I like that there is a silver pouch inside of the bag so that the world does not have to see everything you are carrying.

Perfect Image New York Clear iridescent handbag
Perfect Image New York Clear iridescent handbag

Rubber handbag

Besides the fact that this bag is so cute and small, it is made of a different material. I am not sure if it is silicone or rubber, but I have not seen anything like it. It has a super long gold crossbody chain strap. It will look great with that floral cold shoulder top above.

Perfect Image New York rubber handbag
Perfect Image New York rubber handbag

Katy Perry lemon jelly sandals

I just about died when I saw these jelly sandals in Ross because I know that they are brand new items for spring/summer that are being advertised by stores like Forever 21. I could not believe that Ross had something brand new and perfectly in season so fast! They normally retail for $50, but I got mine for $18. If you have not yet heard about these sandals, they come in a variety of fruits/colors and are all scented. Jelly shoes were highly popular when I was a kid, and I had a bunch of pairs. These shoes take me way back, but are totally appropriate for my age. Also, fruit is in this season.

Katy Perry lemon jelly sandals
Katy Perry lemon jelly sandals

Makeup

Gotta B' Urban Magical Mermaid brushes

As soon as I saw these brushes I was thinking of the mermaid collection by Tarte. While I do not think they will be very practical, they do look nice on your vanity. The wide brush is for blush, and the smaller one is for concealer. The large, angled brush is for contour/blush/highlight. That would work the best if you had a palette without divided sections to dip the brush into, which I do not. I know that It Cosmetics makes a face palette that would work decently with the brush. Overall the quality is perfectly fine.

Gotta B' Urban Magical Mermaid brushes
Gotta B' Urban Magical Mermaid brushes

Real Techniques Miracle Finish Sponge

My go-to makeup sponge is the Miracle Complexion Sponge, so I had to try this one! Real Techniques says that you can use this damp or dry for applying your blush. I bet it would work well for cream and liquid blushes. I would like to wet it and see how it performs for foundation application. It is smaller than the Miracle Complexion Sponge, and just by taking a look at the picture you can see that it is more porous. Even if it fails, there has to be more applications than just blush. If you have any ideas or recommendations, let me know in the comments.

Real Techniques Miracle Finish Sponge
Real Techniques Miracle Finish Sponge

Nyx Best Face Forward Brush Kit

I bought this brush set not necessarily because I was in need of brushes, but because I really liked the collectible handles. I must say that the bristles are super soft and luxurious, and the handles feel sturdy. I would definitely use the powder brush for setting my foundation. While I have plenty of fan brushes, I do not have any in this thick and full style. This particular fan brush will work very well for bronzing the face to add some color. The only brush that disappoints me is the foundation brush. I have a bunch of them in my collection, but I do not use them to apply my foundation. They are useless to me. If you can think of any good uses for them, please let me know in the comments.


Pro powder brush

Nyx Best Face Forward Brush Kit Pro powder brush
Pro powder brush

Pro flat foundation brush

Nyx Best Face Forward Brush Kit Pro flat foundation brush
Pro flat foundation brush

Pro fan brush

Nyx Best Face Forward Brush Kit Pro fan brush
Nyx Best Face Forward Brush Kit Pro fan brush

This set came with a clutch-style pouch to hold the brushes. It almost looks like an envelope to me. I like it and think it will hold the brushes, but it really cannot hold much more or it will bulge out and not shut.

Nyx Best Face Forward Brush Kit brush pouch
Nyx Best Face Forward Brush Kit brush pouch

Profusion 

I am going to end this mini spring 2018 shopping haul with some eyeshadow. I was stoked to find the following two palettes. These palettes were released into Target at Christmas time and I have heard so many good things about them. Profusion eyeshadow used to be pretty hit and miss to the point that I would avoid it. However, they have really stepped up their game since entering Target. These are palettes that I totally should have asked Santa for, because the colors are gorgeous and right up my alley. I was pleased with all of the swatches that I did. I also noticed that the formula was not powdery, which is a big plus in my book. I am not a fan of powdery eyeshadow because it gets all over the other shadows and makes a fallout mess on my face. These palettes are definitely winners for your collection.

Mixed Metals eyeshadow palette

Profusion Mixed Metals eyeshadow palette
Profusion Mixed Metals eyeshadow palette

Profusion Mixed Metals eyeshadow palette

Profusion Mixed Metals eyeshadow palette swatches
Mixed Metals swatches

Sultry eyeshadow palette

I know that my Sultry palette looks a little rough. It was either buy this one or buy the one that had a busted shadow. The broken chunks of black were in the surrounding shades, and I thought it was a good idea to clean them up with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. This made them look darker because they got wet. I can assure you that the shades are in good shape and my palette looks better.

Profusion Sultry eyeshadow palette
Profusion Sultry eyeshadow palette

Profusion Sultry eyeshadow palette swatches
Sultry swatches

We have reached the end of my mini Spring 2018 shopping haul. I know that it was not a ridiculous amount of products, but I am always blown away by the inexpensive finds that I get at Ross. I am forever pumped about the quality of the clothing, how stylish everything is, and the deep discounts to be found. I hope that my posts are solid evidence that you can shop at discounted stores and find some amazing items that make you look expensive for a lot less. In addition, do not forget to share some uses for foundation brushes or that Miracle Finish sponge in the comments. Until next time, continue to let your true beauty shine.

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