Yippee! Another opportunity to get free makeup! The Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Redemption event last weekend was all focused on BEAUTY – so what choice did I have but to get more makeup? 😉
I had $200 to redeem. Yeah yeah, I just did a makeup purge and here I am, getting more stuff… (My stash was getting dangerously low with all the decluttering LMAO! 😆 )
I set out with a short list of items I’d wanted: a concealer, a foundation, and a lipstick (since I’d purged a bunch recently!) and I wanted to focus on drugstore brands. However, I wasn’t finding everything I wanted from the drugstore brands so I ventured into higher priced brands.
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation SPF15 in 20 Classic Ivory
This was recommended by KazzMarie and has really good reviews online. I was further encouraged about the formulation when I found out that the sunscreen is physical (titanium dioxide) rather than chemical. I had planned on getting the 25 Nude Beige but it looked too peachy in the bottle. Oddly enough, the ivory shade had more yellow to it. I’m never the ivory shade. I hope it matches!
EDIT: I had to go back to exchange the concealer (below) so I decided to exchange this shade for the 25 Nude Beige instead. I didn’t use this but I based my decision on 2 posts: Nouveau Cheap, who found the 20 Classic Ivory to be too light for her NC20 skin tone, and Allura Beauty, who found the 25 Nude Beige to match her despite looking dark in the bottle. I think my skin tone is really similar to hers.
Joe Fresh Blush in Hydrenga
This retails for only $6 but looks much more expensive, doesn’t it? I hope it wears well.
CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Roses
I saw these swatched on YouTube and they looked really good! I don’t have a lot of rosey coloured eye shadows and I saw a gorgeous pink eye shadow look by Polished and Inspired so I decided to give this a try.
CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm in Caramel 3
I’ve been eyeing these since they launched. I love me some tinted lipbalms and these are meant to be a dupe for the Fresh ones.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Lipstick #45
Rimmel makes one of my favourite drugstore lipsticks and I’ve been eagerly waiting to get the Kate Moss nude collection. Then I saw swatches on Curly Haired Messy Mane’s blog and I knew I had to pick up #45, which looks like a non-corpse looking nude. 🙂 I’m still eyeing #43 which is a peachy nude.
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture
It was a toss-up between Liar and Rapture, and the MUA recommended Rapture because she said that Liar was too brown-toned which would “bring out the yellow” in my skin (WTF?) I still wanted Liar but in the end it was sold out so I got Rapture after all.
Anna Sui Lipstick G in 350 Powder Pink
I mainly wanted this to complete my collection of Anna Sui lipsticks! 😛 I already own Lipstick V and M – the G range with the ruby coloured caps were calling out to me… even though “G” stands for GLITTER. I tested all the shades and 350 is the least glittery one – more of an opal sheen. I’ll be using this to lighten up lipsticks.
Rimmel SuperCurler 24 Hr Mascara
I don’t NEED another mascara right this very moment but I succumbed to the advertisements for this mascara that shows the model tossing her eyelash curler. I so want that claim to be true!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium Light Neutral
I was going to get the Joe Fresh Illuminating Concealer but I noticed that it’s made in China. 😦 So I decided to get this which was recommended to me by Glam Necessities. Wait a second, I just looked at my tube and it’s Medium DARK Neutral – the MUA picked up the wrong shade for me! I’ll have to go back to exchange it. 👿
EDIT: I went back last night to exchange this and another MUA assisted me. She matched me to Light Neutral instead. When I compared Medium Light Neutral against the Light Neutral, I can see that the Medium Light is too dark and too ochre against my skin tone. It wasn’t a hassle to exchange this at all – I had my receipt and the item was unopened / unused.
Lise Watier Simply Nudes 12-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (Spring 2016 Variations de Nude Collection)
I spotted the new set up of the Lise Watier Spring collection and tested the eye shadows and I was sold! The shadows have almost a cushiony feel to them, and just look at the colours!
This is my favourite item that I got from this redemption event! Maybe I’m turning into a palette girl! 😮
This “haul” cost me zilch! 😀 The items I had on my list that I couldn’t find at this particular Shoppers location were: Garnier micellar water, L’Oreal Color Riche Mono shadow in Pain au Chocolat, Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon in Lavish Lavender, and something from NYX but they did not carry NYX.
Have you tried any of the items I got? Let me know what you’d like to see a review of… I’m knee-deep in products that I need to test out and review! 😉