March was another No-Buy month! You’re expecting a blank post, right? Nope:
😳 I can explain!
Let’s start with the mascara:
I picked up the Wet n Wild Lash Renegade mascara (slightly influenced by Kaily!) which I had no idea was available here in Canada. It looks like Rexall has revamped their Wet n Wild assortment and they now carry the MegaGlo Contouring Palette and Photo Focus Setting Spray, among other things (yeah, we’re only like, 2 years late). I got this for 25% off which was a steal since Wet n Wild is quite inexpensive to begin with, so this came to around C$4. This is a replacement for the mascaras I’ve been using up! (I’ve used up 3 full-sized mascaras and 3 samples since January. 🙂 )
There was a promotion at Bath & Body Works that if you spend $15, you can get a free item worth $15. My coworker was picking up Wallflower oil refills and with her free item, she got me this:
• Tutti Dolci Sweet Lemon Buttercup lip balm
It’s not the most moisturizing balm (quite similar in texture to the EOS balms) but it smells like lemon cupcakes! ❤
I had heard about the Coconut version of the MAC Fix+ from Ingrid ages ago. I was miffed that I didn’t get my hands on it. But then, the Work It Out collection released, featuring travel sized Fix+ in various scents:
What am I supposed to do?! I got the Coconut and Rose versions. I used a gift card toward them. 😇
You’re probably asking me why I was even tempting fate by being at a MAC store? I was there to help a friend choose colours for a refill eye shadow quad since she had to toss her makeup due to an eye infection. I know I had said in my No-Buy months I wouldn’t use gift cards… but I’m weak, ok? These are Limited Edition! And they were sold out by the end of March so I would have missed them! 😛 (Also, the MAC 25% off sale was soooo tempting! I had to stay off their website during that time but I managed to not buy anything.)
Lastly, another one of my friends went to Japan and asked if I wanted anything so I requested these 2 items:
• Daiso 2 Way Moisturizing Silicone Mask Cover
• Visee Glossy Rich Eyes quad in PK3 Burgundy Red
I had heard that the Daiso Silicone Mask Cover (which was on my recent favourites list) now comes with in a 2-piece style, so I just had to try it out. 😛 And remember one of my regrets from my Japan haul was that Visee palette? Now I got it:
For these 2 items, money didn’t exchange hands since I had bought some things for my friend when I went to Japan last year and she’s reciprocating. Is this a cheat? 😉
So that’s my March “No-Buy”… I’m not counting anything toward my tally! 😛
And since I started the Temptations section in my February accountability post, I figured I’ll continue listing items that tempted me last month:
Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water
I saw this in Faded Rouge’s beauty favourites post and it reminded me that I’ve been curious to try this product.
Why I don’t need this right now: I stocked up on 5 bottles of the Yves Rocher Micellar Water recently so I’m set for a while. By the way, I did email Yves Rocher to inquire if it was indeed discontinued and they confirmed it:
We regret to inform you that 87376 – Micellar Cleansing Water 3 Detoxifying Teas has been discontinued. However, because this item is still in stock at our warehouse, we are able to offer you this product until the stock is depleted.
Aveda Envirometal Essentials Compact
This is no one’s fault but my own. After I had posted about customizable palettes, I caught wind that Aveda offers a few empty metal palettes to house their refill pans (eye shadow, face products). They offer several sizes, but this particular one is neat because it can also hold a lip product in the “hinge” part of the compact!
Why I don’t need this right now: The empty compact itself is quite pricey at $30. I haven’t heard much about the performance of Aveda makeup so I’m not sure I’d want to commit to their system. (Have any of you tried Aveda makeup? Please let me know in the comments.) At the very least I’d have to buy their lipstick to fit into the slot – I think I could possibly use any refill pan in the main compartment if they fit. Also, I’m eyeing other custom palette options too – I really want to buy the Makeup Geek one.
AOA Wonder Blender
I had no idea these sponges existed until Asian Beauty Obsessed told me about them in a comment in my February Trash Stash post. They’re supposed to be a good dupe for the Beauty Blender for only $1 USD. She also introduced me to the online store Miss A, which touts itself as “the first and only $1 online beauty shop”. After some research, it appears the site offers some decent products especially their tools like the sponges and brushes.
Why I don’t need this right now: As tempting as a $1 sponge may be, you and I know that I’m not going to be buying just ONE item in that store. There’s no free shipping to Canada – it costs $5.95 USD for orders under $40 so I have to “get my money’s worth”. 😉 No fear, I will be placing an order SOON!
ILNP The Magician Nail Lacquer
Any nail polish addict worth their salt knows about the infamous “unicorn pee” aka Clarins #230. Apparently, there’s a special pigment that was used for that polish that is no longer manufactured. Lots of companies have tried to dupe it. I first heard about the ILNP version from Be Happy & Buy Polish blog. Just watch The Magician polish in action in this video [drool 😍]
Why I don’t need this right now: It’s limited edition and selling fast – I’m so torn about getting it – it’s only available on the ILNP site now but I’d have to pay shipping (free shipping if I spend $100 though!) I know I want this more for the elusiveness element than for the colour itself.
The Ordinary Skincare
Everywhere I turned, I kept hearing about this skincare brand! Here’s just a sampling on my reading feed in the month of March: Mrs Dimples Beauty, H Wong, Beauty and the Ballroom, Hoi Yin Li, Cat Flicks & Matte Lips, Helpless Whilst Drying, fivezero, etc etc. 😮 Everyone and their grandmas are getting The Ordinary bug. My wish list items include: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, and AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.
Why I don’t need this right now: I am in the market for a vitamin C serum, but I’m going to use up some more of my other treatments first (namely the CosRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II). There’s a Deciem store that is opening up near me in a couple of months’ time, so I’m going to wait until it opens to haul from there. 🙂
April is a Low-Buy month, my budget is $200 for Sephora VIB sale… but I don’t have a lot on my wish list yet. Something is wrong with me! 😜
I would like to take a moment to wish my sister a HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!!! Hope you have a fantabulous day! 🎉🎈🎂