This is my first Low-Buy month this year since starting the No-Low-Buy “program” for 2017. I managed to pick up quite a few things – I had some luck on my side with some great deals, plus an Optimum Points redemption event:
I had $200 in my budget, let’s see how I did…
The month started out with a bang. I found something that I’d thought was out of my life forever:
• Mandom Barrier Repair Concentrate Serum – $15.99 for 60g
I reviewed this product here. I loved this serum and was gutted to discover that it had been discontinued. But I went to Pacific Mall (an Asian mall selling all manner of Asian goodies including loads of stand alone K-beauty shops like Holika Holika, The Face Shop, It’s Skin, etc – I showed a lot of restraint – also, the prices are quite marked up) and found this in a random shop! It was the last one, so you know that was an omen too. 😛 Happy dance! 😀
• Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One in 025 – $8.38 for 17g (reg $27.96)
I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now and I learned from fivezero that the line is on clearance on Well.ca, and the price dropped down to 70% off – since I was online to buy eye drops and toothbrushes, I added this to my cart! 😉
• Prestige Total Intensity Color Rush Eyeshadow in The Chase – $3.49 (reg $14)
Rexall mostly got rid of the brand Prestige but they brought back a small display containing just eye makeup gear toward creating a smokey eye. Well, it looks like that is now gonzo too, as everything was being cleared for 75% off. I was tempted to grab a few liners since I think Prestige makes some of the best liners (both eye and lip) but honestly do not need more liners! But somehow I convinced myself that and eye shadow is just fine! 😛
• elf Eyeshadow Palette in Need It Nude – $4 (reg $11.99)
Rexall had this crazy sale where select elf items were 2 for $8. My partner in crime at work and I were browsing Rexall – as you do during lunch – and came across these palettes for 2 for $8! They’re regularly $11.99 each so she picked up the Mad for Matte one (they only had 1 of that left) and I got this one. She keeps telling me how much she loves the matte palette and now I kind of want it too. And here I said I swore off palettes. 🙄
MISS A Haul
I show in detail what I got in this post here. Of the items I purchased, only the sheet masks would be considered since they’re skincare ($16.20) but I would argue that I’ve been using up my sheet mask stash lately. Hmm I would say let’s count half of it, so $8.10 toward the total. 😉
• Consonant Skincare HydrExtreme Serum – $149 for 30ml
This is one of those “samples really work” items – after trying a couple of sample vials of this, I knew I had to get a full-sized bottle! I primarily use this under my eyes to create a smooth, plumped area – my concealer looks so much better when applied on top of this. This is quite expensive but thankfully I redeemed my Consonant “Friends with Benefits” points for it! 😀 I reckon this bottle will last me years since I use so little of it each time.
• Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment With 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
I didn’t buy this, nor is it even a new tube – it was passed onto me after I complained to my friend about my skin breaking out (lately especially on my chin due to hormones / stress). She bought this but didn’t like it and I like the sound of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (typically they’re 5%). I’ve already started using this and am liking the results so far. This retails for $18 USD and the tube is ginormous at 67ml.
• ColourPop Pressed Shadows and Essence Satin Touch Blushes
I won these! See this post here where I gloat. 😀
• The Brush Guard (Variety Pack, Cheek & Blush Pack, and Blend & Conceal Pack x2) – $5.99 each
I was pleased to have found these! I used to order them online but they’re at least double the price. I use these whenever I wash my brushes or when I travel. Side note: Winners has been really lacklustre for the past month. Their nail polish offering have dwindled down to nothing. I’m not sure if it’s a bigger strategy to phase out polishes but they haven’t restocked their nail polish section in weeks. But I guess it’s fine since I’m supposed to be not buying any more nail polishes… 😉
• Timeless Skin Care 20% Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum – $36.99 for 30ml
I’ve been doing loads of research on Vitamin C serums since finishing up my last one in March. I had liked the Paula’s Choice one (Vitamin C Booster aka hamburger meat booster) but $49 USD now converts to C$67 which is a bit ridiculous. Just on principle, I looked at more local sources for a Vitamin C serum. I toyed with getting The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, but multiple sources advised that the texture left something to be desired and it irritated some people’s skin.
When I type in “Best Vitamin C serums” in Google, I would often get results from Amazon, so I decided to do some digging on there. I get really suspicious of products that have glowing reviews on Amazon because I believe a lot of those reviews are from people who received the products for free in exchange for favourable reviews. Heck, I have personally been solicited to have products sent to me for free from Amazon sellers in exchange for favourable reviews! I combat the noise of Amazon reviews through this site I found when I searched “Are Amazon reviews authentic?”: Fakespot.com Copy and paste any Amazon item link into that site and it can verify for you if the reviews are fake or not. It’s shocking how many beauty products are full of fake reviews! This is how I came to order the Timeless Skin Care Vitamin C serum. It’s meant to be a cheaper alternative to the gold standard for all Vitamin C serums, the Skinceuticals CE Ferulic (with the hefty price tag of $165 USD or C$225 😮 ) – the ingredient lists are quite similar. And, I used my ebates rebate money to pay for this serum! 😀
And of course, the Sephora VIB sale!
My tally for the Sephora haul was $123.48 but I won’t be including the skincare items (masks, lip balm, face scrub) as they are replenishing what I used up. So I’m counting $44.75 toward my April budget.
Lastly, Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum Points Redemption Event
It was pure luck that there was a bonus redemption event on April 30-31, just before my Low-Buy was over! The bonus was an additional $30 if redeeming the top tier of 95,000 pts for $200 (I had enough points for 2 top tier redemptions but I only did one). Here’s what I picked up for myself:
• Pixi Glow Tonic – $38 for 250ml
I was going to pick up the 100ml but it’s $20 and seemed like not a good deal (even though I was getting it with points). I hope I like it!
• Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara – $4.99
I’ve been hearing lots of good things about this mascara – although I haven’t had huge luck with the other Essence mascaras I’ve tried ( I ♥ Extreme, and Get Big Lashes), I’m willing to give this a shot.
• Quo All In One Sponge and Ellipse Sponge
I spotted a couple of new shapes of the Quo Sponges. These are now $10 each when just last year they were $5! They happened to be on sale when I redeemed my points so they were $7 each.
I totally lied about not getting more nail polishes! I was so psyched to spot a bin of clearance polishes, for $2-3 each
L to R:
• Quo by Orly Nail Polish in Naked
• Quo by Orly Nail Polish in Glitterati
• Quo by Orly Nail Polish in Bronze Beauty
• Essie Oh Behave!
• L’Oreal Le Vernis à l’huile in 228 Rose Bouquet
• L’Oreal Le Vernis à l’huile in 558 Rouge Amour (I already have another red shade from this line, in Rouge Sauvage, but this one is a cooler toned red. 😉 ) Would you think better of me if I told you that I had way more polishes in my basket and put a bunch back? 😇
And a couple of base coats:
• Witchcraft Be Strong Protein Hardeneer
• Witchcraft Complete Me 7 in 1 Total Care
Witchcraft is a Canadian nail care brand (I just noticed that these are actually made in Canada too) that I used to love but their products aren’t as easy to find. I did redeem $200 but I was actually responsible about it – I picked up some razor blades for the SO (those are expensive!) and boring toiletries with the balance. 😛
My grand total… $201.70! I was by $1.70 over. 😳 This means not only do I suffer public shaming, I will also be deducting this amount from my next Low-Buy month, which will be in July. I’m now on 2 months of No-Buy so I can atone for my transgressions. 😛
How has your spending been lately?