After my previous month of hauling in my April Low-Buy, May was a month of resisting temptations! I did add a few items to my stash, namely, I went hairspray crazy:
I ran out of hairspray entirely and I always feel uneasy whenever I don’t even have a back-up in my stash! Here’s how the month went:
As mentioned, I felt compelled to buy 3 cans of hairspray in the month of May:
• Garnier Fructis Style Hold & Flex Ultimate Control Spray
• Garnier Full & Plush Big Volume Spray
• Schwarzkopf Crystal Shine Hair Spray
I bought the Garnier green one when it went on sale for $5 which was a good deal (they’re normally $9 here). I had heard good things about this product from GymBagMakeup and Amy of TheMakeupCase. But then the very next week, the price dropped down further to $4 so I picked up the pink one to try too. I’ve been using the green one and it’s pretty good – it doesn’t leave a sticky residue or crunchiness on the hair. I found the Schwarzkopf one on clearance for $4 so I thought I’d give it a try too. Phew, now I am at a comfortable level of hairspray stash! 😉
• Butter London Nail Lacquer in Hush-Hush
Hand on my heart, I did NOT buy this for myself. My coworker picked it up for me one day, randomly. She told me she was at Marshalls and saw this and knew that I liked Butter London polishes and this looks like a “Stashy [but my real name] shade”. She knows me so well! ❤
• Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Serum Foundation Matte in Level 2
I also did not purchase this – it’s actually not a new item. My friend bought this and disliked it so much but didn’t want to throw it away after only a few uses so she asked if I was interested in trying it. She knows I’m always game. I tried it once so far and I can say that it’s a tricky foundation to work it – it’s quite liquidy and wants to settle into every pore and line. It does wear very well through the day though. I’ll have to experiment more – with different primers or mixing it with other foundations.
That’s it for beauty related items. I did haul a bit of clothing in May though, because the clothing store Express announced that they were closing all 17 locations in Canada. Yet another American brand who couldn’t make it work in Canada! I came to really like Express’ Columnist Ankle pants, of which I own about 8 pairs in various colours. So I added a couple more to my closet with these (they were buy one get one 50% off):
• Mid Rise Plaid Columnist Ankle Pant
• Mid Rise Tweed Columnist Ankle Pant
I also ended up buying a pair of their Extreme Stretch Skinny Pants, which are made of a nice thick material and had real pocket detailing (instead of those faux pockets that’s popular with jeggings – I find they look so cheap). Everything at Express is now 40-60% off but the store is quite picked over. I’m glad I grabbed these before they sold out of my size!
I haven’t shopped much at Uniqlo yet since its opening and one night my SO and I were killing time and decided to browse around. I ended with the 2 items:
• Pleated Jersey Sleeveless Dress in Navy
This comes with a coordinating slip skirt since the fabric is quite sheer. This was only $40 and really good quality for the price! I wore this to a dinner banquet with a cardigan and it looked way more expensive than it is (no, I did not rock sneakers like the model did!)
• AIRism tank top in Beige
I wear a camisole underneath almost everything and I decided to give this a try. I love it! It keeps me cool and feels like I’m wearing nothing. I highly recommend this and I’m getting a bunch more in other colours!
Marks & Spencer
And lastly, perhaps the most boring item… SOCKS. I got it in my head that I need all new black socks for work (the elastic on the cuffs of mine were all getting loose, I hate that!) And I decided that Marks & Spencers must make the best socks so I took a chance and placed an order online (M&S used to have stores in Canada but they exited the market in 1999, sadly). I wanted to try a variety of qualities of socks so I ordered 4 types:
This is what $50 worth of black socks looks like! 😛 I got 18 pairs of black socks. My experience shopping on the M&S site was excellent – they ship through DHL and I received my parcel within TWO DAYS of ordering! Shipping is free with $50 minimum purchase and there were no duties. The M&S site displayed everything in Canadian dollars which made it easy to shop. I’ll likely order more from M&S in the future!
There were so many compelling offers in May that I had to bury my head in the sand a little so I wouldn’t succumb to them. I actually limited my consumption of blogs / social media so I wouldn’t be inundated!
Tarte 7-Piece Custom Beauty Kit
May started off with one of the most tempting deals! On May 4th, for one day only, Tarte was promoting this 7-pc custom set for only C$84! Depending what you chose, the value was nearly 3x the price. I was soooo tempted, I tell you! I only learned about this deal from Fivezero – she also discovered there was an additional $10 off code that worked on this offer. I even created my own custom kit on the Tarte site and added everything in the cart and then closed the tab. 😦 Check out this hilarious exchange between fivezero and I in her post. 😆
Why I don’t need this right now: I wasn’t even in the market for any makeup from Tarte, never mind a unicorn cosmetic case! I was simply tempted by a great deal. I can live vicariously through Fivezero – check out her haulage here.
ColourPop free international shipping and 3 for $10 offer
Yet another deal that I was alerted to by Fivezero! Being in Canada, I’m always on the lookout for free international shipping offers and ColourPop not only had that but also 3 eye shadows for $10 (regularly they’re $5 each, so it’s like buy 2 get 1 free).
The offer applied to both the Super Shock and the Pressed Powder Shadows. Ugh, eye shadows are my vice!
Why I don’t need this right now: I did recently win some of ColourPop’s press eye shadows, plus, I do own a few Super Shock eye shadows (that HippyLip sent to me!) I think if I didn’t have any of ColourPop’s eye shadows, I may have succumbed to this offer! But I was able to overcome both of these temptations, but no thanks to Fivezero… 😛
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Instant Look In A Palette
Of course this was from Cat’s post on this gorgeous palette! I’ve been wanting an all-in-one type palette for travelling. The closest one that I own is the BareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe Palette. I really like the eye shadows in the BM palette but don’t love the face powders. From what I hear, the Charlotte Tilbury palette is amazing quality all around!
Why I don’t need this right now: I guess I can make do with the BareMinerals palette for now! 😆 I’m not planning any major trips anytime soon so this isn’t an urgent “need”. 😛
So I stayed within the confines of my No-Buy rules for May. I’m on another month of no makeup / skincare shopping again for June! How was your spending last month? 🙂