I hadn’t planned on being MIA last week but it was my final week at my old job and it was so busy! I ended up having a lot of social engagements last week (goodbyes) – being out every night makes it difficult to blog! Things likely won’t settle down until after Labour Day weekend…
This post is a combined June and July accountability (I know, I’m so late with this!) June was a No-Buy month whereas July is a Low-Buy month. My budget for July was originally $200 but since I slightly overspent back in April, I had to subtract off $1.70 from my budget, leaving me with $198.30 to play with.
I was able to stretch my budget by supplementing with gift cards – plus, I received some birthday presents! 😀
In June, I bought NOTHING! There were some temptations but knowing that July was around the corner, I was able to hold off. Then July rolled around and… I got my shopping on! 🙂
First, a few nail polishes (because I can’t help myself):
• Essie Gel Couture in To Have & To Gold and Lace to the Altar – from the Bridal collection – $10 each
The other photo doesn’t do this colour any justice. This shows the flaky shimmer better.
• China Glaze in Hay Girl Hay (My Little Pony collection) – $6
• Sinful Colors in Rose Dust – $2
• Cutex Color & Care Polish in Pop the Prosecco – $7
CG in Hay Girl Hay from the MLP collection is a stunning multi-faceted shimmery topper.
A bunch of sheet masks (because I used up some in my 30 Day Masking Challenge!):
TonyMoly sheet masks:
• Pureness 100 Mask Sheet in Collagen, Propolis, and Caviar
• I’m Real Mask Sheet Broccoli, Avocado, Tea Tree (x2), Seaweeds (x2), Tomato (x3)
Not sure what possessed me to get multiples of masks that I’ve not even tried before! But there was a good deal at the Korean grocery store where I got these (12 masks for $20)
Montagne Jeunesse masks:
• 2 Stage Rescue Mud Masque For Problem Prone Skin x8
• 2 Stage T-Zone Peel Off Masque x6
• 2 Stage Shine Control Mud Masque x6
• Morning After Face Scrub For Men x2
• PawPaw Peel Off
• Prickly Pear Peel Off Skin Boost Masque
• Nut Oil Masque
• Anti-Wrinkle Cool Eyes
I loved those 2 Stage masks so much when I tried them for my 30 Day Masking Challenge that I just had to get more of them! These were $1.50 each off saleevent.com.
• Karuna Exfoliating Face Mask – set includes 4 Exfoliating masks
• Karuna Karma Kit Face Mask Set – includes 1 of each Exfoliating, Hydrating, Anti-Oxidant, and Age-Defying
I found these at Winners for $12.99 per box! I’ve seen these masks at Sephora and they sell for $10 each! 😮
• Ettang Yogurt Hydrating Rubber Face Mask – $3.99
I’ve been curious to try these – all you need to do is add water to the powder to make a pliable mask. I think they’re similar to the masks I’ve had applied when I get facials done. I loved it when they peeled off the mask all in one sheet – so fun. 😛
• Revlon Colorstay Creme Eye Shadow in 720 Chocolate – $7
I’ve been hearing so much about these! My MAC Paint Pots are getting dried out so I’m hoping this will be a good replacement.
• Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Light Medium 03 – $6
This came along for the ride from my saleevent.com order – I’ve heard good things about this.
• Mediheal N.M.F Aquaring Effect Serum – $15
My serum stash is getting dangerously low and I was glad to find this at Winners. I’ve tried sheet masks from this brand before and I loved them.
• L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara – $8
The hype surrounding this mascara is unreal. I haven’t even tried the Too Face Better Than Sex mascara which this is supposedly a good dupe of. I likely will try them in September but if you’re itching for comparisons and reviews, please check out these excellent posts: Polished & Inspired, and Sophie in Wonderland (the UK version has way prettier tube design!)
• Bath & Body Works Jasmine & Green Apple Clay Body Scrub
• Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Sand & Sea Salt Scrub
My friend needed a few more bucks to get her over the minimum purchase to qualify for a coupon so I helped her out! 😛
• Tigi Bed Head Foxy Curls Extreme Curl Mousse x2
I found more of these on clearance! I finished one of these in May and I had it on my favourites list from earlier this year. Smells like banana Runts – need I say more?
• MAC Pro palette (medium) and inserts (6 shadows + 2 blushes)
I had some leftover money on a MAC gift card so I redeemed for these. I didn’t know the medium size palette existed until I saw a display with it! In total, these cost me $10. Check the palette out in action:
Eyeshadows L to R from top to bottom: Patina, All That Glitters, Romp (see these swatched here), Woodwinked, Sable, and Satin Taupe; Blushes top to bottom: Buff, and Blush All Day.
The medium size is the same height as the large size palette, but about 2/3 the width.
And the last item of what I got myself:
• Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Beauty Glow – $85
I got it!!! I toyed with getting this for ages and was able to use a Nordstrom gift card for this! ❤ If you haven’t heard of this palette, go check out Cat’s post on it! That’s how my obsession started…
The great thing about being my birthday month is getting beauty items as gifts! 😀
Firstly, remember the swap that I did with my birthday twin, Joyce?
I’ve now eaten all of the food goodies and they were delicious!
I had to share with the SO but he made sure he did not eat the last ones. 😉
I also received a SURPRISE birthday parcel in the mail, from Dannii of A Beauty Thing blog! She sent me:
• Berrisom Oops! Tint Cheek Cushion in #02 Cream Peach
• Nügg Face Mask Hydrating
• Neogen Naturals White Truffle Hydramax Knit Mask
• Leaders H2Oh My Gosh! Rainwater Mask
• Flutter Makeup Sponge
I was so surprised to receive these! Thank you so much Dannii! ❤ I can’t wait to try everything. Dannii and I did a swap earlier this year – it’s so fun to receive things in the mail!
Sephora Birthday gift:
Most people have seen this by now – the set includes travel sized Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush in Paaarty and Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit. There’s also an option to choose Fresh skincare instead. And I’m really proud of myself for not buying anything at Sephora when I picked this up at the store!
Other items I received:
• Clinique Sonic Purifying Cleansing Brush Set
My friend bought me this after I mentioned I was considering one when they were on sale for 50% off at Hudson’s Bay. She said I’m difficult to shop for since I have everything (not true!) so she ordered this for me. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I really like it! My skin hasn’t been irritated by it at all – I’ve read comparison reviews online saying that this is more gentle than the Clarisonic which is a good thing for me.
• Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blush in Sex on Fire
• Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Bond Girl
My friend was with me when I bought the Instant Look in a Palette (above) and she was toying with getting one for herself. She looked online at CT’s site and found that they were having a summer sale and the “Seductive Beauty” version was on sale for only $51! So she ordered it for herself, and then asked me to choose 5 items I liked from CT – she would select only 2 of the 5 to “surprise” me for my birthday! 😀 (for those curious, the other 3 items I chose were: Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk, Colour Chameleon in Dark Pearl, and Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in #2)
• LUSH Big Shampoo
• LUSH Big Solid Conditioner
• LUSH Sea Spray Hair Mist
My coworker and I went to LUSH during lunch one day since I wanted to replenish the Big shampoo (spoiler alert, my first tub that I got is going to be in m next Trash Stash and favourites list – I love this stuff so much). She was picking up a few items and insisted on paying for my stuff as my birthday present. She said it was a relief that she didn’t have to choose items for me. Ha!
And recently I showed the online hauling that I did during July:
The majority of them were with birthday money. The only items I paid for were the Glossier items, which came to $37.
Phew… that’s everything for June and July. I had $198.30 in my budget and I spent $197 (excluding non-makeup / skincare items, and the items I used gift cards for, and gifts). Here’s the math:
I was kind of surprised how much I had spent on face masks! But, I did get 47 masks in total so that works out to be $1.89 per mask.
So I managed to stay within budget! Even though I have $1.30 in my balance, I won’t be carrying it over. 😉 I have a long stretch of No-Buy months coming up! August (almost over!), September AND October are No-Buy months so that I can shop in November (Black Friday) and December (Holidays)… 😛 Wish me luck! Have tried any of the items I got? What beauty items have you picked up lately?