This month was the month of finishing up a lot of facial skincare:
I finished both my day and night creams, plus a bunch of other essential face product. So weird how that happens.
I feel a sense of fatigue in general in the beauty community lately. I’ve never seen so many anti-hauls and declutters as I have recently. In years past, the most popular topics were hauls and beauty collection posts, but I’m now seeing a trend of the “resistance”. Maybe it’s just my personal perspective – have you noticed?
Having said that, it’s time for the annual Springtime Sephora VIB sale! I finally received the discount card in the mail on Thursday:
It’s starting tomorrow, April 18th and runs until the 24th. I’ve been making these shopping lists for the past few Sephora sales. They’re helpful for me to keep me focused when all the pretties are distracting me. 😉
I’ve had this post brewing for months and finally dusted it off in light of the recent controversy with Z Palette. If you don’t know about it, read about it here, here, and here. Um yeah… total gong show. 😮 Z Palette is probably the most well-known of any major custom palette systems, so their social media misstep has certainly opened the door for other players to secure a larger share of the market. People are now looking for Z Palette alternatives – let’s have a look at what the options are:
I’ll be showing what I own and also list some that I know about but do not own. All prices are shown in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Warning: long post and lots of photos! 😎
When I look at it all together like this, I think I got a bit carried away with makeup hauling…
But when you pick up a little bit here, a little bit there, it doesn’t seem like it’s that much! 😉 I wasn’t able to go on actual Boxing Day to shop but many of the deals are available for the whole month of January – basically when stores sell out of stuff is when the sales end! 😛
This is not my “best of” list for 2016 yet – it’s simply my final quarterly favourites for the year. I’ll be posting my full favourites list for 2016 in January! Here’s what I’ve been enjoying from October to December:
Remember that for 2 of the past 3 months, I was essentially in makeup jail doing Project Pan! 😉
I started doing quarterly favourites this year since monthly favourites don’t work for me, as my favourites tend to remain fairly static month over month. But with the changing seasons, I do find a shift in my skincare and makeup, so I’m able to pick some some seasonal favourites to share. My mid-year favourites focus on items I used in the Spring and when I went on my trip to Japan.
Here are my thoughts on each:
I bought the Buxom Look All You Want Set during the Sephora clearance sales in January.
I was lucky to score it for $37 – it retailed for $50 regularly. Unfortunately this particular palette was a limited edition configuration, however, a couple of shades in this palette are from the permanent line. I’ll also be reviewing the customizable palette concept in this post.
Inquiring minds want to know! So here it is:
Sephora clearance section strikes! 😛 I went to Sephora last weekend and I got: