November 2017 No-Buy-Low-Buy Accountability

It’s been a while since I last did an update on my shopping accountability – the last one was way back in August, actually!  That was to cover June and July spending, so that means I haven’t talked about how August to October went. Those 3 months were my No-Buys months, in preparation for Holiday spending.  I’m pleased to report that those 3 months I was too busy to think about makeup.  At first I was missing the shopping but I got used to it – I even went to a L’Oreal warehouse and walked away with just bar soap:

I got 4 bars of the Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub Soap in Coriander. It’s the Limited edition by Kate Moross, which is from this year, it seems? One is already in use, as you can see. I paid $8 each for these.

So a pat on the back for me! 😀  But, we’re here to talk about November!  I essentially did all of my shopping concentrated between the Sephora sale and Black Friday.  In addition, I picked up random bits. A LOT of random bits:

There were just so many deals to be had… how could I resist? 😇

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China Glaze Shades of Nude Collection

It’s been a while since I’ve done a nail post! Today I’m showcasing a collection that was released for Spring this year, but I personally think a good nude collection is season-less. 😀 I’ve got 3 of the China Glaze Shades of Nude Collection to show:

• Minimalist Momma (sand beige creme)
• Fresher Than My Clique (mushroom taupe creme)
• Kill The Lights (deep mauve creme)

I received these China Glaze polishes from Nail Polish Canada (NPC) to review.

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June and July 2017 No-Buy-Low-Buy Accountability

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! 😀

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Best of 2016 Discoveries

And here it is – as you can imagine, trying to narrow down the best items was difficult! These items are new to me but may not be new launches in 2016.  Also, these items may not necessarily be my absolute “Holy Grail” of all time – they’re simply the best from the past year (I probably should do a “Holy Grail of All Time” post one of these days…)  Here’s what made it into my Best of 2016 Discoveries list:
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A departure from previous years, instead of doing Top 10 or “Top xx of 20xx” (ie. Top 16 of 2016), I’ll list top items within categories: makeup, skincare, nails, body care etc.  This post is long but rather than breaking into several posts, I decided to do it all in one – I just hate it when they break movies into 2 parts – I don’t want to do that to you! 😛

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November 2016 Low-Buy Accountability

Ouch. November Low-Buy was more like a Go-Buy… I mean, what was I expecting? Sephora VIB sale and Black Friday – why did they have to be together in the same month?
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I also bought some stuff from Winners and Avon. 😳

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Favourites Lately: Late 2016

This year I decided to do quarterly favourites so I’ve had lists for early 2016 (covering January to March) and mid-year (covering April to June), and now I’m showing my third quarterly favourites to cover July to September:
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It’s mostly Summery products but a little bit of Autumn is creeping in… yes, I’m a bit late in posting this – it should have been up early October. 😳

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Stash Dash: Oct 16 – 22

This was a BUSY week on the blog!  If you’ve missed some posts, I don’t blame you. Here’s what happened:

PP12: The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation in 020 Bali Vanilla
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Finally, one of the Project Pan items that actually shows visible signs of being used up. 🙄

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China Glaze Hot Flash

I’m in a bit of a nail polish rut – can you believe that last week I only wore Orly Nailtrition on my nails and called it a day? No nail polish for a whole week! 😮 This polish is the one I wore this during my cruise vacation as my pedicure. In fact, these photos were taken before I went on vacation… 😛
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For my trip, I was looking for a bright shade and China Glaze Hot Flash certainly delivered!

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China Glaze Let’s Jam

I always take advantage of a short work week to wear something a little more “daring”, so last week I wore China Glaze Let’s Jam:
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I picked this up back in May – this is part of the Lite-Brites collection that I was so excited for, and I was so happy to have found this – along with a few others from the collection – at Winners. This is part of the reason why I went over my budget so much in May! 😛

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