You may recall that the primary objective of this blog originally was to reduce my beauty stash. I had a three-pronged plan: A) Stop buying more (No-Buy / Low-Buy) B) Use up what I have (empties aka Trash Stash) C) Get rid of items that I no longer use (Purges / declutters)
This post is focused on plan of attack C! I’ve been meaning to post this since early 2017 for “Spring cleaning”, but never got my act together to gather all of the items. No time like now, right? 😉 This post will mainly consist of photos and product names listed out. It would take too long to provide a description of every single item with an explanation why it is being decluttered. Just look:
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? 😇
This post didn’t originally start out as trying to find a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, but I ended up with a few “glowy” type of face powders / highlighters in my stash so I decided to see how they look against each other.
• Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – C$55 for 10g
• Freedom Pro Highlight Powder in Diffused – C$4.97 for 7.5g
• Wet n Wild “Bronzer” in Reserve Your Cabana – C$5.99 for 13g
• Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight – C$5.99 for 6.5g
All of the contenders are very affordable – let’s see how they compare to Hourglass!
I don’t often buy nail polishes that come packaged with a cardboard backing – I think these were repackaged specifically for Dollarama – as you can see, this cost $1.50. The bottle contains 12.3ml of polish.
When my blogging pal MyStyleInsideOut (formally known as FilipinoInsideOut) tweeted if anyone was interested in doing a $20 drugstore makeup challenge, I jumped at the opportunity! As you know, February is the first of my Low-Buy month for 2016. My budget limit is $50 for the month. We decided to hash out the details of this challenge:
• $20 before taxes (when she asked if the $20 challenge to be before or after taxes, I laughed and laughed and said it has to be before taxes – we pay 13% tax here [I am in Toronto, Canada] and there’d be no way I could manage $20 after taxes – as it is, it will still be quite a challenge.)
• Makeup items only – skincare and brushes not included
• Must be a full face of makeup
Here’s what I got:
I’ve seen the $20 makeup challenge on various YouTube videos and blogs so I knew some strategies. My plan of attack was to find items that could be multi-purpose.