I’ve really been in the mood to shop lately, which worked out perfectly because I had some gift cards from Christmas that I hadn’t used yet. I also had money left over from my Low-Buy budget from previous months that I carried over to March. My total March makeup low-buy budget for the month was:
January unused budget: $4.00
February unused budget: $10.00
March budget: $10.00
Total budget: $24.00
My first stop was at a MAC counter at the mall close to my work, where I bought the eye shadow Satin Taupe. This has been at the top of my MAC products wish list, but I wasn’t sure if I should purchase because I already have enough taupes. Well, I’m extremely glad I bought it, because it’s unlike any taupe I’ve ever owned. I’ve only had it for about 2 weeks and I’ve already been wearing the heck out of it. This was the only makeup product this month where I used my own money to pay for, and it cost $19.
That weekend, I went to a different mall where my gift cards could be used. At The Face Shop, I bought the Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($6). I’ve been meaning to try this for a long time, but just never got around to it. In January, one of my friends had a birthday party, and someone gifted this to her. It reminded me that I still wanted to try it, so I went ahead and purchased it during my haul. I’ve heard The Face Shop’s version is just as good as the ones from higher-end brands, but only for a fraction of the price. I’ve been using it on and off for about two weeks, and so far I am enjoying it.
My third purchase was at Bath and Body Works. I bought a three-wick candle and a White Sand Body Scrub, both in the Waikiki Beach Coconut scent that Stashy got me obsessed with. I’ve used BBW body scrubs in the past before and really enjoyed them, so I thought I’d try this White Sand one out (although it’s probably not actually made out of white sand :P). I basically want every scent in their Aloha Hawaii collection, but the Waikiki Beach Coconut scent is my favourite. As stupid as it sounds, even though Waikiki as a place smells nothing like this line, the scent gives me the nostalgic happy feelings of being there every time I smell it. I wish I purchased more items of this scent (Wallflowers, Lotion, Body Wash…everything!), but the more practical side of me stopped myself. I may go back when there’s another sale 😛
On another note, the reason I don’t have pictures of these products is because I brought them over to our new house right away (which we still haven’t moved into *cough*), so I didn’t have these with me when taking pictures of my haul – fail.
I headed back to MAC to pick up some more items using my gift cards. First, I got a backup of the trusty Cleanse-Off Oil, as I was almost done with my current bottle at the time. This is my HG makeup remover, and is probably at least my 13th bottle of this.
I also caved and purchased All That Glitters, which was the second eyeshadow on my MAC wish list. I bought the pan version, which is the first time I’ve ever done this for a MAC eye shadow, because I heard that they recently decreased the price from $12 to $8 CAD.
While I was there, I made a spontaneous purchase and bought the Large MAC Duo Pro Palette. I’ve never looked into empty palettes because I own very few single shadows and therefore had no need for them. It wasn’t until Stashy sent me a MAC blush and a MAC eye shadow from her generous giveaway that I realized I needed one. I have done some research on Z Palettes, but they’re a little harder to come by in Canada except for the one sold at Sephora. Although the MAC palette is bulkier, I like that it’s not made out of cardboard. The palette itself was $10, and I also purchased a 15-pan eye shadow insert and a 6-pan blush insert, both for $3 each. I know most people forego the inserts, but I can always choose to take them out if I don’t want to use them.
The shadow that Stashy sent me is a (discontinued) Pro Longwear eyeshadow, and the pan is bigger than the regular MAC shadows. For now, I’ve placed it on the blush side, but I’ll figure out a more permanent way to store it at a later date. I’m so excited to fill this baby up! Sorry for the weird angle of the picture, but the surface was super reflective and I did not want to catch a reflection of my mug in the photo 😛
In total, my haul was $108 (not including tax), of which only $19 applies to my March low-buy. My budget for the month was $24, which means I came in $5 below budget.
I’m excited for April – Sephora VIB sale AND large low-buy budget coming right up! 😛 What has been your favourite recent purchase?