April Low-Buy

Today’s post is a haul/check-in of my 2016 low-buy. Originally, I had intended to post my Sephora haul last week, which did not end up happening. Since it’s now the end of the month, so I thought I might as well just lump my Sephora haul with the rest of my purchases and do my monthly low buy check-in post. I’ve gotten the chance to test out most of these products, so this post does include a brief first impressions of each product.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in Shade 3.25 (Original price $35, $29.75 after discount)

Sheesh, that’s a long name. Anyways, I ended up getting this foundation, which was on my Sephora wish list. I haven’t owned foundation for a while now because I don’t use it on a daily basis and because I find the colour-matching process very frustrating, but I thought that maybe it was time to start investing in a decent one. A coworker recommended this foundation to me, and I’m really, really liking it so far. True to its name, it feels natural and weightless on my skin, and I’ve also never owned a foundation that matched my skin tone so well! I am having issues with super dry skin in my chin area lately, and I’ve realized that while it doesn’t completely sit well on this part of my face, it doesn’t accentuate the problem as much as other foundations have in the past, either.


Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (Original price $47, $39.95 after 15% discount – not included in my budget since this was purchased to replace a used-up product)

I bought this because I ran out of my go-to loose setting powder, the Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder. I feel like I’ve never used a setting powder that was amazing before – they always just get the job done, and this powder is no different. So far, I feel like it’s pretty similar to the Shiseido powder. I think I need to use it more to figure out whether I like one more than the other, or both the same.



Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (Original price $36, $30.60 after 15% discount)

This was the most exciting purchase I made this month. Originally, the corrector that I was going to pick up in the sale was the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid. I ended up buying the Becca corrector on a whim instead, after reading Stashy’s review of it. I didn’t even try this product out before buying it, as they didn’t carry Becca products at the Sephora that I went to and I had to buy it online. It does a really good job brightening up my under eye area and correcting my dark circles, but I haven’t completely decided what I think about this product yet. I’ve been using this every day since I bought it – some days this works for me beautifully, other days I have issues because of it. I think I just haven’t found the right combination of products to use with it. I am thinking of doing a blog post of my experience with this product once I get a better feel for it.



 NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard (Original price $36, $30.60 after 15% off – not included in my budget since this is technically a repurchase)

This was originally not on my shopping list. Long story short, I was colour matched to the shade Ginger when I first bought it in the winter last year, and it’s the wrong shade for me in the winter. I used it with no issues in the summer when I had a tan, and in the winter I’ve been mixing it with the Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Concealer in FBI, which is a lighter shade. However, I’ve been having a bout of dry skin and FBI looks cakey on top of my skin, so I bought this.


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Original price $23, $19.55 after 15% discount – not included in budget since this was purchased to replace a used-up product)

I’ve been loyal to my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner for the last two years, but I found that the tip wears down quite quickly. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the KVD liner, and since I finished my Stila liner back in December, I bought this one to replace it. I don’t wear liquid liner every day so I’ve only used it a handful of times, but so far I’m enjoying it. The tip creates a very precise winged liner look, but it’s not quite as pigmented as the Stila liner. Sometimes it takes a few uses for the “ink” to really flow, so we’ll see!


Batiste Dry Shampoo – Tropical (coconut and exotic fragrance) ($6.99 – not included in budget since this was purchased to replace a used-up product))

Last month, I finished my bottle of Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo. They always have a huge stock of the much-loved Batiste Dry Shampoos at Winners, so I decided to test it out. So far, I’m enjoying it. It’s able to create some volume and takes away the greasy feeling in my roots. A lot of people with dark hair complain that the Batiste dry shampoos leave them with white residue in their hair, but I don’t seem to have this problem at all, even though it isn’t the version for dark hair. I find the scent is just okay. I love coconut/tropical scents, but this is too strong and artificial for me. If I end up wanting to repurchase this, I think I’ll try a different fragrance next time.



W7 In The Night Eye Shadow Palette ($9.99)

I bought this palette at Winners at the same time as the Batiste Dry Shampoo. This purple-based palette looked really interesting to me, so I quickly looked up reviews while I was at the store, and I bought it because it seemed like it had generally good ratings. When I got home and swatched all of the shades, I immediately regretted buying it. There are a couple of shades that are buttery and pigmented, but most of the colours are chalky and dry. Oh well, at least it was only $10. I haven’t worked up the courage to try this on my eyes yet. Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised by how well they work on the lids…hopeful thinking, perhaps?

Sinful Colours Nail Polish in Cherry Blossom and Cinderella ($3.98 total)

Okay, I failed and forgot to take closeups of these. Most of my nail polishes are old and I’m getting really bored of the shades, so I’m thinking of doing a nail polish collection overhaul. I’m starting my new collection off with these two shades. Cherry Blossom is a medium pink with silver microshimmers, and Cinderella is a milky baby blue with pink shimmers. I don’t own many pinks and blues, so I’m excited to try these out!

Total April spending (before taxes): $74.32
March Carry-Over Budget: $5.00
April Low-Buy Budget: $100
Total Budget Allocation for April : $105
Leftover Budget: $30.68

Technically, I spent $171.41 before taxes, which means I went WAY over my budget. However, I didn’t include the Laura Mercier setting powder, the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, or the Batiste Dry Shampoo into my spending because I bought these to replace products I had used up. I don’t know, is that cheating? Because I would totally own up to overspending my budget!

For May, I had allocated $10 to my beauty budget. With my leftover budget from this month plus May’s budget allocation, I’ll have a total  of $40.68 to spend. I’m 95% sure I’m going to go over this budget, but challenge accepted anyways!

11 thoughts on “April Low-Buy

  1. I agree, I haven’t found a loose powder that’s blown me away. Although, I have to say that I do like the Nars one I’m using right now – the white one. It does sometimes cling to dry patches but overall it’s a really good powder.
    I hope you find the right combination / technique to make that Becca corrector work for you. I just LOVE it! (but we’re 2 different people so it might be the case of your milleage may vary!)
    I’m on day 2 of using my Nars concealer (yesterday worn alone) and today WITH the Becca corrector and the combo is DYN-O-MITE! 😀 I’m really pleased!
    Oh too bad about the W7 palette. I’ve eyed them and have seen good reviews but ultimately I’m just paletted out. At $10, it’s not too bad of a miss.
    Great picks on the Sinful Colours! I was really impressed with Cinderella.
    I don’t think it’s cheating if you’re replacing products. That’s how I do my low-buy rules too. I’m not running out of anything any time soon so… that’s not going to apply to me, lol!
    Um, I’m going to say that 100% you’ll exceed your May budget since you’re coming to Toronto! 😆

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    • Maybe loose powders just aren’t meant to be “Wow, amazing!” Their purpose is just to minimize shine and make your makeup stay in place, you know?
      I really love how the Becca corrector looks under the eyes (especially underneath the Nars concealer, like you said – dynamite!), but I’m still having issues with getting black smudges under my eyes once in a while when I use it. I’m using a different combination of eyeliner and mascara every day with the corrector to figure out what it is that’s smudging, so I can stop using it with the corrector. Otherwise, I love the way it performs!
      Agreed, $10 isn’t too bad of a miss, but if it doesn’t work on the eyes very well, then I don’t know whether to keep the palette or just throw the thing out!
      After picking Cinderella up for my MOH and then seeing how pretty it looked on your nails, I wanted to get one more myself lol.
      Hey now, you with so little faith in me! 😉 I feel like I have access to most of the beauty items that can be found in Toronto…maybe? The other day, my fiancé asked me if I had done any planning for our trip and I said, “well, I’ve been researching what I want to buy in H&M’s beauty section” hehehe.

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      • Do you set your under eye concealer with powder?
        So, your shopping in Toronto has to cover: H&M beauty, Yves Rocher (both in the Eaton Centre). You have to go to the Bay on Queen Street – they have a section called Beauty Underground that has more ‘indie’ brands (they have Vincent Longo, Becca, Tony Moly and a new brand called Teeez). AND, there’s now a Saks store – it’s attached to the Bay store. They have Tom Ford makeup there. 🙂

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        • Yes, I’ve always set my under eye concealer with powder, and I’ve continued to do so with the Becca corrector. It didn’t help to decrease the smudging for whatever reason, so I’ve tried applying MORE powder, but then my under eye area looks cakey! 😦 I’ll get it figured out. The last two days, I’ve switched mascaras and there has been no smudging, so I have an inkling that the mascara I was using before was the problem.
          So basically…you’re trying to tell me I should increase my May budget to $500?? 😉 H&M Beauty and Saks were on my checklist (gotta avoid the Tom Ford counter though!). I totally forgot about Yves Rocher! I’ll definitely go there too while we’re at the Eaton Centre. I will also check out The Bay on Queen St. for Tony Moly and Teeez and other indie brands we don’t have here. Thanks for the beauty recommendations!

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          • Oh OH! I just remembered 3 more places you need to check out while you’re in town:
            Muji: you have to get their sensitive skin cleansing oil – $14 and works just as well as MAC cleanse off oil. The base oil is olive oil just like MAC’s.
            Inglot: duh, don’t know why I forgot to mention this to you. There’s a standalone Inglot store near Eaton Centre, it’s a bit tucked out of the way but worth the visit!
            NYX: I know Rexall / Shoppers carries this line but there’s a standalone store on Queen St W that carries the entire line. Worth a look!
            😀 Good luck with your low-buy! 😉

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            • Hehe, you’re trying to sabotage my low-buy! 😉
              Muji was on my list! I was definitely going to get the cleansing oil because you have mentioned to me that it works just as well as the MAC, and also to see whether they have the bleached cotton pads.
              Funny you should mention Inglot! Every time we go on vacation, I research to see if the city has a store, so I knew Toronto had one… but I’m on the fence about going this time? Do I need another customized eyeshadow palette? Heck no. Do I want another one? Heck yes 😛
              Ooh I totally forgot about the Nyx store, I remember your instagram post on it. Will put it on my list!
              Thanks so much for the suggestions!


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