Today I wanted to share with you my November haul and how I did on my low-buy. Spoiler alert: I failed miserably in my low-buy!
Sephora VIB Haul
I only bought 5 things during the Sephora VIB sale, most of which were replenishments for things I’m running low on. In the last two years, I’ve become one of the people who shop at Sephora only during the bi-annual sales, and even then, I usually don’t go crazy. I went into more detail about my Sephora haul here.
Black Friday Haul
I was originally not going to partake in Black Friday, as it seemed like there wasn’t a lot I was interested in getting this year. My mistake was going to the mall to check out the sales in person, which is when I went a little crazy. The sales also seemed to be better than what I remember them being – although not comparable to sales in the US, there were lots of 30-50% off the entire store, although that wasn’t necessarily for makeup.
My first stop was at Sephora. Sephora always has a bunch of sets at a discount. There were only a handful of sets that I was interested in this year, which I suppose is a blessing for my wallet! I was tempted to buy the Make Up Forever palette, which was on sale for $29. I bought the same palette for a friend last year and it was $52! However, I knew I wouldn’t get any use out of the bright colours in that palette, so I would only be buying it for the sake of the sale. The only thing I ended up getting was a set of Origins skincare items for $24. I’ve been interested in trying the Clear Improvement charcoal mask and the Drink Up Intensive overnight mask, as I’ve heard good things about both from people with dry skin, so this was the perfect opportunity to pick it up.
My second stop was at the Bay, where they were having a 10% sale on cosmetics. I had not anticipated getting anything from MAC at all, but I walked away with the lipstick shades Twig and Craving. I’ve been meaning to buy Twig for the last year, but Craving was a complete impulse purchase. Also, even though I just bought one in October, I picked up a MAC Cleanse-Off Oil for backup, since I knew I will need another one 6 months from now. Might as well take advantage of the 10% off!
We walked by Kiehl’s and saw that they were having a 15% of sale. I’ve been meaning to try some of their skincare, and it just so happens that I’m about to finish my night cream. The SA pointed me to their Ultra Facial Cream, which is one of their bestsellers. I ended up buying their big tub even though I didn’t know if I would like the cream. I probably shouldn’t be taking that gamble, but big sizes are just so much more economical, ya know? They had an additional deal where the shopper could get a $15 coupon to be used in January if they bought two items now, so I got sucked into that as well. I just bought something small to fulfill their requirements, and picked up their Mango scented lip balm. I’ve used it once so far, and while it smells incredible, the formula seems too thin for my liking…so we shall have to see.
The Face Shop
When we walked by The Face Shop, we also saw that they were having a 40% sale. There wasn’t much else that I needed to buy in terms of skincare, but I ran out of face masks months ago and never picked any more up, so I have been meaning to purchase more. I ended up getting 5 of them, and I’m excited to start doing face masks again!
My fiance and I went grocery shopping at Superstore the evening of Black Friday, and when we passed by the beauty section, I saw that there was a huge sale on all of their nail polishes. I turned to my fiancé and said, “This is where I leave you. I’ll see you in an hour”. He laughed, and I said, “But seriously. I’ll see you in an hour”. As he went off to continue grocery shopping, I stood in front of the polishes for 15 minutes deciding what shades to get. I ended up picking the shades “Black and Blue” and “A Perfect Tin” from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line for $4.99 each, and “Sexy Divide” and “On a Silver Platter” from Essie for $4.99 each. It took so much self-control not to buy 10 more of these, you have no idea! In my Nail Polish Cleanout post, I joked about replacing all of the nail polishes I got rid of with new ones, but in reality, and cleaned out my nail polish collection with the intention of keeping it cleaned out. Apparently that’s no longer happening!
So, how did I do on my low-buy? I was pretty scared to do the math.
In total, I spent $136.20 on makeup products (skincare/replenishments not included), but my low-buy budget was $61.71…dang. I started off the month a little in the red, and I’m even now more in the red! My low-buy budget for December is $50, which means even at the end of December, I can’t make up for my overspending! I’m a little embarrassed by myself right now. To be honest, I don’t think I’m going to be able to resist spending in December even though I no longer have a budget o spend from, but I’m going to have to find some self-restraint somewhere!