July and August Low-Buy

I missed out on my July low-buy post since I was just getting back into the blogging game, so today’s post is a combined July and August post. July was actually a no-buy month for me, which I successfully stuck with. I hadn’t set a budget for August since I knew I was going on my honeymoon, and all bets are off in terms of makeup purchases when I’m on vacation!

I didn’t spend too much time shopping while we were in Europe because we were on our honeymoon and obviously the focus was just enjoying our time together, but I did drop by a few shops as I noticed them when we walked by. I also picked up a few things in town before and after the trip.


Before we left on our honeymoon, I had my hair coloured for the first time in a decade, and the hairstylist recommended a few products for me.


Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer – $32

This is a pre-styling primer/heat protectant that also acts as a leave-in conditioner, which is a must for me because my hair is so dry. I decanted some into a small spray bottle and brought it with me on our honeymoon, so I’ve been using it for the past three weeks and have really been enjoying it so far.

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray – $33

I complained about having hair that’s very flat at the roots, and the hairstylist also recommended this thickening spray for me to use on my hair before blow-drying it, which is supposed to give my hair more lift.


I also had to purchase some shampoo and conditioner that’s specifically good for coloured hair, and I was recommended the following:

Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo & Lightweight Renewing Conditioner – $65

The SA helping me said that my hair looked quite fine, and that this line of shampoo and conditioner would provide protection for my coloured hair without weighing it down. I really like the scent of this – it reminds me of mangos! These are 1L bottles so they’ll last me a while.



Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish – $18

I ran out of body scrub in June and I’ve been a bit wishy-washy as to which body scrub to buy next. My skin is now quite dry from vacation, because I didn’t take quite as good care of it as I would at home. The other week, Stashy mentioned the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush body scrub on her empties post, and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed that one, so I went to Shoppers after coming home from vacation to take a look at their scrubs. I was going to get the Sugar Crush body scrub, but it was sold out, which was just as well because I should go for something new anyways. I ended up going for the Flake Away instead.


In terms of makeup I bought during our vacation, I sadly didn’t get a chance to go shopping in France, but this is what I bought in various cities in Italy.

KIKO Milano

I KNEW I had to get my hands on this brand – I’ve been dying to try it since hearing about it from UK bloggers, but unfortunately this brand is not readily available in Canada. Luckily, given the name of the brand I knew it would be pretty easy to find in Italy.


Pencil Eye Brush (#60) – €10.95

Did you know I’ve never actually owned a pencil brush before? I’ve been in desperate need for one though. Kiko’s brushes are SO inexpensive, but I didn’t have a lot of time to choose so I only bought this one. I had been meaning to go back to pick up some more brushes, but didn’t get the chance. Nonetheless, I’m excited to put this one to use!

Water Eyeshadow in #200 – €8.95

The water eyeshadows were the first thing that caught my eye – like a magpie, my eye always goes right to shiny shadows with no fail! I own a lot of golds already, but I don’t actually have very many bronze shades like this one.

Magnetic Eyeshadow in #1 Over the Taupe – €12.95

I had originally wanted a taupe shade from the Water Eyeshadow line, but they didn’t have the shade in stock. Instead, the SA pointed me towards this magnetic eyeshadow, which is from their Fall collection. They’re more expensive than the water eyeshadows, but the swatch looked super promising.


Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick in #109 – €6.95

I fell in love with the formula of this lipstick as I was swatching them in stores – it looked very creamy and moisturizing. The colour I chose is a raisin-y shade, which is not something I already have in my collection.

Smart Fusion Lipstick in #422 – €3.95

Even though my first impulse is to go for neutral lipsticks, I wanted to buy a brighter option. I fell in love with this shade, which is a bright reddish-pink.

Wycon Cosmetics

We randomly came across this store in Sorrento, and even though I have actually never heard anything about this brand before, I couldn’t leave Italy without buying something from them!


Glamour Lipstick in #16 Brick – €3.90

This is a brownish brick-red shade, which is a deeper version of my MLBB shade. I have a feeling I’ll be loving this in the fall.

Juicy Blusher Color Powder in #4 Pink Shock – €9.90

This year, I’ve been using the heck out of my Teeez Blush in Very Rouge, but it contains shimmer and sometimes I’m just not in the mood for that. When I saw this blush, it reminded me of a matte version of Very Rouge, so I snatched it up right away.



Inglot Refill – €9

I was so excited to come across an Inglot. I had a feeling there would be an Inglot in France or Italy, but couldn’t be bothered enough to look it up. However, we stumbled across an Inglot store, so I took it as an opportunity to find a replacement for one of the shadows in the Inglot quad I bought in Toronto last year. I mentioned in my original haul post that I had accidentally purchased a shade I already owned (AMC 153), and it’s a shade that doesn’t even look very flattering on me. To replace this shade, I ended up getting the shade AMC 160. Yay taupes! I’m pretty proud of myself for walking away from the store without buying anything else.

PUPA Milano

I saw a small section from this brand while waiting for our flight home at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome. There wasn’t very much that I was interested in, but I ended up picking up a lipstick and a liquid liner.


PUPA Vamp! Professional Liner – €13.60

I’ve been using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner for so long that it’s become my ride-or-die liner, but at the same time I’m itching to branch out. I thought I would give this a try. Unlike the Kat Von D, it doesn’t come in a pen form – it’s the kind of liner that’s similar to mascara, where you dip the brush into the ink. I have a feeling I might find this difficult to use, but I’ll never know until I try, right?!

PUPA I’M Pure Colour Lipstick in #109 – €13.60

This is a deep mauvish-brown that leans more brown. To be honest, I don’t know why I bought this when I already bought three other lipsticks, but I’ve been on a lipstick kick lately.

I found it a bit interesting because I personally thought that in terms of the packaging and overall aesthetics of the brand, Kiko seemed the most expensive of the three, yet the PUPA products were the most expensive even though I found a lot of their packaging to be quite kiddy. I’m pretty excited because all of these products (besides Inglot) were made in Italy, so these are LEGIT!

Another thing: was it necessary for me to buy 3 lipsticks that were almost exactly the same shade? Absolutely.


I swear they’re all different…

The Canadian vs Euros exchange rate is currently at about $1.50. Out of curiousity, if I convert the amount I spent in Euros to CAD, I spent $93.75 on makeup during my vacation. Combined with the haircare and body products I bought while at home, my expenses totalled to $241.75. HOWEVER, none of this counts towards any sort of budget since hair care and body care is not included in my low-buy, and there is also no budget applied to vacation purchases.

September and October are no-buy months for me, so hopefully these purchases will tide me over until the Sephora VIB sale in November!

16 thoughts on “July and August Low-Buy

  1. I’ve not tried Bumble and Bumble products but I always hear good things about them. I’ve been falling in love with higher end hair care lately and it’s a dangerous path to go down on since I tend to do through hair products quickly. 😳

    I’m going to stalk that S&G Sugar Crush scrub… 😮

    And OMG your Kiko purchases!!! ❤ I got a couple of those Water eye shadows from my swap with Joyce – at first glance I thought you got the Taupe shade like I did. The #200 (I just googled it, apparently the shade name is Champagne) – so pretty! The magnetic eye shadow concept is JUST like the ones that MAC released not long ago! I wonder who copied who…

    I hope that Pupa liner works for you! Rexall drugstores here carry Pupa products – not sure if there are any where you are?

    That blush from Wycon Cosmetics!!! 😮 I've never heard of this brand either. So cool to have a souvenir of an Italian makeup brand (as well as Kiko and Pupa).

    Yay taupes! And MLBB lippies! 😉 And super yay for vacation makeup purchases!

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    • High end hair care is EXPENSIVE 😕 and honestly sometimes I can’t tell if it’s making a difference or not.

      YES, MAC was the first thing that I thought of when I saw the magnetic shadows! I think the taupe shade in the water shadow you have could possibly be the one I wanted to buy but they were out of stock on, so she recommended the magnetic one instead. But those water shadows are so affordable – if I hadn’t been feeling so overwhelmed with the amount of shadows I already owned lately, I would have walked away with 10 of them 😝

      I didn’t know Rexall carries PUPA! Although I haven’t been to a Rexall in years because they’re all out of the way for me. Good to know I can (possibly) get more from this brand if I like their stuff!

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    • I wanted to buy ALL of them, especially because they’re so ridiculously affordable!

      Haha! I actually don’t mind the packaging of Pupa, packaging is so subjective anyways. It’s more so that a lot of the palettes I saw mixed powder and cream products together and it was a hot mess. I’m sure they have sets that aren’t like that though!

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      • They are, Kiko is a good affordable brand😊 Haha I think mine are a mix! I don’t like cream products much I just got them because some of the powder eyeshadows looked nice🙈 And the packaging was sweet haha xx


  2. Kiko is fab, we don’t have a store in my home city but when ever we go past one I have to go in! I have the same gossamer lipstick and adore it (I even ended up reswatching it in store and had to double check whether it was the one shade I already had and it was haha!), and the water shadows are fab – be careful though both of mine have broken, they seem to be quite delicate!
    I want to get some of those magnetic ones as I was so tempted by the MAC ones last year but couldn’t bring myself to try for the price, definitely want to give Kiko’s a try though!
    We don’t get Pupa here but I did plan to investigate the brand last year in Milan and I couldn’t see anything I thought was worth the price and thought the packaging was not good (also agree, cheap and kiddy!) so decided to skip!

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    • I’m envious you have easy (ish) access to Kiko! They also ship to the UK, right?
      Hah, what a coincidence you have the same shade in the Gossamer lipstick! That lipstick range looks really good…I couldn’t decide on the shade.
      Thanks for the tip about the water shadows being delicate! I’ll have to make sure to be careful when I use it.
      I wish I bought a magnetic shadow from MAC so that I could do a comparison post! If you want one from Kiko, you might have to get it somewhat soon, since I think it might be limited to their fall collection.
      Glad to know you had similar thoughts to Kiko! Definitely took a bit of sifting around to find a few products that I thought might be worth it.


      • Yes I plan to in going to London in a couple of weeks so will hopefully pick one up!
        I didn’t come across pupa until I was in the airport, so maybe it was a condensed selection but I was just looking at the stuff like nope this is a pass for the price!
        We can get kiko delivered and I have ordered off them once there’s something about the website I don’t like very much so tend to avoid it!

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  3. Oooh you’re gonna love that Kiko pencil brush – I have the same one and I use it all the time. All of their brushes are fantastic quality – at least the ones I’ve tried so far. Those water eyeshadows look so pretty – I’ve played with them in store but never bit the bullet – I’ll be interested to hear how you like them.

    Great haul!

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