September & October No-Buy

Today’s post is a combined September and October no-buy. Both months were no-buy months, and while I was quite successful in avoiding any purchases in September, you can tell from the featured image that October was a completely different story. Sephora has been doing their Week of Wow sales where a different selection of products are discounted at ~50% every week, and let’s just say that I have had a really, really difficult time resisting them.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks in Kathryn and Dusty Rose – $16 each

I have said before that I am not a liquid lipstick girl, but since I had a pretty good experience with the Tarte Lip Paints, I wanted to try a few more liquid lipstick formulas out. ABH’s liquid lipsticks were part of the Week of Wow sales at the beginning of the month, so I took the discounted price (originally $26 each) as an opportunity to test out a few from the brand. The Sephora near my work doesn’t carry these, and while I almost always buy lipsticks in stores so that I can swatch them on my hand and see the colour in person, I took a chance and bought these online. Luckily, both colours look pretty flattering on me, although Kathryn is more red-toned than I had anticipated. Despite the name, Dusty Rose is pretty bright – I see it more as a summer colour than a fall shade. I’ve only worn these a few times so I can’t give a definitive answer just yet, but I’m not entirely sure I’m convinced that I can ever be a liquid lipstick girl.


Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight and Contour Palette – $29

A contour kit is definitely not necessary in my makeup collection, but the Week of Wow sale sucked me in. The Tarteist Pro Glow palettes have piqued my interest a bit since they came out, but because I already own so many highlighters and have more than are higher on my wish list, I don’t think I ever would have bought this, or I would have gone for the Pro Glow to Go palette, which has two highlights and a contour shade for $30 regular price. However, they were selling this Pro Glow palette for the same price as the Pro Glow to Go, when it normally retails for $59! I did recently hit pan on my contour powder (!!!), so maybe this purchase is justified? At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. The bottom left contour shade is a cream product, and I hate palettes that mix powders with creams…so we’ll see how that works out.


BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Highlighter in Moonstone – $23

To be honest, I didn’t even know Becca had these cream highlighters until I saw them as part of the Week of Wow sales. The Poured range offers the same shades as their Pressed highlighters and the Liquid highlighters, just in cream form. I I looked at the website the morning the Week of Wow sale went up, and all the shades were already sold out. Do people stalk the Sephora website night and day?? At lunchtime, I went to check the Sephora near my work, and they still had all of the shades except Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. I was most interested in Champagne Pop, but since it wasn’t available, I purchased Moonstone instead. This is probably not a product I ever would have bought under normal circumstances, but these sell for $46 and were on sale for $23, and this girl can’t resist a discounted highlighter. PS – the compact looks like this because it came with a protective film on top of the cream highlighter, and some of the highlighter came off when I peeled the film off – boo!



Laura Mercier Little Indulgences Hand & Body Creme – $45

Out of all of the products in my haul, this was the only one that I actually needed and wasn’t on sale. I ran out of hand cream months ago and have just been walking around with dry hands since. I wanted to try something new, and I decided on these Laura Mercier hand creams even though they’re quite pricey. Each tube costs $11.25, and they’re only 30 mL each – that’s to be expected from a brand like Laura Mercier. They’re very luxurious, and the size is quite perfect for handbags or my desk at work. I’ve only used the Creme Brulee and Almond Coconut Milk scents so far, but they smell so yummy without being too sweet and cloying.



As always, my Sephora orders came with a bunch of samples – I’ve discovered so many good products through samples, so hopefully some of these will be good!

Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment

I’m almost done with my current eye cream, so I’m looking for a new one to replace it. I’ve been kind of curious about Tarte skincare, so I’m interested to see how this is going to perform.

Caudalie Vine(activ) Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

I picked this as a sample because my husband wanted it, haha! He’s using it right now which is why it’s not in the picture!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

I’ve never really been into hair products – besides using shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in conditioner, I typically let my hair do its own thing. However, I’m all for having smooth, conditioned hair, so I’m looking forward to trying this out.

Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment

I’ve owned a full size of this mask and it was a pretty good charcoal mask, so I’m excited to get to use this again.

Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne

Look how fancy this SAMPLE is – it even came in a Jo Malone bag with black tissue paper inside. I really wanted to like this perfume because it’s Jo Malone…but I really don’t. It reminds me of Chanel No. 5, aka grandma perfume. My mom had a small bottle of it when I was growing up; it was a gift from someone and even she never wore it. Maybe we’re just not sophisticated enough, haha.

So, how did I do on my no-buy? In total, I spent $129 this month on beauty products, $84 of which was on makeup. That is a LOT more than I had expected – so much for doing a no-buy! If I had carried over the unused amounts of my low-buy from previous months, I think I would have been covered, but I decided to challenge myself instead and didn’t allow myself any wiggle room on my no-buy months. For most of 2017, I’ve been really uninterested in makeup, and suddenly my love for it feels like it has come back tenfold, making it really hard to resist buying anything!

I allocated $250 for November beauty purchases; taking $84 away from this, I have $166 left to spend next month. I can already tell that I will fail miserably at it, considering I have an ever-growing list of things I want to buy…but who knows, maybe I will surprise myself!



15 thoughts on “September & October No-Buy

  1. I’ve been so out of the loop, I really don’t know much about the Sephora Week of Wows. I guess ignorance is bliss in this case? I bought nothing but SOAP in October, ha! 😆
    But, if you’re going to break your no-buy, why not with such amazing discounts? At $16 for those ABH liquid lipsticks, it’s almost drugstore prices! Is the formula comfortable to wear?
    So funny you got yet MORE highlighting products! You’re set for life, girl!
    The LM hand cream are perfect for the purse – definitely an essential. 😉 Which one is your favourite scent?
    Too bad about the smell of the Jo Malone English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne sample – it is so darling looking though!
    $166 left to cover both Sephora VIB sale AND Black Friday – well, you can give it your best shot! November is just TOMORROW – yay! I’m taking Black Friday off work this year to go shopping, that’s how serious I’m taking it this year. XD

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    • Ignorance really is bliss when it comes to sales! I feel like a lot of the things in the sale are “interesting, but I wouldn’t buy full price” items, so the discounted price totally got to me. The ABH lipsticks aren’t too drying, but you know – still a liquid lipstick at the end of the day. I found that it’s not as long-wearing as the Tarte lip paint though.
      I’ve only tried two out of the four, but Crème Brulee is my favourite so far!
      Jo Malone really goes all out with the packaging, that’s for sure!
      SO excited for all of the shopping opportunities in November! Hehe, I’m taking Black Friday off to go shopping too! Great shoppers think alike XD What are you thinking of hitting up this year?

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      • I’m in the market for short ankle booties and casual runners to wear on the weekends – so shoes, mostly. I always go to the Eaton Centre first thing in the morning to see what early bird deals they have.
        I’ll definitely be staking out at Sephora for the sets (although the lure of them have waned somewhat based on the fact that in recent years they always have so many left over). I’ll likely hit up Nordstrom too – last year they had some good beauty deals. Face Shop always has offers too. And don’t forget all the online deals… ahhh, so exciting!
        What about you? 🙂


  2. I felt the same – I was so uninterested in anything new for months and then out of nowhere it came back tenfold! To preserve my budget I am adding things to wishlists for any upcoming holiday gifts my BF wants to get me haha!

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    • I guess we just all go in phases where we’re either completely uninterested in new releases, or going crazy over new releases! haha. That’s a great idea to add the stuff you want onto your holiday wish list!


  3. You’re making me feel like I should do a no-buy next year, if only to track how much money I’m spending every month on beauty products. I want to know but I don’t want to know….guaranteed it’s way more than I think it is. I usually go in spurts though, sometimes I buy a lot of stuff, sometimes nothing.

    I’ve really been trying to avoid the Sephora website because of those weekly wow sales – they really have some good deals! lol’d at your comment about the liquid lipsticks – I’m not sure I’m ever going to be a fan either. Pretty colors though!

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    • I go in spurts too. I think it’s a good idea to at least track your spending, or go on a low-buy instead of a no-buy. It really makes you realize what your shopping habits are like, haha!

      Darn, you have so much willpower. I’ve definitely been going on the Sephora website MORE because of the Weekly Wow sales 😦


  4. The week of Wow deals are so hard to resist! I was really disappointed that the Becca highlighters were all sold out when I noticed they were on sale. I hope you love your purchases, those hand creams look wonderful!
    I really like the Caudalie Vine[activ] eye cream!

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    • The Week of Wow sales really ARE hard to resist! Especially considering Sephora rarely has sales. I was disappointed that the highlighters were sold out online too – I got one but it wasn’t the shade I had my eye on. I can’t believe they are gone that quickly!
      Yes, I noticed you brought the Caudalie eye cream with you on your trip! I don’t even know if my husband is using it – I should steal it back from him if he’s not lol.


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