November Low-Buy Part 2

I’m sorry for all the haulage posts lately; I had a huge influx of products in November, so I’m trying to get through all my haul posts right now. I promise this is the last one! This is Part 2 of my November Low-Buy, which includes miscellaneous drugstore buys from early November, in addition to some Black Friday items. You can read Part 1 here! Onto the haul:

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NYX Micro Brow Pencil – $13.99

I almost ran out of my beloved ABH Brow Wiz at the beginning of November, and although I loved it, I thought it wasn’t worth the hefty price tag, so I went online to see if there were any good drugstore dupes. I found that this was a good alternative, and decided to give it a go. I have a comparison post of this product coming up hopefully by the end of the week.

Pixi Glow Tonic – $20

As I said in Part 1 of my low-buy, I’ve been meaning to switch from a physical exfoliant to a chemical exfoliant. I wasn’t really sure if I needed an AHA since the benefits that an AHA is supposed to do for your skin wasn’t really something I needed, but between an AHA and a BHA, AHAs are better suited for my skin type (dry). With that being said, I didn’t want to spend too much money on one just in case it wasn’t something I needed. This is probably an AHA that is most readily accessible (at least that I know of), and it’s not too expensive. I’ve been using it for a month now, but I can’t really tell if it’s doing anything yet.

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer and Blush – $14.99 and $7.49

These products, particularly the bronzer, has been ridiculously hyped up this year. They were both on sale, and although I do not need another bronzer and blush in my collection, I took the discount as an opportunity to see what the fuss was about. I can’t believe how expensive these normally are!

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Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set – $59

As I was saying in Part 1 of my November haul when I purchased the single of these liquid shadows, I had looked EVERYWHERE for the 3-pack of minis they came out with for the holidays, and they were sold out at every place. Fast-forward to the end of November, and I noticed this set of 6 shadows available online at Sephora, so I snatched it up ASAP. I knew the $20 Sephora coupon was coming up and part of me wanted to wait for it, but I was afraid it would be sold out by then, so I bought the set without a discount. Since purchasing it, I’ve kept looking on the Sephora website to see if it has sold out already – my way of justifying the fact that I picked it up at full price, you know? It’s still available right now, but NO REGRETS. I spent so much time looking for the other set that I feel okay about buying this one at full price.

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Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub – $10

I think I will be finished my current Popcorn lip scrub by the end of the year, so I picked this one up as backup while I was at the mall on Black Friday. It was perfect timing since I’ve been wanting to try this flavour for a while and it’s only available during the holidays. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on sale but it was something I needed to replace, so I just bit the bullet. Also, when did these become $10?! I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure when I bought a Lush lip scrub last year, it was only $7.

Zoya Nail Polishes – $28.17

Although I had originally wanted to pick up some ILNP polishes during the Black Friday sale, I ended up going with Zoya instead because they had a 50% off deal. Can you believe I don’t actually own any Zoya polishes? The shades I chose were Reece, Tinsley, and Blaze. I haven’t had a sparkly red polish in my collection for a few years, so I’m excited to wear Blaze for the holidays!

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Samples

I guess the one saving grace when I bought the Glitter & Glow liquid shadow set was that the beauty deal at the time was getting a cosmetic bag full of samples. It’s no $20 off, but it’s better than nothing! I don’t have much use for the cosmetic bag, but I’m abnormally excited about a lot of these samples, including the Touch in Sol No Pore Blem Primer, the Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream, the Erborian Glow Creme, the Soy Fresh Cleanser, and The Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula luxury facial oil.

In total, I spent $400.84 on my November beauty purchases. O-M-G! That is actually frightening that I can spend that much on beauty products in a month. For my low-buy, I only include makeup purchases and do not include skincare or replacement items, both of which I tend to buy only when I need it. Calculating it this way, only $152.85 out of the $400.84 was applicable to my low-buy. My budget for November was $166, which means that I came under my budget by $14. I’m rather surprised, as I thought I might have gone over! It still doesn’t change the fact that I spent $400 in a month, but I suppose I spend nothing in other months so it all evens out.

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26 thoughts on “November Low-Buy Part 2

  1. I’ve been dying to try the PH bronzer and blushes too but I agree with you – their prices are ridiculous! Superstore seems to put them on sale fairly regularly but even when they are on sale, they still seem stupid expensive. Same goes for Pixi Beauty though – and their stuff never goes on sale! I eyed up that glow tonic but I didn’t like some of the ingredients in it (fragrance & colour). If you like glycolic acid I’d recommend Neostrata’s Glycolic Renewal line – it’s amazing! The Ordinary also has a Glycolic Acid toner that I’m dying to try and it’s only $9!

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    • Yes, I got both the blush and bronzer from Superstore! You’re right, Pixi Beauty never goes on sale and their stuff is expensive for drugstore products. I think if you don’t like fragrance, you probably won’t like the Glow Tonic, because it smells grandma-ish. I think when I finish the Glow Tonic, I might make an order from The Ordinary! Will also have to remember the Neostrata one too – you can get that brand at Shoppers, right? Thanks for the recommendations!

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  2. Let me know how you get on with the NYX brow product! (Although I shall wait for your comparison post) 🙂 I personally didn’t have a good first impression with the NYX…the pigment just rubbed off on both my brows but I need to test it again.

    The Stila set looks super pretty! I need to try more of the brand. All I have is their eyeshadow palette which I really enjoy.

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    • That’s so weird that the NYX pencil rubbed off on you! Have you tried the ABH one? Spoiler alert on my comparison post, but I found their formulas to be VERY similar.

      I haven’t branched out too much into Stila products either! All I’ve tried other than the liquid shadows is their liquid liner.

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      • No I haven’t tried the ABH one although I heard that they’re dupes, so I have nothing to compare it to. I’m not sure if I’m bothered to try the ABH brow products either, just cos I’m satisfied with what I’m using at the moment! (Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo if you’re wondering.)

        Yeah, I was really disappointed, and also a bit mad that I had probably been walking around with messy eyebrows haha. I shall have to try it again and maybe monitor it every few hours.

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        • Oooh, I’d love to get my hands on some Korean brow products, I’ve heard some good things about a few of them!

          I just find it so weird that it went all over the place for you! The texture is pretty waxy, you think it would be hard to budge. What a bummer!

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  3. Anyone who pays full price for Physician’s Formula products are FOOLS. I swear they jack up their prices just to have sales! Have you had the chance to try the bronzer yet? I like the effect it gives but I find the scent to be REALLY overpowering.
    Yay for the Stila Eye for Elegance Liquid Eye Shadow Set! ❤ Who cares if it's not sold out, you secured yours. 😉
    I have a tinge of regret over getting the MAC lip scrubs, I should have just gotting another LUSH one, or even DIY one. But ah well… I will maybe hack it, like I mentioned. 😛
    WHAT? You don't own Zoya nail polishes yet you bought me one?! Hahahaa silly. I hope you'll like them!
    That's a nice bunch of sample goody bag you got! I've always wanted to use one of those codes but I hate how you can't stack the codes on Sephora.

    Hehehehe I just calculated my November damage and I'm not too far off… (and that’s me already removing the replenishment items! Hmm maybe I should do the grand TOTAL and then subtract – do you care to know LOL)

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    • Hah you’re right, PH probably does jack up their prices! I haven’t tried the bronzer yet ( let’s be honest, it will likely sit unused for 6 months to a year 😂) but it’s disappointing to hear that you think the scent is overwhelming! I don’t mind scented makeup, as long as it doesn’t smell after it’s applied.

      LOL I’ve only borrowed Zoya from a friend before but yes, I’ve never actually owned one! I just remember seeing the colour and thinking you would like it.

      I do think that the MAC scrubs have better scents (not a huge fan of the permanent scents from Lush) – kind of annoying you have to semi-DIY it though!

      Ugh, YES it sucks that you can’t stack coupon codes at Sephora! I suppose if you can’t get a discount, then a bagful of samples is not a terrible consolation prize.

      Hey, go you for not being too far off your budget! Haha it would actually be kind of interesting to see how much you spent in total on beauty..like I was surprised that my low-buy accounted for less than half of my total spending 😲

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  4. I was one of the lucky people who snatched up the 3-pack of the stila magnificent metals. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m excited to! I’m also curious about that bigger set, and might get it since it has that smoother shimmer formula in it too… Love your pictures!

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  5. I think your November purchases were justified, after all there was the Sephora sale and then black friday!. How can you say no to black friday!? I love your Christmas ornaments, they’re so pretty!
    I just got to try ABH brow wiz for the first time and I’m in love!! I wish it wasn’t so expensive, that Nyx dupe is pretty good though.

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