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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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SAMPLES:

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!

 

 

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Review: Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Today’s post is a review of the Becca Backlight Priming Filter, which came into my collection in June. I’ve been wearing it quite regularly for a month and a half now, and today I thought I would share my experience with you.

As I had mentioned in my haul, everyone made such a fuss about this primer when it first came out, but I had always been hesitant to purchase it because it seemed quite shimmery every time I had swatched it in stores. However, a friend of mine raved about how good this primer was, and I figured if a girl who’s not really into makeup makes the effort to point out a particular product, then it must be good. Plus Becca as a brand dominates the highlight game, so I was excited to try this out myself.

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May & June Low-Buy

After a two-month hiatus, I’m back, kind of. The wedding has come and gone, so we are no longer doing wedding-related tasks every moment of our waking day that is not spent at work. Hooray! However, I’m still going through some personal things and my life feels a little off-kilter right now , but I’m going to try dip my toes back into blogging. It might mean two posts a month, it might mean one a week, or maybe I’ll be able to post twice a week – regardless, I’m just looking forward to getting back into it again.

My first post back is my May and June low-buy. I skipped my May post since I was on a break, so today is going to be a combined May and June low-buy post. May was a no-buy month for me, and I actually did stick to my no-buy. Pat on the back for me! However, I thought I had pretty much lost my mojo in June because I felt like I kept spending with no regard to my low-buy budget – I didn’t even know what my budget was. I don’t know what had gotten into me in June – I blame the fact that it was a stressful month for me, okay? 😛

Here are all the items I bought in June:

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March Low-Buy and Anti-Haul

At the beginning of 2017, I set March to be a no-buy month for me. I thought this would be really hard after doing a no-buy in February, but we’ve been too busy for me to even worry about shopping for makeup, so it hasn’t really been an issue! Although it’s not quite the end of the month, I’m 100% sure I’m not going to buy anything in the last three days, which means I was able to stay true to my no-buy! *throws confetti* Since the lack of purchases makes my March no-buy post pretty much non-existent, I thought today I would stick with the theme of not buying anything and do an Anti-Haul post. The idea of the anti-haul is sharing popular beauty products that I will NOT be buying! This does not mean that any of these products are bad or poor-performing at all – they just don’t interest me enough to purchase.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst – $46

This one might be a little controversial because of all the hype surrounding this. I really love the quality of Becca highlighters, and this one actually looks gorgeous. However, I’m not sure I’m into the lavender highlighter trend as of late. It would be a stunning shade for people with fair, cool-toned skin, but this would look so off on me!

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Best of the Best: 2016 Favourites

Although we’re already into the middle of January, today’s post is on my favourite products of 2016. This post focuses on my favourites in each makeup category, although there are a few categories that I did not include because I either did not try anything new in that category, or I didn’t find anything I loved during the year. A few of these products you will have also seen in my two bi-annual favourites posts.

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FACE PRODUCTS

Foundation Primer: Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer

I discovered this primer in early 2016, and although I’ve only used up sample after sample of this primer, I’ve fallen in love with it. It goes onto the skin feeling like a moisturizer, and applies smoothly without giving that typical silicone feeling that a lot of primers do. It feels very hydrating on my dry skin, and I’m really glad I still have a few tubes of samples left of this before I need to start purchasing it!

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Makeup in My Gym Bag

For the past month and a half, I’ve been going to the gym before work with a coworker. We have a pretty good collection of gym equipment in our basement, so I’ve always worked out at home (errr…on and off), but my coworker has been trying to get me to go to the gym with her since last year, and she finally succeeded. Girl deserves a round of applause – I’ve had friends try to convince me for years!

Even though I try to do a 25-30 minute workout in the mornings, I only get up 10 minutes earlier than the days I don’t go to the gym…it’s already a struggle knowing I have to get up and haul my lazy butt to the gym, I’m sure as heck not waking up at 5:30am to go! This means I have to cut into my getting-ready time instead. Today I thought I’d share with you the beauty products I take with me to give me a quick work-ready look.

My goal for getting ready after the gym is to make myself look awake and polished enough for work. In terms of makeup, there are five basic things I do: Brows, lashes, concealing, blush, and setting powder. 90% of the time, I do have a few extra minutes to apply eye shadow as well, although I’ve run out of time to do that a couple of mornings. My post-workout beauty routine may seem excessive compared to most girls, but it’s just what I’m used to – I’ve noticed most girls in the changing room spend 75% of their time on their hair and 25% of their time on their face, whereas I’m the other way around!

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Engagement Shoot Makeup Look

I have mostly either been doing makeup posts or wedding posts, but today’s post is both of these topics combined! We just had our engagement shoot this past Sunday. Since we got engaged by the water, we wanted to reflect that and decided to do the shoot at a lake in the Rocky Mountains.

A few months ago, our wedding photographer asked us if we were okay doing the shoot at 6 in the morning on a Sunday, since apparently the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset is considered “golden hour” for photography. Without thinking, we said, “Yeah, sure, whatever makes the photos look the most flattering!” We are both morning people, but when it actually came down to it the morning of, it was a little tough. Since we had to be at the lake by 6 am and the drive out there is roughly an hour and a half, I couldn’t get my hair and makeup done that morning since no one would be available to do for me at 3:00am (lol). With hair, I needed serious help as I am completely useless with doing my own hair. I got my hair done Saturday afternoon and basically tried to not sleep on it that night.

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