Anyway, on a Wednesday where I walked around in a kind of shell-shocked haze, I came home to my Sephora order from the VIB Rouge sale. I'm somewhat embarrassed to be Rouge and have been all year, because that is so much money. Some of it was accrued from buying things for American friends (all those Bite Canada exclusives) and I transferred a lot of my skincare buying to Sephora last year, and I usually clean up in gift cards, and the Canadian beauty prices means you actually get to Rouge faster in Canada, but all of these aside, it was not great, and part of my drive to be more mindful about spending this year. I am happy to say that I'm not going to come close to hitting Rouge this year, and frankly don't want to. The perks of Rouge have been much maligned all over the beauty corner of the internet, but I'll say it again: there is literally no point to VIB Rouge in Canada and honestly I'd rather they did nothing for that level of spending than half-ass it. I usually don't care too much about rewards programs at places I'm going to shop anyway, but after 11 months of Rouge, I got exactly one code that was worth it. The free shipping is nice, but since the free shipping threshold was lowered from $75 to $50 when Sephora opened their Canadian warehouse this year, I probably won't miss it that much. Whatever, Rouge, VIB is more than sufficient for my needs.
The arrival of my order could not have been more well-timed. It was like Canada Post knew I needed to lose myself in swatching new things that day - and also, knowing that my order was there helped me talk myself out of stress shopping. Another vice I've worked to buck. So far, still strong.
I used the sale to do three things: pick up some things I wanted to try, replace a staple, and finally pick up some things I've been obsessing over for months. Yes, I did finally buy Bite Squid Ink and it is as magical as I thought it was the first time I swatched it in March. I have yet to figure out where to wear it in small-town northern New Brunswick, but I have it, so that's half the battle. It's so beautiful. I can't stop looking at it. And putting it on to finish my Gilmore Girls marathon every night after work.
LOOK AT IT
Left Mauvember 2016, right Mauvember 2015
Left 2016, right 2015
2016 on my face.
Mauvember 2016 is slightly warmer and redder than last year's version, and I do find it more flattering on me. Less zombie, more interesting.
The Gold/Sour Cherry duo is probably the most impulsive of this purchase - I kept dithering over this one and the Bronze/Pepper duo, and ultimately decided that I reallllly wanted the gold. Plus, I don't actually own a true red lipstick (madness, I know). I'm very pleased with my choice. Wearing them together means I do end up having to wipe off the gold, but it's pretty and also how much am I going to wear a sparkly gold lipstick, either by itself or over another? Exactly. I think these duos are the perfect size for playing with a colour like that.
L-R: Sour Cherry, Gold
Sour Cherry + Gold. The gold is easier to see in person, but it mainly catches the light.
I really like the MUFE Water Blend, which is kind of unfortunate because it's pricey, but I was looking for something that was very lightweight and it reminds me of my beloved discontinued Maybelline Pure foundation, except better. I will probably finish off my Missha BB cream, which has been feeling a little heavy lately and switch over to this. It does have a really weird cucumber melon scent. It dissipates quickly and doesn't seem to irritate my skin, but it's weird.
This stuff is so sheer that a sloppy swatch is as good as it gets. I'm also wearing it in all of the swatch pictures on my face.
I swear Mood Exposure is on my cheeks here. It's a beautiful plummy nude.
The more I wear Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the more it grows on me.
I'm happy with all of these. I've owned them for a few days now and tried them all at least once - and actually tried, not just swatched. This is probably my most successful Sephora order yet. Who knew that careful planning and research would work out so well?
...okay, I'm done being obnoxious.
The size of this haul brings me to my next point: after it, I intended to go on an ill-defined no buy, which I promptly broke on Saturday since I was in Halifax and therefore near a Lush and wouldn't have to pay shipping (in case I hadn't emphasized the backwater remoteness of my current home, the closest Lush is a four hour drive. The closest Starbucks is an hour and a half). And I know better than to say something and then not plan it out because then I don't stick to my plan. I'm currently playing around with a few ideas for my 2017 low-buy, and have almost settled on one. I need to work out some details before committing. But I do know, while I am pleased with this order and how it went, I'm ready to pare down my spending even more and only make purchases that are this well-crafted.
And that end of the year/pre-Christmas no-buy starts now. Really.