Monday, 3 September 2018

2018 Reverse Rouge Challenge: July and August

The fourth installment of my Reverse Rouge challenge. Spoiler: I hit the $1000 mark in using up products. Other spoiler: while this has been a great exercise, and I will continue it till the end of the year, I won't be doing it next year since a) I've made headway on reducing my consumption, and b) I mostly use up the same things over and over. I'd rather write about individual rare pans either here or on Instagram. You get it.


  • OGX Coconut Water Conditioner and Coconut Water Shampoo: $16.94 ($8.47 each)
    • I've been emptying these pretty regularly this year, and they're still my favourite drugstore duo. I will say I'm probably going to shake it up in the next couple of months, just because I'm now bored of the coconut water scent. But we'll see.
  • L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray in Unscented (400ml): $10.99
    • One of the few hairsprays I can easily find here that both holds my hair and is unscented, which I need for work. I try to get it on sale, otherwise the price is a joke. I'll continue to repurchase.
  • Drybar On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo (7ml): $0.84
    • Wasn't a huge fan of this sample (I got two washes out of it). The scent is very strong and it didn't do anything special or better than OGX.
  • Drybar on the Rocks Lightweight Replenishing Conditioner (7ml): $0.84
    • Same as the shampoo, it was kind of meh. Wouldn't buy it, but glad I had the satchets for a weekend away.

  • Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion in Cocoa Butter: $5.94
    • I've gotten really lazy about moisturizing my body in the last year (I know, I know). This has been the answer to that, especially in the winter: lather up in the shower, rinse it off, have softer, more hydrated skin. I'll be grabbing it again.
  • Neutrogena Uttra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen in SPF 110: $9.99
    • This is a long-time summer favourite of mine. I know that SPF 110 is kind of silly, but here's the thing: I'm fair and I burn easily. I have never, ever burned while wearing this, even if I don't reapply like I should. Good enough for me.
  • Oh K! Fruit Enriched Peeling Foot Mask: $10.99
    • Picked up another one to freshen up my feet partway through this summer (though paid full price this time).It most definitely works, and I'm really glad to have an accessible option for a good foot mask. I'll continue to purchase this every so often to help my feet lose some of that dead skin.
  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (7.5ml,): $1.78
    • This smelled amazing, and was decently hydrating, but I couldn't wear it every day since it smells so strongly. Too bad.

  • Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream: $21.50
    • I bought this earlier in the year when it was harder to find and the prices were all high. I reordered yesterday, and they're back down to normal. This stuff remains a staple of my skincare routine. Heals, soothes and hydrates. Love it.
  • Nivea Sun Protect Water Milk: $11.66
    • Bought this to try out - while I'm still loyal to my Biore Bright Milk, this was a lovely texture, wore really well on my face, and kept me from getting sun damage while out and about, as well as camping. I'm not the best for determining the intensity of a white cast, but after using it every day, I'm pretty sure it has one, which would make it difficult for darker skin tones to use. Meh.
  •  Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer: $9.99
    • Still loyal to this one! Still fabulous.
  • The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: $9.80
    • Still a staple. Honestly, as my supply dwindles, I've come to realize this is one of my best options for a retinoid, in terms of price and accessibility in rural NB, which is kind of depressing, since I'm not super keen to support Deciem after the shenanigans of the last several months. Feeling conflicted over this for sure.
  • Mysterious sheet mask (one with a baby face on it): $4.49
    • I got this on a whim one weekend in Halifax. I have no idea of the brand or what it was supposed to do. It was kind of a meh mask, but since I view sheet masks as a random splurge and not a frequent thing, it was fun.
  • Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (sample, two gels): $4.13
    • Felt nice, did nothing. Was unimpressed. I wouldn't buy them, but I used the sample on a very hot day, and they did help cool my face down. So yay?
  • Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser: $8.99
    • Still my favourite for a night cleanser. Continuing to repurchase.

  • Glossier Lash Slick: $20
    • It's been a long time since I've been this enthusiastic about a mascara, but guys. This is so good! I love it. If I didn't have a billion mascara minis, I would have already reordered, and honestly, probably will reorder in the coming months. Defines, darkens, makes my lashes look so fluffy...I adore it.
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Clear: $20
    • Still my current favourite, after a year's use. Also very excited that Lash Slick + Boy Brow hit the free shipping tier exactly, which is pretty great.
  • Fyrinnae Oil Control Finishing Powder: $7.20
    • When I needed more oil control, this was lovely, but I don't, and so it's been a little drying and chalky. It's a beautifully milled loose powder, and I recommend it if you need something mattifying. It's not as heavy duty as Shiro's version, but it's pretty good.
  • Milk Kush High Volume Mascara (3ml): $8.70
    • Got this mini as a GWP, and it was garbage. Brush was huge, clumpy as hell, and was the first mascara in a decade to smudge on me. Nope. This isn't a true empty, but I can't pass it on and also it sucks a ton and that needs to be said.
  • Geek Fire Labs lip balm in Mother of Dragons: $6
    • A nice light lip balm in a spicy scent. I liked it. It's not for days that need a blast of moisture, but it is a good day balm. I have a couple of other tubes I'll be happy to use, though I'm not sure right now if I'l repurchase.
Total these two months: $190.77

Total year to date: $1010.59


  1. Hahaha Elnett is definitely one of those things (along with any product from The Body Shop) that you should NEVER pay full price for. Very curious about the Nivea In-Shower Lotion as well - my arms and legs are soooo dry but my commitment to moisturizing is not that great. Also, I am very jealous of your smudge-free mascara life - even when I wear waterproof I get smudges!

    1. It's part of why I never review mascaras because I have no real issues with most of them - I don't have any needs other than "darkens lashes" so most of my comments on mascaras are like "it was fine."

      Definitely give the Nivea In-Shower lotion a go. It was made for lazy people, plus in the winter, I can just jump into warm pyjamas after my shower and my skin is already dealt with.


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