Sunday, 6 January 2019

2018 Reverse Rouge Challenge: November and December

YAY we made it! Now I can stop hoarding boring garbage in my bathroom cabinet. I've already said I've learned that my empties are pretty boring from this exercise, but also, I use a lot of products. I was admittedly trying to use things up, but I also definitely need to quit my random face mask splurge, because it produces a lot of trash and isn't super cost effective. I can enjoy my clay masks (like Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, my one true clay mask love) and DIY honey masks, which are generally more effective and a little tiny bit kinder to the environment. 

And of course, unsurprisingly, I don't use up a lot of makeup. It's good to have that reaffirmed, particularly as I go into 2019 where I'm trying to reduce my spending significantly, and look more critically at my makeup collection.


  • L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray in Sublime Sleek (400ml): $10.99
    • I bought this by accident at the beginning of the year instead of the unscented. This has a crazy strong rose scent, which makes it way not work-friendly. I've been using it on the weekends in order to use it up. I also don't notice anything obviously different about it over the unscented. Obviously I will not be repurchasing because no one needs a separate weekend hairspray.

  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion WetForce Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+: $20
    • This actually retails for $49 but I know I paid $20 for it, as I bought it from Liz in a blog sale from her Reductionista days.'s expired now. I have probably one application left of it, but nah. Not chancing it. I used this as a body sunscreen, and quite liked it - non-greasy, lightweight, etc. but it's definitely not $49 worth of liking. If I could get it for $20 again, definitely. 

Missing is the Biore Bright Milk for undetermined reasons.
  • Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel in Creamy: $9.99
    • I tried this as my morning cleanser, and I liked it well enough, but I think next time I grab a Marcelle cleanser, it'll be the cleansing milk again. Which was just better. This was completely serviceable, and the gel was much closer to a cream, but it wasn't as good as the cleansing milk.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser: $8.99
    • I feel like I wen through this tube pretty fast, but whatever. Still works.
  • Pixi Glow Tonic (250ml): $33
    • Still a staple, but am using up one of my mini bottles before repurchasing this size. Soon, though.
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple Micellar Cleansing Water (30ml): $4.35
    • I can't remember if I got this as a sample from Sephora or Beauty Boutique, but I remember thinking it was very generous. Probably Sephora, because Beauty Boutique always gives great samples. I used this for removing swatches from my hand/arm, because I have been burned too many times by micellar waters that aren't Bioderma.
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (100ml): $7.70
    • I think this tube went through some temperature swing or I had it a very long time, because it felt like the moisturizer had separated a little, but whatever, it still worked. 
  • Mizon Snail Rcovery Gel Cream: $17
    • Snails! I love this but might try out the CosRX snail mucin again because it's cheaper. We'll see.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer: $9.99
    • Still my favourite, but I'm not sure it's quite enough right now. I may boost it with something I already have around here.
  • Biore Bright Milk: $11.27
    • My favouite sunscreen still. My sources dried up during the Canada Post strike, so I'm making do with others but will make a bulk order of this once those dwindle.
  • Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: $27
    • I just professed my love for this above, so that still stands. I've since repurchased my third tub. 
  • Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Hydro Mask: $15
    • Got this as a treat yo'self thing in my fall sale order from Sephora. The good: it's cool, the mask temporarily reduced all redness in my face, and it was fun to mix. The bad: it wasted a ton of product because my face is small and the mixture can't be saved for later, and it was $15. I've wanted to try one of these for years, and am glad I got it out of my system.
  • Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Jelly Sheet MasK: $11
    • This mask fit my face better than all other sheet masks and hydrogel masks ever. It was fun and made my skin glow for about a day. It's $11! Yikes. I might spring for one in the future, but it's a once a year kind of deal. 
  • It's Skin Avocado High Nutrition Sheet Mask: $2.99
    • My other Miniso sheet mask. It was fine. Kind of unremarkable, so wouldn't repurchase.
  • The Creme Shop Hello Kitty Tea Time Sheet Mask in Black Tea and Collagen: $2.66
    • I got this in a 3-pack at Winners. It was nice enough, but again I can't think of anything mind-blowing. I'll use the others but won't repurchase.
  • Tony Moly I'm Real Seaweed Skin Purifying Sheet Mask: $0.79
    • I found a 10-pack of these at Winners for $7.99. Score! At least, I'm stocked for sheet masks for a while and can wean myself off of them. This is nothing special but it feels nice, the end.
  • The Face Shop Real Nature Calendula Sheet Mask: $2.99
    • The Face Shop is now being sold at Shoppers/Beauty Boutique online, if not in store yet, and I'm here for this expansion of brands there because points. I picked up this Calendula one and the Avocado one. I really loved this mask. It's soothing and healing, and my skin was a little angry prior but noticeably better afterward, and in the days that followed.

  • Mountain Madness Lip Scrub in Peach & Coconut Milk: $8.35
    • I love this very fine grain lip scrub, but as you can see, the jar is a little mangled from me trying to melt it in the microwave to get rid of an air bubble. I would buy it again, but they ship from the US and their fees are high. But I may get it again if I can't find a similarly fine one somewhere else.
  • Farmacy Honey Butter Lip Balm: $13
    • An expensive, unremarkable lip balm that didn't do much hydrating. I used it to remove liquid lipsticks mainly, and occasionally attempted to use it as a hydrator. Would not repurchase.
  • Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Deep Brown: $9.99
    • Still my favourite liquid liner. Such a fine line and stays put.
  • Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape (mini): $15
    • I love this formula, so of course it's discontinued. I've had this mini for two years, and when I went to use it recently, it smelled off. Unsurprising, but a bummer, since they're hard to find and anything would be definitely expired. I love the glowy, natural flush these give. I feel like they would be having a moment right now if they were still a thing.
  • NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (mini, 2.8g): $13.20
    • This is so old that it predates there being multiple colours of this primer. It is unbelievably ancient, and what is left is officially dried out. I did love this primer once upon a time, but I don't use eyeshadow enough anymore. I've replaced it with a Milani eye primer.
Total these two months: $255.25

Total this year: $1410.41

I'll probably continue posting some interesting empties on Instagram, and may eventually make an empties post on here again, but for now, I'm glad to shake up my writing again and try something new.

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