Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Low Buy Report: February 2017

February was kind of a terrible month, but the nice thing about it is that it's short, and we survived. And for all of the awfulness of this particular February, a few really amazing things happened:

  • found out I'm going to be an aunt later this year! Inspiration to cut back on lipsticks and start shopping for tiny shoes and board books.
  • I finally got my driver's license. Inspiration to cut back on highlighters, because while I've proven you can live in my small, rural home without a car, it's kind of impractical long term.
  • I took the plunge and cut off all of my hair after thinking about it for a really long time. And I love it. Inspiration to...spend less on shampoo?

The bad thing that is beauty related is that I didn't heed my own words about spending less of my beauty budget in February, and so will have to be more mindful. The better thing is that I haven't bought a thing in three weeks. 

I also benefited from a well-timed gift card for Sephora, which I used to pick up the newest Becca highlighter. 

The same info as last month: Product prices are in CAD, with tax added as applicable (in my province, 15%). I've converted to CAD when needed. And a note on shipping: when I've purchased items with replacements, I haven't included the cost of shipping with the new 

New Items

  • Fyrinnae liquid eyeliner in Sharp Enough ($8.44)
  • Arcana perfume oil in Fezziwig ($28.75)
  • Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Nudist Peach ($6.55)
  • Wet n Wild Colour Icon Rainbow Highlighter ($7.98)
Total remaining in beauty budget at beginning of month: $234.45
Total purchased this month: $51.72
Total remaining in beauty budget now: $182.73

L-R: Rainbow highlighter, Sharp Enough, Nudist Peach

While I don't normally like liquid liners, I've been eyeing Fyrinnae's since they came out. The colours are stunning. So when it came time to make an order for some staples from Fyrinnae, I tossed Sharp Enough into my cart. It's such a beautiful metallic purple. I've only worn it a couple of times, and it seems to hold up well, but the brush that comes with it sucks. I'm probably going to have to use a separate liner brush to put it on, which sucks.

Arcana Fezziwig is described as "Spiced gingerbread, honey, treacle, raspberry ale, warm cardamom, sweet benzoin and aged vetiver." I've had my eye on it since it came back as a limited run this Christmas, and for some reason was feeling Christmassy long after it ended, so I ordered it when buying another staple (Villainess Whipped!) from Pretty Indulgent. It's a very warm, cozy scent. I was a little worried about the honey since honey always goes ridiculously powdery on me, but it's just nice and warm.

I went in with a friend (hi @eyelined) when Wet n Wild had free shipping to Canada when spending $40US. We wanted to scoop up some things not available in Canada, and get some Liquid Catsuits while they were still in their way here (now popping up in Canadian stores, yay!). While I typically don't like liquid lipsticks, there's been a ton of hype, and for less than $10, I'll play. As far as liquid lipsticks go, this one was decent. It didn't suck the life out of my lips, I like Nudist Peach on me, and so far I think it was a good impulse. The rainbow highlighter is totally a gimmick, from the rainbow highlighter craze last year, but I like it all the same. The rainbow part is only visible if you pack it on or finger swatch, as in this photo. Otherwise, it's just silvery shimmer once blended out on my face with a brush. Very pretty.


  • Fyrinnae Powder Primer
  • Fyrinnae Finishing Powder
  • Villainess Whipped! in Krakatoa
These aren't all that exciting. I finally got through my lotion stash and picked up Krakatoa for the (hopefully) coming spring. I've tired of trying new lotions and plan to stick to the few I really like. Whipped! is great for not-winter. The powder primer is a staple in my routine, and I've decided to trade out my beloved Shiro finishing powder since I no longer need or want to be as matte as it makes me.


  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Prismatic Amethyst

I was drawn to Prismatic Amethyst the moment I saw it. I have and love Colourpop Monster, which is a beautiful opalescent pink, but it's probably going to dry up pretty soon. Prismatic Amethyst is along similar lines, just a little cooler and ever so slightly purple. It doesn't make me think of an amethyst, really, but it is a beautiful highlight.

And that's it. That's how February came out. Onward to the idea of spring!


  1. Congrats on the good news and the license! And your haircut looks great. Short hair suits you.

    I had no idea Becca had a new highlighter! That's the type of ethereal colour that I'm drawn to. Another one for the "maybe" list.

    1. Thanks! I think short hair suits me much more than longer hair, but shorter hair much more upkeep (for me, anyway).

      I happened upon it and when looking for swatches, found out it was brand new. I've been wearing it a ton.

  2. Prismatic Amethyst is so pretty. I'm keeping my eye out for Wet n Wild's new highlighter in The Sweetest Bling (cringe), which looks like a similar mauvey pink, but I don't have much faith that I'll ever find it. And let me say again, that haircut is amazing on you!

    1. Thank you! I'm really liking it, though my neck is cold. I never listen to my own advice about delaying the big chop till spring.

      That name is bad, but it sounds like it will fill a similar niche. Wet n Wild's Canadian offerings are so sporadic, though.


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