Monday, 1 May 2017

Low Buy Report: April 2017

In March, I said I was having trouble with my overall goal of reducing consumption. This is still somewhat true: the more I focus on reduction, the more I obsess over it, the more likely I am going to blow it. With all that in mind, I set out to not limit myself in April. Yes, I kept the remaining portion of my beauty budget in mind, but I tried to not let that dictate if I wanted something or not. And I came up with a few things:
  • I am going to go over my 2017 beauty budget. Yes, that's going to happen. I'm no longer as concerned as I once was for a few reasons: $300 was probably overly ambitious when I'm used to spending much more than that, I can afford it - this was not an exercise meant to deal with financial hardship - and if giving myself a strict budget like this leads to spending too much time thinking about beauty, then I need to readjust (I mean, you should have a budget in general, but this is an artificially low challenge. I don't spend all of my discretionary money on makeup).
  • I'm not permitting myself to exclude items that I purchased with coupons/points from my total anymore, starting next month. That's still consumption and I'm not being honest with myself about that. I say next month, mostly because I don't have the receipts for coupon/points purchases this month.
  • I'm a beauty enthusiast. I'm always going to want New Things. How I choose to deal with it should be in a healthy manner. I need to adjust on that somewhat.
And also this happened, so I have been thinking a lot about my budget lately:

I'm now a car-owning adult, which is still really weird for me. I now pay parking fees! ($6 biweekly at my workplace, which is hilariously low but also just enough annoy everyone.) I now care about gas prices (just kidding, I don't. I've driven about ~450km and still have half a tank of gas from when I left the dealership)! This adorably tiny hatchback seems to get me from point A to point B so far. I'm still not very excited about it, but I'm trying. 

My youngest brother is pretty disappointed that I don't care and that the backseat has no leg room - allegedly, you can fit five people in this car, but I'm pretty skeptical. However, I don't really drive people other than myself around so whatever. Anyone who finds themselves in my backseat will just have to deal with it. There is a truly hilarious picture from the propaganda brochure that shows a hockey bag in the trunk (page 5). Hahahahaha no.

Buying a car is the weirdest fucking consumer experience ever. 

Anyway, we're not here to talk about the bizarre world of cars and dealerships. Back to beauty. I'm going to switch it up and post the boring skincare/haircare/replacements/gifts first. April is a big month for beauty sales, and I definitely took advantage of it.

Please excuse the weird shadows. It's been raining for days and will forever, so I'll try to retake these when it's sunny. 

  • Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash: my current night face wash. It's decent. I like it. 
  • Marcelle Comforting Cleansing Milk: I wanted a lighter cleanser for the morning. This is nice so far - not drying, helps get rid of any residue from my night routine, gentle. Not a huge fan of the fact that the label is rubbing off already.

  • Darling Clandestine perfume oil in Monstre Delicat: my solid lost its potency (and seriously, I am never buying solid perfumes again) so I bought this dram off a friend when she was looking to unload it. Monstre Delicat is one of my favourite scents, and I'm glad to have it again.
  • Make Up For Ever Water Blend foundation in R210: I forgot to take a picture of this, but it's not very interesting. I've been wearing this as my base since November, and I love it. Light-weight, looks great, and is exactly what I want in a foundation. Except the price. 
  • DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Cleansing Serum: a 100 point perk from Sephora that I picked up despite the name looking like they pulled a bunch of beauty buzzwords out of a hat. I have yet to try it, but probably in the next couple of weeks.
  • Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1: I've been wanting to try this for ages, so I grabbed this when it was a 100 point perk. It smells good and adds some texture to my hair when I want it. Good stuff. I don't know if I'll use it enough to buy a full size, though.
Makeup (gifts):
  • Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal: another 100 point perk! That was a really great week for point perks. I'm impressed with the heft and size of this perk. I've been using it with a neutral blush and it works well. 
  • Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam: Auxiliary Beauty very kindly offered to use her Glossier store credit to smuggle me a Cloud Paint. I really like it, even if Glossier annoys me. But this is a great product. I plan to review it this month.
Now for the goods I purchased or got with coupons/points. Prices include tax (15% in my province) where applicable, or have been converted to Canadian dollars. Discounts are reflected where I got them. An asterisk means I didn't actually pay money for it.

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($33.35): I guess this is also a replacement, but there's no way a $29 brow gel is a replacement for a $6 one. It's been a while since I tried this out, and I was curious to see if it was that much better than Maybelline Great Lash in Clear. It is better - it holds my brows much better than Great Lash - but it's not $23 better. I'll use it up and go back to the drugstore.
  • L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Cobalt Blue*: Covergirl Perry Blue wasn't doing it for me. It is a beautiful cobalt blue, which translates to blue tips on my naturally dark lashes. As suspected. Oh well. I still like it. I'd never tried the Voluminous formula before, believe it or not.
  • Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Cherry Symphony ($28.35): I've been wanting one of these for roughly forever, so I picked one up during the Sephora sale. I like it. It's an easy weekend colour. It wears off quickly, like an oil/gloss does, but it's still nice.
  • Maybelline The Loaded Bolds Lip Colour in Smoking Red*: a gorgeous dark red lipstick. It's been a while since I checked out Maybelline's lipsticks, and I've been remiss! I like the formula much more than I expected.
  • Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Liquid Lipstick in Rebel Rose ($7.67): I like Nudist Peach, but wanted a more neutral long lasting lip for day long meetings where I don't get to reapply my lipstick in my office. Which I have several of in the next month. Rebel Rose will fill that role perfectly.
  • Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rock Steady*: I've posted this a bunch on Instagram after using up most of my sample pan of it. I picked it up with some Optimum points, and am so happy to have it.
  • HelloWaffle liquid highlighter in Golden Veil, Howl lipsticks in Fey and Snowberry ($44.21): HelloWaffle had an Easter sale, with a launch of new products and a restock of the Howl lipsticks. I had wanted to pick up Snowberry in January, but it had been out of stock, so I took the opportunity to grab it. Fey was an LE lipstick for the sale, and I also grabbed Golden Veil, since I like the liquid highlighter formula and was looking for a more neutral colour. I'm very pleased with this purchase.
  • Colourpop Blotted Lips in Drip and Bee's Knees*: The Blotted Lips formula is new and seems like a dupe for the Glossier Generation G lipsticks that I can't get my hands on. I don't know if it is, but I love the formula of these. So lightweight and comfortable, with decent pigment and longevity. Damn you for making a product that I love, Colourpop.
Top: Becca Opal, HelloWaffle Golden Veil
Bottom: Glossier Beam, Urban Decay Rock Steady, Howl Snowberry, Howl Fey, Wet n Wild Rebel Rose, Maybelline Smoking Red, Lancôme Cherry Symphony, Colourpop Drip, Colourpop Bee's Knees

  • Arcana perfume oil in Strawberries Crave Pie*: I bought this off a friend (along with Monstre Delicat). This is a beautiful scent. I'm not huge on strawberry pie to eat, but this smells amazing.
Total remaining in beauty budget at beginning of month: $155.73
Total purchased this month: $113.58
Total remaining in beauty budget now: $42.15

This was a spendy month, as expected. I will definitely go over $42 for the rest of the year, though I want to limit this as much as possible. So we'll see. I'm going to be in Edmonton for a conference in a couple of weeks, and I'm dying to go to the West Edmonton Mall. I plan to avoid picking up too much of anything, however, since I'm going to try and keep to a small suitcase (I was going to do carry-on only, but I fly to Halifax for the May long weekend directly from there, so we'll try small checked bag and one carry-on). I really just want to go to a mall and have Starbucks. This is what you become when you live rurally.


  1. Enjoy your time in my city! The mega-mall is epic. They have two Starbucks locations; I've found the one in the Chapters bookshop is less busy than the one by the ice rink. I strongly recommend going on a weekday. The weekends are crazy there.

    1. I will! I'll be there a Tuesday to Friday so it will definitely be a weekday.

  2. Congrats on the car! I love how one day you were just like, "Gonna drive." Then BAM: got license, got car, now can't be stopped. The thing that killed me from that brochure was the repeated danger of the grocery shopping cart. lolol

    1. That was also pretty good. Shopping carts are an uncontrollable danger!!!!

      I still kind of hate driving and car ownership, but I'm enjoying getting more familiar with my still-new home.


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