Tuesday, 27 February 2018

2018 Reverse Rouge Challenge: January and February

Alternate title: stop buying so much lipstick, you never use up any tubes ever, you delusional nut. 

I was hesitating about recording this on my Instagram or the blog, but I decided to go ahead with it. A few friends and I decided to do a Reverse Rouge challenge: we got the idea from Reddit's Makeup Rehab and decided to try it ourselves this year. It's been a while since I tracked my empties in any meaningful way, but I was curious about how much I could use up this year and what I spent on it (sorta - if I don't remember what I paid for it at the time, I've been using the current retail price). We're all doing it in a slightly different way, and I'm doing the most basic form: simply counting the price totals on items that I've used up. I'm also being vague with what I'm counting as beauty products: basically, if I feel like it belongs when I finish it up, it goes in my basket to tally up at the end of the month. I've not typically counted certain categories in the past, like shampoo or conditioner, but have counted things like hair spray and hair oil (basically hair products make me waffle). Though generally, if it's something I consider a necessity, I'm not including it in my Reverse Rouge, since I would buy and replace it regularly, I don't hoard it, and I don't usually go looking for newer, better versions. 

I'm also doing this to see how many actual makeup items I use up this year. A few already, but nothing earth-shattering. Soon, though. Soon.

And lastly, by doing regular blog posts this year, I can not stockpile garbage in a basket in my bathroom. Which sounded like a great idea for a mega post in December! But then I realized I would hate that, plus it would take forever, plus I would be hoarding GARBAGE. I regularly clean my apartment and rid myself of extraneous possessions, so there's no way I can hold onto a pile of garbage for the whole year without cracking. 

All prices are tracked in Canadian dollars. I've converted where needed.

  • Garnier Fructis Style Hold & Flex hairspray (travel size, 68ml): $1.99
    • This was great to have around for the loads of travel I did in the fall and winter (not anywhere far, just lots of weekend trips and work trips). I ended up using it up when I ran out of my big bottle of hairspray around Christmas. I haven't repurchased but probably will in the future.
  • Lush Charity Pot (50g): $7.95
    • This was okay. Not a huge fan of the pot style for this smaller size. The scent was a bit too strong for my daily wear - couldn't use it at work.
  • Mountain Madness Body Butter in White Amber and Ginger: $12.82
    • This body butter is amazing for winter. Thick, plush, heavily moisturizing, non-greasy...it's amazing. I got this as a gift from friends and have since purchased it in another scent. One of the kind of crappy things is how expensive shipping is to Canada from Mountain Madness, but I've been fortunate to have American friend who will forward it to me, easing the shipping costs. It's definitely a winter lotion for me, though - too much for the summer.
  • Solstice Scents whipped soap in Chocolate Peppermint Bark: $11.49
    • I've had this since Christmas of 2015. Yeah. I don't use whipped soap enough to buy it, so this is the last one, I swear. This is a lovely mint chocolate, which is also a thing that I love but my partner hates, so I can't use it when he's around, out of consideration (he doesn't cook fish when I'm around, so it goes both ways). 
  • Mountain Madness Sugar Scrub Cubes in Huckleberry Lemon: $13.18
    • These smelled amazing. I also loved the cube form of scrub rather than having to scoop out from a jar. The cubes lasted me a lot longer than a standard loose scrub. Again, the shipping cost is prohibitive, so I'll probably be looking for an alternative, when I finish up my other scrubs.
  • Glossier perfume sample in You (3ml): $4.50
    • This really grew on me as I kept wearing it. In fact, I ended up buying the full size. It's a warm scent, not especially sophisticated, but the musk reads as very cozy and perfect for winter on me. 
  • Sephora Collection Purple Clay Mask: $10
    • I got this on a bit of a whim in the fall,and I really liked it. It claims 4 uses, but I got 8-9 out of it, and could have gotten a couple more if I'd been slightly less liberal with application. I do have a small face, but still. This one was supposed to be hydrating and soothing, which it was, for a clay mask. It wasn't nearly as drying as most others. This is a much more cost-effective pamper than a sheet mask, so I'll probably try some of the others in the future.
  • Sephora Collection Pomegranate Eye Mask: $6
    • I got this for Christmas. It smelled nice and was like little sheet masks for the undereye area. I didn't notice any effect, but it was a nice pamper. 
  • The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: $9.80
    • Love this stuff, have backups, have been wildly unimpressed with Deceim's actions lately. I don't need to look for dupes quite yet because I stocked up when Deciem started going sideways but if things haven't improved over there by the time I need to repurchase, I'll be looking at dupes.
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (100ml): $7.70
    • Ditto for this. Have plenty of backups right now, love the product, but I'm passing as long as Deciem is imploding.
  • Pixi Glow Tonic: $38
    • I quite liked this but it isn't cheap. I've replaced it with The Ordinary Glycolic Aced Toning Solution...but again with Deciem, so I'll probably be back to Glow Tonic later this year.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser: $8.97
    • My favourite evening cleanser. I take off my makeup with Bioderma Hydrabio, and then cleanse with this. It's cheap and effective, plus it smells good and doesn't irritate my skin. Good stuff, already repurchased.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Keep Your Cool Skin Calming Gel Mask: $9.97
    • I like this as a sleeping pack, but I like it even more when mixed with raw honey and a few pumps of CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence for a mask. I tried to honey mask with a moisturizer instead and it wasn't as good. I drove to Walmart last night and bought a replacement tube.
  • Biore Bright Milk: $19.23
    • Yes, I know I can get it cheaper. This was just faster. Anyway, this is my favourite sunscreen and I have repurchased it again.
  • Farmacy Honey Potion (9g): $5.77
    • Glad I got this deluxe sample to try this out. It was really nice, but I like my cheapo DIY honey mask better.
  • Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (3ml): $13.80
    • I've been trying eye creams via samples, because I feel like I should start using one, but I don't want to pay for them quite yet. I would never pay for this one, since the cost is outrageous, and it's only okay.
  • Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Cleansing Facial Wipe (1 Wipe): $0.32
    • It was a makeup wipe. It removed makeup. The end.
  • The Ordinary Serum Foundation in 1.0NS: $6.70
    • This was in my favourites for 2017, but it took a sharp left turn in the last month and looked awful on my winter-dry skin. I returned to MUFE Water Blend in defeat. I have a bottle in 1.0P, which is a better match for me anyway, and I'll revisit that in the spring and summer. Also, again, Deciem shenanigans. I knew it was too good to be true.
  • Gosh CC Cream Illuminating Foundation in 01 Porcelain: $8.99
    • I remember paying $8.99 for this, because it was on clearance. This is a bit too dark and warm on me, but not super noticeable. It had a lovely finish, but Gosh is no longer available in Shoppers, so I no longer have access to it easily, and I probably wouldn't buy it again anyway. But would suggest you check it out if you fall in their shade range.
  • Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in 1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Deep Brown: $9.99
    • I can tell you I almost certainly paid $9.99 for this since I only buy them when they're on sale at Shoppers. This product has the stupidest name and the worst claims, which is a shame because it's a really nice brush tip liquid liner. It doesn't need to rely on garbage claims. I've been using this for a year and a half and keep buying it. An HG for me.
  • Glossier Boy Brow in Clear: $20
    • I'm still a little grumpy that I like this so much. Far superior to any gel I've used in my brows. My first tube lasted me seven months, so I'm fine with the cost. I'm now on my second tube.
  • Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara: $5.99
    • I tried this after it was hyped up on Reddit, and I really like it. I find it works best if I wipe off the brush before using it, which wastes the product, but I chuck my mascara every three months anyway. I've repurchased.
  • Epically Epic lip balm in Vanilla Cola: $4.79
    • Hands down, one of the bets lip balms formulas I have ever tried. I'm trying some other right now, but I will be back to Epically Epic for my trusty living room lip balm (you don't have a balm in every room?).
  • Darling Girl Cosmetics Luscious Lip Balm in Chocolate Vanilla Mint: $4.79
    • Another new lip balm love. I like this one for under lipstick or a quick refresh during the day - it's light but very hydrating.
Total: $242.74

Off to a good start this year!


  1. Yesss I love this. Empties posts are the most satisfying thing to me.

    I had the exact same experience with The Ordinary serum foundation!! I'm a little over halfway through my bottle so I've been making a push to use it up (it'll be a year old in April, so I don't want to be holding onto it for too long), but man it looks like utter crap on my dry nose and upper lip. Even though we just got a huge (like, 4 inches, but it's all relative) dump of snow here I'm holding out hope that spring will arrive soon so I can keep working through it!

    PF products should really only be bought on sale. And they're on sale like 60% of the time anyway... There were so many times at work when we'd be switching the sale labels from one week to the next and I'd take down the PF labels only to put them right back up (though usually they cycled between 25%, 30%, and 50% off). Full price is outrageous.

    You're doing really well! I've barely used up anything this year... :(

    1. Everything except Water Blend is looking terrible right now. Of course, stupid expensive foundation looks amazing no matter what. I'll be trying to finish up my Coverage foundation too since it'll be a year old in June.

      PF product regular prices are ridiculous bullshit, I would never pay that much for anything from them. It's not that good.

      I don't think I'll be as successful in March, though - nothing is close to running out!


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