Monday, 30 April 2018

2018 Reverse Rouge Challenge: March and April

Time for the second installment of my Reverse Rouge challenge! It's raining, it's cold, I almost-but-am-pretty-sure-I-didn't break my toe but am laying on the couch with it up to alleviate some pain, and I'm tired of the basket of garbage in my bathroom closet, so I'm going to write about it and then move on with my life.

To recap, I'm doing a Reverse Rouge challenge with some friends. I'm doing the very basic version, where I count to see what I've used up. I was waffling on some products for inclusion, like shampoo and conditioner, but have ultimately decided to include them. Again, all prices and totals are in Canadian dollars, converted where needed. I've tried to be true to the prices I paid for these things, but where I can't remember, I've checked the actual price at the store I most likely purchased them from.

  • L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Unscented Extra Strong Hold Hairspray (250ml): $4.99
    • I've been looking for a good unscented hairspray for a little while, and this fits the bill. It also goes on sale often enough that I'm happy to buy it. I upgraded to the larger size after finishing this one.
  • OGX Coconut Water Shampoo: $8.47
    • I bought this mostly because I liked the other OGX products I've tried, but this was one of a few scents that had noticeably different shampoo and conditioner bottles (listen, OGX, your bottle design for most of your line is shitty for anyone without decent eyesight. I can't read the label in the shower, I need more visual cues). And this is the first shampoo I've repurchased without hesitation in a long time. It smells great, nice and light, and it + the conditioner have made my hair smooth and hydrated all winter.
  • Garnier Fructis Style Deconstructed Pixie Play Crafting Cream: $4.99
    • I bought this to deal with my hair when I had that super short pixie last summer. Why did anyone let me do this. IG loved it, but my hairdresser and I were like, wtf is wrong with us. Anyway, I used up most of it till my hair grew out and stopped looking ridiculous, and used the last dregs of it last week for no real reason other than to get it out of here. It was fine while my hair was short, but I won't repurchase, barring another incident where I lose my mind.
  • Life Brand Clear Action Body Wash: $3.99
    • Bought this while I was having some bacne trouble, which has since cleared up. This is the Shoppers brand knockoff of Neutrogena. Worked well, would buy again if I needed it.
  • Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Moisturizing Make-up Removing Micelle Solution (500ml): $14.95
    • My favourite micellar water. I always buy it in 2 packs of 500ml bottles for $29.90 (actually I just bought a new pack, and it scanned at $21.99 for the 2 500ml bottles. Score!). It gives a light boost of hydration while getting all of my makeup off. I even use it on my eye makeup. 
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (30ml): $5.80
    • I use the smaller size for travel. Love this moisturizer, am hoping Deciem has different ownership when I get through my stockpile.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Oil-Free Moisturizer: $9.97
    • Still my favourite daytime moisturizer. It keeps the oil at bay and works as a great primer for my makeup. This is my third or fourth tube. Have repurchased.
  • Pixi Glow Tonic (100ml): $19.99
    • Bounced back to this after The Ordinary toner broke me out baaaaad. This was a travel size I purchased a while ago. I love Glow Tonic, I don't care if it isn't the optimum pH. It works for me. I bought the 250ml bottle after this one was done.
  • Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water (100ml): $10.95
    • Smelled nice, did nothing except cool my face down. I can achieve the same effect with a spray bottle of water. The end.
  • CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence: $23.40
    • This was my backup snail for a while, then my main one. I also used it in DIY honey masks. It was fine. It lasted a really long time and is relatively accessible. I'll probably buy it again
  • CosRX Acne Pimple Master Patch (2pk): $21.00
    • Could have gotten these for cheaper, probably. They worked, but so do the Nexcare ones that are easier to find. So it goes.
  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Whitening Essence SPF 50+ PA++++: $18.01
    • bought this to try instead of my beloved Biore Bright Milk. It's more of a moisturizer consistency, though it dries similarly matte to the Milks. It was okay, but I prefer Bright Milk more.
  • Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (3g): $3.60
    • One of the best Sephora samples out there! I love Nuxe Reve de Miel as a night balm, but this was a very close second, and I like the bubblegum scent better than honey. I actually purchased the grapefruit scent as a full size, after spotting it at an Asian market in Halifax.
  • Masque Bar Charcoal Peel-Off Mask: $1.99
    • got this in one of those teen packs that Shoppers sells in August in September - super cheap packs of toiletries and cosmetics. I usually buy them because they're seriously cheap and often have 2-3 things I already use in them, which more than makes up the price. This was an okay peel-off mask. Probably wouldn't buy myself, but good to try.
  • Bath & Body Works Keep It Fruity Face Sheet Mask: $4.95
    • I can't believe I paid $5 for this. It was a perfectly acceptable sheet mask, but not $5 worth. I bought this while wandering around the mall on a random vacation day while my car was being fixed for a voluntary recall. I remember more about the car than the sheet mask, which indicates how perfectly fine it was. Would not buy again.
  • Mediheal EGT Timetox Ampoule Mask: $3.99
    • Got this at the Asian market in Halifax. It had a cute bear on it! Adorable. I liked it - I looked brighter and smoother. My skin has only just started to show signs of aging, so not sure how effective that was, but I liked this one. Will probably buy one as a splurge again in the future.
  • The Creme Shop Super Glow Face Mask: $2
    • This was part of a gift from a friend. I liked it well enough, and I know these come in packs for a good price at Winners, so may pick it up again. It fit decently enough.
  • The Creme Shop Anti-Aging Egg Nog Sheet Mask: $2
    • Also part of a gift from a friend. I really liked this one, its effects made me look radiant for a day and helped soothe a breakout I was suffering. If I spot it again, I'll strongly consider picking it up for a treat.
  • Bite Agave Sugar Lip Scrub: $20
    • Not my favourite sugar scrub. I thought there was way too much oil to sugar, so it was hard to actually scrub. It does smell really good, though. Won't buy again, I can get cheaper, more effective ones (or make my own, I guess).
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX01: $58
    • This was my concealer for a year and a half. I used it pretty liberally. This isn't quite empty, but the last bit has oxidized a lot, and no longer matches well. I will be purchasing again once I work through my current concealer.
  • Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light: $22
    • This is garbage and it should feel bad. This isn't totally done either but I've used enough that I don't feel comfortable passing it on. I used it to touch up my foundation if I rubbed some off but it sucks at that too. It doesn't match well, it slides everywhere, and it doesn't cover anything. Trash. Am not buying ever again.
Total these two months: $265.04

Total year to date: $507.78

Feeling pretty good about my progress, though I definitely want to finish up more makeup and less skincare.


  1. Ooh, you're doing very well! Great job! I might try to total my empties at the end of the year if I can be bothered, just because I'm curious.

    Those Bioderma packs go on sale pretty often, but Shoppers is garbage about labelling things because it's all done manually and nobody has time for that. (It takes 5 hours to do the sale labels every week and IT IS THE WORST DAY.) My store was actually really anal about it but it was also like two feet wide so it wasn't as hard for us to hit everything. But it is a very nice surprise when you shop at a store that doesn't keep up to date with the sale labels! I remember when I worked at Urban Outfitters this guy got a pair of $60 jeans that was on clearance for $5 but not labelled as such and he was over the moon.

    1. That makes sense - I never did labels when I worked at Superstore, but always took note of the things that scanned in lower. One time I had one of those big 22 packs of gum NOF and my coworker was so frustrated that she didn't care anymore and put it in the system at $1.99. We bought out our stock before it got fixed.


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