Thursday, 5 July 2018

2018 Reverse Rouge Challenge: May and June

Third round of reverse Rouge! I'm doing pretty well - halfway through the year and almost there. I do expect my empties to dwindle a bit in the latter half of the year, as I try to reduce things I've had to try, and be more consistent with what I do use. Hoping to add some more makeup to the pile in the next six months - I've got some very promising pans lying in wait.

  • OGX Coconut Water Conditioner: $8.47
    • the mate to my favourite shampoo. Good stuff, keeps my hair moisturized and is also noticeably different from the shampoo bottle which something I will never not be mad about for most of their line. Come on.
  • Oh K! Fruit Enriched Peeling Foot Mask: $7.99
    • This brand is new to Shoppers, and this was on sale when I was there, so I bought it. This mask worked very well - skin started coming off my feet in sheets about 5 days after I used it, and my feet were notceably softer once I finished peeling. This is regular $10.99, but worth it for the exfoliation a couple times a year. I'm very pleased. 
  • Sally Hansen Strengthening Nail Polish Remover: $3.99
    • I've had this bottle of nail polish remover so long that I think they've rebranded since then. I've definitely had it since before I got my current job. Finally I got through it. I'm not super picky about nail polish removers, so as long as it gets the polish off, I don't care. I'd buy it again. But I'd also buy another one if it was on sale first.
  • Burke's Honey Canada No. 1 White Raw: $7.99
    • Yes, a jar of honey. This jar of honey was used exclusively for making honey masks, which I talked about in my routine post. I love honey masks. I purchased another jar of honey, though a different brand mostly due to convenience.
  • Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: $27
    • This is my favourite clay face mask, I might as well admit it. It reduces redness, smooths my skin, alleviates any irritation, and is the only clay mask I've ever tried that never feels tight or drying. I've already repurchased - I use this at least once a week and usually twice.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward Daily Foaming Cleanser: $8.99
    • My favourite night cleanser. I keep buying it. It smells like passionfruit and green tea. It's great.
  • Mizon Snail Recovery Cream Gel: $21.50
    • This has gotten more expensive recently, which worries me, but so far I haven't had issues finding it and it hasn't gotten too crazy. My skin loves snail, but it especially loves this. This is magical healing cream, I swear. Soothes my skin and makes it glow a little more. When I first started using snail. I wasn't sure if it was doing anything. A few weeks without cleared that mystery up for me.
  • Papa Recipe Bombee Honey Mask: $3.99
    • This was the second sheet mask I picked up at Zakka Mart in Halifax. I liked it, though it didn't fit well at all. Not sure it did much. Do sheet masks ever do much? I'm of the opinion of not really. Plus they're wasteful.
  • Oh K! Avocado Sheet Mask: $4.99
    • Everything I said about the Papa Recipe mask could be said for this one. I'm quitting sheet masks. Really.
  • Vaseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter: $3.99
    • This was okay. I used it as a night lip balm, and while the tin lasts forever, it's not my favourite formula and didn't do as much as Nuxe Reve de Miel or Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. Won't be repurchasing (though I have another Lip Therapy in Pink Bubbly to use up).
  • Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser (3ml, sample + 177ml, full size): $22.37
    • Trying to price sample sizes can be hilarious. Milky Jelly is an acceptable morning cleanser, and I keep getting samples when I order from Glossier because they're good for travel. I used this up on a weekend in Halifax. It lasted me three mornings, and probably would have gone for another one if I hadn't been so heavy-handed. The full size was used from November to June, which was good, but there are cheaper and better ones out there. I won't be repurchasing.
  • The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: $9.80
    • This has done so much for me so it sucks that Deciem is still falling off the rails. Fortunately I still have plenty left so I can continue delaying the dupe hunting and hoping that Deciem gets a new owner.
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (100ml): $7.70
    • Still my favourite moisturizer, still going through my stockpile while Deciem is doing whatever it is it's doing. I have plenty more still.
  • Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask: $9.99
    • This was the first Formula 10.0.6 mask I tried and it's still my favourite one. It's a great drugstore mask, it smells like strawberries and cream, and it does a good job reducing redness and smoothing my skin. It is more of a traditional clay mask than Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, so I do feel a little drier after using it. I'm not going to repurchase immediately, since I have some other masks I want to use up, but I will repurchase at some point.
  • Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Moisturizing make-up micelle solution (mini, 100ml): $5.99
    • I like to pick up the minis of these for travel. I've already talked about how this is my favourite micellar water all over the place, and it's still true.
  • Biore UV Bright Milk SPF 50 PA++++: $11.47
    • Used up another bottle of my favourite sunscreen. Still great. 
  • Mountain Madness Soap Company lip balm in Cranberry: $4.75
    • This is a decent lip balm, scented like bright fresh cranberry. It's a little on the oilier side, so not my favourite, but it does a good job at removing tough lipsticks and providing a thin layer of moisture. I have another one to get through and probably won't pursue getting more, since I had a friend buy these for me to get around MM's extortionate Canadian shipping. I have other, better balms.
  • Makeup Forever Water Blend Foundation in R210: $54
    • Back to this base, and back to finishing two bottles a year. This has such a beautiful finish, is wonderfully light-weight, and matches me so well. I never should have left you, Water Blend.
  • Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday Suit (1g, deluxe mini): $4.17
    • The Sephora 2017 birthday gift, I loved this and used up about three-quarters of it before it started separating and leaking oil. Yay. I only got this in November, but I assume it sat around for a while before I got mine. I had considered getting the full size once I was finished with this mini, but now...I think I'll pass. Don't need  liquid lipstick with a very short and obvious shelf life.
  • NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: $33
    • I'm almost certain this was $29 when I bought it, but I couldn't find that proof in my Sephora account, and it's pretty old. I finally scraped out what I could with the doefoot. I'd cut it open typically, but it's so old at this point that it didn't seem worth it. I have a deluxe sample of this as my backup, but I only wear it with powder shadows...which I don't wear all that much. It's a great primer, though.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel: $29
    • My opinion on this brow gel never changed. This gel is boring and not that great and the spoolie bristles are too far apart and it's way overpriced for something that doesn't hold that well. Good-bye, and good riddance.
  • MAC Strobe Cream (mini, 6ml): $2.40
    • It took a long time for Strobe Cream to grow on me, but it did. Since I've embraced glowier, dewier skin, this has been great under my foundation for extra shine. I would repurchase, though I'm trying out L'Oreal Glotion instead, since it's far more accessible.
  • Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (mini, 3ml): $18.50
    • I got this in a 500 point perk from Sephora last year. I was a little underwhelmed by it - it's more subtle than I was expecting. It's nice, just less impact or volume than I would have thought. Probably wouldn't buy it, since the full tube is $37 and that's not worth it.
Total for these two months: $312.04

Total year to date: $819.82


  1. Oooh good to know you like the Granactive Retinoid! I'm nearing the end of my bottle of the original discontinued 2% Retinoid formula, so I'll probably get the Granactive next. I still can't tell if my skin likes retinoids or not, but I want to give them a fair shot.

    I was actually thinking recently about getting the MUFE Water Blend when I get through at least one of my current foundations. I always go back to the Ultra HD but I like having something lighter on hand for casual days/summer. I think I recall you had the same issue with The Ordinary Serum as I did - it looks great in the summer, pretty bad in the winter - so if Water Blend works for you year-round I have hope that I'll like it too!

    1. Yup, Serum looked like garbage in the winter, which as you know is way too much of the year for that nonsense! Water Blend is just lovely all the time.


Collection Inventory: Red Lip Products

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