I’m just gonna get right to the point here: I kicked ASS this month in the low-buy. Whooped some major butt. And once I got on a roll, it just kept getting easier! Dudes, I only bought TWO THINGS – and not even fun stuff. Check it out:
Purchased (Apr. 20-May 19):
Unfortunately, my little spree at Holts will run my monthly budget right back up to where it normally is, despite my frugality lol…Oh well! You only turn 30 once
Sadly however, my empties are fairly modest this month too, to match my purchases. I have a handful of products that are *thisclose* to being finished, but I just couldn’t get there. How annoying. I find when I’m down to the dregs of a product, I’m just dying for it to be over and done. Blah. However, there are a couple makeup items that I just couldn’t justify hanging on to any more – I know I’m never going to wear them and I don’t think I can pawn them off on anyone either – so out they go.
So what’ve we got here? A defiled tube of Aveeno’s Moisturizing Body Lotion – gotta get every last drop! I stopped buying the big pump containers because it’s harder to get it all out. I also think I’ll stop buying the Aveeno version and go with the knockoff one I bought above – it’s a couple bucks cheaper and the ingredients are identical.
I can’t quite remember why I switched from TRESemme’s conditioner to Infusium23 Moisture Replenisher Conditioner – likely because TRESemme’s bottle was HUGE – but I know I grabbed it for the lower levels of ‘cones, and because fragrance is one of the last ingredients listed. I quite liked this actually – it’s no frills but I kept my hair hydrated and smooth.
I kept Glysomed Hand Cream (fragrance free) by my bed and applied it every night. Super basic but kept my hands moisturized without any worries of irritation. Snoozeville, I know, but it works!
MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil, which I picked up in a swap like two years ago, and only used when I wore heavier makeup. Works fairly well, and smells heavenly but I won’t repurchase for that exact reason.
I keep getting these sample bottles of Clinique’s Take The Day Off makeup remover in the GWP’s, and I keep using ‘em up – it’s great for removing heavier eye makeup for if you’ve got major lipstick going on. This size is actually perfect for me too because I use it infrequently – anything bigger would be too much.
Another defiled tube…I LOVE Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, and hoard samples of this like mad. I like it even better than the newer version, which actually repairs your moisture barrier (whereas this is basically a fancy aloe gel and offers just a temporary fix). And every customer I have that comes in for it feels the same way – we don’t *need* it exactly, but gosh darn does it ever feel great! Its perfect especially for oilier skins that still crave hydration but hate the greasy feel. I use this often as my base before any occasion, as it makes my skin super-soft and plump.
I’m disappointed that they no longer make Korres Yogurt Velvety Moisturizing Mask – this was great for oily skin to hydrate and smooth, and I used it once a week to great results. It’s tough to find hydrating masks for oily skin. I guess I could recreate my own yogurt mask to similar effects, but…I wanna pricey mask in a fancy jar! *pout*
My second bottle of Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum. I do still like this but I read more infomation on it after it and realized I could be using something much more effective for about the same price.
Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Foaming Cleanser was fine, though I didn’t notice that my skin was extra smooth (exfoliated) after use. I was considering buying a wash with glycolic acid to get my exfoliation that way, since I no longer use scrubs, but the system I have going now is working really well so I’m putting that on the backburner for now. I wouldn’t buy the full-size of this wash anyway, it was filled with sulfates, which I avoid – especially on my skin.
I received Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair as a sample when I bought the Shimmering Sands gelee. I’ve tried it before and my thoughts are still the same – it may work but I’m not seeing the fruits of it’s labour. That’s no fault necessarily of the product, as I don’t have visible damage to see improvement upon, but I also don’t notice any benefits like softer, smoother skin – which I DO experience from Clinique’s Repairwear Laser Focus – so for me it’s a no-go at this stage. It’s also got a sticky texture which is a bit of a turn-off (though if it worked miracles, that’d be my last concern).
When I bought the Sephora + Pantone kit for my giveaway, everyone at Sephora was so excited since I was the first to buy it, that they threw in a little treat for me too – a Bare Minerals kit with the Flawless Definition mascara, along with a hydrating powder, and a lip color. You recall my review on the mascara when I purchased it a few months ago? Yea, thoughts haven’t changed. It still has a funky smell – which I now realize is just the mascara itself, not that it’s gone bad – and it’s just plain dry!! It’s soo tough to put on, blah. It’s too bad, because the brush itself is great, and with the right formula I think this really could be quite volumizing, but alas that’s not the case.
This is Bring on the Bling by OPI, from the 2010 Burlesque collection. Gorgeous shade, but 1) glitter is a PITA, as we all know, and 2) it got thicker than molasses after only a handful of wears. I tried thinner and it didn’t do a darn thing. This is completely unwearable, so I’m not sure why I’m hanging on to it. Bye bye!
I’ve been hanging on to this lippie in the hope that I’ll make it work one day, but the fact is that Revlon’s Raspberry Mousse Colorstay lipstick is just not for me. It’s just a too TOO blue-leaning hot pink, and also has a shimmer finish, so it’s bad all around. If it were matte, maybe I could work this somehow, but its not and I’m just not keeping it any longer. I’ll find a rockin’ pink to take it’s place that WILL get a lot of love.
OK. So, let’s look at this month’s tally – 6 full-size skincare products, 5 samples, 1 makeup item and 1 polish. Meh. Next month will be better :) Though…next month I’ll also have a lot more purchases, so….
Now. It’s been an absolutely beautiful weekend, and I am finding it impossible to stay indoors. So I’m gonna end this here so I can get back out there! I hope everyone’s having a great long weekend (in Canada)/had a great weekend, and I hope anyone else participating in a low/no-buy had a good month – can’t wait to read all about it!!