Quarter 3 Beauty Product Consumption Accountability Checkin

Posted on October 13, 2017 under Thoughts

This is going up a bit later than I wanted, but I’ve been busy with school and the constant greyness of Glasgow makes it difficult to get good photos. A lot of these pictures are shitty and out of focus, but IT IS SO CLOUDY ALL THE TIME and I have no idea when the sun will come out and allow me to retake them. So I am putting my mediocrity out there!

Here’s the drill, as always:

  • All prices are listed in CAD, or in the currency they were purchased in plus a CAD conversion that is accurate as of the time of purchase.
  • Products that have one price and a second in brackets reflect the retail value and what I actually paid with my employee discount.
  • Products that I ordered online will be listed with the date that I actually received the package.
  • I will still be calculating my totals in CAD even though I’m living in the UK right now, because it’s the easiest way to consistently track my spending.

Skincare purchases

Products purchased between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017

  1. 06/27: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation – Alabaster – $56. Forgot to include this in last quarter’s roundup! I liked it a lot but I ended up returning it because I realized I have no need for a full coverage foundation in my daily life.
  2. 07/04: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer – Fair – $13.99 ($9.79). Replacement.
  3. 07/07: Ardell Individual Lashes – $4.29. For the wedding I officiated.
  4. 07/07: Quo Blending Sponge – $8 ($5.60).
  5. 07/09: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Poppy Patch – $10.99 ($7.69). Bought for the wedding because somehow I didn’t have anything in my collection that I liked with the dress I bought.
  6. 08/01: Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in So Sofia – $38.
  7. 08/01: Make Up For Ever Metal Palette – $13.
  8. 08/08: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 – $6.80. Replacement.
  9. 08/08: The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG – $6.70. I wanted to see if this actually did anything for my undereye circles!
  10. 08/08: The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer – $7.90. My mom recommended this primer and we usually have pretty similar tastes in makeup, so I thought I could shell out eight bucks to try it.
  11. New brushes
  12. 08/08: Princeton Select 6 Round Blender brush – $6.06. I bought some brushes from the art store! My mom has a 10% discount there so that’s why the prices are weird. I thought this one would be good to apply crease colour precisely, and it totally is.
  13. 08/08: Princeton Select 5/0 Spotter brush – $3.83. I wanted to try this with gel liner, because I don’t have any brushes this fine. Unfortunately it’s a bit too flimsy to work with easily for this purpose.
  14. 08/09: ColourPop Blush Brush – $9 USD ($11.47 CAD). I like having a variety of blush brushes so I can keep them colour-separated – i.e. one for plums, one for peaches, one for neutrals, one for bright pinks…
  15. 08/09: ColourPop Blending Brush – $6 USD ($7.65 CAD). You can’t have too many blending brushes!
  16. ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadow in Muscle Beach, Paper Tiger, and Stay Golden – $4 USD or $5.10 CAD each = $12 USD or $15.29 CAD. Fun colours for cheap! Who can resist?!
  17. 08/09: ColourPop Blotted Lips in Candyfloss, On A Stick, and Sucker – $5 USD or $6.37 CAD each = $15 USD or $19.11 CAD. I have no justification for bringing more lip products into my life. I’m sorry.
  18. 08/09: ColourPop Ultra Blotted Lips in Split – $6 USD ($7.65 CAD). Of course, I had to try the Ultra Blotted Lips formula as well, so that I could compare it to the Ultra Satin and Ultra Matte lips formula. For science.
  19. 08/09: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Trixie – $5 USD ($6.37 CAD). I really have no excuse for buying this. I wish I hadn’t. I completely forgot I had ordered it and bought Marc Jacobs So Sofia in the meantime, which rendered this pretty much useless for me. This plus the fact that I got charged $18 of customs on this order means that I have gone off ColourPop… until they release something else that sucks me in.
  20. 08/10: La Roche-Posay Respectissime Eye Makeup Remover – $19.50 ($13.65). Replacement. Used Optimum points.
  21. 08/10: Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution (100mL) – $6.95 ($4.87). I wanted a travel-sized micellar solution and I know I like the Bioderma Sensibio. Used Optimum points.
  22. New hair products
  23. 08/10: Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip balm – $17 ($11.90). I wanted to stock up on a few things with Optimum points before I leave the country. I’ll probably run out of my current jar in January, when I’m in Scotland.
  24. 08/10: Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara – $2.99 ($2.09). Replacement. Used Optimum points. I like the L’Oreal brow gel better but it’s $15, which seems a bit absurd.
  25. 08/10: Lancôme Le Lip Liner in 378 Rose Lancôme – $30 ($21). I was looking for a good warm-toned fuchsia lip liner that wasn’t too dark, and this was the closest I found. It’s obviously a stupidly priced liner, but I used points so whatever.
  26. 08/10: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Angela – $40 ($28). Murale has expanded the range of Audacious lipstick shades that they stock – I’ve been interested in Angela for a long time, but I didn’t think Murale carried this shade. When I saw that they did, I knew I had to get it. By the way, I used Optimum points for this (of course).
  27. 08/10: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella – $40 ($28). When I went up to Murale I planned to get Annabella because, believe it or not, I don’t have any warm red lipsticks and I wanted to fill that gap. I used Optimum points.
  28. 08/10: Lise Watier Eye Contour Brush – $23 ($16.10). I have one of these brushes already and I love it for detailed crease work, so I picked up another one. I used my points.
  29. 08/10: Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask – $34 ($23.80). Replacement. I won’t need this until my skin starts getting super dry around November, but I thought I might as well get it while I still had an employee discount (and while in Canada, since cosmetics are usually much pricier in the UK).
  30. 08/31: Urban Decay Liquid Moondust in Solstice – $29. Used Optimum points.
  31. New face products
  32. 08/31: A-Derma Exomega Balm – $33. Replacement. Used a gift card.
  33. 09/02: Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio – Spoiled Brat – $2.97. I didn’t have a silver eyeshadow and this trio was the best bang for my buck. I depotted it into my MUFE palette and kept the hot pink shade as well, but I tossed the sparkly black because I know I won’t use it.
  34. 09/04: Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Taupe – $10.49. I wanted a brow pencil for travel, since my usual pomade is a bit unwieldy and requires bringing a separate brush. I used a gift card for this.
  35. 09/06: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Tone Correcting Shampoo – £5.99 ($9.93 CAD): This is one of the first things I bought when I landed. I can’t get my usual blonde shampoo (Light Blue Shade) here, so I went back to an old friend. Bonus: this is quite a bit cheaper than in Canada, where the usual price is $13.99.
  36. 09/06: Toni & Guy Damage Repair Mask – £5 ($8.29 CAD): I needed a deep conditioner; bleached hair is no joke.
  37. 09/06: Toni & Guy Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo – £5 ($8.29 CAD): My hair loves the soft water here, but it does tend to get oilier faster, so dry shampoo is essential. The Superdrug I was in didn’t have Batiste (or maybe I was just super jetlagged and couldn’t find it), so I picked up Toni & Guy instead. Not my favourite, but it’ll do.

Total value (CAD): $548.02
Total spent (CAD): $235.48

Year-to-date value (CAD): $1357.75
Year-to-date spent (CAD): $745.45

New eye products

New eyeshadows: ColourPop Paper Tiger, Muscle Beach, Stay Golden; shadows from the Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat trio

Products received at no cost between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017

  1. 06/27: Bite Beauty Amouse Bouche Lipstick in Beetroot – $30 full size – $10 sample value: Sephora point perk. Forgot to include it in the last roundup.
  2. 08/01: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream – Fair – $49: PR promoting the recent Canadian launch of IT Cosmetics.

New lip products

Total value: $59
Year-to-date value: $1748.39

Miscellaneous purchases, photographed terribly

I did have fun with my Optimum points, but a lot of my purchases this quarter were staple replacements, and none of my UK spending this quarter was frivolous. I was surprised to see that I spent more this quarter than last quarter ($178.10), but it is less than the first quarter ($334.84). Percentage-wise I spent less than half of the total value of the products (43%), which is exactly on par with last quarter’s 43% and way lower than quarter one’s total spend, which was over 80% of the retail value of the products. Most notably, the decrease comes in the form of gratis, which is to be expected. Quarter two I received $1200 worth of product as gratis because spring is training season in cosmetics retail; this quarter there were no brand schools and I left my job in cosmetics at the end of August. I predict that my gratis category will be a lovely $0 next quarter unless a brand sends something over.

There are 2 responses to “Quarter 3 Beauty Product Consumption Accountability Checkin”

  • i’d love to hear more about the MUFE palette! like why did you choose that one over others and if its working well? im looking for an empty one myself and i cant decide plastic window or no window or with magnetic stickers or plain or etc.

    • I pretty much chose it because it was the most easily accessible for me, haha. I didn’t want to order one online and Sephora carries the MUFE ones instore, and the price was pretty reasonable compared to a lot of them. I like that it’s tin, too, because it’s more durable than cardboard. I have no complaints! I travelled across an ocean with it and it was great.

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