TIA'M Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub Salt Scrub [Jolse]

TIA’M — Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub [Jolse]

Recently, I’ve been feeling that my chemical exfoliant, COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, isn’t playing especially well with my skin, and I’ve been looking to change products. I have a couple more chemical exfoliants sitting in my skincare queue, but I have also considered trying out more physical exfoliation. I haven’t really used much physical exfoliation since learning about the environmental damage of plastic microbeads, which ruled out my former favorite facial scrub by La Roche-Posay.

It was just my luck that I was chosen by Jolse, a favorite online Korean beauty retailer, to review a new facial scrub.

TIA’M is supposed to be a sister brand of COSRX, though I can’t find any official detail on this online apart from info on other blogs. The brand was previously known as O.S.T., and their most famous product was their Vitamin C serum (it’s now known as My Signature C Source, and I have that waiting in my fridge!). But before I try that serum, I have TIA’M’s new facial scrub to try.

It’s called TIA’M Anti-Pollution Salt Facial Scrub, and it comes in an 80 mL tub for about US$15 shipped (at Jolse).

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Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL)

Oscar de la Renta — Blue Orchid EDT Review

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been spotting mysterious 100 mL bottles of Oscar de la Renta perfumes on the $19.99 shelf at various Shoppers Drug Mart locations. Googling does not help at all—especially couple of months ago—when just about nothing turned up on these scents.

I was beyond curious! The first ones I saw were Rose and Jasmine. The bottles made them look like flankers of the very wonderful Esprit d’Oscar, the brand’s younger, more modern version of their 1970s classic, Oscar.

But I did not bite.

Then, over the last week or so, I’ve been seeing more of these popping up! Midnight Amber! Blue Orchid! Tropicale! Online, there is brief chatter of Ruby Velvet and Orange Flower. Curiouser and curiouser.

And a little less curious today, because I just picked up a bottle of Blue Orchid. I hemmed and hawed between it and Tropicale, but decided to go with Blue Orchid because I didn’t think I needed more coconut/pineapple/suntan lotion-smelling perfumes. Blue Orchid sounds more mysterious, doesn’t it? And I’m always game for a blind-buy.

Oscar de la Renta Blue Orchid EDT (100 mL), box

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fivezero's Movies & TV Roundup (November 2017)

Movie & TV Roundup: November 2017

I apologize for being AWOL this week—a stomach bug hit our household again, and while Peanut and I have gotten off fairly scot-free, Mr. Fivezero and baby Olive were not so lucky. On the plus side, everyone’s on the mend, and having a fairly braindead week meant the husband and I were able to bingewatch the first season of The Blacklist.

Honestly, there is just so much on my current watchlist! Newer things like Alias Grace, Blue Planet II, The Punisher, and Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets hang out with stuff from the last few years I never got around to seeing, like Hidden Figures, Sicario, and Intruders S1. And, of course, there’s always stuff I totally missed a while back that have come back onto my radar: About Time, Flight of the Conchords, and MacGruber.

There’s never enough time to see everything I want to! Here’s the piddly amount that I managed in November (with many thanks to my MIL for babysitting so we could get out and watch our most highly anticipated movies of the fall, It and Thor: Ragnarok):

What I Saw

  • Thor: Ragnarok [2017]
  • It: Chapter One [2017]
  • The Good Place (Season 1) [2016]
  • Free Fire [2016]
  • American Gods (Season 1) [2017]
  • The Blacklist (Season 1) [2013]

What I’m Still Watching

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 5) [2017]
  • Mr. Robot (Season 3) [2017]

Here are reviews of the shows I saw:
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Tom Hiddleston drinking tea

Sale Alert: Black Friday Roundup 2017 (Canada)

Experience Black Friday the civilized way: at home, in front of your screen, with a nice cup of tea. I will be adding to this post as I see new deals.

Don’t forget to use Ebates.ca (referral link) for many of these stores!

Annabelle: 40% off everything & free shipping, plus a free Full Blast Mascara GWP with a $35 purchase. No code required.

beautyBOUTIQUE: Get 20x the points with a $75+ purchase; Black Friday deals; Saturday & Sunday is the Spend Your Points Plus event.

belif: 20% off.

The Body Shop: Various deals. [12% Ebates.ca]

Cake Beauty: Code CAKEFRIDAY40 for 40% off, plus Black Friday sets.

Charlotte Tilbury: 50% off select luxury beauty sets.

Chatters: Selected deals.

Clarins: 15% off $100, 20% off $150, or 25% off $200 orders.

Clinique: Code 25OFF for 25% off. Choose a free full sized GWP with a $75 order.

ColourPop: Code BESTPALS for 20% off shadow palettes.

DECIEM: Black Friday sets; CA/US$4.95 shipping applies to any Black Friday Set order.

Estée Lauder: $99 Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (reg. $120).

Glossier: 20% off and free shipping.

Illamasqua: 25% off.

Inglot: Code BF2017 for 20% off.

Julep: $5 nail polishes and plenty of Black Fri-YAY deals. [1.5% Ebates.ca]

Kiehl’s: Code BFRIDAY for 15% off or 20% off a $150+ order. [3% Ebates.ca]

Lancôme: Code BLACKFRIDAY for 20% off. [3% Ebates.ca]

Lise Watier: 20% off everything & free shipping, plus choose one of three 2-piece full-sized GWPs with a $100 purchase. Codes are TEINT (Base Miracle + Perfecting Foundation Brush), YEUX (Eye Primer + Eyeshadow Brush), and LEVRES (Magnifix Lips + Lip Brush).

London Drugs: Pay with Visa Checkout to get $10 off a $100+ order.

MAC Canada: For Select members only, 25% off with code MAC25, and pick 5 samples. [3% Ebates.ca]

Marcelle: 30% off everything & free shipping, plus a free 3-piece GWP with a $65 purchase.

Nail Polish Canada: Various deals.

NARS: Code TAKE20 for 20% off.

Sephora: Various Black Friday sets. [4% Ebates.ca]

Shu Uemura: Code SHUBF 20% off $50 or 25% off $100, plus free shipping on $50+ orders.

tarte: Code FRIYAY for 25% off (just FYI, tarte also very recently had their site hacked.)

Trust Fund Beauty: Code BF50 for 50% off.

Urban Decay: Code: LETSCYBER for 20% off Friends & Fanatics event, 2 days only. Spend $80 and get a free Prime and Set Duo.

Vasanti: 20–80% off.

Well.ca: Pay with Visa Checkout & use code VISA10 to get $10 off a $75+ order. [1% Ebates.ca]

Yves Rocher: 50% off sitewide, plus $20 off a $60 order and free shipping with code 20BLACK60.

YSL Beauty: 15% off with code YSL15, today only.

Zoya: Code FRIYAY for 50% off and free shipping (handling fee applies for Canada).

Exclusions apply for some deals.

Happpy Shopping!

[Image source: Tom Hiddleston in Jaguar’s 2014 Super Bowl commercial]

Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event 2017 Shoppers Optimum

Sale Alert: Spend Your Points PLUS Event at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada Only, November 25–26, 2017)

🍂 Happy Thanksgiving 🦃  to all the American readers out there!

I’m an American living in Canada, so I’ll be whipping up a mostly-traditional Thankgiving dinner tonight, while prepping for the Shoppers event this weekend. Ha!

For all the Canadian readers: this Saturday and Sunday (November 25–26), Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points PLUS Event.

The deal is pretty much the same as usual, but you get additional Optimum Points (rather than additional cash off a purchase).

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive (edited my mistake below!):

  • 50,000 points for $85 off, plus $15 $20 worth of Optimum Points
  • 95,000 points for $170 off, plus $30 $40 worth of Optimum Points

The bonus points get added to your account a week or so later.

This event works online at Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE, as well. Don’t forget that ebates.ca (referral) works with beautyBOUTIQUE online!

Since Shoppers Optimum is merging with PC Plus in February 2018, I’ve been looking to redeem as many of my points as possible (the new program allows you to pick up points from other Loblaw-owned grocery stores, but the value of the new PC Optimum points will drop a little bit compared with Shoppers Optimum points).

In all honesty, the merger comes at an “opportune” time for me, personally, since most of the reason I rack up so many Optimum Points (besides using the app and coupons religiously) is that I purchased a lot of baby supplies there over the last four years. Now that we will be rarely purchasing diapers and baby food, I think my Shoppers spending will be going down fairly drastically.

So, earlier this month, I redeemed 95k points without waiting for an event, but I’m honestly a little surprised to see that an event is being run so soon after the merger announcement!

Here’s what I got:

  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Caché
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Confidentiel
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Energie
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear in Rose Prodigious
  • Dior Diorific Vernis in Emerald
  • Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Ripped Raisin

I have more points so I will be redeeming them this weekend. A few more Chanel polishes are on my wishlist, but I’m not entirely sure yet what I will fill out my order with. I’m even running out of Christmas gifts to buy—look at me being so organized with my holiday shopping!

If you need more ideas, here are links to some of my other previous Shoppers Drug Mart/beautyBOUTIQUE hauls, mostly from redeeming Optimum Points:

For reference, here’s all the fine print from Shoppers:

Spend 50,000 points and get up to $85 OFF* PLUS get $20 worth of points back. That’s a $105 savings value! OR spend 95,000 points and get up to $170 OFF* PLUS get $40 worth of points back. That’s a $210 savings value!

Offer valid from Saturday, November 25, 2017 to Sunday, November 26, 2017.

*You may only redeem at the points level specified in this offer and in a single transaction. Taxes are payable on the full purchase price prior to the application of the discount reward. Offer is a reduction off your total pre-tax purchase price of products eligible for point redemption. Points are not redeemable for cash or credit. All other reward levels remain in effect during this promotion. Offer excludes prescription purchases, products with codeine, non-pointable items, tobacco products (where applicable), stamps, passport photos, lottery tickets, event tickets, transit tickets and passes, gift cards, prepaid phone cards, prepaid card products and Shoppers Home Health Care locations. Not to be used in conjunction with any other Shoppers Optimum Points® promotions or promotional card offers. Valid Shoppers Optimum Card® must be presented at time of purchase. Shoppers Optimum Points® have no cash value but are redeemable under the Shoppers Optimum program for discounts on purchases at Shoppers Drug Mart. The savings value of the points set out in this offer is calculated based on the Shoppers Optimum Program® rewards schedule in effect at time of this offer and is strictly for use of this limited time promotion. The savings value obtained by redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points will vary depending on the Shoppers Optimum Program reward schedule at time of redemption and other factors, details of which may be found at shoppersdrugmart.ca. The $20 worth of points back on 50,000 points level redeemed is equivalent to 16,000 Shoppers Optimum Points®. The $40 worth of points back on 95,000 points level redeemed is equivalent to 30,000 Shoppers Optimum Points®. Shoppers Optimum Points will be awarded by December 8, 2017. See cashier for details. ® 911979 Alberta Ltd.

Happy shopping! What’s on your SDM shopping list?

Julep Nail Color in Christa, swatch

Julep — Christa (Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Julep 2015 Summer, July “Holo Nights/Days Mystery Box”

It’s rare for me to find my name in a cosmetic item—even though I really do not have an uncommon English name—and I almost always buy a similar-named one when I see it. Over the years, I’ve picked up NARS Christina lipstick and nail polishes Zoya Christinna, NYX Christine, and Julep Chrissy, Christi, and Christa. Only one of those is my actual name!

So, when Julep ran a $4 charity sale back in September, I took the opportunity to pick up Christa, which was originally released in a 2015 Mystery Box. Julep calls it a “Purple Twilight Liquid Holographic.”

Julep’s stock photos make this look pinker than it is; to me, it’s a more neutral—and probably even bluer—purple with a silvery finish. The holo is on the subtler side, so in some light it just looks like a silver purple shimmer. In bright sunlight, you’ll see a stronger pink shift and soft holo effect.

Julep Nail Color in Christa

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New Releases: Chanel — Le Vernis (Fall & Winter 2017)

Just a quick post to share some of the new Chanel nail colors for fall and winter! There are four new collections listed here:

CHIFFREE
Holiday 2017

“Celebrating Gabrielle Chanel’s lucky numbers.”

 


Vert Nº19

Vert Nº22

Vert Nº31

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