fivezero's beautyBOUTIQUE Haulage (March 2017)

Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (March–April 2017)

I never did get around to posting my beautyBOUTIQUE hauls (gotta love those Shoppers Drug Mart coupons and Optimum Points events!), so I’m combining five of them into one post.

Perhaps these will provide some inspiration for Mother’s Day gifts? Speaking of which, today was a special day for me because I received my first ever Mother’s Day gift from our little peanut!

Behold (the peanut clip art is covering his name):

fivezero's 2017 Mother's Day Gift from peanut

I am totally wearing that necklace on Sunday.

Anyway, here’s my fairly reasonable damage! All prices are in CA$.

Orders 1–2

First up, I received two $10 off coupons for beautyBOUTIQUE.ca when I was buying stuff at Shoppers Drug Mart. Cool. Of course, I had to use them on two orders:

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Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Event (April 29-30, 2017)

Sale Alert: Shoppers Drug Mart’s Spend Your Points Event (April 29–30, 2017)

This weekend (April 29–30, 2017), Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points Event!

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive:

  • 50,000 points for $100 off (extra $15)
  • 95,000 points for $200 off (extra $30)

This offer is also available online at SDM’s beautyBOUTIQUE. Don’t forget ebates.ca (referral link)!

Search for your closest Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE by brand here.

Here are links to some of my past Optimum Points hauls:

I have a lot of points accumulated, and decided I don’t want to hang on to too many at once (should Loblaw decide to change the Optimum Points system). I redeemed twice for $200! Whee! Optimum Points get racked up a lot faster if you load the personalized coupons every week.

Here’s my haul. I was good and didn’t get any lipstick! But I did get nail polish (of course), eyeshadow, lipgloss (doesn’t count!), and foundation. I only had to pay the excess beyond $200 ($1 on the first order, $2 on the second!) and 13% HST (sales tax) on the full amounts—and of course I redeemed 2 x 95k Optimum Points. I also received a bonus 10k points for spending $100 on Clinique skincare. I think it’s nice that they let you get the bonuses even when you’re just redeeming points and not “really” spending money.

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National Fragrance Day: 20 Favorite Bottle Designs in My Perfume Collection

It’s National Fragrance Day! To celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of favorite perfume bottles in my collection. I’ve previously done a list of perfumes I want just for the bottles, so I thought this would be a fun one to do, as well.

I’m not wearing any of these scents today, though. Test driving ’90s classic Tommy Girl (which comes in a perfectly serviceable bottle, but it’s certainly not one of my favorites).

ANNICK GOUTAL Heure Exquise EDP
Image: annickgoutal.com

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ANNICK GOUTAL — Heure Exquise & Les Nuits d’Hadrien

Many of Annick Goutal’s fragrances come in this signature bottle and tagged with a ribbon and a card. The style is old-fashioned and very beautiful. The glass bottle’s ribbing is reminiscent of gathered tulle.


BADGLEY MISCHKA Badgley Mischka EDP (2006)

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BADGLEY MISCHKA — Badgley Mischka (2006)

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Haulage! Bourjois & RMS at beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart ($10 Gift Cards, February–March 2017)

Shoppers Drug Mart have been handing out $10 gift cards for beautyBOUTIQUE (online only) with any purchase (from February 25, while supplies last), so I’ve recently collected two such gift cards.

Since beautyBOUTIQUE offers free shipping for $50 purchases, I ended up placing two slightly-over-$50 orders, since you can only use one gift card per order. I would hate to have to spend $8 on shipping just to use a $10 gift card!

I’ve recently been on the lookout for a new everyday foundation, because Revlon have seen fit to discontinue my tried-and-true Nearly Naked. They actually did this last year, but I haven’t had to buy any bottles since I stocked up in 2015 and so I didn’t realize. I’ve gone and bought up the remaining bottles at SaleEvent, but obviously, I need to find a replacement.

Some other liquid foundations I really like for my dry skin are Estée Lauder Double Wear, Lancôme Teint Miracle, Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream, Almay Clear Complexion Makeup, and L’Oréal True Match. But Nearly Naked took the cake for overall best: ease of application, good color match, natural look, easily found in stores and online, and of course it was quite inexpensive (CA$10–11 on sale). The EL and Lancôme are much pricier, plus Teint Miracle has been reformulated and had the shades renamed, and I haven’t gotten around to being colormatched again; Missha and Almay (believe it or not) are not easily obtained in store; and L’Oréal True Match has a tendency to make me a little bit greasy, which is pretty impressive considering I have dry skin.

So, I hit up Shoppers and headed for the Bourjois display to test out their foundations. I’ve never tried much of their makeup before (just some nail polish and blush) and decided I should really give them a proper look. I saw three main liquid foundations on display: Healthy Skin Serum, Healthy Skin Serum Gel, and 123 Perfect. I was in a little bit of a rush so I didn’t stand around Googling reviews for each formulation—I just did a bit of swatching.

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Clinique Beyond Rose eau de parfum

Clinique — Beyond Rose EDP Review

I’ve probably mentioned before that my husband and I don’t really bother to exchange gifts—we just allot ourselves gift budgets and get whatever we want! It’s a great way to not waste time and money, though it obviously lacks a little in the romance department. But we’re happy with the way this works for us!

This Valentine’s Day, he declined picking anything up for himself (I’m quite sure that the day he retires, he’ll blow all the accumulated gift money on something ludicrous), but I, of course, chose to “blind”-buy yet another perfume.

I am a lover of rose perfumes, and a few pricier ones have been on my wishlist for many years—namely Dark Rose by Czech & Speake, Rossy de Palma by Etat Libre d’Orange, Rose 31 by Le Labo, and Louve by Serge Lutens. However, because I’m fairly capricious when it comes to perfume, instead of getting one of my longtime wishlist items, I pounced on a perfume I’d never smelled.

In fairness, it did end up being somewhat less expensive than my wishlist items, and it had kinda-sorta been on a wishlist of sorts in my head. It is, after all, a rose perfume! And it comes in a beauty of a bottle.

In 2014, Clinique released an oriental rose perfume aimed at the Middle Eastern market. I believe it was originally sold in the Middle East and possibly at Harrods in England, as well. I read about it, swooned over the stunning bottle and the description of the fragrance, then tucked it into the back of my mind, since I clearly wasn’t going to get to try it out anytime soon in North America.

Named Beyond Rose, the fragrance has top notes of white pepper and mate leaf; heart notes of rose, freesia, and osmanthus; and base notes of amber, styrax, labdanum, and benzoin. I love rose perfumes in many guises, but spicy florientals are a particular favorite.

The past, present and future of the Middle East are in this magnetic and mysterious fragrance.

Elegant notes that combine to create an exhilarating experience, where the agreement of Wild Rose is exacerbated by spicy notes, and shrouded by a veil of Amber.

Earlier this year, I was browsing FragranceX like I do every now and then, and Beyond Rose caught my eye! I bought it almost immediately, knowing that Valentine’s Day was coming up and I had the spare funds for it. It ended up costing me a little over CA$125 with my 10% FX loyalty discount, and that also includes free shipping and no tax/duties. (It’s actually a tiny cheaper in CAD at FX, now, in case you’re interested, though I think the price difference is just down to currency fluctuation. They have several bottles left as of February 15, and I’m not affiliated with them.)

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Clinique — Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Review

I received Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief in a GWP size a long while ago (November 2015, to be accurate) and I recently dug it up in an effort to use up all my skincare.

Skin Types: All
Lush cream-gel penetrates skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid—nature’s perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, skin is plumped, dewy, glowing—from the inside out. Oil-free.

It doesn’t mention this on the website, but the packaging says you can also try it as a 5-minute moisture mask. I find this slightly confusing: if you use this as a moisturizer, which is how it’s advertised, it would just stay on your skin all day, anyway. If you use it as a mask, you’d just apply it and rinse it off after the suggested 5-minutes? Why?!

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief GWP

In any case, I really like this moisturizer! I don’t think I’ve ever tried any of the Moisture Surge moisturizers, so I feel kind of dumb, now. They’ve been around forever, haven’t they?

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Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

It has been eons since I did a Tag post, partly because I haven’t been tagged for anything in a while. Sniff! 😦

Anyway, I came across this tag at The Makeup Honey—the blogger, Sian, created the tag herself—and thought it’d be fun to do.

Tag Tuesday: Lip Lovin’

1. What was the first lipstick you ever owned?

CoverGirl in Honeyplum Glow! I can’t remember if my mom let me buy it, or if she gave it to me. Or maybe I just “borrowed” it and she never said anything! I used it all through high school. JUST ONE LIPSTICK. Boggles my mind, now.

 

2. Which lip product has been the biggest disappointment?

Lipstick Queen’s Sinner Lipstick in Berry. Horrid. I also hate all those pastel lipcolors that end up so chalky and showing every line and bit of dry skin on the lips! I’m looking at you, CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat and MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Fashion City! Another two fails I remember well were Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Blackberry and Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Flashing Lights.

CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat
CoverGirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Coral Cat (far right)

3. Which lipstick is your holy grail product?

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