It’s time for me to toss my free 2017 calendar from the Canadian Dairy Farmers, and as luck would have it, Essence Cosmetics has just released a free downloadable calendar for 2018. The great thing about it is there are no Essence logos on it—it’s just cute and pretty!
Essence recently released a collection of outer space-inspired nail colors, and over the course of several trips to Shoppers Drug Mart, I couldn’t help picking up, well…all of them:
Outta Space Is the Place (01)
Across the Universe (02)
Space Glam (03)
Beam Me Up! (04)
Intergalactic Adventure (05)
We Will Spock You! (06)
1000 Light Years Away (07)
The packaging is very sleek and feels a bit fancier than their usual product packaging, with squared glass bottles and mirror-shine caps. All the shades are also various types of iridescent shimmers and glitters. The price reflects these details, and the 9 mL polishes retail for CA$3.99 instead of the usual $2.99 for the 8 mL Gel Nail Polishes.
Today, I’m reviewing Outta Space Is the Place (01), a pearly iridescent white that is—very happily—opaque!
Finally, everyone in the household is on the road to recovery! I managed to stay relatively illness-free, except for once when I think I might have given myself food poisoning and had an upset stomach for a night. We were all so overwhelmed over the last week and a half that my husband actually had to remind me that we forgot about our 17th wedding anniversary over the weekend.
I should really get my computer to remind me about stuff like this.
So, we celebrated last night with some dinner delivered and half a movie (The Nice Guys, if you’re interested—and that’s how we have to roll nowadays, early to bed). Plus, we’ll add a li’l anniversary money to our fun budgets!
Speaking of fun budgets, here’s some stuff I hauled over the last couple of months from drugstores. And I’m including some stuff I got from Cosmetic Love late last year, but totally forgot about under my desk.
All prices are what I paid, not necessarily the MSRP.
The full list:
A’Pieu Start Up Pore Primer [free sample]
Banila Co. Glam Muse Luster Lipstick in LPP 656 [US$11.52]
Bee By the Sea Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm in Vanilla [CA$3.19]
BulgariOmnia Paraiba EDT 25 mL Purse Spray [CA$19.99]
butter LONDON 6-Piece Petite Lacquer Collection [CA$17.50]
Cargo HD Picture Perfect Concealer in Light Medium [CA$14]
Cargo HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation in 2N [CA$21]
Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One in 025 [CA$14]
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion [CA$13.99]
CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation in Medium Beige (210) [CA$5.99]
Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser [CA$11.99]
Essence The Gel Nail Polish (Soft Matt) in Va-Va-Voom [CA$2.99]
Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer Perfect Lash [US$5.74]
Gosh Nail Lacquer in Galaxy (612) [CA$4]
Green Beaver Natural Toothpaste in Frosty Mint [CA$4.63]
Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum [free sample]
It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm, Holiday Edition, in Green Apple [US$4.87]
L.A. Girl HD PRO BB Cream in Light/Medium [CA$7.49]
L’Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile in Coral Trianon [CA$7.49]
L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Nude Beige (203) [CA$14.99]
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.
The last installment of Haulage Week! includes two items from Dollarama and one from Shoppers Drug Mart. From the dollar store, I picked up a purple L’Oréal mascara and one of the ugliest shades of OPI ever seen, for CA$3 apiece. From the drugstore, I got the much raved about Essence gel top coat on sale for CA$2.99.
I can normally only use waterproof mascaras due to my extremely stubborn lashes that uncurl in a slightly humid bathroom, but ever since I have been using a Korean waterproof mascara undercoat, I’ve been able to enjoy using regular mascaras! So L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in Purple Pop was mine at the cool price of $3.
Dollarama also sometimes has OPI polishes, and they’ve recently had heaps of one particular shade: Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window. (I get motion sickness very easily, so this kind of speaks to me on a personal level.) As you might have guessed, it’s a kind of vomit-y, pea green shade. I’ve passed on it many times, but this time I finally bit the bullet. I might save the swatch for Halloween!
Finally, there’s been so much hype about Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat that I spotted it on sale last week for $2.99 and immediately bought it. I change my polish too often to test it out properly on my fingernails, so I’ll have to try it on my toenails, instead.
Enjoy the weekend, and I should be back with swatches and reviews on Monday!