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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Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2016)

This Haulage! post also serves as Part 2 to Online Store Review: beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (Part 1).

My order was placed on September 17, it shipped on the 22nd, and it was arrived to me in Toronto on the 23rd (5 business days), so delivery fell well within the advertised 4–7 business days.

Firstly, I want to mention that about a week after I placed the order, I happened to notice something while I was doing my weekly coupon-loading on Shoppers Drug Mart’s website/app (it’s totally worth it, by the way—I’ve racked up so many Optimum points using the personalized coupons they are constantly cranking out!). My Optimum Points total seemed unusually low, even considering the 95,000 points I had just redeemed over the weekend. Then, under my Transaction History, I saw this:

They’d deducted my redeemed points twice!

As I was already on the Shoppers Drug Mart site, I shot off an email to them via their contact form. Shortly afterward, I received an email saying my message could not be delivered because my Yahoo email wasn’t being accepted. Guys, it’s coming from your own web form. Then, a tweet came to nothing as they asked me to direct message them, and then, via DM, asked me to send them an email. I emailed, then they asked me to call in.

I suppose I could have just called from the start, but what on earth are web forms and email and other methods of online communication for, then? In the end, I had a light bulb moment and checked beautyBOUTIQUE.com, where I’d actually made the purchase. They had their own web form for contacting customer service, so I tried that. (Frankly, it was already 4pm and there were constant drilling sounds coming from an adjacent apartment, so I didn’t feel like shouting over the phone with a CS agent. Not to mention Peanut is very keen on talking to everybody on the phone, even if it’s not for him.)

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (December 14, 2015)

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Clinique Canada, Estée Lauder Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, MAC Canada, Murale, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Well.ca.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Dec 14–20: Free express shipping on all orders of $125 or more.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Pick 5 free samples with any $35 purchase.

Estée Lauder Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases.
  • All this December: 3 free samples with a $50 purchase. Use the code LITTLELUX.
  • PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • 7.5% cashback from eBates Canada on Monday, Dec. 14 (regular amount is 2.5%).
  • HBC GWP: Free evening bag in your choice of silver or black, with any $100 cosmetic purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers.
  • Bond No. 9 is 50% off (possibly being cleared out?). This is a fragrance company, but the deal was too good for me to ignore here. I’m not the hugest fan of Bond No. 9, but the deals are great if you are. The online selection is not huge (the famed Chinatown, for example, is not available online); perhaps try in store for more options.
  • Clinique PWP: 12 Days of Pretty Multi-Treatment Gift Set ($260 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase
  • Estée Lauder GWP: 4-pc GWP, featuring your choice of Pleasures or Beautiful fragrance and body lotion, with any $65 Estée Lauder fragrance purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Illamasqua is being cleared out. The Nail Varnish is $8.50 (reg. $17.00; available shades: Peruzzi).
  • Lord & Taylor: 30% off.
  • MAC: 25% off Holiday Sets.

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (December 7, 2015)

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Clinique Canada, Estée Lauder Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, MAC Canada, Murale, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Well.ca.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Dec 1–13: Free standard shipping on all orders.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.

Estée Lauder Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases.
  • PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • Clinique PWP: 12 Days of Pretty Multi-Treatment Gift Set ($260 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase
  • Estée Lauder GWP: 4-pc GWP, featuring your choice of Pleasures or Beautiful fragrance and body lotion, with any $65 Estée Lauder fragrance purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish @ $8.50 (reg. $17.00; this has been going on for months as Illamasqua is clearing out; available shades: Peruzzi).

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Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson's Bay, Fall 2015

Haulage! Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson’s Bay (Fall 2015)

On the last day of August, since I knew I was starting a fall low-buy, I decided to splurge one last time! I knew Hudson’s Bay was running an Estée Lauder GWP, and eBates.ca (referral link) was offering an additional 5% cashback. Plus, I’d had Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Blush in Sensuous Rose on my wishlist ever since I bought it for my mom last year. Then, last week, Stashmatters praised the blush, and basically, all the stars aligned and I finally ordered it. It costs just enough to qualify for the GWP, as well!

Well, I should say that most of the stars aligned. I recently updated my Firefox browser, and I don’t know if it was the browser update or Hudson’s Bay updating their online store, but I suddenly could not add anything into my shopping cart. I also couldn’t remove existing items from my shopping cart. Both actions prompted JavaScript errors.

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Sale Alert — Estée Lauder GWP at Hudson’s Bay (Ends March 15, 2015 – Online & In Store)

Hudson's Bay Estee Lauder GWP March 2015

Canadians: Hudson’s Bay (not affiliated) has been offering an Estée Lauder gift with purchase with any CA$36.50 purchase. The lipstick options are Pure Color Long Lasting Lipsticks in Pink Parfait and Rubellite.

An additional gift is offered with an CA$80 purchase.

The offer ends on March 15. No code is required for online purchases.

I took advantage of the GWP because I wanted to try Double Wear Foundation. Here is my review of the Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Rubellite that I received as part of my GWP. (I decided against spending $80 to get the eyeshadow palette, since over Christmas I got the purchase with purchase holiday palette, and almost all of the colors in this 7-shadow palette are in that one. Just FYI to anyone who has the holiday palette!)

Estée Lauder — Rubellite (Pure Color Lipstick)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick GWP in Rubellite

I recently received this as part of an Estée Lauder gift with purchase (trying out EL Double Wear Foundation!), and to be frank, I wasn’t especially keen on either of the two lipstick colors being offered. It was basically a light pink and a deep pink; as a very yellow-toned person, I’m very picky with pink lipsticks! Both pinks seemed cool-toned, so I ended up just picking the deeper one, since in my experience I can pull off a deeper cool-toned color much better than a lighter one.

So, when Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Rubellite arrived, I took a glance at it and went, “Ehh.” It’s pretty, but looks quite cool-toned and not at all something I would choose for myself. (It also had that weird bubbly nonsense on its surface, as you can see from the photo above. I’m sure it’s harmless, but it looks kind of gross.)

Let me just add that in the past, I have not had good experiences with Estée Lauder lipsticks. Years ago, back when their Sugar Daddy lipstick was very popular, I got suckered into getting it since it actually looked like a color that would suit a warm-toned person. Along with Sugar Daddy, I received another GWP lipstick that I can’t remember the name of. Both looked pretty decent on at first, but after a while, they would both turn the same shade of orange-fuchsia on me. Ewww.

At least Rubellite won’t have that issue. I mean, it’s already really, really pink.

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