Haulage! Drugstores & Cosmetic Love (Oct 2016 & Feb–Mar 2017)

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]
  • Bulgari Omnia 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]
  • Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream [US$11]
  • Lioele Dollish Cera-V CC Cream [US$15.25]
  • Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Moisturizing Cream [US$8.38]
  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Normal/Dry, Buff (150) [CA$16.99]
  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Normal/Dry, SPF 20 Nude (200) [CA$16.99]
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Daydreamer [CA$8.99]
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love Is On [CA$4.99]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Bow To the Queen [CA$7.47]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden [CA$7.47]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Talk Is Chic [CA$7.47]
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Naturel 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Bare Necessities (753A) [CA$6.39]
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Naturel 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Awakening (754A) [CA$7.99]
  • Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Mascara in Amp’d Black [CA$4.79]
  • Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color in Left Marooned [CA$4.79]

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Haulage! Giveaway Prize & UK Swap with Helpless Whilst Drying (June 2016)

Back in March, one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Rachael of Helpless Whilst Drying (as a nail polish addict, I’ve gotta love that blog name!) celebrated her 2-year blogiversary and held a fantastic giveaway! I was one of the lucky runners-up and of course, I selected a Lottie London nail polish as my prize.

As it turned out, Rachael is in the UK and the Royal Mail apparently updated their international mail prohibited list to include nail polish! I felt quite awful that Rachael had spent so much effort just finding the nail color I’d requested, only to be told that she couldn’t mail it overseas to Canada, so we did what any beauty-product lovers would do: We decided to have a swap!

We set a budget (about GBP£33/CAD$60), exchanged some ideas of what we’d like from the other country, and off we went shopping! I had loads of fun shopping for Rachael’s goodies! It’s been ages since I’ve done an international swap—those are always the best to me, since I love trying out brands from other countries.

But, of course, even more fun was receiving my parcel from Rachael! I think we were blessed by the swap gods or something, because both of us received our parcels very quickly. I don’t think it took much over a week. Well done, Royal Mail and Canada Post! I guess we were also lucky that nothing got held up in customs, as well.

Without further ado, here’s the haulage!

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Gosh Nail Lacquer in Boot Camp, swatch

GOSH — Boot Camp (Nail Lacquer)

Gosh is a Danish brand that is sold at Shoppers Drug Mart here in Canada. They’re sort of mid-range for a drugstore product, and though I haven’t tried any of their other makeup products, the price seems about right judging from the quality of the nail polish (about CA$7).

I actually got this particular polish for free. Turns out Shoppers was passing out free goodie bags near my husband’s office, and being a sucker for all manner of free things, he instinctively went to nab it. It contained a smattering of random drugstore products: he immediately ate the Ferrero Rocher, ignored the various creams and gels, and passed off this nail polish to me.

I already own about three Gosh polishes, so I was pretty stoked to see that this color is one that I don’t already have. Granted, it’s not a color I’d have bought for myself, but I ain’t arguing with free.

Boot Camp (011) is, as you’d expect, an army khaki green with strong golden olive shimmer.

Danish soldiers return to Copenhagen in 1848 (1884), Otto Bache
Danish soldiers return to Copenhagen in 1848 (1884), Otto Bache.
They weren’t wearing “army green” back in 1848. Hi-res. Image: wikipedia.org

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Drugstore Haulage, GOSH, Sally Hansen, Nubar nail polish

Haulage! My Drugstore Purchases for Summer 2015

As we are entering the fall months on this last day of August—though fall doesn’t technically begin here in Canada until September 23—I thought it would be a very responsible idea to enter a low-buy for the upcoming season. After all, you gotta start saving money for those post-holiday deals, right?

Plus, the Canadian dollar is so weak at the moment, and prices are slowly going up. We’re down to 75¢ to the US dollar, guys! It hasn’t been this low since the 90s, I think.

So I have resolved to “shop my stash” and stop buying so much bloody nail polish until December.

To get myself in the mood to do so, here’s a roundup of my drugstore purchases since about June (that’s about three months, but doesn’t include my last Shoppers Optimum Points haul, since that was basically free).

Also, I just want to add that everything here was purchased on sale at either Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, or Well.ca.

Retail is for suckers, Kramer, Seinfeld
“Retail is for suckers.” —Seinfeld

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Gosh — Black Passion & Gasoline (Nail Lacquer)

Gosh is a Danish brand that is sold at some Shoppers Drug Marts here in Canada. I recently picked up two of their polishes to try. I actually had bought one years ago, Purple something, I think, but I haven’t swatched it yet! (As an aside, I visited Copenhagen for the first time earlier this year. It’s a beautiful city and I loved the people and the food! But I didn’t see any nail polish! I wonder where these are sold in their home country. Next time I go, I’ll have to check out the makeup and Legoland.)

Black Passion is a super opaque black with silvery charcoal shimmer. Two coats was all that was needed.

Gosh Nail Lacquer in Black Passion, swatch

Gasoline looks really good in the bottle: purple with blue and pink shimmer. On the nail, however, it’s pretty sheer and is better as a top coat. It took three coats to get it to this level of semi-opaque pink shimmer in the photo. The shimmer is very pretty, though!

Gosh Nail Lacquer in Gasoline, swatch

At $7 CA, these little polishes are well worth picking up if you spot a color you like. The formula is nice and applies well. I really like the little cylindrical bottles, too. A minor drawback is that they only contain 8 mL of product (a more standard nail polish size is 13-15 mL).

Gosh Nail Lacquer (English site), 0.3 fl. oz. / 8 mL. MSRP 59.95 DKK / $7 CA. Gosh nail lacquers are formaldehyde free and made in the EU • Denmark.