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 when I was buying stuff at Shoppers Drug Mart. Cool. Of course, I had to use them on two orders:

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La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser (sample)

La Roche-Posay — Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser Review

Late last year, I was making a purchase at Shoppers Drug Mart, a Canadian drugstore chain, and the cashier (who’s a pretty awesome lady and I’m pretty sure she knows I like to buy beauty products a lot!) brought to my attention a charity purchase they were running.

The thing is, the charity purchase wasn’t for candy, or a sticker, or whatever they usually give you for these kinds of things. It was for beauty products. Hello!

I’ll be honest, I was distracted by the goodie bags on display and totally forgot what the charity was. I have a feeling it was a women’s charity, which would make sense as the purchase was for a small assortment of skincare samples, and as a pharmacy, Shoppers has a Women’s Health initiative, to which you can also donate your Optimum Points. Actually, now that I think of it, I made the purchase in October (that’s the datestamp for the photos I took), which means it was probably for Breast Cancer Awareness.

There was a line behind me, so I didn’t want to spend too long fussing over which goodie bag to get. I picked one and ponied up the $10 donation.

Everything came in a reusable zippered pouch with a Nuxe label on it or something; I didn’t take a photo of it, and have since forgotten where I put it. The three product samples I got were:

  • Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum (5 mL)
  • Bio Beauté by Nuxe Vitamin-Rich Detox Mask with Orange Water (15 mL)
  • La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser (50 mL)

Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase, October 2016
Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase, October 2016.
La Roche-Posay, Nuxe, and Avène skincare samples.

They all seemed nice for my dry skin type, and while I have tried and liked some La Roche-Posay products in the past, I had never tried Avène and Bio Beauté by Nuxe, so I was psyched to give them a try.

Today’s review is for the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser.

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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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Empties for Fall 2015

I have no makeup empties this quarter! Aaaargh!

Also, I really need to start taking pictures of my products before I use them and they get all grody. Seriously. No one wants to see the mangled Body Shop Body Polish tube I used up!

Here is my list of empties for Fall 2015 (Sept., Oct., and Nov.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner. I bought this on sale for $7.99 at, after I noticed that I was getting a thinning spot on my scalp. Shortly after, I also developed postpartum hair loss, which is just great. (My hair is currently half the thickness it used to be, and I’m anticipating hair growth to return in the form of a mullet.) Now, the Stem Cells claim in this conditioner is pretty much nonsense, because dead fruit stem cells in your hair products aren’t going to make your human hair regrow. That’s ridiculous. I really like the shampoo in this line, but the conditioner is just average. I don’t find that it does anything particularly well or badly, though it does smell nice. One complaint is that it is really, really thick and is hard to squeeze through the small hole in the cap. I wouldn’t repurchase this.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner

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