Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart / beautyBOUTIQUE (September 2018), Joe Fresh clearance

Haulage! Joe Fresh clearance at Shoppers Drug Mart (September 2018)

Over the last few months, Loblaw, a Canadian grocery and pharmacy retailing giant, has been making a lot of changes to their online luxury beauty store, beautyBOUTIQUE.

For one, they changed their website from beautyboutique.ca to keep it under their Shoppers Drug Mart umbrella at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca. This redirects to beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca/beauty-boutique, which seems a little redundant to me.

Anyway, secondly, they added a regular Beauty section to the Luxury Beauty section! This means that Canadians can now purchase a wide variety (though not a full selection) of drugstore beauty products online via Shoppers. This is great news for me—I’ve been sending messages about this to Shoppers whenever they ask for suggestions—since I hate having to hit up a few different locations just to find the all products I want.

I’ve noticed that there are still some growing pains. For example, not all brands are available online (L’Occitane and quite a few perfume brands in the luxury section). The weekly sales are not always posted at the right time. The database is a bit wonky: Mid- and lower-priced brands (Calgon, J.R. Watkins, Marcelle, Pixi, Cake Beauty, all lower-end fragrances) show up in the Luxury section. There are some other oddities: Vasanti is under Luxury, but similarly-priced Nude by Nature and Consonant Skincare are slotted into regular Beauty; Strivectin is Luxury but Fekkai and Redken are filed under regular Beauty.

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Ipsy — July 2016 Glam Bag “Hot Summer Nights”

My July Ipsy (referral link) bag arrived on Tuesday, so it’s a bit late this month. I suspect it has to do with the Canada Post negotiations that have been prompting every online shop to which I’m subscribed to send a constant stream of emails about how they plan on dealing with a possible postal service shutdown.

This month’s bag contained some decent items that I can definitely use—lots of makeup! yay!—but it was also a little bit disappointing due to none of the brands being new to me (and come on, still no new nail polish?!), and many of them being brands I’ve still only ever heard of via Ipsy.

Ipsy Glam Bag, June 2016, Rebel Rebel
Image: ipsy.com

What I Received

  • theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow (from Trimony Palette) in Matt Kumar (0.5 g; full size US$42 for 21.6 g palette of 9 (2.4 g) shades)
  • Cake Beauty Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Lemon & Cream (2 oz travel size; full size 4 oz for US/CA$12)
  • Luxie Beauty Small Angle Eye Brush in Rose Gold (full size for US$10 / CA$13.05)
  • OFRA Lip Liner in Maya (full size 0.04 oz for US$13)
  • trèStiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent (0.04 oz deluxe size / full size 0.21 oz USD$19)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • theBalm: 20% off any purchase with code IPSY20 (through 7/31, US only)
  • Cake Beauty: 25% off any $50 purchase with code IPSYLEMON (through 8/31, US & Canada only)
  • Luxie Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSYANGLE (through 8/31)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 8/31)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Sale Alert: Sephora VIB 20% Off Starts Today (And my VIB Order) [November 2015]

Just a reminder that Sephora’s VIB Sale just started today (that’s 20% off from Nov. 13–16, 2015 with the code VIP20). And don’t forget eBates! I got 4% with eBates Canada.

Last Friday, I posted my Sephora wishlist, and here is what I finally ordered tonight. Yes, I stayed up until nearly 3 A.M. EST for the VIB sale. The code actually started working for me at about 2:45. I’m also glad I got in early, because one of the items I ordered—an Ardency Inn eyeshadow duo, and yeah I know I didn’t want to get more eyeshadow!—went out-of-stock almost immediately afterward.

Apart from a few items that I hadn’t 100% decided on (Sephora Formula X Nail Color in Alchemy II, Burberry Lip Velvet in Oxblood, Dior Vernis in Be Dior), everything I really wanted was in stock.

Here’s the damage (this is all coming from my birthday fund this month, and I kept it under C$100):

Ardency Inn Modster Mānuka Honey Enriched Pigment Duo in Rose Gold & Sunday
ARDENCY INN Modster Mānuka Honey Enriched Pigment Duo in Rose Gold & Sunday.
I’ve had Rose Gold on my wishlist for a long while, so when I saw this full-sized duo for C$33 (that’s C$26.40 after the discount), I snapped it up!
Image: sephora.com

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Ipsy May 2015 Glam Bag "Jetsetter"

Ipsy — May 2015 Glam Bag “Jetsetter”

This month, my Ipsy (referral link) Glam Bag arrived on time! It was late last month, so I’m happy that delivery seems to be back to normal.

What I received this month:

  • Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Hair Perfector
  • BelláPierre Cosmetics Gel Eye Liner in Ebony
  • Peter Lamas Naturals Detoxifying Citrus C Facial Cleanser
  • Pixi by Petra Beauty Bronzer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone & Revolution High-Color Lipgloss Samples in Failbait and Bittersweet
  • Breakups to Makeup Mini Makeup Clutch “VIP: Very Important Products”

Here are some photos:

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