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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fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

Ipsy — August 2017 Glam Bag “Good Vibes Only”

This is super late, because my first Ipsy bag for August never arrived! After a long time waiting, I finally checked my tracking number in late August and it said it had already been delivered! Which did not happen, or at least I never received it.

I thought that, technically, Ipsy could just say that the bag was delivered and so it isn’t their fault that I never received it. But I thought I’d contact them, anyway, and lo and behold—they were awesome about it. They responded to my email within a couple of hours, and my new bag was shipped the next day!

I was slightly worried that I wouldn’t be getting the same items I was supposed to be getting (I was pretty happy with my August bag), and it would be unfortunate but understandable if they didn’t have the exact items left. Yet, my bag arrived yesterday and it is exactly what I was supposed to have received, except for the eyeshadow from theBalm (they sent a same-sized sample of Bahama Mama bronzer in its place). Big kudos to Ipsy!

meme, Futurama Fry thank you email

So, here’s my August bag…

Ipsy Glam Bag, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

Ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag: “Good Vibes Only”

Image: ipsy.com

The Ipsy cosmetic bag came in three variations last month; I didn’t get the one I most liked (“Peace Love Lipstick”; I got “Good Vibes Only”), but it’s just a makeup bag and I’m not especially in love with August’s designs, anyway. The typography feels a bit off to me. I do like the little gold tassels, though!

Ipsy Glam Bag variations, August 2017, Good Vibes Only

What I Received

  • theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder (0.57 g sample; 7.08 g full size US$20)
  • Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume (5 mL spray; 100 mL full size US$135)
  • Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Translucent Powder (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
  • Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo in Beaming & Tenderheart (0.14 oz each; can’t find retail item, but Pacifica’s Blushious is 0.10 oz and retails for US$12)
  • sundays Nail Polish in No. 28 (14 mL full size; US$18)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99

Total Bag Value

$1.61 + $6.75 + $23.99 + $24 + $18 = US$74.35

I think the value of my August bag is over-inflated due to the Naked Cosmetics powder (which is on sale now for $14.99) and the Pacifica duo not actually being available, so I had to add the retail prices of two regular blushes. Of course, it goes the other way with theBalm’s sample being so damn tiny. The values don’t really matter that much to me, anyway—for example, I prefer the Juliette Has a Gun perfume sample to the Pacifica blush duo.

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Marcelle Face Powder, Translucent

Throwback Thursday! Marcelle — Face Powder (Translucent) Review, Plus a Massive Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

For non-Canadians, Marcelle is a Canadian cosmetic brand that has been around for a very, very long time.

Marcelle and Annabelle are the mass market cosmetic lines owned by Québec-based Groupe Marcelle, and they are practically ubiquitous in Canadian drugstores. Groupe Marcelle, also very recently acquired Lise Watier, a luxury Canadian cosmetic brand, to add to their drugstore lineup.

While Annabelle is better known for makeup (I even remember their squat little oval nail polish bottles from the ’90s, though sadly, I never purchased any), Marcelle is probably best known for skincare and the product I’m reviewing today: their Translucent Face Powder, which has been around for ages.

Marcelle as a brand never appealed much to me—probably because they don’t sell nail polish, ha! Jokes aside, their face products always seemed a little too pink-toned for my warm-toned skin, and while their popular eye makeup remover works well and is well-priced, I’d rather pony up a little bit more for something better. Their makeup packaging is also decidedly ho-hum and a bit lost in the ’90s, and reminiscent of Almay’s stodgier sister.

However, at the end of 2014, I was in the market for a new loose face powder and I picked up Marcelle’s Face Powder in Translucent. It was a total whim, since I didn’t even wait for it to go on sale. Of course, I paid CA$14.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, and then it went on sale the week after.

I can’t say it wasn’t worth full price, though. The tub is gargantuan.

It holds 2.4 oz / 70 g. Do you know how much loose face powder that is?!

Loose Powder Cost Comparison Chart

Because I have insomnia, I compiled a table of loose powder prices by weight. Note that this Marcelle powder can be found at Well.ca and some drugstores for $14.99, though Marcelle’s website lists it at $15.95. I’m using the cheaper price since that’s what I see in drugstores, where one is more likely to buy it. (But even at $15.99, it still ranks as the best value on this list.)

Then, this morning, I went and scoped out a couple others in-store (Joe Fresh, Quo, and Iman).

All of the following 85 (yep) loose powders are available in Canada, and prices are listed in $CA. [2017-10-28 EDIT: This chart is now being updated on the Product Value: Loose Powder page.]

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