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.
Here’s yet another Revlon from the current core collection. Revlon Nail Enamels are great fun to pick up on a whim whenever they go on sale: it’s why I have so many!
Elegant (380) is a pretty decent drugstore option for a opaque nude cream. It’s a warm, light café au lait (au lots of lait!) with the slightest pink taupe undertone that doesn’t sit terribly well with my yellow-toned skin. I think if your skintone runs a little more neutral/pink, you’ll have better luck with this one.
I own a lot of Revlon polishes because they occasionally go on sale here in Canada for about $2.99, and at that price, I usually can’t pass up grabbing a handful! I just wish that the LE shades would go on sale, too; the regular price can be as high as $6–7, and frankly, Revlon polish isn’t usually worth that much. The colors can be great, though!
Dreamer (410) is one of the more lackluster options in the core collection. I think it’s going to end up in my purge pile, pretty soon. Color-wise, it’s lovely: a barely dusty, pastel sky blue cream that leans a teensy bit periwinkle.
I haven’t opened either of these large shoeboxes in a very long time: they house a bunch of my older (pre-2010) drugstore nail polishes. I’m in the process of assembling some newly-acquired IKEA HELMER file cabinets which will become new homes for my polishes that currently reside in various boxes and bins.
I took a couple of shots of these boxes today. Recognize anything? And, yes, there are some StreetWears in that mostly-Revlon box!
P.S. The five Revlons in the featured image at the very top are new to me; I’ll be posting about that haul, shortly!
Late last year, I hauled a little more nail polish—and makeup— than I’d let on here. There’s no real rhyme or reason: I’m just sharing a bunch of cheapies that I picked up and haven’t yet shown to you guys!
ALMAY Lipstick, Lipgloss, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner, and Foundation! Honest to goodness, I cannot remember the last time I purchased any makeup from drugstore stalwart Almay (who, incidentally, are owned by Revlon). The brand just seems so boring, doesn’t it? I did have some Almay nail polishes way back in the 90s—they weren’t very good, but the shimmery nude shades they offered were gorgeous—and I may have tried a random product here and there, but I can’t recall any other specifics. The sole reason I hauled Almay late last year was because my local Shoppers Drug Mart was clearancing the brand! Like, crazy cheap (ahem, for Canada).
Clear Complexion Makeup (CA$4.25) in 300 Naked
Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm (CA$2.62) in 950 Truffle Kiss
Eyeliner Pencil (CA$2.62) in 205 Black
Intense i-Color All Day Wear Powder Shadows (CA$3.12) in:
105 Everyday Neutrals (Brown Eyes)
125 Party Brights (Brown Eyes)
140 Party Brights (Green Eyes)
Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks (CA$2.62) in:
10 Berry (Light) [not pictured]
20 Pink (Light) [not pictured]
30 Nude (Light)
50 Berry (Light/Medium)
60 Pink (Light/Medium)
70 Nude (Light/Medium)
80 Red (Light/Medium)
90 Berry (Medium)
100 Pink (Medium)
110 Nude (Medium)
120 Red (Medium)
I despise the awkward numbering/naming systems they use for the eyeshadow and lipstick. I think this lack of imagination really contributes to Almay’s staid reputation, in my mind—not that this seems to affect the product quality! I’ve been using the Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in 80 Red (Light-Medium), and even though I’m not into the whole balmy lipstick thing, I think this is a really nice, dummy-proof red lipstick and I prefer it to the comparable Revlon and Maybelline products I’ve tried, which seem waxier to me. I feel like the Almay Butter Kiss Lipstick is just about up there with the Clinique Butter Shine Lipsticks. The Clear Complexion Makeup is also super nice—I think I might actually prefer it to my current favorite drugstore foundation, Revlon Nearly Naked in Nude! 300 Naked is a better skintone match for me, and it has a pump dispenser that the Revlon should really adopt. Ahh, thank goodness this product is still being carried by the Rexall near me. I probably won’t be able to pick it up again for $4 a bottle, though.Read More »
Here is my list of empties for Winter 2015/2016 (Dec., Jan., and Feb.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.
All Things Jill Lovin’ That Lanolin Cuticle Gel. I bought this last January on sale for $5.24 (reg. $6.99) at Well.ca. It’s a local Canadian brand, so I thought it’d be nice to try it out. Unfortunately, I never noticed that it did anything much for my cuticles that a regular moisturizer wouldn’t have done, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the slightly tacky feel of the lanolin gel. A year on, the consistency has turned so it’s stickier—time to toss.
Before I get into the nail polish review today, I have two pieces of blog-related news! Firstly, I finally ponied up the $13/yr (was $12 last year, damn!) to change my blog address to blog.fivezero.ca! The old WordPress address still works; it’ll redirect here.
Secondly, last week I reported that I broke the lens to my Samsung camera, and was trying out another camera for blog photos. Unfortunately, I still haven’t gotten the hang of the new Nikon, and I actually find it kind of awkward to use for my lightbox shots, especially since it’s not mirrorless like the Samsung. The mirrorless Samsung is lighter and has a constant live view in the viewfinder, both features that are super handy for me when shooting one-handed in a small lightbox. (The Nikon DSLR works great for shots of things like my new handbag, though.)
Anyway, when I removed the broken Samsung lens, I saw that there was a loose piece inside, that looked like a tiny lens. I shoved it back in (HAHAHA) and while it’s still loose, I can actually kind of half-manually, half-auto, focus for macro shots again! So I’m back to the Samsung for nail polish shots. I’m going to ask my parents to bring up a Samsung lens replacement when they visit later this spring (it’s >$300 in Canada, and about US$150!). Hopefully, my patched-up lens will work until then. If not, I’ll probably fall back on the Canon point-and-shoot, which is nice and small.
Now, onto the polish! Here is another Revlon polish I picked up recently for under CA$3. I was going to swatch it for you guys last week, but then I dropped my camera. C’est la vie.
Trendy (590) is a deep, classic teal with a very slightly muted quality to it. The color teal gets its name from teal ducks: males of various species have areas of green and blue plumage.