Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF50

Shiseido — Ultra Sun Protection Cream for Face (SPF50) Review

I’ll be very honest here: I never really bothered to use sunscreen—unless I was at the beach or something—until I hit my 30s. I’m not an especially outdoorsy person, though I’m fond of long walks on not-too-hot days. I generally need to fry for a few hours under a tropical sun to burn at all, and I tan quickly. And I quite like the look of my skin when tan: I turn a burnished gold! But I never seek it out, of course.

Tanning easily and burning rarely sounds like a nice combo, doesn’t it? But in my early 30s, I started to notice that the more delicate areas of my skin—neck, chest, shoulders, backs of knees—would develop a rash within a half hour of being in even moderate sun, and even through thicker clothes! No burning and flaking, or even much redness—just an itchy, slightly bumpy reaction which lasts for a couple of days (ugh).

It appears to be a sun allergy, which can develop when you haven’t been exposed much to the sun (um, I live in Toronto, so yeah) and it can improve with more exposure (no, thanks).

This new reaction prompted me to get with the sunscreen program, which really is a good thing, since who wants sun-damaged skin and heightened risk of skin cancer, right?

Now, applying sunscreen to my body is pretty easy, but I’ve long known that sunscreen—at least the kind that’s usually added to foundations—can give me acne. Aaaargh.

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

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Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE.ca by Shoppers Drug Mart (March 2017)

Well, my husband and I have basically spent the last several days cleaning up vomit, snot, and poop. Thanks, norovirus! Seriously, neither of us ever got this horrible bug until a few years ago, and suddenly it’s an annual thing. Of course, now that Peanut’s in preschool, life is an apocalypse movie every other weekend, too.

At this point, everyone has gotten sick but me, so I’m running on very little sleep and very little food (because I’m afraid I’m going to come down with symptoms soon and would rather not have to puke it all back). I’ve also been washing my hands a hundred times a day, so it’s eczema city on my hands, too. I sincerely hope you are all keeping healthy, because this sucks.

Here’s a haul post, because I haven’t been able to find the will to do very much else!

As I mentioned last week, Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada has been handing out $10 gift cards to their online beauty store, beautyBOUTIQUE, and well—I’ve been taking advantage.

Today and tomorrow, March 7–8, Shoppers are also running a Spend Your Points Plus promo in the form of a coupon you load onto your Optimum Card. I do not know whether this works online at beautyBOUTIQUE (their Twitter staff didn’t seem to know), but I redeemed my points, anyway, since I kind of wanted to use up the third $10 gift card I got. If the points don’t get added later on, I’ll just give the beautyBOUTIQUE people a shout to see if they’ll give me the bonus points.

Here’s what I hauled after redeeming 95k points. I spent CA$184, so in the end I paid $4 plus the tax on $184, which came to just under $27. Also, don’t forget that ebates.ca works with beautyBOUTIQUE, too! It’s 4% cashback today.
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Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Event, April 2016, Optimum Redemption Haulage, Chanel nail polish Gitane Roubachka, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour Nail Enamel Black Perfecto, Meteorites Medium

Haulage! Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Event (April 2016)

On Saturday, Shoppers Drug Mart ran a Spend Your Points event. I skipped the last such event, so this time, with wishlist in hand, I headed out to the largest beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart near me to redeem 95,000 Optimum points for $200 worth of loot.

My wishlist went something like this:

  • ANNA SUI nail polish
  • CHANEL nail polish
  • GUERLAIN nail polish, particularly Black Perfecto
  • PAUL & JOE BEAUTÉ nail polish (are you noticing a trend, here?)
  • GUERLAIN Météorites
  • SOAP & GLORY body scrub

Basically, I wanted those fancy Météorites, a new body scrub, and, well, I always want new nail polish! I had decided to avoid getting any lip products, eyeshadow, and skincare, since I really-really-really don’t need more at the moment.

I didn’t do too badly in the end, as this is what I came home with (the location I went to didn’t have any Paul & Joe and Soap & Glory—bah!):

  • CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gitane (510), $32
  • CHANEL Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Roubachka (514), $32
  • GUERLAIN Météorites Light-Revealing Pearls of Powder in Medium (03), $75
  • GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in Black Perfecto (007), $37
  • GUERLAIN La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Black Perfecto (007), $27
  • SHISEIDO Facial Cotton, $11

All prices are in Canadian dollars, by the way, so don’t be shocked if you’re used to US prices! And, yes, we still have to pay sales tax (13% HST in Ontario) on the $200 redemption.

Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Optimum Event, April 2016, receipt

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Haulage! Stash Matters’ Giveaway (2016)

Last month, one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Stash Matters, ran an amazing giveaway to mark her first blogiversary, and I was so lucky to be one of the winners!

Since we live in the same city, Stashy suggested we meet up, and earlier this week, we finally did for the first time! Neither one of us had done such a meetup before, so it was a new experience for us both.

I was a little nervous at first, but was immediately at ease upon meeting her for the first time—the meetup ended up being a lot of fun! I had my peanut with me, as well, and he took to Stashy instantly (a great sign, because I tell you he can sense evil!). We both chatted for a while and then had a leisurely stroll through the shiny new Saks that had just opened up downtown.

Of course, we did a little gift exchange, too, which is what this post is mostly about! I was only meant to receive five items from her giveaway, but of course, Stashy had to go and throw in some excellent extras, as well!

Here’s what I received, all delivered in a cute, reusable shopping tote:

  • adorable card with drawings of luxe handbags!
  • Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Cocoaloco
  • Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Eau de Toilette
  • Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Coconut Ultra Shea Body Cream
  • Clarins Pure & Radiant Mask with Pink Clay
  • C.O. Bigelow Supreme 2X Lip Shine in Spearmint
  • MAC Pro Longwear Eye Shadow Pro Palette Refill in Uninterrupted
  • Nicole by OPI Oil to Go Cuticle Oil
  • Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear in Tiramisu
  • Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick Mini in RS612 Gilded Wine
  • Smashbox Blush Brush #16

haulage from Stash Matters' giveaway, greeting card
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Winners Canada Haulage, NARS, SpaRitual, Anna Sui nail polish

Haulage! My Winners (The Canadian TJ Maxx) Purchases for Summer 2015

As we are entering the fall months on this first day of September—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, I’ve 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” more and stop buying so much bloody nail polish until December. You might start to see reviews of things I bought over a year ago…

To get myself in the mood for a low-buy, here’s a roundup of my Winners purchases since about April. That’s about five months, basically since my last Winners haul post, so this post is really more like: Purchases for the Second Half of Spring, and Summer.

Now, I love shopping at the TJ Maxx stores (that’s Winners and HomeSense in Canada, though we also recently got Marshalls, too). They’re obviously a bit hit/miss, but the hits can be fantastic!

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So…My Sephora VIB Sale Damage

Sephora VIB Haulage April 2015, Shiseido Eye Color Trio Floracouture, Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick Gracia, Ardency Inn Modster Lip Color Sweet Nothing

And, combined with my recent Illamasqua haul at Hudson’s Bay, that’s me on a low-buy for the next few months! (Hey, what else am I going to get with next month’s Mother’s Day budget?)

  • Ardency Inn MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Sweet Nothing
  • Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact in Gracia (66)
  • Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Floracouture (OR316)

Sample Freebies:

  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
  • Kat Von D Lock It Foundation
  • Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch

(With this order, I’ve now achieved VIB Status for next year. The shame.)

[Edit @ 12:43pm EST: It’s just shipped! Yay!]