Haulage! Drugstores & Cosmetic Love (Oct 2016 & Feb–Mar 2017)

Finally, everyone in the household is on the road to recovery! I managed to stay relatively illness-free, except for once when I think I might have given myself food poisoning and had an upset stomach for a night. We were all so overwhelmed over the last week and a half that my husband actually had to remind me that we forgot about our 17th wedding anniversary over the weekend.

I should really get my computer to remind me about stuff like this.

So, we celebrated last night with some dinner delivered and half a movie (The Nice Guys, if you’re interested—and that’s how we have to roll nowadays, early to bed). Plus, we’ll add a li’l anniversary money to our fun budgets!

Speaking of fun budgets, here’s some stuff I hauled over the last couple of months from drugstores. And I’m including some stuff I got from Cosmetic Love late last year, but totally forgot about under my desk.

All prices are what I paid, not necessarily the MSRP.

The full list:

  • A’Pieu Start Up Pore Primer [free sample]
  • Banila Co. Glam Muse Luster Lipstick in LPP 656 [US$11.52]
  • Bee By the Sea Sea Buckthorn Lip Balm in Vanilla [CA$3.19]
  • Bulgari Omnia Paraiba EDT 25 mL Purse Spray [CA$19.99]
  • butter LONDON 6-Piece Petite Lacquer Collection [CA$17.50]
  • Cargo HD Picture Perfect Concealer in Light Medium [CA$14]
  • Cargo HD Picture Perfect Liquid Foundation in 2N [CA$21]
  • Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation in One in 025 [CA$14]
  • CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion [CA$13.99]
  • CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Oil Free Foundation in Medium Beige (210) [CA$5.99]
  • Crawford Street Rose Geranium 2-in-1 Soothing Cleanser [CA$11.99]
  • Essence The Gel Nail Polish (Soft Matt) in Va-Va-Voom [CA$2.99]
  • Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer Perfect Lash [US$5.74]
  • Gosh Nail Lacquer in Galaxy (612) [CA$4]
  • Green Beaver Natural Toothpaste in Frosty Mint [CA$4.63]
  • Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum [free sample]
  • It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm, Holiday Edition, in Green Apple [US$4.87]
  • L.A. Girl HD PRO BB Cream in Light/Medium [CA$7.49]
  • L’Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile in Coral Trianon [CA$7.49]
  • L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Nude Beige (203) [CA$14.99]
  • Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream [US$11]
  • Lioele Dollish Cera-V CC Cream [US$15.25]
  • Mizon Hyaluronic Ultra Moisturizing Cream [US$8.38]
  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Normal/Dry, Buff (150) [CA$16.99]
  • Revlon ColorStay Makeup, Normal/Dry, SPF 20 Nude (200) [CA$16.99]
  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Daydreamer [CA$8.99]
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Love Is On [CA$4.99]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Bow To the Queen [CA$7.47]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden [CA$7.47]
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Talk Is Chic [CA$7.47]
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Naturel 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Bare Necessities (753A) [CA$6.39]
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon Au Naturel 10-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Awakening (754A) [CA$7.99]
  • Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Mascara in Amp’d Black [CA$4.79]
  • Wet n Wild 1 Step WonderGel Nail Color in Left Marooned [CA$4.79]

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fivezero's IPSY Glam Bag "Much Love" February 2017

Ipsy — February 2017 Glam Bag “Much Love”

Everyone’s doing a little better today—no more fevers, just a little congestion—and Peanut made it back to school today, yay! I managed to use some of my Peanut-free time to write up my February Ipsy Glam Bag post. There are loads of goodies this month.

Seriously, Ipsy is totally killing it for me these days—and I got another nail polish!

When I saw that I was getting one of two shades of Trust Fund Beauty nail polish, I had my fingers crossed for $12 Latte, since I already have a mini of the other color, I Give Good Tweet. When I opened my Ipsy bag on Tuesday, out fell the deep, mauve-toned brown I had been hoping for. Awesome. (I’ve lucked out once before, when I received Urban Decay’s Lounge eyeshadow instead of Fireball, which I already had.)

I’ve also recently accumulated a lot of Ipsy points, mostly via referrals, so I have to give a huge thank you to those who used my referral link to join Ipsy! I was able to redeem some of the points for a couple of things last month, so I received those with my February Glam Bag.

Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
Image: ipsy.com

Last time, I complained about how Ipsy’s point rewards always sold out too quickly, and that there weren’t enough of them. Lately, I’ve found it easier to jump onto the new rewards: they seem to upload refresh them on Friday nights (my time is EST). The point amounts required seem to have increased a little, but they’re also kind of inconsistent with regard to the dollar value of the rewards, too. I’ve seen an item retailing ~$6 cost ~400 pts, and an item retailing ~$40 cost ~800 pts. Who knows? Anyway, I don’t know if they really did anything or if I am just checking the rewards more often and lucking out, but it does feel like it’s been improved!

SoI love, love, love my Ipsy bag this month! Here’s what I got (four out of five are full-sized products!):

What I Redeemed 800 Ipsy Points For

  • Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (200 Ipsy Points for 30 mL deluxe sample; 50 mL full size US$45 / CA$56)
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Crown of My Canopy (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)
  • Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (300 Ipsy Points for 5.4 g full size; US$4.99)

What I Received

  • Juice Beauty PHYTO-PIGMENTS Last Looks Cream Blush in Flush (3 g full size; US$24)
  • Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Powder in Banana (0.35 oz full size; US$23.99)
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard (4.5 g full size; full size US$6)
  • True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask (7 mL sample; 50 mL full size US$90)
  • Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte (17 mL full size; US$15)
  • Ipsy makeup bag
fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
fivezero’s Ipsy Glam Bag, February 2017, Much Love
Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Juice Beauty: 25% off any purchase + free shipping on $30 orders with code ipsy217 (through 03/31/2017)
  • Naked Cosmetics: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)
  • NYX: 25% off Butter Lipstick with code BUTTERUP (through 03/31/2017, US only)
  • True Botanicals: 15% off your first purchase with code TRUEIPSY15 (through 03/31/2017)
  • Trust Fund Beauty: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 03/31/2017)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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New Release: Wet n Wild — Holiday (Winter 2016)

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Collection: Wet n Wild 2016 Winter, Holiday

Wet n Wild has released a Holiday collection (already!) that includes four new shades of MegaLast Nail Color (they’ve recently removed the word “Salon” from the name).

They are also offering a box set of the whole collection for US$35 (value $41).

The four limited edition shades are (descriptions are mine):

  • R-U-Free-2 Dance? (lavender shimmer)
  • Cherry Blossom on Top (coffee shimmer)
  • Studio Glitter & Gold (light gold metallic)
  • I Dream of Jean Genie (slate blue with sparse silver shimmer)

Wet n Wild Summer 2016 Holiday collection, MegaLast Nail Color


Wet n Wild MegaLast Nail Color retails for US$1.99. It contains 0.45 fl oz / 13.5 mL. The formula is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Haulage! Nail Polish, Part I (Summer 2016)

Yes, indeedy, I have parts I and II for nail polish haulage in June and July 2016!

Basically, I can hardly resist a nail polish sale, so just about all of these were picked up on sale from places like Winners, Dollarama, Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Amazon, and Wal-Mart.

Here’s the all damage (5 picture sets in all)…

First, several randoms from Winners, Amazon, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • Essie Nail Polish in Violet Auction
  • OPI Infinite Shine Nail Lacquer in Pretty Pink Perseveres (I ordered To Be Continued…, a pastel periwinkle, but a third-party seller on Amazon accidentally sent me this pale pink, instead)
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Gelato On My Mind
  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Bite Me
  • L’Oréal Colour Riche Vernis à l’Huile in Grenat Irrévérent (went to three drugstores to find this product display! The bottle is awesome.)

Haulage, fivezero's nail polish, summer 2016, Essie, OPI, China Glaze, L'Oréal

Next, we have the funky, twisty new bottles of gel polish from Essie. I got the duo from Rexall and the remaining two at Amazon (Canada).

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New Release: Wet n Wild — Lost in the Wild Flowers (Summer 2016)

[Image: Wet n Wild]

Collection: Wet n Wild 2016 Summer, Lost in the Wild Flowers

Wet n Wild’s Summer 2016 limited edition collection is called Lost in the Wild Flowers, and it consists of new shades of MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, Color Icon Metallic Liquid Lipstick, MegaGlo All-In-One Highlighting Stick, and MegaLast Salon Nail Color!

I don’t believe I’ve tried their MegaLast line, so this might be a fun time for me to give it a whirl (along with their new 1 Step Wonder Gel line)!

The four bright (possibly neon?) shades are:

  • Poppy Culture (coral cream)
  • Cherry Blossom on Top (pink cream)
  • Leaf Me Be (lime cream)
  • Wild Wild Violet (purple cream)
Wet n Wild Summer 2016 Lost in the Wild Flowers collection, MegaLast Salon Nail Color
Images: wetnwildbeauty.com

Wet n Wild MegaLast Salon Nail Color retails for US$1.99. It contains 0.45 fl oz / 13.5 mL. The formula is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Haulage! Makeup on the Cheap (Late 2015)

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 »

Wet n Wild Wet Shine Nail Color (2015) in Who is Ultra Violet?

Wet n Wild — Who is Ultra Violet? (Wild Shine Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Wet n Wild 2015 Spring, Wild Shine Nail Color Re-Launch

Early this year, drugstore stalwart Wet n Wild revamped their Wild Shine Nail Color line, which is apparently the first product they ever launched back in 1979!

I’ve liked the previous incarnation of the Wild Shine polishes, but haven’t actually bought any in a long time, since I didn’t have a Wet n Wild source nearby. I do now, and they recently ran a sale on the new polishes. These are a cool 99¢ in the US, but $1.99 in Canada; my shop sells them at $2.29! So when the polishes went on sale for $1.48, I decided I’d snap up a bunch of them.

The color selection isn’t perfect at my drugstore; there are 24 colors in all, but they only carry about 14 or 16. I’ve also seen these, individually packaged, at Dollarama for $1.50, but the color selection there is worse, maybe four shades. I guess the next time I trek out to a Wal-Mart, I’ll have to be sure to pick up the remaining ones that interest me. (Unfortunately, both Walmart.ca and Well.ca don’t sell this particular line of polish online.)

Who is Ultra Violet? (488B) is the first shade I’m reviewing from my little Wet n Wild Haul. It’s an orchid purple cream that actually goes on a little brighter on the nails than how it looks in the bottle.

Milla Jovovich in Ultraviolet (2006)
You called?
Milla Jovovich in Ultraviolet (2006). I love you, Milla, but this was a stinker.

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