I’m always looking for the most economical means to satisfy my shopping needs. That includes taking advantage of points programs, gift with purchases, and sales! Most unfortunately, these seem to reel me in much more than they help with my lack of funds… Hm…
One of my favourite places to shop is… Dollarama! Although you really need to have time and patience, because it’s notoriously difficult to find what you’re looking for – and to walk out with only what you were looking for. I was only trying to find a glass jar, and ended up with cute extras that I couldn’t help buying.
The pink Bic permanent markers caught my attention because they were… well… pink. The glass jar was what I had wanted to get – it was perfect, but it was the last one. I spent 20 minutes scrutinizing every aisle – three times – to no avail. Then I saw the cute mini drawers and picked one up. On my second venture through the aisles, I decided that they were so cute I needed a second one. The package of mini containers are handy to have, especially if I wanted to put them in my new mini drawers! I figured that the drawers would hold my Sephora samples pretty nicely, too. When I have a chance to organize all my cosmetics, I’ll probably end up going back to hunt for more mini drawers, if they don’t run out of them. Stock at Dollarama is always unpredictable
In Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) is a drug store that usually sells everything quite overpriced, in comparison to prices at Walmart and at grocery stores. The only consolation is that when they have sales, the price usually drops to below that of competitors. An additional perk is the opportunity to collect Optimum points for almost every dollar spent. Some purchases will give you extra points, depending on the weekly deal. Once in a while, you have the opportunity to earn 20 times the number of points if you spend over a certain amount – usually $50-75 CAD. Along with gift with purchases, the deals can become pretty hard to resist. You can collect points with an Optimum card, which you can get for free. You can earn additional points if you have an Optimum MasterCard for purchases outside of SDM as well Optimum points can be redeemed for merchandise value. After a recent 20x points event, I had enough points to redeem $85 CAD worth of merchandise from SDM.
Left to right:
- Soap & Glory The Fab Pore facial peel ($25 CAD)
- Dollarama jar full of Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for fair to medium skin keep your pants on, I’ll explain) ($6.99 CAD sale)
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Melt-In Cream SPF 60 sunblock ($28 CAD bonus set)
- Maybelline Color Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadow in 50 Edgy Emerald ($7.99 CAD sale)
- L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in 421 Charismatic Coral ($7.99 CAD sale)
- L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in 112 Unending Kiss ($7.99 CAD sale)
I gby these free after redeeming with my Optimum points. You can choose to purchase essentials too like Kleenex or eye drops – anything goes!
I had never heard of Soap & Glory until recently, when I read reviews by other bloggers about this brand. I’m always looking for pore-clearing products, and The Fab Pore sounded promising. Then again, all products sound pretty promising if you go by their description alone… In any case, I’m excited to try this out, in addition to the other handful of pore products I’ve recently acquired. This may take quite a while…!
Okay. I got the Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer because of the Earth Day event at Sephora on April 22nd: bring in a full-sized empty moisturizer container to receive a free full-sized Origins moisturizer! I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve had an empty (I know, I’m horrible!). I also didn’t have my moisturizer on me at Dark’s. Since the Jergens moisturizer was on sale, and I could redeem it as part of my Optimum points reward, I essentially got a free moisturizer and traded its container for another moisturizer! It’s convenient when things work out so nicely
The Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer is supposed to darken your skin tone gradually. I actually didn’t realize that it did until I picked it up in store – I had my eye on it during pre-haul flyer perusal. I thought it was a temporary illuminating moisturizer, with reflective properties. I’d love to see exactly how well it works out – ideally, the best way to do that would be to apply it to one leg only and then compare the two. But with summer approaching (aka leg-baring season), I’m not that brave. So, this may have to be more guesswork than I’d normally like. Maybe I could save it for winter before I do such a comparison – there’d be less opportunity for me to walk out with one dark more tanned than the other
Sephora offered two Origins moisturizers for the Earth Day event: Starting Over Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa (50 mL for $57 CAD) or A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea (50 mL for $49 CAD). The Age-Erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa targets mature skin, helping “to rebuild collagen, repair visible lines, and improve skin texture and tone.” The Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea aims to prevent skin damage with the properties of white tea: “potent antioxidants, anti-agers, anti-stress, anti-smoke, and anti-pollution.” Both moisturizers are usually packaged in jars:
I chose the Antioxidant Moisturizer because I’m really not at the age where I have defined lines to fix, despite the Age-Erasing Moisturizing being the more expensive one. I suppose I could have given it to my mother, though. Either way, I’m glad that the Earth Day event moisturizers were packaged in tubes as opposed to the regular jars – much more sanitary and travel-friendly!
I have been using La Roche Posay’s sunscreen for a few years now, ever since I decided on it during my sunscreen-craze two years back. The bonus 50 mL in addition to the full-sized 100 mL was a great deal at $28 CAD, especially since my own tube is running out. The sunscreen isn’t overly greasy, nor does it have an unbearable scent. I’d hated sunscreen as a kid because Coppertone Kids sunscreen felt like grease and smelled like plastic – so I never wore it. Horrible, I know, but I always thought I was invincible, and was quite proud of my t-shirt tan, thank you very much. I have never burned with this sunscreen, despite being in the sun all day. Granted, I am more careful with application and apply it more frequently.
I have also been hearing many good reviews of Maybelline’s Color Tattoo eyeshadows. I’ve never had much confidence in the staying power of any eyeshadow, simply because my eyelids produce natural eyeshadow repellent. No, I’m serious. Despite many different primers and many different brands and many different formulations. In any case, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try Color Tattoo, since it’s inexpensive and I was redeeming it with my points anyway.
I had never been a lipstick girl. My lipstick arsenal consisted of lip balms, glosses, and any lipsticks I owned were either from my mother or obtained in GWP’s. angelandthings‘ lipstick obsession has infected me quite recently, though. Since my first NARS lipstick purchase, I’ve been on a roll, looking for lipsticks left and right. I was intending to get L’Oreal’s Color Riche SPF 15 balms, but they weren’t very pigmented and were still around $10.99 CAD on sale. The testers also looked very mushy and gross – not appealing at all. So I opted for the Infallible lipsticks, which were packaged very nicely:
I really like these – and they were only $7.99 CAD on sale at SDM. Charismatic Coral the one on the left, and Unending Kiss is on the right. Swatches and review to follow!