CVS Haul & Empties

I generally buy two or three skincare or makeup items at a time but it’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a proper multi-purchase beauty haul. However, as it happens, I had some CVS ExtraBucks that were about to expire, I was interested in trying something new, and I also needed to restock some skincare staples. The stars were aligned for a haul.

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Starting Fresh

Would this qualify as a capsule collection? Not counting nail polishes but including brushes and tools my current collection totals 35 pieces. I feel like capsule collections are usually even smaller than this but I’m quite satisfied with how much I’ve eliminated from my makeup stash over the past two years. For a girl who started with 100+ blushes, 100+ lipsticks, and dozens of eye shadow palettes and highlighters, I think I’ve come a long way.

I’ve been gradually purging makeup since 2014 in an effort to streamline my makeup regimen. It had gotten to the point where I felt burdened by the sheer amount of makeup I owned. When I realized I could literally use a different blush or lipstick everyday for four months straight with no repeats I decided I needed to make a change. A kinder person (or an enabler) would’ve called me a makeup collector but the truth was I was a makeup hoarder. Even though I had so much makeup, I was really only using a handful of products regularly. I decided then and there that I had to edit my stash, keep only the items that I truly love and use, and get rid of everything else.

Letting go was, and is, a constant struggle especially when it comes to purging limited edition makeup but I’ve done it and I have no regrets. If you’re considering purging but feel hesitant, just know that the process gets easier the more you do it. It’s the first step that’s the most difficult.

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CVS Haul

For my first haul of the new year, I restocked my supply of Stridex Alcohol Free Maximum Pads (2/$10) and picked up a few new items to try.

I spotted a limited edition Wet n Wild display and decided to grab the nail polish in the shade “R-U-Free-2 Dance?” ($2.99), a translucent sheer lavender topcoat with blue/green iridescence that would probably look amazing over black/dark polish. In hindsight I’m not sure why I bought it because I’ve moved away from shimmer polishes in the past couple of years and I never wear dark polishes. In fact, I purged all the dark nail polishes from my stash and, unfortunately, I think you really need one in order to make a topcoat like R-U-Free-2-Dance? pop. As has become a bad habit, I think I bought it because it was a limited edition; I always feel such a high and a sense of accomplishment whenever I’m able to locate a hard to find collection. I haven’t even used it and I’ll probably either return it or sell it off on my blog sale.

I had four CVS Extrabucks that were set to expire and they just about covered the cost of a tin of Vaseline Rosy Lips ($3.99). Again, this is another purchase I probably could’ve done without but I was scrambling to find something to spend my store dollars on and that was all I could think of. I’m a huge fan of Vaseline but not as a lip balm; I prefer thicker, heavier lip balms but Rosy Lips is actually something I can use.

But perhaps my biggest, best find was the Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Instant Mask that normally retails for $13.29 but was on clearance for $3.32. This is a 5% glycolic, clear gel face mask that you wear for 10 minutes then rinse off. The glycolic concentration is a lot less than what I’m used to — I normally use the Paula’s Choice 8% AHA gel or the L’Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Daily Pads 10% glycolic — but my skin’s a bit sensitive now with the colder, dryer weather so I think the Nip +Fab mask will do nicely in the meantime. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like the product or how quickly I’d go through a tube so I decided to purchase four boxes. I didn’t want to regret not buying more in case I fell in love with the product. Coincidentally I had received a $3 Nip + Fab coupon in the mail from CVS that very day, so it’s like I got one Nip + Fab mask for free.

There were a few other Nip + Fab items that were also on clearance including the Dragon’s Blood Fix Pads (cool name!) that contain salicylic and hyaluronic acids which are great ingredients but unfortunately also include lots of alcohol which I try to avoid. That was marked down to $3 and change as well in case anyone’s interested.

CVS Black Friday Haul

CVS ran a really great sale on their website this past week: 30% off sitewide and free shipping with no minimum purchase.

As I mentioned in a previous blog entry, I’ve known for awhile that dimethicone is an ingredient that clogs my pores and exacerbates my eczema and dryness so I want to cut it out completely from my skincare and makeup routine. That’s my New Year’s resolution for 2017. I’d been researching budget friendly dimethicone-free skincare products that are available at the drugstore, so this sale came at the perfect time since I had already found a few products that interested me.

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Influenster #FlawlessVoxBox Unboxing

My reasons for making this video were twofold. Firstly, I wanted to share with you all the products that I’d received from Inlfuenster to test and review this time around. The last time I was selected for a VoxBox was in February so it’s been awhile. Needless to say, I’m excited! Secondly, and most importantly, it was an excuse to test out the camera on my new smartphone. The image quality is all right — I shot it in HD — but it’s awfully shaky (sorry about that) and doesn’t compare to a dslr. My hands are pretty shaky by nature so I was hoping for a steady cam feature on the phone but, alas, I don’t believe there is one…unless it’s buried somewhere in the settings.

The items included in the Flawless VoxBox are:

  • Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus Epsom Salt Soaking Solution
  • Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes (New Formula)
  • Simple Micellar Water Cleanser
  • Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Pure Satin Mattes Professional Nail Color Collection – Miss Klaws
  • Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted
  • Yogi Tea (Honey Lavender Stress Relief & Soothing Rose Hibiscus Skin DeTox
  • CoverGirl So Lashy! by blastPRO Mascara (Extreme Black)

As usual, I’m the most excited about trying the snack in this particular voxbox. I’ve heard of Harvest Snaps before but I’ve never gotten around to trying them. Funnily enough, my nephew who’s a toddler was just visiting and he was actually eating a baby snack that looked a lot like these Harvest Snaps.

I’ve tried Simple’s Refreshing Facial Wash Gel (not sure if they still make this) and their Moisturizing Facial Wash before, both of which I liked, but never the Cleansing Facial Wipes or Micellar Water Cleanser so I have high hopes.

I’m a bit leery about the Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt. As you know, my skin is ultra dry so whenever I see salt in a product’s name or list of ingredients it makes me cringe. I’m worried about the Epsom Salt drying my skin out but I’m always game to try something new.

I’ve owned Sinful Colors nail polishes in the past. They’re okay for a cheap thrill but they were never among my favorite drugstore nail polish formulas. However, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve used Sinful Colors so maybe the formula’s gotten better.

The Yogi Teas sound interesting. I’m hoping the floral flavors are on the subtler side and don’t end up tasting like perfume or potpourri in my mouth.

And I’m glad that there’s a makeup item to try. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a new drugstore mascara. I’ve been pretty faithful to Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof mascara over the years. The only thing I’m worried about is the CoverGirl So Lashy! mascara that I received is non-waterproof. My eyes get pretty watery so it may end up being a total mess on me.