So I tried the new Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Blossom Glow ($4.99). If you follow Tarababyz on YouTube, this is the shade she says is a dupe of Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer in 002.
While I was still mulling over which shade, if any, of the Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundations I’d keep, I decided to give Wet n Wild’s new MegaCushion Foundation SPF15 ($8.99) a try. I normally would’ve passed on it because all of the Wet n Wild foundations and concealers I’ve tried before seem better suited for oilier skin types and have either run very pink or very dark. However, CVS was running an ExtraBucks promotion on Wet n Wild and I noticed a $1 off coupon on the display.
There are 8 shades in the MegaCushion Foundation range. I usually go with the second or third lightest shade in most drugstore foundations but based on past experience I know that Wet n Wild base products tend to run dark so I went with the lightest shade, Light Ivory.
My local CVS reset several of their drugstore makeup displays last week just in time for the Physicians Formula, e.l.f. and Wet n Wild CVS ExtraBuck promos. I tossed my receipt but I’ll try to list all the prices I remember.
- The new Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation SFP 20 in LN3 ($15.29). There are 16 shades available on Physicians Formula’s website divided into 4 subcategories: Light, Medium, Dark and Deep. The 3 lightest shades in the display were Light Cool 1 (LC1), Light Warm 2 (LW2) and Light Neutral 3 (LN3).
- I went kind of crazy and purchased 4 Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipsticks ($8.19 each): 2 more tubes of Berry Healthy, 1 more tube of Bare With Me, and 1 tube of Vitamin Beet. I’ll probably put a couple of my backups on my blog sale page soon, so look out for those in case you’re interested.
- e.l.f. Blushing ($3). It’s been ages since I owned any e.l.f. makeup but this color really caught my eye.
- e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush.
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Blossom Glow ($4.99). I believe this is the shade that tarababyz says is a dupe of her favorite Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder.
- Wet n Wild Nutty eye shadow. Honestly, I only bought this to reach the ExtraBucks threshold. I hardly ever wear eye shadow these days, so this is definitely going to wind up on the blog sale.
- Wet n Wild Photo Focus Concealer in Light/Med Beige ($3.99). The color range sucks. The lightest shade, Light Ivory, is a little lighter than my skin tone but very pink. The second lightest shade, Light/Med Beige is a little darker than my skin tone but warmer. I decided to go with the slightly darker concealer because the undertone’s right and if I blend it enough I’m sure I can make it work. Whenever I use a too pale, too pink concealer to spot conceal, it’s always too conspicuous.
It’s not unusual for me to pick up the occasional one or two random drugstore items but it’s been awhile since I’ve done a proper drugstore haul. However, when I happened upon a nearly untouched display for the limited edition Spring 2017 Wet n Wild Queen of My Heart collection I couldn’t help myself. Everyone on YouTube who reviewed the collection did so months ago, so I thought I had missed my chance but then I found it at CVS where, of course, they jack up all the prices. If I had taken a moment to think about it I probably wouldn’t have grabbed so many items but I was so overcome at finding the collection I went kind of crazy.
I purchased the following items:
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in The Sweetest Bling ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Lilac to Reality ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Cheek & Lip Tint in Kiss Me If You Can ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Cheek & Lip Tint in Flirt on the Street ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild MegaGlo Cheek & Lip Tint in Crush Upon a Time ($5.29)
- Wet n Wild Color Icon Trio in Hieroglyphic Heart ($3.39)
My total with tax ended up approximately $33 which is more than I usually spend on makeup at the drugstore in one go. Suffice it to say these were total impulse buys and I have some major regrets even though I have yet to try any of the products. The only three items that I’m going to try for sure are the blush sticks. As for the rest, I’m going to put them up on my blog sale so if you were interested in trying the highlighters or eye shadow trio but weren’t able to get your hands on them, now’s your chance.
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.