I’m so excited to share this HUGE HUGE haul with you guys. I went on a trip to Canada and Alaska last August
and I have to admit that I sort of went crazy with the makeup shopping. On a side note, I can’t believe that it’s been more than two months since the trip! Time is seriously flying by!
I know. I feel guilty just looking at it.
Okay, maybe not. haha!
But hey, in my defense, I only splurge like this on trips because I’m on a trip. I mean, how many times do you get to visit Canada or Alaska in a lifetime? Right? Besides the travel factor, I always look for hard to find items or good deals. In this haul, I’m including some gifts, good drugstore and beauty outlet deals a plus a Canadian brand you can’t get anywhere else.
Let’s start with the Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Limited Edition brush set from Target.
I didn’t know about this brush set until I was in Canada already. That means the collection has been out for almost a month by the time I heard about it. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get a set anymore, and almost almost caved and ordered a set from an online store here in Manila.
Good thing my friend who lives in Canada was able to nab a set for me 2 days before I left for Manila.
You might be wondering, what’s so bad about ordering this locally…
Well, this set is USD 39.99 or CAD 39.99 plus tax. Mine was about CAD 50.00, which is roughly P2000.00 in the current exchange rate.
The online sellers were selling this for P5000.00, which is 2.5 times the original price. CRAZY.
But it’s so pretty I would have paid P5000.00 for it. Good thing I didn’t have to.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the next item.
Everyone and their moms have been raving about Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, so when Hourglass came out with a palette, Hourglass fans got even crazier. The Sephora exclusive palette is now a permanent in their line and they even came up with a customizable palette for the ambient lighting powders and the blushes.
To be honest, I wasn’t convinced about these powders, no matter how many rave reviews I’ve read or watched on Youtube. I’ve had this for a couple of months and I’ve been using it on and off. So far, I am very unimpressed. I don’t mind spending a good amount of money on makeup, so long as it delivers, but in this case, I can’t justify the fact that this palette is almost USD 60.00 and costs P3500.00 if bought from local online stores.
I’ll be posting a full rant/review when I find the time.
And no, I am NOT getting the blush palette.
.I researched about beauty brands I should try in Canada and Joe Fresh was the one that caught my eye. The liquid lipstick, lip balm, mousse blush, mat lipstick, and cream blush looked really promising in the reviews. The packaging is also nice and really emulates a “fresh” look. Very brand appropriate.
You can only get these products in Joe Fresh stores, Canadian Superstore or Loblaws.
I dropped by the Joe Fresh store in Robson Street at downtown Vancouver and made a trip to the Superstore near Richmond just to get these. They were in the middle of restocking during my visit so some items were out of stock and a lot of them were on sale. I did get the items I wanted and some other things on sale.
Let me show you the items I got.
I’ve been obsessed with cream blushes lately and these were on sale so I got all the shades they had. Great deal at CAD 3.95 each! I haven’t played with these yet, but I’m currently testing the dark red shade on the left. It works well with my tan and as a lip tint.
Review to be posted as soon as I get to try all the shades.
Matte Lipsticks were CAD 6.00 each. I had a hard time picking colors because they had so many shades and they even have ones with satin finish.
I picked up 3 colors, Bordeaux (dark berry at the back), Raspberry (bright red) and Mocha(nude).
The formula is very light and comfortable on the lips, pigmentation is incredible too. Love these!
Mousse Blush in Rose and Melon
CAD 6.00 each
They had 6 shades but I picked the 2 most delicious colors. I say delicious because looking at the tubs makes me want to scoop them out. They look like ice cream!
Jury is out on these. I went on a blush splurge on this trip and it’s taking me a while to try everything. *oops*
Joe Fresh Liquid Lipstick – these were CAD 6.00 each, and hands down, this is one of the best liquid lipsticks I’ve tried. Very similar texture to the limited edition creme de mat from Lancome.
Can you blame me for getting a back up tube? haha! This is in the shade Plum or Prune. Most of the shades were in pinky nudes and brights. This was the only shade that I would actually wear.
The lone powder blush in the rack. I love the sleek clear plastic packaging.
This was a total steal at CAD 3.00!
I wasn’t able to photograph the Bronzer duo on it’s own, and the nail polish is in a separate photo at the end of this post. Needless to say, I really hoarded Joe Fresh makeup on this trip. :))
I totally recommend checking out this brand if you ever find yourself in Canada.
But of course, a trip to Canada won’t be complete without MAC!
I am a self-confessed MAC girl, so this shouldn’t be a surprise.
I found the elusive MAC Harmony blush and the limited edition Lingering Kiss lipstick in MAC Eaton Centre for CAD 22.00 and CAD 18.00 respectively. Contrary to popular belief, MAC is not cheap in Canada. It’s actually more expensive to buy it there because they have 14% sales tax for retail items.
The good thing was we went to an outlet shopping center near Toronto and there was this beauty outlet store that sells MAC at lower prices. They don’t have the whole line, just a couple items from the permanent line and a whole bunch of stuff from previous limited edition collections.
I got the Mineralized Skinfinish in Medium Dark and MAC Soft Sand Bronzer from the Hey! Sailor collection 1 or 2 years ago I think? Both were only CAD 29.00 each :0 I wanted to get more stuff but we went there on our last day in Canada (which means I am almost out of cash! haha!) so I had to pare down my purchases and ended up with these two.
The paint pots (Quite Natural and Layin’ Low) were purchased right before I left for the trip, so I decided to include them anyway. haha!
Oh, new MAC lipsticks. You make my heart flutter. haha!
Three out of 5 were gifts to me. I bought Lingering Kiss and Pure Heroine myself. I am on the fence about keeping the Viva Glam Rihanna and Please Me. Don’t get me wrong, the colors are nice and I actually wanted to buy these shades before they were gifted to me. But after trying them a couple times, the colors just don’t sit well with me.
Hmm. We’ll see.
Is it weird if I get excited over drugstore makeup?
Because I feel seriously giddy over these Milani baked blushes.
Gorgeous aren’t they? These are very pigmented and easy to blend on the cheeks. The colors are gorgeous too! My favorite is Bellarosa and Red Vino.
I’m seriously kicking myself for putting off buying these. These are amaaaazing. The quality is very much at par with MAC Mineralize blushes at just a quarter of the price.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting these, I highly recommend that you go over that fence and buy one already. You won’t regret it!
You’re probably thinking crazy Rimmel lady right when you saw this photo.
Rimmel is one of my favorite drugstore brands, and it totally sucks that it’s so hard to find a local online store that stocks Rimmel. Good thing they were having a sale when I went to superdrug in TO. Hooooarded lipsticks like nobody’s business.
See what I mean?
But the colors are just too gorgeous! Compared to other lipsticks in similar price range, Rimmel beats the other brands by miles when it comes to quality, texture and staying power.
I love my MAC lipsticks but man, these are awesome for P200.00++ per tube.
I did a full review on the Rimmel 107 matte lipstick in my previous post, just in case you want to check it out. 🙂
I also got a couple of other items from Rimmel, like this eyebrow pencil. This is the perfect ashy brown pencil for my brows! Got these at CAD 4.99 because of the sale.
Been hearing nothing but good reviews about this foundation so I decided to give it a try. This wasn’t on sale so it was CAD 13.99. Quite expensive for a drugstore foundation, but if it does turn out to be a good dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat foundation, it’s actually a pretty good deal.
They have a limited shade range though, so you’re lucky if you have a match for your skintone.
I got the True Nude shade which is a little gray-toned for me. Will use it some more before doing a full review.
The Rimmel Apocalips is another one of the brand’s seriously raved about product. I’m not a big lip gloss fan so I only got one shade to try. This is CAD 4.99 (sale again) in the shade Galaxy.
Full review soon.
Sample and travel size products
I got the MAC moisturizer in Eaton Centre for CAD 12.00 🙂 They also had pigments, mascaras and lipglass in small sizes.
The other samples in the photo came with the Hourglass and Caudalie travel kit I ordered from Sephora.
Speaking of which, here’s the Caudalie travel kit. Great deal at USD 32.00! It has my favorite beauty elixir, cleansing water, moisturizer, hand cream and lip balm.
This set is a Sephora exclusive.
Clinique was sooooo cheap on board the cruise ship so I decided to get the All About Eyes eye cream. USD 27.00 only! 😮
I was tempted to get a backup of the DDL moisturizer but I haven’t touched this new bottle a friend got me from Korea yet, so I held back and included it in the photo instead.
Technically, I didn’t buy these on the trip. I bought them on a recent S&R sale and I freaking love them! I think they still have this in S&R stores. P799.00 or P749.00 for all 5.
Oh, you’re welcome.
Ah, the world famous Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. I’ve been putting off purchasing this iconic product for yeeears. I tried it recently and it is mind bogglingly good! Now I know why it’s one of the fastest selling mascaras worldwide.
I hoarded the remaining waterproof variants from the superdrug stores near our hotel. HOHO.
Did I mention that they were only CAD 3.99 each?
Oh, here’s a little something from Alaska.
Glacier silt soap! Glacier silts are the sand particles in the glaciers. These are seriously fine granules of sand that gives the glaciers a grayish tinge. When the glaciers melt during the summer, it also releases the silts into bodies of water.
The silts are so fine that you can’t see it in the soap.
This was supposed to be USD 10.00 but I got it on sale in Ketchikan for USD 8.00 🙂
They have so many variants for the scent, but I picked Sea Pickle because the others were mostly floral and fruity scents.
One of the locals said this soap is a very gentle exfoliator due to the silts.
We shall see. It looks like it will melt very quickly though. haha!
Unto my last few drugstore finds:
L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara – my lashes don’t really agree with L’oreal mascaras, but I’ve heard so many good things about this mascara that I just have to give it a try.
Picked up random eyeliners too! The blue one is gorgeous! ❤
Want to dye your hair purple? Don’t panic, we have Manic Panic! haha! Sorryyyyy, I couldn’t resist!
I finally got my hands on this hair dye! This is ultraviolet and it looks much more violently purple in person. I don’t know why it looks blue in the photo.
I love Revlon topcoats! Especially the quick dry one. It’s no longer available in Manila so yes, I had to buy 4 bottles when I was in Canada. I also found a bottle of the Essie bar glitter top coat, and two Joe Fresh nail polish.
This is a very restrained nail polish haul. Believe me.
I got some clothes and shoes from the outlet stores in Toronto, but it’s probably better if I don’t include them here. I feel like I’ve been typing about this haul forever. haha!
So let’s end this with a shot of the souvenirs I got from the 3-week vacation
I collect pins like the ones you see in the photo. It started when I went on a Eurotrip. I pin them all on a military green beret, which is now seriously heavy. haha!
I also got a hackysack and a mug with a pop out moose and “I Moose Have My Coffee” quote. I thought it was really funny. :))
So that’s it for this super huge and long haul post. I felt it was neveeeer gonna end.
I’ve been super busy since I got back and there’s barely been enough time to just sit down and test my new babies.
I really am trying to post more often lately, and I have draft posts for the reviews on the way, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Until my next post!