Now after finishing up all of those empties I just wrote about, I’ve been making small shopping runs to take advantage of things like post-holiday sales and new releases at the drugstore to replenish. I have some stuff from Sephora, Nature Republic, Vitacost, Whole Foods, Costco, and Duane Reade to share.
After the holidays I saw that Sephora was offering an extra discount on sale items (20%, I think). The main thing that stood out to me was the large number of Ole Henriksen holiday gift sets that had been marked down. I really enjoy the Truth Serum, so I just wanted to pick out a set that allowed me to get another little bottle of that with perhaps some other things I’d like to try out. This set called Lift and Glow includes an eye cream, eye gel, cleansing balm, and moisturizer in addition to the serum. I’ve been particularly curious about that cleansing balm in the past. Lift and Glow isn’t available any longer, but there are still other kits out there.
A couple of other products that were in the sale section that I grabbed were the Buxom lipstick in Rogue (a red-orange “fiery coral”), Tokyomilk Dark Wisdom No. 26 perfume rollerball, and some Sephora Collection wedge sponges (I’ve linked to the products still available).
I also took advantage of a deal at Nature Republic and got a $30 set that included an Argan 20 Real Squeeze Ampoule, Shea Butter Steam Cream, and a bonus little coin bank made to look like a jar of steam cream (kind of funny, but we’re totally using it). They also gave me 2 little samples to try out, the Jeju Sparkling Mud Foam Cleanser and Collagen Dream 70 Essence.
I’ve been trying to be really good when it comes to makeup purchases. I’m job hunting right now and keep telling myself I’ll buy myself something fun when that’s over, so I only have two more affordable makeup bits to share at the moment. But, they’re both new releases, so that’s fun, right? I picked up one of the new Color Tattoo crayons from Maybelline in the shade Bronze Truffle. It’s quite a pretty, natural color. I’m just trying to assess its longevity and that kind of thing. I found it at Bed Bath and Beyond for around $6 and got $1 off with a coupon.
And then I stopped into a Duane Reade drugstore, which I don’t do very often because they aren’t the most convenient or affordable drugstores around in my neighborhood, but I passed the Black Radiance section of the cosmetics and spotted two 8-pan palettes marked as new. This one is called The Deeper the Berry (narrowly ducking some copyright infringement, ha), and I just thought it looked really pretty and easy to wear. There are several different finishes in here, and the palette cost $6.99 (the Black Radiance palettes tend to be one step more expensive than the Wet n Wild releases, which are packaged exactly the same but come in different shades).
Moving on to the replenishment of my personal care stash, these were both really affordable buys. I picked up the Alaffia Africa’s Secret multipurpose skin cream from Vitacost, which seemed like it might be comparable to Egyptian Magic since it’s a natural, oil-based balm with a small ingredients list, but at $12.29 it’s quite affordable. I also bought the Nature’s Gate Papaya body wash on Vitacost for $5.45.
From Whole Foods, I bought the Andalou Naturals Probiotic + C Renewal Cream from their Brightening line. You might notice in my empties posts (like this one) that I go through a lot of moisturizer. Balms and steam cream get used at night, and I intend on trying this particular one out during the day. Whole Foods happened to have this little promotional set with a sample of their Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask and a little $2 off coupon, which I jumped on.
I’m also trying 2 new lip balms from Whole Foods, one from Alaffia and one from The Honest Company. They were both among the cheaper ones that Whole Foods carries (under $4, I think), and they’re both new to me.
One more thing from Whole Foods, the Schmidt’s deodorant in bergamot + lime. Smells amazing, and has a great reputation. It’s a stiff solid and comes with a little metal spatula inside the jar.
Here’s some haircare. I always use shampoo quicker than conditioner and at this point I’ve amassed a pretty serious collection of mostly-empty conditioner bottles in my shower. So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to pause buying sets and just try a bottle of Whole Foods’ store brand shampoo. This one’s the lavender formula for normal to dry hair, and it was even cheaper than I would have guessed – $3-something, I think. If it’s good, then that’s quite a deal.
Also haircare but moving on to Costco, I grabbed an Oscar Blandi dry shampoo duo (one giant can and one travel mini). I’ve tried it before and generally enjoyed it. I think the 2-pack was right around $19.
Also at Costco I found a 3-pack of Simple Micellar makeup removing wipes. I’ve never tried these before, but I’ve tried and enjoyed the non-micellar wipes from Simple in the past. I’m really bad at remembering Costco pricing, but I think this was $9 or $10. I like to have wipes on hand for when I travel.
And then … honestly, after buying the Alaffia and Nature Republic products, I absolutely did not need to buy the Costco pack of Egyptian Magic. But the week of Christmas when I was visiting my parents and we made the Costco run, the Egyptian Magic pack was marked down to $30 from its normal $39. So I couldn’t walk away, and now I’m pretty stocked up on moisturizer. I previously reviewed Egyptian Magic here.
Have you tried any of these products, or have you purchased anything recently that you’re really excited about? I’d love to hear!