Low-Buy Progress Report #6: June

The title of this post is misleading, since I took a break from my low-buy during my month in England (I’m writing this on my last evening here). I’ll just say it: I bought twelve new pieces of makeup and nail polish in June. This is going to be a haul post. Which is okay! I planned for this hiatus, I could afford it, I’m happy with what I bought, and I’m eager to get home and start experimenting. I’m also going on a replacement-only no-buy for the month of July, just to give myself some time to enjoy my new stuff. In August, I’ll resume my low-buy regimen.

As I’m sure you’ve heard, the pound has taken quite a hit in the last week. I bought seven of my new products pre-Brexit but am using the current exchange rate ($1.33 to £1) for the conversions in this post, so my total in dollars will be a little lower than what I actually paid.

New Makeup/Polish:

Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Facet: £14.50
Barry M Nail Paint in Vintage Violet: £2.99
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints in Butterscotch Sundae and Damson: 2 for £5 (usually ‎£3.99 each: how could I resist?)

L-R: Vintage Violet, Damson, Butterscotch Sundae, Facet.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 02 Beige Trench: £7.99

It’s VERY hard to take a color-accurate photo of this grayish pinkish beige. This is almost right, but imagine it a bit pinker.

Topshop Eyeshadow in Holograph: £7.00
Seventeen Mono Eyeshadow in Statuesque: £3.89

L-R: Holograph, Statuesque.

Wait, that photo doesn’t quite convey the duochromey glory of Holograph…

…ah, that’s better.

Kiko High Pigment Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in 22 Satin Bright Rose: £6.90
Kiko Infinity + Sparkle Eyeshadow in 405 Magenta: £2.80 (marked down from £5.90: the Infinity line has been discontinued)
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 36 Golden Mauve: £4.80 (marked down from £6.90)
Kiko Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner in 16 Black: £5.20

Clockwise from left: 22 Satin Bright Rose (cooler IRL: it’s not peach!), 405 Magenta, 36 Golden Mauve, 16 Black.

Magenta, you guys! The internet tells me it’s not quite opaque, but I doubt I’d want to coat my entire lid in opaque magenta glitter anyway.

Oh wait, I almost forgot the best beauty purchase of all. “Lip Saviours” from the Canterbury Cathedral shop: something like £4.50.

Much as I admire Canterbury Cathedral’s willingness to have a bit of fun at its own expense, I have to wonder: what’s with the nun? Couldn’t they have found an Anglican lip-balm trio? I mean this is a bit high-church even for Archbishop Laud.

Total (New Makeup + Polish): about £66 ($87.50)

New Skincare:

Lush Mask of Magnaminty: £5.75 ($7.62)

Replacements: None

Total for June: $95.12 (deep breaths, deep breaths)

Wishlist for July:

No, I don’t plan to buy anything in the next month, but there are a couple of products on my radar. I’ve been wanting a peachy highlighter, and since I’ve had good luck with ColourPop Lunch Money and Monster, I’ve been thinking of picking up Teasecake as well:

Until today, I also wanted to buy Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Alpha. This was stubborn self-delusion: I have a long and well-documented love-hate relationship with raspberry-red lipsticks. They look so retro-sassy in the tube, and they should flatter my pale, coolish, high-contrast coloring, but instead they pull out the olive tones in my skin and make me look slightly ill. I tried on Alpha today and it had that exact effect:

It’s not terrible, and that sickly green wall may be as much to blame as Alpha, but there’s just something off about the color against my complexion. The Mega Matte formula felt nice for the hour or two that I wore it, but it had trouble covering a couple of dry patches on my lips (not that you can see them in this photo). I’m sure I’ll develop another lemming in the Vice collection before long, but for now I’m kind of relieved that Alpha didn’t work out. And that’s it for my wishlist, I think!

Edit: I just discovered that my favorite YouTube personality, Kimberly Clark, has explained better than I could why she’s not going to buy the Vice lipsticks (at 2:50). I agree that the appeal of this line lies in its largeness and newness, not in its uniqueness. And she’s right that I have dupes of Alpha! How did she know? Revlon Cherries in the Snow and Bite Radish are almost identical in color to Alpha, and I almost never wear them, so what made me think I’d wear Alpha so often? Thank you, Kimberly Clark.

Overview: I have to go to bed soon in order to wake up early for my flight tomorrow, but let me type up a few quick notes. Illamasqua Facet was the only purchase that wasn’t more or less impulsive, but a few others fit into color categories I’d had in mind for a while: a cool pink eyeshadow (Kiko Satin Bright Rose), a duochrome eyeshadow similar to NARS Cassiopeia (Topshop Holograph), a Bite-Cava-esque gray-toned nude lipstick (Bourjois Rouge Trench), and a black pencil eyeliner. Yes, eyeliner. After seven months of ignoring Urban Decay Demolition, the cool dark brown liner I bought back in November, I found myself using it over and over while in England. I was finally forced to acknowledge that eyeliner, even smudgy eyeliner, wears so much better than eyeshadow smudged along the lashline. I determined to get a black one, and the Kiko version seemed smudgeable yet long-wearing, so here we are. All the other products were sweet, sweet impulse buys. I’m not proud of spending almost $100, but I am proud that I came away with just one lipstick.

Since I have yet to use Topshop Holograph or any of the Kiko products, I’m going to follow some advice I found on Makeup Rehab and open just one new eyeshadow per week in July, so as to extend that feeling of shiny newness across the entire no-buy month. I’m also planning to go vegan for two weeks this month and start working out again, so expect me to be thoroughly self-righteous by July 15! Get excited.

9 thoughts on “Low-Buy Progress Report #6: June

  1. Lol, I'm looking forward to your self-righteousness 😀 Enjoy your haul – I think you picked up some beautiful products and I'm sure I wouldn't be able to resist if I had a whole month to peruse British chemists!


  2. The Kiko products all look so lovely and quality. I've been loving the dishtowl asthetic too. I finally caved in to Colourpop today after a long resolve and they happily just happened to be giving free lipglosses (a new line?) with purchase. I'm going to try that open-one-product-a-week method when it arrives!


  3. It's weird, I actually didn't buy many products in the UK during my visit last year, but this year I went crazy. Maybe my low-buy has been more difficult than I thought! At least I wasn't tempted by any really expensive products except Illamasqua Facet–it's the British drugstore makeup that you can't find in the US.


  4. Hahaha, glad you enjoyed the dishtowel aesthetic! It was that or the floor for a background; it will be nice to return to my usual setup at home. And I got an email about those glosses (I'm somehow still subscribed to their emails); I'll be interested to find out how they perform.


  5. It seems like Kiko is discontinuing a massive amount of products! I wonder why they're getting rid of the eyeshadow sticks, which seem to be really high quality in general. Golden Mauve is such an interesting color–the gold is so prominent but the base color is so cool-toned, almost lavender.


  6. That lip balm trio is brilliant – being of Catholic stock, I wish my Catholic university had stocked these in the bookstore. Of course, we were technically secular, but they sold rosaries so why not these. I agree, though, it seems like an odd choice for an Anglican cathedral.Enjoy the haul! The Topshop shadow, especially, looks beautiful.


  7. Hey, maybe it's a lighthearted attempt at patching up the schism between the Protestant and Catholic churches! Or…maybe whoever runs the gift shop didn't think this through. I wonder if the lip balms will actually be good quality.


  8. Your choices all look pretty solid – I am yearning to try those Kiko sticks, but with no access to the brand here I don't think it will happen anytime soon. Illamasqua make some stunning unique colours, I must bring my bottles out soon and give them a whirl


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