Yes, it's the 30th of September and technically I am meant to be on a spending ban, but I have given up. Ironically, what kicked things off was going to Sephora to collect a free gift. It's always little ironies which make life interesting.
The little bag with so much power!
The little bag with so much power!
[The Devil in Disguise]
In my defence, however, I only bought essentials! And I had 10% off!
So, sometime last week, Sephora sent out an e-mail saying they were giving out 20ml of fresh's Black Tea Age-Delay Cream to members, so of course I had to go. And this time, I wasn't disappointed. It was a very generous sample indeed!
[fresh's Black Tea Age-Delay Cream]
The offer is still on till the 2nd of October (Wednesday), so head on over if you haven't already!
I've been out of dry shampoo since my Percy & Reed can got used up, and unfortunately Malaysia isn't overrun with the stuff! While a friend in Australia has kindly offered to send me some Batiste & Garnier dry shampoo, there is still the interim period! I thought I'd move away from the Percy & Reed and try something else, just for variety.
[Alterna's Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo (RM73)]
I got RM7.30 off on this so it worked out to RM65.70. That's still double the cost of dry shampoo in pharmacies overseas, which work out to RM20-40. Life truly isn't fair. In any event, this looks nice and it's supposed to be "invisible", so we shall see how that goes. I like the thought of having invisible elves mopping up the oils on my scalp, leaving it fresh and clean. Let's not discuss this anymore.
Of course, I had to visit the Caudalie counter. Of course I did.
[Caudalie's Lip Conditioner (RM25)]
I've heard amazing things about this for oh so long, and I am definitely not disappointed. I've recently formed a penchant for lip balms where they have been absent from my interest for 27+ years. Surely it's time to make up for the neglect! This is truly fantastic. I kid you not. I'll be doing a comparative review on a few lip balms, so I shall get back to you with more information in that post. In any event, if you see this, you need it too. Trust me.
So, that was all I picked up within my hour and a half of walking around Sephora touching everything in sight. It's a bloody miracle, don't you think?
Then I went to the counter and the sneaky psychology they use in that area worked on me. I added three things to my basket, then I removed them again in a show of true self-control.
But after I paid, I noticed their in-house brand of dry shampoo at the counter and figured that at RM29, it was definitely worth a shot. I've not been disappointed by anything in their range that I've tried. So, I picked it up too.
[Sephora's Express Dry Shampoo (RM29)]
Yes, I have tried it and yes, I am very glad I didn't pass on this! At almost a third of the price of Alterna and around half the price of Percy & Reed, this is a steal! It's smaller, for sure, but it packs quite the punch. Not only does it smell absolutely wonderful, but it doesn't leave a white cast at all. More importantly, however, it does an absolutely amazing job. My hair looked clean and well manicured after use. I may have found a new love!
So, apparently I figured that since this was a total bust, I would run amok further. I went to 1Utama.
This was by no means an impulse purchase. I have been eyeing their blush for a while now, and it's been a while since I've purchased a blush, so I feel like I'm entitled.
[Benefit's Rackateur Blush (RM110)]
Now, it's been so long since I've bought a Benefit blush that when I saw the new packaging I got very excited! I love the fact that the lid no longer completely detaches from the box and that there's a mirror in there. Well done on the revamp!
If you haven't seen this, you may think that I don't need this. But look at it. Just look!
[I know you want it too!]
Seriously, how gorgeous is this! Not only is the inset of the powder beautiful, but the rose gold shade is an absolute knock out! I have nothing of this sort in my collection, so it was completely necessary! So happy! SO HAPPY!!!
You truly can't put a price on happiness!
I'm not even ashamed to admit that wasn't the end. I went to Guardian to get necessities, and left with stuff I may or may not need.
[Nivea's Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream (RM26.90)]
Why did I discover this? I blame ShopGirl! She posted an article on her Facebook page about how Nivea has been tested and proven to be a far superior product than La Mer, and granted, the article was referring to the blue tub which is frequently used a body moisturiser (and is apparently in fact a miracle product for your face). However, I figured this might be a better bet for me since it's specifically formulated for Normal to Combination Skin and it contains aloe vera and argan oil. It sounds absolutely fantastic. I'm reasonably sure that using the regular Nivea stuff during the day will turn me into a ball of oil, so it might be worth a shot for nightly use. But not until I get through my current collection. Fingers crossed on this!
[Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Bold Gold (RM19.90)]
I have already mentioned that I absolutely adore these, and you need to get yourself some if you don't own any! Why gold? Why not?! I'm attending an Indian wedding this weekend, and there's no better time to wear gold! Excitement!
Right, that is all! For a while, hopefully!