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May 4, 2010
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haul happiness

Shoppers Drug Mart was having a 40% off sale on Quo brushes and Physicians Formula. I love the Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Face Powder and Shimmer Strips Bronzer I bought recently, so I was super excited about picking up more PF.

I know this seems like a really dinky haul by most standards, but it’s big-ish for me. I have this ridiculous thing where somehow it seems worse to spend $40 in one go than to spend $10 on four separate occasions, so I usually buy my makeup item by item.

Physicians Formula Pop! Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner for green eyes, Quo Eye Smudger brush, Quo Crease Shadow brush, Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in Just So, Hersheys Cookies & Cream, Arizona green tea. The beauty advisor also threw in samples for Lise Watier Neiges eau de toilette, Smashbox Photo Finish Light foundation primer, and Burberry Sport eau de toilette.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eye Enhancing mascara comes with a full mail-in rebate. I was on the fence, but after checking out the good reviews (the mascara itself being good, rather than its eye-enhancing abilities) I might have to take up Physicians Formula’s offer. Also considering picking up the Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer. I’m on a PF obsession!

Also ran by Save On Foods for NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Horseradish and Round lipstick in Topaz. Of all places, the last place I expected to find NYX was at Save On Foods (with testers!) In Vancouver, I haven’t seen it in Shoppers, London Drugs, or any other of my normal drugstore go-tos. It’s funny standing in checkout holding my eyeshadow pencil and lipstick because I don’t want to put it on the conveyor belt.

In my last FOTD I mentioned going to an Olympic merchandise sale (it’s at 3700 East Hastings, on the corner of Hastings and Boundary btw), so I thought I’d squeeze into this post what I picked up.

Super cute striped Billabong hoodie: it has very long sleeves which is perfect for long-armed freaks like me.

Quatchi and Mukmuk keychain plushies, Mukmuk luggage tag: they’re so cute but you really have to sort through the plushies because not all of them are well-made. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are part of the Vancouver Olympics mascot team and inspired by West Coast native legends (Quatchi is a sasquatch, Mukmuk is a marmot—a real animal—and kind of a “mascot sidekick” because he doesn’t appear on all the merchandise like the others). Mukmuk is Andy’s favourite because it’s fat and “shaped like a potato.”


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February 24, 2010
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quo “renaissance flare” reconnaissance mission!

Jenelle and I were trolling Shoppers Drug Mart again and spotted a shiny new Quo display!

Clockwise from front left (all in Canadian dollars): All Over Colour Stick ($15), Pump Up The Volume Mascara ($14), Sheer Lipliner ($12), Jumbo Lipgloss Stick ($12), Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil ($15?), Renaissance Eyeshadow Quad ($20)

They’re calling it the Renaissance Flare collection. Today’s post has swatches and detail photos of the mascara, lipgloss sticks, and eyeshadow pencils, but here’s some info on the others:

  • All Over Colour Stick is a cream stick on one side with a dense, stiff brush on the other side to buff out the product

  • The eyeshadow quad palette is a compact with a mirror inside and comes with two small sponge tip applicators

  • I’m not a lipliner person, so I completely passed over the lipliners! If anyone requests it, I’ll check them out and swatch

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February 17, 2010
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quo bff super shaper eye wand swatches

This is a two-in-one product with an eyeliner on one end and an eyeshadow on the other. The six shades are displayed in a pretty setup as part of Quo’s Spring 2010 lineup, with tear-away instructions on how to use them. The display might not be near the other Quo products, but instead further down the makeup aisle.

The eyeshadow is a sponge tip applicator (it’s the side with the coloured cap). When I untwisted the cap, which holds the eyeshadow product, it feels like the applicator is spring-loaded or something, because I felt resistance. The other side is an angled eyeliner.

Both the eyeshadow and the eyeliner felt nice when I applied swatches to the back of my hand; they won’t need a lot of pressure or pulling/tugging to get apply to your eyelids. The eyeliner in particular feels nice and creamy.

From left to right (shadow/liner): Sandstone/Chestnut, Opal/Amethyst, Mythical/Bewitching, Chiffon/Twilight, Yang/Ying (the tester for Majestic/Destiny, which looks to be an olive green, was MIA)

Sandstone/Chestnut and Chiffon/Twilight look pretty similar, but Sandstone/Chestnut is a bit more cool-toned. Sandstone is also more of a sheery champagne-brown, and Chiffon has a hint of purple in it. Bewitching actually leans more towards a light, spring green, although the colour for Mythical is pretty accurate. Ying is a pretty silvery colour that could be used for the inner corners.

Personally I have my eye on Opal/Amethyst, but I’m waiting for one of Shoppers Drug Mart’s frequent sales on Quo so I don’t pay the full price of $15 CAD.


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