December 30, 2011

Shopping: Apothica.com, Avon, San Francisco, LUSH & Jean Coutu

My order from Apothica.com I'm sad to say that I'm disappointed with their shipping this time. I placed my order on November 28, it was shipped on November 30 and I received it on December 6 - the thing is that I opted for the USPS Express Mail International, which means I was supposed to get my order within 3 days, not to mention I was provided with a tracking number that didn't even exist... well, don't waste your money on that. I'm not really complaining because I didn't pay for it (I had gift cards) but still, I wanted to warn you. At least I got my whole order safe and sound!

100% Pure Caffeine Eye Cream $18.80 There's been lots of buzz in the blogosphere about this product and having tried a few 100% Pure products in the past, I decided that I had to get my hands on this one as well. I'm 23 so I'm not really dealing with fine lines and wrinkles yet but I got into the habit of using an eye cream since I'm 16 as a prevention and I actually like it, it makes me feel pampered (:

Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser with Orange Oil $9.00 I looooooove this cleanser, it totally saved my skin last winter (or was it the winter before?)! You know I have super dry skin that is prone to eczema so I have to be careful not to use anything too harsh, especially in the awful winter weather. This cleanser is oily so it won't strip your skin of its moisture but leave it even more hydrated and smoothed! The only thing is that it does leave a little oily residue after but personally, I don't mind this because I like to think of it as a protective layer.

Stila Perfect & Correct Foundation in Tone $44.00 I never really used a foundation on a daily basis and I decided it was time I tried one for real! I have a few foundations in my stash but I never used them regularly but I decided that things were going to be different with this one. My skin is far from perfect but I don't think I need to totally cover it so I was looking for a light coverage and after browsing Makeupalley, I decided that I would give this one a try. I chose it in the shade Tone which appeared a bit dark on the website but I figured out I could make it work by matching it with another foundation.

theBalm Time Balm Concealer in Light $17.80 I don't have concealers that I really like in my stash and I've heard great things about this one so I ordered it in Light. I'm not sure I want to use it as an overnight treatment though, it seems a bit strange to apply makeup at night!

Voluspa Limited Edition Winesap Apple Spice and Truffle White Coca Handmade Candles $15.00 each I really wanted to get rid of the gift cards I had left so even though I think it's crazy to pay that ridiculous amount of money for such little candles (5oz), I ordered them because they seemed to smell sooooo yummy and I was right! I haven't lit them though so I won't get too excited but scented candles can be disappointing):

As always, I also received some free samples with my order that I will probably not use and give to my mother: Phytomer Oligopur Purifying Cleansing Gel, AHAVA Time To Revitalize Extreme Day Cream and NUXE Crème Prodigieuse Enrichie Anti-Fatigue Moisturizing Cream.

Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Pout and Sheer Naturale on sale 2 for $7.00 According to Temptalia's dupe list, Pout is a dupe for MAC Angel at 100% so of course, Angel being among my absolute favorite lipsticks (very original, isn't it?), I had to get my hands on it! Mélanie's mother is an Avon reprensentative so I ordered Pour from her and I wanted to take advantage of the special so I asked Mélanie for her advice and she recommended Sheer Naturale, which is a nude with a glossy finish.

After reading the comments on Makeupalley about these lipsticks, I had high hopes as some even said Pout was HG material, but I find these lipsticks to be incredibly drying and their lasting power is awful on me - they won't even stay on for one hour! I've read some comments about the poor lasting power of the Ultra Color Rich Lipsticks but that's not what bothers me the most as you don't need a mirror to re-apply these but from what I've seen on the net, these lipsticks are supposed to be moisturizing! That's a shame because I love both shades ):

San Francisco blouse on sale for $19.99 Ever since I first step foot in San Francisco, I spotted this blouse and I knew I had to have it, but it was something like $29.99 and because it's so light, I wasn't sure it was worth it. This blouse being in the fall collection, I knew it was going to be on sale soon... and I was right! I was soooooo lucky to get my hands on the only X-Small available! When I first put it on, I was unsure about it but when I roll up the sleeves and cinch a belt at the waist, it's actually great!

San Francisco tunic on sale for $19.99 I'm always on the hunt for more tops I can wear with leggings in the winter because they are the comfiest thing ever! At first sight, I wasn't sure about this one because I don't usually go for a warm piece of clothing with short-sleeves, but I just couldn't let it go at this price! When I tried it on another time once at home, I was a little disappointed to see that the cut isn't as flattering I thought it would be (it's not as close to the body as I usually like) but I still like it!

San Francisco cotton pants on sale for $19.99 No, I didn't need another pair of "lounging around pants" but I got tired of always wearing the same baggy pair and this one is soooo comfy and it fits so well... and it was on sale... and there was only one X-Small available... and it makes my butt looks so nice (:

LUSH The Rocketeer and Abombinaball Bath Bomb on sale BOGO and New! Shampoo Bar $10.95 The only sales I really wanted to chek out on the Boxing Day were the ones at LUSH, but I was disappointed. OK, maybe it's my fault, maybe I waited too long before going there but I was working the days after Christmas and the stores were all crowded and there's not a lot of things I hate more than crowded stores!

I went to LUSH yesterday actually and everything I wanted was gone but I grabbed those two bath bombs as a gift for my mother as Christmas items were BOGO, and I finally took the plundge and decided to try one of their shampoo bar. I must say the reasons that kept me from buying some was the price - but I've been told that one bar is equal to three bottles of shampoo - and also that I was afraid it would be hard to use and that it would not layther well but the sale assistant assured me that it lathers really well.

I was initally going for Jumping Juniper as it's designed for oily hair, but the sale assistant told me this shampoo did nothing for her oily roots but that New! was awesome for this, and that it was also great to stimulate hair growth. From the reviews I've read on the LUSH website, many people say this shampoo is drying but I really don't care as I use conditioner and leave-in conditioner everytime I wash my hair. I can't wait to try this!

Glade Sense & Spray Automatic Room Spray Lavender & Vanilla free I recently received a coupon for a free Glad Sense & Spray and the only scent available was this one (this wasn't totally free, I had to pay the taxes).


  1. Great stuff as always, I'm curious to hear how you like the Stila foundation. Hope the candles don't let you down :)

  2. What a bunch of neat products! I've been curious about that Stila foundation, I'm curious to see how it works for you. And I am such a sucker for Lush products, the ones you picked up look so fun!

  3. great stuff! Would love to hear about the stila foundation!

  4. so much fun stuff! its even better since you didnt have to pay for them :)

  5. Nice stuff! Love that blouse and tunic!!

  6. Wicked haul Gaby!! I want that Stila foundation so badly! Can't wait to see what you think of that and the shampoo bar... It sounds Interesting and strange all in one:)
    Cute tunic too!

  7. Great purchases! I have both of those avon lipsticks, and it is a good dupe for angel but it is hard to apply and does not last very long

  8. Excellent haul lady. I like all the beauty products. Want to try Stila foundation myself.

    Love that sweater dress on you. So cute!


  9. I ♥ Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser. And the photos are very nice!

  10. Elle est super originale la coupe de ta blouse du San Francisco. Et ton gilet gris te va à ravir! Ça me donne le goût d'aller magasiner! :)

  11. Salut Gaby :) J'adore les vêtements que tu t'es acheté! Ses vraiment beau! Et je trouve sa bizzard de devoir payer les taxes sur le produit Glad... Ils devraient le préciser au moment de nous envoyer les coupons!

    À et je voulais aussi te dire que j'ai commencé un blog en anglais comme toi et j'aimerais que tu y fasse un petit tour j'ai écris un article pour le moment mais j'aimerais que tu me donne ton avis ^^'


    Merci :)

  12. I'd love to hear what you think about the 100% Pure cream!
    Love your blog, just followed :) <3

  13. @Tracy D @Sari @Miranda @*MoNtseR GiRl* : I'll definitely review the Stila foundation if I get to use it someday because I think the shade I picked up is too dark for me... maybe I'll wait until the summer?

    @Eugenia : It's always better, isn't it? (:

    @Dani @Alicia : Thanks (:

    @ PolaBerry : Exactly, that's why I'm a little sad because I looooooove both shades!

    @Gauri : It's just so gentle and moisturizing and it smells amazing! I'm glad you like the pictures (:

    @Nicolka Mikaze : N'est-ce pas? Je me suis tellement retenue de ne pas la payer plein prix la première fois que je l'ai vue! Merci (:

    @Sweet And Spicy : Salut Val! Je suis contente que tu aimes mes achats! Je sais, je trouve ça stupide pour les taxes, surtout quand ce n'est pas indiqué, mais bon, je ne vais pas m'engueuler avec quelqu'un qui ne veut rien comprendre pour sauver 2$...

    @Summer : Thanks for the follow hun x

  14. Nice haul :o) I've been wanting to try the Stila Foundation too. I think Tone might be the right color for me. Hope you had a great Holiday!

  15. Love the plaid blouse.. really cute on you! ;)

  16. @Angel : I still haven't tried it, I'm afraid it'd be too dark on me! Maybe I'll mix it with another foundation?

    @WitchHazel: Thank you! I love it!