Recent Purchases at Shoppers Drug Mart: Essence, Garnier, Alba Botanica

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Hey everyone! I went to Shoppers Drug Mart today because I had a Garnier Body coupon. Of course, I ended up picking up a couple other things (is it possible to go the beauty section without getting more than you planned to?)



Starting with what I originally went to SDM for: Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Conditioning Lotion in Cocoa Butter. I found a $2 off coupon at Superstore today for this, and it was on sale at SDM for $2.99. Even though I have more body lotions than I need, I still had to get this -- I mean, who could pass it up for 99 cents? I'd heard good things about this so I figured, why not?

I've tried it briefly on my hands and so far I like it -- it has a nice cocoa butter scent, a thin but not overly runny texture, and soaks into skin pretty fast. I do recommend checking it out at Shoppers this week if you have a coupon.

Click the cut to see what else I bought!




 

I've been searching for new nighttime moisturizer, and I saw Alba Botanica Hawaiian Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer on sale for $8.99. I've never tried this brand before, but the ingredients look good. The only thing is that it comes in jar packaging which won't keep the antioxidants in it stable. I'm going to decant it into an opaque pump-bottle to try to keep the antioxidants from destabilizing. I really don't know why companies keep packaging moisturizers with antioxidants in jar packaging when we know it won't keep the ingredients stable!



And lastly, Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Highlighter Pen in Kinnichiwa Girls! Ahh! This is such a cute collection! This is a shimmery pink highlighter pen, and I think it was $3.99 (regular price). You can see what else is in the collection here. The display at my local SDM only had one of the lipstick pencils and only had one in the display, which appeared to have been used (one annoying aspect of Essence is that they don't have seals on their products). The display was also missing the body powder and blush so I might go back for those. Everything is $3.99 or less, so it's a very affordable collection!

Here are a couple quick swatches:

Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Highlighter Pen -- unblended (indirect sunlight, no flash)

Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Highlighter Pen -- blended (indirect sunlight, no flash)

I think I might love it. Plus, I totally keep thinking of this song by Air (that one is a safe for work video; the official one isn't though, so be careful if you go looking for it!)

I also picked up a couple of free samples -- Eau de Fendi and NeoStrata Men Soothing Moisturizer. Both are probably too small to really make any note of, but free samples are always appreciated!

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So, this was my first haul post. I know some people don't care for these types of posts, but I personally like reading them on other blogs. I think it will also help me keep track of my purchases and will also give a preview to upcoming review posts. Do let me know what you think though!

Have you tried any of these products? Have you spotted the Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Collection? Let me know!


All items purchased myself. All opinions are my own.

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16 comments

  1. I LOVE haul posts!! And $0.99? Umm, score! I would have been so proud of myself!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad! Yes! Can't beat beauty for a buck!

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  2. I haven't spotted the Cherry Blossom collection but if I see it I can tell you I would walk away with 2 nail polishes, 1 lipstick pencil, highlighter pen & maybe that eye liner ;)
    I have quite a few of those coupons as well, good deal on the lotion, the girls at my work have been going nuts over it as well - I am holding out until I can find them on sale on a 20x the points day

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    1. I'm trying not to buy too many beauty things which is why I only got the highlighter, or else I'd probably have picked up the eyeliner and lipstick too!

      Hopefully they do go on sale on a 20x the points day! Love Optimum points!

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  3. I'm not sure if they still have it, but garnier had a coupon for the same lotion for FREE! I got the same scent but I think it's so-so.. The essence highlighter looks pretty! I love cherry blossoms :)

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    1. I actually was going to get it for free, but for some reason it didn't show up, so I messaged them and they said they'd send me another.. which didn't arrive. I don't know what happened so I just decided to buy it for a buck lol.

      It's so pretty! I love cherry blossoms too, especially the scent.

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  4. That Essence highlighter pen looks a lot like Benefit High Beam.

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    1. Ooh, does it? I've never tried High Beam but I've wanted to, so it would be awesome if this is a dupe!

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  5. Oh the highlighter is pretty.

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  6. I hope our Ulta has the essence collection it looks really fun! I've never seen the Garnier lotion but it looks good!

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    1. Hopefully Ulta has it! Canada just got Essence last year so we don't have as much of a selection, so I was excited to see this collection!

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  7. Just nominated you for a Liebster award!

    http://theruralcanadianshopper.blogspot.ca/2013/02/nail-doodle-nominated-me-for-liebster.html

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