US Obsessions

So I’m Canadian. And all shopaholic Canadians know that shopping in the United States means BIG deals. OK.  Maybe not AS amazing right now, given the current dollar situation. But it’s still pretty damn good even when you take the exchange into consideration. Last summer, however, felt like robbery. Our dollar was good, really, really good, and prices were cheap, really, really cheap.

This summer, I had to take it easy on my spending during all of our roadtrips to Montana. Sometimes, even with exchange, you can save money. But it’s important to pay attention and do the calculations quickly to make sure it isn’t smarter to just buy it at home.

Two things I can’t resist buying?? Lip Balm and Gum. Yep. Gum and Lip Balm. Why?! Because the US gets so many cool foods and drinks and limited edition cosmetics that we just don’t get at home.

Every time I go, I find new and glorious beauties. Last year, I fell in love with the Stride Sour Patch Kids line of chewing gum. The year before, Extra Desserts Gum won my tastebuds. This year I screamed with delight when I found the Sour Patch Watermelon Gum. Omg, talk about a taste-gasm.

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I’m always way over the top and insist on buying multiple packs to last me through the year. Plus they are so fun to give to my friends. I love that they are sugar free, but totally kick sweet cravings. I’m not lying when I say I have a box (a recycled sephora gift box) filled with fun American gum flavors. Is that weird?!

My other favorite, Lip Balm. A true addiction. Why does the US get all the cool limited edition lines?! Canadians can find them but we have to order them online and spend a small fortune. So I stock up. Why not?! They make great “Happy Day” gifts. “Here have a pack of gum and a Chapstick just because you’re so fucking adorable“. Basically.

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My most recent additions:
• Vaseline Creme Brulee
• EOS Lemon Drop SPF 15
• Chapstick MixStix in Strawberry Banana Smoothie & Raspberry Lemon Sorbet*
• Blistex Orange Mango Blast SPF 15
• Chapstick Tropical Paradise Collection in Mango Sunrise
• Chapstick Tropical Paradise Collection in Aloha Coconut
• Chapstick Cupcake Creations Collection in Cake Batter
• Vaseline Rosy Lips

The best things about stocking up on balms is that I’m fully prepared for the dry winter months!! I swear I searched for the Rosy Lips for over a year before I finally tracked it down (and in stock) at Target in Kalispell, MT. Nothing beats Vaseline when your lips are hella chapped. Adding yummy scents like Creme Brulee, or hints of color like Rosy Lips, just makes Vaseline feel like a legit lip treatment. Compared to the days of digging in the entire Vaseline tub, and getting it all over your hands, just for some lip relief.

Chapstick has really stepped up their game. Long gone are the days of Cherry Chapstick. Their new flavors are amazing. I’m loving the LE collections! And they are only $1 USD. ONE DOLLAR?!?!?!? Shut up. The MixStix are so yummy and I love having the option to wear the balms alone or mix them together for a different experience.

Do you have any products that you stock up on when sales are good?! Do you have an obsession?!!

* I have since found the Chapstick MixStix balms in Canada at Shopper’s Drug Mart. I picked up the Carmel Apple one to complete my collection! ♡

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Flare Fun!!

Topbox has a fabulous deal on right now!! They are offering FLARE Beauty Boxes for only $9 CAD!! And this price includes all shipping and handling!! It’s almost too good to be true!!

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Included in the FLARE Classic Beauty Box:
• Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black (full size)
• Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex 7 mL sample tubes (2)
• Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in nude shade (full size)
• Pantene Expert Pro-V Advanced+ Keratin Repair Split End Fuser (full size)
• Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash 50 mL (travel size)
• Clairol Nice ’n Easy Coupon (max $16.00)

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Included in the FLARE Fearless Beauty Box:
• Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Succulent Cherry (full size)
• Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash (travel size)
• Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by LashBlast in Very Black (full size)
• Herbal Essences Rejuvenating Shampoo & Conditioner (travel size)
• Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier Sachets (2)
• Vidal Sassoon Hair Colour Coupon (max $16.99)

Included in your FLARE Beauty Box (either one) is a FREE 60-day trial to Next Issue. Promo code will be emailed with your purchase confirmation.

Click Here to get your own!! (It’s a referral link ♡) I got the Fearless box. I wanted to get both … maybe I should?!

Sephora Savvy

All that Black Friday shopping can definitely leave the wallet a little empty. Maybe you completely missed out on all the sales, but still need a few budget friendly gifts! Either way, you can treat yourself a girlfriend to some Sephora goodies for the holidays without breaking into your savings!

The best place to find deals? Sephora Sale! And I don’t mean a special promotional sale. Sephora ALWAYS has sale items! Click Here to see the items they are currently offering. Here are a few of my current favs! Those savings tho!! ♡♡♡
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In addition to those cheap, but amazing, gift ideas, Sephora is currently offering three different sample bag promotions. Spend $35 CAD ($25 USD) and use any of the following codes to get these bonus items:
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Buy a gift & get a sample bag for yourself a stocking stuffer! Pretty sweet deal!
P.S – To my American friends, use code “SHIPNOW” to get free shipping on any $25 USD purchase. A great idea if you only need to grab a small/inexpensive gift!
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Happy Holiday Shopping!!! ♡