and Goodbyes


With the idea of cost per wear applying to apparel, the idea of cost per use for beauty products is equally intriguing to me. Ala Eva Chen, here are the items I finished in February.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo. Since switching to this oil-based haircare system, my hair has never felt softer.


Purchase Price: $4.99. Used for about three months. Estimated cost per use: $0.06.

Yes to Tomatoes! Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. Story behind this purchase: I was at Target with my Cartwheel app showing a deal for 25 percent off Yes to products. The signage around this mask was marked two different prices: $14.99 and ten-something. I took a picture of the $10 sign, went to guest services, and asked which one was correct. The guest service rep gave me the $10 price, plus the 25 percent off Cartwheel offer. Talk about a good deal!


Retail Price: $14.99. Purchase Price: $8.24. Used Approximately 30 Times. Cost Per Use: $0.27.

True Blue Spa Look Ma New Hands Paraffin Hand Lotion. I use this every night before turning out the lights to keep my hands nice and soft.


Purchase Price: $18.50. Used nightly for 10 months. Cost per use: $0.06.

Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream. I’ve been an avid Genifique serum user since it hit the market years ago. I assumed this gel-like eye cream would deliver the same results. It didn’t. I have dark circles and a few fine lines in the inner corners of my eyes. This cream did nothing to alleviate either of these concerns. I used it to the last drop because I paid for it. But I will not purchase this again.


Retail Price: $67. Purchase Price: $52. Used nightly for six months. Cost Per Use: $0.29.

Burberry Fresh Glow Foundation in Ochre 20. In the spirit of transparency, this is a bottle of foundation I received as gratis when I began working for the line. It lasted five months, which at a cost of $52 retail price, brings the cost per use to around $0.35.


Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush $10.99. I think I’ve had this brush for almost 10 years, so it was definitely time for an update.


Benefit Cosmetics Concealer Brush $26. I think this is the price I paid for this brush. It was the second one I purchased. I’ve had this one for about four years. This brush is not available on Benefit’s website, but I did find it on Amazon. As you can see from the picture, a crack formed along the side, making me uncomfortable using it. Hence why I needed an update.




See what upgrade I purchased in the March buys’ post!



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