Sunday, June 10, 2007

Oh, my wallet hurts...

I was lucky enough to get an invitation to the Estee Lauder Companies warehouse sale in Toronto. This was my first time at this exclusive sale so I went in with high hopes. I had two things on my mind - MAC makeup, which I love, and possibly getting my hands on a couple of Estee Lauder solid perfume compacts, which I've always wanted to start collecting (check out my blog post about these compacts here).

Well, the final damage (including taxes) was $559.74 CAD. Yes, you read that right. I spent THAT MUCH MONEY on makeup. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I did manage to get a few gifts, but most of the stuff was for me. Oh, and yeah, I did manage to snag NINE perfume compacts (which accounts for a large chunk of that spending)! :D

Here's the lowdown on what I bought (and their CAD prices):
- Clinique extra large red tote bag - $20
- Clinique small red & white makeup case - $2
- Clinique small, purple makeup brush round box $1
- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion with pump - $18
- Clinique double ended blush brush - $5
- MAC Eyelet: 6 Cool Lips compact - $15
- MAC Blot Film (x3) - $5
- MAC Studio Moisture Fix Liotion - $18
- MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder in NC20 (x2) - $12
- MAC Bronzing Powder compact in Refined Enriched Bronze (x2) - $12
- MAC Eye Shadow in Rite of Spring - $8
- MAC Eye Shadow in Suspicion - $8
- MAC Cream Colour Base in Fantastic Plastic - $8
- MAC Cream Colour Base in Kool - $8
- MAC small eyeshadow brush (x4) - free gift for attending
- MAC Lipgelee in Saplicious (x2) - free gift for attending
- Tommy Hilfiger Tommy mini cologne set of 5 - $18
- Estee Lauder Pleasures gift set (Eau de Parfum spray & body lotion) - $30

And then there were the solid perfume compacts, which I bought as empties. Reason? I didn't really want the perfume, just the compact and it was cheaper to buy the empty compacts than the ones with product in them (they had both available for purchase):
- Cameo 1999 - $12
- Petite Four 1999 - $10
- Playful Kittens 1999 (x2) - $10
- Pink Lady 2005 - $45
- Coliseum 2006 - $60
- Eiffel Tower 2006 - $55
- Snow Globe 2006 - $20
- Sydney Opera House 2006 - $50

This was by far one of the most organized warehouse sales I've ever been to and I can only keep my fingers crossed that I manage to get an invitation to the next one! Although, it may be awhile before I can afford to buy anything for a few months! Yeesh!

I definitely know that my beauty buys will be curbed for the next several months, but it was totally worth it!

images: Cinnamon Kitten


Anonymous said...

Does the snowglobe have snow in the globe? So cute!

Anonymous said...

I really love the Sydney Opera House perfume compact!

They're like mini-art!

Christine said...

Oh my goodness, what great buys you got! How on earth does one get invited to these things?

I agree, those compacts are definitely like art, no wonder you wanted them! Amazing!

~Cinnamon Kitten~ said...

Hi christine! I got the Estee Lauder invitations through a contact at my work, who received them from the Estee Lauder office. I think most people get them if they work for EL or know someone who does.

They're hard to come by unless you have connections, but are definitely worth it!

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