Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ulta 21 Days Deal - Tarte Maracuja Oil for $25!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today's Ulta 21 Days deal is my favorite skin product yet, and it's the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil! Normally it retails for $46, but today only in-store and online, you can get this 50 mL bottle for $25! That is almost half off, and I can guarantee you that you won't see a deal like this for a while.

I've talked about this oil before, and it's amazing! I typically have dry skin, and this oil makes my face feel so hydrated throughout the night and in the morning whenever I wake up. All you need is 2-3 drops, and that should cover your face. I've recommended this product to two of my aunts and my sister, and they love it too! My sister has oily skin, but this product doesn't make her feel gross or extra oily. Don't be afraid of oil! The oil absorbs fairly quickly once you pat it down into your face without making you feel greasy! I highly recommend this product!

Friday, September 26, 2014

September Beauty Favorites!

September is coming to an end! YES! I'm too excited for fall, but first, here are my favorites for the month of September! :)

Listed below are my beauty favorites mentioned in the video:
- Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder
- Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer
- L'Oreal Perfect Match Concealer
- Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner & Serum
- Real Techniques Shading Brush
- L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire
- Tarte Cosmetics Sweet Dreams 2014 LipSurgence Duo Set

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dermstore - 20% Off TODAY ONLY!

Happy Fall!!! Today is officially the first day of fall, and that makes me super happy! Too bad it's going to be 90 degrees today... *sigh*

While I'll be in class for three hours later in the afternoon and evening, Dermstore is celebrating the first day of fall though by giving us a 20% off our entire purchase (some exclusions may apply) for today only with the promo code: FALL20 .

Dermstore carries many brands including LORAC, Stila, Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and so forth. You can find the LORAC Pro Palettes on their site and even the new Anastasia Maya Mia palette! Happy savings! :)

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Sweet Dreams Holiday 2014 - Deluxe LipSurgence Duo

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year, and as my best friend says, "It's close to Christmas once you hit the "'-ber" months!" It is SeptemBER, and you can bet that I got super excited when Tarte Cosmetics released their Sweet Dreams Holiday 2014 line just recently! Eeks! I purchased their blush set, lip set, and this really cute $5 deluxe LipSurgence Duo, which this review will be on!

This deluxe size duo set includes one LipSurgence Lip Creme in "Wishful," and one LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic."

The box is deceiving, since it's twice as big as the products.

L: LipSurgence Creme in "Wishful"
R: LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic"
The packaging is so darn cute. I love the purple caps with the shiny gold details! These deluxe mini are great to travel with this holiday season!

The amount of product you get! Not much, but you get for what you pay for.

LipSurgence Creme in "Wishful" - No flash (top); flash (bottom)
Pinky nude color; retractable 

LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic" - No flash (top); flash (bottom)
A coral pink gloss with gold flecks of glitter; doe foot applicator
You can see that this lip gloss is milky looking. It's not sticky like most lip glosses.

LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic" and
LipSurgence Creme in "Wishful"

I love these two together! It makes my lips look lush and full!

Note: The lip creme smells minty and the lip gloss smells like vanilla.

  • $5 for two deluxe size samples! I say that's a steal. Unfortunately I don't see it on the website right now?! I'm not sure if they ran out, but I hope it'll be back in stock because it's such a good deal, and it's a great way to try out Tarte's lip products!
  • The colors are pretty!
  • Decent wear time. Approximately 3 hours without eating or drinking. CON: Gloss does wear off though!
  • It makes my lips taste weird. I'm not sure if it's me, but when I wiped off the lip products at the end of the day with a tissue, my lips tasted so nasty. I don't even know how to describe it!
  • The gloss is lovely, but it doesn't have long staying power, most likely due to the fact that it isn't as sticky, so it doesn't adhere to the lips.
  • Not moisturizing. 
Overall I like this duo set, especially when worn together.  :) 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DEAL: Mally Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner - $3.50!!!

Can  I just say that I LOVE finding great beauty deals?!  I went on Mally Beauty's website to see if there are any deals going on, and I saw that there is free shipping today only, Mally Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliners are 25% off all month long $18.00  --> $13.50, AND there's a promo code that you can use to get $10 off your purchase! Hello $3.50 eyeliner!!!

My order below. Click to enlarge.

  • Add 1 Mally Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner for $18 25% off $13.50 to bag
  • Use "WELOVEYOU" promo code for $10 off your order
  • Free shipping ends 11:59 EST
  • Pay $3.50!
What a deal! :) 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Products I'm Wearing on a Hot Day A.K.A. TODAY! :(

Hi everyone!
It is so stinkin' hot today (97 degrees the last time I checked), that I can't stand to put any makeup on! Typically when it's hot I get really lazy, so it's a no makeup day. I was productive in that I was able to do some reading for class, but other than that, you can bet that I'll be sitting right in front of the fan and that I'll be drinking gallons of water before I have to run to class!

I am wearing some beauty/personal care products though so help protect myself from the sun!

As listed:
  1. Up&Up Sport Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Spray - Personally, I find this sunscreen spray to be much better than Coppertone's. It's not as difficult to press down on the button to get product out in contrast to Coppertone's, and the texture of the sunscreen itself isn't as sticky either. Sunscreen is a must for me everyday that I am outside! 
  2. EOS Lip Balm in "Lemon Drop" SPF 15 ($2.99)- SPF is needed on the lips too! We tend to neglect our lips when we apply sunscreen on our bodies and faces, but this EOS Lip Balm has SPF 15. I enjoy using this one because it smells like lemons, it moisturizes my lips, and it also protects them too!
  3. Origins A Perfect World SPF 25 ($41) - Facial moisturizer is a must as well! This origins moisturizer smells so good! It's made out of white tea, and it is also oil free. It is pricey, but it's a great moisturizer!
  4. Dove Go Sleeveless Deodorant - Because no one wants to see your armpit sweat stains on your shirt. Don't stink, stay fresh!

All I have to say now is, can it be cold already!?

Stay cool!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics - $30 off $80+ Purchase!

Hey everyone!

Right now you can get $30 off a purchase of $80+ on the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics website! All you have to do is "RSVP" for the coupon code on the Gilt City site, and in a matter of a few hours your coupon voucher should be sent to your email! My coupon voucher came in approximately two hours after I signed up. Sign up by September 23, and use your voucher by September 28!

I did the math and you can get up to 37.5% off if you order is exactly $80! I've never seen a sale like this before, so I'm possibly thinking of getting the Smokey Nudes Eye Shadow Palette and maybe a lipstick!? :D

Happy savings and shopping!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

REVIEW: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadows!

Hi everyone! Finally I am back, and I have gotten my hands on the new Milani Cosmetics Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadows! I can gladly say that these shadows are superb! They have great pigmentation, are easy to blend, and they are long-lasting with a primer underneath!

Each shadow name starts with "Bella" with the color of the shadow color named afterwards. Milani states on their website that these shadows starts off as a gel, and then apply as a powder. There is no indication to me that these shadows have a gel-like texture at all. In my opinion they are powder eyeshadows that stay as powder eyeshadows. Nevertheless, they are great shadows, and Milani offers a large range of them in 30 colors with different finishes from satin matte, shimmer and metallic.

I managed to pick up Bella Mandarin, Bella Bronze, Bella Bronze, and Bella Taupe.

Bella Mandarin - Cool tone peachy orange (satin matte)

Bella Bronze - bronze (metallic)

Bella Copper - Copper (metallic)

Bella Taupe - Taupe (satin matte)

Swatches from left to right:
Bella Mandarin, Bella Taupe, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze

  • Pigmented
    • Matte shade or not, these shadows are rich in color. The swatches above were applied straight out of the packaging, so no primer or wet application was used. I always wear eye shadow primer underneath my eye look to achieve more vibrancy.
    • Bella Mandarin is a little chalky, but is still a great quality shadow.
  • Affordable
    • Each shadow varies from $3.99 to $4.79. Unfortunately for me, one Milani shadow at my local CVS retails for $4.79, which I personally think is pricey. However, I did buy these on sale, use a CVS store coupon and previous rewards to get them for a cheaper price.
    • HOWEVER, I do prefer an eye shadow palette like my LORAC Pro Palette instead of buying single eye shadows since I believe it is a better investment and is easier to work with, but if you are on a budget and you only need one color or so, then I recommend trying the Milani Bella Eyes out. 
  • Easy to blend
    • CON: If you are applying it WET, then forget about blending your eye shadows because this formula barely budges when wet!
    • These shadows blend very beautifully with and without a primer underneath. Wear a primer if you want it to last longer! 

I give Milani two thumbs up!

LIFE UPDATE: Moved & School

Where the heck have I been for almost a month? I moved away from home for school, and guess what? I've been in school for three weeks already! I know!

It's been a long and stressful journey so far. I became homesick right when I moved, and I just felt so lonely. Everything was different to me: the streets, the people, the scenery, everything. It didn't feel like home to me, and it made me sad even though I knew my feelings were normal for many young adults who move away from home for the first time.  When you're not in the mood, you're not in the mood, so I didn't touch this blog.

I've also been out of school for two years, so coming back to school as a full time graduate student made me feel very stressed out. I had to learn how to make friends again, and when you're in a brand new semi-permanent place all by yourself, you may just know how that feels! School itself is still stressful now, but I feel rejuvenated and a little more confident now. Sometimes you just have to go with the groove, suck it up, and put your energy and effort into something to get the results that you want back. I know graduate school is going to be even tougher than the previous weeks, but I am feeling excited and prepared. Tis better now.

I won't have as much time as I used to in the past to post frequently on this blog, but I will try my best to post here and there! Unfortunately my new computer isn't recognizing my video editor, so I can't post videos up on YouTube either.

On a lighter note, I was playing with makeup with my cousin last night, and it was so fun, and can I just say that it was stress-relieving? LOL :P Playing with makeup can be so therapeutic, and it was exciting to watch my cousin apply makeup on herself for the first time. There's always a first for everything!

Anyway, I am back, and I am happy to be back! :)

P.S. If anyone needs a good read, I recommend Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. ;)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Top Drugstore Beauty Deals (8/17 - 8/23)

You will need to be a rewards member at the drugstore in order for you to score any of the sales. Being a member is free and you can either sign up in person at the drugstore or online. Listed underneath each drugstore (CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens) are the links to their respective rewards program page, coupon policy, and weekly ad. All the information that you need will be in those links, but feel free to ask me if you have trouble understanding a deal or policy. I don't work any of these drugstores, but I shop there enough to know their coupon policies and their reward programs! :P And as a tip, these sales and rewards do not apply to any items that are on clearance. Happy savings!

Acronyms commonly used:
  • BOGO - Buy One Get One (i.e. BOGO 50% = Buy One Get One 50% off)
  • wyb - when you buy
  • wys - when you spend
  • ECB - Extra Care Bucks (Rewards program at CVS)
  • +UP - +UP Rewards (Rewards program at Rite Aid)
  • BP - Balance Points (Rewards program at Walgreens)
  • RR - Register Rewards (Rewards program at Walgreens)

Extra Care Rewards
Coupon Policy
Weekly Ad

*TIPS: Always scan your CVS card or input your phone number that is affiliated with the Extra Care program at the red box machine while you're in store! This is where you'll get additional CVS store coupons that you will be able to use on top of manufacturer coupons! Keep scanning the card or inputting your number until the machine tells you that there are no more coupons for the day!*

    Wellness Rewards Program
    Coupon Policy
    Weekly Ad

    *TIPS: (1) Grab a weekly ad every week time you go into Rite Aid. Sometimes there are Rite Aid store coupons in the ad that you can tear out and use. And yes, you can use these with manufacturer coupons too! (2) Rite Aid releases a bundle of store coupons online called Rite Aid Video Values each month where you have to sign into your account, and watch a video commercial in order to get your coupons. *

    This entire month is Rite Aid's Eye Extravaganza where you'll receive $10 +UP on $30 purchase of eye makeup or artificial eyelash items. limit 2 in rewards
    • Organix Hair Care or Bath Care, Fx Stylers, Marc Anthony, or Finesse Hair Care - BOGO FREE
    • Salon Grafix, Samy, Mane n' Tail (32 oz), Renpure, Thicker Fuller Hair, Zero Frizz Hair Care - BOGO FREE
    • Hawaiian Tropic or Banana Boat Sun Care - BOGO FREE
    • Wet N Wild Cosmetics Regular Retail of $0.99 - $0.69
    • Receive $4 +UP wyb 2 Eco Tools and Bath Regular Retail $3.99 and up
      $1.50 off two Ecotools Cosmetic Brushes
    • Receive $5 +UP wyb 2 Sally Hansen Triple Shine and Complete Manicure Nail Enamel
    • Receive $5 +UP wys $10 on Conair or Scunci Hair Accessories, brushes, combs and rollers
    • Receive $3 wyb $10 Artificial Nails and Lashes
    • Receive $10 +UP wys $20 on select Biosilk, Chi, Rusk, Tigi Bed Head, Catwalk or Sebastion Salon Brands
    • Receive $3 +UP wyb Queen Helene, Jason, Alba or Avalon Skin and Bath Care Products
    • Receive $5 +UP wyb 2 Jergens Natural Glow or Glow and Perfect
    • Receive $5 +UP wys $15 on any Clearasil or Veet products
    • Receive $5 +UP wys $20 on L'Oreal Cosmetics (40% off), Skin Care, Sun Care, Hair Care, or Hair Color
      $1.00 off any L'Oreal Paris product
      $1.00 off any L'Oreal Eye Product
    • Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner (25.4 oz.) or Stylers - $4.99
    • Revlon Frost & Glow Highlighting Kits - $7.50
    • Feeling Beautiful, c. Booth Bath, eclos, Vita K and Barefoot Skin Care - BOGO 50%
    Balance Rewards Program
    Coupon Policy
    Weekly Ad

    *TIP: Every month Walgreens releases a store coupon book filled with lots of savings that you can pick up next to where the weekly ads are located! Like the other two drugstores, you can use a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon for each item you purchase. *
    Feel free to ask me any questions! I always love helping people save! :)
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