Monday, July 28, 2014

DEAL: Morphe Brushes on Rue La La -- As low as $0.94!!! SIGN UP NOW!

Awesome deal alert! Morphe Brushes (until tomorrow morning at 8PM PST)  is on Rue La La (similar to Hautelook) right now, and if you sign up as a new member on your computer, you'll receive $25 credit that can even go towards shipping which is $9.95! Sign up by 8/6 and use your credit by 8/25. Unused credit will expire!

You can sign up by using my referral link if you'd like:
http://www.ruelala.com/invite/melanieto01
*Note: I do get credit if you sign up from my code and purchase something.*

*It took me around 15-20 minutes for my credit to show up in my account when I first signed up. Unfortunately Rue La La stated that it could take up to 24 hours to get a code. In that case the deal would have already expired, but you can still use your credit towards a different purchase.*

Just look for the Morphe boutique and get what you want. There are a variety of eyeshadow palettes for $16.99 and brush sets starting at $15.99. With the credit you'll be spending $0.94 - $1.94 on either products!!!

I purchased the Warm Palette with the following deal breakdown:

Morphe 35 Color Warm Palette - $16.99 + $9.95 shipping = $26.94 - $25 sign up credit = $1.94





This is an amazing deal, and you want to act fast because items are selling out and this event ends in 12 hours!!!

Happy savings! :)


Manicure Monday: Sally Hansen Triple Shine in "Seasational"

Happy ManiMonday! I am wearing blue which I normally don't like wearing since it stains your nails, but the color was too pretty to pass up. Too bad the formula is poor! This is Sally Hansend's Triple Shine in "Seasational," and although the color is a beautiful teal, the formula is extremely streaky that it causes tiny bubbles to form. Dry time is lengthy as well, even with my two standard two coats. I'm disappointed, but it is what it is!






Sunday, July 27, 2014

Top Drugstore Beauty Deals (7/27 - 8/02)

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)



CVS
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!*

RITE AID
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

WALGREENS
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! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

REVIEW: Maybelline Color Tattoos Leather in "Creamy Beige," "Dramatic Black," and "Vintage Plum"

Hi everyone!

I saw the new Maybelline Color Tattoo Leathers at my CVS and grabbed three of the five colors available in "Dramatic Black," Creamy Beige," and "Vintage Plum" each for $7.49 (don't worry, I had coupons :P). I am a huge fan of the Color Tattoos and own a lot of their shades. They are pigmented, creamy, waterproof, and long lasting. I picked these up mainly because they are completely matte, and these work just as well as the others.




Dramatic Black - a very dark and rich black. If you want a rich black cream shadow, then this is it! You can double up and use this as an eyeliner too since it's so creamy and rich. 
Creamy Beige - Beige! And it is really creamy! This would be great as a base.
Vintage Plum - a taupe/plum that I enjoy using on my lids for a simple one shadow look.


I'm unsure whether or not Maybelline has changed the formula, but these seem to be creamier than the other Color Tattoos I own. They feel very gel-like on the fingers whereas the old ones had a thicker, more friction formula. I actually prefer the formula of these better since they are easier to blend, but just like the ones you'll find in the permanent displays, these are waterproof and are long lasting. Make sure to work fast though because they do dry fast once applied.


I absolutely enjoy using these, and I recommend trying these out if you are looking for shadows that are pigmented, long lasting, easy to use, and affordable.


In Other News...
  • Guess who is a babysitter again? *Raises hands*
  • An unboxing of my FabFitFun summer box will be up next week. The box should be arriving tomorrow, and I'm so excited! :D 
  • I recently purchased two new eyelash curlers ever since the whole pulling 20 lashes incident. I've been loving the Whiplash Eyelash Curler by Crave Naturals which I will review sometime next week if I have time since I'll be taking care of my cousins. I also ordered the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler too when I found a discount count and free shipping code. Hah!  
  • Zumba = fun, hard, entertaining, tiring, sexy, and sweaty!

Have a great weekend!!!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Birchbox on sale on Gilt City - $99 Yearly Subscription

If you guys are interested in subscribing to Birchbox, a $10 monthly beauty subscription, now is the time to take advantage of it if you want it for the year!

Right now on Gilt City (similar to Hautelook), the Birchbox One-Year Subscription is only $99. That makes it out to be $8.25 a month compared to $10 a month. Plus, you'll receive $25 in credit to purchase whatever you want in their Birchbox store.

This offer expires Wednesday, August 6.





Monday, July 21, 2014

Top Drugstore Beauty Deals! (07/20-07/26)

Months ago, I used to post all the beauty deals for three drugstores: CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens, along with applicable printable coupons. I am unable to commit to doing that each week, since it takes around an hour and a half per drugstore to type up all the deals and find the matching coupons for each of the sales (huge props to coupon bloggers out there who do this for every sale in the ad). My schedule is going to get busier since I'll be starting school soon, but I would at least like to post in my opinion, the top beauty deals at each of these drugstores so that you don't miss a great deal! I am a huge drugstore beauty lover, and I score great savings with the use of coupons on top of weekly sales, so why not share my love for saving with you!


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)



CVS
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!*
  • Receive $10 ECB wys $30 on any L'Oreal Facial Care or Sublime Bronze self-tanning Towelettes 6 ct.
  • Receive $5 ECB wyb any two Sally Hansen Cosmetics
  • Receive $5 ECB wys $15 on any CoverGirl Cosmetics
    $2.00 off one CoverGirl Outlast Lip product
  • OGX Shampoo, Conditioner, stylers 2-13 oz, Body Wash or Body Lotion - $4.99


RITE AID
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. *




WALGREENS
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! :)

Manicure Monday: Summer Glam!

Happy Monday everyone!

I'm in a constant packing mode, and it's not fun at all. I feel as if I'm burning a million calories every time I pack and clean, but you know, that ice cream treat right? Yep! :P

I've been rockin' these nails in China Glaze "Aquadelic" and NYC Cosmetics "Top of the Gold" for almost a week! I just love this combination! I'm a gold's girl, and I love this NYC Cosmetics top coat alongside with the beautiful aqua color! Both apply nicely and are long lasting, although you should know that the gold is more suitable as a top coat. Wear it underneath some kind of base so that it won't be difficult to take it off later down the road!





Saturday, July 19, 2014

REVIEW: NYC Cosmetics Liquid Lipshine in "Guava"

Hi everyone! I just discovered the NYC Cosmetics Liquid Lipshine at Rite Aid just recently, and I picked up the color "Guava" from one of the displays. I am unsure if this color is limited edition or not since it was in a cardboard display box with a summer theme, but nevertheless, I want to rave about this lip product, specifically this color in particular because it is amazing!

For only $1.99, NYC Cosmetics has created a lip gloss (specifically Guava since I haven't tried other colors from the line), filled with pigmentation and shine that lasts throughout the day! Rite Aid is having a deal this week where the entire NYC Cosmetics line is 40% off, so you can actually score this for even cheaper than two bucks!




Guava is a bright, fun pinky fuchsia lip gloss. It appears to be completely a creme color with no fine glitter, but after wearing it several times, I discovered that there are really fine purple glitter in the gloss that you can't see unless you get a close up look or if you have a camera flash on.


The applicator wand is quite long. It's easy to use on the bottom of my lips, but it doesn't work as well on my top lips since it's too big. If you want precise application then I suggest using a lip brush, but this is lip gloss, so it's not too bothersome to quickly fix and wipe off excess gloss.

Can you guys see the fine purple glitter? It's not too noticeable! 

Without flash you can't see too much of the purple glitter. But dang, is this gloss GLOSSY or what?!

The gloss appears lighter pink with flash. I love that the fine purple glitter gives your lips a little bit more dimension.

Overall, I love this lip gloss. I love the color, I love the high shine that it gives off, and I love that it's so stinkin' affordable! $1.99 and that's regular price! I even love the little purple they got in there! My only two complaints is the length of the applicator is a little too long, and so it's a little more difficult to apply with precision on the top lips (luckily this is lip gloss and not lipstick though), and two, that the gloss smells like vanilla, which I personally don't like. The smell doesn't linger, so it's not a huge bother. If you like this color, I suggest going to your local Rite Aid if you have one nearby to buy it now since I didn't see this shade on the regular shelf normally where the line is displayed. Plus, the brand is 40% off this week only, and if you spend $5 after discounts, you'll receive $2 in +UP Rewards with your Rite Aid Wellness membership! I can't wait to try other colors from this line!

Yay or nay for this pop of pink?!

P.S. The first time I tried this on was when I decided to do 4-5 hours of straight cleaning and packing! I was so tired and sweaty, but you know what? My lips looked good! :P 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

REVIEW: Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

Hi everyone! Just a quick review! I've had the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer sitting in my makeup drawer for a while, and I was curious as to how it worked since I haven't used it in a long time. This primer is supposed to help "minimize the appearance of pores," control your shine and keep your face looking matte for up to 8 hours. 

I do like this primer, but I feel as if it's a little too thick for my skin since I do have dry/normal skin so this may be why I may not like it as much as the rest of the world. However, I am a huge fan of their Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, since I like the silky, gel/silicone texture that it has, but this matte one has the texture and smell of glue which completely throws me off.




I don't know what I was thinking of trying a matte primer on my dry/normal skin, but this makes my skin feel even drier than before. If you have oily/combo skin, then this might work better for you. It definitely holds my makeup together throughout the day, but it does feel heavier than I feel like it should. My mistake for purchasing this! For those who have dry/normal or dry/combo skin, skip this product and get yourself the Fix & Perfect one instead! 




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beauty Haul! (Revlon, LORAC, Too Faced, NYC Cosmetics, etc.)

I got another beauty haul to share with you guys!




In Other News...
  • I have been packing for the past few days, and I have a whole plastic drawer dedicated to beauty supplies! I've been trying to transfer all of my "must haves" into a smaller plastic drawer from my Ikea Alex, and I just can't say "no" to some of my most beloved products! I also packed my drawers up with shampoo, conditioner, facial care, and other beauty products! It's getting too heavy!
  • Expect a review on the NYC Liquid Lipshine in "Guava" sometime soon!
  • I've been trying to exercise more! LOL I think I'm doing well so far, but the key is staying focus and eating clean too! :)

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