Monday, November 23, 2015

MORE Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday is fast approaching!  I feel like every e-mail I am getting and every post I see on Instagram and Twitter is another company announcing their sales coming up!

I have already posted the deals for Ulta and Sephora, click here and here to see them.  And I posted the upcoming deals a lot of the big chain stores that carry beauty item, click here to read that one. And also for the QVC's website, click here for details.  So now here are deals upcoming deal that beauty companies will be having on their websites.  I'll list all the details that I have so far.  Some companies are disclosing more details than others.  I will keep updating this post each time I find a new deal or more details on an already posted deal, so keep checking back!

Smashbox Cosmetics- 25% off  & Free Shipping when you spend $50 or more
Promo Code: HOLIDAY15
Sale Dates: November 23rd- December 1st
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 8%
Thank you to WingsofBeauti on Instagram for telling me about this deal!

iKateHouse- 12% off Entire Website
Promo Code: BLACK12
Free Shipping when you spend over $39
Sale Dates: November 23rd- November 28th
CYBER MONDAY: 15% OFF ENTIRE WEBSITE WITH CODE CYBER15

Michael Todd- 40% off Entire Purchase
Promo Code: TGMT40
Free Shipping when you spend over $60
Sale Dates: November 23rd- November 29th

Colleen Rothschild Beauty- 30% off Entire Order & Free Shipping
Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAY30
Sale Dates: November 23rd- November 27th

Sibu Beauty- Daily Glow Kit for $47
Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAY
Free Shipping on this kit & free beauty bar
Sale Date: November 27th

Million Dollar Tan- BOGO all full size products & travel kits (not gift sets)
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates: November 21st- Novmber 29th

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics- 5 Free Samples & Free Shipping when you spend over $30
Promo Code: No code, must be on e-mail listing (plus 15% off coupon if you sign up for e-mails)
Sale Dates: November 23rd- November 25th
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 8%
CYBER MONDAY: 20% OFF EVERYTHING ONLINE (no coded needed)

Lancome: 20% off Entire Order
Promo Code: FRIENDS
Sale Dates: November 29th- December 8th
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 10%

Melt Cosmetics- 30% off Entire Order (Maximum 5 items)
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates: November 27th only

Giorgio Armani Beauty- 20% off & Free Shipping when you spend $75 or more
Promo Code: Click here & enter your e-mail address, they will send you code
Sale Dates: November 23rd- December 7th
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 6%

Laura Geller Beauty- 35% off Any Order (free 3 piece gift set with purchase over $50)
Promo Code: PREVIEW25 or PREVIEW30
Free Shipping when you spend over $50
Sale Dates: November 23rd- November 26th

Makeup Geek:



Promo Code: Not Needed
Sales Date: November 27th
Thanks to PrincessAllie86 on Instagram for telling me about this deal!







Gleam By Melanie Mills- 65% off Regular Priced Items (excludes bundles & kits)
Promo Code: BLACK15
Sale Dates: November 25th-30th

Anastasia Beverly Hills- 25% off All Brow Products on Black Friday and 25% off All Brow Products, Lip Glosses for $9.99 and Illuminator & Brush A23 for $26 on Cyber Monday
Promo Code: Not Needed

Dose of Colors- 20% off Entire Purchase (excludes Dare to Dazzle Trio)
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates: November 27th only
Free Shipping in US ($5.50 shipping for international order)

Sigma Beauty- 20% off Entire Purchase & Free Shipping
Promo Code: CYBER2015
Sale Dates:November 26th- November 27th
EBates Cash Back Amount: 5%

Coastal Scents- 55% off Entire Website
Promo Code: Not Needed
Free Shipping with orders over $50
Sale Dates: November 24th- November 30th

Tarte Cosmetics- 25% Off Entire Order (including holiday sets)
Promo Code: FRIDAY
Free Shipping with orders over $25
Sale Date: November 25th- November 27th
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 8%

Becca Cosmetics- 20% off on Orders over $50
Promo Code: FAMILY15
Sale Dates: November 25th- November 30th

Novex Hair Care- 30% off Everything Online
Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAY
Sale Dates: November 26th

Colour Pop- $20 off $100, $15 off $80, $10 off $60 or $5 off $40
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates: November 25th-November 29th
Free Shipping on Orders over $35
CYBER MONDAY: 20% Off Purchases over $30 or more & Free Shipping!

Stila Cosmetics- 25% off All Regular Priced Itens
Promo Code: 25BFSALE
Sale Dates: November 27th 6 am to 9 pm EST (US residents only)
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 8%
Thanks to PrincessAllie86 on Instagram for telling me about this deal!

Urban Decay- 20% off Entire Order
Promo Code CRUSHED
Sale Dates: November 27th- November 28th

ELF Cosmetics- 50% Entire Website with Purchase over $30
Promo Code: BEAUTIFUL
Sale Date: November 27th
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 7%

MAC Cosmetics: All Holiday Kits
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates:November 26th- November 30th

Beauty.com- 22% off Their Top 32 Brands (see website for details)
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates: November 26th- November 28th
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 8%

Drugstore.com- 15% Entire Order (when you sign up for their mailing list)
No Promo Code Needed
Sale Dates: November 27th- November 28th
Free shipping with orders over $25
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 8%

B-Glowing- 20% off Orders Over $50 & $20 off Order Over $100
Promo Code: GIFTS20
Sale Dates: November 27th
Five Free Samples with Order
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 4.5%

The Balm Cosmetics- 50% off Entire Order
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates: November 30th 7 am PST to December 1st 7 am PST-

Sally Beauty Supply- 30% off When You Spend $50 or More
Promo Code: 888319
Sale Dates: November 29th- November 30th
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 6%

Skindinavia- 25% All Purchase plus Free Shipping & Two Free Samples
Promo Code: THANKS25
Sale Dates: November 29th- November 30th

Nordstrom- Extra 25% off Select Beauty Items (click here)
Promo Code: Not Needed
Sale Dates: November 27th- November 30th
Always Free Shipping
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 6%

Dr. Sponge- 20% off Entire Store
Promo Code: BF2015
Sale Dates: November 24- November 29th

ULTA CYBER MONDAY DEAL PREVIEW: HERE
Ebates Cash Back Amount: 6%



That's all the deals I have found so far!  But please check back here as it gets closer to Black Friday, More companies are releasing sale details everyday and I will keep updating!  Also, if you here about any upcoming sales, please let me know in the comments or Instagram or Twitter!  I always give credit to the people who let me know!

I know I'm probably going to sound like a broken record, but if you have not signed up for Ebates year, please consider doing it on or before Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  You seriously get cash back in a check, no strings attached!  If you are going to place an order on a website that has a 20% off Black Friday sale and you can get 5% cash back with Ebates then are you basically getting 25% off your entire purchase!  It just makes the sales even better!  If you have not signed up yet, click here!

Hope everyone has a fun, safe and cost effective Black Friday!

Happy Savings Everyone!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ulta Black Friday Update

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!

Big Black Friday news today from Ulta!  They released a ton (probably all) of their Black Friday deals!  These will be available starting online Thursday at 5 pm CT and in stores Thursday at 6 pm through till Saturday at 9 pm.  Here is a picture that shows some of the best things I saw, but there are so many I could not even get all the best in one picture.  Click here to see all the deals:


Personal Tip:  If you want just one or two things, hit the store early and grab them!  If you want over $50 (or $35 if they are still offering free shipping with a $35 purchase), order it online as soon as you can Thursday night.  That way you are more likely to get the item you are looking for (just in case your items sell out fast at the store) and you can use Ebates to get cash back- right now they are giving 6% back at Ulta.

Any which way you shop, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and saves tons on Black Friday!

Happy Savings Everyone!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sephora and Ulta Deal Updates

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!

This is a very hectic, busy, exciting time for beauty bargain hunters like us!  Not only has TONS of beauty companies been having their Friends and Family sales lately (Ulta, Sephora, IT Cosmetics, Smashbox, etc).  But Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner!  I'm trying my very best to keep everyone up to date on my Instagram and Twitter accounts and also here on my blog.  Like I mentioned earlier, please be sure to follow me on my social media accounts because that is where I post the deals that are coming up right away!

I have two major things to report today!

First, Sephora just released a sneak peek of their Black Friday deals on their app:

The app said that these are all limited edition sets that will be $10 a piece on Black Friday.  Certain products if says Online Only: Tarte Easy Glowing Deluxe Cheek Set, Urban Decay Triple Threat Travel Pencil Set Smoky Matte, Sephora Collection Super Glossy Set, Cover FX Face and Eye Primer Set, Ciate London Tree Trinket Nail Duo, Caudalie The Des Vignes Winter Duo, Tokyomilk Dark Femme Fatale Duo, Bare Minerals Trio of Kisses Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss, Butter London Proper Attire Nail Duo Set and Nails Inc Beauty To Go Autumn Winter Mini Gel Effect.

My second thing to report is the the Ulta Cyber Funday is going on right now!!

There are so many deals I can not fit them all in one picture!  Here is a just a couple of them:


You just have to go to the website to see them all because there is too many to list them all:

Ulta Cyber Fundays

Right now is a great time to place an order too because Ulta is offering 2 times the points for members and 3 times the points for Platinum Members.  And Ebates is offering 6% cash back on Ulta orders!

And another perk is they are offering are free 20 piece beauty bags with $60 purchases.  They have three different bags to choose from (all pictured below).  They are while supplies last.




Tip for Shopping this sale:  If you are a member, especially Platinum member, Ulta sends out 20% off your whole order coupons at least 2 or 3 times per year.  So for sales like this, I like to focus on buying things that I get more than at least 20% off.  That way you know you are getting a better deal than with the normal coupon and it's worth buying right now.  If it's only 20% off, I am personally going to wait till another time of year when there are less sales going on and it's not so close to the holidays.  Just a thought for you guys!  If you see something on sale for less than 20% and you really want it now, go for it!  I just thought I would share my beauty bargain hunting strategy!

This sale is only going on today (Friday) and Saturday, so hurry!!!  I just put in my order and some items are selling out already!

CYBER MONDAY ULTA DEAL PREVIEW: HERE

Happy Savings Everyone!



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Black Friday Sales

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!



The Super Bowl of bargain shopping is approaching!  Black Friday is coming up really soon!  I have been researching like crazy to find the deals a head of time for all of you!  Of course more deals might come up between now and Black Friday but I thought I would let you guys know all the deals I have found so far!  And please be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter!  If a deal is coming up quickly, I most likely will post it there since people are more likely to see it there right away.  As far as I know, all the deals I'm mentioning below are in store on Black Friday only (any links in this post I'm including just so you can see a picture of the products, it does not mean that link will can be used to order on Black Friday).  I will do another post later about Cyber Monday deals.  Here is what I have found so far:

JC Penney:
-I.CHI Flat Iron with Thermal Travel Bag- $69.00
-Select Shampoos, Conditioners, Styling & Hairsprays (picture shows Redken, Bed Head, It's a 10, Big Sexy Hair, Paul Mitchell, Biolage and CHI)- 50% off


Target:
-Chi 1 Inch with Bonus Brush & Mini Dryer- $79.99 (Reg. $99.99)
-All Men & Women's Designer Fragrances- Buy One Get One 50% Off
-ELF Gift Sets (Reg $10)- $8 (all other ELF Gift Sets- 10% off)
***Plus Spend $75, get 20% off another shopping trip


Macy's:
-Studio Hall Creme Fresh 8oz Lotion & Soap- $15 Two 3oz. Candles- $10 Three 2 oz Candle Tins- $10
-Various Fragrance Gift Sets- $25 to $40 or $50
-Clarins 3 pc Moisture Quenchers Set- $20
-Elizabeth Arden Mini Fragrance Set- $20
-Lancome 4 pc. Lipstick and Lipgloss Set- $20
-Elizabeth Arden 5 pc. Holiday Lip Kit- $15
-Estee Lauder 6 pc. Shine On Pure Color Gloss Collection- $20
-Origins 2 pc. Ginger Hand Duo- $20
-Origins 7 pc. Super Star Minis Set- $25
-Estee Lauder 2 pc. Advanced Night Repaid & Revitalizing Supreme Creme Set- $50
-Clinique 4 pc. Moisture Favorites Sets- $40
-Bare Minerals 16 pc. Story Book Romance Collection- $49
-Estee Lauder 2 pc. Pleasures Captivating Duet Set- $30
-Lancome 3 pc. Mascara Set- $ 30
-Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara Set- $25
-Benefit Give Me Brow Wow 3 pc.Set- $28
-Clarisonic Mia 2- $199
-Impulse Beauty Daytime or Nighttime Palettes- $10 each
-Bare Minerals 3 pc Regal & Radiant Kit- $10 
-Bare Minerals 3 pc Precious Pearl Collection- $10
-Too Face 2 pc Amazing Eye Set- $10 (has a mini Better Than Sex mascara in it!)
-Clinique 6 pc. What's the Skinny Eye Set- $10
-Borghese Fango Mud Pods (3 pc.) Holiday Ornament- $10
-Clinique Happy On the Go 3 pc Set- $10
-Impulse Beauty Get the Pulse Brush Travel Set- $10
-Philosophy 2 pc Gift Set- $12
-Philosophy 3 in 1 Shower Gels- $12
-Estee Lauder 2 pc Sets (you chose set)- $10
-SmashBox 4 pc. Try It Kit- $12
-Impulse Beauty 3 pc. Ombre Pink Crystal Tool Set- $12
-Urban Decay Flush Palette in Naked- $15
-Shiseido 3 pc. Eye Mask Set- $15
-Strivectin 3 pc. Age Fighting Discovery Set- $12
-Tarte Total Lip Service Essentials Set- $15
-Elizabeth Arden 3 pc. Eight Hour Cream Holiday Set- $15
-Borghese Fango Active Mud for Face & Body- $15

Kohls:
-Elle Cosmetics Beauty Showcase Kit for $35.99
-Conair Curl Secret Styling Tool for $99.99
-Chi Flat Iron for $89.99 
-Buy 1 Get 1 for $1.00 Bliss Color Eyeliner
-Good To Glow Triple Oxygen Radiance Enhancing Skincare Kit50% off 
-Bliss Ready Set Glow Skincare Kit50% off 
-Cargo Get Started Kits- 50% off

-Pur Minerals Start Now Kits- 50% off


K-Mart:

-Exclusive Beauty Bag w/$50+ Purchase for $9.99 (Thanksgiving Day Sale)
-Conair Curl Secret- $69.99 (plus $10 award card)
-Conair Turbo Styler Dryer, Ceramic Straightner or Curling Iron (both 3/4 in)- $8
-Revlon Ion Full Size Dryer, 1 Inch Straightner, Texture Curling Wand or Hot Air Brush Kit- $12
-Remington Style Straightner, Ionic Dryer, or Curling Iron- $17.99
-Fergie Jet Set Palette Cosmetic Boxed Set- $15.99
- Assorted Fragrance Gift Sets- $19.99 (Reg. $29.99)


CVS:
-L'Oreal, Cover Girl, NYX, Neutrogena, Wet N Wild, Sally Hansen, Physicians Formula & Makeup Academy Products- Buy 2 Get One Free (can mix & match, limit of 9)
-Revlon Products (foundation, powder, blush, concealer, lip or eye- not Super Lustrous or clearance)- Buy One Get One 50% off
-Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks- on sale for $6.99 & giving $4 ECB back- $2.99 each (limit of 6)
-Revlon Nail Polish (excludes Top Speed)- on sale for $ $4.00 & giving $3 ECB back- $1.99 each (limit 3)
- Wet N Wild Nail Color Set- on sale for $3.88 & giving $2.00 ECB- $1.88 each (limit 3)
-Select Makeup Academy Gift Sets- $15
-CoverGirl Lipslick Smoochies Lipglosses- on sale for $5.00 & giving $4.00 ECB back- $1.00 each (limit 3)


Rite Aid:
-Nivea Creme Tins- 3 for $2.00 (Earn 200 Plenti points, limit 2)
-Soft Lips Cubes- Buy One Get Two Free
-Conair Hair Brushes or Hair Elastics- $3.00 each (Earn 300 Plenti points, limit 2)
-Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish- $4.00 each (Earn 400 Plenti points, limit 2)
-Tresemme Travel Size Stylers- $1.00 each (Earn 100 Plenti points, limit 2)
-Wet N Wild Nail Gift Set- $2.99 each (Earn 200 Plenti points, limit 2)
-Profusion Cosmetic Kit- $8.99 each (Earn 100 Plenti points, limit 2)
-Julie G Nail Polish & Ardell Lashes-$3.99 (Earn 300 Plenti Points, limit 2)
-Coty Fragrance Gift Sets- Buy One Get One Free (Earn 500 Plenti Points, limit 4)
-Gillette Disposable Razors- $7.99 (Earn 400 Plenti Points, limit 2)
-Conair Instant Heat Curling Iron, Ulta Slim Straightner, Quiet Dryer or Rechargeable Trimmer- $12.99 (Earn 500 Plenti Points, limit 2)
-Vaseline Intensive Therapy Lotion or Lubriderm Lotion- $2.99 (Earn 200 Plenti Points, limit 2)
-Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo or Conditioner- $2.00 (Earn 200 Plenti Points, limit 2)


Walgreens:
-50% Off Fragrance Gift Sets (Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Guess, Nautica, Addidas or Katy Perry)
-Old Spice Holiday Gift Set- $10 & giving $2 Register Rewards- $8
-Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File for $34.99 (5000 Points, $5 Reward)
-20% off Designer Assorted Fragrances (can also order online (promo code PERFUME20) or by phone)
-20% off Olay Skin Care Products (also $15 rebate online $50 or more of Olay products)
-OGX Hair Care- Buy One Get One Free
-Dove Hair Care- $2.99 each
-Conair Bobby Pins- 2 for $1.00
-All Professional Salon Hair Care Products (like Big Sexy Hair, CHI, Bed Head and more)- Buy one Get One 50% Off
-Hask Hair Deep Conditioning Masks & Oil Packets- $1 each
-Fragrance Stocking Stuffers- 40% off
-Cosmetic Bags- 50% off
-Select Bath & Body Holiday Gift Set- $10
-Giordano Colors Glam Kit, Color Cosmetic Beauty Pizzazz, LA Colors Polish Mania- 50% off 
-Revlon Cosmetics Products- 40% off
-Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics 18 pk- 2 for $3 & giving $3 Register Rewards- Free


That is all I have found so far!  Like I said, as I find more sales, I will be posting some here on my blog but also on my Instagram and Twitter accounts, so make sure you are following me on both of those!  I just post the front page of the Ulta Black Friday sale ad on my Instagram so be sure to go check it out!  And Sephora is going to start posting sneak peeks of their Black Friday sales on Friday on their app, so look out for those too!


 And if any of you find a Black Friday sale, please let me know! I'm searching all I can, but I would love to know if anyone finds anything that I have not seen yet.  Please comment below or contact me on Instagram or Twitter if have have anything to share!  I always give thanks and credit to whoever sends me a deal I post! 


Happy Savings Everyone!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ulta & Sephora Hauls

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!

My credit card is smoking from all the shopping I have been doing lately!  Being a bargain hunter I normally do not buy this much all at one time, but when all your favorite make up stores have their big, annual sales you have to do some damage!

All jokes aside, if you like an item that is sold at Sephora and you have not been able to find an discounts or deals through out the year on any other stores or websites, this is the time to buy it.  I know the sale at Sephora is technically just for VIB members (VIB or VIB Rouge) but there are ways to work around that!  If you have a friend that is VIB, they can place an order for you!  VIB members can place as many online orders with the discount code as they would like.  My very kind and patient friend who is a VIB Rouge member placed three online orders for me.

Here is everything I got at the sales:

First here is what I got with the 20% off coupon that Ulta sent me at the end of October.  I actually did a post (click here to see it) of all the gift sets I wanted from Ulta, but I was selective about which ones I actually purchased.  Even though there were a lot more that I thought were beautiful, a great value and I would have loved to get, due to my budget and size of my collection already, I tried to stick with just the ones I really thought I would get the most use from:


Too Faced La Petite Maison- This is one of their Paris Holiday palettes.  I believe this one is exclusive to Ulta.  It has a mini size of my favorite mascara, Better Than Sex mascara and a 12 pan eyeshadow palette .  I swatched the palette in the store and I really likde the colors. And as everyone who has this palette says, the packaging really is adorable. (UPDATE: Since using this palette a few times, I have decided to return it.  There were a few shades in the palette that I really liked, but not enough to justify the price of the palette, I think I was sucked in little by the packaging and didn't think enough about the actual shades).

Lorac Love, Lust & Lace Alter Ego Lip Gloss Collection- This is another Ulta Exclusive set (they do have another holiday lip gloss set sold on their website, but that one has different shades).  I had never tried a Lorac lipgloss before and I thought for this price ($25 plus 20% off, so  $20 for 5- normally one retails for $15!) even if I only liked two or three shades, I would be getting my money's worth! (UPDATE: I love the formula of these glosses and so far I am in love with the two lightest shades in the set that I have used).

Tarte At First Blush Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set- The first time I saw this in someone's holiday collection haul video on You Tube, I knew I wanted this.  I knew that even if I didn't get anything else from any holiday collection, I would be getting this!  This is an amazing deal!  Tarte blushes, which I already have a few and love, are pricey for blush ($28 for a full size).  So getting 4 small sized ones for $35 (plus 20% off, so that's $28) is a great deal!  (UPDATE: I have tried 3 out of the 4 blushes and I love the them- the fourth I'm saving for spring because it's a super bright pink color).

Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer- This is a repurchase.  I have this lip primer now and I have used it everyday since the weather has gotten colder and I'm almost out of it.  If your lip chap or feather in this weather and you wear lipstick, you need this!  It's pricey but it's worth it.  I wear lipstick most of the day at work and it's so frustrating when I look in the mirror and instead of seeing my beautiful lip color, all I can see is cracks and feathering.  Since it's pricey, I stock up with coupons and sales!

Next is the Sephora VIB Rouge Sale!  Like I said before, I have a wonderful and patient friend who actually placed 3 separate online orders for me!  I started with doing research and making a carefully decided upon list for my first order, but then I kept watching You Tube videos and reading blog posts about what other people had ordered or recommended (click here to see my Sephora wish list post) and I ended up with two more orders!

Here is the first one that was the most planned and organized:


SEPHORA COLLECTION Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover- I have liquid lipstick I want to try (plus I just got more in this order) so I thought it would be good to have this on hand in case I had any issues!  Plus it was on clearance for $5 (plus the 20% off)!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Cream Lipstick Ingenuous- This is actually a repurchase.  I had this lipstick like a year ago and I loved it and wore it all the time.  But I lost it somewhere so I wanted to pick up a new one during the sale (and now I'm sure I will find my old one in a purse or coat pocket any day now that I got a new one!)

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick in Honeymoon- Since I love my other Sephora lipstick so much, I thought I would try one in their formula and see if I like that one too.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Express Cleansing Wipes- I love using cleansing wipes to remove my makeup at night and I'm always trying to find a new one that I like.  So of course this is time to try out the Sephora ones!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Supreme Cleansing Oil- As I just mentioned, I normally use make up wipes to remove my makeup at night, but I recently tried using a cleansing oil (I mention which one in another post) and I have really liked it.  And the Sephora brand one was recommended to me by a lot of people so I decided to give it a try.

Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo Lolita\ Lolita II- Everyone has been raving about using liquid lipsticks lately and especially from this brand and this shade.  So I thought I would try this set.  Both shades look beautiful and even though they look small I'm sure they will still last a while.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in the shade Raquel- I know this lipstick is crazy expensive for a lipstick as a a bargain hunter I struggled with this one for a while!  But I have been getting recommendations to try this lipstick for literally years.  So many people have said this is their favorite lipstick formula of all time.  So I finally caved and got one to try (at least I did get a discount on it!)

CLINIQUE Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Light- A few people recommended this one and I'm a big fan of Clinique (and it's very hard to get a discount on Clinique) so I decided to try it. UPDATE: I loved this, but the shade is a little dark for a skin. But it's the lightest shade they make so I'm going to just try to make it work.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in the shade Opal- I had this in liquid form, but I wanted the powder version too.  Everyone always talks about the Becca highlighters so I wanted to try the powder one (obviously I like the liquid one I have).

Plus 3 samples: Dior Addict LipstickFirst Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream, and Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Eau de Parfum Spray
 
Here is my second Sephora order, the less planned one:



MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer- My friend gave me a sample of this primer and I loved it.  It keeps your face really matte and provides a nice base to apply foundation.  But I have a lot of primers right now so I just got the travel size (which if you do the math on the website between the travel size and the full size, it's actually cheaper to buy two travel size than the full size and you get 0.10 ounces more).

 NARS Lip Gloss Chelsea Girls- Another one everyone raves about!  When my friend told me that she was getting a second one just for her purse, I knew I need to try this one! And I've never tried a Nars lipgloss so I wanted to try it out.

Formula X PRIME Base Coat- I always feel like my nail polish does not last long enough.  I heard that this base coat will help my nail polish last longer, so I definitely wanted to try it out!

Plus 3 samples: Dior Addict Lipstick, Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer, and Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask.

My third and final Sephora order:


Urban Decay Naked Smoky- I saw this palette in the store a few weeks ago and I really wanted it.  I don't really have any palettes with greys in it and there were a few blending colors that I'm obsessed with!  I debated getting it because I'm extra picky with my palettes.  But after I decided to return the Too Faced holiday palette I decided to try it.  I'll use it for the next week or two and see if it's one I really think I'll get use out of in the future.

Plus 3 Samples: Agave Oil Treatment, Phyto Ultra-Repairing Mask and Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau de Toilette Spray

That is finally everything I have gotten at the sales!  I'm not shopping again for a year!! Haha.. Just kidding!  I can't say that when Black Friday is right around the corner!  But I really am going to calm it down on anymore big purchases for a while and I will only be buying things on Black Friday that are really good deals that I will use.  Even though this looks like a lot, this sale at Sephora only comes around once a year (they have another one in the spring but that one is only 15% off) so it really is the time to buy if you want something sold only at Sephora.

If you are shopping the Sephora VIB sale right now I hope you liked these recommendations and have fun making your purchase (or purchases)!  Don't forget to go to Ebates before going to Sephora's website, they are offering 4% cash back right now!

Happy Savings Everyone!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How To Save Money Shopping at CVS (plus a CVS Haul)

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!



I recently did a shopping trip that was mainly for beauty items at my local CVS and I was so proud of how much I saved that I knew I was going to post a picture on Instagram.  But then when I started thinking about it I realized that I use a lot of tricks to saving money at CVS that you might not think of.  So here is my recent CVS haul and how I saved on this trip and every other trip I have been doing lately.

TIPS FOR SAVING:

1. Sign up for a CVS Extra Care Rewards card- completely!  When I say completely, I mean don't just fill out your name on the form to get the card.  Make sure you give them your e-mail address and your mailing address.  CVS sends a lot of store coupons by e-mail and in the mail.  And these are really good coupons too!  Recently they have been sending 20-30% off your entire purchase coupons.  They also often send out little coupon books with store coupons for specific products.

2. Stack your deals!  A lot of times it seems at CVS like the best time to buy make up is when you see a specific product or make up brand on sale (like get 25% off a product, BOGO free or BOGO 50% on a make up brand) but I have actually found a better way.  The best way to buy make up products is when you have a 20 or 30% off your whole order store coupon by e-mail or mail and they are offering Extra Care Bucks* (see below) if you buy a certain dollar amount of a specific brand or item.  The 20-30% off your whole purchase coupons only works on full prices items so you can't use it on items that are on sale where you pay less than retail price.  But when CVS offers ECB for buying a product, you are technically paying full price for that product at the register so the store purchase coupon will work on those items.  So here is an example from my recent purchase:  CVS was offering $5 ECB if you spend over $15 on Maybelline products so I purchased the Fit Me Foundation for $8.49 and the Push Up Drama Mascara for $9.49, With a conventional BOGO 50% off sale I would have paid  $13.74 (plus any coupon discounts) for both.  But with this sale I get 25% off both products & $5 ECB so it's like paying $8.74 (plus any coupon discounts) for both!

3. Stack your coupons!  For every item you buy, you can use one store coupon and one manufacturer coupon.  So if you get a store coupon from an e-mail or mailing you can also use a coupon from the newspaper or coupon website (like coupons.com).

4. You can use expire Extra Care Bucks.  Maybe confirm this with the manager at your local store before you try, but the 3 CVS stores within driving distance of my home have all told me that they accept ECB even after the expiration date (just ECB, not store or manufacturer coupons).

5. Always scan your CVS ECB loyalty card at the CVS price scanner kiosk as soon as you get in the store. When you scan your loyalty card at the kiosk every coupon mentioned in that weekly ad will print and also sometimes extra ECB will print.  CVS gives quarterly bonus ECBs based on how much you spend each quarter and they also give $5 ECB for every $50 you spend on beauty products so you could unexpectedly get these when you scan your card.

6. Scan the store for manufacturer coupons.  Not all the time, but sometimes new makeup displays will include a pad of manufacturer coupons that you can pull one off an use for the product being displayed.  I especially love these coupons because they normally high in value and their expiration date is a lot longer than coupons from the newspaper or internet.

7. CVS does give rain checks.  If you find an amazing deal and you get to CVS and the product is not in stock, CVS will give rain checks for sale prices or for purchasing products that give you ECB back.

8. Keep your receipts!  Like many high end retailers, CVS will let you return used make up if you are not happy with it for a full refund if you have your receipt.  But be sure to tell them that it's used so they don't restock it on the shelves.

My recent haul is a great example of a lot of the tips I just mentioned:




First, I had a 25% off my entire purchase coupon.  This coupon will only work on items that are not on sale.  CVS considers it a sale if you do not pay full price for the product.  The items that I did not get 25% off for this order were:

4 12-packs of Coke- on sale for $12 for 4 (must buy 4) plus $2 ECB back ($2.50 each after sale & ECB)
1 Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste- on sale for $2.99 plus $1.50 ECB back -$.50 manufacturer coupon ($.99 after sale, coupon & ECB)

The rest of the products had Extra Care Bucks deals where I payed full price for the items but then received ECB back, so the 25% off coupon worked on these items:

Maybelline Fit Me Dewey Foundation- $8.49
-$2.00 Maybelline Face Product manufacturer coupon from past Walmart box
Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara- $9.49 ($5 back in ECB when you spend $15 on Maybelline)
-$2.00 Maybelline Eye Product store coupon mailed to me by CVS
-$2.00 Maybelline Eye Product manufacturer coupon from the newpaper
Cover Girl Lash Blast Clump Crusher Mascara- $9.49
Cover Girl Super Size Mascara- $7,49 ($5 back in ECB when you spend $15 on Cover Girl)
-$3/2 Cover Girl Products manufacturer coupon from the newspaper
Amlactin Cerapeutic- $3.59 (I had no deals on this one, I just wanted to try it because I heard it was good for bumps on the the arms)
-$1 ECB I had left over from another order
-$9.64 25% store coupon

SUBTOTAL- $33.40
TAX- $1.91
TOTAL- $35.31
ECB Back- $13.50
TOTAL AFTER ECB- $19.90

That is an amazing deal for all of those things!  The sodas and tooth paste were $10.99, so if you think about it was only $8.91 for a foundation, three mascaras and a mini lotion!  I know this might look complicated looking at the math and the coupons, but it really did not take me long to put these deal together.  And there are websites available that are devoted to matching coupons and store deals that can help you.  My favorite website is LivingRichWithCoupons.com

I hope everyone found these tips helpful for shopping at CVS.  It seems like drug store prices keep going up each time they release a new product so I really think it helps to find sales and coupons.  If you guys have any questions or have any tips of your own, please leave me a comment or contact me on Instagram or Twitter!  I love hearing other people's suggestions or hearing about when other save money!

Happy Savings Everyone!



*Extra Care Bucks are basically money that you can spend only at CVS.  If you buy something that the ad says you will get back ECB for when you buy the product, a coupon will print at the end of your receipt.  You should cut that off and then use it like cash with your next CVS transaction.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

QVC Black Friday Sales

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!

It is my favorite time of year!  And I'm not just talking about Christmas- I'm talking about Black Friday!  Of course being a beauty bargain lover this is my favorite time of year to stock up on higher priced items when store offer the best discounts of the year on them!  I'm trying to research as much as I can as early as I can but most stores like to keep their sales under wraps until it gets closer to the big day.  But as soon as I hear about a deal, I will be sure to let you know here or on Instagram and Twitter so make sure you follow me on both of them also!

The first Black Friday deals of the season I have seen is from QVC. They are actually offering their Black Friday deals on their website now.  They have more than just beauty, but obviously I'm going to focus just on the beauty ones here.  They have 32 beauty deals total on the website right now.  They are mostly all gift sets from high end brands.  The biggest one on there is the Tarte Holidaze of Giving 15 piece gift collection.  All these products below are $59.94 plus $3 for shipping.  QVC also offers an Easy Payment program where you can pay in 4 installments of $14.98 each plus shipping. They are also offering a 15 piece lip gloss set for $34.48 but that is only available on the TV tonight, not their website (at least not right now).


But they have 31 other deals also, here is a an array of the best ones that caught by eye:


They have bunch of high end brands like Bare Minerals, Philosophy, First Aid Beauty, It Cosmetics and more.  Click here to see it all:

Full List of Black Friday Deals

These sets seem really well priced compare to what the items would be if you bought them individually at full price.  They also all look really put together well, they would be perfect gifts for a friend or family member that is a beauty lover (or to put on your own wish list).  I would love to receive any of these as a gift (especially that cute high end product Advent Calendar).

Also, this is not part of the Black Friday sale, but I also just noticed that QVC has a few Kat Von D beauty products (including my holy grail foundation) on sale right now, click here to see those.

And don't forget if you order online Ebates is offering 2% cash back on all QVC.com purchases right now!

Happy Savings Everyone!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sephora/Beauty.com Wish List

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!





It's that time of year again!  This is the time of year that all beauty lovers wait for- the beauty store discount sales!  This time of year Sephora, Ulta and some other beauty retailers like Beauty.com give discounts on your entire in store or online purchases, including high end items!  Ulta just had their sale (click here to see what holiday gift sets I recommended picking up with that sale) and now it's Sephora and Beauty.com's turn.

Unfortunately at Sephora this sale is only available to Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge members.  Fortunately, VIB members can make as many online purchases as they would like during sale so if you have a kind friend that is VIB, you can ask them if they would be willing to place an order for you (that is what I am doing since I have been shopping more at Ulta this past year and lost my VIB status).  If you are a Sephora member, don't forget to use Ebates to get 4% cash back on your purchase!

Also fortunately, Beauty.com is having their 20% off sale right now too and they do not require you be a member of anything to receive the discount!  If you are signed up on their e-mail list, you should have received an e-mail link for the sale.  If you are not on their e-mail list, go to Ebates.com and search for Beauty.com.  They have link that will give you 20% off and 4% cash back.

For these sales, I try to get only products that are not available at Ulta.  I do this because Ulta usually offers 20% off coupons and Beauty Steal sales all throughout the year, way more often than Sephora.  So anything I can get at Ulta, I will buy at other times of the year (got space out the big purchases) and there are plenty of other items not available at Ulta to buy with this sale!

Here is my wish list this year, all of these products are available at Sephora, I have put a star in the description if it's also available on Beauty.com:

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick- This is actually a repurchase.  I had this lipstick in the shade Ingenuous and I lost it!  I loved this lipstick, the shade and formula was amazing.  It's a perfect nude "your lips but better" color.  The formula is also great, creamy, but not so creamy that it doesn't stay on the lips.  

Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes- I love trying new cleansing wipes and I've heard great things about these.  They are pricey, but with the sale I thought I would try it.

Kat Von D Lolita Lip Duo- I have heard amazing things about this liquid lipstick so I thought I would get this duo since it takes so long to go through a lip product anyway, I figured two minis would be better to get than one full size.

NARS Audacious Lipstick- As a beauty bargain hunter, it seems crazy to pay $32 for one lipstick but I have heard so many people recommend these lipsticks for so long that I think I'm finally going to cave and try one!*

Make Up Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation- I have used the Mat Velvet + foundation from this line and I loved it, so I wanted to try this one.  I have never used an "HD" foundation but I have heard good things about this one, so I thought it was a good one to try.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed- Everyone raves about these highlighters!  Jaclyn Hill recently came out with one, and Opal has had a huge following for years!  I love highlighting, so I think it's time I jump on the Becca highlighter band wagon!

HourGlass Ambient Lighting Palette or Ambient Lighting Edlt- I'm a huge fan of palettes or gift sets.  Most of the time, you get a better deal when you buy these kind of sets as opposed to buying the full size, single product.  I have heard some negative feed back about the Lighting 6 pan set that the pans are really small.  But I think if you are buying it for the blushes, it's probably alright that they are small because you can put a small blush brush in, but if you want it more for the lighting powders, maybe go for the three pan set because those are bigger.

Beauty Blender Makeup's Best Friend Set- My beauty blender is hands down my favorite beauty tool ever.  I use it every single time I wear make up.  Except for primer, every liquid product that touches my face is applied with the beauty blender.  With this set you get a better value than just buying it alone.* (Beauty.com has a set, also but it has different products, click here)

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette- I have the Naked 1 and 2 and they are my favorite palettes ever.  So of course I'm interested in this one too.  I have not heard too much about it from others, but the colors look gorgeous and the shades that I love to wear!*

Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara- Everyone has been talking about amazing this mascara is!  So of course I need to try it!

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara Set- I have a sample of this mascara right now and I really like it.  It gives amazing volume and some length.  This is one of the few mascaras I have us by itself instead of one for volume and one for length like I need with a lot of others.  So I would like to have the full size of this one.  And with this set you get the primer for free because the mascara alone is the same price as the set.*

Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream- The name has everything I like about it.  I have been a Clinique fan for over 10 years (it's one of the first make up brands I ever tried), I still need acne products on occasion, and I love BB creams (it's all I ever wear on the weekends).  I have heard really great things about this one and it's rare to get a discount on Clinique!

Murad Razor Burn Rescue- After naming all these products for myself, I guess I will throw in one for my husband! Haha  My husband gets really bad razor bumps when he shaves so I'm hoping this product will help.  I have had luck with some Murad products in the past so I'm hopeful!*

That's all for my wish list this time!  Of course, I will not be able to actually get every single item on this list but I will be getting some of them and I will post pictures when I get them!  What are you guys wanting/getting from the sales?  Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram or Twitter!  I love hearing from you guys!

Happy Savings Everyone!


Monday, November 2, 2015

October Favorites

Welcome Beauty Bargain Hunters!



Another fall month is over!  I can't believe October is already over!  Is it just me or does it feel like it was just summertime?  I know everyone says that when they are talking about favorites, but I really feel like this month moved quickly!  Last month I went a little crazy with the amount of favorites I had, so I really tried to narrow it done this month and just pick the products that I really used many, many times throughout the month and really enjoyed.  Here is what I really loved this month:

Redken Outshine Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk- People with frizzy hair can probably relate to this situation.  You get up in the morning, you spend a good amount of time making your curly and/or frizzy hair smooth and straight, and then you walk outside and realize that it's raining outside.  Your sleek locks will me a frizz ball before you even step foot in your destination for the day.  This happened to me a couple of time this month and this polishing milk saved me.  After I was done straightening my hair I put a pump of this in my hands and lightly patted it in my hair and then combed it and it was perfect!  And it didn't just last for the commute, I had no frizz all day long!

It Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer- You know when you notice a product is running low so you use it more often to use it up?  That's what I have been doing with this concealer, I used it all month long.  But now it's actually gone and I'm sad!  This is a thicker concealer, so you have to set it with a powder but it covers beautifully and lasts all day.  And this tube lasted me a really long time, you only need a tiny bit for each eye and it blends out really well.

ELF Blush Brush- I minute I saw this brush I wanted it, but not for blush!  I love this for setting my under eye concealer!  The shape is perfect to get right in that under eye area nice a smoothly. I like to highlight my face with a light shaded concealer, so the area I need to powder is more than just straight under my eye and this is brush is perfect.  Already thinking about getting another one since they are only $3!

Milani Baked Blush is Rose D'Oro- I save blushes that are a bit darker for the fall and winter time so I just recently pulled this one out and I have been loving it.  It's a beautiful rose shade that also gives your cheeks a gorgeous sheen.  You really don't need to wear a separate highlighter on the cheeks with this blush because of the glow this gives you.

ELF Matte Lip Color in Nearly Nude- I have been trying to pull out from older lip products to make sure I still like them (always looking to declutter and make space for new things!) and I have been loving this one again!  I think I have every color they make from this line.  These are super matte, so I would definitely recommend wearing a chap stick and/or lip gloss with it.  But this lasted on my lips all day until I took it off (through meals). Will definitely keep wearing these more often!

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara- This is quickly becoming a holy grail mascara for me.  I think I had this in my favorites last month and it will probably be in more to come!  I actually just bought a new one of these today because the one I have is getting a little dried out and I didn't want to be without this!  I have so many mascaras that I never do that, but that's how much I love this one.  This one is great for volume, for separating and for helping other mascaras that are lacking one of these! 

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Nude Ballet- This is another lip product that I loved when I first got it but I have not been using it a lot lately so I pulled it back out the past couple weeks and I have been loving it again!  I wear this as a lip gloss over lipstick and it just makes the perfect nude lip and feels amazing on the lips!

Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous Powder Foundation-  I feel like this product did not get talked about enough when it came out.  A few people mentioned the foundation that came out with this powder, but I think I only heard one person mention the powder and it surprises me because it is really good!  It's just a good setting powder for after foundation.  It provides a small amount of coverage, doesn't make you look cakey and helps keep me from getting oily during the day.

Too Faced Lip Insurance Primer- This is another product I don't feel gets enough love on blogs or You Tube!  This product is a life saver in the fall/winter months!  My lips feather, crack, and peel very easily in cold weather (I exfoliate and moisturize all the time, does not help) so this keeps them from doing that all day long!  This is almost list a light glue that you put on your lips and it just keeps them intact all day.  I can definitely tell the difference on days I forget to wear this!  You can't wear this alone because it does have a white-ish tint and it's not super comforable (it feels like a light glue).  But after you put on lipstick over it, you can't even tell and it helps so much it's worth it!

Revlon PhotoReady Skin Lights in Bare Light- I have been really been loving using a cream highlight lately.  This one has been great even for work.  It gives me a nice glow, but it's not too glam for work.  I just apply it with the same Beauty Blender that I use for my foundation and it's really easy to use.  There is something about applying a cream highlighter that makes your face look a little more dewey but with the same glow that a powder highlight gives.  Since I'm combination oily skin, i use powder to make my skin look more matte, and cream highlight I feel helps balance that out.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation- I have been loving this foundation.  It keeps me matte all day, including my oily chin.  It has a medium coverage, but it's very easy to make it full coverage by building it up a little bit.  I also like mixing this foundations with other ones I have that I'm not a thrilled with, this pairs really nicely with others.  I have actually already repurchased this one because I'm almost done this bottle.

That is it for my favorites this month!  If there are any products you loved this month that you think I should try, please comment below or let me know on Instagram or Twitter!  I love trying new things!  And make sure to check back again soon because I have been doing some shopping lately and I will be showing you all soon!

Happy Savings Everyone!