Sunday, August 31, 2008

20% Off Sale at!

ULTA - the fabulous hair care and cosmetics store - it having a big sale this week!

20% off almost anything you purchase (some exclusions apply) - and since they offer free shipping over $50, this is not a bad deal! You can pick out $62.50 worth of products and only pay $50 flat for it! Use coupon codes: 95761 OR 95848

If you're not familiar with ULTA, I suggest you head over to their site and browse around. They have quite a few of the brands Sephora carries, with additional drugstore brands like CoverGirl, Loreal, all that. They also offer a wide array of hair care products, so some of those hard to find brands can be located there. A complete list of their brands can be found here.

Now, about the exclusions - this is a little tricky. MANY of the items say "Excluded from Coupon," when in fact this is not the case. Bourjois Cosmetics is a prime example. Some, however, really mean it. My advice is to add one thing to your cart, put in the code, then you can go ahead and add others and see what they discount. I can go ahead and tell you that Frederic Fekkai does not discount. Sad face.

So go play on ULTA's website. I think you'll have fun there. And at 20% off, your "fun" can be a little cheaper! Hooray!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Free Stuff at Origins

Origins is running a little freebie this week - go in and listen to them pump products for 5 minutes (any saavy Clinique customer can handle this!) and walk away with samples of one of three of their skin lines.

Options available include:
1. A Perfect World - this is the skincare line for just about everyone, and the one I got. It included A Perfect World Deep Cleanser, Liquid Moisture, Antioxidant Moisturizer, and Body Cream. The smell is awesomely clean and natural smelling - like white tea. I used the cleanser, liquid moisture, and moisturizer tonight, and really enjoyed how light and clean my skin feels.

2. Origins Organics - this is for the hardcore vegan/organicophites. These products are all organic, USDA approved (like steak?). I don't care for overly organic. To me, I feel like I need a little chemical or I might as well use dirt to wash my face. CALL ME CRAZY. Anyhoo - in this set is a foaming face wash, a purifying tonic, a nourishing face lotion, and a silkening body spritz.

3. Dr. Andrew Weil for Organics - Sorry this set isn't showing up online. They DID have it at the Chattanooga store, so it's still available. This line is for people with "problem" skin - it solves all problems from dryness, sensitivity, redness, acne, etc etc etc....miracle product. I believe it includes the Plantidote - Mega Mushroom line - cleanser, face cream, toner, and body lotion. So for all with sensitive skin (or those who are Mario Bros fans!) - go for the 'shrooms.

Anyway, fun little freebie where you can check out a whole new skin care line, good until 9/3/08. Priced out for the full size products of what I bought, I'd spend around $75 for that line (not including body lotion, because, please). Not terrible, and probably what I've spent in the past. We'll see if I wake up with hives in the morning ;-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Colossal Volume Express Mascara

Lately, I've been unimpressed with my mascara. Maybe it's because I'm bored with my makeup in general, despite my having such an arsenal that I've put myself on a makeup diet. No unnecessary makeup unless I REALLY need a fix. Well, I decided that "dissatisfaction with mascara options" was clearly an emergency in need of reparations.

Now, I had previously been happy with my Dior Show Mascara, but at $28 a tube, I just really can't justify its not being 100% perfect. Plus, it has a little bit of a clumping issue. So I went back to my old standby, Maybelline Define-a-Lash. And it was ok. But after the awesome lash plumping goodness of Dior Show, I couldn't go back to wimpy lashes. So I'm torn - Maybelline: cheaper, with the cool synthetic brush, or Dior: more expensive, but with the added ability of getting me to 2pm still looking like I'm wearing mascara.

So after much contemplation, soul searching, and walking past it on my twice-weekly Target treks, I decided to buy the Colossal Volume Express mascara. Now this is only day 2, but already I am WAY IMPRESSED. I have now achieved nice, full lashes with a nice, cheap price and a synthetic brush! HOORAY!

My only gripe is that the tube is kinda large - I guess to go along with the Colossal name. But eh.

Give it a try - $5.99 at Target. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

After a long hiatus...

I present - Sales and new products!!

1) Hard Candy Cosmetics is selling everything on their website for 75% off! That amounts to eyeshadows for $3.12. Quite a steal! They have a very cutesy style - kind of teeny-bopper, but still good quality product.
2) Urban Decay is having their 900th Friends and Family discount this year - 30% off with the code FFL30 - good from 8/21 to 8/28. They have just introduced a new line of lipsticks, have a great new(ish) demattifying powder, and of course their eyeshadows, eye primer, and 24/7 pencils (now in lips too!) are always a great choice!

3) Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub - I just bought this a few weeks ago, and I really love it! Not only is is Neutrogena (plus), it's a good solid scrub that clears your skin without making it red and irritated. PLUS, it smells like grapefruit - a nice clean citrus that is perfect for morning wake up!

4) Olay Total Effects Touch of Foundation - I just saw this for the first time at Target last night. After a little research, I have found that most women who love Olay products prefer the older Total Effects line to the new Regernist or Definity lines. This is Olay's same Total Effects daily treatment, but with a hint of foundation, which I presume is much like a tinted moisturizer. It looks very intriguing, I must say, and includes UV protection with SPF 15 (although the packaging doesn't say this - I found it online). Definitely try it out if you are an Olay fan - I didn't buy it because a) I love me some Neutrogena Healthy Skin, and b) it was $17.99, and my bank account is running on fumes. Perhaps soon, though.

5) Sundae Afternoon Body Scrub - I received this as a gift for volunteering at the American Cancer Society Beach Ball this weekend. It's a cutely packaged sugar scrub, made up to look similar to a pint of Ben and Jerry's. The flavor I got was Coconutty Lime Sherbet, and I tried it last night for the first time. First, let me start by saying that I am not a huge scrub user. Yes, I find them intriguing and want to buy them, but usually they just collect dust because I can't be bothered, or they're too scrubby for my skin. NOT SO in this case - this is a scrub I will use! Sadly, I cannot find a picture of it on their website, but I believe it is on clearance at the store now, originally priced $24.95, but now half off. Enjoy!

That's probably enough for now...I'll come up with a few more later!

Happy Shopping!!