Monday, April 21, 2014
Lately I've been doing more 'hauling' than reviewing it - but that's all going to change. I just couldn't escape sharing my thoughts on the L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara or resist hyping it up as the next drugstore mascara you must purchase! That's quite a lofty statement and I don't say that casually.
Thing is, I'm really picky when it comes to mascaras and most drugstore versions leave me considerably underwhelmed. Sure, I have some that I find tolerable - but few give the oomph to my lashes quite as well as the pricier versions from YSL, Lancome, Estee Lauder etc. A lot of drugstore mascaras leave my lashes looking wirey (HELLO Maybelline Falsies) but this extends and combs our your lashes to the maximum similar to the Sumptuous Extreme of Estee Lauder with a winning formula ala YSL's Baby Doll.
It's definitely a real winner. Most unique about this mascara is the applicator itself which is literally like using a brow/lash comb to apply mascara. It's genius. Why did no one think of this before? The brush also grips hold of your lashes like Baby Doll - which is my favorite type of brush. I like an applicator that can really take hold of my lashes and guide them to soaring heights.
Trust me, you will fall in love with this mascara and its impact on your lashes. If you're looking for a very subtle, natural look this might not be your best bet. But, if you're looking to max out length and volume you'll be very happy with this.
Have you tried this mascara yet? What did you think?
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Happy Easter weekend to you! I for one have become a big fan of Easter weekend as it comes with a 4-day weekend from work. Hip, hip hooray for that! In fact, it's currently Friday afternoon as I write this and instead of sitting at a desk in the office, I'm lounging in the warm sunshine outdoors. Talk about an upgrade!
I wish all of you a very happy Easter. May you eat lots of jelly beans and chocolate bunnies! May you possibly rock a fancy bonnet! You know, whatever floats your boat. And if you're Jewish, well...happy weekend to you too. It's hard not to enjoy a long weekend filled with sunshine and I hope everyone can just get outside and let loose. I'm looking forward to spending time relaxing and with friends. Possibly perusing my Pinterest boards for a thing or two to make for Easter brunch. What are your plans for the holiday weekend?
The Hit List this week is sort of short and sweet...but also continues my obsession with lusting over Kate Middleton's style. Could the girl look bad just once? Please? It's taking a big hit on my self-esteem drooling over her personal style.
More of Kate the Great - By Harper’s Bazaar
11 Reasons It’sBetter to Online Shop – By Who What Wear
Online shopping definitely comes with its perks. Here are 11-brilliant reasons why it's better to hop around online then drag yourself to the mall.
Why Olivia PopeShould End Up Alone. – By Elle Magazine
When I tell people I had to stop watching Scandal, I'm usually left with some shocked faces. People are obsessed with this show. But to me, it's heartbreaking and downright depressing to watch a strong intelligent women be repeatedly emotionally abused by, well, a major prick. I hate Fitz. And not in a love/hate way but in a full on "Can I punch you? Can you please die?" kind of way. If I were in college, I'd probably write some kind of an essay questioning why millions of people love watching an independent women be knocked down again and again at the hands of a fan. Women's Studies would totally eat that up!
Lipstick for PeopleWho Snack Constantly - By Into the Gloss
I'm always looking for a good, long-lasting lip product and this review has me sold and planning my next trip to Sephora.
100 Spring Trends Under $100 - By Vogue
It's rare that Vogue ever talks about something within my budget, so to see a list of 100 such items...I was too happy not to share!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Sunday Flyers and Coupons
To get the best deals, you need to be routinely look at your Sunday flyers and clipping coupons from your paper. Not only will you find coupons in your paper on every drugstore brand of cosmetics, you'll also learn the routine of when these coupons are released and can look forward to them. Such as, I know that once a month P&G releases their coupons in the paper...therefore I would never purchase anything Cover Girl without a coupon. If you don't get the Sunday paper, sites like coupons.com and redplum.com routinely have print-out coupons you can grab on the fly. (Often even better than the Sunday paper.)
ExtraBucks (Register Rewards)
CVS has the best register reward system of any drugstore. What's a register reward system? It's when the purchase of an item comes with a coupon that's good on your next purchase. Rite Aid and Walgreens both offer their own rewards, but they're never as high value as CVS. Such as, last week CVS offered 'Purchase any 2 L'Oreal products and get $5 in ExtraBucks'. Walgreens also had a reward, but you needed to spend $20 in product and only get $2 towards your next purchase.
In the trip I purchased this makeup, I received: $5 ExtraBucks from 2 L'oreal, $5 ExtraBucks from 2 Revlon lip (or nail) products, $4 ExtraBucks from spending $10+ on Almay. I also got $4 ExtraBucks onrazors. That brings me to $18 of free money to use in the store ahead. Really awesome is, that free money can go towards the purchase of other products that will get you ExtraBucks. So, if you keep up with this you will be piggy backing free money atop free money to get more free money. Who doesn't like FREE MONEY?
Coupons + ExtraBucks = Mega Savings!
Where your coupons meet your ExtraBucks you get big time savings. Such as, on this trip I used $3 off the Butterfly Mascara and $1 off my L'oreal eyeshadow. So, I got $4 off in coupons and $5 ExtraBucks for next time. That's a huge savings. Or, Wet n'Wild was buy 2 get 1 free, with a $1 off coupon that means I got 3 nail polishes for $3.
And then there's the reality that I was paying for everything including ExtraBucks (free money) from another trip! I mean, it's actually so much fun working this system because it becomes like a game. I'm not really a frugal person anywhere but at the drugstore, but this has become such a fun ritual.
Now I'll get onto the makeup, but I just had to share with you my secret to getting CHEAP makeup so you can start snatching up goodies at a low low price.
Almay Color + Care Lip Balm - Lilac Love
It took me a minute to warm up to this lip balms, but now that we're in the springtime - I can't get enough of them. They are super moisturizing and smooth, plus add a nice sheer amount of pigment to your lip. They're really become staples in my day-to-day makeup and as purple is my favorite color, I just had to add this to my collection.
L'Oreal Butterfly Mascara - Blackest Black
When this first launched I was super excited to try it...then I sort of lost enthusiasm over it and forgot. But with a coupon and ExtraBucks to be had I snatched this up finally. Unfortunately I haven't tried it yet so I can't offer a review, but stay tuned! The brush really, really intrigues me.
When you look at the beauty of that in the picture, you can only imagine the beauty of it in life. Most of the time I really afford glittery lip products but this spoke to me in such a huge way. Plus, it's a great color match to the matte balm I picked up, so I can wear this happily on its own or layer it.
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm - Striking
Oh you know, just another Revlon matte balm...because I can't get enough of them, ever. Definitely my most favorite drugstore lip product right now. So, SO good. Matte, yet creamy. Long-lasting. Highly pigmented. Gorgeous bold shades. The works!
In fact, I think I'll generally just review these! I'm excited to put these guys to the test. The colors I picked up are Club Havana, Heatwave, and Through the Grapevine.
I hope I was able to suggest some great pointers to help you snag amazing makeup deals! And honestly, please do try shopping that way. Once you see how much money you save you'll be HOOKED. Also, let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial or a review with any of the beauty bits I picked up. It's definitely a nice sea of color that came home with me and I'm excited to try everything out!
Happy shopping and may you save lots and LOTS of money!