Sunday, September 27, 2009
Anyway, now I'm allowed to pretty much wear whatever I want and I have fallen in love with some new products. And I'm going to present my very first photographed NOTD. Aren't you excited? Actually, it looks pretty awful. I'm still getting the hang of this stuff.
I am blaming The Pink Train Case who after looking at her blog, has just made me make plans to hop over to my local Walmart (of course). Ok, well awhile ago, she showcased the latest Orly collection based on fairytales. I am a sucker for them. And recently I went to Sally's and found them on sale ($3.99)! So I picked up 2: Prince Charming (a chocolatey taupe color) and Happily Ever After (fuschia). I also was intrigued by the matte products so I picked up Orly Nails for Males. Oh, and last week at CVS they had Sally Hansen nail pens on sale BOGO so I picked up Silver and Pink (they are kind of craptastic and skip but a review for another time). So today I am bored and it is raining.
Prince Charming + Matte + Silver=
Ok, yeah it may look good on this hand... you don't even want to see my right hand... it's a squiggly line disaster.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Well the packaging gets major points from me. I have tried many many wipes and some excel in the packaging area while others fail (Korres, I'm talking to you!). The companies that simply make the tab holding in the wipes sticky doesn't work and the cloths dry up. Then there are companies that put the wipes in a separate plastic container that pops open which is super bulky. However, E.L.F got it right. It's in a coated plastic baggy and there's a pop top! No dried out cloths and no bulky packaging!
So, onto the bad. Silly me didn't read the back of the baggy before I used it. Important to note: the ELF website says, "Gently and easily cleans skin to remove all traces of makeup and dirt, even waterproof mascara. Great for on-the-go travel. Gentle cloths are soft and soothing for even the most sensitive skin. Infused with Aloe Vera Extract for deep hydration and moisture. 20 Pre-moistened cloths included." So they expect me to get mascara off with these wipes. Excellent. But then if you read the back of the bag, "When using this product, do not get into eyes. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water" - ok... Well, as you can probably tell, I did not get this pertinent piece of information before removing my eye makeup with these.
As far as makeup removing pads go, it did a decent job of getting my eye makeup off and just as I thought "hey, these aren't too bad, they don't even bur-"... oh yes, the burning started. And then it got worse. And then I ran downstairs in a panic to use the kitchen sink to get as much water as possible into my eye. Don't ask me why I ran downstairs instead of using my bathroom on the same floor. I don't know. But I did. After the irrational panic subsided and my eye had been rinsed with water, I felt a bit better.
But a fair warning to everyone else. They work... but they burn. I'll stick with (well, I rotate - Korres, Garnier, Equate, etc).
*DH has infected me with his nerdom, what can I say?
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Visiting beauty blogs and boards, there are plenty of items that get a whole lot of love. Early on in my foray into the great cosmetics of the internet circa 2005, there was a lot of love for Smith's Rosebud Salve (maybe there still is but I don't hear about it nearly as much). I tried the stuff and just couldn't get into the potted balm and I wasn't a fan of rose so I got the strawberry kind. Still reminded me of lightly tinted over-priced petroleum jelly. I still have that little tin somewhere... hm...
But there are some great things out there that are infrequently mentioned, and that is what today's post is about!
So those are my first two. What are your favorite lesser known products?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Anyway, there are several good deals going on at ULTA right now, which is surprising, since most of the time, their gift with purchases are solely on perfume (or they are make up bags that are bulky and most of us have no use for) and they are usually bizarre; bathrobes, faux jewelry... I've even seen pillows. I know if I jumped at the opportunity for bag related gift with purchases everytime they ran one, I'd have a room I would need to devote just to cheap bags.
Anyway, here's the deal ladies (and gentlemen - though as I mentioned previously, I only have 1 follower and it's a she).
Most every line that ULTA carries in their mid-high end department is having a gift with purchase. Some are better than others. Note: I haven't listed all of them but if you go to ULTA.com you should see a special box with the fall gift with purchase special.
- Bourjois: free lipgloss charm in Brun Galactic with any 2 items (though I purchased 1 and it still gave it to me)
- Sue Devitt: free Microquatic pore filler pen thingy (?) a $28 value with any $25 purchase
Unfortunately, most of the line is $21-22 and the 2nd cheapest thing is a $10 sharpener so not really a good deal if you want something under $25.
- Smashbox: free Eye Liner Brush #9 & Angled Brow Brush #12 a $30 value with any purchase
- Korres: free deluxe sample of primrose eye cream with any purchase
- Fusion Beauty: free deluxe sample of Lip Fusion XL with any purchase
Again, the cheapest item is ridiculously expensive, so unless the line is something you're familiar with and use, I wouldn't chance it just to get the tiny GWP.
- Benefit: free Miss Popularity precision highligher full size with any purchase
- Urban Decay: free mini sin primer potion with any $25 purchase
And there are other GWPs for other brands like, Pur, DDF, Murad, Ahava, Nick Chanez, Cosmedecine and others.
There is no code required to score these deals. If you reach the requirements, they will automatically pop up as a pull down menu in your basket (not that you can actually choose anything, they are preselected). And yes, you can stack the $3.50/$10 code with the gift with purchases.
Don't forget to use ebates for cashback, and there's also a $3.50 off $10 coupon floating around, though it doesn't apply for what ULTA called the prestige brands (basically everything mid-high end in the store) - 21866 is the code.
I hauled quite a few things, thanks to the free gifts and only spent around $50 including tax (shipping was free). I'll report back with my... findings when I receive the package.