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April 27, 2016

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipsticks – Pink Cognito, Lovers Coral, Honey Bare

Filed under: lip balm, lipstick, makeup, swatches — Carol @ 12:34 pm

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipsticks – Pink Cognito, Lovers Coral, Honey Bare

CVS occasionally runs a great deal on Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks: $6.99 with $4 ExtraBucks back. I’ve come across this promo a few times but I’ve never really been tempted. I know the Super Lustrous lipsticks get a lot of love within the beauty community but I find their regular and matte Super Lustrous lipstick formula a bit too dry for my liking.

I had some coupons and ExtraBucks that needed to be used and stacked on top of the sale CVS was running I was able to get several of the Shine lipsticks for free. I bought 4 of the Shine lipsticks in total but broke the purchases up into 2 transactions so I could use the ExtraBucks from the first transaction towards the lipsticks in the second transaction. It was a bit of trouble but worth it because I spent $0 out of pocket and ended up with even more ExtraBucks than I had started off with.


April 25, 2016

Nature Republic Haul

Filed under: concealer, lip balm, lip gloss, makeup, Nature Republic — Carol @ 5:22 pm

If you’re into Korean cosmetics and live in the metro NY area, you might be interested to know that a Nature Republic store opened recently in Flushing, Queens. It’s right on Main Street just a couple of doors down from the New World Mall and about a block away from the Flushing library.

I stepped in to take a look around and only came away with a few makeup items although they have a lot to offer in the way of nail polish, skin care and facial sheet masks if that’s more your speed. The great thing about Nature Republic, and most Asian cosmetics stores in my experience, is the availability of testers and how generous they are with samples when you make a purchase. The price range of their products also seems quite reasonable. I believe everything I looked at in the store was under $20 and they had several promo offers (e.g. Buy 1 Get 1 Free regular hand lotions, Buy 10 Get 4 Free sheet masks).


April 18, 2016

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Murumuru Butter Bronzer – Light Bronzer

Filed under: bronzer, makeup, Physicians Formula, swatches — Carol @ 11:34 pm

Physicians Formula Butter BronzerMurumuru Butter Bronzer – Light Bronzer

Behold, my new favorite bronzer: Physicians Formula’s Butter Bronzer!

As you probably know by now based on the amount of reviews/swatches I’ve dedicated to their products on my blog, Physicians Formula is favorite drugstore brand when it comes to face/cheek products. Their bronzers are top notch and in my opinion rival high end bronzers in quality, they have some fantastic highlighters and most of their blushes are pretty dang good too. Among my favorites are their pure Argan Oil, coconut scented Organic Wear BB Cream, Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes, the Mineral Wear Talc Free Airbrushing line in general and now this new Butter Bronzer.

The retail prices for their products are steep but if you work the sales and stack coupons, you can get their products anywhere from 40% off to totally free. Using CVS ExtraBucks and coupons, I managed to get the Butter Bronzer (regularly $15.99) for free and actually earned $8 worth of ExtraBucks for a future purchase. Even though I think their products are worth it, you should never have to pay full price for Physicians Formula. Whenever Physicians Formula rolls out new products, they like to stick manufacturer’s coupons right on the packages, so keep an eye out for those. I was able to find a special display of the new Butter Bronzers with $4 off stickers which I stacked with CVS coupons and ExtraBucks for huge savings.


April 5, 2016

Collective Haul

Just wanted to share some goodies I’ve purchased over the past few months.

My favorite place to shop for drugstore cosmetics is CVS. Their retail prices are a lot higher than other stores such as Target or Walmart but CVS’ ExtraBucks rewards program makes shopping there worthwhile. I always make a point to shop only when a specific item I’m interested in is on sale with ExtraBucks being offered.

On my two most recent shopping trips I scooped up the newest Physicians Formula bronzers and actually made money back on them. The bronzers were about $15 apiece which is quite pricey for drugstore makeup but the CVS coupon machine was spitting out $5 off coupons, there were $4 off manufacturer’s coupons on each bronzer AND CVS was offering $8 back in ExtraBucks on Physicians Formula purchases. I did two separate tansactions for the bronzers but I paid entirely with ExtraBucks that I earned from a prior Physicians Formula purchase so, all in all, I spent $0 cash and got $8 in ExtraBucks back for each bronzer. Sweet deal. I’ve heard excellent things about the new Butter Bronzer so I’m looking forward to trying it out.

The Wet n Wild nail polishes weren’t as great a deal. I believe they were BOGO with $4 in ExtraBucks back but like the bronzers I was able to pay completely with ExtraBucks, so I didn’t have to spend any actual money on them. The purchase was inspired by aLoveTart on YouTube, who’s worn and raved about the neutral mauve Stay Classy shade on her channel before. The other shade I picked up is Crime of Passion, a red creme.


March 29, 2016

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes – Natural Nude

Filed under: bronzer, eye shadow, highlighter, makeup, Physicians Formula, swatches — Carol @ 5:01 pm

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes – Natural Nude

I’d totally forgotten how great of a highlighter the Physicians Formula Custom Nude Palette is. In my opinion, it’s the best highlighter you can get at the drugstore. The powder is super smooth and buttery; the colors are pigmented to the point you can use them highlighter, bronzer or individually as eye shadows; and the finish beautifully and uniformally metallic with no chunky shimmer or sparkle.

I used to own the darker Warm Nude version of the Custome Nude Palette but sold it off because it was a bit too dark and bronzey to work as a highlighter on my skin tone. That one’s gorgeous but leans slightly darker with more gold and bronze tones. The one I’m showing today is the lighter version called Natural Nude and features a somewhat lighter collection of colors that lean a bit more pink. I love it, I love it, I love it! (more…)

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