Thursday, February 23, 2012

Awesome Beauty Deals - Free and Almost Free

I wanted to do a review with this post so you can see which products are worth getting but I am not feeling too good today. I really want to share these awesome deals with you before they expire so the reviews will just have to follow.

This is $2.99 at Target
-use $2 any Maybelline lip product coupon from the paper exp 4/5
-use $1 any Maybelline Target coupon
If you don't have the $2 coupon you can print out a $1 one here and get it for 99 cents. (This coupon expires on the 26th of Feb)

ULTA has a sale right now for Buy 2 get 1 free all Revlon cosmetics
The lip butters are $7.49
-buy 2 get 1 free for a total of  $14.98
-use 2 $1 off any Revlon Cosmetic item coupon from the paper exp 3/4
-use $3.50 off $10 purchase ULTA coupon
=$9.48 for all three or $3.16 each

If you prefer to shop at Target, here is the deal that you can do.
The lip butters are $6.49
-use $1 off any Revlon Cosmetic item coupon from the paper exp 3/4
-use $2 off any Revlon item Target coupon that you can print here (if you cant find it try zip code 30033)

The Revlon lip butter is one of the hottest products right now that's why I decided to do the deal on this. You can alo use these coupons to get a good deal on other Revlon items if you are not interested in the lip butters.

Target has a lot of beauty products on clearance right now. I love taking advantage of these sales to try different products. Here are some of the things that I got.

Clearance price $5.49 (Reg $10.99)
-used $3 Loreal Face product coupon
-used $1 Loreal Target coupon

Clearance price $3.57 (Reg $7.14)
-used $1 Loreal Cosmetic product coupon
-used $1 Loreal Target coupon

other Brands/Products on clearance:
-Sonia Kashuk brushes, palettes, makeup bags, lip stick
-A few of the Maybelline Eye Studio shadow quads , some of the Instant Age Rewind products, some Eye Studio Baked duo
-Different Rimmel products
-3 kinds of Milani lip Flash and some shadow
-A lot of Physicians Formula products

Lastly, I just want to tell you about the sale that Urban Decay has on their site. The prices are really good. One of the products that is such an awesome deal is the 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash. This is now $12 from $34. I love these pencils and if you were to buy them individually it would cost you $20 a piece.

That's it for the deals this week....HAPPY SHOPPING!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Foundation Review

I have always been a big fan of the original Revlon Photoready Foundation and so when the airbrush version was released I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Luckily, I found it on sale at Target for $10 (reg. retail $11.99) and then I used a $2 manufacture coupon and a $2 Target coupon bringing it down to $6. This would have been an awesome price for a bottle of foundation but I found this product to be a big disappointment. First of all, I hated that you couldn't control the amount of product that you get with just one pump. As you can see on the picture below, it dispenses way too much product and you end up wasting a lot of it.

It first comes out as a fluffy mousse and when you start to work the product in it becomes very watery.

Now moving on to the coverage, this is definitely lighter than the original photoready. I prefer a full coverage foundation myself and this is more on light to medium.  I guess this would have been ok  on days when I don't feel like having a thick layer of makeup on my face but I just couldn't get over the SMELL. It has a strange odor that some people would probably not mind but I'm just not one of them. It's because of this that even if I don't like to waste anything, this is most likely going to end up in the trash. Sorry Revlon but this is a product FAIL for me!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Rockin' the Neon Trend

I'm sure by now you've noticed what the hottest trend this year is....yes it's NEON.  I am totally loving this but that's because I'm not one to be scared of getting caught wearing a neon top or shirt. I know a lot of you out there are probably wanting to try it out but are just not sure if you can rock these colors. My advice to you is to just do it in small doses. It could be a pair of earrings like these ones that I got from Forever21. I love that these are small but still add that awesome pop of color to your outfit. The best part is that it was only $4.80 for 6 pairs.

You could also go with a necklace or bracelet that has some neon accents on it like this Harajuku one that I have. It's edgy and has just the right amount of color in it.

Now if you are feeling a little bit more daring, you could always go with some cute neon pumps or a purse like this one by Teen Vogue.

Lastly, neon colored nail polish or hair accessories would also be good things to try and it wont be so hard to pull off.

Whatever it is that you decide to try, just remember that the only way it will look good is if you exude confidence!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow Review, Swatches and Deal Scenario (only $2.83)

Maybelline has recently come out with a new line of cream eyeshadows called Color Tattoos. They come in 10 shades and retail for about $7. These shadows claim to be long-lasting and crease-proof. I was very skeptical at first since I have not tried a drugstore cream shadow that did not crease on my eyelids. I have very oily lids so even with a good eye primer, cream shadows will still crease on me an hour or so after application. I am a big fan of Benefit's creaseless cream shadows because it is exactly what its name suggests, "creaseless". The only problem I have with this product is the price. At $19 a pop, this is just way more than what I would like to pay for one jar of eyeshadow.  Ever since I started using it though, I've been on a hunt for a less expensive alternative and I have finally found it. These Color Tattoos are amazing. They are smooth, pigmented and yes, crease-proof.  I can't think of anything bad to say about this product except for the fact that 10 shades is not enough. They need to come out with more. So far I have 6 out of the 10. Here are the swatches.

 Audacious Asphalt, Tough as Taupe, Bad to the Bronze, Pomegranate Punk, Painted Purple, Too Cool

Lastly, to get these shadows at the best price possible I have come up with this deal scenario. Starting Feb 19, 2012, Ulta will have their maybelline cosmetics on sale for buy 2 get 1 free.

-Buy 2 Maybelline color Tatoos at $6.99 each  for a total of $13.98 getting the third one for free
-Use 2 -  $1 Maybelline eyeshadow/eyeliner coupons (recently came out in the Sunday paper)
-Use $3.50 off $10 Ulta coupon
-Total: $8.48 for 3 or $2.83 each

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DIY Magnetic Eyeshadow Palette (z palette dupe)

As I was going through all my makeup, I realized that I had so many eyeshadows, particularly single ones, that I have not used in so long. The whole reason for this was because they were all buried in my drawers. It just seemed like grabbing my bigger palettes was so much easier to do than looking through all my single shadows to find the color I wanted. I decided to look online for empty makeup palettes and came across the  Z-palette. They are basically empty palettes with a magnetic base inside to hold your single shadows. The thing that makes this different from other palettes is that it has a clear window in the front so you can see whats inside. I thought that was pretty cool and it was exactly what I needed......well, that was until I saw the price. It's $20 for the large one and $28 for what they call the PRO, which is just a tiny bit bigger than the large. I was for sure gonna need more than one and there was no way I was gonna be able to justify spending that much money on "empty" palettes so I just decided to make it.

I started by looking for some kind of base I can use so I wouldnt have to make it from scratch (although I do have a tutorial on that too that I'll be posting soon) and this is what I found. My old elf palette.

 I didnt care for the shadows in this palette so I didnt mind taking it apart. I cut the foam holding the shadows out with my xacto knife and left the sides to create a frame.

I then measured and cut my magnetic sheet that I got at my local craft store and glued it on.

Next is making the window on the cover. I measured the size of the window, or at least tried to, using my daughters circus stencil ruler and cut it out. (Its amazing how I have every craft tool you can dream of but could not find a decent ruler in my house!)
I chose to use packaging tape to cover the palette because one, I had some just sitting on my table from when I bought it at the store for 75% off and two, it would make things so much easier since I would'nt have to apply any kind of glaze unlike if I used paper then I would have to seal it. I also found that this tape worked best for me since I kept on messing up and had to take it out a few times and restick.
(If you're wondering why there is a seam on my magnetic sheet, it's because
the piece I had left was too small so I had to use two pcs)
Next I cut a transparent sheet that I also got at the craft store a long time ago and taped it to the inside of the window.

I then covered the rest of the palette with tape including the backside and I was done. This palette already had a magnetic closure so there was no need to add one.
Here is another palette that I made out of my Lauren luke palette.
This one didnt have any magnets to close it so I just added a piece of ribbon with velcro. I would have added a magnetic closure but my magnet was not strong enough. On the inside I also had to cut foam strips to serve as the frame.
Hope you guys liked this tutorial. Feel free to comment or ask questions below.