Friday, September 22, 2017

9/22 Firsts and Finals

We have been super busy here and it's been a bit since I did a roundup:

Firsts
*Chapstick total hydration in blood orange  First, I was disappointed to discover that it's clear.  Each scent/flavor has a colored stripe that I thought was the color of the balm.  Nope, it's clear.  It is super hydrating and doesn't have that waxy original Chapstick feeling.  I just wish it was colored.

*Clinique Moisture Surge lotion  I really like this.  It's moisturizing, but not greasy and absorbs quickly.  Fortunately, a recent Clinique splurge scored me two deluxe samples, so I'm set for a while.

*Curls Blueberry Bliss leave in conditioner  My hair loves this!  It's soft and my waves are more pronounced, without frizzing.

*elf Lip Plumping Gloss There is a tingle upon application, but not too strong.  The color I tried is Sparkling Rose which is pretty in the tube, but almost invisible on the lip.  There's a shine, but sadly the color vanishes.  It's also super sticky, even hours later.  This is a miss for me.

*elf shadow/liner stick in black/smoke  The shadow is a dark charcoal and the liner is true black.  I love this for a quick look and you can't beat the price.

*L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara This is an obvious Too Faced dupe.  Even down to the tube color.  The wand is the same, but I think the L'Oreal formula is ever so slightly better.  It's not as wet and isn't clumpy.  It gives the curl, length, and volume and is less than half the price.  L'Oreal for the win!

*lush Elbow Grease  This is a HG status cult fave.  I finally got my hands on one and the hype is real.  It smells amazing!  It's moisturizing, without being greasy.  Works wonders on my always dry elbows AND my tat looks fresher.  I hope they never stop making this one.

*Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, cucumber, green tea  I already love the rose version, so I had to try this one, too.  This would be wonderful during summer, at the pool or beach.  It's hydrating and refreshing, smells fantastic.

*Maybelline Colossal Big Shot in Poppin' Purple  I've already tried the Big Shot in black.  It's okay, not very dramatic, but works for day.  I was excited to see the purple version because it's fun to change things up now and then.  Sadly, the formula's not the same.  This did nothing for my lashes, not length or volume.  Three coats to see the purple and still small lashes.  Totally bummed.

*Pro Foot Heel Rescue  YES!  This is magic in a bottle.

*Wella Perfect Me balm  This hair product feels more like a face lotion, so I didn't have much hope.  However, it held down frizz on super humid days, made my ends hydrated and soft, added shine without looking greasy.

Finals
*eyeko liquid eyeliner  Sad to finish this, as it's a fave.  It's jet black and doesn't budge, even when tight-lining.  Definitely will replace.

*L'Oreal Hydra Genius lotion  It was okay, not great.  Not a repurchase, but I would use another sample if it came my way.

*Suave Moroccan Infusion lotion  This was my second bottle, so I will be replacing.  This is my favorite leg lotion.  It softens, leaves a bit of a gleam, but isn't greasy.  Love this!

*Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara  Not sad, because I have a ^ Lash Paradise.

Faves
*eyeko liner, Lash Paradise, Elbow Grease, MB spray, Heel Rescue

Flops
*elf gloss, purple mascara

Friday, September 8, 2017

9/8 Firsts and Finals

Firsts
*Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Zero shampoo & conditioner  This smells great and my hair felt sleek and soft, almost like it had a light coating of oil.  The package says 'zero silicone', but they've replaced it with something my hair apparently does not like.  About an hour after drying, it frizzed up rather badly.  No, it wasn't a humid day.  I won't be repurchasing this.

*Masque Bar Hydrating peel off mask  This mask took forever to dry completely and then didn't peel off easily.  It did make my skin very hydrated and soft.

*Ulta Beauty Matte Lip Crayon  It's matte, but not drying, which is huge!  The shade 'soiree' is a deep brick, very fall.  It lasts for hours without touch up.

Finals
*Maybelline Colossal Big Shot mascara  It's a decent every day mascara.  The packaging is gorgeous.

*No. 4 Restore & Repair Hair Oil  I loved this stuff.  Lightweight, but effective, moisturized the ends without greasing out, and it smells amazing.  Definitely will look to repurchase.

Faves
*No. 4 hair oil

Flops
*Zero S/C

Monday, August 28, 2017

8/28 Money Monday

Received $11.33 in rebate checks, which went straight to savings.

My Ibotta account got over $20, so I cashed out $20, leaving the rest as a head start on the next payout.  I sent that money to Paypal.

I found Smirnoff Churro flavored vodka for $6.  Ibotta had a $3 rebate on any flavor, making this bottle very cheap.

Monday, August 21, 2017

8/21 Money Monday

I sold a 3/4 size guitar that is no longer used here as my only guitarist is man-sized now.  The buyer was thrilled to get a deal on one for his kid.  He paid in $5s, making the $5 Tin a bit fatter.

I sold two mascaras that I decided I truly didn't need.  They were still NIP, but my mascara box wouldn't close so I let them go.  She paid in $5s and the $5 Tin had another snack.

I scored $2 gelato at Target.  Not a 'big' deal, but one that made everyone here pretty happy. lol  Splurges for cheap for the win.

I was unhappy with a product a few weeks ago.  The box had a 'tell us what you think' address, so I did.  They sent me an apology letter and 2 coupons for free products of my choice from their line.  Great customer service.

The Scotch tape monster had a lovely meal apparently.  I went to use some tape and the roll was empty, not even a smidge left.  Annoyed that it hadn't been replaced, I went to the place where new rolls are stored and it was empty! GAH!  When you take the last of something, let Mom know, people!!!  So, I hopped on Office Depot, ordered another 12 rolls, used my Rewards Certificates and had them delivered in 2 days, all for free.  Now to find a new place to hide the rolls....

Friday, August 18, 2017

8/18 Firsts and Finals

Firsts
*Chapstick Total Hydration Lip Scrub  This is surprisingly good.  The peppermint is there, but not overpowering, and the scrub is just the right amount of abrasive.  I love Lush scrubs, but this price is much better.
*Grace Cole body mist in Vanilla Blush & Peony  I needed something to meet an Ulta threshold, so I tossed this in the cart.  It's very nice, light, flowery without being too much.  Sadly it doesn't last long.  Even for a body mist, it wears off quickly.
*Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and Top Coat  This stuff is amazing, lasts and lasts.  The color Malibu Peach is perfect with a tan, too.
*Sephora instant moisturizer  Solid 'meh'.  It's okay, not awful, but not great.  I have others I prefer.

Finals
*fresh Rose Face Mask  I stretched this sample until it squeaked, but it's gone.  The more I used it, the more I liked it.  I will buy when I find a sale.
*Mario Badescu seaweed night cream  This cream dried out quickly in the jar.  I didn't love it, but I am now hunting for polish in that gorgeous color.

Faves
*Chapstick scrub, Sally Hansen top coat


Monday, August 14, 2017

8/14 Money Monday

Received a $12 rebate check, which went straight to savings.

Target is running one of my favorite promos 'spend $20, get $5' on health/personal care.  I always take advantage of this, stocking the bathroom with toothpaste, toothbrushes, cotton balls, etc.  This time I had a $5 GC from the promo for spending $20 on kid clothes, so I spent $15 OOP, restocked needed supplies and have a $5 GC for later.

Our local trampoline park had a promo 'bring in a backpack with school supplies and get 2 hrs free jumping'.  I bought a backpack on sale from Walgreens, which is decent quality and passed the 'cute' test from my daughter.  We shopped our stash of supplies, which were all high quality bought on deep sales, and filled it up.  I told daughter's bestie's mom about the promo, so both girls helped other people AND get to spend time together at one of their favorite places and on the cheap.  Win-win!

One of our dance stores had a 20% off entire store sale.  Pointe shoes are expensive!  20% off helped a bit.  Daughter's bestie met us there, so we shopped with friends, saved a bit of money, and hit Chipotle for lunch with free kid meal passes from the library's summer reading program.

Yankee had a promo 'buy 1 medium, get 2 free'.  I got 3 candles for the price of 1 and checked 3 gifts off the Christmas List.  :)

Monday, July 31, 2017

7/31 Money Monday

Received a rebate check and put it in savings.  It was just $5.69, but every little bit adds up.  College books are expensive!

Target is doing away with the Perks program, which makes me sad.  I love shopping for free!  I had a $10 off $10 grocery purchase sitting in my account.  I used it to buy Annie's mac & cheese, which was on sale for $1/box.  I prefer real cheese over powder, but my daughter likes the powder stuff.  Annie's is our compromise.  Ten boxes for free?  Yes, please.

Scored 12 uni-ball gel pens from Office Depot for $1.13.  Gel pens are the preferred ink around here, so everyone was thrilled with that find.  I also picked up some cheap barrel pens.  My oldest says he always keeps a few in his backpack.  He uses gels, but if someone asks to borrow a pen, he hands them a cheap one 'so my good ones don't walk away'.  Smart kid!