Thursday, June 21, 2012

$20 Makeup Challenge - Tag

So an amazing Beauty Guru I found on YouTube, Rachel aka LashChronicles, tagged me for the $20 Makeup Challenge.  This challenge requires you to to basically put on a full face of makeup for only $20.

This of course a challenge, especially when just my normal concealer Dr. Perricone's No Concealer Concealer is $45.

So to do the challenge, I initially thought about super affordable makeup that I could use. The first thing that came to my mind was.....e.l.f. makeup (or e.yes l.ips f.ace makeup)! It is sold at Target, is super, super affordable, and there are actually products that I wanted to try out anyways!

Excitingly, I was able to get a full-face worth of makeup, including 2 brushes, all for $19.13... AH-mazing!

So here is what I got: 
  • Face (total, $7.00)
    • Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude, $3.00
    • Clarifying Pressed Powder in Light Beige, $1.00
    • Total Face Brush, $1.00
    • Tone Correcting Concealer in Light Beige, $1.00
    • Shimmering Facial Whip (compared to Benefit's High Beam :) in Lilac Petal, $1.00

  • Eyes (total, $7.00)
    • Lengthening & Defining Mascara in Black, $1.00
    • Eyelid Primer (used by YouTube Beauty Guru ALoveTart), $1.00
    • Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Black, $1.00
    • Eyebrightening Color in Day to Night, $1.00
    • Eyebrow Kit in Medium, $3.00

  • Cheeks (total, $4.00)
    • Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder (almost a dupe for Nars Laguna & Orgasm), $3.00
    • Bronzing Brush, $1.00

  • Lips (total, $1.00)
    • Hypershine Lipgloss (received an Allure Beauty Award!) in Berry Cherry, $1.00

So some of these products are absolutely amazing and are rated very high among its users:
  • Hypershine Gloss ranked 4.1/5 stars, based on 955 reviews!! It smells amazing and they have 12 great colors.
  • Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder ranked 4.3/5 stars, based on 567 reviews!
  • Eyelid Primer ranked 4.4/5 stars, based on 894 reviews!
  • Eyebrow Kit ranked 4.5/5 stars, based on 465 reviews!
Here is my $20 Makeup Face after applying only the above products:

Overall, I think e.l.f. has some amazing products that can actually become a staple in any woman's collection. I am so excited to test out some more glosses for sure! And I think the eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, blush, and eyebrow kit are Wonderful!!! Considering that if I used my normal products, it would have cost almost $300 - this challenge was definitely an eyeopener.

I probably would have passed on their $1 brushes though. They shed too much for me :)
If you are interested in purchasing e.l.f. you can also go online at
They always has promotions, like buy $25, get $10 off! Can't beat that deal!

I will definitely tag some friends for this challenge, and feel free to do it! If you make a video or have a blog, let me know - I would love to check it out!

LashChronicles wonderful video can be found at:
Happy Applying :)


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Look Bag June 2012

So The Look Bag is an awesome monthly sample service that costs $10/month. It first launched in January 2012 by Damone Roberts, the Eyebrow Guru of Los Angeles. You get 4-5 deluxe samples, and the products keep getting better and better! Maybe it is because he runs with a spectacular crowd and has good hook-ups :)
Here is what I got in my bag:
  • Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream (retail value $2.39)
  • Snowberry Cellular Regeneration Night Cream (retail value $22.26)
  • Korres Eyeshadow - Full size ($12.50)
    • The color I got was so beautiful and had a wonderful consistency
  • Prescriptives Lip & Eye Pencil Sharpener - Full size (retail value $5.00)
  • Korres Wild Rose Mask (retail value $14.61)
The value of my June Box is $56.76 and I got some amazing products this month!

I have to say I was totally excited that they personalized one item to my beauty profile.
If you are interested in subscribing, go to
Happy Unboxing!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

CVS, Walgreens, & Target Coupons + Shopping Plan for 6/17/12

Here are a few of the best deals at this week, June 17th, 2012
    Note: I always suggest buying 2 papers on Sunday :)

CVS (the following were taken from

Ecb = Extra Care Buck


Electro Nyte Rehydration Shot 2 pk $4.79 = $4.79 Ecb (limit 1)
Pay $4.79
Get back a $4.79 Ecb
Final cost FREE

American Express Prepaid Gift cards, buy 3 = FREE $10 American Express Card

Weekly Extra Care Buck Deals:

Colgate Max Clean Smartfoam, Maxwhite or MaxFresh Toothpaste 6 oz $2.49 = $1.50 Ecb (limit 2)
Use the $.75/1 coupon here or in the 6/3 Smart Source newspaper coupon
Pay $2.24
Get back a $1.50 Ecb
Final cost $.74
(Note: There is a better deal at Walgreens, see below)

Gillette shave Gel or Cartridges (excluding Foamy and Clearance) = $2 Ecb (limit 1)
Deal scenario:
Buy the Shave Gel starting at $4.59
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 6/3 PG newspaper coupon
Pay $3.59
Get back a $2 Ecb
Final cost $1.59

Maybelline Cosmetics (any), Spend $10 = $3 Ecb (limit 1)excludes clearance
Use the $1/1 Maybelline Dream
coupon here or the $1/1 Superstay 10 hour Stain coupon here

Kingsford Match Light Charcoal 6.7 lbs $5.99 = $2 Ecb (limit 1)
Pay $5.99
Get back a $2 Ecb
Final cost $3.99

Spend $30 on select P&G items = $10 Ecb (limit 1):excludes clearance
Deal Scenario:
Buy a Super Pack of Pampers, $24.99
Buy Clairol Hair color, $5.99

Use the $1.50/1 diapers coupon here
Use the $2/1 Clairol coupon in the 6/17 Smart Source newspaper coupon

Pay $27.48
Get back a $10 Ecb
Final cost $17.48

Other Great Deals:

Kix Cereal, $1.88 (already a great price!)
Use the $.75/1 Kix coupon here
Pay $1.13
Get back $.75 in your
Savings Star Account
Final cost just $.38!

Starbucks Coffee, $7.49
Use the $1.50/1 coupon here
Final cost $5.99


RR= Register Reward


Colgate Total Advanced or Gum Defense Toothpaste 4 oz $3 = $2.50 RR
Use the $.75/1 coupon from the 6/3 SS newspaper coupon or coupon here
Pay $2.25
Get back a $2.50 RR
Final cost FREE plus $.25!

Reach Total Care Floss 30 yds or Ultraclean Toothbrush $2.99= $2 RR
Use the $1/1 Reach Floss coupon found on display at Walgreens
Final cost FREE

Weekly Register Reward Deals:

Mentholatum Pain Relief Deep Heating lotion 3.3 oz $5.99 = $5 RR
Pay $5.99
Get back a $5 RR
Final cost $.99

Suave Shampoo or Conditioner 5-28 oz, Select Stylers, or Lotion 18 oz or Caress Body Wash 12 oz, Buy 2 = $2 RR
Use the Buy one, get one FREE Suave Body Lotion coupon from the 5/20 RP newspaper coupon (expires 6/17!!!)
Pay $3
Get back a $2 RR
Final cost $.50 each

Other Great Deals:

Covergirl Cosmetics, buy one get one 50% off
Use the Buy one, get one FREE Lash Blast Mascara coupon from the 6/3 PG newspaper coupon or the $1/1 coupon in the 5/13 or 6/3 PG newspaper coupon

Scotch Brite Sponges 3 pack, $4.29 buy one get one FREE
Use the $.75/2 coupon from the 6/17 SS newspaper coupon
Final cost $1.77 each

Hefty One Zip Freezer Bags 13 pack, Storage bags, 17-22 pack, $3.49, buy one get one FREE
Use two of the the $.55/1 coupons here
Final cost $1.20 a box!

TARGET (the following were taken from 

Right Guard Total Defense 5 Body Wash, 13.5 oz $2.79
Use $1.00/1 coupon from RP 6/17 newspaper coupon
And the $1.00/1 coupon here

Final Price: $0.79

Dial Liquid Hand Soap, 9.375 oz $1.27
Use $0.35/1 coupon from RP 6/17 newspaper coupon
$0.50/1 coupon here

Final Price: $0.42

Please let me know if you have any questions :)!!!

Happy couponing!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Beauty Fix June 2012 - Plus How to Maximize Your Purchase!!

Hey Everyone!

So I will be getting my second Beauty Fix bag in the mail soon. Beauty Fix is awesome, because it costs $49.99/quarter and you get to pick your 8 deluxe to full size products and a cute little bag. My first shipment, I used a code and only spent $21.74 for over $260.00 worth of products! The code I used was BFBLOG, but I am not 100% sure it will work for new subscriptions still. Either way, there is the potential to get a lot for a little!

If you are interested, you can go to Also for every 2 products you review after you are a member, you get $25 off of $50 at the Dermstore!

So the overall value of the bag this quarter can range from $25-383, depending on the items you pick. It is not likely that you will pick all of the low priced items, so you generally get an AMAZING value for your money. I spent $49.99 and got $305.38 in products. I will show you what I got in my bag, and below is a list of all of the other available products and their sample cost.

Here is what I got in my bag:

1. Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque, Full Size (retail value $34.00)

2. Lisa Hoffman Beauty Night and Day 2 Vitamin A and C Serum, Full Size (retail value $47.00)

3. Chella Enzyme Exfoliating Crema Mask, Full Size (retail value $60.00) * no longer available *
4. Kinerase Photofacials Night Moisturizer, deluxe sample (retail value $51.76)
5. Nick Chavez Horsetail Lifting Spray, Full Size (retail value $22.00)

6. Eminence Coconut Firming Body Lotion, Full Size (retail value $36.00) 
7. M LAB Sample Box (retail value = $15.62)
8. Stila Cosmetics Set and Correct, Full Size (retail value $34.00)
9. Beautyfix Quilted Vanity Case (retail value $5.00)
Total Value of my bag  $305.38!!!

Here are the other products available with the sample value:

  • CellCeuticals CerActive Active Moisture and Barrier Repair Skin Treatment 0.33ml
    • Retail Value $7.84
  • Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser 1fl oz.
    • Retail Value $2.91
  • ARCONA Cranberry Toner 1oz.
    • Retail Value $8.72
  • Phytomer Hydracontinue Moisturizing Body Milk 1.6fl oz.
    • Retail Value $8.57
  • SkinMedica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer 0.25oz.
    • Retail Value $6.75
  • Murad Hybrid Eye Lift Perfector (0.06fl oz.) and Hybrid Primer Perfector Matte (1fl oz.) 2piece
    • Retail Value $70.00!!!!!!!!
  • Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper - Milan 0.08oz.
    • Retail Value $25.00
  • Nailtiques Nail Moisturizer and Formula Kit 4piece
    • Retail Value $34.22
  • SkinMedica Vitamin C and E Complex 0.25oz. 
    • Retail Value $25.75
  • Alpha Hydrox AHA Souffle Soothing Anti-Wrinkle 1.6oz.
    • Retail Value $20.05
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo Original 1.6fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $2.28
  • Phytomer Hydra Orginal Thirst-Relief Melting Cream 0.5fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $22.21
  • Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser 2fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $13.00
  • Becca Cosmetics Resurfacing Primer 0.5fl oz.
    • Retail Value $14.81
  • Nick Chavez Amazon Hair Body Building Styling Clay 4oz. 
    • Retail Value $26.00
  • EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Packets 5count 
    • Retail Value $7.00
  • Jane Iredale Magic Mitt 1piece 
    • Retail Value $15.00
  • CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 0.5oz. 
    • Retail Value $6.67
  • Kelly Teegarden Organics Vitality Rose and Cucumber Eye Cream 0.1ml
    • Retail Value $0.08
  • Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist 1fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $5.71
  • Nick Chavez Ultra Shine Honey-Peppermint Conditioner 8fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $20.00
  • Glytone Acne Self-Foaming Cleanser 3.4fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $39.00
  • Jane Iredale Mystikol Powder Eyeliner and Highlighter - Citrine 0.02oz. 
    • Retail Value $ 20.00
  • Vichy LiftActiv With Rhamnose 5 Percent Day 0.5fl oz.
    • Retail Value $14.41
  • Belli Skin Care All Day Moisture Body Lotion 1fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $1.58
  • Nailtiques Nail Protein and Color Lacquer 2piece 
    • Retail Value $20.00
  • Bioelements Pumice Peel 0.25fl oz.
    • Retail Value $5.10
  • Murad Hybrids Absolute Bronzing Boost SPF 15 1fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $38.00
  • Jane Iredale Eye Gloss - Brown Silk 0.15oz.
    • Retail Value $15.50
  • SkinMedica Environmental Defense SPF 30 - Travel Size 1oz.
    • Retail Value $13.33
  • Guinot Longue Vie Cellulaire Travel Size 0.51oz
    • Retail Value $27.09 
  • XEN-TAN Deep Bronze Luxe Mini 1oz. 
    • Retail Value $5.00
  • Kinerase Photofacial Cleanser 2oz.
    • Retail Value $16.00
  • Bare Ease and Cream Prep Kit for Ouchless Hair Removal - 2piece
    • Retail Value $25 
  • Philip B. Chocolate Milk Body Wash and Bubble Bath 2fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $5.93
  • Philip B. Chocolate Milk Body Creme 2fl oz. 
    • Retail value $10.00
  • Dermacyte Oxygen Concentrate - Travel Size 0.11oz. 
    • Retail Value $28.00
  • La Bella Donna Co-Exist Gel Creme Deluxe Sample 0.1oz. 
    • Retail Value $9.90
  • Raw Natural Beauty All Over Eye Shadow Brush - Blonde Handle 1piece 
    • Retail Value $16.00
  • Kronos Krystal High Gloss Shine Spray 4oz. 
    • Retail Value $24.95
  • Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer - Travel Size 1fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $14.00 
  • iQ Derma Clear Remedy Purifying Cleanser 3.4fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $24.00
  • Raw Natural Beauty Mineral Glow - Warm Glow 0.07oz. 
    • Retail Value $20.00
  • Caress Caress Whipped Souffle Body Wash - Blackberry Cream 1.86fl oz. 
    • Retail Value $6.99
  • Frais Hand Sanitizer 0.2oz. 
    • Retail Value $3.25
  • Jonathan Product Create Motion 4.2oz.
    • Retail Value $24.00
  • Bella Bronze Olive Oil and Shea Butter Tan Extender 4.2oz. 
    • Retail Value $25.00
  • Jonathan Product Create Smooth Anti-Frizz Volume Serum 1.7oz. 
    • Retail Value $26.00
  • 3LAB Perfect Cleansing Foam 3.4oz.
    • Retail Value $32.00
  • SpaRitual Nail Lacquer - Enlightened 0.5oz. 
    • Retail Value $10.00
  • SpaRitual Instinctual Moisturizing Lotion - Indonesian Ginger 1.7oz. 
    •  Retail Value $6.18
  • Decleor Instant Radiance Moisturizer 0.5oz. 
    • Retail Value $16.57
  • Degree For Women Body Mist - Classic Romance 3oz. 
    • Retail Value $4.99
  • Cures By Avance Age Defyer Eye 0.5oz. 
    • Retail Value $50.00
  • Pur~lisse Pur-lip Comfort 0.5oz. 
    • Retail Value $21.00
  • Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray 4oz.
    • Retail Value $38.00
  • Bella Bronze Olive & Grape Seed Extract Tinted Face Self-Tanner 2oz. 
    • Retail Value $29.00
  • 3LAB M Creme 0.38oz. 
    • Retail Value $49.40
  • Global Goddess Beauty i Divine Eye Color - Kumaon 0.06oz. 
    • Retail Value $9.00
  • Jonathan Product Finish Control High Shine Flexible Hairspray 10oz.
    • Retail Value $30.00

Happy Selecting!!!