How I Buy My Make Up

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I have a confession: I love to coupon.  It’s more than love really, it’s a necessity since I stopped working.  I love high end department store make up and if I could I would buy it all the time!  But that is not my current reality (someday!), so I buy make up from the drug store.  My favorite place to buy make up is at  CVS.  They ALWAYS have a really great sale on some item of make up, so I always get around to trying everything at least once.  So I buy the Sunday paper for coupons and print them off the internet.  If you live in the U.S.A. The Krazy Coupon Lady is the best resource for sales and coupons.  They have literally changed my life and I love it!  At CVS there are 2 BIG ways to save on make up:

1. Enroll in their beauty club program.  For every $50 you “spend” before coupons you get $5 Extra Care Bucks which are just like money but only to use at CVS.

2. Shop with Extra Care Bucks!  This is an awesome program because you are literally spending no money, all you have to pay is tax.

So here is what I do:

I check out The Krazy Coupon Lady for any deals and coupons they have posted.  I clip or print out my coupons that I will need and grab my in-store circular (always take a store ad with you in case something isn’t labeled right in the store.  Last week, there was a sale on Physician’s Formula, buy any 2 products and receive $10 Extra Care Bucks. I decided to purchase their Mineral Wear Powder and their Shimmer Strips.  They both cost $13.99and I  had $10 in Extra Care Bucks from the week before which made my total out of pocket cost $17.98. I got each item for $8.99 and made $10 in Extra Care Bucks for my next purchase.  This week I spent $1.50 on Revlon’s Photo Ready BB Cream which is normally $10.79.

The bottom line is you do not have to spend an arm and a leg on make up.  You also don’t need to go crazy and buy the whole store either.  I highly encourage you to check out The Krazy Coupon Lady they have videos and walk you through the whole process.  If you have any tips on how to save money on beauty products please share!   I hope this helped you and thanks for reading!

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My Top 3 Drugstore Hand Lotions

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I have really dry hands. I have worked in the food service industry for half my life and with all the washing and hand sanitizing my hands are like sand paper. I thought now being a stay at home mom my hands would revert back to their natural-born softness..ha! I wash more dishes now and sanitize my hands more often than when I was working! I have tried probably a bazillion creams, lotions and salves for my poor hands and these are my top 3. If I have at least one in my purse, in the bathroom and by my bed all is right with the world….and then the baby starts crying, my husband is asking where his socks are, and my 6-year-old wants apple juice.  🙂

3. Curél Ultra Healing Intensive Lotion for Extra Dry Skin-I had never tried Curél lotions before until about a month ago. I got a really great deal at Target and picked up a bottle to give it a try. This lotion states that it will protect the skin from dryness for over 24 hours. Sounds great but in my reality about 10 minutes after I apply it I am probably washing dishes again so it will wash right off. I do really like the way it feels and often apply this before I go to bed. It says it won’t clog pores and you can use it on your face? I don’t know if I will try that but if you do, let me know how it turns out!

2. Vaseline Intensive Rescue Healing Hand Cream-I really love this lotion. I find it at Big Lots for .50 cents and it’s so worth it. I stick it in my purse and when I am out shopping or driving I have this really great hand lotion. They used to make nail and cuticle cream that was my absolute favorite but I haven’t found it in a long time! This doesn’t leave your hands greasy and it makes them feel really moisturized.

1. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion-This is my favorite lotion! It moisturizes your skin instantly and feels so good. There also isn’t really a smell so it’s great if you have sensitive skin or allergies. This lotion has 1.2% dimethicone in it which is a skin protectant and I really feel like it works. I know the Vaseline Intensive Rescue has dimethicone in it but it doesn’t state how much and it’s like the 5th ingredient so probably not a whole lot. My husband suffers from exema flare ups and he uses this or the Aveeno exema cream and they work so well for him. He won’t let me buy him any other kind of lotion!

There are a ton of drugstore lotions out there and it’s really hard to decide on the best one when they are all promising the same outcome and most have the same ingredients.  These lotions all have a thick, creamy texture that absorbs really well into the skin.  I highly recommend these 3 but if you know of a better one please share with us so we can try it also!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments are always appreciated and welcome!

New Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless

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I popped in to CVS the other day and much to my surprise they had the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation and powder.  I haven’t seen it anywhere else yet so I bought it!  I purchased the foundation in 110 Porcelain and the powder in 100 translucent.  I was excited to try this because I have been looking to try another foundation.  I wore it for about 8 hours today and the claim on the packages says 12 hour wear for both.

So this is how I feel about it:

  • Nice, thick consistency
  • Great finish, wasn’t sticky or dry
  • Very broad range of shades
  • Blush stayed on with no fading
  • Minimal touch ups needed (only 1 about 6 hours in)

All in all it was totally worth my $8 and I will most definitely keep wearing it.  Have you tried it yet?  Is there another foundation I should try?  Thanks so much for stopping by!

My Favorite Perfume

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I have 3 favorite perfume’s right now.  Make up and perfume go hand in hand to me as well as with clothes. If you are going out to a fancy dinner you aren’t going to wear the same perfume you wear every day, you may want something a bit spicier or a little darker. I prefer floral scents that are light and when they settle they just have an air of fragrance but not overpowering. I will start with the cheapest perfume and go up.

Parish Hilton Siren-Ok, I know what you’re thinking, Paris Hilton? High end? I refused to try her stuff just on the principal of the matter for a long time. Then a girl I worked with came in with the best perfume I had ever smelled and I was shocked to learn it was hers. I bought mine at Ross so it was only about $10-$12. When you first spray it on it will smell really heavy like gardenias and you will think oh no, this is too much. Give it 5. Perfume needs to mix with your body chemistry and pheromones to perfect itself. After about 5 it just becomes this really light vanilla and gardenia scent mixed together. It always makes me feel really expensive when I wear this. It reminds me a lot of Chanel Chance.

Marc Jabos Daisy-Probably one of THE most popular fragrances. I have actually gone through a huge bottle of it and this roller ball is what I have left. I wore it EVERY SINGLE DAY for 2 years. Now I wear it when I am going out or a special occasion. I tend to reach for this more often than not in the summer. Something about it just says summer time to me. I love how fruity and floral it smells. It also lasts all day. I would wear this to work and when I would sweat (ew!) it would smell more. In my opinion it’s a must have fragrance for everyone.

Vince Camuto Amore- This fragrance I just received in a GlossyBox and it’s sample size. But it’s soooo good! I have been wearing this one the most lately because it just smells so fun. It really reminds me of Miss Dior Cherie by Christian Dior. I was mega obsessed with that fragrance a while back. This one is so soft and romantic smelling. It reminds me of a first date or a special night out. And I really love the little bottle and the topper. It’s just so fancy!

These were my favorite perfumes, please stay tuned for a word from our sponsors…….haha just kidding, just a little late night humor for ya 🙂

Manic Panic N.Y.C. Dreamtone

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Is there such a thing as too pale? Well, for me probably, but I am still pale. I used to tan, but after second degree sun burns twice, I decided to stay away from the sun. As much as possible at least for living in “the valley of the sun” (Phoenix, Arizona). I could self tan you say? Honestly I am pretty lazy and I am a little too worried I would mess it up and look like a burnt orange. So I take pride in my paleness and call it porcelain and tell myself when I am older I will be wrinkle free. Ha. Going make up shopping on the other hand is really annoying. When you buy the LIGHTEST shade they sell (and they are calling it various forms of 100 and ivory) and it’s WAY too dark. Like, makes you look like you self tanned your face. I would get really frustrated because there wasn’t even a way to mix shades and I would permanently have a line on my neck. Then I discovered Manic Panic Dream Tone. It is WHITE! Like, gothic I want to be a vampire and suck your blood white! You can mix it with your foundation and it will lighten it. It’s so great for mixing and matching your make up. However, I do not recommend using it to go more than 2 shades lighter, as it will start to change the consistency of your makeup. Its really great for when you still have summer make up or you go to the store and they don’t sell make up light enough for you. I usually do 1/2 a pump or a whole pump if I need to. And it’s pretty inexpensive I only paid $12 and that was 6 months ago. Now, if you use higher end makeup like NARS or Chanel I believe they sell their own white to mix. I would use those just because it’s formulated for that foundation and it shouldn’t change the consistency. Especially if you’re spending $60 on foundation, you don’t want to be messing it up. If you want to watch a video on how to mix and apply just click here. Thanks for stopping by! Do you have any tips for lightening or even darkening your foundation?

Benefit Watts up!

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As I was digging through my makeup bag the other day, I found a little sample size of Benefit’s Watts Up!  It comes in a stick and is cream to powder and it just has this really pretty luminosity to it.  I had tried it once before but I was not impressed with it. I felt that it was too shimmery and made my face look greasy. But I thought I saw somewhere you could apply the highlighter under your foundation and that it would work just as well if not better. So, I thought, why not?  I applied it over my primer under my eyes in a triangle to my cheek bones, then down my nose, across my forehead, and above my cupids bow. I then went ahead and blended it with my fingers. Don’t get discouraged, I too looked greasy and thought bummer it didn’t work! But then I applied my foundation (Revlon Colorstay liquid) and it was a whole new ball game. My face looked dewy and fresh. It didn’t really look like I was wearing a heavy foundation at all! I finished up my face with concealer, powder, blush and all that jazz. My face didn’t look greasy or cakey and I am a happy camper!   Now I might have to actually buy it! Have you tried Benefit Watts Up!? What’s your favorite or go to highlighter? Thank you for reading! Feedback is always welcome and appreciated! [I feel like there are alot of exclamation points, I will tone it down 🙂 ]

GlamGlow Youthmud!

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Have you guys tried GlamGlow Masks yet? I got a GlossyBox a few months back with a travel size of the GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate . I thought it was kind of weird and didn’t know if I would like it. So, I decided to give it a shot.  I noticed right away that it was very earthy smelling and looked like it had pieces of bark in it.  Usually masks that say tingle burn me, so I was sure this would burn me too. The mask heated up and I waited and waited and you know what? No burn! I thought, huh well it probably won’t do much then. So I rinsed it off and continued on with my shower. As I checked my face in the mirror I couldn’t believe how much cleaner my skin looked. I knew I needed to exfoliate but was unaware of how badly! My cheeks had a nice pink glow and there wasn’t a flaky piece of skin left on my face. So I am here to tell you yes GlamGlow is expensive ($65 a jar) but it is WELL worth it. I am definitely adding it to my Christmas list and if you see a sale don’t think twice and snatch it up. You only need to use it maybe once a week if you need to but could get away with twice a month. At that rate a tube would last you a whole year! Have any of you tried GlamGlow? Do you have a favorite mask? Comments are welcome and appreciated! Thank you!

P.S. I do not get paid to say this! I really love this product!