Monday, September 12, 2011

Back from the dead + B&BW freebies

Hello all! I'm back from an unintended hiatus. My area was hit by Irene and resulted in 8 days without electricity. I'm thankful that no other damage was done. Since then I've had various personal things to attend to, and my blogging has fallen by the wayside. But now I intend to pick up where I left off.

Let me start with a quick little update on some freebies I got at Bath & Body Works this weekend.

This weekend they offered free travel-sized bottles of the new scent "charmed life" to Facebook fans. There was also a coupon for a free Halloween PocketBac with any purchase (no minimum required). Certain items in the store were 50% off, which included a handful of PocketBacs. I got one in Sugar Lemon for $0.75, and got the yummy-smelling "chocolate chew" Halloween one for free! I love PocketBacs!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's Caturday!

Last week I took an impromptu trip to Chicago to visit my friend and have since been busy running around doing other stuff. Hurricane Irene is set to hit us pretty hard, and the town is in full emergency mode. I've never seen so much prep before a storm. The trains are shutting down, highways are closing, parts of town are evacuating, and they're even issuing a ban on traffic after nightfall. The elementary school (where I work) has been converted into an emergency shelter and my mom, who volunteers with the town emergency response team, has to stay there and is insisting I stay with her tonight.

Around July last summer we had a very short storm that no one was prepared for, but it did extensive damage. I was out at the time and my car was about 2 feet away from being hit by a fallen tree, and I couldn't get home because the roads were all blocked by fallen trees and power lines. We were out of power for 4 days. I'm glad this time we're prepared at least. The school has a generator but I'll probably be out of internet for a few days, regardless of how hard the storm hits. It's usually the first thing to go!

I hope everyone else in the path of the hurricane is safe and sound!

Friday, August 19, 2011

August Birchbox!

I got my August Birchbox at the beginning of the month...

This month's theme was innovation and technology. Here's what it looked like wrapped up:

And unwrapped....

Product details....

These were all new to me! Although they weren't incredibly exciting, this is probably the best box so far in terms of things I'd be interested in and would actually use.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

$35 worth of stuff for $12.49 - hooray for Target!

I got some great deals at Target last week after scouring the clearance and stacking coupons and sales!

Jif To Go: $2.39, free with coupon received in the mail
NYC eyeshadow set: Was $4.59, on clearance for $1.19
NYC foundation: Was $2.79, on clearance for $0.68
Maybelline Lash Stilleto mascara: Was $7.09, on clearance for $4.96. Used $1 off Maybelline coupon for total $3.96
Schick razors: $6.74 each on sale, buy 2 get a $5 Target gift card. Used B1G1 free coupon from Sunday paper, paid $6.74 for both ($3.37 each) and received a $5 gift card!
Revlon nail polish: Was $3.84, clearance for $1.92. Stacked $1 off Revlon target coupon with $1 off manufacturer's coupons for an overage of $0.08! (Yes, they paid me 8 cents to buy this nail polish!)

The original value for all the above items was almost $35, but I paid only $12.49, and I got a $5 gift card to use later!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New products and sets spotted!

I've seen a wave of new products cropping up in different stores lately!

Spotted at CVS:

This is a hard plastic train case filled with Wet n wild goodies! Contains 2 minis of their coloricon eyeshadow trios, 2 coloricon blushes, 1 megalength and 1 megaplump mascara, 2 megalast nail colors, and 2 megalast lip colors. Quite a nice little kit for $9.99! They also have a travel cosmetics case for $4.99 that includes similar minis.

Spotted at Walmart:

There are several discount Covergirl sets out. For $8.49 you can get a Clean foundation and powder set, or for $9.99 you can get a Lash Blast mascara and Shadow Blast eyeshadow or and eyeliner. They have multiple sets with different combinations of colors and types. 

They also have three different "smoky eye kits" that contain a Last Blast, Shadow Blast, and eyeliner.

This "Not Your Mother's" brand is new (to our Walmart at least).  The product line contains both curly and straight hair cream, heat protectant spray, and beachy hair texture spray, all for under $5.

Spotted at Harmon:

The very sought-after Dream Weavers wet n wild collection has been available at Harmon for a few weeks now. I actually took this photo a while ago and they've since sold out!

But the Fantasy Makers Halloween products are out! The nail polishes are tombstone shaped and retail for $1.79. It includes the traditional black, glow-in-the-dark, and black with orange glitter. Other products include loose holographic glitter, black and red lipsticks, glitter eyeliner, glitter body gel, glitter cream eyeshadow pallets of 9, temporary tattoos, and sets with glue-on eyelashes, nail polish, and eyeshadow duos.

They also have the wet n wild "On the Prowl" new nail polish collection. For more info and swatches, check out Nouveau Cheap's post about it.

This line of L'Oreal products is called "The Color of Hope" and supports the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Every purchase will donate $1. The line is apparently an annual line that comes out in time for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which is September. The products include Wear Infinite eyeshadow quads ($5.99), Color Riche lipstick, Pro Manicure nail polish ($3.99), and Infallible lip color ($7.49).

Monday, August 1, 2011

July Birchbox: Cynthia Rowley collaboration

A little late, but here's a recap of my July Birchbox! This month was their first designer collaboration. The box was designed by Cynthia Rowley, and the products inside are all her picks.

Inside packaging

1) Joya perfume sample
2) Nuxe dry oil sample
3) philosophy purity made simple face wash
4) Redken shine flash hair glistening mist
5) ybf beauty eyebrow pencil (full size!)
Extra: Kind granola bar

Click for larger view of product details

Definitely a wide assortment of products, stuff I wouldn't think to try. But I do enjoy them! I have been using the eyebrow pencil, which is a universal shade of taupe with an eyebrow comb on the other end, and it's pretty nice. I have yet to try the dry oil, which is a multipurpose oil that you're supposed to be able to use anywhere on your body (the product details on the card are wrong!).

See my recap of June's Birchbox here. If you want to join Birchbox, use this link! :)

Sephora Beauty Insider's birthday freebie!

I love Sephora's Beauty Insider program! Even if you rarely make purchases (like me), you still get the occasional free sample, and a special gift on your birthday! I picked mine up early since they emailed me about it. It's a 6 fl oz bottle of philosophy's bath & shower gel in "vanilla birthday cake" flavor. It smells fantastic!

Last year, I signed up for a bunch of programs for birthday freebies, and have gotten a few in the past few days. Starbucks sent me a postcard for a free drink and Baskin Robbins sent me a coupon for a free scoop! There are several others who give gifts with purchase (like buy-one-get-one-free ice cream at Coldstone) also. It's fun to be spoiled! :)