Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Quick Rite-Aid Trip

I had some coupons I was itching to use at Rite Aid. Unfortunately, the Rite Aids around me are all pretty small and don’t have a lot of stock, so I was unable to get much of what I was looking for - but I was still able to score a pretty great deal!

What I was most looking forward to was the Wet n Wild sale they have going on this week: buy one get one free. I never really thought much of W&W (sometimes cheap is too cheap?) until they started releasing natural items. Their talc-free Natural Blend (formerly Natural Wear) powder is now my favorite powder in the world, and I go through about one compact a month! So I was glad to have a chance to stock up.

On top of the B1G1 free sale, I had a $2 off $6 W&W coupon from the August Rite Aid Video Values website (where you watch short commercials and get coupons in return).

So I got:
  • 1 Natural Blend powder at $4.99 and got a second free
  • 1 nail polish at $1.99 and got a second free

Bringing my total to $6.98. I really just bought the nail polish as a filler to be able to use the coupon, because the .99c items (like their eyeliner pencils) wouldn’t quite make $6, so I went over a little.

After the coupon, the total was $4.98. So I basically got all those items for the price of one powder!

The Gain dish soap was also a freebie. There was a coupon in the Sunday paper for $1.00 off any Gain, and it was on sale for 89c this week, so I paid nothing!

Total price of everything: $15.45

Price paid: $4.98!

Monday, August 30, 2010

End-of-month Walgreen's trip

The August Walgreen's coupons expired Saturday, so I headed over for a last-minute shopping trip to use them up!

I wasn't very organized about it, and ended up getting some things I didn't need, and didn't get some things I'd intended to, but I think it turned out all right!

What I got:
  • Bubble mailers - $1.99, on sale for 39c (limit 3) 5.97 $1.17!
  • Pilot Frixion erasable pens - $3.99 on sale for $3.49 minus $2 in coupons: $1.49!
  • Uniball gel pens - $4.19 on sale for $2.49 minus $1.50 coupon: $0.99!
  • Burt's Bees Acne Solutions face wash - usually $9.99 on clearance for $4.99 minus $2.00 coupon $2.99!
  • [Not pictured] Walgreen's brand bleach 96 oz- not sure of usual price, on sale for $0.99, bought two $1.98
If I had paid for everything at regular price, it would have been over $24, but I spent a grand total of $8.62! Pretty boring stuff, I know, but all useful. I use the bubble mailers like crazy for mailing out books and other things I swap, and they're usually expensive! Both kinds of pens are super awesome, both brands are actually Japanese (did you know Pilot and Uniball were Japanese companies? I didn't until recently) and I had used the pens in Japan and loved them. And I donate the bleach to the animal shelter I volunteer at - it was number one last week on their most-needed list of supplies!

I think the Burt's Bees face wash was the best deal, since their stuff is pricey and rarely goes on sale. I don't know why it was on clearance (it was the one and only bottle) so I was pretty lucky! :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Free samples from Sephora in-store only!

If you're lucky enough to have a Sephora inside JCPenney near you, print out this coupon for a free Express Service Makeover and your choice of LORAC mini lip gloss or eye primer! I don't think this works in regular Sephora stores, only Sephora inside JCPenney. Expires September 22nd.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DIY natural skin care: Baking soda exfoliator

We all know that baking soda is good for making cookies and deodorizing your fridge, but did you know it's also a great DIY skin care tool? One of the many properties of baking soda is oil and dirt removal, so you can scrub pretty much anything in your house with it to make it clean and fresh, but it's also gentle enough to use on your skin.

Baking soda is very finely ground, so when used as an exfoliator, it leaves your skin super smooth. It's also less abrasive than other natural exfoliants, like those made from crushed nuts or shells, which are unevenly textured and can damage your skin.

Make a paste of 1 part baking soda and 3 parts water, or just mix a little bit into your favorite face wash to turn it into a luxe exfoliant.

I use it to scrub away the peely skin I get from using benzoyl peroxide. It gets all the flakes off and leaves my skin incredibly smooth!

Other beauty uses for baking soda:
  • Make a paste and spot-treat acne
  • Mix in with your shampoo for a clarifying wash
  • Add a half cup to your bath water for a relaxing soak
  • Put a couple teaspoons in some water for instant DIY mouthwash

It's Caturday!

 (Panini and Truffles, my foster kittens)

Hug a kitty and have a great weekend!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Free shipping on any Origins order!

Now through September 3rd, receive free shipping with any skincare purchase (no minimum!) at Origins with the coupon code WAKEUP

Ebates users will also receive 5.5% cash back, so don't forget to click through!

Review: Organic Fiji Coconut Oil

EWG safety rating: 0 (that’s excellent!)
Budget friendly? $12.99 for 13 oz ($1.00/oz) on Amazon.com

I’ve heard about the wonders of coconut oil from several people before trying it myself. This particular brand is 100% pure coconut oil, all organic and no additives. It has a fabulous natural scent, like a freshly cracked-open coconut. Coconut oil is unique that it’s solid at room temperature, and liquefies as it gets warmer. It’s a little hard to extract from the jar when it’s solid, but in the summer at least, it alternates between a slushy consistency and pure liquid - both of which are easy to apply. I’ve used it on my body and my lips, for which it’s very hydrating. When used as a body lotion, it locks the moisture in all day. It's also great for softening-up rough patches like knees and elbows.

Word of caution: a little goes a long way (when it hits your skin, it liquefies and spreads easily) and if you use too much or don’t rub it in enough, you get a little greasy. I end up with cat fur stuck to me in places it’s not absorbed all the way! But overall, it moisturizes very well, has a wonderful scent, and is all natural – no chemicals absorbed into your body! I definitely recommend it.

Pros:  100% organic, pure coconut oil (no additives), very hydrating, smells fantastic

Cons: Hard to scoop out when solidified, greasy if not rubbed in all the way

Overall: A

Super cheap Target find!

I got lucky at Target today to find this Colgate Pro Clinical toothpaste on clearance from $2.99 to $1.48!

I think it was on clearance because of the box is a little beat up, it was right on the shelf with the rest of them, which weren't discounted. I have been hanging on to a $1 off manufacturers coupon for this, so I finally got to put it to good use - the toothpaste cost me only .48c!

Of course, I was so excited about getting the deal that I didn't check the ingredients until I got home. I'm disappointed to see it includes sucralose as a sweetener. I avoid artificial sweeteners in my food, and don't like the current trend of adding it to other products as well... is it really necessary? It's in the mouthwash I use too. I guess it's not as bad as ingesting it, but still...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Beauty Bargain: Save 20% off The Body Shop this weekend!

The Body Shop is having a sale until this Sunday, online only! Enter code FF10 at checkout to receive an extra 20% off all regular- and sale-priced items!

They just released a line of eco-friendly hair care products that are free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, and colorants - which are also B1G1 50% off at the moment - so now would be a good time to try them out!

And don't forget to shop through Ebates to get an additional 5% cash back!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Free Aveeno Nourish Hair Care sample

Head over to Aveeno Hair Care to request a free sample of their NOURISH+ shampoo/conditioner!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Target haul!

Went to Target today and got a lot of freebies :)

Approximate total price of items pictured: $16
Amount paid: $3.19!!

The Air Wick air fresheners (I love these because they're non-aerosol light fragrances!) were on sale for $1.99, and I had a B1G1 free coupon. So the two of them were $1.99, making them less than a dollar each.

The Whiskas cat food trays were 57c, and I used two B1G1 free coupons, paying $1.14 for all four. These are pretty pricey as far as cat food goes, but the kitties love them so it's nice to spoil them every once in a while :D

The Sobe Lifewaters (usually $1 each) I got for free, using a B1G1 free manufacturers coupon in addition to two 50c off Target coupons.

U by Kotex tampons were on clearance for $2.08, so I used one manufacturers $1 off coupon in addition to a Target $1 off coupon, making them 8 cents!

The Post-its were all free using $1 off manufacturers coupons (they're only $1 regularly)

And the Bic pens were 99c each, so I used $1/2 manufacturers stacked with a $1/2 Target coupon, making them free with a 2c overage!

I love shopping trips like these :D