Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! It's been a quiet weekend, I didn't go to any wild costume parties but my BFF came over yesterday and we made brownies and watched the finale of Project Runway, and this afternoon I treated her to a mani-pedi for her birthday :)

I'm sitting here by the fire with Panini and my laptop, waiting for trick or treaters, although so far we've only had 3 groups (all neighbors) and I doubt we'll have many more!

Panini is feeling much better today, although she still doesn't do much but sleep, and has the shivers from time to time, she's been eating when we feed her and is more responsive. Hopefully she'll be back to her old self in a few days! (This picture was taken a week ago, before she got sick.)

Giveaway #2 winner!

I totally forgot that the giveaway deadline had passed! Thanks to everyone who entered and all my new readers! :)

Here are the results!

Congrats to my buddy Mesha of Dulceholic! :D

Free t-shirt, lipgloss, and shipping at Victoria's Secret!

I just read about this sweet Victoria's Secret deal at Pirates of the Supermarket and immediately took advantage of it!

This cute rib-knit sweater is only $12. Add it (or any sweater you'd like to purchase - code is only for sweater purchases) to your cart and use the code SHIPWARMVS for free shipping! On top of that, you can get a free bombshell t-shirt (regularly $26) with the code BOMBTEE. There's also a code for a free lip gloss set: LIPGIFT10.

VS allows up to three codes at a time, so use those 3 and walk out with a sweater, t-shirt, and lip gloss set for $12 shipped! Or if you have an Angel's card, you can use the code SECRET10 to get a rewards card of $10, $50, $100, or even $500! Since the card is a minimum of $10, it's like getting everything for almost free! The rewards card will be delivered December 1st, just in time for holiday shopping.

I went with the sweater (in pink!), lip gloss set, and rewards card, since I have a VS Angel's card. It works like a charm and I got everything shipped for $12.

Happy shopping - but hurry, it ends today!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


It's Caturday! And my poor Panini is sick :( She has a very bad cold (caught from Psycho, one of the big cats who is indoor-only, how she caught it is a mystery) and hasn't gotten off the couch in 3 days. She's had 2 trips to the vet and lots of fluids, we're sooo worried about her :( She's such a frail kitten, but her fever is gone now so hopefully she's on the mend. Everyone please send good vibes her way!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Biore Skincare Sweepstakes!

Biore is hosting a "2 week challenge" sweepstakes. The idea is to use their products for 2 weeks and see how clear your skin will get. Log in every day for an entry into the grand prize (a shopping spree in NYC!), but there's also a daily instant win, where you can get prizes like gift cards. They'll send you reminder emails (although you can opt-out) which will include beauty tips, and you also get a $2 off coupon just for signing up! The details are all on their Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Free sample of Tom's toothpaste!

The natural brand Tom's of Maine is offering a free sample of their 'wicked fresh' toothpaste! Offer is limited, so request yours now!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Free sample of Dove deodorant!

Costco is offering a free sample of Dove go fresh deodorant! You don't need to be a Costco member to request your sample. Just click here to fill out the form!

(Thank you to Because Cheaper is Better for the heads up!)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cat nap for the cause

How sweet is this? Purina cat food is fighting breast cancer through cat naps! For every person that pledges they'll take a 20 minute nap with their cat, they will donate $2, up to $150,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure research foundation! And this is on top of the $200,000 they've already donated! My opinion of Purina just got a whole lot better :) (Not that I didn't already like them - most of the cat food we buy is Purina, and my cats love their Party Mix treats more than life itself!)

Go to their Facebook page and like them, then you'll be able to pledge your nap. Their napping "event" has already passed, but they're still taking pledges and will continue to donate.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Giveaway extended!

I've had one heck of a weekend so I'm extending the deadline for the giveaway until this Friday the 29th :) So you have a few more days to enter! Click here for the original post with giveaway details!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It's Caturday!

And it's a special Caturday too because we have a new addition to the family! Last week was terribly sad as we gave the foster kitties back to the shelter after having them for two months. I knew I was going to miss them, but I didn't realize just how much! We spent a week in misery until last Sunday night, my mom and I came to the unanimous decision to adopt Panini.

See, Panini has always been special since we first got her and her sister Truffles at 4 weeks old. She was the runt of the litter and had problems eating, was underweight and came down with a fever at one point. She needed a lot of extra attention and we grew especially close to her because of it. Since her and Truffles grew up without a mother, they are super friendly and really love people, especially us. Panini is a "shoulder cat" and loves to sit on your shoulder, sleep on your chest, and generally be carried around and paid attention to all day.

So we were afraid she wouldn't get the attention she needs at a home where no one knew her personality. It's sad not to be able to take Truffles too, but we already have too many cats and I know Truffles (who is a big strong girl) will do well at any home she gets placed in.

Panini and all of us are super happy now she's back at home!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Free shipping at the Body Shop!

Three days only (today through Sunday) the Body Shop is offering free shipping on ANY order! Their buy 2 get one $0.76 promotion is still valid too: add ANY three items (don't need to be the same) to your cart, and the lowest-priced item will ring up as $0.76. You can stock up on cheap things without worrying about the shipping costs! The makeup brush deal is also still going on!

Secret sale at Bare Escentuals!

Bare Escentuals is having a secret "pick me up" sale (only advertised in their email list and Facebook page) with 30% or more off select items! This sale starts at 9am PDT and ends 9pm. The only way to access it is from this link here.  When I first clicked it, I got a list of 18 products, but now the site is blank and says "the sale starts at 9am PDT" so I don't know if what I saw was a preview of the sale items or just a glitch. I guess I'll find out in an hour and a half!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sephora Friends & Family Sale starts today!

Get 20% off all Sephora orders today through November 3rd! Use the code FF2010 to receive your discount. Shipping is free with $50+ orders.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Neutrogena Halloween sale!

Neutrogena is having a Halloween promotion at their online shop - up to 31% off their orange and black items! Products include their classics like the liquid cleanser and oil-free acne wash, as well as face scrubs, acne treatments, hair care, and more! Check out the items on sale here.

The Body Shop $90 makeup brushes for $15!

Get The Body Shop's award-winning makeup brushes for only $15 with a $30 purchase! Their brushes are cruelty-free with aluminum handles that actually stand up, and come in this cute little brush roll holder - costs $90 regularly! This offer is valid online and in stores, and no coupon code is required.

They're also having a buy 2 get 1 for $0.76 sale on everything in the store! Add any 3 products to your cart and the lowest-priced item will ring up as $0.76 - they don't have to be 3 of the same item either!

My e.l.f. order and coupon codes!

I made my first order to e.l.f. after my post the other day about their time-limited sale. E.l.f. is really my kind of brand! They're super cheap, have tons of promotions and coupon codes available, and an entire mineral line that's free of talc and parabens! They shipped super fast (I received my order 3 days after placing it) and everything I've tried so far works nicely!

The total for my entire order (all you see in the photo) including $6.95 shipping was only $39.95! For 10 mineral eyeshadows, 2 eyeshadow pallets, eyeshadow primer, mineral foundation, mineral powder, mineral blush, mineral blemish kit, lip stain, kabuki brush, and a free gift of lip gloss (got by giving up 3 email addresses - which I don't recommend you do to anyone you like because they will be flooded with emails!) Considering comparable brands charge $28 for one single mineral foundation, this is beyond cheap!

There were various codes available, including the 50% off one I posted about, but the one I ended up using got me 10 free mineral eyeshadows! Yes, TEN!! What am I going to do with 10 shades of eyeshadow when I'm predictably boring and always use the same color every day? Who knows. But I couldn't pass up the deal. The code is 10SHADES and requires a minimum $30 purchase. Add at least $30 worth of stuff you want, then add 10 eyeshadows, then add the promo code. It will remove the price of the 10 eyeshadows (which is $30) leaving you with your original total and 10 free eyeshadows!

I also subscribed to their mailing list under an email address I didn't order with, and they've been sending me tons of promo emails tempting me to place an order. I'm thinking they have special email deals they send to people who HAVEN'T ordered yet, so the deals are limited to first-time buyers. I suggest signing up if you're looking to place an order, and order when a good deal strikes (they've all said "expires in 48 hours"). I've been getting emails every day, and every day it's different. They're also different from the emails I'm getting at the address I DID order with... complicated!

Anyway, I think the first-time buyer deals are probably not ones everyone can use. But in addition to the 10SHADES coupon, the following deals should be valid for everyone:

- Free mini makeup collection ($80 value) with $10 purchase or more. Use code MINI expires 10/25
- 10% off your order EGTENAZ no known expiry
- 50% off the first $15 of any order (max $7.50 off) GTLHW2 expires 10/31
- 50% off eye makeup and brushes (I hear it's max discount of $100 - huge!) EYES50 expires 10/31
- Buy one get one half off everything (must buy two of everything) ECD17

You might also want to try this code for $1.98 shipping on any order over $15: ECD6 - but I'm not sure if it will work for everyone. Don't forget that you can only use ONE coupon code per order, so choose wisely! There is no Ebates cash back available, but MyPoints users will get 3 points per dollar.

Happy shopping :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

20% off Sally Beauty!

MyPoints has a deal going on right now that will get you 20% off your order of $25 or more at Sally Beauty! You also get 3 points per dollar on your order. If you're not already a MyPoints user, you should be! It's simple to rack up points which you can exchange for gift cards (I usually get a $50 Target gift card once or twice a year with little effort). Click here to register with MyPoints to get the deal!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Two Bath & Body Works coupons!

There are two printable B&BW coupons out right now!

- Get a free signature collection body product (up to $12 value) with a $10 purchase! Click here to print coupon or use online code TWILIGHT10. Good until October 31st.

- Get a free lip product (up to $8) with any purchase! Here's the coupon which is valid in stores only between the 18th and 21st!

Signature collection items are B2G1 free or B3G2 free right now so you could potentially get a lot of free items!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

$20 gift certificate for $10!

Groupon's deal of the day is a $20 gift certificate for $10 at! is a health & beauty site much like or where you can get anything from skin care to household products. The Groupon deal can be found under New York City, but anyone can buy it since it's an online deal.

Fine print: you can only buy one of these per household, even if the Groupon comes back another time at another location. The certificates will be available for use after the 20th (so you only have to wait 3 days) and valid until January 18th, 2011. Free shipping is included with your purchase. There's only 4 more hours left till this expires, so grab it while you can!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


It's Caturday! Have a great weekend :)

Coupon giveaway winner!

The deadline has passed for my first-ever giveaway! Okay, so it had a record low number of entries, but I'm glad some people were interested and I've gained some new readers :)

The results:

Congratulations Kristen for winning the health & beauty coupons! I will be contacting you by email! :)

My stuffed travel set giveaway still has a week left, so don't hesitate to enter!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Lancome Genifique samples & giveaway

Lancome is doing a little do-gooding by hosting "Genes Day" on October 22nd. For every sale of their Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate ($78) on the 22nd, Lancome will donate $7 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For those not willing to pony up the cash, they're also giving out 7-day samples of the product that day at counters across the country.

In honor of this new holiday, beauty site Total Beauty is giving away the serum to 10 lucky readers! All you need to do is leave a comment on the giveaway post on their Facebook page.

I recently - accidentally - received a bottle of this stuff because of a mixup of my father's (Lancome is one of his clients and he occasionally gets freebies of the cheap variety - lip glosses and such - but grabbed the wrong box, which was a nice bonus for me, heh heh). I couldn't ever rationalize paying so much for a skincare product, but you can bet I was curious to see how a $78 face cream feels! It is a nice product, but I haven't used it long enough to see if it actually lives up to its claims. Either way, it's worth stopping by a Lancome store on the 22nd to try it out!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

50%+ e.l.f. products!

Makeup brand Eyes Lips Face (or more commonly known as e.l.f.) is having a quick limited sale. Everything is 50% off (up to $7.50 off your order total) and certain items are marked down an extra 60%! Their stuff is already super cheap to begin with, so you should be able to get some nice deals!

The treasure hunt part of the sale ends at midnight tonight, so get to hunting! 50% off code TREASURE is good until 10/18 :)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Free sample of Oxy Clinical skin care!

This freebie was available a few months ago - I received it and LOVED the face wash! Feels great, works well, and is free of parabens, SLS and other nasties you might expect to find. If you missed it the first time around, here's your chance! Use promo code WOMANSDAY.

(Thanks, Pirates of the Supermarket!)

Free Cover Girl makeup sample

Cover Girl is offering free samples of their Advanced Radiance foundation along with a $2 off coupon! Register to request your sample now! I don't think this sample is available to those who've registered before.

(Thanks, Saving with Shellie!)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Giveaway #2: Stuffed travel set!

The winter holiday season is fast approaching, and for many of us that means traveling to see relatives or vacationing on winter break! So I'm offering up this travel kit that has all you need for a weekend (or longer) stay! Not going anywhere? Well, who can resist free products to sample? :)

So I've stuffed this adorable sparkly rainbow bag with travel- and sample-sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, body scrub, toothpaste, floss, bath goodies, and more! There are also full-sized products of face wash, deodorant, lip balm, hair accessories, and (although it doesn't fit in the bag) a toothbrush!

This giveaway will end Sunday, October 24th Friday, October 29th at midnight (EST).

To enter:

- If you're a first-time visitor or regular subscriber, check out my blog and leave me some feedback. What do you like, and what would you like to see? Leave a comment here with your thoughts and suggestions. Also be sure to leave your contact information (email address or blog link) so I can contact you if you win.

For additional entries:

- Follow my blog with RSS or friend connect and leave a comment telling me you did (1 entry)
- Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post, and leave a comment with the link to your tweet - you can do this up to 3 times (only once per day, please) until the giveaway ends (1-3 entries)
- Bloggers, post about this giveaway with a link to this post, and comment with a link to your blog post (3 entries - please leave 3 comments!)

This giveaway is open to Canada and Mexico residents as well as the US :) I'll be checking entries and will choose the winner by a random number generator. Thank you all for reading! :)

Giveaway #1: Health & Beauty coupons!

I'm giving away over $57 worth of health & beauty coupons in this little giveaway!

Coupons are all from popular brands such as L'Oreal, Nivea, Tom's of Maine, Dove, Revlon, Pantene, Acne Free, Olay, Listerine, Neutrogena, Softlips, Maybelline, Colgate, and many more! There are over 40 coupons that are cut from Sunday paper inserts, All You Magazine, product packaging, and more. The expiration dates range from October 30th 2010 to late 2011.

Since some coupons expire at the end of the month, this giveaway is going to be quick! You have until Friday the 15th at midnight (EST) to enter.

To enter:

- Leave a comment here relating to coupons: Do you use coupons? Where are your favorite places to bargain shop? Any comment is fine! Also leave contact information (your email or link to your blog) so I can contact you if you win.

For additional entries:

- Follow my blog with RSS or friend connect and leave a comment telling me you did (1 entry)
- Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post, and leave a comment with the link to your tweet (1 entry)
- Bloggers, post about this giveaway with a link to this post, and comment with a link to your blog post (3 entries - please leave 3 comments!)

I'll be checking entries and will choose the winner by a random number generator. Thank you all for reading! :)

Happy 10-10-10!

It's 10-10-10! So I'm celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime event, as well as the near 2-month anniversary of my blog by having 2 little giveaways!

#1: Health and beauty coupon lot giveaway
#2: Stuffed travel set giveaway

Stay tuned for individual posts :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Free sample of Viva La Juicy perfume

If you're lucky enough to have a Sephora inside JC Penney near you, print out this PDF to receive a free sample of Viva La Juicy perfume! This is valid until November 15th (if they run out, they'll give you a free sample of anything else in the store!)

(Thanks, Pirates of the Supermarket!)


It's Caturday, and a long weekend for some - enjoy it! My foster babies go to the shelter tomorrow, I'm so sad! :( We've kept them for longer than usual because of some problems at the shelter - they are usually returned at 8 weeks old, but they're 3 months old now! The extra time just made me that much more attached to them, we've only had them for 2 months but I can't imagine the house without them :(

Above is a photo from when we got them at 4 weeks old, and below is them now! It's amazing how much they've changed, yet the change is so gradual, I hadn't really noticed until I saw the photos!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

All-natural EO Products Giveaway!

Leslie Loves Veggies is hosting a fantastic giveaway of EO Products. EO is a top-quality brand that boasts all-natural products free from artificial colors, fragrances, parabens, and SLS. I haven't yet tried them but several of their items have been sitting on my Amazon wishlist for a while :)

Six winners will receive products from their new holiday collection! Click here for the giveaway!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Return to Origins Recycling Program

I recently heard of a program Origins started last year to reduce the amount of cosmetics packaging going to waste. Most empty product containers are not of a plastic typically recyclable by community waste disposal programs, and end up in landfills. In an effort to reduce waste and promote recycling, Origins will take clean, empty cosmetic product containers (tubes, bottles, jars, caps - whatever!) from any brand and recycle them. For your effort, they'll reward you with a free sample of one of their products!

So don't toss those empty containers and bring them to your nearest Origins counter instead. Helping the environment and receive freebies in return - could it get any better?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Nivea lip care deal

Just a quick post to let you know there's a great deal on Nivea lip care at Walgreens this week. They're all on sale for $1 and there are a ton of $1 off coupons available, making them absolutely free!

Coupons you can use:
- $2/2 printable (should be able to print two)
- $1/1 found in both the September and October issues of All You magazine
- There are also supposed to be several in the Red Plum insert found in today's paper, but they weren't in mine

There are a whole bunch of different flavors and they're usually $2.99 or more, so now's the chance to stock up! The sale prices should be valid until October 9th.

Walgreens instant-win sweepstakes!

Walgreens is hosting a Halloween instant-win sweepstakes where you can earn $25, $50, or even a $1000 gift card! You can play daily until October 31st. Click here to play!

Free fun at the mall!

Everything in this photo was free!

I went to the mall yesterday for a nice dose of freebies and fun! My mom and I are members of a group called "Spirit of Women" - a nationwide network of hospitals that host events to spread awareness of women's health. It's a great program and their events are always a blast!

Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they were hosting an event at the mall followed by a members-only "Girls' Night Out" afterward. The general event provided information and free blood pressure, cholesterol, and other screenings - as well as some neat little freebies. The heart-shaped clip, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and mini-first aid kit in the photo are all from there.

At 4:00 they closed the public event and opened up the real fun! They also allowed walk-ins for those who wanted to become a member (which is free!) on the spot, so really anyone could participate. At the entrance we were given lovely pink pashmina scarves, which was pretty amazing considering the price they usually go for! Those over 21 were given a pink ribbon shaped "silly band" as an identifier since wine was being served.

We received raffle tickets, which we could place in a basket of choice for a selection of gifts. There were a variety of info booths and freebies like hand cream and the Healthy Life magazine, which is a Hearst publication. There were several speakers, including doctors, and a demonstration from a fitness center called Stiletto Strength - they actually work out in their stilettos!

I can barely walk in stilettos, let alone work out in them! Way to go, ladies!
The highlight of the event was all the free food! There were gourmet grilled veggie wraps and butternut squash and apple soup being prepared by chefs right there. There was a buffet of heart-healthy foods like apple cider, veggie sticks, fruit, nuts, turkey sandwiches, and mounds of cheese. (Is cheese really heart-healthy though? Who cares - I love cheese!) A local vineyard was sampling their wines, and fancy dark chocolate truffles were passed around.

The Picture People portrait studio was offering free photographs, so we had a mini photo shoot and received a free 8 x 10 print (which surprisingly turned out nice and is already framed on the wall!). They also had these little pocket things that fold out with a mirror and a comb - so perfect to carry in your purse!

They also had various tie-ins with other stores in the mall - a scratch-off coupon for JC Penney's, a coupon for a charity event at Macy's in a few weeks, a postcard for a free trial size mineral foundation at Bare Escentuals (which I definitely claimed!), and one for your choice of skincare/makeup demos or freebies at Estee Lauder (which I'll be doing next time!)

All-in-all, it was a great event for a great cause, and I'm happy with my load of freebies and dinner :)

Other things in the photo were from elsewhere in the mall - a free magazine at H&M, body lotion trial size from Bath & Body Works (printable coupon I mentioned in previous post), and samples of Fekkai hair products I received a coupon for the last time I made a purchase at B&BW.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Join Aveda's Birthday Program now!

Did you know Aveda has a club that sends you a present on your birthday? Not just a sample, but a free full-sized custom-blended product! They will send you a postcard a month before your birthday which you can bring in to your nearest Aveda dealer and claim your gift.

And just by joining the program, you receive a printable coupon for a 3-step sample pack, redeemable until December 31st. Of course, it's all completely free!

<a href="">Click here to join the club now!</a>

Free body lotion from Bath & Body Works!

This weekend only, Bath & Body Works is giving out free samples of their newest fragranced body lotion "Secret Wonderland". Click to their Facebook page and "like" them to see a PDF which will get you your free travel sized item! Print out the PDF if you're going to the store this weekend, or use the code online to have it shipped to you!


Ferocious Molly - this photo is the #1 "most interesting" of my Flickr photos

It's Caturday! Enjoy your weekend, the sun's finally coming out and looks like it's going to be quite nice!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Free sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue

Sam's Club has a free sample of Vaseline Intensive Rescue moisture lotion available! You don't need to be a member to request the sample. Click here to get yours!


It's been a long week! I received my replacement computer parts but I haven't had any time to put it back together. On top of working every day (and working after work too) it's been crazy! We also were hit with the tropical storm the past two days and it's been a rainy, windy mess. We lost power this morning when the lines were knocked down, so it was no fun getting ready for work in the dark with no running water!

Thank god it's the weekend! It's probably going to be a busy one too, but I hope to get back to my regular updates again soon!