Friday, January 13, 2012

Bare Escentuals Coupon Code + Free Shipping!

Image from Bare Escentuals e-mail.
Bare Escentuals is having a 20% off sale on select products through January 16th. Plus, you get free shipping on orders of $25 or more! Use code FREESHIP2 at checkout to get the discount. Click the link below to start shopping the included products.

Shop the Bare Escentuals Sale!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sephora Beauty Insiders Birthday Freebie 2012

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If you haven't already seen this on Sephora's website, the birthday freebie for Beauty Insiders this year is a Fresh Sugar mini lip duo. I'm excited to try this, even though I will have to wait until June!  :)

If you are not already a Beauty Insider, I recommend signing up! Besides a freebie during the week of your birthday, you earn points for every dollar you spend and can trade those points in for deluxe samples. There are also occasionally coupons, exclusive value sets and early access to new items available to Beauty Insiders only!

Sign up here!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Offers from my inbox...

Here are some sales and specials that were emailed out in the last few days. Images shown are taken directly from the emails sent out. Click to enlarge the images.

Bath & Bodyworks Semi-Annual Sale
Printable coupon for $10 off any $30 purchase.

L'Occitane En Provence Sale prices & special deals

Sephora  Pick 2of12 Deluxe Samples (ends 1/10/12)
image from Sephora website

Zoya Get 2 free polishes, just pay shipping! (ends 1/9/10)
image from Zoya blog

Instructions (from Zoya blog)
1. Add the 2 Zoya Nail Polishes that you want to try to your cart (as well as any additional merchandise that you would like)
2.  Enter the code into the the coupon/promo field in the shopping cart and press the "Apply Code" button.
3. Complete Check-Out Process & Submit Order

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

Oops! I had written about this earlier this week and somehow I accidentally deleted the post! Here it is one more time with the same crappy cell phone pic as before... I will get swatches up of these asap! :)

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold and Audacious Asphalt
About a week ago I purchased the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe. I have been using it as a base for my eyeshadow most days since and really like it. That shade is matte and looks more gray than taupe to me, but that is perfect because I love gray eyeshadows. I have still been using my Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath just for the record. I have not experienced any creasing at all when using that combination, so I decided to pick up a couple more colors.

How to BOGO Free at Ulta:
Maybelline is currently on sale for BOGO 50% Off at Ulta. These eyeshadows retail for $7. When you buy two of them, you will pay $7 for the first and $3.50 for the second one, so $10.50 before tax. Print this coupon for $3.50 off a $10 purchase and apply it toward this purchase. You are now back down to $7 before tax, which is BOGO Free!

Note: I believe Ulta accepts manufacturers coupons too, so if you have one for Maybelline you could try stacking it with the Ulta coupon and the sale. I wasn't able to find any printable Maybelline coupons online, but keep an eye out on the displays at drugstores. Those are a great place to get manufacturers coupons!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Wet n Wild Shimmer Singles

L-R: Platinum, Sellout, Golddigger and Trashed.
These are the new Wet n Wild Amped Up Shimmer Singles eyeshadows. They retail for $1.99 and come packages with a mini black eyeliner pencil. The eyeshadows are the same size as the core collection singles. (Both of these photos are from my cell phone because my camera is charging so I apologize for any lack of quality!) Thanks to Zadidoll, I learned about these and where to get them on sale this morning. If you live in the Pacific Northwest, take a look at your local Fred Meyer to find the new Wet n Wild Amped Up Eyeshadow Shimmer Singles. There were two full displays at my Fred Meyer, each display holds three of each shade in the collection. All Wet n Wild eyeshadows are currently on sale at Fred Meyer for BOGO 1/2 Off, so that included these. I decided to pick up four of the five shades. The colors I purchases are Trashed (shimmery black), Platinum (shimmery silver), Golddigger (shimmery yellow gold) and Sellout (shimmery fushia.) I will likely go back for the last one just to complete the set, but it is a blue shade that I am not sure I will get much use out of.

Here are some quick swatches.
Trashed, Platinum, Golddigger and Sellout.
Since I just purchased these today, I don't have a lot to say about them yet. My first impression of the black shade Trashed was "Wow!" It is super pigmented. It has a ton of shimmer in it when you view it in the pan, which almost made me not buy it. It looked too glittery. Once it is swatched, there is still visible shimmer but less of it than in the pan. In my opinion, it looks better swatched. It is the only one in the swatches above that I only swiped once with my finger. The other 3 each took a couple of swipes to build up the color a little. They also have less visible sparkle as the black shade. The gold shade, Golddigger was the most disappointing. I think it took 3 layers to see the color shown in my swatch above. Trashed reminds me of MAC Black Tied, so I will have to do a comparison swatch of those two together. I do really like the gray shade, Platinum. The two other colors I probable could have lived without. I was hoping these would be like a drugstore version of the Urban Decay Stardust eyeshadows but the shimmer isn't as fine in texture and it's not as prominent. When I have had more time to play with them, I'll let you know what my thoughts are.

Essence Cosmetics Sale!

I have noticed lately that many of the products in the Essence display at my Fred Meyer have little yellow 50% off signs. (I believe I have seen the same sale signs on the display at Ulta as well, but I don't remember there being as many items included there.) You would miss this if you just glanced at the display, because the sales are noted right on the strip below the row of products where the price is listed. There is probably at least one shade of almost every product on sale. I saw one or more shades/types of each of the following:
   - mini nail polishes
   - long wearing glosses
   - tube glosses (the fruity ones)
   - XXXL glosses (about 5-6 shades)
   - lipsticks
   - lip liner in soft rose
   - all of the metallic eyeliner
   - several other eyeliners
   - a couple mascaras
   - 4 of the 6 eyeshadow quads
   - the purple gel liner
   - the liquid liners
   - two of the smokey eye kits
   - both mini lipgloss kits

That probably isn't everything either. I'm sure I am missing a couple items. I believe this might just be clearance for certain shades since the brand is still pretty new to us here and only select colors are on sale. While I am a little sad because a few of the products I love are included in the sale (such as that lipliner!!) I am excited to see what new items they add. Fingers crossed that I'm right about this! :)

Essence has become one of my favorite drugstore brands in the last year. Their prices are incredibly inexpensive (about in line with Wet n Wild pricing, or even cheaper for some items!) and their products are of great quality. If you haven't tried anything from the brand yet, why not hit up this sale? In my opinion, $1 for a great lipgloss and $0.74 cents for creamy eyeliners in lots of colors is an excellent deal. Even if you end up trying products that are not part of the sale, they are still a great bargain at regular price. 

Happy Shopping!

UPDATE: here are some quick pics of what the sale signs look like.