Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MAC 200 Follower Giveaway Winner!

The winner, who has been emailed and responded, is "MakeupMogule" who chose Carbon eyeshadow, Dainty blush, and Myth lipstick!

Thank everyone who entered, you guys are great and I look forward to having another giveaway soon :)!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Itty Bitty Bath & Body Works Haul

I took a little visit to Bath & Body Works to scope out what I want to pick up during the Semi Annual Sale (it's actually painful waiting for June 10th to get all those deals!) and ended up getting some goodies to tide me over until then :)
  • Slatkin & Co. Fresh Linen Scentportable Clip & Go Fragrance Unit
Price: $2.00 (Was 75% off)
  • Slatkin & Co. Island Nectar Scentportable Fragrance Refills
Price: $5.00
  • Slatkin & Co. Spiced Cider Scented Candle
Price: $2.37 (Was 75% off)
  • Country Chic Triple Moisture Shower Cream
Price: Free (With spend $10 coupon)
  • Carried Away Shower Gel
Price: Free (With spend $10 coupon, different transaction)
  • Nectarine Mint HandiBac Anti-Bacterial Moisturizing Hand Lotion
Price: $4.00
  • Aromatherapy Stress Relief Pillow Mist Eucalyptus Spearmint
Price: $10.00
  • Vanilla Pistachio Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap (If someone smelled like this, I would lick them, sooo delicious)
Price: $2.50
  • Berry Parfait Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
Price: $2.50
  • Bath Sponge
Price: $3.50 (Crazy to think that was more than the soaps!)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Massive Physicians Formula Haul And Controversy

My camera has been on the fritz lately, but I think you can get the jist!

  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer in "Light to Natural"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer in "Fair to Light"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Tinted Moisturizer in "Ivory to Fair"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in "Natural to Tan"
Price: $2.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Rose"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Peach"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Berry" (funny how this one has the same name as the blush from my previous Physicians Formula haul, yet they're completely different colors?!)
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Nude"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Mocha"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Natural"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in "Rosy Glow"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Nude"
Price: $1.00

Now I got all this before Physicians Formula made their Facebook announcement this morning, saying that their $5.00 off coupon is now invalid because it clearly cannot be used in conjunction with a sale, and that is considered "misuse" of the coupon.

I find that to be a bunch of bull! It's up to the drugstore's discretion of whether or not to allow customers to use a coupon in conjunction with a sale, helloooo, that's the only reason most people would use them!

I've heard about people still being able to use the $5.00 off coupon because the stores are saying its illegal for Physicians Formula to recall it before the expiration date, so you may get lucky and still be able to use it along with CVS's $6 off sale.

I'm certainly not going to feel bad for getting Physicians Formula products for next to nothing. Makeup is not a necessity for me since I need to start saving my money for college expenses/an apartment, so will I lose any sleep over it? Nope. I think I'm quite savy for getting such a deal, and its not like I'm hoarding all the products for myself, I share them with my friends and lovely mom.

I'm not sure how all this drama has me feeling about Physicians Formula as a brand, I always thought they valued customers since their products would always have "Try Me Free" stickers attached. I think its a big mistake on their part for not having stricter use policies on the coupon itself if they were going to be so concerned about people "misusing" it, and its quite the cop out to blame it on the customer's : /

If you guys have any thoughts on the drama, let me know below.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80

This exclusive flat top synthetic kabuki was designed to deliver a flawless makeup application. The Sigma Makeup F80 is a buffer brush that can be used to blend powder or liquid products. The short and dense bristles make it easy to buff your liquid foundation. The long handle adds comfort to your makeup application. The synthetic fibers are ideal to be used with liquid products and can be easily cleaned. Made of Synthetic Sigmax HD filament.

Pros: The F80 really works for any budget since its only $16! The bristles on this brush are synthetic, so you don't need to worry that any animals were harmed in the making of it. Probably the most important thing to me when looking at makeup brushes is how soft they are, and the Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki is super soft, you'll love brushing it over your face time and time again! I washed this brush as soon as I got it, and I didn't experience any shedding or any weird smells (I know that's a common problem with makeup brushes, but not this one!). The brush has retained its original shape perfectly after multiple washes, so you can be sure its going to last you a long, long time. The F80 and liquid foundation are  a perfect combination because this brush is so dense that it won't absorb and waste product. It blends so well that your skin and the foundation practically become one and it allows you to apply more coverage to areas that need it! It works just as well with powder foundation, except I find myself needing less actual product when I use the F80 as opposed to a round kabuki, the F80 gives me more coverage with less powder since it really binds the makeup with your skin so you actually look like you're not even wearing anything! I also love using the Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki for my cream/powder blushes and bronzers because it makes them look so natural on your face.

Cons: I don't really like having the long handle as I find it gives me limited buffing power, but that's nothing that can't be solved by gripping the brush around the ferrule! When washing the F80, you have to be really careful and run it under water longer than you think would be necessary after soaping since it is really dense and getting all the soap out can be tricky. The Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki also takes longer than other brushes to dry, I usually have to leave it out for 24 hours before I'm certain its good to go again.

Overall: Out of all my brushes, this is my absolutely favorite! Its super versatile, so whether you want it to apply cream/powder blush products, powder/liquid foundation, bronzer, or even concealer in large areas, you can be sure you'll get a flawless finish. I'm not a pro at makeup, but the best thing with the F80 brush is you don't have to be to figure out how to make it work for you, its effortless! Everyone should own the F80, you're guaranteed to fall in love with it, and you won't break the bank while doing it!
 Sigma Beauty Review & My Experience:

I signed up to be part of the Sigma Beauty Affiliate Program back in February and it was super easy. You can sign up yourself here!
I saw that they have the Incentive Packages (which all depend on how many followers, subscribers, fans, etc. you have) and I applied to get my Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80 brush.
  It took Sigma about two weeks to get back to me via email, but that's completely understandable since they must get hundreds of applications everyday!

The Marketing Manager was who emailed back and fourth with me, and she was so lovely! I simply sent my shipping address to her, and was told my F80 brush was on its way. Low and behold, 4 days later it was at my door!

The box arrived with little Sigma stickers, and inside there was: a little card titled "Cleaning Instructions" with details on how to properly clean my new brush, a little busines card for Shauna Spangenberg (She's the lovely Marketing Manager), a panphlet with all the information about the brush I just recieved/the others that come in a set with that one, a personally addressed card welcoming me to the Sigma Beauty Affiliate Program, a panhplet all about the Affiliate Program, and a beautiful red cinchable bag containing my F80 brush!

When I opened the bag, I noticed there was a plastic brush guard, but it was all the way down at the end of the handle, not protecting the brush!

Then upon closer inspection I noticed the ferrule of my Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki had a huge scratch on it, which probably happened during shipping since it wasn't protected.

I was super sad because who wants a damaged brush?! So I emailed the Marketing Manager about what had happened, and she is the sweetest person! I got an email telling me not to worry about it because they're sending me a new F80 and that Sigma is so sorry for the damaged brush!
A+ for customer service Sigma! You guys have made my experience with you so wonderful, and I can't wait to order some more brushes in the future!

 You can get your own Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80 from the Sigma website for $16!

These products were sent to me for review purposes. I was not compensated, and I am a Sigma affiliate. These thoughts are my own & I will always be honest :)!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Physicians Formula For $3 And Under?!

I found such a good drugstore deal this week that I couldn't resist sharing it! Anyone who's ever browsed the drugstore makeup isle knows that Physicians Formula is one of the most expensive brands. I always pass it up because let's face it, who wants to pay up to $14.99 for something at the drugstore, I mean that's more than a MAC eyeshadow!

But I have the solution: get all your heart desires of Physicians Formula for $3.00 and under!

CVS is currently having an in-store sale from 5/15-5/21 that gives anyone with a CVS card $6 off of any Physicians Formula foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, or concealer.

Now that's an in-store deal, so you can combine it with this darling coupon, which gives you $5.00 off any Physicians Formula product, and the limit is one coupon per item purchased, so you can use one on every Physicians Formula item you buy!

If you've done the math, that's $11.00 off any foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, or concealer! Most of Physicians Formula's blushes and powders are only $11.99, so how much are you paying? Only $1.00! And their concealers are only up to $8.00, so you will get those for free!

Here's my Physicians Formula haul (so far, I'm going to back to get more!) from CVS and the price I paid for each item!

Please excuse the poor picture quality!
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Berry"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in "Rosy Glow"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in "Beige Pearl"
Price: $3.00
  • Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush in "Blushing Rose"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Les Botaniques Botanical Bronzer in "Sunny Buddy"
Price: $1.00
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Concealer in "Green/Light/Pink Trio"
Price: Free
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Concealer in "Yellow/Light/Pink Trio"
Price: Free

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Collective Bath & Body Works Haul

-Into The Wild Fragrance Mist
-Carried Away Fragrance Mist
-Cherry Signature Vanillas Fragrance Mist
-Country Chic Fragrance Mist

-Carried Away Eau de Toilette

-Carried Away Body Lotion
-Country Chic Body Lotion
-Into The Wild Body Lotion
-Coconut Lime Verbena Body Lotion
-White Citrus Body Lotion

-Fiji Passionfruit Body Lotion
-Fiji Passionfruit Shower Gel
-Cherry Signature Vanillas Body Lotion
-Into The Wild Smoothing Body Scrub

-Carried Away Triple Moisture Body Cream
-Cucumber Melon Triple Moisture Body Cream
-Country Chic Triple Moisture Body Cream
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