Archive for the ‘bargains’ Category

I was recently lucky enough to be chosen to receive a Mom Voxbox from Influenster chock full of lovely products.  Among them was a single bar of ivory soap that Ivory was kind enough to send .  Although I’m not normally a ‘bar’ soap type of person, I did find many uses for this product.  I flaked some into my laundry and it did a great job.  Also, I found that it’s actually pure and gentle enough to use on my face without breakouts.  Overall, very good product at a reasonable price. Find your Ivory now at your nearest retailer, including stores such as Walmart and Target as well as any major grocery, dollar and drug store.  A 10-pack of Ivory bar soap retails for around  $4.49 (bath bar size).



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I got a gun for Christmas.  A sweet little .380 pink Taurus.  Today was the first day that I got to take it to the range and shoot and it was so nice.  There’s something very primal about holding a gun and knowing you could defend yourself with it.  I do a lot of my grocery shopping late at night at a 24 hour grocery that isn’t in the best neighborhood.  It’s the best time to go because I can go while the kids are asleep and Boy Scout is home (which pretty much limits to late hours) and I don’t have to hurry. Downside is the seedy neighborhood so Boy Scout talked me into getting a handgun.  I’m not sure he was thrilled that I chose a pink one, but hey.  I couldn’t resist, it’s cute!  Speaking of grocery shopping, don’t miss tomorrow’s Sunday paper with a possible 6 coupon inserts!

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I received the cutest little Fruit Smoothie face mask from Montagne Jeunesse in my complimentary Influenster Holiday Vox-Box.  I see these frequently at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and CVS.  My 6 year old daughter is obsessed with face masks and beauty products in general, so she immediately glommed onto this and begged until I agreed to do a face mask with her.  She applied it to both of us and it was a lot of fun–it smelled fantastic and left both of us with silky smooth skin.  Of course she has perfect baby skin anyways, but she really had a great time doing this with me.  More information about Montagne Jeunesse can be found on their official website at http://www.montagnejeunesse.com The official word on Montagne Jeunesse as provided by Influenster:

Montagne Jeunesse



Fun, pampering beauty treats


Whether you enjoy looking after your skin, being pampered, or indulging in some me-time, be it alone or with friends, you will absolutely enjoy one of these ‘Life Little Pleasures’… With a huge array to choose from, our face masques are packed with the most delicious natural ingredients and are bursting with luscious fragrances. Suitable for all different skin types, there is one to suit every mood and everybody!


Montagne Jeunesse beauty treats are free of parabens, vegetarian approved and never tested on animals. So treat yourself today to a masque that will hydrate, nourish and leave your skin cleansed, smooth and glowing. Available at ULTA Beauty, Walgreen’s, Claire’s, Walmart, Kroger, CVS Pharmacies and other retailers across the US, these masques are available in a variety of succulent flavours, including:


  • Cucumber Peel Off
  • Passion Peel Off
  • Dead Sea Mud
  • Fruit Smoothie
  • Strawberry Souffle
  • Chocolate Mud
  • And many more!

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I recently received a complimentary NYC Liquid Lipshine in ‘Nude York City’ as part of my Influenster holiday Vox-Box.  This is a fantastic gloss to toss in your purse for a quick touch-up.  The color is a nice neutral nude that has a similar consistency to a MAC Lipglass but at a much more inexpensive price point.  It applies with a flexible doe’s foot applicator and has a pleasant cocoa-y vanilla scent that I like.  It gives a nice shine and MLBB appearance but if you’re looking for it to cover your lip color you will want to choose a different shade.  My pigmented lips still peek out from underneath this, but I don’t mind that.  This is a sticky gloss, again reminiscent of MAC’s Lipglasses, that you will want to reapply after eating or drinking.  You can find more information about NYC on their official website at  http://www.newyorkcolor.com/  The official word on NYC as provided by Influenster:

NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine

Straight from the city that never sleeps, NYC New York Color offers products with uptown style at down-to-earth prices, from $.99 – $4.99. The energy, style and color of New York City shines through the wide range of shades, textures and innovative products. NYC always delivers the most on-trend products & shades hot off the runway!


A beauty-editor favorite is Liquid Lipshine ($2.49). It has pure pigments that created a 3-D gloss effect. Vitamin E provides shine and a moisturizing feel. The formula is non-sticky, super shiny & soft. Available in 10 on-trend shades from neutral nudes, to berries & fuchsias. Start shopping for NYC at these stores nearest you: Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Family Dollar, Duane Reade, Kmart, HEB, and others.  Visit newyorkcolor.com to check out all shades and fun products from New York Color!

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To kick off my birthday month and get into the spirit of the upcoming holiday season I thought I’d give some stuff away.  That’s right, I’ll be giving away some spanking new makeup from my personal stash!  The winner will be chosen randomly.  I’ll be doing regular giveaways from here on, so don’t forget to check back!  Prize will be the winner’s choice of one of the following:

A. Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Palette

B.  Mac Spiced Chocolate quad & Naked To The Core lipstick


C.  Surprise Goodie Bag chosen by me–guaranteed not to suck!  Will contain brand new makeup items of my choice with same or higher retail value as option A or B.


Here’s how to enter: reply to this post and tell me two things:  which prize you choose if you’re the lucky winner, and what makeup or beauty product you most want to get  your hands on right now.  My answer:  Clarisonic Skincare Brush.

Rules/terms: Enter from now until Wednesday, Sepember 3rd, 2008 at 11:59 pm EST.  Winner will be notified by email Thursday, September 4th and announced here on this blog Monday, September 8th.  Contestants must use a valid email address when replying to post in order to be notified if chosen as a winner.  Winner will be required to supply a valid full name and address to send prize to.  If winner does not comply with these terms or does not respond to winning notification within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen at random.  Limited to US addresses only.  Approximate ARV of all prizes is $50 USD.

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For any of you beauty addicts out there who like Besame Cosmetics get thee to the Besame site immediately and take advantage of their fantastic close-out sale.  Prices are almost too good to be true–70% or more discount on everything in stock.  That’s about $4-$12 after the discount!  If you’re unfamiliar with Besame’s products this is an unbeatable opportunity to try their cosmetics without making your credit card cry.  It’s usually a fairly pricey line but the current sale prices are drugstore cheap.  The shipping cost is a little expensive, but it’s more than worth it considering the fabulous savings you’re getting on the products.

Besame products are of excellent quality and the packaging is absolutely gorgeous.  I would buy their items for the packaging alone–exquisitely crafted in weighty golden metal with an Art Deco look and feel.  The product formulations are luxurious, glamorous, and highly pigmented.  I heartily recommend the Vanity Case, Enchanting Lipstick, Alluring Eye Shadow, and Boudoir Rouge as a starting point if this is your first venture into this brand. 

Personal favorite shades of mine are the Cherry Red lipstick, Plum Dandy eyeshadow, and Raspberry Boudoir Rouge.  I desperately wanted a pressed powder compact and vanity case in the lightest shades, a luxurious trio set, and all 3 lipstick sets but they are sadly sold out of all of those items.  They still have a lot of other items remaining in stock though, so hurry!  I really hope Besame is only selling their stock in order to introduce new packaging or product formulas, because it would be a real shame if this company disappeared.

Information about the sale from Besame’s website: Close-out sales event EXTENDED to September 7th 11:59 pm.  Sale price only valid at besamecosmetics.com. No returns or exchanges. All sales are final. No other promotional offer will be valid.  Free shipping is not available.Keep in mind that supplies are limited, and items will be taken off the site as they sell out. All orders will receive a free gift of full sized product while supplies last.

Orders over $100 will receive a gift of a Trio Set, Vanity Case or other Besame treasure while supplies last. Free gift may not be selected.


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