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Target Haul

I went shoppingggg again! Big surprise there… but sadly, this is probably going to be my second to last big shopping haul until I go to the Mall of America in August.

So let’s see what I got at Target this week…

And the best part is I didn’t pay full price for any of it!

Here’s a breakdown:

CLOTHES

Mossimo Boyfriend Tee
Regular price: $8 each
I paid: $6 each (on sale)

Mossimo Shorts
Regular price: $17.99 each
I paid: two pairs for $8.98 each (clearance) and $12.58 for an additional pair (clearance)

Side note: not really sure why one was $12.58 because I bought them all on the same day… weird?

COSMETICS

#1 – NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in 720A Sunny
Retail price: $2.99
I paid: $2.50 (50¢ off coupon)

#2 – Revlon ColorBurst LipButter in Peach Parfait
Retail price: $6.49
I paid: $2.49 ($3.00 off coupon plus an additional $1.00 off coupon)

#3 – NYC Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in Rose Glow
Retail price: $4.49
I paid: $3.99 (50¢ off coupon)

#4 – Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Sunset
Retail price: $8.99
I paid: $6.99 ($2.00 off coupon)

#5 – Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette in Eye on Neutral
Retail price: $19.99
I paid: $17.99 ($2.00 off coupon)

NAIL POLISH

#1 – Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Calla Lily and Blue Slate
Retail price: $4.99 each
I paid: $1.48 each (On clearance for $2.48 plus $1.00 coupons)

#2 – Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in Ionic Indigo*
Retail price: $8.99
I paid: $7.99 ($1.00 off coupon)

*Side note: My step-dad actually surprised me with this polish earlier this week. I think he just thought it was cool since it’s magnetic… such a guy! I’ve tried a different brand before but it didn’t really work, so I’m excited to try this one out!

Well, there’s this week’s Target haul! I kind of spent a lot there this week but in perspective I also saved quite a bit with the clearance and sale items, as well as using my beloved COUPONS!

I hope everyone has a great Friday! This weekend I’ll be making cake pops for a step-by-step tutorial, so look for that next week sometime.

Be sure to check out my previous post on Target’s summer beauty bag.

– Katie

In honor of another post I put up this week (Summer Nail Polish Picks) I wanted to share with you my first manicure of the summer. It’s so bright and pretty that I can’t stop staring at my nails. I actually might paint it again once this manicure starts chipping.

3 coats China Glaze – Flip Flop Fantasy, 3 coats Spectraflair topcoat and 1 coat Essie – Good To Go topcoat.

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NYX Matte Lipstick Review

Every since I got an Instagram account and followed a bunch of makeup artists/lovers/collectors I have become obsessed with lipstick. The funny thing is I never used to understand why people around my age would wear lipstick. I kind of thought it was for old ladies *gasp* but NOT ANYMORE! Now I love the stuff!

Since starting my little lipstick collection I’ve tried a few different styles and brands. One of my favorites is the relatively new Revlon ColorBurst LipButters. They are extremely moisturizing and feel just like chapstick when applied. They have a pretty good color payoff and staying power but don’t last as long as say a MAC lipstick would. In my hunt for more lipsticks I kept hearing good things from a number of sources about NYX matte lipsticks so I decided to give them a try.

I was a bit leery at first to try these lipsticks because I already own a few of the NYX round lipsticks and found that those make my lips a little flakey looking unless I add a gloss on top. But I, being the lover of trying new beauty products that I am, decided to pick up two NYX matte lipsticks to try anyway. I’ve have had them for a while now and finally got around to trying them out a few days ago. My verdict issss… they are amazingggg!

NYX matte lipstick comes in a simple but sweet black tube packaging. There are 22 different shades available for purchase either in store (I bought mine from Ulta) or from a variety of other online retailers. The two colors I chose to test out were Summer Breeze and Angel. Summer Breeze is a true pink where as Angel is more of a pinky-red (swatches are included at the end of this post).

Okay, review time…

I love, love, loveeeed these lipsticks! They are extremely pigmented and very true to color. Only one swipe of lipstick to the top and bottom lip is needed to gain full coverage (…in my case anyway). Unlike the NYX round lipstick these matte lipsticks are extremely moisturizing and did not look flakey when applied. Since they are matte they almost look like more of a lip stain as opposed to a lipstick. Another similarity they share with lip stains is their staying power. I kept my first shade (Summer Breeze) on for several hours before switching to see what Angel looked like on. Throughout those hours the lipstick surprisingly didn’t lose any color. I almost didn’t even want to switch shades because I wanted to see how long Summer Breeze would last. However, I’m thankful I made the switch because I found I liked the lipstick even more the second time around.

Taking all these factors into consideration I, without a single doubt, am going to give the NYX matte lipsticks… 4 stars!

Aside from everything else I previously mentioned, one of the best things about these lipsticks is their affordability. The NYX website sells them for $6 each and the Ulta website as well as the retail store has them for $5.99 each. If you’re looking for an even better deal you can do like I did and grab them when Ulta is having a buy one, get one half off or a buy two get one free sale. I love a good deal… especially on beauty products!

Overall, this lipstick is definitely a new favorite of mine. I cannot wait until Ulta has another NYX sale so I can go back and get a bunch more shades to try out. I would definitely recommend these NYX matte lipsticks to anyone. Especially those who are new to the lipstick game or just aren’t a fan of how regular lipstick wears.

What are some of your favorite lipsticks? Leave me a comment so I can check it out.

– Katie

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