I cannot stop buying beauty products. CAN. NOT. I may or may not have a problem. Anyways… here is a collective list of all the beauty products I purchased within the past week or so and the GREAT DEALS I scored on them.
Side note: The main reason I’m posting this is not to brag (I swear!) but because I fell in loveeee with all of the products I picked up this past week. I just wanted to share them along with some mini reviews/first impressions in case you haven’t tried any or some of these products yet.
Trip number one:
Retail price at Ulta: $8.50 each
I paid: $36.89 with tax for 6 (or 6.15 each)
A few months ago I heard through the rumor mill that OPI was putting out a Minnie Mouse collection in June and being the Disney fanatic that I am I knew I just HAD to have it. It’s very rare for me to buy OPI nail polish anymore. Mainly because a while back Ulta stopped doing their buy two get one free deal on OPI polish. That’s when I just started buying more of the brands the deal still applied to (Essie, China Glaze, Orly, Zoya, etc…) since I like them equally as much as OPI. But in this case I didn’t care if there was a sale or not I just knew that buying the collection was a must. Luckily for me however, right around the beginning of June Ulta did put out an OPI deal. With every $17 OPI purchase you’d receive a free exclusive OPI polish color. So I happily made my trip to Ulta to pick up my Minnie Mouse polishes and when I got to the register all they had left of the exclusive polishes was green. I wasn’t too thrilled that I’d end up getting two free green polishes but since I’m a regular at Ulta and most of the employees know me she let me pick out whatever two OPI colors I wanted. This was like Christmas for me! I gladly went back and picked out two additional colors I had been eyeing for a while.
First impressions: I’m All Ears, If You Moust You Moust, The Color of Minnie and I Don’t Give a Rotterdam all apply just like any other OPI polish (nice, smooth and opaque in two coats). On the other hand, Pirouette My Whistle is a glitter top coat and I found it to be kind of hard to apply. I had been wanting to get it ever since I saw TONS of swatches on Instagram but was really disappointed when I used it on myself. It’s extremely hard to get the bigger junks of glitter out of the bottle and to stick to your nails.
Would you recommend: Yes, maybe not Pirouette My Whistle but I would definitely recommend the rest.
Trip number two:
Retail price at Ulta: $8.99 each
I paid: $10.84 with tax for 2 (or $5.42 each)
Ulta currently has Revlon products buy one, get one half off so I purchased two different shades (shown above). I also used an additional $3.50 off $10 coupon. To help choose the shades I wanted I looked at a swatch list VillaBeautifful posted on her blog. If you’re not sure what shade(s) to get I’d suggest heading over to her blog and checking out the swatches (she has 9 out of the 12 colors available swatched).
First impression: Since this is a new product I’m going to do a full review on it in a few days so check back for that.
Would you recommend: Yes.
Trip number three:
Retail price at Ulta: $6.99 each
I paid: $7.57 with tax for 2 (or around $3.75 each)
Ulta also currently has Maybelline products buy one, get one half off and I, again, used an additional $3.50 off $10 coupon.
First impression: I was surprised when I picked these up off the display because I expected the packaging to be plastic but it’s actually glass. The glass container causes a kind of optical illusion so it’s hard tell how much product is actually in there. The Color Tattoo’s are very pigmented but also a buildable product. You can use as little or as much as you wish to deepen the color. These would be great to use alone or as a base when applying eye shadow.
Would you recommend: Yes.
(swatch with the next product)
Retail price at Wal-Mart: $4.00
I paid: $4.00
I first saw this color when someone did a swatch on Instagram and I completely fell in love! Usually I don’t like to pay full price for any beauty product (without getting some kind of deal or extra) but I never really go to Wal-Mart so I don’t stalk there sales like I do with others stores. Even without getting any type of deal I didn’t mind paying the full $4.00 because I seriously LOVE this color and, like I said, I’m never at Wal-Mart so I had to snatch it up while I was there.
First impression: This color is everything I’d hoped for! If you already own this color you know it’s impossible to describe the color and/or beauty of this nail polish. The brush is a bit small but the bottle is too so it’s to be expected. The first coat goes on pretty sheer. You’ll need at least two but possibly three coats to get the true color. This polish dries fast so having to apply multiple coats didn’t bother me.
Would you recommend: Yes! This is a MUST HAVE color for all my nail polish lovers out there. All I can tell you is buy it. You won’t regret it!
Julep Maven retail cost: $19.99 per month
Retail cost per Julep polish: $14.99
I paid: 1¢ (literally)
Last month Julep Maven had a special going on that if you signed up during the month of May you would get your first box for ONE PENNY. That’s right, one cent. No gimmicks, no catches, no reading the fine print, nothing. Once I found out that there really were no catches I decided I’d give it a try since I had never tried Julep polish before. I literally got all the stuff shown in the first picture for a penny. I didn’t even have to pay shipping! I got my box a few days after signing up and made sure to cancel right away so I wouldn’t be continuously charged every month.
First impressions: I was surprised to see that these polishes were smaller than I had expected them to be. Each bottle is only 8 mL (compared to OPI which is 15 mL). I’m not sure if these are a smaller size because they come in the monthly box or if this is the size all Julep polishes are. I love, love, love the brush for these polishes. It makes for very an easy and clean application (I didn’t have to do any clean up after). Susie is a mint green and needs two to three coats depending on how thick you apply it. Niecy is a dark-bright pink… if that makes sense and only needs two coats. It’s a little bit dark and dull in the bottle but dries to be a brighter pink on your nails. I haven’t tried the Pedi Crème yet but I have heard from other people that it works really well so I’m excited to try it out.
Would you recommend this product? Yes. I actually liked these polishes so much that I’m thinking about re-signing up for the monthly box.
Retail cost at Target: $3.00 each
I paid: $3.00 each
Like most of my recent beauty finds I wanted to try these after seeing a swatch of Rich Red on Instagram. The person who swatched it compared these to the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (retail cost $24.00). Comparing such a low-cost product to a high-end product like NARS intrigued me so I went out and bought two colors to test out myself.
First impressions: For only costing $3.00 each I was extremely pleased with this product. Not only do you get a lot of product for your money but they work well. They are very pigmented and go on super smooth with no flaking. When applied they are very true to color. Rich Red is the perfect red to pair with a neutral eye and Natural is only a shade or two off from my real lip color so it is what it says it is, natural. I tested the staying power of Rich Red and it lasted a whole six hours without fading. I’m sure it would have lasted much longer but I was just bumming around the house so I took it off after six hours.
Would you recommend: Yes.
Retail price at CVS:
Maybelline gel liner – $10.49
Wet n Wild blush/bronzer – $2.99 each
I paid: $18.02 with tax for all this
(and a package of root beer barrels… I’ll explain below)
I have been wanting and looking for some cheap but good quality blushes for a while now. After doing TONS of research (reading a million reviews and watching half a million reviews on YouTube) I decided to get these Wet n Wild blushes. More times than not people mentioned these as their favorite drugstore blush so I wanted to give them a try. This week CVS had all Wet n Wild products buy one, get one half off (with ExtraCare card) so I signed up for a card and ended up paying $2.99 for two and $1.50 for the other two. Before going to CVS I searched for additional coupons online and found a $4 off $20 coupon I could use (since I had just signed up for the ExtraCare card). I had also been wanting to try gel eyeliner out and heard good things about this Maybelline one so since I was under the $20 I picked it up this trip. Even with all of this stuff I was a few cents under $20 so I added on some 99 cent root beer barrels to top it off. Once at $20 I got the $4 off bringing my total to $18.02. After I got home I noticed I received a $3.00 ExtraBucks reward on my receipt for purchasing $10 worth of Maybelline products. Guess I’ll have to make another trip back soon!
First impressions: The blushes and bronzer are extremely pigmented so you don’t want to use too much when first applying. You can always add more and build up the color if needed (I like a lot of blush). I did notice that when I was getting the color onto my brush it became a bit powdery but it could have just been the brush I was using at the time.
I can’t really say much about the gel eyeliner because this is going to be my first time ever using a gel liner. However, thus far I can say that it’s veryyy black (which I like) and goes on smoothly. I can imagine that this product has great staying power because even when I used a makeup remover wipe to take off my swatch it was still there! The container is also glass like the Color Tattoo but it’s much smaller. I’m excited to see if this works as well as everyone says.
Would you recommend: Yes and yes (so far).
Well, that’s my week in beauty products. Hope you liked this haul (if you made it through allllll that reading) and possibly got some ideas of things to add onto your next shopping list.