Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Goodies

I've been really good at keeping my beauty budget below $0.00 for the past few weeks. Aside from getting some new Spoiled nail polishes (free- thanks to some CVS Extra Care Bucks!), I've been keeping my beauty cravings busy with the first and second batch of goodies I'd gotten from Mags (from our swap-I just finished picking up a few other things for her and am barely shipping it out- to her:/ sigh). When I see a bargain or a sale- I tend to lose my strength and give in! Especially if it's a staple item and something I currently need. On one of my weekly trips to Target (for house products) I saw that the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser was on sale for $8. It's normally $11, so a $3 savings is pretty special in my mind:) I've written about my love for this cleanser before, it's one of the few cleansers that manages to take off all of my makeup (even my mascara!). I also love using it with my Clarisonic. The cloth that is included is ok- a bit cheap but travels easy, needs to be cleaned very well or tends to look rough:/ I definitely recommend this cleanser:D

While driving back to my boyfriends house from the beach a few weeks ago I spotted a brand new Ulta having a grand opening! I'd gotten my mailer with their $3.50 coupon and had it ready for a spending. I was eager to see what Essence products they had in stock, since Ulta is the only place I've been able to find their products. Unfortunately the selection at this Ulta was very small and didn't have anything too appealing to me. I did pick up an Essence polish called Sweet as Candy. I adore their new polish bottles! The color is the perfect baby pink- it needed 3 coats, but it dries fairly quickly! I'm still loving the accent trend- applying a different color on my ring finger nail. I chose wet'n'wild wild shine #467 for my ring finger, which is a gorgeous black and purple glitter polish. It was hard to capture the glitter in the pictures- but i really like it! I can see myself wearing this a lot during October/Halloween season!

My last purchase at Ulta was the Real Techniques Expert brush. I'd read countless reviews about the buffing brush and really wanted to try that for my liquid foundation. That brush is only available in the core collection. I'm pretty much set in the brushes department (I could always use more- but definitely don't need anymore;) and was excited to see that the Expert brush was sold by itself! I've only used it once- but like it very much! Will have to give a thorough review after more uses!

Hopefully these goodies will keep my budget intact for a while!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Guest Post Blogging!

My lovely friend Jessica has my guest post up over at her blog:  jess4uplease visit her blog and subscribe to her amazing blog! Thanks Jessica:)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Spoiled Black Mamba NOTD

Spoiled by Wet'n'Wild are becoming one of my favorite drugstore nail polishes! I picked up two colors tonight with some CVS Extra Care Bucks I had (love CVS and their beauty program!) and decided since it is September, I'd try and get some fall colors. I love my neon pinks and corals for summer but want a bit of a change. I chose two that I thought would be perfect for a fall transition- Black Mamba and Kickin' the Habit.

Black Mamba is a gorgeous gunmetal color that went on with one coat and no clean up needed! I swatched it next to my Revlon Graphite and although I didn't take a picture, I did see some similarities.

Kickin' the Habit unfortunately was another story all together. Looks like a beautiful plum purple but applies completely matte. I have an OPI matte polish- but I've yet to actually use it. Guess I like my nails to be glossy;) so I'll probably be returning that one. I do have pictures of Black Mamba- and again this is only one coat with no top coat! Love it so far!

Has anyone tried Spoiled polishes before?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Weekend (California Beach)

Labor Day Weekend (California Beach)

Here in the US it's Labor Day, which means no work-BBQ, food, friends, sun (and lots and lots of Sunscreen!!). As I'm beyond broke-I thought I'd tease myself and pretend money was no object and treat myself to a good shopping trip for today's look-D&G Leopard Bikini-yes, please! I've read countless reviews about the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 15 and am wanting to try it!! And of course also wanting to try Armani Eye to Kill Mascara (in the waterproof version for this weekend!)and of course my beloved Maybelline Baby lips in Pink Punch. Love it. While I won't be sporting any of the above beautiful items-I will be swimming in the Long Beach Bay and then having a delicious BBQ with my boyfriend and friends.

Chaser vintage tank top
$70 - farfetch.com

Leopard bikini
$120 - stylebop.co.uk

Dr. Denim cotton shorts
$63 - nelly.com

Mint green shoes
$150 - austique.co.uk

Tom Ford cateye sunglasses
$310 - seasonsclothing.co.uk

Giorgio Armani waterproof mascara

Sun care