I don’t consider myself to be a huge online shopper; in fact, I usually don’t buy clothes or shoes online unless I have actually tried them on in a store first. But, one thing I do buy a lot of online, is makeup and beauty items from stores like Sephora, ULTA or beauty.com!
I avoided using cash-back offers for quite some time thinking that I could not use my coupons in conjunction, but then I found out, I could still use coupons too! I started using Ebates about 6 months ago and have earned almost $130 back already! If you have a coupon code for a website you’d like to use, like a 20% off total purchase ULTA coupon, you can still use the coupon and earn money too! See below for a step-by-step!
1. Whenever I am thinking about buying something online, I log on Ebates.com (if you are not a member already, you can use my link to sign up!)
2. Once logged in to the site, you can browse around for their latest deals or you can enter the name of a specific store in the search box at the top right corner to see if they have a cash-back deal.
3. Once you see the store site you would like to make an online purchase through, you click on it & click the “shop now” icon
4. Ebates directs you to the store webpage and you can start shopping just like you normally would (make sure you don’t close out the window though and then re-open a new one)
5. Once you fill your cart with the items you would like to buy, you can checkout like you normally would and enter coupon codes at checkout if you have them, nothing fancy required!
6. Make your purchase and ta-dah; you’ve just earned money! Ebates will send you an e-mail with your “cash back update” every time you shop.
The best part about it, is that the cash back offers are constantly changing. One day Sephora may have 4% back, one day it might be 6%. I’ve seen stores with 10-12% cash back even! I have been so satisfied with this site and really love seeing my cash back grow on my summary page! They pay on a quarterly basis, so every 3 months, you will get a nice big check delivered to your door.
If you’d like to sign up, the site link is below. Feel free to message me with any questions. I am not affiliated with the site and can only share my personal experience.
Not beauty related, but one of my other fav things, Lilly Pulitzer! Celebrating National Wear your Lilly day!! #Summerinlilly
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For the past several weeks, I have been using the NYX BB03 Bronzer- Daydream of Molokai. This bronzer comes in a great mirrored-compact with a separate compartment holding a sponge applicator. It seems like it would be an ideal color for all skin tones. I have very fair skin, but this bronzer gave me a natural color that was not too dark or orange. I also sometimes get spray tans which makes my skin several shades darker. I tested out the color after getting a tan and the bronzer still looked great! You can build the color very easily without it looking packed on.
The color lasted a long time, and I definitely feel the quality was just as good as more expensive brands! When I used this at home, I used a bronzer brush, but I did like having the sponge applicator in the compact for touch-ups throughout the day.
Overall, I was very satisfied with the NYX BB03 Bronzer and will definitely try out some other NYX products!!! Check out NYX website for more of their great, low-priced but high quality makeup!!!
- Available At: Nyxcosmetics.com, ULTA
- Price: $13
- Pros: Great bronze color, long-lasting, low price
- Cons: Compact is a little bulky
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When I first heard TRESemmé came out with a Fresh Start Collection, I was excited to try it because I know TRESemmé always is affordable and because I really wanted to find a dry shampoo I liked! I previously tried a dry shampoo by another more expensive brand, and the smell was terrible! Every time I used it, I felt like my hair smelled like baby powder (which if you knew me well, you would know is my least favorite scent…who wants to smell like a baby’s behind??? Not me!) Anyway, the scent of that other brand was very strong and would not go away. Every time I would get a whiff, it would remind me that my hair was not looking its best!
I am happy to say that the TRESemmé Fresh Start collection does actually smell fresh, just like their shampoos and conditioners. It has a very light scent that is not overwhelmingly strong. Since I have naturally straight hair, I mainly used the TRESemmé Dry Shampoo for Oily/Straight to Normal Hair and the Refreshing Mist for all hair types (They also make a Dry Shampoo for curly hair which is in my picture below). These products make it possible to not wash your hair every single day and still have a fresh look. So, the day after washing your hair, you can use the Dry Shampoo and the Refreshing Mist before styling.
These products are very easy to use. The dry shampoo for straight hair is a spray that you shake and then spray evenly throughout your hair (making sure to hold the can about 8-12 inches away). Then, I use my blow dryer and a round brush to quickly boost hair up a little at the roots. Finish by using the Refreshing mist, which you just spritz lightly over hair for a quick finishing touch. (Using a hair dryer is not required, just my perosnal preference.)
I have very thick hair, so a lot of products do not make a noticeable difference. Although using these products did not make my hair look exactly the same as right after I wash it, I think the Fresh Start Collection added some volume and shine and made my hair smell fresh. I definitely think these products work just as well, if not better, than the more expensive brand I previously tried, so you definitely get more for your money with TRESemmé.
- Available At: Any drugstore, Wal-Mart, Target, ULTA, etc
- Price: Ranges depending on the retailer, but all products in the Fresh Start Collection are under $7 each, I’ve seen some retailers recently with a 2 for $7 sale, so that’s a great deal
- Pros: Great smell, adds shine and volume, low price, quick and easy to use
- Cons: Really none that I can think of!
Next I want to try their Fresh Start No Frizz Crème! We can always use that in Florida!
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I recently purchased Benefit’s The POREfessional during an ULTA haul (please note: I called it the Pore Professional in my haul post and only recently saw that it actually is called POREfessional, oops!!) I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and I really like how it works! Although the product does not really change your pore size, it does make pores seem less noticeable, goes on like silk and does not make you break out or clog pores.
It really seems to make my skin look smoother, and you only need to use a little to get the effect. I have been using it for my t-zone, and I’ve also noticed less shine throughout the day. The POREfessional also does have a small hint of color to it which is nice, but it blends so easily, it would work for any skin tone.
I do think this product is very similar to the Clinique Pore Minimizer, which I reviewed a few months ago, but both seem to work well! The other great thing about it is that it doesn’t go on like a typical cream or primer. Most creams take a minute or 2 to dry and tend to make your face look shinier, but this goes on matte and does not leave your skin feeling wet or cakey.
I would definitely recommend this product by Benefit!!
- Available At: ULTA, Sephora, Benefit.com
- Price: $28
- Pros: Very silky formula, goes on matte, reduces the look of pores and shine
- Cons: A little pricey for a small tube (.75 oz), doesn’t actually reduce pore size
As for the free gift with purchase items from Benefit, I like the Stay Don’t Stray primer, but it doesn’t stand out from other eye shadow primers I’ve used. I’m not a big fan of the cream eyeshadow/liner, R.S.V.P. It is very light and when you blend it you can hardly see the color. I have not tried the Benefit Bad Gal Lash yet, but I opened it up and noticed the wand is huge! It actually looks bigger than my eye, so not sure how easy it will be to apply!
That’s it for now, stay glamorous!!
Thanks to NYX Cosmetics for sending me their BB03 Bronzer-Daydream of Molokai for me to test out. The first thing I noticed was how cute the packaging is! The bronzer has a hula girl on it with palm trees, so cute! The bronzer compact also comes with a foam sponge for application and a mirror! Please check out their website for all of NYX amazing products, http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/
Also, check back here for my review of this bronzer and the NYX Jumbo Eye pencils!!!
The Cargo Swimmables came in a special edition Cargo “Get Wet” kit featuring all waterproof items. The 3 colors that came in the kit were a little outrageous, but very fun and different (bright purple, electric blue and a dark hunter green.) The liners go on very smoothly, and really are waterproof! I seriously was doing a “test”, and I put the green on my lid and then a minute later pulled out my Clarisonic and started washing my face. Usually, during this process, all my eye makeup smudges and runs, and then I take it off with eye-makeup remover. Well, sure enough, all my other eye makeup was a mess, but the Cargo eyeliner looked exactly the same! I still have not given it a full day test run, but it seems to do what it says it will!! I will be trying it out for a beach day, along with the rest of the kit (the waterproof bronzer and mascara) this weekend when I go to the beach, so check back!
- Available At: ULTA stores (in Get Wet kit), or Beauty.com in a set of five (temporarily out of stock, but will be shipped within 1-2 weeks if you place order)
- Price: Get Wet Kit was $32 for bronzer, mascara and 3 Swimmables, or set of 5 swimmables is $18
- Pros: Stays put, funky summer colors, easy to apply
- Cons: No neutral colors like black or brown, hard to find (they seem to be sold out everywhere!)
If you can find these anywhere, I recommend giving them a shot for summer! The picture below is of the set of 5 for $18, and then a pic of the kit I purchased as well for $32
Next, I will discuss the Pop Beauty Cat Eyes eyeliner in Black Dahlia (a purple/brown color). I thought this color was interesting because it wasn’t alarmingly purple, it was very subtle and almost looked brown until you looked at it in the light. I thought it would be good for adding subtle color with my green eyes. It also had a cool wide tip that could be used for a normal line or turned sideways to make a thicker line.
Unfortunately, although I really like the color, when I went to put it on, it did not go on smoothly. I felt like I had to keep pulling on my lid to get it to go on and it took several attempts of stop-go-stop-go on the lid to even get one line! In theory, the shape of the tip was good, but the execution is poor. I returned this product😦
- Available At: ULTA stores, ULTA.com, Beauty.com
- Price: $16
- Pros: Nice color
- Cons: Not easy to apply, line created is not even
The Stila Smudge Stick is definitely a nice liner! It goes on easily and doesn’t need more than one application to be its true color. I tried the black- “Stingray”
The only issue is, it is supposed to be easy to smudge and then supposed to set and not budge. I noticed after awhile that I had marks under my eyes and on my top lid. This liner is good for lining the waterline though. It stayed longer than most do!
I still like using my Lorac Front of the Line PRO for a quick easy liner, but you cannot really use that on your waterline, so I’ve been using the Lorac and Stila together to create a day look. I like the Smudge stick but will probably continue my search for the perfect eyeliner that can do it all!
- Available At: ULTA, Beauty.com, Stilacosmetics.com, Sephora
- Price: $20
- Pros: Great for lining your waterline, easy to apply
- Cons: The name rings true to how it looks after a couple of hours …smudged