Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick Collection (Kohl’s Exclusive) Product Review

Before I get back to going through my endless amount of sub boxes, I wanted to post one more product review. This is about the new Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick Collection which is a Kohl’s exclusive. As soon as I saw this collection I was WOWED and I knew that I NEEDED to purchase it immediately. That’s exactly what I did! As soon as I saw the set make its way onto the floor I picked one up and told my Beauty Advisory that I would be purchasing it at the end of my shift!

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The gold packaging on the lipstick is limited edition to this set only. This set is valued at $80 but is priced to sell for $35! Individually, these lipsticks cost $16 each.

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From Left to Right – Duchess, Seductress, Vixen, Free Spirit, and CEO. They smell exactly like a Mac lipstick. It’s a very vanilla-y scent that I absolutely love.

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These are matte finish lipsticks. Some say that they find them drying. I feel like they are comparable to the Mac lipsticks I own. They go on creamy and stay for probably three to four hours before a reapplication is needed. The only color I am not completely in love with is Free Spirirt (the purple) because I feel like it’s a color I can’t really pull off… Although I will still probably wear it!

This Saturday (March 7th) Kohl’s stores will be offering 10% off Prestige beauty items, this set will be included. So make sure you run to your closest Kohl’s to snatch up these beauties!

Bargain Betty Me

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NYX Cosmetics Spring Lippies

So sorry for the two week hiatus. I was extremely busy with work and perusing a second job!

Now I’m back and ready to review two brand new lippies from the NYX Cosmetics Spring line. NYX put out several new products this Spring but the two that attracted me the most were the new Intense Butter Gloss and the High Voltage Lipstick. Naturally, I purchased one of each!

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The Intense Butter Gloss in Napoleon is highly pigmented and super creamy. It had a wear time of about two hours without the color fading. I love the color, but I’m just not a gloss kind of girl. The High Voltage Lipstick in Sweet 16 is a very subtle pink. I didn’t know it would be so close to my natural lip color or I would have purchased a different color. This lipstick definitely wears longer, but I have a feeling it’s less pigmented. Although I do love both, I think I’ll have to stick with my NYX Butter Lipsticks!

Both are $5.99 at Ulta. The Intense Butter Gloss comes in 12 different shades. The High Voltage Lipstick comes in 22 different shades.

Bargain Betty Me

Wantable – January 2015

I found a this-is-too-good-to-be-true deal a few weeks back where I was able to get the Wantable Box for only… DRUM ROLL PLEASE… FIVE DOLLARS!!! If you know subscription boxes, you know that this box runs for $36!!! I just could not let that deal go! So, I signed up immediately for both the Makeup and Intimates box!

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Yay! They arrived within a week, which is beyond crazy! So here is what I got:

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Let’s start with the makeup, shall we?!

I love the eyeshadow. It’s a beautiful green tinted brown. It works well for everyday wear. I’ve been wearing the complexion powder pretty frequently in place of foundation because it is super light. I had been dying to try Frankie Rose for a while, so I loved seeing the eye pencil in my box. It leaves really crisp, clean lines! The Lord & Berry lipstick pencil is gorgeous! It’s a perfect pale pink and is so creamy! I really loved my box! Overall, the retail of this box would have been $81! Since I only paid $5, I literally feel like I stole these products! Even for $36 the value is pretty darn good! I hadn’t planned to continue a subscription with Wantable, but I think I am for the makeup!

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I wasn’t exactly “impressed” with my intimates box, but I also didn’t hate it. I really wish I hadn’t received a shapewear tank because that isn’t something I really need. Also, the bra and undies both weren’t made of the best quality, in my opinion. I definitely think I will be sticking with my Victoria’s Secret. This box would retail for roughly $79. I can’t locate an exact price on the tank. I wasn’t planning to keep this box either, but I posted it to the Wantable app and won a free box for the month of February! So I’ll keep it for now. Maybe I’ll like my next box more!

Wantable is semi-customizable. You’re given a bunch of categories and options and they cater the box to your liking!

All in all, I have to say that the makeup box is fantastic. All four products are high end and definitely worth the price tag of $36. As of right now, I wouldn’t recommend the intimates box, but if you’re looking for something different it may be a good starting point!

Bargain Betty Me

Glossybox – January 2015

After my disappointing box last month, I decided to cancel Glossybox. However, I somehow still received my January box… But was never charged! No clue how it happened, but here is my January Glossybox!

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  • Skin&Co Roma Sicilian Light Serum ($47 for the full size)
  • Teeez Trendy Cosmetics Beautiful Flat Brush Stiff ($23.50)
  • Kueshi Revitalizing Face Toner ($13.30)
  • Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser ($19.50 for the full size)
  • Lollipops Eye Pencil in Goodbye Moon ($17.00)

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Skin&Co Roma Sicilian Light Serum

Skincare products I won’t use!

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Tweeez Trendy Cosmetics Beautiful Flat Brush Stiff

This brush is really stiff! At first I thought that I would hate that, however I actually enjoy it! It makes applying eye shadow easier almost. It helped with fall out issues as well. I wouldn’t use it as a blending brush though.

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Kueshi Revitalizing Face Toner

I may actually give this little guy a shot seeing as how I do not use toner currently.

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Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser

I have heard good things about this brand, however I don’t think it will work with my skin.

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Lollipops Eye Pencil in Goodbye Moon

This is a black eye pencil. I probably wouldn’t have minded receiving this products, except for the fact that I have received half a dozen black pencils in the past month or so in various sub boxes. I do think the packaging is adorable though!

All in all, I am still unimpressed with Glossybox and I’m glad I didn’t pay for this box!

Bargain Betty Me

Target Women’s Winter Beauty Box

Let’s see, third times a charm to get this finished and posted – right?! I hate when life gets in the way of my blog!

Target has a seasonal beauty box. I had received the fall box, and was able to snag the Winter box! This time around, Target put out a Men’s and an all-natural box! I got all three for $20! Not a bad deal!

Here is my review on the Women’s Beauty Box:

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  • Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen (Target Exclusive) ($12)
  • Revlon HD Lacquer ($7.99)
  • Hair Food Thickening Solution (Target Exclusive) ($11.99)
  • L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara ($7.99)
  • CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Kit ($4.49)
  • ChapStick Total Hydration Lip Care (Target Exclusive) ($2.99)
  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (Target Exclusive) ($23; full size)
  • Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum ($17.49-23.99; full size)
  • 20% off Women’s Apparel purchase coupon
  • $3 off a $15 more Beauty Department purchase coupon

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Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir

I actually haven’t used this pencil yet, however I did swatch it and it looks like it will blend really well when I do get around to using it!

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Revlon HD Lacquer in Garnet

I really love this color. It is a dark pink. However, I’m just not a fan of glosses!

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Hair Food Thickening Solution

So far I haven’t used this product either. I haven’t had a hair cut in a while, until yesterday. Now that all my dead ends are gone I might try this little guy out!

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L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara

I haven’t used this yet either. I’m super slacking on the reviews for this box!

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CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Kit in Blushing Nudes

I love this little guy. I’ve kept it in my makeup bag for “on the run” makeup looks and love it. The pigmentation is surprisingly impressive. (Or my primer is the bomb – which it is… {Bare Minerals 5-in-1 Eye Primer})

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ChapStick Total Hydration 3-in-1 Lip Care in Sweet Peach

I also set this one aside for now. I have enough chapstick open right now!

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Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

This is a sample size of this product. I actually hadn’t planned on using this until I just looked it up on Target’s website. It is a gel (rather than a cream) which is better for acne control (so I was told). Maybe I will give it a shot after all!

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Boots No.7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Anti-Aging Serum

This went into the “save for later” pile!

The retail value of this box is $47.45. I didn’t include the two sample sizes because they don’t have a true “retail value”. I only spent $10 on this box, so I feel as though this was a great box!

I’ll keep everyone posted the next time the Target box goes up!

Bargain Betty Me

Starlooks Starbox January 2015

I’m so incredibly in love with the Starlooks Starbox. I think this will slowly be becoming my favorite sub box of the year! It’s $17.68 per month, and you’re guaranteed at least $35 worth of product, usually 3-4 items.

Here’s what I got in my second box:

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  • Lipstick in Marsala ($14)
  • Kohl Eye Liner in Chestnut ($16)
  • Lip Brush ($22)
  • *Malibu SoapWorks All Natural Brush Cleaner in Young Coconut ($10)

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Starlooks Lipstick in Marsala

Marsala is the Pantone Color of the Year 2015! Now, I’ll have a lipstick to go with this color! It’s a beautiful color and I cannot wait to wear it.

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Starlooks Kohl Eye Liner in Chestnut

I first got into Starlooks because of an eye liner I had received in an Ipsy Glam Bag. This eye liner oes not disappoint either! It definitely lives up to my expectations.

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Starlooks Lip Brush

I have been desperately in need of a lip brush, and it just so happened to fall into my lap with this box! This brush is super soft and I know it’ll make lipstick application a heck of a lot easier.

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Malibu SoapWorkers All Natural Brush Cleaner in Young Coconut

Starlooks partnered with the Malibu SoapWorks company for this addiction to the box. It smells great, an is made of a lot of natural oils. I’m really excited to try this out… Which reminds me, I need to wash my brushes!

The total retail of this box comes to $62! I paid a third of the retail value!

One thing I really want to point out about Starlooks is that their makeup is 100% cruelty free. I’ve really been trying to get into cruelty free brands!

Bargain Betty Me

Starlooks Starbox December 2014

A few months back, I had received a Starlooks eyeliner in one of my Ipsy bags. I absolutely love the liner. I decided to look up Starlooks to see what other products they have… and then it happened. I found it. They have a subscription box! Naturally, being the subscription addict that I am, I signed up immediately. It is called the Starbox and cost is $17.68 per month ($15, plus $2.68 shipping).

Here is what I got in my first month’s box:

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First of all, adorable packing!

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15 Shade Pro Eye Shadow Palette ($99 value)

When I first opened it up to see this palette, I thought “really? These colors are awful and I’ll never use them!” Boy, I was SO wrong! I absolutely love this palette. The pigmentation is amazing and they wear really well. I received this just in time for Christmas to I used the red and green shadows pretty often! For the retail of this palette to be $99, paying $17 was definitely worth it! They have other palettes that are similar to this one and I definitely wish I could purchase those for $17!

I would highly recommend checking the Starlooks Starbox out!

Bargain Betty Me

Ulta Haul!

I’m still playing post-Christmas catch up, and along the way I came across three orders I had placed with Ulta that I just have to share about.

Back in November, Ulta ran this awesome deal through ebates! (Which is another little something I MUST do a post on!) The deal was $5 off a purchase of $10 or more PLUS free shipping!!! WHAT?! It was too good of a deal to pass up on!

Here’s the full picture of all three orders:

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So, before I go any further, I just want to point out that I spent under $21!

Order #1:

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As we all know, I am a HUGE lover of the NYX butter lipsticks! Of course with this awesome deal I had to pick up a few I didn’t have. I decided to purchase Hunk and Licorice. These are two colors that I’d been eyeing but was unsure of because of how bold they are. I recently got more into dark/ vampy colors. These babies certainly do not disappoint!

The total retail value of this order was $11.98. I spent $7.47, plus free shipping and of course three skincare samples.

Order #2:

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For this order, I decided to go a little crazy. I purchased the NYX Concealer stick in green. I had read that if you apply that over red marks before a flesh-toned concealer, it actually masks the blemish better (this really works, by the way!). I also decided to try one of the NYX Wicked Lippies in Stone Cold. It’s a really pretty silver color. On your lips, it looks more like just a glittery lipstick. I’m probably going to pair it over a pink lipliner!

The total retail value of this order was $10.98. I spent $6.40, plus free shipping and three fragrance samples.

Order #3:

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With this order, I decided to break away from all my NYX purchases and try something new. I purchased four Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizers (by Ulta) in the scent mandarin mint. These were buy one, get one free. I also purchased a Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick (Kate Moss Collection) in the color 113. This lipstick is highly disappointing. The color is AWFUL on me (I guess because I’m so pale!) and the smell is also atrocious. Now, I have a funny story to tell about this order. I actually receive it twice (somehow). I still have no idea. I was only charged once and I didn’t realize I had gotten it twice until about three weeks ago when I found the extra box. So, I actually got eight hand sanitizers and two lipsticks. My second lipstick arrived smashed, so I was able to exchange that in store for a different color (104). I even got paid $2 (and change) for doing the exchange because those two colors are now discontinued!

The retail value of everything I received was $34.98!!! I paid a whopping $6.94! AND was refunded the $2 in store! Plus the free shipping and three ‘variety’ samples.

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^ Close up of all the samples I received!

I just have to love Ulta and all of their crazy deals!

Happy shopping!

Bargain Betty Me

PopSugar Must Have – January 2015

PopSugar Must Have is a lifestyle subscription box that’s always full of fun! For $39.95/ month it never disappoints!

Here’s what I got:

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  • Jack + Lucy Pom Pom Hat ($32)
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($28)
  • KeepCup Brew 12-oz Reusable Coffee Cup ($26)
  • Skin Jewel Tattoos ($18)
  • Nature Valley Protein Granola ($3.68)
  • manduka eQua Yoga Hand Towel ($16)
  • ToGoSpa Ice Water Eyes ($12.50)

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Jack + Lucy Pom Pom Hat

I hate hats. I think I look really stupid in them. However, we’ve got a huge blizzard about to blow  through tonight into tomorrow morning, so I figured I’d break this little guy out and give him a shot in the cold tomorrow!

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

My hands are currently destroyed right now because of the cold Winter weather. I’ve used this cream a few times since receiving my box and I love it! It definitely re-hydrates them!

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KeepCup Brew 12-oz Reusable Coffee Cup

I’m a huge coffee drinker and this little guy is adorable. Most travel mugs are well over 12-oz so I love that this cup is smaller.

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Skin Jewel Tattoos

I think these babies are going to get set aside until the summertime!

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Nature Valley Protein Granola

I love Nature Valley. It’s a really great organic brand. I also love granola. I like to pour some milk on it and eat it like cereal (only I eat it at midnight not for breakfast). This is so delicious. Peanut butter and chocolate are basically my middle name!

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manduka eQua Yoga Hand Towel

This is one thing in this box that I literally have no use for… I don’t do yoga… I don’t even exercise!

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ToGoSpa Ice Water Eyes

I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to use these. I have a lot of dark circles going on with my eyes, so I’ll give anything a shot!

January is Fitness Awareness Month, and this PopSugar Must Have box was definitely geared to healthy living between the granola, yoga hand towel, and the beauty products. I’m definitely not one for fitness (yet!) but it is nice that a box did this sort of thing.

Retail for this box is $136.18. Almost $100 over what I paid for it!

Bargain Betty Me

PopSugar Must Have – December 2014

Here I am once again, raving about PopSugar Must Have! $39.95/ a month for 6-7 full or premium sized products! It’s fantastic!

Here’s what I got:

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  • SPUN by Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf ($62)
  • Sparklepop Sydney Necklace ($42)
  • Canvas Dauville Platinum Bowl ($29)
  • Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux ($24)
  • Knot & Bow Parcel Tags ($4)
  • William Sonoma Vanilla Bean Cupcake Mix ($14.95)

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SPUN by Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf

Well, this item right here, at a retail value of $62(!!!!!!!) makes this entire box well worth it. I love this scarf. I have worn it on multiple occasions. It goes perfectly with very nearly every outfit I wear! (I’m also wearing the Smashbox lip lacquer in this photo!)

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Sparklepop Sydney Necklace

This is a 14 kt. gold plated necklace that is beautiful! I couldn’t take a good picture of it because of how shiny this baby is! My only problem with this necklace is that I very rarely wear gold. I’m a much bigger silver person.

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Canvas Dauville Platinum Bowl

I have this little beauty sitting on my vanity with my earrings and bracelets in it! It actually matches the white cup I hold my brushes in, and the plate I keep under my perfumes!

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Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Bordeaux 

I’m wearing this in the photo of the scarf (above). It is a beautiful color. I expected it to be much darker than it actually is on because of how dark it looks in the box. It is decently pigmented and lasted for about six hours (give or take).

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William Sonoma Vanilla Bean Cupcake Mix

I have no made this, and I have to say… who would pay $15 for a can of vanvilla cupcake mix? Sounds ridiculous to me… Eventually I’ll be really hungry one night and bake these up, but for now the pretty canister sits on my bookshelf.

I love my PopSugar Must Have. Retail of this box is $176! That’s insane! This box is awesome for trying new, high-end pieces!

Bargain Betty Me