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

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Product Review

Last week, I received an exclusive e-mail coupon from Ulta for a free deluxe sample size of the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara! I was thrilled to try this product out ever since I had heard about it. I love the Benefit They’re Real mascara so I figured that the Roller Lash had to be just as good. I was wrong… It’s even better!!!

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This mascara is amazing! It is pretty similar to the They’re Real mascara when it comes to length and volume. However, the formula is much lighter! The They’re Real is pretty heavy and works really well for a strong eye make-up look (like a smokey eye). Most of the time I go for a more natural look, and this mascara is great for that. It just makes my natural lashes stand out more. Another thing I LOVE about the Roller Lash is that it removes SO EASILY!!! I was shocked! They’re Real takes ages to work off my eyes, but the Roller Lash comes off just as easily as my eyeshadow does! I am thoroughly impressed with this product! Here is a photo of my eyeball! All I’m wearing in this photo is the Roller Lash mascara (so please ignore my disgusting dark under eyes).

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I’m definitely in love with this mascara!

This product releases on February 27th! The full size will be $24, and I’m assuming the travel size will be about $10. I would definitely recommend that you all try this product!

Do you guys like product reviews? Would you like to see more? Is  there anything you’d like to see me review? Leave a comment below!

Bargain Betty Me

Valentine’s Day Mani

Since Valentine’s Day is in just a few days, I decided I would show you guys what I’ll be rocking on my nails!

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This is a 100% Julep mani using these colors:

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Fifi, Ada, Hartleigh, Missy, and Chatoya!

I would love to see your beautiful manis! Follow me on instagram (@ibridgex3) so I can see your pretties! I promise to follow back!

Bargain Betty Me

Julep – February 2015 – The Afterglow Collection

Julep’s monthly boxes are always my favorite time of the month. I love getting all the goodies from them!

Julep is a beauty subscription box. For $24.99 a month (or $19.99 for a three-month pre-paid subscription), you’ll receive three full sized products, catered to your beauty profile.

Also, you can click here to receive your first box for 50% off with the code WOW!

The February collection was titled the Afterglow Collection, featuring 10 new polishes, a “special gift” polish from Jane Park, a new eye brightener, glow highlighting powder, a fan brush, and two new lipgloss shades.

Here’s what I got:

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I received the “Boho Glam” box (in the small purple box).

As Add-ons I received:

Here are the polishes:

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From L to R: Hazel, Brandis, Hartleigh, Ada, Meta trio – Tilda, Bjork, Tyra

Here’s the make-up:

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From L to R: Glow Highlighting Powder, Fan brush, Illume Eye Brightener, Blank Canvas face primer

My total for this month was $56. The retail of everything I received is $270!!! The Maven pricing would have been $216. I think that makes $56 an absolute steal!

I love my box yet again. Julep just seems to take all my money these days!

Bargain Betty Me

Walmart Winter Beauty Box

Just like Target, Walmart puts out a seasonal beauty box. This one is considered a subscription with a re-occurring charge every three months. You can sign up here at any time! Price for this baby is $7 ($5 plus $2 shipping)!

Here’s what I got:

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  • Jergens BB Body Correcting Skin Cream Sample ($11.97 for the full size)
  • Maybelline  Color Sensational Lip Stick in full size ($5.50)
  • Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off! Make Up Removal Wet Clothes Sample ($3.97 for the deluxe sample)
  • Nivea Coco Butter Body Lotion Sample Packet and $1 off coupon
  • L’Oreal Oleo Therapy Oil Infused Shampoo and Conditioner Samples ($5.97 for the full size)
  • Maybelline $1 off Dream Wonder Foundation coupon

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Jergens BB Body Correcting Skin Cream

This smells awful. Way too perfume-y for my liking.

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stick in Maple Kiss

I love this lipstick. The color is beautiful. It also wears really well. It’s a great dark neutral color.

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Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off! Make Up Removal Wet Cloths

I gave these to my sister. She already uses and loves these. I figured I would share the love!

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L’Oreal Oleo-Therapy Oil Infused Shampoo and Conditioner

I actually love these. They really hydrate and make my hair shine!

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Coupons/ Sample packets: Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder and Nivea Coco Butter Body Lotion

All in all, I guess this box is worth it because the lipstick is worth over $5. I am disappointed considering how amazing the Fall beauty box was. Here’s to hoping the Spring box is better!

Bargain Betty Me

Target Men’s Winter Box

As a little treat and early Christmas present to my boyfriend… I mean fiance!!! (A month later and I’m still  not used to that!) I purchased the Target Men’s Winter (not so beauty???) box! I won’t be reviewing this because I obviously haven’t used the products myself and he is not the “reviewing” type, but I’ll show you what we got in it!

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This box was sold for $5. I estimate the retail to be around $20. I think my fiance was pretty impressed, and happy, that I had gotten this for him!

Bargain Betty Me

Target Women’s Winter All Natural Box

When Target released their Winter beauty boxes, they put out a “Naturally Festive” box with all natural products!

Here’s what I got:

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  • SoapBox Argan Shampoo (Target Exclusive – $7.95 for the four piece travel kit)
  • Skinfix Hand Repair Cream (Target Exclusive – $17.99 for the full size)
  • Burt’s Bees Facial Wipes ($4.49 for the full size)
  • SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Smoothie ($3.99)
  • Borghese Age Defying Facial Scrub (Target Exclusive – $16 for the full size)
  • Acure Organics Facial Cleanser ($9.99 for the full size)
  • $3 off a natural beauty purchase of $15 or more coupon

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SoapBox Argan Shampoo 

This item has a bit of a story behind it. When I received my box, this bottle of SoapBox shampoo was open. It had leaked out onto my other products. I instagrammed my box, and mentioned that the shampoo had leaked. SoapBox messaged my on Instagram and offered to send me the travel kit (second picture) absolutely free! They absolutely did not need to do that and I was thrilled that they took such a great initiative to do that. The travel kit includes argan oil body wash, body lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. They smell amazing, although I have not used them yet.

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SkinFix Hand Repair Cream 

I used this cream once (before falling in LoOoove with my repair cream that came in my PopSugar). It did seem to hydrate my dry hands pretty well.

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Burt’s Bees Facial Wipes

This is one of those facial products that I am just overly nervous to use. I love my current makeup wipes and am afraid to switch products!

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Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Smoothie for Hair

I haven’t tried this product yet!

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Borghese Age Defying Facial Scrub

I haven’t used this one either!

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Acure Organics Facial Cleanser

I haven’t used this either, but it smells really good!

All in all, I purchased this box for $5. None of these products were full sized. I do estimate the retail value to be about $15-20. It’s definitely not a bad price tag, especially if you just want to try out new products!

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

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

Julep – January Maven 2015 – The Chrysalis Collection

Julep’s monthly boxes are always my favorite time of the month. I love getting all the goodies from them!

Julep is a beauty subscription box. For $24.99 a month (or $19.99 for a three-month pre-paid subscription), you’ll receive three full sized products, catered to your beauty profile.

Also, you can click here to receive your first box for 50% off with the code WOW!

The January collection was titled The Chrysalis Collection, featuring 9 new polishes, new Luxe Lip Treatments, two new eye glider shades, and two new Orbital eye shadows.

Here’s what I got:

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I once again switched from my normal Boho Glam style profile to the January It Girl Profile which included:

  • Janae ($14/ $11.20 Maven Price)
  • Margit ($14/ $11.20 Maven Price)
  • Shelly ($14/ $11.20 Maven Price)

As add-ons I received:

  • Casey ($14/ $11.20 Maven Price)
  • Luna ($14/ $11.20 Maven Price)
  • Holographic Chevron Nail Decals ($3.99)
  • Metamorphic Top Coat in Tyra (freebie for all Mavens who took their box! – currently unavailable for purchase)
  • Glycolic Hand Scrub (freebie for taking three add-ons! – $23/ $18.40 Maven Price)
  • Baby box of Junior Mints!

Here are the polishes:

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My total for this month was $41. The retail of everything I received would have been at east $100 (not 100% sure on the full retail value because there isn’t a listing for the Metamorphic topcoats yet!). Even the 20% Maven pricing would have made the box at least $80. That’s at least a 50% savings!

If you want a colorful box that you’ll be excited to get every month I would highly suggest checking Julep out!

Bargain Betty Me