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

Marbles for Polish, mani of the moment!

As we all know, I am really big into nail polish (as seen by my abundance of Julep orders). Along with my Julep addiction, I have a slight addiction to Indie polish. Indies are polishes made my small independent companies. Most of the time, these polishes come from one or two single people who formulate, create, market, and sell their own product straight from their homes. One of my favorite Indie brands is Marbles for Polish!

These two polishes that I will be featuring today are from Marbles for Polish. The one is a OOAK (One of a Kind) and the other is a group custom polish made specifically for the company’s Facebook group, Marbles For Polish and More, called Keepsies.

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The polish on the left is the OOAK. It is a multichrome. The color of this polish shifts from a dark blue, to green, to purple, depending on the way the light hits it. The polish on the right is the group custom, Keepsies. It is a gorgeous teal holo! I am loving both so much! (Please ignore the old, gross mani in the picture of the bottles!)

Here is the finished product of my mani! OOAK, with an accent of Keepsies!

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I highly recommend that you check out Marbles for Polish! I know for a fact that she has some really amazing collections coming out shortly, and I would hate to see you all miss out!

Link to the Etsy shop is HERE!

Link to the Facebook group is HERE!

Link to the Facebook page is HERE!

Link to her blog is HERE!

Enjoy!

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

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

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

Julep – After Christmas Deals (or Steals???)

Before I begin this blog post, I do have a little story behind it. I had originally decided that after Christmas I wasn’t going to spend money… Specifically money at Julep, since I had spent so much on pre-Christmas sales, Christmas presents, holiday needs, etc. I had this crazy idea that my boyfriend was going to propose to me on Christmas. I know, totally cliche and pretty annoying that I thought that, right? Well, wrong. He completely surprised me. Instead of proposing, I got nothing. Absolutely nothing. Of course I got amazing presents from my family and friends, but to not get anything from him, I was pretty upset. Regardless, he completely blew me away and proposed when the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve, which was honestly so much better than a Christmas engagement anyways. I was so upset by my now fiance(!!!) that I ended up breaking the “no-buy” I had placed on myself. I ended up making three separate purchases from Julep… Ooops???!!!

On the 26th, Julep opened up their Savvy Deals section of their website, which discontinued a lot of their holiday sets. I decided to take advantage of it. A very lovely blogger posted in my favorite facebook group (Julep Swap) and put out a bunch of $15 credits that she had received from people using her referral code. I was lucky enough to snag two of those bad boys. All in all, I spent a little over $40 on Julep’s site on the 26th. Here’s what I got!

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The first order I placed contained:

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Here is the Dancing Lipstick Trio. It is a darker version of the Dashing set. I do love these colors, they’re great for a vampy look. They’re so rich and creamy and they last for a few hours rather than a few minutes like some lipsticks.

After using one of those referral codes, I ended up spending $10 on this order!

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The second order I placed contained:

  • Fa La La Nail Polish Trio – From L to R: Charisma, Margot, and Winnie ($30 retail, on sale for $9.99)
  • Confetti Nail Polish Trio – From L to R: Phoebe, Sydney, and Tammi ($30 retail, on sale for $9.99 – out of stock)

I also used a referral code on this order. I got all six polishes for $5!

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This is my third (and final) order!

My Savvy Surprise contained – Julep Nail File, Hand and Cuticle Stick ($22 retail), Oxygen Nail Treatment ($18 retail), Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum ($28 retail) – total retail of my surprise was $68.

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I absolutely love the Julep Gel Eye Gliders. They’re very similar to the Urban Decay 24/7 eye liners. They’re smooth and blend well. This set had a variety of colors that I wouldn’t normal use (From top to bottom: Gold Champagne Shimmer, Cosmic Black Shimmer, Emerald Shimmer, Sepia Shimmer, and Violet Shimmer) and it included a sharpener!

For this order I spent $26!

All in all, I spent roughly $40 (due to taxes, boo!). However, the retail value of everything I purchased is nearly $300! That’s about 75% off the retail value!

I just love Julep and their sales!

Bargain Betty Me

Julep’s Naughty or Nice Mystery Box

Every month, Julep offers a mystery box for $24.99. The value is usually well over $100. Sometimes they will release a special polish that will be part of that box. Other times they release a certain beauty product that will come with the box.

This time around, the theme Julep went with was “Naughty or Nice”, as this was the December box! Julep posted two brand new polishes, Sue and Patricia, that would be apart of the box. I took a chance on the mystery box and this is what I received!

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The total retail value for this box was $154! Paying $24.99 was a steal! Gotta love Julep!

Bargain Betty Me

Julep WOW Factor

Another awesome deal that Julep put out right before Christmas was a collab deal that they did with Good Morning America. Julep has partnered with GMA for several deals, and this deal did not disappoint.

Julep and GMA offered a Go Big Volumizing Mascara, Chatoya, and Rochelle (both polishes) for a whopping $12.50!!! Retail of this box is $40!

Of course I couldn’t settle for just the Wow Factor set. I added on the Dashing lipstick trio as well. This was a set I had my eyes on since their release. I ended up paying $18 for almost $100 worth of product!

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I love these lipsticsk. I have used them repeatedly since receiving them! Absolutely beautiful colors! I’m starting to fall more and more in love with Julep’s makeup!

I also really like the Go Big Mascara. It’s not clumpy or flakey. It’s more of a subtle look, so I wear on those “I don’t feel like putting makeup on” days!

Bargain Betty Me

Julep Build Your Own Box

Back in December, Julep put out a fantastic deal. Six polishes in a gift box for $30. You were able to chose from a variety of different polishes. I ended up making two separate orders. I paid $44 in total for the two boxes and received 12 polishes I had been eyeing! Retail of these boxes would have been $168! I ended up paying about $3.70 per polish.

Here’s what I got:

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This was my first order. The first photo is off the packaging of the gift box. The second photo is of the polishes. From left to right they are…

Aretha (Aquamarine birthstone for March), Serena (Sapphire birthstone for September), Aislin, Lacey, Tracy, and Joni (Citrine birthstone for November)

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Here is my second order! From left to right they are…

Amy, Donna, Kam, Mary Lee, Chatoya, and Nell.

Overall, I just found this to be an unbelievably deal. I was able to buy a lot of polishes that had been on my wishlist for a while. I’m really happy with my purchases!

Bargain Betty Me