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

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

Cyber Monday Deals (or Steals???)

Here is the second follow up to my Black Friday/ Cyber Monday guide. These are the two purchases I made on Cyber Monday!

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My first purchase was made from Ulta Beauty! I purchased the Lorac Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette for $15, the Smashbox On the Rocks Be Legendary Lipstick Trio for $12, Maybelline Fit Me Foundation for $7.99, and a pack of Ulta’s double tipped cotton swabs for $2.24! I ended up paying $3 out of pocket thanks to gift cards and Ultimate Rewards Points that I had saved up. I also used a $3.50 off $10 coupon. My original subtotal was $38. The retail for these items would have been at least double that. I love the palette and the lipsticks, both LE items for the holidays. I’m very impressed with the performance of both.

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My second purchase was made from Julep! They put out a huge section of sale items with a 50% off code good for those items online. Included in this section were three “Celebration Secret Surprises”. I ordered those three for $16, thanks to the 50% off code. The retail of these 10 polishes is about $140! That means this was a total steal, even if most of these polishes were dupes!

Keep on shopping!

Bargain Betty Me

Bargain Betty Me’s Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Deals!

Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday are right around the corner I figured that I would make a nice little compilation of all of the places I will be browsing, along with all the dirty details of what I’m looking for! I will be updating as I found out more information!

  • Kohl’s – Of course I have to put Kohl’s first! That’s where I will be from 4PM on Thanksgiving until 6AM on Friday morning! You can actually preview the over 500 special Black Friday priced items online! This sale will be running until 1PM on Friday. There is also a 15% off coupon (click here!) which will be good until the 30th (which is Sunday). On top of all of those savings, for every $50 you spend, you will receive $15 in Kohl’s cash, good for almost anything in the store besides the prestige beauty and electronics! There has been no word on Cyber Monday deals yet.
  • Ulta – I really debated adding Ulta to my list. I’m not blown away by the items being featured, but I’m keeping my eyes open for maybe a free shipping code? Or something along those lines. The item that jumps out the most to me is the $12 Lorac Eye Shadow Palettes. If you’re shopping at Ulta don’t forget to scan your Ultamate Rewards card and use your $3.50 off $10 coupon! They have not released Cyber Monday deals yet.
  • Urban Decay – UD will be offering the Ammo Palette, Smoked Palette, and a deluxe sample of Perversion Mascara for $30! I had purchased the Smoked Palette from Ulta for $29, so that’s a steal! UD has also released their Cyber Monday deal which will be the Electric Palette for $35! Also, they will be giving a bonus deluxe sample of the 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Pencil in Black Velvet. On both days, UD will be offering free shipping in the US!
  • LimeCrime – LC does a “Black Wednesday” sale. However, there are rumors about certain items being 60% off!
  • Julep – So far Julep hasn’t come out with a definite sales plan for Black Friday. They did just come out with a promo code today to receive two free nail polishes (including an LE exclusive to this set), a top coat, and a might nail and cuticle serum pen for free with a $25 purchase.

Here are some Indie polish brands I will be looking at:

  • Philly Loves Lacquer – They will be releasing a “Coffee Shop Till You Drop” quartet of minis for $18 on Friday!
  • LynB Designs – Starting on Wednesday and continuing until Tuesday (the 2nd), everything in the store will be marked down, no code required. There will also be a new release of a Holiday Trio set as well as other LynB essentials. Finally, when spending $25, $50, $75, and $100 there will be free mystery limited edition polishes given to customers!
  • Smokey Mountain Lacquers – Starting on Tuesday (the 25th), all full size polishes will be $6, which includes two limited edition polishes, ending on the 2nd.
  • Girly Bits Cosmetics – Starting Friday and ending Monday, all nail lacquer will be 25% off, 25% off DIY supplies, and 50% off “on the way out” products. Also, on Friday only, there will be a free limited edition mystery polish given out – hurry quantities are limited!