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

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2014

I LOVE IPSY!

Here’s what I received:

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  • Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser (Full size – $11.95)
  • CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid ($15)
  • NYX Butter Lip Balm in Marshmallow ($4)
  • Sexy Hair 450 Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray (Full size – $18)
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 – in – 1 Mascara (Full size – $20)

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Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

I haven’t used this product yet because I like my Neutrogene face wash that I currently use and I am worried about trying new cleanser because of my sensitive skin. I did just read an awesome blog post earlier today about how natural/ vegan friendly products can be the best for sensitive skin. I think I may try this little guy out soon!

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CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid

I have use this quite a few times. I really like to layer this over the Be a Bombshell Eye Base (in Submissive) from the November Ipsy Glam Bag. It’s a very pretty neutral to slightly pink color. My only issue with it is the applicator is attached to the cap. It’s kind of like a throw away makeup brush applicator. It left some places looking cakey and others looking like there wasn’t anything there. I prefer to tap some onto my palm and use a shadow brush to apply.

You can purchase your own here!

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NYX Butter Lip Balm in Marshmallow

Okay… We all know how much I love NYX… Especially their butter lip line!!! This was such a great treat. I already have the butter lip balms in a few other shades. Marshmallow is a little to orangey-yellow for me, but I do love it all the same!

You can purchase your own here in a variety of colors!

Sexy Hair 450 Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray

For whatever reason I misplace this item! I cannot find it anywhere…

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Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4 – in – 1 Mascara

Love. Love. Love. This is a great lengthening mascara. It’s not clumpy or flakey. It goes on smoothly and lasts through an 8-hour work day!

You can purchase it here!

If you don’t subscribe to Ipsy, you really need to. For $10 this is by far the best bang for your buck! I wish I could just give out these subscriptions to everyone! Just the deluxe sample size of the mascara would have been $10 at Ulta, which makes this bag worth it!

Bargain Betty Me

Ipsy Glam Bag – October 2014

 

 

Sorry for the lack of posting – again! My birthday was yesterday so I had a fun-filled weekend with my boyfriend, friends, and family!Ipsy20

Beauty Candy Edition

My October Ipsy Bag Included:

  • ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair
  • Epice International Purifying Exfoliant
  • Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango & Mandarin
  • Noyah lipstick in Deeply in Mauve
  • NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara

I’m once again unimpressed!

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ECRU New York Acacia Protein BB Cream Beauty Balm for Hair

I’m not really a fan of hair treatments… This will be left in my random samples pile.

You can purchase the full sized product here for $30.

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Epice International Purifying Exfoliant

I’m very weary when it comes to exfoliants so this will also be going into my unused sample pile.

You can purchase the full sized version for $32 here.

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Figs & Rougue Shea Butter Hand Cream in Mango & Mandarin

Now here is a product I like! It smells DELICIOUS. I am a huge sucker for mango scents! It does make my hands nice and soft too!

I would recommend this product. You can purchase it here for $6.56!

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Noyah Lipstick in Deeply in Mauve

I have become kind of obsessed with lipstick, so I was incredibly excited to get this in my bag! I thought the color would be a little too dark for me, but I actually love it. Its a great warm fall color. Also, it’s a mini lipstick so it is absolutely adorable! It has a decent wear time. I wore it to work and it looked good up until my lunch break. It also doesn’t dry your lips out which, in my opinion, is a plus! The only downside is that after wearing and reapplying it does get kind of cakey and patchy. It is such a gorgeous color though!

I would definitely recommend this product! You can purchase it here for $18.

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NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara

I already have several opened and unopened packages of mascara so I haven’t tried this out yet, but I am always up for a new mascara!

You can purchase it here for $4.99!

I at least enjoyed two of my five products and for the retail price of those items, $10 is not so bad! I highly recommend joining Ipsy! For $10 a month you get 5 deluxe sample or full sized products! If you would like to join, just click HERE to use my referral code!

Bargain Betty Me

#OOTD – Burgundy & Polka Dots

Since my last shopping trip at Kohl’s, I was obviously very excited to wear my new clothes to work… At Kohl’s… Anyways, I decided to show you all what I threw together. It was super quick and easy and something that anyone could pull off! It’ll also work all fall and winter long! All you have to do is add a cardigan and/or a scarf and you’re ready to go!

Here’s the look:

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This is the overall final look. I had to tweak it from what I wish I could have worn, but black combat boots just do not love my feet while I’m at work! I had to pair it with my Keds instead, and come Winter time, I’ll be pairing this combo with my Uggs!

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First, I started with my LC by Lauren Conrad cream blouse with little black polka dots. I fell in love with this piece when I saw it while shopping and had to buy it. The shirt is long, so I can easily wear it with leggings without my bum showing to the world. This shirt can be found on Kohl’s.com! They have it in a gray color, which I might have to purchase as well!

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I paired my lovely top with my burgundy cotton LC by Lauren Conrad leggings! I just love the whole cream/burgundy/black combo! As you can see here, I put on a pair of black moto boots (since my combat boots have disappeared!) I had to change out of these for work, but you get the gist! The leggings can also be found on Kohls.com!

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Now for my make-up, I, of course, went with my all time, hands down, absolute FAVORITE lipstick in the entire world. The NYX Butter Lipstick. This was the first time I had decided to wear my “fall” colored lipstick that was recommended to me by one of my blogger (and real life!) friends, Megan from Absolutely Smitten!

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This color is called Pops and I absolutely love it. I will definitely be buying more of these lipsticks, as soon as my obsession with buying nail polish subsides! You can purchase the NYX Butter Lipstick right here (however, I personally buy mine at ulta!)

There you have it! My Outfit of the Day!

Bargain Betty Me

Major make-up de-stash

When I was a teenager I was crazy about make-up. I was young and really didn’t know what I was wearing or even how to wear it. I wore bright colors, and tons of blues. At this point in time, my mom was also an Avon cosultant, so I frequently got to try the  new products, and I loved the Mark line of cosmetics. Once senior year hit, however, I became a total bum. I didn’t wear it at all unless I was forced to. Then came college, where I decided I didn’t care what I looked like. I was who I was and make-up wasn’t a priority. About a year ago, I started to wear some concealer and some mascara here and there, because those dark circles under my eyes have grown to massive proportions. Now, I am 21 (and I hate to say it, but nearly 22!), and I still look like I’m 15. I’m not lying! The first time I met my boyfriend’s mom she thought I was underage! And even last week a co-worker told me I could pass for being a freshmen in high school. My sister has recently gotten into make-up, and through her I have learned to love it. It does make me look a little bit older (at least I can pull off being 18 now!) and I’ve found the right balance of natural products that don’t make me look overdone. So, I finally decided that I should get rid of all that random stuff from my high school days. So, here is a photo of what my insanely large stash looked like:

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Don’t worry, this wasn’t all sitting on my vanity! Only that gray box, which contains my daily/ newer products. Everything else was shoved in to a drawer somewhere. I’m sure this isn’t even all of it, but that’s most of it at least. So, from all of this junk I got rid of:

  • 1 foundation
  • 2 concealers
  • 3 blushes
  • 7 large eyeshadow palettes
  • 14 eye liners
  • 15 mascaras
  • 21 random jars or sticks of eye shadow
  • 36 lip glosses and lipsticks
  • countless brushes

Now, most of this was random colors that I would never wear, or it was stuff so old that I can’t even remember where it came from. But with most of it I went to pinterest to look up how long make-up should be kept for (and 90% of my stuff didn’t pass the test). I decided to use makeup.com‘s guide.

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Like I said, most of it didn’t pass, and if I wasn’t sure I tossed it anyways. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. This brought my make-up collection down quite considerably. I ended up with just have my gray make-up box left! Here’s the final product!

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Now that I have it all organized, there was one thing left to do… Figure out a way to make sure that a make-up stash like that doesn’t happen again! I’d seen this idea before, so in no way am I taking credit for it, but here is what I did:

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I’m putting pieces of scotch tape on every item and dating it with when I purchased/received it. Although I think I may run out and grab little white dot stickers that are used at yard sales and such, I think they will look cleaner in the long run. This Nyx Butter lipstick was bought for me by one of my best friends about a week ago, hence why it is dated 8/14. For items that I don’t have an exact date for, I am going to put the year on it, so I know when they should be about to expire.

All in all, make sure you de-stash your collection often! Especially when it comes to eye make-up. You don’t want to get an eye infection like pink eye, and NEVER share eye make-up with anyone! That’s just asking for trouble!

I hope this post let you all get to know me and my make-up style a little bit better! See ya’ll next time!

Bargain Betty Me