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

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

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

Black Friday Deals (or steals???)

So, back on November 26th (a.k.a. forever ago!), I posted about the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sales I was looking forward to. (Click here to see the post!) I figured I should probably let you guys see what I had actually purchased!

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I took advantaged of a deal that Urban Decay was doing for their 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. I love these pencils, they’re really great. Super pigmented and blend really well. The deal was 2 pencils for $20. I ended up purchasing Black Velvet (from the 24/7 Velvet line – as shown above) and Minx. Minx ended up back ordered and I didn’t receive that until about a week before Christmas. I was able to use a discount code on my order as well, so each pencil came out to be about $8. Each pencil by themselves retails for $20!I also received a UD Ultimate Hookup discount card with my order. I have $20 off a single purchase, and I am deliberating what to get! (Probably going with the Naked on the Run!) I saved about $23 on this purchase (and now have $20 to spend)!

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 Next up was an order from good old Julep! I had been dying to buy myself this all new holiday palette from Julep. This is the Sweep – Photogenic Eye Palette! This palette is right up my alley with the beautiful neutrals and mix of mattes and shimmers. I can create (and have created) so many different looks with this already! Julep also had a bunch of $1 polish deals. Select polishes would check out at $1 if you used a certain code. I ended up purchasing Alex, which is that beautiful purple polish shown above. The rest of these polishes were part of the four Black Friday Surprises that I purchased. Finally, the Double Step is a foot treatment that is used for dry, cracked feet, which is definitely something I’ve been dealing with lately. This order cost me $58. Retail of it all would have been about $160.

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My last order from Black Friday came from BH Cosmetics! This was the first time purchasing anything from BH Cosmetics so I was excited to receive it. I ordered the Wild Child Baked Eyeshadow Palette. Half the reason I bought this palette was because it came in such cute packaging! I actually haven’t used this palette yet so I’m unsure of if I actually like it! I also got a Creme Luxe Lipstick in Foxy Gold. It’s a beautiful brown lipstick. It’s creamy and doesn’t dry your lips. Finally, I purchased a Color Lock Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Dake Rose. I actually haven’t tested this one to see if I like it or not. Retail of all three products would have been $37. I paid $17!

All in all, my total spending for Black Friday was $92. I saved well over $100! I love shopping great sales!

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!