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

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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

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!

FINALLY – Full mini haul synopsis!

Okay, so as promised, here is my full mini haul overview, yes it took like five days, I’ve been busy getting ready for my vacation!!!

Again, here’s a picture of the entire purchase!

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So, let’s start with my first purchase of the afternoon. It was made at my favorite store – Kohl’s of course! I can NEVER get away from that place I swear!

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Kohl’s – Here’s what I got:

1) Jenifer Lopez denim shorts – $13.20: I’ve really become addicted to misses jeans/shorts/etc. Juniors are just SO low-rise and seeing as how I’m almost 22 I feel it was best to start getting into looking like a young woman instead of a little teenager. These shorts are perfect! They come just a little below my belly button and they’re also a bit longer in length so everything stays in place without falling out!

2) Apartment 9 linen shorts – $12.00: I almost bought these shorts a few months ago when they were like $25! So finding them for $12 was definitely a steal! Just like the J.Lo shorts they fit right below my belly button and are still long enough to cover everything. Plus they are super light weight so it’ll keep my cool while I’m camping later this week!

3) LC by Lauren Conrad silver flip-flops – $3.99: Again, this was another item that I almost bought a few months ago for $10. So happy I waited! They’re super cute and can be worn with basically anything and everything. I actually wore them out shopping yesterday! They did start to hurt my feet after a while, but for $4, totally worth it!

Regular price of merchandise = $103.99

Sale price of merchandise = $29.19

What I paid = $6.23

Amount saved = $97.76

HOW?! First I had my associate discount, then I had a coupon for 20% off and finally I had Kohl’s cash for $20! Definitely an awesome haul in my opinion!

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Ulta – Here’s what I got:

1) NYX butter lipstick in taffy – $5.99: I am IN LOVE with the NYX butter lipsticks. They are pure perfection. I never wore lipstick until my best friend suggested that I try the butter lipsticks by NYX. This was my second color I bought, and yesterday my friend bought me my third! It’s slowly becoming an addiction. I’ll eventually probably make a post dedicated to this heavenly item!

2) Inkahoots hair ties 3-pack – $4.99: I love the hair tie trend where it looks just like a ribbon. I can wear it as more of a “bracelet” to work without looking like a slob with hair ties everywhere. The colors were a pink and purple tye-dye, green, and black. I love these things and probably own five dozen by now. Also, these ended up being on clearance for less than $1! So, definitely a great purchase!

3) NYX waterproof concealer stick in light – $4.99: I don’t have a perfect face with perfect skin so concealer is s must have! I never tried a NYX version before (I’ve been using an ELF concealer stick that I got for like $3 in Target), but I really wanted to try something different which was hopefully better. When I saw it was waterproof I thought it would be perfect for camping or the beach! So far I’ve used it but not in water so I’m not sure how well it is going to work yet, but hey! It’s always worth a shot!

Regular price of merchandise = $15.97

Sale price of merchandise = $11.95

What I paid = $9.04

Amount saved = $6.93

HOW?! Every single time you go in to Ulta, go on their website. There is ALWAYS a $3.50 off of $10 or more for any non-prestige brand make-up. TRY IT! Also, join their rewards program! I heard 8 points on this visit!

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Christmas Tree Shop – Here’s what I got:

1) Over the door mirror – $9.99: I really needed a mirror. I now have a blog so I need a good way to take picture of outfits/ staple pieces/ etc. So I bought this mirror. I then walked in to Target and found the sale thing for $6… But that’s another story.

2) Claw hair clips 5-pack – $1.00: I needed new clips for my hair for when I pull it into a half-up, half-down do. I bought these thinking, ‘aw, they can’t be that bad!’. I was wrong. They’re awful. NEVER purchase these! Within a day one of them was already broken! It shattered while I was trying to remove it all over my boyfriend’s floor. He also later stepped on one of the springs, so I definitely hate these things for hurting him!

Regular price of merchandise = $10.99

Sale price of merchandise = n/a

What I paid = $11.76 (darn sales tax!)

Sadly, nothing was on sale and I didn’t have any coupons 😦

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Rue 21 – Here’s what I got:

1) Sublimation hoody duster sweater – $19.99: I LOVE this item. It is SO cute. It’s also light weight so it’s even nice to wear during the summer with a pair of shorts or a dress. I plan on wearing it into the fall with leggings though!

2) Tribal sleeveless duster sweater – $16.99: I also LOVE this! I’m not a huge fan of Rue 21 because their clothing is made cheap. I would definitely caution anyone buying something from Rue. However, These two sweaters were too cute to pass up. I’ve been looking for items like this, and I won’t wear them THAT often (jk I totally will!)

Regular price of merchandise = $45.98

Sale price of merchandise = $36.98

What I paid = $18.48

Amount saved = $27.50

How?! Rue was running an extra 50% of the clearance ticket price of select items. Both of these qualified.

Now here’s the overall breakdown for this trip!

Regular price of all items = $176.93

Sale price of all items = $89.11

What I paid for all items = $45.51

Amount saved = $131.42

This was by far one of the most successful shopping trips EVER.

Keep on shopping!

Bargain Betty Me