Sunday, May 24, 2009

Free Stuff: WalMart samples

I've been using this feature on for over a year and love some of the items I have been able to try out. Visit  and check out what products they're offering free samples of. Sometimes it's random things like huggies diapers and pledge wipes, but quite often they offer beauty products. Just provide your shipping information and in a few short weeks you'll receive your sample of shampoo and conditioner, body wash or lotion, foundation, whatever! You have the option to sign up for the mailing list, but it's not necessary. Extra bonus: the samples usually come with a nice coupon if you decide to make a purchase. The samples change out frequently, so I like to check back once a week or so just to see if there's anything new.  The only catch is that ony one sample is provided per household. Enjoy!

Friday, May 22, 2009

FotD: May 21, 2009

Products Used:
Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer
Clinique Line Smoothing concealor
Clinique Perfectly Real liquid foundation
Revlon A Floral Affair Blush in "Pinking of You"
NYC loose translucent face powder
NYX Sahara shadow (on lid)
NYX Suede shadow (in crease)
The Body Shop Vanilla Cream shadow (highlight)
Covergirl Lash Blast
MAC Myth lipstick
Bonnebell Liplites gloss in Capuccino

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Deal Alert: ULTA, The Body Shop

Get a goodie bag filled with 20 deluxe product samples when you spend $25 or more at Use promo code 35993. 

Memorial day weekend, get 30% off spring and summer giftsets at the Body Shop. Don't forget about picking your free skincare starter kit with any $30 purchase, good through May 27. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Minimal Packing: MAC Palette is filled!

In attempt to pack lightly for my upcoming trip to France, I took a ong time to select which 15 eyeshadows would make the journey with me. I didn't want to use too wild colors like turquoise or hot pink because I will be over there studying and wanted to be more conservative so I picked a lot of neutral colors. I also wanted a good mix of dark and light for day and night looks. Colors listed by column from left-right and individual shadows within each column from top to bottom. 

First column: NYX trio Aloha, Mink Brown, Deep Bronze
Second column: MAC Sable, MAC  Satin Taupe, Smashbox Rapture
Third column: NYX Trio Sahara, Suede, Chocolate (which suffered a booboo during depotting and had to be re-pressed)
Fourth column: MAC Vellum, MAC Shale, MAC Graphology
Fifth column: The Body Shop Vanilla Cream, MAC Prussian, ELF Dusk

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Deal Alert: Stila

Receive a FREE Stila Appreciation 24kt Luxe Lip Gloss with your purchase of $25 or more. Use code Appreciate at checkout

Deal Alert: Bare Escentuals

May 12-14 Use code BLEMISH at checkout to receive a free deluxe sample of Rare Minerals Blemish Therapy with any BE online purchase. Free Shipping on orders over $50. 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

DIY Tooth Whitening- Simple and Cheap!

We all probably think we could use a whiter smile and have stains from smoking, coffee, soda, or wine. Getting your teeth professionally whitened can cost hundreds of dollars and even store bought at-home whitening systems can run over $50 and take over a week to see results. This simple DIY recipe can be used for instant results and is 100% natural.  All you need is one strawberry, baking soda, and your normal toothpaste.

First, crush the strawberry into a pulp and add 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda. Use a toothbrush to spread the misture on your teeth and let sit for 5 mins. Rinse out with water then brush your teeth using your regular toothpaste. Use a mouthwash or floss to get rid of any stubborn strawberry seeds. Voila!  The reulst may not be as dramatic as whitening systems, but it does work. 

Because the acid from the strawberry and abrasive nature of the baking soda can damage your tooth enamel if used too much, don't use this method more often than once a week. Enjoy that nice smile!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Deal Alert: The Body Shop

Thursday is a "Celebrate You" day for Body Shop "Love Your Body" members, meaning 20% off everything in-store or online. For those who aren't members, the card costs only $10 for a year. Members get 10% off every purchase for a year, 20% off on select days, and up to $50 in free gifts. 

Friday, May 1, 2009

Deal Alert: 50% off NYX!! has NYX 50% off now through May 15, in celebration of NYX's 10 anniversary. Use code NYX50 at checkout, US orders only.