FREE Fall Beauty Bag from Target

It’s back!

Head on over to Target’s Page on Facebook, and go to the Beauty Bag tab to get your FREE Fall Beauty Bag with samples and coupons!

This is one of my absolute favorite samples of all time!  I have received a few of these, since Target started offering them, and they are great!

Deluxe samples included are Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Jergens Daily Moisure lotion, L’Oreal EverCreme hair care, Fekkai Glossing hair care, and Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy hair care.

Allow 8 to 10 weeks for this fabulous sample to arrive in the mail.

Covergirl and Olay Foundation & Pressed Powder – A BzzAgent Product Review

These are my favorite type of product reviews – beauty products!  If you know me, you know that I love my makeup.  Love, Love, Love.  And there is no exaggeration there at all.  I am completely serious.

Warning:  The following review contains graphic photos of me without any makeup.  View at your own discretion.  Just kidding! =)

As a BzzAgent, I was accepted into the Covergirl and Olay Campaign, which means I was provided the Covergirl and Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and Pressed Powder for this review.  As always, the opinions expressed herein are my honest opinion of these products.

I started wearing makeup when I was 12.  I would sneak it to school and put on makeup in the bathroom before school started.  Nothing major, just eyeshadow and blush to begin with, but the makeup monster within was born.  From then on, I knew I was in love with makeup.  Not because I thought I needed it, but because I liked it.  I liked (and still do) the the way makeup enhances your natural features.

When I was 16, my best friend and I started wearing foundation.  We liked the Covergirl liquid foundation and pressed powder.  It had this distinctive scent that I can still remember.  I loved it.

Fast forward a few years, and my makeup skills and needs have evolved.  These days, I typically use a mineral powder foundation – I have found the mineral powder foundations to generally have a better coverage and more natural look than liquid foundations.  And it’s easier to avoid that “line” along your chin with the mineral foundations (which by the way, you shouldn’t have if you have the correct color foundation).  But I thought it would be fun to try a liquid foundation again, especially since its Covergirl.

Covergirl has teamed with Olay to produce Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation that combines foundation any hydrating serum that covers fine lines and wrinkles and helps to hydrate skin to improve it over time.  The Covergirl & Olay Pressed Powder helps to brighten skin while softening the look of imperfections in a unique formula that doesn’t look heavy or cakey.

Now, for the review.

First, a photo of me, clean face, sans makeup, with only moisturizer on my face.

Next, I applied the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab Foundation with a foundation brush.  When applying liquid foundation, I suggest starting with your forehead working from the center of the face out, then under the eyes, again from the center of the face out.  This helps to avoid that “line” I was talking about before.  There has always been the debate between using your fingers, a sponge, or a brush to apply foundation.  Here’ my take:  if you use your fingers, you are guaranteed to get an uneven application, if you use a sponge, you lose a bunch of your foundation to the sponger (it just soaks it up), not to mention sponges are known to harbor bacteria, so I prefer a foundation brush.  You can get a nice, even application of the foundation, and brushes are easily washed (and should be on a regular basis).  After the foundation, I lightly patted a thin layer of pressed powder all over my face.  Here I am with the Covergirl & Olay foundation and powder only:

To finish, I applied a little bronzer, blush, a few shades of eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and lip tint.  Here’s the finished me:

My thoughts on the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab foundation:  It applies well, has a good, thick, silky consistency, and applied very easily and evenly over my face.  It had good coverage, and the color matched my skin tone perfectly, so there was no issue the the “line.”

My thoughts on the Covergirl & Olay Pressed Powder:  I found the powder puff applicator that came with the compact to be a bit cheap, so I bought another one that was better quality and used that with the powder.  That made all the difference in the world in application.  I really like the pressed powder, it comes off onto the applicator in light layers, so application is very light and translucent.  And it finishes off the foundation very well.

My conclusions:  I think the foundation is very good quality and works very well.  For me however, it has too much coverage and is a little too thick for my needs.  The pressed powder however, has found a permanent home in my purse.  I love it for touch ups.  I would recommend both products to friends and family.

Upcoming Product Review: Covergirl and Olay

YaY!  

I’ve been accepted into the Covergirl and Olay BzzCampaign!

But what does that mean?  

Well, I’ll be receiving a package in the mail containing the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and the Covergirl & Olay Pressed Powder to try out a few times, then I will write a review on this blog with my honest opinions and experiences with the product, and share it with BzzAgent.  If the results are favorable, I will continue to use the Covergirl and Olay foundation and pressed powder, and write one additional review of with more of the personal opinions and experiences with the product.

A word of caution:  The review will contain a photo of me sans makeup.  I wanted to forewarn you, so you aren’t scared when you see it =)

First Impressions:  I have always thought of the brands Covergirl and Olay to be good quality products, although I personally don’t use them in my typical morning makeup routine.  Years ago, I did, Covergirl was my ‘staple’ brand makeup, mostly because it was widely available, with many options to choose from (eyeshadows, eyeliner, foundation shades, etc.), and I could afford it.

I am looking forward to receiving these products in the mail and start playing, ahem trying them out!

crgccreations Flower Clips Review, Discount & Giveaway! – CLOSED

Yellow Flower Clip

Today I bring you a review of a few products from what I think is a great Etsy shop named crgccreations.  I came upon crgcreations on Etsy while just “window” shopping for some oh-so necessary flower clips (yeah, right, who am I kidding.  My friends and family have tons of flower clips and I have more flowers that go in my hair than I have in my front yard =D).  But, hey, I love them.  So that’s that.  So anyway, I purchased a variety of flower clips and headbands, and was very impressed with their quality. After a little back-and-forth email with the shop owner, Carla, I was given the OK to do this Review and Giveaway.  She’s even throwing in a discount to my readers BOTH (oh yes, she has TWO shops on Etsy…you’ll have to read on) of her shops. And of course there’s the giveaway, too.  That comes from me!

Carla is offering 10% off to my readers to BOTH of her Etsy shops, the codes are below:

First a little background on Carla, the shop owner of crgccreations.  Carla is a stay at home mommy, who enjoys creating accessories in her “spare” time.  After spending TOO much money on hair accessories for daughter, she decided to begin making her own!  Her creativity has grown from hair accessories into no-slip accessories, crochet hats, wristlets (cuffs), not to mention wallets, camera cases, and the occasional custom gift basket of any theme!  She also has an Etsy shop called rcocosmetics, where Carla sells her handmade, paraben-free, sensitive-skin friendly cosmetics (none of the ingredients are tested on animals).

Here are a few photos of me with the gorgeous flowers in my hair:

Dusty Blue Flower Clip

Purple Flower Clip

After I made my order on Etsy at crgccreations, I literally received a package in the mail with all my goodies in three days!  I have never ordered anything from Etsy (or similar sites) that have come so fast in the mail.  Not to mention I had a good amount email exchange with Carla, and she is very personable and willing to help out with anything you need/request.  When I opened the package, I honestly have to say, these are the most beautiful hair flower clips zipper flower clips (see below for a close-up picture, these are unique, one of a kind handcrafted beauties) I have ever seen.  I think I have fallen in love, again, with my hair accessories.

I wore one in my hair to work today for a fun, flirty summery look.  I thought it was rockin’ (but I guess that could be a biased opinion, being I am talking about me and all =D).

And for the GIVEAWAY!

One very lucky reader will win this fun pack of hair accessories:

  • Maroon Flower with Matching Headband
  • Pink Flower Brooch with Matching Headband (can be pinned into Headband)
  • Blue Ostrich Feather Clip

Pink Zipper Brooch

How do you enter to win?  EASY!  Just leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite item is from either the Etsy crgccreations shop or rcocosmetics shop.  This giveaway will close July 10th ad 11:59pm EST.  Winner will be notified via email and will be announced here on my blog.  Good Luck!

Disclosure:  I was not compensated to provide this review.  All opinions in this post are my own, and the giveaway items are provided my me!

Covergirl & Olay $10 Rebate

Here’s a fabulous Rebate! Get $10 Back when you purchase $20 worth of Covergirl & Olay Cosmetics between May 25, 2012 and July 7, 2012.  Your rebate will come in the form of a pre-paid card.

Eligible products include:  Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation, Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation, Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush, Covergirl& Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer, Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Concealer and Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Corrector.

Your rebate request must be postmarked by August 7, 2012.  Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery of your rebate.

By the way, I will be posting more rebates (yay!) and a “Rebates 101″ post so we can all save more money by using rebates.

Neutrogena Cosmetics Review

Yesterday I brought you my review of Garnier Fructis’ Triple Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.  Today I bring a review of one my favorite things on earth – makeup!  More specifically Neutrogena Cosmetics – Revitalizing Lip Balm, Nourishing Eyeliner and Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector (all shown below).

As a part of BzzAgent, I was accepted into the Neutrogena Campaign, and waited for the for my free products to arrive in the mail so I could review them.  I have to admit, I was really excited about this campaign.  I’m a “girly -girl,” so a cosmetics review is right up my alley.

My knowledge of Neutrogena as a brand before the campaign – really good skin care.  I knew they carried cosmetics, but I had never tried them. I guess now was the time!

And then the package came in the mail!  Oh la la!  I just couldn’t wait for morning to come to try the makeup out, so I had to try all the components out that very evening!

First, the Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Eye Perfector (better known as under-eye concealer).  This stuff does exactly what it says its going to do… brighten and conceal, without being cakey like many other concealers.  I like the dispenser too, all you do is twist a couple clicks, and a little come out onto the flow-through brush (enough for both eyes!).  And, it is formulated with UVA/UVB SPF 25, to protect that sensitive skin around the eyes from the harsh sun.  This retails for $11.99 at any local drugstore or big box store, and I think it’s well worth it.

Next up, the Neutrogena’s Nourishing Eye Liner.

I received the black to review, which is good, because that’s what I wear.  I like it, the liner goes on smooth and dark (although I personally like a bit of thinner line when applying for precise application, but this one is OK), and has good smudge-ability.  It’s infused with olive oil and rain-forest shea butter to condition the delicate skin around the lashes. This Eye Liner will run you about $7.49 at your local drugstore, big box store.This Eye Liner is available is black, pewter, chocolate, and twilight blue.  I

And finally, last but not least, Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Lip Balm.  I really like the texture of these lips balms.  They are very smooth, and go on in a perfectly-thin layer (not thick, messy, and in globs like some waxy-ish lip balms I have tried in the past).  I also love the tint of color – just enough to give some life to the lips, but not so much the color looks fake.  This will run you about $8.49 retail.  And because it has a touch of color and SPF 20 in it, this great lip balm could replace more than one product in your arsenal (gotta love that!).

I really, really, enjoyed reviewing these Neutrogena Cosmetics, and have to say, the Healthy Skin Eye Perfector and Lip Balm are here to stay in my makeup bag.  Well, at least the concealer will be at home for the morning routine, and the lip in my purse so I have it with me at all times!  Thanks BzzAgent for a great campaign!

Victoria Secrets Deals, ending tonight!

Get 4% cash back at VictoriaSecret.com and you can get two (2) FREE $10 (or more!) Victoria Secret Reward Cards when you spend $10 or more online, ENDING TONIGHT!!!

The Secret Cards are exactly like gift cards, except you can only use them on one purchase  between April 1 and April 30th (in-store and online).  You will need to pay shipping on your purchase, unless you were lucky enough to find a coupon code for FREE SHIPPING.

Here’s how to score the best deal:

1. Log into ebates so you can get your 4% cash back on your entire purchase.  When you open a new ebates account, you will receive a FREE $20 gift card with your first ebates “check.”  I will be posting soon about all the great reasons you should ebates!!!

2. Shop, Shop, Shop.  I always hit the “Sales and Specials” section first, for the best deals, of course.

3. Sign in and Check out (remember to check the box that says “Offer Code” so you can enter coupon codes after log in.

4. Enter your Coupon Codes (you can enter up to three!)

SECRET12 (two FREE $10+ Secret Reward Cards with any  $10 purchase will be included, but htis offer

 expires TONIGHT!)

Free Shipping with Clothing Purchase (look in your emails with the subject line “Spring’s Hottest Dresses…” for a unique coupon code and pin)

20STYLE (20% off select clothing)

 SEVEN (Seven cotton panties for only $26!)

Happy Shopping!!!