19
Jun
08

Makeup and Me Part 2: Beauty Swag!

Since I gave y’all my makeup wearing background and asked about y’alls favorite makeup lines and products, I figured, why not share mine? This post is gonna be chock full of gorgeous swag AND coupon codes so y’all can grab some wonderful beauty products too. I’m all about saving a dollar when I can.

Now, in case y’all hadn’t realized it, I love to shop. One would think I have much more money than I have considering the amount of shopping I do. Not so. I believe in coupons and such, so whenever I find a company I love, I sign up for emails and whatever rewards program they have.

So, first up is Sephora. I love grabbing their bath and body line, and a while ago I discovered the Whipped Body Delights. They’re super moisturising, and they smell so delicious. I grabbed this set:

Mmm...fruity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Sorbet Set. It comes with four scents: Pink Grapefruit, Grapeseed, White Peach, and Lemon Drop. I loved all but the pink grapefruit. There was nothing bad about it; I’m just not a fan of grapefruit in any form (the actual fruit, juice, scents…yeah. ew.) But my mother absolutely loves it. There is also an Ice Cream Set available (that’s getting ordered next week). It has Coffee & Cream, Peppermint Mocha, Marshmallow, and Vanilla Frosting in the set. Don’t want to commit to four at once? Well, they also sell some individually (but many of the scents I mentioned only come in the sets). What I would do is order the sets, pick my favorites, and give away the rest. The sets will run you $20 apiece, and the individual ones run from $4 to $8 depending on the scent.

Now, this is the thing about Sephora. If you want their deals, you’re totally gonna have to sign up for their emails. Also, join their Beauty Insider club! It’s free! They send emails with special codes to deluxe(read: bigger sized) samples, and when you spend $100, you get a special super deluxe sample with your next order. I’m up to 90 points. Yeah. Oh, and if you want their sale stuff? Type “sale” in their search bar, and it’ll take you to the sale section. Some stuff is up to 70% off!

Next up: Clinique. Now, Clinique is absolutely not cheap. I know, I know. But you can still get great deals from their website. Join Club Clinique (again, it’s free!) or join the email list…or do both like me. Every week I get a new code towards getting extra swag with my order or free shipping…or both. For example, this week, you can get a free travel-size Superbalm Moisturising Gloss and free shipping with any purchase by entering CONCERNS at checkout. BUT! You gotta be a Club Clinique member to redeem. So go do that. Now. Go. Because the code’s only good till June 23.

Ok, Ok. I keep showing y’all places with the not so cheap swag. Let me make it up (ha! puns! I’m so funny.) to you. Welcome to Eyes Lips Face. Y’all, the first time I met this website I was AMAZED. Just about everything there (excluding the mineral makeup and the bath and body stuff) is just $1. No, seriously. I spent about $25 dollars that first visit and got a BOATLOAD of swag. Now typically, I’m not an advocate of the $1 makeup, because I feel one should pay for quality. Y’all, this makeup is the awesome, even for that $1, and I did a mini shopping spree not to long ago. I spent maybe $15 total (shipping and all folks) and got some great stuff. My favorite pieces to grab? The brightening eye color, the liquid eyeliner, and the Super Glossy Lip Shine. With deals this good, who needs offer codes? YOU DO, because even with these prices, they still send out codes, tips, and looks in their emails. So go sign up for that. Oh, and you get a gift for your birthday.

Still want some cheapie looks? Well, head on over to Ulta! They have a mix of the bargains (you can get your CoverGirl, Revlon, Almay, and such here) and the luxe (Urban Decay, Too Faced, Lorac, Smashbox) so you can decide how much of a treat you want to give yourself. They also have great bath and body items…seriously, y’all, Ulta has everything. Including a rewards program (Ulta Beauty Rewards), which helps you earn points towards free swag, and awesome gifts with purchase. Sign up for the emails, and every week, you get a new coupon code to put towards your online purchases (get the rewards card, and you’ll get coupons in the mail you can take to the stores!) So, to get you started, use promo code 93849 to get $3.50 off a $10 or more purchase. If you decide to scoop some BareMinerals, do so from here, because you can get it shipped to you free when you enter code SHIPBAREFREE at checkout. AND if you spend $40 or more you get a free Rose Radiance All Over Face color too…while supplies last. Hop on this one now, folks, ’cause BareMinerals goes fast. These promotions end June 28, 2008, so you have a little time to fully click about the site and decide what you want. For more special offers, click here to go to a listing.

And finally, I wanted to show you some swag I scooped from Urban Decay. I’m pretty new to the brand, but they have the bold, eye-popping colors I absolutely love. I signed up for email updates the other day, and I was excited to get an email with a code to get a free mini lipgloss set. I’d give y’all the code…but it expired (sorry, y’all. but next code I’ll share, I promise!) Here’s the lipgloss set:

Tingly, sparkly goodness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the XXX Shine Stash. It’s a set of mini forms of their XXX Shine Gloss. It has peppermint oil, so it gives you a bit of a tingle when you put it on, and the colors are very blendable (even the red isn’t too harsh) so you can layer it over lipstick or just wear it alone for a sheer hit of color. Yours for $25.

I also scooped some Flavored Body Powder:

Delicious Glittery Goodness!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a pic of the Cocoa, but it also comes in Caramel, Marshmallow, and Honey. I have the Caramel. It leaves a beautiful shimmer, and if your date/significant other/puppy gets friendly, they get a burst of flavor with each kiss…or puppy kiss. Yours for $15 to $26, depending on the flavor.

And to round out my first Urban Decay order, I scooped some eyeshadow. I picked Midnight Cowgirl, a gorgeous sparkly pale gold color.

Now, if y’all are looking for brands/stores that don’t do animal testing? Urban Decay (and it’s sister site, Hard Candy), Too Faced, Eyes Lips Face cosmetics, Clinique, Almay, and many others (these are my favorites) don’t. If you aren’t sure, go to the product’s website and look. Often, they’ll have a section where they’ll state if they do. Can’t find it? More than likely they do, or you’ll have to go to the corporate website to find out. Such is the case of many drugstore brands (like CoverGirl, you’d have to go to Proctor and Gamble’s website to find out.)

And so ends the beauty swag post. Did I leave out any deals y’all know about? Didn’t mention your favorite cosmetic store or brand? Leave them in the comments! And y’all have a glamorous day!

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11 Responses to “Makeup and Me Part 2: Beauty Swag!”


  1. 1 Becky
    June 19, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I love urban decay! I have four of their deluxe eyeshadows (graffiti=bright green, fishnet=bright purple that really makes my green eyes pop, ransom=dark purple and sting=hot pink). I want all the rest too, the colours are amazing. But they are quite pricy ($18 each).

  2. June 19, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I really love ULTA I got a bunch of hard candy makeup from there a few years ago. I just recently bought the BareMinerals starter kit. And I am a FAN. My face usually eats makeup so by the end of the day I might as well not be wearing any. But I just got all dolled up for a outdoor graduation party + wedding marathon in the St. Louis Humidity, and my makeup looked just as awesome when I got home. (plus, some of my zits actually GOT BETTER. *Brain Explode*)

    I also cannot recommend enough though the Mentha Lip Tint by CO Bigelow, from Bath and Body Works. Normally I’m not a huge fan. But I got a thing of their metha chap stick from a corporate event (they are clients) and I was HOOKED. The nice thing is the gloss and the stick both have a refreshing tingly feeling, without that sticky… coated… my hair wont stop sticking to my lips… thing. Plus, it makes you taste minty fresh! Which is great for so many reasons!!!

  3. 3 fillyjonk
    June 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Next time you’re shopping Urban Decay, DEFINITELY get yourself some of their eyeshadow primer if you wear eye makeup. That stuff is boss.

  4. June 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve been preaching the Sephora mailing list/beauty insider for awhile.

    Also, I love Urban Decay but good lord their customer service can suck.

  5. June 19, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    I love MAC with everything I have in me. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is an absolute miracle, but I have heard from some darker-skinned people that it can make them look ashy. If that is a concern, the MAC Paints do an amazing job as an eyeshadow base.

  6. June 19, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Man. I meant to put MAC in the post. I just ordered some eyeshadow in Bronze and some Slimshine Lipstick in Mousse. I’ve never tried the Slimshine Lipstick before, but I love the classic lipstick, so I’m sure it’ll work out great.

    And I think I’ll go pick up some of the Urban Decay Primer potion. I spoke a bit in the other post about my oily skin. Eyeshadow can disappear on me sometimes if I get the wrong brand (hence the amount of money I spend on my products). I figure once I put the eyeshadow on top of the primer, I won’t look ashy. 😀

  7. 7 nuckingfutz
    June 20, 2008 at 6:26 am

    FN, I meant to say this last night (but I guess I forgot, ‘cuz it’s not here…): THANK YOU for the link to e.l.f.!! They sell out here in the UK, and everything’s £1.50! That actually DOES fit into my woefully-small budget! Most of the other stuff you’ve got up there… as much as I’d LOVE to try it… I just canNOT afford. But this stuff? YAY!!

    You deserve a great big hug for that alone!

  8. June 20, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Yay for makeup that fits in the budget! I’m so glad you’ve found something you can afford to try, Nuckingfutz. And you’re very, very welcome!

    In the interest of full disclosure: I found e.l.f. when I was still in college. I wanted to get Clinique like my friends, but I was working a lil’ part time job that paid about $250 every two weeks. Even with my rebate check (for those not familiar, a rebate or net check is leftover financial aid money that the school didn’t use for expenses), I had to stick to a budget. When I found that website, I was able to really beef up my makeup bag without spending a lot.

    If you decide to try out the bath and body line (I haven’t done so yet) let me know how it works!

  9. June 21, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    That Sorbet Set sounds pretty nice, especially for the price. I got to try it some time.

  10. June 27, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I don’t really wear a lot of makeup, but a) that means that I will need some help if I decide to start, so this post is great and b) regardless, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to share all of your favorites. Thanks!!


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