Monday, May 3, 2010

Beauty shopping bargains

I've somehow managed to pick up a lot of makeup/beauty items recently. I have to watch out for late-night internet can be addictive! I placed my first order with E.L.F. makeup. I've read that their products can be hit or miss - but with prices ranging from $1-$3, it is worth your while to experiment. I went through some of my favourite makeup blogs to find some recommendations, and ended up with these items: (top row: Butter Pecan cream eyeshadow, Coffee gel eyeliner, Middle row: Warm bronzer, All Over Color sticks in Pink Lemonade and Golden Peach). My total order came to $9 - and after googling for coupon codes, I got $5 off my order - so all this makeup cost $4 (plus $6.95 shipping) - not bad!

I also ordered 2 brushes from Coastal Scents...and yes - my decision was majorly influenced by their pinkness! One is a kabuki brush, and the other is a slanted eyeliner brush to use with gel eyeliner. With shipping the two brushes came to $8.27 - definitely very budget friendly! Of course the price was right - as to the quality - time will tell. Will definitely update once my items arrive!

My local Winners (Canadian equivalent of TK Maxx/TJ Maxx) recently enlarged their beauty product section. They now have a fantastic selection of quality products - I was able to find so many of my wishlist items - I actually had to put a few things back! Here's what I got:
-Revlon Nails - seems like a fun thing to try out
-Batiste dry shampoo in Black - I'd been looking for this everywhere - it's the perfect product for those "in-between-shampoo" days. I've already used this - and it is amazing. Much more effective than baby powder !
-Terax Crema conditioner - I've had this on my wishlist since 2006, when I first read rave reviews about it on beauty blogs
-Kent Brush cleaner - I bought this to use on my Mason Pearson natural bristle brush - they are very hard to clean - and you can't submerge it in water. This product is a life saver.
-Duo false eyelashes with glue - I've read that Duo glue is the best product for applying eyelashes - so I had to get this little kit, which comes with a small tube of glue and a pair of dense eyelashes.
-GOSH pigment in Satin (not from Winners) - I bought this at Shoppers Drug Mart. I've regretted not buying Barry M pigments when I lived in England - then I read this blog post. Apparently, this pigment is BETTER than Barry M AND this shade is a dupe for All That Glitters (a MAC eyeshadow that I've been meaning to purchase). It's a pinky bronze shade that suits my skintone perfectly!

This is not beauty or bargain related - but I bought 2 tops and pair of jeans from Garage this past weekend. Garage seems to be for the Hollister generation (while I'm 31) but I often find cute clothes there.
This yellow cotton top is such a pretty colour:

I love the floral embroidery on this white top - it is so light and summer-y. The jeans are beyond comfortable - they really suck you in! This pair is ripped and shredded - I wouldn't usually purchase them, but they were on sale, and made me happy. I hope they come out with a tailored dark denim version.

Have you found any great beauty bargains recently? Do you shop at "non-age appropriate stores"? I'd love to read about your thoughts in the comments section!

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