I know I've been writing a lot about these makeup "where to buy for cheap" lately, but seriously, you need to take advantage of all the different avenues of deals out there!
I am a huge fan of Bare Escentuals and seriously, it's almost cheaper to buy a whole new start up kit ($60 and that includes 2 shades, warmth, mineral veil and the concealer with all of the necessary brushes) than to buy a refill ($25 per shade, yuck!). Whether you're going into the Bare Escentuals store, buying it from Sephora or any other beauty makeup supply place, that is pretty much the price you're looking at. Until...stylewithanna did a little research for you of course. OBSERVE!
Alllrighty. So, I looked and looked and I found a .08 oz of foundation (if you just need a refill and don't want to fuss with a whole other kit) on Amazon for as low as $12.99 with $3.75 for shipping. Without having to pay taxes and only paying $16.74, that's about an $8 plus tax savings! Not too shabby if you ask me. The great thing about Amazon is that if you're a prime member, you get free 2 day shipping. If you're not a prime member, but you purchase $20 or more, you get free standard shipping anyway. So you can avoid shipping costs altogether for an even bigger savings! Also, amazon is a bigger online company so if you ever have any problems, their return policies and process is much smoother and easier.
I have to mention ioffer because if you're familiar with this site and you know what to be careful for, it is super cheap here. I've seen Bare Escentuals starter kits that retail for $60 sell for as low as $20. It's a great way to try out the makeup without having to invest a lot. With that being said, be 'oh so' very careful. A lot, if not all items on ioffer ship from china and other places overseas and boy do they know how to knock off a hot product. So read carefully, read the feedback and make sure that what you're buying is Bare Escentuals and not some random rice powder that they're trying to pawn off as makeup. Don't always be afraid that it's from overseas, because let's face it, almost all products we have here are from overseas anyway. Just make sure it's not a knock off is all.
My favorite place to shop! Seriously, I rarely have a bad experience on ebay and I buy A LOT from them, including my Bare Escentual refills as a matter of fact! The thing is, my skin tone is a little weird. I'm an asian girl, so I have those golden undertones, but in the summer, I tan to the point where only my teeth and eyeballs are showing. So many times, I need to mix colors in order to find the right blend for my complexion. Oh yea, and I love warmth. It makes me look tan and healthy even in the winter time...not like I really experience winter since I live in Southern California, but still! So, I got 2 foundations at a buy it now price for $16 with free shipping and no tax. A $36 savings! And I got 3 bottles of warmth for $14.99, buy it now, no tax. Yea, warmth goes for $18/ea. plus tax at sephora or at Bare Escentuals. If you love ebay as much as I do, ignore every other place I've said and just go here. It's by far the cheapest, safest and easiest way to buy.
If you're going to avoid online altogether, I hear Ulta and Target is a good place to go. I can't guarantee it's going to be that much cheaper, but hey, that the price you pay for not getting with the times. There's only a select few Target stores that sell it, so you will have to do the leg work and please don't get frustrated and say I didn't tell you so. At the end of the day, if you are really that paranoid about online stuff, I guess you should just pay full price.
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StriVectin is the number one bestselling cream on the market. It's said to be better than botox. It's a miracle cream!...and it's awfully expensive. A tiny 1.3 oz. bottle of StriVectin eye cream will run you $59 retail. What if you're a skeptic like me. Does this stuff really work? That of course depends on the person, but the majority of the population who have tried StriVectin say 'yes'. That population includes my friends, family and myself. Keep in mind, the results are different for everyone. It takes time, so you must be patient and diligent in applying the cream daily. For my friend who tried StriVectin recently, I could see an obvious improvement in 2-3 days of use. The bottom line is that, if you wanna try StriVectin, but you don't want to shell out the full retail price, I've done some research for you:
Ebay is probably THE CHEAPEST place to buy StriVectin. A 1.3oz. bottle of StriVectin eye cream at Sephora is $59+tax. On ebay, a 1.3oz bottle of eye cream costs $38, Buy it now, free shipping, no tax. If you get it at Sephora, you're looking about approximately $63 with taxes. That's roughly about a 40% savings! Omg. And you can easily find a 1.0 oz. bottle for $29 with free shipping on ebay. Just make sure that the seller you're buying it from is reputable. Also, make sure the StriVectin is not some knock off product and you're good to go. Remember to read the seller's feedback and see if other ebayers have purchased StriVectin products from the seller and what they have to say about their purchase experience with the seller and the product. Ebay is seriously a lifesaver, everytime.
If you're not into bidding and you still haven't jumped on the ebay train, try amazon! You can purchase a 1.3 oz. bottle of eye cream anywhere from $42-$50 and get free shipping and no tax as well. It's a small savings for security, but still a savings compared to the retail price at the mall.
Odd right? I know. Well, the reason why I'm suggesting GNC is because when you sign up for the Gold Rewards card, you get 20% off. If you happen to already be a GNC shopper, why not right? Yes, it cost $15 to sign up. However, the moment you sign up, you get 20% off the day you join and 20% off the first 7 days of the month for a year. It's a little confusing and of course I wouldn't advise you do this unless you plan on using the discount to replenish StriVectin creams on a regular basis, buy in bulk, and/or buy other nutritional products. Then it's worth it. Otherwise, Ebay please!
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Ok you guys. A long time ago I did a post on organic makeup from Physician's Formula. It's "the thing to do" these days, as people are becoming more conscious about what their beauty products are made of. So, I ran out and bought the Physician's Formula Organic Wear Origin Mascara on special at CVS Pharmacy. You would buy the mascara for $9.95 but then get a $9.95 mail in rebate. Which I have yet to fill out, but essentially it costs nothing to try, so I did. I'm sure you wanna know if this organic mascara is actually better and if it does what it says. Let's break it down:
The description on the physiciansformula.com says:
- Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.
- 100% Recyclable Eco-Brush defines each lash with ultra-soft plastic bristles.
- 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, Synthetic Preservatives, Parabens, Clumping, Smudging, Flaking, Fibers & Dyes.
Ok, so as far as volume and natural definition: Check. I love the volume this mascara gives on my lashes. And that's hard for me because I'm Asian and don't have the long thick lashes like other girls. So I need all the help I can get! This mascara is great because there's no clumping no matter how many times you go over your lashes with the brush. I can also see it extend the length of my lashes without looking like I have a grip of mascara on. As far as smudging...well, when I put it on and forget about it throughout the day, I rub my eyes and notice a lot of it on my fingers. It rubs off pretty easily though. Whenever I rub my eyes, I just have to remember to wipe off the bottom of my eyes to wipe away any smudges. This happens with a lot of mascara's that I've tried. So it doesn't really bother me that much.
As far as the brush goes, I really like it. It feels more sanitary to me. It's like a rubber/plastic recycled synthetic material and I like it better than the hairy ones. In fact, I think it is one of the reasons why it goes on so smooth and doesn't clump. And it definitely feels like it keeps moist and doesn't dry up as quick.
My biggest beef with this mascara? Umm, well to put it bluntly: it smells like poop. I am so for serious. I mean, I put it on and it smells like poop all day on my face. Well, maybe not poop, but it's like an organic, grainy, granola, wheat type of smell and it's not good. So if they can come out with an unscented version, this mascara would rock. But since I am very sensitive to smell, it gets really annoying. The first time I used it, I could not figure out where the crazy smell was coming from! No ones eyes should stink and we'd like to keep it that way.
So, if you're not too sensitive to smell and you're totally into makeup that is eco-conscious, this is the product to use. I would start out going to Walgreens or CVS to see if they have the special rebate so you can try it for free (don't forget to fill out the rebate like I did). Or, I've seen it on a rare occasion on ebay for $4.50. It's worth a try. Don't pay more than $9.95 though.
Omg you guys, Smooth Away a generic version?? I had to buy it and test to see if Smooth Away is just regular sandpaper and could easily be knocked off. The results? Watch and find out!