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Sunday, July 6, 2014

No weekly drugstore sale wrapup this week

Due to a family emergency, I won't be able to post the usual weekly drugstore wrapup for this week. My dad has been in the hospital since the 4th of July and we're unsure how long he will continue to be hosptalized.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Love,
G

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NEW Maybelline The Brights and The Smokes palettes now on the Ulta website

If you've been keeping up with my coverage of the new-for-2014 products from Maybelline, then you know that in addition to the new The Nudes Palette (CLICK HERE for my full review), there were supposed to be two additional palettes coming out this year. Well thanks to reader Fae F. for leaving a comment on the You Tell Me page today, alerting us to the fact the other two palettes are officially listed on the Ulta site:
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Maybelline The Brights, The Smokes and The Nudes palettes
(retail: $9.99 each, 0.34 oz)

You can click HERE to view these palettes but as of the time of this post, THEY ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE (I'm talking about The Brights and The Smokes of course--The Nudes palette has been available for a few weeks now and you can definitely purchase that at Ulta). Believe me, I tried to order The Brights and The Smokes and I was met with the dreaded "this item is temporarily out of stock" message when I added them to my cart. Hopefully they will be available soon, both at Ulta and at all of the usual retailers!

Again, my full review of The Nudes palette (with dupe comparisons) is HERE if you missed it.

Thanks again, Fae F., for the great news!

New Big Lots and Dollar Tree sightings

I've got some new Dollar Tree and Big Lots sightings for you today, thanks to some kind readers!

First up, reader @boredorbananas on Instagram spotted this at her Dollar Tree today and was nice enough to share a pic:

image credit: @boredorbananas for Nouveau Cheap
AcneFree 24 Hour Severe Acne Clearing System
(Retail: around $25; Dollar Tree price: $1)

I've blogged in the past about how AcneFree products have been showing up at Dollar Tree (face washes, scrubs and pads) but this is the first time I've seen a KIT. This exact kit currently retails for $25.46 at drugstore.com. Wow!

Next up...some Big Lots nail polish sightings!

It's back: BOGOFREE all Physicians Formula cosmetics at Target (7/6 - 7/19)

Many thanks to reader Cammi for letting us know that the BOGOFREE Physicians Formula sale at Target is BACK, starting next week!

From the Physicians Formula Facebook page:


Set your calendars, PF fans!

Thanks again, Cammi, for the great tip!

Macy's beauty clearance deals (Urban Decay, Benefit and more)

So I was poking around the Macy's website this morning and stumbled across some nice clearance deals on higher-end makeup. Naturally, you KNOW I had to share...

Just one more reason to love her...

"Lately I've been using a Kate Somerville face wash, but I'm also a great believer in drugstore products. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get quality stuff nowadays." 
--Helen Mirren, Redbook, July 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July Beauty Sale Round-Up

LAST UPDATE: 12:15PM, 7/3/14.

Here's a round-up of the Independence Day beauty deals that I know about so far. I will update this list as more come through (and thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to this list!).  

Sinful Colors Round-Up (new displays and new shades)

Over the past few weeks, there have been several new Sinful Colors displays popping up at Rite Aid and Walgreens. In fact, there are so many new displays right now that it's been a little crazy trying to make sense of them all! I always want to tell you exactly what is new and what is being repromoted within each new display, and I have several readers to thank for helping me in that endeavor. So let's get started!

NOTE: If you submitted pics and you do not see them below, I am so sorry! I received several submissions for each of these displays (thank you SO much) and I'm afraid that some of them may have gotten lost in the shuffle--you do not want to see my in-box right now. It's a wreck! So anyway, THANK YOU for your submissions and I apologize if you don't see your pics below.

First up, this new display spotted by reader @cateyesdamsel on Instagram at Walgreens:

image credit: @cateyesdamsel for Nouveau Cheap
Sinful Colors Declare Your Style end-cap display at Walgreens

The Wednesday Question

What are the most valuable things you've learned from reading beauty blogs?

I can't even begin to list all of the valuable things I've learned from beauty blogs, but I think one of the MOST valuable things I've learned is that you can you clean up a manicure with razor-sharp precision using a small makeup brush dipped in acetone. Before beauty blogs came into my life, it just never occurred to me that you could do this. Back in 2010, it prompted me to post a terribly grainy, low-quality video (recorded on my Blackberry--remember those? I completely forgot I even had one back then but I digress...) to demonstrate my technique, which hasn't really changed much since then. I do leave less of a line at the bottom of my nail now though.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Ulta Clearance Sightings!

Heads up, Ulta shoppers! There are some FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC deals now surfacing at Ulta stores, and I've got a ton of them to share with you today.

PLEASE READ: Ulta clearance markdowns can vary from store to store, and they are often in-store only (not online). The markdowns may also occur at different times, meaning you may not see these now, but if you check back in a week, they could be there. Also, as with ANY clearance sale I post about,  if you don't see these markdowns at your store, you can take some of these items to the register and ask a sales associate if they will scan them for you. They might come up on clearance in the system, even if there is no clearance price tag visible. Reader @vicky_x0x0 on Instagram just told me today that she did this with something that was spotted on clearance and the price came up on clearance in the system, even though there were no clearance price tags on the item.

ALSO: Reader @vicky_x0x0 also told me that the 20% off Ulta coupon worked on one of the clearance items she purchased. So it never hurts to try and use that coupon--you may be able get and additional 20% off the clearance price of an item!

On to the sightings...

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