UPDATE: thanks to reader "Unknown" in the comments below for the tip that Big Lots is having another Friends & Family event this weekend! Saturday through Sunday (1/23 - 1/24), Buzz Club Rewards members will receive 20% off all purchases storewide. Click here for more info and to grab your coupon (you can also show this coupon from your smartphone at the register). If you're not already a Buzz Club member, it's free to sign up in-store or online. Definitely worth it if you shop at Big Lots regularly.
My last few Big Lots trips over the past month or so haven't really produced anything noteworthy (in other words, no good stuff to share with you), but over the weekend I paid Big Lots another visit and WHOA was I surprised! It seems that right now, Big Lots is receiving lots of shipments of products that the drugstores are currently discontinuing (i.e., stuff you're also finding on clearance at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart and Target right now). This is the time of year that mass/drugstore retailers are cleaning up, getting rid of old stock, and preparing for display resets to bring in all the new 2016 products.
So what I'm trying to say is, if you love any of the drugstore products that are being discontinued right now, don't limit yourself to the drugstores and big box stores in terms of stocking up. Try Big Lots too. Of course you may not always find the products I feature in these posts at your local Big Lots, but these posts serve to give you an idea of what's out there, and what you may find in your area.
That said, here's a look at some of the noteworthy items I found at my Big Lots this weekend. Let's start with the makeup:
In addition to the products in the pic at the very top of this post, I found lots and lots of lip colors by Revlon, Maybelline and CoverGirl. As you can see in my pics above and below, there were jumbo pencils from Revlon and CoverGirl ($2), Maybelline Colorsensational Vivids Lipsticks ($3), Maybelline Color Elixirs ($3.50), CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipsticks ($2.50), Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters ($2.50), and even the old CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balms ($1.80).
Moving on to eye makeup:
I spotted CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom twin-packs ($6.50), CoverGirl Bomshell ShineShadows ($2.80), Maybelline Master Drama Eyeliners ($2.80), and pretty much all shades of the Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow Duos ($2.80).
Moving on to nail polish:
My Big Lots had so many limited edition polishes from Sinful Colors, Revlon, L'Oreal, Maybelline, and Sally Hansen. I recognized many of the shades from limited edition collections from 2015 and 2014, and I think I even spotted a few from 2013.
I didn't get a chance to jot down the shade names of the bottles pictured here, but I can tell you I spotted previous Halloween and Holiday collection shades from Sinful Colors, as well as shades from a various limited edition seasonal collections from Maybelline, Revlon, and L'Oreal. Basically, it was a polish-lovers paradise since most of these bottles were either $1, $1.20, or $1.50.
I was also surprised to see Pure Ice at Big Lots. I can't recall ever seeing Pure Ice there before (but maybe my memory is just fuzzy on that?). At any rate, I think these were all $1.20 each:
Moving on to skincare:
I spotted full-sized cleansers and moisturizers from Simple ($3.50). Note that the cleansers above come with a bonus 7-pack of towelettes.
I also spotted AcneFree Body Clearing Acne Spray for $2 and Suave Visible Glow for $1.50 (comes with a mini Moroccan body lotion).
This exact Olay Pro X set retails for $44.99 at Target ($15 at Big Lots).
This exact Olay moisturizer retails for $23.99 at Target ($8 at Big Lot).
I believe Maybelline discontinued this particular eye makeup remover formula, but I believe it was around $5 when you could still get it in stores ($3 at Big Lots).
I believe that L'Oreal discontinued this particular Youth Code cream, but it was around $20 when you could still get it at the drugstores ($8 at Big Lots).
So as you can see, there are lots of ways to save a nice chunk of change on beauty products at Big Lots right now. I would love to know what you've been spotting at your local Big Lots lately.
BONUS mini haul pics:
I resisted temptation and only purchased two beauty items during this shopping trip. I found the Suave limited edition Seasonals Collection Body Wash in Homemade Almond Cookie for $1.50 (this originally came out for Holiday 2013, but they re-released it for Holiday 2014 if my memory serves me correctly; they may have also re-released it for Holiday 2015 too, but I didn't see any Seasonals body washes in my area this holiday season).
I also purchased just one polish (what? I know!):
This is Sinful Colors Flake Out 1567 which was a new topper for Holiday 2015. This was $1.50, and I basically had to have it after I googled for swatches in the store and stumbled upon these pics of it swatched on top of a dark purple creme. So pretty.