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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nouveau Cheap One Year Blog-a-versary Giveaway!

[PLEASE NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER. THANKS!]

Alright, my lovely readers! In celebration of my one year blog-a-versary on March 1st, I wanted this giveaway to be my present to you, as a way of saying thanks for your loyalty and support, and for making Nouveau Cheap a tiny part of your day for the past year. So there's no better way that I can thank you than by presenting you with prizes that I personally would be THRILLED to receive myself. And since, as many of you know, I am first and foremost a fragrance junkie (yes, even above makeup!) I just had to ask Auric Blends for a favor and they graciously said yes!

Auric Blends is a company that's very near and dear to my heart. I discovered their amazing perfumes tucked inside a local natural foods store up in the San Francisco Bay Area when I was in college in the early '90s, and my love for their fragrances still burns just as strong, almost 20 years later. So many of their fragrances smell like they should cost $100 or more (in fact, they smell better than some fragrances that did cost me $100) so it constantly amazes me that most Auric Blends fragrances retail for just $7 each.


Auric Blends generously agreed to allow me to select my very favorite fragrances for this giveaway. So please note: each fragrance in this giveaway was hand-picked by me, especially for you, my amazing readers.

THREE lucky winners will each receive all six of the following roll-on perfume oils (each bottle is 1/3 oz and will last you a very long time), compliments of Auric Blends (note: all of the following descriptions were written by me and taken from my original review, which you can read here):

Egyptian Goddess. Arguably their most popular fragrance, the ladies on the MakeupAlley.com fragrance board have much love for this fragrance and I completely understand why. If you've tried other Egyptian-type musks in the past, let me assure you that this is the best of the genre. It's a white musk that is blended so expertly, I defy you to try and pick out the other notes. They all blend together so beautifully that what you're left with is a soft, clean scent that brings to mind warm, fluffy sweaters and clean skin. That's about the best description I can give you. For you non-perfume-wearers out there, I say give this fragrance a shot because it goes against any preconceived notion of what perfume smells like. Also, it's great to use to layer with other scents.

Love. One of Auric Blends' newest scents and an instant classic. I wore this the other day and a lady stopped me in a parking lot to tell me that I smelled "amazing". Love is Egyptian Goddess blended with some extra musk and woods notes. Now you might think that would equate to a stronger, more heavy fragrance but you'd be wrong. Love is light, ultra-clean, super soft and it encompasses you like a snuggly blanket. To my nose, this smells a lot like Narcisso Rodriguez for Her, which will set you back $160 a bottle.

Honey Almond. Do you use the iconic Jergens Original Cherry Almond Lotion just because you love the smell? And have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish they made this scent in perfume form."? Well, my lovelies, wish no more because Auric Blends Honey Almond smells exactly like the classic Jergens lotion to me! Seriously, it's got that real almond note blended with a bit of cherry and a bit of honey. It's such a soft and comforting scent and it instantly brings me back to Jergens and being a kid again. Love it.

Vanilla Musk. OK. I'm going to speak to the hardcore fragrance junkies out there for a minute so bear with me. Fragrance junkies: If you love/own Etro Heliotrope (which retails for $90 a bottle) you must give Vanilla Musk a try. I personally am a huge fan of that candy-like, powdery vanilla quality of heliotrope, and this scent's got tons of it. I am in heaven here. So if you like your vanillas candy-sweet and powdery like me, you simply can't go wrong with this one.

Divine Opium. Are you a lover of the spicy-sweet scent of fresh carnations? Is the carnation note in YSL Opium the thing you love the most about that fragrance? Well instead of shelling out 100 bucks for something like Comme des Garcons Carnation why not try Auric Blends Divine Opium which, to my nose, smells like a bouquet of fresh carnations mixed with a sweet warmth that isn't too heavy on the patchouli but warm and sensual enough to keep things interesting.

Water Goddess. My new favorite scent. I cannot stop sniffing this one. According to the Auric Blends website this fragrance is composed of: A magnolia floral bouquet with touches of rose and violet, supported by a background of exotic woods and mosses. To my nose, I get the most lovely, invigorating combination of water, lemon, and fresh mint. Now I know those notes are not listed, but to me this fragrance smells as if you took some sparkling ice water and mixed it with fresh lemon wedges and tons of fresh mint leaves. It's a cooling, refreshing and uplifting scent that I just cannot get enough of at the moment. If you're a clean, citrus, aquatic or minty scent lover, you've got to give this one a shot.

The retail value of each prize package is approximately $42.

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING RULES BEFORE ENTERING:

1) Because this is a giveaway for my blog-a-versary and a way of saying thank you to my loyal readers, I am offering this contest to NOUVEAU CHEAP FOLLOWERS ONLY. If you are a not a follower of this blog via Google Friend Connect, you are not eligible. If you would like to start following this blog, and enter this giveaway, see my right-hand sidebar titled "My Beautiful Followers" to follow, or register and create an account at Blogger.com to start following (it's easy, free and takes just a few seconds). Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a blogger to register at Blogger.com and it's actually an easy way to keep all of the wonderful blogspot blogs you read all in one neat and tidy place. So don't forget to follow all of your favorite blogs once you register!

2) If you are a follower of Nouveau Cheap and want to enter this giveaway, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and answer this question: Why do you enjoy reading Nouveau Cheap?

3) You MUST leave me your email address in your comment. I repeat: leave your email address in your comment or you will be disqualified.

4) This contest is open to residents of the US, ages 18 and over. Void where prohibited.


5) This giveaway begins today, February 20th, and will end Monday, March 1st, 2010 (the official day of my 1 year blog-a-versary!) at 11:59PM Pacific. I will select three winners via random.org's random number generator and notify the winners on Tuesday, March 2nd. The winners will then have 24 hours to respond. If a winner does not reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prizes and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org. If you are going to be unable to access your email on Tuesday March 2nd, 2010, please do not enter this giveaway.


I am sincerely grateful for having such amazingly diverse, intelligent and thoughtful readers, and I hope that you will accept this giveaway as my way of saying thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making the past year truly amazing for me. Best of luck to all of you!


A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on NouveauCheap.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.
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138 comments

  1. I love giveaways!

    I read your blog because like most girls I know,I can't afford 40 foundation or 15 dollar lipstick. So we go to places like target,cvs and walgreens and your blog is ALWAYS up to date of the latest sales and new items at those places. You give great reviews on the products and it gives me an idea for my next purchase =)

    jennilovesstars@gmail.com

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  2. Whheeee! Congrats on 1 year! I enjoy reading Nouveau Cheap because I look forward to all the exciting new product launches in drugstores and about sneaky tips on how to score even better deals (CVS clearance+coupon lol). You're also very informative and great at responding very quickly to my comments and I really appreciate knowing that there actually is someone on the other end reading what I wrote. Thank you so much for being amazing and having this great blog! Congrats again!

    Oops almost forgot: greensalmon97 at yahoo dot com

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  3. maitreyi1978@yahoo.comFebruary 20, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    I follow your blog because you tell me what's available at Big Lots and other affordable stores. You also review products I can actually afford.

    My e-mail is maitreyi1978@yahoo.com

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  4. My oh my, where do I start?? =]

    First, you always give such honest opinions on everything, the good and the bad. Very helpful! AND your reviews are really very thorough! Also, you try and use a lot of cheaper products, a big plus to a college student like myself who has other more important things to spend the little bit of money she has on, haha. You always respond to comments in such a friendly manner! I always feel so welcome here on your blog! And you're always so enthusiastic about stuff, making your posts so much fun to read! You get such great inside scoop on new products coming out, great deals, etc. And of course, you have great giveaways! ;) I actually won one once, totally making my day!!!

    Your blog is the first thing I check every time I get online, and I check it a couple more times throughout the day, hoping for a new post (haha =X, stalker much?)

    Keep up the great work, and congrats!
    Carolanne
    wingsinheaven5@aol.com

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  5. Congrats on your anniversary!
    I follow you through Google and your blog has become my "Beauty Bible" for drugstore makeup! I always check your reviews before buying.

    Thanks!
    janetsbreeze @ yahoo.com

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  6. I follow you because:
    A) I like giveaways
    B) I have always been a bargain shopper
    C) You provide information on more than just cosmetics.
    D) Your blog provides a starting place for me to explore new earth friendly/hair friendly products

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  7. I follow your blog because you do hard-core research on drugstore products and help your readers figure out which ones are worth trying out, which ones are comparable to department store stuff, and which things to avoid completely. Drugstore stuff isn't a bargain if you can't make good choices and wind up with a lot of stuff that doesn't work; you take that element of chance way way down.

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  8. Happy Anniversary, R!

    Hmm, let's see...

    1. Your posts are insightful and always contains photos of swatches and that, my dear, always comes in handy.
    2. You're San Diego-based!
    3. I love getting second opinions. It's all a part of the research I do before I go shopping.
    4. You're a fabulous blog-sis! I love reading about the misc shennanigans you get into while trying, shopping for, experimenting with products.
    5. This is where I got inspired to start my own beauty blog! If it weren't for you, I don't think my obsession with cosmetics would be enough to help COBG take flight!

    Hope this year's going to be another great one for ya! I can't wait to see what you try next! -S.

    shela(dot)tat@gmail.com

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  9. I LOVE your blog because it lets me see products and your reviews of them before I actually go out myself to get it. I'm the type of person who will search up every swatch of everything before buying anything online, along with reviews of different people on different websites. Your blog is actually the one I check everyday, you're actually my go-to blog because I myself am a makeup junkie! :) You've turned me onto drugstore brands, whereas before I would have not given them a second glance. And my wallet really has to thank you for that! I've started loving Wet n Wild, and before I really thought that drugstore brands were not as good as things from say, Sephora. But now my perspectives have changed, all thanks to your blog.

    And by the way, HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOG-IVERSARY! (okay, that was lame). Nonetheless, happy one year anniversary of Nouveau Cheap! :) I wish I discovered this blog earlier! Cheers!

    pokey.xp@gmail.com

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  10. 1. I like Nouveau Cheap because of its focus on drugstore makeup, which is pretty unique.
    2. You update daily and do not let readers hanging.
    3. You are a very honest and kindhearted girl.
    4. Congrats!!!

    hpdiem@gmail.com

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  11. I love your blog because its like my own personal map of the "drugstore". Sometimes I walk into those stores and have NO idea what to look at or even buy. There are SOOOO many products that it can be overwhelming to look at them all and then before you know it, you forgot what you were looking for in the first place. Nouveau Cheap makes it so I can just make quick little list of the things I want to try and save the aimless wandering for days when I don't have a specific need.

    Happy one year blog-a-versary!!! Keep up the wonderful work! I am so happy to have found this blog!

    Ckes00521@gmail.com

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  12. I love reading your blog because your entries are so clear, straightforward, and - for lack of a better word - cute... It makes me want to be your friend! And I learn a lot from your blog :)

    My email address is kmbirkel (at) gmail. Thanks!

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  13. i LOVE Nouveau Cheap because I just can't get behind paying high prices just for a name on the label. I want quality for a good price. What's new? What works? What's a waste of money? What's innovative? What's a bargain? You have it all. You're honest, funny, and down-to-earth.

    psalm(dot)of(dot)ascent(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I love your blog because of the awesome reviews and information about great deals. I always check to see if you've reviewed/swatched something before I buy it. I love your blog and congrats!!

    keatonru@gmail.com

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  15. There's a ton of reason why I love your blog and it's the first one of the day I always check. You give great reviews, and everything is affordable for the average person. I just love everything about your blog! Congrats :)

    mooalicious@hotmail.com

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  16. I love reading this blog because you write about things that are tangible to those of us that really enjoy drugstore products (and even high-end at times, which is great, too.). And you're always on top of great deals & letting us know what's new in stores. (Also, with lots of great photos!) It's like I don't have to leave home. Your opinions and views aren't forced, either, which makes this blog such an easy read. You leave room for us to make our own opinions. Such a great blog, always.

    adrenirushxaudri@yahoo.com

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  17. I love reading your review of drugstore products because it's encouraged me to try some again. In the past I'd been disappointed with a lot of them. You're clever, honest and funny and it shows in your writing :)

    sephyrra at gmail dot com

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  18. I love your blog because you review the kind of stuff I'm interested in, give your honest opinion on everything you review, and keep up to date on sales at different places, even if I don't have all of the stores around here.

    lildevil4852@hotmail.com

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  19. I love reading your blog to keep up to date with the latest products coming in! You find some amazing things as such great prices. I'm not so unsure of myself when I browse through drugstore products anymore, I feel informed enough to try new things and not be disappointed.

    Thank you so much for your efforts and your honesty! Congrats!

    kiimuu (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. i love your great reviews. thanks to you, my new fav eyeliner is the coastal scents gel.

    ahalikias@hotmail.com

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  21. I love reading your blog for many reasons! You're honest and up front about product reviews, plus you're super thorough. I also adore the heads up about new products hitting the store shelves! Love, love, love your blog.

    XOXO Jessie Lynn
    xjessieATgmail.com

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  22. Happy 1 year! I enjoy reading your blog because unlike a lot of other blogs out there that showcase Mac and super expensive makeup, you provide information and reviews on products that anyone who is on a budget can afford. I also enjoy reading your blog because it truly does sound like you are passionate about it and that makes it even more worth it!

    cheapnfab@gmail.com

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  23. I LOVE NC because it is such a great place for me to learn about make up (I'm such a novice) and to hear about such amazing deals. I mean, where else am I gonna find 75% off deals at CVS????? I LOVE your reviews because they are always so thorough and you've got some awesome swatches. I really trust your opinion and you've made a great place at blogspot! Congrats on the 1st anniversary.

    ndoodles@gmail.com

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  24. Hi all. I am new to this site, but love it already. Always looking for a beauty bargain that works.

    lisarene2u@yahoo.com

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  25. I love your blog because you get the same high I do from finding great beauty buys. I love your reviews and have bought several excellent products based on them. Thanks for keeping us updated on all the latest sales and drugstore finds!

    irish95@bellsouth.net

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  26. I enjoy reading Nouveau Cheap because it is the only blog that has convinced me that I can be as satisfied with drugstore products as I am with department store and sephora brands. You have shown me that not only does the drugstore have great alternatives to more expensive brands, but they can be just as good and even more exciting. I read your blog multiple times a day and when there is a new post or you respond to a comment I wrote, it makes my day. Your blog is the first and last thing I check everyday. Thanks for everything, and happy 1 year blog-iversary!

    fender_x_bender@yahoo dot com

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  27. I love reading your blog! I look for updates everyday in my e-mail! You give informative and honest reviews, and some great money saving tip! Love it!!! Thanks!

    Sandy (slgkag)
    sandragrose@hotmail.com

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  28. Aww, this is wonderful, and I remember when I first started reading your blog, you had a contest for Auric Blends scents too! I'm so excited to have another opportunity to enter so I'm definitely going to try!
    Well, as you know I utterly love drugstores - I swear that I haunt them, so I really enjoy all the fun things you find and report on - and I love your reviews, you're very thorough and fair. You always find the best stuff! I also enjoy the way you write. You're such a sweetie! ♥
    Anyway, congratulations on your first year!
    My email address is nicole AT magic-maid.net
    Thank you lady!

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  29. Congrats! I love reading your blog because you feature products that are affordable. I used to avoid drugstore products, but now I realize that while there are a lot of crappy products there are also a lot that rival more expensive brands. Thanks to your awesome reviews I know which ones are worth the money. Also, because you post head-ups on deals and new products. Plus I love your writing style. Your blog is not only helpful, but entertaining. It is the first one I check in my reader everyday. :)Thanks for everything you do, you are trully awesome!

    *whoops, forget to leave my email the first time, lol. It's annbr1217 at aol dot com

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  30. I've been following for a long while and have always enjoyed the deals and info you posted. I am a huge bargain hunter and you sometimes make that easy! Love it. Congrats on a year and here is to a few more.

    KMLSecond at gmail dot com

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  31. I love your blog for all the awesome cosmetic reviews. I can't afford to buy all my cosmetics and sephora, and you let me know what the best of the best is at my local drug store. Thanks!

    nquirico@hotmail.com

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  32. Congrats on your one year blogaversary! I'm a follower. I love reading about REAL deals, not fake deals that are still really expensive. Thanks!

    musicxisxlovex19(at)aim(dot)com

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  33. howleekorian@gmail.com

    I love reading your blog because I love cheap dupes of HE products and I appreciate how you respond to the comments of your readers.

    Congrats on the 1 year!

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  34. melissavnk@aol.com


    I love your blog, because when I try a product you have reviewed, I always agree 100%. You're reliable, and I love that you have several posts a day, are always current, and simultaneously review such a broad brand range of products. Even though you are not a teen like me, I find your blog fresh, fun, and it has a sense of humor, which I love. I also love when you find deals and dupes!!!

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  35. I love all your reviews about beauty products. I trust what you say and like the fact that you can find bargains and pass them on to your readers. Congrats to you!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  36. I just recently discovered your blog and I love it because I've realized that you don't have to spend a lot of money to find products that make you look and feel great, and you help me find the steals and deals among the overflowing beauty products that are out there! Thanks!!
    dianelynn73 at comcast dot net

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  37. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!! You're so dedicated to the blog and I love that (something I need to start doing.) Thanks for all the posts and this contest!

    themakeupdrawer@gmail.com
    themakeupdrawer(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. R, I have told you many times how much your blog means to me. What I haven't said publicly is that one of the character traits near and dear to my heart is thriftiness.

    Although we are not longer in a place where thrift is a *requirement* just for keeping body and soul together, I still believe that proper stewardship of all of our blessings is required of all of us. If I purchase a $40 foundation and then don't have $25 to help out someone in need, something is way bad wrong with my values.

    Getting the most total value (quality + price) is what thrift is all about. The information you give to us is invaluable in making these decisions. The fact that you deliver the information in such a sweet and personable way is the cherry on top.

    niecee_72941@yahoo.com

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  39. WOW Congrats!!! I think you are so successful in doing blog. What I really like about your blog is your updates on costmetic products. You always put on good news about products and where to get some of the cheap products out there. I really like how you do review and also swatches to let people know before buying something. Keep Up the good work.

    ngocupham@gmail.com

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  40. oh wow, these sound amazing. I'm a new follower but I think the idea of this blog is great. I often can't or don't buy beauty products because the prices are just too much to keep up with, so it's nice to know of great products that DON'T cost a fortune...like these perfumes.

    -Lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  41. I *LOVE* reading Nouveau Cheap because it is full of information I can USE! Honest product reviews and swatches of things I can, and do, purchase. Thank you for that!

    Happy Blog-o-versary!!!

    Scarlett
    scarlettstyle(at)marmendy(dot)com

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  42. R.,

    You ROCK because you give we beauty junkies the scoop & good/bad/ugly of (primarily) drugstore makeup and more, with warmth, humor and great swatch pics. Plus your giveaways are awesome. In this economy, it's great to get honest reports on morale-boosting products that might or might not work, and saving our hard earned pennies. I look forward every day to reading your blog for the latest news and views.

    Happy happy anniversary to you (and many more)!!

    tedoni (at) gmail (dot) com

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  43. I enjoy reading your blog because you help gals like me save money by providing us with great reviews on affordable products!

    Krystlegr@yahoo.com

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  44. omg they all sound amazing!!! i love reading nouveau cheap because i'm seriously addicted to beauty items,makeup, bath products and skincare, but not necessarily have all the cash to be spending on Creme de la Mer every week so NC helps me get my weekly fix wisely :)

    pau.fdz AT (gmail) dot.com

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  45. i love your blog!!! your reviews are helpful and because of your blog i feel i dont need to buy high-end products anymore (except BB's corrector, that's my one high-end must have).

    so congrats on your anniversary, may you never lose your passion for makeup...

    berniegwen@gmail.com

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  47. These sound amazing!

    I love your blog because it introduces me to all sorts of wonderful, affordable beauty products, and because you're a great writer!

    makeaneffort at yahoo.com

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  48. I love your blog for several reasons, mostly because you review affordable products! Since I'm just getting back into the beauty and cosmetics scene (and I'm in the military, they don't pay much lol), that's what I buy! I also love that you keep us up-to-date with current sales! And I love your writing style.

    It's hard for me to find fragrances I like, so I don't buy many, and I hate spending alot of money on them. I have one that I use regularly that (to me) is pretty expensive, but its the only one I truly love. I'm trying the ones I won recently (thank you btw I received them last Friday, but my its been pretty hectic for me lately so I haven't gotten a chance to come thank you. You rock!) and I'm hoping they'll be fragrances I love and use regularly. I don't know where I was going with this anymore lol Anyway, this is an awesome giveaway!

    sailor.aedd@gmail.com

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  49. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!!! I like your blog because you share all the good stuff which isn't expensive. Money doesn't always buy good quality!

    My email address is bihadadiaries@gmail.com

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  50. I enjoy reading Nouveau Cheap because your reviews are great!! They are informative and interesting and many times I find myself running out the door after reading one of them to purchase the products. I am fairly new to make up and things so your posts have really opened my eyes to things I would have otherwise overlooked.
    Congratulations on your anniversary.
    Thanx.

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  51. I follow your blog because you have reviews of products from drugstore brands. In this economy, we need to have cheaper alternatives to high end cosmetics. Thank you for doing reviews on so many quality drugstore products!

    angeldream3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I like how in depth your reviews are; you really cover every aspect of a product. I also like that after reading one of your reviews, I can go out and try out the product w/out overdrafting my bank account, haha!
    Thanks for the sweet giveaway!
    peace and love, Rachael W
    naughtygirlrlw@msn.com

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  53. I live in an area of CA that is pretty much out in the boonies, so the only places that I have to shop for cosmetics are drug stores or WalMart - which is fine by me! Especially since I've been reading your blog & can learn about the best products before I make a purchase. I look forward to seeing your blog every day. (I think of you as my friend in my head!) Thanks for all your hard work - and congrats on your anniversary!

    lakarikka@hotmail.com

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  54. Happy Anniversary and many more to come! As I've said in the past, you are my blog to come to daily! I wouldn't miss it! The reasons are: *you provide us with up to date news on all the best products
    *they are the most exceptional in depth reviews
    *swatches- in different lighting no less!
    *I feel at home and that "I want to keep coming back" -I don't want to miss out on one review
    *You take the time to answer each comment you receive- it shows your commitment to each and every one of us
    * your blog lets me know about products I may not know about-wouldn't have even considered- if I hadn't read your reviews- purchased the product and was pleased as punch with it
    * and finally, you've helped me save lots- I mean LOTS of money and I can't thank you enough for everything you do for us!
    lysses@hotmail.com

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  55. I follow your blog because you give us very detailed information about new beauty products with their pros and cons and I can check them at my local drugstores in PR! Your advices are very useful to help me decide which new products to try...Thanks and happy first anniversary!
    gildadelrosario@hotmail.com

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  56. I like reading your reviews of drugstore brands; your perspective is level-headed and helpful.

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  57. Why do I enjoy reading Nouveau Cheap? I like your writing style. I was attracted to this blog because it has a cost conscious focus and I want to be responsible with my hard earned dollars. You introduce me to brands I never even knew about. I also thing your website looks good and is well organized. Keep up the good work!

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  58. Happy anniversary! I discovered your blog by accident and I've been hooked ever since!

    MelissaTurner_1986@yahoo.com

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  59. I love reading Nouvea Cheap because I'm a perpetually broke graduate student with a WEAK spot for makeup, and your blog lets me indulge this weakness with money left over for books :)

    My email is meghan.leonard@gmail.com - thanks for the sweet, sweet comment on my blog. I have not read Bastard Out of Carolina - will have to add it to the list of summer reading!

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  60. I love reading your blog/posts as I am a make up junkie and I so appreciate the help in making a decision as to what is worth my $$. Have spent so much money and time buying things that are junk. Can't afford high end products (unless it is something really special)and can't afford to waste money on bad drug store products. This blog takes care of all of that! Thanks a million!
    lesli.phelan@gmail.com

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  61. I am a drug store beauty junkie. I love shopping there because i cannot afford high end. I love that i can read your reviews to see if an item is really THAT good of a deal. Why spend the little money i set aside for beauty products on something that is not worth it. Thank you for that!

    Beccaboud@gmail.com

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  62. Why do I love thee? Let me count the ways....

    I love that you enable me in an affordable way. I love that if something is paraben free, you tell me. And who doesn't like someone trying out that "new thing" and getting an honest opinion?

    Congrats on your anniversary!
    Danielle
    Retromom104@Verizon.net

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  63. I read Nouveau Cheap because your amazing dedication always gives us a heads up on amazing deals and steals! You are a wonderful blogger and understand that drugstore MU is wonderful!

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  64. OH, Sorry, my email is xemailheather at gmail dot com

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  65. Yay! I started following this blog officially (I normally just checked your blog manually every day) for this giveaway.

    I like this particular make-up blog over many other ones because you talk about products that are actually affordable. I like that you are as cheap as I am! In all my years trolling YT and blogs, it seems like the majority of make-up bloggers are willing to pay ridiculous prices for make-up. I'm so lucky to have stumbled across your blog!

    stephie.szeto@gmail.com

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  66. I absolutely love your blog because I don't have to do any digging in order to find cheap products that are good and worth buying. I like it because you don't focus on the brand name or the price tag before you review it.


    truedove@hotmail.com


    PLEEEEASE lemme win <3

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  67. I love your blog because it focuses on affordable quality and the latest news on fabulous drugstore items =]

    lee(dot)jiyun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. I love reading this blog because it gives me the heads up on great beauty product deals - buying great inexpensive beauty products is like an addiction for me; I love it! Of course, I want to save my money too and do research before I buy, which is why I also love hearing the Nouvea Cheap reviews - they really help me know whether buying a product is worth it or not. This is absolutely my all-time favorite blog!

    chanelle.dance4god@gmail.com

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  69. I love reading this blog because it gives me REAL reviews on products that I can afford.

    Cirish77@yahoo.com

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  71. I am a big fan of Noveau Cheap because I LOVE reading your reviews on drugstore makeup! You helped me learn that expensive is not always better. Your posts are always so entertaining, informative, and honest! Keep up the good work!! =)

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  72. I love reading Nouveau Cheap because you always have the scoop on new and exciting drugstore products! :)
    Thanks!

    juliemwieg@hotmail.com

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  73. I'm not entering this contest because I won the last Auric Blends giveaway, lol. I just wanted to say, happy anniversary!

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  74. I love reading your blog, because I'm a hardworking minimum wage earner, that needs to know the best products and deals for my budget, and you give me that information, which I totally appreciate all your hard work that you do for your readers. Thank you! Happy Blog-A-Versary! I'm a follower/Vickie Riddle vickers_73460(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. I read Nouveau Cheap because it's my holy grail! The reviews give me insight on what I should be looking for in makeup products and the deals are exciting! It makes me feel giddy about my purchases instead of kinda bummed I'm "settling" for drugstore products like I used to be.

    Thank you and kudos on your anny!

    jones.jennie@gmail.com

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  76. I love this blog because I am notoriously cheap, myself....There are VERY few things I will ever pay full price for (Coach purses LOL!) I always scour your blog for the best options and prices!!!! Keep up the good work and congratulations on your 1 year!!!

    I am going to link you to my giveaway roundup!

    http://yardsticks4lunatics.blogspot.com/2010/02/more-giveaways.html


    :B
    ~Tiffani

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  77. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! I absolutely love your blog! Being a very thrifty shopper, your posts really help me all the time. I read every morning. I will be doing a post on your blog this week on my blog! Everyone should be reading this! Tropical Mind

    Erin

    chrisanderin526@msn.com

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  78. Happy Blog-a-versary!
    I love to read your blog for many reasons. 1) I can find out reliable reviews of products that I want before I buy. 2) I can search for recommended products. 3) I can see what's new and where I can get it. 4) Last, and certainly not least, I get a bit of comic relief. You always have some witty anecdote that sounds so much like myself that I sometimes laugh out loud. rforetrms@yahoo.com

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  79. I LOVE your blog! The reason I read it is because you review makeup that I can afford, buy things I can actually get and shop at places that I LOVE! Your blog is amazing, and I visit it everyday :D

    Happy Blog-a-versary!

    Vicky
    vickkyyfails@aim.com

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  80. Please enter me in your giveaway. I'm a new Follower to your blog. I like the ideas behind this blog. I'm always looking for a terrific bargain. I'll enjoy reading your blog. Thank you.
    makeupgirl21@comcast.net

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  81. I adore this blog, because, inasmuch as I love my HE products, I began as a drugstore queen who always appreciated the jewels to be found for a better price (and I continue to do so) :-)

    Your pictures and news updates have helped me tremendously with finding those jewels, and I thank you for making it all the more easier to find my treasures at (fill in drugstore of choice)!

    Keep on keepin' on ... win or lose, I'll be reading :-)

    All the best,
    Christine/LipstickChick

    cbsheehan@hotmail.com

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  82. I'm a new follower and I love that you tell me whats "hot" and whats "available" at a reasonable price! Too many blogs tell you about whats "hot" and its always way out of my price range!

    alesia60614@yahoo.com

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  83. Wow, congratulations on a year of blogging!

    I enjoy reading your blog because I am a huge fan of finding cheap but quality dupes for expensive makeup that I can't really afford to buy on a regular basis. Your swatches and comparisons have really helped me and all the deals you post are truly amazing! Looking forward to more years of blogging!

    irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

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  84. I love your blog! I found you one day while googling reviews for a Milani product I wanted to purchase. Have been hooked ever since.

    staceface75@hotmail.com

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  85. I love reading your blog because i can't really afford the department store brands and have always been afraid to try drugstore because i think the products they sell aren't that great...you've kinda opened my eyes to the good quality products you can get at places like CVS...I now have a long list of makeup I have to buy (brookmd1@yahoo.com)

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  86. I am a beauty junkie and enjoy reading beauty related blogs, but I find that most blogs neglect drugstore products. I love nouveaucheap because it is informative, well- written and funny.

    burke4845 at yahoo dot com

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  87. I LOVE your blog! As a college student, I have to be conscious of how much money I am spending. Following your advice, I have learned that I do not have to sacrifice a lot of money for beauty! It can be fun deal hunting too!

    megharp17@msn.com

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  88. I love reading your blog because I have always been a drugstore shopper, and love that you focus on the deals to be had there. I especially value your reviews, since that saves me even more $$. Thank you, and keep up the good work!
    walkerjs7920(at)gmail(dot)com

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  89. I love your blog because you talk about the BEST deals! Every girl working on a college student budget needs this blog! Thank you for writing it!

    meganmtatham@aol.com

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  90. I just found your blog and wish I would have discovered it sooner! I'm one of those people that has a hard time buying anything unless I consider it a deal, and your blog does all the legwork of finding these deals for me! Thanks for providing such a valuable service, and I look forward to being a loyal reader of your blog!

    jessi.mckinney@gmail.com

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  91. I really enjoy learning about products that I had not previously been aware of. Also, your blog clues me in on some fabulous deals!
    Thank you for hosting this fabulous giveaway - I would be SO thrilled to win!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

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  92. I am a follower and I love reading your blog because you always have so much info about new products.

    sparklemidori09@gmail.com

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  93. Nouveau Cheap helps fuel my addiction for makeup. As I am a college student its great to have a blog that shows me that makeup does not have to break the bank. This site shows me many different budget items to buy from :D

    I also love reading the reviews on Nouveau Cheap, so that when I do buy something, I'm not standing at the store for hours or having to return items that I buy.

    Love love love.

    fallingintoblueskies@hotmail.com

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  94. HUGE Congrats on your blog-a-versary! *hugs*

    I LOVE reading your blog cuz:

    1. I'm a makeup junkie
    2. Specifically, I'm a DRUGSTORE [or anything affordable, really] makeup junkie
    3. This blog is 'specially for us gals, and guys, who can't or won't spend lotsa pocket money on makeup
    4. Your reviews are awesome! I love that you have so many tasty pix, too
    5. The way you write is like you're hanging out with your besties, there's no snottiness, and you also answer all comments

    there's so many more reasons, but I'll stop, lol, but bottom line is I just LUH-HUH-HUUUUV it!!!

    again, congrats to you, Recess dearest! *more hugs*

    lotsa love from charzi p.
    charziparzi@yahoo.com

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  95. One of the many reasons I love your blog is that you review products that I can afford! While I think the higher end makeup brands look amazing, and I do like reading reviews on them, I just can't afford to shell out a lot of money for it, and so reading your honest reviews of drugstore products that I can afford with my tight budget really helps. I like to know what I'm buying before I buy it, so I really LOVE your blog, and it has quickly become my favorite beauty blog!

    And congratulations on one year!


    Kieran.lovesyou(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. Congrats

    I love and read your blog because like me, your a drugstore lover and I love deals from drugstores and places where I don't have to break the bank. You are very informative about products from drugstores and your blog always keep me informed about things that I am never aware of, it's like without your blog I would miss out too too much on all a recessionista like myself would love to know about to save a buck or more.

    kimmydadiva_blog[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  97. What a unique giveaway gift I hope I win! I love your blog because 1) your posts often talk about wallet-friendly products, which is awesome for a poor grad student like me. and 2) your lay out is so spectacular. It's clean and comprehensive at the same time. :)

    arya.at84@gmail.com

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  98. I like your reviews. Although I love the reviews of on other blogs, you reveiw products I can actually afford ALL of the time. :-D

    rakisha.white@gmail.com

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  99. Has it really been a year? Seems like I've been reading you longer. Congratulations.

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  100. Happy Anniversary!

    ayngemac@yahoo.com

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  101. Happy Anniversary!

    ayngemac@yahoo.com

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  102. Congrats on one year!

    I'm a new follower, but from what I've seen so far, I love that you feature things I can ACTUALLY afford. I'm a student, and there's no way that I can go out and buy crazy-expensive makeup. I love drugstore brands!

    warpaint.princess@gmail.com

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  103. How fun! So much of what I do each day involves the senses. I love surrounding myself with scents I love...from perfume, to laundry, air fresheners...

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  104. I found you on WHT. You are one of the rare examples of a blog for real people with real budgets who love beauty products. Major kudos to you. Happy Anniversary!!!

    glamourgirlgeeksquad@gmail.com

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  105. Congrats on One Year!!

    I love reading Nouveau Cheap because you share my passion for quality beauty on a budget! I appreciate your honest reviews, which at times have saved me money allowing me to forgo a purchase that wouldn't work for me. I love your sneak peaks of new products. I thoroughly enjoyed your series on the Wet n Wild revamp and appreciated the warning of what they were getting rid of!!

    mooosley AT gmail DOT com

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  106. I love Nouveau Cheap because you post about products I can afford and that are harder to find reviews of. And you seem so nice and that really comes through in your writing, so it's fun to read! Plus, you update a lot. >.>

    hana.onee.sama@gmail.com

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  107. I love your blog because of your pictures and the fact that you do all the hard work for us - it is a HUGE tool in my own shopping experiences. Thank you so much for all you do!

    diedraroller@austin.rr.com

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  108. I enjoy reading your blog for the giveaways mainly.

    eddiem11@ca.rr.com

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  109. First off Happy Blog-Aversary!!

    I love Nouveau Cheap! You let us know about great drugstore sales (its even better for me that you're San Diego based!). I'm on a tight budget but I still want great makeup & you let us know whats new, worth buying & affordable. I'm glad I found your site, I check it everyday.

    Thanks for having a giveaway =D

    hustler_honey143@yahoo.com

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  110. So I got some weird message about an error with my comment attempt. I don't see it on here so i'll write it again (i'm sorry if it's up twice, you can remove whichever you want) I can't see a double post though.

    Anyway, I like reading Nouveau Cheap because you are such a down to earth, thorough and entertaining reviewer! You talk about products everyday women can afford, I wouldn't read a blog that only talked about high end products. I can never justify paying so much for them!

    foreverangel@gmail.com

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  111. I'm following your blog via Google Friend Connect. (Miss_MoneyMaker)

    sarahjd766 at yahoo dot com

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  112. i enjoy reading this blog because I love makeup and all things girls and I enjoy reading your reviews on these things, and of course I love the giveaways!!


    sarahjd766 at yahoo dot com

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  113. oh goodie,
    where to start?!
    well i am a budding makeup obsessionist, and i got my "kick" from watching reviews and tutorials on youtube. unfortunately, all the 'make up gurus' like to use mac, which is simply not for me at the moment. so lucky me-- i came across this website!!
    its easy, fun and simple to read. it keeps me up to date on new products, and gives me AMAZING reliable reviews.
    this is my go to website for anything and everything makeup. i plan to buy a lot of the products you mention (WNW color icon palettes)
    well thanks for considering me!

    my email is :
    acsilverstein@rocketmail.com
    or
    acsclemtigerfan@aim.com

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  114. Great giveaway! I've been an Auric Blends fan ever since I found Egyptian Goddess in a little shop in Arizona when I was around 14. I didn't realize they had such a big following! Thanks!

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  115. I love reading your blog! You always have reviews of the newest drugstore products, you have an eye for bargains and you post about great sales.
    What's not to love about Nouveau Cheap?

    MermaidBird3 at gmail dot com

    Thanks!

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  116. I love your blog because it is full of never ending deals and steals. I have tried alot of new brands and products because of your fabulous down to earth reviews.

    ilovesoap@hotmail.com

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  117. I read your blog because your main focus is on drugstore products. Your blog has helped me save so much money while still having an excellent makeup collection.

    starduststeph86@yahoo.com

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  118. Hi Recessionista,

    I adore your blog because it always lifts my spirits--you always have such an upbeat, positive voice. I also love your reviews and how you make an effort to respond to your comments.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    tetonsam@gmail.com

    Tiffiney

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  119. I love reading this blog because you actually realize that we are in a recession. Not only that, you realize that there is more to life then makeup to spend money on. I would rather buy my parents something then buy myself high end makeup.

    sr0905@aol.com

    -Stef-

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  120. I look forward to your reviews because you cover drugstore brands and not all high-end. And your reviews are well-written.

    Congrats on your anniversary!

    groovemama(at)mac(dot)com

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  121. congrats!

    I really enjoy this blog because it is soooo very detailed. you take time and that counts!!

    lesnamess@gmail.com

    Please enter me! thank you!

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  122. I LOVE getting my Neouveu Cheap emails every day! I can't wait to find what treasure I just might have to go buy, that has not only been tried and true BUT is affordable too! Thanks so much for taking the guess work out of shopping!

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  123. I just stumbled upon your site, and I am so excited about NC, I love your site (so far :)) because as a mother of four daughters who are in the process of blooming into beautiful women (by the grace of God go I!) I need all of the budget friendly ideas I can get...thank you and keep up the wonderful job

    melanie.palmer@live.com

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  124. Thanks, I followed you!
    I just found your blog, but I enjoy reading your blog because I also believe your concept of beauty on a budget!
    shou.milk@gmail.com

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  125. ahhh i forgot my email addie so had to delete my first comment!don't disqualify me, I'm just braindead! LOL

    I'm a new reader but I just love the bargains!! I am a single mom and I just can't afford the expensive beauty things I crave.. its so nice to find alternate solutions I can afford so I can look (and smell) just as fabulous as I am :-D thank you!!!

    mysticalguacamole at gmail dot com

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  126. I love your blog! I just recently found it a few weeks ago and have started trying out some of the products you have given high reviews and am loving them! I am so glad I found this blog so I can have fun with make up and things without spending a ton of money!

    Tiff.lodge@gmail.com

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  127. Hi,
    I have been reading your wonderful blog for a few months now and finally decided to join as a follower.
    Thank you for all the hard work and all the great finds and neat tips!

    M.

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  128. (apologies. re-posting.
    Leaving the same comment. This time with my email address included)

    Hi,
    I have been reading your wonderful blog for a few months now and finally decided to join as a follower.
    Thank you for all the hard work and all the great finds and neat tips!

    michal88@verizon.net

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  129. I've been lurking for awhile. I love reading your tips and reviews, especially the drugstore versions of the pricey stuff!

    frankefan@yahoo.com

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  130. I love your blog. It has quickly become my favorite. Please keep up the good work.

    VogonPoet81@gmail.com

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  131. I read your blog because I love how you send out the message that any woman can become beautiful regardless of her age, race, or size of her wallet. Your blog is organized, clear, unbiased, and written well.

    hnguyen0711@csu.fullerton.edu

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  132. Congratulations on 1 year of your Nouveau Cheap blog! I've been reading it for a few months now. Your reviews are well-written, informative, and fun to read! I also enjoy reading the comments and your responses. I've always bought drugstore brands, but you've helped me discover drugstore lines I never payed attention to before, and inspired me to do my nails on a regular basis. I just bought Orly Bonder, finally found the Styli-Style Topaz twist eyeliner, and I'm so glad you reviewed the Revlon Soft & Smooth lipstick - I tried it and now wear it every day. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into it. Keep up the great work!

    aslavoy(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  133. I follow this blog. I enjoy reading Nouveau Cheap because I'm really picky about what I spend my money on. I love bargains. I also love that this blog reviews drugstore brands, because so many beauty blogs just talk about MAC. And I really like your photos of new products you find in stores. It lets me know what to look out for in the near future! Totally awesome.

    kittenishcutie {at} gmail {dot} com

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  134. I love reading the well written posts. I've tried several new things, been hipped to good deals, and just tickled with this blog. My email is adani76(at)aol(dot)com.

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  135. Congrats on 1 year!!!
    I like finding good cheap stuff.

    rmcandlelight@yahoo.com

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  136. I LOVE drugstore makeup because 1) it's often as good, if not better, than department store products and 2) is much nicer to my wallet. I love that you write great reviews about the products so I know which ones I definitely want to try. Plus you give great details about sales! Congrats on 1 Year :)

    skaglitterchick@yahoo.com

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  137. All I can say is THANK YOU for creating this blog. Your reviews are so helpful since the drugstore is my place to shop for makeup and such. I know I've purchased several items after you have given them a good review and I've not regretted a single purchase!

    Congratulations on year #1 and hope there are many more to come!

    aadina@aadina.com

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  138. Happy Anniversary!

    Love the reviews - I have been more cosmetically adventurous because of you!

    Thanks so much!

    denise@xbrit.com

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