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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review: New Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Lip Gloss and Color Treat Anti-Aging Lipstick

A little while ago I mentioned that I received the newest releases from Prestige, and I have already reviewed one of them (click here for the My Longest Lashes Mascara review) so today I'd like to review two of the other products for you!

To refresh your memory, here is the scoop on these two products:

I received the Color Treat Anti-Aging Lipstick in Beautifully Buff, which is a very wearable, natural, light pinky-brown shade (in case you're not aware, this is one of my very favorite colors for lipsticks):

The first thing I noticed about this lipstick is that it goes on almost like a balm. It's very smooth on the lips, and I just adore the pinky-brown shade. It's definitely one of those shades that you can throw on with just about any look and be out the door in a minute looking polished and ready to go.

I can't really speak to the anti-aging benefits because I haven't been wearing it long enough to see any results, but I can tell you that it's nice and emollient and not drying in the slightest. The color makes my face look instantly more healthy and it just makes me look like I'm glowing a bit. Also, I am very impressed with the staying power of this shade. Usually when a lipstick is this moisturizing, it tends to disappear from my lips within about 30 minutes. I can get a few hours of color from this lipstick without having to reapply, which is fantastic. And I also like that when it fades, it doesn't fade inconsistently (don't you hate it when a lipstick fades on the inner portion of your lips but the outer portion stays intact?).

I should also add that the fragrance of this lipstick is sort of a generic "lipstick scent" with a tiny hint of melon (at least that's what I'm picking up). And there is very minimal flavor to this lipstick--barely anything at all.

Let's move on to the new Skin Loving Minerals Lasting Moisture Lip Gloss:

I received the shade Glistening Sand, which is a super pretty, slightly shimmery, nude beige. This is one of those shades that you can easily wear with a smoky eye, on its own for a natural look, or layered over a deeper shade of lipstick.

I think it's absolutely fantastic to see a lipgloss that we can get at the drugstore that is mineral oil and paraben-free. Also, there are no artificial fragrances in this gloss. To me, this gloss smells slightly fruity, slightly floral, and kind of "clean". It's hard to explain but it's quite pleasant and not overpowering. The flavor is subtle and slightly fruity as well, which I like.

Ladies, I am LOVING this gloss! It applies so smoothly and it's not excessively sticky or tacky, yet it's got great staying power. I'm able to make this last on my lips for a few hours, which is a miracle for a gloss-eater like myself. Also, it just feels so soft and cushiony on the lips. As the ad promises, this gloss provides "hours of moisture for even the driest lips". I have to say, that's totally true. My lips are in pretty bad shape right now and this truly delivers on the moisture. For a sheer gloss that is free from mineral oil and parabens, you're not going to find a better deal at your local drugstore. I highly recommend this one.

Because these shades are so natural-looking, I had a hard time trying to take pics of these colors on my lips, so let me show you some swatches on the back of my hand:

I hope this review helps you to better determine whether or not these products might be a good fit for you. I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you've tried either one of these products already, I'd love to hear from 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 are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

Review: Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion

 First of all, I hope you like the new springtime theme of Nouveau Cheap! I wanted to bring some extra color and soft pastels to my blog for the spring and I'm thinking about changing things up every season just for fun. Hope you like it!

On to the review: I recently received the new Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion for review, and it really couldn't have come at a better time. I've mentioned several times on this blog that when the weather changes (either from cold to hot or hot to cold) my skin itches like CRAZY. My arms, my legs, my name it.  The itches take over and I crave instant relief.  So I was really able to put this new Curel lotion to the test these last few weeks, and I'm pleased to say it passed with flying colors.

Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion (retail: approx $6.50, 13 oz)

First I'd like to point out that Curel means business with this lotion. It's got the Seal of Acceptance from the National Eczema Association and was created for people with eczema and sensitive skin. It's fragrance-free, allergist tested, pediatrician tested, and gentle enough for babies:

It also claims to rebalance four essential components of healthy skin: PH levels, moisture levels, cellular turnover and natural ceramide levels.

At first glance, this lotion seems like any standard formula. The lotion itself is white and the texture is good--not too thick and not too thin or watery.  But the magic happens when you apply it to your skin because the texture is anything but standard.  The fourth ingredient in this lotion is tapioca starch:

Do any of you remember the Bath & Body Works Purely Silk collection?  The lotions came in glass bottles and they were my favorite of any lotion I have ever used from BBW.  The reason I loved that lotion so much was because of the powdery finish of the formula--it left my skin so smooooth.  Well, I am thrilled to tell you that, because of the tapioca starch in Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion, it delivers that same powdery finish to the skin! I can't believe that, after all these years, I finally have a lotion formula that shares the same wonderful, soft, powdery finish as the BBW Purely Silk lotion.  I honestly believe that the tapioca starch helps give my itchy skin such instant relief, because I've tried so many other lotions to relieve my itchy skin and this is the only one that stops the itch instantly for me. For more about the science behind this formula, click here.

Another great thing about this lotion is its staying power. I can apply it to my itchy legs and the next morning they're still quite soft and itch-free.  I'm telling you that, for me, this lotion is relief in a bottle.

I may not use this lotion daily (hey, I'm a bath and body junkie and love to change lotions like I change my lip colors), but I've got to tell you that I'm finding it very difficult to think of another lotion in my collection that combats itchiness so instantly and truly helps to relieve and heal my severely itchy skin for more than just an hour or so.  I know that some of you may be put off by the petrolatum and parabens in this formula, which I understand, but for the specific purpose of combating my severely itchy skin, this lotion is working better, and quicker, for me than any of my other lotions.

Do you own any products by Curel? I'd love to hear what your favorites are, and of course I'd love to know if you've tried Curel Itch Defense Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion. If you've got itchy skin, I really hope this brings you the same type of relief that it's been bringing me.

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 are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Follow-up Friday

Since I'm feeling under the weather and not really up to writing a new review today, I wanted to follow up on some past products I've reviewed and let you know if I still hold my original opinion of them. If this is a feature that you would like me to continue in the future, please leave a comment here and let me know!

First up:

TREsemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo (click here for my original review)

As I mentioned in my review, I wasn't completely wowed by this one. I'm a loyal user of Batiste Dry Shampoo from Sally (click here for that review) and in comparison, I didn't like the strong, chemical fragrance of TREsemme, and I didn't like the feeling of my hair after I used it (sort of a sticky/tacky film).

Well, I'm sad to say that my opinion of this product has actually declined since my initial review. Since I'm currently under the weather, I skipped my daily shower yesterday and this morning my hair was REALLY greasy, especially my bangs. I thought it would be a perfect time to revisit TREsemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo and I could really put it to the test on hair that's dirtier than I would normally have on any given day. Well, I shook the can as instructed, applied as instructed, and guess what? It didn't take away my greasy hair even remotely as well as it did the first time I used it. This leads me to believe that it really only works for me when my hair's not that greasy to begin with. I was actually quite surprised at how little my hair had changed after I used this product today. So I added a bit more, and that was a huge mistake as it gave me quite a gray cast that I couldn't remove even after repeatedly running a fine-tooth comb through my hair (this usually does the trick with other dry shampoos). So all in all, I'd say that, for me, my instincts were right on the mark. Not the best dry shampoo out there, and I'm definitely sticking to Batiste in the future. I am very happy for those of you who have found success in TREsemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, because it's almost half the price of Batiste and more easily accessible. I wish I had the same results that you did.

Next up:

Black Radiance Perfection Complexion Shine Control Primer (click here for my original review)

In my original review, I said that I was having great luck with this face primer because, unlike other silicone-based primers, it contains kaolin (white clay) which works quite well to combat my oily skin. Well I've been using this primer every day since I wrote my review, and I have to tell you that I love it more now than I did when I wrote my review! We've been having unseasonably hot weather here in San Diego these last few days, and I am constantly impressed by how this product keeps my powder foundation in tact and looking fresh for HOURS longer than if I had skipped it. This baby keeps not only my foundation in place but my concealer as well. It may be a challenge to find Black Radiance products in your area, but I'm telling you, if you are an oily-skinned gal like me, it's worth the hunt. For around six bucks, it's a true wonder-product for me, and the best part is that it can double as a great eyeshadow primer as well. Oh, and I want to add that it has never once broken me out. LOVE.

And finally, I'm travelling back to a review I wrote over a year ago:

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave (click here for my original review)
In my original review, I said that I had been using this for over a decade. Well, I am pleased to say that that has not changed! I still use Kiss My Face Moisture Shave every single day, and as you can tell if you do a search for shave creams, gels or lotions on this blog, I have not reviewed another product that has ever taken its place. Why? For me, it simply works better than any other shaving product I've ever used. For me, foams and creams don't allow for the closeness I prefer (and sometimes they make my razor drag against my skin). Other shave lotions don't seem to have enough slip to enable a nice, smooth, razor-burn-free shave. With Kiss My Face Moisture Shave, I get the best of all worlds every single time: a close shave, a smooth shave, and a shave that leaves my legs soft and hydrated. I never get razor burn on my legs, and very rarely do I see bumps or ingrown hairs. Plus, the scents are fabulous! I think in my original review I said that my favorite was Peaches & Cream. Well that has since changed and I really prefer Key Lime these days. But I have to tell ya, that is the only thing that has changed since my initial review. This one is a true, honest Holy Grail product for me and I don't see myself ever switching brands. If you haven't tried Kiss My Face Moisture Shave before, you can find it at most drugstores (CVS, Rite Aid, etc.) in the natural beauty aisle and it retails for around $8. I know that's pricey, but for me, it's worth every single penny. Oh, and Mr. Recessionista has become a loyal user as well after trying my bottle (and shhhh! Don't tell him this, but I've gotten a few ex-boyfriends hooked on this stuff too!).

That's it for my follow-ups...I'm going back to bed! Oh, but before I go, I thought I'd share some random thoughts with ya:

1) Did you see Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty? I was kind of looking forward to it (as I do with any type of beauty-related show on TV) but I thought this was just kind meh. Did you like it? Speaking of beauty-related TV shows, does anyone remember that makeup artist reality show from a few years ago called Blush? I wonder if they're ever going to bring that back! It was cheesy but fun!

2) I changed my Firefox persona again (last week it was a cupcake theme) and this one is soooo pretty I just have to share: click here to try on vector flowers.

3) For my fellow My So Called Life fans out there, did ya see this?


Swatches! Milani Neon Fresh Teal & Sally Hansen VIP Pink

Since I'm currently battling an icky head-cold, I've had enough down-time to paint my nails with some pretty new colors I recently purchased at CVS.

First I'd like to show you one of the new Milani Neon shades, Fresh Teal:

Milani Fresh Teal from the Neon Collection (retail: $4.99 at CVS)

How weird is this?? In that first picture, the bottle totally matches my nail color. But in the second pic, the bottle doesn't match at all. I just checked again, in full sunlight, and I have to say that the bottle does not match the nail color (my nails look much more of a true teal while the bottle has a bit more green to it). Although in the second pic, the bottle does look more green than it does in real life. Does that make sense? lol.

Anyway, this is a fanstiastic color (I think it would be super cute with white polka dots or other types of nail art!) and I'm very happy with the formula. I've been wearing this color without a base or top coat (hey, I'm sick, so I'm lazy) and it hasn't chipped or peeled in three days. Yay!

Next up, I also purchased this little lovely at CVS recently:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in VIP Pink (retail: $2.99 at CVS)

This is a lovely pinky-coral jelly with silver and pink micro-glitter. It kind of reminds me of China Glaze Strawberry Fields but without the gold. Anyway, it's a jelly so expect three coats if you don't want a sheer look (I probably could have used four coats for more opacity but I stopped at three) and the staying power is just as good as all the other Xtreme Wear polishes I own (fabulous).

So do you own any Milani Neons or Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear shades? How do you like 'em?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My interview with the President of One Bath and Body

When I first spotted the new eco-friendly bath and body line, One, at Target recently, I was immediately drawn to it and I shared some photos with you. The response to those photos was amazing (click here to see my original post) and I quickly discovered that many of you are just as excited as I am about this new natural, affordable, paraben-free, plastic-free line of bath and body products.

So when I was given the opportunity a few days ago to conduct a phone interview with the President of One, Glenn Abrahamson, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to find out more about this line and ask him questions that might help us all to get a better understanding of this new and intriguing company. So I hope that you'll take a moment to read my interview (I'm not just saying this, but it's a fascinating and very informative story!).

Recessionista: So can you tell me a bit about your background and how you started One?

Glenn Abrahamson: Well I was one of those people who had been making bath products in plastic containers and tubes for 25 years...Until recently, we had been producing bath and body gifts sets for retail shops...I was producing 5-7 million units per year, and it was satisfying but it bothered me at the same time because I felt like I wasn't doing what was right for the environment and I wanted to make a change in the way we make products not only in the bath category, but in the way we make products throughout the store. So I came up with the working title One...I wanted to create a brand that eliminated all plastics...Only about 3.5 percent of plastics are recycled in this country annually, and the majority of the 3.5% are water bottles. The fact is, the majority of recycling centers won't take [plastic shampoo bottles]...and we all know where they are ending up: in landfills...And it takes thousands of years for them to biodegrade...Everyone thought I was crazy [telling me] "You can't do it. How you are going to do this? It's not going to make sense." And it took two years to do it, but it's there and I'm trying to make this thing grow.

Recessionista: Wait a minute. Are you telling me that it only took you two years to get from concept to Target stores?

Glenn Abrahamson: Yes. I have to say that I have a great team of people...they are just fantastic. I couldn't have asked for better partners from day one. I've been doing bath for so long, that we have all the best people in place to make my crazy dreams a reality. I couldn't do this without them.

[We're in the process of revamping our website and] I want to make it a source of information. In fact, I just got some feedback from a customer who asked if we could make the cap on our lotion a little wider so that people with arthritis can open the tube more easily. That's a great point, and now I'm working on it. It's important to understand that if you work with your customers as a family, then you can work together to make new products and improvements. Another customer sent me an email and suggested that we add SPF to our Lotion Massage Bar and I said, "That's a brilliant idea!" So we're looking into it right now and I want to make sure that she's thanked online on our website by saying, "Hey, this was your idea and I really appreciate it."

Recessionista: That's fantastic, because I know that not being able to communicate directly with manufacturers is a source of frustration for me and many other consumers. So tell me, how can you keep your costs so low when you're not using plastic packaging?

Glenn Abrahamson: Trust me, it costs a lot more for me to produce a tube of lotion than it does the other guys with their plastic tubes and plastic caps. Aluminum is costing me 10 times the amount [of plastic].

...My father used to shampoo his hair with a shampoo bar...Sometimes what is old is new again, and when I came up with the shampoo bar it was based on what my father and grandfather used to that idea came from them. But I'm bringing a new spin to it that has nice scents, PH balance and most importantly, recyclables. And when we talk about the tin [that the shampoo bar comes in], 50% of aluminum is recycled in the US [as opposed to 3.5% of plastic], so I would rather take less margin and put things in an aluminum tin and use something that's right for the environment because I know that in the long run, as the company grows, I'll make it up someday. I don't have to make it up now or two years from now. I'm trying to do something that's right before I think about the money. We're just trying to, overall as a company, give something back.

Recessionista: Can you speak a bit about your process, in terms of how you create your products, choose your fragrances and come up with the name of your products?

Glenn Abrahamson: I've got a good team behind me but the whole concept of One, the products and the fragrances all came from my wife, who is my best friend and who I depend on for everything, was right there behind me as we were going through pre-production...and I got help to execute my ideas.

...The Oh My Gosh Lotion Massage bar--it was funny how that name came to be...When the pre-production bar was brought to me, I smelled it and said, "Oh my gosh" and said, "Oh! That's the name!"

Everything in the line...people had asked me, "Why don't you come up with a theme? Like a vanilla line, a pomegranate line, whatever" and I said, "I don't want to do that." I wanted to make the line with things that are going to help you throughout your day. Whatever you need, you can get from these essential oils. When we say, I Need This [the name of the lemongrass Bath Fizzer], lemongrass make you feel better and can help you jump-start your day. If you need a little pick-me-up when you come home and the kids are driving you nuts, you might want to use Blue will give you a relaxing bath.

Or Honey Please, which calms your spirit. What do women need at different parts of the day or night that is going to make them feel better? And as we create new scents, if one product runs its course, I don't have to change a whole "raspberry" collection, I can change out certain elements and replace them with something new.

Recessionista: Wow, that's a fantastic idea and a real departure from the usual way that manufacturers present their products to us. Are they any plans to make a body mist or perfume?

Glenn Abrahamson: I wanted to do a body mist, I really, really did. But I cannot figure out a way to make a 100% biodegradable package because, with a spray, you've got that tube that goes into the bottle to suck up the fluid. Then you've got the spring loader and the cap itself, which takes 1,000 years to biodegrade. How do you do liquids with recyclable packaging? I just need to come up with a new way to do this. Maybe come up with a gel, a clear gel that can be more concentrated and put into an aluminum can...these are ideas that are floating around in my head right now.

Recessionista: Wow, so right now there's just no current technology to fashion a body mist bottle completely out of aluminum?

Glenn Abrahamson: No, I could mold the cap out of aluminum, but the problem is that can't be aluminum, it's got to be stainless steel and it will end up in a landfill. I just haven't been able to figure out a way to do it yet. The only plastic we do use is on the Bath Fizzer, and that plastic film is 100% biodegradable.

The only reason it's there is because the ingredients that make the fizz in your tub dissipate over a matter of three weeks. So it has to be air tight. And that's the only reason it's there.

...I'm sure I've made a lot of mistakes, but I'm counting on customers to keep me educated and keep me on my toes.

Recessionista: I love that you encourage such an open dialogue with your customers. Do you have any suggestions about what you might want to tell a potential customer who is thinking about trying One for the first time? Any recommendations about how to work your way through the line?

Glenn Abrahamson: I think it really depends on the customer. If you're a working mother, the first thing I'd do is go for the Bath Fizzers because I know what you're going through. You need that personal time. Tell hubby, "Hey, order pizza tonight...I'm taking a book and going to the tub with my Bath Fizzer and the rest of the evening is mine". It will help relax and rejuvenate you, because you know it's going to start all over again the next day. Go look at the product line and say to yourself, "What do I need?" and take care of yourself. We're trying to keep the price points so that, if you need something, it's there and you can buy it. It's not a luxury item where you have to say, "Do I deserve to spend 20 dollars on myself today?" You don't have to do that with our line. If you need something, and you want it, it's priced right.

Recessionista: I love that! Will the newly revamped website have a retail store so that we can purchase your products online?

Glenn Abrahamson: We're not going to do that because I support my retailers...In addition to Target, though, there are plans in the works for One to be available at select regional chains throughout the nation.

Recessionsita: I wanted to speak to you about Twitter for a minute. I know you already have a Twitter account, which is great, [click here for One's Twitter page] but I'm wondering if you have plans to do future giveaways, promotions, coupon codes, or that sort of thing?

Glenn Abrahamson: It's comin'. We first started off with the survey that you can take on our site and get a free lip balm. And another thing I'd like to do in the future is have customers do their own home videos about how they like and use our products. I'd like to post those videos on our website and then in return we'll send the person a little care-package. And we'd also like to have an area of our site where customers can write down their likes and dislikes about our products.

You know, one lady emailed me about how she wanted to take the One tins and recycle them into creative little trinkets in her house. And I said, "Send 'em over to me!" And I could easily see putting a little video on our site where we say, "Don't want to recycle our tins? Here's an idea about how to use them around the house or in your backyard." And of course, if we use your video on our site, we'll send you a care-package and a thank-you. I really want to make this fun.

Recessionista: Sounds great! A lot of my readers are thrilled that One doesn't use plastics in their packaging, but some people have criticized One for what they believe is excessive paper packaging. How would you respond to that?

Glenn Abrahamson: I did get comments from some people and I've written them back personally to let them know there's a reason for this. Let's take the Shampoo Bar, for example. In the container itself, if you take the tin out, there's a little cardboard "X" that kind of keeps the product lifted up about 3/4 of an inch.

The reason why I did that is, if I didn't put that there, it would make the container even smaller. And that means all the print and font would be even smaller on the packaging. Retailers are really concerned, especially on a new product launch, that the customers be able to know what your product is, and be able to read the package. When you're trying to explain a shampoo bar, well a lot customers aren't going to know what it is, or how to use it. So the instructions need more detail. And by law, it's a requirement for retailers that the font size needs to be a certain typeface. And if it's not big enough, the retailer will reject it. The UPC code has to be a certain size too. So by the time I met all of the requirements, I had no place else to cut [reduce] the packaging. Now, they can look at the lotion and say, "What a minute, that's a lot of waste in that cardboard box" which I agree. Well if I mold an aluminum cap that is wide enough so it can stand up by itself on the shelf, that's going to raise the price of the product by almost a dollar.

Here's the other issue: it's aluminum. If you're on the top shelf at Target and a bottle of lotion in a plastic tube falls on the floor, 99% of the time it's going to be fine. But if an aluminum bottle falls on the floor, it's dented. That would cause the retailer to take it and ship it back to us for return. And if you have a certain percentage of damages, the retailer won't want to do business with you. So the box was necessary to protect the aluminum tube.

Recessionista: Interesting! My hunch was that the extra packaging was just to avoid tampering. It hadn't even occurred to me that you might need to meet certain requirements by retailers, and I didn't even think about the damage that could occur if the aluminum tube wasn't protected. That totally makes sense, and it really speaks a lot about the time and care that you've put into this line. Thanks so much for the opportunity to be able to speak with you directly about One.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with the President of One, and please check back soon because I will be reviewing all of the products pictured in this post in the days to come. In the meantime, have you tried any One products yet? Is there anything in particular that you're planning to purchase the next time you're at Target?

Thursday Odds 'n' Ends

Hello my lovelies! I've come down with a bit of a head-cold (my head currently feels like there's a bowling ball sloshing around inside of it) and I'm afraid that has kept me away from the computer and from responding to comments the last few days. I'm not sure if I'll be able to catch up on comments left on posts from the last few days, so please note that I've read ALL of your wonderful comments and I'll try me best to respond in a general way in this post.  Please bear with me while I get over this cold, which just so happens to be coinciding with a heat-wave here in San Diego right now (isn't it the worst to have a cold when it's 85 degrees outside??).  So let me get started before my TheraFlu kicks in!

1) I was extremely bummed out to hear that so many of you do not have red scanner boxes at your local CVS stores. I had NO idea that there were some locations that are not equipped with the "CVS Slot Machine" and I apologize to those of you who do not have access to this wonderful red coupon box.  All I can say is, try to talk to the manager of your location and see if there's any way they can obtain a scanner box in the future. Who knows? If the manager doesn't receive demand for it, then he/she may think it's not a big deal to supply you with one. It never hurts to ask, right?  And as for those of you who do have a scanner at your location and were able to score that Milani BOGOFREE coupon, CONGRATS!! I am thrilled that it worked for you! :)

2) I've received several emails over the past few weeks about department-wide clearance sales in the beauty section at Target.  All I can tell you at this point is that some have seen massive markdowns on tons of different brands, while others (like me) haven't seen many markdowns at all (the last time I was at Target I only saw Yes to Carrots, Boots, and Weleda products on deep clearance).  Also, some readers saw a massive clearance on Maybelline, Sonia Kashuk, etc. several weeks ago, while other readers are just now seeing red stickers on those brands.  So it appears that perhaps each individual Target has the decision as to when, and what they're going to put on clearance.  My best advice is to just keep checking back on a weekly basis as you never know what, or when, your local Target is going to put on clearance at any given time.

3) Since I'm currently under the weather, I have had a chance to catch up my magazine reading over the past few days. I can't remember how I got it, but I have a free subscription to Ladies' Home Journal, and while perusing their April issue (with Brooke Shields on the cover) I stumbled across an article about new Spring fragrances and I freaked OUT when I saw this:

If you saw this post about how much I am LOVING the new Dove Pomegranate and Lemon Verbena body wash, well then you know I am SOOOO excited to hear that Dove is releasing an accompanying body mist! I haven't seen this in stores anywhere yet, so if YOU have seen it, please please please leave a comment on this post and let me know where you spotted it.  I will be bathing myself in this fragrance all summer long, no doubt about it!

4) I want to give a HUGE thank-you to everyone who has taken the time to leave a comment here over the past days listing all of the great sale and clearance items they you've been able to score at your local CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Big Lots and Dollar Tree locations. I really can't express to you how much that helps not only me, but all of the other people who may be reading these posts. It gives us all an idea of what to look for out there! When you leave a comment like that, you never know if you may be listing someone's holy grail lotion/eyeshadow/whatever, which in turn can help someone find their favorite product at a great price. So by filling us in on what you've been able to score lately, it's helping so many of us. So thank you so very much for taking the time to do that, and I apologize again that I haven't been able to respond to each comment left on my blog this week (and that goes for all the wonderful and varied responses I've been getting to this week's Wednesday Question--I am LOVING reading those!).

5) I will be posting at least one more entry today (if not more) and the one I'm working on now (in-between naps) is soooo exciting, so please check back later today as I hope to have it up soon.

Thanks so much for your patience as I work to get over this cold.

R. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spotted at Dollar Tree and CVS...

I mentioned yesterday that I spotted a ton of new products recently at my local Dollar Tree and CVS, so you know I had to snap some pics and share them with you (I also bought a few things which I will go into further detail about later in this post). So let's get started.


CVS has recently (at least in my area) started carrying various Orly collections, and I was very surprised to see the Matte Couture collection at my CVS yesterday (although someone messed up and put Sec 'n Dry in this display when it should have been Bonder). Anyway, all of the Orly polishes (colors, not treatments) are $6.99 at CVS so save your Extra Bucks for a better deal.

Orly Bloom Collection at CVS

I can't remember the name of this Orly Collection but I think it was released for Valentine's Day?

Here are a ton of new CVS Essence of Beauty Portables--if you look to the right of this photo you'll see a new PRIMER! I was tempted to get this because it's $5 and you get 2 Extra Bucks this week if you purhcase two Portables products, but I already had too much in my basket so maybe another time. Please let me know if you try this though--I would love to know what you think of it! Also new are the mini kabuki brush (in the center of this photo) and a canister of eye makeup remover pads.

Another new EoB Portables product that caught my eye was this 5-in-1 makeup brush with five interchangeable attachments (retail: $5) and to the left of this brush is a new 3-pack of black and brown eyeliner pencils

And finally, there was also a new mini bottle of EoB eye makeup remover (2/$5), a "Portables" makeup bag and a set of makeup sponges

OK, I know this isn't really beauty-related but one more thing I spotted at CVS was this new Crest 3D toothpaste. I'm sorry, but I just had to laugh. They really are using this whole "3D" thing to promote just about anything these days, right? :)

Moving on to Dollar Tree, I am so delighted to say that after weeks and weeks of coming up empty at my local DTs, I finally hit the jackpot yesterday!

Four fish bowls full of e.l.f. polishes! I don't know about you, but in my area, this is the first time I've seen anything from e.l.f. at one of my Dollar Trees. Hopefully this is just the start of more e.l.f. to come at Dollar Tree!

A new crop of (very) old Sally Hansen polishes, Sally Hansen Comfort Shine Lip Glazes (LOVE these!) and more Sally Hansen Natural Butter Lip Shine Glosses (I have raved about these in the past and seriously, if you haven't tried them yet, I highly suggest getting a few while they're at DT)

As we all know, Dollar Tree has pretty much the best selection of L.A. Colors products around (at least in San Diego) but I had never seen the new L.A. Colors Mineral Eyeshadows until yesterday! I couldn't resist and I actually bought a few because I've seen some glowing reviews about these (but I know that they're hit or miss and some colors are less pigmented then others, although I've heard that the staying power is incredible for a cheapie eyeshadow so we'll see...let me know if you want me to review them!)

And I'm sure I don't need to tell you this if you're a regular Dollar Tree shopper, but just case, here's a tip: Looking at the pic above, it looks like there are just three colors in this display: purple, beige and white. But any good Dollar Tree shopper knows that you need to DIG and look behind the first few shadows because 9 times out 10 there will be other shades lurking in the back of the stack! And sure enough, I spotted black, teal, and gold hiding behind the shades in this pic. :)

Here's a closer look at what I bought yesterday from Dollar Tree:

L.A. Colors Mineral Eyehsadow in Teal

L.A. Colors Mineral Eyeshadow in Beige

Sally Hansen Comfort Shine Lip Glazes in Fresh Strawberry (left) and Sweet Raspberry (right)

And while I'm at it, let me explain why I love these little pots. First of all, these retail at most drugstores for around $6, so finding them at Dollar Tree is pretty amazing. Second, look at the packaging:

Apologies for the color in these pics--Fresh Strawberry is actually a beautiful sheer red gloss but it looks neon orange here. Anyway, do you see the applicator sticking out from the top of this pot? You pull that little clear plastic handle from the opening to apply this gloss, and when you're done, you just stick it back in the opening.

Here's the applicator, which is a little teeny tiny doe foot. The entire applicator from top to bottom is probably only 1 inch tall. I don't know--I just love this thing because when you're getting the color from the pot, it feels like you're mixing up a little caldron. lol.

And as for the product itself, these are sheer lip glosses that deliver just the prettiest, most natural hint of color to your lips. I love 'em, although admittedly I'm a sucker for the packaging.

I spotted tons of different shades available at my DT, including Sugar Cookie (a medium bronzy shimmer) and Vanilla (clear). If you've got a dollar that's burning a hole in your pocket, I think you might enjoy one of these. :)

That's it for now, but please feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you've tried any of these products. Also, I'd love to hear about what you have spotted at your local Dollar Trees lately!

The Wednesday Question

I expect to see a lot of varied responses to this week's question (hopefully!), so let's get right to it!

What is your holy grail eyebrow product?

In the past I've used everything from Smashbox Brow Tech to NYC Brow Powder, but I always, always find myself going back to Maybelline Expert Eyes Twin Brow & Eye Pencils (the old-school red pencils that come in packs of two). They're super cheap (around $2.50 for two pencils), "Blonde" is a great shade for my dark blonde/light brown hair, and they have fantastic staying power. In my dreams, I would probably purchase a case of Anastasia Brow Whiz (it's an ultra-fine point pencil that I reviewed for We Heart This and it is amazing) but sadly I just cannot currently afford to pay $20 + shipping per pencil, so it's back to Maybelline for moi!

So let's hear it! What's your favorite eyebrow product?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Very important CVS news (and a crazy new Milani product!)

A HUGE thanks to my lovely reader, Lily, for alerting me to the fact that CVS is printing out BOGOFREE Milani coupons this week at the "CVS Slot Machine" (my term for the ExtraCare red scanner box). Ladies, if you have a CVS card and you are not scanning it every time you enter the store for free coupons, you are missing out! Sure enough, I scanned my card today when I was at CVS and I got the Milani coupon!!

So as you probably know, Milani is BOGO1/2OFF this week at CVS, so I couldn't wait to see how this would turn out if I used the coupon in conjunction with this sale. I purchased a Milani Neon polish (swatches to come) and I also was going to purchase a Milani holo polish, UNTIL I saw this new display:

Have you ladies seen this new red lipstick that promises to be "The Perfect Red"? Apparently it works for ALL skintones because it reacts to your body's own PH. Well, given that it's gimmicky AND it comes in a cute goldtone case, you know I had to get one. I'm an absolutely sucker this kind of thing (and yes, I also have a big fat lemming going on for those Claire's Mood polishes!).

Please check back because I will definitely review this one. I cannot wait to see if it works.

So when I went to purchase the Milani products, I didn't say anything to the cashier--I just waited and held my breath. OK, so the Neon polish was $4.99 and the red lipstick was $5.49. With the BOGO1/2OFF sale, I was able to get $2.50 off the nail polish, so my total so far was $7.98. Then, the cashier scanned the coupon, and she took off an ADDITIONAL $4.99 (the entire price of the cheapest product, the nail polish)!! OMG OMG OMG, I ended up getting BOTH products for a grand total of $2.99!!

Ladies, I cannot stress this enough! Go to your CVS and scan your ExtraCare card ASAP! If you don't get the coupon the first time around, go back the next day (or go to another location) and scan it again until you get that Milani coupon (you can't scan your card at the same location within the same day and get coupons though, but you can get coupons at two locations within the same day--you just won't get the same coupon twice. Today I got the Milani coupon at one location and later in the day I went to another location and got a paper towel coupon.). But if you are a Milani fan, it's totally worth it keep going back until you get this coupon. But hurry, because the BOGOFREE Milani coupon expires 3/23, and of course you need to use it THIS week while CVS is running the BOGO1/2OFF sale on Milani!

That's it for now, but please check back soon because I've got tons of other new products to show you from CVS and Dollar Tree (today was a GREAT day for spotting goodies!).

And Lily, thanks again!!! :D

Attn Rite Aid shoppers: Huge 75% off beauty blow-out going on now!

Wow! I had heard some rumors about tons of beauty products currently on sale for 75% off at Rite Aid, but until yesterday I hadn't seen the deals for myself. I tried snapping pics of just about everything that I saw with a 75% off tag next to it but I know I missed some things, so bottom line: if you've got a Rite Aid in your town, go there ASAP and see what you can find!  Here is what I was able to spot!

Let's start with nail care:

ALL Borghese hand and nail treatments are 75% off! This is an amazing savings considering that the Illuminare Brightening Hand Serum retails for $20, making it just $5!! 

Select shades of Borghese nail color, 75% off (regular price: $8)

Select shades of CQ and Petites nail color, 75% off (that means the Petites are now just 50 cents!)

Tons of Sally Hansen nail color, 75% off

More Sally Hansen...

OK, I have had my eye on Soak Off for a while now. Have any of you tried this? It's a removal system for artificial nails, and you get five reusable "pods" so that you can soak each individual nail at the same time. The $9.99 price tag always scared me away from this product, but now that it's 75% off I'm seriously considering giving it a shot. If you've used Soak Off before, PLEASE leave a comment and let me know what you think of it! I'm thinking this might be a great thing to use to remove stubborn glitter polishes as well?

Various Sally Hansen hand treatments and tanning products, 75% off

Moving on to the products I spotted that are 50% off:

Various Sally Hansen hair removal kits, 50% off

Looks like Citre Shine might be getting a makeover because pretty much the entire line is now 50% off

All Vitamin shampoos and conditioners, 50% off

And finally, this should come as no surprise if you saw my post from yesterday about how got2b is repackaging all of their products: lots of got2b products are now 50% off

So, do you have a Rite Aid (or several) in your area? Do you plan on taking a trip soon and snatching up some of these goodies? As always, I would love to know what you're finding at your local Rite Aids so leave a comment and let us know!
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