Don't forget to check the beauty sale pages at Macy's here and
Nordstrom here for new beauty deals plus free shipping!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Weekly Drugstore Makeup Sales (12/4 - 12/10)

For a listing of the weekly beauty sales at Ulta, Target and Kmart this week, please click here.

CVS shoppers: Not too much going on at CVS this week, but Revlon is buy 2 get $6 Extra Bucks, wich is always nice. And if you love Garnier skincare, almost everything is on sale (see below for details).

Rite Aid shoppers: In addition to the regular weekly sales, there's also a 4-DAY-SALE this week that runs from 12/7 - 12/10. Their $2.99 holiday cosmetics sets will be $2.99 with $2 +UP, making them just $0.99 each. If you haven't been to your local Rite Aid in a while, there are some fun nail polish sets and other sets on display right now, so don't forget to check those out--especially for $0.99. Also, don't forget the Season of Savings promotion! There are LOTS of great deals that qualify for this promotion this week, which I will clearly indicate below. PS: If you've been wanting that yummy Calgon Red Velvet Body Mist, it's BOGOFREE this week.

Walgreens shoppers: If you have the special Walgreens holiday coupon booklet (click here to see--it should be available at the beauty counter), there's a great chance to use the Revlon coupon this week for FREE Top Speed nail polish. Also, I've heard from several of you that the Salon Express Nail Stamping Kit (see my review here) has been spotted at various Walgreens locations recently. If you couldn't find it at Rite Aid or CVS, check your Wags! (Note: the plate designs seem to differ at Rite Aid though--see my post for more details.) Also, in the Walgreens weekly ad, there's a coupon for $1 off EcoTools. Now's the time to get that LE kabuki set


First look: L'Oreal Color Riche Balm in 818 Nourishing Nude

Psssst: if you haven't heard yet, L'Oreal is coming out with a line of tinted lip balms called Balm that seem to be very much like the Revlon Lip Butters with the same type of tinted, translucent lids that match the color of each balm. 

A HUGE thank to my pal @rnsmithny on Twitter for sending a pic of the one she just purchased at her local Bed Bath and Beyond (again, to see if your BB&B sells makeup, click here):


Beauty freebies, coupons and news!

  • Now through 12/4 visit your local Bath & Body Works with this coupon and get a FREE 2-oz bottle of Be Enchanted lotion, no purchase necessary! If ordering online, enter code 5228 at checkout (US only). I hear this a wonderful scent for the holidays so don't miss out if you'd like to try it!

Important Bed Bath & Beyond info

I blogged about this here, but apparently I've gained some new followers in the past year that may have missed it. Just a reminder: if your local Bed Bath & Beyond doesn't carry the extensive makeup collections that you see in my posts, it's because your location does not have a Harmon inside of it. Harmon is a popular stand-alone beauty store on the East Coast which is also owned by BB&B. Many BB&B locations have a Harmon inside of them, aka a "store within a store", but some do NOT. To find the nearest BB&B/Harmon location in your area, please click here (be sure to check the box that says "HARMON FACE VALUES" before you perform your search).

Also, I've been told that BB&B/Harmon accepts manufacturer's coupons AND do competitive price-matching, so keep that in mind when you're shopping!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Spotted: New Maybelline SuperStay 10HR Stain Gloss & 14HR Lipstick

Remember in my last post when I said that the trend for 2012 drugstore makeup was long-wear? Well I meant that for lip color too. A huge thanks to reader LMC1971 for this sighting in Canada. I just checked the Walgreens site and both products are listed but, as of today, unavailable for purchase. Click here for the 10HR Stain Gloss and here for the 14HR Lipstick. Hopefully these will be available in the US very soon.

A stain GLOSS?? A 14HR lipstick that's NOT a two-part system?? I am sold, Maybelline. I'm sold.

 image credit: LMC1971 for Nouveau Cheap


Spotted: New Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadows & Master Precise Eyeliner Pens

Considering all of the new products I've shared with you in the last 24 hours, one thing is for certain: LONG-WEAR makeup is definitely the trend for 2012 drugstore cosmetics and I could not be any happier about that. My super oily skin thanks you, oh Makeup Gods!

Reader LMC1971, who is in Canada, spotted the new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadows and Master Precise Eyeliners and was kind enough to share (with some swatches!). Now, I don't know when these will be available in the US, or if they'll look exactly as they do in Canada, but it's DEFINITELY something to keep an eye out for, right?

UPDATE: thanks to Twitter follower @GiGiPronovost for this tip: the Color Tattoo shadows are currently up on the Walgreens website but as of today, they are unavailable for purchase. So that means they're coming to us soon, lovelies!

image credit for all of the following photos: LMC1971 for Nouveau Cheap


Spotted: New Revlon ColorStay 16-Hour Eyeshadow Quads and Liners

If you caught my posts from yesterday, then you know that there are lots of new products hitting the drugstores from all the major brands right now, and today I'd like to show you some new Revlon ColorStay products!

Reader LMC1971 actually spotted this display in CANADA however. as you will see below, it's also been spotted in the US (although I can't guarantee the display will look exactly like the following photo of course, since they sometimes change things around):

image credit: LMC1971 for Nouveau Cheap

Breaking Beauty News: L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in the US!

If you caught my post from back in June about the L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows that were released earlier this year in Canada and Europe (and I think Asia as well), then you know I was seething with jealousy that we in the US did not get them. They're supposedly nice dupes for Armani Eyes To Kill shadows (click here for links to reviews and comparisons), and boy did I want some. Badly.

Well guess what? My lovely reader Ronda just spotted them at her Bed Bath & Beyond. In the US! Can you see me doing the happy dance through your computer screen right now? No? Well it sort of looks like a cross between the cabbage patch and the running man.

L'Oreal 24HR Infallible Eyeshadows
"The First Ever 24HR Shadow"

 image credit: Ronda for Nouveau Cheap


Spotted: New L'Oreal Magic Lumi Collection

Holy cow! I had no idea that L'Oreal had this new collection in the works, but thanks to reader Ronda who spotted it at her local Bed Bath & Beyond, I can now share the scoop!

New L'Oreal Magic Lumi Collection
"Instantly Boost Skin's Radiance"

image credit: Ronda for Nouveau Cheap
From left to right: primer, highlighters and blushes


Thursday, December 1, 2011

New beauty giveaways

I've got a bunch of new beauty giveaways to tell you about today, so let's get right into it!

First up, has a new monthly giveaway up on their site:

For the month of December 2011, Free Beauty Events will be giving away 10 prizes. Each prize will consist of Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray; got2b Powder’ful Volumizing Styling Powder; Caress Body Wash, Exfoliating Burnt Brown Sugar & Karite Butter; and Caress Body Wash, Moisturizing Daily Silk. The Contest runs from 12/1/2011 to 12/31/2011, winners will be chosen on 1/5/2012 and notified by 1/15/2012.

To enter,  go to Winners are notified by 1/15/2012.

Next up, some new Facebook giveaways:

Spotted: New Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips collection



Exciting news, Physicians Formula fans! Thanks to reader Corrie for this great sighting--check out all the fun new Physicians Formula products she spotted at her local CVS recently:

 image credit: Corrie for Nouveau Cheap


Over 50 new markers approved on the Wet n Wild maps

Just a quick FYI: if you're still looking for the Wet n Wild limited edition Ice Baby polishes, I Heart Matte palette or baked palettes, I just approved over 50 new sightings on the interactive maps.

Click here to view the Walgreens Beauty Bar map (matte palettes and baked palettes)

Also, I approved one new sighting on the Sparkle City map, in case you're still looking for that one!

Nouveau Cheap readers have spoken: your favorite overall drugstore brand is...

As always, last month's reader's poll was open for one month and this time around we received over 1,110 votes (thanks to all who voted!). The results are now in and your favorite drugstore beauty brands are as follows:

First Place
Wet n Wild
(551 votes)

Second Place
(446 votes)

Third place
(304 votes)

Honorable Mentions:

(277 votes)

(275 votes)

(159 votes)

Wet n Wild is the clear winner, with Revlon coming in second followed by NYX in third place. Are you surprised with the results? Did your favorite brand make the cut? I'd love to hear from you either way!

And as always, if your vote went to "other", please chime in and let us know what brand you would have voted for if it had been an option in this poll.

I want to thank each of you for taking the time to vote in the November poll--I will mention these results in my annual Cheapie Awards post at the end of the year, along with the results of all the other polls that were conducted in 2011. I think it will be fun to do a round-up and take a look back at YOUR favorites this year.

Speaking of favorites, the most important poll of the year (for this blog) is now up: see right-hand sidebar. 

In this post from a few weeks ago, I asked you to name your favorite new product of 2011, and I narrowed down the list based on your feedback. So ALL of the choices in this poll are there because of YOU (I did not determine the choices myself) and the winner will be crowned Reader's Choice for Best New Drugstore Product of 2011 in my annual Cheapie Awards. This category is obviously 100% dependent on you, so please, please take a second to vote, and I thank you in advance!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

OCC Nail Polishes for $2-$4

Just saw on Twitter than Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is changing their bottle design so they're having a sale on select shades. Click here to view/order.

FYI, most shades are $4 (regular price: $8) but Jack-O and Ghostly are just $2 each.

These are going quickly so don't hesitate if you want some!

A blueberry holo glitter jelly sandwich

My obsession with "jelly sandwiches" began when I first saw the beautiful creations of my pal Niki. She's the master of perfectly layering glitter in between coats of sheer jelly polishes. If done correctly, the glitter will appear as if it's suspended in jelly (aka, a jelly sandwich) which I LOVE. Check out Niki's mani here for a beautiful example.

Niki's post inspired me to create my own green jelly sandwich, which you can see here. But the other day I was looking at my bottle of NYX Girls Turks and Caicos (currently on sale over at Cherry Culture) and thought, "What kind of sandwich can I make with this bad boy?"

Turks and Caicos is a royal blue jelly packed with round holo glitter and, if you ask me, it's just itching to be part of a jelly sandwich.

So I went through my stash and decided to use the following four polishes for a bling-tastic holo glitter jelly sandwich extravaganza!


The Wednesday Question

What are you most looking forward to finding/buying at the drugstores this holiday season?


Holiday 2011 Gift Sets from Redken

One of my very favorite things about the holiday season is gift sets! Not just for gift-giving, holiday gift sets are a fantastic, and economical, way to try a variety of different products before committing to a full-size purchase.

Redken has some great gift sets this year and I've got the breakdown for you (plus a closer look at the Travel Essentials set):

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Redken!

Redken offers an array of haircare, styling and men’s gift options to help you customize a gift for him or her, with five sets to pick and choose from!

Wet n Wild Nutty: don't believe the rumors!

Don't believe the rumors, folks! Contrary to popular belief, the oh-so-popular Wet n Wild eyeshadow single Nutty is NOT being discontinued. I've had many readers ask me about this, so I asked my contact at Wet n Wild for an official confirmation and I can now confirm that Nutty is NOT being discontinued.

I understand that Walgreens currently has some Wet n Wild eyeshadow singles on clearance (including Nutty) but please don't let their clearance tags lead you to believe that all of these products are being discontinued. I will be providing you with an official list of discontinued Wet n Wild products in the near future, but for now I can 100% confirm that Nutty is not on the list.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief now!

Review: Bodycology Enchanted Forest Body Cream & Shower Gel (and a special holiday promotion)

Before I get into this review of the newest scent from Bodycology, I want to share a fun promotion that just hit my in-box:

Click here to print your $1 off Bodycology coupon.

Since Enchanted Forest, the newest scent from Bodycology, is featured in this promotion, it's perfect timing that I have actually been testing out the Enchanted Forest Body Cream and Shower Gel for the past few weeks now.


Method Holiday 2011 Collection - now at Target

I spotted the Method Holiday 2011 Collection on an end-cap at my local Target recently, so I asked my contact at Method for more info and now I can share with you all the details!

All of the following Method Holiday 2011 products can be found at Target and retail for under $10. 
  • premium fragrances with natural essential oils
  • naturally derived and biodegradable
  • triclosan-free
  • never tested on animals
  • recyclable packaging made with 100% (PCR) recycled plastic
 Candy Cane pump dish wash liquid, Candy Cane gel hand wash and
Cinnamon Drop foaming hand wash

Exciting Rite Aid News (and December Video Values coupons)

I've got exciting news to share with my fellow Rite Aid shoppers today. If you have been a reader of this blog for a few years, then you know that every year I'm exciting about the special rewards that Rite Aid gives shoppers over the holidays. In past years, you've been able to accumulate store credit with select purchases and, at the end of the holiday season, redeem your earned credit in the form of a Rite Aid gift card. Well THIS year it's a WHOLE LOT EASIER and you won't have to remember to redeem your credit at the end of the season! 

"Season of Savings" Gives Rite Aid wellness+ Members Chance to Earn Up to $40 in Instant Rewards


GREAT body wash deals & more new printable beauty coupons!

As always, if you want any of these printable coupons, PRINT THEM ASAP and do not hesitate because they could be taken down at any moment!

You'll have to act quickly on this one if you're a Jason Body Wash fan:

Print this coupon for $2 off any full-size Jason body wash and take it over to your local Rite Aid ASAP because this week (through Saturday 12/3) all Jason products are BOGOFREE! Let's say Jason body washes are $8 at Rite Aid (I think they're around that price). Instead of paying $16 for two bottles, you'll pay just SIX dollars for two bottles if you use that coupon.

Tone body wash fans, listen up!

Print this coupon for $1 off any (2) Tone Body Washes and take it to your local Walgreens ASAP because this week (through Saturday 12/3) Tone Body Washes are BOGOFREE. You know what that means: regular retail price of Tone is $4.49, so instead of paying $8.98 for two, you'll pay just $3.49 for two!  (Sorry, this coupon is no longer available.)

PS: The Tone sale also applies to bar soap so if you prefer those, be sure to print this coupon for $0.35 off Tone Bar Soap

Some other new beauty-related coupons:

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sneak Peek: New COVERGIRL 2012 products

If you missed the info I posted on my Cyber Monday round-up, COVERGIRL has all of their new 2012 products available for pre-sale right now with free shipping! You can visit the COVERGIRL Facebook page for more info.

Also, I want to thank reader Chynna for letting me know that all of the following products are now available in Canada. Canadian readers: check your drugstores for these!

I received the following info from COVERGIRL regarding three of the four new product launches. The product not covered in this post is the Lineblast 24 Hour Liner (felt-tip liner pen). You can click here for more info regarding that product.

From the makers of LashBlast Volume - bold, captivating volume that lasts up to 24 hours!


Milani and Jordana Cyber Monday codes are working again

Just a quick update on the Milani and Jordana Cyber Monday sales. As I posted yesterday, due to the technical issues on both websites, Milani/Jordana decided to extend their sales through 5PM PACIFIC TODAY, 11/29 (click here for all the details on these sales).

Late last night and early this morning I heard from some of you who said that when you tried to enter the codes, the websites informed you that the codes were "expired". I have spoken to my contact at Milani/Jordana and can confirm that this issue has been fixed, so you should be able to order with the codes now to receive the discount and free shipping.

Hope that helps!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Jordana at Walgreens Part 8: Squeeze n' Shine Super Shiny Tasty Lip Glosses

Continuing my series on the Jordana products you can now find at Walgreens, I rushed to get this up in time for the Cyber Monday sale which ends at 5PM tomorrow (11/29). I know that I personally love to see lots of swatches before I buy something online, so I hope this helps those of you who are contemplating picking up any of these glosses!

Jordana Squeeze n' Shine Super Shiny Tasty Lip Glosses
(retail: $1.99 each, 0.5 oz)

There are twelve shades in the range and I received four for review. You can view all of the shades here.


Jordana at Walgreens Part 7: LOL Lip Out Loud Super Shiny Glosses

Continuing my series of the Jordana products that you can now find at Walgreens, I thought it was appropriate to get this post up ASAP considering the Cyber Monday sale that's going on now through 11/29. I have additional Jordana products to cover in this series and if I can get those posts up before the sale ends, I'll definitely do it.

 Jordana LOL Lip Out Loud Super Shiny Glosses
(retail: $1.99 each)

There are 15 shades in this range and I received eight for review. You can view the entire range here


Reader Request: Tarts 101


This post is in response to many requests I've received to revisit an old post I wrote (back in 2009) regarding candle tarts. Thanks to everyone who requested that I revisit this topic--I LOVE candle tarts and am so happy to cover this again!

If you're unfamiliar with candle tarts, they are little wickless wax discs that you place in a ceramic tart-warmer (like an oil warmer but bigger). Tart warmers can be traditional (the kind that require you to burn a tea-light to make the tart melt) or electric (the heat from a bulb makes the tart melt).

 My pink tart warmer with tarts from etailers, Yankee Candle, Bath & Body Works and Slatkin & Co (NOTE: BBW no longer sells tarts -- I bought these at my local Bath & Body Works Outlet store).


More Cyber Monday offers!

Check out my Cyber Monday Round-Up to see new additions from CoverGirl, NYX, Kiss Cosmetics, Bath & Body Works, Walgreens, CVS, Burt's Bees, Victoria's Secret and more!

You don't want to miss some of these deals (especially the CoverGirl offer!).

Important info regarding the Milani/Jordana sale

I have just spoken to my contact at Milani/Jordana and they are aware of the issues that some customers are currently experiencing on the sites. Fortunately, I have two pieces of information that might make you feel a little bit better if you are having issues with placing an order this morning:

  • The Cyber Monday sale has been extended to TOMORROW (Tuesday) at 5PM PACIFIC. So you have plenty of time to order between now and then.
  • Per my contact, they are "fully stocked and anticipate being able to fulfill every order". I know that some of you have been concerned that things will sell out quickly (I know I was!) but it sounds like you will have plenty of time to place your order between now and 5PM Pacific tomorrow.

Also, just to make things perfectly clear, you must use code CYBER on both sites in order to get free shipping. If you enter code CYBER at checkout, you will not have to pay any shipping fees for ground orders to the continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska. THERE IS NO MINIMUM ORDER required for the free shipping deal, but you MUST enter code CYBER to get this deal.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Some ideas for the Cyber Monday Milani & Jordana sales

In preparation for what I believe to be the BEST Cyber Monday sales on the internet, I've got some suggestions for you in case you're wanting to make some Milani and/or Jordana purchases but are not quite sure what to buy.

For those who missed my original post, TOMORROW ONLY (11/28) STARTING AT 8AM PACIFIC, the sister companies Milani and Jordana are having some amazing sales:

Enter code CYBER at for 50% off everything in the store + FREE SHIPPING

Enter code CYBER at for 25% off everything in the store + FREE SHIPPING

Let's start with some of my favorites from Jordana:


Spotted: new (and repromoted) Revlon nail polishes

This post is entirely a group effort between several amazing readers. First of all, a few of you took time to leave comments recently about this new display, which I want to thank you for since it's been on my radar ever since. Unfortunately, I haven't yet found this display in my area, but then reader Veronika emailed me and told me that she spotted this display at her local Harmon Discount and that, after careful examination, she spotted shades that were repromotes of previous limited edition polishes. Thanks so much for that info, Veronika!

And THEN, reader Chele spotted the display at her local Walgreens and shared some amazing pics.

image credit for all of the following photos: Chele for Nouveau Cheap


Ulta, Target and Kmart sales (11/27 - 12/3)

As always, this round-up does not contain every beauty-related sale going on for each retailer this week. Please consider this a "best-of" for the week (in my humble opinion). For a complete listing of the sales going on this week for each retailer, consult your local weekly ad.

Coupon codes: print this coupon or use online for $3 off $10 purchase. Online shoppers enter code HOLIDAYSHIP25 to receive free shipping on orders $25+.

ULTAmate Bonus Cash:  between November 27 and December 3, you will earn $5 ULTAmate Bonus Cash for every $20 you spend. You will have between December 4 and December 10 to redeem any ULTAmate Bonus Cash you earn.


The Lipstick League – week of 11.21.11

Lipstick League Question of the Week: 

What’s your favorite lip color for fall/winter 2011? 

G's answer: Well duh! That would have to be Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet. Absolute perfection.

PS: I'd like to give a special thank-you to reader Anastasia who is officially the 4,000th follower of Nouveau Cheap via Google Friend Connect. After almost three years of blogging, today marks a huge milestone for this little ol' blog, and I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. I am sincerely humbled and honored to have you all as readers. Given that there are a million beauty blogs on the internet, it means so very much that you'd come and visit mine from time to time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Links of the Week:

Beauty Junkies Unite – Say what you will about those Kardashians, but they sure have some great shades in their new nail polish collection from Nicole by OPI, Kardashian Kolors.

Gouldylox Reviews – I usually like to remain positive, but I had an insane reaction to this hair remover. And I’m not sure how I lived without these hair pins this long.

Lipglossiping – gets an inside look at one of the charity events held at the giant Boots HQ in Nottingham!

Nouveau CheapSally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips: do not underestimate the power of (nail) transformation that these can bring to your digits this holiday season.

Prime Beauty – awards NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Appia a Bronze Medal and a Beauty All Star award!

Phyrra – shows you how to become a knockout with Knockout Nails!

What's your favorite lip color for fall/winter 2011?
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