CVS/Ulta Beauty Deals and Steals

   I have not purposely been neglecting my blog. I began a post last weekend and I actually ended up losing all of my work because like a dummy…I did not save my work! I have recovered from the anger and I’m ready to write again…lol. A few weeks ago now I had so many CVS coupons and discounts I feel like I could have purchased half of the store. However you know what I used all those perks on…beauty products!

   If you’re not in the know, CVS has a Beauty Club program in addition to the Extracare Card. Beauty junkies like myself can appreciate the fact that every $50 you spend on Beauty gets you 5 Extrabucks! I literally shop CVS once a week even if I am just browsing the store…they know me at every CVS within a 10 mile radius of my home…haha. So I recently had a handful of coupons that earned me a whopping $30 off! My damage ended up being 9 items for a total of about $40 which in unheard of as the cost of drugstore cosmetics has been on a steady climb. 
   I also popped my head into Ulta in search of the elusive Revlon CC cream in Medium/Deep. I’ve decided that unless you order that shade direct from Revlon it is like the Easter Bunny…you’ll never see it! Well you know I did not leave my Mothership empty handed. Ardell lashes were on redline so I picked up a pair of the new Lash Lites in #335. I’ve worn them about 3 times since then and they are super comfortable. After grabbing those and a bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Nails ; I was quickly informed at the register that Ulta’s Beauty Club Rewards program was changing and it was my last chance to select a free item with my points. 
   Needless to say I picked up my item of choice as instructed: NYX Butter lip balm in Parfait. The new Ulta rewards system is easier to understand and a lot more to the point and succinct. In short the more you spend the more points you earn; the more points you earn the more discounts you get off merchandise…sound familiar?! (See above) 
   I hope you guys are having a fabulous week and enjoyed this post! The products I purchased are pictured and listed below. Please leave a comment if you would like a review on any of these products! xo
Top Row (left to right): Milani Brilliant Shine gloss in Mai Tai and Nude Touch, Maybelline Eye Studio quad in Nude Romance, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment, Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail in Lacey Lilac
Center Row: Milani Power Lip in Macaroon, Ardell Lash Lites in #335, Black Radience shadow palette in Urban Jungle, Maybelline Buffs lipstick in Nude Compliment, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait
Bottom Row: NYX gel liner in Dark Brown, NYC Brow/Eye Liner in Sable 

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Spring 2014 Beauty Trend Report ft. Amber Lindsey (beautyguide101)

Hey y’all! I hope all is well. The weather in Dallas today is downright depressing. Thank goodness Spring is around the corner. Speaking of Spring, today’s post is a very special one. I want to share the beauty trend report for the upcoming season with all of you! I called in some reinforcements to give you a full range of tips and product recommendations. Amber Lindsey from BeautyGuide101 graciously agreed to collaborate with me. I hope you guys enjoy and please leave questions and comments below! Don’t forget to check out 
 
2014 Spring Trends: Soft Berry Lips, Bright Orange Lips, Blue Shadow/Liner, White shadow with white liner, Metallic lids with glitter, Glowing Skin, Pop of Green, Rosy Pink Shadow

Soft Berry Lips– A great way to wear soft berry lips is to first apply a clear coat of lip balm. This will moisturize your lips so they don’t look dry when you apply color. Next, take a berry lipstick and apply it to your lips using your ring finger. This will distribute color to your lips without looking to heavy or over- done. This doesn’t have to be perfect. Simply apply the color and press your lips together to smooth out any harsh lines. 

Try- Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Bit of Berry or MAC Rebel LipstickTry- NYX Loose Pearl Shadow in Oro or MAC pressed pigment in Blonde StreakTry-Wet N’Wild trio in I Dream of Greenie or Urban Decay’s KushTry-Milani powder shadow inTickled Pink or Laura Mercier baked eye color in Petal Pink
 
Bright Orange Lips– I LOVE this trend! When it comes to orange lipstick, go for a color with more red in it as opposed to more yellow. Too much yellow in an orange lipstick can be tricky to wear because it can make you look sickly. Unlike berry lips, orange lips look best when they are neat and clean. Take your orange lipstick and apply it with a lip brush to get a smooth line and even application. Clean up any mistakes with a Q-tip.
Try- Kiss Me Coral from Revlon or MAC Morange Lipstick
 

Blue Shadow/Liner
– This Spring, think saturated colors across the eyes. There are several ways to wear cerulean blues so it should be easy to pick a style that suits you best. One way is to line the lower lash line with the color while keeping the top half of the eye naked or neutral. Another way is to pop the color on the outer corner of your eye while keeping the inner two thirds of your eye free of the vibrant color. Lastly, the most subtle way to add color is with an eyeliner. Simply line your waterline and add mascara to curled lashes with neutral lids. 
Try- Milani Liquif’eye Eyeliners in Aqua and Blue. Also try Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow in Pool Party (18)
 

White Shadow/Liner– This is my favorite trend for the season by far! It was a hit on the runway during Fashion Week. Rock this look by sweeping a soft white over your entire lid and inner corner, then lining your waterline with a white Kohl liner. Feeling daring? Try doing a cat eye look with a white liquid liner instead of black. Load on the mascara to top off this fresh look. 
Try-Cover Girl SnowBlossom shadow or Urban Decay’s Zephyr. Liners: Rimmel Soft Kohl liner in Pure White or Lime Crime liquid liner in Lunar Sea
 
Metallic Lids w/Glitter– Girls’ Night Out won’t be the same when you step out wearing this look. To execute try foiling a shadow that already contains glitter or tap on a pigment with a spritz of Fix +. To foil a shadow all you need is a wet brush. You can wet the brush using water or Fix +. A great alternative to Fix + is eye drops. Any brand will do. Be sure to use a tapping motion when applying any product containing glitter. Tip: Apply your eye makeup first then do your foundation. This will sweep away any fall-out from the glitter.

Glowing Skin– Glowing skin is beautiful paired with the pops of colors mentioned. To keep your look from falling flat, make sure your skin is taken care of by exfoliating, moisturizing, and keeping a light hand when applying foundation. You want to look fresh for Spring, so stay away from heavy duty foundations that can make you look cakey. 

 
Pop of Green– This color is definitely for color lovers. Take any green shadow and drag it along your lower lash line. Keep the rest of your look neutral and let the green be the stand out. Think creamy shadow on the lid and a basic brown in the crease.

Rosy Pink Shadow-What better way to show your femininity than with the ultimate girly color? Be sure to use a flesh toned base before applying otherwise you may look sickly. Also, I would steer clear of this look if you are extremely Fair in complexion it may not be the most flattering. Put this color on your lids to give an ethereal appearance. Wear with just mascara for a soft and pretty presentation.

 


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My Holiday Gift Guide 2013

Hey y’all! So I don’t know about you but I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to give as gifts this holiday season! If you follow my blog then you’re probably a beauty junkie like me, and so are your friends. I thought I’d put together a helpful gift guide for the special people in your life. I did not post any items that I would not purchase (or haven’t already tried) myself; so if they aren’t your cup of tea that’s okay! Low on cash…don’t worry I threw in a DIY option as well! 

Sephora

Soap & Glory - Beginner's Luxe Set
Soap & Glory Luxe Beginner’s Set: $30 | This set contains: 
– 2.5 oz Clean On Me™ Shower Gel 
– 1.69 oz The Scrub of Your Life™ Body Buffer 
– 10.1 oz The Righteous Body Butter™ 
– White exfoliating gloves 
– Cosmetic bag


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 4 Set
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar All Star Mini Set: $20 | This set contains:
– 0.08 oz x 4 Lip Tar in Memento (pink plum neutral), NSFW (primary red), Anime (vibrant neon pink), Black Dahlia (blackened red) 
– Short-handled precision brush 

CLINIQUE - Party Favours
Clinique Party Favours: $39.50 | This set contains:

– 0.14 oz A Different Nail Enamel in Limited Edition Cosmo Chic 
– 0.50 oz All About Eyes 
– 0.17 oz All About Shadow Quad in Chocolate Covered Cherry, Raspberry Beret, Hazy, Limited Edition Pink Shade
– 0.10 oz Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Limited Edition Roundest Raspberry 
– 0.28 oz High Impact Mascara in Black
– 0.01 oz Quickliner For Eyes Intense in Intense Black Honey 
– Zippered fold-over cosmetic bag


SEPHORA COLLECTION - Holiday Light Show Brush Set


Sephora Collection Holiday Light Show Brush Set: $68 | This set contains:

– Black acrylic stand
– Powder brush
– Foundation brush
– Face contour brush
– Crease brush
– Shadow brush
– Slanted eyeliner brush


Ulta

Urban Decay Black Market Slide On Glide On 24/7 Pencil Set: $24 | This set contains:
West* (dark brown pearl), Desperation (deep taupe-gray matte)
Black Market* (charcoal black satin)
Riot* (smoky purple shimmer with violet micro-sparkle)
Apathy* (metallic olive green shimmer) and Ink* (deep navy blue satin).

Essie Winter 2013 Collection Mini Cube: $17.00 | This Set Contains:
Shearling Darling is a rich plush ebony red.
Mind Your Mittens is a deep, double diamond black teal.
Toggle To The Top is a sparkling crushed garnet red.
Sable Collar is a luxurious pearlescent cocoa plum.

philosophy the miracle worker trial kit
Philosophy Miracle Worker Trial Kit: $40 | This Set Contains:
miraculous anti-aging lactic acid cleanser & mask 3 oz.
miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads 15 ct. 
miraculous anti-aging moisturizer 0.5 oz. 

The Body Shop® Coconut Shower Scrub & Moisture Set
The Body Shop Coconut Gift Set: $15 (Target also has this set online for $10.50 and comes in multiple scents) | This Set Contains:
Coconut Shower Cream 2.0 oz
Coconut Body Scrub 1.7 oz
Coconut Body Butter 1.69 oz

Sally’s
A product thumbnail of One n Only Argan Gift Set
One N’ Only Argan Gift Set: $28.57 | This Set Contains:
Argan Oil Shampoo
Argan Oil Conditioner
Argan Oil Glitter Hair Spray.

Got Money to Blow?? High End Options
Urban Decay - Naked3
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: $52

MAKE UP FOR EVER - HD Complexion Starter Kit
Makeup Forever HD Complexion Starter Kit: $79

Prada - Prada Candy Gift Set
Prada Candy Giftset: $115

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Alpha Girl Remy Human Hair Extensions (20″): $197

DIY:

Watch the Beautiful Nicole Guerriero make Sugar Scrubs!

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First Vice 2 Tutorial

Hey y’all! I have had the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette for a few weeks now and I am just getting around to filming a tutorial for it! Shame shame on me! Here is a sneak peak at my Bedroom Eyes look while YouTube takes it’s sweet time uploading my video. Hope you guys like it. xo

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Winter Wonderland Recreation

Good morning y’all! I hope all of you are doing well. There is nothing like a great holiday makeup tutorial to put you in the spirit of the season…well at least for us beauty lovers! I want to share an awesome and wearable look with you guys. If you enjoy watching YouTube tutorials as much as I do you’ll want to check this one out from Kait Nicole aka FridayNightHighlight. http://youtu.be/tIevrJDNhHQ 

My own interpretation of Kait’s fabulous Winter Wonderland look is below. I did not use the same exact products she uses in the video. I had to improvise with items in my own collection. I like the way it came out. What do you guys think? 
On my Face: DDF moisturizer Light Oil-Free, Revlon Photoready primer, L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Nut Brown, Maybelline Dark Circle Corrective concealer in Medium/Deep, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Cafe, MAC’s Blunt for contour, NYX blush in Peach, Hard Candy bronzer in Tiki for highlight
On my Lids: NYX eyeshadow base in White, Naked 2 by Urban Decay as a transition color, two blue shades and a gold shade from my Beauty Gems palette (you can find this at Ulta), Faint by Urban Decay in the Crease, Venus by Urban Decay on the brow bone, NYX Studio liner in black, Faint dragged along the lower lash line, Rimmel eye kohl in Nude on my waterline, L’Oreal Telescopic mascara in Carbon Black, Victoria’s Secret metallic liner in Mania as a substitute for the Lorac Lustre drops Kait uses. 
On my lips: Milani’s Rose Amour applied using a dabbing motion, NYX Summer Love, and NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée overtop. 
And of course Victoria’s Secret setting spray to finish everything off! 

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FOTD: Basic Blue

Long time no blog! I’ve focused so much my energy into my YouTube channel that I’ve been very neglectful here…that has to stop! Figured is come back with an lost but a goody…Face of the Day. 

Products Used: 
Elf Mineral Face Primer
Revlon Colorstay foundation in Caramel
Makeup Forever Camo Concealer palette
Mary Kay concealer in Bronze 1
Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent
Elf eyeshadow primer
Urban Decay shadow in Suspect (Lid)
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Electric Blue (Crease, Liner, Lower lash line)
Urban Decay shadow in Foxy (browbone)
L’Oreal Telescopic mascara in Carbon Black
Elf blush in Pink Passion
Elf contour from the contour and cheek palette
Revlon Lipstick in 120 Apricot Fantasy
NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

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Sunday Funday Face Mask

Long time no blog! Wanted to come back with something entertaining but geared toward skin care versus makeup! So I’m currently wearing an Avocado and Oatmeal mask by Freeman’s. It is pore purifying while tightening the skin leaving you with a bright and healthy complexion! I personally love this stuff!!! I use it once a week on Sundays. I like to give my pores a really good purge at the end of the week since all week long I place things on my epidermis that can potentially damage or irritate it. Do any of you do face masks? Which ones do you use? Leave them in the comments below! 🙂
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OOTN – May 08. 2013

Hey y’all! If you follow me on Keek then you knew this post was coming. If not then follow me! My Keek name is girlfridayxo just like all of my other social media. Don’t know about Keek yet?!? Keek is a video sharing app that allows you to upload 30 clips of footage that you’d like to share. If you don’t have one I highly recommend it! It’s fun and very user friendly. 
Well on to my outfit…I went to dinner with my BFF tonight and we were supposed to have sushi but ended up at Mi Cocina. Not complaining, I love that place! I kept it casual with a high lo top that I purchased from Pacsun and basic black leggings from JC Penney. My black sequin, gladiator sandals are from a small independently owned store here in Dallas but I’ve seen similar ones at Aldo and Forever 21. My silver hoops are from Compass Trading Company, and my black and silver pyramid bracelets are from Forever 21. Lastly, my dolled up face consisted of Revlon color stay whipped foundation, Maybelline color tattoo in Barely Branded, shadows from Urban Decay’s Naked Basics and Naked 2 palettes, NYX blush, Milani color statement lip liner and lipstick. Hope you dolls enjoyed this quick post and there are definitely more to come. xo

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Red Lips for Spring…huh?

Hey y’all! I am fully aware that it’s April and most of us have sheltered away our red lippies in favor of Spring. However, it is 50 degrees and raining here in Dallas today. Such miserable weather! So my red lips have made a comeback (hopefully a short one) in light of this hiatus from Spring we decided to take here in Texas. What do you guys think? Is it a do or a don’t? Do you always play by the “rules” when it comes to your makeup?

On my lips: Milani Color Statement Line in True Red, L’Oreal Infallible lipgloss in Rebel Red

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