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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Drugstore Sales & BOGOs for 1/31 to 2/6

Sales applied with use of extra care card.
Please continue to look for 50% Off (pink) & 75% Off (green) stickers
(L'Oreal, Revlon, Sally Hansen, Physician's Formula)

BUY CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara & GET A CoverGirl 1 Kit Eye Shadow FREE

L'Oreal Special!
EverStrong shampoo, conditioner 8.5 oz, masque 5.1 oz, over-night treatment 3.4 oz or Healthy Look hair color.
spend $20 get $5 extra bucks when you buy L’Oreal
Extra Bucks® offer limit of 1 per household with card. (10641205)

- 360 Clean $5.99
- Extra-Volume Collagen, Voluminous mascara, ALL L’Oreal eye shadow, liner or Colour Riche lipcolor or liner $5.00
- L’Oreal Bare Naturale, True Match or Visible Lift (Foundation, Powder or Blush)

- Color Burst Lip Stick $3.99 (regular price $8.99)
- Photo Ready Liquid Foundation $4.99 (regular price $14.99)

ALL Physicians Formula Cosmetics
buy 1 get 1* 50% OFF


Rite Aid
*Do not forget to remind cashier to give you your Game of Life game pieces

BUY Biore Perfect Deep Cleansing Strips Regular Retail $7.49 - $10.49 GET a Biore Skin Care Items Regular Retail $7.49 - $15.49 FREE* *plus applicable sales tax

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner 2 for $5

20% Off Neutrogena Skin and Bath Care Products (excludes Sun Care)

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- All CoverGirl Lip & Eye Cosmetics
- All L'Oreal Cosmetics
- All Mascara (excludes L'Oreal & CoverGirl)
- purespring Bath & Body Products and Accessories or Eco Tools
- All Sally Hansen Lip & Nail


Please continue to look for 50% Off Clearance Items. Orange Last Chance Stickers are all over the cosmetics, tools & hair product aisles.

Buy a Revlon item below, receive coupon at checkout* for FREE Revlon Concealer on your NEXT purchase
$9.99 SALE Revlon Photo Ready
Foundation, Powder or Finisher

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- L'Oréal Cosmetics, Skin Care or Sublime Bronze Self-Tanner
- Sally Hansen Lip, Nail Color or LaCross Implements
- Yes to Carrots, Cucumbers or Tomatoes

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Drugstore Sales & BOGOs for 1/24 to 1/30


Savings applied with the use of the Extra Care Bucks Card
Spend $X, get $X Extra Bucks Limit 1 per Brand Offer, Per household.

Double your extra bucks 1/17 thru 3/15
4% Back on CVS/Pharmacy Brand Items
$2 Extra Bucks for every two prescriptions purchased

50-75% Off sale in effect until the discontinued items are gone
(look for pink and/or green stickers)
L'Oreal HiP Cream Shadow Paints are now $2.99 & select eyeshadow crayons & duos
Look for Milani mosaics, glitz gloss, select nail polish
Look for Sally Hansen, Physician's Formula items

Buy Almay Intense i-Color Shadow, liner or mascara You pay $5.99 with card,
Get $4 Extra Care Bucks Reward. It's like getting it for $1.99

Olay Daily Facials, Cleanser or Foaming wash Sale $5.49

Cristophe Beverly Hills or Ellin LaVar Shampoo or Conditioner $4.99
(excludes thermal reconstructor)

Spend $10 get $3 extra care bucks when you buy Pantene ProV, Herbal Essences, Gillete or Aussie Shampoo or Conditioner

Spend $15 get $7 Extra Bucks when you buy ANY Revlon Cosmetics
Sale $5 Revlon Colorstay 12 hr eyeshadow Quad, superlustrous or Moondrops Lipstick
Sale $7 Revlon DoubleTwist, 3D Extreme or Lash Fantasy Mascara

Spend $20 get $5 Extra Bucks when you buy CVS Pharmacy Facial Cleansing, Wipes or Moisturizing

Spend $20 get $10 Extra bucks when you buy Eucerin (excludes Aquafor & trial sizes)

Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Cover Girl Clean Liquid Foundation (Limit 2)
- L'Oreal Studio or Vive Pro Shampoo or Condtioner $2.99
- All Rimmel Cosmetics
- Renpure Organic Shampoo or Conditioner $6.99

Buy 1 Biore Moisture Lotion, Get 1 Biore Scrub, Cleanser or Pore Strips

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Essence of Beauty Bath or Body or Bath Accessories
Hollywood Beauty
Optimum Care
or Pink Hair Stylers or Relaxers
L'Oreal Cosmetics (excludes Double Extend Lash Boosting Serum or Kits)


Rite Aid

25% Off All Eucerin or Aquafor

40% Off All Maybelline Cosmetics

(For Added Savings, Look for Manufacturer's coupon in Sunday Paper)
- Concentrating Lash Serum $12.49 (regular $14.95)
- 24 Hour Lash Boosting Power System $19.99 (regular $24.99)
- Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara $9.99 (regular $12.95)

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the Following Items
- Lubriderm Lotion or Aveeno Skincare (excludes Aveno Men's, Baby & First Aid)
- Revlon Lip & Nail Cosmetics
- Rite Aid Brand Hydrogen Peroxide or Alcohol
- Sally Hansen Nail Enamel



$3 Off Garnier Nutritionist Skin Care (excludes cleansers & towelettes)

L'Oreal Hair Care Sale $2.99
- Vive Pro Shampoo Conditioner
- Studio Styling Products

40% Off Maybelline Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Blush, Lip Color or Implements

Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Ponds Skin Care
- Kleenex Facial Tissue
- Neutrogena Cosmetics Facial Moisturizers or Lotions
- Revlon Cosmetics or Implements

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Revlon Red Nail Polish 680

Tungsten Lighting

All other photos in Bright Sunlight

As usual, I applied a base coat and a clear top coat.
I applied 3 coats. Could achieve opacity with just 2 coats.
This brush was fine. It was not thin like the Midnight Blue Revlon.
I give this 5 out of 5 stars!

Ashley Stewart Buy 1 Get 1 Free

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Avenue Denim Special $9.99 Tomorrow Only (1/18)

Drugstore Sales & BOGOs for 1/17 to 1/23

50-75% off Cosmetics Clearance is ongoing. Look for Pink (50% off) & Green (75% off) stickers @ CVS. Look for ORANGE last chance stickers @ Walgreens

Discount applied with use of extra care card

Check circular for bonus coupon DOUBLES extra care bucks with purchases
1/17 thru 3/15/2010
also 4% back on CVS/pharmacy brand items

Look for Procter & Gamble coupons on CoverGirl & Olay Products

CoverGirl Lash Blast $7
CoverGirl Clean Liquid $4
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless $12
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Corrector, Concealer or Sculpting Blush $10

Organix (sulfate free) Shampoo or Conditioner $4.99

L'Oreal $5
Studio Secrets HiP eyeshadow
Extra Volume Collagen Mascara
Voluminous Mascara
$6 Telescopic Mascara

Spend $15 Get $5 Extra Care Bucks
when you buy Maybelline XXL Pro Mascara or Eye Studio

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the Following Items

All Neutrogena Skin Care or Nizoral Hair Care

All Rimmel Mascara

Sally Hansen Complete Salon
Continuous Treatment or
Color-Quicks Chrome

Select Women's or Men's Fragrances

VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner $.88

Buy 1 Get 1 Free of the Following Items:

All Revlon Cosmetics or Beauty Tools

Rite Aid

Don't for get to ask your cashier for your Game of Life Game Pieces

$2 Off L'Oreal Foundation, Powder, Blush or Concealer

25% Off Eucerin or Aquaphor Skin Care
$1 Rite Aid Brand Cotton Balls or Rounds

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the Following Items

Cover Girl Cosmetics
or Olay Skin and Bath Care

All Maybelline Eye Cosmetics

Prestige Cosmetics

Buy 1 Get 1 Free of the Following Items

Eye Cosmetics


Circular Coupon Garnier Fructis Hair Care Shampoo or Conditioner 10.3 or 13oz, Styling Products 2 to 8.5 oz (excludes serum) Limit 3

Buy 3 or More Maybelline Products, Receive $3 in Register Rewards towards your next in store purchase

Circular Coupon Buy 1 Get 1 Free Mane & Tail Shampoo or Conditioner ($6.99) Limit 4

40% Off Maybelline Eye or Nail or Eye Cosmetics
$19.99 Shakeweight

Suave Shampoo or Conditioner $1

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the Following Items

CoverGirl Cosmetics

Nexxus Hair Care

Studio 35 Brushes, Applicators or Implements

Friday, January 15, 2010

$1 for Makeup?

Having been inundated with various news images of the devastation following the earthquake in Haiti, I was moved to want to help in some way. Understandably, this is a beauty blog, but we need to take the time out from the superficial to reach back & address real issues that matter.

Photo Credit: Reuters

We blow $1 on makeup without a second thought when this amount has been recorded as a day's wage for the residents of Haiti. The infrastructure is responsible for it's being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Yele is Wyclef Jean's charity for Haiti. Find out more about Yele HERE

There are all kinds of other disreputable organizations syphoning monies intended for the victims of this tragedy's basic needs. Please be judicious in your choice of organizations through whom you want to provide assistance, so the people can actually get the contributions.

20% Off Non Pareil Boutique (In Stock Items) Ends 1/19

Shop HERE Now

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Save yourself some money. Do your own pedicure at home and use the extra money for something else.

The way we were created, our bodies build up calluses to counter irritation to our feet. Once you start shaving, or even rubbing with pumice stone, you will have to continue to do so (probably forever). It is a cyclical process.

It is recommended to use this product on DRY feet.
It is suggested to buff/sand the feet after scraping.
It is encouraged to follow buffing/sanding with an emollient cream.

I was over zealous when I first used this product because I was impressed with the amount of "debris" I collected. I was "tenderfooting" it for a week because I was too aggressive with my scraping. Take your time! I use this product once a month.
I follow up with my HeelTastic & some fluffy white socks overnight.

My feet haven't felt this soft in a really long time.

I love this product. If you have dry flaky skin or calluses, this may be the answer to your prayers. I saw it demonstrated on HSN a long time ago. I was both intrigued & mortified @ the amount of dead skin I saw the model dump into the waste basket.

I would show you my tootsies, but I am deathly fearful of "foot freaks", so I will leave this lovely picture to your imagination.

I paid $9.99 for my Ped Egg from CVS.
Recently, I have seen this product in the dollar store. Available in White, Pink, and Black. Can you believe that?

ergonomic design
self contained (for collection of dead skin)
convenient (no waiting for pedicure appointment)
handy sander on bottom of unit
easy to clean and disinfect

be careful not to remove too much skin during first use

I give this 5 out of 5 stars.

If you are diabetic, you are not supposed to use this product.

NEW Urban Decay Product Release


Ashley Stewart Cardigan $14.50 (2 Days Only)

Classic Cardigan at a Great Promotional Price. Scoop Neck Button Front Cardigan with Pearlized Buttons, Ribbed Collar, Button Front Placket and Hem. Length: 31" from Shoulder. Fabric Content 100% Acrylic. Machine Wash. Imported

Available in

Light PINK
Light GRAY


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Drugstore BOGOs for 1/10 to 1/16

Please be on the lookout for 75% off Beauty Clearance at CVS, Rite Aid & Walgreens
CVS has green stickers on their items, but not all stores have labelled the clearance. Make good use of the scanner & price items yourself to confirm the discount. Walgreen's Clearance also includes some of their HairCare.


Sales & Bargains are applied with the use of the Extra Care Card

Ellin LaVar Textures Line Penetrating Balm (Leave In Conditioner) is no longer being carried by CVS. Normally priced at $5.99, it is now $2. They are also discontinuing their Ellin LaVar Thermal Mist. It is also affordably priced at $2.

Find out more about Ellin LaVar Texture LineHERE

Puffs tissues $.96

Spend $10 get $3 Extra bucks when you buy any L'Oreal Cosmetics

Spend $15 get $5 extra bucks
When you buy any Procter & Gamble Products

Buy 1 Get 1 Free of the Following Items

All Almay Cosmetics


Rite Aid
Double check store circular for additional coupon savings

Rite Aid Nail Polish $2

3 for $9.99 St. Ives
Bath & Skin Care or Noxema

Buy 1 Get 1 Free of the Following Items

Almay or Revlon Cosmetics

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the Following Items

All Mascara

Cover Girl
Foundation, Powder, Blush or Concealer

Garnier Skin Care

Maybelline Lip Color

Physician's Formula Cosmetics

All Sally Hansen or Lacrosse



Facial Tissue $.79 (coupon in circular)

$3 Off L'Oreal Sin Care, Foundation, Powder, Blush, Concealer, Mascara or Lipcolor (Excludes Cleansers)

Buy $20 or more of participationg L'Oreal Products, receive $5 Register Rewards at checkout Good on your Next L'Oreal purchase

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the Following Items
Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Roc or Lubriderm

Sally Hasen Nail Treatment, Color or LaCross Implements

Maybelline Eye Studio Shadow, Liner or Mascara

Neutrogena Cosmetics, Cleansing or Hair Care (Excudes Acne)

Revlon Cosmetics

Foundation, Concealer

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Clairsonic Mia Sonic Skincare System

Photo Credit: Sephora

When I first saw this product, the sheer stickershock convinced me that I did not NEED it.

I have reconsidered and & decided to save for it.
I will be fab & 40 this year. I want take great care of myself.
I think it will be worth the investment.

"Mia™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System
What it is:
A travel-friendly, professional-quality skincare brush.

What it does:
From the creators of the Sonicare® toothbrush comes the Clarisonic® Mia set, featuring the handy to-go sized version of the original, groundbreaking Clarisonic Brush. Sonic technology first changed the way we clean our teeth, now it's changing how we cleanse our skin. The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic's soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface.

Here are some of the benefits this revolutionary skincare tool delivers:
- Removes makeup six times better than traditional methods.
- Clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size.
- Cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better.
- Creates noticeably healthier looking skin.

This set contains:
- Clarisonic Mia One Speed Brush
- International pLink™ charger for worldwide use
- Sensitive Brush Head
- 1.0 oz Gentle Hydro Cleanser

What else you need to know:
Clarisonic should be used as part of a daily skincare regimen to provide smoother feeling and looking skin. It is ideal for all skin types, and used and recommended by leading dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons."

Check out Temptalia's Review HERE

5 SkinCare Mistakes That Will Make You Look Older

Do you own this product or either of it's bigger sisters?
Would you like to own it?
Please leave a comment.

Hair Report

Have you ever tried to grow your hair to a particular length?
It can be like watching grass grow!

As a person of African descent, I face particular challenges in this regard because our hair is very porous and often dry. I've been able to grow my hair to just past my shoulders in the past. I decided not to give up during the UGLY in between stage and commit to babying my hair to see just how long it can grow with the proper care and attention it deserves. After all, a woman's hair is her crown and glory.

I decided to share my hair journey.
I am relaxed. My last relaxer was in September 2009. I broke down & succumbed to the creamy crack after having been frustrated with not being able to manage my dry rebellious natural hair. Too bad! I was 18 months in since my Big Chop!

Whatever! I have to deal with my choice now.
I decided to continue to relax, but less often.

I am committed to relaxing only two times a year.
I started journaling today to keep track of what works & what does not.
Officially I am considered NL (neck length). My goal over the course of 2010 is APL (arm pit length). There HAS GOT to be a better name for that. It sounds weird. Anyway, I've been maintaining my length since September by conditioning once a week. I always use a moisturizing shampoo first. I am planning to use a clarifying shampoo every two weeks. I will also use Aphogee Protein Treatment every other month. I will deep condition with hair masks as needed. There, I typed it! Now I have to stick to it.

I am doing protective styling right now until I achieve a length at which I feel comfortable sporting my own tresses. After washing & conditioning my hair, I seal my ends with Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. I separate my hair into small sections & corn row it straight back. So it looks like I will be looking like Cleo from Set It Off for a while. (Only fabulous with accessories) *smiles*

Photo Credit:

If you have a goal of growing your hair please share in the comment section.
I am a member of KISS (Keep It Simple Sista). It is a forum developed to encourage and support women through their hair journey.

I am excited by my progress so far.

I will update in June, barring any MAJOR changes to my routine or progress.


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