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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A list of exciting things that happened in the beauty world while I was away

As promised, now that I'm back to blogging (yay!), I mentioned that I would give you a list of the "big" things that I missed while I was away. I'm so excited to discuss everything with you, and I would LOVE if you could update me on anything I failed to cover in this post.

Before I get to the list, I want to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my last post. Your words were like a warm embrace and I am so grateful for the love, support and well-wishes that you shared with me. I am also incredibly grateful to be back doing what I love, knowing that you're here and ready to have a little bit of fun with me again! I'm giving HUGE virtual hugs (the obnoxious, awkwardly-long kind) to each and every one of you reading this right now. Can you feel my hug? Are you wishing it would stop because people are staring? Good. I'm not letting go yet...still hugging...still hugging...OK. I'll let go. For now (insert evil laugh).

So here are the "big" things that went down in the world of drugstore beauty while I was away. This is a long one so sit back, relax and give it a read!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Life update

Dear readers,

First off, I'd like to apologize for not posting something sooner. I've actually tried to write this blog post dozens of times over the past few days, but "real life" duties have kept me from finishing it until now.

If you'd like to know what's been going on with me over the past month, and my plans for the future, please keep reading...

Sunday, July 6, 2014

No weekly drugstore sale wrapup this week

Due to a family emergency, I won't be able to post the usual weekly drugstore wrapup for this week. My dad has been in the hospital since the 4th of July and we're unsure how long he will continue to be hosptalized.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

NEW Maybelline The Brights and The Smokes palettes now on the Ulta website

If you've been keeping up with my coverage of the new-for-2014 products from Maybelline, then you know that in addition to the new The Nudes Palette (CLICK HERE for my full review), there were supposed to be two additional palettes coming out this year. Well thanks to reader Fae F. for leaving a comment on the You Tell Me page today, alerting us to the fact the other two palettes are officially listed on the Ulta site:
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Maybelline The Brights, The Smokes and The Nudes palettes
(retail: $9.99 each, 0.34 oz)

You can click HERE to view these palettes but as of the time of this post, THEY ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE (I'm talking about The Brights and The Smokes of course--The Nudes palette has been available for a few weeks now and you can definitely purchase that at Ulta). Believe me, I tried to order The Brights and The Smokes and I was met with the dreaded "this item is temporarily out of stock" message when I added them to my cart. Hopefully they will be available soon, both at Ulta and at all of the usual retailers!

Again, my full review of The Nudes palette (with dupe comparisons) is HERE if you missed it.

Thanks again, Fae F., for the great news!

New Big Lots and Dollar Tree sightings

I've got some new Dollar Tree and Big Lots sightings for you today, thanks to some kind readers!

First up, reader @boredorbananas on Instagram spotted this at her Dollar Tree today and was nice enough to share a pic:

image credit: @boredorbananas for Nouveau Cheap
AcneFree 24 Hour Severe Acne Clearing System
(Retail: around $25; Dollar Tree price: $1)

I've blogged in the past about how AcneFree products have been showing up at Dollar Tree (face washes, scrubs and pads) but this is the first time I've seen a KIT. This exact kit currently retails for $25.46 at Wow!

Next up...some Big Lots nail polish sightings!

It's back: BOGOFREE all Physicians Formula cosmetics at Target (7/6 - 7/19)

Many thanks to reader Cammi for letting us know that the BOGOFREE Physicians Formula sale at Target is BACK, starting next week!

From the Physicians Formula Facebook page:

Set your calendars, PF fans!

Thanks again, Cammi, for the great tip!

Macy's beauty clearance deals (Urban Decay, Benefit and more)

So I was poking around the Macy's website this morning and stumbled across some nice clearance deals on higher-end makeup. Naturally, you KNOW I had to share...

Just one more reason to love her...

"Lately I've been using a Kate Somerville face wash, but I'm also a great believer in drugstore products. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get quality stuff nowadays." 
--Helen Mirren, Redbook, July 2014

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July Beauty Sale Round-Up

LAST UPDATE: 12:15PM, 7/3/14.

Here's a round-up of the Independence Day beauty deals that I know about so far. I will update this list as more come through (and thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to this list!).  

Sinful Colors Round-Up (new displays and new shades)

Over the past few weeks, there have been several new Sinful Colors displays popping up at Rite Aid and Walgreens. In fact, there are so many new displays right now that it's been a little crazy trying to make sense of them all! I always want to tell you exactly what is new and what is being repromoted within each new display, and I have several readers to thank for helping me in that endeavor. So let's get started!

NOTE: If you submitted pics and you do not see them below, I am so sorry! I received several submissions for each of these displays (thank you SO much) and I'm afraid that some of them may have gotten lost in the shuffle--you do not want to see my in-box right now. It's a wreck! So anyway, THANK YOU for your submissions and I apologize if you don't see your pics below.

First up, this new display spotted by reader @cateyesdamsel on Instagram at Walgreens:

image credit: @cateyesdamsel for Nouveau Cheap
Sinful Colors Declare Your Style end-cap display at Walgreens


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