CVS Beauty challenge + win a $50 gift card to CVS!

| November 9, 2012 | 121 Comments

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see that I’m always sending out tweets about random drugstore discounts and sales. I’m in a drugstore at least twice a week and have called myself a drugstore paparazzi. Yep, camera and all. I’m usually hittin’ up CVS simply because there’s like 3 between my job and work and being a member of their BeautyClub has crazy perks. You get rewards just for buying the things that you were going to purchase anyway. After you’ve purchased up to $50 worth of beauty goodies, CVS will print out a $5 ExtraBuck at the end of your receipt. It’s THAT easy.

I had the mission of seeing if I could go to CVS and spend $50 on beauty goodies inspired by this past season’s New York Fashion Week. Well, y’all know how I am when it comes to beauty challenges….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!


Creamy pink nails were a big highlight throughout NYFW. Also a big highlight are Maybelline’s new Color Show nail polishes. I managed to snag Born With It for less than $4.



We also saw a ton of gorgeous nail art hitin’ the runways. I’m not the type to sit and do some serious nail art (I’m too lazy, y’all) but what I will do is use those awesome Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips. And while they are time-consuming, I’ve found that applying a strip on just one nail can sometimes do the trick. This design is called Simply D-Vine. Get it? Vine? :razz:


Red lips was another trend and you’ll never see me complain about this one as I ADORE red lipstick. Especially Revlon’s red lippies. I got True Red for $9.49. But wait…it was buy 1, get one 50% off so I grabbed the beautiful Wild Orchid too.



Move over super loud blush. Bare faces were hot this past season and I couldn’t be happier. I love the natural look of bare skin or skin with just a touch of powder. Something subtle like Physician Formula’s Multi-Colored blush.



Pretty and super volumized lashes were a big hit. And they’re a big hit with me too. But here’s the thing…no mascara could really give me the look I was looking for I purchased some Ardell Lashes ($4.79) and applied ‘em. Uh. Or at least tried. I still feel some kinda way about false lashes but at least these didn’t irritate my eyes like crazy. Stay tuned for a review of ‘em!

My grand total in attempts to re-create the trends? $43.79 before taxes.


Not bad, uh? Best of all, because I used my trusty CVS card, this $24 will go towards my $50 which will result in a $5 coupon. Hollaaaa! I recently got the CVS Look Book for this season and woooowsers….


…keep your eyes peeled for these awesome new products hitting stands soon.



I can’t WAIT to snag those Salma Hayek polishes. I love everything I’ve tried in that line so I’m sure the polishes will be a hit. If you aren’t a member of the CVS BeautyClub, hop to it, girlfriend. You don’t know what you’re missing out on!

In honor of the awesomeness that is the CVS BeautyClub, I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky follower. Good luck, ducks!


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Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to make the above purchases but I was not paid to write this post. I decided on the products that were purchased and simply wanted to share with y’all how awesome CVS’ BeautyClub is.

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  1. Kristin T says:

    The first thing I would purchase would be the new Cover Girl clump buster mascara! I’ve been dying to try it! Secondly I would look for a new bronzer, I’ve been wanting to try one of the Physicians Formula ones! I also want a cobalt blue nail polish and I really want to get a set of the nails strips!

  2. NeonChipmunk says:

    The first thing I would buy? A L’Oreal Color Riche Caress Lipstick!
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  3. Selena says:

    I would probably buy tons of Nuance. Oh an nail polishes,milani blushes and whatever is buy one get one half off.

  4. Eve says:

    I would get me some makeup and some cold medicines

  5. vi says:

    I would spend my gift card buying all Revlon products. I’m obsessed!

  6. Natalie says:

    Thanks for letting me know about the Beauty Club. I have a CVS card, but I’m only just getting into all the online ways to get discounts!

    • Natalie says:

      As far as what I would first spend it on… probably another Maybelline Full & Soft waterproof mascara–so far that seems to be my HG! And maybe some hair moisturizing product, like another argan oil product or something??? I tried Organix’s when they had a sale, but I don’t know how much argan oil is actually in any of these products, so I’ll be trying a few out once I run out of product :)

  7. Carolyn N. says:

    I’m going to get some skin care goodies. Need a new moisturizer!

  8. Nicole says:

    Great finds! Really loving that nail polish and blush. CVS is my favorite place to shop for drugstore makeup. So many deals!

  9. Eileen says:

    I love going to CVS for cheaper beauty products!! I esepcially love the Milani brand – so cute!

  10. Amanda Val says:

    Revlon’s True Red is a good dupe of MAC Ruby Woo, IMO. I own both, but definitely I think the difference in finishes merits the ownership of both lippies – but I’m a lipstick addict so I probably own way too many lipsticks for my own good ;) CVS FTW!
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  11. I’d definitely go for all the color cosmetics that I’ve always wanted to try! Eyeshadows, Lipsticks, Blushes :D

  12. Probably a Milani nail polish!
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  13. Veronica says:

    I would get some covergirl products to try to replicate the look of new covergirl, Janelle Monae!

  14. Jessie C. says:

    Revlon lip gloss and Aquaphor lip

  15. Kristina says:

    I’d probably pick up the rest of the Wet n Wild Megalast polishes that I don’t have, some Milani blushes, and some matte lipsticks!
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  16. Anjali says:

    I would buy a new volumizing mascara, those Milani face powders that were recently released, some pretty fall inspired lip colors and nail polish! CVS has the best deals!

  17. Emily H says:

    I would buy polish, and lipstick, and blush, oh my!

  18. Ceja says:

    I would get BB Cream!! It’s a must have!!!!

  19. Daintynymph says:

    I’d probably buy a lot of nail polish. Revlon, Milani, and Sally Hansen. There’s a lot of colors that I won’t let myself spend more than $2 on, and a gift card takes care of that!

  20. Kelly says:

    not gonna lie, the first thing i’d check is to see if there’s any new sinful polishes, then i’d look for some new lippies (revlon, nyc, loreal), then off to hair care!

  21. Dimitrea says:

    The first thing I would purchase with my $50 CVS Gift card would be Mascara and false lashes. I’m obsessed with Long Lashes and need to step up my game.

  22. angel w. says:

    The first thing I woud buy would be the vampy Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Back Cherry

  23. Caitlin says:

    I am cracking out for the new Maybelline LE nail strips I saw–the fancy, blingy, black lacey-ones. NEED those!

    • Caitlin says:

      PS–Those SH polishes look so freaking pretty I can hardly stand it. They could have the worst formula on earth, and I will buy them for the bottle. So pretty!

  24. AJ says:

    I’d grab a couple of new polishes!

  25. Hannah says:

    I love hauls!! I still have never shopped at CVS… I normally go to Target…

    • Hannah says:

      Oh and my entry is that I would buy the Revlon Colorstay Whipped makeup. I have the color Nude but it’s too light for my skin tone…

  26. Pookie says:

    I would probably try to get the Laroche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer — it’s a foundation primer with SPF 50! If it hasn’t arrived yet, I’d probably pick up some other stuff from Laroche-Posay or Vichy. The Vichy 3 in 1 Cleansing Water is totally non-irritating and wonderful for removing makeup, even waterproof mascara (except for CG Lashblast Volume in waterproof, LOL).

  27. Margo says:

    The first thing I would buy is some new mascara!

  28. I love the cvs beauty club. Right now I am about $1.50 or so away from my $50. I can’t wait!!!

  29. Rachel W says:

    I really want to try the new Revlon colorstay whipped foundation!

  30. Valerie says:

    More Revlon balm stains!

  31. Eloquence says:

    I’d probably keep an eye out for some of the items you mentioned today… and some fun nail polish!

  32. Chanelle (C.M.) says:

    Nail polish! Really, I’d look through the week’s sales and find out what makeup is on sale that week…I would really want to stretch that $50 and make it last~

  33. Tiffani says:

    the first thing i would buy is mascara. i love big lashes!

  34. Christi B. says:

    If I win the very first thing I would buy would be some Salma Hayek products, I’ve been dying to try them.

  35. Suzanne says:

    I would SO go hog wild on nail polish! Maybe some new hair stuff too.. Always looking for new product to try on my crazy curls!

  36. Lisalis says:

    Right now I’d probably buy skin stuff because my skin is DRY! Can you say scrub, shower oil, body cream? Oh and I’d restock my Milani eye liners IF I CAN FIND THEM. Physician’s Formula mascara with the growth serum (I know B didn’t like it but I want to try it). Lastly, I’d get some Revlon lip butters…yes plural.

  37. Patricia says:

    I love bargains, I love at cvs there’s one like 5 minutes from my house. The first thing would be Maybelline BB cream still can’t find one to really match my skin :)

  38. Abbie says:

    I would purchase more of the Maybelline Super Stay 10 hour stain glosses. I got one the other day, and I love it!

  39. Kelly D says:

    I would purchase a good facial moisturizer since my skin is getting so dry in this cold weather. Thanks!

  40. Aaliyah says:

    The first thing I would purchase is some nail polishes! The revlon color stay nail polishes are awesome so I would probably go for those!
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  41. colleen boudreau says:

    Hair dye.

  42. beautyscraps says:

    I have wanted to try L’Oreal Infallible eye shadows for a while now. I would snag one or two of those first :)
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  43. Nausheen says:

    I another mascara or liner! :D

  44. sram says:

    i would probably get new brushes or foundation

  45. Sherry B. says:

    The first TWO things I would grab would be the new CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara and a darker shade of the Revlon ColorStay Whipped foundation! I was an idiot and bought a shade that was far too light for me once I had swatched it at home, but I had already thrown away the receipt so I can’t exchange it. I would buy a darker shade to mix with it and, voila!; it would give me two full jars of the perfect shade! I love the texture and wear of this stuff, but, alas, the hubby is being mean and won’t let me buy another one until this one is used up.

  46. carolyn says:

    i’d love to try the maybelline color tattoo eyeshadows :)

  47. Sammee says:

    I’d have to buy some of the Holiday Sally Hansen polish strips–they’re the only thing that lasts through my job, and the designs are so cute!
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  48. Brianna says:

    I would definitely buy some of the pretty maybelliene eyeshadows.
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  49. Cristine says:

    Nail polish. EASY, LOL!

  50. Kim says:

    CVS is my home away from home. I have tried the Salma Hayek Conditioner in that pink bottle above and it is awesome.

  51. Jill says:

    Nail polish! and a new waterproof mascara ;)

  52. Clara W. says:

    honestly, i could spend $50 easy on CVS even without a challenge if you know what I mean. (;

  53. I would buy some foundation and tons of essie nail polishes!!

  54. Mariam says:

    The first thing I would probably grab is my St. Ives scrub since I’m currently out. lol

  55. Brenda Burgess says:

    I would purchase some makeup.

  56. i really like that pink polish!
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  57. Christine A says:

    I would be all over the Milani stand. I lust for those super glittery single shadows and red lip pencils!

  58. Michelle says:

    The first thing I would buy would be more revlon lip products!

  59. Deanna G. says:

    Body lotion!

  60. Brenda Olson says:

    I would probably buy more WnW eyeshadow trios. I love those things!

  61. Jess Scull says:

    NAIL POLISH!!!!! :)

  62. Nioka says:

    I would go straight to the MILANI rack!!!

  63. A new BB Cream
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  64. Andrea Darst says:

    First thing I’d purchase is more lipstick/gloss!

  65. Ericka W says:

    Polish, polish, and more polish!!

  66. Lisa Brown says:

    I would buy my Say Yes to Carrots cleanser

  67. Tina B says:

    I’d grab some limited edition L’Oreal items!

  68. hh says:

    The Salma Hayek Nuance lipstick in Paprika!

  69. mara zamora says:

    Diapers for my toddler & then some cosmetics for myself :)


  70. Robin O says:

    I would first purchase L’Oreal Triple Power RevitaLift at CVS!
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  71. First thing I buy — a great, reasonable mascara. My favorite right now is a Rimmell one I got really cheap at Target with a manufacturer coupon coupled with a Target coupon. :)

  72. nichol perez says:

    I would purchase Burts Bees facial cleanser because I ran out and I need more.

  73. Brittany says:

    I would get some Maybelle products I’ve been wanting: color tattoos, powder and lash discovery.

  74. Valerie C. says:

    I’d buy the big bottle of Purpose cleanser…..gentle and takes off everything :)

  75. Joni says:

    Definitely anything buy one get on half off! Wet n wild products, revlon lip butters!, nail polish, makeup brushes!

  76. kathyg says:

    some really good foundation that is helpful in reducing acne problems. i seem to have adult acne on my hit list these days… :(

  77. FS says:

    I would buy Sally Hansen nail polish. You can’t have enough nail polish

  78. Yumsy says:

    I would buy some nail polish strips, L’Oreal moisturizer and Moroccan oil shampoo and conditioner to revive my dull limp hair.

  79. Candace says:

    I would buy some body wash and some more lip butter. I love cvs!

  80. Elena says:

    I would buy L’Oreal mascara

  81. Mary W says:

    I would like to try some of the gorgeous Essie nail polish colors with this gift card.

  82. Jacqui says:

    The first thing I would buy with a $50.00 CVS Gift Card, would be the Physician’s Formula Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush. I have been DYING to try this stuff out! My daughter and I have a little tradition on doctor appointment days, and we spend hours in CVS ooing and ahing over all the makeup we’d love to try if money were no object. This has been tops on my list for a long time. Of course I’d share my winnings with her, but I’m not sure what she’d choose first. :-)

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a gift card! :-D

  83. Candice N says:

    I would head straight for the makeup!

  84. Ashli M. says:

    I would buy some walnut body scrub by Nuance because I love bath products.

  85. Susan P. says:

    I would put the $50 towards getting a new Sonicare toothbrush for my husband. He lost the charging base while traveling!

  86. patricia caradonna says:

    I shop CVS at least twice a week. I love all of the sales. If I won the $50 GC, the first thing I would purchase is this cool cat bed for my cat Patrick.

  87. Wendy T. says:

    A good comb, facial cleanser & moisturizer, & a few snacks.

  88. Veronica Simms says:

    I would try the Nuance Products

  89. Supriya says:


  90. Angela S says:

    The very first thing I would have to get is Rolo’s! I have to have my chocolate & caramel. :0) Then I’d head over to the polish aisle and get the more expensive polishes I normally wouldn’t buy because I end up arguing with myself about how much it costs. And then I’d have to find at least one bottle of WnW Black Creme that everyone seems to use just to try it out since I haven’t yet. :<)
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  91. Rai says:

    The first thing I would purchase would be a fragrance.
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  92. T.R. says:

    I’d get some Black Radiance palettes.

  93. L.A. says:

    I would get some new nail polishes.

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  95. Zoey says:

    I would get a Revlon Lip Butter because I’ve heard so many amazing things about them, but have yet to try them!

  96. Kirsten H. says:

    I don’t even know! I like to browse and grab what looks good.

  97. I would spend it on nail polish and mascara!

  98. Amy Orvin says:


  99. Rebecca says:

    I would totally get that Maybelline Cat Eyes Mascara!

  100. Corviddreams says:

    Hmm, there are a couple of L’Oreal Infallible shades that I don’t have yet. I am also always on the hunt for a good mascara. Oh, and I have a small *cough* nail polish addiction, so any new polishes I see might need to come home with me.

  101. Melissa says:

    I’d grab the new Covergirl Clump Buster mascara! I’ve being hearing nothing but great things about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  102. Zan says:

    Lip stain and gloss!

  103. Sheila Chaffins says:

    I would start buying Christmas presents.

  104. Wendy Kroy says:

    something boring like allergy medicine

  105. mary clay says:

    definitely the nuance cosmetics!

  106. Marlene says:

    Being that I am a Beauty Blogger.. I would definitely snag all of the beauty goodness. LOL. I would throw in some polishes as well. ;)
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  107. Elisabeth says:

    The first thing I would get would be Burt’s Bees Pomegranate lip balm.

  108. Raquel Parker says:

    First thing I would buy is foundation!! I was using minerals powder but noticed that my skin is too dry in the winter for it. I need something super hydrationg to make my complexion flawless!!!

  109. Jonnelle Barry says:

    I love the CVS Beauty Club. I’m 3 dollars away until my next five dollars. I can never do without more lipstick!

  110. Trina says:

    Hair products!! And makeups of course…but I definitely need to restock my hair cabinet.

  111. Cristina says:

    blush and nailpolish <3

  112. Michaella B says:

    Love! I would totally buy PF. I love their stuff! And of course red lipstick. :)

  113. chris taddei says:

    milani baked blushes and phisicians formula products

  114. Janel says:

    The first thing I would purchase is Revlon’s va va violet lipstick. I’ve been eyeing it for a long time!

  115. Sejal says:

    i’d definitely get some new lipsticks!

  116. Stephanie H says:

    Nail Polish, essence of beauty brushes (some of them are pretty descent for the $), and probably some basic essentials (lotion, shampoo, conditioner). Thanks!

  117. Elizabeth says:

    I would purchase some stuff from the Salma line… it seems to be popping up everywhere! And maybe some of those Sally nail stickers. I’ve been dying to try them!

  118. milaxx says:

    I would buy the basics: makeup sponges and makeup remover wipes.

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