Pampering Yourself While Saving Money – it IS possible.

I’m not big on buying myself a lot of stuff. Never have been. Perhaps one day when I’ve paid off all of my student loans, my car note and debt, I won’t feel so guilty about buying a host of beauty baubles and random stuff. But every now and then Esposo reminds me that it’s okay to treat myself to a lil’ somethin’ somethin’.

Really? Who knew?!

And then I thought about  it -I do pamper myself sooooometimes. But I’m usually doing so in a way that will save money. And here’s how…

I buy beauty stuffs ONLY when they’re on sale –  I’m a saver by nature and I tend to appreciate purchases more when I get ‘em on sale. Doesn’t everyone though? No one brags about paying full price for anything.

Stash gift cards and use them when you need a fix – Yup, I STILL have gift cards that I received over the holidays. When family members and friends start passin’ them out, I hide them and don’t even think about pulling them out until March hits. I’ve actually got 3 left to department stores and I’m pretty sure I’ll be using  one this weekend.

Shop at a friend’s house – Yep, I’ve mentioned this one before. If you’ve got a friend that’s into beauty, fashion or jewelry as much as you are, you better make use yo! I love swapping gently-used and products I’ve never used with my girlfriends. I get to get rid of things I’m not even using and I get to get some new things as well – ALL for the $free.99.

Best ways to pamper yourself without going into debt – name ‘em!

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam

 

 

Miami Event – The Garnier Greener Tour

My homegirl and Miami blogger Jewel of Jewel’s Fab Life is hosting the Garnier Greener Tour this Friday from 4pm-6pm in Miami. I’m all kinds of jealous that I can’t attend. It’ll be an epic event for several reasons…

  • The beauty pimped out Garnier bus will park its sexy self at a Walmart parking lot. What’s inside the bus? Garnier goodies, cupcakes and information on how we can recycle our cosmetic packaging.
  • TerraCycle’s partnership with Garnier means there will be bins on site to encourage you to bring old shampoo, conditioner, and lotion bottles to recycle.
  • Hairstylists will be on site in case you’d like to upgrade your locks a bit.
  • There will be plenty of games and activities.
  • You’ll get to hang out with Jewel!

 

The event is absolutely free but you do need to RSVP to confirm your attendance. If you make it – tell Jewel I said “hi!” For more information, check out Jewel’s post here.

 

 

BRAVE – The Movie: And why you HAVE to see it…

Brave was soooooo good. I could really end my review of this film right there but y’all would be mad at me. Seriously though – it’s no surprise that I’d love this movie. What’s not to love about a movie of a cute little curly redhead with a powerful voice and a mind of her own?

I got the opportunity to see a press showing of Brave last week and the movie totally exceeded my expectations. I mean, yes I knew Disney would hit it out of the park (don’t they always?) but Brave’s storyline was completely different from any other Disney movie I’ve seen. And don’t ask me how many I’ve seen. Probably more than you. Just sayin’… :P

I saw the film in 3D and if you’re like me, you’re probably like “Ugh…not this 3D thing again.” I’m not a fan of watching movies in 3D because after 10 minutes, my eyes start crossing, I get all nauseous and it just gets to be uncomfortable. Luckily, Pixar and Disney have masterfully created this film so that while you’re watching it in 3D, you don’t have any thing popping out at you. If anything, the 3D effect brings the picture to life but in a real and beautiful manner. I thoroughly enjoyed not having bows go a flyin’ over my head in 3D.

The story. Ohmigoodness, the story… while not to give too much away, I will say it was refreshing that the true love story wasn’t between a price and princess. I’m a lush, so yes, I adore those kind of movies but Brave focused more on the love between a Mother and daughter. Princess Merida just wants her Mom to listen and you know how Moms are. Oftentimes they do more lecturing than listening. Their interaction reminded me a lot of how my Mom and I can be so um yes…I was or was not caught dropping tears during the movie.

The beauty of Scotland was captured in such a spectacular way that I was ready to start planning a trip. Humorous and heartfelt, Brave is the kind of movie that even those of us without kids will enjoy. The kiddies will enjoy it too of course. There were a few dark and scary scenes that may upset little ones but nothing they’ll remember throughout the movie.

Brave is currently in theaters so you’ll definitely want to add it to your summer blockbuster “Must See” list.

Any big kids out there see Brave yet?

*While Esposo and I received press passes to view this movie, all opinions are my own.

Giveaway! Braun Silk-épil 5 Young Beauty epilator!

I’m keepin’ it real up in this post. Then again, I pride myself on being that way in all of my posts. I mean, seriously…if I wanted to be all “proper” in the way that I wrote, I would have finished grad school, right? Hmph. So yeah. A few weeks ago, I was granted the opportunity to review the Braun Silk-épil 5 Young Beauty epilator. Don’t y’all laugh but while I’ve heard of an epilator, I never really knew what they did. In my mind, I figured that were similar to electric razors but that’s as much as I knew.

After doing some research, I discovered that epilators were the choice devices in hair removal for many women. And for good reason. Epilators quickly removing unwanted hair from the root effortlessly making it 10x better than shaving. I’ve never done any waxing (oh, except my brows) but using an epilator is supposed to be easier than waxing because you don’t have to deal with the clean up. Plus, those that use epilators say that it takes so much longer for the hair to grow back then it does when shaving. Which, for me, is a total perk and it was the one of the main reasons I couldn’t WAIT to try my epilator.

And tried I did.

With its many positives, there is one downfall to the epilator. The pain aspect. Mind you, I am a woman that knows pain. I endure excruciating migraines regularly, have had menstrual cramps from hell, have several tattoos and piercings and have broken a number of fingers during childhood. Shots in the gums, bum and arm don’t scare me either. I thought I’d be a good candidate for the epilator since my pain tolerance is pretty high.

Girl, I couldn’t do it.

I tried a total of 6 times to use the epilator and each time I winced in pain. I tried using it on my underarms AND legs and had such a hard time finishing. I decided that the pain wasn’t worth it. After all, I’m a woman that doesn’t freak out over a little stubble. We’re human. We’re mammals. We grow hair. I’m okay with that.

But despite my painful experience with the epilator, I still wanted to grant one of my readers with the opportunity to try one out. One of my greatest friends can’t stop raving about hers and has told me that while it is painful in the beginning, it does get easier. Apparently, I am too much of a punk to keep trying to get to that “easier” point. Oh well.

Maybe you’ll be a bigger woman than me. Braun is sponsoring this giveaway and 1 lucky gal will get 1 Braun Silk-épil 5 Young Beauty epilator.

This epilator comes with so many fantastic bells and whistles and I wish my cry baby self could stop whinning and get to using. My pain could be your gain though. Enter the Rafflecopter below to enter!

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Giveaway Winners! Q-tips + Sephora.com gift card giveaway

Nothing rocks more than being able to host giveaways for my favorite people – you guys! And with every giveaway, I’m slightly annoyed at the fact that EVERYONE can’t win. But alas, where would the fun in that be? I was only able to choose 3 winners from the Sephora.com gift card giveaway. The following ladies were the lucky ones….

 

Charlotte in Louisiana


Christian in Arizona


Keisha in Maryland

 

Congrats to those gals! If you didn’t win this time, fret not because I’ve got more giveaways a comin’.

5 Thangs I Don’t Mind Spending A Ton Of Money On

You gals know me. I am the Drugstore Diva. The Frugal Friend. The Cheap Chick. I’m that one person that whenever someone recommends we go somewhere or do something, I’m like, “Wait…how much is this going to cost?” I’ve been this way my entire life and I doubt it’ll ever change. Some things, however…they’re worth the investment. Very rarely will you ever see me justifying a pair of $200 shoes. The only exception? They have to be workout shoes or shoes Ill be getting quite a bit use in. Hmm mmm, I’m not one of those Spent A Ton Of Money On Shoes That I’ll Only Wear Once…Maybe Twice kind of gals. And if you are, hey! – I’m not knockin’ your hustle yo.

I mean, there are sooooome things I’ll spend a significant amount of money on. Ready?

Doctor’s appointments

I’ve played on both sides of the table. I’ve had medical insurance AND there was a brief stint when I was without it. Medical insurance or not, I still made it my duty to get my annual pap smears. There’s nothing attractive being tapped with an insanely high medical bill (the highest I’ve ever seen was $800….gahhh!) but I’d rather know that I’m doing okay than be in the dark about what’s going on in my body. Plus, many hospitals and doctors will work with you when it comes to payment plans so even if you owe a mess load of money after an appointment, you can make small payments each month.

Undergarments

Okay, girl…let’s be honest…ain’t nothin’ tackier than raggedy bras and panties. And I know you’re glaring at the screen all like, “OMG B…don’t you judge me like that.” but I’m serious. In a relationship or not, it is my belief that a woman should take pride in those unmentionables. Does that mean you shell out hundreds of dollars or bra and panty sets? Well…no. But do keep in mind that you get what you pay for and I’m all about investing in my undergarments. Plus, when you’re a member of the Big Bust crew, you pretty much HAVE to spend a pretty penny on bras? Amiright?

Foundation

Okay so yes, I may not wear it often, but I still don’t mind spending a good amount of money on foundation. Every woman needs a good foundation and if you’ve managed to find a drugstore one that suits your needs just fine, they honey…roll with it! However, I’ve found that some of the best foundations that work beautifully for my skin type and tone happen to be at those pricey makeup counters. I usually don’t mind splurging on a good foundation. I mean, can you really put a price on something that makes your skin look freaking phenomenal? Um…noooo.

Skincare products

Sometimes I think I love skincare products more than I love makeup. I could go makeup free any day (and do most days) but I’m always sure to invest time in making sure my pores are in check. Skincare is king, in my opinion. And for that reason, heck yeah I’ll spend a pretty penny on moisturizers, serums and oscillating brush thingies.

Hotels

If you’ve ever traveled with me, it’s pretty obvious. I’m a hotel snob. It’s not my fault, really. You should actually blame my parents for forcing me to have such high lodging standards. Really all anyone needs is a comfortable and safe hotel but when I’m traveling, I’d much rather spend the extra dollars for the extra amenities. Now will I spend more on a hotel than I’d spend on my rent each month? Absolutely not but c’mon…a girl needs her spas, in-property restaurants and mints on the pillows. I’m just sayin’…

What about you? What are you okay with spending a ton of money on?

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fifth Third Bank via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Fifth Third Bank.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 49

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Gouldylox Reviews – Just in case your beach plans fell through this weekend, here is a list of everything you’ll need to prepare for summer.

Nouveau Cheap – A nail art stamping kit for under $2? Seriously? It’s true!

Pink Sith – Goes all 50 Shades of Gray on you with her review of the newest Agent Provocateur L’agent fragrance. However she does not use the term “inner goddess”, thank goodness!

Prime Beauty – shows you how to look good nude with the LORAC Unzipped Palette!

Phyrra – Phyrra’s story has a happy ending with Cult Nails Cult Fairy Tale Collection.

Vampy Varnish – Even though Kelly gets sea-sick, the new limited edition MAC Hey, Sailor! Collection makes her want to get all nautical.

Beauty Junkies Unite – What summer nail polish shades will you want from Essie’s new ‘Bikini So Teeny’ collection? Amber’s pick: Mojito Madness!

Clumps of Mascara – loves OPI’s Mickey Mouse nail polish collection. Check out these pretty pinks.

Question of the Week:

What’s your favorite hand cream?

 

B says, “I just adore L’Occitane. I love it so much I’ve repurchased it like twice. It rocks! “

What say you? Any hand creams out there that you can’t get enough of?

See you next week!

~The Lipstick League

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