Saturday, January 26, 2013

Big Lots Haul! 1-26-13

Today BigLots is having 20% off your entire purchase, so if you need some things I recommend going now! 
I've been meaning to get on here and let you all know about something awesomely amazing I found at BigLots a few months ago. I went back today to take advantage of their 20% off sale and went ahead and repurchased these awesomely amazing items that I am speaking of. :) I guess I should go ahead and tell you what they are?

Not as exciting as you were hoping? Sorry... I get a bit excited about beauty products in case you haven't noticed. Well let me just tell you guys how much I freaking LOVE Puristics. As you can see I got each item for $2 each but after the 20% discount they were only $1.60 each. Purrrrty nice. :) If you'd like to learn more about the Purisitcs brand click HERE and this link will take you to their website. Like I said earlier I have gotten these items once before and I fell in love. This brand makes anti-aging products, feminine care products, and some baby products as well. If you go to their website you will see that the above products I bought today for $1.60 each retail for $15.99! I got such a great deal! These three items are from their anti-aging line and I have been using them for about 2 months. I don't really have any wrinkles just yet, but I know the earlier I start taking better care of my skin the better. I haven't really noticed a difference in wrinkles since I don't have many but these do an amazing job at keeping my skin and eye area moisturized. I will one day be a wrinkly old lady and I won't give a damn but for now I shall try to preserve my  impeccably glorious skin... palease! I do not have anywhere near prefect skin but hopefully using anti-aging products now will help me age a big more graciously. I love this brand so much because their products are all natural!  YES! As everyone knows I try to use more natural products when I can, which means when I can find natural products for really REALLY inexpensive prices I snatch them up. I am a stay at home mom, money is tight, my boyfriend works his ass off to support us and I refuse to waste his money... because I kinda like him a wee bit. ;) 
I highly recommend these products to you all! I am afraid that they are being discontinued since they are being sold at BigLots but hopefully I am wrong. These products don't have a scent, and they are super creamy and blend into the skin beautifully. They do not leave a residue and they sink in really fast, I can put my makeup on almost immediately after applying the day cream. The eye cream will last you forever because you only need to use a teeny tiny bit and it goes a long way. Its not greasy and it melts into your skin immediately, I can put my eye makeup on right away and there is no smudging! When your working with the night cream you have to rub it into your skin rather quickly or it will ball up and it wont absorb into your skin properly. But that doesn't bother me one bit, I just remember to move quickly and all is well. Puristics products are naturally preserved, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, they do not contain parabens, phthalates, or sulfates, and they do not test on animals. :) I also have the day cream that contains an SPF which I love as well! I literally love every single one of these products and I will be devastated if BigLots stops carrying them. So WHY am I letting you all know about these stellar products then? Because I'm a SUPER nice person and it would be cruel to keep this a secret. ;) If you are in the market for a new regime of skin care you should keep Puristics in mind the next time you head to the store. I have only seen the Puristics brand at drug stores and BigLots, but you can always check too. I highly recommend Puristics and I promise you will not be disappointed. 


Kroger Couponing 1-26-13

Just hopping on here for a few minutes so I can let you guys in on some of the great deals at Kroger! 

Here's what I got...

Seventh Generation Natural Laundry and Stain Remover $1.89
This was on a final markdown, they may be discontinuing it or possibly changing the packaging? This is great price for a more natural alternative to stain spray! 

Select Suave Shampoos $.88 each
Use .50 of any 2 Suave products coupon (exp. 1-26-13) Kroger doubles coupons up to .50 so this makes the coupon $1 off. Suave coupons come out in the paper all the time, make sure you always hang onto Suave coupons because they are one of the cheapest beauty brands in any store. I really like the quality of Suave products and they are so inexpensive! 
.88 x 2 = $1.76 - $1.00(coupon) = .76/2 = .38 each
After coupon = .38 each

Carefree Pantiliners $1.09
Use .50 off any one Carefree Pantiliner coupon I got this in my paper on Friday 1-25-13
Kroger doubles coupons up to .50 so $1.09 - $1.00(coupon) = .09
After coupon = .09

Finish Powerball 20 count $3.49
Use $2.15 off gelpacs, quantum, or powerball 20 count or larger from the 1/1 Smart Source  
$3.49 - $2.15(coupon) = $1.34
After coupon = $1.34 

Dawn Dish Soap $1.49
Use .50 off any Dawn Dish soap coupon. These also come out in the paper all the time, I always hold onto these because Dawn is my favorite dish soap. Kroger doubles coupons up to .50 so this coupon doubles to $1.00.
$1.49 - $1.00(coupon) = .49 each
After coupons = .49 each

I hope this was helpful and please don't hesitate to ask me any questions! 
Happy Shopping :)


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Project 20 Pan Update

I'm here with an update on the terrible, horrible, insufferable thing known as Project Pan. Eeeek! To be honest I am not loving this, but it has to be done. I have come to a point in my life where having all this excess junk is really starting to mess with my head. I am NOT insane... I swear!  We live in a world where we are easily influenced and I will be the first to admit that when a new product comes out I feel like I must have it. I am trying extremely hard to break this habit, and while there were a few slip ups in 2012 I am determined to make 2013 my year to succeed! I will not keep wasting money when I have perfectly good things in my possession and I refuse to give into the hype and feel the need to buy everything and all things new. I have only used up 4 items so far in my Project Pan but that is good enough for me! So here they are....

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation
This isn't a bad foundation but I am so glad to see it go. I have had this one for at least 2 or 3 years... I know gross! But I was determined to use it up and it is finally gone. I like this foundation but I am so pastey and the  color is a bit too dark for me. I think this is the lightest shade in their color range so I probably will not repurchase this foundation again unless it's summer time. This foundation lasts a long time, it has light to medium coverage if you build it up, and it doesn't get cakey. I think these range in price from $8-$10 but you can always find tons of Maybelline coupons in the newspaper or online.

ELF Mist and Set
I'm on the fence with this setting spray. I don't know if it made my makeup stay on longer but It did make my makeup look less cakey when I sprayed it over my finished face. It kind of melts all your makeup together to make it look more natural and it refreshes your face throughout the day if you are feeling a bit dry. I really don't know if I will repurchase this or not, I don't really see a huge difference when using this product. I would like to try to other setting sprays but I haven't found any that are inexpensive like this one. You can get this at Target for $3, HERE, and some K-Marts, Big Lots and Dollar Trees sell ELF cosmetics too. 

Miss Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie Flavored Lip Balm
I have had this forever... I don't even know when I got this. Ew! :( I used this up as a heel balm and it worked great! I didn't use this on my lips so I can't tell you how well it works as a chap stick. Sorry! 

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
Love! I have repurchased this chap stick about a million times. This has got to be my all time favorite chap stick. It smells good, it makes your lips tingle since it has peppermint in it and its all natural which is wonderful. It does goes on a bit thick but that doesn't bother me one bit. These are about $3 which is expensive in my opinion for a chap stick but I always find these on sale or in a pack of 4 for a really good price. I highly recommend these and since they are natural I think the higher price tag is well worth it. You can ingest 4-7 pounds of lipstick in your lifetime. That is disgusting! So its kind of nice to know your putting a more natural product on your lips... cuz well your going to eat it.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Great CVS and Walgreens Couponing Deals this Week!

I just wanted to let you guys know about some really great deals I took advantage of at CVS and Walgreens  today! I already threw away the receipts so I cannot show you the exact deals but I can give you a good idea of what to expect to pay. Both stores had some really great Christmas clearance going on. Tons of toys, candy, clothes, shoes, gift sets, etc. were 50-75% off! CVS has a ton of clearance going on in their beauty section including makeup, skincare, and hair care so keep your eyes peeled for that stuff too! 


Stayfree pads buy one get one free
Use: Stayfree buy one get one free coupon from the 1/6 Smartsource 
* Make sure you get pads that are lower than $4.49 (due to coupon restrictions) 
This will make both packs of pads 100% free! 

Physicians Formula makeup $5 off automatically with your CVS card (excludes clearance)
Green Concealer Stick $6.49-$5= $1.49 
That is a great deal and its super easy since there are no coupons involved. Simply scan you CVS card and $5 will be deducted automatically! 

Arizona teas are also 2/$1 which is a pretty good deal and there is a limit of 6. Daniel loves this tea so whenever I see the sale going on I pick him up a bunch! 


Goody Ouchless Elastics 27 count $2.99 get back $2 in register rewards
Use: .50 off Goody Ouchless Elastics 24 count or higher from 1/6 Smartsource
.50 after register rewards 

If you have any questions leave me a comment below and I will get back to you! 


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Products I've used up!

As you all know I am on a mission to spend less money. I still have my urges to buy makeup and beauty products and I caved quite a few times last year when I saw really good sales or had really good coupons. I am still going to shop with coupons and get good deals and free items, but I am really trying to slow myself down quite a bit. I am the kind of person who sees a good deal and I feel like I have to get that certain item... even if I really do not need it at the time. So since its a new year I am going to start fresh and I am going to really limit myself on what I buy...even if its cheap and I really want it. Of course there will be times where I cave and buy things, but I am really making a conscious effort to stop being so wasteful and use up what I already have. 
As promised I am going to give you some short and sweet reviews on the finished products below. That way you can decide if you want to try them out! 

Here are a few things I have used up...

Equate Antiseptic Mouthrinse 
We really like this mouthwash. It's the Walmart brand and you can get it for less than $3. It works well, makes your breath smell good, and it doesn't have a funky taste like a lot of cheaper mouthwashes do. I recommend this mouthwash a lot, especially since it's exactly like Listerine and more than $2 cheaper. 

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
I have used up 2 tubes of this toothpaste but it definitely causes some sensitivity which is not good at all. It makes me teeth super white which I love! I bought this at BJ's in a 3 pack, and I still have 2 more tubes to use up. I can't say if I will repurchase this toothpaste or not, I want to say I won't since it causes sensitivity but it makes my teeth look so darn white! If you don't have sensitive teeth go ahead and give this a try... but if you do I wouldn't recommend this at all. 

No Name Baby Wipes
These are from Big Lots and I got them because they were .70 and I figured hell I'll give them a try. We used these on Eva obviously and they were horrible.... Do NOT buy these. We cloth diaper during the day and use wash cloths and a homemade wipe solution, but when Eva is wearing a disposable at night or goes number 2 we like to use regular disposable wipes. I was trying to save us some money, and I am so freaking glad I only bought one pack. These were like cheesecloth. No Joke. They were thin and you had to use 4 or 5 for a poopy diaper which is such a waste. I am all about saving the environment and I recycle everything I possibly can, so when I have to use a ton of disposable wipes that really pisses me off.  Go ahead and spend the extra dollar on Huggies or Pampers wipes these are not worth your time. 

Secret Spring Breeze Deodorant 
I hate this Deodorant. It does it's job but it smells terrible. I prefer unscented deodorant and I prefer to use much more natural brands of deodorant. The only problem with the more natural brands it that they are expensive and I can get regular deodorants for free or super cheap when I use coupons. So sometimes I am stuck using nasty smelling stuff like this... because I am stubborn and when I can save $3 you sure as hell better believe I am going to do it. I still have one more of these to work through, right now I am using Tom's of Maine Unscented deodorant and I love it but its almost $4. I will not purchase this scent again that's for sure. 

Equate Medicated Acne Gel
This was pretty gross. It was kind of gritty and left a white residue on your face. I don't even know why I bought this because I never use things like this, but I forced myself to use it up just so it wasn't a waste of money. I will not repurchase. 

Covergirl LastBlast Luxe Mascara
I hated this mascara SO much! I have the LashBlast volume in the orange tube and I like that one a lot more.  This one was a blueish color and it had a pretty dry formula the first time I opened the tube. I felt like I had to apply a million coats to make my lashes look somewhat okay, and let me tell you I have stabbed myself in the eyeballs with this damn brush too many times to count. The brush is huge which I am sure a lot of people like, but I am so sick of stabbing myself in the eye with it. I will never buy this again... I really enjoy being able to see and this mascara really wants me blind for some reason. 

Pumpkin Spice Candle
This was a gift from my sister Iqui last year for Christmas. I LOVED this candle so very much. I am pretty sure she got it from Target but I didn't see a manufacturers name on the candle itself. My favorite fall and winter scent is anything pumpkin, and this is the only candle I have ever had that smelled up the whole house but wasn't over powering at the same time. This smelled ahhhhmazing and I miss it so much. :( I was so sad to see this one burn up, and I hope I can find it again next year. 

That's it for my empty products. If you have any questions just leave me a comment and I would be more than happy to help!