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Tokidoki Is Going Away T_T

4 Nov

Heya Meebsies,

It has been awhile. I am not coming back for good yet. Still extremely busy and I don’t think that I will have time to post anything else till Christmas? Hope you are all doing well. ^^ I do miss you guys, so when I heard about this sad but good news for some; I just had to share it.

tokidoki is no longer going to have a makeup line. Which is sad, because I am going to miss those cute little characters. However, this means that Sephora is having all the tokidoki products for 40% off. Check it out before it’s all of of stock. And if you are already a tokidoki fan, STOCK UP!!!! ^_^

http://www.sephora.com/tokidoki

Much Love,

Meebs

“Beauty has a lot to do with character.”

~Kevyn Aucoin

 

Beauty on a Budget: Where To Buy

10 Sep

Hey Meebsies,

So now we have a plan mapped out. We know when to buy and what to buy. The final question we need to ask ourselves is where to buy.

If you are just joining us on our Beauty on a Budget journey; check out the previous posts for more tips. ^_^

Beauty on a Budget: When to Buy

Beauty on a Budget: What to Buy

We all have our personal fav go to stores when it comes to beauty products. Of course you should try to visit stores that are having sales or promotions. However, if they don’t carry things you need, then you are just wasting your money by buying for the sake of a sale. When I say where to buy, I am mainly speaking about shopping online vs. in-store.

It is an interesting problem if you think about it. I mean, shouldn’t products that are sold online, be in-stores as well? Actually, they are surprisingly completely different worlds. Both sides having pros and cons.

Online shopping is always a great choice for those with busy lives. It takes less than 10 minutes to make a purchase if you know what you are looking for. I say this because if you are like me, I always get side tracked and end up browsing the whole website. Other than the obvious convenience of shopping online, you can also snag some great deals. Many companies prefer customers to shop online. It is much cheaper to have a website than have an actual store. Online shopping is also a great way for them to get rid of products that  they have a surplus of, or aren’t selling well. This is great news for us bargain shoppers. Not only will you have a greater selection of sale/clearance items; but there will be a greater abundance of promotional offers as well.

On the con side, online shopping is not for those who are more hands on and don’t really know what they want. Not to mention you will end up paying a shipping fee. A shipping fee can be as  little as $2 to the more common $5-$10. Depending on your total purchase; no one wants to pay $10 shipping for a $5 purchase.

In-store shopping is a little bit more time consuming. But for passionate shoppers, time is no object. In-store shopping is great if you are not exactly positive about what you want to buy. I love going to stores like Sephora because I can try out the products. People always look at me funny once I leave Sephora, because the back of my hand will have every color of the rainbow on it. Try out products. Unlike online shopping, you can physically hold the product and test it out. Unless you have magical beauty product eyes, you can’t tell how pigmented an eye shadow is just looking at it. Another great thing about shopping in-store are the sales staff. They are there to help you. If you are in-between products, why not ask a beauty sales associate for their opinion. My experience with them has always been pleasant.

Other than being time consuming, shopping in-store can be a hassle. We all want to get the best deals. So it can be frustrating to go from store to store checking prices and taking notes. Online shopping allows you to compare stores by just clicking on a tab.

Another tip that I have is shopping in-store within a store. It’s a weird concept but it can really pay off. We are all aware that stores such as Nordstrom and Macy’s are home to cosmetic/skincare stores such as Clinique, Mac, and Bobbi Brown to name a few. If there was a sale at Clinique and you had a 10% off from Nordstrom, there are times you can combine these two factors to save even more. This method is not 100%, but can save you serious bucks if it works. I mean, there is no harm in trying. If you really need something and don’t want to wait for a sale or promotion, I suggest shopping at Sephora. If you are a member, you can rack up points with every purchase and redeem them later. If you are not a member, all you have to do is give an email. ^_^

Well, that’s all I have for now. Look forward to the next Beauty on a Budget post.

Thank you for reading. ^_^

Love,

Meebs

“When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking.”
~ Elayne Boosler

Beauty on a Budget: When To Buy

7 Sep

Hello Meebsies,

I have decided to start a Beauty on a Budget segment. Cause let’s be honest. Being a girl is expensive. A single visit to Sephora will set you back at least $30 bucks, that is if you only get one item. This post will be one of the few on tips to save money while still looking fabulous. ^O^

After personally experiencing a zero balance, and having to choose between lunch or Sephora, I have developed a system… well I guess more like tips.

Being a makeup lover doesn’t mean you have to go bankrupt.

It may seem like an odd thing to ask; when should you buy? Believe it or not, there are times to buy and times to not. Of course, you should always take advantage of SALES SALES SALES!!!

You can never go wrong with sales. This is a great way to stock up on old products or try out new ones. I always use sales to stock up on products I know I will be using for the rest of the year. Why not? I mean if you can buy something for $5 instead of $10. You just got two bottles of product for the price of one.

Another great time to buy are during PROMOTIONS.

I feel like promotions very understated compared to sales. Sales are always in your face. Lights flashing, neon signs glowing. However, promotions tend to be harder to find. Here are a few things you need to know about promotions vs. sales.

  • Promotions are usually seasonal or holiday based.
  • Promotions DO NOT always mean that the products will be cheaper.
  • Promotions are usually on a need to know basis.

Let me elaborate.

Promotions are commonly found at the beginning of the four seasons. They like to promote their new products according to that season’s current trend. Since fashion is always changing, they have to keep up as well. Promotions are also abundant during the holidays when they create special holiday themed products. So if you can, go shopping at the beginning of each season or a few days before/during holidays.

Unlike sales, promotions are more about getting new products out there for the public to preview. Most of the time, they will offer samples or goodies with your purchase. You may have to pay full price for your products, but in return they may give you $30 worth of new product samples. Due to this, many people tend to stray away from promotions because they don’t want to pay full price for their products. However, in another post, I will explain the pros to choosing promotions over sales. Sometimes promotions are things you can’t hold. They can be $5 off a $30 purchase, or something as simple as free shipping.

Promotions are not as well known as sales because in the end, this is a promotion. The company is trying to promote their products to a certain target group. A great way to get in on promotions is to sign up for their email newsletters. Whether you use your spam email or not, it only takes 5 seconds to sign up. Not only will you be the first to hear about promotions, but they may throw a few coupons your way as well. ^_^

In the end, it comes down to having patience. Don’t buy on impulse. Have faith in the shopping gods and they will eventually send you a sale or promotion your way. ^^

Just a FYI, being a Clinique fanatic. I heard about a promotion they are having at Nordstrom this Fall.  On Sep 13, they are giving away a bag of goodies if you spend I believe $30. Check it out. .^^

Thanks for reading

Check out the next post Beauty on a Budget: What To Buy.

Love,

Meebs

“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
~ Erma Bombeck

Makeup Forever HD Elixir Review: Quench That Thirst!

5 Sep

Ello Meebsies,

Being sick sucks. I haven’t eaten anything solid in a week. Every time I look at chicken noodles soup I want to gag. 😦

On a side note, I was pleasantly surprised when my sister came home from shopping sporting a huge Sephora bag. She bought goodies for me!!! Most of the stuff I received were just replacements for things I was running out of. The only new product I got was the Makeup Forever HD Elixer serum. MAN DO I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! ^O^

Here is the product description.

What it is:
An innovative serum that instantly hydrates and adds radiance to the skin.

What it does:
HD complexion collection uses innovative formulas to create a new generation of makeup that is invisible on high-definition cameras and to the naked eye. This unique, lightweight elixir absorbs quickly into the skin, instantly hydrating and brightening the complexion. The breakthrough formula contains D-Panthenol and glycerin to ensure an immediate boost of hydration (+520% after 15 minutes) that lasts throughout the day (+175% after 6 hours). Argatensyl is added to provide an immediate smoothing effect. Each ingredient was specifically added to prepare skin for high-definition makeup—so you can count on the camera picking up the perks of this perfecting formula.

What else you need to know:
This product is oil and paraben free and dermatologist tested.

Research results:
-+520% increased moisture after 15 minutes
-+490% after 30 minutes
-+430% after one hour
-+250% after two hours

You have to say, it’s pretty impressive. After using it for about a week, it’s been a life saver. I think that everyone knows what I’m talking about when I say no one looks good when you’re sick. Your nose is dry, your face is flushed, and you just look gross. For me, because I’m dehydrated, my skin is also dehydrated. So when I go on a drug run I am in no mood to do my makeup. Fear not, all you need are two drops of this serum and you are good to go. ^_^

It’s extremely light, extremely light. Since this is a serum, your skin will drink it up in seconds. It leaves your face moisturized and almost dewy looking. If you have fine lines or crows feet, I find that this product really helps reduce the appearance. Even though this product is meant to be a face primer, you can really use it all by itself. However, if you want to have flawless foundation, use this baby with any liquid foundation to look FABULOUS!!! ^_^

Retail Price is about $40 at Sephora.

http://www.sephora.com/hd-elixir-P240602

QUENCH THAT THIRST!!! ><

Meebs

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
― Gwyneth Paltrow

Sorry/Gold Dangly Ring

13 Aug

Evening Meebsies,

I have to apologize for the lack of post. I’ve been sooo busy. I don’t even know if there will be another post this week. As I am typing this, I am functioning on zero sleep. I haven’t slept in over 24 hours. I feel a crash coming on. I will try to post as soon as possible.

In other news, I got a really cute ring in the mail today. I know. Random. I will talk to you guys soon.

By the way. If there are any products or tutorials you want to see, please send me an email. ^^

Cute right? ^_^

Have a good night Meebsies. I know I will. Lol. ^^

Love,

Meebs

“Sleep is good.” ^^

~ Meebs

Gold Glitter French Tipped Nails

4 Aug

Evening Meebsies,

How has the first day of your weekend been? I decided to do another nail tutorial. You may recognize the polishes I choose to use. ^_^ This look is really great. It may look like it takes forever to do, but it took me about 15-20 mins. Not only does it take minimal time, but it also lasts for a good 1-2 weeks without noticeable chipping. That’s the great thing about glitter tips. It’s great for formal events or for running everyday errands. I love putting a little bling bling on my nails for fun and to really make my nails stand out. This look can be worn alone, but there is nothing wrong with letting your creativity run wild. ^_^

You can watch my tutorial here:

 

Meebs

“Close your eyes and see the beauty.”

~Author Unknown

July Beauty Favorites

31 Jul

Evening Meebsies,

Just finished making really good Japanese curry for dinner. ^_^ When I think about it, I’ve been cooking a lot more than usual. Maybe I should do a cooking post? Lol. Would you guys be interested in something like that? A Cooking With Meebs section? Lol. ^_^

This last month has been a really stressful one. My skin has been breaking out constantly. Not to mention the hot weather has been trying on my skin. Thank goodness for these products. I have to say that these are my all time favorite products right now. *O*

First I’m going to start off with beauty products.

I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!! ^O^ Take it from a girl who has single lids, which equals oily lids; this product works wonders. Maybe I am a little behind on the Urban Decay Primer Potion craze, but  now I know why there was a craze to begin with. Before I found this magic in a bottle, I used Two Faced Shadow Insurance. Don’t get me wrong, I still think that it is a fairly good primer, it just didn’t really do it for my lids. It was always frustrating to have amazing eye makeup; only to come home at the end of the day wondering how long had my eye shadow been creased?! I actually first tried this as a sample from Sephora. The first time I used it and came home I was AMAZED. NO CREASING. WHOOT!!! ^O^ A must have for any girl.

One of the few things you guys should know about me is, I LOVE GLITTER!!! I just think that adding that little bit of glitter to your eye makeup makes all the difference. You never see me without a little bling bling. ^^ I love this NYX Liquid Crystal Liner! The liner itself is very sparkly. I love it when the glitter is really dense. When you put it on, it doesn’t look like glitter. It kind of looks like sparkly black eyeliner. So if you don’t like really dramatic glitter this is prefect. ^^ It’s also really long lasting but easily removable with some makeup  remover. Warning, it does sting a little because of the alcohol in the liner. But that only happens if you apply it on your waterline.

I am LOVIN’ this brush. Not only does it work like a charm, but it’s affordable. I think I paid around 12 dollars for this brush at Ulta. Which totally beats paying $30 for a Mac brush. ^^  The brush is really dense and when you use it to apply your foundation… FLLLLAWWLESSSS!!! *O*

Idk about you guys, but I love chapsticks. This is the second Nivea one I’ve tried. I’m all about honey and oatmeal. Weird right? I just had to try this out when I saw honey. The scent is really nice and it glides on my lips like butter. ^^ Really moisturizing and light. The only downside is that there isn’t any SPF. With the sunny weather, SPF would be nice.

Next are skincare products.

One of the best facial scrubs I have ever used. Extremely gentle, but very exfoliating. It does smell a little weird, and I do wish that the product wasn’t so chemically?.. smelling? I still prefer using good old oatmeal for facial masks. But this is a good alternative when you don’t have the time or resources; or when you’re traveling. If you guys know this Company Queen Helene, they make the mint julep masque. If you guys are a fan of that masks, you should try this one out as well. ^^

I have always been a fan of Clinique. Idk why it took so long for me to try out their lotion. This lotion is extremely moisturizing. Even more than the Cetaphil face lotion I’ve been using. Doesn’t make your makeup greasy, creates a great canvas for foundation, and evens skin tone. It’s pretty awesome.

AMAZING SKIN LOTION!!! This is a miracle worker. All I have to say is use it once and you’ll see the result the next day. ^_^

This body wash is awesome. It’s extremely moisturizing but leaves you clean feeling. Idk how to explain it. I hate when moisturizing body wash leaves a film on your skin where it makes you feel like you aren’t clean. On the other hand, I hate it when the body wash makes you feel so clean that you stick to everything. Lol. You guys know that I’m talking about. This is the perfect blend of everything I love without everything I hate. Also, if you have ingrown hair on your legs, use this with a loofah everyday and see them gradually disappear. ^_^

Finally hair products! ><

I have always had really flat hair. I feel like I’ve tried everything to make my hair more voluminousness. The thing is I hate the feeling of product in my hair. I like my hair to be clean and light. This product is great because it’s not heavy and easy to use. Right after the shower, you just spritz a little on the roots of your hair. Go to sleep and TA-DAH!!! Light, bouncy, full of volume hair. It’s pretty magical. *O* Plus it smells AMAZING!!!

Since I have really thick hair, I’ve always found it hard to find a hairspray that would hold my hair in place. This product is probably the only product I have found that will hold my styled hair for a whole day. Not only on a normal dry day, but on humid days as well. It smells good and doesn’t leave my hair feeling crunchy.

These are my favorites for July. ^^ I hope you guys have an awesome rest of the day.

Please remember these are just my personal experiences with the products. ^^

Much Love,

Meebs

“The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.”

~ Havelock Ellis

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