[ ♡ ] Recent Purchaes – 5/20/11 The Deals Keep coming – Ulta, Books & Target

After my PF coupon run, I decided to take advantage of some more sales on Friday so I went to my closest ulta with the intent to buy three Revlon lipsticks because they had a buy 2 get one free sale. I also knew that this week Walgreens would be having Revlon on sale for 40% off but I did some calculations and found that it would be cheaper to do this deal at Ulta because I also had $5 to exchange back in.

So first, I got three lipsticks in Nude attitude, Stormy pink and sky pink, all mattes. I also have been wanting to get a new colorstay foundation in a lighter shade because natural tan is too dark so I calculated the price per foundation using three stores. At Target they were $10 on sale for $9 each. At Walgreens they were $13 on sale for $7.80 a piece with the 40% off. At Ulta they were $12 a piece but with the buy 2 get one free deal it would be $24 dividde by 3 = $8. So I thought I’d just wait for the Walgreens sale and buy it from there because it was cheapest at $7.80 but then I walked around Ulta and found a little display with this same foundation and each foundation had an instant save $3 off coupon on it! Which means that If I bought three, it would take each foundation from $12 to $9 and then using the buy 2 get one free, I’d end up paying around $6 per item instead! I was so excited until I saw that they didn’t have the shades I wanted to try on the display because they were out.

So what did I do? Drive across town to the other Ulta of course! I also tried the three lipsticks in the car and was not feeling stormy pink and nude attitude so I exchanged them again for two other colors in siren and primrose pink.

L to R: Siren (creme,) sky pink (matte,) and primrose pink (crème)

I got siren for my sister because we were looking for a morange dupe. It actually comes pretty close except for its not as pigmented in one swipe. Sky pink is a nice light pink. For a matte, it comes on quite sheer. Primrose is my favorite, a light purply pink that comes on nicely.

Then of course I found the foundations at the 2nd Ulta in my color and bought three, two in medium beige and one in natural beige which is lighter. I figure medium beige would match more so I got two of those. Also if they didn’t match, I can always return them for darker colors later. I also ended up paying only $5 per bottle because when Ulta took the 3rd product off, they took off the orginal price of $11.99 instead of the price I paid with the coupon.

The odd thing about these is that they come in two versions, dry and normal & combo and oily. The colors in the combo and oily version all seem lighter than the same colors in the dry version which I found weird but after trying medium beige on my skin I found it wasn’t as light as I thought it would be and it matched perfectly.

I also stopped by half priced books to pick up some reads for my plane ride and I found 8 in the clearance section for $1 each!

And then I had two coupons for $2 off Revlon top speed nail polish from Target so I stopped by Target to get two. I got an orangey one and a purply pink one. I got them each for $3 a piece.

The colors are the last two on the right but I took a shot of the other two because I wanted to show you guys the similarity between the Revlon cupid and the elf one I got last time. They look almost the same right? It’s sort of a bummer, I really thought the Revlon one would be more purply and less pink.

Well that’s it for my deals in makeup over the weekend!

♡ PaNhia

[ ♡ Gifts from Lukous – Lighted Mirror & Fujifilm Instax Camera 7s ]

Before I start, welcome to the new look! I figured, new year, new layout. I experimented with other layout themes from wordpress but found them to be more restricting that my current theme (2010 theme) so I switched back and decided to add a background and change the color scheme a little. I wish wordpress would allow us to design our own themes but I’ll work with this for now. I’m not done yet so you might see some more changes in the coming days. I’ve also changed the way I do my pictures but I’m still experiementing. Anyways, onward!

I got two of my three gifts from Lukous this week! I’m very excited about both! The first package came Monday and it was a lighted mirror by Revlon.

This wasn’t the exact one I wanted but it works so no complaints here. The shape is essentially a rectangle with the bottom coming in towards the center a little more. I don’t know why they did that, maybe aesthetics? It has an on/off switch in front and a little tip on the bottom center of the mirror so that you tilt the mirror. I’ve tried using this once or twice but only in the morning when the light is still dim outside so I haven’t actually used it at night. I find that I have to really lean into the mirror and get up close to see myself (but that may just be because I’m blind.)

Yesterday I also got a second package from my boyfriend. I’ve been wanting this baby for a long time! It’s the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s camera. It’s a camera that takes credit card sized Polaroids. The first time I saw this was at Urban Outfitters retailing for $150. And then I obsessed over it more while watching “you’re beautiful” and made a plan to start photographing stars too lol.

^it comes with a 10 film pack.

^ to turn the camera on, you just pull out the lens.

^the only controls on the camera. It has four settings: indoor, cloudy, sunny or slightly sunny.

^the back of the camera. This is where you insert the film. The film comes in a box that you insert into the space so its quite simple.

^the huge sheet of directions that come with it. I basically just followed the pictures. Easy, peasy.

^My first picture. I tried a self cam shot and failed lol. I’ve now learned self shots don’t work with instant photos lol.

^This is how it looks when you hold it up. Cute!

I really like the camera. I was surprised by the energy it consumes though because it uses 4 AA batteries and they only work for about 20 shots. Doesn’t that sound crazy to you? Also, the film only comes in sets of 10 so you always have to reload and right now the cost of film is about $15 for two packs of ten which is like $.75 to take each picture. Maybe I’m just too used to taking hundreds of pictures during one sitting. I will have to learn to recognize good moments or I’ll be shelling out serious money for this lol. I’m currently looking for ebay film lots and rechargeable batteries!

♡ PaNhia