Audio book savings

I like to save time and money by renting audio books from my local library. I have about a half hour commute to and from work every day, making my typically time spent in a car 1 hour every weekday.

Audio books are more expensive than the paper versions of books, but getting them at the library is a money saving alternative.

I’m lucky because my library shares resources with several surrounding libraries. So this means if my local library doesn’t have an audio book I want then I can request it from another library nearby and they will transport it for me to pick up free of charge.

My latest completed audio book was Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

steve jobs audio book

For those of you who don’t know he was the creator and founder of Apple. While this was a long audio book (20 hours!) there was a lot of details and years to cover. Having been too young to know about Jobs back in the 80’s when Mac first hit the market, it was interesting to hear the recount of the trials and tribulations of Apple pre iPhone era. The book can become technical from time to time while discussing the engineering of products.

Listening to the book I was torn about how to feel about Jobs as a person. He was so smart and so passionate, but yet he was so unnecessarily mean to people, even those who trusted him and cared about him. The author of the book was very honest in his portrayal of Jobs, and he included people’s honest thoughts about Steve throughout the book. A majority of the book focuses on his professional career, but it does touch on his personal life which he didn’t seem to have as good a handle on as his company. Overall I think the book was a good read and I’m glad I know more about this creative person who’s legacy will live on through Apple for decades to come.

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It Cosmetics ~ 50% off

It cosmetics

I love products that say they are pore minimizing because of my skin type. I have oily skin especially in my T-zone. So when I saw that Ulta was having a 21 day of beauty sale, and on the first day It cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder was 50% off I absolutely had to try it. There we over 600 reviews on Ulta’s website and had 4.2 stars. Basically a lot of people swear by it.

ULTA advertisement

Review: I’ve worn this for 5 days now, trying it with different foundations, primers and setting sprays. I use it to set my concealer under my eyes, because that triangle area below my eyes are where my pores are the largest. Each day I wore this product the results were awesome. It definitely helped hide my pores and I’m so glad a gave it a try. An added bonus is that it’s packed with anti- aging ingredients! 2 for one product!

Savings: Reg price $24, sale price $12 – 50% savings

It cosmetics

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Bite Beauty Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Lip Mask

This lip mask worked great to lock in moisture to my extremely dry, chapped lips. I would recommend this product to someone who needs something more intense than Chap Stick or lip balm. This mask is thick and the consistency is like honey. One drawback is that after application it will leave your finger feeling sticky. Also, the outside of the tub started to rub off and is completely gone at this point, leaving just the silver tube.

Bite Beauty Lip mask

Savings: You can purchase at Sephora, wait for VIB sale to receive 20% off

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Nip + Fab Savings

Nip + Fab is not only an intriguing name for a line of skincare but the product descriptions themselves are catching, like bee sting and dragon blood. I’ve wanted to give this skincare a try for a while but was waiting for a good sale opportunity.

Nip + Fab gylcolic pads

Nip + Fab serums

Click the video below to see price comparisons between stores and final savings of 40%!

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Nail polish ~ savings

Sally gel 2

I love having my nails painted but I am not a fan of paying $40 every two weeks to get them done at the salon. So I buy nail polish and paint my own nails each week. I don’t have any particular brand that I swear by. I’ll try any brand where there is a color that catches my eye.

Sally Hansen gel nail polish was a line I’ve really have been wanting to try. I love the finished look of nails done at the salon but like I said don’t want to pay the price. I was super excited when I saw there was a $3 off manufacturer coupon for this polish online! Great time to try something new when there’s a high value coupon.

sally gel 1

I’ve been wearing the polish for two days and I love the finished look.  The color pops and it really does look like a gel finish, without any top coat. It’s only been two days but the nail polish hasn’t chipped which is promising. Some nail polishes I have have chipped just hours after applying it.

Savings: Purchased at CVS Reg. price $9.99, minus $3 for MFR coupon plus I used $3 in ECB bringing my cost to $3.99 + I earned $5 in ECB (CVS promo: buy a Sally Hansen product at CVS you earn $5 ECB for your next purchase, limit of three). I probably will go back use another coupon plus the $5 ECB to get another color for an out of pocket cost of $1.99 after coupon and ECB. That would be an 80% savings!!

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