Weekly round up 10.24

Meal prep 2

At the beginning of each week I like to get prepared and meal prep some lunch, dinner and snack ideas for the week.

This week was pretty quick meal prep, but here is what is on the menu:

B- smoothie w/ protein powder

S-almond flour strawberry shortcake muffin

L-protein pasta with turkey meatballs and side salad

S-yogurt with nuts mixed in

D-bean burrito with cheese and Greek yogurt (great sour cream substitute)

I also love painting my nails a new color at the beginning of each week! This color is from Ulta’s brand of nail polish…Love the it

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Also last week I finished up a really good audio book that I listen to in my car on the way to / from work. I listen via a free audio service offered through my local library. I love that libraries are offering more digital services these days so I can listen  or read books right from my cell phone! This service is called Hoopla, and there is a good selection of ebooks and audiobooks available.

This book was called “People over profits” by Dale Patridge . You can read reviews on Amazon here.

It was a really good book, definitely recommend a read / listen.

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Nails

Another week, and another nail job done! This nail polish is from Marc Jacobs, which was kind of a splurge item for the initial price ($18). But I will be wearing this polish more than once and that alone saves me money by not getting my nails done at a salon.

Marc Jacobs: Warm Blue:

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You can find this product at sephora, if you want to save money purchasing and you are a sephora VIB member then wait until their November VIB event and save 20% !

Also purchase a discounted giftcard ahead of time to save more! And check cash back websites for additional savings!!

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Cheaper Alternative ~ makeup brushes

I’ve been watching Youtube videos on like for years to get tips and tricks for applying makeup. Let me tell you every Youtuber I’ve watched uses such expensive makeup brushes! And they make you think that without these expensive brushes your makeup will not apply well. I have been using Sedona lace brushes for years but recently the foundation brush has been shedding so much that I knew it was time to replace it. Instead of going out and purchasing a $25-$40 brush I went to local TJ Maxx and Ocean state Job lot in search of some cheaper alternatives and I’m so glad I did!

At TJ Maxx I found this ibeauty brush for $7.99. It looks very similar to a Artis makeup brush that retails for over $50 for one brush. I thought for sure at the cheaper price it would feel harsh on my skin (it was in packaging so I could feel it before I purchased). I was wrong! This is so smooth to the touch! I’ve used it to apply foundation several times and it works like a dream.  I’ve never heard of this brand before but I am very happy with this purchase!!

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I couldn’t help but grab  a makeup palltete as well from BH Cosmetics for just $9.99. The powders are going to be for highlighting, contouring and blushes. Great price for 3 different jobs. I’ve tried these and really like how they apply and wear on my skin.

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At Ocean State I picked up a package of 4 brushes for just $6.99. The packing didn’t have a brand on it really but they work well for foundation and concealer application and they were less than $2 a piece.

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I’m really glad I tried I all of these cheaper alternatives. I know sometimes prices are lower because the quality of the product is lower, but I lucked out and found some great items and saved loads by not buying the higher end products.

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Nails done!

I love saving time and money each week by painting my own nails rather than going to a salon.

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This weeks color is by essie ‘Sand Tropez‘ and on top I used the Orly matte top coat. Love the way it came out!! the matte top coat is perfect for this fall weather

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Amazon savings

Amazon savings

There have been a few items on my wish list that past few weeks that I just cannot find in stores so I decided to make a purchase on amazon. I wasn’t able to use coupons and the cashback website didn’t work either but the items were at a relatively good price so I don’t really mind.

I purchased a bee sting mask by Nip + Fab for $9.95 and Airspun translucent powder $10.50. Both items have been mention by a beauty Youtuber that I watch and I cannot find either in my local drugstores or on Ulta’s website even though they carry other Nip + Fab products.

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The other item that I purchased was a body butter from Lavanila. I had received a free sample from Sephora back in December used it up in a short time.IMG_0950

The smell is amazing and it feels great on my hands as well. The trial size was .85 oz and I received it free with purchase. However the full size is 6.7oz and $19 at Sephora.

That’s a lot of money compared to getting hand lotion at like Bath and Body or Victoria Secret. I’ve been watching the price on Amazon and I purchased two at $14.74 each. So I did save 22% by buying from Amazon instead of Sephora.

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