Battle of the Gel Nail Polish

Gel nails is somewhat of a newer trend going around. Companies are creating  a cheaper version of salon gel nails so that savvy savers out there who do their own nails can look like they have professionally done nails. So far I have tried two gel polishes; one from Wet n wild, “WNW”,  and one from Sally Hansen, “SH”.

Wet n wild gel nail polish

I think that SH has experience with nail polishes, it’s their specialty so the quality is not surprisingly better. Both polishes go on smoothly and resist chipping longer than most regular polishes. I would say SH polishes are more opaque than the WNW. I probably should have used 3 coats for WNW where with SH I could probably get away with just one.

Sally Hansen gel nail polish

Just looking at retail price, in most drugstores near me SH’s is sold for $9.99 vs  WTN at $4.99 dollar polish. But I’ve purchased 2 of the SH products so far, both from CVS and I did not pay full price. See my earlier blog post here on how to save money on this purchase.

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Overall I like them both I just prefer the color selection and density of Sally Hansen a bit more than Wet N Wild.

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Pre Black Friday savings

Black friday shoppingEvery store you go into this time of year has great savings. I often found that in the past on Black Friday everything is so picked over that there is no point to even looking for good deals. But this past week alone I have saved 42% by taking advantage of sales and promotions pre black Friday.

At Charlotte Russe leggings were BOGO FREE! Since I will be wearing them all winter long I bought two pairs for $10 total. Also there were a pretty pair of over the knee boots on sale in the store I was shopping at but already they only had one size left and it was not my size. So I went home and the next day I was prepared to drive to another store to find my size but when I checked online I saw that these boots were on sale and there was free shipping on any purchase, no limit! So I just bought them right then online for $26.99. Plus when I purchased the leggings the day before I received an email for 20% off my entire next purchase so I used that discount code at checkout. The boots were originally priced at $44.99 but were marked down 40% + 20% discount so $21.60 and free shipping. That’s 52% savings.

over the knee boot

Charming Charlie has a bunch of discount coupons floating around. I used two of the bonus cards in two separate transactions and saved $30 on 2 dresses 2 scarves and a sweater!!

Charming Charlie SavingsBetween these two stores I saved $62, or 42%, that’s pretty good to me considering I didn’t have to deal with any large crowds or long lines!!

There are a ton more deals out there in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, don’t forget about using a cashback website or a discount giftcard website to pile on savings!

Check out my Sephora savings this season here.

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Sephora VIB Sale Savings

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The time has come for the Sephora VIB sale!! 20% off anything and everything if you are a VIB member.

Sephora has three levels of reward memberships and you can find the breakdown of each here. I became a VIB member just last year (you have to spend $350 in a yr) so I participated in this years VIB sale. The VIB Rogue members got to shop the sale the weekend prior, but everything I had on my wish list was in stock.

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In order to save the most money I did not purchase anything from Sephora throughout the year because it would not have been on sale. And therefore I spent all $350 (threshold to become and remain a VIB member) in this one weekend. I placed all my orders online and I used a discount giftcard that I had purchased ahead of time for additional savings.

I broke up my purchases into 5 different transactions, so I would receive free shipping but also 3 free samples for each shipment (15 samples). And also I used my points I earned from the previous transaction to add on deluxe size samples to my next transaction.

I would have paid over $430 for all the products on my wish list but I received 20% off and spent $350 to reach the threshold for next year’s VIB status. In addition I saved 9% with my discount giftcard, so I saved 27% or roughly $117.

This may sound like a lot but this is my time of the year to stock up for the entire next year on makeup/skincare/haircare products. I do not shop at Sephora at any other point during the year.

I did a similar deal here at Ulta. Again it may seem like a lot but I stock up this time of year and don’t buy unless there is a sale.

 

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Fall in Love with Fall

Here are some fashion & beauty pics inspired by fall…..

Fur coat

I just purchased this beautiful coat from Forever21…I paid full price ($60) because I know it won’t last until a sale…it’s too pretty and they only had one left in the store in my size! Can’t wait to wear it!!

Fall scarves

These are my favorite fall scarves…the first two a purchased from Charming Charlie and the 3rd I made my self. See DIY blanket scarf post here.

Fall nails

Some of my favorite fall nail polish colors! I’ve collected these colors over the years..the brands range from Marc Jacobs to Ulta.

Fall makeup

Some makeup lip colors I’ve been loving…the especially love the Milani cosmetics metallic lipsticks.

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More makeup I’ve been loving for fall

Turquoise handbag

This is a turquoise handbag I purchased on sale from Charming Charlie and I added a fall colored scarf for a dressier touch.

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Kate Spade tote with my plaid scarf

 

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ULTA SAVINGS

ULTA SAVINGS 32%

Ulta is one of my favorite places to shop. I love their mix of drugstore and high end beauty products. But I love saving money too! That’s why I create a wish list of products I need / want and wait for sales. Often they have 20% off you purchase, BOGO 50% off or you can use a $3.50 off your purchase of $15 or more. And those are good deals but those promotions don’t usually qualify on “prestige” brands at Ulta (which of course are the products I want). For a list of those brands check here

So I wait..and I wait..

At the end of October the sale I have been waiting for finally came!

20% off your entire purchase prestige brands included. YESS!! I had anticipated this sale would come some time before Sephora’s VIB sale in November but I didn’t know exactly when. Even though I didn’t know the exact date I did scope out a discounted gift card a month ago in anticipation. Thanks to that I received an additional 15% off my purchase!!

The Ulta 20% off your entire purchase was for an online purchase only and the promo code came via email. Make sure you are signed up as a Ulta rewards member and receive promotions to an email address that you check often. This sale lasted for one day only!

Total purchase: $240 before discount + 20% applied = $192, additional discounted giftcard 15% off: total paid $163 (does not include taxes). Total savings 32%

ULTA SAVINGS

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