Makeup Haul!

I have been waiting patiently for this to come in the mail. I’ve been stalking the mail man since I found out that it’s been shipped. As I’ve said before, I don’t splurge unless I love the products. I love Younique products and they just came out with a few new products I had to try! I made the money conscious decision of purchasing a Collection because I calculated my savings.

Let’s get right into it!

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So what was inside? Only all these amazing products!

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  1. Moodstruck 3D Fiberlash Mascara
  2. Lip Pencil (I got Primal shade)
  3. Eye Pencil (I got Proper shade)
  4. One fantastic sharpener
  5. 2 Mineral pigment eye shaddow’s (I got Awestruck & Provoked)
  6. Mineral Touch Pressed Powder (Taffeta shade)
  7. Stiff Upper Lip Stain (I got Sultry shade)
  8. Beachfront Bronzer (Sunset shade)
  9. Amazing Younique makeup bag that has built in pockets for your brushes

First, I pretty much started with a blank canvas. Just concealer and primer.

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Next, I only used the Mineral Touch Pressed Powder and the Bronzer. I was really happy with the texture and coverage of the powder. It was very soft! The bronzer had a little shimmer but not too much.

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Next, I started playing with the mineral pigments. I kind-of expected an explosion of powder when I opened them but the powder was not as loose as some of the cheaper brands I’ve tried.

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Next, I applied some eye liner and regular mascara…

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Then, I did something awesome…I used my 3D Mascara! I also applied a neutral lip. I’ve been using this 3D Mascara for a while and it’s my favorite. All my girlfriend’s use it and all my colleagues at work. Everyone is hooked on it! It literally makes your lashes look so much longer and it’s water resistant!

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Finally, I wanted to check out the Lip Stain but it would be too much together with my eye makeup so I wiped that off. Be warned though, this is a lip stain; it will stay exactly wherever you put it! I also used my Lip Pencil. Younique lip pencils are great. If you get a neutral color, you can use it all over your lips and NEVER re-apply during the day.

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One of my favorite part about shopping at Younique is their Monthly Kudos. This month, when you spend $75, you get $10 Y-Cash! That’s pretty awesome.

If you like this set, it is called Show Stopper and the link to order is below.

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https://www.youniqueproducts.com/rachaelwalter

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Money Saving Tips of the Week for Thrifty Mom’s

So, I’m pretty cheap. Not even frugal, just cheap. But hey, I have to be and if you do to, you should check out these tips.

1. Check out your local dollar store before you head out to Target or Wal-Mart for your must-have items.

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If you’re broke like me, you regularly visit the 99 Cent Store and the Dollar Tree. These are just a few of my recent purchases. All valued at 99 cents or less.

Rules of shopping at these stores; no canned foods (often you can find them at about a dollar anyways), no makeup (because, it’s probably old even if it happens to be name brand), no vitamin’s (when it comes to vitamin’s, quality does matter) and most importantly, always check expiration dates! 

2. Keep those coupons that print at the end of your receipt!

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I don’t need another full-time job so taking on extreme couponing is not going to happen. But, I always keep these coupons because I know that I will use them. I mean it! I just bought juice, soda and iced tea for free at CVS because I keep these babies around ^^

3. Eat out for lunch, not dinner

If you happen to eat out for dinner once a week, make it a lunch instead. Lunch menu’s are usually less expensive and it’s less crowded at restaurants anyways. Steer clear of pizza lunch specials though, you never get your money’s worth.

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4. Freeze foods

This is a no-brainer for meats but did you know that you can freeze bread and fresh-cut veggies? I will often cut up onions and peppers and put them in little baggies to throw in the freezer. Frozen veggies are pretty expensive but this way, they’ll never go bad on you! My bread is always in the freezer.  You can let a few slices defrost when you need them and I promise they will be just as puffy as before you threw them in there. Or you can just do what I do and make toast sandwiches, kid’s never notice the difference.

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5. Visit the store less

When you begin freezing everything, you’ll hopefully find that you can go to the store less often. This is big because how often do we actually walk out of a store with the exact amount of items we intended to purchase? Just make a bi-weekly stop at the store (longer if you can hold out), stock up on your must haves and then eat away at your frozen items for as long as you can. Or you can just send the hubby to the store to pick up the milk, you know he’s less likely to check out the new marinades.

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6. Limit splurging

I’ve already said in another post that I limit my splurging to every 3 months. Honestly, my splurging is getting a new $10 nail polish sometimes.  Just don’t let your eyes wander in the store, be on a one-track mind. Bring a toddler with you, if you must. They’ll hardly give you time to get what you actually need. If you don’t have a toddler, borrow one from a friend.

7. Be smarter about your driving

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Get off that gas pedal. Firstly; if you speed often, you will inevitably get a ticket and that defeats the whole purpose for being thrifty. Secondly, the less RPM’s you run in your car, the more gas you’ll save.

When you fill up, fill the dang thing all the way up. Don’t just throw $20 in it. Just find a well priced station and plan ahead. It’s no shock that when you put your car in the garage on E and you’re running late in the morning to go to work and you’re running out the door, your car will still be on E! Then you’re just at the mercy of that expensive gas station down the street which apparently pumps liquid gold into your car.

8. Avoid over priced photo sessions at department stores and photo studios

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So this one is important because Easter is right around the corner and everyone is making their appointments for their little ones to get their photo’s done at JC Penny’s. That half-priced sitting fee sounds appealing until you are forced to purchase a ridiculous photo package or leave empty-handed. Instead, ask around on Facebook. Are there any new photographers that you know that are looking for some more faces to put in their portfolio’s? You’ll probably get a digital copy of all the photo’s anyways.

Plus, you can ditch the cheesy backdrops, your kids are too cute for that anyways.

9. Remove “over-draft” protection from your account

We have all bought a $37 gallon of milk before thanks to over-draft protection. Just remove it, you might be a bit embarrassed in the store when your card declines but you’ll be much happier to know that you didn’t just make this fatal error.

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10. Get an Interest Checking Account!

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I have an AMAZING online Checking Account through Ally Bank that gets me .10% on my checking account. No minimum balance and no monthly fee! I can withdraw money from any ATM and they will cover the fee.

.10% might not seem like a lot of money, but I’ll take that over nothing thank you very much!

Hope you enjoyed it!

Think before you splurge…

So, If you’re like me, you power walk past Sephora in an attempt to avoid some outrageously expensive product from catching your eye. Now, many of these products are absolutely fabulous, but there are some things you need to consider before splurging.

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1. How long is this product going to last you?

Look at the fluid ounces and check the instructions. So many times I have bought a new product that looked like a decent sized bottle only to see that the fluid ounces weren’t any more than my old product. If the instructions indicate to apply generously, then you can also assume the product will get used up quickly.

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2. What do the reviews say about it?

With our access to internet directly from our purses, there is no excuse anymore not to do your homework when purchasing a pricey product. Take a quick look at Amazon or look up good blogs about it. In some cases, you can scan the product. Just because your friend adores a product, doesn’t mean that you will. Everyone’s skin is different but if 100 consumers have rated a product well, you might just love it.

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3. Check your prices

This goes along with checking reviews online, it’s easy to price check products online. Be careful with distributors that you haven’t heard of before. There are a lot of “knock off’s” of high end makeup and products.  Some are even sold on the internet at a discount because they have expired. Because the US doesn’t require that manufacturers of beauty products label an expiration date, you could essentially be purchasing a product that is a year old. Scary!

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4. Check your Inbox

Before you go out to the mall or rush onto a website to purchase an amazing product, check your inbox. If you are on company’s emailing list, you might find a special promotion or discount. So many times, I have purchased a beauty product only to find a 10% off coupon in my inbox. Don’t do this! Those emails get annoying but they can save you money if you pay attention.

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5. Ask if the store you are purchasing from, offers any samples or promotions

If you’re going to drop $50-$80 on a face lotion, see if they offer any samples of it first. You might hate it or you might love it, but at least you will know right off the bat. Sometimes store’s offer rewards for your purchases, ask what they are. While you’re at it, ask the associate if they expect your product to go on sale soon!

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6. Ask about the return policy

If the store you are purchasing from has a no return or exchange policy, run! I’m always a bit skeptical about companies that say they have a return policy but only if the product is unopened. How can you find out if you like it?!

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7. Make sure you will actually use the product

If you’re purchasing it and saying to yourself, “Oh yes, I’ll use this in Vegas when I go next.” That might not be for a while, and it might have expired by then. Wait until you actually need the product, you might have found a better one by then anyways. If you open up your cabinets in your bathroom and you see a ton of products that you’ve hardly ever touched (like most of us) you really need to be smart when it comes to your purchase.

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And there you have it, I try to keep my splurges to every 3-4 months out of the year. This way, I know I’ll appreciate my new purchase. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I just look at the bottles for a little while, admiring them.

Enjoy and happy shopping!

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