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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Everyday Skincare Update: NEW CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream and Gel Oil

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My skincare routine is constantly evolving. Being a beauty blogger with a genuine love for skincare, I am frequently trying out new products. Sure, I have my everyday favorites that almost always stay in my routine. However, after periods of product testing for my blog, I many times rotate these new items into my everyday routine. This was certainly the case for these new items from CeraVe! When I try out something new that I absolutely fall in love with, it ends up being a skincare staple! 

So, what initially drew me to these new items from CeraVe? Well, as soon as I read about the NEW Skin Renewing Day Cream and realized that it contained Encapsulated Retinol, I couldn't wait to try it! I am a firm believer in the power of Retinol. It is one of the most researched and *proven* anti-aging skincare ingredients. It works. Typically, I use retinol about every/other night in my skincare routine. I am always looking for more ways to add in more retinol into my routine. An everyday sunscreen with Retinol is a perfect way to get in more Retinol on a daily basis!

My Skin:
Before diving deeper into the reviews, lets chat a bit more about my skin. I always find it helpful to know the background of a product reviewer. So, let me share a little bit. That way, you can interpret my skincare results better! I have combination skin. It is right now leaning towards normal to oily (in the t-zone). I am in my early 40s, but am happy to say that I certainly don't feel my age and often get mistaken as being much, much younger. I really attribute this not only to genetics, but also to my years of using good skincare! My only signs of aging seem to be some fine lines around my eyes (that are most noticable when my skin is a bit dehydrated) and slight fine lines on the sides of my mouth and forehead. Really, my lines are not very noticable. I am highly interested in age prevention and keeping any other signs of aging at bay. My skin is also a bit sensitive. I have to be careful of product selection so that I don't increase redness nor get sensitivity reaction or irritation bumps. My skin is also very fair and prone to sunburns. So, a higher daily SPF is my best friend! In addition to all of this, my skin is somewhat prone to breaking out on my chin area and around my nose (usually hormonal related or if I use a product that is too rich for my skin type).

To find out more about the NEW CeraVe products, please click "read more" below! :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SpaRitual Slow Beauty for a Fast World: Passionfruit Agave and Infinitely Loving Collections

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Limited Edition Passionfruit Agave and Infinitely Loving Collections

Life is hectic. That is an understatement. That is why this whole concept of "slow beauty" from SpaRitual really appeals to me. We all need time to slow down and be at peace with ourselves and our world. 

WHAT IS SLOW BEAUTY?

It is a place unconstrained by time, envy or vanity. This world of Slow Beauty. Where the practice of restoration and healing begins with a choice. 

Sink into an Infinitely Loving embrace. Chinese Jasmine Essential Oil settles the mind, restoring body and spirit whole.

Nurture yourself with the affectionate colors of light. Peaches, pale pinks, breezy whites and the blush of tea roses nurture, protect and encourage us to live from the heart.

The Infinitely Loving collection from SpaRitual offers a variety of products including a body oil, body butter and bath salts, to luxuriously moisturize the body. The floral scent of Chinese Jasmine leaves a soothingly fresh scent to restore both the body and mind.


From the Infinitely Loving Collection, I tried out the Infinitely Loving Sugar Scrub which contains certified organic sugar and certified organic safflower seed oil. This scrub is packaged in a cute container with a handy little scoop inside. This scrub really works nicely! I like using this product during my evening baths. It refines and exfoliates my skin and leaves me feeling soft and refreshed while it also hydrates my skin. 

This fruity-scented vegan body collection is such a decadent treat! Do you know the scent of a fruity chewable vitamin? That is what the scent of this collection reminds me of. 

Limited Edition Passionfruit Agave Vegan Exfoliating Cleansing Oil for Body: 
Oooh! I love this scrub! The scent is so uplifting for a morning shower! It is such a unique product. It is a cleansing oil scrub. I honestly don't think I have ever tried a cleansing oil scrub before. I have tried cleansing oils, but not with scrub particles! It works really well as an exfoliator! The scrub granules are super-duper fine and do a fantastic job. The oil emulsifies when it comes in contact with water. It leaves me super soft and hydrated and smooth! 

Limited Edition Passionfruit Agave Vegan Nourishing Body Souffle:
I really enjoy the texture of this body souffle! It is thick without being greasy. It spreads easily and sinks in quickly to your skin. I like following up the Exfoliating Cleansing Oil with this body souffle for the complete Passionfruit Agave experience. The fruity scent is really uplifting after a morning shower. I really enjoy this product. It leaves me smooth and hydrated! 




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Sunday, March 19, 2017

10 Ways to Save Money at Victoria's Secret

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Victoria’s Secret is a world-class brand of women’s premium lingerie, womenswear and beauty products. It is the largest American retailer of women’s lingerie, famous for amazing products and a friendly shopping experience.
Simply put, women are crazy for Victoria’s Secret and would do anything to have their products. However, such a famous and well-marketed brand comes with slightly higher prices.
Therefore, learning how to save money at Victoria’s Secret is crucial for all women on a tight budget. So without further ado, we present to you 10 ways to reduce your shopping bill at Victoria’s Secret.


1. Use Coupons

Unlike most stores, Victoria’s Secret allows customers to stack on the three types of available coupons:
  1. Free Shipping – At Victoria’s Secret, shipping is free for purchases over $99. Free shipping coupons lower this threshold or completely eliminate the shipping fee. There are anywhere from 5 to 15 shipping coupons per month and half of them require a minimum purchase (it’s usually $100 or $50). Free shipping coupons with lower minimum purchase are rare and last for a shorter period of time. The second most common type of shipping coupon is one that applies to a specific item. For example, you’ll get free shipping if you purchase a specific bra, swimwear, or pair of shoes. It’s also important to note that the minimum purchase amount for this type of shipping coupon is usually low or non-existent. In addition, once you put at least one item (eligible for free shipping) in your cart, you’ll receive all items without any shipping fee.
  2. Free Gift with Purchase – This is the second most common type of coupon, and they offer anywhere from 4 to 13 of them per month. Free gifts can be anything from bags and sports bras to underwear, umbrellas, beach blankets, and necklaces. And as the name implies, you’ll have to purchase an item to get the other one for free. However, there will be usually a minimum purchase amount or you’ll have to buy a specific item. If the code can be applied to any purchase, you will usually have to spend $75 (or more), while coupons that require purchasing specific items will have a significantly lower minimum purchase or none at all.
  3. Dollar & Percentage Off – Even though getting a free item with your order or free shipping is great, we all prefer getting a discount on the price of the item we want to purchase. These coupons can be general-use coupons that enable you to use a discount on all items, or they can offer discounts on specific items or categories. Examples include 20% off a panty purchase or $20 off a $100 purchase.
Their coupon policy is pretty liberal so stacking multiple dollar & percentage off coupons or multiple freebies is possible. Therefore, if you really want to save money at Victoria’s Secret, you definitely need to start collecting and stacking coupons.

You can usually find Victoria's Secret coupon codes any time you check our website. In addition, many offers and codes are listed right on their website, but they also release many coupons through different channels, and some of them can only be found by doing a Google search or subscribing to a newsletter.

With so many coupons & codes online, you won’t have any problem finding them. However, your problem will be to find the mix of codes that apply to your desired purchase. According to their coupon policy, you can apply up to 3 coupons/codes per order, but the ability to do so will depend on the amount you are spending and the item you are buying.

There are up to 40 coupon codes per month, and some of them are only available to special customers, like cardholders. We've noticed that the most coupons are offered during holiday shopping season (November and December) and in May. On the other hand, August and September are the months with the fewest codes.

2. Apply for a Victoria's Secret Credit Card

Most retailer cards come with higher interest rates, and the Victoria’s Secret credit card is no exception. It is meant for the most loyal customers who are used to shopping a lot at the store.
There are three card types or tiers: Angel Card, Angel VIP, and Angel Forever. Everyone starts out with the Angel Card and as you spend more and accumulate more points you get upgraded to the next tiers. And of course, with a higher tier comes more perks.

Victoria’s Secret credit card benefits:
For every dollar you spend in the store or online you get 1 point (bra purchases are worth 2 points). Once you accumulate 250 points, you’ll receive a gift card ($15 for the highest reward tier and $10 for the lower two). When you collect 500 points you’ll be automatically upgraded to the Angel VIP, while for Angel Forever you need to accumulate 1000 points. The gift cards give customers a 4%-6% rewards rate, which is amazing as most stores have cash back rates of only 1%-2%.

Apart from rewards point, cardholders receive a $10 birthday gift card and an anniversary gift. In addition, they also have early access to Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale. Angel VIP and Angel Forever customers have additional perks, including triple points, an annual gift and free beauty gifts.

Victoria’s Secret credit card disadvantages:
All cardholders must make at least one purchase annually or the card becomes inactive and you lose accumulated points. This shouldn't be a problem as most loyal customers intend to shop at least a few times per year.

You can only use the Angel Card in Victoria’s Secret and PINK stores, which limits its usefulness. And even though you can also use the card at Bath & Body Works stores, you won’t collect points.
Like all rewards cards, it has a high interest rate of 24.99%. Therefore, make sure you do not carry a balance or your rewards will be negated and you’ll be losing money.

3. Subscribe

Apart from coupons, there are additional ways to get discounts and save money at Victoria’s Secret. The easiest one is to sign up for their catalog and receive monthly offers like a $20 bra or a free panty, or even 20% off coupons without a minimum purchase, along with a $10 off coupon for your birthday. In addition, you should also follow their Facebook page and stay up-to-date with special offers and sales

You should also sign up to receive Victoria’s Secret catalogs by mail as they contain various discounts and offers. And if you have a Victoria’s Secret Angel credit card, you will get additional exclusive offers with higher discount amounts.

4. Join Pink Nation

Pink Nation is a free rewards program that sends its members a free panty once they sign up. In addition, all members receive member-only event invites, exclusive offers, and early access to promotions such as the free Secret Rewards promotion.

5. Get the Secret Rewards Card

Twice a year, Victoria’s Secret organizes a Secret Rewards promotion for the whole month when customers receive a secret rewards card with every purchase (both in-store or online). The secret rewards cards are valued at $10, $20, $50, $100, and $200 and you can easily redeem them the following month.

In addition, you can also request one secret reward card per day for the entire promotion period, which means you’ll receive a minimum of $300 in rewards if you submit 30 requests within a month.
You can redeem the collected rewards, but there’s a limit of one per transaction. So simply put, you get an entire month of March to collect these cards, and you can redeem one per day during April.

6. Take Advantage of the Price Adjustments

According to the Victoria’s Secret policy, all customers get a 14-day price adjustment period for in-store shopping and a 21-day price adjustment period for online shopping in case the price of an item drops after your purchase. Therefore, it’s important to always keep the receipt and check to see whether the item has dropped in price.

You can avoid the hassle of checking the price yourself by using an amazing app called Slice, which will automatically notify you if the price change occurs.


7. Know When to Shop

If you really want to save money at Victoria’s Secret, you have to know the best time for shopping. Victoria’s Secret Fever Friday sales like “purchase 2 bras and get free panty worth $30” are the main reason you should do your in-store shopping on Friday. In addition, during January and May there are Semi-Annual sales when prices will be significantly lower (50%-75%).
So, when it comes to in-store shopping, the best day is Friday and the best months are January and May.

On the other hand, the Semi-Annual sale for online shoppers usually rolls out in April and December (one month earlier than in-store), so you should plan your online shopping accordingly.

8. Purchase Discounted Gift Cards

Before shopping at Victoria’s Secret you should consider buying a discounted gift card from Raise.com. It will lower the price of an item up to 24%.

9. Use the Victoria’s Secret App

To make sure you never miss a great deal, we strongly recommend using the Victoria’s Secret app (available on both Android and iPhone). The app contains a “Today’s Offers” tab that displays all coupons and promotions to help you save money at Victoria’s Secret.

10. Check Online Prices

It’s important to note that the Victoria’s Secret website operates separately from the stores. This means that the website will not match in-store prices and vice-versa. So it’s essential to check the Web prices before heading to the store.


Takeaway Notes

As you can see, it’s definitely possible to save money at Victoria’s Secret. Just don’t forget to use coupons, subscribe to everything (to receive better deals) and apply for Victoria’s Secret credit card. In addition, join the Pink Nation to get exclusive deals, save at least $300 with the Secret Rewards cards and shop at the right time.

You can also use an app called Slice to get the price adjustment in case the item you purchased becomes cheaper. And finally, purchase discounted gift cards and use the Victoria’s Secret app to make sure you are up-to-date with the latest coupons and promotions.



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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Beauty Spotlight Team: Beauty Info Zone's Most Purchased Products!

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The Beauty Spotlight Team:
Beauty Info Zone's Most Purchased Products!

The Beauty Spotlight Team has kicked off another year-long series. All of the Beauty Spotlight Team bloggers are sharing their most purchased products. If you want to find out what a Beauty Blogger really can't live without and truely loves...just find out what she purchases time and time again. I sure know that I am curious!!! 


Thanks for reading! Have an awesome weekend!!!
XOXO!!!




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Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Faves from L'Oreal Infallible: Blush Palette, Total Cover Foundation, Liquid Eyeliner, and Foundation Blender!

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Every year, I try to go through a makeup purge and rotation. Out with the old and in with the new. Slowly, I have been tossing old products or items that I no longer use to make room for some fun new things! 

There are some really awesome new makeup items at the drugstore lately! L'Oreal has some fantastic new Infallible line items!

To find out more details about each of these items, please click "read more" below! :)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

11 Tips to Help You Save Money at Sephora

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Sephora was founded in France in 1970 by Dominique Mandonnaud. The company grew into a small "empire," and was sold to a European multinational leading luxury goods group called LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) in 1997. One year later, Sephora opened its first United States store in New York City, and in 2004 their first Canadian store in Toronto.
Today, Sephora has more than 2,300 stores in 33 countries worldwide (430 stores are located across North America) and employs more than 20,000 people.

Sephora has earned a reputation for being a beauty trailblazer with its entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and expertise. Simply put – beauty is in their DNA. They offer an ever-increasing assortment of beauty products from carefully curated brands, including their own Sephora Collection.
Due to its unparalleled assortment of products in all beauty categories, Sephora has become the leading retailer of cosmetics and perfume stores worldwide. So it comes as no surprise that our readers would like to know how to save money at Sephora. Without further ado, we present you 11 useful tips that will help you save some money while shopping for beauty products at Sephora.


1. Sign Up for the Beauty Insider Program

The Beauty Insider Program is Sephora’s free rewards program in the U.S. and Canada that allows customers to get points on all merchandise purchases, and redeem these points for rewards. Once you collect enough points (by making at least $100 in purchases) you can go to the Beauty Insider Rewards Bazaar and exchange the points for rewards like freebies, seasonal promotions, birthday gifts, and beauty classes.

We strongly recommend letting your points accumulate (they never expire) and collect enough points to redeem it for something you really want.

Rewards between 100-500 points are available for redemption in stores without merchandise purchase, but when shopping online, you’ll have to purchase something to redeem the rewards. 750+ points rewards are only offered online and do not require a purchase – plus you get free shipping.
When you spend $350 in a year, you’ll enter the VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) Program that offers better deals and more perks, like early access to private shopping events and sales. And if you spend $1,000 in a year, you’ll get VIB Rouge status that has perks like unlimited free makeovers and free 2-day shipping on all orders.

You should know that the Rewards Bazaar rewards are time-limited (while supplies last) and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, the quantities of each reward are limited and non-transferable, can’t be returned, sold, or exchanged, and have no cash value.

2. Get Free 2-Day Shipping

Shoppers who plan on doing a lot of online purchases should join the Sephora Flash Subscription Program that offers unlimited free 2-day shipping for only $10 per year (free for the VIB Rouge members). And when you take into consideration that two-day shipping usually cost more than $10 each time you order something online, the Sephora Flash Subscription Program definitely pays off big time.

There is no minimum purchase required, and the free shipping applies to all orders for the entire year. If your nearby store doesn't have an item you would like to purchase in stock, they will ship it to you from the other store free of charge. You can even request a quicker delivery with the special overnight rate of $5.95.

However, you should know that the Sephora Flash Subscription Program is only available for customers from the contiguous U.S., excluding Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

3. Follow Sephora on Social Media

Sephora is known for offering fun surprises like free giveaways, discounts, promo codes, and free Beauty Insider Points on all of their social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

4. Purchase Discounted Sephora Gift Cards

If you really want to save money at Sephora, you need to start buying unwanted gift cards at a lower price. On average, you’ll be able to save 11%.
However, to further increasing your savings, you should visit Raise.com and start buying discounted JCPenney gift cards at 20% off. Once you register (it’s free) you’ll even receive a $5 credit to spend on any gift of your choice. You can redeem the JCP gift cards at any Sephora store inside JCPenney or on their website.

5. Return/Exchange If Needed

Sephora is probably the best place to shop if you need to exchange or return a product. Their return and exchange policy enables customers to return anything (used or unused) to the store for credit within 60 days. And you don’t even need a receipt as they can track your purchase using your Beauty Insider account, the card you used to make a purchase, or your ID. Online shoppers can also return their products for free using the prepaid return label.

Therefore, if you purchase something that you don’t like, this policy lets you pick another product that is more to your liking.

6. Get Free Samples

Once you are at Sephora, ask for a free sample of anything you want to try. According to their policy, you are allowed to take free samples from their three departments: fragrance, skincare, and makeup.
Just by asking you’ll get free eyeshadow, perfume, lotion, shampoo, lipstick, or any item from the mentioned departments. In addition, when checking out make sure to ask for samples that are behind the counter.

People who prefer online shopping will get three free samples with every purchase. To get even more samples, you should also check out the Weekly Specials for freebies with a discount code.


7. Ask For Sale Items

Even though finding marked-off section with sale items at Sephora can be quite difficult, you can still purchase items on sale by being resourceful. Simply ask the sale associates to show you where any sale items are and determine whether it’s worth purchasing them.

The sale items are usually displayed at the end of a row, and there are often at least 2 designated areas that you need to “hunt down." When shopping at Sephora inside J.C. Penney stores, you should definitely take a look at their sale items as they usually tend to mark down their inventory more rapidly. Therefore, they always have the best clearance section and carry the greatest hits.

On the other hand, online shoppers won’t have any problems finding items on sale due to the “Sale” section of the website. Well, actually, there's no such thing as a “Sale” section, but you can simply type in “sale” in their search tab and the site will display only items that are on sale. You’ll be able to find items for 30%-40% off.

8. Use Ibotta

Ibotta is a famous rebate app that helps customers save money while shopping for everyday items. They partner up with stores and offer cash back on particular items.
And as they are linked with Sephora, you can use Ibotta to save even more money. Once you find something you like on their app (available for free on Google Play and Itunes), you just need to click on it, do a simple 1-minute task and unlock the cash back reward. Then you just need to scan the barcode and send the picture of the receipt and your account will be automatically updated with points which you redeem for cash.

To learn more about this particular rebate app read our Ibotta guide. And if you want to know more about rebate apps in general, visit this link.

9. Free Makeover and Classes

As we already said, Sephora offers free, 15-minute makeovers at their stores. You can choose from mini-makeovers like eyebrow application, false eyelash application, or any other specific area of your face.

In addition, Sephora organizes 2-hour beauty classes and makeup application assistance to help you improve your skills and keep up with the newest makeup trends.

10. Avoid Travel Products

If you want to save money at Sephora, don’t be tempted by the travel-size section at the checkout line. These items are more expensive per unit (compared to larger products) and you can usually get free samples of the product instead.

11. Know Where to Look and What to Look For

When it comes to shopping in general, our number one rule is to do your own research – and the same rule applies to shopping at Sephora.

People who work for Sephora are friendly and may seem helpful, but their only goal is to sell a product, even when it is expensive. Therefore, by doing your research, you’ll always know whether the deal is right or not. Of course, you can always exchange the item if you find out that the price is too high for that product, but that is wasting time (and time is money). If you purchase an item that goes on sale within 2 weeks, you can contact Sephora and ask for price adjustments.
In addition, you should always avoid impulsive shopping – the number one mistake most shoppers make. All stores, including Sephora, will feature items that will tempt their customers the most, and these products are not the best deal.

With that being said, look above and below the eye level where cheaper items are displayed (expensive products are usually placed at eye level). In addition, stick to the outer perimeters of the store where sale and lower priced items can be found.


Takeaway Notes

Saving money at Sephora is easy and all you have to do is apply the above-mentioned tips. First, make sure to sign up for the Beauty Insider Program, and follow Sephora on all social media platforms.

Next, join the Sephora Flash Subscription Program to get free 2-day shipping and save tons of money on shipping costs.

Don’t forget to purchase discounted Sephora gift cards, use rebate apps like Ibotta, ask for free samples, and enjoy all the perks that come with the Beauty Insider Program.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kerasilk Line: New Product Additions from Goldwell

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Do you need to add a little extra "something" to your hair routine? Goldwell has recently expanded their Kerasilk line with some awesome new products: Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm, Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Split Ends Recovery Concentrate, and Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Dry Shampoo. I just tried out these awesome new products and am so happy to now have them as part of my everyday hair routine! 


Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm:
Does your hair feel dry and damaged? Mine sure is after my most-recent highlighting experience. So, I have been treating my hair with some extra TLC by using Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm. To use, just apply the balm to dry hair to nourish and heal it. This balm will help improve hair elasticity while also protecting against breakage, dryness and other common forms of damage. I like the soft scent and find this to be very smoothing and effective with my hair. This product retails for $29.99.

Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Split Ends Recovery Concentrate: 
I love using this product as the "final touch" in my hair care routine. This powerful, serum reconstructs splits ends in one use and binds them back together  - even after contact with water.  Apply a few drops onto towel-dried or dry ends, and leave in. You only need the tiniest amount of product to be effective. The texture of this product really is more of an oil that a serum. So, really just 1-2 drops is all I need to smooth down my rough ends. This product also leaves a really nice shine! This product retails for $31.99.


Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Dry Shampoo:
Oh, Dry Shampoo, what would I do without you, lol!?!? Seriously though, Dry Shampoo is my "secret" for getting one day longer out of a hair washing. I can go every 2-3 days inbetween washing my hair when I use dry shampoo. Plus, I get the added benefit of Volume! Just spray this stuff at your roots and brush/comb out and you get instant freshness and some volume and lift. It instantly revitalizes hair, leaving hair luxuriously, silky and shiny. Retails for $29.99.



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