Deals Too Good to Pass Up

If you have to buy it, get the best deal!

Deals Roundup


If you have to buy it, get the best deal. A low price is not always a good deal, and a high price is not always a deal breaker. Some products are worth purchasing at full-price, some are worth purchasing on sale, and others are not worth purchasing at all. I share deals and reviews for all beauty products from low to high-end. Most reviews come from items I purchase myself. All beauty products sent for consideration get reviewed, and I will at times review other items. Reviews will always reflect my opinion, and I will not accept products unless this is understood.

Recent Articles

My blog is detailed so I put a lot of time and thought into each article in my attempt to answer questions I perceive will come before they’re even asked. Those who appreciate details will hopefully enjoy the content. People who prefer blogs where the pictures do most of the talking may not. No filtering or blurring effects are ever used so when a product highlights imperfections in my skin, you will see it. Photos are taken in natural light whenever possible to ensure products are true to color. Flashes generally alter the way the product looks in person, but there are times when the flash or lighting is necessary.

I never publish new articles more than twice a day, and there are days where I do not post anything. When there are a lot of deals coming out at once, I will pick the ones I like best to feature. Others may get posted, but I will post slower than bloggers who post more often or combine a lot of topics into one post. Thus, this should not be your only deal source. Deal lovers need options. During slower deal periods, I will focus on reviews. Many of my articles are set up at the beginning of the year and get edited as new information releases. Retailer pages are static so content across the site is constantly updated. Use the search bar or drop down menu in the right column for articles on a specific topic.

The Edit Section

To get deals up in a timely manner, I post an article on the deal first. Posting the deal and editing the review in later keeps all information for that deal in one article. That makes it easier for readers to reference later without pulling multiple articles. Having everything needed on a deal or event in a single place is also why I post up to a year of some offers in one article instead of creating a new article every time. After I receive and/or test product(s), I will edit the article to provide more details and any applicable pictures of me wearing color items. Articles linked below were recently edited.

The product swatches are up in the Give Me More Lip 2018 article. I will keep editing it as I wear and review each product.

The Laguna salts I ordered with the FabFitFun Fall 2018 Box arrived.

Sephora VIB Rouge Closed-Door Event reviewed.

Target Facial Beauty Box September 2018 arrived.

e.l.f. article updated.

Target Beauty Box for July 2018 arrived.


Deal or No Deal? Detailed reviews will always answer that question. In a thorough review, I can determine whether something is a deal or not. I will always mention when I receive something free, but getting something free will not affect my review. My in-depth reviews and retailer pages cover: program descriptions, offers, promo codes, looks, swatches, tips, deal breakdowns, hits, misses, and more. Deal discoveries and articles include reviews of all products I’ve tried unless I finish them quickly. If I finish something quickly, the review may only appear in Fabufinds or Finished Products articles. Everything I’ve tried gets reviewed so you will know whether I still like the “deal” once I’ve used the item. Type a product name, brand, or retailer into the search bar to see any place I’ve discussed it.

Free Samples

Some items are really available for no charge at all. I only list ones I’ve tested and/or received. If I am unsure an offer is legit, I will not list it. My Free Samples page always has a general listing of sites.

Sweepstakes and Giveaways

My giveaway has wrapped for now, but I will start another one shortly.

If you’re feeling lucky, enter a Sweepstakes or Giveaway.

Subscription Boxes

Subscription Boxes are a wonderful way to get great deals if you like trying new things, but you should avoid them if you already know exactly what you like. It’s only a good deal if you’re using the items. Find subscriptions that appeal to you.

Birthday Offers

From completely free items to special birthday gifts with purchase, a lot of retailers have birthday offers, so remember to give your birthdate when you register.

The Gift With Purchase Kings

Large offers from The Big Three are almost always available so I do not list small offers.

Clinique GWPEstee Lauder GWP, and Lancome GWP

Getting The Best Deal

Generals tips on getting the best deal get edited when I discover something new. I also edit my detailed lists for specific retailers, including: SephoraUlta, JulepBirchboxTarget, and Walmart. The idea is putting everything you need to know in one place so you know how to approach each purchase.

Get Paid to Shop Online

If you’re shopping online, participating in multiple Pay-to-Shop Programs can help maximize your deal by giving you access to more: discount codes, retailers, percentages of cash back, bonus offers, and more.

ebatesMrRebatesMyPointsShopatHomeSwagbucks, and TopCashback

Happy Shopping

Expired offers get removed when I update. Remember to try any offer not yet updated, because some offers get extended or recycled. If I am missing any great offers, please let me know. Thanks in advance!

Recent Standout Offers

Only recent offers are below. The individual deal pages (linked in the right column) include: these offers, older offers, ongoing promotions, recycling promotions, program descriptions, important tips, free shipping minimums, sample offers, historical promotion data, links to articles I’ve written, and more. You can also look for deals and articles for a specific brand or retailer using the search bar. Pages get updated by reader demand so popular retailers are more up to date.

Birchbox- The Luxe Beauty Limited Edition Box is $48. See my review.

Neiman Marcus- Join Beauty Cue. Members receive exclusive codes to redeem with a beauty purchase. A valid Cue registered email address is required to redeem the code. If you’ve registered, the current code is PARTY.

Sephora- Use code ALILMERRY for a fragrance mini with a $35 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code ALOTMERRY for a fragrance mini and a mini Stila Liquid Lipstick in Baci with a $35 purchase.

-Beauty Insiders and non members- Use code BIBONUS for 15% off online or ask for the discount in store. Third access. Valid 11/16/18 -11/19/18

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code ENJOY for 20% off online or ask for the discount on a VIB or Rouge account in store. Valid 11/16/18 – 11/19/18.

-Use code FINDAFAVE for a trial size tarte lip and 7 foundation foils with a $25 purchase.

-Use code MYSTERY10 for a free sample with a $25 purchase. A new sample choice will get revealed everyday for 10 days starting on 09/26/18. View its article to see what the offers are.

-Use code READYTOJET for a sample bag of your choice with a $50 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code SOTARTE for a three deluxe tarte samples: a 0.07ozSmooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, a 0.16oz Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, and a 0.07oz Amazonian Clay 12-hr Highlighter with a $35 purchase.

-Use code SURPRISEME to choose a deluxe sample from a large assortment of options with a $25 purchase.

-Use code UNDERBYE for an It Cosmetics set with a $35 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code VIBALTERNA for two deluxe samples from Alterna: a 0.85oz Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture CC Cream, and a 0.85oz Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Leave-In Heat Protection Spray with a $35 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members -Use code VIBBRIGHT for three deluxe samples from Ole Henriksen: a 0.25oz Truth Serum, a 0.1oz Banana Bright Eye Creme, and 0.25oz C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme with a $35 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code VIBCHAMP for two deluxe samples from Perricone MD: a 0.25oz Face Finishing Moisturizer, and a 0.13oz Hypoallergenic Eye Cream with a $35 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code VIBGRAPES for three deluxe samples from Caudalie: a 0.33oz Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, a 0.16oz Premier Cru Eye Cream, and a 0.33oz Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet with a $35 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code VIBNOURISH for two 1oz samples from MARAJO: Deep Treatment Butter, and Nourishing Cleansing Creme with a $35 purchase.

-VIB and Rouge members- Use code VIBTINGLY for two deluxe samples from tarte: a 0.34oz Knockout Tingling Treatment, and a 0.25oz Deep Dive Cleansing Gel Rainforest of the Sea with a $35 purchase.

-Use code YOURGIFT for your choice of a special deluxe sample with a $25 purchase. (This is a recycling code so there may be times when nothing is attached).

-The Holiday Bonus Event started 10/26/18. It runs through 11/19/18. See its article for more details.

-Surprise Holiday Bonus extension for VIB and Rouge announced. Runs through 11/19/18.

-Sephora launched the Daily Wow! It runs through 11/26/18. Read more about this.

-Shop the Weekly Wow for deep discounts on popular items. See all offers (past and present).

-New perks release in the Rewards Bazaar every Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-5pm PST. Read tips for the program. See 100-500 Point Perks of note and all Point Perks 750+.

Ulta- UltaMate members get 2x points, Platinum members get 3x points, and Diamond members get 4x points on all products and services. Valid 11/11/18 through 11/17/18.

Cyberfundays runs 11/16/18 (technically starts 10pm central on 11/15/18) through 11/17/18. See more details on this.

Get a free 18-piece beauty bag with a $65 purchase. Choose 1 from 3 options. Valid 11/16/18 through 11/17/18. *Looks like the mystery bags I posted earlier (after some extensive Google searching) are not the bags for this event. Those are new links, so I will post them again as soon I figure out the details on when the offers will appear.

Cool Gift

Confident Gift

Carefree Gift


-Use code CYBERFUN18 for $10 off a $60 drugstore purchase. Valid 11/16/18 through 11/17/18.

-Receive a free 3-piece candle set with a $40 fragrance purchase. Valid 11/04/18 – 11/24/18.

-Receive a free deluxe Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused Mascara primer with any Mascara purchase. Valid 11/09/18 – 11/24/18.

Walgreens- New customers, use code 15WELCOME for 15% off a $50 purchase on your first order. Some exclusions apply.

Disclosure: Direct, Referral, Pay-to-Shop, and Affiliate links

14 comments on “Deals Roundup

  1. meshabelle
    July 3, 2015

    Here’s one for you. Get $10 off a $15 or more purchase at Paula’s Choice if you are a new customer. It makes most things half price or less.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. notcreative
    July 3, 2015

    Edit: This program has been discontinued as of May, 25th, 2017.


  3. Southern Belle
    February 22, 2017

    i already used my prestige 20% off coupon on an online order, can i use the instore printable one to receive another 20% off discount on prestige items in store? Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. notcreative
    February 22, 2017



  5. Southern Belle
    March 6, 2017

    I am not sure when you posted your bold update -I am so sorry that you are in such pain and whatever you are going through right now 😦 I wish God gives you much strength and showers you with love during this time.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. notcreative
    March 6, 2017

    Thank you. I am not coping as well as I would like.


  7. Feministent
    March 18, 2017

    I’ve never commented before, but have been an avid reader for a while. I just wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you, and praying for peace. I hope you are okay.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. notcreative
    March 18, 2017

    Thanks. I am still having a really hard time, but I am trying to get back into the swing of things.


  9. zombiemetroant
    May 2, 2017

    K, I am so sorry that you are going through these hardships! We hope and pray that God grants you the strength to get through this difficult time and please know you are not alone. We miss you terribly ❤ Sending you much love!!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. notcreative
    May 2, 2017

    Thank you. I think about you ladies all the time and feel weird shopping Sephora without logging into BT. As soon as I am ready to resume thread responsibilities, I will return.


  11. jennifer
    May 3, 2017

    Hope you are doing well Kim. I think about you all the time. I came onto your site to see if you post here at all and I just noticed you commented so I want to say Hi and wish you well. Sending my love and prayers to you!! xo Jen from BT

    Liked by 1 person

  12. notcreative
    May 3, 2017

    Thanks, Jen. I am just trying to take things one day at a time and am keeping things light, no thread or blog responsibilities. I really do miss everyone and appreciate the sentiments.


  13. PaletteAddict99
    May 9, 2017

    Just wanting to send you tons of love and many prayers 💓🙏🏻 you’re sorely missed on BT but we all want the best for you and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers daily ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  14. notcreative
    May 9, 2017

    Thank you. I miss everyone there as well.


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