Monthly Archives: July 2015

Birchbox Man August 2015

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Ever since I fell in love with Birchbox, I’ve tried to talk my husband into subscribing. Men’s subscriptions are $20 a month and not the $10 a month women pay. This is due to the added lifestyle item, which is more often than not over $20 by itself. Having a subscription that is twice as expensive also makes it twice as hard to get the value back. Thus, it is more risky. In a month where the lifestyle item does not connect with him, he will not get the value back on the box. He is one of the few people I know who does not like to try samples he has not done a ton of research on, so he had me convinced he would not try most of the product samples either.

He even joked that subscription boxes are clever at getting one to pay for junk they do not really want or need. A few months ago, I completely gave up on the idea that he should subscribe. I did this despite the fact that he keeps buying full-sized items he’s researched and “knows” he will love them only to find he does not love them once he tries them. Like me, he never returns anything either. That means he uses all these products completely before trying another one he pays the full price for in the hopes of finding one that will stick.

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Birchbox July 2015 The Spill

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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one gets me $5 back. I also “shared” my box on Facebook (only I can see it) for an extra 10 points. That will give me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. This month, I selected the Beachy & Bright Guest Editor Box on my main account.

This is the third of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. Box One and Box Two were different.

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Smiley360 Mission Sleep Number

My husband and I will be in the market for a new bed very soon. One of the beds we’re considering is a Sleep Number bed. When Smiley360 invited me to join the Sleep Number Mission, it was very easy to accept. The mission involved a visit to the store to test the Sleep Number Dual Temp layer. This is a temperature balancing layer you can add to any mattress brand or adjustable base. Although I knew I was in the market for a new bed and will probably not buy this item, I also knew I could test the beds while I was there. Of course, there is always a chance I could be sold on the item and buy it anyway.

Smiley360 usually sends a product to try out for free or sends a reward at the end of a completed mission. Once I completed this, I received a free 2” Memory Fiber Curved Support Pillow. They say supplies are limited, but I completed my mission the day before the deadline and still received one. If you’re worried about completing a Mission and not getting the reward, I’d suggest completing it as early as possible. If you’re unfamiliar with Smiley360, you can read more about my earlier Mission.

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Target Beauty Box Back to College: Honor Roll

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription. Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse. Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get. Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately. I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples. Men are not left out either, because they sometimes get a box of their own.

When Target advertised the Back to College boxes, neither really struck me as must-buys. The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription. You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out quickly. I ordered them right away, because they were only $5 each. It is hard not to find $5 in value even when the boxes do not immediately speak to you. Both boxes sold out before I even got my shipping notification. That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one. If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look at them when they hit your inbox. Of course, I will always alert you on the front page when they come back in stock as well.

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Getting the Most From Your Skincare

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably a deal shopper. Some people confuse deal shoppers with people who will buy anything as long as it is on the sale. While that is a perfectly acceptable method for those who choose that, the average deal shopper has brands or specific items they’re interested in. When the deal is right, they strike. Whether one is a deal shopper or not, we all want to get the most bang for our buck. Spending a lot to get our desired items is totally worth it when we use the products to the item’s fullest potential.

Most probably read the first paragraph and said, “duh.” But, are you really using your products correctly? In our time, there are so many products and innovations on the market. Our mothers and their mothers had fewer choices, so they did not have to stay on top of research. It is important that we research our products, because what good is a deal if we are counter acting the effectiveness of our products? I have been guilty of mixing products that do not mesh well. Have you?

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Birchbox July 2015 Desert and Beach with Birchbox Plus Upgrades

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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one gets me $5 back. I also “shared” my box on Facebook (only I can see it) for an extra 10 points. That will give me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. This month, I selected the Beachy & Bright Guest Editor Box on my main account.

This is the second of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. Box One and Three were different.

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Target Beauty Box Back to College: Head of the Class

Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription. Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse. Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get. Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately. I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples. Men are not left out either, because they sometimes get a box of their own.

When Target advertised the Back to College boxes, neither really struck me as must-buys. The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription. You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out quickly. I ordered them right away, because they were only $5 each. It is hard not to find $5 in value even when the boxes do not immediately speak to you. Both boxes sold out before I even got my shipping notification. That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one. If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look at them when they hit your inbox. Of course, I will always alert you on the front page when they come back in stock as well.

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Citrus Lane July 2015 4 Year Old Boy Box

Citrus Lane is the subscription box for kids aged zero to six. My four-year-old loves getting a box that is all his. The boxes have a mixture of toys, educational tools, food products, beauty items, and more. A product card describing all items inside usually includes discount codes. As someone who looks for discount codes before every online purchase, I really appreciate this. A one month subscription is $29. Three months gets you down to $27 a box. It costs $24 a box for a six month subscription. Every month, you get the opportunity to select an item inside the box or add items on for a discounted rate. That allows the kids to have some choice in their box, but they still receive surprise items.

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A Year of Birchbox Gifts Volume Three

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Welcome back to the year of Birchbox gifting. This is the year I decided to send three month Birchbox gift subscriptions to all the women in my immediate family. Immediately after placing an order for my sister-in-law on 04/06/15 in Volume Two, I placed an order for my 41-year-old sister who actually celebrated her birthday about two weeks earlier.  Her birthday fell during a time where I took a break from all things beauty, but I knew I would make it up to her.  Seeing what comes in their welcome boxes, which are never customized to a profile, would be fun for me and hopefully helpful to someone thinking of purchasing a gift subscription for a family member or a first subscription for herself.

Codes can only be used once per account, so the code I used for 100 points earlier in the day was no longer valid.  I found another code SUBSCRIBENOW50 to get 50 points back.  It is still active if you want to use it, but remember to check all offers here to see if a better one may apply to your order.  I earned $10 in points placing the last order, so I used that here.  That means her subscription cost me $20.  The 50 points I got back on her order could go toward a future order.  You cannot count points toward the discount as you earn and redeem, so I will only count them as I redeem them. That means the $5 I get back on this order will go toward a future order just as the $10 I applied on this order came from past orders.

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Smiley360 Mission Nexium 24HR

Smiley360 is an online community. It consists of influential consumers who try products and experiences for free. Brands give their products to Smiley360 who matches them to qualified community members for testing. Based on past missions and your profile, new mission opportunities are placed on your dashboard. Members are selected to take part in the mission if their short qualification surveys line up to what the study is looking for.

The more missions you complete, the more points you earn. Members with more points usually get first dibs at new missions. You choose your level of activity. Pardon my pop culture reference, but “your mission should you choose to accept it” is to take part in the studies that interest you. To complete missions, you must give honest reviews on social media.

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Birchbox July 2015 Beachy & Bright

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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one gets me $5 back. I also “shared” my box on Facebook (only I can see it) for an extra 10 points. That will give me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. This month, I selected the Beachy & Bright Guest Editor Box on my main account.

This is the first of my three Birchbox Subscriptions. Box Two and Three were different.

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Sephora Chic Week Shopping

I love Sephora. When there is a sale, it does not exclude anything. Gift cards cannot be purchased with them, but I do not see that as an exclusion. It is one of the few retailers where you do not have to read a bunch of fine print to plan your sale hauls. Chic Week is the first major sale of the year, and always falls around the beginning of April. Although, there are usually skincare point multipliers in January and perfume point multipliers in February that can boost your points. Every year, usually in April, the store goes on sale.  Rouge and VIB clients get 15% off, and Beauty Insiders get 10% off. The sale opened to Rouge members on the 12th, VIB members on the 16th, and Beauty Insiders on the 17th. Rouge members were even invited to a special event at 9am on the 12th.

Although I RSVP’d for the event, I woke up with a terrible headache that day and was unable to attend. I’ve attended events in the past though, so I can write from experience about the event. Brand reps come into the store. Some brands offer special gifts with purchase if you buy from them. They usually have stations to sample the products on shoppers. At a previous Rouge event, I received a mini facial from the Ole Henriksen rep, and my sister received a makeup application from the Smashbox rep. They served pastries, coffee, and water. Once we completed our purchases, we checked out where I received a bag of samples.  She was my guest, so she received a few foils. When I attend the next event, I will write a detailed description of everything.

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Ulta 5x Points, and the ebates Affiliate Offer

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Ulta has killed it lately with all the free offers, GWP opportunities, point multipliers, and more. There was an ebates affiliate offer for a free 9 piece bag that I was trying to resist. Some of my favorite brands were inside. I also had a 5x points offer for Too Faced, another love. As if the 5x points offer was not enough, I noticed the gift with a $35 Too Faced purchase was an item I’ve wanted to try. Platinum members did not have a shipping minimum this week. Then, I got an offer to add a free They’re Real liner with no minimum purchase. It was too much. Ulta got me again on 06/12/15.

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Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2015

2016 Sun Safety Kit

Every year in mid to late May, Sephora releases the Sun Safety Kit. It retails for $32, and $20 of that is donated to the Skin Cancer Foundation. My Dad has skin cancer, so I like the idea of buying something I want while supporting the cause at the same time. My insane stockpile told me I was pretty stocked on sunscreen, so I was ready to pass. I still have a few stragglers from the 2013 kit and half or more from 2014. Luckily, most sunscreens print the expiration date, so I use sunscreen in the order it expires and not when it arrives.

Everyone was waiting impatiently for this release, which was a bit later than 2014. It usually sells out in a few days, but it lasted about a week on and off online. It released and my inner hoarder/deal seeker told me to buy it. And, here we are.

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Beauty.com and Drugstore.com- Redeeming The Quarterly 5% Cash Back

When it comes to shopping, I love benefits. Beauty.com and Drugstore.com not only offer rewards, but they share a cart. That means I can purchase from both sides of the store in one order with just a simple click of the mouse to switch sites. It makes hitting the $35 free shipping minimum a lot easier.  Having a $35 shipping minimum is already lower than most stores, but I can add a cheap item from the Drugstore.com side when you Beauty.com side is a little short of $35.

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If you purchase one item from the Beauty.com side, you also get to select three beauty samples. There are times when I add a Beauty.com item to a Drugstore.com order when I want the samples. I’ve placed a lot of orders from Beauty.com, and can almost assure you that you will get the samples you order. Unlike some stores, I’ve never received substitutes. If the samples arrive, they will be what you ordered. You get 5% back on everything you buy rewarded as a store credit every quarter. They give you the first month of every quarter to redeem your rewards earned from the previous quarter meaning I had from 04/01/15 through 04/30/15 to redeem the rewards I earned from 01/01/15-03/31/15. Every quarter resets.

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Paula’s Choice Get That Back

My dry skin requires intense moisturizing. I’m not as flexible as I once was, so there are areas of my back I cannot reach. If my husband is home when I shower, I sometimes ask him to moisturize the areas I cannot reach. The problem is he is not always available. He always complains about the scents of my products, too. It was time to either become more flexible (cue the extra yoga classes), or find a tool that could aid me.

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Finding My Beauty Unicorn: MAC Ocean City Blush

We all have those beauty items we missed for one reason or another. Cosmetic companies put out limited edition items, discontinue items, reformulate them for the worst, or at times make them hard to get in certain markets. Limited edition items are probably my least favorite group. Why put so much money and time into making something fabulous only to immediately stop selling it once demand goes through the roof! I know they probably have precise reasons of their own, but my opinion is three-fold.

Cosmetic companies want to stay relevant. As much as I love the established brands, they get talked about as lacking innovation when they continue to release the same products everyone knows and loves. When they do release a new item, many are not even willing to try it, because they’re beauty dinosaurs. Never mind that the quality is usually there. The perception is not, and that is all that matters. My grandmother wore that is the first thing they say when they refuse to try new releases from an established line. The answer is to keep releasing limited edition items. No way granny wore these, because the item was only out a day. Granny was asleep when it launched at midnight and not yet awake when it sold out at 3am. It feels so awesome to purchase this new item that will certainly be a trendsetter for the three days it takes until the next limited edition release.

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How to Clean Makeup Brushes

If you’re like me, you’ve invested in quality makeup brushes.  Lousy brushes must be replaced more often, and they usually waste more product than higher quality brushes.  High end makeup with cheap brushes usually do not mix.  Though I find high-end brushes with cheap makeup mix fine!  Are you taking all the right steps to take care of your brushes?  Without proper maintenance, you may as well buy cheap brushes, because you will be replacing them often.

How often you clean your brushes is really up to you.  If I am using a cream or liquid product, I think for germs sake, I need to clean it after every use.  If you dip a dirty brush into a cream product, the germs you are placing into the product will be far greater than the germs placed into a powder product.  Sometimes, when I am running late, and when am I not, I do not always clean them right after use.  The longer you let the product soak into the brush, the harder it is to clean.  It can even stain depending on the product, so I clean it as soon as I can.  I do not thoroughly clean my brushes after every use on powder products, so I applaud your diligence if you do.

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Beautytalk Chat with Murad and Dr. Dennis Gross Yields Free Gifts

Sephora hosts a variety of chats via Beautytalk with beauty professionals who represent the brands we know and love. I’ve participated in a lot of them for over a year. Who better to ask your brand specific question to than the brand creator or a top executive. Murad and Dr. Dennis Gross are two brands I love, so it was nice to see that Dr. Murad and Dr. Gross themselves were going to chat with us for an hour each. The topic of the chat was summer skin care, which was specifically set up to discuss sun safety.

If you’re like me, you begrudgingly love the sun. It is wonderful to spend a day playing in the sun, but the rays are so damaging to our skin. Sunburns, sun spots, and the long-term wrinkle damage can prematurely age us. On 06/02/15, I was happy to take part in this chat. Although you may have missed the chat, someone could have asked a question similar to one you may have had, so it never hurts to refer back to it. There were a couple of insightful questions that both Dr. Murad and Dr. Gross answered much to my delight as much as the poster of the questions.

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Fabletics July 2015 Waikiki

My quest to get better workout gear continues. Fabletics provides quality workout gear for a decent discount over buying the similar items from sporting good stores. They are cute and high quality. Workouts in quality clothing not only make you look better, but they also make the workouts more comfortable. There is a large selection of outfits every month from plain to fun. My goal is to get some of both.

Outfits are usually 2-3 pieces and run from $49.95 to $89.95. From the 1st through the 5th of every month, you select the outfit of your choice or opt out online for the month. Reminder emails make it hard to forget. If you do forget, Fabletics will charge the card on file $49.95 and give you a credit toward a future selection. You will not receive anything you do not hand select, so you build your workout wardrobe based on what you want. You even get 50% off your first outfit making the first outfit an incredible deal too good to pass up. Follow up outfits are still a great deal in their own right.

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Do Cosmetic Foils Expire, and When Do Cosmetics Expire if They’re Full or Sample Sized?

You’ve scored a great gift with purchase, hit the sample mother load or bought items in bulk to get the best possible deal. Can you use all the products before they expire? This is the question that plagues a deal shopper. We’ve all thrown out products that were perfectly viable when we obtained them, because they expired before we could use them. Food labels tend to have expiration dates to prevent us from getting sick. Though I’ve saved a lot at Sam’s Club, I’ve also thrown away a lot.

It is a little harder with cosmetics. Some list expiration dates, but others do not. If you’re like me, you’ve researched products to see how long they’re viable. Which products can you push past the expiration dates, and which products do you toss the moment they expire. When your backup stash gets large, it is time to put a system into place to make sure you can use as many products as possible before the inevitable expiration date approaches. Of course, you can always gift extras away once you know you cannot possibly use it in time.

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Fabletics June 2015 Cut

My quest to get better workout gear continues. Fabletics provides quality workout gear for a decent discount over buying the similar items from sporting good stores. They are cute and high quality. Workouts in quality clothing not only make you look better, but they also make the workouts more comfortable. There is a large selection of outfits every month from plain to fun. My goal is to get some of both.

Outfits are usually 2-3 pieces and run from $49.95 to $89.95. From the 1st through the 5th of every month, you select the outfit of your choice or opt out online for the month. Reminder emails make it hard to forget. If you do forget, Fabletics will charge the card on file $49.95 and give you a credit toward a future selection. You will not receive anything you do not hand select, so you build your workout wardrobe based on what you want. You even get 50% off your first outfit making the first outfit an incredible deal too good to pass up. Follow up outfits are still a great deal in their own right.

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Get Free Beauty Samples Volume Three

Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the third installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.

I will always list general free items I am aware of on the front page of this site.  Sites I trust for free items are listed here if you want to look into any of them.

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Julep July 2015 Shimmer and Moisture

When it comes to nail polish, I am a huge fan of Julep’s five free formula.  I find these polishes chip less than most, and the polishes themselves are a good deal when you have a Maven membership.  They are quality polishes, so I would probably purchase them at $14 each if I did not have my Maven membership.  Luckily, I do not have to pay that much.  The color selections and polish finishes are more vast than almost any other nail polish line.  Every month, they release nine new colors.  My goal is to actually catalog all of my polishes at some point, so I can compare all the different colors.  A line with nine colors released every month is bound to have repeats with different labels.

I have not skipped a single Julep box since I first subscribed in May 2014, because I find something I want every month.  More often than not, the nail polishes are what draw me in, but I like to try Julep’s beauty products as well.  My March, April, May, and June boxes will get reviews of their own later.  For now, I am writing about the July box.  July was all about jelly polishes and moisture.

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L’Oreal Consumer Testing Lipstick Informational Survey and My Freebies

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I love many brands under the L’Oreal umbrella, so I jumped at the chance to join The L’Oreal Consumer Testing Panel.  Panel members have the opportunity to test L’Oreal products for free.  Short qualification surveys determine eligibility in a program.  If selected for a panel, follow the step by step directions to see it to completion.  In addition to receiving testing products for free, you will receive compensation upon completion.  Compensation varies based on the study you participate in.  It can range from very little value for lower end studies to hundreds of dollars worth of products for higher end studies.

I log in to the portal around 3-4 times a week.  You can log in less often or every day if you’d like.   Some days there are no surveys on my dashboard.  If I see any surveys, I will attempt them.  Qualification surveys usually take about two minutes.  They’re looking for a a small number from specific groups of people, so the sooner you fill out the survey the better the chance you will grab a spot.  People on the East Coast actually have a bit of an advantage, because the facility in New Jersey posts studies early.  By the time I get up and try to qualify, my group has mostly been filled.  That does not mean it is impossible for us West Coast beauty lovers to qualify.

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Shopping Plan

The Fall 2016 Event

I love the Ulta Days of Beauty.  Twice a year, usually starting in March and September, Ulta has a 21 day sale where select brands or items are deeply discounted for one day only.  During the Spring 2014 sale, I went a little overboard buying things.  Spring 2015 went better.  It helped that the sale this year was not as impressive as last, but there were still some great deals.  There are also 21 day Love Your Hair Events twice a year, which I will cover later.  Check all offers on the special event page.

I highly recommend studying the brochure, which is posted online before the sale.  UltaMate members should also get a physical copy in the mail.  It is a good idea to plan your purchases ahead of time, so you are ready to strike the moment the deal releases.  Ulta runs on Central time, so daily steals are available right at 10pm PST.  That usually means steals from the previous day disappear at 10pm, so do not plan to place an order right before bed time if you’re on the West Coast.  While the deals have run a little over, Ulta has also cut them off right on time.  Some deals sell out quickly, so waiting may not work anyway.  The best deals are usually gone when you wake up in the morning from people who started shopping right as the day switched over.

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Target Beauty Box Summer 2015

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Target releases seasonal beauty boxes.  They range in price from $5 to $10.  Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription.  Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse.  Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get.  Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately.  I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples.  Men are not left out either, because they get a box of their own.

When Target advertised the summer boxes, there was one that immediately caught my eye.  The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription.  You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out in a few short days.  By the time I received my box, all but the men’s box sold out.  That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one.  If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look them when they hit your inbox.  Of course, I will always alert you when they come back in stock as well.

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A Year of Birchbox Gifts Volume Two

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I love Birchbox. Getting surprises and discovering new items makes the prospect of each box a fun mystery. While planning a birthday gift for my mother-in-law earlier in the year, I decided I would send gift subscriptions to all the women in my immediate family for their birthdays as well.  Seeing what comes in their welcome boxes, which are never customized to a profile, would be fun for me and hopefully helpful to someone thinking of purchasing a gift subscription for a family member or a first subscription for herself.  There were actually some birthdays in between Volume One and this one, but life got in the way and I took a little break.  Once I completed my break, I resumed my task.

My sister-in-law was turning 30 about two weeks after I decided to start placing orders again on 04/06/15.  It made the most sense to resume with her, since I was already late with the others.  Unfortunately, I did not have enough points to go toward the cost, so I paid the full $30.  I used code BBJETBLUE10 to get 100 points back on my next order.  You cannot count points toward your discount as you earn and redeem, so I will only count them as I redeem them.  That means the $10 I get back on this order will go toward a future order, and I will count it then.  The code is still valid if you want to try it.  Of course, you can always find the active list of codes. 

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Allure Beauty Enthusiasts SkinBetter Winner

What is an Allure Beauty Enthusiast? A member of a community who can learn about, discuss and in some cases even test new products. Everyone can take part as much or as little as desired. My personal level of contribution is on the moderate side, which still equates to very little real time spent. I do at time click-through emails. Occasionally, I take part in quick polls. If I have extra downtime, I will even read the monthly newsletter. Head over to the site, and you will see there is not a lot to do on it. That is because everything is simple.

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More often than not, the take a study section is empty other than the perpetual address update.  If they do need to mail you something, they want to make sure you get it.  I get regular emails alerting me to the comings and goings, so if a chance to take part in a study pops up, you will usually get an email first. You will never log in and get the sense you missed anything. The only section I really look into is the Allure Access on the bottom right. That is the only section where I at times see things I did not get an email on.

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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight March 2015

Every month, I review my empty products. If you missed this month’s empties, you can find them here. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are so wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally like to devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article.  That does not mean they lost their magic.  It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love.  Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and had to condense the article.  There were five products I consider FabuFinds in my March Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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