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I do not purchase a lot of drugstore makeup or skincare, but I use a decent amount of drugstore body care. Most of my purchases are from samples I’ve tried, items I’ve swatched, or exhaustive research on a product to include reviews. Only the latter is easily available for drugstore products (although Target and Wal-Mart Beauty Boxes have helped in the sample category). When Drugstore.com releases a GWP on items in the beauty category, I try to stock up on items in the beauty category that qualify for the gift. These body care items qualified for the free 15 piece StriVectin Bag with a $75 Drugstore.com purchase. This gift expired on Friday, but there will be more throughout the year, including the next large offer Next January. While this one is not as impressive as the one I received in January 2015, there are still a few things in here I really want.
Drugstore.com actually makes it very easy to shop items in the beauty section. As long as the highlight is on the beauty section when you view your item, you are in the right category. You can always play around with your cart if you wonder out by accident. I actually added a black item by mistake from personal care, but I found the same item (I eventually purchased) in pink in the beauty department. While the black would have been better, the pink was not a deal breaker. It is all good.
After finding items I want to try or needed to replenish, I was happily only $1.16 over the minimum. Getting as close to the minimum as possible is usually my goal, so this was a successful shopping trip. This haul almost ended as soon as it began, because OnTrac never delivered it to my house at 12:38pm on Friday as the tracking indicated. I was home and no one came by. Thankfully, my neighbor who did receive it was kind and brought it over that evening. Considering OnTrac gave a canned response to the inquiry I sent when I discovered no package outside, it is a really good thing I have honest neighbors. Drugstore.com had a much more pleasant response when I contacted them, which will keep me ordering in the future even if they keep the same carrier.
The Earth Therapeutics Aloe Socks in pink also come in black (as I mentioned above), but I removed the black ones when I noticed they were not in the beauty category. I’ve used disposable treatments before, but this is the first reusable one I’ve purchased. For $8, I figured it was worth a shot. Disposable ones can go for more than that. If I hate them and toss them after one use, it is not a big deal.
My nine-year-old loves all things CeraVe. I actually enjoyed the Moisturizing Cream from the Facebook sample I received. This was also one of the items I purchased at the beginning of 2015 but have not used yet, so I will use the older one before I use this newer one. In my October empties, I mention how much I love this cream. Getting the 16oz size for $12.99 also played a role in why I purchased it with a full unopened jar. It is on sale.
The 4oz Gold Bond Softening Foot Cream is something I’ve wanted to try for a while. I’ve heard wonderful things and so far I only love expensive foot creams that retail for $3.57 and $10.26 an ounce. If I love this one at $0.67 an ounce, that will be a huge improvement. It feels very thin through the tube, so my high expectations have dipped a little.
The Earth Therapeutics Moisturizing Hand Gloves are nice. I used them for the first time last night and definitely noticed a difference. After slathering my hands in Egyptian Magic and wearing them for an hour, my hands felt very soft. Of course, a single hand wash always zaps all moisture, but it felt incredible while it lasted. Wearing these overnight is recommended, so I will see if that helps (assuming I can wear them all night). My bladder does not usually allow continuous sleep.
The 5.3oz Freeman Bare Foot Creamy Pumice Foot Scrub in Invigorating Peppermint & Plum was an exciting find. I have a foot scrub I love, but it is not sold at a lot of places. My plan is to stock up next time I do a large order with the direct brand (h2o+), but I need something to hold me over in the mean time. Nothing I’ve tried thus far can compare. At this price, I am not expecting a lot, so I will love if this is a wonderful product. Lately, I’ve sampled scrubs that gave me a lot less product for a higher price.
The 4oz Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is a restock. This magical cream is so amazing that I dedicated an article of its own to sing its praises. I use this for a number of things and will be exploring even more suggestions with this new jar.
The StriVectin Beauty Sample Bag includes: a 2oz StarMaker One Minute Peel, a 2oz Gold Bond Ultimate healing hand cream, a 0.34oz Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream, a 0.5oz Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting cream Moisturizer, a 0.16oz Avene Soothing moisture mask, a 1.1oz Aveeno positively radiant targeted tone corrector, a 0.25oz StriVectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer, a 0.3oz foil of Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo, a 0.3oz foil of Aveeno Pure Renewal Conditioner, a 0.13oz Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump Lip Gloss, a 0.33oz Frownies Immune Perfect anti-oxidant moisturizer, a 4oz Tree Hut Shea Body Butter Coconut Lime, a 10 pack of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths, 75 Swisspers Nail Care 100% Cotton Applicators, a 2oz Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, and a 0.39oz O’Keeffe’s Working Hands.
Most of these samples are new to me (even though I’ve received some in the past and have not used them yet). The only ones I’ve tried before are the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion and the O’Keeffe’s Working Hands (purchased by my husband, so I did not review the order).
The Soap and Glory Gloss has a definite plumping effect. It tingles as it plumps, but the feeling while very noticeable is not unpleasant. This has a light peachy-pink sheen.
On a 5 scale, the formula is about a 1.75 in stickiness, so it is not too bad. My only complaint is it does not last a long time. Even without food, the tingling/plumping wore off in less than two hours and the actual gloss did not last much longer than that.
The free sample bag boasts a $109 value. I usually check the value of each item for active promotions. This has expired, so I am not checking it. Based on the generous items, I think the value is very close to $109. If you missed this offer, don’t fret. Others are always available.
Remember to check all Beauty.com and/or Drugstore.com offers before placing an online order. You can only use one promo link per order, but banner offers (they pop-up at times when you’re browsing on the site), and promo codes (uncommon) usually combine with one another. There are some exceptions. See other Drugstore.com articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Beauty.com or Drugstore.com.View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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