Friday, April 16, 2010

Savings at Ulta

The other day I tweeted about major savings at Ulta.  It was a small haulage, but I saved buku bucks with a combo of current promotions and coupons.  This whole coupon clipping and shopping smart thing is really starting to pay off! LOL

Here's the breakdown of the products...

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara, regular retail price: $4.99
All Maybelline cosmetics were on sale for 40% off.  The Clear Mascara (aka brow gel) was only $2.99

Revlon Colorburst Lipstick, regular retail price: $8.99
All Revlon cosmetics were also on sale for 40% off.  With a $3 coupon from a magazine, I picked up the new lipstick in Blush for only $2.39.  What a pretty color!

N.Y.C. Matte Bronzer, regular retail price: $2.99
Several N.Y.C. products were on sale and I picked up Sunny (the last one in stock!) for $2.39.  Numerous beauty gurus (including KJ Bennett) have raved about this bronzer, so hopefully it lives up to the hype.

Curel Continuous Comfort Body Lotion (13 fl oz), regular retail price: $6.99 each bottle
All Curel products were buy one, get one 50% off plus each bottle had an attached $1 coupon!  I ended up paying only $8.50 for both bottles (that's $4.24 each!).
Total original retail price: $30.95

With a $3.50 off $10 Ulta coupon (clipped from their weekly circular), the total purchase price including tax was $13.66!   

Total savings = $17.26!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sephora Spring Madness Sale

In case you didn't get the memo, Sephora is having a sale.

Online:  Use code MADNESS.
In-store:  Print this coupon.

Happy savings!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Successful Visit to The Cosmetics Company Store

A few weekends back, my sister and I made a visit to the local outlet mall (one-hour drive door-to-door!) with one goal in mind --
The Cosmetics Company Store (a.k.a. CCO)!

The CCO houses over-runs, discontinued or slightly damaged goods from the Estee Lauder family brands (Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Clinique, Prescriptives, Origins).  Products are marked down 20%-80% from retail.  It's paradise for a beauty junkie such as myself!

Our local CCO's shelves were fully stocked!  With so many products to choose from, I tried to be a smart shopper... it was a total FAIL!

Here are the products I ended up with during this trip...

Org. retail price: $22Savings = $7.25!
A permanent product of MAC's Prep+Prime line, this powder can also be found at
For a review, check out Musings of a Muse.

MAC Cremesheen Glass (top: Boy Bait; bottom: Partial to Pink) - $12.75 per lipgloss
Org. retail price: $18Savings = $10.50 total!
Also part of the permanent MAC line, check out KarlaSugar for watches.

MAC Cream Colour Base (left: Fresh Morning; right: Crushed Bougainvillea) - $11.75 per CCB
Org. retail price: $16.50Savings = $9.50 total!
Limited edition colors with the Emanuel Ungaro collection (Fall 2008). 
For a quick review of the whole collection, head over to Makeup and Beauty Blog.

And last but not least...

Org. retail price: $17.50Savings = $3.50!
Not great savings, but I was running low on eye makeup remover.  Lancome Bi-facil is my holy grail of eye makeup removers 
but it's $26 for the same size product!

Please note:  Savings calculation didn't include sales tax, which is 7.125% in that part of town.

Check out your nearest CCO for even greater deals!  Inventory is varies from store to store, but if you're looking for limited edition products or discontinued products (Prescriptives!), it's definitely worth a visit.

On another note...

I stopped into my local Ulta in search of the infamous Ecotools Bamboo Bronzer Brush.  They were completely sold out and have been for several weeks!  I wasn't going to leave empty-handed -- especially since I had a $5 coupon to use (check your InStyle magazine!).  So, I ended up with these...

Maybelline Define-A-Brow (Dark Brown)
Maybelline Stylish Smokes Quads (Natural and Charcoal)!

Buy 2, get 1 free promotion + $5 coupon = $7.80.  That's $2.60 each!