Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sorry I have been so behind on Haul Week!! More coming Soon!!

        So, I know that it was supposed to be Beauty Haul Week and it has now been Beauty Haul 2 Weeks. lol We have been super busy around here so I haven't had time to get to my blog. I know that some of you know me pretty well and if you do you know how close me and my husband are. We do everything together. We have been finishing our basement together, he helps me with my business and I always help him with his ventures as well. We work well together because we think so much alike and we most of the time don't even have to talk as we work because we already know what the other is thinking. Scary I know! lol When one zigs the other automatically zags and I couldn't ask for a better best friend, husband or partner in life. He has always helped me with my crazy ventures because I'm one of those jump in head first and hope the water is deep enough type person. He on the other hand is more careful and calculated. So in the areas where we are different, we balance one another. Anyway, his dream has always been to do a professional haunted house. He has worked for other companies, and to be honest and blunt as I always am, he has gotten the shaft. He has worked on a couple in the St. Louis area where we live as well as one in New York. He has helped out friends that do home haunts and even did one in our two car garage a couple years in a row just to have the thrill of being able to do it. Well, he has finally gotten his opportunity to do a professional haunt and I'm so excited for him. He finally gets to do what he's passionate about doing and put his creativity and talent to good use. He has always supported me and helped me so I'm there right by his side supporting him and helping him on this journey of his. He truly has no idea how happy I am for him that he has finally gotten this opportunity. He so deserves, if not just for putting up with me and my harebrained ideas. lol He is such an amazing man and I can't help but fall in love with him more and more every day. And I honestly love working with him, especially for something that he's so passionate about.

        So, that's why my Beauty Haul Week has taken so long. So that I can help and support my husband with his venture. So, if you want to beat me up for taking so long and dropping the ball, go right ahead. The joy I have in my heart for my Woobie (that's what my hubby and I call each other :o)...) will over shadow it a million to one. I do have one more two combined small haul and then one more mega haul. With the mega haul I will be sharing a secret place to get high end makeup for super cheap, so stay tuned for that. And so that you don't miss it, make sure you follow me here on my blog or on my other social media sites so you don't miss out.

        So I just wanted to stop in and give you all a heads up as to where I have been. I know I don't have many followers here on my blog, but I do not that there are a lot of readers and I have more followers on my other sites. I'm beginning to think that blogs are passe now as no one really comments to much on them anymore. But you make a post on Instagram and wholly canoli it's on. lol But I like to blog, I know I don't get to do it as much as I would like to, but I still like to do it, so as long as it's something I enjoy, then I will continue to do it. You have to do what you enjoy because life is so short and so precious to live a dull humdrum life. Life is for Loving; loving what you do, who you are around and the life that you lead. So if you are not happy with your life then do something about it or before you know it it'll be over and you'll regret not doing all those things that you wished you had. You'll regret all the "I Love You's" you didn't say, or the kisses you didn't give or hugs you didn't get. Find what makes you happy and do it!!! And don't forget to tell those you care about how much you love them every time you see them. Over  the past few years I have realized how short life is and I tell my friends "I love them" every time I see or talk to them.

        So I need to go for now, but like I said, keep watching in the next few days for my last two Beauty Week(s) lol Hauls. I'll chat with you all later! Huge Hugs from me to You!!!

        Blessings and Lots of Love to All!,
        Jewel ;o)


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ulta Haul for Beauty Haul Week!!

        So again I'm behind on my hauls, but better late than never right? :) Here is another small haul, but it's still a haul just the same. I had a 20% off coupon for Ulta along with items being on sale, so good deals all around. Here's what I got:

        1. Smashbox Full Exposure mini palette
        2. Lorac Alter Ego "Heart Breaker" palette
        3. Stila Portrait of a Perfect Cheek palette
        4. NYX Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown
        5. NYX Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in Taupe
        6. NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Priveleged
        7. Montagne Jeunesse Mint Chocolate Chip moisturizing mask

        I again have not gotten a chance to use the palettes or lipstick and I got the masks for my stepdaughter because she loves mint chocolate like I do. But the eyebrow pencils have been my staple for a few years now and I love them. I was out of them both so I needed to get a couple more. The Heart Breaker palette is literally fluorescent pink and I love the colors, so I'm hoping it's going to be a good palette. I will let you know though, for sure. And as usual, if you have any of these items/palettes and would be willing to share your reviews of them please do so. That's how we help each other save money,. For One, who wants to buy something that has bad reviews because it's a waste of money. I love Stila eyeshadow palettes so I'm hoping that the cheek palette will be just as good.

        So if you would like a specific review of one of these items then let me know. It might be a while before I can get to some of the items, but if I know you would like to know sooner than later I'll get it done faster for you. After all, that is what I'm here for. :) And as usual, don't forget to subscribe to my blog and other social media venues so that you don't miss out on anything. I have several more hauls to post and then some reviews and tutorials as I use all my new goodies. I'm also thinking about a give away real soon, just trying to figure out how I want to do it and what I'll give away. I could do some of my favorite items perhaps, we'll see soon enough. So watch out for that give away coming soon! And please don't be scared to share, we can help each other as a community to find what's right for each of us and how to get it for a great price. Well, I'm outta' hyere!! It's almost 4am and I gotsta be at 6 to get the littlest one off to school. Thank God there are only 4 more days of school left, I can't wait for summer to officially start! :) As usual Have the Most Serendipitous Day and Huge Hugs to All!!

        Blessings to All!
        Jewel ;o)


Monday, May 18, 2015

Sally Beauty Supply and Target Polish Haul!!

        So I know that I said that last week I was going to do a haul a day, but some things came up and I got behind. :( That's our life though. Due to my husband being on call 24/7 it's hard to make plans so we pretty much fly by the seat of our pants around here. It's not a life for all as it can get stressful when there's so much to do and not enough time to do it in and then he gets a call and has to go. We never know when that call comes in where he will end up or for how long. Most of the time it's local and it's only for a few hours, but other times it's go to another state hours away for a week or a couple of nights. We literally never know so we try to cram in as much as we can when we can. And with that means that the best laid plans for the majority of the time do not work out. So from the bottom of my heart, I apologize for now and in advance for the future when I get behind on blogs or videos, updates or reviews. But unless you've lived this lifestyle you really have no idea what it's like. We have lost friends over it because they think we were just always blowing them off or because we couldn't make plans well in advance. But to me that just means they weren't true friends to begin with and who needs friends like that anyway.

        To get on with the haul, I happen to go to Sally Beauty Supply to pick up some hair styling products for my hubby and some dying supplies for myself when low and behold they had a bunch of polish on clearance. Now for anyone that knows me, I can not pass up on polish or makeup on clearance when it's a fraction of the original cost. So I had to pick up a few colors that I don't have in my vast polish collection. Yes, I said vast as I have over 300 bottles. Of course, I do know that for some that's just a drop in the hat, so to them 300 bottles is nothing. Even for me I do have to admit that is a lot, but I don't do just my nails, so I never know when a particular color will come in handy. Anyway, then after that I went to Target to pick up some household items and low and behold they had a ton of polish on clearance as well. Sooooooo.....Yes, you guessed it, I had to pick up a few more. So here is what I got:

        1. Finger Paints- In the City Lookin' Pretty
        2. L'Oreal- New Money 108 (This looks yellow in the pics, but it is actually Lime Green)
        3. Revlon Parfumerie- Surf Spray 50
        4. Revlon Parfumerie- Wild Violets 150
        5. pixi- Olive Gold 062
        6. Finger Paints- Art Hue Feeling Young? Nail Art Polish
        7. China Glaze- Full Spectrum 1027
        8. China Glaze- Rare & Radiant 1164
        9. Finger Paints- Composition Silver
      10. Finger Paints- Paint the Town Purple

        I have not swatched or used these yet, so if you would like to see swatches, etc,. then let me know and I will be more than happy to do them for you. 2-5 I got from Target and the rest were Sally's. Like I stated already the L'Oreal "New Money" is not yellow as depicted in the pics, it is a lime green. Greens, yellows, pinks and reds are so hard to photograph sometimes. Also, I have no idea where my cameras are or if they even have a charge on them so I took the pics with either my phone or tablet this week, so I know the pics are horrid. This past week has been so cloudy and gloomy and rainy so taking pics was hard to do on top of it all.

        So if you already have these colors in your polish collection or want to share your latest polish haul or collection with us, please do. We would all love to see it. If you would like to see my polish collection, then please feel free to let me know, I'd be more than happy to share it with you. Don't forget to subscribe to my blog or follow me on my other social media sites, I'll have the links below, so you don't miss out on any posts, makeup looks/tutorials, deals, etc,. And as always Huge Hugs and Have a Most Serendipitous Day!

        Truly Yours,
        Jewel ;o)


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Small Haul!!

        So this is just a small haul, but it's still a haul none the less. I had $11 in Dollars I had to spend by the end of April so I didn't lose them and then got an extra $15 off with a coupon code, so I got a few little things. So here's what I got:

        theBalm "Nude Dude" palette
        Beauty Blender Original
        Boots Botanics Mineral Blusher "Lotus Pink"
        theBalm Brow Pow Eyebrow Powder "Light Brown"

        Nothing major I guess, but for 33% off that's worth talking about I guess. :) I really love the Nude 'Tude palette so when I saw theBalm came out with another palette in this line I had to have it. I also got theBalm's new Balmsai palette on HauteLook a while back and love the brow powders in it so I thought I would get one. I have to be honest that the Boots Botanics blush was just to get the $15 off. I needed to have a total of $75 to get it and I needed a few bucks to make it there. I haven't tried it yet, probably will today, but I'll let you know what I think of it later on. I'll just update this post probably, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

        As for the Beauty Blender, I finally broke down and got one. I like using my brushes or fingers to apply foundation, etc,. I did purchase the one from Real Techniques a while back and it's OK, but nothing to write home about. Honestly I feel that using my fingers or brushes takes way less time to apply, so I really don't use it much at all. But I keep seeing/hearing that the Beauty Blender is so amazing and makes your makeup look like it's airbrushed, so I'll give it a whirl and see what happens. When I put my makeup on I'm usually in a hurry and I don't have time for extra steps or things that take a lot of time to do, so we'll see what happens. I guess if the finish is worth the extra time then I'll use it. I'll let you know what I think later on after I give a chance.

        So anyone done any good hauls or got any money saving deals/ideas? We'd all like to hear it, so comment below!! Don't forget to join my blog or follow me on all those social media sites to hear about more of my hauls, tips, tricks, recipes, etc,. And as always, Huge Hugs and Blessings to All!!

        Yours Truly!
        Jewel ;o)


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sigma Beauty Haul!!

        So remember back when I said that Sigma Beauty was having a 20% off sale? So this is what I got. I have not gotten a chance to test out any of the makeup as of yet because I had it all in the box waiting for me to get time to take pics before I dug into it. But I plan on using it tonight for Taco Tuesday at Fuzzy's Taco Shop. So later I will post a review for you all. If there is anything you want me to review a.s.a.p. then let me know and I'll make sure I get it posted for you right away.

        So as you all know I am a thrifty shopper, so I know this stuff may be a little older items on the market and probably played out by now, but it's still new to me so I'm sure it's new to others as well. Of course I stacked their sale prices on top of the 20% off, so I got quite the deals. Except for the brushes as I already have those in my arsenal but needed a few more of them as I'm pretty bad about finding time to clean my brushes. So I have several of the ones I use daily so I don't have to clean them as often. :) These are my favorite blending brushes for the crease. Depending on how wide I want the blend depends on which one I use. So my transition color goes on with the E40, for the base crease color I use the E35, and if I want a tighter crease color I use the E25. I can't tell you how much I love these brushes. If you don't have them in your arsenal then you seriously need to invest in them when you can get a good deal on them.

        Ok, on to what I got and I'll even throw in how much I paid for it so you can see how I shop. So without further ado here is my Sigma Beauty Haul:

        1. Flare Palette reg. price $39, sale price $29, I paid $23.20
        2. Flare Shadow Base Kit reg. price $36, sale price $28.80, I paid $23.04
        3. Sigma Tapered Blending E35 reg. price $16, I paid $12.80
        4. Sigma Blending E25 reg. price $14, I paid $11.20
        5. Sigma Tapered Blending E40 reg. price $16, I paid $12.80
        6. Lip Switch "Pink-Lotus" reg. price $14, I paid $11.20
        7. Lip Switch "Other-Wordly" reg. price $14, I paid $11.20
        8. Lip Switch "Double-Whammy" reg. price $14, I paid $11.20
        9. Brow Pencil "Dressed Up" reg. price $9, I paid $7.20
      10. Individual Eye Shadow "Approach" reg. price $11, sale price $7.70, I paid $6.16
      11. Deluxe Sample Lip Vex "Sheila" reg. price $6.00, I paid $0
      12. Eye Shadow Palette "Warm Neutrals" reg. price $39.00, I paid $31.20
      13. Eye Shadow Base "Strike" reg. price $13.00, sale price $9.10, I paid $7.28

        So my total should've been $241 and I paid $168.48 for a savings of $72.52 which is 30%. That's not bad considering quite a few of the items were full price and I only got 20% off of them. This is how I like to shop and I can't help but get a little excited when I can get what I want and save big money on it. I know I'm not the only one that gets excited when they can save money, so that's why I post so many deals/sales when I find them. I love to share the excitement! lol

        Like I said before I'll be posting a review later on after I get a chance to use them a little so I can give them a chance to prove themselves to me. I'm hoping it will be a good review as the Sigma Beauty makeup I already have I Love. Let me know if you want me to do a review of something sooner and I'll be more than happy to. I will probably do a look as well with it, so watch out for that as well. Of course that is if it's good stuff, which I'm sure it will be.

        So did anyone else get in on the Sigma Beauty 20% off deal? Let us all know if you did and what you got. Post reviews of what you think of the products you got. Lets help each other weed out the bad and bring in the good makeup. lol I hate when I spend money on makeup that is crap, that's why reviews are so good to help one another keep from making that mistake. And even if a company sends me products to review I will always be honest as to what I think about it as well as let you know that they sent it to me. I believe honesty is the key to life, lies only pile up like trash and leave your life messy. No one wants a messy life.

        Well, it's off to eat lunch and start getting ready for Taco Tuesday, so I'll let you all go for now. As always Huge Hugs and Blessings to You All!!

        Yours Truly,
        Jewel ;o)

Monday, May 11, 2015

My Sonia Kashuk Haul and Review!!

        I know it has been a long while since I posted about Sonia Kashuk being on sale at Target a while back, for that matter it's been forever since I've even posted anything at all. I'll tell you more about why later on, but for now, I promised to show off my hauls so that's what I'm going to do.

        So everyone seems to rave about the Sonia Kashuk Palettes, but the Matte one in particular. I just didn't feel that I needed more neutral palettes and especially for $20 a pop. But when Target had them for buy 2 or more get 20% off, I thought, "why the hell not". So I got a total of 6 palettes, but one was a second matte palette for a friend so hence why only 5 palettes shown. Of course I used Ebates, purchased online and used my Target Red Card for more than just the 20% off as well as free shipping, but I'm sure that you all are tired of hearing about how I save money by now. lol I also found a way to get a little extra off of my orders. If it is an item that is available for a subscription, then by all means sign up for the subscription and get your additional 5% off. Once you recieve your item/s just go in and cancel them if you don't really want them. I know it's cheating, but it works to save a little more money.

        So enough about money saving and on to my Sonia Kashuk Haul. Here is what I got:

        1. Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Palette "Eye On Neutral Shimmer 3"
        2. Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Palette "Eye On Neutral Matte"
        3. Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad "Shimmering Sands" 16
        4. Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad "Showstoppers" 01
        5. Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad "Fair And Square" 44

        If you have noticed, I have not even opened 3 & 5. Why? You ask. Because I'm so very unimpressed with the other 3 that I have opened. The colors are not very pigmented. What color you can get blends easily, but it fades quickly and most of the colors look the same once applied. The #4 quad shadows are so dry they won't even stick, all you get is the glitter that gets everywhere because it's so dry. If you would like some swatches I will be more than happy to do so for you, but honestly unless you want them it's totally not even worth my time. I might add them at a later date, but these are in the bin of items I regret buying. And yes, I did use a good primer before I used them. I just don't see what all the hype is. For the same amount of money, I would suggest a couple Wet N Wild or NYX palettes that are cheaper. Of course I feel that Wet N Wild is totally underrated anyway.

        I would totally love to hear your opinions on these palettes. Maybe there is something I'm doing wrong and you could enlighten me, please feel free to do so. And for any of you who feel the way I do about these palettes, please let me know that I'm not the only one!!!

        So I should have several other high end as well as drugstore hauls this week, I sort of went a little crazy last month just don't tell my hubby. lol But for the deals I got, I just couldn't pass it up. Maybe I'll get around to doing a makeup collection video or post so you can see how just how makeup crazy I am. lol I also have quite the nail polish collection, I think over 300 bottles now. But I have been collecting for many years. I believe I even have some from high school, but don't tell anyone. :) So keep watching and don't forget to sign up for my blog posts or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. I'll leave links below, so you don't miss anything. I'll tell you about one site in particular where you can get high end items at a fraction of the cost. You won't want to miss that!!!

        For now I will sign off so I can go upstairs and get something to eat since it's like after 3pm and I haven't eaten yet today. I'm so bad about that when I have so much to do and so little time to get it all done in. Huge Hugs and Blessings to All!!

        Jewel ;o)