Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Friends & Family Deals?

I don’t know how you felt about Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals this year, but for me…it was a bust. I had a long list of items that I’ve been making since earlier on in the year, and I only bought one thing on that list. And that was two days after Cyber Monday during Macy’s Friends & Family event. And that didn’t go as planned either! I only purchased two items for myself (and one for my mom!) this year, and honestly, it was probably for the best. I don’t know what most of the larger retailers were thinking, but to me, it really wasn’t worth it for the most part. It’s like they’ve caught on – they’ll do this big sale (40%, 50%, maybe more!), but it only applies if you spend x-amount of dollars, with x-amount being more than you’d originally intended to purchase in the first place.

Now, I understand why small businesses do this. I get it, and I respect it. But I just couldn’t with some of the big companies. With that being said, all three of my purchases came from Macy’s this year. Yes, one of the large retailers. lol Their Black Friday sales were actually pretty good. Did they put everything on sale? No. But the items that I purchased on Black Friday were, so it worked out well for me.

Black Friday purchase for myself: White Mountain Latera Tall Boots in Black. Originally $99.99, purchased for $39.99.

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I needed these because winter is quickly approaching, and I don’t have very many pairs of flat shoes, and by that, I mean that I have two pairs of flat shoes. I had one other pair of black boots from White Mountain that I’d bought years ago (and wore the heck out of), but they pretty much disintegrated when I got home from Canada back in October. Like, they literally fell apart as soon as I walked into the house. Boom. Done. So I needed a new pair!

Macy’s Friends and Family purchase: Nutribullet

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I’ve been wanting one of these since earlier in the year, and told myself that I would wait until Black Friday/Cyber Monday to purchase it. It originally retailed for over $100, but early this year, most brick and mortar retailers started selling it for $99.99, and then during the summer they were all selling it for $89.99, which is still the current price for the Nutribullet. So when F&F coupons for 25% off came in the mail, after seeing the price stay at $89.99 or $79.99 on BF as though it were an actual BF sale price (what the what?), I jumped all over that! Of course, without reading the fine print.

I got to the store, grabbed a box, noting that the sign next to it said 10% off, and went to the counter to get a price check. When the SA said that it was $79, I mentioned F&F, and she brought up that the coupon said it was only valid on “select electrics.” The Nutribullet wasn’t one of those. Apparently the Nutribullet never truly goes on sale. And then she said that the sale price of $89.99 was a good one, because the original price was blah blah blah. I politely mentioned (while laughing a little bit) to her that it’s been sold for $89.99 for at least six months now practically everywhere, and she laughed, because she knew where I was going and agreed with what I was saying. It isn’t a sale if you’ve been selling it at that price for half a year! LOL! So I went ahead and bought it, because the price is not going to go any lower. Why wait any longer, right? :)

By the way, I absolutely love this thing. LOVE! I use it every day. I will admit that it’s worth the price…even though that’s not what I wanted to pay for it! :D

Cosmetics Company Store: Clinique

The Cosmetics Company Store. If you’ve never been to one, or you live close to one, or you see one when you’re on vacation, you might want to stop in and see what kinds of makeup/skincare/fragrance goodies they have inside…at a discount! You can find several different brands in these stores, including MAC, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Origins, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, and more. The closest store to me is about two hours away, and I had the opportunity to drop by and peruse the goods about a month ago. What did I buy?

Not much. :D

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There were so many different products to choose from, but I decided that what I really needed were a few more skincare products. So I trucked it on over to the Clinique wall, and grabbed a couple of items that were in the travel set section.

Travel Set #1:

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Mild Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion 2, and the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. The price for this one was $12.00. The only product in this set that I’d used before in the past was the Moisturizing Lotion, which was the main reason that I picked up this particular travel set. Apparently this one is for very dry to dry combination skin, and my skin is oily as all get out, but it actually works very well with my skin. I’ve never tried the set for oily skin, so I don’t know how much of a difference that would have made, but so far, I’m not having any problems with this one. The only thing that I don’t like is the fact that you’ll run out of the Moisturizing Lotion before you are anywhere near finished with the soap or the clarifying lotion. Meh.

Travel Set #2:

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This one caught my eye, as all of the outer packaging was in Russian. I’m assuming that there was a LOT of overstock going on with this particular product, or maybe it didn’t sell well in Russia and was shipped back Stateside? I don’t know what that was all about, but the set was only $12.00, so I picked it up and kept it moving! :)

This set consists of three items as well. The Turnaround Instant Facial Masque, Turnaround Body Smoothing Cream, and the Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer. I haven’t tried the masque or the cream yet, but I just started using the moisturizer (because I ran out of the moisturizer from the set mentioned above!), and so far…I like it. I don’t love it, but I like it. And there’s far more product in this little jar than I’d initially thought!

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The only thing that I don’t like is that it has that SPF scent, you know? It just bothers me. We’ll see how this goes.

I’m looking forward to visiting another Cosmetics Company Store in the (hopefully) near future! You know I could always use more skincare products…and makeup…

Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. :D

*not a sponsored post

Clarisonic Mia 2. Finally!

Okay, I have wanted a Clarisonic for years, you hear me? Yeeeeaaaaars. But I would always talk myself out of it. The cost wasn’t scary, because I believe that the Clarisonic is worth that and then some. There was just something that kept holding me back.

Then I just had to watch QVC’s Friday Night Beauty. *sighs* What did I do that for?

That’s right, I bought a Clarisonic Mia 2. From QVC. Late at night. Because…yes. :)

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I purchased the Kate Somerville package, because hey, I’m not going to turn down fun colors and a full-sized cleanser. I was so happy when it showed up at my door, that I ripped the box open and started charging this thing up! It comes with the Clarisonic brush handle (I chose Vibrant Pink!), the sensitive skin brush, the Cashmere Cleanse LUXE brush (haven’t tried this one out yet), Kate Somerville Gentle Daily wash (full-sized at 4 fl. oz.), travel case, and the pLink charger.

I’ve had this brush for over a month now, and I have to say…I absolutely love it! I wish that I hadn’t waited so long to purchase one, but again, it was definitely worth it. It has two speeds, and I usually have it on the higher one, unless my face is feeling sensitive that day, at which point I will use the lower speed. My face feels so clean, yet soft afterwards, and it honestly looks and feels like my treatments/facial oils/moisturizers work better after using the Mia 2. My skin is loving this, for sure. The only item that I haven’t used is the Kate Somerville cleanser, and that’s only because I read the ingredients after taking it out of the box. It has lavender in it, and I am allergic to lavender. Boooooo. It will be finding a new home soon. :D

Do you have a Clarisonic? If so, how do you like it? And if you don’t have one, do you plan on buying one in the future? :)

*this is not a sponsored post

Vacation Goodies: Beauty Buys

Beauty goods! I didn’t spend much on this vacation, even though I really wanted to! A quick trip to Sephora, MAC, and The Body Shop was what happened. I was really hoping to get a few things at The Cosmetics Company Store, as we don’t have them where I live, but there was nothing there that I really wanted to buy. *sadface*

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MAC lipliner in Nightmoth, Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray, Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball, and The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil.

MAC lip pencil in Nightmoth ($16 at MAC):

Of course I didn’t take pictures. Of course. :D I absolutely love this lipliner, though, and I specifically bought it to wear with Ruby Woo. But you can create so many different combinations with this liner, it’s not even funny. Definitely added to the holy grail product list!

Tarte Maracuja Oil Rollerball ($17 at Sephora):

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This oil is one of my favorites, but for some reason, I never realized that they sold it in rollerball form. I know. Don’t judge me. Maracuja oil is good for brightening and smoothing the skin, has Vitamin C, and also has essential fatty acids which will help rebuild and repair the skin. I like it because it makes my face feel soft. *looks around, shrugs* It’s just that simple. :) The only thing that I’m having an issue with is the actual rollerball. You’re supposed to apply it directly to your face,but it doesn’t seem to disperse much product, at least not until you play around with it for awhile. Maybe I’m doing it wrong. Sometimes “user error” is the order of the day. For now, I’m just using it in the palm of my hand until I get an adequate amount of product, and then I apply the product to my face. Maybe I should stick with the larger version instead of the rollerball. :(

Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray ($14 at Sephora):

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Okay, I could have sworn that the $14 bottle used to be a lot smaller than this. I looked at an old empty bottle that I still had for some reason (again, don’t judge me!), and it was only just over 0.5 oz. This one is 1.0 fluid ounces. Maybe I’m crazy, but this is twice the amount of product for the same price. I’ll take it! :D I usually get the De-Slick because my skin is extremely oily. I could set my face with powder all day, and it’s just a waste of product, because all of the just slides right off of my face anyway, Not with this stuff. This keeps my makeup on for a LOT longer than any powder has ever done. Unless I find something better, this will always be on my holy grail product list.

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil in Honey Kissed ($22 at The Body Shop):

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Okay, this one was an airport impulse buy. Mom and I were walking around, wasting time, when I saw The Body Shop, and realized that I haven’t been in one of their stores in years. So we go in, and one of the craziest (in a great way) salespeople ever to grace the planet sold me on this bronzer while making me cry laughing at the same time! Listen, I love great people, people who can have fun at their jobs (and make you have fun too!), and I love people who are who they are with no apologies. And she was that person, let me tell you! I wasn’t sure about this product at first, even though you know that I love a good bronzer, but once she slapped this on my arm…I was SOLD. It’s not overly glittery, it gives a nice amount of bronzy glow, and it smells absolutely beautiful! Or at least I enjoy the scent! It’s sheer, not greasy, very light, and a little goes a long way. It will probably take me forever to use the whole bottle, which makes it worth the price.

Not much, I know, but I picked up a few other goodies during the trip as well. I just didn’t want to put them all together in one post. Next one, yes? :) I hope that everyone is having a great week. Happy Thursday!

Quick Photo Post: The Fountains Resort (Bluegreen), Orlando, FL

*This is not a sponsored post. Not in the least.

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We had a bunch of points to burn with Bluegreen before our next cycle begins, so my dad sent my mom and I on a vacation…because he’s nice like that. :) Plus, with everything that has gone on this summer, and all of the stress that we’ve endured, he thought that we deserved a break. My parents enjoy spending time at The Fountains Resort in Orlando, so Mom and I chose to go there…and it was lovely. I made sure to touch every single thing in the suite! Haha! It was cool because we just went to relax, and we had plenty of space to do so, which was nice. We had a fantastic time together. It was all about resting, relaxing, and spending time with my momma. I love her. She’s the only one that I’ve got. :)

Photo overload for the win.

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Top floor, right corner, high ceilings…

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Lobby area…

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The suite: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, dining room, full kitchen, two living rooms, a game room, and three separate balconies. And it was just the two of us. Space galore! I’d originally put photos of every room in this post, but it was too much. So here’s a small portion of the space:

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Night view of the pool area and part of the property:

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Good times. :)

Unintended Hiatus…

Hello hello! I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA for the last two months, but it has been a really stressful summer, and I had to focus my attention elsewhere for awhile. My mom was going through a major illness, and my efforts were focused on taking care of her, and just making sure that she was alright and healthy, which she is now, thank goodness. She got the all clear sign, and then she and I went on a mommy-and-me vacation! :D I’m back now, and ready to get back into the swing of things!

New posts start tomorrow! Thank you for being patient with me. I truly do appreciate it. I hope that everyone has a fantastic week! (((hugs and love)))