Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

Normally I wouldn't even bother with buying a Revlon mascara, because I've never liked a single one. But I had $8.65 in drugstore.com dollars, and this was $8.99 and it was free shipping/no minimum purchase - so it cost me $.34 out of pocket. :-)

Anyway...this is called Grow Luscious by Fabulash. On the back it says that lashes will grow stronger day after day and says that the "lash enhancing formula complements the natural growth cycle of your lashes and improves their overall appearance and condition with each use." (I'm not sure what they mean by any of that, though - it doesn't mention any sort of scientific data to back that up, nor does it specifically mention any ingredients that may aid your lashes.) It claims that 96% of women tested instantly saw longer, more lush lashes - which isn't saying much if you think about it! Any mascara is likely to produce some results; it just doesn't mean you'll be happy with them! That being said, this is probably the best Revlon mascara I've tried - not that the bar is set very high!

One thing you'll notice from the picture is that the brush is very large. My hands/fingers are not particularly tiny for a female. Some may like this, but if you apply mascara like I do, you may not appreciate it. I like to apply to the back (or would that be top?!) of my lashes as well and it's hard to do with a large brush without getting mascara on my lids. This is no exception. The formula itself is pretty thick. Not a ton of product comes out on the brush, which is an issue I had with their 3D and DoubleTwist mascaras. I could see it easily clumping up though with several coats.

All in all, this isn't a bad mascara; it's just okay. It would make a nice everyday mascara. I would never pay $9 for it though; I might consider repurchasing if I found it in a 40% or 50% off sale. There are just too many good drugstore mascaras out there right now!


P.S. - Sorry, no other makeup on today! Today is Day 3 with no makeup (except for the mascara trial today of course!) - I had surgery on Tuesday so I'm just taking it easy. :-)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bumble & Bumble BOGO @ Target! (and some more sale goodies)

I went into Target yesterday while the hubby went in Lowe's and as usual made a beeline for the health and beauty section. Imagine my delight when I saw Bumble & Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo & Conditioner in a BOGO 2-pack! Unfortunately, instead of being a shampoo and a conditioner, it was 2 of the same, but oh well...I'll eventually use 'em both! I've only had the pleasure of using Creme de Coco 2 other times, when I bought a tiny sample sized bottles for a trip - but I really liked them and have been tossing around the idea of buying full-sized bottles, but I balked at the price tag (I'm generally a drugstore or Sally's person for hair care). But this sealed the deal! I'm not sure if this is something that is at all Targets or what. I know mine has high-end hair products BOGO from time to time though; last year I got the same deal on some Frederic Fekkai.



I also picked up a Schick Intuition set. I needed refills anyway, and they had this kit for the same price as 3 refills, so I got one bonus refill plus a cute, springy, new (PINK!) razor! YAY! =)



I stopped at CVS as well. I had a $5 off $25 coupon, plus $10 ExtraBucks from the CVS Advisory Panel survey I completed, so I wanted to take advantage of those. Mostly I just stocked up on products for my husband, but I did get 2 things for myself. Check out this cute leopard-print headband from Goody! Even the salesgirl commented on it! And I've been looking at these Sexiest Fantasies body sprays for awhile but I couldn't decide which fragrance I wanted. Since they had a free purse spray, I went for it this time. I got Fireworks in the full size, and the purse spray is Love Struck. I have to say I like Fireworks better in the bottle than I do on me. On, it kinda brings to mind being in a store that always has incense burning - it has a pleasant scent, but you can't discern any specific notes. I definitely won't be trading in my Love's Sugar Kiss for either of these anytime soon. =)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Free (or almost free) stuff at Kroger!

So I was browsing the Kroger website a few days ago while updating my shopper card information and stumbled on a coupon for $5 off the purchase of 2 of their Mirra products. I had just been looking at their makeup brushes that day and remembered that they were on sale! So I printed off several coupons and returned to Kroger. Grand total spent for 8 brushes (and as you can see, some of them are dual-ended!): $2.42 plus tax! They are pretty soft. A few hairs have fell out, but it's not too bad. Since I'm already set with brushes, I'm thinking of tossing these in my travel bag.

If you haven't tried anything in the Mirra line, you should give it a shot. I bought a shampoo and a conditioner a few months ago and I really liked it - it smelled great too! They have a decent selection: makeup brushes, hair products, body lotion, etc. Coupon link: Mirra Coupon

(OK, click on each image to see the full pic - again, I'm new to blogging and clearly I don't quite have it mastered yet! ;-))