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Where are the BEST deals on higher-end makeup brands?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love the thrill of finding a great deal, especially when it comes to buying perfume and higher-end makeup products like Bare Escentuals, Urban Decay, Dior, etc.

While retailers may offer a varying assortment of products/colors in a particular brand, the price will be the same across the board, whether you purchase the item from Sephora, Ulta, or directly from the brand's website.  You may be thinking, how can I save money then?  

The secret?  Shop the "Friends and Family" sales!

At least once a year, sometimes twice, retailers will offer a "Friends and Family Sale".  Typically, it is 20% off their entire store.  However, sometimes there will be exclusions.  After shopping several of these types of sales, here are places that I think offer the best sales....

1) Sephora - BEST sale, in my opinion :-)
~ 20% off applies to everything, including fragrance! 
~ The discount can be used to shop online or in the store
~ They hav…

Where are the BEST deals on drugstore makeup brands?

There is nothing like a sale on makeup that puts me in the mood to buy, buy, buy!  I think everyone loves the thrill of finding a great deal no matter what you are shopping, clothes, makeup, etc.  However, sometimes a "sale" price isn't always a great deal so I'm here to give you some tips to discern when to take advantage of those sales and when to just say "no" :-)

In this post, I'm specifically going to talk about drugstore makeup brands.  Some of you might be wondering, "What is a drugstore brand?"  Typically this refers to brands like Revlon, Maybelline, L'Oreal, etc. that are sold in drugstores, such as Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid and are also sold in discount retailers like Target and Walmart.  Even though Ulta Beauty store is not a drugstore or discounted retailer, they do sell most drugstore brands along with higher-end brands as well.

So where do you find the best deals?  Well, I thought it might be easiest to see the best…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Baseboards & Extra Vacuuming

*Wipe down baseboards, chair rail/trim and window sills in entryway, living/family room  and hallway
*Bonus Task:  Spend a little extra time with the vacuum in the living/family room, sweeping under the couch(es), chair(s) and under all the cushions; also if you have a fireplace with brick, vacuum that as well.

*Approximate time ~ 10-15 minutes cleaning baseboards; Bonus Task ~ 15 minutes

*Tips:  For cleaning baseboards, use hot water with a little dish soap (i.e., Dawn) and an old rag.  For stubborn marks or scuffs, use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Personal Notes:  If you have a brick or stone fireplace and think it looks pretty the vacuum over it and you may be surprised at all that was "lurking" in the crevices and cracks!  Also, if your baseboards/trim need a little touch-up with paint, this is a great time to tackle that.  I'd been putting this task off for quite awhile but finally got that done and it looks so much better!

Happy Cleaning :-)

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Fans

*Clean the bathroom fan (if applicable), ceiling fans and any portable fans you use for the summer
*Bonus Task:  Wash comforter(s) on beds and mattress pads/covers

*Approximate time ~ 10 minutes per fan; Bonus Task ~ time for 1-2 extra loads of laundry

*Tips:  For the bathroom ceiling fan, be sure the switch is turned off then remove the cover.  Rinse the cover with hot water and dry.  Use the vacuum and/or a damp paper towel to remove lint and dirt around fan opening.  For ceiling and/or portable fans, use damp paper towels to clean each fan blade, motor, etc.

Personal Notes:  I just happened to look up at the fan in the bathroom the other day and saw lint peeking through the vent.  This prompted me to remove the cover and my oh my.....I couldn't believe what I saw!  The fan was installed probably 30 years ago and it looked like it'd not been cleaned since.  But now it's clean and I feel so much better knowing all that dust and lint and dirt is gone!

Happy Cleaning :-)


"Holy Grail" Hair Products

Since I have such a wild and crazy hairstyle, I get asked all the time, "What do you use to get your hair to stand up like that?"  So I thought I'd share with you my favorite "holy grail" hair products, how I use them and the reasons I would cry buckets of tears if they were ever taken off the market :-)

Now, the first time I heard someone refer to something as a "holy grail" or "HG" product, I had no idea what they were talking about.  When I heard the words, "Holy Grail", I immediately thought of movies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Both movies feature men on an adventure across the world to find the Holy Grail and they encounter many obstacles along the way.  It was then that I connected the "HG" product is something that you find after an extensive search and it becomes your number one product to use for a specific purpose.

On the quest to find my "h…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Bathroom Lights

*It's time to clean those light fixtures in the bathroom(s)!

*Approximate time ~ 15 minutes per light fixture

Tips:  Be sure your light switch is off and the lightbulbs are cool to touch.  Carefully, remove each bulb and wipe clean with a damp rag, clorox wipes or a little Windex and a paper towel. If your fixture also has shades over each bulb, wipe these clean after bulbs have been removed, being very careful not to drip water into the light bulb sockets!  Finally, wipe down the rest of the fixture and then replace the bulbs.

Personal Notes:  I'm always amazed at how much brighter my bathroom is when I have clean lights!  This is such an easy task but for some reason, I neglect it often :-)

Happy Cleaning!

*Tune in tomorrow for Holy Grail Hair Products!

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - The Microwave

*It's time to tackle those spills and spatters in the microwave!

*Approximate time ~ 10 minutes

*Tips:  For minor cleanups, use an all-purpose cleaner like Fantastic or Lysol Kitchen Cleaner and a rag or paper towels and wipe down the entire inside of the microwave.  Be sure to remove the turntable or tray in the middle if you have one and clean underneath.  Then thoroughly wipe down the outside including the door, handle and number pad as well as the top and the vents.  For a super stuck on mess, here is a great method to loosen up the gunk and get it cleaned up in no time: Clean Your Microwave in 10 Minutes or Less

*Personal Notes:  I'll admit that I try to keep the inside of my microwave pretty clean.  However, it was that upper ledge and vents along the top of my microwave that were layered with dust, dirt and who knows what!  But with a little Fantastic Cleaner and a few paper towels, I'm happy to report it's now ready for the white glove test :-)

Happy Cleaning!