Friday, May 22, 2009

Haul: TJ Maxx & Marshalls

TJ Maxx and Marshall's have almost identical merchandise, so I went on a Paraben Free expedition to see what could be found. I only drop by about one a month since their product turnover is a bit slow.

I picked up more Rachel Perry products. A couple of toners and another face scrub. Her products have really grown on me and the packaging is so unusual, it stands out. Perry products were $4 - $6 each, regularly $15 or so. I still see her older versions of these online and they do contain Parabens, so always check your ingredients.

I also bought a 8 ouce Dani body lotion. They have several scents available, I picked Mango. Certified Vegan and Organic ingredients.

Rachel Perry Perfectly Clear Toner: Ingredients: Active Ingredients: SD alcohol 40, Camphor, Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol, Peppermint Oil.

Also Contains: Purified Water, Polysorbate 20, Echinacea, Panthenol(vitamin "B"), Comfrey Root (Allantoin), Sage Extract, Clove Oil, Irish Moss Extract, Citrus Oils, Essential Oil.

Haul: NYX Pearl Shadows

I posted a few days ago about the NYX sales going on. When Cherry Culture had their NYX at 50% plus free shipping on any order, I finally bit.

I bought 25 of the 29 (?) available colors. I passed on the pinks and odd ones. Some of these have ingredients labels and some don't, but since they all look the same, I am 'assuming' they all have the same ingredients. I haven't had time to get into them and play, but I have been watching other folks play for a couple of years now.

I think these are a great deal at $1 a piece. Can't be much more than the actual cost. I just wish NYX didn't have Parabens in their other products. I loved their lipsticks before I knew what was in them.

Loose Pearl Eyeshadow Ingredients:
Mica (and) Iron Oxides (and) Titanium Dioxide

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Haul: Target & Makeup Alley

This is a miscellaneous combo haul. I did a trade on Makeup Alley for a couple of Silk Naturals lippies in Nectar and Rhapsody. The samples were extras. Everyday Minerals, Adorned with Grace, Joppa Minerals. I've never tried Grace or Joppa before, always something new to get into!

I picked up this bag of 8 scrubbies at Target for $2. I used one last night. Pretty much a generic Buff Puff pad. When you wear them out, they are great for scrubbing the sink and the tub. Reuse and recycle!

Check it Out: Garden of Wisdom

I run across some of the coolest products reading posts over at They were having a discussion of Mandelic oil and how it can knock out blackheads. Someone mentioned they buy their products from Garden of Wisdom, so I had to go check it out.

I could wallow around in this website for hours if I had the time. All kinds of wonderful, natural products. I am overwhelmed with goodness. For the DIY folks, tons of raw materials to mix your own.

Their products have lots of good reviews over at Makeup Alley, so definitely check this site out! I did get a sampler of the Mandelic oil, I will let you know if my nose finally clears up...

Gotta B Urban Brushes

I'm sure this is old news to some of you, but I just ran across this brand while hauling at TJ Maxx and Marshall's. I found a bronzer that was the size of a small pancake for $6. I didn't buy it because it was too dark for me, but the ingredients listing was okay. As I was digging around for info on this brand, I kept finding blog posts about their brushes. Apparently, they are pretty good quality for the price ($4 - $9). They look in the range of Essence of Beauty to me, which are great little brushes. So, keep an eye open!

Kabuki image from

You Tube brush haul I found:

Spell Cosmetics Memorial Day Contest

Memorial Day Weekend Contest Details!

If you are a Youtube follower of ours, you heard about this weekends Contest and Free Gift giveaways at Spell. If you are not a follower on youtube then here are the details for you!!

1. All orders of $20.00 will receive a FREE eyeshadow, (Your choice) and a FREE Mini gloss(Your Choice). The colours can be added to the "Comments for Spell" section of your order form

2. In addition, Every order will be entered into a random drawing, the winner will receive a mini contract to work with Spell and create your own Shadow Colour and Gloss Colour, they will then be added to the online store and sold for the entire summer. You will receive your own commission on the sale of your items.

This Contest runs from Thursday Morning May 21st and ends Monday May 25th at Midnight!

Spell Blog

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Makeup Alley Hauls

Okay, one more post before I start working my second job. The past few weeks, I have been trading makeup, perfume, etc. with folks on Makeup Alley. If you aren't familiar with the site, check it out. They have thousands of product reviews and lots of nice folks who like to trade this for that. It's a virtual beauty swapmeet. I've been a member since 2003, but never thought about trading until I started having problems finding the Paraben Free products I read about on other sites. My experience has mostly been positive. Only had one problem swapper who sent me expired items I had to throw out. This is my haul from two other traders.

Sample - Givenchy Ange ou Demon perfume sample. Always curious about it, but haven't broken into it yet.

New Kiss My Face Sheer Organic Shimmer in Topaz. This is just like the Burt's Bees products without such a strong peppermint kick. This does have peppermint flavor, but they tuned it down with vanilla and chocolate. Flavor free, anyone?

Zoya Nail Polish in Susanne and Sachi. Think I will like Susanne. Sachi is a bit hot pink for me.

Bare Escentuals / Bare Minerals Mineral Lipstick in Generosity. Cleaned it well with alcohol. Nice color, smooth. Like the tube. Surprised.

Britney Spears Fantasy - Well, I was 'curious'. Har-har. Seriously, one spray and this was gacking me. I felt like I was being suffocated in it. It finally died off after a couple of hours. Really cute bottle, though.

Kathy Hilton Perfume - This is an extra that a trader put in my box. I thought 'Hilton, ew'. The stuff under Paris' name is just awful. Believe it or not, this is the best perfume trade I have made in a while. It is nice, classy and hangs around for a long time without being overwhelming. Color me su-prised!

Wire Turqouis bracelet - I really didn't want this, but a trader really wanted one of my items, so I swapped for it. This is another favorite trade as well. It hugs my wrist perfectly and makes me feel exotic. LOL. It's crazy how the things I really didn't want end up being the ones I like the most!

Naturally Victoria's Secret

Don't do it! I reader notified me of this product line a few weeks ago and I have just been all over the internet trying to find the ingredients listing for these things. Impossible to find unless you are reading the product box. BUT, I did just discover another fantastic blog called Feelgood Style - Beauty With Integrity. The author ran into the same problem I did, but she managed to solve the case (post includes ingredients list - ewww). You really need to read her post to see the hoops she was put through trying to find what exactly was in these 'natural' products. Good reading here.

Using Office Supply Organizers For Makeup

I know, I know. But, some people out there have never tried using desk organizers for their makeup. They are a fraction of the price, work just as well as the ones sold specifically to organize makeup. Caboodles makes something similar to the above for twice as much. Oh, their version comes in pink, I guess that explains the price difference. O_o

I ran across a great post on Spektra that shows mesh containers being used for storage. I prefer mesh products for storage because you can see through them and they allow for air circulation, so you don't end up with stale smelling containers.

Enjoy the splendor below: Mesh: It's How I Roll
Image from the above post.

ELF Just p*ssed me off!

Grrr... Shoulda known better. Received an e-mail this morning from ELF with the title '75% OFF e.l.f.' for a special 2-hour sale from 2-4 EST this afternoon. I didn't post about it because the title said 75% off but the coupon inside said 50% off their mineral makeup. Um, okay. Which is it? I wanted to try their mineral lipstick, so I blocked off some time this afternoon to (hopefully) buy them at the 75% off price. The site was being hammered and I spent 20 minutes just getting product into my cart only to have ELF dump the whole thing when I tried to check out. Added everything again and found that only their Mineral50 code was working, not the Mineral75. They have 50% off codes all the time, what was the point in the super special 2-hour sale?

I found a discussion on a deals board I read and someone had called ELF and was told the 75% was a typo. Yeah...

ELF Shenanigans

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Good Guide Website

I just ran across this one while looking up the ingredients for some MAC Pigments. They have ingredients and reviews for all kinds of products, from canned fruit to deodorant. Definitely worth the look, especially since many items have the label and ingredients listed. It's fascinating reading!

The Good Guide

Cherry Culture 50% NYX & Free Shipping

Let me preface this with a warning. Most everything on Cherry Culture is full of Parabens and other funk. However, once in a while you can find something good. They don't list any ingredients, so you have to do your detective work.

I received an e-mail from Cherry Culture that in addition to the NYX 50% sale, they were also offering free shipping on any purchase (normally $40) through May 15th. They have many quality makeup brushes. None of their cosmetics passed my muster except for the Loose Pearl Eyeshadow. I picked most of those up to try. They are $1 each after code.

Loose Pearl Eyeshadow Ingredients:
Mica (and) Iron Oxides (and) Titanium Dioxide

Code: NYX50
Free Shipping will show up on order page

Cherry Culture NYX Link

Monday, May 11, 2009

Zoya Polish Earth Day Haul

I finally got off the bench and mailed off my old polishes to do the Zoya Earth Day Exchange. It's still going on, I don't know for how long. I just found a shoebox of old polishes from a K-Mart gift pack under the bed, so I will be going for round two.

Zoya Exchange here.

I traded in 11 old polishes. The new bottles cost $3 each, shipped. Regular price is $6 before shipping. The only one I didn't like is 'Elodie'. It is a bit too bright for me. I've already traded it at Makeup Alley.

Review: Wet 'n Wild Ultimate Minerals Blush

Yes, you think I have lost my bleeping mind for ever buying a Wet 'n Wild product considering their historically nasty product line. This product doesn't have top notch ingredients, but for the price, it's acceptable. You get a lot of product for very little.

The jar drove me batty the first time I used it. I didn't realize it had a pop top on it. I thought the flip top was silly until I started using the product and realized you only need a few specks of it to get some major color impact. Just a dab will do you on this. Color payoff is great and several colors are available. I've been using it everyday for nearly a month now. No complaints and no skin reactions. Stay away from their foundation minerals as they are full of Parabens.

Wet 'n Wild Ultimate Minerals in Barely Peach.

Grade: A, Packaging: A-
Price: $3.99
Size: .17 ounces, 4.8 grams
Pros: Cheap, major color payoff.
Cons: You really don't need the screw top lid. It's kind of wobbly.

Mica , Boron Nitride , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , Silica , Glyceryl Caprylate , Tourmaline , Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Potassium Sorbate , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil , Tocopherol , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil , +/- May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride/CI77163 , Carmine/CI 75470 , Iron Oxides/CI 77491, 77492, 77499 , Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891 , Ultramarines/CI 77007

Sale Codes

Couple sale codes from my inbox.

J. Lynn Cosmetics:

Now through 11:59PM EST on Sunday, May 17th - use Code: POWDER and receive 25% OFF all Mineral Finishing Powders (full sizes AND sample jars) at J.Lynne Cosmetics!

Garden Girl Skincare:
20% off Body Butters. Code: May11

Juliet's Room:
25% off Skin Care Products

Spell Cosmetics Lip Gloss Relaunch

All kinds of Spell goodness going on. They have relaunched their products in different containers with more product. Get this, they are putting their lip gloss into nail polish bottles! Why hasn't someone thought of that before? LOL. That is quite a bit of product. Be sure to check it out on their website and don't forget the 25% off code (see bottom of post).

The rumors were true. We did repackage all of the glosses! Tonight May 08 2009 at midnight est they will re-lauch in the online store. The packaging design is a retro 20's look, the container is a new eco-sensitive and recycleable glass jar. The applicator is a 1/4" Brush end which allow for more product and more control. The Obvious line will re-launch at $9.99 each. You will now be getting 50% more product in each!

Spell is the leader on this innovative packaging idea. Everyone uses the gloss tubes, we wanted to maintain the unique approach to the line and launch with class!

Now, to the best parts!! Many of you have the Obvious glosses already. We needed to focus on how to replace your product if you desire. So, throughout the month of May, you can replace your glosses and orders at 30% off plus a FREE EYESHADOW FROM ANY COLLECTION! You will receive a special code via email. In order to receive it please send an email titled" Gloss Replacement" to Please provide a previous order number and we will provide you the code.

We are so grateful to all of our customers and hope you will enjoy this "touch of class" that we have added to the Spell Line!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Blog Comments Update

Hello, everyone! Sorry I have not updated in a few days. My two jobs have been wearing me out. I have a ton of hauls and new Paraben Free websites I need to post on.

I have changed the settings on this blog so that
only registered users can post. I had already set the comments up for my approval before they are published, but apparently that is not enough.

I never realized there were so many hateful crazies on the web until I put up this site. I had an entire box full of hateful and poorly spelled comments when I logged in this evening. They all appear to be from the same anonymous person, at least I hope it's only one person. I don't understand why someone would bother reading and posting vitriolic comments on my PARABEN FREE blog if they don't believe that Parabens and other chemicals are a danger. I don't suffer fools easily. Please go crawl back under your rock.