Thrifty Americans Wanted

If you live in the U.S. and love shopping for beauty products, consider finding me on Facebook.  When I find great deals on beauty products, I share them on my page so we can all save on the stuff we love!

Bridgett’s Beauty Blog on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BridgettsBeautyBlog

(Recent post:  How you can get the Lorac Pro Palette for just $29.40!)

 

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Versatile Blogger Award

The oh-so-fabulous Asha at Oxford Owl has been kind enough to nominate me for the Versatile Blogger Award.  (Thanks, gorgeous!)

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This is an award given to bloggers who inspire you, and you’re supposed to nominate 15 people.  However, I admittedly don’t read TONS of blogs and I’ve already nominated several of them for other awards, so I’m going to limit it a bit more than that.  Then you have to add 7 facts about you.  (Am I really that interesting?  I think not – but since I’m breaking the “nomination” rule, I guess I should at least follow the one other rule of the award!)

  1. I’m a stickler about grammar/spelling.  I can’t stand to hear people say things like “irregardless”.
  2. I knew how to use a gun before I knew how to use a curling iron.
  3. I’ve never played “Angry Birds”, but I love first-person shooter games like “Call of Duty” and “Battlefield”. Shocking, I know, after reading #2! 🙂
  4. I totally spoil my dog.  She gets a “sample” of most things I cook.
  5. I grew up in a cold climate and live in a hot one.  Definitely prefer the heat.
  6. I have 2 kids who are only 14 months apart in age, but are worlds apart in personality traits.
  7. I would feel completely lost and stressed out if I didn’t have a smartphone.

Nominations:

1.  Beauty Blogger Goddess

2.  Beauty in Beta

3.  Always Unpresentable

4.  Too Tall Fritz (not a beauty blog, but inspiring!)

5.  Taneja’s Bride

Review: Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara

This is one of the products that came in the gift-with-purchase set recently offered by Clinique/Macy’s.  Since I needed some foundation, anyway, I figured I’d might as well get the bonus item(s)!  I didn’t expect to love/need everything in the kit, but it was free, so I’m not going to complain.  Too much…

Pros:  Paraben and sulfate-free.  Coats lashes very well.  Nice brush.  Stays in place (doesn’t smudge, except right after you put it on.)  Black is a dark shade.

Cons:  Doesn’t do much to “thicken” lashes.  Expensive.

In Summary:  This is a good mascara, but it’s not a great mascara.  It’s less expensive than the much-adored Benefit “They’re Real!”, but more expensive than the average drugstore brand, many of which are just as good.

Rating:  3 out of 5 stars  3-stars

Price:  $16

Available at: Clinique, Sephora, Macy’s, other department storesclinique lash doubling mascara

Thumbs-Down: Ulta Beauty Wedges

I must say that I’ve been using this product for quite a while now.  I’ve even recommended them.  The last time I reviewed them, they got 4.5 out of 5 stars.  I was running low on them recently, so I went to Ulta and picked up another package.  When I opened the package yesterday, I could tell they had changed…

Pros:  Made in USA.  Affordable. Latex-free.

Cons:  Formula has changed and they’re now more “spongy”, lightweight, and less durable.  Change in density causes “warping” of the sponge, making it harder to manage.

In Summary:  I no longer recommend this product.  The change to it results in more foundation (or other product) being absorbed into the sponge, which will end up costing you more money.  Maybe this was an intentional ploy by Ulta to try to get people to use more makeup.  Clever, but not cool.  (And annoying enough that I’ve left a negative review on the Ulta.com website!)  So, now I’m stuck with 95 more of these sponges.  They’ll probably end up in my crafting supplies like all the other beauty wedges I didn’t like…

Related Post:  Review of Up & Up Brand wedges:  http://wp.me/p1Z8Rq-54

Rating:  2 out of 5 stars  2-stars  (only because they’re made in USA)

Price:  $1.99 for 8 ct., $2.99 for 32ct., $6.99 for 96 ct.

Available at:  Ulta, Ulta.com

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Thumbs-Down: Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer

I love nail polish.  OK, I hoard nail polish.  My collection verges on ridiculousness.  But it’s not all my fault.  My children are enablers.  They buy me nail polish for my birthday, Mother’s Day, and Christmas.  (Because they’re smart and they love me!)  I even feel a little bad about writing this post, because this nail polish happens to be one of the ones my daughter got me for my birthday.  But, I have to give an honest assessment – or I wouldn’t be able to claim to be “brutally honest”…

Pros:  Inexpensive.  Available at tons of stores.  Lots of color choices.

Cons:  Goes on unevenly.  Much more “sheer” than it looks in the bottle.  (Don’t let the fancy-sounding “lacquer” in the name trick you!)  Bad brush.  Bottle is significantly smaller than the average nail polish product.

In Summary:   Yet again, Maybelline disappoints me.  While they make a couple products I like (mascara), I generally think their stuff is cheaply-made.   Rimmel and Wet N Wild make nail polishes in the same price range that are far superior, and you get more for the money.

Rating:  1 out of 5 stars  1-star

Price:  approx. $4

Available at:  drugstores, mass merchandisers, Ulta

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