Monday, March 26, 2012

March 2012 $200 Makeup Budget and a Giveaway!

Hi guys! I thought you might like to know how the beauty budget is going.  In March, I managed to spend only $2 over my $200 budget, but I also decided that $200 is a really generous amount and I'm aiming for only $150 in April.

All images from Polyvore/property of their respective owners.

Here's the breakdown of what I bought:
MACY'S
1)MAC Eyeshadows in Mythology and Star Violet
2)MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder in Medium Plus
3)MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed
4)MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick
5)MAC for Chenman Lip Glass in Force of Love
6)Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black
$100 Gift Card - Only paid $19

BEAUTY.COM
7)Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head for Delicate Skin (pack of two)
8)It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer, Natural Medium
9)Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, Natural Mint
10)Z-Palette Customizable Makeup Palette, small leopard
11)Beauty.com Erin Fetherston Spring 2012 Train Case (GWP)
$10 off coupon - Paid $75 (I had to spend $100 pre-coupon to get the GWP, but not all of it was items I count towards the beauty budget)

AMAZON.COM
12)Bioderma Crealine H20 Ultra-mild Non-rinse Face and Eyes Cleanser 1000mL (500mL pack of two)
Paid $63

L'OCCITANE BOUTIQUE
13)L'Occitane Original Shea Hand Cream (Full-size and Travel-size)
Free travel-size with purchase of full-size coupon - Paid $30

CVS
14)Revlon Beyond Natural Lashes in Flirty and Defining
Paid $15
=$202

Wish me luck on trimming the budget to $150!

Oh, and I almost forgot about the giveaway! :-P D'oh!  Open to U.S. shipping addresses only (sorry), leave your e-mail address in the comments for a chance to win 7 sets of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips! The patterns will be randomly selected by me and there are two (2) prizes available for two winners.  This contest closes Saturday, March 31st at midnight and the winners will be randomly selected using random.org.  I will contact the winners by e-mail and blog post, and winners must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

Have a great week, lovelies!

41 comments:

  1. Hey Sarah! holly.norburg@gmail.com *fingers crossed*

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  2. Wow, I wish I had your budget!! I would be in makeup heaven every month! lol. Love the stuff you got! :)

    Mariahl03@hotmail.com

    I have a giveaway on my blog if you haven't entered yet :)

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    1. Ooh, I'll check your giveaway out :)
      I know, it's still too big a budget! Got to cut back ;)

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  3. I also wish I had your budget too! Since my funds are extremely low this year, I have been missing out on tons of beauty and makeup related product... :(

    lizking1216@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Liz, me too, compared to last year... but it isn't good to blow so much money on just makeup. I'm still trying to find a good balance. Good luck on winning :)

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  4. please enter me, Sarah! :D
    Lena (lenallure.com) lenallure@gmail.com

    good luck with your April budget!
    i admire you. the march items seem all necessary purchases, too. ;)

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  5. Woohoo for giveaways! I am currently on a no spend budget after starting spring cleaning and finding a lot of neglected makeup! mrsweslowski at yahoo dot com thank you!

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    1. That's amazing, I hope I can do a no-buy (for makeup) at some point. Good luck :) It's great finding makeup we've forgotten about!

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  6. The only things I bought recently and haven't posted in a jaul post on my blog yet are Revlon Lip Butter in Cupcake ($3.99), Carmex in the squeezable tube ($1.99) and Nivea Visage Natural Beauty L'Occitane Original Shea Hand Cream Eye Cream ($2). I don't know, I have so many things that I want to use up first, I'm not tempted to buy too much things. Since the Revlon lip butters received so much hype but I thought they were way too pricey at $9, I had to get one when they got on sale. The Nivea is from the dollar store and I loved the pot version of Carmex so I wanted the squeezable tube as well, I think the formula is creamier (:

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    1. What do you think of the lipbutter? Cupcake is one of the harder shades to pull off, but you probably can :)

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  7. What a wonderful selection for $200! I really want to try Bioderma. Even though VG Nicki is so bright, I'm tempted to try it too! Thanks for the giveaway too, my gmail is cuteandmundane

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    1. I've seen VG Nicki toned down with a nude and that looks lovely too, for just a hint of the shade :)

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  8. vilaygrrl@gmail.com

    Can't wait to see you try on the shadows and lipsticks!

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  9. Beansprout89@hotmail.com !!! Awesome giveaway ... havent one a giveaway ever but there so much fun !

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  10. E-mail: elviafrancis87@yahoo.com

    Wow, $200 makeup budget and skimming down to $150? Good luck! I don't wear too much makeup; I stick to the essentials (skincare, eyeliner, lip balm, powder foundation, etc)... but I do know (from my experience) that it's super easy to spend $100 at Sephora alone. I love that store! So, I do wish you the best of luck :) Are you doing it for yourself as a "beauty challenge" or doing the budget slim down due to financial constraints? Just curious; you don't have to answer if you don't want to. :)

    By the way, does BioDerma make creams as well? Are they good/reputable and do they work for extremely sensitive skin? I'd love to know your thoughts.

    Also, L'Occitane's rose hand cream is my favorite! x.

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    Elvia
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    1. Hi Elvia, I know it's so easy to spend more than $150 at Sephora alone! Really great point... it sounded like a lot to me when I started but now I realize how easy it is to do. I have to do more planning and less impulse-buying. This is really a beauty challenge for me and so my husband won't be annoyed by all the money I spend on makeup (I can't possibly wear it all, after all). Also, I kept buying more and more storage and I realized I didn't want to have to sift through duds all the time to get to what I really wear.

      I believe Bioderma makes a full skincare line but I have only tried the Crealine H20 so I'm not sure how their sensitive skin products are, sorry!

      Your blog looks really nice :)

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  11. i would like to try...thanks for your information..

    visit my blog...giveaway for u!!!

    dior nail polish giveaway!!!!

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  12. I love Bioderma!! It's my current fave micellar cleanser!

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    1. It's the first I've tried - definitely works a treat :)

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  13. want! socialitedreams at gmail.com

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  14. Good job on the budget!

    elexmarie@gmail.com

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  15. A $200/month makeup budget would be so difficult for me. As you know, I'm a bit of a compulsive shopper - it's really bad when I walk into Sephora.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  16. Very awesome!! I have been spending a lot of money on makeup (again), but mostly on indie makeup.
    How are you liking the Bioderma so far?

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    1. Really liking it! It does a good job removing my makeup and I love that I don't have to use a cleanser afterward if I'm feeling lazy :D

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  17. I LOVE that hand creme!

    http://sandra-thepuzzleofmylife.blogspot.com/

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    1. It would totally be my HG if only it smelled like chocolate ;)

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  18. Email: rmarief@gmail.com

    I love the Sally Hanson Polish Strips as I am on a computer all day and these do not chip as regular nail polish does.

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    1. I agree, they're awesome! Good luck to you :)

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  19. What a great prize--I'd love to try the polish strips!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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    1. Good luck! I'm sure you'll love them if you love easy, funky nail looks :)

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  20. nice products here, your lashes look pretty

    thanks for visiting my blog, now following ;-)

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    1. Thanks! Your blog looks great, I'm glad I just found it :)

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