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ULTA free shipping on any order plus $5 off $10

This deal can’t get any better! Hurry over before today ends for free shipping on any ULTA order and they also have a $5 off $10 code going on right now (208236)! If you know me well, I love maximizing my deals so I know my best bet would be to get something that hits exactly or a little over $10 for 50% or almost 50% off. To maximize this deal even more? Purchase items with ongoing deals or markdowns and that will be more than 50% off saving now off retail price instantly when you order! Here are some scenarios I came up with below.

ULTA free shipping on any order plus $5 off $10 Sample Order #1

ULTA is running a $3 on some travel size items for the hair and these retail for $6 or $7 for most items in this list. That’s already at least 50% off retail. I grabbed 3 items from the Sexy Hair line bringing the total to $9 and I picked up a nail smoothing block for $1 to make the total $10. I added the fragrance sampler during checkout and used the $5 off $10 coupon. The total including tax to my state is $5.43. Not bad!

ULTA free shipping on any order plus $5 off $10 Sample Order #2

c.booth items on the ULTA site are 50% off again! Wowee! What a deal! I had a problem with supply being available in my local ULTA store when they had this sale last time, so this is even better for me. I took 2 c.booth items that are regularly $9.99 and added them into my cart. Being they’re 50% off, they show up as $5 each. I added the fragrance sampler during checkout and used the $5 off $10 coupon again. The total including tax to my state is $5.43 again. Before tax, that makes each c.booth item $2.50 — a killer deal at 75% off original retail price!

ULTA free shipping on any order plus $5 off $10 Sample Order #3

Another c.booth order but this time the products I added were $7.99 original price for a $4 sale price. I have $8 in the cart so I needed at least $2 to be able to use the $5 off $10 coupon code. I happen to stumble upon a Physicians Formula item and noticed the ridiculously low price. Is this as mistake? I entered the brand under search and see that a decent amount of their items are marked wayyy down. I added this shadow quad for $2.79 and that brings the total to $10.17. The total including tax to my state is $6.28 after adding the fragrance sampler and using the coupon code.

You can use various cashback sites to make this an even sweeter deal. I know that eBates has it but if you have a Discover card… are about to save even more! ULTA purchases through the Discover Deals link is giving 15% cash back now. 15%! And on top of that, this quarter’s 5% cashback is on any online purchase! 15% plus 5% on top of what you already save in the ULTA order alone.

ULTA Discover Cashback Bonus

What are you guys waiting for?! This deal is simply too good to pass up! Go! :)

Nina Ultra Pro Salsa

This is an oldie but a goodie. I found these pictures when going through an old folder in my photo account online. I got 2 sets of some shades from the Nina Ultra Pro Sultry Samba Collection a few years ago and I remember selling one set off to a nice reader. I’m not sure where mine is right now cause I can’t seem to locate it. This calls for going through my collection sometime over the holidays I suppose. Here’s Nina Ultra Pro Salsa.

Nina Ultra Pro Salsa

Nina Ultra Pro Salsa (lighting changed)

I like this green a lot even when it’s not a glitter, holo or shimmer. I tend to shy away from cremes so I’m not sure what possessed me to get this, but I’m sure glad I did! It looks so squishy that it makes me think of jelly shades. I have no idea how many coats this is unfortunately since I took this a long time ago.

Nina Ultra Pro Salsa (in shade)

Nina Ultra Pro Salsa (direct sunlight)

Nina Ultra Pro Salsa (close-up)

Excuse the poor state of my cuticles in those shots. I believe this was just about when I started my blog. It actually looks kind of weird to me now since I hold the bottle very differently as well since the angle looks very different.

ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! It’s getting colder every single day. For my sanity, the tree is up and half of the presents are all wrapped and stuck under the tree. Yes, a reindeer died cause of that but guess what? I won’t have time to put up the tree after Thanksgiving. I just wanted it out of the way. I’m waiting for more stuff to come in to wrap them up when I stumbled upon another problem — I ran out of wrapping paper. Oh! How did this ever happen?! I have hundreds of ribbons and bows but no wrapping paper. I’m guessing I didn’t see it as a high priority item when I shopped from the after Christmas sales last year and I should’ve. Lesson learned. So with that happening, I had time in my hands to take a few pictures of what I got in my ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag

The first item that caught my eye is the Elizabeth Mott you’re so FINE Eyeliner. The shade I got is Glitterati. The packaging caught my eye and while I’m eager to try this out, I have many products already in this category so I’ll toss this as an add-on to a Christmas gift for one of my nieces. Next item up is the TEMPTU S/B Highlighter. The packaging makes me think of baby milk bottles — it’s so cute! The shade I got is Pink Pearl. I have used highlighters before just to see how it works and I’ll be sure to try this one out. Then we have L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil. The shade I got is Wine. I saw this and immediately thought of my niece that loves lip products, so I’ll be saving this one up for her. The consistency is said to be between a lipstick and a lip gloss, which reminds me of the Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. I wasn’t too happy when I saw that I got the Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil. While I loved some of their scents, they usually give me a headache shortly after application. I’ll save this one up for an extra in a gift or something. The last item in my bag is my favorite out of everything I got this month. I got the Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Guys & Galaxies, which is an ipsy exclusive shade. I love this shade! It’s glitter and very pretty. The bag this month is a cute silver glitter zip top made by clothing and accessories brand Forever21 for ipsy. Material is like a plastic coated type where liquids roll of easily — a bonus feature to me.

Elizabeth Mott you’re so FINE Eyeliner

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter

L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil

Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish

While this bag has been the most disappointing one in months I’m still a huge fan of ipsy. I mean, I did like some of the products I got and it’s just a matter of what I can use more sometimes. This month’s offering just doesn’t apply to me as much, but with such great bags for months now….I can’t really get mad at ipsy for missing the mark in terms of personalization with this one. I can’t wait now for next month’s bag!

NYC Queen’s Jewels

Hey guys! I’m so glad it’s the weekend already. This week dragged a bit, but I think it threw me for a loop too cause it’s the first week where the weather is consistently cold. I’m a bit sad cause I enjoy warmer weather but the dog seems to love it! The heat from the heating units makes my skin dry in the house so you’ll be seeing some skincare reviews coming up shortly. Today’s post is on another pretty shade from NYC. Here’s NYC Queen’s Jewels.

NYC Queen’s Jewels

Queen’s Jewels is simply stunning. It’s the perfect Christmas green. Unfortunately it was very hard for me to show how bright and pretty it is no matter what lighting it is or angle I’ve tried to capture it with. The most accurate one is the one from my Instagram account. It’s basically a stunning green glitter shade with a green tinted base. Formula is slightly goopy but it dries to a smooth finish. One thing I hate about this shade is it’s a notorious stainer. Definitely use base coat with this. I’m actually kinda scared that just using it over base coat would still stain the nail. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

NYC Queen’s Jewels (in shade)

NYC Queen’s Jewels (direct sunlight)

NYC Queen’s Jewels (close-up)

Here’s the shot from my Instagram account here on how vibrant and pretty this green glitter shade really is.

NYC Queen’s Jewels IG Post

This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Shimmer Polish Maria

Hey guys! I haven’t Been posting here for the past few days due to work getting busy and it has gotten very cold all of a sudden. The onset of cold weather throws me off usually each year so it’s not much of a surprise that this happened. But I’m trying to catch up with blogging and resume to regular posting. Today’s post is on another shade from indie brand Shimmer Polish. Here’s Shimmer Polish Maria.

Shimmer Polish Maria

This shade is packed with blue glitter. It is described as “blues (light to dark)” according to the creator. I took these shots on a pretty cloudy day so lighting is out of whack. These are the best ones I got from everything I took unfortunately. Just like other Shimmer Polish shades I’ve used and reviewed, glitter pieces are abundant and no sinking glitter at all even though I’ve had this bottle for more than a year. Formula is slightly thicker like Leslie but applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Maria (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Maria (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Maria (close-up)

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*