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Gifts For Mother’s Day

Posted in budget shopping, non-animal testing, personal shopper, shopping on a budget with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

Fullscreen capture 4302017 123441 PMYikes! Mother’s Day is two weeks away and you have no idea what to get Mom. She’s been giving you hints but you just haven’t picked up on them. Have you been listening?

What she really wants, above all, is your time. That costs absolutely nothing, but your time. It’s free. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a memory that she will hold dear.

I could list all the perfumes she would enjoy, or shoes or clothing she might wear but in reality? As children mature, leave the nest and begin their own lives, Mothers miss them. They’d love to just enjoy an afternoon with them that didn’t involve their children rolling their eyes because they think they’re better than them, because they think their parents are out-dated or because they believe their parents are old-fashioned.

I remember when I was raising my children and swore to myself that I would never say these words to myself that my parents/in-laws were saying: “Back in my day…it was a better time because…”.  But now, I watch my children and yes, grandchildren and think those words. Oh My God. It’s happened.

I was recently sitting with the other Grandmother at a function and the words came out of our mouths. We sat there talking about our grandchildren’s futures. About our children and how their lives were compared to ours were in relation to employment and raising children. We reminisced. We wondered how our world had evolved into this tech world for our grandchildren who rarely go outside to play. We wondered about their freedoms or lack thereof.

See, we’re not old-fashioned. We understand what our world is turning into. We have decades of experience. You, who are younger,  don’t yet. You’re still in that continuum of today where you’re accepting. We grew up in a world where 1984 by George Orwell was required reading, Ray Bradbury made us wonder and Rod Serling pushed us over the edge. Well, some of us. And we’d like to share that with you. If for no other reason than to make you think and wonder.

We want you to realize that this technological world that you embrace without thinking may not be so wonderful. That all those posts and photos you share aren’t in the best interest you think they are. We want you to know that fresh air, sunshine, green grass and our environment is important.

But some of you may not know this if you don’t spend time with your Mothers. If you don’t choose to listen anymore because you believe your Moms are old-fashioned and just not savvy enough.

This Mother’s Day, give your Mom your time. Just spend the day with her, talk and listen. Discuss the world. Discuss issues. Don’t argue. Give her the gift of being a Mom. That’s the best gift in her world you could ever give her.

Oh, one more thing.  It’s a gift that’s not tested on animals, so that should make her happy, too.

“Teach Your Children”

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG LYRICS

You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of tender years can’t know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children’s hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

-courtesy of http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/crosbystillsnashyoung/teachyourchildren.html

Peace.

Sorceress.

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Vegan Booties-J.Adams

Posted in amazon, budget online shopping, online shopping, shopping on a budget, Vegan Shopping with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

Vegan boots and shoes.  That’s what I look for, since I am a vegetarian. With the internet, it’s easy. Shopping stores, it’s exceedingly difficult. I went into a big-box store looking for vegan shoes and handbags recently and was exceedingly disappointed. I found one handbag in TJMaxx. One. Really? Loads of designer bags with price points that went over $300 tho that were leather. But only one that was a vegan bag. I’m not looking for a straw bag or a canvas bag. I simply want a nice handbag that doesn’t look like it will fall apart and that it’s designed well. Is it so hard to find? Yes, it is.

Same for shoes or boots. Almost impossible if I try to shop the stores. If I ask a salesperson, they look at me like I’m crazy because I don’t want leather. When they ask why in the world I wouldn’t want leather, I really don’t want to go into details, I simply tell them I’m a vegetarian. Then I get That Look.

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So I found these vegan booties by J.Adams on Amazon. Then scrolling through their other shoes I realized J.Adams also sells a whole lot of other vegan shoes, boots and sandals. I’m in heaven. I don’t have to get dirty looks from non-informed sales associates and I can shop to my heart’s content knowing animals are safe.

They’re comfortable and that’s what matters to me. The price is good, too. $29.90 with Prime (free shipping) is a great deal as far as I’m concerned.  Here’s my basic review:

I have them in tan and the color pretty much goes with everything. I like the perforation for the spring and summer for more of a cooling effect. The heel isn’t too high to make this an uncomfortable height. I normally wear a 9 1/2 so I went with the 10 which fits well enough but is a tad larger than I expected. However, since the toe is rather pointy, the 9 would have been too small, so the 10 it is. Bear that in mind when you’re choosing this bootie. Definitely a cute shoe. Length of a size 10 is 10 7/8 inches. The width of the cuff is 11 1/4 inches. Heel height is 1 7/8 inches with a platform of 1/4 inch. The heel base is 3 inches long by 2 1/2 wide, very easy for walking. Zipper height 5 inches. Heels are rubberized and quiet when you walk. I’ve had booties for a long time that I’ve worn for fashion’s sake that have made my feet hurt at the end of the day but these are quite comfortable. I don’t long to take them off. Perfect with jeans and long dresses/skirts.

Hope more companies care.

Peace,

Sorceress.

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How To Shop Online At Amazon Or Anywhere…

Posted in amazon, budget online shopping, budget shopping, online shopping, Sephora, shopping, shopping on a budget, Target stores, The Gap with tags , , , , on February 21, 2017 by sorceressofthedark

black-friday-shoppers_zpsqpeze3be.gif Do I really want to go to the mall or do I want to stay in the comfort of my own home and shop online? Hmmm….

When I was a little girl, my Mom would go away for 6 weeks every spring to Miami. That was her vacation that she looked forward to all year. She’d either stay at the Eden Roc or the Fontainebleau and I could only imagine what it was like to spend 6 weeks away from the cold winter luxuriating in the Florida sun for that long. My first Spring Break in college, I was invited to spend with her in Miami.  The deal was that if I spent my first Spring Break supervised I could spend the rest of them with my friends. That was fine with me. I wasn’t going to spend Spring Break at home, and if I could spend it in Florida, I would. Especially in one of these old-fashioned, grande dame hotels.

Before she would go away, two racks of clothing would appear in her home from one of the local boutiques. The owner would choose clothing for her, send it along to the house, and she would have the options of trying it on, keeping what she wanted and sending the rest back. If she didn’t like what they sent, they’d send more. What a deal. I’d sit and watch her try the resort clothing on and think how easy this is to go shopping. Never leave your home.

She’d also often have packages sent to her from her favorite NYC department store, Saks . I honestly don’t know if she just didn’t want to carry these bags with her when she did go to the City, if she had a personal shopper or just called them to order items. The internet wasn’t available back then. Catalogs were also available so you could order that way if you desired. All I know is that somehow, stuff arrived at the home in ways that seemed unorthodox to me.

Well, that’s what online shopping is all about. Some companies have you choose the clothing, and some companies have personal shoppers that choose the clothing for you. Some companies don’t have shipping costs, some have minimal shipping costs and some charge you flat rate shipping. The best scenario is to find online sources that have no shipping costs, the best prices and obviously the items of clothing that appeal to you in one stop shopping. Navigating their site easily is highly beneficial too.

Some of my friends are against online shopping today. They look at it as an inconvenience. It’s basically the same as what I’ve described shopping to be years ago. It hasn’t changed. You can save yourself time, money and a huge stress factor by shopping in the comfort of your own home.

I’ve shopped online thru Sephora, Ulta, Off Saks Fifth Avenue, Amazon, Bath, Bed & Beyond, Old Navy, The Gap, Target and all have been seamless shopping experiences. They all have great customer service lines who are more than willing to help you should any problems or questions arise. You don’t get the full shopping experience of actually going into a store and seeing all they have to offer, but in today’s world, that full shopping experience isn’t available anyway, as far as I’m concerned. What they have online is more than what’s in their stores. Some businesses also won’t charge you for shipping if you pick-up at one of their local stores.

So what actually convinced me to shop online now versus in stores? I believe I get better deals, I find what I want and I find items that are more unique. Add to that the cost of saving gas so I’m not leaving a footprint, either. The sites are safer now and you do not have to leave your credit card information. You can find almost anything you can think of online. Whatever you order it comes in a plain brown wrapper. Wink-wink.  It’s a win-win all-around.

And if thrift stores are your thing, you can shop them online, too. Just google them and you’ll find a plethora of sites. Who knew?

Peace.

Sorceress.

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DIY Subscription Box-Part 2

Posted in 99 Cents Only, budget shopping, cruelty-free skincare, Disco Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Giant, Dollar Tree, E.L.F., L.A. Colors, personal shopper, Real Deal Dollar, shopping on a budget, subscription boxes, Wet 'N' Wild with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2016 by sorceressofthedark

Part 1 talked about how to put together your own Subscription Beauty Box for under $12.00 and have that box worth many times over what you paid for it. Isn’t that what beauty boxes are all about? I know, I know, for some, it’s getting the box in the mail, for others, it’s the surprise of what’s in the box, still others just enjoy having someone else choose products for them.

But if you’d like to choose your own products, are pretty savvy about what’s out there on the market and what’s actually in those products, then it’s pretty darn easy to put together a beauty box all on your own. There’s also no waiting for the mailman!

With all that said, they make great gifts for family and friends, you can store them easily ahead of time for when you might need a gift, and you can make these boxes for guys and kids, too. Since you’re choosing what goes into the box, you’re the creator. It’s all about you and whomever the receiver will be. So just have fun!

Another way to put together a box and be surprised is to get together with a friend and go shopping. Both of you put together a box and then exchange boxes. This way, you’ll both be surprised at what’s inside! (Just make sure your friend knows what you like!)

So here is Sorceress Of The Dark’s Beauty Box #2:

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Cost: $11.00

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  1. Claudia Stevens Eye Fix Mix Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream-this rich cream contains prunis amygdalus which is sweet almond oil, sesame seed oil, theobroma cacao, shea butter, and mango. It hydrates the under-eye area exceedingly well. Retail: 7.99.
  2. Skin Nutritions New York Age Defy Dark Circle & Puffiness Serum-this roller with serum has green tea extract, vitamin B3 and vitamin C. Just roll it under your eye to de-puff and help those dark circles. Retail: $4.00.20160715_220159-1
  3. E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal-I’ve used this whip over and over! It’s a highlighter, it’s a lip gloss, it’s a blush, it’s an eyeshadow, it can be used so many ways. The color is a light coral that’s slightly shimmery, perfect for summer and goes great with a tan! Retail: $4.95.
  4. Sassy & Chic Blender Sponge-Yes, I realize this isn’t the $20 something infamous sponge that so many love and swear by. But not everyone can afford that sponge. So for those that can only afford a much more reasonable alternative, here it is. This type of blender sponge is used wet. You squeeze out the excess moisture and then you blend in and out your foundation, BB Cream or whatever you’d like. I’ve used it on blushes, BB Cream, even when I use a bronzer as an eyeshadow (I’ve received a few of bronzers in my two beauty boxes so I want to get rid of them this summer….lol). It works just fine for me and it’s cleanable. For a buck, I’m happy. Retail: 5.45. 20160715_220419-1
  5. Dr. Marvey Nail Grow-I’m anxious to try this! I’ve heard good things about this product line and how it’s helped others grow and maintain their nails, so I’m definitely willing to give it a try. Retail: $6.00
  6. LA Colors Color Craze in Meadow-I love this color and I’ve been using it so much this summer! LA Colors doesn’t chip and lasts at least a week on my nails. Retail:  $5.45.
  7. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips 320 Kitty Kitty-I’ve been using these nail strips for years and always will. They last until my nails start to grow out! They are well worth the money! Retail: $4.50.SOTD10
  8. Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon Brow + Eyeliner- this was a two pack in two colors-656 A White and 699C Turquoise. They sharpen easily and are soft so they don’t tug on your delicate eye skin. I love the turquoise, beautiful color and white is great for opening up my eyes.Retail: $1.50.
  9. Wet’n’Wild Megawear mascara-color is very black. This is a good general mascara that doesn’t clump or smudge. It removes easily. I like wearing this type during the day for a more natural look. Plus it’s cruelty-free! Retail: $3.00.
  10. LA Colors All-n-One Lipstick Blush + Eyeshadow in Pink Satin-I love this stick! It really does work for a lipstick, blush and eyeshadow! The color blends so well, it just rolls up so no sharpening is needed and it’s a soft, blendable color. Retail: $8.95.SOTD11
  11. C. Booth Skin Below The Chin in Iced Lemon Body Cream-Love the scent and it’s so creamy and hydrating for my skin! Retail: $4.99.

I paid $11.00 for these eleven items, but retail value for all of them totaled $56.78! So this beauty box I put together is worth more than 5 times what I paid for it.

If you ever feel like curating your own beauty box, it’s simple. If you’re unhappy, disillusioned, or just don’t have the funds to tie-yourself into a monthly box, here’s an alternative. Head on down to a Dollar-type store near you and take a look at what’s in their beauty aisle. You just might be surprised. Take  fifteen dollars with you as your limit and see what kind of “box” you can put together for yourself. You’ll have loads of fun and you just might surprise yourself!

These are my choices from my local Dollar Stores. I deliberately chose the cheapest route for this “beauty” box posting and the last “beauty” box posting. I realize there are all kinds of incomes in our world. I also realize there are all kinds of beauty “buys” available.

Just because a product is sold in a higher-end store doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you, and the same works that if a product is sold in a lower-end store it doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you, either.

I’ve bought creams from famous brands that cost me $125.00 that gave me milia (bumps), greasy skin and didn’t do what they promised to do. I’ve also bought jars of creams that cost me a few dollars that really surprised me in how well they did their job. You just never know how well a product will react to your skin. Also, each dollar-type store carries different brands at different times, always rotating merchandise very quickly!

I’ve seen E.L.F., NYX, Milano, Revlon and more available. There are lipsticks, blush, BB Creams, powders, blush, you name it. You just have to always check.

My next DIY Beauty Box will be from online shopping.

Peace,

Sorceress.

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DIY Subscription Box-Part 1

Posted in 99 Cents Only, cosmetics, cruelty-free, Disco Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Giant, Dollar Tree, E.L.F., ingredients, personal shopper, Real Deal Dollar, Sephora, shopping on a budget, subscription boxes, Target, Target stores, Wet 'N' Wild with tags , , , , , , , on July 18, 2016 by sorceressofthedark

I have this really great Dollar Store near me (actually 4) but only one of them has this beauty aisle where I can score these super deals for a buck each. I love to go in and check out what’s hanging on those pegboards!

Believe me, I love places like Sephora and Ulta, and I hang out in those places too. I’ll hit Target too to see what’s new in their beauty aisles. After I’ve checked the perfumes at my local TJMaxx, Ross and Marshalls, I’ll always see what’s in stock in their beauty departments, as well. You just never know what you’ll find.

I’ve already told you that I now order the monthly Target beauty box and I also subscribe to Play! by Sephora. Those are the two boxes that I’ve decided on after much reading and comparing of all the boxes currently out there in the subscription box world. A person can go absolutely nuts spending their money on boxes sent to them with merchandise picked out by someone else. I’m not saying it’s not fun and if you have the funds to do it, and want someone else to curate a box for you and sometimes be surprised (sometimes you get to see what’s in a box ahead of time, sometimes you get to choose an item of two in a box ahead of time), then go ahead and have loads of fun subscribing!

I personally chose Target and Play! by Sephora (two opposite-end spectrum boxes) for a reason. For Sephora, it’s so much fun to dip into high-end products that I really doubt I could constantly afford or justify (looking at you Sunday Riley Good Genes).  Some of the products I can, some I just would never. As for Target boxes, I can afford anything they decide to put in their boxes.

But here’s the thing that I have noticed with the boxes. Although Target will send one or two full-sized products and the rest in the box are tiny samples, Sephora puts in little samples or sample-sized products and many of the items in their boxes are labeled “samples-not for resale”. Hmmmm. That doesn’t make me happy when I pay for a box. Even though these are higher-end products, they’re still gratis given to them by the respective companies and Sephora is still stuffing them in a subscription box for re-sale.

So I started wondering what kind of beauty box could I put together if I went into my local Dollar Store and spent under $12? What kind of value could I put together myself? Here’s two beauty boxes that I put together that I think are great values. Anyone can do this themselves and have loads of fun doing it!

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Sorceress Of The Dark Beauty Box #1:

Cost: $11.00

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Products: 1. Wet ‘n’ Wild Coloricon Brow + Eyeliner in 649 MinkBrown/650D PurpleViolet-These are so soft and spreadable. They don’t pull on your lids and you can sharpen them to a point. You get two in a package. Retail: $1.50

2. E.L.F. Persimmon Essential All Over Color Stick-Love this stick! It really is an all-over color stick! I’ve used it as a blush, a lipstick and an eyeshadow. It’s blendable, soft and creamy. Retail: $5.99

3. LA Colors Bold Lash Mascara in Very Black-Small enough to tuck in your purse. Not a mind-boggling mascara, but one that will give you a clean, everyday look for running around town doing errands. Retail: $5.00

4. Wet ‘n’ Wild On Edge Longwearing Eye Pencil Fergie Hypersky A253-Gorgeous eye-popping blue that’s so soft, non-tugging and can be sharpened. Love it for the summer! Retail: $5.25

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5. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Spring Fever- I’ve been using these for years and love how long they last! The paisley flowers are perfect for summertime! Retail $4.05

6. Sally Hansen Nail Stickers in Faux Real- Perfect for year-round. Retail: $2.50

7. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Reverse French Real Nail Polish Strips in Red My Tulips- I adore this color for the holidays and can’t wait to use them! Retail: $5.25

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8. A & D Ointment- I’ve been using this for an eye cream periodically. I like to switch up my creams because I feel skin becomes used to the same formulas. A & D has Vitamin A (as retinyl palmitate) in it. It belongs to the family of retinoids, is less irritating but should not be used on your skin in sunlight. It is good for cuticles, a hand and foot cream, also. Retail: $5.45

9. Global Beauty Care Retinol Makeup Cleansing Wipes 30 Count- I’ve used these countless times when I’m too tired to properly wash my face. They do take off make-up well. Retail: $6.95.

10. SkinNutritions New York Age Defy Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector-This contains Kojic Acid (a skin whitener), Ascorbic Glucoside (a form of Vitamin C), and Polypeptides (moisture-binding, anti-aging) and many other ingredients. Retail: $2.50

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11. C. Booth Skin Below The Chin Spun Sugar Body Cream-this smells so good! It’s extremely hydrating for winter-time! Retail: $4.99

Although I only paid $11.00 for these 11 products, the value I could estimate from the Web was $48.93! So this beauty box I put together was worth over 4x what I paid for it , had all full-size products in it, and I chose all the products myself so I know I’ll use them.

I feel as long as I’ve done my research on products and ingredients, checked out what others have had to say about products and then made a rational decision about tossing that buck at the clerk, I’m just as happy, hell, happier that I’m walking away with a BUNCH of stuff for under $12 bucks. It’s as if I curated my own subscriptions box!

I’ve done a second box just to show that this isn’t a one-time thing. Check out the next post to see what’s in Sorceress Of The Dark’s Beauty Box #2!

Peace,

Sorceress

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Target Beauty Box Simply Radiant July Unboxing

Posted in cruelty-free, shopping on a budget, subscription boxes, Target with tags , , , , on July 12, 2016 by sorceressofthedark

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Target’s July Beauty Box called “Simply Radiant” arrived in my mailbox today and I couldn’t be happier. This was one of the two boxes I had ordered that retailed for $7.00 and it far surpasses what the original price is for the box.

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The Dessange Balancing Shampoo with purifying clay for oily roots and dry ends is a full-size bottle at 8.5 oz, and retails at $9.99. This is a balancing shampoo with natural green clay that I’ve never used before and I’m curious to see how it will work. It’s nice to see a full-size product included in a box.

The L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioners are both 1.7 ounces each and at that size come in at approximately  $.57 each, for $1.14 value. L’Oreal states up to 8 weeks of color vibrancy using these shampoos and the bottles are a decent size to give me an idea of how my hair will react.

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In a past Target Box, there was a Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizer and I absolutely loved it. This time they added the Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift, at .14 ounces, which would retail at roughly $4.25. I anxious to try out this eye product to see if it lives up to the moisturizer and how well that worked for my skin!

The Acure facial cleansing gel is a 1 ounce, which works out to approximately $2.50. I’ve never used an Acure product, but other bloggers and reviewers have good things to say about it. It’s vegan, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free, PEG-free, Petroleum-free, synthetic-fragrance free, gluten-free and silicone-free.

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I love Wet n Wild products. I always have. They’re cruelty-free and always a good price. They’ve always worked for me and this mascara promises alot! For someone with blonde eyelashes, I hope it delivers! This mascara retails for $4.99.

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The Aquaphor is a healing ointment and handy to have in my purse or car. It’s a tiny size at .25 ounces and would cost about $.45.

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As usual, the sturdy Target box is re-usable, (I always find a way to use it again), and there’s a $3.00 coupon to use on a Beauty purchase of $15 or more. You can use it on your next Target beauty box or you can shop Target if they have any promotions for that $5 free gift card I talked about in my last post.

This box totaled $23.26 for just $7.00, plus the $3.00 coupon if you choose to use it. Another great Target box!

Peace,

Sorceress

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The cost of the Target Beauty Box was paid for by me, I am not affiliated with Target or any of the companies listed in this post.

 

Dollar Store Bargains For Make-Up and Assorted Sundries …Why Do People Buy and Wear Those Things?

Posted in 99 Cents Only, budget online shopping, budget shopping, cosmetics, Disco Dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Giant, Dollar Tree, E.L.F., Family Dollar, Jordana, L.A. Colors, online shopping, Real Deal Dollar, Retailers, shopping on a budget with tags , , , , , on December 17, 2013 by sorceressofthedark

Ever shop the dollar store for make-up?Have you perused the beauty aisle to see what’s on the shelves? You just might be surprised. Brand names for a dollar. Items that do the trick for a lot less. And hey, for a buck, you can’t go wrong.

Every time I hit a dollar store I make sure I talk a walk down the beauty aisle just to see what’s on their shelves. What brands they might be stocking today. I’ve seen E.L.F., L.A.Colors, NYX, Sally Hansen, L’oreal and Jordana just to name a few. Not sure of these brands? Google the names for reviews of their products and see what other consumers have to say about them. That should give you a good idea whether you’d be happy with putting out a buck for that mascara or lipstick.

The founders of E.L.F. developed their business after noticing women shopping for cosmetics in a dollar store. The story goes that they noticed women in high-end vehicles, dressed in designer clothing, filling their carts with dollar bargains of make-up and other assorted sundries. They quickly designed a plan to develop affordable make-up and market it at a price-point beginning at dollar. That was in 2004 and the rest is history. Read more about E.L.F. here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.l.f._Cosmetics.

Here’s another dollar store find that’s ridiculously fabulous for a buck and I wouldn’t be without it. Not to mention the compliments that I’ve received on my make-up when I’ve only used this color stick as a lipstick, blush and eyeshadow. That’s right. It’s called the “All-In-One” by LA Colors for a reason, and believe me when I say, you don’t need anything else, besides your mascara, setting powder, and eyebrow powder for a natural look that is so very easy and looks really good.
The color that I chose is Pink Satin. I’m fair, blue-eyed and blonde and it works wonderfully for my skin tone. I’ve been asked what color lipstick I’m wearing, or what color blush I have on, what eyeshadow I’m wearing, etc., when all I’m wearing is just this pencil. It’s a creamy, lush, thick pencil that goes on smoothly wherever you place it. It glides up, so you don’t have to worry about sharpening it. It lasts forever. This color is a deeper rosy hue that seems to fit my complexion, and it bring depth to my eyes. I use it in the creases only for a more natural look. It seems to last all day long, but I also do use a setting powder. What a find for a buck! A similar department store stick will easily cost you twenty dollars or more.

I shop department stores, Sephora, Ulta and online for my make-up. But that doesn’t stop me from haunting the aisles of any dollar store to see what they may have. I’ve picked up nail polish, mascara, lipsticks, eyeshadows, highlighters, makeup brushes, under-eye pads, and assorted other goodies, all  name brands at a buck apiece. In today’s economy, it’s worth shopping around. Know your brands, know what you’re looking for and know your products.

Dollar stores go under a lot of different names, and here are just a few:  Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Disco Dollar, Real Deal Dollar Store, Family Dollar, Dollar Giant, 99 Cents Only. More are popping up every day and I’m sure you can ask in your location where they might be. Most if not all  take credit and debit cards and some also have online shopping.

But here’s the important caveat, don’t waste money, even if it’s a dollar on something you won’t use. Shop wisely, be educated about your products and you’ll always be the educated consumer. Just have fun shopping with that dollar bill. It’s easy to spend it, thinking it’s only a dollar. But if you’re not going to use the product, don’t buy it. And some of the dollar stores have a “no refund” policy.

Peace.

Sorceress.

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