Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me" Review

I just finished a video review of "Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me" by Paula Begoun. You can check it out here:

Overall, it is an excellent reference guide, especially if you are trying to save some money. It can help to steer you away from products that aren't really worth the money to purchase. I have agreed with most of the reviews I have read so far, so I feel like I can trust this book as a good reference source. The other great thing about the book is that you don't have to do a whole lot of reading to find out whether or not the product is worth purchasing. Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't read! I used to work at a library, so you know I definitely am an advocate of reading! ;-) But, sometimes time is of the essence, and you just don't have time to read a lot of reviews! This book is great because the reviews are short and sweet. You can just open to a product, or a company, and get the information quickly, probably more quickly than if you had to watch 5-10 reviews on YT or

I definitely recommend checking this book out. It is around $20, but worth every penny! Plus, it will help you save money in the long run by letting you know which products aren't worth your money to purchase. I had heard about this book for so long but I had never checked it out! I'm so glad that I did now, and that is why I'm encouraging you to do the same! If you aren't set on buying it just yet, check your local library. That's what I did (and frequently do, to preview items for free)!

That's about all for now...plenty of new videos will be up this week to make up for last week! Let me know if there is anything you would like to see as well! Have a wonderful week, and take care! <3

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Whataya Want From Me?"

Hey guys! The title is Adam Lambert's new song, but I guess it has to do with this week's poll, too! I really want to know what kinds of videos you guys would like to see from me. I have sooo many ideas for videos and I don't know which ones I should do next or which ones you would all most like to see! By the way, I have gotten a lot of video requests, and I haven't forgotten about them! Most of these were product reviews and I just want to have an adequate chance to try out the product before doing a review. Don't worry, I will review them as soon as I can! :-)

I have some ideas for tutorials too, since I have only done one so far. I think I am going to do a spring makeup tutorial, since that was what I asked you all to do for my contest. I thought it would be fun for you all to see a spring makeup look that I created, too! I will probably also work on a neutral eye tutorial since that's the look I wear most often. If there are any tutorials you would particularly like to see, please leave a comment here, or send me a message on YouTube.

In other news, I am working on making my first MAC order EVER! Now, I know that is not something that I would typically buy, or that is in my budget, but I did receive a gift card recently as a gift, so I don't have to worry about the price. I'm excited about trying MAC...the main thing I want to try is one of the paint pots, because I hear they are an excellent eye primer. If they could make all eyeshadows, including very cheap ones, last longer and not crease, it might be something I would be interested in purchasing again. Once I get the order and try it out, I will be sure to let you all know!

Well I hope you are enjoying the's Wednesday, so we're halfway through! :-)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's A Wonderful Life!

Hey everyone! No, I'm not talking about the movie in the title, but just reality! The weather has been so beautiful lately and that always puts me in such a good mood! Plus, over the last two days, I only had to work a total of 5 hours, so that was wonderful! I got to spend a lot of time relaxing, making videos and shopping! Always good! ;-)

Speaking of videos, coming this weekend are a small collective haul video, a tutorial and a book review (don't worry, it relates to makeup)! Luckily, my weekend isn't too busy so I will have lots of time to film AND judge the winner of my 200+ subscribers contest! You guys are making it so hard for me to pick a winner because all the looks have been awesome! I am really wondering if I will be able to pick just one! And if you haven't entered, you still can! Just get your entry in before midnight EST on Saturday!

Well I can't wait for the weekend to finally be here! Tomorrow it's back to working a 9 hour day, but at least it's Friday! It is supposed to be almost in the 70s here, and I personally cannot wait! Well I hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing weekend and don't forget to take the poll over there! ----------------------------> I want to know what kind of videos you most enjoy watching so I know what kinds to upload! Ok, well I will talk to you all soon! :-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Good Morning! Happy St. Patrick's Day to all! I may not look irish, but I am part Irish! Anyway, I am lucky enough to have most of the day off from work and I am so happy about this because it is absolutely gorgeous outside! Sunny and breezy here, I couldn't ask for a better day!

To make it even better, I found a 50% off deal at E.l.f. today! Just enter the code "SORRYPATTY" at check-out, and you'll get 50% off up to $15! Great deal on great products!

Well, I guess that's about it! I'm off to run some errands...I may stop at Target again to check for E.l.f. products, but I think my stores are just slow. Hehe. I really don't need to buy any new makeup anyway, now, do I? Ha. I just made a huge order on NYX products. I think after I get that, I may start on Project 10 Pan. For those of you who don't know, this means not buying anymore makeup until I finish 10 makeup items completely. I think this would be really difficult, because I have rarely hit pan on anything, (except my E.l.f. complexion perfection palettes, which I use up SO quickly!) let alone 10 items!!! Still, I really need to do this because I should be saving my money. I also think it would be a great opportunity to discover those products that I used to use frequently, and also those that I have bought, and haven't really used much. I have a ton of things like that. :-\

Anyways! I hope you all have a wonderful day! Have fun and be safe! Talk to you all very soon!! :-)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday update

Hi everyone!

Wow, sorry I have not had the time to update for a little while, but life has been crazy! This weekend my sister came to visit me (she lives about 5 hours away) and we went shopping for her wedding dress! She is getting married in August, so she really needed to find one! Luckily, she did find a dress that looked gorgeous on her! Now we just have to shop for bridesmaids dresses....I am trying to help out with that because I am the maid of honor! Anyway, it was a great weekend, but it went entirely too fast! I feel like I didn't get done nearly enough!

So, I didn't have very much time to work on videos, either, but I promise the Sunday Sale Alert video will be up tonight! Also, I am working on an All-Elf Tutorial so that will be up either later tonight or tomorrow night.

I hope that the Sunday Sale Alert videos are helpful to you all. They do take a good amount of time to put together, so I hope that you all find them informative. I am wondering if there is a better way for me to do the videos though, possibly using a different format. Do you all like the slideshow format, or would it be easier for me just to list the sales here in my blog and then make a separate video talking about the sale highlights? Please let me know which you would prefer. Like I said, I do these videos for you guys, so I definitely would like your feedback! <3

Ok, well I'm off to eat dinner and then I'll continue working on the videos. Stay tuned for new uploads tonight and more this week! Have a wonderful night! :-)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Latest ELF Deal!

Want to look beautiful AND enjoy a nice dinner out? Right now, ELF is having a great promotional deal that will allow you do both of these things! If you purchase more than $15 of products from before 4/1/10, you will receive a $25 gift card to Here, you will be able to choose from many different restaurants in your area, and pick out one or more restaurants at which to redeem your $25 gift card. Best of all, has great deals, so you can typically purchase a $25 gift card to a restaurant of your choice for only $10! That's like free money! And regardless of your budget, I don't know anyone who will turn that down! :-)

If you're thinking of making a purchase from ELF soon, you might as well do it before April 1st and take advantage of this great offer! All you need to do is add $15 worth of product (excludes shipping cost) to your shopping cart, and then enter the code "EGRDC25" at check out. ELF will include your $25 gift card with your shipment, and then you can log on to to choose the restaurants where you would like to spend it! Simple, easy, and a fabulous bargain!

I hope you all take advantage of this deal! I logged onto to to see what restaurants were participating in my area, and found quite a few! Just make sure to check the requirements...some restaurants only let you use the gift card Sunday-Thursday, and things like that.

Happy Shopping! and stayed tuned for an ELF haul video and All Elf makeup look tutorials coming later this week! :-)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fun Makeup Survey!

Hey guys, I just thought this was a fun survey! Feel free to fill it out yourself in the comments or in your own blog! I'm off to relax...had a 12 hour workday and I'm exhausted! Talk to you all soon! :-)


1. What time did you do your makeup today? 8:00 AM

2. What's the least expensive beauty item you used? Two things were $1 each; ELF eyelash curler and ELF all over cover stick!

3. What was the biggest problem you needed to correct? concealing blemishes/acne scars

4. Did you apply false eyelashes? No

5. Did you do anything while applying makeup? Listened to "He's Just Not That Into You" movie

6. Biggest makeup mishap today? Probably just being in a hurry and not having that much time to devote to any one thing

7. Did you have a makeup inspiration in mind? Not today, I was too rushed! :-)

8. What's the most time-consuming part of your makeup routine? Concealer/foundation

9. What's part of your routine is the most fun? doing my eyes...I just got a new NYX 10 color palette and I love picking and choosing colors out of it!

10. What part of your makeup makes the biggest difference in the way you look? curling lashes and mascara. Also, eyeliner when I use it.

11. Neutral or colorful eyeshdaow? Neutral. The most colorful I will go is a plum or pink shade, but that's about it! :-)

12. Liquid or mineral foundation?Liquid (Revlon Colorstay)

13. Do you do your hair or makeup first? Just depends! Normally makeup first, though

14. Did you pack a makeup bag to take with you for the day? Nope, just a cover stickfor touch ups

15. When did you finish your makeup? 8:20 AM

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Random Updates!

Hey guys! Wow, it has been such a busy weekend! I can't believe it is almost over! I had a work meeting today, and then I went shopping and got my haircut! Now I'm working on uploading the Sunday Sale Alert video while watching the Oscars! Definitely some beautiful people and gowns at this awards show!

Also, am I the only one who didn't know that Kate Gosselin from Jon and Kate Plus 8 was going to be on Dancing with the Stars?? Hmm, that will certainly be interesting! I just wonder how she is going to manage taking care of her children while training for the show. From what I understand, the dancers have to go through rigorous training for the show, for upwards of 8 hours a day!

Anyway, this has been incredibly random, but make sure to check out the great sales going on this week! Some Buy One, Get One FREE sales on CoverGirl and Almay, and great Elf coupon codes, too!

Also, don't forget to enter my 200+ Subscribers Contest! There have been 9 entries so far and all of them have been WONDERFUL! I can't tell you how hard it is going to be for me to pick just one winner! I have already watched all the videos several times, and I just LOVE all of these spring makeup looks! The gorgeous weather here today made me long for spring even more!

Take care guys and have a great week!! <3

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sunday Sale Alert - 3/7/10 to 3/13/10

Hey guys,

Just looked through the weekly sale ads, and there are a lot of great sales this week! Like normal, I'm going to concentrate mainly on Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid, although, I am going to also include Target this week, and Elf (, because they are also having great sales!

Let me know if you come across any other bargains while shopping this week. Sometimes stores have sales that they don't advertise, and, similarly, clearance items are almost never advertised.

I have marked sales that I consider to be truly outstanding, or rare, with a **.

SUNDAY SALE ALERT - 3/7/10 to 3/13/10!

Maybelline Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One 50% off!
L'Oreal Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Blush, Mascara or Lip color - Sale, $3 off!
CoverGirl Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One 50% off!
Almay Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One 50% off!

**Online Exclusive at Revlon Eye or Lip Cosmetics, $3 PER ITEM, plus free shipping!

Revlon Eye, Lip, or Beauty Tools - Buy One, Get One 50% off, with CVS card!
**Almay Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One FREE with CVS card! Limit 6.
L'Oreal Double Extend Lash Boosting Mascara or Lash Boosting Serum - On Sale for $9 with CVS card!
CoverGirl Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One 50% with CVS card!
St. Ives or Noxzema Skin Care - 3 for $10, with CVS card!

Rite Aid
**CoverGirl Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One FREE!
L'Oreal Eye Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One 50% off!
**Revlon Lip products and Mascara - On sale for $4.99!
Wet N Wild cosmetics - Buy One, Get One 50% off!
**Almay Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One FREE!
N.Y.C. Cosmetics - Buy One, Get One 50%!
Nivea Lip Care or Soft Lips (2 pack)- On Sale for 99 cents!
Coupon for $2 off Clean and Clear skincare (coupon expires 3/13/10) in weekly ad

L'Oreal Color Riche or Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss - On sale for $6.99!
**L'Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup - On sale for $6.99!
**L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara - On sale for $5!

E.l.f. Coupon Codes -
Free Brush of Choice with any purchase with code "FREEB" - expires March 10
$1.98 shipping until 3/15/10 with code "SHIPFOR198"
50% off studio line with code "STUDIOSAVE"

Also, be on the lookout for Elf products at Target! According to Elf's twitter, they hope to have all Target stores fully stocked with the line by March 15! That's right around the corner! I have read reports online that some Target stores are already carrying the line, and there is a wide assortment of products from which to choose, including the studio line! I personally cannot wait for Elf to be sold in Target stores. I am checking my store frequently, and will let you all know when Elf products arrive in my store. If your store already has Elf products, leave a comment and let me know!

That's all for this week....I'll update with more sales and I learn of them. Have a great week! :-)