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Sunday, June 12, 2011

JUNE GIVE-A-WAY PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To enter, click the video above, and comment with "enter me". You MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER to my channel to be eligible to win! The winner will be chosen at RANDOM on July 1, 2011 at midnight (and posted within that week).


1. A Mary Kay cosmetic bag filled with MK goodies!!
2. An NYC eyeshadow palette
3. TWO Styli-Style eye liners
4. TWO "Vanessa's Vanity" (my makeup line) mineral eyeshadows
5. ONE hair care product
6. ONE care package (with things you can use when you travel)
7. YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, June 5, 2011




1- John Frieda Full Repair shampoo $5.99
1- John Frieda Full repair conditioner $5.99
1- John Frieda full repair root booster $5.99

My coupons used:
3- $5/1 John Frieda Full Repair (Sunday paper 6/5)
1- $3/2 John Frieda Full repair (Target.com) web coupon
PLUS, you get a $5 FREE GIFT CARD after you check out!
I spent ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And, I got a $5 gift card!!!!!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

BEAUTY ON A BUDGET - 5 ways to save money at CVS

5 ways to SAVE MONEY $$$ at CVS

Everyone wants to save money, right?!?!?!? Ok, so I have 5 ways to save at one of the most popular drugstores!! Here is how.....

MOST INPORTANT: make sure you get a CVS card! You have to ask for it. Its free, and thats how you get ALL the sale prices, and ECBs!! ALSO, browse the current store circular for deals! CLICK HERE to see it!

#1.Extra Care Bucks (ECB)
CVS is GREAT with their ECB's!! When you buy certain items (all found in the current store sales circular) you will get ECB's back! After you purchase the items that have EBC's, your receipt will print out with a coupon on the bottom of it with a dollar amount (ie $5.00 EXTRA CARE BUCKS). That money can be used on your next purchase, OR you can hold on to them and "roll' them (collect them). BUT BE AWARE, they do have exp dates!! So, make sure you use them before they expire :) And keep up with them. I have accidently thrown them away a few times :( Also, you have to use your CVS card at checkout, as they are LINKED!

#2 CVS Beauty Club
If you buy beauty products, this is a MUST HAVE! Its FREE, and all you have to do is pick up a flyer to join (in the beauty section) or ask a sales clerk. They will scan that flyer with your next beauty purchase. (along with your CVS card). You will receive a 10% off beauty pass when you enroll (prints off on your receipt). You also get $5 ECB when you spend $50 on beauty related items, and you get $3 ECB on your birthday! Go HERE for more info on this!

#3 Green Bag Tag
The green bag tag is like a luggage tag shaped like a leaf with a bar code on it. They are 99cents and are located next to the register. When you get the tag, show the clerk your CVS card when you check out. They will also scan the green bag tag. from then on, you must bring a reusable bag (with the green bag tag) attached to it every time you shop! When you check out, show them your bag, tag, and your CVS card. USE IT EVERY TIME YOU SHOP! You will get $1 ECB for every 4th transaction! Kind of forces you to "go green" and you get a lil money in return!
*DEAL ALERT- you may be able to get the tag for FREE!!! always scan your CVS card at the RED COUPON MACHINE (located next to the entrance of the store). You may get a free coupon for it!*

#4 Using Coupons
Coupons are a LIFESAVER! I cannot stress enough how helpful they really are! Best thing is, is that you can STACK a store coupon WITH a manufacturer coupon!
 EXAMPLE: lets say that Revlon is on sale, buy one, get one 1/2 off. You have TWO $2 off manufacturers coupons for Revlon. So, you can use BOTH of those at checkout, and save $4 off!!!! NOT BAD!!
Also, befriend some of these coupon Gurus on Facebook! They will update each time they find a good deal!
KrazyCouponLady.com is one of my favorites! But there are many more!
FACEBOOK---- "like" a manufacturer on FB, and sometimes you will be offered a coupon!

#5 Peelies & Freebies
If you have a good eye, you can scan over a section and see that SOME items have a little "peelie" a sticker coupon with a dollar amount on the product! You can save even MORE when you peel it off and use it when you check out! THEY ARE STACKABLE!!!! (you can use them WITH your coupons). Also, look for items that include BONUS FREEBIES. For example, you can find SOME mascaras that include a free eye shadow, or eye liner! They are the SAME PRICE as the mascara alone, but you are just lucky enough to get the free eye shadow!!

Beauties, these are JUST 5 ways to save! There are some more!!!! Keep your eyes open and your wits about you. Soon, you will be a PRO at getting things for CHEAP, and even FREE!! I hoped this helped you!


Monday, May 30, 2011


Transaction #1

CVS Sale= buy $10, get $4 in ECB (excludes clearance items)

1- Grow Lucious mascara w/ BONUS FREE lilac eye shadow ($5 savings)
1- Custom Eyes waterproof mascara w/ $2 off coupon on product ($2 savings)
1- Custom Eyes eyeshadow palette in Sweet Innocence w/ $2 off coupon on product ($2 savings)


$27 (retail)
- $4 in peelie coupons (stickers on products)
- $8.00 ECB given at check out
$15.00 essentially paid
*however, I got the FREE eyeshadow, so I really essentially got $32 worth of Revlon (Retail Value)

Transaction #2

5 Gatorade / Vitamin waters @ $1 ea.
($2 ECB when you buy 5)

2 Travel size Degree Deodarant @ $1.30 ea
(I had 1 BOGO coupon, and one 75cents off 1 coupon) Sunday Paper 5/15/11

2 Packs of "5" Gum @ 1.50 ea
(I had 2 $1 off coupons) smartsource.com

4 packs of M&Ms @ 2/$1
($1 ECB when you buy 2), so I didnt get ANY ECB for the second set!


Gatorade/vitamin water = $5
Degree's= $2.70
Gum= $3
M&Ms= $2
$12.70 subtotal
- $2 in degree coupons
- $2 in Gum coupons
- $2 in Ritz coupons
$6.70 plus tax = @ $8.00
- $8.00 ECB (from Transaction #1)
Basically Free ( I think I paid 70 cents tax maybe)

PLUS, I got $3 ECB back from the drinks & the candy to use on my next transaction!

Transaction #3

2 Boxes of Ritz Crackers @ 2/$6
( I had 2 $1 off coupons)


Crackers= $6
-Coupons =$2
-ECB (from transaction 2)= $3
**** TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF EVERYTHING (not including promotions, tax, coupons, or ECB) WAS $60.00 Total, OUT OF POCKET WAS @ $25.00!!!!!!!! *****
That's @ 60% SAVINGS!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer Beauty Advice! 5 tips to stand by this Summer

Summertime is a GREAT season, that we ALL look forward to! Kids are out of school, pools are open, and there is something about the smell of hotdogs roasting on an open fire that just makes us feel so cozy inside~

Even though WE may love Summertime, our skin may not :/ Here are some tips to staying fresh and beautiful in the hot summer heat~

If you have any tips & tricks YOU would like to add, please comment with them in the comments section :)


Bonne Bell Lip Smackers Fruit Flavored Lip Balm, Skittles, 16-Count Party PackAny good chapstick, or lip balm should be in your beach bag at all times! Look for ones that sport a HIGH SPF. 

Believe it or not, our lips can BURN, and it hurts when they burn.. (been there) lol.... Also, your lips will look nice and shiny, and in some cases TASTE GOOD, if you happen to find Summer love XOXOXOXO ;)

Beauty Tip #2: Tinted Moisturizer with SPF!!!
Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 Ivory 1

Moisturize that face, ladies!!!! I cannot stress how important it is to protect your skin from HARMFUL UV RAYS!!!!! Any foundation, or moisturizer with SPF is a must have makeup item!!

I, personally am IN LOVE with Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20. It provides just enough coverage, combined with a high enough SPF to keep your delicate face protected, but you can STILL get a little sun on your face. MOST tinted moisturizers are waterproof as well!

Beauty Tip #3: Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline The Falsies Volum'Express Waterproof Mascara - Very Black Maybelline The Falsies Volum'Express Waterproof Mascara - Very Black is an awesome find!!! Number one, it WON'T SLIDE OFF while your on the slip n slide, lol. Number 2, it volumizes your lashes like nobody's business!! 

And, number 3, its CHEAP! You can find it at most drugstores!

Beauty tip #5: ALWAYS, wash your hair after you swim!! BUT, slow down on the blow dryer during the summer!

Treat your locks with respect! They've been good to you!! Always, always, wash your hair after you swim. Chlorine causes awful damage, and even discoloration if you don't wash it out! (I had my hair turn green once... true story lol). 

Also, kind of back off of using the blow dryer every time you wash your hair. Your hair is getting ENOUGH heat from the sun, and combined with added heat from the blow dryer can cause unwanted split ends, and dryness. Besides, go sit out in the sun (wearing your SPF, of course), and let your hair dry naturally!!

QUICK TIP..... if you want beachy waves, when you get out of the shower towel dry your hair, and get most of the water out... put a little bit of hair gel in it, and brush your hair. THEN, flip your head upside down, and scrunch your hair with your fingers. Then, just let it dry naturally, or in the sun!!

These are just a FEW of the MANY Summer tips! I will add more later!