Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekly Roundup: 7/24-7/30

  1. I got my Shoe Dazzle shoes!  The Eugenies were cute and comfortable.  They are actually made by Unlisted by Kenneth Cole.  They retail for $54 and they were $40 on Shoe Dazzle and then on BOGO Free and I got them for free by using a voucher that I bought for free via Groupon.
  2. I also got my Gracielas from Shoe Dazzle.  The lavendar color works well with my olive skin tone, but the straps are a pain to put on.
  3. I won a bottle of Australian Gold sunscreen from Teen Vogue from some giveaway maybe a couple months ago that I don't even remember entering.  I was skeptical of the product, but I can now say that it is my favorite sunscreen of all time.  It has a Invisi-Dri technology that makes the product try matte just like Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen but it comes with 100% more product AND it is a LOT lighter in consistancy.  I always worry that the Neutrogena sunscreen will clog my pores because it is so freaking thick, but now I have Australian Gold :)
  4. I got my missing samples from Bobbi Brown in the mail.  I got a deluxe sample of the Extreme Party Mascara, the Oil Free Moisturizer and a packets of other stuff.
  5. I got one of my Activa watches in the mail.  This one came damaged on the strap because the faux leather was like shedding off, I emailed Fraction Price and hopefully they will replace it.  If not, I'll just scrape the coating off the whole strap and wear it because it was only $3.
  6. I got my Amiclubwear shoes in the mail.  They are amazingggg!  The brown military style boots are freaking hot, but a bit tight because I'm a bit packed there, but the elastic will stretch over time.  The black thigh high boots are awesome as well. The pink sole is so cute and the fabric is stretch and soft to touch, unlike many other faux suede shoes.  They're like double lined leggings.  The boots are a bit loose around the thighs. 
  7. I purchased a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Skate Shoes in White on Karmaloop.  They retail for $200, found them for $148, used 21% off coupon, got them for $117.
  8. I also purchased a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boots in Taupe Suede.  They retail for $160, got them for $126.
  9. I got a Liz Claiborne phone case in the mail from 1SaleADay for free, but sadly it doesn't fit my phone.  Retails for $30.
I paid $244 this week for $398 of stuff

Just ordered: Jeffrey Campbell Skate Wedges and Lita

I really don't know why I'm a shoe-holic.  Once you like a certain style, you want every design, every color, every height.  The desires are endless.  I, for one, caught the Lita craze.  Though I am a bit late on it, I still have it.  The Jeffrey Campbell Litas was a highly desired shoe for many in the fall of 2010 and they still are today.  I first caught a glimpse of them on Rumi Neely's blog, Fashion Toast.  She was wearing the Litas in Taupe Suede which was a very versatile and neutral color which is something I look for in shoes.  When I first looked at the shoes, I didn't like them enough to want to buy them, they were just extremely intriguing and the design was just outrageous.  I am one for wearing outrageous things in casual settings, but I thought these shoes were just too costume-y for me.

Although I was not into the particular style of the Litas at the time, I looked more into Jeffrey Campbell shoes because his name was being tossed around everywhere.  I was browsing on SoleStruck on day a couple months ago when I saw the Skates.  When I first lied my eyes on them, I thought they were a piece of art, an absolute piece of art.  It is rare to translate art into shoes in such a manner, but the Skates were a perfect representation.  I've seen cut out wedges everywhere, but never have I ever seen cutout wedges like the Skates.  The shoe was sold out at the time and came with a hefty price tag of $200.  The shoes were definitely out of my price range for one and I could never justify spending $200 for a pair of shoes out of my own pocket.  The most expensive pair of shoes I've ever owned is a pair of Hanson black leather combat boots my mom bought me in 6th grade for around $200.  I still fit into them quite well, but the style of the toe is a bit odd shaped and the boots are mid-calf length which is a kill for me because I am a bit short.

I bookmarked the Skates, hoping that when I have a job, I would be able to afford them.  Long story short, here comes the day that I have quite a couple hundred dollars saved up and then I go find the Skates and learn that they are sold out in size 6 on every single website except eBay.  The shoe was still selling at $200 except on Karmaloop for $148 ($117 with coupon) and eBay for $230.  The shoe comes in black, nude, tan, brown, and white.  I was deciding against tan and white, but tan was not sold on Karmaloop so white was the only option.  Now, Karmaloop only has the shoes in stock in a size 7 and up and I'm a generally a size 6, but I prefer 6.5 for shoes that I have to wear with socks.  A 7 is not such a huge stretch, but since the Skates run large and they are open toed, I was a bit hesitant.

I browsed around Karmaloop's Jeffrey Campbell selection and found the Litas, only to find Taupe Suede only in stock in size 9 and 10.  The Litas run for $100-200, depending on how exotic the skin.  I found a pair of Pink Leopard Litas in calf hair for $126 which was $80 some dollars down for the original and they looked quite cute, but in retrospective, impossible to pair with every single outfit.  The pink leopard would just be an expensive decoration in my room, rarely serving its sole purpose.

I checked back in 2 days and found that Karmaloop had restocked their Lita in Taupe Suede stock and now had size 6 and up.  I was excited because Karmaloop has a 20% off coupon and a 1% referral code that can be used on every order along with free shipping while all the other sites that carried Jeffrey Campbell had some silly coupons.

Because it was too hard to decide between the Skates and the Litas and I didn't want to kill any more brain cells, I purchased both pairs after depositing my paycheck and realizing that it was the last pair of Litas in Taupe Brown in size 6.  The total came down to $244 which would have been $360 had I not waited and looked for coupons.  I feel freaking bad ass purchasing such expensive shoes , but then again, the Uggs that everyone wears retails for $130-$200 and a lot of girls I know have at least 2 pairs.  If you don't know, Jeffrey Campbell shoes are the most comfortable shoes you will ever wear, even though they look impossible to walk in.

Whatever, I just wanted to get the shoes out of my system and once I get them, I'll know if I want to keep them or not.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Weekly Roundup: 7/17-23

  1. Free popcorn at Regal Cinema for texting popcorn to 35350 and checking in on facebook.
  2. Received a tub of Queen Helene Royal Curl Shaping Creme for free from Beauty Stat
  3. Bought a pair of Gap 1969 Sexy Boot Jeans for $10, originally $70.  
  4. Bought a genuine leather belt in Rose Gold at Gap for $6, originally $30.  There's a 50% off additional sale going on.  I plan on going back and getting this one in white as well.   Bought it for $6 as well, originally $30
  5. I bought 2 pairs of shoes on Shoe Dazzle for free using my free Groupon.  They are having a BOGO free sale on select shoes and I got the Eugenie and the Graciela in Lavendar.  Shoe Dazzle shoes usually sell for $40 each.
  6. I bought a pair of Candie's Black Pumps for only $2 because they were on sale for $12 and I had a $10 off coupon.  Originally $60
  7. Bought a pair of Gap 1969 Vintage Flare jeans for $5 for a friend, originally $70.
  8. Bought 2 pairs of thigh high/over the knee boots from Ami Club Wear.  They're having a 50% off today.  I got a pair of Black Suede and Brown Suede Military Style ones.  They were both down to $12.99 and with the 50% off, it was $12.99 for both a pairs, however, shipping was $16....It was still a great deal.  The total ended up being $28 for 2 pairs of thigh high boots.  If you go to retail store, they would most likely sell one pair for $35-40
  9. Bought another phone case, $4
  10. Got 2 pairs of underwear at VS Pink for free because I got 2 of the free panty coupons in the mail.  Originally $9.50 each.
  11. Got another 2 boxes of Samy Fat Foam Hair Dye for free because they were $9 at Riteaid and for every box you buy, you also get a $5 +UP reward.  I also had 2 $3 off, 2 $1 off and 2 $2 off coupons for a total of $10 off and I got $10 back.
  12. Revlon was 40% off at Rite Aid this week so I bought a bottle of Revlon Photo ready foundation for $1 with a $3 off coupon and a $5+ UP reward.  Orignally $14
  13. There's a $1 off Revlon Tools coupon on and since Revlon is 40% off at Rite Aid, I got 2 boxes of emery boards for free.  Originally $1.50
  14. I bought a pair of Dollhouse patched denim shorts and a pair of high waisted floral Ultra Flirt shorts from Macy's for $8 each.  They're marked $10 and I had a 20% off coupon.  Originally $20 each.
  15. I bought a pair of high waisted charcoal wool shorts for $5 at Forever21.  Originally $17.80
  16. I bought another pair of high waisted shorts at Forever21, this time in Cocoa and it is a really soft light weight material that comes with a waist belt that actually is small enough for my waist for once.  They were $11, originally $17.80
  17. I got a free meal at TGIF because they brought me the wrong meal and I ate it without realizing it until much later. LOL.  I also had a $5 off $15 coupon
  18. I finally bought a 2 year warranty for my phone for $20.  It includes humidity :D
  19. Bought 4 Modern Amusement tank tops at Modnique.  I got 2 of the Cage Scallop Racer Tanks in Dance Pink for $1.50 each, 1 of the Easy Racer Tanks in Dance Pink and 2 of the Micro Tanks in Navy and Effortless White for $2.50 shipped each.  The tanks were $7 each, and the cage one was $6.  There's a free $5 credit on Modnique if you sign up so I made 5 accounts LOL. Originally $38 to $48 each.
  20. I bought 2 Activa watches on Fraction Price for only $3 each.  They were $50 down to $10 and I had 2 $7 gift cards that I earned for free from Swagbucks.  I got this gold one and this beige cuff one.
So far this week I've spent $178 and got $920 worth of stuff

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Weekly Roundup: 7/10-7/16

  1. Purchased 3 Almay One Coat mascaras retailing $6.99 each.  They were buy 2 get 1 free at Rite aid so I paid for 2 and I also had 2 $2 off Almay One Coat Mascara coupons for a total of $11.  If you purchased $10 worth of eye products from Almay that week, you got a $4 +UP reward and there is a $1 rebate for Almay mascaras up to 3x.  Overall, I paid around $1 per tube of mascara.
  2. I purchased 2 Rimmel Extra Super Lash Mascara on BOGO 50% at Rite aid.  They retail around $3.69 so they totaled $5.53 and I used the $4 +UP reward from purchasing them mascara so I only shelled out $1.53 more.  There is also a $3 rebate if you buy any 2 Rimmel mascaras so overall, I bought 2 for $1 each.
  3. Walgreens was selling their 6 blade razors for $3.99 and you get a $3.99 Register Reward so it was free. They are originally 6.99
  4. Walgreens also sold GUM floss for $2 and you also got a $2 Register Reward so it was free
  5. I purchased an Infiniti by Conair 1" Tourmaline Curling Iron for $17.99 on sale and I got a $5 Register Reward so it ended up being $12.99.  It was originally $28
  6. I purchased 4 Rimmel Lasting Finish Primers from CVS because they were 75% off and they are so hard to find at CVS these days!  This is my favorite primer of all time because it mattifys my skin like no other.  This primer is 75% at all CVS locations, it is just really hard to find in stock.  These were originally $7.49 and I bought 4 for $7.49
  7. I also purchased a Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Rosette because it was 75% off 
  8. Balance bars were $1.69 at CVS and you get a $1.69 ECB back so I got one.
  9. I purchased a LG Optimus V for $135 because I had a 10% off coupon at Best Buy.  Originally $150
  10. I bought a ton of school supplies at Staples for $0.01 and $0.25.  They had packs of erasers, pens, and glue bottles for $0.01 each and pencil cases, folders, stickies, and other things for $0.25.  There were also tons of stuff for $1-2
  11. I bought a $40 voucher for from Groupon for $19 which ended up being free because I had $20 of credit.
  12. I bought 2 $12 vouchers for from Savemore for $6 each which ended up being free because I had $27 of credit. 
  13. I bought a case and 3 mirror screen protectors for $0.99 shipped on
  14. I got a Pandora Black Flowers Glass Charm in the mail for doing a Pandora Club survey for free. Retails $40
I spent $176 so far this week and I got $356 worth of stuff plus tax!

Weekly Roundup: 7/2-7/9

LOL, I didn't buy anything really this week.
  1. I had 2 $5 +UP rewards at Rite aid that I got for free because I purchased somethings using a lot of high value coupons.  I used the +UP rewards to purchase 2 bottles of nail polish remover (Believe it or not, this was my first time buying nail polish remover, I've never owned a bottle) and a bottle of Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Face Wash because I was running very low on facial cleansers that removed makeup well and this one was the best on the market for not drying out skin.  My stepmom also grabbed a few things so our order totaled $15 so I could use my $3 off $15 coupon.  Everything ended up being $2 for $15 worth of stuff. Cool
  2. I won a Xen Tan Red Carpet from E! from a Beauty Undercover giveaway.  Retails $48
  3. I won another Milani HD Lipcolor from their Facebook sweepstakes, Retail ~$7
I spent $0 and got $68 worth of stuff

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Free: Neutrogena Wave for Change tote bags

From left to right: Hayden Panettiere for Environment, Miranda Cosgrove for Education, and Vanessa Hudgens for Disaster Relief
If you purchase 2 Neutrogena products at Target starting 7/1/11 to 8/31/11, mail in your receipt(s) along with your name, address, phone number, and tote choice to

Seventeen Magazine
Neutrogena Promotion
300 W. 57th Street, 17th Fl.
New York, NY 10019

By 9/27/11 and you should receive your tote bag by the end of October.  There will be a max of 6,000 totes given out, 2,000 per design and you will not get your receipts back.  Also, with if you purchase any Neutrogena Acne, Facial Cleansing, or Cosmetics product from July-August, you can enter in your UPC at by 8/31/11 and Neutrogena will donate $1 per product to Global Giving with a minimum of 100k to a maximum of 250k.

Free: Android Phone

Starting July 12th, try on a pair of jeans at Wet Seal and receive a card with details on how to receive your free Android smartphone.  They will be giving out 40,000 and you will need to do a  2 year new or renewal on your plan with data.  They don't specify which kind they are giving away nor the carrier.

 If you want the details on this offer, check out page 175 on the August 2011 Seventeen Magazine

Friday, July 1, 2011

Free: Mary Kay Mascara

Text MARY KAY3 to 76477 on 7/5/11 at 10 AM EST and if you are one of the 1st 2,000 entries received, you will receive a FULL SIZE Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara in the mail!  This is worth $15.