pretty + cheap

free gift with benefit purchase


Hands down, best deal of the week.  Spend 50 dollars at (must purchase at least one Benefit product) and receive this sweet 5 piece gift with purchase.  If you’d rather shop in-store, I noticed that Macy’s has been doing a similar promotion. If you’re unfamiliar with Benefit’s line of products, I highly recommend Dr. Feelgood, a complexion balm that smooths skin and works really well for T-zone oil control.

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taste of the rainbow


Invest 22 dollars in this Sephora Brand Color Play Palette and you’ll never have to buy another eye shadow again. With 36 eyeshadows, 12 lip glosses, 3 blushes and a bronzer, you end up paying less than 50 cents a color. I’m not totally sold on the royal blue shadow, but it might come in handy when you’re getting all dolled up for an 80s dance party?

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freeeeeee makeup

Usually I hate giving stores my email address, but for Sephora I’ll make an exception. Sephora has a rewards program called Beauty Insider. Perks include free deluxe sized samples for every 100 dollars you spend in store or online, a free body wash during your birthday month, and lots of insider-only promotions. I’ve been a beauty insider for a few years now, but just recently it seems like the deals have been getting hotter and hotter. For example, my last purchase was a Bare Minerals foundation and Stila eyeliner, and just because I’m a beauty insider I got 15 dollars off my purchase and a generous sample of super luxe Diorshow mascara. Since it doesn’t cost anything to join the club, it’s a great deal for me because there are certain make up and skin care products I am always going to splurge on (mineral foundation is one of them), and it never hurts to get a discount.

Now until December 24, Beauty Insiders get a free Sephora brand product (up to a 15 dollar value) with any 50 dollar in store purchase. If it was up to me, I’d buy beauty goodies for all my girlfriends and then keep the bonus gift for me! And if you miss this promo, no worries, I’m sure they’ll have another one right after Christmas.

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Ramblings about having fun and looking fabulous on a budget.

Katie loves: Libraries, writing creative nonfiction, vegetarian cooking, interior design, getting crafty, and of course... bargain hunting!