July is my birthday month. There is no better way to celebrate your birthday than with some great freebies and discounts from your favorite beauty retailers! Here are the ones I scored for 2015:
Sephora – Beauty Insiders get a pair of NARS Lip Pencils in Cruella and Rikugien. The deluxe samples aren’t that much smaller than the full size. VIP Beauty Insiders also get a NARS eyeliner. All you have to do is sign up before your birthday month. No purchase required.
Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for emails and get a special coupon for your birthday that entitles you to $10 off a $30 purchase. Get something in the beauty department or load up on cotton panties.
ULTA – ULTA changes the birthday gift every few months or so. This summer I got a deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara. You have to be an ULTAmate rewards member and you’ll get an email around your birthday that is good for 30 days. Another perk you’ll receive is 2 X points during your birthday month. I got a haircut, bought some hair products and makeup staples and ended up with $8 in rewards – and these are good on all brands and products.
The Body Shop – Members of the Love Your Body program get $10 on their birthday. A membership costs $10 per year, but you also get 10 percent off everyday purchases plus you accumulate points toward reward certificates.
Godiva – This isn’t a beauty product but it is chocolate! Join the rewards program to get a free piece of chocolate each month, rewards for purchases and other exclusive offers. For my birthday I got a $10 ceritficate that I used toward the Birthday Truffle Flight $16-$10= $6.
This past week I went back to Las Vegas for the annual Cosmoprof Las Vegas convention and here is one of the innovative products I saw on the floor. The Dollup Case is a small clutch that has been fit with a magnetic base designed to hold metal makeup pans. It also has a nice sized mirror and elastic holders for lipstick, liner etc. There are a variety of makeup brands that are selling their products palette ready (Stila, MUFE, Inglot and Urban Decay) or you can simply pop the pan out of any existing palette.
I just bought a new Naked Basics palette, but I could take the unused pans in the old palette and stick them in the Dollup Case for when I am out on the town or traveling. The Dollup Case is available in six colors and retails for $52. Find them in Von Maur department stores online at dollupbeauty.com.
One of my favorite products for enhancing youth and energy is SeroVital. Unfortunately, at around $100 a month it costs too much to use monthly. I am always on the lookout for products with formulations that are similar to Serovital and I have recently tried out two new ones.
HGH Surge Ingredients
HGH vs. Ageless Foundation Ultramax Gold
HGH Surge is a hgh booster by Source Naturals. It is in pill form and to actually get the same formulation you have to take 10 pills a day – and those pills are huge. The cost is about the same ($45) as my standby favorite, Ageless Foundation. It didn’t work the same as AF, it gave me bad acne and just seemed to make me “bigger”. I think this product would work better for men than women.
Pro-GH hgh booster
Pro-GH by Now Sports is a powder based supplement that has a similar composition to Ageless Foundation Ultra-Max. Dosage is one scoop and this container will last you about a month. It has a slight berry flavor but it very chalky and takes forever to dissolve in water. In that aspect I much prefer the Ageless Foundation powder. Now if you want to save money, Pro-GH will run you about $21 vs. $40 for Ageless Foundation or $99 for SeroVital hgh. Pro-GH was much better than the HGH Surge.
The founder of QVC is backing a new venture in the hair care space, customizable shampoo and conditioner called ProfilePRO. To get your specific formula, Profile Pro asks you questions about your hair including hair type and concerns. It also asks you how you style your hair and if you wear your hair in a ponytail/updo, etc.. You can even pick from five different scents – I chose coconut. They even put your name on the front of the bottles along with your formula details.
I chose a formula for fine, color treated hair. Profile Pro is also sulfate and paraben free. You can buy a trial pack now for $15 and if you like it, sign up for full size bottles starting at $38. I haven’t tried mine out yet, but I’ll post an update once I do.
This month’s Beauty Box curated by the beauty editors at Allure has everything you need to get read for the beach/pool. For $15 you get six products, plus a 50% off coupon for your first custom home hair color from eSalon.
St. Tropez Self Tan Express – custom your tan by washing it off earlier or later, depending how deep you want your tan to be.
eSalon Perfect Ending Leave In Conditioner – a leave-in to use post color.
E.L.F. Studio Stipple Brush – This stout brush is to be used for stippling – a process that makes your face look airbrushed. I can be used with cremes, liquids and powders. Buying an E.L.F. brush is always a good way to test a new brush type.
Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in Polo Lounge Punch – nice color, missing all the bad stuff and its vegan too!
Completely Bare Wax Strips for Face, Bikini and Body – I have seen these in the store and wanted to try them. Completely Bare
are made by former Housewife of New York City, Cindy Barshop. The wax is strip is on fabric instead of plastic like most drugstore wax kits. I love these, they are easy to use, can be reused and are effective.
Cotz Face Sunscreen SPF 40 in Natural Skin Tone – this SPF goes on very light and tints the skin just a bit. Perfect for running errands without makeup.
This is the last month Beauty Bar is managing the beauty boxes. Beginning in July the boxes will be shipped by Allure. Boxes are priced at $15, including shipping.