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Birthday beauty freebies 2018

As the years tick by, birthdays aren’t as fun. But one bright spot in my birthday month is collecting all those birthday freebies! First up is ULTA. They change their birthday gift every three months. Last year I got a huge NYX palette and this year I got a super sized sample of IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. It is identical to the travel version (a $12 value) and comes in special box. To get your birthday freebie from ULTA, you have to be signed up with the ULTAmate Rewards Program and have to wait for a special email to redeem it.

Next up is Sephora. This year you have three choices, a Bite Beauty lip kit, Bumble & Bumble hair duo or what I got – the GLAMGLOW kit. I’m familiar with the brand, but never tried it so I thought, what the heck. It includes the SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment and GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating MoisturizerBeauty Insider members can redeem their gift anytime during their birthday month online or in stores.

Lastly, CVS Beauty Club sent me a coupon for a free Poparazzi Nail Polish ($2.99).  I chose a metal rose gold color called “Rose Gold Rendezvous”. The CVS Beauty Club also awards members with $3 in Extrabucks for every $30 spent. This is not included with your regular CVS card, you have to sign in and join to get these rewards!

In addition to beauty freebies for birthdays, there are also some other great freebies:

IKEA  Family– coupon for $15 towards your purchase and a free dinner! Sign up here.

Chili’sfree desert and free drink or chips and salsa every visit.

Potbelly – Free cookie (good for two weeks).

Hair Cuttery– $3 off any $20 or more service.

IHOP – free short stack on your birthday -coupon good for 10 days.

AMC Stubs – free (big) tub of popcorn on your birthday. You can also earn points and get $5 movie tickets on Tuesdays.

 

 

Wrinkles Schminkles Forehead Smoothing Patches – a review

Botox is great! But the price, not so much. I am always looking for alternatives so when I saw this forehead smoothing kit, I had to try it out. The “Wrinkles Schminkles Forehead Smoothing Kit” is $30 and comes with two forehead patches, each good for 20-30 applications. There is also a men’s kit which I assume includes bigger patches?

How to use: Apply patch to a clean forehead before bed and sleep wearing it. In the morning, remove it and place it back in the plastic bag. The thick silicone patch works by preventing your forehead to wrinkle in the night and providing extra moisture to skin. The adhesive helps to hold it in place and life of the patches can be extended by using the brand’s cleaning solution.

The good: The patch is comfortable to wear at night but as the night wears on, it can slip a little. It does help to suppress wrinkles but not necessarily remove them. The patch is like anything, if you don’t religiously use it, you won’t see results. At $15 a month, it’s cheaper than Botox.

The bad: I wish it would have come with separate storage for each patch. When you open the bag to replace the first patch, the other one is exposed to the air and probably dries out faster. I also wish it adhered a little better. I was hoping it more like the SiO Beauty Chest Patch, a thick silicone (more like the blister band-aids) that totally adheres to the skin. I have also used Furlesse patches and Frownies (I may get a commission from this link). The Furlesse patches are a little too thin. Frownies are essentially craft paper with a vegetable based adhesive. They fit really snug and are supposed to “train” your muscles back to their original condition before wrinkles. If you can keep up with them (they are hard to remove and sometimes cause pimples) they work great!

Wrinkles Schminkles also sells patches for eyes, chest, lips, hands and the neck. They are an Australian company but you can find them at Macy’s, Amazon (I may get a commission from this link) and direct at wrinklesschminkles.com.

Pantene Foam Conditioner, a review

Pantene Foam Conditioner, $5.99

My hair is in the category of fine and thin, so when I saw this foam conditioner in the store I decided to give it a try.  The Pantene Foam Conditioners come in six variations that match other Pantene product lines. I like the Classic Clean line so I bought the foam version.

To use the foam, shampoo first and then dispense a palm full into your hand. Work it through your hair from root to tip and rinse. I found the foam easy to dispense and apply, but it was hard to tell if it penetrated all the hair.  When I dried my hair it kind of felt like when you go to a hotel and use that tiny bottle of conditioner. My hair was straw-like in certain patches and didn’t feel anything like when I use regular Pantene Conditioner.

Pantene released these foam conditioners about six months ago and they are still trying to get them to catch on. They might work better for someone with shorter hair or people that really don’t like thick conditioners. Right now you can get a buy-one-get-one free coupon that work on the foams and the micellar shampoos and conditioners at PG&E and coupons.com.

Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask, a review

Formula 10.0.6 Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask, $6.99

I have wanted to try a peel mask for awhile and now I know why I didn’t. This mask was a disaster for me. Formula 10.0.6 is a relatively new brand that can be found in ULTA, CVS, Target and other retailers. The line includes facial skin care products like moisturizers, toners, cleansers and masks.

I grabbed the Get Your Glow On Skin-Brightening Peel Mask because it was on sale and I wanted to try a peel mask. I cleansed my face and went it for the kill. First off, it’s hard to spread the mask on. The consistency is kind of like rubber cement and the translucent color makes it hard to see how thick/thin you are applying it.

Once I thought it was applied thoroughly, I waited for it to dry. The tube says 10-15 minutes, but it was probably a little longer (I also live in a humid climate). It was hard to get off, and definitely did not come off in one big piece. There were little patches that I couldn’t get off and when I tried to use water, it gummed up again! I even tried a cleansing wipe without much success. Suffice to say I couldn’t tell you how the mask treated my skin because I was too focused on taking it off. Later on in the day there were still little pieces of mask peeling off.

I’m not going to blame my misfortunes on this brand. I’m sure I would have similar results with another brand and peeling masks Just aren’t my thing. If I do try one again I will get something dark and deep like those black charcoal (I may get a commission from this link) masks.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir vs. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury is UK based luxury brand that is amazing.  It combines makeup with skincare for foundations with long lasting results. The Light Wonder Foundation hides perfections and while keeping skin hydrated for 18 hours. It provides light, buildable coverage (with a SPF15) that will last all day without feeling heavy. It comes in a pseudo squeeze bottle that prevents contamination and insures you can get every last drop out- which is good because it clocks in at $46. It is also hard to find. Some Nordstrom stores carry it and you can buy direct from the website. It really is a premier product so if you’re looking to splurge on a foundation for a wedding or big event, Charlotte Tilbury is the brand.

Covergirl Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation

If you can’t find a Nordstrom with Charlotte Tilbury or you don’t want to spend nearly $50 for foundation, Covergirl has a great option. Vitalast Healthy Elixir Foundation is made with vitamins E, B3, B5, antioxidants and an SPF of 20. It has a similar consistence to the Light Wonder foundation, is buildable and is priced around $10.

*Note: In both of these foundations I had to get 1 to 2 shades lighter than they appeared in the bottle. For some reason (maybe the anti-aging ingredients) it looks darker on your skin, so go somewhere where you can test it.