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3-Year Blogiversary Giveaway

3-Year Blog Giveaway

3-Year Blog Giveaway

Three years ago, today, I started BeautyinBudgetBlog.  I can’t believe that it has been three years!  August 12, 2011 (so long ago!) I started this blog on a whim because I thought it would be fun (which it has been) and as an excuse to indulge my ever-increasing makeup obsession.  Despite pretty terrible pictures and not really knowing what I was doing, I found that I really enjoy blogging about beauty and how to work it into a budget.  I love hearing that I help people save money by trying cheaper alternatives to products that they’ve been spending a fortune on.   I am so thankful that you all enjoy my posts and take my opinion seriously.  It still amazes me that anyone is actually paying attention to what I have to say.  I’m thrilled when I hear that someone has found products that they really like as a result of something they read here on my blog.  I really appreciate all of the comments and support that you give me.  In the last three years, I have managed to grow my blog into something that I can be really proud of.  I have almost 600 posts, and well over 400,000 views.  I want to thank those of you who have supported me and watched me grow, and that is what this giveaway is all about.  I want to give back to you because I wouldn’t be doing this blog if it wasn’t for my readers.  So, as a thank you for sticking with me over the last three years, here are three different prize packages that you can win.  I’ve been collecting products for a while in anticipation for this giveaway.

Prize package #1

Prize package #1

Prize package #1

  • Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion
  • Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel
  • Covergirl Clean Glow Blusher in Roses
  • POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Smokin’ Hot
  • L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Black
  • Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara Mini
  • Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in Give Me Guava
  • Hedy’s Transparent Automatic Lip Crayon in Tangerine
  • e.l.f. Essential Lip Balm Tint in Nude and Grapefruit
  • e.l.f. Nail Polish mini in Mango Madness
  • Bonita Salon Nail Polish in Pink and Wicked Good Time

Prize package #2

Prize package #2

Prize package #2

  • Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser with Pineapple and Papaya
  • CoverGirl Classic Color Blush in Rose Silk
  • e.l.f. Studio Shadow C Brush
  • NYC HD Color trio in Long Beach Sands
  • Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian
  • POP Beauty Mascara Mini
  • Zoya Nail Polish in Dot
  • e.l.f. Nail Polish mini in Desert Haze
  • CoverGirl XL Nail Gel Polish in Rotund Raspberry
  • Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Aurora
  • Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in Craving Cranberries

Prize package #3

Prize package #3

Prize package #3

  • Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pumpkin Peeling Mask Travel Size
  • Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pomegranate Facial Revealing Peel-Off Mask Travel Size
  • e.l.f. Zit Zapper
  • The Body Shop Coconut Body Milk Travel Size
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Mini in Zero
  • Ulta Amped Lashes Volume+Defining Mascara
  • e.l.f. Essential Glitter Primer
  • e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast
  • e.l.f. Studio Pigment Eyeshadow in Golden Goddess
  • e.l.f. Nail Polish mini in Jazzy Berry
  • Nicole by OPI Roughles Polish in On What Grounds?
  • Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer in Caviar Cocktail
  • Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss in Berrylicious
  • L’Oreal Glossy Balm in Vintage Rose

Wow, that was a lot.  Be sure to let me know what your preference is when you enter.  The first winner I choose will get their first choice, the second winner will get their first choice, or second if the first was taken and so on.  If you don’t order your preferences, I will assume that you are equally happy with any of the prize packages, and I’ll choose one for you.  To enter, my usual rules apply.

  • You must be a subscriber to this blog (I check).  If you are not yet a subscriber, just enter your email address in the box on the right hand side of the page and hit the “Sign me up!” button.  A confirmation email will be mailed to you to verify that your address is a real one.  Once verified, you will receive email updates (you set the frequency) of any new posts so that you won’t miss a thing here on BiBB.  Or, if you have your own WordPress blog, “follow” me here and sub that way.
  • You must provide a valid email address so that when you win I can get your shipping details.
  • You must be willing to provide me with your mailing address so that I can ship your prize.  US only, please.  If you are under 18, you must have explicit permission from your parents to give out your address.  I don’t want any angry parents, so be honest kids.
  • You must leave a comment on this post in order to be entered.  Tell me something that you have gotten out of reading this blog.  What was your favorite post?  Have you discovered a favorite product because of something that you read here?  What keeps you coming back?  What would you like to see in the future?  Anything in that general vein.

You have two weeks to enter.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday 8/27.  Good luck to you all, and thanks again for 3 great years.

And, don’t forget that you still have time to enter my other current giveaway for a duo of Derma MD products.

Spotted: NYC, L’Oreal, Revlon and More


I went to Rite-Aid and Ulta this weekend and saw a bunch of new displays.  Here is what I found.

NYC Limited Edition Summer In The City Collection

First up is the Limited Edition NYC Summer In The City Collection  This collection features primer and mascara that are part of the core collection, but the bronzers, lipgloss, eyedusts and nail polishes are all limited edition shades.

NYC Limited Edition Color Rush! Collection

The other Limited Edition Collection that I saw was the NYC Color Rush! Collection.  This display features several Expert Last Nail Colors and two LE palettes.  The palettes include four eyeshadows, a primer base, and an illuminator.  The display also features a tear-away coupon for $0.50 off any NYC product.

L’Oreal LE London Fall Nail Polish Collection

New for nails, I spotted the L’Oreal Limited Edition London Fall Nail Polish Collection.  The new Colour Riche shades are from left to right: Tea and Crumpets, The Perfect Trench, Hyde Park, Rainy Picadilly, Notting Hill Blues, Brit Invasion.  Are those the cutest names, or what?

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Collection

You’ve probably seen the display of full sized bottled from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Collection.  But have you seen these boxes of minis (pictured below)?  The “Pretty Petites” come in two boxes, “Celeb-Bitties” and “Sophisti-cuties”.  I love it when polish collections offer minis.  I have so much polish that I never finish full sized bottles, so minis allow me to have  a taste of the collection without spending the money or the storage space that full sized bottles would cost me.

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Collection Pretty Petites

Jesse’s Girl Rock Star Collection

This is the Jesse’s Girl Rock Star Collection.  In addition to nail polish, this display features three shades of Glow Stix lipgloss.  At the back of the display are three patterns of mirrored compacts, and on the left hand side are 6-Piece Manicure Kits.  The kits contain a cuticle pusher, nail file, manicure scissors, nail clipper and tweezers in those cute little cases.

SensatioNail™ Starter Kit and Color Gel Polish

I was a little surprised to see this gel polish kit complete with LED lamp at Rite-Aid.  According to the website, “Your SensatioNail™ Starter Kit includes everything you need for 10 perfect applications! Kit includes the exclusive Pro 3060 LED Lamp – designed to safely and quickly flash- cure your favorite Gel Polish, sealing in the color to a glossy, damage-proof, mirror-like finish. After 10 manicures simply purchase the Essentials Kit and the color of your choice and you’re good to go again.”  The starter kit is $59.99 and the Gel polish is $11.99.

Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy 3D Cosmic Effects Collection

I was super excited to finally find the Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy 3D Cosmic Effects Collection.  I’ve been waiting for this collection to hit stores since seeing it first previewed back in April.  Like the other Revlon Nail Art duos that have been introduced recently, these are dual sided nail polish tubes.  One side is a solid polish and the other side is a flakie polish.  I love flakies, so I had to grab a couple of these.  I spotted the collection at Ulta and my Rite-Aid didn’t have them in yet.  If they aren’t available in your area yet, they should be popping up soon.

Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy 3D Cosmic Effects Collection

Here is a closer (though blurry) look at the 8 shades.  There will definitely be a review coming soon on the two shades that I got.  There is one thing to note if you are interested in buying these polishes yourself.  Although the flakie sides all look like they are suspended in tinted polish, the tint is so sheer as to be almost negligible.  Choose your shade based on the actual flake colors, not the gel surrounding the flakes.

I hope that you saw something interesting in this post.  I can’t wait to play with my new Revlon polishes.  My sister ended up getting one of the NYC bronzers and eyeshadow palettes for me to review, so keep an eye out for those as well.  What about you, will you be hauling any of these products?  Let me know in the comments below.

O.P.I. Just Spotted the Lizard


O.P.I. Just Spotted the Lizard

I have been coveting Chanel Peridot since it came out last summer.  However, I flat out refused to pay $25 (give or take) for a bottle of nail polish.  But, oh my goodness, I wanted it so badly!  I’ve been keeping my eye out for possible dups for the last year, but none of the more affordable attempts that I found matched perfectly.  Until now.  This is Just Spotted the Lizard from the limited edition OPI Spider-Man Collection that came out last month.  I finally got my hands on it on Sunday and am so glad that I did.  It has immediately become my favorite polish of the fifty million that I own.

O.P.I. Just Spotted the Lizard with flash

What makes Just Spotted the Lizard so awesome is that it changes  color based on how the light hits it.  As you can see in the bottle, the polish transitions from bronze to green to teal blue.  In some lights it looks like a brown-based bronze.  At the right angle it looks like a gorgeous blue-based teal.  It goes through various shades of green as it transitions.  There are not enough words to express how much I love this polish.

O.P.I. is not my favorite brand of polish.  It’s a little runny, sometimes streaky, and at $8.50 a bottle, more expensive than I’d like.  But despite these issues, Just Spotted the Lizard is 100% worth it in my opinion.  It is just so pretty!  And finally, I can stop lusting after Chanel Peridot.

I’m going to show you some swatches, but first I am going to recommend heading over to Scrangie’s blog for a side by side comparison of Just Spotted the Lizard and Peridot, as well as the rest of the Spiderman collection.  Her pictures are a little better than mine because I was having major problems trying to photograph Just Spotted the Lizard on my nails.  I’m hoping to get a new camera for my birthday, so hopefully I can fix these issues.  *fingers crossed*


O.P.I. Just Spotted the Lizard

O.P.I. Just Spotted the Lizard in various lighting

I tried to show how the colors change, but there are so many more shades present than I was able to capture.  You should Google it for a wide variety of images.  Just Spotted the Lizard and the rest of O.P.I.’s Spiderman Collection is out now, but probably not for much longer.  It is a limited edition collection that released in May, so if you are interested I would advise not waiting too long to purchase.  I picked up my bottle at Ulta, but you should be able to find it wherever O.P.I. is sold.  (By the way, is Ulta no longer selling O.P.I. online?  I couldn’t find any O.P.I. polishes on the website, which I thought was really odd.  Has it always been sold in-store only?)  O.P.I. retails for $8.50.

Spotted at Ulta: NYX, O.P.I., and Sally Hansen


Continuing from yesterday, here are the new products that I saw at Ulta.  I have more details about these products for you than my usual “spotted” posts because I think you will really like what I found.  So let’s get started.

NYX Limited Edition Crimson Amulet Collection

Check out the NYX Limited Edition Crimson Amulet Collection inspired by the Dark Shadows movie.  I was really tempted to get myself this palette, and still am thinking hard about it.  The only reason I didn’t get it when I was at Ulta was that I took major advantage of the 40% off NYX sale that I mentioned to you and really don’t need another palette.  But look!

NYX Limited Edition Crimson Amulet Collection shadows

NYX Limited Edition Crimson Amulet Collection

Per NYX: “This palette inspired by the film “Dark Shadows” comprises of 24 matte and shimmery lush eye shadows, 5 intoxicating blushers, 1 luminous highlighter, 4 succulent lip colors, 1 HD Studio eye shadow base for a more intense eye shadow hue, and 1 extreme black liquid eye liner. Recreate the enticing female characters’ in Dark Shadows using the collection!”  When you open the “book” one side has all 24 shadows which are facing a large mirror.  Flipping the page you find three character cards (possible to recreate the looks?) on one side and the remaining products on the other.  This is a really enticing palette and hard to pass up.  NYX Limited Edition Crimson Amulet Collection retails for $25.00 at Ulta.

In addition to the LE Spring collection of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips, I saw two new collections from Sally Hansen.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Prabal Gurung Collection

If you’re wearing Prabal Gurung this spring (or even if you’re not), check out Sally Hansen’s brand new limited edition collaboration with the New York designer featuring prints straight from Prabal’s spring 2012 New York Fashion Week runway show.  As you can see, one of the shades (Twinkle Bell) was already sold out of both of the two displays that I saw.  Here’s a closer look at the remaining four shades.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Prabal Gurung Collection

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Avril Lavigne Collection

Next up a long-awaited (for me) limited edition collection, the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Avril Lavigne Collection.  I’ve been waiting for this collection for months, ever since they announced the collaboration.  There are 12 rocker shades in this collection that are just too freakin’ cute.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Avril Lavigne Collection

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Avril Lavigne Collection

Lastly, I have O.P.I. New York City Ballet Collection.  This collection was completely decimated when I went to Ulta.  There are six shades in this collection and Ulta only had two left. I did find, however, a set of four mini polishes that holds the shades “Don’t Touch My Tutu!”, “Care to Danse?”, “My Pointe Exactly “, and the glitter shade “Pirouette My Whistle”.

O.P.I. New York City Ballet Collection Petites

These sheer shades are wildly popular, so don’t wait to look for them if you are hankering for the collection.  Ulta has been doing swatches of their O.P.I. collections, so here is a shot of their swatches to get a better idea of all six shades.  Sorry it’s so blurry, but my cell phone apparently focused on the background instead of the foreground and I didn’t realize it until the image was larger.

O.P.I. New York City Ballet Collection

I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I certainly did.  🙂  I would have loved to have grabbed all of the items that I mentioned in this post.  Instead, I used my saved up Ulta Rewards points for a slightly different purchase.  Here’s a sneak peek:


You will definitely be seeing more of this in future posts.

NOTD: Outer Space Mani with a Tutuorial


Outer Space Manicure

I was inspired by this post from the e.l.f. blog to do an outer space manicure.  I thought the look was wicked cool and really wanted to give it a try myself.  This is my first attempt at free-hand nail art, and the first time I tried sponge painting my nails.  I think I may have been a little heavy handed with the glitter (stars), but otherwise, I’m really pleased with how it came out. (Click photos to enlarge.)

To accomplish this look, you will need the following:

  • Black (or near-black) nail polish
  • 2 colored shades that look well together and will layer well*
  • A paper plate, or piece of paper
  • Sponge
  • Glitter polish (stars)
  • Base coat and Top coat (optional)

The shades that I used

Here is what I did:

  1. Apply a base coat to avoid staining.  I used Seche Vite base coat.
  2. Paint your nails normally with black polish.  I used Wet n Wild Megalast (old version) in “Blackmail”.  Let nails dry completely.  You may wish to use a topcoat before moving on to step 3.  I chose to add a layer of Seche Vite top coat.  I’ve found in my stamping efforts that if I am careful, I can use a little polish remover to remove mistakes without messing up my base color if there is a layer of topcoat in between.  Since I’d never attempted this before, I assumed that I would mess up, so I wanted insurance.  As it turns out, I didn’t need to have used the topcoat because I didn’t mess up, but that decision is up to your discretion.
  3. Place a small pool of color polish #1 on a paper plate or a folded up piece of paper.  Use a damp sponge (I just used a makeup sponge) to sponge paint a layer over the black.  Don’t go too thick, or you will just end up with a colored blob.  If your polish is too sheer, do more than one layer.  Try not to cover the whole nail because you want some of the black to show through.  For this step I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in “Grape Going!”.
  4. Repeat step 3 with color polish #2.  You may want to go back and forth between the two polishes a couple times for added dimension (especially if you have really long nails), but it’s not necessary to achieve the look.  For this step I used O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in “La Paz-itively Hot”.
  5. Top with a glitter polish to add stars.  I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Twinkle Twinkle”.  If you find the glitter gives you a really uneven finish, you can also top with a thick top coat like Seche Vite to smooth everything out.

*The original image that inspired this look used pink and purple/blue shades, so I chose to go in that direction as well.  However, this look would look great with blues and greens, or red and oranges, so feel free to experiment.  Just realize that the sponge painted layers are really thin, so you don’t want shades that are going to look muddy when layered.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and let me know if you try this mani yourself.  🙂

O.P.I. The Muppets Collection


O.P.I. The Muppets

I’ve seen previews and swatches for the O.P.I. Muppets collection nail polishes, but I hadn’t seen them in-store until this weekend.  There are 12 shades in this collection, half of them glitters, while the other half are shimmers and iridescents.  From the many swatches that I have seen on the web, I was mainly interested in “Warm & Fozzie”, and “Designer… de Better!”.  My local Ulta was cleaned out of most of the collection, but they did have this box set of minis.  Since I never get through a full bottle of polish, and this box set had the two shades I was most interested in, I decided to pick it up.  I’m really glad that I did, because I was pleasantly surprised.

Wocka Wocka! is the first shade in this box, and my least favorite.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely color, but it isn’t terribly unique.  It’s probably the closest to a true cream in the entire collection and contains the least shimmer.  It’s a beautiful cool medium red, but I am not a huge fan of red to begin with, and this color is easily duped.  Wocka Wocka went on pretty opaque on it’s first coat, but I used two for good measure.

Excuse Moi! was my biggest surprise.  I didn’t expect to love it, but I totally do.  I had heard that most of the glitters in this collection are pretty sheer and need several coats for any kind of coverage.  They also all have this large chunky hexagonal silver glitter.  Excuse Moi! is the one exception.  Instead of a clear base, it has a pink jelly base.  It has pink and silver micro-glitter to help with coverage, and multi-colored small glitter to up the pizazz.  Excuse Moi! reminds me of candy or birthday cake.  It’s princess parties and unicorns.  It achieved full opacity in two coats, making it the best glitter of the bunch as far as I’ve seen.

Wocka Wocka!, Excuse Moi!, Designer... de Better!, and Warm & Fozzie

Designer… de Better! is one of the most unique colors I’ve seen in awhile.  It’s hard to say weather this shade is silver or champagne colored.  The reason for that is because there are tiny copper colored micro-glitters in the foil base, warming up the metallic shade and making it wearable for anyone.  It’s truly gorgeous on the nail, so don’t let the rather ho-hum bottle fool you.  Two coats work fine for me.

Warm & Fozzie is the shade that I wanted right off the bat.  I am a huge fan of metallic nail polish and love bronzy colors.  It doesn’t disappoint.  Warm & Fozzie is tough to describe and tougher to photograph.  None of these photos do it justice.  It’s a golden bronze duochrome that flashes yellow to brown, with pinkish rust colored micro-glitter and a slight green tinge to the edges.  depending on the lighting it goes from dark to light and cool to warm.  Warm & Fozzie is a really unique color, and definitely worth checking out.  The only complaint I have is that the formula is thinner than the other polishes in the collection and needs three coats for opacity.

I really think that this box set contains the stars of the show, and I am not that interested in the other 8 shades.  I am considering getting full sizes of a couple of these ones, though.  The only other shade that caught my interest is “Rainbow Connection” which is a rainbow of glitters in a clear base.  I don’t think I need it in my collection, though, because I already have Wet n’ Wild “Party of 5 Glitters”, which is more than enough for me.  O.P.I. polishes retail at Ulta for $8.00 each, and this box of four minis is $12.50.

Wocka Wocka! and Excuse Moi! w/out flash and with flash

Designer... de Better! and Warm & Fozzie w/out flash and with flash