I don’t know about you, but this time of year I cannot.stop.shopping. The deals are just so good it’s like I would be losing money if I DIDN’T spend it all on these things, right?? So let’s start off this post with how to save some money honey so we can trick ourselves into spending more.
If you shop online you need Ebates. They have been around for nearly 20 years and you only need a good memory or to install the Ebates Cash Back Button and it will alert you what % cash back your favorite stores are offering at that time. Ebates is free to sign up for and how it works is your favorite stores (Amazon, Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, etc.) pay Ebates a fee when you shop through an Ebates link or when the Cash Back Button is activated. Ebates then sends you cash back payment every 3 months as long as you have earned at least $5.01. You can get the money in the form of a check in the mail, deposited into your PayPal account, or send it to your favorite charity. That $$ can add up fast especially if you do most of your holiday shopping online which is why now is the best time to sign up. It’s fast, easy, safe, and can earn you a few bucks. You can use my referral link to sign up and then I’ll get some cash to buy even more stuff! To break it down further here’s how I do it:
1. Go to desired website and add items to cart while logged in. Today I was shopping online at Ulta so of course I have an account with them. I logged in and added the stuff I was going to buy to my cart. Then close this window.
2. Go to Ebates and search for the store I’m shopping at. Click their link to go to the website. Today it was Ulta which was offering 8% cash back.
3. Check out per usual. Go to Ebates and make sure it worked. Today I got $2.96 back from my purchase and all I had to do was make sure I checked if Ulta had an Ebates deal!
If you need a picture:
I know it sounds weird and pyramid scheme-y, but it’s not so go get some $!
Black Friday Deals
There’s a deal so good on Ulta.com right now that I already bought it and I wanted to make a post about it so I could tell everyone. Stila has a set of eyeshadow palettes that put the Urban Decay Naked palettes to shame. A few years ago I was looking for a present for a friend and was thinking about getting her a Naked palette and a delightful gay man explained to me “it’s called Naked because you can barely see it” and “it’s good for like… my mom or a mom”. He did a few swatches on his hand and sure enough the Stila palette is WAY more pigmented. The Stila palette is also $39 vs. $54 for Naked. Well it’s $39 usually, but right now all 3 of them are on sale for $20!! Plus if you spend $25 you get free shipping! Let’s take a look at these beauties:
Stila In The Light Palette
This is the one that I jumped on. It’s a neutral palette that has both matte and shimmery shades as well as a brown eyeliner. There are 4 mattes and 6 shimmery colors. I really needed a good pigmented matte ivory shade. This will also be very versatile to travel with because it can make both day and night looks.
This is for: Someone that needs a good neutral palette, beginners or people just getting into makeup, someone with any coloring really- I’m pretty pale and I know this will work for me and some of the other colors would look great on darker skin like the Gilded Gold, the aubergine, and the blue. I think this would work for any age.
Buy the Stila In The Light Palette at Ulta for $20. C’mon you know you want it!
Stila In The Garden Palette
Ugh I’m so tempted to buy this one too I love the colors they’re gorgeous and would look awesome for fall/winter and for bold holiday looks. Must…resist…. This one has 2 mattes, 2 metallics, and 6 shimmery colors and the eyeliner is black with gold and green pearl.
This is for: People that are part clown or part unicorn (as one of my fave YouTubers coffeebreakwithdani would say) and love to play with color and create bold looks, someone looking for new colors to spice up their boring old makeup routine, someone under 40 (there’s no rules in makeup, but if you’re trying to buy someone over 40 a gift I’d suggest In The Light instead).
Buy the Stila In The Garden Palette at Ulta for $20
Stila In The Know Palette
This one is all mattes for you shimmer-adverse girls. This is an everyday palette that could be used for work or school. If you’re a makeup beginner I think it would be harder for you to create a night time look with this one. You could also accidentally make yourself look sickly pretty easily. The eyeliner is gray.
This is for: Girls that are more advanced in makeup and prefer a matte only eyeshadow look; your mom. I wouldn’t get this for a teenager unless they specifically asked for this one.
Stila also makes a fourth “In The” palette called In The Moment, but I don’t see it on the Ulta website right now.
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