Nordstrom has many hidden gems and perfect for all you beauty bloggers & shoppers out there. Simera if you are reading this you will love this post! The beauty world has many followers which isn't always the best. If there is an item in high demand which is usually the case, it's very difficult to purchase it. People get so excited when companies like MAC release a collection. There are girls who will literally camp out online when a collection is about to release and buy everything up. Don't you hate it when you go to the website only to find out everything is sold out. Sephora is the same way when It comes to the most sought after items, you are lucky if you can find something that isn't sold out. One thing I learned quickly was to stop going onto the major beauty sites to buy my makeup. Unlike y previous post Ebay isn't your friend in this type of situation. Instead of saving money you will end of pay double & sometimes triple the retail price. The same girls who campout online to snag all the lipsticks you wanted, are the same girls selling them on eBay. It's a great way to make extra money, but it sucks for the girls who really want these items. Don't get ripped off ladies, try the Nordstrom way. Nordstrom has become my little secret to buying the latest beauty products & MAC collections. Hardly anyone thinks to go to Nordstrom to buy beauty products which allows you to finally get your hands on that lipstick you've been dying to have. Earlier this year mac released the wash & dry collection that had everyone going nuts. I'll be honest I only wanted this collection for the packaging just like everyone else. I was so happy the have found it on Nordstrom, and they sold the whole collection! You can also find items exclusively sold to Nordstrom shoppers, like the Nars Audacious mascara ( see slideshow below). This site also offers free shipping on everything no matter what the price. You can buy 1 lipstick and not have to worry about shipping costs. The amazement doesn't stop there, Let's say you try the lipstick but you don't like it you can simply send it back for FREE. Now do you see why I love this website so much? To add icing on the cake you can get 3 free beauty samples with your purchase, remember the benefits about samples in the last post? This site has a full page of awesome travel sized products for you to indulge in.
Only The Brave Blog was created to change perspective. I love showing people how to go against the ropes and question everything. I believe that there is always a better way to do things and you should know about them. There is the misconception about sample sized products, and the first thing people think is they are getting less. Personally I have used a ton of mini's and they've lasted me for up to 2 - 3 months. The longevity of a sample sized product all boils down to how frequently you use it. I want to encourage you to travel lightly and let your money stack high. When it comes to shopping for beauty products bigger isn't always better. I have fallen victim to trying the latest beauty product that turned out to be all hype. The most annoying thing is spending a ton of money on a product just be let down, and the worst part is not being able to return it. Granted some places will allow you to return products, but who really wants to go through all that trouble. If you do want to buy a product that everyone is raving about check if they offer it in a sample/travel size. Imagine all the different products you'll be able to try out. This method will help you can save yourself a ton of money in the long run. Earlier this year I heard of this awesome product called Glam Glow and at the time everyone was talking about it. I went online to Sephora and wanted to try it out but it retailed for $69. I wasn't willing to pay that much money for a facial mask, so I did a quick search and found a sample for only $14! Not only are travel sized products less expensive but they are perfect for the girl on the go. You can always throw them in your bag for on the go application. I am constantly in a hurry and sometimes I don't have time to do my makeup at home so I live for samples! I really don't like to carry around bulky makeup bags so I tend pack all of my mini's in a ziploc bag and toss it in my purse. I hope this shopping tip helps all my beauty lovers out there.
How do you feel about travel sized products? Please share your thoughts below.
The ultiMate savings guide
One thing I know about you from reading this post is that you love to shop. I can also assume you love saving money. We share something in common and I just so happen to be the queen of scoring awesome deals. I have to admit that I have quite an addiction to shopping which tells you either I'm really wealthy, which I'm not, or I must really be good at scouting deals. I hope this post serves it's purpose and helps you save some money.
In-store Vs Online
Shopping in-store versus online makes all the difference when it comes to saving a few extra dollars. How many times have you went online and saw an amazing deal that wasn't offered in-store ? Countless! You can score so many awesome deals online. The other upside to shopping online is your ability to compare prices. Whenever I decide to do a bit of shopping I usually have multiple tabs open with different sites, the reason I do this is because many sites sell similar items. There has been times when I went on one website for a dress that costs $39.99 and went to another site that sold the same thing for only $19.99 with free shipping! I can't guarantee this will be the case all the time but if you spend a little extra time searching you are bound to find similar deals like this.
One of my favorite sites to use when I shop online would have to be E-bates! E-bates is a website that allows you to get cashback on all your favorite websites. You will be able to earn money while you shop and get exclusive deals and coupons. The site features your favorite online stores like Nordstrom, Sephora, Forever21, and many more. The best part about all of this is when you sign up as a member they offer you a $10.00 Gift card to a store of your choice. I know you can thank me later in the comments section below.
Don't be greedy
Affiliate & reward programs are a great way to reel in some extra cash as well. If you find a really awesome website share it with your friends. I don't encourage you to be spammy and just post links all over the place. You know your friends very well and maybe you are the fashionable deal queen of your group so why not give them a shot at some deals. Affiliate programs will give you your own discount code that you can share with your friends and give them an extra 15% off or more on their order. Now if you do want to share your discount with the masses then I would suggest signing up with a site called Commission Junction. The site allows you to sign up to an array of affiliate programs for all your favorite sites.
The Treasure is Yours
I am the youngest sibling of 4 girls which means I am quite fond of used clothing. I believe this is what made me fall in love with thrift stores so easily. Initially I shopped at thrift stores back when I was in highschool & I was pleased by how inexpensive the items were. However, I hated standing for hours shifting through racks of clothing. Since then Ebay has become my bestfriend it's like the Walmart of thrift stores except it's online. You can find countles deals on E-bay for literally anything! If you are more of an app shopper then I would suggest downloading an app called Poshmark. Poshmark is quite similar to Ebay except they offer newer trendy items.
Ok so maybe you don't like to shop online, I get it you don't like to wait for your items. I'm the same way at times so no worries I have a great tip for shopping in-store as well! The first obstacle you have to overcome is not buying the newest items. The truth is the sales racks have so much to offer you hunny so go there first! I really don't waste my time going to the racks with the newest stock because all of those items will go on sale in a couple weeks and that's when I pounce. I have bought things for as low as $3.00 in-store, so trust me on this one. Now let's say you do want to purchase a newer item & you just so happen to find a stain, tear, or flaw ask for a discount. Items that have flaws are a bit harder to sell, so asking for a discount really is actually helping the retailer. I usually like to speak to a manager in these types of situations rather than a sales associate because they are more willing to please the customer.
So it's happened yet again, me and laptops don't seem to do well. If you've noticed I haven't been posting much other than these motivation Monday posts. I'm doing this from my iPhone for now. My laptop was recently broken which is such a bummer. I can't explain how upset I was but it gave me a legit excuse to buy a new MacBook, so I guess there is an upside to this. I've still been making use of the time I do have to implement some upgrades to the blog ( stay tuned ). I've also had a lot of time to reflect on things in my personal life. The point to all of this is shit happens quite frankly. I can complain or I can gain the choice is mine, as usual I chose to gain something from this. Thank you all for visiting my blog, sharing such amazing comments, & being apart of this whole blogging process.
We all are waiting letting time past us by. We are waiting for the perfect time. We are awaiting the perfect circumstances and when everything is just right then we'll take action. I have learned a very powerful lesson and I'm here to share it with you because there will NEVER be a perfect anything. Our lives and circumstances require all of us to learn this lesson in 3 simple steps. Do what you can, exactly where you are, and use what you can. I find myself facing many challenges even at this moment but I am always up for a good strength training class. I call challenging moments in my life strength training lessons because each time I make it through I feel stronger. I can't explain the feeling that has come over me when I win, it always makes the pain worth it. You can whine about what's going on in your life or you can find a solution and win in the end. Remember to focus on the big picture and start working on a solution no matter what your circumstances are. You will learn so much on your journey that will all makes sense later. Trust the process and understand where there is a willing body there is a way to make things happen. Happy motivation Monday everyone! Keep on going, don't give up, & focus on a solution.
When you see a full skirt aka A line skirt you instantly think... Christian Dior's The New Look. The full skirt is an old classic. Who would've ever thought something our grandmothers wore would actually be our new summer staple. Conservative skirts like this can make you feel like a prude I know but with these modern styling tips you're sure to turn heads. I have searched far and wide on the internet for fashion forward women who pulled this full skirt off because I feel it's such a closet gem. You can wear this skirt to work and even girls night out. I hope this post will change your perspective on the classic A line skirt. If you are interested in learning how you can style this skirt like the fashionista you are then click on this slideshow below!
10 Ways To Style A Full Skirt
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Dupes are one of my favorite type of posts and I plan on doing more in the future. We can all appreciate a good deal right? I am known for scouting some of the best deals when it comes to shopping. Many of my friends and family are always wondering how do I get such great deals and it's rather simple. Today I am going to share with you some of my recent beauty finds. Most of these are very popular beauty products that every beauty blogger raves about. I have a dupe to save you some money on what could've been a splurge. The best thing about these dupes is that they definitely stand up to the originals. I was so shocked when I seen the quality of these inexpensive beauty essentials. I hope you enjoy this post! If you have any favorite dupes or if you have tried any of these please share below!