Saturday, December 31, 2011


Here it is!  The inventory list I promised!
Just as a friendly reminder…  I am an avid, enthusiastic couponer, (not extreme!) shopping and saving heavily in the drugstores.  I have accumulated a stockpile of products.  If you have been reading my blog, you have seen pretty much what I have bought and spent.  lol  My New Year’s Goal or Resolution is to deplete my stockpile throughout the year of 2012.  Yes that means no more drugstore shopping unless of course, I run out of something.  However, to make my goal/resolution more realistic, I am allowing myself a monthly sample box and in April at IMATS NYC I get a free pass.   I’m only human. :)

So here goes!

These first few (okay many) products currently in “use” or in heavy rotation.  I tried to approximate how much I have left of most items.
In my shower currently:

LUSH Ocean Salt Face and Body Cleanser 250 g (1/2)
LUSH Lavender shampoo bar (1/2)
LUSH Veganese 250 mL (1/2)
Fantastic Cleanse Color Protect Shampoo (1/2)
Fantastic Condition Color Protect Conditioner (3/4)
Ion Repair Solutions (full)
John Frieda Lustrous Touch Strengthening Shampoo (full)
Biore Warming Anti-blackhead cream cleanser (1/4)
Neutragena Anti-residue formula shampoo (1/4)
ANEW Rejuvenate Revitalizing 2-in-1 Gel  Cleanser (3/4)
Yves Rocher Tradition de Hammam Morrocan Argan Oil Clay Mask for face and hair (1 more use)
Pantene Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask (3 more uses)
Nuance Salma Hayek Walnut Body Scrub (I more use)

Products under my primary bathroom sink:  

Roux Fanci-Full Temporary Haircolor Rinse Ultra White Minx (full) Gave to a friend.  I am no longer blonde!
Julep Facial for Hands Glycolic hand scrub (1/2)
Rare Minerals Purely Nourishing Facial Moisturizer (1/2 using it for hands)
Biore makeup removing  towelettes (3/4)
Clean & Clear finishes mattifying moisturizer (used once)
Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Intensive Skin Repair Serum (1/8)
RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream (1/4)
Jouer lip enhancer conditioning lip treatment (1/8)
ANEW Ultimate Night Gold Emulsion (1/2)  This was sent back to AVON.  
ANEW Clinical Luminosity Pro Brightening Serum (1/2)
Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream (3/4)
Garnier Mositure Rescue Light Weight UV-Lotion (1/2)
Lumene Radiant Touch Refreshing Tonor (3/4)
Lumene Sensitive Touch Eye Makeup Remover (1/8)
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque (3/4)
Freeman Cucumber Peel off Mask (3/4)
Art Designing Make-up Fix (3/4)
AVON Haiku Perfumed Skin Softener (used once)
AVON Moisture Therapy Extra Strength Cream (3/4)
Heritage Store Castor Oil (3/4)
Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil (mixed with castor oil, bottle is ¾ full)
MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross 4-in-1 facial treatment Normal/Oily (used 4x)
Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer (1/2)
NIVEA Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin (1/2)
Jergens Natural Glow Express  (used 1x)
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen 50 UVB/SPF with UVA (1/2)
Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful  vanilla birthday cake shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath (used 2x)
Rare Minerals blemish therapy (1/4)
B&BW White Citrus Body Lotion (3/4)
AVON foot works Lavender Comfort Soak (one more use)
NIVEA Crème metal tin (1/2)
Nuance Salma Hayek facial cleansing & toning towelettes (3/4)
Nuance Salma Hayek Rosehip Moisturizing Body Lotion (used once)

The only makeup I’m going to list here are my foundations.  I obviously will not be buying any new eyeshadow or liners for the entire year since, let’s be honest here, I will never run out.  I may run out of black liner…  :)


Lioele Beyond the Solutution BB cream (1/4)
Missha Perfect cover BB cream full size #21, travel 10 mL #23 to mix (3/4)
Neutragena Healthy Skin Nude (3/4)
Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage Bare Buff (used 3x to mix with Lioele BB Cream, greasy glitter bomb!)  pitched
Garnier BB cream light/medium (used 1x) pitched
Rimmel Fix &Protect Foundation Primer (1/2 but it is starting to oxidize faster on my skin, might need to pitch soon)  pitched

Current hair treatments*:

John Frieda Root Awakening Health Boosting Detangling Spray
John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion
John Frieda Full Repair Perfect Ends Sheer Mist
Organix renewing Moroccan argan oil
Got 2b 425 degrees heat protect ‘n blow out
Redken Shine Flash glistening mist
Pantene Restoratives Frizz Control Anti-Humidity Hair spray

*I moved over the summer and the movers did not pack up liquids.  Half of these were brought to my mother's house in MA while we were in transition (back and forth between MA and NC) and a couple weeks ago I picked up my perfumes and other items that had been left there.

Products in Secondary Bathroom:
This is my true couponer’s stockpile, I mean nothing like the Extreme Couponing show depicted but a ton of product nonetheless.  I have also provided a count if there are multiples:

Body Wash:
NIVEA Touch of Happiness Orange Blossom Scent Moisturizing Body Wash (x2) x1 now!
Olay luscious embrace Cleansing Body Wash (x2)
B&BW White Citrus triple moisture shower cream
AVON Naturals hair and body shampoo strawberry smoothie
NIVEA Happy Sensation Daily Lotion Orange Blossom Scent  Currently in use!  (2/12)
AVON Naturals grapefruit & mint shimmering body lotion
B&BW White Citrus triple moisture body cream
B&BW Country Chic body lotion
Lubriderm Advanced therapy
AVON Moisture Therapy Intensive Body Lotion
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen 30 UVB/SPF with UVA
Ecotools Body Butter  Currently in use!  (2/12)
Bubble Bath:
EO Serenity French Lavender with aloe bubble bath (x2) 1 left!
Hair Treatments:
AVON Advance Techniques Age Repair Revitalizing Treatment
Organix ever straight Brazilian keratin therapy
John Frieda Full Repair Protecting Root Lift Foam
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Flawless Finishing Cream
John Frieda Root Awakening Health Boosting Detangling Spray
Nexxus Pro-Mend Split-End Repairing
Nexxus Sleek Finish Silkening Lotion
Shampoo (10 bottles total):
John Frieda luxurious volume full clarity purifying shampoo
John Frieda Root Awakening Shampoo (x3)
John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Enhancing Shampoo
Pantene Beautiful Lengths Breakage Defense Shampoo (x2)  One Left!
Pantene Beautiful Lengths  Frizz Control
Jhirmack Distinctions Silver Plus Ageless Shampoo (purple shampoo)  Currently in use!  (2/12)
Conditioner (3 bottles total):
John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner
John Frieda Root Awakening Conditioner
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Enhancing Conditioner
Tom’s of Maine natural long lasting aluminum free unscented  Currently in use and I hate it!  (2/12)
The Body Shop DeoDry Fresh & Floral Refill (x2)  Currently in use and I hate it!  (2/12)

Now  if you are a couponer, you are in the know and you only buy toothpaste when it is a money maker!
Orajel training toothpaste (x5) I have 3 kids!  2 in use and 1 gifted!  (2/12)
Crest Pro-Health Whitening (x2)  Down to 1!
Crest Pro-Health
Colgate Total Whitening
Colgate Total
Colgate Optic White  Currently in use!  (2/12)
Rembrandt Intense Stain (x3)  Down to 2!  (2/12)
Listerine Whitening Multi-Action Pre-Brush Rinse  Currently in use!  (1/12)
Listerine Whitening Restoring Post-Brush Fluoride Rinse  Currently in use!  (1/12)
Listerine Zero Mouth Wash

So in my closet I have a cloth drawer shelf unit, filled with unopened makeup, samples, etc or as I would like to say, back ups.  I will go through them all.

Some items are for review, others are for a giveaway I am planning soon!

 Top left:  Sample box drawer.  I leave the samples in the boxes until I am ready to try them.  Right now I have both the November and December Birchbox and Bluum box.  I have one more Bluum box before my subscription ends.  I have 2 pairs of false lashes a ton of AVON lipglosses and mark. products that I will give away as samples to customers.

Top right:  Samples & travel sizes.  Too numerous to itemize but here I have samples from Ulta, samples from Sephora Mystery Bag, samples I send away for that I get in the mail, I recently got a bag full of organic and natural samples from a Seventh Generation Diaper order.  I will do a post on that one!  There are perfume samples, samples from the sample boxes that I have tried and not tried etc…  All travel sizes end up in here. 

Middle left:  Skincare overflow/backups #1
L’Occitane En Provence Shea Butter Hugs & Kisses Hand Cream and Lip balm set
Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser Currently in the shower! (2/12)
Kiehls Eye Alert  Currently in use!  (2/12)
Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment
Lumene Radiant Touch Refreshing Tonor
Lumene Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover
Almay oil-free eye makeup remover pads (x2)
LOREAL Youth Code Starter System  Given as a gift
Freeman Clay Mask with Avocado & Oatmeal
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque  Given as a gift.
NOXEMA Makeup Removal Cloths (x2)
Olay wet cleansing cloths sensitive
Nuance Salma Hayek facial cleansing & toning towelettes  Given as a gift.

Middle Right:  Skincare overflow/backups #2
Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
Garnier Mositure Rescue Light Weight UV-Lotion  Given as a gift.
AVON Clinical Advanced Retexturing Peel  (x2)  Forgot I had these!
MD Skincare by Dr. Dennis Gross 4-in-1 facial treatment Normal/Oily
ANEW Rejuvenate Sapphire Emulsion Night Currently in use! (2/12)
Fresh Sugar fix lip polish and treatment set  Currently in use! (1/12)
Boscia Revitalizing Hydra-lift
Lumene  5 minute SOS Cream
Awake Pop-out Masks (used x2)
ANEW Platinum Cleansers 2 week sample (x3)  1 left! (2/12)
Porcelina Skin Lightening Cream Day & Night (Day gifted.  Night I used!)

Bottom Left:  Random
John Frieda Precision Foam Colour 10N Extra Light Natural Blonde
TSA approved travel bottles

Bottom Right: Makeup backups & palettes
PF Organic Wear Lash Boosting Mascara (new one) Ultra black
Almay Intense i-color mascara black pearl
L’OREAL Voluminous False Fiber Lashes  Gifted!
PF Healthy Wear Powder Foundation Translucent Light  Currently in use!  (2/12)
PF Healthy Wear Powder Foundation Translucent Medium  Currently in use!  (2/12)
PF Bamboo wear light bronzer refill and bamboo compact  Currently in use!  (2/12)
Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Green Tea + soy cuticle oil
Victoria Secret Fragrance sample box
Julep Gift bag with Catherine, a base coat, travel sizes of Julep Facial for Hands and Julep Glow on and a glass file
ANEW Skin transforming primer  Currently in use!  (2/12)
Nutra Nail Gel Perfect in Moonstone  Gifted!

 So it's not that bad right?  I mean, it has to last an entire year, 12 months, 365 days...  So as I finish a product, there will be a review.  So exciting!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Beauty Goals for 2012!

So I have been thinking long and hard about this.  lol  No I haven't, they literally came to me during my morning shower and I have resolved to make it happen! I actually have not one but 2!

Without further ado...

1.  I will live off my stash for the next 12 months, the entire year of 2012 or until it is used up.

I mean everything, shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, eye cream...  Seems like a long time... I know.  This means I have to quit shopping.  GULP!  The search for the HG's are over.  I have them all or their equivalents in my both of my bathroom vanities anyway. 

Yes I have tried this before.  But I wasn't ready then.  Now it is different, I am mentally prepared and ready for this challenge.  For one, I have a ton of upcoming expenses this year and it is fitting that I resolve to keep this goal.  And secondly, it is long over do.  My drawers, cabinets, shelves, spare bedroom/ office are full of "product" as my mom says and reminded me while she was here over Christmas.

I have saved a ton, literally thousands of dollars on all of the "product" I have accumulated, but as my husband so eloquently states...  "You are not saving any money by spending it."  He is so right, he always is!  ;)  Obviously we still need household and personal items and I will continue couponing, but I am challenging myself this upcoming year to live off my stash.

I do have a couple small caveats...

1.  In order to keep this goal a little realistic, I am allowing myself the occasional, well let's be honest here, monthly sample box.  I do like to gift them, especially the Julep Maven box because it is a nice surprise for that person.  So May, July, August, September, October, December will probably all be gifted actually.

2.  I am going to IMATS NYC in April with my sister.  I honestly do not know what to expect as an IMATS newbie, but I am allowing myself to purchase a few items, namely INLGOT and OCC :)

3.  As I run out of items, not anticipating running out, but actually after throwing an empty container in the garbage/recycling bin, I can repurchase.  For example, my first item that only has a few drops left is my John Frieda Go Blonder Lightening Spray.  When I pitch it, I can get another.   Okie doke?

Then as I finish an item, I will review it!  It might be the second time, but everything will be reviewed as I finish to keep me on track. 

I will be completing an "inventory" of products which I will document in a separate post.  It is going to take me forever.  Well I need to get it up before 2012, so I have 2 days.

On to my second lofty goal of 2012

2.  I will lose 20 pounds in 2012.

I pretty much say this every year but then I seem to get pregnant about 10 pounds in.  lol  But my husband and I have decided our family of 5 is quite big enough so I should be in the clear to lose the elusive 20!

I eat very healthy food choices, but alas exercise is a bit of a roller coaster ride for me and portion control will be key.  What can I say, I cook amazingly delicious meals ;)  There really isn't anything I can cut out or eat more of unless I become a complete vegan but that's really not an option for me.  I eat very little meat as it is.  Lean proteins and veggies has always been my mantra as well as everything in moderation.  I need to get back on track with the moderation!

So there you have it.  My two beauty goals for 2012!!!

Have you came up with any Resolutions or Goals to accomplish in 2012?  Do share!

Holiday Manis!

I totally forgot to post these.  We celebrated Christmas for two days since my husband had to work a 24 hours shift. :(  But it all worked out because the kids opened presents 2 days in a row! 

My cuticles are are a little dry but here are some shots with the new camera as well.  I had ZOYA Kissy on for Christmas Day #1.  It is a little more pink in real life.

 This is ZOYA Rina which I wore the day after Christmas, our Christmas #2.

I picked up Rina and Kissy during ZOYA's Flash Promos.  I wasn't quick enough to get any for free but I did get these for $16.  I finally have my namesake Erin on the far left, Rina, Kissy and Kristen on the far right.

The above picture was taken with the old camera.  It just won't focus anymore.  So disappointing.  It will be sent off to be fixed this weekend and maybe we can salvage it for a couple more years.  :)

I only got one other promo and that was for my Secret Santa.  Her promo was 2 polishes from the Winter 2011 Feel Collection and a free bottle of ZOYA Remove +!  She was very happy!

Do you score any ZOYA Flash Promos???

The shoe!

If you missed my twitter excitement the other night, this is the shoe I found for my sister's wedding in June.  THE SHOE!  I had to find a specific color green, kelly, to match a leather planner that I have.  My sister was actually given the same planner last Christmas from her soon to be mother-in-law and I searched and searched and finally found it on ebay earlier this summer and ordered it straight away.

Can I also say how difficult it is to find a kelly green shoe?  Well one that isn't stripper-esque, not that there is anything wrong with that, just wasn't the look I was going for!  Nor did I want 6 inch platforms. 

This beauty is the Nine West Makeascene Pump!  It comes in red with blue trim, straight up black and on they have it in light pink and a taupey brown!

Like I said previously, for my sister's wedding I needed to find a very specific kelly green.  From the above pictures, it seems that it is the perfect match.  The shoes should arrive by the end of the week.  All the bridesmaids are wearing a different color shoe with our black dresses.  So fun!

The last pair I received were a disaster.  I ordered from  The shoes took forever to arrive, like 10 days!  I opened them from the box and what did I see?  Grease and scuff marks on the satin!  I was so bummed.

It wasn't quite the perfect match to the planner but they shoes were just so comfortable!  I loved them...until I saw some scuffs marks and then..ick greasy thumb prints?  What? On both shoes in the heel and also on the toe.

I am aware that I would be the only one who would have known that they existed as they barely showed in the above pictures.  They were definitely very noticeable in real life.  My mom calmy told me to, well calm down about it.  But I was just ever so annoyed that a brand new shoe purchased at full price should not be, well nearly perfect.

I contacted customer service who promptly responded that they would hand-pick another shoe so that I would receive a perfect substitute and give me 10% off for my troubles.  Then I get the dreaded email...  They are out of stock in my size of 8.5 in the "Emerald" color.  Just my luck right?

I had already sent pictures to my sister, she already had a satin bag handmade by an Etsy vendor based off that exact color.  I probably should have just kept them but it was done, they were already sent back and my account was credited for the return and a new search for the perfect shoe ensued.

The Makeascene Pump was what I was looking for in the first place, leather for one, perfect color and something with a design element.  It hit the mark on all 3. 

Now I just hope that they are comfortable!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ZOYA Kieko

This color has got to be my favorite ZOYA polish.  My sister pulled this one out of my collection while she was here over Christmas and it is just a lovely purple cream.

Oh and here are some shots with the new camera!  What do you think?

We have been looking and looking and finally he got one and surprised me!  It's the FinePix T190 FijuFilm.   I thought I was going to love the ease of taking photos but after looking at the initial shots I took on Christmas, I'm not loving it so much right now.   The photo quality is just something I will have to get used to with the point and shoot.  I know this.  But there is something, something very digital about the photos?

There are so many settings and features to learn.  The technology is crazy!  My last point and shoot was the Easy Share 5.0 back in 2004.  It was expensive too, I think $300.  Top of the line back then.  I bought it literally the night before my trip to Portugal.  I think my photos came out very nice.

One of the really cool features of the FujiFilm is the panoramic shot!  But the video quality is really not good but I didn't know what to expect with a point and shoot camera anyway...

My husband isn't keen on returning it.  It's the old, "user error" argument.  lol  So we will see!  I expect a new one in my future by the weekend.  :)

Secret Santa Exchange... Part Deux!

Yeah, I took part in 3 Secret Santa Exchanges.  I just love shopping for nail polish and make up, what can I say!  Oh and I like getting those kinds of gifts too!

Look what Amanda from Mad Manis sent to me for our Santa Exchange!  Thanks again Amanda!  I had been eyeing this set for so long at Sally's...

Please excuse the broken index finger.  I just quickly swatched these before leaving the house for a community holiday party.  One coat each.  And yeah, I forgot to take the polish off.  lol 

I think that this green will be perfect for my sister's wedding.  I know green isn't a traditional bridesmaid nail color or wedding nail color in general, but we all had to pick a certain color for our shoe and mine was Kelly Green.  I think a soft pink just wouldn't do.  I will run it by the bride of course ;)  What say you sis?

Bluum Box

So I love sample boxes.  There is no denying it...  Sample sizes are just more my speed.  I like to try new products and I don't like to waste.  It's a win win for me!

A couple of months ago I bought an Eversave voucher for 3 months of Bluum for something around $13.  It was a little tricky using the Eversave voucher but a kind representative from Bluum helped me out a created an account for me.  A+++ customer service!

With the Bluum box, you get high end samples for baby and for mommy!  I guess I need to admit to myself that my youngest is no longer a baby, but I have been happy with my first 2 boxes, November and December which I will show you now!

They come in the same size box as Birchbox...

Then colorful blue tissue paper...

November's Bluumbox

 So there was a cute little building block that my son like to throw around and point to the cow, some baby butter sample, eye lubricating drops, which I always need (hello tired dry eyes!) and stretch mark cream.  My favorite was the Sleep Tight Pillow Spritz which smelled of calming lavender which I cannot find anywhere!  So bummed I didn't get to try it out on my pillow!

The December Box had some nice goodies too.  A bib which I can always use at meal time.  Peach mish mash which was sucked down and 2 minutes by the little one who just loves squeezable fruits and veggies.  Also included was some pure and paraben free dish soap, well free of just about everything harmful which we all should be using to protect our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans!

There were also these pop up towlettes that you moisten and they spring to life and ready to wipe up messes!  They are great to throw in the diaper bag.  But you will need a water supply...  The tooth wipes I will be gifting to a soon to be new mother as my little one has a full mouth of teeth already!

I have one more box being shipped out on the 17th of January.  I probably won't continue as I am sampling boxes like a maniac but I really like this one!  It would be great for a new mom with a small baby or newborn.  Lot of new things to try out during that exciting time! 

Great baby shower gift!

Bronzed Taupe and another test!!!

I had to grab another L'OREAL infallible eyeshadow as they are so addicting!

with flash

natural light


natural light

How gorgeous this color??!!  I really packed this shade on and it only last 4 hours before the first crease started to appear.  So I will remember not to pack this on if I need my color to last the entire day!  However, I just blended it back in with my finger and it lasted another couple of hours.

I don't believe I did a post on the brown yet so here are some photos and creasing that occured well into the early am.  13 or 14 hours of wear!  I did this look around 1pm I believe before heading out to do some last minute Christmas shopping.  I used the brown as a base and lower lid liner.  I used my AVON Expert Eyeshadow palette, several brown shades and the matte black layered on top.


The 2 photos below were taken at 3 am.  This represents 12+ hours of wear!



Ulta shopping trip!

I rarely go into Ulta.  For good reason.  I will spend way too much money on things I do not need!  But a couple of weeks ago I went armed with 3 coupons fully intending to buy the NYX Butt Naked Eyes Makeup Palette.  Why?  Well triple points and 20% off coupon baby!

However when I swatched out the tester, the shadows were just awful.  Possibly because they were a tester filled with bacteria from greasy fingers...  Though I am glad because it prevented me from buying it.  :)  But I also had a coupon for $3.50 off $10 purchase so I set off to get to work!

So I walked around the store with 3 screaming children dodging stressed out holiday shoppers and found the clearance section and bonus, found my favorite facial cleansing wipes!!!

It must have been a couple months since I first found these clearanced.  I'm going back for more too.  They are amazing.  Expensive, but I can see a difference when I use them.  Unfortunately, or fortunately because they are on clearance, Ulta or my local Ulta is not carrying this brand anymore.  So I have a backup month's supply.  I have been stretching out the first box, maybe using a wipe every other night.

I also had a coupon for a free cosmetic brush.  And guess what?  They were on sale for BOGO.  So I essentially got 3 for free with the $3.50 off $10 coupon.  SCORE!

Why not right?  My total for everything was $8.25.