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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review & Comparisons: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Palette for Face & Eyes in Natural Nude

When I first saw the new-for-2014 Physicians Formula Nude palettes in person a few months ago, I thought that the Natural Nude palette MIGHT contains some shades that are similar to some of the shades in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. You might recall that in 2011, I did a pretty extensive comparison of the original Physicians Nude Palette to Naked 1, so I thought it would be fun to purchase the Natural Nude palette and do some comparisons to Naked 3 (with some bonus Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette comparisons too).

But first, a quick review of this palette.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Palette for Face & Eyes 
in Natural Nude
(retail: $13.95, 0.26 oz)

Review & Swatches: Sally Hansen Sparktacular (from the Limited Edition Summer 2014 Triple Shine Collection)

Is it too early for me to declare a favorite drugstore glitter polish of 2014? Maybe, but this has GOT to be my number one pick so far this year. The Limited Edition Summer 2014 Tahiti Sunset Collection is now hitting stores, and Sparktacular is one of the shades in this collection. To me, this was the only shade in the collection that didn't have a similar shade in the permanent collection, so that's initially why I purchased it. (I just added new side-by-side pics of permanent shades vs. the limited edition shades to my original post, if you'd like a look).

But back to Sparktacular...I didn't anticipate until I got this polish out of the store and into the sunlight that it would be this beautiful. No amount of photos can really capture what this polish looks like in person (so sparkly, almost like lamé on the nail), but I sure did try! Take a peek:

Sally Hansen Sparktacular
from the Summer 2014 Limited Edition Tahiti Sunset Triple Shine Collection
(retail: $4.99, 0.33 oz)

New Permanent and Limited Edition Body Washes from Softsoap

Attention Softsoap fans! In addition to the new Premium Hand Soaps I showed you back in February (click here if you missed them), Softsoap has a new permanent body wash as well as some new limited edition body washes now hitting stores. I know for a fact that these are already popping up in stores, because I have received photos and tips from several of you over the past few weeks (thanks so much to everyone who took the time to share!).

Let's start with the limited edition Spring 2014 body washes:

 Fresh Scents and Moisture Rich Formulas Provide a Spring Awakening 

Get Six Full-Size Laura Geller Beauty Products for Under $40

Attention Laura Geller fans! The new Beauty-Brands-Exclusive Laura Geller Get Beautiful with Baked Set is now available on the Beauty Brands website (it may be available in-store too, but I'm not sure since I don't have a Beauty Brands in my area). This is a $150 value for $39.

But it gets even better! Keep reading...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in Rosy-Go-Round

There was a lot of buzz about the new-for-2014 e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipsticks when they first released a few months ago, and I finally broke down and ordered one a while back from the e.l.f. website, because I was thinking it would take a long time for these to show up at Target. Well wouldn't you know it? I've heard from a few of you recently that when your Target redid their beauty department, they added lots of new goodies to the e.l.f. display, including some of these lipsticks and the HD Blushes (another thing I ordered from the e.l.f. website thinking they'd never show up at Target!).

Anyway, the good news is that if you have been thinking about trying these new lipsticks, and you don't want to order online, you may be able to find them at your local Target soon (if they're not there already). I purchased the shade Rosy-Go-Round, so let's take a look!

e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Rosy-Go-Round
(retail: $3, 0.13 oz*)

*Note: the e.l.f. website has the weight listed as "0.11 oz" but "0.13 oz" is printed on the packaging of this lipstick.

New at Walgreens: H20+, Pop Beauty and more

I saw this in my email this morning and thought I'd share, just in case you haven't heard! Walgreens has added some new beauty brands to their website (and some of these products are also now available in-store):
New at Walgreens
(click here to view on the Walgreens website)

One of you mentioned that you spotted a small H20+ display at your local Walgreens recently (if that was you, please comment below so I can thank you for the tip!). And if you click here, you can see that SOME of the H20+ products available for purchase online also have a "FIND AT A STORE" link next to them. 

I'm not seeing the "FIND AT A STORE" option on any of the Pop Beauty listings, so it appears that these are going to be online-only for now. Hopefully that will change eventually.

The best thing, to me, about these brands now available at Walgreens means that when Walgreens runs one of their online sales (20% off all beauty products, etc.) we'll be able to get these at a discount. Plus, you get everyday free shipping on orders of $25 or more on the Walgreens site.

Special Anniversary Reader Interview Series: Get To Know Yanny

In honor of the five year anniversary of Nouveau Cheap, I'm interviewing fifteen readers in this very special series, as my way of saying thanks for your support (to read more about this interview series, including how the readers were selected, click here).

All of the readers who were interviewed for this series were given the same ten questions, and they were asked to submit a picture of themselves, their pet, their makeup stash, or anything else they felt like sharing.

The seventh interview in this series is with reader Yanny. Take it away, Yanny!

Yanny's Chihuahua, Coco

G: How long have you been a fan of drugstore beauty products?

Yanny: I've loved drugstore beauty products since I started using makeup in high school. Before that, when I wasn't allowed I loved the drugstore roll-on lip glosses since that was all I was allowed.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Weekly Drugstore Makeup Sales (4/13 - 4/19)

Your weekly wrap-up of drugstore beauty sales and more...

IT'S BACK! 40% off Maybeline, Revlon, Physicians Formula, Almay and Jane at Ulta

Once a year, Ulta puts multiple drugstore brands on sale for 40% off at the same time, and the time has come for this sale once again! Thanks to readers Lisa of Swatchesandwhatnot and Sunni for letting me know this sale is back again this week:

Now through Saturday, April 19th, at Ulta (in-store and online)

This year, Ulta has included Maybelline and Jane in this sale and taken out NYX (last year it was Revlon, Almay, Physicians Formula and NYX). So just to be clear, now through Saturday, 4/19, all cosmetics from Maybelline, Revlon, Almay, Physicians Formula and Jane are 40% off both IN-STORE AND ONLINE

Keep reading for some helpful tips to maximize your savings during this sale...

The Lipstick League – week of 4.7.14


Lipstick League Question of the Week

I own more of this brand than any other: 

G's answer: Wet n Wild. Long before I was a Wet n Wild Beauty Ambassador and started to receive collections for review, I was buying everything Wet n Wild ever made (easy to do given their prices)! I wish I would have kept some of my older products from the 80s and 90s (not to use, but just for collecting). I do still have a few vintage WnW polishes though. Aaah, memories!

Links of the Week

Lipglossiping - counts down the days until she can welcome the summer with a punch of seasonal colour from Deborah Lippmann!

My Beauty Bunny - Feeling lucky? Go ahead and enter to win a shopping spree at Nurture My Body The Grand Prize winner will have $300 to spend on cruelty-free products!

Nouveau Cheap - Attention lip balm fans: have you seen the new Softlips CUBE yet? If not, you must click here!

Pink Sith - has made a confession. She is a Concealer Adulterer. Read all the sordid details about her affair with Joe Blasco Concealer and Neutralizer!


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