June 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
1. Ulta….large beauty chain store.
During my last makeup series, I wrote about the savings I normally experience at Ulta here. Ulta ALWAYS has some kind of sale happening. They change their sales every two weeks, but normally, certain brands are buy one, get one half off. With added coupons, and the reward points system they offer, it is fully possible to save $10 on something that would cost me $25 at the drugstore. I try to buy as much as I can at Ulta. If a product is not available in the store, and I REALLY want it, I will order from the Ulta website. This way, I can still take advantage of the coupons, sales, and reward points.
However, these sales do not apply to high-end brand makeup, but, I don’t buy that anyways. $20 lipsticks isn’t something my household can afford.
The one thing I love most about Ulta is that you can return products. It doesn’t matter if you’ve opened it, used it, or what it is. Lipstick, powder, shampoo…..doesn’t matter. If you are not satisfied with a product for any reason, you can return it for a full refund. I think this is HUGE. There is nothing worse than being stuck with a makeup product that you hate. I have utilized this return policy numerous times.
2. More rarely, I will buy makeup at the drugstore chain Walgreens. I don’t understand this in any way, but this drugstore gets in certain new makeup products before Ulta. And, they also do sales quite frequently in which everything within a brand is buy one get one half off.
If, for some reason I buy products at Walgreens, it will generally be one of three brands: Revlon, L’Oreal, and Wet N Wild. These are some of my most favorites brands, and it can be much easier to find new products from Revlon and L’Oreal at Walgreens than Ulta. At least, that’s the case in my area. However, Wet N Wild is not available at Ulta at all, therefore I always purchase that line at Walgreens.
Elf is the real reason for this post. My collection of makeup looks large, and the reason for that is all due to ELF.
I am now going to give you a full education on ELF. I am an expert on all things ELF. Tuck in and pay close attention.
Elf is the acronym for Eyes Lips Face.
ELF brings me so much joy.
I love you. I would happily work for you…just FYI.
Elf has 3 lines:
Essential – Everything within this line is generally $1. I won’t lie….there are only a few products within this line that I like…and they are tools, not makeup.
Studio – Everything within this line is generally $3. This line makes me weep with happiness.
Mineral – Everything within this line is generally $5. The Mineral line is all natural, and usually contains good-for-your-skin components. I also really love this line, but they do have a smaller selection than the Studio line.
A small portion of ELF products can be found at Target stores, however, I should stress the words “small portion”. The absolute best way to buy ELF is through their website eyeslipsface.com. (Elf can not be found at Ulta….EVER.)
I have made numerous online orders from ELF. When I say numerous, I don’t mean 2 or 3. Or 4 or 5. I mean somewhere around 10. Standard shipping costs are $6.95, which isn’t bad, but I have been combining orders with my sister, so we split the cost of shipping. (The greatest gift I’ve ever given my oldest sister, other than the shining presence of my existence in her life, is the knowledge of ELF makeup. lol)
Why have I ordered so much ELF?? Well, first, I love it. Clearly. But also because they are constantly offering amazing sales that lure me in like a moth to a flame.
See all of these eyeshadows??
I got them for free.
There is $60 of makeup in that picture.
And they are amazing.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Once I learned about ELF makeup, I starting playing around on their website. Once I figured out how to properly navigate the site, and I became very familiar with the products, I started adding items to my online shopping cart. Once I was ready, I made my first order. (That first order was all for me…I was still in the process of trying to convince my sister to go look at the ELF site.) My products came in…and whoa. I was really happy. I had a ton of very good quality makeup for a crazy good price.
It didn’t take long to get online and start preparing for the second order. My sister was now ready to try out a few products too.
Since I knew that ELF was constantly promoting coupon codes, I did a google search for coupons.
What I found has kinda sorta changed my life. And my sisters life.
I found a code that ELF does not promote. It is a completely valid, unprompted coupon code.
The code is for HALF OFF of everything within the Studio line. My sister and I have used this code about 7 times over the course of 4 months. I just used it a week ago.
(Confession: I didn’t really want to blog about this, because it concerns me that ELF could find this post and stop accepting the code. Truly.)
Anyway, the code is amazing.
Three dollar products (of excellent quality) were now only a $1.50. As you can imagine, my sister and I ordered a lot. A LOT. I have not found a single product within the Studio and Mineral line that I have been unhappy with.
Just for fun, I filled my online shopping cart on the elf website (again, all Studio line products), applied the coupon code, and then took a screenshot just so you could see for yourself what kind of savings I’m talking about here.
Here’s a list of the products entered into my shopping cart:
A 15 piece brush kit (with a brush case – I LOVE the studio brushes), a 32 color eyeshadow palette, 2 blushes, 2 BAKED blushes, a cream eyeliner, 4 individual eyeshadow pigments, 2 lip balms, a mascara, a tinted moisturizer, and a foundation, Basically, everything you need, plus a lot extra.
(You can click on the image to enlarge.)
Without the coupon code, the price is $80, which is amazing for all you get. But with the coupon, what you get for your money is unbelievable.
If you want to own a variety of makeup for a very low cost, and not sacrifice quality, this company is the only way to go.
BUT PENNY…….WHAT IS THE COUPON CODE????
Right. I guess I have to share it now, huh?
I feel stingy. It’s mine. I no wants you to have it.
Now….Go forth and make me proud little grasshoppers.
Please don’t take away the code. Please.
(Tip: If you want to order with this code more than once, you’ll find that you can only use this code online ONE TIME. However, they will still accept it. What you do is go ahead and submit your order at full price, and then you have to call them or email them and ask them to apply the code. They are super duper nice about it and have done this for me multiple times.)
Because of this code, and the multitude of other sales they’ve had, I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $35 on an order, and I get SO MUCH product for that price. And it’s GOOD products.
But again, I only buy the Studio and Mineral line. I’m not a fan of the Essential line. (Thought the $1 eyelash curler is the best eyelash curler in existence.)
I will be doing some more in-depth posts on ELF makeup.
(Random remark: I love that the ad that is on the top, right-hand side of my blog frequently runs ELF promotions. I LOVE THIS.)
And that, dear world, is how and where I’ve purchased the load of makeup you are about to see.
Updated to add……
I found a code last night for half off the Mineral line!!!!!!!! Use the code ECD11.
Yes. I am breaking the Makeup Diet. But it’s okay because this is an emergency. I don’t know how long this code will last.