InTruBeauty: Shopping Secrets- November

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shopping Secrets- November

Hey All!  Before I ravish you all with my shopping secrets for November, just want to fill you in on a couple of things that are coming up soon!

  1. We haven't done any video blogs for a while.  Sorry!  We will rock your socks off in December, promise!
  2. We have both done many hauls this month with all of the phenomenal sales going on and we will have lots of posts and swatches coming up to show you what we love (and don't love).
  3. Get ready because we are so excited.....we are going to be doing our top picks and Best of the Year awards very soon!  We are rounding up our favorite products and making sure they don't sweat off or crease or disappoint to see if they could be in the running for best in beauty 2011!  It will be very similar to Emily Eddington's Emily Awards except we will be doing many more categories than any other bloggers we have seen online.  We are super pumped and can't to share with you!

Ok and onto our shopping secrets!  

This one is super important.  Know which stores give the best deals for having a credit card, and only open or use credit cards at these stores.  Macy's generally gives an extra 20% off (which you can stack with the clearance prices or coupons you have) for opening a store credit card.  Once you have the card, you can usually get an extra 15-20% off just for using it.  They do this ALL THE TIME.  Usually on weekends, but sometimes during the week too.  Check your Macy's flyer or look online to keep track of this.  I only shop there when I get a use your card savings deal.  The trick is you have to pay it off on the spot in full or you end up getting interest.  But who doesn't want an extra 20% off their purchase?  Yes, please!

Check out what celebrities are doing makeup lines or fashion lines for the discount stores. Here's a coupon recent examples I can think of, although there are hundreds:  Poppy King, "the lipstick queen" sells lipsticks for couture prices, but she is doing a line for Boots (a UK brand you can find at Target) for $9.99.  Also, Alice + Olivia, some famous fashion designers who sell their shoes for about the price of one of my bi-weekly paychecks have done lines in the past for Target.  They sell out fast but if you stay on top of your game and scope it out as soon as you hear about it you might get lucky enough to have your size still be there.  Also, Gucci Westman recently did a makeup line for Revlon and came out with some gorgeous colors.  I read about these in a magazine, and literally checked out 5+ Walgreens stores until I found the one in our area that carried these beautiful, bedazzling colors.  As always, check reviews before you buy.  I checked reviews at only one website for the makeup colors, and they ended up being duds anyways.  So always check at least a couple sources to see if it's worth the buy.  Or at least make sure the store you are purchasing from has a good return policy!

Check out your local TJ Maxx, Costco, or Big Lots to check out if they have any discounted makeup sets.  This time of year, there are many holiday gift sets that great companies come out with.  I have seen some really great deals at TJ Maxx where a gift set that is worth $115 is going for $30, and often times you can check out the clearance and some of those sets are marked at least another $5 off.  One idea I love is to grab some gift sets and split them up.  If you see something you love in the gift set, grab it out for yourself and gift the rest!  

Target has super cute organizational items in their $1 bins this time of year.  I recently bought 3 of these really cute damask little carriers.  They are made of that shiny painted cardboard material, so they'll probably last a few months, but hey that's ok with me.  They are meant to be used with tissue paper to be little gift bins but I've been using them as storage to organize some of my makeup.  Pretty handy and they have lots of fun colors!

This is a great time of year to check out some new brands that you haven't given a chance yet.  E.l.f. is a great brand at Target that retails for $1-5 dollars.  Because of the holidays they have a lot of gift sets on sale where you can get 50+ colors for $15.  If you've never tried it now might be a great time to give it a shot.  Also, I rediscovered a line called Boots that they sell at Target.  In college, I remember seeing their lip balm at Target and loving it.  It must have been good, because I use a ton of different kinds of lip balm and theirs stands out to me as being great.  So when I spotted some of their skin care on sale at Target I scooped it up.  Every item I got is beautifully packaged in a glass container and they are very vintage looking.  I love all of it and especially the pricing (every item was under $10).  I am super excited about these products and I'm getting really excited to review them!

What are some of your favorite shopping tips this month?  Please share!


Just a little something special.... if you are one of the first 25 people to comment on this post, your name will be put into a drawing for an exclusive giveaway for one of our favorite buys of November.  Good luck and happy posting!

**Must comment AND be following our blog to qualify for the prize.  

Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

Yours in Beauty, Justina


17 comments:

  1. At this time of year there are a lot of gift sets available at great prices, which means you get more for less $. Also I noticed one particular brand coming back ( Wet N Wild) with new stuff like bronzers and great eye popping colors and at the same cheap prices as before. You can still get the same looks as the more expensive brands. THX for the great tips also :)

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  2. Ooooh! Loving this blog! Anyone grab the Neutrogena Groupon this month? Fabulous. I use two of the products and plan on making a goodie bag for my Mom for her Bday with the rest. My tip is this: grab the gift sets u like and re-gift the stuff you don't use. Add some Revlon nail polish -still the best you can get for a drugstore price in my opinionx for buy one get one all this month at places like CvS and Walgreens = Instant gifts for you and your loves!

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  3. I love receiving emails from shopittome.com, gilt.com, and hautelook.com. I think these sites lets me in on the great sales that are constantly going on.

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  4. Never heard of boots, but you inspired me to check it out, simply put, LOVE it!

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  5. Btw, having trouble Su script ING to your blog, it keeps telling me to try again... Any tips?

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  6. Thanks so much Chrissie, I hope no one else has been having problems subscribing. I will check into this asap!

    Jessica

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  7. Great blog, I wonder what the prize will be!

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  8. Stay tuned to find out and the sooner we get to 25 comments (not including mine or multiple comments from one user), we will pick a winner at random. So, be sure to tell all your friends about us! Maybe if they win, they will share :)

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  9. Great tip is to take your Khol's discount card you get in the mail every week and shop the clearance racks. They put all their winter wear on clearance now and its a steal at 15% off plus 50% off. I just got over 300 worth of clothes for less then 60.00

    I shop ELF website as my Target is always sold out of it. The website has free shipping and great deals on holiday gift sets. They also feature all the new ELF products. They have a fast ship policy so your gifts arrive before Xmas.

    Sephora also has terrific holiday deals on make up sets and products. Keep checking the website. JC Penny will often do a 2 for 1 with free shipping before Xmas. You can stock up on tees and jeans.

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  10. Does entering a second time give me a higher chance of winning? Just kidding! Come on people let's get a winner here!

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  11. Love the tips. Personally I love a bargain. I go to kohls and use the credit card,and then either the scratchers or the percent off cards they send in the mail for being a member of a certain level..and you can get tons of stuff really cheap,especially if it's on clearance.
    Also..I take advantage of email offers. I recently got 2 build a bears for the price of 1 plus free shipping because of a hassle on the website. ...Always on the lookout for a great deal..

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  12. Kohls is one of our fave stores to get great deals! And they have wonderful customer service! Thanks for the comment!

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  13. Check out KARMALOOP :) Use the code STR20 for 20% off! They have amazing brands all in one place!

    Check out KARMALOOP :) Use the code STR20 for 20% off! They have amazing brands all in one place!

    Check out KARMALOOP :) Use the code STR20 for 20% off! They have amazing brands all in one place!


    Check out KARMALOOP :) Use the code STR20 for 20% off! They have amazing brands all in one place!

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  14. Love your blog! Here's my tip: when you go to CVS don't forget to scan your savings card at their price scanner machine. It will give you coupons right there. You can usually use it twice. Sometimes the coupons are not good, but other times I get a coupon for something I need.

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