Sunday, July 12

Hi! Lets get this started!

I have soooo been neglecting my blog space. You can always find me on Instagram though!! I've been posting some hauls, hairdos and looks of the day. Some fun posts are in the works to get me back in my favorite space, right here! Here are some posts I am working on:

NYX vs Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencils
Updated & upgraded Lazy Susan makeup brush storage
NYX butter gloss, contour stick and blush swatches/reviews from my recent haul
Too Faced shadow singles swatches & review
Z pallete update and depotting tips

Plus many more.... Very excited for what the future has to bring and hope you're along for the ride!

I'm also working on creating a signature down here :)

Thursday, July 3

Z Palettes on SALE!

Z Palettes are on sale and it's 20% off EVERYTHING all weekend! The sale starts at 12am PST 7/4 and ends at 11:59pm PST on 7/6.  Z Palettes are an awesome way to organize your eyeshadows, blushes and even cream products!  They are this magnetic cases that come in a variety of cute colors, patterns and sizes.  I own 6 and I love them.  Be sure to take advantage of this amazing sale because these palettes rarely go on sale and aren't cheap full price.  What are you planning on buying?  Comment and tell us here or tweet me, post a pic on Instagram or Facebook!
Thanks for reading!  I wrote a little bit more about Z palettes here last time thy had this sale. I hope you enjoy this amazing sale! I bought my Z Palettes on sale and wouldn't have it any other way.  Read more about how I save on expensive high end products

Sunday, June 29

40% off NYX now thru 7/6!

I am so excited to announce that ALL NYX cosmetics (except kits over $14.99) are on sale at Ulta thru July 5th!  What a great way to celebrate summer with their amazing makeup!  Their Chloe Lipstick is one of my faves. I also reviewed (and love) their Aqua Luxe liquid eye liners
I loved NYX since I discovered them thru some of my favorite YouTube Gurus. NYX is my favorite and only well performing "drug-store" brand I own.  Combined with sale prices at Ulta, they're a steal.  NYX Cosmetics was just bought by L'Oreal which you can read all about here. Target recently started carrying NYX, and they often have money off beauty products using their Cartwheel app or weekly ads. I still think the 40% off Ulta deal really is the best. I always wait for it!
What are you planning on picking up at the fabulous sale?  I may have to go browse at Ulta!  Thanks so much for reading!  Stay tuned this Monday for my July 4th Mani Monday! Follow me on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram

Tuesday, May 6

Tip Tuesday Moisturizing 24/7

Every time you wash your skin, a lot of its moisture goes down the drain.  Rehydrate your skin on your terms with your favorite moisturizer!  Hydration is essential to your skin's health and elasticity.  Plus many hydrating products out there offer other benefits like sunscreen, dark spot correction, luminosity and/or priming effects to help your makeup last longer.

There are so many different moisturizing face products out there.  Each person has their own wants and needs.  I highly recommend going to Sephora and sampling different products for a week or so before deciding on one.  Or buy it, try it, and return it if you don't like it.

I am always scouring sales and never pay full price for anything, skincare included.  My current fave is Murad Oil Control Mattifier with spf 15.  I love this stuff.  It sucks the excess oil from your skin and lasts all day.  On less oily days I use Boscia Vital Daily Moisture spf 15.  At night I also use Boscia, but the Super Charge Overnight Moisture.

Did you receive a $15 or $20 discount card from Sephora last winter?  I did! And I used it to pick up Algenist Complete Renewal Eye Balm.  My eyes stay hydrated and did I mention my skin loves this stuff with or without makeup?  At night I use the same eye balm and sometimes mix in a free sample of something else.

For my body I always use my Bliss Body Butter I wrote about here that picked up from Nordstrom Rack ages ago.  I love its lemon scent, plus it leaves my skin super soft and hydrated!

How do you hydrate?  Please comment below and tell us about your routine.  Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and here on Google+!  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, March 16

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty March 2014

Ulta is at it again with their 21 Days of Beauty!  I am always so excited about this sale. Each day for 21 Days one or two items will be on sale.  Some sales are only online and others are in store. Be sure to check out my picture above to see if your favorite thing is on sale!  Today my bestie and I picked up the Bare Mineral All Over Face Color.  They're loose powder blushes and bronzers.  You can sample them right there in store, so you can see how great the color payoff and blendability is.  I bought True and Golden Gate.  And I'm also proud to say I know own loose blush.  Review coming soon!

I will be going back to Ulta Thursday for some Butter London polish, which I reviewed here the last time they were on sale.  At 2/$15 I think it's worth the splurge.  They are the fastest drying out of all polish brands I've tried.  P,lus their colors are one of a kind. Then I'm gonna take the next week off to save for the Laura Geller highlighter and Too Faced blush!  The Urban Decay, Smashbox and Stila daily deal are also great buys!  Don't forget about the online steals too like Murad and Laura Geller.

What are you most excited about?  Let me know in the comments!  Thanks for reading. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest in high end beauty deals and steals. 

Tuesday, February 18

My Little Black Book of Liners

I love eye liner as you probably know!  I am always experimenting with different liners and colors.  Today I wanted to focus on my favorite black liners.  I keep several black liners on hand and each is awesome for different reasons.  All have a different applicator and I thought it would be fun to do a post on how and why I use each one.  Keep reading to get to inside scoop on my little black book of liners!

One of my favorite liquid liners is Urban Decay's 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion.  It has a thin, short, small brush.  This liner is great for achieving a super dark outer corner look and getting really REALLY close to your lashes.  It is $19 alone, or you can sometimes find it in a palette, such as the Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV Redux for $32, which comes with 16 eyeshadows, mascara and primer.  Its only downfall is that it doesn't remove easily.  Have your olive oil handy.  Click here to see my previous blog post about their hot pink liquid liner, Woodstock.

The Urban Decay pencil liner in Perversion is also my favorite black pencil liner.  You can find a travel version here in their Habitual 24/7 set for only $22 from Urban Decay.  My favorite thing about this liner is that it doesn't transfer. For example, if I am only tightlining my top lashes, it won't get on your lower lash line when you blink. 

Another liquid liner I love is Sephora's Long Lasting 12 hour wear liner.  It is currently on sale! The long flexible tapered felt tip brush is perfect for creating various lines.  From flick to thick, this liner does it all.  The liner is very black and dries to a matte finish.  This is another liner that will help you achieve super dark outer corners.  I am also a fan of how easy it comes off! Click here to see my previous blog post about this liner in Glitter Green.

I cannot live without gel liner.  Its awesome for making liner super close to the lash line. When I am wearing a bright liner, I push black gel liner as close to my lash line as I can get.  Sephora gel liner, which is no longer sold (sad face) is my favorite.  It lasts forever on the eye.  I especially love this liner for the lower waterline. I have this liner in several other colors and love them all! Plus they don't dry out like other gel liners I owned in the past.

What is your favorite liner?  I would love you to share with us.  Thanks for reading.  Follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for all the latest in makeup nails and  sales.

Thursday, February 13

China Glaze Wish on a Starfish

China Glaze Wish on a Starfish
I picked up this China Glaze nail polish for just $3.99 during a Sally Beauty Supply sale.  Although I planned to scour their collection (haul coming soon), I also went to pick up this gorgeous pink!  Wish on a Starfish is a beautiful pink with gold and pink shimmer.  It a textured polish that can be work with or without a topcoat.  China Glaze dries quickly, especially colors with glitter.  I love their formula and colors, plus they always have cute names.  This color is from their Sea Goddess collection.  Did you pick up anything at the sale?  I really do love hearing about other great deals and steals! Let us know in the comments!
Thanks as always for reading.  Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest makeup, nails and sales. 

Monday, February 10

Mani Monday Essie at Kohl's

Essie set: Ballet slippers, Turquoise and Caicos, Chinchilly, Wicked, Forever Yummy

I bought this gorgeous Essie set of polishes from Kohl's the other day for just $15!   Although they are half size bottles, I like the elongated shape that leaves space for a full size brush inside. I wanted a new light pink for my collection, plus I always loved this Turquoise and Caicos color. I painted just two nails because I just couldn't wait to try them out!  I am planning a cute dotticure with Ballet Slippers and Turqoise and Caicos.  I love all of these colors.  Chichilly is a purply gray, Wicked is a deep dark wine color and Forever Yummy is beautiful bright red.

Thanks for reading!  What great beauty steals have you found lately?  I am always excited to read your posts and comments.  Follow me on social media +Beautyaddixion

Essie  Ballet Slippers and Turquoise and Caicos

Sunday, February 9

Urban Decay Friends and Family sale Feb 2014!

You saw correct!! Urban Decay is having a Friends and Family sale!! 20% off everything thru 2/14! Be sure to check out my review of Woodstock here.  Use the code FFSPRING14.  The only exclusion I see is Naked 3...sorry ladies!  This also includes sale items.  On sale now are their lip pencils, shattered face case, a few eyeshadow palettes and more! Check it out here.
Thanks for reading! Follow me on social media +Beautyaddixion  for all the latest nails, makeup and sales! I love saving on high end makeup.  Comment below with your beauty steals!

China Glaze $3.99 2/10!

I was so excited this weekend because Ulta has China Glaze 2/$12.  But I was shocked when I arrived at Ulta and their selection was stocked but small.  They only had one current collection called City Flourish on display which you can see here.  Later that day I saw the flyer for Sally Beauty Supply. Tomorrow only China Glaze is only $3.99. I am hoping to score some cute colors from their Sea Goddess collection! I will be sure to do a haul. You can read about my last BOGO score from Sally's here where I found some gorgeous colors and swatched For Audrey.  What colors are you excited to try?  Here is the link to their flyer with other great February deals. 

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Thursday, February 6

Thrift Thursday The Balm FLASH SALE

True story!!  TheBalm is having a 50% OFF everything flash sale tomorrow February 7, 2014.  I am so excited about this sale!! TheBalm's sites crashes every time they have a be sure to add items to your cart in now?  And hopefully checkout will be hassle free. ALL sales are 12-1pm at your time zone. Their Meet Matte, Balm Voyage and  Nude Tude palettes are really popluar.  I have the Nude Tude palette and I love it!  What items are you looking to pick up?  Comment below and let us know!  Thanks for reading and check me out  @beautyaddixion on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Monday, January 20

Mani Monday For Audrey French

I am so excited to be back at it doing my Mani Mondays!  Today I did a simple French manicure using two China Glaze colors.  I am loving this mani.  Its cute and girly and all the things I love about painting my nails.  French manis always make me feel so fancy!  I sometimes use tape, but decided to use a different method this time.  Keep reading to see how I made this cute mani.

Materials: 1 or 2 nail polishes colors.  I chose China Glaze For Audrey and Secret Peri-wink-le, Nail polish remover, a nail/makeup brush, paper towels and a small cup.  I also used a high shine clear top coat.
1.  Clean and buff nails.  This is especially important when doing a clear nail manicure so nails looks bright and clean.  Apply base coat. Click here to see a review of my current fave.
2.  Using For Audrey, take the brush out from bottle and remove all polish.  Then dip the brush back in a small amount.  Turn sideways and create a thick horizontal stripe on the tip of the nail.  Repeat this on each nail, alternating colors if desired.
3.  Repeat step 2 on each nail tip for your second coat.  Allow to dry completely. 
4.  Pour some nail polish remover into your small cup and dip your nail/makeup brush in.  Dab the excess on a paper towel.  Gently wipe the stripe you made in step 2 to remove polish and make a clean even line.  Do this on each nail.
5.  Using your favorite clear coat, I used Sally Hansen Mega Shine, paint just the clean area of your nails. Allow to dry.
6.  Top with your favorite top coat!  I painted another coat of Mega Shine.
Thanks for reading! I would love to see your recreations.  Tweet me you pictures @beautyaddixion.  Or tag me on Instagram!

Wednesday, January 8

POW Scotch Tape!

I always do my eye makeup first, so I can create clean lines and remove fallout when I am done. I usually do my eye makeup and then go back in with some eye makeup remover to take off excess shadow or liner.  Recently I tried using scotch tape to save myself some clean up time.  But it's also awesome for creating clean, extended lines.  I use it for tons of eye makeup looks.  Here I used Sephora Collection black gel liner.  The tape created that clean line I am loving.
But that's not all. Tape is awesome for doing nail art too.  Tape has improved my two favorite hobbies, nail art and makeup!  Click here to see how I made this drippy dotticure using scotch tape. 

Thanks for reading!  Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest updates on nails and sales plus great tips like this one!

Tuesday, October 8

Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale!

True Story!! You know I LOVE Urban Decay and own a ton of their makeup.  Run out now and grab the Naked palette if you don't already own it!  Follow me on social media  @Beautyaddixion for all the latest makeup, nails and sales.  And Urban Decay now offers INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING for all my lovely overseas friends.  Click here for for International shopping.  US shoppers head over to now.

Thursday, October 3

Thrifty Thursdays: Return Policies

In today's post I'll be highlighting some of my favorite US beauty supply stores and their return policies.  I want to thank reader Chantal for this informative idea for a blog post.  I love my readers!  

As you may already know I LOVE stores that let you return anything and everything, old and new receipt or no receipt.  Even though I keep my beauty receipts all together I feel like I can never find that one I need.  I hate buying something expensive and being stuck with it. 

Sephora and Ulta
Both have fair return policies. 60 days with a receipt is stated on their receipts.  But I have never had a problem returning anything. In my experience, a customer can return anything at any time...ever... with or without a receipt.  Click here to read my recent experience returning something to Sephora.  I also went through several shampoo and conditioner returns hassle free from Ulta a few months ago.  I just love those stores! 

But I occasionally pick up some nail polish or lipstick at Sally's, CVS and Walgreens. And I always browse Target's beauty section when I am there.  So I began browsing what their return policies are like.  Some specify you can or cannot return opened beauty items.

CVS has a 100% Satisfaction Gurantee on all of their Beauty Products.  This is great for those of us who change our mind alot.  Especially for foundation and lipsticks!  CVS also has weekly beauty sales.  Be sure to check their website for weekly sales. 

Sally's Beauty Supply
At Sally's they say 60 days for returns. Read more about Sally's return policy here.

Target does not specify if I can return cosmetics specifically.  They claim 90 days for returns+30 more days if you purchased with your Target Red card. You can read more about their return policy here.

Walgreens states that is it the Store Manager's discretion to return cosmetics as stated here.  I have never tried to return opened beauty items to Walgreens but if you have please share your experience with us.

Happy shopping!  I would love to hear about your experiences returning beauty items!  Comment below and let us know what happened.  Follow me on social media @Beautyaddixion for all the latest about makeup, nails and sales.   Read more about how I save here.

Sunday, September 29

NYX 40% off

Need I say more?  I adore NYX cosmetics!  In past posts I mentioned that every few months, NYX is 40% off at Ulta.  I always wait for the 40% off sale.  All my readers know I never pay full price for anything.  If you've been waiting to snag a great deal, now is the time!  Click here to read about one of my favorite NYX lip colors, Chloe, featuring a full review. I especially love NYX lip products.  Keep an eye out for other good sales I'll post about this Fall!  Follow me on instagram for all the latest in makeup, nails and sales.

Tuesday, September 17

Sephora Deals September 2013

There are so many amazing deals at right now! Jump over there and see what is on sale. Tons of skincare, makeup and nail products are available for a huge discount. There are way too many deals to post, but some brands also on sale are Tarte, Philosophy, Benefit, Buxom, Stila, Peter Thomas Roth and so many more!
So many Urban Decay products. If you saw my post about their 24/7 eyeliner pencils and bought some, you snagged a great deal.  
Remember,  Sephora by OPI nail polish is on sale too. I blogged about it here a few weeks ago.  There are still a lot of cute colors left.  Last time I checked they still have almost 40 colors and 16 glitters.  I heard they are 3/$10 but have not confirmed this nor seen it on their website.  
Did you miss the color of the year set? Don't worry. You can purchase it here.  Pics are below if you want to peek. The entire set is on sale for $34, and who doesn't love green?  Items are available individually if you don't want the whole set. But if you read my Pamper Your Pals post, you know that's what I would get!
Thanks for reading! See my post about an awesome Ulta sale going on right now! Follow me via social media @Beautyaddixion. 

Sephora Haul!

I was super excited to come home to this lovely box I ordered from!  As you know, I am always scouring sales since I never pay full price.  The sleek black envelope in the back of this box is part of  Sephora's new rewards system!  I am so excited to use the three discounts they sent me!  The envelope came with three cards, one for free shipping, one for 10% off and another for a private access makeup session with a beauty expert.  Loving these new rewards for all the money I spend at Sephora!
The Urban Decay pencils have been on sale for a while now, which I blogged about here.  I ordered three Gunmetal (glitter silver), one 1999 (glitter plum) and one Grafitti (glitter green).  I LOVE these pencils!  I cannot believe they were only $6...Hurry and check my link because they are selling out fast! I bought several gunmetal pencils, click here to see why.
The four nail polishes I bought were $1 each. I ordered Speed Dating, Bubble Bath, Dark Chocolate Chunk and Chic and Rebel.  Many of the colors are sold out already!  You can read more about the nail polishes on sale at Sephora here and view one of my favorite colors here!
I love Julep Freedom Top Coat, which I hauled previously here. Unfortunately, the bottle fell 4 feet onto my tile floor and broke. I was devastated.  This topcoat is $18 and definitely a splurge.  I bought a new one because I love it so much! It is amazing for nail art and when I need to dry my polish super fast. Plus, it helps your nails polish last for days.   
My free gift code with this order was the Murad clarifying cleanser, which I love! Plus it's my favorite
Thanks for reading!  I love reading other peoples hauls.  Comment below a link with your latest haul.  Follow me on social media at Beautyaddixion for all the latest nails and sales.

Mani Monday Drippin Dots!

This Monday I wanted to try out a nail art technique I see a lot on Instagram.  There are many different ways to create a "dotticure".  Have your own fun with it.  Dotticure nail art is much easier than it looks.  This one is an optical illusion. Keep reading to see how I made this cute nail art.
 Materials: 2 polishes of your choice.  I chose Ulta XOXO (pink glitter) and Snow White.
1.  Paint your nails with your favorite top coat. I am using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.
2.  Paint your nails two coats of white.  Allow to dry completely.
3.  Tape nails off halfway diagonally. I taped from corner edge to opposite corner cuticle, with tape over my fingers. Leaving top part of your nails open to paint. Like this: \
4.  Paint untapped half with XOXO. Peel tape when dry. 
5.  Using a large dotting tool, add dots with XOXO. The dots should be touching the line created by the tape over the white polish.
 You will notice that as you create dots, the pattern emerges and looks like you made two sets of dots.  You only have to make that one set of dots. I went back in with white dots to fix a few I didn't like.
6.  Top with your favorite top coat! I am using Julep Freedom these days.
Thanks for reading! I would love to see your recreations.  Tweet me you pictures @beautyadddixion.  Or tag me on Instagram.  

Monday, September 9

Mani Monday Sliver nails

I made this manicure using two Sinful Colors nail polishes.  I love their nail polish.  The blue nail polish is Love Nails and the Pink is Bikini.  This is some more nail art I made using scotch tape.  Scotch tape is so easy to use and creates smooth, clean lines.  Keep reading to see how I made this cute nail art!
Materials:  Two bottles of your favorite nail polish.  I chose Love Nails and Bikini by Sinful Colors.
1.  Paint your nails with your favorite base coat.  I am using Sally Hansen Nail Hardener these days.
2.  Paint your nails 1-2 coats of your favorite nail polish to be the base.  I used Bikini.
3.  Allow to dry completely.  Add Scotch tape in the pattern you desire. Press the tape down firmly.
4.  Paint over the tape using your second nail polish.  I used Love Nails. Peel tape when tacky.
5.  Top with your favorite top coat.  I am using Julep Freedom at the moment.
Thanks for reading!  Follow me on social media at Beautyaddixion for more of the latest nails and sales!  There is a great sale going on at Ulta NOW! 

Sunday, September 8

Ulta 21 days of Beauty Sept 8-28 2013

Ulta is once again having its 21 Days of Beauty sale and it's a good one!  As you know I am always scouring for deals and sales.  I am so excited for this one.  I love Smashbox, Urban Decay, Lorac, Too Faced, Cargo and Butter London.  Each of these brands plus many more luxury skincare and cosmetic brands have a daily deal.  This morning I bought two Urban Decay Stardust Lipglosses.  They are SO shimmery!  There is a disclaimer that you can only get two of each daily deal.  If you read my Pamper Your Pals for Cheap post, this is another great way to get gifts for your friends and family! 
I am going back this week on Thursday for Smashbox Full Exposure mascara and Saturday for Butter London polish. I blogged about Butter London nail polish here.  Their nail lacquer colors are amazing!  I would love to grab that Laura Geller deal as well on day 15. Look at that brush!   
Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where I always post each daily deal!  Visit for more details about this amazing sale.  There are so many other sales I may have to do a separate post! 





Monday, September 2

Mani Monday Firework Nails!

This past July 4th I wanted to do some festive nailart.  I decided to paint some fireworks. At first I was just playing around.  But as a pattern developed, I was starting to like them.  These nails are kind of random and I really like the way they turned out!  They can be for any occasion, not just holidays. Keep reading to find out how I made this cute nail art. 

Materials: Red, white and blue nail polish, glitter polish, nail brushes or stripers.
1.  Paint a base coat with Ulta Snow White. I did two coats.
2.  After drying completely, Start making asterisk star patterns large or small by dipping a small paintbrush into the red polish. Make some red stars on each nail.
3.  Do the same with each polish, making the pattern as random as you like. I made some strokes light or dark for effect.
4. Go back and add some glitter! Add glitter randomly for that cute sparkly look of fireworks. 
5.  Top with your favorite top coat.

Thanks for reading! I hope you love this cute nail art.  I would love to see your recreations! Tweet me or find me on instagram  @beautyaddixion.  

Friday, August 30

Z Palette Sale (sale over)

This weekend Z Palettes are on sale from 8/30-9/1!  These palettes do not go on sale very often, so snag them while they are available.  Read here for more about how I never pay full price.
Z Palettes are cases for depotted eyeshadows. I own six:  3 are large and 3 are pro size. I bought them 2/$30 ages ago.  I love  Z Palettes.  You can view their website here, which features tons of tips and samples of Z Palettes. They even have a depotting tutorial, which you can view here.
My favorite thing about Z Palettes is that they're magnetic! They come with stickers needed to magnetize any eyeshadow to your liking. You can arrange and rearrange however you like.  Let me know if you buy any Z Palettes! Thanks for reading. Follow me on social media @beautyaddixion so you don't miss a hot sale.

Thursday, August 29

Thrifty Thursdays Cheap Nail Tools

Nail Tool deals on Amazon
I love nail art and see so many cute designs online and all over social media.  I decided in early 2012 that I wanted to stop envying and start doing.  After some research I found so many deals on Amazon!  They have many items for pennies. Literally, pennies.  They have tons of dotting tools, detail brushes, rhinestones, and loose glitters.  I see quite a few bundles where you receive many, many nail art decorations for cheap.  
Click here to see where I buy cheap makeup brushes you can see and feel.  Click here to see my new way of removing polish without messing up my fingers.  If you buy some tools be sure to let me know via Instagram or Twitter.  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 22

Thrifty Thursdays Pamper your Pals for Cheap

This Thursday I want to share my top secret way of pampering my peeps for cheap.  (Shhh don't tell them I never pay full price...) If you saw my Never Pay Full Price post from February 2013 you know I scour sales and clearance sections at my favorite high end makeup stores and online.  Sephora,, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Ulta are just a few of my favorites.  
Over the past few years I've found tons of nail polish, blushes, eye shadow palettes and skincare for a fraction of their high end cost.  Click here to see some hot deals at Nordstrom Rack.  Click here to read how I bought my Clarsonic Mia for $40 (retails for $120)! Click here to find out how you can save by shopping at HauteLook, which features brands like Tarte, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever and much more.

Sephora and Ulta both have a sale and clearance sections that are always full.  Sephora has all of their nail polish on sale right now!  You never know what colors you may find in your local Sephora.  Tons of colors are available online at  On you can also find Urban Decay's full size pencil liners on sale RIGHT NOW! Ulta constantly rotates their nail polish as new collections come out. Be sure to scour near the nail polish section for the best deals. 
Besides sales, there are other ways to get great gifts for low cost.  I look for value packs of luxury cosmetics.  My favorite are the ones that come individually wrapped.  Benefit cosmetics had a lovely set last year called Sexy Little Stowaways that came with 10 products that can easily be broken down into several gifts.  They have a set out now called Gettin' Cheeky that comes with 3 different check stains.  I would break that into 3 separate gifts.  Nail polish brands like The New Black sell their polish in set of 2-8 nail polishes, so you can get loads of gifts from one purchase. Of course, I always wait for them to go on sale if I can! One cheek stain + one mini polish = one cute gift!

Another idea is to subscribe to a monthly beauty box for yourself. There are several out there. I often regift items that are duplicates or not right for me. I had a subscription for Birchbox in 2012 and I loved it!  Click here to learn more about Birchbox. (Which is also how I bought my Clarsonic Mia for $40).

I love the idea of giving my girl friends a bunch of smaller gifts they'll love! Its like giving them their own Birchbox or Ipsy bag or any other beauty mail subscription you can think of.  Comment below if you have some awesome ideas for saving. Thanks for reading.  Follow me on social media  @beautyaddixion for all the latest in makeup, nails and sales.

Monday, August 19

Mani Monday Pencil Nails!

These pencil nails were fun and easy to do! What a cute way to celebrate the end of summer and back to school time. Keep reading to see how I made this cute mani!
Materials: Scotch Tape, yellow, silver and pink nail polish. I used Julep Angela (pink) Ulta Sun-Sational (yellow) and Sephora by OPI Bring on the Snowflakes (silver).
1.  Tape off the top of your nails and paint the bottoms two coats of yellow. Remove tape when tacky.
2.  Paint the unpainted half of your nails pink.  I painted only one coat of Julep Veronica. Allow to dry.
3.  Using a silver polish swipe the creating a line between the pink and yellow. Allow to dry.
4.  Add your favorite topcoat, I am using Sally Hansen Mega Shine at the moment!
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Saturday, August 3

Tarte Friends and Family sale!!

Tarte is having a 30% off sale. Their blushes, and Amazonian Clay products are amazing!  Go get yourself some great deals! Here is a link for the Tarte FAQ including shipping info!

TheBalm is also on HauteLook now as well!

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Friday, July 26

Last Day for China Glaze BOGO 7.27

From left: Rose Among Throns, For Audrey, Strawberry Fields, Secret Peri-wink-le
Swatch: For Audrey
These are the four nail polishes I bought at the BOGO sale Sallys Beauty Supply is having.  Thru July 27.  All China Glaze nail polishes are Buy one get one free.  The nail polishes are priced at $6.99 ($5.99 if you have a club card)  What a fab deal: 2/$6.99!  I've wanted the color For Audrey for a very long time. Im so happy now I own it! If you like China Glaze nail polish hurry and go run out to get it for a great price! Today is the last day.
Rose Among Thorns is a deep neon cherry color.  For Audrey is Tiffany blue.  Strawberry Fields is an amazing pink with gold shimmer.  Secret Peri-wink-le is just like it sounds, periwinkle!  China Glaze nail polish dries fast and reaches opacity in two coats!  I love this stuff. 
Thanks for reading. Comment below or paste a link to your haul.  Wed love to see! Follow me on social media  @beautyaddixion for all the latest makeup and nails! You can view my recent Sephora nail polish haul here.

Tuesday, July 23

Sephora Nail Polish Haul!

Julep Shades of Grey, The New Black Scented Candy Cane, 
The New Black Runway VIP, Nails Inc. Bling it on Hologram
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Here are the super cute and cheap nail polishes I picked up on recently.  Many of the nail polishes are still available on their website.  I am loving the variety of colors that I got.  I adore Julep nail polish!  It's one of my new favorite brands.  I recently became a Julep Maven...but I'll chat about that another day.  This set of 3 Julep polishes is $15 on 

I like The New Black brand of polish.  This is the Fashion Week VIP set.  I wanted set to use for nail art. What a variety of colors.  Most of the polishes have a pearly-metallic finish.  They dry fast and are opaque in two coats.  I love that!  See my ManiMonday featuring two of the polishes! 

I haven't tried the Nails, Inc. Bling it on Hologram set yet.  But I am dying to try!  Let's hope it doesn't get too messy.  This set comes with two polishes, two finishes, a brush and tray for messes.  I can't wait to see how this works.  Please comment if you have tried this!

The New Black Candy Cane set comes with pink, red and white polish. It supposed to be scented, it is NOT, unless they meant nail polish scented.  But the colors are still cute for $9.

Thanks for reading! Link you hauls below or comment.  I would love to hear what you've purchased lately. Follow me on social media  @beautyaddixion for all the latest makeup and nail news! 

Monday, July 22

Mani Monday Glitter Stripe

I am loving this new 8 nail polish set I recently picked up at  You can read my post about that haul here! Slowly I've been trying out each color.  I started with this gorgeous metallic green and blue. This nail art was fairly easy to do! The gold stripe covers any flaws.  Keep reading to see how I made this cute mani.

First gather two of your favorite nail polishes.  I chose the metallic light blue and green from Fashion Week VIP by The New Black.  And grab a glitter striper or nail polish and a striper paintbrush.  I am using Milani #701 Nail Art stripers, which I used a few months ago pictured here.  

1.  Paint all of the nails with your bottom color.  I chose this metallic mint green.  Paint 1-2 coats. 
2.  Paint the top half of each nail with your second color.  I used this pretty periwinkle.  Don't worry about mistakes, they can be corrected later with the striper. Allow to dry completely. 
3.  With your glitter striper or polish with a brush, draw a thin line over where the two colors meet. Try to rotate your finger, not the brush.
4.  After drying top with your favorite topcoat and wrap the tips!

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed this mani.  I'm happy to be getting my blogging mojo back after a short break.  Keep following me for all the latest makeup, nails and sales here and via  @beautyaddixion on social media.  See my cute follow bottons on the top right of my website for easy access!

Wednesday, June 26

POW Essie Come Here!

Essie Come Here!
I was so happy to pick up Essie Come Here! I'm loving its coraly pinkness!  Essie describes this as "nearly neon coral".   I absolutely adore coral and pink nail polishes.  This is two coats of Come Here! with no topcoat.  I only own two Essie nail polishes and I love this brand already.  Essie nail polishes have a wonderful formula and brush. This polish applied evenly.  It was opaque with one coat but I painted a second coat for longevity.  Tomorrow I will go back and Wrap the Tips

I have loads of new nail polishes coming in the mail from Sephora as well.  Stay tuned for a haul and many swatches!  Thanks for reading.  Find me on social media  @beautyaddixion.  Check out my tab on the top menu to see my nail art!

Monday, June 24

Mani Monday Glitter Gradient

This week's  ManiMonday nail art is glitter inspired.  I love glitter!  This manicure I so pretty, it may be my new favorite.  This is my first try at a glitter gradient and I am loving the way it came out! Keep reading to see how I made this cute nail art using only three colors and no tools. 
Pantone Reflecting Pond, Ulta Tink-her-Bell, Ulta Love Fern
I started by gathering these three nail polishes:  Pantone Universe Reflecting Pond,  Ulta Tink-her-Bell and Love Fern.  I didn't use any tools for this nail art.  I wanted two similar nail polish colors and a complimentary glitter.
1.  Paint two coats of Pantone Reflecting Pond. Let dry.
2.  Next paint your nails 3/4 of the way down with Ulta Love Fern.  Let it dry completely.
3.  Using Ulta Tink-her-Bell paint only the top 1/3 of the nail this beautiful pink glitter.
4.  Top with your favorite top coat and Wrap Those Tips!
I think this mani is absolutely beautiful.  I can't stop staring at my hand.  Thanks so much for reading!  Follow me  @beautyaddixion on social media.  I would love to see your recreations via Instagram or Twitter!

Monday, June 17

NYX Cosmetics on HauteLook 6/17

NYX Cosmetics is on sale on HauteLook Monday, June 17!  I love so many things from the NYX cosmetics line.  Their lip creme and lipsticks are long lasting and come in a huge variety of colors.  You can read my review of Chloe lipstick here.  I also love their liquid liner.   It's comparable to high end brands like Urban Decay 24/7 Liner and Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner.  You can read my review of two NYX Aqua Luxe liners here.  I am not a fan of NYX eyeshadows.  They have a lot of fallout and are not long lasting.  But...their cream blush is my fave!  See how I save on luxury eye shadows by buying it on sale
What products do you plan on purchasing?   What are your favorite NYX cosmetics items?  Comment below and let us know!  Thanks for reading.  Follow me on social media  @beautyaddixion for all of my sneak peeks and fun makeup looks!

Thursday, June 13

Sephora by OPI How Cute is That? (AND on sale)

How Cute is That?  I received this nail lacquer mini bottle in a set last Christmas.   This one was my favorite of the 18 polishes.  Sephora by OPI How Cute is That? is a peachy pink nail polish with no glitter or shimmer.  It has a pearly finish that's perfect for Spring and Summer.  I just had to go and buy the full bottle a few weeks ago. (Of course before the sale...details below).  The full size nail lacquer applies more evenly than the minis, but is still tricky since the brush is quite thin.  It has a good drying time and you can easily do three coats if needed.  This polish needs at least two coats.  I just posted that all Sephora by OPI nail lacquer is on SALE at Sephora for $4.50.  When I last looked about 80 colors were still available.  Stock up now!  See another review post of Sephora by OPI nail lacquer Dear Diary here.
Sephora by OPI How Cute is That?
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Wednesday, June 12

HUGE Sephora Nail Polish Sale!

Sephora by OPI nail lacquer
I am excited to share a nail lacquer sale I've been anticipating! Sephora by OPI nail lacquer is on sale at Sephora, Sephora inside JCP and  As you can see, it is every single shade, finish and color!! (The clear top coat is the only exception I've seen).  They also have a ton of cute nail lacquer mini sets including Betsey Johnson,  Top Ten Best Sellers,  Life's a Beach and mini duos.  I can't believe all of the polish is only $4.50.  What a steal.  For some swatches of Sephora by OPI colors and a review, click here.  Hurry these colors are going fast!  The Matte Top Coat is no longer available and about 20 colors have sold out already (updated 6/13)
Can you believe I just bought a nail lacquer for full price?  That always happens!  I may go pick up some more shades.  I am loving the Jewel Top Coats.  What colors are you planning to get?  Comment below and let us know. Thanks for reading. Find me on social media @Beautyaddixion for more great pix and sales.