Cyber(man) Monday Deals


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This is far from everything I’ve seen. It’s just things that interest me. I’ll update this a few times throughout the day, if I find them. To make things easier, I’ll post the newer stuff on top so that you don’t have to scroll down to the bottom.

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Monday Musings

Yep. I’m definitely going to make this a weekly thing along with a Friday food post. That way, I think, I can be more consistent and get my randomness out  in one big post and then leave the rest of my blogging for my reviews. (It’s early on in this blog’s life. Be patient with me while I figure this all out.)

Black Friday Shopping

Well, I caved… kinda. I did get some online shopping in, but then we decided to leave the house at about 6 p.m. because my mother was keeping the kiddo over the weekend and we had only ourselves to worry with. By that time, everything was of course quiet as could be. We even squeezed in a trip to Red Robin, where I finally found poutine!

Technically not poutine.
Technically not poutine.

Now, I’ve been corrected by my Canadian friends that this is technically not quite poutine (though close enough), but when you’re in the Birmingham area, you take what you can get. It had fries, gravy, and cheese, and that was enough for me to love it. The burgers… not so much. They weren’t bad, but for nearly $15, I could be eating a Hamburger Fonfon.

…and Iron Bowl Shopping

This one is more our style. We tend to wait until the Iron Bowl is on and then hit the stores since, in Alabama, they become deserted wastelands. This year, we settled on The Summit. We checked out Trader Joe’s for the first time since it’s opened. We’d never been in a Trader Joe’s before, and it soon was dubbed “Hipster Aldi.” It was the only store aside from Sephora with a line at the register, and I didn’t want that chocolate Advent calendar that badly, so we left empty handed. I did pick up some gifts at Sephora and Barnes & Noble. We also ate at Flip Burger since we were in the area and since Laura and Nadine suggested it.

Lets all just take a moment to appreciate this hamburger.
Lets all just take a moment to appreciate this hamburger.

I’ve never been there before, either, but I have a feeling we’ll be going back. They also have poutine that wasn’t really poutine, but the real star was the sweet potato tots that I had to take home to finish. I could eat these forever!

REALLY not poutine.
REALLY not poutine, but still tasty.

New Makeup (because OF COURSE I got more)

Every time I walk into a Sephora I end up changing the brand of whatever it is I went in to get. Right now it’s foundation. I’m still playing around with the tarte foundation in different situations. I really like the finish on that. I grabbed some samples of Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation to try as well. I also grabbed a sample of Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance in champagne. I like Urban Decay, and I’ve used it for ages, but the new formula or packaging or SOMETHING is annoying the crap out of me because it’s clumping on me. I really hate that wand applicator, too. So I figured I’d try out Too Faced’s version, which is very similar in appearance. If I like, I’ll switch. I’m eyeballing Urban Decay shadows again, and this time I’m going for the one in Sephora’s Superstars set— Lounge. Only thing is, I should be getting a holographic shadow in my next Julep box, so I’m going to wait and see how that looks, first. I’m also trying to wait until after Christmas before I really go nuts over eyeshadows in Sephora. Again.

I also got a Too Faced blush and liquid lipstick gift set, which were $36 for a set of three (making them $12 each), and an Origins mask mini trio for $10, making those a little over $3 each. I thought these would be fun to stuff in some stockings for my sisters-in-law, and I’ll probably keep the third for myself. That Fig lip color intrigues me, so I’m claiming that one.

I cleaned out my office. Only problem is… I cleaned out my office.

My office is that spot in the house where everybody dumps the crap that they don’t want to toss out but don’t have a place for, and I finally got fed up with it. We drug EVERYTHING out of there and into the living room, and the rule was that if it went back into my office, it had to have a place. If it didn’t have a place there or anywhere else, it had to go. There is now a pile next to the garbage can and a pile next to the car of stuff we’re going to toss, donate, or pawn (because I’m too impatient to sell it online or in a garage sell). I also kept two boxes in my office– one of pictures to scan and catalog and one of stuff to sell on ebay.

Problem now is that I never actually decorated this room. It’s a big blank space with a few frames on the wall, a couple of desks, and that’s it. I’m clueless when it comes to home decor, so now I’m on Pinterest trying to come up with ideas.

Target Beauty Box on sale NOW!

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UPDATE: Both boxes now appear to be sold out.

It’s odd that this went up on a Sunday. Most sites that track this box had guessed it was going to be a Cyber Monday deal. Normally I have these up much earlier in the day, but I slept in and almost missed it. Sneaky Target…

These tend to sell out quick, so grab it now if it’s something you want. I did my best to provide per item value, so you can see whether or not the items you’re interested in make this worth your while.

The women’s box (click here) is $10 and the men’s (click here) is $5. Going by the pictures, it looks like everything included in both boxes is going to be either travel or full size!

Target Her Holiday Beauty Box ($50 Value)

Hair Food Dry Shampoo
I’ve never used the dry shampoo, but I did get the full size hair mask in a previous Target box, and I’ve loved it. This appears to be the travel size or a little bigger. The picture says 1.8 oz while the travel is 1.7 oz. It’s valued at $4.99

CoverGirl Star Wars Lipstick
The color shown appears to be Gold, but colors can always vary in these things. It will likely be full size, and it’s valued at $5.99.

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara
Also looks like it’s full size. Valued at $7.49.

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
Another full size, according to the picture. The 0.5 oz is priced at $13.99.

Goody Ouchless Sweat Stretch Elastics 3 ct
I can’t for the life of me find a link to these on Target’s website, so if you see it, let me know. They’ve been sending out Goody Ouchless Elastics for a while now, and they’re always great to have around. They tend to com in packages with a lot of them for around $5, so I won’t value this at anymore than $1.

Pacifica Love 3 Eye Shadow Trio
Also appears to be full size! Valued at $8.99.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
Appears to be travel size. Since it doesn’t give a size on the box’s page, I can’t value it based on price per ounce. Full size is $32.

Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream
At only 0.5 oz, this appears to be a travel or trial size, but there is a 0.5 oz on Target’s website valued at $9.99. I’m a fan of all things Olay, but I’ve not used this particular product, so we’ll wait and see.

I’m calculating a value of $51.44, not counting the elastics and Laneige moisture cream, so this is obviously a great deal for only $10. This is going off of the value of the items pictured and described. What actually comes in the box could be different, but the picture is usually a good indicator.

Target His Holiday Beauty Box ($25 Value)

Gillette Clinical Cool Wave Deodorant
Full size. Valued at $7.99.

Axe Shower Gel
This appears to be a 3 oz. travel size. The full 16 oz. sells for $3.99, valuing this at about $0.75.

up & up 5 Blade System Razor
Looks like full size, which is valued at $8.19.

Dove Men + Care Body & Face Wash
Travel size. Sells for $1.54.

Degree Men Adventure Dry Spray
Another one I couldn’t find a Target link for, but it does appear to be full size. Amazon lists it at $4.22.

I only came up with a total value of $22.69, which is still a good value for only $5, but it’s not the $25 value Target is advertising. Of course, this is just going off the picture and description on their website, so this could be off. My husband decided to pass. He uses Dollar Shave Club for razors and has hated everything Axe he’s tried, so he really couldn’t get excited about a travel body wash and two deodorants. I think he still has the razor he got from the last men’s box I got him.

Between this and my Allure Beauty Thrills box, I’m going to have a lot of skin care items to test out and review. I might get to all of it and I might not, but if there’s anything in particular you guys would like me to review, please comment below.

FULL REVIEW: Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

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I’ve already posted about how I ended up using this instead of my usual, and now that I’ve had a full 24-hours to play with this, I figured I’d give it a full review.


Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation by tarte. Link, if you’re interested in purchasing.

Description from the product website:

An oil-free, 12-hour liquid foundation formulated with Amazonian clay and non-chemical sunscreen filters.


  • Provide full coverage for 12 hours.
  • Provide SPF 15 sun protection.
  • Weightless texture.
  • Blendable and buildable.
  • Adjust to all skin types for longer wear.
  • Reduces appearance of pores.
  • Natural look.
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
  • Satin-matte finish.

Other Products Used







I used a combination of circular motions for all over coverage and stippling over blemishes, and I have to admit that it looked absolutely beautiful in various lighting. This definitely provided a good full coverage that was both blendable and buildable, as the product claims. I didn’t need extra concealer for my blemishes, though I did use concealer under my eyes. It did seem to float above my pores a bit, but it didn’t really reduce the appearance of them any more than I’d get by using other products I already own. The finish was satin-matte as promised, and it did look very natural. If not for the coverage itself, I’d have guessed I wasn’t wearing anything at all. It looks like skin.


I wore this for Thanksgiving, so this got tested through a pretty substantial meal as well as being in a crowded home (read: sweat). And I kept it on for a good 12 hours. It was really comfortable, and I almost forgot I was wearing it. At about 6 hours I had to blot. That’s pretty good, considering that I can get oily at times, so I definitely think it’s living up to the claim that it adjusts to your skin type to help it provide truer and longer coverage. When I wore it the day before and the  consultant forgot to moisturize and prime me first, it still managed to wear well– maybe even a little bit better.

At about 8 hours, though, it was getting a tad splotchy. I blended it all back in with my foundation brush, but that ended up requiring me to also refresh my blush a bit. It smoothed out nicely, but it was definitely wearing thinner by this point. I don’t consider that to be true 12-hour wear, and it’s definitely not as persistent as what I’m used to.


I’m not impressed, but I’m intrigued. I’m going to take advantage of Sephora’s current online deals to grab this and try it out a little more. I’m still undecided, if I’m honest, but I know that if I hate it, I can always return it and get something else. I’m not happy right away with the wear time on this. It might do better if I skip primer (though I WOULD NOT consider skipping my moisturizer), and I like to test out a new foundation a few different ways before I make a final decision. I also want to see how it holds up to a full day of work. That’s the real test of a good full-coverage foundation for me, as it’s really the only time I’d wear one. (I don’t really do full coverage unless I’m having pictures taken or going to be working a special event. Even with a breakout, I’ll normally eek by on a medium coverage foundation or a BB cream, depending on what I’m doing that day.) I really like the finish of this one. It looks amazing on me– better than my usual product, which is also more expensive. My local Sephora carries it, meaning I don’t exclusively have to purchase it online. So I want to experiment with it a bit and see if I can make it work.

Recipe: Black Friday Cottage Pie


While you’re enjoying your turkey or ham or venison or tofurkey or whatever you prepared this holiday, you’re probably wondering what in the holy hell you’re going to do with what’s left. Well, here’s what we do…

Black Friday is a bit of a tradition in my house, but not because of shopping. Oh, HELL no. We’re a family of people who don’t do well in large crowds. Black Friday is popular in our house because that’s the day I dump all of the Thanksgiving leftovers into one pot and make cottage pie. In fact, it’s probably looked forward to a lot more than the Turkey Day feast itself.

This started off as a recipe from Publix Aprons and an idea for St. Patrick’s Day. I just took that and modified it. You can view the original recipe here. It’s a good one.

A really good one.

And honestly… I don’t really measure when I do this, either. I just start dumping things into a casserole. I know about what I’m looking for, but here’s roughly what you’ll want from your Thanksgiving leftovers:

  • 2 cups chopped leftover turkey
  • 2 cups green bean casserole
  • a bag of shredded cheddar cheese
  • leftover mashed potatoes, enough to cover everything

Since you’re using leftovers here, you’ll notice I left out the seasoning. Chances are your turkey and green bean casserole are already seasoned just fine. You can also add some leftover vegetables to this. Go nuts. Mine is different every year.

Combine the first two ingredients and pack them into the bottom of a casserole dish. (If you used a little bit more than what I listed above, you’ll need a bigger casserole dish. Just eyeball it. Spread the mashed potatoes over everything in a thick layer to cover. Sprinkle cheese over the mashed potatoes. You’re probably not going to use the whole bag. Pop it into the oven on 350ºF for about 20-25 minutes or until everything is heated through. Ta-da!

By the way, the sprouts recipe above goes really well with this, but you can also just roast some up instead. I like to cut mine in half lengthwise, toss in a little sesame oil, salt, and pepper, and roast on 450ºF for about 15-18 minutes. There’s a lot less prep time and babysitting with this method than the stovetop method, but you’ve probably got more than enough sides at your fingertips after Thanksgiving without having to do anything else anyway.

So I ran out of full coverage foundation…

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While I keep a few different kinds of foundation on hand, my go-to for my long-lasting all day powerhouse full coverage matte… You get the idea… I like Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra 24h. That’s seriously my holy grail foundation for when I need really good coverage, and I’m working all day in a hot mess of an environment. This is obviously not what I wear EVERY day, mind you. I’m too cheap to wear a nearly $50 foundation every single day. For every day, I tend to go back to my old drug store favorites– e.l.f.’s Flawless Finish Foundation and Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation.

Three of the five different foundations I keep on hand. Yes, I keep five foundations on hand.
Three of the five different foundations I keep on hand. Yes, I keep five foundations on hand.

Also, while I adore drug store makeup, I’ve yet to find anything that even remotely compares to Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer for under my eyes. I can use just about anything for blemishes, though I usually just go for a better coverage foundation if I have an issue cooking, but under my eyes is a whole other situation.


I’ve been told that Maybelline has some great concealers, but I honestly haven’t gotten around to trying them. I’ve tried nearly everything e.l.f. has put out in terms of concealer, and none of them have really impressed me. L’Oreal has come the closest so far when it comes to drug store brand concealers. I just kind of feel like I’m flushing money down the toilet whenever I try to find the right match with drug store foundation/concealer/powder. By the time I’m done finding a good match, I might as well have paid the extra money for the department store brand. I got VERY lucky in finding the Maybelline and e.l.f. foundations, and e.l.f. is cheap enough that I can play around finding a good color.

Now, all that said… I have a family Thanksgiving party to go to tomorrow, and I was trying to put off a trip to Sephora until AFTER this weekend. But my chin has decided to break out because I have a nasty habit of resting my chin on my hand, so I can’t wear my light-to-medium stuff without every female relative I have asking me about it. My poor little tube of concealer was reaching it’s limit, and I was seriously considering breaking open the bottle of foundation and using the inside as a makeshift palette for my foundation brush. But I was being stubborn. I finally realized this morning that I’m not going to make it, so we headed out today for last minute groceries and (for me) a trip to Sephora.

My local Sephora is inside a JC Penny. The others around me are too far away to even bother– at least for today’s trip– but I realized too late that my JCP Sephora doesn’t carry my usual Lancôme foundation. They do have my Tarte concealer, so I at least got my hands on a replacement for that, but for foundation I was a little screwed. So this then turned into me trying on every damn foundation in the store until I came across something I liked, and then me asking for a sample to just get me through the weekend.

Thank you, by they way, to the nice sales associate for humoring me.

What I ended up with was this stuff.

This is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. (Tarte has also started their Black Friday sale, and you can get 25% off and free shipping of orders of $25 or more through 11/27, so if this is your jam, now is a good time to grab it.) It’s not new or anything, and there are probably plenty of reviews on it, but I haven’t tried it myself before. I haven’t worn it a full 12 hours, so I can’t give you an opinion of that just yet. I’ll post an update when I’ve had it on longer– particularly if this becomes my new full coverage. But this definitely feels very comfortable for a long-wear foundation. I keep forgetting that I’m wearing anything at all. The sales associate forgot to moisturize me first, and despite that this hasn’t gotten dry or cakey, and I’m not shiny. For a full-coverage foundation, it doesn’t look unnatural, so… So far so good.

We’ll see how well this performs tomorrow, and I’ll absolutely post an update while I’m deciding whether to reorder my usual or switch to this.

Stila is on Hautelook RIGHT NOW!!!

I’ve been seeing Stila pop up on Hautelook a lot lately, and they’ve got a decent chunk of their collection for sale. It’s a great deal if you’re stocking up on any of their products. There’s A LOT listed for sale, including their $44 foundation for $16.

I’ve only ever really used their lip glazes, as I have other brands I tend to lean toward for certain products. While it’s not my favorite lip gloss (too thick for my taste), I know they have a kind of cult following. There are a couple of those up for sale as well.

Check out the sale by clicking here.

Shopping on Black Friday

I thought the above was hilarious, so I thought I’d share.

I confuse people when I tell them that I don’t typically participate in Black Friday– primarily because I’m always talking about what’s on sale and where. I shop online plenty during the week and over the weekend, but my standard operating procedure for holiday weekends typically involves me leaving my house as little as possible.

Holidays are when I don’t have to get up early. Nobody is going to work, and nobody has to be driven to school. I sleep in. If I don’t have a family event to attend, I sit around in my pajamas ALL DAY because I can. Inevitably, someone will stop by and insist on me leaving, and I respond something like this.


For those of you who do venture out, though, I do have a few requests and/or tips to keep in mind.

#1: Be nice to retail employees and servers.

Retail workers make minimum wage or darn close to it. There are exceptions, but I’ve worked minimum wage in my lifetime, and it’s not a party. People are dicks to you, and there’s really no wage in the world high enough to put up with some customers. It is a soul-crushing and thankless experience. I know, I know… Go to school. Get a better job. I’ve heard it. But a lot of these people are working there because they’re in school, and the ones that aren’t… You don’t know their situation. In any case, it’s not an excuse to be a jerk. Do you really want to be that person?Don’t be that person.

Try to understand that the person helping you might be a tad flustered, but they’re likely doing their best, considering they’ve just been screamed at by the crazy lady in blinking, singing Christmas tree earrings because JC Penny doesn’t have any more $20 RC helicopters (and they’re standing in the middle of the Sephora), and by golly they are going to hold that person responsible and curse their very soul until they walk into the magical TARDIS “back” and get it for them.

So if the associate you’re dealing with seems confused for a few seconds before answering your question… It’s okay. Just be patient. He’s doing his best.

#2: Be nice to other shoppers.

You’ve seen these videos. Admit it. They terrify me. Being crushed by a crazed mob while police officers in riot gear stand by helpless to do anything is not on my list of top ten ways I want to die.

But I don’t really do well in crowds, in general. Neither does my husband or my daughter. So we do as little brick and mortar shopping as is humanly possible already. If and when we do go out, we tend to trend toward the days and hours when most people won’t be there and pick the locations that aren’t as popular. Down here, you can go during the Iron Bowl and have the store all to yourself. (THAT is fun, by the way.)

There’s something about this time of year, though, that seems to bring out the worst in people when they’re anywhere around STUFF. More than any other time of year, I’m likely to encounter someone throwing an adult tantrum, and that person is usually wearing a gaudy Christmas sweater or tinsel on her head.

Be courteous. Be patient. Don’t shove. If you see someone else grab the last Star Wars Furby, just let it go, man. Trust me, they’re living out the same nightmare you are.

#3: Be prepared.

I have a Christmas list that I started on December 26 of last year, and nothing on it has hit the ads as being on sale this weekend. The things that have hit sales that I’ve considered getting instead have been listed at better prices and have already been snatched up without me even having to put on pants.

Neither did this guy, but that’s beside the point.


There are things I see in ads that I want, but they’re not my priority right now, and I’ll probably catch them on sale another time or after Christmas when I’m loaded up on gift cards. In other words, right now it’s not worth the cost of gas, eating out, aspirin, the obligatory bottle of wine I’m going to need later that evening to help me recover… You know, those little extra expenses that come with dragging an entire family through a retail obstacle course for a few hours.

Now, if it’s something I want badly enough, I’ll grab it– usually online. I particularly like the online sales that start days ahead of Black Friday. Several started earlier this week, and I’ve even posted about a few of them. I’ve even made a couple of purchases for products that I’ve been wanting to try out and haven’t seen them go on sale before now. (And no, I don’t always buy something when I’m posting about a sale. I post about sales that generally catch my eye that I think others might be interested in.) But my deal shopping for many years now has been more of a year-round thing, and more often than not I’ll catch things on sale many times throughout the year. So if there’s a deal out there that you missed out on, take heart. You’ll probably see it again.

So here’s the plan, if you’re going out to battle…

  1. Have a list and know what you want to get.
  2. Research prices to find the best deal, and that might not be a Black Friday deal.
  3. Plan your route and stick to your list. Get in. Get your stuff. Get out.

Dollar Shave Club Gift Deal


I’ve already posted about how much I love Dollar Shave Club. My husband and I both use it now. In addition to their blades (which you can also purchase through DORCO), they have an amazing shave butter and moisturizer.

Right now, DSC is running a deal where you can get $10 credit added to your account when you purchase a gift membership. This is a great gift idea all on its own for just about anyone– particularly the men in your life.

Here’s the link to the deal.

A couple of sales going on right now…

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Over on e.l.f.’s website, they’ve got free shipping with no minimum through 11/26. I was going to use this opportunity to grab the three new Matte Lip Color shades, since I already own every single one of the others, but they’re all out of stock! They’ve got plenty of other new products to try, though, and I’ve gotten quite a few of them. That review will be up soon.

On Hautelook, LORAC is on sale as well as a few others. There are eyeshadow palettes for $8-10! Go now if you’re interested. I can’t imagine these will stay in stock for much longer.

Oh, and Kohl’s Black Friday deals are live!

UPDATE 11/24: I just noticed that the free shipping promo on e.l.f.’s website lasts through 11/26. Also, two of the three new Matte Lip Color shades are back in stock, so… I’M. ON. IT. If shade #3 comes back up before Thursday, I’ll probably be getting that, too.

UPDATE 11/23:

NARS is currently lighting up my Groupon searches. There’s even a nice looking blush palette that includes their popular Orgasm blush.