How to Save Money Using Amazon Subscribe & Save

I’ve been using Subscribe & Save feature from Amazon for a while now and once they implemented the 20% off five items discount, it became even more useful.  I don’t always purchase five items, but I do when it makes sense.  I thought I would share how I use the system to my advantage starting with my shipment this month.

This month I needed Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour and since it’s more expensive than I would pay locally, I kept the item in my cart until it lowered a bit.  Once it lowered to $30/4 pounds (pre-discount), I purchased it via Subscribe & Save.  At that price, I would get a $5 discount if I found four more items for the month so I worked on finding reasonably-priced items I needed or wanted.  I frequently check slickdeals.net, as they always have great deals and by the end of the month, I found six additional items.  :oops:

Below is a breakdown of the skin and body care items I purchased this month.  The Amazon price is the price I paid with all discounts.  You can always find discounts at the drugstore, especially if you do a lot of couponing.  I find couponing fun, but very time-consuming, so this method works better for me.  Anyway, below is what I purchased this month.

1.)  Olay Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

This may go to my mom.  I haven’t decided yet.

2.) Seventh Generation Refreshing Facial Wipes in Mandarin (30 wipes)

Because why not?  :wink:

3.)  St. Ives Skin Renewing Body Lotion (21 oz.)

This is quickly becoming a holy grail hand lotion for me.  I love the ingredients, the price (compared to my much-loved Gold Bond), and the results.  I will do a before and after on this one day.  When I use it religiosuly, it works magic on my dry-as-bones hands.

4.)  John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner (10 oz.)

5.)  Olay Daily Moisture Quench Moisturizing Body Wash (13.5 oz.)

6.)  Nivea for Men Energy Face Scrub (4.4 oz.)

My husband loves this scrub.  I don’t really understand it, but I do pick it up for him when it’s cheap.

 Amazon Subscribe & Save

Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex SPF 15 Review

I didn’t take photos of the time I used this product and I’m almost sad I didn’t because I won’t buy it and I wish I had visual proof that it really didn’t do much for my skin.  It didn’t do nothing, it just didn’t make a very noticeable difference.

Now that I got that out of the way, I will share my thoughts on this product starting with the fact that I have a love/hate relationship with products that label themselves as AM/PM.  I like that you can use one anti-aging cream for both your morning and evening routine, but I don’t like the addition of an SPF, specifically such a low SPF, for a morning cream.  Likewise, I don’t like wearing a cream with sun protection overnight.  I really don’t see the need for it and I just don’t care for it.

I found that this cream sunk into my skin pretty well if I didn’t use too much.  I think that tends to be true for many products like this, but it seems especially true for this product.  If I used too much, I was left with a very tacky feeling that just would not go away unless I dabbed the excess with a muslin cloth or paper towel, whatever you have on hand.

Hydroxatone claims the following based on an independent clinical study:

  • 100% agree: “Hydroxatone AM/PM improves overall appearance of my skin”
  • 100% agree: “Hydroxatone AM/PM improves skin moisturization
  • 97% agree: “Hydroxatone AM/PM improves my skin texture and smoothness”
  • 91% agree: “Hydroxatone noticeably reduces fine lines and wrinkles on my face.

In terms of my results, it didn’t seem to improve the texture or overall appearance of my skin.  I definitely agree that my skin was moisturized when using this cream, but I can get the same or better results from the Bellaboo Gorgeous Skin Moisture Dew Review and at a much better price (not to mention the excellent ingredients).

I was excited to try this product, but I was left wanting more from it.  At $69.00 for 1 oz. of product, it should deliver much better results than just hydrated skin.  This product is a pass from me.

⌘ Pricing & Availability:  A 1 oz. jar retails for $69.99 at Ulta.  Pricing and availability are subject to change.  This post does not include an affiliate link.

⌘ I’m sorry for the lack of photo of the product, itself.  The product is pale yellow and has the consistency of a thicker cream.  If you look here you will see what the product looks like in the packaging.

 Hydroxatone Complex Review

25% Off It Cosmetics Sale! (Expired)

It Cosmetics is doing their Friends & Family Event, which gives you 25% off orders of $30 or more.  Also, shipping is free if you spend $30 or more.  Use the code “CELEBRATE” when you checkout to receive the discount. The offer is valid until April 8.

I’ve been eying the Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette, but I don’t always wear eyeshadow, so spending $42 on a palette feels funny.  But, I am working on wearing eyeshadow more and I don’t own a matte palette.  I heard such good things about this palette from EmilyNoel83 (Beauty Broadcast) and MakeupbyTiffanyD, so I kept it on my wish list until, well, now.  I think $32 is a great deal for such a beautiful and highly-reviewed palette.  :smile:

What do you plan to buy during the sale?

⌘ This post does not include an affiliate link.

Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum Review

I purchased this for a steal on Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program.  If you aren’t familiar with it, click here to read about it. I’m semi-obsessed with it, as I almost always find great skincare or household deals through slickdeals.  If you buy five items on the program within one month, you will save a total of 20% off each item that month (some exclusions apply).  If I don’t hit the five item mark, I sometimes find cheap filler items to hit the five item mark.  So, if I have a higher-priced item and I find a $2.00 filler, I’ll buy it just to save the 20% off.  You have to figure out whether it’s worth it, but just to give you an example, last month I purchased a Covergirl eyeshadow for 12 cents so I could save on the rest of my order.  It was worth it.  :smile:

As for this eye serum, I purchased it in November and have used it religiously since then.  I only finished it this early because the packaging is, well, was absolutely awful.  I ended up cutting the bottle open and using it on my neck area.  Olay clearly took notice and changed the packaging to what looks like a sanitary, but user-friendly squeeze tube.  I don’t want to harp on the packaging too much since it has since changed and looks to correct many of my issues with the previous design.  You can see the new packaging here.

A few things to note about this product – there is no real scent to it, it will settle in fine lines if you over-apply (something I tend to do at night), and I found I could apply this all over my eye area.  I used this product twice a day, morning and night, and I applied this serum under my eyes, on the inner and outer corners, over my lids, and up to my brow bone.  I had no ill-effects from doing this, but you will need to determine whether that would work for your skin.

This product claims to provide deep hydration while firming and visibly lifting the eye area, leaving the skin velvety smooth.   It also claims to reduce crow’s feet in two weeks.  I don’t generally suffer with puffiness or sagginess in my eye area, so I can’t really judge this product fairly in that regard.  My biggest eye issues are dark circles (largely hereditary) and dryness.  It may seem like hydration is an easy fix, but many products just sit on my skin or just don’t provide the level of hydration that I need.

After six-to-eight weeks of steady use, I noticed a difference in my eye area.  My eye area stayed well-hydrated and smooth, which likely contributed to my eye area looking better overall.  This eye serum doesn’t conflict with makeup application in any way and sinks into my skin relatively quickly.  I am happy with this eye serum and feel it delivers pretty well on its promises.  It’s also budget-friendly if you wait for a sale.

⌘ Pricing & Availability:  A 0.5 fl. oz. tube retails for $8.99 on Amazon.  You can sign up for Subscribe & Save and often find a coupon for Olay, making this product as low as $4.00 or $5.00.  This post does not include an affiliate link.  Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Olay Regenerist Review

Olay Regenerist Eye Cream Review  Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum

TJ Maxx Beauty Haul

I recently went to TJ Maxx looking for some beauty products and that’s exactly what I left with.  I almost purchased a teal-colored bag, but it had gold hardware.  When will this gold hardware trend end?  It seems most people prefer it, but I have always loved silver in jewelry, hardware, etc.  Hopefully it will make a return one day.  Until then, below are the beauty items I purchased.

1.)  Ellen Tracy Night Repair Revitalizing  Face Masks ~ Four Pairs ~ $4.99

I am fairly sure these are not a current product offered at stores, but I wanted to try these out anyway.  I also felt the price point was fair.  We’ll see how I like it!

2.)  Beauty Concepts PediPatrol Repairing Foot Mask ~ Three Pairs ~ $3.99

I watched someone on YouTube talk about purchasing these masks at TJ Maxx and I was intrigued.  I want foot masks to work.  I love the idea of them.  But, I just cannot bring myself to spend $30 for the Baby Foot peel.  I’ll see how these compare to the Butterfly Foot Peel and I will try and track my progress with this peel.  My feet need all the help they can get.  :smile:

3.)  Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel ~ 1.8 fl. oz. ~ $6.99

I purchased their brightening eye cream at TJ Maxx within the last couple of months and I’m starting to test that now.  I have read great things about their range and when I saw this, I was suckered by the word “peel”.  I love a good exfoliator and though I don’t really need another one, it will get used.  If you like anything particular from this line, please share what it is, as I’ve seen it at TJ Maxx for the last few months and I’m curious if I “need” anything else.

Pedi Patrol Foot Peel

Michael Todd True Organics Knu Anti-Aging Serum Review

I purchased this product during a pretty good LivingSocial deal back in December.  The product is often on LivingSocial, but when you combine it with a coupon, it’s an even better deal.  So, naturally, I purchased it during one of these heavily discounted periods.  I was excited to try a product from the line because I read good things on a few blogs and saw a video from MsGoldgirl in which she loved the Michael Todd True Organics Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Cream.  I didn’t need another cream to test, so I went for the serum.  Perhaps that’s where I went wrong, but let me be blunt and say don’t waste your money on this serum.  I can’t fathom that this product sells for $150, as it wasn’t worth the $23ish dollars I paid for it (you do have to pay for shipping, in addition to the LivingSocial price).

When I received the item, I immediately opened the product to check out the packaging.  I liked the sturdy, amber glass bottle because I do believe it helps the product stay fresh.  The serum also comes with a dropper lid, which is nice, and the dropper hole was fairly large, which was perfect for the thickness of this serum.  Overall, the packaging was close to what you would expect for a higher-end serum.  The first thing I noticed when I opened this bottle is that it had virtually no scent.  If I’m honest, it was completely scent-free and almost seemed like it was a bottle of glycerin.  The lack of scent struck me as odd, especially given some of the ingredients in the serum.  I chalked it up to a benefit for many people and went on to try it out over the course of a couple months.

The product does sink well into my skin and leaves no tackiness, which is nice.  In terms of benefits and results, this product did absolutely nothing for my skin.  I was sick for a large part of January, but I was staying well-hydrated and when I took a week hiatus from all skincare treatment products (i.e. masks, serums, night cream), I found my face looked better than when I was using this serum.  Now, that mini-test isn’t exactly scientific, but it further convinced me that this product did nothing for my skin.

There isn’t one product for everyone and this product definitely isn’t for me.  It’s possible I received a bad bottle, but it’s also possible this product just doesn’t deliver on its claims.  If you’re interested in trying it, definitely wait for a great deal before buying and maybe consider purchasing the cream as it does tend to get better reviews, overall.

⌘ Pricing & Availability:  A 1.2 fl. oz. bottle retails for $49.95 on Amazon.  This post does not include an affiliate link, although it may link through AmazonSmile, which is a new service offered by Amazon where they donate a portion of your purchases to a charity of your choice.  Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Michael Todd Review

Michael Todd Knu Serum

got 2b Dry Conditioner Dollar Tree Find

I love Dollar Tree and one day I’ll do a post of some of my favorite products they sell.  For now I just wanted to post about a beauty find I picked up earlier this week.  The reviews on the got 2b Rockin’ It Dry Conditioner are very mixed, but for $1, it’s worth trying.

I can’t do a review on this dry conditioner, as I just purchased it, but I’m curious what this will do for me in comparison to a dry shampoo.  Got 2b offers a dry shampoo in the same Rockin’ It range that gets fairly decent reviews and is called the “perfect hair duo” when used in conjunction with the dry conditioner.  This product almost seems like a cross between a dry shampoo and a leave-in conditioner.  Just from the couple of times I’ve tried it, I can tell you it seems more like a hairspray without the hold, which is…I don’t know what.  Haha.  It doesn’t refresh a greasy scalp (it doesn’t claim to) and I’m not sure if it adds any softness or shine.  The concept seems gimicky, but I’m willing to give it a chance.  I’m going to try it with my current dry shampoo (unsweetened cocoa powder, yes, really  :oops:) and see how it works with that.

As for this product, the verdict is still out on how well it will work for me, but if you’re interested in it, check out your local Dollar Tree.  If you already use it and love it, please share how you use it to maximize results.

⌘ Pricing & Availability:  A 4.3 fl. oz. bottle retails for $7.99 on Amazon.com.  Pricing and availability are subject to change.  This post does not include affiliate links.

got 2b

SpaLife Forever Young Hydrating Facial Wrap with Wild Cherry and Collagen Review

I purchased a set of these masks at TJ Maxx after watching Tammy’s YouTube video on these masks.  They were really reasonably priced from TJ Maxx and I was intrigued, so during a trip there, I picked them up.

Upon applying this mask, there is a noticeable cherry scent, but I didn’t find it overpowering, cloying, or long-lasting.  The other thing I noticed is just how juicy this mask really is.  In Tammy’s video, she has mentioned that she thinks you could reuse these masks and given the amount of solution, I can understand that suggestion.  More on that later.  These masks do sit well on your face, conforming to your face shape really nicely, and they really stay put.  I can drink water, watch TV, read a book, etc. whilst wearing this without it shifting all around.

In terms of results, this mask does leave my skin feeling hydrated (it even hydrated a very dry, itchy patch on my eyelid after just one use), but it also leaves my skin tacky, even after rubbing the solution into my skin.  I found it takes a few hours to fully absorb into my skin and I don’t always have the time for that, especially since I usually do masks before bed.  I recommend trying this mask when you have time to see how your skin responds to it and go from there.  Overall, if you can find these at your local TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, they’re worth trying.  :smile:

Experiment #1:  I decided to try reusing this mask a second time to see what would happen.  I used it once and then put it into a baggy in the fridge and reused it the next day.  The results were okay.  There is enough solution to get the benefits from the product twice, but the mask, itself, is not wet enough to sit well on the face.  I imagine you could pat some water, lightly, on the mask, to help it stick, but I didn’t try that.

Experiment #2:  So, this time I tried squeezing all the juice out of the mask after using it and then patting it into my skin.  The problem with this is it leaves your face very wet and very sticky and eventually started sloughing off.  I did use a muslin cloth to soak up the excess, but by the morning, my face was in desperate need of cleansing.

To get the most out of the solution in these masks, my suggestion would be to squeeze the solution into an empty container and apply the solution before your nighttime skin care products.  You may even be able to use the remaining solution twice, depending on your skin.

⌘  Pricing & Availability:  One mask retails for $6.00 on Amazon.  Your local TJ Maxx may have these masks in a three pack for $3.99 or $4.99.  This post does not include an affiliate link.  Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Spa Life Review

Bellaboo Berry Nice Face Fix Mask Review

I purchased this product after receiving a deluxe sample of the Bellaboo Gorgeous Skin Moisture Dew and falling in love with it.  (You can find my review here.)  I wasn’t sure how this product would work for me, as some of the reviews mentioned intense redness after removing the mask.  Now, I don’t have sensitive skin (generally, speaking), but still, if several people mentioned it, I knew it was a possibility.  So, I decided to do this mask on a Saturday when I had nothing happening.

I applied this mask after washing my skin, using a light exfoliator, and toning my skin.  I applied one thin layer and then applied a second thin layer, as the instructions recommend a thick layer.  The first thing I noticed is that there are small grains in this mask, similar to what you would expect in an exfoliator.  I also found that this mask tingled my skin a little, though nothing unusual or worrisome.  (If it is worrisome or abnormal for you, remove the mask immediately.)

Within ten minutes, the mask dried and darkened.  I was able to remove the mask very easily; however, as I suspected, the grains did exfoliate my skin.  I wonder if this is what caused redness for some (rather than ingredients).  That said, you need to remove this mask gently.  When my skin dried, I did see a few light red patches, but they dissipated quickly and I was left with buttery soft skin.  I had none of the tightness or squeakiness from dryness that some masks leave behind. In fact, my skin was so soft I made my husband rub my face.

This mask claims to “polish away nasty dead cells” and given the exfoliation process involved when you remove the mask and the look of my skin, I feel it does exactly that.  The evening after removing the mask my serums, night cream, etc. sunk into my skin better.  My skin also looked clearer (brighter, even) in the morning.  I will definitely continue to use this product when my skin is looking dull and in need of a boost.

⌘  Pricing & Availability:  A 2.53 fl. oz. tube retails for $9.99 at Ulta.  They do have $1.00 items you can purchase with this so you can use a $3.50 off $10.00 coupon to try this mask for even cheaper.  Pricing and availability are subject to change.  This post does not include an affiliate link.

Bellaboo Berry Mask Review

Bellaboo Review

Bellaboo Skincare

Korres Pomegranate Grenade Cleansing & Make-Up Removing Wipes Review

I found these at my local T.J. Maxx and for the price, $2.99, I went for it.  I have never owned a Korres product and didn’t know much about them, but it’s a makeup remover wipe, so it doesn’t have to do much more than that to make me happy.  I took them home and immediately removed my makeup because I wanted to try them.  They do exactly what they say – remove makeup.  They won’t give you a deep clean, as the name somewhat suggests, but they will remove your makeup.

Some things to note are the scent and the dryness.  I find the scent pleasant, but it can be overpowering to those who are sensitive to scents.  I don’t find that it lasts long, but that could be because I cleanse my face after using them and then apply several products.  By the time my heads hits my pillow, I don’t smell these wipes.  Also, these wipes are a little drier than other wipes I have tried, so if you wear foundation and/or a lot of products, you will probably need two.  I actually purchased another package at a different T.J. Maxx and found them just as dry as the first pack, so I think it’s just the nature of this brand.

At the regular price of $12.00 for 25 wipes, I just don’t know that these would be worth it for most people.  Personally, I wouldn’t purchase them at the regular price, not because they don’t deliver, but because there are so many just-as-good-or-better options out there at a much more affordable price.  If you can find them at your local Marshalls, T.J.Maxx, etc., definitely give them a try.  Otherwise, look for a cheaper alternative.

⌘ Pricing & Availability:  A package of 25 wipes retails for $12.00 at Sephora.  Pricing and availability are subject to change.  This post does not include an affiliate link.

Korres Cleansing Wipes