It’s that time of year, when the energy is in the air.  There is music everywhere you go.  Everyone, well, most everyone, is in a fabulous happy mood…and if you love shopping like I do, you’re online taking advantage of the deals.

So here are a couple of things to take advantage of now… while you’re in the mood to shop and in some cases, before they expire.

 

Beauty–

WOW DREAMCOAT – Have you tried this new product yet?  I have long, naturally wavy hair that will frizz in humidity or when I sweat, so I’m always looking for products to keep that from happening.   I recently read about a new product and subsequently bought a bottle of it to try myself.   It was $28.  Yes, a little pricey if you’re accustomed, like I am, to buying your hair products at the grocery store or CVS or online if I can find them cheaper.  So with all the hype, and desperately wanting to find the secret of taming that annoying frizz, I splurged on WOW Dreamcoat, Anti-Humidity Hair Treatment. 

I have used it a couple of times and found that my hair, in fact, didn’t frizz, even on the sultriest of days, here in SW Florida.  And my hair had a glossy shine and felt like silk.  So, $28 well spent!   There’s a whole technique to applying it and I will admit, it added an extra 10 minutes or so to blow drying my hair, but I am sold on this. And the best part is that my first application lasted through 3 shampoos.    I found this wonderful video by Dominique Sachse, by a woman who reviews products, just like me.  She demonstrates the correct application procedure better than anyone else I’ve found online.  Click here —–>“Wow!” I Can’t Believe What This Stuff Does! | Dominique Sachse

Best to watch her demonstration…and if you haven’t already purchased a bottle of WOW, click here to buy one or two—->Buy Wow Dreamcoat Here  In fact, right now, they are offering 20% off your first offer, if you sign up to be on their mailing list . That’s a savings of $5.60 for giving it a try!  WOW!’

 

IT COSMETICS AND SKINCARE

 

In the last 6 months, I discovered IT cosmetics.  Having reached my mid-60’s (sigh) and fighting the aging process to keep my youthful appearance for as long as possible, I’m always looking for a good moisturizer.  My mother had beautiful skin, right to the end of her 89 year old life.  She had very few lines in her face.  Why was she so lucky?  I truly believe it was because most of her life she used moisturizer on her skin, every day and every night.  I remember, even as a young child, watching my mother put on her face creams before going to bed.   She primarily used Estee Lauder products.   She washed her face with plain soap everyday, removed her makeup, on the days she wore any, with cold cream and then she put on her moisturizer.  

Growing up, she let me use some of her creams and as I grew older, she always included a pot of a good moisturizer among her presents to me.  Her mantra was “moisturize, moisturize moisturize”.  When the heat came on in the fall, “make sure you moisturize”.   So over the years, I have always used moisturizer.   It could be one reason that unless I squint, I don’t have a lot of lines around my eyes.  Now, I’m fighting other lines, the lines in my forehead, the lines around my mouth and some on my neck.  So I keep my eyes open for good moisturizers with lots of natural ingredients and things that work to increase collagin in your skin and reduce those lines and creases in your face.  

On a visit to Ulta, the cosmetic store, I noticed a display for a new product called “Secret Sauce” by IT Cosmetics.  I loved the name.  While I was standing there, I searched reviews on the product on my phone and noted very very positive reviews.  So I took the plunge and bought the pot for around $58.  It looked like it would last for a long time…and it has.  That was in the summer time.  It’s now almost mid-December and I still have enough for maybe another month.  So I’m happy.  The best part is what it does for my mature skin.  I used it after cleansing with Garnier Micellar Cleasing Water and toning with Heritage Store’s Rose Petals Rosewhat.   As soon as I apply it, my skin just drinks it up and plumps those tiny lines and creases.  My face begins to glow and look fresh and clean.   It takes just a few minutes to do it’s work.  Often, I will apply my foundation with an airbrush type foundation brush, while my skin is still a little damp from the Secret Sauce.  By the time I’m finished, my face looks flawless.  I let it all dry while blow drying my hair, dust some bronzer and blush on my cheeks and I’m good to go!

People remark at how I look so “rested” since I’ve been using it.  I’m very pleased.   Since purchasing that pot, I’ve tried a few other IT skincare products, “No More Lines” and “Bye Bye Undereye”.   Both very effective and keeping my skin looking fresh and clean and young.   It’s available at Itcosmetics.com, Sephora.com, Ulta.com.   Worth the splurge…even for younger skin.  As my mother used to say “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize”…take care of your skin.

 

Shopping Online?

 

EBATES.COM   Have you tried this?

What if you could make money almost everytime you spend money, online…and sometimes when you shop in person?   I found Ebates.com less than a year ago.  I think it was advertised on something I was looking at online.   Basically Ebates.com will pay you money to access websites you normally shop on by either going through their website or app or if you add it to your browser as an extension.   I use Chrome as my go to browser.   I have added Ebates.com to my browser extensions.  So everytime I click on a page, that sells something, a little box will pop up asking me if I want to take advantage of a percentage of my purchase  as a rebate through Ebates.  The box looks like this one snipped from the top of the Macys.com webpage I had just landed on

   If I clicked on that box, after my purchase is complete, Ebates would add 6% of the subtotal on my invoice, before other coupons and discounts, to my account on Ebates.   Then once every quarter they mail me a rebate check.  I have been doing this for around 1 3/4 years, having started back in March 2017.   Here’s what my account page looks like at the moment.

You’ll see the total amount of $552.27 which is my lifetime total that I’ve collected in rebates, since joining back in March 2017, as well as my current total, the $91.07, which is how much I’ve earned in rebates, just this quarter,  so far, You’ll note that I will receive a check for the $91.07 plus whatever additional rebates I earn between now and the next quarterly cutoff,  My last check was $69.56.   I earned all of this by simply going to websites I would have shopped on normally.  I must admit that sometimes I will go to Ebates.com and search for a business I want to use for a purchase to see if they are offering any rebates and if so, click on the website link to my destination.   I also have the Ebates app on my phone.  I haven’t found a way to make the little box automatically pop up when I shop from my phone. So I have to go to the app and look for the retailer first and if I find it, click on my destination from the app.  I have earned rebates from buying airline tickets, booking hotel rooms, car rentals, all over the world, on Amazon, Macys.com, CVS, Walmart.com, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, Etsy, Ulta and probably 90% of all the places where I shop online. They also have a feature where you can link a credit or debit card to your account so that when you shop in person at some stores, you’ll get additional rebates.  I have not added my card and taken part in this feature yet.  There’s no excuse for not doing this. The key is to add it to your browser as an extension and stay on top of it.  Sometimes you are only getting small change for a purchase, but in no time it adds up.  My highest check so far was $132.54, paid in August.  And I’m already on my way to the $100 mark now!   If you’re interested in doing this, click on this link——>Ebates.com Referral Link from An

More soon!

 

An

 

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