Budgeting Bloggers:: February 2015 Finals

I had really high hopes of getting February’s budgeting posted on Friday morning, but I ended up enjoying my Thursday evening and going to sleep really early. Friday I was super productive at work, enjoyed a Friday night out with Corey and just chilled. So now this is coming to you Saturday afternoon after I spent the morning clearing a space in our back yard for chickens! I’m so excited to be able to have my own fresh farm eggs. Enough about what I’ve been doing– let’s look at what I’ve gotten while shopping this past month.

budgeting bloggers february

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1.Spaceslub Backzip Tunic:: Orig $56, paid $15.88
2.Gold side-stripe popover:: Orig $89.50, paid $17.99
3.Tailored wool pant:: Orig $118, paid $25
4.Boxstitch Slub Top:: Orig $72, paid $15 via Poshmark closet @lemoore
5.Emery Glitter Bow Flats:: Orig $108, paid $25.99
6.New Balance 620 Sneakers:: Orig 80, paid $14.99
Not pictured::
7.Crocheted cowl:: $15
8.Gorjana Greer necklace:: Orig $65, paid $32 through Birchbox

budgeting bloggers feb makeup

left to right, top to bottom
Cover Girl Clean Pressed Powder for Sensitive Skin:: $3.49 (on clearance)
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara:: $6.74
Maybelline Master Prime Blur+Redness::(Corey paid for)
Maybelline Master Conceal:: $6.74
Birchbox Liptastic Kit:: $24

Total spent:: $199.82 Total saved:: $494.64

Though this is, quite possibly, the ugliest budgeting collage I’ve ever slapped together, I’m very proud of this one. I spent much less than I normally do on ALL these products, make up included. That’s something new this month. I was toying around with the idea of including make up this month after another budgeting blogger mentioned it. While I was browsing in Ulta, the Too Faced reps approached me and started listing off a few of their new items. All three of them I already had. She then referenced me as a makeup junkie. Oy. For someone who doesn’t wear it every day and it’s not their living, I probably have more than I should. After hearing someone who does it for a living call me a junkie (it scared me so bad, I put everything back that day), I decided it would be a good thing to include make up in my totals. I didn’t too too bad with it last month. The Maybelline items are more so just to see how I like them. I’ve used BareMinerals for years and I’m in the mood to try something new. The lash sensational mascara was purposely bought for comparison to this beauty that came out yesterday. Video to come on the findings. The pressed powder was kind of an impulse thing, kind of not. I’ve always loved having one to just keep with me. It’s a just in case type thing. Evidently this has been discontinued? Maybe? It was odd for something like this to be in perfect condition on clearance. Lastly, the liptastic kit. That was a no-brainer. I selected it as a Birchbox Plus item and reviewed it fully here. One of the best deals I brought home this month. 100% satisfied and 100% recommended.

Now let’s talk about the clothes for a minute. This was the first month I didn’t have my student discount at J.Crew, so items 2, 5, and 6 were all ordered online. For the first time, ordering online makes a little more sense again. I’m not in the store, so there are no impulse purchases. I can think for a long time about what I have in my cart. It’s much better for my wallet. The trousers were found in store while I was trying to use my rewards card. I recommend them and don’t recommend them all at the same time. Never has elastic been more my frenemie. It’s great at the beginning of the day, but by the end, I’m having to pull my pants up after I walk anywhere. They’re so nice looking for work though. Perfect for those bloated days where you still need to look nice. As much as I love/hate with these pants. I will probably order the gray pair. I will also recommend #6, even if it’s just for the price. I really like them! So much more comfortable than the Vivs and in a color I’ve been looking for!

That’s it for February! Hopefully, this will be a corner turned and I can continue to curb my spending. What did you bring home this month? See what Fran brought home and where I’m linking up.

Ipsy Glam Bag and Birchbox Unboxing Videos

It’s almost March and I’m still getting February stuff together. Here’s my February Birchbox and Ipsy unboxing videos (and your monthly dose of me being weird and awkward behind the camera)::

February 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag Unbagging

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Products in this video::
Model Co. Blush Cheek Powder
Mitchell and Peach Face Oil
Eva NYC Volumizing Hair Spray
Emite Eyelash Curler
City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain

February 2015 Birchbox Unboxing

Includes a review of Birchbox Plus item Gorjana Greer necklace and the Liptastic kit.

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Liptastic Kit
Gorjana Greer necklace

Products in the Birchbox::
Laura Geller Beauty GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara
theBalm® cosmetics Read My Lips™ Lip Gloss
Harvey Prince Ageless – Pink Grapefruit
PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
Marcelle Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover For Sensitive Eyes

Riding Boots Remixed

We may have just exited a week where we set record lows (without getting any snow– what gives?), but I would say we’ve had a fairly mild winter. Mild weather makes me reach for my booties instead of my riding boots. With two chilly days last week, I got the chance to wear them TWICE!

riding boots remixed

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sweater:: J.Crew (similar) vest:: J.Crew buffalo plaid button-up:: Old Navy (altered by me here::similar) tassel necklace:: J.Crew (similar) v-necklace:: Gorjana jeans:: Old Navy boots:: Aldo (similar)

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Sunday Lately::Wk 8

Welcome to Sunday Lately, week eight, a linkup I co-host with my lovely bloggy buddies Katy and Nicole. It’s amazing that we’ve kept up with this so regularly, so you should link up and be a part of this awesomeness. Details to link up below. This week’s themes are: Dwelling, Helping, Forgetting, Switching, Relying.

My friend's pup Bruno that we watched last week. He's not very good at blogging.

My friend’s pup Bruno that we watched last week. He’s not very good at blogging.

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