Things I Did Not Buy: Benefit Mini Sets

Benefit has a couple of promotional deluxe-sample-set GWPs right now, one with Dandelion minis and the other with Hoola minis. Pick one with $65 purchase (DANDYSET or HOOLASET) or both with $105 purchase (CHEEKDUO).

The part I wanted to share was that you can actually buy the sets for $12 each, though they’re a bit hidden on the site – not openly listed or searchable as far as I can see, but with the direct links below you can add them to your cart. Free shipping with code DONTGO and you can pick two packet samples at checkout.

Dandelion Darlings!

 

dandelion brightening finishing powder fun size mini | 3.0 g Net wt. 0.1 oz. • dandelion dew liquid blush fun size mini | 5.0 mL / 0.16 US fl. oz. • dandelion shy beam liquid highlighter fun size mini | 2.5 mL / 0.08 US fl. oz.
dandelion brightening finishing powder fun size mini | 3.0 g Net wt. 0.1 oz. • dandelion dew liquid blush fun size mini | 5.0 mL / 0.16 US fl. oz. • dandelion shy beam liquid highlighter fun size mini | 2.5 mL / 0.08 US fl. oz.

Value breakdown:
Dandelion Brightening Finishing Powder: 3.0 g at $29/7.0 g (or $15/3.5 g) = $12.43 ($12.86)
Dandelion Dew Liquid Blush: 5.0 mL at $28/30 mL = $4.67
Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter: 2.5 mL at $26/10 mL = $6.50
Total: $23.60 ($24.03)

Get Your Hoola On Sampling Kit

hoola matte bronzer fun size mini | 3.0 g Net wt. 0.1 oz. •dew the hoola liquid bronzer fun size mini | 5.0 mL / 0.16 US fl. oz. • hoola zero tanlines body bronzer fun size mini | 15.0 mL / 0.5 US fl. oz.
hoola matte bronzer fun size mini | 3.0 g Net wt. 0.1 oz. •dew the hoola liquid bronzer fun size mini | 5.0 mL / 0.16 US fl. oz. • hoola zero tanlines body bronzer fun size mini | 15.0 mL / 0.5 US fl. oz.

Value breakdown:
Hoola Matte Bronzer: 3.0 g at $29/8.0 g (or $15/4.0 g) = $10.88 ($11.25)
Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer: 5.0 mL at $28/30 mL = $4.67
Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer: 15.0 mL at $30/147 mL = $3.06
Total: $18.70 ($19.08)

 

Things I Did Not Buy: Kat von D x Formula X 50% off at Sephora

I love anything miniature, and I especially love makeup minis because I rarely use up full-sizes and I’d rather have a bunch of different products to sample than one that I won’t use up. I’ve never tried Kat von D lipsticks or Formula X polishes, and now that these KVD x Formula X sets are on sale, I’m having such a hard time not buying them…

Studded X: 3 Mini Lip + 3 Nail Polish Duo, originally $29.50, sale $14.75
Studded X: 3 Mini Lip + 3 Nail Polish Duo, originally $29.50, sale $14.75
Studded X: Mini Lip + Nail Polish Duo in Adora, originally $15, now $7.50

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Things I Did Not Buy: BareMinerals Last Chance Sale

BareMinerals is running an [additional] 40% off everything in its Last Chance section with code WHOA, a free full-size gift with $25 purchase with code GIFT4U, a free Lash Domination Petite Precision sample with any eye product (including sale products) and code PETITE, and free shipping on everything.

Some of the best deals:
READY 4.0 The Afterparty Collection – retailed $34.50, marked down to $19.50, now $11.70 after code. Value $73+ (READY Eyeshadow 4.0 – $30, Flawless Definition Mascara – $19, Double Ended Liner Shadow Brush, $24, cosmetic bag – unknown value)
READY® Eyeshadow 2.0 Duo in The High Society (retailed $20, marked down to $9.50, now $5.70 after code).
Give It A Twirl – retailed $18, marked down to $6.50, now $3.90 after code. Value $36 (Marvelous Moxie lipgloss, 2 @ $18/ea). 

I’d be hesitant to buy Give It a Twirl considering it’s from the 2014 holiday season – I assume the product is fine since they’re still selling it, but gloss is more sensitive to storage conditions than e.g. the eyeshadow palettes.

The free gift options right now are:

  • Eye Defining Brush with Soft Pink Handle** –  MSRP $15
  • Flathead Shadow Brush* – $15
  • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Spellbreaker* or Wild Beauty* – MSRP $18
  • Modern Pop Cream Glaze Topcoat* – MSRP $18
  • Small Bare Radiance Face Color – MSRP $21 for medium; small is 0.02 oz @ $21/0.03 oz = $14 value
  • Small Eyecolor in Graphite – MSRP $15
  • Velvet Eyecolor – Velvet Violet* – MSRP $15
    *available in current 40% off sale
    **regular (black handle) version marked down to $9.50, available in 40% sale

There are a couple of extra-small eyecolors in the sale (MSRP $9.50 marked down to $6.50, $3.90 after code). One of those plus the three deals above gives an order total of $25.20 pre-tax, with a value of up to $156.50 (plus cosmetic case value and the Lash Domination sample).

Not bad…but nothing I need.