$20 a Month – April

I have to tell you guys, I am starting to feel like a bargain shopping ninja. The first couple $20 a month I just bought items at full price, but then it occurred to me: if I used a coupon or two, I would be able to review more items. Plus, there would be the added benefit of showing what could be done with a little creative shopping and a coupon or two.  Enough of that, to the reviews!


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – this was the most surprising item I tried this month. I remember derisively snorting when I picked up the bottle “complete manicure, yeah right”, but it was pretty impressive. I had a little trouble applying the two even coats, the pearalized color I chose was a tad streaky, and I did elect to add a top, but it lasted all week. We’re not talking about a “kick your heels up and watch movies” kind of week, no no, end of tax season, copying returns, juggling clients AND cleaning the house for the in laws visit kind of week. Well worth the added hassle of needing a top coat. Just to make sure this wasn’t a fluke, I am going to get another color and I’ll report back to you guys next month.

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm– My lips have been a bit chapped lately and needed something that would give them a little extra conditioning and moisture while still giving me some much needed color. This delivered on both counts, with the bonus of a soft melon scent, but it was forgettable. As in I used it 3 or 4 times and forgot about it until time to do this post.

Miss Spa Nourish Nail & Cuticle Treatment – A little messy and having to sit around with nail sleeves on for half an hour was kind of weird, but my cuticles looked amazing. Seriously, like I’d just had a manicure.

Palladio Glitter Eye Pencil – After having such a great experience with the Palladio eye pencil last month, I was really looking forward to trying out the glitter pencil, I mean “glitter”, but alas, this was a huge disappointment. A smudgy, easily faded, glitter confetti causing mistake. It was gone 20 minutes after I put it on, except for the glitter. That ended up all over my face.

Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick – Okay, this was actually pretty amazing, but I have one issue with the formula. It tastes odd – exactly (and I do mean exactly) like the candle we have in the guest bathroom. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to get past the smell and the fact that it tastes the way it smells, but I wear it several times a week. The pink-y raspberry color is perfect for my skin tone, and it really lasts.

*If you guys are interested in knowing more about the different methods I use for getting the biggest bang for my buck let me know and I can do a separate post later.



About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.