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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The On the Move Edition

Sometimes you just have to get away from it all. When that moment arrives, you’ll want to have everything you need right to hand. After all, part of living the life superfantastic is being prepared for things no Boy Scout ever had to face.

For instance, that pesky question of how to store your delicates en route. I don’t recall my father and brothers discussing that matter when preparing to go to Scout camp back in the day. Tent stakes, yes. Silky undies…not so much.

Luckily enough, we have other resources than the Boy Scout manual to draw on for our needs. We have places like Wrapables.com.

MaggiB Lingerie Trio See, they have this practical and attractive set by MaggiB for handling your undies and for pampering yourself en route. The set includes: an 11″ x 13″ pouch for your lingerie, and a second pouch containing a pair of slippers (for shoe sizes up to 8.5), and an eyeshades, all in a matching satin brocade in your choice of black (shown) or mint. Just slip one pouch into your luggage and the other into your carry on, and go, all for just $16.99 (regular price $34.95).

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Skin Care That’s Good For Your Wallet

There’s a sale going on at Beauty.com right now. That means this is the perfect time to save a bundle on cosmetics, perfume, and bath and body products.

Twistie’s choice? This incredible deal on a set of skin care products from Borghese:

<>Borghese Skin Care Basics Holiday Gift Set In this one convenient package you’ll find: Effetto Immediato Spa Soothing Tonic (4 oz), Crema Saponetta Cleansing Creme (2.5 oz), Fango: Active Mud for Face and Body (2.5 oz), Dolce Notte Night Cream (1 oz), Crema Straordinaria Da Giorno Day Treatment SPF 25 (1 oz), Curaforte: Moisture Intensifier (1 oz), and Fluido Protettivo Advanced Spa Lift for Eyes (1 oz). That’s a $188.00 value all for just $50.00. That’s right, just $50.00!

At that price, you’ll probably even have one or two less worry lines to deal with.

Beauty en Provence

They say women must suffer to be beautiful. I say if you – or your wallet – is suffering, you’re doing it wrong.

L'Occitane en Provence Cosmetic set Here’s a case in point. This is the Best of L’Occitane gift set. It includes 2.5 oz each of: Angelica Shampoo, Revitalizing Shower Gel, Verbena Shower Gel, Verbena Shampo, Shea Verbena Shower Cream, Shea Shampoo, Shea Conditioner, Shea Body Lotion, Verbena Conditioner, Verbena Body Lotion, Relaxing Body Lotion, and Angelica Conditioner. Those are some mighty painless ways to stay clean and pretty.

Now normally, this set would cost you $96.00. Luckily, I know where to find it at a far less painful price. Head over to Beauty.com and you can get this great set for just $55.00! Not only that, for a limited time you can get free shipping on any order from Beauty.com.

$41.00 off and free shipping? That’s a beauty of a deal!

Nail a Great Look

One of my favorite ‘just for me’ rituals is polishing my fingernails. Of late, I’ve started playing with my toenails, too. There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect color and seeing it on all my nails. It just adds a little lift to my day.

Toma Cosmetics Romantic Collection - $50 Value @ 20% off!
If you’re looking for some nice polishes to make you (or someone you love) feel prettier, then look no further than this link. This set of nail polishes in the Romantic collection by Toma is just the thing to add a touch of femininity to any day or night. Even the names of the polishes are enough to make you feel pampered: First Love, Innocence, My Amore, French Kiss, Smooches, and Heavenly. Comes in a reusable clear vinyl bag. Toe separator included, too!

The retail price on this set is a perfectly reasonable $50.00. The good news is, we’re not perfectly reasonable here! We believe in being superfantastic and getting the best deal out there. That would be the deal at CosmeticMall.com
, where you can get all six nail polishes, the bag and the toe separator for just $37.50.

Now all you need is a soothing drink and a frivolous movie for the perfect night in.

Support Sales

Need a new bra? Now might be a good time to head over to The Gap. They’re having a huge sale on selected styles, and some of those styles are awfully pretty. Take for instance, this flirty polka dotted t-shirt bra

Polka Dotted Bra It’s available in two different colors and has been marked down from $36.00 to just $19.99!

And if you have been wanting to try out some of their personal care items (lotions, perfumes, etc.), many of them are on sale, too!

I’m Not Making This Up, You Know

Any artist will tell you that good tools are important to getting the effect you’re trying for. This is just as true of makeup as it is of paintings. Good brushes, however, can quickly take a huge bite out of your budget.

Unless, of course, you know where to shop for them.

10 piece badger makeup brush set
This gorgeous 10 piece makeup brush set features mahogany handles and genuine badger bristles that are softer than sable, and comes with a handy carrying case. Each handle has a painted label identifying its intended purpose. The included brushes are:

* Powder dome brush
* Flat bronzer brush
* Angle blush brush
* Brow lash groomer brush
* Pro Spoolie brush
* Deluxe oval shadow brush
* Oval foundation brush
* Round tapered crease brush
* Taklon angle liner brush
* Oval taklon lip brush

If you bought this set at full retail price, you’d pay about $96.00. But if you get it now from overstock.com, you’ll pay just $59.95 for this professional quality set. That will leave you an extra $36.00 to spend on the perfect shades of eyeshadow, blush and lipstick.

In fact, you can probably find your makeup at a bargain at overstock.com, too.

Free Shipping on Lush Products

Lush is offering free shipping on orders of $99 or more from now through December 10.

Heavenly Bodies ButtercreamLush bath products make wonderful gifts, from their refreshing shower jellies to their famous bath bombs to the lovely buttercreams like the one pictured at left. Whether you’re creating a special gift basket for a Lush fan or looking for goodies to keep on hand for those last-minute emergency gifts and office Secret Santa exchanges, you can’t go far wrong with these sinfully indulgent soaps. They smell great and leave skin silky smooth. Free shipping is just the icing on this cake.