My Experience Using TrueCar to Purchase a New Car for Less


Back in 2007 I went to my local Volkswagen dealer with a friends and family certificate in hand expecting to get a good deal. My now husband and I spent seven hours at the dealership that day as the salesman kept trying to get us to agree to different terms and once we were finally ready to sign the paperwork we were met with a barrage of upsell options. While I left with a car, I felt a little like I’d been run over repeatedly with the new Rabbit that was now in my possession. It was a long and trying day, and I recently found the paperwork and realized that we got the exact opposite of a deal, even with the alleged friends and family discount. Oof.

Fast forward to February 2015 when my son was born and we realized that a two door hatchback probably wasn’t going to cut it anymore. (The most harrowing moment of my career as a new mom? Getting my newborn baby out of the hospital and into his convertible car seat in the back of my two door car. That’s not an experience I recommend!) Instead of rushing right out to get a new car, however, we dealt with our car’s shortcomings as we did some research into what our next car should be. Ultimately we decided that the Nissan Rogue was the car we wanted so then we turned our attention to finding that car at the right price.

I’d seen a lot of commercials for TrueCar, which alleged to help you get the best price for your car by showing you dealerships that had the car you wanted that they would sell to you at the “TrueCar” price. In other words, these dealerships had entered into a partnership with TrueCar to offer the cars they have in-stock and on the lot at a guaranteed TrueCar savings. As you can see above, some dealerships may offer the car you want at an exceptional price, while others may offer it at a great price, a good price, or even above market. The graph above is based on what others in your market actually paid for the car so you can quickly see whether you are getting a good deal or not. (My condolences go out to those people paying above market value!)


Beauty Reviewed: Pacifica Power of Love Eye Shadow Palette (+ Giveaway)

Pacifica Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette

I have really become a fan of Pacifica beauty products over the past few months. The quality of products is far better than I would have ever expected for such a reasonably-priced brand, and I’ve been impressed with every product of theirs that I have tried. That’s something that rarely happens!


Pacifica products are 100% vegan, cruelty free, and most, if not all, products are made using coconut water. Their products are also free os mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, propylene glycol, gluten, and peanut oil. In other words, not only will you look great but these are products you can feel great about using, too!

Pacifica sent me their Pacifica Power of Love Eye Shadow Palette to try out, and I have to tell you that it’s another winner!

Pacifica Power of Love Eye Shadow Palette

The colors are as pigmented as I have ever encountered from an affordable beauty brand and the color seriously lasts all day. This eye shadow is infused with coconut water, which they say is what gives this product a velvety finish. Whatever it is, the finish is absolutely flawless.

I prefer the lighter shades but appreciate that they threw in some darker colors for when you need a little more drama. I’m a fan of using black eye shadow in lieu of traditional eye liner and this shadow works well for that, too. The color is so strong that I really only need to line my eyes once. Sometimes with lesser pigmented shadows it will take multiple go-rounds to achieve the look I want.

Honestly, this might be the single best eye shadow palette I have ever owned. Normally when I get palettes I only use a few colors, but aside from the turquoise, which isn’t ideal for my coloring, I am using ALL of these colors. I am absolutely smitten!

You can grab the Pacifica Power of Love Eye Shadow Palette for $18.99 at Target.

Another Pacifica product I highly recommend is Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes (link is to my review). I use these wipes on a near-daily basis and keep rebuying them. I’ve never encountered a cleansing wipe that I like more than these!


Pacifica provided me with two extra eye shadow palettes to give away to two of you! To enter, leave a comment with your favorite beauty product of the moment. Two winners will be randomly chosen Monday.

Disclosure: I was provided with this product free of charge, but all opinions expressed above are my own.

Here’s What I Received in My July Ipsy Bag

Ipsy Review July 2015

The month of July has just flown by, which is why I’m posting this month’s subscription box reviews so late. I literally don’t know where this month has gone!

In my opinion Ipsy remains one of the best beauty subscription deals out there and I think this month’s bag perfectly demonstrates why.

Here’s what I received in my July Ipsy Bag:

Nudestix Eye Crayon

Nudestix Eye Crayon in Gilt ($24) – Though this didn’t arrive in the typical Nudestix box, I’m fairly certain that this is a full size product and a great one at that! The color, Gilt, is a shimmery neutral champagne-like color that I will get plenty of use out of! Another thing I LOVE? This pencil came with its own sharpener, which is nothing short of amazing. When I first started getting eye pencils and lip pencils I remember stalling using them for a bit as I had to go out and buy a sharpener.

Truth be told, this might be one of the best products I have ever received from Ipsy!

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Balm

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Balm in French Kiss ($14) – Another full-size product! This is a lightly-tinted lip balm that has great reviews. I will be putting this to good use… possibly today! Expect a review soon.


The Rundown: Extra 50% Off at Tommy Hilfiger and More

The Rundown: Shopping Cheat Sheet

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Virgin Wines

Head on over to Gilt City where you can get 15 bottles of Virgin Wine for $89.99 (normally $238.84). That breaks down to just $5.99 per bottle! Note that by taking advantage of this offer you will be enrolled in the Virgin Wine Club and will receive a new shipment of wine every quarter. Be sure to cancel if you only want these super affordable 15 bottles!


Treat Yourself

Striped Circle Skirt

How adorable is this Striped Circle Skirt? I loved it before learning that it is made out of scuba material (my current favorite — it’s so forgiving!) AND it’s on sale! Through the end of the day you can grab it from Cents of Style for $29.95 and it’ll ship for free with code “HANNAH”.


3 Sales You Don’t Wanna Miss


Anthropologie Sale

Take an extra 20% off all sale items at Anthropologie with code “SALEAWAY” plus receive free shipping on ALL orders with code “HAPPYDAY”. Both promotions are only valid through tomorrow, July 29, 2015.

Eclipsed Eyelet Skirt – originally $158, on sale for $79.95, now $63.96 // Petaluma Turban – originally $38, on sale for $19.95, now $15.96 // Manon Kimono Top – originally $148, on sale for $79.95, now $63.96


Eddie Bauer


Take 25% off your entire Eddie Bauer purchase through August 17, 2015! Use code “AUGUST” at checkout to take advantage of this offer. Shipping is free on all $99+ purchases.

Packable Shirt – normally $50, now $37.50


Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger Sale

Take an EXTRA 50% off all clearance items at Tommy Hilfiger with code “JULY50″. Offer is valid through August 3, 2015.

Sunset Maxi Dress – originally $149, on sale for $89.99, now $44.99 // Mini Boat Blouse – originally $79, on sale for $49.99, now $24.99 // Tonal Layered Dress – originally $129, on sale for $79.99, now $39.99

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