Tuesday, February 11, 2014

100% Pure Giveaway

Hey lovelies!

So, 100% Pure is giving away a year supply of makeup. Now, I may just shown you a haul of a year's supply of makeup, but who can say no to free makeup! I can't even say no to makeup I pay for.

Click here to enter!

Good luck, and may the makeup odd be ever in your favor!



February Haul Part Uno~

Hey lovelies!

Here's a few hauls I did early this month that I never got around to putting up.

First up, Ulta!

I grabbed Too Faced Natural Face, since I love the Secret to No Makeup version. Smashbox Full Exposure because I love palettes, and Naked 2 so my Naked 1 and 3 didn't feel lonely. I got this all for 20% off coupon, since Ulta is including more and more brands with their coupons. The SA threw in a PTR Wrinkle cream and Neck cream for free at checkout, both are deluxe samples. Sephora should really up its instore sample game, just sayin'

ToykoMilk! I got the Modern Love and Dead Sexy Valentine sets. The Dead Sexy set came with the makeup bag, the hand cream, and the perfume.

Modern Love is a set with 3 different scents, each comes in two vials. You can mix and match, layer, or wear them separately.  It also came with a Kabuki candle, and a Bon Bon lip balm in Iced Green Tea. I also got a free Bon Bon lip balm in Sweet Cream by signing up for email and using the code sweetcream at checkout.

Clarisonic! When I registered my Sephora Purchased Clarisonic at Clarisonic.com, along with activating my warranty, I received a $20 dollar off any $50 purchase code. Clarisonic was also giving a discount if you bought 2 cleansing products or serums, so I purchased the Detoxifying Clay Mask, Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, and Luxe Velvet Body Brush. The Velvet Body Brush is sooo soft, I love it.

Multiple Sephora trips!

I grabbed Philosophy's Popcorn Topping and Ice Cream set, Gucci's Gorgeous Gardenia (3x points!), Shiseido eyelash curler, Korres Butter Indulgences Cheek and Lip color set, Korres Lip Butter Glaze in Wild Rose, Pomegranate, and Raspberry, Korres Greek Yogurt Nourishing Lip Cooler in Raspberry, YSL Babydoll Mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascaran, Sephora Flatter Yourself Contouring Brush Set, Lorac Oh La Lace Palette, Lorac Little Black Palette,  ToykoMilk Dark Cherry Bourbon and Salted Caramel Lip Balms, Sephora Pro Precision Brush 59, Bvlagri Omni Crystalline (free from scent certificate), Too Faced 3 way lash lining tool, and Sephora Blowdry clips. All the Korres and Lorac products were on sale, since Sephora is no longer carrying Lorac or Korres Cosmetics.

My samples and point perks were Tarte Dollface Clay blush,  Gucci Flora Mirror, Balenciaga Florabotancia, Glamglow eye mask and Youthmud, Dior lipstick in Dolce Vita, Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum, Flora by Gucci Eau de Fraiche, Living Proof Targeted Repair Cream, and Eau de Cartier sample set.

I still have more coming as well, since I did a big indie haul.

Well lovelies, since I have no idea where to start, if you have a product you're dying to see review, let me know. 

I aim to please.



Clinique Gift With Purchase!

Hey lovelies!

I am the gift with purchase elf lately, bringing you all new reasons to spend money. I promise to have some actual reviews up lately, my professional life is interfering with my hobby!

Bloomingdales is offering a free 8 piece gift when you spend $32 or more. It's available online and in stores. You get a choice between two different color sets, as well as mascara and skincare.

Might be a good time to pick up one of these cuties!

Who here buys makeup because of the packaging or embossing? 

Just me?

Ok :<



Monday, February 10, 2014

Bliss Gift With Purchase

Hey lovelies!

Bliss has some of the best GWPs around, and they are constantly doing them. I discovered my favorite mask of the moment, Bliss Triple Oxygen, through their Holiday GWP.  So, I'm sharing the free gift love with you, loves, so you can find some new loves. (Can you tell I'm ready for Valentine's Day? )

First up is the February Beauty Bag. It's free with a $125 purchase, and Bliss is valuing it as $155.

I see my favorite Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask! It gives such a glowing bright look, and the foamy, bubbling feeling is so fun! 

That wristlet is super cute too! And I spy a black Glam Glow mud mask, it's the small size for free!

Use code Pamper14 at checkout.

If nothing in that bag strikes your fancy, Bliss also has another smaller GWP right now.

With a $75 order, you can receive a gloss and a body butter with the code Datenight14. 

The body butter are ultra luxe, creamy and hydrating. Very thick and great for winter alligator skin. Plus, they are delightful scented. I love the Lemon and Vanilla Bergmot scents from the line. 

With a $125 order, you get a poetic waxing kit plus the other items. Personally, I think the Pamper bag is the better value for $125, but in case you were desperately in need of a wax for V Day, here's an option.

What are everyone's Valentine's Day plans? 

I'm having a Galentine's Dinner at the Melting Pot! Chocolate and drinks are the best balm for a broken heart.



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dr Brandt Loves You

Hey lovelies!

Dr Brandt is having a buy one get one 50% off sale for a selected group of products. You can mix and match as well, so you are getting your favorites.

Some of my personal favorites are included, like the Glow Overnight Resurfacing Serum and the Pores no more pore refiner.

They also have a special offer of the DNA line for $295, instead of the $425 for each product individually. So you are saving $130. I haven't tried the DNA line, but the Transforming Pearl Serum looks interesting to me.  

What's your favorite Dr. Brandt product lovelies?



UD FF 2014

 Hey lovelies!

Urban Decay is having their friends and family sale right now! You can score 20% off of anything, except the Naked 3 palette.

I just grabbed the Dangerous Palette (on sale for $16! from the original $36), Turn On and Protest Revolution Lipsticks (Protest is an UD.com exclusive) and Flushed, an UD.com exclusive lip color pencil, as well as the oft hailed Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush.


What are you lovelies hauling?



Friday, February 7, 2014

Bare Escentuals Spring Preview

Hey Lovelies!

Bare Esecntuals is offering a sneak peek of their new spring launches.

There are 6 new products in the lineup.

First up is the Flawless Complexion Essentials Kit.

It's a very customizable kit. You can choose any foundation, including the original or the new ready, any concealer or brightener, and any blush, bronzer, luminzer, or all over face color from the ready or original formulas. It also includes your choice of a face brush, and a Mini Prime Time Foundation Primer, Mineral Veil finishing powder,  Flawless Application Face Brush, and  Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush. 

It's $170 for $75.

Next up is a BB Primer Cream. This seems like an interesting concept, a bb cream that you can wear alone but is light enough to double as a primer. 

Here's how Bare Escentuals is describing it
"Perfect, protect and prime—at the same time. With a hint of skin-perfecting coverage, this multi-tasking BB primer-cream immediately diminishes the appearance of discoloration, uneven skin tone and imperfections while providing broad spectrum SPF 30 protection and defense against environmental stressors. Plus the silky, smooth formula combats flaky dryness, excess oil and the appearance of pores to perfectly prep skin for a flawless foundation application."

This will retail for $26 and is only available in light or medium. Hopefully bareMinerals comes out with darker shades for our dark complected cuties.

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the Mineral Veil, BareMinerals is launching a travel mineral veil that dispenses the mineral veil through the brush and on to the skin. Sounds like a great travel friendly idea, however, some similar products are notorious for clogging.  This will come in both original and tinted versions, and retails for $26.

This is the set I am most excited about! It's the First Resort bronzing collection. It contains a fan brush, a color booster in the Beach is Waiting and a Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Party Starter. Love the rose gold detailing! Moxie lipglosses are amazing, and the bronzer looks great! This set retails for $35. 

The sneak peek sale ends soon! You have to use this link http://minerals.bareescentuals.com to see the upcoming launches. (Not an affiliate link, I get nothing if you click on it :p )



Balm Flash Sale!

Hey lovelies,

Quick heads up, theBalm is having a  flash sale. Because of technical problems, they are saying on their Facebook page that the sale is extended beyond the 12pm-1pm time frame. Everything is 50% off.

I love theBalm's eyeshadows, blushes, and their delicious strawberry banana smelling lipglosses. Plus, their packaging and names are adorable.

I grabbed the BalmJovi Palette, Balm Voyage Palette, Daddy's Girl lipgloss and Downboy blush. What are you ladies picking up?



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BirchBox Giveaway!

Hey Lovelies!

Just a quick heads up about Birchbox's giveaway. They're giving away over $300 of hair products Fekkai.

Here's the link to enter!


Do any of your lovelies do a subscription box? I was thinking of trying Julep's even though I have a ton of nail polish.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Beauty Haul Part II

Hey lovelies!

Here's the second part of my January Beauty Haul!

Nars Final Cut is Limited Edition and exclusive to Nordstroms.
Dior and Guerlain's Spring lines are available at Sephora and Nordstroms.

Sephora Haul!
-Sephora Favorites Skin Cleanse
-Ole Henriksen Express The Truth
-I Love NY Perfume sample
-CLINIQUE Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector deluxe sample duo  (code BetterDuo)
-Naked Butter from Soap and Glory
-Formula X  Point Perk
-Buxom Katie Point Perk

Nordstroms (Love the Beauty Rewards Program!)
Nars Adelaide Illuminator
Nars Stourhead Lip Pencil
Nars Villa Lante Lip Pencil
Nars Descanso Lip Pencil
Nars Sex Fantasy Blush
Dior Nail Polish Perle 
Dior Nail Polish Porcelaine
Dior Rouge Lipstick Rose Crinoline
Dior Rouge Lipstick Allegresse 
Guerlain Meteorites Bubble Blush Twinkle Pink
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Attrape Coeur
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Insolence
-Philosophy Full of Promise for eyes
-Aveda Damage Remedy Hair Repair
-Dot Marc Jacobs
-Issey Miyake L'eau d'issey Florale
-Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Fibroblast anti-aging moisturizer
-SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream
-Kate Somerville nourish daily moisturizer
-Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfum
-Clinique Repairware laser focus

Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso

Sex Fantasy Blush

Top to Bottom: Sex Fantasy Blush, Descanso, Villa Lante, Stourhead 
Righ: Adelaide Illuminator

Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Insolence and Attrape Coeur

Rouge Dior Allegresse and Rose Crinoline 

Guerlain Bubble Brush Twinkle Pink

Left to Right: Insolence, Attrape Coeur, Allegresse, Rose Crinoline
Bottom: Meteorite Bubble Blush in Twinkle Pink

Left: Meteorite Bubble Blush in Twinkle Pink
Top to Bottom:  Insolence, Attrape Coeur, Allegresse, Rose Crinoline

Dior Nail Polish Perle and Porcelaine

Are you beauties going to pick up anything from the Spring Lines?



Saturday, February 1, 2014

And God Created NARS

Hey lovelies!

During my winter shopping spree,  I picked up And God Created the Woman Set.

It's an eyeshadow palette with primer and a eyeshadow brush.  The six eyeshadow pans contain .03 oz of product.  The Smudge Proof Eyeshadow primer is .09 oz. The eyeshadow brush is number 3 from their collection.

The eyeshadows are from left to right
Top Row: Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari
Bottom Row: Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing

Alhambra, Bellisima, Kalahari

Galapagos, Coconut Grove, Night Clubbing

The shadows were pigmented and there was no fallout from the dark or glittery shades. The shade were on the most part on par with regular line. The two darkest shades were a little less buttery, but workable.

The shadow brush was soft and excellent quality. I don't have any other brushes from Nars, but with the quality of this one, I would definitely look in to purchasing more.

The primer was great. It dries down to a clear base and doesn't change the color of the shadows like some tinted primers do.

This palette is great for creating a sexy, dramatic smokey eye.  Nars eyeshadows run $25 normally, so for price of less than 3 shadows, you get 3 more shadows, a brush and a primer.

And God Created Woman is $59, exclusively at Sephora.

One Night Stand or Steady Relationship?

Francois Nars is my make up boyfriend and can do no wrong.  Steady Relationship.



Confession, I'm a NARSissist

Hey lovelies!

So I got my hot little hands on the NARSissist palette, and I'm here to swatch for you. I know the reviews are mixed, but I love it. The majority of the shades are buttery and pigmented, only taking a swipe through the pan to get a vibrant color. I didn't notice a problem with fall out or chalkiness, like some reviews said. I have had NARs palettes in the past that  had a slight decrease in quality compared to the singles, but I do not find that to be a problem here.

The palette is $79 at Sephora. It's pricey for a palette, but Nars shadows run $24 a pop, so if you were wanting to try at least 4 shades, it's definitely worth the price of admission.  The palette has 15 shades. The pans are  1g /.03 oz, which makes it the same size as the Chocolate Bar from Too Faced. I know some people were worried it was small, but I don't find it as tiny as it was made out to be.

When looking through my outlandish palette collection, I couldn't find a dupable palette. I know neutrals are all the rage, but I didn't find the color composition of this palette similar to any of the Nakeds or TF Chocolate Bar.

On to the swatches! This were all done over UD antiaging primer with a flat brush.

Size Comparison between the Too Faced Palette and the NARSissist Palette.

From L-R

Top Row: All About Eve I, Madrague II,  Fez, Bali
Bottom Row: Coconut Grove, Madrague I, Nepal, Ashes to Ashes
Natural Light

Indoor Light

Top Row: Brousse II, Mekong, Bellisima I, 
Bottom Row: Llasa, Bad Behavior, Dogon II, Pandora II

Indoor Light

Natural Light

I/II refers to the left and right sides of a duo.

The only two shades I had trouble with were Dogon II and Pandora II, the last two and darkest shades. They were a bit chalky and required a few more swipes to apply evenly.

One Night Stand or Steady Relationship?

Steady Relationship. This palette is an outstanding offer from NARS, and far superior to the quality of the palettes they've released before. Buttery, pigmented, this is the grown up sexy older sister to the Naked Palettes.