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Spook-tacular Lips

Ok, for many (including me) this might seem like a pretty scary beauty item, but it seems that black is the new red. Check out the limited-edition YSL Gloss Pur Black. It's out of stock on the YSL site, but Neiman Marcus still has it. It's $28. And while for many of us (again, speaking mostly for myself!), the idea of black lipgloss is quite daunting, the advice I've heard is too layer it over a red lipcolor to add depth and shine, so as to not end up looking goth. Happy Halloween, my pretties!

Oh, Happy Day!!

Today, the mailman delivered to me something fabulous!! It was my THREE CUSTOM COLOR SPECIALISTS ' custom-created lipsticks!! I wrote a post on October 1st titled "Really, I Can't Live Without My Lipstick" about the great Three Custom Color Specialists and how I order from them a shade called Once Bitten based on a sample of lipstick from the Diane von Furstenberg beauty line developed few years ago that was discontinued (boo-hoo). I recently ordered four (yup, 4!!!) new tubes (you get a discount if you order more than two, plus a $10 discount when you re-order, so it was worth it). And I desperately needed them - or at least one - I was all out. The only thing good about being out of your go-to-everyday lippie is that it forces you to find something else to wear until those precious tubes of colored happiness arrive in your mailbox. I found in my lipstick bin (yes - my own personal lipstick bin) one named True Mauve from Victoria's Secret that I was really happy…

New Lash Stash!

SEPHORA has come out with another of their way cool mascara samplers called The Lash Stash. This new kit comes with ten, that's right, count 'em, TEN mascara minis. And at $35, that means each one is only $3.50!
The kit includes a 0.12 oz Smashbox Bionic Mascara; a 0.10 oz Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara; a 0.11 oz Vincent Longo The Curl Mascara; a 0.10 Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara; a 0.13 oz Too Faced Lash Injection Pin Point Mascara; a 0.10oz Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara; a .32 oz Urban decay Big Fatty Mascara; a 0.13 oz DuWop Lash Venom Mascara; a 0.13 oz Korres Deep Colour Mascara; and a 0.17 oz Cargo Texas Lash Mascara.
It is a SEPHORA exclusive and limited edition, and I plan on telling my sister about it now so she can get it for me for Christmas! Hey, SEPHORA how about a Christmas Lash Stash - it could be the 12 Days of Mascara!!

Kate's Great - Free Shipping!

Free Shipping on ANY order!! Whoo-hoo!! Thru Oct. 31st. Enter promo code FREESHIP 9 at checkout at KATE SOMERVILLE.

Dolce & Gabbana - The One (For Me)

Oh my god - how do I even begin to convey how much I looooooooooooove this perfume? DOLCE & GABBANA's The One smells so good that I wanted it after smelling it on of those magazine strips. And it does not disappoint in the bottle, or the body lotion, that came in the set my hubbie get for me, and that also included a roll-on vial - great for traveling.

As described by DOLCE & GABBANA:

The top notes radiate a vibrant luminosity, with a sun-touched citrus blend of bergamot and mandarin. Warm fruity notes of luscious lychee and succulent peach add to the delight. The passionate heart evokes an exploding femininity, with an opulent floral soul comprised of madonna lily, muguet and jasmine, creating a distinct, audacious signature. An unexpected hint of plum glows as the base finally blooms with the luscious allure of precious vetyver, accentuated with the lasting warmth of vanilla and sweetened ambery-musk tones. Did you get all that? I'm sure it really does have all those t…

Can't Live Without Featured Product!!!

There is a creamy pink pencil from BENEFIT called Eye Brightthat ICan't Live Without! You see, I have the circles under my eyes that will not go away no matter what. Eight hours of sleep? Still there. Fancy eye creams? Still there. Expensive undereye concealers? Still there. According to my dermatologist, these dark circles are oh-so-lovingly referred to as "tear troughs," and injectible fillers are pretty much the only way to get rid of them (ouch). However, for the needle-shy and those feeling the pinch of these troubling economic times we are living in, Eye Bright is a solution that only costs $20, so it doesn't hurt your wallet or your face. I draw a pink line or two on the dark circles/indentions under my eyes and in the inner corners of my eyes where darkness lurks, and, ouila - instant brightness! It truly helps. It can also be used as a highlighter on the brow bone. I still use regular concealer under my eyes, but the Eye Bright goes right on those really tro…

Prescriptives is My Friend!!!

Check out this amazing sale from PRESCRIPTIVES! You know cosmetics NEVER go on sale at department stores, but Prescriptives is having a Friends & Family Event online. And not just any ol' sale -- 25% off AND free shipping (which you know I looooove my free shipping). Just enter the promo code FRIEND8 at checkout for the FREE SHIPPING!!! This ends tomorrow, 10/24 at 11:59pm est, so don't dilly-dally. I need to stock up on my foundation - Virtual Matte Oil-Control Makeup w/SPF 15. If you need coverage, this gives it to you, but it's not terribly heavy. It really evens out your skin.

But What If You Live In A Blue State?

Stila has come out with a lipstick called Rock the Vote Red in honor of this year's Presidential Election. See, you can be civic-minded AND pretty, too! A percentage of sales of this highly-qualified lipstick will go to Rock The Vote. And if you haven't registered to vote - well, you might be too late (please check your state's registration guidelines), but you could always volunteer to make phone calls or hand out flyers or at least slap a bumper sticker on your car for the candidate you support. Do something!! Like buy a lipstick, perhaps?!
And you know what? Since this is my blog, I want to show my support for Barack Obama! And my fellow Univ. of Delaware alum Joe Biden(no, we didn't attend at the same time, just went to the same school- many years apart). Go Dems!But I will say, Sarah Palin gets my vote for best lip color and overall makeup - any ideas what she's got going on there in terms of brands and shades?

New York & Co. - Pink at the Mall

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, New York & Company is offering their Spirited Pink Lip Gloss for $3 with any purchase (regularly $6). During the entire month of October, $1 of every limited edition lip gloss sold will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. While supplies last.
So, hit the mall and spend a little green to help pink!

Nordstrom Beauty Gift!

With the purchase of $100 in beauty or fragrance items, Nordstrom will "give" you a croc-embossed train case filled with 15 deluxe samples. And there are some good ones:
Fekkai Glossing™ Shampoo and Cream Packettes (0.3 oz. each)
Clarins Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum (0.1 oz.)
Lancôme Absolue Ultimate ßx Serum (0.33 oz.)
Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream (0.24 oz.)
BVLGARI Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum Natural Spray (0.05 oz.)
Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash (0.24 oz.)
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream (0.17 oz.)
Kinerase® Clear Skin Regulating Mask (0.24 oz.)
Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer (0.5 oz.)
Too Faced Lash Injection Extreme Thickening & Lengthening Mascara (0.17 oz.)
Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash (1 oz.)
MARC JACOBS Daisy Eau de Toilette Spray (0.04 oz.)
Bare Escentuals® Paraben-Free Mineral Veil (0.2 oz.)
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist 'Cashmere Silk' Packette (0.03 oz.)
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Eau de Parfum Spray (0.05 oz.)
Online an…

Bobbi Brown Loves Pink

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Bobbi Brown has created this exclusive, limited-edition set featuring Pink Quartz Glitter Lip Gloss and Tulle Lip Color. Pink Quartz is a pale silvery pink that works beautifully with Tulle, a soft pink. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the Pink Ribbon Collection will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Help make a difference. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, is offering Free Standard Shipping with any order that includes the NEW Pink Ribbon Collection. Enter offer code at checkout*: PINK08*Offer code required. One time use. Valid only on 9/29/08-10/31/08 (midnight ET or while supplies last).
So pretty, and for such a great cause!

Go Yellow for Pink!!

Make a dramatic different with this special limited-edition of that beloved Clinique moisturizer, Dramatically Different™ Moisturizing Lotion, and help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation find a way to prevent and cure breast cancer. $10.00 from your purchase helps support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Includes FREE Clinique “C” charm and Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon key chain. C'mon -- go buy one (or two, or ten). You know you want to!!

Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I'm going PINK to feature beauty products that give back -- products whose proceeds, or some part of the proceeds, go towards supporting breast cancer research.

Let's find a cure -- and if we can stay pretty while doing that, even better!!!

It's Here: Estee LauderTurboLash Mascara is Now In Stock

The new "it" product is now in stock. Estee Lauder's TurboLash , that is. Are you going to try this vibrating mascara?? I'm not sure if I am or not. I just can't decide if it's really worth the $30, or if it's just a gimmick.

From It's the world's first "turbo-charged" motion mascara with a vibrating brush. An innovation of design and engineering. Auto-powered, patent pending*, and precision-engineered to achieve lash effects you never thought possible. Turn on the power and the brush does the rest. Feel the buzz, as the gently vibrating LashSonic Brush™ with micro-pulse bristles works its magic, moving rapidly through lashes. Continuously separates and saturates lashes with a rapid release gel formula. Finds lashes you didn't even know you had (don't all mascaras claim that?!) and coats them instantly and perfectly. Creates the ideal lash effect—maximum volume, length, curl and separation—all at once. The motion…

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. This staggering statistic resonated deeply with the members of the Total Beauty blog community, many of whom have been personally touched by the disease. In the spirit of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,, in partnership with its network of beauty blogs, is hosting a month-long initiative that integrates breast cancer awareness, breast cancer research fundraising and beauty giveaways to engage women in the quest for a cure.

Total Beauty - Total Cure is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection, and arming women with the knowledge they need to take control of their health, bringing us one step closer to a world without breast cancer.
"As a hereditary breast cancer survivor, I know the importance of early detection. Research is the key to increasing survivorship and finding a cure. I am more optimistic than ever that it's possible. I am thrilled that …

Really, I "Can't Live Without My Lipstick"!

The fact that I call my beauty blog "Can't Live Without My Lipstick", I thought I would write about finding out that my favorite, used-everyday lipstick was discontinued, and thinking "how will I live without my lipstick??!!" I'm sure you all can feel my pain having discovered at some point that your favorite lipstick, or eyeshadow, fragrance, body lotion, whatever - name your beauty poison -had been eliminated! My well-loved but doomed lipstick was from Diane von Furstenberg's makeup line that she had a couple of years ago for about, oh, ten minutes. She still has a few beauty items, but not the full line. My pick was a lipstick called Once Bitten. It was a great pinky-beige (yes, the favorite neutral lip color, boring, I know, but we all want it, right?), but it had a slight sheen, so it wasn't heavy and matte, but also not sheer where it would disappear after half-an-hour, and it just seemed to be the closest to a perfect everyday lipstick I have…