Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday BLISS

Great deal from BLISS - with your $50 purchase, get Free Shipping and double dose of Body Butter in Vanilla & Bergamot and Lemon & Sage (a $24 value), also for FREE!! Enter 118915 at checkout to take advantage of this Blissful offering. Place your order by 12/2.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

At Nordstrom: For the first time ever-- Trina Turk for CLINIQUE. The chic fashion designer's favorite Clinique beauty essentials, in an exclusive cosmetics bag designed by Trina herself. Isn't it beautiful? It's been a while since I've gotten a Clinique bonus, but this GWP wil be mine! I plan on buying the Even Better™ Skin Tone Corrector to get it (a review will follow in approx 4-6 weeks - how long Clinique estimates before I see results). Gift is yours with any $25 Clinique purchase. A $65 value.

Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser (1.7 oz.)
Zero Gravity Repairwear
Lift Firming Cream (0.5 oz.)
Multi-Compact with Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo
in Beach Plum and Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover
Lash Doubling Mascara (0.14 oz.)
Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bamboo Pink
Long Last Lipstick in Coral
Silvery Lipstick Case
Elegant travel bag designed exclusively for Clinique by Trina Turk

Online and in store. One per person, while supply lasts.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Who Cares What It Smells Like!

This is a perfume review of a perfume I have NOT smelled! Ok, I'll admit it, I really could care less about the perfume. I've fallen for the superficial - the beautiful outside, not the inside that's supposed to be what you're supposed to love. The new VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Feerie Eau de Parfum is what has caught my fancy. And I mean fancy - the bottle is so gorgeous! It really seems more like an objet d'art rather than a the means by which to contain a fragrance. The base of the bottle is like a large blue sapphire and it is topped with a sleek silver "branch" upon which a tiny silver fairy is perched. And I'm not talking Tinkerbell here. Now, I have found memories of Tinkerbell, but I am no longer five years old and am over the fairy thing. But this fairy (or "FĂ©erie") is an elegant bit of whimsy that is all grown up. This is one of those bottles that belongs front and center on a beautiful vanity, where a woman sits in a white satin robe and daintily applies her makeup (flawlessly, of course), and then as the last step in her beauty ritual, dabs a scent behind her ears from a stunning jewel-like flacon. Ah, how lovely - great fantasy, too bad that's not me, but I still would love to have this bottle on my dresser.

Now here's to hoping its scent is as winning as its bottle's design. Here's what the blend is:

• Top notes: Violet, Red Berries (Black Currant) Italian Mandarin.
• Middle notes: Bulgarian Rose and Egyptian Jasmine.
• Bottom Notes: Iris Butter and Vetiver.

Available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. 3.3 oz. $150.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Amazing Allure/NARS Giveaway

I realize I am decreasing my own odds of winning this fantastic NARS collection by telling others to enter this contest, but I just had to share because, I mean, look at this prize!! For the NARS Orgasm blush lover, there is now a whole NARS Orgasm line, complete with lip gloss, highlighter, nail polish, and the new Super Orgasm blush. This month, enter for your chance to win all of the above, plus NARS's complete fall collection, and a set of brushes, worth more than $900. I enter tons of contests (I did win a Physician's Formula bronzer once), and this is one I really would love to win. I mean, REALLY. Click here to enter this contest, and to check out ALLURE's other great giveaways.

Monday, November 10, 2008

More Dylan Lauren News...

For those of you in NYC or Dallas, go meet Dylan Lauren, owner of Dylan's Candy Bar—the coolest candy store ever—and now creator of Re-Treat, a mouthwatering new bath and body collection. She'll be on hand to autograph Re-Treat products, satisfy your sweet tooth (yup, she's bringing candy!), and answer all your beauty questions. Stop by and indulge in yummy treats!

Sephora Times Square
November 13
12 pm - 2 pm: Personal Appearance by Dylan Lauren

Sephora Northpark Mall
November 14
2 pm - 4 pm: Personal Appearance by Dylan Lauren
P.S. I want one of those cute tanks she is wearing in the photo! Of course, I've eaten too much candy to look like she does in hers...

DYLAN LAUREN is a girl after my own heart! First, she opens a kickass candy store, and, now, she's created a line of beauty products based on scrumptious treats you might find at Dylan's Candy Bar. The line, called
Re-Treat Bath & Body, has bath & shower gels, body lotions, & creams, scrubs & exfoliants, and lip balms. These products come in such yummy "flavors" as Chocolate Cupcake, Birthday Cake Batter, Strawberry Licorice and Coconut Bon Bon. Here's a description of the products:

Body Smoothie Lotion: Shake things up and quench your skin's thirst with this light-weight hydrating lotion.

Candy Butter Cream: Who says you can't eat your cake and wear it too? This decadent topping is the icing on the cake for your skin.

Ice Cream Sugar Scrub: Had a rough day? Scrub the stress away and splurge on this calorie-free remedy!

Candy Lip Saver: A nutrient packed, mouth watering lip treatment. Lips should always be candy-luscious and sweet to kiss!

Soda Pop Shower Gel: Give your skin a sweet refreshing drink! Pop it open and energize your body with this invigorating cleanser.

The Re-Treat line can also be purchased at Sephora. I've not had the chance to sample any of these sweet treats yet, but I certainly want to. And a no-calorie treat is something that is right up my alley these days...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Where's The Love, Sephora?

SEPHORA is having a Friends & Family sale. But I had to hear from someone else. C'mon, Sephora, aren't I one of your friends? One of your best friends??!! In fact, I'm closer to you than some of my family members - why didn't you tell me first?!

Anyhoo...the deal is: 20% off!!!! Yes, 20% off your merchandise orders (which I am assuming means the offer is not valid on gift cards, though that'd be pretty awesome). Enter code FF2008 at checkout. Valid 11/6 - 11/10. And, remember, orders over $50 get free shipping.

This is a great opportunity to grab some gifts for your friends & family while saving some dough. Or, you can forward the offer to your friends & family and let them save some $ while buying you something (aren't you considerate?!). And don't forget, Sephora has s a gift registry, so you can make your friends' & family's shopping for you really easy!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

She Can't Live Without Her Lipstick, Either!

That's my 3 year old, Sammie. She "loves Mommy's makeup," as you can see. At least she decided on the $1.79 NYC lipstick I had floating around my makeup bag, rather than the $24 NARS Catfight lippie I just bought!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

It Doesn't Do It All, But It Does Enough

Recently, the sole cosmetic/beauty product store in my town went out of business. The store was called Plain Jane, and they had an amazing selection of products (it certainly was not because of me that they went out of business!). They had a closing sale: 50% off everything!! Not the time for my hubbie to be out of a job. I really could have done some damage, but I controlled myself, and bought only $85 worth of stuff (that's after the half-off discount). One of the things I picked up was BUMBLE AND BUMBLE's does it all Styling Spray. I used it a few times, thought it was ok, very light hold, but nothing special as a hairspray. Then, I read the back of the can and realized it's not really a hairspray in the traditional Aqua Net sense. Before styling, you are instructed to hold about 10 inches away from hair and spray in fluid, even strokes; when using with heat tools, separate hair into sections and mist each just prior to contact. So I did that before using my hot rollers, and it did the trick! I have fine hair, but a decent amount of it, and my curls tend to fall a lot sooner then I would like. But at the end of the day after using does it all, my curls were still in place and my hair had a good amount of fullness left (I'm a big hair girl, y'all - lived in Atlanta for a while). I'm still stuck on hairspray, but anything that can keep curls in without making my hair crunchy, is a great buy - I may even pay full price next time!