Sephora VIB Appreciation Sale Mini Haul

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Hi all! I did a little haul during the recent Sephora VIB Appreciation sale.¬† I’m currently just an Insider (I usually shop at Ulta). I’m close to being a VIB, which will be nice for the next sale!

Here are the products I purchased.¬† There’s swatches at the end:

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Stila¬†Glitter On The Go Liquid Eye Shadow Set¬†($25) I’ve been wanting to try these for a while.¬†¬†The shades are:

Rose Gold Retro Рrose gold & silver                                                                                         Kitten Karma Рchampagne, silver & copper                                                                   Smoldering Satin Рdeep tan & silver

I think these are so pretty, but they are sooooo glittery.¬† I tried them on and they left glitter all over my face.¬† These definitely aren’t an every day product, so I have to firgure out where to wear them!

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BITE BEAUTY¬†French Press Lip Gloss¬†($18 USD) —¬†¬†This collection of lip glosses contains hydrating coffee butters and arabica cold press coffee oil, and has a sweet mocha flavor.

I have heard a lot about this and especially the shade I got, Flat White. I have fair/light skin, but this is still a bit light for me. And it has more coverage than I thought it would.¬† It’s not sheer.¬† But If I use it over a darker liner or lipstick, I think it will look nice.¬† And it does feel creamy on, not sticky.¬† So I’ll continue using it.

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This is the¬†Natasha Denona¬†Super Glow Highlighter ($38 USD) —¬†This super-soft, lightweight formula melts into the skin. It gives a glass-like strobing effect thanks to its high concentration of crushed and milled chroma crystals mixed with crushed pearls.

I have this in the fair shade, Icy Ivory.¬† It’s so gorgeous!¬† But, it’s not really an every day glow.¬† But I want to use it everyday because the glow looks healthy as well as booming!¬† So I like to brush a little translucent powder on top to tone it down. I kind of want this in¬†Light Medium¬†– nude champagne next.

Swatches:

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From left to right -Bite lip gloss in Flat White, Stila Glitter & Glow in Rose Gold Retro, Kitten Karma, Smoldering Satin, and Natasha Denona highlighter in Fair.

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I chose 3 freebies.¬† The¬†Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara¬†is so amazing.¬† I was going to buy a full-sized at the Ulta sale on Friday, but I didn’t make it to the store.¬† This is a decent little size, so I’ll take it.¬† I am looking forward to trying the Marc Jacobs Shameless primer and foundation.¬† I did’t choose the Rahua shampoo an condition, but I’ll use them.

Did you shop the latest Sephora sale? What did you pick up? I have been shopping the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale (and I’m not done yet).¬† I will be doing at least one post on that sale!

 

 

 

Glamour + Birchbox = Awesome Products To Sample!

Glamour Birchbox

To celebrate their ‚ÄúFive Senses of Summer‚ÄĚ July issue (on stands now), Glamour has partnered with Birchbox to stimulate the senses of beauty junkies everywhere.

If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, it is a deluxe sampling program that you can have shipped to your house monthly for just $10 per month!

Curated by Glamour’s beauty editors, the July box features treats from the following brands, among others:

See It: stila and Color Club to showcase the latest cosmetics trends

Hear It: Custom designed headphones and a Glamour edited “prettifying” playlist on Spotify ‚Äď plus a month of free premium service on Spotify in every box

Feel It: AHAVA and Alterna¬ģ for skin and hair that feels silky smooth

Smell It: Oscar de la Renta fragrance to keep you uplifted

Taste It: L√ĄRABAR and Tea Fort√© for your snack cravings

You can shop full size Glamour picks and sign up now to get the Glamour box (while supplies last) at Birchbox.com.

You can also follow @birchbox and @glamourmag for brand updates on Twitter.

I may be receiving a Glamour Birchbox and when I do, I will review it on my blog.

Enjoy!

New Beauty.Com Gift With Purchase May 2012

This limited edition offering arrives complete with more than a dozen deluxe and full-size samples from some of the leading brands at the Beauty.com¬ģ web store* including:

1.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Smashbox¬ģ Camera Ready BB Cream, SPF 35

2.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Arcona¬ģ White Tea Purifying Cleanser

3.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† NUXE‚ĄĘ Fondant Body Scrub

4.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Stila¬ģ Prime Pot Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer, Taffy

5.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Fekkai¬ģ Brilliant Glossing Cream

6.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† tarte¬ģ rise & shine natural lip stain & lip-enhancing lipgloss – FULL SIZE

7.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† DDF¬ģ Amplifying Elixir

8.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Nick Chavez¬ģ Volumizing Shampoo

9.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ~H2O+‚ĄĘ Spa Hand and Nail Cream

10.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Boscia¬ģ Green Tea Blotting Linens

11.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† bareMinerals¬ģ Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Combination Skin

12.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† IT Cosmetics¬ģ Bye Bye Under Eye – Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer

13.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Murad¬ģ Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles

14.         Card for $5 off any future Beauty.com purchase

About Beauty.com ‚Äď The World of Beauty Online¬ģ

Beauty.com, Inc. is a leading online destination for prestige beauty products. The web store provides a highly personalized shopping experience and offers more than 350 brands from widely recognized to niche, hard-to-find products.

The bag is a Lela Rose creation.  Lela Rose’s aesthetic of adding whimsy to elegance through brilliant color and hand crafted details has brought a fresh view to modern American fashion. Lela was raised in Texas and went to school in Colorado where nature, its surrounding landscapes, and the sublime colors it offers have long been an inspiration. Today, Lela continues to draw from these early influences as she designs clothes for the modern sophisticated woman who embodies a spirit of effortless elegance.

I think that this is a great collection of samples (and a really cool makeup bag).¬† I have been dying to try Smashbox’s BB Cream.¬† I may review this once I receive the sample.¬† Also, the Stila eye primer looks promising — I haven’t tried an eye primer in a pot before.¬† And a full-sized tarte lip stain — awesome!

Visit www.beauty.com to purchase.  Enjoy!

Introducin‚Äčg “Color Me Stila” Virtual Makeover iPhone/iPa‚Äčd App

Want to try on makeup without the mess or looking like a clown?¬†Stila‚Äôs innovative new‚ÄúColor Me Stila‚ÄĚ iPhone/iPad app was designed to work with their Dream in Full Color holiday collection. It‚Äôs available for download now at the iTunes store.

The app utilizes patented ModiFace¬†facial recognition and virtual try-on technology, making it possible for you to ‚Äúpaint‚ÄĚ a wide range of makeup looks on your own photo using actual Stila¬†shades. The ModiFace makeover technology ensures the virtual product application always look perfect ‚Äď not clownish.

Stila’s makeup is always pretty, so now matter what look you choose, I’m sure you’ll look great!¬† Also, visit www.stilacosmetics.com or Sephora stores to purchase the palette or the lip glosses featured.¬† Enjoy!

Hot Holiday Makeup Palettes To Give (and Receive)!

Makeup palettes are fabulous gifts for any lady.  Below, I am featuring products in a variety of prices from $15 to $65 so you can find a very nice gift on any budget!  Also, each company has many different holiday gifts in different price ranges.  So check out their sites and have fun shopping!

Pixi Fake Awake Kit – Power-Nap ($28 USD on sale now for $23.80 USD) from the Pixi line. This makeup comes in lovely hues of pink for your cheeks and lips. These versatile colors can be dressed up or down.¬†¬†If you’re tired and lacking some serious nap time, let the Fake Awake Kit from Pixi‚ĄĘ perk up your look! Kit contains:¬†Lip/Cheek Tint, Lip Gloss,¬† Awakening Powder, Setting Powder and 4 Concealers.¬† Available at Target and www.target.com.

Jemma Kidd Glamour Kit Palette ($48 USD)¬†¬†— This all-in-one glamour kit will let you easily create an array of ultimate party looks in an instant. Developed exclusively for Space NK, Jemma Kidd Makeup School brings you the all-in-one ‚Äė60s inspired Glamour Kit. This of the moment palette includes a two-in-one priming eye and lip base to enhance colour pigment and ensure long-lasting results; a selection of 4 versatile eye shadows in neutral, taupe, charcoal and an illuminating silver to open the eye area for that iconic ‚Äė60s doe-eye; a high pigment black cr√®me liner to give high-definition; and a lightweight lip and cheek flush for a natural finish. Apply with mini Jemma Kidd Make Up School essential shadow and liner duo brush applicators. You can find this at www.spacenk.com.¬† There is also a lovely palette at Urban Outfitters and you can find tons of great JK¬†Jemma Kidd sets and stocking stuffers at Target and www.target.com.

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Baked Eye Colour Palette ($48 USD) —¬†Enhance eyes this holiday season with Laura‚Äôs stunning new Baked Eye Colour Palette.¬† In shades of warm bronze, cool pink and smoky lilac, this beautiful palette features a range of five Baked Eye Colours, plus a mini Double-Ended Eye Colour/ Cr√®me Eye Detail Brush for flawless application.¬†¬†The palette includes 5 shades: sienna, terracotta, ballet pink, pink petal and lilac.¬† You can find this at www.lauramercier.com.

Mally More Perfect Palette ($65 USD) — The latest edition of Mally‚Äôs favorite colors all delivered in a single beautiful Palette, with a gorgeous lipgloss, three brushes and a fierce travel pouch. Everything you need for a fast face on the go, Two Blushers (Mally‚Äôs look & Romantic), six gorgois eye shadows (Mally‚Äôs Glow, Browlight, Natural, Shimmering Taupe, Broadway Bronze and Nolita Navy), an eye shadow base, an all over Luminizer, And Blossom, one of Mally‚Äôs favorite lipcolors.¬† Available at¬†www.mallybeauty.com.

Stila Dream in Full Color Palette ($39 USD $366 value)¬†—¬† makes creating endless color combinations a reality. With 29 Eye Shadow shades, seven Cheek Colors and a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray, it‚Äôs easy to dream up a different look for each holiday party ‚Äď day or night. For step-by-step instructions, a 16-page artistry lookbook expertly demonstrates how to apply ‚Äď empowering everyone to be their own pro artist. www.stilacosmetics.com

e.l.f. Studio Holiday 144-Piece Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette ($15 USD) — Looking for the ultimate gift for you or someone special on your list?¬†e.l.f.’s limited edition Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette features 144 gorgeous shades to create endless eye looks for the makeup artist in all of us. From bright blue hues to perfect plums, rich neutrals and sparkling charcoals, these long-lasting, pigmented shadows are ideal for creating vivid day and night looks that reflect your personal style. Discover beautiful eyes with the Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette! This sleek palette comes packaged in a sparkling silver glitter box for instant holiday glam! www.eyeslipsface.com

Great Gift With Purchase From Erickson Beamon Jewelry and Beauty.com

Just in time for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping sprees, Beauty.com announces the launch of the Erickson Beamon China Club bag, an encore offering from the renowned designers behind the Erickson Beamon jewelry collection. Starting today, this holiday exclusive will be available for free with any $100 purchase via www.Beauty.com/EricksonBeamon.Filled with a variety of beauty samples, this bag is valued at $150 and will be available while supplies last ‚Äď so please encourage your readers to grab one while they can‚Ķ without having to face the crazy crowds at the mall.

“As customers prepare for the holiday season, great gifts with purchase like the China Club bag really showcase our enhanced assortment,‚ÄĚ said Kathleen McNeill, President of Beauty.com. “From skin care, makeup and hair care to great jewelry and accessories, Beauty.com really can be a one-stop shop.”

The silky clutch is covered in a graphic jewelry print and sports two rhinestone zipper pulls, and with celebrity fans including Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna and Katy Perry, this envelope-style wristlet is ideal for holiday gifting or as an evening accessory for your fashion-forward friends.

‚ÄúThe fabric of the bag is actually a print designed from our jewelry. China Club is dramatic and sexy, playful and coy. Best of all, it‚Äôs the perfect little clutch to take out on the town, because in the end, girls just want to have fun,‚ÄĚ said designer Karen Erickson.

Also, don‚Äôt forget that this holiday season, Beauty.com makes it easy to gift your favorite beauty must-haves without ever leaving the house ‚Äď grab Urban Decay Sparkling Edible Body Powder for your single girlfriends, Stila Natural Eye Shadow Palette for your mom and even something for your man with The Perfect Shave Kit from Anthony Logistics For Men. Beauty.com is a one-stop shop for everyone on your list and is offering free shipping with a $25 purchase, with their last day for standard shipping on December 20th at 12pm EST. Save $10 off a purchase of $40 or more by ordering through their holiday catalog, and don‚Äôt fight tooth and nail for that perfect present ‚Äď instead head to Beauty.com for a beautifully stress-free holiday.

Please follow @beautydotcom for discounts and brand updates and visit www.beauty.com to purchase and receive this fab gift.

 

Shop For The Cure — Beauty Products That Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Looking to give to Breast Cancer Awareness and look pretty while you do it?  Invest in beauty products that are helping fight for the cure for breast cancer, like the ones featured here:

For the month of October 2011, Beautyblender, the ultimate make up sponge applicator, will donate 10% of all product sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. With the purchase of a Beautyblender product, not only will you be doing something great for others, but yourself as well! Try the Beautyblender Travel Kit, which retails for $23.95 and is available at http://www.beautyblender.net/.

Capturing small indulgences in a bottle, TOCCA’s Laundry Delicate Washes leave fine fabrics gently fragranced with intoxicating aromas reminiscent of timeless moments. Easy to use for hand-washing or in the washing machine on the delicate cycle, TOCCA’s gentle wash is deal for lingerie, hosiery, intimate apparel, silks, cashmeres and bed linens. TOCCA’s signature scents are now TSA-friendly, available in a portable and reusable bag, making it the ultimate travel companion. Each TOCCA Laundry Delicate (8 oz.) retails for $15.00 and TOCCA Laundry Travel Set (four 2 oz. bottles) retails for $22. All are available online at www.tocca.com. For the month of October 2011, TOCCA will be donating 15% of net proceeds from the sale of its Laundry Delicate line to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

If you purchase e.l.f. Cosmetics Glossy Gloss in Watermelon and Glitter Gloss in Twinkle Pink during the month of October, 100% of the sales goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.The high shine, pigmented Glossy Gloss delivers a beautiful sheen and a rich tint of color to your pout. The intense, show-stopping Glitter Gloss is infused with light-reflecting micropearls.  This non-sticky gloss illuminates lips with sheer brilliance and lots of color. Visit www.elfcosmetics.com to purchase one for $3.00 or both for $6.00.

Stila Positive and Pretty Palette ($14.00)  Get empowered in pink with this limited-edition palette featuring four award-winning Eye Shadows, a Cheek Color and a Highlighter. A mirror is included for on-the-go application and a detailed face chart offers how-to tips and tricks. A total of 10% of proceeds will go to a variety of BCA charities, one of which is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Available at www.stilacosmetics.

Redken Shape Up Your Style ($17.50).¬† Redken is proud to announce it‚Äôs helping support the fight against breast cancer with a limited edition promotion which includes a Redken rough paste 12 working material and a mini version of Redken quick dry 18 instant finishing spray, available now in salons. In conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Redken will make a flat $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure¬ģ in support of their mission to find the cures for breast cancer.¬† Visit www.redken.com for more information.

Pureology PureVolume Collection ($39.00)¬†¬†joins the fight against breast cancer with a limited edition promotion which includes PureologyPureVolume Shampoo, HairCondition and BlowDryAmplifier. It is currently available in participating salons nationwide!I n conjunction with this limited edition promotion, Pureology will make a $20,000 donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure¬ģ in support of their mission to end breast cancer forever.¬† Learn more at www.pureology.com.¬† Enjoy!

Give The Gift Of Beauty With Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier

Makeup palettes are the perfect gift for makeup lovers. Stila, Smashbox and Laura Mercier all have fabulous sets for all of the beauty junkies on your list! 

Stila’s¬†Eye for Color Palette($18.00 USD, $130 value)¬†features 13 new, ultra wearable eye shadow shades for countless, easy-to-create looks!¬† Great gift for that Stila lover on your shopping list! Shades include: Petal Pink, Burgundy, Bronze, Coffee, Moss, Green, Blue Green, Navy, Lilac, Orchid, Porcelain, Bisque and Black. Visit www.stilacosmetics.com or www.ulta.com to purchase.

Smashbox Wish For The Perfect Palette ($59.00 USD, $260.00 ) No wonder this mega palette sells out every year! It’s the biggest, boldest gift you could give any beauty junkie, with nearly 80 shades for endless color combinations of eyes, cheeks and lips. You’ll even get a FREE step-by-step guide to create a festive holiday look. A portion of proceeds benefits the Children’s Miracle Network.

Includes:
49 eye shadows
10 cream eye liners
6 brow powders
1 brow wax
8 lip glosses
2 blush
1 bronzer
1 highlighter
4 mini brushes (eye shadow, eye liner, angled brow and lip)

You can purchase this at www.smashbox.com. 

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Sampler ($48.00 USD) Mix, match and be merry with this amazing selection of fun and festive Laura Mercier Eye Colours ‚Äď packaged in a portable case with a double-ended Eye Colour/Smudge brush for on-the-go application. Shades Include: Sparkling Dew, Chocolate, Latte, Pink Tulip, Ultra Violet, Pink Copper, Mica and Black Ice.¬†Available for a limited time at www.lauramercier.com.

Stila Cosmetics Fall 2010 Color Collection

Stila’s bright and fun 2010 Fall Color Collection is not for the shy! These are bright, bold colors that make a statement. They include:

Backstage Eye Shadow Palette ($28.00 USD) — Inspired by textures and trends seen at Fall Fashion Week, the Stila¬†Pro Artistry team has created the Backstage Eye Shadow Palette filled with six new must-have shades of the season. Each jewel-toned shadow incorporates Stila’s award-winning, high-quality formula that can be worn wet or dry.

The palette comes in an embossed paper compact, reflecting the season’s brocade looks, with a screened inspirational quote. Even the packaging is pretty and it won’t crowd your clutch!

Shades include:
– Chiffon – shimmery peach
– Flamingo – shimmery fuchsia
– Pacific – metallic navy blue
– Luster – metallic warm alloy
– Poetic – shimmery mauve
– Coal – cool metallic emerald

What I think: This color provides a wide range of looks, since it contains soft shades as well as bold ones. I am wearing the Chiffon, Luster and Poetic now and plan to add the other colors as eyeliners in the fall. And as always, Stila eye shadows are highly pigmented and are long-lasting. 

Long Wear Liquid Lip Color ($22.00 USD) — Bold lips are in this season and Stila¬†has the perfect product for you. Introducing Long Wear Liquid Lip Color. This long-lasting lip color formula glides on lips and stays put, delivering hours of intense moisture and rich, stunning, bold color with a matte, creamy finish. The weightless liquid moves with your lips to prevent color from transferring, feathering or bleeding and create captivatingly¬†kissable lips.

Enriched with ultra-conditioning Vitamin E and avocado oil, Long Wear Liquid Lip Color hydrates and seals in moisture so your lips look and feel irresistibly soft all day.

Shades includes:
– Fiery – the perfect red
– Caprice – hot pink
– Patina – warm nude
– Petal – pale pink
– Coral – shimmery coral
– Muse – natural mauve

What I think: This lip color is indeed long-wearing and for one without a balm, is not too drying. I really love the Coral and the Muse colors, they are soft and pretty. Fiery is a great red, and it is nice to know that it will not bleed and will stay red for hours!

Custom Color Blush ($20.00 USD) Why settle for “almost the right shade” of blush? This perceptive one-shade-fits-all powder blush reacts with your skin’s pH to create a one-of-a-kind, customized shade perfect for you!

The ultra-blendable, velvety soft formula magically smooths the appearance of fine lines, pores and pigmentation, leaving skin with a luminous, flawless flush*. The weightless powder can be layered to achieve just the right amount of color and coverage.

  • No more guessing or wearing the wrong color blush
  • Reacts to the wearer’s pH levels to create the perfect shade every time
  • Harmonizes with your own skin tone to enhance your natural beauty, not overwhelm it

A blush built truly for everyone, a one-of-a-kind customized color is just a brush stroke away.

* The blush contains a spherical silicone elastomer treated powder that provides a soft focus effect and diffuses light. It has a silky that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. The treated silicone powder fills in fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, making it appear more youthful.

What I think: This looks so bright in the compact, but on me, it was a very soft pink (my skin tone is light). It is not glittery or shimmery, but does impart a nice glow. I think that blush is an important step that should not be skipped, because the right shade will make you look awake and more youthful!   

Visit www.stilacosmetics.com to learn more and to purchase these products.

Foundation Flummoxed? Stila Gives Great Choices!

 

Looking for a good quality foundation? Take a stroll through your local Sephora or Ulta (or go online at http://www.stilacosmetics.com), and check out Stila foundations. The three that I have are all flawless, but vary in coverage and finish.

Illuminating tinted moisturizer¬†SPF 15 — $32.00 USD — This lovely foundation is perfect when you need a little coverage and a lot of glow! This delivers a very youthful¬†shimmer to the face that is not glittery at all. It comes in two shades a light (01) ¬†and a medium (02).¬†¬†For day, a bit of powder over it tones the shimmer down, but at night, glow on ladies!
 
Illuminating Liquid Foundation¬†— $38.00 USD — This one is my favorite right now.¬†It covers my skin imperfections but doesn’t look heavy. It has a bit of glow to it as well, but is not as shimmery as the Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer.¬†In 8 different shades there is sure to be¬†a color that matches most skin tones.
 
Sheer Color¬†tinted moisturizer spf 15 — $32.00 SPF 15 — This tinted¬†moisturizer¬†gives the face a dewy look with just a hint of coverage. I think it will be great in the summer when I get a little tan. I have the shade “Medium”, which is a nice neutral beige.¬†As this¬†product is available in 10 shades, there is one¬†for almost¬†everyone!¬†
 
The coverage and clarity of all of these foundations can be intensified by Stila’s Hydrating Primer SPF 15 ($34.00 USD). Wearing this moisturizing primer will even out the skin tone and even hide your pores! This is not for someone for¬†very oily skin, but will work for almost everyone else.¬†¬†¬†
 
So check out the stores or Stila’s website if you are looking for new ways to make your skin look youthful and smooth!