MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots

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Available February 7, 2013 at all MAC locations

Eyes shimmer and shine with the pearly glow of M∙A∙C Pro Longwear Paint Pot – now in a rich, creamy formula that dries with a vibrant intensity, delivering illuminating dimension and a lustrous pearlized finish. The long-lasting, highly pigmented colour can also be used as an eye shadow primer. The 242 Shader Brush is the perfect tool for application.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot ($18.50 US/$22.00 CDN)

  • Chilled On Ice Frosted white gold
  • Let’s Skate! Pale pink with pearl
  • Vintage Selection Frosted dirty peach
  • Let Me Pop Frosted light copper
  • Antique Diamond Frosted olive silver
  • Dangerous Cuvée Frosted cool grey
  • Frozen Violet Frosted purple silver
  • Blackground Black grey with multicolour

242 Shader Brush ($25.00 US/$30.00 CDN)

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2

Available January 31st, 2013 at all MAC locations

Nicki Minaj continues her reign as the hip-hop queen of M·A·C VIVA GLAM! The Lipstick-loving diva is back to serve up a delectable duo of Lipstick and Lipglass in an all-new shade of pastel lavender pink. Every cent of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Limited edition.

Lipstick

  • VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Pastel lavender pink (amplified) ($15.00 US/$18.00 CDN)

Lipglass

  • VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Pastel lavender pink ($15.00 US/$18.00 CDN)

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2

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Mini Haul!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Love Story, Avon Silicone Glove Hand Cream

I received an Amazon gift card as a late Christmas present from a dear friend of mine, so naturally I spent it on beauty products. I picked up a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (flattened paddle shape that looks great for foundation or even contouring), It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Love Story (looks like a pinky nude but leaves a rose stain on my lips) and some Avon Silicone Glove hand cream (used my mom’s last weekend and it’s AWESOME).

As you can see I already tried these products (hence the hasty iPad photo)… I’ll report back when I’ve given them a real trial!

What have you hauled lately?

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What is Birchbox?

Birchbox

Birchbox is a beauty sample subscription service where you pay $10/month (shipping included) to receive 4-5 random beauty samples in a cute box. There are many other similar services (Glossybox, Sample Society, etc.) to choose from. I chose Birchbox because, from what I’ve read, the samples usually come from high quality brands and I thought it was more affordable than the alternatives. For example, Glossybox (reviewed here) costs $20/month.

Another difference is that Birchbox lets you accumulate reward points. For every 100 points you earn, you’ll receive a $10 credit to spend in the Birchbox store. Here’s a breakdown for each activity:

  • Birchbox membership — 110 points for a yearly subscription, 10 for a monthly subscription
  • Earn 1 point for every $1 spent in the Birchbox shop
  • Earn 50 points for every friend you refer to Birchbox
  • Earn 10 points for each completed product feedback survey

There are some customization options available through the website that help ensure you get a box full of products you like. So far it’s not perfect but I’ve liked at least a few things in the two boxes I’ve gotten, and the retail value of those was definitely over $20. Besides, it’s nice to get a little gift in the mail every month.

If you want to try Birchbox, you can sign up by clicking here. (FYI that is an affiliate link so if you click and sign up I’ll get 50 points. If you don’t like that idea, just visit the website at www.birchbox.com)

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Pretty in Pink featuring Chanel May Nail Polish

I was very fortunate to have yesterday off work, so I went to visit my mom. We spent the afternoon acting like vegetables on the couch and watching West Wing on Netflix while painting our nails. I picked out Chanel May from her makeup drawer because I’m sick of winter and pink nails make me happy.

Chanel May Le Vernis

May is from last year’s spring collection (I think?) and it’s a slightly-darker-than-bubblegum pink creme. I took this shot with two coats and looking back I probably should have used three to get complete opacity. It leans ever so slightly cool and has an interesting milkiness that makes it more flattering on me than bright pinks.

Chanel May is still available at Nordstrom for $27.00

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Beauty Deals: January 21st, 2013

This Week's Sales & Deals

Monday

Laura Geller (H)

Tuesday

Freeze 24/7 (G)

Ballet Flats (G)

Christian
Louboutin (G)

Wednesday

Kate Spade Eyewear (R)

Thursday

Friday

Marc by
Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses (R)

G = Gilt   |   H = Hautelook   |   R = Ruelala   |   I = Ideeli   |   C = Coterie

Beauty.com

  • Coupon: $10 off $50 + free shipping through this link (expires 12/31)
  • GWP: Cynthia Rowley clutch filled with samples with $100 order through this link (while supplies last)
  • GWP: $100 Restaurant.com gift card with any $100 Clarisonic purchase through this link (expires 12/31)
  • New customers: $5 off $25 + free shipping through this link (expires 12/31)
  • Free shipping on $25+ orders, no code necessary

Bobbi Brown

  • Free shipping and 2 deluxe samples with any order and code PINKRED (expires 1/25)
  • Free gift wrap on all orders (select at checkout), no code necessary
  • Free shipping on $65+ orders, no code necessary

Clinique

  • Free shipping on all orders, no code necessary (expires 1/26)

DermStore

  • Coupon: 10% off with code REMINDER (expiration unknown)
  • Coupon: 20% off with code RFBOLK (expiration unknown)
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders, no code necessary
  • Free 2nd day shipping with $100 purchase, no code necessary

Drugstore.com

  • 20% off everything in the green & natural department
  • Free shipping on $25 orders, no code necessary
  • Check out the instant coupons section for great deals

Molton Brown

  • Sale: up to 50% off in the year end sale
  • Free 1 oz mini with every order, no code necessary
  • Free US shipping with $75 order, no code necessary

NARS Cosmetics

  • Free shipping on all orders (expiration unknown)
  • Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary (expiration unknown)

Nordstrom

  • Free shipping and free returns on every order, no code necessary

Philosophy

  • Free shower gel trio with $40 purchase and code SHOWER3 (expires 1/25)
    • 6oz. Mimosa, Melon Daiquiri, and Margarita shower gels
  • Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary

Sephora

SkincareRx

  • Coupon: 20% off with code MUACOUPON20 (check for exclusions)
  • Free shipping on $49+ orders, no code necessary

Stila

  • Coupon: 20% off when you sign up for the newsletter
  • 3 free samples with every order
  • Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary

Ulta

  • Coupon: $3.50 off $10 purchase with code 75910 (usual exclusions; expires 1/26)
  • Free shipping on $25+ orders with code FREESHIP2013 (expires 1/19)
  • Free shipping on$50+ orders, no code necessary
  • Check out current special offers
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Beauty Blog Link Love: January 19th, 2013

Beauty Blog Link Love

Anita from Pleasureflush is giving away a bottle of Revlon Pink Ribbon nail polish to one lucky follower. The giveaway is open internationally!

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Are you on Pinterest?

Hello ladies (and possibly gents) — are you on Pinterest? I’ve been pinning for a year or two and just recently revamped my boards so that it’s easier to interact with you guys. I used to just have 1 beauty board, now I have 4! Here’s the breakdown:

My Pinterest Boards

Beauty / Blogging: general beauty tips, beauty-related things that are pretty, and upcoming collection pictures

Beauty Wishlist: things I’d like to purchase in the future — I would love to hear your feedback if you have any! If something sucks, tell me so I don’t waste my money. If it’s awesome, I’ll bump it to the top of the shopping list.

Products I’m Testing: I’ll do my best to keep this updated as I test new products. Again, let me know if there’s something specific you want me to test out with a product or if you want me to hurry up and review! My attention span is pretty short when it comes to testing so sometimes it helps to have someone remind me :)

Beauty All Stars: My favorite products of all time, the ones I keep coming back to again and again. In most cases I’ve used these for months (or years) and have repurchased at least once.

If you’re not already on Pinterest, you can sign up here. It’s a completely free virtual scrapboarding site that won’t spam email you. If you are on Pinterest, leave me a comment either here or on Pinterest and I’ll check out your boards.

Looking forward to (virtually) chatting with you!

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Beauty Deals: January 14th, 2013

This Week's Sales & Deals

Monday

TruDerma (H)

Goldfaden
Skincare (H)

Liquid Keratin (H)

NaiLuv Gel Manicures (G)

Sperry (R)

Tuesday

Tory Burch (H)

Deux Lux (R)

Adrianna Papell (I)

Laura Ashley (I)

Seven7 (I)

Wednesday

Fit & Fresh (H)

Thursday

Kitchen Gadgets (R)

Friday

Wedding Paper Divas (R)

G = Gilt   |   H = Hautelook   |   R = Ruelala   |   I = Ideeli   |   C = Coterie

Beauty.com

  • Coupon: $10 off $50 + free shipping through this link (expires 12/31)
  • GWP: Cynthia Rowley clutch filled with samples with $100 order through this link (while supplies last)
  • GWP: $100 Restaurant.com gift card with any $100 Clarisonic purchase through this link (expires 12/31)
  • New customers: $5 off $25 + free shipping through this link (expires 12/31)
  • Free shipping on $25+ orders, no code necessary

Bobbi Brown

  • Special mystery gift ($47 value) with $75 order and code SURPRISE (expires 1/17)
  • Free gift wrap on all orders (select at checkout), no code necessary
  • Free shipping on $65+ orders, no code necessary

DermStore

  • Coupon: 10% off with code REMINDER (expiration unknown)
  • Coupon: 20% off with code RFBOLK (expiration unknown)
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders, no code necessary
  • Free 2nd day shipping with $100 purchase, no code necessary

Drugstore.com

  • Sale: 20% off all vitamins
  • Free shipping on $25 orders, no code necessary
  • Check out the instant coupons section for great deals

Molton Brown

  • Sale: up to 50% off in the year end sale
  • Free 1 oz mini with every order, no code necessary
  • Free US shipping with $75 order, no code necessary

NARS Cosmetics

  • Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary (expiration unknown)

Nordstrom

  • Free shipping and free returns on every order, no code necessary

Philosophy

  • Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary

Sephora

  • Choose 2 of 13 deluxe samples with any $25 purchase using code 2013
  • Check out current sample offers and special markdowns
  • 3 free samples (from 12 choices) with every order
  • Free 3-day shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary

SkincareRx

  • Coupon: 20% off with code MUACOUPON20 (check for exclusions)
  • Free shipping on $49+ orders, no code necessary

Stila

  • Coupon: 20% off when you sign up for the newsletter
  • 3 free samples with every order
  • Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary

Ulta

  • Coupon: $3.50 off $10 purchase with code 75584 (usual exclusions; expires 1/19)
  • Free shipping on $25+ orders with code FREESHIP2013 (expires 1/19)
  • Free shipping on$50+ orders, no code necessary
  • Check out current special offers
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Color Club Put a Pin In It

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This shade is part of an exclusive collaborative collection between Color Club and Birchbox, so you can only purchase it on the Birchbox website for $8.00 – I happen to think it’s worth the price because good metallics are hard to find. This one is super shiny and has no visible brushstrokes. Even better, it wasn’t a total pain to remove like some glittery metallics can be.  I like it!

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