Archive of ‘Holiday’ category

Lush Decapitated Frosty and Threw His Head In A Bag

I’m a recessionista at heart and Christmas just happens to be my all time fave holiday, so you can imagine how giddy I got about Winter Goodies: Nothing Over $10, an article in the latest issue of People Style Watch magazine. I flipped to page 68, when, what do my wondering eyes should appear but a “wonderland of snowscape-inspired finds.” As my eyes scanned the page, I’m all, “that’s cute, that’s pretty, ooh…that’s pretty cute!” But then my gaze fell on the un-prettiest beauty product I’ve seen in, possibly, forever.

Lush’s Frothy The Snowman Bubble Bar looks like someone asphyxiated poor old Frothy with a plastic sack, then hacked off his head and tied the bag off with a bow. How sick is that? It’s the holidays, not Halloween, Lush. I mean, how can a brand be animal-friendly and cruelty-free and then go decapitating such a jolly happy soul?

If you think that’s twisted, just wait…it gets more disturbing. To use Frothy The Snowman Bubble Bar, take his head in your hands and squeeze. Then sprinkle his crushed skull in your bathtub and fill it up with water.

The upside? If being an accessory in Frothy’s demise leaves you feeling shameful, wash away those dirty thoughts with the vanilla-coconut scented suds.

Smashbox: Try 4 Jumbo Samples 4 Free!

Get a free deluxe samples pack with any $50 purchase at This gift with purchase includes: Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Layer Lash Primer, O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color, and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout – all in a chic silver box. Enter Code TRYSB at checkout. Hurry, this offer expires on 12/5/08.

If you’re looking for a way to meet the $50 threshold, you might want to consider the Rapture Holiday 2008 Color Collection. Exquisite makeup in soft, pearlescent colors mimics the airy lightness and sweet shades found in tulle, silk and satin, creating a perfectly romantic and enchanting holiday season…

Flawless Finish Primer Set: Get flawless skin on the go with this limited-edition set of Smashbox’s best-selling, skin-smoothing Photo Finish Foundation Primer in both full and travel sizes to perfect skin in an instant. Available for the first time at this amazing value -grab one for a friend and one for yourself! $39 (value $52)

Rapture Lip Gloss Set: Get glam with this party-perfect set of gorgeous glosses. The set includes three best-selling shades and three holiday exclusives to wear alone or layer together. Includes: Ravishing (shimmery rosy nude), Lovely (shimmery soft pink), Stunning (shimmery bright pink), Illume (pale nude with iridescence), Radiant (shimmery pink plum), and Candid (pink with golden shimmer). $29 (value $90)

Best Of Smashbox Kit: This one-of-a-kind set brings you Smashbox bestsellers packaged in convenient travel sizes – perfect for yourholiday clutch or carry-on tote.Includes: Bionic Mascara – Travel Size, Mini Fusion Soft Lights in Dusk (shimmering nude, deep bronze, terracotta, soft pink and golden tan), and Mini Lip Enhancing Gloss in Aura (shimmery nude pink). $19 (value $43)

Rapture Travel Brush Set: Five professional travel size brushes that fit conveniently in your purse for flawless beauty looks on-the-go. Includes: Travel Face Brush, Travel Shadow Brush, Travel Angled Blending Brush, Travel Smudger Brush, Travel Contour Brush & Liner Brush. $49 (value $134)

Rapture Eye Shadow & Brush Set: A blockbuster set of 16 gorgeous shades of luxurious cashmere eyeshadow and two must-have brushes for flawless application. Create an endless array of beautiful eye looks that take you from day to night! Includes: 8 Eye Shadow Duos, Definer Brush #15, and Shadow Brush #32. $59 (value $246)

Enchantress Beauty Kit: This limited-edition kit has everything you need for an enchanting holiday evening. Smashbox partnered with hot Canadian jewelry line, Foxy Originals, to create an exclusive silver pendant necklace on a triple strand chain that’s sure to be the must-have accessory of the season. Smashbox paired the holiday stunner with the brand’s cult-favorite liner, mascara, and shimmering shades for cheeks and lips to inspire magical moments. All of this is packed in a chic pewter faux leather and suede multi-compartment bag that doubles as a party clutch. Kit includes: Silver pendant necklace on a triple strand chain, Cream Eye Liner Duo in Caviar/Midnight Brown, Soft Lights Quad in Aglow (shimmery pearl, warm pink, peach and soft rose), Lip Enhancing Gloss in Protégé (pink nude with golden shimmer), That’s A Wrap Mascara in Black, and pewter multi-compartment zip-up bag. $45 (value $140) Exclusively at

Lancome’s Holiday 2008 Collection – Plus a Giveaway!

No matter who’s on your list this year, there’s something in Lancôme’s holiday color collection, C’est Magnifique, for everyone. The new collection includes:

* Color Design Eyeshadow Quad (in Glamour Première and Hollywood Seductive): Design eyes with a color designer’s palette of finishes: from shimmer to sheen, metallic to matte. Micro-aired powder technology offers supreme smoothness and blendability in the sultriest new shades.

* Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss (in Icon of Stage, In All Her Splendor, Luminous in Lace, Showered in Diamonds and Pretty in Pink): Just in time for the holiday season, this limited edition Juicy Tubes collection offers sheer to shimmer coverage with a burst of color.

* Le Rouge Absolu – Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour SPF 15 (in Cinema Noir, Bordeaux, Pampered and Golden Girl ): Smoother. Fuller. Absolutely replenished lips. This advanced lip color provides 6-hour care with continuous moisture and protective Vitamin E. Features plumping polymer and non-feathering color to define and reshape lips. Choose from an array of absolutely luxurious shades with a lustrous pearl or satin cream finish.

* Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner (Star Studded and Midnight Glam): This easy-to-handle, liquid pen features a uniquely shaped foam tip that lets you precision-line, shape and define your eyes.

* Virtuôse Black Carat – Divine Lasting Curves, Length & Volume Mascara (in Black Carat): All-in-one mascara lengthens, volumizes, and curves lashes all day. Enriched with black essence pigments, the formula glides on easily and gives a deep, black result. Long-lasting formula is virtually smudge-proof, tear-proof and easily removable.

* Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine (in Midnight Glam and In All Her Splendor): It is Lancôme’s most technically-advanced nail polish. Your fingertips and toes will love the boost of color and lasting shine that stays put for up to seven days. Its cutting edge, soft-sculpt brush embraces the shape of each nail for perfectly even coverage in one coat with no clumps.

* Color Design – Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo (in Award Winning Gold, Fashion Flair Bronze and Modelesque Plum): Intense shimmer in a smooth-going, loose powder, eye shadow pen that builds a look with layers of color and light, from simply sparkling to seriously glamorous.

View the entire collection here.

Can’t wait to get your hands on the collection? Well, you’re in luck because Spoiled Pretty is giving away Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine in Midnight Glam. One lucky winner will receive a full sized bottle of this limited-edition, on-trend shade.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Lancome Le Vernis Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, December 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, December 4th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

Sephora Mistletoe Makeover

I’ve spent the past hour messing around with Sephora’s Mistletoe Makeover, an adorable e-card that lets you virtually experiment with holiday makeup trends and share with friends.

Just upload your photo and choose from four holiday looks – “Smokey Sugar Plum,” “Merry Berry,” “Santa’s Little Temptress” and “O, Tannen Babe.” It even shows you which products you need to recreate your virtual look in the real world.

The perfectionist in me was finally pleased with my fifth attempt. And the cornball in me spent almost 45 minutes rocking out to Sephora’s techno version of “Auld Lang Syne.”

And after your makeover is over, Sephora gives you a promo code – WINKORKISS – to redeem a free lipstick sample or lashes with any purchase at

90s Ladies Week: Let It Snow, Let It Snow, A Licky Boom Boom Down

I’ve got snow on the brain. Not just because it’s flipping freezing in Philly, but because it’s 90s Ladies Week and today’s review is inspired by Snow. You know, the marble-mouthed Canadian reggae rapper (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) who took the world by storm with his story of snitchin’.

The fact that Informer hit #1, stayed there for seven consecutive weeks, and holds the world record as the best selling reggae single in U.S. history says a lot about the decade.

But that was 1993. It’s 2008, ladies…so when the weather outside gets frightful and you’re looking for something delightful, don’t head to the used record store in search of 12 Inches of Snow. What an awful title, right? Instead, head to your local Sephora and pick up 8.5 ounces of Snow Wonder Body Butter by Bliss.

This limited edition lotion is hella hydrating, as we’ve come to expect from Bliss moisturizers. The crisp and refreshing fragrance is reminiscent of freshly fallen snow – and leaves behind a subtle shimmer. While you’re in the shower, submerge the tube in a sink full of warm water. It’ll smooth on like butta and feels so warm and comforting as it is absorbed into your skin.

What 90s song inspired review did Amber post today? Check out Beauty Blogging Junkie to find out. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of 90s Ladies Week! Exclusive: Holiday Party Must-Have Set

Go from the office to your holiday parties with ease. This exclusive set has everything you need to look your best.

The set includes:

rejuvelash: revive late day lashes with just one coat—it eliminates clumps and gives a glossy finish. You can even add a fresh coat of mascara without worrying about drying out or breaking your lashes!

blotting papers: Send shine undercover in an instant and look refreshed.

fRxtion: natural sugar crystals exfoliate lips while the vitamin E vanilla balm soothes, calms and protects lips.

Vitamin-infused lipstick in vinyasa: nothing says holiday like red, luscious lips. tarte’s enriched lipstick nourishes and moisturizes lips, while the infused nutraceuticals help to protect against environmental attack.

Tarte only created 150 of these sets, which have a retail value of $57. Pick one up now (for only $25) while supplies last!

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