Holiday Gift Guide 2012: beautyblender Air.Port Pure Kit

beautyblender sponge Holiday Gift Guide 2012: beautyblender Air.Port Pure KitIf you’re applying your foundation with anything but the beautyblender sponge, you’re doing it wrong.

The point of foundation is to fool the eye of the beholder into thinking you were blessed with a flawless complexion. But if you’re applying it incorrectly, or with inferior tools, you just look like you’re wearing a makeup mask. The difference between foundation that looks like foundation and foundation that looks like skin is beautyblender.

Since I was introduced to beautyblender in 2007, we have been in a monogamous relationship. It is the only tool I use to apply my foundation. beautyblender’s elliptical shape allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation actually ends up on your face – rather than absorbed by the sponge. And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable.

I even use it to apply my concealer and cream blushes. beautyblender can also be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products.

And if you have problem skin, I can’t recommend anything better for magically disguising blemishes and hyperpigmentation. beautyblender is reusable (perfect for those green gals), latex-free, non-allergenic, and odor free…and makes the PERFECT holiday gift. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Tarte Treat Yourself To Gorgeous Collection Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Tarte’s Treat Yourself to Gorgeous is a 28 piece holiday collection from tarte featuring 20 Amazonian clay eye shadows, four cashmere waterproof gliding liners and four maracuja divine shine lip glosses.

Treat Yourself to Gorgeous is the perfect holiday gift because you can gift the whole thing or break this set into three substantial stocking stuffers! Each of the different components – 20 eye shadows, four eyeliners, and set of four glosses – comes in a beautiful individual box…so really, there’s no wrapping necessary. (more…)

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2012

cyber monday Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2012

This post title is actually misleading, as many sales have already started. Peruse the list below and let me know if there’s any deals/sales you know about that I’ve missed.

Happy shopping…and sayonara, savings account!

Beauty

AHAVA
WHEN: November 21 – 25
DEAL:
Get 40% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Bath & Body Works
WHEN: Now through December 24
DEAL #1: Free product (up to $13 value) with a minimum $10 purchase. Use code SHOPFREE10 at checkout.

Bath & Body Works
WHEN: While supplies last
DEAL #2: Get the 2012 V.I.P. Bag for $20 (it’s a $100 value) with any purchase of $40 or more. Use code VIP12 at checkout.

Beauty Bar
WHEN:
Black Friday (November 23)
DEAL:
Shoppers who spend $50 at Beauty Bar will receive an ultra-pampering gift with purchase from Philosophy. This exclusive gift set includes three of Philosophy’s newest offerings ($20 value): Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes, Eyes Wide Open Instant Refreshing and Depuffing Eye Gel, and The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash. Enter code BBGWPBF at checkout.

Beauty Bar
WHEN:
Cyber Monday (November 26)
DEAL:
 Shoppers who spend $100 will receive $20 off their purchase for one day only. Enter code BBCYBERMONDAY at checkout.

Becca Cosmetics
WHEN: November 25
DEAL: Spend $75 and get a free mini Shimmering Skin Perfector and full-size Beach Tint. Spend $125 and get those two products plus two full-size Glossy Lip Tints and a Becca Brown Cosmetics Pouch. Plus, Becca is releasing a limited-edition nail color collection for $30.

Benefit Cosmetics
WHEN: November 23 – November 25
DEAL: Spend $30 and get a FREE deluxe mini BADgal lash mascara. Spend $60 and also get a FREE deluxe mini the porefessional. Spend $90 and also get a deluxe mini sugarbomb. Enter STAYCATION at checkout. (more…)

Tom Ford ‘Jennifer’ Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

I jokingly refer to myself as “the bag lady.” Except it’s not really a joke. I carry way too many bags. On an average evening, I return home from work (and daycare) juggling my purse, my laptop bag, Westley’s backpack and lunch bag – plus any shopping bags I’ve accumulated that day. And I need to have at least one hand free to prevent my fearless two-year-old from darting into the street. So I’ve been searching for a crossbody bag to help lighten my load and free up my hands.

The crossbody I want should be work appropriate, but casual enough for weekends. I also need a one that is roomy enough to accommodate my hoarder tendencies, but not so big that I can never find what I’m looking for.

jennifer aniston tom ford flap over handbag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

After some window shopping and exhaustive Google searches, I finally found my brainchild brought to life…on the arm of Jennifer Aniston. Her ubiquitous Tom Ford Flap-Over Bag was exactly what I had dreamed – well, minus the $4,000 price tag. I was so frustrated because I love everything about this bag (particularly the fold-over, zippered flap) and knew I’d be hard-pressed to find a lookalike in my price range.

So I continued my search and found these similar styles:

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Bag, $895
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous
Cons: Hello, this bag is $900! And at 11. x 6″, it’s on the small side

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Natasha Bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Natasha Bag, $458
Pros: Roomy and bird embellishments are cute
Cons: Bird embellishments also make this bag a little less work-appropriate and $500 is still more than I want to spend

 

 Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Little Minka Satchel, $378
Pros: High quality, versatile design and available in a variety of colors
Cons: I’m cheap and it’s too close to Christmas for me to splurge on this bag, though I might snatch it up if I spied it at an outlet store

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs classic q natasha Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q – Natasha Crossbody Flap Bag, $368
Pros: Similar to TF bag and closer to my price range
Cons: Still more than I’d like to spend and very trendy (I see this bag on women at least once or twice a day)

Emma Fox Classics Large Foldover Tote Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Emma Fox Classics Large Foldover Tote, $207
Pros: Looks expensive, but totally within my price range
Cons: Not wild about the “convertible” aspect of this tote/crossbody

michael kors bedford tassle shoulder bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

Michael Kors Bedford Tassel – Medium Convertible Leather Shoulder Bag, $298
Pros: Has the same style and vibe as the Tom Ford bag, but at a reasonable price point. Also love that it can be worn not the shoulder or crossbody. The tassel is also a nice touch.
Cons: Not a fan of the Michael Kors name plate on the front flap.

 Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

B. Makowsky Laurel Glove Leather Flap Top Crossbody Bag$158
Pros: Similar look (and it also comes in rose gold, which is a favorite of mine). The price is right too.
Cons: That brown stitching has got to go.

 

lodis dahlia joelle hobo Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!So – long story short (too late), I almost settled and bought the Kate Spade bag. But the shopping gods intervened and led me to the Lodis Dahlia Joelle Hobo (sorry…no longer available). It’s the spitting image of the Tom Ford bag (down to the zippered flap and expandable gusset) for just $268!!!!!! I can’t believe my luck.

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cat Eyes

spoiled pretty covergirl cat eye Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Cat Eyes

I’m no pro makeup artist. But there’s one beauty technique that I’ve got down pat – the elusive cat eye. It requires patience and a steady paw…but once you put in a little practice, a ferosh fe-lined eye isn’t far off.

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Besides practice, high-quality/easy-to-use products are the key to this look. I used three CoverGirl products to achieve this purr-fect cat eye.  It was easy, breezy and beautiful – if I do say so myself. Here’s how I did it:

1)      Apply the silver end of CoverGirl Smokey ShadowBlast – Onyx Smoke all over your lid – from the lash line and up past the crease. Also use it to trace the inner corner of your eye to make your peepers pop.

2)      Line the top lid using CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire. At the outer corner of the eye, curve the line up slightly. Figuring out the angle of the “flick” can be kind of tricky, so here’s a tip: aim for the point where your brow ends.

3)      Apply CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire to the waterline of the lower lid.

4)      Create fierce fringe with CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara. This mascara is amazing, y’all. It features an innovative curved brush that lets you load up the volume without the clumps, even after 30 strokes!

See how simple it is? With these three CoverGirl products, you can go from “I don’t know how” to MEOW!

Wanna re-create my look? Shop the P&G eStore and get $3 off two CoverGirl products OR get a FREE Cat Eye Look (which includes LiquilineBlast Eyeliner – Black Fire, Smokey ShadowBlast – Onyx Smoke, and LashBlast Volume Mascara – Very Black), when you spend $69.

And check out additional offers on CoverGirl’s Facebook page.

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by CoverGirl, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Get Those Naturalizer Boots Already!

naturalizer boot sale Get Those Naturalizer Boots Already!

Last week, I waxed poetic about Naturalizer boots and shared a 20% off coupon code so that you could affordably adopt a pair (or two).

This week, Naturalizer decided to top themselves by offering 20% off all boots – PLUS an extra 15% off AND free shipping!!!

The Juletta boots (above) were originally priced at $179.99. With the 20% off, they are 143.99. But by entering promo code UWINT29A at checkout, you save another $21 for a grand total of $122.39!

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Be a dear and give some Naturalizer boots a good home.

Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

paul mitchell curls ad Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

Ever heard the expression 15 minutes of fame?  The expression was coined in 1968 by Andy Warhol, who said that “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”

Well, forget 15 minutes. That’s so 1968 (when Andy Warhol coined the expression). Paul Mitchell is seriously upping the ante by offering the curly girls of the world 1,440 minutes (24 hours) of mane fame!

Upload a picture of your Curl Confession on the Truth About Curls Facebook app, using the hashtag #curlconfession (and after you submit, enter your information for a chance to win the entire full-sized Curls product line, which will be awarded weekly). You can also submit your confession by posting your #curlconfession on Twitter or Instagram anytime before 11:59 EST on 11/14.

These Curl Confession photos will be projected on the hippest locales in New York and Los Angeles on November 15.  People who see the projections in-person (locations will be posted on the Paul Mitchell Facebook page) will be able to scan a QR code to enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes. If you can’t see it in person, projections will be streamed live, starting at 6pm EST on 11/15 for the NYC spectacle, and 6pm PST for the sister event in LA.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Paul Mitchell, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolish

The at-home alternative to a salon mainstay: the gel manicure. Professional, high-shine, no dry time and long-wear—these are the qualities that have made millions of women gel manicure converts. But as any gel manicure devotee can attest, these perks are also what make the manicures so expensive—and time-consuming.

That’s why the innovators at Sally Hansen are taking the manicurist out of the equation and putting professional results at your fingertips with the new Salon InstaGel Strips™ and Salon GelPolish™, two unique systems that equip you with everything you need to replicate a state-of-the-art gel manicure. Delivering mirror shine, no dry time and indestructible, chip-free wear for up to 14 days, each easy-to-apply system makes you your own manicurist at a fraction of the price. With Sally Hansen, you can effortlessly get the salon manicure you covet without leaving home—or breaking the bank.

Salon InstaGel Strips™

Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips Kit1 1024x851 Sally Hansen Salon InstaGel Strips and Salon GelPolishSpeed up your gel manicure and get the same lasting results with the Salon InstaGel Strips™, a breakthrough, easy-to-use innovation exclusive to Sally Hansen featuring UV-cured real nail polish appliqués. The two-step gel manicure is quick and simple: Just cleanse nails and apply the nail polish strips, then apply the gel top coat. Cure nails under the Mini LED light, swipe nails with the cleaning pad, and voila—maximum shine and wear. Available in 16 solid colors and 8 designs and infused with nourishing Vitamin E, the easy-apply strips come off fuss-free with Acetone polish remover. The Starter Kit features everything you need for a complete Salon InstaGel Strips™ manicure, including:

  • 16 V-cured real nail polish appliqués (8 size choices for the perfect fit)
  • Quick-Cure gel top coat
  • Mini LED Light
  • Application Accessories: Cuticle stick, buffer and alcohol cleaning pad

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MAC Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Collection

MarilynMonroe LineUp 72 MAC Cosmetics Marilyn Monroe Collection“Pure platinum Hollywood glamour. Channel the legend’s luster & sex appeal in a colour collection distinctively Marilyn. It’s everything you need to capture the MM look. Specially designed packaging features imagery from The Black Sitting.” -MAC Cosmetics

As a girl who is a huge fan of big lashes and red lipstick, I was really looking forward to the Marilyn Monroe collection that MAC Cosmetics put together. Apparently, me and every other girl who considers herself a fan of makeup! A few days after the release of the collection, everything was sold out in the two stores by me. Luckily, Daneen received some products for me to test out.

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First, there was eyeshadow in How To Marry. This is a great, shimmery base shadow – I love to use it when I’m going for big lashes and heavy black eyeliner. I also had a lip liner in Beet, which was a nice creamy shade of reddish pink. I did not have any lipsticks from this collection, so I paired the Beet lip liner with the quintessential matte Russian Red lipstick.

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Next, there was an eye kohl in Fascinating (bright white), and  Dazzleglass in Little Rock (sheer white with pearl). For effect, I lined my inner lids with the kohl in Fascinating, added mascara to both top and bottom lashes, and added a thick line of MAC eyeshadow in Marvel. I then used the dazzleglass in Little Rock, for a very 60’s fresh face with full lashes look. This one was hard to capture on film, as the shimmer is subtle (thank goodness, none of us need to go back to the middle school roll on glitter look) but it looks really fun in person.

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Overall, this is a great collection. The pieces I got are great additions to my arsenal, and all of the shades are classic and chic. Keep up the good work, MAC!

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