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Monday, April 21st, 2014


Featured Deal

Now through May 29th, 2014, there is a gift with purchase event going on at Now-e Project, which sells Chikuhodo brushes! Use code SAKURA2014 for:

  • Purchases Over $150, Receive Gift R-S4 (Eye Shadow),
  • Purchase Over $200, Receive Gift GSN-10 (Eye Shadow)
  • Purchase Over $250, Receive Gift H-6 (Powder)
  • Purchase Over $300, Receive Gift H-1 (Cheek)
  • Purchase Over $500, Receive Gift H-5 (Powder)
  • Purchases Over $1,000, Receive Gift H-1 (Cheek)+ Free Shipping

* Gift brush(es) cannot be combined with any other special offers or with our valid discount coupons.
* Gift brush offer applies to the specific brushes listed above. We cannot make substitutions.
* We cannot give cash back or substitute gift certificates in lieu of gift brushes.
* For purchases between $200 and $269, please add either the GSN-9 or GSN-10 brush to your shopping cart when you checkout.
* Gift brush does not include a free engraving service. If you would like to engrave a name on your gift brush, there is a $2.00 charge for each brush.

Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES:  Sheer Cover (25%), Pur Minerals (10%), ULTA (8%), Nordstrom (6%)
  • FAB: –
  • GILT: –
  • HAUTELOOK: Laura Geller (4/21), Orly Smart Gels (4/21), Alterna (4/21), Danny Seo (4/22), Hydroxatone (4/22), Gorgeous Cosmetics (4/22), Cargo (4/23)
  • MR. REBATES:  Proactiv (25%), Sheer Cover (25%), WEN (25%), Oscar Blandi (15%), Murad (12%), SkinStore (10%), Kiehl’s (8%), Neiman Marcus (8%)
  • MYHABIT: –
  • Rue La La: Tweezerman (4/22), Makeup & More (4/24)

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $30+ orders.
  • BATH & BODY WORKS: 20% off with code BBW20APR, ends 4/30.
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $25+ orders. 
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.
  • BIOTHERM: –
  • BLISS: Free beauty bag ($145 value) with purchases of $125+ at blissworld.com with code APRBAG14, while supplies last or 4/30. Buy 2, get the 3rd free on bliss, Remede and Elemis products at blissworld.com with code APRILSHOWERS, ends 4/30.
    • BLISS UK:  Buy a fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic and select one of 3 fabulips glossy lip balms free with code PERFECTPOUT, ends 4/30.  Buy a bliss pore-fect gadget and get travel size goodies free (Includes: bliss fab foaming face wash, bliss lid and lash, and a bliss clog dissolving cleasing milk) with code POREFECTION1, ends 4/30.  Buy a Skinceuticals blemish + age defence serum and receive a bliss youth as we know it starter series kit worth £35 with code DEFYGRAVITY, ends 4/30.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Enjoy a free full-size Creamy Matte Lip Color in Heart + Free Shipping with any $65 Order with code HEARTBOBBI, ends 6/1. Enjoy a Pop of Pretty Beauty Bag (a $46 value) + Free Shipping with any $125 order with code BOBBIBONUS, ends 4/25.
  • BUMBLE & BUMBLE:  –
  • C.O. BIGELOW:  Get $10 OFF sitewide, plus free shipping on any order over $100 with promo code 10OFFBIGELOW, ends 5/31.
  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPFR.
  • CAUDALIE: 2-piece deluxe gift with any $50+ purchase with code C15GIFT, ends 4/23.
  • CLARISONIC: Buy any two devices (excludes MiaFirst) and receive 20% off with code PAIRS20, ends 4/30.
  • CLINIQUE:  Every order ships free at Clinique.com, ends 4/25.
  • DARPHIN: –
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • DRUGSTORE.COM: –
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN: –
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members.
  • INGLOT:  50% off their AMC Lip Glosses on inglotusa.com and in boutique INGLOT stores, while supplies last.
  • JUICE BEAUTY: –
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE:  Free shipping + three free samples on $50+ orders.
  • KIEHLS:  Receive A Lip Balm #1 with any purchase $65 or more with code EARTHDAY, ends 4/28.
  • L’OCCITANE:  Buy any full size product and get 50% Off Refills for Earth Day with code EARTH, ends 4/30.
  • LANCOME:  Receive 4 Skincare Essentials + Free Standard Shipping on any order $49+ (A $91 Value) with code SKINCARE, ends 4/30.
    • CANADA: Receive a 7-piece collection with any $50 purchase with code RENERGIE, ends 5/1.
  • LIZ EARLE UK:  Monthly Liz Earle special offers/packages here.
  • MACY’S: –
  • MARCELLE: –
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+.
  • NARS: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Receive a complimentary mini New Lover Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil with any purchase with code APRILMINI, ends 4/30.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: Earn up to a $500 gift card with your select regular-priced purchase and code APRILGC, ends 4/15, exclusions apply.
  • NICOLE MILLER BEAUTY: –
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.  10% off select beauty products (2,500+ to choose from), ends 4/21.
  • OJON: Free 2nd day shipping + full-size Full Detox Dry Cleansing Spray w/ $40 purchase with code RUBOUT, ends 5/1.
  • OLE HENRIKSEN: Receive 8 mystery samples with every order with code SAMPLEHAPPY, expires 10/30/14.
  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% off all products using code JUNE15, ends 6/15/2014.
  • ORIGINS: Free Origins Tote Bag with $65 orders! Made from 100% Recycled Cotton, plus free shipping, with code EARTHTOTE, ends 5/1.
  • OUIDAD: –
  • PACIFICA:  Free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP75.
  • PAULA’S CHOICE: –
  • PERFUMANIA:  –
  • PRESCRIPTIVES: –
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free Express Shipping to Australia or Canada on orders of $100 USD and more with code SHIPFREE, ends 4/29.   Free shipping on U.S. orders with code FREESHIP. Receive a deluxe sample of 7 Day Scrub Rinse-Off Formula with any $40 Clinique purchase with code CLINIQ28, ends 4/27 or while supplies last.
  • SALLY BEAUTY: –
  • SEPHORA:   [All deals require $25 minimum purchase.]  FREE Urban Decay Eye Primer + 7 Eyeshadow Samples with code URBANDEYE, 4/11 through 5/16.
  • SHU UEMURA: –
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off store wide with code 4MOM, ends 5/5.
  • SMASHBOX: Save $15 off your first order of $75+ with code WELCOME2.  Join Pretty Points Rewards and earn $10 for every $100 spent + free shipping.
  • SPACE.NK: Free shipping with code FREESHIP20.
  • STILA COSMETICS: –
  • TARGET: –
  • TARTE: Free shipping on $40+ orders.
  • TATCHA: Free deluxe Eye Cream sample Gift with Purchase with code NEWEYE, expires 8/31/14. Free Cleansing Oil Gift with Purchase with code TRAVELOIL, expires 8/31/14. Free Blotting Paper with purchase with code BEAUTY, expires 8/31/14.
  • THE BALM: –
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ purchase. 40% off site wide + free shipping on any purchase, 4/21 only. 50% off bath & body, 4/23 only.
    • CANADA: 50% off bath & body, 4/23 only.
  • THIERRY MUGLER:  –
  • TOO FACED: Free $25 Flatbuki Brush with the purchase of any mascara from Too Faced with code BUKI, ends 4/30.
  • ULTA: 40% off Maybelline, Revlon, Almay, Physicians Formula, Jane Cosmetics
  • WALGREENS:   BOGO50% off on select CoverGirl Cosmetics, Revlon Cosmetics
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


If you could use one pre-made eyeshadow palette for the rest of your life, which would you choose? (See what I did there? You can’t cheat and choose one you created yourself!) Share!

Temptalia's AnswerGuerlain Turandot or Urban Decay’s Naked1. I think I could be pretty happy with either! I wouldn’t want to commit to a single palette for the rest of my life, but you know, if I had to.

Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color
Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color

Laura Mercier Heartbreaker Gel Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.11 oz.) it’s a light-medium, rosy pink with subtle warm undertones and a luminous sheen. MAC Pinkfringe (LE, $16.00) is more frosted, lighter, cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Pink Flush (LE, $25.00) is similar. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is more opaque. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is darker, more opaque. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is slightly darker. NYX Paparazzi (P, $4.00) is less glossy. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

For summer, Laura Mercier released four limited edition shades in a new formula, Gel Lip Colour, which is described as “comforting, sheer colour with a shine finish and subtle vanilla flavor,” and unsurprisingly, it’s also supposed to be hydrating. I’ve only tried one shade, so perhaps the others are better, but I didn’t love Heartbreaker. While the consistency was gel-like, felt smooth, and glided on easily, the resulting finish looked uneven, and it seemed to catch on every single imperfection on my lips. I would apply this, and it wouldn’t look right, so I’d apply something else, and that something else looked just fine. This just seemed to accentuate the texture of my lips, and it possibly also “balled” up on itself. It had semi-sheer color coverage, where it provided noticeable color but had a fair amount of translucency so the natural lip color would come through. If you pressed your lips together, it would create unevenness/lines. It had a very subtle vanilla scent that jockeyed with its waxy base, and it had a sweet taste. The color lasted two hours on me, and it was somewhat hydrating while worn.

The Glossover

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Heartbreaker

C+

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Happy Sunday!

What’s the best thing you’ve done this weekend (so far)? I spent time with my family this weekend, which is always nice! Today will hopefully be a bit of a lazy/catch-up day for me, which I’m looking forward to.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour
Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour

For spring, Chanel’s released two new shades of the Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colors ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) formula. If you’re unfamiliar with this formula, it’s supposed to be “intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish.”

Chanel Conquise (144) Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is softly muted, medium orange with a hint of rosiness and a soft shimmer. It had rich, opaque color coverage that didn’t look heavy and felt lightweight. It applied well and laid down even, smooth color. This shade wore well for four hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is slightly darker. MAC Gotta Dash! (P, $17.00) is lighter. MAC Ravishing (P, $16.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Rayonnante (145) Rouge Allure Lip Colour ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is brightened, pinky-plum with cool undertones and a luminous finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, so it didn’t deliver the “full coverage” as promised. The texture was lightly creamy with some slip, and it felt lightweight and comfortable to wear. It was lightly hydrating, and it lasted for four hours on me. Chanel Fougueuse (138) (P, $34.00) is brighter, pinker. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is darker. Urban Decay Turn On (P, $22.00) is brighter. Too Faced So Berry Sexy (P, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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Conquise (144)

A

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Rayonnante (145)

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Next in our look at all things bright lips is orange! You can see swatches here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin — a bright orange-red
  2. Urban Decay Bang –a pop of bright orange
  3. Inglot #103 — a bold, orange-red
  4. Milani Sweet Nectar — a yellow-toned orange
  5. NARS Timanfaya — a satin-matte orange with yellow undertones

What are your favorite bright orange lipsticks?