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Monday, May 4th, 2015

Clinique Online

Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), Joyus (10%), SkinStore (up to 10%), Macy’s (8%), Saks (8%), Sephora (8%)
  • GILT: —
  • HAUTELOOK:  Morphe Brushes (5/4), Ginger & Liz (5/4), Alterna (5/5)
  • IDEELI: —
  • MR. REBATES: Proactiv (40%), WEN (40%), Yves Rocher (15%), Oscar Blandi (15%), Foreo (12%), Cargo (12%), Murad (12%), Folica (10%), The Body Shop (10%)
  • MYHABIT: L’Occitane (5/4)
  • Rue La La:–

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • 100% PURE: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Spend $50 at 100% Pure and get a tote for $25 ($100 value), ends 5/10.
  • ASOS:  Free express shipping over $140 with code EXPRESSUSA.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $35+ orders.  Skin So Soft – Buy1, Get 1 for $0.99 + Free Shipping on $40, ends 5/14.
  • B-GLOWING:  Get 20% off all NUXE orders of $50+ with code 20NUXECP, ends 5/6.
  • BARNEYS: —
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $35+ orders. $15 off $75+ orders with code BEAUTY15, ends 5/30.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.  Get a FREE deluxe sample of they’re real! push-up liner with any order with code FINELINE, ends 5/31.
  • BH COSMETICS:  Spend $15+, get a FREE Blending Brush with code BLEND15, ends 5/14.
  • BIOTHERM: —
  • BLISS: Free 15 Piece Beauty Bag with Purchase of $100 with code SPRINGSKIN15, ends 6/30 or while supplies last. Free Cleansing Gel, Cleansing Foam, Soft Crème and the Concentrate with any La Mer purchase with code CLEANLM, ends 5/10 or while supplies last. SK-II purifying Set Complimentary with a SK-II purchase of $250with code PURIFYSK2, ends 5/31 or while supplies last. Buy 2, Get the 3rd Free on Bliss, Remede, and Elemis Products at blissworld.com with code BUY2GEt1, ends 5/11.
    • BLISS UK: Free delivery on all UK orders. When you buy COR the silver soap 120g, get a FREE 10g Cor silver the offer soap mini-size & Lemon & Sage Body Butter 1.7oz 50ml WORTH £21.50 with code BLISSCOR, ends 5/4. spend £50 and receive a free fatgirl slim with code FATGIRL50, ends 5/17. spend £90 and receive a free fatgirl slim & scrub with code FATGIRL90, ends 5/17. spend £110 and receive a free fatgirl slim, scrub & sleep with code FATGIRL110, ends 5/17.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Free Overnight Shipping + 2 Minis With $65 Order with code NEXTDAY, ends 5/7.
  • BUMBLE & BUMBLE: 3 treats + Free shipping with any purchase with code BBMOM15, ends 5/5.
  • BURBERRY: —
  • C.O. BIGELOW:  $10 Off $65 or More Plus Free Shipping with code MOM10, ends 5/10.
  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPFR.
  • CAUDALIE: —
  • CHANEL: Complimentary shipping on $50+ orders.
  • CLARINS: —
  • CLARISONIC: Buy any two devices together and receive 10% off and free standard shipping with code PAIRS, ends 12/31.  Free 2-Day Shipping on orders of $99 or more with code FORMOM, ends 5/5 2pm EST.
  • CLE DE PEAU:
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Get your 7-Piece Gift FREE with any $27 purchase ($70 value), ends 5/8 or while supplies last. Free 8 piece gift with any $27 purchase + Extra sample and Free Shipping with any $35 purchase with code EXTRA, ends 5/8.
  • COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD BEAUTY:  —
  • DARPHIN:
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • DRUGSTORE.COM: —
  • ELF: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIP25.
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN: —
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members.
  • IT COSMETICS: —
  • IMOMOKO:
  • JO MALONE:  Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and an exclusive sample offer of the Lime Basil & Mandarin Spray Cologne with any online purchase of $100 or more with code JMOFFER15, ends 5/4 or while supplies last.
  • JUICE BEAUTY: —
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE:  Free shipping + three free samples on $50+ orders.
  • KIEHL’S: Free shipping on $60+ orders.  Receive Two Deluxe Samples with Any $50 Purchase with code YOUTH, ends 5/10.
    • CANADA: Get a 30ml Aromatic Mist (a $28 value) with the purchase of any 2 full-size products, PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $60with code MOM, ends 5/10.
  • L’OCCITANE: 4 Free Deluxe Samples + Pouch with any $75 Purchase! with code IRIS, ends 5/10.
    • CANADA:  Free shipping on $99+ orders. Celebrate Mother’s Day with NEW Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc + Spoil Her, Pamper You Set is $20 with any $45 purchase with code PAMPER, ends 5/11.
  • LA MER:  Receive Complimentary Standard Shipping and an exclusive sample offer of The Reparative Body Lotion with any online purchase of $150 or more with code LMOFFER15, ends 5/4 or while supplies last.  Receive Complimentary Standard Shipping and an exclusive sample offer of The Treatment Lotion with code 2015MOTHER, ends 5/8.
  • LANCOME: Free shipping on $49+ orders.  Receive 5 luxurious travel-size samples with any order of $49 or more. PLUS, receive a Renergie Multi Lift Eye Cream with any order of $75 or more with code ONEDAY, 5/4 only.  Receive 4 deluxe size samples with any order of $49 and above with code SPRING, ends 5/31.
    • CANADA:   Get an 8pc Absolue gift (valued at $198) with any order over $50 with code ABSOLUE, while supplies last or 5/10.
  • LAURA GELLER:  —
  • LAURA MERCIER: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • LIZ EARLE UK:  Monthly Liz Earle special offers/packages here.
  • MACY’S: —
  • MARCELLE: Free shipping on $25+ orders (Canada), free U.S. shipping on $50+ orders.
  • MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free shipping on any order with code SHIP, ends 12/31.
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+.
  • MURAD: —
  • NARS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • NEIMAN MARCUS: —
  • NICOLE MILLER BEAUTY: —
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • OJON: —
  • OLE HENRIKSEN: —
  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% off all products using code JUNE15, ends 6/6/15.
  • ORIGINS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.   Pick 5 Deluxe Samples + a cosmetics bag with any $35 order, ends 5/6 10AM EST.
  • PACIFICA:  Free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP75.
  • PAULA’S CHOICE: Free Shipping on all orders & Free Trial Size Resist 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment with $50 purchase, ends 5/5.
  • PERFUMANIA:  —
  • PRESCRIPTIVES: —
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free shipping on U.S. orders with code FREESHIP.
  • SALLY BEAUTY: —
  • SEPHORA:  [All deals require $25 minimum purchase while supplies last–some codes may run out faster than others.] Receive a FREE Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural deluxe sample in N45 Red with code MUFEARTIST, ends 5/31. Receive a free The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer in Park Ave Princess deluxe sample with code SCULPTOR, ends 5/31.  Receive a free The POREfessional: License to Blot deluxe sample with code BENEBLOT, ends 5/31.  FREE Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb deluxe sample with code AQUABOMB, ends 5/30. Choose 1 of 3 FREE Samples with code GIFTLOVE, ends 5/31. Receive a free Clinique Deluxe Sample set with code VIBTURN, ends 5/31 (VIB only). Receive a free Genius Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel deluxe sample with code BIPHASE, ends 5/30.
  • SHISEIDO: —
  • SHU UEMURA: —
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  —
  • 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:
  • STILA COSMETICS:
  • TARGET: —
  • TARTE: —
  • TATCHA: Shop Our Mother’s Day Gift Set and receive a Travel-Size Ageless Renewal Cream ($39 value) with any order over $20 with code LOVEMOM, ends 5/11.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ purchase.
    •  CANADA: Buy 3, get 2 free, ends 5/4.
    • UK: —
  • THIERRY MUGLER:  —
  • TOO FACED: —
  • ULTA: —
  • WALGREENS: —
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What are your best tips and tricks for dealing with under eye bags? What has worked??

Temptalia's AnswerWater and sleep have been the only things that help minimize them in a meaningful way, but good concealer/brightener can be a temporary fix. I don’t have really large under eye bags, more like dark circles for me, though.

Thanks to Judyo for today’s question! Do you have a question idea? Submit yours here.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC Wash & Dry Collection will launch online on May 14th and head to stores on May 21st. The collection features numerous products to choose from for eyes, lips, and face. MAC’s major summer collection is one I look forward to, but this year’s collection is a definite miss for me, personally, as well as in terms of quality.

My favorites were: Morange Lipstick (A) (permanent, though) andDomestic Diva Lipglass (A-). I would have loved to see MAC come out with more unique lipsticks; I feel like they’re doing a red nearly every launch these days, and the reds are mostly matte–they’re just not interesting. I would have loved to see some of their more metallic finishes promoted here (Thrills comes to mind) or something new that was mostly opaque with a glossy, pearly finish. The Freshen Up High-Light Powder (B+) and Crisp Whites Blush (B+) are more similar in color than I think is ideal for releasing the two together; I think the High-Light Powder would have been more interesting if it had a larger section of pink/red and if there was more shimmer running through it (most of it is an over-spray). Long-time cult favorite Hipness Blush (B) had some quality issues present in this iteration that weren’t in my original–namely, blending is more challenging–and the color itself is a couple of shades darker than the original.  The collection felt uninspired across the board with more dupable, we-just-saw-that (from MAC) kind of shades.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek
ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek

ColourPop Between the Sheets Super Shock Cheek ($8.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “mid-tone beige pink in a matte finish.” It’s a muted, pink-coral-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s lighter and pinker than a peach-brown, but it’s so muted, that it doesn’t read coral either. Tarte Fame (LE, $26.00) is brighter, warmer, powder. Colour Pop Quarters (P, $8.00) is darker. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is browner, powder. Surratt Beauty Parfait (P, $32.00) is more shimmery, powder. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #215 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. bareMinerals Swoon (LE, $19.00) is powder. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is powder. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

The Super Shock Cheek formula has buildable coverage that ranges from light-medium to fully opaque, depending on your choice of application. According to the brand, fingertips will yield the greatest amount of coverage, which holds true, and then using a duo fiber brush (often the go-to for a cream-based blush) will have the sheerest coverage, which also holds true. I really love how consistent the formula has been for me: the pigmentation is exactly as described, and the wear is excellent at ten hours. The texture is lightweight, like a cream-powder hybrid with some give that you’d expect in a cream, but it lacks the slip and shine of the average cream blush formula. It tends to feel and act more like a powder product once you apply it to the skin. I think there’s a bit of a learning curve when working with these, but once you figure out the best method for you, they become really easy to use.

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Between the Sheets

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush
MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

MAC 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46.00) is a large, paddle-shaped face brush. It’s split in half, such that one half is made out of natural fibers and the other half is made out of synthetic fibers. The brush is flatter with a very rounded edge that flares upwards from the base. The brush head is 47mm in length, 39mm in width, and 20mm in thickness. It has a total length of 7.5 inches / 19 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The brush is light-medium in density with a little flop towards the end, as the fibers are cut shorter on the exterior and left longer in the center. The synthetic side was soft and silky against the skin, while the natural side was moderately soft but I could feel some of the individual bristles.

I tried using this for setting powder, finishing powder, and highlighting, and it seemed to work best with finishing powders and highlighting (to a degree). I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more “powdery” in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush’s shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing. I personally didn’t find it really excelled for those products based on my preferences, so it’s not a brush that will find its way into my routine (it is also a little too scratchy compared to other brushes I have). I was surprised at the price point on this, as it doesn’t seem that large or dense to merit being more expensive than the 125SE.

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126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush

I found it too sparse for setting powder, while dusting a finishing powder all-over with this brush ensured a sheer, diffused application; better for a finishing powder that is soft and more "powdery" in a sense than one that is firmer or already really quite sheer. For a more metallic highlighter, this brush's shape and density worked well to tamp down some of the frost and make it less emphasizing.
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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush
MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush

MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50) is a widened, dense face brush with two distinct sides–one with natural fibers and the other with synthetic fibers. The idea behind these split brushes is that the natural bristles give a “soft, diffused look” while the synthetic bristles “fuse colour onto skin.” The brush head is 25mm in length, 39mm in width, and 19mm in thickness. It has a total length of 6.5 inches / 16.5 centimeters with a pinched, multi-colored ferrule. The weighting is nice and it doesn’t feel too top-heavy nor lightweight.

I wouldn’t describe the edge as blunt, but it is only lightly rounded and more of a narrow, flattened surface, which makes it useful for contouring and getting into the hollows of the cheeks. Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven’t found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters. The only caveat to that is that it is wide enough that it may not work well for those looking for more precise contour lines or who have smaller hollows where the brush would simply be too large to work with. It would still work well for blending out of contour powders and creams, though. I’ve also used it to apply foundation, which it does a nice job of, but I find I prefer the synthetic side more and would rather an all-synthetic brush (as I work primarily with liquid foundations). I’ve washed it five times, and I haven’t had any issues with dye, smell, shaping, or shedding.

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125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush

Both sides of the brush are incredibly soft and smooth, which was a bit of a surprise, as I haven't found a lot of the recent brush releases to be as soft as brushes from years ago. The synthetic side is good with cream contours or highlighters, while the natural side is really good for blending and buffing out contours and highlighters.
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