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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror
Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror

Alexis Bittar Liquid Gold Compact Mirror ($42.00) is a medium-sized, heft 24 karat gold-plated compact mirror with Swarovski crystals. It has a very interesting, unique shape, and it is incredibly heavy, which makes it feel higher quality in the hand as it feels solid, but it’s not something I’d want to keep in a bag to use for touch-ups on-the-go. It might be a nice item to keep on a desk (or a vanity) for touch-ups at the office or the like, or if you normally carry a big purse, you might not mind the additional weight.

Given the metallic finish of it, fingerprints are easily seen, so ultimately, this is more like a paperweight or collector’s item. The quality of the mirrors seems exceptionally good; just really crisp and made me take mental note that it seemed like a higher quality compact overall. One mirror is normal, and the other side has a 2x magnification. It comes with a velvet, drawstring bag, so you can keep it in there for storage. The box itself is numbered, but the compact is not (wish it was engraved somewhere on it).

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

‘Tis the season for sales and deals! We’ll be updating deals between now and December 1st as more come through, and you can check out what we have so far! Which ones will be you enjoying this holiday season? Happy hauling! :)  Check back periodically as we add more deals and coupons to the list!

Last updated:  11/28 at 8:05AM PST

Black Friday

  • 100% PURE: Free Black Tea mascara with $75+ purchase, 11/26 through 12/1. Free shipping on all orders with code PUREFRIDAY, 11/26 through 11/29.
  • ALCHIMIE FOREVER: 30% off with code FF2014, 11/26 through 12/7.
  • ANASTASIA: 25% off all brow products, 11/28 only, 3 per customer.
  • ANNABELLE: 40% off on 11/28 only.
  • ANTHONY: 30% off sitewide, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • ASOS: 30% off with code TGIBF, 11/28.
  • BEAUTE: 45% off with code BLACKFRIDAY2014, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • BEAUTYLISH: $20 gift card for every $100 spent at Beautylish, starts 11/28 for members, 11/29 for non-members, through 12/1 9PM PST.
  • BECCA: 20% off with code GOLD20 on $50+ orders, ends 12/2.
  • AVON: Free shipping + 30% off $30+ purchase with code BLACK30FS, 11/28 through 11/30.
  • BDELLIUM TOOLS: 25% off all items, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • BENEFIT: Spend $30, get a FREE benetint deluxe sample. Spend $60, also get a stay don’t stray deluxe sample. Spend $90, also get a total moisture deluxe sample. Spend $120, also get FREE deluxe samples of the porefessional & posiebalm. Use code BENEFRIDAY, ends 11/30.
  • BIRCHBOX: Free Birchbox for every $60 you spend on subscriptions with code BOXME, 11/28 through 11/30. 25% off all full-sized products when you spend $35+ with code FRIDAY25, 11/28 through 11/30.
  • BLISS: Luxe holiday beauty bag ($150 value) with $100+ purchase, 11/28 through 11/30. 20% off, 11/28 through 11/30.
  • BLOOMINGDALES: $25 off almost every $200, ends 11/29.
  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: 30% off any order with code HOLIDAY30 or 40% off $50+ orders with code HOLIDAY40, ends 11/30.
  • CHERRY CULTURE: 40% off with code CM14, ends 12/1.
  • CLARINS: Get duo editions of your favorite products, through 11/30 or while supplies last.
  • CLARINS CANADA: Customer’s choice of four 5pc gifts (including beautiful bag) with any $75 order, ends 12/1.
  • CLARISONIC: 20% off all devices and gift sets, plus free brush head of your choice with code BLACKFRI, 11/28 only.
  • CLINIQUE:  20% off $65+ purchase, no code necessary, 11/27 through 12/1.
  • COASTAL SCENTS: 50% off everything, ends 12/1.
  • COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD: 30% off with code SHOP30, ends 12/1.
  • DARPHIN: 6 piece Great Hydration Gift + Free 2nd Day Shipping with your $125 purchase with code HOLIDAY, 11/27 through 11/28.
  • DERMSTORE: Black Friday Super Gift ($147 value) with $125+ purchase, plus free 1-3 day shipping, while supplies last, beginning 11/28. 20% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY, ends 11/30.
  • DR. BRANDT: 40% off entire purchase, plus free shipping, 11/26 through 11/28.
  • DR. HAUSCHKA: Free cleansing cream with $50+ purchase, 12/28 through 12/1.
  • E.L.F.: Buy 1, get 1 50% off, plus free limited edition kabuki brush with $30+ purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY, 11/27 through 11/30.
  • ELEMENTAL HERBOLOGY: Spend $75, get the Tree of Life Balm free, 11/28.
  • EVE PEARL: 40 to 60% off with code BP2014, ends 12/1.
  • EVOLUTION MAN: 25% off with code BLK25, ends 12/1.
  • FOLICA: 25% off sitewide with code PIE25, ends 11/30.
  • GHD: 25% off all of ghd’s innovative hair tools (excluding the ghd curve collection), 11/28 through 12/2.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI: Get 20% Off your purchase of $75 or more, plus free shipping with code FAMILY14, ends 12/7.
  • INGLOT: 20% off any purchase, plus get a free Nail Enamel with $60+ purchase and a patented shopping bag with $200+ purchase, excludes accessories and empty Freedom System palettes, 11/27 through 12/3.
  • IT COSMETICS: Free full size Tightline Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer with $25+ purchase with code TIGHTLINE, 11/28 only.
  • J. PAUL: 30% off sitewide, 12/1 only.
  • JAN MARINI: 20% off $200+ purchases, ends 12/5.
  • JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS: 25% off sitewite with code HOLIDAY14, 11/26 through 12/1.
  • JUNE JACOBS: 25% off sitewide + free shipping, 11/24 through 11/28.
  • KARIN HERZOG: 20% off everything, 11/27 through 12/1.
  • KERASTASE: 15% off $100+, plus a Nutritive Deluxe Sample Duo Gift Box, with code GIFTSILVER, 11/27 through 12/1. 20% off $150+, plus a Nutritive Deluxe Sample Duo Gift Box, Touche Finale, and free shipping with code GIFTSILVER, 11/27 through 12/1.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE: 25% off with code FRIENDS2014, ends 12/1.  Spend $150+, receive a $25 gift card, 12/28 only.
  • KIEHL’S: Receive 3 Deluxe Samples and Free Shipping on Any Order. Plus, shop the Limited Edition Moisture Rescue Set for $33 (a $70 Value) while supplies last with code BIGTREAT, 11/27 through 11/30.
  • KIEHL’S CANADA: 15% off any order + free shipping on $50+ orders with code BF14, 11/28 through 11/29.
  • LA ROCHE-POSAY: 20% off $75+ orders, 25% off $100+ orders, 30% off $125+ orders with code FRIDAY, 11/28 only.
  • LAB SERIES: Deluxe Skincare Travel Kit w/ $65 order! FULL SIZE Deodorant, DS Age Rescue+ Water-Charged Gel Cream, Age Rescue+ Face Lotion, MAX LS Age-Less Face Cream, MAX LS Daily Renewing Cleanser & signature dopp kit bag with code BFDELUXEKIT, ends 11/28.
  • LANCOME CANADA: 20% off any order or 25% off $200+ orders with code FRIDAY14, ends 11/28.
  • LANCOME:  Purchase ANY Mascara or Holiday Mascara Gift Set and receive a Free Eyelash Curler and a deluxe Cils Booster XL with code BLACKFRIDAY, 11/28 through 11/29.
  • LAURA GELLER: 25% off with code FRIDAY25, 11/26 through 11/30. 30% off $100+ purchase with code FRIDAY30, 11/26 through 11/30.
  • LAURA MERCIER: 25% off $100+ purchase, discount applied at checkout, excludes holiday sets, end date not specified (likely 11/28 or 12/1).
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER: (boutique only, will honor phone orders) 2 for $10 Aqua Shadows, 2 for $10 Aqua Eyes Lagoon Green, 2 for $10 Aqua Liner from Sepia Collection; $150 Make Up Artist Picks Set (was $300), $34 Artisan Brush Set (was $65), $19 Aqua Shadow Kit (was $38), $9 Extravagant Eyes on the Go Set (waas $18)
  • MAKEUP GEEK: Black Friday Bundle ($100, $145 value) includes Vegas Lights Palette, 8 Blushes, Large Z-Palette, Afterglow Pigment; Blush Pan Bundle for $70 ($80 value).
  • MALLY BEAUTY: 30% off, ends 11/28.
  • MARC JACOBS BEAUTY: BlacquerFriday sets, online for a limited time, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • MELT COSMETICS: Buy 2 or more, get 1 free with code BLACKFRIDAY, 11/28, beginning at, 12AM PST. Limit one per customer.
  • MINERAL FUSION: 25% off all cleansers with code CLEANSE25, through 11/30.
  • MOLTON BROWN: 25% off every order + free shipping with code MBEVENT2, ends 12/1.
  • MURAD: $25 off $100+ orders plus free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY, ends 11/30.
  • NARS: 20% off when you sign up to be an insider, 11/28 through 12/2.
  • NORDSTROM: Shop Black Friday beauty deals — various doorbuster-type sets ($10-15), plus 10-40% off select items.  75+ GWPs here.
  • OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS: 20% off sitewide, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • OLE HENRIKSEN: Free $100 Surprise Gift Bag with your order of $50 with code 100HOLIDAYBAG, ends 12/1.
  • OMOROVICZA: Up to 30% off sets, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • ORIGINS: Take $10 off $25+ purchase with code BF2014, 11/28 only.
  • PAULA’S CHOICE: 15% off sitewide + free shipping, 11/28 through 12/7.
  • PETER THOMAS ROTH: $25 Super Size Mega Rich Cream, 11/28 only.
  • PHILOSOPHY: 15% off sitewide with code RETAIL15, ends 11/30. Select shower gels for $10, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • PUR MINERALS: 30% off favorite cosmetics with code PURFBF14, 11/28 through 11/30.
  • RED DOOR SPA: 15% off retail purchases of $100 or more on RedDoorSpas.com, 11/28 only.
  • RITA HAZAN: 25% sitewide, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • SAKS: Get a $25 gift card when you spend $100+ on beauty and fragrance with code BEAUTY14, ends 11/28.
  • SEPHORA: $10 deals listed here, 11/28 while supplies last or 1/1/15.
  • SHU UEMURA ART OF HAIR: 15% off $125+ purchase + free shipping with code HAPPY125, 11/27 through 12/1. 20% off $200+ purchase plus Touch of Gloss and free shipping, with code HOLIDAYS200, 11/27 through 12/1.
  • SHU UEMURA: 25% + free shipping on $50+ orders with code TEMPTALIA, 11/26 through 12/1.
  • SHU UEMURA CANADA: 20% + free shipping on $75+ orders, 25% off + free shipping on $125+ orders with code TEMPTALIA, 11/26 through 12/1.
  • SIBU BEAUTY: 60% off all orders with code SIBU60, 11/27 through 12/1.
  • SILKN: 25% off with code SILKYBLACK, ends 11/30.
  • SKINDINAVIA: 20% off + free shipping + free Makeup Primer spray with code 20OFF, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • SKINSTORE: Save up to 25% off with code SPECIAL, ends 12/1.
  • SLEEK MAKEUP: 20% off, ends 23:59PM GMT 11/28.
  • SMASHBOX: 25% off $50+ orders with code SBXFF14, ends 12/1.
  • SPACENK: Spend $100 and receive a giftcard for $25 to use on the next purchase of $100, ends 11/30.
  • STRIVECTIN: 20% off all products with code FFNOV14, 11/26 through 11/30.
  • SUGARPILL: Up to 50% off, noon PST 11/27 through 12/1.
  • SUPERGOOP: 30% off with code CYBER2014, 11/28 through 12/1.
  • TARTE: 25% off sitewide with code FRIDAY, plus free shipping + sample on $40+ purchases, 11/27 through 11/30.
  • TATCHA: 20% off with code FF2014, 11/28 through 12/8.
  • THE BODY SHOP: Black Friday Tote for $30, 3 for $33 entire store, 11/25 through 11/30.
  • TINTE: 50% off with code PINK, 11/28 only.
  • TOM FORD: Lips & Boys, $32 miniature lipsticks, now available.
  • TOO FACED: Buy 1 Better Than Sex Mascara, get 50% off 1 item, 11/28 only. Natural at Night for $15, $10 Tan Without the Twinkle, 11/28 only. $10 off $60, $15 off $75, $20 off $100, plus 50% off sale, 11/29 through 11/30.
  • TRIA: Up to 25% off gift sets, through 11/30.
  • URBAN DECAY:  Badsass Lip Set includes six shades of Revolution Lipstick for $90, 11/27 only.  Get the Ammo Palette, Smoked Palette, and deluxe Perversion Mascara for $30, 11/28 only.  Any two 24/7 Eyeliners for $20, 11/29. Any three eyeshadow singles for $36, 11/30.
  • WALGREENS: 25% off regularly priced items with code GOBBLE25, 11/27 through 11/29.
  • YES TO: 40% off Friday, 35% off Saturday + Sunday, 11/28, 11/29-11/30.
  • YSL: Get 20% Off your purchase of $75 or more, plus free shipping with code YSLGIFT, ends 12/7.


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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Free for Haul Friday

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul: Tom Ford Lips & Boys lipsticks
  • Weekend plans: Try not to buy ALL THE THINGS! with so many sales going on (I keep thinking, “What do I need??” and also chanting “No new shoes!”).
  • What are your most thankful for?: I’m thankful to have a job I love so much that it usually just feels like fun. I’m thankful for my amazing husband and darling fur-kid, along with supportive family and friends. I’m thankful for all of the amazing readers that take time out of their day to stop by on this corner of the web.

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This week’s Mellan photo/video…


A pic from last year, but he put on his jersey on yesterday, as it was ridiculously beautiful out for Thanksgiving, to play fetch!

Friday, November 28th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my favorite holiday palettes and sets from the season, and this week, we’ve teamed up with Ebates to give away some of those favorites!  Check out double cash back for Black Friday at these retailers: 

  • Nordstrom – was 3.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
  • Neiman Marcus – was 4.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
  • JCPenney – was 3.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
  • Lancome – was 5.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
  • Macy’s – was 3.0%, now get 10.0% Cash Back
  • Kohl’s – was 3.0%, now get 9.0% Cash Back
  • L’Occitane – was 4.5%, now get 9.0% Cash Back
  • Bloomingdale’s –was 3.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
  • Lord & Taylor – was 2.5%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – was 4.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
  • Sephora – was 4.0%, now get 8.0% Cash Back
  • Estee Lauder Online – was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
  • ULTA – was 3.0%, now get 6.0% Cash Back
  • Philosophy – was 2.5%, now get 5.0% Cash Back

If you haven’t joined Ebates, now’s a great time to join — it’s free to join and free to use. The way Ebates works is you sign-up, and when you shop with Ebates, you can get a percentage of your order total in the form of cash back. They’ll send you a check or pay you via PayPal each quarter! For instance, if you shop at Sephora and spend $50 today, you’ll get $4 in cash back!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The grand prize winner will win five of my favorites (a value of $255):

  1. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette ($58 value)
  2. Sephora Collection All Occasion Eye Ensemble ($49 value)
  3. Make Up For Ever Studio Case ($59.50 value)
  4. NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Set ($49 value)
  5. Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash ($39 value)

And 10 (!!) lucky runner-ups will win Bite Beauty Remix ($25 value)! :)

Friday, November 28th, 2014

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio
MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio

MAC Smoky Black Friday Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow Trio ($25.00 for 0.07 oz.) is the brand’s online-only, limited edition offering for Black Friday. It’s a mix of warm white, medium silver, and shimmery black for a smoky, monochromatic eye. It uses MAC’s Veluxe Pearlfusion formula, which is designed to give “sheer coverage with a soft finish” when used dry and “super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance” when used wet. Some of the Veluxe Pearlfusion offerings are quite nice, but others are misses. This one was a miss for me, due to just so-so quality.

Smokey Black Friday #1 is a bright white with subtle, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had a soft, lightly powdery, consistency that yielded sheer color coverage applied dry and semi-opaque coverage applied damp. It lasted for eight hours before creasing. Guerlain Cygne Blanc #2 (LE) is less metallic. Too Faced Nutcracker (LE, $16.00) is less metallic. Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #1 (LE) is less metallic. Make Up For Ever D200 Crystalline Mauve Turquoise (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned. Make Up For Ever D124 Crystalline White (P, $21.00) is similar. LORAC Snow (P) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P) is less metallic. Dior Golden Snow #1 (LE) MAC 2x Dare #1 (LE) theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #2 is a purplish-gray with a light silver metallic shimmer/frost. More like a cool-toned taupe than a real gray. It was sheer applied dry and semi-sheer applied damp. It looked faded after seven hours of wear. MAC Aristocratic Aura (LE, $15.00) is less shimmery. MAC Breaking Ground (LE, $21.00) is a cream product. MAC Stormy Sunset (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Ebony Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Dior Golden Snow #4 (LE) is less sparkly. MAC Parlor Smoke (LE, $15.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, cream product. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Smokey Black Friday #3 is a dark, charcoal gray with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly dry and powdery to the touch. It had sheer color payoff applied dry, but it was mostly opaque applied damp. It wore well for eight hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Parisienne #1 (LE) is cooler-toned. MAC Plumluxe #5 (P) is similar. Ulta Night Sky (P, $10.00) is darker. Kat Von D Santeria (LE) is more shimmery, lighter. Illamasqua Graphica (P) is similar. Urban Decay Redemption (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Deep Cravings (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. LORAC Slate (P) is cooler-toned. MAC Diesel (LE, $15.00) is lighter. MAC Smokeluxe #4 (P) is lighter. Urban Decay Asphalt (LE, $18.00) is similar. Giorgio Armani #21 (LE, $33.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


When you want your skin to look its very best, what’s your routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerExfoliate the night before, then a hydration mask or extra hydrating serum/cream. In the morning, I’ll use a smoothing primer followed by a medium coverage foundation mixed with a liquid illuminator and set with loose or pressed setting powder, then dust finishing powder all-over.

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