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Monday, July 6th, 2015

Last Call Sale: Up to 70% off regular-prices on select items online at NeimanMarcus.com! Offer valid 7/6-7/19.

Cash Back/Rebates

When you join one of the below websites, you can earn cash back on orders made at thousands of retailers.  For example, if you place a $50 order at a retailer with 10% cash back, you’ll receive $5 in cash back.   Below you’ll find the best beauty-related retailers to earn cash back this week:

  • EBATES:  Pur Minerals (10%), Saks (10%)
  • MR. REBATES: Proactiv (40%), WEN (40%), Oscar Blandi (15%), Cargo (12%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), Carol’s Daughter (10%), The Body Shop (10%), Folica (10%), Saks (10%), BH COsmetics (10%), Shiseido (10%), Algenist (8%), Cle de Peau (8%), Estee Lauder (8%), shu uemura (8%), Paula’s Choice (8%), Sephora (8%)

Flash Sales/Deals

Flash sales/deals sites offer a limited selection of products from particular brands, sometimes recently discontinued or excess stock from limited edition items, and occasionally, you’ll find popular gems that are part of the current/permanent line.   These sites typically have more flash sales on fashion and home than beauty, but below you’ll find beauty-related sales:

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • 100% PURE: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • ALGENIST: Free Gift with Code SUMMERGLOW on Orders $100+ at Algenist.com Plus 2 Free Samples W/Every Purchase.
  • ASOS:  Free express shipping over $140 with code EXPRESSUSA.
  • AVON: Free shipping on $35+ orders. ANEW Clinical, any 2 for $35 + free shipping on $40+ orders, ends 7/9.
  • B-GLOWING:  Up to 75% off Sitewide Sale Category, ends 7/8. 20% Off First Aid Beauty orders of $60 or more with code 20FAB60 with code 7/8.
  • BARNEYS: —
  • BEAUTY.COM:   Free shipping on $35+ orders.  $15 off $75+ orders with code BEAUTY15 or through this link, ends 8/28.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.
  • BLISS:
    • BLISS UK: Free delivery on all UK orders.   triple oxygen starter kit with a £75 spend with code TO2START, ends 12/31. Free Travel Essentials Kit worth £30 when you spend £75 at Bliss with code TRAVEL15, ends 7/17.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLUEMERCURY: Receive a FREE Trish McEvoy deluxe size bronzer and beauty booster lip gloss with any $75 purchase on bluemercury.com with code ENHANCE, ends 8/31. Receive a FREE deluxe sample of Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer and a mini Opaque Rouge in Icon with any $125 Hourglass order with code ICON, ends 9/30. Receive a FREE full size RMS Lip Shine in Sublime with any RMS purchase with code RMS, ends 8/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Bobbi’s Summer essentials! Get a Mini Makeup Trio with every $75 purchase with code SUMMERTRIO, ends 7/9.
  • BUMBLE & BUMBLE:  4 free treats + shipping with $25 orders with code BBREVIEWS, ends 7/8.
    • BUMBLE & BUMBLE UK: Score a FREE* Blow Dry Balm Trio with any £30+ order with code JULY, ends 7/31.
  • C.O. BIGELOW: Get $20 Off All Orders over $125 or More Plus Free Shipping with code SUMMER20, ends 7/31.
  • CAROL’S DAUGHTER: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPFR.
  • CHANEL: Complimentary shipping on $50+ orders.
  • CLARINS: 33% off selected items, ends 7/14.
  • CLARISONIC: Buy any two devices together and receive 10% off and free standard shipping with code PAIRS, ends 12/31.  Receive a FREE Mia 1 Travel Case with any purchase of $99 or more plus free shipping with code MIATRAVEL, ends 7/14.
  • CLE DE PEAU: Free 2nd day shipping on $150+ orders.  Free ground shipping on all orders.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Choose Free 3-Step Kit with the purchase of the Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, ends 7/9.
  • DARPHIN: Spend $100 and get $15 off your next purchase of $100 or more. Receive a Travel Size Age-Defying Dermabrasion (15ml) with your $85 purchase at Darphin plus free shipping with code AGEDEFY15, ends 7/13.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • ELF: Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIP25.
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members.
  • IMOMOKO: —
  • JO MALONE:  Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and an exclusive sample offer of the Blackberry & Bay Body Crème with any online purchase of $75 or more with code OFFER01, ends 7/12. Receive Complimentary Standard Delivery and an exclusive offer of the Peony & Blush Suede Body Crème with code GRAPE2, ends 7/9.
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Try our favorite brightening serum FREE for 1-week with any purchase $35+ with the code BRIGHTUS, ends 7/31.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE:  Free shipping + three free samples on $50+ orders.
  • KIEHL’S: Free shipping on $60+ orders.   Receive 2 Deluxe Samples with Any Purchase of $50 or More! Enter code SUMMER at checkout, ends 7/12.
    • KIEHL’S CANADA: Get $10 off any order over $50, Plus Free Shipping over $60 with code SUMMER, ends 7/31
  • L’OCCITANE: Limited Edition 20 Piece Summer Essentials Set for only $35, OR receive it FREE with any $125 Purchase with code BEACHREADY, ends 7/7.
    • CANADA:  Free shipping on $99+ orders.
  • LA MER:  Receive Complimentary Standard Shipping and an exclusive sample offer of The Regenerating Serum with code PAIR, ends 7/11.
  • LANCOME: Free shipping on $49+ orders. Receive 5 travel size products and free standard shipping on orders of $49 or more with code SUNSHINE, ends 7/31.
    • CANADA: Get a 6pc gift with any order over $50 with code RENERGIE, ends 7/19 or while supplies last.
  • LAURA MERCIER: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • LISA WATIER (CANADA): FREE Kit of 5 deluxe Lift and Firm 3D samples with the purchase of any Lift & FIrm 3D product with code LF3DKIT, ends 7/31.
  • 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. Complimentary mini Gentle Eye Makeup Remover with any purchase with code JULMINI15, ends 7/31.
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • OJON: —
  • OMOROVICZA UK: 15% Off Omorovicza SPF products with code SPF15, ends 8/31.
  • ORIGINS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • PACIFICA:  Free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP75.
  • PAULA’S CHOICE: $10 off $50, $20 off $100, $30 off $150 at PaulasChoice.com with code STOCKUP2015, ends 7/14.
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free shipping on U.S. orders with code FREESHIP.
  • SEPHORA:  [All deals require $25 minimum purchase while supplies last–some codes may run out faster than others.] Receive a free Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner deluxe sample with code REALEYES, ends 7/15. Free Clarins Total Eye Concentrate deluxe sample with code TOTALEYE, ends 7/15. Choose 1 of 6 free peel deluxe samples with code REVEAL, ends 7/15.  Choose 1 of 3 Too Faced Born This Way Foundation deluxe samples with code TOOFACED, ends 7/30. Choose 1 of 10 Free Formula X deluxe samples with code FXCOLORS, ends 7/30. Choose 1 of 3 Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner set deluxe samples with code LPSET, ends 7/30.
  • SHISEIDO: Free shipping with purchase of the Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, ends 8/30.
  • 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. FREE mini pore primer and mascara with any $40 purchase with code BBWVID, ends 7/8.
  • SPACE NK: —
  • TARGET: —
  • TARTE: —
  • TATCHA: —
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Buy 3, get 3 freeon select products, ends 7/6.
    •  CANADA: Up to 70% off, ends 7/6.
    • UK:  —
  • TOO FACED: Buy one Better Than Sex mascara, get the second free with code BIGLASHES, ends 7/7.
  • ULTA: $3.50 off $10+ purchase with code 301872, ends 7/25.  Philosophy 3-in-1 Shampoo, Body Wash, and Bubble Bath $12 (regularly $18), ends 7/11.  15% off Pureology jumbo sizes, ends 7/25.
  • WALGREENS: Buy 1, get 1 50% off L’Oreal Paris, Almay, Revlon, & CoverGirl Cosmetics, ends 7/11.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.


Monday, July 6th, 2015

ghd Eclipse Professional 1

Are you ready for Today’s Special Value at QVC? It’s the ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron, which normally retails for $245, but it is available for $179 today only, July 6th!

The ghd Eclipse Professional 1″ Styling Iron is designed to deliver a consistent 365°F (185°C) temperature and can straighten, curl, flip, add volume, all while reducing frizz. In 2014, it won Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty award for Hot Tool/Flatiron. It uses six sensors, three on the top plate and three on the bottom plate, to keep the temperature consistent while you’re using it. The contoured, precision plates help you style your hair with smooth, snag-free styling. ghd says it heats up in a mere 20 seconds, making it ideal for those who are short on time. It contains aerogel technology that keeps the exterior cool to the touch, while the iron also comes with a heat guard and will shut off automatically after 30 minutes. The Styling Iron also features universal voltage, so you can travel with it wherever you’re going!

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Temptalia Asks You

What is your current morning skincare routine? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerCleanse with a Shiseido foaming cleanser, and then Clindamycin (prescription), Origins A Perfect World.

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

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Overcast Filter Colorful Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Colorful Eyeshadow Palettes ($32.00 for 0.398 oz.) came out in two varieties, Overcast Filter and Sunbleached Filter, both inspired by the filters so many of us use when posting to social media these days. Here are some swatches to check out while I work on testing them!

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette
Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette

If it wasn’t apparent by the abundance of sneak peeks, but we are in the throes of fall color collections and releases. July you say? Well, they come a little earlier everywhere and maybe by 2020, we’ll be looking at fall in April :) The best thing I can do for you is providing early swatches while I work on the testing and writing portion of the review process. (Testing takes the longest, followed by finding dupes, in case you were curious.) For total clarity, I purchased the Becca and Tarte palettes, while bareMinerals sent theirs as a press sample.

Palettes in this post:

  1. bareMinerals Work, Weekend, Wow Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00 for 0.17 oz.)
  2. Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette ($40.00 for 0.20 oz.)
  3. Tarte Energy Noir Eye & Cheek Palette ($38.00 for 0.54 oz.)

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Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick
Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick

Bite Beauty #007 Limited Lip Lab Creme Deluxe Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “bubblegum magenta.” It’s a lightly brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted, cooler, less glossy. Maybelline Brazen Berry (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer, glossier. NYX Pink Lyric (P, $4.00) is more muted, warmer. MAC Love Forever (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. MAC Night Blooming (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker. Buxom Swinger (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer. Bite Beauty Grape (LE, $24.00) is lighter, brighter. Maybelline Electric Pink (P, $7.99) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Pasties (LE, $5.00) is warmer, glossier. Colour Pop Buds (P, $6.00) is brighter, less glossy. Colour Pop Drive In (P, $6.00) is darker, less glossy. Kat Von D L.U.V. (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Tom Ford Beauty Jack (LE, $32.00) is warmer. Kat Von D Backstage Bambi (P, $19.00) is lighter, brighter, less glossy. NYX Privileged (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer. First 15 dupes listed, see more: See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

As usual, this post is mostly to provide dupes for those who missed out or didn’t want to shell out the $36 price tag for July’s shade of the month from Bite. (And on the remote possibility that they ever repromote these monthly releases.) It had very nearly opaque color coverage that applied without dragging and went on evenly. The texture was lightly creamy, not too thick or too thin, and sat well on the lips while worn. There was a strong, pink-red stain left behind. It was comfortable to wear as it was lightly hydrating over time, and the color wore well for six hours on me. The consistency is thinner than the Luminous Creme formula, and this particular shade had less sheen as well. I find the Luminous Creme formula to be more hydrating overall.

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