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  • Glamglow25% off with code FF25OFF (has some exclusions), ends 5/01.
  • Macy's10% off beauty with code FRIEND, ends 5/07.
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5 Things Beauty Brands’ Websites Need

5 Things Beauty Brands’ Websites Need

I really feel like the online shopping experience for beauty leaves something to be desired! I wish beauty brands would put a little more into their websites.

  1. INGREDIENTS should be mandatory!  Not only is it frustrating that many brands don’t list their ingredients online, but when you inquire via e-mail, they refer you to call a 1-800 number. Is it really appropriate to have that kind of information–with all of those scientific ingredients–read over the phone?  They have to be on the box, so it’s not like it’s forever secret information.
  2. REAL PHOTOS seem to be more than just lacking but nigh on impossible to find on major beauty brands’ websites.  I know that Illamasqua has lip swatches, which is something you rarely see from bigger brands, that are much appreciated. I guess I’d be out of a job, though 🙂  You just see a lot of template photos that have the color altered in Photoshop rather than brands taking actual photos of each shade.
  3. QUANTITY should be displayed.  It drives me batty when a brand doesn’t list it.
  4. SHADE DESCRIPTIONS are so much more important than brands think!  When you’re using computer-generated color blocks for your swatches, a few words to describe the color would be so much more helpful!  No color descriptions is particularly egregious when the naming scheme is numbers!
  5. POST POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE REVIEWS if you ever want me to trust your reviews section. After hearing from readers about experiences where sites don’t post a negative review but will post a positive one, I’ve lost so much faith in the process.  Beauty consumers are getting smarter every year!

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NYX Lime Nail Lacquer

NYX Lime Nail Lacquer
NYX Lime Nail Lacquer

NYX Lime Nail Lacquer

NYX Lime Salon Formula Nail Polish ($4.00 for 0.52 fl. oz.) is a bright lime green with chartreuse shimmer. It’s vibrant and the right mix of shimmer and metallic, because you get some of the brush strokes of a metallic finished polish but they’re easy to control to get into straight line. China Glaze Cha Cha Cha is much greener, while Butter London Dosh is a darker green. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is similar in color but has a cream finish. Illamasqua Radium is a touch greener and while it also has shimmer, it’s much subtler and green rather than chartreuse.

Unfortunately, this shade was not opaque after two coats, which was a bummer! It’s such a pretty shade (and will be perfect for summer), but it needs some help in the pigmentation department. The consistency isn’t too thick or thin, but I didn’t love the way three coats felt–they did feel a bit heavy. When I initially tested out NYX’s new formula, this was one of the shades I specifically tested for wear, and after a week, I had no chipping, just minor tip wear (which is par for the course).

NYX Salon Formula Nail Polish Lime

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2011 Makeup Coupon Codes & Deals

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2011 Makeup Coupon Codes & Deals

Brands accounted for: 68 | Last updated9:23 AM PST, 11/28

You can also shop through Ebates, which will help you save anywhere from 3-15% depending on the merchant. For those unfamiliar with the program, you earn cash back from purchases you make through Ebates, which is paid out quarterly. Right now, the top beauty cash back offers are Lancome (14%), Clarins (14%), Beauty.com (12%), The Body Shop (12%), Drugstore.com (12%), SkinStore (12%), Bobbi Brown (12%), Smashbox (12%), Clinique (12%), Stila (12%), Prescriptives (12%), Macy’s (10%), Saks (10%), sephora (10%), shu uemura (10%), philosophy (10%).

Or you can shop through Mr. Rebates, which is just like Ebates, so it’s really about who has the better cash back offer at the time of purchase (because it can vary!). Top cash back offers are: Murad (18%), Kiehl’s (12%), TimeToSpa (10%), SkinStore (10%), Apothica (10%), DermStore (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), ULTA (10%).

*** I will update this list as more coupon codes come out, as some brands do not allow codes to release prior!  Black Friday — indicates it is for only 11/25 unless otherwise specified; Cyber Monday — indicates it is for only 11/28 unless otherwise specified.

Active Deals/Cyber Monday Deals

  • theBalm: Cyber Monday – 30% off with code CYBERMONDAY.
  • Bath & Body Works: Cyber Monday — 25% off any purchase with code CYBERMONDAY25OFF, 11/28 through 11/29.
  • Bella Beauty: 25% off with code BF25, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Bella il Fiore: 2% off from 11/25 through 11/28 with code BELLA25.
  • Benefit: Free shipping with code THANKS, expires 11/28. Spend $30, get free Mini Mister, spend $60 get free Mini Mister and Mini Posietint, spend $90 get free Mini Mister, Mini Posietint, and Mini It’s Potent, with code FORELVES, expires 12/4.
  • Bliss USA: 30% off select Bliss and REmede sets + select Bliss, Remede, and Elemis best sellers, no code necessary, 11/24 through 11/29.  20% off all Bliss, Remede, Elemis product purchases with code THANKS20, expires 12/5.
  • Bliss UK: 20% off all orders with code AFFDEC20, expires 12/31, one use per customer.
  • Bloomingdales: Free shipping with code FREESHIP11, expires 11/28.
  • The Body Shop:  Cyber Monday — 3 for $30 on all products + free shipping, 11/28 only.
  • Bobbi Brown: 3 best-selling treats + free shipping on all orders, 11/22 through 11/29.
  • Borghese: Cyber Monday — 25% off entire purchase with code 25CYBER11, 12PM EST through 4PM EST 11/28.
  • Butter London: Cyber Monday — 30% off with code CELEBRATE11, expires 11/30.
  • C.O. Bigelow: $10 off $75+ orders with code BIGTHANKS, expires 11/28.
  • Cargo: Cyber Monday — 30% off with code BLACK.
  • Carol’s Daughter:  Cyber Monday — Spend $35, save $5; spend $50, save $10; spend $100, save $25, valid 11/28 through 11/30.
  • Chantecaille: Free Les Macarons palette + free shipping with $150+ purchase with code SHOPCHIC, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Cinema Secrets: Cyber Monday — 50% off, no code necessary.
  • Clarins: 8-piece gift with every $75+ order with code CYBERM, expires 12/5.
  • Clarisonic: All Clarisonic skincare pairs purchased between 11/25 through 11/29 will be 20% off.
  • Clinique:  Cyber Monday — pick 3 of 8 treats + free shipping, no code necessary, 11/28 only.
  • DHC: Cyber Monday – 10% off, no code necessary, 11/28 only.
  • Dr. Brandt:  Cyber Monday — Lineless Eye Cream for $29 (reg $60), Flaws No More for $39 (reg $80)
  • Elizabeth Arden: Black Friday — 25% off + free shipping on any order with code BF2, expires 11/28.
  • Eve Pearl: 40% to 55% off Eve Pearl products with code BPTG2011, starts 11/24 11AM EST through 11/28 11PM EST. While supplies last.
  • EvolutionMan: Free Cleanse & Shave ($20 value) with any purchase, no code necessary, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Face Atelier:  30% off with code THANKS, expires 11/28.
  • Giorgio Armani: 20% off + free 2nd day shipping on $75+ orders with code GAHOLIDAY1, expires 11/29.  20% off + free 2nd day shipping + 6 minis ($42 value) on $125+ orders with code GAHOLIDAY4, valid 11/27 through 11/29.
  • Inglot USA:  15% off all online orders + free shipping 11/24 (3AM EST) through 11/29 (3AM EST).
  • John Masters Organics: 25% off site wide with code HOLIDAY11, noon EST 11/23 through 11/28.
  • Jordana: 25% off + free shipping with code CYBER, 11/28 8AM PST through 11/29 8AM PST.
  • Josie Maran: 25% off with code GIVEBACK, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Kate Somerville: 30% off with code HOLIDAY2011, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Kerastase:  20% off $100+ orders for Kerastase members, 11/23 through 11/29.
  • Kiehls: $20 off $65+ orders with code HOLIDAY, expires 11/31.  Cyber Monday — free shipping + deluxe trio of your choice on $30+ orders with code BIGTREAT, 11/28 only.
  • L’Occitane: Cyber Monday — $10 gift card with any $50+ purchase with code GIFT10, 11/28 only.
  • LA Splash Cosmetics: 40% off select products, 11/23 through 11/30.
  • Lab Series:  25% off all orders + free standard shipping, 11/28 through 12/2.
  • Lancome:  Free shipping now through 12/24.  Receive four-piece sample plus free shipping with $45+ orders with code NOVLAN, expires 11/30. Cyber Monday — 20% off with code GLISTEN20, expires 12/2.
  • Laura Geller: Black Friday — 20% off online kits, no code necessary.
  • Lisa Hoffman Beauty: Cyber Monday — free signature votive candle and deluxe samples ($15 value) with $65+ purchases, free shipping on $50+ purchases.
  • Mario Badescu:   Cyber Monday — free shipping + 10% off and free gift with any purchase over $50+ with code CMONDAY.
  • Milani: Cyber Monday — 50% off with code CYBER + free shipping, 11/28 8AM PST through 11/29 8AM PST.
  • Naturopathica: 10% off with code BLACKFRIDAY, 11/22 through 11/30.
  • Origins: $10 off + free shipping on $25+ purchases with code TENOFF, expires 11/28.
  • Philip B.: 20% off all gift sets with code NOV2011.
  • philosophy:  Sale on 67 different items/sets for four days.  You can get 10% off with code FRIENDS, expires 12/24.
  • Rain Cosmetics: Cyber Monday — 40% off all lip products. No code needed for either promotion.
  • Shiro Cosmetics: 30% off with code 30OFF30, expires 11/28.
  • shu uemura: 20% off with code WISH2011, 11/24 through 11/29, free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • Smashbox: 20% off with code SBXFF11, expires 11/28.
  • Somme Institute: 40% off site wide 11/24 through 11/29.
  • Stila Cosmetics: Black Friday — first 500 to spend $25 will receive a 6-piece eyeshadow palette + free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY. Cyber Monday — Warehouse sale, up to 80% off, valid 11/28 through 12/2.
  • Sugarpill:  20% off with code PINKWEEKEND, 11/26 through 11/28.
  • Tarte: Cyber Monday — 10% off when you spend $50+, $20 off when you spend $75+, $30 off when you spend $100+ with code CYBER.
  • Temptu: Black Friday — 20% off all airbrush makeup systems with code SYSTEM20; 10% off all air pod makeup with code POD10.
  • Three Custom Color Specialists: Cyber Monday — 30% off site wide with code CYBER11, valid 11/28 only.
  • ULTA: $3.50 off any $10 purchase with code 61733 (exclusions apply); $10 off any $60 purchase with code 18137 (exclusions apply), expires 12/2. Free shipping on $25+ orders with code HOLIDAYSHIP25.
  • Urban Decay:  Cyber Monday — Feminine, Dangerous, & Fun Palettes $19 each, regularly $34.
  • YSL: Cyber Monday — 20% off + free shipping; spend $100+ get a free gift, with code MONDAY, 11/28 through 11/30.

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