Sephora — 15% Off — Beauty Insider Sale!

Sephora 15% off Sale — Spring Makeup Madness!

V.I.B.s (Beauty Insiders who spend over $350 in a calendar year) can save 15% off their entire purchase from April 8th through the 19th with online code V48ML6. In order to save 15% in-store, you do need to have the coupon. I received mine via snail mail last weekend, and I don’t know if they’ll be sending one out via email as well.

Fine Print (for VIB): Select stores will have different event hours; check your local store for exact times. Online use promo code V48ML6. Valid April 8th through April 19th, 2010 at 11:59PM PST and may be used in Sephora stores and Sephora inside JCPenney stores during regular store hours and on sephora.com (excluding Canadian checkout on sephora.com). Offer limited to Sephora V.I.B.’s only. Voucher must be presented at time of redemption when used in store. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other offers. Not valid on prior purchases. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers. Sephora reserves the right to change or rescind this offer at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees. Learn more about the V.I.B. program at any Sephora store or online at sephora.com/go/VIB.

B.I.s (Beauty Insiders–anyone is free to sign-up, it doesn’t cost anything!) save 15% off their entire purchase from April 12th through the 19th with online code BI15. As you can see, the image I have is quite small, so I can’t make out much of the fine print. Hopefully, I will have those details for you soon…

Are you shopping the sale? What’s on your list?

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Beauty Lessons: Blush Basics

Blush 101

Beauty Lessons: Blush Basics

What is blush? What is blush for?

Blush is any color makeup product that adds or changes the color of your natural cheek. It can brighten up your entire face by giving you a rosier, healthier glow and complexion. Blush can come in a variety forms, including cream, gel, liquid, or powder (loose or pressed). Similarly, blush can come in different finishes–they can be matte (meaning they’re flat or have no shimmer), shimmery (fine particles that reflect light), glittery (larger particles that reflect light), or satin (ultra-fine particles that impart more of a sheen). The intensity of a blush can vary from brand to brand and shade to shade; some blushes apply intensely even when used gently, while other blushes require more product in order to achieve richer color.

Best Brands for Blush

For POWDER BLUSHES, consider NARS ($26), MAC Cosmetics ($18.50), Smashbox ($24), and Benefit ($28). Both MAC and NARS blushes come in a wide range of shades, with several textures available, which makes them both solid brands from which to choose from. Smashbox makes exceptionally wearable shades with varying degrees of shimmer, and I’ve found it’s hard to go wrong with one of their shades. Benefit’s Boxed Powders are easy to use and travel with, plus the shade range is natural and wearable for even those who tend to be more heavy-handed.

For CREAM/GEL BLUSHES, consider Tarte Cheek Stains ($30) and Make Up For Ever HD Blush ($25). Tarte applies effortlessly and always looks natural with a subtle sheen; they’re excellent for those with drier skin and find powder blushes look cakey. Make Up For Ever is a creamy blush that is extremely blendable before it sets and gives a luminous, natural look–but it can also be layered for a deeper hue.

What color blush should I choose?

  • If you have cooler undertones, light blue-pinks, pastel pinks, roses, and plums naturally suit you best. To venture into warmer shades like apricots, corals, and peaches, choose shades with more pink tones than orange tones. You can also offset a warmer blush shade by pairing it with cooler eyeshadow or lipstick/gloss.
  • If you have warmer undertones, apricots, bronzes, corals, and peaches lend themselves well to your skin tone. For cooler shades, try more yellow-based pinks, red-based plums, and orange-based corals. If you wear a naturally cooler shade on your cheeks, you may find that wearing warmer eyeshadows or lipstick/gloss can work to create a more cohesive look.

What finish of blush should I choose?

  • For drier skin, try cream and gel blushes, which will blend easily into skin without adding any additional dryness or powder to your skin.
  • For oilier skin, consider a mixture of face primer, cream/gel blush, and powder blusher. Oilier skin will pair well with cream-to-powder or powder-based blushes, but a primer or cream/gel blush can be used to build a better foundation so blush lasts all day and fading is minimized.
  • For combination and normal skin, all types of blushes are suitable for you. It becomes more a matter of preference on what you like and enjoy using.

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