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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #049

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul: GO SMiLE whitening system from a HauteLook sale

Friday plans: I’m dog-sitting!  Or maybe I will make Mellan do it.  It is also Shaun and my five year anniversary today!

What’s on your lips: Jack Black Lip Balm in Lemon & Chamomile. MMM!

Favorite animal: Camels.  Yeah, I admit it.  I have a thing for camels.  Don’t even ask me how much camel paraphernalia I have.

This week’s Mellan photo…

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Lipstick Comparisons: Under $12


Lipstick Comparisons: Under $12

The first part of the Lipstick Comparisons series features lipstick formulas available for less than $12.  (These are all actually less than $8, I believe!)

One of the easily detectable and distinguishing ways that more affordable lipsticks vary from higher end lipsticks is in the scent.  I have yet to find a lipstick in this price range that doesn’t tend to have a synthetic scent, and if not syrupy sweet or floral, often a nauseating mix of plastic and play-doh.  Sometimes they can also have an off-taste, too.  Both scent/taste are highly personal, though, and both dependent on your sensitivity.

Wear time can sometimes differ (noted below), but while I rarely find lipsticks that wear well for six or more hours, there are some that do wear for the average time for me (four hours is my average).

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick (~$8.00)

  • PROS: Decent shade range, wearable shades that tend to be more universally flattering (mass appeal), smooth, opaque, wears for 3-4 hours, color-coded packaging
  • NEUTRAL: Mostly “wearable” colors — nothing really out of the box, synthetic/generic sweet scent on some while others have a more plastic scent
  • CONS: Some shades tend to cling, which make them less suitable for those with drier lips
  • MY REC: The scent can be pretty bothersome for some, but it’ll depend on how adverse you are to certain smells. For a drugstore lipstick, they might feel a little pricey, so it may be prudent to wait for a sale. It doesn’t dry my lips out, but it’s not at all moisturizing, so those with dry lips should take note.

Milani Color Perfect Lipstick ($4.99)

  • PROS: Wide range of shades, creamy, moisturizing, opaque
  • NEUTRAL: Both neutral and brighter shades, synthetic/waxy scent
  • CONS: Frost finish shades are drier and less opaque, dated packaging
  • MY REC: The creamier shades are the best of the line; they’re incredibly pigmented and apply really well. The frostier shades tend to emphasize any dryness on lips.

NYX Round Lipstick ($4.00)

  • PROS: Ridiculous amount of shades, variety in finishes, opaque, creamy, affordable
  • NEUTRAL: Scent-free but strong plastic scent on some
  • CONS: Wears off after 2-3 hours, darker shades bleed
  • MY REC: When it comes to trying out shades, NYX is definitely a go-to brand. The creamy, smooth texture and the huge shade range helps it stand out amongst other budget-friendly options. NYX also occasionally has crazy bundled packages–I remember buying 30 or 40 lipsticks for around $50 one time.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (~$5.00)

  • PROS: Good shade range, creamy, doesn’t dry lips out, affordable
  • NEUTRAL: Synthetic fruity scent
  • CONS: Wears off within 1-2 hours requiring frequent reapplication
  • MY REC: It’s a decent option if you’re on a tight budget and don’t mind reapplication.

The Lipstick Comparisons series is designed to provide a quick reference summary sheet for some of the many available lipstick formulas. It seems like most brands have at least a couple of formulas, if not half a dozen, and it can be difficult to find the formulas that will work best for your budget, coloring, style, or taste.

This is not necessarily a best of list, and it’s not exhaustive–it is based on actual lipsticks that I’ve tried; they are all, however, decent to excellent lipsticks. (And perhaps, some day, it will be an exhaustive list.)  I have summarized my experience based on pros and cons, but also some “neutral” factors that may be pros or cons, depending on your preferences.  I will update this series as I try new lipstick formulas.

(And yes, I recognize that the series photo does not include any of these brands! The image represents the series, not individual posts.)

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Win $156 in Zoya!

Win $156 in Zoya!

One (1) lucky winner will receive Zoya’s Color Lock System, along with Wicked, Wonderful, and Fire & Ice Collections! (Retail value $156!)

Congratulations to Gula P.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by October 13th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to continental U.S. readers only as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws (too many restrictions on nail polish internationally, sorry!). Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

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Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2010 – 20% Off!

For information on Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2011, please see this post.

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Sephora Friends & Family Sale 2010 – 20% Off!

Sephora’s Friends & Family Sale has begun and runs through November 3rd. The code is FF2010.

Fine print: Sephora.com Friends & Family 20% off offer valid through 11/03/10 at 11:59pm PST/PDT with any mechandise order on Sephora.com. Enter promotion code FF2010 in the promotion code box during Sephora.com checkout to receive your discount. Not valid in retail stores, previous purchases, on Canadian online purchases, nor with the purchase of eGift certificates or gift cards. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. A print out of this email is not a substitution for the Friends and Family cards in store. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion offer at any time.

BE SURE TO SHARE YOUR HAULS!

Head to Sephora…

You can only use one code per order, but these are all of the currently working codes for Sephora. For some, saving $1 or $2 may not be significant enough and therefore they may want to use one of the below codes.

  • 10% off for VIBs with code V436CB.
  • Free deluxe-size Aquolina Body Mousse with any purchase with code PINKSUGAR.
  • Free Bliss mini rollerball with any purchase with code BLISSFUL.
  • Free travel-size Dr. Brandt Intensolution treatment with any purchase with code BLEMISHFREE.
  • Free Clinique Repairwear serum sample with any purchase with code REPAIRWEAR.
  • Free Clean Scene by Murad sample duo with any purchase with code CLEANSCENE.
  • Free Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum mascara with any purchase with code SPECTRUM.
  • Free 1-week supply of REN blemish cleanser with any purchase with code CLAYCLEANSE.
  • Free Dr. Brandt skincare samples with code DRBRANDT.
  • Free Bare Escentuals RareMinerals eye cream with code RAREEYE.
  • Free Kate Somerville sunscreen with any purchase with code KATESUN.
  • Free Juicy Couture parfum rollerball with any purchase with code JUICYCOUTURE.
  • Free StriVectin facial cream with any purchase with code SCULPT.
  • Free Caudalie Vinoperfect samples with any purchase with code VINOREGIMEN.
  • Free refillable palette when you buy any 3 Make Up For Ever eyeshadows or blushes with code MUFE.

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