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How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?

How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?

These days, it seems like certain products are getting enough buzz that when they launch, they sell out within minutes–not hours–and what do we do?  (Like MAC Stereo Rose, Urban Book of Shadows Vol. III, most recently!)  How many scour eBay trying to scoop up one for ourselves, even if we have to be 30-70% more? How many of us stalk other retailers (either in-store or online) hoping to get to that store in time?

I don’t like to support the beauty scalpers, but when companies make stock so limited that it sells out in a half hour or less, what do these companies honestly expect you to do?  It really makes you wonder just how many they made available and whether they really thought they were making enough and just happened to underestimate demand — or how much they’re trying to capitalize off the limited edition nature of their products (and future products, in particular) by deliberately under-supplying?  We’ll never know!

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the hunt for a coveted beauty product can be thrilling, but only to a point.  At some point, it just because a frustrating endeavor that makes you feel a little silly in retrospect.  Did I really need to waste 10 hours of my life searching high and low for this one makeup palette?

I really, really want Chanel’s Jade Nail Lacquer, but there’s just no way I could lay down $250 for it and live with myself.  No way!   Have you ever spent a ton on a limited edition product and lived to regret it?  Or was it worth every penny?

Is the idea of limited edition, limited availability, limited stock getting out of hand?  Or is it still a thrill?

P.S. — For those who missed out on Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Vol. III, other retailers such as Beauty.com, Sephora, and Ulta will have them on October 1st.  Of course, I’m skeptical about the hard-and-fast nature of that date and would encourage those who really want this palette to keep an eye out at least a few days, if not a week, prior to that date.  You may also want to follow @urbandecay411 on Twitter, as they’ll likely have the most up-to-date information and are rather active in the space.

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What would you pair with MAC Leopard Luxe Eyeshadow Quad?

If you were using MAC Leopard Luxe Eyeshadow Quad?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

Did you come up with a look you’d like to share featuring today’s product? You can link to your images, embed your images using HTML, or you can submit your images via e-mail to share them with readers to help give them inspiration on how to use the product!

Win MAC Fancy Cat Lipglass!

Win MAC Fancy Cat Lipglass!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the limited edition Fancy Cat Lipglass from MAC’s Fabulous Felines Collection! (Retail value $14.50!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by September 13th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Congratulations to Kelsey!

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Milani Beach Sand Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Runway Eyeshadow
Milani Beach Sand Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Runway Eyeshadow: Beach Sand

Milani Beach Sand Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a sheer, barely-there patina gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen.  It really is rather sheer when applied dry, but it does intensify when used wet.  However, this is a shade that can easily be used for that quick, two-minute eye look that adds a little dazzle to the lids without having to spend much time on it.  Just a quick swipe and you’re out the door–it’s one of those kinds of shades.  By itself, it doesn’t stay on for more than a couple of hours, but over a base, it worked just fine.

Check out my original review for my thoughts on the packaging.

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  • Product: 22/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 2/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re just looking for an affordable option for a one-and-done kind of eyeshadow, Beach Sand might work for you.

AVAILABILITY: Cherry Culture

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This Week’s Sales for September 6th, 2010

Beauty.com

This Week’s Sales for September 6th, 2010

  • Beauty.com: Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK. Free travel-size Blow Out hair spray with $25+ purchase of Blow products with this link. Buy 2 Frederic Fekkai Advanced products, receive free 1 oz. Glossing Cream with this link.
  • Becca:  20% off with code DC0810, expires 9/15.
  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115 (excludes Asia).   Free U.S. shipping with purchase of prrrowl with code SPARKLES, expires 9/13.
  • Bliss: Free shipping on Pro sizes with code SHIPPRO.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.
  • Bobbi Brown: Free full-size Ash Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow with $65+ order with code ASH8, expires 10/1, one time use. Free full-size metallic eyeshadow in Gold Dust with $65+ order with code GOLD8, expires 9/30, one time use. Free shipping on $55+ purchases, no code required.
  • Clinique: Free Lash Power Mascara mini with $35+ orders with code LASH, expires 9/30.  Free shipping with code FSCHAT07. Free shipping plus free 3-step minis with $30+ orders.
  • CVS: Buy one, get one 50% off Maybelline (Face/Cheek), Neutrogena
  • NARS Cosmetics: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP. Free Orgasm Illuminator sample with THIS link.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Origins: Free shipping on orders of $75+, no code required. Free sample of Youthtopia with code SERUM9, expires 9/30.
  • Philosophy: 15% off fan favorites with code FANFAVES, expires 9/10.
  • Rite Aid:  40% off Revlon (Eye).  Buy one, get one 50% off Physicians Formula.
  • Rock & Republic: 50% off with code ROCKCOSMETICS, expiration unknown.
  • Saks: Ultra deluxe 14-day supply of Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Reconstructing Cream with $50+ Lancome purchase with code LANCOME22. Free shipping on orders over $150 with code AUGSHIP10, expires 8/30.
  • SkinStore: 20% off Boscia Natural Skincare Products (or ANY Natural Skincare/Cosmetics, including Korres, SpaRitual) with code ECO20, expires 9/13. 15% off Philosophy, expires 9/13.
  • Smashbox: $15 off purchase of $75 or more with code WELCOME2.
  • Stila: Free Stila Mascara with $15 Purchase for the Month of September.
  • StrawberryNet: Shop this week’s very Special Deals.
  • The Body Shop:  Buy 2, get 1 free at the Semi-Annual Skin Care Event, ends 10/10.
  • Walgreens: Buy one, get one 50% off CoverGirl, L’Oreal, Maybelline (Eye), Neutrogena
  • Zuneta: 10% off for first time customers with code Z8641, expires 12/31/10.

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora

  • 10% off for VIBs with code V436CB.
  • Free Clinique Repairwear serum sample wih any purchase with code REPAIRWEAR.
  • Free Clean Scene by Murad sample duo with any purchase with code CLEANSCENE.
  • Philosophy Christmas in July sale here.
  • 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.
  • Get a free sample collection of 3 Bare Escentuals best sellers with code BEMATTETRIO.
  • Get a free sample collection of 3 Bare Escentuals best sellers with code BEBARETRIO.
  • Free Kat Von D eye primer sample with code KVDEYE.
  • Free bliss Hot Salt Scrub when you buy the Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe trimmer with code HOTSALT.
  • Free refillable palette when you buy any 3 Make Up For Ever eyeshadows or blushes with code MUFE.

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