This Week’s Sales for July 4th, 2011

Upcoming Sales

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  • HAUTELOOK:  Beauty Problem Solvers (7/4), Deep Sea Cosmetics (7/5), FCUK Fragrance (7/6), skyn ICELAND (7/7)
  • IDEELI:  Basq (7/5), GHD (7/6)
  • EBATES:  Skinstore (8%), DermStore (7.5%), Lancome (7%), Clarins (7%), YSL (7%), Beauty.com (6%)

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:  Semi-Annual Sale – up to 75% off, ends 7/3.
  • BEAUTY.COM: New Customers – get $5 off $35 or $10 off $70 on your first Beauty.com order, expires 1/1/12.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50, expires 10/26. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115, expires 10/26.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLISS: Free travel size Youth moisturizer when you purchase the full size with code FAIRY109. Free shipping on Pro Sizes with code SHIPPRO.  Free bliss Eau de Toilette with $75+ purchase with code MYBLISS, expires 7/30.  Free gift with $100+ purchase with code ONTHEGO, expires 7/31. Free Bliss Mega Gift with any $75+ purchase with code MEGA, expires 7/7.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free full-size Naked Rich Color Lip Gloss and free shipping on $65+ orders with code RICH44, expires 6/24.  Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Complimentary Crystal Lipgloss Deluxe Sample + free shipping with $65+ orders with code GLOSS11, one time use, expires 9/29.  Complimentary full-size Tea Rose Lip Color + free shipping with $65+ orders with code TEA11, one time use, expires 9/1.  Complimentary full-size Buff Glitter Lipgloss + free shipping with $65+ orders with code BUFF11, one time use, expires 9/29.
  • CLINIQUE:   Two minis + free shipping with $30+ purchase with code JULY4, expires 7/6.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with any fragrance purchase with code CODESPORT, expires 7/9.
  • KIEHLS:  Free shipping on $35+ purchase with code SUMMERFUN, expires 7/10.  Receive two-deluxe travel-ready formulas when you purchase two Ultra Facial Oil-Free products with code OILFREE, expires 8/15.
  • LANCOME: Free 5-piece deluxe sample collection + free shipping with $45+ purchase with code DELUXEJULY, expires 7/7.  Free 4 samples ($95 value) + free shipping with $45+ purchase with code AJULY, expires 8/1.
  • NARS COSMETICS: Get a free Mini Orgasm Illuminator + free shipping with ANY purchase with code TEMPTALIA, expires 7/5. 10% off is currently being taken off with code TEMPTALIA as well!
  • NORDSTROM:  $5 shipping on $50+ beauty orders.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Free 1-week supply moisturizer sample with any purchase with code SPOT1, SPOT2, or SPOT3, valid 7/5 thru 7/11.
  • PHILOSOPHY:
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Free shipping on $150+ orders with code SHIPFREE2, expires 7/4.
  • SEPHORA:  Free mini-self tanner with $25+ order (choose from Bare Escentuals, Dr. Brandt, Clarins, or St. Tropez) with code SUNKISS.  Free Bobbi Brown foundation samples with any purchase with code BBTRIO.   Free Benefit Train Case with any purchase with code SDSCASE. 2 free Bliss Poetic Waxing Strips for Body with any order with code WAX.  Free YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils deluxe sample with $25+ order with code FAUXCILS.  Free Dior Lash Primer with $25+ order with code DIORMAX.  7 Free Lancome anti-aging serum samples with any order with code YOUTH.  3 free deluxe samples with $25+ order with code DADSDAY.  Choose a deluxe fragrance mini with $25+ order with code MINISCENT.  Free supergoop! SPF 30 lip balm sample with $25+ order with code ACAIBALM.  Free Too Faced primer sample with $25+ order with code PRIMED.
  • SKINSTORE.COM: 20% off select staff favorites with code G2G20, expiration unknown.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA): $10 select body butters, scrubs, shave creams; 2 for $12 Handwashes and Lotions, expires 7/5. Buy 2, get 1 free (makeup), expires 7/5.  Free shipping with any $30+ purchase, expires 7/4.  Take $10 off $40+ orders with code 10OFF, expires 7/5.

Guerlain Bal de Mai (160) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Bal de Mai (160) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

The formula is creamy without being thick or heavy, and it is actually a moisturizing formula.   It’s soft and feels like silk when applied.  I find these comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque, but still similar enough.  They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, but the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me.  To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post.  I did find that the slider on this particular tube was stiffer than others, which reduced the functionality/utility.

I found Chanel Flamboyante to be a little brighter and redder but still similar. It seems more like a slightly darker and more opaque MAC Viva Glam Cyndi.

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Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Bal de Mai
A
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
98%

MAC Semi-Precious Collection: Overall & Recommendations

Each summer, MAC’s mineralize-themed collection is one that seems highly anticipated, but ultimately, I’m more let down than excited over it after trying it all out. This year is, ultimately, not very different. I find this launch overwhelming–is it necessary to launch twelve, limited edition eyeshadows all at once?–and I think that might show with the inconsistencies in color payoff, texture, and quality.

The five Cremesheen Glasses and four lipsticks are consistent with past launches and formulas for all of those. The lipsticks are surprisingly wearable and seem like they should work across skin tones, which is owed to the sheerness of the color. Though Musky Amethyst is labeled frost, it feels more like a lustre (which the other three are). I do find lustre lipsticks drying and that they only last two to three hours (a little below average). I wish Cremesheen Glasses were either less expensive or contained more product, because they’re a miss in terms of value (and always will be).

In my experience, mineralize products do not seem to wear as long as regular, pressed powders. I find this to be true in the mineralize blushes, skinfinishes, and eyeshadows. I typically get around six hours of wear with the blushes and skinfinishes, and the wear with the eyeshadows seems to depend on just how much work I put into them and the color payoff when dry, because they can fade within two to three hours or last closer to five or six.

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