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- HAUTELOOK: Rock & Republic Beauty (5/16), RapidLash (5/17), Barielle Nailcare (5/17), Skinn Cosmetics (5/18), Lotus Cosmetics (5/19), Beauty Problem Solver Event (5/20)
- IDEELI: Deep Sea Cosmetics (5/16)
Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs
- APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
- BEAUTY.COM: $10 off $60 – you MUST click through this link to receive the offer.
- BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50, expires 10/26. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115, expires 10/26.
- BLISS: Free travel size Youth moisturizer when you purchase the full size with code FAIRY109. Free shipping on Pro Sizes with code SHIPPRO. 29% off bliss, remede, and elemis products with code MAY20OFF, 5/19 through 5/25. 50% off Bliss Steep Clean products with code STEEP, expires 5/16.
- 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.
- CLINIQUE: Choose your own GWP – choose 6 free treats plus a silver cosmetics bag with any $21.50 purchase, starts 5/17.
- DARPHIN: Free shipping on all orders, no code necessary. Limited edition 500ml sizes of Darphin favorites, savings up to 40%.
- GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY: Free shipping on $75+ orders with code DESIGNER10, expires 6/28. Up 40% off on gone-but-not-forgotten items.
- KIEHLS: With the purchase of Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate + any skin care product, enjoy 2 free samples: Midnight Recovery Concentrate + Super Fluid UV Defense with code STRENGTH, expires 5/30.
- LANCOME: Free four piece sample set ($101 value) + free shipping with $45 purchase with code AMAY, expires 5/31. 3 free skincare samples ($119 value) with $35+ order using code MOTHER, expires 5/31. 2 free samples ($48 value) + free shipping with any order, expires 5/24.
- NORDSTROM: $5 shipping on $50+ orders.
- ORIGINS: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
- PHILOSOPHY: 15% off select skincare products with code GLOWINGSKIN, expires 5/20.
- SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: Receive a deluxe sample of The Moisturizing Gel Cream with any La Mer purchase with code LAMER69, expires 6/22. Deluxe, beauty-filled tote ($175 value) with any $60 Estee Lauder purchase with code LAUDER36, expires 6/10.
- SEPHORA: 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. Free Lancome antiaging serum with any order with code YOUTH. Free Clinique Pore Refining Serum sample with $25+ purchase (Beauty Insiders only) with code SHRINK, expires 5/30. Free Laura Mercier Face Scrub sample, use code FACEPOLISH. Free Bliss mini rollerball with any purchase with code BLISSFUL. Free travel-size Dr. Brandt Intensolution treatment with any purchase with code BLEMISHFREE.
- SKINSTORE.COM: 20% off select staff favorites with code G2G20, expiration unknown.
- THE BODY SHOP (CANADA): Buy 3, get 2 free sitewide, 5/9 thru 6/5. Buy 2, get 1 free sitewide, 5/9 thru 6/5. Buy 1, get 1 50% off sitewite, 5/9 thru 6/5.
- THE BODY SHOP (USA): Buy 3, get 2 Free on skincare and makeup, expires 6/5.
- YSL: 4 beauty samples + free shipping with $75+ purchase with code BEAUTY10, expires 6/30.
I have a few rolling carts with pull out drawers that I use for brands I don’t access as often (in the living room), and then I use an Ikea Besta system to house brands and products I access often (which has a home in my office). Just to field anticipated questions – I am not planning to show my makeup “collection” (which is more like the Temptalia Archives than my personal collection these days) at this time.
Milani Purr-fect Purple Baked Metallic Eyeshadow ($7.49 for 0.05 oz.) is medium-dark red-toned purple with a silvered shimmer and sheen. Of the several new shades Milani released, I was disappointed in this one–the pigmentation is just not nearly as intense as it looks in the pan. The pan looks like a much more vibrant, violet purple with greater depth than is achieved when used (regardless of whether it is used wet or dry).
Milani could ditch that curved sponge/brush applicator, because the bristles are splayed and scratchy, while the sponge is thin and surprisingly scratchy. I did like the switch to a black interior, over the champagne gold from the Runway Eyeshadows. The lid is also quite secure, and I had to pry it open with my nails.
Illamasqua’s formula is richly pigmented, smooth, and easy to apply. I did notice very slight brush strokes in the finish under really bright light–the kind common in more metallic finished polishes. Bacterium was opaque in two coats. I typically get a full week of wear with Illamasqua Nail Varnishes with minimal tip wear and no chips.
Video Review: NARS Summer 2011
This is a video I filmed when I first received NARS’summer collection to review, so these are my initial thoughts along with swatches. For more detailed reviews, check out the NARS Summer 2011 tag for all relevant posts!