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Monday, April 12th, 2010

Milani Mandarina Lipstick

The Summer Season: Milani Mandarina Lipstick

Milani Mandarina Lipstick ($4.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant, tangerine-orange with a glossy sheen and completely opaque color. This is not an orange for the faint of heart! This is a bold, unabashedly orange lipstick. The best part of this lipstick is how truly pigmented it is–trust me, I was impressed upon swatching at just how opaque the color is on lips. It lasts about three hours on me, but it fades evenly enough that it’s not a big deal when it does. I wish the scent was a little less synthetic/waxy–even just vanilla would work for me. Otherwise, the intense color pay off and creamy look and feel of the formula is well worth the five dollar price tag.

Is this the right orange lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

Rant & Rave

This Week’s Topic: LIP LINER!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about lip liners and all that those entail.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

This Week’s Sales for April 12th, 2010

  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50.
  • Bliss: Get 20% off all body products, waxing, and cellulite with code SUN20 through April 18th.  Get a free problem salved & free shipping with any ingrown eliminating pads purchase, use code POTM410, expires 4/30/2010. Free Bliss gift bag with $50+ purchase with code WANTIT, expires 4/30/2010.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.
  • Bobbi Brown: Complimentary Mahogany Gel Eyeliner and free shipping orders of $65+, use code GEL. Complimentary Heather Lip Gloss and free shipping on orders of $65+, use code GLOSS7. Both codes expire 4/15/2010.
  • C.O. Bigelow: 10% off any purchase over $50 with code BIG10. Expires 6/30/2010.
  • The Container Store: Spring Organization Sale begins!
  • CVS: Buy one, get one 50% off Almay Cosmetics. Buy one, get one 50% off Revlon. Valid thru 4/17.
  • E.L.F.: Buy 1, get 1 free from the Sugar Kiss collection.
  • Juara Skincare: 10% off all orders with code APRIL10, valid thru April 30th.
  • MAC Cosmetics: Free Zoomlash with code ZOOM410.
  • NARS Cosmetics: 18% off orders of $50 or more and free shipping with code 04101822. Expires 4/30/2010.
  • Noodle & Boo: Buy Opulent Body Butter and get 50% off Bubbling Exfoliating with code exfoliant50, expires 4/30/2010. Buy 1 Play-Day Sunscreen, get 1 Free with code sunbunny, expires 4/30/2010.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Rite Aid: Buy one, get second one 50% off for Maybelline. Buy one, get second one 50% off for Frizz-Ease (shampoo/styling). Buy one, get second one 50% off for L’Oreal (eye & lip cosmetics). Buy one, get second one at 50% off Revlon Colorstay. Buy one, get second one 50% off for CoverGirl Foundation, Powder, Concealer, or Blush.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Get two travel-size best sellers (Crystal Lip Gloss and Perfectly Defined Mascara) with any $65+ Bobbi Brown purchase with code BBROWN3.
  • Smashbox: Take $25 off any order or $100+ with code SAVE25.
  • Tarte: 20% off and free shipping over $40 with code TARTE44. Expires 4/30/2010.
  • Urban Decay: 30% off and free shipping over $50 with code 1SFnF. Expires 4/19/2010.

Sephora: Get 10 free skincare samples with any order while supplies last with code 10FREE.

  • Beauty Insiders save 15% off from 4/12 to 4/19 with code BI15.
  • Free Shiseido Serum Sample with code SUPERSERUM.
  • Free Korres Primer Sample with any online order with code OAKPRIME.
  • Get samples of all five HerCut styling products with any online order with code HAIRPICK.
  • Get a free Kim Kardashian tote with $45+ on Kim Kardashian’s fragrance with code KARDASHIAN.
  • Free bliss Hot Salt Scrub when you buy the Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe trimmer with code HOTSALT.
  • Get Clarins Cleanser for $9 (2.6 oz., regularly $17), no code necessary.
  • Buy AmorePacific’s Best Selling Kit ($50), get a free deluxe-sized Skin Energy sample with code AMORESKIN.
Monday, April 12th, 2010

This week’s beauty sales at Gilt

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube

Mattify Oily Skin with De-Slick… in a Tube

Urban Decay De-Slick In A Tube ($28.00 for 0.67 oz.) is a mattifying gel as a follow-up to De-Slick Mattifying Powder ($30.00 for 0.40 oz.). Both products are designed to help those with oilier skin combat oiliness by providing a matte finish.

What’s interesting is that when you compare the ingredients, there’s nothing (at least not to me–I’m no chemist) in common. One thing to note is for those who prefer their products paraben-free, De-Slick in a Tube is just that. While the Mattifying Powder is supposed to have a translucent finish, it does seem to show up a bit on those with deeper skin tones (think medium and deeper). This makes the new Tube formulation a better option, because it’s not a powder. In fact, it really feels and seems like a mattifying primer.

Ingredients in De-Slick Mattifying Powder: Talc, Calcium Carbonate, Tricaprylin, Methylparaben, Sorbic Acid, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain: CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet).

Ingredients in De-Slick in a Tube: Aqua (Water), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance.

This feels like a gel-to-powder kind of product–it doesn’t have a traditional silicone-feel, and I didn’t notice the product pilling on my skin, either, which is something that may happen with silicone-based primers. After reading the ingredient list, it looks like De-Slick uses a clay-based ingredient (Magnesium Aluminum Silicate) to help absorb the oilies. It feels thick when you squeeze it out, but it applies smoothly, evenly, and feels incredibly lightweight. One problem I had with application, though, was the product dries down pretty quick, so I’d advise working in small areas, rather than the whole face at once.

Even though I like it best as a primer, you can use it over makeup for touch-ups throughout the day, if you need to. It’s kind of cool that you can do that without smearing your makeup all over the place. I do find it’s better on places without color product (e.g. cheeks), but it’s pretty workable as a touch-up product. Personally, I’d opt for a powder for touch-ups, just because this tube is pretty small and you shouldn’t need much touching up if you use this in the AM.

De-Slick in a Tube works well to provide a smoother, silkier surface for applying your makeup, and I definitely felt like I got better, longer wear out of my foundation as I went on past hour eight–though I am more normal-to-dry with just a little oiliness towards the very, very end of the day on my T-zone. De-Slick definitely made my T-zone less noticeably oily (though still somewhat) at the end of the day. I’d say that instead of being noticeably oily after eight hours, I didn’t notice any oiliness until after twelve hours.

It is pricier than I’d expect from Urban Decay–at least for the amount you get. For reference, Smashbox Photofinish Primer is $36/1 oz., Make Up For Ever HD Primer is $32/1.01 oz., and Korres is $28/1.01 oz. For $28, you’re only getting 0.67 oz. — not totally dismal, but it’s noticeably less than other high-end brands.  I find I use just as much product with De-Slick in a Tube as I would with other primers, so I really would have liked to see this better priced or the quantity bumped up to a full ounce.

Oh, and psst, Smashbox Anti-Shine is $27/1.01 oz. and the ingredients are very much the same (but it does have parabens).  I haven’t tried it myself, but now I’m curious about it, since you’ll get 0.33 oz. more for a $1 less.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you have particularly oily skin, De-Slick in a Tube makes a great mattifying gel-based primer that will help keep the oilies at bay for a few hours longer than without. Those with drier skin may want to avoid this primer, as the matte finish may accentuate dryness.

Availability: Urban Decay (Sephora in May)

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

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Sephora Beauty Insiders Save 15%!

Beauty Insiders will receive 15% off at Sephora.com from April 12-19th!  Just use code BI15!!

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