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  • Kat Von D BeautyMobile Early Access: Get any Studded Kiss Lipstick for $15 and free shipping with code FREESHIP, ends 7/27.
  • Nordstromsimplehuman Rose Gold Round Pro Mirror for $167.50 (normally $250!) through this link, ends 8/06.
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This Week’s Sales for March 26th, 2012


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  • EBATES:  Lancome (14%), Sephora (8%), DermStore (7.5%)
  • FAB:  Spencer & Devon (3/27)
  • GILT:  Bliss Spa (3/26), Skincare Shop (3/29),
  • HAUTELOOK: philosophy (3/26), Cosmedicine (3/26), Kide (3/26), StriVectin (3/27), Hairdo by Jessica Simpson (3/27), Sprayology (3/27), Skinn Cosmetics (3/28), Love Life Skin (3/28), Amir Argan Oil (3/28)
  • IDEELI:  —
  • MRREBATES:  Proactiv (25%), Sheer Cover (25%), Murad (12%), SkinStore (10%), Apothica (10%), DermStore (10%), ULTA (8%), Beauty.com (8%)
  • MYHABIT: Nature’s Shea Butter (3/27), Buyer’s Picks: Flat Irons & Hairdryers (3/28), Skincare for Mom and Baby (3/29), Belli (3/29), 29 Cosmetics (3/30), StriVectin (3/31)
  • Rue La La:  

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+.
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:   20% off entire purchase with code PICKED4U, expires 4/1.
  • BEAUTY.COM:  Get $10 off $50 through THIS LINK.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.  Free hello flawless oxygen wow sample with any order with codes: HFIVORY, HFPETAL, HFCHAMPS, HFHONEY, HFBEIGE, HFTOASTED, HFAMBER, HFHAZEL, HFNUTMEG, expires 3/31.
  • BLISS:  Free Clarins gift of three minis with Clarins purchase of $40+ with code CLRNSTRIO, expires 3/31.  Free silver and chocolate bag filled with Sisley mini goodies with $300+ Sisley purchase with code CUTEBAG, expires 4/30.
  • BLOOM:  25% rewards back on your first purchase with code 25BACK. 30% rewards back on your first purchase with code 30BACK.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150. Free Sulfur Therapeutic Mask with any DDF purchase with code MASKGIFT, expires 3/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.   Free Plumberry Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 with $65+ order with code PLUM11, expires 4/13.  Free Nougat Lipgloss with $65+ order with code GLOSS12, expires 4/13.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off when you shop for your My Favorites List, expires 6/2/12.
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN:
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members. Free shipping with any $75+ purchase with code DESIGNER10, no expiration.
  • JURLIQUE:  $15 off $75 with code SPRING15, $40 off $150 with code SPRING40, $100 off $300 with code SPRING100.
  • KERASTASE: 20% off orders of $100+ with code MARCH20, expires 3/26.
  • KIEHLS:  Purchase Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado & receive complimentary shipping and a deluxe sample of Ultra Facial Cream with code AVOCADO, expires 3/31.
  • LANCOME: Free 4-piece sample + free shipping with $45+ purchase with code LANMARCH, expires 3/31. 5 piece deluxe sample offer + free shipping on $45+ purchase with code MARDELUX, expires 3/28.
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday. Free lancome gift (valued up to $139) with any $39.50 Lancome purchase.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Spend $150 and get a free subscription to Harper’s Bazaar with code BAZAAR. Spend $250 to $499, get $25; Spend $500 to $999, get $50, etc.
  • SEPHORA:   15% off for VIBs with code CHICVIB, 3/29 through 4/6.  Free Cover FX BritePrep Primer deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code BRITEPREP, expires 4/11. Free Shiseido Full Definition Perfect Mascara deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code FULLDEF, expires 4/11.  Free Bare Escentuals Finishing Touches 3-piece sample set with any VIB purchase with code VIBFINISH, expires 4/4.  Free Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code EXTRAFIRM, expires 4/11.  Free Hourglass No. 28 deluxe primer serum sample with $25+ purchase with code PRIME28, expires 4/10. Free NARS Mini Trio with any VIB purchase with code VIBPERKS, expires 3/27.   2 free Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Clothes with $25+ purchase with code SPACLOTH, expires 3/27.
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off select gift ideas under $200 with code NEW2012, expiration unknown.
  • TARTE: Free shipping on $40+ orders.  Free LipSurgence Charmed Lip Tint + free shipping on $75+ orders with code CHARMED, expires 3/31.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA): Buy 2, get 1 free on all skincare, expires 3/29.
  • ULTA:  $3.50 off any $10 purchase (exclusions apply) with code 79726.   Buy 1, get 1 50% off Physicians Formula, Revlon Beauty Tools, NYX Eye Cosmetics, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail, Almay, Japonesque Cosmetic Brushes, Aveeno.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.
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Sunday Link Love, Volume #088

Happy Sunday!

Mellan is pretty excited–today his “girlfriend” Luna is coming over! It’s his first house guest 🙂 Fingers crossed the rain holds off for a couple of hours so they can have a good romp in the yard!  What are your Sunday plans?

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NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo ($34.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “brown sugar” and a “chestnut.” This is an interesting duo that desperately needs to be swatched! I can’t emphasize that enough, because it looks very, very different swatched and in practice than it does in its pretty pans. Both shades are much darker–so much so that not only did I swatch this duo twice, but I googled and looked through dozens of other images and saw similar results. In my old school NARS Duo product photos and swatches, the products look lighter than they do when swatched.

The left side of the duo is a rich, orange-red-toned dark brown with a smattering of gold shimmer and finer burnt red micro-shimmer. It has such a beautiful, silky texture with excellent color payoff. NARS Galapagos is slightly darker, more of a yellow-toned brown. Bare Escentuals Pumped is similar but not as red-toned. MAC Roasted Chestnut is similar, just a touch lighter and more metallic in finish. MAC Make Your Mark is not quite as intense or as red-toned. Laura Mercier Cedar is slightly less red-toned. MAC Swiss Chocolate is very similar but matte and a bit browner.

The right side of the duo is a warm, red-toned medium-dark brown with red shimmer. Like the left shade, this has a soft, smooth texture that yields rich, opaque pigmentation. Make Up For Ever #14 is more metallic and a deeper brown. theBalm Tres Moi is similar but more frosted. MAC Take Root is less intense and red-toned. MAC Antiqued is browner. theBalm Racy Kacy is a bit lighter and less brown.

This duo represents what NARS is capable of:  soft, silky smooth textures combined with rich pigmentation.  Both shades blended out beautifully and with ease, though a little goes a long way.  These shades could be used together, but you’ll find they work even better when paired with a lighter shade for more contrast.  When applied over the lid without a base, it lasted for eight hours with very, very minimal fading but no creasing; and when applied over the lid with a base, there were no issues after ten hours.

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Kava Kava Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “creme beige” with a frost finish. It’s a warm light-beige with threads of pale white shimmer–so there are some brush strokes. It reminded me of URban Decay Fame, which is more neutral in tone. Rescue Beauty Lounge Sheer Nude is more opaque and a little more peach-hued. Zoya MInka is more opaque and a bit lighter, almost yellow-tinted. I think Rescue Beauty Lounge Ani is the closest–it has shimmer but no metallic threads.

OCC described it as opaque, but with two coats, it’s still sheer. A third coat will get you closer to opaque results, but there will still be some underlying sheerness. This shade was my least favorite out of the six for spring/summer, and part of that is because of the formula, which was watery and a bit thin.  It appeared almost streaky because of the sheerness and metallic shimmer.  I’m normally a fan of OCC’s formula, but this one disappointed.  I typically get a week of wear out of OCC’s formula with no chipping and minor tip wear.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Kava Kava
Kava Kava
Kava Kava
7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
76%
Total

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