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  • Neiman MarcusEarn up to a $500 gift card with select regular-price purchase with code NMSHOP (beauty/fragrances included), ends 1/24.
  • Sephora10% off for VIB/VIB Rouges with code V436CB, one-time use per year (valid each year you reach or renew your VIB status), ends 12/31.

This Week’s Sales for August 29th, 2011


Feel free to share any upcoming deals you’ve spotted!

  • HAUTELOOK:  Redpoint Cosmetics (8/29), FHI Heat (8/30), Sensa Skincare (8/31), Suki Skincare (9/1), Mirabella Beauty (9/1), Amir Argan Oil (9/2)
  • IDEELI: —
  • EBATES:  Elizabeth Arden (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), Beauty.com (8%), Drugstore.com (8%), Sephora (8%)
  • Rue La La: Tweezerman (8/29)

NORDSTROM IS NOW OFFERING FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS EVERYDAY.  I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited for this day!

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:  20% off with code PARIS20, expires 9/6.
  • 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.   Free full-size ooh la lift with code LIFTMEUP on $50+ orders, expires 9/2.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLISS:  20% off sets of 2 with code BACK2SETS, expires 10/31. 30% off on all Bliss cellulite products with code CELLULITE, expires 8/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: 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:   Free sun tote with $40+ purchase with code SUNTOTE, expires 8/31 or while supplies last.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping + 2 free samples with $75+ orders.  Free shipping with makeup purchase with code GAFALL, expires 8/31.  Free shipping when you submit a review with code GAREVIEWS3, expires 10/31.
  • KIEHLS:
  • LANCOME: 4 piece sample + free shipping with $45+ order with code LANAUG, expires 8/31.  Choose 4 out of 8 free samples (up to a $114 value) with $35+ purchases with code CHOICEAUG, expires 8/29.
  • NORDSTROM:  FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS EVERYDAY. 
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free Origins sample (3-week supply ) with any skincare purchase + free shipping with $50+ orders, expires 8/31.
  • PHILOSOPHY: 10% off with code SGWR5824, expires 8/31. 15% off with code S224762, expires 9/30.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Spend $150 and get a free subscription to Harper’s Bazaar with code BAZAAR.  Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code SHIPAUG. Free rush shipping with $150+ orders with code RUSHSFA, expires 8/31.
  • SEPHORA:  Free Ojon hair serum with $25+ order with code RESTORE. Free Caudalie Vinoperfect moisturizer with any $25+ purchase with code VINOSPF.  Free Justin Bieber laptop case with purchsae of 1.7 oz. Someday fragrance with code SOMEDAY. Free 7-day supply of Lancome Genefique anti-aging serum with any purchase with code YOUTH.  Free BB cream sample with $25+ purchase (choose 1 of 3) with code BBCREAM.  Free Clinique acne treatment with any $25+ purchase with code ACNE. 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.   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.
  • SKINSTORE.COM: 20% off select staff favorites with code G2G20, expiration unknown.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA): Buy 2, get 1 free on all skincare, expires 10/2.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.
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Items of Intrigue, Vol. 001


These are a few items that caught my eye in the past week or so. I’m a regular (online) window shopper of all the usual suspects’ “what’s new” sections. Has anyone tried these? Would love your thoughts!

  • Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation ($42.00) seems like it would make for a good fall/winter foundation for those with drier skin. I’m curious on whether it moisturizes without feeling heavy.
  • Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge and Santal Blush ($195.00 each) are new scents from the Private Blend collection, which I’ve enjoyed several scents from. Both sound interesting enough and will definitely have to take a sniff next time I’m at Nordstrom.
  • Giorgio Armani Jacquard Face Palette ($55.00) has an interesting pattern, but I’m wondering how practical it is as an actual face palette–will that strip of color be too small to be of use? Or will it yield a barely-there rosy flush?
  • Dior Graphic Berry Le Vernis ($22.00) looks so vibrant and decadent in the bottle, and I just want to know if it comes anywhere near that in real life.
  • Bobbi Brown Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser ($26.00) sounds just like the kind of texture I like in a cleanser–I’m all about a rich, thicker cream cleanser that doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or stripped.

What’s caught your eye recently that you’ve been intrigued by?

bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo

Debuting at the beginning of October, bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-hued compact that features Mixologist and Cognac. The new pressed eyeshadow formula has a SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that gives the shadow a “creamy, silky smooth” texture with “seamless blendability” and “stay-true color.” It’s supposed to be long-wearing whether worn alone or with primer–you shouldn’t see any creasing or fading. I’ve tested various combinations of shades from the duos and quads, and I’ve happily achieved ten hours of solid wear without a primer underneath. For a review of the packaging, please read my original review.

Mixologist is a really pale, orange-peach with a metallic sheen. It has a silky smooth texture, but it doesn’t translate as well when worn–it does go on uneven in places. I’m being nitpicky, because it’s not a big deal at all, but I wanted to point it out. The level of shimmer and sheen makes this look a lot lighter on than it does in the pan (where it retains more of its peachy color). Inglot #393 is yellower, while Inglot #353 is matte.

Cognac is bronzy brown with a metallic-frost finish that has a bright sheen. There is a subtle red-brown undertone. The texture is phenomenal–super smooth, buttery, and dense–and the color payoff is even better, with really rich, opaque color. It is similar to MAC Woodwinked and Inglot #406.

bareMinerals The Top Shelf Eyeshadow Duo

A
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

Sunday Link Love, Volume #065


The Sophie Lancaster Foundation; near and dear to Illamasqua’s heart

What are your Sunday plans?

First:  For those on the east coast, stay and keep safe!!   I have a long to-do list of things I want to get done before the red carpet starts for the MTV VMAs, which I will indeed cover.  Before I get into all of that, though, we’ll head to the farmers’ market to pick up a few fresh fruits and veggies, and maybe a hazelnut chocolate croissant… or two.

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