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This Week’s Sales for October 22nd, 2010

Beauty.com

The Body Shop

This Week’s Sales for October 16th, 2010

  • Beauty.com: Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK. Buy $25 of Urban Decay and get a free travel sized 24/7 pencil through THIS LINK.
  • Becca: 20% off with code DC0810, expires 10/31.
  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115 (excludes Asia).
  • Bliss: Get 30% off Bliss Bath & Body Bestsellers with code BODY30, valid 10/14 through 10/21. Get 15% off Bliss, Remede, and Elemis with code NOV10, valid 10/21 through 10/28. Free Creme de La Mer 7ml with any La Mer purchase with code LAMER10, valid 10/27 through 10/31.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order. 11-year anniversary gift with $100+ purchase. Exclusive and new Tocca Kona limited edition candle.
  • Bobbi Brown: $65+ orders ship free, no code necessary. Free full-size Copper Penny Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow with $65+ orders with code COPPER9, expires 1/14/11. Free Rockstar Metallic Eyeshadow with $65+ orders with code ROCK9, expires 1/14/11.
  • Clinique: Free shipping with code FSCHAT07. Free shipping plus free 3-step minis with $30+ orders. Free shipping plus two free treats with $35+ orders with code TREATS, expires 11/1.
  • Dermadoctor: $10 off orders over $60 with code DERM60, expires 12/15.
  • e.l.f.: 30% off Studio Line on $20+ purchases with code STUD30.
  • GOSMiLE: 10% off with code OCT10, expires 10/31.
  • MAC: Free shipping with code CS105LIVECHAT.
  • NARS Cosmetics: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP. Free 2-day shipping on orders of $150+, no code necessary.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase. Free beauty gift with any $120+ beauty/fragrance purchase valued at $100+. Free Estee Lauder gift with $29.50+ purchase. $5 shipping on beauty purchases of $50+ with code BEAUTY.
  • Origins: Free shipping on orders of $75+, no code required.
  • Saks: Receive an exotic snake-print tote filled with deluxe samples with any $100 saks.com beauty or fragrance purchase with code COLOR2 while supplies last.
  • Sally’s Beauty Supply: 20% off online orders with code 555962.
  • Smashbox: Free gift every Tuesday and Thursday. Free shipping on all orders.
  • StrawberryNet: Shop this week’s very Special Deals.
  • The Body Shop: Buy any 2 products, get a third for 76 cents, expires 10/31.
  • Zuneta: 10% off for first time customers with code Z8641, expires 12/31/10.

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora

  • 10% off for VIBs with code V436CB.
  • Free deluxe-size Aquolina Body Mousse with any purchase with code PINKSUGAR.
  • Free Bliss mini rollerball with any purchase with code BLISSFUL.
  • Free travel-size Dr. Brandt Intensolution treatment with any purchase with code BLEMISHFREE.
  • Free Clinique Repairwear serum sample with any purchase with code REPAIRWEAR.
  • Free Clean Scene by Murad sample duo with any purchase with code CLEANSCENE.
  • Free Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum mascara with any purchase with code SPECTRUM.
  • Free 1-week supply of REN blemish cleanser with any purchase with code CLAYCLEANSE.
  • Free Dr. Brandt skincare samples with code DRBRANDT.
  • Free Bare Escentuals RareMinerals eye cream with code RAREEYE.
  • Free Kate Somerville sunscreen with any purchase with code KATESUN.
  • Free Juicy Couture parfum rollerball with any purchase with code JUICYCOUTURE.
  • Free StriVectin facial cream with any purchase with code SCULPT.
  • Free Caudalie Vinoperfect samples with any purchase with code VINOREGIMEN.
  • Free refillable palette when you buy any 3 Make Up For Ever eyeshadows or blushes with code MUFE.

Introducing: Makeup Recommendations


Introducing: Makeup Recommendations

We have all found at least a few items we absolutely love and reach for often because they just suit us, whether flattering on our skin tone, with our hair color/eye color, or based on our skin type. This list is designed to help compile our tried and true recommendations to help others find their favorites (and hopefully, you’ll find some new favorites, too!).

We are all our own experts and the power of collaboration allows us to come together and harness all of that expertise in a way that can benefit the entire beauty community. Some of the most popular questions we’ve asked have been related to everyone’s favorite pink blush or red lipstick! Together, we can create a more comprehensive list of our personal favorites, based on our skin tone, skin type, hair color, and eye color.

Share your favorites!

Use our easy recommendation form to add your favorite products and holy grail shades to our list.  (Please allow a few minutes for the list itself to update.)

MULTIPLE LISTINGS ARE OKAY! They’re good, even!  If 10 people with similar coloring all recommend the same product, isn’t it a sign that it really must be amazing?

Foundation recommendations can be added to the Foundation Matrix.

Head over HERE to check out recommendations as recommended by your fellow enthusiasts.

P.S. — I put in all the product types/colors I thought were appropriate, but if I missed one (I am sure I did!), just let me know in the comments, and I’ll add it ASAP.

Skincare Tips: How to Reduce Blackheads by Renee Rouleau

Skincare Tips from Renée Rouleau: Reducing Blackheads

Savvy, smart, and always knowledgeable, Renée Rouleau is my go-to for all that is skincare. She’s a celebrity esthetician with her own line (I love her AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel!), and she also regularly updates her blog with skin care tips and tricks.

My 3-Step Plan for Reducing Blackheads by Skin Care Expert, Renée Rouleau

Of all the skin questions that I get asked, “How do I get rid of my blackheads?” has to rank near the top of the list. Blackheads are a fact of life; almost all of us have them and we all hate them.

What is a blackhead? Blackheads are large, open pores containing oil that has oxidized from the air causing it to turn black. Contrary to what most people believe, it’s not “dirt”, it’s simply oxidized oil. You can remove the blackhead but once the oil fills back up in the pore, the air will cause the oil to oxidize again and now the blackhead is back.

Here’s my three-step plan for removing blackheads and keeping them away:

Step 1: Remove the blackheads

Whether you remove them yourself (gently, of course) or have a professional facial, they must be manually extracted.

In a professional facial, your esthetician will raise the temperature of the skin by applying warm steam to the skin and performing a facial massage to “melt” the hardened oil within the pores to make for easier extractions. When the skin is properly prepared, extractions shouldn’t leave the skin with significant red marks. A cooling mask post-extraction will help to calm the skin and reduce any visible redness.

For do-it-yourself extractions, it’s best to remove blackheads after a shower since the skin temperature has been raised. After showering, apply a thin coat of the heaviest moisturizer you have to the skin. By using a rich moisturizer, it will create a temporary occlusive seal to keep the heat trapped in the skin, which for extractions purposes is necessary. Next, cover the area with cellophane/plastic wrap and apply warm, damp towels for five minutes. Remove the plastic and wrap tissue over each forefinger and gently squeeze to remove blackheads. To avoid creating squeeze marks, be sure to relocate the position of your fingers. For example, position fingers at 3:00 and 9:00 and then 5:00 and 10:00. You can then apply a cooling gel mask to reduce any redness.

Step 2: Use acid-based products to keep pores clean

Once the pores are clean, it’s important to incorporate products into your routine that use acids, such as AHA’s and BHA’s to keep them cleaned out and prevent the oil from filling back up so quickly. Skin care products with acids might include cleansers (such as Renée Rouleau AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel), serums and peels (like Renée Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel). Be sure the products are gentle and do not contain SD Alcohol 40 or Denatured Alcohol. Note: Do not use any acid-based products for at least 24 hours after manual extractions.

Step 3: Prevent oil from oxidizing

This part is key in lessening the appearance of blackheads. As I mentioned, a blackhead is oil that has oxidized and turned black, so if you can prevent the oil from oxidizing, the oil will not turn black (or at least as quickly).

Antioxidants used in skin care products have many benefits such as encouraging collagen production, lightening discoloration (brown spots) and slowing down the production of skin-damaging free radicals, but one surprising benefit is their ability to prevent oil from oxidizing, hence the name antioxidants meaning ‘anti oxidation’. When choosing antioxidant products, look for formulas containing Vitamin C, however be sure it’s stable, doesn’t sting or irritate the skin or change color (such as brown) in the bottle over the course of time. Renée Rouleau Vitamin C & E Complex uses three forms of stable, no-sting Vitamin C which makes this product not only suitable for preventing blackheads, but for sensitive skin too.

So there you have it – my professional plan for removing blackheads and keeping them from being so noticeable and re-appearing so quickly.

Note: Blackheads will slowly re-appear over time, so it’s important to get regular monthly facials to get the pores manually cleaned

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #051

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul: Jack Black Lip Balms!

Friday plans: Catch up on school work!

Blush you always reach for: Benefit Sugarbomb

This week’s Mellan photo…

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