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Monday, January 5th, 2009

EDIT: Please visit THIS POST for the most recent code and details for MAC’s June 2009 Friends & Family Sale!

WOW!! MAC is having their Friends & Family sale and it begins January 6th, 2009 and lasts through January 8th 11:59 EST for US and Canadian addresses only. Save 25% off of EVERYTHING*! Use code MACFF9!

Edit: Some of you are saying BBR will not get a discount! Color me totally surprised on that one. MAC online always launches 2 days before the in-store launch, so I’m very surprised it’s not up today. According to MAC Live Chat, BBR has pushed to launch the 9th. Lil’ shady, if you ask me.

*Offer valid at maccosmetics.com (not valid at MAC Stores and MAC department store locations). Valid from 1/6/09 – 1/8/09 only on maccosmetics.com. Valid for shipments in the US and Canada only. May not be used in combination with any other offer or discounts. Valid on in-stock merchandise only. Not valid on purchase of gift cards or egift cards or VIVA GLAM products. Not valid on pending purchases or purchases made before 1/6/09 or after 1/8/09. All purchases are subject to bank authorization prior to processing. Only Authorized purchases will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel this promotion due to system errors or unforeseen problems.

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Stila’s Precious Pearl Collection definitely got a lot of buzz from you guys–namely the stunning palette encased in a “mother of pearl” kind of case with six lovely shades of eyeshadow. Can I just say that the promo photos didn’t do the palette justice? The Precious Pearl Palette will be available this February for $40, and it features the following eyeshadow colors:

  • White Gold Soft creamy white with gold shimmer
  • Soft Pink Pristine light pink with pink and white shimmer
  • Mid-tone Pink Neutral pink with warm undertones and pink shimmer
  • Gold Deep gold with yellow and gold shimmer
  • Green Intense mermaid green with blue and green shimmer
  • Deep Blue Dark navy with black undertones and blue shimmer

Too often, promotional images tell one story while swatches/actual photos tell another story–one that’s disappointing. This is certainly not the case with Stila’s palette for spring. The palette itself is prettier in person than it is in the photos, especially because Deep Blue is so much bluer and brighter than the promo photo made it look. But you know what really makes this palette awesome? It swatches like a dream! The shadows are smooth, velvety to the touch, and each shade is well pigmented. There is no chalky mess here; no misleading colors. Colors are true to appearance, and I think this bunch of colors offers a nice palette for the spring season.

White Gold is a gorgeous creamy white shade with gold shimmer. I bet it would look stunning all over the lid or as a highlight (though darker skin tones may have to use a light hand so it doesn’t look OTT). Soft Pink is a frosty purple-pink shade; kind of reminds me of MAC’s Pink Opal, but deeper in color. Mid-tone Pink is really that: a medium pink; a little subdued and has less frosty shimmer and more of a nice sheen. Gold is a bronzy antique gold shade, very color-rich with the same soft sheen as Mid-tone Pink. Green is a soft greenish color with gold sheen and shimmer. Deep Blue is a rich navy blue with an almost purple-blue sheen, lightly shimmered.

All in all, Stila’s Precious Pearl Palette is a delightful surprise and a great way to kick off spring. I love the textures and color pay off of every shadow, and each color is one I can see myself using. They didn’t waste your dollars by throwing in a boring or unusable shade–and they didn’t make any of them chalky or poorly pigmented. Well-done, Stila! Color me impressed.

What do you think? Has the palette continued to live up to your expectations? Is this going on your to-buy list or are you passing?

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

Have y’all seen Nordstrom’s Value-Sized Favoritesicon section? I think it’s pretty nifty! I don’t remember if they’ve done this before or not, but it’s a great idea with the way people are cutting back on some of their spending. I know Nordstrom has had some special value-sized products in the past for sure, but I don’t remember so many of them.

I’m thinking about trying Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Washicon ($95.00), because I was so impressed with her Oil-Free Moisturizer (which I am now out of, unfortunately!). For all the Smashbox Photofinshicon fans, make sure you peep the value-sized version, going for $49. I know it’s also launching on their website, too. Now don’t you all wish we could afford Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Cremeicon? It only costs a cool $1,000! Mere pennies!

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Guerlain | EXOTIC PARADISE | Spring 2009

A hymn to the glory of nature

As the winter days come to close, Guerlain rejoices in the frivolity of the season that heralds happiness and abundance. With the spring come new hopes and a carefree spirit, boosted by luxuriant and jubilant nature. To celebrate the triumph of spring, Olivier Échaudemaison has created a rich collection drawn from an eccentric, eclectic garden of Eden, a colorful kaleidoscope of nature’s prettiest, most sensual colors and organic delights.With his exotic palette, he concocts color that stirs optimism, awakens purity and arouses a desire for paradise that hibernates within every woman.

Ombre Éclat 4 Shades

  • 404 Paradis Exotique

KissKiss Gloss

  • 804 Orange Interdite
  • 805 Cerise Tentation
  • 806 Pomme du Desir

Ombre Éclat – Single Shadow (3.6g)

  • 140 L’Instant Precieux (Pearly)
  • 141 L’Instant Charnel (Velvety)
  • 142 L’Instant Fauve (Sparkly)
  • 143 L’Instant Cuir (Sparkly)
  • 160 L’Instant Coquin (Velvety)
  • 161 L’Instant Fleuri (Pearly)
  • 180 L’Instant Fume (Pearly)
  • 181 L’Instant Emeraude (Sparkly)
  • 182 L’Instant Nuit (Sparkly)
  • 190 L’Instant Indigo (Sparkly)

Ombre Éclat Eye Primer

Using a neutral skin color, a radiant beige, this unifying base was specifically created to prime the skin for makeup and guarantee perfect hold. It is also formulated as a treatment enriched with smoothing and moisturizing agents, in order to protect the delicate skin on the eyelids from the damaging effects of time and environment. It smoothes and revives the eyes at once, creating the ideal base for impeccable eye makeup.

KissKiss Couleurs Precieuses

  • 557 Flushy Beige
  • 558 Forever Beige
  • 559 Corail Passion
  • 579 Rose Miami

KissKiss Maxi Shine

  • 624 Candy Shine
  • 646 Honey Shine
  • 647 Grenadine Shine
  • 671 Baby Shine

Ombre Éclat range Duo & Liner

  • 383 L’Heure de Nuit

Available: Currently available online at Nordstrom.com and Neiman Marcus, should be in stores now or soon.

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Hello Kitty Pictures!!

A bunch for your perusal! :)

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

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