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  • HautelookUp to 59% off MAC Cosmetics, includes eyeshadows, palettes, blushes, eyeliners, lipsticks, and more, ends 8/20.
  • Muse BeautyBuy any 2 Viseart eyeshadow palettes for $128 (plus get three Esum eyeshadow brushes), ends 8/21.
  • Sephora4X points for Rouges (early access 8/11), 3X points for VIBs, and 2X points for BIs on all purchases, starts 8/11 and ends 8/19.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best of Holiday Color


Holiday Gift Guide: The Best of Holiday Color

As promised, here is the next installment of our most comprehensive gift guide to-date! This post features my top picks from various holiday color collections that have launched this year.  There are a few more holiday shades I haven’t reviewed or swatched, so there might be a few more of my favorites to come.

Eyes

Cheeks/Face

  • NARS Miss Liberty ($27) gives cheeks a really glistening glow, very apropos for the holidays.
  • Guerlain Parure de Nuit ($67) is the one product I’d recommend above all others for the holidays, and I say that because it’s a product I keep reaching for (to the point that I had to forcibly remove it from my reach).

Lips

  • MAC What Joy! ($15.50) is a berry-red with subtle micro-shimmer and healthy shine with good color coverage.
  • Illamasqua Belladonna ($20) is a fierce magenta pink with opaque color and lots of shine.
  • Bobbi Brown Party Alice ($24) — super pretty pink-coral, perhaps not seasonally appropriate but divine anyway.
  • NARS Joyous Red ($24) is a muted orange-red that’s workable on cool and warm-toned skin.
  • Chanel Triomphal ($32) is a pinky-red with great vibrancy and glossy shine; and Chanel Empire is perfect for those who love a brighter pink with yellow undertones.
  • Dior’s holiday lip colors ($32 each) were my surprise hit for lips this season–they’re so pretty on and wear well.

Nails

  • China Glaze Let It Snow ($3-4 each) is a perfectly festive set of twelve polishes, and all of them are available individually, so you can pick your particular poison.
  • Zoya Gems & Jewels ($8 each) is short and sweet with beautiful shimmers and extra-fun glitters (because they’re horizontal!).
  • Dior Merveille is a festive orange-red with golden shimmer that will work well on warmer skin tones.
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This Week’s Sales for November 21, 2011


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  • GILT:  H2Pro & Corioliss (11/21)
  • HAUTELOOK:  NYX Cosmetics (11/21), Oscar Blandi (11/21), Beyond the Beauty (11/21), Le Angelique (11/22), KareCo and Lumenesse (11/22), FHI Heat (11/23), Hair Rules (11/23)
  • IDEELI:  Kardashian Fragrances (11/21), Biotherm (11/23)
  • EBATES:  Lancome (14%), The Body Shop (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), Sephora (8%), DermStore (7.5%)
  • Rue La La:

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:  20% off with code 20HOLIDAY11, expires 11/27.
  • BEAUTY.COM: New Customers – get $5 off $35 or $10 off $70 on your first Beauty.com order, expires 1/1/12.  Get a free Issa London Designer Bag + deluxe samples ($175 value!) with your $100 order, while supplies last — link.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLISS:  Free gift with $135+ purchase with code HOLIDAY11, expires 12/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Free long-wear cream shadow in Suede + free shipping with $65+ purchase with code SUEDE9, expires 12/21 (one time use).  Free shimmer lip gloss in Glacier + free shipping on $65+ orders with code GLACIER9, expires 12/21 (one time use).
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free All About Eyes mini with $30+ orders with code LIDS, available while supplies last.  Free Silvery Festive Tote with $52.50+ order with code TOTE, expires 11/30 or while supplies last.
  • DARPHIN: Receive a free Darphin designer tote with $125+ purchase with code TOTE, valid 11/25 through 11/26.   Free Total Anti-aging beauty bag with $150+ purchase with code CYBER11, valid 11/28 through 11/29.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off when you shop for your My Favorites List, expires 12/31.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   20% off + free 2-day shipping on $75+ orders with code GAHOLIDAY1, expires 11/24.
  • KERASTASE:  Free deluxe sample of best selling Elixir Ultime with $68+ purchase, expires 1/1/12.
  • KIEHLS:  Get $20 off $65+ orders with code HOLIDAY, valid 11/21 through 12/31.
  • LANCOME: Receive four-piece sample plus free shipping with $45+ orders with code NOVLAN, expires 11/30.
  • MOLTON BROWN: 2 x free 100ml SHOWER GELS on orders over £40 with code TAKETWO, expires 11/23.
  • NATUROPATHICA: Free Shipping + 10% off with code BLACKFRIDAY, 11/22 through 11/30.
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/3.1  Free shipping + Ginger Rush (15ml) with $30+ purchase with code GINGER, expires 11/30. Free Brightening Stick ($15 value) with any purchase with code TREAT, expires 12/25.
  • PHILOSOPHY:   10% off with code FRIENDS, expires 12/31.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Spend $150 and get a free subscription to Harper’s Bazaar with code BAZAAR.  Free shipping on any order now through 12/31.
  • SEPHORA:   Black Friday Exclusives: 10 specials. $10 each! Free assortment of best samples with $25+ order with code MYSTERY, expires 11/29. Free shipping with $25+ purchase with code SHIPNOW, expires 11/29.   Free makeup bag + 12 free sapmles with any $25+ purchase with code FROMSEPHORA (valid 11/15 thru 12/2). Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel for $10.  Clean mini trio for $15.  Free Bare Escentuals Lip Color with any $25+ purchase with code CONFIDENCE.  Free YSL Toning & Cleansing Water with $25+ purchase with code YSLCLEANSE.  Free Bare Escentuals mascara with $25+ purchase with code FLAWLESS.  Free YSL Faux Cils Mascara sample with $25+ purchase with code FAUXCILS.  Free Shiseido Mascara sample with $25+ purchase with code PERFECT. Free Bobbi Brown Eye Cream with any $25+ purchase with code BOBBIEYE.  Free Clinique Acne Treatment sample with $25+ purchase (BI) with code ACNE.  Free Murad cleanser sample with $25+ order with code CLEANSE.  Free Super by Perricone Hydrator sample with code SUPER.
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off select gift ideas under $200 with code JOY20, expires 12/22.
  • TARTE: 10% off for new customers with code GGA, expires 12/31.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • ULTA:  Free shipping on $25+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/24.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary. 5 YSL fragrance samples and free shipping on $75+ order with code FRAGRANCE10, expires 12/31. 20% off + free shipping on all orders with code CYBER, valid 11/22 through 11/26.
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MAC Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC Inert Nail Lacquer
MAC Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC for Gareth Pugh: Inert Nail Lacquer

MAC Inert Nail Lacquer ($23.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mid-tone greyed nude” with a cream finish. It’s a neutral light-medium gray with a cream finish. It’s mostly opaque after two coats, but the consistency of the formula is on the thicker side. It’s not quite goopy or gloppy, but it’s just a few steps before it. China Glaze Pelican Grey is similar but a little grayer and has shimmer. Zoya’s Dove is also grayer but has a cream finish.

Just to reiterate, this comes in a square glass bottle compared to MAC’s rounded jar, and the cap is a glossy black rather than a rubberized black. These are slightly smaller (0.30 vs. 0.34 fl. oz.) and $8.00 more because of the “couture” aspect of the launch. Though I have not tested the polishes specifically from this collection, MAC’s nail lacquer formula generally wears for a week with minor tip wear but no chips.

MAC Nail Lacquer Inert
Inert
Inert
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Giorgio Armani Friends & Family – 20% off + free 2nd-day Shipping

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Giorgio Armani Friends & Family – 20% off + free 2nd-day Shipping

20% off and free 2nd day shipping on $75+ orders with code GAHOLIDAY1, expires 11/24 at GiorgioArmaniBeauty-usa.com.

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