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  • Lord & Taylor30% off almost everything + 10% off cosmetics & fragrances with code FRIENDS, ends 12/15.
  • MAC CosmeticsEarly access on 12/5 to MAC x Mariah Carey for Obsessed & Devoted members here, starts 12/05 and ends 12/07.
  • Macy's$10 off every $50 cosmetics & fragrance purchase, ends 12/08.
  • SaksReceive a gift card up to $700 on your purchase of $250+ with code DEC2016, ends 12/09.

Win MAC Lightly Prancing Dazzleglass Creme!

Win MAC Lightly Prancing Dazzleglass Creme!

One (1) lucky winner will receive MAC Lightly Prancing Dazzleglass Creme! (Retail value $18.00!)

Congratulations to Tiffani A.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by December 5th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

One Way to Win

Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which eyeshadow you would pair with this gloss!

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Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick

Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick
Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick

An Orange Good Enough to Eat

Clarins Clementine Rouge Prodige Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a vibrant, bright orange with a very fine dusting of yellow-gold shimmer.  I get five hours of wear with this shade, so this shade wore better than Blackberry by an hour.  I did like that it didn’t seem to leave a stain though.  An orange this bright is a shade I would recommend wearing with more minimal makeup, just because it will be the centerpiece of your look given its vibrancy.  It is not quite as blindingly neon as MAC’s Morange or Neon Orange, but it sure comes close.

It does have that shiny, glossy finish the description boasts, and it doesn’t feel like the traditional long-wearing lipstick does. There is nothing drying about it when you apply it, because it applies like a thin gloss or a gloss/lipstick hybrid. The color pay off is excellent, though, and really delivers opaque color with a lightweight feel.  It doesn’t transfer much when drinking from a glass, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t extend past four hours.

The Rouge Prodige is a comfortable lipstick to wear, because it doesn’t cling or dry lips out (but while it has a glossy feel when applied, I do not find it moisturizing). There is a faint sweetened berry scent that is detectable but not overpowering (and doesn’t read synthetic or syrupy sweet), and there was no noticeable taste.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I always welcome a new line with opaque lip color (because it’s easier to sheer out an opaque color than it is to build up the color of a sheer shade!), and Rouge Prodige is a nice lipstick overall–it just falls short of its long-wearing claims for me. If it didn’t have that claim, I would have given it a higher score.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

Skincare Tips: Undereye Bags – by Renee Rouleau

Skincare Tips from Renée Rouleau: Undereye Bags

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.

The skin under the eyes is extremely thin and fragile and can have under eye bags, puffiness, lines and wrinkles. Of all the areas of the face the eye area can be the most problematic.

What are under eye bags?

The term “bags” refers to loose, sagging skin under the eyes that has lost its firmness.

Why do bags appear?

Bags start out in the early years as under eye puffiness and over time, the connective tissues that attach the skin to the orbital bone deteriorates resulting in loose, sagging skin. Bags start to show around the age of 50, when the skin naturally starts to lose its tone. For many individuals, bags are hereditary and for others it can be from years of allergies that caused them chronic puffiness around the eyes.

What can I do to help reduce bags?

Since bags are loose skin, it’s impossible to restore that loss of elasticity once the bag is formed. Cosmetic surgery will give you the most noticeable improvement.

What can I do to prevent bags?

  • To prevent bags, you must prevent puffiness and keep the skin from losing tone:
  • Get your thyroid checked. Under eye bags may be related to a thyroid function. Hypothyroidism (an under active thyroid) causes myxedema which makes changes to the connective tissues, which causes a loss of tone in the under eye area. Consult with your doctor.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Being tired at night results in yawning and yawning makes the eyes tear. The excess fluids around the eyes will cause puffiness which weakens elasticity under the eyes accelerating under eye bags.
  • Control your allergies. One of the biggest contributors to under eye puffiness (and eventually bags) is from allergies.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking inhibits circulation and is the major cause of oxidative stress in the body resulting in a weakening of collagen and elastin fibers.
  • Use eye care products containing skin-firming peptides. Peptides renew skin’s firming mechanisms to return skin to a more youthful-looking appearance. Use Renée Rouleau Firming Eye Therapy—a new and improved formula!

How do I reduce puffiness?

Place a bag of frozen peas over the eyes. Cold temperatures constrict blood vessels, preventing the flow of fluid into tissues and diminishing puffiness in the process.

So if you are someone who has many, many skin care products that leave you without any real results, it’s simply it’s very difficult to entirely reverse bags using topical products. So prevention is key.

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Beauty Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2010 Sales, Coupons, Codes


Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales, Deals, Coupons

  • Anthony for Men:  20% off any purchase 11/22 thru 11/26.
  • Bare Escentuals: Spend $50, get $20 off your next purchase of $40 or more (redeemable 12/13 through 12/31) with code MERRY, valid 11/26 through 12/5. Free shipping on any order on 11/29 only with code SHIPFREE. 20% off all purchases with code GETLUV, 12/9 through 12/12.
  • Bath & Body Works: VIP Bag 2010 available online 11/24 and 11/25; in stores on 11/26. $5 wallflowers from 11/25 to 11/26. Buy 3, get 3 free signature collection 11/25 thru 11/28. 2 for $20 candles 11/25 thru 11/28.
  • Beauty.com: Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK.
  • BeautyTicket.com: 30% off everything with code CYBER30, valid 11/29 only.
  • Benefit: Free U.S. shipping with code GLAMSHIP, 11/24 through 11/29. Free international shipping on $85+ orders with code DEALDAY1, 11/25 through 11/29. Get 20% off top rated pics from Annie & Maggie with code FORDPICS, only valid 11/29.
  • Bliss: Get a full-size Bliss Best of Skintentions Moisturizer for free on 11/29.  Blowout sale, up to 50% off 11/26 thru 11/29.  30% off select Bliss gift sets with code GIFTSET, expires 11/29. 30% off custom gift set of 2+ items with code GIFTS30, expires 11/29. Get a free sample-filled tote bag ($200 value) with any $150+ purchase with code HOLIDAY, expires 12/31.
  • 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. Free full-size Mahogany Ink Gel Eyeliner with $65+ order with code BEST33, expires 1/15/11. Free full-size Cobalt Ink Gel Eyeliner with $65+ orders with code BEST55, expires 12/25/10.
  • Butter London: 20% off with code FF2010, expires 11/30. *NEW*
  • Chantecaille:  Get Tea Rose Lip Chic free with purchase of Tiger in the Wild Palette with code TIGERS, 11/26 only.
  • Clarins: Free shipping on all orders with code THANKS, 11/23 thru 11/28.
  • Clarisonic: 20% off Skin Care Pairs, Cleanser Duo Sets, Brush Head Duos with code PAIRS, expires 11/30.
  • Clinique: Free shipping + 2 makeup minis with $35+ orders with code CYBERFB, expires 11/26.
  • Elizabeth Arden: 25% off + free shipping on any order (applies to makeup, skincare, fragrance) from 11/26 through 11/30. With any $65+ purchase, receive a 31-piece black tote ($300 value) with code CYBER65, only valid on 11/29.
  • Eve Pearl: Up to 55% off with code BPCM2010, 11/25 through 11/29. While supplies last.
  • Giorgio Armani: 20% off orders of $75+ with code FRIENDS, expires 11/30. *NEW*
  • GOSMiLE: 20% off with code BLACK20, 11/26 thru 11/29.
  • Illamasqua:  25% off for Americans with code THANKSGIVING, expires 11/28. *NEW*
  • Kate Somerville: 30% off with code KSFF2010, expires 11/30.
  • Kiehl’s:  20% off with code FAMILY10, 11/26 thru 11/30. *NEW*
  • Lancome: Black Lash Friday Events on 11/26 – kits featuring four of Lancome’s best-selling mascaras.  20% off + free shipping with code HOLIDAY20, expires 11/29. *NEW*
  • Lierac: 30% off all products with code FF2010, 11/29 through 12/3.
  • LORAC:  Cyber Monday Collection ($100 value) for $25, 11/29 only.
  • LUSH: Get free ground shipping with $100+ purchase, free 2-day shipping with purchase of $120+, free 2-day + free 1 oz. limited edition perfume with $150+ purchases. Get $10 LUSH e-gift card with any purchase of $100+. Only on Black Friday, 11/26.
  • Macy’s: Friends & Family begins 11/30, through 12/06. 25% off (10% electrics) with code MACYSFF. Cyber Monday specials and free shipping on $75+purchases on 11/28 thru 11/29 with code CYBER.
  • Ole Henriksen:  Holiday kits up to 67% off on Cyber Monday, 11/29.
  • Origins: Free shipping on orders of $75+, no code required.  Origins Greats Sueprset available for $55 (value of $122.50) on 11/25 only.  Get $10 off any Origins order of $25+ with code MONDAY on 11/29 only (excludes gift sets).  Free standard shipping on any order 11/25 thru 11/29.
  • Petsmart: (I couldn’t resist–I know we have a ton of pet lovers here!) 50% off all holiday Kong toys, 50% off all Top Paw & Great Choice Dog Sweaters/Coats, 50% off all PetHoliday products, 50% on all dog collars, save $10 + $5.99 shipping on all orders of $60+.
  • Saks: Get $25 gift card when you spend $100 on beauty/fragrance with code BEAUTYSFA, 11/25 thru 11/26.
  • Sephora: Free Haul-iday tote with $25+ orders only on 11/26 (while supplies last). Free shipping on $25+ orders with code SHIPNOW, 11/27 through 11/29.
  • SkinStore: 20% off everything with code CYBER20, expires 11/29.
  • Smashbox: Free gift every Tuesday and Thursday. Free shipping on all orders.  20% off with code FFSB20, expires 11/29.
  • Stila: 20% off with code STILALOVES, expires 11/30.  Cyber Monday Warehourse Sale only on 11/29, up to 80% off.
  • The Body Shop: 3 for $30 sitewide, 11/25 through 11/26. 2 for $25 Body Butters and Scrubs and 3 for $25 Shower Gels and Lotions, 11/27 through 11/28. 3 for $30 sitewide + free shipping 6PM EST 11/30 through 12/2.
  • Trish McEvoy: 20% off with code TMHOLIDAY, expires 11/29. *NEW*
  • Urban Decay:  Selected Urban Decay best-selling eyeshadows, colored mascaras and glosses for just $6, chic nail polish sets and shadow palettes for just $12 from 11/26 (at 3am EST) thru 11/30 (3am EST).  Sneak peek of 15th Anniversary 24/7 Pencil Set on 11/29.
  • YSL: 20% off all orders with code FRIENDS, expires 11/30. Free shipping on $50+ orders. *NEW*
  • Zeno:  25% off 11/26 thru 11/29.

P.S. — MAC & Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday is now up for sale 🙂

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Bobbi Brown Glitter Liquid Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Glitter Eyeliner
Bobbi Brown Glitter Eyeliner: Silver, Gold

Haven’t We Met Before?

Bobbi Brown Glitter Liquid Eyeliner ($20.00 for 0.05 oz.) are felt-tipped liquid liners available in both Silver (bright silver) and Gold (bright gold).

These have a thin, almost watery consistency that’s been soaked into a long, narrowed pen. As I’ve mentioned a few times now (ha, ha!), I like the liner for its long-wearing capabilities, but the applicator is also very easy to use. It’s flexible without being all over the place, and it’s thin enough to allow for precision. (For a more in-depth review, you may want to consider my MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliners Review).

The liner reminds me of tube mascara, because when you use remover on it, it flakes off, rather than just simply dissolving. I did find that taking a shower (heat and humidity) made it easy for these to flake off IF you rubbed your eyes, but they would stay put otherwise. It does stay tacky for a few minutes, so while you can’t do much if you make a mistake other than starting again, it will feel tacky to the touch.

It’s a good liner, but this is the third time I’ve seen it in the past six months, so it has me raising my eyebrows halfway off my forehead. MAC’s still comes in as the cheapest ($17.50, and it’s actually 0.06 oz.), and they are also permanent.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This liner formula that seems to have a lot of brands on board is certainly worth checking out, but what brand you choose is really more about personal preference as I have not observed any noticeable differences across the three brands I’ve tested thus far.

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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