NARS Angelique Lip Treament

NARS Angelique Lip Treatment

NARS Angelique Lip Treament ($25.00 for 0.06 oz.) is an ultra sheer neutral rose that almost leans coral–it just brightens up my natural lip color a bit. It has a glossier finish than your average lipstick, but it feels very lightweight and is moisturizing if you have healthier lips. It’s not overly creamy, bit it glides on lips easily and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing enough, but this also means that it’s just as easy to over-apply the product. (And trust me, with the amount you get, you don’t want to do that.) It doesn’t keep my lips moisturized all day though, and I do find myself needing to reapply every three to four hours.  It also carries a rating of SPF 15 (titanium dioxide).

So, this is a situation where I’m really bothered by the product’s price/quantity ratio. I’m willing to give all products a fair shake, and I recognize that there are brands at different price points with some brands trying to be more accessible and others remaining at arm’s length and obviously in the luxury category. I expect pricing to be in line with the brand’s image, similar products, etc., and I expect quantity to be around the average for that brand and/or direct competitors.

I don’t understand why NARS’ Lip Treatments are $25 (which is $1 more than their lipsticks and glosses) and HALF the size.  This is not a product that packs a ton of pigment in a single swipe so you can put it up to using less, or it’s full of innovative, never-before-seen ingredients/technology.  This is a product I’d easily use 3-4 times a day:  two weeks of usage and it’s already over half gone.

And so many thought Fresh was a splurge at $22.50 (but for 0.15 oz.)… Dior (which tends to be pricier than NARS) has their Lip Glow ($28.00 for 0.12 oz.), Fusion Beauty has LipFusion Balm Lip Conditioning Stick ($22.00 for 0.17 oz.), and so on. If you want to go NARS, I’d suggest one of their lipsticks instead, which are quite moisturizing as far as lipsticks go (on average) with some colors on the sheer side, others more semi-opaque, but at least you’ll get twice as much product.

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Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub Review, Photos

Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub

The body scrub has a fresh lemony scent that’s light and not synthetic, and it’s really not a scent that will last and last post-shower. It has rather fine, grainy particles that will get the job done, but if you’re looking for a coarser scrub like your typical salt/sugar scrub, I don’t think this will be vigorous enough for you. However, if you prefer something smoother, finer, and altogether gentler (particularly if you have sensitive skin), the consistency of this product is more up your alley. Bliss calls the exfoliating piece “circular scrubbing grains,” which is good, because their spherical nature will avoid tearing the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Myreth-3 Myristate, Octyl Stearate, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Distearate, Dimethicone, Propolis Extract, Dimethicone Copolyol, Beeswax, Gylcereth-7 Hydroxystearate/IPDI Copolymer, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Hops Extract, Horsetail Extract, Beeswax, Stearamidopropyl Phosphatidyl PG-Dimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.

I like that my legs feel rejuvenated and more moisturized after using this product. Not all scrubs impart moisture, and I can always appreciate one that multi-tasks (though if you suffer from drier, scalier legs like me, you don’t get to skip the body butter). Depending on your budget and what you like to splurge on, Bliss’ body scrub isn’t for everyone–it can seem pricey. Personally, it takes me ten years (exaggeration!) to get through a jar of body scrub, so if it does the job I like, smells good, etc., I’m not overly concerned whether it’s $10 or $40, since I know I’m going to get plenty of use out of it. If, on the other hand, I was going through a jar a month, I’d be more wary.

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Burberry Ruby (18) Lipstick

Burberry Ruby Lipstick

Burberry Ruby (18) Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a gorgeous shade of bright, lush red with a faint blue-base but not at all too cool for warmer skin tones to wear.  A few weeks ago, when I reviewed Burberry’s Russet Blush, I had so many of you ask me about the lip color–in case you missed it, Ruby was it!

It’s a nearly opaque shade that packs lots of color without feeling heavy or slick on lips.  It’s lightweight in its feel, satiny in its texture.  The application is even and smooth and doesn’t require a lot of layering (just one or two passes).  There’s a soft sheen but not really a shimmer to it.  It does have a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube but not when I wore it.

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RECOMMENDATION: For a beautiful, slightly blue-based red, Ruby would be a good pick.


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This Week’s Sales for August 23rd, 2010

This Week’s Sales for August 23rd, 2010

  • Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK. Free travel-size Blow Out hair spray with $25+ purchase of Blow products with this link. Buy 2 Frederic Fekkai Advanced products, receive free 1 oz. Glossing Cream with this link.
  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115 (excludes Asia).  Get Rich Beach Velvet Eyeshadow free with any $50+ order with code EYECOLOR, expires 9/1 (make sure to add it to your bag).
  • Bigelow C.O.: $15 off $100+ purchase with code FIFTEEN, expires 8/31. $10 off any $75+ purchase with code TENOFF, expires 8/31. $5 off $50+ purchase with code FIVEOFF, expires 8/31. 10% off any $50+ purchase with code BIG151, expires 8/31. 15% off any $100+ purchase with code BIG152, expires 8/31.
  • Bliss: 15% off Bliss, Elemis, Remede with code SEPT10, expires 8/26. Free 1 oz. Fabulous Foaming Face Wash with a Steep Clean Mask purchase with code POTM810, expires 8/31. Free SK-11 cellumination deluxe sample with $125+ SK-11 purchase with code SKCELL, expires 10/31. Free gift with $40+ Clarins purchase with code CLRNGWP, expires 8/31.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.
  • Bobbi Brown: Free full-size Ash Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow with $65+ order with code ASH8, expires 10/1, one time use. Free full-size metallic eyeshadow in Gold Dust with $65+ order with code GOLD8, expires 9/30, one time use. Free shipping on $55+ purchases, no code required.
  • The Body Shop: Buy 1, get 1 50% off new Rainforest Hair Care, expires 8/29. 20% off Friends & Family sale with code FF10, starts 8/26, expires 8/29.
  • Clarins:  2 free travel-sizes of Hand Cream and Lotion with spa bag and free shipping with $75+ purchase with code BODY, expires 8/30.
  • Clinique: Free shipping with code FSCHAT07.  Free shipping plus free 3-step minis with $30+ orders.
  • CVS: Buy one, get one 50% off L’Oreal, Sally Hansen, Wet ‘n Wild.
  • E.L.F.: 50% off brushes with $25+ purchase with code BRUSHDEAL.
  • Molton Brown: Spent $65+ at Molton Brown, get a $28 Bath & Shower Scent for free. Use codes TEMPLE (Blissful Templetree), DEMER (Coco de Mer), INDIGO (Wild Indigo), or TOKO (Toko-yuzu), expires 9/1.
  • NARS Cosmetics: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Origins: Free shipping on orders of $75+, no code required.
  • Philosophy: 15% off skincare with code SKINCARE15, expires 8/20.
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  • Rock & Republic: 50% off with code ROCKCOSMETICS, expires 8/31.
  • Saks: Ultra deluxe 14-day supply of Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Reconstructing Cream with $50+ Lancome purchase with code LANCOME22.
  • Sally Beauty Supply:  $25 off $125+ orders with code 555944, expires 8/26.  20% off online orders of $25+ with code 555938, expires 8/26.
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  • Smashbox: $15 off purchase of $75 or more with code WELCOME2, expires 8/31.
  • Stila: Free Pro Artist Palette $40+ purchase with code PROSTILA.
  • Walgreens: Buy one, get one 50% off for Maybelline, Neutrogena (Cosmetics), Revlon.
  • Zuneta: 10% off for first time customers with code Z8641, expires 12/31/10., Inc.


  • Free Clinique Repairwear serum sample wih any purchase with code REPAIRWEAR.
  • Free Clean Scene by Murad sample duo with any purchase with code CLEANSCENE.
  • Philosophy Christmas in July sale here.
  • 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.
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Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection for September 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection for September 2010

Metallic Eye Shadow ($20.00)

  • Black Berry
  • Black Cocoa
  • Black Charcoal

Sparkle Eye Shadow ($24.00)

  • Black
  • Black Velvet

Eye Shadow ($20.00)

  • Black Charcoal
  • Black Chocolate

Kohl Eyeliner ($20.00)

  • Black
  • Black Chocolate
  • Black Plum

Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Black Maple
  • Black Raspberry

Metallic Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Black Garnet

Lip Gloss ($20.00)

  • Black Chocolate

Creamy Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Black Mahogany
  • Black Cherry

Availability: September 2010

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