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Thursday, October 18th, 2007

With the weekend upon us, I know I love a good time spent shopping (or at least browsing!), so check out a few good deals happening:

FACEatelier is giving readers of Beauty Blog Network blogs 30% off all purchase at www.faceatelier.com with code “why not” at checkout.

Stila has a promotion running til November for 20% off purchases with code DANIELLEBFF (as we mentioned earlier!) — www.stila.com.

Makeup.com has launched their new classic brands at http://discount.makeup.com, and you can receive 15% off your first order with code DISCOUNT, plus orders over $60 receive free shipping and a free 7 piece Benefit makeup gift set (valued at $75).

Do you know of a great beauty deal? Share it with me and the readers by leaving a comment!

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

What? Napoleon Perdis’ Boudoir Palette. This is one of the most compact holiday palettes I’ve seen, but it’s utterly adorable with its tortoise packaging. You open up the compact to reveal three eyshadows on the first tier, with two lip glosses on the bottom tier. You’ll also find two mini-brushes for on-the-go application. On the bottom of the eyeshadow tier, there is a mirror, as well.

For who? For every girl who adores darling compacts. For your Mom, who’ll swoon over the vintage print, and the simplicity of the colors.

Why and how much? I really like the shades they give you; they seem relatively unique as a combination (gold, grape, and silver. The gold-yellow color is so gorgeous and makes a great wash or a highlight. The smokey purple is awesome for that subtle smoked look, great for lining or pumping any daytime look into evening. I love that the silver kind of surprises you in the combination, but it’s a great cooler hue for the holiday season. Plus, you’ll love the price — $25.00! As far as Napoleon Perdis products go, this is definitely a bargain (and not to worry, you don’t lose out on quality!).

Available at www.napoleonperdis.com, www.sephora.com, and select retailers this holiday season.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Overall, I liked a few things from Antiquitease, and of course, I loved all of the names of the products. I found that there were a few standout items that I was instantly drawn to (Uppity, Gold Veneer, Majestic, Engaging), a few I liked enough to want to buy, but not head-over-heels-in-love (Queen’s Sin, Red Romp, Mi’lady), and of course, a few items that just aren’t my personal taste. I liked the pigments well enough, with Sweet Sienna being my favorite out of the three. I feel like this is a pretty good mix of products that will appeal to the population enough so that everybody should find one or two things to take home with them!

For detailed reviews of individual products released, keep reading.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Here are swatches from today’s launch of Antiquitease Color!

MAC COSMETICS | ANTIQUITEASE COLLECTION SWATCHES AND PHOTOS

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Thursday, October 18th, 2007

What are you getting from MAC’s Antiquitease Collection? (or what did you!) It’s MAC’s first holiday release this year, and I want to know what products made you fall in love at first sight! What products didn’t? (psst, it comes out today nationwide.)

Me? Not sure yet! I never really know what I want until I go in, because I have so many products I really have to touch and play everything in person to make decisions on what I should be taking home with me.

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

NAPOLEON PERDIS CHINA DOLL FOUNDATIONNapoleon Perdis’ China Doll Foundation ($50.00) makes me feel like I’m living in a bit of my own personal luxury with how creamy this product is. It is described as a “lightweight, long wearing luxe liquid formula” that is a self-setting foundation and powder in one. It sets to a soft velvet finish (very matte), which is quite dreamy. My skin feels softer than it normally does when properly moisturized!

What do I look for a holy grail foundation? I want my complexion to look flawless, and I don’t care what it takes to make it look that way. If it means a dewy finish, I’m there; if it means no SPF, I’m down! I have found through experience that I have a definite preference for a foundation that sets or dries to a matte finish, has a high liquidity, provides light to medium coverage (preferably the ability to build from light to medium easily), and wears all day without requiring touch-ups.

How does this one stand up? Very well. I honestly couldn’t feel the product on my face once it set (this product is designed to give you several minutes to add blush, contour, etc. before it sets), which is an absolute for me. I also love that it does have SPF 15 in it, because I’ve been using Napoleon Perdis’ Dream Cream beforehand, which doesn’t, and I just have to have SPF!

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