Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Rimmel Dizzy Lipstick
Rimmel Dizzy Lipstick

Bright-but-Wearable Pink Lips by Rimmel

Rimmel Dizzy Lasting Finish Lipstick ($5.19 for 0.14 oz.) is a beautiful shade of brightened medium pink with a soft blue undertone. It has a subtle frosted sheen, but it doesn’t feel or lean too frosty to me. The color coverage is excellent; it delivers opaque color and nearly covers my lip freckle. Lasting Lipstick has a creamy feel when applied, and while I wouldn’t describe it as moisturizing, it doesn’t dry out my lips either. It has a synthetic, fruity scent that’s a bit sweet but tolerable and doesn’t linger once applied.

From the get-go, this lipstick has all the makings of a great lipstick. My issue with this lipstick has to do with the claims it’s making about how long it wears. Rimmel says that it “locks colour to lips for up to 8 hours of wear.” Try one, maybe two. I typically get four hours of wear out of the average lipstick, but with Rimmel, I find the color has faded substantially by hour two. We don’t even get close to eight.

It’s really disappointing, because I can’t give this product high marks when it falls so short of the claims it makes. I evaluate products based on what they’re supposed to do, not what I want to do or what’s “good enough.” I recognize that this is a remarkably pigmented, smooth, creamy lipstick formula with an affordable price tag, but it’s not enough: it does not do what it’s supposed to do.

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  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re on a budget and looking for more pigmented lipstick, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish seems to have some good options, as long as you don’t mind reapplying every couple hours.  I think this is one of the better budget-friendly lipsticks I’ve tried, but it doesn’t last long on lips at all.

AVAILABILITY: ULTA

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Friday, September 24th, 2010

Beauty.com

The Annual Storewide Shelving Sale! Our huge collection is 25% off. Plus, 25% off elfa installation service!

This Week’s Sales for September 24th, 2010

  • Bare Escentuals:  20% off with code GLAMOUR, expires 10/12.
  • Beauty.com: 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. Buy $30 of NARS and get a free travel size Lipgloss duo in Chihahua and Greek Holiday ($6 value) with THIS LINK.
  • Becca: 20% off with code DC0810, expires 9/25.
  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115 (excludes Asia).
  • Bliss: 20% off Slimwear and Cellulite Remedies with code SLIMWEAR, expires 10/1. Up to 40% off during the blowout sale, ends 9/30.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.  11-year anniversary gift with $100+ purchase.  Exclusive and new Tocca Kona limited edition candle.
  • 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.
  • C.O. Bigelow:  15% off any purchase with code EARLYBIRD, expires 10/15.
  • Clarins:  Free shipping on any order through 9/28 with code ESSENTIALS.
  • Clinique: Free Lash Power Mascara mini with $35+ orders with code LASH, expires 9/30. Free shipping with code FSCHAT07. Free shipping plus free 3-step minis with $30+ orders. Free shipping and Air Kiss Long Last Glosswear sample with $35+ purchase with code NEXTJUMP, expires 9/30.
  • GOSMiLE: 10% off with code OCT10, 9/27 through 10/31.
  • NARS Cosmetics: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP. Free Mini Lipgloss Duo in Sweet Dreams/Dolce vita ANY purchase with code TEMPTALIAC, through THIS link, expires 10/15.  Free 2-day shipping on orders of $150+, no code necessary.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Origins: Free shipping on orders of $75+, no code required. Free sample of Youthtopia with code SERUM9, expires 9/30. Free full-size lipgloss with any order, use code RUBY, BLOSSOM, PASSION, or CRYSTAL, expires 9/30.  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary, expires 9/27.
  • Philosophy: Spend $50 through 9/26 and receive a free gift bag with code LUXURIOUS.
  • Saks: La Mer gift with purchase on $300+ purchases with code LAMER48. Free shipping on all orders with code SHIPAFF10, valid 9/20-9/25.
  • SkinStore: 20% off storewide with code BELLA20, expires 10/5.  20 % off Philosophy with code BELLA20, expires 10/5.
  • Smashbox: Free gift every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Stila: Free Stila Mascara with $15 Purchase for the Month of September.
  • StrawberryNet: Shop this week’s very Special Deals.
  • The Body Shop: Buy 2, get 1 free at the Semi-Annual Skin Care Event, ends 10/10.
  • Zuneta: 10% off for first time customers with code Z8641, expires 12/31/10. 20% off with code WEEKEND, expires 9/26.

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora

  • 10% off for VIBs with code V436CB.
  • Free deluxe-size Aquolina Body Mousse with any purchase with code PINKSUGAR.
  • Free Bliss mini rollerball with any purchase with code BLISSFUL.
  • Free travel-size Dr. Brandt Intensolution treatment with any purchase with code BLEMISHFREE.
  • Free Clinique Repairwear serum sample with any purchase with code REPAIRWEAR.
  • Free Clean Scene by Murad sample duo with any purchase with code CLEANSCENE.
  • 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.
  • Free Juicy Couture parfum rollerball with any purchase with code JUICYCOUTURE.
  • Free StriVectin facial cream with any purchase with code SCULPT.
  • Free Caudalie Vinoperfect samples with any purchase with code VINOREGIMEN.
  • Free refillable palette when you buy any 3 Make Up For Ever eyeshadows or blushes with code MUFE.

PetSmart

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Normally, I post weekly sales in our Deals section, but HauteLook is doing something very special this week: BEAUTY WEEK!  Favorites such as DDF, Stila, LORAC, and NYX will be up for grabs.   If you’re unfamiliar with HauteLook, it’s a members-only website that offers daily sales on name brands, and sometimes, it also has beauty brands from 30-60% off.

This week’s sales at HauteLook

The links above are referral links. It means that I receive a $10 credit if you make your first purchase–I get nothing if you never buy. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :)

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Beauty.com

This Week’s Sales for September 13th, 2010

  • Beauty.com: 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. Buy $30 of NARS and get a free travel size Lipgloss duo in Chihahua and Greek Holiday ($6 value) with THIS LINK.
  • Becca: 20% off with code DC0810, expires 9/25.
  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115 (excludes Asia). Free I Cannes & I Will Eyeshadow with $50+ purchase with code VELVET10, expires 9/20.
  • Bliss: Free shipping on Pro sizes with code SHIPPRO. 15% off Bliss, Elemis, and Remede with code OCT10, valid 9/17 thru 9/23
  • 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.
  • Clinique: Free Lash Power Mascara mini with $35+ orders with code LASH, expires 9/30. Free shipping with code FSCHAT07. Free shipping plus free 3-step minis with $30+ orders. Free shipping and Air Kiss Long Last Glosswear sample with $35+ purchase with code NEXTJUMP, expires 9/30.
  • NARS Cosmetics: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP. Free Orgasm Illuminator sample with THIS link.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Origins: Free shipping on orders of $75+, no code required. Free sample of Youthtopia with code SERUM9, expires 9/30. Free full-size lipgloss with any order, use code RUBY, BLOSSOM, PASSION, or CRYSTAL, expires 9/30.
  • Philosophy: 15% off fan favorites with code FANFAVES, expires 9/10.
  • Saks: Ultra deluxe 14-day supply of Absolue Precious Cells Advanced Regenerating and Reconstructing Cream with $50+ Lancome purchase with code LANCOME22. Free shipping on orders over $150 with code SEPSHIP10, expires 9/20.  Free shipping on all orders with code SEPAFF10, valid 9/20-9/25.
  • SkinStore: 20% off Boscia Natural Skincare Products (or ANY Natural Skincare/Cosmetics, including Korres, SpaRitual) with code ECO20, expires 9/13. 15% off Philosophy, expires 9/13.
  • Smashbox: $15 off purchase of $75 or more with code WELCOME2.
  • Stila: Free Stila Mascara with $15 Purchase for the Month of September.
  • StrawberryNet: Shop this week’s very Special Deals.
  • The Body Shop: Buy 2, get 1 free at the Semi-Annual Skin Care Event, ends 10/10.
  • Too Faced:  10% off with code FCBKFAN10, expires 9/18.
  • Zuneta: 10% off for first time customers with code Z8641, expires 12/31/10.

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora

  • 10% off for VIBs with code V436CB.
  • 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.
  • Free Juicy Couture parfum rollerball with any purchase with code JUICYCOUTURE.
  • Free StriVectin facial cream with any purchase with code SCULPT.
  • Free Caudalie Vinoperfect samples with any purchase with code VINOREGIMEN.
  • Get a free sample collection of 3 Bare Escentuals best sellers with code BEMATTETRIO.
  • Get a free sample collection of 3 Bare Escentuals best sellers with code BEBARETRIO.
  • Free Kat Von D eye primer sample with code KVDEYE.
  • Free bliss Hot Salt Scrub when you buy the Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe trimmer with code HOTSALT.
  • Free refillable palette when you buy any 3 Make Up For Ever eyeshadows or blushes with code MUFE.

PetSmart

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

This week’s sales at HauteLook

The links above are a referral link. It means that I receive a $10 credit if you make your first purchase–I get nothing if you never buy. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :)

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Milani Runway Eyeshadow
Milani Royalty Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Runway Eyeshadow: Royalty

Milani Royalty Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is a medium fuchsia purple with a lilac sheen.  It’s like a purple version of MAC Stars ‘n Rockets (without the duochrome).  It’s semi-sheer when used dry, and it’s still a little sheer when used wet.  I like the color, and I think the subtle periwinkle flecks seem to come through a bit, which makes it more nuanced than some of the other shades from Milani’s Runway line.

Check out my original review for my thoughts on the packaging.

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  • Product: 23/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 2/5

RECOMMENDATION: Color eyeshadow fiends should probably pass, just because it’s nowhere near as pigmented as many top brands for color–but if you just want to play around and experiment with color, this is an affordable way to do so.

AVAILABILITY: Cherry Culture

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