Monday, July 12th, 2010

This week’s sales at HauteLook

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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Rimmel Eyeful Eye Glistener

Glossy Eyes?  One Slippery Ride…

Rimmel Eyeful Eye Glistener ($7.29) are great in theory, terrible in practice. I don’t usually use the word “terrible” to describe beauty products, because I don’t come across too many that merit such a negative descriptor. These are glossy pencils to give lids “vibrant, yet transparent” colour, and Rimmel says you can use it as an eyeshadow or eyeliner.

  • Stand Out is a sheer, golden-shimmered light olive green.
  • Talk to Me is a soft medium sky blue with a silver sheen.
  • Girls Only! is a peach-shimmered pale petal pink.

May all of the beauty gods and goddesses be at your side should you dare to use these as an eyeshadow! These slip and slide and crease and migrate all over the place. It’s like a waterslide adventure where the produce is in my lashes, glitter is on my cheeks, and my eyelids look more like an oil spill than beautiful and luminous. It looks awesome for the first few minutes, so I think for a photoshoot, they could work, if you were going for a sheer, glossy lid look. If you’re actually planning to wear these out of the house? Not so much!

Even applied over an eyeshadow base and “set” with eyeshadow, these still end up creasing within a couple of hours, and by setting with eyeshadow on top, you lose the glossy effect (so why bother?). They have a sticky texture, so eyeshadows adhere well to them, but I felt like it kind of gunked up my brush at the same time. I couldn’t find a way to make these creaseproof at all, unfortunately.

As an eyeliner, they definitely fair better, but I still found the liner migrated to the corners after two to three hours and some of the glitter fell under my eye. It’s a cool effect, and for a quick trip out, it could be worth trying. Girls Only! is a shade that could be used elsewhere on the face, like the cheeks, for a highlighter effect. It doesn’t seem to ever fully dry, so while you can get glistening cheeks, be wary of touching them. I’m not sold on using it elsewhere, to be honest, because it slips around so easily.

I didn’t get great pigmentation out of the three shades I tried–they were definitely on the sheer side–but according to Rimmel they’re supposed to be “vibrant, yet transparent,” which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

No, I’ll just stick with clear lipgloss if I want a glossy look–lasts about the same and sometimes a little longer.

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  • Product: 7/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: For photoshoots or five-minute wear, maybe. As a novelty, maybe. I’d skip.

AVAILABILITY: CVS, Ulta, etc.

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Monday, July 5th, 2010

Clinique Online

This Week’s Sales for July 5th, 2010

  • Beauty.com: Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK.
  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115.
  • Bliss: Free Summer Gift Bag ($102 value) with any $75+ purchase with code JULY4TH, 7/1 thru 7/6. Get a Beauty Flash 30ml (VALUE $27.50) with any Clarins purchase of $40+ with code CLARINS, expires 7/20.   Get a free 3.4oz Lemon + Sage Soapy Suds with a Tan For all seasons purchase with code POTM710, expires 7/31.
  • 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 long-wear gel eyeliner in Mahogany Ink with $65+ order with code GEL8, expires 9/30, one time use. Free full-size metallic eyeshadow in Gold Dust with $65+ order with code GOLD8, expires 9/30, one time use.
  • The Body Shop: Save up to 60% off during the sale event, starting 6/7.
  • C.O. Bigelow: 10% off any purchase over $50 with code BIG10. Expires 6/30.
  • Clinique: Free limited-edition beach towel, plus free Standard Shipping with any $35+ purchase with code BEACH. Free Summer Tote with order of any 2 Clinique SPF products. Use code SUNTOTE. Free tulip-patterned makeup bag with $35+ purchase with code FREEBAG, expires 6/30. Free Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief sample with any order with code WISE, expires 6/30. Free shipping with code FSCHAT07.
  • CVS: Buy one, get one 50% off L’Oreal, Maybelline (Face), Sally Hansen.
  • Juara: 10% off in July with code JULY10.
  • L’Occitane: L’OCCITANE Summer Sale! Select products up to 50% OFF.
  • MAC Cosmetics: Free shipping & Zoomlash Mascara sample with code LASH710.
  • NARS Cosmetics: Free shipping on orders of $25 or more with code 25FREESHIP. Free mini Laguna bronzer with $65+ order with code LAGUNASUMMER, expires 7/1.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Origins: Free shipping with code FREESHIP54, expires 6/30. Free Youthopia sample, plus free standard shipping with $35+ orders with code NEXTSERUM, expires 6/30. Free full-size cleanser with $30 Origins.com order with code CHECKS. Modern Friction To Go: full size Modern Friction Plus a Free travel size – save $15.00.
  • Rite Aid: Buy one, get one 50% off COVERGIRL, L’Oreal, Maybelline (Lips/Nails), Revlon (Lips).
  • Saks: Receive a luxury beauty collection (a $175 value) with any $55 Estee Lauder purchase with code LAUDER25.  Free shipping on $150+ orders with code JULYSHIP, expires 7/6.
  • Walgreens: Buy one, get one 50% off COVERGIRL, Maybelline, Revlon (Face/Lips).

Sephora.com, Inc.

Sephora

  • 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 MD Skincare Trifix acne clearning lotion sample with code TRIFIX.
  • Stila eyeshadow palette @ $10, while supplies last.
  • Get samples of all five HerCut styling products with any online order with code HAIRPICK.
  • Get a free Kim Kardashian tote with $45+ on Kim Kardashian’s fragrance with code KARDASHIAN.
  • Free bliss Hot Salt Scrub when you buy the Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe trimmer with code HOTSALT.
  • Free Boscia night cream sample with code BOSCIANIGHT.
  • Free Urban Decay De-Slick sample with code DESLICK.
  • Free Dr. Brandt Samples with code DRBRANDT.
  • Free Shiseido Sun Protection & Cleansing Oil samples with code SUNDUO.
  • Free Shiseido skincare samples with code 123SHISEIDO.
  • Smashbox Moisture Rich Lipgloss @ $5, Eyeshadow palette at $6.
  • Free MD Skincare Trifix Acne Clearning Lotion sample with code TRIFIX.
  • Last chance DDF sale, get 50% off select DDF items, no code necessary.
  • Korres body scrub for $8.50, no code necessary.
  • Pacifica 2 for $25 on shower gels or lotions, no code necessary.
  • Free refillable palette when you buy any 3 Make Up For Ever eyeshadows or blushes with code MUFE.
Monday, July 5th, 2010

This week’s beauty sales at Gilt

The link above is an invite-link, which is a referral link. Gilt requires an invite in order to join. I receive a $25 referral credit to my account IF you purchase, but not just if you sign up.

Monday, July 5th, 2010

This week’s sales at HauteLook

  • Thursday (7/8/10): LORAC

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! :)

Monday, July 5th, 2010

NYX I Dream of St. Lucia Eyeshadow Palette

Budget Friendly Beauty:  NYX I Dream of St. Lucia Palette

NYX I Dream of St. Lucia Eyeshadow Palette ($8.75 for 0.28 oz.) is a tropical-themed palette with all of the fun, bright shades of the beach. It has a medium grassy green with a semi-matte finish, medium sky blue with a satiny feel, sunny, paled yellow with a frost finish, pop of bubblegum pink with blue undertones and a satin finish, and bright orange with a satin finish.

I love NYX as a brand that provides higher quality products at a very budget-friendly cost. I find NYX eyeshadows to be good but not great–they tend to be a little powdery and fade a bit on the lid. The powderiness can lead to a modest bit of fall out, though a small price to pay to keep within your budget! What’s great about this palette in particular is that I don’t have shades quite like these in some of my higher end brands, so it’s a nice way to complement and supplement my high-end collection, too.

All five shades were pigmented, though the green and blue shades easily faded if you overblended. The yellow and the orange had the best pigmentation, both vibrant with little product, and the yellow shade didn’t fade or sheer out at all (owes to the frost finish, I’d say).

Overall, it’s an excellent palette with good eyeshadows at an even better price. One thing I’d like to see is a reference guide as to what shades the palette actually contains – I couldn’t track down a list of what each was called. I only know that the palette contains some of the original, best selling NYX eyeshadows, but I’d like to know exactly which ones — NYX has so many, and it’s difficult to tell online!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re on a strict budget or you don’t want to shell  out $15-20 per eyeshadow to get your bright eyeshadow fix, NYX has you covered with their I Dream of St. Lucia palette.  Five brights for under $10–quite the steal.

AVAILABILITY: NYX

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