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Sunday Link Love, Volume #116

Happy Sunday!

I’m really excited about today, because we’re going to be shopping for holiday decorations and ornaments.  We picked up our (artificial) tree yesterday at Lowe’s, but I figured I could wait at least another day to build it since we don’t have anything to decorate it with yet!

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Most Overrated & Underrated High-End Brand

Over & Under: Most Overrated & Underrated High-End Brand

There are always products that receive endless raves, but they don’t always live up to our expectations or work out as well as they do for others.  Share your picks for most overrated and underrated HIGH-END BRAND.  Don’t forget to share your whats and whys as to your choices!

  • Most Overrated: [answer]
  • Most Underrated: [answer]

My Picks

  • Most Overrated: Givenchy never seems to knock my socks off.
  • Most Underrated: Hourglass or Le Metier de Beaute–both are smaller brands that often put out excellent products.
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Beauty.com Friends & Family Sale 2012 20% Off Sale Begins! Extended!

During our special Friends and Family Event, take 20% off* your Beauty.com order. Limited time event!

Extended! Get 20% Off at Beauty.com!

Get 20% off when you shop through this link for the Beauty.com Friends & Family sale! There is no code – you have to click through the link or banner above to get the discount! The Friends & Family sale is November 6th through November 9th. They’ve extended the sale — it now ends November 11th at 11:59PM PST.

*Restrictions apply — Gift Cards, Gift Certificates, and the following brands will not receive special pricing: Fresh, Jane Iredale, Palovia, Rodin. Offer does not apply to backorder or out of stock items.

Happy hauling! I’d love to hear what you nabbed! 🙂

L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer

L'Oreal The Queen's Ambition Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer

Bold and Black — The Queen’s Ambition

L’Oreal The Queen’s Ambition Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a deep, dark black with silver glitter in multiple sizes. It is very similar to Illamasqua Creator, though Creator photographers more warm-toned on me. It is also comparable to NARS Night Breed, though The Queen’s Ambition is smoother.

It’s completely opaque after two coats, but one coat was almost enough for total opacity.  The consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, and it applied very fluidly and evenly across the nail without bubbling, streaking, or pooling along the sides.  If you couldn’t bring yourself to pay the price for Creator, this makes for a more budget-friendly version that is incredibly close.  I don’t think you could tell the difference!  I haven’t tested the wear of this specific shade, but I have done wear tests for six or so of L’Oreal’s Colour Riche line, and they’ve worn very well; a full week without chipping, just very minor tip wear.