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  • TarteSale on Sale! Up to 70% off Sale items, ends 10/18.

This Week’s Sales for August 27th, 2012

Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES:  Drugstore.com (12%), Pur Minerals (10%)
  • FAB: —
  • GILT:  Strivectin (8/27), TRIA Beauty (8/27)
  • HAUTELOOK:  Nia 24 (8/27), Sensa (8/28), Violent Lips (8/28), TEI Spa (8/28), Christie Brinkley Skincare (8/29), Chella (8/29)
  • IDEELI:  —
  • MR. REBATES:  Proactiv (40%), Sheer Cover (40%), WEN (40%), Clinique (12%), Murad (12%), Skinstore (10%), DermStore (10%), Drugstore.com (10%)
  • MYHABIT: Dayna Decker (8/27), Up to 80% Off Must-Have Makeup (8/29)
  • Rue La La:  —

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+.
  • BATH & BODY WORKS: 20% off any order with code F126349, expires 9/4.
  • BEAUTY.COM:  Get $10 off $50 through THIS LINK.  Free shipping on $25+ orders.
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases. Free full-size bluff dust with $60+ order with code BYEBYERED, 8/22 through 8/31.  Free deluxe mini postietint and deluxe mini chachatint with $50+ order with code TINTEDLOVE, 8/16 through 8/31.
  • BLISS:   Free orange mesh bag and deep pore brush head with Clarisonic purchase of $100+ with code ORANGE, expires 8/31.  20% off Fatgirlslim with code FATGIRL, expires 8/31.   Free Queen of Hungary Mist ($25 value) with any Omorovicza purchase of $200+ with code QHMIST, expires 9/1. Free laser flowers bag ($250 value) with any $250+ Sisley purchase with code FLOWERS, expires 9/1. Free travel kit with 4 bliss best-sellers with $75+ purchase with code BLISS4U, expires 8/31.
  • BLOOM:  25% rewards back on your first purchase with code 25BACK. 30% rewards back on your first purchase with code 30BACK.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders. Free Retro Pink Creamy Lip Color with $65+ order with code RETRO12, expires 8/31 (one time use).  Free Caviar/Gold Dual Ended Eyeliner with $65+ order with code DUAL12, expires 8/31 (one time use).  Free shipping + 2 deluxe sized samples with any order with code CONCEAL, expires 8/30.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.  Free shipping through 9/3.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off with code REMINDER.
  • ELIZABETH ARDEN: —
  • FOLICA: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping with $75+ orders + 2 samples of choice for registered members. Free shipping with any $75+ purchase with code DESIGNER10, no expiration. Choose 4 minis + complimentary shipping with any foundation purchase with code FOUNDATION1, expires 9/20.  Free $50 Gift in Luminessence Lotion (10ml), Lasting Silk UV Foundation 5.5 (5ml) with any $75+ purchase with code GAPAIRS, expires 8/18. Choose 4 minis with any skincare purchase + free shipping with code SKINCARE1, expires 8/31.
  • JURLIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • KIEHLS:  Free shipping on$50+ orders.
  • LANCOME:  Free 4-piece sample set + free shipping with $45+ orders with code SUMMER, expires 8/31.
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free gift with purchase when you spend £45+.
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  • OJON: Free shipping and free returns.  Free full-size treatment ($33 value) + free shipping on any $60+ purchase with code OJONRESTORE12, while supplies last.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.  Free 2nd day shipping with $40+ order with code 2DAY, expires 8/28.
  • PHILOSOPHY:   Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Spend $150 and get a free subscription to Harper’s Bazaar with code BAZAAR.
  • SEPHORA: Free Amore Pacific Future Response Defense Creme deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code APCREME, 8/7 through 9/1.  Free Philosophy Full of Promise Dual Action Restoring Cream deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code PROMISE, expires 8/20. Free deluxe sample mystery gift with $25+ purchase with code YOURGIFT, expires 10/1.  VIBS earn double BI points now through 8/26.  Free Too Faced Caribbean in a Compact deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code FAKEBAKE, expires 9/20. Sephora VIBs get a free clutch + samples with code VIBCLUTCH, expires 8/31. Free Lancome Bi-Facil deluxe samplew ith $25+ purchase with code BIFACIL, expires 9/20. Free Boscia Clear Complexion deluxe sample for VIBS with $25+ purchase with code VIBCLEAR, 8/29 through 9/20. Free shipping for VIBS with code VIBSHIP, expires 8/31. Free Murad Retinol Concentrate deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code RETINOL, expires 9/20. Free Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code PRIME, expires 9/20.
  • SHU UEMURA: Announcing the New Donna Chocolat Collection – 10% off + free shipping on all orders with code SHUFALL, expires 9/30.
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off select gift ideas under $200 with code NEW2012, expiration unknown.
  • SMASHBOX: Save $15 off your first order of $75+ with code WELCOME2.
  • TARTE: Free shipping on $40+ orders.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ purchase.  Buy 2, get 1 free on skincare and makeup, 8/20 through 8/29.
  • TOO FACED: Free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • ULTA: 20% off with code 72654 (exclusions apply).
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary.

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Rant & Rave: Drugstore Makeup

This Week’s Topic: Drugstore Makeup!

Your Mission: Tell us what you love, hate, or are otherwise indifferent to about drugstore makeup. What drives you bananas? What makes them necessary?

my answer: I love how much they’ve improved the quality in the past few years!  There are some really great products out there – but why is it that the ones that are really fantastic are limited edition or produced in small quantities and end up sold out?! What I don’t like is that it is still hard to find really great products… partially because there are a lot of misses still but also because you rarely can touch/play/feel with it prior to purchase.

NARS & Andy Warhol Gift Set Collection for Holiday 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Gift Set Collection for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.

Eyeshadow Palettes ($55.00)

November 1st @ exclusively at Department and Specialty stores, NARS Flagship Boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com

  • Self Potrait 1 Black, bright periwinkle blue, vibrant green
  • Self Potrait 2 Black, white, silver
  • Self Potrait 3 Dark brown with shimmer overspray, rose pink, and heather blue

Silver Factory Gift Set ($200.00)

November 1st @ select doors only

  • Silver Factory Multiple Aluminum
  • Shadows Trio Eyeshadow Aluminum, bright deep purple, matte black
  • Chelsea Girls Pure Matte Lipstick Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Desire Blush Delicate bright pink
  • Via Veneto Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Black
  • #13 Brush Large Domed Eyeshadow Brush
  • #8 Brush Blush

Edie Gift Set ($75.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Film Star Pure Matte Lipstick 60s nude pink
  • Edie Eyeshadow Cream with a little bit of shimmer
  • Carpates Eyeliner Stylo Black
  • Deep Throat/Amour Blush Duo Shimmering sheer peach / matte peachy pink

Beautiful Darling Gift Set ($49.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Candy Darling Nail Polish Electric pink
  • Femme Fatale Duo Eyeshadow Sheer white shimmer / fresh mint green
  • Woman in Revolt Larger Than Life Lipgloss Hot pink

Photo Booth Gift Set ($35.00)

November 1st @ narscosmetics.com

  • Back Room Black
  • Soup Can Perfect red
  • Chelsea Girls Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Silver Factory Aluminum

Availability: November 1st @ exclusively at Department and Specialty stores, NARS Flagship Boutiques, and on narscosmetic.com

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NARS & Andy Warhol Pop Collection (Sephora) for Holiday 2012


NARS & Andy Warhol Pop Collection (Sephora) for Holiday 2012

All limited edition.

Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00)

  • Flowers 1 White, brown rose, dark lavender, and gold against a shimmering lavender
  • grey background and black overspray
  • Flowers 2 White and heather blue against a shimmering lavender grey background and black overspray
  • FLOWERS
  • Flowers 3 White, pink champagne, and dark brown against a shimmering lavender
  • grey background and black overspray

Debbie harry Eye & Cheek Palette ($65.00)

  • Eyeshadow Shades White shimmer, sparkling turquoise, starry black, twinkling purple
  • Blush Shades Brilliant cream, shimmering pink champagne

Kiss Gift Set ($55.00)

  • Silver Factory Aluminum
  • Drella Ultra-sheer hot pink
  • Chelsea Girls Innocent, flesh-toned beige
  • Blue Movie Pink sherbet
  • Myths Rosy pink

Walk on the Wild Side Gift Set ($39.00)

  • Silver Factory Illuminator Aluminum
  • It Nail Polish Black violet
  • Orgasm Larger Than Life Lipgloss Peachy pink with golden shimmer

Availability: October 1st @ Sephora

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Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream

Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream
Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream

A Little Light Goes a Long Way

Illamasqua Aurora Gleam Highlighting Cream ($24.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “champagne.” It’s a soft, warm ivory champagne with a strong shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is fairly fine, but it has a strong sheen that’s almost metallic depending on how much product you use. Benefit Watt’s Up! is similar, though a bit less warm-toned. NARS Albatross is similar in color but a bit lighter because the white base is stronger. MAC Truth & Light is lighter.

The Gleam formula is supposed to be lightweight with an iridescent finish to highlight both the face and body. It’s very creamy and slides right over the skin, and it doesn’t take a lot of product to highlight the higher planes of the face. I used some on the top of my cheekbones, along the bridge of my nose, and above my cupid’s brow. I used a clean spatula to take a little product out of the pan, and then I used my fingertips to pat it on. (Bonus: you can see it live in this video.) It does emphasize pores somewhat, because it does have a strong sheen that almost looks metallic, depending on the lighting.

This is a true cream, as it doesn’t dry down or set over time, so the wear time wasn’t stellar.  I managed about five hours of decent wear (and I have normal-to-dry skin), and after a little over six hours, a lot of it had faded/separated. It’s a product I’d consider setting lightly with translucent powder, which would help to set it as well as tamp down some of the high sheen finish (if you prefer a subtler highlight).

Aurora
Aurora
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

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