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  • b-glowing20% off skincare orders of $60+ with code 20SKINCARE, ends 10/25.
  • Macy's50% off Buxom Full-On Lip Polish (now $10), ends 10/22.
  • Ulta50% off Urban Decay Naked Concealer (now $14.50), ends 10/28.

NARS Vendanges Lipstick

NARS Vendanges Lipstick
NARS Vendanges Lipstick

NARS Vendanges Lipstick

NARS Vendanges Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “sheer grape.” It’s a semi-opaque plummy brown with a subtly glossy shine–it is a little more pigmented than I would expect for a shade from the sheer range. MAC Sheer Plum is much browner. MAC One of a Kind is quite similar. Estee Lauder Plum Fizz is redder. Guerlain Galante is lighter and less plum. Benefit I Think I Love You is shimmery. MAC So Very Good is darker. MAC Offshoot is plummier. Chanel Bel Ami is similar.

Vendanges is part of the Sheer Lipstick range, which is a formula that is supposed to be long-wearing with translucent color and “sophisticated shine.”  The lipstick is scent- and taste-free (and no waxy scent either–it seems NARS has fixed any issues they had with that particular scent, because I haven’t come across one in a very long time).   The consistency has just enough slip to yield that pretty shine in the finish as well as enables it to glide across the lips and deposit color evenly without being so slippery that it slides around.

This kind of sheer is lovely–there is a translucency that is apparent but there is still a healthy amount of color deposited.  It’s a deeper shade that’s not too vampy, so it’s easy to wear and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.  When I tested the wear of this shade yesterday, it wore well for four hours.  My lips felt hydrated after wear, too, so the formula is on the moisturizing side.

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This Week’s Sales for April 16th, 2012

Feel free to share any upcoming deals you’ve spotted!

Deal Sites/Rebates

  • EBATES:  DermStore (7.5%), Lancome (7%), Beauty.com (6%)
  • FAB:  —
  • GILT:  StriVectin (4/16)
  • HAUTELOOK:  CARGO (4/17), myfaceworks (4/17), Hairdo by Jessica Simpson & POP (4/18), Goldfaden Skincare (4/18)
  • IDEELI:  —
  • MRREBATES:  Proactiv (25%), Sheer Cover (25%), WEN (25%), Murad (12%), SkinStore (10%), Apothica (10%), DermStore (10%), Clinique (8%), ULTA (8%), Beauty.com (8%)
  • MYHABIT: Belli (4/17), Amal Oils (4/19), Pharma Skincare (4/20)
  • Rue La La:  Freeze 24/7 (4/16)

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+.
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:   20% off exclusive candles, wallflowers, body care, gifts, etc. with code FAVORITESCENTS, expires 4/29.
  • BEAUTY.COM:  Get $10 off $50 through THIS LINK
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases. Free international shipping with $125+ purchases.
  • BLISS:  Free silver and chocolate bag filled with Sisley mini goodies with $300+ Sisley purchase with code CUTEBAG, expires 4/30. Free kit with any $75+ purchase with 10ml Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, 50ml Triple Oxygen Energizing Cleansing Foam, 15ml Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream with code TO2MINIS, expires 4/30.
  • 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.
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Pick 3 mini spring favorites with any purchase, no code necessary, 4/16 through 4/18.
  • DERMSTORE:  10% off when you shop for your My Favorites List, expires 6/2/12.
  • 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. Free shipping with any fragrance purchase with code SATIN, expires 4/21.
  • KIEHLS:  Free shipping on$50+ orders.  Free Lip Balm #1 with $65+ order with code EARTHDAY, expires 4/30. Purchase any eye treatment and enjoy a deluxe sample of your choice with code GLOW, expires 4/23.
  • LANCOME: Free 4-piece sample set plus free shipping with $45+ order with code LANAPRIL, expires 4/30. Free 7-piece deluxe gift set with clutch and 50 Facebook credits, plus free shipping, with $60+ orders, no code necessary, expires 4/15.
  • MOLTON BROWN:  Free 300ml Hand Lotion and free shipping with £45+ orders with code HANDSUP, expires 4/17.
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday. Free lancome gift (valued up to $139) with any $39.50 Lancome purchase.
  • OJON: Free shipping and free returns.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary. Free Origins eco-friendly tote + travel-size duo of Make a Difference Hand Treatment & Peace of Mind with $30+ orders.  Free shipping on any order, expires 6/30.  Free A Perfect World cleanser (30ml) with any skincare purchase, 4/10 through 4/21. Free wish bracelet with any skincare, plus plant a tree on your behalf, expires 4/28.
  • 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. Spend $250 to $499, get $25; Spend $500 to $999, get $50, etc. Free shipping on $150+ orders with code APRSFA.
  • SEPHORA:    Choose 1-4 fragrance sample bags with $25+ purchase with code 6SCENTS, 4/27 through 5/31.  Free Lancome Hypnose Instant Drama mascara deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code DRAMA, 4/24 through 5/24.  Choose 1-2 deluxe fragrance samples with $25+ purchase with code SCENT4U, 4/24 through 5/24.  Choose 1 of 2 free Origins deluxe moisturizer samples with $25+ purchase with code EARTH12, 4/21 through 5/21.  Free Narcisco Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette deluxe sample spray with $25+ purchase with code 4HER, 4/18 through 5/21.  3 free Stila Eyeshadow Palette cards with $25+ purchase with code TRYSTILA, 4/17 through 5/20.  Free PTR Retinol Fusion PM deluxe sample with $25+ purchase with code PTRSERUM, expires 5/24.  Free Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Tote with purchase of 3.4 oz. EDP with code WONDER, expires 5/24.  $30 off Philosophy Hope in a Jar and Eye Hope Duo with code HOPEDUO, expires 4/23.
  • SKINSTORE.COM:  20% off select gift ideas under $200 with code NEW2012, expiration unknown.
  • TARTE: Free shipping on $40+ orders.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA): Buy 2, get 1 free on select products, 4/2 through 4/29. Free shipping on $25+ orders with code MDAY, expires 4/29.
  • ULTA: $3.50 off $10+ purchase with code 78857, exclusions apply.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary. Free Touche Eclat mini with $75+ purchase with code TOUCHEMINI, expires 4/10.

Planning is really key! Figure out what your budget requires, how much do you spend on necessities, savings, and what’s left? How much can you spend on extras like beauty? Consider saving up for really big sales – e.g. around the winter holidays, as many brands have exceptional sales/deals. Think about how often you’d really wear that particular product/color and whether you could get pretty close by mixing two or three products you already own.

— Christine

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The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #3 and #4

The Making of Dr. KISS Gloss – Mini-sodes #3 and #4

Celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman has been developing a new product–Dr. KISS Gloss–and he’s filmed a series of videos exclusively for Temptalia readers as a look into the process behind creating a product and bringing it to the market.

Here are the next two episodes in the series — packaging modifications and gloss mechanical drawings!