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NYX Lime Nail Lacquer

NYX Lime Nail Lacquer
NYX Lime Nail Lacquer

NYX Lime Nail Lacquer

NYX Lime Salon Formula Nail Polish ($4.00 for 0.52 fl. oz.) is a bright lime green with chartreuse shimmer. It’s vibrant and the right mix of shimmer and metallic, because you get some of the brush strokes of a metallic finished polish but they’re easy to control to get into straight line. China Glaze Cha Cha Cha is much greener, while Butter London Dosh is a darker green. China Glaze Electric Pineapple is similar in color but has a cream finish. Illamasqua Radium is a touch greener and while it also has shimmer, it’s much subtler and green rather than chartreuse.

Unfortunately, this shade was not opaque after two coats, which was a bummer! It’s such a pretty shade (and will be perfect for summer), but it needs some help in the pigmentation department. The consistency isn’t too thick or thin, but I didn’t love the way three coats felt–they did feel a bit heavy. When I initially tested out NYX’s new formula, this was one of the shades I specifically tested for wear, and after a week, I had no chipping, just minor tip wear (which is par for the course).


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Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2011 Makeup Coupon Codes & Deals

Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2011 Makeup Coupon Codes & Deals

Brands accounted for: 68 | Last updated9:23 AM PST, 11/28

You can also shop through Ebates, which will help you save anywhere from 3-15% depending on the merchant. For those unfamiliar with the program, you earn cash back from purchases you make through Ebates, which is paid out quarterly. Right now, the top beauty cash back offers are Lancome (14%), Clarins (14%), Beauty.com (12%), The Body Shop (12%), Drugstore.com (12%), SkinStore (12%), Bobbi Brown (12%), Smashbox (12%), Clinique (12%), Stila (12%), Prescriptives (12%), Macy’s (10%), Saks (10%), sephora (10%), shu uemura (10%), philosophy (10%).

Or you can shop through Mr. Rebates, which is just like Ebates, so it’s really about who has the better cash back offer at the time of purchase (because it can vary!). Top cash back offers are: Murad (18%), Kiehl’s (12%), TimeToSpa (10%), SkinStore (10%), Apothica (10%), DermStore (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), ULTA (10%).

*** I will update this list as more coupon codes come out, as some brands do not allow codes to release prior!  Black Friday — indicates it is for only 11/25 unless otherwise specified; Cyber Monday — indicates it is for only 11/28 unless otherwise specified.

Active Deals/Cyber Monday Deals

  • theBalm: Cyber Monday – 30% off with code CYBERMONDAY.
  • Bath & Body Works: Cyber Monday — 25% off any purchase with code CYBERMONDAY25OFF, 11/28 through 11/29.
  • Bella Beauty: 25% off with code BF25, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Bella il Fiore: 2% off from 11/25 through 11/28 with code BELLA25.
  • Benefit: Free shipping with code THANKS, expires 11/28. Spend $30, get free Mini Mister, spend $60 get free Mini Mister and Mini Posietint, spend $90 get free Mini Mister, Mini Posietint, and Mini It’s Potent, with code FORELVES, expires 12/4.
  • Bliss USA: 30% off select Bliss and REmede sets + select Bliss, Remede, and Elemis best sellers, no code necessary, 11/24 through 11/29.  20% off all Bliss, Remede, Elemis product purchases with code THANKS20, expires 12/5.
  • Bliss UK: 20% off all orders with code AFFDEC20, expires 12/31, one use per customer.
  • Bloomingdales: Free shipping with code FREESHIP11, expires 11/28.
  • The Body Shop:  Cyber Monday — 3 for $30 on all products + free shipping, 11/28 only.
  • Bobbi Brown: 3 best-selling treats + free shipping on all orders, 11/22 through 11/29.
  • Borghese: Cyber Monday — 25% off entire purchase with code 25CYBER11, 12PM EST through 4PM EST 11/28.
  • Butter London: Cyber Monday — 30% off with code CELEBRATE11, expires 11/30.
  • C.O. Bigelow: $10 off $75+ orders with code BIGTHANKS, expires 11/28.
  • Cargo: Cyber Monday — 30% off with code BLACK.
  • Carol’s Daughter:  Cyber Monday — Spend $35, save $5; spend $50, save $10; spend $100, save $25, valid 11/28 through 11/30.
  • Chantecaille: Free Les Macarons palette + free shipping with $150+ purchase with code SHOPCHIC, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Cinema Secrets: Cyber Monday — 50% off, no code necessary.
  • Clarins: 8-piece gift with every $75+ order with code CYBERM, expires 12/5.
  • Clarisonic: All Clarisonic skincare pairs purchased between 11/25 through 11/29 will be 20% off.
  • Clinique:  Cyber Monday — pick 3 of 8 treats + free shipping, no code necessary, 11/28 only.
  • DHC: Cyber Monday – 10% off, no code necessary, 11/28 only.
  • Dr. Brandt:  Cyber Monday — Lineless Eye Cream for $29 (reg $60), Flaws No More for $39 (reg $80)
  • Elizabeth Arden: Black Friday — 25% off + free shipping on any order with code BF2, expires 11/28.
  • Eve Pearl: 40% to 55% off Eve Pearl products with code BPTG2011, starts 11/24 11AM EST through 11/28 11PM EST. While supplies last.
  • EvolutionMan: Free Cleanse & Shave ($20 value) with any purchase, no code necessary, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Face Atelier:  30% off with code THANKS, expires 11/28.
  • Giorgio Armani: 20% off + free 2nd day shipping on $75+ orders with code GAHOLIDAY1, expires 11/29.  20% off + free 2nd day shipping + 6 minis ($42 value) on $125+ orders with code GAHOLIDAY4, valid 11/27 through 11/29.
  • Inglot USA:  15% off all online orders + free shipping 11/24 (3AM EST) through 11/29 (3AM EST).
  • John Masters Organics: 25% off site wide with code HOLIDAY11, noon EST 11/23 through 11/28.
  • Jordana: 25% off + free shipping with code CYBER, 11/28 8AM PST through 11/29 8AM PST.
  • Josie Maran: 25% off with code GIVEBACK, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Kate Somerville: 30% off with code HOLIDAY2011, 11/25 through 11/28.
  • Kerastase:  20% off $100+ orders for Kerastase members, 11/23 through 11/29.
  • Kiehls: $20 off $65+ orders with code HOLIDAY, expires 11/31.  Cyber Monday — free shipping + deluxe trio of your choice on $30+ orders with code BIGTREAT, 11/28 only.
  • L’Occitane: Cyber Monday — $10 gift card with any $50+ purchase with code GIFT10, 11/28 only.
  • LA Splash Cosmetics: 40% off select products, 11/23 through 11/30.
  • Lab Series:  25% off all orders + free standard shipping, 11/28 through 12/2.
  • Lancome:  Free shipping now through 12/24.  Receive four-piece sample plus free shipping with $45+ orders with code NOVLAN, expires 11/30. Cyber Monday — 20% off with code GLISTEN20, expires 12/2.
  • Laura Geller: Black Friday — 20% off online kits, no code necessary.
  • Lisa Hoffman Beauty: Cyber Monday — free signature votive candle and deluxe samples ($15 value) with $65+ purchases, free shipping on $50+ purchases.
  • Mario Badescu:   Cyber Monday — free shipping + 10% off and free gift with any purchase over $50+ with code CMONDAY.
  • Milani: Cyber Monday — 50% off with code CYBER + free shipping, 11/28 8AM PST through 11/29 8AM PST.
  • Naturopathica: 10% off with code BLACKFRIDAY, 11/22 through 11/30.
  • Origins: $10 off + free shipping on $25+ purchases with code TENOFF, expires 11/28.
  • Philip B.: 20% off all gift sets with code NOV2011.
  • philosophy:  Sale on 67 different items/sets for four days.  You can get 10% off with code FRIENDS, expires 12/24.
  • Rain Cosmetics: Cyber Monday — 40% off all lip products. No code needed for either promotion.
  • Shiro Cosmetics: 30% off with code 30OFF30, expires 11/28.
  • shu uemura: 20% off with code WISH2011, 11/24 through 11/29, free shipping on $50+ orders.
  • Smashbox: 20% off with code SBXFF11, expires 11/28.
  • Somme Institute: 40% off site wide 11/24 through 11/29.
  • Stila Cosmetics: Black Friday — first 500 to spend $25 will receive a 6-piece eyeshadow palette + free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY. Cyber Monday — Warehouse sale, up to 80% off, valid 11/28 through 12/2.
  • Sugarpill:  20% off with code PINKWEEKEND, 11/26 through 11/28.
  • Tarte: Cyber Monday — 10% off when you spend $50+, $20 off when you spend $75+, $30 off when you spend $100+ with code CYBER.
  • Temptu: Black Friday — 20% off all airbrush makeup systems with code SYSTEM20; 10% off all air pod makeup with code POD10.
  • Three Custom Color Specialists: Cyber Monday — 30% off site wide with code CYBER11, valid 11/28 only.
  • ULTA: $3.50 off any $10 purchase with code 61733 (exclusions apply); $10 off any $60 purchase with code 18137 (exclusions apply), expires 12/2. Free shipping on $25+ orders with code HOLIDAYSHIP25.
  • Urban Decay:  Cyber Monday — Feminine, Dangerous, & Fun Palettes $19 each, regularly $34.
  • YSL: Cyber Monday — 20% off + free shipping; spend $100+ get a free gift, with code MONDAY, 11/28 through 11/30.

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NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “frosted ginger” and “shimmering copper.” This is one of the best NARS duos I’ve tried when it comes to quality, but I will readily admit that as far as the shades themselves go, they’re not unique, so you may already own similar shades. It’s a great basic duo for someone who hasn’t already added a few coppers to their stash, though! This is part of the brand’s permanent range, so I think it’s a nice core product to have.

The left side of Isolde is a medium copper with a frosted gold sheen. It has an incredibly soft, smooth texture that’s buttery and dense without being powdery. It delivers excellent color payoff, too! This shade is similar to: Bare Escentuals Louder, MAC Amber Lights, and theBalm Meep Meep.

On the right side, there is a deeper copper with burnished brown undertones and a frosted golden sheen. Like the left side, the texture is amazing–soft, smooth, rich–with intense pigmentation. It’s has more copper compared to Make Up For Ever #12, while MAC Bronze is too brown. Giorgio Armani #5 comes closest but is a touch browner.

Isolde adhered really well to the lid without base, and it wore longer than most of NARS’ eyeshadows do for me–I was able to get eight hours without creasing and to ten with very faint creasing, which is really good. Of course, with a base, there wasn’t any issues at the twelve-hour mark.

NARS Isolde Eyeshadow Duo


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Burberry Heather Rose Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Heather Rose Lipstick
Burberry Heather Rose Lip Cover Lipstick

Burberry Heather Rose Lip Cover Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a natural shade of rosy brown with peach shimmer. This is a beautiful shade for everyday wear, and it also pairs well with a more dramatic eye (especially if you need some warmth). MAC Sweet Ever After is a bit similar but less pink. Chanel Delicieuse is more orange. Maybelline Caramel Kiss is less peach and more frosted.

The color coverage is opaque, and Burberry’s Lip Cover is a very creamy, lightweight formula that is really comfortable to wear. It’s hydrating enough to leave lips feeling soft after wear, and Heather Rose wore for four hours. I like how easily it glides on while depositing even color in a single pass. Burberry has a few extra touches I also appreciate in their product, which are the imprinted design on the actual lipstick itself as well as the magnetic case (so the top slides into place).  Burberry also gives you more lipstick than most brands at 0.13 oz. (the average is 0.10 to 0.12 oz.).


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