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  • Tarte20% off Skincare including athleisure with code SKINCARE20, ends 10/19.

I’ve done so in the past, but I haven’t in four or five years. The older I get, the more of a germaphobe I become! I’d be okay with using a product from certain friends (e.g. ones I knew who took good care of their products) if it was lightly used (think once or twice).

— Christine

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour


Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour

Elevating matte to a new elegance, this next-generation, non-drying matte lipstick glides on lips with intensely rich colour and a sumptuously soft, velvet matte finish.

Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour ($32.00)

  • La Fascinante (38)
  • La Raffinee (34)
  • La Sensuelle (40)
  • La Ravissante (32)
  • La Caline (36)
  • L’Exuberante (37)
  • La Somptueuse (39)
  • L’Exquise (41)

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Sephora VIB 20% off Sale for November 10-14, 2011


Sephora VIB 20% off Sale for November 10-14, 2011

Yesterday, I received a postcard in the mail from Sephora for VIBs, which included a physical shopping pass for 20% off entire purchases November 10th through 14th in-store OR online at Sephora.com with code VIBDREAM. If you’re a VIB, you should be eligible for this discount. It will work in-stores (with the physical pass) for Sephora and Sephora inside jcpenney stores but not with online orders shipping to Canada.

Alos, there is a VIB Holiday Shopping Party on Thursday, November 10th, 6-9PM where you can get 20% off for both you (the VIB) and a friend, a free Sephora Collector’s Tote, holiday sweets, holiday beauty previews, and makeup lessons at the Beauty Studio.


Urban Decay is also holding their Friends & Family sale this week. From November 1st through November 5th, get 20% off your entire order with code FFHOLIDAY11.

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Glitter Gal to Launch 15ml size + Naming Competition

Glitter Gal to Launch 15ml size + Naming Competition

It’s always nice when a brand listens to their customers (offer full-sized polishes, have more creative names). You can send your name suggestions to [email protected] by November 11, 2011. Winning entries will receive a full range of 3D Holos and Sparkles in the new larger bottles.  They’re looking for names for Holographic shades in Silver, Black, Green, Purple, Blue, Red, Fuchsia; Sparkle shades in Black, Red, Purple, Bronze, White Gold, and White.  The video is short and sweet with additional terms/details at the very end.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation


Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Foundation

Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion SPF 20 ($57.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is a lightweight, natural-finish foundation with light to light-medium coverage. It’s one of the most lightweight and natural-looking foundations that still gives adequate coverage for minor skin imperfections. If you have just a couple of small areas where you need medium coverage, it is workable to build up medium coverage on a spot-by-spot basis.

It took me awhile to appreciate this foundation, because I prefer light-medium to medium coverage as my skin tends to need more coverage than less. I’ve been bringing Lingerie de Peau with me on the last few business trips, because it photographs well and looks good in photos–not all foundations can pull off both those things. It has SPF 20 (3.16% of titanium dioxide, 3% of octinoxate), but it doesn’t give a white cast or reflect back poorly. The finish is just barely dewy; it’s pretty much the exact definition of natural–there is a softness to the skin without being flat and matte. It also wears brilliantly and lasts a solid nine hours on my normal-to-dry skin, but it makes it to twelve hours with minimal movement.

The consistency is thin, not so thin it’s watery, but thin enough that it blends out easily and feels weightless once applied. I often apply with fingers, but I also like using brushes like MAC’s 109, 130, 187, and 193. I haven’t found it to apply poorly with any method (fingers, sponge, brush), so it depends on your preference.

I wish the formula had a better range of shade (and this tends to apply to Guerlain’s foundations in general), because as I am in Parure Gold, I’m between #02 and #03. I end up using #02 and setting with Les Violettes Mineral Powder in #03, which is sheer enough to give me just enough color so the finished look is about my match for winter/spring, but during the summer, I was able to get away with #03 set with #03. If you’re particularly pale/light, I don’t know if any shades in the range will accomodate you; at best, either Rose Clair or Rose Natural. Similarly, if you have a darker, deeper complexion, I don’t know if either Beige Fonce or Dore Fonce will be a good match.