Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty Sales

Ok Dolls, I've compiled a great list of BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY online sales. ENJOY!

In honour of Black Friday, MAC is reissuing limited quantities of their coal black cult classic, Dark Knight Cremesheme Lipstick. Only available online Friday.

1. Too Faced is offering 50% off vintage set + Free shipping. Use code: BLACK11 (Friday)

2. Sephora will have 10 Specific items will be $10 each (Starts Thanksgiving day)

3. Urban Decay is taking $20 OFF of Books of Shadows IV Also get eye shadows, mascara, glosses, and colored pencils for $6. Nail polish sets and eye palettes are $12. (Friday)

4. ButterLondon is taking 30% OFF entire site for their Friends & Family celebration. Use code: CELEBRATE11 (Now through Monday)

5. The Balm is offering 40% OFF entire site. Use code: BLACKFRIDAY (Friday)

6. SaksFifth is giving a $25 gift card to those that spend $100 on and beauty products or fragrances. Use code: BEAUTYSFA (Friday)

7. YSL Beauty is offering 20% OFF on entire site and free shipping over $50. Use code: FRIENDS (Friday)

8. Lorac is offering their Cyber Monday beauty set priced at $100 for $25. (Monday)

9. Tarte is taking 30% off the entire site and $15 off limited edition Holiday items. (Monday)

10. Nars is taking 17% off orders of $70 or more. (Friday)

11. NYX Cosmetics is taking 50% off entire site. (Friday)

12. Smashbox is taking 20% off entire site. Use code SBXFF11. (Now through Monday)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lorac Holiday Haul

The holidays are approaching! And nothing screams LET'S CELEBRATE more than high shine gloss and sparkly looks. With the high request of holiday parties, I took a special trip to stock up on some sparkle glitz and glam. I particularly went to LORAC's section because they seem to have a vast array of shimmery products.

I started with the LORAC Little Black Palette. This super sexy packaging holds 4 of the most pigmented and creamy baked eyeshadows and a mini shadow primer.

I picked up the LORAC Bejeweled Lip Gloss Collection. 5 lipgloss for $25 was a steal. These sizes are .11oz. A regular lipgloss is .17oz for $22. I liked the combination of colors and the jewel encrusted tops. LORAC's lipgloss has great staying power and the formula isn't super sticky.

(top to bottom: Red Ruby, Peach Moonstone, Bronze Topaz, Hot Pink Sapphire, Rich Garnet, Pink Diamond)

I also picked up LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre. If you could extract blood from a fairy, this is what it would look like. This product is pure sparkle in liquid form and is used as a top coat over eye shadows.

A mini drop of the 3D lustre.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Leopard: The New Black

From the Runways in Paris to this month's Cosmopolitan cover, leopard print has been dominating the Fall Fashion scene. Paired with a bold red lip and patent leather belt, it can be just as sophisticated as BLACK.

I gathered some of the hottest leopard pieces for the fall.

1. Topshop Leopard Leggings
2. Asos Scarf
3. Leopard Capsleeve Dress
4. Bebe Wedge Calf Hair Bootie
5. Escada Leopard Blazer
6. Topshop Leopard Dress
7. Topshop Satin Leopard Dress
8. BUTTER London Leopard Nail Sticker

Miss Piggy for MAC

Miss Piggy has become quite the businesswoman and Beauty Icon over the years. She has her own polish with OPI and now she has collaborated with MAC in what they call "The World's Most Perfectly Pink Eye Shadow." This adorable collection launched today and is available online only.

Her collection includes an eye shadow in Miss Piggy Pink (frosty midtone blue pink), lashes, and an Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapid Black.

I already own the Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapid Black and it is my least favorite eye liner from MAC. It's great if you like a subtle liner or cat eye. It applies very faintly. If you like a more intense liner then I would suggest MAC's Superslick Liquid Eye Liner. Below is a swatch of both to compare.

(Top: Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapid Black - 2 swipes. Bottom: Superslick Eye Liner in On The Hunt - 1 swipe)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dear Diary: How can I get ME back?

You may have recently gone through some hard times and you can't quite figure out how to regain your confidence. Whether you've just broken up or lost your job, devastating times seem to weigh heavier on women. We are still expected to maintain our sanity while being a mom, a homemaker, or simply a shoulder for another girlfriend. Here are a few things that you can do to get YOU back.

1.) Dress up for NO Reason: Have you ever been dressed a little fancy for a place that didn't require the effort? For instance the grocery store or to pick up the kids from school? You would either get funny looks or someone will ask "Why are you so dressed up?" Deprogram yourself to believe that a party is the only time to celebrate. Throw on those 4-inch pumps in the back of the closet and celebrate the NEW YOU.

I love wearing heels in the most random places, especially the airport. No matter the time of my flight I always fly the friendly  skies in a pair of pumps. It's so fun and it gives you a sense of celebrity. People wonder who is she and where is she going. Don't let the attention intimidate you. You need the confidence boost at this point. Of course it's more comfortable and easier to wear sneakers, but again deprogram yourself to thinking that you only have to dress up for obvious reasons. Getting YOU back is a celebration!

2.) Exercise: Being physically fit plays a major role in having self confidence. You don't have to be overweight to exercise. Everyone needs a healthy heart no matter their size. If you are a little intimidated with going to the gym, try yoga or zumba.

3.) Surround yourself with positive people: Positive people are usually happy with themselves and the way their lives are going. These are the types of people than can quickly uplift you. Get rid of the negative friends. Besides, will they be happy for you once you're in a better place?

4.) Complete some of the things on your bucket list: It is important to broaden your expectations and experiences to avoid making the same mistakes over again. Try something that you've never done to remind yourself of how rewarding life can be. Each time you try something new you will be able to look back on your life and clearly see what was lacking. Do you want to go back to those times?

5.) Daily Affirmations & Positive Reads: Trade in your daily fix of celebrity gossip for inspirational books. Continue to read them for the positivity reinforcement even if you start to feel like you are on track.

Here is a list of some of my favorite positive reads:
-Miror,  Miror by Venesha
-Fabulosity: What It Is & How to Get It by Kimora
-Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year by Joel Osteen

Other ways to get YOU back:

-Set goals and execute them
-Become your own best friend
-Compliment others
-Sit in the front row
-Remember what you’re good at

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gold Digger Nails

I took NARS Bad Influence and SEPHORA by OPI Only Gold For Me to create Gold Digging Nails.

1. Start with a base coat.
2. Apply 2 coats of NARS Bad Influence.
3. Once dry, apply a full coat of SEPHORA OPI Only Gold for Me.
4. Once dry, apply another coat of SEPHORA OPI Only Gold for Me on the tips of the nail. Apply enough coats to intensify the glitter on the tips. This gives you the digging for gold effect.
5. Apply a clear top coat.

A dupe color to NARS Bad Influence is OPI You Don't Know Jacques. They are pretty much the exact same color.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MAC Violetta

MAC Violetta debuted last year in the Disney Venomous Villains Collection as a PRO color. MAC has re-released this Amplified Purple shade as a regular color. It's slightly similar to MAC's Girl About Town, but a little darker. I love the color, and it has a slight shimmer.

NARS Danmari Blush Palette

I almost fell out of my chair when I stumbled across this beauty on A 6 NARS cheek set for $65.00 was an absolute steal. NARS blush is normally .16oz, this palette contains blush sizes as .12oz.
(Top Row: Hungry Heart Duo (1), Orgasm, Desire)
(Bottom Row: Casino, ,Super Orgasm, Sin)
This palette has one highlight, contour/bronzer, and 4 blush colors. All are super pigmented and perfect for the holidays. NARS Orgasm has been on my wishlist for so long. I'm glad I waited because this palette has Orgasm and SUPER Orgasm.

Hungry Heart: Is a highlighting shade made of champagne and tiny flecks of gold shimmer.
Orgasm: Peachy Pink with gold shimmer.
Desire: True Barbie Hot pink (matte)

Casino: Dark Brown with gold shimmer
Super Orgasm: Peachy Pink (but more pink) with big gold glitter
Sin: Beautiful Mauve/Rose with gold shimmer

Overall I LOVE this palette, I give it 5 stars. I think it will make a great Holiday gift for make-up lovers. Check it out on Sephora HERE. I had to wait a couple of days for the item to restock. So be sure to check back if it is sold out.