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Thursday, December 31, 2009

December Favorites

Body Lotion

Lubriderm Advanced Therapy for Extra Dry Skin $8.49

Frigid Temperatures call for extra moisturizing & this lotion does the trick!
I don't feel sticky after having used this, but my skin feels well moisturized.


Coastal Scents Synthetic Wide Buffer Brush $14.95

This is the softest brush I own. There are no pricklies here! It has not shed since I bought it! It is super dense! I love using it to buff my foundation for a flawless finish!

e.l.f. Studio Blush Brush $3

I think this brush applies the perfect amount of powder product. I have not used it yet for cream bases. It may be used for both mediums. It allows me to perfectly control the placement of my blush before blending it.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tiny brush that accompanies the jane eyeliner gel. It is thin stiff enough to make a perfect line. I've been using black eyeliner pencil, set with NYX black eyeshadow for the entire month.

Concealer Combo

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) 5 Camouflage Cream Palette - No. 4 $36
I applied this with my e.l.f. Studio Concealer brush.

MAC Warm Light Sculpt & Shape Powder to set. $14.75 from CCO.
I applied this with my MAC Special Edition Brush. (light side only)

Eye Makeup

My preferred look was soft neutral eyeshadow this month, as I wanted to play up my lips. My favorite combo was from an old Princess Marcella Borghese Holiday Set, along with a soft matte brown L'Oreal eyeshadow.

I am convinced these are MAC Dupes for the
Warm & Cozy Collection
. I feel like I can skip buying this one. I love saving money buy checking my current collection for dupes!

Embark, Mulled Cider, Modelette, Chamomile
Temptalia (blog) Reviews and Swatches

Blush Combo

L'Oreal HiP Blendable Blushing Creme GLORIOUS
NARS Mounia - This is from 2008 Holiday Collection. I believe it is being discontinued. It is the most beautiful blush I own. Great for women of color.

Lip Combo

Jordana Deep Purple Lip Liner $.50
NK Lip Crayon ROSEBLOOM $1
Ruby Kisses Red Velvet Lip Stick $1

L'Oreal HiP Shine Struck Liquid Lip Color ARRESTING
(Discontinued, but you still may be able to find in your local drugstore or Target)

This combo gave me the MAC Violetta look I have been dreaming about. Fake it til you make it!

I was obsessed with Navy Nail Polish! It isn't as dark as black, but it still has that chic, crisp sophisticated look. Lovely on active length nails.

Revlon Midnight Affair (Navy with Cobalt Flecks) $4.99

Gorgeous in the bottle. Needed 3 coats to achieve bottle color. HATED the brush, it was way to thin. It reminded me of a new MAC Dazzleglass brush...HARD! No staying power, easily chipped.

elf Dark Navy (almost black!) $1
Need base coat & Top coat. 3 coats to achieve bottle color. Hate the square bottle & cap, but getting used to it.

NK Midnight Blue (Cobalt) $1
Streaky, but pretty. Def need base & top coat. What else can one expect for a dollar?

Color Club Jewel Tone (Cobalt) Blue $1.99
Pretty. Could achieve Opacity with only 2 coats. Used with base & top coat.

Everything having been said, I should have probably just purchased the NARS Blue I was trying to dupe. LOL $15 is steep, especially since I'm not in love with that square bottle/cap combo. UGH!

You Tuber SongbirdDiva4Life

I love her channel. She is sophisticated, and classy. She has a huge makeup collection. Hubba hubba! She seems very approachable and sincere. Check her out!

Favorite Blogger

Traycee of KeepItSimpleSistah
She gives HONEST reviews on hair products. She seems to be a genuine sweet soul with a sincere helpful spirit.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Gift Haul (Cosmetics)

I was most excited today to greet my postman at the door. He had a package for me.
It was my prize package from Ms.Jen's Anniversary Contest! *cartwheels*

This was a random computer selected drawing from what I understand. Provided the entry met the requirements, it was eligible for winning. Cheers for following directions. whooo hooo! I rarely win anything! Check It Out!

Adorable Makeup Bag! So soft!

My First Ever Bobbi Brown e/s (so blendable!) Beautiful Metallic

Revlon Lippies (I love lippies)
Very Pretty Colors!

Monday, December 28, 2009

50% Off Mineral Eye Makeup at About Face Cosmetics (theshespace)


After so many of our clients coming to ask and requesting that we please put our pigments in sifter topped jars we have finally decided to take your advice. The amount of product will be exactly the same, the only difference is that there will be a sifter top on the jar. Based on your feedback, this new packaging will help prevent jars from spilling and keep your product safe and sound.
So, in an effort to say good-bye to all of our former packaging, we have marked all of our individual pigments down to just $2.50 (this sale is for individual eye colors only...if you are looking to order colors in a quad, duo, etc. please order them individually)

The packaging change will not go into effect until after the new year so this sale will give us a chance to clear out all of our non-sifter jars and get ready to bring in the new packaging. This sale will end on January 1st when we will go back to our normal $4.50 price point for full size jars.

Please don't forget that we will be on vacation and not processing any orders from December 24th through January 3rd

Ordering: We have already marked all of the pigments on this page down to the $2.50 price point, so go right ahead and order from this page.

****savvy shopper club members, you will NOT be getting any further discount on the price of the pigments but your shipping will still be free****"

Click HERE for more info.

Special Thanks to Jenny for the Head's Up! Check Out her Blog

New Milani Products Coming Soon

Photo Credit: Milani Cosmetics

"Alicia Keys 2009 VMA: NYC Celebrity Makeup Artist Ashunta Sheriff created a Classic retro look: Flawless skin Mary Kay tinted moisturizer in bronze and Milani HD Advanced Concealer highlighting facial pen in 04 Medium Honey. Subtle contour Milani Bronzer XL.

Popping eyes Naked Cosmetics silver and black shimmer shadows, Milani Infinite Liquid Eye Liner in gold -04 Forever. Ardell individual lashes. Mary Kay brunette brow pencil. Happy cheeks Mary Kay blush in strawberry cream. Dior iconic black mascara. Lips: Shimmering gold - Milani Buzz Worthy Lip Gloss in 02 Busy Bee."

Click HERE for more info.

No disrespect to Ms. Sheriff, but Ol' Girl is a little bit too bronzed up for my taste. However, my curiosity is seriously piqued with regard to the HD Advanced Concealer. I will be scoping the drugstore shelves for the arrival of this product. The Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD Concealer is $28. I would love to save some money if at all possible.

Bargain Alert!

Select Milani Cosmetics are ORANGE STICKER status at Walgreens.
This means LAST CHANCE sale.

I saw single eyeshadows for $2.49. Don't miss out on this sale!

Going Out of Business Sale - Best Hair World!

Best Hair World- closing!

"Best Hair World regrets to inform all customers that with the advent of the new 2010 year, will be closing. Due to the economic recession this past year and our struggle to maintain our low prices and fast shipping, BHW had to look for alternatives and unfortunately will be going out of business. As of January 1st, 2010, will no longer be available.
Orders placed before then will be processed and shipped as usual. Return requests will be accepted by e-mail:

We would like to thank all customers for their continued support and commitment. Your business was greatly appreciated. Thank you from the whole team at BHW!

Final Sale inventory

A final sale on all Front Lace synthetic hair wigs by Janet Collection will be running until quantities last or until 01/01/2010. Take off $5.00 additional from online price. Use coupon code: 5FINAL. Sale of all Front Lace synth. hair wigs by Janet Collection is final and is non-refundable. Limited colors are available so hurry up and place our order as soon as possible. Coupon is one time use only and cannot be combined with other coupons."

Extra 20% Off Sephora (Ltd X Only)

Happy Shopping

Sephora $10 Deals (Ltd. X)

Offer Expires 12/31/09

Stand Out Deals!

NARS Custard and Ginger Concealer Duo

Stila Good to Glow

Too Faced Gold Digger Starry-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner

Happy Shopping

Airless Pump Review

I purchased a couple of these pumps from
for $4.00. Be sure to check out their SALE Items page.

My L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation did not come with a pump, so I was wasting product every time I used it. I simply peeled the label from the L'Oreal True Match bottle and was able to transfer it to the airless pump bottle.

This is an awesome investment. I bought the pump from MAC Cosmetics to go with my Select SPF Liquid Foundation, for $5.

Photo Credit: MAC Cosmetics

I purchased the incorrect foundation color from the CCO. (Find your local CCO HERE)
I gifted it to a friend in an airless pump bottle, so I could BACK 2 MAC the bottle. It makes more sense to just purchase the airless pump. It costs less and you can

the empty jar.

The airless pump holds 30ml of fluid. This bottle will prevent product coming in contact with oxygen during use to preserve ingredients and maintain shelf life. It will also help to minimize waste as product is being pushed up to the pump via a disk. It took a bit of time before I figured out how to use the airless pump. Eventually I figured out that I just needed to shake the bottle before pumping. There were no instructions accompanying the bottles.
I phoned Auraline Beauty and their customer service representative was most helpful. She confirmed that no straw was needed to use the airless pump.

Less expensive than MAC Pump
Free's up the bottle for BACK to MAC
Convenient Lid
Conserves Product
Airtight (Preserves Quality of Product No Oxidation in Bottle)


I LOVE this! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Run & buy this, you won't be sorry.

Auraline Beauty requires a minimum purchase of $50. There is a flat rate of $3 shipping if you spend less than $150. Purchases of $150 and up get free shipping.
At this time, as far as I know, they only ship to the U.S. and Canada.

Try Ebay for the airless pump.

Here is a link recommended by MissMakeupOnABudget

Free NEW e.l.f. Studio Product(s)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliners

Can't wait to try these! A bargain @ $3 each!
These come in
Black, Coffee, Midnight and Ivory.

"Creates smooth lines that are defined and precise. Smudge-proof, budge-proof and water-resistant coverage for all day wear to combat against, sweat, tears and rain!

Dip a thin brush into the formula, swirl around gently until brush is saturated with color. Swipe off any excess formula on the top edge of the pot. Trace a line along the top lash line from the inner corner towards the outer corner of the eye. If desired, apply on lower lash line as well. Remove with an oil based eye makeup remover."


Isododecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Barium Sulfate, Cyclomethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Propylene Carbonate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Mica (CI 77019), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarine Violet (CI77077).

For More Info, Click Here

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Drugstore BOGOs/Sales for 12/27 to 1/2

Savings applied with use of the Extra Care Bucks Card

Aussie or Herbal Essences Shampoo $2.88

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid $.99 (great for home made brush cleaner)

CoverGirl Lash Blast $4.49 Lowest Price of the Year!

Buy 1 Get 1 Free of the Following Items:

Buy 1 Garnier Nutriste Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Roller, Cream, Get A Free Garnier Skin Reniew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

Revlon Foundation, Powder, Blush, Concealer or Lip

Buy 1 Get 1 50% off of the following items:

Ardell Duo Fashion Eyelashes, Kiss or Broadway Artificial Nails

CVS Brand Mix & Match
(Baking Soda, Cotton Squares, Cotton Swabs, 91% Alcohol, Facial Tissues & much more)

CoverGirl Cosmetics (excludes Lash Blast Volume) Limit 4

Palmer's Skin Care

Sally Hansen Nail Color or Treatment


Rite Aid

Buy 1 Get 1 Free of the Following Items:

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the Following Items:

ALL Eye Shadow (excludes Almay, CoverGirl & New York Color
NYC Cosmetics Regular Retail $1.99 & Above
ALL Lip Color including Almay, Bonnie Bell, Maybelline, Physician's Formula, Prestige, Sally Hansen
Renpure Organics or Organix Hair Care
Revlon Age Defying Cosmetics


Puffs Facial Tissue $.89 (coupon)
Walgreens Brand Cotton Balls, Studio 35 Polish Remover 8oz. $.99 (coupon) Limit 3
Walgreens Isopropyl Alcohol $.89 (coupon) Limit 3

Buy 1 Get 1 Free of the Following Items:

Almay Cosmetics

LA CROSS/Sally Hansen Treatment, Complete Salon Pens or LaCross Implements

Revlon Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Blush or Eye Cosmetics

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off

CoverGirl Cosmetics

Dawn or Joy Dish Liquid $.99

Monday, December 21, 2009

Drug Store BOGOs for 12/20 to 12/26


Discounts applied with use of the Extra Care Bucks Card

Buy CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation for $5, get $2 Extra Care Bucks
It's like getting it for $3.00

Buy 1 Revlon Super Lustrous or Moon Drops Lipstick, get $5 Extra Care Bucks
It's like getting it for $1.99

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off of the following items
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation, Powder, Blush or Concealer
Select Women's or Men's Fragrances

Buy 2 Get 1 Free Nivea for Men Facial Care


Rite Aid

40% Off
All Maybelline New York Cosmetics

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Artificial Nail & Eyelashes
Cosmetic Bags & Wallets
CoverGirl Lip Color, or Mascara
L'Oreal Mascara

John Freida Root Awakening, Brilliant Brunette, Sheer Blond or Luxurious Volume Hair Care
Revlon Lip or Nail Enamel
Sally Hansen Lip Color, Nail Enamel
Buy 1 Get 1 Free
Rite Aid & Salon Plus
Grooming Implements & Cotton Puffs,Skin Care, Hydrogen Peroxide & 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol



St Ives Body Wash $1.49

Kleenex Facial Tissue $.79 (coupon)

Buy 1 Get 1 Free
Revlon Lip or Nail Color

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Maybelline Cosmetics

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Full Size HOPE eye cream (Ltd X) Sephora Offer

Limited-Time Offer:
Buy Philosophy's Advanced Makeup Optional® Skin Set + Eye Hope™ Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream for $98 ($214 Value!) Offer valid until December 27th or while supplies last. Ships for free. Enter promo code EYEHOPE at checkout.

Promotion Code:

To Get This Limited-Time Offer:
• Add Philosophy Advanced Makeup Optional® Skin Set and Philosophy Eye Hope™ Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream to your shopping basket
• Enter promotion code EYEHOPE when prompted at checkout

This offer is valid until December 27th or while supplies last. Not valid in retail stores, on previous purchases, or with purchase of eGift certificates and gift cards. One offer per order. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Offer not valid in Canada.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Shades of U MAC Brush Set Giveaway for Subscribers

WOW! Check it out!

Link to The Shades of U Blog

100 Followers Give Away

Congratulations to Mz. More
of The Glamorous Gleam

She has lots of classy style. I love her blog.
You should check out her Give Away!

Link to the 100 Followers GiveAway Post

Cute Cabinet

A friend of mine had an online party via Celebrating Home
(formerly Home Interiors)
I was eyeing this little bargain for a couple of months.
It coordinates perfectly with my shore themed bathroom.
The beach is my favorite place. I decorated the family bathroom with this theme.

It is constructed of wood.
The exterior dimensions are 11 1/4" x 4" x 15 1/2".

Scale Photos

Initially I purchased this to house some luxury handmade soaps for myself.

Lavender Cloud

Eucalyptus Chamomile

DeShawn Marie's Vegan Handcrafted Soaps

Check Out DeShawn Marie's Blog

DeShawn Marie's soaps are too pretty to be hidden in a cabinet.
I plan to put them in a glass jar once we move & I have my private bath.
Right now, the glass in the family bathroom is too scary an thought to even consider!

Buy the cabinet

Beauty Gumbo Blog DeShawn Marie Review

Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Review

This discontinued product may be found at your local dollar store.
I found it works best over another product, like lipstick or lip pencil to make it last longer. A little bit goes a long way. It makes your lips look spectacular.
It does not last for very long, as the warmth of your body kind of spreads it out. If you don't mind reapplying, then this product is for you. It is not at all sticky.
Some colors are more sheer than others. Many of these have been identified as close MAC Dazzleglass dupes on some makeup message boards.

Spoiled in Rubies

Pink Carats

Jewels 'N Berries


- Inexpensive, if you lose it in a purse or pocket, it won't really matter
- Pretty
- Not sticky


- Hard to find
- Have to reapply very often
- Not sticky enough
* When worn alone, melts & only silver glitter is left.
* Glitter Migrates to rest of face

I give this product 4 out of 5 stars!


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