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Friday, June 26, 2009

Nordies Anniversary Wishlist



Thanks to Stephanie for the head's up about pre-ordering.
(ck. out her blog http://beautyandgardens.blogspot.com/)
order, shipping begins on 7/17/09. Free shipping when you spend $200 or more.
Some restrictions apply.

In the meantime, I'll be saving up my pennies!

Best of Shu Uemura $42

Get it all in a five-piece 'Best of shu uemura' set! Includes an eyelash curler for ultimate precision that delivers the perfect curl, Ultimate Expression Mascara in Black (0.24 oz.) to make lashes full and highly defined for a false-eyelash effect, Mini Gloss Unlimited (0.09 oz.) in the shade of WN 283S with a three-dimensional shine effect in a non-sticky formula that keeps lips hydrated and soft, a Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/O (1.6 oz.) that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against the internal and external aggressions associated with aging, and a black mesh cosmetic bag. By shu uemura.
Exclusively ours.
A $66 value.

Best of Bobbi $75 OUCH!

This limited-edition set features Bobbi's best-selling 'can't live without' lip and eye products. These universally flattering shades go from day to night easily and offer multiple looks. Includes seven-well lip palette with lip brush (featuring Italian Rose Creamy Lip Color, Nude Pink Lip Color, Heather Buff Creamy Lip Color, Uber Pink Creamy Lip Color, Baby Peach Metallic Creamy Lip Color, Dusk Metallic Lip Color and Kir Metallic Lip Color), two-pan eyeshadow palette (featuring Nude Beach Metallic Eye Shadow and Hot Stone Eye Shadow), full-size Espresso Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, mini black Everything Mascara and new mini dual-ended eyeshadow/ultra-fine eyeliner brush. Limited edition.
By Bobbi Brown.
Exclusively ours.
A $122 value.

essie fall mini 4 pk. collection $17.00

The Essie Fall Mini 4 Pack Collection includes four unique, wearable shades that are the perfect accessories to fall's fur-trimmed bomber jackets, neon wool capes and classic crisp blouses with slouchy cardigans. It is a conglomeration of style that is both exhilarating and uplifting.

Set includes shades Pink Parka, Angora Cardi, Mink Muffs and Midnight Cami. 0.16 oz. each.
By Essie.
Exclusively ours.

MAC Graphic Gardens
(2 brush sets $49.50each, 1 lip bag $35.00, 2 e/s palettes available $35.00 each,
3 look in a box selections $59.50)
FRESH CUT

Fresh Cut: Six limited-edition eyeshadows in a metal compact featuring the black-and-white M·A·C logo/floral rose lenticular pattern of the Graphic Garden collection. Features Floral Inc., Sun-Shy, Fresh Cut, Poppy Noir, Bloomcycle and Part Peony.

GRAPHIC GARDEN

Graphic Garden: Six limited-edition eyeshadows in a metal compact featuring the black-and-white M·A·C logo/floral poppy lenticular pattern of the Graphic Garden collection. Features Social Climber, Botanical Blue, Straight Hedge, Wild Wisteria, Linear Lilac and Graphic Garden. Limited edition.
By M·A·C.
Exclusively ours.
A $50 value.

NARS Modern Love Eyeshadow Palette $55 OUCH


This Nordstrom exclusive six-well palette of signature NARS eyeshadow shades is the ultimate achievement in day-to-evening elegance for the eyes. Features single shades from six different NARS Eyeshadow Duos to create endless expressions for the lid, bridge, highlight and lash line. Shades included in palette are Alhambra, Jezebel and Habanera (top row), and Tokyo, India Song and Pandora (bottom row). By NARS.
Exclusively ours.
A $69 value.

I may wait until the MAC items go to the CCO.
The more exclusive items are more of a priority to me. Not sure if I'll be getting ANYTHING. LOL There is something for EVERYONE during this event! Don't miss out! Phyto, EdHardy, Chanel, Philosophy, Lancome, Prada, Juicy Couture, & many more...!
Check out all the Beauty Exclusives @

www.norstrom.com

What's on your Nordie's Anniversary wish list?

More NARS

I took advantage of the free shipping for $25 order special on the NARS website.
I was superdisappointed when I received PennyLane Cream Blush instead of the rare Mounia Powder Blush I've been drooling over for the past two months. LOL I wasn't able to talk to a live person until my 3rd attempt. She explained they have only 1 customer service rep who was out to lunch. To my surprize, I received the original blush I ordered today as well as a gift for the inconvenience of the incorrect order.
I still need to send back the Penny Lane. No word yet from NARS re: generating a return label for Fed-X.
Anyway, check out the haulage!

MOUNIA BLUSH (Cinnamon Coral w/ slight shimmer)

Just 1 swipe. Barely touched my brush!


GOODIE! (bonus LipGloss Set MISBEHAVE-SWEETREVENGE-ALL NIGHT LONG)






Still working on dupes!


Still on my wish list are:
NARS BOOGIE NIGHTS, GIZA Lippies
OUTLAW, TAOS, TORRID Blush
I'll be done after that till the end of the year so I can take advantage of their gift special. What's on your NARS wish list?

www.narscosmetics.com

Milani Cosmetics Now Available @ CherryCulture


YAY! Save on shipping. Order $40 or more & get free shipping!

www.cherryculture.com

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Essential Tools

I've found the following tools to be of inestimable value in assisting me with my makeup regimine.

STAINLESS STEEL PALETTE $4.00 Auraline Beauty


Awesome for
- Appling liquid foundation, mixing lippies
- Convenient
- Easy to clean!

DOUBLE ENDED SPATULA $4.00 Auraline Beauty


Excellent for
- Removing loose pigment from containers
- Combining pigment with mixing medium
- Breaking the seal of shrinkwrap on new products

COMEODONE EXTRACTOR $8.00 Auraline Beauty

Great for
- Safely removing blackheads/whiteheads without scaring

Of course, it is understood, that it is imperative to sterilize your tools after each use. I use warm water, soap, followed by an alcohol chaser. LOL

You may be able to find a double ended spatula & comeodone extractor in your local pharmacy/beauty supply store for less $.

Which tools to you find you can't live without? Please answer in the comment section.

www.auralinebeauty.com

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

NYX Single Eyeshadow Collection

These highly pigmented eyeshadows have been said to be MAC eyeshadow dupes.
Locally, I can find them for $2.99 each. Recently, I added to my NYX single shadow collection.

I was fortunate enough to have been able to take advantage of a Sale @ the NYX Cosmetics website a couple of months ago. The price was about $1 per eyeshadow.

Take a look!


Top row
ALGAE
MERMAID
MARAKESH
AQUA-MARINE
KHAKI
Bottom Row
NAVY
HALAIWA
JADE
SWEET LAGOON
OLIVE


Top Row
SALMON
SHIMMER
PEACH
SUNSET
SUNRISE

Bottom Row
WALNUT BRONZE
JAZZY BRONZE
PINK OLEANDER
WILDFLOWER
APRICOT MOOSE



Top Row
EARTHY
MINK
TOFFEE
SLATE
Bottom Row
DUST
CEDARWOOD
24 KARET
EUTOPIA


More to come!

L'Oreal HiP Duo Collection

These eyeshadow duos are very affordable. They range in price from $7 to $9. Many drugstores sell them as Buy1Get1Free (BOGO)specials. They are highly pigmented. They are touted on many makeup discussion boards as MAC dupes. Some choose to depot them to put them all on a palette. I like the packaging. They come with an applicator & a mirror is in the bottom of the case. I don't want to take the chance of shattering my palette.

Here is my collection

HiP Metallic Shadow Duos

SCULPTED 106 (Pink/Blackend Burgundy)
MAGNETIC 206 (Silvery Lt. Blue /Navy)
PLATINUM 906 (Mercury Silver/Off Black)
GUNMETAL 306 (Metallic Olive/Army Green)
GILDED 806 (Molten Gold/Dark Brown)

HiP Concentrated Shadow Duos
coming soon

HiP Bright Shadow Duos

Top Row
FLARE 404 (Light Gold/Orange)Shimmery
RIOTOUS 328 (Lime/Army Green)Shimmery
SHOWY 224 (Teal/Navy)Shimmery
Bottom Row
ROARING 234 (Matte Taupe/Cobalt Blue)
FLAMBOYANT 538 (Shimmery Yellow Gold/Matte Soft Purple)
SAUCY 818 (Shimmery Bronze/Shimmery Med. Brown)
end of both rows
FLASHY (Cream/Teal)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Who's Your Muse?

Last Year, Erin of scandalousbeauty let us all know that Kelly Rowland is her muse.
Little wonder, as they are of similar complexion & share the same shaped face.

I found myself intrigued by the editorial pictures of Jennifer Hudson. She looks so striking. She earned her spot as my muse for her editorial looks shot by Derek Blanks. (OMGoodness, I wish he could hook ME up! LOL)

I particularly love how they always play up her full lips. LOVELY!







Please share your muse in the comment section.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Beauty Tagged

I was tagged by one of my followers

What's your favorite make up look?

Neutral eye w/ defined crease & bold lips

Do you have a beauty vice?
Yes Blush is my new LOVE!

What part of your body do you love?
I love my lips.

Who is your beauty icon?

I don't have just 1.
Mo'nique - repping for the thick sistahs, always on point head to toe 'cept for not shaving the legs, as much as i don't agree w/ that part, it doesn't nullify her divaness!

Queen Latifah. LOVE her on the red carpet! BEAUTIFUL!

Michelle Obama, beautifully executed every single time.


Princess Grace of Monaco, personification of grace. She was a PRINCESS y'all!


Coco Chanel, simplicity exemplifies chic


What beauty product makes you feel instantly sexy?
Lipgloss. i can't do dry lips!

How do you look after your skin?
If I've worn foundation, I use Clinque 3 step system & a scrub. When I remember, I use olay total effects night firming cream. i use a korean washcloth to exfoliate a few times a week. (body). My skin LOVES Bath N Body Works breathe: high lather moisture wash & daily vitamin body lotion. When I remember, I conquer rough patches (elbows/ankles) w/ shea butter.

What is your signature scent?
I love anything that makes me smell like vanilla. Right now, I'm dogging A corny vanilla time release powder from the dollar store & HANAE MORI eau de toilette. YUM

What are your haircare secrets?
I'm combating dry scalp with ORGANIX TeaTree Shampoo & Conditioner. I've recently started donning wigs. They are so convenient & really give my hair a break from heat damage.
I usually cornrow my hair after it's been washed & conditioned.

How do you pamper yourself?
I pamper myself by doing my makeup everyx I leave the house. I paint my nails whenever I feel like it. LOL I love in Bath and Body Works "breathe" products.

What is your beauty pet peeve?
It bothers me when I see people's eyeshadow all creased up. I want to take them by the hand & educate them about primers. I mean they took all that effort to gussy themselves up, to no avail. Unless it is a close personal friend, I keep my thoughts to myself.

What would your desert island must haves be?
My Bible, My Husband, My Kids, Water, food, a fan and my ipod player lol

Finally, do you have a beauty philosophy?
Like Coco Chanel said, "Always remove 1 accessory b4 leaving the house."

I tag ALL my followers (peers) I want you each to feel special.

If you choose to participate, you are welcome to leave your responses in the comment section if you don't care to post them on your blog or if you don't have one. :O)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Cream Eyeshadow Pencil



They are available in the following colors:
130 Pixie gold 131 Electro cobalt
132 Envy green 133 Techno purple
134 Distress navy 135 Graphite black

GASP! These are FIYAH! I happened to come across these @ my local Walgreen's.
Snatch them up while you can. They make AWESOME bases for eyeshadow. They have a holographic quality that will had a whole new level of dimension to your eyeshadow looks.

So far I've only purchased
132 ENVY (iridescent green)
&
133 TECHNO (iridescent purple)


Check out the swatches!


I selected NYX single shadows in
ALGAE & LUXOR to test


Look @ the final result!

INCREDIBLY INTENSE Pigmentation!

Get more info @ www.wnwbeauty.com

Gotta get them ALL! LOL & @ $2.00 price point, it's a steal. Have you seen these?

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics You Tube Contest



Lights, camera, action!
Premiering July 1st

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics
YouTube Video Contest Guidelines


• Create your video using at least one product by Jesse's Girl Cosmetics
• Judged on creativity and originality...anything goes within YouTube guidelines
• Try to keep your videos under 5 minutes in length
• All submissions for an entire month will be judged together for that month
• Winning videos will be posted the following month on our website

• 3 MONTHLY WINNERS will receive their choice of Jesse's Girl Cosmetics

1st - $100
2nd - $50
3rd - $25


• Winners will receive e-mail instructions on how to order their prizes

To submit entry
Send an email to contests@jessesgirlcosmetics.com with your name, address and a link to your video

Milani Cosmetics


Have you found Milani's products to be elusive in your shopping district?
Fret no more!


Renown on many makeup boards, Milani's reputation for high quality @ an affordable pricepoint have made their single pan eyeshadows very coveted. Many tout them as the closest dupes for MAC eyeshadows because of their texture and pigmentation. The lack of their availability can be frustrating.

I have
Atlantis
Garden Mist
Blue Ice
Golden Bronze

I wanted to complete my collection this weekend. I was MORTIFIED to find that the closest Walgreen's to me no longer carries them. How thrilled was I when I found out I could purchase them DIRECTLY from Milani's website?

http://www.milanicosmetics.com/

Check out Dezi1016's Comparison of MAC vs. Drugstore Products Video


Look for Ltd. Edition Milani Roulette Wheels @ your local CVS Pharmacy


Check out Dezi1016's Review, Swatches & Tutorial on YouTube


Check out TheWorldsDresser's MAC Eyeshadow Dupes video on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRzN1gOfD8g

You still may be able to find some of the unavailable Milani colors on ebay.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

NYX Cosmetics 50% Off Sale







Just released! The highly requested Nyx eye shadow palettes are here!

Get the new Nyx eye shadow palettes at 50% off regular price. Choose from the
5 color Caribbean Collection, the 10 color For Your Eyes Only, and the 10 color Runway Collection!

Only 100 pieces of each item are available at this price so get yours while supplies last!

* Only ONE palette per color for each customer is offered at $4.50.
If customer purchases more than one palette per color, they will be charge the regular price of $9.00 for each palette.
This offer can NOT be combined with any other discount offers. All sales are final.
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If you are able to take advantage of this sale, please share your haul in the comment section.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Free SHIPPING!



TODAY IS THE LAST DAY. You have until 11.59pm EST 6/15/09.

Order $50 USD or more & get free shipping from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.
enter code FS612 @ ck. out.

I LOVE LIP TARS! Can't wait to cop a few!

OCC LIP TAR™
$12.50 USD | 10mL - A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a satin finish. Ultra-saturated in color, OCC Lip Tar contains an unprecedented amount of pigment, so a little goes a very, very long way. An intense yet featherweight layer of color that stands up to the scrutiny of Hi-Def Video and Digital Photography, without ever looking (or feeling!) heavy. Meant to be mixed, OCC Lip Tars come in concise range of colors (and black and white!) for a limitless selection of shades made by you!

Like all of our products, OCC Lip Tar is 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free, and is also free of parabens and other harsh preservatives. A simple, elegant formula that contains only Castor Oil, Hemp Oil, Peppermint Oil, Vitamin E, and intense color pigments, OCC Lip Tar feels as good on the lips as it looks!


Check out KokoFemme's video review on this product.


QueenofBlendingMUA's LipTar Samples


Mix & match colors to custom create new colors!
http://www.temptalia.com/tag/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics
www.obsessivecompulsivecosmetics.com

JudeRivera's Product Focus


If you own any lip tars or have taken advantage of this deal, please share in the comment section.

25% off MAC Friends & Family Sale



June 16 - June 18, on the WEBSITE ONLY.
Open to US & Canadian residents only.

www.maccosmetics.com

Use the code SAVE25 to get 25% discount.*

*Offer is not applied to Viva Glam products or the purchase of M·A·C Cosmetics gift and egift cards. North America online only, regular shipping rates apply.


If you take advantage of this discount, please share your haul in the comment section.

NARS FREE SHIPPING with $25 order (Swatches)

Until Friday 6/19, enjoy complimentary shipping with any order of $25 or more @
www.narscosmetics.com

Check out my swatches!

CRAZED, EXHIBIT A, TAJ MAHAL, LOVEJOY, ALBATROSS

crazed. shimmery raspberry red
exhibit a. matte tomato red
taj mahal. shimmery orange coral
lovejoy. shimmery dusty rose
albatross. subtle shimmery gold

you can buy NARS blush for $25 @
www.narscosmetics.com
www.beauty.com
www.sephora.com
www.nordstrom.com

If you take advantage of this deal, please share ur haul in the comment section.

AuralineBeauty Brush REVIEW



I received a Peer request from Stephanie to review the brushes I purchased from Auraline Beauty.

I bought 3 of them. 1 each of the

148 cream brush
161 blending powder brush
139 bronzing brush

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148 cream brush $19.00 OUCH i paid $8.00 on sale!
As a lover of cream blushes, I felt investing in the cream brush was essential. To date I'd been using my e.l.f. foundation brush for their application. The auraline brush is 2x as dense as the e.l.f. brush. This makes for more control re: placement of the blush. The e.l.f. brushes are more flexible (less control). It is important to dry the cream brush over the edge of the counter so as not to get mildew. It is so dense, it takes quite a while to dry.
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161 blending powder brush $11.25 I paid $9.60 on sale
Initially, I purchased this as a stippling brush for applying my liquid foundation. However, I found this brush to not be as dense as I needed it to be for that use. It appears to be much more dense on the website photo. It is very soft. I prefer to use it for application of MAC Mineralized Skinfinish, Powder Blush, or other bronzing powders. If you want a good quality dupe for the MAC 187 ($42.00), I suggest you invest in a Sigma SS187 ($16.00)
http://www.sigmamakeup.com/products/706.html
Another option is to wait for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale (July 17)
for the release of the MAC SPECIAL EDITION Brush set:
Shape & Perfect 168SE, 187SE, 194SE, 212SE, 275SE
($49.00) For more info, please ck. out
http://www.temptalia.com/mac-graphic-garden-collection-for-nordstrom-anniversary
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139 bronzing brush $6.00 I paid $4.00 on sale (pony hair)
I thought this brush would be a good dupe for the MAC 109, but it is not firm enough. It is great for buffing foundation, bronzer & setting powder.
It is fine, but I prefer my e.l.f. studio powder brush ($3.00) as a more accurate dupe for the MAC 188 & or MAC 109 ($32.00)
My purchasing experience from auralinebeauty was pleasant enough. The shipping was reasonably priced ($3.00 under $150 product ordered/$150+ free ground shpg) & arrived quickly.
www.auralinebeauty.com

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To date, I am NOT compensated for my use/review of products. I buy 99% of the products that I use. If I ever receive anything as a gift, I will state it in that specific post. I am NOT affilated with any fashion, cosmetics or hair company. I offer my sincere, unbiased opinion on how the products work for me. No warranties, expressed or implied are intended. Please use discretion in selecting products and suggestions at your own risk. I am not a professional. Unfavorable reviews are not malcious, nor are they intended to harm any company. Reviews are my own opinon. Information posted on this blog is for educational purposes.