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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Free Shipping Until 4/3/2010 - MAC Cosmetics Online









*This offer is valid through 11:59 pm EST SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2010 on orders shipped to U.S. addresses only. Offer not applicable towards the purchase of Gift Cards.

All purchases are subject to bank authorization prior to processing. Only authorized purchases will be processed and shipped. We reserve the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of offer and to modify or cancel this promotion due to system errors or unforeseen problems.

50% Off e.l.f. Minerals



Use Code "EGMINX"

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March Favorites

Neutrogena Triple Moisture® Silk Touch Leave-In Cream





Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream melts effortlessly into strands, improving smoothness and manageability while diminishing fly-aways and frizz.

This silky daily cream spreads evenly, absorbing quickly to instantly soften, smooth and condition extra dry, damaged strands. Three naturally derived extracts work to defy dryness. Olive penetrates to the center of the hair strand, Meadowfoam Seed helps moisturize the middle and Sweet Almond wraps the surface. It also contains UV filters.

Neutrogena Triple Moisture® provides specialized care for extra dry hair.
Contains UV filters
Salon approved
Non-greasy
Alcohol free
6 fl. oz. bottle

LOVE THIS STUFF! I use it to moisturize my ends before I seal them with Virgin Coconut Oil. This is a daily component of my hair care regimen. It is pricey, but worth it.


Synthetic Fine Liner Brush


Photo Credit: Coastal Scents

Superior control to line your eyes, this brush performs better than a natural hair liner brush from my experience.

Total brush length is 6 1/8" the fibers are 1/4" in length



Favorite You Tuber


PreCi0usS


A One Stop Shop, her channel features something for everyone! Makeup, Skincare, Hair, Wigs, Nails, Reviews, Hauls, Medical Issues (Infertility, PCOS)
LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Wearing Braids As a "Protective Style"



Wearing braids can be an excellent way to protect your hair if you are trying to stretch a relaxer or just give your hair a break from the heat of drying and styling tools. It is imperative that you continue to wash and condition your hair regularly so as keep it from getting damaged. There are many products available to assist you in this effort.

Here are different braid styles I have worn over the years.

Casabas Bob



- This was my favorite style for a really long time. It cost about $90 US.
I would get about three months wear out of this style. I was pregnant here!
No foundation. WOW! Note the glow.


Casabas Bob Updo



- I pinned my braids up for a semi-formal event. Still glowing from the pregnancy.
I was so excited!



Individual Braids with Wet N Wavy Human Hair



- These braids were about the diameter of a pencil. I got about three months wear out of this style. It cost $150 US in addition to the cost of the two packs of human hair. OUCH!



I have the advantage of living in a major metropolitan area, so braid shops are quite plentiful. However, I have been very disappointed in the quality of customer service in the braid shops, so I decided to learn to braid my hair myself. I can control the amount of tension on my hairline. It is a painless experience!

Individual Braids



- I braided these myself. I only had to pay for the braiding hair (two and a half packs) and exercise patience. It took me about two weeks to get it done! I was procrastinating. It is a good idea to braid all of the edges, including the nape so as to still be able to run errands and look presentable. I simply pulled the completed braids into a ponytail and bunned them.
Overall, the uniformity of the braids was not the same as at the braid shop. However, I am convinced that over time, I will improve with practice.

Senegalese Twists



- This was my favorite hairstyle! It took the stylist about ten hours to complete. The braids are a little thinner than a pencil. They were about my bra strap length. This style of braids only lasts about one and a half months. This was the last time I went to the braid shop. I was disappointed because the stylist took shortcuts.
She made really large squares to separate the hair in the crown, where I could not see. This was the last area she braided. This is a $200 hair style. After having sat there for ten hours, and having paid so much money, I was disappointed. While I liked the results of the density of the sections at the nape and perimeter of my hair, I felt like I was CHEATED!


There are some lovely ladies on YouTube without whom, I would not have had the courage to braid my own hair.

BlackOnyx77



and

luvlife23

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Head's Up - Auraline Beauty Purchase Minimum INCREASE



As I was considering purchasing more airless pumps, I visited the auraline website and much to my surprise, their purchasing minimum has increased from $50 to $100! OUCH! Just wanted to let everyone know. There are not a lot of things I need from them besides the black airless pumps $4 on the sale page)



and the stainless steel makeup palettes.

My small stainless palette is MIA (Missing In Action).
There are two new sizes of stainless palette on the site.

Large Mixing Palette $10



Dual Ended Spatula/Mixing Palette Combo $9



I'm disappointed in the change to purchasing minimum! The world's economy being what it is currently, I understand the need for the increase. Everyone needs to make a profit. UGH!

"$3 Shipping On Your Entire Order
FREE Shipping On Orders Of $150+

(Canada and USA only)
*Our Minimum Wholesale Purchase For Domestic Orders is $100

(US and Canada addresses, standard ground shipping)"

For More Information, Please go to Auraline Beauty

CoverGirl Has Thrown Down the Gauntlet!

Have you seen the new advertisments from CoverGirl?




They claim to have dupes for your preferred high end makeup.

Bare Escentuals

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MAC

NARS

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Find Your Match HERE

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Drugstore Savings and BOGOs for 3/28 to 4/3/2010



CVS/pharmacy

Discounts and savings applied with the use of the Extra Care Bucks Card
Limit of one extra bucks offer per product per household.

40% Off Maybelline Foundation, Powder, Blush or Concealer

Spend $15 get $5 extra bucks when you buy any Clean & Clear

Spend $20 get $10 extra bucks when you buy Nexxus Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler

Spend $20 get $8 extra bucks when you buy any CoverGirl Cosmetics

Sale
- $5 L'Oreal Eyes Shadow, Liner or Voluminous Mascara

Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Bioluxe Shampoo or Conditioner
- All Revlon Founation, Powder, Blush, Concealer Nail or Lip


Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- Cetaphil (excludes bar soap)
- All CVS/pharmacy Cotton Balls, Squares, Rounds or 6oz Nail Polish Removers
- Neutrogena Cosmetics
- Sally Hansen Nail Color or Treatments
- Scunci or Conair Hair Fashion
- Select Fragrances (Women's & Men's)

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Rite Aid

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- All Fragrances
- All Lip Products (excludes Revlon Neutrogena and Sally Hansen)
- Neutrogena Face, Lip and Eye Cosmetics, Skin and Bath Care and For Men
- Maybelline Foundation, Powder, Concealer or Blush
- Physician's Formula Powder, Concealer, or Blush
- Revlon Cosmetics (excludes Beauty Tools)

Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Goody or Ace Brushes, Combs, Rollers or Hair Accessories

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Walgreens

40% Off Maybelline Eye Studio, Stiletto Mascara, or Instant Age Rewind Cosmetics

33% Off Merlot Skin Care

25% Off Conair Appliances

Buy $12 or more in Participating Dove Products Receive $4 in Register Rewards at checkout - Good on your next in-store purchase
Sale
2/$7 Dove Personal Care
- Ultimate Clear Antiperspirant/Body Mist, Men's Body and Face Wash, Active Clean Shower Tool
2/$12 Dove Personal Care
- 6 pack Bar Soap, Clinical Protection Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Lotion, Body Wash

Buy Dove Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Products Get $4 Register Rewards good on next purchase. It's like getting it for FREE!

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- ChapStick
- Caress Bar Soap, or Body Wash, Vaseline Lotion, Ponds, Lever 2000
- Gold Bond Skincare (excludes trial size)
- L'Oreal HiP Lipcolour or Eye Cosmetics
- Studio 35 Brushes, Applicators, or Implements
- Neutrogena Cosmetics
- Nexxus Hair Care
- Sally Hansen Nail Treatment, Color, Lip Hair Removers or LaCross Implements
- Select Fragrances


Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Kleenex Facial Tissues $2.29

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Facial Steaming - Wish List

I cannot wait to add these items to my skin care regimen.



Photo Credit: Target

Conair Facial Sauna System - MDF2R

"Description

Give yourself a facial in the comfort of your own home with this Conair facial spa. The wide facial cone uses gentle steam to open clogged pores and rejuvenate skin. The narrow sinus cone was designed to help clear nasal and sinus passages to aid in respiratory therapy. Also features a timer, automatic shutoff and a water cylinder for easy and accurate filling. Plastic. Imported. 9Hx7.5Wx8.25D"
Features

Theme: Personal Care, Skin Care, Spa
•Warm steam facial sauna
•Features dual facial sauna cones: wide facial steamer and narrow sinus cone
•Facial tool comes with 2 attachments: gentle exfoliating brush and a sponge for applying moisturizer
•On/off switch, safe automatic shutoff and timer to customize length of facial or nasal treatment
•Facial System
•Perfect for All Skin Types"

This item maybe purchased from Target Online , but not in stores.




Photo Credit: LUSH USA

GREAT FOR DRY SKIN
"Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant that helps maintain healthy skin. We add the essential oils of lavender to keep your skin balanced and beautiful neroli to regenerate and refresh. Treat your face to a refreshing steam cleanse – open up your pores so they can breathe and you'll have happy skin. Pour the remainder of water into a spray bottle and keep in the fridge for up to two days for a fresh, preservative-free toner"


LUSH - Vitamin C Toner Tablets



Photo Credit: LUSH - USA

GREAT FOR MATURE SKIN

"We invented this packaging and preservative-free toner tab to delight dry and more sophisticated (aka mature) skin with sandalwood and rose essential oils. Drop this tab into hot water and let the nutrients rise with the steam and soak in. If you want to go all out, moisturize everyday afterwards with our vitamin-rich Skin's Shangri-la for soft and healthy skin."


LUSH - Q10 Toner Tablets



Photo Credit: LUSH USA

GREAT FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

"A gentle, skin-soothing toner tab with lavender and chamomile, for before and after shaving. Fizz one in a bowl of warm water and steam your face to soften stubble. Shave with one of our beautiful shaving creams, then splash on the toner water so the lovely ingredients can calm your skin."

For More Information about LUSH - Toner Tabs Please Click HERE

Have you tried any of these products?

Coupons and Savings Hair Stop and Shop (Plus Enter Lace front GiveAway)



I love the model's makeup!

To enter the giveaway
sign up for
Hair Stop and Shop's Monthly Newsletter
via FaceBook. Click HERE for details.

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Take an EXTRA 25% Off Ashley Stewart Spring Items






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e.l.f. BOGO (Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off) Ends 3/31/2010



Use Code "SPRING"

Offer ends 3/31/2010

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

STILA - Free Shipping (Ends Monday 3/22/2010 @ Midnight)





FREE SHIPPING on all orders (no minimum!) ends Monday 3/22/2010 at midnight!
Use code MARCHMADNESS

Happy Shopping

Save $25 on Sally Beauty




*Offer only valid online at SallyBeauty.com on orders of $100 or more. To receive $25 off your online order, add at least $100 worth of items to your cart and enter promo code 555164 in the space provided. Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 03/31/10. Not valid on gift cards or salon equipment. May not be combined with any other offer.

Happy Shopping

Drugstore Sales and BOGOs for 3/21 to 3/27




CVS/Pharmacy

Discounts & Extra Bucks applied with use of Extra Care Card
Limit of 1 Extra Bucks offer product, per household.

Spend $10 get $3 extra bucks when you buy these CoverGirl Products.

Sale
- $10 CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Corrector, Concealer or Sculpting Blush
- $6 CoverGirl Clean Liquid Foundation or Pressed Powder
- $12 CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation
- $8 CoverGirl True Blend Foundation or Blush

Sale
- $.77 VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner
- $12.99 Olay Complete Defense (2.5 oz) Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle cream or lotion
- 2/$7 Olay Body Wash (23.5 oz) or plus ribbons (18 oz.)
- $.97 Kleenex Facial tissues

Get $5 extra bucks when you buy Any Olay ProX

Buy Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Facial Moisturizer (2 oz) Get a FREE Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

3/$10 St. Ives Advanced body moisturizer (18 oz) or body wash (18 oz)Get $3 Extra Bucks Reward. It's like paying 3/$7

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- Kiss or Broadway Artificial Nails (excludes glue)
- all Essence of Beauty Bath Accessories
- Physician's Formula Mineral Wear
- Seect Women's or Men's Fragrances
- L'Oreal Face, Eye, Lip or Nail (excludes keratin kit) Look for additional savings ...coupon in Sunday Paper
- Neutrogena Foundation, Powder, Blush or Concealer
- NYC Color Eye
- CVS/pharmacy Sun Care
- All Palmer's Skin Care
- Pink, La Bella or Hollywood Beauty Hair Care, Treatments or Styling Products

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Rite Aid

Sale
- 30% Off L'Oreal Lip and Face
- $5.99 Neutrogena Triple Moisture or Aveeno Hair Care
- $4.99 Pantene Restoratives or Expressions Hair Care

Triple Coupon Savings Event
Clip coupons from circular

- $10.99 final price after triple coupon saving
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder & Liquid Make-up

40% Off Maybelline Cosmetics

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- Physician's Formula Cosmetics
- CoverGirl Lip Cosmetics
- All Fragrances (excludes Grey Flannel, White Diamonds, White Shoulder, Red Door, Passion and Wings)


Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Salon Grafix or Giga Hold or Got2b Stylers,
- Organix or Marc Anthony hair Care
- Buy any Derma Skin Care Product get Daily Vitamin Cleanser Free
- David Babaii Hair Care or Giovanni Hair or Skin or Bath Care
- Buy any Finesse, or Mane 'n Tail Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers
- Eucerin, Aquaphor Baby or Skin Care Products
- Ecotools
- St. Ives Body Wash, Lotion or Facial Product
- CoverGirl Mascara
- Buy Tweezerman Implement, Get a Petite or Chameleon
- Buy 1 Prestige Eyeliner get a single Eye Shadow FREE
- Buy Any Almay Foundation, Get Concealer FREE
- Buy Any Cosmetic Bag get a Mon Image Travel Bottle FREE
- Select Fragrances Grey Flannel, White Diamonds, White Shoulder, Red Door, Passion and Wings
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Walgreens

Sale
- $3 off Almay Eye Cosmetics
- $2.99 Revlon Nail Color or Care
- $8 off Celine Dion Fragrances
- $5 Off Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy Skin Care (5.29 oz)
- 2/$6 Select St. Ives or Noxema Products

Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
- CoverGirl Eye Cosmetics
- L'Oreal Cosmetics, Skin Care or Subline Self-tanner
- Maybelline Foundation, Concealer, Powder, Blush or Nail Color

Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Select Fragrances Liz Claiborne, Giorgio, Giorgio Red, Wings, Curve or Curve Crush
- Continuous Spray Sun Care

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Hair Report - Relaxer Results - Growth Check



In July 2009, my hair was NL(Neck Length). I just relaxed tonight (3/19/2010).
It has grown to little past SL (Shoulder Length) in the back & to the collar bone on the sides. YAY ME!



I got some nasty tangles last week & decided 8 months of stretching was ENOUGH for me!

I prepped my hair last week. After I got out all the tangles, I co-washed with Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship. I used Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor Treatment. I followed that with Roux Porosity Control.

Today, I used Elasta QP Regular lye relaxer. (after having purchased heard it wasn't the best, but took my chances anyway.) I rinsed with IsoPlus Neutralizing Shampoo until there was no pink. I followed with Roux Porosity Control for like a minute. Rinsed that out & applied Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak.



I baggied my hair & sat under the dryer for 15 mins to Deep Condition.
I rinsed that out. Next I detangled with Mane 'n Tail Detangler.
Following that, I used Ellin LaVar Thermal Protectant.
(It has alcohol. UGH I know that's a NO NO, but it was all I had on hand...gonna use it all b4 I buy something better).

Result...Under-relaxed. Why? As a protective style, I wear braids. When I go out I wear wigs. When I took out the braids, it was difficult for me to see where the new growth ended because it was ALL wavy! No biggie. I prefer to be texlaxed instead of bone straight anyway. My natural hair is kind of cottony (except in the crown). Being texlaxed makes my hair look fuller & have more body. Better pics 2mrw. I was so excited, I just had to share!

Friday, March 19, 2010

15% Off Micas - Coastal Scents



NO CODE NEEDED

SALE EXPIRES 3/22/2010 MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME,USA. ORDERS PLACED PRIOR TO THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL NOT RECEIVE THE DISCOUNT.

Happy Shopping

Friends and Family Sale 30% Off - Ashley Stewart

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This Sunday 3/21/2010 In Store ONLY

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Look of the Day - blackberry pic



e/s
primary base - l'oreal decrease
secondary base - mac mosscape paint pot
mobile lid - mac golden olive pigment
crease - l'oreal hip gunmetal (dark side only)
transition - l'oreal matte brown
highlight - mac natural flare (lightest gold)
highlight - nars albatross

cheeks
base - l'oreal hip blendable blushing cream enamoured (pecan)
cheek - mac ripe peach ombre blush
apple - nars taj mahal
highlight - nars albatross

lips
revlon cocoa craving l/s (matte)
l'oreal glam shine l/g drama queen
mac goldyrocks dazzleglass

hair
newborn free kiss full cap synthetic

Window Shopping.
Couldn't find Sam Fine's book. If I'd asked, I am sure I would have been able to locate it.

MAC Haul - LUSH Samples and Surprize Meeting with a YouTuber



Today was theee best day ever!
After having celebrated our 18th Wedding Anniversary last week, my husband & I decided to commit to going on dates more often. We set today to visit the city.

1st stop the book store, 2nd stop MAC (freestanding).
It was my first ever visit to a freestanding MAC store.
Previously, I acquired my MAC products from Macy's, MAC Online, or the CCO.

I was excited! I happend to bump into Marsha of BrownFaceTV on YouTube.
(check her out. Love her MAC hauls & her natural hair care talk!)
She was very friendly. I think I probably scared her because I recognized her but she totally didn't know who I was. Completely understandable. My husband said we were busting it up like we were old friends. I explained the concept of the UNIVERSAL Language of Makeup! We had a good laugh over that one. It was a pleasure to have met Marsha. I am sure I will probably see her again at a MAC event in the future. Check out her BrownFaceNews
BrownFaceBeeblogs.



On to the haul.



I picked up
a MAC empty 15 Eyeshadow Palette. I have two of the Coastal Scents palettes , but I wanted to upgrade/transition to MAC. The Coastal Scents ones are adequate, however they have a foam type substance surrounding each e/s well. It is difficult to keep this clean when shadow spills over onto it. I also watched an organizational video from EnKore on YouTube this morning.
In it he featured a $10 DVD holder which he purchased from The Container Store. It fit the MAC palettes perfectly.

I finally was matched correctly re: my foundation. Previously I had been wearing NC43. Matched at Macy's MAC counter. Waaaaay too light for me. My daughter is very light skinned & this is actually a better match for her. I used to mix it with darker colors to achieve the look I wanted. It just wasn't cutting it. How about I'm NC50. A big difference. The formula is Select SPF. I will be doing a tutorial per Vixxan's request at some point to show how I apply it. It dries really quickly.

from Liberty of London Collection, I purchased Perennial High Style lipglass and Ever Hip lipstick (Creamsheen).

After my husband took our photo outside of the MAC store, I gasped because to my delight there was a LUSH store directly across the street.



I was thrilled! The sales person was uber helpful. I generated a wish list for future purchases. He was kind enough to share their catalog with me as well as couple of samples. YAY!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back to REALITY (Affordable Stylish Shoes)

Ok, so I'm back down from the stratosphere LOL

Paprika Gorman Evening Heels (these come in different colors)




Anne Michelle INFERNO





CutesyGiry.com
(they only go up to size 10)

MakeMeChic.com (they go up to size 11)

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