Nov 212014

Of possible interest…

Starlight Limited Edition


The Christian Louboutin Starlight nail polish is up for sale on Neiman Marcus priced at $675.

Now through Sunday from Shu Uemura… you can get Get 25% off plus free shipping on orders over $50 – code SHUVIP (valid 11/21-11/23)

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The Shu discount ends this Sunday, November 23rd.


For Black Friday November 28th, Make Up For Ever Boutiques will have the following products on deep discount:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow: 2 for $10- all colors
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Lagoon Green: 2 for $10
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner, Sepia Collection: 2 for $10
MAKE UP FOR EVER Make Up Artist Picks Set: was $300, new price $150
MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Set: was $65, new price $34
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow Kits: was $38, new price $19
MAKE UP FOR EVER Extravagant Eyes on the Go Set: was $18, new price $9

Additionally, on Black Friday MAKE UP FOR EVER will be launching the “Get Glossy” kit exclusively in Sephora stores, featuring Lab Shine Lip Gloss in shades #D14 & #D16 for $10 (the glosses retail separately for $19 each). For readers, I am waiting for the PR to send me some images–if/when they arrive I’ll post them here.


On Tom Ford’s Black Friday radar are fifty (50) new colors released under the Lips & Boys collection.  These are said to be “mini” in size and sell for $30 each. They can be previewed here.

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Starting on Tuesday, November 25th, Kate Sommerville has a 25% off friends and family sale through December 1st with code FRIENDS2014.
Kate Somerville Friends and Family EventA few weekend goodies from L’Occitane:

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FREE 13 Desserts Set with any $180 Purchase with code DESSERTS (valid 11/17-11/21)  This set includes:

- Shea Body Lotion 1.7 fl.oz
– Shea Verbena Soap 1.7 .oz
– Shea Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Verbena Shower Gel 1 fl.oz
– Occitan Shaving Gel 1 fl.oz
– Aromachologie Shampoo 1.2 fl.oz
– Pivoine Flower Hand Cream 0.3 .oz
– Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl.oz
– Almond Shower Oil 1.2 fl.oz
– Divine Cream 0.3 .oz
– Arlésienne Eau de Toilette 0.2 fl.oz
– Immortelle Essential water 1 fl.oz
– Neroli & Orchidee Body Milk 1.7 fl.oz

I’ll update as more information comes in that I think will be interesting to you.

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Nov 202014

Armani Friends and FamilyGird your loins!  It’s the Giorgio Armani Friends and Family Sale, which is 20% on all orders over $75 through December 7, 2014. In my mind, Giorgio Armani is one of those lines that always has my back. When I’m heading for a challenging day, or making an important first impression, Armani is absolutely a go-to line. It’s products are beautifully formulated, long-lasting, and enhance my natural features. I cannot resist calling this sale to your attention, as well as listing a few of my favorites. The sale code is FAMILY14.

Armani Light master primer

The Giorgio Armani Light Master Primer ($57) is one of those products that has to be seen to be believed. I tried this one day, bought it immediately, and never looked back. It gives my skin a noticeable luminosity when worn under makeup, and it increases my foundation wear time exponentially. The effect is noticeable but not obvious. If you want to look like someone turned a light on under your skin, without any noticeable shimmer or glitter, this one will become a staple. This gives a little “something something” that makes all the difference.

Armani Lumious Silk Foundation Seriously worth the praise, Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($62) looks amazing when applied. This is a gold-standard, the one to beat. It photographs beautifully, the texture is sublime, and it lasts beautifully in all kinds of challenging conditions. This is my third bottle, but that’s because I returned one and then gave another one away because I did not understand this foundation on my first two attempts. This is truly a foundation that professionals love, but of course professionals know how to work with foundation and I did not. First off, this foundation must be fully removed at the end of the day with an oil cleanser. Second, this looks best applied with a foundation brush. This is one of the only foundations on the market that can be anywhere from light to full coverage, because it’s miraculously buildable. The brush makes coverage controllable, so I can cover my problem areas with a few more brushstrokes, and leave other areas with with the lightest coverage possible.

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I am still using the Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer ($64) every day. To be honest, part of the reason for this is much of my makeup is still in storage as my new (well, new to me) home is being torn up and renovated, and this is the bronzer that I chose to be in my temporary sized-down working stash. As it turns out, it was a smart choice. This melds to foundation (or directly on skin) and looks completely natural. The Maestro texture is undetectable, and the color is layerable and controllable because of this texture. Completely awesome, and an ideal winter (and summer) bronzer.

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I’ve been wearing the Armani Eye & Brow Maestro ($34) in my brows for the past several weeks, and find that the color and texture work well. It has texture that looks natural all day, and can be used to hold the brow in place (as well as swept across lids as a matte eyeshadow). I was matched at a counter to #6 (Medium Blonde) which is a good match. Although I prefer the convenience of a brow mascara (like the NARS one, which has good grey-toned choices), Armani’s is an excellent, excellent choice.

Armani Eye & Brow Maestro I might pick up Armani’s brow brush as part of the sale. Then again, I might not. One trick I’ve learned that if I use the MAC brow brush in the photograph, above, I need to brush through the brows again with a clean spoolie to even out my application. So I’ve switched to the Nars Brow Defining Brush #48 ($26), pictured below:

Nars 48a Brow Defining Brush

Seriously, I don’t know why the NARS brow brush works better than any others I’ve tried. Get it. It’s a great brow brush. The Armani Palette Clutch ($100), has caught my eye because, oh my, just look at it.

armani clutch

I am also planning to pick up another color from the Armani Luminessence CC Cream ($50). I was counter-matched to #4, but now that I’m living in an East Coast winter wonderland, the time has come to switch to #2. My paleness (and a few go’s with Makeup Artist’s Choice Fade Peel) have made this any easy decision.

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Also, this seems like the perfect time to try more colors from Armani’s Lipstick and Gloss lines. A little Rouge D’Armani? Why yes! As you likely know, Armani products are beautiful, flattering, and some give your lips that little extra “Armani something” that looks so beautiful.

Rouge D'ArmaniI wanted to try some of the Armani Ecstacy CC line, but I found that the colors from the Rouge D’Armani line seemed to work better for me. I already own #102 and #103, now is the time to branch out. I also want to play with Armani Lip Maestro collection–as a reminder, her is #400 Lip Maestro on Liz (an epic color!)

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The Armani Fluid Sheers are heavenly, in case you haven’t tried them. I love all of the ones that I have–these are sophisticated highlighting at its best.

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There are a few more in the range that I need, so this looks like the right time to pick them up.

GA Fluid Sheer Swatches2a

Hopefully this gives you a good starting point for the Giorgio Armani Friends and Family sale–do not forget to use the FAMILY14 code!

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Nov 142014

Life’s been over busy lately (I’m sure many of you are too!)  Just a few thoughts on this chilly Friday evening….

Starlight Limited EditionMajor “ooooohs” and “aaaahhhhhs” for this limited edition Christian Louboutin Beauté item called Starlight. This nail polish is covered in 1,500 two-tone Strass crystals applied by hand. This is sold encased in a velvet soft black insert in a box with a black lacquered finish, showcasing a red reveal. Two leather and Strass flowers borrowed from Fall/Winter 14 shoe Pensamoi rest delicately as a decorative accent on the box cover. This will be sold worldwide in a limited quantity, at select Christian Louboutin boutiques, Christian Louboutin sites, through a limited distribution at certain retail partners. This looks so luxurious!

e49bc31f8195fe95b8687f7fc46eae82532713a9-p-kinhaku-gold-leaf-hospitality-set-gpHave you seen Tatcha’s holiday sets? They are up for sale and well worth a look.

Finally, here’s a peek at the progress of the makeup room–it’s nice to see things progressing from the blueprint into three dimensions. I realize this looks quite humble at the moment, but given that I’m typically applying my makeup balanced on one knee most mornings, it looks like heaven to me!

future makeup room
Have a lovely evening!


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Nov 062014

Today begins the Sephora 20% off sale for VIB customers with the code GIFTVIB, and for Rouge VIB customers with the code GIFTROUGE. Here’s some suggestions to get you thinking….

I can’t think of a better time to test out Christian Louboutin nail polish for yourself. Can you?

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Have you invested in a premium bronzer? This 20% off discount gives you the perfect excuse to indulge in something Guerlain….

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Seriously, this Marc Jacobs eyeliner set becomes a steal with the discount… don’t miss out!

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I typically stock up on hair and skin care during this 20% off event.  Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Formula pads are an awesome buy for a lovely glow that wakes up tired winter skin. Come February, when you are wishing for a lovely glow, you’ll thank me (I promise!).

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Hair tools are another good buy, like this T3 curler that has captured my heart… I’m also dreaming about this Drybar Big Hair, Don’t Care Holiday set with the Buttercup dryer.

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In addition to all the fabulous holiday sets, don’t forget to stock up on nail care items as well. My favorites are the Guerlain Gel polishes (including the rich and glossy topcoat).

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Guerlain Vega Nail Polish

Guerlain Vega Nail Polish

One more item that I’ve fallen in love with this the Nars Digital World set–so many awesome lip pencils–this one is all sorts of awesome.

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And don’t forget to check out this Nars Virtual Domination Holiday Blush palette….

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Happy Sephora VIB’ing!!

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Oct 312014

Nars Holiday Pencil Set04 copy

Sometimes it’s hard to choose, isn’t it? Nars makes such beautiful and versatile lip pencils, and they’re all such amazing colors. Which to invest in? Holiday sets solve this dilemma beautiful. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret ($49) is ideal for those locking for a little range of colors at a lovely, usable size, without too much commitment to any single color. This set gives five different colors (two different textures) at a modest $49 price point. This is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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The set three satin pencils, including NARS Descanto–a Cafe Makeup favorite! Seriously, both Liz and I have plenty of these between us. A perfect nude.

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You can see both Descanto and Torres del Plaine reviewed here.

Nars Holiday Pencil Set09 copyNars Yu is a beautiful, rich pink.

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In addition, there are two matte velvet shades–Iberico and Cruella. Beautiful! Here are swathes:

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One more set:

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This is one of my favorite holiday sets this entire season. Definitely worth picking up!!Nars Holiday Pencil Set10 copyBeautiful colors, great-reusable, modern packaging, a perfect range of shades. Love. Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret is currently up for sale on Nars online, as well as It will soon be available at other Nars sources.

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