Nov 232012

For U.S. readers, this is the year that Black Friday has really begun to have a real impact in the beauty department. Really, it’s overwhelming.

Here are some that caught my eye:

Nordstrom has various value sets collected on this page. This includes Burberry, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier and many more. Also, buy 2 nail polishes from Deborah Lippmann, butter LONDON, THE NEW BLACK or Nordstrom Nail Color and receive a third polish from the same brand free (no code needed). There are also brand-specific gifts with purchase listed here.

Bergdorf has the Beauty in the Bag event with many lines that have a gift with purchase. This includes Edward Bess, Chantecaille, Sulwhasoo, and more (click to enlarge or go to this page):

Saks has $25 gift cards with $100 purchase (ends today) with code Beauty12:

Omorovicza has 30% off from Friday through midnight on Monday. This is a spectacular discount for a top shelf line:

Shu Uemura has 20% off through Nov. 27th with code WISH12:

Laura Mercier is giving away free products with a Design Your Own Palette promotion.

Starting Sunday, Cult Beauty will be running a free worldwide standard shipping promotion through Friday 30th Nov. (Christmas gifts that ship for free!) Now is your chance to try Rodin, Aesop , Ellis Faasand other cult brands. Code NOVEMBER (excludes Escentric Molecules).

Bobbi Brown is tossing in samples sizes of lipglosses and other goodies with codes here.


Other promos du jour:

  • Becca has 20% off any $50 purchase with code GIVETHANKS.
  • Butter London is giving away a free Wallis nail polish with $50 order with code CELEBRATE12 (but see, the Nordstrom promo has buy 2, get 1 free for this brand)
  • has 30% off with code BLKFRI
  • Estee Lauder has a special lip gloss set until 1 pm only.
  • Inglot has 20% off everything (no code needed) through 3 am November 27th.  You bet I ordered from this site–the reviews have been fantastic.
  • SkincareRX has 22% off with code FRIDAY22 with deeper discounts for select products
  • L’Occintane is running so many gorgeous packages and promos.
  • Origins online has $10 off and free ship with $25 purchase.
  • Philosophy online has gifty treats on discount.
  • Sephora has a dizzying number of items discounted. Things are selling out early, so they may not be here if you’re reading this later in the day.
  • Ulta has massive door busters here.
  • Don’t forget to use Ebates–double cash back at over 500 sites today.

This was my email box this morning, summarized for you here. I hope all the links work, if not my apologies as I’m just running through the entire lot.

Cafe Makeup hopes that you have a fun and productive day. Driving back from the movies last night at 10 pm, Liz and I saw that parking lot at our local Target literally full.  For my part, we’re braving the crowds to get a new washer and dryer as our gave out yesterday after running nearly continuously for the past 10 years (no exaggeration, we got our money’s worth). Perhaps we’ll see you out there in the sea of people. Wish us luck and the same to you!

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Nov 172012

There are several blogs that cover the drugstore and mid-end steals and deals– Nouveau Cheap is one of my favorite for this type of information. What is happening on the luxury end?

Cult Beauty is running a fantastic goody bag with any order over £40. Just add the code GOODYBAG at checkout.

Inside the Goody Bag:
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius (2.2g)
2. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (15ml)
3. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask (10ml)
4. Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil (3ml)
5. Eve Lom Rescue Mask (5ml)
6. DuWop Mini Lip Venom
7. Jouer Cosmetics Mini Essential Lip Enhancer
8. Kai Perfume Oil Vial (1ml)
9. Alison Raffaele Mini Reality Base Foundation

Stivectin is having a 20% friends and family wide sale right now, with the code FRIENDS at checkout.

Various Nordstrom are having holiday shopping event evenings which include 10x points when using a Nordstrom charge. This applies to beauty, and it is a nice way to stock up on gifts. If you are a Nordstrom card holder, check your local store for the specific event dates as the dates vary by location.  Also, some Burberry counters are having gift with purchase days which varies by location.

Omorovicza Cosmetics is running 15% off some of its gorgeous beauty sets.

Perricone MD is having a 25% off Friends and Family sale on November 18 and 19th only, using code JOY25.

Happy shopping!  If you’ve heard of any other promo’s, perhaps put them in the comments? Thank you (and Cafe Makeup readers thank you also!)

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Aug 272011

Here’s three things that I’m obsessed with this week:

1.  Slippers– After a look at this slideshow on Vogue Paris, I was suddenly obsessed with finding slippers.  I love the velvet designs especially, although I’m not sure about the skulls on the Toms (below) that have an Alexander McQueen vibe.  Otherwise, a fun addition to a tailored look (click to enlarge):

2.  Speaking of velvet, I’m obsessed with the upcoming release of Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet lipcolors.  Here is a collection of some beauty sites that have swatched items from the line:

-Bella Shmella’s are here

-Beauty Insider’s are here and here

-Delicate Hummingbird’s are here

 -Notes from My Beauty Life are here and here

I think they look lovely–they seem to be very pigmented with the slightest glow.  Also here is a link to more items from the collection at the British Beauty Blogger.
3.  Tom Ford’s Upcoming Beauty Line.  We’re begining to see some previews
-From are these pictures
-London Makeup Girl’s are here
-Get Lippie’s are here.
-The Beauty Look Book’s preview of lip colors is here.
Here are some obsession-worthy links:
-These pictures of Chanel’s new brush line at
-These promotional pictures of Chanel’s new Perfection Lumiere Foundation
-For Russian speakers, please support one of my beauty blogging BBF’S BlondyCandy’s First Annual Reader’s Choice Awards.  Vote, vote, vote!!

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Aug 202011

Here’s what three things I’m obsessed with this week:

1.  Fake reviews-- I was struck by this article from The New York Times describing a system where people are paid up to $5 to post fake positive reviews on business websites.  According to the piece, Cornell researchers have developed a computer program to separate the real reviews from the paid.  I’m glad to see that there is progress is this area. I’m often curious about the credibility of some.

2.  Wherefore art thou Fyrinnae?  Fyrinnae is a small, independent cosmetic company that is run by two creative geniuses who really listen to their customers.  Lately, their website has been on-again, off-again. I’m hopeful that they are re-tooling.

On a related note, I was very impressed with this post by Joeybunny, who discusses how independent makeup brands skillfully use social media, including smart interaction with beauty bloggers.  Her point #2, “Indie retailers embrace us nutty bloggers” is true based on my experience here on Cafe Makeup.  I must admit that I’ve noticed that many independent, small beauty companies display a media savvy that is quite masterful.  Some have a very human touch.

3.  Chanel Illusion D’ombre Mirifique:  Everytime I use this deep, sooty black as a liner, I love the effect.  Great staying power.  A rich, vibrant black. I really love this color.

Here’s what some of the beauty blogospere is obsessed with this week:

  • Karlasugar has reviewed the enormous MAC Me Over release that is soon to be released, including these intriguing basics.  Stunner blush is catching my eye, how about you?
  • The Best Things in Beauty gives us a preview of a new skincare line from Le Metier de Beaute–it looks interesting!
  • Fab Over Forty previews the new eyeshadow trio’s coming from Dior.  She reports that the quality is impressive.
  • My hunger for Paris must be satisfied by looking a blogs from my favorite city–I’m currently enjoying Secrets of Paris, as well as this incredibly useful post from David Lebovitz about the best Paris apps (as in applications, not apartments).

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Aug 052011

Here’s what three things I’m obsessed with this week–

1.  Back to basics- Although fall is weeks (months?) away, I get the “back to school basics” vibe this time of year.   Instead of pencils and notebooks, I re-assess my beauty needs for the upcoming changes in the weather. I’ve been feverishly checking reviews for basics, including hair care products, brushes and other essentials.  Recently, I placed an order for a full size Rodin Olio Lusso Face Oil (reviewed here).  By the way, which shampoo and conditioner are you currently enjoying?

2.  Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s- I first noticed the business genius of Karl Lagerfeld the moment that he sold a bride two wedding dresses–a white one for the ceremony and an identical one in black for the dinner afterwards.  Who says art and commerce don’t mix?  In his most recent genius move, he’s partnered with Macy’s for a small collection due out late August.  All pieces are to be priced under $300.  I’d love to get this shirt (although I doubt I’ll get the chance!)

Speaking of all things Karl, did you see this picture of him without his sunglasses?  I think he looks fabulous!

3. Fashion’s Night Out Goes Global  This little video shows Vogue editors from all over the world discussing the September 2011 Fashion’s Night Out event coming next month.  Although I won’t be attending, I’d love to hear about your plans if you are!

VOGUE Fashion Night 2011 dans le monde (version… by VOGUEPARIS

Here are some of the things that other beauty bloggers are obsessed with this week:

  • How gorgeous is this Nars “Makeup Your Mind” makeover on Karlasugar?  She looks fabulous!
  • Armani Fall 2011 has hit Australian shores, leading Front Row Beauty to test out the Woven Jacquard Palette No. 2.  She doesn’t seem to love it, but I think that satiny texture looks worth exploring.
  • The NonBlonde tests out a new lipstick line, Exude, endorsed by Rachel Zoe-here, the color look gorgeous.
  • The Best Things in Beauty has gotten some of the new Guerlain 4 Ecrin palettes–I can not wait until mine arrive.
  • Natural n Chic Makeup does her characteristically thorough and beautifully photographed review of Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary Palette here.
Have a beautiful weekend!

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