Nov 052013

sephora vib saleFor those of you who are Sephora VIB’s, you are probably already aware that the annual 20% sale is about to start on November 7th and runs just a few days (through November 11th). Here’s a list of things that I’d keep my eye on:

1. Nars One Night Stand Blush Palette (reviewed here):  Although this 6-color palette is already a great deal at the full $65 price, getting an additional 20% off makes this a real steal.  I’d use this sale to jump on this if I didn’t already own one. Another good option is the Nars Promiscuous lip pencil set (reviewed here).

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2. Guerlain Holiday:  This includes the Gueralain Meteorites Crazy Pearls and the Guerlain Crazy Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder.  I was happy to get these at full price–both give an allover glow–so who doesn’t love a little luxury at 20% off?

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3. Skincare basics, toners, moisturizers and hair products:  Have you been curious about a new skincare or hair product and haven’t had the chance to try it yet? I’ve got my eye on backing up some of my basics, and maybe trying something new. Already on my list are:

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Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel in Extra Strength (reviewed here), in a larger size.

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Some Perricone MD products (I’m sifting my list now), including some eye-area serums (this Acyl-Glutathione serum is reviewed here). In addition, I’m going to get another heaping helping of the Bumble & Bumble Thickening Full Form Volume Mousse.  Whatever magic you want to use, this sale is a good time of year to stock up on your skin and hair basics.

4. Brushes, Brushes, and more Brushes.  Like hair and skincare, this 20% sale is a good time of year to pick up those necessary tools that seem like a splurge (and now are more price friendly).  I’ve got my eye on this Marc Jacobs Bronzing Brush.  Another type of useful brush is the good old Clarisonic (I still use mine once a day, and gifted another one to Liz).  This is also a nice time to pick up either the Edward Bess Luxury Face Brush, or the Luxury Eye Brush (both work really, really well).

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5.  Fragrances–something old, something new…  I’ve been enjoying some samples lately, including the new Dolce & Gabbana Intense. There are also some classics, and some fun little sample sets that are catching my eye as well.

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Of course, I’m not sure I can check out without through in a new lipstick or nail polish in the mix.  Because, you know, with all of this savings and practicality, there really needs to be some other fun colors in that cart as well.

What do you have your eye on for the sale?

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Oct 202013

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Edit: Congratulations Charlotte!  Your palette has been sent out to you! 

Thanks to everyone for reading and participating!

Sephora sent the Sephora Makeup Academy Blockbuster Palette (value $49) for a giveaway on Cafe Makeup.  It’s a rather glorious selection of products. According to Sephora:

This extraordinary palette will enable you to create thousands of looks for all skintones, desires, and occasions. Combine the waterproof eye shadows and long-lasting cream eyeliners for beautiful, all-day appeal. Discover lip gloss shades from natural and charming to daring and bright. For complexion, apply the concealer closest to your skintone and finish with a flattering blush. Go from day to night and playful to smoldering—all with one versatile palette stocked with easy-to-love formulas and tools. 

The palette can be closed to protect the product inside:

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Open, the palette contains:

- 72 eye shadows
- 28 lipglosses
- 7 x 0.029 oz blush
- 18 eyeliner crèmes
- 3 concealers
- 0.032 oz eye shadow primer
- 0.032 oz lip primer
- 2 x double-ended sponge tip applicator
- Double-ended eye shadow brush
- Double-ended blush brush
- Mirror

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Here’s a few close-ups of the pretties inside the Sephora palette:

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All the details about the palette on Sephora’s site. Otherwise, leave a comment here with your working email in the “Email (required)” section (which does not display to the public but we can see it). We won’t use your email for anything except this contest.  The deadline is 12 pm Eastern time on October  27, 2013 and is open to U.S. readers only. One entry per reader, please.

After the deadline, we will e-mail the winner, who will have 48 hours to reply and provide a U.S. shipping address (check your spam folders!). After 48 hours, the prize will be forfeited, and another winner will be selected. The palette comes in the box as pictured. It’s been opened to be photographed, and is now safely returned to its box. It is unused and unswatched.



Good luck, beautiful readers!! 

This palette was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for a reader giveaway. 

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Sep 102013

The press from this season’s New York Fashion week is overwhelming. I pulled a few looks from various artists just to keep a little sketchbook of some upcoming Spring/Summer 2014 beauty inspiration. The names on the images are the names of the makeup artists.

This look from Altuzarra:


 Diane von Furstenberg:

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Jason Wu, using Lancome products (unsurprising, given his recent collaboration with this beauty company):

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Donna Karan (unfortunately, product names were not specified).  I wonder if these “MAC cream eyeshadows” are the new Pro Longwear Paint Pots (just guessing), which have lots of neutrals for contouring an eye. Looking like a glowing summer goddess:

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Do you have any favorite looks from this year’s shows?

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Sep 082013

Where did the weekend go?  Where did August go? Before too much time goes by, I wanted to post about a few things that have been collecting on my desk. New York Fashion Week is moving through social media–I’m enjoying every minute that I can devote to it.

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So here are a few things going in my little corner of the world.

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Sep 072013

Neiman Marcus has sent Cafe Makeup an email with the delights of its upcoming beauty event. True to form, we’re passing this information along to you.

September 11th through September 22nd (or while supplies last), Neimans is holding its beauty event. At $125, you will get a tote bag (brown, red, or purple) with some samples:

1. Jack Black Epic Moisture Extra Rich Body Hydrator
2. Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner for Brillance & Shine
3. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette
4. Yves Saint Laurent Forever Light Creator & Forever Youth Liberator Serum
5. Bvlgari Eau Parfumée Shampoo and Shower Gel
6. Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50
7. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Radiance
8. Lalique L’Amour Eau de Parfum
9. Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Intense

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This year, Neimans is offering a “step up” gift of a black leather Rebecca Minkoff cosmetics bag with a $500 spend (sorry, I don’t have an image) and quantities are very limited!

In addition, there are some brand-specific offers:

  • ACQUA DI PARMA Colonia Essenza: Signature hatbox with Eau de Cologne, Face Emulsion, and Hair  and Shower Gel; with purchase of any large Acqua di Parma women’s or men’s fragrance spray.
  • A DOZEN ROSES Angel Face Eau de Parfum Rollerball; $110 minimum purchase.
  • AMOREPACIFIC Gift box with Bio-Enzyme Refining Complex, Luminous Effect Brightening Serum, Treatment Cleaning Oil, Treatment Enzyme Peel, and your choice of Time Response Skin Renewal Creme, Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Creme, or Future Response Age Defense Creme; $300 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Ultimate Travel Companion; $500 minimum purchase.
  • ANTICA FARMACISTA Fragrant Bath Soap; $62 minimum purchase.
  • ATELIER COLOGNE Your choice Cologne Absolue Travel Spray in leather case; with purchase of any large Atelier Cologne fragrance.
  • B. THE PRODUCT Shampoo Perfected and Conditioned Perfected; with purchase of any full-size B. the Product product.
  • BALENCIAGA Florabotanica Eau de Parfum; $130 minimum Florabotanica purchase. Gold cosmetics pouch; $145 minimum Balenciaga Paris purchase.
  • BALMAIN Ivoire Eau de Parfum; $110 Balmain fragrance purchase.
  • BELLECORE Après Contouring Crème; with purchase of Honeybelle bodybuffer or Babybelle bodybuffer.
  • BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH Cosmetics case; with purchase of BMR Face.
  • BOBBI BROWN Bobbi To Go includes Classic Eye & Cheek Palette with Eye Shadows in Ivory, Cement, and Rich Caviar, Metallic Eye Shadow in Velvet Plum, Blush in Desert Pink, Eye Shadow Brush, Extreme Party Mascara in Black, and Extra Eye Repair Cream; $125 minimum purchase.
  • BOTTEGA VENETA Charcoal gray cosmetics pouch or Eau de Parfum; $145 minimum purchase.
  • BVLGARI Eau Parfumée: Pouch with Au Thé Blanc Soap and Body Lotion in Au Thé Blanc or Au Thé Vert; $125 minimum purchase.
  • CARTIER Baiser Volé: Eau de Parfum Spray, Eau de Toilette Spray, and Essence de Parfum Spray; $125 minimum purchase
  • CHANTECAILLE Tangerine faux leather case with Bio Lifting Cream, Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliating Cream, Luminous Gloss in Coco, and Frangipane Eau de Parfum vial-on-card; $185 minimum purchase.
  • CHLOÉ Body Lotion; $120 minimum purchase.
  • CLARISONIC Blue cosmetics bag with Refreshing Gel Cleanser; $149 minimum purchase.
  • CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ Makeup bag with Gentle Cleansing Foam, Gentle Protective Emulsion, La Crème, and Extra Rich Lipstick in #311 Red Abundance; $300 minimum purchase
  • CLINIQUE Floral cosmetics bag with Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer, 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula, Soft-Pressed Powder Blush in New Clover, High Impact Waterproof Mascara in Black, Butter Shine Lipstick in Perfect Plum, and A Different Nail Enamel in Really Rio; $65 minimum purchase.
  • DEBORAH LIPPMANN Nail Color in Prelude to a Kiss; $35 minimum purchase
  • DIOR Black trapeze pouch with L’Or de Vie Eye and Lip Creme, Diorshow Mascara in Black, and Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Lucky; $150 minimum purchase.
  • DOLCE & GABBANA The One Desire black sapphire mirror; with purchase of any large The One women’s fragrance spray. The One for Men sport bag; with purchase of any large The One for Men men’s fragrance spray.
  • ELIE SAAB Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Spray; $130 minimum purchase.
  • ESTÉE LAUDER Re-Nutriv: Intensive Smoothing Hand Creme, Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Creme, and Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Eye Creme; $125 minimum purchase.
  • FRESH Cosmetics bag with Fresh Life Eau de Parfum, Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, Soy Face Cleanser, and Elixir Ancien; $100 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask; $150 minimum purchase.
  • GEORGIE BEAUTY Winks by Georgie No. 4 La Vie Charme Faux Lashes and Candle in French Cade & Lavender, Crème de Peche, or Bella Sucre; $35 minimum purchase.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI Black cosmetics pouch with Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in #2, Fluid Sheer in #2, Eyes to Kill Stretch Lengthening Mascara in Black, and Regenessence [3.R] High Lift Multi-Firming Rejuvenating SPF 15 Cream; $150 minimum purchase.
  • GIVENCHY Black cosmetics pouch with Dahlia Noir L’Eau Eau de Toilette; with purchase of any large Givenchy fragrance spray.
  • GUCCI Guilty Body Lotion; with purchase of any large Guilty fragrance spray.
  • GUERLAIN Coffret with Orchidée Impériale Cream, Mask, Longevity Concentrate, Eye and Lip Cream, and Rich Cream; $250 minimum purchase.
  • HERMÈS Jour d’Hermès Eau de Parfum; $149 minimum Jour d’Hermès purchase.
  • HOUBIGANT PARIS Travel Perfume Vaporizer; with purchase of any 3.3-oz. Houbigant Paris Eau de Parfum spray.
  • JACK BLACK Epic Moisture Clean Cream Body Wash; $60 minimum purchase.
  • JEAN PATOU Joy Soap; with purchase of any large Jean Patou fragrance spray.
  • JIMMY CHOO Black tote; $88 minimum purchase of any Jimmy Choo fragrance.
  • JO MALONE LONDON Black leather travel case with Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne and Blackberry & Bay Cologne; $150 minimum purchase.
  • KANEBO SENSAI COLLECTION Ultimate The Cream, Ultimate The Lotion, Silky Purifying Cleansing Balm, and Silky Purifying Milky Soap; $300 minimum purchase.
  • KATE SOMERVILLE True Lash Lash Enhancing Eye Makeup Remover and ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment; $200 minimum purchase.
  • KEVYN AUCOIN Bag with Liquid Metal Eye Shadow in Patina, The Eye Pencil Primatif in Defining Green, and Eye Shadow Brush; $125 minimum purchase.
  • KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 Ultra Facial Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, Midnight Recovery Eye, and Creme de Corps; $95 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus full-size Ultra Facial Cleanser and full-size Ultra Facial Toner; $150 minimum purchase.
  • LALIQUE Cosmetics bag with your choice of any two fragrance sprays; with purchase of any large Lalique women’s fragrance spray.
  • LA MER Green pouch with La Crème, The Eye Concentrate, The Regenerating Serum, and The Reparative Body Lotion; $350 minimum purchase.
  • LANCÔME PARIS Black Jason Wu cosmetics pouch with Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, Absolue Premium BX Advanced Replenishing Cream Cleanser, Hypnôse Mascara in Black, Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base, Absolue Sublime Oleo-Serum, and your choice Absolue Precious Cells or Absolue Premium BX; $100 minimum purchase.
  • LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar: Signature bag with Luxe Cream, Luxe Eye Lift Cream, and Crystalline Concentre; $400 minimum purchase.
  • LAURA MERCIER Brown satin bag with Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara in Black, Foundation Primer SPF 30, Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Nude, Longwear Crème Eye Pencil in Slate, and Eye Basics in Wheat; $135 minimum purchase.
  • LE MÉTIER DE BEAUTÉ Colour Core Stain Lipstick; with purchase of any Colour Core Stain. Black organza bag with Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector; $300 minimum purchase.
  • LOLITA LEMPICKA Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum; $100 minimum purchase of Elle L’Aime fragrance.
  • LOLLIA Calm Finest Shea Butter Soap; $75 minimum purchase.
  • MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette Spray or Aqua Vitae Eau de Toilette Spray; with purchase of any Maison Francis Kurkdjian Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette.
  • MARC JACOBS Toiletry bag; with purchase of any large Marc Jacobs fragrance spray.
  • ME SMOOTH Shaver Cartridge; $395 minimum purchase.
  • MOLTON BROWN Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower; $75 minimum purchase.
  • NARCISO RODRIGUEZ For Her Eau de Toilette Spray; $120 minimum purchase.
  • NATURA BISSÉ The Cure All-In-One Cleanser, The Cure Hydro-Gel Toner, The Cure Pure Serum, and The Cure Sheer Cream; $300 minimum purchase.
  • NEST FRAGRANCES Vanilla Orchid Almond Votive Candle; $50 minimum purchase.
  • NUFACE Optimizing Mist; $325 minimum purchase.
  • OMOROVICZA Taupe bag with Rejuvenating Night Cream, Instant Plumping Cream, Copper Peel, and Cleansing Foam; $225 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Queen of Hungary Mist; $450 minimum purchase.
  • ORLA KIELY Makeup bag; $50 minimum purchase.
  • ORLANE, PARIS Cosmetics pouch with Deluxe Vivifying Cleanser, Vivifying Toner, and Super- Moisturizing Concentrate; $300 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus gold pouch with Crème Royale Neck and Décolleté, Crème Royale Eyes, and Deluxe Crème Royale, Vivifying Cleanser, and Vivifying Toner; $600 minimum purchase.
  • OSCAR DE LE RENTA Essential Luxuries VIP Kit includes vial-on-cards of Santo Domingo Eau de Parfum, Sargasso Eau de Cologne, Coralina Eau de Parfum, Mi Corazón Eau de Parfum, Granada Eau de Parfum, and Oriental Lace Eau de Parfum; $150 minimum purchase of Essential Luxuries products.
  • PERSONAL MICRODERM Two boxes of Sensitive Replacement Discs; $179 minimum purchase of Personal Microderm tool.
  • PHILIP B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner; $75 minimum purchase.
  • PHYTO Phytokératine: Repairing Shampoo and Repairing Balm; $50 minimum purchase.
  • PRADA Candy mirror compact; with purchase of any large Candy fragrance spray.
  • RÉVIVE Bag with Intensité Volumizing Serum, Intensité Volumizing Eye Serum, Moisturizing Renewal Cream, and Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream; $400 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Defensif Renewal Serum; $650 minimum purchase.
  • ROBERT PIGUET Fracas Candle; $150 minimum purchase.
  • SEDU Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Pure Argan Oil; with purchase of any Sedu tool.
  • SISLEY-PARIS Black/white pouch with Eau Efficace, Phyto-Svelt Global, Instant Perfect, Self Tanning Hydrating Facial Skin Care, Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age, Sisleÿa Daily Line Reducer, Eau de Campagne Bath and Shower Gel, and Skinleÿa in Beige; $350 minimum purchase.
  • SULWHASOO Gift box with Essential Balancing Water, Essential Balancing Emulsion, First Care Activating Serum, Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream, and Age-Veil UV Protection Cream; $300 minimum purchase. All of the above, plus Wooden Mirror; $500 minimum purchase.
  • SUPERSMILE Whitening Pre-Rinse; $35 minimum purchase.
  • TATA HARPER Green velvet signature bag with Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Reparative Moisturizer, and Hydrating Floral Essence; $125 minimum purchase.
  • THIERRY MUGLER Angel: Signature bag with Perfuming Body Cream and Perfuming Hand Cream; $119 minimum purchase of any Angel fragrance. Alien: Signature bag with Radiant Body Lotion and Radiant Shower Gel; $119 minimum purchase of any Angel fragrance.
  • TRISH MCEVOY White/gold signature mesh bag with Refillable Eye Shadow Compact, Intense Gel Eye Liner, High Volume Mascara in Jet Black, and Travel Spray; $125 minimum purchase.
  • TWEEZERMAN Dragonfly Slant Tweezer; $40 minimum purchase.
  • VALENTINO Valentina toiletry pouch; with purchase of any large Valentina fragrance spray.
  • VAN CLEEF & ARPELS First Eau de Parfum; $85 minimum purchase of any Van Cleef & Arpels fragrance.
  • VIKTOR & ROLF Flowerbomb: Eau de Parfum vial-on-card, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, and Body Cream; $165 minimum Flowerbomb purchase. Spicebomb: Eau de Toilette vial-on-card and Aftershave Balm; $105 minimum Spicebomb purchase.
  • XEN-TAN Signature bag with Body Sponge, Tanning Mitt, and Moroccan Tan; $60 minimum purchase
  • YVES SAINT LAURENT Signature cosmetics bag with Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in Black, Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rose Stiletto, Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Ink, and Temps Majeur Eye Contour; $150 minimum purchase.

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