Black Friday Beauty Guide 2013


I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I for one know that after eating my weight in turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, I need a serious workout. There is no better way to work off all that food than Black Friday shopping! For the past few weeks, I have kept my eyes peeled for some amazing beauty finds and here they are!!!

Urban Decay — On Black Friday, Urban Decay’s website will feature a six-piece set of its Revolution Lipsticks for just $50 (a $132 value), along with a greatest-hits travel bundle of the brand’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and more for $35 (a $72 value)


Makeup Forever — From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, purchase two full-size Aqua Shadows available in two shade variations (20E and 28E or 2E and 30E) for only $10. Keep in mind, these eyeshadows are usually $20 each at Sephora store or online.


Nordstroms — This is truly a beauty bloggers dream! This Black Friday, Nordstroms is bringing out the big guns! See below!

Clarisonic Mia First Sonic Skin Cleansing Device: $99 doorbuster deal


Kiehl’s Best of Kiehl’s: $33 doorbuster deal


Dior Diorshow Essential Eye Kit: $50 doorbuster deal


See below for a more beauty specials!

BOBBI BROWN: Enjoy a full-size Extreme Party Mascara and a travel-size makeup remover with ANY order with code TGIBF, 11/28 through 11/30. Also pick 5 treats with ANY order (plus get free shipping too), automatically applied at checkout, 12/1 through 12/3.

CARGO: 50% off Let’s Meet in Paris Mini Lip Gloss Kits, 11/29 at ULTA stores and online.

CAROL’S DAUGHTER$10 off $50 with code SWEETLOVE, 11/25 through 11/26. Free Almond Cookie Hand Cream with $25+ purchase, 11/28 through 12/1. Save up to 35% + free shipping, 12/2 through 12/3.

CLINIQUE: Customers can choose a FREE Deluxe Moisture Trio with $35 purchase + FREE shipping on every order with code OILY or DRY, 11/28 only. Receive 4 FREE Makeup minis with any $25 purchase + FREE shipping on every order with code PRETTY, 11/29-11/30. Also 12/1 through 12/5, pick 5 Free Minis with your $35 order on New Treats Added Daily.

GIORGIO ARMANI: 20% off $75+ purchases, now through 12/5.

MACY’S: Special sets from brands like Estee Lauder, Clinique, Origins, Bare Minerals, 11/29.

MISS JESSIE’S: 40% off + free shipping, now through 12/3.

MIYU BEAUTY: 25% off with code BFCMMIYU5, 11/29 through 12/2.

ORIGINS: Get $10 Off + FREE Shipping on any order of $25 or more. PLUS, spend $45 and pick a deluxe treat with code TENOFF, 11/27 through 12/2.

PETER THOMAS ROTH: 20% off site wide, 11/29 only. SEPHORA: $10 deals beginning 11/29. See list here.

SMASHBOX: 25% off everything with $50+ purchase with code HOLIDAY25, ends 12/2.

TRIA: 20% off Black Friday kits, now through 12/2.

ULTA: bareMinerals Go for the Glow or Light Things Up ($10 each), 25% off ULTRA Chic Red Pro Dryer or 1″ Flat Iron with coupon Urban Decay Travel-Sized Eden/Sin Primers ($12), Urban Decay Dangerous Palette ($16), Benefit Lip Lotto ($18), philosophy Shower Gels ($10 each), philosophy Best Beautiful Wishes ($25, $53 value), Too Faced Better Than Sex Essentials ($15, $42 value) — all start 7pm CST on 11/28.

VAPOUR BEAUTY: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY13, 11/27 through 12/2.

VICHY: Get $15 off $60 purchase with code FRIDAY15, get $25 off $90 purchase with code FRIDAY25, get $35 off $125+ purchase with code FRIDAY35, 11/25 through 11/30.

Product Review: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation


A few months ago, I wrote about the NARS creamy radiant concealer and it is still hands down my favorite concealer. Ever since then, I have started exploring more NARS products and I have built quite the collection. So it was only fitting that I move on to their foundations. Let me say this, NARS Sheer Matte foundation is great!

This liquid matte foundation has an amazing array of colours and goes on beautifully. The coverage is medium, however it is buildable if you want more coverage. With 20 shades to choose from, you are bound to find a shade that fits your complexion. This foundation is on the more expensive side at $44, however, I personally think it is worth it. I bought the NARS Sheer Matte foundation in the shade Macao at Nordstrom. I should note, in order to find all 20 shades, you have to go to Nordstrom or the NARS website. Sephora carries about 10-15 shades depending on the store, however online they carry 16 shades.

I recommend this foundation for those with normal to slightly oily skin. For those with normal to slightly dry skin, take a look at the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. I have oily skin and I can go hours without using my Clean & Clear oil absorbing sheets and that says a lot. This has become my daily foundation. If you are interested, head over to Sephora or Nordstrom because this foundation is definitely worth a try.

Nordstrom Beauty Pretty Party

This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in Nordstrom’s Beauty Pretty Party at Pentagon City Mall in Arlington, VA. This was a great opportunity to get to know a few of the makeup artists at MAC, try some new products and purchase some new favorites.

Beauty Party

I went with my sister Fabiola, and we had a fantastic time! My Makeup Artist was Crystal and my sister worked with Tonique. Both artist were amazing and informative. They listened to us and made great recommendations.

Crystal took me out of my comfort zone and gave me a pretty rocking smokey eye using neutral tones including the new MAC “Bare My Soul” palette. Look below for  my before and after look!


Nordstrom Before


Nortstrom Party Me 1

MAC Collage Me

I was so excited to have my amazing sister come along for our makeover!

Check her before and after!

Fab Collage


My Make over products

Makeup Artist: Crystal

Foundation: Matchmaster 7.5

Powder: Mineralized skin finish in deep dark

Brows: Veluxe Brow Liner Deep Dark Brunette

Concealer: Select Coverup concealer in NW45

Engraved Eyeliner

Mascara: False Lashed waterproof

Fabiola Make over products – All MAC

Fabiola’s Makeup Artist: Tonique

Foundation: Mineralized liquid NC50

Powder: Mineralized skin finish in deep dark

eye shadows: sketch, texture, industrial, aquadisiac

brows: spiked



Inspired by Michelle Obama’s Makeup

Michelle Obama Makeup images

I think most will agree our First Lady Michelle Obama is stunning and often times appears to be wearing minimal makeup. The same can be said of the amazing Cover Girl Ellen DeGeneres. Her makeup, like her style of dress is always easy breezy!

I saw these great make tips on the Huffington Post and thought it would be great to share with you beautiful ladies. Off course I had to add a few of my own tips. For a simple workday look, all you need is mascara, lip gloss, tamed eyebrows and concealer to cover minimal flaws.

Brows: Your eyebrows make such a difference in the way you look. You should always take care to groom your brows on a fairly regular basis. Grab an eyebrow brush (yes, you should definitely own one of these) and groom your brows by brushing in their natural direction of growth. For most women, this is upwards. Fill in any sparse sections with a brow pencil or powder, then brush again to blend product through. Sephora Eye CombSonia Kashuk Eyebrow Comb/Brush

Mascara: Curl your lashes, apply a few coats of mascara, then curl again to instantly wake up your look. If you have an extra two minutes to spare, one of my favorite quick tricks is to line my eyes with a kohl pencil and smudge it out. It is best to use a brown liner instead of black to achieve a softer look. Favorite Mascaras (I love so many of them. What are some of your favorites?): Benefits They’re Real, Cover Girl Last Blast, L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition

Lips: a pink lipstick , tinted or clear gloss not only completes this look, but it creates a more youthful appearance. To change your look from the workday to happy hour , add a bolder lip color, such as a red or deep coral lipstick. Favorite Lip Color (This is a small list as I love some many! Please share some of your favorites) Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense, Express Lip Gloss, The Balm Stainiac

Concealer: Add a concealer that is as close to your skin tone as possible. Typically, most makeup artists will say you should use a concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin. However, if you are concealing minor flaws and do not intend on following up with foundation or BB cream always use a concealer that matches your skin tone. This will avoid having random light spots of concealer on your face. Tinted Moisturizer can be used in place of concealer. See previous post on tinted moisturizers. Favorite concealers: Coastal Scents, MAC Select Cover-Up, L’Oreal True Match,