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Black Friday Beauty Guide 2013

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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)

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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.

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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

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

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Dior Diorshow Essential Eye Kit: $50 doorbuster deal

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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 Clinique.com. 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

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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.

Product Review: Make Up Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation

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About a month ago, I received the Make Up Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in shade 177. As a big fan of this brand, I was both elated and sad about this new powder foundation. My excitement came from having a new product from a trusted brand. However, the sadness came because I went to three different Sephora brands and was informed that Make Up Forever was discontinuing my beloved Duo Mat Foundation and replacing it with the Pro Finish. I have tried the new foundation and I am finally ready to provide my review.

Like many other Make Up Forever foundations, this has an amazing array of shades so you are bound to find one that works for your skin tone. The foundation comes with a sponge, but I always advise not using the sponge and instead, using a brush to get a more natural finish.

While I really do like this foundation, I will have to put it aside until the winter months when my skin is a bit drier. I have really oily skin and during the hot and humid summer months, this foundation does not help keep the shine at bay like the Duo Mat foundation. However, those with normal to slightly dry skin will most appreciate this foundation because it does go on beautifully. Pro Finish provides sheer to medium coverage and will be a good option for that barely there make up look.

 

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge Lip Color Review

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Make up Forever has truly done a FANTASTIC job with this long lasting lip color. Last year the company launched the Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge ($24), a two-step liquid lip color and gloss top coat. While not the first company to have this product, Make Up For Ever’s formula has amazing pigmentation, smooth texture, comfortable wear and ridiculously long wear time.

This summer, Make Up For Ever has expanded their shade range to include a variety of stunning, colorful shades original line-up launched. I purchased this at Sephora in the shade 10 Raspberry. I love it this product and as I am writing this review, I am already mapping out other colors to buy.

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For any product of this nature, there is a tendency to feel like your lips are dry. I combat this by putting on lip moisturizer before I begin putting on my makeup. When I am ready to put on my Aqua Rouge lip color on, I wipe of the lip moisturizer and apply the lip color. Let the lip color dry before putting on the clear gloss.

I am not kidding when I say this lip color does lasts all day. After a few hours you will be surprised at it longevity! I am not always the best at reapplying my lipstick so this product is perfect for me!

 

 

L’Oreal Liquid Eyeliner

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The other day I was talking to my friend fantastic friend Leslie and she was telling about her Sephora $200 Sephora haul. Having been guilty of that myself, we discussed finding less expensive but still amazing products at the drug store, Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond! For the past couple of years, I have been an avid fan of the gel liners. They are great, smudge proof and perfect for those hot, humid days in the summer in DC.

Then, a fantastic thing happened. I was watching an E! Online beauty tutorial and after makeup artist used a liquid eyeliner for a winged eye, I knew I had to try it! And so the search was on! I am not going to lie, I found a number of products that were lackluster and in some instances pricey! You can imagine my joy when I found the L’oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black. I now use it every day and I love it! Here is the best part, it is under $10, that is half the price my friend spent on her eyeliner.

The felt tip applicator makes applying your eyeliner a breeze and the formula dries quickly. This product is resistant to smudging and flaking. I highly recommend you give this a try.

 

NARS Obsession

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Let me start by saying, I am obsessed with the new NARS concealer! On a whim during the Lord & Taylor friends and family event, I decided to try out the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and can I say, I am happy that I did. As women, we are always looking for the perfect foundation, however I find that I encounter the same issue when it comes to finding the perfect concealer. This concealer just melts into my skin and I was able to find the perfect shade. I later went to Sephora and bought this same concealer in a lighter shade to brighten under eye circles.

This liquid concealer is impressively long-wearing, and does an excellent job of disguising difficult discolorations like under eye circles and marks from breakouts.

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The formula is moisturizing, yet the texture is thin enough that it doesn’t crease into fine lines and wrinkles. The concealer provides sheer to medium coverage, however you can layer without looking caked on for more coverage.

I am also rejoicing in the generous shade range, there are suitable options for very light to very dark skin tones, which makes it easy to find a near exact match for most skin tones.

Pros:

  • Applies easily and blends well.
  • Provides vibrant, opaque color that resists creasing or fading throughout the day.
  • Water-resistant.
  • Available in matte and satin finish.
  • Can be used to prime eyes and lips.
  • Fragrance-free.

Cons:

  • On the pricier side for concealer, but SOOO worth it. This product is that really impressive!

Makeup Forever Discontinuing Duo Mat Powder Foundation

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I am so sad to report that Makeup Forever is discontinuing their Duo Mat Powder Foundation. This past weekend, I went to Sephora to purchase my favorite powder for Spring/ Summer and was told it is being replaced by the Pro Finish Powder Foundation. You can still purchase the product at Sephora stores or Sephora.com, but it is in limited supply. I had to go to two different stores to find it.

I purchased the Pro Finish powder foundation which I am testing now and will write a review next week!

EOS Lip Balm Review

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Over the past few weeks, it has been hard not to notice eos lip balms. This absolutely adorable egg shaped lip balms has been endorsed by the likes of Kim Kardashian and countless beauty blogs and magazines.

They are sold in local drug stores such as Target and Walgreens . The lip balms are 100% natural and 95% of their ingredients are organic. They cost about $3-4 depending on your location and come in a variety of flavors.

I will say, I do like this eos product, I would not say it is the best lip balm I have used. I am still going to stick by Sugar Lip Balm, which I love, love, love!!!!

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Inspired by Michelle Obama’s Makeup


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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,