Saturday, September 4, 2010

Ulta sales ad: Sunday, September 5 - Saturday, September 25

Hey, Ulta didn't wait til a week into the month to send me their sales ad this month. That's what we call progress. (Just kidding, Ulta — I don't know what I'd do without you.)

What have we got this month? Well, in terms of exciting stuff, there's the cool Stila Natural Beauty Eye Shadow Palette, a $22 Ulta exclusive with 13 pretty shades, most of which are fairly neutral-looking pink and tan shades. It looks highly wearable.

Then we've got a nice Smashbox kit, the Smashbox All-Day Beauty Kit. For $39, it includes a full-size Photo Finish Foundation Primer, and there's also Lip Enhancing Gloss in Scoop, lid primer, Soft Lights Blush Duo in AM/PM, and an Eye Shadow Trio in Day-To-Date. You also get a little Smashbox cosmetics bag, and a free full size Limitless Eye Liner in slate with any Smashbox purchase. I'm not a fan of the Photo Finish Primer, but if you are, this would be a terrific deal.

If I hadn't just bought some Too Faced cosmetics, I'd also be tempted by the $35 Too Faced Boudoir Beauty Collection. It comes in a tote and includes: Chocolate Soliel Bronzer/Candlelight Duo, Lava Gloss Eyeliner in Black, Lip of Luxury Lipstick in Free Love, Eye Shadow Duo in Lovey Dovey, Mini Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, Mini Lash Injection Mascara and Mini Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot. And you get a free Mini Flatbuki Brush with any $30 Too Faced purchase. Not bad at all.

They've also got those Ulta Baked Eye Shadows I've been coveting on sale for $4. Will definitely be picking up one or two of those.

On to the makeup deals...

Friday, September 3, 2010

Review: Lush Ickle Baby Angel Bath Bomb

Bottom line: Honestly, I was a bit disappointed by this bath bomb. It fizzed very nicely but didn't seem to do much of anything to the water. I do think kids would enjoy the fizzing, though.

I picked up Lush Ickle Baby Angel Bath Bomb because it was unique-looking. It's shaped like a cherubic little baby face — kind of creepy, but interesting nonetheless. It was also, at around $3-4, among the cheapest (and smallest) of the Lush Bath Bombs. I figured if I were going to get hooked on these things, I should at least try to find a cheap one I liked.

Now, admittedly, Ickle Baby Angel is made for kids taking a bath, not adults. So I wasn't expecting anything really impressive, other than probably some good fizzing action.

Sale: Too Faced Vintage sale on is having a sale on their vintage cosmetics. Quite the good deals. I can't find the shipping prices specifically, but it charged me $5.95 for an order of a little over $20. Still some pretty good deals. I picked up a couple of $3 baked eyeshadows, a $2 beauty balm, one of the Mirror Mirror glosses for $6 and a couple of the Sparkler glosses for $2.99 to use as Christmas presents.

I was very, very tempted by that cute little $5 Marie Antoinette bag, but I seriously have a box full of cosmetics bags.

It appears there aren't any working coupon codes at this time, but you do get a free mini shadow insurance with all purchases.

Since I haven't tried many Too Faced products, here's a link to The Muse's picks over at Musings of a Muse. I'll let you guys know what I think when my order comes in!

Coupon code: Free Stila mascara has coupon codes, good through Sept. 30 or while supplies last, for free mascara. Here are the codes:

Multi-effect mascara in black: BLACKM
Multi-effect mascara in brown: BROWNM
Black-diamond mascara in black shimmer: BLACKD
Black-diamond mascara in blue shimmer: BLUED

The details: Cannot be combined with other coupon codes. You can only use one at a time. Each code can be used once per customer. Don't add the mascara to your cart, it will be added automatically after you enter the code.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sale: Hautelook sale on BECCA skin-brightening cosmetics

Online sample sale site is having a Lucky afternoon pick-me-up beginning Thursday at 3 p.m. EST with BECCA cosmetics.

Need an invite? Check out this page: Need an online sample sale invite?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sale: Rue La La Final Sale Act 2 includes Vincent Longo cosmetics

Online sample sale site is having their Final Sale Act 2, which includes Vincent Longo cosmetics. Prices range from $12-29.

Need an invite? Check out this page: Need an online sample sale invite?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Review: CoverGirl CG Smoothers Makeup in Creamy Natural 720

Bottom line: This did not go so well. CoverGirl CG Smoothers Makeup made any tiny patches of dry skin on my face much more noticeable — it looked awful. It also made my face look very oily as the day went on. I did like the color and the packaging, but that was about it.

I've warmed up to CoverGirl over the past couple years. While I've often been suspicious of their foundations, I really like their TRUBlend Whipped Foundation. So I decided to branch out and picked up CG Smoothers Makeup.

I have to admit that I actually thought this was more of a tinted moisturizer when I picked it up, since it's in a little squeeze tube. But it is in fact an actual foundation. I like the packaging though — it seems very hygienic.

The first time I used CG Smoothers, I got a bit carried away and put on too much. It did not look too good; it just kind of sat on top of my face. So I got a paper towel and tried to get some of it off, and that looked better. But as I looked in the mirror, I noticed my skin looked really freaking dry, with all these little pieces hanging off. I hadn't used powder yet, and I'd applied moisturizer to my dry spots before putting on the foundation, so I thought that was weird.

Review: Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Green Tea + Olive Growth

Bottom line: Gives nails a nice, shiny coat and may have made them grow a little bit faster, but the difference for me wasn't that significant.

I don't review many nail products, mostly because I don't use many nail products, but I won Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Green Tea + Olive Growth from one of Allure's monthly contests and wanted to try it. The packaging says you'll have "Longer, stronger nails in seven days."

The instructions say to shake gently, then apply one coat over bare nails every other day for a week. So I did.

Despite containing green tea and olive, this stuff still smells, looks and acts like regular nail polish, albeit a little thicker. Thankfully, it does dry very quickly.

I had little trouble putting it on my nails. I did worry at first that I was putting it on too thick, but it actually seemed to work better when I was a little more generous in my application. It goes on and dries clear, leaving my nails pretty and shiny, as if I'd put a good coat of clear nail polish on them. In this photo, I've got one coat of it on my ring and pinkie finger — you can tell they're a little shiner than the others.

Sale: Rue La La Final Sale Act 1 includes Laura Geller cosmetics

Online sample sale site is having one of their final sales, and Act 1 (that's what they call the first part) includes some Laura Geller cosmetics. The prices on what hasn't sold out yet range from $10-15. Definitely some good deals to be had there.

Need an invite? Check out this page: Need an online sample sale invite?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Review: Lush Geo Phyzz Bath Bomb

Bottom line: Lush Geo Phyzz was not my favorite bath bomb. It was relaxing, and I liked the pretty green color it turned the water and the unusual scent, but it didn't moisturize my skin well.

After first trying Lush Butterball bath bomb, I thought I had a general idea of what Lush Bath Bombs would be like. Lush Geo Phyzz turned out to be very different.

I picked up Geo Phyzz because of the name and its unusual appearance. It's big, heavy, crumbly and a weird green and brown color. It seemed like the redheaded stepchild of the Lush bath bombs. And I thought the name "Geo Phyzz" sounded like it might do something extra cool. It turns out that it's filled with sea salt, which is supposed to soften your skin.

Makeup and skincare deals: Aug. 29 - Sept. 4

Here's this week's drugstore makeup and skincare deals. Walgreens has a couple of beauty-related things free — I'll definitely be picking up some Carmex, unsure on the other stuff yet.

cosmetics — Buy one, get one 50% off
CoverGirl cosmetics — Buy one, get one 50% off
Maybelline eye or lip — Spend $10, get $3 Extra Care Bucks
Revlon cosmetics, beauty tools or fragrance — Buy one, get one 50% off
Rimmel cosmetics — Buy one, get one 50% off
Get a free charm ($15 value) with any $15 beauty purchase — Scan your CVS card at the coupon scanner to get a coupon for it.
Garnier Nutritioniste skincare
— Buy one, get one 50% off
Clean & ClearBuy one, get one 50% off
Select Nivea and Eucerin products — Spend $15, get $5 ECBs

Carmex Moisture Plus lip balm .07 or .075 oz. — Buy for $2, get $2 Register Rewards
Irwin Naturals Healthy Skins and Hairs Plus Nails Supplements 60 count — Buy for $10, get $10 RR
cosmetics — Buy one, get one 50% off
L'Oreal cosmetics — $5 off select products
Revlon cosmetics or implements — Buy one, get one 50% off
Rimmel cosmetics — 40% off