Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sonia Kashuk Holiday 2014 Limited Edition Deco Starlet Eye Shadow Palette & Jazzed Up Nudes Lip Palette

Target has the Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Holiday products available on their web site, and according to the store locator, they are also in stock at my local Target. There are two brush sets, four bath & body items, and these two gorgeous cosmetics items. I'll pop into my Target tomorrow and hopefully they really do have these in stock, otherwise, I'll order on line.

The Deco Starlet Eye Shadow Palette (above) and the Jazzed Up Nudes Lip Palette are both priced at $19.99, and of course using your Target card will save you 5%.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Hourglass Modernist Eye Shadow Palette Infinity, A Barneys New York Exclusive

Barneys New York is offering the exclusive Hourglass Cosmetics Modernist Infinity eye shadow palette on pre-order. It's my understanding that a wider color range in addition to Infinity, will be available after the first of the year, and those will likely not be exclusive. I believe this is also available on counter at select Barneys stores beginning today.

This palette retails for $58.00, and if you order online, it states that it's expected yet this month, so hopefully my wait won't be too long!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Body Shop Advent Calendar Now Available in the U.S.!

It's a Christmas miracle! The Body Shop's Advent Calendar is finally available stateside. Every year I watch countless YouTube videos and read UK beauty blogs praising the wonders of The Body Shop's Advent Calendar, but I've never seen it available in the United States. Ulta now has this available online only at this point, and it retails for $75.00.

Ulta has a picture of the contents, but I don't want to spoil it for you if you're like me. I prefer to actually open each "door" one day at a time. For $75.00, I want that element of surprise! You can view more details and see the contents here.

Are you a fan of the beauty product advent calendars like I am? Benefit Cosmetics is also offering one for $99.00, and I saw one earlier today on QVC for $78.96.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

China Glaze Apocalypse of Colour Halloween 2014 Collection

China Glaze® Introduces Six Limited Edition Shades for Halloween 2014

Run for your life this Halloween as China Glaze® unleashes the Apocalypse of ColourDesign an immortal manicure fit for the undead with this mix of scary shimmers, ghoulish glitters and terrifying top coatsCreate a spine-chilling look with the six-piece limited edition collectionall the way down to your fingertips and toes. 

China Glaze® Introduces Six Limited Edition Shades for Halloween 2014 

Run for your life this Halloween as China Glaze® unleashes the Apocalypse of ColourDesign an immortal manicure fit for the undead with this mix of scary shimmers, ghoulish glitters and terrifying top coatsCreate a spine-chilling look with the six-piece limited edition collectionall the way down to your fingertips and toes. 

The horrifying hues in the Apocalypse of Colour collection include: 

  • Rest in PiecesFestive fall glitter combination of copper, gold and black 
  • Getting to Gnaw YouDark black polish with hints of orange glitter 
  • I Love Your GutsBlood red with specks of black 
  • Don’t Let the Dead BiteNude base with sporadic red glitter pieces to look like blood splatter across your finger tips 
  • But Of CorpseGruesome green with specks of black 
  • Ghoulish Glow: Glow-in-the-dark top coat 

China Glaze® Apocalypse of Colour is available now as individual bottles and special 6-piece and 3-piece gift sets at fine salons and beauty supply stores including Sally Beauty and Ulta.  

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.  

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (, #CGApocalypse  

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries. 

About American International Industries 
For 42 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, GenaGiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, PosheProlinc, RAW, SecheSuperNailSurgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit 


New! Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain + Shine

Josie Maran has a new product offering! The Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain + Shine is a two-part lip stain and gloss that can be used together or alone. These are currently available on her web site, and come in six shades. They are priced at $22.00 each. 

What it is: Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your lips, this hydrating, double-ended lip stain and gloss can be worn alone or together for a look that's uniquely you

Why I love it: My Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain + Shine provides quenching coconut water-infused color. Lips are left soft, moisturized, and vibrant for hours.

What’s in it: Packed with coconut water for color and hydration, the stain saturates lips in rich, long-wearing pigment, while the color-matched, Argan-infused gloss adds a pop of shine plus powerful, antioxidant-packed moisture.

What else you need to know: Clinical tests showed: Up to 14 hours of skin hydration and up to 14 hours of color. 

How I use it: Wear them together or alone. Always apply the Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain to clean dry lips. Once the stain has dried on the lips, apply the gloss for a beautiful patent finish.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Pür Minerals Wine Exfoliating Mask

A wine mask? Sounds good to me! Pür Minerals offers a delightful product that's beneficial for your skin, and the scent will convince you there's a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon waiting nearby. The Wine Exfoliating Mask from Pür Minerals is available for $29.00 (2.2 oz.). It comes boxed, and the product itself is housed in a heavy glass jar. 

The mask is of medium consistency--almost gel-like, and while it's called a "mask", it's not something you have to leave on and let it dry. You simply apply it to damp cleansed skin, gently rub the product in a circular motion to exfoliate, then rinse. I use mine in the shower, then leave it on for a couple of minutes after rubbing it in before rinsing. It is recommended as a weekly treatment, and I think this product is going to be perfect to keep those pesky winter dry patches at bay this winter. Let's just hope we don't have another Polar Vortex, or I'm going to be drinking a lot more wine and using this product more too!

Be sure to use a gentle motion when rubbing this in, because as tempting as it is to think if you rub harder, it's working better, that isn't the case. This isn't a scrub in my mind, so much as it's a treatment. It's packed full of antioxidants, which work on fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dark spots, resulting in healthy, glowing skin.

Below is a look at the ingredients, and this product is Cruelty-free, Paraben-free and Gluten-free.

Features & Benefits:
  • Vitisin: an antioxidant from the roots of wine-producing grapes shown to brighten the look of dark spots
  • Resveratrox: an antioxidant with smoothing and firming benefits, taken from the skin, shoots and roots of the grape
  • Lactic Acid: a natural alpha hydroxy acid that gently exfoliates the skin for a visibly renewed radiance
  • Peach Stones (Seeds): natural exfoliating beads that manually buff away dead skin and debris

I've only been using this for two weeks now, but I already love it. It does an excellent job of buffing and exfoliating my skin, leaving it oh so soft and smooth. Pür Minerals has done their homework and included some of the best natural ingredients for anti-aging in this mask. I always make sure to apply this to my hands, neck, and decolletage also, as those areas need treatment as much as your face, and often get overlooked. This is the perfect mask to repair your skin from the Summer's heat and sun damage, and transition to preparing and maintaining it for the cold and dry Winter ahead.

Pür Minerals is available on their website, as well as at Ulta, Kohl's, and other retailers. 

Product furnished for editorial consideration.


The Balm on Hautelook Now!

Hautelook has The Balm Cosmetics on sale until Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 am PST. They have lots and lots of goodies available right now, so what are you waiting for?!! Below is just a small sampling of some of the products they're offering. Happy shopping!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Cle de Peau at Saks

Saks has a couple of new products up from Cle de Peau, and the packaging is gorgeous. There's a translucent powder compact and a trio of lip glosses. I'm not going to buy these, but they are pretty to look at, don't you think?

Translucent powder illuminates the skin with a pearl-like radiance, highlighting the entire face with a celestial aura. 1 oz.

Three sheer, moisturizing limited edition lip glosses impart the delicate shimmer of stardust to the lips. 0.06 oz. X 3.


Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Holiday 2014 La Creme Ltd. Edition Lipstick Trio

Macy's has several of the Too Faced Holiday 2014 products available, and today I have a quick look at one of them for you. The Too Faced Under the Mistletoe La Creme Limited Edition Lipstick Trio and Glitter Bag retails for $28.00, and it would make a nice gift for someone, or in my case, a nice gift for me! I love these lipsticks, so I took advantage of the great pricing and cute packaging. These normally retail for $22.00 each.

This boxed set comes wrapped in pink tissue paper inside of a glittery little bag. The lipsticks are full-sized (0.11 oz.), The box states "Limited Edition Lipsticks", and while the shades included are currently available as individual shades at Sephora and other retailers, these particular ones have the word "Shimmering" before each name. I'm not sure just how different these are from the originally named shades with the same name, as I don't have those three to compare. These do have very fine shimmer (gold) in them, and have a definite metallic finish when compared to the finish of some of the other shades I do have though.

Left to right: Shimmering Marshmallow Bunny (coral/pink), Shimmering Naked Dolly (pink/beige/nude), Shimmering Spice Spice Baby (pinky/brown). My swatches are in natural lighting, so the metallic finish isn't as evident as it is in brighter lighting.

I also picked up the La Belle Carousel and the Melted Kisses, so those will be coming up in the next couple of days.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ulta 21 Days Beauty Sept. 7th-27th Preview

Ulta's 21 Days Beauty Event begins September 7 and runs through September 27. I received my sale flyer in the mail today, and scanned a couple of pages showing the daily Beauty Steals and the drug store brand sale. More information should be available on their web site soon, if you're interested in some of the other specials, events, and free gifts with purchase.

The top row below is a continuation of Week 1, with Week 2 in the center, and Week 3 at the bottom.

Lots of BOGO 1/2 off on the drug store brands! Time to stock up.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ulta Exclusive Urban Decay Shadow Box

 Ulta has a new Exclusive Urban Decay Shadow Box available on their site! The description (below) says there are 3 never-before-seen shades, and 9 bestsellers. The retail price is $34.00.

ULTA Exclusive! It's the ultimate beauty dilemma: You're going away for the weekend and you can only bring ONE palette with you. Quick, which one do you choose? No need to give yourself a makeup-induced panic attack; Urban Decay's Shadow Box has you covered.

Don't let the size of this palette fool you. It's loaded with a DOZEN of Urban Decay's most amazing shades - from pale to deep, matte to sparkly. The lineup? Nine bestsellers and three never-before-seen shades you'll reach for again and again. Experiment with a diverse range of looks. Whether you want to do a purple eye, a green eye, a smoky eye or a shimmery eye, it's all here!

Inspired by Urban Decay's long-running Ammo Palette, with a completely updated (and even bigger) shade range, Shadow Box is the perfect all-in-one palette. Whether you're new to Urban Decay or you've got a whole stash of UD products on your vanity, the Shadow Box is one palette you need in your arsenal.

From new shades like Baked Cowboy (an amazing golden bronze) and Moonshadow (a stunning bright navy blue) to cult classics like Sin, Mushroom and Blackout, Shadow Box has something for everyone. Every shade features Urban Decay's Pigment Infusion System, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The Shadow Box palette features dark, gorgeous orchids in rich purple hues. Inside, the same orchid artwork repeats in black and white (to contrast all of those amazing shadows!). The finishing touch: a cool magnetic closure in the shape of the UD icon.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Too Faced Sets Spotted!

I was on Macy's site browsing for a new kitchen knife, and I got distracted from that when I decided to check out their beauty items. They have some new Too Faced items up, but sadly, when I add them to my cart, they say "not in stock". I'm guessing these are Holiday sets because of some of the wording in the descriptions and the graphics on the packaging. Hopefully they will become available soon, because once again, the packaging is calling my name! Here's what I'm talking about:

Our delicious little palette of full-face wearable favorites fulfill every last beauty wish. Create decadent eye looks with three cocoa-powder infused shadows from our best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye shadow palette, our matte Chocolate Soleil bronzer and our luminous Snow Bunny bronzer for a fresh glow. Finish the look with a glossy pout. Set includes:
  • 3 eye shadows from our best-selling Chocolate Bar eye palette
  • Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Snow Bunny luminous Bronzer
  • Exclusive preview of a deluxe version of our La Crème Gloss in Naked Dolly that will launch in Spring 2015
  • Only $34 (A $75 value 

This beautiful carousel of eye shadows, blushes, bronzers, and our best-selling Better Than Sex Mascara is created from six individual sections that split apart to create on-the-go looks or individual gifts for everyone on your list! Set includes:
  • 3 Eye Shadow palettes (total of 12 shades)
  • 2 Blush & Bronzer palettes that include our best-selling Chocolate Soleil bronzer and fan favorite Who's Your Poppy Blush
  • Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Only $49 (A $282 value)

Indulge your lips with four clutch-sized tubes of Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick, which gives the high shine of a gloss, long lasting power of a stain, and the intense color of a liquid lipstick in one long-wear formula. It's the perfect party companion for mistletoe action.
  • Set includes 4 deluxe tubes of Melted Liquefied Long Wear lipstick in Nude, Peony, Berry, and Fuchsia shades.
  • Only $25 (A $40 value)