Think BEautifully

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I feel so…tarnished! May 23, 2011

Filed under: Bare Escentuals,Bare Escentuals,Buxom,Makeup,Sephora,Shopping — thinkbeautifully1 @ 10:49 pm

Do you see what happens when you read beauty blogs in your spare time? Yowzah!  It looks like the Buxom Babes are up to it again, developing new products so we just can’t say no (or wait for a sale).

Recently, I’ve fallen in love with Buxom (A Bare Escentuals Brand) Stay There Eyeshadows, a dry cream formula with high shine that “stays put”.  You are probably already aware of my obsession with Buxom lip glosses.  I might not have them all, but I love them and wear them every day (and night, much to the joy of my significant other).

Now, they creative team behind the brand has come up a new lip product:  Buxom Lip Tarnish Plumping & Moisturizing Lip Stains.  These will be available exclusively at Sephora (as all the Buxom line will be) and are initially priced at $18 with four color selections.  I would bet that in BE Buxom tradition, a smaller version will be available as a set for holiday gift giving.  These little beauties promise to treat your lips royally by tinting them, giving them shine, hydrating them, and well…plumping them.  It IS a Buxom lip product after all!

DO WANT!

For pictures and details please see Makeup & Beauty Blog’s reivew.

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I dare to go Naked! May 20, 2011

Filed under: Makeup,Sephora,Shopping,Urban Decay — winebratsf @ 2:54 pm

It’s back!  The uber coveted massively popular Urban Decay Naked Palette has made its way back to Sephora stores.  This is a universally flattering collection of browns, tans, taupes, and a grey that can create millions of combinations from day time neutral to evening shimmer.

Combine these with your favorite eyeliner, and you have a powerful tool that you can pop in your purse and carry with you.

At $48, it might seem like an indulgance, but you are getting 12 full size eyeshadows and a deluxe eyeshadow brush, plus a mini Urban Decay Primer potion in original.  This could easily be over $100 in product.

I personally held off buying this forever because I have a ton of neutral looking shadows.  I finally caved and I had to snatch one up when there was a sale and an Ebates offer and I had a VIB discount, and I must say – even with all the hype – I LOVE it.

There are 12 shadows:

  • Highlighters of Virgin, Sin (shimmer), and Naked

  • Midtones of Sidecar (shimmer), Buck, Half Baked (shimmer),Smog (shimmer)
  • Contours of Dark Horse, Toasted (shimmer), Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal.

They are creamy, and highly pigmented shadows with great staying power.

There are endless possibilities and the kit now comes with a high quality flat tapered shadow brush that allows you to have full coverage and also definition, as well as a mini Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original.

Today I am wearing UDPP in Eden

  • Virgin patted all over lid to brow
  • Sin on lid
  • Buck on outer third
  • Hustle in the crease
  • and a touch of gunmetal in the crease
  • My  other addition and addiction are the Urban Decay 24/7 liners, which stay put and have amazing color payoff.  Today I am wearing Corrupt, a rich dark brown.
  • Mally Mascara.
  • I am also wearing Josie Maran Matchmaker foundation
  • Mally Poreless Finishing Powder

The pictures make it look a touch more sparkling than it shows in person, but this is the PERFECT kit fi you buy no other.

It’s a one stop shop, and packs up neatly and easily.

Get thee to Sephora!

 

The Making of a VIB – part 1 May 12, 2011

Filed under: Bare Escentuals,eye primer,Makeup,Primer,Sephora,Shopping — thinkbeautifully1 @ 10:16 pm
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The past year, no really, the past six or seven months, I’ve become something of a makeup hoarder.  It all started with a small collection of mini Bare Escentuals eyeshadows I purchased about 7 years ago, but still own.  Those things are next to IMPOSSIBLE to use up!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I have struggled with makeup my entire life; it wasn’t until recently that I realized that there are tools out there that actually work for me, and could work for you too.

So – using that as a backdrop, I’m about to embark ona series of posts about my mounting makeup collection in 2011.

What is a VIB you ask?  A Very Important Beauty of course!  That is the term that Sephora uses to categorize its frequesnt shoppers who exceed a ridiculous certain level of purchases in any calendar year.  IN this case, it’s $350.  Given that it’s only May, and that I’m telling you I’m a VIB, you can imagine how much product I’ve gone gaga over.  But that’s another story.

So here is part 1:

Dateline, November 2010.  Sephora was having a deal that if I purchased  a certain amount, I’d get a free Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil.  Ok so since I’m a sucker for a steal, deal, or sale, I bought just the bare minimum that was on my watch list:

Stila Smudge Pot in Brown.  There is a story behind this purchase like many others but…

Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencil  – a holiday set of 4 mini waterproof eyeliner pencils

Detect a pattern?  well my biggest struggle with makeup my entire life was getting it to STAY ON MY FACE!  Primarily, I have a serious issue with eyeliner.  For me, personally, if I don’t use the right eyeliner, I end up looking like which is just NOT attractive in any way.  So i sort of gave up, because by noon, my makeup would be smudged, budged and otherwise bothered.  Who knew why, it just way.  I also struggled to find a an eye primer that didn’t irritate my crazy allergy sensitive eyes.  So I didn’t use one.
I did a bit of research, and found that there were RAVE reviews on the Smudge Pots as well as the Smashbox liners.  So off I went to click and buy.
These two products were GREAT!  They really were the foray in to a happy makeup life for me, because for ONCE when I wore them, FINALLY they didn’t budge.  They stayed put.  They didn’t move.  I could put eyeshadow on top of them and it )mostly) looked good an hour later.
Hallejulah!
I still use the Smashbox pencils from time to time, and they are great, small, and travel friendly.
I have abandoned the smudge pot – thought I”m not sure why, so I’ll need to revist that to review it.  Stay tuned!
 

Super Secret Smart Savvy Sale! May 9, 2011

Filed under: Bare Escentuals,BareMinerals,Beauty.com,Makeup,Sephora,Shopping — winebratsf @ 7:13 pm
Holy moley! It's that time of year I guess.  Did you know, ebates is having a bday special!
Places like Sephora and Philosophy and Beauty.com are 12% cash back right now!  That's right, your own personal sale!



If you don't know what ebates is all about, just check it out.  No risk to read, right/
You can stack that with a 20% sale Beauty.com is having or use a Sephora coupon if you have one.  Get bare escentuals, tarte, philosophy, more!

With all the newness at Sephora, why not save a few smackers and order it online.

     

 

Something for nothing? YES YOU CAN! April 21, 2011

Filed under: Beauty.com,Makeup,Shopping — winebratsf @ 11:04 pm
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I was perusing some beauty blogs today, and I came across a post by GWP Addict showcasing a Beauty.com deal where you pay $20 for a deluxe sample bag and a $25 gift card.

So I jumped on it!  In fact, I bought 2 – thinking one would make a nice gift.  Since I paid $40 for $50 in gift cards, I made $10.  Additionally, I used ebates for another 6% back.

Get to it!

I don’t knwo what will be in the bag, but does it really matter with free money coming my way?

 

It’s a Philosophy silly! April 8, 2011

Filed under: Philosophy,QVC,Shopping,Skin Care — thinkbeautifully1 @ 11:22 pm
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philosophy tsv 4/16/2011

I’ve always had fairly decent skin.  I really didn’t take care of it much, and never really had too many problems.  Until recently that is.  As I age, and as I’ve gone off the hormonal roller coast that is The Pill (shriek!  Horror!) I’ve had some nasty side effects like patchy, dry, scaly skin along with an oil slick for a nose.

In steps philosophy, the skin care line that was developed for dermatologists.  My first product was Hope in a Jar last year, which i love, and I recently purchased the Miracle Worker set from Beauty.com after watching a presentation on QVC.  WOWZAH!  After using this set a few times a week for a month, I really see a difference in my skin.  The dry flaky patches are gone, and the overall texture has improved.  So much so, that I recently bought the next step:  the microdelivery peel pads.  These are like mini peels in a pad that refresh and renew your skin.  I’ve only used them once, so stay tuned on that front…

Why am I telling you this?  Well because philosophy is having a Today’s Special Value on QVC this month.  The set includes said Miracle Worker retanoid pads, Miracle Worker Eye Cream, Miracle Worker Eye Cream, and Miracle Worker Day Cream.  All of this for $96.18.  Since I paid $110 for a set that only had the pads on philosophy.com (which comes with a solution you pour over them), the Miracle Worker Concentrate and the regular Miracle Worker moisturizer (not the spf 55 one this kit has) you are getting the eye cream for free and a bit of a boosted moisturizer.  This is a GREAT deal!  I am going to take advantage of it, even though I still have plenty of my kit left because ti’s a great value.  It’s also available on Sleazy Easy Pay which allows to spread the cost over a few months.  If you’re really in love, you can get it on Auto Delivery, so you only pay shipping on the first order (although I’m not sure about this because my other A-D do charge shipping…ah well).

To order now on presale:

A216295 one time only

A216610 auto delivery

There will be new numbers on the day of the presentation

 

A Prim-er on Prime-r: Stila Prime Pot March 31, 2011

Filed under: eye primer,Makeup,Sephora,Shopping — thinkbeautifully1 @ 5:15 pm
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One of my biggest struggles with wearing eye color, is that it just falls off my eyes during the course of the day.  However, since I love wearing color, and I am sick and tired of not playing dress up because I look like a racoon by noon, I am on a mission to find the right eye primer.

I have used several kinds of eye primer, and non primer primer like products (um MAC Paint Pot anyone?).  The biggest issue that I have had is that my uber sensitive eyes react to the primer, and make wearing makeup a moot point because I am crying and stinging all day from the very product that was supposed to SUPPORT my sparklecrack habit!

Enter the Stila Prime Pot.  If you are familiar with Stila Smudge Pots you will see that these are very similar.  In fact, they are also very similar to MAC Paint Pots.

 

The difference with these is that not only are they available in only two shades (Taffy and Caramel) but they are less creamy, and a bit more sticky than Smudge Pots.

Stila says that these are a waterproof eye shadow primer that promises flawless, creaseless eye shadow wear. A revolutionary polymer adheres to eye shadow and allows for shadow to wear all day and night.

Does it live up to the print?

I’ll give them cred, it ALMOST lives up to that claim.  I did have some wear and tear about 3pm.  Stila further claims that this innovative waterproof formula is crease resistant and extends eye shadow wear all day. Prime Pot also creates flawlessly smooth lids and keeps excess oil at bay.

True enough!  The most important thing in my book is that it is EXTREMLY gentle on the eyes.  I had no reaction at all with the product.

As previously mentioned, there are two shades

 

Taffy – soft beige pink

 

 

Caramel – warm tawny beige.  Caramel was a bit too dark for this paleface, but I can see it being a great contour color, and also for medium skin tones.

 

With this product, a very little goes a long way, so the $20 price tag is very affordable, particularly compared to the $18 Urban Decay Primer Potion (review on that later) and Bare Escentuals Prime Time for Eyes.

This is a must have product for me!  I’ll post a follow up review after I use it a few more times.