Thursday, October 31, 2013

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WHOA!!! Deborah Lippmann has a True Blood inspired line! (and it's on sale at Haute Look!)

So I'm a total True Blood FIEND. Or ghoul or what have you. And I'm in love with Deborah Lippmann products. Seriously, if you've never used her polishes you have no IDEA what you are missing. True greatness, I tell ya. So I also love Haute Look, a free members only shopping site. So today I get an email from Haute Look announcing a flash sale on a Deborah Lippmann True Blood line called Forsaken. Wow. So after having to change my underpants, I decided to share. This stuff is a cool FIFTY percent off (or more!)!!!!!!!! Seriously!!!!!

For example: 

Forsaken Nail Lacquer Set
$15.00 $38.00

Oy vey. I'm dying here. So if this makes your pulse race like it does mine, you can sign up for Haute Look for free!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cooking Light Selects Crave Box (sad face!)

Crave Box was so rad!
I only paid $13 for all this! Too bad they went the way of the dodo, but here's my thoughts on the products themselves.

  • Perfect Pinch Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning from McCormick (2 bottles) Turn up the flavor without adding salt with this bold blend of garlic, Italian herbs, red pepper and paprika. This stuff is seriously awesome and you can put it on almost literally anything. I tend to be a salt addict, but with this, I don't even miss it. We go through this in my house like water. From meats to veggies to eggs- it does it all. If I'm in a rush, you can take some meat and coat it in olive oil then sprinkle this all over and throw in the oven. It actually winds up tasted like you TRIED
  • Nectresse 100% Natural No-Calorie Sweetener  NECTRESSE™ Sweetener tastes like sugar and is naturally zero calories per serving. How? We started with the deliciously
    sweet extract of monk fruit and combined it with the perfect
    blend of other natural sweeteners. It's 100% natural with
    nothing artificial.   So for reals, I have no idea how they do it, but this actually tastes good! Normally artificial sweeteners gross me out because they taste so much like chemicals that I don't even see the point. I was really surprised by this stuff, though. No bitterness and adds just the right amount of sweetness to my cuppa tea. I now keep a box of this in the bedroom with my tea and electric kettle for my nightly tea fix. 
French Roast
  • Tully’s French Roast Coffee Tully’s most popular roast. Powerful and intense with a smoky, decadent finish. It's the ultimate expression of European coffee. This is a really great coffee! My hubby is a french roast fiend and I had to practically hide this from him. And he used to work in a coffee house, so he knows of what he speaks. I like that you get a good strong taste without the bitterness, stomach acid and bad breath of so many strong coffees. A+

  • Dole Fruit Crisps (Apple Pear, Peach, and Apple Cinnamon) DOLE Fruit Crisps are satisfying bowls of juicy DOLE fruit in a fruit sauce, each with its own crispy, crumbly topping made with whole grain oats and brown sugar. When you are ready to enjoy, simply peel back the lid and sprinkle the topping over the fruit! These seem to have an artificial sweetener in the fruit syrup, so to me at room temperature they taste too fakey. Oddy, heated up, they taste just fine. Maybe heating brings out the sweetness more? I would LOVE to see these in an unsweetened version that just tastes like full on fruit. I do however love these for camping.

  • Torani Syrup in Sugar Free Salted Caramel First comes the sweet and then comes the salty. Then you welcome the news of Splenda® making this a sugar free syrup. Rich, buttery caramel kicks things off. And just when you thought that was it, a touch of saltiness appears – and the ride continues. Hop on and enjoy the sugar-free adventure. So yeah, I know what I said about artificial sweeteners, but I'll make an exception here. Maybe since coffee has some bitterness anyway, it masks any artificial sweetener bitterness. All I know is that this stuff is pretty damn good. It doesn't take much to get a nice flavor and you really can taste the caramel and the salt. I became enough of a fan of this that I bought another bottle in this flavor and one in the french vanilla sugar free. 
Also included:
  • One digital tablet-edition of the Cooking Light 25th Anniversary Issue (code to use to redeem)
  • Miscellaneous coupons, recipes, a cooking measurement magnet, etc.
So you can see why I'm bummed that Crave Box tanked, right? Sigh...... More fish in the subscription sea though. 

Ralph Lauren Romance

Oh, gurgle, gurgle, gurgle...... DO I ever love this stuff! I was really surprised, because in my mind I just kept thinking about all the boys in high school wearing Polo, so my mind had relegated this to something worn by 15 year old football player's girlfriends. Instead what we have is a blend of sexy florals, deep woody notes and a smoky seductive bellyful of musk. While it does have a number of floral notes, the musk, ginger, patchouli and oakmoss keep it from being cloying or sweet. Bonus: It's shockingly inexpensive considering what a classic and elegant scent this is!

Sungoddess Rose, Marigold, Ginger, Chamomile Oil, Yellow Freesia, White Violet, Lotus Flower, Day Lily, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Musk.


Intoxicating without being trashy. 

Romance Perfume by Ralph Lauren, 1 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women Romance Perfume by Ralph Lauren, 1 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women
Romance Perfume by Ralph Lauren 1 oz Eau De Parfum Spray for Women. Launched By The Design House Of Ralph Lauren In 1998, Romance Is Classified As A Refined, Flowery Fragrance. This Feminine Scent Possesses A Blend Of Fresh Rose, Ginger, Marigold, Violet, Oakmoss And Musk. It Is Recommended For Evening Wear.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Whoohoo! Avon and mark have an online outlet! + free shipping w/$30 purchase

Did you know that Avon has an outlet with discounts up to SEVENTY percent off? And it's not just makeup- here's some examples for ya, and what I'm prolly getting-

makeup Close Window this set of 4 self sharpening Glimmersticks? $3.99

skincareClose Window Anew Platinum Serum is $1.99!

bath & bodyClose WindowI've been using this stuff for over a decade, it goes on like a liquid and turns into a powder, keeping your feet nice and dry during a long day (and keeps you from stinking up your shoes!) Also is awesome on your thighs to keep them from rubbing together on a long walk or under the boobs to save yourself from bra chafing. Don't judge me, I'm a multitasker. Only $2.99!

fragranceClose Window The Fergie Collection Gift Set is only $9.99 and I am for sure getting this since I read that these are a guilty pleasure for a number of beauty editors and smell totally fab.

fashionClose WindowOriginally $60, now only $24.99!

home Close Window Call me crazy, but I'm thinking this necklace organizer might work better for me than my current method of utilizing doorknobs. The cats will be sad though.

children Close Window True, I do not have children, but do you know what happens when you love kids but don't have any? You wind up being a godmother 90 times over and with the 5,000 lil girls in my life, I can buy them these $12.99 rainboots and live vicariously through them, only crying on the inside a tiny bit because these don't come in my size. That hurt just to type that. I really want these for myself.

jewelry  Close WindowOoooooooh! Pretty....... Only $5.99!!!

holiday faves Close Window And this thing? BRILLIANT. 

And it's not just Avon, but mark. products as well? Oh lordamighty. I'm in trouble now....... It IS the perfect thing to stumble across with the holidays looming though- I can see my mom totally oohing and aahing over this bejeweled mark. brush, not realizing I only paid $8 for it! (Mom, if you're reading this, it was actually $27, okay?)

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Monday, October 7, 2013

FIFTY Percent off all Sterling Silver at The Gemorie!!

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This is an awesome deal- their pieces are gorgeous and include pieces with diamonds and other gemstones, pearls, you name it. Seriously amazing prices even before the discount.

0.149 ct. Amethyst & Sterling Silver Ring (046125) I want this ring! Amethyst is my birth stone.

Pearl Drop Earrings with Created Sapphire & Created Diamonds 0.5 ctw in Sterling Silver (105110)

Solitaire Square Ring 0.43 ctw in Sterling Silver (618090) This ring is on sale for $40!!!

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From the e.l.f. 24K collection, you can enter to win their set of gorgeous, rich jewel toned shadows. I am a huge fan of e.l.f. products for their affordability that doesn't skimp on quality. But don't just take my word for it, just this month alone, they have products featured in Marie Claire, Lucky, OK Weekly and more!

In the video, I am reviewing the Professional Studio Endless Eyes palette which was included in Oprah Winfrey's list of her 50 Favorite Things! Know what's crazy though? This was a steal at it's original $20, but as a promo for the Oprah Pick, it's on sale for TEN DOLLARS! Whuh? Crazy! 
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Are You Applying Makeup In The Right Order?

Great article from Beautylish!

I have to say, I was totally clueless about the no moisturizer with a primer thing- I've been doing it wrong all this time! I did some research, and yep- it's true! 

There is a natural order to accomplishing most anything in life: Lather, rinse, repeat. Love, marriage, baby in a carriage. High school, college, job (if you’re lucky). But some things, like putting on a fresh face of makeup, are a little more complicated.
What do you do first: Apply lipstick or focus on eyes? Where does blush come in? Can you get away with putting liner on after mascara? We talked with Cristina Bartolucci, NYX’s chief creative director and co-founder of DuWop, who gave us her formula for putting together a perfect face. Of course, not everyone will use all steps, but even if you skip the powder or cheeks, this is a still a good working order to follow!

1: Primer or Moisturizer

“Choose one, not both,” Bartolucci says. “Moisturizer, no matter how light in texture, will interfere with the function of a primer.” Also, always remember to get in your sunscreen, whether SPF is built into your primer, moisturizer, or foundation.

2: Foundation

“I do not believe in doing the eyes first to avoid fallout,” Bartolucci says, noting that fallout is bound to happen when you are using eye shadow. ”When product falls onto bare skin, the pigment can be even harder to remove. It’s better to create a canvas with the foundation and then correct any mistakes as a finishing touch.”

3: Concealer

“Here is where you look at your face with a critical eye and add concealer sparingly,” says Bartolucci. She recommends only on blemishes or dark circles. “You want to wait until after the foundation because foundation will do a lot of the job for you.”

4: Powder

“Set it all with a very light dusting of translucent powder. This will help make it easier to remove fallout from eye shadow and give the base time to settle in while you apply the rest of your makeup.”

5: Eyes or lips

“I like to mix them up,” says Bartolucci. “After the face, I usually do the eyes first, but sometimes I’ll start with the lips because it gives me time to think about what I really want to do on the eyes.”
For Eyes: shadow > liner > then mascara. This is the order Bartolucci follows for applying eye makeup. “But always go back and layer,” she suggests. “Add a little more liner at the lash line, an extra pop of shimmer shadow in the center of the lid, etc.”
For Lips: balm > liner > lipstick > then gloss. Bartolucci suggests smudging liner all over your lips and rubbing it in with fingertips before applying lipstick. And of course, use gloss only if you want!

6: Cheeks

“I do the cheeks last for two reasons. One, it ties the eyes and lips together. Two, if you’re using a powder, you can sweep it across the lids after the eye makeup is done to add an extra pop.”

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