Alrighty, this is one of my favourite times of the year because this means beauty exclusives GALORE. It seems like all the big brands bring out the big guns, and this year is no exception. I’m going to do this by brand, so if you have a particular brand you’re looking for scroll down and you may (or may not) find it.

Perfect Eye/Skin Set-$125 (Full Size Shine Stop moisturizer and WW Eye Cream, plus travel sizes of Ultimate Lift cream, Perfect cleansing gel, Super H serum, and Perfect mask)

Mineral hand cream duo-$20

Eye Lift set-$68 (eyeshadow quad, mini of Lash Lifting mascara, and Line Erasing serum)
Ultimate Brows set-$36 (brow enhancing serum and shaper/highlighter duo)

Anthony Logistics for Men
32 ounce Glycolic Facial Cleanser-$35
Best Shave Cream Ever duo-$35

Pink Sugar Travel Bag-$35 (1 ounce EDT, and 1.7 ounce lotion, shower gel, and scrub)

Acqua di Gio set-$70 (3.4 ounce and .16 ounce EDT, 2.6 ounce deodorant, and 1.7 ounce body wash)
Armani Code set-$70 (2.5 ounce sizes of aftershave balm and EDT, 2.6 ounce deodorant)
Travel brush set-$75

Baby Quasar
Infared Light Therapy wand-$399 (This is the sort of thing that may just have to be a Christmas present to myself, because it looks amazing)

Balenciaga Paris set-$130 (has a 2.5 ounce EDP and 6.7 ounce lotion)

Bare Escentuals
Refillable Mineral Veil brush-$35
In Fashion collection-$49 (Gold Leaf and Steel shadows, Legit liner, Gala blush, Rose gloss, double-ended eye brush, angle brush, and a burgundy bag)

Beauty Society
Enormous Lashes & Beautiful Brows set-$99 (Enormous Lash, Enormous Mascara, Brow Doctor)

Fabulous Foaming Face Wash set-$34 (has a 15.5 ounce size of the cleanser, with a mini Best of Skintentions)

Bobbi Brown
Chocolate & Navy set-$75 (Brownie lipstick, Pink Blossom gloss, Caviar Ink gel liner, Everything mascara, and a 5-shadow palette with Navajo, Cement, Copper Cocoa, Gold Bar, and Royal Navy)

By MD Skincare
Double Peel Power Plus set-$120 (Has two 30-application sets of the peel, plus a half-ounce of vitamin C serum)

Carolina Herrera
CH fragrance gift set-$90 (3.4 ounce EDP and lotion, plus a lipgloss with leather case)

Quatuor Boutons quad-$65
Coco Mademoiselle Moisture Mist-$45 (also has a rollerball and a mini bag)

3 Indispensables set-$135 (Pure Rosewater, Rice & Geranium foaming cleanser, Vital Essence)

Christian Dior
Ready to Wear palette-$54 (four shadows, two glosses, a blush, a 3-shade bronzer, and mini applicators)
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As promised, I bring you swatches of yellows! They were applied with the mark eyeliner brush, which is a short pointy pencil-tip brush, comparable to MAC’s 219. The top row is applied with no base, and the bottom is applied over Urban Decay Primer Potion. The first one is with no flash, I believe the second one does have flash, and the macro function is used for all. The nails are OPI Pompeii Purple, and the pink case? Where my lippies reside when not on active duty.

L-R: Going Bananas, Estee Lauder Butter, Crest The Wave, Bright Future, Bright Sunshine, Lancome Slide, MUFE #2


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For many years, TJ Maxx was a place I frequented a lot. The fashions were fairly inexpensive, I could get my preferred thong underwear for $2 a pair (lesson learned: Buy VS Cotton v-strings), and it was a very non-intimidating atmosphere. However, fashion-wise, many of the items were, well, things I would not touch. They were either so overly trendy that they would have no place in my wardrobe, which does follow trends but has to stay relatively timeless, or they were “urban brands”-Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms, JLO (thank God that folded), and their ilk. So I stayed away.

What you may not know though is that they are a top destination for discounted beauty as well. I have heard of some stores getting in NARS, but I didn’t see any of that. However, there are insane bargains to be had here, and they are consistently bringing in more high-end stuff at lower prices. Saving money=always good!

On the makeup side, at one of the stores I went to they just had a few Essie polishes and then some ModelCo stuff. Nothing particularly great, although there were single shadows, and today, they had these lipstick/tooth whitener duos marked down to $3. I don’t have cash for discretionary spending at this time, however it’s a fun thing. They had an UD Sparkler pen for $2, although it was missing a cap. No thanks! At the store by the mall I used to work at, however, they had a ton of Lancome. There was Avant Gold and another couple shadows, for $6 each. They also had Artliners and then a few face products, as well as a little sampler of Juicy Tubes. There was some Paula Dorf (a wallet with a little lip palette) and then some Jaqua glosses (as in, Raspberry Buttercream Frosting, my favourite scent ever seemingly), the latter of which were a whopping $4. Elizabeth Arden had a lot of things there too, including the 8 Hour Cream for $15.

The best deal, however, was an Urban Decay deal-and it was their Heavy Metal box from 2007. You get a full-size Metalhead liner AND a full-size Power Ballad HM gel…for $4. Yes, $4. I almost bought them out completely of that, as Metalhead is a much-used liner of mine. Read the rest of this entry »

Lancome GWP at Macy’s!

18 August, 2009

Yep, it’s their GWP time again! This is probably one of the most insane GWP’s I’ve seen them do, so you may want to pay attention.

This time, it’s all about choices. Your bag? You get to choose between red, black, and blue-a vinyl oval-shaped bag with a special Lancome print on it. It’s also got a handle, so it could double as a purse in a pinch. Your lipstick? Apparently you get to pick two. Yes, two. It does not say the shade names, however this is one that would be good as the lipsticks make great stocking stuffers. Your compact? You can choose between the ubiquitous eye quad…OR get a blush duo! The blush duo, unfortunately, has little stripes of blusher which to me are absolutely useless. However if you don’t need another eye quad, this is a good way to go!

You also can choose your “beauty essential” which is either the Nutrix┬áRoyal body creme, or the Bifacil eye makeup remover. I like having the eye makeup remover handy, as I can get lazy about makeup removal sometimes…but the body cream is a good way to go if you don’t need any eye makeup remover. Read the rest of this entry »

This starts next Friday, for the Anniversary sale, but I figured I would post these ASAP!

First up is the $90 value Lancome gift, yours free with a $29.50 purchase. The nice thing about Nordstrom gifts? Choices. As in, choose your colours. For that, you can choose your lipstick-Amande Sucree or Pink to the Club. The latter is one that I haven’t seen in GWP sets, so that may be the better choice. You also get an eyeshadow quad, which I believe has Daylight and then Bikini Golden, but I could be wrong. I’ll update it with the shades when I figure them out. You also get the requisite mini of Definicils, a BiFacil eyemakeup remover, and then Cream Radiance cleanser, plus your choice of Renergie Microlift R.A.R.E., or the High Resolution Anti-Wrinkle Cream. To top it all off, you get a tote in either red or blue, with black trim. If it looks familiar, it’s because it’s the exact same base design as the orange Macy’s GWP tote in 2007 (that I proudly own, BTW). It’s a very handy tote though, with two side pockets for anything you need. Read the rest of this entry »

Alrighty, Nordstrom is now letting you pre-order the exclusive items for the Anniversary sale. If you are uninitiated to it, the anniversary sale is HUGE. We’re talking exclusive collections, value sizes, you name it! This post is going to be dedicated to cosmetics.

First up, Bobbi Brown has her “Best of Bobbi” set. It retails for $75, and features a 7-colour lip palette, a two pan shadow palette, a full-size gel eyeliner, a mini mascara, and a mini double-ended brush (eyeliner/eyeshadow fluff). While not a palette for people who like brights, this is a very good Christmas present for someone who prefers more neutral colours, or needs makeup that can go from day to night very easily. All the lip shades are muted roses and pinks, and the eye shades are a champagne and then a grey.

Trish McEvoy has a few things. First up is the Simplicity Little Black Card-a double-decker full-face palette. I normally hate full-face palettes, however the cream products are on one and the powder on another. This has a bronzer, a blush, a lilac eyeshadow, a nude highlight shade, and a navy liner on top, and then on the bottom, a concealer, two lipglosses, and a lip colour. This retails for $58, and it’s the perfect thing for when you are cramped for time and/or space. She also has a brush set that retails for $65, and you get a blush brush, a tapered eyeliner, a fluff eyeshadow, and a lip, all in a cutesy pink quilted case. Finally, there’s the Petite Makeup Planner. I actually like the idea of having makeup in a sort of planner page, and with this, you get a lip colour, an all-over shimmer powder, a blush, a bronzer, three eye colours, and an eye definer, along with a mini lip liner and a mini eye primer. This retails for $75, and again, is a great gift idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Sephora, for a long time, has made several different value sets, in which you could buy sets of trial and sample sizes of everything from perfume to mascara, in order to help pick out your favourite items. There have been everything from the Lash Stashes (many different mascaras) to perfume ones where you buy a bunch of sample vials and an atomizer, and you get a coupon to pick your favourite of the 10 to get in a full size!

Well on the 17th of this month, there are ten new sets coming out, and trust me, YOU WANT THEM.

The first set is the Splashstash, and it features special waterproof goodies, perfect for beach bunnies like myself. You get mini-sizes of Tarte’s Lights Camera Splashes, Too Faced Lash Injection, a Make Up Forever Aqua Smoky Lash, Aqua Eyes liner, and eye makeup remover, and an UD Big Fatty Waterproof and a mini Electric liner. All in all, it seems like a very good set, because you get to try a bunch of different brands and figure out what works the best. The stash is $36. Read the rest of this entry »