My first week of using the cream has come to a close! So far, I think I’ve been fairly diligent as far as things go so far. I am making sure to get my twice daily rubs of the cream in, although I’ve skipped a couple days on the scrub. You run through the cream FAST-I may be getting myself the economy-sized jars before much longer.

Anywhoo, I’m not noticing a ton of change when I look in the mirror so far. I do feel a smidge more firmness in my thighs though (anywhere is a start, let’s be honest kids), and when I look in windows as I am walking I do see a little less flab, a little more firmness and definition.

The one thing that is going to make it hard for me: I broke a toe on my foot-broken below the webbing of the toe-and when you couple that with having an hours cut, it is hard. I’m forced to wear a big ol’ boot (walking cast) on the affected foot and it is hard, but I might be losing some weight by having to lug that ol’ jalopy around while I am at work. I’ve been on somewhat of a light duty schedule so far, but I need to get back working at full-steam to hopefully see results faster.

I’m considering plunking down the $$$ on the Slimulator, which is one of those discs with massage nubs on one side and a handle on the other. It’s designed to help massage the cream in effectively, as well as stimulate the blood vessels and increase circulation in the problem areas that we are all afflicted with. However, paychecks won’t be good for awhile…:(

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VS Secret Moments

22 May, 2010

When I popped into VS today (sale lured me), I saw these by the register-a collection of fragrances that are designed to correspond with various moments in life/days. To put it succinctly, these are designed SPECIFICALLY to bring up memories, regardless of whether or not you have actually had them. There’s several different ones, and each one comes in four forms: body lotion, body cream, fragrance mist, and body wash.

The fragrances are:
At First Sight (violet and bergamot)-Designed to emulate the freshness of first love.
Island Escape (coconut and sugarcane)-Designed to emulate that beach getaway.
Room 504 (amber and passionfruit)-Designed to emulate those “Do Not Disturb” sort of nights.
Good Day Sunshine (peach and blue freesia)-Designed to emulate those sunny, optimistic days.
Kissing in Paris (iris and fresh dew)-Designed to emulate those romantic days.
Girls’ Night (peony and waterlily)-Designed to be uber-girly, like a night on the town.

I tried out the Girls’ Night, and it’s really, really nice and crisp and fresh. I got a mini of the body cream and well, this is one I may have to purchase in the full size. It absorbs in fast and the smell is perfect for summer-crisp, fresh, and not overly strong. Oh yeah, and I love peony and waterlily. The only other one I might wear would be Kissing in Paris, and maybe Island Escape or At First Sight, because there are just things in the others that I can’t/don’t really do.

Currently, these are 3/$21 on the website, and I think it’s similar in-store, if not a little more.

Think of this as my own version of the 10 Commandments, but these are things that you should do, beauty-wise.

Commandment 1: Thou shalt use SPF.
I mean, this is definitely a given. Not only do you protect against damage now, you protect against damage later. While many moisturizers have SPF, I would definitely take the plunge on a facial sunscreen, like the Clarins one. Sure, having a moisturizer with SPF is better than nothing, but the moisturizer kind of dilutes the SPF. A makeup primer is also good, as you’d put it on post-moisturizing. And while we’re at it, use it for your body, even for limited sun or indoors-I have developed numerous moles on my back just from being near glass windows or the low backs on some dresses that I wear.

Commandment 2: Thou shalt line your waterline.
I know that this may seem controversial, and some people say “NO WATERLINE!”. I do not tightline (lining the upper inner rim, that is below your lashes), but for the waterline it’s not only easy but it’s an easy way to add definition to your eyes and create a more finished look. Nowadays I feel like I look sickly if my waterline is not lined.

Commandment 3: Thou shalt get matched.
We’re talking about foundation and concealer here, folks! Something that is very helpful, and I’m not necessarily saying to buy, is to go to a salon or place that does makeup artistry, and ask for a consultation. There, they can work with your skintone, colouring, and concerns (be it acne, dryness, or aging) to get the right matches for you-which is important. I suggest having them set up something for your summer skin-have your summer shade, and then your winter shade. That way you don’t look pasty pale or overbronzed when you don’t need to be.

Commandment 4: Thou shalt not bronze so much.
If there is anything that certain unnamed television shows have taught us, it is that too much of the tanner can be a bad thing. But we’re not just talking about Fake Baking it or slathering up in self-tanners. We’re talking about all over the face as well! The only places where bronzes work in high quantities are on the eyes and on the nails, both fingers and toes. You only need a little bit for the face, and as for the body? That smears everywhere-and trust me, I know: I sell fashion. If there is one thing that Twilight has showed people, it’s that pale can be sexy, too. I am still going to hit the beaches, admittedly, but please do not overbronze. On some people, too much of a tan just looks unnatural.

Commandment 5: Thou shalt find your scent.
I am guilty of owning many perfumes-why, I just bought my latest one last night! However, is it worth it to have so many? No. It’s much better to spend a day just sampling various scents, and then build your fragrance wardrobe. I suggest a fragrance for each season, plus a nighttime scent or two, and then a nice, everyday scent that is a fallback. That way you actually use stuff, plus you get stuff that works with you. (spritzes two spritzes of Fleur de Corail)

Commandment 6: Thou shalt eat right.
In the summer, sometimes I like to pig out-but really, it’s a time to eat well. Why, with all the produce that is available, it’s almost crazy to NOT take advantage of it! I find that it’s not only really easy to get the recommended 8-12 servings, but it’s fun as well. Be it blending in a smoothie, eating a few clamshells of berries at the beach, or a nice sandwich or salad to cool off, you’re taking advantage of what’s out there, and filling your body with the good stuff. While not all of you may want to lose weight necessarily, I found that when I mainly ate Veggie Delite subs from Subway I was able to drop some weight.

Commandment 7: Thou shalt get on up.
Now this is one that some people may already be good on, but I admittedly am not besides my (highly physical retail) job. We’re talking about using the longer days to your advantage by hitting the pavement. Be it a nice bike ride, playing Frisbee with friends, swimming at the local beach, or just a walk on some trails in the evening, getting physical activity is good for so many things besides getting out and enjoying nature: you work off stress, you get to see God’s beauty before your eyes, and you get your circulation moving.

Commandment 8: Thou shalt be the beach beauty.
This is another controversial one-but just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean you have license to slack off. Keep it simple, though-I stick to eyeliner, waterproof mascara, lipstick, and then some cream eyeshadow for a look that survives the water, the sweat, and the heat and still has me looking presentable. And if you can’t go without cheek colour, go for a cream blush, as it’s more water-resistant than just a powder.

Commandment 9: Thou shalt be sunny.
This is one that is more of an inner thing than a beauty thing, but it affects beauty: have a sunny, perky attitude and people will be more drawn to you. Sure, it may annoy people, but being genuinely nice is like flypaper for people. Also when you feel and act happier, you will look it as well. Not only that, but even just trying to fake it for awhile turns it into the real thing.

Commandment 10: Thou shalt get the right fit.
We’re talking all clothes, naturally-there is no shame in wearing a large size and working it like the rent is due. It’s much better to wear clothes that fit because they are designed to flatter, not have you looking like they poured you into them. That? Not sexy, especially in the summer. Why as far as my shorts go, I just got a pair of baggy-leg, high-waisted ones and they are amazing. Legit. But nowhere is this more important than in bras-and we are talking about the truth: that 9 of 10 women are wearing the wrong size. Why, I thought I was in the minority, but I went to a little lingerie boutique in my mall and went to try on what was my “size”…and turns out, I needed to go down a band size, but now I have an amazing fit and I feel 10 times better! I definitely feel that all women should get to a little lingerie shop-they’re everywhere these days-and get measured. Not only are they there to truly help you get your right size, but it’s just downright fun. Sure, the bras are pricey. I have never paid THIS much for a piece of clothing in my life, but some experts say that you should spend your money on some good brassieres because they are, after all, the foundation of your look. You also will feel better as you have the proper support-a good brassiere should not only support from the band as opposed to the straps (for the most part) but it should fit the best, when you buy it, on the loosest hook. Now, that’s not saying I can go strapless, cause I can’t. But still, knowing my fit means that a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders. Literally.

So this is the last ad before Christmas-and it has a $5 off a $10 purchase coupon. The one in newspapers had the standard $3.50 off, so be prepared to save mucho money.

We start out with fragrance, and it’s the usual “luxury robe” with a purchase of $30 or more in fragrances…or the new Ed Hardy appliances. Nothing truly “new” on the fragrance front, although Couture Couture is amazing. I bought the rollerball at Sephora and it’s a great young-but-sexy perfume. Also Incanto Bliss is not new-in fact, there’s another Incanto coming out this next spring. I sure hope there’s another Island perfume coming, because Very Hollywood didn’t live up to my expectations. The new Ed Hardy is just as bad as the previous two, although I do love the bottle with the outsized cap. As far as the appliances go-yeah, they’re pricey, but it’s Ed frickin’ Hardy after all, and they have the Love Kills Slowly black base w/skull design appliances now in full-size. Me? I want the mini set.

Next up is a popular one for ULTA-stocking stuffers, as there are things from $2 handcreams and $1 lipbalms to $3 Jasmine LaBelle sets and $5 compacts, wristlets, and nail polish sets. Apparently the OPI Tiny Tinsels set is on sale for $5, so I may or may not pick that bad boy up. There are also $10 and under gifts such as the mug gift set with shower gel, lotion, and body cream, Cargo’s new lip gloss greeting cards, cheapie eyeshadow palettes galore, candles, and all sorts of things. All of them, to me, relatively boring, but when you have a multi-year supply of body products then yeah, things get boring. The under $20 though looks better. Too Faced Glamour to Go 3, an ULTA pro 5-piece brush set, POP Beauty 24K Clutch, Cargo Boogie Nights eyeliner set, and a twin pack of Pur Minerals mascara, along with a larger beauty blockbuster courtesy of ULTA brand.

Moving into prestige cosmetics (already? Darn) there is the Smashbox Wish collection, which I strongly suggest you take a look at. The highlight for me is the brush set, and if you use the Photo Finish primer you will want to check out that duo set. With any purchase, you get a free cream liner trio. I just got a Blacktrack fluidline, so I am good for now, but I may get the brush set for both my mum and myself. Bare Minerals has a few sets-there’s a 4 piece brush set for $35 (kabuki, blending, contour shadow, eyeliner) in a pink bag, as well as a 4-piece Buxon lip gloss set for $28. For $34, you can get a “classic glam” inspired set, with Pearl Sateen and Parisian Grey eyeshadows, Charcoal Lame liner/shadow, So Fab blusher, and a mini Pomegranate gloss. I admit, I’m kinda liking the gloss… Read the rest of this entry »

Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Don’t worry, I’m not really either. After three Christmases in a retail environment where gifting was a key focus, I am liking to NOT hear Christmas music and see as many decorations. I’m liking to take my time and who knows, maybe ENJOY the holiday season perhaps?

But ULTA has some good stuff this time, and on the front page, there’s a deal: two free hurricane vases with a $30 fragrance purchase. They’re the sort of thing that can be filled with satsumas or nuts and easily given as a gift, or used as a centerpiece for Christmas dinner. I plan on buying some perfume once I get a new job, and this is the sort of thing that I could pack away for when I move out (whenever that may be). And inside? Lots of new fragrances. No, there is none of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Incanto Bloom (releasing in March) or Escada’s Marine Groove (Nordstrom exclusive til next February or March). But there’s Lancome’s Hypnose Senses (sounds like potentially a floral version), Versace’s Versense, and more. There’s also a new formulation of Dolce & Gabbana’s The One-a rose version, which sounds promising. Estee Lauder has some sets for Christmas. There’s Day by Day sets for both Beautiful and Sensuous that have a 1.7 ounce of both perfume and lotion, and they retail for $48 and $52, respectively. If you like minis, well the EL folks have you covered on that, as for $29.50 you can get a set with mini EDP sprays of Pleasures, Beautiful, Sensuous, and Pure White Linen. As far as other gift sets go…Donna Karan has a Cashmere Mist set that is $60 and gives you a 1.7 EDT and 3.4 lotion. Calvin Klein has a Euphoria set which is $65 for a 1.7 EDP and 6.7 lotion. Ralph Lauren has a Romance set that is $65, and you get a 1.7 EDP, a mini EDP, and a 6.7 lotion. Dior has a J’Adore set with a 1.7 lotion and a 1 ounce EDP for $60-but you do get a little cannage clutch with it, which is WAY worth it for a cannage-a-holic like myself.

Clinique has a set for $49.50 in the Happy fragrance which is a 1.7 perfume, a 2.5 lotion, and then a perfume rollerball/Bonfire gloss dual-ended wand. For men, there’s several things. A Black by Kenneth Cole set retails for $72, and you get a 3.4 and a .5 EDT spray, a 3.4 aftershave gel, and a 2.6 deodorant. There’s an Euphoria Men set for $72 which has a 3.4 EDT and aftershave splash, and for $2 more you can get a Givenchy Play set in the same sizes and products. Back to giftsets, though. For $90, there’s a lovely Viva La Juicy set which is a 3.4 EDP and 4.2 lotion and shower gel. A Be Delicious (DKNY) set with a 1.7 EDP and 3.4 lotion is $55, and then two exclusive to ULTA sets: a Daisy set for $65, which has a 1.7 EDT, 2.5 lotion, and mini EDT rollerball; and a Princess (Vera Wang) with a 1.7 EDT, 2.5 lotion, and a shimmer body powder brush.

Not exactly perfume, but Ed Hardy has a brand new makeup palette for women, complete with stage lights. It’s $55, and it looks like six shadows, six lipglosses, a bronzer, brushes, and so forth. BUT WAIT! If you are an Ed Hardy fan like me, the next two pages are full of WIN. Yes, there are now Ed Hardy appliances for your hair! For $99.95, you can get a 1″ flat iron, a hairdryer (both in off-white with the geisha, which is my favourite Ed Hardy design by far…hell I have the geisha shoes), or a travel tool kit (a mini hair-dryer, diffuser, and then something else which I have a feeling is a mini flat-iron, or a groomer tool). There’s also hairbrushes, hair accessories, and for $25, a flat iron pouch.

Moving onto makeup, all of the cheapie colour collections (translation: beauty blockbuster palettes), as well as Caboodles traincases and selected cosmetic bags, are B1G1 50% off. There’s a B2G2 mega mix/match on ULTA brand merch-bath, smoothies, body swirl creams, cosmetics, minerals, haircare, and brushes/makeup tools. Of interest are the ULTA LE holiday scents-four Smoothies (Gingerbread Cookie, Cinnamon Roll, Candy Cane, and Cranberry Tart) and three regulars (Vanilla Nutmeg, Winter Berries, Sugar Plum Dreams). On B2G1 free? Revlon cosmetics, Almay cosmetics, Nicole by OPI, Borghese nail stuff, Sally Hansen lip and nail products, and my favourites-OPI and Essie. Sadly you can’t combine brands, as always, but hey, it’s time to stock up. Again. I kinda need to ignore this whole no-buy thing:) There are also some OPI sets for $14.95 that have two of the holiday polishes and then a free bracelet.

All L’Oreal, Olay, Neutrogena, and then stuff from Lumene, Yes To Carrots, Jergens, and more are 15% off. There’s tons of value sets, too-a free 3 brush set with $12 Physician’s Formula purchase, a free Shape/Shine nail tool with $20 Tweezerman purchase, an $18 ULTA Minerals traincase, a $13 ULTA shadow palette, a $15 ULTA 10-gloss set, and more. Onto B1G1 50% off-NYX, Bonne Bell, Cover Girl, Eco Tools, Neutrogena, Carmindy by Sally Hansen, Ardel, Maybelline (face and lip), Rimmel/Rimmel Underground, L’Oreal, and Japonesque. Burt’s Bees, meanwhile, has several value sets, including a mani-pedi set (just add your favourite OPI or Essie polish) for $20.

Speaking of which, when the heck is ULTA going to put China Glaze on sale? Grr…then again, they don’t carry jack squat as far as CG goes. My biggest suggestion is expand the China Glaze range tenfold, and see sales grow.

Anyways, I love candles, and there’s a deal where if you spend $30 or more in Yankee Candle you get a 3.7 Cranberry Peppermint (yum) jar. Also, the Christmas Wreath, Christmas Cookie, and Home For the Holidays scents are B1G1 50% off. There are plenty of gift-y things next, such as a Snuggie knockoff (designed to be a blanket that happens to have sleeves, not something that makes you look like a fashion victim or roadkill…heh) and thick, thick socks. The latter one actually sounds really good, but Fred Meyer traditionally does 50% off all socks on Black Friday, and let me tell you my order: ONE OF EVERYTHING NEON. Neon and fluffy are my two favourites.

In bodycare, there’s a $20 Ahava set in a photo-frame box with shower gel, hand cream, body lotion, and foot cream, in what looks to be full-sizes. H2O Plus has a $20 set of 4 of their 4-0unce body balms, and if you like ULTA Bath stuff you can get your choice of three scents in two colours of bag for $15-the set has shower gel, lotion, creamy body wash, and hand cream. Selected holiday bath sets are 25% off, too. Anthony Logistics, meanwhile, has a starter set for $40, and Dermalogica has a men’s shave set for $35. The Anthony Logistics set is actually the sort of thing I would get my boyfriend-get him some really, really good skincare.

Finally, onto prestige cosmetics. This ain’t a thin ad, let me tell you. Unfortunately this is a rewards-cycle ad, and let’s just say all my money was spent AFTER the cutoff. Grr. I will definitely be at level 5 at the very least, though, between everything. Anyways, back to the ad. For $18, you can get an oh-so-cute little Bare Minerals lip palette, with five shades. Totally something that I’d get for my mum. There’s also a Jewel kit for $54, which has Citrine Radiance all-over colour, Yellow Sapphire and Smokey Amber eyecolours, Deep Amethyst liner/shadow, Pink Tourmaline blush, Cranberry Sorbet gloss, and three brushes-a flat-top buffer, a liner brush, and a shadow brush. Definitely the sort of thing I may have to eventually get, even though I wouldn’t use many of the eye colours (admittedly). Studio Gear has a free tote with $35 purchase, and that Carribean Sea shimmery powder looks quite lovely. Cargo has a $30 set with Paris shadow palette, Boogie Nights eye pencil, a Face/Body sparkle, and then a gloss quad. The quad actually looks quite pretty-a greyish-blue, a copper brown, a gold, and then a greyed lavender. Too Faced has the Queen For A Day kit which is not my sort of thing colour-wise, but a great value nonetheless. Benefit, meanwhile, has great deals galore. The Celebutante kit is $34, and has 2 mini lipsticks, a mini lipgloss, mini High Beam, mini Benetint, two of their Velvet shadows, a dual-ended Fluff/Talent eye brush, the Dallas powder, and their mini powder brush, all for $34. Totally cute, but I would get zero use out of it. There’s also a lipstick trio for $18-in full sizes, natch. The Powderazzi set is cute, with minis of Hoola, Dallas, and Coralista in one box for $30. Fnally, for $26, you can get a trio of dual-ended gloss wands.

Smashbox, for Christmas, is doing the Wish collection, with a portion of the proceeds from the items in this paragraph going to the Children’s Miracle Network. For $59, you can get their answer to cheapy blockbuster palettes. It has 64 eyeshadows (meep), 8 cream liners (and a damn good range of them, too), 6 Brow Tech powders, one Brow Tech wax, 8 lipglosses, 2 blushes, one “complexion brightener”, one bronzer, one highlighter (please be Softlights), and four brushes-a shadow, liner, brow, and lip. As much as I hate those sorts of things, I love the colour range, and it’s for a good cause. Anywhoo, the other sets include a $29 lipgloss set with six assorted glosses, a $44 Eye Wish palette with 16 shadows and an eye primer, a $39 Photo Finish set (full-size and mini), and a $20 set with a Softlights, Lash DNA, and something else that I can’t put my finger on. Grr.

Bourjois has some of their shadows in special packaging-and this is cool, it’s all vintage Paris-inspired stuff. You also get a free cosmetic bag with $25 purchase, which will come in handy when I have to rebuy my mascara. Napoleon Perdis has a free tote bag and Chandelier Shine lipgloss/nail polish duo with a $25 purchase from the holiday collection, which will get its own review here in due time. Pur Minerals has a Chisel brush free with 4/1 pressed powder purchase, too. Urban Decay, meanwhile, has the Book of Shadows Volume 2, which if you don’t already have it you have to buy, as well as the 24/7 Super Stash. Side note-the Super Stash liners are WAY smaller than even the minis in the other sets. Buy at your own risk.

LORAC has two sets-a Couture Shine gloss collection for $22.50 with 5 shades, and a $30 palette with 8 shadows, 2 blushes, a gloss (tube-form), and a dual-ended liner. It says the palette is a $180 value, but I dunno where they got that. Something I can understand more though is POP Beauty’s Cabaret Bouquet box, which is $29.50, and looks like a funky palette at first. You get a wavy eyeshadow quint, two different face powder things…but wait! Pull on the side drawers, and you get bronzer and then 8 lip shades. Totally buying this. Also there’s the Stila Lipglaze set for $25, which has 4 LE shades and 4 best-sellers. Need to go under $20? Too Faced has the Glamour to Go 3, with 8 shadows, 4 glosses, and a blush. Cargo has a 5-piece set of Boogie Nights eyeliners. Stila has a Kitten set with a mini Kitten glaze and then all-over shimmer, but most exciting is POP Beauty’s Pin-Up Pop set for $10, which is a 12-shadow palette.

Elizabeth Arden has a 7-piece gift with $24.50 purchase, including a giraffe-print tote, capsules, and more. Peter Thomas Roth has a free deluxe sample of Un-Wrinkle foundation with any purchase, and there’s plenty of value sets-a $45 Sue Devitt eye pencil trio, a $35 Anastasia brow/lash set (definer, highlighter, mascara), and a $99 Stri-Vectin set. Dermalogica, meanwhile, has five Try-Me kits (anti-aging, normal to dry, normal to oily, dry, and sensitive, plus you can get a Dermalogica treatment in the salon for only $30 if it’s your first time.

In skincare, you can get a Cosmedicine Normal or Oily skincare set for $25, featuring cleanser/toner in one, an exfoliator, and a moisturizer. Kinerase has a $90 set with Extreme Lift Face, Intensive Eye Cream, and Ultimate Day Moisturizer. Murad has a 30 Day Acne Complex kit for $36 with cleanser, spot treatment, exfoliating gel, and perfecting lotion, plus you can get a mini Pomegranate lip cream with any Murad purchase. Boscia has a $45 travel set, plus a free sample of the Vital Daily Moisture SPF 15 with purchase. Exuviance has a free sample of Evening Restorative Complex with purchase, while Mario Badescu has a free sample of Hyaluronic Eye Cream with purchase. There is also a new Vitamin C serum for $45, but I’m happy with my Avon (which I’ve forgotten completely about, oops). Perricone, meanwhile, has a Youthful Skin Prescription set for $75, with face wash, toner, face firmer, and moisturizer, plus a packet of the ceramic skin smoother with any Perricone purchase.

Onto haircare (this is a 64-page ad, and we’re only at 48 folks), duos and trios from Redken, Matrix, Nioxin, Biosilk, Chi, and Paul Mitchell are B1G1 50% off, as are Rusk, Joico, and Bed Head gift sets. Blow has a free travel kit with $30 purchase, Alterna has a free 1.5 ounce Caviar working spray with full-sized product purchase, Kenra has a hairspray duo for $15, and Oscar Blandi has a dry shampoo and dry shampoo spray duo for $22. The last one, I am actually interested in, because I have been wanting to see if dry shampoos are really all that they are cracked up to be.

John Frieda and L’Oreal Vive Pro haircare is B1G1 50% off, and Nexxus liter duos are $30. Pantene is 3/$10, and L’Oreal Excellence to Go haircolour is $7.50. Selected hair accessories are 25% off, as are the Hairdo by Jessica Simpson bands and wrap-around ponytail.

Selected grooming tools and mirrors are 20% off…including electric razors. Yum. I do need to get a lighted mirror, though, bcause if I get my actual vanity working, I won’t have access to my power strip, so no light:( On a better note, ULTA is now carring the InStyler, which is a styling tool that “does it all”. Doesn’t do my dishes, so it can’t do it all…okay, all joking aside, it says it straightens, curls, smooths, or flips in just minutes. Zoe has a 1″ flat iron or a dryer in the polka-dot pattern for only $30, and the coordinating brushes 25% off. CHI has the 1″ ceramic flat iron for $100, the FHI 1″ black flat iron for $80, the Ken Paves 1′ digital flat iron or hairdryer for $80, and Rusk has their Speed Freak dryers, Go Green dryer, and 1″ flat iron for $80 as well. Hot Tools has the Tourmaline Lite hairdryer for $60, and the Ceramic Ti flat irons are $40. Sedu has a 1″ Revolution flat iron for $140, but you get a free mini styler. Hot Tools has the Pinkie mini flat iron (1/2″) for $25, and Revlon has their 1″ Perfect Heat straightener, with bonus 1/2″ straightener, for $20. All Revlon hot air stylers are $40 as well. The Perfect Heat Ceramic Straightener by them is $25, but this is the pink one. Remington has the Wet 2 Straight and Wet 2 Style irons for $25, and Conair has the Infiniti You (a straightening/curling iron) for $30. FHI has their Go 1″ flat iron for $50, in many colours. Oh yeah, more Zoe stuff…pink/white dryer, flat iron, or slim flat iron for the $30. Ultra CHI 1″ flat irons are $120, and they come with a free nail polish, base coat, and thermal pouch. Seven colours to choose from-a turquoise or pink polka-dot, a red damask, a pink leopard, a gold dot, a black/red dot on white, and a fuschia dot.

On the back cover there’s a 5/$5 mix/match-some ULTA Bath stuff, some mini CHI/Biosilk silk therapy poducts, some hair accessories, some ULTA Cosmetics, some fun nail clippers, and more. In a nutshell, stocking stuffers, and for the most part, stuff I would not use. Except for the bath fizzies, cause those are awesome.

Me? I’m sticking to my OPI’s and Essies.

Alrighty, this ad this time is a newspaper ad, so hopefully you saved it! This week, the main deal is a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase, including selected prestige cosmetics! It’s not every brand, but I will get to it in a little bit. On the front cover though is a deal-$10 liters ($12.50 without coupon) for Sexy Hair, Graham Webb, Artec, American Crew, and Rusk. I definitely want a Sexy Hair liter for colour care, since I am getting my hair coloured, but the local TJ Maxx has that as their everyday deal. And inside? More haircare goodness. Paul Mitchell has duos for $17.60 with coupon ($22 without) of various styling products, and Matrix has the Biolage Colourcare travel set for $8 with your coupon ($10 without). Tigi has a couple deals as well-a Biggie size of both the Manipulator and After Party for $15.60 with coupon ($19.50 without), and Headrush (spray shine) and Superstar (blow dry lotion) in a set for $14 ($17.50 without coupon).

Additionally, Joico has a quad of the K-Pak-10 ounce shampoo/conditioner, and 1.7 of Hydrator and Reconstructor, for $15.96 ($19.95 without coupon). All Redken is B2G1 free, as is all KMS, all Alterna, and all Chi/Biosilk liquids. Read the rest of this entry »

Sorry this is so late, but my latest ULTA ad came quite late, but here we are! First, before anything, there are two insane specials. The Foreshadow box (Oil Slick, Stray Dog, Midnight Cowboy, Flipside) is $14, and the Best of Urban: Baked set is $16. The cost of the shadow-and you get the glitter liner (full-size), and the two minis! (Yes, I did get it yesterday) I have heard rumours about the mini liner sets also being on special, but my ULTA didn’t have them. Also, they are now carrying the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, both the regular and the mini.

Anywhoo, the cover features one fun fragrance GWP: a free travel rolly-thingie with a $30 fragrance purchase, in your choice of black/white houndstooth, black, or black/hot pink houndstooth. I already have SO much luggage, however this is one thing that looks mighty interesting (although the GWP items occasionally go on clearance), so if I get extra money, or get this job I am going for, I may just have to get this. Inside, we have fragrance. Jessica Simpson has launched her new Fancy Love fragrance, and say what you want about her fashion (I don’t agree with some of her choices), she makes damn good perfumes. I tried it yesterday, and it’s different from the original Fancy because this is an oriental floral, no question. It says that it opens up with a note of pink champagne, but since I’ve never smelled champagne, I wouldn’t know. I almost said it was a pink pepper or something! The core of the fragrance is a luscious floral, where I definitely got the peony and the plumeria, and then the drydown is nice too. I hate the patchouli but surprisingly I didn’t get any with this. I did get woodiness and amber, but not an overwhelming patchouli. It lasted on my wrist for a good 12 hours, so this is a fragrance that I highly recommend. When you purchase the 3.4 EDP spray, you get a free purse to go with it. The 3.4 is $59, by the way. I normally won’t touch celebrity fragrances, but this one is worth it-and inexpensive, to boot. Read the rest of this entry »