ULTA Black Friday Ad

25 November, 2011

So, looks like I found something for Black Friday after all! I don’t know how much of this is just for the weekend or not-but there’s some really good stuff! In list form, shall we?

Benefit powder duo (Thrrrob and Georgia)-$19
Urban Decay deluxe mini duo (Pore Perfection primer and All Nighter spray)-$14
Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer minis-$9
Bare Minerals face powder/gloss duo-$10
Free 1 oz Hope in a Jar with $50 Philosophy purchase
ULTA Artist Blockbuster-$16.99
Conair curling iron, flat iron, or hair dryer-$9.99
Tarte trio (Lights Camera Lashes mascara, plus a full-size lipstain and mini cheekstain)-$19
ULTA mini blockbuster-$9.99
Oscar Blandi dry shampoo duo-$15
ULTA Professional travel brush set-$9.99
Free Dermalogica mini set with $50 purchase
Selected TIGI Tweens-$6.99
JP Pet holiday set-$14.99
OPI holiday minis-$7.50
BOGO Organix haircare
Smashbox Be Discovered blockbuster palette-$45
Ultra CHI Holiday flat irons-$80
Stila Smudge Stick liner duo (gold and silver)-$9.99
Benefit duo (Eye Bright and BadGal Lash)-$29
L’Oreal Lash Boosting kit-$6.99
20% off all Fekkai haircare
ULTA Bath holiday sets-$7.99
Selected Profusion kits-$4.99
Earth Theraputics pedicure kit-$9.99
ULTA mini nail quads-$2.99
LORAC Cream Shadows-$12 (if it really does contain 6, then I’m getting this as a Christmas present for my friend)
5/$5 on select stocking stuffer things
B2G2 on ULTA Bath, Candles, Smoothies, Anti-Bac, Brushes, Cosmetics, Beauty Tools/Implements
Free ice bucket/glasses with $30 fragrance purchase
Free bag with large Calvin Klein fragrance purchase
Free red croc tote with $39.50 Elizabeth Arden fragrance purchase
Free bag with $75 Ed Hardy fragrance purchase

I’m hoping that the Benefit powder duo is around by the end of the day-that for me, and the LORAC for my friend.

BBW Hauling

24 June, 2011


Yes, I actually bought stuff from there! I honestly haven’t shopped there a ton since I left the company-but I figured, why not? They don’t know me, and I can gab with the associates about the era I came from (ie red sale buckets, the debut of Fresh Lemonade, and so forth) so that they know that I can shop in peace. But I was down at a mall in the south end of Seattle today (I had gone down to visit the southernmost of my company’s stores in the state, and I know a lot of the folks who work there) and as I left, I figured it’d be good for me to check it out. And so I did-and ended up coming away with quite a bit for not a lot.

They had the Butterfly Flower stuff all 75% off. It was the first fragrance that launched after I left the company, and I actually quite liked it! I picked up a bottle of the lotion because I have been using quite a bit of lotion recently, and I figured for that, I’d break my no-buy. I may have to go back and try and get an EDT of it, too.

Then there was the White Citrus, which I had never tried but I knew I’d love it. I loved Pearberry, Rich Citrus Cream, and all those sorts of things-and this is definitely heavy on the citrus, but a smidge creamy. I liked it so much, I picked up the lotion, shower gel, and EDT. I have a feeling it may be either a) discontinued, or b) special packaging, because they had Moonlight Path and Japanese Cherry Blossom in those bins as well, but in special packs also.

Finally, I picked up a bottle of Blueberry Pancake foam soap. I love the foam soaps-they’re all that I use! Plus they make a great makeup brush cleaner-and it was 75% off, to boot. I may have to buy a couple additional ones:)

Hooray Summer!

22 June, 2011

So summer has finally arrived, and yesterday the sun and heat were in full force here (if only for two days before more clouds/mid 60 temps). And with all that-time to change some beauty things around!

First up, my leg makeup tricks. This is what works for me, because I have a good deal of a tan already-but I like to accent it. People ask me if I spray-tanned or what I use, and it’s quite simple: you just need three different shimmery powders (I use MAC Mineralize Skinfinish), and then you use a lotion to mix it and seal it all in. Personally, I use So Ceylon, Shimpagne, and Northern Lights in that order: So Ceylon gets the bronze, Shimpagne for the shimmer, and Northern Lights has a good blend of bronze and reddish tones to really amp up the tan. I then use Gilly Hicks lotion and it makes my legs not only butter-soft, but it allows me to get it so that it isn’t streaky. If I really want more shimmer, I’ll add a little bit of Glissade or Light Flush. I do that because it is much more fine of a shimmer, even moreso than the most finely-milled shimmer in shimmer lotions. Figure if it works for the face, it works for the legs-so it doesn’t SCREAM shimmer, it just reflects the light and looks shimmery if you look closely enough. For the lighter colours, I like to use a buffer brush like a 181, but for the darker ones I’d use something like a 168.

Second, for the hair, I have to start deep-conditioning it! My hair has lightened up significantly, due to a) the vacation, and b) the fact that our mall had an outdoor event, and I was outside in the sun for two days. It looks like I spent a fortune getting it highlighted…but I thank the sun! But with all that, and my love of my hairdryer…it’s time for the shea butter hair mask.

For my face, I’m struggling because with my stress-and my love of Menchie’s and Yogurtland, I am getting many more zits. One thing that I have tried, though, is to do an olive oil cleanse at night. I just get some on the washcloth and wipe my makeup off. Sure, it takes work, especially with all the makeup that I wear, but I like how it lightly moisturizes. And since I hate getting the washcloth right up in my eye, once my face has been oiled I can just use my fingers to rub any excess eye makeup off. Bad, I know, but it’s all slick so it isn’t AS bad, I don’t think.

Finally, it’s always good for new fragrances…but I have my Michael Kors, so I am happy:)

When I was preparing for my first of two California vacations this year, I needed to get some tanning stuff. Problem was, since it was out-of-season there weren’t a ton of deals! But one day, at ULTA, I found what I needed-in the impulse bins for just a couple bucks: a 2-ounce bottle of this. It was a total win-win: it took up zero space-in fact, I chucked it in my quart-sized bag-and if I didn’t like it, it wasn’t that much of an investment. If I did, I had a small bottle and could buy a big one in order to decant into it.

For years-since I was 16-I’ve used oils. I still miss this oil that Hawaiian tropic used to do, and for a couple years I was trying some really bad, greasy things that would stain my clothes like crazy. It’s my first foray into lotions-and I love it!

The first thing I love is the fact that it not only is NOT greasy, but it’s very water-resistant as well. And by very, I mean it stays on AFTER swimming a few laps in the pool. Doesn’t grease it up, either-but it washes off easily! The not greasing is very important, though. I’ve had a few things ruined by bad oils-and this does not transfer. I mean sure, when I’m on my stomach some of it may sweat off, but that happens. I’m used to it by now. I don’t even have to shower it off-although for good measure, I always apply lotion and then makeup. Yes, I put makeup on my legs. That will be the subject of my next post.

The second thing that I love about it? IT WORKS. I am lucky in that I maintain a good amount of colour throughout the year, thanks to a) heavy tanning in the summer with oils and lotions, and b) moisturizing like a fiend. Some summers, I get really tan. Others, it’s harder. With the help of this-and of course, a couple days tanning on vacation-I have more of a tan now than I did at this time last year. So, it works. But here’s the more miraculous thing: I had my friend try a little bit of it. She does NOT tan. She burns, but does not tan. This is something that I’m going to have her use, because it worked! Albeit a little bit-but still.

So, long-story short…if you are wanting a good tan, this is an essential product.

By the way: The Hawaiian Tropic website has some great sun tips, and I’m going to pass along what I think is the best: if you’re just starting tanning, or if you are trying to build melanin, start at 30 minutes a day, and add a few more each day so long as you aren’t getting red. Make sure to do sunscreen as well, especially if you have the UV index to deal with. (We don’t really, here in Seattle)

Sale Time!

15 June, 2011

Well, it’s my favourite time of the year-summer sales! I am a summer clothes person through and through, and saving money on all that? Yes please! But it’s not just that.
Victoria’s Secret started their Half-Yearly sale yesterday, and while I did not go and check it out (and I don’t intend to, unless I can get some of the old Heavenly LE fragrances), it is definitely worth a check twice: now, and in two weeks. I have so much bodycare, I’m skipping all the sales so that I can maybe use the equivalent of a bin or two of stuff before I start buying more.

Anthro has a 25% additional off sale items in stores, at least that’s what I thought I read. This weekend is the Sidewalk Sale at the mall that I work at, and I know for that they have Managers Specials ($10 and $20 items).

Nordstrom doesn’t have theirs for awhile-a month, to be exact. I haven’t even heard about any of the beauty specials yet but I hopefully will soon. I just hope for specials on my facial sunscreen (the Clarins one) because I’m running very low.

Sephora 2011 Sun Kit

30 April, 2011

A perennial favourite of many…it’s back! I am a huge fan of the concept, and I feel it’s especially important as skin cancer cases rise. Not just that, but it’s a way to try before you buy. I know in previous years they had the Clarins face screen (I didn’t get it from that, but from a goodie bag), and thanks to that sample I am hooked for life.

As in previous years, the set is $25 and you get a tote bag with the following samples:
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer with SPF 15
Supergoop Everyday SPF 30
Supergoop SPF 30 sunscreen wipe
BareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil
Peter Thomas Roth All-Day Defence Moisture Lotion SPF 30
Boscia Oil-Free Hydration SPF 15
Ole Henriksen Fresh Lips SPF 15 (Apparently this is full-size, and retails for $15 alone. Look at it this way: buy the balm, get the other stuff for an additional $10)
DDF Mattifying moisturizer SPF 15
Philosophy Hope Oil-Free SPF 30
Murad Essential-C moisturizer SPF 30
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60

Additionally, there is a mini BareMinerals Flawless face brush in here. Since I have my favourite sunscreens, I won’t need this as much (and I have a ton of Caudalie samples for travel), but this is still an insane value, with 100% of the profits going to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

MAC Lightfully Bright

18 February, 2011

Around this time of year, MAC loads up with the skincare-and for good reason: changing seasons require new stuff! I know that for me, I need a little more moisture in the winter, and then something non-oily in the summer. I can get away with just using my Clarins facial sunscreen in the morning.

Do I pay attention to the skincare launches? Not often. However, there are typically some colour items in there, and this is no exception. Namely, four lipglasses. All of them sheer/pale/sparkly. And admittedly? I want all of them, except for the white one.

First, the skincare. There’s four products-Lightful Charged Essence (your basic serum), Lightful Foaming Creme Cleanser, Lightful Active Softening Lotion, and Lightful Deep Ultramoisture Creme. A lot of people swear by these, but I have to stick with my Murad. Unless the Volcanic stuff comes back…in which case, I’ll buy it by the case.

Now the glosses. These are great on their own-however, they’re awesome as layering glosses. I like that whole ethereal look, and I layered some over Show Orchid and Violetta with impressive results. That isn’t to say that we haven’t seen stuff like this before-oh no. There’s always been stuff like this. However the sparkle of these is what gets me, as well as their workability.

Swatches of the glosses!

Atmospheric, Astro Cool, Etheral, Outer Space