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End of Year Sales You Should Jump On Right Now ENDS

End of the Year Sales You Should Jump On Right Now

Sales, sales, sales. The holidays are coming to a close so that means companies are doing their year-end push for sales. If you have a little bit of spending money left you should jump on some of these while you still can.* ^

25% off Everything at OCCMAKEUP.COM  12/26 – 12/31

Lush BOGO Sale at LUSHUSA.COM(This goes live 9am EST/8am CST 12/26)

30% off at MILANICOSMETICS.COM use code HOLIDAY14 Ends 12/29

Extra 20% off Sale Items at SEPHORA.COM use code EXTRA20 Ends 1/1/15

40% off Everything at COASTALSCENTS.COM Ends 12/31

35% off + Free Shipping at FREEMANBEAUTY.COM 12/26 – 12/31 Use code BLOWOUT (US only)

30% off at SHEAMOISTURE.COM ends 12/30 3pm EST

I’m most excited about the Lush BOGO sale. I’ve heard great things about their bath bombs and if they’re included in the sale I gotta get some. Will you be spending any more money before the new year or did the holidays tap you out?

*Some exclusions may apply to these sales

^ This post will be updated as I see the sales :-)

5 Ways to Know It's Holy Grail

5 Ways To Know It's Holy Grail

There comes a time in every beauty lover’s life that they hit the jackpot with a product or brand. The skies open up, the seas part and harps play for your discovery. Some of us call it the holy grail or HG for short. This is 5 reasons a brand/product is considered holy grail. Continue reading 5 Ways to Know It's Holy Grail

Sexy Fall Lips: OCC Black Dahlia and Black Metal Dahlia

When I think of liquid lipsticks Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar is what I think of first. Coming in at $18 they’re a little bit more expensive than other lipsticks yet low enough in price that you probably won’t experience sticker shock. They’re vegan and cruelty-free so you don’t have to worry about that issue. They’re pigmented. They last forever. You can wear them as is or mix them together to create your own unique lip look. Today’s post is about two that have similar names but different finishes.

This is Black Dahlia. It’s described as a blackened blackest red.  It’s a matte finish and a great addition to your fall lipsticks if you don’t already have it or want another dark red.

OCC Lip Tar - Black Dahlia
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Black Dahlia($18)

OCC LipTar Black Dahlia

Similarly named is Black Metal Dahlia. It’s a blackened burgundy with red pearl. It’s slightly redder than Black Dahlia with lots of sparkle. It’s on the outer edge of being vampy to me but deep enough for fall.

OCC LipTar - Black Metal Dahlia
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Black Metal Dahlia

OCC LipTar Black Metal Dahlia

These are highly pigmented so it doesn’t take much to cover your lips. A lip brush comes with each lip tar, however, if you’re in pinch you can use your finger. Exfoliating your lips will help with a smooth application. You can use a primer or dab a bit of lip balm on before you apply it as well.

Black Dahlia and Black Metal Dahlia Swatches
Left: Black Dahlia Right: Black Metal Dahlia

Do you own any Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars?

OCC Lip Tars are $18 and come in an assortment of colors. They are available at occmakeup.com and at Sephora.

For Your Consideration: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade- Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18) Also pictured: Brush #12 ($18)

Anastasia Beverly Hills is THE name in brow grooming so when the Dipbrow came out I knew I had to have it. I went through a process of trying to guess which color was for me along with a Sephora cast member. At that time 5 shades(there’s 8 now) were available so my choices were between Dark Brown and Ebony. I landed on dark brown because it was closer to the brow powder I was already using. Continue reading For Your Consideration: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Mascara Review

Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)

I received Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara as a 100 pt perk from Sephora. Even though the name is cute I was not expecting it to live up to it. Sex is in a league of its own, but I digress.

THE BRUSH

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Brush

The brush is in an hourglass shape and designed with “extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of his carbon black collagen fueled formula.”

THE FORMULA

It’s cruelty-free and thick. Since Better Than Sex is billed as volumizing the thickness makes sense. As I used a second and third coat my lashes got some serious UMPH. Anything more than that and I think it would start to clump. I was also able to get some lengthening. My lashes don’t feel too hard, even with a third coat, and I didn’t have much trouble removing it with a make-up remover wipe.

Bare lashes
Bare lashes
Too Fa ed Better Than Sex Mascara
With Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Better Than Sex Mascara feels like it’s meant for a night out rather than an everyday mascara, but I don’t think it should be limited to that. It’s $23 so it shouldn’t languish in a drawer waiting for its big moment.

WOULD I BUY IT?

I know everyone isn’t big on splurging on mascara, but I’d buy this mascara in its full size since I’m happy with my sample. At the moment Sephora is selling a Twice The Sex Mascara Duo(online only), which consists of the full size mascara and a travel size mascara. If I decide to buy the mascara anytime soon, then I’ll jump on that to get a bit more bang for my buck.

Have you tried Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara? Did it live up to its name?

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available at Ulta, Sephora, wherever Too Faced products are sold.

Started From A Sample Now We're Here: NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with samples. On the one hand they’re great for trying out products and if they suck you don’t have to live with buyer’s remorse. On the other hand if you love it you have to deal with the urge to run out and buy it. I ended up having to deal with the latter scenario because I was on a no-buy when I began to use my NARS Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer.

Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime
Nars Cosmetics Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer $34 (photo courtesy of Sephora.com)

The Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer was a 100 point perk from Sephora I received in March when I ordered a couple of Nars Matte Multiples from Sephora.com. The full size is $34 dollars so it’s not cheap but I think it’s worth it. Obviously, I didn’t use it immediately because here it is nearly July and I’m just now talking about it. That’s another thing about samples, sometimes they’re easy to forget and they languish somewhere never to be seen again. Luckily, that didn’t happen with this primer.

“NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex captures light, instantly optimizing its reflection. Everyday dullness and signs of fatigue fade as skin is infused with vitality. Advanced Optical Technology optically elevates skin’s natural contours, adding shape and definition. Skin looks luminous all day, in any source of light. Light Optimizing Primer glides right on and absorbs instantly, smoothing and evening skin’s surface. ” (from Sephora.com)

The various times I wore this primer I found myself not needing to blot as much as I did with other primers. I think my skin is on the extreme end of oily and it’s pretty annoying.  I kept checking my face wondering if I was truly seeing what I was seeing, a face that wasn’t an oil slick, and I wasn’t mistaken.

Since this is billed as a light optimizing primer I wasn’t surprised to see some glitter on my face after rubbing the primer into my skin. The E.L.F. Radiant Glow primer(reviewed here) gave a similar finish, but the amount of Nars primer I squeezed it out was easier to control so I didn’t experience glitter overkill.  Another thing about the Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer vs the Radiant Glow is that this one readily absorbed into my skin while the e.l.f. one just sat on my face.

With a $34 price tag I know this isn’t for everyone, but I think this primer is going to replace the other ones I’ve been using. Sometimes a girl’s gotta splurge on the stuff that works.

I couldn’t resist. LOL

Have you tried the Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer?

Nars Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer is available at Sephora, department stores, Nars Boutiques, and narscosmetics.com.

New and Improved! Nars Lip Gloss – Stella

Full Disclosure: Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella was sent to me. I was not obligated to review. All opinions/reviews about the product are my own.  

I was lucky enough to be a sent a few Nars Cosmetics products last week. One of them happened to be their reformulated lip gloss in Stella. This is my first experience with the new formula and I’m pretty impressed.

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella $26
Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Stella. $26

One of the complaints about the old formula was its thickness and stickiness. It wasn’t ever anything that kept me from purchasing, but the new formula doesn’t have those problems. When I remove the wand from the gloss I can tell that there isn’t any resistance. With the old glosses that’s not the case.

Stella is described as a muted raspberry
Stella is described as a muted raspberry

It felt more moisturizing than the old formula. I tend to purse my lips or rub them together and I could tell that this gloss was much lighter than the old gloss. My lips moved past each other easily. I didn’t feel any tackiness that I’ve come to expect with most lip glosses.

The packaging has changed as well. The old tube was somewhat frosted which made the color look hazy while the new tube is clear so there’s no doubt about what color you’re purchasing.

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss Packaging Comparison
I’m really not sure which packaging I like the best. What do you think?

A downside to the new formula and packaging is that you’re getting less product. The original formula’s net weight varied between .24oz and .28oz and this new formula is .18oz. If you’re big on these lip glosses you might feel cheated because you losing around 25% of the product but still paying the original price of $26.

I still think the glosses are worth it, especially if you’re looking for something to correspond with a Nars lip product you already have or want to buy. If you go to the Nars Cosmetics website and choose a product it will show other products that work well with it. I know there are cheaper dupes for a lot of products, but I’m also a fan of taking the guesswork out of make-up buying. I like having products that I feel were made to work together so I know that I’m going to replace my older Nars Lip Glosses with the new ones to go with lipsticks I already own.

Have you tried a new Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss? How do you think it compares to the old formula?

Nars Cosmetics Lip Gloss retails for $26 and is available at narscosmetics.com, and wherever Nars Cosmetics are sold.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Review

One of my new favorite products is the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum.  I snagged it from Sephora as 100 point perk a couple of months ago and have been in love. My little .25oz sample ran out a few days ago so I decided to take the plunge and by one of the fuller sizes. This product comes in a 1oz and 1.7oz size and is $48 and $72 respectively.

I’m sure you are already thinking “Nope” and I don’t blame you. I thought the same thing and was happy to see that Ole Henriksen offered some value sets so I could get a little more bang for my buck. I decided to go with the 3 Little Wonders Mini.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini
3 Little Wonders Mini. $22.50 and available at Sephora

The 3 Little Wonders Mini consists of:

  • .5oz Truth Serum Collagen Booster
  • .25oz Invigorating Night Gel
  • .25oz Sheer Transformation Crème

What it’s formulated to do:

Embrace Ole’s philosophy for gorgeous, healthy skin with daily exfoliation, hydration, and protection. These three multitaskers work in synergy to brighten, resurface, and hydrate using the most potent antiaging powerhouses—vitamin C, essential fatty acids, and alpha hydroxy acids—the three pillar ingredients of Ole’s skincare. Ole expertly balances potent actives with nurturing and soothing botanicals to achieve maximum results and give you more youthful skin. These 3 Little Wonders feature indulgent textures and aromas to make treating your skin a daily pleasure.(Sephora) 

The Truth Serum  and Night Gel are for day and night, respectively while the Sheer Transformation  Creme can be used day /or night.
The Truth Serum and Invigorating Night Gel are for day and night, respectively. The Sheer Transformation
Creme can be used day /or night.

My take:

I reviewed the Truth Serum in April and like I said I love it. The Invigorating Night Gel and the Transformation Crème that come in this set are just as good. I chose this particular set because of the price, $22.50, and because I wanted to try something to replace the night cream I had been using.

My current night cream really wasn’t working for me. I’d put it on after washing and wake up pretty greasy. It was annoying and gross so I thought I needed to try something else. I use the Invigorating Night Gel and Transformation Crème together and I’ve found that I go to bed matte and wake up matte. This is a major plus since it seems my oily skin stays in overdrive.

The Invigorating Night Gel is a clear gel with little to no smell and the Transformation Crème is a lotion. Both come in a jar and you don’t need much to cover your face and neck. A dime to nickel size amount has been enough for me.

The Invigorating Night Gel “supports cell turnover, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooths skin texture” while the Sheer Transformation Crème helps “fade dark spots, even skintone, and prevent premature signs of aging while botanical fruit acids gently exfoliate and retexturize”. Together they’re an anti-aging combo that’s making me feel better about my skincare regimen. The Night Gel is to be used at night(obviously) and the Sheer Transformation Crème can be used at day /or night. However, the Sheer Transformation Crème doesn’t have SPF. :-(

3 Little Wonders Review
3 Little Wonders

These are good products for the price. I know everyone doesn’t want to shell out $70 for one product. To be honest, I really don’t either. That’s why I gravitated toward a set with a few products rather than buying just one.

So have you tried the 3 Little Wonders? Let me know in the comments.

Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders retails for $22.50 and is available at Sephora.

The Lipstick Tag

the lipstick tag

So Chrissy from A Casual Beauty did a lipstick tag and graciously tagged everyone to do it. I like beauty tags so I decided to do this one.

  1. How many lipsticks do you own? I’m going to follow Chrissy’s cue and stick to conventional lipsticks in this answer, so I own 33 actual lipsticks.
  2. What was the first lipstick you ever owned? The first lipstick I ever owned was Fashion Fair Pure Plum(?). I remember my mom taking me to the department store counter and picking it out for me. It was definitely her style because it was dark. I took a lot of make-up cues from her before I started reading magazines and books and formed my own opinion. Looking back, it probably should’ve been more of a big girl moment because it was department store make-up but it wasn’t.Bury Me In Red Lipstick 022
  3. What’s your favorite lipstick brand? NARS Cosmetics. In 2008 I walked into a Sephora to get a red lipstick, my first red lipstick. I was apprehensive but the associate swatched a few shades on her hand and I picked NARS Sephora Flame. That was a make-up watershed moment for me because back then wearing red lipstick was just unheard of for me. I had moved away from thinking I had to wear deep, dark shades, but hadn’t adopted the thought that I could wear color on my lips like red. When I began to break away from beauty rules NARS is the brand I used to do it.
  4. What is your most worn lipstick? It’s probably NARS Fire Down Below. It’s described as a semi-matte pure blood red.
    Fire Down Below
    NARS Fire Down Below

    Fire Down Below Swatch
    I’ve laid off wearing lipstick lately because I’ve been on liquid lip color kick lately but it’s the one I reach for first when I do wear lipstick.

  5. What’s your favorite finish? My favorite finish is probably matte. I went through years and years of shiny lips via lip gloss so I think my love of matte finishes was my way of breaking away from that. Matte finishes just seem like serious business and I’m here for drama.
  6. What was the last lipstick you bought? It was actually two in the same shopping trip. It was Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 15 and NARS Cosmetics Future Red, a Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick.
    MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 15
    MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 15
    NARS Future Red
    NARS Future Red

    Rouge Artist Intense 15 and Future Red
    Left: Future Red Right: MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 15
  7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? I have 3 lip products in my bag. 1 EOS lip balm and two Maybelline glosses that are still wrapped because I intended to return them but never did.
  8. What’s your favorite red lip color? My favorite red lip color is Lime Crime Velvetine in Wicked. It’s from the recently released Clueless Witch Collection.
    Wicked Lime Crime
    Lime Crime Velvetine in Wicked

    It comes close to NARS Sephora Flame which was discontinued years ago.

  9. How do you store your lipsticks? I store my lipsticks in a plastic drawer and my vanity drawer.
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  10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after? I think Milani Red Label is one I’m lusting after but for some reason I pick up something else whenever I’m in Walgreens. I also want to try more Lime Crime Velvetines.

Since Chrissy tagged everyone I’m going to do the same. If you decide to do this lipstick tag please leave a link to your post in the comments below because I’d love to read it.