Sunday, June 28, 2009

Free Pencils from Coach

Any of you out there love Coach? To celebrate their new collection of purses, Coach is giving away a set of 12 pencils when you sign up HERE. Just fill out the information, print it out, and take it to your nearest Coach store.

It says you have to be a facebook fan, but you don't have to. It wouldn't hurt to become a fan if you like Coach. You'll get info on stuff like this sooner.

I went there today, and this is what the pencils look like. So cute, six different colors, 2 of each. Have you gotten yours?

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives Love

I was looking around, and I discovered that Nordstrom is having some great deals on makeup, skincare, and fragrances soon. All items will be available on July 17, but you can pre-order these items now! This is for those spenders out there.

Here are some items that caught my eye:

Graphic GardensMac Graphic Gardens Palette $35.00
Six limited-edition eyeshadows in a metal compact featuring the black-and-white M·A·C logo/floral poppy lenticular pattern of the Graphic Garden collection. Features Social Climber, Botanical Blue, Straight Hedge, Wild Wisteria, Linear Lilac and Graphic Garden.
They also have this in Fresh Cut with pink and orange. I'm not talented at using orange on my eyes without making it look like I have a rash! If I were going to pick one it would be Graphic Gardens. This is the Beauty and Gardens blog after all! It is so striking! Any suggestions on how to wear this? I'll be looking for tutorials when it comes out.

Nars Modern Love Palette $55.00
This Nordstrom exclusive six-well palette of signature NARS eyeshadow shades is the ultimate achievement in day-to-evening elegance for the eyes. Shades included in palette are Alhambra I, Tokyo I, Jezebel II, India Song II, Habanera II and Pandora II.
This palette look more like what I would get. It's the perfect palette to me. I love all the earthy colors, I just don't love the price! $55 is way too high for palette, considering MAC is only $35. It's also $5 more than the old palette! It is just so pretty to look at!

Trish McEvoy 'Simplicity - Little Black Card' Collection $58.00
Choose from Matte Bronzer Light or Natural Blush for your cheeks. Brighten eyes by applying Nude Shimmer lid to brow, new Iris Eye Shadow for a wash of color on the lid and Navy Cream Definer to your lash line. Conceal with Long Wear Line Minimizing Concealer, and finish with the Pink Rose Lip Color and the lip-enhancing Serene and Simply Glamorous Lip Glosses.
This double decked palette is so cute and looks easy to slip into your purse for touch ups on-the-go. I've tried the Trish McEvoy concealer before, and it is fab!

Laura Mercier 'Renaissance' Collection $65.00
The set's a classic, romantic look inspired by an equally timeless era. Flawless Skin Day Creme SPF 15, full-size Undercover Pot UC-3, exclusive full-size Pink Champagne Lip Glacé, exclusive Renaissance Eye Color Duo, mini Black Thickening and Building Mascara, double-ended Secret Camouflage Powder Brush and a mini velour puff, all included in a brown cosmetic bag.
Laura Mercier rarely has makeup sets like this that are not gifts with purchase. Usually you have to purchase $100 or more to get a gift not even as good as this. The price may seem high, but you do get a full size concealer and double-ended brush.

Clinique 'Best of Clinique' Beauty Set $45.00
Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, All-new Youth Surge SPF 15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer, All About Eyes, Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, Dual-ended High Impact Mascara/High Impact Curling Mascara in Black, and a dual-ended Cream Shaper for Eyes, all in a pretty makeup bag.
If you love Clinique, but haven't bought that many items yet, this is a great starter set! If Youth Surge is anything like Moisture Surge, you are sure to love it! The makeup bag is REALLY cute too!

MAC Shape & Perfect Brush Set $49.50
A black-and-white patent-finished twill bag featuring Graphic Garden's signature poppy pattern. Contains a separate zip-up brush holder with five brushes specially selected to help shape and perfect your look: the 168SE, 187SE, 194SE, 212SE and 275SE.
This is the perfect starter set for people new to MAC brushes. (like me!) I have heard that the quality is not the same, but if you love MAC then go for it! The white blush brush and mini stippling brush look sooo nice!

See all the beauty exclusives here. Which ones are you lusting after? I'd love to know!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Just wanted to say hi today since it's my birthday! I feel old today. :) That's dill flowers behind me if you were wondering.

I'm wearing NYX Trio 19 with Barely There, Champagne, and Root Beer. Love it!

Put Barely There on entire eye, dab Champagne on the ball, and shade with Root Beer on the outer eye. Blend Blend Blend! Line with black/brown.

Smashbox Lip Gloss in Pixel
Blush in EDM Walkee Talkee
Bronzer in 24.7 Highlighting Bronzer Palette

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Free Booty from BBW

I tell my sister that I hate Bath and Body Works all of the time, but the funny thing is that I go there kinda often now. ONLY when there is free stuff. While I'm not a fan of their signature scents, I do like their lip stuff and skincare items.

Awhile back I got an email for a free lip item (value up to $12) with any purchase. Next time it happens I will let you know! They are always doing this! So you can get a $1 gift bag and get a free lip item! yay! I got a really cute mirror for $2 and the Vitamin Menta in Golden Mint. I haven't tried it yet, but I hoping it will just add a shimmer to my lips. The mirror is cute because it's light blue zebra and one side is magnified. Great for the purse.

The SA let me use two coupons! :) For my second purchase I got the PocketBac anti-bac gel in Cucumber Melon and the Rose Salve free. I'm hoping it's similar to the famous Rosebud Salve you can find at Sephora. I'm liking the anti-bac gel. I keep it near the computer. These would make such great gift fillers. Cuz they were $1 each! I'm cheap...

Does anyone else have a hard time finding a scent they like at bbw? They smell kinda cheap to me...

If you do like them, they are having their semi-annual sale right now.

Also, I had to renew my license today. I did it online, but the $25 fee hurts! It's part of growing up though. I'm liking the pretty new designs they have, but I'm going to miss my vertical under 21 license. :( I liked it so much I kept using it years after I turned 21, hehe.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

eki cosplay contest entry

I was trolling around some blogs earlier today, and I came across From Head To Toe. She submitted a look for a cosplay contest by ekimura. Ekimura's site is so cute! The contest looked really fun, so I thought I could use this look I did of my sister a couple weeks ago. It ends tonight so I didn't have much time to put something together. I hope you will accept this as an entry even though it is not me. Link to contest page.

If you are wondering about the look, it's originally based off Lady Gaga's silver eye look in her poker face video. But really it looks more like Elizabeth from Persona 3 if she went rocker-chic. So it's an Elizabeth P3 Rocker look. I don't play Persona 3 but my sister Sarah does. So she had her had in this as well. I have pics of the products I used and Elizabeth's screen shot after the break.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Max Factor Review, Discontinued in 2010

I'm a bzzAgent, and they sent me a mascara and two lipsticks to review. I haven't tried the mascara yet because I'm still working on the 2 others I have opened already.

The lipsticks in Ms. Right 44 and Vegas Baby 72 are great (L-R). They are smooth and pigmented. I love the color of Vegas Baby. I can't pull off a red lip yet... I'm not a diva. I like to pair dark eyes with a nude lip. I think they are better than NYX's circle lipsticks. Those are drying, these are not! The last one of the right, Skinny Dip 20, I bought myself because I wanted a more nude shade that Vegas Baby wasn't. I like it better; it's more pinky nude. These are great lipsticks all in all, but I wouldn't buy them again simply because I never seem to run out of lipsticks. I have so many free ones from gwp. Don't we all?

Sadly Max Factor is no longer going to be sold in the US by early 2010. CLICK for story. It will be sold overseas where it is more popular. It's kinda sad because I think the products are better than Covergirl, oh well!

There is a D Magazine/Max Factor Face of Dallas party tonight. I got on the list, but I'm too lazy to go all the way to Dallas. I won't know anybody, and traffic's a bitch. I've always wanted to see the W Hotel and get a swag bag...

Monday, June 8, 2009

NYX from Cherry Culture, tip for free shipping

Hey, so this is what I ordered from Cherry Culture. I wasn't going to order anything, but they were offering free shipping during the last few days of the sale, so I jumped on that.

I love the trio on the left. They are really great neutrals! It didn't look like much in the photos that I've seen, but it's my favorite. I grab for it every time now! I don't have Mac shadows to compare, but I've read it's a great alternative. I've replaced most of my old eyeshadows with these!

From left to right:
#19 Barely There, Champagne, Root Beer
#12 Aloha, Mink Brown, Dark Bronze
#39 Casablanca (Pewter, Soft Pink, Slate)

Pearl Mania in Sky Pink and Nude.
I satisfied with the pigments. Very sparkly and good pigmentation. I'm not much of a pigment person because of the mess, but I like pressing them! I got these two pressed with alcohol and glycerin in homemade foil pans, and then I baked them. The nude one won't pick up because I added too much glycerin, so I'll be making a new one once I get the pans in.

Pencils in Lime and Pink
The pencils are horrible! What a waste of $1!! Bad color, no pigmentation, not smooth. Everything a pencil shouldn't be!

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase. It was only $16 for all of it. I'm glad I got into the NYX trio craze. :) I would recommend getting some next time there is a sale or you have coupons for Ulta. Last big sale they offered free shipping on ANY order near the end of the sale. So sign up for the emails, and just wait for it to come. If they don't by the next to last day, then they may not be offering it, so just order it if you still want it. That's my tip!