Urban Decay Naked Palette Swatches and Review

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The first time I saw Urban Decay's Naked Palette was at IMATS Los Angeles last year.  It wasn't until a month or 2 later that this hit the market. My twitter buddies know I was pretty much ignoring the hype around this as it rapidly flew off  the shelves. One day, the local Macy's counter had it in stock and I had a gift certificate.  This was simply a good opportunity to figure out why it is such a coveted item in the beauty community.

The palette retails for $44USD and is available (when re-stocked) on Urban Decay's website, Sephora, Ulta, and UD counters at Macy's.  The palette is covered with a brown velvet that houses 12 eyeshadows and two mini 24/7 eyeliners.  I like how the packaging is not bulky and convenient to pack for travel. The UD mini eye primer comes with the palette but is not placed inside.

Cyber Monday, Black Friday Deals

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's that time of the year again folks.  The air is filled with honey glazed ham, stuffing, turkey, and of course Cyber Monday/Black Friday deals!  For those of you who are too tired or lazy (like me) to stand in line at midnight for the early bird specials, have no fear, online deals are here. I will continually update this throughout the week.

Click the Philosophy links below to go directly to the items. However, they will not be available on the website until Black Friday (11/26) or Cyber Monday (11/29) as noted.

    Black Friday 11/26
                    vanilla ice cream & tiramisu duo, reg $32, on sale $16
                    fountain drink duo, reg $20, on sale $10
                    amazing grace body butter, reg $28, on sale $10
                    lip gloss duo with bag, reg $33, on sale $10
                    amazing grace soap, reg $9, on sale $4.50
                    yummy cake duo, reg $20, on sale $10
                    grace color duo, reg $52.50, on sale $20
                    apricots & cream duo, reg $14, on sale $8
                    big skinny duo, reg $48, on sale $28
                    select canvas sets, reg $58, on sale $29
                    face palette duo, reg $75, now $37.50
                    select lips & checks sets, reg $58, on sale $29
    Cyber Monday 11/29
                   super size skin care kit, reg $104.50, now $86
                   pure grace super size kit, reg $144, now $105
                   unconditional love super size kit, reg $124, now $90
                   falling in love super size kit, reg $144, now $105
                   amazing grace super size kit, reg $144, now $105

   Starting 11/22 to 12/31, an exclusive offer of $20 in Kiehl's Cash toward your in-store or online purchase of $50 or more.  See here for more details.

    11/26 to 11/30, enjoy 20% off all purchases online and in-store.  Print coupon here.

    Cyber monday 11/29 deal: Enjoy complimentary shipping and a deluxe trio with any purchase of $30 or more.  Use code DELUX10.

Kate Sommervile
   Receive 30% off all purchases through 11/30.  Use code KSFF2010.  See here for more details.

Giorgio Armani
   Receive 20% off purchases and complimentary shipping with $75USD orders through 11/30.  Use code FRIENDS. See here for more details.

NYX Cosmetics
    50% off all orders on Thanksgiving 11/25 and Black Friday 11/26. 

Crown Brushes
    Special savings for Twitter and Facebook followers on Thanksgiving Day 11/25 from 6-9pm (CST).  See here for more details.  
    Black Friday offers 10 for $10.  See here for more details.

Peter Thomas Roth
     Take 20% off any purchase from 11/26-11/29. Use code FRI2010

    Take 30% off all purchases before noon.  In-stores only.  See here for more details.

Banana Republic
     Take 25% off all purchases both online and in-stores until 11/28. Use code BRTHANKS.  See here for more details.

      Take 25% off all purchases of $150 or more both online and in-stores until 11/28. Use code TURKEY.  See here for more details.

Abercrombie & Fitch
      Receive a $50 gift card before noon on Black Friday 11/26 with any $100 purchase. It is redeemable towards your next purchase . In-stores only.  See here for more details.

   Sales under $20 and $30 are going on now here. 


   Offers ending 11/30:
        Free Bobbi Brown Makeup Remover with Any Purchase. Use code BBOFF.

        Free Bremenn Face Cream Sample with Any Purchase. Use code BREMENN.

        Free Buxom Lipstick With Any Purchase. Use code: AMSTERDAM.
        FREE black Sephora to Go Clutch and 12 samples with any purchase w/ code ONTHEGO.

    Offers ending 12/31
         10 Travel Ready Deluxe Sized Samples Free, Re-usable Airplane Friendly Pouch with Any $25 Purchase. Use code GETAWAY.

         Receive the Living Proof 3.7 oz Full Thickening Cream, 2 oz Full Shampoo, and 2 oz Full Conditioner for $32 with code FULLTRIO. 

         Receive a Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture (0.25 oz) sample with any order. Use code HYDRATION.

         Purchase Givenchy Vax'in For Youth (item #1284678) and receive a free Givenchy Cosmetic Pouch w/ code VAXIN. 


        11/25 until 4AM EST 11/26, shop online using code XJ0LY19I3WLS to get:
                 10% off purchases $50-99.99
                 15% off purchases $100 - $149.99
                 20% off purchases $150 or more

        Big Brown Bag Sale going on now until Sunday 11/28.
        For selected merchandises online: Take $25 off almost every $200 spent.
        For selected merchandises in-store:  Get $15 in BMoney for almost every $100 spent.
        Free shipping from now until 11/29 on all orders of $100 or more.

YSL Beauty
     20% off and complimentary shipping with any purchase of $50.  Offer ends Tuesday, 11/30.  Use code FRIENDS.

Saks Fifth Avenue
     Get a $25 gift card with a $100 purchase on cosmetics or fragrance.  Online only 11/25,
     in-store 11/26.
     Free shipping with code HOLIDAYS

Neiman Marcus
      In store only 11/26, get a $50 gift card with a $100 purchase from 9am- 2pm. Some
      exclusions apply. 

Old Navy
      Stores open on Thanksgiving at 9am.  Get all Black Friday deals when you use your Old
      Navy, Gap, or Banana Republic credit card.  Also look for a $10 off $50 purchase coupon
      in your local newspaper ads.
Clarins (Valid until 12/6)
      Receive a 6 piece gift with any $60 purchase with code CYBERM.   See here for gift details.

La Mer (Cyber Monday 11/29 only)
      Receive free shipping and 2 gifts (Creme de La Mer 0.24oz, The Body Cream 1oz, and 2
      samples of your choice) with any purchase.  Use code  LAMERGIFT.

Boscia (Cyber Monday 11/29 only)
        Get 20% off all orders of $25 or more, free shipping, and receive a free Balancing Facial
        Tonic 120mL.  Use code cybermon10.

Clarins Warehouse Sale 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Clarins will be hosting a warehouse sale November 18-20 which includes skin care, makeup, and fragrances!  If any ladies are in New York, this would be a great opportunity for you to pick up some staple Clarins products.  Print out the VIP coupon below to save as much as $100USD, and you'll get VIP early shopping hours on Thursday.

Thierry Mugler Angel and Alien Collection

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This holiday, Thierry Mugler introduces a limited Holiday 2010 Collection named Angel and Alien. It is a "fusion of perfume and couture which gives life to his exceptional, extravagant and sophisticated creations". There are 3 incredibly beautiful pieces in the collection with breathtaking packaging.  If you are a Thierry Mugler fan, I'm sure you will be bedazzled by Angel and Alien.

ALIEN by Thierry Mugler Couture Stone
Eau de Parfum Refillable Spray 2.0 fl. Oz. Bracelet
Limited Edition – Holiday 2010
Available at Neiman Marcus and other Thierry Mugler Parfums retailers

This ornament, when removed from its amethyst bottle crafted like a precious gem, becomes a couture accessory to slip on the wrist. Elegance and refinement unite in a stunning aura.

ANGEL by Thierry Mugler Dazzling Lights Ring
Solid Perfume Ring .03 net wt.
Limited Edition – Holiday 2010
Available Exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue

The ring is made from silvered zamak and adorned with 70 CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements.  The heart of the rings reveal a solid ANGEL fragrance tinted in celestial blue. Applied to the base of the throat or the décolleté, this precious perfume concentrate envelops the skin in the sensuous finery of voluptuous pleasure. 

ANGEL by Thierry Mugler Couture Star Collector
Eau de Parfum Refillable Spray 1.7 fl. Oz.
Available at Neiman Marcus and other Thierry Mugler Parfums retailers

A black leather-style dress-bustier set off by a sparkling necklace trimmed with 28 CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements in jet black.  Presented in a totally haute couture quilted case, the fragrance revels in unbridled fantasy and adds spice to life. 

I'm definitely enticed by the stunning packaging in this collection and loving the solid perfume ring.  What about you?

Guerlain: Perles D'or Meteorites Review

Monday, November 8, 2010

I have always been curious about the meteorites for as long as I can remember.  One time, I was at the Tokyo airport on a layover and wandered into the DFS Guerlain counter to inquire about the meteorites.  The SAs raved about them while swirling a fluffy pink brush around the pearls in the carton box.  They crowded around me like a strange alien who needed to be educated about the wonders of these magic pearls.  One swipe on my hand and my immediate reaction was "whoa..no...glitter galore. PASS!".  At the time, I quite honestly could not justify buying a small carton of glittery pearls for over $50USD.

Fast foward 5 years and here I am introducing you to the Perles D'or Meteorites from Guerlain's 2010 Holiday Collection. This is currently available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Nieman Marcus for $56USD. Do you think I've changed my mind on this product?

Guerlain has a permanent collection of 3 meteorites but Perles D'or follows the Holiday 2010 bee theme with special packaging.

Chanel: Les Deux Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Duo Swatches and Review

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Before I became a Chanel cosmetics fan, I had always been curious about their enticing Holiday Value Sets.  Last year's Glossimer Duo was $1USD cheaper and had bright, super fun colors.  I distinctly remember looking at it and pondering whether or not they are worth the money.  In fact, I figured no one was going to purchase these - I mean, how many Chanel fans can there possibly be?? Well by the time I made up my mind, it was sold out everywhere (online, Nordstrom, Saks, Nieman Marcus, Bergdoff Goodman).  I became a desperate woman, dragging my DH to every single store in search of this item.

Needless to say, when this popped up online this year, I snatched it up without reservation.  I'm going to be frank and admit: I LOVE Chanel glossimers.  I think they are hands down one of, if not, the best lipglosses in the industry.  They are not sticky, do not reek of fragrance, and are so flattering both by themselves or layered over a lipstick.  So if you ask me whether or not you need this set, my answer will be a biased yes.

This year's set retails for $51USD and comes with a full size Muscat Glossimer, Wild Rose Glossimer, a Chanel sharpener, black glossy bag, and a deluxe size lip pencil in Nude.