The Sephora Friends & Family Sale is still going strong on sephora.com, use promo code FF2009 and save 20% off your purchase! Grab your 3 free samples, get free shipping over $50, and save 20%, those are deals fit for a Beauty Junkie! The 20% off coupon code is good until November 2nd, let me know what you haul! I was really good this year… I only purchased gifts. Just for that, I should be allowed to go back and pick up something for myself, right?
HSN is sure stepping up their beauty game! Stila recently debuted on the shopping network, and now our fave gals from Benefit will have their chance on October 28th & 29th as they roll out beauty products and tips, Benefit style! How cute are Annie & Maggie? Seriously. It should be against the law.
Also, check out Secret Life of a Benefit Gal, Benefit’s new blog! I’m enjoying getting to know the brains behind all that beauty up there in San Francisco.
Okay, so we know we’re not allowed to hang on to tubes of mascara forever. They’re supposed to be discarded every 3 months, and believe me– it hurts me to part with them too. But it’s just the way it goes! What about the products that haven’t broken down yet? I’ve got blushes that are about 2 years old and I’m not going to get rid of them until they turn to dust, or I die. Whichever comes first! If you’re not going to toss it, at least keep it clean.
Beauty So Clean was developed by makeup artist, Nancy Crossley to keep makeup hygienic at home, in department store tester units, and in the kits of the pros. Nancy enlisted the help of many industry experts, a cosmetic chemist, and a scientist from the pharmaceutical industry to develop a product that was effective against bacteria without altering the makeup in any way. The result was Beauty So Clean Conditioning Brush Cleanser, Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes, and Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist.
“We clean our hands, our clothes, our homes, and our cars, but we never clean the very products we put directly on our faces, our eyes and our lips! All makeup products can and do breed bacteria which can lead to pink eye, cold sores and skin sensitivities”. –Nancy Crossley
My years of working in the cosmetic industry have shown me some pretty nasty stuff. Despite the beauty of it all– I’ve seen women with open sores on their lips apply lipsticks and glosses directly from the tubes. I’ve also seen plenty of women pick up the mascara tester and use it directly on their eyes. Unattended children would pick their noses and then dig their fingers in every eyeshadow pan in the tester unit. Despite how vigilant employees are, it’s physically impossible to stand constant guard as the tester police. So while yes, it’s absolutely disgusting and I’m sure you’re grossed out now, make a mental note of this the next time you’re about to touch a tester to your lips. Insist that it’s sanitized and use the provided applicator wands. If the salesperson acts like you’re a crazy person and that it’s not necessary or discourages basic hygiene standards, spend your money elsewhere doll. Tell them to take a long walk off a short pier and lick all the lipsticks in the Dior unit on their way there if they’re so sure. Okay, I wouldn’t say that! But you can think it as you politely decline and walk away!
I know your makeup at home is nowhere near as icky as the examples I gave, but your personal products are still a breeding ground for bacteria that can make you sick or cause skin infections. If you’re in doubt about when to toss something or keep it, check out this great article about how to decide when makeup has expired. I also suggest that you pick up a professional cosmetic sanitizing product like Beauty So Clean and invest in a good brush cleanser to keep your tools clean. It’s the least we can do!
I’ve long admired Poppy King’s ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit, she really is the epitome of success stories for women with the desire to excel and take ownership in the business world. It’s no longer the old Boy’s Club, women are leading the way by not only making sure all is well on the home-front, but according economists– women are set to dominate America’s workforce by year’s end. More than half of the U.S. workforce will be women, evidence that it’s not a man’s world after all.
“More women than ever are becoming both the primary breadwinners and caretakers in their households,” says Poppy King. “And as women begin to dominate the labor force, I wanted to let women in on a tool I have used for years to help boost my confidence to face my own challenges, the red lip. It’s just a small action women can take everyday to get in the right mindset and get FIRED UP to make an impact.”
To show Poppy’s support, Lipstick Queen is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of FIRED UP, a powerful sheer fire engine red gloss to Count Me In— a national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education, and community for women entrepreneurs. This $14 lip gloss will fuel some fires, for sure!
As the world turns in the constantly changing consumer beauty product market, I learned it’s official that e.l.f. products will be available at Target stores on November 1st! I got the news first from Nouveau Cheap earlier this week, and then this morning from e.l.f. themselves. Who says us beauty bloggers aren’t always in the know? We try to be all over it as it’s happening! *wink*
The initial 3 ½ foot endcap in the Cosmetics section will feature $1, $3, $5, and $10 products, packaged in sleek black packaging for Target Stores. The Holiday shipment will be products from the $1 line. For the Spring planogram reset there will be an updated assortment to include Studio.
This is good news for makeup connoisseurs on many levels– if you already use their products, this adds a convenience factor since we’ve had to order them online. I’m a fan of their eyeshadow duos, the pigments are fab for such a low price. If you’ve never tried e.l.f., now you can experience them and you’ll probably end up loving a few of them yourself! And… the Holiday shipment they’re describing sounds like the perfect opportunity for affordable Secret Santa shopping, stocking stuffers, and holiday gifts!
Have you ever tried e.l.f.? Now that they’re at Target, will that influence you to give them a shot?
For this week’s installment of Beauty For BCA, I’ve selected four pretty-in-pink cosmetics items that not only can make you look beautiful, but do something beautifully beneficial by raising funds for breast cancer awareness and research programs! Take a look at these pink treats for eyes, lips, cheeks, and fingertips!
• Sephora Brand BCA Super Shimmer — Everyone should own a tube of this flattering super-shiny shimmery lip gloss! Sephora will donate $1 from the sale of each Super Shimmer Lip Gloss in Forever Pink to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
• Essie “Yes We Can, Pink!” — A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this precious pale pink nail polish will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women affected by the disease.
• Global Goddess Chai Cheek Blush “Chowrasta” — Obtain your best flirty flush with this rosy cheek color, 20% of net proceeds will go directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), benefiting breast cancer research and awareness.
• Elke Von Freudenberg LIMITED EDITION Bon Appetit Brow Hi-Light Shadow — A pinky-gold shimmer that multi-tasks for enhancing eyes and cheekbones while moonlighting as a glam body shimmer too! 20% of all sales of Bon Appetit Hi-Light Shadow during the month of October will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund!
Queen Latifah wants you to show her your persona! CoverGirl and Queen Latifah are looking for 5 very talented ladies to open for her on upcoming tour dates for her newest album– “Persona“.
Show off your vast talents, anything from singing to rapping– Queen Latifah wants to see you showcase it in a one-minute video performance accompanied with 250 words or less explaining why you deserve to ignite your persona! One finalist per tour date will be selected to open her show! The winners will also have the opportunity to star in a national print ad for the CoverGirl Queen Collection, a line created by Queen herself. Do you have what it takes to be her opening act?
Log on to www.covergirl.com/persona for more details!
UPDATE (11/13/09) — I just received this official statement from CoverGirl:
“The Ignite Your Persona contest on COVERGIRL.com is now closed and winners will be announced soon. While Queen Latifah’s concert tour has been postponed due to a work conflict, stay tuned for more information on performances and prizing.”
Incredible! For the third straight year, Relastin Eye Silk has won the Allure Editors’ Choice Award for the best anti-wrinkle eye cream. That’s pretty amazing considering just how picky us beauty product connoisseurs can be, dontcha think? We have a new favorite something-or-another every time the wind changes direction! I reviewed Eye Silk a few months ago, and I found that it helped visibly reduce some of the crepey appearance that’s creeping up around my eye area– sounds like that’s one of the reasons the gals at Allure love it so much too. Out of thousands of products tested by the editors, only 189 made the cut! Check out the rest of this year’s winners over at Allure.
An editorial sample was provided to me by the company and was used to determine my opinion of the product in this post. Please see my Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using press samples.
Wow, this day just keeps getting better and better! I’ve been waiting for this to happen for ages, and I know that Bare Escentuals/bareMinerals fans will likely be rejoicing and even hugging their annoying neighbors “just because” (okay, maybe not) now that Leslie Blodgett is releasing the first of several limited edition fragrances in her Perfume Diaries series! Bare Skin will be available exclusively at Sephora on 10/15, but… I was just poking around on the Sephora website out of curiosity and found it’s already up and currently available exclusively to Beauty Insiders (it only takes a few seconds and it’s free to sign up), if you’d like to snag it– now’s your chance! In all of my excitement, I almost forgot the most important part, the notes– top notes of black pepper, freesia, and anise with a vanilla orchid, iris, and plumeria middle sounds delish! The description I have describes a soft musk at the bottom– you know I don’t do too well with those typically, even I surprise myself every now and then! For some reason I have no doubt in my mind that Leslie selected this very carefully along with the perfumer, she’s highly involved in the research and development of all of the Bare Escentuals products and she knows what she’s doing, I would almost be surprised if I didn’t enjoy this when I try it. Bare Skin was inspired by Leslie’s experiences during a trip to Mexico, where she explained she “cart-wheeled fancy-free down a sunny beach while emanating true, unbridled joy.” Who wouldn’t love that feeling? Honestly!
“When I have an experience, I like to have a scent behind it. Bare Skin, which is what Mexico reminds me of, is the way you feel when the sun is beating down on you during the day, but then you go out at night and you’re still sizzling from the warmth of the day which mingles with the night air and the music.”
I can’t wait to see the next release in the series, bring it on Leslie! As soon as I have a chance to review this, I’ll be as quick as possible to post it!