Sunday, October 4, 2015

FreeBeautyEvents: October Giveaway

Is it just me or are these FreeBeautyEvents giveaways getting better and better? FBE is one of my favorite beauty websites because it's an awesome resource and a great way to snag some killer free samples. Each month the site gives away a bundle chalk full of the industry's latest must haves, and you definitely don't want to miss out on your chance to win!

The October Beauty Basket Giveaway includes products from Simple Skincare, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Revlon, ELF Cosmetics, KISS, SheaMoisture and more! The Contest runs from now through 10/31/15, winners will be chosen on 11/5/2015 and notified by 11/15/2015.  Entering is simple!  Visit FreeBeautyEvents on Facebook (don't forget to like them!) or enter directly on their website.

Besides the monthly giveaways, the site also offers great beauty advice and product reviews on their blog.  Like any of the products you read about?  Keep your eyes open for your chance to stock up!  Easy as 1-2-3, just enter your zip code into the site's search bar to find out which locations in your area might be handing out samples.  It's a helpful way to keep up to date with the beauty events happening in your town.    
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Glossybox: October Reveal

 Every month Glossybox wows us with their glamorous, luxury beauty picks.  But one of the elements I love most is the box itself.  Each design is carefully thought out and crafted to celebrate a special theme that takes your overall experience to the next level.   

"This magnificent October Box, created by the world famous illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin is a masterpiece, bringing you playful French Illustrations surrounding five sensational beauty products"- Glossybox

(L-R) Lesley of CityChickStyle, Jamie Lee Reardin, myself
I was so excited to meet the lovely Jamie Lee in person and get an up close look at her gorgeous designs!

Jamie Lee's personal fave!

 Now for this month's goodies!  Let's check them out.......

 Retail: $59.00 .51 oz. (full size)
 Vorte Vu Oh Lighten Up! Intensif Treatment Spot Creme
Licorice, bearberry and daisy flowers are just a few of the natural ingredients found in this delightful Votre Vu cream.  Designed to brighten, diminishes the appearance of age spots and fights everyday environmental aggressors. 

Lollipops Make Up Paris Nail Lacquer in "Voyage à Paris"
Retail: $10.00 .4 fl oz. (full size)
Statement nails are all the rage this season and Lollipops Make Up Paris has created just the right shade to keep you trending from workout to night out with this quintessential red hue!

 De Bruyere Paris red Lip gloss
Retail: $17.50 .17 oz. (full size)
Reminiscent of the famed Moulin Rouge, stand out this season with this bright, Parisian- inspired, highly pigmented red lip gloss. 

 Sabe Masson Le Soft Perfume 
Retail: $25.00 (full size)
Designed for the "on the go" girl, this fragrance was developed in Paris with natural ingredients- free of alcohol and parabans.

Overall I thought this month's box was amazing.  So many full sized products and I loved the statement red hues!  It's definitely one of the most glamorous subscriptions on the market and I recommend all beauty addicts check them out!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Fall Frargances by Narciso Rodriguez & Alaïa

Retail: $150.00
3.3 fl oz. 

 "But this is an Alaïa!" I kept thinking as I oogled the much anticipated debut fragrance from fashion designer, Azzedine Alaïa: Alaïa Paris Eau de parfum.  Inspired by childhood memories in Tunisia and described as "the smell of cold water falling on hot chalk".  Sound alluring?  It is.  

Created under license with Beauté Prestige International, the truly unique blend of warm v. cool notes is unlike any other.  The scent is floral, spicy, and feminine and mysterious all rolled into one.  It starts out bold with crisp, airy notes and pink pepper.  Then softens into the sweetness of freesia and peony at the middle.  The base becomes more raw with musk and "animalistic" type notes.  It's addictive and keeps you craving more.  The scent is so perfect that I would never have known this was designer's very first fragrance.  Alaïa managed to develop a scent that embodies the traits of a strong but sensual and sophisticated woman without even breaking a sweat.  

"I dreamed of it like an archeologist dreams of sculptures from antiquity lying at the bottom of the sea for millennia, sculptures of perfect bodies, matched only by the women of today  an ideal and timeless beauty"- Azzedine Alaïa
Its luxurious bottle is just as stunning.  Designed by renowned furniture designer Martin Szekely, the heavy black glass bottle portrays a leather like appearance, with its name in gold lettering across the front.  The eye catching gold metal topper mimics that of a delicately spun spool of thread.  Absolute perfection and I know I'll wear this one for years to come.   

Retail: $98.00
3.0 oz 

Also newly released is NARCISO eau de toilette.  Described as a new chapter in the story of alchemy of attractive and the art of seduction begun with NARCISO Eau De Parfum.  

The eau de toilette interprets a new facet of femininity with a vivid magnetism; capturing the ineffable nature of attraction precisely embodied by the new close-up portrait of Raquel Zimmerman. In this new image, the top model is mesmerizing as her unwavering gaze sends a powerful invitation that reflects the addictive, seductive nature of NARCISO eau de toilette.  

Bright top notes of white peony meld with Bulgarian rose to compose a heady white floral bouquet that transforms the signature musc into a crystalline yet sensual heart. Enhanced by voluptuous woody accords - black and white cedars and a most elegant vetiver - the eau de toilette is hypnotizing.  

 While NARCISO eau de parfum and eau de toilette naturally share the same graphic codes, a palette reversal highlights their differences. Also a transparent glass cube, the sculptural bottle now reveals a soft sculpted half-oval suspended within, a rich black almost heart-like shape that echoes the purely provocative image of Raquel Zimmerman. The name of the fragrance remains a simple logo now in pure white. Adding yet another element of mystique, the signature rectangular top is transparent, as a tribute to the crystalline signature musc.   Today, NARCISO eau de toilette celebrates a new facet of seductive femininity with an irresistible olfactory composition beautifully embodied by the hypnotizing new portrait of Raquel Zimmerman.

Have you tried either of these fragrances?  Do you have a fall favorite?


Saturday, September 26, 2015

MyCarmex Launches “Straight From Your Lips” Campaign

I've always said I never go anywhere without my lip balm.  And last year I discovered the be all end to the ultimate lip balm: Carmex .  If you haven't tried it yet, you should- and now is the perfect time!

Carma Laboratories, Inc., the manufacturer of Carmex® lip balms and Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment  products, is pleased to announce the launch of the “Straight From Your Lips” campaign. The campaign’s objective is to introduce the new “Reviews” feature which gives consumers the ability to leave product reviews in exchange for a chance to win Carmex® products, cash prizes, and branded merchandise.

The Carmex “Straight From Your Lips” campaign launched on September 1 to promote the importance of consumer reviews. From September 1 - October 13, 2015, each time a consumer writes a product review they will be entered for a chance to win weekly prizes of either a $100 gift card to a popular retailer, or cool Carmex® gear. Six winners will be randomly selected each week.2 This exciting promotion is available by visiting here.

While the current campaign will end after six weeks, the reviews feature will remain permanently on the product pages so that loyal Carmex users and new visitors to the site will always have an opportunity to leave product reviews. 

Additionally, the site will offer a variety of coupons and offers throughout the year. Current offers of $.25 - $3.00 off a range of Carmex® products are available, and users can access printable coupons by visiting here.  You can also sign up for the Carmex® Newsletter to receive email updates on these special offers.

“Our goal for the ‘Straight From Your Lips’ campaign and 'Reviews’ feature is to convey to our consumers that their opinions are extremely valuable to us,” stated Jona Mancuso, Marketing Director for the Carmex® brand. “We want to make it easy for them to share their thoughts and product experiences with us, and we hope that the newly redesigned website will serve as a useful tool for consumers looking to learn more about the products.”  With this new campaign, Carmex® consumers have the power to have their opinions heard.

Have you tried Carmex?  What did you think?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Favorite: Jane Iredale Ready to Wear Fall 2015 Collection

 The new Jane Iredale Ready to Wear Fall 2015 collection is a total must have for this season.  Aside from the sleek gold packaging, the colors are totally gorgeous.

The collection comes complete with everything you need to let you transition into fall without batting an eye.  There are seven new shades of PlayOn Lip Crayons, four new shades of PurePressed Eye Shadow Singles, a Facial Primer & Brightener and the PureLash Lengthening Mascara.  

Let's take a look!

Forest: matte deep green
Mermaid: shimmery sea foam 
Retail: $ 19.00
Iris: matte cool violet 
Steamy: shimmery pink copper

The beauty of these is their versatility.  They're mineral based pressed powder that can be worn wet or dry, and on lips or cheeks as a stain.  The colors are bold and fierce and nicely pigmented for long wearability. Steamy is my favorite because the copper tones look great against blue eyes.  

Retail: $24.00

You can't achieve a truly fierce look without a killer mascara and PureLash Lengthening Mascara comes with a unique double sided brush designed to create fuller looking lashes.  For me, mascara is the one beauty item I can't live without and I can't resist applying coat after coat.  Sometimes I feel a little guilty and say a prayer my poor lashes can handle it.  What I like about this mascara is the formula is free of lacquers, shellac and petroleum- based ingredients.   Instead, it contains elements like Panthenol to condition lashes and is made with a propriety blend of Seaweed lipids and Wheat Protein that are supposed to help thicken, curl and strengthen.      

 Retail: $48.00 
The new Smooth Affair for Oil Skin Facial Primer & Brightener has all the makings of a super star.  It has all the same benefits of its predecessor, but now in a version for oily skin.  Its advertised as one that fights blemishes and clogged pores, reduces shine and appearance of pores, and most importantly, adjusts to your skin to create a smooth, matte finish for make up application.  

Retail: $18.00
Charming- a creamy bubblegum pink
Naughty- creamy brick red
Luscious- creamy rose brown
Blissful- shimmering sheer nude
Yummy- creamy sheer peach
Hot- creamy pink red
Saucy- creamy hot coral   

All of the colors are gorgeous and I've already received compliments while wearing Blissful and Charming.  I'm psyched to start wearing Luscious and Naughty- two of my favorites!  They glide on pretty smooth without dragging- which is usually my biggest beef with lip crayons- but these are easy to control and have great pigmentation.   Overall, I'm in love with this collection and it's functionality. It's a definite win for transitioning your look into fall!

Have you updated you makeup bag for the new season?  Are you interested in the Jane Iredale collection?
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