Thursday, November 28, 2013

Elizabeth Arden Holiday Lip Gloss Set- Macy's Exclusive

This Elizabeth Arden set is a great holiday deal. Not only the special Black Friday pricing but even the regular pricing. 

Exclusive to Macy's  you get 4 Beautiful Color Luminous Glosses in a  saucy leopard print case.  Gloss shades are : Coral Kiss, Precious Petal, Passion Fruit and Royal Plum.

The price through Saturday 11/30 is $ 15. After that it's $ 21.50.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Redken Color Extend Magnetics

I've always felt Redken's Color Extend line was a good one. I've used it and I don't even have colored hair. It just works really well as I've found so many Redken products do.

New and even better for your color treated hair is Color Extend Magnetics. This time they've eliminated any sulfates .

In the shampoo/conditioner/mask are amino acids  and glutamic acid that help hair retain it's vibrant color and shine.

If you spend time and money on coloring your hair, it's worth it to make sure your shampoo isn't stripping it.

Color Magnetic Shampoo is 18
Color Magnetic Condtioner is $ 19
Color Magnetic Deep Attraction Mask is $ 20

Monday, November 25, 2013

Rihanna/MAC Holiday- Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow & Love, Rihanna Bronzer

The holiday collection is the final installment in the MAC x Rihanna collab ( but look for her as the next Viva Glam gal).

Two standouts  are the new Veluxe Pearlfusion shadow palette in Phresh Out  and the Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder. Both come in the new , fresh looking white and rose gold packaging .

Phresh Out has five pretty , shimmery shadows. Great for holiday looks as well as all winter. Metallics are in  for now as well as Spring. Of course for me they're always in.

Love , Rihanna is a deep bronzer. The large R is not an overspray but a vivid , deep copper  bronze. The outer shade is more muted but not light.  MAC calls is a soft golden brown . It does have light  pearl in it but nothing super shiny.

The full Riri MAC Holiday line will be available in December ( no exact date yet).

Phresh Out Veluxe Pearlfusion is $ 44
Love, Rihanna Bronzing Powder is $ 30

Bath & Body Works Black Friday Tote Bag 2013

If Bath and Body Works is on your Black Friday shopping list,  here's a  look at  the annual VIP Tote. 

The Bath & Body Works VIP Black Friday Tote Bag ($20 with $40 Purchase) will be available Black Friday, 11/29/2013, in stores and online and includes 7 Bath & Body Work products as well as the tote.

  • Forever Midnight Body Cream (8 oz)
  • Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion (8 oz)
  • Eucalyptus Spearmint Gold Body Wash (10 oz)
  • Fresh Sparkling Snow Foaming Hand Soap (8.75 oz)
  • Mini Champagne Toast Mini Candle
  • Forever Red Mini EDP (0.25 oz)
  • Crinkle Mess Ivory Sponge
  • Black Sparkle Tote Bag

mark Deco Appeal Ring

Coming soon from mark is this big bit of bling, the Deco Appeal Ring. It should be available in the December campaign and with December right around the corner, that should be soon.

The ring measures just under 2 inches long with three emerald cut tones, and filigreed sides. It's sized, not adjustable and would look better on the index or middle finger but mine was too small for that.

I love large jewelry and if you or a giftee does, this is a fun look. It's heavy but not overly so and will look really nice against holiday dressing.

The Deco Appeal Ring is $ 18 , available soon at

PS- Pls ignore the sloppy manicure. It was quick but messy polish test. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

ShutterBall by AudioVox

Ok we're veering slight into tech talk here but it can easily relate to beauty/fashion. Super neat  is the Shutter Ball, a wonderful little gadget that helps you to take  easy selfies and group shots.

Shutter Ball works like a remote shutter on old fashioned cameras,  it's handheld and triggers the shutter on your smart phone.  No more stretching your arms as far as they'll go to get the OOTD or FOTD image.

It works up to 60' away and does video and still as well as being Bluetooth Smart.

Shutter Ball makes a  great gift for almost anyone and you can have fun testing it all Christmas day.  It comes in 4 colors and is $ 24.99

Read more at :

Friday, November 22, 2013

Steam Cream Holly

When it comes to Christmas stuff I love it all, well there are a few exceptions but this Holly theme tin from Steam Cream isn't one . It's festive and pretty . Nice enough to leave sitting around and nice enough to gift to someone .

Steam Cream is a heavy duty cream for all skin, it's been great for my hands , and comes in many super cute tins You can read my first look and check out their Union Jack tin   here .

Steam Cream Holly and more  are at .  $ 20 each with free worldwide shipping.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pureology Colour Fanatic 21 Benefits Hair Beautifier


This new leave in conditioner from Pureology is practically a miracle worker for hair. It does it all, 21 benefits to be exact. It  conditions, tames frizz, eases breakage , protects against color fade and heat damage, strengthens , adds shine and more. Ingredients include olive and coconut oils and hydrolyzed vegetable protein.

Basically with this one product you can do it everything with the exception of a styler like mousse if you use it. This will add light body as well but not major styling help.

With my hair getting drier I've been looking more to heavy duty leave- ins than ever. This has done a fantastic job. I wasn't sure how much to use at first so I sprayed it on heavily . I worried I might have overdone it, but no, my hair was perfect. Full of body, super soft but not weighed down , conditioned  .

If you have parched hair , frizzy hair, over heat styled  and /or color treated , give it a look. Your hair will thank you.

Pureology Colour Fanatic is $ 24 at salons .

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It Cosmetics Holiday Brush Sets / Friends & Family

It Cosmetics brushes have quickly become a favorite of mine. I've only tried  a couple but was very impressed . Their Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball  is one that I use all the time now. 

If you want to stock up on brushes, or grab some gifts now is a great time as It is having their Friends and Family sale.  Through Monday Nov. 25th at midnight use code Friends2013 to get 25 % of purchases of $ 30 or more  at

Two hot brush sets available are :

Limited Edition Luxe Blurring Micro-Airbrush™ Brush Collection with Stand:

7 innovative full-size, ultra-plush, ultra-soft brushes are made of 100% cruelty-free, animal-free hair . Packed  in a silver box, with a bow and gift tag, this set includes the following :
  • Airbrush Powder Brush
  • Angled Complexion Brush
  • Flawless Foundation Brush
  • Blurring Concealer Brush
  • Eyeshadow Crease Brush
  • All-Over Eyeshadow Brush
  • Eyeliner & Eyebrow Brush


Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe™ Vanity Brush Set 
 6-pc Limited Edition Heavenly Luxe Vanity Brush Set  includes the following:
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Multi-Powder Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Foundation Brush
  • Heavenly Luxe Travel Flat Concealer Brus
  • No-Tug Travel Crease Brush
  • No-Tug Travel Allover Eye Shadow Brush
  • No-Tug Eyeliner and Brow Brush with Spooly
  • Sleek Snap Shut Case

 $39 at

Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV -Back For Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday ( 12/2) sports some hot deals and for Urban Decay fans here's one to mark down.  The brand is  heading back to 2011 with a revival of the Book of Shadows Vol. IV,  which now will also come with a deluxe Revolution Lipstick sample.

On that day only it's $25 (a $64 value) at

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lancome Rouge Etincelle L'Absolu Rouge -Holiday Editiom

In the luxe stocking stuffer category we have new  Rouge Etincelle from Lancome. A  reissue of a 1955 heritage lipstick, the rich red shade is encased 
Swarovski Crystals .  

 It's $ 75, so not inexpensive, but if you want something for the beauty lover who has it all , it's awfully nice.

Available exclusively at and LE. 

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle - Holiday 2013

Ginger Sparkle a zippy holiday scent returns this season from The Body Shop.

It's more ginger zest than foodie and really smells great . The full line is available now including  body butter, the lip balm ( see last year's look at this here ) , hand lotion and soap and a cute Gingerbread Man scrubbie  as well as gift sets.

Ginger Sparkle Body Butter is $ 20
Ginger Sparkle Body Polish $ 20
Gingerman Sponge $ 5

Monday, November 18, 2013

Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair

It's no secret here that I love a good eye cream .  I can be fussy with them too. This is one area I get more exacting.

The newest eye treatment from one of my favorite skincare brands, Erno Laszlo, is Phormula 3-9  and is doing a great job.

Phormula 3-9  is a light gel/cream that packs plenty of moisture but isn't heavy on the eye area, making it good for both day and night use.  It has a soothing and cooling feel upon application  and sinks in fast.  My eyes feel hydrated and refreshed .

Marula, Tamanu, Kukui Nut and Sweet Almond Oils are all in there along with Raspberry Culture Cells for antioxidant and anti inflammatory benefits.

Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Eye Treatment is $ 175 for . 5 oz jar at

Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Collection

Good makeup brushes make a huge difference.  A lot of people who love makeup don't spring for good brushes.  Yes they don't usually come inexpensively but they are so worth it and will last long. Whenever I've given friends brushes , when all they used were the ones that came in the packaging, they had a wow moment.

New to the scene is a full, large line of 76 brushes from Make Up For Ever called the Artisan Collection.  Each brush is handcrafted by  a total of 30 people  and the line went through 5 years of testing before being ready.

They are synthetic fibers (  I thought they were real at first that's how nice the hair was) and have textures of wavy and straight . Straight gives more precise generous application while wavy give lighter and freer.

I've tried 3  so far and found them to be quite nice. They are a heavy tool, perhaps more than I am used too, but it isn't really an issue . I get a light application meaning I can build as opposed to getting too much at once  and they glide on skin .

My favorite is #112 , a very large brush that MUFE recs for cream and liquid foundation . The stiffer bristle set and pointed tip make it good for that, but I like using it for powder and highlighter placement.

#158 is a dual sided sculpting brush that is great for blush and powders and #242 is a large blender brush which is great for placement of highlighter, shadow and more.

Since we talk holiday gifting so much this time of year, while these may not leap to mind, a group of new  pro brushes makes a  great idea for the makeup fan in your life. These are the kind of thing they may not buy for themselves and if they are a beauty fan that seems to have everything, they always need brushes.

Make Up For Ever Artisan brushes are available now at   
, select styles in Sephora stores and MUFE boutiques.

#112 $ 46.00
#158 $ 53.00
$242 $ 30.00

Sunday, November 17, 2013

MAC & Disney Maleficent Collection- Spring 2014

The news broke Friday that MAC's next big collab will be with Disney on a Maleficent collection tied into the new movie of the same name starring Angelina Jolie. 

You'll recall I'm sure that Maleficent was one of the Venomous Villains  as well. That was  my favorite of all the MAC special collections so far. I love Archie's Girls but Villains even more. Several of the Maleficent items were among my favs as well . 

I wonder if they will use the original cartoon logo ? I imagine since it's movie based , we may see a different version. We have to wait until Spring to find out. MAC does say that it will be 11 products   and of course LE.  

I'm into it. How about you ? 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Chanel No 5 Intense Bath Oil

It's time for my second look at Chanel bath and body for holiday. Earlier I showed you  Coco Noir Body Lotion .

Now it's time for Chanel No 5 Intense Bath Oil. It's a bit of total indulgence don't you think ? A huge 8.4 oz bottle of the iconic scent just to soak in. For the No 5 devotee you won't go wrong.

This bath oil doesn't stint on scent and is highly fragranced. It's also of course very moisturizing . Just the thing to take the chill off.

Chanel No 5 Intense Bath Oil is $ 100 and available now.

Kohl's Beauty Trade In Event - November 16th

Have you checked out Kohl's Beauty Department lately? They've stepped up their game and offer LORAC, Oscar Blandi, Cargo  and more. Plus as far as I know, you can use your Kohl's coupons for deeper discounts ( but ask at the store first ). 

To introduce the newer section and lines , this Saturday the 16th , at the 49 participating stores listed below you can trade in 2 of your used beauty products and receive a $ 10 Kohl's gift card.

Offer is open to the first 100 customers at each store and the promo runs from 9AM-1PM .

If you happen to be headed to the Nashville store you will run into the lovely blogger Dina of Eye4Style  who is co-hosting that store's event.

Store Name Store Phone # Store Address Store City Store State Store Zip
Wausau (715) 241-0993 3600 Rib Mountain Drive Wausau WI 54401
Stevens Point (715) 344-0480 150 Crossroads Drive Plover WI 54467
Rhinelander (715) 362-8525 1035 Lincoln St. Rhinelander WI 54501
Winston-Salem (336) 659-6562 1010 Hanes Mall Boulevard Winston Salem NC 27103
Battleground (336) 286-0991 3315 Battleground Avenue Greensboro NC 27410
Wendover (336) 856-2000 1210A Bridford Parkway Greensboro NC 27407
Kernersville (336) 993-2400 224 Harmon Mill Creek Road Kernersville NC 27284
Wilkesboro (336) 838-4241 1510 Winkler Mill Ext. Wilkesboro NC 28697
Franklin (615) 771-3772 300 Spring Creek Drive Franklin TN 37067
Hermitage (615) 885-1378 2330 Jackson Downs Blvd. Nashville TN 37214
Hendersonville (615) 826-2048 1030 Glenbrook Way Hendersonville TN 37075
Murfreesboro (615) 494-5109 2535 Old Forte Parkway Murfreesboro TN 37128
Spring Hill (931) 489-9101 1020 Crossings Blvd. Spring Hill TN 37174
Cookeville (931) 528-9796 700 W Jackson Street Cookeville TN 38501
Smyrna (615) 220-6901 819 Industrial Blvd. Smyrna TN 37167
Burlington (336) 584-3313 1361 Boone Station Drive  Burlington NC 27215
Clifton Park (518) 371-8355 54 Crossing Blvd. Clifton Park NY 12065
Colonie (518) 456-4556 1814 Central Plaza Albany NY 12205
Saratoga Springs (518) 583-0406 79 Weibel Ave. Saratoga Springs NY 12866
Ithaca (607) 273-3573 414 Elmira Road Ithaca NY 14850
Hudson (518) 828-2593 488 Fairview Ave. Hudson NY 12534
Amsterdam (518) 842-2150 120 Amsterdam Commons Amsterdam NY 12010
Clarksville (931) 551-8343 2840 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. Clarksville TN 37040
Watertown (315) 788-8369 21850 Towne Cntr Dr Watertown NY 13601
Clay (315) 622-2048 3827 State Rte. 31 Liverpool NY 13090
Fayetteville (315) 637-5880 100 Towne Drive Fayetteville NY 13066
Greece (585) 720-0120 4100 W. Ridge Road Greece NY 14626
Henrietta (585) 292-1490 3150 W. Henrietta Road Rochester NY 14623
Webster (585) 872-2810 925 Holt Road Webster NY 14580
Auburn (315) 252-1264 1628 Clark Street Rd. Auburn NY 13021
Victor (585) 924-2500 439 Commerce Drive Victor NY 14564
Lakeland (863) 682-8989 1401 Town Center Drive Lakeland FL 33803
Clearwater (727) 725-9100 2514 SR 580 Clearwater FL 33761
Tampa North (813) 269-9400 3979 Van Dyke Rd. Lutz FL 33558
Brandon (813) 684-9200 11151 Lake Brandon Drive Brandon FL 33511
New Port Richey (727) 845-8789 8333 Little Rd. New Port Richey FL 34654
St. Petersburg (727) 545-1531 4820 Park St N St. Petersburg FL 33709
Lake Wales (863) 679-1479 2803 Ridgeway Lake Wales FL 33859
Spring Hill (352) 796-3513 3201 Aerial Way Brooksville FL 34604
Green Valley (702) 434-0492 30 N. Valle Verde Dr. Henderson NV 89074
North Summerlin (702) 387-3191 8671 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas NV 89117
Northwest Las Vegas (702) 655-2175 6700 N. Durango Drive Las Vegas NV 89149
Las Vegas South (702) 361-5399 4250 Blue Diamond Las Vegas NV 89139
North Las Vegas (702) 399-7400 6650 N 5th St. North Las Vegas NV 89086
Henderson (702) 436-0697 1316 W Sunset Rd Henderson NV 89014
Nellis Crossing (702) 437-5346 1300 S Nellis Blvd Las Vegas NV 89104
SW Las Vegas (702) 227-3797 4265 S Grand Canyon Dr Las Vegas NV 89147
Sarasota (941) 355-9074 5205 University Parkway University Park FL 34201
South Sarasota (941) 966-3231 3950 Central Sarasota Parkway Sarasota FL 34238

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chanel Coco Noir Body Lotion

 As luxe gifts go most anything by Chanel makes the grade.

The brand has released several bath and body options for glam holiday gifting or getting.  While I'll have a look at another in No 5 later this week , Chanel Coco Noir Body Lotion goes first.

In the same very chic black lacquer look bottle as the fragrance , this rich body lotion not only smells  just like the  fragrance, but will look so pretty on the vanity. The lotion has a strong scent and is more moisturizing than you might expect a fragrance one to be. Glycerin and squalene are among the ingredients.

Lotions have always been one of my favorite ways to fragrance . They do double duty adding that moisture along with scent. In the winter this is a good thing. I may love the colder temps but not the drier skin.

If you are feeling generous, pair this with a bottle of the fragrance or the also new shower gel for a fabulous gift set.

Chanel Coco Noir Moisturizing Body Lotion is $ 50 for the 6.8 oz bottle.