Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jay Manuel Cyber Monday

Jay Manuel has quickly become one of my favorite makeup lines. It's incredibly good , a premium luxe line.  For Cyber Monday they have four sets at a special discount. It's a great time to try  or stock up.

Three sets feature an Intense Color eyeshadow quad, an Ultimate Lipstick and an Ultimate Pencil for $ 34.

There is also a brush set at $48.

Color schemes are nudes and golds in the Goddess collection , Smoky eyes and a deep lie in  the Red Carpet collection and jewel tones with a sheer pink lip in the Decadent collection.

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IT Cosmetics Cyber Monday- Your Wish List Tote

Calling all IT Girls , It Cosmetics Cyber Monday deal is a luxe carryall packed with four full size customer favorites for $49.

You get :

·         Tightline™ Full Lash Length Black Mascara Primer: The award-winning game-changer that is your lash primer, mascara and Tightline™ liner in one.
·         CC+™ Radiance Ombre` Blush Color Correcting + Anti-Aging Blushing Veil in Je Ne Sais Quoi: Your gorgeous flush of vitality-filled pink, radiance and color correction sweeps on your face beautifully.
·         Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Trio Luxe High-Performance Eyeshadow with Age Reverse and Prevent in Pretty in Smoke: An ultra-luxe shadow combo is packed with skin- and lid-loving ingredients that are high-performance and last all day.
·         Vitality Lip Flush Butter Gloss with Anti-Aging Collagen, Peptides and Antioxidants in Joyful: This super-hydrating, lip gloss and serum combination is your lips’ sheer, naturally pretty flush of rich pink.

Shop this link only on Nov. 30 :

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Revlon Brush and Hair Accessories

 While you're put shopping  tomorrow, the weekend, whenever. chances are you'll be looking for a  few quick stocking stuffer type picks . How about some new hair accessories ?

Revlon makes brushes, hair elastics and more at great prices .  And when can't most of us use a new hairbrush ? These new Soothing Sensations have thicker bristles with easy on the hair extra large ball tips. They glide through hair without snagging.

XL Elastics can be used as a headband to hold hair back or triple wind them around a pony or a bun. The smooth fabric/elastic doesn't pull on hair.  I've already given a set of these to a medical assistant friend.

Velvet Headbands  have velvet inside for a soft touch on hair and designs on the other side .They have stay in place no slip material as well.

Retails range from 6.99 for a brush to 3.99 for the elastics. Available at Target and other mass market stores.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dove Gift Sets 2015

It's time once again for Dove holiday gift sets to hit the stores. I love these for the bargain along with how well Dove keeps winter skin hydrated.  A Nutrium body wash is one of my staples all season long. I even end up using use lotion less with these, they work that well.

You can give the gift of good skin with three sets all including a body bar, body wash, Nutritive Solutions shampoo /conditioner and a pouf.

Cool Moisture has Go Fresh scented body products and Cool Moisture haircare.

Deep Moisture has Deep Moisture wash, White body bar and Daily Moisture haircare

Shea Butter has Purely Pampering Shea Butter wash and beauty bar and Nourishing Oil Care haircare.

Each set is $ 15 at Wal Mart

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

mark Clutch Situation 5 Piece Makeup Brush Set

A glittery clutch filled with makeup brushes , what's not to love ? This cute clutch from mark. is a fancy holding spot for the brushes , guaranteeing them a place on the vanity.

There are five brushes inside and they are very soft with full brush heads and festive deco'd handles .  This was my first look at mark brushes and I have to say I was impressed with the feel of these. They're very good .  You get two larger ones for face  and three smaller eye brushes. All the basics .

The clutch has elastic openings for each brush so really can't be used without them in it, but for storing them or keeping them handy in your bag, it makes a stylish look the beauty lover on your gift list should love.

mark. Clutch Situation 5 Piece Makeup Brush Set is  $34 at

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bliss Holiday Sets 2015

Looking for a great gift for under $15 ? How about in the $10 range ? For those coworker, hairdresser, little something extra,  stocking stuffer gifts , Bliss has got a set for that.  Their super moisturizing hand creams and body butters are so very good and would be a welcome treat for the winter .

With Citrus Stars and Glow of Hands you get a duo of Bliss' top products priced at $10 with either two rich shea butter hand creams in festive peppermint and snow berry or lemon + sage body butter and soapy suds, all in 1 oz sizes.

Berry Bright is a snow berry scented threesome of hand cream, soapy suds and body butter that sells for $ 14.

Available at Ulta, Kohls and wherever Bliss is sold.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Maybelline Gilded In Gold Makeup Palette

Holiday brings palettes  galore and if you're looking for one to give or get that won't cost a lot the new Gilded In Gold kit from Maybelline is worth a look.

The palette includes 4 shimmer and matte shadows in nude shades along with blush , eyeliner, highlighter and a red lip gloss.  All colors that are easy to wear day and night  and it could also be a perfect starter set for someone.

Retail is $ 14.99 and it's available at Ulta , Amazon and select retailers.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Exquisite Smoothing Gift Set

I am a fan of giving hair gifts at the holidays. They mix the line between useful and more luxe . It's something all of use yet I know many who will splurge on many  things but not haircare. So they love a salon brand set.   College kids too , should appreciate some new goodies to haul back to the dorm.

So if you want to up someone's hair game this year how about the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Exquisite Smoothing Gift Set ? Packaged beautifully, far nicer than you'd expect a hair set to look like, it contains a trio that not only smoothes and de-frizzes hair but gets it really clean while leaving it soft and  well conditioned with Abyssinian oil and Awapuhi. You won't sacrifice volume or hair health for smooth with this line.  In general the Wild Ginger line is tops.

The set contains Mirror Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner along with Mirror Smooth High Gloss Primer.  $ 50 at Paul Mitchell salons and wherever Paul Mitchell is sold.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny Pencil

Super skinny is a good thing when it comes to brow pencils. That little point means you can get a precise, fine line and blend. It can trace hairs without looking harsh.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny Brow Pencil is soft but not smushy , and goes on easily.

Light strokes give the lightest color , while pressing harder  gives a bolder look. I found this really easy to use and my brows looked natural but done. Filled in and more "there" but nothing over the top.  Once on it lasts  well ( it's waterproof) . I have makeup melt issues including on my brows so I can't say this went all day but that's me. Others will most likely have better wear time.

According to IT  the "automatic ultra-fine waterproof pencil is the first-ever super skinny micro-tip actually designed and measured to perfectly mimic the exact width of real brow hair with each stroke giving you truly natural-looking brows. The custom 1.4mm tip, combined with the built-in brow grooming spoolie delivers the look of real hair to your brows with precise hair-by-hair like application "

Ingredients include biotin, collagen and antioxidants for hair health.

There are seven shades in all including two good blonde versions, one of the hardest colors to get right.

Shown are Universal Taupe and  Universal Medium Brown.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny Pencil is $ 24

Monday, November 16, 2015

Lancome Drama Liqui -Pencil

A pencil with the soft smoothness of a liquid ?  I'll take it. I'll admit me and liquid pencils are iffy .

Lancome's fabulous new  Drama Liqui Pencil helps solve that.  It's a super soft pencil that glides right over eyes . It's easy to use as well as being long wear.  And for early morning? We need that.  Or at least I do.

 Despite the softness of the pencil once it's on it stays really well and  on me that's the most important part of an eye pencil. With my eye makeup melt I need something that doesn't smudge down my eyes and there are few that make that grade.  Drama Liqui does .

The one downside to all that softness is the tip wears down with a few strokes. It smushes easily .  I'm willing to deal for all the other benefits here.

Lancome  Drama Liqui Eye Pencil comes in 16 shades and is $ 23 exclusively at Sephora .

( Shades shown are Pluie and Embrase )

MAC Berry Friday Patent Polish Lip Pencil

MAC is doing another Black Friday exclusive this year . Online only ( unfortunately)  Berry Friday is a new Patent Polish Lip Pencil shade.

I love these types of colors, deep plummy berrys  and they are super on trend this year.  Berry Friday is a purple berry  and runs semi sheer. My swatch is 2 layers. I generally like the Patent Polish pencils as they have a bit of moisture along with good color . This shade however does have some drag on lips. That's remedied with a little smushing around or a lip brush but just so you know.

Online only on Nov.27 at for $ 20.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Mini Collection

All you might want to give or get for Christmas is this set of lipsticks from YSL.

The Rouge Pur Couture Mini Collection has four mini lipsticks in  Le Rouge #1, Le Orange #13, Le Fuchsia #19, Le Nu #70  set in a red gift box. 

If your giftees love color and variety it would be hard to go wrong with this. YSL Rouge Coutures are full coverage  , satin finish, hydrating lipsticks. 

Just remember these are minis at .03 oz each. 

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Mini Collection is $ 60 at Sephora

Thursday, November 12, 2015

No Nonsense Fall/Winter 2015 - Seamless and Leggings

I've been exploring the tights/leggings options for winter and am happy to see more than a few good choices available right at the drugstore level .

No Nonsense isn't a hard brand to find, you can grab them right at the drug or grocery store  which is nice considering  their new offerings for colder weather are  good quality at a decent price. It makes for easy ,one stop shopping.

The seamless NO shapewear reminds me of far more pricey brands. The legs have a smooth, flat line and the shaping top is wide and comfortable. Not too tight, you can breathe but it smoothes and pulls in a little. These would add some extra warmth under your clothes as well without a heavy layer as they are lightweight. Shown is the Slip Short which sells for $ 10.

No Nonsense has a wide variety of leggings too, which I didn't realize,  including a ponte  ( $ 16.99) with a front seam and a heavy knit as well as soft cotton rich pair ( $ 13.99) that are soft and opaque .  Sizes here run from S to  XXL, which fits up to a 22 in some styles.