Sales & Spotlights: 7/19/09 REWIND!

In case you missed it I am re-posting the post in which I talked about a few sales and giveaways going on in the beauty world. Look around and shop around! Let me know if you snag anything!

Enjoy!

Kiss & Tell with Purple Lab
*click the photo to
head to the site*

Pick the shade that represents your personality — vote, review, and share!

The Grand Prize will win a trip to NYC with a friend for a tour of inspirations that inspired the glosses’ names! We have delicious prizing for the most “viral,” runner-up, and random winners throughout!

This is SUPER awesome. If you submit an entry, let me know!

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Sally Hansen-HD High Definition
Nail Color Sweepstakes

High Definition is the new standard for visual and audio entertainment. Now Sally Hansen translates this unrivaled clarity and brilliance into nail color!

Enter Sally Hansen’s High Definition Nail Color Sweepstakes!

July 8, 2009 – September 15, 2009

Sweepstakes Prizes

* One Grand Prize winner will receive a 32inch HD TV
* Three 1st Prize winners will receive an iPod Nano
(in high definition colors)
* Ten weekly winners receive a Sally Hansen gift bag

Enter HERE!!!

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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens

  • Get 2nd free on L’Oreal mascaras. So if you buy L’Oreal’s Voluminous, you can get either the Double Extend or Extra Volume Collagen for FREE! I have reviewed all 3.
  • Sally Hansen’s Lip, Just Feet, Max Growth or Diamond Strength Nail color are all 40% off!
  • Get 2nd FREE when you buy one Neutrogena lip or eye product. I highly recommend the Healthy Volume mascara.
  • Buy 1, get 1 FREE on any Wet ‘N Wild product. Check out the lippies and polishes. HOT!

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This Week’s Sales at CVS

  • (with card) All Maybelline foundation, powder, blush, concealer and mascaras are Buy 1, get 1 free. Woo hoo!! You can rack up on my favorite Maybelline mascaras.
  • (with card) Sally Hansen nail colors are Buy 1, Get 1 50% off…go and snag some of those gorgeous HD nail colors!
  • (with card) Milani Lip and nail colors are buy 1, get one 1 50% off.
  • (with card) L’Oreal’s Extra-Volume collagen mascara is $5.99.
  • (with card) Revlon’s lip products are buy 1, get 1 free.

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Clumps on Facebook

I’m finally gettin’ re-hip to Facebook. I was active on FB back when it was called TheFacebook. Back when it was simple. Now it’s just TOO MUCH. But I managed to start up a fan page. Join it!! I will be having Facebook exclusive giveaways–much like my YouTube exclusive giveaways. Want to add me as a friend? Click here.
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Tar-Jay!

Target stores have L’Oreal Voluminous for only $3.99!! This is a limited time sale in celebration of L’Oreal’s 100th birthday. What a steal! I scooped one up for a YouTube giveaway. If any of my International ladies are having a hard time finding this mascara, email me. ;)

If you know of any other sales or running sweepstakes, let me know!

Happy shoppin’ and enjoy what’s left of the weekend!



Beauty Review: Nuturing Force blotting papers

While at The Makeup Show NYC, I came across Nuturing Force! I have been using these babies now more than ever with summer in full swing.


They come in different colors. I snagged the purple one which is infused with lavender. Hmmm… The smell isn’t too over-powering so you don’t have to worry about it clashing with your perfume or lotion.

I love that you can control how much you pull out!


I can grab a tiny strip for nose or a larger strip for my…larger forehead. HA!! And you never really know how much oil your skin absorbs until you try one of these.


Seee…..

Loves it! Well….not love the oilness that is my face. I just like that it removes the oil from my skin before it seeps in my skin and causes breakouts. Dun dun duuuun! And you know we can’t have that.

You can learn more about Nuturing Force blotting papers here.

Do you carry blotting papers around with you?
Got a favorite brand?
Tell me!

Keeping It Caliente with Courtney: 2nd Tip


Hi guys! It’s B’s sister Courtney and I am continuing on with my summer series. Missed my first tip? You can find it here.

As most people know the economy is not doing so well. Saving money is a must for everyone. As a college student saving on the smallest things can make a HUGE difference.

Take your regular face cleanser for example…

I like to exfoliate my face at least 2-3 times a week to keep my skin nice and soft. Instead of spending money to buy a whole scrub, I just add a spoonful of sugar (Mary Poppins anyone, lol)

No…. really! Add a spoonful of sugar to your regular face wash…it will leave your skin feeling better than before.

If you want your face wash to be hard add more sugar, but if you want a nice scrub add just a little. Either way, it’s a nice cheap way to keep you saving money and looking great. And with those two things you can never lose~

Keep Your Summer Hot!

But Cool at the same time cause I know it’s burning up here in Tallahassee, Florida.

Until next time!
Courtney

Healthy Beauty: Beauty in Green Smoothies: my video

By popular demand….

….or by the 3 of y’all (giggles), I have decided to do a little video of how I make green smoothies. This video has annotations of little tips and tricks if you are new to making green smoothies. Even if you could care less, you should still watch this as it may inspire you to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies in your diet.

I didn’t use my handy dandy awesome camera for this video–and it shows! Enjoy nonetheless!


Check out my other health-infused beauty posts:

Beauty in vegan eats and raw food treats
Wii Fit called me fat!

Let me know what you think!

Mascara Monday: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

I have finally gotten around to reviewing one of THEE most commonly requested mascaras. And I “think” this completes my reviews of ALL Maybelline mascaras currently in stores. Well, except Lash Discovery and Unstoppable. What do you think? Should I review those?

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft

Price: 5 out of 5 (around $7.99 )
Packaging (Brush Wand): 2 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims: “This mascara builds full, soft thick lashes without the brittle feel.

* Prevents loss of lashes with patented Quick Dissolve System that allows easy mascara removal
* No clumps, no globs
* Contact lens safe and hypoallergenic
* Washable; also available in waterproof formula ” (source)

The truth:
Whoa! My lashes really are soft!

What I loved about it: I don’t know why–but I was shocked that my lashes actually stayed soft the entire day. Talk about upholding your claim, Maybelline. That’s friggin’ awesome!

What I didn’t like: Soft….YAY! Full….eh. And the wand is a big boy!

Overall: So I can see why so many of you requested this mascara. It probably stared you down. While you were glancing at the newer mascaras on the market, Mr. Full ‘N Soft was like,
“Hey!! Check me out….I’m old but I’m gold, baby.”

I know I’m not the only one that hears mascaras talking to them.

LOL, I’m kidding y’all. Kinda.

But yeah…Maybelline Full ‘N Soft is not bad. I will say that it isn’t GREAT for me because I desire darker lashes with more volume but this baby is perfect for everyday looks. If I happen to head to the gym after work, I don’t have to worry about it smudging and flaking. You’ll get some length. But not much. I like to think of this mascara as more of a “lash enhancer” if anything. If your lashes are already crazy long and full (then I hate you….lol, j/k) this would be perfect for you!

I should also mention that because it’s soft you don’t have to worry about any flaking. Most mascaras make your lashes hard. When they are hard and brittle you risk them [lashes] breaking and mascara residue falling in your eyes. Eww is right!!

Contact wearer or an allergic sufferer who is always eye-rubbing? Maybelline Full ‘N Soft would work for you too!!

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)



Lashes with 2 coats of mascara



Random photo! Had to conceal my tattoo for church. It rubbed off a bit HA!

Would I recommend it?: Absolutely!

Video Review:
Maybelline Full ‘N Soft mascara

Anyone try this oldie but goodie?

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

FOTD Friday: The Graduate look


This FOTD Friday is a response to a reader’s email. Check it out!

Dear B,
Hi! so i really love ur blog and love that you do realize that not everyone is good with makeup just yet. i’m one of those people. i am graduating from college in december and i’m excited! i know it’s early but i am thinking about makeup looks that i want to do for the ceremony and reception afterwards. i’ve been playing around with MAC pigments and would like to use some. what kind of look do you suggest? thanks!

Soon 2 B graduate in North Carolina.

Ahhh, this brings back memories. I graduated from college around this time 2 years ago. See!

That was a chubbier B but you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t cute! I remember trying to decide what look I was going to wear. I settled on MAC’s Woodwinked on the lid and MAC’s Sketch in my crease. Can’t believe I remember that.

Oh the memories…

But back to you, Dear reader. I only own 3 full size pigments. Melon, Coco Beach and Vanilla.

And I’ve had these for the longest! I never take the time to use pigments but I do think that these three used together can make for a pretty nice and subtle graduation look. Melon gives you some added shimmer but it isn’t too overwhelming but it will make you shine like the student star that you are!

FACE:
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45

EYES:
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
-L’Oreal HIP cream shadow paint in Witty
-MAC Melon pigment (lid)
-MAC Coco Beach pigment (crease)
-MAC Vanilla pigment (highlight)\
-Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero
-MAC Blacktrack fluidline

LIPS:
-MAC Nightmoth lip liner
-MAC Hot ‘N Saucy tendertone

That lip combo has popped up in a great deal of my FOTDS because ohhh weee, I love it. Balms are great because they keep your lips moisturized without having to re-apply. Graduations can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and with all of the excitement going on, you really don’t have the time to keep re-applying glosses.

So here’s how it came out:



Not too shabby! So if pigments for your graduation look is where you really want to go, I suggest those three. Congrats again, lady!!

Anyone recommend any slammin’ graduation looks?

Do you remember what you wore for your high school or college graduation?

And happy weekend to all!

*hugs*

Stay beautiful,

Beauty Bee-haviors: I like it, but I can’t afford it…..

Welcome to another post from the Beauty Bee-haviors series. In this series we have open discussions about any and everything in the beauty world.

I will be the first to tell you…I ain’t rich. Far from it, actually. Very far from it. I mean, faaaar from it.

You get what I’m sayin’, right? I have never felt the need to spend hundreds of dollars on make-up at one time. Not that my wallet would allow me. But that doesn’t stop me from lustin’ like crazy. Most of my lusts come and go but I just can’t shake this one.

That’s right. It’s the Clarisonic Face brush. I’ve been wanting one like mad for quite some time. But I can’t afford it. $200 for a face brush is sooo out of my budget. But I hear it works magic. And with my skin in the condition that it’s in, I would love to make the investment.

But still…$200 is a flight. A student loan payment. Tae Kwon Do lessons (meaning the ones I want to take).

I have yet to justify buying this baby simply because, I can’t afford it.

That’s right. I said it. Ain’t no shame in my game. LOL! It’s your turn…

What beauty product do you
want but just can’t afford?


Beauty Review: L’Oreal Cream Shadow paint

Yo yo lay-dees!!

So I got a TON of responses and emails from my L’Oreal HIP matte and metallic eyeshadow duos review. Which tells me….y’all really like L’Oreal HIP. Which is a good thing. I think this is a great drugstore brand that delivers higher end quality. I highly recommend purchasing L’Oreal HIP products when they go on sale at your local drugstores. I know for a fact that Walgreens and CVS regularly have L’Oreal HIP products on sale every week or so.

Time to review the paints!

L’Oreal HIP Cream
Shadow paint in Witty

Price: 3 out of 5 ($3-$12 at drugstores, Target stores and of course, online)
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What it claims:
“Paint a new world of color with HiP high intensity pigments™ Cream Shadow Paint. Use the perfectly smooth shadow alone for luminous all over color or use as a base under HiP shadow for a more intense look.” (source)

The truth:
This is a pretty fantabulous base. Wait….forget base, it works well as an eye shadow too!

What I loved about it: The packaging makes me feel like some artist. And my face is the drawing board. HA!

What I didn’t like: There isn’t much that I don’t like about these things. Well….wait, they could be a little cheaper. Actually, a lot cheaper.

Overall: So if you are a total newb to these paints, I know you’re lookin’ around like,

“B….it looks cool and all, but what in the world does it do?”

Okay okay…let’s go back to square one. These paints can be used as an eye shadow base. Or even as a cream eyeshadow. They in assist in ensuring that the eyeshadow you do use on top of it lasts all friggin’ day. I’m talkin’ NO creasing. If you decide to wear it alone, it works well too.

They are easy to apply. You can use a stiff brush or opt for your fingers. I find that the latter works easiest. I feel more in control when I am using my fingers. While application may be easy, it is important to blend these paints in. Nothing worse than looking in the mirror and noticing that your base is unblended. It can throw off your entire look. And y’all know I know from experience. LOL!

Now let’s see this bad boy in action.

Here is L’Oreal’s Cream Paint in Witty blended on my hand….


Do you see how this color in particular doubles so nicely as a base AND a shadow? It has enough color to make for a nice neutral eye but not TOO much color to where it would dramatically change the color of an eyeshadow.

*two snaps for the kid*

My eye with nothing on it…


My eye with Witty paint on it…


And then if I’m in a hurry but want to do a little somethin’-somethin’ to the lids, I’ll pull out a fluffy brush and a brown shadow….


….and bang it out!


Apply a highlight and you are good to go.

So yeah….L’Oreal HIP paints aren’t so bad at ‘tall. I loves ‘em.

For a comparison video of L’Oreal HIP’s cream paints and MAC’s Paints, click here.

Whatcha think?
Own these things?
Where do you buy them from?
Got any other colors?

My other L’Oreal HIP product reviews:
Matte & Metallic eyeshadow duos
Color Presso lip glosses

B’Rittany is HIP (lol),