Sunday’s Sales & Spotlights

Got another edition of sales and cool contests/giveaways to tell you about!

Beauty Ticket has Bobbi Brown
and Urban Decay-up to 80% off!

*click the photo to
head to the site*

Oh.mi.words….I really uttered this when I saw’s newsletter. And then I screamed. I like Bobbi Brown! I really do! But I’ve only purchased one thing from her. She’s expensive yo! And I’m glad to see Beauty Ticket helping us stay pretty on the low. A regular priced lipstick is $22….on…$13. Say no more!

Urban Decay is over there too. And they take Paypal! I am so loving Beauty Ticket!

P.S.—-I’m a part of their Beauty Panel. Woo woo!



Free shipping!!! It ends September 7th so get your shoppin’ on ASAP!


This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Neutrogena Cosmetics Hair or Skincare.
  • 25% off L’Oreal Cosmetics, Skincare or Hair color
  • 33% off Borghese nail lacquer
  • 50% off of Kiss or Broadway nails kits or accessories

(yawn… not many sales here this week)


This Week’s Sales at CVS
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • (with card) Buy 1 Get 1 Free on ALL Neutrogena Cosmetics.
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Maybelline Cosmetics foundationblush, powder, concealer or lip
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free L’Oreal Color Riche or Infalliable Lip color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Nail color
  • (with card) Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon Moon drops or Super Luscious Lips
  • (with card) Dark & Lovely Hair color $4.99! <---loves this stuff!


Giveaway at Just Kiss ‘N Makeup

Jamie over at JustkissnMakeup is hosting a giveaway this MONTH to celebrate her 22nd birthday. Look at the goodies!

Of course you can get all the info and answers to all of your questions from Jamie herself here and here.


This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid
Prices effective from September 6th-September 12th

  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free at L’Oreal HIP, eye, and lip products <---WOO HOO!!
  • Buy 1, Get 1 Free Revlon face and eye products only!

Happy shoppin’ and if you are in the States, have a great Labor Day!!

FOTD Friday: Work Place Purple

Happy happy Friday, my darlings! Labor Day is coming up and I’ve got a pretty big weekend planned. Woo! I’m exciiiited. Stay tuned for photos of all of the happ’ns.

Soooo, lately I’ve been feeling a little uninspired with eye make-up. Not that I have the time to play around with it anyway. When getting ready for work, I have a good 10 minutes to throw together a workplace appropriate look. Most days it works. But other days the ‘creative’ in me seeps out and wants to come up with new looks.

I was in a “purple” mood so I pulled out MAC’s Vibrant Grape.

I freakin’ LOVE this color. It has always been one of my favorite purples. But it was a little too dominating on the lids.

See what I mean….

I mean, I could bang it out and make it nice smokey eye but come ooooon, I can’t wear a smokey purple eye to work.

Check out what I came up with. And don’t be laughin’ at my “needs to be threaded brows”. I got them done shortly after this FOTD. Ha!

MAC Studio Finish concealer in NW45
Rimmel Natural Bronzer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

MAC Ochre Style e/s
MAC Vibrant Grape e/s
Make Up For Ever #92 e/s
NARS Albatross highlighter
Lancome Oscillation mascara
MAC lipliner in Nightmoth
Inglot lipstick in #65
Kissable Couture’s Rose Gardenia

And could it be? My skin is acting right for once. Of course as you read this, I have a good 12 pimples or so. They came out of nowhere I tell ya.

Whatcha think? Is it possible to make purples professional?

Enough P’s for ya?

Haaa!!! Happy weeeekeeeend!

Stay beautiful,

Yay! No more shadow discrimination!

I love palettes. I LOVE them. Like a lot. But what I don’t love is how I am unable to create families with my shadows. MAC shadows can’t fit in Make Up For Ever palettes. L’Oreal HIP shadows don’t even have palettes. And neither do NARS‘. Can Tarte and Stila shadows fit in Milani palettes? Wait–does Milani even have palettes? And does Urban Decay?

See the confusion? Most palettes only provide size and space for their shadow family members. *tears* This ain’t right I tell ya!

Especially for someone like me.

You see…..I’m a neat freak. To the max. Organization is very veryyyy important to me. And so are my eye shadows. And I’m not a palette discriminator either. I love ’em all!

The cheap babies….

The MAC quads…

The big boys (and girls)…

And the hard to find magnetic palettes (still love me some Inglot!)

Oh yes….I LOVE my palettes. They are perfect for traveling and I love being able so swap out when I need to. But what happens if I want to create a look with eye shadows from different brands? You know…like this:

Sure they aren’t from the same family but together they bring me a BANGIN‘ work-appropriate neutral eye. And in a perfect world I would be able to house them in the same palette.

But since Too Faced’s Mocha Meteor is a baked shadow I can’t.

Friggin‘ A..

Um, so bad example..but here’s a better one!

Now look at that!! How many brands can you count in there? There’s Tarte, NARS, Stila, MAC and L’Oreal HIP. All in one palette! Well alriiiight!!

Z palette made this possible, ladies and gentlefolx. Z palette is the ultimate customizable makeup palette designed by an Emmy award-winning Hollywood makeup artist. How genius is this idea? The palettes come in 2-sizes (what you see is the smaller one, $14) and they can house not only shadows but blushes as well. This is ideal for make-up artists or for make-up enthusiasts and collectors who want to keep their collections nice and neat.

Oh yeah…I’m lovin‘ it. I am filling up my large palette (that one runs for $20) as we speak. You can also buy pre-cut magnetic stickers. And guess what? There is FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders. You know you need some of these so head on over to website and place your order.

Love this idea? Are you going to buy one?
Are you a palette lover like moi?

Essence Celebrates Top Black Beauty Bloggers!

Alriiiiight now!

It’s only right to give credit to some of the pioneers of beauty blogging! Some of my favorite brown girl beauty bloggers were featured HERE on This is a huge huge deal in my book. I mean, ENORMOUS! If you ask me, it is high time that publications start showin’ love to bloggers. We work so hard and kudos from the top dawgs is so in order.

So congratulations are in order to Patrice at Afrobella (she’s one of my mentors!), Erin at Scandalous Beauty (have you checked out her new site? Killerrrr!), Tia from Shake Your Beauty and Auntie Julia (because she so has that ‘favorite Aunt’ vibe) from All About The Pretty.

I have had the opportunity to meet all of these ladies in person (except the fabulous Tia) and their personalities are just as bangin’ as their sites.

Please support them!
And rock on my sisters! I’m so proud of y’all!

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya’s Truth Collection

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to

Your resident Zoya girl has returned with another review. This time I’m reviewing the Truth from the Truth and Dare Fall 2009 collection. It’s a 2 part collection 12 polishes….and I’m tellin’ you…there is somethin’ for everyone.


Ohhhh, how pretty are these babies? I must warn you…my pictures do not do them any justice. I tried photographing them in the light. And I tried photographing them with my camera’s flash. They still come out pretty funky. In fact the most accurate the colors are in the photos above.

Ready? Let’s go!

Penny is described as a golden metallic shimmer. This is one color I didn’t think I would like when I first saw it. I’ve never been a fan of gold nail polishes on warmer skin tones. But Penny works well for me. In fact, I REALLY like her.

Kalmia is described as a red and gold shimmer. Not bad! Quite an interesting color.

Anaka is described as a shimmery hot pink. Of course I love it. This color is awesome!!! She is pretty dupe-able so I don’t consider her a must have but the nail polish addict in me can never have too many colors like this.

Isla is described as blackened red shimmer have always. I LOVE this color. Isla will definitely be one of my Holiday ’09 colors. Simply stunning.

I am missing Drew and Salma. Would you believe these chicks could not be located in time for the personal photoshoots? They were ready to go for the group picture but disappeared soon after. *sigh*

I like this collection. It isn’t my FAVORITE from Zoya but it’s one of those collections that will appeal to everyone. I think Isla is a total must have. Anaka too. Her hot pink shimmer is fabulous!

I used two coats for each and didn’t have any application problems. I mean….do I ever with Zoya? I used Zoya’s Anchor base coat but I did not use any top coats.

Buy these and more for $6/bottle at

What do you think? Own any of these? Want ’em or not so much?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Dude, what happened to your hair?

A year ago I looked like this:

And now my hair looks like this:

Talk about a transformation, right?

Has your hair gone through any transformations? Cut it all off? Dyed it purple?

Tell me!

I am sharing this post with my sister site To see the official post in which I talked about chopping off all of my hair, click here.

Stay beautiful, my sisters (and brothers out there because I know y’all are reading. LOL!)

Mascara Monday: Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster primer

So I reviewed the world famous Lancome Oscillation mascara primer here. And I absolutely loved it. Is Powerbooster a nice little addition? Or a nice little rip off?

Check out the review….

Lancome Oscillation
Powerbooster mascara primer

Price: 2 out of 5 (around $39.00 )

Packaging (Brush Wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What it claims:

“* Conditions: to fortify and strengthen lashes
* Primes: to prepare and improve lash surface, separates, defines for a perfect smooth lash surface. Vibrations: Wraps lashes with formula up to 360°, to reinforce separation and coverage; formula is coated onto lashes to allow for mascara to glide
* Boosts the appearance of natural lash growth: healthier base
* Maximizes mascara lash results: maximized effects of mascara applied over it – you will see immediate results; Powerbooster intensifies color, longer lasting mascara

Results are spectacular: visibly stronger, fuller, longer day after day.” (source)

The truth:
It’s kinda pricey for a primer…..I can’t even lie. But for extreme EXTREME lashes, I guess it’ll do the trick.

What I loved about it: It has a wand just like the regular Oscillation!

I love this wand! It is great at getting allll of those lashes. The Powerbooster has a bit of a curved look to it. I’m not sure if I damaged it or if it’s supposed to be that way. Hmm, it is also a tad bit more flimsy than the original Oscillation. This isn’t bad per se but I prefer a super sturdy wand for more control. Still not complaining because the bristles are phenomenal!

What I didn’t like: The price still bothers me. I know Lancome is a higher-end brand but $40 on a primer is…..wowsers.

Overall: First, let’s give props to Lancome to rolling out with another innovative mascara. I mean, the vibrating mascara had me at “hello” but a vibrating primer? Now that’s just too cool for words.

Let’s compare the two for a minute….we know that both are similar, if not identical. And if you put them side-by-side, they look that same from those angles too.


So no major changes there. The formula of most primers are usually creamier than a mascara’s formula. Not a bad thing–simply an observation.

The key to primers is applying mascara on top of them before the primer dries. This isn’t too much of an issue with Lancome’s. So yay in that department! I purposely waiting a good 4-5 minutes before applying my mascara and my lashes remained primer-coated without any stiffness.

Now check out my lashes before I applied Powerbooster.

Womp womp…not bad but could be better, right? Check out what I get with one quick run through of Powerbooster on my lashes.

Whoooooa! Not so bad for just a primer right?

And then with one coat of the regular Oscillation, I got this:

I kinda like the look of my lashes with just the primer. HA!

I have mixed feelings about a vibrating primer. On one hand, I love it. It really gets my lashes OUT THERE before mascara application. On the other hand, it seems semi-pointless with the fabulousness that is Lancome Oscillation mascara. Buuuut, is it great with other non-vibrating mascaras. Yes!!

Do you need both the vibrating wand AND the vibrating mascara? I don’t think so. Tell me if you can tell a difference between the above photos and the ones below.

This time I used Oscillation by itself WITHOUT the primer.

Lashes without mascara
(did NOT curl lashes)

Lashes with 1 coat of mascara

Ummm, yeah…..I don’t see THAT much of a difference. So I really am on the fence.

Would I recommend it?: I think Oscillation Powerbooster is a great little splurge if you have the money but I’d much rather spend my money on the regular Oscillation. And even if money wasn’t an issue, I would still go with Oscillation.

Unless of course you’d like to use the primer with many different mascaras.

So what do you think? You want it? Got it? Love it? Hate? Tell me!

A crazed mascara reviewer,

(photo source)

Weekend Deals and Sales: Week of 8/30/09

Drugstore sales, mamas!!

Got some more for you this week…..


This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
  • Maybelline Cosmetics mascaras, buy 1, get 1 free –Wooooo!!!!!
  • Olay Total Effects skin care–$19.99
  • Secret Deodorant–$1.99 (not bad!)
  • Organix Hair care–Buy 1 for $6.99 and get 1 Free (I’ve reviewed it here)
  • Speed Stick or Lady Speed stick–$1.99
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • CoverGirl Cosmetics foundation, powder, concealer or blush–Buy 1, Get 1 50%

This Week’s Sales at CVS
  • (with card) Revlon Cosmetics face, eye and lip–Buy 1, Get 1 Free
  • (with card) Degree or Dove invisible solid–2 for $5
  • (with card) All Palmer’s Skin care–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • (with card) Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Xtreme wear or nail art pen–buy 1, get 1 50% off
  • (with card) Burt’s Bees products starting at $2.99
  • (with card) Olay Complete and Age Defying–$9.99
  • (with card) Olay body wash and lotion–$6.99
  • (with card) ALL CoverGirl Foundation, Powder, Blush, Concealer or Mascara–buy 1, get 1 50% _______________________________________


I was casually strolling through Sephora this past weekend and look what I found!

A $6 mascara from Tarte? Hey heyyyy! You know I had to pick it up. I’m not sure how long this deal will last so scoop it up while you can. I also tweeted this sale. Oh yes, girl…I don’t just tweet randomness, I tweet deals!

Sales are a little warm this week but I’m not complaining! You got your eyes on anything?
Here’s to a great upcoming week!