Beauty.com Friends and Family 20% off Sale

I have been totally excited about the Sephora’s Friends and Family 20% off event starting November 6th to November 10th.  The online discount code is FF2008.

Well, I was checking my updated Blackberry Curve, (thanks Brit) and I was too happy to see an e-mail about Beauty.com’s Friends and Family 20% off Sale.   My only beef with this sale is that it excludes NARS. You need the link <— to get the 20% off.  The sale starts @ 12:01 AM, November 5th to 11:59 PM, November 7th. (No time zone was specified)  Remember that every purchase earns a 5% cash back.

Happy haulin’,

Mix Maven

NARS Attacks

NARS Cosmetics get rave reviews from many beauty addicts.  Prior to a few weeks ago, I only owned one NARS Cosmetic product, Torrid Blush, which I adore.  I usually layer Torrid with MAC’s Refined Beyond Bronzer and Sweet As Cocoa blush….nice combo.

Since, I have been obsessed with pink eye shadows, I decided to see what NARS had.  I checked out Beauty.com because A. I get 5% cash back for every order and B. free shipping over $49, which is not hard to do (especially, if I linger on Drugstore.com)

So I ordered the NARS Duo in Sugarland, but when I got it, the “pink” side looked quite lilac, which is not a bad thing, but not what I thought it would be.  I do think the color is pretty as it has a hint of gold with the lilac.

I was still on the hunt for the pink.  I found a $10 off $60 coupon at Beauty.com. (Coupon expires 12/31/2008 and can be used more than once)  I purchased the NARS Brazil Duo and Pink Panther cream duo, which is absolutely delicious.  The “Pink” side of the Brazil duo is a mauvy red.

In the FOTD below, I used L’Oreal HiP Color Rich Cream Crayon in Unmistakable (Pink) as a base, which is similar to the Pink side of the Brazil duo.  The crease includes MAC Twinks and theBalm ShadyLady Caught in the Act Courtney e/s.  The highlighter shadow is the tan (goldish) side of the Sugarland duo. Liner is Hard Candy Super Slim Eye Pencil. (I love, love, love this liner because the line is not bulky). Mascara is L’Oreal Naturale in Black.

NARS Duo - Brazil (Pink Side)

NARS Duo - Brazil (Pink Side)

I do like the NARS shadows that I have, but I do not think I will be purchasing much more…maybe a lipstick or foundation, which seems to be WOC friendly.  But you never know with me, I can be seduced by NARS.  I will keep you posted. 🙂

I will post the NARS swatches to the Swatch Gallery very soon.

Mix Maven

Say Hello to MAC’s Goodbye List

Say Hello to MAC Cosmetics Discontinued and the last of Limited Edition products aka the Goodbye List.  MAC is offering free shipping on any purchase. (Sidebar: I am surprised to see Post Haste and the rest of the Matte2s on the discontinued list.  Maybe they will be reformulated.) Some of the items on the discontinued list will be sold exclusively at MAC Pro Stores (and there are not too many of those.) So stock up on these goodies.  Free shipping ends October 22, 2008

MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Code GOODBYE8

MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Code GOODBYE8

Happy Haulin’

Mix Maven

Mix Maven Update 9-17-2008

Hey Pumps and Glossy Ones,

Just wanted to update you on some Pumps and Gloss info.

I am sure that you have noticed the changes in the layout (not the final layout) and more changes are coming.  One change, better yet addition is the Swatch Gallery (upper right hand area).  I have placed all the swatches that I have posted in previous blog entries, plus additional Too Faced eye shadow swatches.  (Sidebar: I have new found respect for the bloggers that create makeup swatches for readers….my hats off to you!)

More Hello Kitty finds:

Run to your local Target because the Dollar section is being updated with new products, which means items are 50%, which is 50 cents… cannot beat that with a bat! Here are some of my Hello Kitty finds:

Hello Kitty Black Case

Hello Kitty Black Case

I am totally obsessed with travel makeup storage.  I can never have enough!

So I will definitely be using this case for housing eye shadows (can hold about 5 MAC eye shadows and 2 eye shadow brushes) When I am on the go, this case will come in very handy.

Hello Kitty Case Inside

Hello Kitty Case Inside

Pink, Green and White Small Hello Kitty Tote

Pink, Green and White Small Hello Kitty Tote

The cutest little tote bag.  I will use it for storing non-cosmetics HBAs, so I can easily locate them once we arrive at our destination.  I promise that you will not see me toting this adorable little bag on the streets. 🙂

What are some of your fun, inexpensive finds?

Mix Maven

Cherry Culture Sale

Cherry Culture has decided to discount some of their popular items, including NYX eye shadows, NYX Ultra Pearl Mania, which I am very keen on and Splash products, a friend’s favorite.

So take advantage of the sale and stock up on some beauty goodies… hmmm maybe for Holiday or Birthday gifts! 🙂

No coupon code needed!

Mix Maven

A Nice Package

Too Faced Cosmetics has revamped its website as well as the packaging for shipment.  The first time I received a package, the goods were in a padded envelope…Glam (Not so much!!!)

Well no more! When I checked my mail, after a day of church and fellowship, I was pleased to see that my Too Faced package finally arrive.  The box has a pink damask pattern, which is design element that exemplifies my personal decor taste, with the logo of a woman with a high mane applying lipstick.   Too Faced Cosmetics has glammed it all the way up!

Too Faced Cosmetics Package

Too Faced Cosmetics Package

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Side

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Side

I love the tag line, “Why be pretty when you can be gorgeous?”

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Inside

Too Faced Cosmetics Package Inside

I love the pink crinkly paper.  It adds fun to the elegant packaging.

Too Faced Cosmetics Inside W/ Products

Too Faced Cosmetics Inside W/ Products

I purchased 2 Foiled Liners in Black Beauty and the Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow in Magenta Moon (a combo of brown and fuschia shimmer).

The foiled liners are creamy helps to frame the eye.  One of the few liners that I love, even though I have more than enough. The liner has staying power! I have had some good liner days using the Too Faced Foiled Liners.

Galaxy Glam Baked Eye Shadow is what MAC mineralized eye shadows should be.  They are smooth and very blendable. I absolutely love them and now have 3 in my collection.  I love their shadows (singles and duos).

Since launching the new Too Faced website, the company is offering 30% off and free shipping on every order (for a limited time). Orders of $75 and more, receive a free gift. The discount codes are NYC1 and DCBEAUTY [No, you do not need to use both codes at the same time.] So check them out!

Keep It Glowing,

Mix Maven

Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow/Liner – Review

Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner Sugar Plum Ice and Midnight Chill
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner Sugar Plum Ice and Midnight Chill

Since I love eye shadows and base, I decided to check out the Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow/Liner.  I, first, came across them at Ulta.com.  The name intrigued me because I wondered if they were really cooling as the name suggests, so I purchased two, Sugar Plum Ice (deep rose pink) and Midnight Chill (navy).

Well, I am glad to report that the Shadow/Liner is creamy and cool.  The application is smooth on the eye (maybe smoother than NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils) and the colors are pigments.  (I could have worn each of them as eye shadows) I used the Cooling Effect Shadow Liner (Sugar Plum Ice) as a base for my lid.  The moisture of the Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner really allowed the Too Faced shadow  in Heiress (rose pink) to adhere with no problem (not that I have problems with Too Faced shadows adhering!) [Sidebar: I will upload an EOTD or FOTD to show the results of using this product.]  I wore the look for over 12 hours and there was no creasing. (Full Disclosure: I also used MAC’s Matte Gel and L’Oreal’s De-Crease Eye Shadow Base.)

I think if I lived in a mostly warm climate, I would stock up on these shadows, the cooling sensation is not overwhelming and made me feel refreshed.

The Pencil does not come with a sharpener. Any large barrel sharpener will do e.g. MAC Cosmetics Large Sharpener works fine and I am sure any other brands will work just as well.

Overall, I see more purchases of the Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in the near future.

Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Sugar Plum Ice
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Sugar Plum Ice
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Midnight Chill
Maybelline Cooling Effect Shadow Liner in Midnight Chill

Overall Rating: 4
Price [Value]: 4 (Check Ulta ($5.99), Drugstore.com( $4.69) or your local drugstore. Prices will vary!)
Packaging Quality: 5
Would you buy this product again? YES

Since I mentioned NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, here are some swatches, including one LA Colors All-in-One Makeup Stick that I have.

LA Colors All-in-1 Makeup Stick and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils
LA Colors All-in-1 Makeup Stick and NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Stay Beautiful,

Mix Maven

Soap And Glory

I was perusing my local Target when I stumbled on the prettiest pink cosmetic cases from the Soap and Glory Company, started by Marcia Kilgore, founder of Bliss spas.  I noticed that the company sells beauty products e.g. lip plumpers, shimmery lotion, hand creams, and body butter.  The labels are quite busy, so the products did not catch my attention in the display.

The first Soap and Glory case to catch my eye was the Traincase, which is sold for $18.99. The retro-style cosmetic case is made of PVC and the dimensions: 9×4.25×6.25.  (Sidebar: Both cosmetic cases come with detachable mirrors.)

Soap and Glory Traincase

Soap and Glory Traincase

Soap and Glory Traincase Interior

Soap and Glory Traincase Interior

There is something about tassels that make me giddy.

I decided to delay the purchase of the traincase and I bought the cosmetic box instead for $14.99. The dimensions are 9.75×4.25×2.75.

Soap and Glory Cosmetics Case

Soap and Glory Cosmetic Box

Soap and Glory Cosmetics Case Interior

Soap and Glory Cosmetic Box Interior

This case will definitely come in handy to carry my brush cases when I travel.  Currently, I use several Barbie pencil cases that I bought at Target in the dollar section for 50 cents. (Target has the cutest stuff in the dollar area, never pass up the section!)

Barbie Brush Case

Barbie Brush Travel Case

I will also continue to use my trusty Hello Kitty case.  I love this thing and I can carry about 4 pigments and over 10 MAC eye shadows at the same time.

Hello Kitty Makeup Case

Hello Kitty Makeup Travel Case

Be Beautiful,

Mix Maven

Cherry Culture End of Summer Sale

Cherry Culture is having a 20% off (on any order) End of Summer sale.  The sale is going on now until August 24, 2008.  So stock up on your fave beauty brands, including NYX Cosmetics, LA Colors, Kleancolor.

Discount Coupon Code EOS20

Discount Coupon Code EOS20

Happy haulin’!

Urban Decay Friends and Family Discount Event (8-19-2008 – 8-28-2008)

Urban Decay Family and Friends Coupon Code - FFL30

Urban Decay Family and Friends Coupon Code - FFL30

Urban Decay also offers free shipping on orders $75 and over.

Hard Candy 75% OFF Sale

Hard Candy 75% OFF Sale

Also everything on Hard Candy dot com is 75% off.  (No code needed for the savings)  Free shipping for orders $50 and over. You may also find some Hard Candy items in Sephora.com’s clearance section, but they won’t be 75% off.  I have one of Hard Candy’s 9-shadow palettes and I like it a lot. 🙂

Happy Haulin’