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

NonPareil Boutique Sale

If you have any money left from all the recent beauty sales or if you have not been affected by the economic turmoil, check out the NonPareil Boutique Sale.  The e-tailer has lowered prices on many popular items, so check them out if you can.  I have purchased from them before and I have been pleased with the processing and shipping times.

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

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’

Review – Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

I have been enjoying the Milani Color Brilliance Eye Pencil in Green, which I give a 5 out of 5, so I decided to try Milani’s Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer pencils.  The pencils are double-sided and the “eye glimmer” side’s tip is thicker than the liner side. The Glimmer side can be used as a shadow or placed over the liner for a glittery look.  (I suggest, if you are going to use the glimmer side, place it over the liner or creamy shadow for the best effect, otherwise the glimmer side is utterly useless!)

Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmer

I purchased the Blue and Black Milani Black Magic Liner & Eye Glimmers ($4.99/ea at Target.)  The liner sides are very creamy and smooth and easy to apply.  Now, the magic eye glimmer side was another story.  The blue side did not show up too well (looked rather blotchy), while the silver is vibrant and pigmented.    I wiped the Blue Magic side with a tissue and cotton swab to no avail.  I also sharpened the tip, nothing could help the texture.  I do not think I will ever use the blue magic side of the pencil. Milani needs to reformulate the blue glitter because the color is gorgeous.

Milani Black Magic liner and Eye Glimmer Swatches (Blue and Black)

Milani Black Magic liner and Eye Glimmer Swatches (Blue and Black)

I used the Black Sterling liner for a neutral church look.

Milani Black Sterling Liner from Duo Pencil

Milani Black Sterling Liner from Duo Pencil

Overall, the purchase was worthwhile and I, definitely, plan to purchase more.  I am impressed with the Milani products that I have used and swatches that I have seen.  I cannot believe I used to walk past these products in my local drugstore.  Please forgive me. 😉

Overall Rating: 4
Price [Value]: 5
Packaging Quality: 5
Would you buy this product again? Yes

UPDATE -CVS has a special on Milani, buy $10 Milani get $5 back!  *What a deal!!!*

Mix Maven


Review – LA Colors Palette

Recently, I posted a Cherry Culture haul that included a LA Colors palette and Sweetz, a fellow Pumps and Gloss-er, wondered if the LA Colors palette was a worthwhile purchase.

LA Colors Serenade Palette

LA Colors Serenade Palette

LA Colors Tease Palette

LA Colors Tease Palette

LA Colors Palette are very pigmented, but  there was a lot of fall out, which means that a tacky base is needed.  (I was totally frustrated using this product!)   The LA Colors All-In-One Makeup pencil (can be used as a blush, lipstick, eye shadow and/or primer) would be a great base because of the extreme tackiness.  The problem for me is this product makes me crease and that can be quite problematic. (For some people, the tackiness will pose no problem.)

LA Colors All In One Make-up Pencil

LA Colors All In One Make-up Pencil

I have seen people make the palettes work and I applaud them for that, but as for me, I will focus on other discounted brands that have the same pigmentation and little to no fallout that deserve my money, time and attention.

LA Colors Palette

Overall Rating: 3
Price [Value]: 3
Packaging Quality: 4
Would you buy this product again? No

Mix Maven

Sale Alert: L’Oreal HiP Color Rich Cream Crayon

I was at Target and was too excited about the clearance sales.  There were many clearance items that piqued my interest, but after lingering in the baby department and school supply area, I did not have enough time to check out the beauty clearances, but I did make a stop in the L’Oreal aisle.

There I found:

The L’Oreal HiP Color Rich Cream Crayons had the ubiquitous red stickers on them.  I have a few of the cream crayons and have been pleased with them.  The price is under $6 (for now).  I am not sure if the clearance sale means the items are being discontinued or the stock is being replenished.

L'Oreal Hip Color Rich Cream Crayon in Unmistakable (Pink)

L'Oreal Hip Color Rich Cream Crayon in Unmistakable (Pink)

L'Oreal Hip Color Rich Cream Crayon in Perfectionist (Black)

L'Oreal Hip Color Rich Cream Crayon in Perfectionist (Black)

There was also a few HiP Duos that were marked $2.97, but I did not check if the non-marked ones were on also on clearance.  The tube lip glosses were also marked with clearance stickers.

So RUN to your nearest Target NOW!!!

Mix Maven

StarFlash Collection Dupes – FOTD

I decided to “Shop My Stash” for today’s FOTD.   I wanted to use the StarFlash dupes suggested on Specktra.net and  Nessasary Makeup Blog.

All MAC products unless noted

I used colors that are supposed to be dupes of certain StarFlash e/s.

Face

  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Fresco Rose Paint Pot
  • Mancatcher e/s on lid (is supposed to be a dupe of Lotusland)
  • Circa Plum p/g
  • Thunder e/s on crease (is supposed to be a dupe of Top Hat)
  • Brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Brazen
  • Retrospeck e/s – highlighter (may be a dupe of Dreamcatcher)
  • LA Colors Lash Building Mascara in Black
  • NYX Eye Liner – Sapphire

Cheek

  • Fab Blush
  • Warmed MSF

Lips

  • Pucker Tendertone
  • NYX Baby Pink Round l/g

I am totally looking forward to MAC’s StarFlash collection.  I have been looking for a shimmery mid-tone pink eye shadow and I, strongly, believe that Sunset B will be my HG eye shadow.  I got NYX’s Dolly Pink, but the fall out is excessive, which means that I do not have the appropriate base for that shadow and some other NYX eye shadows.  In my humblest opinion, paint pots do not work well with certain NYX shadows.  (Could be just me!!)

I know that I will not get any of the lip products nor kohl pencils.

What products are you getting from the StarFlash collection?

OOh I cannot wait to see the man in brown on Thursday!..woohoo!!

Mix Maven

I am Hip to the Duo

Whoa-wee I have been super busy, which results in super tiredness.  Mr. Maven and I have been taking some classes and we have family visiting.    Then I started Facebook-ing. *Sorry, I am late to that party*  I reconnected with some friends that I had not heard from in years (some years in the double digits.)  Good times.

Being on Specktra.net nor watching YouTube tutorials is not good for anyone’s wallet, especially mine.  I joined the site because I was a huge MAC fan.  Then I was exposed to other department store brands and even drugstore stuff that I poo-pooed. *Don’t judge me* LOL 🙂 .  Most people start with drugstore brands, which I did back in the day e.g. Revlon and Max Factor only, then moved to Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique and  MAC.  I never thought I would go back to trying drugstore brands, except for mascara (never went high-end).

So I decided to get one L’Oreal Hip Duo in Brazen (at the recommendation of Yummy411 aka Kia).  Since she is a big time makeup artiste (She is quite humble), I ask her recs on various non-MAC products.  Anyway, I loved the brown side as a nice crease-creating color.   I will use the pink side soon.   Ok, so I decided to check out more.  Thank goodness, I waited for the BOGO Free at Walgreens and CVS.  I did not want to get too many as I have many dupes of the colors they offer.  (I know I am also late to the L’Oreal Hip Duo scene!)  Recently, I added Playful and Adventurous Duos to my collection.  I like the Hip Duos because they are a reasonably priced and suitable dupes of MAC products i.e. good pigmentation.  There is little fall out and you do not need to use a special base i.e tacky base too apply.  Since, I am a wonderful cousin, I have been getting my cousin, who is a poor college student, the Duos, so she can be extra cute when going around campus.

So here is my FOTD on my way to Costco.  (Who loves the free samples?!?!)

(All products MAC unless noted)

Face

  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg

Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • Painterly Paint Pot
  • Peach side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Playful
  • Expensive Pink
  • Shimmery cocoa brown side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Playful
  • Too Faced Super NovaGlam e/s
  • Twinks e/s
  • Blonde brown side of L’Oreal Hip Duo Adventurous
  • Tempting e/s (lower lashline)
  • LA Colors Lash Building Mascara in Black
  • Too Faced Foiled in Black

Cheek

  • Sweet As Cocoa
  • Nars Torrid

Lips

  • Pucker Tendertone
  • Strapless (Lustre)

I find that I have trouble with orange and corally shadows, regardless of the brand.  This is the first time I made Expensive Pink work.  I promised that I would not repurchase Expensive Pink, but I may change my mind.  I still cannot get the Orange side of Flare to work, maybe all I need is a better base.  I am definitely getting some UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion) ASAP!!

Are there any colors that just do not work for you?

Mix Maven