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

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On The Hunt For Pink October

I have been totally obsessed with obtaining Pink eye shadow (e/s) for the last few months.  In the past, I have poo-pooed the thought of any WOC (women of color) using pink eye shadow on the lid because I felt like it did not work.

You are probably thinking “when did this change of heart occur with Pink e/s?” The Heatherette for MAC! The Heatherette Trio 2 included a light pink, a grape purple and midtone pink.  I got the Trio #1 instead because I love any shade of teal. But then, I noticed many Heatherette Trio #2 WOC FOTDs on Specktra.

During the early part of the summer, I realized  that I needed to have the Heatherette trio #2 in my collection.  I searched high and low for the Trio, but I could not find it, so I was on the hunt for mid-tone pinks.

To date I have:

  • Urban Decay Hot Pants – Smooth and wonderful.
  • MAC Sunset B – The right shade, lustre-like (which is not good), but definitely works with some paint pots and NYX jumbo eye pencils
  • NYX Dolly Pink – too much fall out, seems to work well with NYX jumbo eye pencils
  • Pink Too Faced Shadows – Wonderful and smooth, the color payoff is strong.  Definite must haves! Check out Swatch Gallery for images.
  • Nouba single e/s 51 – Bright Pink shadow is a must have. The texture is smooth and the color payoff is strong as well.  (Sidebar: I have a few of the Nouba products, an Italian cosmetics brand, and I really like the stuff I have.  The price is comparable to MAC, but I have found a website that offers discount prices on the brand)
  • Bourjois Shimmering Shine Eye Shadow in Rose Electron – I have only swatched it on my hand and the liquid eye shadow is quite brilliant and I cannot wait to wear it
  • Korres Pink e/s – Looks like a soft silvery pink on me.
  • Pop Eye Cakes in Bright Pink – The texture and color payoff are fine, but I think with a good eye shadow base, the pinks will sing. 🙂

Pop Eye Cake in Bright Pinks


(All products are MAC unless stated)

Face

  • MSF Dark
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg


Eyes

  • Matte Gel
  • L’Oreal De-Crease Base
  • Nice Vice Paint Pot
  • L’Oreal Cream Rich Crayon Adventurous
  • Nouba Single e/s  51 (Bright Pink) on lid
  • Korres Pink e/s (inner corner)
  • Nouba Single e/s 24 (Midnight Charcoal) in crease
  • Black Ore Solar Bits (in crease)
  • Tan side from the L’Oreal Hip Duo Adventurous (highlighter)
  • L’Oreal Naturale Mascara in Black
  • Too Faced Foiled Liner – Black Beauty

Cheeks

Warmed MSF

Lips

  • Sweet Tooth T/T
  • Cyber l/s
  • NYX Narcissus l/s

You still have time to support the Total Beauty – Total Cure Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.

Mix Maven

Stuff Pregnant Women Need To Do

I have quite of few friends that are pregnant and all of them seem to be due around the time.  So I decided to compile a list of things they will need to do before their babies are born.

  1. Purchase few items before the baby shower.  The shower will gauge what additional big ticket items will need to be purchased.
  2. Sign up to Huggies.com and Pampers.com -for special discounts and coupons.

    Pampers Swaddlers

    Pampers Swaddlers

  3. Sign up Similac and Enfamil special e-mails and coupons. Also sign up to Johnson’s Baby website

    Enfamil Lipil Formula

    Enfamil Lipil Formula

  4. If you do not have one, get a Costco and Sam’s Club memberships.  The price of formula and wipes are much cheaper than buying @ drugstores or discount stores like Target and Walmart.
  5. Remember that coupons can be used at club stores.
  6. Check Target baby clearance section for items
  7. Get hubby/partner to set up the nursery by at least 6 months and 7 months.  No one wants to be caught unprepared as baby can arrive 4-5 weeks before the 10 month (40 weeks).

Happy Baby Stories,

Mix Maven

Pumps And Gloss: Fall Luxury Shoe Picks

The summer will be over before you know it, so it is time for us to focus on Fall fashions.

You know that shoes are loved on this blog (hence the first part of the name) 😉  Joyful Radiance and I always send each other Neiman Marcus links for shoes that we love and adore, yet cannot afford…well, if we want to be homeless and not pay our mortgage, we could get them LOL.  Anyhoo, Christian Louboutin is one of our favorite shoe brands.  Each season, he comes out with some gems that we drool over.

Here are our Fall 2008 Luxury shoe picks:

The first pick is the Open-Toe Passementerie Pump.

Christian Louboutin Open Toe Passementerie Pump

Christian Louboutin Open Toe Passementerie Pump

The detail on this sexy pump is exquisite.  The word “passementerie” meant lace in early French, but now means designs made from silk cords (braiding) or bead work. I can see the design on a lamp shade and draperies.  The red color is very festive.  A definite 5 out of 5.

Christian Louboutin Armadillo Satin Dorsay

Christian Louboutin Armadillo Satin Dorsay

This rouge, pleated satin pump is the hotness!!  I would not have to wear these shoes.  I would put them on a pedestal and gaze upon them all the day.  I would pair with an updated sheath dress in Royal Violet. (So First Lady!!) 🙂

JCrew Wool Sheath in RoyalViolet (Side)

JCrew Wool Sheath in RoyalViolet (Side)

JCrew Wool Sheath in RoyalViolet Back

JCrew Wool Sheath in RoyalViolet Back

What fall trends are you looking forward to?

Mix Maven

Stuff New Moms Need

There are plenty of new moms in my family.  They are all are excited about the babies, most of them are new moms and one has multiple children.  One’s life changes as soon as the baby is home.   I would think the hardest thing about being a new mom is getting enough sleep, which can negatively impact other activities.  I decided to come up with a list of things that I believe a new mom needs to help her adjust to her new bundle of joy.

Maternity

So every new mom needs:

1. Chef – A new mom is tired, which means she does not need to be operating anything with fire or heat.   Having a chef may be a luxury, BUT family members and friends should make sure the new family is eating sensible meals everyday (well, at least, the first 4 weeks after delivery.)

2. Housekeeper – A healing mother should not be vacuuming or doing dishes the first month after delivery.

3. Babysitter – Now, some moms do not like to leave their child(ren) with other people.  (I suggest that they read Find The Time.)  First time moms should begin scouting out prospective babysitters while pregnant.  (This is important if new mom live in a place where she has little to no family members.)  New parents will need to find someone they respect and trust to take care of their child(ren).  I also suggest not burning bridges with people who would be great sitters.  Start with leaving the child with the sitter for a couple of hours and phase in more hours as he or she gets older.  For example, if the anniversary weekend is coming up and want to leave the child with grandma (do not let that be the first time he or she is away from for a long period of time.)

4. Date Night –  Date night is very important to rekindle the sparks in your relationship.  (Main reason why #3 is very important.)   I know people who do not spend much time without their child(ren).  That is a bad sign in a relationship.  Will the relationship last when the child(ren) leave to go to school?  Preservation of the relationship should be on-going and deliberate.

5. Pampering – (No connection to Pampers Diapers) A new mom must be reminded that it is ok for her to pamper herself or to be pampered.  Take her to her favorite cosmetic counter or to a spa.  She is stressed out (but may not want to say), so nudge her (kindly and gently) to take some time for herself.  A happy mom means a happy baby and, ultimately, a happy household.

So check on your new moms TODAY!!!!

Mix Maven

NYX Cosmetics* Sale @ Nonpareil Boutique

Nonpareil Boutique Independence Sale

I received an e-mail from the NonpareilBoutique.com. Nonpareil Boutique sells NYX Cosmetics, LA Colors, KleanColor, as well as fashion jewelry. The site is having a 20% off everything in store (You will need to use coupon code JULY4TH.) The sale runs from July 2 – July 8, 2008.   So stock up!!!

I have never purchased on this website, but I will say Nonpareil Boutique has some decent swatches (better than other e-tailers.)

Check them out.  I hope you have a wonderful purchasing experience.

Haul on,

Mix Maven

O Canada Pt.2

When it comes to beauty finds, Canada is quite egalatarian.  You can find Clinique at Sears; Smashbox, Elizabeth Arden, and Cover FX at Shoppper’s Drug Mart (SDM), which is comparable to CVS or Walgreen’s.  These brands are found in major department stores here in the United States.

Last year, I was looking to purchase a kabuki brush.  Since we were in Canada, I decided to check out Shopper’s Drug Mart.  I was hoping to get a Quo brush, a SDM brand.

QUO Bronzer Brush Quo Contour Brush

I read mostly positive reviews of their brushes on Specktra.net.  I walked over to the Quo brushes and I was not pleased with the selection.  There must have been a sale or something because many of the brushes were sold out.  I found a suitable brush called Cover FX after further search, which I never heard of before.  The bristles were soft and it came with a neat little pleather travel bag.   When we got back to the hotel, I checked the brand. In the U.S., Cover FX is sold at Sephora and Nordstrom.

If I saw this brush at either store, I would not have purchased it… would have purchased a MAC kabuki instead, which I was trying not to do at the time (and still not done.)  Regardless of that, I love my Cover FX kabuki. One of the few brushes that I use on a regular basis because I have other brushes that I can rotate.

Whenever you are in Canada, check out Shopper’s Drug Mart.  They tend to be pretty easy to find like drugstores here (you can always check SDM’s website.)  You may be surprised with SDM’s beauty finds.

Mix Maven