Older Girl Beauty


Day and Night with LORAC “The Private Affair” Collection

$50 Summer Beauty Challenge

Recently, several beauty bloggers, and myself, were given one of two challenges – to create two eye looks or show off some dupes on a limited budget. To do this we were provided with $50 credit to Sephora, Ulta or drugstore.com. I decided I would show two looks, so I took my Sephora giftcard and off I went shopping, with the help of some Sephora coupon codes, as it is easy to go thru $50 quickly there.

The best way to get the most value for your money is to get a complete collection that includes a shadow palette – in this case, I snatched up the LORAC Private Affair collection. It includes eyeshadow primer, a 6-color eyeshadow palette, with a range of shades from light to dark wine, a cream eyeliner in “Plum” and a volumizing mascara.

LORAC Private Affair Collection

The great thing about this palette is that it gives you the ability to have a daytime look with the lighter, neutral shades, and a nighttime look with the darker shades, all from this one palette. And with the eye primer, it will make the light shades appear brighter and your night look will be richer and last longer. The gel liner is silky smooth and is easily applied to really outline your eyes for the night. The mascara does a great job of opening up the eyes for the day and really enhancing that smokey eye for the night with its big volumizing formula.

Summer Beauty Looks (*I would have showed you these on my eyes, but, this stupid weather around here in Oklahoma has got my allergy eyes just weeping up a storm, so there wasn’t any way to give you guys a true shot of it all.)

Summer Beauty Giveaway

And now I have a chance for you to win your own Sephora gift card to create your own day and night looks, only this one is for $300! Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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And after you have done that – go check out what the other bloggers did with their gift certificates:

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a $50 gift card to Sephora to purchase the products used in this challenge. No further compensation was provided.

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Holiday 2012 Palettes

When the holidays roll around, brands love to bring out great all in one kits to wish for or to give as gifts. This year is no exception. Here are several palettes that I wouldn’t mind getting…or giving (*those words are so similar, right?) this year:

Urban Decay Vice Palette – $59

NARS Debby Harry Eye and Cheek Palette – $65

Laura Mercier Glamour Wardrobe Dual Decker Palette – $98

Avon Fold Up Palette – $19.99

Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster Makeup Palette – $49.50

Smashbox Pop Ultimate Palette – $59

elf Master Makeup Collection – $30

MAC All For Glamour Face Kit – $49.50

Do you like to give, or receive, palettes? Or are you a single color type of person? I’m of a mind that if someone wants to give me one of these, I won’t complain. 😉

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Black Friday 2012 Beauty Deals!

(image via D magazine) Are you guys busy planning out your Thanksgiving strategy? Or are you planning out your Black Friday spending strategy instead? I’m in the middle of both, since there is so much involved in each event – one just tastes better than the other. 😉

I’m going to share with you my list of places that I know are having beauty specific sales, so maybe it will help you to have them all in one place to help you plan. Now, Black Friday specials online aren’t always just on Friday – some of the deals are going on now and some even include Cyber Monday (*which I will have a separate post for that this weekend, just in case you want to hang on to some pennies for then). No matter which days they are available, you can do all of your shopping in your pj’s with your hot toddy! But, if you are one that likes to go out and hand-pick your items, consider doing your shopping locally on Small Business Saturday.

Let’s roll:

Dates: Now thru November 25th
Deal: 40% off using code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Dates: November 23rd thru November 24th
Deal: 40% off products.

Bath & Body Works
Dates: Now thru December 24th
Deal: Free product (up to $13 value) with $10 minimum purchase using code SHOPFREE10 at checkout.

Beauty Bar
Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: Spend $50 and receive a Philosophy 3-piece gift set ($20 value) including: Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes, Eyes Wide Open Instant Refreshing and Depuffing Eye Gel, and The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash, using code BBGWPBF at checkout.

Dates: Now thru November 24th
Deal: 20% off sitewide, using code THANKS at checkout.

Becca Cosmetics
Dates: Now thru November 24th
Deal: 20% off $50 purchase with code GIVETHANKS.

Dates: November 25th (Sunday only)
Deal: Spend $75 and get a free mini Shimmering Skin Perfector and full-size Beach Tint. Spend $125 and get those two products plus two full-size Glossy Lip Tints and a Becca Brown Cosmetics Pouch. Plus, Becca is releasing a limited-edition nail color collection for $30.

Benefit Cosmetics
Dates: November 23rd thru November 25th
Deal: Spend $30 and get a free deluxe mini BADgal lash mascara. Spend $60 and also get a FREE deluxe mini the porefessional. Spend $90 and also get a deluxe mini sugarbomb using STAYCATION at checkout.

Dates: November 23rd thru November 27th
Deal: Up to 50% savings on select luxury items, 30% on Bliss and Remede bundles & sets, and save 20% on select Bliss, Remede and Elemis products.

Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: Free full-size blow out hair spray with any full-size blowpro hair care purchase. Also, get a free $10.00 gift card with every $50.00 gift card purchase. No promo code needed.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Dates: Now thru November 26th
Deal: Free beauty trio of your choice, plus free specially-sized lip gloss with every order, and free shipping – no code needed.

The Body Shop
Dates: Now thru November 25th
Deal: 3 for $30 on all products. Get a “Mistletote” goodie bag ($100 value) for $30 with any $30 purchase, while supplies last.

Dates: November 23rd thru November 25th
Deal: Caswell-Massey will be offering 20% to 30% off site-wide.

Dates: November 22nd thru November 26th
Deal: 3 free mini’s with any $25 purchase, plus free shipping.

C.O. Bigelow
Dates: Now thru November 27th
Deal: 20% of sitewide, using code ENJOY20 at checkout.

Eve Pearl
Dates: November 22nd (11am EST) thru November 26th
Deal: 40% to 60% off when using code BPCM2012 at checkout.

Dr. Brandt Skincare
Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: 50% off Dr. Brandt Take the Doctor Home with You holiday gift set ($154 value) – $74.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare
Dates: Now thru November 24th
Deal: Get 25% off with code FF2012. Or, receive a free Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil with your $50 purchase with code CYBER12.

Dates: Now through December 6th
Deal: Select beauty items 50% off full retail prices. Free shipping this weekend only (November 23rd thru November 25th).

Fake Bake
Dates: Now thru November 26th
Deal: 25% off all self-tanning products, using code 25OFFTANNING. 30% off “Flawless Bundle”, using code CMS30.

Dates: Now thru November 25th
Deal: $25 off orders of $100 or more, plus free shipping using code TURKEY.

Frederic Fekkai
Dates: November 23rd thru November 26th
Deal: 20% off orders, with free shipping.

Giorgio Armani
Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: 20% off plus free shipping on $75+ orders.

Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: Get a one-of-a-kind navy & white striped cosmetic bag filled with beauty samples for $20 plus shipping.

Dates: November 22nd (3am EST) thru November 27th (3am EST)
Deal: 20% off total purchase price.

John Masters Organics
Dates: November 22nd thru November 26th
Deal: 25% off when using the code HOLIDAY12.

Kate Somerville
Dates: November 23rd thru November 27th
Deal: Golden Glow Kit – $48.00 ($100 value); Revive & Renew Kit – $150.00($225 value).

Dates: November 23rd thru December 9th
Deal: Purchase any luxury sized product, receive a complimentary full-sized product.

Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: $40 off purchase of $100 or more using code BLACKFRIDAY.

Dates: Now through December 31st
Deal: $20 off $75 with code JOYFUL; also free shipping and 3 samples on every order over $50.

KohGenDo Cosmetics
Dates: Now thru November 25th
Deal: 30% off Oriental Plants Skin Lotion Spray, Macrovintage Eye Gel and Body & Bath Series.

Lab Series
Dates: November 22nd thru November 23rd
Deal: Free Skincare Survival Kit with $50+ purchase.

Dates: November 23rd thru November 26th
Deal: Up to 25% off gift sets, and Buy 3 Get 1 Free on select stocking stuffers.

MAC Cosmetics
Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: Exclusive “Grey Friday” gray lipstick and polish set. Only available on Nov. 23 from 12am to 4 a.m. at Macy’s MAC counters.

Miracle Skin Transformer
Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: 30% off your purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY.

Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: $25 off any $100 purchase using code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: 25% off and free shipping using code GREEN at checkout.

Dates: Now thru November 26th
Deal: Free full-size conditioner with purchase of matching shampoo and free shipping.

Dates: Now thru December 31st
Deal: Free Ginger Rush Intensely hydrating body cream 3.4 fl. oz./100 ml ($17 value), plus free shipping and a free sample at checkout with any $40 order, using code HOLIDAY.

Dates: November 23rd thru November 25th
Deal: 25% off all orders using code FFCURL at checkout.

Project FIG
Dates: Now thru November 30th
Deal: 20% off all purchases using code NOV20 at checkout.

Purely Cosmetics
Dates: November 23rd thru November 26th
Deal: Save 20% storewide.

Royal & Langnickel Brushes
Dates: November 22nd thru November 25th
Deal: 20% off entire R&L Beauty Collection.

Dates: Now thru November 27th
Deal: 20% off of the entire collection.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Dates: November 22nd thru November 23rd
Deal: $25 gift card with $100+ cosmetics and fragrances purchase, using code BEAUTY12 at checkout.

Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: The following beauty sets are just $10:

  • Sephora Collection Gilded Brush Set Trio ($30 value)
  • Bare Escentuals Let It Glow Set ($42 value)
  • Boscia best of Boscia Set ($30 value)
  • Ole Henriksen 3 Little Holiday Wonders ($35 value)
  • Philosophy Purity Made Simple 12 oz ($26 value)
  • Stila Travel Palette + Deluxe Kitten Lip Glaze ($67 value)
  • Tokyo Milk Femme Fatal Trio ($30 value)
  • Too Faced Deluxe Chocolate Soleil + Travel Kabuki ($34 value)
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara + Multipleye Lash Primer ($31 value)
  • Jack Black Comfort & Joy Duo ($14 value)
  • Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes & Nail Wipes ($21 value)
  • Tocca 3 Mini Rollerballs ($30 value)
  • Bite Mini Lipstick Palette ($48 value)
  • LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer & Shadow ($40 value)
  • Buxom In the Spotlight Set ($40 value)

Shu Uemura
Dates: November 22nd thru November 27th
Deal: 20% off, plus free shipping, on $50+ orders using code WISH2012 at checkout.

Dates: Now thru November 26th
Deal: 20% off purchases of $50 or more, using code FRIENDS2012 at checkout.

Dates: November 23rd thru November 26th
Deal: Free full size StriVectin-SH Dermal Infusion Mask ($49 Retail Value), plus free shipping when using code JOY at checkout.

Dates: Now thru November 27th
Deal: $100 off of hair removal and skin care products using the code SHOP100 at checkout.

Dates: November 23rd thru November 24th
Deal: ULTA Artist Palettes – $16.99 (orig. $24.99), Benefit Fa La La La Flawless – $25 ($79 value), Stila Kitten Classics – $10 ($32 value), and Smashbox Studio Steal Brush Collection – $19 ($74 value).

Urban Decay
Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: 7-piece Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color chubby lip pencils – $49 ($140 value). Smoked Palette, with free Double Ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set – $49 ($77 value).

Vapour Beauty
Dates: November 23rd thru November 26th
Deal: 30% off all Vapour products (except samples) using code BLACKFRIDAY12 at checkout.

Victoria’s Secret
Dates: Black Friday (November 23rd)
Deal: Free limited edition tote, filled with “Beauty Must Haves”, with any $65 purchase.

Votre Vu
Dates: November 22nd thru November 26th
Deal: Free shipping on every purchase and a free Eiffel Power Mascara with any $100+ purchase.

YSL Beauty
Dates: November 23rd thru November 25th
Deal: 20% off purchase, using code BLKFRIDAY12 during checkout.

Any of these deals get added to your game plan? Or are you planning on something else that I missed?

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Sephora Beauty in a Box: tarte bronze smoky eye

I know I am not the only one that thinks a black smoky eye is just too heavy for them. Well, I love the fact that we are not limited to *only* black for a smoky eye, but can use other shades in the same style. Luckily, brands are hip to this and work to help us lovelies out. Take for instance, tarte. They have teamed up with Sephora to create the new, limited-edition Beauty in a Box: Bronze Smoky Eye kit.

Sephora Beauty in a Box: tarte bronze smoky eye$45 US/ $59 CAN
formulated without: parabens, pthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrance

“Be bronzed and beautiful with this Sephora exclusive kit packed with best-sellers and brand new products featured in new shades; all of which are waterproof or water-resistant for a look that will last morning ’til night! From lids to lips, each longwearing must-have perfectly complements each other for an overall bronze glow topped off with a modern take on an old favorite: the bronze smoky eye. Unlike the traditional charcoal smoky eye, this look is flattering on a wide variety of skin tones and can easily be worn day to night.”

Sephora exclusive kit includes:

  • full size lock & roll 12-hour eyeshadow, burnt bronze
  • full size emphasEYESâ„¢ waterproof clay shadow/liner, plum (*you KNOW I’m dying for this *PLUM*!!)
  • full size rise & shine lip gloss and stain, nude
  • full size clean slate natural face primer
  • deluxe mineral powder bronzer, park ave princess
  • deluxe lights, camera, splashes! natural waterproof mascara

These products also contain “skinvigoratingâ„¢” ingredients:

  • rice bran wax: natural wax that helps lengthen lashes
  • carnauba wax: emollient, natural wax ensures smooth application
  • provitamin B5: vitamin B derivative that treats and thickens lashes
  • vitamin C: antioxidant that fights free radical damage and prevents oxidative stress and premature signs of aging

This limited edition set is supposed to be available from Sephora from August thru October 2010, but it looks like it is available on the website already.

Is there anything in this set that you want, besides “all of it”? I am lemming that Plum liner so much – the hunt for the perfect Plum continues!!

Tips and toes, the Sephora way

Have I ever told you guys that “Metro Chic” is my favorite nailpolish? If I haven’t, let me tell you now. “Metro Chic” from Sephora by OPI is my favorite nailpolish. It’s greige goodness, w/ a hint of purple, was on waitlist even before the first collection ever came out in the stores – it was just that good. Which was a great precursor to what was to follow – the Sephora by OPI line has been a winner.

As the seasons change, so do their collections. This spring their collection is called “Modern Flowers”, “Inspired by the beautiful blossoms in an ultramodern bouquet, the vibrant pinks, soft pastels, and funky brights will be the finishing touch on any chic outfit this season”:

  • Sephora by OPI Leaf Him at the Altar ($9) – This flower-inspired metallic, vine-green polish will make the rest green with envy.
  • Sephora by OPI Go With the Flow-er ($9) – Sit back and smell the flowers (on your fingertips) with this bright tulip pink shade with hot pink shimmer.
  • Sephora by OPI Iris I Was Thinner ($9) – This elegant iris purple crème will add a trendy touch to any summer outfit, day or night.
  • Sephora by OPI It’s Bouquet With Me ($9) – Add a splash of sparkle to your step with this sheer violet with silver and holographic glitter.
  • Sephora by OPI Cover Me in Petals ($9) – Every girl loves flowers – so give this gift of creamy coral color to yourself this Spring.
  • Sephora by OPI Handpicked for Me ($9) – This light pink lilac sparkle with silver shimmer is the perfect addition to a sweet Spring day.
  • Any of these catching your eye? Lemme know if you pick up any of these, or if you already use SOPI, let me know what color you rock.

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