Monday, March 22, 2010

Benefit Cosmetics Deals

Feeling the Benefit Cosmetics itch as I have been?! 
Last week, I stumbled upon some great steals & deals at BenefitCosmetics.com

Girls' Night In!!! - $33.60
Org. retail price: $48.  Savings = $14.40!
Three full-size products plus a brush, collectible magnets and a cute bag to throw everything into!  Total value $82!!


Full-Finish Lipstick in La La Land - $9
Org. retail price: $18.  Savings = $9!
Still available at Sephora for the original retail price.

 High Beam - FREE!!
Orig. retail price: $24.  Savings = $24!!
I received High Beam for free using a discount code I found on RetailMeNot.

On another note, I went shopping with my mother at a local designer outlet store, and I found a pair of navy blue Hunter rubber boots for only $37.50



However, I passed on the offer.  Reflecting back, I probably should have purchased the boots, which are originally $115.  Darn!


Photo Credits:  Benefit Cosmetics, Zappos

Sunday, March 14, 2010

TAGGED with 40 Beauty Questions!!

After reading the tag on the blogs of PicturesqueMakeup and Lollipop26, I thought I'd get into the "tag" action as well.  You may know me a whole lot better by Question # 40!


SKINCARE

-How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice... sometimes three -- once in the morning, once in the evening and in between with a makeup remover wipe.

-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
Combination/Oily

-What is your current facial wash?
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel... and Proactiv when I'm out of Dermalogica.

-Do you exfoliate?
Yes, several times a week with Dermalogica Microfoliant.  I also use the Clarisonic to cleanse my face every other day. 

-What brand do you use?
Dermalogica, Clinique, Aveeno, Proactiv... a little of everything!

-What moisturizer do you use?
Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer

-Do you have freckles?
No

-Do you use eye cream?
Yes, Clinique All About Eyes and Dermalogica Total Eye Care.

-Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
Ugh, yes.  It was worse when I was a teenager.

-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?
Yes, in rotation.


MAKE-UP

-What foundation do you use?
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying, Revlon Colorstay (Combo/Oily), Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse

-How about concealer?
MAC Studio Finish (NC35)... for undereye circles I've been rotating -- MAC Select Moisturecover (NW30), It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye (Tan), Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer (Med/Tan)

-Do you know your undertone color?
Yellow... although someone else may say Neutral.

-What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love them but they are a hassle... always feels heavy on my eyes.

-Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, I was anal about keeping track of my makeup collection... even went as far as creating a spreadsheet!

-What brand of mascara do you use?
Clinique Lash Power, Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit

-Sephora or MAC?
Sephora... and TJ Maxx! LOL

-Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
No, I'm not so much a MAC-phene... however, it's become quite the hobby!

-What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes, cotton swabs, fingers!

-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Yes, rotating between Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin.

-For the face?
Clinique Pore Minimizer in certain areas.

-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
MAC Satin Taupe

-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Pencil but preferably gel.

-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Whenever I'm not careful... it's not a good thing.  Everyone should be careful when working around the eyes!

-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
I have numerous pigments/loose mineral eyeshadows and I haven't touched them in months.  Messy and a little expensive (Naked Cosmetics -- I'm talking about you!).

-Do you use mineral makeup?
Does the Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Foundation count?  Liquid form.  Otherwise, none.

-What is your favorite lipstick?
I don't wear alot of lipstick because my lips are a little more pigmented than the average.  However, I do have plenty o' lip balm... Carmex (in a tube) and MAC Tendertones are my favorites!

-How about lipgloss?
I don't do a lot of lipgloss either!  When I do, it's NARS Chihuahua.

-What is your favorite blush to use?
NARS Lovejoy and NARS Deep Throat.

-Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Yes, when I can score a good deal (Lancome Bi-Facil).

-Do you like drugstore makeup?
Love, love, love!  So convenient and so affordable!  CVS is the place to shop!

-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
Yes, I can kill two birds with one stone with the 45-60 min drive -- the CCO and my gal pal, Mrs. G. Fitch, are within a mile of each other!

-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
Yes, Faces Etc. in Mpls.

-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
I've probably looked a bit clownish at times, but no one's ever said anything! LOL

-Name a makeup crime that you hate.
Super line-thin eyebrows.

-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I'm a neutral girl... may I be a little afraid of color?  Maybe...

-Which celebrity always has great make up?
Jessica Alba (thanks to Lauren Andersen!) and Kim Kardashian (thanks to Mario Dedivanovic!)

-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?
Brow pencil/powder... I overplucked as an uneducated teenager so now I'm paying for it as an adult.

-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Sure... in the event of an emergency such as a house fire! LOL

-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
No, period. LOL

-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Premium: Make Up For Ever
Drugstore: Revlon

-What do you think of Makeup?
Oh, the wonders of makeup... it's an art... can really transform a person from natural and light to vampy and dark.  It's called L O V E!