Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2014: Elizabeth Arden

Established in 1910, Elizabeth Arden is not only one of the most recognizable names in the beauty industry today, but as a beauty brand one of the pioneers. In fact, as a global prestige beauty brand, Elizabeth Arden offers anti-aging skincare, makeup, and fragrance.

Black Friday is on November 28th this year, as Cyber Monday is on December 1st this year. For Black Friday, as well as, Cyber Monday, Elizabeth Arden is offering the following deals:

Sign up to receive emails and get 10% off your first purchase. Use code: BEAUTIFUL.
Get a free sample of Ceramide Capsules when you spend $45 or more. (Ongoing)
Get 20% off beauty duos. Can be combined with any code. (Ongoing)
Best selling beauty items for $35 and under. (Ongoing)
Save $29 when you purchase Ceramide Capsules Youth Restoring Serum 180 piece set. (Ongoing)
6 Elizabeth Arden deluxe-size samples + free shipping with your purchase of $45 or more. Use code: Makeover45
25-Pc Limited Edition Makeup Collection for only $39.50 (a $270 value). Can be combined with any other code. (Ongoing)
Save $66 on PREVAGE "Results-In-4 Weeks" Serum Set. (Ongoing)
Save $20 on select gift sets. (Ongoing)
Free shipping when you spend $40 or more. (Ongoing)

I don't know about you, but I know where I will be shopping. To get started shopping at Elizabeth Arden, simply click here or click the banner below...

Friday, November 21, 2014

SUSU Handbags: Baxter Mermaid Fishskin Leather Crossbody Bag

Baxter Mermaid Fishskin Leather
Crossbody Bag
in Beige.
Created by Susu herself, this incredibly talented designer who resides in the heart of the big apple (NYC) and city of angels (LA) has quite the history in the business. Not only has she worked for BCBG Max Azaria, but she's established herself in the fashion scene many years prior.

Her luxury handbags are amazing, possessing only the finest materials including the greatest quality of leather. Recently, it was an honor to be chosen to receive one of her amazing handbags (thank you Susu and eAccountable), the Baxter Mermaid Fishskin Leather Crossbody Bag in Beige which retails for $278. I absolutely love this bag and so far, have received quite a few compliments about it.

Not only does this amazing addition to SUSU Handbags include a genuine dual texture leather, the fishskin pattern makes it look like something you would find in a high-end boutique for thousands of dollars beyond the $278 price tag. The leather is also 100% authentic and quite soft, which I really love. I also love the idea that it's durable in a sense that you can tell it's not the type to wear off.

I also really love this bag because the strap drop is only 21" and it includes an amazing adjustable crossbody strap. This gives you the ability to wear this as a crossbody, as well as, carrying it as an actual handbag. With a width of 10", height of 8", and a depth of 3", this bag is great for carrying quite a few things and a lot bigger than I had originally assumed.

The center strap really adds a lot of definition to this bag along with the pivot metal closure. At first, I was sort of confused by the closure, until I discovered that all you have to do is line up the sides to actually open it.

For the holidays this year, SUSU Handbags is offering the following deals:

On Black Friday, November 28th 2014 Susu Handbags is offering 40% off + Free Shipping. Just use code: BLACKFRIDAY
On Cyber Monday, December 1st 2014 Susu Handbags is offering 40% off + Free Shipping. Just use code: CYBERMONDAY
For Green Monday, December 8th 2014 use code: GREENMONDAY for 40% off + Free Shipping. 
 On Thursday, December 18th 2014, use code: FREESHIPPING to not only receive free shipping, but 40% off too.

To grab your SUSU Handbag, simply click here or click the banner below... 


SUSU Handbags

Beauty Talk with Gavée Gold

I am a huge fan of gold. In fact, it is one of my favorite elements. One of the most surprisingly interesting things that I have discovered about this element is the fact that it is also a mineral, which has many benefits both internally and externally.

Recently, I had the chance to speak with Tiffany Andersen about her skin care line Gavée Gold where she told me some amazing knowledge about this incredible element. We also talked about the amazing Gavée Gold essentials too. 

To read my interview with Tiffany Andersen, the founder of Gavée Gold, simply click here right now.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Limited-Edition Beauty Tins from One Direction


One Direction Beauty Tins.
One Direction is one of the hottest musical acts to hit the scene. And, as of November 15th they have dipped into the beauty scene with their various makeup essentials. Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to put these limited-edition beauty tins from One Direction Beauty to the test, courtesy of Brand Backer.

These One Direction additions are limited-edition and include various makeup essentials that work together to create an array of makeup looks. There are a total of 5, One Direction Beauty Tins. One for each One Direction member. They include: Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam, and Louis. Thanks to Brand Backer and Markwins Beauty, I received Harry (Styles), Niall (Horan), and Zayn (Malik). 

Harry Styles.


Each palette includes: 6 eye shadows, 5 lip glosses, 2 nail polishes, and 1 eye pencil which is presented in an unique tin. This is the ultimate swag for not only the One Direction fan, but makeup enthusiast in your life.

What makes these palettes different and unique is the actual tin itself. The front and the sides all include various art and doodling, as you can see from the images.


What I found most exciting about this One Direction collectible is the eye shadows. The eye shadows include: Nobody Compares, Tell Me A Lie, Same Mistakes, I Would, Summer Love, and Everything About You. I absolutely love Nobody Cares because it's the perfect Silver for a smoky eye, however, I Would is probably the most flexible yet adaptable shade in the entire collection. 


Zayn Malik.
I have to tell you, I am really loving the lip products in these One Direction sets. The lip glosses include: Loved You First, One Thing, Irresistible, Heart Attack, and Over Again. I absolutely love Loved You First, but I am also extremely fond of Irresistible. 

Over Again is more of a top coat with optics, so you can actually wear this alone or over top of your favorite lip product. 
Niall Horan.


The nail polishes (or varnishes) include: Stole My Heart and Alive. I really like Stole My Heart, but as a huge fan of top coats, I have to say that Alive is my favorite out of the two. 

The eye pencil is in "I Want" which is a stunning matte black. 


These Limited-Edition Beauty Tins are currently available at Sears, K-Mart, Target, and Walmart (Canada). Please "like" Makeup by One Direction on Facebook

Aztec City Palette + Lash Color in Teal from Paula Dorf Cosmetics


Aztec City Palette.
Recently I find myself discovering new brands and products. If it wasn't for Brand Backer, I don't think I would have discovered Paula Dorf Cosmetics. In fact, this blogging program recently offered an amazing opportunity to try several Paula Dorf makeup essentials which include the Aztec City Palette and the Lash Color in Teal

What do you get when you combine 5 stunning shades in a very compact case that includes a mirror and a brush? The Aztec City Palette. This palette includes 5 shades that work together to create amazing looks. You can wear them alone or together. 

I absolutely love the blue shade in this amazing Paula Dorf addition. It's a neutral light blue, but possesses an unique iridescent green shimmer that cannot be explained. Although I find myself more of a neutral or smoky eyed type of gal, I really love this blue because it's quite unique. The nudes in this palette are great for achieving a neutral look, including a wearable smoky. They are also great for contouring too. 


The Aztec City Palette also includes a double-ended brush. I must say that the double-ended brush included with this palette is incredible. I absolutely love how it grabs the eye shadow and works as not only an eye shadow brush, but a fluff brush, a blending brush, and even an eyeliner brush. 

The Lash Color is definitely something to admire. At first, I was quite skeptical because I am not one who really likes wearing colored mascara. In fact, I am the type of girl that always wears black with the occasional dark brown. The mascara is actually pretty and the color pay-off produced is faint yet visible. The brush is decent sized and makes the application that much better. I actually enjoy it very much. 


Overall, I was very impressed with both of these essentials, especially the Aztec City Palette. 

You can grab the Aztec City Palette for $36 and the Teal Mascara for $21 at http://www.pauladorf.com right now. Get a free Lash Color in Teal with your purchase right now. Just use code: TEAL.

Introducing New Makeup Line from One Direction


One Direction Makeup Line.
When it comes to the pop group One Direction, I don't think there is anyone in the world that doesn't know who they are. As one of the talented boy bands to hit the music scene, they recently partnered with Markwins to create some amazing beauty essentials. 

As a self proclaimed makeup junkie, I have to tell you, when I heard they were offering a chance to receive the products via Brand Backer, I literally jumped at the opportunity. As a result, I received several essentials from Markwins directly from One Direction's new makeup line.

The set is expanding, but in short, I received quite a few One Direction Beauty essentials to get me started. One of them is the Liquilights Glow Glosses in Through The Dark, Kiss You, and Taken. Through the Dark is bright pink red shade and under a UV light changes to more of a red-orange neon shade. Kiss You is more of a bright hot pink meets fuchsia that changes to a bright orange when under a UV light. Taken is a stunning light orange shade that changes to a bright yellow when it's exposed to ultraviolet light. 

My favorite shade is definitely Kiss You. It's the brightest of the bunch and such a fun yet unique color. I would assume that the most flexible shade is Taken, as it's the most natural looking out of the three. 

Liquilights Glow Gloss is definitely something that I love. In fact, out of all of the products I received, it's truly my favorite, I think. I am very impressed with not only the glosses being extremely pigmented, but hydrating. The color pay-off products is also outstanding. I was also quite shocked at how long-lasting it was too. 
Through the Dark, Kiss You, and Taken.


Moving onto the One Direction's Electro Glam Mascara. Electro Glam Mascara comes in 3 unique shades. They include: Why Don't We Go There, Does He Know, and Story Of My Life. Why Don't We Go There is best described as a royal blue. I love this color because it's quite audacious. Does He Know is a very intense hot pink shade. Although this isn't fuchsia, it has the hot pink factor that makes it work. Story of My Life is more of a bright golden yellow. Almost like the color of the Steelers. 

I really love the mascara because it's a lot of fun. I really love the concept of the mascara and the fact that it produces an amazing color payoff. It is not only great for the lashes, but hair too. 

Rock Me Nail Kit includes quite a few essentials. To be honest, I was shocked to see three nail varnishes, as well as, three universal glitters. The nail varnishes include: Happily, Moments, and Diana. Happily is more of a bright iced blue shade. The glitter is evident, but there isn't a lot of it. Moments is a pretty warm pink shade. Diana of course is a clear/silver top coat that really stands out the most. In fact, my favorite from the One Direction Rock Me Nail Kit is definitely Diana, as it is a stunning holographic glitter polish that works amazing alone or over your favorite polish.

What about the glitter? The glitters include: Kicks, Not Afraid, and Star. Kicks is a stunning light blue. Almost like a pastel or iced blue rather a royal or navy blue. Not Afraid is a light yet bright pink glitter. Star is very clear yet has some white and silver optics in it. I love them all equally, as they are all great for multiple uses, however, I find myself really loving Star because it works great for highlighting and contouring. 


One Direction Nail Varnish in Diana.
This brand is growing and I am very excited to see what One Direction has in store for not only their fans, but makeup lovers and junkies around the world. 

Why? Because the colors are fun, they are bold, and they are current. How hot is that?

As of November 15th (last Saturday), these products are available at your nearest Macy's, Dillards, Boscov's, and Lord & Taylor. They are also available at various Stage Stores too. 

In the meantime "like" Makeup by One Direction on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Beauty Talk with Sibu Beauty


It was great talking to Peter McMullin of Sibu Beauty about the brand. What I found so intriguing about this brand is the fact that they use Sea Buckthorn in everything. Peter possessed amazing knowledge of this amazing berry. 

The knowledge and use of Omegas is something to value. I had no clue of the many benefits of the Omegas. It's just astounding to me the health benefits of them, along with the Sea Buckthorn berry.

Another great thing that I learned from this entire interview with Peter about Sibu Beauty is the fact that it was recognized by the 14th Dalai Lama. Sibu Beauty has not only changed people's lives in a health sense, but in a humanitarian sense too. It has also established jobs in foreign lands, as well.

To read my interview with Peter McMullin of Sibu Beauty, simply click here right now.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Beauty Talk with Vitabath

Vitabath offers some of the greatest bath
and body essentials you will ever use.
Recently, I had the greatest opportunity to speak with the CEO of Vitabath, Richard Neill. He is one of the most inspiring people I have ever had the chance to speak with. 

Vitabath is one of my favorite bath and body brands. Although I love an array of scents from this amazingly underrated beauty brand, I am a huge fan of the Cupcake Couture line (primarily the Luscious Lemon Creme, being my ultimate favorite.)

The interview talks a lot about the Vitabath brand, the products, fragrance, and of course beauty in general. What I learned from Mr. Neill about the sense of smell was incredible, as well. It was great speaking with him about this amazing brand. 

To read my interview with Richard Neill, the CEO of Vitabath, simply click here right now.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

KISS InstaWave


When I heard about an amazing opportunity to try the KISS InstaWave automatic curling iron (thank you Brand Backer), I jumped at the chance. Why? Because I am always looking to try new products, especially anything involving hair. 

PROS

Whether you have short hair, long hair, fine hair, or thick hair, you will benefit from using the KISS InstaWave because it works with virtually every hair type. 

This hair device is amazingly versatile and efficient, as you can create both inward and outward curls. You can also achieve loose curls and tight curls. I love the curls that I achieved when using the InstaWave. In only 4 steps, it takes less than 10 seconds to achieve a curl. 

Using the ceramic ionic technology, your hair is fully protected from any awkward DNA damage. Incorporating various styling essentials can also promote this. 

When it comes to tangles, you don't have to worry about that, as this device is tangle-free. If you are concerned about your hair ripping, you don't have to worry with the InstaWave. If anything were to occur, all you have to do is rotate the barrel. 

The barrel is moved left-to-right with the amazing directional switch, which I absolutely love. Again, if your hair gets tangled, you can use this feature, so your hair doesn't get caught in the device.

What I loved most about this amazing KISS addition is the fact that a blue light pops on, as an alert that the temperature is right. Automatic shut off after 1 hour and 30 minutes makes this device incredibly safe.

At just $59.99, this is under $100. I think this mid-end price is perfect for those looking for a styler that works in multiple ways. 

The KISS InstaWave has a 2-year warranty.

CONS

This is only a 1". Although it works with every hair type, if you are looking for something larger or smaller, you may not find this curling iron appealing.

If your hair is not brushed thoroughly, it may get tangled and even dry out. Before using this particular device, you may want to make sure that your hair is conditioned properly, as well as, brushed. If you do not, your hair will get tangled in the barrel. 

I have long hair and if you have long hair like me, it will take sometime getting use to simply because it takes a few seconds just to wrap a few strands around the barrel. I find that the barrel is very close to medium length. So, it may take longer curling your hair. 

The InstaWave is $59.99. If you are looking to spend under $50, you may not find that this device is in your budget. 

You can grab the KISS InstaWave at your nearest KISS InstaWave or retailer (ULTA, Target, or Amazon.com) for $59.99. Would I use this curling iron again? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. For more information, visit: KISSInstaWave.com today.

Holidays 2014: Top 10 Beauty Stocking Stuffers at Nordstrom

Nails Inc. London "Cracker" Collection.
Not only does this make an amazing gift for
the nail enthusiast in your life, but a great
stocking stuffer too.
As Fall is here and Winter is near, the holidays are soon to magically appear. And as they approach us, so does the demand to find a great gift this holiday season. Stocking stuffers are simply smaller, side gifts. So, what are the top 10 best beauty stocking stuffers of 2014 at Nordstrom?

10. Bella j. Deluxe Eye, Cheek, & Lip Palette. This includes 27 eye shadows, 3 blushes, and 3 lip glosses. And as a bonus, a little surprise is included (hint: charm). As a Nordstrom exclusive, this is a $300 value for only $32.50. If this isn't a deal, then I don't know what is. (Click Here)

9. Molton Brown London 'Bath & Body Treasures' Collection. This set includes six body washes and six shower gels at 1.7 oz. each. They include: Pink Pepperpod, Gingerlily, Ylang-Ylang, Templetree, Black Peppercorn, and Orange & Bergamot. A $93 value for just $60, this Nordstrom exclusive is one of the best gifts this year. Whether you want to stuff one of these into a stocking or give one as a small gift to someone, whether you want to give the entire set to someone or simply want to keep it all for yourself, whoever receives this gift is truly going to love it. (Click Here)

8. LORAC 'The Royal Lip Lustre' Creme Set. This amazing LORAC addition includes six lip glosses in Empress, Princess, Enchanted, Reign, Crown, and Tiara. Don't wait to own the crown, get it now as this $90 value is only $25. These are also vanilla-scented too. It is also limited edition, so once it is gone, it is gone for good. (Click Here)

7. Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Set. The shades included in this fabulous Laura Mercier addition include: Rose Gold, Amethyst, Moonlight, Copper, Khaki, and Cocoa. The mini eye colors are 0.03 oz. each. Made in Italy, this $101 value is just $55. Whether a gift for your sister, your mother, or any other beauty fanatic in your life, anyone who receives this gift will truly love it. (Click Here)

6. The Philosophy 'Vanilla Brown Sugar' Duo. Not only is this a limited edition beauty essential, it is a Nordstrom exclusive. The gourmand fragrance in this is so amazing, anyone who receives this gift will not only love it, but appreciate that much more. For $27, you will receive an 8 oz. Vanilla Brown Sugar 3-in-1 along with a 6 oz. Vanilla Brown Sugar hot salt body scrub. (Click Here)

5. Nails Inc. London "Cracker" Collection. This nail set includes 6 polishes that celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. For $38, you will receive Nail Inc. London's Kensington High Street, Trafalgar Crescent, Mayfair Mews, Baker Street, Mayfair Lane, and Kings Road. As a $63 value, this nail set is the perfect gift for any nail enthusiast. (Click Here)

4. Juicy Couture "Viva La Juicy" Pen Travel Set. When it comes to scent, there is a lot to value. Why? Because of the sense of smell is the only sense that goes directly to the brain. So, when you smell something, you are always going to be reminded of the moment you first smelled it. Available for $36, this perfume set includes: Viva La Juicy, Viva La Juicy Noir, and Viva La Juicy Fleur. By Juicy Couture, these fragrance pens are  in 0.33 oz. size, making them perfect for travel. (Click Here
The Perfect Brow Set from Chantecaille
makes an amazing stocking stuffer this holiday
season. 


3. Chantecaille 'The Perfect Brow' Set. This amazing set includes a trio of Chantecaille additions, held inside a faux-crocodile, patent-leather cosmetics bag. These essentials include: a waterproof brow definer, full brow perfecting gel, and brow lift e'clat. Available in Ash Blonde and in Oak Brown, these make the best stocking stuffers. For $88, you will never find a stocking stuffer as haute. (Click Here)

2. Crabtree & Evelyn 'Big Top Twelve' Hand Therapy Music Tin. This amazing set includes 12 ultra-moisturizing hand therapy creams in amazing scents, in a cute yet festive wind-up musical tin collectible. As a 0.9 oz., you will receive 12 amazing scents that make great stocking stuffers and gifts. Whether you want to give one to your mother or keep one back for yourself, you can grab this amazing Crabtree & Evelyn at Nordstrom for only $60. (Click Here)

1. MAC 'Keepsakes Gold' Lip & Eye Bag. Can you believe that the holidays are almost here? This set includes a Mineralize Eyeshadow Quad, along with a Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone and a Mineralize Lipglass in Modest. Also included is a stunning sparkling grey clutch. As a $90 value, this Nordstrom exclusive is $59.50 and the best beauty stocking stuffer at Nordstrom. (Click Here)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set + Giveaway


One of the things that I love most about life is the sense of smell. In the wise words of Richard Neill, it is the only scent that goes directly to the brain. Sure, we have those instinct senses that allow us to survive, as well as, emotional senses that let us know each and everyday that we are only human after all, but what is most fascinating is our sense of smell.
 
Candles are one of my favorite necessities because they allow me to enjoy scents in my environment. Sure I love perfume and fragrance, but they are not strong enough. And in order to make them strong enough, you have to spray so much to the level the silage overpowers the notes. Which, in short, is not a good thing.
 
Recently, thanks to Brand Backer, I had the opportunity to try Old Factory's Candle Gift Set in "Winter Wonderland". The set includes: Hot Cocoa, First Snow, and Roasted Chestnut, which are 2 oz. each. You can light one, you can light them all.

My favorite candle is definitely the Hot Cocoa, as this one is the most gourmand. For everyone who knows me, you all know how much I appreciate gourmand and warm notes more so than anything floral or "musky" so to speak. This notes in this candle are paired evenly, making me craving a cup of the real thing.

My second favorite is the First Snow. The notes really came together in this one. It's not as robust as Hot Cocoa or Roasted Chestnuts, but still possesses a silage that is evident. I would say a combination of warm and woody, if I were to describe this particular Old Factory Candles addition, with the warm notes overshadowing the woody notes.
As much as I wanted to love Roasted Chestnuts, it was just ok for me. I am not a fan of the floral note that I was getting. Overall, I would say this candle was pleasant only when paired with the other two. By itself, it just wasn't tripping my trigger.

Made in the USA, these candles are made from natural soy wax, which works to effectively manifest your room without making it dry. Also including a self trimming wick, these candles make great gifts. As a candle connoisseur, I really love these candles and will definitely make a purchase very soon on another set. I am thinking "Coffee Shop" or possibly "Fall Harvest".

You can grab Winter Wonderland set from Old Factory Candles. Just click here today.