Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2014: Julep

I am a huge fan of Julep. In fact, one of my favorite nail polishes to date is "Oscar" (a stunning yet vibrant gold glitter) which you can see pictured below:


Julep's Oscar Nail Polish.

For Black Friday (11/28) through Cyber Monday (12/1) and throughout the entire holiday season, Julep is offering the following deals:

$1 select nail polishes. Use code: ONE. (Valid until 12/1)
Get 50% off select Julep holiday gifts. Use code: CYBERWOW. (Cyber Monday)
Get 40% off throughout the holiday season. Use code: SHOPEARLY.
Get a free Julep x RuMe tote when you spend $10 or more. Use code: RUMELOVE.
Get a stunning metallic wristlet stuffed with Julep goodies when you spend $35 or more. Use code: JUBILEE.
Get a 6-piece gift (a $120 value) free when you spend $35 or more. Use code: SHINETIME.
Get a free 4-piece set (a $56 value) with any purchase of $25 or more. Use code: CANTWAIT.
Get a free 4-piece nail set with any purchase. Use code: FROSTY. (dark red, plum, metallic silver polishes, etc.)
Get a free 4-piece nail set with any purchase. Use code: TREAT. (red, plum glitter, metallic polishes, etc.)
Get a free 4-piece nail set with any purchase. Use code: CHEERS. (silver, burgundy, glitter polishes, etc.)
Get a free gift with your purchase of $25 or more. Use code: FABFALL. (ongoing)
Subscribe to a Julep subscription and your first box is free. Use code: FREEBOX. (ongoing)
Sign up for newsletter/email and get a free gift. 
Get a free nail color when you sign up for a Julep subscription. (ongoing)

I know where I am going to be shopping now through the weekend. To get started shopping at Julep, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2014: Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs is an incredibly talented fashion designer, yes, but what everyone doesn't not realize is that he stamping his mark in the beauty world. In fact, ever since the launch last year, I have been quite a fan. 

For Black Friday (11/28) and Cyber Monday (12/1) Marc Jacobs Beauty is offering the following deals:

Get 4 free essentials when you spend $30 or more. Use code: MONDAY. (Expires: 12/2/14)
Free deluxe highlighter when you spend $75 or more. Use code: MINI. (ongoing)
Free shipping on any order. Use code: SHIP. (Valid: 1/1/15)
Free shipping when you spend $50 or more. (ongoing)

I am very excited about the #BLACQUERFRIDAY sets, especially "In The Nude". Discover luxury reinvented. To get started shopping at Marc Jacobs Beauty, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Holiday Shopping 2014: Beauty.com

Beauty.com is one of my favorite places to shop online. Why? Because they offer great products for a great price. Not to mention they have frequent sales and my personal favorite, GWPs (or Gifts with Purchases). 

For Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Beauty.com is having the following sales you don't want to miss... 

Get $15 off when you spend $75 or more. (Expires: 11/30)

Gifts with Purchases (or GWPs):

Get a free sample-filled EDUN Wool Felted Pouch with your purchase of $150 or more. (Expires: 12/13)
Get a free False Eyelashes Plush Mascara ($22 value) when you spend $50 or more on Prescriptives. (Expires: 12/31)
Get a free Perfect Shower Cap ($18 value) with your $20 purchase of BlowPro products. (Expires: 12/31)

I know where I am going to be shopping. To get started shopping at Beauty.com, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2014: TEMPTU

TEMPTU is one of my favorite makeup brands. As one of the greatest, if not the greatest, airbrush system around, it is a brand to not only love, but trust too. Earlier this year, I had the greatest opportunity to speak with Samantha Mandor, TEMPTU's COO and co-owner. She was amazing to talk with and had a lot of great energy. In fact, you can read the interview I did with her, here

For Black Friday (11/28/14) through Cyber Monday (12/1/14) TEMPTU is having the following sales:

Get 25% off right now. Use code: FF2014. (Expires: 11/30/14)
Save up to $50 on select TEMPTU trios and sets.
Sign up for newsletter and email, get 10% off your first purchase. (ongoing)
Invite a friend, get a $25 gift from TEMPTU. (ongoing)
Free shipping when you spend $50 or more. (ongoing)

I just want to say that I have had the opportunity to try the airbrush system and I absolutely love it. Not only does my skin look amazing, but the makeup is water-resistant and does not dry out nor flake or fade. I also love that this line does not break me out. If you are searching for an amazing airbrush medium, I recommend TEMPTU's.

To get grab your airbrush system along with other airbrush essentials from TEMPTU, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Holiday Shopping 2014: Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville is a skin care expert. As one of the most iconic women in the beauty world right now, I had the greatest honor of interviewing her earlier this year. (Click here to read my exclusive interview with her.) And because she is an expert in skin care, her skin care line is quite outstanding. 

For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Kate Somerville is offering the following deals, that you don't want to miss:

Get 25% off + Free Shipping. Use code: FRIENDS2014. (Expires: December 1st)
Get 10% off when you sign up to receive emails. (ongoing)
Free shipping when you spend $50 or more.
Free samples with every purchase.

Kate Rewards:

For every 400 points, get a $10 gift card and/or e-card.
For every 500 points, get a cleanser of choice.
For every 800 points, get a $25 gift card and/or e-card.
Once you accumulate 1,500 points, 50% on purchase points one year + $50 gift card/e-card + free shipping.

You can expect to see quite a few Kate Somerville essentials in this year's Best in Beauty. To get started shopping at Kate Somerville, simply click here or click the banner below...

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Holiday Shopping 2014: CARGO Cosmetics

CARGO Cosmetics creates some of the best makeup products I have ever used. In fact, recently, I have garnered a huge love for the Swimmables Water-Resistant Bronzer. In fact, you can read my review about this amazing product, here.

For Black Friday (11/28) through Cyber Monday (12/1) CARGO Cosmetics is offering the following deals:

Get 10% off right now. Use code: PROWINNER10.
Free shipping when you spend $50 or more. 

To get started shopping at CARGO Cosmetics, simply click here right now.

Holiday Shopping 2014: Lifeline Skin Care

Lifeline Skin Care emphasizes on using stem cells, as they are building blocks in our skin and as a result, help renew the skin. They offer quite a few select essentials that deliver some of the greatest anti-aging benefits you will ever use.

For Black Friday (11/28/14) Lifeline Skin Care is offering the following deals:

Get 25% off right now. Use code: BUY25. (11/21-11/28)
Get 15% off right now. Use code: LIFELINE15. (ongoing)
Free shipping when you spend $75 or more.

You can expect to see at one of their essentials featured in my "Best in Beauty" awards for Examiner.com which will be published next month. To grab your Lifeline Skin Care essentials, simply click here or click the banner below...

Holiday Shopping 2014: Too Faced Cosmetics


Too Faced Cosmetics is a makeup brand located in the heart of Irvine, California. Check out my interview with Jerrod Blandino, co-founder and creator of Too Faced Cosmetics. Just click here right now. Anyways, I first discovered Too Faced after using their Shadow Insurance Primer and ever since, I have been a huge fan of the brand. 

Black Friday (November 28th) and Cyber Monday (December 1st) are approaching us. For the holidays Too Faced Cosmetics is having the following deals you just don't want to miss:

Get 20% off every order. 
Free shipping on every order.
Free gift with every order. 
Get a free Better Than Sex Mascara, Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, and Melted lip color when you spend $70 or more. (Expires: 11/28)
Get a free makeup palette + iPhone case with any purchase of a Too Faced gift card of $75 or more.
Free samples with every order.




Other offers:

Save up to 60% on select makeup sets.
Save up to 70% on select beauty essentials.
Get an additional 30% off sale items.
Earn triple points. (ongoing)

To get started shopping at Too Faced Cosmetics, simply click here or click the banner the below...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Shopping 2014: Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher is one of my favorite beauty brands. Offering some of the greatest skin care, makeup, bath & body, and fragrance, this French inspired brand offers amazing essentials for everyone. Recently, I have discovered quite a few products that I absolutely love. Some of them include: Elixir Youth Intensifier Serum, Elixir Youth Energy Day Care Moisturizer, Quad Eyeshadow Sumptuous Color in Deep Grey and in Incandescent Brown, and Grand Rouge Lipstick in Powdery Pink. 

For Black Friday, as well as, Cyber Monday 2014, Yves Rocher is offering the following deals:

Get free shipping when you spend $20 or more. Use code: YRFREESHIP. (Expires: 11/30/14) 
100 gifts for only $2 each. (no code) 
$3 Gift Ideas. (ongoing) 
Up to 50% off select holiday gifts. 
 Free Gift with every purchase. 
Spend $20 or more and get a 2nd free gift. 
Spend $45+ and get a 3rd gift free. 

 Whether a gift for your mother, your father, your sister, your brother or any other, including yourself, I think we can all agree that Yves Rocher has amazing gifts for virtually everyone. And I don't know about you, but I know where I will be this Black Friday. To get started shopping at Yves Rocher, simply click here right now.

Holiday Shopping 2014: GNC

GNC (or General Nutrition Corporation) offers an array of vitamins and supplements that really allow you to embrace health and wellness in every way possible. Established in 1935, this Pittsburgh based company has been around for almost a century. And with over 7,000 locations around the world and over 13,000 employees, it is definitely one of my favorite stores both online and in-store. 

With everything from vitamins and minerals to herbs and supplements to various sports nutrition such as protein powders, creatine, and pre-workouts to weight management and diet support to energy products, and much more, you can find virtually everything under the sun here. 

For Black Friday (November 28th) and Cyber Monday (December 1st) GNC is offering the following deals:

$9.99 Super Sale + $3.99 Flat Rate Shipping. (Valid 11/24-11/25)
Get 30% off right now + $3.99 Flat Rate Shipping. (Valid 11/26-11/27)
Buy One, Get One 50% off on all GNC brands + $3.99 Flat Rate Shipping. (Valid 11/28-11/30)
Get up to 50% off GNC holiday gift bundles and sets. (ongoing)
$3.99 flat rating shipping. (ongoing)
Free shipping on all pet products. (ongoing)

Other offers:

Get 50% off Wheybolic and Cellucor. (Mix & Match Cellucor, GNC Pro Performance, AMP Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60)
Buy One, Get One Free from Infinite Labs (Mix & Match, online only)
Get up to 30% off GNC Puredge Daily Energy.
Get 25% off Quest Nutrition Bar Boxes.
Buy One Soft Chew, Get One 50% off. 
Buy Two, Get One Free GNC Total Lean "Ready-To-Drink" formulas. (Choose from Banana Cream, Orange Cream, Swiss Chocolate, Strawberries and Cream, and Vanilla Bean.)
Buy One, Get One 50% off GNC Herbal Plus & GNC Probiotic Varieties. 
Buy One, Get One 50% off on select NOW Essential Oils.
Buy One, Get One 50% off on select Dr. Bronner's.
Buy One, Get One 50% off on select Alacer.
Buy One NEOCELL Beauty Bursts and get the 2nd one 50% off.
Red Bull Energy, 2 for $15. ($9.96 each)
Save an additional 10% when you buy two or more GNC GenetixHD Items.
Get 50% off Mass Gainers. (GNC members only)
Get 40% off Genetix HD. (GNC members only)
Get up to 25% off Testosterone Support (GNC members only)
Get up to 20% off Nugenix (GNC members only)
$29.99 for Vitapak Programs. (GNC members save $15 on targeted support)
Sign up for a Gold Card GNC membership and get 20% off your entire purchase. Just click here to get started now.

Fill out your GNC user profile + sign up for email/newsletter to receive 15% off now. (ongoing)
Review your favorite products and save $10 off your next purchase. (ongoing)

Gift with Purchases (or GWPs):

Free t-shirt with any Cutler Nutrition purchase.
Free t-shirt with any EVL purchase. 
Free t-shirt with any N.O.-XPLODE purchase.
Free Shaker with any $50 Universal purchase. 
Free Shaker with any ANS Diablo or Ritual purchase.
Free Vega Shaker with any Vega purchase.
Free iSS Shaker with any Victory Bar Box purchase.
Free Rivalus Shaker with any Rivalus purchase.
Free MusclePharm water bottle with any Combat Bar purchase.
Free water bottle with any FitMiss purchase.

I don't know about you, but I know where I am going to be this Friday and Monday. To get started shopping at GNC, simply click here or click the banner below...

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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
Free Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum + Free Shipping. Use code: THANKS. (Thanksgiving Day Event) 

Free 7-Piece Deluxe Gift + Night Cream Bonus + Free Shipping on any purchase of $55 or more. Use code: BLACKFRIDAY. (11/28)
11 Iconic Products + Designer Clutch with any $65+ purchase. Free shipping is also included. Use code: CyberRED. (12/1)
25-Pc Limited Edition Makeup Collection for only $39.50 (a $270 value). Can be combined with any other code. (Ongoing)
Get a 36-Piece Gift for $49.50 (a $400+ value) with any $32.50 purchase. (Expires: 12/15)
Save $66 on PREVAGE "Results-In-4 Weeks" Serum Set. (Ongoing)
Save $20 on select gift sets. (Ongoing)
Get up to 48% off select Elizabeth Arden essentials. 
Free shipping on any order. Use code: EA2. (Valid 11/25-11/30)
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... 


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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.