Gosh I missed the Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals two weeks in a row! Hate me much?
I’m back And I have some great buys just for you!
Now is a good time to wander over to Stila and grab the new limited edition “Asian” Exclusive palettes for 20% off! Use code: DANIELLEBFF and get 20% off your total plus free shipping! A special thank you to Janice at Specktra Blog for the great code!
Autumn is just right now upon us but that hasn’t stopped Bath and Body Works from saying out with the old and in with the new! You can nab a majority of it’s Fall lineup on clearance as they begin making room for their Christmas goodies!
Check out some of these items and nab a deal:
Simply Divine Cherry Pie Three in One Shower Gel 16oz $6
Vanilla Ice Cream Body Spray 8oz $4
Various Temptation Dual Lipglosses $4
Pecan Passion Three in One Shower Gel 16oz $6
Spend $50 at Benefit and get a free mini Benetint Cheek Stain Use Code: ROSYGLOW
Receive 10% off your purchase at 99 Perfume Use Coupon Code TAKE10
Urban Decay has revamped the packaging on it’s eyeliners which is good news because it means you can nab the same eyeliners in the old packaging for far less! Head on over to Urban Decay website to score the vintage eyeliners at a 2 for $20 price tag!
Sephora has Free Shipping on orders of $25 and more! Use code: FREESHIP25
Speaking of Free Shipping it deserves a re-mention that MAC is offering Free Shipping for the entire year using code GLOSS! Thanks to Betsy for that one!
Head over to QVC to get three Tarte Lipglosses Powered by Borba for $45! Item #A13111
Recieve a free Fusion Soft Lights from Smashbox when you purchase $40 or more! Use code: BBCELEB
And finally Saks has it’s annual Friends and Family discount going on at the moment! To take advantage of this you have to either have a good relationship with an MA or by chance meet a nice one in store! If you have a regular MA just call up and she’ll happily give you a discount plus ship your items free! If not you can try calling and see if they’ll extend the offer but sometimes it’s best to go in store, smile pretty, and ask if you’re able to get the discount!
20% off merchandise and 15% off Beauty Items! This is ongoing until this week and into Saturday but not sure if it extends to Sunday!
That’s it for this weekend’s Steals and Deals!
Happy Shopping! Have a great weekend!
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Ok, MAC Addicts.
It’s that time you’ve all been waiting for
The Muse’s haul is very tiny, actually, it’s bigger than I originally thought it would be!
This morning I was fairly sure I was going to end up with one palette but, of course, like the diseased cosmetic whore I am, I ended up purchasing three of the four Royal Asset Palettes.
Unless you’re as diseased as I am you only need one of the Royal Assets palettes in my opinion. This only applies if you are up to date with MAC Formal Black Holiday Collection 2006. If you didn’t partake of Holiday palettes last year this year is a good time to nab very similar palettes as 2006’s releases!
I’m not sure what I think of the actual compacts yet. I’m sorta of loving them and I’m sorta hating them. They are very nicely made. Very classy, worldly, chic but they may have a little bit of an underlay of cheap. I’m not sure what exactly it is that’s turning me off but I feel a little cheap going on here. So, right now I’m in a love/hate relationship with the actual style.
Contents are typical MAC eyeshadows that are very, very similar to Formal Black!
The Muse took the guess work out of this for you and compared the palettes side by side. The only palette I totally skipped out on was the Smokey Eye because it wasn’t even close to last year’s in beauty! It was actually quite blah! The colors seemed all matte to me and not as beautiful as last year’s smokey palette! The good news is that I highly recommend nabbing the Royal Assets Metallic Eyes palette as that appears to be a bit similar to last year’s smokey palette!
Let’s review. I ended up getting the Cool, Warm, and Metallic Eye palettes.
Few differences in last year’s palettes and this years! Here we are comparing the warm palette from this year (on the left) to the warm palette from last year (on the right).
Royal Assets Warm Eyes Palette vs. Formal Black Eyes Warm Palette
I don’t have the names of last year’s shadows sadly. It’s not listed on the box or the insert and the Muse is a bit too lazy to look it up on the internet So I’ll give you a run down of the names of this year’s shadows and compare them to last years!
Royal Assets Warm Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Sunday Best (this is replacing a lighter gold color. It’s nude with a bit of a frosty shimmer to it)
Star Voilet (this is replacing a copper color. It’s not nearly as nice as last year’s color. It’s a matte light brown)
Club (this is replacing a beige gold color, last year was a nice color but this year the color is even better! It’s a nice shimmering gold)
Showstopper (This is a bluish brown color and replacing a caca green/brown color from last year! I’m not sure I like this color! Prefer last years!)
Nobility (This is matte dark brown color! Very blah! Last year was a lighter chocolate matte brown! Neither is pretty in my opinion)
I’m comparing Formal Black’s Smokey Palette to this year’s Metallic Palette because 1. I didn’t get this year’s smokey palette as it was too blah for me to bother! And 2. These are a bit similar in color!
Formal Black Eyes Smokey Palette vs. Royal Assets Metallic Eyes Palette
The Metallic palette is definately a keeper! The colors are very workable and in my opinion it’s the best palette in the lot of the four that were released! It quite reminds me of last year’s outstanding smokey eye palette! Again, I don’t have last year’s color names as they aren’t listed so I am going to do a quick rundown comparison.
Royal Assets Metallic Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Honey Lust (This is nothing like the nude color that’s included with the Formal Black Smokey Eye Palette! It’s a gorgeous shimmering gold!)
Silver Fog (Silver Fog is a silver white shimmering shadow that’s very similar to what was included in last year’s palette! Last year it was a bit of a darker silver shimmer.)
Stately Black (This is a light copper shimmer that’s slightly similar to the brown shimmer we got but not quite the same!)
Velvet Lady (Nothing like the smokey eye palette this is a beautiful dark blue with silver shimmer!)
Creme Royal (Again nothing like last year’s color! This is chocolate brown with an almost iridescent green too it)
Manor (Black Tied was included with the Smokey Eye Palette and this is quite similar but has much less silver than Black Tied and is much more subdued!)
I made a mistake and had to edit this! Sorry Thanks to the reader that pointed out my error! This is a comparison between Intense Eyes from Formal Black and the Cool Eyes from Royal Assets! Cool eyes last year is a bit similar to the Royal Assets version however I find that Intense Eyes from Formal Black was more on the same base as this year’s Cool palette!
Formal Black Eyes Intense Eyes Palette vs. Royal Assets Cool Eyes Palette
Royal Assets Cool Eyes Palette Eyeshadows:
Shadowy (This is a very light pale pink! Last year we had no light pink color like this.)
Silverwear (This is a frosty matte silver! Again, nothing like this!)
Modern Heir (Light Fuschia pink. Last year we had a similar pink but a bit more dark.)
Queen’s Jewel (This is a light off purple color. Last year we had a true purple color in the cool palette)
Medellin (Very similar but minus the frost. This is a matte dark chocolate color)
Trophy (An iridescent bluish color, nothing like last year’s palette)
Formal Black’s Intense Eye palette had much more POP! to it! This year the colors are nice but not nearly as beautiful as the previous palette which had a beautiful aqua, green, purple, etc….This year many of the shadows are a matte frost texture and not nearly as shimmery.
MAC Royal Assets Palettes
Metallic Eyes, Cool Eyes, and Warm Eyes
Overall, it’s a nice collection but nothing you have to have unless you’re a serious MAC addict! I do suggest grabbing the Metallic Eye Palette as it is quite gorgeous! The rest I advise leaving and saving your money!
The lip palettes are nice as well but they weren’t so appealing I had to have them so I skipped! Brush sets are very pretty as well but nothing I don’t already have.
A good collection for new MAC users or people that skipped out on the Formal Black collection.
Count the Muse as being a bit sad and depressed that the collection didn’t completely knock her socks off!
Oh well we have the Stylists collection to look forward to right?
Allow the Muse, if she may, to share with you a most interesting little blog!
I came across Nessasary Makeup when checking my stats one day (kinda of like I ran across Rocketqueen’s! Stats are good they let me discover awesome cosmetic blogs! Teehee).
The blog is too awesome and I really love it and I find myself checking it twice a day or more. At the moment it, with Rocketqueen and Bjooti, is a favorite of mine.
I was originally going to present the blog after copying an FOTD I seen on the blog but I haven’t gotten a chance to do that particular FOTD and today was a good day to share this blog with you as some interesting little items have popped up on Nessasary Makeup!
First of all I love the personal feel to this blog (reminds me of my own). The girl that runs it is friendly, always answers her comments, does awesome q&a sessions, etc….
She does FOTD’s (which are always an interested to me), shows her collection, does tons of swatches, etc….
Overall, it’s a cool blog!
The main reason I’m telling you this is today she has up the new MAC Holiday Palettes which is exciting and disappointing. Exciting to see these in close up but disappointing as they really do look identical to last years!
Either way do wander over and have a visit at Nessasary Makeup!