Mid-Range Makeup Brands

Smashbox Friends and Family Event 2010 20% Coupon Code

Enjoy 20% off your total order at www.smashbox.com using promo code FFSB20 until November 29th.

Happy Shopping dears!

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Demeter My Melody Cologne Spray Review, Photos

When I was a kid and well into adulthood I love/loved Hello Kitty. Yes, I say it’s ok to admit to loving Hello Kitty even when you’re far from your tween years.

Now…I gotta admit…Isn’t My Melody way cuter though? Must be those ickle wabbit ears that make her so much sweeter looking than Hello Kitty right? Plus she’s like a hybrid isn’t she? Fake ears but a real rabbit tail…so is she a cat or is she a rabbit or is she a hybrid of both!? If we take those ears away what’s hiding underneath!?

These are the questions that keep me up at night….

Speaking of cute I spritzed myself this morning with the Demeter My Melody Cologne Spray.

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Use It, Stash It, Or Trash It: The Holiday Collection Edition

Time to start Monday off with a little fun because lord knows I can use some fun at the start of a boring work week, even though it’s a short one eh?

The name of the game is Use It, Stash It, or Trash it and it’s a variation of Sex, Marry, Kill. Never played it? It’s easy!

Someone presents you with a list of three people in your life or celebs and you decide if you want to have sex with them, marry them, or kill them off.

My variation of the game involves cosmetics. I’ll give you three options and you tell me if you’d keep the item and use it, stash it away in your beauty vault and never use it because it’s just so damn gorgeous , or trash it in the makeup graveyard!

Ready to play?

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Lush Limited Edition Perfume

Yay! The Lush Limited Edition Perfume Collection has launched in NA. The original launch was last month in the UK during a forum party. I quickly ordered my goodies and got them a few days ago. Day of the Dead Perfume is rockin’ dude, just rockin’!

The good news is the range is now available, for one day only, from 10AM to Midnight (PST). Each fragrance is $29.95 and available in the following scents:

  • American Cream – Lavender and vanilla shake with a hint of fresh fruitiness.
  • Snowcake – Almond marzipan and rose absolute for sophisticated sweetness.
  • Twilight – Find serenity in lavender and tonka absolute.
  • Big – Tropical mandarin and vanilla perfume for breezy, beachy days.
  • Black Pearl – Sail the high seas of lavender and blackcurrant.
  • Day of the Dead – Zesty lime fragrance inspired by a Mexican fiesta for the dead.

Lush does not have an exact delivery date for perfumes but promises they’ll arrive prior to Christmas so if you’re wanting them as a gift, according to Lush, they should arrive right on time.

Happy Shoppin’!

Available at www.lushusa.com (this link will be active at 10AM PST)

I’ve already checked out and reviewed Day of the Dead if it’s any help when deciding which scents you need.

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Stila Holiday Blockbuster Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Earlier this month Stila sent out an e-mail burst stating they had 50 of their brand new Stila Holiday Blockbuster Sets available and the makeup world proceeded to go ape sh*t.

50? Seriously? Only 50? WTH people! Needless to say it proceeded to sell out within a brief blink of my eye. I wasn’t one of the lucky 50 to snag it.

Flash forward several minutes later and comments and e-mails proceeded to flood me telling me, “Hey, wait a sec, that palette is at Costco for $20 bucks!

Indeed, this palette is at your local Costco and merely $20.

Don’t ask why, or how or who but Stila stated it had the following items:

  • 30 Stila Eyeshadows
  • 3 Stila Convertible Colors
  • 15 Stila Lip Colors and Glosses
  • 2 Stila Sun Bronzers
  • 2 Stila Cheek Colors
  • 2 Stila All Over Shimmer Highlighters
  • 1 Mini Mascara

Is it different from the Costco version? I honestly haven’t a clue but I do know that it was $8 bucks more from Stila and seemed to have a bit more involved as the one at Costco includes:

  • 30 Eyeshadows
  • 15 Lip Colors and Glosses
  • 3 Cheek Colors
  • 2 Stila Sun Bronzers
  • 1 Lip Pencil
  • 1 Eye Liner Pencil

No Convertible Color here, no mascara, no shimmer highlighters……

Are they the same palette? I think maybe they are and perhaps Stila put the wrong details up when selling their 50, super limited edition palettes, considering they posted on their Facebook that the 50 were from left over stock at Costco someone had mentioned but where did they get the details for that palette?

A mystery we may never hear about unless one of those lucky 50 purchasers are bloggers and review the one they purchased from Stila’s website.

Putting all this aside you may question whether this is a good marketing angle for Stila. Stila’s a mid-range brand with a high mark up. As in, it isn’t as cheap as other middle of the range brands and it does fall into the realms of a makeup luxury for some where as for others not so much. Really depends on your budget for makeup.

Hardcore fans might see this as a bad move considering it’s taking Stila down into the realms of being more affordable but you’re also losing the quality commonly associated with the brand. We all like to save money, yes, but I don’t think you want to save money by forsaking quality. Stila’s Holiday Blockbuster Palette is Made in China as well which could cause some outcry among makeup junkies.

Do you need this palette?

Maybe.

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