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theBalm 50% off 1 HOUR Only Flash Sale

theBalm is having a 1 Hour only 50% off sale!
50% off FLASH SALE at thebalm.com on Wednesday, September 25th from 12- 1pm PST!
Favorite items:
Nude’tude palette
Bon Jovi Palette
Down Boy Blush
Mary Lou Highlighter
I haven’t tried their new cheek Instain and this is a great time to snag it!
50% of all proceeds will be donated to SMART, a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities to financially disadvantaged students.
For more information about SMART, visit www.thesmartprogram.org.

Scarlett Johansson’s Engaged! Foget the ring, Admire her cleavage!! Celebrity Engagements! Katie Couric & Mila Kunis too!

In celebrity news and gossip because hey don’t we all love being in the know & escaping our lives just for a little bit?

Well, ScarJo Scarlett Johansson is engaged after a 9 month relationship with Journalist Romain Czydxud(ok that’s not really his last name, it’s one of those difficult to remember or pronounce so what’s the difference really?).

ScarJo's unique Art Deco Engagement Ring with 3 Large Diamons in the middle

ScarJo’s unique Art Deco Engagement Ring with 3 Large Diamonds in the middle

Everyone’s trying to blow up pictures of her hand to get a close up of her engagement ring.
It’s a unique art deco ring with 3 large stones in the middle.
Ok. Fine. I love shiny baubles and diamonds and rings.
Let’s cut to the star.

ScarJo's Engaged. Yeah Yeah. Let's focus on her beautiful cleavage. Oh My!

ScarJo’s Engaged. Yeah Yeah. Let’s focus on her beautiful cleavage. Oh My! Can’t Take my Eyes Off….

LOOK at her gorgeous , amazing cleavage!!!
THAT’s what’s important!! OMG. Holy Amazing Cow Duck Dragon!
Oggle away… at ScarJo … or her ring…
Hey, I can appreciate beauty, aesthetics, and cleavage as much as the next guy or girl.

You can keep staring at that picture. You do not have to read on.
I wouldn’t hold it against you. I understand. FULLY.

Other celebrities have engagement news too!

Katie Couric has found love again after the loss of her first husband to cancer in 1998.
She’s Newly engaged to banker John Molner.
I’ve loved her shows especially during the time she hosted Today.
Happy for her she found love again!

Katie Couric happy in love again

Katie Couric happy in love again!

The glamorous couple on the red carpet looking like a good match!

The glamorous couple on the red carpet looking like a good match!

You can oggle at detailed, close up pics of Scarlett Johansson’s and Katie Couric’s rings

Lastly, there’s hot speculation long time friends and former co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are now engaged.
Dating since April 2012, Mila was recently spotted with a simple gold band on her fourth finger while out buying flowers.
In any case, it’s a matter of time before they make it official

Gold band spotted on her 4th Finger. Is she quietly engaged or even married to Ashton?

Gold band spotted on her 4th Finger. Is she quietly engaged or even married to Ashton?

As they say, Good things comes in threes, except for ScarJo’s cleavage.
ScarJo, Katie, Mila. 3 Hot Successful Celebrities Engaged at the same time.
Love must be in the air!

Sephora 2x – 4x Points! This Week Only!

As part of a re-launch of their loyalty program, Beauty Insider,
they are encouraging (yes, definitely) you to buy more beauty stuff this week.

Beauty Insiders get 2x points. So if you’ve been trying to get to VIB status, you only need to spend $175 to get there instead of the usual $350.
or you get to redeem gifts by spending half the amount!
So for 100 pt and 500 pt gifts, you’ll only spend $50 and $250 respectively.

VIBs get 3x points.

Rogue Members, which is their new tier being launched for members who have spent over $1000, get 4x points.

So Stock up and Buy away!

From 12 – 18 August 2013.

If you are buying in the store, mention the secret password “Celebrate BI”

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They are also launching SUPER gift redemptions if you have 5,000 or 10,000 points.
But I doubt most of us have that many =P

Go shopping and share what you bought!

Smashbox FF 25% discount

Last few hours to get your Smashbox goodies. 25% discount for their Friends and Family sale with code: FRIENDS25

http://www.smashbox.com/

theBalm & Tarte Sale!

Hey All you Beauty fans,

theBalm is on Hautelook on Friday 5/3 (that’s 3rd of May)

20% off on Tarte for Mother’s Day! Code: MOM
ends 2 May 2013. HURRY!!
http://tartecosmetics.com/

Watch out for other Mother’s Day promotions!!

Beauty Gifts! Made in America!

Still looking for a beauty gift for a friend or family member?
A great stocking stuff?
Beauty gifts work great for girls of every age!!
Here are some beauty brands that are Made in America! Yay!

My favorite beauty brands that are made in america:

Murad for great skin care products. I love their acne line, which I use and has helped me!

Orly nail polishes and treatments. Nail colors are great stocking stuffers and every girl, teen, woman that likes dolling up loves nail colors! Its so easy to buy as a gift!

Philosophy has lovely bath and body products that I often buy as gifts because they look cute and smell great with a range from fruity to seasonal ginger-bread to classic scents.

Other Beauty Brands:

Nail Polish:

Essie, Deborah Lippman

Cosmetics:

Bare Escentuals – Mineral makeup
Merle Norman – Cosmetics and skincare for all ages
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Professional finish cosmetics with rave reviews for Lip Tar
RMS Beauty – Pure and organic color cosmetic line
Josie Maran – Natural cosmetics line with eco-friendly products and biodegradable packaging safe and healthy for the body and the earth. Approx 75% of the products are made in the U.S. including the favorite Bear Naked Wipes, a favorite among celebrities and make up artists.

Skin/Body Care:

Clarisonic – Operated out of Washington, Clarisonic has fans who gush about the Cleansing Brush
Smith’s Rosebud – I’ve heard great things about its lip balm but haven’t tried it!
Burt’s Bee’s – Natural skincare line
Eos – Body care, lotions, lip balms, shaving gel
Bath & Body Works – Wide range of bath, body, candles etc!
Ciao Bella – Luxurious pure all natural body and skincare products to feed
Hugo Naturals – Handcrafted Soaps
UdderlySmooth – Intensive moisturizing creams!
Tata HarperRedefined natural skincare products that are 100 percent natural, non-toxic, and highly effective. The line delivers stunning anti-aging results without compromising ones health.
Mayron’s Goods – Natural, clean, organic skin care for adults and children. Products are loaded with essential oils, vitamins, anti-oxidants and healing ingredients in the aroma therapeutic tradition. The line is a cruelty-free, all natural skin care line that does not use synthetic fragrances, paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate, or DEA.

Hair:

Chi Hair Dryers & Straighteners – Well, pretty self explanatory… hair dryers, curlers, straighteners..
Biosilk – Silk infused hair products
Renpure Organics – Organic hair products
Ted Gibson Hair Products – Created by celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson, his line offers luxury products that are effective and simple to use and combines modern technology with the highest quality ingredients available.

Urban Decay Cyber Monday Sale & Gets Acquired by L’Oreal for $300 – 400 million

Firstly, Urban Decay is having a Cyber Monday sale with 50% off its Sustainable and Deluxe Eye Palettes!
The primer duo is a good deal at $22 and there are also some good sale items. There is the pro size eye primer at 33% off and the Book of Shadows and Black Palette at 50% off.  Go Get something!

Now… It’s being acquired….

Urban Decay, an edgy hip cosmetic company, will be acquired by L’Oreal for $300 – 400 Million.
I’ve loved its edgy look and packaging. Its peacock green eye liner pencils, it’s liquid eye liner bottles that looked a bit like a pretty bottle of poison…

Many of us love their unique eye shadow colors with intense pigment and high staying power! My favorite was the wallpaper palette. I tried the Vice palette and loved it. I’m waiting to try the Naked 2 palette soon.

 

The eye shadow primers have a been a hit and one of my new favorites is their cream to powder compact foundation that just glides on smoothly.

Many brands loose their edge and iconic emblem once they are bought by large conglomerates where there is pressure to increase sales and appeal to a broader market. I hope Urban Decay will maintain its hip and cutting edge style!

A favorite among young consumers looking for edgier make up looks, Urban Decay reported net sales of $130 million for the year ending June 2012. Existing owners, private equity firm Castanea Partners, were seeking $350 million for Urban Decay during the sale process. Assuming a $350 milllion acquisition price, this would represent a 2.7x LTM Revenue.

Urban Decay is part of the specialist make-up segment that makes up 44% of the luxury make-up market.  It has primarily been sold through self-service, consumer discovery channels such as sephora.com and urbandecay.com

The acquisition will add a high growth make up specialist brand with a young consumer following to L’Oreal’s brands. L’Oreal could offer greater distribution and access to new markets but will hopefully be selective in where it chooses to sell Urban Decay and prevent the dilution and specialty image of the brand.

See the news releases from Reuters and Bloomberg.

 

Skinstore.com 20% Off Cyber Monday & Awesome $450 gift!!

Skinstore.com is having a 20% off storewide with up to 30% discount on selected brands.
Code: GIFT20

There is an awesome high quality gift bag worth $450 with plenty of great full size & deluxe sampler items and I would love to have it!! So if you can stock up, I recommend you grab this bag!

 

Thanksgiving Thurs Beauty Sale – theBalm

Update: theBalm is doing a 40% off Cyber Monday Sale.  26 – 27 Nov. Code: CYBERMONDAY
Domestic shipping is $6.50 but international shipping is $40.

It looks like theBalm isn’t going to do a 40% Black Friday sale this year =(

But, Hautelook will be doing a sale for theBalm products that starts on Thanksgiving 8am PST/11am EST.

You can sign up and log on to the sale here.

theBalm sale is now live and items are at least 50% off!!! Including the Nude’Tude and Bon Jovi Palette!! Go GRAB yours before they sell out!!

There will also be a Tarte sale on Hautelook next thursday starting 1pm PST / 4pm EST.

Enjoy!

 

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Get Beautiful! 2012 Black Friday Beauty Deals & Codes!!!

Listing the Black Friday deals and codes I come across. I’m only listing the ones where you actually get a discount (X% off or $X off). I didn’t bother to list the free gifts cos really, I need a discount, not free gifts. And technically, they’re not free and I’m paying for that gift I don’t need because you won’t give me a discount. So there =P

I’ve posted the Black Friday deals for Sephora & Ulta.com

AHAVA – Love the Dermud Intensive Hand & Food Creams! Now’s the time to try whatever you wanted to!
40% Off!!  21 – 25 Nov.  Code: BLACKFRIDAY

Giorgio Armani Beauty – I love their lipsticks & glosses. Their shadows are nice too.
20% Off with min $75 purchase & Free Shipping.  Till 22 Nov. Code: PREVIEW12.

Dr. Dennis Gross – 25% off. Till 24 Nov. Code: CYBER12

Kiehl’s – $20 off min $75 purchase & Free Shipping! 19 Nov to 31 Dec. Code: JOYFUL

Murad – A favorite skin brand for me. I love their clarifying toner. Makes my skin feel squeaky clean!
$25 off min $100 purchase (25% discount) on 23 Nov. Code: BLACKFRIDAY

Nars.com – One of my favorite brands with amazing looks and pigment!
20% on 26 – 27 Nov

Philosophy Fun sets that make great gifts. 20% off 17 – 20 Nov. Code: BEAUTY20

Shu Uemura – 25% off min $50 purchase & Free Shipping.  Till 21 Nov. Code: SHUXTEMP
20% off min $50 purchase & Free Shipping.  22 – 27 Nov. Code: WISH2012

Smashbox – 20% off min $50 purchase.  22 – 26 Nov. Code: FRIENDS2012

Vapour 30% off except samples. 23 – 26 Nov. Code: BLACKFRIDAY2012

YSL – Love their cosmetics! Golden Glosses & lipsticks are my favorites!
20% off 18 – 25 Nov. Code: BLKFRIDAY12

Ulta 2012 Black Friday Deals!

We had the excitement of seeing Sephora’s 2012 Black Friday Deals!

Here’s Ulta.com ‘s 2012 Black Friday Deals! My favorites at the Bare Minerals Duo (US$10) and OPI Mini Polish set (US$7.50). What’s better is you get FREE shipping for orders over $25 with code: HOLIDAY2012!!

Sounds like another great beauty shopping trip! All from the comfort of your couch!!

What are you hoping to stock up on Black Friday?

Ulta.com 2012 Black Friday Deals

 

Unveiled!!! — Sephora Black Friday Deals!

For all you fellow beauty lovers, Sephora has just unveiled its Black Friday Deals!
(23rd Nov for those of you unfamiliar with Black Friday)

It’s looking pretty good!

There are 15 sets this year and they are all US$10!  This is worth staying up till midnight for! I will be because they are while stocks last.
(Just to list them quickly: Brush set, Bare Escentuals Glow set, Boscia Skincare set, Ole Henriksen Beauty Wonders set, Philosophy Purity Shampoo, Stila Travel Palette, Tokyomilk Trio, Too Faced Bronzer & Brush, Tarte Mascara & Primer set, Jack Black Shave & Lip Duo, Josie Maran Wipes, Tocca Mini Roller Trio, Mini Bite Beauty Lip Palette, Lorac Eye Primer & Eye Shadow, Buxom Mascara & Lip Pencil Duo.)

Sets are available online and in stores in the US and Canada. Each customer is limited to 2 per item.

I’m bummed cos I just bought the Lorac eye primer but will try to get the Lorac set on Black Friday as a spare.

What are you looking forward to? Share other great Black Friday deals you’ve heard of!!!

I’ll post more black friday deals as I get news of them!

Snail Cream?!? Placenta Pills?!?!?!

I may be a beauty addict and trying very hard to preserve my youth but there is a limit to  what I’ll do…

The recent beauty rage is Snail Cream and I was happily using the internet when I saw a targeted pop up advert suggestion I buy a lovely pink jar of Snail Cream to brighten my skin and preserve my youth.

No. Thanks. NO SNail Cream! Gross!And then the other thing I’ve been hearing about is Sheep Placenta PIlls. *GASPS*

Apparently it’s got strong anti aging properties. BUT STILL…. NO THANKS!!Some pregnant women also choose placentophagia where they get a Placentologist (i made that up) to grind up their placenta and mix it with herbs so they can in essence, eat their placenta.

silence.

January Jones apparently chose to eat her placenta

Can’t say i’m a fan of eating a bloodied placenta even if it’s mine, even if that’s what some animals do.

There is only so much I’ll do for youth and beauty…

Anyone has stories? Share!

And Why I Bake A Lot Less…

I like baking and I LOVE desserts! =)

I used to bake often but in the last five years, I hardly bake for 2 reasons.

1. I hate cleaning up the slick, buttery mixing bowls, whisks, and tools
2. Reading the recipe and seeing the mountains of butter, sugar and cream in it makes me lose my appetite

So, I like Sticky Toffee pudding but I’ve never made it. Having had a Sticky Toffee Cupcake, I contemplated baking a Sticky Toffee pudding for Thanksgiving in addition to my pie.

I googled the recipe and the pudding and sauce had A LOT of butter sugar and cream and made me go Ewwww

I try to regulate the amount of sugar, butter and cream I take given that my metabolism is slowing down with each passing year and my body seems to think I need to store more fat. =P

When I think of how much sugar is in a brownie or cake, I just can’t eat it.
However the value of denial is that I’ll eat some other dessert that I’ve bought outside because I did not have to see the bowls of sugar that went into the dessert.

Yes. Total denial.

Sugar is bad. Sugar  aggravates acne, causes your skin to age faster by breaking down your collagen and elastin fast. Collagen and elastin makes your skin firm and taut.So more rapid degeneration of collagen and elastin will make your skin drier and lines and wrinkles appear faster and deeper. Sugar also increases the likelihood of cellulite.

So not a good thing AT ALL if you’re concerned about your skin and preserving your youth.

The process of sugar breaking down your connective tissue is called Gylcation and forms AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) if you want to research this further.

When I was younger, I was NOT aware of the negative impact of sugar on my skin and aging  and I ate a lot of sugary foods including desserts, ice cream, boxes of Oreos (OMG!!!) and too much sweet food and junk food in general. I wish I ate less of all that crap!

Additionally, sugar can also cause inflammation in your body (which you may not know about), lead to medical problems and most obviously, diabetes.

So yup. That’s why I bake less these days (although I still eat a lot of dessert!) and a good note to watch your sugar intake =)

Wishing you youthful skin always =)

A Secret… Shhhh

Hi, My name is B and I’m an addict — a beauty addict.
There, I said it.

I love skin care and make up. As the years go by, I’m getting freaked out about the possibility of wrinkles and the slight fine lines that send me into overdrive when I think of how they could develop into wrinkles. A cup of tea or a drink helps calm me down but that’s another story. (ps: alcochol is not good for your skin. dammit!)

I had my first lipgloss at 14, my first eye gel at 15 and have since tried to smother my beauty addict self into the cupboard. Recently, that hasn’t worked out very well. It’s unleashed itself.

It’s Sephora’s VIB 20% weekend. Well almost over in 2 days…

I’ve frantically trying to think of the things I need.*nervous laugh*.
I had to take stock to figure out what I needed – i mean literally take stock.
As in go through my basket of facial products and drawer of skin care and makeup waiting to be used and beauty box of make up and bathroom shelf of skin care items.

A sign you’re a beauty nut? When you think about setting up an excel spreadsheet to keep track of the skincare items you have in the 5 categories… It sounds like I’m announcing an Oscar.
The 5 categories: Breakout Busting, Hydrating, Anti-Aging, Brightening/Eveness, Eyecare
So multiply 5 categories by 2 product types (usually serums or moisturizers) and I have to keep track of 10 sub-categories!!!  That’s a lot!  and you wonder why i needed a spreadsheet.

Anyway I decided I’m good at starting things like Skin Care Spreadsheet but not so good at keeping them updated. So I nixed the idea and I”ll use my trusty mental brain system. gotta love that.

I think I have enough skincare hanging around to be used.
Well I guess I don’t really need anything…

But what if I miss something!!!

If you have a favorite skincare product let me know! =)

Finally getting started! YAY!

Hi! I’ve been meaning to write this blog for a long time, probably 5 years to be more exact.

A really good friend had been telling me over the years to “Just GET to it already!! It’s not that hard to blog!”

So I tried with another platform and I would forget about it for months. Not a good way to get readers.
When I switched to wordpress, the technological skills required to use widgets and figuring out placement  was exhausting! AHH!

I just never got to it – you know how it is when you mean to get to something and it somehow falls through the cracks? yeah, this is one of them, like the way I mean to fix the broken plate I dragged back from my trip to Turkey, sell my extra stuff on eBay, and uh, lots of other things…

So here we are finally! YAY! I hope you have fun reading as I share my stories and I’d love to hear yours too!
Please bear with me and the page as I try to get it into the format I want and take time to figure out basic stuff like “Uhrm, wait, you mean readers can’t comment cause I need to put in a comment widget?!?”

I’ll get better — I hope. *gulp*

Hugs and love! (maybe you guys should be sending those to me. I need it!)

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