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Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Collection (Gel Cream Shadow Liners and More)

New Physicians Formula gel cream shadow/liners with a "hybrid formula"? And new "highly-pigmented liquid powder" eyeshadow palettes? Yep, and new eyeliner trios, too!

original images courtesy of physiciansformula.com
NEW Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Extreme Shimmer Collection
(retail: $11.95 - $14.95)

Keep reading for more pics and product details...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Coming This December: NEW Almay Butter Kiss Lipsticks

Many thanks to reader Jessica (@jessicag_562 on Instagram) for letting me know that Cosmo for Latinas posted this sneak peek on their Instagram page today:

Coming this December: Almay Butter Kiss Lipsticks

Keep reading for more info and my thoughts about these...

Coming Soon to the US(?): Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils


When it comes to drugstore makeup, other countries often get things earlier than we here in the states. This is great for those of you who live in other countries, but it requires a bit of patience on our part here in the US!

Last week I showed you the nude eyeshadow palette that L'Oreal has released in the UK (oh how I hope it comes here...soon) and today I want to let you know that those rumors of Maybelline jumbo lip pencils that we've been hearing about all year have finally come true!

My Halloween 2014 Manicure (So Easy, Even I Can Do It!)

At the start of each holiday season, I always have these grandiose plans to recreate really cute holiday-themed manicures that I see from my fellow bloggers. I have nothing but the best intentions, and for this Halloween I even chose a design that I felt pretty confident about recreating (oh how I love that patchwork/color-block manicure!).

But that's when reality steps in, slaps me (gently) in the face and says: "G., you know you don't have time for that, right? And if you try to do it quickly, you'll mess it up...like you always do."

Yes, reality, I know. This time of year is always hectic and my poor digits don't get the time they deserve.

But I still need a cute manicure for Halloween.

What to do? What to do?


Jelly sandwich to the rescue!

Get 20% off Select Too Faced, LORAC and More...with Free Shipping!

This isn't quite as good as the previous codes that HSN has offered ($20 off any $40 purchase is the best and I hope they bring that back soon!). But with the holidays right around the corner, plus the enticement of free shipping on select beauty products from Too Faced, LORAC and more, I still want you to know about this one!

Keep reading for the details...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: CVS Essence of Beauty Naturally Indulgent Bath & Body Collection

These days, a lot of people seem to be moving to more natural options when it comes to bath and body products. So it stands to reason that we're finding more natural beauty options at the drugstores, and I see that as a trend that's here to stay.

I was sent some of the new Essence of Beauty (CVS house brand) Naturally Indulgent products for review a while back, and I've been testing these products extensively ever since. Today I'd like to give you an overview of the entire collection, with my thoughts about each product. This collection is now available at CVS stores nationwide, and you can also purchase these products online. Let's take a look!


Keep reading for more photos, info and my thoughts about this collection...

The Wednesday Question

What is the one Holiday 2014 limited edition item/gift set that you want above all others?

None, because I got the one I really wanted a few weeks ago. I finally broke down and treated myself to the LORAC Mega Pro Palette the last time it was in stock on Amazon. And no regrets--it's even more beautiful in person than in all of the zillions of photos I've seen.

Zoya 3 for $15 Sale Now Through 11/2

Heads up, polish fanatics!


Now through 11/2, enter code ZOYATREATS on the Zoya website to receive ANY three nail polishes for $15. 

This is a nice deal considering that Zoya polishes retail for $9-$10 each regularly. Even with shipping ($6.95 for orders under $55, free shipping for orders over $55) that's still a good deal. Three $10 polishes + shipping would normally cost you $36.95. With this code, you'll be paying $21.95 total for three $10 polishes (including shipping).

Another Sneak Peek at the 2015 Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks

UPDATE: Milani posted swatches of the five shades below HERE.

Milani has posted a few sneak peeks of their upcoming Moisture Matte Lipsticks (all of which I've shown you here!) but yesterday they posted another one, and this one gives us a much clearer look at these babies! If you don't follow Milani on social media, here's the pic:

image source: Milani Instagram page
Coming in early 2015: Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks

These are new, permanent lipsticks and there will be a total of EIGHT shades in the range. I'm guessing that they'll retail for the same price as the regular Color Statement Lipsticks (around $5.99).

Are you excited to see/try these new mattes when they land in stores next year?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

More Walgreens Clearance Sightings (Revlon, Sally Hansen and More)

Back at the beginning of October, I showed you some 50% off clearance markdowns spotted in the permanent makeup displays at Walgreens HERE. Well there are many additional cosmetic items being spotted on 50% off clearance right now and I have some pics to share with you today, thanks to reader Jennifer (@jennifer3montes on Instagram)!

But first, a few important things:

  • If you're new to Walgreens clearance markdowns, Walgreens is one of the few retailers that lets you apply any current weekly sale promotions to clearance items. For example: this week Revlon foundation, primer, concealer, blush, powder, eye, lip and nail cosmetics are BOGO1/2OFF (now through 11/1). So if any of those items are ALSO on clearance, you'll get the BOGO1/2OFF on top of the clearance price. Sweet, right? So if you purchased two clearance Top Speed nail polishes @ $2.99 each (50% off clearance price), after the sale deduction you would pay about $4.45 for two nail polishes. You would pay even less if you had some Revlon manufacturer's coupons and/or Walgreens Register Rewards or Balance Rewards points that you used on top of that.


  • When an entire line is spotted on clearance at the drugstore (all or most shades), that can mean that the line itself is about to be discontinued. This isn't always the case, but sometimes (most of the time) it seems to be the case. So if you see anything below that happens to be a holy grail product of yours, you might want to stock up, in case it does get discontinued.


OK, now for the products that Jennifer spotted on clearance at her Walgreens this week:

image credit: Jennifer for Novueau Cheap
MOST SHADES 50% OFF:
Revlon Colorburst Lipglosses

Keep reading for more Walgreens clearance sightings...

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