CVS has expanded its ExtraCare program to include beauty rewards, giving you a reason to shop there. (I say “a reason” because no matter where the CVS is or the time of day, I’ve always had to wait in an epic line to checkout.) Participants will get a 10 percent coupon for registering, a $5 ExtraBucks for every $50 spent, and a $3 ExtraBucks for their birthday. But coupons aren’t the only incentives for signing up for the beauty rewards program. You’ll also receive beauty tips, discounts for online shipping, invitations to exclusive in-store beauty events, access to products before they launch, and personalized beauty offers. The benefits are similar to the ones Sephora’s Beauty Insider program offers, but the prices of the products are cheaper. You can sign up here. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
Shopbop.com, one of our favorite online sources for designer duds and accessories, and Sephora have released the limited-edition SEPHORA COLLECTION Palette Color Play 5 in 1 palette that was inspired by the Shopbop “Faces of Fashion” editorial look book. This makeup kit contains five distinct mini palettes based on the five fashion icons: “A Nod to Mod,” “Angelic Boudoir,” “Black is the New Black,” “Boho Bombshell,” and “Classics Never Die.” The palettes contain every color imaginable from taupe to black, pink to blue, and purple to green. What’s even better is that the kit comes with a portable mirror compact, so you can pop one of the mini palettes in and take it with you for makeup touch-ups on the go. And you can’t beat the value of $150 for $30. [Sephora] Keep reading »
Treesje handbags bridge the divide between drugstore and designer cosmetic bags with the introduction of the Sweet Little Goodies collection. Plush leather and studded details make these Krome cosmetic bags glamorous and chic. (Our favorite is the silver distressed leather.) Refreshing your lipstick will give you the opportunity to show off your winning style, but you can also use this beauty accessory as a clutch for nights on the town.
We’d be happy with having this red tartan bag just because it’s perfect for transporting our tiny valuables–like our favorite lipstick, coins, or jewelry. But MAC sweetened the deal by adding VIVA GLAM V lipstick and lip gloss to the ‘Tis Noble to Give VIVA GLAM Lip Bag. What’s even better? All proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund to help support people living with HIV/AIDS.
A little birdie told us that Jelly Pong Pong’s eyeshadow would be irresistibly cute. For starters you have an ultra sweet bird detail sitting atop the pot, making it a perfect display item for your vanity. Second, the product features a unique blend of melted-down shadow, coconut oil, and vitamin E, which creates a “taffy texture” (think thicker than a cream). It’s also got a slight iridescent quality to it, so you can use it as a highlighter if you don’t feel like going all-out.
I don’t know what I was reading lately that reminded me of Mary Kay, the direct sales cosmetics company, but it brought me back to a teenage memory of the worst makeover I’ve ever gotten — and I gave it to myself.
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Yesterday, I met celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine, who counts Jennifer Hudson as one of his clients. Sam took us around the new Duane Reade Beauty Look section, showed us his must-have beauty buys, and revealed some of his makeup tips for women–and even men. Yes, men can wear makeup without looking like a drag queen. Keep reading »
While the customized movement in fashion makes us think we’re getting something special and personalized, too often it leaves us wanting more (we guess you could call that entitlement). For those who like things “just so,” there’s now Urban Outfitters‘ new custom makeup color mail-in program, which is just as awesome as it sounds. Looking for a lipstick to match your favorite dress? A gloss in the same shade as that sunset you snapped outside your window? A hue (that no one makes) to complement your go-to nail polish? Keep reading »
So, everyone is freaking out about Scarlett Johansson‘s new “wispy bob” that she showed off at the Mango Fashion Awards last week in Barcelona. We’re into the new ‘do, but are just as intrigued by Scar Jo’s makeup palette. Mixing gold, a smoky blue-green shadow, bold eyeliner, and nude lips, Scarlett adds a twist to the regular smokey eye. It’s certainly a special look, and not one we’d wear to the office, but something we’d consider making our go-to for the season’s nighttime beauty agenda. After the jump, some products to get you started and tips for how to do it yourself! Keep reading »
When it comes to cosmetics, how important is the packaging to you? Are you likely to buy something just because it has something distinctive on it? Like, for example, MAC‘s new Disney-themed makeup collection, which features cartoon character designs of some of the empire’s villains like Cruella De Ville, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. This is just our opinion, but to us, these products feel a bit like your normal MAC purchases simply re-packaged with new graphics. And we also kind of feel like from afar, pulling out an Evil Queen lip gloss from your purse might look like you’re lacquering up with the souvenir you got from your last Disneyland trip (or the souvenir you stole from your 11-year-old cousin’s makeup box). After all, regular Disney kid makeup (bottom lip gloss images) seem fairly similar, at least in the straightforward packaging and aesthetic. No? [Refinery 29, PartyCity] Keep reading »