Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Today only - Create Your Own Laura Mercier 6 Pan Palette

I get emails about promotions on the Laura Mercier website and I thought that this was a deal worth sharing. For $79 pretax, you customize a 6-pan palette. This is a clear $157 value so very nearly half off. On top of that, if you shop with ebates (I do have a referral link on the sidebar on the right of this page), link thru for an additional 6% cash back. Shipping is free. The catch though, is that you can only choose from a small set of products. Personally, I think they put out a decent selection of popular shades so I took the chance to get colors that I've never before received in full size or that I needed a replacement for. You get to pick a cream cheek color, a powder blush, one cake eyeliner and 3 eyeshadows: 1 matte, 1 sateen and 1 in a lustre finish. Heads up! Today only. And don't forget your two free samples.

If you're new to the brand, and are of similar coloring to me (skin tone fair to medium or approximately NC20-25, brown eyes and hair), I think a good starting point would be the Praline Cream Cheek Colour, Guava, Bamboo and Coffee Ground eyeshadows, Rose Petal blush and Ebony eyeliner. It will make for a pretty, brown-based eye with a natural flush for cheeks. Alternately, you can go with Morning Dew if you need a highlight shade. Choose Vanilla Nuts or Buttercream if you prefer more beige with no pink. All three are matte. Then you go with Sable and African Violet or Kir Royal and Topaz to get a taupe and violet combo that looks lovely with brown eyes. (Although traditionally it is more a green eye combo, taupe and violet are among my favorite eyeshadow shades.)

Note: I love Laura Mercier products for everyday but I am not in any way linked to the brand. I'm all about getting a deal for a value product and today's deal was worth posting about. I hope my suggestions helped. Also, I just discovered that they computed cashback prediscount so it came out over $9. There's a deal and then some, don't you think?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Laura Mercier Palette $50 - today only

Remember the Laura Mercier Flawless Expressions Palette that Nordstrom sold for $85 during the anniversary sale? Well, the brand's website is selling the exact same boxed set for $50 today only as part of their 12 days of flawless promotion. The price is more on point for what we've got here. Take a peek at that post here.

Sephora has a $48 eye and cheek palette that has 8 eye colors and one big cheek color that's been on my radar. (Artist's Palette for eyes & cheeks - no, this is not a paid link and no, I don't get commissions for sales of anything on this post. It is all just for reference). I've read people saying that one's a bit disjointed as the eye colors seem cool-toned but the cheek color leans warm (and could lean orange on certain skin tones) but I have yet to actually try it. What I did purchase are some lip products and the Urban Decay Naked3 palette. A little happy Christmas for everyone here. Pictures to follow. (Below, a little stocking stuffer for my daughter, the Hello Kitty An Apple A Day Trio of lip glosses)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Sweet Star

Sometimes, no matter how much research you do on a product, it just fails to meet your expectations when you finally receive it. This rarely happens with me and Chanel nail polish but here's a case when it actually did. Sweet Star.

There are several challenges to be addressed here. It's a duochrome metallic that's difficult to photograph and I relied on the few reviews I had seen online. None of the counters I had seen had it. It was a limited edition shade that had gotten so much press before reaching American shores. It was either, get it or risk not being able to get it. Something possessed me to pull the trigger because I usually have a good experience with Chanel nail color. So I ordered it online.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Essie Dress to Kilt Nailpolish

I was looking for a red to wear now and thru the holidays and stumbled upon the Essie fall ad in a magazine. Dress to Kilt had to be mine! The first Target store I went to was out of stock but I found it in another store a few days later. Add a Cartwheel discount and I was definitely sold. Testing it out on one nail just to see if it was all that I'd hoped it was, here is the result.

Love it! It's a wonderful shade of red. I'm not worried about the formula since most Essie nail colors I've bought have held up decently. And with shades as dark as this red, the pigmentation is usually awesome. This is no different. What you see is just one coat and nothing else. I think I might leave it at that.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MARC by MARC JACOBS Salty Pretzel Stud Earrings

I've been busy shopping in an attempt to style my family into coordinating looks for the big family portrait. I take the annual family picture very seriously. Once the children are done with their individual portraits, we move on to the family picture which I usually take myself. I say usually because I've attempted to have it done by a portrait studio before and have only been happy with the results once. Either way, having everyone's looks gel while not appearing too matchy-matchy has been harder than anticipated. So when I start to stress out about the clothes, I just look at accessories. This piece from MARC BY MARC JACOBS really caught my eye. A pretzel design for the ears, how brilliant! It's so sneaky that you wouldn't realize it was a pretzel unless you were truly looking at it. I never saw it in any other finish but I heard that there are others. Mine is in silver with crystals.

I was initially unsure about these when I saw the online pictures on Nordstrom's website. But when I received them, I was pleasantly surprised that they didn't look so costumey and the crystals seemed well-adhered and not likely to fall off quickly. Also, the model that they use for a lot of the earrings I looked at, well, I think she has tiny earlobes that all the pieces looked humongous on her. These turned out to be just the perfect size for mine. They are also not too attention-grabbing as to detract from your outfit but at the same time, once noticed, becomes a conversational piece. These will go nicely with the infinity ring I got almost a couple of years ago. I might even consider it for the family portrait.