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Black Friday Beauty Deals – Holiday 2016

November 24, 2016


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We had warm sunny weather here in Southern California and it almost feels like summer! I’ve rounded up the Black Friday beauty deals for this year, if you have any other good ones you’ve spotted, let me know in the comments!

  • Beautylish – Black Friday Bioderma Beauty Bundles
  • Benefit Cosmetics – spend $50 and get 3 minis, spend $85 and get 6 deluxe minis with code FABFRIDAY, valid thru 11/27
  • Birchbox – Everything. Is. On. Sale. (Including Subscriptions) 10% off for all with code 10FORALL, 15% off for subscribers with code 15FORSUBS, 20% off for Aces (Birchbox VIPs) with code 20FORACES, valid 11/25-11/29
  • Bobbi Brown – pick a free 6-piece holiday gift set with any $50+ purchase, ends 11/26
  • Caudalie – Black Friday gift set with a $50 purchase using code FRIYAY, valid 11/25
  • Chanel Ombre Lamees de Chanel officially launches Cyber Monday but beauty look book readers get early access by clicking here and can receive overnight shipping with code GOLDEN valid through 11/28
  • Charlotte Tilbury -Weekend of Makeup Magic, 4 days, 4 deals
    • Buy one get one free for Nocturnal Cat Eyes, valid through 11/25
    • Buy a Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red and receive a complimentary Lip Clutch valid 11/26
    • Buy a luxury makeup bag and receive minis of Magic Cream, Wonderglow, Goddess Ski Clay Mask, Multi-Miracle Glow and Night Cream, valid 11/27
    • Purchase the 3rd Edition Makeup Bag and receive a mini Magic Cream and mini Wonderglow, valid 11/27
    • Shop a mystery makeup bag filled with skincare and makeup essentials, available 11/28
  • Clarisonic – 20% off all devices, plus a free Deep Pore Brush Head and Beauty Bag with orders of $175 or more, enter code BLACKFRI at checkout, valid 11/25
  • Diptyque – with any $50 purchase, receive a 35g Baies and 35 g L’Ombre Dans L’eau Soap with code GIFT, valid through 11/27
  • Foreo – 25% off everything site wide except Holiday Gift Sets, ends 11/28
  • Giorgio Armani – 20% off all orders with code ARMANI20, receive complimentary shipping with your order of $75 or more, and receive a complimentary Rouge D’Armani Lipstick in Shade 601 with orders of $150 or more, valid through 11/29
  • Glamglow – buy one full sized product get the same one free with code BOGO2016, valid through 11/29
  • Glossier – 20% off sitewide through the weekend
  • Kat Von D Beauty – receive a 5-piece mini set + vegan leather makeup bag when you spend $100 or, ends 11/28
  • Kate Somerville – save 20% off your entire order with code THANKS2016, receive a bonus holiday survival kit with orders $120 or more, ends 11/28
  • Kerastase – 15% off $100+ and free shipping + 3 deluxe samples, use code KERBF16 at checkout, ends 11/27
  • Kiehl’s – pick 4 deluxe samples of your choice plus free shipping with any $25+ order, applicable on gift sets, enter code BFRIDAY at checkout ends 11/27, plus enjoy or Black Friday Doorbuster Gift Set, only $35 ($62 Value), while supplies last
  • L’Occitane – 30% off Black Friday sets with code FRIDAY, valid 11/25
  • Laura Mercier – 25% off purchases $100 or more with code BLACKFRI, ends 11/28
  • MAC Cosmetics – Black Plum Friday Kit for $35 ($64 value), while supplies last
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – #Blacquer Friday Sets online, ends 11/28
  • Molton Brown – 25% off sitewide + free shipping with code USBF25, ends 11/28
  • NARS – 20% off Give and Take Event – enter your email for exclusive code to use at checkout
  • Neiman Marcus – $50 off your $200+ purchase, includes beauty with code THANKFUL ends 11/26
  • Nordstrom Beauty – Black Friday Beauty Deals and 80+ Gift With Purchase options
  • Omorovicza Cosmetics – 30% off their order. PLUS, all orders over $330 will receive a complimentary Perfecting Lip Balm, worth $45, ends 11/29
  • Sephora – Black Friday Beauty deals and gift sets starting at $10, while supplies last
  • Shu Uemura – 20% off orders $50+ or 25% off orders $99+, use code BF16, ends 11/25
  • Shu Uemura Art of Hair – 15% Off $125 or More, Free Shipping & a Murakami Beauty Bag, use code BFR16 at checkout, ends 11/27
  • Smashbox – 25% off orders $50+ with code HOLIDAY16, ends 11/27
  • Space NK – spend $150 or more and get $25 off, spend $250 or more get $50 off, discount automatically applied to bag, valid through 11/27
  • Tarte – 25% off orders with code FRIYAY, ends 11/25
  • Tatcha – 20% off all orders at with code THANKS2016, includes free shipping through 11/28
  • Ulta Beauty – Black Friday Beauty Busters and value sets
  • YSL Beauty – 20% off any purchase of $75 or more, plus complimentary shipping, additionally, receive a YSL Signature Brush Set gift with purchases $150 or more, enter code PRIVATESALE2016 at checkout through 11/28

Not on sale, but 25 new shades of Tom Ford Lips and Boys have launched early on! I have all new 25 shades swatched and photographed, post and review will go up soon!

A few other steals and deals on my radar in fashion:

  • AG Jeans – 30% off sitewide and in store, use code BF16, ends 11/28
  • All Saints – 30% off sitewide, use code CYBER
  • Ann Taylor – 50% off sitewide and in store, use code CELEBRATE ends 11/25
  • Banana Republic – 50% off 5 regular-priced items sitewide, ends 11/26 online, 11/28 in store
  • Coach – receive 30% off select styles ends 11/27
  • Express – 50% off everything, ends 11/25
  • Frame Denim – 10% off $200, 15% off $350, 20% off $500 and 25% off $750 select styles, ends 11/28
  • Jcrew – 40% off select items with code HOLIDAY, valid through 11/28
  • Joe’s Jeans – 25% off everything with code THANKS25
  • Joie – 25% off your order with code THANKS, ends 11/28
  • Madewell – 25% off your order with code THATSALE
  • Rag and Bone – 25% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY25, ends 11/26
  • Shopbop – Buy more save more, spend $200+, get 15% off; spend $500+, get 20% off; spend $800+, get 25% off with code GOBIG16, ends 11/28
  • Splendid – 30% off with code TGIF30 at checkout, 50% off sale items

Happy shopping!

P.S. In case you missed recent updates, I did move to a new platform for the blog last Tuesday and I’ve had a few technical difficulties with the site. While most of you are able to see new posts now, a few of you have reported that you’re still experiencing a delay in seeing new posts on the home page and I’m doing everything I can to fix these (to the point of tears). Some browsers have issues while others do not. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and direct links to new posts. I hope to have these fixed ASAP!


Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale Event Recommendations for Holiday 2016

November 4, 2016
Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale Event Recommendations for Holiday 2016

Beauty junkies rejoice because the VIB Rouge 20% off sale at Sephora starts today. This is the annual holiday sale for those who have VIB Rouge Point Status. If you’re shopping online use code 20ROUGE at checkout, it will be valid 11/4 through 11/7. It’s valid on, in Sephora US Stores, Sephora Canada and Sephora stores inside JCPenny locations. You can use the code or coupon multiple times in store and online from the dates of the sale. I have a roundup of recommendations along with some items I have on my wishlist.

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I’ve split the recommendations by category to help organize everything by type. There’s a lot to explore and I always find something new to try everytime I shop in store or even online. Out of all the online beauty retailers I find the Sephora site easiest to navigate and search whether I’m looking for a specific brand, product, sets or basically anything.

Up first are face products. I have quite a few foundation favs, my top three picks at Sephora include the NARS Velvet Skin Tint (I mix Groenland and St. Moritz), NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation (I use Punjab) and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick (my best match is #123).

For other face products, five of the best things I can think of include:

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (review here) is a new launch I think has reached holy grail status for me. I can use either Shade #1 or #2 and both give a very lovely naturally glowy set look.
Tom Ford never goes on sale and items are pretty spendy. I really like the Fire Lust Skin Illuminator and Sheer Cheek Duo in Bi-Coastal (reviewed and swatched here). I have a back-up of Bi-Coastal because it gives the prettiest glowy sheen in two pink tones.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light has to be the prettiest face palette I’ve seen this year. Swatches and review here.

For concealers, I’m loving the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I can use Custard, Macadamia or Ginger (swatched here). It’s been a staple for years and continues to be a reliable one for under eyes and spots.

For lips the options are easy because there are tons of great brands, formulas and colors. My most reached-for formula is the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (fav shades are #8, #9, #44 and #47, swatched here).

The Armani Lip Magnets are among the best matte finish liquid lipsticks that I’ve tried because they aren’t drying. Six of the colors swatched and reviewed here. I have 3 more on my wishlist but want to try and see them in person first.
For moisture, I really adore the Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade. This one doesn’t change my lip color, but I know it does on some others. I like it for the packaging and great feeling formula. For those who can’t do anything scented the AmorePacific Moisture Bound has been the best unscented unflavored balm I’ve tried.
NARS Velvet Lip Glides I think can be hit or miss for some. I like Stripped and Bound for colors. It doesn’t really feel velvety as it does glide on the lips. It doesn’t give full coverage in one swipe but needs a bit of layering. I still think they are worth checking out.

For neutral eye makeup, I really think it just doesn’t get better than the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, in particular Naked2 and Naked3 (both swatched here). For this holiday the Marc Jacobs Style Eye Con No. 20 in About Last Night is quite incredible as well – I find it a bit more versatile as it contains more than just neutrals.

My top two mascaras are the Stila Huge Extreme Lash and Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara.

I’ll have a review of the NARS Give In Take Palette as soon as I can. Hopefully either today or by this weekend the post with swatches will go live along with some other items from the Sarah Moon Collection. I’ll say right now the palette is gorgeous!

For hair there are so many options and the value sets are seriously tempting. The Drybar Let It Blow Travel Set with a mini Buttercup dryer along with some other minis. The Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner are great options for dry hair and I use the Hold Me Hair Clips on a daily basis. They’re bright yellow which makes them easy to find.
For volume and clarifying I like the Bumble and Bumble Surf line. They have a cute Big Beachy Hair Anywhere Surf Travel Set that is great to try the items if you’re unsure.

Sephora Favorites have lots of options I featured the Ready, Set Style! Set yesterday. I think it’s a great value for the price and seems like a set that anyone any age would like.
For skincare I like the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation is the best lightweight moisturizer cream for everyday. It’s got a cream texture so it has substance but it has a lightweight lotion feel so it’s not heavy. There’s no scent or added fragrance and is great for normal combination skin.

On dry days the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is the way to go and never stings. It offers instant relief for dry skin. In terms of beauty skincare tools I’ve found the Clarisonic Mia Fit to be better than the ones with the handles. It’s compact, easy to use and comes in a cute pink color which I love.

For eyes I’ve use the Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum for day and Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream for night because it has retinol. Both have helped with puffiness and smoothed texture. There’s no irritation and they don’t sting the eyes.
Kate Somerville is in my top 3 skincare brands. She has three classics in her Cult Favorites Kit – I’ve tried all three separately and they are great. I swear by her face cleansers, in particular the Goat Milk Cleanser and Gentle Daily Wash. I’ve gone through so many tubes of the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser which is excellent but for the past year I’ve pretty much stuck with the ones from Kate (it’s more affordable).

Last but not least are a few fragrance recommendations. Fragrance is so personal it can be hard to give recommendations because we all have different opinions on what smells good. There are lots of value sets out during the holiday for men and women like Louboutin, Chloe and Elizabeth and James. Since perfume can be pricey if you have a favorite, the sale is a great time to stock up on full sizes.

I’m still in the process of finalizing and narrowing down my list. I do have the Laura Mercier Iconics Set on my wishlist and the sale would bring the price down quite a bit. There’s still quite a bit of other things though such as Tom Ford Winter Soleil (which isn’t online at Sephora, at least not yet), skincare I want to stock up on (this Peter Thomas Roth Mask Vault looks amazing!).

I’ll be doing a haul post once I finalize my order and receive everything. Posts to go live on NARS, Le Metier de Beaute, and Surratt Beauty soon (he has new blush colors out!). Let me know which one you prefer first. I’ve taken all the photos and completed swatches – just need to edit them all and gather my final thoughts for the reviews.

To recap, the 20% off sale at Sephora is on everything for VIB Rouge members. It starts today 11/4 and runs through 11/7/2016. If you’re shopping online use code 20ROUGE. Let me know what you end up hauling or what you have on your wishlist!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul – Skincare and Fashion Picks

July 21, 2016

By request, I’ve rounded up my skincare and clothing haul picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Today is the last day for early access and the public sale starts tomorrow July 22nd. Although I did shop the sale early, many items sold out in stores near me so I ordered a few items online. My husband did not want to go in store (like most men I think) and since he knows his sizes, he gave me a list of things to order online for him. He tends to stick with classic staples.

First up are my picks. For clothes I had a lot on my list to check out but ended up getting only a few items including:

I tried on a few more items in store including the Trouve Drape Front Leather Jacket in Black and Brown Saddle. I found the XS fit perfectly across the shoulders and the arm length was good (rare for me with leather jackets, they’re always so long!). It’s definitely one of the more affordable jackets with super soft leather. It’s still on my wishlist but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I fell in love with the Whiskey color of the Marc New York by Andrew Marc Felix Stand Collar Leather Jacket but they didn’t have my size in store to try and the collar was on the large size for my preference. In terms of leather jackets, Vince makes my favorite ones but they are quite the splurge and since I don’t think I could keep anything suede nice for long I will save for a regular leather one.

A quick look at the Trouve Drape Front Leather Jackets in two colors and the Rag and Bone Split Back Tank (ordered once I got home).

Rest of what’s on my radar/wishlist:

For skincare I picked up the Foreo Luna Play which comes in one color at Nordstrom. I thought it was an Anniversary Sale Exclusive but appears that it’s not (you can also get it at Sephora and other retailers in different colors). It’s a mini sized device that has 100 uses and is non-rechargeable but at the price I think it’s worth it. I have yet to test it out, but it was too cute to pass up. I’ve shown it next to my Clarisonic Mia Fit (c/o) which I received a few weeks ago but is currently on sale at Nordstrom marked down on mega sale. The Pink Mia Fit is currently on backorder online but will still let you put it in your cart at the sale price. White Mia Fit and Blue Mia Fit are both still in stock online.

La Mer has a Gift With $350 Purchase so I bought the new Cleansing Micellar Water to try out along with the Revitalizing Collection set. I did not realize the Nordstrom set had the regular Creme de La Mer instead of the Moisturizing Soft Cream that I typically use. I haven’t used the set yet so I’m debating whether to give the regular cream a go or exchange it for my Moisturizing Soft Cream. If you have normal/combo skin let me know if you’ve tried the regular cream and what you thought.

I look forward to the Moroccan Oil offerings each year. Last year they had supersized shampoos and conditioners and I stocked up on a few. This year’s Moroccan Oil Hair Care Set has the dry oil, moisture shampoo and conditioner and moroccan oil. These are among my favorite shampoo and conditioner products out of all the ones I’ve tried. My husband likes the smell so much he decided to use it to wash our dogs and I almost died when I found out.

Husband’s fashion picks that have arrived so far include the Cole Haan Owen Sport Sneakers (which aren’t on sale but hubby wanted them) and the Ted Baker London Alex Slim Fit Bomber Jacket. He’s usually a Large (he’s 6’3″) and we found Size 5 worked best.

Other items we are waiting for in the mail, he stocked up on jeans from AG (he likes the Protege fit), Joe’s (classic fit) and 7 for All Mankind (Austyn fit). Image is interactive so you can click directly on the icons to shop them on Nordstrom.

For those curious about my skincare and fashion picks, I hope you enjoyed this roundup in a his and hers edition. If you have any input in the La Mer I’m all ears! It looks like there’s a new Moisturizing Soft Lotion that just launched at Nordstrom too. I’m torn between keeping or exchanging the set because it’s such a good deal, but I suspect the regular creme might just be too heavy for my skintype.

Did you haul any skincare or fashion goodies during early access or are you shopping the sale tomorrow? Let me know what you found!

Space NK Explore Promotion – Early Access for Beauty Look Book Readers 7/17 to 8/2

July 17, 2016

Space NK is hosting their Summer Explore Promotion again and they’re offering Beauty Look Book readers early access a week before the offer starts for everyone else. For those new to Space NK’s Explore Offer, every season they offer either a gift with purchase or savings deal to explore something new. This round you can save $20 off orders $100 or more at with code BEAUTYNOW at checkout. The code is valid now through 8/2/2016. Offer valid online only.

Several of you asked for a detail of what I hauled during my recent New York trip. You can find a full recap of their Prince Street store here in this post. There was a lot to explore from a wide range of brands. I was particularly impressed with the haircare selection in the store and picked up a couple things from Ouai and R+Co. I made a mental note of what I wanted to try so I could order when I got back home (I didn’t want to carry a lot of liquids back home with me, however I did end up shipping a big box home).

First a quick look at their amazing haircare selection. It’s literally Oribe heaven. Travel sized minis galore of multiple brands and formulas too.

Another look at more brands to choose from including Sachajuan, Gloss Moderne, Malin + Goetz and more (you can click to view a larger image):

Featured in the top picture are a few staples along with a couple new items I’ve tried in case you need recommendations or thoughts:
  • Diptyque Baies is not a haircare item, but it’s one of my favorite home scents, since Diptyque rarely goes on sale, these savings promotions are always a nice time to splurge on something and save a little.
  • Oribe Cleansing Cream (repurchased) is one of my favorite weekly shampoos to help restore moisture and cleanse at the same time
  • R+Co Park Ave Blow Out Balm is a product you work through damp hair before you use a blow dryer, I’m always eager to try new products like these because I heat dry my hair most of the time, this smells light and fresh and did give my hair a better look after blow drying, hair was left thicker, fuller and frizz-free and very smooth, the ends still needed a touch up, but for the rest, I really like how this works
  • Ouai Finishing Creme is described as a lightweight lotion for your hair that you can use as a heat protectant from styling, smoothing cream for dry ends or to add texture, I found it has a strong floral scent with a slightly thick texture, it gives the ends a more polished look with a tiny bit of shine but definitely helps add texture to the hair, by comparison the Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream has a thinner texture and adds weightless shine to the ends with a more glossy looking finish
  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is a favorite, even though the full size is a better buy, I always end up repurchasing the travel size because it’s easier for me to store or carry with me
  • Ouai Treatment Masque comes in a pack of 8 individually sealed packets, it has a rich perfumed kind of scent, I used it as a mask, left it on for about 10 minutes then rinsed it out, it left the hair feeling super soft and shiny (after drying), I’m not the biggest fan of the packets for packaging, but it’s perfect to take one with you for travel or to the gym vs a huge tube, the product is a thumbs up, would love if this came in a large jar or squeeze tube

Terms and conditions as follows:

‘Explore Something New’ offer comprises $20 to spend on any product on the website Your order must total $100 on full price/non-sale products before delivery has been added. Promo code BEAUTYNOW must be entered in the promo code box on the shopping bag page, before checkout, for the offer to apply. One use per customer and promotional codes cannot be applied retrospectively. The $20 discount will be applied at checkout where the order total equals $100 or more. This offer can be used in conjunction with our free shipping over $50. This offer is only available online between 12am Sunday July 17th, 2016 to 11:59pm Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 EST. This offer applies online only on the site, not the UK site and is not available in-store. We reserve the right to end it early or extend it without notice. Please note that all sale items, gift card purchases and promotional items are excluded from this promotion. The offer is not refundable and there is no cash value/alternative. The offer cannot be exchanged in-store or online for another product. This offer applies online only and is not available in-store. The offer is restricted to one per customer.

Many thanks to Space NK for extending this to Beauty Look Book readers. If you have anything on your radar whether it’s new haircare, skincare, beauty, fragrance from Space NK – let me know! I’m always eager to try new haircare products to help tame my naturally frizzy hair. I’m looking for a good wave spray, the Oribe Apres Beach Spray has been a good one that I just used up, debating whether to repurchase or try something new. Any recs greatly appreciated!

Update: Code now works! Sorry for the delay!


Memorial Day Sales and Promo Code Roundup / May 2016

May 27, 2016

I’ve rounded up a list of Memorial Day Weekend sales and promos going on. It’s almost summer season and there are tons of cute sandals out this year. I’m a flats kind of girl and there are lots of good affordable finds. The four shown above are ones I bought recently (shoes are photographed were me so you could get a better idea of color) and they are all on sale this weekend! If you have any more good ones you’ve spotted let me know in the comments.

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Beauty, Skincare, Cosmetics
  • Ahava
    40% off + free shipping on $35+ with code MEM40 at checkout, excludes sets and new products, ends 5/31
  • Bobbi Brown – 4 deluxe samples at checkout with orders $40+ and free shipping
  • Diptyque – receive a 35g Genevrier candle with any $75+ order using code MAY at checkout, ends 6/1
  • Glamglow – Free travel size cleanser trio with $69+ purchase, use code GGTRAVEL, ends 5/30
  • Kat Von D Beauty – free vegan leather makeup bag and choice of 3 deluxe-sized samples with orders $100+, ends 5/30
  • Kiehl’s – 5 packette samples of your choice with $50+ purchase, use code SAMPLES, ends 5/29
  • L’Occitane – gift of 3 hand creams with purchase of $65+, use code PRETTY, ends 5/30
  • Lancome – 20% off orders with code FRIENDS at checkout ends 5/28, receive a gift bag with 3 travel-size products + free standard shipping on orders $49+ with code MEMORIAL, ends 5/31
  • La Mer – complimentary mini perfecting treatment with $150+ order use code SILKY, or enjoy duo sample offer of 2 masks with orders $150+ use code LAMERMASK
  • Laura Mercier – 4 free samples + free shipping with online purchases $75+
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – 3 free minis and mirror in the nude pochette with orders $50+, use code MAY2016, ends 5/31
  • NARS – 2 piece bonus of mini Orgasm Lip Gloss and mini Orgasm Illuminator with orders $50+ with code AFTERGLOW at checkout, valid until 5/31
  • Nuxe – 4 free minis + 1 deluxe mini (of choice) at checkout
  • Sephora – weekly specials and codes listed here
  • Smashbox – spend more get more offer ends 5/30: 
    • Spend $50 get $10 off
    • Spend $75 get $15 off
    • Spend $100 get $25 off
    • Spend $150 get $50 off
  • Supergoop – 30% off all orders with code SUNSCREEN, ends 5/28
  • Ulta Beauty – Buy more save more on select sale items

Fashion / Accessories
  • Ann Taylor – extra 50% off full-priced styles with code SUMMER50, ends 5/32
  • Banana Republic – 40% off your purchase with code BRTAKE40, ends 5/30
  • Bloomingdale’s – take an extra 20% off sale and clearance with code BROWNBAG at checkout valid through Memorial Day
  • J.Crew – 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND, ends 5/31
  • Joie – extra 20% off sale styles with code MD2016, ends 5/30
  • Madewell – 20% off all sale styles with code META20, ends 6/1
  • Nordstrom – save up to 40% off during the Half Yearly Sale, ends 6/5
  • Rebecca Taylor – extra 25% off sale styles, use code EXTRA25, ends 5/31
  • Paige – 20% off sitewide, use code SUMMER2016
  • Splendid – 30% off everything with code MEMDAY16
  • Truffle – 20% off everything with code EVERYTHING20, ends 5/30
Have a great weekend!

On My Radar Sales

Five Things

April 26, 2016

I have a quick roundup of five things I wanted to share today including a few sales and promo codes. I’m working on a few posts on new launches that I can’t share quite yet but I’m really excited so stay tuned! A few things on my radar:
  1. MAC just launched extensions of their Pro Palettes in new sizes of compacts and inserts! For the compacts there is now a Pro-Palette Small (rectangular option) and Pro-Palette Medium (square). I picked up one of the medium sizes, a blush insert and eyeshadow insert and put in my own pans that I had from my current collection. This is perfect to carry on-the-go or for travel because you can now mix and match products and inserts. A full review to follow soon!
  2. For a limited time Benefit has a Personalized Hoola Bronzer option for $34 (available through the end of the month). It does cost a bit more than the regular Hoola Bronzer which is $29, but it can make a super cute gift. I was sent a personalized one from the Benefit team and think it’s pretty neat that my name is engraved on it!
  3. Urban Decay Lipsticks are all on sale at – the Matte Revolution, Sheer Revolution and regular Revolution Lipsticks are all marked down to $11. I’m not sure if this means they are discontinuing the formula or if they’re simply on sale. In case you had any of these on your radar – you can save 50% on these right now 🙂
  4. Tatcha is offering a deluxe travel size of the Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35 with any purchase of $100 or more on with the code SPFMINI (through 4/28), it’s one of my favorite sunscreen formulas, so if you’re shopping online this week be sure to take advantage of the code before it expires.
  5. After I posted my Diptyque Favorites roundup, so many of you have asked me to keep you in the loop on Diptyque deals or promos that I know about. I’ll do my best to share when I find out anything, for right now:
    • You can still save $20 off orders of $100+ online at Space NK (US) with code BEAUTYLB16 through May 1st.
    • Two other codes that came through my in-box are from Diptyque (US online only at
      • Code MOM with any $75+ order will provide a complimentary 35g Geranium Rosa Candle
      • Code SPRING with any $150+ order is good for a Choisya 35g candle + three 2ml Eau de Toilettes. Indulge in L’Ombe dans L’Eau, Florabellio and Do Son
Hope you find some of these helpful! Any good sales, deals or new launches on your radar this week? If yes please share in the comments 🙂

GWP Sales

Space NK x The Beauty Look Book Explore Promotion

April 14, 2016

Today I’m thrilled to share a special offer for my readers. Space NK has brought back their explore savings event for spring and Beauty Look Book readers get early access to shop and save before anyone else! Use code BEAUTYLB16 at checkout to save $20 off online orders of $100 or more. The promo code will be valid starting today April 14th and run through May 1st – valid online only at I have some reviews and swatches coming up on Kevyn Aucoin, Eve Lom and By Terry items I’ve been testing out – so stay tuned. Also many of you have been asking me to rank my top Diptyque picks so by popular request I’m working on a favorites round up which I will have up on the blog soon.

In the meantime a quick rundown of some beauty items that I’m loving right now:

  • Diptyque Baies is my favorite home scent of the moment for spring which is a blackcurrant and rose. I love it in all forms including the Large Black Colored version (c/o), Mini Candle, and especially the Room Spray. Diptyque is one of those brands that I’ve never seen go on sale so these promos are the perfect time to try something out and save a little.
  • Diptyque Eau de Sens (c/o) is new for spring. I tested a sample and fell head over heels in love with it. Orange blossom is hard for me to wear – I think it often smells so good as a room fragrance, but strong citrus doesn’t always work well with my skin chemistry. This one is very good.
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Starlight and Candlelight are pretty layering glosses for spring. Review and swatches of both shades here (Starlight is a must).
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow blushes have been on my radar for a long time and they do not disappoint for a very natural glow. Shadore is the most perfect powdery pink I think I’ve ever tried.
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder (c/o) in Light is a new shade of the sculpting powder that works better on my skin compared to the Medium option which I found too cool-toned on me. Original review + thoughts on Medium here, swatches of Light to follow soon.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (c/o) in Incandescent Electra is one of the prettiest soft iridescent peachy colors I’ve ever tried. It was originally exclusive to the limited-edition blush palette trio but a little over a year ago they launched it separately and I’m really happy they did.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Strobe Powder in Euphoric Strobe Light is my favorite option out of all the new strobe powders. Swatches of all 4 shades from Hourglass in this post here.
  • Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lipgloss in Lush (c/o) is a really pretty golden peach shimmer perfect for warmer months.
  • By Terry Terrybly Mascara in Black is quite the splurge but I tried a mini tube and loved it so much I bought several tubes of the full size. It thickens and volumizes lashes. It doesn’t clump or smudge. I really love it.
  • By Terry Sun Designer Palettes are probably the most beautiful palettes I’ve ever owned. each one is simply stunning. I splurged on both about a month ago and even though I was not happy about the high price tag I have no regrets and adore both. Review and swatches to follow soon but they are wonderfully pigmented and blend smoothly on the skin to give the face life.
  • Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50 (c/o) is a new to me sunscreen that dries to a velvety matte finish. It’s suitable for my super sensitive skin and layers really nicely over moisturizer. It does not feel heavy or greasy and foundation looks good on top of it. I love the pump packaging. Full review soon.
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