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On My Radar / New In Beauty

October 20, 2015

Here’s a beauty roundup of new launches I have on my radar this week. From top left, clockwise:

The holiday collection from Chanel called Vamp Attitude just launched. I am still working on swatches for the Rouge Allure releases, but I know I will need the Le Vernis in Rose Fusion and the Le Top Coat Lamé Rouge Noir ($27 each).

Wander Beauty is a new brand that’s popped up on my radar. They sent a couple of the Exquisite Liquid Shadows ($26 each) for me to try (they are stunning, review soon). I’ve been browsing their site and the Paris Collection features four items for lips, cheeks, eyes and highlight that look like they could create the perfect polished look. Have you tried this line yet?

Eve Lom has launched a number of gift sets for the holiday. The Icons Gift Set ($260) contains their Cleanser, Intense Firming Serum, Daily Protection SPF 50, Eye Lift and a Muslin Cloth. There is a price break for this set (individually the items total a little over $300). Other options such as The Perfectors Set and The Classics which have different items and are at lower price points. If you’ve been eyeing any of these, don’t forget Space NK US has their Explore promotion that’s going on online through Sunday. Use code EXPLORE15 at checkout for $25 off any orders $100 or more.

Net-A-Porter has this amazing Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer Set ($150). It has eight lip lacquers packaged in a pretty black box. You can find the colors individually in case you’re one who prefer to pick out your own colors.

Bite Beauty always launches cute sets over the holidays. I ordered the Discovery Set ($55) a few weeks ago, I hope to review it soon. The Best Bite Rewind has four mini matte creme lip crayons. This one has more color for those who like something brighter with more variety. This one has been calling my name too.

Holiday season is the season of palettes. I stopped buying holiday or seasonal palettes years ago because I found if I didn’t like all the colors the palettes didn’t end up getting much use. The NARS x Stephen Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette ($69) looks soooo pretty though. It has the Contour Blush in Paloma, Bronzing Powder in Laguna, four blushes in Robotic, Blasphemy, Luster and Dolce Vita. If you’ve seen or tried this let me know what you think!

MAC Magic of the Night Collection launches in stores this week. There are already some items that popped up online and as usual many pieces have already sold out within minutes of launching online. I was able to order Please Me Lipstick ($18) and Shaft of Gold In Extra Dimension Skinfinish ($33). I’m hoping nothing in my order gets cancelled.

What’s on your beauty radar this week?


Net-A-Porter Beauty Valentine’s Day Kit

February 3, 2015

This year Net-A-Porter Beauty has a limited-edition Valentine’s Day Kit ($65) with nine luxury sampler-size beauty treats for skin, hair and makeup. The Net-A-Porter team was kind enough to send one as a surprise and after playing with the deluxe sized items, I can say this is a real treat. Pre-made kits can be hit or miss because we all have different tastes, preferences and likes. I have to say, Net-A-Porter did a really good job with this one. If you’re looking to treat yourself or a friend, this has really good picks.

Inside the Valentine’s Day Kit as shown in the above photo from left to right, with thoughts on each item (for reference, full ingredient listing on each product is online at Net-A-Porter):

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream Mini (15 ml/ 0.5 fl. oz.) is a rich moisturizer cream that isn’t greasy. I have the full size although I don’t think I’ve reviewed it, I’ve found it to be very good and non-irritating for my sensitive acne-prone skin. It hydrates the skin nicely and a little goes a long way. I like that it helps balance the skin with dry and oily parts and it’s also a good skin prep product for foundation (creams, powders, liquids, compacts etc.) The only downside is that it has a strong sunscreen scent that I’m not a fan of, however it does fade after five minutes. I’m thrilled to have a mini of this because now I can travel with it.
  • Bambford Geranium Hand and Body Wash (50 ml/ 1.7 fl. oz.) is a strongly scented body wash with geranium, lavender and peppermint. It smells like a spa in a bottle. It’s very soothing and relaxing for the bath. It lathers up to a nice foam and leaves the skin feeling soft and very refreshed.
  • Jurlique Nutri-Define Retexturizing Serum (15 ml/ 0.5 fl. oz.) is the only item in the kit I haven’t tested, primarily because I’m in the middle of testing other face products at the moment. It’s supposed to be a firming and lifting skin product – if you’ve tried this one I’d love to hear your thoughts.
  • LAFCO Chamomille Lavender Soap (130 ml/ 4.5 oz.) has a bright refreshing scent that smells like a garden. There is a sweetness to it that makes it feel lightweight. I’m not typically a fan of bar soaps but this is a nice one to have in your bathroom or guest room. It makes me feel like I’m on vacation.
  • Radical Skincare Instant Revitalizing Mask (30 ml/4.5 oz.) is something that has been on my radar for a while so this kit came at the perfect time. This is one of the most fun things I’ve played with in terms of face masks. It’s a quick and easy 3-5 minute face product (huge plus). It’s a creamy liquid that turns into a white foam on the face. Once on, it foams up and bubbles with tiny little pops (don’t worry it’s ultra gentle). You rinse it off after having it on the face for a short period of time and it leaves the skin glowing and feeling completely hydrated/refreshed. 
  • Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Finish Oil (50 ml/1.7 fl. oz.) smells incredible. I’ve been a huge fan of the Serge Normant hair care line, their shampoos and conditioners are extremely good, although on the pricey end. The Sheer Dry Finish Oil is a spray product that adds shine and texture. I like that it’s a lightweight product that doesn’t weigh down the hair or make it look greasy. I’ve been spraying it on both damp and dry hair and it adds a nice natural shine.
  • Eyeko Mini Black Magic Mascara (4 ml/ 0.13 fl. oz.) is something new to me. I’ve never tried anything from Eyeko before. This is a mini black mascara that is super rich in color and adheres well to the lashes. It takes a bit of combing to get this to apply evenly on my lashes, otherwise they look a bit spidery. Once you comb the product, I found it added nice volume and color. It stayed put all day without flaking or smudging. The only downsides are the effort it took me to get it to look even (it didn’t clump, it just separated my lashes too much) and it is pretty hard to remove in the evening. 
  • Anastasia Mini Clear Brow Gel (2.5 ml/ 0.08 fl. oz.) is something I haven’t tried in a long time. I received a small sample gift with purchase years ago before I did anything to my brows. I’m glad this kit made me revisit it. It’s a clear brow gel that actually holds my brows in place without making them look crunchy.
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (5 ml/ 0.16 fl. oz.) has reached cult status with many. I’m always happy to get a mini for travel. It’s a good one that keeps foundation in place and prevents it from sliding on warm weather days. The only downside for me is that it does give a white cast to my skin. Since I opt for medium to full coverage foundations the white tint isn’t a problem, although I do wish they would make options with some color.

Bottom line this kit is a winner. I feel super pampered as I’ve been using something new from the kit each night for the past week. I’m going to replenishing with full sizes of the Serge Normant, Anastasia Brow Gel and Radical Mask for sure once the samples are used up.

Some more beauty kits on Net-A-Porter. The By Terry Baume de Rose set is amazing, review here. I also ordered the mini Byredo Candle set, I’ll be reviewing them as soon as they arrive.

The Net-A-Porter Valentine’s Day Kit was provided courtesy of Net-A-Porter for review consideration. More information about my disclosures here.


Net-A-Porter Holiday Beauty Kit Back in Stock

December 17, 2014

I just received news that Net-A-Porter restocked their Holiday Beauty Kit, a $360 value priced at $100. You can see my previous post and full list of contents featured here. It sold out the same day I wrote about it back in early November and I suspect it will sell out again very quickly. I know some of my readers were sad they missed out the first round. If you’re looking for a last-minute holiday gift that is sure to impress, this kit is a great option!

More Net-A-Porter Beauty below:

The beauty kit was provided as a press sample for review consideration. 

Net-A-Porter Beauty Holiday Kit

November 6, 2014

Net-A-Porter Beauty has launched a limited-edition set called The Holiday Kit ($100). It contains 14 selected Net-A-Porter favorites including their must-have skincare, makeup and hair products for this season. It comes beautifully packaged in a black box and is a great sampler option for those looking to try something new or for the friend who likes surprise options. The Net-A-Porter team was kind to send me one to share with you today, it was quite an unexpected surprise. Note quantities are limited.

Inside the kit include a mix of sample and full-sized items:

  • Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum (15ml/0.5oz.)
  • Erno Laszlo’s soothing Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil and cult-favorite Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar (15ml/0.5oz.)
  • Verso’s Retinol 8-infused Day Cream (15ml/0.51oz.)
  • Susanne Kaufmann’s multitasking Shower/Shampoo treatment (50ml/1.7oz.) 
  • SHOW Beauty’s Divine Thickening Lotion (150ml/5.1oz.)
  • Sleep Plus Pillow Spray (5ml/0.17oz.)
  • Renouve’s No.1 collagen-boosting, skin-regenerating Anti-Aging Everyday Defense Hand-Sanitizer (30ml/1oz.)
  • De Mamiel’s Rosehip and Coconut-enriched Salvation Body Oil (30ml/1oz.)
  • B the Eyebrow Experts’ Clear Brow Gel (5ml/0.17oz.)
  • Malin + Goetz Vitamin b5 Body Moisturizer (29ml/1oz.)
  • Earth tu Face’s Face Balm (25ml/0.9oz.)
  • Ilia’s nourishing Bang Bang Lip Conditioner (4ml/0.14oz.)
  • Chantecaille’s Liquid Lumiere Anti-Aging Face illuminator in Sheen (23ml/0.8oz.)

I haven’t had a chance to try everything yet, but immediately dove in to try the Malin + Goetz Body Moisturizer (it has a refreshing scent and lightweight feel). The Chantecaille Liquid Lumiere has been on my list for AGES to try, but I keep forgetting to check it out at the counters, Sheen has a lovely pink-pearl finish. The Susanne Kaufmann Shampoo/Shower Gel smells absolutely amazing. The Salvation Body Oil has this soothing therapeutic scent that smells like a spa.
This set has a lovely mix of items that gives you plenty to discover. I am looking forward to testing the other items in the upcoming weeks. If you have friends who are hard to shop for, this is a great sampler set.
The Limited-Edition Net-A-Porter Holiday Kit ($100) is available exclusively through Net-A-Porter, while supplies last.
Many thanks to the Net-A-Porter team for sending me this kit.
Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty / Net-A-Porter Preview Sets

August 20, 2014

Beauty alert for those who have been eagerly waiting for Charlotte Tilbury Beauty to launch in the US: Net-A-Porter has launched three exclusive preview beauty sets online starting today. The full line and individual items are scheduled to launch in the US this September at select retailers.

The three sets currently available via Net-A-Porter:

Golden Goddess Set ($225) includes:

  • Luxury Palette – The Golden Goddess (Eyeshadow)
  • The Classic- Sophia (Eye Liner)
  • Full Fat Lashes – Glossy Black (Mascara)
  • Cheek to Chic – Ecstasy (Blusher)
  • Lip Cheat – Pillowtalk (Lip Liner)
  • K.I.S.S.I.N.G – Stoned Rose (Lipstick)
  • Lip Lustre – Ibiza Nights (Lip Gloss)
  • Makeup Bag

Face & Body Sculpt and Highlight Set ($255) includes:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream mini (Moisturizer)
  • Wonderglow (Primer)
  • Supermodel Body
  • Lip Lustre – Blondie (Lip Gloss)
  • Filmstar Bronze and Glow (Bronze + Highlight)
    Powder & Sculpt Brush
  • Makeup Bag

Bigger, Brighter Eyes Set ($195) includes:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream mini (Moisturizer)
  • Luxury Palette – The Sophisticate (Eyeshadow)
  • Double Cube Pencil Sharpener
  • Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye liner in Eye Cheat (Eyeliner)
  • Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye liner in Marlene Midnight (Eyeliner)
  • Life-Changing Lashes Eyelash Curler
  • Full Fat Lashes – Glossy Black (Mascara)
  • Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover
  • Makeup Bag
After falling in love with the Filmstar Bronze and Glow Set from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, I placed a sizeable order via Charlotte Tilbury online a few weeks ago and the package finally arrived at my house. I’ll have reviews and swatches in the upcoming weeks as I work my way through testing. First impressions are that this line is very good and the colors are amazing.

Have you tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury Beauty yet? I would love to hear your recommendations. I’m seriously considering the Golden Goddess set but am torn between waiting for individual items versus getting the set now.


On My Radar | New in Beauty and Deals of the Week

July 23, 2014

New items on my radar in the beauty world:

  • Dior Beauty has launched some new fall products for eyes, lips and nails:
    • 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette ($60) comes in five new shades in Bar 56, Carre Bleu 276, Pied De Poule 96, Trafalgar 876, Tutu 846
    • Rouge Dior Lipstick ($35) is available in five new colors with Carre D’Or 135, Bar 317, Rose Tutu 354, Rouge Massai 869 and Pied-de-Poule 977
    • Vernis Gel-Shine Nail Lacquer ($25) comes in four new cream finish shades in Pied de Poule 206, Rose Tutu 254, Bar 902 and Carre Bleu 769
  • Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner ($16 for single, $45 for set of 3) is the latest innovation from Hourglass with the thinnest waterproof gel liner that offers precision accuracy with a single stroke, available now at, at Sephora July 29, all other counters August 15
  • L’Occitane Frisson Verbena Collection ($12 to $55) has a range of fresh green and citrus body products perfect for summer, I’m in love with the Frisson Verbena Fresh Shower Gel and Hand Cream (thoughts on these soon)
  • Net-A-Porter Beautified Natural Nomad Pouch ($50) with Tata Harper Fortifying Body Oil and Lotion, Illia Sway Multistick, RGB Nail Polish, Remover Pad and Cuticle Oil, Rahua Volume Spray, Joya’s Composition No. 1 Perfume, LAFCO Hand Lotion
  • YSL Volupté Sheer Candy ($34) has launched in four new shades in Belle Cannelle #14, Rose Candy #15, Cherise Desir #16 and Fraise Ganache #17

Some deals and codes that have come through my inbox recently:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – Free US Standard Shipping on any order with code SUNSHIP
  • Bloomingdales – bRejuvinated Beauty Event Gift with Purchase offers (over 60 offers) through July 28 or while supplies last, plus 4 free beauty samples with any online order
  • Clinique – Three free summer saver minis Moisture Surge Face Spray, 7 Day Scrub Rinse-Off, Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel with any online Clinique purchase, 7/23 – 7/24 or while supplies last
  • L’Occitane – 12 Hour Beauty Break sale, you have 12 hours to shop for select products up to 50% off, online only July 23rd 10:00 AM EST to 10:00 PM EST
    • L’Occitane code offerings while supplies last:
      • Receive 3 Hand Creams + Adorable Pouch with any $25 Purchase with code SHEAHANDS, valid through 7/29
      • Free 50ml Shea Cleansing Milk with any $30 Purchase with code REFRESH, valid through 7/29
      • Free Angelica skincare duo of hydrating Toner and Cleansing gel with $45 purchase, code ANGELICA, valid through 7/29
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – Free shipping on orders $50+, free mini Highliner in Blacquer with any $75+ order with code MINI, while supplies last
  • Macy’s – Over 150 online only gift with purchase deals from Clinique, Origins, Elizabeth Arden, Laura Mercier
  • Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Gift With Purchase over 70 gifts with purchases available for the sale from Caudalie, YSL, Jo Malone, Jouer, Guerlain, Cle de Peau, Lancome, Estee Lauder, Chantecaille and more
  • Sephora – Online Limited Beauty Insider Offers with $25+ orders (one code per order) while supplies last:
    • Ole Henriksen’s 3 Little Wonders 7-Day Sampler with code WONDERS
    • Choose 1 of 3 Lip Minis from Too Faced, NARS or Sephora Collection with code LIPMINI
    • Fresh Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover with code FRESHSOY
    • Deluxe sample of Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel with code EYELIFT
    • Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Push-Up Liner 30-day Sample with code PUSHUP
    • Choose 1 of 3 Deluxe Sized Self-Tanners from Vita Liberata, St. Tropez, bareMinerals with code BRONZED
    • Early Access sample of Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara Deluxe Sample for VIBs/Rouge, use code VIBJOSIE
  • Shu Uemura USA – A Midsummer’s Night Sample Set with any $50+ order, includes Tsuya Radiance Essense, Classic Cleansing Oil (20 ml), Anti-Oxi Deluxe Cleansing Oil (20 ml), Stage Performer Instant Glow (10 ml), Mini PK70C Gloss, use code UNWIND
If you have any good deals or codes, please share in the comments 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Fresh Sugar Tulip Giveaway! There are up to four ways to enter and the entry period is almost up. I’ll be selecting the winner over the weekend and announce who won next week.