Thursday, 19 February 2009

Hautelook coupon code

20% off at
code: INSTYLE09
expires: 3/31

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Sephora Brand Daily Brush Cleaner To Go

Description from Sephora:

What it is:
A travel-size, anti-bacterial spray for your makeup brushes.

What it does:
Sephora Professionnel introduces a better way to care for your beauty tools. Just spray this daily anti-bacterial formula cleaner on your powder, blush, eye and lip brushes after using, and they'll be refreshed and ready to go for your next application. It comes in a portable size, easy for anytime cleaning.

What else you need to know:
Disinfecting and protecting your brushes prolongs their life!

My review:
I know that keeping makeup brushes clean is important. I usually give them a good cleaning with the MAC brush cleaner when I think about it (bad habit), but then I have to wait for them to dry. I saw this at Sephora and thought it was a great idea. It's simplicity seemed to make it foolproof; it's a spray.

Honestly, I don't know if it does anything. It has a fresh smell, and I think it helped on my powder brushes, but did nothing for liquid/cream brushes (like concealer brush). It definitely isn't a deep clean like when using a more intense cleaner, I guess it's more of an in-between maintenance item- like using face masks in between facials.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Stila Convertible Mascara

Description from Sephora:

What it does:
A smudgeproof mascara that defines, lengthens, curls, and strengthens.

What it does:
Stila Convertible Mascara contains an innovative polymer formula that encases each lash with a smudgeproof, water-resistant "tube". The "tubes" bind to each lash and leaves you with long, lush, defined lashes that can weather any storm without flaking or smudging. The double-ended brush allows this product to work overtime: One tapered large brush volumizes and defines top lashes while one smaller narrow brush defines the lower and harder-to-reach inner lashes,

What else you need to know:
Due to the thermo-sensitive technology, Convertible Mascara is easily removed with warm water only. Simply splash your face with warm water and gently wipe your lashes clean.

My Review:
My Sephora order arrived yesterday (look forward to No Frizz Living Proof Hair Products and Brush Cleaner reviews) and I was thrilled to finally have this tube of mascara in my hands, it seemed so smart, and I had heard lots of good reviews of it. I was excited for two different sized brushes and easy removal with only water and how my lashes would look.

This mascara gives a ton of oomph! I flick the brush over my top lashes once and there's a huge difference, they're full, long and dark. They hold a curl nicely; my lashes are nicely separated, no weird spider eyes. Perfect. So I open the lower lash side and try it out. Bad. I think it's because my lower lashes are too long; it just didn't look right since the mascara seemed to lengthen a bit too much (which is why it's amazing for the upper lashes). The small brush is still good for the little lashes in the corner of my eye, but I was sad about my lower lashes. The one thing I find is perfect for lower lashes is Neutrogena Lash Tint; this darkens and enhances without lengthening or thickening, which I guess is all I need for my bottom lashes.

It does however come off incredibly easy with only water and minimal scrubbing. I am so happy about that. I tend to be lazy about eye makeup removal, so this is a dream come true to me.

Overall, I really like it, not sure if I'll repurchase, but will keep using before I make my final decision.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Free Bliss

Bliss is giving out a free full size bottle of their Love handler ($36 value) lotion with any purchase this month. I have not tried this, but it has some fantastic claims and good reviews on their site, which leave me curious about it:
bliss the love handler
A liquid workout for lazy abdominals!
Why we love it
•stimulates skin surface for improved firmness and contour
•energy releasing amino acids firm and burn with creatine
•caffeine stays active for up to 8 hours!

Want to whittle your wiggly waist, tone tummy pudge and keep back fat at bay? Wage war on those not-so-hard 'core' areas with this genius gel, formulated for extended 8-hour caffeine release. With cooling mint oil and naturally-derived amino acid ingredients.
clinical studies show:*
• 54.5% saw a reduction in the appearance of bloating in the abdominal area
• 50% reported an improvement in tone and contour
• Testers saw a trimmer waist in just 2 weeks
*Results reported from an independent clinical study conducted over a 6 week period.

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Upcoming Sales

Many sample sale sites post info in advance, here's what is coming up this week.

Editor's Closet:
Bjara (now open)
Judith Jack (now open)
Swatch (now open)
Fendi Sunglasses (2/3)
Hawke & Co (2/4)
Gucci Watches (2/5)
Antoinette Lee (2/6)

Gilt Groupe:
Marc by Marc Jacobs Ready to Wear, Accessories & Men's (2/2)
Be & D (2/2)
Jan Leslie Cufflinks (2/2)
Alexander McQueen (2/3)
Dana Rebecca (2/3)
Sofia Cashmere (2/3)
Lamberston Truex (2/4)
Slane & Slane (2/4)
Natori (2/4)
Monica Rish Kosann (2/4)
Acne Jeans (2/4)
Lingerie Essentials - On Gossamer & Cosabella (2/5)
Ports 1961 (2/5)
Pour la Victoire (2/5)
Robin Rotenier Cufflinks (2/5)
White & Warren (2/6)
Lagos (2/6)
Jill Stuart (2/6)

Haute Look:
Genetic Denim (2/2-2/3)
The Pursuit of Harmony (2/2-2/3)
Styla (2/2-2/3)
Yaya Aflalo (2/3-2/4)
Elizabeth Showers (2/3-2/4)
Lesa Wallace Handbags (2/3-2/4)
Christopher Fischer Cashmere (2/4-2/5)
Mimi and Coco (2/4-2/5)
Autumn Cashmere Accessories (2/5-2/6)
Ratna Kids (2/5-2/6)
Carmen Marc Valvo (2/6-2/9)
Samson Martin (2/6-2/9)
Diaper Dude (2/6-2/9)

Abaco (2/2)
Morra Designs (2/3)
Natori & Josie (2/3)
Mauboussin (2/5)
Tom Ford (TBA)
Gianfranco Ferre (TBA)
Missoni (TBA)

Rue La La:
Pink Tartan (2/2-2/4)
Judith Ripka (2/2-2/4)
Life is Good - 100% of proceeds go to Life is Good Kids Foundation (2/3-2/5)
Penguin (2/5-2/7)

The Top Secret:
Kenneth Cole Watches (2/2-2/3)
Antik Denim (2/2-2/3)
Rampage Handbags (2/5-2/6)
Ellen Tracy Dresses (2/5-2/6)
Andrew Marc Handbags (2/9-2/10)
Essentials By ABS (2/12-2/13)
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