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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Beauty and All That January 2009 Posts

Here are the January 2009 posts that you can see on Beauty and All That @ http://igknowidea.blogspot.com

Original posts by Beauty and All That
* Happy New Years from Beauty and All That
*Tarte Cosmetic's Vanity Edition Palette- Product Review
*MAC cosmetics- 25% off Friends and Family until Jan 8
*Updated- 70% off Post Holiday Sales
* JANE Be Pure® Aguaceuticals® cosmetics
* Sephora Skin Care Samples for Beauty Insiders Only
* Inside Scoop from L'oreal Paris Beauty Suite in Beverly Hills
*Louis Vuitton's Stephen Sprouse collection available January 9
*e.l.f. minerals 75% off
*e.l.f. Cosmetics- Email marketing campaign
* JCrew Sample Sale
*e.l.f. brushes haul
*Bobbi Brown Makeup- Free Shipping
*Free Makeup Bag with Bare Escentual's Get Started Kit
*30% off New Arrivals for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy
*Cole Haan Sample Sale in New York from January 24-28
*$2 shipping on e.l.f. orders
*Three Reasons to love Smashbox Cosmetics
*Free Shipping on Clinique.com- Today Only!
*Free Shipping - This weekend only!

Lovely TotalBeauty.com posts
*Sally Hansen Product Reviews
*Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Foundation?
*Quiz: How Healthy is Your Hair?
*Quick and New Hairstyles to Try Today!
*Friday Funny Product Reviews
*Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong- Match the Lips Quiz
*Get the Golden Globes style!
*Top Beauty Tools
*Quiz: What's Your Lip Color?
*Beauty Makeover
*Beauty Makeover
*Worst Shampoo Reviews
*Update your hairstyle with bangs!
*Behind the Scenes Beauty
*Beautiful Hair Tips

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Free Shipping - This weekend only!

Sephora.com is offering free shipping by using the code: PLAYPRETTY*

Bobbi Brown
cosmetics is offering free shipping as well. Use code: BLUSHED**

- Use code: FSNC49***

For details..

*Enter promotion code PLAYPRETTY to receive free standard shipping on your online merchandise order. Not valid in Canada, retail stores, or on previous purchases. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotion codes. Offer valid through 2/2/09 at 11:59pm PST. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotional offer at any time.

**Offer code required. Valid 1/30/09 - 2/1/09 (midnight ET) only on BobbiBrown.com.

***Free Service charge applicable on select florist fulfilled gifts delivered within the United States. Items may vary and are subject to availability, delivery rules and times. Offer available online and by phone. Offers cannot be combined, are not available on all products and are subject to restrictions, limitations and blackout periods. Offer valid through 2/1/2009. Prices and charges are subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Free Shipping on Clinique.com- Today Only!

Clinique.com is offering free standard shipping on any online purchase today only! (Friday, January 30, 2009) They made a mistake in their email though...

You would think since the code is FRIDAY and that it actually says Friday on the ad, they would have the fine print with the correct day of the week..

If Clinique.com is hiring, please leave a comment! :)

Happy Shopping

Quiz: Can You Conquer Your Hair Challenges?

Can You Conquer Your Hair Challenges?

Yes! Take this quiz and learn how to battle your hairstyle issues

Finally say sayonara to bad hair days! This quiz will help you identify your biggest hair dilemmas and give you pro tricks to solving them.

Take the quiz

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Behind the Scenes Beauty

Backstage Beauty Tips

Learn the 26 tricks we picked up from top hair, makeup and nail pros

We asked hair, makeup and nail artists backstage at Fashion Week for their best kept secrets. Read on to find tips that will help add a little runway glamour to your signature style.

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Update your hairstyle with bangs!

Easy Hairstyle Update -- Bangs!

Follow the lead of these celebrity beauties and transform your haircut by cutting bangs

Bangs are the easiest way to update your hairstyle. So why not kick off the new year with a gorgeous new look? You can try retro blunt a la Katy Perry or soft and sideswept like Jessica Biel. Let these celebrity photos inspire you.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Three Reasons to love Smashbox Cosmetics

Smashbox Cosmetics is one of my favorites and here are my Top 3 Reasons why..
(Read more Smashbox Reviews here)

3) Jumbo Samples
You can choose one of three deluxe samples from Smashbox which are three of their more popular items, including their Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Lip Enhancing Gloss in Aura, and O-Glow Intuitive Cheek Color. I would pick the Foundation Primer because a little bit of it goes a long way and primers are such a great way to make your face makeup last longer throughout the day.

(Source: smashbox.com)

2)Let's do Lunch program.
If you complete a purchase on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9-2pm PST, you will receive a free full-sized product. This freebie can vary from a lip gloss to an eyeshadow trio, so check out their page to see what they offering each week and plan accordingly!

(Source: smashbox.com)

1) Spectacular sale

(Source: smashbox.com)
They are offering up to 25-50% off on over 5 pages worth of products. Some of my favorites include their color kits which are basically sets with lip, face, and/or brush products.

Here are two of my favorites, GLAMBOX VOL. 3 - BEAUTY ON THE GO

(Source: smashbox.com)
The Glambox Vol. 3 is a $190 value and contains: Bionic Mascara in Jet Black
Basked Cheek Duo in On The Town
Shadow & Liner Trio in Hot Date
Shadow & Liner Trio in Girls Night Out (read reviews for Eyeshadow trios)
3 Lip Glosses in Happy Hour, Cocktail Hour, and After Hours -It seems like they cover all three time zones after work ;)
3 Travel Brushes in Angled Blush Brush, Precision Liner Brush, and Definer Brush

All of these goodies for $50!
I'm a huge fan of their eye trios and I just love that they offer a neutral palette (the one with the browns) and another fun one (the one with the purple shade- great to create a smoky eye look)
I also like that they give you 3 of their brushes and lip glosses- all handy for travel and to carry in your purse. If you can't afford this set and want good quality brushes, may I suggest e.l.f. brushes for only $1 each!

And another Bonus..

they offer free shipping!
Check out Smashbox Cosmetics now @ www.smashbox.com

$2 shipping on e.l.f. orders

I just had to let my beauty readers as soon as I got this in my inbox.
e.l.f. (Eyes Lips Face) is offering $2 shipping for orders over $25.

Normally Standard Shipping is $6.95 in the US and $14.95 in Canada.

To see ideas of what to buy, read
e.l.f. brushes haul @

e-mail marketing campaign @

Check out my review on their e.l.f. eyeshadow brush!

To get the coupon..

Use the code: 2SHIP2009 for your purchase. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cole Haan Sample Sale in New York from January 24-28

Cole Haan is having a sample sale where they will be selling women’s shoes, outerwear, handbags and men’s shoes & outerwear all up to 80% off.

All Sales final! No children under 12 & no strollers are allowed.

WHEN: 1/24-1/28
TIME: Sat-Th 9-6:30, Wed 9-5
WHERE: 317 W 33rd Street (between 8-9 Ave)

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Worst Shampoo Reviews

8 Worst Hair Shampoos

Be kind to your hair. Avoid these.

Before you fall for promising packaging, see why readers gave these shampoos a thumbs down

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No. 8: Bumble and bumble Seaweed Shampoo, $16

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 4.4*

"It does have a funny smell and my hair doesn't feel clean after use."

No. 7: PHYTO PhytoSpecific Optimal Hydration Shampoo, $24

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 4.3*

"For the cost you can buy another better shampoo; it's just not worth it."

No. 6: Burt's Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 4.2*

"It was pretty difficult to get enough lather to completely get my hair clean, and I ended up in the shower for way longer than I wanted to be."

Want to see No. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1? Click here.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

30% off New Arrivals for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy

30 Percent off New Arrivals for Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy

Hurry! This offer ends January 25, 2009.

For complete details and restrictions..

*Offer valid January 23, 2009 at 12:00 am ET through January 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm ET online only in the US (including Puerto Rico). Not valid on Piperlime merchandise or at Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic stores, or at Gap Outlet or Banana Republic Factory Stores. Not valid on Gap (PRODUCT) RED™, Junk Food™, Converse®, Robeez®, Medela®, Charm It!, or babyGap home merchandise (bedding, blankets, strollers, car seats, high chairs, diaper bags, toys, books, nursery d├ęcor, dishware, bath accessories, nursing accessories, bibs, and skincare). 30% discount offer applies to New Arrivals merchandise only. $150 qualifying amount applies to merchandise only excluding Giftcards, packaging, applicable taxes, and shipping & handling charges. Free ship offer valid only on standard shipping to your order's first ship to address anywhere in the U.S. only (including Puerto Rico). If you choose express or next day shipping options additional charges will apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts including Gap Inc. employee discount. Offer is nontransferable and not valid for cash or cash equivalent. No adjustments on previous purchases. Offer subject to change without notice.

Frumpy to Fab Hair Makeover

The Frumpy-to-Fab Hair Makeover

TotalBeauty.com reader Jennifer discovers the hot hair she should have been born with

Our makeover dream team -- celeb stylist Ted Gibson, owner of Ted Gibson Salon in New York City, and celeb makeup artist and Beauty.com spokesperson Tina Turnbow -- will give Jennifer modern hair and gorgeous makeup.

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Free Makeup Bag with Bare Escentual's Get Started Kit

As a fan and avid user of Bare Escentuals for the past 5+ years, (Read my celebrity run-in with the CEO Leslie Blodgett), one of my favorite BE products is their Get Started Kit. Available at Sephora with Free Shipping, their starter kit (for Medium) contains:
- 0.06 oz bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in Medium
- 0.06 oz bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Beige
- 0.06 All Over Face Color in Warmth
- 0.06 oz Mineral Veil
- Full Flawless Face Brush
- Flawless Application Face Brush
- Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
- a How-to instructional DVD
- BONUS - Exclusively for SEPHORA : 0.05 oz Prime Time Foundation Primer

Source: Sephora email

Using the code: BEBAG1, you can get a free makeup bag to hold your brushes and foundation powders in a sleek, black bag.

This exclusive kit is valued at $174 at Sephora and you can purchase it for only $60. Since I last bought my kit a while ago, it contained a kabuki brush instead of one of the face brushes and a bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper instead of the Foundation Primer.

Don't forget your free samples for Beauty Insiders Only...
Check out my earlier post on getting free skincare samples at sephora here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bobbi Brown Makeup- Free Shipping

Thinking of ordering Bobbi Brown Cosmetics? Now's the time to do so!

Get free standard shipping with any order by Friday, January 23, 2009 using the code: BEST1


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Beauty Makeover

The Blonde-to-Brunette Hair Makeover

TotalBeauty.com reader Kim gets her first beauty overhaul in 20 years -- would her new look suit you?

Our makeover dream team -- creator of me by {me}zhgan cosmetics and American Idol lead makeup artist Mezhgan, and stylist Leland Ferrell and colorist Adam Scheib of the Sally Hershberger Salon in Los Angeles -- give mom Kim a dramatic new haircut and gorgeous color.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

e.l.f. Brushes Haul

So after getting all those emails (See e.l.f. marketing campaign and recently, 75% off e.l.f. minerals) I had to show you my e.l.f. haul.

I bought several brushes, duplicates of some, because I knew they were going to useful and of good quality. I sometimes have to use 3-4 different eye brushes to create a dramatic look (using blending and contrasting techniques.)

I got my package fairly quickly, in about a week or less, and it came in a very economically packaged box. I only received about 2 large sheets of paper as a filler, as you can see below. All my purchases came in a nice plastic bag with the words e.l.f. eyes lips face on it.

Here is an up close view of the many brushes that I bought. :) I pretty much bought brushes, eyeshadow applicators and a travel sized mirror. I bought eyeshadow brushes, defining eye brushes, blending brushes, angled blushing/bronzing/blending brushes and the total face brushes (the biggest of their brushes.)

I was so happy and overwhelmed with my purchase! I immediately opened three of the brushes to check out the bristles for the eyeshadow brush, blending brush, and the blushing/bronzing/blending brushes (pictured below).

I have to say that they are absolutely amazing! The eyeshadow brush has a nice rounded c-shaped tip and is wider than a lot of eyeshadow brushes that I have seen and have. Although the cutting and shape of one brush looked different than another eyeshadow brush, they are both similar and have really soft bristles. I even tried to stab it on my hand to see if any of the hairs would prick, but it did not hurt.

I really like these brushes because they can pack a lot of shadow within the brush. I have used these two eye brushes with my Jane Aguaceuticals eyeshadow set, and works wonderfully. I already have brushes from Bare Minerals (from their starter kits) and I must say that they work just as well. (Read reviews for the Eye shadow brush here)

The blushing/bronzing/blending brush, also shown in the above picture, is also very soft. It has some red hairs but overall, it works well as a blending brush. I use my other brushes to first apply my powder makeup and then I use this brush for any retouching and blending. (Read other reviews here)

Check out more brushes at Eyes Lips Face's website.

JCrew Sample Sale

For the first time ever, JCrew is having a sample sale in New York City.

Location: Clothingline, SSS Sample Sales, 261 W 36th Street, (between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor, New York, NY 10018

January 20 - January 25
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Quiz: What's Your Lip Color?

Find Your Best Pink Lip Color

Take this quiz to discover the ideal pink gloss or lipstick for you - mwah

Makeup artists John Fussell and Jane McKay both agree that pink is a youthful, healthy color that can look great on everyone. But like red, pink takes on many intensities and undertones, so before you shell out more dough for this trend, take the quiz to find out which shades were made for you.

Take the quiz

Comment below to let us know what shade of pink is right for you!

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Beauty Tools

Pros Spill Their Top 15 Secret Beauty Weapons

They can't make models look hot without these products -- you shouldn't live without them either

Models are born gorgeous but even they need help from beauty pros to look picture perfect. We got the scoop on the key products their makeup artists and hair stylists can't work without. Make sure these secret weapons are in your beauty stash.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Get the Golden Globes style!

Best Hair and Makeup from the 2009 Golden Globes

See all the glamorous looks and learn how to easily recreate them at home

The Golden Globes are a great way to kick off awards season. We love watching stars like Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez get all glammed up. But who says these styles are just for the red carpet? Not us. Use our tips to recreate these hair and makeup looks for yourself. (No reason celebrities should be the only ones looking fab.) Bonus: There was only one major hairstyle disaster of the night -- can you guess who? See her photo revealed at the end.

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Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong- Match the Lips Quiz

Celebrity Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

Can you match these stars to their over-injected big lips?

Got a few minutes to kill? See if you can identify these plastic surgery offenders by their big lips alone.

Match the lips

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Friday Funny Product Reviews

Have a good laugh on Friday Funny Day! (I made that up, btw)

17 Funniest Beauty Product Reviews of 2008

Lip stains that smell like horse hoof balm?! These strong opinions make beauty so much fun

TotalBeauty.com reader reviews help you decide which products are must-haves and which ones to avoid like the plague, but they’re also an endless source of amusement. Here are the reviews that had us spewing coffee from our noses.

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Happy Laughing!
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quick and New Hairstyles to Try Today!

16 New Quick Hairstyles to Try

Knock off these celebrity styles — in a flash

Need a style update but don’t have time to hit the salon? No worries — these celebrity hairstyles are incredibly easy.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

e.l.f. Cosmetics- Email marketing campaign

After hearing about the cheap products that e.l.f. cosmetics offers on their website, (e.l.f. stands for Eyes Lips Face), I decided to check out what they had. Most of their products are only $1, ranging from eye shadows, lip glosses and brushes (Read my e.l.f. brush haul here) . They also offer a Studio line, which is about $3 each and Minerals line, which ranges from $3-$5.

The e.l.f. Studio line products are for those who want to achieve the "professional look." You'll notice that these products are all black- its packaging, handles and even brush bristles are black. (I like my brushes to have a natural looking color, even if they are synthetic.)

The E.L.F. Minerals line are made of 100% natural minerals, so they are free of chemicals, dyes and parabens. Their bath & body kits contains several products in various fragrances which cost about $10.

eyes lips face banner
source: e.l.f. website

I signed up for their newsletter to receive more e.l.f. news, promotions, product alerts and beauty tips. They also have a blog that you can check out at ELF Beauty Blog, written by their beauty professional, Achelle.

I would get about an email from them almost everyday, sometimes twice a day. At first, I found them annoying but then I got even more intrigued by their deals. They are known for having some great soft eye brushes, so I debated whether or not to buy them.

Some of their email subject headings include:
* Hi -insert email here- (Dec. 21, 22, 23, 24..I told you it was every day!)
* For only -insert email here- (Dec. 22)
* Sorry -insert email here- (Dec. 20)
* This is the Best! (Dec. 29)
* OMG - Get it Now ! (Jan 6)
* -insert email here- Get What You Really Really Want ! (Jan 7)

Also, the email sender of these emails would vary. It would be "Eyes Lips Face" one day, and "e.l.f." the next and sometimes "elf@eyeslipsface.com". Did they do this to make their constant emails look different?

So, I am a sucker for bargains and buying things in bulk, so when I see emails like these, I just can't help but to browse (at least for now).
eyes lips face cosmetics email marketing
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Source: e.l.f. emails

Items that I want to buy?
Their minerals line and BRUSHES.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Quiz: How Healthy is Your Hair?

Quiz: How Healthy Is Your Hair?

Find out if it’s Pantene-commercial worthy or if it should join Amy Winehouse in rehab

Think your hair is healthy? The answer might surprise you. Take this quiz to find out the real health of your hair and get tips on how to nurse it back to a shiny, soft state.

Take the quiz

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Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Foundation?

Quiz: What’s Your Perfect Foundation?

Find the formula that will finally give you flawless-looking skin

How many times has your foundation looked great at the beauty counter, then “off” the next day? Take this quiz to find out what kind of makeup your skin really needs and get expert tips on making your skin look its best.

Find your match

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

75% off e.l.f. Minerals

For 2 Hours only on Monday January 12 from 4-6pm, you can get 75% off e.l.f. mineral products. Use code: MINERAL75

I really hope that I can get this tomorrow!!

This post is a prelude to an upcoming post on e.l.f.'s cosmetics (aka Eyes Lips Face) email marketing but I just couldn't wait to share this with you guys!

Happy Shopping @ http://www.eyeslipsface.com

Product Review: Sally Hansen

Best and Worst Sally Hansen Products

Nail, hair removal and makeup products our readers love, and um, hate

Read these reviews before wasting cash on products that don’t work.

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