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Friday, January 30, 2015

Sneak Peek: NEW Nyx Blended Hair Makeup Brushes (Coming this June)

Just in case you don't follow Nyx on Instagram (if you're on Instagram you totally should, since they often post great sneak peeks of new collections and other fun pics), check this out:

image source: Nyx Instagram page
Coming June 2015: NEW Nyx Blended Hair Brushes

Sorry, you'll have to excuse us while we #breaktheinternet for a second. Because we are friends, we wanted you to see our new blended hair NYX brushes first. They'll be out June 2015. 
These are not to be confused with the existing Nyx makeup brushes (with the white handles). This is an entirely new collection!

Thoughts about these new brushes? Hopefully they'll be available at Ulta (and CVS, Target, etc.) this summer!

Breaking Beauty News: Bonne Bell is Going Out of Business

It is with such a sad heart that I bring you this news today, as it marks the true end of an era. But before you start clutching your Lip Smackers, there's a little light at the end of the tunnel...

Many thanks to @BeautyandBiz_Mon on Twitter for letting me know about this news. Here are a few excerpts from some news articles that sum up what's going on:

Bonne Bell has announced it is closing its manufacturing and distribution facility in Westlake and plans to lay off 91 employees.
Markwins International  announced Thursday it had bought Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker, the company's popular brand of lip glosses marketed to girls and young ladies.
Bonne Bell will change its name to the Bell Family Brands.
Bonne Bell still owns the Formula Ten-Oh-Six skin care brand, and Bonne Bell's distribution affiliate, Aspire Brands, will continue to distribute Lip Smackers in Europe, Australia and Asia.

The Bonne Bell Co. announced in a press release that California-based Markwins International Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire Aspire Brands assets Bonne Bell and Lip Smacker.
"Markwins has a proven track record of creating excitement and bringing innovation to the cosmetic category," said Jess "Buddy" Bell, Jr., founder of Aspire Brands. "They will bring the same excitement and innovation to the Lip Smacker and Bonne Bell brands. I am excited about the future of the Lip Smacker and Bonne Bell brands under Markwins ownership."

So while it is extremely sad news to hear of people losing their jobs and having such an iconic brand close its doors, a new chapter is beginning as Markwins (owners of Wet n Wild, Physicians Formula, Black Radiance and The Color Workshop) will be taking the reigns. It sounds like Markwins will handle distribution in the US (and perhaps other countries) while Aspire will handle distribution in Europe, Australia and Asia.

What do you think of this news? Are you curious to see what will remain the same and what might change?

Thanks again, @BeautyandBiz_Mon, for the tip about this news.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: L.A. Girl Ultra Palette from the Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Collection

Doesn't it feel like it was so long ago that I blogged about the release of the new L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Collection? Can you believe that it was actually only this past October? I know, I know...time flies when you're buying makeup!

I received one of the Beauty Brick palettes for review a while ago and now that I've had time to give it a thorough testing, I'd like to share my thoughts with you. So let's get right into it!

Keep reading for my full review of the Ultra Palette...

Spotted: NEW Rite Aid Brand Clinique Dupes

Alright, so you know that I loved the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild dupe from Walmart, and that Walmart has other Clinique dupes as well. But did you know that Rite Aid now has some too? I sure didn't, but thanks to reader Regan, I do now! Check it out:

image credit: Regan for Nouveau Cheap
NEW Rite Aid Renewal Clinique Skincare Dupes 
(retail: $9.99 - $19.99)

Keep reading for more info...

Stila Eyes Are the Windows Shadow Palettes $34 Each + FREE SHIPPING

If you're like me and have been lovingly admiring the Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palettes from afar due to the price ($49 each), well hopefully this might help! I was really hoping I'd be able to spot a nice deal on these soon and, lo and behold, I found one! Check it out:

Keep reading for all the details...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

An Exclusive Look Inside the Too Faced Better Than Chocolate Natural Beauty Essentials Set (Available for 24 HOURS Only at HSN)

I've had a secret that I've been wanting to share with you for a little while now, and today I can finally spill the beans! If you've been wanting the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, Better Than Sex Mascara, Shadow Insurance and/or a Lip Créme, I've got a fantastic one-day-only deal to share with you:

Beginning NOW (9PM Pacific on 1/28) and for the next 24 hours, you can get the brand new Too Faced Better Than Chocolate Natural Beauty Essentials Set (retail value: $103.71) plus a one-year subscription to Glamour Magazine for $49 + FREE SHIPPING, and it's also available on Flex-Pay (three payments of $16.33)! This means that you'll only have to pay $16.33 up front, and then you'll be billed again for $16.33 in February and March.

For a detailed look at what's inside this set (with swatches) keep reading! But don't wait too long if you want this one because, again, it's only availble for the next 24 hours...

Coming this Spring: New and Improved e.l.f. Essential Brushes

If you're an e.l.f. Essential brush fan (chances are if you're reading this, you probably own a few!), then you might be excited to hear that e.l.f. is releasing "new and improved" brushes in their $1 Essential line!

In case you don't follow e.l.f. on social media, here's a pic they just posted to their Instagram today:

image source: e.l.f. Instagram page
New and Improved e.l.f. Essential Brushes for Spring 2015

We've got #spring2015 on the brain today, so here's a sneak peek at some new arrivals. Look for our new and improved (vegan!) Essential Brushes coming this spring to #elfcosmetics #sneakpeek #comingsoon #brushes #makeupbrushes

Again, these are "new and improved" brushes from the Essential line. For example, it looks like the fan brush on the far left above is an improved version of the existing Essential Fan Brush, but I obviously can't confirm that yet.

Are you a fan of the Essential line? Are you excited to try these improved versions? Hopefully they'll pop up at Target soon!

The Wednesday Question: Singles vs. Palettes Edition

Do you prefer eyeshadow singles, duos, trios, quads, quints or palettes? Why?

If you were to ask me this a few years ago, I would have told you that I prefer singles or a few shades together (duos or trios) to palettes. I recall a time when palettes really only contained a few shades that I would reach for, with the rest being shades I seldom touched. But beauty brands have really stepped up their "palette game" these last few years. I can easily get a complete look filled with beautiful colors from one palette alone these days. I do like the portability and convenience of a palette, but I also still like the freedom of single shadows to create my own combos. I never really got into creating my own palettes (depotting shadows and placing them into empty palettes) but I really like that idea in theory. Maybe someday I'll get there!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

24-Hour Instagram Giveaway: Win the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette!

If you're on Instagram and you'd like a chance to win the Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette, it's your lucky day!

I've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers (and people!) on the planet for a very special 24-HOUR GIVEAWAY to win your very own Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette (retail value: $60)! 

If you're on Instagram, all you have to do is follow me, BeautyJunkies and WeHeartThisdotcom and leave a comment on all three of our Instagram posts that look just like the image above, and you'll be entered. That's it! This giveaway is for US residents only, and is in no way affiliated with Urban Decay or Instagram.

This giveaway ends on Wednesday, 1/28, at 7PM Pacific, so don't wait--enter now!

Best of luck to all of you!

PS: I'm closing the comments on this blog post to avoid any confusion. You cannot enter via my blog--you must enter via Instagram. Thanks!

Review: NEW Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

I normally give the skincare products I review here on the blog a full 4-6 weeks of testing before I share my thoughts with you, but I'm coming in a little shy of four weeks for this one. I first posted pics of the display for the new Hydro Boost collection back on January 1st, and I found this product in my area on January 2nd. I immediately started testing the day I found it, so I'll be at four weeks on the dot this Friday. But since I know a lot of us were quite excited about this new line, and this product in particular, I figured you wouldn't mind me skimping on those last few days of testing!

I know that some of you were curious about how this product might compare to the wildly-popular Laniege Sleeping Water Mask ($23 for 2.7 oz at Target), and since I have actually tried the Laniege Sleeping Water Mask, I will definitely let you know how the two compare at the end of this review. So let's get started...

NEW Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
(retail: $18.99, 1.7 oz)

Please note that the price may vary depending on the retailer; I bought mine at Walmart for $17.97 but I listed the price of $18.99 above since that's closer to what I've seen at various drugstore chains in my area.

Keep reading for my full review...


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