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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Swatches: NYX Macaron Lippies in Blue Velvet, Pistachio, Earl Grey,and Black Sesame

So you know I had to place an order after I told you that the long-awaited Macaron Lippies are now available for purchase on the NYX website. I got my order this morning and I wanted to get some swatches up as soon as possible. So please note that this is obviously not a traditional review since I just got these today--it's more like a "first impressions" post, but with tons of swatches! So let's get started...

NYX Macaron Lippies
Blue Velvet, Pistachio, Earl Grey and Black Sesame
(retail: $6 each on the NYX website, 0.16 oz)

There are twelve shades in this range. I purchased the four colors that I personally found the MOST intriguing--I simple had to know what these four shades would look like on my lips!


The NEW Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains have landed!

Remember back in February when I gave you that sneak peek at the new Revlon Moisture Stains? Well I didn't think that this new (permanent, not limited edition) lip color line was going to land in stores until June, but IT'S HERE!

Many thanks to reader Courtney (@cmoorebeauty on Instagram) for this one! Courtney spotted the Moisture Stain display at Meijer yesterday and shared tons of pics with us. Take a look!

image credit: Courtney for Nouveau Cheap
NEW Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains

Keep reading for a closer look at all twelve shades in this range...

More info and photos of the new Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

Just a quick note to let you know that I just added additional photos and info to my post from yesterday about the new Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream. Click here to see (and thanks to readers Mia and Caitlin for the additional pics)!

One Week Only Warehouse Sale at Total Beauty Shops (FREE SHIPPING)

I've got some nice deals to share with you today from Total Beauty and to make them even better, enter the codes below for a discounted price and FREE SHIPPING. And right in time for Mother's Day! These offers are good now through 4/30. Check 'em out:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream has landed in the US! (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Additional information and photos added to the end of this post.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream (which is an acne-treatment BB cream that contains 2% salicylic acid) has been available in both the UK and Australia for a while now, and for some reason I didn't think that Maybelline was going to bring this one over to the states (I try not to get my hopes up about the intriguing Maybelline products that are available in other countries--see Baby Skin Pink Transformer SPF35, available only in Asia, as just one example). But guess what? Dream Pure BB Cream has come to the US!

Thanks to several of you for letting me know that this product is now starting to surface in the permanent display at Walmart--I'm sure it's only a matter of time before you start to see it elsewhere. Longtime reader and photo-contributor Abi, who spotted this display at Walmart this week, was nice enough to share pics--take a look!

image credit: Abi for Nouveau Cheap
NEW Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream at Walmart
(available in five shades)

Sinful Colors Summer 2014 Swatches and Comparisons

If you caught my post yesterday about two of the new Summer 2014 collections from Sinful Colors (click here if you missed it), then you know that there were some new shades in those collections that appeared to resemble existing shades. Well today I can set the record straight, thanks to reader Sarah (@sarah082186 on Instagram)! Sarah kindly swatched two of the new Summer 2014 shades next to some other polishes for comparison, and she was nice enough to share pics with us. Take a look!

image credit: Sarah for Nouveau Cheap
Sinful Colors Blue Crushin (NEW for Summer 2014)
vs. other Sinful Colors shades and a NOPI shade

Spotted: NEW CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipglosses (and the Hunger Games nail polishes are full-size now!)

More new CoverGirl sightings for you today! If you'll recall, CoverGirl is gearing up to release some new products (CLICK HERE to see them all) and one of them has officially landed! Many thanks to longtime reader T. of Lacq Lustre blog for this one. T. spotted the new Colorlicious Lipglosses at Walgreens this week, and look what ELSE she spotted next to the display:

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NEW CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipglosses and a new nail color display

In addition to the new glosses, T. confirmed that all of the shades from the Fall 2013 Limited Edition Hunger Games Glosstini Collection are now available in full-size Nail Gloss bottles (and I believe these are permanent, as well). No WONDER all of the Hunger Games Glosstinis went on "last chance" clearance a while back at Walgreens. They were making way for the full-size versions!

Spotted: NEW CoverGirl + Olay Facelift Effect Foundation and The De-Puffer Eye Concealer

Many thanks to reader Reagan (@reaganschaalon on Twitter) for this one! Reagan spotted a brand new CoverGirl face cosmetics display at Walgreens this week and was nice enough to share some pics. Take a look!

image credit: Reagan for Nouveau Cheap
NEW CoverGirl + Olay Facelift Effect Firming Foundation and
The De-Puffer Eye Concealer
(retail: $13.49 - $17.99)

The Wednesday Question

What's your biggest gripe about drugstore beauty sales?

I miss the days of BOGOFREE sales on drugstore makeup. We still see them occasionally (mostly on Physicians Formula) but I remember a time when BOGOFREE sales were as common as BOGO1/2OFF sales are now. I don't think BOGO1/2OFF sales are even an incentive for me to buy things at this point, because they're so frequent. I mean, if a brand isn't BOGO1/2OFF this week, chances are it will be next week. And often times I don't WANT to buy two products, so BOGO1/2OFF isn't always an enticement since you have to buy two products to enjoy the cost savings. 

The Lipstick League – week of 4.14.14

 Apologies for this (very) late installment of The Lipstick League! I usually post these on Sundays but with Easter last Sunday, things got a little crazy and I just now realized that I hadn't posted this at all! So here you go:


Lipstick League Question of the Week

Do you have a “signature” scent? If so, what is it?

G's answer: I have definitely had signature scents during various times of my life. In my tweens, it was Cacharel Anais Anais. During my senior year of high school it was Dior Poison. In college it was Body Time China Rain (the original China Rain fragrance and still THE BEST). When I got my first "real job" after college I fell hard for Fresh's fragrances (especially Hesperides) and I recently re-purchased Fresh Sugar Lychee after not having it for many years (I got it during the Sephora sale because I never pay full price for fragrance!). And lately I've been rediscovering old favorites like Auric Blends Egyptian Goddess, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria PampleluneLolita Lempika and Prescriptives Calyx. I'm sort of on a nostalgia kick when it comes to fragrance right now, and  I don't have a current signature scent. I love so many and I'm an equal opportunity frag fan--I love everything from drugstore body mists to obscure boutique fragrances and everything in between!

Links of the Week

My Beauty Bunny - Add a little more beauty to life with goodies found in the aisles of Target! Check out our review of the skin-saving It’s a Beautiful Life kit from Pacifica.

Nouveau Cheap - What if I told you that there’s an adorable little drugstore palette that can be used for face AND eyes (seriously, it works for both) with lovely, wearable shadows that resemble shades from higher-end brands? It’s true and it’s right here.

Prime Beauty - tests out her hypnotic powers with Lancome's Hypnotic Eyes Collection. Are you getting sleepy yet?

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