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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Soap & Glory Coming to Ulta (Starting Friday, 8/7)

It's the moment we've been waiting for, Soap & Glory fans!


Today, select Ulta customers received the above email, with a unique offer for a freebie (sorry--you must have received this email to get this deal), but look at the portion of the email next to my arrow. We've been waiting for months now to see where Soap & Glory would end up after their exit from Sephora (remember my blog post all about that here?) and now it's official! Starting Friday (8/7), you'll be able to purchase the full Soap & Glory line on the Ulta website, and the line will be available in-store as well, coming soon.

Keep reading for more info...

L'Oreal Cushion Compact Coming to the US?

When it comes to the beauty world here in the US, I think that cushion compacts in 2015 are perhaps what BB creams were in 2011. Cushion compacts are just starting to emerge in the US but, hold on, because they're about to make an impact on the American makeup landscape, just like BB creams did a few years ago.

Already a well-established product category in Asian countries (especially in Korea, where there are not only cushion foundations, but cushion blushes, cushion lip colors, etc.), there are just a handful of choices here in the US right now (edit: I'm talking about products that are available for purchase in-store in US retailers). Off the top of my head, I can think of Lancome's Miracle Cushion, AmorePacific's Colour Control Cushion, Pur Minerals' Air Perfection Compact Cushion, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some others. Oh! And Stila just released a cushion eyeliner.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that there's no drugstore cushion compact yet (you can get the Laneige BB Cushion at Target, but that's hardly "drugstore" at $34).

But that all MIGHT be changing soon...

L'Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Lumiere

Keep reading for the scoop...

Update Regarding Softlips Cube Limited Edition Hello Kitty Collection

Softlips Cube Limited Edition Hello Kitty Collection
(retail: $3.49 each, 0.23 oz.)

If you caught my review of the new Softlips Cube Limited Edition Hello Kitty Collection (click here if you missed it), then you know that this collection was originally scheduled to hit drug and mass retailers in July. But if you started looking for them last month, then you probably know that didn't happen.

Thanks to several of you for letting me know that Softlips confirmed on Twitter that the release date for this collection was pushed back to late August. Which means this collection should start popping up at retailers in a few weeks. So please keep your eyes peeled, and of course you know I would love to hear if you find these out "in the wild"! 

PS: Don't forget that just Apple and Passionfruit were scheduled to release first, and then Strawberry Banana is supposed to release in September (but I'm not sure if that's going to change given the delay; perhaps all three flavors will be available late August?). And then in November, there will be special 4-pack gift set that will contain all three of these flavors, plus a new "mystery flavor." The 4-pack will retail for $12.99 at retailers nationwide.

Eight New ColourPop Ultra Matte Shades Releasing This Thursday (8/6)

Thanks to my pal Sophia (@lipstickjunkieforever on Instagram) for the tip about this one:

Eight new Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick Shades - available 8/6

The eight new shades you see above will be available for purchase on the ColourPop website beginning this Thursday ($5 each). Shade names are: Guess, Be-Dazzled, Jellies, Mr. Blonde, Dr. M, Beeper, Clueless, and Kapow. You can check out this pic on Sophia's Instagram for some lip swatches of four of these sahdes.

Man, I'm not even done writing my review on the original shades I purchased when these first launched (I was one of the lucky ones to get them before they sold out and restocked) and now there are MORE?? I don't know about you, but I'm liking the looks of Clueless (and not just because it's named "Clueless"!). Any shades jumping out at you?

Thanks again, Sophia, for the great tip!

NEW Sephora Favorites Gimme Some Lip Set

Thanks so much to reader @onelovee_40113 on Instagram for the tip about this one!

Sephora Favorites Gimme Some Lip Set
(retail: $25)

This set is available now on the Sephora site for $25. As you can see, it contains many well-loved (and expensive!) brands, which means it's an affordable way to try these products before committing to a full-size purchase. Everything in this set is a deluxe sample (no full-size items). But I can tell you that I have a Fresh lip balm and KVD Everlasting Liquid Lip Color in these exact sample sizes, and they're still not even close to being empty (and I've had them for months). So these sizes should last you a good while, unless you wear them every single day and reapply multiple times a day. In that case you'd probably get two weeks or so from one sample, I would guess!

I do not know if this set is available in-store yet (if you've seen it, please let us know?). Also, remember that Sephora Inside JCPenney stores have their own special Sephora Favorites sets, which means there might be a different variation of this set hitting SJCP soon. If any of you spot that, I would love to hear from you!

IMPORTANT: Don't forget that it's Beauty Insider Appreciation Week now through 8/9 on the Sephora site. That means Beauty Insiders get 2X points, VIBs get 3X points and VIB Rouges get 4X points. And if you order this Sephora Favorites set, you'll be eligible for your choice of lots of different freebies--click here to view them all (this is in addition to the standard three free samples you choose at checkout, of course). 

Thanks again, @onelovee_40113, for the great tip!

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