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Friday, September 4, 2015

CoverGirl x Star Wars Collection Now Available Online

I want to thank readers @girlgo39 and Katie S. for the following tips:

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The CoverGirl x Star Wars collection of lipsticks, mascaras, and nail colors is now available on the website (free shipping on orders $35+).

BUT, here's where it gets a little tricky...

New Updates to Labor Day 2015 Beauty Sale Round-Up

I know it's a lot to take in, especially if you're on a super tight budget right now, but I just added lots of additional sales and tips to my Labor Day 2015 Beauty Sale Round-Up HERE.

My face is pretty much like Maya Rudolph's in this pic right now, because there are so many things I want, but I MUST. STAY. STRONG. I'm trying to make just ONE online beauty purchase this weekend, so it has to be a good one! I THINK I have it picked out (hint: it's one of the deals I JUST added to my list).

Anyway, I hope you're finding this list helpful to at least get an idea of what's out there right now. And I want to give another huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to that list so far. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!

I hope you're all enjoying the start of your weekend!

G. xo

LORAC Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Marsala Skinny Palette on HauteLook NOW

In case you haven't heard, LORAC is on HauteLook right now (sale started this morning) and guess what?

Yep, the Marsala Skinny Palette (the one that was sold out before the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale even started) is available! No discount (it has always been $15), but if you really wanted it, now is your chance. As always, shipping is $5.95 unless you spend $100+, in which case it's free.

There are lots of other LORAC items still in stock on HauteLook as of the time of this post, but hurry because all of the palettes usually sell out whenever LORAC is on HauteLook.

PS: The Alter Ego Dream Girl Palette is available too (click here for my review). 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush Blushes in Pinking of You and Pop of Peach

I struggled with calling this post a "review," only because you know I usually give the products I review here on the blog at least a full two weeks of testing before I make my verdict. However, I know a lot of you were curious about these new blushes from Maybelline, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you as quickly as possible. So this is more like a "first impressions" post, however I'm going to give you as much detail as I would in one of my "real" reviews, so that's why I'm calling it a review. Whew! OK, so let's get to it.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush Blushes
020 Pinking of You and 030 Pop of Peach
(retail: $4.99 each, 0.16 oz.)

I found both shades in this new blush line at Target on 8/31, and I've been wearing them around the clock (one on each cheek!) for the past three days. I've tried them on bare skin and over three different foundations (long-wear liquid foundation, BB cream, and regular liquid foundation) and I believe I have a good idea of how I feel about these since I've been paying very close attention to how they apply, feel, and wear over the past 72 hours (plus, it's been hot here in San Diego, so I can even offer you my take on wearing them in warm weather, which is always a challenge for cream blushes, right?).

Keep reading for my review...

CoverGirl x Star Wars Collection Available at Target Tomorrow?

So I was just on the Target website and noticed something on the homepage:

Could the CoverGirl x Star Wars collection (click here for pics and click here for links to swatches) be landing at Target tomorrow (9/4)? Sounds like it, right?

I would absolutely love to hear from any of you who spot this collection at your local Target stores tomorrow (or at any other retailers, for that matter!). If you're on the hunt for this collection, good luck and may the force be with you! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

Sneak Peek: NEW Maybelline Liquid Matte Lipsticks

Those of you hoping that Maybelline would be the next to release a line of matte liquid lipsticks: I'm about to make your day! Many thanks to reader @v_eronicaa on Instagram for sharing this recent pic from Maybelline's Snap Chat:

image credit: @v_eronicaa for Nouveau Cheap
A sneak peek at the upcoming Maybelline Liquid Matte Lipsticks
via Maybelline's Snap Chat (Snap Chat user name: maybelline-ny)

They're coming! I don't know when, and I don't know how many shades (I count 10 here!) but Maybelline Liquid Matte Lipsticks are officially a real thing. I see browns and pinks and reds, a purple and even what looks like a black shade here! 

I obviously don't know if the ten shades here are the only shades in the line (I'm guessing it will be ten, but Maybelline surprises us sometimes!). But even if there are just ten, that's more shades than the upcoming Revlon matte liquid lipsticks that I showed you a while back (click HERE if you missed that). Either way, I'm just thrilled that we're getting more matte liquid lipstick options at the drugstores (very) soon!

Thanks again, @v_eronicaa, for the awesome tip and pic!

Labor Day 2015 Beauty Sale Round-Up UPDATE

I just wanted to let you know that I did a large update to the Labor Day Beauty Sale Round-Up HERE. There are some one-day-only sales for TODAY ONLY on the list, as well as some other new additions that you should know about, so give it a read if you're in the mood for some new goodies. Oh, and the bare Minerals deal has been extended to 9/7!

Thanks so much to everyone who continues to submit tips and info! If I missed any, I will catch them on the next update (I'm updating this list constantly so definitely keep checking back.)

LORAC Sale is Now Live

I posted about this in my Labor Day 2015 Beauty Sale Round-Up, but I know that, for me personally, visuals help me to wrap my mind around discounts sometimes. So here you go:

Now through 9/9 on the LORAC website, receive 35% off all orders $75+, plus you get a free deluxe PRO Plus Fiber Mascara and free shipping. No code required.

One scenario, as pictured above, is to add the PRO 1 and PRO 2 palettes to your cart ($42 each). After the 35% discount, your total before tax is $54 (plus you get the free sample mascara and free shipping). This is a fantastic deal, considering that you're getting both PRO Palettes for the price of just one Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Hope that helps! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Halloween 2015 Drugstore Beauty Sightings (Fantasy Makers by Wet n Wild, Fright Night, and Bonita Colors)

It's that time again, drugstore beauty lovers! Halloween 2015 has officially landed, and I have lots of fun sightings for you today thanks to three lovely readers. So let's get right to it and check out what the drugstores have in store for us this Halloween season.

First up, reader @kjeschon on Instagram spotted lots of Halloween 2015 displays at her local Rite Aid last week and kindly shared some pics with us:

image credit: @kjeschon for Nouveau Cheap
Fantasy Makers by Wet n Wild Color Grave Digger Polish Collection 
(retail: $1.99 each)

The Fantasy Makers by Wet n Wild tombstone polishes are baaaack! This year we have a white, blood red, black, and glow-in-the-dark green. I think that's pretty much what we saw last year, but there COULD be additional shades in other displays this year--we'll have to wait and see!

Keep reading to see lots of additional Halloween collections by Fantasy Makers, Fright Night, and Bonita Colors...

LORAC 3D Lustre Liners $5.99 + Free Shipping

Sometimes when I post about crazy beauty deals and I promote my blog posts on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+), the deals sell out quickly, before many of you have a chance at them. So for little deals like the one you're about to see, I'm going to ONLY post about them here on my blog, without any social media promotion. In other words, if you happen to be on my blog at the time of one of these posts, you'll have a really good chance at scoring the deal. Think of these posts like a little personal text message from me to you. Our little secret!

I just noticed that the LORAC 3D Luster Liners are now $5.99 on the 6PM website (everyday free shipping on all orders, no minimum required). Now before you click over there, please note that SOME of the shades are $9.99, so you have to select each shade to see which ones are $5.99.

If you're new to the 3D Lustre Liners, one end is a black liquid liner, while the other end is a colored, glittery/sparkly liquid liner. I've heard that these go on a bit wet but, once dry, they set to a smudge-proof finish. Google some swatches--the sparkly sides all seem to have very nice pigmentation, and you can also use the sparkly side as shadow.

Anyway, if you're reading this right now (4:30PM Pacific on 9/2) you have a very good chance at getting these while they're still in stock, if you want them! But hurry, because these types of deals tend to sell out pretty quickly at

(And because I always seem to get asked, is a trusted site that I have ordered from a zillion times without any issues. They are the sister site to and they're basically like the clearance page for Zappos.)


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