Thursday, July 31, 2014

A list of exciting things that happened in the beauty world while I was away

As promised, now that I'm back to blogging (yay!), I mentioned that I would give you a list of the "big" things that I missed while I was away. I'm so excited to discuss everything with you, and I would LOVE if you could update me on anything I failed to cover in this post.

Before I get to the list, I want to thank everyone who took the time to comment on my last post. Your words were like a warm embrace and I am so grateful for the love, support and well-wishes that you shared with me. I am also incredibly grateful to be back doing what I love, knowing that you're here and ready to have a little bit of fun with me again! I'm giving HUGE virtual hugs (the obnoxious, awkwardly-long kind) to each and every one of you reading this right now. Can you feel my hug? Are you wishing it would stop because people are staring? Good. I'm not letting go yet...still hugging...still hugging...OK. I'll let go. For now (insert evil laugh).

So here are the "big" things that went down in the world of drugstore beauty while I was away. This is a long one so sit back, relax and give it a read!

  • I'm listing this first since I'm not sure how much longer it will be available: the Burt's Bees Summer Grab Bag is still in stock HERE as of the time of this post. This is a "mystery bag" that always seems to be a great value every time it is offered. It's $25 and you're guaranteed to get at least $55 worth of Burt's Bees products, but you won't know exactly what you're getting until it arrives (you will get at least eight full-size products though).

  • Also, the Tarte Friends & Family sale is going on NOW (through 8/4). Enter code FANDF at checkout for 30% off your order.

  • MUA (aka: Makeup Academy, which is a UK brand) products are now being sold at CVS! I have some great reader-submitted pics of the displays that I can share with you if you haven't seen the displays in your area yet. Let me know if you're interested or if this is old news at this point (and thanks so much to everyone who submitted pics while I was away!).



  • All 30 shades of the new Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadows are now on the Milani website and these are also popping up in the permanent Milani displays at CVS. The new Milani Color Statement Nail Colors are now on the Milani website as well as popping up in the permanent display at CVS. I received samples of both lines for review, so look out for my swatches and full review coming soon. 

  • NEW Wet n Wild Summer 2014 Limited Edition Eyeshadow Trios, Balm Stains, Wild Shine nail polishes and makeup brushes are now popping up at various retailers. I received these products for review and will be posting pics and swatches ASAP.

  • NEW e.l.f. Snow White Collection - eyeshadow palette, beauty book, lip colors, cheek color, brushes, lashes and makeup bags and now popping up at Walgreens. Let me know if you'd like to see pics of these items--I don't want to post if this is old news to all of you!

  • NEW e.l.f. Ariel Collection nail polishes and nail art kits are now popping up at Walgreens too. Let me know if you want to see pics--not sure if this is old news at this point. I posted about the rest of the Ariel collection several weeks ago but the nail stuff came out more recently, so I thought it was worth mentioning!

  • Inglot has a new Lion King Collection. I'm not sure if this is out yet, but it's the first image that comes up on the Inglot home page, although the image is not clickable. I couldn't find any products in the Lion King Collection  for sale on the site (admittedly, I didn't dig too deeply so they may be there...I just didn't see them).


  • NEW Maybelline Great Lash Doll Mania Mascara has landed. This mascara is available on the Ulta site here--let me know if you'd like to see pics of the display, which I spotted at Rite Aid recently. 

  • Sally Beauty just changed the bottle shape of their Sally Girl nail polishes to THIS (thanks, @nailmattic for the pic and tip today!). The price is still the same though ($0.99) but thanks to some lovely readers for confirming that you now get slightly less product. I do love that the caps are a lot larger, which makes application easier compared to the old, tiny caps. 

  • NEW Dial Acne Control Face Wash, Body Wash and Bar Soap is just starting to pop up at my local Rite Aid stores--you can see all three products here.

  • Last but not least, a beauty news tidbit: Encore Consumer Capital, which is the same private equity firm that used to own Tarte (before they sold it to the Japanese corporation Kosé earlier this year) now owns ButterLONDON


I am positive that I missed some things here, so if you know of any other noteworthy new products, sales, etc. that debuted while I was away, please please let us know in the comments (and thank you in advance)!  Also, don't forget to let me know if you'd like to see pics of anything mentioned above!
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  1. Definitely post the Makeup Academy displays! Their Luxe line has been a major lemming of mine.

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  2. Hi! I'm glad your dad is healthy now and I'm very happy you are back bloggin i always read your blog and follow you on instagram, i would love to see pictures of the ariel and snow white collection :)

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  3. Love to see stuff on mua and elf Snow White ^_^

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    1. Check out my instagram for the display and collection. Beautyandtheboss is my username. 😍

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    2. Your Instagram account is private ....... -_-

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    3. I have swatches and displays and products posted on my IG (emsbeautydiaryx) if you still wanted to check it all out.

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  4. The L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are now being sold at Five Below (all 6 colors) for $2.99 each.

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    1. Five Below recently opened in the area. I should check it out because there's no Kmart where I'm staying at. Thanks love.

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  5. I would love to see the MUA pics!

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  6. Would love to see the MUA displays! It's a shame that I don't have any CVS store over here (WA)... But probably I will be able to order them online :)

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  7. Soooo glad you are back and all is well with your dad <3

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  8. You should check out the new Essence All About Palettes. They are four sets and they are all amazing! I am so glad that you are back and I cannot wait for your new posts!

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  9. what?! more e.l.f.? yay! please post!

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  10. There are new line of Beauty 360 brushes seen at CVS, picture on my instagram cateyesdamsel. I am glad you are back, we missed you, Good to know ur dad is ok:)

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  11. Does anyone know if CVS is selling the MUA Undressed palettes? I've seen their displays but all they had were brushes and lip products...

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    1. From what I've seen they only have lip products, brushes, lashes & some tools no face & eye products.

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  12. Hugs hugs and more hugs back at ya!

    Now let's get shopping! I'll look for the Wet N Wild display soon.

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  13. beyond excited about the MUA news! I have a handful of their products and really like them, so having them be much more widely available is very cool. and I'm so glad to see you back! I only started reading the site a few months back, but it's now on my pretty exclusive list of sites I check multiple times a day and it was missed. :3

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  14. I bought a bunch of Loreal Glossy balms. I can swatch and mini review for you! Plus buy two participating Loreal products at Walgreens, get 3,000 BR points!

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  15. So glad you are back and your dad is ok! :)

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  16. Good to have you back, G! I know so well what it's like when someone you love has serious health problems that seemingly can't be diagnosed. It happened to my father, too, and I almost went crazy with worry until we got a correct diagnosis (Parkinson's) and the right treatment for him. All they can do is treat the symptoms, but that did give him another 18-24 good months. We do what we can. Hang in there.

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  17. Can't wait for the Milani shadow review and swatches. Can't believe there are 30 shades total. My Walgreens are only stocking 18 shades. Guess I'll get the others from the website! :D

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    1. I have really liked the ones I tried...the champagne, both purples and the espresso. Very nice texture and long-wearing!

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  18. Mua! I see it at cvs and keep wondering what is good, but I haven't seen or heard anyone talk about the brand. I did purchase a small blending eye brush and I love the size and shape, however it's not the softest.

    So glad you're back G!!

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  19. Glad to see you back and posting :) (Awkward hand on shoulder, gets tangled in hair)

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  20. Good to see you back and glad that everything is okay.

    Wow, wow, wow! My eyes are seriously bulging. I so need NYX brow gel iml.

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  21. any idea of the price of the MUA line
    the CVSs where I live are soo slow in getting anything so it will be next year before it gets here
    the district must be the last one allocated for cosmetics, so poorly stocked, I shop at Harmon ♥

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  22. Besides the excitement of NYX brow gel (still don't know if Canada will get it), I just saw Rimmel's brow styling gel released in the UK. There's more hope :)

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  23. Glad you're back, G. I'm eager for the Wet n Wild LE posts (I've only seen the eyeshadow trios so far) and as for MUA at CVS, is that only lip products? I spotted those at one CVS and that's all I saw, but I'm intrigued.

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  24. Great to have you back!!! I enjoyed that long hug..LOL! I tried one of the MUA lipsticks and ended up returning it to CVS because it had a cheap texture and finish ..not at all worth the $8.50 I spent on it. Just an FYI for you and your loyal readers!

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  25. the smokes palette by maybelline is available at wall greens! maybelline is 40% off this week so you would only end up paying about $8 for it

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  26. So glad you are back G!! I missed you and your posts. I'm definitely picking up those EOS balms; I nearly screamed when I saw them! :)

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  27. I'm in a FB group with someone who actually works at MUA and the stuff we're getting here is affiliated with it but not the real deal. She hasn't been able to tell us the whole story yet but from what I've heard it's not the greatest stuff. I was very sad to hear it. :(

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    1. My CVS had MUA brushes and I was not all impressed with the quality of the bristles relative to the price (between $5-$18, I believe). They reminded me of the E.L.F Studio line brushes actually. So what you've heard seems to be true.

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  28. Lovin' the huggin'! :) I'm excited for a few things here...coconut milk eos (um, yum)...the nyx eyebrow gel and allover balm (macadamia is most interesting to me.)

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