Lip Smacker giving away freebies to members of the ‘Smoochie Club’

Waay back in 1973, Lip Smacker debuted its first flavored lip balm to excited girls everywhere. The brand started out with three flavors and has grown to 400 and counting, including partnerships with Disney, Coca-Cola, Skittles and Starbursts.

The company wants you to reignite your friendship with the happy lip balm brand and share it with the next generation. Now through Apr. 30, 2016, sign up to be a member of the Smoochie Club and you’ll get three free lip balms plus news and sales alerts about  Lip Smacker balms.

You must be 13 years of age to sign up (a parent can sign up for a child) and only one set of lip balms per household is allowed. Be sure to visit for more information and follow them on Facebook to see the evolution of new flavors!

Sephora’s sample box open to new subscribers

IMG_1709Sephora entered the beauty sample box arena last year and started out slow. The “Players” had to sign up and wait for an email that invited them to the program. Sephora now seems to have distribution and shipping established and as of today, you can simply visit the website and subscribe.  The “Play” by Sephora sample box is $10 per month (plus tax, including shipping) and you can cancel anytime. You must be a Beauty Insider member to subscribe.

IMG_1710The April Play box included a Sephora gel blush, A sample of MILK Sunshine Oil, a CLINIQUE Pep Start Eye Cream sample, A Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2 A.M. eau de parfum spray, a Sunday Riley GOOD GENES sample and a NARS Satin Lip Pencil – it’s actually the same one we got last year for the birthday gift. It ships on the 20th of each month and comes to your mailbox. I like the fact that the products are all new or at least relevant. You end up getting products that aren’t lame like you tend to get in some of the other sample boxes.  My favorites from this one are the gel blush and the Sunday Riley GOOD GENES. I actually saw a difference in my skin shortly after I applied it! It is made with lactic acid that helps remove dead skin much more gently than glycolic acid. If you want to the Sephora box, I would sign up ASAP because you never know when they will close it.

Cushion compacts: a review of the Laniege BB Cushion

Cushion foundations are the latest and greatest in the world of foundations. It is essentially a porous sponge saturated with foundation that is applied with another sponge that is pressed into the foundation. It works very similar to using a beauty blender but with less fuss and less waste of product. I got a sample of the Laniege BB Cushion in a Target beauty box liked it enough to buy a big one.


Laniege is owned by the same parent company as Amore Pacific (the originator of the BB Cushion) but this is a better product and has more color variations. The color is buildable, has an SPF of 50, brightens skin and has a cooling effect. It soothed my sensitive rosacea skin and was amenable to blush, bronzer and finishing powder. It is the perfect product for when you don’t really want to deal with foundation but you want some coverage.


Right now you can only get it exclusively at Target for for $34. That may sound like a lot for a drugstore cosmetic but it is important to note you get a refill compact and sponge, making the cost about $17. The L’Oreal cushion compact is priced anywhere from $14 to $18, making Laniege a pretty good deal for a premium cosmetic. They also have a cushion concealer available.


Whole Foods offering limited edition beauty bag on Mar. 18

wholefoodsbeautybagBeauty Week is returning to Whole Foods Markets for the second year in a row with a lineup of great discounts on natural beauty products and a limited edition beauty bag.  The “hello, beauty” bag will be available (while supplies last) on Friday, Mar. 18, 2016 for $15 each ($80 value). The bags are made by Riji Green, a company committed to ending human trafficking and includes products from Acure, Burt’s Bees, derma e, Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy, Mineral Fusion, MyChelle, Pacifica, Trilogy and Weleda.

In addition to the beauty bags, all facial products will be 25 percent off from Mar. 18-20. Whole Foods has made a commitment to offering products that are safe and sustainable and has set its own standards for organic labeling on personal care products. Visit for locations and for more on the company’s personal care product standards.

* These bags have been popular in the past so you may want to call ahead for availability.

New Hard Candy eyeshadow crayons hitting the shelves

DSCN4604Hard Candy is launching a new line of eyeshadows to Walmart this month. The new EYE DEF Chrome Eyeshadow Crayons are creamy, pigmented crayons that make applying your shadow a breeze.  Eyeshadow crayons are my favorite eye product of late. I use one color all over the entire lid and then top it with powder eyeshadow, making it a prefect primer as well!

The new crayons come in seven colors; Gladiator, Blazing Blue, Psychedelic Purple, Electric Emerald, Adore Rose Gold, Blazing Pink and the most versatile color – Wicked White. Really want one a shadow to pop and show its true colors? Use Wicked White! Apply the crayon first and then layer it with the shadow. Want to turn a shadow into a liner? Layer it on top of Hard Candy Wicked White.

DSCN4599Hard Candy EYE DEF Chrome Eyeshadow Crayons are only $6 a piece and available at Walmart beginning in mid-march.


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