The company is accused of placing fake reviews on Sephora.com.
Between November 2015 and August 2017, Sunday Riley had its employees create fake identities using VPNs to write fake positive reviews on Sephora.com. The company has not been fined, but has admitted to the fake reviews under a consent order by the FTC.
The disappointing part about this case is that Sunday Riley’s products are actually good. In emails from the CEO to employees, the goal of the campaign was to keep average review at 4.8. She mentions two products, one is at 4.2 and the other at 4.9. So these products were doing fine and she pushed fake reviews to make them just a little better, damaging her reputation and the reputation of her products.
A few days before this story came out, I was writing a post of the above product, Multivitamins. The trial duo includes Luna Retinol Sleeping Oil and C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum for just $28. I don’t what life was like before vitamin C serum! No, I do. I had dull, uneven skin that lacked any of the plumpness it used to have.
The serum is applied first and then you layer it with a few drops of the sleeping oil. In the morning you have bright, glowing skin that is plump as a baby’s cheek. This serum runs out quick, but the sleeping oil lasts forever. When I run out, I use Pixi by Petra’s Vitamin C Serum instead. To learn about Vitamin C Serums, read my article at Our Community Now. I also love Sunday Riley’s Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment.
The moral of the story is to make reviews part of the purchasing process, but look to other sources for advice. Ask your friends and family first. I don’t know how many times I have asked about a product and got a firsthand review, good or bad. When you’re shopping at beauty retailers, get a sample! If they don’t offer one, ask what the return/satisfaction policy is. Pssst. Sephora and Nordstrom will take anything back!
You now have a new place to get beauty deals on the net.
Marshalls stores have long been one of my go-to’s for things like sheet masks, shower gels and beauty tools. This week the discount retailer launched a full online shopping site. They had been hinting at it for some time and now it’s finally here. You can now shop for all your favorite Marshalls clothing, shoes, home goods and beauty deals without leaving the house.
Skincare brands found on the site include Dr. Jart, Strivectin, Clarins, SK II and Perricone. Makeup goodies included a MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder set for $25 and a Gucci High Shine Lipstick for $19.99 (only buy lipstick online when it’s cool out!). Another great find is the ergonomically designed star shaped bottle of Angel by Thierry Mugler for $49.99.
The inventory is a little slim but I suspect the closer we get to Christmas the bigger it will grow. Shop online now at marshalls.com.
Try something new with this temporary hair treatment.
Moroccanoil, known for its luxurious hair oils has developed a new oil-based mask that deposits temporary color. Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks comes in seven colors including blue and rose gold.
In addition to adding color, the masks are made with hydrating oils and amino acids to help repair tired hair. Results vary based on hair color and porosity. The mask is easy to apply. Apply to sectioned hair and work through with a wide-toothed comb. Leave on for 5-7 minutes and rinse out. View the color chart on the website for estimated results.
The masks are available at morocconoil.com, Sephora and select salons. The masks are sold in 6.7 oz. tubes for $28 and 1 oz. packettes for $7. (I may get a commission from this link) Moroccanoil Color Depositing Masks come in; Champagne: warm, golden blonde, Platinum: cool, icy blonde, Hibiscus: brilliant, pink floral tones, Aquamarine: cool, blue tones, Rose Gold: soft pink and golden tones, Bordeaux: deep crimson brown and Cocoa: rich medium brown.
For more information, follow @Moroccanoil on Twitter and Instagram.
Birthday beauty freebies from ULTA, Sephora and CVS.
I just had my birthday month and got to take part in one of my favorite things – picking up all my birthday freebies! My favorite freebies always come from Sephora and ULTA, but there are a few other great beauty freebies you can take advantage of.
Each year Sephora gives you a choice of two different gifts. This year I decide on the Kat Von D makeup kit. It has a three lip gloss samples and a mini of her tattoo liner and setting powder. Get your freebie by signing up as a beauty insider before your birthday month.
ULTAmate rewards members can get a variety of beauty gifts on their birthday. The gift changes every quarter and is usually listed in the recent ad. This year I got a Lancome Monsieur mascara mini and a couple of years ago I got a full-size NYX palette! Sign up here.
CVS Beauty Club
The CVS Beauty Club
CVS Beauty Club members get a free birthday gift every year. It could be anything from body lotion to nail polish. Just sign up for the program and it will be loaded onto your CVS Extracare card in your birthday month. You also get $3 for every $30 spent on makeup, hair and skincare products.
NYX Cosmetics Makeup Crew members get $5 off a purchase during their birthday month. Members also get discounts for hitting spending thresholds and earn points for every dollar spent. Members can also get certain products engraved for free!
NARS has a special free mini duo (with purchase) during your birthday month. Just visit this link to get the current birthday offer code. The code works online and in NARS stores.
The new countertop fridge by FaceTory helps extend the life of your skincare products.
Beauty experts have long suggested putting certain beauty products in the fridge to prolong the life of the product. K-Beauty company FaceTory has created a tiny cute pink fridge designed to hold your favorite skin masks, creams serums and more. The FaceTory fridge has a door shelf to hold sheet masks and three adjustable shelves to accommodate different sized containers.
The 10-liter fridge is also helpful for storing face oils and other products that are sensitive to sunlight. The temperature of the fridge can be adjusted from 48 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and comes with an AC/DC cable.
The Facetory fridge is priced at $89 and is available at FaceTory.com and (I may get a commission from this link) Amazon. You can get a FREE fridge if you subscribe to FaceTory’s Annual 7 Lux Subscription.