Get $10 by joining Nordstrom’s new rewards program

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Sign up by July 10 to get a $10 certificate to use July 22 to Aug. 7, 2016.

If you follow business news than you know what’s happening out there in retail land – things are bleak.  Retailers are having one of the worst quarters in history and apparel is one of the main culprits.  The glacial pace of sales has encouraged companies to provide some pretty amazing incentives. MAC  Cosmetics has been offering deals like $10 off $50 and 15 percent off and Bath and Body Works has been sending out coupons for free products.

Nordstrom is launching a new program that rewards shoppers with points that can be then exchanged for store gift certificates. To kick it off, they are giving everyone that signs up a $10 certificate that can used during the summer anniversary sale, July 22- Aug. 8, 2016. To get your certificate, head over to Nordstrom.com and sign up before July 10, 2016. The certificate can be used online, in-store, at Nordstrom Rack and at Hautelook.

If you didn’t know already, Nordstrom is a great place to buy makeup and beauty products. They offer everyday free shipping on any purchase and price match on beauty across the internet.

All I Want For Christmas is…Mariah Carey’s new lipstick

One of the most modern popular Christmas songs is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”. The pop diva has partnered with M.A.C. Cosmetics on a holiday lipstick that everyone will want for Christmas. The lipstick is aptly named  “All I Want” and is a shimmery champagne that will look good on all complexions.

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MAC Cosmetics, “All I Want” Lipstick by Mariah Carey.

The limited edition lipstick will be available beginning tomorrow, Dec. 3, 2015 at maccosmetics.com. Pricing has not been released but most M.A.C. lipsticks run between $17 and $20 USD.

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Check out Ariana Grande’s MAC VIVA GLAM products

Pop diva Ariana Grande was just announced as the next VIVA GLAM spokesperson for the brand’s charity lip products. The line includes a matte plum (Ariana’s signature look) and a light pink glittery Lipglass.

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Every cent of the retail price from VIVA GLAM products are donated to help people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. The lipsticks will hit stores this coming January.

Why I am trading MAC for Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever Iridescent Eyeshadow in Yellow Gold (10)

I have been using MAC products since they day they appeared. Even when my favorite color was discontinued I kept loyal. When Sephora partnered with Make Up For Ever and created the studio boutiques, I decided to give them a try.

First I traded in my Studio Fix powder Foundation for Make Up For Ever Duo Mat Foundation. Make Up For Ever’s formula had a better color match to my skin, but it is more expensive, $32 for .35 oz. vs. $26 for .52 oz..

Make Up For Ever eyeshadow is great. It comes in high pigment, bright colors that layers and blends easily. Yellow Gold (right) can be a subtle yellow or a deep gold. The price seems high at $19, but you double that of a MAC shadow that costs $14.50.

Make Up For Ever was created by artist Danny Sans in Paris, France, where it is still made. It was  designed so the actors and models in Paris could apply it themselves. Visit the Make Up For Ever Boutique in the Venetian and choose from their menu of services, eyes, face, lashes. A lesson and color match is free with purchase. You can even stop by before a night out and get one of over 70 lashes applied.

MAC has been focusing on selling new collections (like their parent company Estee’ Lauder) instead of creating great looks for their clients. Give Make Up For Ever a try, you won’t be disappointed.