Birthday beauty freebies

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July is my birthday month. There is no better way to celebrate your birthday than with some great freebies and discounts from your favorite beauty retailers!  Here are the ones I scored for 2015:

Sephora – Beauty Insiders get a pair of NARS Lip Pencils in Cruella and Rikugien. The deluxe samples aren’t that much smaller than the full size. VIP Beauty Insiders also get a NARS eyeliner. All you have to do is sign up before your birthday month. No purchase required.

Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for emails and get a special coupon for your birthday that entitles you to $10 off a $30 purchase. Get something in the beauty department or load up on cotton panties.

ULTA – ULTA changes the birthday gift every few months or so. This summer I got a  deluxe sample of Urban Decay’s Perversion Mascara.  You have to be an ULTAmate rewards member and you’ll get an email around your birthday that is good for 30 days. Another perk you’ll receive is 2 X points during your birthday month. I got a haircut, bought some hair products and makeup staples and ended up with $8 in rewards – and these are good on all brands and products.

The Body Shop – Members of the Love Your Body program get $10 on their birthday. A membership costs $10 per year, but you also get 10 percent off everyday purchases plus you accumulate points toward reward certificates.

Godiva – This isn’t a beauty product but it is chocolate! Join the rewards program to get a free piece of chocolate each month, rewards for purchases and other exclusive offers. For my birthday I got a $10 ceritficate that I used toward the Birthday Truffle Flight $16-$10= $6.

Beauty sweets and treats for Valentine’s Day

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V-Day is just around the corner. Here are my picks for gifts or if you just want to treat yourself!

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1: Here is one unicorn that isn’t elusive. Lush has created this cool bath melt that turns your bath into a silvery, pink enchanted pool with floating candy sprinkles, $7.95. Out of stock online so check your local store.

2. Immerse yourself in childhood with the Cotton Candy fragrance from Demeter. Get it in a lotion, cologne, shower gel or massage oil, (only $9 through Feb.17) at demeterfragrance.com.

3. Brooklyn company Appliq has a host of Valentine themed nail stickers or they allow you to upload and design your own. A set (custom or stock) will only cost you $15.

4. Rapture is a classic 90’s fragrance from Victoria’s Secret. They brought the warm, musky scent back last year and it appears that it is here to stay. $39 or $22 for the purse spray.

5. This little organic pot of gloss from Kari Gran just got picked up by Sephora. It is available in five colors and two different flavors $15. Now through Valentine’s Day, get a free mini Jcoco couture chocolate bar with any purchase.

6. The Sweet Heart Strawberry Deluxe gift set from The Body Shop. This sweet set has a strawberry hand cream, body butter, spray cologne and a heart-shaped soap all in a gift box for $30. Now through 2/14 get free shipping on this gift with coupon code SWEETEST!

The ultimate advent calendar for the beauty junkie

The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2014, $50
The Body Shop Advent Calendar 2014, $50

The Body Shop has started adding holiday gift items to its website and I ran across this beauty in the luxury items category. The Body Shop Advent Calendar includes 24 days of mini bath and beauty items that are revealed each day through Christmas Eve. Items include body butters, lotions, shower gels, nail polish , mini soaps and even a eyeliner.  Available soon at The Body Shop for $50.

 

Valentine's Day gifts that you might want to keep for yourself

Valentine’s Day is two weeks away. The beauty industry takes this holiday as a cue to make all sorts of pink, red and heart related makeup. Here are some the cute things I found that I might just keep for myself!

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This perfume is just too cute. It is one of five Alice & Peter scents that come in a cupcake shaped bottle.  This one is Cherry Cherry, a sweet mix of cherry, orange and blackcurrant fruit and floral aromas; topped with hints of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla, and caramel. Also available in Wicked Berry, Fancy Choco, Showy Toffee and Bloody Orange, $49 at Urban Outfitters.

Dior Nail Vernis Dauphine Pink

This is a rich perfect pink nail polish from Dior. The color is called “Dauphine Pink” and it is available at Neiman Marcus Las Vegas, $24.

 

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Basin White is a bath and body product store in the Miracle Mile Shops. Create a custom basket of goodies for your Valentine from the custom soaps, solid perfumes, bath bombs and more. Featured is the “Be Mine” basket with a Matrimony Soap, a Satsuma Body Perfume and a Basin White Heart Shaped Bath Bomb, from $20.

chocolate-gift-heart_zThis heart-shaped chocolate box won’t make you gain weight. Its packed with Chocomania Shower Cream, body scrub, body butter and lip butter by The Body Shop ($20). One of my favorite scents, Chocomania has a rich, almost nutty chocolate scent and the products are made with Contains Community Fair Trade cocoa butter, Brazil nut oil, soy oil and sugar. The body butter will keep your skin hydrated for an astounding 48 hours!

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The roses will die and the champagne will be empty – these versions will last a bit longer. Pick up a cologne spray, shower gel, massage oil or body lotion from Demeter Fragrance, $6-$39.50. If champagne and roses is a little too boring for you, Demeter also has this gift set:

Naughty Demeter Set

The “Naughty” gift set includes three one ounce cologne sprays in Riding Crop, Sex On The Beach and Cannabis Flower, $29.

10 beauty stocking stuffers under $10

Still looking for some last minute gifts for your daughter, sister or girlfriend? Here are some great makeup and beauty products that any girl (or maybe even guy) will appreciate. Best of all, these beauty finds are all under $10.

This cute nail polish duo is from The New Black and comes in festive holiday colors;

Glimmer Wins nail duo from The New Black, $10

gold, silver, red and black. One shade is a glitter and the other is a corresponding matte shade, $10 at sephora.com.

This holiday gift set is a great introduction to The Body Shop line:

Vanilla Bliss Gift Cube, $10

It includes a shower gel, body butter and a shower puff in Vanilla Bliss. It actually smells a lot like white chocolate and the body butter is SUPER moisturizing. They also have this in a few different scents and right now it is on sale for $5!

Nip+Fab is a new UK brand that recently hit the shelves at ULTA:

NIP+FAB No Needle Fix, $10

The Nip+Fab No Needle Fix is an instant line filler that you throw in your purse for a little midday perk up. It works by hydrating and plumping skin so lines appear smoother. Only $10 exclusively at ULTA stores.

One of the most searched posts on my blog is the nail polish organizer:

Nail Polish Organizer, $5.99

This cute acrylic polish riser can fit under the cabinet or would look good on the counter, $5.99 at the Container Store.

Everyone wants to have perfect movie star eyeliner. Get great eyes without trying with these eyeliner stickers:

SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE ® Black Magic Eyeliner Applique Set, $9

Create the perfect cat eyes with these easy to apply appliqués, only $9 at Sephora.

Have a mascara or eyeliner mishap?

bareMinerals® ‘On the Spot’ Makeup Remover Swabs, $5
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These cotton swabs are pre-filled with gentle, skin-conditioning makeup remover for fixing goofs.  Includes 24 alcohol-free tips with aloe vera and vitamin E for sensitive eyes. Get free shipping at Nordstrom.com, $5.

Get skin nice and smooth with a shower scrub:

LUSH Sugar Scrub, $6.25

Get down and dirty with this Sugar Scrub bar from LUSH. Made with Fair Trade sugar, fennel and ginger to stimulate skin. Place directly on wet skin – but not under the water!

Keep those cuticles in good shape:

Badger Cuticle Care, $5.99

This little jar of cuticle cream by Badger is made with Shea and Cocoa Butters and is certified organic. Great for your desk or purse, $5.99 at ULTA or Whole Foods.

Everyone can use an extra hair tie or two:

No Tug Hair Ties, $8

Everyone loves these stretch ribbon ties. Pick up these holiday colors from this Etsy shop, No Tug Hair Ties. They also have a great Hanukkah set!

And finally, everyone needs a good lip balm:

Rosebud Salve, $6

This is my absolute favorite lip salve/balm. It adds a tinge of color and can used all over the body. Great for scrapes, hangnails, even baby’s behind. It also lasts forever! $6 at Sephora, ULTA and Skins 6|2 in the Cosmopolitan.