Monthly Archives: November 2009

Cyber Monday Beauty Sales

The beauty deals keep rolling in, so we thought we’d put together a Cyber Monday round-up to help organize all of the great sales happening!


Armani: 20% off makeup and skincare through 11/30 with code FAMILY. Free shipping is included with any order.


Bath and Body Works: Take 25% off sitewide now through 12/1!


Kate Somerville: 30% off with code KATE2009 through 11/30. Carla loves ExfoliKate – check out her review!


Korres: 20% off sitewide (no code required) through 12/2 and they have a TON of special promotions and gifts with purchase as well. Get the full details here.


Shu Uemura: 20% any purchase and free shipping over $50 through 12/1 with code WISH09 at checkout. And if you spend $125 or more, you’ll receive 20% off and a mesh bag filled with seven deluxe samples with code WISHDELUXE09 Umm….Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine anyone?


Smashbox: 20% off and free shipping with any order with code SBFF9 entered at checkout. This deal lasts through 12/1.


Tarte: 40% off  and free shipping over $25! Use code CYBERMON9 checkout to grab this deal through 11/30. This is an incredible deal – and I have a feeling the Three Carats mini cheek stains and Crown Jewels gloss sets will sell out fast!

Bobbi Brown Friends and Family Sale


Kicking off Cyber Monday is Bobbi Brown’s Friends and Family sale! From November 30 through December 2, you’ll receive 20% off any purchase at (no code necessary). The question you should be asking is to Chrome…or not to Chrome, and the answer should be yes!

I’ll be doing some gift shopping this time around. I always get my mother-in-law something from Bobbi Brown holiday for Christmas each year – and I’m thinking the Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette. Happy shopping!

November's Flavor of the Month: Pumpkin


Right now we’re all about the pumpkin here at Product Girl so we thought we’d share pumpkin-inspired picks for the month.

  • MyChelle Incredible Pumpkin Peel – this organic peel does wonders for your skin! It is a pumpkin, pineapple and ginger puree means business as it exfoliates skin and dissolves all the impurities away. For me, this stuff seriously rivals ExfoliKate and it is easier on my wallet.
  • Desert Essence Organics Pumpkin Hand Repair Cream – how often do you see a pumpkin scented hand cream? Never! I love the scent, it’s not overly sweet or spicy, it’s just natural…. just pumpkin with a hint of spice for good measure. After all, what’s pumpkin without cinnamon? This line’s hand cream is fantastic. The thin, creamy texture is absorbed <strong>instantly</strong> into the skin and does not leave hands feeling greasy whatsoever. Plus, with continued use, the condition of the skin improves over time.
  • Slatkin & Co. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Home Fragrance Oil – again, what is pumpkin without cinnamon?  I love the oils at Bath & Body Works to give my apartment a little ambiance and this one is a great one for fall and winter. Plus the scent is currently available in other products such as diffusers, wall plugins, candles and even bath and body products. I prefer the home fragrance oils because it lasts longer and it fills up a room better.
  • Philosophy Pumpkin Spice Muffin Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath – Philosophy’s shower gels are a bath ritual for Laurie and this scent smells like a pumpkin pie baking right in your bathroom, yum! And the lip gloss, well that’s like eating pumpkin pie. Even better…
  • Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte – We love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes! They may be the forgotten latte now, given the red cups have pushed them out of the way but fear not, they still make them!

What are your favorite pumpkin products? Tell us about it in the comments. And pumpkin pie doesn’t count… we all love pumpkin pie. 🙂

Kiehl's Friends and Family Sale


Every Thanksgiving, my mom, sisters and me plot out our shopping “plan of attack” for Black Friday. Next to turkey, stuffing and pie – this is my favorite part of Thanksgiving.  And this year is going to be a complex plan – there’s a whole lot of sale action going on!

On my list for sure? Kiehl’s! They’re offering a fantastic 20% off at their Friends and Family sale which begins on Black Friday and goes through December 1. This offer is valid at their freestanding stores and online at with the code FAMILY. I’m eyeing up the Creme de Corps gift set for my sister in-law and the Imperial Balm for me. That stuff is LOVE. Neal at the Chicago store made me a sample and I’m obsessed now.

Happy shopping to you all!

Ashley Greene at New Moon LA Premiere


The plan was to go to a local over-21 movie theater tonight to see New Moon but stupid Carla only thought of buying tickets for the movie the other day and sadly, by then it was sold out. So my plan is still to go to the local over-21 movie theater after work. At least this way I can have some deep fried pickles and sangria during the movie. 😉

I just love Ashley Greene’s look at the LA premiere of New Moon. Celebrity makeup artist Vanessa Scali gave Ashley a classic 60’s look with well-defined eyes with lots of lashes, a strong brow, clean skin and subtle pink/coral on lips and cheeks. Don’t you just love the white liner on her waterline?

To start, Vanessa evened out Ashley’s “nearly flawless skin” with Lancôme’s Effacernes concealer in Light Bisque underneath the eyes. “It gives clean, fresh, flawless coverage,” she said. Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick followed. Lancôme’s Blush Subtil in Shimmer Pink Pool topped the apples of the cheeks.

For Ashley’s dramatic eyes, Vanessa swept YSL’s Fard Lumiére Aquarésistant Cream Eyeshadow in Pink Sands over the entire eye. To define and elongate the lash line, Vanessa used Lancôme’s Artliner in Black and lined the inner rims with Shu Uemura’s Painting Liner in White. The finishing touch: a few generous coats of Lancôme’s Ôscillation Mascara in Black for “seductively lengthy lashes,” says Vanessa. Ashley’s brows were sculpted with Lancôme’s Le Crayon Poudre in Brunet.

Finally, Lancôme’s hot new lipstick from the Pout-á-Porter series—L’Absolu Rouge in Chris & Tell—made a sneak peek appearance. The gorgeous hue, which was created for designer Chris Benz’s Spring show, will be available in February. The Chris & Tell waiting list is open at the Saks Fifth Avenue New York counter. Call 212-940-2033 to be added to the waiting list.

Urban Decay Show Pony Shadow Box


The teenage girl in my family practically squealed when she saw that I had Urban Decay’s Show Pony Shadow Box. She was giving me serious googly eyes trying to sweet talk this one out of my hands. Maybe she thought a woman in her 30s doesn’t need such a gorgeous set in her arsenal…she’s wrong though! 🙂

Perfect to give as a gift (or to keep for yourself!), Urban Decay’s Show Pony Shadow Box includes 6 gorgeous, shimmering eyeshadows, a 24/7 Eye Pencil in Zero and a trial size Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The eyeshadows include:

  • Snatch – shimmering peach
  • Mildew – shimmering army green
  • Flash – shimmering purple
  • Painkiller – shimmering turquoise
  • Smog – brone
  • Toasted – copper

These eyeshadows are just what you would expect from Urban Decay, packed with tons of pigment and blend super well. Plus this palette lets you have some fun with color and tone it down if you need to. Gorgeous!

New! MAC Cosmetics Baroque Boudoir

Next week MAC Cosmetics will release their Baroque Boudoir collection exclusively in MAC stores. The Baroque Boudoir collection is this year’s high end collection from MAC, just like the Monogram collection from last year and the Stylistics collection from the year before that. I always look forward to seeing these limited edition collections because I can’t wait to see the packaging. This year I’m loving the gorgeous jacquard pattern, it screams Carla… because if I could surround myself with jacquard patterns, I totally would. 🙂

Let’s take a look at what this collection includes:


Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powder

  • Light Medium – pale ivory
  • Medium Plus – tan beige


Baroque Boudoir Lipstick

  • Prive – creamy light blue pink (cream)
  • Treasured – creamy warm nude beige (cream)
  • Baroque Boudoir – creamy dark plum (cream)


Baroque Boudoir Lipgloss

  • Preciousness – sheer metallic pink with white pearl (frost)
  • The Lap of Luxury – sheer baby pink with white (frost)
  • D’Nouveau – sheer dusty rose with light pink pearl (frost)

So what do you say? Anything here going on your wishlist? I have to admit, this collection is more for the collector in me so I won’t be picking anything up to use up. I do have my eye on the Baroque Boudoir Compact… that will be mine. 🙂

Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Beauty Ticket

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Beauty Bloggerati Must Have Makeup Brushes

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Brushes are an obsession of mine right now… one of many obsessions. 🙂 I recently picked up the Laura Mercier Deluxe Mini Brush Set, another MAC 217 brush to apply concealer and Shu Uemura Natural 18 Goat Brush for foundation.

With the Laura Mercier set, I just couldn’t pass it up. How perfect is this for traveling? I’m taking this baby to Fashion Week in February for sure. That was my excuse for picking this set up… plus with the Sephora Friends & Family sale and a giftcard for my birthday I paid about $20 for this set.

With the MAC 217 brush, I recently spent some quality time with a senior artists at my local MAC store and I was surprised when used this brush on me to apply concealer. In fact, this artist actually owns quite a few 217 brushes and uses each one differently. The fibers in this brush are fantastic for a natural looking and buildable application. Plus the size is perfect for the undereye area or a spot application. When Rick was done, my skin was gorgeous… and looked like it was completely bare.

When I picked up the Shu Uemura 18 brush, I had the same premise in mind… relying on the fibers in the brush to give myself a more natural application with foundation. The MAC 217 brush is great but in this case, I wanted to get something bigger to cover a wider area. When I met Gina Brooke and had an artist at the Shu counter use my makeup, they used this brush and when you combine this brush and the Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick Foundation… perfection!

I’ve decided I can’t live without these brushes so I wanted to know what brushes my fellow Beauty Bloggerati were loving…

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