Friends and Family Sale

Tis the season for Friends & Family sales. If you’re a planner like we fancy ourselves to be, you’ll take advantage of these opportunities to snag some amazing holiday gifts. And maybe a little treat for yourself, too. has its 20% F&F sale going on through Friday, November 9, and it’s definitely worth checking out. They’ve added a ton of new brands to the site, many that don’t normally go on sale. We were excited to see the luxe Sunday Riley, organic powerhouse Vapour and hair genius Sarah Potempa (Beachwaver, anyone?)!

Here’s our top F&F picks!

bareMinerals Light Up The Room Collection ($39), a.k.a. Do it for the Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener (raves seen here previously). We also love the Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream, Illuminating Mineral Veil and Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Prime with its pretty gold sheen action.

Rahua Shampoo ($32, 9.3 oz) has been on my radar forever. It has a cult following of sorts (especially in the natrual and I’ve only heard amazing things. Time to try, right? It’s 100% natural with coconut and shea butters and even some quinoa to help with moisture retention.

Sarah Potempa Mini “Touch Up” Iron ($35), Discovering Sarah Potempa, celeb hair guru and creator of the most user-friendly tools for us gals at home, was a highlight of 2012 for me. I’m sure her mini flat iron, coated with ceramic and tourmaline, obviously, will be a travel and gym bag staple for me. Totally loving the case, too!

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick Trio ($30) is so very gorgois , as Ms. Mally would say. Breaks down to $10 per tube pre-discount, so it’s a no-brainer must. Mally’s liquid lipstick is one of the best and these colors are so wearable. A great gift for any woman in your life.

Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer ($48), is a product I’ve been very curious about. It’s a multi-purpose primer/skin plumper with peptides and Rejuvenox that basically keeps skin breathing and drenched in oxygen. The presence of a tint gives me hope that this could work in place of foundation on some days!

If you’re interested in shopping the sale, click here. Let us know your top F&F picks! Launches "Beauty Favorites Box" for the Offline Crowd

Well done, Their new box of goodies, a.k.a. the Beauty Favorites Box, is a steal at $25. But it’s not one you can snag online at, rather it’s being rolled out in brick and mortar Walgreen’s stores in the Chicago area. For those in my city, you’re welcome! For those elesewhere, is looking into rolling this concept out “in a bigger way” to other cities in 2013 (so says President Kathleen Mcneill in WWD.)  The Box includes a full-sized Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten, Bliss Lemon Sage Hand Cream, Borghese Liquid Eyeliner and more from top brands like Murad, Perricone and Lorac. Oh, and if the $25 wasn’t enough of a deal, threw in a $10 off gift card to use online. The set officially launched this month and will be available while supplies last.

What do you think of’s foray into Walgreen’s stores?


What's New in Beauty: Beauty Bar Sample Society, One Love Organics, Revlon + a Giveaway

Remember when we told you about Beauty’s foray into the sampling world with the “Sample Society?” From the looks of the first box, this one appears every bit worth the attention. Samples included:

  • Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream (1.6 oz)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (.45 oz)
  • REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask (15 ml)
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen (.14 oz)
  • Oscar de la Renta Espirit D’Oscar Eau de Parfum Rollerball (.1 fl oz).

We remain obsessed with One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm, and this piece from the ladies at Birchbox has some AMAZING tips on how to use this wonder salve. Oh, and they’re selling it too! Yay! [Birchbox]

This video on how to do your brows, sans salon, is a must-watch. [Refinery 29]

Want.THIS. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Bronzer. [Saks]

A pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio without makeup….still unbelievably gorgeous! [US Weekly]

We’ve teamed up with Revlon in 2012 to deliver “how-to” videos every month! We kicked off March with the Smoky Eye. Check it out here, and don’t forget to enter our giveaway of the Revlon Photo Ready Eye Primer + Brightener.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Erin Fetherston for is teaming with designer Erin Fetherston for its designer bag series. And this one is so GOOD. Erin designed an adorable vintage-inspired train case filled with some of the best samples I’ve seen in a long time.

“For my exclusive makeup bag for, I was inspired by the nostalgia of travel and vintage luggage,” said Fetherston. “I love the contrast of the structured shape to the whimsical and fun butterfly print lining. It adds a touch of glamour to your everyday routine.”

The train case opens to reveal a touch-up mirror, side pockets and butterfly print lining fresh from the ERIN by Erin Fetherston Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Fashion + function. Look for the following samples as well:

  1. bareMinerals® Pretty Amazing® Lipcolor, Bravado
  2. Stila® FULL SIZE Eye Shadow Compact, Cloud
  3. Supersmile® Whitening Introductory Kit
  4. Murad® Acne Clarifying Mask     
  5. Smashbox® Photo Finish® Hydrating Foundation Primer
  6. Boscia® Oil-Free Nightly Hydration
  7. Jane Iredale® Tantasia® Self Tanner
  8. Alterna® BAMBOO Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist
  9. Traditions by Nick Chavez® Yucca Root Shampooing Cream
  10. Bulgari® Refreshing Towel
  11. Too Faced® Tinted Beauty Balm
  12. ~H20+™ Face Oasis™ Hydrating Treatment
  13. $10 Gift Card

The Erin Fetherston collab is available here with a purchase of $100. What do you think? Splurge-worthy?

What's New in Beauty: Strivectin Book Club, Red Carpet Beauty Bonus and "Techno" Glitter

A virtual book club is so our speed, which is why we think that StriVectin’s Facebook Book Club is a fantastic idea. This month they’re reading Anna David’s “Falling for Me.”  Every other month, the group will start a new book, and the first 50 people to sign-up will receive a free copy. Check it out on StriVectin’s Facebook page.

One of the best things we read all week….beauty products the Refinery29 editors swear by. [Refinery29

Next month, look out for China Glaze ElectroPop for Spring 2012. This is a girly, edgy and fun collection. And that glitter confetti topcoat, called “Techno,” looks very promising. 

I’ve been waiting for NARS to introduce a tinted moisturizer for about 18 months when I first heard rumblings of one. And, it’s almost here. On February 1, NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer will launch at Nordstrom. SAVE THE DATE! [Women’s Wear Daily]

Marchesa always has some of the best red carpet moments (can’t wait for the Globes!), so the latest collab is quite fitting. Love the bow, the lace AND the samples:  Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Boscia blotting linens and Amika Obliphica Oil Treatment. Yours with any $150 purchase.

Food or skin care? Crabtree & Evelyn’s newly announced Avocado, Olive & Basil Collection sounds yummy and delicious…and moisturizing! Launching February 15.