Category Archives: Shopping

First CVS Opens in Washington State!

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I never thought I would be writing about a new drug store opening up in my area but here I am… doing it and I’m pretty excited about. For years, the chain most of you know and love known as CVS, eluded the NW. I remember going to LA years ago and stepping into a CVS for the first time and wondering why it had carpet and wishing I had one near me.

Now I somewhat do have a CVS near me! I was invited to check out the store that opened last week in Renton, WA (also home to the Seattle Seahawks training camp) and I have to admit, I was excited. One of the big reasons I was excited? Finally having local access to actress Salma Hayek’s NUANCE line. I’ve seen my beauty blogging friends playing with this line and now I finally can… and can easily restock if I want more.

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I learned a few things about CVS that I thought were pretty cool during my visit. The first being that the chain really wants to give women in particular, a great shopping experience. They do this in a few ways that are immediately noticeable when you walk in the store. The first is the carpet I mentioned earlier.  With the busy woman in mind, particularly for women in heels, carpet makes the sales floor more comfortable to be on.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives unveiled earlier this month are almost coming to an end so I thought I should share my picks from the sale before it ends this weekend, the things I’m lusting over as we speak.

You probably know by now that Nordstrom does not have sales on beauty but what they do instead is offer fantastic values with sets from brands we all know and love. Some items are discounted (more on that below) but most are value priced, not to mention exclusive to Nordstrom for the time being.

Ready? Here we go!

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Vote in QVC's Customer Choice Beauty Awards!

QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards 2013

QVC is my go-to for beauty on TV… My skincare hero Kate Somerville is a regular, Maureen Kelly from Tarte (ever catch her saying the word “kryptonite” when she has been on? She got that from me! :)) is too along with countless other beauty brands we know and love. Now the voting for their 5th Annual Customer Choice Beauty Awards are upon us and you can begin voting on your favorite products across 36 categories, from Best Mascara to Best Conditioner.

The beauty polls open to the public during Beauty’s Best, a 25-hour event kicking off Friday, August 23 at 11pm ET and continuing all day August 24. However, we have special, early access to the polls beginning tomorrow at midnight ET. You can begin voting here. The winners will be announced on October 17th.

We will be test driving the products in the Best Hair Tools category so stay tuned!

Shopping, Spiegel Style

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I have been thinking a lot about my personal style lately. I open my closet and think about how I am in dire need of a wardrobe revamp. Since one of my resolutions for 2013 is also to take better care of myself (good progress there, 20lbs. down so far), one of the rewards I’m planning is a mini shopping spree when I hit 50lbs. down on the scale.

While I was doing a little browser shopping the other night, I ran across this old Spiegel catalog image. The logo instantly brought back memories of flipping through my mother’s catalogs and making shopping lists for orders I would never place. It was like playing dress up catalog style. It was fun imagining what my closet would look like packed with clothes from the pages in those catalogs.

I love how everything old is coming back again; Spiegel, Vidal Sassoon shampoo and now the old Herbal Essences packaging. What’s next? I nominate Maybelline Kissing Potions! ;)

Making Hair a Priority

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While I’m pretty confident in my makeup and skincare game, my hair game is faltering a little bit. This year, as one of my beauty resolutions, I decided to give my hair the attention it so rightly deserves. I can style my hair adequately for a special occasion but it is not quite what I would like it to be. I want body and lots of lovely free flowing waves framing my face. This girl needs to enlist help to make that happen. To that end, I’ve been making more of an effort to get out of my usual everyday routine.

Aside from my beloved BaByliss hair dryer (T3 who?), two tools have helped me inch my way to hair bliss: the BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Triple Barrel Waver and the CHI 1″ Ceramic 1″ Flat Iron. Both of these and other beauty products are available at Beauty Stop Online. I would usually pin my bangs back into a faux pompadour and put the rest of my hair into a ponytail. It’s super quick and easy in the morning when I’m dragging and usually running behind but I’ve been taking the time to dry my hair lately and actually do something with it. Shocking!

The waver is a great fake out for me, I get all the waves and body of a mane full of curls without spending all that tedious time wrapping strands around the barrel of a curling iron. It’s the perfect compliment to a flat iron. Then of course the flat iron smoothes everything out for when all I want is perfectly straight hair. A little flick or the wrist and I can also give my hair a little curl with it. This may be old news to you but being hair styling challenged, it’s opened my mind to a whole new realm of possibilities.

So how about you? Are you styling challenged or a seasoned pro? What are your favorite tools? Tell me all about it in the comments.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

 

AHAVA. 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Sunday, Nov. 25. ahavaus.com

ARCONA. 40% off any ARCONA product on Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24. arcona.com

BECCA. On Wednesday, Nov. 21 (beginning at noon) through Saturday, Nov. 24 (ending midnight PST), receive 20% off any $50 purchase, plus complimentary standard shipping, with code GIVETHANKS.  beccacosmetics.com

Birchbox. On Monday, Nov. 26, receive bonus points on all purchases with a “Shop and Score” promotion. Spend $35, earn 35 points + 35 bonus points for 70 total ($7 value) with code CYBERMONDAY35. Spend $75, earn 75 points + 125 points for 200 total ($20 value) with code CYBERMONDAY75. Spend $150 earn 150 points + 350 bonus points for 500 total ($50 value) with code CYBERMONDAY150.Birchbox.com.

Coola. 25% off on all products (excluding Mineral Baby and Sun Essentials Kit) Monday, Nov. 26 with code HAPPYMONDAY.  coolasuncare.com.

Dr. Dennis Gross. Friday, Nov. 23, receive a free Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil (1 oz.) on purchases of $50 or more with code CYBER12. Dr. DG’s Friends & Family Sale (25% off) kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 24 – Tuesday, Nov. 27 with code FF2012. dgskincare.com.

Dr. Hauschka. With $50 purchase, get a free limited edition hand cream on Monday, Nov. 26. drhauschka.com

John Masters Organics. 25% off the entire line of all natural care products from Thursday, Nov. 22 – Monday, Nov. 26 with HOLIDAY12 at checkout. johnmasters.com

La Bella Figura. On Friday, Nov. 23, LBF is discounting its best-selling Decouverte Under Eye Repair by 40% between 12 pm – 5 pm (trust us, this is HUGE). Further, anyone who shops at labellafigurabeauty.com Nov. 23 – Dec. 24 and spends $100+ will be entered to win a custom perfume (and be part of the naming/creation process!)

mark. On Monday, Nov. 26, receive a free mark fashion and beauty gift set ($72 value) on any $40+ purchase with code MKCYBER. meetmark.com

Murad. $25 off all purchases $100 and up on Friday, Nov. 23 with code BLACKFRIDAY at Murad.com

NOURISH. 50% off all Nourish products using promo code CYBER at checkout.  NourishUSDA.com

Ouidad. Friday, Nov. 23 – Monday, Nov. 26, 25% all orders on Ouidad.com with code FFCURL.

Smashbox. From Wednesday, Nov. 21 – Monday, Nov. 26, receive 20% off all products with code FRIENDS2012. smashbox.com

Stila. Online warehouse sale (with deals up to 80% off!) begins Monday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Dec. 2. stilacosmetics.com

StriVectin. Friday, Nov. 23 – Monday, Nov. 26, receive a free full-size SH Dermal Infusion Mask ($49 value) plus free shipping on any online orders on strivectin.com with code JOY.

The Body Shop. On Friday, Nov. 23, The Body Shop will offer 3 items for $30 in the entire store (excludes pre-packaged gifts, gift cards, Love Your Body™ memberships and charitable items.) Online, receive a 14-piece Mistletote collection for $30 when you spend $30. thebodyshop-usa.com

Thymes. On Cyber Monday, Nov. 26, receive a free Frasier Fir Candle with any orders over $50. ($17 value) Thymes.com

Vapour. Friday, Nov. 23 – Monday, Nov. 26, 30% off all Vapour products (except samples) using code BLACKFRIDAY12. VapourBeauty.com

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish & Exude Lipstick on Sale Today on Gilt!

Get your credit cards ready ladies! Today at noon EST/9am PST time, Gilt is having an exclusive Deborah Lippmann and Exude lipstick sale. I’ll be shopping, will you? I will drop what I’m doing and make time for a Deborah Lippmann sale, that’s just how I roll. I normally avoid posting about every flash sale there is but this one has me excited. Can you tell? ;)

You’re probably already familiar with Deborah Lippmann’s nail polish and you probably already love it as much as I do but Exude may be new to you. It’s new to me, which is part of the reason why I’m so excited about this sale. Exude’s lipstick is a little different than your typical lipstick, it’s a creme formula that is delivered through a twist up applicator so the lipstick never loses its shape or melts down in the summer heat. Exude has two formulas; lip cremes and lip gloss. With this Gilt sale, you can try both.

Here’s a peek at some of the items on sale today, keep reading.
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A Few of Our Favorite Things…Cozy Edition

Winter is hard work. All of the layers, boots, hats and gloves needed just to go outside. I live for the moments at the end of the day and in the morning before work where I can just be cuddled up inside the house. I love getting cozy gifts, and giving them too. What woman doesn’t want warm and fuzzy slippers under the tree?

Here are our top picks for the cozy set this holiday season.

  1. Anthropologie Madero Hoodie – The details on this Sherpa-lined hoodie are what I love. The cinch-tie waist lends shape and the front flap pockets are just too cute. Plus, it’s long enough to wear with leggings. $88, Anthropologie.
  2. Fresh Sugar Advanced Lip Treatment The opposite of cozy is chapped lips. Fight the dryness with Fresh’s new Sugar Lip Treatment! $25, Sephora.
  3. Bath & Body Works Mistle-Toes Shea-Infused Knee Socks – When one pair of socks just isn’t enough, slipper socks save the day. How could you not be cozy in these? And, for those with hardwood floors, they have tread! (Winter is a dangerous time for me on my stairs. Tread, all the way). $9.50, Bath & Body Works.
  4. UGG Ansley Slipper – Oh, how I covet these slippers. Soft suede, shearling and a rubber sole. The grey shade is my favorite! $99.95, Nordstrom.
  5. Faux Fur Throw – This throw looks so luxurious, don’t you think? The faux fur is a nice touch. Can’t you just see yourself wrapped up in this with a good book and a cup of tea. $119, West Elm.

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Just when you thought you did enough damage to the wallet on Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals start rolling in! The sheer volume of sales and promotions is straight up overwhelming, but there are some fabulous buys to be made. Here are the deals that caught our eye.

Amika is offering a special Cyber Monday deal to its Facebook fans — a whopping 40% off! Amika stylers are AMAZING, as is their Oil Treatment (see our review here). This deal does not come around very often, so this is one to act on a.s.a.p. Visit Amika on Facebook and become a fan to access the promo code.

June Jacobs is offering 40% off all products through Monday, November 28. I’m totally eyeing up the new Perfect Pumpkin Enzyme Polish, and its powerhouse list of ingredients. Another must have? The Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Masque – check out our review on this Beauty VIP.

This one is technically not a Cyber Monday special, but it’s too good not to include. By Elizabeth Dehn‘s The Serum is buy one get one half off through Sunday, November 27. This fits beautifully with the “one for you, one for me” mentality that I am guilty of when holiday shopping! But, seriously, The Serum is heavenly. The gift of healthy, glowing skin is something every woman wants in her stocking, no?

Josie Maran is offering 25% off through end of day Monday, November 28 with code giveback at checkout. Plus, free shipping on orders of $25. I love to give the travel sized Argan Oil as a gift, so will be stocking up!

It’s baaack! Stila‘s cyber Warehouse Sale is coming, beginning Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 2. Our advice, check it out early to take advantage of the best deals. Prices will be up to 80% off.

Kate Somerville is offering 30% off with promo code HOLIDAY2011 through Monday, November 28. Obviously, you need to pick up some Exfolikate. Another Product Girl fave is Kate’s Cytocell Dermal Energizing Treatment, which is a crazy effective innovation!

Happy shopping!

Holiday and Cyber Monday Gift from SpaceNK.com

As you plan your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping destinations, make sure you factor SpaceNK.com into the mix. They have a pretty worthy gift with purchase if you’re planning on stocking up on beauty gifts.

Beginning on Thanksgiving through Tuesday, November 29, online SpaceNK shoppers who spend $150 will receive a deluxe gift with 10 beauty must-haves.

  • Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer (118ml)
  • Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lipstick
  • Rococo Nail Apparel in Funboy
  • Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum (10ml)
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (5ml)
  • Ren Frankincense Revitalizing Night Cream (15ml)
  • Fekkai Advanced Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo (58ml)
  • Diptyque 34 Blvd. St. Germain Eau de Toilette (12ml)
  • Darphin Stimulskin Plus Eye Contour Cream (3.5ml)
  • Eve Lom Cleanser (7ml) with Muslin Cloth

Enter code THANKS150 at checkout (available while supplies last!) Free shipping on all orders over $75.