#BlackFriday and #CyberMonday #beauty deals

Here is my list of favorite #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday #beauty deals and picks:

  • While I’m not loyal to any make-up brand, I have definite bath favorites. Enjoy 20% off everything at SABON NYC Code and deadline not provided. When I learned that Sabon is from Israel, I was excited. I support Israel! Even my shoes are from Israel. My picks: Lavender Apple Milky Soap and Patchouli Lavender Rose Mineral Powder. Sabon also has a small selection of nail polish: new to me.
  • Jouer is a favorite for its interlocking compacts. 25% off sitewide until Sunday Nov 30 11:59 PM Pacific. 50% Off Fun Farewells. Code BLKFRDY
  • Shop a curated selection of Korean beauty at Peach and Lily 20% off until Saturday Nov 29 11:59 PM Eastern. Code GIVETHANKS
  • Starting Friday 12:01am EST, for every $100 you spend at Beautylish receive a $20 gift card with your order. Event runs until Monday at 11:59 pm EST and Gift Cards can be redeemed for anything on Beautylish. International members too. My pick: Wayne Goss eye shadow brushes 4 & 5
  • F&F event at Shiseido  20% off through midnight Monday Dec 1. Code FFSHISEIDO14
  • Lucky Breaks: from now until December 31st, receive 35% off all FACE Stockholm lip products using code: LUCKYBREAKS5
  • Lee Christou of KROMA fought the Kardashians over trademark infringement. 20% off site wide www.kromamakeup.com November 27-29. Code 20OFF. Free under-eye treatment. Free shipping.
  • 50% off site wide at Better Botanicals natural skin care. Code TDayLuv14. Offer ends December 2. My pick: Rose-Tulsi Hydrating Mist
  • Did you know that there is a Twilight Beauty line?  50% site wide now through Midnight Dec 1 #CyberMonday.  Code GIFTS4ALL.
  • Love IMAN Cosmetics products? Check out DooBop and enter the promo code HAPPY to receive 20% off your purchase of $40 or more
  • #BlackFriday #CyberMonday online exclusive from Beauté Cosmetics.  45% off. Promo code BLACKFRIDAY2014.
  • Free shipping from Armour Beauty until #CyberMonday. Code FREESHIP
  • #CyberMonday at theBalm 50% off Dec 1 @ 7 AM to Dec 2 @ 7 AM Pacific
  • 50% off Coastal Scents. While supplies last. Sale ends 12/1/2014. No rain checks. Shipping worldwide! Shipping costs are calculated at Checkout. All prices listed in USD.  Its REVEALED eye shadow palette is a dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadow palette.
  • Online #CyberMonday at W3LL PEOPLE natural cosmetics. 20% off Monday December 1 12:00 am-11:59 PM Central Time ONLY. No code necessary.
  • 20% off Rituel de Fille Friday November 28-Monday December 1. Code BLACKFRIDAY20.
  • gloss48.com features boutique and indie beauty brands. 20% off Wednesday, November 26 ONLY. Promo code SNOWVEMBER
  • #BlackFriday at Besame: free USPS priority shipping on order $30+ plus free brown cake mascara.  Good November 27-Dec 1.  No promo code needed. Cake mascara can also be used on the brows and as an eye liner.  New: Decades of Fragrance.  I love Gabriela’s attention to replicating vintage packaging.  My picks: lipsticks (although many are shocked about how tiny they are) and the cake mascara (its package is a near dupe for Maybelline’s vintage cake mascara).
  • Cyber Week event at Paula’s Choice: 15% off everything and free shipping.  Ebates 6.0% cash back (I get a bonus for referrals).  My pick:  Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (best treatment for acne when used with a mild 2.5% or 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion).
  • 30 days of giving: $60,000 in prizes from upscale brands courtesy of Byrdie, Who What Wear, and Domaine. Sweepstakes begins on or about 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PT) Tues Nov 18. All entries must be received NLT 11:59 p.m. PT Thurs Dec 18. To enter, go to http://www.byrdie.com/30-days-of-giving.
  • #BlackFriday all week at Vincent Longo Cosmetics 30% off sitewide until December 1. Code 30THNX. My picks: Gel Eye Stain and Trio Eyeshadow Pearl-to-Matte
  • Cyber Week at DermStore 20% off sitewide until November 30. Some exceptions apply. Code HOLIDAY14. Free standard shipping, no minimum. Ebates too! My picks: DHC and Paula’s Choice. I also want to try NeoStrata Skin Active Exfoliating Wash: supposed to be gentler than AHAs
  • #CyberMonday December 1 only: 50% on all Harry Josh Hair Pro Tools at HairEnvy.com. Joint checkout with DermStore and Blush. Free standard shipping, no minimum.
  • My favorite: celebrate Jolen‘s blue box by entering to win Jolen Cream Bleach for your hag hairs.  Ugh.  But wait!  There’s more!  The winner also gets another blue box with a Tiffany Atlas® Pierced Pendant.  Good things come in little blue boxes!  Contest starts November 24 03:00 pm (US/Eastern) and ends December 19 12:00 pm (US/Eastern). Four winnters.  One winner will be picked randomly on Friday 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19.
  • Pre-#BlackFriday & Cyber Sale at Three Custom Color Specialists thru Midnight Monday, 12/1 EST. 25% Off Ready to Wear Sitewide. My picks: The L Word lipsticks, Robert Jones Signature Collection lip glosses, and the sheer red Ballet Russe lipstick.

The Style Page reviews How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp

How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times BetterHow Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better by Charla Krupp

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read How Not to Look Old after reading Andrea Robinson’s Toss the Gloss. Charla Krupp’s book is more extensive, as it covers fashion in addition to make-up.

Charla Krupp begins this book by saying that looking old negatively impacts you both personally and financially. Not a very upbeat way to begin a book.

I disagree with Krupp’s aversion to nude pantyhose: I feel undressed without hosiery. Krupp also advocates shimmery pink gloss (see the back cover), something that Robinson opposes.

Krupp’s best chapter is on bra fitting. Did you know that the band should provide more support than the straps? For more tips about bra fitting, I recommend reading How to properly measure from my favorite lingerie store Trousseau.

Had I not read Kathy Shaidle’s humorous 50 is the New Crappy, I would not have known that Charla Krupp died in 2012 at age 58. She did not get to live to old age.

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Culling my makeup collection

I’m culling my makeup collection as Andrea Robinson recommended in Toss the Gloss. As I go through my collection, I think of the wonderful creative entrepreneurial people that I’ve met over the years through The Style Page. Their pieces hold special memories for me, and I’ve kept them.

Then there are the products that are no longer around (except in my closet):

  • reflect.com, an abortive attempt by P&G to create “customized” palettes (actually, the options were pretty limited).  My item is not a custom palette, but a limited edition face palette that reflect created for Chico’s (yes, Chico’s)
  • M Professional, an inexpensive line (not tested on animals except boyfriends :-)  that featured eye shadow singles with the screw-top lids that MAC made famous in the 90s
  • Lisa Hoffman Beauty skin care (before she focused on fragrance)
  • B’Box, which featured eye shadow and lip color matchsticks
  • Vital Radiance, which was Revlon’s disastrous venture in creating a cosmetics line for women 50+
  • L’Oreal Paris True Match liquid bronzer: it came in a mini-me glass bottle and looked like malted milk!
  • FYLO (For Your Lips Only), which featured lip gloss cubes that you could snap into a palette.  This brand was created by Heidi Harris, who is now associate concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.  Hometown hero! Yay!
  • Calvin Klein, a color cosmetic line sold at Sephora that predated his CK Calvin Klein line from Markwins International and his current line CK One from Coty, which is sold exclusively by Ulta stores and ulta.com.  I miss Calvin Klein: no gimmicky or cutesy stuff, just sophisticated shades for grown women, and the Lucite packaging made this line stand out among  color cosmetics lines.
  • Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy, which predates her current line Carmindy & Co.  There was a commentator on my old blog whose hatred of Carmindy came across as pathological.

There was the Givenchy make-up that a PR person gave me to thank me for a story I published about a charity auction for the Somaly Mam Foundation. Alas, Somaly Mam proved to be a fraud.

I couldn’t find those little plastic spatulas (great for scooping out loose powders and creams), but by going through my makeup collection, I found a lot of them.  Likewise, I couldn’t find nail boards and I’d pester the folks at the local TD Bank branch to get nail boards that they give away.  Again, by going through my collection, I found lots of nail boards.

I’m thinking about buying this Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner to organize my newly edited and curated (cough, cough) makeup collection.  Do you own one?  What do you think?

Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner

Tabletop Spinning Cosmetic Organizer by Lori Greiner

I’ll never get my collection down to the size of a Prada black nylon cosmetics bag, as Ms. Robinson suggested. I had a perfectly good knock-off where the emblem looked like the Prada emblem.

The Style Page reviews @TosstheGloss

Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ by Andrea Q. Robinson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Andrea Robinson has had a storied career in the beauty industry, both as a magazine editor and cosmetics executive. She created The Nakeds product line for Ultima II in the late 80s/early 90s, predating both Bobbi Brown and the UD Naked palettes, which has had numerous knock-offs: see http://www.pinterest.com/thestylepage…. More recently, she was the brains behind Tom Ford Beauty, but was later fired.

First, the negative aspects of Toss the Gloss:

* I find it implausible that Robinson, who is 73, looks that young. This negatively impacts the credibility of the book.

* This book will become dated fast, as cosmetics companies will discontinue products listed as “best bets.”

* The make-up techniques are poorly described and illustrated, no matter how “charming” the illustrations are.

* You can find more extensive coverage of “non-invasive” techniques such as Botox and fillers and cosmetic surgery in Paula Begoun’s The Original Beauty Bible and Allure magazine.

On the plus side, Robinson offers many affordable options as best bets. She also blows the lid off the beauty industry, surprisingly, as she is a long-time beauty insider. Or could she have been bitter after her firing from Tom Ford Beauty?

As for me, I’m acting on Robinson’s advice to cull my make-up collection, but I can’t bring it down to the size of a cosmetic bag.

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Best brow product, ever

When I go to the salon to get my hair colored, I ask my hairdresser to tint my eyebrows; however, a couple of weeks before I go to the salon (I go every 5 weeks), the grey hairs begin appearing on my brows.

I’ve experimented with various products:

Both 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyebrow and TouchBack Brow Marker are good for covering individual hairs.

Paula's Choice Brow Tint

Paula’s Choice Brow Tint – paulaschoice.com

However, my favorite brow product is Paula’s Choice Hair/Brow Tint.  It comes in a tube, much like a mascara, and has a brush that it is flat on one side, enabling it to act like a comb.   I like it because I can groom and tint my eyebrows in one step.

#mystealthyfreedom Iranian women take a stand for freedom

I love Iran: its food, its culture, its music. I look forward to the day when Iranians will remove their theocracy from power.

In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with My Stealthy Freedom,  https://www.facebook.com/StealthyFreedom, a Facebook page where Iranian women protest compulsory hijab by doffing their hijabs.



Launched May 3, My Stealthy Freedom now has over 500 thousand fans from all over the world offering their moral support.  The women are frequently photographed in natural settings: mountains, seas, and deserts.  They often turn their faces away from the camera or are photographed at a distance to avoid detection: in fact, a Facebook page was set up to identify these women and put them at risk for reprisal; fortunately, that page was taken down.

There is a support site, Men Supporting Freedoms of Iranian Women, https://www.facebook.com/SupportStealthyFreedoms, where men submit pictures of themselves holding signs indicating their support of these women.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Men’s Stealthy Freedom page, https://www.facebook.com/menstealthysfreedom (“It’s just for fun!”), where Iranian men submit pictures of themselves in drag or in various stages of undress. I love this picture  where a guy looks like a cross between Lana del Rey and Conchita Wurst.  These guys have got to be some of the hairiest guys that I’ve ever seen.  Disgusting, but soooooooooooo funny.  There’s nothing stealthy about it: the men show their faces and are clearly not afraid of reprisal.  Talk about double standards!

Laneige BB Cushion is not worth the hype or hassle

From Korea, where trends (BB cream, face masks) in skin care begin, comes the latest innovation: BB cushion!

What is BB cushion?  BB Cushion is a sponge that is soaked in foundation. To apply, you press a flat pad (included) in the sponge to pick up the foundation and then press or pat onto your face.

I understand that IOPE, one of Amore Pacific’s brands, was the first to bring out BB air cushion. When I was at the Amore store within Super H mart (see Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area), one of the saleswomen patted a bit of IOPE Air Cushion on my hand. She said it replaced primer, foundation, sunscreen, and powder. The finish of IOPE Air Cushion suggested the presence of silicones. It also had a white-ish cast, but then, whitening products are popular in Asia.

As I mentioned, Target has entered the premium skin care market. One of the brands that it is now carrying is Laneige, yet another Amore Pacific brand. Not surprisingly, Laneige has a BB Cushion product.

Laneige BB Cushion

Laneige BB Cushion – target.com

So why do I say that Laneige BB Air Cushion is not worth the hype or hassle?  It is difficult to apply, and it’s hard to know how much foundation to pick up. For the first couple of times that I used, I applied too much: it was obvious to my husband, who joked about it.  Also, the pad doesn’t provide precision in covering spots and other detailed work.  I’ll stick with my IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ and Beautyblender.

You may purchase Laneige BB Cushion for $34 (taxes & shipping not included) from target.com and Target stores (check online for availability in store – that’s how I found mine)