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Sephora’s crummy rewards program

Glossy posted an article on Sephora’s “upgrade” to its Beauty Insider program.  Whatever, it’s still the crummy program where you accumulate points to obtain samples that you’d otherwise should get for free.

Inside Sephora’s first major Beauty Insider upgrade in 5 years

Screen grab from Glossy

When Sephora, in its munificence, announced a limited time 10% off discount on products, beauty enthusiasts were indignant.   Just before that, Ulta had a 20% off sale, including prestige items.  Also, you earn cash back rewards with Ulta’s loyalty program.

On account of Ulta’s cash back rewards, I first visit Ulta to see if it carries a product.  If it doesn’t, then I go to Sephora.  Bonus: join Ebates for earning additional cash back points.  HT Marcia of Beauty Info Zone.

Sources:

[Screen grab from Glossy]. (n.d.). Retrieved August 22, 2018, from https://db.glossy.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/170330_Sephora_04-AZ.jpg
Sandler, E. (n.d.). Inside Sephora’s first major Beauty Insider upgrade in 5 years. Retrieved August 22, 2018, from https://www.glossy.co/ecommerce/inside-sephoras-first-major-beauty-insider-upgrade-in-5-years

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#MusicMonday Erma Franklin – Piece of My Heart

The whole world knows by now that Aretha Franklin died last week of pancreatic cancer.  This is heresy, but I could not get into Aretha.  Is it a cultural thing?

You might remember that Starbucks sold compilation CDs at its counters.  Here’s a gem that I found through those compilation CDs:

You might associate Piece of My Heart with Janis Joplin, but Erma Franklin (Aretha’s sister) recorded it in 1967 before Janis. This video is a live performance from 1992.

#MusicMonday – Janet Jackson – Alright

This delightful 1990 Janet Jackson video features her idols Cyd Charisse, The Nicholas Brothers, and Cab Calloway

Speaking of The Nicholas Brothers, check out this awesome performance that Fred Astaire called “the greatest dance number ever filmed”:

Color story: terracotta

I love terracotta.  It’s one of my best fashion colors.  I also like terracotta pottery 🙂

Terracotta makeup

Color story: terracotta

Do you like liquid lipstick and matte finishes?  Then check out the terracotta colored lip colors at:

Norris, R. (n.d.). Meet the Lipstick Shade That’ll Replace Your Nudes This Fall. Retrieved August 4, 2018, from http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/best-terracotta-lipstick-170928/page1

#MusicMonday I Got You Babe – Cher with Beavis & Butthead

Cher is a 2018 Kennedy Center Honoree along with Philip Glass, Reba McEntire, and Wayne Shorter.  In tribute to her selection, I present this cover of ex-husband Sonny Bono’s I Got You Babe featuring Cher and Beavis & Butthead.

Butthead: “Is it true that you used to be, like uh, married to that Bono dude?”

Cher: “Bono. Sonny Bono”

Save the oceans – ban oxybenzone!

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens sold in the state by Jan. 1, 2021 to protect coral reefs and marine life. Beauty trade groups such as the Personal Care Products Council, chemical industry organizations, skin-cancer prevention proponents and big sunscreen brands regard the act as misguided and dispute the research behind it.

Cue Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50. Ocean Potion advertises its products as “reef-friendly.” This article from Beauty Independent notes:

To differentiate themselves from large players with oxybenzone- and octinoxate-driven sunscreens, emerging mineral sunscreen purveyors are promoting their products as reef-safe or not containing the banned ingredients, oxybenzone in particular. The term reef safe could increasingly be subject to concerns as it, similar to other marketing terms in the beauty industry, is unregulated and lacks a clear definition.

Putting that aside, Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50 is a great sunscreen.

Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50

Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50

It advertises itself as going on clear. It’s a thick white cream in the jar, but with a little blending, it leaves no whitish cast (+). It also has a matte finish (+).  It’s not irritating (+) . Active ingredients are Octocrylene 4% and Zinc Oxide 5% – no oxybenzone.

👍🏻 Recommended. I bought Ocean Potion Face Zinc SPF 50 at Safeway. I’ve also seen it at Giant.

Source:
Brown, R. (2018, July 10). How Hawaii’s Ban On Oxybenzone And Octinoxate Could Change The Sun-Protection Segment. Retrieved July 13, 2018, from https://www.beautyindependent.com/hawaii-ban-common-sunscreen-ingredients-oxybenzone-octinoxate-change-sun-protection-segment/

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Let’s make Kylie a billionaire

Kylie Jenner was recently featured on the cover of Forbes as a self-made multi-millionaire on her way to become the youngest billionaire.  I dispute the statement that she’s “self-made.”Kylie Jenner on the cover of Forbes

Now someone who calls himself “FAT JEW” has started a GoFundMe campaign to help Kylie become a billionaire.

Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking. I don’t want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn’t have a billion dollars. WE MUST RAISE 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP HER GET TO A BILLION, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.

As of July 19, 2018, 155 people raised $2,029 of $100.0M goal in the last 7 days,  mostly in small contributions of five dollars.

Source:
Click here to support LET’S GET KYLIE JENNER TO A BILLION organized by FAT JEW. (2018, July 11). Retrieved July 18, 2018, from https://www.gofundme.com/let039s-get-kylie-jenner-to-a-billio