Birchbox; Beauty Samples Right to Your Door

I’m loving the idea of Birchbox, the hot new monthly delivery service that sends you 4-5 samples each month of various hair care, skin care, and makeup so you can try new things out without having to waste a bunch of money.

Here’s a vid that explains it a bit more, and HERE is their site.

Beauty at Costco? You Betcha.

If you haven’t strolled down Costco’s cosmetic and skin care isle lately, you’re missing out. What once was a few lowly offerings has grown to an entire selection of all-star  beauty basics.

Stila at Costco? Hell yeah! I had to resist the urge not to get these ** $18 4 piece kits with shadow duos in my all time favorite Stila shades. Both have Kajal Liners in Onyx and  Major Lash mascara, but the kit on the left has Starlight and Storm shadows while the other has Sun and Twig.

These warm glow sets are another 4 piece Stila steal. $14 gets you a Major Lash Mascara, Lip Glaze, Kabuki Brush, Liquid Eye Liner (love), and Bronzer. There’s a set 1 and 2 for a variance in intensity.

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a Blockbuster set. Stila’s has 30 shadows, 15 lip colors, 3 cheek colors, a bronzer, eye liner, lip liner, 2 applicators, a lip brush, and blush brush. For $20 it’s the ultimate in makeup happiness explosion from a big quality brand.

There were a ton of favorites there, like Olay Microsculpting Cream, 2 for $38.

And Roc Gold Correction, this is the night cream but the day version was there too for the same price. $29 for 2.

Have you heard of SebaMed? Neither had I, but after reading what it’s all about online I’ll probably go back for this life-sized soap-free face and body wash that’s perfectly ph balanced to calm the skin. $20 for a quart. That should last a while.

Who doesn’t love Cetaphil? Their 20oz 2 pack of Gentle Skin Cleansers are just $17 a set.

Aveeno’s popular Daily Moisturizing Lotion was $14 for 2 18oz bottles. Unrelated – my fingers are really double jointed so that’s my crazy thumb making its best backwards  ‘L’ shape.

A giant 33oz Eucerin and a less bendy look at my thumb.

You might not expect for Costco to be a hotbed for cosmetic activity, but look again, you might find some unexpected gems.

Most of the goodies are in store, but here is what they have listed online for cosmetics, and for Skincare.

** Prices vary from store to store

Black Friday Beauty Deals put together THIS A-Z list of Black Friday deals on your favorite beauty brands. Click to find the codes that will get you lower prices and gifts withspe your online purchases.

You’ll find it HERE

Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Pencils Set for the Holidays

Here come the stocking stuffers! It’s not too early to think about the holidays is it? Smashbox has their Wish for the Perfect Eye Pencils out, 4 pencils for only $16. It’s basically buying one and getting the rest for free. Here’s a look at the set.

And the colors..

From left to right; Graphite, Orchid, 14K, and Onyx

It’s basically every liner color you should own. Their Onyx is super rich and deep – something I love, the Graphite is perfect for when black seems too dark for daytime, Orchid works to offset those shimmering nude eye shadows we all love, and 14K  highlights the inner corners of your eyes or under your eyes. It will probably end up being your favorite and most used of the 4. The pencil’s smudging quality is great so you can build the liner into a rich shadow with a sweep of a brush.

Remember, $1 from each limited edition set goes to the Children’s Miracle Network, beauty with a cause!

Wish for the Perfect Eye Pencils

Smashbox Eye Wish Palette

If you’re still using heavy, chalky M.A.C eye shadows, then you’re really missing out. I always say that the color is as important to the look as the weight of the makeup. When you see someone with eyeshadow on that looks bad, chances are that the heaviness you’re seeing has a lot to do with the overall weight of the makeup and maybe not as much the application. If the shadows don’t sit well on the skin, or blend easily, even the best application can’t make them look good.

If you haven’t tried Smashbox shadows, you really should. I personally use them and carry them in my kit, I love their soft, velvety finish because they stay on a long time and have a gorgeous look that rests beautifully on the skin. Check out their new Eye Wish Palette, it’s filled with every shadow you’d ever want to create sweet day looks and sexy night ones too. No crazy throw-away shades you’ll never wear, it’s a complete collection of beautiful basics.

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Here’s what you’ll get;


Soft Gray
Matte Bone
Ballet Pink
Shimmering Bronze
Cool Gray
Warm Brown
Deep Teal

Cream Eyeliners;

Dark Brown
Black Violet

Photo Finish Lid Primer Mini (what I use professionally and personally daily)

Lash DNA Mascara Mini

They also included pull out cards that fit neatly under the mirror to show you step by step how to create looks using the various colors.

Even better? Smashbox is donating $1 from every palette sold to Children’s Miracle Network. It’s a huge value, $243 worth of makeup for around the price of a few shadows ($45).

You’ll find the palette for a limited time here at Sephora and Smashbox

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion Travel Kit

If you love MAKE UP FOR EVER, it’s probably because of their color selection. Their eye-catching display of brightly colored makeup is hard to miss at Sephora, and it’s always really well-reviewed. I think a lot of the magic of the line lies with their HD basics though, namely their High Definition Primer, Elixir, and Powder because of their light-yet-powerful approach to getting the skin looking good.

If you haven’t tried this skin and makeup perfecting trio, here’s your chance. Their HD Complexion Travel Kit is a steal at $30 and includes good sized portions for you to try. I really like their light-as-air Elixir serum because it increases skin hydration by 520% after 15 minutes and locks moisture in so makeup looks fresh and doesn’t drag onto the skin.