Archive for Beauty bits

Do-Gooding Made (VERY) Easy

1. Free Kibble will donate 10* pieces of kibble to animal shelters for every correctly answered trivia question per day (you can only play once per day).  If you can’t manage to click a link and pick an answer once a day, may God have mercy on your evil soul. 

*I like to imagine helper monkeys counting out pieces of kibble

2. Saturday, May 7, Stamp Out Hunger mail carrier food drive – just leave a bag of non-perishable items by your mail box and participating mail carriers will collect it for donation.  You don’t even have to go anywhere, just raid your pantry (please, nothing expired, dented, damaged, etc.) and leave it in a bag by your mailbox.  Boom, done, you just helped save the world. 

Last bit of info that is not philanthropy related but timely: if you need last minute Mom’s day ideas, Facelogic Spa in Roswell and Kennesaw is offering a special Mom’s day treat – 60 minute massage and 50 minute facial (plus chemical peel) for $99 (plus tip, which I suggest you add when purchasing the gift card to avoid Mom having to cough up).  Pretty great deal.  I always hate suggesting services that I haven’t tested (and I can’t find any reviews of the place) but I did indeed get my Mom their package so if it’s not everything it promises to be I’m in the same boat.  But the store seemed really nice so I think it will be fun – for my Mom, that is.

The Dollar Makeup Store

I know that nowhere is the adage “you get what you paid for” more true than when it comes to makeup.  But sometimes it’s very easy to be seduced by a bargain.  Enter E.L.F.  (eyes lips faces – clever, no?)  Most products are a mere dollar.  Now, disclaimer: I have not yet actually tried any of their products.  And I’m guessing the sizes run to the smaller side for that price.  However, some of their products get fairly positive reviews on Makeup Alley.  I doubt I would try their foundations or concealers but I may go for some funky lip eye or blush colors I wouldn’t normally keep on hand for everyday wear but could justify for a dollar.  The fact that the line is carried by Big Lots does not install a bunch of confidence but I think it’s worth trying.  If anyone’s actually tried these let me know!  If I get around to ordering I’ll post an update.

Quickie – today only, free shipping from Kiehl’s

Something about saving the environment, blah blah blah.  Today, April 22, only, free shipping for orders over $45 at Kiehl’s.   Enter code “paperless” at checkout.  Sorry for the late notice but there are 7 shopping hours left in the day!

Origins – free shipping

The wonderful Jill reminded me about Origins, another skin care line that tends to get rave reviews and very devoted users. I have yet to try their products, especially since I’ve been liking the Mario Basedcu line, but I’m quickly becoming a product whore and am looking forward to trying their products.

While Origins offers free shipping on all orders over $75, if you want to order just one or two things to try out, use promo code “REG0608” on checkout to get free standard shipping. I believe the code expires in June, 2008 – if it doesn’t work for you please let me know. Jill also assures me they offer free samples, as well (although it appears you only get a choice of 1).

Pretty Pretty Princess

I’ll be honest – it’s only recently that I’ve developed what could be called a skin care routine. For the majority of my life, my skin care regimen consisted of washing my face in the shower (if at all) and Oil of Olay moisturizer. I often slept in my makeup and rarely used things like toner, masks or exfoliating scrubs. In an effort to not look like a leather bag when I’m 30 I’ve started to step it up. And I’ll tell you, it’s a lot of fucking work! Remove makeup, cleanser (not in the shower!), toner, exfoliate, moisturize, etc. My skin is very very dry (I admit, I don’t drink enough water) and this expanded routine tends to help keep my skin more supple and not dried out.

To this end, I’ve starting utilizing the products of Mario Badescu. I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon him, but I really enjoy his products. His stuff is yummy smelling (almond exfoliating scrub, honey moisturizer) and is targeted towards different skin types. The best part? Tons of free samples with every order – you get a whole regimen targeted for your particular skin type when you fill out a questionnaire on the website.

Mario Badescu is available online, at Nordstrom’s, and in Atlanta, at Studio Oliver.

PS: I hope all of you enjoyed a responsible April 20th yesterday. Not only did Dazed and Confused air at exactly twenty after four, VHI aired The Wall last night. It’s nice to know I can indeed watch it without going insane. Who knew?

UPDATE: Use coupon code “RETAIL” at Mario Badescu to receive 15% off your order – hooray!

Mineral Makeup

I love collecting little pots of makeup (like I’ve said before, I’m a hoarder of sorts).  I started using mineral makeup this past summer (thanks, L-Dawg), specifically Bare Minerals.  I recently found out that Bare Minerals contains bismuth oxychloride, which can cause problems in sensitive skin (not to mention the idea of it is sort of nasty).

I recently discovered Everyday Minerals and I’ll admit, it’s become an unhealthy obsession.  I check the site all the time for new kits and offers.  The best part?  (Practically) free sample of 3 foundations, 1 blush and 1 concealer (you pay shipping, which is $4).  Currently there are no limits on the number of sample kits you can order (although you can only order 1 sample per order) which is nice because you can try a wide variety of foundation colors before settling on the perfect one (or the perfect combination of foundations).  Everyday Minerals does not contain bismuth oxide and is much less expensive than Bare Minerals.  So far, I’ve really enjoyed their make up.  Of course, with any make up, one size does not fit all – there’s always the possibility of adverse reactions, especially with sensitive skin, so don’t come crying to me if it doesn’t work for you.  But hey, for $4, there’s no harm in trying, right?  Another bonus – they often have special offers, recently it was 10% off your order; from what I understand they run specials from the 1st of the month to the 14th so check back.  Also, I’ve found the kits are generally the best value, as opposed to ordering items separately.

Anyone who uses mineral makeup want to chime in?