First Look at Jouer Highlighters

The holiday makeup sneak peeks are really rolling in and this one I LOVE by Jouer Cosmetics. These gorgeous highlighters will be available in three shades: Citrine, Topaz and Rose Quartz. They will be available September 8th. They are not technically holiday, because they will be permanent in the Jouer collection. They will be priced at around $22 each. Rose Quartz will definitely be on my buy list!

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Lorac Mega Pro 3 Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek of the new Lorac Mega Pro 3 palette. I would love to say that I’m excited but after buying the Lorac Pro 3, I feel like the formula has changed. The shimmer shades were so powdery that the fall out was horrible.

This palette doesn’t scream anything extraordinary but it would offer a lot of every day looks. Pomegranate is the only shade with any real “pop” from the palette. It might have been nice to add a few more bright shades to add more depth. I’m a little underwhelmed. I think Mega Pro 2 had better color selection.

No news on its release but you should expect it around fall for around $59. Start saving those Ulta points. A lower price tag could make it worth the purchase.

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Charlotte Tilbury Holiday Makeup 2016

It’s not even September but holiday sneak peeks are already starting to appear in the beauty world. Who else gets uber excited for these??? I love the holiday collections! Here is a sneak peek at what Charlotte Tilbury has in store for us this holiday season. It will start to become available in October.

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Charlotte’s World of Legendary Parties Advent Calendar (Retail $200) is made up of: a mini pot of Magic Cream, travel-size tubes of Take it All Off, Miracle Glow, Wonder Glow, Goddess Skin and Supermodel Body, and smaller versions of Eyes to Mesmerize, Legendary Lashes, Penelope Pink and Jessica Red lipsticks, and Sweet Stiletto lip lacquer. This will definitely be on my Christmas list!

The World of Legendary Parties advent calendar box of treats and treasures will be available exclusively on charlottetilbury.com.

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The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Kit is an oversized ball ornament that houses a mini Legendary Lashes Mascara and a Rock’n’Khol pencil. And yes, it can be hung on the tree. Retail $27.

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Charlotte Tilbury holiday 2016 Pocket Kisses mirrored compact in Kiss Me Quick. Also available in Jessica Red. Retail $22

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The Dreamy Look in a Clutch includes quite a few products: Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Muse Luxury Palette of glow-enhancing eyeshadows; mini Legendary Lashes Mascara; mini Legendary Eye Liner in Bedroom Black; mini Legendary Lip Liner in Bitten Kiss; a lipstick in Secret Salma from the Matte Revolution Hot Lips collection; and a Tilbury tutorial on a USB key. Retails for $128

Marc Jacobs New Airblush

Marc Jacobs has launched a new Air Blush that comes with the claim it lasts for 24 hours! If you wear makeup as much as I do you know that blush is usually the first to go, faded to non-existence after a few hours of wear. I did not wear it for a full 24 hours but this is what it looked like after 9 hours of being the in Texas heat. That means 100 degrees and a 110 heat index, 100% humidity.

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This is in the color Kinks and Kisses. It retails for a whopping $42 at Sephora.com which is a steep price for blush. But I will say this it does give you a good amount of product, coming in at .282oz.

One side is a lighter pink and the other is a peachy color. You can swipe your brush across for a custom blend or focus on one side for a stronger pink or peach tone. It is very buttery soft, little to no kick off, and very pigmented. I also like the luxury feel to the compact. It is large shiny black compact with a large mirror.

I received this for my review, so I did not buy it. But I would buy it. In fact I’d like at least one other….Lush and Libido is one I’d like to buy. The staying power justifies the price for me.

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Sephora’s Epic Fail of its “Epic” Rewards

rewardsIt seems kind of a joke that Sephora named their rewards system, where users had banked between 1,000 to 10,000 points their “Epic” Rewards when it was a complete and utter epic failure. Users, like myself, were disappointed by what Sephora promised to be amazing gifts. They’ve been getting everyone geared up leading into Epic Rewards by offering 2x/3x/4x points on all purchases. It was a good strategy too. It led to an amazing surge in sales by women trying to bump up their beauty point banks and score some of the amazing gifts being offered (I have the full list below). Gifts ranged from Nars and Dior to a trip to Paris. If you’ve worked hard to reach Rouge status and you had a bunch of points just waiting this was the time to get amazing gifts. Except Sephora completely screwed it up.

First, they refused to give an official launch time. Women sat waiting, some waiting all night. Some time before noon they tweet that it was launching soon but couldn’t say when. And then….it was gone, all gone. If you had something in your cart, it was taken out; if you tried to checkout you were logged out and your items were removed. Everything was gone in mere seconds leading a lot of people to wonder….just how many of these rewards did they actually have? Because it seems NO ONE is happy. And to add insult to injury, they have the nerve to say “Well, you can still get your 100, 250, 500 points value gifts”. You mean the crap women have been passing on repeatedly and that’s why their points are so high? Yeah, no thanks. How about letting women cash in points for a gift certificate? Sephora better come up with something soon. Because the only person who scored Sephora’s EPIC REWARD was Ulta, and that’s handing all its best customers to another store.

Here is a breakdown of what was offered and their estimated values:

Reward Description Value
1,000 Givenchy-Le Rouge $144 + bag
1,000 Becca $186
1,000 Dr Dennis Gross $156
1,000 Smashbox $157
1,000 Fresh $150 + booklet
1,000 Bumble and Bumble $157 + extras
1,000 Anastasia Beverly Hills $170.50 + signature
1,000 Dior $208
2,000 NARS $59 + $40 + signature
2,000 Yves Saint Laurent $610
2,000 Sephora $425
2,000 Skin, Inc. $310
2,000 KVD $428 + box + signature
2,000 Bobbi Brown $257 + bag
2,000 Benefit $186 + bags
2,000 Stila $264 + bag + booklet
5,000 Georgio Armani $816 + bag
5,000 Elizabeth and James $1,010
5,000 Formula X $800
5,000 Too Faced $588 + 2x Bag + 2xNecklace
5,000 Drybar $575
5,000 Tarte $725
5,000 Tory Burch $898
10,000 Marc Jacobs Bag: ~$2,000 + $692 makeup
10,000 MUFE – NYC Trip $596 makeup + trip + class
10,000 Glamglow – LA Trip $531 + trip + tour
10,000 Chloe $563 in beauty + ~$1500 accessories
10,000 Viktor & Rolf Previous sold at Neiman Marcus

for $2,500 USD

10,000 Lancome – Paris Trip $200 giftcards + ~$200 products + trip

(minimally, flights from the US to Paris

usually start around $1,000 each.

10,000 Bvlgari $465 beauty + ~$2,000 bag

Sephora Beauty Box “Play!”

1010-brow-brush-720x720Watch out Birchbox and Ipsy! Sephora is launching their own beauty box called “Play!” And that single word alone describes what I feel every time I enter a Sephora. It is my playground. It’s a place I don’t feel pressured to buy, don’t feel pressured to purchase all from one particular brand. I get to play with products and buy what truly works for me.

Sephora entering into this market seems like a no-brainer. The land of the free sample and deluxe samples for points. I wonder if they will do a play on Birchbox’s service where you give feedback and earn credit toward full size products? Save my points and buy an expensive lipstick or eye shadow pallet?! I’m only guessing but it does seem like a likely approach since that is the reason a lot of Birchbox subscribers stay with the company after receiving seriously small samples that are usually given for free. I cancelled my Birchbox months ago after receiving several boring boxes (I don’t want to sample toothpaste, gum and pens).

Sephora’s Play! will contain five beauty products, cost $10 and contain products based around a particular theme. For September the theme is “Uncover the Essentials”. The box will include a Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion lip gloss, a Marc Jacobs Beauty Highlighter eyeliner, an Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Face Crème, a Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil and a Glamglow Supercleanse cleanser. A Spotify playlist is also included in the contents. Play! is rolling out to the lucky cities: Boston, Columbus and Cincinnati with only 10,000 boxes available. The brand plans to expand to additional cities throughout the US in 2016. Each box will include a “Play! Book” offering beauty tricks and fun facts about the products. Customers will also be about to access content through the Sephora app. It will give customers a one-on-one tutorial on how to use the products.

Until Play! officially launches, I do have a couple of beauty boxes I’m loving!

Glossybox is a high-end beauty box. You get deluxe and full size products and your box is valued at around $100 each month. The cost is $21 a month and very well worth it. Here is a past box

imageAnother new box line is Boxy Charm. They work with the same model as Glossybox, same price, same amount of high end products and they range in value from $100-125 each box. Here is a recent box. I am obsessed with the brow duo and brush!

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Christian Louboutin Launching Lipstick Line in September

louboutin-lip-openerAfter launching a successful nail polish line last year, the world famous shoe designer, Christian Louboutin is launching a line of lipsticks this fall. The line features 36 shades in three different textures – Silky Satin, Velvet Matte, and Sheer Voile – all which are inspired by Louboutin handbags and shoes.

The problem? They’re $90 a lipstick! Ouch! This will certainly hurt my wallet. I love high end beauty products and have been known to have quite a few $35 Yves Saint Laurent lippies, but $90 may be too steep for my blood. I did fall victim to the $50 nail polish in classic Louboutin red and it’s nice, but I don’t think it was worth $50. The bottle is pretty bulky and doubles as a self-defense weapon.

The lipstick cases do look like little works of art. I love the one that looks like a mermaid tail. The cap comes with a small ring at the top through which a ribbon is threaded, so you can turn it into a necklace. Well, I guess there’s justification to the price….it doubles as a necklace.

Christian Louboutin says “This precious object will be coveted by others. Suggesting a purse full of rare and precious stones that could have been discovered in Ali Baba’s cave, it will arouse lust and desire…and is made to be stolen.” Made to be stolen? Great! Now I have to take out insurance on my lipsticks too? This lipstick is getting more and more expensive by the minute. Lol

There are 20 shades in the Silky Satin collection, which offers a medium-to-full-coverage lip color with a satin finish and hint of shine. Velvet Matte features nine colors, is highly pigmented, and has a soft, matte finish. Sheer Voile also comes in nine shades, with a sheer finish for a veil of color with “luminous shine.”

louboutin-lip-openerAnd, because no color collection would be complete without it, each collection contains a signature Rouge Louboutin shade as one of its offerings. Those signature shades will be housed in a black lacquer case, unlike the rest of the line’s golden packaging.

imageThe colors do look amazing! Hopefully Sephora will be quick to follow and you can demo them there. But for now, the lipsticks will be available in September at Saks.