Limited Time Only: Invitation Codes to Member-Only Online Designer Sales with Bonus Credits!

Friday, November 28th, 2008 | General, Lingerie, Sales, Skincare, Stores | 1 Comment

The latest development in online shopping is member-only websites selling designer products at large discounts. These member-only shopping sites, such as and, notify their members of the online sales on a per-designer basis, but there’s a catch: each online sale only lasts for a limited time before “closing.”

These member-only sites work largely on the basis of generating urgency and feelings of exclusivity, and certain products sell out quite quickly. Unfortunately, sites such as often do not ship products until well after the end of the sales period, so shoppers may have to give up some shipping speed in exchange for prices that are usually 50-70% off retail.

Here are some limited time only invitation codes provided by InStyle Magazine: code: “instyle” (membership plus $20 off first purchase) until December 1, 2008.
Gilt Groupe invite: go to (membership plus $10 off first order) until November 31, 2008.

[While these offers have ended, you can still use this Gilt Groupe invitation link from Meilily to join Gilt and start shopping designer sales!)

So, in the name of research, I used these invitation codes from the November 2008 issue of InStyle magazine and signed up › Continue reading

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25% off Beauty, Skincare, and More at BeautyHabit!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 | General | Comments Off on 25% off Beauty, Skincare, and More at BeautyHabit!

I am very excited about this latest discount code:  Use code BHCANDY for 25% off at This discount for Daily Candy readers goes until November 30, 2008.

BeautyHabit carries some harder-to-find brands like Paul & Joe [dying to try their products], Strange Invisible Perfumes, Komenuka Bijin, Tracie Martyn Skincare, and more. So, this is a good time to try these high-end brands, especially since beauty discount codes historically have only gone up to 20% off. Don’t forget to check the BeautyHabit site for their monthly specials too!

Paul & Joe Beaute is also available on BeautyHabit through ShopStyle –

[Thanks to Yummie Bitez for posting about the code and her Paul & Joe haul.]

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Teachers and Students Get 15% off J.Crew!

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 | General, Sales, Stores | 1 Comment

Know any fashionable teachers or students out there? Well, J.Crew is offering all teachers and college students a 15% discount off of any in-store purchase. This is a great ongoing, but little-known, discount for teachers (with a valid school ID) and students (with a valid student ID).

J.Crew currently does not seem to limit the use of the discount, except to purchases in-store with proper ID, so it is a great discount to combine with a J.Crew sale.

[I tried using the 15% student discount on top of a storewide 20% off sale, and it worked quite easily!]

Meilily says:  Save Beautifully!

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Get Discounts for Recycling Empty Tarte Cosmetics Packaging!

Friday, November 7th, 2008 | General, Makeup, Sales, Stores | 3 Comments

Tarte Customer Recycling Incentive Discount

Meilily Deal Tip: Tarte Customer Recycling Incentive Discount

Recycling + Shopping Discounts = Good!

Tarte Cosmetics has begun offering their customers incentives to recycle their empty Tarte product packaging.  Tarte’s customer recycling incentive program offers various discounts off of future purchases when customers send back their empty bottles, tubes, or tins of Tarte products.

Currently the Tarte recycling incentive applies only to returns of packaging from certain products, but that is understandable as only certain material is recyclable.  Though the recycling discounts are currently limited to future purchases from Tarte of a similar product type, the discounts will definitely help motivate me to send in my tube of Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20 Foundation once it is empty.  Since Smooth Operator is one of my favorite foundations (in Incognito), and since I already plan on repurchasing more of it, the Tarte recycling discount is like the cherry on the cupcake.  I just have to remember to do it!

How the Tarte Recycling Incentive Program Works: › Continue reading

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Election Day 2008! Get Beautiful and Vote!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 | General | 1 Comment

Election Day 2008!  Put on that lipstick and vote beautifully!

Election Day 2008! Put on that lipstick and vote beautifully!

Paint your lips, paint your toes, paint your fingernails, and go vote!

Don’t forget!  Today is the day to cast your vote in one of our most important presidential elections ever! Exciting!

With my toes painted in OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques grey nail polish, I went and voted early, last week.  While submitting my vote wasn’t going to enter me in a raffle to win some gigantic beauty basket overflowing with my favorite things from Sephora, it still felt good waiting my turn and casting my ballot.

Meilily says:  Vote beautifully!

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Hello beautiful world!

Thursday, October 16th, 2008 | General | 2 Comments

First Post

As with first dates, first posts are somewhat awkward and nerve-wracking, yet extremely hopeful – filled with the hope that all of those grand schemes and quiet desires will come to fruition.

Do I have arugula in my teeth? How do I look? Uh oh, awkward lull in the conversation – help!

To break the ice, or at least chip away at it, let me tell you about one of my internet “first dates.”

My very first online purchase

Back in the day of shrieking modems and questionable dial-up connections, I got up the nerve to go online and purchase something from the vast unknown that was “the world wide web.” The first object of my online affections? › Continue reading

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