Beauty Around the Web: Week of March 30, 2009

Saturday, April 4th, 2009 | Contests, General | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Week of March 30, 2009

April is here! Here are some highlights in beauty around the web starting off the month:

Meilily brings you Beauty Tips: How to Look as Fantastic as Cindy Crawford in the Latest Allure Photo Spread, with Meilily’s top tips for looking healthy, strong, and beautiful.

The ladies of LA Pretty are massaging their derrierès with diamonds thanks to La Mer. Get all the details on this luxurious new product!

The Informed Makeup Maven looks at the Mascara Wars, Tarte and Stila’s Primer and talks her fave lipglosses and blushes. IMM wants to know your must have blush for a chance to win a “Yes” to Carrots body scrub.

The Makeup Divas are giving away some MAC Sugarsweet products! So head on over and ENTER today!

Beauty Anonymous reviews Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 PA++.

Beauty Junkies Unite recaps Queen Latifah’s birthday party and shares makeup artist Sam Fine’s tips to recreate Queen’s beautiful birthday look!

The Shades Of U is holding an Easter GIVEAWAY Contest with MAC items as prizes! Enter to win!

Check out eye4style‘s favorite new “cheap thrill,” Dove Go Fresh Burst Body Wash!

Erin of Scandalous Beauty presents a detailed guide to MAC foundations and concealers with no sugar coating or additives!

It’s Finest Hour Week at Beauty Blogging Junkie! Click here to find out what hair and makeup products Amber recommends for promtastic gorge-osity..

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Beauty Tips: How to Look as Fantastic as Cindy Crawford at 43 in the Latest Allure Photo Spread!

Monday, March 30th, 2009 | Beauty Tips, Skincare | 8 Comments

The April 2009 issue of Allure Magazine includes a surprise spread featuring none other than legendary supermodel Cindy Crawford looking fantastic and fit.  Not only does 40+ Cindy Crawford look youthful in the Allure photos, but she also looks healthy, in a supermodel-esque way.

Healthy Beauty: Cindy Crawford in Allure April 2009

Healthy Beauty: Cindy Crawford in Allure April 2009

This latest photo spread in Allure Magazine is an excellent example of how healthy beauty is currently “in.” It looks like the days of fast food replacing home-cooked meals or of the waif-ish stick silouette replacing the hourglass figure may truly be gone. We could even start finding ourselves looking for new icons of beauty – beauty in health and beauty in strength.  The striking Allure photograph of Cindy Crawford ripping apart a loaf of bread wearing a bikini definitely illustrates such iconic beauty in health and in strength, featuring toned muscles, glowing smooth skin, and… rustic organic whole grain bread.

How to achieve such a youthful, healthy look?

Meilily’s Tips for Looking Healthy, Strong, and Beautiful:

Meilily Tip 1. Keep your body well-rested – Who’s going to care that your friends stayed up all night partying 2 days in a row (while you stayed in and got your beauty sleep) when you show up at the next event looking amazing? Meilily thinks sleeping in is the best beauty treatment ever!

Meilily Tip 2. Take a chill pill and give your head a break – Why stress out over little things that don’t matter? Research has shown that the body responds better to allergens when it has less stress and more rest. Plus, red, itchy skin is never attractive! —› › Continue reading

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Latest Beauty Deals: Becca 25% Off, Free Tarte Lash Curler, Rodial Bum Lift Offer & More!

Friday, March 27th, 2009 | Free Stuff, Makeup, Sales, Skincare, Stores | Comments Off on Latest Beauty Deals: Becca 25% Off, Free Tarte Lash Curler, Rodial Bum Lift Offer & More!

Meilily Deals Alert! Just wanted to let you know about these beauty deals (there are a bunch)!

Becca Cosmetics is having a rare site-wide 25% off sale until March 29, 2009 with code SPRINGFLING09. If you miss this sale, the latest Becca products can also be found at shops like Makeup.com and NeimanMarcus.com.

Tarte Cosmetics is offering a free Tarte Eyelash Curler with the purchase of select Tarte lash products online, using code CURLER. This $15 value gift offer expires March 31, 2009.

Skinstore.com exclusive Rodial special: “Pre-order Rodial Bum Lift today and get FREE Glam Balm Wipes ($19 Value).” Ok, so wouldn’t you like to look like this product image? Click image for more offer details:

Rodial Bum Lift Offer at Skinstore.com

Beautyhabit has a rare free shipping code for orders over $40. Use code SPRINGCLEAN until April 10, 2009, and don’t forget to check out their Clearance Sale.

Bliss offer extended: Receive a free full sized blood orange+white pepper body butter ($35.00 value) with your order of $75 or more at BlissWorld.com! Offer ends 4.30.09. Or get 15% off and free shipping on any Bliss or Laboratoire Remede purchase of $50 with code 039908 until March 29, 2009.

MAC Cosmetics free shipping deal: “Purchase any product featured in M·A·C SS09 and receive free shipping… No offer code necessary. This offer is valid through … May 4, 2009.”

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Victoria’s Secret Goes Au Natural: Introducing Naturally Victoria’s Secret + Free Tote Offers

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009 | Free Stuff, Product Launches, Skincare, Stores | Comments Off on Victoria’s Secret Goes Au Natural: Introducing Naturally Victoria’s Secret + Free Tote Offers

Introducing Naturally Victoria's Secret

Introducing Naturally Victoria

Meilily Free Stuff Alert!
While the name “Victoria’s Secret” and the term “natural beauty” may not be totally synonymous, lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret may now be trying to change that with the launch of their new natural beauty line called Naturally Victoria’s Secret.

The Naturally line, available now in stores and online starting April 1, is supposed to feature products with natural ingredients in five light scents, though as yet it is still unclear to me what else they might be bringing to the table when it comes to natural beauty products. (I guess I will just have to check out the line in person and post here later!)

So, to kick off the launch of Naturally, Victoria’s Secret is giving customers free stuff when they purchase Naturally Victoria’s Secret products in stores.  (The gift with purchase is valued at $38.)

What:  Free Tote & Deluxe Samples with $25 Naturally Victoria’s Secret Purchase
When:  March 24 – April 4, 2009
Where: At Victoria’s Secret Stores Only (not online)

Victoria’s Secret has been selling beauty products made by other brands alongside their own beauty products for a while now, but the launch of the Victoria’s Secret Naturally line may be an indication that Victoria’s Secret is —› › Continue reading

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OPI Breathe Life Nail Lacquer Helps the Lung Cancer Foundation of America

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 | Beauty and Awareness, Hot Happenings, Nail Polish, Product Picks | 1 Comment

Meilily New Product Alert!

Introducing LCFA & OPI Breathe Life Nail Lacquer

Nail polish maker, OPI, has announced their new nail polish called Breathe Life, developed specifically to help the Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA). OPI’s Breathe Life nail polish was created for the Lung Cancer Foundation of America to increase awareness about lung cancer, with OPI  making a donation to the Foundation to help find a cure and even sponsoring ads for the campaign.

Available starting April 1, 2009, the new OPI Breathe Life LCFA shade appears to be a soft cloudy sky blue color that looks intriguingly wearable for a blue nail polish. Given that practically any shade of blue nail polish is fashionable right now, OPI’s Breathe Life nail polish may be launching at just the perfect time.

To find out more about the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, see their website at LCFAmerica.org, the LCFA lung cancer facts page, and the LCFA Breathe Life campaign information page.

More about OPI Breathe Life Nail Polish:  Essie (Sag Harbor) Shade Comparison & Swatches —› › Continue reading

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Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour

Friday, March 20th, 2009 | General | Comments Off on Beauty Around the Web: Total Beauty Web Tour

Happy Spring Equinox! Here are some highlights in beauty around the web to get you through the first weekend of Spring (in the northern hemisphere):

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Beauty Anonymous looks forward to Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup line.

Meilily brings you a new Product Pick: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love with exclusive Product Photos!

A Little More Beautiful is Giving Away BOTH amazing books by Nina Garcia, The Little Black Book of Style and The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own! You can enter until March 30th! Also, check out the tips for getting Great Skin this Spring starting with discovering you’re own personal skin type!

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day “Green” Giveaway. Enter now to win three fabulous “Green” Jurlique products.

The Informed Makeup Maven is top to toe coconut with Bumble and Bumble, Philosophy, The Bodyshop, Reniu and contemplates mass market prestige beauty. Post your fave drugstore fave foundation to win a Rimmel Recover foundation and Suki UV blot papers, Makeup Maven summer staples.

Fashion week each season lasts only 7 days, but the AdviceSisters® exclusive 2009 Fashion Week features, photos & video lasts forever! View more than 20 special Features from your own, “front row” seat– plus backstage coverage of hair, nails, makeup and (how-to) for everyone from Carolina Hererra to Christian Siriano!.

More than a Pretty Face presents a very special introductory offer for its readers: 40% off Daniel Chinchilla Cosmetics, which launched this month. Daniel Chinchilla Cosmetics features 3 types of foundation in 16 different shades, cover-up trios in 5 different shades, and bronzers in two different shades. There’s something for every skin tone and type!

Beauty Junkies Unite gives in to the eyelash growth serum craze and tries NeuLash Active Eyelash Technology. Come check out the before & after pics and decide if the price is worth it for yourself! How much is too much to spend on lashes?

Win a free Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara from Makeup Files’ first ever makeup giveaway!

Hot Beauty Health shares some great tips and recipes on eating your way to beautiful skin. Watch it now!

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Bliss Giveaway: Free Coffee & Free Best of Skintentions Sample in Select Cities!

Monday, March 16th, 2009 | Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Skincare | Comments Off on Bliss Giveaway: Free Coffee & Free Best of Skintentions Sample in Select Cities!

Bliss World, LLC

The beauty gurus at Bliss have done it again! To celebrate those daily essentials – coffee and sun protection – Bliss will be giving away a free cup of coffee and a free Bliss sample of Best of Skintentions on March 18, 2009 at a limited number of coffee shops throughout the US.

Event: Bliss Free Coffee & Free Sample Giveaway
When: March 18, 2009
Where: Select local coffee shops in four US cities (Sweet Joanna’s in San Francisco, Bistro 320 in New York, Caffe Baci in Chicago, and Elysse Cafe in Los Angeles)
For more details and giveaway locations check out the Free Coffee flyer from Bliss.

I actually found out about this special Bliss giveaway event pretty randomly; I was sitting in my local coffee shop —› › Continue reading

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Product Pick & Photos: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Fragrance, Photos, Product Picks | 10 Comments

Meilily Product Pick:  Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love

Meilily Product Pick: Harajuku Lovers Fragrance in Love

Meilily Product Pick and Product Photos!

Harajuku Lovers is an award-winning fragrance line by Gwen Stefani and Coty, inspired by playful girlish street styles from Japan’s fashionable Harajuku district and by Gwen Stefani’s backup dancers. The Harajuku Lovers fragrance line includes six unique fragrances bottled in sugary cute packaging, each representing a unique girl and a unique style. The scents are named Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby, and G.

My favorite scent from Harajuku Lovers is Love, a light yet complex musky fruity-floral. Keep reading for my more detailed review of the scent….

The best part is that the Harajuku Lovers Love bottle is extremely cute as you can see in these additional photos of the 10ml (.33 oz.) bottle… —› › Continue reading

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Win Essie Nail Polish & Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Glamour Magazine

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | Contests, Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Nail Polish, Product Picks | Comments Off on Win Essie Nail Polish & Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Glamour Magazine

Essie Mademoiselle

Meilily Free Stuff & Deal Alert! The first 5,000 people to enter the Essie Glamour Magazine Sweepstakes online will win a mini bottle of Essie “Glamour Do” pink polish, in celebration of Glamour Magazine’s 70th Anniversary!  If you like Essie Mademoiselle nail polish (one of my favorites and an InStyle 2009 Best Beauty Buys winner), you’ll probably also like Glamour Do, a light pink shade.

Even if you don’t win Essie polish, Glamour currently has a great Anniversary subscription special:  You can get 12 issues of Glamour Magazine for only $1.50 (the price in 1939)!  Now that’s amazing!

Essie Glamour Sweepstakes starts today, March 10, 2009.

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Contest Alert: Win a Setoso Skincare Set – Setoso’s Daylight Savings “Get Your Hour Back” Sweepstakes

Friday, March 6th, 2009 | Contests, Skincare | 1 Comment

Setoso Skincare: Eye Balm & Serum Balm

Setoso Skincare: Eye Balm & Serum Balm

Meilily Contest Alert!

I just found out about this new skincare brand called Setoso, and if you know me, you know I love effective and easy-to-use products.  I can’t wait to try some Setoso skincare!

In the meantime, I want to mention that Setoso is currently running a giveaway contest in recognition of Daylight Savings time, which is this weekend.

From now until March 14, 2009, you can enter Setoso’s Daylight Savings “Get Your Hour Back” Sweepstakes to win a set of Setoso skincare products.

Daylight Savings Giveway Details from Setoso:

“Enter to win the EyeBalm and SerumBalm and all you have to do is click and answer “What Would You Do With An Extra Hour”. http://tinyurl.com/dn2a2g

Want a 2nd and 3rd entry? Post the link on Twitter & Facebook and you’ll have more chances to win.”

To find out more about Setoso check out the Setoso Story.

Good Luck!

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Great Lancome Gift a La Carte at Bloomingdale’s: Choose Your 7 Beauty Products and Cosmetics Bag

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 | Free Stuff, Hot Happenings, Makeup, Skincare, Stores | Comments Off on Great Lancome Gift a La Carte at Bloomingdale’s: Choose Your 7 Beauty Products and Cosmetics Bag

Meilily:  Bloomingdales Lancome Gift a La Carte

Meilily: Bloomingdales Lancome Gift a La Carte

Right now at Bloomingdale’s you can get a really nice Lancome a La Carte gift with $35 purchase that you can customize by choosing 7 Lancome beauty items (out of 11 choices) and selecting either a white or black cosmetics bag.  This Bloomingdale’s Lancome gift with purchase might even be better than the amazing Nordstrom Estee Lauder gift with purchase from last year.

How to get the Bloomingdale’s Lancome a La Carte Gift

Just go to Bloomingdales.com and add $35 worth of Lancome products to your cart, and the Lancome a La Carte gift options will automatically appear in the cart details page.  From there, you will see 8 individual gift items in your cart, with a drop-down menu for you to choose your items.

Keep reading for a list of the Lancome gift with purchase products and more details… —› › Continue reading

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First Lady Michelle Obama on the Cover of Vogue March 2009

Monday, March 2nd, 2009 | General, Photos | 1 Comment

Meilily: Michelle Obama on the Cover of Vogue March 2009

Meilily: Michelle Obama on the Cover of Vogue March 2009

The March 2009 issue of Vogue Magazine features an historic and inspirational cover photograph of First Lady Michelle Obama, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.  Looking relaxed, confident and real in the cover photograph, Michelle Obama is poised and calm in repose, wearing a beautiful magenta silk dress by Jason Wu.

It just might be true that Michelle Obama really is “the First Lady the world’s been waiting for” as Vogue Magazine has dubbed her.  Michelle Obama, who can pull off wearing both designer fashions as well as off-the-rack clothing from J. Crew and White House | Black Market, does not come across as stiff or guarded as First Ladies sometimes can.  We just can’t seem to get enough of First Lady Michelle Obama’s reachable style and down-to-earth presence.

Moreover, if the Michelle Obama March Vogue cover is any indication, this spring we are in for a treat, recession or not.  I expect that magentas, fuscias, and wines will be fashionable shades for spring, and that Taiwanese designer Jason Wu, —› › Continue reading

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