Win a MAC Cosmetics Lipstick and Lipglass!
Our next giveaway is underway! Win a gorgeous MAC Lipstick AND a MAC Lipglass in the shades of your choice! One lucky winner will get both products – two of our very favorites from the MAC product list. They’re especially great when worn together, but can also be used alone depending on the look you’re going for.
So, be sure to enter. You don’t want to miss this one. :)
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Win a Full Set of ‘Insanity: The Asylum’ Workout DVDs!
And… here is another awesome giveaway for you. If you’re wanting to tone up a bit, but don’t have time to make it to the gym, try giving ‘Insanity’ a try. You can do these workouts at home, and they’re actually faster to complete than the P90X workouts you’ve probably heard of.
And we all know, when you feel fit, you feel more positive and confident – the key to true beauty.
You can enter any number of ways. Just use the form below! Best of luck to you all! xoxo
MAC Cosmetics Lipglass Giveaway!
Another MAC Lipglass is up for grabs in this product giveaway! This time, the winner gets to pick the shade of their choice from the available colors on the MAC website. MAC’s lipglass is one of their most popular, versatile products. With multiple ways to enter, this giveaway is a no brainer. Enter when you have a minute. It’s easy peasy!
Get a Free MAC Cosmetics Pigment! October MAC Giveaway…
Pigments are one of our all time favorite MAC Cosmetics products. Use it on your eyelids, cheeks, face, shoulders, collarbone, arms, wherever!
This giveaway ends on the 31st at midnight, EST. You can enter a whole bunch of ways. Each one is listed below. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win!
Good luck to everyone!
Win a Free MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in This Giveaway!
The girls over at FreeMakeup&BeautySamples.com are hosting a giveaway for a MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Oyster Girl (one of my FAV shades). This shade is a must-own color for sure. This is their first giveaway, so the number of entrants is bound to be lower.. which means YOU have a much better chance of winning! Entering is super easy. Just follow the instructions below! Good luck everyone :)
Get the Top Rated Sedu Flat Iron for 50% Off – Limited Time Offer
Over at SeduFlatIronsOnline.com you can now get the top rated Sedu Revolution BCA flat iron for 50% OFF. High end straighteners from brands like Sedu, Chi and others usually run anywhere from $150 – $250. With the discount at seduflatironsonline.com, the final price is only $79.99. This is the biggest discount we have EVER seen on this top rated flat iron, so if you’ve ever even thought about getting a high end flat iron, this is your chance to get one for less.
Sedu is considered the top hair straightener brand by many top gurus in the industry. Sedu irons have been featured in Allure and many other top beauty and fashion magazines. This offer is only good until May 15, 2011.
MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Coupon Code: MILAN 11
For free shipping on your next order from maccosmetics.com, simply enter coupon code MILAN11 at checkout. This offer is good only until April 3, 2011. Enjoy!
Free MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in Prrr – Product Giveaway
Update: Congratulations to Esther C. from Monroe, New York – the winner of our April MAC Lipglass Giveaway!
As one of our favorite all time glosses, we decided to feature MAC Cosmetics Lipglass in our first SoKiss&Makeup.com Giveaway. One winner will receive a free MAC Lipglass in the shade Prrr, a delightful, neutral, peachy-pink shade. The giveaway ends on April 20!
To enter, do one or more of the following. You can enter as many ways as you like. Then, send us an email listing each of the ways you entered. The winner will be notified by email from the email address provided, so you must send us your entries by email for your entries to be valid.
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* Be sure to include the url of your blog in your giveaway entry email.
This deadline to enter is 12pm PST on April 20, 2011. Winner will be chosen randomly and posted on this page once the winner has confirmed. This Giveaway is open only to U.S. residents only. You must be 18 or older to participate. Winner will be notified by email. Winner must respond within 48 hours. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of the notified participant and new winner will be chosen randomly. One win per 90 days. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Free Sample of Chanel’s Sublimage La Creme Anti Aging Face Cream
La Creme hydrates deeply and nourishes your skin. It also simultaneously firms and tones your skin as well. The creme contains a new patent pending ingredient that, according to Chanel, “allows for the creation of Enriched Planifolia PFA – an ultra-pure cosmetic active ingredient”.
This promotion is good only until March 31st, or while supplies last!
MAC: Future Face Collection
Release Date: February 17th, 2011
International Release Date: March 2011
M∙A∙C forges ahead with a three-in-one force: Powder, Foundation and Tinted Moisturizer all together. A broad, all-inclusive shade range means M∙A∙C Artists can cover everybody, one beautiful conquest at a time. Call your clients most in need of convincing, and watch what happens!
MAC’s newest collection not only focuses on your face now but it is all about the future as well. If we aren’t doing all we can to take care of our beauty and preserve it for the future, we’ll be disappointed when that time comes. The collection “Future Face” combines skin care products and makeup products that are beautiful and healthy for the skin. The combination will leave you looking great now with flawless skin, and great in the future with flawless skin free from the aging affects of daily life.
The collection is somewhat small compared to many other collections that MAC releases. There is a pressed powder, a liquid foundation, the return of the tinted moisturizer and a couple of brushes. I love collections like this where the whole thing really does go together. I want to buy one of everything so I have the complete “set” to moisturize and keep my face looking great now and for the future.
Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder is the new product. Is it makeup or skin care; that is the question? It offers sheer to medium coverage depending on what you want or need. The powder is supposed to nourish as it covers allowing your face to look beautiful now while still preserving the beauty for the future. The powder has a very smooth finish so you there won’t be people paying attention to the dry powder look as the day goes on into the night.
Another great thing about this new Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder is that it can either be used all by itself or with other products as well. You can apply it over the liquid foundation or in addition to the moisture tint. It’s easy to carry around in your purse for touch ups through the day. So how is the powder so healthy for your skin? It has a unique blend of botanicals including Safflower Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Lecithin. The powder is also very versatile since it is okay for all skin types.
The Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder is getting a lot of attention. It could quite possibly revolutionize the way most of us think about pressed powders. I know that I am very excited about it. I have always liked the convenience and ease of a pressed powder, but haven’t always liked the way it made my skin look. If it does what it says it does, I am very excited to try it. What do you think? Is the Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder everything it sets out to be?
I’ve listed the complete collection below including the MAC brushes offered. I’ve found you can never go wrong with a MAC brush. Each of these products are joining MAC’s permanents.
Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder
Light—Soft pale beige
Light Plus—Pale golden beige
Medium—Soft creamy beige
Medium Plus—Tan beige
Medium Dark—Caramel beige
Medium Deep—Rich golden tan
Dark Deep—Rich golden bronze
Studio Fix fluid SPF 15 Foundation
Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15
Medium Plus—Tan beige
Dark Plus—Neutral tan beige
190 Foundation Brush
150 Large Powder Brush
MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Coupon Code: FLAWLESS
Enter promo code FLAWLESS when checking out at maccosmetics.com and get free standard shipping on your order (U.S. addresses only). This offer is only good until January 16, 2011 and is not valid for MAC Pro members or on the purchase of gift cards. Happy MAC shopping!
Get a $10 Credit from Groupon – Limited Time Only
If you haven’t tried Groupon yet, now is definitely the time to check it out. For a limited time only, they are giving brand new customers a $10 credit after their first purchase.
If you love finding good deals on Spa treatments like facials, microdermabrasion, massages and other beauty treatments, you don’t want to miss out: so be sure to sign up today. Groupon sends out daily offers from local Spas, skincare centers, laser centers as well as other types of businesses that are 50% off (or even more) compared to regular price. Each deal is from a business that is located in your area (You’ll set your location preferences when you sign up). It doesn’t cost a thing to sign up and you can also unsubscribe to the emails at any time. The special offer ends January 18, so the first purchase must be made by the 18th to qualify for the $10 credit.
We’ve found so many of our fav spa locations, beauty treatments, health clubs and restaurants this way. Most of us wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to go very often. With Groupon’s unbeatable specials, you get a chance to test out a few new spots, or to simply pamper yourself when a deal comes along that you simply can’t pass up.
How to Spot Fake MAC Cosmetics Products
If you are looking to save a bit of money on your MAC makeup addiction, you might be tempted to take advantage of some of the deals you can find online. While it is possible to find some good bargains on MAC on places like eBay, counterfeit MAC is becoming increasingly more common. Here are a few tips on how to identify counterfeit MAC Cosmetics and avoid buying fake MAC items.
First, trust your instincts. If a price sounds good to be true, you should look at the item with a very skeptical eye. It’s extremely difficult to find true bargains on MAC Cosmetics products these days. If it’s just a few dollars off of retail, it is more likely to be legitimate. If it’s a limited edition pigment from 1999 being sold for $2 new in box, you can rule it out right away.
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In order to determine the validity of the item in question, you need to examine it closely. If buying online, you should request pictures from the seller of the item from several angles including the top, bottom, side view, inside of lid, and the box. You need to compare these with original items either from your own collection or using pictures found online. There are a lot of subtle differences that fake MAC makeup products carry.
The packaging is one area where fakes tend to stand out if you know what to look for. For example, many counterfeit MAC eyeshadows come in a pot that looks suspiciously like the real thing… until you notice the compartment with the mirror and applicator underneath. MAC pot shadows never come with applicators or mirrors yet somehow this is very common on fakes. Also, the lid on many fake MAC shadows has a higher dome and opens at a smaller angle than real MAC shadows.
The packaging can offer several clues as well. Often counterfeit MAC boxes will have a very convincing MAC logo but the font on the rest of the box is very different from that of legitimate MAC boxes. Because many of these fakes are manufactured in other countries, you can often spot misspellings on the packaging as well. In some cases, the dimensions of the boxes might be different than real boxes too. If you suspect an item is not real MAC, pore over it very carefully before committing to buy it. Compare the item in question with one that you know is real and scrutinize the size, shape, writing, color and finish of the lid, weight, and scent.
Another tip-off to potentially fake MAC items is the source. Legitimate MAC products can be purchased from MAC counters, MAC stores, MAC’s official website, and Cosmetics Company Outlet stores. Sometimes individuals will sell their MAC items secondhand for extra cash online. eBay is a overrun with MAC items but the sad truth is that many of these are counterfeit. When shopping for MAC on eBay, look at the seller’s history. Check their feedback carefully for complaints of counterfeits. Look at the other items they are selling. If they have hundreds of new MAC items up for sale, especially without boxes, there is a good chance what they are selling isn’t MAC at all.
Unfortunately, you have to do a bit of detective work when you are buying MAC from unofficial sources. Counterfeit MAC makeup items are not just poor quality imitations of the real thing. Some of these items might even contain ingredients that can irritate your skin or eyes. Truly good deals on MAC are few and far between but if you look very carefully, you can still find a few bargains.
Smashbox: Free Waterproof Eye Shadow Palette and Free Express Shipping!
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Smashbox is running a couple of splendid limited time makeup offers. The first is a FREE Waterproof Eye Shadow Palette ($40 value) with any $25 purchase. This offer is valid 12/12-12/19 or while supplies last. Also, if you end up spending $50 or more, you will receive FREE Express Shipping with your order. This offer is good from 12/12-12/19. Simply enter coupon code SHIPFAST at checkout!
How to Create Your Own Eyeshadow Palette
For a lot of makeup fans, eyeshadows can be hard to resist. You might go to a cosmetics counter to pick up something else but while you’re standing there waiting for the sales associate to ring you up, there they are… dozens of pretty, fresh eyeshadows begging you to buy them. The next thing you know, you’re at home trying to find a place in your already-overflowing makeup drawer for your newest five shadows. If this sounds like you, it’s time to make your own eyeshadow palette.
Making your own eyeshadow palette makes sense for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s very practical because it frees up space in your cosmetics drawers. Even if you end up using this newly empty space to justify future makeup purchases, you still have to admit it’s handy. If a lot of your eyeshadows are from MAC, this is also a good idea from an economic standpoint because once you take the eyeshadow pans out of the pots, you can return the empty pots to MAC and get a free lipstick as part of their recycling program.
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Perhaps the best reason to make an eyeshadow palette is because this enables you to group colors that go together well all in one place so you can apply them more easily. It can actually take a fair amount of time to shuffle through your makeup drawers and dig out different colors to see if they look good together every day. When you make a palette, you do all the matching work beforehand and then you have everything laid out together for the future. This also helps you use up those colors that you always seem to forget about. Depending on the size of your collection, you could make a few palettes of different color families such as a warm, cool or neutral eyeshadow palette, a summer vs. winter eyeshadow palette, as well a few others like a neon, bright, shimmer, cream or matte eyeshadow palette.
This task will be easiest if most of your shadows are the same size. Many cosmetics brands sell empty palettes that their shadows can fit into. If your shadows are various sizes or from different manufacturers, or if you want to include blushes or other products, you can always make a homemade palette. This is also a great way to save some money. All you need is an empty CD case and some magnetic sheets, which you can pick up from craft or office stores for a few dollars. Take out the plastic piece that holds the CD (this is usually black) and trace it onto the magnetic sheet. Then cut out the piece of magnet and glue it into the CD case. Some eyeshadow pans will stick to the magnet on their own. If not, you will need to cut out some magnetic strips and stick them to the bottom of the shadow pans.
If the shadow comes in some type of compact or other packaging, it will be necessary to remove the shadow from the pot first. This can usually be accomplished by carefully melting the glue underneath the pan. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to de-pot eyeshadows by MAC and other brands. Alternatively, you can often buy shadows in simple pan format. Pan eye shadows are available from MAC on their main maccosmetics.com website as well as their macpro.com website.
It’s always a good idea to label your shadows when you make a palette. It might not seem important now but once you hit the pan and need to replace a shade, you may not be able to remember the name of the color. When you make your palette, create a color guide on a sheet of paper. Make swatches of each color in the same order that they appear in your eye palette and write the name of the shade underneath. Use a piece of paper the same size as a CD booklet and simply insert it into the cover of the CD case. Then close the CD case and there you have it: your very own homemade custom color eyeshadow palette!