Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Barneys New York LOVE YOURSELF Bag Event Details and Step-Up Gifts | March 10-14, 2015

Barneys Love Yourself Bag Event is Pre-selling NOW!
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 **I will be UPDATING this often so bookmark this page**

I know that you have been waiting for details about the upcoming Barneys LOVE YOURSELF Bag Event, and here are some for you!! I will be updating this regularly, and am waiting to hear more about line specific Step-Up Gifts. Online shopping details will become available when the event is about to begin.

-The Bag Event will run from March 10-14, 2015.

-Barneys is already pre-selling- this is the best way to reserve the gift bag and step-up gifts for you.

-If you use your Barneys New York credit card during the pre-sale you can take advantage of Double Points (Double Points is March 2-8).

-The minimum purchase to get the gift bag is $200.00 (this is based upon total pre-tax purchases in the cosmetics & fragrance department- not limited to a single counter or line). If you spend $200.00 before tax from the store shipping is free (US only. Shipping fees apply to international addresses).

-You can order online to get the bag, but the Step-Up Gifts will likely differ. I will bring you that information as soon as it is provided to me.

ONE BAG PER CUSTOMER & WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER.

-Step-up gifts are line specific gifts beyond the gift bag. For instance, if you spend a certain amount of money with a particular line that is participating, then they will give you an additional gift with purchase from their line. There is nearly always a minimum purchase price, and they often give full-sized products- making it all the more tempting. You will still get the Gift Bag even if you spend enough in a particular line to qualify for their step up gift.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (if you have more questions- just ask!):

Q: Is the $200.00 minimum for the gift bag before or after tax?
A: It is a pre-tax minimum.

Q: Is it really that important that I pre-purchase what I want?
A: It certainly is a good idea. Things sell out quickly during this event, and they quite often run out of the really hot step-up gifts (sometimes before the sale even officially begins).

Q: Will there be any free international shipping for this event?
A: I was told that free shipping is US only if you spend $200.00 pretax.

Q: If you could give me one piece of advice about the Bag Event, what would it be?
A: Set a realistic budget that you can live with and afford, and stick to it! The Bag Event happens twice a year-- you can do it again! Make a list of what you want and do your best to stick to it-- otherwise it can become a very very expensive event, trust me.

Q: Is there an advantage to ordering from a store over the phone rather than online (since I don't have a store near me)?
A: That depends, but there can be. Here's why: a) First of all, if they sell out of what you want online it may take some time for you to receive notification since they sell so much during these events. This can sometimes mean that you find out after the Bag Event ends, and thus you miss out on the event altogether,  b) Sales associates often add in other samples, and often include their business cards so that you can establish a relationship with them (and then they call you to alert you of specials, pull step-up gifts for you etc.). Trust me, this makes all of the difference in the world, and c) You can be eligible for free shipping with in-store over the phone purchases (provided that you make the $200.00 shipping minimum to a US address). HOWEVER, the online Love Yourself Event features different (and FABULOUS) line specific Step-Up gifts, and the convenience of shopping online cannot be sufficiently underscored. The best way to optimize your online shopping experience is to order sooner rather than later so that you get what you want before things begin to sell out. This is an AMAZING event and so many people shop the event in-store and online that things can sell out very fast!

These Step-Up Gifts are those currently available at the Beverly Hills location at (310) 276-4400 Ext. 5613 (not online) and at The NYC Madison Avenue location (212) 833-2004 and (212) 833-2005
Love Yourself Gift Bag 
Now for the Gift Bags themselves!
This time Barneys is doing something altogether different, and it is very exciting! They have TWO Love Yourself Gift Bags to choose from: One for men and one for women. If you are interested in the men's gift bag, you will need to act fast because they are in very limited quantity! Both gift bags are denim.
RADIANT GIFT BAG FOR WOMEN:
CONTENTS:
  • Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel (Full size 6.7 oz.)
  • Valery Joseph Hair Spray (Travel size 2 oz.)
  • 3LAB The Perfect Cream (Deluxe sample)
  • Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream (Deluxe sample)
  • Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer (Deluxe sample)
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (Mini)
  • La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel (Deluxe sample)
  • Révive Moisturizing Renewal Extreme (Deluxe sample)
  • Moroccanoil Treatment Light (Deluxe Sample)
  • Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads (Deluxe sample of 15)
  • Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy Mascara (Sample)
  • Givenchy Phenomen'Eyes Mascara in Deep Black (Sample)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil (Deluxe sample)
  • Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Pretty (Mini)
  • TATCHA Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers (Full size 30 Sheets)
  • Deborah Lippman Nail Polish (Mini in different colors)
  • NARS Restorative Night Treatment (Mini sample)
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes (Mini sample)
  • L'Artisan Perfumeur La Chasse Aux Papillon (Mini sample)
  • Mila Moursi Cryo Serum Ice Cube Infusion (Mini Sample)
  • Sisley Ecological Compound (Mini sample)
  • Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream (Mini sample)
  • Replica Fragrance (Mini sample)
  • Helmut Lang Cuiron Fragrance (Mini sample)
HANDSOME GIFT BAG FOR MEN:
CONTENTS:
  • Rituals Samurai Foaming Shower Gel (Full size 6.7 oz.)
  • Scaramouche & Fandango Hydrator with Anti-Fatigue Chronodyn Cell Energizer & Vitamin E (3.3 oz.)
  • Tom Ford After Shave Balm (2.5 oz.)
  • Blind Barber Shave Cream (1.2 oz.)
  • Costume National Homme Eau de Parfum (Deluxe Sample)
  • Ulrich Lang New York Anvers Fragrance (1.7 oz.)
  • Byredo Oud Immortel (0.4 oz.)
  • Martial Vivot Shampoo (1 oz.)
  • Molton Brown Suma Ginseng Body Wash (1 oz.)
  • Antonia's Flowers Rocca Cologne (1 oz.)
  • Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Moisturizer (1 oz.)
  • Moroccanoil Treatment Light (Sample)
  • La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel (Sample)
  • Atkinsons Oud Save the King (Mini sample)
  • Sisley Ecological Compound (Mini sample)
  • Helmut Lang (Mini sample)
  • Replica (Mini sample)
**Samples in Gift Bag may vary**

The bags contain a mixture of full-sized products, deluxe samples, and regular sized samples.

I have had several requests about line specific step-up gifts from my beloved readers- so here are a few of them (click on name brand to direct you to their page on the Barneys website). If it is currently left blank that means that I am awaiting information about what the Step-Up Gifts will be, or whether they are having any.

PLEASE NOTE: If you see things that you want you should be aware that Barneys is already pre-selling, and that they may substitute gifts as they begin to sell out. Remember that things sell out very quickly because the LOVE YOURSELF BAG EVENT is a very popular (and fantastic) time to shop. In other words, don't wait too long if you plan to shop the event. Call your local Barneys to find out what Step-Up Gifts they are offering, or call the Beverly Hills or Madison Avenue numbers that I provided to see if they still have what is listed below. If your plan is to shop online, then shop early to get what you want before things begin selling out on the Barneys website.

111SKIN- Spend $300.00 and receive one Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask and a 15ml Nocturnal Cream. Spend $500.00 and receive a full size Daily Orbit Energising Essence ($100.00 value).

3Lab- They are having several tiers of gifts. Spend $400.00 and receive a full size Perfect Hand Cream ($45.00 value). Spend $600.00 and receive a full size Perfect C Treatment Serum ($135.00 value). Spend $800.00 and receive a full size WW Eye Cream ($280.00 value). Spend $1000.00 more and receive all full size H Serum ($235.00 value). Spend $2000.00 and receive any of two full size products listed.

Aesop- No step-up gift. However, your purchases will make you eligible for the gift bag.

Armani Beauty- TBD

Beauty is Life-

BioNova- Spend (awaiting amount) and receive a Three piece set with the Cleanser, Activator & Mask.

By Terry-

Chanel- No step-up gift. However, your purchases will make you eligible for the gift bag. However, call your local counter or the Madison Store to see if they have any samples available when you make a Chanel purchase. (212) 833-2004 and (212) 833-2005

Chantecaille- Spend $275.00 and receive a cosmetic bag with deluxe skincare samples.

Claudio Riaz- Spend $150.00 and receive one full size Instant Pout ($30.00 value). Spend $250.00 and receive two Instant Pouts ($60.00 value).

Clé de Peau Beauté-

Colbert MD- Spend $250.00 and receive a full sized Intensify Facial Disks ($64.00 value).

Davines- No step-up gift. However, your purchases will make you eligible for the gift bag.

Dr. Sebagh- Purchase any two Dr. Sebagh products and receive deluxe samples of Serum Repair Hyaluronic Acid, Supreme Maintenance Youth Serum and Luminous Glow.

Etro- Spend $200.00 and receive a 10 ml. Rajasthan Purse Spray.

Eve Lom- Spend $150.00 and receive a 15 ml. Rescue Mask and a 15 ml. TLC Radiance Cream. Spend $250.00 and receive a 15 ml. Rescue Mask, a 15 ml. TLC Radiance Cream and a 30 ml Cleanser.

Frédéric Malle- No step-up gift. However, your purchases will make you eligible for the gift bag.

Givenchy- Spend $200.00 and receive a Givenchy Cosmetics Pouch with a mini deluxe Le Rouge Lipstick (color not specified). Spend $250.00 and receive a Givenchy Mini Brush Set.

Hourglass- Spend $125.00 and receive Hourglass Pillow Pack with a 5 ml. Veil Mineral Primer and a mini Femme Rouge Lipstick in Grace.

Jin Soon- Buy two polishes and receive a Top Gloss ($18.00 value).

Kai- TBD

Kevyn Aucoin- Spend $125.00 and receive The Eyeshadow Duo #209 in Snow/Coal ($42.00 value).

Kiehl's- Spend $95.00 and receive a Deluxe Sample Set. Spend $150.00 and receive a full size Ultra Facial Cleanser ($20.00) and a full size Ultra Facial Toner ($16.00 value).

Koh Gen Do- Spend $250.00 and receive a little makeup kit.

La Mer- Spend $350.00 and receive Small Miracles, a Four Piece La Mer Set: The Moisturizing Soft Crème (0.2 oz.), The Regenerating Serum (0.17 oz.), The Eye Concentrate (0.1 oz.) and The Reparative Body Lotion (1 oz.).

LightStim- Buy one light and receive a Gift Bag.

MAKE- receive a Dual-Phase Makeup Remover with any MAKE purchase.

Malin+Goetz- TBD

Mila Moursi- Spend $250.00 and receive a 10 ml, deluxe sample of Oxy Cellular Cream. Spend $500.00 and receive a travel size 15 ml. Dual Action Serum.

Molton Brown- Spend $75.00 and receive a 100ml. Orange & Bergamot Body Wash.

NARS- Spend $125.00 and receive a mini Orgasm Blush, a mini Orgasm Lipgloss and a medium size Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. Spend $175.00 and receive a Phillip Lim Nail Pochette.

Natura Bisse- Spend $300.00 and receive the "Great Looks" Deluxe Sample.

NUFace- Spend $199.00 and receive a Serum Trio.

Radical Skincare- Spend $250.00 and receive a full size Radical Hydrating Cleanser ($45.00 value). Spend $500.00 and receive a 15 ml Youth Infusion Age Defying Serum ($85.00 value). Spend $1,000.00 and receive a full size Radical Hydrating Cleanser, a 15 ml. Youth Infusion Age Defying Serum and a full size Instant Revitalizing Mask ($65.00 value) or a sampling of deluxe samples.

REN- Spend $75.00 and receive a full size Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash ($27.00 value).

RéVive- Spend $400.00 and receive Intensite 2.

Rituals- Spend $40.00 and receive a full size Happy Buddha Shower Foam ($15.00 value).

Rodin Olio Lusso- No step-up gift. However, your purchases will make you eligible for the gift bag.

Sachajuan- Spend $40.00 and receive 100 ml Hair Repair.

Serge Lutens- No step-up gift. However, your purchases will make you eligible for the gift bag.

Serge Normant- Receive a travel-size Instant Volumizing Spray with any Serge Normant purchase.

Shiseido- TBD.

Sisley- Spend $200.00 and receive a Sisley Beauty Bag. Spend $500.00 and receive a Sisley Beauty Bag plus a Cosmetic pouch with samples. Spend $1000.00 and receive a  Sisley Beauty Bag plus a Cosmetic pouch with samples, and a full size Creamy Mousse Cleanser Makeup Remover ($120.00 value).

själ- Spend $400.00 and receive kura intuit creme 10 ml., kashmir saphir perfecting mask 10 ml., mineral kalla energy tonic 1 oz., balans deep pore cleanser, amethyst stone and sample packets.

Sunday Riley- Spend $300.00 and receive a Blush, Prismasilk Eye Color & Influencer Mascara.

Surratt- Spend $200.00 and receive a Lipslique in Bandy ($34.00 value).

TATCHA- Spend $200.00 and receive deluxe samples of Ageless Day, Night and Eye Creams. Spend $500.00 and receive deluxe sizes of Luminous Cream, Dewy Mist andCamellia Cleansing Oil. Spend $800.00 and receive a full size Camellia Cleansing Oil and a full size Hand Cream.

The Organic Pharmacy- No step-up gift. However, your purchases will make you eligible for the gift bag.

Tracie Martyn Skincare- Spend $350.00 and receive an Absolute Purity Toner. Spend $650.00 and receive a Firming Serum.

Verso- With any Verso product receive a sample Foaming Cleanser. Spend $100.00 and receive a travel size Foaming Cleanser or Day Cream.

I will be updating this post-- so bookmark it and check it frequently for any updates, or added specials!!

I would not suggest waiting until the last minute to pre-order, because some things really sell quickly during the event-- it's a good idea to call the counters that you are interested in to reserve your bag and all of the goodies that you want to buy.

Until then, if you are planning to partake- might I suggest that you set a realistic budget, check your stash, and make a list. I tend to stalk the Barneys website to help me make my list-- so that might work for you as well.

If you have any questions, post them in the comments section below, and I will try to get an answer for you. This is preferable to emailing me since I invariably am asked the same questions-- so this way everyone gets the answers.

If you want to place an order in store, feel free to call the Beverly Hills Location (310) 276-4400 Ext. 5613 or the NYC Madison Avenue location (212) 833-2004 and (212) 833-2005.

Are you planning on partaking? If so, what are you thinking of getting?

Copyright © 2015 www.lolassecretbeautyblog.com All Rights Reserved.

Monday, March 2, 2015

BBC Top Pick Beauty Reads


  • TheFabZilla: As mesmerizing as the Artic's glaciers, Chantecaille The Glacier Eye Shade Trio is perfect for the neutral-loving gal.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil is a truly amazing velvety smooth luxurious oil, and it's utterly swoon-worthy!
  • Spontaneous Chick: Getting hitched? Spontaneous Chick is sharing her wedding day skin care tips for the bride so that you'll look your best on your big day.
  • Color Me So Crazy: RedCoatTuesday with a Distressed Look Just Like Those Little Liars!!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila shares her picks for the best nail care products under $10!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Simple red and white dotticure.
  • I Know all the Words: Drink your way to better skin with Tea Forte Skin-Smart Single Steeps.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison has found more lippies to love from Jordana for Spring 2015: Twist & Shout Lip Balm Stain & Easyliner pencils in new shades!
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for a cute braided hairstyle for date night? Check out this sweet & sexy side Braid tutorial hair for a perfect romantic look!
  • Sunday, March 1, 2015

    The Beauty Blogazons Top Weekend Picks for Your Reading Pleasure

    Saturday, February 28, 2015

    The Beauty Spotlight Team Wants to Know What's in My Purse

    Purchased by Me, Gifts & Press Samples (Affiliate Links)

    When The Beauty Spotlight Team decided to launch the "What's in My Purse" Series, I was thrilled. I so enjoy such posts, and delight in the voyeuristic thrill of seeing what other people carry around with them. However, what at first seemed like an easy task, soon revealed itself to be a bit more confounding. The problem is I made a deal with myself that if I was going to collect some nice things that I actually needed to use them. I'm interested in enjoying the things that I covet rather than simply storing them in their dust bags and only pulling them out for special occasions.

    I have always had a penchant for beautifully made purses and wallets, and Italian leather goods have been my lifelong preference. The craftsmanship is just superb, and the materials are extraordinary. Furthermore, the attention to detail given to both the areas seen and unseen makes each handmade piece a true masterpiece. Therefore, it became evident to me while I was trying to select a purse to feature that I have been getting equal use out of two purses and two wallet, and thus I opted to show you both.
    The Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Tote was a lovely gift that my mom and sister gave to me, and when I first saw this stunning purple patent leather bag I nearly shrieked at its utter magnificence. As far as I'm concerned it's a triple threat because it's purple (my absolute favorite color my entire life), it's an Yves Saint Laurent purse (I swoon at the thought), and it's patent leather (what's not not love?). While this bag seems to have long ago been discontinued, they can periodically be found at The Real Real (which is precisely where my mom and sister found this gem). In fact, they currently have two available in purple (here and here, but they also have a few others here). Perhaps what is the most surprising about this beauty is the fact that it actually holds a great deal of stuff, and the roomy interior zipper pocket is big enough to house my colossal iPhone 6 Plus. Recently I have been using this purse when I am out and about, and find that I need to carry more things than the mere essentials.

    Description: Purple patent leather Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Tote with gold-tone hardware, dual zippers and snap closures at top, satin lining and single pocket at interior wall with zip closure.

    Measurements: Handle Drop 7", Height 13", Width 13", Depth 1.5"
    I was able to fit a huge makeup bag, an iPad Air in its case, and big wallet, an iPhone 6 Plus and my keys in this YSL purse without any trouble. I don't always carry my iPad, but tend to if I know that I will be going somewhere for a lengthy period of time.
    The contents of my Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Tote when I leave the iPad at home.
    Top to Bottom (Clockwise): Rebecca Minkoff Black Leather Makeup Bag, Saint Laurent Zip Around Wallet, keys and iPhone.
    When I first saw this Saint Laurent Zip Around Wallet I was overjoyed. It is a beautiful example of extraordinary Italian craftsmanship. I chose this burgundy shade called Dark Magenta, but there are several other lovely colors that can be seen here, but the fuchsia (here) and red (here) are particularly gorgeous. This beauty fits everything that I need to carry, and more! It has a roomy interior, ample credit card and bill slots, and is simply extraordinary in every way.

    Description: Classic Saint Laurent Zip Around Wallet with Embossed Saint Laurent Signature and Engraved Discrete Zipper.
    • Dimensions: 8.2 X 4.1 X 0.8 Inches
    • 100% Calf-Skin Leather
    • 2 Bill & 2 Receipt Compartments
    • Zip Around Closure
    • 12 Card Slots, 1 Zip Pocket
    I'm very pleased with this purchase, and even more pleased that I managed to get a sizable discount on mine because they were no longer carrying that color where I purchased it.
    It was love at first sight when I saw the Milly Zig-Zag iPad Case, and I was elated to get it at a deep discount from Barneys New York Warehouse. They seem to have quite a few left, and if you need an iPad Case this is a great one to consider. I find so many great things at the Barneys New York Warehouse, and at a fraction of their original prices. It fits my iPad Air perfectly, and with a little room to spare.

    Milly Shocking Pink/Multi zigzag-print coated-poplin iPad case.
    • Top zip closure
    • Engraved metal logo plaque at front, polished silvertone hardware
    • Padded fabric-lined interior
    • Approximately 10.25" height x 8.00" width x 1.00" depth
    I love the geometric pattern and the fun pops of pink, but it is also a very durable bag that keeps my iPad well protected.
    I received this large black leather Rebecca Minkoff Cosmetics Bag as a gift with purchase during the Bag Event at Neiman Marcus a couple of years ago (featured here), and it has been a favorite ever since. It has enough space to carry an obscene number of lip products, but I did try to demonstrate some degree of restraint here.
    Here's what I am currently carrying in my makeup bag:

    1) Balm Chicky Balm Balm Hot Chocolate Love Lip Balm (reviewed here): I am currently completely obsessed with Balm Chicky Balm Balm Lip Balms! They are moisturizing, and they taste great! My favorite (at this particular moment) is Hot Chocolate Love!

    2) Glee Gum is one of my very favorite brands of gum, and I always have a pack on me!

    3) Susan Thompson Cosmetics Double Mirror Compact (reviewed here): I never leave home without this lovely mirror! It's definitely my very favorite mirror of all time.

    4) Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Lingerie Pink (reviewed here): This is a breathtakingly beautiful light, cool-toned pink that is utter perfection. I love the color, the formula, and the substantial bullet is ultra chic!

    5) Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color in Nude Vanilla (reviewed here and here): This is one of my very favorite lipsticks of all time. As I said in my review, "it is the perfect nude lipstick that possesses a chameleon-like effect because of its ability to melt into the lips and morph into a color that differs a bit from the tube." On me, it becomes a warm pale pink, and I couldn't be happier with it if I tried!

    6) Tom Ford Beauty Lips & Boys Lip Color in Flynn (discussed and swatched here): The entire Lips & Boys Collection was utterly brilliant, and unsurprisingly Flynn (a neutral, on the verge of cool-toned, nude  pink) was among my favorites.

    7) Dior Addict Lipstick in Urban No. 178 (reviewed here): This is a gorgeous pale, slightly frosty, cool pink. It is on the sheer side, but it is nothing if not stunning!

    8) Dior Addict Lip Maximizer in Pink 001 (reviewed here): I often wear this delightful sheer pink lip plumper alone, but I really love pairing it with Dior Addict Lipstick in Urban No. 178. Together they create pink pout perfection!

    9) The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray (reviewed here): To date, this is my favorite hand sanitizer. Not only is it effective, but the easy-to-use spray bottle is super convenient.

    10) L'Occitane L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream: I have gone through numerous full size tubes of this richly moisturizing hand cream, and will likely go through many many more! I love the smell, the thick texture, and its unbelievably ability to moisturize dry winter hands!

    11) Susan Thompson Cosmetics Lola's Secret Creamy Lipstick (reviewed here and featured here): When my close friend created Lola's Secret Creamy Lipstick for me I was moved beyond words. In fact, it is difficult to express the level to which I am touched and honored by this loving act of friendship. Furthermore, this is the most beautiful pink lipstick that I have ever had the honor of wearing! If you buy one lipstick this year, let it be Lola's Secret.

    12) BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Bouquet (reviewed here): The BITE Beauty High Pigment Pencil formula is described a long-lasting, matte lip color. As noted in my review of their High Pigment Pencil in Madeira, these are twist up pencils apply smoothly, wear evenly and they do not settle into lip lines. I find that the formula provides the perfect amount of cushion and is very comfortable on the lips. I neither find it particularly moisturizing, nor do I find it in the least bit drying. I get several hours of wear-time before needing to reapply. Bouquet is a gorgeous neutral peachy pink.
    I often switch out the larger YSL Tribute Tote for this older Prada Purse. This is a hand-me-down handbag that my sister purchased years ago, and when she stopped using it my mom took it and used it. It then happily made its way to me, and I just couldn't be happier. While there is no zipper top, the strap is quite short allowing it to tuck neatly under your arm. It is made of very durable leather, and despite its age it shows no signs of wear whatsoever. I usually take this bag with me to work to use when I am not toting around my big book bag.
    When I use this purse I only carry my wallet, keys, phone and makeup bag. The Rebecca Minkoff Cosmetic Bag is simply too big for this purse, so instead I use the Origins makeup bag that was part of their wonderful Let Us Glow Gift Set (reviewed here).
    The real star of the show is undoubtedly this VALEXTRA Zip Around Wallet in Malva Purple, and how I came to find it was nothing short of miraculous. I had been stalking it on the Barneys New York website for what felt like an eternity, but the price was prohibitively expensive. Then one fateful day, during their holiday sale, the price for this particular color was radically reduced (a serious understatement since it ended up about 75% off), and I acted fast and managed to track the last one down. They have a pink version as well as numerous other colors, and they are all absolutely divine. This is truly a whole different level of luxury, and the craftsmanship and attention to detail is unparalleled.

    The classic soft calfskin zip purse features vintage-inspired designs, rich leathers and premium quality Italian craftsmanship. Features twelve credit card slots with the brand's distintive 'V' detail, two multi-use compartments, double division for banknotes & documents and a central zip pouch for coins. Interior lining in supple leather and llight gold hardware. The signature “Costa” lacquered ink piping has been hand applied several times to the sheared edges and buffed to finish the piece. 
    Made In Italy. Size: 8" × 4"
    The interior details are truly astounding.
    I put all of the contents of the Rebecca Minkoff Cosmetic Bag into this cute Origins Cosmetic Bag, and the fit was perfect.

    Nothing seems to quell my urge to switch purses, totes and wallets because I am one of those people who likes to change things with some frequency, but rotating these two purses and wallets has been so satisfying that I feel as though I have achieved a state of purse and wallet nirvana.

    What do you carry in your purse? Do you switch out wallets and purses with any frequency, or do you tend to use them for longer durations?
    Purchased by Me, Gifts & Press Samples (Affiliate Links).
    Copyright © 2015 www.lolassecretbeautyblog.com All Rights Reserved.

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    Beautybox 5 February 2015 | Unveiling and Review

     Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

    Each month BB5 creates a theme-based box, and this month is all about the celebration of their third birthday! Happy Birthday, Beautybox Five! How are they celebrating? With. "marvelous makeup and skincare, of course!"
    This box contains:

    1) Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel in Spanish Moss (109) (Full size | Retail $3.99 0.4 oz.): Spanish Moss is a pretty mossy sage green cream. #revlon

    2) Avon Big Color Eye Pencil in Sunkissed (Full size | Retail $3.49 0.056 oz.): Sunkissed is a gorgeous warm golden peachy orange shade that is creamy-dreamy and glides across the skin effortlessly! The lovely color evokes golden summer sunsets! #avon

    3) GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (Sample packet | Retail for full size $69.00 1.7 oz.): This is an anti-aging mask that tingles while it works. You leave it on for 10 minutes ad then rinse off while massaging in a circular motion, and it doubles as an exfoliator. #glamglow

    4) Absolute New York Absolute Love Lip Balm in Bubble Gum (Full size | Retail $5.00 0.42 oz.): Not only is this a super cute lip balm, but it smells and tastes of bubble gum! It also has a slight pink tint that makes it even better! #absoluteny

    5) Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting (Full Size | Retail $22.50 0.04 oz): This is a gorgeous iridescent loose mineral shadow with all of the glorious sparkle that you could hope for. Vanilla Frosting is the perfect way to celebrate BB5's birthday! #marsk

    6) BB5 Bonus: A $20.00 yourMinerals Gift Card. yourMinerals is an all-natural line of shadows, foundations, blushes and brushes. #yourminerals
    Overall Assessment: The BB5 February box offered a nice selection of skincare and makeup products, and as always the value exceeded the cost of the box. Happy Birthday BB5! xoxo

    You can win full size versions of the products offered this month by sharing your box on Instagram. Simply state which products are your favorites and use the hashtag #bb5fav and use their handle @beautybox5.

    Get an extra box free with any subscription purchase. Use Code: FREEBOX1 (Valid for first-time subscribers only.)

    About Beautybox Five: Beauty Box Five is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. Aimed at introducing women to new cosmetic products and educating them on best practices, Beauty Box 5 scours the market to find the best products for your lifestyle.

    Select the subscription plan that works best for you. Every month we will send you a mixture of carefully selected travel, deluxe and full-size samples. Their monthly plans begin at $12.00, but they offer a quarterly plan for $30.00 and a yearly plan for $99.00.

    All members receive free shipping. Receive exclusive discounts from our partner brands.
    Press Sample Courtesy of www.beautybox5.com All views expressed are categorically my own (Affiliate links).

    Copyright © 2015 www.lolassecretbeautyblog.com All Rights Reserved.

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil | Review

     Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

    After having recently reviewed a very expensive luxury face oil, I was flooded with emails from readers who wanted it, but said that it was far too expensive to even consider. Several of them asked for recommendations, and there were a couple who specifically asked what I thought about the Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil because that one seemed great and was within budget. As luck would have it, I have been testing this oil for some time so I decided to expedite the review in order to accommodate their requests to learn more about this lovely oil.

    According to Origins, 

    This lightweight face oil is fortified with 20 precious oils from around the world.  Our youth-renewing blend including Argan, Sweet Almond, Sunflower, Rose and Raspberry Oils plus Anogeissus helps repair skin's barrier and mimic the natural lipid oils lost with age.  It absorbs instantly to help hydrate and delete fine, dry lines with no greasy residue.  Skin looks and feels youthfully-smooth, radiant and glowing. Best for reducing lines & wrinkles. Best for all skin types.
    Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil is a lightweight and fast absorbing oil-based serum that has a silky texture and a delectable mild clean herbal scent. Upon contact with the skin, it immediately bolsters hydration levels, and leaves skin soft, smooth, supply, and glowing. With consistent use, the texture of of my skin was visibly improved. Fine lines were plumped, dry patches were eradicated, and dehydrated areas were left nourished and deeply moisturized.

    Aside from all of the obvious benefits to the skin, there is also the added benefit that using Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil offers a lovely tactile experience. For me, this is an essential part of using luxurious skincare products. If I am to enjoy my skincare ritual, the products must enhance the luxurious experience of their use. This oil checks all of those boxes, and I can say without reservation that it is a true joy to use.
    Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Oil)*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Illicium Verum (Anise) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil*, Hibiscus Abelmochus Extract, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol, Anogeissus Leiocarpus Bark Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Polysorbate 60, Rosa Canina (Rose) Fruit Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Water. Free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.
    Overall Assessment: A lovely luxury face oil, indeed. Origins Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil delivers all of the desired effects of a luxury face oil, but does so at a far lower cost. If you are looking to try a new oil, or you are new to face oils– then this is definitely one to consider.

    $49.50 for 1 oz. from Origins, Macy's, Sephora, Beauty.com, Dillards,Yes Style, Amazon, John Lewis, Harrods (£39.00) and Selfridges (Affiliate Links).

    Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
    Copyright © 2015 www.lolassecretbeautyblog.com All Rights Reserved.

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Rouge Bunny Rouge Sale on Hautelook | Ends Saturday, February 28 8AM PST

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    Hautelook is having a truly amazing Rouge Bunny Rouge Sale again, and you really don't want to miss it this time! There are so many truly amazing deals, and the prices are so extraordinary that you can now afford to stock up on all of the things that you have been wanting! While you are there, check out their Mario Badescu Skincare and purminerals sales!

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    Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose 01 | Review and Swatches

    Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

    There is no question that Milani makes extraordinarily high quality products that continually reaffirm the fact that the gap is rapidly closing between the quality of cosmetics found in drugstores and department stores. However, Milani's products are also beautiful– as their Rose Powder Blushes clearly demonstrate. The gorgeous rose-laden blush is almost too pretty to blemish with use, but the quality is so lovely and the price is so affordable that you will quickly want to dip into this lovely compact.

    Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose 01 is a lovely warm and muted mid-tone pink. It can be built up or sheered out, and it effortlessly glides across the skin depositing color evenly. The formula is finely milled, but firm enough to retain its shape. Milani suggests that this formula is a new kind of matte shade, and it is indeed just that. Unlike many matte blushes, Milani's offers a very natural finish that is not in the least bit flat. This is an amazingly high quality blush that is well-worth having! The remaining two colors are Coral Cove and Tea Rose, and they are absolutely stunning and worth getting. They are part of the permanent collection, therefore you will have ample opportunities to find them.
    According to Milani,

    Milani’s Matte collection, releasing in January 2015, features a new kind of matte finish. Every product feels great, is easy to apply, is long lasting and looks amazing in Instagram selfies. From eyes to lips to cheeks, the Matte Collection includes:

    Matte Rose Powder Blush – Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on the cheeks, this petal soft, matte-finish powder shapes and contours. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always.  Available in three ultra-flattering shades.

    Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can’t live without.
    Directions: Glide a brush through the color and lightly tap off excess powder. Lightly apply to cheeks, forehead, chin and/or nose and blend well for a soft glow.
    Ingredients: Talc, Synthetic Wax, Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Hydoxylated Lanolin, Isopropyl Lanoate, Petrolatum, Cyclomethicone,, Lanolin Alcohol, Cetyl Actate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Methylparabne, Proprylparaben. +/- May Contain: Synthetic Flourphlogopite, Mica, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultamarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
    Left to Right: Multiple passes and then blended out.

    Overall Assessment: A lovely formula and a beautiful blush. If it were housed in a luxe compact, it would easily sell for ten times the price! I now need to find Tea Rose!

    $7.99 for 0.60 oz. from Milani and CVS (Unaffiliated Links).
    Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
    Copyright @ 2015 www.lolassecretbeautyblog.com All Rights Reserved.

    Win a Dream Trip to Italy from Milani:
    Milani launched the “Win a Dream Trip to Italy” contest, inviting women to design a look inspired by an Italian beauty legend of their choice. Entrants are encouraged to share their selfies with Milani for the once in a lifetime chance to win a dream trip for two to either Milan, Venice, Rome or Florence for five days, inclusive of hotel and airfare plus $7,500 for spending.  Milani is accepting submissions at www.milanidreamtrip.com now through March 31, 2015 11:59PM EST and will announce the grand prize winner based on creativity, uniqueness and brand relevancy on April 5, 2015.  Beyond the grand prize, Milani will be rewarding over 500 entrants at random with exciting new Milani products.

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Margot Robbie at the Oscars | Hourglass Cosmetics Get-the-Look

    Press Release Courtesy of Hourglass Cosmetics (Affiliate Links)

    Margot Robbie sizzled on the red carpet at Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and fiery orange-red lips. "We were inspired by old Hollywood glamour and wanted to make a statement," says makeup artist Tyron Macchausen. "It's the Oscars after all."

    Skin: Tyron began by prepping the skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure a flawless makeup application. He then used Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Honey & Beige on her skin and Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Sand under the eyes.

    Cheeks: He lightly contoured with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, and then applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light as a highlight on her cheekbones.

    Brows: He used a combination of Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde and Soft Brunette to add dimension to her brows.

    Eyes: He kept her eyelids bare and only applied Hourglass 1.5 mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner to the inside of her lash line. He followed with several coats of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara to her top lashes.
    Lips: He lined her lips with Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven, followed by Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, for a pop of matte orange-red.
    All available from Hourglass Cosmetics (Affiliate Links).


    Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb | Press Release

    Press Release & Press Sample (Affiliate Links)

    Origins Creates Antidote for Skin’s Quarter-Life Crisis: Original Skin™ Renewal Serum (full review forthcoming) is formulated to address Millennial skin concerns.

    Our 20s are a time of self-discovery. College is over and the reality of adulthood has begun to sink in. Everyone says that these are supposed to be the best years of our lives, but sometimes it just feels like we are having a quarter-life crisis. In fact, as Millennials, we account for nearly one-fourth of the American population and are the most stressed out demographic in US history*.

    When life transitions so does our skin. We recognize that lifestyle plays a big part in the overall quality of our skin, but we are also learning that subtle biological and physiological changes occurring under skin’s surface can actually damage its quality at a younger age. New research highlights that during our 20s, pores become enlarged and more visible, skin tone becomes uneven and age spots start to appear, leaving our skin more dull and less radiant. What we are experiencing are quarter-life skin concerns, which are less visible and intrusive than teenage acne and midlife lines and wrinkles, but are just as destructive to our skin.

    Origins has created a high-performance solution, Original Skin™ Renewal Serum with Willowherb, to specifically target quarter-life skin concerns – rough texture, enlarged pores, stressed skin, flaws and loss of radiance – in one product driven by two key factors.

    Intrinsic = Cell turnover. Cell renewal is vital for skin vibrancy which is a prominent sign of youth. As we get older, cell turnover slows down and degrades our original skin. When cell turnover is increased, fresh plump cells are brought to skin’s surface boosting skin’s ability to reflect light and increase translucency.

    Extrinsic = Carbonylation. Pollution and smoking are external stressors that trigger an increase in carbonylation, a protein change in skin’s surface. Carbonylation negatively influences skin tone and vibrancy making it appear more opaque, yellower, dull and less radiant.

    Developed with an innovative blend of ingredients from nature with immediate and long-term benefits, Original Skin™ addresses quarter-life skin concerns by refining texture, enhancing radiance and glow, shrinking pores, blurring imperfections and restoring overall quality for glowing and smooth skin.  Here’s how Original Skin™ works:

    Refines Skin’s Texture and Minimizes Pores.  Featuring Chestnut Seed Extract, originally found in Europe and known for its skin refining properties, a renewal complex helps boost skin cell turnover and eliminates roughness, counteracts flakiness and improves overall texture. Together with nutrient rich algae extract found in North East Atlantic Ocean, Laminaria Saccharina helps balance skin’s production of sebum to tighten and shrink the appearance of pores, making them appear smaller.

    Restores Radiance and Rebounds from Stress.  The potent extract, Canadian Willowherb, helps restore skin’s clarity and luminosity to help recreate original glowing skin. Found in Northern Canadian prairies, it has traditionally been used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments. Anti-irritant, Persian Silk Tree, works in tandem to help keep skin at peak health. Native to Eastern Asia and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, this active boosts translucency for optimal looking skin.

    Visibly Blurs Skin: A blend of optics immediately corrects dullness and visibly softens the appearance of pores and imperfections giving skin a flawless finish.
    Origins is a leader in harnessing the power of nature to discover potent ingredients that deliver advanced skincare results. Original Skin™ Renewal Serum with Willowherb is specifically developed with powerful ingredients from nature to provide a multi-dimensional one-step solution to these issues.

    Original Skin™ features a floral and citrus essential oil blend including notes of soft rose, grapefruit and amyris.

    Original Skin™ is offered at a value price point of $39 and will be available March at www.Origins.com (Affiliate Links).
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