Saturday, October 10, 2009

I get by with a little help from my friends... And sometimes I even give back!

It's the best time of year at the happiest place on Earth!

That's right... It's Sephora's Friends & Family Sale time! Aren't you completely stoked??


The sale begins October 19th and ends November 2nd - just use the code
FF2009 and you'll get 20% off just about everything. How much better does it get? Hmm... Not at all. Unless they gave us 25%. Or more. But that's okay. I'll take 20%. It's all good.

Time to scour the website, go through your personal stashes to see what you need to stock up on, and decide what you absolutely must have right this very second.

So, what's on your wish list? I know what's on mine!

1. TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System - $225

The flawless look of airbrushed makeup at home? I am SO there. The price is pretty steep, but it's still at the top of my list and I'm hoping some wonderful member of my family is planning on surprising me with it... Maybe? Possibly?

2. Straight Making No Frizz Styling Spray (for Fine to Medium Hair) - $14/$24

I've heard some pretty good things about this new frizz fighter. It's supposed to provide a barrier between your sleek hair and the evil effects of humidity and surface friction without weighing it down. Supposedly it's also a great detangler and touch-up spray, too. Sounds pretty great, right? Considering my hair fluffs up at the merest hint of moisture in the air, I can use all the help I can get in this department. You can get a travel size (1.7 oz) for $14 or a full size (3.4 oz) for $24 - not cheap, but not too bad either (and the 20% off will definitely help!).

3. Bare Escentuals Sweet Obsessions - $48

I LOVE bareMinterals eye shadows. They stay on
forever and they have the prettiest shimmers. I played with this set the other day and had to talk myself out of buying it right then and there. Now this coupon gives me an excuse. Yay! You get nine yummy shades (seriously yummy - strawberry mousse, berry custard, berry flame, lemon meringue, spiced biscotti, cherry coco truffle, mint, dark chocolate, and creme de menthe - does that make you hungry or what??) that will satisfy your sweet tooth without going straight to your hips.

4. Dior JazzClub - Total Eyelook Makeup Clutch - $65

I stared longingly at this little baby for what seemed like hours. I'm not sure...but there may have been a little drool (little might be an understatement). You get four gorgeous shadows to make up the perfect sultry and smokey eye look, plus a brow-shaping powder and a creme eyeliner. Love it!

5. Dior Holiday Collection Makeup Palette For The Eyes - $42

Since we're on the subject of Dior Shadows... Throw this one in the basket, too, 'kay? You get four iridescent shadows that you can wear alone or blend together for an endless combination of looks. I love Dior shadows in general. The pigment is great, the texture is super-silky, and the staying-power is pretty awesome. Plus the compact is freakin' adorable!

6. Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum - $78

I've been hoarding one of those tiny sample bottle of this perfume for about two years and I have the tiniest little bit left... It's so sad. I'm actually going to have to suck it up and get some more. I've never been good at describing perfumes and "notes" make absolutely no sense to me. I never really smell the things that I'm supposed to. All I know is that I LOVE this scent and I think Sephora's description - "seductive, feminine, and velvety" - sounds just about perfect.

[Here are the notes in case anyone else can make sense of them: pink chypre, pink floral, voluptuous woods, soft amber, sheer chypre, flower honey, tactile woods, amber light - uh, yeah...they lost me at chypre...what the hell is a chypre???]

7. Stila Gift of Appreciation - $38

Okay, the sheer amount of STUFF you get for $38 bucks is practically min
d-boggling. This set is filled with $192 worth of products and it includes:

- Eye Shadow Trio in Gold Glow
- Illuminating Finishing Powder in Rose Gold
- Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium
- Lip Rouge Liquid Lip Satin in Pucker
- Long Wear Lip Color in Flushed
- Lash Visor in Black
- Plumping Lip Glaze in Minty Mint
- Kajal Eye Liner in Topaz
- Pencil Sharpener

I love Stila products, especially their eyeliners, and this is really a huge amount of makeup for an amazing price. How can you go wrong? You're essentially paying for one of those trio eye shadows ($28), the pencil sharpener, plus tax...and getting all of that other stuff for free. Definitely worth it.

So that's my list... Or, uh, a very small part of my list.

What's on yours?

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