Dark Circle Under Eye Color Corrector for Tan/Deep Skin

Hey! If you suffer from dark circles like me I have some great items for you. These will color correct the purple/blue discoloration under your eyes, any scars and darkness around your mouth. After you color correct you can always add a brightener under the eyes for a dramatic finish. These holy grail items have never let me down.

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My favorite is the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Biscuit. This has a salmon/pink undertone that works well to color correct dark circles. Bonus- if you are a deep tan skin tone this will also blend well into the other parts of the face to hide scars and discoloration. The finish is natural and does not need to be set with a powder.

The L.A. Girl PRO Concealer is more dramatic option and best for ladies with a deep dark skin tone. The red/orange shade can counteract the darkest circles. You will need to use another concealer on top though. I would recommend an actual skin tone concealer and not just a brightener. You will need to hide the red/orange.

Last but not least I use this Bobbi Brown concealer that has a pink undertone alone. The shade matches my skin tone while the undertone counteracts dark circles. I can use this alone when I feel like using minimal product but with strong coverage. It is a bit creamy and thick so you will need to warm the product up before application. Just rub a bit in between your fingers and pat on. You will need to set this with a powder as it does crease.

For reference I am an NC 42 in Mac, Syracuse in Nars Foundations, and Golden Beige in Cover Girl.

NARS Exclusive Sale. Insiders take 20% off

I just received this email from Nars and I’m so ecstatic! I need to grab a foundation and maybe a new blush. Are you planning on shopping this sale and will you let me know what you are picking up? Happy Shopping!

Code: take20

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Is being a Sephora VIB Rouge member worth it?

Stop what your doin’ cause I’m about to ruin…

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In my opinion being a rouge member is not worth going out of your way to spend $1000.

Here is what you get for being a member and why I did not benefit from much of it.

Attend free rouge events- I don’t hang out with strangers. In fact, I’m an introvert. I get anxious around people I do not know and I definitely won’t talk to anyone just for the hell of it. Not for me, nope.

Get free stuff- I never got anything “free”. All of the free offers were coupon codes for product or samples that you could redeem during checkout. Meaning you have to buy something to get something for free. I’m not going to buy something just so I can grab a free sample or a lipstick in a shade I won’t even wear. I’ve collected way to many totes from them. Stahp!

Free Shipping- They already give you free shipping if you spend over $50. I’ve never in my life placed an order for anything less than $50 on Sephora’s website. Who even does that?

Unlimited access to the beauty studio- I’m a rouge member cause I got mad skillz and hoard makeup. I’m pretty confident I can do my own makeup better than any person working at a Sephora. No beauty studio needed here.

Private concierge- If you are spending that much money you probably already know so much about product and how to use it. I can see how this is helpful to some who need to find the right skincare or foundation for their skin type. But I do believe you can figure all that out on your own. I’m a resourceful person and I like to get it done on my own. 🙂

Additional perk- Early access to sales and such. This is cool, however I never took advantage of getting a day earlier to shop. Truthfully, I don’t feel like I missed out rather I lucked out. The day the rouge sale went live for VIB members was 11/5 from 7-9 in stores and I think online..Anyway I missed it and shopped online today 11/6. Ebates had an 8% cash back offer + the 20% off VIB code so that means I am saving 28% on my order in total. Sign up for ebates!!!

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Please understand I LOVE SEPHORA! I have dreams that I’m shopping there with an unlimited bank account and I can take whatever I want for free. I’m not kidding. Being in a Sephora is close to heaven for me. They need to let us start having sleepovers with our friends there as events. Then I would go!

My loves, I don’t mean to come off as negative. I’m just expressing my disappointment in this program. I may or may not qualify for rouge again. I can tell you that I won’t go out of my way to keep the status. If it happens it happens.

Please do share you experience with me. Did you love being a rouge member?

Happy Wedding Day!

My best friend got married earlier in the month! The wedding was beautiful and was held at the Marine’s Memorial Hotel in San Francisco. We rode a cable car through the city and took lots of fabulous pictures and made precious memories.

Here are a few pics of us taken from any iPhones. BTW I did my own makeup. Thought it was worth mentioning given this is a beauty blog. 😉

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New in! Kate Spade Handbag & Jewelry

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I’ve done quite a bit of shopping with Kate Spade the in the last month. Surprisingly, I was never interested in the brand until recently. The delightfully overwhelming color palette has drawn me in.

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The red tote, pink wallet, and orange badge/credit card holder are from the Kate Spade outlet in Livermore, Ca. and the jewelry is from

a Kate Spade stand alone boutique on Burlingame Ave in Burlingame, Ca.

The outlets were running a super sale at 75% off all handbags. The red tote came to $125!

The pink wallet was $79 at 50% off and the orange card holder came to $39 at 50% off.

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Here are the gorgeous full price jewelry items I picked up. Oh well, I can treat myself. The Toucan necklace was $48 and the earrings came to $58.

What is your favorite thing about Kate Spade?

Are the Kate Spade outlet handbags worth buying? YES!

 

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I’ve had my eye on a saffiano tote but wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend my life savings on a Prada bag or keep it affordable with a Kate Spade. I did some research online and decided I would wait for a big outlet sale then go ham at Kate Spade. To my dismay some forum posted a statement calling the Kate Spade outlet items poor quality and that the outlet items were specifically manufactured for the outlets.

I called the Livermore, Ca.  Kate Spade outlet to investigate and asked the following questions and have included the associates answers.

Q:Do you sell Kate Spade boutique overstocks and past seasons styles?

A: Yes.

Q: Does the outlet manufacture different product specifically for the outlet shopper?

A: Yes.

Q: Where does the product come from?

A: Same factory, same material, & same craftsmanship. Different styles.

Q: How can I tell the difference between outlet bags and actual boutique items?

A: There is a separate section for boutique items but there is no real difference. Just different styles. All items come from the exact same factory using the same materials. However, the product codes on the outlet items start with a W and the retail items start with a P and the outlet styles have a gold metal plate as the signature and the boutique styles are stamped with Kate Spade New York. Personally, I like the outlets’ gold plate over the stamp.

So in conclusion, I’m fine with that. I will be spending my 4th of July outlet shopping. I hope to come across a new saffiano Kate Spade tote to take home. What are you thoughts about outlet shopping? Please share your experience with me!

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Sephora Coupon that never ends!

I was surprised to find out that many people wait for the Sephora beauty insider sale to save money on higher end products. The truth is they always have a coupon for you to use and save some money. The savings come through Ebates.

All you have to do is click on the ebates logo below, create an account with your email address and click on the Sephora icon then shop as usual. Every few months Ebates will mail a check or put money in your paypal account. This past year I received $278 back in the form of a check for using Ebates whenever I shop online. Plus you get a $10 gift card for free for signing up! I picked the Target one when I first signed up.

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Seriously friends, it’s that easy. Don’t miss out on saving money if you are an online shopper like me. I need to buy an eye cream and if there is no Sephora sale I will definitely use my Ebates account for 8% back.  Also, whenever Sephora has a Beauty Insider sale you can still use Ebates to save up to 19-24% in total. Usually they have  4% back during a sale period. It’s better than nothing.

Oh! And there are so many other beauty sites you can purchase from through Ebates. Right now Lancome is 10% back, Clinique is 4% back and Kiehl’s is 7.5% back.

Here is my secret, I will only make purchases when Sephora has the highest cash back promotion going on and that’s 8%. If I need to make a purchase and they only have 4% back I will wait a few days and check back.

START SAVING NOW– with this link: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=PHggR9IKlLKp3vLYQt%2BblQ%3D%3D&eeid=26471

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We are all beauty junkies looking to save some cash so we can buy even more lippies, right?!