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The Balm is the BOMB!

It isn’t often that I find a new brand where I pretty much like everything.  But, I’m here to tell you, The Balm is one of those brands.

With kitschy (and frankly, catchy) marketing such as The Muppet’s palette, a forthcoming Bon Jovi offering and names like Betty Lou-manizer, the San Francisco based company offers fun, functional makeup for a reasonable price.

Founder Marissa Shipman started The Balm when she was unable to find simple products that she could add to her beauty routine.  As it often is, necessity is the mother of invention, and Marissa headed off to the library – ok fine,, to get some instruction on making her own makeup, and a beautiful idea was born.

Packed full of skin pleasing ingredients and no parabens, these are some colors that pack a punch.  So far, I’ve tried about 5 eye palettes and love each one.  I also have Time Balm, a face primer packed full of natural ingredients which I will review very soon for you lovely ladies.

The eyeshadows are creamy, and highly pigmented.  They have minimal fallout, and stay put.  The high impact pigments of the colors lets you use some double duty as liners, which is a great deal since you can tuck these beautiful palettes in your purse for touch ups and overnights.

The Balm often has great deals online, but you can also find them on,, and several retail outlets.  A not so well kept secret is taht if you scour local TJ Maxx and Marshall’s stores, you can often find past season merchandise for bargain basement prices.

Reviews on Time Blam, Nude Tude, and Meet Matte coming soon!


Getting cheeky

You guys know that I have an obsession with the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. I love they way they last all day and how blendable they are.  But, move over you tarte!  Heather my love, there’s a new Sheriff in town!

I recently discovered the IT Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Flush.  This gorgeous blush, is a cheek stain and powder in one, and it really packs a punch.  Like all the other IT products, these were developed with plastic services, and is hydrating, brightening, and antiaging to boot!

Boosted with the Hydra-Luxe technology IT has become known for, the Vitality Flush has yummy ingredients like plum oil, cherry oil, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate, seaweed extract, grape seed, aloe, and jojoba.  WOW that was a mouthful!  What it means is that all of these things work together to treat, hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin.  And it stays on for days.  I mean days!

Since it’s talc free, there are no fillers.  that means this is pure amazing pigment, which gives you a pop of color, giving you a glow.  A little sweep, and you have a healthy glow.  A bit more, and you have just been out in the sun.

The brush that comes with the duo is plush and soft, and is angled specifically to help you get that pop on your cheeks, and blend it up in to your hairline for a natural look.  Just a smidge though, because this is powerful stuff!  The IT Cosmetics brushes are absolutely lovely.  while I wish they aweren’t made in China, they are so soft and luxurious, I cna’t bear to part with them.  The blush is make in the USA, with no parabens or other ickies.

There are three colors to choose from:

Pretty in Peony, a bright pop of rose pink with peach shimmer

Radiant in Rose, a deep rose pink

Magical in Mauve, an eggplant plum

L-R: Peony, Rose, Mauve

You can see these products in action on QVC this weekend!  A blush / brush duo is $35.  Check out Friday night beauty tonight!

You can also purchase the blushes on for $24.


You’re welcome!

Tis the Season for Friends & Family!

It seems that this is the season to stock up on your favorite beauty brands!  Right now, there are several sales going on, with several more coming up.

For Sephora VIBs, there is 20% off November 10-14th using code VIBDREAM (15% for BI’s).  Don’t forget to use Ebates to earn an additional 4% cash back!  I hauled recently at the Friends & Family sale, but there are a few things I might snag.  After all, you have to earn those VIB points to keep your status!

Sephora is also offering a Holiday Prep Kit gift with any $25 purchase (Beauty Insiders only).  You can choose from a Smoky Eye, Flawless Foundation, Beautiful Skin, or Fragrance Sampler!  It appears to be online only, which will probably prompt me to pick up my VIB sale items online instead of in store.

Benefit Cosmetics is having a 20% F&F Sale with the code LOVEYALL.  I’m happy to say that there are NO parabens in Benefit products!  I love the They’re Real mascara, and the Creaseless Cream shadows.  I will be picking up Watt’s Up as well! is having a 20% sale until Friday.  Use this link to automatically get your discount at checkout.  I love because you earn Drugstore Dollars with every order!  Don’t forget to use Ebates to earn an additional 6% cash back!  There are a huge number of beauty products on  I will be picking up some Bare Escentuals kits that are department store only I think, since those won’t get discounted for a long time.

Happy gifting!

Too naked, too naked for my face!

How do I love a soft, neutral eye?  Let me count the ways!  A soft brown eye has always been my go to day look, and I can’t tell you how many shadows and palettes I have that fall in to this category at my house, but I love them!

The Too Faced Naked Eye Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection has 9 shadows in all, with 3 large ( i mean LARGE!) pans of all over lid color.  They are a mix of matte and softly shimmering colors, and you also get 3 how to look cards to help you make your peepers perfect.  That said, I’ve been wanting to try Too Faced shadows for a while, and these palettes are WAY to adorable!  I had a coupon pop in to my mailbox, so I thought I’d take advantage and snap this baby up.

You get, in that cute little box that you can put on your vanity the following:
Three large pans of all over lid colors in: In the Buff, a matte ivory perfect for every day; Birthday Suit, a beige shimmer, and Pink Cheeks, a pale whisper pink.

To accent these base colors, you also get: Pillow Talk, a light taupe with a bit of sheen; Like a Virgin, a matte medium brown; Satin Sheets, a shimmering pink champagne; Unmentionables, a grey shimmer; Lap Dance, a silvery, grey, blue, interesting shiny number; and, Stiletto, a matte blacck that can double as a liner.

You also get a teesy brush in a little pull out drawer.

The kit retails for $36, and for 9 shadows, that makes it about $4 each.  Considering the three larger pans are significatnly more product than the rest that’s a really good deal.  If you get it at Sephora’s VIB sale coming up, you can do even better!  I really like the way these shadows lay down, and if you want a small collection for travelling or for your dresser top, this is perfect.

The shadows are very soft and blend nicely.  The darker shades are very well pigmented and stay on.  I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a primer, and my natural eye lasted all day.  My only disappointing is that upon reading the ingredients, they do indeed, like so many shadows – contain parabens.  Parabens are used as a preservative in cosmetics, and can be of particular concern to women because they can impact estrogen, which may increase your risk of breast cancer.  Now, mind you, I am not a doctor, and the studies are lacking some critical formation - like naturally occurring parabens in your body, and how MUCH paraben will impact you negatively, but if I can avoid them, I try to.  Since parabens are absorbed through the skin, and mimic estrogen, excessive paraben can really monkey up your system.

Parabens are found in breast cancer tissue; whether or not these are a side effect of the tumors or a cause of the tumors are unknown.  Bottom line, will I throw away my makeup that contains parabens?  No.  Will I try to educate myself better before buying additional products?  You bet.  I don’t think it’s possible to avoid them entirely, nor do I think it’s necessarily, but I do think there are other options out there, and I can chose to purchase products without an ingreident that is questionsable.

Bottom line, I love this kit and I’m glad I bought it!  If you are are a neutral holic, this one is for you!  Available at, Sephora, and Ulta as well as Too Faced directly.  Don’t forget your ebates (affiliate link)!



Super Secret Smart Savvy Sale!

Holy moley! It's that time of year I guess.  Did you know, ebates is having a bday special!
Places like Sephora and Philosophy and are 12% cash back right now!  That's right, your own personal sale!

If you don't know what ebates is all about, just check it out.  No risk to read, right/
You can stack that with a 20% sale is having or use a Sephora coupon if you have one.  Get bare escentuals, tarte, philosophy, more!

With all the newness at Sephora, why not save a few smackers and order it online.


Something for nothing? YES YOU CAN!

I was perusing some beauty blogs today, and I came across a post by GWP Addict showcasing a deal where you pay $20 for a deluxe sample bag and a $25 gift card.

So I jumped on it!  In fact, I bought 2 – thinking one would make a nice gift.  Since I paid $40 for $50 in gift cards, I made $10.  Additionally, I used ebates for another 6% back.

Get to it!

I don’t knwo what will be in the bag, but does it really matter with free money coming my way?