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Benefit Cosmetics Limited Edition Sets!

RUN, don’t walk, to your nearest Benefit Cosmetics retailer to pick up a limited edition set at an incredibly low price!  Get a 4-piece collection of Benefit’s most popular makeup products in a vintage Pop art-inspired tin.  This collectible, reusable tin would be perfect for storing your little treasures on your bathroom shelf.  Benefit has 5 different limited edition sets available in 5 colourful tins.

I bought the Primed For Lovin’ set for $49 ($109 value), which includes a mini-sized Ultra Plush lip gloss in Sugar Bomb (shimmering pinky nude) and full sizes of:

  • The POREfessional primer
  • They’re Real! mascara
  • High Beam highlighter

BENEFIT Primed for Lovin' Limited Edition Set

Please excuse my cat in the photos.  As soon as the red streamers came out of the tin, she couldn’t resist!  I gave up trying to do a photo shoot without her assistance.

BENEFIT Primed for Lovin' Set

Prices when buying these Benefit makeup products separately:

  • The POREfessional primer = $36
  • They’re Real! mascara = $29
  • High Beam highlighter = $32
  • Ultra Plush lip gloss (full-size) = $19

FYI, the mini-sized lip gloss is 0.22 oz.  A full-sized Ultra Plush lip gloss is 0.5 oz.

BENEFIT The POREfessional primer, They're Real mascara, High Beam highlighter, & mini Ultra Plush lip gloss

Four other limited edition sets currently available from Benefit:

Love Me B.Right set (skincare) = $56

BENEFIT Love Me B.Right Limited Edition Set

BENEFIT Love Me B.Right Set contents

It’s a Love Fest set = $43  ($90 value)

BENEFIT It's A Love Fest Limited Edition Set

Show Me the Love set

BENEFIT Show Me the Love Limited Edition Set

Lovabye Baby set

BENEFIT Lovabye Baby Limited Edition Set

For more information on the last 2 sets, please see the website for Benefit Cosmetics.

For my Canadian readers:

Select Shoppers Drug Marts in Canada carry some cosmetics (eg: Benefit) and fragrances typically only available at Sephora.  Until November 8th, spend $75 on cosmetics and receive 20 times the Shoppers Optimum points.  Thanks to Raveena and Sandy at Shoppers Drug Mart in Abbotsford for their friendly help!

Shoppers Drug Mart in Abbotsford

Fall Trend Alert: Wine-Stained Lips

Saturated, wine-stained lips are all over the red carpet this fall. Get the look with BeautiControl’s super moisturizing, long-lasting Hydrating Lip Color ($18):

  • Hypnotic (18190) – deep blackberry plum shade
  • Shiraz (18196) – burgundy plum shade
  • Truffle (18189) – shimmering, copper-flecked chocolate shade

Fall Trend Alert: Wine-Stained Lips

Pair these gorgeous lipsticks with BeautiControl’s Lip Perfecting Pencil ($13) for that perfect pout:

  • Hypnotic – pair with Plum (16846)
  • Shiraz – pair with Plum (16846)
  • Truffle – pair with Chocolate (16849)

BeautiControl's creamy, long-lasting Plum lip liner with a unique wind-up applicator means no sharpening is necessary!

BeautiControl's creamy, long-lasting Chocolate lip liner with a unique wind-up applicator means no sharpening is necessary!

Key lipstick benefits:

  • Vitamins A, C, and E protect lips from environmental damage
  • Argan, sunflower, and jojoba oils moisturize and soften lips
  • Acai berry oil helps nourish skin
  • Blend of natural butters moisturizes lips
  • Specially treated pigments for enhanced colour intensity and better wear
  • Volumizing peptide complex helps reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • Orchid flower extract moisturizes, fights free radicals, and reduces the appearance of fine lines

Key lip liner benefits:

  • Lock lipstick in place with these creamy, long-lasting lip liners
  • Unique wind-up applicator means no sharpening is necessary – saves time!
  • Water-resistant ingredients help prevent fading
  • Blend of vitamins protects lips from environmental damage
  • Natural waxes minimize feathering and encourage smooth application

To order from BeautiControl:

What lipstick colours are YOU loving this fall?

Save $30 on Clarisonic Mia 2!

It’s no secret that I LOVE my Clarisonic Mia 2!  My previous post Clarisonic Mia, Where Have You Been All My Life?! will attest to that.  Right now you can buy one of these blackhead-busting babies for $120 ($150 reg. price) at Beauty Store Depot.  You also get a FREE Clarisonic gift with purchase (GWP) travel bag in vintage blue.

Save $30 on Clarisonic Mia 2 sonic skin cleansing system

At checkout:

  • Use code  20AA to save 20%
  • Use code CLARIBAG to receive a FREE Clarisonic travel bag in vintage blue

Clarisonic sonic skin cleansing system gift with purchase

FYI:

  • FREE samples tailored to every order
  • FREE domestic shipping on all orders (no minimum)

To learn more about Clarisonic’s Sonic Skin Cleansing System, see my previous post:

POST UPDATE:

I just read an article from a dermatologist’s blog (Dr. Bailey’s Skin Care Blog) that I follow:

Q:  Is a Clarisonic really “worth” its cost?

A:  Yes!  If you want clear and smooth complexion, the Clarisonic will most likely help get you there.  Here at Dr. Bailey’s dermatology practice, Advanced Skin Care & Dermatology Physicians Inc., we incorporate the Clarisonic into our aesthetician facial routines and our at-home skin care routines because we see both the immediate and long term benefits that the Clarisonic provides.

FREE Clarisonic Travel Bag!

Beauty Store Depot has several free gifts with purchase (GWP) available right now.  Clarisonic’s free travel bag in vintage blue caught my eye:

Clarisonic sonic skin cleansing system gift with purchase

  • FREE with Clarisonic purchases over $150
  • $20 Value
  • Use Code:  CLARIBAG

To learn more about Clarisonic’s Sonic Skin Cleansing System, see my previous posts:

Eye Cream – Fact or Gimmick?

Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?

In my previous post Healthy Skin Needs Daily Maintenance, I left you with a gut-wrenching skincare cliff-hanger:  Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?  In today’s post, I will finally reveal the answer.  Whew!  Drumroll please…..

Yes, we do need a different moisturizer around our eyes, which is the first area on the face to show signs of aging (lines and wrinkles).

Skin around the eyes differs from other facial skin in several ways:

  1. It is thinner, which makes it more delicate and vulnerable.  As we age, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more transparent, resulting in more visible dark circles.
  2. It is more prone to dryness.  It does not contain oil glands that secrete sebum, the skin’s natural moisture barrier.  Dry skin is more prone to wrinkle development and makes fine lines appear more prominently.  Eye creams contain more emollients (moisturizers), which fill the spaces between skin cells, causing skin to swell enough to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  3. It gets a much greater workout.  Because our eyes are so expressive, the skin around them is constantly subjected to creasing when we laugh, smile, and squint, in addition to stretching due to puffiness.  When the skin around the eyes is void of hydration, the constant creasing of the skin will result in fine lines that can later develop into deeper wrinkles if left untreated.  Eye creams are thicker than facial moisturizers, so they will remain on thin, mobile skin better.  As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which is a protein that keeps skin strong and helps smooth out wrinkles.  Eye creams contain collagen-boosting ingredients (eg: retinol, antioxidants such as Vitamin C, and peptides).
  4. It is more prone to allergic reactions.  Facial moisturizers may contain ingredients (eg: sunscreens) that are too strong for the delicate skin around the eyes and cause stinging and burning.  Eye creams tend to be gentler than facial moisturizers.
  5. It is more prone to environmental damage.  Smoking as well as exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun can encourage the formation of wrinkles.

An effective eye cream should have the following properties:

  • An effective moisture barrier to prevent loss of hydration
  • A moisturizing complex to maintain the skin’s optimal moisture reserves
  • Ingredients to boost the production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s natural building blocks
  • High concentrations of multiple antioxidants to fight environmental aggressors and oxidation

BeautiControl’s BC Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme (16236) contains all of these components, along with an exclusive delivery system that allows each of the ingredients to penetrate into the layers of the skin where they will be most effective.  It helps maintain the skin’s hydration, prevent future damage, and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.  This cream is paraben-free and contains Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, which are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally present in our skin and joints.  Hyaluronic acid has been shown to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles by plumping skin and adding extra moisture.

Beauti Pick of the Month:

Get a FREE travel size eye cream from BeautiControl

To order from BeautiControl:

References:

Jaracz, Jill. “Do You Really Need a Different Moisturizer For Your Eyes?”, health.discovery.com, accessed September 2, 2013.

Beauty Store Depot Labor Day Sale!

Save 20% at Beauty Store Depot Labor Day Sale

  • Save 20% on all orders.  Use Code:  2SAVEBIG
  • FREE domestic shipping on all orders (no minimum)
  • Sale includes NuFACE items and the NuFACE Trinity device, which is normally not discounted.  NuFACE uses microcurrent technology to trigger the body’s natural skin enhancement chemicals at a cellular level, accelerating cell repair and promoting healthier cell production.

NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device microcurrent technology skin cell repair