December 2012 Favorites

We made it through 2012!  Happy New Year!!!  Here are my favorites from December of 2012.  I will be doing Best of Beauty 2012 for both drugstore and high-end so stay tuned!!

BOOKS MENTIONED:

Victorian Mystery Series by: M. Louisa Locke
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mysteries)

Gaslight Series by Victoria Thompson:
Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mysteries)

What were your faves for December?

xxx

Christy

This product was purchased for review by IDidMyFace.com. As always these are my own, honest opinions. This post contains an affiliate link, which will give us a commission when you click-through the link and make a purchase. This commission is used to help support the site.

Sephora VIB 20% Off Coupon Code 2012

As promised, here is the code to get 20% off your Sephora purchase November 8-12. Enter CELEBRATE at checkout to receive your 20% off. If you are not a VIB you will only be able to use this code on November 8th. It appears that if you are not a VIB you will have to be with a VIB to get the 20% off in store tomorrow according to the terms hat Sephora has set for the sale.

Sephora’s terms and conditions on the VIB Sale:

20% off promotion valid for Sephora VIBs on November 8-12, 2012. VIB friend offer is only valid on a single purchase transaction at the exclusive VIB shopping event on November 8, 2012, and is limited to one friend per VIB. To redeem online: Use promo code CELEBRATE when prompted at checkout. To redeem in stores: Present this voucher at the register. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Valid in Sephora stores, Sephora.com, and in Sephora inside jcp stores (not available with online orders shipping to Canada). May not be combined with any other offers or employee discounts. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees. Learn more about the VIB program at any Sephora store or online at Sephora.com/go/VIB.

** Free Sephora limited-edition tote (11.75″x9.5″x4.75″) offer available starting Thursday, November 8, 2012 in stores or online with merchandise purchase – no promotion code needed online. Valid while supplies last. Must be a VIB to redeem. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. May not be combined with any other offers or employee discounts. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. These offers are subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora in its sole discretion at any time.

So will you be hauling anything? Do share!!

Dior Ad Banned In The UK! Those Eyelashes Are Too Long to Girl!!

I’m not going to lie, I laughed a little when I read about the Diorshow New Look mascara ad being banned in the
UK because Natalie Portman’s eyelashes were too long. Who would have thought it?

The UK Advertising Standard’s Authority ruled on October 24th that the Dior ad “must not appear again in its current form”. They found that there were post production techniques used that might mislead consumers about the efficacy of the mascara. Portman’s lashes were enhanced using Photoshop CS5.1. You might wonder why the ASA investigated this particular ad, well I have the answer. The investigation arose out of a complaint filed by L’oreal. Continue reading Dior Ad Banned In The UK! Those Eyelashes Are Too Long to Girl!!

Review: Maybelline BB Cream Sheer Tint 8 in 1 Skin Perfector

I picked up some Maybelline BB Cream.  If you read my blog regularly or watch me on Youtube you know that I’m interested in BB creams.  I’m also a Maybelline fan so of course I was excited to try this.

They had a tester in the store so I was able to pick my shade easily.  I really appreciate a tester, don’t you?  I got the shade light/medium.  I’m an NC 20, if that helps.  The next time I may get the light shade though.  Its such a sheer color that it really doesn’t matter all that much.

Here is what Maybelline says about it:

“Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream Sheer Tint 8-In-1 Skin Perfector is the one-step wonder for good skin everyday. Get eight skin benefits in one simple step: blurs imperfections, brightens, evens skin tone, smoothes, hydrates, enhances and protects with SPF 30.”

This is a good basic moisturizer. Its oil free and gives sheer coverage.  It’s also got an SPF 30, which I appreciate.  It blurs imperfections as much as any other tinted moisturizer.  It evens the skin tone some, but if you have anything that you need to cover, you will need concealer.  If your skin is really uneven you will still need foundation.  It  brightens your face as much as any other tinted moisturizer does.  This is not a miracle product, by any stretch of the imagination, but I will still repurchase it as a basic moisturizer because I like it for that purpose.

I don’t believe this cream rises to the level of a traditional Asian BB cream. Its not going to permanently lighten your skin or treat it beyond what a basic moisturizer would.  It is oil free and does not make my skin as oily as the Garnier BB cream does.  I think this is a better choice for people with oily skin.

It retails for around $8.  You can get it at drugstores.  The price will vary slightly depending on where you buy it.

I hope you found this review helpful!
xxx

Christy

I purchased these products and was not compensated for this review.  As always, these are my own, honest opinions.

Dupe: Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

I love Tarte’s Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush, but I don’t love the price. At $32, its kind of steep, but I got it with the foundation in a deal on QVC so it wasn’t so bad.

The dupe is very affordable. It is the Eco Tools Bamboo Bronzer brush. Its slightly smaller in width than Tarte’s brush, but it preforms the same. I love the both! The Eco Tools brush is $12.49 at Ulta and if you catch the right sale you can get the Eco Tools brushes buy one, get one 1/2 off. That deal is going on as I type, by the way!

xxx
Christy

I purchased all the items mention and as always, these are my own, honest opinions.