10 Things to Buy at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale

Hi Dolls! If you are a beauty addict like yours truly, you are beyond excited for the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale beginning today, August 24th and running through September 3rd.

If you’re not familiar, and I can’t imagine you wouldn’t be, Sephora VIB Rouge Members have early exclusive access to the sale beginning today, August 24th, with 20 percent off in stores and online using the code YESROUGE. VIB Members can begin taking advantage of the sale on August 30th with 15 percent off in stores and online using the code YESVIB. Beauty Insiders can also begin taking advantage of all the beauty goodness on the same day and receive 10 percent off using the code YESINSIDER.

But enough with the formalities. Peep the deets below for my recommendations on the 10 things to buy at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale.

I always start with my go-to, can’t live without products. For me there are two – Anastasia Brow Wiz and Makeup Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder.

In the world of natural, yet sculpted eye brows, there is no better pencil. My color is Soft Brown, but Anastasia has a wide range of hues – from blonde to those with the darkest of tresses.

For years I used a different face powder, but a mini-makeup over in Sephora made me an instant Makeup Forever brand loyalist. The sell for me was that it gives you full coverage over your liquid foundation; but is still light enough to be worn by itself during warm months. A light dusting is perfect for days when you skip the liquid foundation and want a more natural look.

I always load my cart with my favorite skincare during the Beauty Insider Sale and lately I have been obsessed with Asian beauty lines, especially SK-ll. The signature and award winning Facial Treatment Essence, with Pitera, will forever hold a place in my skincare rotation. This face cocktail is great for minimizing hyperpigmentation and fine lines, improving texture and brightness.

The Vitamin C Duo is everything for brightening, moisturizing and repairing. I use it as a part of my morning skincare regime.  And as a bonus, the scent is everything. 

My evening routine also includes Miss Riley. The Power Couple Kit with Good Genes, Luna Sleeping Oil, coupled with Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water work overtime while you sleep to brighten, refine, plump, moisturizer and even skin tone. The true definition of beauty sleep. Yep, all of that!

Do you mask? No! You should. Sephora has a mask for every skin type and ailment. I swear by the Primary Raw DoYou 2 Step Milk Peeling Kit. This lactic acid based sheet mask and oversized exfoliating swab helps with exfoliation, brightening and minimizing pores. I love anything that has a little tingle, and DoYou definitely does.

A Doll suffers from under eye puffiness, but has recently discovered facial rollers. I have two from The Body Shop, that I keep refrigerated. The coolness of the the metal really helps to reduce the puffiness. However, I’ve heard that Jade facial rollers work best. This will be a new purchase for me, so I will let you know what I think.

Don’t forget your palettes! I never miss an opportunity to pick up my day and evening eyeshadow palettes. For day, I love the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics, featuring six matte neutrals. In the evening, I create a smokey eye with Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Glimmer Contour Palette with shades of porcelain, copper, bronze, and sterling.

I’m also thinking about picking up a few fragrances, and I’m sure some other goodies will make their way into my basket. What about you? Drop a comment below letting me know what you’re picking up at the Sephora Beauty Insider Sale.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

So Soon?

Hey Dolls. As I post, I am literally heading back from a week on the Vineyard. There’s something about disembarking from the ferry at Woods Hole for the remainder of the trip home that makes me a little melancholy. It dawned on me that the end of vacation means that summer is just about to turn the corner and fall is around the bend.

Yep, I know that there will be “Indian Summer” days well into October; but sooner rather than later I have to store the white and pull out a light cashmere sweater. The one thing I do look forward to are the fall nail colors. And from what I can see, the fall 2018 colors aren’t disappointing. Not to mention packaging that makes a Doll swoon! Peep the deets below for a few of my favs.

Grey is the new black, and this elephant grey five-free nail lacquer is perfect for a fall day.

Mischo’s Sans Souci is a little jade, a little sparkle, reminiscent of a little camouflage, and totally toxin-free. What a combo!

What’s a crisp fall day without a rich Bordeaux … on your nails.

Blues have become a year-around go-to. Deborah Lippman’s deep cobalt continues the trend as the perfect hue of blue for the fall.

Fall is synonymous with classic red polish, and what’s more classic than a cool Chanel red nail lacquer.

Essie’s Say It Ain’t Soho from the Fall 2018 collection shimmers like a leaf in the sun.

I am loving this twist on a classic nail look – an edgy satin and matte French mani for a fall evening out.

Leave a comment sharing what nail colors will you be rocking this fall?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

It’s National Lipstick Day!

Hi Dolls! Yes, it’s Champagne Sunday; but it’s also National Lipstick Day! In celebration of this most fabulous of days, MAC Cosmetics is gifting Dolls a free full-sized lipstick. Choose from nine shades including bright pink “Florabundi” and the deep red “Dare You.” finishes range from frost and satin to “retro matte.” Colors include the bright pink “Florabundi” and the deep red “Dare You” and finishes from frost and satin to “retro matte.” Drop a comment below letting me know your fav brand and color; and while you’re at it raise a glass to lipstick!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Dollentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Hey Dolls! We are a day shy of Valentine’s Day, and whether you have plans with a special someone or not, I say who cares! Tomorrow is a day we can spend showering ourselves with love. Peep some of my fab gifts ideas and splurge on yourself for “Dollentine’s Day.”

Gucci Crystal-embellished GG Brooch

Brooches are everywhere and this ruby crystal number from Gucci is perfect to gift yourself. Don it on a distressed denim jacket, go-to LBD, or cutest French beret.

La Perla Lingerie

Sexy lingerie is not to be reserved for special occasions! Head over to La Perla and indulge yourself in some beautiful intimates.

Smith + Cult Kundalini Hustle Nail Lacquer

Honestly, nothing beats a pop of red on the nails. I am obsessed with this opaque poppy color. Not to mention, Smith + Cult packaging is everything.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour Limited Edition

If we are doing red nails, then certainly we are doing red lips. Who does a red lip better than Chanel? Rouge Allure limited edition lip colour in No. 1 is the perfect shade of red.

David Yurman Crossover Wide Ring

Build your own jewelry collection with this David Yurman Crossover Wide Ring. True to his signature style, the Crossover Ring will compliment your Dollentine’s Night Out ensemble.

Fresh Flowers

It goes without saying, that you don’t have to wait on anyone to send you fresh flowers. I’m a tulip Doll; but, swing by your favorite florist and pick up a bouquet of your bloom of choice.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne

Dollentine’s Day is synonymous with bubbly. Pull out your best flute and pour a glass or two.

Happy Dollentine’s Day!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

The Pink!

Hi Dolls! I know that I am late getting to this post, but seven days remain in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m sure that like me, you’ve been personally touched in some way by this insidious disease. Annually, I blog about beauty, fashion and lifestyle products, that if purchased, support breast cancer research and awareness. Once again, some of our favorite brands have teamed to raise money for organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Look Good Feel Good and City of Hope. Peep the deets below on some of products that have gone pink for October. Also, take a moment while to learn some of the myths vs. truths about breast cancer.

And remember, giving is gorgeous! 

The Breast Cancer Myth. Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

The Truth. Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not. 

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening mammograms.

Crème de la Mer Breast Cancer Campaign

Now, until December 31st, in support of the Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, La Mer will donate $10 from the purchase price of this limited edition Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream 0.5oz with a maximum donation of $52,680, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

The Breast Cancer Myth: If you are at risk for breast cancer, there is little you can do but watch for the signs.

The Truth. There’s a lot that women can do to lower their risk, including losing weight if they’re obese, getting regular exercise, lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption, being rigorous about examining their own breasts, and having regular clinical exams and mammograms. Quitting smoking wouldn’t hurt either.

Some high-risk women also chose to have a prophylactic mastectomy to decrease their risk by 90%. They can take other proactive steps such as having regular MRIs, exploring chemo prevention with treatments such as tamoxifen, and participating in clinical trials.

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set

Created by Bobbi in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign’s 25th anniversary,  with every purchase Bobbi will donate $11 dollars to BCRF with a maximum donation of $90,000. 

The Breast Cancer Myth: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump.

The Truth. A lump may indicate breast cancer (or one of many benign conditions), but women should also be on the alert for other kinds of changes that may be signs of cancers. These include swelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; or a discharge other than breast milk. 

Breast cancer can also spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause swelling there before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. On the other hand, a mammogram may pick up breast cancer that has not outward symptoms at all.

BCA Faux Fur Slides


From the Breast Cancer Awareness collection, Forever 21 will donate $1 from the purchase of every item sold between now and October 30th. Proceeds will be donated to The Keep A Breast Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Myth. A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

The Truth. A mammogram, or x-ray of the breast, currently remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression, while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The benefits of mammography, however early, always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of  harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.

The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women beginning at age 40. Base your decision on your physician’s recommendation and be sure to discuss and remaining questions to concern you may have with your physician. 

David Yurman Starburst Single-Station Cable Bracelet with Pink Sapphires, 3mm

During October 2017, David Yurman is donating 20% from the purchase price of this Starburst bracelet with pink sapphires to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.

The Truth. Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.

Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion


In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, this luxurious formula is paired with a pink BCA key ring. $10 from each purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Drinking milk (or dairy) causes breast cancer.

The Truth. Several myths persist about the correlation between dairy intake and the increased risk of breast cancer.  Over many decades, studies have shown that dairy consumption does not increase the risk of breast cancer.  

Alex and Ani Spiral Sun Charm Bangle

Beginning in January and continuing through December 2017, ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price* from each Spiral Sun Charm sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation whose charitable purpose is to fund the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Myth. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer, too.

The Truth. While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease. 

If you have a first degree relative with breast cancer: If you have a mother, daughter, or sister who developed breast cancer below the age of 50, you should consider some form of regular diagnostic breast imaging starting 10 years before the age of your relative’s diagnosis.

If you have a second degree relative with breast cancer: If you have had a grandmother or aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk increases slightly, but it is not in the same risk category as those who have a first degree relative with breast cancer. 

If you have multiple generations diagnosed with breast cancer on the same side of the family, or if there are several individuals who are first degree relatives to one another, or several family members diagnosed under age 50, the probability increases that there is a breast cancer gene contributing to the cause of this familial history.

Beautyblender Bubble


We love a Beautyblender for everything from concealer and foundation application, to contouring. With a purchased of this blush-toned  bubble, Beautyblendwr is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale each to Look Good Feel Better.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Breast cancer is contagious.

The Truth. You cannot catch breast cancer or transfer it to someone else’s body. Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that begin to spread into other tissues within the breast. However, you can reduce your risk by practicing a healthy lifestyle, being aware of the risk factors, and following an early detection plan so that you will be diagnosed early if breast cancer were to occur.

Venus et Fleur Floral Arrangements


I have been obsessed with Venus et Fleur floral arrangements since I started seeing pics of them posted on IG. So unique and stunning, the gorgeous suede boxes are full of perfectly pink roses that live up to a full year — no watering required. Venus et Fleur is donating 20 percent of the proceeds on the sale of its pink-collection boxes for the month of October to breast cancer research at City of Hope.

The Breast Cancer Myth. If the gene mutation BRCA1 or BRCA2 is detected in your DNA, you will definitely develop breast cancer.

The Truth. According to the National Cancer Institute, regarding families who are known to carry BRCA1 or BRCA2, “not every woman in such families carries a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, and not every cancer in such families is linked to a harmful mutation in one of these genes. Furthermore, not every woman who has a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will develop breast and/or ovarian cancer.But, a woman who has inherited a harmful mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is about five times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who does not have such a mutation.” For people who discover they have the harmful mutation, there are various proactive measures that can be done to reduce risk. These include taking a hormonal therapy called Tamoxifen or deciding to take a surgical prevention approach which is to have bilateral prophylactic mastectomies, usually done with reconstruction.  Most women will also have ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well since there is no reliable screening test for the early stages of developing ovarian cancer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water


To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Smashbox dressed up their best-selling Photo Finish Primer Water with the iconic pink ribbon exclusively for the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. For every sale, Smashbox will donate $5 to BCRF.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.

The Truth. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.

Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Knockout Eyes Gift Set


The most colorful way to support breast cancer research: a deluxe collection with shades and essentials for high-style eyes. Estée Lauder will donate 100% of each purchase of this product to the BCRF.

And some more fun goodies!

Bumble & Bumble Pink Ribbon Bb Thickening Spray Pre-Styler


When you buy the limited-edition pink ribbon spray, we’ll donate 20% to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

S’well x Swarovski Brilliance Jolie


Encrusted with over 6,000 pink Swarovski crystals and adorned with a white crystal Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, the Brilliance bottle is the epitome of stunning. S’well is proud to contribute 100% of the net profits of this limited-edition bottle to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s mission.

I hope that Dolls will make a purchase of at least one product on the list!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation

This is L-I-Y-A-H …

Hi Dolls! I don’t know about you, but I love a new product/makeup release. Some, I purchase immediately. Others, I wait and check out the online reviews; and yet other’s I never purchase. But sometimes there is a product release that whether you need or not, you make the purchase. Enter Aaliyah X MAC! Yes, you heard correctly, MAC will be honoring the late R&B star with the Aaliyah Collection.


The backstory. For sometime a petition has been circulating on Change.org requesting that MAC honor the “One in a Million” songstress. 26K + signatures later and MAC has teamed up with her estate to launch a makeup collection set for a summer 2018 debut. 

Announced on the eve of the 16th anniversary of her passing, MAC shared via Instagram, “Aaliyah is truly one in a million—an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all. Today we join Aaliyah’s countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the MAC Aaliyah collection.” Fans quickly picked up on the hashtag #AaliyahforMAC

Known for her sultriness, beautiful face, tresses and edgy fashion, it is expected that MAC will capture Aliyah’s spirit with a collection to match.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

What’s Making Me Swoon!

Hey Dolls! The summer heat is “doing the most” and the fragrances I wear during cooler months are simply too heavy for this time of year. Enter, the search. I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m attracted to packaging. Clean and minimal normally grabs me. I was in Sephora on several occasions, the last to pick up the a travel size fragrance; but wasn’t sure what I wanted. As I browsed, I spied the Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ fragrance collection. Of course the packaging drew me in – simple bottle, clean, minimal, black and white labeling. I’d been meaning to try several of the ‘REPLICA’ scents; but hadn’t made time. 

What to choose? Beach Walk, Jazz Club, Lazy Sunday Morning, By the Fireplace? Don’t you love all of the names? I opted to try Lazy Sunday Morning and Beach Walk.

Lazy Sunday Morning is a floral fragrance combining notes of Aldehydes, Pear, Lily of the Valley, Iris, Rose Absolue, Orange Flower, White Musk, Indian Patchouli Oil, Ambrette Seeds Absolute. While a beautiful scent, as the label suggests, it reminded of the linen spray I use on freshly laundered sheets. 

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Up next, Beach Walk. Combining notes of Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin, the scent is truly a mid-afternoon stroll along the beach. Jackpot! I should have known this Miami-born Doll would be in love the any fragrance named Beach Walk.

I purchased both a travel/purse, as well as full-size bottle. 

Why ‘REPLICA?”

Each fragrance is said “tell a story with every spritz,” evoking a memory of a special place and time, allowing you to “relive the magic.”

A little about the bottle …

“The silhouette of each ‘REPLICA’ bottle is inspired by classic apothecary jars, allowing the collection to be instantly identifiable. Each bottle carries a 100 percent cotton label, which is printed using black ink text and resembles the tags used on the clothing and accessories for the ‘REPLICA’ couture collection. The unique pumps are wrapped with a rope to symbolize the authentic reproduction of the original ‘REPLICA’ couture line.”

What’s me swoon? ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk by Maison Margiela.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD