Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Saturday Afternoon - I went to The Ultimate Beauty Workshop Makeup Event at Lord and Taylor and I won!

Yesterday I went with my Mother to a Makeup Event at the department store Lord and Taylor.  Little did we know that we were really in for a special treat!

The way it worked was, you had to buy a $20 gift card prior to attending the event.  Then, on the day in question, you visit the store, sign in, receive your $20 gift card to use on purchases within the store (there is no expiry date on the gift card, so we weren't obliged to make any purchase that day).  We also filled out entry forms so that we would be eligible for the larger prizes, and all of them were hampers or gift boxes or gift baskets filled with items from a particular cosmetics company.  The main prizes were from NARS, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Clarins, etc. Each main prize was over $100, I believe.

We got a little swag bag filled with samples and 2 makeup bags, then there was a table with drinks and snacks, like coffee, water, bagels, cheese, fruits, etc.

We took our seats, and the fun began!  First up was Chanel.  Each cosmetics company had a makeup artist or representative there with a model who was made up with their makeup and dressed with the latest fashion arrivals to the store.

Lord and Taylor Makeup Event.
In between segments, the host or makeup artist would throw samples into the audience.  It was fun, and was able to catch a Lancôme and a Bobbi Brown mascara!

Lord and Taylor Makeup Event.
 My Mom caught something from Estee Lauder!

And also, in between segments, they picked an entry form out of the box and called the winners, and guess what?  I was picked as one of the winners!

I won the gift box from Clarins, worth over $200!!!  

Clarins Makeup Box.

My winnings - Clarins box filled with Clarins products.

Clarins Eau des Jardins.

The Swag Bags!
Mascara samples from Bobbi Brown and Lancome, a Clinique Lip Gloss
Samples from Clarins, Estee Lauder, Borghese Fango, primer from NARS,  lipstick from Elizabeth Arden.

I was thrilled about this, because Clarins is not on the top my list when it comes to makeup or skincare, so I am very excited about trying out their products.  I confess, I haven't bought anything from Clarins in years, but this might just change my mind!  I can't wait to try out these products!

When all the excitement was over, I headed over to the Bobbi Brown counter to buy her Caviar Ink gel eyeliner.  I used my $20 gift card and paid the difference of just under $3!!

So all in all, this was a fabulous way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  I would recommend a Lord and Taylor Makeup Event to anyone, and I will definitely attend these in the future.  Look at all of the items I got, for just $20, and for showing up!

Afterwards, we were hungry from all of the excitement, so we headed off to P.F. Chang's for lunch.  As far as chain restaurants goes, this is absolutely one of my favorites!  The meals are served "family style", which means you order several different plates and everyone helps themselves to as much, or as many different dishes as they'd like!

Chicken Lo Mein
Left: Sweet and Sour Pork
Right: Honey Chicken
My all-time favorite! Shrimp with Candied Walnuts!
So all in all, we had a spectacular and fulfilling day!  Love it!

- The Sassi Wench!

A Visit to The Cosmetics Company Store

The Cosmetics Company Outlet Store
I paid a visit to my local Cosmetics Company Store.  It's a makeup and fragrance outlet store featuring companies owned by Estee Lauder, like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and many more. 

Makeup is discounted because it's from past seasons, and I was surprised to find MAC Hello Kitty makeup, MAC Style Warriors, and MAC Liberty of London makeup still available here.  

You'll also find really good discounted makeup brushes, eyelashes, and plenty of 'gift with purchase' sets available for around $12 - $15.

So if you can find one of these stores in your area, it's a great makeup treat!

Click here and search by State:

The CCO.
Discontinued Limited Edition MAC makeup.
Estee Lauder Gift Boxes and Perfumes.
Bobbi Brown Lipsticks.
Bobbi Brown Foundations.
MAC eyeshadows.
More MAC eyeshadows.
There was more MAC here than in any other CCO I have been to!

MAC Blush.
MAC False Eyelashes.
MAC concealers and face powders.
MAC Lipsticks.
MAC lipsticks and lip gloss.
MAC Look in a Box.
MAC - final quantities, going, going, gone...
- The Sassi Wench

FAIL! A Review on the Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Palette 2010

The Smashbox Wish for the Perfect Palette 2010.

It looks great at first glance, but it proved to be exactly the opposite!

The Cream Eye Liners were just one of many disappointments!

It retails at $59, but it is bad quality and pretty useless unless you like a bruised eye look with lots of fall-out. The product does not last all day, even if you use a primer.

The makeup did not blend well, it did not last all day, even with a primer, all of the colors were either heavily pigmented, or chalky and too sheer.  The darker colors blended into a mottled, darkish purple/brown look.  The brushes that were included in this palette are completely useless.  Overall, it gets a crushing FAIL!

I have returned this palette because it was so bad, and I have never returned makeup due to quality before.

I'm very disappointed in this palette and with Smashbox for making something like this.

This is my own opinion, I bought this with my own money and I made sure that I returned it and got my money back!

- The Sassi Wench

My November 2010 Haul

Last week I had fun tracking down some oldies but goodies, and some newer and exciting hair products!

The Unite Eurotherapy hair products are wonderful, leaving your hair super-soft and shiny!  If you love really good quality hair products that are cruelty-free (not tested on animals), then you should definitely consider trying out Unite Eurotherapy. These hair products have been used by celebrities like Demi Moore, Tyra Banks, Nina Dobrev and Heidi Klum.

Unite Eurotherapy:
Boosta Spray Volumizing
7 Seconds Condition Leave in Detangler
Shina Liquid
Blow and Set Lotion
Softa Treatment Designer Moisturizer
1. Weekly treatment
2. Moisture Moisture and More Moisture
3. Replenishes dry and damaged hair
4. Does not weigh hair down
5. All Hair Types
6. It's your hair's ultimate treat!

Click here to view the Unite Eurotherapy website.
Unite Eurotherapy Hair Products
I have always been a Bobbi Brown and a Stila girl, and, Bobbi Brown never fails with her gorgeous neutrals and creamy lip colors.  Blush is the perfect every-day color for me to wear to the office.  Ditto MAC's Creme d'Nude.  If you watched my video I'm sure you'll be thrilled to know that I found it again! Lol!  The Black Amethyst is definitely for holiday parties!

Cremesheen Lipstick - Creme d'Nude
Bobby Brown Lip Color - Blush
Pür Minerals - Black Amethyst
Laura Mercier:
Metallic Crème Eye Colour - Alloy
Silk Crème Foundation - Rose Ivory
Left: Eye Shadow - Vex
Right: Eye Shadow - Coquette
Eye Shadow - Brushed Metal-X Material Gold
Shadestick - Lemon Chiffon
227 - Large Fluff Brush
Laura Mercier has the most sumptuous candle - it's called Crème Brûleé and it does smell good enough to eat!  My husband thought it was too sweet, because the scent filled the room in a sugary vanilla fragrance, but I thought it was just perfect! 
Laura Mercier Crème Brûleé Candle

The Sassi Wench!