New Release: Lancôme — With Love Collection (Spring 2016)

Collection: Lancôme 2016 Spring, With Love

Lancôme’s With Love collection for Spring 2016 includes three new nail polishes in their Vernis in Love line. They’re soft, milky pastels (of course!):

Rose Haussmann (146), a beautiful bluish pink.
Jaune Grands Boulevards (149), a lemon yellow with none of the acidity.
Bleu Ciel Parisien (153), a subtly veiled azure.

MSRP is for US$15.50 / CA$19 and the bottles contain 6 mL.

Lancôme, With Love Spring 2016 Collection Vernis in Love
Lancôme Spring 2016 “With Love”: Vernis in Love in
Rose Haussmann (146) & Jaune Grands Boulevards (149) & Bleu Ciel Parisien (153)
Images: lancome.ca

The rest of the collection boasts some beautifully packaged blush and eyeshadow, plus a couple of charming lipsticks and a blue eyeliner:Read More »

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Haulage! November, Part II & Christmas

This post has been a long time coming!

I’m sure many of us have been insanely busy over the last month or two, and for me, I’ve finally reached a point where I can heave a sigh of relief and, hopefully, get back on track, blog-wise. I hope you haven’t been terribly bored by my recent non-nail polish related posts on perfume, more perfume, washing your hair in reverse, and handbags! While I enjoy collecting perfume and handbags, I’m no full-fledged perfumista or fashionista.

So, back in late November, I posted Part I of my birthday beauty haulage. In this post, I’ll combine Part II with my Christmas haulage.

I splurged on beauty products for my birthday; less so for Christmas. I tend to receive money for Christmas (our families like do that, including DH and myself simply exchanging Christmas budgets so we don’t have to go through the rigamarole of picking out unwanted gifts for each other), and while I spent a bit of it on beauty products—on sale post-holidays, of course!—I spent a lot of it on two non-beauty products, which I’ll post about at the end.

Unwanted Christmas gifts
Unwanted gifts! Image: gq.com

Without further ado, here’s Part II + Christmas:

November (Part II) & December Haulage

AMOUR & BARIELLE

Haulage: AMOUR June Is Here / MORGAN TAYLOR Mint Chocolate Chip / IBD Dolomite / BARIELLE Jess’ Champagne Toast
Amour Nail Lacquer in June Is Here, and Barielle Shades Nail Color in Jess’ Champagne Toast (yeah, I don’t get the name, either! Purple champagne?). Always like trying new brands! I actually have one other Barielle (Jordana’s Skinny Jeans) that I picked up from Winners some time ago, but it’s untried, so this brand remains new to me.

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (December 14, 2015)

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Clinique Canada, Estée Lauder Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, MAC Canada, Murale, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Well.ca.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Dec 14–20: Free express shipping on all orders of $125 or more.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Pick 5 free samples with any $35 purchase.

Estée Lauder Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases.
  • All this December: 3 free samples with a $50 purchase. Use the code LITTLELUX.
  • PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • 7.5% cashback from eBates Canada on Monday, Dec. 14 (regular amount is 2.5%).
  • HBC GWP: Free evening bag in your choice of silver or black, with any $100 cosmetic purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers.
  • Bond No. 9 is 50% off (possibly being cleared out?). This is a fragrance company, but the deal was too good for me to ignore here. I’m not the hugest fan of Bond No. 9, but the deals are great if you are. The online selection is not huge (the famed Chinatown, for example, is not available online); perhaps try in store for more options.
  • Clinique PWP: 12 Days of Pretty Multi-Treatment Gift Set ($260 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase
  • Estée Lauder GWP: 4-pc GWP, featuring your choice of Pleasures or Beautiful fragrance and body lotion, with any $65 Estée Lauder fragrance purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Illamasqua is being cleared out. The Nail Varnish is $8.50 (reg. $17.00; available shades: Peruzzi).
  • Lord & Taylor: 30% off.
  • MAC: 25% off Holiday Sets.

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Lancôme Vernis in Love in Rouge Midnight (425), swatch

Lancôme — Rouge Midnight (Vernis in Love) Swatch & Review

Collection: Lancôme 2015 Winter, Holiday

Today’s polish is a shade that I nearly picked up on a whim during my last Shoppers Optimum haul, but I decided against it (since I’d already hit my $200 redemption). Soon after, Lancôme Canada held a 20% off Cyber Monday sale plus GWP which, with a whopping 15% cashback from ebates Canada, became a very nice opportunity for me to pick up some gifts and some goodies for myself.

Lancôme Vernis in Love in Rouge Midnight (425), box

Rouge Midnight (425) is Lancôme’s answer to the “ruby slippers” nail polish. It’s a deeper, neutral red packed with swirly gold shimmer. It’s pretty stunning in person, and in bright light, it definitely gives off a ruby slippers vibe, since the shimmer is less obviously gold once it’s submerged in the red polish.

In dim light, it’s a deep red with a touch of shimmer; bright light really brings out the best in this polish.

night sky with coniferous trees
Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939). The slippers were silver in the original book by L. Frank Baum, but the filmmakers changed them to red to take advantage of Technicolor.
(Bonus: stuff you probably didn’t want to know about the movie.)
Image: telegraph.co.uk

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (December 7, 2015)

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Clinique Canada, Estée Lauder Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, MAC Canada, Murale, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Well.ca.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Dec 1–13: Free standard shipping on all orders.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.

Estée Lauder Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases.
  • PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • Clinique PWP: 12 Days of Pretty Multi-Treatment Gift Set ($260 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase
  • Estée Lauder GWP: 4-pc GWP, featuring your choice of Pleasures or Beautiful fragrance and body lotion, with any $65 Estée Lauder fragrance purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish @ $8.50 (reg. $17.00; this has been going on for months as Illamasqua is clearing out; available shades: Peruzzi).

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Empties for Fall 2015

I have no makeup empties this quarter! Aaaargh!

Also, I really need to start taking pictures of my products before I use them and they get all grody. Seriously. No one wants to see the mangled Body Shop Body Polish tube I used up!

Here is my list of empties for Fall 2015 (Sept., Oct., and Nov.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner. I bought this on sale for $7.99 at Well.ca, after I noticed that I was getting a thinning spot on my scalp. Shortly after, I also developed postpartum hair loss, which is just great. (My hair is currently half the thickness it used to be, and I’m anticipating hair growth to return in the form of a mullet.) Now, the Stem Cells claim in this conditioner is pretty much nonsense, because dead fruit stem cells in your hair products aren’t going to make your human hair regrow. That’s ridiculous. I really like the shampoo in this line, but the conditioner is just average. I don’t find that it does anything particularly well or badly, though it does smell nice. One complaint is that it is really, really thick and is hard to squeeze through the small hole in the cap. I wouldn’t repurchase this.

Andalou Naturals Argan & Sweet Orange Moisture Rich Stem Cells Conditioner
Image: iherb.com

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (November 30, 2015) Cyber Monday Edition

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Birchbox Canada, Clinique Canada, Forever 21 Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Inglot Canada, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, Lise Watier, MAC Canada, Murale, Nail Polish Canada, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Well.ca, and Yves Rocher Canada.

You can also check out last week’s Black Friday sales post; some of the deals overlap into Cyber Monday.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Lots of deals for Cyber Monday. See them all here.
  • Cyber Monday: Get 38,000 Optimum Points when you spend $200, online only
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free 3-pc They’re Real! best-selling sampler set with any $60 BeneFit purchase
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free hand and nail treatment cream with the purchase of 2 Clarins products.
  • Cyber Monday: Get 20,000 Optimum Points when you buy any Clarisonic device
  • Cyber Monday: 15x the Optimum Points when you purchase Clinique
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free Bi-Facil Makeup Remover (125 mL) plus 8,000 Optimum Points when you spend $85 on Lancôme
  • Cyber Monday: Rodial (selected) @ 30% off
  • Cyber Monday: Silk’n Flash & Go Permanent Hair Removal Device @ $159.99

Birchbox Canada (referral link) has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 25% off any $45 purchase with the code PARTYON.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Holiday online GWP. 7-pc plus a limited edition Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in your choice of three shades. Plus, at the moment you also receive a GWP size Raspberry lipgloss. If you spend $50+, it looks like you also get a Clinique Happy edt mini.

    Clinique GWP Holiday 2015
    Clinique GWP. Image: clinique.ca

Forever 21 Canada has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 21% off any $21 purchase with the code CYBER21. Free shipping on all purchases.

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 10% off cosmetics & fragrances (excluding Hermès)
  • Cyber Monday: selected beauty deals, including great deals from Carven, Hanae Mori, 25% off MAC Kits, and StriVectin)
  • Clinique PWP: Best of Clinique 8-Piece Set ($190 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase

    Clinique Best Of GWP November 2015
    Clinique PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Burberry GWP: Free Mini Kisses Satin Lipstick (in your choice of several shades) with any $125 Burberry makeup purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Lancome.ca RENERGIE GWP October 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Travel Ready Skincare Collection is $45 with any Estée Lauder purchase (Cyber Monday: $40.50)
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish @ $8.50 (reg. $17.00; this has been going on for months as Illamasqua is clearing out; available shades: Peruzzi).
  • Lancôme PWP: Holiday Blockbuster Set in Warm or Cool ($308 value) is $67 with any Lancôme purchase

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