Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holidays 2009 - Promos, Discounts, Deals, Steals, Codes, Free Gifts and More!

As done in years past, For the Love of Beauty will showcase all the best deals, discounts, special promos, free gifts with purchase and more as we become aware of them over the next month. There's lots more to post for you, but having trouble getting internet connection while on vacation at the beach. Feel free to check back often as this post will be updated regularly.

If you know of a deal or code you'd like to share with our readers, please DO let us know so we may include it here. Send us an email or just post a comment within this post. Happy holdays, everyone! xo


THANKSGIVING WEEKEND AT BANANA REPUBLIC 30% off ALL Sweaters, Outerwear and More! Save on our favorite Men's, Men's Big & Tall, Women's, Petites and Women's Tall styles for Thanksgiving Weekend! Starts 11/26 and ends 11/29.


The VIP Bag and all the goodies shown are yours for only $15 with a $40 purchase online or in stores on Fri., Nov. 27th ONLY. This is a $107 value and includes: full-size products and samples - 10 oz. Twilight Woods Shower Gel, 8 oz. Twilight Woods Triple Moisture Body Cream, 8 oz. Twilight Woods Fragrance Mist, 8 oz. Warm Vanilla Sugar Deep Cleansing Anti-bacterial Hand Soap, 10 oz. Lavender Vanilla Aromatherapy Body Wash, 1.7oz C.O. Bigelow Chapped Hands Remedy, 0.5 oz Mentha Lip Shine, 0.5 oz. MMPi.20™ Skin Regenerating Serum, Hot Pink Gauze Sponge, Striped Nail File, and a sample packet of Fekkai Technician Color Hair Mask. Must click the image above to get the special pricing. (Sign up for email at B&BW to get your exclusive link to this special offer if image link fails to work for you.)


15% off ALL brands storewide at the natural and organic boutique of eco fans worldwide.

Erickson Beamon Bag Offer

Be Gifted.
Shop Beauty Encounter this holiday for gift ideas for everyone on your list and receive lovely complimentary samples with your purchase.


Get FREE US shipping with any $25 Benefit Cosmetics order. Enter SHIP2009 at checkout. Offer valid 11.27.09–11.30.09. Not valid with other offers. Excludes sale items & sharpeners. Offer valid one time per customer.

Get a FREE realness of concealness kit with $100 order. Enter REALNESS at checkout. Offer expires 11/25/09 at 11:59pm PST. Don’t forget to add product to shopping bag before checkout.


Get a full size super slough scrub (a $32 value) with every purchase at! Offer valid 11.30.09 only!
Get up to 50% off site wide at! Offer valid 11.27.09 – 12.01.09.

Get FREE gifts with every purchase of $40 or more at! Offer valid 11.25.09 – 12.01.09.

Get 30% off select sets at! Enter SETS30 at checkout. Offer valid 11.24.09 – 12.01.09.



Receive an exclusive holiday nail polish set from Coach with your purchase of $200 or more while supplies last; and get free shipping with your online purchase of $75 or more until 12/16/09.


All of these glorious goodies are available as free gifts with purchase from Dermstore, AND they have many, many more sales and featured deals everyday! Plus, they offer FREE SHIPPING on all items all the time! Why would you shop anywhere else. This is Santa's lair for the skincare lover ... no doubt.


DuWop is offering 20% off your entire online order all day next Monday, November 30th. Remember to enter code: THANKFUL at checkout. As always, free ground shipping on orders $50 or more! Have a happy Thanksgiving from DuWop!


Your Gift: Complimentary Naughty & Nice Nail Color from Essie Cosmetics with $25 online purchase only on Black Friday, 11/27/09. Enter code: HLDYPROMO


KiehlsNYC: Happy Thanksgiving! Use code: TRYKIEHLS on Kiehls for 20% off and free shipping, Thanksgiving until Monday!



Spend $50 or more at Lorac Cosmetics online and receive free shipping along with two full size MULTIPLE RUSH LIP/CHEEK STICKS in LOVE RUSH (pink shimmer) and CRUSH RUSH (rose) and a mini COUTURE SHINE LIQUID LIPSTICK! This amazing offer will last until Tuesday 12/1 (or while supplies last).



Receive 25% Off your merchandise total when you spend over $100! Use code: TDAY09 at checkout. Coupon is valid on all items* sitewide including deeply discounted merchandise in our SALE category.
*Not valid towards purchase of EGift Certificates. Not valid towards previous orders. Code MUST be entered at checkout. Offer Valid Thursday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 1, 2009.


Flower Clutch - FLOWERCLUTCHClinique - EVENBETTER Gifts that Ship free


“Cyber Monday” November 30th
For an extra special treat, shu uemura will give 7 deluxe samples to customers who spend $125 or more plus free shipping and the 20% discount! The deluxe items include: mesh bag, mini-gloss, brightening cream, red:juvenus intense vitalizing concentrate, pleasure of Japanese bath – hinoki, cleansing beauty oil, premium A/O depsea water mist in chamomile,xpowder foundation
Enter the promotion code: WISHDELUXE09 upon checkout.



Free Shipping on all orders and complimentary gift wrapping service at Space.NK. Enter promo code FS091 at checkout. Ends 11/29/09.


Friday 11/27 and Saturday 11/28

Sunday 11/29

Monday 11/30

updated: 11/27/09

Monday, November 23, 2009

ideeli Bliss Giveaway Coming Soon


Season's Treatings
Some ladies spa. Others? They Bliss. What began in 1996 as a Soho haven for superior skincare has evolved into a worldwide synonym for corporal serenity. Now praised for its miracle working product line and recognized by its distinctly witty voice, Bliss has opened locations from San Francisco to Singapore. No news there, right? You may also know that what sets their facials and scrubs apart from the pampering masses is attitude. They have none! Pretense-free, Bliss is all about making their clients feel as "fabu-bliss" as can be.

In this spirit of the individual and the approaching holiday season, Bliss wants to make sure all of your gift recipients are overcome with pure bliss by offering 30% off Make Your Own Gift. Available for a limited time only, just click on to, check everyone off of your list then enter promo code: GIFT30 and rejoice in a holiday shopping spree well-done. (While you're there, sign up for the latest Bliss offers, news and launches via their delightfully entertaining email updates.)

Bliss also believes that there's no reason why all of your friends and family should soak up so much spa time on their own. One lucky ideeli member will win a $500 gift card towards treatments or products, too. Part Bliss, part ideeli, this is one giveaway that's a match made in heaven.

This giveaway is part of the ideeli Thanks A Million series.
Login to ideeli to see when they will start accepting entries for this giveaway. Your special ideeli invitation code is compliments of For the Love of Beauty - here it is: love

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Trending: Pastel Eyes that Pop ~ CARGO Hands of Hope Collection Has Your Fix

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Harper's Bazaar 20 for 2010: Pastel Eyes that Pop - icy blues, purples and sorbet shades for spring (photos: Derek Lam, Versace, Nanette Lepore)

No new revelation that bright eyeshadows are resurrecting from the '80's and have arrived on the scene. Check the beauty editorials and runways for all the proof you need that this is a trend for the holidays and will continue into 2010!

So who has s tylish palette of all the shades and colors you'll want to rock this trend? CARGO!
Earning 5 out of 5 stars in Makeupalley reviews, CARGO's Hands of Hope Collection is an unbelievably reasonably priced palette of eyeshadows delivering fabulous pigmentation, soft color, great formulation and tremendous variety in options for your look.

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Hands of Hope Eyeshadow Palette
Enclosed in a gorgeous jewel-embossed box, CARGO's Hands of Hope Collection features nine brilliant eyeshadows each is embossed with the Hamsa hand, an enduring emblem of peace, hope and prosperity. The Hands of Hope Collection contains nine of the hottest eyeshadow shades this season that are perfect for creating holiday looks with their professional quality and blendable texture. It's the ideal Holiday gift for yourself and for women on your list.

Shades include:
Vibrant Purple
Fern Green
Frosted Cool Brown
Nude Pink
Midnight Blue
Warm Reddish Brown
Gunmetal Gray

Offered at an amazing price point at only $29 (a retail value of $90!), you just can't pass this up if you want fabulous color shadows with lots of variety. Each shadow is rather large for considering this is a multiple shadow palette. A must see. Available at Sephora and

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pish Posh Patchouli's Now in Rosemary Beach

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Ahhhhhh ....... heaven!

You know nothing takes the stress from a body and soul like a week long vacation on Florida's southwest beaches. I left my office Friday night headed toward Destin, Florida on a highway with bumper to bumper traffic through three states, all the weight of the world on my shoulders (and aching head and feet too, ai yai yai ... lol), and woke this morning to cool ocean breezes, a school of manaray floating through the crystal clear water near the shoreline, and a bear claw from Panera Bread with a hot cup of coffee and chicory - mmmmmmm, the good life! Amazing what this place does for my body, mind and spirit.

And speaking of "place", the first stop out enjoying the day, with no agenda in play? Patchouli's! Now, I was a little bummed when I pulled up to the strip where my favorite Florida store had been situated for the past few years only to find a sign for a completely different store in its place. Miss Lucille's is right nextdoor. (sidebar: They make a killer cup of joe!) Anywho, they were sweet enough to share with me that my beloved Patchouli's was well, alive and kicking, but had moved to Rosemary Beach. Yay ..... and I adore Rosemary Beach. So off we drove, my mom, my 15 year old daughter and I, 30 minutes or so east on 30-A, to check out their new digs. We stopped at Seaside on the way (made famous after Jim Carrey filmed The Truman Show there, but loved by those in-the-know way before then), a stop we wanted to make anyway, so convenient it happened to be on the way.

Okay, long way around it, but we finally arrived at Patchouli's - and here's where the beauty of the post comes into play (or did you think I'd forgotten I don't write a travel blog?). Patchouli's is one of the only places I know that carries The Soap Pedaler's fantastic soaps (oh my gosh these bars are "the bomb!") and other handmade bath & body products. I fell in love with these soaps a few years ago while shopping a street fair (in Rosemary Beach actually) where Celeste Cobena (aka The Soap Pedaler - she bikes, as in "pedals" and sells "peddles" soaps ... clever girl, isn't she ...) was selling her wares. I fell in love with the soaps then, and I stock up on them everytime I make a trip to the Destin area.

Patchoulis_2633The Soap Pedaler's bars are luxurious hand-made soaps sold by the slice or pre-sliced and wrapped in distinct labeled paper. They are crafted in Florida with the finest, most exquisitely moisturizing ingredients. Each slice is loaded with Shea Butter, Vitamin E, and a delightfully luscious scent (Celeste has a fabulous nose for scents, by the way). One of my favorites she does is the scent for her Beach Bar, which smells subtly of Bobbi Brown's Beach fragrance, by in my honest opinion is even lovelier! Each soap is extremely moisturizing and leaves skin smelling lighty sweet. The Soap Pedaler's products started with soap, then sugar scrub, which locals will tell you in no uncertain terms are the best anywhere, and continued to make a full line of excellent, natural products for the bath and the body. She uses high quality ingredients, makes everything by hand, and delivers her goodies by bicycle! I'm completely in love with every one of her products and the earth friendliness of her local company as well.

The Soap Pedaler Sugar ScrubOf course, while spending a few minutes in Patchouli's ... oh, who am I kidding, my daughter and I were in there for nearly an hour, we played and entertained ourselves with lipgloss swatching (selections include The Blam, LipFusion, Wallett and more), applying creams, candle sniffing, fragrance testing (including a fantastic variety of Bond No. 9 scents, Tokyo Milk, LoLLia, Antica Farmacista, Kai, b.e...) and much more. My mom couldn't take it any longer and walked the promenade dashing in and out of various stores before coming back for us. I had a plan for her return, though. Patchouli's features a little station where you can try their hand scrubs and trickle clear, fresh water from a glass urn over your hands to gain the full experience of these wonderful products. So as mom sauntered back in, I took her by the arm, headed for the scrubs and convinced her to indulge in the soothing experience of an instant spa treatment for her hands.

Mission accomplished! Mom, who never buys beauty products (yeah, don't ask, I must have been adopted or something as this apple fell far from the tree), left my quaint little store with her very own jar of handmade sugar scrub in the enticing scent of A Day at the Beach (a mango tea fragranced scrub) a la The Soap Pedaler. These scrubs are loaded with natural turbinado sugar; they exfoliate and provide vitamins and minerals to nourish skin and contains rich emollient oils and glycerin to maintain and restore healthy, soft touchable skin. (also includes soy oil, rice bran oil, olive oil, and rosemary oil extract) A 10 oz. jar retails for $15.

Lollia Relax Eau de Parfum
Lippmann Color Nail Lacquer - DON'T TELL MAMABond No. 9 Scent of Peace Eau de Parfum

So what did my daughter and I walk out with? Between the both of us, we carried out a bag full of fragrant, luscious goodies. Slices of The Soap Pedaler soaps ($6.50 - $7 a bar) in Beach Bar (it has a layer of sugary white sand on top to aid in exfoliating), Lavender Lemongrass, Sweet Tart, Sugar Shak, Lavender Rosemary Mint; a sweet lil' mini bottle of LoLLia eau de parfum in Imagine, two gorgeous Deborah Lippman Nail Lacquers - Hit Me with Your Best Shot (an elegant shimmery gunmetal gray) and Don't Tell Mama (a gorgeous shimmery dark forest green) and some bon bon candy-wrapped fragrance samples from Bond No. 9.

Status on my mission to eliminate all my stress via a trip to Pish Posh Patchouli's? Sweet success!

photos of patchouli's: Jessie Shepard
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