Sunday, July 3, 2011

MINTBOX: Smashbox on Sale + Cash Back!

Celebrate the July 4th weekend with a grand little spree from Smashbox!  This weekend and until 7/4 only enjoy up to 25% off your favorite Smashbox items, including their new products.  You have to be a Mintbox member to take advantage of the deal, so be sure to accept your invitation (link at bottom of post) to access the Smashbox offer and many, many others.

Roxy's Picks

Second Skin Concealer - This is my personal concealer of choice right now.  I've been using it for about six months and am enjoying the fact that I apply it once in the morning and it stays put all day.  Great feature (and unique when it really works) for a concealer.  Professional-level coverage that’s customizable, comfortable and weightless. This high-performance formula conceals stubborn imperfections (even tattoos), while keeping complexions natural-looking with encapsulated pigment technology that re-creates the radiance of your own skin. Plus, it’s waterproof for a flawless look all day. Available in four easy to blend shades and retails for $29 a tube.

Full Exposure Mascara - Inspired by the on-set technique of layering a lengthening fiber mascara over a volumizing formula, the new studio-tested mascara exposes your longest, fullest lashes. No clumps, no flakes. Just maximum-impact, scene-stealing lashes. $19

• 104% increase in lash volume
• 32% increase in lash length
• 34-degree increase in lash curl

Video: Watch Pro Makeup Artist Lori Taylor bring this sexy mascara to life

Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm - It’s a lip revelation! On one side of this innovative, two-in-one product: a feather-resistant stain that won’t budge for 8 hours. On the other: a very emollient balm that can be worn alone or over the stain for a lustrous touch. The vibrant tint of color is designed to mimic the look of photo gels on set in the famous Smashbox studios.  $23

Video: Watch Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor create a thoroughly modern look highlighted by a bright coral lip

Enjoying the eye candy?  See these and more great Smashbox delicacies via Mintbox this weekend for great value and cash back.  You must be a Mintbox member to shop their great deals so let this be a 4th of July little gift to yourself (don't worry membership is free!).

Your personal invitation

source/images: Smashbox; Mintbox

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Make Way, Kiddies, for the Magical World of Disney Fragrance

Why not?  Over the years, Disney has made its way into the hearts of every red-blooded American boy and girl in the world.  So why not secure their spot in the hearts of every beauty and/or fragrance addicted man and woman in the world too, right? 

Disney isn't proposing we blindly accept their bid into the world of fragrance and beauty by name alone, either. They loaded substance and, dare I say it, magic, into their new creation.  My co-workers (some with highly discriminating taste I might add) and I are loving these new items.  Seriously, I just washed my hands with the Liquid Hand Soap and am having to stop every few seconds as I write this post to breathe in the scent still present on my hands. More on that in a minute, though.

The first scent in a new line of exclusive, high-end fragrance products arrived in Disney Stores nationwide the first week of June. Inspired by Disney’s most timeless and beloved characters and stories, the scents were created in conjunction with some of the world’s leading fragrance houses, perfumers and an award-winning design team.  Each promises to capture the Disney magic in a new way.  Three new fragrances will be released throughout the year starting with Imagination (launched in June) followed by Magic in July and ending with Pixie Dust in the fall.

"The power of fragrance is truly magical – it can evoke memories and convey dreams and aspirations. Disney's rich heritage and most beloved characters also have that same allure", says Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores Worldwide. "With the launch of Disney Store's own fragrance collection, we're touching all of the senses for the first time in a uniquely Disney way."

As hinted above I had the distinct pleasure of getting my hands on some of these items early on. Imagination, the signature fragrance used throughout the newly designed Disney Store, is described as an enchanted forest of sequoia trees, cool moss and green leaves. Inspired by the trees that line the route of the magical path within the new stores, the fragrance gives the sense of being in an enchanted forest. It's a timeless scent inspired by nature that instills a feeling of natural calm, allowing the imagination to soar.

My personal take on Imagination is that it reminds me lovingly of Dolce + Gabbana's Light Blue and Bond No. 9's Scent of Peace.  Fans of those scents will want to bask in the aromas of Imagination.  The candle fills the room with its pleasingly fresh, relaxing scent. The liquid soap and the body lotion are both long-wearing in scent, though I have to say the packaging of these two items leaves a bit to be desired (a bit cheap looking ... shhhhh it doesn't matter, it's what's inside that counts!). 

Imagination products are available as home fragrances, including candles and room scents, and in the liquid hand soap and body lotion.  They are available in Disney Store locations nationwide as of June 2011 and are moderately priced between $12.50 and $19.50.  Let me tell you, the Imagination candle alone is well worth this gorgeous scent at under $20 for approximately 50 hours of burn time!  Be sure to experience the fragrance next time you're shopping Disney Stores.

A   peek   at   what's   to   come   ...
Magic, an unforgettable blend of icy blue mint, rich chocolate and invigorating sea spray, epitomizes the adventure of Disney and all that is Mickey Mouse. Along with Imagination, its inspiration comes from the outside world to give it a refreshing sense of nature. Magic is the freedom of children playing outdoors; it's a breeze of fresh, cool, minty air, green grass, clean woods and a surprise of chocolate.  Magic home fragrances, candles and room scents will launch in stores in July 2011.

Pixie Dust, a shimmering scent of citrus sorbet, candied fruits and summer rain, is the fragrance inspired by Tinker Bell. It's the fragrance one could imagine floating through the air as Tinker Bell showers the earth with her Pixie Dust, causing nature to blossom. Pixie Dust captures Tinker Bell's personality perfectly – it charms with a shimmering sweetness yet it also has a subtle hint of sassiness that we love about this beloved Disney character. Pixie Dust comes as a range of personal products including Eau de Toilette, Body Mist and Body Lotion, available in all Disney Store locations in Fall 2011. Gift sets with body glitter, a roll on Eau de Toilette and lip gloss will also be available.

For more information or to purchase these delicious products, please visit Disney Stores nationwide or contact them by telephone at (866) 902-2798.

images: Disney / photo credit: Stuart Ramson

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Well Defined Eye via Clarisonic Opal x Tarte Cosmetics

It makes a statement when Clarisonic partners with a beauty brand to produce a beauty bundle.  I mean, they already have their own skincare products that are perfectly compatible with the cleansing and treatment tools they manufacture.  So why partner with a brand outside?

Answer:  Because they know their customers demand the highest possible quality results!  So when you see Clarisonic bundling with say Philosophy's Purity Made Simple Cleanser, it makes sense.  And when Clarisonic decided they wanted to extend their presence in the beauty market with their Opal Sonic Infusion System, they went to whom?  Tarte Cosmetics!

Here's why:
Clarisonic wants to give skincare aficionados the ultimate set for creating a sultry, defined and flawless eye. The Opal Sonic infuses serums into the skin more effectively than manual application. As the device is moved in small circles around the eye area, its soft applicator tip delivers products with more than 7,500 gentle micro-massages per minute. Serums and creams are absorbed more deeply and evenly, enhancing their ability to promote healthy, hydrated, and younger-looking skin.

Exclusively available now at Sephora, the new, limited edition set pairs the sonic device that with a selection of skinvigorating™ products from Tarte. The Opal gently infuses Anti-Aging Sea Serum beneath the skin’s surface, instantly hydrating, smoothing and brightening the eye area in just one minute.  Follow with Tarte's pioneering products made with high-performance naturals. Tarte's Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol gives the effect of younger, smoother eyes while acting as a base that locks shadow in place all day and boosts pigment payoff. With a fully refreshed eye area, follow your eye treatment with these other healthy, nourishing cosmetics from Tarte. Check around ... (seriously, google, check beauty reviews, other stores, etc.) you'll see the Tarte products in this set are truly in a class all their own in terms of their natural, nourishing ingredients and what they offer in way of enhancing what you already have to create the appearance of beautiful, enviable, head-turning eyes. 

This set contains:
Opal Sonic Infuser
1.7 oz Anti-Aging Sea Serum
2 Replacement Applicator Tips
Universal Voltage Charger
Wristlet Carrying Case
0.24 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Black
0.003 oz Tarte EmphasEYES™ Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in Black
0.08 oz Tarte Lifted™ Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol™

Sounds fantastic!  Though seemingly pricey at first glance, this is actually quite reasonable for this set of products and tools (compare Opal elsewhere).  The Opal Sonic Infusion System With Tarte Limited Edition Set is available only at Sephora and retails for $185. 

 Pssst ->  Don't forget to do all your online shopping (including Sephora) through Mintbox for exclusive discounts, % off purchases AND cash back options. You'll seriously be surprised at all the brands and tremendous deals you'll find there. Access your Mintbox invitation here!
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