Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 Deals: Makeup & Natural Hair etc.

And also Grey Thursday and Small Business Saturday. The race to Christmas and shopping! Here is a round-up of many of the sales, discounts and special deals available this weekend in beauty, hair and some other sites that I like! Will be updated as needed…..

MAKEUP

  • Sephora: Online and in-stores. Numerous $10 deals. While supplies last. Starts: Friday 28th Nov.
  • Senna Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 20% off. Free Shipping over $50. Expires: Monday 1st December, 11:59PM PST
  • Smashbox: Online. Friends & Family Sale. Discount: 25% off of purchases over $50. Code: HOLIDAY14 Expires: Monday 1st December @ 2:59AM EST
  • Tarte Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 25% off everything including limited-edition sets. Code: FRIDAY Expires: Sunday 30th Nov.
  • MUD Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 25% off. Expires: Dec 2.
  • Shiseido: Online. Discount: 20% off. Code: FFSHISEIDO14 Expires: Monday 1st Dec
  • Sleek MakeUP: Online. Discount: 20% off, Black Friday only.
  • Mally Beauty: Online. Discount: 30% off. Expires: Friday 28th Nov @11:59PM EST
  • OCC Makeup: Online. Discount: 20% off all products. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Eve Pearl: Online only. Discount: 40-60% off. Code: BP2014 While supplies last.
  • OFRA Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 50% off sitewide. Code: NOTJUSTFRIDAY From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Becca Cosmetics: Online. Discount: 20% off purchases over $50 + Free Shipping. Code: GOLD20 Limited time only.
  • Melt Cosmetics: Online. Discount: Buy 2 get 1 free. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Friday 28th only.

HAIR

  • Anita Grant: Online. Discount: 25% off No code needed. Ends Tuesday 2nd December or while supplies last.
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful – Online. Discount: 30% off all purchases over $40. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Expires: Friday 28th Nov @ midnight. Discount: 25% off all purchases over $40. Code: SHOPSMALL Expires: Sunday 30th Nov @ midnight
  • Oyin Handmade: Online. Discount: 25% off everything. Code: #blackfriday and Free Shipping and Handling for domestic orders. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Hairveda: Online. Discount: See online. From Friday 28th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov.
  • DooBop: Online. Discount: 30% off sitewide. Code: BLACKFRIDAY From Friday 28th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov
  • Zenzele: Online and in-store. Discount: 25% off sitewide. From Nov 24 to Nov 30
  • Darcy’s Botanicals: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code: THANKYOU From Thurs 27th Nov to Sunday 30th Nov.
  • Camille Rose Naturals: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code:CRNBLACKFRIDAY. From Friday 28th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.
  • Coco Curls: Online. Buy 1 get 1 half off + free shipping. Black Friday only.
  • Qhemet Biologics: Online. Discount: 20% off + Free domestic shipping for orders over $70. Code: Thankful  Starts: Monday 1st December @ 12 noon EST/9 AM PST.  Last for 8 hours only.  Ends: 8PM EST.
  • SheaMoisture: Online. Discount: 30% off all. No code needed. Monday 1st December only.  From 9 AM to 5 PM.

 

OTHER

  •  Fanm Djam. Online. Discount: 10% off $50+ Code: BF50 Discount: 20% off $100+ Code: BF100 From Thur 27th Nov to Mon 1st Dec
  • Chen Burkett: Online. Discount: 25% off. Code: BLACKFRIDAY Valid on Black Friday 28th Nov only. Discount: 15% off. Code: CYBER15 Valid; Saturday 29th Nov to Monday 1st Dec.

Laters!

I finally tried Darcy’s Botanicals Vanilla Styling Crème. Did it give me the results I was looking for?

 

I have a long, long list of products that I want to try. And that list is constantly growing as I learn about new brands that are popping up specifically geared to those with kinky, curly, coily hair. Once I find something, I tend to stick with it and use it over and over. I also don’t like buying something new until I have run out of the older products.

I finished with my recently discovered holy grail styler Oyin’s boing, and I promptly headed down to Ecodermis in Crown Heights (check this place out for all your natural hair needs) and I picked up the Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Crème Natural Hair Butter.

Upon opening the container, the product was filled to the brim! No air pockets so that you are definitely getting a good quantity!

The butter is vegan and 100% natural. It claims to be the best super rich moisturizing styling butter for natural twists, braids, locs and curls. The styling crème is off-white in colour and contains a bunch of great ingredients for adding and holding moisture including Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Jojoba Oil and Castor Seed Oil. This product is thick and has a very slight scent. Very thick! It has a consistency of a wax rather than a butter. It is probably because of the two waxes it also contains – emulsifying wax and candelilla wax. It reminds me of those loc butters than contains beeswax that some people use to re-twist their locs. I would recommend scooping out a small amount of the styling crème and emulsify it in your hands i.e. rub it between your palms to melt it a little and warm it up. It did not completely liquefy in my hands and remained as a thick cream. I applied this to my freshly washed hair after my leave-in conditioner. After twisting my hair, I was left with a slightly waxy texture to my strands. It definitely was not oily as some other heavier oil-based products would. I left my hair twisted for about a week and a half, only misting my hair with my Oyin Frank Juice and using some of the Styling Crème on my ends. After unravelling, I was left with an amazing twistout with an incredible hold!

My first twist out with Darcy’s! Look at the definition!

Click here for more pictures!!

Wishes – Zoya Holiday/Winter 2014 collection  

Playing on the holiday theme and wishing for beautiful, sparkly things, Zoya has produced a mixed-texture nail lacquer collection.

From PR:

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!

 

More details here….

Holiday Eyeliner Kits by Ardency Inn

Image via PR

Holiday season is in full swing and Ardency Inn has 2 eyeliner kits that contain brand new colours that will not be available until Spring of 2015.

From PR:

ARDENCY INN announces the launch of two holiday kits containing the famed MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner, including two exclusive colors not yet available for sale individually.

The kits contain an attractive combination of classic and on-trend colors that can be mixed and matched or worn alone, on and off stage. The combination of deep pigments and rich metallics creates the perfect pop of color to rock in the NewYear. The full-sized trio includes full size liners in Black Dark, Blue and Gold (Gold not available as a single sku until spring 2015).

Full sized trio – image via PR

 

The travel-sized duo includes mini liners in Black and True Blue (True Blue not available as a single sku until spring 2015).

 

Travel-sized duo – Image via PR

 

Known for their professional grade, pigment rich formula, ARDENCY INN’S MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliners contain a waterproof, soft and creamy formula that allows ample time for blending when applied, but stays put well into the wee hours of the morning. Each holiday kit features product illustrations by Juliane Hennes, a German artist known for her high-fashion motifs and creative use of mixed mediums.

Headlining the campaign will be internationally recognized EDM Artist & DJ Audrey Napoleon. A local of TriBeCa in New York City, Audrey created the theme of the campaign: A modern, downtown Cleopatra.

The ARDENCY INN MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Trio will retail for US$29.00 (value US$57.00) in the US and C$33.00 (value C$66.00) in Canada. The ARDENCY INN MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Travel Duo will retail for US$15.00(valueUS$27.00) in the US and C$17.00 (valueC$31.00) in Canada.

Both kits will be available for sale on November 6, 2014 at select Sephora stores in the US and Canada, Urban Outfitters Herald Square NYC, Sephora.com, UrbanOutfitters.com and ArdencyInn.com.

These products are now available from selected retailers such as Sephora and Urban Outfitters.

 

New Audacious lip colour by NARS Cosmetics for fall/autumn and LOTD

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NARS recently released a collection of 40 lipsticks in honour of its 20th Anniversary. New packaging and rich, creamy colour. The collection is currently available and I picked up one of them. I love deep shades for the colder months and Liv fits the bill! Smooth on the lips and lasts a good many hours.

 

NARS Audacious lipstick in Liv. The packaging is sleek and magnetic

Liv -special embossed lipstick bullet, rich colour!

See how this looks on my lips!

My new favourite SheaMoisture collection! And buying it helps fight poverty!

 

I was so excited when I saw the sneak peek of this new line on Instagram! (Btw, are you following me?) I loved the amber/maroon/burnished gold packaging. I have been using the same shampoo bars for the last year and a half and I was ready for something new. The newest member of the SheaMoisture Collection is The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection.

From PR:

The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection is part of SheaMoisture Community Commerce program, which seeks to fight poverty and better the lives of women globally. Ten percent of Community Commerce sales go to women-led businesses, to support communities that supply ingredients for SheaMoisture’s products, or support The Sofi Tucker Foundation, a non-profit established by the brand.  Each product in the collection contains certified organic Shea Butter ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana, HoneyMafura and Baobab Oils, and African Rock Fig.

The collection contains both a hair care line and body care line.

Hair:

  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo– This sulfate-free shampoo cleanses, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients.  Softens and revitalizes hair, while protecting from environmental influences.  SRP: $10.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner– A rinse-out conditioner instantly softens and detangles, while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients.  Leaves hair soft, shiny and more manageable.  SRP: $10.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Complex– This potent treatment absorbs quickly to encourage a healthy scalp and lustrous, beautiful hair.  Improves hair’s elasticity and promotes healthy growth.  SRP: $10.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque– An intensive, deep treatment conditioning masque that infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients.  Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier, frizz-free hair.  SRP: $12.99.

 

Body:

  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash– An all-purpose body wash that gently cleanses, while moisturizing dry, rough skin.  Provides a creamy lather and leaves skin soft and radiant. Can also be used to create a luxurious spa bath.  SRP: $9.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hand Cream– Rich in vitamins, this hand cream deeply moisturizes and provides immediate relief to dry, rough skin.  Apply to hands and cuticles as needed.  SRP: $5.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Butter– This comforting body butter delivers long-lasting hydration, while rejuvenating dry, rough skin.  Massage into rough, dry elbows, cuticles, knees and heels.  Gently enough to apply to dry lips.  SRP: $11.99;
  • Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Scrub– An invigorating scrub that gently exfoliates and nourishes with a rich blend of certified organic Shea Butter Honey, Mafura and Baobab to boost skin’s hydration.  African Rock Fig helps smooth and restore softness.  SRP: $10.99;

I picked up the Hydration Shampoo and the Intensive Hydration Masque from my local Target.

There is a distinct scent of honey that is not too overpowering. I actually love it. I was not thrilled at the last collection, the Manoi and Noni line, but this one is pretty.

Both products lived up the SheaMoisture standard and were quality items, but I loved the shampoo more than the masque.

Check out the rest of the review!

The musical “The Lion King” teams up with Inglot Cosmetics!

 

 

I recently attended the launch of the Lion King-inspired collection by Inglot Cosmetics. Held at the Inglot Studio in Chelsea Market, I was able to meet a few of the cast members from the highest-grossing Broadway show in New York history!

Savannah Sunset by Inglot. Inspired by The Lion King!

I met one of the performers from The Lion King! This is Bonita, who plays the Hyena!! Check out that red lip!

If you have the opportunity, you should definitely go see the show, it is absolutely worth it! I see why it is one of the most popular musicals in the world.

From PR:

Inglot Cosmetics announces a stunning collaboration with Disney’s The Lion King, one of Broadway’s most beloved Tony-Award winning musicals. Inglot and The Lion King will come together through their shared passion for richness and vibrancy of color reminiscent of African Savannah sunsets and starry nighttime skies.

The Savannah Sunset collection consists of one single matte eye shadow, one single shimmer eye shadow, one eye shadow trio, one blush, one lipstick palette, one nail lacquer, a felt tip liner and a mascara. It is currently available at Inglot boutiques around the world as well as online at inglotusa.com. As a special bonus, audience members who bring their ticket to Inglot Times Square and like the Inglot Fan page on Facebook will received a 20% discount on their purchase or a free makeover!

So here are some pictures, swatches of the collection, as well as quick look I did with most of the products that I received. Quickly, this is a beautiful collection, very warm and suitable for all skintones. I also think that this palette would work all year round, it’s both very summery and quite appropriate for the autumn. The colours are pigmented and easy to blend. A little ‘dusty’, but not too bad. The eyeliner is also pretty good and it quite easy to make a quick cat eye and it dries down to a semi-glossy finish. The only product that I did not like was the Secret Volume Mascara. It’s one of those plastic-bristle brushes and while it was good at separating the lashes, it did nothing to volumize.

Anyway, check out the collection below!

The eye and cheek palette

Check out the rest of the pics below!

LOTD inspired by Viola Davis’ character on HTGAWM and my first autumn look!

 

Have you folks been watching “How To Get Away With Murder” starring Viola Davis? It’s another creation of Shonda Rhimes! At least in the US, Thursdays have officially become “Shonda Thursdays”. I feel sorry for the other networks. Shondaland has taken over!

Anyway, I loved the makeup that was done on Viola Davis’ character, Professor Annalise Keating. I loved that fact that they did not play it too safe, it was rather smokey, for a middle aged woman working as a professor and a practicing lawyer. I think sometimes society sets way too many rules based on arbitrariness. If you like it, wear it!

I was inspired by the look, which was basically a smokey eye with a pop of gold/copper in the centre of the lid. I did a more toned down version, a light brown smokey eye with a pop of gold in the centre.

LOTD

Here’s the main products that I used:

  • NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Himalia – a gorgeous very shimmery light gold on the centre of the lid.
  • MAC Matte2 eyeshadow in Signed, Sealed – a dark matte dark chocolate in the crease and outer eye lid.
  • Senna Cosmetics Glow Eye Color in Cordovan – described as a ‘bronzed wine’ to the inner and outer upper lid.
  • NARS Eye Paint in Black Valley – matte black gel liner, no wing (shock!)
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black – black mascara
  • Just some facial oil and Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre on my skin.

What do you think of the show??

Laters!

HOTD: Twist out and roll

Hey!

I am always wondering what to do with my hair in that in-between period when a twistout gets a little older and when it is wash day. I got a fantastic twist out (more on that in another post) but I wanted to put my hair up for work.

Click here for the details on this style!

New Urban Decay Vice3 palette is here!!

 

Urban Decay Vice3 palette. Image via Sephora.com

Vices are all consuming, insatiably addictive and always leave us wanting MORE! Something tells us we’re not the only ones who feel that way—especially when it comes to our palettes. Enough with the “will they or won’t they?” speculation; Urban Decay launches Vice3. Satisfy your eyeshadow cravings with 20 velvety, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades—from an amazing soft black and a stunning burgundy to a rich, smoky red-black. Even MORE covetable than our previous Vice palettes, the mesmerizing, jewel-inlaid case includes a huge mirror and a double-ended brush. The perfect finishing touch? A gorgeous matching bag. (See, we thought of everything!)

Wende LOVES the Vice palettes—from developing 20 all-new shades to brainstorming design concepts. With Vice3, she wanted to create a beautiful, functional component even sleeker than our previous Vice palettes. It’s the perfect go-to palette you’ll want to use all the time! Every shade has a metallic finish that echoes the iced-out metallic look of the palette itself (more on that in a minute). Where we really geeked out was developing 50 shades to get to the perfect 20 in the perfect order. You wouldn’t believe how many iterations we went through to make sure that the shade layout really communicated the whole story. We arranged the shades in columns: neutrals on the left, jewel tones in the middle and smoky shades on the right. Pair up the vertically color-coordinated quads or go wild and mix them up.

With Vice3, we pulled out ALL the stops. The extra slim case features hypnotic new artwork in an abstract stripe design. We topped it off with a bright, neon-green jeweled “Vice” icon to match the highly metallized green base. Use the coordinating bag to keep your Vice3 palette protected (and hidden from jealous would-be thieves), or as a place to store your UD brushes and other essentials.

Each Eyeshadow in Vice3 features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

The Vice3 Palette contains:

  • TRUTH – pale pink-nude matte
  • DRAGON – bright metallic green shimmer
  • VANITY – smoky metallic eggplant with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • ALIEN – pink-peach with golden shift
  • LAST SIN – champagne shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • UNDONE – pink-beige matte-satin with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • FREEZE – metallic medium blue with multidimensional micro-glitter
  • LUCKY – metallic bronze
  • ALCHEMY – deep fuchsia satin
  • ANGEL – light taupe with silver micro-glitter
  • DOWNFALL – warm light brown matte
  • HEROINE – deep navy blue with subtle floating tonal pearl
  • REIGN – rich brown satin
  • BONDAGE – deep, smoky burgundy shimmer
  • DEFY – smoky taupe satin
  • DTF – taupe matte with subtle floating pearl
  • BROKEDOWN – metallic golden brown shimmer with gold micro-glitter
  • BOBBY DAZZLE – metallic white with pale gold micro-glitter
  • SONIC – metallic red-copper
  • REVOLVER – soft black satin with subtle floating iridescent pearl

Also includes a Vice3 bag, plus a shadow and crease brush (both exclusive).

 

Vice3 (USD$60) is available from Sephora, ULTA and select Macy’s stores. Or, online at sephora.com, ulta.com, macys.com, beauty.com and urbandecay.com.  Available now….