**UPDATED** Urban Decay gets a rewards program!

UD BEAUTY JUNKIES ADDICTION HAS ITS PERKS. Earn points with every purchase; then, redeem them for special rewards. You’ll also get access to even more exclusive benefits, like FREE SHIPPING on every order. SIGN UP NOW >

** UPDATE: Turns out the Birthday Gifts change from month to month! February was a full sized eye shadow and March is a full sized 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner of your choice!!

Click here to sign up and you’ll get an extra 10 points!

Urban Decay is one of my favorite bands and up until now there was rarely a advantage to purchasing from urbandecay.com. Last night UD started a rewards program and it is really, really, really good!

Not only is the membership free but they are giving FREE SHIPPING on any order! Plus they are giving a FREE FULL SIZED EYESHADOW of your choice for your birthday! It doesn’t stop there:

  • As you accumulate points, UD Kickbacks will be added to your account automatically. Apply these $10 and $20 rewards (depending on points earned) toward future purchases.
  • Enjoy special offers, promotions, gifts (they may even surprise you with some free swag on your doorstep) and double points days.
  • Get early access to new product launches.

 

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Super Tarte Deal!

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Tarte has a super deal that would be great for Mother’s Day or as a gift for yourself! I love Tarte products and this kit has everything you need for a complete look. Just the foundation sells for $36.00 and blush is $28, right there you are already saving $10 and the rest are just a bonus….a really good bonus! AND you get to pick your colors!!! Click here to scoop one up!

First you get a choice of 3 bags:

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Next you choose your foundation and you can choose from over 15 color choices:

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Then choose a blush from these 4 choices (True Love, Flush, Frisky or Glisten):

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Then choose a Lip Tint from these 3 choices (Desire, Graceful or Splendid):

 

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Now on to eyes, choose from these 4 shadows (Slate, Plum Smoke, Shimmering Bronze or Shimmering Moss):

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Next choose from 3 dual eyeliners and a dual ended brush (Plum/Black, Green/Black or Bronze/Black):

 

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Lastly they are including a Cream Eyeshadow Brush:

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Over all this is one of the best deals I’ve seen all year and I was quick to scoop it up! A special thanks to ValentineJoy at ourbeautytalk.com for letting me know about this!

Jouer puts out a limited edition Mother’s Day Box!

Jouer has a LE Mother’s Day Box for all those wonderful mothers out there! Will you be getting one for your mom…or yourself??? Check it out here!

New Le Matchbox subscription from Jouer

There is a new subscription box from the makeup brand Jouer! This is a quarterly box and costs $45, now lets just stop a moment to revive the people who fainted at the $45 price tag….That IS pricey and I had reservations about shelling out the big bucks, but after seeing full spoilers on Instagram I jumped in with both feet!

Jouer wasn’t a company I was very familiar with until recently, they are sold at Nordstrom, Birchbox, their website online and a few boutiques. I picked up their Moisture Matte foundation from Birchbox and fell in love with it, so this box was exciting…but $45 is a lot to spend not knowing what you’ll get. Lucky for us they put out enough early promotion boxes that the word got out! The box has a value over $100 and every product is Full Sized!!

First you take a quick survey asking eye color, skin type and a few other questions to determine if you are cool or warm toned. They are sending variations of the box bases on this, but the product are all the same, just suited to your needs. Up first is the big ticket item that is worth more then the cost of the box!

This is a Full Size either or product depending on your skin type, the Daily Repair Treatment Oil is for those with dry skin and the Daily Clarifying Treatment is for oily skin types. Personally, I love that they didn’t try to give everyone the same facial oil and then some people lose out on the biggest ticket item in the box.  Also being an oil slick kinda gal I really like that they made a formulation that will work for me…I want to be on the face oil bandwagon too!

Value $48

Next is a Full Size Jouer mineral powder blush, the colors will very here too and I love that I won’t end up with a blush better suited for a cool toned gal! The early reviews are that they are very pigmented, but can be sheered or built up depending on your preference. Did you notice the odd sides of the packaging? Jouer products connect to one another, so you can make your own face case! Really cool idea!!

Value $24

 

The next products are Full Sized for the lips! Not sure how these are distributed though out the boxes, other then the colors will go along with your undertones.  I’m hoping for the lip gloss, but will be happy to try out the lipstick too.

Value $24 for the lipstick and $22 for the gloss

This Full Sized Creme Eyeshadow Crayon comes in 5 colors on Jouers website, but I’ve only seen black in the early boxes. I would be happy to have black to use as an eye shadow base or a easy smoky eye look.

Value $24

Jouer Travel Eyelash Curler

This item is a travel sized eyelash curler and I couldn’t find it for sale on the Jouer website. The design looks interesting and I love having travel sized items. While I don’t normally need to curl my lashes, I’m excited to try this out.

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There is also a bonus sample sized Parfume Oil being included!

Over all the value on this box is at least $120! All the products are ones I’m excited to try and they fact that they are tailored to my skin type and tone is what most boxes do wrong. I mean why have me take a survey if none of that information determines the products I will receive?!?!?! Hello are you listening Glossybox, BoxyCharm and Ipsy??? This could be a nice long term relationship….

This sold out once, but is back in stock…run girls run!

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Tarte Miracles From The Amazon Review

Tarte Miracles From The Amazon

tarte Miracles from the Amazon 6pc. Collection with Bag

This set is a QVC exclusive and is an amazing value at just $65.95 ($3 shipping)! I have to admit I’m not a QVC shopper and nievely thought that TV shopping was really old school, however with exclusive deals like this I’m a convert. Everything is full sized, even the foundation is full sized at .5 oz. I’m calculating the value to be $167, based off similar products, since these are all exclusive to QVC. That value is crazy!

What’s included:

  • 0.51-fl oz Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer
  • 0.27-fl oz LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite, a berry mauve shade
  • 0.24-fl oz Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara in black
  • Amazonian Clay Eye and Cheek Palette with:
  • one 0.20-oz blush in Talented (peachy coral shade)
  • six 0.035-oz Amazonian Clay eye shadows (Pink Beyond, Taupe for the Best, Dreams Plum True, Out of This Pearl,  Thistle be the Day, and Paint the Brown)
  • Double-ended eye shadow brush
  • Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer brush
  • Makeup bag

Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer

I have to admit I hate the name, why Tarte why, but it is really good foundation with full coverage, while still being a lightweight product. It is true to the other foundation color names Tarte uses. I’m Tan in everything Tarte makes, which is fantastic for ordering new products that I haven’t swatched. Not every brand keeps their color names consistent, side eyeing you here Nars! The dropper applicator is interesting and I only needed 2 drops to cover my whole face, I even skipped concealer and felt good about it. This lasted on my extremely oily skin for a solid 9 hours, it claims 12, but I was pretty haggard at the 12 hour mark.

LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine

I love Tarte’s lip products and this LipSurgence is no different. It has a perfect blend of staying power without being sticky and smells like vanilla frosting, yum! The color is a great everyday, your lips but better kind of shade. I think it would work really well with a dramatic eye shadow look. This lasted 5 hours, that included lunch and a drink. The color was mostly gone, but there was a little shine and moisture left after the meal.

Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

I haven’t tried this yet, I have a mountain of mascaras to get through, but I did gift this to my Vegan sister in law and she likes it a lot. It’s really hard to find Vegan mascaras that preform well and she swears by this stuff.

Amazonian Clay Eye and Cheek Palette

I love this set up, it’s perfect for days when your short on time and just want everything to work. The 6 eye shadows play nicely off each other and the blush is a nice flush of color. I used 4 of the 6 eye shadows for my eye look today and felt like I could get quite a few everyday looks with the colors provided. The blush was soft, but visible and the formulation is long lasting and easy to blend. This palette would be a great all in one for travel, I would just grab a few colorful singles to round out a week long vacation.

 Dual Ended Eye Shadow and Foundation Brushes

Holy kitten fur and clouds Batman, this foundation brush is by far the softest brush I own! It’s totally synthetic and the quality is top notch. I’ve over the moon in love! This thing is a powerhouse and could be used for foundation, powder, blush or conture and handle them all with ease. It’s hand made as well, in another line this brush could easily sell for $50+.

Now for the less great, although this should be prefaced with the fact that I tend to hate dual ended brushes…I found this brush to be good on both ends, it’s soft,workable and well made. I like to store my brushes upright in containers for easy access, so any 2 ended brush ends up with one side smashed. I chose the fluffy blending brush to keep and the the flat side will be unused from now on.

This is a repeating order item with QVC and they will send out another set in June and October for the same price, although the products will change slightly. Here are photos of the next two bags:

June

June TVS

I’m less excited about this one, they are including a Tarte Bronzing Serum and with my dark skin I won’t use it. The palette looks great and the eyeliner and eyeliner brush are a nice addition. I think I will have to cancel the auto renew for June, but wait…

October

 October TSV

This is more my speed, I love the Tarte Maracuja Oil. It works so well with my oily skin and is my Holy Grail eye cream. Well not a cream, but it works wonderfully to hydrate my under eye area and blends well with every concealer I use. I’ll be back for this one!

Ipsy Glam Bag May 2014

“It’s Ipsy bag time”, as my favorite youtuber stilakiss33 would say! Well this months bag is a super cute canvas bag with a green leaf pattern and green zipper. I think this is the first canvas bag I’ve received from them, so the change is nice. Now on to the products in the bag:

Therapy Session Hair Mask 60 mL

First up was a hair mask from Eva.Nye, a brand I’ve never heard of. The packaging is bright and springish, but the smell, oh dear god the smell! One of the girls on MUT (makeuptalk.com) said it smelled like “bad breath” and she’s kinda right. I don’t know if I want to use this and have to smell my hair all day. Full size 2.03oz value $12 (-$200 for the smell)

Up next was a sunscreen from Hang Ten with SPF 50. I remember this brand being cool when I was a kid, I really love the colorful packaging and the cute feet. This product adsorbed quickly and has a light tropical fragrance. Over all I will use this, but it’s not really exciting.  Full size 3.4 oz  $12.99, I received a deluxe sample 1 oz valued at $3.85.

I also received a Pacifica eyeshadow duo #1, a light champagne and golden bronze color. I’ll be honest I didn’t open this, I have so many shadows in these colors I know it would just sit and not be used. I was curious about the quality and formula, so I searched and found most people found it to be chalky with little color payoff and the lid breaks off very easily.  I was planning on gifting it, but who do I dislike enough to give a chalky/cheap eyeshadow??? It looks like this was made exclusivity for Ipsy, so as far as value goes…a full size shadow sells for $14.

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Again I received a microdermabrasion product, last month I received the Dr. Brant’s one. Come on Ipsy mix it up a bit!! Could it be a dupe for the Dr. Brant? It is in very different packaging, but the size of the exfoliatior beads and the smell is the exact same. I will be doing a side by side later this week to verfi this and will update this post.  Full size is 2 oz and $32, I received  1 oz valued at $16.

Last but not least was the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive. I was really hoping to get this, I have a few of the Colorburst Stains and love em. Unfortunately this color really washed me out, I had a “under the weather” kind of look. Not Cute! The product it’s self was nice, creamy application that dried down to a soft matte finish. I would purchase another color from this line and think Revlon makes very nice lip crayons.  Full sized $6.50.

 

I was less then impressed by the contents of my bag, sorry to  be a Debbie Downer. In fact I almost didn’t blog this bag, if you don’t have something nice to say….well here I’ll just said it. I still love my Ipsy subscription and for $10 a month it’s totally worth it. I will say out of all the bags I’ve gotten this was my first boo bag, they really do a great job…most of the time! The total value of my bag was $52.35, but for me the value is just $17. $16 for the scrub and $1 for the sunscreen (that’s what I’d pay for a tube of Coppertone) plus the bags value.