Category Archives: Lancome

Lancome Makeup Brush Reviews: Ranking 15 Brushes By Which are The Best (9 Favorites), The Worst (3 Awful Ones), and Just Average (3 Meh)

My Lancome Makeup Brush reviews are long overdue, but I am finally here to bring you my thoughts on which Lancome makeup brushes are the best, the worst, and just average. Of the 22 makeup brushes on the Lancome site, I own 15. Well, one of them got misplaced, but I am reviewing it anyway. When I got back into makeup in April 2013, I purchased many of these Lancome makeup brushes. That makes many of these six years old, and I am happy to report I’ve had no casualties (from my Lancome makeup brushes anyway). This proves that investing in well-made brushes will result in a long shelf-life. There are cheaper brushes that have also held up nicely, but I will cover those in another article down the road. Of course I picked up a few more of these over the years, so some of them are newer.

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The Best 2018 Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday Beauty Sales and Deals

My favorite shopping event of the year is finally here. This weekend, which kicks before Thanksgiving with some retailers, provides some of the best deals we will see. Traditionally, this is the weekend where most retailers cross over from red to black, and they will do whatever it takes to earn your shopping dollars. Offers are competitive, because almost every retailer will have one. I will update this every time I see an incredible offer through Cyber Monday, so this list will grow over the week. My tastes might vary from yours, so make sure you sign up for emails from all of your favorite retailers. It is also a good idea to check multiple blogs and sites to see what each of them feel is worth mentioning this season. Most of these offers go out to all customers. Of course, there might be some affiliate exclusives or offers targeted to select customers. I am not listing any small offers, because this is the time of year when we can stretch our budget further by scoring just the right deal. Some big offers will not make the cut either, because I cannot list them all.

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Sephora Favorites 2018 Superstars Kit Review

See the grab or pass on the Sephora Favorites Superstars Everyday Must Haves, and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


This 2018 Sephora Favorites Kit came back in stock temporarily (after I reviewed it), but it returned to its original $80 price tag. I went over the reasons I would not purchase the 2018 Sephora Favorites Superstars Kit at full-price in a grab or pass article. The main reason was the original price of $80 was too high for mostly samples that Sephora has given out many times. Of the $85.50 in full-size products, none of the items really grabbed my attention. I already owned two of them and the other two were things I would not usually purchase, especially at full-price. All of the samples already existed in my collection, and I did not need duplicates of any of them. My decision in that article was I would purchase the kit if it dipped to $40. At that price, I could justify grabbing the two items I did not already own and keeping some duplicates of the products I really love and would actually need. Days after posting that article, Sephora discounted the set to $40 in its Labor Day Sale. To make sure I could not pass this deal up, Sephora allowed me to use my Rouge discount code from the Beauty Insider Appreciation Event for an extra 20% off bringing the final sales price to $32.

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The Best Labor Day Sales and Deals This Weekend

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 when Grover Cleveland (some dispute giving him credit) declared we needed an annual celebration of workers and their achievements. This was during the height of the Industrial Revolution, so employees were really making an impact on the economy. It was not uncommon for workers to endure 12 hour shifts, seven days a week. No one was immune, not even children. Since weekends did not exist for these workers, Labor Day was a welcome and extremely brief reprieve for our ancestors who brought us into a new millennium. Though must of us do not have the work ethic of our forefathers, and thank goodness for that because there is more to life than earning money, Labor Day is still an important part of our society.

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L’Oreal Consumer Testing Compensation for Five Informational Studies

L’Oreal owns a lot of brands. While they sadly are not cruelty free, they do consumer testing in the US. Beauty lovers who wish to test products under the L’Oreal umbrella should become members of L’Oreal Consumer Testing Panel. Panelists are given informational surveys or free products to review. Signing up for the program is not always easy, because there are times when they do not accept new panelists. I attempted to sign up twice before I was successful on my third attempt. From the first attempt to the third, there was a nine-month span.

Once accepted into the program, panelists complete short qualification surveys determine eligibility in a survey/study. If selected for a testing panel, follow the step by step directions, and see it to completion. In addition to receiving testing products for free, you will receive compensation upon completion. Compensation varies based on the study you take part in. It can range from very little value for lower-end studies to hundreds of dollars worth of products for higher-end studies. Those participating in informational surveys get compensated upon completion of the fifth survey.

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Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 Review

See the 2019 Sephora Sun Safety Kit, and all 2019 Sephora Promotions, Sales, GWP, Deals, Promo Codes, and Events.


I’m here to bring you my Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2018 review. Sephora usually tempts me when it puts out a new Favorites Set. These sets retail for a lot less than the value of the items inside. As long as the items you plan on keeping exceed the value of the price you pay for the set, it is a good deal. This is one of my favorite ways to sample new items, and I like the sets even more when they have some full-sized items inside. While paying for samples is something I do often with subscription boxes, I limit how often I pay for samples in sets. The mystery of subscription boxes and desire to get things I would never purchase prevails in that case. When a set only has samples and costs over $20, I am less likely to purchase it. Paying for samples is not always a bad thing, especially when sets have items you really want to try, and you have not been able to get them for free or as a GWP.

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The Ulta 2017 Birthday Gift Changes Each Quarter

The 2019 birthday gift article is up. New birthday gifts are available every quarter at Ulta in 2017 and 2018. Remember to check all birthday offers before your birthday arrives, because many retailers have great offers. Every quarter when the next gift announces, I will update this (and the main post). If you have not joined the UltaMate Rewards Program yet, join before your birthday to receive your free gift. Joining with a referral link will also give you $10 off your first purchase.

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Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Review Fall 2016

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Two of my favorite things to collect are lip products and eyeshadows. I have a hard time passing on the latest and greatest eyeshadow palette and lipstick kit. Sephora puts favorites kits together like no one else. It is so hard to pass on them, even though I have more lippies than I can use. Earlier this year, Sephora launched Give Me Some Nude Lip for $28. Even though I am not a huge fan of nude lip colors, I loved the set. The colors in this new Give Me Some Lip are more my speed, so I knew I had to get this. If you’re looking for Give Me Some More Lip that launches every year, that should probably launch around the end of September if it follows 2015 or mid September if it follows 2014. After seeing previews around social media, it is safe to say I will purchase that one as well. These lip sets never stay in stock long, so it will probably sell out before the bigger one launches.

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Get Free Samples Volume Eleven

Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the eleventh installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.

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Ulta Lancome 5x Points and a Laura Geller GWP

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View detailed instructions on Earning and Redeeming Points at Ulta.

As much as I love Ulta, and I really do love all the deal stacking at Ulta, I never buy my beloved Lancome there. Why? They never get the blockbuster GWP options you see at department stores. From April of 2o13 to May of 2014, I partook in over 30 Lancome gifts from a variety of retailers. Ulta never got any of my Lancome love until now. This was my very first (and possibly last) Lancome purchase at Ulta.

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Nail Polish Swatches Corals and Oranges

My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.

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Shop Luxury Beauty Store, Formerly The Company Outlet, For Discontinued and Discounted Items

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I adore the Lancome Taupe Craze Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette. Of every palette I own (and I own a lot), it is my all-time favorite. When someone told me Lancome discontinued it, my heart broke a little. Yes, I know it is silly to get attached to makeup, but certain makeup products are incredible. This is one I’ve received several times when purchasing Lancome items during a GWP offer. Thinking I could easily buy or get another GWP mini once my palette was gone, I gave my extra palettes to fellow beauty lovers. By the time I learned it could not be replaced, it had sold out everywhere. After sulking and searching frantically for a few days, I stopped looking. My dream of buying a backup (and I do not keep backups of color products) seemed dashed.

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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight December 2015

Every month, I review my empty products. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and had to condense the article. There were five products I consider FabuFinds in my December Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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Get Free Samples Volume Six

Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the sixth installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.

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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight September 2015

Every month, I review my empty products. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are so wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally like to devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and had to condense the article. There were two products I consider FabuFinds in my September Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip 2015

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When it comes to favorite sets, no one puts them together like Sephora. The Give Me More Lip Kit usually releases every year in mid September, but it released a little later this year. I have a really hard time passing on favorites that are makeup and skin care related causing me to buy more than I should. My favorite kit each year has is the Sun Safety or the Give Me More Lip. The smaller Give Me Some Lip Kit looked nice as well, but I sat on buying it for too long and missed out. It was cuter than the one I got in 2013 and 2014, so I regret my decision to wait until I had more used than unused lipsticks to buy it.

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My First Makeup Love, Lancome, Will Always Be a Gift With Purchase King

I started wearing makeup when I was 13. My Dad never bought it for me, so I only purchased drugstore brands or used whatever items I borrowed from my older sisters. Though I remember liking certain items, I do not remember loving anything. One day at age 17 while strolling through Dillard’s with my boyfriend (now husband), I came across the Lancome counter. It was having one of the infamous GWP sales. We’ve all seen them. They’re the ones that give you 6-8 items worth over $100 for purchases as low as $35. After my first purchase, I fell in love with the brand.

This was 1997, and it was my introduction to mid-range, department store makeup. I found Definicils, which is still my favorite. Poeme and Tresor were scents I could actually wear. Most scents still make me light-headed, but I found both of those rather pleasant. Dual Finish taught me that being shine free in the middle of a Vegas summer is possible. Prior to that, I thought the opposite. At the end of the day BiFacil took everything off like a dream. Everything was magic. Although I took a healthy break from wearing makeup, I returned to investing in my first love once I starting purchasing makeup again in 2013.

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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight July 2015

Every month, I review my empty products. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are so wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally like to devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article. That does not mean they lost their magic. It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love. Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and had to condense the article. July brought so many lovely items but for the sake of not spotlighting too many, I will narrow the list down to seven I have not discussed yet.

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Get Free Samples Volume Four

Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the fourth installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.

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Get Free Beauty Samples Volume Three

Nothing beats completely free offers. Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. Welcome to the third installment of items I’ve received for free. Past free sample articles feature different freebies. The offers at times come in emails. Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website. Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail. My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities. Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize. I will miss out on any that come that way.

I will always list general free items I am aware of on the front page of this site.  Sites I trust for free items are listed here if you want to look into any of them.

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L’Oreal Consumer Testing Lipstick Informational Survey and My Freebies

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I love many brands under the L’Oreal umbrella, so I jumped at the chance to join The L’Oreal Consumer Testing Panel.  Panel members have the opportunity to test L’Oreal products for free.  Short qualification surveys determine eligibility in a program.  If selected for a panel, follow the step by step directions to see it to completion.  In addition to receiving testing products for free, you will receive compensation upon completion.  Compensation varies based on the study you participate in.  It can range from very little value for lower end studies to hundreds of dollars worth of products for higher end studies.

I log in to the portal around 3-4 times a week.  You can log in less often or every day if you’d like.   Some days there are no surveys on my dashboard.  If I see any surveys, I will attempt them.  Qualification surveys usually take about two minutes.  They’re looking for a a small number from specific groups of people, so the sooner you fill out the survey the better the chance you will grab a spot.  People on the East Coast actually have a bit of an advantage, because the facility in New Jersey posts studies early.  By the time I get up and try to qualify, my group has mostly been filled.  That does not mean it is impossible for us West Coast beauty lovers to qualify.

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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight March 2015

Every month, I review my empty products. If you missed this month’s empties, you can find them here. Some products are not worth thinking about once the month is over. Others are so wonderful and seem like they’re made for me. Those are FabuFinds, and I generally like to devote a little more time to discussing them. They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.

To eventually spotlight all of my FabuFinds, I will never repeat items already mentioned in a past article.  That does not mean they lost their magic.  It is also possible an item not spotlighted in a past Empties article may get promoted as I try it more and fall deeper in love.  Other times, it is because I had a lot of FabuFinds in a previous month and had to condense the article.  There were five products I consider FabuFinds in my March Empties that I have not discussed yet.

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FabuFinds: Product Spotlight February 2015

Every month, I review my empty products.  If you missed this month’s empties, you can find them here.  Some products are obviously miserable, and I do not want to think about them again.  Others are so wonderful and seem like they’re made just for me.  Those are FabuFinds, and I generally like to devote a little more time to discussing them.  They are items I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase even at full price if I could not find a good promo code.

Of everything I used in February 2015, there were only three I consider FabuFinds.  Two already exist in my stash, and the other one will once I’ve used the samples I own of it.  Three is one less than last month, but finding products that are just right for you is a task.  If you find even one a month, it makes your never-ending quest to find them worth it.

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Get Free Beauty Samples Volume Two

Nothing beats completely free offers.  Sometimes, there really is no catch to obtaining free items.  You just have to know where to look and how to find them.  Welcome to the second installment of items I’ve received for free.  Other free sample articles will feature different freebies, like Volume One Did.  If you have not already read volume one, you can see the free items I received here.  My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities.

The offers at times come in emails.  Sometimes, you will see them on a blog or the direct brand’s website.  Other times, you can find free offers on social media or even through snail mail.  Offers can at times come by phone, but I never answer numbers I do not recognize.  I will miss out on any that come that way.

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Get Free Beauty Samples Volume One

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I can only think of one person who claims not to like samples.  Said person gladly accepts ones I give him that he wants to try though.  He will not accept any he’s never heard of or is not interested in trying, so a better way to word it is, he does not want to sample anything he has not first researched.  There are people who feel the same way.  What would you think if I told you not only can you research an item, but you can contact the company for a completely free sample.  I am not referring to a gift with purchase, but I actually mean a free sample.  You do not even pay for shipping.

People will tell you that there is no such thing as free, but that is not always true.  My Free Samples Page provides more information on sample opportunities.  Sometimes companies want test subjects to sample products and review them.  It helps with product studies as well as free word of mouth advertising based on how many people see the review.  Some of you may have already seen the article I wrote on the free Dr. Dennis Gross item I received for review purposes.   Continue reading