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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Limited

Hi Angels,

I am sneaking this post in between the baby's naps.  LOL.  I just received this info and I am passing it on to you.  

The Limited is having a Buy one, Get one free sale. This is tomorrow from 5p.m till close (at the store) or 5p.m til 12 a.m online.  The only exception is that the free item is of equal or lesser value.

Here is the online promo code:

This is a good sale Angels. I hope you get something you had your eye on for a good price.  Let us know if you do.

Until next time Angels

Happy Haulin'

MAC Pressed Pigments Review

Hello Angels!

Back with a review of some MAC pressed pigments I picked up to complete my collection of what I found most interesting from that collection.  While I was at it I also decided to try (for the first time!) their Strobe Liquid, famed by many makeup artists and beauty bloggers as a go-to for creating an ethereal glow on any skin tone.  So it came home with me (see separate review post!).

All told I own 7 of the 20 pigments.  The complete collection can be viewed here
Here is my haul (plus strobe liquid):

I've swatched them on my NW45 skin.
From left to right, we have:
Moth (silver based light purple), Sweet Acting (silver based frosty pink), Angelic (silver based frosty off-white), Day Gleam (pearly NC30 shade), Deeply Dashing (pearly NW55 shade), Lime Ice (glittery seafoam green) and lastly Black Grape (deep aubergine with multi-pearl).  No primer, one good firm swipe across the pan.  

What do you think?  Ok well for starters let's address the name: Pigments  When we were discussing this with our local fave MAC artist she explained that the goal of these was to provide something like their glitter pigments that is a little bit easier to use.  If you've every tried using any loose pigments or glitters then you understand what difficulty she's talking about.  Imagine dropping black MAC pigment... anywhere....  Disaster.  With these they stay put in the pan.  
What about the color payoff?  Well I'd say there's a loss of color on a darker skin tone such as mine, and the silver undertone can start to take over.  I purchased Moth when these first came out and really liked that I could use it as a lightly colored, sparkly overlay for my purple eyeshadow looks, and decided to go back for the others to use for the same purpose.  So for me, the fact that their color isn't high impact isn't a deal breaker.  What is high-impact is the SPARKLE!  And I'm not talking crazy looking arts and crafts glitter chunks.  The ultra fine sparkle from these babies on the lids is, as my boyfriend put it, "mesmerizing" for a fun date night makeup look.  

Here is an example I put together to illustrate:  

That said, the colors are subtle enough to wear during the day as well.  They're all pigmented enough to wear alone when applied correctly, and would look very nice with an "unmade-up" makeup look (especially the Day Gleam and Deeply Dashing pigments).  

How to apply, you ask?  I would use any stiff and short-bristled eyeshadow brush (my fave for these is the MAC 215 but the 213 and 239 work as well.  You just don't want the bristles so long that they flick sparkle all over your face as you apply.  Moisten the brush with a little MAC Fix+ solution misted over it to really pack the shadow on to deepen the color if desired.  I also recommend using Shadow Shields, to avoid excessive fallout (although with a moistened brush and careful application it's not too much of a problem).

The only heartbreaker here?  I couldn't get my hands on the most popular pressed pigment: Damson.  Described as a "deep brown with gold pearl" online, the pot I swatched in the store made me gasp it was so pretty on my brown skin.  But they're alllll sold out.  I may check Ebay, and pay above retail, it was that pretty.  

Well that's all for now.  Hope you liked the swatches and got some useful tips!  Please leave your comments and questions below and as always... Happy Haulin'!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Sales

Hi Angels,

I am back with a few more sales that you can take advantage of at your local mall or online.  They expire today, so use them for yourself or holiday shopping.

1. Ann Taylor

2. Macy's


Let us know if you bought something or if there any must haves to share.  Have fun!

Until next time
Happy Haulin'

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Limited Sale

Hi Angels,

Being that I have a whole lot of baby weight to shed, I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on clothes.  I am constantly on the lookout for sales.  This is especially true for Work and Evening clothes.

The Limited has all that and more. Angels, this is our lucky weekend.  It is their anniversary and they have been celebrating by giving their customers discounts.  So just in case you haven't received your discount this weekend, we got you covered:

With this coupon you can get all the New Fall items at a discount.  I hope you are able to use this Angels.  Let us know what you bought. I hope they have size Afterbaby for me!

Take Advantage of the Sale...

Until next time
Happy Haulin'

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saks Friends & Family

Hi Angels!!

Just an FYI - only a few hours left to take advantage of the Saks Friends & Family sale!  It's a pretty generous discount just in case you had your eye on something.  Today would be the time to pick that item up!  See details below. 

Happy shopping!!

Another Must For Fall - Moto Jackets

Hi Angels!!  

I am back with another one of my favorites for fall.  I am obsessed with leather (and faux leather) moto jackets!  They can be dressed up or down, and add a bit of edginess to an outfit.  Don't be afraid to wear it with a dress or skirt!  As an added bonus they keep you nice and warm too.  I have included some different options below.  My top pick is the Zara vegan moto jacket priced at $119.  It's an inexpensive yet chic option that is cruelty free. Happy shopping!!

Mackage green jacket at Saks:

Laer at Saks:

Mackage at Saks:

All Saints at Bloomingdales:

Zara jacket:  
(This is my favorite look, just love it paired with a ruched skirt!)

Sugarpill sale

Hi Angels,

I am back with another discount being offered by one of favorite makeup lines.  Between today and tomorrow Sugarpill is offering 15% off two of their popular palettes.  They are the Heartbreaker and Cold Chemistry palette.  Both of which were reviewed by us.  

This is the season for a good deal of discounts.  Sugarpill still has their Friends and Family Sale at the end of the year where a discount applies to everything on the site.  Unfortunately, a lot of the makeup flies off the shelf at this time.  

If you are interested in getting these palettes for your collection use this code below:

Let us know if you decide to get anything and how you like it.

Until next time Angels,
Happy Haulin'

Friday, October 18, 2013

Makeup Site Sales

Hello Angels,

I wanted to let you know about two sales taking place online this week.  Since I am  up with the little one 23 hours a day, I try to read online in between feedings.  Glamorous, non?  LOL.

Prescriptives is having their Friends and Family Sale.  I have to tell you this is one of the first foundations I ever bought.  I was struggling with acne prone skin and this brand offered me perfect coverage in my exact skin tone.  Through this line I was introduced to custom blend.  Yes Angels this is like getting a makeup tailor to dress your face.  You tell them the coverage whether it be a tinted moisturizer or full coverage foundation.  
Things are a little different nowadays.  The company was bought out and now only offers their services online.  And according to Queen Oprah they still do a pretty bang up job. Check them out today and tomorrow at

The other brand that is having a sale is Stila Cosmetics. A select group of over 50 items are 80% off. If you remember I reviewed their  countless color pigments for you all.  Well those remaining beauties are now on sale for $4 a piece along with some other items. The sale items are final sale and cannot be combined with any other discount offer. It is worth a look.  This is until the 22nd of October on www.  

So that's it for now ladies.  Let us know if you decide to get something.  

Until next time Angels

Happy Haulin'

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Urban Decay Feminine Palette Review and Swatches

Sale alert Angels!

Back with a quick alert to let you know about a fabulous palette I came across at my local Sephora that was on super sale.  The Feminine palette, originally $36.00 is on sale for $14 in-store at Sephora and for $16 on their website:   Urban Decay Feminine Dangerous Fun Palettes

First, I'm a huge fan of Urban Decay palettes in general.  The Naked Palette 1 and 2 are easy faves, as well as the Smoked palette.  These are invaluable for me, especially when it comes to travel and glam on the go.  So I didn't hesitate to give this palette a shot at this low price.
Well I wasn't disappointed.  Their shadows are always high-impact, with impressive pigmentation and true to pan color.

Here is the palette:

These colors are just as the name denotes:  Feminine.  Soft and pretty, just about each shade could be worn alone but this incorporates well into any makeup lover's collection, and the colors aren't redundant.  

Here are swatches on my hand, from left to right, Bordello, Skimp, and AC/DC:

And Gunmetal, Hijack, Lost:

To boot, UD palettes always come with a cool little "bonus" like a brush, an eyeliner or in this case, a travel sized Lip Junkie lipgloss-- a pretty, modestly shimmery neutral shade that will work with any of the shades in the palette.  Here is a swatch:

Told ya these palettes are absolutely perfect for travel!

Well I can't wait to find a free moment to play with this palette and create some fun looks.   Overall I give this very high marks and recommend it not only because of the price (CAN'T be beat for UD eyeshadow) but also because of the quality.  Will keep you posted!

Until next time Angels.... Happy Haulin!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Christian Louboutin's New Nude line

Hello Angels,

As a darker skinned woman do you look at other women enviously when they wear nude shoes?  Do you wish someone would make shoes that compliment your skintone?  Look no further ladies...although expensive Christian Louboutin has heard your cry.  According to the Dail Mail, Louboutin is set to release the Nude Collection

Five classic Louboutin styles have been re-imagined in five shades ranging from a fair blush to rich chestnut, which aim to 'closely match the color of a customer's skin tone'. 

'The shoes are there to give the woman an extra lift, not to take attention away from the legs and what she is wearing,' says the shoe designer.

Here are the different colors:

Sold exclusively at Christian Louboutin boutiques, the styles in the Nudes collection includes the point toe Pigalle, the curvier Fifi and Simple Pump, as well as the Flo and the signature hidden platform of the Vendome peep toe pump.

Angels, I know these are quite expensive.  I for one am going to start a Louboutin fund so I can purchase one of these shoes in the near future.  

So what do we think Angels?  Yay or nay?  Let me know if you will be starting a fund with me.  LOL

Until next time
Happy Haulin'

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Urban Decay Friends and Family Extended

Hi Angels,

Just in case you forgot to make that purchase from Urban Decay the sale has been extended.   You have until 11:59 pm tonight.


Be sure not to miss out .  Let us know what you picked up.

Until next time
Happy Haulin'

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Friends and Family Sale at Urban Decay

Hello Angels,

Have you been telling yourself that you will eventually buy the Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 or 2?  Were you thinking about buying the new Vice Palette?  Or did you want to get one of the new Revolution Lipsticks?  

Well I have just the thing to make you press the checkout button.  

Take a look Angels:

This offer lasts until 11:59pm on 10/12.  Use the code FFHOLIDAY13.  The offer is valid on sale items as well.

Let us know what you decide to pick up.  

Until next time Angels,
Happy Haulin'

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Everyone Loves Plaid

Hi Angels!!

One of the top trends I have been seeing everywhere this fall is plaid.  For the first time, I actually think I like plaid!  Designers have made plaid look edgy and tres chic, by creating versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down. They have moved away from the more traditional shirts that you would expect to see in plaid, and have instead created moto jackets and skirts in subdued shades that have managed to make me a fan.  I especially love the look Versace featured in their main display (below).  I think it's an easy look to replicate with a lower end plaid jacket paired with some black leggings and black pumps.  For an office look, wear a plaid pencil skirt with green and navy blue, add a white shirt, bangles, and a statement necklace and you are good to go!!  You can dress plaid down for the weekend with a button down shirt and some gray jeans. 

I have scoured high to low, and have summarized places you can find plaid trends and inspiration for every budget ranging from Versace, Saks, all the way to Forever 21. My top pick aside from the Versace look is the Gap jacket, pictured below.  Overall, I think this trend is a do. 



Alice & Olivia skirt at Saks:

Joie shirt at Saks:

Forever 21:

Forever 21:

Gap Jacket:

Gap Jacket (my pick):

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dior Rouge Inspired Look

Hi Angels!!

I came across this ad featuring the beautiful Natalie Portman for Dior while flipping through Marie Claire a few days ago.  I loved the everyday chic aspect of the look and was inspired to recreate it with pieces I already own.

Natalie is wearing a black top underneath a black blazer, rolled up jeans, pink suede pumps, and a black bag featuring a chain strap. I rummaged through my closet and found all of these items. See below for how I compiled all the pieces:

Black tank from H&M:

Black boyfriend blazer from off5th:

Rolled up jeans from GAP:

Pink suede pumps (see my earlier post "Jimmy Choo Look For Less" for details):

Black leather bag with chain strap:

And viola!  Final product:

All of the items I have selected were under $100 each.  Now that wasn't so hard, was it?

Happy recycling what is hidden in your closet :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

NYX glitter eyeliner review

Hello Angels,

Back with a review of the NYX glitter eyeliners I have decided to sharpen my skills with.  Dramatic eyeliner looks in all shades with sparkle and without are taking over the eye makeup world.  Personally winged black eyeliner and bold lipstick has become my makeup go-to this fall. The ease of this glamorous look has put it on repeat for me.
I wanted to start incorporating glitter eyeliners into this recent personal obsession but decided to experiment at a lower price point just in case I decide that this trend just isn't for me (for frequent use).  So off to the store I went!  

I grabbed the two following colors:
Crystal Gold

Crystal Jade

Here is a swatch of the two colors on my hand. 

I will say that it took a pretty generous swipe to get this color saturation.  Which is not the case with the more expensive versions of glitter eyeliner. That said,  a more expensive version of this stuff runs upwards of $20.  It wears nicely and is as long lasting as any liquid liner I've used.  I used two swipes to really get the green to be uniform in thickness and coljor.
I went ahead and took the liberty of quickly swiping out a look that is exemplary of how I plan to use these in my makeup regimen.  

I plan to use them to jazz up my eyeliner looks, and believe me this will be very useful for going out after work (quick swipe of glitter eyeliner across the top line,   inner lower corner or outer wing and bam-- instant glam!). Or even for topping off a more dramatic look like a smokey eye.  Really there's no end to how you can use these and if you've ever worked with loose glitter you will appreciate how portable and mess free, easy to apply these are.  Hence the fabulous on-the-go potential use.  Try that with a tub of MAC glitter.  Hah.

So all in all I've drawn two conclusions.  One, this is a trend I like, serves up what I like to call "lazy glam".  Two, at this price it's fun to experiment and play and when I'm totally over it, I won't feel guilty about letting them gather dust in my makeup drawers!   

Hope you give the glitter trend a try, and feel free post your thoughts and comments below.  :)

Happy Haulin'!!!