Urban Decay All Nighter XL in Stock at Ulta… right now!

Ulta has Urban Decay’s All Nighter XL in stock right now – I picked mine up at Ulta last week.  As you probably know… it is on my list of Arica’s Favorite Things.

This sets your makeup for hours and hours… “All Nighter” – I use it for long days, crazy weather and just about anything that I know I am going to need to supercharge my makeup!

As a  Makeup Artist – I don’t let any client go with out this valuable service!

All Nighter Spray XL

This is great news for you because:


1.  You can get free shipping at ULTA BeautyGet Free Shipping over $50 andFree Samples with every order! – since it is $34, why not pick up an Urban Decay Primer while your at it!

2.  You can go to Ulta and pick it up

3.  This is NOT an item you can typically buy from Ulta (you usually have to order the XL size from Urban Decay directly… and pay shipping), so now is a great time to pick it up… especially as summer draws near.  Heck, even in our crazy rainy days here in Seattle, this is a safe bet!

Here is my bottle! 

Urban Decay All Nighter XL 6 oz

Mascara madness is coming! Nordstrom 5.26 – one day only

This is something you don’t want to miss!

Twice a year, Nordstrom goes into Mascara Madness!  What does this mean to you?  Buy 2 mascaras, get 1 free!  You can mix and match brands and try out any brand and any price point!  This is a one day only event and they always sell out.

Here’s what you can do to make sure you get what you want… pre-order with Denise Lankar (425.771.5755)- the premier Beauty Stylist at Alderwood Nordstrom.

Denise Lankhaar             Nordstrom Beauty Stylist

She has fantastic customer service that she customizes to your needs – in fact – she was named one a Pacesetter for Nordstrom Alderwood just a few short months ago.  Being a Beauty Stylistat Nordstrom means that she can hop between cosmetic lines and has more flexibility to serve you… the customer!

Here are the three I would order:

A PRIMER (Denise will tell you which one is her fav)

Dior – Dior Show “New Look”

Georgio Armani “Eyes to Kill” Stretch Mascara

Of course there are many more to choose from and Denise can help you get what’s right for you.  If you think about it – this will set you up with mascara for over 6 months and give you a fun variety to choose from! Call and have Denise Lankhar, Beauty Stylist store paged at 425.771.5755 – she can pre-order for you with the option of pick up on the 26th or she can always have it shipped to you for free! Bonus: next weekend also happens to be Alderwood Nordstrom’s BOL (Beauty on Location) – I will be there as will many other fantastic Artists!

Mother’s Day Beauty Buys

Hi Friends – well I called and asked my mom what she would like for mother’s day and told her before she answered that I was not going to go through the “… oh, you don’t have to get me anything…” – so she had better give me an answer.  I should preface this with the fact that I am not into buying overpriced flowers for any occasion.

I gave her a choice: 1. Beauty items 2. Stationary or 3. Fashion/Clothing items.

Mother chose wisely: beauty.

Of course I hope my mother would read my blogs (I doubt it), but just in case she does I will not get into specifics.

Here are some ideas:

Nordstrom.com – great package sets that are easy to get sent to mom.  ALL items are sent free of charge, regardless of purchase price.  Think perfume sets, makeup sets – remember one of my tenants of buying at the department stores?  BUY IN SETS – you always end up a winner.

Dior ‘J’Adore’ Mother’s Day Box Set

Birchbox Subscription:  You can get mom a 3 month subscription to Birchbox – I did this for my mom for Christmas because I wanted something that transcended the actual day of gift giving.  It was fun for her to test out some new items that she might have not tried for herself.  A 3 month subscription is only $30!

Two Faced Cosmetics is having a 20% friends and family discount for Mother’s Day this week.  Nice way to buy mom some new makeup with a good buy.  Code: FFSPRING12

MAKEUP SALE HAPPENING NOW! Enjoy 20% OFF on everything with code FFSPRING12. Hurry – offer ends 5/16/12.

JULEP also has great sets for Mother’s Day right now.  Their shipping is always quick, the packages are always beautiful and their product is top notch:

http://www.julep.com/great-gifts 

However you decide to celebrate Mom – have a great one!

January’s BirchBox

I have to say… this was the BEST Birchbox I have received to date!  I waited until I tried everything before posting my review, as I want to give you accurate information that was tested, instead of just telling you what was in my box.

Contents of my January Birchbox

Full Size  Stil Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner - I LOVED!  It stays all day, does not move (bonus points for me) and pretty color (dark purple, just a hint of color), goes on super easy.

BORGHESE CuraForte Moisture Intensifier - This is a serum that you wear once a day under your moisturizer.  I saw a difference within days of testing this out and there is enough to last me at least 3 weeks!

 Jouer Body Butter - Ok, so I am not a body butter person, but LOVED this cute little jar and it smelled like gardenias, so I wore it like a perfume.  Really enjoyed this!

LÄRABAR Mini Bars - This was a “lifestyle” bonus in peanut butter.  It was alright, I am glad I got to taste it because it is not something I would typically try – I am not a “bar” person, so it was kinda fun.

This is the inside of the box, after opening

After using everything in this haul, I can firmly recommend Birchbox to you as this box more than paid for it’s self and it was full of things I loved!  The Stila liner alone was $20 (plus tax and shipping), so at $10 for the entire box – what a deal!

This is the box you open, after a bright pink and white box that arrives with your name on it! 

To  get in on February’s shipment, sign up soon – boxes ship on the 10th!  
Key points: 

You can sign up for one month at a time, or one year and get one month free.  No commitment.  

You get one bonus points for every time your box ships, every product you review and every person you refer enabling you to get free full size products from the site (see my link below)

If you really like your deluxe sample, it ships free the month the same month it appears in your box

It’s only $10 per month!  

No Tax, No shipping, $10!

Please sign up through my link: 

Beauty Army – What’s in the box?

The first ever Beauty Army box came in the mail this week!  
I found it difficult to not tear into it until I got home!

  I wanted to be able to tell you how beautiful the box is: 


How pretty the wrapping is: 


An of course a picture of the products themselves, before I opened to feel, touch and smell them! 

Strivectin Get Even Brightening Serum 
MYFACE Cosmetics Bling Eye Shadow
Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit 
Control Corrective Botanical Soothing Cream
Cellceuticals NeoCell Microskin Resurfacing Cream
Shea Terra Organics Black Soap Facial Cleanser
The kit come out once a month 12 bucks, no shipping and you get introduced to new products!  It will actually take me some time to get through these deluxe samples, so I look forward to the coming month! 
To learn more about BEAUTY ARMY click here

My Glam Box – subscriptions opened today!

I think some of you know how crazy I am about the beauty boxes that are currently available – you get 4-6 large sized samples of luxury brands with a monthly subscription of 10-20 bucks, depending on the company.  Honestly, I dropped the one that was the most expensive – it was the Julep box I reviewed last month and I came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t worth 20 bucks to get more nail polish than I could ever really use!

Now the other boxes that I subscribe to are: Birchbox.com, beautyarmy.com and myglam.com – these are becoming limited editions and hard to get in and are the latest thing on the beauty scene!

Birchbox currently has openings for new members – they are only 10 bucks per month (month to month) and I have been happy with every box so far – I even ordered my mom a subscription for Christmas!

BeautyArmy opened on January 1st with a huge launch!  They only had 300 boxes available… well there were so many people interested that their site crashed… crashed!  They had 65,000!!! hits once the site went live.  But guess who was persistent and got in on the 300?  That’s right – yours truly!  I will review this box in about a week or so, once I receive it. $12 month to month subscription – you can sign up on their web site, but can’t order anything until they open up new spots.


 LIMITED TIME OPPORTUNITY!! 
I WANT YOU GUYS TO GET IN ON IT! 

MyGlam.com launched a couple of months ago and had a similar experience as BeautyArmy – they have been sold out of subscriptions for a while… I have been on a list and they finally opened more spots this morning.  So… of course I signed up.  Last month they had more makeup samples than other boxes:  nyx, two urban decay (full size), perfume sample, tart. That’s a GREAT haul, as the beauty bloggers call it.  Of course I had to be in on this one!  Subscription is month to month and is 10 bucks.

Here is the link to My Glam, in case you want to sign up – I would do it today – it will go quickly.

http://www.myglam.com/member/ - this has pictures of last month’s items. 

I will review the box once I get it – later this month!

Beauty Army

First, I will tell you about my experience, then I will post the press release below for Beauty Army.

This is a big deal.  

The release of Beauty Army was New Years Day at noon.  They had a big count down that stretched the page for the past several days.  So, the clock ticked down and… the page went down.  It took over an hour to actually get through, meanwhile the Beauty Army people were on facebook posting updates and trying to recover the space that 65000,  yes 65000 had crashed on their site.  Only 300 boxes were available.  I was lucky (and persistent enough – beauty products will do that to a girl) to get in on the subscription!

12 bucks a month for 4-6 premium brand, deluxe size samples – free delivery. 

Below is the press release that will tell you all the important details about how you too can subscribe and get the wonderful perks I am about to receive in the mail next week!  I will then do a review of what I got!


Join the Beauty Revolution!

Our Army is a elite group of beauty enthusiasts who like to try before they buy!  Beauty Army is a monthly premium beauty sampling subscription service that allows our members the choice to choose:  Choose your own samples or have us choose for you.  Giving our members the option to choose their own kit prevents waste and disappointment; you will never receive unwanted products!

Simply click the “Sign Up” page on your computer or mobile device to get started!  After answering a few beauty questions, we will recommend a selection of samples for you to choose up to 6.

The multilevel personalization, you choose or we choose for you, comes at the same value:  $12 monthly or pay for 1 full year at an 11 kit cost of $132 and receive your 12thkit free!! As always, Beautiful, the shipping fee for your kit is included!

Once your kit ships, you will receive an email with your the tracking number.  To ensure smooth delivery all of our kits will ship USPS First Class, which does not require a signature.  You kits will ship as follows: Order between the 1st and the 15th of the month and your kit will be delivered that month.  Place your order between the 16th and 31st and you will receive you kit in the early part of the next month. We are currently shipping only to the US at this time.

Have you fallen in love with a product in your kit? Make sure you leave a review on our website so the Army can see what you think and don’t forget to stop by the shop and pick up a full size, shipping is a flat fee of $5 per order.  Our membership as well as our store accepts all major credit cards.  

Beauty Army is proud to support the Beauty Bus Foundation, an organization that delivers dignity, hope and respite to chronically or terminally ill men, women and children and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products.  www.beautybus.org  Beauty Bus accomplishes their mission through:  In-Home Beauty and Grooming Services, Pop-Up Salons and the Bag of Beauty Program: Beauty Bus gives complimentary Bags of Beauty filled with pampering products to remind patients and caregivers that they deserve to look and feel beautiful. 

Birchbox – Month 1 *must read*

So I’ve been holding out on you guys with the Birchbox.  I got the first month and decided to wait until I got two months in a row before I recommended it to you.  Items pictured below are from my first month (November).

Here is how “birchbox” works: for $10 a month you get 4-6 deluxe size samples that are customized to your preferences and skin type.  This also includes shipping.  You get to try the items and if you decide you want the full sizes, there is always some sort of discount or incentive to do so.

Birchbox sends you monthly deliveries of high-end beauty samples to help you discover products you’ll love!

Now let’s get to the fun stuff!  Here is what was in my first box!


November 2011 Custom for Arica

Zoya Gems & Jewels Collectionteal vegan nail polish

BORGHESE Fango Delicatomoisturizing mud mask for dry and sensitive skin

Two Paperdolls Coastersteal and white

Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpastetasted like cinnamon 

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absoluefresh citrus sent, really pretty



The box was bright pink and clearly labled BIRCHBOX.  When I opened it it smelled good and has wrapped with ribbons and tissue paper. Oh! That was worth the $10! 



This is a great way to spend just a little money for a little bit of luxury and try a few things that might be out of your comfort zone!  I would have never tried any of those things (except the zoya polish), had I not gotten a subscription to Birchbox!  


You can buy a whole year if you want, or just go month to month with no commitment.  I am on the month to month, just in case I need to skip a month.  

Here is the link if you choose to try it out (and give me some points:): Try it now! 




Points are a way of receiving discounted or free full size products:

  • For every item I “review” after receiving my box, I get 10 points. 
  • For every box I receive, I get 10 points.  
  • I got my mom a subscription for Christmas and got 10 points for every month I subscribed her! 
  • Every friend I refer (hint, hint, follow this link: BIRCHBOX ) I get 50 points.
  • Every 100 points, I get $10 off of my next purchase.  
I am in my second month and already have earned $10! 
Go here to order your first box, or just check out the site:  BIRCHBOX

Makeup Forever Limited Edition Kit

If you are a makeup artist or just wanna act like one, this is the kit for you.   
It has everything you need to get a very basic start except for foundations and brushes. 
Sometimes you will see train kits like this for sale filled with a bunch of junk makeup, but this kit is all MAKEUP FOREVER product and pure excellence.  

Wild & Chic Collector Case ($616 Value)

Online Only – Limited Edition $330 

Sephora has free shipping for orders over $100

What it is:
A limited-edition makeup kit piled high with MAKE UP FOR EVER’s bestselling products, handpicked by Creator and Artistic Director Dany Sanz.

What it does:
Perfect for every occasion and look, this wild makeup case features a combination of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s most iconic products and newest additions for the complexion, eyes, and lips. As a bonus, these must-haves come in a fashionable, faux snakeskin case.

This set contains:
- 0.84 oz Travel Mist & Fix
- 1.01 oz HD Microperfecting Primer
- 0.04 oz Lip Line Perfector
- 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Lip in Red 8C (true red), Light Rosewood 14C (muted dusty rose)
- 2 x 0.04 oz Aqua Eyes in Blue With Green Highlights 12L (metallic teal blue), Mat Black 0L (black)
- 2 x 0.058 oz Aqua Liner in 8 Iridescent Electric Purple (bright purple sheen), 13 Mat Black (matte black)
- 2 x Faux Lash 156 Genevieve (natural black with dense outer corners), 113 Betsy (extreme criss-cross flairs with glitter strip)
- 2 x 0.23 oz Smoky Lash in Black, 6 (plum)
- 0.20 oz Brow Seal
- HD Kabuki Brush
- 0.40 oz HD Elixir
- 0.84 oz Travel Sens’Eyes
- 0.55 oz Uplight in 23 (pearly golden flesh)
- 2 x 0.21 oz Aqua Cream in 1 Anthracite (silvery charcoal shimmer), 13 Warm Beige (champagne shimmer)
- 0.09 oz Metal Powder in Honey Gold 3 (tannish gold shimmer)
- 0.09 oz Star Powder White/Orange 940 (iridescent golden pearl)
- 2 x 0.09 oz Diamond Shadow in Diamond Burgundy 311 (burnish mauve with copper shimmer), Diamond Beige 306 (peachy tan with gold shimmer)
- 2 x 0.12 oz Rouge Artist in 43 Moulin Rouge (satin vibrant red), 34 (satin light raspberry)
- 2 x 0.09 oz Lab Shine Diamond Collection – D16 (shimmering beige), Metal Collection – M10 (chrome morello cherry)
- 0.35 oz HD Microfinish Powder
- Double Pencil Sharpener

What else you need to know:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Creator and Artistic Director Dany Sanz has autographed 100 of these kits at random. Buy this amazing kit and you may end up as one of the lucky few who gets a signed one.Sephora is the exclusive beauty retailer for this product.