Estee Lauder Gift With Purchase at Nordstrom… on now!

I unexpectedly fell in love with a few Estee Lauder items in the last few years.

One item is the Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer ($23) that I wrote about in my Top 6 Makeup Must Haves blog.  I love the Double Wear Concealer, it is creamy and has just the right consistency with a good variety of colors.

Another item that I was able to sample and really enjoy is the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Creme ($270 – 1.7oz) and I reviewed it here.

I just tried Modern Muse fragrance  ($58-$98) – also a sample and I thought it smelled fantastic.  It felt pretty and light – perfect for spring.

So, now is the time to stock up on Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer or splurge on the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Creme because it is Gift With Purchase time!  As you know GWP only comes twice a year.  Remember, shipping is always free at Nordstrom!

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Here are your choices:

LIFT

Use promo code LIFT.

• Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face and Neck Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (0.5 oz.)

• Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette with Hot Cinnamon (Shimmer), Nude Fresco (Satin), Sugar Biscuit (Satin), Tempting Mocha (Shimmer), Ivy Envy (Satin), Ivory Slipper (Satin), Smokey Ember (Shimmer) and Amethyst Spark (Shimmer)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Smashed (0.17 oz.)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye (full size)

• Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (0.1 oz.)

• Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (0.24 oz.)

• Exclusive Lilly Pulitzer Travel Cosmetics Bag

PROTECT

Use promo code: PROTECT

• DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Oil-Free Creme SPF 25 (0.5 oz.)

• Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette with Hot Cinnamon (Shimmer), Nude Fresco (Satin), Sugar Biscuit (Satin), Tempting Mocha (Shimmer), Ivy Envy (Satin), Ivory Slipper (Satin), Smokey Ember (Shimmer) and Amethyst Spark (Shimmer)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Smashed (0.17 oz.)

• Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Tiger Eye (full size)

• Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara in Black (0.1 oz.)

• Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II (0.24 oz.)

• Exclusive Lilly Pulitzer Travel Cosmetics Bag

Why I am crazy about ZELLA and what is on sale NOW!

I love, love, love Zella!

Zella is an activewear line created and produced by Nordstrom.  It is ALL quality and feels great on.  As some of you know, I have been laid up for almost three months and luckily, I had a large stash of Zella to wear.

Sizing is true so it is easy to order online.

Here are some things I own: 

I have this purple Zella top and love it.  I like to be able to layer clothing and this allows me to throw the hoodie portion over a light weight jacket and wear a peek-a-boo tank under for a hint of color!  The length is also good because it covers your booty and has ruching on the sides.  4 Colors are currently on sale at Nordstrom!

zella purple hoodie with rouching

I have this jacket in a bright teal color and love it!  This is a great buy for a Zella jacket at 25% off!

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I tried this on in the store and the material is very thick.  So, if you like a heavy hoodie, this is perfect.  Plus, this Zella Harmony Hoodie is on sale!  
zella harmony jacket green on sale

I love that Zella has lots of ruching on their tops and jackets.  For some reason it makes me feel less chunky.  Tell me if I am wrong!  This Trinity jacket is cute because of the popular coral color and the ruching on the sides.  Easy to zip up and go! zella orange jacket

I can’t live without these leggings.  They make me feel comfortable because they flare out at the bottom and the fabric is thick enough so you cannot see your skin.  They last a long time and wash well.  In fact, you can also turn them inside out – one side keeps you warmer than the other.  You can tell which side you are wearing because of the small Zella tag on the ankle.  These are a little too long on me so I had them hemmed and you can as well – for free – if you use your Nordstrom rewards!zella booty leggings black

One of the things that has happened recently is the development of Zella Pros.  They offer Zella fitness classes around Seattle about once a month.  I have seen Bar and Yoga classes offered in the past few months.   You can find the events on facebook.

Shop Activewear from Zella at NORDSTROM.  Plus, Get Free Shipping & Returns on Every Order!

If you like to shop at Nordstrom - make sure you have a rewards card because you earn 2 points for every dollar, get $100 in free alterations every year, a couple of triple point days and invites to private sales!

bareMinerals: 3 reasons I can’t get over you

I have not been the AC for bareMinerals for over 4 months now.  I still miss it.  I still miss the makeup and the quirky way things were run.  Let me tell you the 3 things I cannot get over.

1.  Amazing pigments.

I have an affinity for the Remix READY Eyeshadow 4.0 – I was able to play with this at Train the Trainer last year, where the best of the best at bare were learning the looks.

You will get the color you see here.  The picture I see is the pallet I have!  You really don’t have to guess about what these colors will look like once you put them on!  They also have a sea mineral so they are creamy and hydrating for your eye area.

 

7 Ways to Bare – Neutrals still pack a punch.   You can wet them and create a more dynamic look or just swirl and tap your shadow brush for a soft look or an amazing smokey eye… either way you will get the color pay off you want with out a ton of work.

2.  Great marketing.

Tutorials: SMOKY EYE – One of the things I have always told my customers is that Bare *wants* you to go home knowing how to use your makeup!  They provide instruction on every piece of makeup they sell.  ALL of the READY shadows have tutorials, diagrams and ideas for how to put the makeup on!  This kit will tell you *exactly* how to create a smokey eye – pretty cool.

 

3.  The price.

 
Brow Styler is under $15!  Who can beat that?  A similar brow product is around $20 with any other equivalent brand.

I love shopping for beauty on Amazon.  I can even find things (like the Remix Secret Radiance - yes I could swim in it) that have been discontinued at a reasonable price.  I don’t feel like I am buying on ebay because Amazon has such a strict policy for it’s sellers that I am guaranteed good product.

I will come up with more reasons later on, but those are my top 3 – bareMinerals: I just can’t get over you.

 More ways to save on Amazon:

    • Sign up for Amazon Prime – Free Trial  to get FREE 2 day shipping on most items,  select free Amazon Instant Videos and select free kindle books once a month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library & more.
    • Sign up for Subscribe and Save – up to 20% off  – this has helped me automate all of my household items (contact solution, toilet paper, paper towels, dish washer soap, laundry detergent and K-Cups).  I never run out any more because it just shows up and I get a discount!

Arica’s Favorite Flat Irons: Find out what I use before I turn mine on!

Flat Irons are a wonderful thing.

fun Fact about Arica:  I did not use a flat iron until I had gone to beauty school… well into adulthood!  I didn’t understand the beauty of why you would need one or how to use it.  Today, I will be sharing my top brands, plus two things I use to get the PERFECT flat ironed look!  Hint: it involves thermal protection and shine!
infrashine infrashine Original Medium Flat Iron, 1 inch, Black $149 – ships free with PRIME!  Amazon rating is 4.5/5


Ghd 0215 Professional Styler, 2 Inch $203 + 5.99 Shipping – the cord swivels, it is pro grade, will last a long time and turns off after 30 minutes.  Reader rating is 4/5.  I PERSONALLY use a GHD and absolutely love how quickly it turns on, the quick way I get a smooth look for my hair!

 

2inch flat iron
BaByliss Pro – Porcelain Plate Ceramic Flat Iron – 2 inch  This is currently on sale right now for $44.99 and free shipping with PRIME!  The MSRP is 99.99 so it is a great deal.  It also has an Amazon rating of 4.5!

 

Now, before you even turn on the flat iron I will share my secret:

I initially tried 12 Benefits through my birchbox subscription and absolutely fell in love with it.  I spray it all over my hair when it is damp… NOT just dripping right out of the shower!  It smooths out hair, creating a great protection from heat.  My hair styles quicker when I use it and feels smoother and healthier.  YOU MUST PREP ON YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU  FLAT IRON – it will protect your hair and make it look better!

12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment – 6 oz – ships free with PRIME!

This should be the finishing touch for whatever way you choose to style your hair.  It creates great shine and is to be sprayed on a dry finished style.  The miracle shine spray also is filled with anti-oxidants to protect against the environment.

It’s A 10 miracle shine spray with noni oil 4 fl oz (118 ml) – Free shipping with PRIME!

There you have it!  Three flat irons to choose from and now you know how to properly prep and finish your hair for the healthiest look possible!

Shop Amazon – Free Shipping on Orders Over $35

 More ways to save on Amazon:

    • Sign up for Amazon Prime – Free Trial  to get FREE 2 day shipping on most items,  select free Amazon Instant Videos and select free kindle books once a month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library & more.
    • Sign up for Subscribe and Save – up to 20% off  – this has helped me automate all of my household items (contact solution, toilet paper, paper towels, dish washer soap, laundry detergent and K-Cups).  I never run out any more because it just shows up and I get a discount!

My Top 6 Picks for Makeup: 2014 update

Here are my top picks for my favorite makeup products:

TheBalm Mary-Lou Manimizer – the best highlighter ever!  This almost has a creamy texture to it as it picks up in your brush and glides onto the skin.  It gives maximum pay off in pigment. BareMinerals Eye Primer – several colors are available and keeps your eyes hydrated all day long.  My top picks are original, brightening and sunset.  These will complete any makeup look and set you up for success.  The texture is very creamy and while the tubes seem very tiny, they last a long time if you use the proper amount – which is very little. Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer – super coverage, great highlight and very creamy.  I use it every day! BareMinerals Tinted Moisturizer – ok this was listed in my skin care must haves blog, but I truly believe it is a staple to my makeup for the perfect glowy look!  Feels great on the skin and gives me a wash of color. Orange and coral Lipstick!  I have several brands I wear and I will share these, but here is why I love to wear this color:  I brightens up my complexion and is unexpected.  Not a whole lot of people wear a coral or orange lipstick, so when you do you create a fresh look!  I love bareMinerals Moxie Lipsticks because they are very pigmented, creamy and have no taste – big pet peve of mine and totally reasonable in price! bareMinerals Moxie Lipgloss in Party Starter – it has a minty/cinnamon taste and great pigment with a reasonable price! Dior Addict High Impact Color #439 / Coral Lace.  This has great staying power with high quality that will last all day. YSL Rouge Pur Couture – Pure Color Radiance Le Orange – this lipstick formula is cream and the color is true – a must have for your fresh collection!

Mascara: The final touch to your look and my must have is two steps to perfect lashes. Lash Maximizer is a serum for your lashes and has a two fold effect for your lashes.  The Maximizer provides immediate volume if worn under your lashes and also acts as a serum for your night time routine – I think of it as a little love after a rough day of wearing mascara.   DiorShow Black Out is THE blackest Mascara on the market.  This mascara is designed to look like falsies, have a patent leather shine look and be your going out mascara.  I love it. There you have it!  My top 6 must haves for a glowy perfect makeup look!

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More ways to save on Amazon:

    • Sign up for Amazon Prime – Free Trial  to get FREE 2 day shipping on most items,  select free Amazon Instant Videos and select free kindle books once a month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library & more.
    • Sign up for Subscribe and Save – up to 20% off  – this has helped me automate all of my household items (contact solution, toilet paper, paper towels, dish washer soap, laundry detergent and K-Cups).  I never run out any more because it just shows up and I get a discount!

Top 6 Skin Care Must Haves: Winter 2014

It’s been a while since I have shared my must haves for Skin Care or Makeup, so here are the products I am currently using and why…

Cleanse:

BareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser – super gentle on the skin, takes off makeup and works well with my Clarisonic.  The whole family uses it – there is no scent and is perfect for every skin type.

Philosophy Release Me Eye Makeup Remover – most gentle eye makeup remover.  This is non irritating and does the trick every time.  Just shake the bottle and go.

Dior One Essential – This is a skin detoxifier that kills off all of the toxins on your skin so your serums and moisturizers can act more effectively.  Think about it -if the  7 billion toxins that hit your skin every day are not neutralized or removed, how can your skin care work effectively and allow you all the benefits of anti-aging?  This is the booster you need to get the job done!

BareMinerals Multi-Wrinkle Repair – This soften my fine lines, hydrates my skin and minimizes puffiness on my face in the morning.  Most effective after One Essential and left on the skin to absorb before moisturizer.  I don’t like fragrance, but this is botanically derived and smells like lavender.

Day Moisture:

BareMinerals – Tinted Moisturizer.  This creates a glow to my skin and gives me the perfect hydration every day.

Night Moisture:

Philosophy Full of Promise – anti aging that will firm and lift.  Provides incredible hydration.

Philosophy Hope in a Tube – This is a high density lip and eye cream that firms.  I use this all over my eye and lip area.  Finishing step in your skin care.  Please note this is vastly different than Eye Hope by Philosophy, which I think is a horrible product.

How long does skin care take me?  Approximately 3 minutes for 6 steps.  You can budget time for this for the protection and health of your time.  Your goal should be to reverse signs of aging and create hydration.  My top 6 will do all that!
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More ways to save on Amazon:

    • Sign up for Amazon Prime – Free Trial  to get FREE 2 day shipping on most items,  select free Amazon Instant Videos and select free kindle books once a month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library & more.
    • Sign up for Subscribe and Save – up to 20% off  – this has helped me automate all of my household items (contact solution, toilet paper, paper towels, dish washer soap, laundry detergent and K-Cups).  I never run out any more because it just shows up and I get a discount!

A year with Dior: Dior School – Mascara

I know you’ve been waiting for the Mascara post.  I had to wait until I went to school before I felt confident to tell you just how wonderful the mascara is… and give you the WHY behind the greatness.

Diorshow Mascara

This is a mascara with a back story.  The artists were told to create a better mascara behind a show… give them bigger more natural looking lashes.  The artists decided to use a half of a toothbrush and mix it with powder.  This gave a big, full look to the lashes but also gave it a fail safe with the powder base so the lashes did look natural with a matte finish.

As you can see from this picture, my lashes look like falsies – long, full and beautiful!

ARICA ORIGINAL DIOR SHOW

Dior Black Out Mascara

This mascara is the blackest, fullest mascara you can find on the market.  Our DIOR trainer said she went to Sephora and made color swatches of all 35 mascaras for sale at the time and all participants clearly pointed out that this was the blackest, deepest color on the test – not knowing which was the Dior Show Black Out mascara.  This mascara is designed to give big full dark lashes with a shiny patent leather type of finish.

Compare the two pictures –  I have layered the Black Out over the Dior Show and my lashes just exploded!

ARICA DIOR SHOW BLACK OUT

Stay tuned for the next DIOR Mascara post!

Mascara Madness is coming up at the end of May – but you don’t have to wait until then to order your mascara as you WILL need some between now and then.