Sunday, November 29, 2009

Just In Time For The Holidays!!! Special Personalized Boutique Code For The Beauty Chick Readers!

I previously reported to you about Personalized Boutique, a fantastic site for super cute, high-quality personalized jewelry pieces (see here for the post). I now want to let you know of a great offer that I'm currently running along with that site. From November 30-December 7, all orders made within the US (I'm sorry to any of my readers who are living out of the country!) will receive FREE Fed-Ex shipping. All you have to do to redeem this offer is enter BEAUTY-CHICK in the coupon code section at checkout.

I really urge you to take advantage of this offer if you can! I don't have anything to gain from recommending this site to you. I just really love the products that this company presents. I really think you or your loved one would, too!

If you do decide to purchase from Personalized Boutique, please comment and let me know what you selected!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea #6: Urban Decay 24/7 Super Stash

Urban Decay's most recent collection of their cult favorite 24/7 eyeliner pencils, the 24/7 Super Stash, includes five of their best-selling shades, along with four colors that are exclusive to this set. The pencils are mini, smaller than the travel-size liners that the brand has previously put out, but their texture and consistency is no different - they are creamy, long-lasting, and apply easily to the upper lash line as well as to the waterline. The collection offers a great mix of colors, too. There are some that are more "subdued," while others boast some vibrant hues such as green, purple, and gold.

Included in the 24/7 Super Stash:

-Corrupt (brown sparkle) --NEW

-Binge (navy) --NEW

-Eldorado (gold) --NEW

-Oil Slick (black w/sparkle) --NEW

-Zero (black)

-Graffiti (bright green w/silver sparkle)

-Ransom (bright iridescent purple)

-Rockstar (dark purple)

-Stash (dark golden green)

These eyeliners will help give your eyes the perfect pop of color, a little "somethin', somethin'" extra to a simple neutral look. You could even use these pencils as bases for eyeshadows.

You can find the 24/7 Super Stash at Sephora stores,, Ulta locations and, and online at the Urban Decay website, The set retails for $36.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I've taken some time to reflect on those things for which I am particularly thankful this year. I feel like a lot has happened in my life since the last Holiday season, and I'm hoping the future keeps getting brighter!

I appreciate all of those who have stuck with me through the good and the bad, my family and my friends, both old and new, and those who have taken the time to follow and subscribe to my little beauty blog. You all mean so much to me (and yes, I include all of you with whom I have had some fun chats on Twitter!) I'm thankful for my health and happiness, and I hope my path in life continues to become clear.

Thank you, thank you all!

xoxo The Beauty Chick

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Smashbox Friends and Family Sale Starts Today!

For all of you Smashbox fans out there (and for newbies as well!), I wanted to let you know that from now until December 1 you will receive a discount of 20% on your orders made at the Smashbox website. Simply enter the code SBFF9 to redeem the offer.

Happy shopping!

Bobbi Brown Friends and Family Event!

Shop online at the Bobbi Brown website from November 30-December 2 and receive 20% off of your order. The discount is automatically registered at checkout.

I'm definitely snagging that third Chrome Eyeshadow shade that I couldn't get my hands on! What about you?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea #5: Powder, Powder, Powderazzi

Powderazzi from Benefit is a neat little boxed compilation of three of the brand's best-selling face powders. Included are Coralista, a coral pink blush, Hoola, a bronzing powder, and Dallas, a rosy bronze blush. All are very smooth to apply and have nice pigmentation. They even have a fresh fruity scent that makes putting on these products that more enjoyable. Along with the powders you will also find a small brush applicator.

Going this route is definitely a great way to sample. All of these are permanent colors in Benefit's line, and, in my mind anyway, it makes sense to test out the shades before you commit yourself to the full-size products. I've been eyeing Coralista for a really long time, but I couldn't justify spending $28 on the individual box when I already have other peachy pink shades in my makeup collection. When I came across this set, though, it was just too hard to resist!

I'm also a huge fan of Benefit packaging (call me a sucker for cute packaging!) Pop this compact pink box into a stocking or give it to your makeup-loving girlfriend. Who wouldn't want to upwrap this little pretty?

Powderazzi can be found at Ulta stores and online at It retails for $30.

NB: I purchased this product myself.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

LUSH's None Of Your Beeswax Lip Balm: A Vegan-Friendly Treat For The Lips

I am a veritable newbie to the LUSH line (I am sure that there are 1000's of LUSH-aholics who would like to kick me in my rear end after that admission!), but I am trying to ease myself into the brand slowly. I fear - or rather my wallet fears! - that once I go LUSH, there is no turning back!

One of LUSH's lip balms, None of Your Beeswax, has, over the past few months, made it into my beauty product arsenal. I have especially taken to using it at bedtime, as it leaves my lips feeling super soft and smooth the next day. The balm's scent mixes vanilla and lemon, and the texture is the perfect balance of waxy and soft. Unlike some of the other potted lip balms I have used, my finger does not sink in and pick up too much product.

This product is also 100% Vegan. Though I myself do not follow such a diet, I can appreciate the fact that this balm is suitable for those who do. The ingredients are all natural and include extra virgin coconut oil, carnuba wax, and murmur butter, to help keep lips feeling moisturized. You can rest assured that while this product will work tirelessly to soothe your pout, using it won't weigh heavily on your conscience!

You can find None of Your Beeswax at LUSH stores and online at It retails for $6.95.

This would make a yummy stocking stuffer for friends or family. As the saying goes....friends don't let friends....go without kissably soft lips! Right? ;-)

NB: This product was sent to me by a PR representative for my consideration. Though I did not purchase it myself, my review was in no way influenced by my receipt of a sample. I am dedicated to providing reviews that are 100% my own opinions, bias-free. If I ever feel that I cannot give my readers honest feedback on a product, I will not present a review for it. I am here to inform, and publishing untruthful thoughts is neither beneficial to those who visit my blog nor to me.

The Payot Paris Payoff - Rescue Your Legs!

There's nothing like standing on your feet for six hours (or more) to leave your legs feeling sore. In the past, Advil has been my friend for dealing with achey muscles, but I have discovered a pill-free way of mollifying the pain.

Payot Paris, a company founded by Dr. Nadia Payot, features products that speak to the well-being of the body and the importance of maintaining its balance with the mind and the soul. The brand utilizes scientific research to devise high-quality skincare that is equipped to tackle an array of conditions.

As I have been racking up time working a retail job for the Holidays, I have found myself turning to the line's Soin Jambes Légères, a light gel, that when applied to the legs, provides an immediate cooling sensation that effectively relaxes the muscles and helps to relieve achiness and fatigue. It is amazing how the gel works on contact. Post shower, I have been massaging this gel into my legs, from my feet and ankles to my thighs. The non-sticky and non-greasy formula contains Hermatite Extract, along with other tissue decongestants, to help improve blood circulation, while maintaining the skin's moisture.

A godsend in a tube? I think so! My sore legs have never felt better....medicine-free!

For a list of Payot retailers in your area as well as spa locations, check out

NB: This product was sent to me by a PR representative for my consideration. Though I did not purchase it myself, my review was in no way influenced by my receipt of a sample. I am dedicated to providing reviews that are 100% my own opinions, bias-free. If I ever feel that I cannot give my readers honest feedback on a product, I will not present a review for it. I am here to inform, and publishing untruthful thoughts is neither beneficial to those who visit my blog nor to me.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea #4: Philosophy Presents The Perfect Winter Escape

Philosophy is known for their great skincare and bath products (their Purity cleanser is one of my all-time favorites), and The Winter Escape collection boasts some items that are no exception. Practically begging for use on a weekend trip to the ski lodge, this mini compilation kit features three wonderful "let's come in from the cold" products. I don't know about you, but I gravitate towards beauty items that smell yummy (particularly like chocolate!) - lip glosses, lotions, shower gels, shampoos, you name it!

Included in the set are a 4.0 oz Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, 0.5 oz Melting Marshmallow Cream Lip Shine, and a 2.0 oz Melting Marshmallow Cream Body Soufflé. I particularly like this collection because it features a lip balm along with the 3-in-1 shower product and lotion. It should be quite apparent, by now, that I simply cannot refuse a lip gloss. I won't even try anymore!

Philosophy has definitely hit the nail on the head when they recognized that a marriage of hot chocolate and marshmallows is a no-brainer. All that could possibly be missing from the mix is some whipped cream!

The Winter Escape kit retails for $25 and can be found at Sephora stores and online at

Who knew beauty could be so delicious?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea #3: Personalized Boutique Offers So Much More Than Bling

I'm back at you again with another post that I hope you might find helpful as you search for the perfect Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza presents for your loved ones. This gift idea is especially apt for those friends (or family members, obviously) with whom you have a close relationship and for whom you really want to get something with that personalized touch.

I stumbled upon, a fantastic website (a family-owned company, I might add) that offers a wide array of high quality and personalized jewelry pieces, when I was on the hunt for a name necklace (a la Carrie of Sex and the City) last spring. I have always wanted a signature necklace, even before Sarah Jessica Parker made the neck candy famous, but I was never able to find a quality piece. I was searching for something that wasn't too flimsy, a sturdy item that I would not have to worry might bend or break on me.

You could say I did my research before making my purchase. I spent at least a month checking the site, reading reviews, emailing back and forth with the owner of the company in order to decide the style that suited me best. What helped with my choice and made me extremely comfortable with the ordering process was the amazing (and when I say amazing, I really mean it!) customer service and individualized attention that I felt my questions were receiving. The testimonials also made me feel secure in my decision to purchase from this website. I'm always wary of online shopping. However, the way that I was handled was particularly reassuring. I could not have been happier., in addition to offering the traditional name plate necklaces, also has a large selection of other personalized items. From rings to bracelets and anklets to individual charms, this company has it all (and they are very receptive to any and all requests for personalized pieces that they don't currently offer!) Jewelry is offered in yellow gold as well as Sterling silver. Prices vary by piece, but the necklace I ordered was $175, which I thought was very reasonable considering the strength, quality, and construction of the 14k gold piece.

I know I just gave you a lot of information about my personal experience with the company, but I just want you to know how much I respect the way they work from start to finish (and I'm not just singing their praises willy nilly). I would not hesitate to order from them again.

I highly suggest that you scope out if you are looking for that extra special way to bring a smile to a loved one's face this Holiday season.

Who doesn't love jewelry, right? ;-)

Friday, November 13, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea #2: Chanel Mini Glossimer Trio

I came across these really cute Mini Glossimer Trio sets from Chanel when I went to check out the beauty floor at SAKS a few weeks ago. I am a huge fan of these glosses (I have Mica and Coral Reef). They are super silky smooth, not sticky, and have a gorgeous shine to them. They vary in finish, but most I have seen seem to contain some shimmer (not chunky glitter, but rather a subtle sparkle). Others are a little frosty, while a few are cream formulas, completely devoid of any shimmer or sheen. The only thing I don't love about the Glossimers, I would have to say, would be the price tag. A regular full-size gloss goes for $27 (ouch!)

I have been eyeing some more of these babies, but have relegated them to my wish list because they are pretty pricey. Cue in the trios! Though they have been available previously, these gloss collections are only around for the holiday season. There are two different versions of the limited edition sets, two tonalities if you will. The first, Les Soleils, features some beautiful warm shades - Pin-Up, a beige peach, Coral Reef, a pink beige, and Glow, a bronze peach. The cool set, Les Roses, includes Magnifique, a sparkly pink, Glaze, a white pink, and Satinette, a pearl pink. I think this is the perfect way to give the gift of luscious lips (or if it's for yourself, a great way to get your feet wet and test out a few of Chanel's best-selling shades!) The packaging of the sets themselves look gorgeous, too (but we are talking Chanel, of course). Each comes housed in a black box, adorned with the traditional Chanel logo, within a larger gold package.

Any luxe lip gloss lovers in your lives? These sets retail for $50, and are available at SAKS stores and online at

Kiss kiss!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Get Ready To Shop!! The Urban Decay F+F Sale Is Back!!!

It's that time again! Urban Decay is holding their famous Friends and Family event! From November 9-20, receive 30% off on all purchases made at the Urban Decay website. To redeem the offer, enter the code FNFW1 at checkout.

Now is the perfect time to stock up on all of your Holiday gifts (for the make-up lovers you know, of course!) as well any items you have been eyeing for yourself. I would personally recommend the Book of Shadows Vol. 2 ;-)


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea #1: Kirkland Signature Brush Set

With the Holidays rapidly approaching (Thanksgiving is only about three weeks away!), I have decided that, as I come across items that I think would make great gifts, I will dedicate specific posts to those items. I have already mentioned some great gift ideas (such as the uber-affordable LORAC set and the Tarte palette and kits), but I will now start highlighting products that I love, and think would make particularly fantastic presents, as "Holiday Gift Ideas."

So, this brings me to the first item on my list. Every Holiday season, Costco puts out their brush sets, their Kirkland Signature by Borghese multi-piece collections. Each year, the collections are a little bit different. For example, the brushes included may vary, the bristle color is not always the same, and the brush bags themselves are generally slightly different in style (some are zip-up, some are wrap-around with a snap closure) from season to season.

The Holiday '09 collection features 15 pieces. There are 8 full-size brushes - 3 face brushes and 5 eye brushes. The brushes fit neatly into a black quilted zip-up case. In addition, there is also a set of 4 mini travel-size brushes that come housed within their own matching brush case.

Full-Size Brushes:

Large Powder Brush
Flat-Top Bronzer Brush
Angled Foundation Brush
Eye Shadow Brush
Eye Blending Brush
Flat Eyeliner Brush
Eye Smudger
Brow Brush & Spooley Duo

Mini Brushes:

Travel-Size Powder Brush
Travel-Size Concealer Brush
Travel-Size Eye Blending Brush
Travel-Size Flat Eyeliner Brush

The collection also includes an eyelash curler with an extra rubber pad.

L-R: Large Powder Brush, Flat-Top Bronzer Brush, Angled Foundation Brush

L-R: Eye Shadow Brush, Eye Blending Brush, Flat Eyeliner Brush, Eye Smudger, Brow Brush & Spooley Duo

L-R: Travel-Size Powder Brush, Blending Brush, Concealer Brush, and Flat Eyeliner Brush

All of the brushes included are of very nice quality, super soft with substantial black handles. The bristles are black with white tips (note that the white of the bristles is just for "character;" unlike the MAC 187 brush, for instance, which features two different types of bristles). The set retails for $19.99, making for a very affordable gift.

The set is available at Costco locations and online at

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sweet 16 (+10): Birthday Fun With Friends...And NARS

Tuesday marked my 26th birthday. Though I'm not usually one to do anything too extravagant for birthdays, I decided to spend some of the late afternoon and evening in NYC. On the agenda was a stop at MAC Pro, a bit of a disappointment since the only thing set on my wishlist, the Lip Erase, was out of stock. All was not lost, though, as the Cupcake Stop , a mobile cupcake vendor, had their truck stationed about a block away from the MAC store. The policy is that you get a free cupcake of your choice on your birthday, so I opted for a scrumptious Red Velvet (see below for a photo from the website...I forgot to snap a picture of the little beauty before I inhaled it lol).

After a bit of solo time, I met up with my beauty "partner in crime" and adopted little sister, Adina of Krasey Beauty for some much needed (OK, so it wasn't really needed) beauty retail therapy. I'm not going to lie. I actually went into SAKS soley with the intention of purchasing a new foundation (I had been debating between NARS Sheer Glow and Armani Luminous Silk). Needless to say, I ended up with a few more items than I had planned (I got caught up in the loveliness at the NARS counter). Behold, the damage....

Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc

Concealer in Honey

Powder Foundation in Mont Blanc

Douceurs de Paris (Pleasures of Paris) Palette (limited edition)

From L-R, T-B: Nepal, Violetta, Demon Lover, Cordura, Abyssinia, Fez

Lip Laquer in Chelsea Girls

Botan Brush

After some lovely time with Adina, who always seems to have some "NARS-fluence" on me, I headed downtown to meet Aja, of Don't Forget the Lip Gloss, and Nancy, of The Informed Makeup Maven, for some dinner at Buddakan, a very hip and trendy Asian-inspired restaurant (one of my all-time favorite cuisines, I might add!) The food was yummy, the company even better.

It was a really great birthday. Not to sound cheesy (OK, here comes the cheese...), but honestly my most meaningful birthdays are those spent with friends and family. It's not about what I'm doing to celebrate, however, but it's about being with people whose time I value and with whom I can just let myself enjoy being in the moment. **I am through with the sappiness/seeming cliches now**

I will leave you all with some photos of the birthday cake my mom made me. It was (well, actually, it still is...leftovers abound!) a pumpkin spice layer cake with a cream cheese buttercream frosting. It was delicious!

Monday, November 2, 2009

LORAC Holiday Smoked Out Collection

LORAC is one brand that hasn't gotten proper love from me (a shame because I'm loving their products!), but I just couldn't pass this super collection by without sharing the details with you all! LORAC has introduced a great and affordable set for the Holidays that includes some make-up essentials that will no doubt have you set for the season's occasions. This kit, which retails for $18.50 (a steal!), is available exclusively at Four products are contained within a cute black make-up bag - Starry Eyed Baked Eyeshadow Trio (perfect to create a sexy, sultry smoky eye!), Midnight Sparkle Pencil, Cheek Stamp, and Lip Polish.

Really, how can you say no to this collection?!? The only bad part? It's only around for a limited time! So hurry on over to the LORAC website! This one is definitely "scoop up" worthy.