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My Beauties!

What did you get?

I shopped on earlier today (see post below) because of the great 20% off deal, one that I could simply not pass up. 


First, I had to get NARS The Multiple. I have yet to use anything from NARS (I know, I must be living under a rock) and I can not wait to try this. I picked up Cannes, which is said to be a coppery pink. Seems like it would be perfect for my fair skin tone and to use in a hurry on my cheeks, eyes, and lips. Also, for myself, I could not pass up the Kinerase Lip Treatment as I have recently fallen for their facial products. And I have been really wanting to try the Seikisho White Mask, so that made it's way into my shopping cart as well.

I picked up the CARGO Smoky Eye Kit for my sister-in-law. She is always wondering how I achieve the smoky eye look (which I have gotten pretty good at perfecting, by the way) so I thought this would be perfect for her.

I purchased the LORAC Mini Mocktail Bar for my niece who is obsessed with all things makeup, especially lip glosses, and as she just turned 21, I thought it was pretty fitting.

Lastly, I picked up the Bliss Lemon + Sage "Merry Citrus" Set for a special friend, who reads this blog, so I cannot mention who exactly it is. But she is a Bliss Spa devotee (probably just gave it away to her), so I am sure she will love this set.

I think I did pretty good, seeing as I spent $163.60 for 6 great gifts, yeah, yeah, a few were gifts for myself, but they would have cost me $204.50 any other day. I somehow managed to get free shipping too, though I do not know how that happened.

Remember that the 20% off sale at is only for today, November 7th, ending at 11:59 P.M.  



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Luxury Cosmetics with a Conscience - Josie Maran Cosmetics.

I am so excited that I got to try some of the newest cosmetics on the market. Not only are these cosmetics part of a new brand, I think this line could have started something here. You see, Josie Maran Cosmetics, is a complete collection of pure, natural and evolved cosmetics, that are equally chic, luxurious, and downright beautiful.

Josie_Maran_Cosmetics.jpgYou remember, Josie, don't you? She was the face of Maybelline cosmetics for an unprecedented ten years! A natural beauty, Josie never bothered wearing makeup before becoming a model, but quickly became enamored with makeup once she learned all the tips and tricks from working with makeup artists in the business. She soon discovered that beauty helped to not only transform a look, but it helped to boost her confidence and spirit as well. When Josie was pregnant a few years ago, she wanted to get back to a more natural lifestyle and searched for natural makeup. She found some, but these did not live up to the levels of sphistication and luxury that she craved. This is when it hit her to use what she had learned and created a business based upon what she loved.

Josie Maran Cosmetics are created with natural, organic, nontoxic and gentle ingredients wherever possible.  Just listen to some of these good for you ingredients: avocado, coconut, and flaxseed oil. Jojoba, Soybean, beeswax, olive, cocoa and shea butter too. Josie also used some pretty innovative proprietary formulas that allow the cosmetics to look and feel just like high-end, luxury cosmetic items. Her goal was to no longer have to trade off luxury for natural, and she certainly has proven it with her line.

The line:
Concealer Stick $20
Pressed Powder $30
Cream Cheek $20
Pressed Blush $18
Eye Liner $16
Eye Shadow $18
Finger Paints $36
Lip Gloss $18
Lip Liner $16
Lipstick $18
Plumping Lip Gloss $22
Bronzing Powder $30
Cream Bronzer $30
Argan Oil $42

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous too. The products printing is done with soy ink, and the products themselves come in either sleek, rose-colored metallic packaging that is made of a corn based biodegradable plastic, recycled aluminum, or glass. You would have never thought it could be so pretty. 

I absolutely love this cream bronzer. It is the perfect color and really warms up my face when used directly over my foundation. It can easily be blended to look natural, or applied on top of itself for a more dramatic look. And, my fingers make the perfect applicator for this bronzer. Beautiful!

Visit Josie Maran Cosmetics for more information and to purchase.