Beauty and The Corona Virus

Alert: When shopping for beauty products in stores, it is important to only buy things that are kept behind the counter because they are sealed and packaged.

Stores like Sephora are taking extra precautions such as cancelling all beauty services and using hospital grade disinfectants. Because their stock is out on the shelves, you never know who’s hands dipped into the products.

1st and foremost, do not sample any products!

This global pandemic is serious and make sure you do not share your cosmetics with anyone.

Clean all of your current collection of cosmetics immediately. If purchasing a product of any kind, from water bottles to cosmetics, wipe things down with 90 percent alcohol- especially anything you buy from the supermarket that goes into the fridge.

Be safe, stay healthy.

The Best Beauty Rewards Programs for 2020

It’s a New Year and there are lots of new products to try and earn rewards from your favorite stores.  So you ask, what’s in it for me?

If you’re on the hunt for new products to make you happier and more beautiful, below are the best beauty reward programs for 2020.

Your get tremendous saving on beauty brands you love, and the ones that have yet to get discovered.

Let’s start with Sephora.

Sephora has become a hotspot for new brands coming to market. Much of the skin care offerings new on Sephora shelves are skin care products with organic ingredients. It seems as if every time you walk into Sephora, there’s a new skincare and makeup line waiting just for you.

 After all, a new year also brings a fresh new face.

Of course, with any reward program, the more you spend, the more you get. If you’re a free “Beauty Insider” you get one point for every dollar spent and three choices for your birthday gift. All tiers get the Rewards Bazaar where on limited quantity specials.

 For the VIB program you earn 1.25 for every dollar spent. You get three birthday gift choices instead of just one in the Insider tier.

 The Rouge program offers 1.5 points for every dollar you spend. Plus, With the Rouge program you get full size products. The seasonal savings that come with the top-level Rouge program offers year round discounts. Rouge members can exchange 2500 points for $100 to spend at Sephora. The Rouge program and the VIP program offer four choices for your birthday gift every year. The Insider program allows three choices for your birthday gift.

Points don’t expire at Sephora- they just keep accumulating.

New to Sephora, is the Sephora credit card by Visa. You earn 15% off your first purchase when you open the card. What’s great about this card is that you get 4% cash back in rewards each time you make a purchase at Sephora.

 Shopping outside of Sephora?  You’ll earn 1% cash back on all your purchases. Once you spend $500 outside of the Sephora store you’ll earn a $20 Sephora credit card reward. You’ll have to wait 90 days from approval, but that gives you plenty of time to rack up points.

 We did notice something on the Sephora website about their credit cards offerings. There are two cards, a Sephora card, and a Sephora Visa card. Yes, there is the difference. With the Sephora Visa card you’ll get all the benefits like zero reliability, tap-to-pay, auto rental coverage, and roadside dispatch (wow that’s a nice perk.) With both cards you’ll still get 15% off the first purchase, no annual fee, and 1% back in rewards on purchases outside of Sephora.

Sally’s Beauty

Sally’s Beauty has a quick way to redeem Rewards. You’ll be welcomed when first signing up with $5 making a purchase in the first month visiting Sally’s Beauty.

For every $50 you spend you earn $5. The preferred program has you earning $1 that equals 10 Beauty marks right away. Once you spend up to $200 in a calendar year you’ll become an Elite, earning 1.5 remarks for every dollar.

Both programs offer custom color consult, exclusive savings and deals when you subscribe to their email list. For purchases made during your birthday month, you receive a $5 reward and double beauty marks. Elite status earns you free shipping on all orders, and a special end-of-year reward for you. In order to keep your Elite status, you’ll need to re-qualify calendar year. 

Ulta Beauty Rewards

For every dollar you spend with Ulta you earn one point called Ulta Rewards. All year long Ulta offers bonus points that are only available if you sign up for email promotions. Points are also redeemable for beauty services, not just products, and they’re good for one calendar year.

You don’t have to sign up for email to get rewards. When you’re in the store, Type in Ulta coupon on your phones, and you’ll get a pop up for the coupon to use at the register for $3.50 off a purchase for $15 or more.

Some of the big-name skin care lines and hair care may not qualify for various discounts. Always ask at the register when shopping in the store.

Ulta Beauty Rewards Offers Three Tiers.

Member Status

Shop and earn points for every dollar you spend. On your birthday you get twice the amount of points, and a free birthday gift.

Platinum Rewards

If you spend $500 in a calendar year, you qualify for the Platinum Rewards program. You’ll get a free birthday gift, a $10 birthday coupon, and your points will never expire.

When you spend $1200 you are eligible for Diamond status. You get everything offered with Platinum rewards and qualify for a $25 reward card once a year, and free shipping on orders over $25.00

MAC Lover Loyalty Program

Are you a Mac lover?  At level one you’ll get special seasonal offers, and a BACK-TO-M∙A∙C EXPANDED PLUS TRACKER. Not too sure what a BACK-TO-M∙A∙C EXPANDED PLUS TRACKER is? You return your empty products that were used and return to the store.  Once you qualify to return up to six primary packages you’ll qualify for a complimentary back to Mac product such as a free MAC lipstick, or single eyeshadow of your choice. MAC is about helping save the planet by recycling plastic. Once you make this exchange, your complimentary products are final sale with no returns or exchanges. But it’s so worth it.

 Stepping up to Devoted status Level 2, you’ll get everything level one offers and more. Level 2 offers free makeup services from 30 to 60 minutes. You’re notified about   new products and upcoming new collections and collaborations.

 Once you spend $500 or more you have qualified for Level 3 Devoted status.  Benefits include everything the other ties offer, plus free 2-day shipping and exclusive invites to MAC events. Memberships expire after two years if you have not redeemed or made any purchases during that time.

CVS Extra Care Beauty Club

The CVS beauty rewards program offers coupons for your favorite brands. You don’t have to rack up points and wait for things to happen just to get a small sample. The more you buy the more coupons you get. Sometimes you get surprised with the a CVS coupons for 25% and 40% off purchases. You’ll still get perks on beauty purchases.

 For every $50 you spend you get a $5.As soon as you sign up you’ll get 10% off your first purchase. Get $3 Extra Bucks Rewards every time you spend $30 on Beauty. Those extra bucks can be redeemed on anything at CVS. You also get free samples. It pays to get friendly with your beauty advisor and CVS. They can hook you up with some samples on some of the higher end beauty brands not advertised.

Become a Bloomingdale’s Loyalist

Can you believe there’s actually a discount you can get on beauty products like Chanel?

Yes, it’s true. You can reward yourself with a discount on big expensive beauty brands like Chanel, Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Le Mer, YSL, Marc Jacobs, and more.

Get on this fabulous email list and start spending and earning rewards. For every dollar you spend you’ll get one point.

Once you reach 5000 points you’ll get a $25 reward card. Sign up for their email list to get a perk of the month offer sent to you each month. Once you sign-up, you’ll get exclusive events that offer double and triple power points. What else is great about this program? You get free shipping with no minimum purchase required.

Wait! There’s more.  Loyalist members get a $25 cash back card when they spend $150 at Bloomingdales (offers are subject to change). There’s opportunities to take 20% off when you spend up to $199 and that goes up to 25% off when you spend 200 to $499. Get 30% off when you spend $500 or more. You need to watch your inbox daily for these deals as they are subject to change.  Go ahead and treat yourself to those Jimmy Choo shoes, then go by your favorite skincare or beauty product at a discount with your Bloomingdale’s Loyalist rewards.

Nordstrom’s – Nordy Club

With every dollar you spend at Nordstrom’s you’ll earn one point. Want to get a quick 40 bucks? Apply for the Nordstrom’s credit card and you’ll get that $40 bonus note ready to be used right away.

 The credit card gives instant access to insider benefits, such as early access to anniversary sales and the first chance to shop “Clear the Rack.”

 Need alterations? No problem. Exclusive card member benefits include a hundred dollars towards alterations. And, points are earned three times fast toward Nordstrom’s notes.

Once you earn 2,000 points you’ll get a $20 reward that will automatically be added to your account. For every 500 points earned you get $5, you’ll earn $10 every 1,000points, and $15 every 1,500 points.

Birch Box

Wouldn’t you love a beauty surprise delivered to you every month? Birch Box offers prestigious brands that are customized just for you.

You’ll get a dollar in points for every $10 you spend. We’re always searching for the next best thing in beauty, and Birch Box helps find our favorites by getting samples we are just dying to try. Birch Box is a great way to check out new products when you don’t want to commit to buying something right away because you think it may be too expensive. You can earn points when giving a gift subscription. When referring a friend, you’ll earn 100 points equal to $10 for if they sign up. You can even earn points by leaving reviews.

SmashBox

SmashBox is one of the hottest makeup brands around. It has a fabulous rewards program and you can earn 15% off your first purchase when signing up. You’ll also get additional discounts throughout the year. You start off with 50 points that equal $5 to use when you sign up. You’ll get exclusive access to private promotions, a birthday gift, and an anniversary gift. All tiers allow you to pay with points.

For Level 1 FAB subscribers (spend up to $75), you’ll get two free samples with an order and a point for every dollar spent.

Level 2 FIERCE subscribers you get you three samples for every order (spend from $75-$250). Three free samples with every order and free 2-day shipping when you spend $60 and more.

For Level 3 FEARLESS subscribers, you get  free shipping on any order that’s $90 and up, free gift wrapping, a bigger birthday and anniversary gift, a special mega gift, and VIP concierge service.

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Women love their gel manicures but are they safe?

Any type of UVA rays can be harmful to the skin causing cancer. Repeated use of UVA light that is required to set the gel manicures could be dangerous. Gel manicures require extra doses of UV light in order to set the gel.

The lamps used to set the gel are LED lamps. UVA rays penetrate the skin more than UVB rays. These types of lamps used to cure the gel are a lot more intense then a regular UV lamp. They are also more intense than rays from the Sun. LED lights still emit UVA rays that could be damaging to your health. Exposure to the UVA light over time can be harmful.

Things To Watch Out For

Every Salon is different as far as how long your nails will be exposed to the LED light box when setting your nails in to dry and seal the gel.

Prior to your hands entering the light box you should cover your hands with a good dose sunscreen with a spectrum of 50 plus. Consider buying fingerless sun protective gloves that have a UPF of 50.

Women that are super sensitive to UV light and have brittle nails should stay away from gel manicure. Since the gel is deeply hardened on the nails, when it comes time for removal there is a possibility that the nail can be detached from the nailbed. It’s imperative that a licensed manicurist remove the gel manicure safely as not to cause harm to the nail bed.

We all know that tanning beds are really bad for your skin and can cause skin cancer. Getting a gel manicure that uses the LED lightbox to set your gel is like a tanning bed for your hands.

A 2014 study in Jama Dermatology concluded the level of UV exposure when getting a gel manicure approximately every two weeks isn’t going to increase the risk of skin cancer significantly. Women should be cognizant of the issues of potential skin cancer risks.

Beware of Home Manicure Gel Kits

One should also caution to the use of home kits for gel manicures. This type of manicure should be performed only by a licensed manicurist.

A good salon will use nail polish that specifically works with the proper tools to remove the gel from the nail.

It is best to get a gel manicure at the salon. The manicurist will know how long you should stay under the UV light in order to get the gel to set properly. Using a home UV light box is risky if not used by a trained and certified esthetician. The risk of staying under the light too long in a home can harm your health.

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Bangs Are Back in Style – Hairstyles 2019

Bangs are back.It’s time to update your look for 2018. Layers framed around the face. We are not talking about thick heavy blunt bangs. Soft face-framing whispy layers at eye-level and beyond.

Yes, bangs can make you look younger. If your over 40 and you’re still supporting long hair past that underwire bra- and have no layers, your face is going to drag down.

Look below for the hottest bangs and layered styles for 2019.

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Capture that Bridgett Bardot timeless look with defined eyes and light lips.

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This style is perfect for heavy thicker hair that is straight.

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The forehead is not visible. The layers above the eye add sophistication and drama. Looks great with the shimmery silver eyeshadow on lids.

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This transformation to longer whispy bangs brightens up the face and gives hair more movement.

Do you have any tips on how to get these cuts? Comment below.

How To Look Better in Five Minutes

How to Get Full Hair in the Morning

Dry shampoo should be a key staple in your bathroom. If you have dark hair most dry shampoos will leave a bit of white dust on the hair. Make sure to use one that has color like a tinted version, Yeah! It helps mask gray hair super quick.

Morning routines are time stressed when hauling off to work. Make is easy with a hair wash the night before. After blow dry use the dry shampoo, go to sleep and you get extra fullness on the morning sans a blow dry.

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Celebrity Beauty Trick

Thinning hair at the forehead line and want to wear a ponytail? Use powder eyes shadow along the hairline in the same hair color as your own- brush in and voila!! Instant thickness look- Oh yeah- we love it.

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Wake Up My Skin

Wake up with your favorite color blush. Light pink for pale skins, peachy shades for warm skins and rose color. Dark skins brighten up with red tones. Peach tones are a safe bet for all. Powder is the choice for a soft natural effect.

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Use a fork to contour your nose. Take a fork and place on the nose. Brush in the center a light concealer. On the other two sides brush in a contouring darker crème. When you remove the fork you will see three perfect lines. Blend with a brush and dust over with some setting powder.

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Need to wear a lot of foundation because you don’t have the best skin? Paint on some faux freckles and it will instantly give your foundation a more natural look.

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How to Get Brighter Eyes

More awake eyes will look better with curled lashes. To keep them staying up after mascara application, blow dry them up on medium heat with eyes partially closed and then cold shot blast them. This helps to set them in place without a damaging eye lash curler.

How to get full lips

Outline your lips with a white or light beige color along the lip line. Add lipstick and press over with your finger the remaining lip color on the lip line.  You’ll get softer, full lips instantly. Don’t like this trick? Place your normal lip liner and lipstick on, dab lip gloss only on the bow and the bottom center area of the lip. Gives the same illusion of bigger lips.

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How to Get Whiter Teeth Naturally

Cauliflower is a natural tooth whitener and stain remover. Eat or mash in a blender, add to toothpaste or brush on teeth. Whiter teeth make you look 5-10 years younger.

Have a beauty tip you want to share?  Comment below and we may feature it for our next post.

 

Are Eyelash Extensions Safe?

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Batting our eyes is sort of like a mating process. It gives us that sexy come hither baby doll look look.  Eyelashes make our eyes more sparkly and awake.  The look of lusher and longer with eye lash extensions is all the rage with celebrities and models.

Eyelash extensions   look great for photography because they enhance our eyes, letting them burst out on the camera. Your #instafans will adore them.  You will get more likes, loves and shares on your Instagram and social media.

What Types of Eyelash Extensions Are Out There?  

There are different types of hairs used for extensions. There are faux mink lashes, Siberian mink and   different blends offered in salons.

For those with very sparse lashes you can get a glamour lash look with a set of two lightweight extensions applied. The cost at a top-notch salon starts at about $200.00.

If you want a super thick look that gives the look of applied eyeliner you can get a triple application that gives density and fullness. The cost starts around $300.00. Some salons offer five layer extensions. Prepare to spend about $450 for those at the best salons.

Silk blend extensions are mixed with synthetic materials and give a glossy look. Pure synthetic eyelash extensions are the cheapest to apply. The silk blend or pure silk costs around $125.00

Remember, when starting out with more expensive options, touch ups at the salon are priced higher.

What are the risks of getting eyelash extensions?

The general process should be painless. If you have sensitive yes, be aware of the glue. You could be allergic. Fans are usually circulating in the treatment room due to the smell. Your eyes can water-up through the process.  Always do a test on one lash and let is sit for 24 hour or more to check for irritation.  A good eyelash cosmetician should recommend this.

The Pros

  • You wake up beautiful.
  • You save time without applying as much makeup.
  • You won’t need mascara.
  • When an eyelash procedure is well done, you could go sans eyeliner.
  • Your eyes will look less tired.

The Cons

  • The cost is relatively expensive- about $100.00-$300 depending on where you go.
  • Prepare for costly touch ups.   Fills re needed every two or three weeks at an average cost of $50.00
  • They don’t last forever.
  • They can fall individually fall out with your natural lash attached.
  • They can take 90 minutes to apply and even two hours when they are hand built during the application.
  • Liner application may be more difficult.
  • Removing eye makeup is more tedious. Gentleness is required not to dislodge the glue.
  • Oli based eye cosmetics can loosen glue and they can fall off.
  • When your natural lashes start to grow up, the lash line can get sparse and uneven.

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 Maintenance

Check with the salon on the touch-up time frame. Some make it a point to charge for a full set after 4 weeks. Make sure to ask the salon what percentage of remaining last is considered to be a touch up.

Touches up requirements are based on the individual and how many lash layers were applied.

You must keep them clean. Oily skins will find that they don’t last as long because of the oil glands around the eye tens to soften the chemicals used in the application procedure- the glue.

Undoubtedly, you should invest in eyelash maintenance products. You will need special foam cleansers like OcuSoft Foam Cleanser. It’s gentle and recommended by top salons. OcuSoft Lid Scrub helps remove oil and debris.

OrganicGreek natural eyelash growth serum promotes, longer thinker lashes. It’s a great product to allow a thicker growth pattern when those falsies fall out. It’s a great find for those with thin lashes.

Stack up on disposable mascara wands- you know the ones you get free at Sephora. Brushing lashes daily keeps dirt and grime out.

Should you desire to add more oomph with mascara, make sure its water based so when you remove it does not damage the lash extensions.

Before you pretty little head hits that pillow, invest is a silk eye mask. It will help protect lashes from breaking into a not very gentle pillowcase when tossing and turning. You can buy what’s called a folded foam one where your lash does not actually touch the mask completely. It allows for some room between the lash and the mask itself.

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Most importantly, improperly trained salons and cosmetologists who place multiple lashes over the original lash without perfection in the procedure is endangering the health of your skin and eyes. Your natural lashes will grow out in different directions with  improper procedures, and will inhibit a delayed growth of the natural lash.

Do you have an experience or a video you want to share with us of your eyelash extension procedure?

If so please comment below.

Make sure to share this article with your friends and on social media so you can protect friends with some knowledge about getting this type of procedure done. The more educated you are before walking into the salon, the better off you’ll be.

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Thirteen Iconic Images of Bridgette Bardot: Spring Fashion 2018 Is In The Air

 

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Besides being a sex symbol of the 50’s and 50’s, did you know that Bridgett Bardot was a big animal activist? Yes, she was.

He brazen beauty led to capturing the camera with perfection, at every angle, and in any light.

After starring in 47 films, she quit show business in 1973. She was also a singer and recorded 60 songs.Bardot was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress. From 1969 to 1978.

In the early 2,000’s she was an outspoken critic of Islam and immigration in France. She was accused of racial hatred and fined many times.

In  1952, Bardot married director, Roger Vadim. They divorced in 1957. her affair with  Jacques Charrier led to the birth of her 1st child. She later divorced.  After her divorce, she had minimal contact with her son.Nicolas-Jacques Charrier.

If you look at all her photos, take notice of her neckline. She popularized the wide open neck decolette with open shoulders, still a popular and coveted look for today’s fashion.

The beehive hairstyle still is a classic and was duplicated many times by the model Claudia Schiffer in the Guess ads from the 80’s.

Her current stance on the “me too” movement was quoted in the Observer Magazine, on March 12,2018 –  “Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed…I was never the victim of sexual harassment. And I found it charming when men told me I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside.”

What’s your favorite photo from this article? Please share it here and comment. Sharing this article with other fashionistas keeps others in the know.

 

Ulta Selling Used Dirty Cosmetics Returns? Can This Really Be True?

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A new website out there called Babe.com about women who don’t give a f**** as touted on their website has reported that former employees of Ulta are cleaning up returned makeup and stocking it back on the shelves.

According to the article, the employees were told to disinfect with alcohol product returns and repackage for reselling.

It all started with fatinamxo @fatinamxo twitter comments about getting the word out at the store she works out of in Sherman Oaks, California. Others have commented on her tweets stating that managers have told them to do some unbelievable things with customer returns.

We cannot confirm or condone any of this action. You may read the full article below here ulta-resells-dirty-used-makeup-returns-according-to-a-former-employee-

 

 

Compare The Beauty Reward Programs: Who’s The Best for 2018?

 

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Beauty Divas Never Shop Without Their Reward Points.

Frequent shopper rewards programs give us the best bang for our buck. The stores invite us in to buy our favorite items time and time again, alluring us with delicious rewards and freebies gaining customer loyalty.

If you’re not subscribed to a rewards program, you should be. You can save money and enjoy some incredible perks.

With the rise of online shopping and the decline of trips to the mall due to higher prices, brick and mortar stores face tough competition with online shopping deals.

Passing the savings on to you,  some manufacturers can go straight to the consumer online on their own websites offering deeper discounts to attract customers, reducing their costs and expenses, passing the saving on to you. Enter the new world of Amazon, taking over retail, leaving brick and mortar in the dust.

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Shopping at a physical location is not dead.

Shopping at an online venue that has a physical store has great advantages. You can return or exchange my item at the store for an easier return experience. You may save a lot of time  with returns because you are seeing exactly what you are buying

Returning items in the store are easy. You are likely to see another item you like and make an additional purchase- adding more point rewards faster. Sending an online item via the postal service is likely to take 7-10 days before you get a replacement or a refund. Check the online vendors return policy before buying. Nobody wants to stand in line at the post office and return an item.

Let’s start with Sephora and compare them to Ulta Cosmetics.

What’s great about Sephora is that they can be conveniently located close to your home and inside a mall, if you are in an urban, or suburban area. Sephora carries many of the same items as the department stores and more.

You’ll see new and upcoming products at Sephora first.

What I like about Sephora is that they carry new and upcoming brands not yet available in the department stores. Many of the new brands are holistic and healthy. They care about animal cruelty and the ingredients they use in the formulas.

Sephora “Beauty Insider Rewards” rewards you “after” you shop. You earn points to get rewards. If you do a full return on that item they take away the points earned. Reward points start at 100 points and go up to 20000 points.

  • 100-250 Points: You get a mini sample of one item.
  •  500-720 Points: Receive more brand options and some larger samples and more brand choices. Ordering online, use 750 points and over gets free shipping.
  •  5000 -15000 Points: Various celebrity day events- influencer beauty parties-luxury beauty sets.
  •  20,000 Points:
  • 500 points: Multiple  5 mini samples of the same brand.
  • 750-2500 points: Pro custom face chart by a famous makeup artist.
  • 3000-4500 points: Usually a kit of some type of cosmetics or accessories.
  • 50,000 points- International trips to distant lands outside the USA.

Spend and wait to earn is the way it is done at Sephora. If you have rewards of 750  points accumulated or more, you can order that reward online from your accumulated points. It’s your gift, use it. It also ships for free.

What I did not like at Sephora some of the choices presented to me by Sephora at the counter to redeem rewards.   I cannot choose any item freely in the store. You can choose to save your rewards and wait another time when better offerings to your liking are presented.

The point reward offerings at the counter are sample sizes. If you don’t like them for yourself, they are great for the stocking stuffer gifts for friends and family at holiday time.

“Ulta Ultimate Rewards” work differently than Sephora’s beauty rewards programs. The coupons are available immediately for $3.50 on purchases over $15 or 20% off coupons send me running to the store. In most cases, if I can get it at Sephora, I would rather get it at Ulta, if that brand is eligible for the coupon program.

If you are on their mailing list, the coupon comes on the back of the mailer. They do expire, so hurry in. Lose the coupon? No worries, just type in Ulta Coupon on your phone and up pops the link to the coupon to use immediately.

For every dollar you spend, you earn a reward. Sign up for email and get 2X-5X bonus points towards purchases.  Email signups get free birthday gifts and double points during the month of your birthday.

Ulta is like a Sephora, a hair salon, and CVS combined. One side of the store is upscale beauty brands sold at leading department stores. The other side mimics all or most beauty items sold at you favorite drugstores. Ulta also has a beauty salon. In some stores the offer facials by a licensed cosmetologist.

Ulta’s Rewards Points Program

100 Points = $3.00 towards a purchase.

250 Points = $8.00 towards a purchase.

500 Points = $17.50 towards a purchase.

750 Points = $30.00 towards a purchase.

1000 Points = $50.00 towards a purchase.

1000 Points = $3.00 towards a purchase.

2000 Points = $125.00 towards a purchase.

Remember, points do expire at the end of the calendar year.

Spend $450 or more and you are eligible for Platinum rewards. Instead of 1 point for every dollar, you will earn 1.25 and the points last forever. You also get a $10 certificate to use at Ulta at Holiday time. “Platinum Perks” get you secret offers.

Beauty divas, if you make your larger purchases at Ulta including blow dryers, curling irons and the upscale hair care and skin care lines the rewards add up. The best thing about Ulta? You get to choose your products and are not limited to what you have purchased once you redeem your rewards.

The winner is Ulta

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CVS Extra Care Beauty Club

For every $50 you spend when you get CVS Extra Care Beauty Club you will get $5.00 off the next Big Beauty purchase you make. Coupons galore arrive in your inbox with many brand name items you love like L’Oréal, Maybelline, Almay, Cover Girl, and more.

CVS now carries expensive brands like Fekkai Shampoo, Paul Mitchel, and Keraste. Get the CVS phone app and all your discounts get loaded to your CVS card on your phone. At checkout, the cashier scans your “CVS Extra Care Card” barcode on your phone and voila the discounts are ringed up right off your purchase.  It’s easy and fast. CVS is always adding to your account and on the receipt new rewards.

CVS also offers “Extra Bucks” which randomly shows up on your phone app or on your receipt when making a purchase. Sometimes they are as high as $5 or $10 and are based on your previous buys. “Extra Bucks” is used for anything at the store. Postal mailers will come to you for 25% or 30 %  off an entire purchase. Love those coupons! They offer big savings but are not eligible sometimes for items on sale, so check with the cashier.

The Winner is CVS

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Rite Aid Plenti Rewards Program

Rite Aid has the “Plenti Rewards Program.” You can get 30 Percent off many items at Rite Aid by signing up for the rewards program via the Rite Aid website or directly at the store. The rewards for 30% are usually one-day special offers. Rite Aid rewards are pretty straightforward across the entire store. Some of the savings are higher than CVS when they release a 30 % off to shop on a specific day. Via email or on the site you can view specific coupons on items. For beauty items, like CVS, they do have a buy two get one for 50% off.

Walgreens Beauty Enthusiast Points

Walgreens works on a point system to earn dollar rewards for items you choose to buy.  The “Beauty Enthusiast” rewards program gives you 5,000 points for every $50 dollars you spend on beauty. The reward equals $5.00 to spend in the store or online. You will get a personalized profile and beauty picks just for you, and free samples.

You get exclusive beauty promotions and in-store sample events. Rewards do get adjusted when a return is made that equal the value of the return. When you are completing a return from a transaction that went towards points but did not result directly for the issuance of the 5000 Balance Reward points, the points will stay in your account, but the amount required to reach the next beauty enthusiast bonus will be commensurately increased equal to the value of the return.

Department Store Rewards

The winner is Bloomingdales

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Bloomingdales

Bloomingdales Loyalist Rewards are top of the line. You spend, you earn, and you earn nicely. Rewards on the high-end cosmetic lines are usually excluded from certain products at Ulta, so I head over to Bloomingdales for most of my high-end cosmetic lines.

Rewards are throughout the store. When you sign up for rewards, you will get email rewards information that looks like this. Spend a $100 and they give you $25 reward card to spend on a purchase or towards another purchase. When it’s time for my $100 Chanel creams, I add mascara. All brands are eligible. You will also get regular sale events at Bloomingdales for 25% on a large selection of items.

  •  At Bloomies you get one point for every dollar you spend.
  • You earn double points on all shoes, cosmetics, and fragrances every day.
  • Perks of the month straight to your inbox. Earn double, triple and power points when shopping an exclusive event.
  • Free shipping, and no minimum purchase.
  •  Accumulate 5,000 points and get a $25 rewards card you can use the next day and beyond.

If you have a Bloomingdales American Express credit card you will earn reward points when shopping outside of Bloomingdales in another store. Spend $3500 or more and you get four points for every dollar you spend. You can pick four days in the year to earn triple points by calling 866-404-8787 or in the store with a sales associate.

 

 

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Nordstrom’s

Nordstrom’s has always been about exceptional customer service with a great return policy. If you have a Nordstrom’s credit card you can earn some whopping rewards that are enough to satisfy any beauty diva. Reward programs are also good at Nordstrom’s Rack, HauteLook, and TrunkClub.

For every 2.000 points you accumulate, you will earn a $20 Nordstrom Note. You will earn one point for every dollar you spend. For the holiday 2017 until December 24th you can sign up and get a Nordstrom’s personal 10 point day.

How the 10 point day works:

Earn 10 points for every dollar you spend on that day using your Nordstrom credit or debit card purchases made at the stores or online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack or HauteLook.

  •  Level 1 card members can pick a day from December 1–17.
  • Levels 2–4 card members have more date flexibility for shopping and can choose dates between November 24 and December 24.
  •  If you don’t have a Nordstrom’s credit card, if you apply on the Personal 10 Points Day’s available and get approved between December 1 and 17 feel free to shop and get the 10 point rewards for every dollar spent.  Now here is the big bonus!!  Spend $100 on your new card on the day you’re approved and get a $40 Nordstrom’s Note.
  •  Bonus #2- If you already have a Nordstrom’s credit card you will earn 6 points per dollar during Triple Reward Points events. Spend $334 and get a $20 Nordstrom’s Note.

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Macy’s

Macy’s offers Plenti Rewards. It’s free to sign up and you start earning reward points when you spend accumulate 200 points- the points are available for savings at the register. 1000 Plenti Points earn you $10.00 of your purchase. You can link your Macy’s credit card to their rewards program. You can pay cash at the store and use your phone number with no credit card required. You may also use any credit card as your information Plenti rewards number is linked to your account for easy lookup.

 Beauty Supply Rewards

Sally’s beauty has a great rewards program. For every $50 you spend you get a free item as long as it’s under $10.00. That includes any item in the store. Wow, what a great perk!

New members get their first item for free. For every $1.00 you spend, it equals 10 points- allowing you to accumulate 50 points to get that free item over time. Rewards however only have a 60 days lifespan.

“Sally Beauty Rewards” replaced the Beauty Club Card that had a $5 annual fee which had to be renewed every year. Sally’s does not carry high-end cosmetics like Ulta, and Sephora, but they carry many top hair color brands you can’t get at those stores. They are a hot spot for hair care and carry great brands for shampoos and conditioners. Sally’s Beauty Supply also sells their own brands. They have a large selection of blow dryers and straight irons. Notably, they have a big selection of nail care items, one of the best, and a huge selection of combs and brushes. Sally’s Beauty Supply also carries a large selection of hair extensions.

If your purchases total $150 or more in a 12-month period, you’ll become eligible for the Elite tier, which gets you extra perks, like a 5% everyday discount and a beauty box filled with products for your birthday. Elite Tier benefits are calculated for the following year.

Discount Stores

Target is one of the largest suppliers of big brand beauty items. The target app has been updated and once you factor in the Red Card 5% discount off your bill on checkout, you can save really big here.

I just opened my new Target App. It has been updated for an easier, more pleasant experience. I pressed the beauty icon and up came 20-25%- off coupons on hair care items like Tresseme, Nexus, Pantene, Biolage and more. Notably, a Chi Air Classic Flat Iron came up with a  20% off coupon. For cosmetics, I am looking at a 35% off for Rimmel Foundations and 50% off Rimmel concealer. Covergirl cosmetics Peacock mascara has a $3.00 off coupon.

I have to say for these brands I am better off shopping at Target than Ulta. Target items, in general, are cheaper than most other stores on their regular store pricing. Yah! I am a fan.

Specialty  Beauty Brands

M-A-C  Cosmetics  M∙A∙C SELECT

The cult of Mac Cosmetics lives on. Located mostly inside department stores, you will now see a stand-alone Mac Store within the shopping mall as a second location. There are three reward programs to choose from. They are all great deals.

Members-only program- “Get Seduced” gets you Exclusive members-only products.

  • Anniversary gift
  • Back-to-M∙A∙C expanded
  • Convenient Back-to-M∙A∙C tracker
  • Complimentary samples at the checkout counter
  • Free shipping on online orders.
  • Spend $1Complimentary M∙A∙C Select 30-minute makeup application
  • Cut the line to shop selected collections
  • Exclusive members-only products
  • Anniversary gift
  • Back-to-M∙A∙C expanded
  • Convenient Back-to-M∙A∙C tracker
  • Two complimentary samples at online checkout
  • Free 2-Day shipping ($50 minimum)

Get “Devoted” plan has more options.

  • Complimentary M∙A∙C Select 30-minute makeup application
  • Cut the line to shop selected collections
  • Exclusive members-only products
  • Anniversary gift
  • Back-to-M∙A∙C expanded
  • Convenient Back-to-M∙A∙C tracker
  • Two complimentary samples at online checkout
  • Free 2-Day shipping ($50 minimum)

 

Spend $500 or more and get “Obsessed”

  • Two complimentary M∙A∙C Select 60-minute makeup applications
  • Be the first to shop selected collections
  • Exclusive members-only products
  • Deluxe anniversary gift
  • Early access to new products
  • Back-to-M∙A∙C expanded
  • Convenient Back-to-M∙A∙C tracker
  • Two complimentary samples at online checkout
  • Free 2-day shipping ($50 minimum)

My favorite perks are the free samples and the complimentary makeup sessions. One of the beauty experts will apply the makeup and you will learn techniques on the application because the makeup artists will go into detail on how to apply and the colors that are best for you. I like to take advantage of this one for holidays and special occasions. You will look runway gorgeous complimentary of M-A-C. All rewards are based on a calendar year.

The winner is Lancôme

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Lancôme Loyalty Program
Lancôme offers a beauty reward program for buying their products and for leaving reviews on their social media pages like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Many beauty brands are doing this to increase engagement for their fan pages. Following the Facebook pages of your favorite brands helps you keep up with the latest events, new products, and sales. When you join you get 50 points for free. Get 10 points for every dollar you spend.

Lancôme has three plans, Rose Gold, Gold, and Platinum

  • ¨ Rose Gold: 1-1,1999 points free shipping on ordered $49 or more, VIP access, full-size products and birthday gift
  • ¨ Gold: 2,000-6,499 points. All of the Rose Gold, and you get free gift wrapping and Complimentary Shoprunner™ Membership
  • ¨ Platinum: All of the Gold points perks plus special event access.
  • Check out the Lancome website for specifics on the program and to sign up.

Social Media Perks:

  • ¨ Earn 5 points to write a review
  • ¨ Earn 5 points add your gender
  • ¨ Earn 5 points add your mailing address
  • ¨ Earn 5 points add your birthday
  • ¨ Earn 5 points follow on Twitter
  • ¨ Earn 5 points use the Lancôme Hashtag
  • ¨ Earn 5 points follow on Snapchat
  • ¨ Earn 5 points use Lancôme’s hashtag
  • ¨ Earn 50 points connect with Lancôme on Facebook and Instagram
  • ¨ Earn 150 points Sign Up for Lancôme Auto-Replenish Service

Perk on the Lancôme Auto- Replenish Service receives free shipping and a deluxe mini gift. Checkout Lancôme rewards https://www.lancome-usa.com/about-elite-rewards

Murad

Murad’s loyalty reward program certainly has benefits. The skincare brand and its salons carry high-quality products coupled with facials and treatments. Like Lancôme, they reward points for social media use. You received 2 points for every dollar spent, with a $22 minimum purchase. Rewards are redeemed for your next purchase. Points will expire at the end of 12 months if you have not made a purchase. Rewards are redeemed at 250 points and above.

Murad also has special skincare events where you may get a chance to meet Dr. Murad.

  •  Earn 50 points for creating a new account and earn an additional 50 points for subscribing to their newsletter.
  •  Earn 30 points connecting to Murad on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google     Plus.
  •  Earn 30 points sharing a product via social media
  •  Earn 50 points reviewing a product on social media.
  •  Earn 100 points sharing their products with friends resulting in a purchase.
  •   Earn 50 points answering product questions on social media from other fans.

Social media rewards are only eligible if you click the social media links from their website and adding them from your social media account.

Murad’s products are not cheap, but they are not overly expensive either. You can buy a complete regimen of skin care for under $250 dollars. The points add up quickly to get the rewards. Rewards are also redeemable for their other brands,  www.resurgence.com, and  www.livespotless.com

Check out https://www.murad.com/murad-beauty-rewards/

  • Reward programs are always changing so make sure to check the websites for their current reward programs. So you have a rewards program you like that we did not mention? Contact us and we may include it in our next update about reward programs after the holiday season.
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  • Reward programs are always changing so make sure to check the websites for their current reward programs.
  • Do you have a rewards program you like that we did not mention? Contact us and we may include it in our next update about reward programs after the holiday season.

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How To Choose The Best Nude Lipsticks and Nail Polish for Spring

It’s all in your skin tone babes!! Swivel up that tube and hold the whole thing in front of your face. It should make you smile and be happy. If it looks good that way, chances are it will look good on your lips.

Holding the tube up to your cheek lets you see the tone of the lipstick and how it appears with your facial skin tone and hair color.

Same goes for nails. Hold the nail polish bottle up towards your face and chest to get a feel how those two coats of color will look with your overall skin tone.  Our hands are always moving around to different parts of our bodies, and those nails look, “Oh So Pretty” when we use our napkins at lunch to blot our lipstick.

Just like this below

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