Barneys NY Fall 2014 Love Yourself Gift with Purchase: 9/10-9/14

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Yesterday, when I shared the details of Space NK's upcoming beauty gift with purchase, I also posted a quick photo of the Barneys New York Love Yourself Gift Bag. 

Available with any beauty/grooming purchase of $200 or more, this bag is looking promising. I was able to get the full list of the bag's contents, so I thought I would share them with you guys so you can plan ahead. ;) 

Barneys Love Yourself Event Fall 2014 Gift Bag Contents:

  • 111 SKIN Night Cream
  • 3 LAB WW Cream
  • CHANTECAILLE Mini Mascara
  • DEBORAH LIPPMANN Nail Polish
  • KAI Roll on Fragrance
  • MALIN + GOETZ Grapefruit face wash
  • RADICAL SKINCARE Multi Brightening Serum
  • REVIVE Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme Deluxe sample
  • RITUAL Tai Chi SHOWER FOAM
  • SUNDAY RILEY Deluxe Oil Sample
  • TATCHA deluxe cream
  • TIZIANA TERENZI Mini candle
  • BY TERRY HYALURONIC POWDER SAMPLE
  • HOURGLASS Mini Lipstick Femme Rouge in Grace
  • GIVENCHY Mini Le Rouge
  • KEVYN AUCOIN FULL SIZE E/LINER PENCIL
  • KOH GEN DO Cleansing Water Cloth 10-Pack
  • LA MER Treatment Lotion
  • MAKE FULL SIZE E/S IN SANTA FE
  • NARS Orgasm Illuminator
  • SISLEY Deluxe Sample of Black Rose Mask
  • Maiyet Fragrance
  • Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street Triple Extract

Items in bold are noted as full size, which is definitely exciting. I do notice there are some overlaps with the Space NK gift bag, so that is something worth considering. (Sunday Riley, Malin + Goetz, and the Hourglass lipstick are in both bags!) 

You can read some tips and see this year's brand specific Step Up gifts from the Beverly Hills location over at Lola's Secret Beauty Blog. I'm seriously wanting some Aesop, so I may just indulge... 

Will you be participating in this event? What is in your (real or imaginary!) shopping bag? I'd love to know!

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Space NK Beauty Edit Gift with Purchase: 9/10/14 (& a Barneys GWP Sneak Peek!)

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It's that time of the year again! Space NK's Autumn Beauty Edit event is coming to the US next week, on September 10th, 2014. I love Space NK's curated selection, rewards program, generous samples, and lovely sales associates. If you have been looking for a new beauty spot or need to stock up on some of your favorites, this is the time to do it! 

Isn't this gift MASSIVE? *love*

This gift will be available with purchases of $250 or more online and in stores on September 10th. Those of you planning to visit a store should reserve a spot at one of their events too! 

I also have to note that Barneys New York will also be having their beauty gift with purchase event starting on 9/10. I'm trying to get a hold of more info on this one, so stay tuned. The bag does look a bit more exciting than the past two events, so I may indulge in some of my Aesop wishlist...  

Will you be participating in either gift with purchase event? I'd love to know what's in your shopping cart - imaginary or not! :)

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Waxalene: The All Purpose Wonder Balm

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It was about a year ago when I first read about Waxalene on Genuine Glow, but I've wanted to try it ever since. I bought a jar a few months back, and then shortly after, Waxalene reached out to me to try out their new lip balm size!

*PR Sample

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Slathering Waxalene on my dry patches takes me back to the days when my mom would give me Vaseline for those troublesome chapped spots, but in a much nicer, green way. All 4 ingredients in Waxalene (yes, FOUR!) are Non-GMO, and the product itself contains no petroleum products and is not tested on animals. 

This stuff is a dream for a dry skinned gal like me. I'm appalled to say that due to poor moisturizing habits, parts of my legs still really haven't recovered from the horrible cold winter we had in Chicago. Every time I apply Waxalene to those awkward dry patches, my skin improves. Waxalene does say that this is good for eczema and psoriasis, but I haven't been able to test it out for that. I think it would be perfect for those chapped noses after a terrible cold season, or on dry/cracking skin - for sure a great petroleum jelly alternative! 

This works really well on my chapped lips, and seems to keep them from getting any more chapped, which is always a good thing for me. It is safe to say that Waxalene is among my top lip balm picks. (Gasp!) I'm thinking my cuticles could use a dose of this, and I may just take a closer look at the other suggested ways to use Waxalene! 

I didn't realize at first, but the lip balm size contains the exact same formula as the regular size tubs of Waxalene. The product itself is quite creamy, and reminds me of partially melted butter. (You know when you melt it, and then it starts to harden again? Or am I the only weird one who spends so much time with butter?) It is almost scent free, and isn't sticky to use. 

I purchased my tub of Waxalene at Spirit Beauty Lounge, but it is also available at Whole Foods and a few other retailers. The lip balm size comes in right around $4, and I've been toting it around with me everywhere all month. Even the largest size comes in at around $18, which to me makes Waxalene a great all purpose product to have around!

What do you think about Waxalene? Have you tried it, and if so, what do you use it for? I'd love to know!

Ingredients: organic soybean oil (non-GMO), beeswax, organic rosemary oil (non-GMO), and vitamin E oil (made from non-GMO soybeans)

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Wishlist | August

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I haven't been shopping or browsing much beauty lately (shocking!), but I'm still slowly adding things to my never ending list of beauty products to try... 

Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford. Need I say more? I kind of want everything, but Tom Ford's Orchid Haze has been on my list since it came out, and every Charlotte Tilbury kit that is available in the US right now is tempting... (I think when Tom Ford fall and Charlotte Tilbury hits Nordstrom, I will probably go crazy!)

I sort of missed the memo that J.Crew had expanded their beauty selection... and then a bunch of it went on sale! There's a few RMS Beauty items I'm considering, but I'm really eyeing the Bite Beauty for J.Crew. I've also really wanted to try Sachajuan Hair in the Sun, a UV primer of sorts that is a relatively new release for the brand. (P.S. J. Crew has an extra 25% off promo code until 8/25 that applies to these AND RMS Beauty.)

Once upon a time, I promised myself that I could splurge on some Shu Uemura hair products if I ever grew my hair out. Perhaps that time is now, since my hair is getting longer and I plan to keep it that way! I love a good makeup bag, and this Jonathan Cohen for Shu bag looks pretty sturdy and spacious. It appears to be only available by itself now, though it was previously been available with a set of products as well. I'm happy to see, that they still offer a number of pretty gift sets like this Moisture Velvet option that look great. (Plus, Shu has a selection of Customer Favorites on sale for 20% off!)  

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Last but not least, there are some new(ish) products at Sephora that have caught my eye... Has anyone tried out this new Becca eyeshadow palette or the Lowlight Sculpting Perfector?  

The new Hourglass eyeliner has me this close to hitting checkout, especially after so many positive reviews. And this bright cream blush from Givenchy is really catching my eye!

Of course, there are a million things on my wishlist, but these are at the top. Have you tried any of these products or bought anything on your wishlist lately? I'd love to know! :)

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