Confessions of a Makeup Addict

Happy Thanksgiving & Post Round Up!

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it!
I wanted to make a quick post to say Happy Thanksgiving & give a short round up of all of the Holiday posts I've done recently, because these could come in handy with your Black Friday shopping.
Also, if you're not signed up for ebates but plan to do some online Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping, get signed up! It's totally free, they give you a gift card for signing up & using their service & you earn cash back on everything you buy online. They also have promo codes listed on their site. It's really awesome & if you aren't signed up you're missing out. I got over $150 back when I cashed out last month, and that's just cash back from my purchases. Love it!

So, I hope this helps & have a great Holiday!

Black Friday Sales!

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I do this pretty much every year, so why not? Everyone loves Black Friday shopping, and while I don't think retail stores should be open on Thanksgiving & that they should actually wait until Friday to open (crazy, I know!), we're all going to shop. Some of us will go to physical stores, some of us will shop online, like I will be doing. So, here's some of the deals I've come across!
Oh, & don't forget if you're shopping online, use ebates to get maximum savings. Every purchase will earn you cash back & you get a free $10 gift card for signing up & making a purchase using ebates. It's totally free to use & sign up; it's all profit!
  • Sephora: To get the full list of deals, you'll need to download the Sephora to go app, which will show you all of the $10 sets. Some of the sets are Tarte Easy Glowing Cheek Set, Makeup Forever Waterproof Hero Duo set, First Aid Beauty set, Too Faced Sexy Lids & Lashes set, Buxom Strut Your Stuff Lip & Eye Trio & more.
  • Ulta: The sale begins 11-26 at 5 PM CST. A few of the deals are: $10 Bare minerals sets, $12 Tarte glowing for daze set, $15.50 UD Complexion Primer Potions, $19 Tarte Legendary Lips & Lashes set, $10 IT Cosmetics CC+ Lip Serum Creme Gloss, 3 for $35 The Body Shop products, 2 for $12 OPI mini gift sets, & much more. The full ad is here.
  • Urban Decay: 20% off the entire site.
  • Tarte: 25% off the entire site.
  • Makeup Geek: Eyeshadow & Blush Variety Pack $50 (save $54), Super Shimmer Palette $125 (save $103), Foiled Eyeshadow Expansion Pack $70 (save $30), Pigment Variety Pack $30 (save 24), Brush Bundle $40 (save $41) Full details.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills: Liquid Lipsticks Catnip and Soft Lilac become available & 25% off brow products.
  • Dose of Colors: 20% off entire purchase.
  • Macys: Coats 60% off, $19.99 boots, free shipping with $50 purchase, MICHAEL Michael Kors Signature Jacquard Tote $84, $64 MICHAEL Michael Kors Signature Jacquard Crossbody, Select any 8 Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles + FREE Eye Shadow Palette ONLY $70, 49.99 NutriBullet Blender & more. Full ad
  • Target: Target gift card with purchase of iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 or Apple Watch, Fitbit Charge HR $119, 40% off apparel, shoes & accessories, 50% off Christmas decor, Canon T5 DSLR with 18-55mm lens, 75-300mm zoom lens & bag $399($400 off). full ad
  • Laura Geller: receive 25% off sitewide with code FRIDAY25
  • MAC: Limited Edition Patentpolish Lip Pencil Berry Black Friday
  • Victoria's Secret: Eau de Parfums are $25, $35 sherpa robe, bras BOGO 50% off, free tote with $75 purchase, $30 hoodie & boyfriend pants.
  • Victoria's Secret PINK: $35 half zip & gym pants, $10 Ultimate tank, BOGO 50% off bras.
  • Forever 21: 50% off sale items & surprise sales throughout the day.
  • Bath & Body Works: Online deals begin at 6 AM on 11-26, in stores at 6 PM. Everything Buy 3 Get 3 Free!
  • Sigma Beauty: Free Worldwide Shipping 11-26 midnight CST - 11-27 11:59 CST
  • IT Cosmetics: Free shipping on all orders through 12-16, no code required. 
  • A Girl's Gotta Spa: 11-27 -- 11-30 free gift with purchase of Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub. Gift: Personal size dashboard for planners with a daily reminder that "You Deserve to be Pampered," a spa-related sticker sheet and bath and body sticker sheet. These planner items were custom made by My Newest Addiction. Those who sign up for our mailing list will receive a 15% off promo code that can be used with this sale. Mailing List
I'll update this if I come across any new ads that I haven't seen yet. 
I hope this is helpful for you, if you need gift inspiration, check out my gift guide!
If you need tips on saving money this year, check out this post!

How to Prevent Date Night Disasters

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BeHealthyForEveryPartofLife #CollectiveBias

Dates can be stressful and confusing. Things can go wrong, and mistakes can be made. I'm married, so a lot of the regular first date problems aren't a problem for me. I don't have to worry about saying the wrong thing or not having anything to say but I do have to worry about things going wrong because that's part of life.

My husband and I have been married for a while, and we're both extremely busy, so date nights don't come around as often as we like. Because of this. we're always trying to be proactive in finding ways to prevent mini-emergencies that could be date ruining. 

Today I'm going to share some tips on how to fix little problems that go wrong, or ways to prevent them completely.

  • The most obvious. keep a compact mirror with you. You're going to want to touch up your lipstick at some point, especially if you're having dinner. Eyeliner tends to smudge, and sometimes your hair takes on a life of its own. Mirrors are handy, don't leave the house without one.

  • One of the problems that I have is heartburn, and I get it often. A simple way to deal with this is Nexium 24HR. Nexium 24HR may take 1-4 days for full effect, use as directed. Nexium 24HR is the #1 prescribed acid blocker brand (Based on IMS health data: total Nexium® prescriptions 2006 - 2014).

  • Q-Tips are a great thing to keep in your handbag. You never know when you'll need one to clean up a mascara smudge, lipstick smudge, runny eyeliner, etc.

  • Another common problem is getting a headache. This actually happened to me on the last date my husband and I went on. We made it through dinner, but then I had to go home instead of to a movie because I got a sudden headache. If I had the Advil Liqui-Gels with me it could have saved our date. Nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers). Use as directed.

  • I don't know about the rest of you girls, but my hair is always getting in my face and it makes me crazy! So, it's nice to always keep some bobby pins with you, just in case. 

  • When I'm going out, I prefer to wear a matte liquid lipstick. This is because it's less likely to smudge, and touch ups will be easier, if they're needed at all. To make sure these apply as I'd like, I like to use ChapStick Total Hydration while I'm getting ready, before I apply the liquid lipstick because it's 100% natural and has an advanced nourishing formula with argan oil and avocado butter and rosehip oils. It also instantly smooths and moisturizes. I also like to keep this with me, because if my lips start to feel the slightest bit dry, I will apply this over my liquid lipstick, as well as again as soon as I remove it.

  • Always keep bandages in your handbag as well, you never know when someone might need one!
These are some of my date night disaster prevention tips!

I purchased all of these products at Walmart. You can find all of these products in the health section of the store, right beside the pharmacy!

The next time you have a date, try some (or all!) of these tips! What are some of your date night disaster prevention tips? 

Thanks for reading!

Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Edition

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*Some products mentioned in this post were sent to me, free of charge for consideration. All opinions are my own & 100% honest.*
Holiday shopping officially begins this week, for most of us. 
I know there are a few over-achievers out there who have already started, but if you're not finished, I'm here to help you.
Also, if you missed my post about how to save money while shopping, I'll link it here for you.
Holiday Gift Guide
  • Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné 'East Meets West'. This is a set of the Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil. More info here. Hair products can be a great Holiday gift, especially if you know the person well enough to know their hair type.
Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsuné 'East Meets West'

  • IT Cosmetics 'Your IT Girl Lips' Red Lip Duo. This comes with a full size Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipstick in the shade IT Girl & a travel size Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Cherry Flush. This is the perfect gift for those red lip lovers out there. (here)
IT Cosmetics 'Your IT Girl Lips' Red Lip Duo

  • IT Cosmetics XOXO, IT Girl 3 Piece Eye Enhancing Set. This includes a No-Tug Waterproof Gel Liner, Travel size Brow Power Universal and travel size Hello Lashes 5 in 1 mascara. This is another great one for beauty lovers. (here)
IT Cosmetics XOXO, IT Girl 3 Piece Eye Enhancing Set.

  • Lorac 'Love, Lust & Lace' Full Face Collection. This includes an eyeshadow palette with 7 gorgeous shades, the Lorac Cobra Mascara, Lorac Front of the Line Pro Black Eye Pencil, and two Alter Ego lip glosses in the shades Stunner & Harlot. This is a larger set and a steal. It's another great gift for the beauty lovers in your life. (here)
    Lorac 'Love, Lust & Lace'
Lorac 'Love, Lust & Lace' Full Face Collection

  • Borghese 9 Piece Skincare & Color Set. This includes Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow & Light Luminous Eye Palette, Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorEdge Eye Liner in Pitch Black, Mini Superiore Mascara - Black, B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Grappa, Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss in Spark, Eclissare Color Eclipse ColorGlass Lip Gloss in Simmer, Primo Viso Face Primer, Fango Purificante Purifying Clay Cleanser, Dual Sided Blending Precision Cream Brush. You can find it here.

Those are the sets that I have at the moment, but I'll list a few other things I'd recommend below.
  • IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Set.This includes Full size Je Ne Sais Quoi Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick & Full size Vitality Lip Blush Gloss. (here)
IT Cosmetics Lip Set
  • Youngblood Eyeshadow Duos Holiday 2015. I reviewed these last month and I think they'd make a really great gift. Here's the review.
Youngblood Eyeshadow Duos

  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. I own a bunch of them, I definitely recommend them, and you really can't go wrong.
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

  • Urban Decay Naked Palettes. You can't go wrong with buying someone one of the Naked palettes, everyone loves them. (comparison post)
Urban Decay Naked Palettes

  • IT Cosmetics 'My Sculpted Face' Contour Palette. Contouring is huge, so why not grab a contour palette? This is my favorite. (review)
IT Cosmetics Contour Palette

That's it for my Holiday Gift Guide! I'll be posting a Stocking Stuffers Guide soon, as well as a non-beauty gift guide!

Thanks for reading & I hope this was helpful!

IT Cosmetics IT's Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

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I don't normally post press releases, but you are probably aware by this point that I absolutely adore IT Cosmetics, so I wanted to share this with you.
IT Cosmetics top 5 Superstars

Beginning now, at 12 AM EST on November 20, 2015, 
the IT's Your Top 5 Superstars & More collection will be available on QVC, for 24 hours.
IT Cosmetics It's Your Top 5 Superstars & More!

This collection features:
  • Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

  • Celebration Foundation Illumination
IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation

  • Vitality Lip Flush Lipstick Stain
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush

  • Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Volumizing mascara
IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara

  • Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil
IT Cosmetics Universal Brow Power

  • Heavenly Luxe Master Brush
IT Heavenly Luxe brush

Don't miss out on your opportunity to grab this deal!
If you're interested, don't hesitate as I'd expect it to sell out rather quickly.

More deals will be available at 3AM, 9AM, 3PM and 9PM EST 11-20-2015.

Let me know if you decide to pick this up!

Thanks for reading!

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