Memorial Day Sales 2017

Not only is Memorial Day a 3-day weekend, but it is the perfect time to get some great deals. Here is a list of the best beauty sales and deals going on this weekend.

100% Pure

  • Free standard shipping
  • Free lipstick with the purchase of 2nd Skin Foundation: no code necessary


  • Through 5/30 receive $10 off $50 with code 10REWARD, $20 off $100 with code 20REWARD, or $30 off $150 with code 30REWARD
  • Free shipping on orders $50+ and 3 free samples with all orders

Bare Minerals

  • Take $15 off a $75 purchase. Take $20 off a $100 purchase. Online and in boutiques through May 29
  • Take additional 30% off all last chance items
  • Free shipping on all orders and free sample with every purchase

Bath & Body Works

  • 20% off purchase with code SET4SUMMER
  • Signature Body Care buy 3 get 3 free (can be combined with 20% off)
  • All 3 wick candles 2 for $24 (can be combined with 20% off)

Beauty Bakerie

  • 30% off site wide starting 5/28 at 8 pm
  • Free shipping on orders over $50

Beauty Brands

  • FREE 21-piece Spring Beauty Bag with any $35 prestige cosmetics, skincare, fragrance or bath & body purchase.
  • Free shipping on orders $50+ and a free 3-piece mystery sample bag with all orders.

Benefit Cosmetics

  • 20% site wide with code FRIENDS
  • Free shipping on orders $50+ and your choice of 2 free samples with all orders.

B Glowing

  • 20% off order of $50+ with code BGSAVE

BH Cosmetics

  • 35% off all eye products, 30% off all makeup brushes, 25% off all Studio Pro
  • Free liquid liner with purchase of $25+
  • Free shipping on orders of $50+

The Body Shop

  • Free shipping on all orders
  • Buy 3 get 3 free or buy 2 get 1 free
  • Complimentary Seaweed Facial Cleanser with a $60 Purchase


  • 20% off your purchase with code MEMORIAL17
  • Free shipping on orders over $50
  • 3 free samples with every order

Bumble and Bumble

  • 7 samples and free shipping with orders over $40
  • 10% off first order when you join their email list

Carol’s Daughter

  • All hair products $10 or less
  • Free shipping on orders over $40 and free gift with orders over $50
  • Free samples with all orders

City Color Cosmetics

  • 10% off all orders with code MEMDAY10
  • Free shipping on orders over $30


  • Up to 50% of on select products
  • Free “away we go” kit with any $40 purchase using code AWAY
  • Free shipping on orders over $50

Coloured Raine

  • 30% select products
  • 10% with affiliate codes (ex. Code TEMPTALIA)

Colourpop Cosmetics

  • Free domestic shipping
  • Flash Sale
  • Free birthday shadow with purchase

Cover FX

  • Free shipping on orders of $50+
  • Glow Getter Set for only $199 (originally $252)


  • 20% off site wide with code MDSALE20

Dr. Brandt

  • Enter email for 5% to 35% off coupon


  • 20% off site wide and free shipping on all orders
  • Free toner sample on orders over $100

Kat Von D Beauty

  • 3 free full sized lipsticks with $75+ purchase. Use code STUDDEDKISS

Kate Somerville

  • Three summer skin treats ($48 value) with $65+ purchase use code SUMMERTREAT
  • Cleanse & Nourish Trio with every $120 purchase


  • 30% off and free shipping on orders over $15 with code MDAY30


  • 20% off and free shipping with code FRIENDS


  • Free water sleeping with every purchase
  • Free lip mask sample with every $35 purchase
  • Free beauty bag filled with Overnight Radiance Duo with $65 purchase


  • Grab and Go Hand Care free with $55 purchase using code SUN
  • Free shipping on all orders

MAC Cosmetics


  • 15% off site wide
  • 20% off orders of $100+
  • 30% off orders of $200+


  • Free 9-piece getaway bag with any $65 purchase using code GETAWAY
  • Buy 5 flower fusion sheet masks, get one free
  • Free shipping with $35 purchase

Peter Thomas Roth

Pixi Beauty

  • 10% off when signing up with a new email
  • Free shipping with purchases over $25

Sigma Beauty

  • $25 off site wide and 2 free gifts with $30 purchase using code MEMORIAL25


  • Buy more, save more with $10 off purchases over $50, $15 off purchases over $75, $25 off orders over $100, and $50 off purchases over $150
  • Free deluxe samples with $40 purchase using code RADIANT
  • Free shipping on all purchases

Stila Cosmetics

  • 20% for new customers with email signup
  • Free shipping no minimum with code SUMMER


  • 15% off of purchase with code WEEKEND
  • Free shipping with orders over $40

Too Faced

  • 25% off purchase with new email subscription
  • 20% off site wide with code GET20
  • Free Shipping on all orders


  • 2x points for members and 3x points for platinum members
  • 30% off Tarte Quick Dry Matte Lip Paints
  • 30% off Smashbox Hydrating Primer
  • 25% off Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipsticks
  • 20% off one item coupon


  • Get 20% off purchase and free shipping with code SUMMEREVENT17

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

    Xoxo Sammie

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    Review: Tarte Hybrid Gel Foundation 

    I had never really tried any products from Tarte, other than their blushes, until I tried a discovery set from Sephora. I instantly fell in love with all of the products and was itching to try more. Next thing I know, they were offering a promotion. For $63 you got a makeup bag, foundation, blush, eye liner, mascara, lip product and a brush. All of the products are full sized, shipping was about $5 dollars and I found a $10 dollar off coupon. How could I pass up the offer?

    Honestly, what I was most intrigued about was the Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation ($39). Tarte’s websites offers 17 shades and claims it is “a poreless, full coverage gel foundation with skin-smoothing hyaluronic acid.” Since starting isotretinoin, my skin has changed from oil/combo to just dry. So, I’ve been needing something that will give me full coverage while also hydrating my skin.

    I heard that a little goes a long way, and that is definitely true. I only needed about half the amount in the picture above to cover my whole face. Now, normally I would color correct the redness in my skin. However, for this review, I skipped this step because I wanted to see how well the foundation would cover. Here is before and after application:Now, the website also claims that this foundation has “tarte 12-hour power” so I decided that’s how long I would wear it for.

    All of these pictures were taken in natural light throughout the day. The foundation lasted pretty well till the end of day. As for coverage, I would say it is medium and buildable. All I needed was a few dots of concealer to cover any blemishes. My skin did not get too dry or flakey and I did not have any problems with the foundation transferring. My favorite way to apply this is with a sponge as I found that a brush was too streaky.

    I’m very happy with this product. I’m so excited to try all of the other products that I got in the promotion. Tarte continues to impress me and I can’t wait to see what else the brand had in store.

    Till next time!

    Xoxo Sammie

    Ps When my order arrived, it seems that the eyeliner I picked was not included. I emailed the customer service team on Saturday night and had a response by the next morning. Their team was a dream to work with and they shipped my product out the following Monday. The shipping was so fast, I received the package Tuesday afternoon. Their customer service truly impressed me!

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    DIY: Shimmer Body Oil

    When I think of summer, I picture sunshine, the beach and tan glowing skin. I always dreamed of being tanned and for a lot of years, I tried. I thought that was the only way to get that summer glow. Unfortunately, my fair complexion does not tan well.

    Then came the highlighter trend. I fell in love with highlighters and using them all over my body. Finally I could glow without harming my skin. I thought it couldn’t get much better than that. Then I came across the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil. But, at $42 for 1.5 oz, I couldn’t justify purchasing it. I knew that I could make a similar product. Not only could I save a lot of money, but also customize the product for my skin’s needs.

    What you need:

    Spray or Dropper Bottle

    Pumpkin Seed Oil

    Mica Powder 

    How I chose my ingredients: I really love pumpkin seed oil because it absorbs quick, moisturizes and fights free radicals. It can also be used all over the face and body. As for the Mica powder, you can choose any color you’d like. Since I am so fair, I decided to go with a iridescent gold color. I was looking for a glow, but was afraid to go with a bronze tone as it could contrast with my skin and look more dirty rather than glowy. If you tan or have a darker complexion, I recommend checking out this bronze mica powder. Just a quick note, you will only need a tiny bit of the mica and will have plently left for other projects.


    I love this project because not only is the end result beautiful, but you can do it all in under 5 minutes. First, fill your empty bottle up with oil. I like to fill it almost all the way to the top, but leave a little room to make it easier to add and mix in the Mica.

    Next, add the mica. I suggest starting with 1/4 tsp and to add more from there. 1/4 tsp will give a subtle glow. If you want a glow that pops, use 1/2 tsp of the mica powder. Then just put the top on the bottle, shake well, and spray away!

    ​I am so excited to use this all summer! The pumpkin seed oil moisturizes and nourishes my skin while the mica gives me that beautiful summer glow. Although this product doesn’t offer sun protection, it can be used on top or you can always add some of the extra mica to your favorite sunscreen. Just be sure not to add this on top of your makeup, as oil will remove makeup products.

    What are you most looking forward to this summer?

    Xoxo Sammie

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    My Skin Diary

    Well, I have officially been taking isotretinoin for one month and things have not been too bad. My dermatologist started me at 20mg once a day, saying this should prevent my skin from purging and causing more breakouts. It seems she was right, because I have only have one or two new pimples over the month and they went away almost as quickly as they appeared. Here are a few progress shots:

    Though I didn’t notice a difference before taking the photos, my husband did. He had been gone for about 3 weeks and the first night he was home he mentioned that my skin was looking better.

    So far, I have not been having really any symptoms. The biggest thing I have noticed is the dryness. It isn’t unbearable or anything, but my skin is definitely no longer oily. There are some products that have been really helping me this month.


    DIY Rose Gold Elixir

    Origins Ginzing Moisturizer

    Origins Ginzing Eye Cream


    Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

    Tarte Maracuja Oil 

    Origins Night-a-mins Face Cream

    Origins Plantscription Eye Cream


    Chocolate Lip Scrub

    Laneige Lip Mask

    Dermatologist Choice Lip Complex


    Whipped Sugar Scrub

    It’s been strange having to shop for different makeup products. Like I can no longer use any of my mattifing products because my skin just takes any moisture that touches it. One really great thing is my scalp is no only oily, meaning I can now go a couple days without washing my hair and not have to use dry shampoo. 

    I’m excited to see what this next month brings! I know I need to find even more moisturizing products. Any recommendations for primers, setting sprays or lotions?

    Happy Friday!


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    Boxycharm May 2017

    If you’ve never heard of Boxycharm, it is a monthly subscription beauty box that includes 5 full size products. I’ve tried so many different boxes and this one continues to be a favorite. However, I have to say, I wasn’t extremely excited for this month’s box. The previews made it seem like a lot of basics and stuff that I already had. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

    This box came with a brow powder palette, spoolie and brow brush, highlight and contour palette, liquid highlight, and oval face brush. 

    The first product I tried was the Crown Brushes Round Contour Brush ($24.99). I was really worried that this brush would be terrible. Is it Artis quality? No, but it was soft and it did blend out my foundation fairly well. I really like the cap that it came with. I think I will use this brush to travel with instead of taking my Artis. Overall it’s a 👍🏻

    The next two products go together, The Brow Gal Convertable Brow ($35) and Brow Brush ($14). They say that you can use the product dry as a brow powder or wet as a pomade. There are three shades so you can mix to get your perfect color match.

    I used the spoolie first to brush out my brows. I then used the angled brush and the darkest powder. I didn’t notice a difference with the product wet or dry. That being said, it did fill in my brows nicely. Though I enjoyed the brush and the powder was nice, I don’t think I’ll get use of all the colors.

    I was really excited for the Temptu x Boxycharm liquid glow ($29.50). I’ve really been loving liquid highlights lately.

    The highlight blended out easily and was fairly reflective. Unfortunaly, once on my cheek bones, it was too dark for my skin tone since I am so fair right now. I think this color could be great for light-medium skin tones. I also think it could work nicely to mix into a foundation.

    The final product we received was the IBY Beauty Highlight & Contour Palette ($40). This palette includes 3 powder highlight and 3 powder contour shades.

    I ended up using highlight 2 to set my concealer. I happened to forget my face powder when I was packing to spend the week at my parents, so I used a very light dusting of Highlight 1 and 3 to set my makeup. I finished with using Contour 3 to contour my cheeks bones and nose. Overall, I really enjoyed this palette.

    Though there were both hits and misses, this box was definitely worth the $21. I will for sure continue to use the oval brush, brow brush and contour palette. I’m going to experiment with using the highlight on my eyes and mixed with foundation. The brow powder is nice, but I really prefer using my Ulta Brow gel.

    What did you think of this month’s Boxycharm? Are there any new subscriptions you’ve been dying to try?

    Xoxo Sammie

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    DIY: Chocolate Macaron Lip Scrub

    Since starting Isotretinoin (Accutaine), the biggest change I have noticed is my lips. I tried to be proactive with hydrating them, but they started to get dryer as my first month went on. Luckily, I’ve found that by using light exfoliation and a mix of oils, I can keep them soft and moisturized.

    I’ve been using a homemade scrub that not only gets rid of the dead skin, but keeps my lips so soft and tastes great too!

    What you need:

    3 tbsp white or brown sugar

    1 tbsp cocoa powder

    2 1/2 tsp olive oil

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    3/4 tsp honey

    The best thing about this recipe is that it is so quick and easy. Just measure out each ingredient into a bowl and mix together. Then, put the mix in an airtight jar to keep for up to one month.

    This recipe does make quite a bit. I have found that it also works really great for use on the face. The honey acts as a natural antibacterial while the olive oil draws out impurities and adds moisture to the skin.

    Overall, I’ve been obsessed with with scrub. I use it nightly to help polish my lips and keep them smooth. Just make sure to put on some Lip oil or a good balm after exfoliating.

    Have a great week!

    Xoxo Sammie 

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    Monthly Favorites: April 2017

    Guys, I can’t believe it is already May! Time flys when you’re insanely busy. Even though it’s been hectic, April is one of my favorite months. The weather is beautiful, flowers are blooming and it’s my birthday month! 

    This month, I found a lot of new products as well as fell back in love with some old products.

    Farsali Rose Gold Elixir $54
    So you may have seen the post where I made a Diy Rose Gold Elixir, and that was based on this product. I love using this in the morning to moisturize before putting on my makeup. It moisturizes my skin without being too heavy. It also leaves my lips so soft. It’s been a savior since starting Accutaine.

    It Cosmetics CC+ Cream $38

    I’ve tried the Confidence in a Compact, but I’ve been itching to give this CC cream a go. I have to say, it’s amazing! It feels great, stays all day and helps keep my skin from looking too dry. The best part? It has suncreen that actually works so well for me, even with my skin being more sensitive! Definitely going to keep this in my bag all summer.

    Ulta Color Correcting Concealer $9

    I first tried this in a Review of Ulta brand makeup. I was a little unsure at first, but I really love it. I just use my new Clarisonic foundation brush and it blends it out like a dream. It cancels out all of my redness without making me look green or cakey.

    CoverFx Custom Enhancer Drops $42

    If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know I love a good Liquid Highlighter. Well, I finally decided to take the plunge and purchased this Cover Fx enhancer drops in moonlight. I’m obsessed! It gives such a beautiful metallic sheen. I love using this as a highlight and even on my eyes as a shadow or base. It’s just so stunning.

    Milani Make It Last Setting Spray $10

    I first purchased this setting spray a few months back when all the beauty gurus were raving about it. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t work well because I was so oily. So, it’s been sitting on my vanity for when I wanted to use it to wet a shadow brush. However, now that my skin is dryer, it has been amazing! It helps set my makeup and also adds a little moisture. 

    These are all the products I have been loving this month and I can’t wait to see what next month will bring. What have been your favorites for April?

    Xoxo Sammie

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