Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pure Luxe New Year Sale!

Not sure if I will be able to resist, we shall see:

A new year is all about a new beginning, a fresh start, full of possibilities!
This year, resolve to take care of and pamper yourself.
Start with a new cosmetics wardrobe and go from there!!

Get cruddy presents this year? Get yourself a present!
The last month has been all about getting for everyone else and spending a fortune..uggh
Take advantage of "New You, New Year" sale and splurge (as well as save) on yourself :)
The variable sale last time seemed to work great, so we will do that again.
$30.00 - $99.99 = 25% off products
$100.00 - $199.99 = 30% off products
$200.00 and above =
35% off productsSALE DATESDecember 31st - January 7th

SALE F.A.Q.The totals above are for products only. Shipping is not included in the sale total.

PLEASE make sure you check your totals before submitting your order. One penny will make a difference on being included in the sale, or bumping you into a higher discount percentage.

You MUST click the sale "add to cart" below to be eligible for the sale. If this is not added to the cart, you will be ineligible for the sale.

All items are included in the sale ... with the exception of gift certificates and benefit items.

Benefit items can be used to bring your total up to a certain amount, but will not be discounted.
You will not see a discount/refund right away.
When your order is received and printed for processing, the discount will be calculated and at that time you will receive a refund back for the appropriate percentage amount.

In the event we run out of stock on an item, the cost will be refunded to you. We cannot backorder any items.
Once an order is submitted, PRETTY PLEASE, don't e-mail and ask for changes, additions, etc... I just cannot handle changes on top of the order volume a sale generates.
Speaking of sale volumes, please give me a little extra time to get your order ready and shipped.I wish each and every one of you a SAFE, prosperous, healthy new year!
Thank you!!
Pure Luxe Cosmetics LLC
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My fave Bare Escentuals eye color combos & rediscovered colors

As requested, I have gathered my favorite eye color combos from when I went through BE Nirvana and wore every bare escentuals eye color I own without repeats. Here is a list of my favorite combos along with links to the blog entry with pictures. I also had some colors that I rediscovered and am so happy I did. They are listed here as well.

Shocked at how much I like this kit: Meet the Stones
How did I wear it:
* MTS light lash to brow
* MTS Medium on lid
* MTS Dark in crease
* Jade Wetlined

Rediscovered Classics: Wild Women (one of the first sets I ordered)
How did I wear them:
Combo #1
* Queen Phyllis lash to brow
* Wild Woman Sarah on lid
* Wild Woman Melissa in crease & V

Sadly no pics or notes from the combos I made with WW Deborah and WW Dawn

Combo of Ice Queen, Marquise, Dakota & Turquoise Sea
How did I wear them:
* Ice Queen lash to brow
* Marquise on lid
* Dakota in crease & V
* Turquoise Sea wetlined

Combo of Au Natural, Gilded Taupe, Golden Earth & Black Emerald
How did I wear them:
* Au Natural from lash to brow
* Gilded taupe on lid
* Golden Earth in crease & V
* Black Emerald wetlined

Combo of Sunshine, Fascination, Black Ice & Elegant Diamond
How did I wear it:
* Sunshine from lash to brow
* Fascination on lid
* Black Ice in crease & V
* Elegant Diamond Wetlined

Combo of Bamboo, Nice Pear, Oz, Coffee Bean
How did I wear it:
* Bamboo from lash to brow
* Nice Pear on lid
* OZ in crease & V
* Coffee Bean Liner

Combo of Mystic, Shantung, Heavenly Diamond, Grape
How did I wear it:
* Heavenly Diamond from lash to brow
* Mystic on lid
* Shantung in crease & V
* Grape Wetlined

Combo of Halo, Merlot, 1990s and Retro
How did I wear it:
* Halo from lash to brow
* Merlot on lid
* 1990s in crease & V
* Retro Liner

Combo of Clarity, Mystery, Catwoman, Aquamarine
How did I wear it:
* Clarity from lash to brow
* Mystery on lid
* Catwoman in crease & V
* Aquamarine Wetlined

Rediscovered or newly discovered colors:
  • Bahamas
  • Bamboo
  • Catwoman
  • Coconut Palm
  • Cultured Pearl
  • Fascination
  • Girlfriend Kathleen
  • Queen Phyllis
  • Brocade (I am in love and only have a sample!)
  • Blue Black (1st BE liner I ever owned)
  • French Navy
  • Onyx
  • Coffee Bean

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Prepping for a big 1/2 jar BE sale

Now that I have moved to a new place, I seem to be more prepared to part with some of my BE collection. It also seems I have finally kicked the collecting bug and don't feel the need to have colors just because I don't have that one yet.

I went through lots of colors I was unsure about and did swatches on my arm and made a list. Some surprised me by looking prettier than I remembered so I left them off the list, others just didn't do it for me or I knew I had too many similar shades. I ordered my 5 gram jars and once they arrive, I will be listing many 1/2 jars of eye colors on the BE Addicts and BBC forums on Delphi. This will likely be after the new year. Please keep an eye out for my sale appearing soon in the forum swap/sell folders!

Since these will be open cosmetics, I cannot sell them on Ebay. BE Addicts swap/sell is limited access so if you do not have access now, you will not be able to get in. BBC has an open swap/sell forum, as long as you are a member, you should have access though when new your posts do not appear right away. Pin It StumbleUpon

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Cookie Baking

We are almost fully moved into the new apartment. There are still a few boxes at the old places and things to get out of storage and of course, tons of unpacking to do. I finally did some baking and I have to say, I am loving the new kitchen. I baked my 2 fave christmas cookie recipes, though you really could make them any time of year. Both recipes are from so I am including links.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Lemon Iced Cookies
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Apartment

My BF and I finally found a place that suits us. We have moved into a lovely 2 bedroom upstairs apartment in the nicer section of our town. It is an older home that is being renovated. Our apartment was finished first. They are still working on the downstairs apartment. The move was hard and we still have more to pick up from the old place. I cannot wait to just have everything here and not have to carry anything big up the stairs again.

The apartment is very energy efficient. It has a new energy efficient furnace, new windows, good insulation and a tankless water heater. Unfortunately, the water heater just died on us but should be quickly repaired as the replacement part came today. Just waiting for the landlord to come install it.

Once we get more settled in and unpack everything, I will be sure to post some pictures. For now, you get to see my Christmas tree which is the first full size tree I have ever had of my own. It is living in the tower room which I have taken over as my own.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Old Deerfield Christmas Sampler 2009

We went to the Old Deerfield Christmas Sampler again this year. It has become an annual tradition. It was a crazy weekend for me as I was moving, going to 2 Thanksgiving dinners, throwing a baby shower and going on this trip. I needed it though. It was such a fun de-stressing day. It has grown to be a trip with my friend Denise, my mom and my friend Jessica. We go to the Sampler and then go eat at Bertucci's and watch my mom and Denise get silly on 1 glass of wine.

Here are some of the cool items I bought at this year's show.

Cool glass topped jar from Zyra Clay & Glass Studios:

Awesome pendant made from recycled bottle caps by Beth Crowell

My usual haul from my all-time fave Lisa Bess, hard to do the colors justice in the picture:

This booth had so many cool paper crane items but I had to get the earrings, you could not beat her prices and she was really nice. These happen to be from a piece or origami paper that she only got 1 sheet of.

Some natural stone jewelry I got at 2 different booths, I can't find their info right now...maybe later. The pendants were 3 for $12 and the earrings were $12

Delicious cookies from Sweetie Pie Cookies

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Beautiful in Pearls Face & Body Color now available!

The fabulous gift I received from Leslie Blodgett (as seen in my blog during October: Gift from Leslie blog entry ) is now available on

Just click the link and it should take you there! It is on holiday surprise pricing.

Thanks to a fellow BE Addict on Delphi Forums for finding this one!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Oyster Bar, Billy's Bakery & Chelsea Market - NYC

Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have been a busy girl. Work has been crazy, my BF and I found a new apartment and are packing to move, I have been on trips to MA and NYC and I am planning a baby shower.

Last week I took my mom to NYC as her birthday gift. I asked her where she wanted to go and she said places she had never been before. Unfortunately, our train ran late and the Veterans Day parade was making traffic crazier than normal. Our day got cut short but we still had a lot of fun and I am still enjoying the sweet results of that day.

We had lunch at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. Very good fish. I had broiled scrod and my mother had organic salmon. After that some shopping at Pylones and my mom's first ride on the subway to the Village. We walked through Washington Park and headed to Chelsea Market. My mom had always wanted to go there and had never been.

I love Chelsea Market because there are so many great bakeries all in one place. NYC is full of fabulous bakeries but it is often hard to get to many in a quick one day trip. At Chelsea Market, I was sure I already tired my mom out from all the walking around so I figured it was a nice place to take it easy. We browsed and then made our purchases.

I had to stop at Amy's Bread and was so giddy with excitement to see that they had my pink frosted cake. It is my absolute favorite cake, so simple and vanilla-y. I just love it!!! I also got a cinnamon sugar challah. I have the recipe for the pink frosted cake but it is not the same as enjoying a giant slice that takes 2 sittings to eat made right at Amy's Bread.

We both bought some cookies at Eleni's. I got some Halloween cookies on clearance, still as yummy but much cheaper. Works for me! I also got a box of pink sugared sugar cookies.

From there we went to Fat Witch Bakery. I picked up some fresh brownies, a fat witch and a peanut butter witch, which are cheaper than pre-packaged ones and of course a couple packaged blonde witches to take home too.

Next was Jacques Torres Chocolates. We bought a lot here. We ended up with cookie mix, truffles, chocolate bars, dark chocolate covered grahams, and a cookie for the road. There could be more but I would have to double check. Thanks to NYC Food Guy for the pic in his blog since I ate mine before I could take a pic.

Finally, a stop at Sarabeth's Bakery for some shortbread and loaf cake. Very yummy stuff but not my fave out of the bunch. I may share more of these than the rest which I seem to be hoarding to myself LOL

After all the fun at Chelsea Market, I made my poor mom walk some more so I could go to my favorite bakery, Billy's Bakery! Such yummy cupcakes and I always find that the staff are fun funky types I can relate to. Again, I have the recipes for their cupcakes but still prefer to go buy them right from the source. I almost always get 2 yellow and 2 chocolate, both with vanilla buttercream.

All in all, a fun day in NYC. It went by too fast so hopefully I can go back again soon.

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Going to be away for a little while

My BF and I finally found an apartment so I am in the process of moving on top of work being busy and planning a baby shower. I will be back soon with new Bare Escentuals looks as well as some posts with Pure Luxe, Monave and 100% Pure cosmetics.

Majority of my collection is in storage at my parents' house until the move is complete. I plan to transfer them via car so they stay safe and secure. Once we are moved in and my collection is all set, I will be back in business. For now, it seems like I am reaching for the BE Intense Black liner on a daily basis. Gotta love it when the selection is limited and all my brushes need to be cleaned.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bare Escentuals Classic Glam

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • 100% Pure Strawberry Blush on cheeks & eyes
  • Pearl Sateen from lash to brow
  • Parisian Gray in crease & V
  • Charcoal Lam'e Wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Pomegranate

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bare Escentuals & Honora on QVC today!

Don't miss out on the Beautiful in Pearls Bare Escentuals Kit and matching Honora pearls on qvc today! Go to and check it out.

The BE collection is the today special value, at a special low price for today only with an option for auto-delivery. The Honora pearls are the today special value extra, also at a special low price for today only.

If you want to see me wearing this collection, please visit:

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Win from BE and Honora!

(Pic From Honora Blog)

Don't miss your chance to enter the contests from both BE and Honora.

From BE:
Enter here for a chance to win a year supply of bareMinerals ORIGINAL SPF 15 Foundation and Honora's exclusive 5-piece Barely Blush jewelry collection—inspired by bareMinerals. Four additional winners will receive this one-time only Honora jewelry collection.

From Honora: Enter
here for 3 lucky winners will win the Today’s Special Value, a Bare Escentuals “Beautiful in Pearls” makeup kit. These winners will also receive Honora’s Barely Blush necklace and bracelets that will be featured this weekend. Pin It StumbleUpon

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Some Bare Escentuals Shopping in MA

I went on a 3 night roadtrip with my BF to celebrate our anniversary and get away from things for a little while. We stayed in Framingham MA which was close to Boston to save money on a hotel. The first day, after checking in, we headed off to Natick Collection and did some shopping. I had caught a cold over the weekend and was still recovering. I felt okay, mostly tired, but I barely had a voice. It made shopping a little difficult. I could barely say thank you after checking out. I didn't buy a lot but still had fun.

I got a couple things at Lush. Then we headed to Bare Escentuals and I picked up a refill of Blemish Therapy and Believe. They were really nice there. They kept trying to show me the new kits and I was like, I already have it. Apparently they were shocked that there was an online preview sale. My BF decided to step in and speak for me and pretty much said this..."She is practically famous. She did this whole project where she wore all her makeup and posted pics of it online. Even Leslie sent her a gift!" He said more than that and I could not really talk. I tried to explain a little better what he was talking about. They were excited and wanted to know what the gift was so I squeaked out as much as I could about the Beautiful in Pearls Body Minerals LOL They gave me a Matte tote and I filled my stamp card so I can use it the next time I get to a boutique. I just thought it was so cute and funny when he started to speak up about me in the boutique like he was bragging about me.

We also went to Burlington Mall and I found 100% Natural Blackberry gloss in Nordstom. So excited!!!!! We stopped at the new Ulta in Framingham but they didn't have any BE that I didn't already have. At least nothing I could see. I figured I should look with the whole free gift offer going on but nothing I needed.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

The BE Nirvana Official Final Report

I started around May 26 so it has taken me about 5 months to wear 378 colors with only a couple accidental repeats.I did not shop at all during the summer and am trying hard to reign myself in with spontaneous BE buying. My surprise gift from Leslie came at such a perfect time. It feels like a reward for finally accomplishing my goal.

I am going on a much needed 4 day vacation with the BF this week and when I come back, I still start the sorting and decision making process of my Nirvana. I want to see what colors I may not want to keep or might want to split in 1/2. I am sure I will want to keep most of them as I rediscovered some colors I forgot about or discovered some colors I did not like before but do now.

The final tally of colors worn since my last update:
  1. Lemonade
  2. City Lights
  3. Trophy Wife
  4. Wildcat
  5. Meow
  6. Gold Dipped
  7. Fascination
  8. Beautiful Autumn
  9. Enchanting Diamond
  10. Sex Kitten
  11. Black ice
  12. The Gift
  13. Loyalty
  14. SF Velour
  15. SF Linen
  16. SF Tweed
  17. Boardwalk
  18. Queen Marie
  19. Devotion
  20. Here Kitty
  21. Phoebe
  22. Whimsy
  23. Mint
  24. Envy
  25. Fun
  26. 1970s
  27. Exquisite
  28. Present
  29. Chameleon
  30. Azure
  31. Ell if I Know
  32. Skinny Dip
  33. Bahamas
  34. Bubbly
  35. Finesse
  36. Bikini
  37. Passion
  38. Sunshine
  39. Montana
  40. Starlet Karen
  41. Gigi
  42. Blue Hue
  43. 17506
  44. Bluety call
  45. No-eye Deer
  46. Pinot Noir
  47. Daydream
  48. Onyx
  49. Blue Black
  50. Opera
  51. Elegant Diamond
  52. Gold Mine
  53. Hottie
  54. Sublime
  55. Climbing Ivy
  56. Dragonfly
  57. Midnight Sky
  58. Incense
  59. Green Tea
  60. Brocade
  61. Blueberry
  62. Amethyst
  63. Fling
  64. Zen
  65. French Navy
  66. Fashionista
  67. Ocean
  68. Blissful Pearl
  69. Magnificent Pearl
  70. Charcoal Lame
  71. Parisian Gray
  72. Pearl Sateen
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I have reached BE Nirvana!

I have officially worn every single BE eye color I own!!!

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Beautiful in Pearls Body Minerals on cheeks and décolleté
  • Papaya Blush on cheeks
  • Beautiful in Pearls Body Minerals foiled on eyes
  • Bluety Call in crease & V
  • Gigi on outer half of lid
  • Ocean Liner
  • Blue-Black Wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Biscotti

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Friday, October 23, 2009

I got a gift from Leslie Blodgett - Beautiful in Pearls Body Minerals

A week ago I got a message from Terry over at BE Addicts and was asked to give her my contact info. She said I would be happy if I did. Then I saw a post in the forum saying that BE and Leslie have chosen a BE Addict to receive this special product in advance and another BE Addict will get one in November. It looks like that lucky 1st BE Addict was indeed me!

Today, I saw a box from UPS outside wrapped in a plastic bag and did not want to get my hopes but just had a feeling and there it was, the return address from Bare Escentuals. Woohoo! I got so excited I forgot to get my BF the ice coffee he requested LOL Don't worry, I made it back out and got our lunch and his iced coffee. I took a bunch of pics. The lighting in our apartment is off and it is kind of grey outside but I tried to get the best lighting I could so I could share some nice pics. After all the wonderful experiences I have had with BE and how amazing Leslie is to her customers and employees, I am considering moving to San Francisco to work for them.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bare Escentuals - 17506, No Eye Deer and Blueberry with Pure Luxe Olive You!

After this look I only have 4 more BE eye colors to wear and my Nirvana mission is complete! I am now starting to wear my Monave and Pure Luxe eye colors since I need to wear all of those too. I don't own as many of them so I am less worried about how long that will take.

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Soft Focus True on cheeks & eyes
  • Pure Luxe Olive You! on lid
  • No Eye Deer on half lid & V
  • 17506 in crease & V
  • Blueberry Wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Cupcake

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Blue Hue, Phoebe & Onyx

Only 12 colors left to go before I have worn every BE eye color I own. After this look I am down to 9!!!!!!!!!!

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Soft Focus True on cheeks & eyes
  • Secret Radiance on cheeks & eyes
  • Blue Hue on lid
  • Phoebe in crease & V
  • Onyx Wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Cassis

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

1st BE nirvana sale at Delphi Forums

I got together all my extras and duplicates and decided to list them for sale on Delphi Forums at BE Addicts and Be Beautiful Cafe. If you are a member, take a look and see if there is anything you might want.

I am selling a lot of sealed eye color minis, some various face colors and some eyeshadow blushes that were tried 1-2 times. I also have some sealed brushes and bags available. Once the sale there is over, I will probably list items on Ebay and post the link here. Pin It StumbleUpon

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Beautiful in pearls kit

Finally wearing my pearls. If only I remembered to grab some of my Honora pearls from my jewelry box in storage at my parents' house. I took a few extra pics to do my "Joy" lip gloss pose LOL

I am wearing:

  • bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • light foundation
  • warmth
  • brightening pearl MV
  • precious pearl blush on cheeks and eyes
  • blissful pearl from lash to brow
  • magnificent pearl in crease & v
  • Intense Black liner, smudged with opposite end liner smudger
  • Sugared Strawberry 100% Natural Gloss

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Bare Escentuals - Beautiful in Pearls Brushes

As requested, here is some more info about the brushes in this kit. The brushes are called Limited Edition Pearl. The bristles are all natural white hair.

In this kit you will get:
  1. Precision Eye Defining Brush
  2. Taper-ed Blush Brush
  3. Flawless Application Brush

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Bare Escentuals - Beautiful in Pearls

This is the Today's Special Value kit that will be on QVC on November 6, 2009.
I was able to order in advance. It is a 10-piece kit and the eye colors, blush and mineral veil are all infused with Honora Cultured Pearls. It also includes a new Big & Bright Eye Liner that comes in pencil form.

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