Friday, November 27, 2015

Tatcha Holiday Gifting / Friends and Family Sale 11/27 to 12/6

Tatcha has some of the most beautiful gift sets and the ones for this holiday are even more stunning than ever. If you're looking for something extra special, you can't go wrong with anything in their holiday lineup. Right now Tatcha's Annual Friends and Family Event is happening where you can save 20% off everything through 12/6 with code FF2015 at checkout. Last year the sets sold out very quickly - if you have your eye on any I suggest you order soon.  Today I have three gift sets to share.

First a bit of some background on my Tatcha loves. I have very sensitive skin that is prone to flaring up and react to a number of skincare products or foundations. Tatcha has been a regular go-to for me to help keep my skin clear and glowing. It's also a great line to help calm my skin with flare ups. When my skin goes crazy, Tatcha is one of the few lines I can use while my skin is recovering because everything is gentle but still very effective. If you have extremely sensitive skin, I can't rave enough about how much I love this line.

The packaging this year is simple but exquisite. Each one comes beautifully wrapped - the paper and gold ties are gorgeous!

If you're new to Tatcha or have a friend who is looking for new skincare, the Hakken Special Introduction Set ($95) is the best trial set because it has a little bit of everything. This is a 6-piece set with travel sized skincare items customized to suit your skintype. There four options in Combination, Dry, Sensitive and Oily. Each set has a slightly different variation of products. The one I have featured is the one for combination skin it includes travel sizes of:
  • Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (25 ml) - one of the best cleansing oils I've tried that removes all face makeup, but leaves the skin soft without any film
  • Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder (10 g) - the gentlest of exfoliators, it's a water-activated powder that thickens into a cleanser
  • Radiant Deep Brightening Serum (10 ml) - a super gentle serum
  • Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream (10 ml) - great for the days I'm extra dry
  • Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35 (10 ml) - my holy grail sunscreen
  • Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream (3 ml) - the perfect eye cream for everyday (I've been relying on stock-piled minis that come as a promos with online GWPs)
You can buy all the travel sized items individually which is nice for travel or to test something out before committing to the full size. If you were to buy all the items individually the retail price would be $141, so you are getting a good value when you purchase this as a set. Each gift set comes with a beautiful description sheet.

Quick snapshot of the items in the Combination Set. Do note you can select different options online for this exact same style/format. The items will vary slightly depending on whether you pick Combination, Dry, Sensitive or Oily. Do note all items come in their individual boxes with product ingredients, directions - everything is well packed and protected to make sure the items arrive in perfect condition.


Next up is the Hitomi Bright Eyes Set ($149) which has 4 Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Masks and one 15 ml size of the Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream. The retail value of the kit is $183 so as you can see, the set does give you a price break. The eye masks are one of my favorites to soothe, hydrate and depuff eyes. When I bloat, have allergies or get headaches, my eyes are always the first area to get swollen (my skin is kinda high maintenance). I swear by these eye masks to remove signs of puffiness. Full ingredient list and description here.

The Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream is something I was skeptical about since I'm super picky about eye creams in general. I don't like any greasy feel but at the same time many gels just don't do the trick to give enough hydration. I put the Ageless one to the test for night time first. It does take a little bit of time to see results, but with regular use I think it really does improve the texture and brightness of the eyes. A little goes a long way so you only need a tiny bit. I love that it's non-irritating and doesn't sting the eyes.


Last but not least, one of the most impressive gift sets is the Complete Travel-Size Kiri Set ($375). This is an 18 piece set that includes Tatcha's entire lineup of travel-sized products (16 items) plus a roll of the Original Aburatorigami Beauty Papers and the Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm. I broke down the price of all the contents which total $392. The savings isn't quite as much as some of the other sets, but it comes in a beautiful large box tied in a beautiful purple wrap. I almost didn't want to show you what it looks like inside because I feel like I'm ruining a surprise, but wow, it's quite a sight to behold. Below shows a mix of the product with the boxes. Everything in the set comes boxed and padded with beautiful tissue paper. I think this set is absolutely perfect. You can see the full content list online but to recap, it contains:
  • Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil (25 ml)
  • Polished Rice Enzyme Powders in Classic, Gentle, Deep and Indigo (10 g each, review here and also here)
  • Radiant Deep Brightening Serum (10 ml)
  • Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream (10 ml)
  • Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream (10 ml)
  • Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream (3 ml)
  • Luminous Deep Hydrating Firming Serum (10 ml)
  • Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (12 ml)
  • Gold Camellia Beauty Oil (10 ml)
  • Gold Camellia Nourising Lip Balm (8 ml)
  • Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter (30 ml), Hand Cream (10 ml), Triple Recovery Cream (10 ml) (all three currently favorites in rotation as my skin is recovering from a bad allergic reaction right now)
  • Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen (10 ml, review here, I love this one)
  • Petal Fresh Clutch Ready Aburatorigami Beauty Papers (review here)


Shop all their gift sets here. If you're the kind who wants to pick out your own items separately, Tatcha has a cute option to create your own Custom Travel Gift Set. You pick three items and they will package it in a zip pouch for you. There are a number of helpful customer reviews on their website, many have helped me order items. I haven't tested everything from the line but am looking forward to trying a lot of the face creams from the travel set. Of the items I have tried though, my top five picks include:
  • Original Aburatorigami Beauty Papers - the best blotting papers to absorb shine, they won't disintegrate when they blot nor will they leave any powder residue on your face
  • Pore Perfecting Sunscreen - the best sunscreen that's super gentle and really does make your pores disappear like magic (I like this as a foundation primer too)
  • Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream - best instant soothing hand cream for irritated skin
  • Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter - same for the body
  • Rice Enzyme Powders either in Classic or Indigo - the most gentle face exfoliating products I've tried to clean the skin and gently remove dead skin
If you want to go all out Tatcha has the Complete Kiri Collection, similar to the Hakken set above in the sense that it's also customizable by skin type. This one has has full-sized items. The sets are priced at $650. The most luxurious splurge of all is the Tabi Ultimate Journey Set which has a selection of full sized items packed into a hand-finihsed calfskin suitcase line with genuine kimono fabric. This one is priced at $1,800.

Bottom line lots to love with a wide variety of options at different price points. All the gift sets for holiday are limited-edition and exclusive to Whether you're looking to treat yourself, stock up on staples, or find a beautiful gift - there's lots to choose from and the Friends and Family Sale is a great time to save. You can take advantage of the 20% off savings now until 12/6 with code FF2015 at checkout.

Do you have any Tatcha favorites? I actually discovered the line because readers recommended it to me! I've been thrilled ever since I tried the Camellia Lip Balm.

Many thanks to Tatcha for sending the gift sets for review.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Best of Black Friday Beauty Deals and Launches

Black Friday deals have finally arrived! Here's a roundup of the best beauty deals I've found for this year. There are a couple special launches that occur today that aren't sales mixed in at the bottom. Note all deals and promos are for U.S. sites. If you know of any more let me know in the comments!
  • Bare Minerals - Receive a free collection worth $62 (Bare Tutorials Smoky Eye or Bare Tutorials Eyeliner) with any $75 purchase, valid through end of 11/27
  • Beautylish - Bioderma special bundles for Black Friday here
    • Bioderma Sensibio H2O and Sebium H2O 500 ml include a complimentary 100m
    • Pro Packs 2 x 500ml pump bottles of Sensibio H2O or Sebium H2O include a complimentary 250ml
    • Sebium Pore Refiner includes a complimentary 100ml of Sebium H2O
    • Hydrabio Serum includes a complimentary 100ml of Sensibio H2O
  • Birchbox - 25% off orders $35+ online with code BIGDEAL at checkout, includes subscription services, discount is also applicable in their Soho store
  • Charlotte Tilbury - Purchase the limited-edition Fallen Angel Palette and receive a complimentary Rock N Kohl in Bedroom Black (swatches from last year here
    • Update, this set is also available at Nordstrom
  • Clarisonic - Save 20% on all devices and choose a free brush head, use promo code BLACKFRI (review on Men's Alphafit and Women's Aria/Mia 3 here), deal ends 11/27
  • Clinique - 20% off orders $65+ ends 11/29, no code needed
  • Diptyque - holiday gift of a baby Baies candle, baby Ambre candle + deluxe fragrance sample with code GIFT at checkout, valid while supplies last through 12/2 (I tested it and it appears to work on orders over $75)
  • Foreo - 25% off all devices, no code needed, valid 11/27 to 11/30 (I have the Luna Mini and love it, review to follow soon)
  • Giorgio Armani - 20% off any orders of $75 or more, on Black Friday receive a full size Eye Contour Brush on orders of $150 or more, valid 11/27 only with code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout
  • Glossier - 25% off sitewide, no promo codes needed
  • Henri Bendel - 25% off orders $150+, 30% off orders $250+, receive a $50 splurge card with any purchase
  • Kate Somerville - $25 e-gift card with any $100 purchase, use code BLACK  
    • Free Full-Size DermalQuench with any $150 purchase (no code needed)
    • Buy 2 Exfolikate Ornaments, receive the 3rd one free
  • Kiehl’s - Enjoy 4 deluxe samples + free shipping on any order, valid through 11/29
  • Jurlique - Save up to 50% storewide, sale ends 11/29
  • L'Artisan - Save 25% off everything sitewide, use code BLACKFRIDAY25, ends 11/29
  • L’Occitane - Various codes and promos valid on Black Friday, some are discounted purchase with purchase, others are gift with purchases
  • Laura Mercier - $25 off any purchase $100 or more, valid through 11/29
  • MAC Cosmetics - 25% off Holiday Kits, valid through 11/30
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty - #BlacquerFriday value sets while supplies last, review/details here
  • Molton Brown - 25% off everything use code MBEVENTUS at checkout, ends 11/30 11:59 pm PST
  • Moroccanoil - Receive a free hand cream trio with any $100 purchase
  • NARS Cosmetics - Give and Take sale, 20% off with code TAKE20 through 12/2
  • Neiman Marcus - Gift of Beauty Event, receive a clutch with samples with any $100 purchase, individual lines also have gifts going on, this Le Metier de Beaute Contour Kaleidoscope GWP looks amazing! good while supplies last through 11/29; receive $50 off purchases $200 or more your select regular-priced qualifying purchase of $200 or more with promo code THANKFUL (including Beauty and Fragrances), expires 11/28 5:30 PM CT
  • Nordstrom - 80+ beauty gifts with purchase options, while supplies last 
  • Nuxe US - 30% off everything, no code needed
  • Saks Fifth Avenue - Receive a $25 gift card when you spend $100 or more online only with code BEAUTY1 at checkout, valid through 11/27 11:59 pm ET
  • Sephora - Black Friday $10 deals go live on Friday
  • Shiseido - 20% off sitewide with code FF2015, valid through 11/30
  • Shu Uemura USA - Free shipping and 25% of orders $100+ or 20% off orders $50+, use code SHUBF, valid through 11/27 11:59 pm
  • Smashbox Cosmetics - Take 25% off orders $50 or more with code HOLIDAY15 at checkout, valid through 11/30
  • Space NK USA - Receive $25 when you spend $125, to redeem at Space NK between December 1-24th, offer valid through 11/29 11:59 pm PST
  • Tarte - 25% off orders and free shipping on $25+, use code FRIDAY, valid thru 11/27
  • Tatcha - 20% off all orders with code FF2015 at checkout, valid through 12/6 11:59 pm PST
  • Temptu - 25% off site wide with code FALLFF at checkout, valid through 12/2
  • Truffle - 25% off site wide with code GIFTING25 at checkout
  • Ulta Beauty - Black Friday Beauty Busters, assorted value sets and sales
  • Urban Decay - 20% off with code CRUSHED, valid through 11/28
  • YSL Beauty - 20% off $75 or more with complimentary shipping and 2 deluxe samples, spend $150 and receive the YSL Signature Brush Set, valid through 12/6
New beauty launches for Black Friday:
One last mention because I've featured this Tory Burch Pouch Duo before and it's on the pricey side. Right now it's on sale here (49% off) in three colors while supplies last or until 11/30.

Happy sale shopping! Let me know if you end up hauling anything or if you're waiting for Cyber Monday. Would love to know what you ended up buying. I have my eye on this Lorac Love, Lust and Lace Eyeshadow Palette (at $12, it's a steal!). I'm contemplating the Becca Afterglow Palette - but the pans seem tiny - if you have this (or tried it let me know what you think). I just ordered the MAC Patentpolish - so excited for it to arrive.

I'll have another roundup of Cyber Monday sales and codes so stay tuned.

Marc Jacobs Beauty #Blacquerfriday Black Friday Deals

For Black Friday, Marc Jacobs Beauty has two sets that are one-day exclusives. Both are limited-edition value sets and I highly recommend you put this on your shopping list so you don't miss out. The first is a three piece brush set called Contour and Glow Brush Collection $105. I already own several of the Marc Jacobs Beauty brushes and they exceeded my expectations. Two foundation brushes that I've tested give flawless streak-free foundation coverage.

The brushes priced individually total $151, so the Black Friday set does offer some savings. It includes:
  • The Shape Contour Brush is a flat-tipped super dense brush with a synthetic blend of white and black bristles. It's incredibly soft and perfect for contouring powders or creams. It also doubles as a foundation brush for a flawless finish.
  • The Blush Angled Blush Brush is an angled brush that is soft, but not quite as soft as the duo-fiber brushes from Marc Jacobs. This is perfectly angled for precise blush application but soft enough to blend color nicely. It picks up color really well and applies blush smoothly.
  • The Bronze Bronzer Brush Bronze is the bronzer brush of all bronzer brushes. It's huge! Super soft and tapered to give a diffused look. I like that it's dense so it's not floppy but at the same time it's plush and will lightly dust bronzer across the face.
The second set has three color items. It's called the Paint it Blacquer Collection, retails for $50 and includes the following:
  • O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara is one of my most favorite mascaras ever. It volumizes, holds the curl and doesn't smudge or flake. I like that it's a true black.
  • Magic Marc’er Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is another cult classic. I've gifted several to a few friends who are liquid liner fanatics and it's passed their test of approval as one they like and are willing to repurchase. It offers a precise stay-put line and dries to a semi-glossy black.
  • Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Blacquer is a new color that's a pure glossy black cream. I'm a fan of the polishes in general and this one, although super dark, does look rather pretty and edgy on the hands. The polishes offer full coverage with two coats, apply super smooth and last at least 5 days without tip wear.
Swatches of the Marc Jacobs Blacquer, two coats:

In case you're new to Marc Jacobs beauty, I've linked a few other previous features for reference. I've been a fan since they launched at Sephora. I have liked everything I've tried so far which is huge.

Enamored H-Shine Lip Lacquers (all shades reviewed here)

Style Eye Con No. 7 in The Dreamer (swatches here)
(P)Outliner Lip Liners (reviewed here)
Le Marc Lip Cremes (all colors swatched here)

To recap:

The Contour and Glow Trio retails for $105
Paint it Blacquer retails for $50

You can find both #Blacquerfriday sets exclusively online at Marc Jacobs Beauty starting tomorrow. The brush trio is a bit of a splurge but I think it's worth it as the brushes are very good in quality and made extremely well.

Do you have any Marc Jacobs Beauty favorites? 

Many thanks to Marc Jacobs Beauty for sending me an early preview of the Black Friday Sets.

A Few Things I'm Thankful For

To my lovely U.S. readers, Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for so many things right now. I'm particularly thankful for health this year, this time a year ago I was stuck in bed with the worst cold I've ever had - so bad I could barely move and my husband stayed home with me and we ate chicken noodle soup together (for better or worse, right?). This year we've both managed to stay healthy and I'm incredibly grateful.

I'm thankful for all my readers and the beauty blogging community. I think it's a rare luxury that people are able to do what they love and are truly passionate about - that's one of the best things about this blog for me and for so many others who blog too whether it's about beauty, travel, food, fashion or really anything. Without this blog, I would have never met so many beautiful people - beautiful inside and out. It's connected me with people I couldn't have dreamed I would encounter. Blogging hasn't been easy by any means but it's been rewarding to me. So many friendships have formed, I'm thankful to have each of you in my life.

Last but not least, I'm thankful for friends and family. As years go by I find with all the hectic busy aspects of life it's easy to lose touch, but I'm grateful for the close ones and for their never ending support and love. This next year I hope to be better at staying in touch with loved ones too.

I will have a few posts coming up later today including an early Black Friday preview on the blog (to follow shortly). If you follow me on Instagram @beautylookbook stay tuned for an exclusive sneak peek of the Cyber Monday Special Launch!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! With love, xoxo



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