Where are the Cyber deals for beauty products?

Good morning ladies,

Today is one of my top 10 favorite holidays. 🙂 Cyber Monday! Online shopping at its best. But so far today…I’m not finding any major beauty deals. Are you? Why is Ann Taylor offering 40% off and Banana Republic selling the store for 30% off when Sephora is offering a “free secret gift?” Why is Saks putting designers on clearance for 40% off and Beauty.com is offering a “valuable gift with purchase”? Where are the beauty Cyber Deals? Even Anthropologie is giving free shipping.

It’s a conundrum.

But I will say, Saks has some amazing gifts with beauty purchase today. (click here to find them) And in all fairness to Beauty.com, one of their gifts is a Voluspa candle, which is one of my favorite candles of all time. (click here to see it) So while all is not lost, next year I want to see the beauty retailers step it up a notch. I want to see 20% off or some big savings. Lots of us buy beauty products online and Cyber Monday should celebrate that!

What do you think about the beauty deals on Cyber Monday?


Thanksgiving Makeup Tips

Tomorrow is Turkey Day! I can’t wait. It’s the ultimate dinner party holiday. My husband and I hosting again this year and it’s going to be a day full of cooking, eating, drinking and indulging. Now Thanksgiving isn’t nearly as hard on my skin as the annual Christmas cookie swap but between the chocolate pecan pie and buttery sweet potatoes, it’s still not a skin-friendly holiday. I’m definitely prone to butter-induced breakouts but have never let that stop me from having a cookie over the holidays so here are a few of my products and tips for staying clear through Christmas!

1. Use a primer on long days or big occasions: Primer helps absorb oils on the skin and puts a layer of protection between your skin and your foundation, which can pick up oil and dirt from your hands and the air. My favorite primer of all time is Hourglass Mineral Primer. It literally feels like rubbing the softest silk on your face. The big size is $52 but jump in with the travel size (click here) for only $18.

2. Have a spot treat on stand by: Having a fantastic sulphur-based spot treatment ready at the first sign of a blemish is critical to any beauty routine! Salacylic acid is a thing of the past, bring on the sulphur. Sulphur not only reduces redness but it also heals the skin. The salacylic acid mostly worked by trying to dry out (and often irritate) your skin. I absolutely love the Sanitas Tea Tree Clay Mask as a spot treatment because it has both treatments!. I’ve never used it as a full-face mask but I’m sure that works great too!

3. Get a facial. I know, I know. You’ve heard me mention this one a few times.  But it’s worth it! It deep cleans your pores and any sausage stuffing or pumpkin pie that is ready to break your face out will be stopped in its tracks.

Enjoy! Cheers to a happy Thanksgiving holiday!



Why I spend more on facials than on clothes

Okay, so I haven’t exactly done the research or added up my checking account to confirm this, but I do spend a lot on facials. Your skin is more integral to an outfit than any accessory. And while you might wear your favorite pair of jeans every week, your skin is on display every single minute. Plus, while you can get rid of a pair of shoes or replace a beat up purse, your skin doesn’t work the same way…so take care of it!

Facials are my guilty pleasure but also one of the best things I do for my skin. If you haven’t gotten a facial before, you are SO missing out. A good facial smooths skin, tightens pores, clears clogged pores, helps maintain elasticity, slows aging and just all around feels great. But not all facials are created equal! Here are my tips for choosing a great esthetician and booking your first facial:

1. Get a recommendation. Ask a friend who gets regular facials who they use and why they go back to that person. A good esthetician is just as important as a great hair stylist!

2. Never book a facial that is less than 50 minutes. Any less than this and your skin really doesn’t have time to open up under steam and you won’t get the full impact. A shorter facial, sometimes called “express” facials can end up bringing dirt and bacteria to the surface of your skin and causing breakouts a week later.

3. Ask what products the spa uses and do a little research. I have probably had between 50-75 facials in my life with a variety of products and brands. But hands down, I have the best results with the Sanitas line. My esthetician swears by the products, which are natural and made in Boulder, CO.

Here are some other handy facial details!

Cost: Facials are an investment in the present and the future of your skin. A good facial will be between $70-$100.

Timing: Don’t forget the timing rules of facials! Never get one right before a date or night out and never try a new facial for the first time if you are less than 2 weeks before a big event. For some people, they will see irritation for a day or two after their facial. I schedule a facial every 6 weeks typically and I can always tell when I’m overdue. My skin feels unbalanced and I’ll have an extra blemish or two. After a facial, I can tell a huge difference within 3 days and my skin is at its best after 7 days.

Where I go: Personally, I go to the Oxford in Denver, CO and see Jenn for my facials. She’s wonderful and one of the sweetest people and has been taking great care of my skin for nearly a year now.

Do you get regular facials? Are you going to try one for the first time? Leave it in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

Funny Story

This story is almost Part 2 of why I created this blog. I was lucky enough to go with two of my best girl friends to Napa for my bachelorette party in September. Rachael and Paige love beauty products in their own right, but by the second day when they hadn’t seen me use the same lipgloss or lipstick twice…they figured my purse was probably chock full of beauty products. And they were right! We spent a really fun rest of the trip using the 10 or so lip products and 4 perfumes I had brought.

So again, everyday lipstick really doesn’t mean something you wear daily, it means a different lipstick for every day!

Here are the three of us, from left to right: Paige, Rach and me.

Everyday Lipstick: My beauty product obsessions

Welcome! So glad you’re here. This is the first post on my shiny new blog: Everyday Lipstick.

My name is Emily and ever since middle school, my weakness has been beauty products. It started innocently with shampoo (I once had 17 bottles of shampoo and conditioner in my shower. I think I was about 14 years old.) and then grew to make up and then just expanded to everything you could possibly use or put on your body. I just love them all. I love the scents and colors. I love organizing my make up drawer. I love how buying a new product can make you excited to do your make up the next day.

Everyday Lipstick is all about beauty products. And I can’t wait to get started.