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FAQs – Brushes, Skincare, Music, and More

I forgot to say why I don’t care for the liner brush. I find the hairs of the flat end a little too sparse and flimsy. The small end seems not quite small enough. When I purchase a new liner brush, I’ll try an angled one.

Free Stuff from – November 2008

Here’s the free stuff for this month at

A nine-time Best of Beauty winner, Nars Blush in Orgasm inspired a mini peachy pink dynasty: a gloss, ahighlighter, and, most recently, a nail polish. Starting November 1, enter for your chance to win them all, plus Nars’s entire fall collection (shadows, blush, lipsticks, and more) and a set of brushes, all worth $739.

Makeup lovers may be interested in these smaller November 5th and November 7th giveaways:

Four shimmery shadows, a brush, and a mini mascara, this [Bourjois Paris Holiday Soiree Kit] has everything you need to amp up your look. The first 500 Allure readers to enter at noon EST will win a kit.

The first 25 Allure readers to sign up at noon EST will win one Shiseido eye shadow in Proenza Schouler Blue, created y makeup artist Dick Page for the designers’ fall show.

Lucky Breaks – November 2008

Here are some this month’s giveaways from Lucky magazine:

Enter here to win one of 20 shopping sprees — worth $500 each!

This beloved beauty brand has some of the best gentle-yet-effective skincare and natural-looking makeup around, but it’s the delicious-smelling bath and body products (and the pithy little aphorisms on all the labels) that have us hooked. From creamy Café Au Lait to crisp Green Apple, there are more than 40 scents to choose from.

Enter here to win one of 125 skincare sets from Pericone MD — worth $160 each!

Dermatologist Nicholas Perricone’s natural, nutrition-based beauty philosophy has made him hugely famous — and impossible to get an appointment with. Fortunately for us, his skincare line is more accessible. You could win the potent antiaging moisturizer and eye cream, which minimize fine lines and plump up skin.

Enter here to win one of 128 five-piece collections from Napoleon Perdis — worth $157 each!

Launched 15 years ago by a big-deal Ausiie makeup artist, this line is massively successful internationally and its just becoming known here. We’re giving away five-piece makeup sets, including concealer, lip gloss, eyeshadow, blush, and the standout Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, a clear, not-overwhelmingly-scented gel that leaves skin super-smooth and keeps makeup from running.

Side by Side Review — LashBlast & Colossal Volum’ Express

The Products

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Waterproof Mascara
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Maybelline Colossal Volum Express
Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara in Glam Black

The Claims

CoverGirl says that LashBlast’s “patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush” will “max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look.”

Maybelline says that Colossal Volum’ Express’ “patented MegaBrush + Collagen Formula plump lashes one by one,” creating “dramatic volume with no clumps.”

Continue reading Side by Side Review — LashBlast & Colossal Volum’ Express

Lucky Breaks – October 2008

Here are some of the giveaways featured on the Lucky Breaks site and in this month’s issue of Lucky Magazine.

Enter here to win one of 87 Amatokin face serums — worth $230 each!

This highly concentrated skincare line uses technology originally developed to help heal burn victims. The products stimulate cell turnover, making skin look smoother and healthier. We’re giving away the quite luxe Intensive Skin-Rejuvenating Serum, a spot treatment devised to minimize pores and fine lines.

Continue reading Lucky Breaks – October 2008

Free Stuff from – October 2008

To celebrate our annual Best of Beauty issue, we’re doing what we love to do most — having a giant giveaway! Every year at our Best of Beauty parrty in New York City, we give our VIP guests a huge (and heavy) suitcase filled with past and present winners — it’s the ultimate goody bag. And it could be yours! Sign up for your chance to win a Best of Beauty case filled with some of our favorite products, such as Lancome Definicils Mascara, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, and a Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, all worth more than $3,000. Good luck!

In addition to this month’s fabulous main giveaway, Allure is celebrating the Best of Beauty on their website with “31 Days of the Best of Beauty.” Sign up to receive daily tips on how to use this year’s Best of Beauty winners and be entered to win a L’Occitane gift set each time you log a tip. When you sign up, you will also be entered to win a weekend long spa trip to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.

Free Stuff from – September 2008

Allure’s September sweepstakes prize is of special interest to makeup lovers:

Having a hard time deciding on smoky eyes or mauve lips for fall? Who says you have to choose? Starting September 1, enter for your chance to win Bobbi Brown’s entire fall makeup line — more than 40 lip glosses, shadows, liners, brushes, and more, including limited-edition items — worth over $900.

While you’re at the Allure Free Stuff page, take note of next month’s giveaways, including products from Victoria’s Secret, Privé, Soap & Glory, and Stylí Style.

Lucky Breaks – August 2008

This month, Lucky magazine is teaming up with Stila to offer 100 shopping sprees worth $100 each.

We’ve always loved Stila, but their current offerings have to be their best yet: The eyeshadow palettes with colors from the fall ’08 Marchesa show are muted, feminine, and utterly wearable neutrals, which look gorgeous punched up with the already-raved-about-in-Lucky Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. We can’t get enough of the Smudge Pots, the eyeliners, the skin-smoothing powders … we could go on and on.
Log on to to enter for a chance to win one of one hundred $100 gift cards.

The magazine is also giving away a shopping trip to San Francisco, so be sure to check out the website for details.

If you’re interested in skincare, you may be interested in the Lucky Breaks 25% off discount on boscia:

All the preservative-free skincare products in this line contain anti-inflammatory willow herb and antioxidant jojoba leaf, which prevent free-radical damage. The Blotting Linens, which zap shininess without messing up your makeup, come in adorable little packets and a variety of scents.
Log on to and enter “luckybreaks1” at checkout to save 25 percent on everything.

There’s also a discount from The Cosmetic Market:

The online outpost of this Nashville beauty superstore stocks more than 150 highly covetable brands and has an entire section of eco-friendly products from Care by Stella McCartney, Korres, Hamadi, and more.
Log on to and enter “luckybreaks11” at checkout to save 25 percent on everything.

Free Stuff from – July 2008

Molton Brown from Allure

Beginning July 1, you can log on to to enter to win a selection of Molton Brown products.

When it comes to food, we believe in shopping locally, but for beauty, we’ll go where the greatest products are. In this case, it’s London, where Molton Brown has been brewing ingredients to create some of the most luxurious and delicious-smelling bath and body products. … You could win Molton Brown’s new hair collection of 14 amazing shampoos, conditioners, and treatments such as the Depth Charge Seednoir Prewash Hair-Thereapy, plus the Re-Charge Black Pepper and White Mulberry Sets of body washes, lotions, scented candles, and more — and it’s all worth more than $800!

Learn more about the products offered by Molton Brown at