Chanel Holiday 2014 Plumes Précieuses and Rêve d'Orient Eyeshadow Palette Review

Today is all about Chanel's Plumes Précieuses Holiday 2014 makeup collection! I realize that many of you were hoping to see this tutorial earlier, but I waited to film and release this video until the online launch of the stunning Rêve d'Orient eyeshadow palette. Many of you mentioned before that it can be frustrating to see a product in action and want to purchase it, only to find  that it is sold out or no longer available. Luckily, Rêve d'Orient has been so high in demand that Chanel has decided to release it to Nordstrom.com, Macys.com, and Chanel.com (coming soon). More details after the jump!


GUIDE | Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales + Promotions

"I like the idea of lipsticks named after boys. Why commit to one when you can have several?" _ TOM FORD
Tom Ford's hotly anticipated LIPS&BOYS collection is a first of its kind. The 50 (yes, fifty) lip colors are named after the men he admires, from intimates to collaborators to men he finds inspiring. These miniature, limited edition lipsticks will be released on Black Friday. Please refer to the complete launch timeline below!

Ø  November 28 (Black Friday)
(4 days only)

Ø  December 1 (Cyber Monday)
BergdorfGoodman.com, Bloomingdales.com 
 NeimanMarcus.com, Saks.com, Nordstrom.com, 

Ø  December 26
In Stores for 8 WEEKS (online + in department stores)

Sephora.com has tots of exclusive $10 Black Friday deals, featuring brands like Makeup Forever, Tarte, Too Faced, Caudalie, Kat Von D, Alterna, Bite Beauty, and more! Definitely stock up while you can because quantities are limited. Limit 2 per item. SHOP THEM ALL BELOW!


GiorgioArmanibeauty-usa.com is holding a Friends & Family Sale! It's during Black Friday and extends past Cyber Monday, so I had to share. Get 20% off on all orders over $75 through December 2, 2014. Take advantage of this golden opportunity to scoop up the jaw-dropping Holiday 2014 face and eye palette that I featured HERE! I also recommend the waterproof eyeliners and the Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows. Use code FAMILY14

NARScosmetics.com has a 20% off sale from November 28th through December 2nd! I highly recommend any of the Lip Pencils (Satin, Velvet, Velvet Gloss) and the new Audacious Lipsticks (especially Raquel). If you're in need of blush, I suggest Final Cut, which I think is one of NARS' best.

LauraMercier.com is having a 25% off sale + free shipping discount until November 30 with $100 minimum purchase (no code needed). You absolutely need the Caviar Sticks in Rose Gold, Copper, and Moonlight. I also adore her Radiance Foundation Primer, her famed tinted moisturizer, and Flawless Face Skin Polish!

Joie.com is offering 25% off sitewide. I love their silk shirts and blazers. The sale has already started, so get shopping now! The sale will end on Cyber Monday, December 1st. Code: THANKS

AnnTaylor.com is offering 30% OFF your entire purchase for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The sale ends on December 3rd (3PM EST). Code: THANKS

The Kérastase Paris Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions are awesome! Most of you know by now that I swear by Kérastase, so venture out or stock up on favorites while you can! I highly recommend the Reflection Chroma Thermique, Reflection Bain + Masque Chroma Thermique (for colored hair), Ciment Thermique (heat protectant), and Bain Cristal (Thick). There are several promotions for each sale, so please refer to the details below!
  • BLACK FRIDAY (starts 11/27/14 at 12:00 PM and ends on 12/1/14 at 3:00 AM EST)
    • Promo #1: Spend $100 to receive 15% OFF + Nutritive Deluxe Sample Duo Gift Box and free shipping! Code: GIFTSILVER
    • Promo #2: Spend $150 to receive 20% OFF + Nutritive Deluxe Sample Duo Gift Box, Touche Finale, and free shipping! Code: GIFTGOLD
  • CYBER MONDAY (starts on 12/1/14 at 3:15 AM and ends 12/4/14 at 3:00 AM EST)
    • Promo #1: Spend $100 to receive 15% OFF + Nutritive Deluxe Sample Duo Gift Box and free shipping! Code: HAPPY100
    • Promo #2: Spend $150 to receive 20% OFF + Laque Noire travel size and free shipping! Code: HOLIDAYS150
    • Promo #3: Spend $250 to receive 20% off, Laque Noire travel size, Elixir Ultimate travel size, Ciment Thermique travel size, and free shipping! Code: STYLE250
LORAC Cosmetics will be offering many limited edition must-haves this holiday! I shared the Sultry Starlet and Vintage Vixen eyeshadow palettes (only $12 each) in my latest video HERE, which will be available exclusively at Ulta stores and Ulta.com on Black Friday!
Nordstrom Rack's LORAC exclusive is the Champagne Eye Trio ($12), also available on HauteLook.com from November 24th to the 29th.

On Cyber Monday, LORACCosmetics.com is offering 25% off their famed PRO Palette and PRO Palette 2 ($31.50 each). The palettes will only be on sale for 24 hours, starting December 1st at 8:00 AM PST. 
Other limited edition Cyber Monday goodies will be available at Nordstrom (the Perfect PRO Eye Trio, $25) and Ulta.com (Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette, $15).

FOREO.com is offering 30% OFF the entire site, from Luna Mini to Luna Men to the ISSA range! I highly recommend the Luna, which is my favorite new facial cleansing device for daily use. No replacement brush heads are required! The Luna is made of hypoallergenic silicone — nonporous and resistant to bacteria buildup. Code: FORVIP

ShuUemura-usa.com is offering 25% OFF + Free Shipping on orders of $100 or more! You can also receive 20% off orders of $50+ as well as free shipping. Use promo code SHUJOY until December 1st at 11:59 PM EST. Check out my Top 10 recommendations HERE!

DailyLook.com is offering a few promotions on Black Friday, so take a look at the discount amounts above! Code: BLACKFRIDAY14
I highly recommend shopping on Black Friday, since the popular sizes like XS and S will sell out first. If you prefer to wait until December 1st, Cyber Monday for 30% off the entire site, use code MONDAY14 

KateSomerville.com is holding her Friends & Family event until December 1st, 2014. Get 25% off + free shipping! Use code FRIENDS2014

Assorted Beauty + Fashion Sales:

JouerCosmetics.com is offering 25% OFF the entire site. Code: BLKFRDY

• Amazon.com has tons of Black Friday sale items, incl. limited-time deals on cameras & Kindles!

• Bluefly.com is up to 80% OFF your favorite designers on Black Friday (Nov 28 only)

• Bloomingdales.com is offering up to 50% OFF on a selection sitewide until Nov 29

• AllSaints.com is 20% OFF select styles now through Dec 1. Code: THANKS

• ASOS.com is 30% OFF! The sale starts Nov 27 (8pm EST) to Nov 30 (8pm EST). Code: TGIBF

• Anthropologie.com has a sitewide Black Friday sale + is offering free shipping on Cyber Monday!

• Equipmentfr.com is 25% OFF the entire site now through Dec 1. Code: THANKS

• AliceandOlivia.com is 25% OFF sitewide until December 1. Grab some dresses! No code needed

• DVF.com is offering 40% OFF on Fall Style Dresses until Dec 1. No code needed

• ClubMonaco.com is 30% OFF on cashmere now to Black Friday (Nov 28). Code: SUPERSOFT

• FRYE (boots) is offering an eGift card of $100 on purchases of $400+ until December 1.

• DVF.com is 15% OFF sitewide for Cyber Monday (Dec 1). Code: CYBER15

• JCrew.com is 30% off select styles & additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum!
December 1 only. Code: MONDAY

• HelmutLang.com is holding a Black Out 40% OFF sale, now until December 1.

• Madewell.com is offering 25% OFF your entire purchase now until Nov 30th. Code: GIFTON

• Gap.com is 40% OFF + Banana Republic and Old Navy. Code: CYBER

• JBrandJeans.com is 30% OFF sitewide, now until November 29.

• RevolveClothing.com is 20% OFF Final Sale on Cyber Monday, Dec 1.

• SaksFifthAvenue.com is offering up to 60% OFF on select styles now through November 28.

Theory.com is 40% OFF! Best women's suiting. No code needed, only until November 30.

Shopbop.com is offering up to 25% off your purchase until Dec 1. Code: GOBIG14

Topshop.com is 30% OFF select product, and 2-for-1 on mid-season sale items until Dec 1.

UrbanOutfitters.com is offering $15 off $75, $25 off $100, and $50 off $150 on Cyber Monday!

BaubleBar.com is 20% off on Nov 30 (6pm EST) to Dec 2 (11:59pm EST). Code: CYBER 20

ColleenRothschild.com is offering 30% OFF your entire order on Dec 1. Code: CYBER30

• Ulta.com has a ton of Cyber Monday sales! Up to 40% OFF on skin care, makeup
kits/palettes under $20, plus a 19-piece beauty bag with any $60 online purchase!

• TATCHA.com is offering 20% OFF your entire order today. Code: FF2014

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My Holiday 2014 Stocking Stuffer + Small GIFT GUIDE

Many of my YouTube subscribers and blog readers requested Holiday beauty gift guides, so I decided to share my favorite stocking stuffer and assorted small gift finds first. I did my best to include a variety of price points, starting as low as $15. Explore the complete lineup after the jump!


November 2014 Beauty Favorites feat. Clé de Peau, Tom Ford, Kerastase, and more!

November has been a hectic month! I was fortunate enough to travel to Beijing during one of its most beautiful weeks of the year, and I truly had a wonderful time being immersed in so many new beauty products and upcoming trends. I had planned to share vlog footage here in this episode, but unfortunately, there were too many products to cover! You might see some unexpected products on the roster below, so watch the video to find out what's new! And for those anxious to get planning, I will be rounding up the best of Black Friday + Cyber Monday promotions and sharing them here on the blog tomorrow. Stay tuned! xo

Products Reviewed:
Cle de Peau Fall 2014 Eye Color Quad in 303 Baby Universe
Tom Ford Holiday 2014 Cream Eye Color in Platinum
Tom Ford Holiday 2014 Cream Eye Color in Spice
*Ulta Black Friday exclusive palettes
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate
Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Kerastase Baume Double Je
NuMe White Truffle Leave-in Conditioner

Makeup Worn:
Dolce & Gabbana Foundation in 100
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Koh Gen Do Powder in OC-1
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Tom Ford Holiday 2014 Cream Eye Color in Platinum
Tom Ford Holiday 2014 Cream Eye Color in Spice
Velour Lashes in Are Those Real
*Use code RAEVELOUR to get 15% OFF!

House of Harlow Sunburst Studs

Rails Carmen in Wine

Louboutin Bianca
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My Skin Journey + Holy Grail Skin Care Products! Plus Affordable Alternatives and Recommendations by Skin Type & Concern

Skin care is an intimate personal journey. I was raised by a grandmother who used nothing but Shiseido and Lancôme skin care for most of her life, so that is the foundation on which I built my beauty preferences. She started me off with Clinique sunscreen and Shiseido skin care when I was 13. I was blissfully unaware of price at the time, so I used what I was given and that was all I knew. Later on, I learned about skin care layering, and that is when I started experimenting. My skin is sensitive, but it can tolerate a lot of product because I have built up a tolerance over the last six years!

I was genetically blessed with clear skin. I had a couple patches of clogged pores and the occasional hormonal pimple, but my teenage years left me without a single scar. Then came university and plenty of sleepless nights, meaning the introduction of eye cream. I experimented with Shiseido, Lancôme, and random skin care discoveries (like Jurlique and Ole Henrikesen) from Sephora at the time. I was annoyed by a few red patches on my cheeks and broken capillaries around my nose, but if only I knew back then how incredibly lucky I was..

Last year, I endured an unfortunate and very painful bout of severe cystic acne. I had heard from friends and subscribers about how awful acne was, but I never grasped the full impact of the trauma until my own experience. From having nearly flawless skin to pockmarked "pizza face" within six months was mind-boggling and frustrating. As most of you know, I live and breathe beauty, which made me feel even more ashamed about my skin's situation. I did not share my feelings when the acne occurred because ultimately, I had no idea how to open up and talk about it. So, please learn from my mistake: DO NOT WAX YOUR FACIAL PEACH FUZZ. Almost two years, plenty of tears, and thousands of dollars later.. redemption. My skin isn't 100% quite yet, but by July 2015, I truly believe it will be!

If you want to know why I believe SK-II, Cle de Peau, 3LAB, and the rest of these phenomenal skin care products really DO work.. check out my video from July 2013 here, where you can see my acne at its worst. It was even more awful to look at in person and once the healing process started, my face was blue and purple all over. Quite frankly, I couldn't decide whether the active blemishes or the scarring process was more depressing. The bruising was much harder to hide! Either way, it was an unpleasant ordeal and I'm grateful that my acne journey is almost over. I've garnered more skin care knowledge and regained my confidence along the way!

Now, here are some of the most valuable skin care lessons I've learned over the years:
1.  WEAR SUNSCREEN (all day, every day).
2.  Thoroughly remove every single trace of makeup every night.
3.  If you have acne, DO NOT pop your pimples. Go to an aesthetician. 
4.  Use a serum and/or moisturizer every night, even if you have oily skin.
5.  Start using eye cream at 18, if not earlier! Nothing ages a person more than eye wrinkles.
6.  Drink at least 6 cups of water daily, and try to clock in at least 7 hours of sleep.
7.  Treat yourself to a treatment facial as often as possible. Try micro-needling!
8.  If you don't have time or money for professional facials, use a SHEET MASK at least once a week.
9.  Exfoliate with a treatment/mask at least two times a week (once if you have very sensitive skin), even if you're using a Clarisonic or Foreo or whatever device is trendiest.
10.  Invest in quality skin care. It's not always about the price, but luxury skin care has never failed me. Pick up plenty of samples and experiment to find the best products for your skin! 


toner: use with cotton pads
SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion

essence: pour into palms and pat in

Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream
SK-II Stempower/Essential Power Cream

Affordable Alternatives:
Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum
Cremorlab Bright Floral Mask
Etude House Eye Gel Patch
Olay Regenerist Mirco-Sculpting Cream

And as promised, here are more product recommendations based on skin type and skin concern. I know many of my subscribers have oily/combination skin, are suffering from acne, or have super sensitive skin. Please keep in mind that products that work (and have worked) for me may not work as well for you. Again, skin care is personal and all about preference, so keep an open mind and don't give up!

I used a lot of Juice Beauty during the worst of my acne, and it did seem to help the purging process. I highly recommend the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel (Full Strength and Blemish) as well as their Clearing Mask and Blemish Clearing Serum. Do not expect overnight results, as purging takes time! Also try Jurlique (natural/herbal) and Ole Henriksen products to calm the skin.
For those targeting the occasional hormonal blemish/break-out, I recommend the SK-II Skin Refining Treatment as a spot treatment. I dab it on morning and evening, and my pimples shrink, slowly but surely! No dryness or flakiness like that which can occur with those popular pink clay treatments. I also use the Refining Treatment to keep my blackheads in check (applied all over the face 2x a week).
Additionally, find a talented aesthetician for facials and extractions to minimize scarring, and keep your daily skin care regimen on the minimal end. Try cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. Don't forget your sunscreen in the morning, and try to reapply, as it will go a long way in reducing acne marks! Most importantly, wash your pillow cases and makeup brushes WEEKLY, at the minimum! 

Although not all alcohol-free products perform well, do stop using products that strip your skin completely dry. Your skin will overcompensate by producing more unwanted oil! Wear a hydrating sunscreen like Eve Lom's and skip moisturizer during the day if you must, but that means you absolutely NEED to use a hydrating serum and/or heavier moisturizer at night.
I highly recommend the products in the Ole Henrikensen 3 Little Wonders Bonus Collection, particularly the Truth Serum and Sheer Transformation Moisturizer. I used OH when I had combination skin and loved it! The brand is fairly affordable and offers plenty of awesome travel-sized kits if you are a skin care junkie and/or afraid to commit to full-size products.
Another must-have is the Lancôme Visionnaire Skin Corrector. I used it when I had combination skin, and it tightened the skin to help my pores look invisible. The pearly effect also makes the skin look smoother, clearer and brighter. I introduced this product to my friends with combination and oily skin, and now all them swear by it!

As a teen, I had oily skin. During my college years, I had combination skin. Now at 25, I have normal to dry skin. That came about as a result of (simply and inevitably) aging, natural hormonal changes, and good skin care habits. I credit the SK-II Facial Treatment toner with making the most noticeable difference in my oily T-Zone. Since then, I have used it interchangeably with other toners to prevent a plateau, but it still remains my favorite. The lightweight yet powerful 3LAB Super H serum also kept my skin nourished and hydrated, further balancing my skin's condition and sealing in the effects of the SK-II toner.

When I started my YouTube channel in 2010, lot of women used to give me grief when I explained I first started using eye cream at 18. The truth is, it's all about prevention, and starting early is encouraged nowadays due to environmental factors like sun exposure, pollution, and lifestyle stress! FYI: You don't have to start with a heavy or anti-aging eye cream when you're 18. Try something lightweight and more basic, like the SK-II Facial Treatment-Eye or Fresh Lotus Eye Gel.

Two of my favorite moisturizers, the SK-II Cellumination Day Surge SPF 30 and SK-II Facial Treatment Lotion SPF 15, are only available abroad. If you have a friend that travels often, request these! The CDS is best for dry to combination skin, and the FTL is ideal for normal to oily skin. The Lancôme UV Expert XL-Shield SPF 50 is also a fabulous sunscreen for normal/dry to combination skin.

My beauty blogger buds with incredibly sensitive skin use the SK-II Facial Treatment Repair C serum, in case any of you are looking for a very gentle anti-aging treatment! SK-II skin care is potent, so start with the Repair C just to be safe. 
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HAUL: Skin Care, Sephora VIB Sale, Beijing + Duty Free Shopping

Another month, another haul.. tons of skin care, makeup, and lashes! I included updates on my hair color by Guy Tang as well as my new obsession with leather jackets. Also, I'll include clips from my trip to Beijing in my Favorites video next week for those curious about what I experienced there! Hint: scorpions.

P.S. Today (Nov 19) is the last day of Shu Uemura's best promotion of the year, the VIP Event! Score 25% OFF with code SHUXRAE ♡ My Top 10 Recommendations can be found HERE!

Products Featured:
BB Dakota Taupe Leather Jacket (XS)
Kate Somerville D-Scar Serum
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate
Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift
La Mer Cleansing Oil (Call my SA at 949.220.3366 for samples)
Christian Louboutin Nail Color in Alta Perla
Christian Louboutin Nail Color in Bianca
Christian Louboutin Nail Care Kit
Velour Lashes in Extra Oomph
Velour Lashes Au Naturale Set
Shu Uemura Farfallina Lashes
Shu Uemura Partial Lashes
Dior Holiday 2014 Highlighter in Pink 002

Makeup Worn:
Cle de Peau Foundation in O20
Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige
Koh Gen Do Powder in OC-1
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204 and Holder
Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo in 202
Shu Uemura Warm Brown Eyeshadow Palette
*Use code SHUXRAE for 25% OFF (LAST DAY)
Burberry Effortless Liquid Eyeliner
Velour Lashes in Extra Oomph

ghd 2" Styler

Christian Louboutin Just Nothing

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Shu Uemura VIP 25% OFF Sale Details + Top 10 Recommendations

In case you haven't heard, Shu Uemura is holding their highly anticipated 25% off SALE this week. This is the absolute BEST Shu Uemura promotion of the year, even better and more discounted than the Black Friday sale! The offer technically starts on Monday, November 17th and ends on Wednesday, November 19th, but my readers get an early preview. That means you can load up your cart and SHOP NOW on Sunday, November 16th before all the popular items and colors are gone!!

Use the exclusive promo code SHUXRAE to receive 25% off + free shipping 
on orders of $50 or more in the United States and Canada ♡

As many of you know, I absolutely love Shu Uemura cosmetics and always make a beeline for their counters when traveling abroad. I was devastated when the last Shu Uemura store in California closed, but luckily, we can still shop online! My favorite two items from the latest Shupette collection — the palette and brush set — are sold out already, so do take advantage of this short-lived opportunity to save money and stock up!

EDIT :: I CAN'T BELIVE that I completely FORGOT to include Shu Uemura's legendary EYESHADOWS! I posted a quick picture on Instagram here, sharing a few of my favorite palettes. I love all the individual eyeshadow refills (some of the best glitters on the market) as well as the new Ready-to-Wear Palettes (especially the black and brown). Hope these suggestions help! xo

Rae's TOP 10 Recommendations

This is the legendary Shu Uemura product. It is the very eyelash curler I ever tried.
Since then, I have experimented and dabbled with other brands, but Shu Uemura's
is my one true love. It never pinches the skin of my delicate eyelids and provides
the most long-lasting results. I have fine, sparse lashes, which means
an eyelash curler is essential for completing any eye look!

This is my favorite Shu Uemura cleansing oil. It removes my waterproof mascaras
most effectively and without ever irritating my super sensitive eyes! The Anti/Oxi
feels more like a gel, which makes it more appealing to those new to the cleansing
oil trend. I reviewed it here in detail here, in case you're interested!

I adore all Shu Uemura eyelashes for their construction and quality,
but the Smoky Layers style is an exceptional, naturally pretty lash. 
The Farfallina (not available on the US site) are my most
worn since they are very full and dramatic, but the
Smoky Layers is universally loved.

This is one of the three brushes I use for exclusively for blush.
The application is precise and the bristles are not excessively soft,
making it possible to pick up sheer baked powders. Shu Uemura brushes
are known for quality, and this is one of my all-time favorites. 

Pictured above is 11, but I also recommend 10f. I hesitated to splurge on
these brushes before I understood the magic of Kolinsky, but the 20% off
discount makes these a steal! The bristles are firm yet soft and can work
with powders, creams, or liquids. With regular washing and gentle care,
these Kolinksy brushes can last a good ten to twenty years.

The relatively new Tint in Gelato cream lipsticks are some of the best I have ever
 tried. I especially love AT 01 Cassis, since the red is universally flattering, but
you must try CR 04 Spiced Orange if natural colors are more your style!

 I love the Vision of Beauty limited edition lipsticks. The packaging is a work of art
in its own right, so give these a try first. The colors are wearable and ideal for any
complexion. The formula is richly pigmented with a natural, semi-lustrous finish.

Of all the Shu Uemura mascaras I have tried over the years, the Petal Lash
is the most memorable. It never clumps and holds up my lashes for hours.
Though it isn't the most volumizing, the Petal Lash lifts and separates.
I highly recommend it for use alone or with false lashes.

The new Drawing Pencil line-up is impressive and versatile.
My favorite is P Black 01, which is smooth and subtly shimmery.
You can see my swatches of every single shade here!

The chilly Fall and Winter season is perfect for the Lightbulb foundation's dewy finish. 
I especially love the sponge for sheer application of the formula.

25% OFF + Free Shipping
with code SHUXRAE
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