50 Shades Darker

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of 50 Shades Darker with a few friends. The screening was a lot of fun; we all received masks similar to the one Anastasia wears to the Masquerade Ball and I made sure to get a big cup of wine because you definitely need it to watch this movie with a theater full of strangers.

If you haven’t read the books, I highly recommend that you read them before seeing this movie. They had to cram a lot into the run time and they left out a lot of the backstory. So if you didn’t already know Christian Grey’s story you might think he was crazy and possessive. One of the main things they left out was Christian’s therapist Dr. Flynn. Anastasia even gets to meet him and talk to him and he explains why Christian has a need to control everything. It does sound like he makes a cameo in the third movie, but he was definitely referenced multiple times in the second book.

Here are a few ways you can get your 50 Shades fix in case you want more:

1.Masquerade Mask ($15.90)

You can get the exact mask that Ana wears to the masquerade party and it’s affordable!

2. Ana’s Lipsticks

According to @evelynenoraz, the 50 Shades Darker makeup artist, “They were a liquid lipstick from Mac Cosmetics for the red ( plus Mac lip liner ) and from Anastasia for the deep berry color ( liquid lipstick as well ) or Glossier lipstain.”

Based on that statement here are my guesses for the exact shades:

MAC Cherry Lip Liner ($17.50)

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Feels So Grand ($21)

ILIA Lipstick Arabian Nights ($26)

MAC Burgundy Lip Liner ($17.50)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Heathers ($20)


Glossier Generation G in Jam ($18)

3. Ana’s Eyes from the Masquerade

According to Evelyn, she used Dior’s Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Lune and Millenium ($31/each).

4. Jimmy Choo Lang Patent Strappy Sandal ($795)

During that steamy dinner/elevator scene, Anastasia was wearing the Jimmy Choo Lang sandals.

If these are out of your price range, you can try the Pleaser brand shoes that are an exact match for only $52.95:

5. Anastasia’s Masquerade Dress

The dress Ana wore to the masquerade party was stunning. Custom designed by Monique Lhuillier and the 50 Shades Costume Designer, Shay Cunliffe, it is one of a kind! Women’s Wear Daily shared more details here on how this dress came about.

I found a few options for the dress and the beautiful feathered cape she wears. For the dress, Forever 21 has two different options with a Satin Maxi Dress ($34.90) and this Selfie Leslie Halter Neck Dress ($44.99):

I also found two options for the cape/jacket, the first is the Jayley Luxurious Stripe Faux Fur Jacket ($234) and the second is the SB Tipped Fur Jacket ($107.50):

6. 50 Shades Darker Prize Pack

I’m giving away a 50 Shades Darker Prize Pack complete with masks, tea lights, lip balm and a Large sweatshirt.

The winner will be announced on February 26. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have you seen 50 Shades Darker yet? What did you think?

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It’s Clinique Bonus Time!

At one point in my life I was obsessed with the Clinique Bonus. I signed up for their emails, I knew when and where the bonuses were and would plan out my shopping trips to capitalize on free stuff!

Fast forward to today and I have tried a lot of new brands and I like to mix it up, but there are still some Clinique staples I can’t live without.

Nordstrom is offering the newest bonus now through June 3rd at participating stores. With your bonus you get:

  • Tracy Reese for Clinique Cosmetics Bag
  • Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream
  • Liquid Facial Soap Mild
  • Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips
  • Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo
  • Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Chocolate
  • Long Last Lipstick in Twilight Nude
  • High Impact Mascara or High Impact Waterproof Mascara in Black
Clinique Bonus at Nordstrom

Clinique Bonus at Nordstrom

This is an $80 value for a $30 minimum purchase – it’s a pretty good haul if you were already planning to get something anyways.

So, what do I need for $30? Here are some of my top picks to meet the minimum:

Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmer in Sugar Sugar – $15

Clinique Sugar Sugar Eyeshadow

Clinique Sugar Sugar

This is one of my all time favorite products. I use this as a base on my eyes pretty much every day. I LOVE it! I will buy two just because I use it all the time.

Clinique Different Lipstick in Surprise – $15

Clinique Different Lipstick in Surprise

Clinique Different Lipstick in Surprise

Another one of my Clinique staples. I love their lipstick, it looks great on and it has a great moisturizing quality. This is one of my go to shades. It looks great at night and it is not too dark. I think this is probably the only lipstick that I have ever used to the very end (many times).

Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder Oil-Free – $22

Clinique Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder Oil-Free

Clinque Stay-Matte Sheer Pressed Powder Oil-Free in Stay Buff

I have this in my purse in Stay Buff right now. It is great at taking away the shine in your t-zone mid-day.

Clinique Blended Face Powder & Brush – $22

Clinique Blended Face Powder

Clinique Blended Face Powder

I use this loose powder every day to set my look. I prefer the loose powder if I am at home and the pressed powder when I am on the go. I use a bigger powder brush at home but keep the little one in my purse.

Clinique Quick Blush – $23.50

Clinique Quick Blush

Clinique Quick Blush

I haven’t tried this one yet, but it is definitely on my list. What a genius idea! The color is inside the cap and when you pull the brush out it is ready to apply. This sounds like a great on-the-go item! I will definitely be adding this to my collection. I will keep you posted on my thoughts after I try it out.

What are your favorite Clinique products? What are you dying to try out?

I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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