Sunday, November 12, 2017

Mac Snowball Collection Holiday First Impressions

Guys, I have a video of first impressions and swatches of the Mac Snowball Collection items that I've gathered.  It's also listed in the weekly Beauty Spotlight Team roundup.  It's a little bit of a surprise...lol, I hope you'll enjoy it.


What's your impression of this collection?  Have you seen the cool snowflake displays on the counters?

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Please welcome our latest edition to the Beauty Spotlight Team. Jen from The Jedi Wife is interested in all beauty items and especially nails. She's a busy mom with a passion for writing. We're so happy to have her as a part of the team.

In honor of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog's 6th Anniversary, Sonage Skincare is offering one lucky LSBB reader their amazing Vitality Nourishing Facial Oil! Be sure to enter the Instagram #Giveaway for your chance to win!

Pammy Blogs Beauty sure loves her wine and her high end skincare. Vine Vera is a bit of both! Check out the full review for the luxurious Vine Vera Cabernet Collection!

If you're looking for that perfect pout, check out Prime Beauty PIXI Beauty's Shea Butter Lip Balm and Mattelustre Lipsticks.

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty loves Amalie Beauty's anti-aging, hydrating REWIND Face Oil, part of their Farm To Face collection of handcrafted skincare made with farm grown natural and organic ingredients. Act now because this lovely honeysuckle-scented lightweight oil is back in stock and discounted for the holidays!

FarmHouse Fresh has done it again! Their new Whole Milk and Goats Milk Soaps. Lisa from Beauty Info Zone has fallen hard for these and sees them in her future gifts for loved ones.

Shipra of Taneja's Bride says no sun needed (especially with the winter we're having) for natural highlights with SunIn!

Beauty blogger Jen from Musings of the Wife of the Jedi had the opportunity to attend The Makeup Show in Los Angeles this past weekend. In her post, she shared some of her finds and highlights from the show.

BeautyJudy is enjoying the eyes she can create with the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Including this shimmery look!

Have you seen the new MAC Holiday Snowball Collection yet? Polarbelle shares it in a most unique way.

15 Minute Beauty is sharing her best concealer hacks for undereye circles and bags, specifically for over 40!

The new PÜR PRO x Etienne Eyeshadow Palette features 18 gorgeous matte and metallic neutral shades. Christa from Realizing Beauty shares why this palette is sure to become a staple in many beauty collections and will make a great gift for any new beauty enthusiast.

Makeup Obsessed Mom tested some drugstore skincare products this week. See what she thinks on her blog.

Just in time for the holidays Justina's Gems has a beautiful Limited Edition It Girl Palette that you will want ASAP.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Roundup

Hi everyone.  I'm a day late posting my roundup because I was in LA this past weekend at The Makeup Show.  I have a LOT to report on from there that will be in the future.  In the meantime, please enjoy our weekly reads from the best of the best.

Prime Beauty has discovered a foundation that is perfect for over 40 skin! Mally Beauty Complexion Perfection Soft Focus Foundation provides medium to full coverage and has an immediate skin smoothing effect that looks completely natural!


Did you know that Sephora has a luxury edition of their Play!Boxes? See just how luxurious they are on Makeup Obsessed Mom's blog.

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone is happy to spoil herself with a spa day. Two new products from FarmHouseFresh and MegRhythm are made for this kind of day - and all others.


Justina's Gems tried out some green beauty products from Antonym Cosmetics. Check out her thoughts in today's post.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has selected the Jane Iredale absolute must-haves for fall, and the swatches will definitely make you want some of their beautiful makeup in your life!

15 Minute Beauty has really damaged her hair in the last year with color and perms. But, she's found an amazing two minute hair treatment that really helps!

Pammy Blogs Beauty explores an essential-oil based skincare line: Tu'el. Find out what she thinks!


Looking for a hand cream that can stand up to hands exposed to water and harsh weather? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is truly impressed with Parodi Daily Moisturizing Hand Cream developed for salon professionals!

Is Halloween only for kids? Not if you are a big kid at heart like Polarbelle. See her fabulous transformations for a solid week.

Christa from Realizing Beauty shares a review of the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Lustrous Shadow Palette and there's a chance to enter to win one for yourself in her giveaway!

Shipra from Taneja's Bride is always on top of the latest lipsticks from ColourPop and The Hidden Agenda trio is on her must have list. These are are so perfect for fall and winter!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween Week Makeup Look Extragavanza

In the week leading up to and including Halloween, I was challenged to create some unique makeup looks.  My initial inspiration came from a package I received via Buxom Cosmetics.  I shared all the looks on Instagram but I thought I'd bring to you all the fun that I had.  I haven't done anything Halloween-ish beside handing out candy since I was 14.  This all really was fun.

My first look was a 2017 take on 80's Madonna in the Like A Virgin video.  I may have sang and danced my way through Snapchat and IG stories that night, rumor has it...oh wait, that's an Adele song!


I couldn't find a picture that wasn't all fuzzy from the video but below is from the same time frame:


Products Used:
Eyes are @viseart Neutral Mattes
@buxomcosmetics Call Me black liner   **pr
#buxomcosmetics Big Tease mascara to plump lashes and a little Buxom waterproof to make them stay put.  **pr
#Madonna brows and mole are @benefitcosmetics Goof Proof brown pencil and Precisely My Brow, 4 and 3. .
Lips are #Buxom Call Me eye liner, . Buxom Code Red Plumping Lip Liner, (these pencils are SO my jam!)
. Buxom Bold Gel Lipstick in Red Inferno, (also my jam for lipsticks)  **pr
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Face: @nyxcosmetics Angel Veil primer for smoothing
@fentybeauty Pro Filt'r Foundation
@katvondbeauty Lock It Concealer and Lock It powder
@buxomcosmetics bronzer in Maldives, (my hgbronzer)  **pr
@flowerbeauty Sweet Pea blush pot. 
Did muh hrr with @thebeachwaver .75"

Day 2,  I was challenged by Buxom Cosmetics to wing a little superhero action.  Afterwards, I got on Snapchat and deflected invisible bullets with a little "pew, pew, pew!"


Products used: 
Complexion:
@buxomcosmetics Venus Divine Goddess Illuminator as primer and base  **pr
@coverfx celestial Custom Enhancer Drops
@burberry White Runway Palette Highlighter
#buxom Maldives Bronzer  **pr
.
Goddess Crown:
@lorealmakeup Gold Imperial Infalliable Eye Shadow for base
@natashadenona gold from the #JoyaHoliday Palette. . Buxom Code Red Plump Liner
. Buxom Call Me Hold The Line Waterproof Eyeliner   **pr
@buxomcosmetics Invite Only and Filthy Rich Eyeshadow to shade under the headpiece
. Eyes:
. Same #Loreal and #natashadenona for lid . Buxom Cool Caviar in Crease topped with Call Me Buxom waterproof liner
@toofaced X @kandeejohnson Candy Liner
. Under the lid is a shade from @sephorapro Editorial Eyeshadow Palette
. Buxom Big Tease mascara  **pr
@esqido Las Companion lash glue  **pr
#Esqido Starlett lashes  **Pr
. Brows:
@nyxcosmetics Espresso brow pencil
Buxom LBD eyeshadow to darken
@buxomcosmetics Diamond Dust eyeshadow under brow to highlight
. Lips:
. Buxom Plumpliner Lip Liner Code Red  **pr
. Buxom Matte Bold Gel Lipstick in Red Inferno  **pr
.Cartoon Highlight is #nyxprofessionalmakeup White Liquid Eye Liner .



The third look was something I wanted to do with my dog.  She's a rap star, you know, right?  She does benefit concerts and stuff....I had a full scenario for her return to the stage after a leg injury but she just wasn't having it.   In my imagination, we were dressed as her former sister in a Mommy and Me contest.



She wouldn't play, so I filmed my October Ipsy and Sephora Play unboxings.  You can see that here:


. Products:
@fentybeauty foundation to prime the canvas
@katvondbeauty Lock It Concealer used in a different way today
@buxomcosmetics eyeshadow Mix N Mingle, Invite Only & Filthy Rich to start the tabby coloring
. Markings are #Buxom waterproof eyeliner Call Me   **pr
@viseart Neutral Matte eyeshadow palette to complete all the fur colorings
@toofaced x @kandeejohnson Candy liner for eyes and whisker dots
@nyxcosmetics White Liquid Liner for whiskers
. Based my eyes with @maccosmetics Painterly paint pot and . @makeupforeverofficial Aqua Cream in 04 . Nose is @katvondbeauty Requim liquid lipstick
. Inner cheek gouhly highlight is @lorealmakeup Astro Blue Infalliable Galaxy Stick Highlighter
. Lower lip is @buxomcosmetics Plumpline Liner Pencil in White Russian

I thought it would be so funny to dress up like another youtuber.  I picked Desi Perkins.  Here is my inspirational picture from Desi's Instagram:


And here I am being an older Desi.  I'm probably the only one who thought that was funny.


. . Products Used:
@fentybeauty Foundation
@katvondbeauty Lock It Concealer
@toofaced Peach powder
@osmosis_skincare Brow gel, Brown
@osmosis_skincare Blush Summer Rose
@eddiefunkhouser Sidestreet Blossom blush
@buxomcosmetics Maldives bronzer
@doseofcolors Fuego & Mirame' highlighters
@natashadenona Lila palette
@sephorapro Editorial palette
@natashadenona Bronze Chroma Crystal Top Coat . @cherrybloomscosmeticsWaterproof Liquid Eyeliner
@buxomcosmetics Big Tease mascara . @doseofcolors Truffle liquid lipstick topped with ..... duh .....
@doseofcolors #DesiXKaty#MoreCreamerPlease lipstick !! 😜

If you know me, you know I am glued to baseball playoffs and the World Series every year, and even more so when my team is playing!  Clayton Kershaw, the Dodger Ace, was due to pitch on Game 5 and I was ready!!!  Here I am as Kershaw's Killer Slider.

Polarbelle Halloween

Products:
White Grease Paint . @makeuprevolution Ghost Sculpt powder
@nyxcosmetics Milk Jumbo eye pencil
@collab lash primer from @sallybeauty . @katvondbeauty Hemingway Ink liner . @nyxcosmetics Vivid Liquid liner in the red color...which exploded but it worked out ok. . Let's go Dodgers!!!

And last but not least, I dressed up as a Polarbelle for Halloween.  When I meet a new person and they learn my online name, they always ask what a Polarbelle is.  I'm from Alaska, so I'm not a Southern Belle, right?  I am an Arctic Princess Warrier, a Polarbelle.  My fantasy interpretation of that is below.   I did film a video so expect to see the Polarbelle in action soon, although it all made my teeth look really yellow, so maybe that's too spooky of a video?


I had a lot of fun just throwing caution to the wind and playing pretend all week for the first time in 100 years.  Can you believe today is November already?!?  I won't dress as a turkey because I wear that costume all year, haha.  Did you do anything fun or get any cool candy this season?

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