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Sunday, June 26, 2016

10 Must Have Essentials For Your Perfect Sun Safe Glow






It's here!!!  Summer!!!  Remember the excited anticipation we had when they opened the school doors and let us out for the summer?  Dreams of bike rides, swimming at the lake or the pool, playing games outside and spending time with friends filled our imaginations as we left school on that final day of  the year.  Not much has changed, has it?  Summer is still an exciting time to enjoy friends and family and all that the sunny outdoor world has to offer.  Proper sun and skincare is vital to your enjoyment of the months outdoors but please don't forget that we need proper sun protection all year long.   Even if you've never protected your skin, you can start right now with my 10 essentials for year 'round fun in the sun skin safety.  Why ruin a good BBQ with the pain of sunburn, risking permanent skin damage and premature aging?  Let's see what's in my beach bag for playing safe this summer.


1.   Protect Delicate Scars With ScarScreen By Dermaflage  -  This is the very first skin or makeup application that I do each morning.  The link is to my previous blog post telling you all about ScarScreen SPF30.  This is my number one MUST HAVE sun protection item.  Nothing is as vulnerable to the outside world as delicate scarred skin, whether it is from acne or injury.  You need to take care to protect it and ScarScreen is an absolute must, being specially formulated for delicate scars.  I put it on dark spots, too, because it works so well to keep the harmful rays blocked from my skin.
        makeup primer
      2.   A Makeup Primer With Sunscreen - After I apply ScarScreen, when I am going to wear makeup, I use Sente Daily Repair Complex.  This has SPF30, protecting from both UVA and UVB rays.  It glides effortlessly over the skin and the ingredients help to give a smoother skin appearance, decreasing the appearance of aging skin, lines and wrinkles.  It has the faintest flesh tint which isn't noticible once the product is on but helps it to blend seemlessly into the skin.  If you look at the ingredient list, you'll see it has dimethicone, which gives it the glide and smooth appearance.  This is a GREAT option to wear to a beach or pool party when you'll be outside and want to look a little more polished than naked skin, but without pounds of makeup.  I'm going to cover this brand more at length later and will link back when it's live.  It's really an outstanding product.  Sente is available for purchase on their website and you can check to see what doctors in your area might sell it.



      La Roche-Posay, which is available at drugstores, has an SPF 50 UVA/UVB Tone Correcting Primer.  It also has a tint which helps cover up flaws and diminish the look of aging while wearing it.  The tint is a little more opaque than the Sente, and is recommended for light to medium skintones.  It's another primer that you can wear under makeup or without as it creates a blurred soft focus effect on the skin.


      3.  A Natural Vegan Facial Sunscreen Alternative -  Nature's Gate has a broad spectrum face sunscreen with an SPF of 25.  You can purchase it at Whole Foods and many locations which carry natural products.  This is a great option for the days you wouldn't want to wear a sunscreen primer, or for use on the kid's faces.  Everyone needs SPF!!!  Nature's Gate sunscreens are infused with botanicals and are responsibly formulated with effective ingredients for skin protection.  And, it is cruelty free as well as free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates and oxybenzone.  It is light weight, rapidly absorbed and I've worn it under makeup with no problem.


      4.  Sunscreen for the Body, (and Face)  -  Australian Gold is a good sunscreen brand to try.  It is easy found at most mass merchants and has all the choices of SPF available.  You can choose from oil, lotion and sprays as well.  Australian Gold is a gluten free, paraben free, PABA free, dye free and alcohol free brand.  It moisturizes with olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, cocoa seed butter and also has aloe vera to soothe and condition skin.  It smells kind of fruity, which I really like.  I tend to choose sunscreens that smell tropical, but I'm loving the scent of this one...I can't really explain it...it just smells fresh and good.



      5.  A Tropical Smelling All Over Sunscreen - I did just tell you that I generally will pick up a sunscreen that smells tropical like Sun Bum.  One whiff and I'm in Hawaii at the beach.  Sun Bum offers UVA and UVB protection.  It is gluten free, paraben free, PABA free, oil free, 100% vegan, and hypoallergenic.  It is enriched with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals.  The Browning Lotion that you see at the right of the picture above isn't a sunscreen, but a browning accelerator that is applied over sunscreen.  Sun Bum products come in lotions, sprays and sticks and are available at mass merchants.


      6.  Chopsaver Lip Sunscreen - ChopSaver was formulated by a musician to keep those chapped lips at bay.  It is a citrus flavor and has arnica oil, a great healing agent.  It has SPF15.  When I was a kid, my lips would get burned in the summer when I was out playing softball.  They've been really vulnerable since and I have to have a good SPF on them.  Don't forget yours and your little one's lips, ears and noses....all areas that have thinner skin and are so vulnerable to the sun's rays.  You can find this at CVS.



      7.  Nature's Gate Glow Lotion - I was never a self-tan fan until I tried this product.  This is what you need when you protect your skin but you also want to have a tan or a glow.  The Glow Lotion lightly tans skin and is buildable with multiple layers.  It is cruelty free and made in the USA.  Nature's Gate is sold at Whole Foods and other locations where natural products are carried.

      In the past, when I've tried other self tanners, my skin felt wierd.  It was like having a mask on it.  I could feel it and I didn't like the feeling.  Or the smell.  Or the patchy way they wore off.  It looked nasty and left me wishing I'd never applied it.  I didn't have high hopes when I used this the first time.  I have to tell you, I just couldn't believe it.  It didn't feel like my skin was coated with anything.  I got it on without streaking and it provided enough color so that I didn't look awkward in Phoenix in my summer clothes.  I hesitated to go from pants to shorts because my legs were just didn't look like I lived here.  One light application gave me the confidence I needed.  And there wasn't any patchy peeling.  I wasn't going for a really dark look, so I can't comment on that, I was just going for enough confidence to leave my jeans in the closet and wear my shorts.  I'm completely sold on this product.  I use it about once a week.  Sometimes more.  Totally love itl.

      8.  Sun Bum Browning Lotion -   The picture is up above and if you've read this far, you read a little bit about it.  It has coffee in it, as well as a few nice oils.  I suspect the coffee kind of stains the skin, because when you put it on over your sunscreen, it looks brown.  I know people who swear by this, so I'm including it in the list for you if you want a browner look to your protected sunkissed skin.



      9.  Face and Body Highlighters - One of the best ways to look more glowy is with highlighter.  Shine up those spots where the sun hits and don't forget your collarbones and shoulders.  Highlighting is still a very strong trend and can totally accentuate your features.  It is your friend.  The three I use the most are the Becca x Jaclyn Hill palette, the Kardashian Beauty Incandescent Lightbox in Aurora. and the Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold, (pictured above).   Run a brush down your forearm for added glow.



      10.  Sunglasses!!  Don't forget your sunglasses, and I don't mean Snapchat filters like this but real sunglasses!!!  Eyes are so delicate and can get severe sun damage.  Kids need sunglasses, too.  Especially when the sun is reflecting off water, sand or snow.

      Be sun safe this summer.  Remember that most of these items will be needed in winter, too, except for the Sun Bum Browning Lotion.  Being sun safe is a year 'round committment.  In the US alone, 1 out of 5 people will get sun cancer.  If that's not enough to scare the sunscreen onto you, I don't know what is.  We had a neighbor that died of skin cancer and I really don't want that to happen to any of you.

      What are some of your favorite sun care products?  

      Monday, June 20, 2016

      How To Protect And Help Heal Scars With Dermaflage Scarscreen


      Over the past year, I've mentioned my struggle with extreme gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease and the related skin problems I have if I accidently ingest any gluten.  I get a blistering outbreak that creates sores on the face which leave discolorations or scars, and most of the time, both.  (You can read more about that here.)   This has been going on for almost four years, causing frustration and discoloration.  If that's not bad enough, two biopsies in the continuously worst area on my face was taken this spring, leaving two fresh new scars, each slightly larger than a pencil eraser.

       If you've ever had any acne or injury scars that have left marks on your face or elsewhere, then you're familiar with the scars burning or creating dark edges when exposed to the sun.  Scar skin is very fragile and particularly suspectible to harmful rays from the sun.  As a kid, I had some body scars that spread and discolored with sun exposure and they're still darkened and larger than they could have been with proper sun care. Last summer, I barely went outside, or to the pool, because even though I used a 70 SPF sunscreen stick on my marks, going in the sun made the spots open up and take much longer to heal.  It wasn't fun.

      Frustration was setting in this spring with some sores I got from a contamination at Thanksgiving, and the fresh scars from the biopsy.  The doctor told me to cover them with a band-aid but being located on a facial fold,  band-aids and even tape just wouldn't adhere to my skin.  The last thing I wanted was sun exposure on my delicate facial scars.  As soon as my scar area was stable in it's healing, I wanted to exercise in the pool and I began using Dermaflage Scarscreen on the biopsied area as well as the other outbreak scars.


      I'd heard of Dermaflage having an excellent concealer for scarred skin, although I've never used it or needed it pervious to this deforming condition.  Scarscreen was developed with physicians and scientists to protect that delicate skin.  It offers UVA and UVB protection with it's mineral ingredient zinc oxide providing an SPF of 30.  It is specially formulated to work with the Dermaflage Topical Filler, next on my purchase list.    Scarscreen is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free, and has no added chemical sunscreens.   It is ideal for use after cosmetic procedures, surgery and injuries.  It is clear in application, light, not greasy and easily wearable under makeup.

      For my skin, Scarscreen provides total protection from the sun.  (This is my experience.  Scarscreen is  rated SPF30.) When I was using other sunscreens, my little gluten affected areas would open up in the sun.  I don't want to be super gross but they would open and I thought they'd never heal!!  Scarscreen doesn't do that!  It is a total sunblock for me and has helped my sores to heal and close, and even the discolorations left by them are fading!

       I appreciate Scarscreen's ability to cover my skin while not leaving a greasy or heavy feel.  I was applying it with a finger tip and dabbing on my yucky areas, scars and discolorations until I saw that it works SO well that using an SPF 15 on the rest of my face, I had fingertip sized white spots on my skin.  :)  Then I began using a lip brush and carefully applying just to the areas I want it, including my undereye area.  It doesn't run or melt off.  It totally stays where you put it even in 110 degrees F.  No joke, this is just a perfect sunscreen, in my experience.



      The ingredients for this Scarscreen are:

      Active ingredients: 15% zinc oxide

      Inactive Ingredients: c12-c15 alkyl benzoic acid, cetearyl alcohol and ceteareth-20, citric acid, corn starch, dimethicone, ethylhexyl glycerin, glyceryl stearate, isostearic acide, methyl gluceth-10,methylecellouse, PEG-40 stearate, polyhydroxystearic acide, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, SDA 40B alcohol, xanthan gum, water

      Wow, I didn't mean for this to be so long, but I'm so thankful Scarscreen is doing wonderful things for my often jacked up skin!

      You can purchase Scarscreen SPF30, (2 fl oz, made in USA, $25), on the Dermaflage website.  There is no better time than now.  I would have been able to prevent some annoying scars from the past three years if I'd had this product.  You can learn more about Dermaflage by following them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTubeInstagram, Pinterest and Google +. 

      I have had GREAT success with this product in sun protection, healing and fading.  Technology in the beauty industry just gets better and better!!  This is the first product I use on my face every morning and I never leave home without it.  It is my favorite skincare product.

      Do you have any scars that need excellent protection?  Or had any in the past that the sun discolored or made larger?  What is your current skincare favorite?

      Friday, June 17, 2016

      Silkriller Harnesses Silk Into Skin Care To Feed All Skin Types - Review


      Before I received the Silkriller skin care products to test, I had never heard of the company and I'd never heard of silk being used in skincare.  Historically, in southeast Asia, silk has been used to fight bacteria, infectious skin diseases and even to reduce dark spots.  Each Silkriller product contains silk fibrion extracted from 100% Japanese silk.  From the Silkriller website: "Silk fibroin is the nutrient rich protein enclosed within the silk fiber and contains 18 different types of amino acids that are essential for healthy skin".


      The Silkriller products are probably the prettiest skin care I've ever used.  The metallic pink of the boxes is one of my favorite colors but what's so cool is the flash of pink that you see when you move the white containers around.  I'm keeping the ball shaped moisturizer jar with my special cosmetic favorites once it's empty, cuz it's just so cute!

      The first item in the protocol that I use is the Facial Foam.


      The Facial Foam is said to cleanse contaminants, dead skin cells and impurities from pores and deeper skin layers.  It is a clear type of fluid that cleanses oily residue while hydrating the skin.  It's supposed to foam, as indicated by the product name, but where I live, we have hard water with a lot of minerals and I didn't have success foaming up my cleanser.  I like it anyway but I was confused by the name at first.

      The Facial Foam is free of added perfumes and alcohols amd the following is a list of ingredients: WATER, FIBROIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, POTASSIUM COCOYL GLYCINATE, MALTITOL, STEARIC ACID, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, GLYCERIN, GLYCOSYL TREHALOSE, HYDROGENATED STARCH HYDROLYSAE, HONEY, METHYLPARABEN, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) PEEL OIL

      The second step for me is Silkriller Lotion.  It is a water based silk fibrion solution that rapidly absorbs into the skin.  It contains various amino acids that help reduce inflammation and pigmentation and assits in cell growth and acne scar healing.   You can see below that this is authentic Japanese skin care.  Everything on the packaging is in Japanese!


      The Lotion was somewhat surprising to me at first.


      It looks like any clear toner, but you don't use it with a cotton pad and wipe debris away.  It is to be patted into the skin and absorbed to retain all the wonderfully healing properties of the silk fibrion and other elements.  So don't wipe it off your skin!  It contains: WATER, FIBROIN, HINOKITIOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, METHYLPARABEN

      Next for me was applying the 3D Silver Pure Rich Gel, an anti-aging solution containing fibrion, amino acids and other beauty essences.  This product is designed to repair hidden skin damage, improve cell growth and remove skin wrinkles.  It is a lightweight opaque fluid that will look, on the surface, like other serums you might have used.


      The ingredients of the 3D Silver Pure Rich Gel are: WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SILK FIBROIN, DIGLYCERIN, HYALURONATE SODIUM, SUS SCROFA PLACENTA, SOY PROTEIN, NEPIDERMIN, MARINE COLLAGEN SOLUBLE, MANNITOL, METHYLPARABEN

      The Moisturizing Cream is in a cute ball container, white that flashes pink, and has a little scoop type of spatula inside so that you don't have to put any fingers into it.  I LOVE that.  I really really REALLY don't like dipping a finger into a jar, possibly spreading contaminants and wasting a bunch of product under my fingernail.


      The moisturizer will absorb into the skin within 10 seconds, (just like the other products), and I really appreciate that.  In the morning before makeup, you're not waiting a long time for your skincare routine to absorb.  I have a photo to illustrate the size of the jar.


      From the website:  "By using collagen building proteins found in silk, our moisturizer increases skin cell regeneration with every drop by hydrating and nourishing the skin, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Every use will make your skin younger, brighter, and healthier."  It is composed of the following ingredients: WATER, SILK FIBROIN, SQUALANE, DOCOSANOL, COCONUT OIL, PROPANEDIOL, AVOCADO OIL, RICE BRAN OIL, ALOE VERA LEAF, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, SHEANUT OIL, HYALURONATE SODIUM, GLYCYRRHIZINATE DIPOTASSIUM, COCOA BUTTER, XANTHAN GUM, CARRAGEENAN, SUCROSE, TOCOPHEROL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN

      I also wanted to show you the containers open so that you have an idea of what you'll receive.



      With the first use, I found these products to be unique and innovative in formula and results.  I was impressed by how quickly they melded into my skin.  No longer was I afraid to lay on my pillow for fear of getting moisturizer all over it.  That was the first element I noticed and appreciated about this skincare system.

      My skin did, indeed, become bright and smoother.  I have some scarring that started healing!!  I was wondering if it would ever heal and not only have they, but they are fading as well.  It's my experience that this skincare lives up to it's promises.  From the very first use, my skin felt like silk!

      I was testing an eye cream from a different line while using this and what I can tell you about it is that I wish I would have included the eye area in my Silkriller routine.  I think I would have seen wonderful results.  I've tested a lot of different kinds of skincare and I have been really impressed by Silkriller.  I will continue to use these products in between periods of other product testing, which my blog requires.

      Silkriller does not contain any added surfectant nor any perfumes or fragrance.  The products are composed of natural beauty essences and silk fibrion proteins.  The products can be purchased individually or in various full sized set groupings.  My set will last three months of typical use and retails for $308.  This is far less than I've been paying in other brands for the 4 types of products included and I've had good results.

      There is so much to learn about the benefits and process of securing silk fibrion on the Silkriller website, including the history of the company.  You can follow Silkriller on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.  Silkriller is FDA approved, US Patented and Made in Japan.  Silkriller is approved for all skin types.

      Have you tried silk for your face?  Or any other Japanese skin care?  What have your results been? 

      Monday, June 6, 2016

      How Bed Head By TIGI Turned Me Into A Beachy Waves Curly Haired Lover


      Until about a month ago, if you'd seen me out and about town, I'd probably look like some kind of variation of the following.


      It would be a natural assumption to think I had straight hair.  However, the truth is something vastly different.  In it's natural state, my hair looks something like this when wet:



      And letting it air dry was always a nightmare and why I have straightened my hair for years.


      It's got kinky spiral curls and some strands that are more wavey than curly.  It has been the source of endless frustration for me, trying to tame the beast.  I've said over and over that I'm having a bad hair life.  I couldn't work with the curliness or wear it natural until Bed Head by Tigi tools arrived at my door.  They have been hair-life changing for me.

      ionic, ceramic tourmaline, Wave Artist, hair dryer, hair

      On the top left is the purple Bed Head A Wave We Go Waver.  At the top right is the teal colored Bed Head Wave Artist tourmaline ceramic Deep Waver.   In the middle of the picture, you will find the Bed Head CurliPops Diffuser Dryer.

      The little lime green iron on the bottom is the Bed Head by Tigi mini flat iron that can be used to touch up bangs, short hair, of little doo dads here and there.  It retails for $19.99 at Ulta.  Don't let that small 1/2" size fool you, this baby can take on the tasks of the biggies, working away at 400F.  I can use this on my bangs right now while they're not long enough yet for the wavers.

      So onto my experiences!!

      hair care, wavey hair, curly hair


      The first time I used the Curlipops diffusing dryer, I totally couldn't believe it.  I've used diffusers before, even others made specifically for curly hair with no luck at all.  I could never get anything that looked decent, much less looked ok, or even good.

      The diffusing dryer has tourmaline ionic technology for frizz free texture and shine.  You can dry and diffuse on low, high or cool and it also has a cold shot button to lock in those curls and that shine.  Mine came in a box, but I've seen the current packaging at Ulta, where it retails for $34.99, to be the plastic packaging that most items are in these days.  Can we just take a moment to realize that it matches my hair colors?  Nice.  Here's a look at the controls, including the cool shot button.


      The box had suggested to dry your hair with it a bit and then diffuse the curls.

      curly hair, waves, wavey, haircare

      I keep the diffuser attached and lean over and dry it that way.  And what used to be my endless frustration, after I use the Curlipops diffusing dryer, is something I actually like!!!



      My curls never made sense to me before!  They were all over the place.  Parts would be straight and flat and the ends were bouncy and frizzy.  I hated it and refused to wear my hair natural.  I can handle it now using the Curlipops.  It gives me great curl, some shine and volume.

      Last week I dried with the Curlipop and the next day, used the purple A Wave We Go Waver.   It has tourmaline ceramic technology which helps hold a curl without the frizz and gives your hair shine.  It has an adjustable waver barrel so that you can decide if you want crimped loose or defined curls.  With multiple heat settings, you can bring it up to 400F, if you need to.  A Wave We Go retails for $39.99.

      A Wave We Go, Wave Artist, hair, curly, wavey


      I found the waver to be SO easy to work with.  I don't allot much time to do my hair in the morning, but I really didn't need much.  It was easy to just pop those waves in.  I adjusted it a few times all around my head to play with the different level of waves.


      Looking back, I find it somewhat embarassing that my goofy faced pictures show my curls better than my human faced pics.  What can you do?  It's just me.  I make a lot of goofy faces while taking pictures.

      One of my favorite ways to wear my curly hair, as I did that way, is with a hair band.  My bangs are currently shorter than what I like, and on this particular day, there were massive winds in Phoenix.  I wanted to keep some order to my hair so I threw on a one of my favorite hair bands.  It tames my bangs and allows the curls to have their freedom!!!


      About a month ago, I felt inspired by Cochella to create a free spirited look.  I used the teal Bed Head by Tigi Wave Artist after drying with Curlipops.  This creates distinctive sculpted waves and also has the tourmaline technology to produce softer, shinier waves without frizz.  The Wave Artist has an adjustable heat setting as well as a locking switch, which I found super handy as it's heating up in the whole 30 seconds that it takes.  It retails for $29.99.


      During the whole process, I put a lot of pictures on Snapchat, and this post already has too many pictures of me, but I'll share a few to show you the look I achieved using the stationary Wave Artist Deep Waver.  I lost most of my pictures when my phone died but was able to snag some with the hubsters phone off social media.

      The Wave Artist Deep Waver does an excellent job of putting those beachy vibe waves in the hair.  They held until I decided to wash my hair on the fifth day.  I've never had decent curls hold so long before.


      And I had a lot of fun with this.  Something that I never experienced while working with my curls.  I used to always work against them before using these Bed Head by Tigi products.


      You need a waver.


      Everyone needs a waver.


      I had this whole Cochella festival type of look in mind when I started, but even without the daisy headband, I love how my hair looks using these tools.


      I've never had more fun with my hair in my life.  I love the look of messy curls and love the lighter waves.  I'm over the moon with how the Curlipops dries my hair.  I certainly haven't mastered the wavers yet....there are so many options with the A Wave We Go that I'll need many more trials before I decide my favorite depth...if I decide on a favorite...they're all good depending on what look you're going for.  And the Wave Artist is beautiful with it's own personality.

      You can learn more about the tools and decide on your perfect wavey or beachy look by following Bed Head by Tigi on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.  Follow them on their website for more videos, how to's and information.

      As my bottom line, I highly recommend all three of these items.  The technology is impressive and the performance is outstanding.  They have taken me from hair hater to hair curious to hair affair.

      Thank you for hanging in for this long post.  Have you had a hair challenge that you couldn't conquer?  How did you gain victory over the beast?  Or do you have a current hair challenge that you'd like to share?

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    10. Tuesday, May 31, 2016

      Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette Swatches, Pics, Review and More



      Unless this is the first beauty blog you've read, I'm sure you've heard things and seen pictures of the collaboration between Becca Cosmetics and YouTuber Jaclyn Hill called Champagne Collection.  The gem of the collaboration is the Champagne Collection Face Palette, often referred to as Champagne Glow, a Sephora exclusive.  This palette makes a stunning presentation with the white lid and glowing gold and silver specks.  It has a weight that is substantial and feels great in the palm of the hand.  There is a magnetic closure with a nice gold bar in the front center that is remniscent of a handbag closure.  A full sized mirror is inside the lid and the base of the palette is a glowing gold.  The attention to detail in this palette is simply outstanding.  And then....when one looks inside....


      The palette is SO beautiful inside and out.  I had to admire the beauty of the design for three days before I could bring myself to swatch and wear it.  The Champagne Collection face palette is an absolute work of art.  At the top of the palette are three blushes; the first one being Posh Spritz, a luminous blush formula.  The  next two are Becca's mineral blush formula Amaretto and Pamplemousse.  Pictured below in the same order.


      Rose Spritz has a weight of .10 oz.  To give you an idea of what that means, the full sized luminous blushes from Becca weigh .21 oz and cost $34 each.  Amaretto and Pamplemousse each weigh .12 oz, where as a full sized Becca mineral blush costs costs $32 each and weigh out at .2 oz each.  All three of these blushes are exclusive to this limited edition palette.

      Rose Spritz is a beautiful easy to wear coral with a golden glow.  The luminous finish blushes just radiate glow.  From my swatch picture, you might think that it has a gold frost on top but the way these blushes are formulated, they look like a glow from within.  It's pretty amazing and, evidently, difficult to describe.


      Amaretto, (in the middle), is a warm amber which can be used as blush, sculpting powder or bronzer.  I've used it both as contour and bronzer.  I thought it would be too warm for me...but despite the warm feel of it, it really worked well as both.  Pamplemousse is a beautiful coordinating coral.  All products in the palette are highly pigmented, so go easy at first until you're used to them.  I honestly believe that all skin types and colors will benefit from this palette.

      Last year, Becca and Jaclyn Hill collaborated to bring a Shimmering Skin Perfector in the color Champagne Pop to the market.  The Shimmering Skin Perfectors are basically highlighters of different colors and the full sizes weigh .28 oz while retailing for $38.  The Champagne Collection features the gorgeous champagne gold skin perfector in Champagne Pop and the new exclusive Prosecco Pop, a straight up gold highlight.


      I have shown a lot of pictures on Instagram and swatched it on Snapchat so how about a few swatch pictures here as well?  First, in full sunlight, from left to right Rose Spritz, Amaretto, Pamplemousse, Champagne Pop, Prosecco Pop and both highlighters combined.


      I also took pictures inside with no flash.  It shows the difference in tones more than the first one but the above picture is more color accurate.


      And just as a comparison, I have a picture of some of the luminous blushes next to the palette so that you get a feel for the palette's blush sizes.  It was taken on a day with high clouds.


      The face palette has been put up on Sephora's site twice so far and will make a return both online and in store on June 16, 2016 and retails for $52.  There is more to the collection, such as an eyeshadow palette, a liquid Champagne Pop and a poured Champagne Pop.  I should have the eye palette today in the mail.  Woo--hoo!!  Be sure to check my social media for all my zany pics!

      What are you coveting most from the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection?  All?  Nothing?  Somewhere in between?  What are you most looking forward to this summer?

      Thursday, May 26, 2016

      Polarbelle Returns!

      Hi gang!  I had to take some time off from the blog to give some things around here my full attention.  I'm not ready to go into detail but if you follow my social media, where I remained somewhat active during this time, trying to act normal, you'll know what all has happened.  My closet fell apart, my computer died with all my photos, my phone crashed with a month's worth of heavy swatching, and then things took a turn.

      This past week, I've been trying to quickly unpack my makeup which has remained boxed since we moved.  I'm trying to do as much around the house as quickly as possible while I give the family my full attention.  At any rate, I'm excited to be blogging again and I'm working hard to prepare some posts for you with some really awesome products.  I hope to have my next post by tomorrow.

      Renew, re-do, rebuild.  Life is a journey. taken just one step at a time.  Let's walk it together, shall we?

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