Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Kudos to Bobbi Brown for Using Real Models

I saw a picture of an upcoming collection while browsing the net. The Bobbi Brown models are always beautiful. Always gorgeous, always of all ages. What struck me in this particular picture is that the model, while being of a different skintone and ethnicity, looks like me. Her face is crooked. Everyone's is but some are more noticible than others. Mine much more noticible than this beauty; however, I felt just a little bit better about myself seeing someone else who isn't perfect.

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While on a trip up the Alcan Highway when I was 12, I broke my face. Well, half my face. We were in the middle of nowhere so I had no medical attention. I have one eyelid that is droopier and my brows don't match, (whose do? nobody's!), my cheekbones are different and while most of the changes from side to side are small, my eyes are very noticible.

So I was encouraged seeing this model whose eyes are noticibly different, not at all to the degree mine are but still, it's there!! There is much rejoicing at my keyboard as I feel that imperfections can be glorified.

By the way, if you haven't checked out the new Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colors with SPF 12 yet, you really should. I've purchased three, (review coming), and they are BY FAR the most comfortable lipsticks I've ever worn. The coverage is fabulous, the feel is fabulous and the wear is fabulous. Really! Check them out next time you're in a store with sells them.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Swatches! With OPI Silver Shatter!!

If you're on my Twitter feed, you know I've been dying to get my grubby little paws on the OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection and in particular, the Silver Shatter. I have whined, whined, whined ad nauseum and now the lovelies are mine. They were worth the wait.

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I hurried to do swatch pictures for you, so they're not the prettiest, but give you a little bit of an idea of what the colors will look like. I also learned something about Silver Shatter and it's difference from Black Shatter and I think it's important to know this before you do a full manicure with it. Silver Shatter is best applied in a THICK coat, which shatters in larger particles, ESPECIALLY when applying over a light color. Otherwise, as you'll see in my pictures, it can look like a shimmering top coat with not enough differentiation between the silver and the light color. You want high contrast between the Silver Shatter and the light base in order to really be able to see the color underneath.

My preeeeeciousssssss....
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Here's some pictures in the bottles of the Pirates of the Caribbean Collection, left to right:

Steady As She Rose and Stranger Tides

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Mermaid's Tears and Skull & Glossbones

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Planks A Lot, Sparrow Me the Drama, Silver Shatter

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I swear as I anticipated this collection, it grew and grew in my mind and I thought there would be about 12 colors and it would be overwhelming. Happily, it's just six plus the Shatter. I can manage that. I can even swatch that many on just two hands!!

In the following pictures, I am wearing Sparrow Me The Drama on my index finger. It's a beautiful mid toned rose. The middle finger is Steady As She Rose, which is a light mauvey rose. The ring finger is Planks A Lot, a medium depth dusty purple. Each finger has two coats. Two coats achieved opacity.

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I applied the Silver Shatter over the fingers and just to see what it would do, I applied it over my pinky finger alone. On the pinky, it's just a nice silver finish.

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Extreme close-up. Boom!
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So now that you've seen my left hand, I'll show you the right. On the index finger and middle finger is Skull & Glossbones. Is there a cooler name anywhere? It is a light creamy grey. The ring finger boasts Stranger Tides, a light slightly dusty toned pea green. The pinky finger is covered in Mermaid's Tears, a medium dusty green.

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And then, enter OPI Silver Shatter!

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All six colors are colors I will wear. I haven't worn a green to this point, but I love the dustiness of these colors and how well they look together in a group. It makes me all the more excited for when the movie comes out in May. And, yes, I am wearing my hands like this for several days because as wierd as it may be to wear so many different colors, I'm kinda digging it. What shall I put on my thumbs?

Mac Fashion Flower Cremesheen Lipstick Ever Hip Review

Mac Ever Hip was originally released as a limited edition in the color story Liberty of London. It is being re-released as part of the new collection called Fashion Flower. Ever Hip is a cremesheen formula, which is comparable to a creamy more opaque lustre. I describe it that way because to me, the coverage isn't full but light on my lips. They don't wear as long as a satin, a matte or an amplified cream. I find I have to reapply a little more often to keep the coverage consistant and on my lips, these are best applied with liner or gloss to boost the wear time. But let's have a look, shall we?

First, these are my natural lips. Sadly lacking in color, they are a pale plummy color, with some red bits here and there. Not much to look at on their own.



Even smiling doesn't help boost them very much.



Introducing Mac Ever Hip with a swatch so you can see what it looks like alone, on my skin and on my lips. In the tube, it is a gorgeous orange coral.



It goes on a bit more sheer on the skin than it looks in the tube.



And here is where it gets interesting. Depending on your natural lip color, Ever Hip will wear more orange-coral or more pinky-coral on you. My light plum lips take it more pinky-coral.





The following is the most accurate picture of Ever Hip on me, colorwise, but the right side is shadowed by my camera. Most unfortunate, but that's how photography goes.



This post is dedicated to the lovely Kristie at NaturalNChicMakeup. You can find a link to her blog on my blogroll and I urge you to check it out.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sneak Peak at OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Silver Shatter

Beware the watch cat!! She guards those who venture to the sea in search of all things polish. Arrrrg, matey!

This is the lineup of the OPI Collection Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the accompanying Silver Shatter. Swatches and reviews are coming VERY soon! As soon as the pictures are chosen. Now doesn't that just float your boat?


Monday, April 25, 2011

Guest post on My Lips But Better - Chanel Mimosa

Check it out here: http://mylipsbutbetter.com/2011/04/mellow-yellow-nails-with-chanel-mimosa/

In the meantime, this is my travel day and I'll be back home tomorrow and updating thru out the week. Would you like to see four of my companions while I was in Austin?


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guest Blogger Post on My Lips But Better

I am honored to guest blog for Katie who runs the website My Lips But Better. She's a thoroughly enjoyable person to talk to and I really enjoy reading her blog. Check out my post on some new Chanel lipsticks here

Channel Summer 2011 Glossimers Aurore, Pink Peony, Pensee Swatches and Review

There are three new Glossimers released for the Chanel Summer 2011 color story called Collection Les Fleurs d'Ete de Chanel. These three glossimers retail in the US for $28.50 wherever Chanel is sold. They are fairly sheer once on the lips and add shimmery sparkle.

From left to right, we have Aurore, Pink Peony and Pensee.



At first, I wasn't sure these Glossimers were different enough to prior editions to warrant a purchase, but when I compared them with others, I was sure I had nothing else like them. My favorite is the one I left at the counter on my first trip...Pensee. I purchased Naakar, which I adore during the previous offering of Glossimers and felt the love of the one coral would be enough.

However, my color curiosity peaked when I thought about if it would make any difference to my new Rogue Coco Shine in Rebelle to wear Pensee over it. Being a pushover for sales personnel, I took a trusted friend who I knew would tell me if it added anything or if I could still leave it at the counter. People, let me tell you, the sheer coral sparkly sheen over the top of Rebelle was fabulous!!! Even my thrifty friend said it was a must have!! The combination of Rebelle and Pensee is the most awesome coral for this summer season.

Even though these glossers apply sheerly, I'd urge you to give them a try as they provide must the oomph you need to turn a good lipstick into a great set of lips.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Nail O'The Day - Chanel Rose Confidentiel Le Vernis Nail Color

Today's manicure is brought to you by myself and Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour. I chose Rose Confidentiel because it is a beautiful deep nudey rose color and will go with anything that I wear while I step out of state for a week. It has a coat of Seche Vite on top.



I went to a nail shop today and they asked me if I was wearing Shellac because the nails are so shiny. Nope, just plain ol' Chanel. :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Chanel Summer 2011 Lilium Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad Review and Swatches

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Chanel launches eyeshadow quads with many new releases and this summer's collection is no exception. The quad, named Lilium, contains a fabulous deep green in a cool toned emerald color, a lightly shimmery taupe, a lightly shimmering pale yellowy-green, and a very shimmery light pink. The quad is somewhat brighter in color than my picture would lead you to believe. My screen is showing the light green as somewhat sandy, which it is not, and is showing the taupe a little darker than it is.

The following is a picture with my iphone, which is more accurate with the greens, while showing the taupe a little darker than it really is. The pink is accurate in the digi cam photo above, and washed out in the iphone photo. Because of the different ways the cameras auto-adjust colors, neither could get all four colors accurately, hence the two different cameras used.

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I picked this quad to purchase because of the variety of colors and how well they'll work together. It's a different type of combination than many of the quads lately.

Here's some pictures on my skin, in different lighting, the second picture showing the new waterproof eyeliner as well!

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The following picture is more of a closeup to show the shimmery quality of the pink color. It's going to be fabulous for highlighting at the browline and also in the inner most corner of the eye. You'll see the nearly lime light yellow green to the right.

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The following picture shows the taupe and the green a little better by themselves. Even tho it's fuzzy, the colors show fairly well:

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Here's a final look at the quad. I love how this photo shows the pink. This quad retails in the US for $57 dollars everywhere Chanel is sold. (I purchased mine at Nordstrom.)

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Quick look at Chanel Summer 2011 Le Vernis Nail Color Morning Rose

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Morning Rose is part of the offering for Summer 2011 entitled Collection Les Fluers d'Ete de Chanel. There are three nail colors in the collection Mimosa, Beige Petale' and Morning Rose. My counter had no testers for me to try so I just picked the color I knew would work for me without trying. Hopefully they'll get testers so I can check out that bright yellow Mimosa before it sells out!!

Below is two coats of Morning Rose, over Orly base and a coat of Gelous. I am surprised to see such vertical lines in my nails as I don't see those with other polishes. This polish is fairly thick on application and there is no top coat in the photo.



The MA called this bubblegum pink. On me, I would say it's a medium lightly peach toned pink. I see the hint of peach to it, but it's definitely a medium warm toned pink. There is golden shimmer in the bottle, but it doesn't show on the nails.

Soon to come: Reviews of the Lilium Eye Quad and the glossimers!!

Chanel Summer 2011 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner Rose Platine Review and Swatches

The new Chanel Summer color story is fabulous for Chanel lovers. I believe that one of the star standouts of the Les Fleurs d'Ete de Chanel collection is the waterproof eyeliner in Rose Platine. It is a shimmering taupe color, which takes on silvery or rose tones depending on lighting and your skin color. The MA raved about it's use on the waterline, as she was wearing it. It's definitely waterproof as I've tested that aspect extensively already. It is $29 wherever Chanel is sold.

The liner is in a roll-up applicator.



I have arm swatches and eye swatches for you to view. On the eyes, I wore nothing but the new Mac highlighting primer and LORAC 3D mascara and applied Rose Platine underneath the bottom lashes. I hoped that it would be easiest for you to see it that way in photographs, with no other distractions.





Perhaps I should have applied it heavier for the photographs, but in real life, it's just the perfect accent. Here it is on my arm, which is kinda tanned right now, more so than my face:



My goodness, that's pretty!! More Chanel Summer 2011 reviews to come!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

OPI for Sephora Urban Ballerina Nail Polish Swatches and Review

I was on vacation when I was in a Sephora and spied the OPI for Sephora Ballerina Collection while I was waiting in the longest line I've ever been in. (Note to self, don't hit the mall on a Federal holiday because EVERYONE is on vacation that day, not just you). Since the line had me adjacent to the nail display, I swatched the testers on my fingers and let them dry as I got to the checkout. By the time I left, I knew I wanted Urban Ballerina but wasn't willing to reapproach that line. I had non-cosmetically inclined people waiting on me!

I held my breath for two weeks until I got back to that same locale. This was a seperate vacation. Lol, I leave this frozen land a lot during the winter. I had already ordered, received and reviewed Deborah Lippmann Naked, which just set off a whole Nude nail fever for me. To refresh, here is Naked:

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My full review of Deborah Lippman Naked is found here: http://www.polarbelle.com/2011/02/i-was-naked-with-deborah-lippmann-in.html

I'm not saying these are the same because they're not at all. They're just in the same color family and I thought you might like to compare. Now back to Urban Ballerina...thrilled to find they still had it on my return to the vacation locale. OPI for Sephora is $9.50 in store, plus area tax, (which I'm not used to since I live in a tax free state). Here it is, two coats:

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Urban Ballerina is a slightly pink toned light milk chocolate color. It's darn nearly a one-coater, but I'm a two coater, so there ya go. I used Orly as a base and Gelous, because I LOVE Gelous, and followed up with Seche Vite for a quick dry. I forgot about top coat. :0 Let's have another look:
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I have been wearing this manicure for five days, and even without a top coat, it is just now chipping off one index finger which is due to pulling out my Invisalign braces trays a lot...cuz I snack a lot! But that is good wear for the abuse and no added top coat.

Let's see the two cousins together so you have an idea of the comparison between Urban Ballerina and Naked:

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Tell me your favorite natural nudey colors!

A Mac Quite Cute Surprise With My Candy Yum Yum Lipstick Order

I ordered Mac Candy Yum Yum, a matte lipstick from the Mac Quite Cute Collection, (review and swatches to come), and in my box was the cutest surprise ever!!! Four stylized Mac buttons!!! Check it out:



To give you an idea of size, the smaller ones are the size of a quarter, American or Canadian. :) Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Available with Mac Quite Cute orders of $75 or more!! Get 'em while they last!

One of My Favorite Things...A Purple Coach Poppy

Being a very pretty purple with gold accents, I get a lot of compliments on this Coach Poppy bag. It's my favorite. It just makes me happy each time we reunite.



You can see that I have someone already hoping for a hand-me-down. So sorry...it's not gonna happen!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Revlon Black With Envy Nail Enamel Swatches & Chanel Black Pearl Le Vernis Nail Color

Compare and contrast the similar colors of nail polishes by Revlon and Chanel...I can hear my English teacher now ordering my assignment. She made me write everything twice so don't be surprised if I feel obligated to write this swatch report twice, too. I was so thrilled to find this in a market that gets things late, it occurred to me that I am withholding valuable information from you if I don't show you the similarities in a simple swatch test.

First I have a picture of the two polishes side by side.


The subsequent swatches may or may not be in the same order as the picture above. I'm feeling squirrly, so I'm going to make you guess which is which. Here we have one coat:


Here we have two coats:


Lastly, we have three coats:




Do you know which is which? Well, you've probably guessed but I'll spill the beans anyway. On the left side is Chanel Black Pearl and on the right is Revlon Black With Envy. I think both are beautiful and the colors are very very close.

The Chanel is slightly lighter and slightly greener; the Revlon is slightly darker and little bit greyer in comparison. I dare to declare them close enough to be dupes, the differences only detectible by a true nailphile.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mac Quite Cute Giggly Blush, Miss Behave Blush and Party Time lipstick Swatches and Review

Meet Mac Miss Behave Mineralized Blush. She had me at Hello.



I previewed the Mac Quite Cute Collection when I was passing thru a rather large Nordstrom that sets the new items out a couple weeks ahead so they can take preorders. I swiped this blush and saw that it is perfect for a highlighter, reminding me very much of Lightscapade MSF. Here is a photo of the peach swatched, the teal shimmer swatched, and the two mixed and swatched. It's the mix that reminds me of the natural glow I get from Lightscapade.






My very first Mac Quite Cute face involved swiping Miss Behave Mineralized Blush along the top of my cheekbones and on the apples of my cheeks. Yes, the apples!! What overcame me? Who puts highlighter on the apples?


Seriously, I just wanted to bathe in the blush because I really love it, and I've got the driest face on the planet, I'm sure, so I need a little glow where I have none. The little highlight in the picture is, you guessed it, supplied by Miss Behave.




I didn't buy the quad, so my eyes are done with Mac In the Galley eye quad over a base of Buxom Collie, with LORAC 3D mascara. Now, I know you're smart enough to figure out that I used another blush for the color along the cheek bones. And I'll bet you figured out that it was Mac Giggly Mineralized Blush. The MA at the Nordstrom had put it on me which was a good choice cuz when I looked at it, I thought wow, I don't need another pink blush. But when I saw it on and the pep it gave me, my knees got weak. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.



And this is the blush swatched with the pink base, the maroon heart, and then mixed together:



I finished off my "look" with Party Time lipstick. OOOOOoooo, I do love this lipstick. The next picture is showing Playing Koi lipstick on the bottom and Party Time lipstick on the top.



Here's a picture that shows the whole look together, and I apologize for not putting a little color on the eyebrows. I was going to the dentist and just didn't want him to think a supermodel showed up instead of me.



After I got my new invisalign trays, I thought it would be a great idea to get a picture of the whole look. We'd had a snowstorm the day before and the angle the sun is at this time of year is right straight in a person's eyes. It was made worse by the reflection of the bright snow. As a consquence, I swore my eyes were opened when I took this picture. Lol!!


Stayed tuned for more Mac Quite Cute swatches and reviews to come!

A Sparkly OPI Black Shatter Via Deborah Lippmann Dream A Little Dream of Me

I just had done my nails with Sally Hanson Instra-Dry in Presto Pink with Deborah Lippmann Dream A Little Dream of Me over the top for some added flash, as posted below in my blog.


I had forgotten I was do for new Invisalign trays in two days. If you've had Invisalign, you know what a bugger it is to get those new trays in and out the first day. Consequently, I chipped some polish at the dentist's office right away.


No biggie, I really wanted to apply OPI Black Shatter anyway. I thought it would be good over bright pink with flash. The problem I had was dreaming of a SPARKLY Black Shatter, which so far doesn't exist. The answer to my desire was to apply Black Shatter and then top it with Deborah Lippmann Dream A Little Dream of Me, for extra flash. And this is the result:



It's very difficult to photograph because of the sheen of Dream, but you get the idea. There is a light blue micro shimmer over the top of the Shatter that's really cool. Can't wait to see what I do next. :)

Revlon Fashion's Night Pout Lipstick Swatch and Review

Revlon Colorstay are some of my favorite lipsticks in formulation, comfort and longevity of wear. And if you're in the right place at the right time, you might find a coupon to save a little cash or to buy more. These soft and silky lipsticks are a tease in that they wear very very well, they are low maintenance, and they feel so delightful on the lips that one would just think they'd melt right off, but they stand up to the tests and trials of the day as well as any higher priced brand. And virtually scent free. Always a plus to those of us who are prone to migraines from highly fragranced lipsticks.

Well, I did promise a lip swatch so here it is:



I know, right? The PERFECT nude lipstick for me!! I didn't expect to find this in my town for at least another month, and couldn't believe it when I saw the three lonely lipsticks sitting in the display with the nail polish, (review to come). And tempted as I was to buy more than one, I have to say I left the other two for some lucky people to find their perfect nude.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mac Quite Cute Plushglass Swatches and Review

The Mac Quite Cute Collection introduces four new colors of Plushglass. Plushglass is said to have a plumping factor and they are the sweetest smelling of all the glosses Mac makes. They smell like cookies. Just yummy! Plushglasses are sheer gloss with some providing more color than others. The photo below shows swatches of the new limited edition colors.


From left to right, the names are Bubble Tea, Fashion Fanatic, Girl Loves Boy, (Labeled on the lipglass with a heart instead of the word Loves), and I Love You, (again with a <3 all="" and="" are="" be="" but="" can="" collection="" coordinating="" course="" designed="" however="" in="" instead="" like.="" like="" lipsticks="" love="" match="" mix="" of="" p="" the="" them="" to="" whatever="" with="" word="" worn="" you="">
Bubble Tea is a milky slightly peachy beige nude that has a microshimmer that is imperceptible on the lips. Fashion Fanatic is a peachy pink that is so sheer it really doesn't add any color to the lips. It has a little more shimmer to it than Bubble Tea, but really shows mostly as a slightly warm clear shine.

Girl Loves Boy is the most pigmented of the four and is a slightly cool pink. I Love You is a slightly cool toned light lavendar, again not applying much pigment but just a hint of lavendar to the lips.

Here's a couple more pictures of the glosses in the tubes. Ain't they purdy?






Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color 210 Presto Pink and Deborah Lippmann Dream A Little Dream of Me Review

If you read my blog a few days ago, you know I had to get a new phone. And with a new phone, one must purchase a new case or two. I love the cases I bought; the first one matching my iPad case. The second is a Kate Spade polka dot with hot pink around the edge. LOVE! The first thing I said to my friend when she said, "you neeeeeeeeed this" is 'oh no, my nails don't match.' Now they do.

I started with China Glaze strong adhesion base coat and threw a coat of Gelous over it. I'd been wanting to try a one coat color so while at Target, I picked up Sally Hansen Instra-Dry Fast Dry Nail Color in the color 210 Presto Pink. This does work as a one coat color. It has the strangest brush I've encountered. It reminds me a lot of a lip brush because it is rounded and flat, like a mini-tongue. You have to be very careful in how much color you pick up with it because with one dip, you could literally cover four nails.

Streaking is not a problem with this polish. It magically melds into a non-streaky finish. How it does it is a mystery to me, but it kind of has a different composition and somehow straightens out my bobbles and goofs. This is the polish with one coat.



I apologize that I didn't realize my camera was focusing on the polka dots, rather than on the nails. But it's a pretty good match, don't you think?



After I played around with my phone a little, I decided to apply Deborah Lippmann Luxurious Nail Color in Dream A Little Dream of Me. I got it about a month ago and have been itching to use it. It looks sheer pink in the bottle with blue micro-shimmers. And here it is applied over Presto Pink in a photo so big that you can really see the Lippmann shimmers.



A fairly fabulous way to try a couple new items and match my new cell case! In the last picture, I have finished with one coat of China Glaze In A Hurry Air Dry Top Coat.

Guerlain Abeille Royale Youth Serum Firming Lift Wrinkle Correction Review

This is the story of a girl who has loads of fun searching for and discovering beauty products. The girl loves color of all kinds, whether it is the colors found in the natural world or a color cosmetic that magically transforms from the beauty of it's pristine container to the duality of color found when applying the product to the skin. Many ooohs and ahhhs have been uttered as the girl has reveled in the nuances in each color product observed.

Enter skincare...a new fabulous world all it's own. Skincare is often colorless and deemed boring and confusing by the girl who lives for color, and yet, she can appreciate a delightful scent, a youthful glow, and a product that lives up to it's claims. Always On the quest for pretty color, the girl stopped by a Guerlain counter while on vacation as it is not available for personal viewing to in her hometown. Having appreciated the wondrous colors of Guerlain Cosmetics via the magic of the Internet, this girl had to run to the counter while she could and have an eyeful!

And this is where the story becomes all about me! I had in mind to purchase a couple of lipsticks that I'd seen swatches of on the net that I thought just might transform me into a supermodel. Sure enough, trying them at the counter had me convinced. I purchased one and had to order the other. While ringing me up, the Guerlain fairy, Jessica, asked me what skincare I used and I told her La Mer. She asked if I'd tried Guerlain, which I hadn't, this being the first time at their counter, so she told me about some stuff, I nodded like I was paying attention and she put some samples in my bag.

I just happened to read the information on this serum, although I was fully convinced I needed no other skincare since I spend way too much on it as it is. The literature was different and sounded interesting. The serum is made using French royal bee jelly. I used royal bee jelly products in the past and really liked them so that grabbed my attention. This product claims that the bee jelly helps work to increase the ability of skin to repair from within by 63% in just sixteen hours. Over time, the product is said to continue to heal within, which would make skin look better and better, right?

Ok, they made me curious with all the claims so I tried the little package. I used it on my face, throat and chest twice a day. Unfortunately, there are no before and after pictures because I figured it would just be another little serum to get me thru vacation, but ladies and gentlemen, Jessica lead me to the fountain of youth!! Within just two days, I saw a remarkable decrease in my lip lines. I have a couple of hereditary deep vertical lines on my upper lip and they actually decreased in just a couple of days. Amen and glory hallelujah!! This product has been miraculous.

The Abeille Royal Youth Serum is only sold at Nordstrom counters and Nordstrom online for now. It is such an incredible product that I imagine it will be sold at all Guerlain counters soon. Don't let the price scare you. It is $140 for one glorious ounce in a beautiful pump bottle. My first bottle was purchased in early November and I was scraping the last of it in the beginning of April, (six months!!), and I use double the recommended number of pumps because it is totally worth it to me. It has smoothed my lines that were developing on my chest, crevasses really, another modern day miracle.

This is a product that I just want to shout about from the rooftops because it is truly a fountain of youth in a bottle. Here is my first bottle about mid-March.



If you have a Guerlain counter, try a sample. It may transform your skin as it has mine.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Prowess and Perils of Vacation in the Blogosphere

I've been away most of March. To me, that's mostly a positive thing. The weather here is psychotic and dreary and if anybody says to me, "hey, you wanna go...", I start packing. Actually, it's not just March, it's also January and February. I thaw, which is positive, but the negative is that the blog I'm trying to build suffers. (Insert random vacation picture to keep your interest.)



(I am wearing Mac Prunella liner and Smashbox 3D mascara in the picture).

Still recovering from a neck surgery, and still with limitations on lifting, carrying and vacuuming, (yay), I travel with the iPhone and iPad. You know the limits, if you have these. You can do most things, but not all. So blogging while away is limited by technology but also by my schedule. I run around and am so busy that I am dog tired when I get home at night. I try to keep up with Y'all on Twitter but I even give that up after the first few days.

Simply put, playtime deletes work time.



Now, this past two weeks, I had an added delimma. I took pics on my iPhone for reviews while I was away, of course planning to upload them to photoshop at that time. (Loaded onto iphone because I can't load a camera to photoshop without a real computer.) Said IPhone was dropped on tile and nothing could be saved on it. I didn't have my laptop so I couldn't restore the photos. Enter new iPhone. Took some photos to load and made notes on what items were used, like any good blogger would, however, when I returned home and synched my new iPhone to the computer, all the latest pictures and notes were deleted. Curses, foiled again!!!

So what you have is a lot of time of no posts and this post with some screwy non-informational pictures. Beats a blank screen tho.

I left wearing OPI Katy Perry Teenage Dream, and let me tell you, if you want a week of nail compliments, this is what you wear! Guaranteed or I'll buy your bottle from you. My friends even had to try and find it. Now that was a hunt, indeed.

Here's a random lousy picture of a holo I wore before Teenage Dream and I don't remember which one it was, but what the heck.



After Katy Perry made her exit due to pool activity, and plus it was time anyway, I cut my nails back again...the flying and chlorine just kills them, so I had little stubbies that I painted to match the one swimsuit I wore the least. Go figure.



This is one of the Sephora mini polishes, I can't tell you the color cuz again, iphone delete, and on the tips is an OPI for Sephora bronze glitter. The red is one of the warm reds and the OPI for Sephora is Traffic Stopper Bronze Top Coat. This combo is wearing well. I've had it on a week and will be changing it any day when I can decide what I want to do next.

And you know, I am totally a makeup person, so why am I always blogging about nail polish? Perhaps because it photographs so much better. I dunno, but look out blogosphere....I'm back!

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