Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Revlon Custom Eyes Target Exclusive Gold Spun Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

I was in my local Target today, which is the worst place in the city to shop for cosmetics, but as it turns out, they had a small display of Target Exclusive Revlon Custom Eyes eyeshadow Palettes. I love these shadows so I had to grab one. The Custom Eyes palettes generally have a great mix of colors and fabulous pigmentation. (You should skip the peachy one unless your skin is very dark because it doesn't show up at all on lighter skin and the pigment is lacking.)

Look at this pretty pretty PRETTY palette:



The black is very heavily pigmented. I imagine it's to be used as a liner so be aware of this and dip into it accordingly. The gold, white and brown all have a little bit of sparkle. The taupe shade will be the perfect color for a wash on my lids. I really love the Revlon Custom Eyes palettes and I can't imagine I'll love this any less.

I took quick swatches so you could see it. It's out for part of the display Revlon does every year for Fashion's Night Out to celebrate New York Fashion Week, so it won't be around for long.


I'm editing this post to add some pictures of myself wearing it just to give you a little idea of what you can do with it.




(Also wearing Mac bronzer in Pink Power MSF, and Mac Shy Girl blush. I was wearing a Peach Dior lipgloss, even tho my lips look plummy in the picture.)

Have you tried the Revlon palettes? Which is your favorite? (I have blogged Rich Temptations at this location.)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why I Changed My Cleansing System To Dior

It all started with a cotton ball. A cotton ball that looked something like this:


My sincere apologies for not warning you first before showing you that nasty cotton ball. The story is as such: I went to a Dior makeover at Nordstrom.  I went barefaced with what I thought was squeeky clean skin, having just cleansed at home before I left. 
When I got there, my skin was cleansed with a cleanser that matches my particular needs.  My skin is normal to dry, at times more dry than other.  When I had the makeover, it was probably more parched than usual, having just spent a couple of weeks in a sunny enviornment.  Dior Purifying Cleansing Milk was chosen to clean my already clean skin...or what I thought was already clean skin. I told the artist that it wasn't really necessary because I had just washed my face before I left but for the sake of the whole experience, go ahead and do it.


As we discussed my needs which go to the drier end of the spectrum, the fabulous Rita Stuhl told me all about the Dior Gentle Toning Lotion.  I explained to her that I don't use toners...hadn't used them since I was a teenager, felt they were more stripping than anything so I thought it was unneccesary but again, for the sake of the lesson, I thought she should just go ahead.


I was expecting the teenage Cetaphil type of experience but then as she wiped my face with it and explained that it was made for dry or sensitive skin, it doesn't strip but is more of a moisturizing type of toner that prepares the skin to receive the skin care regimen while removing the last traces of yuck from the face.

Now remember, I washed my face with my Clarisonic cleanser right before I went to the store. I live in a place with low air pollution but a lot of dust. It was an OM-holy cow! moment when I saw the cotton ball at the end of the toner. It looked something like the one above. That's when I got really embarassed and swore to her that I really came barefaced and had just cleansed so they could do the makeover. I wanted to crawl under the counter, thinking I must have looked like Pig Pen. Seriously!! How can you cleanse your face twice and still have so much residue?

At the risk of really grossing everyone out, I'd like to show you another picture. At this point in time, my process is brush teeth, brush invisalign trays, forget where I put them and spend ten minutes looking...wash my face with the Cleansing Milk, spend a minute or more following up with my Pink Clarisonic Mia, (Clarisonics are available in a variety of colors), and wipe my face with the Gentle Toning Lotion, and when I use the Toner, I still get a cotton ball that looks something like this:


I mean, really? After scrubbing the nooks and crannies and deeper pores with a Clarisonic, I still have ... whatever it is? yuk. But through this process, my face has never felt cleaner and more ready for my nighttime serum and moisturizing ritual. It's so seriously amazing. Obviously the removal of any further impurities prepares my skin for a better reception to my serums and moisturizer.

Again, I apologize for showing you the nasty cotton balls, but I was afraid to put some kind of warning in the title being concerned blogger might think I was showing something naughty. Dior Gentle Toning Lotion retails for $32 USD and Dior Cleansing Milk for $32 USD. I purchased mine at Nordstrom, which you can click thru the links provided to look at, but I imagine they're available at Sephora, Dillards, Neiman Marcus and wherever else Dior might be sold. They have a few different cleansers and toners to choose from to suit whatever your needs may be.

It should be noted: The toner is absolutely CLEAR. No color to impart to the cotton ball. Only the bottle is pink, so all that color is from my face after I cleansed and used the Clarisonic. *shudder*

I have in mind to buy during Nordstrom Triple Points, (September 14 - 18),  Dior Instant Cleansing Water, ($35 USD).  This product is a liquid that you use with a cotton ball on lazy days and it takes everything off. It would be awesome when you don't have access to water, like camping, or late nights or vacations. I plan to use it for vacations...ok, ok, so I have a lot of lazy late nights after computering, too. But I have tried this at another Dior makeover and was pretty impressed with it, too.

Do you have a beloved skincare regimen that you'd like to share? Have you tried these Dior products? Are you grossed out by the cotton ball pictures? (I know I am.)

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Support SOAP HOPE. Good Products For A Great Cause

Recently, I received a package with some products and information about a company called Soap Hope.  I find their Mission Statement is as important as the products themselves, so I wanted to provide a bit of a review for you to consider supporting them by purchasing their products.  They describe themselves as a For-Profit company that turns 100% of those profits into programs that help empower women both at home and around the world.  The products are all natural, which is another reason to feel good about purchasing from Soap Hope.  I find the Welcome Statement extremely touching.

Soap Hope carries just about everything; from soap to cleaning products to makeup and even more.  And again, the products are all natural.  The sample packet I received came in what they call their "ugly box".  I thought it was hilarious, and a testament to their promise to use proceeds to educate and help women.


This box wasn't huge. It was smaller than my hand but it was packed with ten samples of all kinds of lovely things. Initially, I had planned to test and review every single thing in it so you would know the quality of the products, but I tend to be a bit wordy :) so I thought it best to tell you of my favorite product, cuz it involves one of my little stories.

There's a spot in my neighborhood Fred Meyer store, (Frye's or Kroger's in other parts of the US), where I round the corner to the health food area and I smell "that" scent. It's something I LOVE. I adore it. I walk that corner just to smell it, but I have no idea what the product is. I've asked the workers to try to help me find it and they call security because they think I'm going a little cray-cray. I think it's a goat milk soap or lotion, maybe shea....

Well, I opened my little Soap Hope box and I screamed "THAT'S IT!!!", which naturally alarmed my family. I told them something in here is THAT scent from Fred Meyer, causing them to want to call security cuz they were sure I had gone a little cray-cray. I explained there's a scent that I love but I don't know what it is and I am SO SUPER HAPPY that I found it in my Soap Hope box.

See this little sample:

I should have taken a picture of it against my hand so you could see the size. The length is across my palm width wise, so it's about four inches long, a good size for this soap. It lasts well. Anyway, this smells exactly like my favorite corner in Fred Meyer. The soap is made of goat milk and has some lovely oils that are wonderful for my skin. Here it is unwrapped:


It doesn't look fancy, it's not all flashy, but it is WONDERFUL. The scent is lovely, it is nice to my skin, it's all natural and lasts a lot longer than you'd think a piece of soap would. I found out on their site, they have room and body sprays that match, so I'll be getting those along with some of the bars.

Give Soap Hope a try. Visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and of course the Soap Hope Website.
(My little "ugly box" was provided to me free of charge by Soap Hope.  Because I am so impressed with their Mission and their products, I have chosen to provide this review and I beg you to give them a lookie loo.  I make no proceeds from the links; they are provided for your convenience.)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's Thank You GIVEAWAY Time! Enter To WIN Your Choice

I am having a giveaway to roll from summer into fall that I hope you feel is sweet enough to enter. The winner will have their choice between two prizes. They are all purchased by me and the prize will be awarded as a thank you for being a loyal Polarbelle member.

For some really good news, this giveaway is open to all members of Earth, however, you are responsible for your own customs charges if you are an international winner.

The Winner will be able to choose between the following prizes of Brand New Items, purchased by me for this giveaway:

Prize Option One: This bundle consists of the very hard to find Wet N Wild Color Icon palette The Gilded Age, and Mac Blogger's Obsession Collection Lipglass in Caqui. I think they go together quite well. You can view them here being worn by me. 


Caqui is on the left in the following photo:

Prize Option Two: A brand new bottle of Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Gliter In The Air, a creamy light milky baby blue with blue and pink glitter.


To win one of these fabulous prizes and to increase your chances, this is all you have to do:

1. You must be a public follower of my blog via GFC. Please leave your GFC name so I can find you.

2. You must leave an email address so I can get ahold of you, if you win.

3. "Like" my page on Facebook, (Polarbelle), for an extra entry.

4. Follow me on Twitter for another entry. No cheating and unfollowing after the giveaway.

5. Retweet this contest for an extra entry. If possible, please leave the time stamp so I can be sure to verify your tweet, should any tweet glitch happen.

6.  An extra entry if you blog about the giveaway.  I will need the link to verify your submission.

7. Please list your prize preference.

This contest will run for two weeks, ending Saturday September 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Remember to tell your friends when you enter to refer to you sending them so you get that extra entry. Have fun!!

Please note that should you decide to unfollow me after this giveaway is over, you won't be eligible for the future giveaways I have planned.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for entering!

Comparison of Chanel Lagons Quad and Chanel Blue Notes Quad

I took a quick hop to my Nordstrom two days ago to see if they'd gotten in the new Chanel yet. They were a bit behind due to inventory and for some reason, stock was being held back, so it seemed like it took some counters forever to put out the new stuff. Some still don't have it.

But, the new Chanel collection, Le Regard Sophistique, finally showed up. I had already purchased Fauve eyeshadow from but was anxious to see the other things in the collection to see if I would like them. I did. I know that doesn't surprise you. Lol.

I put a few things on pre-purchase for TRIPLE POINTS days, which start on September 14th, one of them being the Chanel Lagons quad. A long time ago, I purchased the Chanel Blue Notes quad. Seems like forever ago because I remember being afraid of blue shadow and not sure I could wear it. I knew if they had the Lagons quad, I'd swatch it and thought I would take my Blue Notes quad to swatch with it and see how they compared.    I'd already seen Amy's swatches on Cafe Makeup, so I was fairly certain I would like this quad, but was still interested in swatching it against my Blue Notes.

All I have is a cell phone picture right now, but it gives you an idea. I'll so this again when I have the new quad in hand but for now, Lagons is swatched on top and Blue Notes on the bottom.  Oh, see the little guy to the far left on top?  That's Chanel Taupe liner.  LOVE. 


The liner shade in Blue Notes is much blacker than either dark shade in Lagons. The pale blue shade looks to be less aqua toned in Blue Notes than it is in Lagons. And of course, the other shades are completely different as Blue Notes has a white and a pale pink.

Chanel Lagons quad is available at Nordstrom  and other spots that sell Chanel, such as Bloomies, Neimans and Chanel's own website and retails for $57 USD.
(Please note that this post contains an affiliate link.  See disclosure information for more details.)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

OPI Launches A Gold Shatter Nail Polish - Plus A Special Request

So OPI is finally releasing a Gold Shatter Nail polish to the cheering of the crowds.  I'm glad. :) On their Facebook Page it says it's due out next month.

Now I just have one request of OPI....please, please, please make a Black Shatter with multicolor glitter. I could then die happy. I'm serious about this; let's petition OPI to see this beauty created. Thanks friends and thank you, OPI!!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

OPI Collaborates With Disney's Film "The Muppets" With Holiday Issued Nail Lacquers

What's the cutest thing you can think of that gives you warm fuzzies? Why a muppet, of course! I think most people have fond memories of Sesame Street and the Muppets, either from growing up with them or from the memories of their kids watching them. Who hasn't laughed with Tickle Me Elmo? Or sang the Rubber Duckie song? Such nostalgic memories surround anything Muppet related and knowing that in person, these are fabulous laquers, makes the upcoming OPI nail polish collection even more appealing! I was pretty excited when I got this press release from OPI. Can't wait to see them!

Sending “Warm & Fozzie” Wishes from OPI!

OPI Celebrates Disney’s “The Muppets” with Holiday Lacquers Inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ New Film

This holiday season, OPI pays homage to America’s favorite Muppet friends as they hit the big screen in Disney’s The Muppets. With an all-star cast including Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet crew, the family comedy opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011.

Inspired by the film’s namesake lively and colorful characters, OPI launches twelve limited-edition Nail Lacquers for Holiday 2011. “OPI is so excited to work with Disney to celebrate this long-awaited movie release,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.”

This line features six shimmery reds and neutrals, as well as six glitter-packed shades, including:

This wild bright red cannot be tamed!

Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!

Wocka Wocka!
The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!

Pepe’s Purple Passion
This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!

Designer, de Better!
And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.

Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper.

Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams.

Excuse Moi!
Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!

Gone Gonzo!
The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!

Fresh Frog of Bel Air
A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.

Divine Swine
The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.

Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!
Red glittery fun for everyone!

Lacquer packed with micas and sparkle gives a 3-dimensional textured look that makes nails look like jewelry. With shades ranging from textured glitters in rainbow, red, green and blue to softer shimmers in copper and bronze metallic hues, these twelve colors provide the perfect accessory for the holiday season.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by Disney’s The Muppets contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.  This limited edition promotion will be available beginning November 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!


As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011. 

Deborah Lippmann Supermodel Nail Polish Swatches and Review

This week's manicure is brought to you in the form of Supermodel by Deborah Lippmann, a reddened coral jelly type of nail polish. Celebrity nail artist Deborah Lippmann created this color for model Dree Hemingway.


I confess I have no idea who that is but I do know Lippmann polishes and they are fantastic quality and the most unique of all polishes on the market, in my opinion. Deborah Lippmann is a genious at keeping us inspired with her polishes to further our creativity. I purchased this for $16 at Nordstrom.

What I found fascinating about this color, besides the sheer beauty of it, is that it can morph from an orangey red to a red toned coral depending on what it's next to. For instance, I swatched a bunch of lipsticks this weekend, some were more orange, some were outright coral, and some were more red. It seemed each of them matched my nails precisely. This is the most wearable color of red I've seen and I love it. It just makes me feel really happy to look at it because it's so cheery.


I would have loved to have gotten a picture in the sunshine, but I had to stay on the couch all weekend...and paint my nails. :) When you see it in all different lightings and how SHINY and pretty it is...well, it's just HAPPINESS in a Bottle!

It should be noted that this post contains an affiliate link which means you can click thru directly to the polish, which just makes me look cool. See my disclosure statement for more information. Lippmann polishes can also be purchased thru her own website.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Bright Idea Eyeshadow Trio Swatches and Review

For Summer 2011, Wet N Wild released a set of six Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios entitled the Dream Weavers Collection.  For the list of previously reviewed trios, please review the master list for the Dream Weavers eyeshadow collection.

Today, I have for you the Bright Idea trio, aptly named, if you ask me. It has a bright rosy shimmering pink as the lid shade, a shimmering grassy green for the crease shade, and a shimmering yellow with a tinge of green for the browbone shade.


As you see above, the shades are labeled to give you an idea of placement for the shades. You are welcome to use them in any fashion that you desire. On the reverse side of the palette is an illustration showing the said placement in a little graphic. Each color icon rio comes with a sponge tipped applicator, as well as a little brush.


Time to move to swatches. First we have swatches on my hand.


And now I'll show you how I wore them one time. I decided to try them as suggested and this is what I ended up with.





The liner I wore was Wet N Wild's long lasting eyeliner in Navy. For the rest of the face of the day, I wore Chanel Rose Tourbillon blush, and Bobbi Brown Hot Pink lipgloss, and Dior eyebrow automatic pencil in brown.


After reviewing my pictures in the macro setting, I think that the yellow is not the right tone for my browbone. I think it looked fine in person, but in pictures, I'm not crazy about it next to my hair on the one side that is always in my eyes. :p But I did get a lot of compliments on this look, so I guess in person, it was all good.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chanel Rose Tourbillon Joues Constraste Powder Blush Swatches and Review

Chanel Rose Tourbillon is a fabulous blush that was released as part of an exclusive collection that Chanel presented for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale called Le Blanc. This blush was an Asian exclusive prior to the Aniversary sale and is limited edition at Nordstrom. It should be purchased while available because it simply gives a fabulous glow. This blush retails for $43 USD and is currently sold out online but can probably still be found at some counters or through a merchandise search at Nordstrom.

In the Pan, Rose Tourbillon looks like a deep pink, nearly fuchsia, with some sparkle.


The next picture is taken in the sun and shows the brush that all Chanl blushes come with but doesn't show the black velventeen pouch all blushes are housed in.


I wear this blush a lot. It doesn't go on harsh and scary, nor is it a glitterbomb on the skin. The shimmer blends into the skin to give a glow. I have often used the brush to apply this on the top of my cheekbones and on the apples of my cheeks, and sometimes I've used my own blush brush. I have been able to wear this color well with the most natural of glows.

I have a swatch on the skin that shows a comparison between my three favorite blushes of the moment. From left to right, Chanel Pink Explosion, Chanel Rose Tourbillon, and thirdly, Dior Pink In Love.


You should take a look at the review at Natural N Chic Makeup's blog.  There are many more blush swatches posted, more comparisons and fabulous photos.  While you're at it, cruise over to Cafe Makeup and check out her reviews and photos, as well as a picture on the face to show the delightful fresh glow of this blush.

I have a picture posted wearing this blush in a previous post about Bobbi Brown Hot Pink lipgloss, posted just a couple of days ago if you want to click the link to check it out.  So until next time...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lancome Primrose Darling Color Design All In One 5 Eyeshadow and Liner Palette Swatches and Review

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that I have reviewed several of the Lancome Color Design Eye Brightening All In One 5 Eyeshadow and Liner Palettes in various colors...enough so that I think I could almost be labeled a collector. If you're not a regular reader, let me take this moment and thank you for coming by and let you know that you can find the following palettes reviewed at these locations:

Kissed By Gold

Taupe Craze

Emerald Boudoir

Amythyst Glam

Today we add Primrose Darling to the list.  I was in Dillard's and they had a really cute tote bag for a Lancome GWP, and you know how that goes...there's a cute bag and you just have to get it, so I had in mind to get another Color Design All In One Palette, even tho I had just purchased two more at the Nordstrom Sale. They didn't have the one I had my eye on but the Sales Associate showed me the Primrose Darling Palette.  And she said those magical words, "this one is limited only to our store".  I was wavering on the edge anyway because it had really nice colors, but limited availability pushed me over the wall and I purchased it.

I'm really glad I did.  This palette has one of the best Taupe shades EVER.  Do ya hear me Elvira and Joey?  Best Taupe ever!!  (We keep finding a lot of those.)

If you've read any other reviews on these palettes, you'll know that they have a plastic insert over the shadows that gives a suggested way to use the shades.  You can use them any way you want, of course, but it's quick and easy to follow the diagram when you're in a hurry. 


The palette also comes with a fold out insert that shows a day time placement of shadows and a suggestion for a nighttime look.




This is how the palette looks without the plastic insert over it. The all over shade is a shimmering barely peach toned beige, the lid color is a shimmering rose, the crease color is a sparkling taupe. The highlighter color is a sparking light beige and the liner color is a beautiful shimmering navy with tone-on-tone shimmers.



I'm showing a second hand swatch because it shows the liner color in a truer tone. Swatching five colors on a hand creates hot spots with the camera and sometimes colors show better when you twist or turn your hand different ways to show the different colors, which always sacrifices one or more colors on the hand in any given position. It's the science of color analysis!


Time for actual on the face application photos!




And in order for a blogger to be "real" and truthful in blogging, one has to throw in a stupid look now and then.


pssst! Doesn't my Wet N Wild lipgloss look fab??

I recently spied two new fall Lancome Color Design palettes. I expect those will somehow follow me home soon and you may see them reviewed as well. Do you have any of these palettes? Which do you like? Do you have a favorite?