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?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bobbi Brown Lipgloss Hot Pink Swatches, Pictures and Review

Makeup Artist Bobbi Brown recently revamped her line of lipglosses. The tubes are now long and have a sponge brush on the tip instead of the little brush that they used to have. If you use her glosses, you know how difficult it was to keep that blush from splaying all over, making for a little bit more of a challenging application sometimes. I never had much trouble with splaying because I'm fussy about my "treasures". Oh that and I have soooo many lipglosses that I'm still working on using up the first one I bought as a makeup enthusiast about 11 years ago.

After years of receiving requests to replace the brush with a sponge tip, the time has come and now you can purchase these fabulous glosses with the easy to apply sponge tip on the wand. *cue angels singing*

I recently bought two of the new glosses; one during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in Citrus and now the new Hot Pink Lipgloss which I am reviewing today. These glosses contain .24 fl oz of product and can be purchased at Nordstrom,, Bobbi's own website and wherever else her products are sold for $23 USD.

So let's take a look at the wonder of Hot Pink lipgloss, shall we?

The swatches I'm going to show you are one on the hand, and lip swatches in different lighting settings. This is a delightful summery watermelon hot pink. It has several botanical extracts in it to keep lips moist and a light vanilla scent.

Because I have two different lightings for lip swatches, I'll show you an overall picture to get an idea of what it looks like wearing it.

This gloss wears really well and adheres to the lips, which is great for someone like me who doesn't want hot pink seeping into the little lip lines. I can wear this for several hours, thru a diet coke and three waters, before I need to reapply. As it wears down, it still has enough color to brighten up my lips. So what do you think, good move, Bobbi? I sure think so!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

OPI Press Release: Final Duo In Glam Slam Series With Serena Williams: Glam Slam US!

Grandstand Finale!

OPI Launches Sizzling Shades with Serena Williams’ Glam Slam! Series in Anticipation of Upcoming New York Tournament

OPI and tennis superstar Serena Williams announce the two final lacquers in the 2011 Glam Slam! promotion, timed in conjunction with the upcoming New York tournament. Glam Slam! U.S. features a duo-pack with two high-shine shades: shimmering red, Love is a Racket, and glittering bronze, Pros & Bronze.

“OPI and Serena return to our home country for the final launch with two bright, feminine lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Packed with red and gold micas for intense luster, the Glam Slam! series finishes with two classic, glamorous colors.”

“Whether worn alone or with Pros & Bronze layered over Love is a Racket for a golden glow, these two shades have rich hues that are perfect for transitioning from summer to fall,” adds Williams.

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

New shades in the Glam Slam! promotion are introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, including the upcoming New York tournament in August 2011. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, Glam Slam! shades contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

Glam Slam! U.S. will be available beginning August 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.

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

Wet N Wild Dancing In The Clouds Dream Weavers Collection Eyeshadow Trio Swatches & Review

The Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Collection is a set of six different Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios that came out for Summer 2011. I have shown several of the other trios in use already in my blog. When I previously reviewed the Earth Looks Small From Down Here Trio, I showed a preview of the Dancing In The Clouds Trio as I wore one of the colors in the crease that day. Today, I am showing you a full review of this trio.

All the trios are labeled with a browbone, (highlight), shade, a crease shade and a lid shade. You can use any of the colors in any way that you want and mix and match with other trios to create your own variety of looks. Makeup is about color experimentation. There is simply no way to fail, much like fingerpaints in kindegarten. I loved fingerpainting and how the cool goop felt between my fingers. At any rate, I've grown up and now I paint on my face. But let's get back to this trio.

The browbone shade is an olive-esque shimmering wheat shade. The crease is a medium toned violet with tone-on-tone light shimmer and the lid shade is a copper shimmer.

When I first swatched this trio, I thought that the crease shade was very lightly pigmented, which is different than most current Wet N Wild eye shades. I felt a personal challenge to see if I could get more pigment in application of this particular shade so I decided to use it on the lid and see if it would fly or die. I mean, I have to tell you if it's any good or not, right? So I put the violet on the lid and the "lid" color, the copper, in the crease. Brownbone was applied to browbone. You be the judge.

And the full face, as in: How you would view the shadow in real life...

What do you think? Is this trio a success with good pigmentation of all shades? I say Oooo la la!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dior Blush 889 Pink In Love Glowing Color Powder Blush Swatches, Comparisons and Review

Toward the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, July 2011, I had the opportunity to have a makeover at the Dior Counter. You can view the end result here.  The blush that was used was Dior Pink In Love, #889, Glowing Color Power Blush.  Today I have pictures, swatches and a review of that blush.

The blush is part of the Blue Tie Collection for Fall 2011. It looked scary bright in the store but applies as heavily or lightly as you would like. It has a deep rose satin finish on one side and a lighter shimmering pink on the other. Neither side is glittery or sparkly but rather each has a tone-on-tone shimmer for a nice satin finish. It comes with a brush in the mirrored compact. The blush retails for $42 at Nordstrom, Dillards and wherever else Dior can be found.

I have swatched it on my arm, and it warms up just a little. On the left is the dark side, the middle is the light side and on the right, the swatch is a combination of the two.

I also wanted to show it compared to a few other popular blushes of the moment. On the very left is Chanel Pink Explosion. Working your way to the right, the next blush is Chanel Tourbillon. The middle three swatches are the swatches of Dior Pink In Love. To the left of that is Dior Bronze Harmonie in Coral Riviera, and lastly swatched again is Chanel Pink Explosion.

I wear all of these blushes often so they'll all be mentioned frequently in what I wear. They're not fly-by-night blushes, but important pieces of the current rotation. This blush can be used to be quite summery or as a winter flush. Thanks for viewing it. I really love it and I like to share those things that I love.

Monday, August 8, 2011

You, Me and Mac Pleasureflush MSF

Over the weekend, I got to thinking about the people that read my blog. I'm so thankful for each of you. People are so kind and accepting in the blog community. I was thinking about how I kind of tell about some of my preferences and some of the issues I have with makeup and polish, and I got to wondering about all of YOU. I was hoping we could have a little "get to know you" session. Play along, it could be fun.

But first, I want to tell you a story. I had an arts and crafts business for a long time. Painting is really the only thing I've been very good at. A few years ago, I started traveling a lot to escape these long dark winters and it came to point where it was time to stop selling and change some things that I can do no matter where I am. Thus enters blogging. But the point here is that in emptying my craft accessories storage room, my husband and I came across many interesting makeup items.

I used to store some of my extras in the drawers in the room so I would have them when I used them up. You don't even want to know how many Mac Goldbit eyeshadows are in the drawers. At one point, my husband came out of the room and said, 'I don't think this thing was supposed to be in the box', and handed me the old kind of box that Mineralized Skin Finishes first came in.
I held my breath and looked at the top and couldn't believe what I saw.

No way!! Brand new and unused. If you're not familiar with Mac Pleasureflush it is the most elusive makeup item to find. It is the perfect highlighter. It blends with skintones and just makes a natural flush, rather than a frosty highlight. It looks something like this:

Anyway, somehow finding this item that is the equivalent of catching a rainbow got me to thinking about my readers and if they'd want to see it or knew what it was, and so on. So I thought maybe we could get to know each other a little.

I invite you to tell me some things about yourselves and about what you would like to see on my blog, not on my blog, or done differently.

Is your skin dry or oily or combination? Mine is dry. Like desert dry. :)

What is your favorite part of makeup application? What would you like to learn to do better? My favorite part is anything that involves a brush because I love to paint, and I'd like to learn liquid liner better. It takes regular use and I'm just not sure if my skintone can take it well. We'll see.

What would you like to see less of on my blog? What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see that you haven't seen? Do you prefer to see high end or low end?

I'm calling this Friendship Monday and let's get to know each other a little. Your turn!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wet N Wild We're Blasting Off Dream Weavers Collection Color Icon Trio Swatches and Review

If you regularly view my blog, you saw the overview post of the Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Collection Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios that were introduced for Summer 2011.  These trios are AWESOME!  The shadows are very silky and highly pigmented.  I tend to forget how full of pigment they are until I dig my brush into them like I would any other shadow and then I am amazed at the depth of pigment in the shadows. 

Today's featured trio is We're Blasting Off.   It includes a matte pink shade, (labeled as browbone), a complex plummy brown wild some mild sparkle, (labeled as crease shade), an a shimmering lightly rose toned taupe, (labeled as the eyelid shade)

The trios are labeled that way in order to give you an idea of how you can use the shades. Of course, you can use them in any manner that you please. Each trio comes with a mini sponge applicator and a little mini brush. On the back is a diagram that shows the suggested use.

Oh! I thought I heard you say "where's the swatches on the hand?" Well, ask and you shall receive.

I find the pigmentation of these trios to be really awesome and I can't believe the quality of shadow that you receive for just $2.99. These are swatches done with my fingers on skin with no base and the shadows actually apply a bit deeper on the eyes. Remember that these Dream Weavers Collection shadows are limited and if you even have a hint of thought that you might want one or more, grab it while you can!

I thought Taupe lovers might appreciate a closeup of the lid shade.

I tried to capture some of the complexity of the plummy brown but it's pretty much impossible. You have to see it in person to see the flecks of brown, red, and plum. This picture shows some of the nuances of color, but it is darker as in the picture of the full trio.

I've got a few photos of how it looks on the eyes. It has been raining for over a week and it makes photography very challenging for facial pictures but I'll show you what I've got. At the end of this post, you'll see that I had additional challenges during this day.

On this particular day, I paired the trio with Dior blush 889 Pink In Love, to be reviewed in the very near future, as well as Chanel's new lipstick for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale the light peach Desinvolte and a Dior gloss.

And here you have the true challenge to my photography that day.

Photo bombing!!!! Any of you moms out there looking forward to school starting so you can get yourself back on a good schedule?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wet N Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Pictures & Review

A couple of days ago,  I was able to secure the last of the Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Collection Eyeshadow Trios.  It is my goal in life to wear each and show you their glory of color.  Today I have for you the trio called Earth Looks Small From Down Here.  Isn't that name a crack-up?

The palette features three colors which are labeled in a way that suggests placement for each color; browbone, crease and eyelid. Each trio also contains a sponge applicator and a little brush. On the back is a visual suggestion of placement for the shades.

The browbone shade in this palette is a shimmering olive toned wheat. The crease is a lightly shimmered navy and the eyelid shade is a green that leans a little toward aqua. Here's some swatches on my hand. Everytime I use or swatch these, I am amazed at the amount of pigmentation in these Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios and how silky they are. Truly amazing. Especially for just $2.99!!

So let's take a look at the visuals of wearing it. I took pictures inside and outside and none of them really do it justice. As I went about my day, I got compliments on my shadow. The MA at the Mac counter said "I know what you're wearing", and I told her no, I don't think you do. She pulled out one of their latest shadows and said it's this one. I told her no, this is a new trio from Wet N Wild. The shocked look on her face was priceless.

My placement of the shades was a little different than suggested. I put the navy crease shade on the lid and the browbone shade at the inner most part of the eye and in the crease to browbone. Then I found when I patted some of the green on the lid, it really made it shine. It was fascinating. I lined with a Wet N Wild waterproof black liner. I thought I bought Navy but some goob mixed them all up. Dang it!

I did stray slightly from just this palette and brought in the middle shade from the Dancing In The Clouds trio, also part of the Dream Weavers Collection. It is a lightly pigmented violet which I used to help blend the crease and add some tone to it.

The next picture is at a bit of a different angle to show the sheen of the highlight shade.

Pair it with Nars Angelika blush and a Maybelline lipstick and you have something like this.

Grab these palettes while you can. They are appearing now all over the country at stores where Wet N Wild is sold. I find mine at Fred Meyer. I can't wait to see more people wearing these and how they mix and match.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chanel Le Vernis Graphite Nail Polish Swatches, Photos & Review

Describing Chanel Graphite nail polish is like describing a wisp of vapor; it changes with every view, every twist of the finger shows a different color. Taking photos of it is probably harder because it's difficult to capture all the nuances of this shade. But I will do the best I can

It is a graphite grey with ultimate shine. Shiny, shiny, shiny!! The polish, when swatched, looks like it would be bumpy but it is really smooth. Move it around in the light and it shines silver, grey, and gold with mini little almost sparkles. It can reflect any color that is opposite from it, like the color of your camera or your clothing. And did I mention it has lots of shine?

I couldn't capture the gold look of the polish except for on this nail wheel

Chanel polishes retail for $25 wherever Chanel is sold. I purchased mine at Nordstrom. It is wearing really well. I'm currently on day four with no chips. The only problem I had was playing around with my dog while it was still wet and got a couple of fingernail dents into a couple of other nails. Don't ask me why I did something so stupid because there's just no answer. :p

Here are a few more views of this color

The pictures are all featured with two coats of Graphite and a top coat. The top coat really didn't increase shine at all as the shine streak from the light was there just the same before as after. Graphite is a new release for Chanel Fall 2011 and is a limited edition color.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mac Blogger's Obsession Collection Lipglass Caqui And Wet N Wild The Gilded Age Trio Swatches and Reviews

A few days back, I featured a Guerlain Rouge G lipstick that reminded me somewhat of the Mac Blogger's Obsession Collection Lipglass in the color Caqui. I have already blogged about half of the lipglasses in that collection but hadn't finished showing you what the rest look like. Maybe I should start that now.

Caqui was created by a blogger named Lily who runs the website You can read all about what inspired her to create this color on her blog.  Caqui is described as a persimmon orange color with shimmer that is created to be wearable by just about anybody.

This is an indoor shots of me wearing said lipglass:

And some outdoor pictures:

Here's a nice picture of my invisalign on my teeth, lol

Caqui is the lipglass on the left in the following picture, Evolution Revolution is pictured on the right

It was a quick makeup day where I wore Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio in The Gilded Age, a limited edition palette. So what the heck, let's cover that trio right here. This is a limited edition palette that came out with the Wet N Wild Summer 2011 Go For The Gold Collection. It featured the trio eyeshadow palette as well as a Color Icon Bronzer. The Color Icon Trios retail for $2.99 USD. These are such a great bargain for such high quality shadows.

Here's some hand swatches and then a light application on the eye.

The shadow trio has a golden color, a light champagne-pinky and a bronzey brown. It totally is such a great trio for summer. I can tell you that if you use this trio, you'll feel like you're at the beach, even if it's beachy summer.

I didn't have time to do much liner beyond what was in the trio as my family was in a hurry to leave the pool and go to dinner. The usual. lol

Here I am doing the bunny nose thing in the light, but it makes a nice show of the sheen of the eyeshadows.

I did happen to use these shadows in reverse order of what is suggested and you can wear them anyway you want. There are no rules in makeup. You can't fail, all you have to do is try. :)

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