Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wet N Wild Dream Weaver's Limited Collection Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios

With the dedicated help of my pal Tracy and a little wandering thru Fred Meyer myself, I have this collection of beauties from Wet N Wild. The six palettes compose the Dream Weaver's Collection which is limited Edition for Summer 2011.

This is a photo preview. I have swatches, but will probably save them for exposure when I show what the palettes look like on the eyes. Unless there's lots of begging. :)

A review, swatches and pictures for the Earth Looks Small From Down Here Eyeshadow Trio can be viewed by clicking on the link.

Reviews, photos and swatches of We're Blasting Off Dream Weavers Collection eyeshadow trio can be found by clicking on the link.

Reviews, photos and swatches of Dancing In The Clouds Dream Weavers Collection Color Icon Trio Eyeshadow can be found by clicking the preceeding link.

Review, swatches and photos for Bright Idea Color Icon Dream Weavers Collection Eyeshadow Trio can be found by clicking this link.

And, of course....more to come!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

China Glaze Concrete Crackle...Epic Fail or Epic WIN!!

My most recent full manicure was Deborah Lippmann's Between The Sheets.   I did something so dumb on about day five. I opened some boxes to retrieve some treasures from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and in my haste to see the pretties, I used my thumb and forefingers rather than just get a pair of scissors. Stupid, stupid, stupid. That meant it was time to do something...either to change my polish or crackle/shatter it.

So the other day I was in my crackle/shatter drawer and saw the China Glaze Crackles. I've never used them. I've seen many in stores which were seperated and since they're new, that seemed really fast. I kinda figured they probably weren't much good, and forgot I even had them. I threw them on my swatch wheel and was impressed with the colors.


Trying to decide what color to crackle/shatter/blast over my fuchsia Lippmann polish was a quandry, but I just loved how the China Glaze Concrete, (grey), Crackle looked on my nail wheel. So I grabbed it and crackled. Somehow it seems like I always do my nails in the middle of the night because nobody, (*cough*, you know who you are), complains that the house smells like polish. Thus with my little nightlight aglow, I declared it a fail. I didn't even bother with topcoat or cleanup since I figured it wasn't staying but until the next evening.


The next day at lunch, I showed my husband and he declared it an EPIC fail and said I needed to blog it. But he was right. Whether your experiment goes right or wrong, to be true to your blog and your readers, you need to show it. But a funny thing happened on the way to run errands.

I realized my manicure matched my clothes and makeup.


Suddenly, it was growing on me. I put on top coat, did a little cleanup and found myself really liking it. The next day, I was wearing a purple with fuchsia top and while at Nordstrom, I got a lot of compliments on my nails and how they matched what I was wearing yesterday too! One worker said it was the coolest crackle she'd ever seen and wanted to know what it was, (ain't that right, Tracy?).

So I do believe that my fail turned into a win with the help of top coat. It really makes a difference. Makes the colors all bright and shiney. If you have a crackle/shatter/blast experiment that you don't think turned out, just try top coat and then wear it like you OWN IT, Baby!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Hydrating Lipstick #166 Shalimar Swatches and Review

It's no secret that I really like lipstick. I really do. I've only been wearing it about as long as my son has been alive but a wonderful Mac Makeup Artist, (shout out to Paige!!), helped me to jump the gap from lipglass and find a love for lipstick hidden deep within. My mom used to be an Avon Lady back in the day and she had these mini little sample lipsticks. Barbie looked fabulous in all the discontinued colors that she'd give us. I loved miniatures anyway, so I was fascinated by these little perfectly shaped mini lipsticks. I suppose I tried on one or two gawd-awful grandma corals here and there, but I mostly used them for Barbie.

Fast forward to 15 years ago and my dear friend Paige showing me what happens when you find a color that expresses your attitude of the day. You take the grownup sized tube and like an artist with a fine brush, lightly draw it as a paint across your lips. The silkiness of a good lipstick transforms a look both outwardly and an attitude inside.

This is why I love lipstick. I love everything about a good lipstick. I like the bliss of a successful application; I love the reflection of my feeling of the day in the choice of color and finish. And I love it as a base for a gloss enhancing the length of wear of both.

Guerlain makes the best of the best. I'm convinced. I have tried at least one of each of their formulations and they are the silkiest of applications, the shiniest of wear, the deepest of true color, and a total reflection of my soul. Today I really want to talk about a new favorite, recently acquired, Rouge Automatique #166 Shalimar, but first, I thought it would be hilarious to show you what I look like without makeup. It could be the end of my blog, but for some reason, I just find it hilarious. Note the deep need for the personality of a lipcolor.

Uh oh, where did my personality go? I have non-existant lips...although they make a great blank canvas for applying lipcolor. And, never fear, I really am wearing a shirt in that picture. Let me show you the lovely Shalimar I chose for application of the day.

Shalimar is a new design from Guerlain that can be used one handed as you just push up the lever and the lipstick appears. There is a bit of a learning curve if you're like me and do it upside down all the time. Just remember, gold on top, black on bottom. Let's take a closer look at this fabulous hot pink.

This lipstick is shiny. It is moisturizing, it is long wearing, it doesn't feather. If it were legal, I'd marry it. It's perfect. Honestly, these are the best wearing lipsticks I've tried and my lips do get around the cosmetic counters. I can't hardly believe that something can be so lightweight yet so long wearing. I'm going to bore you with many lip pictures because I love, love, love this lipstick.

This was also my first time wearing Mac Blogger's Obsessions Hocus Pocus eyeshadow. Wow, THE perfect grey. It has multiple personalities but it's awesome. I just wore it lightly. It's a must have. And for blush, I wore Dior's Glowing Color Powder Blush 889 Pink In Love, featured in the Blue Tie Fall 2011 Collection.

I took a digi pic before I left the house

In a cell phone picture, it all goes together something like this:

One last look at Shalimar:


Guerlain lipsticks can be purchased at Dillard's and Nordstrom, that's where I get mine anyway. The new Rouge Automatique retails for $35 USD which, to me, is a bargain for perfection. I've never worn such silky feeling lipsticks, especially having such great wear.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

An Intimate Memory of My First Love - An Ode To Joy

I remember it so well...every feeling, every sight, every moment of my first love. There was nothing else like it. I never got over it...I still get weak in the knees thinking about it. I've had other loves but they say you never forget your first. If you know me, you know who I'm talking about. If you don't know me, it's not too hard to guess.

I guess I was around 10 or 12 the first time we met. My mom was with me and took me and made the introductions. I guess I'd have to say I owe her for that memory that has been with me all these years and has always made me smile with nostalgia. It happened in Anchorage...I renew those mental images by passing that place with alarming frequency. You know how it is...you go back, revisit the memory and get those same butterflies. Every time.

By now you know who I mean.

It's true love. I remember so vividly my mom taking me the first day the store opened in Anchorage, store 12, *sigh*. I can still see us embarking up the escalator for the first time. It's the same escalator that is there today, after so long. I don't remember what we saw or if she purchased anything, but when I return to the scene of the memory, I smile thinking how many times I've ridden up that same escalator, hand sweaty with anticipation on the rubber grippy thing...or when I'm feeling quite daring, I let my hand free and steady my feet and just enjoy the ride.

And when I got my first Nordstrom card...it was actually my first credit card ever, which I guess is appropriate. I think it was the brown one. At any rate, this has been a long love affair. I return quite often and relish many memories and many relationships I've made via Nordstrom, lasting friendships, and all that I've learned from the folks that work there. Truly a joy in my life is a simple trip to Nordstrom as we are connected forever. (Especially after this last sale, lol).


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LA Girls Nail Polish Has New Cracked Top Coat...and More...

So on a wander thru my local Fred Meyer....ummm, I went to buy bread, yeah, that's it...I spotted quite the extra display from LA Girls Nail Polish. Two of the Fred Meyer's in my area are really becoming the drugstore cosmetic meccas. They are definitely bringing what the people want and quickly!! Kudos, Freddies.

Anyway, back to the LA Girls. First I spotted these sets of six polishes. Notice the sheer glitter!

This set is very remniscent to me of the set I just got at Ross on last Friday in the previous post. Then, the second set in the display is called High Impact Nail Color.

As I rounded the aisle, I found these on the end cap:

The above are all cell phone pictures, so in case it's not clear on your screen, the Cracked colors are White, Silver, Turquoise, Pink, Red, Blue, Purple and Black. I purchased the Turquoise because I wanted to compare it to OPI Turquoise, the pink as I have no other pink crackle this color, (waiting for the  OPI Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness), and the purple to see how it compares to Sally Hansen Vintage Violet Crackle Overcoat.  Looks like fun.  So let's take a little quick view of them, shall we?

Swatched on a nail wheel, this is how they look. They shatter in more of a random pattern than the OPI Shatter colors. The OPIs shatter in a more linear pattern and these Cracked colors somewhat giraffey/somewhat linear.

All three colors I purchased have a light shimmer to them, giving a little hint of a metallic type of finish. The turquoise is named Rupture. It is more aqua than the OPI Turquoise. It is lighter and less blue as well.

I have a picture of both the OPI and LA Girls on a nail wheel, swatched over white. The colors from left to right are OPI White Shatter, OPI Blue Shatter, OPI Turquoise Shatter, OPI Navy Shatter, Sally Hanson Distressed Denim Crackle Topcoat, La Rosa Green Crackle Shatter, LA Girls Rupture, LA Girls Fracture and LA Girls Frag.

You can also compare the colors to the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats.

The pink color is called Frag and is a yellower softer pink than the Sally Hansen Fuchsia Shock.

The purple is called Fracture.


I photographed the backs of the last two bottles because the black script seemed to take away from viewing the actual color. So what do you think? Are you on crackle/shatter overload yet? Or do you find room for one more?

Monday, July 25, 2011

There's A Little Nail Polish Surprise From Color Club!!!

Often frustrated that no one in my hometown sold Color Club Nail Polish, I was pleasantly surprised about six weeks ago to find a display in my local Fred Meyer. Color Club, what?!?! In Alaska?!? I quickly bought a couple colors, which I haven't reviewed yet, but will soon, PROMISE, and then I went on vacation. To a big metropolis. Which has no Color Club anywhere I could find. What again!?!?! I contacted the company and they told me to check Ross stores.

Ha! That's an easy assignment for me because I have every Ross store in the area mapped. Dude, no joke. So I went around for nearly five weeks checking the Ross stores for Color Club polish. Most had none. The ones that did had eight packs of the same colors that I had just purchased in Alaska.

Have you ever shopped a Ross store for Color Club? Oh my gosh, people can be such pigs! Most sets I saw didn't have all the colors, some had other things in place of bottles...literally, people would put anything in there, another polish, a hair scrunchy, whatever. It was so disheartening that people would steal a polish or two out of a set, which was mostly what I found. I can only imagine the company loses 98% of what they send to Ross stores to theft.

So imgaine my surprise and delight when, on the last night I was there, I found some mini sets! I found them at TJ Maxx and at Ross! Such a surprise. And they were unmolested!! And colors I didn't have!! I found two sets I didn't purchase that were the summer colors that I already had. And then, there were these:

They're not full sized bottles. I thought they were maybe half size but I placed Deborah Lippmann Between The Sheets next to a set to show size, and I'm thinking these are pretty danged big for mini sets. And, it's four polishes for $3.99!!!


Before I show you another neat surprise, I'll show you the two I left behind:

So after I jumped up and down at my finds, I looked behing them and found a lovely six pack of glitter top coats for, hello!, $4.99. I couldn't resist.


I didn't have time to swatch anything before I left for home and I think I left the glitters behind till next time. What was I thinking? But, seriously, I brought home about 30 pounds of polish. What the heck? How do I purchase so much polish when I'm out of town? I only have ten fingers and ten toes but I'm thinking of taking fertilizer so I can grow more. Does anybody else have this vacation discovery problem that I do?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Between The Sheets Nail Polish Swatches and Manicure Review

Say "Hi" to my little friend. Her name is Between The Sheets, a nail lacquer manufactored by Deborah Lippmann.

Ah, she is a lady of many moods. Is she fuchsia? Is she pink? Is she purple? I have some pictures in different lightings so that you can try to decide. But I must tell you, application with this polish was a dream. What you see in the mani pictures is two coats.


This nail polish from Deborah Lippmann is another win for me. I purchased it for $16 USD at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The wear on these polishes is incredible. I can get a good week or so with no chipping and very little tip wear. It's like my fingers have been kissed by Angels.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sneak Peak of Makeover by Dior Plus Mac Blogger's Obssession Lipglass Evolution Revolution

During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I had the opportunity to do a makeover with the Dior counter. The feature artist was Rita Brown, with whom I had an earlier makeover and you can read about it, written in two parts featuring face and lips  and all about the eyes.  Rita is a fabulous artist.  Truly one of the greats and a delight to talk with.

I can't show you the products in real life pictures because the counter was out of everything so I had what I purchased shipped to my house, but I can tell you. I'll show you the goodies when I receive them. Here's the overall view:

The foundation was Capture Total 040. This is a $76 foundation. :0 But it looked pretty good and wore even better. I was out in 110 degree F heat and it did not even melt off! They had wanted to use the spray foundation, ($60), but I have tried that before and have some little allergy to an ingredient in it. My husband gave the two thumbs up to the foundation...the whole look actually. The blush was a two part thing that is featured in a display with the anniversary Blue Tie Palette. It had a pink and light peach together for a real natural look that would suit anyone. The blush is #889 Pink In Love Glowing Color Powder Blush featured at this clickable link.

So let's talk about the eyes. I started with a makeup artist named Shelley who did the skincare and foundation. I told her my husband had requested a green eye look so she chose the Iridescent eyeshadow quint #409. She used the light grassy green all over the lid and put the taupe in the crease. She lined with the waterproof liner in black, doing an inner line on the upper lid as well as on the upper lid itself.

I told Shelley I was hoping for a little more dramatic liner and could we try the liquid liner. I don't normally use it myself because it seems like I'm always in a hurry. She chose the Diorliner in black, ($33), and told me that it was an easy idiot-proof liner. I ordered that just to test the theory, and she finished with some black mascara.

Next Rita came to bat. She examined the look and we decided to boost it with some more oomph. She grabbed the 5 Coulouers Designer Eyeshadow palette in Green Design #408, ($58), and put some of the deep green cream combined with the darker green shadow in the crease and here and there. She asked me how I felt about a little glimmer. I said sparkle me in glitter from head to toe and I'd die happy, so she used the other cream and the lightest green in the quint and put it on the inner lid and above, lightly, for a very wearable look.

She told me about the limited edition Plum Extase Mascara, ($28), and wanted to try it over the black on the lashes, even though she knew they were sold out at that counter. You can't really tell in pictures but it just makes my eyes look a little greener by contrast. Extase is a wonderful mascara to wear over whatever you usually wear. It plumps up the lashes and has this wickedly cool looking brush, but it really does make them more noticible.

My lips were finished with a nude liner and gloss, which I have no pictures of because I drank a water, tea and a diet coke on the way home and then ate lunch. Afterward, for dinnertime, I put on the Mac Blogger's Obsession lipglass in Evolution Revolution, which looks good with anything.\

So until I have products to swatch, there you have my latest Dior Makeover with Rita Brown.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guerlain Rouge G 41 Gipsy Jewel Lipstick Compact Swatches and Review

When I go on vacation, I am fortunate to be able to visit a Guerlain counter. I have been introduced to their skincare and fell madly in love as it transformed my face. Skincare as good as it's claims. And then I met the lipsticks. When I wear a Guerlain lipstick, I feel that I am wearing absolute perfection. They are so comfortable and yet long wearing at the same time. The lipstick I'm going to tell you about today is one of the Rouge G formula.

Number 41 Gipsy Rouge G Guerlain Jewel lipstick compact could be called my perfect lipstick. The color is the perfect orange coral color. But first, let's talk about the compact. It is a relatively new design, closing by a magnatized closure. It is silver and shiney. Let's oooo and ahhhh for just a moment.

It looks pretty cool. The men in my house are fascinated by the workings of the device. Men have to figure out all the mechanical things, even if it's a lipstick. So while it looks cool on the outside, it's even better when you slide the tube out of the cover. The cover opens into two mirrors! Sheer perfection!!

I wear all colors of lipstick but this particular coral color is perfect for me. I think it's the type of color that any skintone and any age could wear. It has a very faint hint of shimmer that isn't a frost but just provides a juicy wet look when worn. I have a hand swatch of it next to Mac Blogger's Obsession Lipglass Caqui to show the layering potential of these two fabulous items.

But back to Gipsy, how about some lip swatches?

Yeah, it was a case of love at first sight. I purchased this at Nordstrom, but I know you can also purchase at some Dillard's stores, as well as Neiman Marcus. With quality and such an awesome case comes a bit of a price. These retail for $47 in the United States, but if you're asking me, they are worth every penny. Nothing wears quite like a Guerlain lipstick.

On my next trip, if I can get past the lipsticks, I'll have to investigate the eye products. I'm open to suggestions. :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

OPI Pink Shatter for Breast Cancer Awareness Announcement And Preview

I have so much appreciation for any company that contributes to the fight against Breast Cancer. If you're a woman or know a woman, odds are about 98% that you have or will be affected by breast cancer in your lifetime. I've lost three members of my friends and family to this disease and desire so much for there to be a cure. It is with gratitude that I thank OPI for issuing Pink Shatter Nail Lacquer in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen foundation to work toward a cure.

The official press release was just issued today and I'm so excited to see this deep pink Shatter color!! It's going to be pretty. It's said to hit salons beginning in September and be available thru October. Please, please, please take a moment to read the press release and consider purchasing this item as a donation to breast cancer research



Let’s Shatter Breast Cancer!


OPI Announces New Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to Support
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

OPI launches the limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure® in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The 2011 Pink of Hearts edition will follow in the footsteps of its namesake 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nail Lacquers in raising awareness of breast cancer for the fifth year in a row, during the months of September and October (National Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Unlike previous shade incarnations, this year’s Pink of Hearts Nail Lacquer marks the debut of fan-favorite Shatter coat in OPI’s first pink shade.

“We are continuing to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the hopes of increasing breast cancer awareness, while inspiring and empowering women. The organization’s dedication to this cause is unwavering,” remarks Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “OPI is proud to join with Susan G. Komen for the fifth consecutive year to offer Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts. By launching our first-ever Pink Shatter coat, we hope this exciting new textured hue will generate lots of awareness for this cause.”

Each bottle of Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts has a special pink-ribbon tag and pink cap wrap to call attention to breast cancer awareness. OPI will also be making its annual donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. Pink Shatter coat contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and it also features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

The limited edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts will be available throughout the months of September and October 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 www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with more than $1.9 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Brick House Fall 2011 Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Four nail polishes were recently released by Deborah Lippmann for her Fall 2011 collection. Today I have some pictures of Brick House. This polish is a brick orange color with lots of shine. I had a difficult time photographing it because you have the shine in the middle where the light hits the nail and then the darkenss on the outside where the light doesn't. I love, love, love this color. My husband loves this color.

I regret cutting my nails shorter this week. I was having trouble typing on my iphone and ipad so I cut down my nails. *sob* Eh, they'll grow back in time, but I can only imagine how much more fabulous this polish will look on my hands with a little longer nails.

You've got to try this color. Sure it'll be great for Autumn, but I love it for now. It's lika a sunburnt orange. Love, love, love.

What you see in these photos is just two layers of polish and a quick dry top coat.

So far, I've had this on for three days with no chipping. A couple nails had a little bit of shrinkage from the quick dry top coat, but that can easily be remedied. Did I mention I adore this color?

Not to scare anyone, but here comes the creature of the black lagoon, crawling out to be noticed. Oh lookie!! The creature is wearing the same polish I am!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick 165 Champs-Elysees Swatches And Review With Wet N Wild Silent Treatment Eyeshadow Trio

Fuchsia is a great color for spring, summer, fall, winter...well, anytime really.  It's bright and happy.  I have many in the color range.  Some are more red, some are more sheer, some are more purple...on the day I purchased Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipsick Champs-Elysees, I was looking for a long wearing fuchsia that wouldn't end up red, but stay that lovely bright pink on my lips.

There were SO many Guerlain lipsticks I wanted...every finish, every color range...I love them all.  I bought several but the one I am showing you today is the one I went to the counter looking for.  The color is a creamy shiney fuchsia pink with a hint of red.  It's in the new lipstick applicator with no lid.  I'm a little behind the power curve with this new fangled tube.  I open it upside down every time.  One day I'll get it.  I'm sure most people are quicker on the uptake than I am.

This is a swatchy swatch outside in the sunshine.

And lippie swatches, indoor and out:

This lipstick is both moisturizing and long wearing. It even says so on the box! But it's true, it's a really comfortable wearing lipstick and gives a long amount of wear. I'm pretty pleased.

I recently wore this with Wet N Wild's Silent Treatment Eyeshadow Trio, which looks something like this:

It's a wonderful neutral palette and especially fantastic for taupe lovers. I wore it lightly on the day pictured and it made a nice simple look for church.

Here's the end result of the day:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel Swatches And Review!!

If you're not familiar with Wet N Wild cosmetics, oh people, you need to be! The prices are amazing with unbeatable quality, ESPECIALLY for the price. I have been impressed with every product I've used from them in the past couple of years and it makes me wonder, if they can produce makeup of such great quality for pennies in comparison, why can't other brands?

At any rate, I was pleased to receive samples of four of the Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gels to check out and see what I thought of them. I hadn't tried this product before so I thought this would be a fun experiment. The .4 fl oz tube lip glosses retail for $2.99 in the US and can be found wherever Wet N Wild products are sold. In my area, that includes Fred Meyer, Walgreens, Wal Mart and Target. Other areas also carry them at places like CVS and Rite-Aid.

The colors I received are 309A Thru The Looking Glass, 310A This Too Shall Glass, 312A Glass Is In Session, and 313A 3,2,1 Glass-t Off! You can see them pictured from left to right in that same order.

Through the Looking Glass is a clear glossy gloss. It provides an enormous amount of shine with no sparkle or color. I have pictures both indoors and out to compare.

Look at the shine from the sun!!

#310A - This Too Shall Glass is a light baby pink with shimmer. Not a frosty pink, but a pink with shimmer. Inside pictures and out.

Next is 321A Glass Is In Session, a bright pink with pink shimmer. I've worn this one the most, so I'm calling it my favorite. :)

And the fourth lipgloss sent to me is 313A 3-2-1 Glass-t Off! It is a strawberry color with the same colored shimmers.

I've been wearing these glosses for over a week now so that I could give you an accurate review of the wear and quality. I've worn them alone, over lip pencils and over lipsticks. First of all, these are a non-sticky gloss and have a gel type of feel. I always thought a gloss needed to be sticky to wear well, but these lip gel glassy glosses wear as well as anything I've worn that is sticky. I was quite surprised. I can't give you a time estimate of how long they wear because I don't work that way. I drink fluids constantly, so all I can tell you is that I had great wear thru all my bottles of water as I have had with any glossimer or similar type of gloss.

So they past the length test, they obviously pass the shine test, they MORE than pass the price for quality test, and now let's talk taste. They taste great. It is a fruity type of taste. I can't say it's any one particular flavor over another, but it's fruity and it's pleasant. I thank God it's not melon flavored. If there's any lip product I can't stand, it's a fake melon flavor or even fake strawberry. This is just a pleasant fruity flavor.

All in all, I am beyond impressed with these lip gel glosses. I am so happy to be able to give them a positive review and before I sign off, besides telling you that you really need to try them, let me leave you with a hand swatch in sunlight. The clear didn't show, so I just have a swatch photo of the three colored glosses.

WnW Glassy Glosses

WnW Glassy Gloss

Ain't they purdy???? You'll find these shown in many past and upcoming looks that I blog about. You can view such a post with me wearing This Too Shall Glass over a nude lipliner.

So get off the computer and go get these now!!  Just a little friendly advice.  :)

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guerlain Gift With Purchase Set

The gift with purchase sets at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale are always a great value, interesting and fun to look at. One of my favorite brands, Guerlain is offering a special gift with a purchase of over $200. I know that sounds high, but the gift has such great value, I want to show it to you so that you can decide when planning your mode of attack at the sale.

Look at the beautiful bag. It's so pretty! And it's size is impressive and useful, not teeny tiny like a lot of gwp bags. It measures 11 inches long and 7 inches high. Gold on the outside and black on the inside - this is a nice bag.

Inside is a sample of my favorite product ever. EVER! There is a sample of Abeille Royale Youth Serum. I have reviewed this prior, referring to it as my Fountain of Youth.  This product has turned back the hands of time and completely changed my skin.  I am so thankful for it.  At present time, Nordstrom has a limited edition set that I posted about here. It is exclusive and limited edition.  Check out the value on this set.

Moving to the right in the picture, you will see the 1.7 oz Super Aqua-Lotion Toner.  I need a toner.  I'll be happy to test this one out.  Guerlain has such great quality in their products, I'll prolly fall in love with this.  At any rate, you also get a .14 fl oz mini Guerlain Kiss Kiss gloss in the color #462 Violine.  I was thrilled.  Violet is right up my alley these days.  After a little bit of water drinking, it looks a bit like this:


Next is a .1 fl oz tester size of Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care Firming Lift Wrinkle Correction. If this works on those falling eyelids I have, I will have discovered two pots of gold in Guerlain skincare.

And finally, there is a .23 fl oz jar of Abeille Royale Day Cream - Wrinkle Correction Firming for normal to dry skin. They told me the value of all of these products and I don't remember. I'm sorry. I was mesmerized by the gold bag. I see something shiney and I lose all sense. But be assured this set is an incredible value. I'm sure when it hits the nordstrom website you can look it up to see.

What did I purchase in order to get the gwp you ask? Nosey!!!! I purchased way too much and will be reviewing those products in the future. The Abeille Royale night, day and eye creams are all new and I purchased the eye cream, since I don't regularly use one, plus way too many lipsticks. Don't tell my husband!!! Our beautifully coiffed lips ala Guerlain are sealed!

Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive - Deborah Lippmann Get This Party Started Glitter Nail Polish Trio Swatches Review

Swatches! We've got swatches! Lots of swatches!!

For the 2011 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Deborah Lippmann is offering a trio of glitter nail polishes in a set called Get This Party Started. The set is $42 for three full size glitter polishes, which normally cost $18 to $20 each, so that's a nice little savings. One of the polishes has been around for awhile and is one of her most popular, plus there are two brand new polishes in the set. The nail polish set wasn't pictured in the Nordstrom Anniversary catalog, so let's have a preview, shall we?

The set is boxed in a sturdy black box. It houses the famed Lippmann polish Happy Birthday. Now I own every knock-off made of Happy Birthday and I have to tell you, after finally seeing the real thing, there is nothing else like it. The pink glitter polish is called Candy Shop and the black glitter polish is Forget You.

Pictured left to right: Happy Birthday, Candy Shop, Forget You.

In reverse, we have Forget You, Candy Shop and Happy Birthday.


Let's look at them one at a time both in the jar and with a nail swatch. First we'll have Happy Birthday. I'm just so happy to finally have this polish.

Second is the cotton candy pink polish full of glitter, Candy Shop.


Thirdly, we have Forget You, a black polish packed full of glitter.

In my one-fingered swatches, I noted a couple of things. The pink color of Candy Shop is a bit sheer and jellyish compared to the clear Happy Birthday and the black base of Forget You. Forget You is totally opaque in one coat. I imagine these will mostly be used as top glitter-coats, but Forget You will probably be used all on it's own. Happy Birthday can also be used on it's own, and I suppose you could with Candy Shop, but I think it would look better over a base coat.


All three polishes have the same glitter in them. Multiple shapes and multiple colors throughout, but unless I'm really crazy, (a possibility), my eyes tell me all three bear the same exact glitter. Remember that with chunky glitter nail polishes, you can push the glitters around to exactly where you want them, or you can apply them sheerly for just bits of glitter. It just really helps the distribution if you decide where you want the glitter.


I'll be interested to see what you all do with these. They should be in Nordstrom stores and online beginning July 15, 2011. I think they'll be very popular and sell out for sure. Lippmann lovers just can't resist!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat Eye Trio Reviews and Swatches...And More!

Today's lesson, class, is HOW TO APPRECIATE A SPOILED BRAT.

Step One: See the pretty!

Step two: See the pretty in sunlight and admire all it's amazing qualities:

Step Three: Make some Swatches and Admire the Nuances of Color!

The pink has gorgeous fuchsia and violet shimmers to give it the perfect pink look. It can also be used as a blush to tie your look together or on the lips with clear WnW Glassy Gloss over it. The shimmering silver is the most perfect silver you'll ever find. The black has silver shimmers to make it special.

Step Four: Apply the Shadows On Your Eyes:

Step Five: Tell Your Friends!!!!

This is the second best part. Wearing the trio is the first. Wet N Wild makes such great shadows and at such a fabulous price, I seriously just can't believe it. The shadows are silky...like buttah to apply. All Wet N Wild Trios come with a mini brush and a mini sponge brush as well.

When I spied this trio at the store, I knew immediately that I would go outside the box and apply the shades differently than suggested. I often love to put a pink or peach in and just above my crease. I have, well...huge eye space, and it helps blend my eyes with any blush I might wear as well as blending my eye spaces a bit better with the rest of the mug.

This could possibly be my favorite trio so far, although I put off wearing it till I'd tried many others. I thought the colors were kind of bold in the pan but when I used it, I found I could blend them to either boldness or a lighter color...whatever depth I wanted. Love them all but especially the black. The silver glitter is awesome!!! It doesn't fall out all over the face during the day. I had no creasing with any colors, just with my falling eyelids, lol.

I wanted a nude lip with a little bit of color to it, so I applied a nude liner and then put Wet N Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel This Too Shall Glass. I was provided with a sample of some Glassy Gloss which I will give a full review later this week. But here is a pinky gloss on top of the nude liner, in two lightings. One shows the color better; the other shows the juiciness of the gloss.

And again, my look of the day, which wore well. I just couldn't be more thrilled with the Wet N Wild Trios and the Glassy Gloss Lip Gels. There are so many fun looks you can get with them. And should I see you in the store, just know I am stalking all locations for a sighting of the new limited edition trios. I can't miss them!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies Nail Polish Review and Swatches

Well, boys and girls, I did indeed do a manicure of Single Ladies by Deborah Lippmann as I had promised in the previous post. I have some pictures but the manicure cleanup isn't...pretty. Let me tell you about my experience tho because based on my swatching, I was really surprised with how the polish performed. I have at least half or more the available Lippmann polishes and I know the quality that is standard in them. I regret to tell you, my experience with this polish was a little disappointing.

Look at the pretty swatch.

Ahhhh such a pretty cranberry! In fact, in practical application, with two coats the color is more of a black cherry. Black cherry color is ok, I like black cherry, but I am reasonably sure I have a dupe of this in my stash at home. Since I'm out of state right now, I can't compare but maybe you can by looking at the photos.

I had some problems with application, so we're going to look at it real close up. I think it will be kind of obvious.

You can kind of tell that the ring finger and pinky are darker than the pointer and middle fingers. I found this polish to be rather like a jelly and it tended to streak, which took me a thumb and two fingers to figure out. I had to be very careful laying down the first coat because it would pull up if I overlapped. For that reason, I laid down heavier first coats on the ring and pinky. In some of the pictures, you can see the streakiness of the first two fingers.

So it was darker than I thought, ok, and so it can probably be duped, ok...so it goes on a bit streaky and you have to be really careful about how you apply...that's starting to push it a bit for me. But the kiss of death was that after just one day, there is tip wear and I have a couple of chips. How can this be? I used Seche Vite, like I always do...applied two coats of polish, like I always do...used base coat like I always do...and all I did today was go to church and hang out at the pool. I did virtually nothing which should be a problem to my manicure, and yet, I have three nails chipped at the end of the first day. Maybe the problem is simply that this needs three coats? I don't know but color me a little bit disappointed for a $16 Lippmann nail polish.

** As a follow-up ** I was at Nordstrom tonight and showed the MA my manicure and told her the troubles I had. She said I must have a bad bottle and bring it back and trade it in. I think I'll try one more mani and then follow her advice because we KNOW Lippmann's don't chip in one day.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polishes Single Ladies, Stormy Weather and Brick House Swatches - Sneak Peak of Fall 2011

This is a sneak peak of Deborah Lippmann's Fall 2011 collection, featuring three of the colors; Single Ladies, Stormy Weather and Brick House. I didn't purchase Billionaire because they had no testers and I just had to guess and choose the ones I thought I'd wear. The sales person tried to talk me out of Single Ladies based on the color of the bottle and I told her I'm getting it anyway and I'm glad I did. It's nothing like what she was guessing when she was trying to talk me out of it. Weird, huh?

I will be doing a manicure tonight of Single Ladies, but for now, I have swatched them on a nail wheel and want to give you a quick sneak peak of the colors so you get a basic idea in case your store doesn't have testers either. I have taken photos inside and outside in the sun to compare the way the colors look in different lightings.

Single Ladies is a delicious cranberry. It is a little bit sheer and may take three coats for total opaqueness. I'll know for sure later tonight.

Brick House is a frosted burnt orange.


Stormy Weather is a grey. Pure grey. It isn't a nearly black, it is deep grey. I like that you can tell it's grey, instead of being unsure if it's black or grey. In some photos, my red camera is reflected on the edges, so just be sure to know, there is no pink at all in this grey, it's camera fail.


Here's a few more pictures to hold you until you pick yours up.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Help Me! 15 followers shy of 100 on Google Friend Connect

I promise to spam you to death until I get those 15 followers on Google Friend Connect on my blog. It doesn't cost anything. It doesn't send you spam. It just makes my heart overflow with joy to see an even number in triple didgets. :) So, go ahead, make my day. LOL I'm sure I'm not nearly as funny as I think I am, so I apologize. Kinda. bwahahahahaha

Thursday, July 7, 2011

OPI Ulta Exclusive Nail Polishes Summer 2011 - Dupe Alert?

OPI released four exclusive shades of nail polish to be sold only in Ulta in early July. To obtain these polishes, you have to spend $17 in OPI products and then you get one free. Four polishes; $17 x 4 = a lot of money to purchase all four. The two stores I went to seemed to have a lot of confusion about how this works and even what the polishes were.

One store had them behind the counter under lock and key and very strict rules on what could be purchased. They kept referring to the ad, which I didn't have, and seemed to be confused as to the rules of the ad. They stressed me out so I went to a different store.

Three hours after opening, the second store didn't know there were Ulta exclusive OPIs due out that day. They looked in the back and brought out the boxes, and also were confused as to the requirements of the ad. At any rate, I thought they looked interesting so I spent the money and got all four. Looking over my precious goodies in the car, I thought two looked very familiar.

The previous week, I had been shopping at Marshall's and they had these duo packs of Nicole by OPI and I purchased the one that was the least like the colors I already have. It was $6.99 for two polishes.


The colors in the Nicole pack are called Party in the Penthouse and Nicole Spotted. I heard a rumor that they might be from a previous collection.

So you see my delimma once I looked at the OPI Ulta exclusives with the Nicole duo from Marshall's.


I don't have swatches at this point because something's going back, unfortunately it's probably the less expensive Nicole because they are already seperating. But look at OPI I'm an Aqua-holic next to Nicole Party in the Penthouse.


And check out the Nicole Nicole...Spotted next to the Ulta exclusive OPI Sparkle Teal Sunrise. The pictures may not show it, but to the eye, they are identical.


I thought this was interesting to note that if you have the Nicole, you probably don't need the Ulta exclusive OPI colors.

Mac Bloggers Obsession Sonoran Rain Lipglass Swatch and Review FOTD

Recently, Mac Cosmetics chose nine bloggers for a special collection of eyeshadows and lipglasses called Bloggers Obsession. Today I feature for you a lipglass created by blogger Aileen de los Angeles called Sonoran Rain. Read more about her inspiration on her website The Shades of U. This gloss was my lip of choice on July Fourth as I wore some red, white and blue and made it the focus of my face that day.

Sonoran Rain is described as a deep reddened coral with gold and silver shimmers. A close-up picture shows this well.


It was kind of a blustery day that day. I have some really hilarious photos of my hair flying in every direction, but I won't bore you with those, I'll just show you some typical "look at a full face shot of this gloss" photos.



On the eyes, I am wearing Sephora's jumbo waterproof liner pencils in Taupe and Grey. They wore very well with no creasing and I applied them without my usual eye prepping ritual. LORAC 3D was my mascara of choice. Dior Aurora glossed over my cheeks. Here's a closed eye picture so you can kind of see the pencils on the eyes.


I can't seem to help wrinkling my nose like a bunny in the sun. Maybe I need to try some kind of instant freeze thing to put on my nose/cheek before going outside to take photos. Who knows, maybe it could work?

I will review all the Blogger's Collection Lipglasses in one post, but I'm having a lot of fun working with them and I really feel that they seem to be superior in texture and wear to any regular lipglass that I've worn prior.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme Nail Polish Swatches and Review

Look at this beauty in the bottle, she called to me and I couldn't resist. This is Deborah Lippmann Lara's Theme created for supermodel Lara Stone. It was introduced for spring/summer 2011.

Lippmann polishes apply like a dream. This one could have been a one-coater but I'm a two coat kind of girl, so I applied two coats.


It's a beautiful orange color. I compared it to Dior Aloha and the Aloha is a bit redder and the Lippmann is a bit creamier by comparison, slightly lighter. The comparison pictures didn't really show the difference which is more evident in person.

So this is my uber-cool manicure of the day to go shopping with.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Best Fruit Bars I've Eaten - That's It - You've Got to Try Them

Believe me, this is a beauty related post.  I was provided with some fruit bars to try and see what I thought of them.  They are called That's It fruit bars.  The name comes from the bars being loaded with fruit...and that's it!  No added sugars, no fats, no preservatives and no nuts for those with allergies.  Just fruit.  And we all need fruit to stay healthy and keep our beauty glow, so this is a good choice for me to review.

Each bar contains two full servings of fruit in one bar. Awesome as the USDA recommends in our new food graph, triangle, pie chart or whatever, that we get two to four servings of fruit per day. So for 100 calories, you've satisfied your hunger, the USDA, and gotten a tasty treat.

For anyone with food allergies or other dietary troubles, these bars are low on the Glycemic Index, they are Kosher, Vegan and Gluten Free and provide 3 grams of fiber per bar. They come in several different varieties.

The samples I received included a bar with 1 apple and 3 apricots, a bar with one apple and 10 cherries, and a bar with 1 apple and 1 pear. We received three of each flavor, a generous amount to sample. I like fruit in all forms, so I enjoyed these bars. They were like eating dried fruit only better. The apple and apricot was my favorite. Those are my two favorite fruits anyway, and they didn't disappoint.

I found these bars to be satisfying, and a great snack. The fiber is always a benefit and I enjoyed these so much that I started craving them. CRAVING them. My son and my husband sampled the bars as well and were heavily quizzed as to their opinions. I can't get my husband to eat a piece of fruit no matter how hard I try; I always figured he'd end up with scurvy. But he really liked the fruit bars! He said he could eat them regularly and that is a ringing endorsement from someone who doesn't enjoy eating a piece of fruit on it's own. His favorite was the apple and cherry bar, but liked all of them. My son is 16 and is a fruit eater but he didn't' care for the apple/cherry bar...just personal preference.

I really loved the That's It fruit bars. I like to snack and these are perfect for me. They can be found at Amazon.com and That's It Fruit.  The bars retail for $19.99 for a box of 12 of one type or you can order the variety pack of three flavors for $21.18.  Check out their website for more information and a delicious treat. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Stylish Blogger Award - Take One and Pass it On!

I received the Stylist Blogger Award from I Color Outside the Lines.  Thanks so much.  It's so great to know that there are readers out there who enjoy my silly little blog. 



The Rules
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2. List 7 things about yourself that you haven't mentioned before
3. Tag 7 people and let them know you done so!

Let's start with Number 2....Seven things about myself I haven't mentioned before:
   1.  I'm an alien from another planet.  Ok, not really but I bet I haven't said that before.
   2.  Blue is my favorite color.
   3.  I love Baseball.
   4.  I live in the US and have visited Mexico and Canada but have never left the North American Continent.
   5.  I have a hard time deciding which I like better Hawaii or New York City.  Both WONDERFUL places to visit.
    6.  I used to be obssessed with Mickey Mouse.
    7.  Sometimes, I go to the movies just for the popcorn.

I'm a pretty open person, once I start gabbing, so trying to think of seven things to say about myself that I haven't mentioned before was not so easy!

Here's seven blogs you should check out:
    1.   Glitter Gloss Garbage
    2.  Makeup Magpie
    3.  NaturalNChic Makeup
    4.  Skin Scrubs
    5.  Once Bitten
    6.  loodie loodie loodie
    7.  Bonny Binnacle

There are so many blogs that I love and read regularly.  You can view any of them on my various listings and any could easily be on that list above.  I've tried to link to blogs you might not regularly be reading.  Have fun!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Wet N Wild Cool As A Cucumber Eyeshadow Trio Plus Mac Blogger's Obsession Lipglass All My Purple Life Swatches and Review

That was pretty much the longest title in the history of blogging but today I want to emphasize two awesome products from two different companies that I combined for a look that was fun and both products are going to get a lot of use in my makeup arsenal.

First up is the Wet N Wild eyeshadow trio entitled Cool As A Cucumber. It comes with a sponge applicator and a little brush. There is a shimmery green, a shimmery plummy purple and a shimmery light mint color.


I swatched the colors with my fingertips on my hand. It gave me a good idea of the shimmer, although lightly.


The amount of pigment transferred to my fingertips impressed me. Wet N Wild shadows have such great pigment!!! The best in the drugstore, and for only $2.99!! Check it out!

Next, I laid down some Nars Smudgeproof shadow base on my hand and swatched again, with a result that was more suitable for pictoral exposure.


After all this investigation, I had to put the trio on the eyes, right? I have several different photos in different lighting as I'm trying to find the best way to photograph in full on sun and in my vacation locale. It's quite a challenge to me.

My Look of The Day was finished off with LORAC 3D mascara, Dior Aurora Bronzer and a new lipglass by Mac as part of the Blogger's Obsession Collection. Mac Cosmetics took the cosmetic and blogging worlds by storm when they brought together nine beauty bloggers, asking to each take their individual vision and use it to create one product, either an eyeshadow or a lipglass.

The lipglass I've featured in this look today was created by blogger Patrice Yursik known in the blogosphere as Afrobella. Check out her blog for her vision, but continue on to see what that vision became. Mac describes this gloss as a deep purple grape color with light sparkle. Oh, but it is so much more!


In the tube, it seems to be a non-assuming deep purple, but it's interest and individuality explodes once set free.


It is deep violet toned. My favorite!!! I am loving purples for the lips lately and anything that is a red toned purple comes home to mama. Some sparkle just ensures it won't be far from my hot little hands.


You HAVE to know this about this lipglass...it looks great when first applied. It looks JUST as great after several hours which include eating and drinking. This is one of the best lipglasses I've ever used. As it wears, it wears to a shiny plum stain. It still looks like you're wearing gloss. It's amazing! I don't know how they did it, but honestly, this is the best wearing gloss I've used. EVER!

I've got to show you the evidence...after drinking a coke on the way to eat, a coke, water and tea at the restaurant and eating...this is how it looked in the restaurant with no touchup. See what you notice besides the awkward restaurant lighting. PF Chang's by the way. Yum!

Seriously!!!! How can that be? I have no liner or lipstick layered beneath and my gloss still looked fabulous!! Outstanding!!!

So I've showed you the after photo, now I'll show you the before with pictures of everything together in different locations with different lighting as I try to discover my photo spot while I'm here. :)


The middle picture above was so darned flattering, I just couldn't wait to show it to you, (bleh), but it is in a different lighting, so vanity can be pushed aside to show you fabulous products. I really think Patrice made this lipglass with me in mind. Try it and see if you don't feel exactly the same!

Currently out of stock on Mac.com, it can be purchased for $14.50 in the US when it comes back online.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Deborah Lippmann I Know What Boys Like Blasted by Sephora By OPI

Deborah Lippmann released a nail polish for Spring/Summer 2011 that I wanted just based on the name alone. It's called I Know What Boys Like. I love the name because I've kissed a boy and I liked it, so when I was in a place where I could test it, I did and purchased it. It is a slightly purple toned medium depth blue. What you will see below is two coats of I Know What Boys Like and the shineyness is the color itself, no top coat.

My husband isn't crazy about blue on my nails so I wore it alone for about three days and promised him an amazing crackle job that he really likes with this color. I put Silver Blasted from Sephora by OPI and it turned my manicure into something that he really loves.



Of course, I have enjoyed it both ways. Alone and blasted.


All crackle/shatter/blasted colors crack in different ways. I particularly like the way this one cracks over the Lippmann. I have no top coat in any of these pictures. While I was playing around, enjoying my summer vacation, I just happened to notice that my mani choice matches the pool! Awesome!!



I purchased the Lippmann polish at Nordstrom for $16 and the Sephora for OPI at Sephora for $9.50.

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