Thursday, September 29, 2011

Color Club Fractured Nail Collection Pictures and Swatches

Another jaunt thru Fred Meyer...I know, right? Sometimes they just have everything!!!! For the second time ever, I found a Color Club nail collection there. This one was, as you can see by the title, the Fractured Collection. Fractured = Shattered = Crackle = Cracked = you get the idea. This is a picture of the display, each piece retailing for $4.99 in my area:

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I purchased three; Tattered in Gold, Splitting Image, and Kiss And Break Up, or as you see in the picture, gold, royal blue, and fuchsia pink. I thought these were the most interesting and different from the other shatter/crackle top coats that I already have.

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Since I was already wearing my Breast Cancer Angel China Glaze Go Go Pink, it seemed like it would be a good idea to apply Kiss and Break Up over it...love, love, love!! Another manicure that matches my phone case!! (Thanks, Kelsy!) I then did some comparison swatches. I found this brand to begin to fragment immediately, which I was a little unprepared for as you can see by my index finger. I had to be much more careful applying the other fingers and used a three stroke pattern. I can't wait to try the other two colors and see if they apply the same, which I imagine they will.

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Kiss and Break Up is the most different from any of the other pinks or purple shatters and crackles that are out and that shows easily in comparison swatches. In the following photo, directly on top of the Color Club is China Glaze, a darker purple. To the far right is LA Splash, a dusty matte purple.

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In the next photo, on the top is LA Girl Cracked in Fractured, a darker purple which is still different and lighter than the China Glaze. They're all different purple colors. Ah, crackle/shatter/fracture can be so fun!

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In the above photo, you can see the blue, (Splitting Image), compared with Sally Hansen Distressed Denim Crackle Overcoat on the upper left and LA Girl Rupture Cracked on top. The Sally Hansen is darker blue and the LA Girl Cracked is more of an aqua color.

The next shot might be a little confusing. Some of the blues look similar, but in person, they are all visibly different. The Color Club looks so similar to OPI Turqouise Shatter in the pictures but it's really not in person. The turquoise is much more teal while Splitting Image is a true shimmering blue. On the top from left to right are OPI Blue Shatter, OPI Turquoise Shatter, OPI Navy Shatter, and Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat. Each of these breaks differently into patterns, and have different viscosities but they are all very different colors of blue in person. And I have to say that the Color Club is my favorite of the blues.

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The following is the best picture I have of the gold. It kind of got neglected in my over analysis of the other colors. I can't help it, I just love color and the varying nuances of each hue are interesting to me. Truly, the shades differences in life give me great enjoyment. Look at a sunset and see how many shades of blue, purple, orange, red and gold there are and how they morph from one to another. One of my greatest joys is also one of my biggest downfalls...how many blue crackle/shatter/fractures does one person really need? LOL

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So for those of you who aren't sick of shatter, or even if you are, which of these are your favorite of the colors? No kidding, I'm dying to know. Do you find the small changes of tint as interesting as I do?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dior 3 Couleurs Smokey Khaki Eyeshadow Palette Swatches And Review



Dior recently came out with several eyeshadow trios designed to build a smokey eye look in a variety of tone-on-tone color schemes. Today I'm going to review the Dior Smokey Khaki Eyeshadow Trio.

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These compacts are in a super cool little set up where you slide the top back to expose the colors and a mirror pops up. They come with a sponge tip applicator and a little double-ended brush. They retail for $48 USD and can be found wherever Dior is sold. I purchased mine at Nordstrom.

Each palette has a shimmery base shade, a shimmery lid shade and an accent shade that has a little bit of sparkle for an ooomph to that smokey eye. The Khaki trio begins with a golden wheat base shade. The lid shade is a satiny green khaki and the accent shade is a sparkling grey khaki. They combine together for a very sophisticated look. The sparkle in the top right shade isn't an over-the-top kind of glitter, but a shimmer with sparkle that really works.

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I have a few "on the eye" pictures so you can get an idea of how it works. I lined with Chanel Ebene Waterproof Liner, which is a greyish black. I put the accent shade over the top of the liner and it made it shine green, which was unexpected yet rather cool.

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I hope this gives you an idea of what the Smokey Khaki Trio looks like. The swatches were really hard to get as the flash just seemed to really LOVE that base shade!!

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Do you have any of the Dior trios? Which is your favorite and how are you using it?

Bobbi Brown Introduces The Pink Ribbon Collection To Support Breast Cancer Research



I got an email from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics announcing their Pink Ribbon Collection in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, (October). The set includes Pink Lip Color and Bellini High Shimmer Lip Gloss. With the purchase of each set, $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization which funds cinical and translational research thruout the world. At this time until the end of October, with a purchase of this set, you receive free shipping. Beautiful items for a great cause. This set will only be available online. Visit Bobbibrowncosmetics.com or Nordstrom.com for more information.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Madre Labs Review Plus Huge Giveaway From IHerb



Please note, I've experienced a few days delay in announcing a winner. There has been a death in the family. Winner should be announced by Sunday the 16th. I apologize and thank you for your understanding.


You read the title right...it's a HUGE giveaway and it's sponsored by Iherb.com. First I'm going to show you what the winner receives, tell you about the products and then I'll cover how to enter. These items shall be sent to the winner from Iherb.com. :

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Madre Labs is one of the many brands sold on Iherb, which specializes in natural products. You'll see that all the Madre Labs items carry the "No No-No's" seal. This means the products have no sulfates, no parabens, no dyes, no animal ingredients and no animal testing. All ingredients are considered gentle, biodegradable and "green" and have received good safety ratings. They are all in eco-friendly packaging. These are things you can feel really good about when you use these products. Read more about it on the Madre Labs website.

One day I was sitting around the house when a very large box arrived at my door. I did the usual song and dance with my husband...you know the one..."I didn't order ANYTHING, I swear". I opened the box and found all the above products for my sampling. I was shocked. When I agreed to sample some products from Madre Labs, I assumed there would be tiny little one use samples, but the products were generous full sizes, allowing me to use them thoroughly to give you an accurate analysis.

As it happens, I had just learned about using sulfate free products on my hair and the benefits of such items. I have coarse curly hair. It's unruly and I'd decided it was time to try suflate free just before these arrived. I chose the Strawberry Oasis scented Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner for my testing as it is for dry hair. I gave the Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner to my men because it's for normal hair.

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I really want to tell you about the aroma of these. You can tell when using the products that they are all natural, including the scents used. I really love the Pomegranante and Mellow Mist scent of the set I gave my guys. It's fresh and inviting. LOVE it!!! My own set, when I first used it, reminded me of the products in hotels on Maui when we used to go there a lot. The products were made with fresh island oils and ingredients and I got that same fresh clean natural scented feeling from my Strawberry Oasis. I like that. Really like that.

I had been using Fekkai Glossing Shampoo and conditioner prior to this and I just felt like it wasn't doing much for me anymore. I've been using it for many years but it wasn't moisturizing enough. I can honestly tell you that I've never used a better conditioner on my hair than the Madre Labs Moisturizing Conditioner. My normally coarse hair is softer and shinier!!! If you have coarse curly hair, you know how difficult it is to get shiny. My hair is shiny with this product, even when I wear it curly!! That's a FIRST for me!

I use the leave-in hair conditioner after shampooing and each time before I flat iron. I think it performs and protects my hair admirably. And I enjoy the fresh minty scent of the body wash in my shower. No complaints whatsoever.

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As it happens, I was also looking for a new body moisturizer.

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I keep the hand creme in my purse and use the body moisturizer daily. Neither of these products is scented. For most people, that's really positive as some people are allergic to scents on the skin. Also, if you use perfume, the lotion won't compete or conflict with your scent. I don't use perfume, so I would like a little scent in my lotion but I can appreciate that these products are made without it and how beneficial that is to most people.

Some samples that were in my box also include a trio of baby samples. I confess I put them aside and forgot all about them because I don't have a baby, but I will be passing them to a friend to try. The trio includes Tear Free Shampoo and Body Wash, Unscented Everyday Lotion, and Bitty Bottom Cream. How funny is that name? lol

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The three smaller packages in the front of the first picture contain samples of some of Madre Labs superfoods. There is a CocoCeps sample, an organic dark cocoa blended drink; an Immune Punch sample, and a sample of Midori Greens. I haven't sampled these yet, but you can read about them here and here.

So the Madre Labs is given the Polarbelle Seal of Approval. I love that they have No No-No's. I like that they are cruelty-free and all natural. I'd like to thank Iherb.com for providing me the opportunity to try these products and for sponsoring this giveaway to my readers.

And this brings us to the details for the GIVEAWAY!!!! The winner gets a box full of the products mentioned here. This is a value of $88 USD. This giveaway is open to US and International residents. If the winner is outside the US, they are responsible for any duty or customs charges.

(If you are an international entrant, you must make sure your country is eligible for this giveaway,meaning it has to be one of the countries that Iherb ships to. To do this, go to Iherb.com, add a product to the shopping cart, and then click the drop down country menu below the shopping cart to see if your country is in list. Only the countries listed by IHerb are eligible).

TO ENTER:

To win this fabulous prize 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. It's very simple to sign up for GFC, and it doesn't send you spam. Just click on "sign in" in the "Members" area and it will walk you thru signing up.

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.


This contest will run for two weeks, ending Monday October 10, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Within 48 hours, the winner will be chosen via Random.org. Once the winner is chosen, they will need to register on Iherb.com in order to claim their prize. The products will be shipped directly from Iherb. Again, if the winner is outside the US and a country Iherb ships to, the winner is responsible for any duty/customs fees/taxes incurred.

Please make sure you've read all the rules. Remember to tell your friends when you enter to refer to you sending them so you get that extra entry. 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. Have fun!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

China Glaze And Seche Vite Support Breast Cancer Angels Set


October is the month that everything turns PINK as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year, Seche Vite and China Glaze have teamed together to offer a sweet little duo that benefits Breast Cancer Angels. Breast Cancer Angels is a group that works with patients and their families. Purchasing this set helps support this needed and appreciated supportive network.

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In the set is a bottle of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, an amazing way to end any manicure, and a China Glaze nail polish in the color Go Go Pink, a soft lovely baby pink. Completing the set is a beaded angel keychain, approximately 4 inches in total length with the angel being approximately one inch long. I apologize that I don't remember what I paid and as it was in cash, I also didn't have a receipt so I can't tell you how much it is.

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When I applied the first coat of Go Go Pink, it was streaky. I applied a thicker second coat and it evened most of it out. I had a time deadline or I would have applied three thinner coats and the Seche Vite. It's such a delicate color and it's going to be awesome under some nail art.

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If you have, like I, friends and family that you've lost to this awful disease, please support Breast Cancer research. You can do so and have some lovely pretties by purchasing specific items now thru October that specify supporting Breast Cancer Research, The Susan G. Komen For The Cure, (formerly known as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation), or Breast Cancer Angels. Be sure to look for pink in all the places you shop.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fred Meyer Is The "Drugstore" Cosmetic Mecca

That's a pretty bold statement in my title, don't you think? Maybe so, but I can totally back it up. Fred Meyer is a wonderland of all sorts for Pacific Northwesterners...Alaska, Washington, and Oregon residents. You may know a similar store named Frye's or Kroeger. Your special customer rewards card will work equally at all three chains as they're affiliated.

I love Fred Meyer. It came to my town when I was a kid, and as soon as I was old enough, I'd walk to it with my allowance and plunk it down for licorice and baseball cards. Times have changed, as have I, and now I drive over to fork over my moolah for clothes and the best of all the drugstore cosmetics. I prefer to grocery shop and buy housewares there too, but I never go without a wander thru the cosmetics and clothing sections and my men keep the electronics department in business.

But let's focus on the cosmetic department. They have all the standard stuff so you can find what you're specifically looking for...but ooooooooh, they have so much more. You know all the neat special edition stuff that comes out for every holiday and every so often as mini-collections? Yeah, they have all that. I can brag on our Fred Meyer stores in Anchorage for being among the first in the nation to have the Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Eyeshadow Palette Collection. Booyah!!

As drugstore cosmetics brands have upped their game with the latest in technologies and items to keep in trend, so has Fred Meyer. And in my area, they are going all out to keep the customer satisfied by bringing in what we want. They totally "get" us.

Look at what I found last week. I was really blown away. I didn't know this existed...

Fred Meyer has this new display of LED Gel polishes and LED lights to cure them. 36 colors!!! Plus LED Prep and Removers!! The colors are just $9.99 each and the portable curing lights are only $19.99. The best part of bringing a previously unreachable way to polish at home to the masses is that they do it WITH coupons!! Seriously!! Buy one LED color and get one half off. Fred Meyer rocks with coupons. There's almost always a buy one get one in cosmetics of one brand or another, and every week there's a 20% off clothing. Super kudos.

I went by today to pick up some office supplies. Of course I had to cruise through cosmetics and was delighted to see how they'd put extra effort into some of the Halloween displays this week. I thought it was cute and inviting. My apologies to the woman who wouldn't move so I could get a picture. >:p

Wet N Wild Cosmetics have become a drugstore favorite in the past couple of years. The pigmentation of the products is superb. And you can't beat the prices. The offerings are varied, interesting and fun. Fred Meyer rocks in bringing in the Wet N Wild. I don't even think our Wal Marts carry the line anymore. They are the cosmetics wasteland. So forlorn. Walgreens came to town last year and is cosmetically disappointing for SURE!! When there's a nationwide Wet N Wild sale at Walgreens, our Walgreens puts a tag over the sale price and charges regular price. Scammers!!!!! Anyway, you won't find these goodies anyplace in my town except Fred Meyer:

Of course, they carry the latest from other brands, too.

And look at the Color Club Fractured that I got there yesterday:

I would have taken pictures of the Loreal and Maybelline special displays but they've been out for a couple of weeks and are shopped out. Gee, I wonder who would have done that? :-0

I have to say I'm not big into Halloween but when Fred Meyer put out the Wet N Wild Halloween stuff a couple weeks ago, I bought a load. And then today, seeing the displays all spider webby, well, that just made me really excited to think about what will be coming from Fred Meyer and drugstore brands for Christmas!! I can't wait to start seeing pictures of the Christmas collections on the web!

Are you as excited to see what the drugstore brings as I am?

Barielle Elle's Spell NOTD Swatches and Review

First of all, I would like to apologize to my readers for my absence of five or so days. My husband had a fall last week and it seems that he's cracked some ribs. I haven't quite waited on him hand and foot but it has kept me a bit busier than usual and for my absence, I apologize. Please don't leave me!! :)

Despite my sudden surge in chores, I have managed a manicure for the week. It is Barielle Elle's Spell. This polish quickly reached cult status and I searched high and low for it for months. I had seen it on many blogs and gazed with longing at the pictures. I searched for so long, I had about given up, but it's always the darkest before dawn, right? One day I happened to find a couple bottles suddenly on a shelf in Ulta. Oh yeah, you bet I bought them both!! This week is my first time wearing it.


The polish is a cranberry colored red jelly with flakies of red suspended within. The flakes of glitter give off different colors and you can see the flash of the camera has made them look orange in the subsequent photograph, but they are decidedly red. I don't see any orange when I look at it on the nail.


I took a blurry photo to show you how you can see the flashes of different colors when you move your hands around as the light hits the flakes.


Who doesn't love a jelly polish? And who doesn't love flakey glitter? It's super fun!

Barielle nail polishes are Big 3 free and I found mine at Ulta for $6.00 USD.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beauty Blogazons Roundup


Check out some of the best offerings of the week from the Beauty Blogazons:

Cosmetically Challenged Show's you how to become a "Spoiled Brat" Using Wet N Wild and NYX

Royal Beauty Designs 6 Reasons Why I Love My New Cargo Laguna Blush


Midnight Manicures My Second Julep Maven Box


Nailfiled Glitter Galore: Tony Moly Galaxy Collection


Polish Fixation Prevail: Concrete Jungle...Hello Holo!!


Beauty and Fashion Tech: The Best Cheap Mascara and How to Wear it


Girl Gloss: 2011 Fall Fashion Trends


Polish Insomniac has been sucked back into the Cult! Cult Nails Hypnotizing + Cult Nails Awakening = AWESOME SAUCE!


Polarbelle encourages you to store your precious products in a wonderful cosmetic bag embossed with your name 
Nailderella Nails Oops! My nails are on fire thanks to Nfu Oh 45!


Purple Eye Diamond- Eye Of The Day


Red Hair And Black Nailpolish Do you like Candy? :)


Glitter.Gloss.Garbage Evil Eye Quad Swatches From The MAC Me Over Collection


Addicted To All Things Pretty Adele Inspired Nails

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Swatches! Review! China Glaze Haunting Collection for Halloween 2011

I promised swatches of the China Glaze Haunting Collection as part of the previous post but I feel a little bit of a review is required so I am creating a *ta da!* new post. As of this writing, I only have half the collection. My local Sally Beauty has it all in but hasn't unpacked it, so maybe by tomorrow, I will have the other half to swatch for you.

The set I have is this one:


It includes, from left to right, It's Alive, Goulish Glow, Black Crackle and China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat. On the box, it pictures putting It's Alive on a nail, Goulish Glow Top Coat over that, then Black Crackle, and finally Fast Forward Top Coat. I thought I'd try that on a nail wheel since I have already applied my fabulous manicure of the week.

From left to right on the nail wheel, I have two coats of It's Alive, two coats of It's Alive with one coat of Fast Forward Top Coat. Then I have one coat of It's Alive plus two coats of Goulish Glow. Next is one coat of It's Alive plus one coat of Goulish Glow. The first crackle is one coat of It's Alive plus one coat of Goulish Glow and finished with Black Crackle; the next crackle is the same plus one coat of Fast Forward over it. On the far right side of the wheel is one coat of Goulish Glow.


It's Alive is about the coolest green I've seen. It's chocked full of glitters, both regular and hexagonal, and is a medium grassy green that works equally for Frankenstein's brains as it does for Christmas. It's one of the prettiest greens I've seen. I love it. The top coat doesn't affect the glitteriness, it just makes it seem slightly darker. No top coat on left, top coat on right.


When I did the nail wheel, I "charged" it by a light for a moment and then went into a dark room to see the glow. Goulish glow all by itself had radical glow. Awesome!! One coat over It's Alive wasn't really great. I could hardly see it. Two coats over It's Alive had much more glow, but you can't really see the green of It's Alive under it in the light or dark. This portion of the nail wheel has, on the left, two coats of Goulish Glow over one coat of It's Alive and on the right, one coat of Goulish Glow over one coat of It's Alive. You can see that the more coats you use, the milkier the Goulish Glow will look over another color.

I was disappointed in using one coat of each It's Alive and Goulish Glow under Black Crackle. I couldn't see a glow between the cracks. My suggestion would be if you want to crackle the glow, to leave out It's Alive and use probably three coats of Goulish Glow and crackle it. I also like it better with the Fast Forward Top Coat over it. On the left, no top coat and the swatch on the right is with Top Coat. I think Black Crackle over It's Alive without the Goulish Glow will be an awesome manicure.


Hopefully I will have the rest of the colors for you very soon, but in the meantime, here's some other lovely Halloween goodies that look like fun.


I'm not big into Halloween itself. It's cold here during Halloween. It can be 30 degrees or 10 below, but I do love the myriad of special makeup collections that come out at this time. They're fun. I think I'll be a doofus and wear the Glow In The Dark Lipstick to the movies with the girls. How about you? Do you love these fun little collections or are they a total pass for you?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

China Glaze Haunting Collection for Halloween 2011


Today I have a press release from China Glaze for their Halloween Collection, entitled Haunting. It features glitters, glow-in-the-dark and crackle. I have the set of four and am hoping to find, (soon), the other set as well. Near the end of the day, I will be adding real life swatches, so come back to see. And on we go..

HAUNTING BEAUTY AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

China Glaze Introduces a Daringly Dark Collection of Purely Pigmented Crèmes and High Coverage Glitters for Halloween 2011


Los Angeles, CA – (July 2011): Halloween is all about over-the-top style and China Glaze has just what every girl and ghoul needs to complete their costume. Put the finishing touches on any look with the new China Glaze HAUNTING collection – a six-piece set of mysterious colors and effects perfect for All Hallows Eve, including a glow-in-the-dark Top Coat and a ‘crackling’ top coat for a cobweb effect.

China Glaze captures the spirits lurking in the dark in six sexy, sophisticated shades that are on trend, exciting and will be on every costume crafter’s “must have” list. Whether a look is dark and mysterious, or bold and dramatic, China Glaze’s HAUNTING collection pulls together any ensemble and will undoubtedly make heads turn – just like China Glaze’s celebrity followers (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Nicole Ritchie and Dita Von Teese, to name a few)! Colors in this collection include:


· Haunting: Shadowy black with shimmering silver glitter

· Crimson: Deep purple crème with a hint of blood red

· Near Dark: Rich mossy green crème

· It’s Alive: Vibrant green glitter

· Ghoulish Glow: Glow-in-the-Dark top coat

· Black Mesh: Crackle Glaze top coat for a cobweb-like crackle effect


The China Glaze HAUNTING collection will be available as open stock colors, 18 piece counter display, and as part of a special “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” set featuring China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat.


China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries

For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women. Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

Sephora Jumbo Waterproof Liners & Mac Bloggers Obsession Evolution Revolution Lipglass


One day in June, I was in a Sephora and picked up a couple of their Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner Waterproof 12 hour wear pencils. At only ten dollars each, I thought these could be a real steal if they live up to their name. Well, they do. They are waterproof and easily wear at least 12 hours without creasing. I was so impressed, I went back and got several more.

As you can see in the picture below, they are approximately the length of an iphone. In my picture, from left to right, are: 16 Glitter Black, 03 Grey, 07 Brown, 04 Taupe, 13 Marine, 15 Purple and 09 Kaki.


You can use these as liners, as shadow base or as shadow itself. It's up to you. And let me tell you that the glitter in the Glitter Black liner stays put...it doesn't budge!

I want to show you what I did the first day I tried them out...the day which convinced me to go back and buy more. I wore a very simple look of just two Jumbo Pencils and finished with Mac Bloggers Obsession Evolution Revolution.

Here's some closeups using Taupe and Grey on the eyes. I like these pictures because you can see the reflection of the swimming pool in my eyes. lol. Kinda cracks me up.


A closeup of Mac Evolution Revolution Lipglass is next. If you're still on the fence about whether to get this or not, you need to hurry because it's going to be off the website soon. Last call status!!

The standard couple of full face makeup shots to get an idea of the overall look:

And a picture of a Cosmetic Blogger trying to control her hair in swirling wind with her tools of trade in her hands:



So tell me, what have you tried from Sephora Collection? Have you tried these liners? Aren't the prices wonderful!?!?!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Today's Nail of The Day Isn't For The Faint of Heart - Beauty Treats Silver Sparkles Nail Polish

I like bling. I adore bling. Even so, this manicure may be a little over the top for every day wear. It would be great for New Year's Eve, don't you think? I'm going to wear it at least till Wednesday when I go to Nordstrom for Triple Points weekend because I really want to see how this polish sparkles in those lights. They make everything a little sparklier and brighter.

We had a place open called Dollar Zone, so I had to wander in there to see if they had any cool polishes. They did. We don't have Dollar Tree or anything like that in Alaska. Everything in there is in the range of a dollar...plus.

They had LA Girl polishes, which was nice to find if I use up my multi-packs, and they had a brand called Beauty Treats. I picked up a few to try. They were around $1.39 each. The one I am showing today is called Silver Sparkles, #412.

This polish is fairly dense and complex. It has two sizes of silver hexagonal shaped glitters which are holographic. I think there is small round silver glitter in there too but honestly, the shine is so plentiful that I can't see the individual pieces well. The light just bounces off the hex glitter pieces like you wouldn't believe.

The polish has a clear base but the glitter is thick enough I almost could have done just one coat. I did two to ensure full coverage and then put Seche Vite over the top for a quick dry. It didn't hurt the holo whatsoever.

And just because it's fun to see a glittery polish blurred for maximum light reflection, I'm including this photo:


So what do you think? Too much glittah? Not enough? Would you wear this for a mani of the week like I'm going to?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

On 9-11-11, We Pay Tribute






On the tenth anniversary of the most heinious act of war on American soil, we play tribute to the victims of 9-11-01. They were sisters, brothers, moms and dads, children, aunts and uncles, granparents, friends and neighbors. They were in four planes, two towers, the Pentagon and rescue workers who ran into sheer terror and certain death to help people survive and those who didn't.

We remember the fallen:

2819 dead from 115 nations

343 Firemen/Paramedics

23 NYPD

37 Port Authority Officers


Today we honor the victims that fell on 9-11-01 but we do not forget the long list of those who voluntarily have taken up arms to fight against terrorism in order that this may never happen again. They continue to fight and we lose men and women of the armed forces nearly every day, creating more widows/widowers, children without parents, parents who lose their children, and the list goes on.

We will never forget. We honor each of you on this day and every day. Your deaths are not in vain. We will never forget.



Saturday, September 10, 2011

Last Day To Enter A Fabulous Giveaway


Today, you only have until Midnight Pacific Coast Time to enter my giveaway. HURRY! You can find it at this link. Entries MUST be made at the link, not attached to THIS post.

Just a reminder, it will take several days to calculate all the entries and I will use random.com to pick the winner. So hang in there for a few days until I've been able to determine the winner. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Watch Wrinkles Disappear With The BioBliss Patch



Have you wanted to turn back the hands of time just a little? Without injections or surgery? Now you can with the Biobliss forehead patch. This thing is amazing. I'll be stocking up on these the next time a class reunion comes around, or a family picture, you can be sure of that!

I first heard of the Biobliss patch when I ready Cindy's review on Prime Beauty. I thought the results she had were astounding because I could actually see the difference in the pictures. One hour with the patch and wrinkles are diminished. Truly incredible.

When I was offered a patch to try, I jumped at the opportunity. If you are over 40, you will try just about anything to retain that youthful look that is so important in today's society, especially if you're plastering your face all over the internet via a beauty blog.

This patch couldn't be easier. It comes with a list of easy to follow directions, which are also included on the pouch that holds the patch. Additionally, you receive two small pouches that hold wipes; one for cleansing and one for moisturizing. The cleansing wipe is used prior to the patch and the moisturizing wipe used after.

And here's where my story takes a sad turn. I thought I should use the patch on my husband. He's had a difficult physical job which has given him deep lines, scars and such. He has a rough ruddy complexion and since he's become an executive in his business, the lines have deepened with the stress, much like what happens to a president in office. He is also 5 1/2 years older than I am, so it seemed appropriate to have him try it as he's just got more and deeper lines than I do.

My husband agreeded to be my test model. Once he was done, I knew I'd made a huge mistake. I SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS TO MYSELF!!! Idiot!!! What was I thinking!!! His skin was so smooth and the lines were clearly diminished that I was jealous I'd been so gracious as to test this product on him. I'm so sad!!!

I want to show you some of his before and after pictures and tell you a little more about the patches themselves and the process. Here he is just sitting, relaxed, watching tv or something, before the patch.


Wanna see him after the patch? Seriously!! Why didn't I do this myself? I didn't need to be nice to him, he's my husband. Gah!!! Look at this!!!

I gave my husband the cleansing towelette first and he cleansed his forehead with it. It's very important to do this to remove dirt and oils. The skin needs to dry completely before you stick the patch on your forehead.

The Biobliss patch has a little on off switch in it that blinks for the hour that you're to leave it on, just in case you lose track of where you are. After removal of the patch, you take the Hydrating Lotion Towelette and wipe your forehead. Easy Peasy. Here's the ol' man wearing the patch while watching tv or playing his computer game and/or both.

Now I should tell you that he has sensitive skin. None of the products bothered him, made him itch or break out, and he found the patch to be non-obstrusive as he wore it. Didn't bother him a bit.

The patch is very lightweight and comes pre-filled with some natural products such as:

Hydrolonic Acid - this is naturally found in the body and helps with collagen production in the skin

Aceytl Hexapeptide - this is a commonly used cosmetic ingredient which helps reduce the intensity of facial muscle contractions...the very thing that gives you wrinkles.

Vitamin B5 - a powerful antioxidant

You can read more about the patches, as well as the ingredients on www.Biobliss.com. Typical results are said to last three to five days.

So let's look at more before and after photos, beginning with the furrowing of the brow.


And then, we have the eyebrow lift, (this makes me laugh. It looks like I said "next you'll be testing lipstick' and he said 'whaaaaaaaat?'):


You can clearly see by my husband's pictures that these patches do, indeed, work. They're amazing. When they make patches for the upper cheeks, I'll have to buy them in bulk thanks to a blistering Mexican sunburn when I was 20. Kids, listen, wear sunscreen because just one sunburn can mark you for life. Mine did.

If you're interested, take a gander over to Biobliss and check out their guarantee on their website. They are currently running a fantastic special.  You don't want to miss it.

I was given a sample of the Biobliss patch by the company to try with no promise of compensation. I don't have an affiliate relationship with this company but provide the link for your ease. Additionally, I have learned not to use skincare products on my husband but to hoard them for myself!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I'm Excited To Show You My Personalized Cosmetic Bag From Simply Bags



I am so excited about this post, you just have no idea. I wanted you all to see the myriad of things available from Simply Bags. They have sent me the MOST AWESOME cosmetic bag/tote ever...and HELLO, it's got my name embroidered on it!!! I want to show you a lot of pictures so bear with me because I adore this bag and the value of it!! Great prices!!

I was contacted by the owner of the company, who asked me if I'd be interested in looking at a version of what they do at the company, particularly their personalized cosmetic bags. I thought they looked nice and picked one, picked the color and chose the name I wanted embroidered on it. It was a gift from the company and this is what I received, (which is the same size as my favorite Coach Poppy bag, except this bag holds more!):

I love this bag so much, I have chosen to share it with you in this blog post and I want to tell you all about it. I thought the price was really low because it comes with a bag inside it and everything, so I wasn't sure what I'd get but I am telling you the truth when I say I literally shouted "woo hoo!" when I opened the box. This is a really good quality bag, the embroidery is high quality, and both bags have many features. You can view the sizing specs on the Simply Bags website.

Look at the quality embroidery, (sorry for the non-quality picture, it blurred when I blew it up):


I'm so excited to be able to walk around flaunting Polarbelle all over the place. Tickles me to death. The bag is big enough to hold the cosmetics I use every day AND MORE. I can use it for a purse or for a trade show tote. I could literally carry my cat inside it. No lie. And, as if that wasn't enough, it comes with a smaller bag inside.

The smaller cosmetic bag has an inner zippered pouch. I love this feature! What standard size cosmetic bag have you ever seen with that?


The big bag has a zippered pouch on one side that I can stick my whole hand into and, mind you, I have long fingers.


On the other side of the large bag are pouches like in a purse where you can put a cell phone, lipsticks, pens or whatever.

On the outside of the bag on both sides is a velcroed pouch. Can you imagine the storage in this bag? It's amazing!


I love this bag! I wanted to show it to you because I'm just thrilled with it and I think the price is phenomonally low for what you're getting. It's top quality. And quick service, too.
 
Simply Bags has many other types of bags to suit every taste and every need. I am so impressed. I could never buy something of such quality locally for such a great price. I would urge you to check the website and I garantee you'll find more than one item you like.  It's also an excellent way to advertise your business.  Thank you, Simply Bags.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Collection Stormy Weather Nail Polish



During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July 2011, I was able to purchase the fall shades released in the Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Collection.  I was pretty happy about that as I didn't expect them to be available for the sale.  I initially blogged about them, showing swatches of the colors, here.  I knew a little bit about the story of Stormy Weather, but I hadn't heard it in the words of the creator, Deborah Lippmann herself.  I just love her!  She's great to talk to, even to the little people like me.  :)
 
Below I have the official release story from Deborah Lippman and be sure to view my link above for swatches!


Show Worthy
fall 2011

 

Deborah Lippmann’s new shade, STORMY WEATHER, is a collaboration
with fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez—and is the perfect fit for fall.

Fashion week is always hectic — my assistants and I run from show to show, manicuring the hands and feet of over 150 models. The Fall 2011 shows were especially frenzied; I went from Fashion shows to the Grammy Awards in LA, back to the shows in 48 hours. A plea to the Grammy’s people, please move the show back to NY if you’re going to put it in the middle of Fashion week,
I’m just saying…

Traditionally Narciso requests a nude nail to complement his minimalist designs. But this time around, he wanted something bolder—a color with strength and edge that countered both his collection, and the softness of the hair and makeup. So in the middle of what was already a demanding week, I mixed (and mixed) a new shade by hand in a matter of 24 hours. The final look: an edgy granite that had everything Narciso wanted—power and intensity. The models who walked the show (and who rarely, if ever, comment on the nail color) gushed over the shade.

After the show, Narciso and I decided the bold color was an important statement to make for the season. And so our collaboration was born: STORMY WEATHER, an edgy granite (crème).

Best,
Deborah

And now we know the story. Can you imagine the sheer stress of mixing a color ON THE SPOT for a fashion show of such importance during Fashion Week? The intensity of performing under such demands shows you the quality of artist that Deborah is. These and other Lippmann shades can be purchased at Nordstrom and Lippmann Collection dot com.

I can't wait to see what's coming for Holiday!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Say Hello To My Little Friends aka An Ode To Tabs


Today we have a bit of get to know you...a little different post than usual. The other day, I was here doing my thing with the camera and the keyboard, and both of my animals got me to chuckling at them cuz they're so silly. We have a dog and a cat. The cat is 6ish, I think, and the dog is 3

When we got the dog, the cat had already been around other animals because we babysit Grandma's little dog when she goes out of town, so it wasn't totally foreign to her. She just can't figure out how to play with a dog. She would sit on a chair and bop at Grandma's dog's fluffy tail as it went by and sometimes they'd play chase. Cats get bored with chase faster than dogs cuz dogs get more hyper as they play...hyper just annoys a cat eventually.

So anyway, I was here blogging and I saw my cat enjoying a sudden brief bit of sunshine while suggled up to the dog's toys, or what was left of the dog's toys. She chews up all her toys, but thankfully, doesn't chew anything else. It's sad but the cat can't have her own little Pookie anymore because the dog would eat it and leave catnip all over. Can't be having that. But you should have seen the cat trying to figure out how to play with the dog's firehose toy. Now THAT was hilarious!!


This cat was out cold. I thought it was cute because half the time she acts annoyed at the dog. I would too if I had that cold nose jammed up my rear end on a regular basis. But she always sleeps on the dog's blanket or cuddled in the wreckage of toys left behind. As she moved around a little while sleeping, I thought of Karen at Makeup And Beauty Blog. You all know Tabs, right? He's the boss and owner over there and Karen is his human. The other day, she tweeted something about if you have a kitteh, show the tummeh, or something, so when I saw my cat roll around a little...

...well, it reminded me of what Tabs told Karen to say, and I tell you, when Tabs orders, I comply! I ain't no dummy to say no to a cat.

I think my cat secretely loves my dog but she'd probably never admit it. When the dog came, she decided the order of the family was husband, wife, dog and son equal, then cat. She thinks the cat is the lowest on the totem pole. I tell her she's wrong, that cat should have dominion over her cuz she was here first, but dog doesn't listen...I mean, c'mon, she's a dog. All they hear is NO! and STAY! and FOOD!

She's a little jealous of Mom and Dad's attention. When the cat walks over toward one of us, the dog runs and this is when she sticks her nose up the cat's bottom to show her who's the boss. Whatever. So when dog was a puppy, there was a rule about no dogs on the furniture. I lost the battle about four months in. For example, the cat used to sit on the arm of the couch and look out the window. For some reason, an animal 12x her size thought she should be able to do the same.

Most of the day, she is just waiting for the whole family to get back together and looks like this:

She's an oaf. She's actually a medium sized dog, not real big, but oafish when she acts like a cat. I like to mess with her and close the curtains to ruin her daily schedule. Doesn't stop her much.


She has been known to watch the cat walk across the window sill, (about three inches wide), and try to do the same. Too bad her hips bounce against the window and she falls off. Oaf!!!

So this post has been brought to you by Tabs, who guides Karen what to write and what to tweet, and sparked a chuckle from me when I saw my kitteh's tummeh being displayed lovingly amongst the doggie toys. Thanks, Karen, for the chuckle.


Dior 3 Couleurs Smokey Black Eyeshadow Palette - And Asking Your Help



This is the deal...I need your help!! I went to my usual hangout, (Nordstrom), for lunch because the Dior Smokey 3 Couleur Palettes had come in and I needed to place my pre-order for TRIPLE POINTS, (September 14-18), before they sell out. They only got three testers, Black, Blue and I don't remember what...Neutral maybe? Of course, the ones I had in mind were the other three: Smokey Brown, Smokey Khaki and Smokey Pink. You can see a review of Smokey Pink on Cafe Makeup, and a review of Smokey Khaki on The Beauty Look Book.

So my favorite MA at the store asked could she put one on me? Uh, YEAH, of course!!! I was lightly wearing Mac Hocus Pocus anyway, so she said "let's try the Smokey Black". OK! Sunni applied the Smokey Black trio, using the new automatic waterproof liner in black with the plum liner under the lower lashes.

Here's where I need your help. I have in mind to pre-order the Smokey Khaki, Smokey Pink and I thought maybe the Smokey Black. However, the hubby said 'eh, it's ok, yeah it looks good but I like some other things better'. I asked him, would you like the blue better and he said probably. I know his greatest wish would be Purples, but they don't have that....yet. So then I'm thinking maybe I should get the blue....but the Chanel quad is out...I am REALLY drawn to the brown, (as far as I can tell without a tester), but if you've read much in my blog you see how many browns I have, soooooo....

Here's where I need your help....get the Smokey Black, or the Blue or the Brown? Is the Smokey Black just ok or is it a must have? I am getting quite a few of the new automatic waterproof liners. They've remade them to be like Chanel, rather than sharpenable pencils, which is GREAT. I find these to be soft in application and not irritating to my eyes. But if you could please give me your honest opinion on if this is great or nothing special and what colors you think would be good for me, I'll give you each a brownie point in my mind. :)


Ok, now it's up to you. Oh, by the way, these trios retail for $48 at Nordstrom, and anywhere else Dior is sold. I'm awaiting your opinion with nearly baited breath, but I did just brush, so you're safe!

(This post contains an affiliate link, which if you click, it makes me look cool to Nordstrom and that makes me happy. If you purchase, I get a small stipend, but really I'm more concerned about the rush I get from having a banner on site from my favorite store. :) )

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sparkling Teal Fingernail Polish For Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Friday, September 2, is designated as Ovarian Cancer Awareness day and to show support, we are wearing teal. I am starting with teal colored nails and because I want to draw as much attention to the cause as possible, I have made them sparkling. I want to apologize first because my photo system is on the fritz...I've worked on my photos for 8 hours...I wanted to show you the whole sequence, but it's just not working. So we have the pictures I could crop but you'll get the idea.

The base for this teal glittering wonder was OPI Austin-Tatious Turqoise. I apologize for the lack of cleanup as I was working with one little stab of sunlight and wanted to get the finished product photographed before that gold thing in the sky disappeared again. Didn't make it.

Anyway, two coats of OPI:

I followed with a coat of LA Colors Color Craze Glitter in a teal-y green color. I got this at Fred Meyer in a set of six glitters. Most of them are one coat glitters. They're fantastic. I got them about a month ago.


I followed with a coat of the clear. Best glitter polish ever! Totally holographic and pretty thick so you get good coverage with it. And oh so sparkly when the light hits it, which I couldn't capture at all really.

So I have something that looks like this:


So Support Women! Wear Teal today!! Support the other Beauty Bloggers who are doing the same.

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