Friday, March 30, 2012

Mac Vera Collection Pearlmate Flower Fantasy and Sunday Afternoon Beauty Powder Swatches

Today I have some pictures to show you of the Vera Pearlmate Beauty Powders released by Mac Cosmetics for Spring 2012. They're pretty in the pot with a cute little lady bug design. I originally wasn't going to purchase them as I rarely use the beauty powders that I have. Most of them are the wrong color to be used as a finishing powder and many seem too light to be used as blushes. I have a few I really like but in general, most of them aren't of much use to me.

Having said that, the cute design of the Vera Pearlmate Beauty Powders intrigued me. The colors looked like I could use both for nice pearly blushes. Look at these!! They're so cute!!! First is Flower Fantasy.
Mac Flower Fantasy Beauty Powder

The main color is a nice brick toned coral. It has accents of a cool pink and a pearly wheat color. You can use each color seperately if you're very careful and have the right size brushes or you can swirl them together. Being the impatient type and always in a hurry to get out of the house, I will be swirling.

The second powder is called Sunday Afternoon. The main color is a clean bright pink with an accent of fuchsia and the outer edge is a pearlized light pink. You can see both are embossed with Vera's trademark ladybug.

In the swatch below, Flower Fantasy is swatched to the left and Sunday Afternoon is to the right. Both are swirled with all the colors as I imagine I will wear them.

This morning, I had a very early appointment. I used a splash of foundation and Sunday Afternoon Pearlmate Beauty Powder to give you an idea of what it looks like on. Nothing else but mascara, so I apologize that it's a scary picture. I did use the lighter pearly color at the top of my cheekbone for a little accent.
Mac Vera Pearlmate Beauty Powder

You can see that these can be applied very naturally for a flush of color. I will try, in the future, using more of the main color to see if I get more of the standard blush result. Both are such beautiful colors and I'm glad I didn't pass them up. They are $28 each and both are still available on Mac Cosmetics online.  You can also find them at Nordstrom.  (I have an affiliate relationship with Nordstrom but not with Mac).

I've been waiting for our ten feet of snow to melt in order to feel springy and this little Pearlmate powder with the cheery colors and the ladybug does the trick!! What colors are you wearing to welcome in spring?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sweet Dreams Are Made With HSN Exclusive Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer

Sweet Dreams are made of this, who am I do disagree??!! You know the song; now meet the nail polish of the same name by Deborah Lippmann, sold exclusively right now thru HSN. This is my new favorite polish, hands down.
Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams 2

This is a beautiful hot pink jelly polish with flakies inside that reflect a fire within. You will see gold and orange firey flecks layered in the polish that make this nail lacquer truely unique.

The polish applies like the Sweet Dream that it is and I got the most incredible wear out of it. I wore it for a week before removing it to test some other polishes. I intend to wear this again very soon. I regret that it is so difficult to show how truly beautiful and multi-faceted it is in pictures. It just has so much life going on that it confuses the camera on where to focus.
Lippmann Sweet Dreams 3

Lippmann Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams is a brilliant creation. It is smooth once applied and super shiney, too. Yep, new favorite nail polish!
The Lippmann Collection Sweet Dreams

This is the third HSN Exclusive Deborah Lippmann polish I've purchased. I hope they release the exclusives in wider distribution since HSN has an aversion to shipping polish to Alaska. But for now, I am willing to jump thru hoops for the true beauties.

So what do you think? Are you as mesmorized by the volcanic fire in this one as I am?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I'm Going To See The Hunger Games Tonight Wearing China Glaze Harvest Moon!!

This is a quick post to show you what I'm wearing on my fingers to go see the Hunger Games tonight at midnight!!! Be merciful to my manicure as I'm still dealing with limited dexterity while healing from my shoulder surgery. It was hard to decide which color from the Colors Of The Capital Collection to wear, but I chose China Glaze Harvest Moon, a shiny burnt orange, which I am almost tempted to call a foil, but it isn't. It is super reflective and very difficult to photograph. But in person....oh so pretty.

hunger games harvest moon

When I took photos in full sunlight, my camera couldn't compensate for the added light and darkened the color too much, so I trashed those. I had to settle for indoors with flash...what I usually do because of lack of sunlight. Anyway, super excited to see this movie with a load of rowdy pals, and this is what I'm sporting:

Hunger Games Harvest Moon China Glaze

Hunger Games China Glaze Harvest Moon

How about you...are you going to the Hunger Games movie tonight or this weekend? Which is your favorite of the 12 polishes? I found it really hard to choose which one to use for my debut Hunger Games manicure! (I promise I'll be back blogging with makeup soon!)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

OPI I Have A Herring Problem Holland Collection Swatches And Review

While still healing from shoulder surgery...and managing with limited dexterity, I managed to paint my nails using OPI I Have A Herring Problem from the new Holland Collection.


I Have A Herring Problem is a medium toned blue that has a green tinge. It is loaded with tiny particles of silver and gold. To really appreciate the green tint, you have to see it next to OPI I Don't Give A Rotterdam from the same collection. Herring looks green by comparison, but on the nails, you'll see it as blue.


It applies easily and covers in two coats.


It's not really a color that I like, seeing it on myself, so I was a little disappointed because I was really looking forward to it. That's ok, there are plenty others to choose from. My husband didn't like this tone on me and was quick to point it out, but I knew he wouldn't, lol, which is why I chose it that day. Ha!


Have you tried any of the OPI Holland Collection? Which are your favorites?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Nordstrom Triple Points This Coming Week!!!!!

Beginning this coming Wednesday, March 14th, and continuing thru Sunday, March 18th 2012, is one of my favorite times to shop. It's Nordstrom Triple Rewards Points time! I've been making my list, checking it twice, and placing pre-orders with my favorite sales people. My shopping cart on is fully loaded with items I can't purchase locally and ready for me to pull the trigger as well. (My sales people can order anything Nordstrom sells, but getting to fill my cart also fills me with joy.) Any extra point days at Nordstrom are always my favorite times to shop.

You do know about the Nordstrom Fashion Rewards program, don't you? It's fantastic and by FAR my favorite shopping rewards program! When you sign up for a Nordstrom Visa or Debit card and spend $100 the same day, you receive a $20 certificate to spend in Nordstrom, at Nordstrom Rack or Nordstrom on-line as a thank you to welcome you to the program. When you shop at any Nordstrom store, Rack or the using your Nordstrom card, you normally receive 2 points per dollar spent. Use you Nordy cards at other places and you still earn 1 point per dollar. For each 2000 points accumulated, you receive a $20 certificate to spend at these locations.

Several times during the year, there are double point days and triple point days. That means that this coming week, for five days, if you shop at Nordstrom or, you will receive 6 points per dollar spent. It adds up fast! There is nothing, and I mean nothing I like to receive more than a Nordstrom note with my name on it. I definitely put my best card forward during these special days.

The program has other perks as well as different levels you can achieve. You can review these here. 


♪ I'm just a Nordy girl, in a Nordy world. ♪

My love for shopping with Nordstrom certainly no secret. I enjoy free shipping for all my online orders through the Fashion Rewards Program. I enjoy ten points per dollar spent during Customer Appreciation Night, which is always the best shopping party around with music, food, beverages and sometimes even dancing! It's things like the friendly atmosphere, attention to detail, personalized service and Nordstrom Notes that make me feel like Nordstrom loves me as much as I do them. From a family owned shoe store in downtown Seattle to the outreach it has today, Nordstrom is the best shopping place going and my choice for higher end beauty products.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Laser Hair Removal - How the FDA Approves Laser Hair Removal Systems

Today, I am happy to present you a sponsored post. Please enjoy this information, much of which was new to me and, therefore, a pleasing read.

Gain an understanding of what it means for laser hair removal systems to get FDA approval. Laser hair removal products must meet specific qualifications established by the FDA in order to claim permanent hair reduction.

Laser Hair Removal and the FDA
Learn How The FDA regulates electrolysis and laser hair removal
Whether you’re an individual looking for an at home laser hair removal kit or a professional searching for new equipment for your salon, you want to make sure you are purchasing safe and effective lasers. But with so many laser hair removal systems on the market today, how can you determine which ones are best?

One way to help you determine the best laser hair removal systems is to look for equipment that is approved by the Federal Drug Administration. The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health is in charge of regulating lasers and electrolysis equipment intended to remove hair. Other hair removal products such as depilatories and waxes are regulated by the Office of Cosmetics and Colors in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

FDA approval process for laser hair removal systems

As the popularity of laser hair removal has grown, so has the number of manufacturers seeking FDA approval. Most laser hair removal systems will fall into the Class 2 devices category for approval because the technology is similar to technology already being used in existing, approved lasers. They must be "substantially equivalent" to previous devices, and meet approval under the 510(k) process. Class 2 devices are considered "medium risk."

What does it mean if the FDA approves a laser treatment?

Once a product passes inspection, the FDA gives clearance for the company to market their laser treatment as FDA approved. There are limitations to what the FDA will allow companies to market laser hair removal products. According to the FDA’s website, "manufacturers may not claim that laser hair removal is either painless or permanent unless the FDA determines that there are sufficient data to demonstrate such results." Although laser hair removal is a permanent hair reduction method, only some products have been approved by the FDA.

The FDA does not rank or compare laser hair removal systems. It does not endorse one product over another. Rather, it gives approval to certain lasers that have met specific criteria.

To see if a laser hair removal system has been approved by the FDA, you can search on the FDA website in the Medical Device Database.

Before you begin any professional or home laser hair removal treatment, make sure to research the equipment and look for the FDA approval notice. Taking the time to ensure that the laser hair removal system is safe and effective will pay off in the long run.

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