Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Khroma Beauty Khloe's Kardazzle Eye and Face Palette Swatches and Review

In this post, I introduced you to Khroma Beauty by Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and promised some reviews. Today we're going to look at one of the palettes called Khloe's Kardazzle. It is the gold palette in the following display.

Khroma Beauty Eyeshadow Lip Display, Kardashian Beauty

If you notice at the bottom of the display, there are three different palette combinations pictured, but my store had just two different kinds; one for Kim and one for Khloe. I'm curious to know if any of you have seen a palette that might be labeled as Kourtney. Anyway, let's take a look at Khloe's Kardazzle.

Khroma Beauty Khloe's Kardazzle palette, Kardashian beauty, Face palette, eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter

Pretty, isn't it? Even prettier inside! OOOO LA LA!!

Khroma Beauty Khloe's Kardazzle palette, Kardashian beauty, Face palette, eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter

It's a complete face palette featuring eight eyeshadows, (four matte and four shimmer), a blush, a highlighter and a bronzer, all with a fully mirrored lid. Best of all, this palette retails for just $12.99. I like that you have four matte shadows with the four shimmers. This combination provides for easy use and great combinations.

Khroma Beauty Khloe's Kardazzle palette, Kardashian beauty, Face palette, eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter

The shadows are smooth, silky and go on with no fallout. I have worn this palette several different times and every time, not even kidding, I've worn it over 12 hours with no creasing, fading or fallout. That's really amazing, especially at the price point. I have shadows that are much more expensive that don't last half as long. I'm pretty impressed with the quality.

How about swatches of the eyeshadows? They are a good corresponding array of hues.

Khroma Beauty Khloe's Kardazzle palette, Kardashian beauty, Face palette, eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter, swatches

I was surprised the palette contained a full mirror. I was equally as surprised to find the bottom compartment that contains a blush, highlighter and a bronzer.

Khroma Beauty Khloe's Kardazzle palette, Kardashian beauty, Face palette, eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter

Swatched on my arm, it is hard to see the shades very well. My face is quite a bit lighter than my arms due to all the fabulous skincare and efforts that I use to take care of that more exposed skin. In this palette, both the blush and bronzer work better for me as blushes because the bronzer is so light on me. I have olive undertones and I suspect people with undertones that produce that beautiful pale skin will marvel at this bronzer, having finally found the one that works for them. The highlighter is just awesome for me and for anybody.

Blush on the left, highlighter, and bronzer on the right.

Khroma Beauty Khloe's Kardazzle palette, Kardashian beauty, Face palette, eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, highlighter, swatches

My overall opinion is that these palettes are wonderful. I purchased both Kim and Khloe. For the price, they are a SUPERB value!! I found mine at Fred Meyer, and they are also sold at Ulta, Sears, Kmart, CVS and Duane Reade. You can follow Khroma Beauty on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Have you seen the products in your neighborhood yet?  Do you want to know else I purchased from the line?

Edited to add:  I need to note that the palette itself is a lightweight plastic.  It kind of surprised me but I don't mind a bit because it keeps the cost down for someone like me to a teen wanting her first "grown-up" palette.)


Monday, November 26, 2012

SaFloJo Hidden Gems Nail Polish Swatches and Review Plus Cyber Monday

It's been a few days since I've posted. These days are holiday and technology related. I've got a new camera and I'm trying to figure it out to get you better pictures. We built a little studio, took a bazillion pictures and the studio lights caused a blue tint so we're back to the drawing board.

But anyway, I'm sure you've read a lot of posts about Cyber Monday and I have several listed in my side bar, in the Affiliate section, and if you want to check those out, just click on them. I just placed a couple of 10 points per dollar orders at Nordstrom. Woo Hoo!!! There's a problem with the Too Faced link, but if you click on Home once you get there, it will take you to the specials.

Another Cyber Monday special I want to tell you about is at SoFlaJo.  I have one of her nail polishes to show you today.  The Cyber Monday special includes free shipping with a minimum $20 purchase.

Hidden Gems is quite the minx. Most of the time, it appears to be a steel blue color.

SoFlaJo Hidden Gem nail polish swatch

You can see in the bottle that there's some hidden colors within it.

SoFlaJo Hidden Gems nail polish

Look at those shiny blue particles!!! They're what I noticed first; that the polish had a blue sheen to it. Very pretty!! And then as I moved my hand around, I discovered something amazing.

SoFlaJo Hidden Gem nail polish swatches

Do you see how on the top there is the blue color and at the bottom some brown comes out? Hidden Gem is a subtle duo-chrome that comes out as you move through light. It's very pretty. It wears well. I've had it on four days so far with no chipping. Hidden Gem applies with ease. I had mild streaking in one coat on just one finger so I imagine that was operator error. What you see in the pictures is complete coverage in two coats.

SoFlaJo Hidden Gems Nail polish

Look at the remarkable colors inside!!  This is a great complex color!!

SoFlaJo Hidden Gem nail polish swatch

You can follow SoFlaJo and her many products on Facebook, check out her Etsy page, and view her new  Party Time Collection here.

The Cyber Monday free shipping is only on the SoFlaJo website and not on her Etsy page, but be sure to follow her for new gorgeous products that she creates.


(Product sent for review.  All opinions expressed are my own honest evaluation.  See Disclosure statement for more information about products sent by PR or companies and Affiliate information.)



Friday, November 23, 2012

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup for 11/25/12

The Blogazons hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you're in the US, and a great Thursday if you aren't. I want to remind you we have a giveaway running for several weeks that you need to be sure to enter. There will be FIVE winners each receiving a $100 USD Visa Gift Card.   You can ENTER here.

Enjoy this week's offerings.





Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Let's Talk Turkey About Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's a peaceful time of love and family where we can relax and enjoy each other and be thankful for having each other in our lives. I love that feeling more than anything.

But THIS YEAR....(and this is not to minimize the warmth of the holiday, I just have a different post in mind today)....we are going to go play Black Friday!!! And boy are there a lot of things to consider!

Wal Mart will be open all day, but that's boring. Give me a line of people all cheery and laughing about how stupid we are while sipping a hot mocha over stores open all day anytime!!! We're starting at Target at 9 pm. While some run to the electronics section, I'm stopping into the cosmetics aisle as I've been lured by some beautiful pictures of intrigue.

Pixi has some interesting holiday offerings.  The first kit runs $34 USD.  I haven't used their eyeshadows or blushes yet, but I imagine they're good.  The things I have used from the line are nice so I really want to look at this.

I LOVE Pixi nail polish.  They usually retail for $9-10 each so three polishes for $12 is a great deal and these look awesome to me.

The Lid Last Shadow Pen Duo retails for $12.  I have the pen on the left and it makes an awesome shadow base or is great alone with a liner.  Love it!!
Burt's Bees...who doesn't love Burt's Bees?  This year there are some great holiday sets to consider.  The Burt's Bees Favorites set is just $19.99


And look at this block of nail polish from Elf.  Dying to try this.  It's only $10!!


Elf also has two large eyeshadow palettes containing all the palettes you could possibly want.  I haven't tried their shadows yet, have you?  The palettes are just $15 each!


Awesome, right?  Right.  After Target, I'd like to head to Ulta.  They have a two page doorbuster flyer online right now but they haven't released all their in store specials yet, so I'll amuse myself in the meantime by shopping online.  There is a plethora of online deals to choose from!!!  

Beginning this morning, Inglot Cosmetics has a 20% off sale.  I'll be shopping there.  

If you look at the Affiliate ads on my sidebar, (they go live on Friday), you'll see that Nordstrom is having a buy 2, get one polish free special for Black Friday.  They have other cosmetics specials as well, so once Friday hits, click thru my ad, if you don't mind, and it will help sustain my website as you shop.  You'll find all kinds of deals.  Cyber Monday brings many more and on Monday, I'll have new ads.  Order online Monday and receive 10 pts per dollar on your Nordstrom Rewards card.  Counting down the hours....

Billion Dollar Brows, a brand I'll be reviewing for you soon, has a special this Black Friday, of 70% off their 3 Steps To Beautiful Brows Kit.  It retails for $85 and you can purchase it for $25.50 with the code BDBBLACKFRI.  This code is good from 11/22/12 to 11/26/12 11:59 PST.  I have this kit.  It's really nice.  It contains a brow pencil, brow gel and brow serum.

After I have some turkey tomorrow, I'll come back with more special savings.  That way, the special banners will be active, or closer to it, and the post won't be so long you can't stand it.  :)

What are your Thanksgiving plans and do you have any Black Friday madness in store, or how about Cyber Monday?

  

(This post contains an affiliate link.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You To Want Me Eye Palette and Kit; Swatches and Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You To Want Me


The Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You To Want Me Kit comes to you in a delightful black box with copper writing. This set is touted as a "kit within a clutch" and the clutch slides right out of the outer box, revealing a velvet "clutch" type of box with copper accents that match the outer box. This is really a super cool presentation and would make a great holiday gift.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You To Want Me Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Want You To Want Me Set

Pull down the copper colored emblem that is embossed with Anastasia Beverly Hills, open the lid and the kit is revealed within, as well as the fully mirrored lid of the clutch. What you see inside is an eyeshadow palette, a black liquid eyeliner, a clear brow gel, and a double ended brush.

Anastasia Want You To Want Me Set

Eyeliner and brow gel:

Anastasia Want You To Want Me Kit

Brush:

Anastasia Want You To Want Me Kit

Open the eyeshadow palette and you see nine eyeshadows in matte and pearlized formulas in colors that are  in nudes and plums. There is also a mirrored lid inside the shadow palette. Today we're going to focus on the eyeshadows.

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Want You To Want Me Eye Palette, eyeshadow

I'm going to state right off the bat that I ADORE this eyeshadow palette. I have worn it several times, in different combinations, and the shadows wear VERY well. They've made it 12+ hours without creasing. Remarkable. Anastasia says the velvety smooth matte and hydrating Illumin8 shimmer shades keep eyes looking glam and crease-free. And I agree!!

The palette is an ode to the 1970s and the shadows have names reflecting the era, such as Platform Wedge, Members Only, Graphic T’s, Iron on, Front Row Center, Ziggy, Brass in Pocket, Power Ballad, Jellies. Fun!!! The shadows are nicely pigmented and can be used wet for greater impact.

Let's look at the swatches, which were done dry with sponge applicators. You'll see that a couple of the shades are similar to the skintone of my arm but they show up well on my eyelids. My lids and arm have vastly different skintones.

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Want You To Want Me, Eyeshadow Swatches

From the Anastasia web site, the key ingredients of the shadows are:
  • Youthful SynergyTM Complex in Shimmer shades. 
  • Brown Algae - A key ingredient that smoothes, firms, hydrates, and revitalizes the appearance of skin. 
  • Diamond Core Powder - Diffuses light for a soft focus effect. 
  • Sea Whip Extract - Soothes the skin.
  • Macadamia derivative - A natural hydrator capable of holding up to 300% more water in the skin. 
  • Powerful antioxidants of Vitamins A, B, C, E, and F. Balkan Botanical Infusion®.

These helpful details are on the back of the outer box.
Anastasia Want You To Want Me Kit

And now you get to see me with on two different days that I wore the eyeshadows. One day I focused on the plums and another day on the nude.

Plum day:

Anastasia Want You To Want Me

Anastasia Want You To Want Me eyeshadow

Nude day:

Anastasia Want You To Want Me

I was thrilled to receive this to review because I'd been looking at it everywhere I went but was waiting for the Sephora sale to purchase it. And now that I've used it, I find that it is really an excellent value. You receive 9 high performance eyeshadows, a brush, a liquid eyeliner, a brow gel and two mirrors...plus the amusement of the ode to the '70's. All for just $34 USD. It's a great value and makes a nifty gift presentation. The only thing I would add if I was making this palette is a true highlighter shade. Otherwise, we have perfection in nudes and plums with this palette.

You can purchase the kit at Nordstrom, Dillards, Belk, Sephora, Anastasia's website, among other places.  It's truly a steal of a deal and the quality is very very good.  Don't miss it!!
This is truly one of the best gift sets out there this year.  What have you found that people shouldn't pass up?
(This product was provided by PR.  All opinions stated are my own honest evaluation.  Please see Disclosure Statement for more information.  This post contains an affiliate link.)

Enter: Beauty Blogazons Holiday Giveaway For 5 $100 Winners!!



It's that time of year, the Christmas songs are playing, the snow or fake snow is flying depending on where you live...the sales are happening and everyone wants some of your money...except for the Beauty Blogazons.  We are going to give five people $100 USD each in the form of a Visa gift card.  Enter to win by following the instructions on the rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway begins at midnight EST the morning of 11/21/12 and ends 12/21/12. (Wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load).


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, November 19, 2012

Polarbelle Is Picked As An IFabbo Favorite Of The Week

IFabbo has chosen a post from this little ol' blog to be featured on their website as a Favorite Of The Week for November 10 - November 16, 2012. I'm so thrilled and honored!! IFabbo is a wonderful support to bloggers and I couldn't be more excited to be mentioned there.

Check them out and give it a read. You'll find some other things there you might like as well. If you're a blogger, you can submit your blog for consideration. View it all here on IFabbo.
Did I mention how excited I am?????

Happy Holiday Go Lightly From Miss Professional Nail

(Just a little heads up, I'll have pictures this week!!!!)
Holidays are a time for all things fabulous: parties, presents, and polish! Miss Professional Nail (Miss) is ringing in the season with “Holiday Golightly,” a shimmering new collection of nail lacquers. These six sparklers are a great idea for fun stocking stuffers and to accessorize your New Year’s Eve look!

Miss’ Creative Director Staci Dao wanted to celebrate the joy of gift-giving (and receiving!) by reminding us to pamper ourselves and our loved ones this season. Silver screen icon Audrey Hepburn captured our hearts playing free-spirited fashionista Holly Golightly, whose love of shiny gems helped inspire Miss in creating this wish list of winter stunners.

From the timeless, Tiffany-inspired blue to unique reds and greens, these luxe shades will light up your holiday season: “Under the Miss-tletoe,” a pearlescent pine green; “Feliz Navi-doll,” an icy crystalline grayish-white; “I Love Yule,” a velvety poinsettia red; “Let’s Mingle & Jingle,” a silver-spangled sapphire blue; “Holiday
Golightly,” a glistening Robin’s egg blue, and “Stop Scrooging Around,” a gold-sparkled ruby wine. ‘Tis the season to channel our inner Holly Golightly and embrace the Miss mantra that “It’s the little pleasures that count…”

If you don’t the find the Holiday Collection under your tree, it will also be available online and in beauty supplies in late October.

All Miss products are free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde.

Miss is an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company.

Holidays are a time for all things fabulous: parties, presents, and polish! Miss Professional Nail (Miss) is
ringing in the season with “Holiday Golightly,” a shimmering new collection of nail lacquers. These six
sparklers are a great idea for fun stocking stuffers and to accessorize your New Year’s Eve look!
Miss’ Creative Director Staci Dao wanted to celebrate the joy of gift-giving (and receiving!) by reminding us to
pamper ourselves and our loved ones this season. Silver screen icon Audrey Hepburn captured our hearts
playing free-spirited fashionista Holly Golightly, whose love of shiny gems helped inspire Miss in creating this
wish list of winter stunners.
From the timeless, Tiffany-inspired blue to unique reds and greens, these luxe shades will light up your holiday
season: “Under the Miss-tletoe,” a pearlescent pine green; “Feliz Navi-doll,” an icy crystalline grayish-white; “I
Love Yule,” a velvety poinsettia red; “Let’s Mingle & Jingle,” a silver-spangled sapphire blue; “Holiday
Golightly,” a glistening Robin’s egg blue, and “Stop Scrooging Around,” a gold-sparkled ruby wine. ‘Tis the
season to channel our inner Holly Golightly and embrace the Miss mantra that “It’s the little pleasures that
count…”
If you don’t the find the Holiday Collection under your tree, it will also be available online and in beauty
supplies in late October.

All Miss products are free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde.

Miss is an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sation Oh My Gaudy and Go-Glitter Girl Glitter Nail Polish Swatches, Pics and Review

Sation Glitter Nail Polish

In the above photo, from left to right, we have Diamond Diggin' Diva, Paparazzi Pet, Oh My Gaudy, Midlife Miss-tress, Go-Glitter Girl, and Me, Myself & Me nail polishes. Continuing my swatches and review of some new nail polishes from the Sation Glitter Collection by Miss Pro Nail, I have two more reviews for you today.

Today we will look at Oh My Gaudy and Go-Glitter Girl. You can see reviews for Me, Myself & Me and Paparazzi Pet at this location.  Reviews for Miss-Tress and Diamond Diggin' Diva are here.

Let's look at Oh My Gaudy nail lacquer first. You can see from the above picture that there's all kinds of silver and gold going on with a little bit of red here and there. Looking at the bottles really closely shows that there are black and holographic strands throughout the polish. All the glitter is in a very VERY light yellow or gold suspension base.

Sation Oh My Gaudy nail polish

Sation Oh My Gaudy nail polish

When I first received this polish, most of the silver glitter was on the bottom. As I shook it up and then set it upside down for awhile, I saw that the glitter does mix up, but the silver pieces are heavier than the others so when it sits for awhile, the silver wants to go to the bottom. Not a big deal because it really does mix quickly.

Sation Oh My Gaudy Nail polish

Today's polishes both seem to me that they'd be better appreciated as top coat glitter polishes and I'm going to display these to you that way today. I wore Oh My Gaudy over Sation I'm With The Bandana, a nice taupe.  I wanted to use a highly reflective silver for an accent nail and I used OPI Your Royal Shineness.  The combination creates a highly reflective nail that was tres awesome!

Sation Oh My Gaudy nail polish swatch

Sation Oh My Gaudy nail polish

Go-Glitter Girl is a crazy mix of glitters. It contains bright yellow and hot turquoise glitter shards. There are also holographic hex glitters and tiny micro-sized yellow glitter. It's fabulous!!

Sation Go Glitter Girl nail polish

Sation Go Glitter Girl nail polish

These glitters are as great as the popular Indies that are popping up but retail for a third of those prices. They are full of creativity. I paired Go-Glitter Girl with Sation Blue Sky's The Limit.

Sation Go Glitter Girl Nail Polish swatch

I just loved that combination!! I used what you would call a coat and a half over Blue Sky's The Limit. I put one coat of Go-Glitter Girl and got some of the extra glitters off the brush and stuck them back on in places that looked appropriate to me.

Sation Go Glitter Girl nail polish swatch

I want to finish out this post by showing you some swatches on a wheel with different colors just to give you an idea of what you can play with using these glitters.

Sation Glitter Swatches

Sation glitter nail polish swatches

Swatching polishes and playing with colors and combinations is really fun.

Sation Glitter Nail Polish swatches

Sation nail polishes can be purchased on the Miss Pro Nail website as well as Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Winners in Canada.  All Sation nail lacquers are Big 3 Free.  Miss Professional nail is a minority owned business.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. They make stunning polish colors that wear very well.



(The nail polishes in this post were provided by PR.  All reviews and opinions expressed are my own honest evaluation.  Please see disclosure policy for more information.)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup for 11/17/12






Thursday, November 15, 2012

OPI Skyfall Is That Silva Magnetic Nail Polish Swatches, Review and a Little About a Song

Say the word "Skyfall" and I can't help breaking into song, elongating the word in a soulful rendition of the real tune by Adele to honor the new Bond, James Bond movie. I pity those in earshot but it can't be helped. It stirs deep within and has from the first time I heard the song to the moment I saw it in the movie. Yowsa!

So today I have one of the new magnetic nail polishes OPI put out for the Skyyyyyfalllll collection. It's called "Is That Silva?" The polish itself is a gorgeous grey with multi-colored glitter inside. This is a combination pack containing the lovely polish and the best magnet I've come across yet.

OPI nail polish, Is That Silva Skyfall,  Magnetic nail polish, James Bond

Is That Silva? is pretty by it's own right before you seperate the magnetic particles to opposite poles, but when you do, it's stunning. It captivates the imagination like the theme song to the movie. Doesn't it remind you of Bond? It's all cool and steely in it's gunmetal grey while hiding the life and fire within.

OPI, Is That Silva,  Magnetic, Skyfall, nail polish

Look at the hidden life and drama lighting up the nail polish.

OPI, Skyfall, Is That Silva, Magnetic nail polish

Let's look at the magnet. This is arguably the best magnet in the nail polish community. It's fool-proof. Seriously.

OPI Skyfall Magnetic nail polish, magnet

It reminds me of a stapler, but it's really an instrument of magic.

OPI SKyfall Magnet nail polish

The directions are easy to follow.

OPI Magnetic nail polish Skyfall

It's really hard to mess this one up. You put your finger in it and push a little and BAM! Worlds collide!!!! The molecular bonds break apart, fleeing for different sides of the nail. It's amazing.

Before.

OPI, Skyfall, Is That Silva, magnetic nail polish, swatch

And after!!

OPI Skyfall Is That Silva magnetic nail polish swatch

What an amazing difference and it was so easily done. I left the index finger with the cool steel grey of a Bond handgun so that you can compare. You can see that at first, I didn't put my finger in quite far enough but I did better after that.

OPI, Magnetic, Skyfall, Is That Silva, nail polish, swatch

If you'd like to learn a little more about the Skyfall theme song and the movie in general, I'd like to encourage you to visit an article written in collaboration with Veronica Stone that shines a humorous look on Bond, Adele and the Skyfall theme song,  and of her life. There's even a movie trailer!!

One last picture at this amazing polish that puts a new ease into magnetics.

OPI, Skyfall, Is That Silva, magnetic nail polish, swatch

Have you seen Skyfall yet? What's your take on Daniel Craig's Bond? On Adele's theme song? Skyyyyfallllllll.....

ShareThis