Sunday, February 24, 2013

Beauty For Real Kiss Me Light Up Lipgloss Swatches and Review

One day I opened my mail and found a Beauty For Real Light Up Lipgloss in the color Kiss Me, (.25 oz/$22).  Not only is the color a nice universally flattering nude pink, but the gloss applicator is useful and fun to play with, too!!  I squealed like a little school girl as I showed it off to my family.  It's pretty and functional!  How great is a gloss applicator with a light and a mirror so that you can apply it anywhere?!?!?!

Beauty 4 Real Lipgloss, light up lipgloss, Kiss Me

On the top of the lid is a push button that activates the light. This enables you to quickly apply gloss quickly at a dark romantic dinner, on the go in the back of a cab on the rush to the Oscars, or during a blackout when you want to look fabulous when the lights come back on.  Application anytime, anywhere.

Beauty For Real, Kiss Me, Light up lipgloss

This tube of Beauty For Real lipgloss lightens your evening clutch because you don't need an additional mirror for those quick makeup checks.

Beauty For Real lipgloss, Kiss Me, light up lipgloss

The color I received, Kiss Me, is a neutral pink with a light shimmer. I really think it is a universal color that will look good on all skintones and all lip pigmentations.

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Let me tell you a little bit about the formula. This is a nice lightweight gloss that doesn't feel sticky, is moisturizing, and has a minty-ness that so many plumping glosses have. It doesn't burn or tingle, it just feels fresh and uses marine collagens to lightly plump lips. The glosses have plant derived anti-oxidants like grape seed extracts and green tea that have anti-aging properties and regenerative properties. They also contain aloe vera and avocado oil which are full of essential vitamins and are highly emollient.

Time for a couple of lip swatches. I truly dig this gloss!

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You can purchase Beauty For Real lipglosses, available in 17 colors, on their website for $22.  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

This gloss just leaves me smiling!

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Have you ever seen a more functional beauty item?
(Lipgloss provided for consideration.  This, in no way, affects the opinions stated which are my own honest evaluation.)

Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup for Oscar Sunday, 2/24/13

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This week's Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup is all ready to go. I was out of town last week and missed adding the roundup for you, but I hope this week, you'll find something interesting to read, perhaps as you watch the Oscars! Who do you pick to win? So many great choices this year!! Anyway, onto the roundup!

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany tries out the Milani COLORstatement lipsticks in pinks and corals!

  • Blushing Noir: Are you a Betty or a Veronica? Check out the Caramel Sundae EOTD from MAC Archie's Girls and see!

  • TheFabZilla: Win a set of posture-correcting lingerie ($89 value) from Braologie. 2 Winners. Open international. Ends 3/5/13.

  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist d: Aqua & Red Stylized Bridal Shoot. Portfolio Image Building for Stylists

  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews and swatches new Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara.

  • Sweet Tart Beauty : Emmy over at Sweet Tart Beauty reviews Prescriptives new innovative online custom blend video chat

  • Beauty Professor: How many lipsticks can should one girl carry? Find out what's in the Beauty Professor's purse!

  • Painted Ladies: Painted Ladies has an exclusive Tarina Tarantino Beauty giveaway! Enter to win an Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Winter parched skin need an extra boost? If so, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog recommends Dermaquest Advanced B5 Serum for your cold weather skincare blues!

  • Mama Fashionista: Get Red Ruby Groovy with gud!

  • The Lacquered Lady: Accidentally put on too much blush? The Lacquered Lady shares some quick tips to fix the problem!

  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle finds a non-irritating retinol 4 piece system from Pevonia Spa Clinica. Check it out!!

  • D.G.S.Beauty: Barry M's Dazzle Dust will have you wanting some in your makeup collection.

  • Beauty Info Zone: Do you like being outside but worry about your beauty? Vault lip products solves that problem in a beautiful way.

  • Pammy Blogs Beauty: Emani Mineral Makeup review and Starter Kit Giveaway!!!

  • BeautyTidbits: Check out the review of Nuvosa Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatment Collection over at BeautyTidbits

  • Project Swatch: Emi from Project Swatch goes on a weekend trip - take a look inside her travel makeup bag!

  • Midnight Manicures: Swatches and Review of the new Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liners. One vinyl and four sparkly long-lasting colors!

  • Peppermint Lips Beauty Blog: ELF Studio Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky Review & Swatches!

  • Scottish Beauty Blog: Where did you have your best ever spa treatment? Sarah from Scottish Beauty Blog's was at the Lush Spa in Edinburgh. It was called the Good Hour but it ought to be called the Best Hour.

  • Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Pevonia Spa Clinica Skin Perfecting 4 Piece Skin Care System Review


    I'd love to introduce you to the four piece skin care system I've been using from Pevonia Spa Clinica. Pevonia is a company that's been in existance primarily at spas for around 20 years. They recently launched the Spa Clinica line with four different 4-piece skin regimen systems to make things simple for those of us that aren't skin technicians. Each 4-piece regimen has a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer. Today I'll be reviewing the Skin Perfecting regimen which is targeted for sun damage and aging.  Each of the four products contain retinol.

    The Skin Perfecting Cleanser, (4 oz/$23 USD), is a gel type of consistency in a push button dispenser. The styling of the bottle has a retro type feel to me and the push button top reminds of the house in the cartoon the Jetsons. It's got a futuristic type of disc shape. It's really cool. The cleanser smells like honeysuckle to me, reminding me again of my childhood. It's a joy to use.

    The primary ingredient in the cleanser is retinol, which is used to rejuvenate skin and restore skin's elasticity.

    Pevonia Spa Clinica Cleanser and Toner

    Step number two is the Skin Perfecting Toner, (4 oz/$18 USD).  It also smells of tropical florals, in a light delicate scent.  There is a spray top on the bottle that I really like because it negates the clutz factor that sometimes happens when you have to tip a bottle over to get the liquid out.  It is alcohol free and also contains retinol.

    The third step is probably my favorite.  It is the Wrinkle Plus Serum, (.05 oz/$39 USD).  The serum is a light yellow substance that has a citrus type scent.  It is to be used once a day and goes on lightly and absorbs instantly into the skin.  The retinol in the serum is to smooth wrinkles.  The serum bottle lasted about eight weeks of use.  I ran out of it before I have the other three products.

    Step number four is the Skin Perfecting Moisturizer.  It has the same citrus scent that the serum has.  I love to lavish it on my skin and know that the retinol is working to rejuvenate my skin by reducing wrinkles and restoring skin elasticity.

    I've found that using this system, my skin has never looked better.  I am able to use my favorite eye products from Algenist with this system and I've seen improvements that I didn't expect.  The use of the light retinol everyday has made dry flaking winter skin a non-issue, while leaving me with baby soft skin.   It is gentle but effective and I never experienced any flakieness or peeling as you sometimes get with retinol products, while I was still able to view the benefits of the retinol.

    My skin isn't particularly sensitive, but if yours is, you could use the serum every other day until your skin got used to it.  I have read reviews from people with sensitive skin who didn't have any problems with the concentration of retinol.  For instance, my friend Christine at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic has a great testimony with sensitive skin.

    Pevonia Spa Clinica is currently running a special for a limited time where you can purchase a trial size regimen for just $19!!!  I should have purchased one for traveling on my recent vacation!  (duh moment).   The four complete regimens are:

    1)  Anti-Aging Collagen Regimen, designed to
    Replenish lost Collagen
    Prevent signs of premature aging
    Smooth lines and repair wrinkles
    Hydrate and nourish

    2: Break Out Erase Triple Acting Regimen, designed to:
    Clear existing pimples without damage
    Prevent breakouts and blemishes
    Gently exfoliate using Salicylic Acid
    Eliminate excess oil using Lactic Acid
    Control bacteria using Benzoyl Peroxide

    3: Redness Relief Green Tea Regimen, designed to:
    Calm and cool rosacea-prone skin
    Combat bacteria associated with rosacea
    Relieve redness and sensitivity
    Reduce blotchiness
    Minimize visible blood vessels

    4: Skin Perfecting Retinol Regimen
    Promote cellular regeneration
    Smooth lines and deep wrinkles
    Even skin tone
    Reduce the appearance of pores

    In addition, there are several other serums to target different problems. I'm particularly interested in the two eye serums. Please visit the Pevonia Spa Clinica website to learn more about these products and to read the ingredient lists.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  I have loved using these products!!  Remember that if you try the retinol products, be sure to use sunscreen while doing so.  Your skin will thank you.
    (Four piece system provided by PR for my consideration.  Results and opinions expressed are my own honest evaluation.  Please see Disclosure Policy for more information.)

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Getting To Know You - A Game To Play

    So I got to thinking about my readers and I started wondering what some of your favorite things are. I thought maybe we could do a little question and answer time and two weeks from now, I'm going to pick a comment, generated at random, to receive a cosmetic surprise. Be sure to leave a good email address when I can contact you in your comments.

    Here's how we play: Answer any of the following questions that you like. Some of the things I've been wondering are:

    What is your all time favorite cosmetic product?

    If you wear foundation, do you prefer liquid, powder, cream or...?

    Lipstick, lipgloss or both, and what is your all time favorite?

    Favorite blush?

    What is your skincare secret? (Favorite skincare item)

    How much time do you spend on your hair everyday?

    If you love nail polish, what is your favorite brand?

    Tell me what you love about your beauty routine, whether it's a product, method of application, or something that you wear. And don't forget to leave a good email address, and do it in a code like yadda yadda at xyz dot com, so that the spammers don't latch onto your email addy.

    I really enjoyed reading your answers. I've marked down a few things I wanted to try based on your suggestions. Thanks for playing!!

    Here are the results from

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    Have A Great Valentine's Day With Essentials From Target

    Time to start planning for Valentine's Day!! Whether you're going cute or sexy, a date with your guy, your kids, or your girlfriends, Target has everything you need to make your holiday a success. You can celebrate the day in style and stay on-trend while doing so for under $30!!

    Fashionable home goods, feminine jewelry, statement bags, glamorous makeup and other gorgeous essentials create the ideal look for any Valentine’s Day occasion.

    Night with friends: 1. Merona Crossbody Bag in Pink ($26.99), 2. NP Set Day-to-Night Liners ($15.00 each), 3. Circular Lace Earrings in Gold ($7.99), 4. Converse One Star Sleeveless Britney Top ($24.99), 5. Mossimo Ponte Pencil Skirt in Deep Berry ($19.99), 6. Threshold Ceramic Frames ($9.99 each), 7. Bodycology XOXO Collection ($3.99 each)

    Romantic dinner: 8. Mossimo Black Envelope Clutch in Black and White ($24.99), 9. Mossimo Ponte Peplum Sleeveless Dress ($27.99), 10. Threshold Berry Vases ($14.99-$19.99), 11. Multi Strand Necklace in Pearl and Aqua ($16.99) and Multi Stone Bracelet in Ivory and Aqua ($12.99), 12. Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Rosy Red ($16.00), 13. Umberto Beverly Hills Volume Boosting Foam ($8.99)

    Family night at home: 14. Xhilaration Junior’s Knit Tee and Short Sleep Set ($12.99), 15. PixI Nail Colour in Amazing Amethyst ($8.00), 16. Red Pintuck Pillow ($24.99), 17. Mossimo Black Scarf in Black and White Diamond Print ($14.99), 18. Threshold Scallop Dinnerwear ($2.99) and Threshold Small Tumbler ($2.49)

    There are some great suggestions, which brings me to want to ask what plans you have or tentatively have for Valentine's Day?

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup for 2/1/13

    Woo Hoo!! Time for the Beauty Blogazon's Roundup. You know, you can even sing it to the tune of Beauty School Dropout from Grease. Try it. "Beauty Blogazons Roundup" works!! Enjoy this week's sampling from some of our lovely bloggers.

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