October 2015 ~ Polarbelle

Thursday, October 22, 2015

$200 Sephora Giftcard Giveaway - Instagram Giveaway From The Beauty Blogazons

We have a cool giveaway from the Blogazons this week via Instagram.  Be sure to check all the entries and one lucky person will win a $200 Sephora Giftcard for your spending joy!!  Have you seen all the new holiday stuff that's come to Sephora lately?!?  oh my bob, have fun entering and spending!!!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Phuse Beauty Hydration Head Case Shampoo And Repairman Conditioner Review For Healthy Shiny Hair!!


Phuse Beauty, "where science meets beauty", is a relatively new company in the land of loveliness.  There is over 30 years of professional beauty industry experience behind the brand.  Their mission is to bring professional products to the home.  I believe the products I have for you today, (as well as a couple other I've tried), do exactly that.

Today we'll be looking at their Hydration Head Case Shampoo, Repairman Conditioner and So Smooth Ta Da! Comb, but first I have to tell you that their Trim It cuticle nippers are THE BEST I've used!!  We're talking 'throw all your others away' kind of best.  Review to come!

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

The Hydration Head Case Shampoo, ($18 / 10 oz),  is for all hair types.  There is no animal testing in Phuse Beauty products and they are gluten free, something I'm particularly thankful for.  The shampoo is touted as controlling frizz, safe and gentle for colored hair, and are paraben and petrochemical free.  The shampoo is sodium and sulfate free, (yay!), and is infused with argan oil, (another yay!).  It is safe enough for daily use.  And it smells really good; a light clean scent.

Here are the ingredients:

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

I use the shampoo and follow up with the Repairman Conditioner, ($19 / 10 oz), which also smells good with a light clean scent.  It is formulated without formaldehyde and petrochemicals.  It is sodium and sulfate free to be safe for even colored hair.  Keratin is an important ingredient in the conditioner to mend damaged hair and promote shine.  It is safe for every day use.

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

Thirdly today is the So Smooth Ta Da! comb, ($7), easily the best comb I've used in the shower to draw the conditioner through the hair evenly and after the shower before styling my hair or even for next-day hair.  I have thick curly hair so the wide teeth are a blessing to my locks, sifting through them without pulling them out.  This is HUGE to me.  Huge.  The comb has a wider tooth space on one end to easily part your hair.

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

I've only used wide toothed picks before I received this comb and even they pulled my hair out in knots when I'd comb it.  Every time.  It's like a secret hair curse.  Part of the reason this comb works so well is that it has an infusion of argan oil, olive oil and keratin protein, all wonderful ingredients to promote hair health and shine.

My hair is naturally curly and coarse as the hair shaft is always bent.  The cuticle just doesn't lay flat by itself to promote shine.  And then when I straighten it and add more heat, it tends to get dry.  I can honestly tell you that I have seen a natural type of shine in using these products for the past month.  It's not a heavy or greasy looking faked shine.  I can't really believe it.  I usually use a gob of oil and even then, feel like it looks dry in places.  I'm pretty impressed with these products!!

After washing my hair earlier this week, my friend Kelly curled it.  I have rarely tamed my curls with a curling iron as I've felt that the heat would dry my hair even more.  But with the Phuse Beauty combination, I have a shine that I've never known before!!  I blow dried it.  Kelly curled it.  And look at the SHINE!!!


Kelly is really good with hair.  She should be a stylist!!

Phuse Beauty, in addition to web sales, has a home beauty hosting program.  Check out the link in this paragraph and you can get started earning free beauty products which, in my experience, are top quality.  No joke.  You've got to try the products!!!

You can also follow Phuse on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  These are products worth checking out.  I'm glad I did.

So tell me....what is your greatest personal hair challenge?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I Had A Tarte Attack - Tarte Cosmetics Ulta Exclusive Holidaze Greatest Glitz Collector's Set Swatches


My first item to introduce you to the Holiday 2015 season is the Tarte Cosmetics Greatest Glitz Collector's Set and Portable Palettes, ($49), exclusive to Ulta Beauty.  Tarte is a cruelty free, vegan friendly company and every year they put out a variety of really nice sets for the holiday season.  I missed the Ulta exclusive set last year and I didn't want that to happen again, so this set was the first item I purchased of the season.

The set consists of three palettes in neutral, rose gold, and smoky themes housed in a rose gold cardboard box which has a hidden magnetized closure and a full size mirror in the top.  Each of the three palettes contain .024 oz of eyeshadow and a .155 oz blush.  Also in the set, in a pull out drawer in the bottom of the box, are a deluze size Lipsurgence Lip Creme, (.056 oz.), and a deluxe size, (.13 oz), Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, my current favorite.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches
The box is quite sturdy and has a pattern of sequins in the corresponding gold, rose gold and smoky colors on the top.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Let's open the palettes and see the pretties!!

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Each palette is easily removed from the box.  There were one or two eyeshadows that reminded me of last holiday's Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's set and one or two that reminded me of the Tartlette palette.  Having said that, I want to be clear that the shades are different.  They're not the same as earlier palettes, but a couple may remind you of some of your favorites.

The first palette on the left is the neutral themed palette.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

My swatches are done outside on a sunny day.  Tarte always surprises me when I swatch the products because of the incredible pigmentation.  The colors are soft and swatch easily.  Many of them are very complex, to the point that the camera can't pick it up in a group shot.  I'm including a couple of different shots of my arm at different angles because, as you can see, when light hits the shades at different angles, it brings out different properties and shimmers.

I have swatched the Lipsurgence in Flashy on the right after the blush.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Flashy is the limited edition Lipsurgence for the Greatest Glitz set.  It's a nude rose color, universally flattering.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

The rose gold palette is next in the set.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Again, I have several swatches of this palette.  As the light changes hitting it, so do the colors.  Sometimes the shimmer is more evident than others and also takes on a different tone.  Tarte has  complex shimmers that must be appreciated from different angles to get the full effect.  The two purples might remind you of the Tartelette palette but the Tartelette purples have more of a browned base to them.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

The third palette has a smoky theme, with a matte purple-black and a matte soft black.  The color Mint Spring, (3rd from the left in the bottom row), has the least pigmentation in all three palettes.  It reminds me of a color in the Bon Voyage set from Holiday 2014 by sight, but when swatched, it's quite different and a greener grey than was found in Bon Voyage.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Tarte has one of the most extensive and intriguing holiday collections.  This palette is found at Ulta and is exclusive to that store.  SEPHORA has their own specific Tarte Holidaze Collection.   Macys and Tarte Online have a shared collection and some pieces that overlap with Ulta and Sephora.

I wanted to put swatches up as quickly as possible for you.  There is quite a variety of Tarte items for you to look at this season, and you'll want to investigate them all, I'm sure.  Tarte Cosmetics offers top quality long-wearing makeup, and there is surely something this Holidaze season for everyone.  Tarte is a vegan friendly, cruelty free company.  You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook as well as other social media webbys listed on their site.  Be sure to search their hashtag #TarteHolidaze across all social channels.

Tell me what has caught your eye this holiday season and given you a Tarte Attack?

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