Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pixi Beauty Skintreats Peel & Polish - Plus A Giveaway!

Pixi Beauty has been just killing it lately with their skincare products, referred to as Skintreats.  One of the most recent releases to hit the shelves is the Peel & Polish, (1.5 fl oz / $24).  Pixi Beauty is a cruelty free company and their products are sold in their boutiques, Pixi online, and at Target in the states.  The Peel & Polish is one of those rare skincare finds that you know is exceptional from the first use.

I would agree with Pixi's claim that it delivers a professional salon peel at home.  This peel uses natural fruit enzymes  and lactic acid to exfoliate and peel while utilizing sugar to polish.  The result is that the dead outer surface of the skin is lifted and removed revealing softer smoother skin underneath.

You can use this as a peel or as a peel and polish combination.  The instructions say to apply it, let it sit for up to five minutes and wash away.  It can be used 2-3 times a week in the morning or evening.  To receive a more polished effect, when applying, gently rub in circular motions helping to speed the exfoliation, and let the peel sit on the face for a few more minutes.  This is how I use it with my dry skin.  The result, when I wash it off, is a clearer radiant complexion and softer smoother skin.  I've very impressed with this product.  It's suitable for all skin types so I think you might like it as well.

Here are the ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Polylactic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Ceteareth-20, Beraclay Light Red, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglceryl-3 Cocoate, Butylene Glycol, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Polyglceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglceryl-6 Ricinoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoic Acid, Tocopherol.

Learn more about the Pixi by following their blog and across their social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and youtube.

The good folks at Pixi Beauty sent me an extra to giveaway to one lucky entrant.  The winner will be chosen at random at the end of the giveaway.  I'll contact the winner via email and they have 24 hours to respond with shipping info.  Please make sure to enter with an email address that you check regularly.   Have fun everyone and good luck to you!

Pixi Beauty Skintreats Peel & Polish

Monday, June 19, 2017

JessXIttse - The Love For Lacquer And Ittse Glambition Collection Collaboration

During Cosmoprof North America in summer of '16, the Polarbelle team had the fortune of a sit down with Gretchen Chevalier, the founder and CEO of Ittse, an up and coming cosmetic brand.  We were captivated by their booth and, in particular, the cartoon style line drawings of the muse Ittse and her dog Bernard.

Glambition Collection, Love For Lacquer, JessXIttse

The style of the products, packaging and booth really spoke to us.  We went by Ittse about six times before we could get in through the crowd to sit down and learn more about the brand.

Gretchen created this delightful cruelty free brand with a modern look.  She has a background in the development of prestige brand products and was able to bring her expertise and knowledge of product development, formulation and USA based manufacturing to her brand Ittse.  Her vision was to bring an approachable option to consumers, even in the packaging, and to appeal to all demographics.

There is attention to absolutely every detail in this brand.  My first picture above is of the customize-able empty palette that you can purchase in a variety of six colors.  Look at the detail on the back of the box.  It's so cool, appealing to my artistic side.

Ittse has a special place in the brand for influencers, which brings me to today's product review.  My friend Jess Scull is the brilliant blogger behind Love For Lacquer.  She has made her brand into an incredible force in the industry and I'm so proud and excited that she would collaborate with Ittse to bring you The Glambition Collection.

Glambition Collection, Love For Lacquer, JessXIttse

From the Ittse website:
This collection represents all of the powerful and strong women who are building empires, chasing dreams (in high heels of course) and who rise, shine and hustle. Through every failure, you will always have a reason to get back up. Dream big, work hard, stay focused & make it happen.”
@loveforlacquer |

The collection features four products; a cheek color, 2 highlighters and one all over color.  The four colors are sold as a set for $35.  If you choose to purchase an Ittse palette in your choice of color, the cost is $50.  Sign up on the website for the first time and receive a 20% off coupon!!  You'll be very impressed with the empty palettes.  They're made of faux leather, super cushy and have a mirrored top.  Now let's take a look.

highlighter, blush, girl boss

These powders are gorgeous.  Your brush will kick up a tiny bit of powder when you swipe the pan but will apply perfectly when you touch the face.  There's no fallout.  These colors are beautiful in their intended use and also as eye colors.

They are, (from left to right) - Hustle & Glow, a golden shimmering highlighter.  It's not an overtly warm gold, which means I really love it.  Golds that go too orange just don't work for me.

Goal Digger - a delicious shimmer that I can't quite's kind of a champagne peach or a champagne pink depending on your undertones.  It is an all over color that is brilliant as a highlighter, gorgeous as a blush topper and a gleaming metallic on the eyes.  This is the color I was dying for most and it totally delivers.

Run The World - a beautiful champagne glowing highlighter.  Mix this with any of the other colors and you will blow your mind!

#GirlBoss - the cheek color of the bunch is the perfect light color with barely discernible shimmer.  The satin finish keeps it from looking flat and I truly believe it's a universal color.  It is perfectly between peach and pink making it the every day blush you've been looking for.

Pictured below, they are:  #Girl Boss, Hustle & Glow, Goal Digger, Run The World.

highlighter, blush, girl boss

I've snapchatted wearing these colors and received tremendous response.  My snap fam is as enamored as I am!!

Congratulations to Jess on her collab and congratulations to Ittse for picking my girl boss hero to collab with.  You can follow Jess on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.    Keep tabs on Ittse on Facebook, InstagramPinterest and Twitter.

Don't you think this collaboration would be a perfect gift for your favorite #GirlBoss?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

BioSilk's 1st Professional Hair Tools - My Review & Why You Need To See Them

Two hair tools I've been loving currently are from BioSilk.  They combine ceramic and titanium hair tool technologies to produce lightweight, efficient, frizz defeating salon quality tools.  I have the blow dryer, ($79),  and flat iron, ($79), and I really want to tell you about both because they are really awesome tools.  They are a bargain for the quality and efficiency of the tools.

The Titanium Professional Blow Dryer is a sexy chrome and silver and is lightweight to hold.  Titanium technology allows the dryer to dry hair quicker than average while it seals the cuticle shaft for smoother shinier hair.  It dries my hair much faster than any traditional shaped blow dryer.  I love to use this thing.  For me, one of the best things about it is the reduced noise level!!  It doesn't sound like a whirring jet engine, even on the high setting.  It makes it a relaxing dryer to use.

Some of the details include:
1875 watts of powerful airflow
Titanium Grill

2 speed settings
2 temperature settings
A cool shot button

Ion generator
2 year limited warranty
Includes Free 2 oz. Biosilk Hot Thermal Protectant Mist, directional airflow nozzle, and diffuser attachement

It's a sturdy yet lightweight machine that delivers powerful and comparatively quiet  drying while adding sleekness and shine to the hair.  I really enjoy using this dryer.

The Titanium 1" Flat Iron is also a really terrific tool.  It is sleek and looks a little bit space age with it's high quality titanium mirrored plates, the LED temperature guide and flashing blue lights when it's on.  The plates are curved at the side making it easy to curl hair without catching and pulling it.  The titanium technology seals the cuticle to keep humidity out while making for incredible shine.

Some points of interest about this flat iron:
1 Inch Titanium Plates
Max temperatures of up to 410ºF
LED Digital Temperature Display
1 hour auto shut-off
2 year limited warranty
Includes Free 2 oz. Biosilk Hot Thermal Protectant Mist

You turn on the iron and set the temperature with the three buttons that are on the side.  It's easy to punch it up higher or lower and the iron can heat to the full setting in under a minute.  That surprised me.  It makes styling even quicker.  The ease with which it straightens or curls without catching and pulling was something that I really appreciate.  It's fast and efficient and I love it so much that I put my GHD away.  I don't think you could possibly find a better flat iron at such a price.  I really think you need to consider these with your next hair tool purchase.

You can follow BioSilk on Instagram to learn more about the brand.

I am just loving these tools so much and I love the sleek fancy look of them.  Do you have a particular hair tool that delivers for you that you love?  Have you curled your hair with a flat iron?  I could never do it until I got this one!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment Hair Mask Review & Giveaway!

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Today I'm sharing my experience with the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment, (now available at Sephora - 6 oz / $32), with you.  And I have an extra for a giveaway!!

The Pre-Wash Protein Treatment is a hair mask that is used prior to shampooing.  Use a fair amount and distribute thoroughly throughout hair and on the scalp and then relax for 20 minutes.  This thick creamy mask has a pleasing relaxing scent.  It smells sort of like vanilla and lightly floral.   The formula is said to penetrate deeply to restore and rebuild dry, brittle strands which are damaged by chemicals, heat and the environment.   There are no parabens, sulfates or phthalates and it is is suitable for all hair types.

My experience with this hair mask has been nothing short of amazing!!  I have chemically colored and treated hair which can get dry in the heat and sunshine here in Phoenix.  The natural texture of my hair is coarse and curly.  Let me emphasize:  Coarse and curly.  I don't have typical movie hair that you would love to run your hands through.  There's a lot of texture.  When I use this mask, my hair is SO SOFT!  It's amazing!!!  I wish my website had feel-o-vision so that you could experience the difference when I pre-treat with this product before shampooing.

The other thing I love about this is that while it penetrates well, it doesn't lift the artificial color from my hair.  My pinks, purples and blues remain just as vibrant while becoming softer with use.  My colored coarse hair transforms into a mermaid's dream with the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment.  It really IS wonderful.  And it smells great.  Plus, who could complain about that 20 minutes to check your email and Instagram, fix dinner, or whatever it is that you like to do while your hair is treated.

So good news!!!  Not only is this hair mask nothing short of amazing, but I have one to giveaway to a lucky reader!!  I love this mask and I think you will too.  Please enter using the widget below.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Pre-Wash Protein Treatment Giveaway

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Emma Slater Of Dancing With The Stars Changes Partners

When I first heard that Emma Slater changed partners before the season even started at Dancing With The Stars, I thought there was some big ol' hubba-baloo backstage and naturally, I wanted to find out about it.  But never fear, all was well behind the scenes as Ms. Slater had become the spokesperson for the Dancing With The Stars Self Tanning Collection of products by Norvell.

"I am delighted to announce I have a new partner - Dancing with the Stars Self Tanner by Norvell with Vio-7™," mused Slater.  She continues, "As a professional dancer, who wears skin baring costumes, I have tried it all - and I sadly, have been every color under the sun including the dreaded orange! Dancing with the Stars Self Tanner with Vio-7 is distinctly different."

Formulated using the same color theory principles seen in purple shampoo to neutralize brassiness, Dancing with the Stars Self Tanner with Vio-7 utilizes a unique blend of violet and brown tone bronzer pigments designed to counter an unwanted orange undertone when sunless tanning.

"Vio-7™ is not only innovative, but I consider it my insurance when prepping each week for the scrutiny of HDTV" Slater remarks. "The Dancing with the Stars name is synonymous with a coveted tan and Norvell is known as the #1 professional self tanner. Two champions have come together to create the best self - tanning product ever. Now, you can have this same tan too!" 

The Norvell blending mitt makes application smooth and easy.  It has a velvety outside with a waterproof liner on the inside.  There is no bleeding of color onto the palms as you smooth it over the body.  Just dampen a little, apply your product to it and go to work blending.  It really makes application easy, even and not the least bit streaky.

The first of the three tanners that I used is the self tanning mousse.   The mousse glides easily over the face and body with a light bronze color as a guide.  I found this easy to use and very hard to mess up.  The bronze color appears immediately and within 24 hours, the tan begins to develop.  The bronze guide washes away in the first couple of showers and the tan lasts nearly a week.

As it wore off, I had no flaking or spotting.  If you've used self tanners before, you know that is really unusual.  I can usually feel and see them wearing off as they get spotty and then I exfoliate like crazy.  I never felt the need to do so with these products because it looked so natural as it wore.  My skin didn't have the chemical feel or dryness that a lot of tanners have, nor did it smell like most.  These products have a delicious chocolate vanilla scent and never smell odd.  I really enjoy this formula and the results.

Before I used it, I looked like this:

With just one simple application, I looked like this the next day:

I found it really easy to apply around the areas that can get to dark if you're not careful.  I just followed the instructions of exfoliating 24 hours before, and using the mitt lightly damp.  I moisturized before and paid extra attention to knees, ankles, wrists and fingers.  I was really pleased with the results and was ready for shorts season!!

The next week, I added a layer of the Airbrush Spray.  I was going to do this in the tub which makes it easy to rinse off any overspray, but it was a beautiful day so I chose to do it outside.  I did mess up just a tad.  I forgot to moisturize my feet so it was a little dark on a couple of toes, but gosh, just so not a big deal.  I found I had to pay a lot more attention to how and where I sprayed in order to get evenness.  I prefer the mousse application, but that's just my preference.  Always keep in mind, if you're spraying your legs, that some mist will fall to your feet and be sure to calculate that in when you decide how much to spray about the ankles and feet.

The third formula is the Endurance Color Boosting Skin Perfector.  This is an illuminating body balm that will extend the wear of your tan while said to firm, tone, brighten and moisturize the skin.  I haven't been able to use this consistently enough at this time of year to confirm those results - I'm in Phoenix where it has been summer already for a month and I am trying not to be too dark, just healthy.  The sun has been doing it's natural thing so I'll be using this more as we go into the fall.

I have loved using these products, which just happen to be the best self-tanning products I've used thus far.  They are paraben-free, gluten-free, sulfate-free, vegan, synthetic fragrance free and GMO-free.  You can purchase the products on HSN and Amazon, as the professional products are now available for public consumption.  Visit the Official Dancing With The Stars Self Tanner webpage for purchase or to learn more about Emma Slater, DWTS and the Norvell Self Tanners.  Follow them on Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date on the latest.

Have you tried a self tanner that you loved before?  Does it help you to go from jeans to shorts season with confidence?

Monday, June 5, 2017

May 17 Beauty Favorites - Lip and Eye Edition!

There's a new video up on my youtube channel covering my May '17 Favorite lip and eye products that I've been using this spring.  I think some of these will be good choices that you might want to consider going into summer.  There is a list below of the items that I talk about and the items with an asterisk were pr samples sent for consideration.  Have a little lookie-loo and let me know what you think.

*Glossier Balm Dot Com:
Sephora Collection Colorful Gloss Balm:
Covergirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick:
Jouer Rose Gold Creme Lip Topper:
Maybelline Baby Lips:

Lorac Pirates of The Carribean lip duos:
Kylie Cosmetics x Kim: (sold out)
*Pur Cosmetics DIY High Shine Chrome LipGloss:
*Jesse's Girl Cosmetics Liquid LipStick Angelic:
*Models Own Lix Matte Liquid Lipstick:

Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette:
*Malin & Goetz Revitalizing Eye Cream:
L.A. Girl Eye Lux Eyeshadow palettes:
*Bodyography Cream Glitter Pigment:
Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe In Yourself Palette:
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara:
*Esqido Mink Lashes:
*Esqido Companion Eyelash Glue:

Thank you for watching!  I'd love to hear what some of your favorites during spring have been.  Let me know if there's anything in particular that you'd like to see on my channel.  I'm always open to suggestions.

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