Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Last Week Of September With The Beauty Spotlight Team

As September ends our Beauty Spotlight Team keeps on going. This week we'd like to introduce you to Judy of Beauty Judy. Judy may be 40 years old but she's so young at heart that you'd never believe it. She is on her way to becoming a mom for the second time yet she keeps up her blog, appearances on panels, writing for a local paper, and love for beauty each and every day. We're happy to have Judy with us.

Prime Beauty found a new line called NOTE Cosmetics that has high-quality makeup products at drugstore prices take NOTE of that!

The end of summer is a great time to exfoliate your skin so that your skincare products will be more effective. Allison from Never Say Die Beauty loves natural Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub with Citrus Oil and Dead Sea Salt to remove skin cells and reveal smooth skin.

Pammy Blogs Beauty gets ready for Fall with some gorgeous NEW releases from Laura Mercier. Find out how she is loving the Caviar Eye Sticks Matte and the Longwear Foundation!

If Cargo Cosmetics managed to fall off of your radar, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog suggests checking out this review of the Cargo Cosmetics Bronzing Powder and Swimmables Water Resistant Blush and Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. They are so worth trying!

Fall is such a busy time so Polarbelle has combined her beauty information of the week so that you can find all her reviews and giveaways in one spot.

BeautyJudy has the KBShimmer Fall Collection swatched and reviewed, including her collaboration shade, Northern Frights – check it out and click to enter the giveaway!

Christa from Realizing Beauty shares the most luxurious looking new mascara primer and mascara we think we've ever seen!

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone isn't good about keeping secrets. This week she shared all the little things on her vanity that keep her obsession going.

Justina's Gems tried out the Osmosis eyeshadow duos and they are some of the best matte eyeshadows out there! Click through to read more.

Friday, September 29, 2017

This Week In Polarbelle's Beauty World

Where did this week go?  For that matter, where did September go?  It just flew by at such a pace, it made my head spin!!!  This week, I have three youtube videos that went live and if you missed them, they'll be below.  I don't want you to miss out on anything you may have wanted to know in these areas, or the associated giveaways and how to find them.   Also, please visit Jamie of The Beauty Of Life today where I am honored to have been interviewed and featured today.  Jamie has helped me through difficult times and I'm really very honored that she chose to feature me today.

We started the week with my full Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Matte Longwear Foundation thoughts and review.  It was a little difficult for me to find the right color because of skintone and undertones.  I have settled on 230, just for an FYI.  Can you wear it if you have dry skin?  Watch to find out.

My Ipsy Glam Bag seems to be on a new schedule arriving much later in the month than usual.  And my Sephora Play box came the same day.  Logic dictates that's the time to do an unboxing video.  Check and see what I received.  I'm also curious if you received the same or different.

If that's not enough to keep you busy this week, I have reviewed the Lorac LA Experience Face and Eye palettes....well, four out of five anyway.  These will be all sold out soon as the price was slashed in half at Ulta.  At the end of the video, I introduce a new giveaway taking place on my Instagram account.  The giveaway is for the highly popular Colourpop Yes, Please eyeshadow palette.  I wanted to pick something special to thank my Instagram followers, so if you are one, please enter.  If not, well, what are you waiting for??  Won't you join in the fun?

There are a couple of days left on my Pixi Beauty giveaway.  You can enter via my blog or my channel.  I'm giving these items away to someone.  It may as well be you.

There's a lot coming up in the next few months.  I've been scrambling for pictures, visiting with the wild ponies down the street, and mapping out what's coming up, so please check back often.  We're just one week out from my Blogoversary day, and you know we'll be having another giveaway or two.

I had a hard time adjusting to the idea of fall.  And now the brush is growing in the desert making my favorite wild horse watching places a little more difficult.   I know it's the favorite season for so many people, so I'm trying to adjust my attitude and get into it.  What is your favorite thing about or to do in fall?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

What's In The Beauty Spotlight This Week?

I am overjoyed to announce that I am now a part of The Beauty Spotlight Team!  Each week we will be bringing you links from the best of the best beauty bloggers.  It's been my privilege to have worked with these ladies online for most of the 7 years I've been blogging.  I have been an avid reader to the weekly Beauty Spotlight Team's links and am so proud to be able to now provide mine as well.  I hope you will enjoy the reads from my friends.

Christa from Realizing Beauty shares with us 18 of the 34 shades of the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Face Color. These highlight, blush, and sculpt powders will take your breathe away!

This is the last chance to win the Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit Gift Bag, each valued at $500.00, for TWO lucky Lola's Secret Beauty Blog readers! Giveaway is extended to Sunday, September 24. #SpaceNKUSA #SpaceNK #SpaceNKBeautyEdit

Prime Beauty has had great success with probiotic supplements but do they work in skincare? LaFlore Skincare is a brand new skincare brand that harnesses the power of probiotics in their simple 3-Step Skincare System.

Pammy Blogs Beauty creates a spa environment at home with these decadent products from Rituals!

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty forgot about her Scentbird fragrance subscription, and she was surprised to receive a new perfume that she has fallen in love with: La Mia Perla EDP!

We can't deny that colder weather is going to find us sooner or later but we can look for ways to protect our skin from it. Beauty Info Zone is sharing some favorites from AmLactin that are easily available and affordable. Stock up now before you're hit with scaley skin.

Not a day goes by that Polarbelle doesn't think about the beauty of sunsets. It was natural for her to review The Lorac Sunset Collection Shadow palettes Does anything match the beauty of a glorious sunset?

Have you seen the new Revlon 360 blow dryer? It works like a Dyson Air Blade Hand Dryer! 15 Minute Beauty tried it out, and this hair dryer is like nothing you've ever seen before!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Favorite Pixi Beauty Skincare and Makeup Items #PixiPretties #PixiSkinTreats Plus Giveaway

Hey guys, we're less than a month from the 7th Blogoversary of Polarbelle.  In the time that I've been visiting with you online, I've found so many good brands to bring to you and Pixi Beauty is one of those.  Today we'll be talking about my favorite skincare and makeup items from Pixi.  I'm going to let the video do the talking and at the end is a Pixi Beauty giveaway.  The giveaway ends on 10-1 at 11:59 pm.

I hope you'll enjoy seeing the items that I truly love.  Some are repeats that you've heard me talk about before, and some I haven't had the chance to write about yet.  I've also got a couple of duds to tell you about so look for those as well.  I'm going to list all the products mentioned and link to previous youtube videos and blog posts in case you want more information.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:  (Some products were pr but it in no way influences my honest opinion about Pixi products)
Pixi Makeup Melting Cleansing Wipes
Glow Tonic To Go Exfoliating Pads  **pr
Glow Peel Pads
Pixi Skin Mists **pr & purchase
Peel and Polish **pr
24K Eye Elixer **pr & purchase
Nourishing Lip Polish
Overnight Glow Serum **pr
Rose Oil Blend

Strobe & Sculpt Palette PixixMaryamNYC   & Strobe & Sculpt Brush   **pr & purchase

Lip Contour Pencil Natural Rose
Endless Silky Eye Pen Pencil  **pr & purchase
Eye Bright liner
Glow-Y Powders PixiXAspynOvard  **pr
Glow Booster in Rose  **pr
Glowtion Day Dew Bright  **pr
PixiXAspynOvard Eye Accents Kit  ** pr
PixiXItsJudyTime Get The Look Eye & Lips Palettes  **pr
Fairy Dusts   **pr

Pixi Beauty is a cruelty free brand and is available both online and in store at Pixi Beauty and at Target. Learn more about the Pixi by following their blog and across their social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and youtube.

If you leave a comment here, it will also count as an entry.  They've changed the Gleam widget so please comment and tell me ... anything you want and it will also count as an entry.

7 Year Blogoversary Pixi Beauty Giveaway

Tarte Cosmetics Goddess Glow Holiday 17 Highlighter Extravaganza

Yes, it's a highlighting extravaganza today!!!  I have something to show you that I purchased at the Sephora VIB Rouge Holiday Preview event.    I've already talked about the Fenty products that I purchased on youtube where I also introduced this piece of hot Tarte fire.  There are swatches and thoughts in the Fenty video linked and well as my video dedicated to the Tarte Goddess Glow Highlighter itself.  The highlighter has .42 gm of product for $35.  As of this writing it is available at Sephora and Tarte's website.  Tarte is a cruelty free vegan company.

The etching in the highlighter is to be remniscent of the tile work in Morocco.  I think they nailed it!!  I've used it five or six times already and the pattern is still well intact.  It'll take awhile to ruin the pattern with use.   There is a full mirror in this oversized compact.

The overall color is a delicate champagne beige with micro sparkles.  I think it swatches best in the video so if you'd like to see the swatches please watch the video.  I have some thoughts and tips there too.

I'm loving wearing this with all my tanks and cold shoulder tops.  It would be brilliant on the body during holiday season as well.  The teeny golden micro shimmers stay where you brush them on and don't fall off flaking all over.  It's a really well done highlighter.

Are you curious to see what else Tarte has coming out for holiday?  ME TOO!!!  I know there will be tons of stuff, Ulta Exclusives, Sephora Exclusives.  I'm getting curious!

You can follow Tarte Cosmetics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.  What do you think about this lovely?  What kind of makeup are you looking forward to this holiday season?

Monday, September 18, 2017

LORAC Unzipped Desert Sunset And Ocean Sunset Palette Swatches and Review

Lorac Cosmetics issued a new series of three Unzipped palettes with different sunset themed locations this summer.  I'm a sunset chaser and there are no more beautiful sunsets than here in the desert.  The horizon begins with a golden color.

 It morphes into orange and pink and finishes off with the most gorgeous purple.

Desert Sunset was the natural choice for me to pick up.  I really adore the colors and especially together as a group.  The unzipped sunset series retails for $42 each for 10 beautiful shades but I see that they're ON SALE at Kohls for $36.99.

The outer construction of the palettes is really cool.  They each have a unique wash of  colors  that mirror the shadow hues inside.  The top has a construction that looks like the rays of the sun and it can fold back from the corner to open.  I seem to lack the words to describe it but if you grab the lower right corner, the top sort of folds back with the rays acting as joints in the lid.  It's a unique construction with a strong magnetic closure.  There is no mirror on the inside, keeping the weight to a very comfortable level while adding to the travel functionality.  The palettes are quite slim, pleasing to hold and store and made in the USA.

The Desert Sunset palette has four mattes and six shimmering shades.  I was particularly pulled in by the pinks and purples. The pink tones, (the lighter is shimmer and the darker is a matte), are outstanding and my favorites in the palette.  These hues are a predominant part of the nightly desert sunsets.  I was particularly pulled in by the pinks and purples.  The color scheme is something I look at nearly every night while marveling at it's beauty.  I couldn't forget this palette.  It was in my mind daily until I purchased it and wore it.  It will be in my top shadow palettes of 2017 for sure.

When I first used the palette, I fell in love but was a little disappointed in the purple.  It seemed to have such light pigmentation that it didn't live up to my expectations.  At first.  I kept working with it and found that once I had broken the surface of the shade, it applied with a fuller coverage.  And now I'm thrilled with it.  The mattes kick up in the pan but I have no issues with fallout on the face at all.

I did a video review of these palettes which I'll link below.  In the review, I show how I load my shadow brush and it could be the way that I do it is responsible for not having fallout on my face.  I don't really know.  I've been working with pigments in various forms and mediums for so long that this is my technique.

Also in my review is my stated love for plastic inserts.  I see so many people rant about plastic inserts but if you watch the video, you'll see my love for plastic inserts and why they are a key part of my preferred form of shadow application.  I am wearing the Desert Sunset palette on my eyes in the video.

The Ocean Sunset palette is a brilliant companion to Desert Sunset.  The colors are a little bit muted in comparison and there are 5 mattes and 5 shimmers.  See if you think they go together well also.

As of this writing, I've used the Ocean Sunset palette once.  I've only had it a couple of weeks, but again, I'm really impressed with the pigmentation.  The deep eggplant shimmer and the dark blurple matte are my favorites so far in this palette.  The shimmering seafoam looses much of it's color on my skin, which absorbs green, and shows mainly as a cool golden shimmer.  It may show up true seafoam on you.

The third palette, which I don't have, is Mountain Sunset.  It has some purpley colors that remind me of the color the sunset reflects of the mountains in winter in my hometown in Alaska.  As a blogger, I'm finding it difficult not to be able to report on all three palettes.  I'm sure the quality is the same as the others, but I couldn't swear to it since I don't have it, you know?

Lorac is a makeup artist owned and created cosmetics line.  It is sold at Kohls, Ulta, and their online website.  You can follow LORAC on FacebookTwitter, youtube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Have you picked up any of the LORAC Unzipped Sunset series eyeshadow palettes?  Which appeals to you most?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Luv Out Loud With NYX Professional Cosmetics Matte Lipstick! Ulta Exclusive

Cruelty-free brand NYX Professional Makeup, (known as NYX Cosmetics until now), has released six creamy matte liquid lipsticks in the Luv Out Loud collection,  The names are inspiring, motivating and capture a feel that NYX embodies.  Each liquid lipstick is just $6.99 and available exclusively at Ulta Beauty.  I filmed a video with swatches, describing the colors and wear and it is linked below.  It's about 3 minutes, so it's a quickie, and I've snagged swatch pictures off of it to share with you here.

The wear of the collection is really nice and long lasting.  I would guess the reason they call them creamy matte is because they have the comfort of a cream with the wear of a matte.  You can wear them through eating and drinking with minimal damage unless you eat something oily, as with any longwear.  I don't experience the flaking or pilling while they wear that I do with some brands.  There is no transfer with the Luv Out Loud liquid lipsticks and they do dry completely down.  The applicator is just perfect because you can do your lips, including touching up the edges and fussing over it all, with just one dip into the tube.  There's just no need to double dip.  My only question is that if NYX can do such a terrific formula and retail for only $6.99, why aren't other brands?

If it looks like I was talking in the swatches, umm, yeah, video so yeah I was.  :)

NYX sent the products free of charge for me to enjoy as well as the tshirt I was wearing.  You can probably tell I was feeling all kinds of somethin' somethin' wearing them and the shirt.  My tshirt says Confident, which is the first color of the set and it is a peachy nude matte.  I normally would wear a light color like this with a liner but for the purposes of showing the actual color, I wore all the shades without.  I wear colors like Confident practically on the daily.

Confident, matte

Going from lighter to darker, the second color would be Brilliant.  This is the kind of color that I wear often, a nice mauvey rose.  I think the whole collection is perfect to roll into fall and through the winter.  My eyes look a little crazy in the pictures, but again, I was talking to the camera and I am very facially expressive.

matte, Brilliant

Extraordinary is a violet toned fuchsia.  It is my perfect fuchsia color and one of my favorite lip colors to wear after nude tones like Confident and Brilliant.  It goes so well with the Lorac Unzipped Desert Sunset palette that I was wearing on the eyes and with my hair.  Win, win!

matte, Extraordinary

The fourth shade is called Fearless and I think you must be when wearing this color.  It is a dusty lavender.  I was smiling because I couldn't believe that these apply so perfectly and on camera even!!

matte, Fearless

Passionate had me feeling it!!  The tube looked a bit different than the color did when I applied it so it was like my eyes were going to bug out because I love it so much.  It is a gorgeous deep purpley wine.

matte, Passionate

Getting ramped up with attitude!

matte, Passionate

And totally feeling this color, which I misjudged by the tube.

matte, Passionate

And the sixth color is Brave, a bold deep purple.

matte, Brave

Yassss, girl!  I love it!

matte, Brave


This is a fun very wearable collection of matte liquid lipsticks.  I'm enjoying them and I even surprised myself with how much I love the deep colors.  They're like the perfect tones for me.  You can follow NYX Professional Cosmetics on youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

If you'd like to hear just a few more thoughts and see the products in action, please check out my video, and I'd love if you subscribed and/or thumbs up.

Do you see anything you think you might like?  Are you ready to jump into fall and fall colors?  Did you know NYX recently updated the brand name?

FENTY Beauty Match Stix Matte and Shimmer Skinstick Reviews on Dry Skin

Today I have my thoughts on some Fenty Beauty products that I purchased at Sephora.  Fenty Beauty is a new makeup line curated by singer/songwriter Rihanna.  It's had tons of buzz, particularly regarding the extended color choices for foundation - 40 shades!  I've included my youtube Get Ready With Me using the products for the first time and you can watch that to see what my immediate thoughts were.  My video also includes a couple of items that were released in the VIB presale for Holiday 2017 that I picked up during the event.   I have a few more thoughts and swatches below from wearing the products for just the few days I've had them and I've decided to break up the items into different categories because this is getting hella long.

I wasn't one of the people who were at the computer at launch time.  I actually wasn't interested in the line at all but the day after it came out, I was in Sephora for the Holiday Preview and figured I might take a look.  The counter was mobbed as people were much more interested in Fenty than in the limited holiday items on the Sephora shelves.  I knew there were supposed to be contour sticks and that there might be some cool shades, so I started there.

The Match Stix, (.30 0z / $25), whether matte or shimmering, are pretty interesting.  The shape is a six sided hexagon which is magnetized so that you can store them all together.  I think it is a great price for the amount and quality of what you get.

contour, matte, skinshimmer, highlighter

The Matte Match Stix that I chose was Truffle, a neutral deep tone.  I like deep toned contours because they're usually more cool toned than lighter shades.  I buff them out and it works for me!  Even when I'm at my fairest.  For me, a good contour is all about the undertone, not necessarily the depth of color.  The other shade I looked at was Mocha, a deeper cool tone.  I like to go to Sephora with just concealer and foundation so that I can try things on and Truffle seemed just a little bit better for me.  It is on the left in the picture.

matte, shimmer, unicorn, contour, highlighter

The two Matte Stix Shimmer Skinsticks that caught my eye were Starstruck, (a pearl champagne with teensy weensy tone on tone micro-shimmers, pictured in the middle), and Confetti, (a pink toned violet iridescence with violet glitter particles, pictured on the top).  I couldn't help but be captivated by these as they have what I feel is the perfect consistancy.  A lot of creamy stick type cheek products can be rather greasy feeling to me and these go from a cream stick to dry down with perfection, in my book.

I've applied them from the applicator, tapped on with my fingers, and with a brush and my experience is that they blend like a dream no matter my application method.  They dry quickly, but not so quick that you can't finish blending one side of your face at a time.  In other words, when I apply my contour, I do half of my face and blend it before it dries down and then continue by applying the other side, etc.  I think there is a risk with the Matte Match Stix that if you applied it all over the face before you blend, it could begin to get too dry before you finish.

I haven't had any issues with fallout from Confetti yet so I can't say if that will happen or not.  I wore it once over my foundation, once as a blend with Starstruck and once with powder highlighter over it.  I compared Starstruck to Wet N Wild and Maybelline highlighting sticks that I have and, again, I prefer the drier consistancy for a much truer color when worn.  I don't really like the greasy feeling sticks, even though I've used them.  I definitely prefer a quicker drying cream or liquid highlighter like the Fenty or Cover FX illuminating drops.

 I've swatched the three sticks heavily in the picture, 3x each in hopes that you can see the tones better.

Here is a picture in Sephora where I swatched all the Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks together, 1x each.  Starstruck is third from the bottom and Confetti is the 7th shade from the bottom.   The bluer toned violet is called Unicorn and boy oh boy does the Sephora website have that shade looking wrong!  Sometime when I'm in Sephora, I'm going to try that delicious papaya shade second from bottom, and the peach directly under Unicorn.  I was going to try to name the shades but I'd probably get it all wrong.  :/

The quality of the Match Stix exceeded my expectations and I was surprised at what I felt was a low price point for a celebrity endorsed line.  I'm really happy with those choices.  You can also purchase them in collated three piece trio sets which have a matte concealer stick, a matte contour and a highlighter for $54 instead of the $75 that they cost individually.  The come in sets based on skintone range; i.e. light, medium, tan and deep.

Before we part for today, I want to share with you my subsequent thoughts on the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer Lipgloss.  The gloss is described as a universal shade and I'd agree with that.  It is a sheer toned caramel that tastes like caramel.  It is shiny but honestly, I was disappointed in it.  It didn't give the wet glass glossy shine that I'd seen on Instagram and Snapchat from people who attended the launch party.  Granted, the lighting at the launch event was maximized to make the products pop and glow, but still, I was disappointed in the amount of shine.  It's $18 which is decent for a mid end Sephora brand, but I expected a really high shine and I didn't get one.  The gloss is a pass for me but I totally get how people might love it.  I have swatches of the gloss in the video.

If you want to see my initial thoughts on first application, feel free to watch the video.  You'll see what the colors look like on me as well.   Thanks for viewing. Please subscribe and thumbs up my channel if you happen to wander over to youtube.

Shop Fenty Beauty: **affiliate link

FENTY Beauty Products used:
Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Foundation 210
Match Stix Matte Skinstick Truffle Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks in Starstuck and Confetti
Kilawatt Freestyle Highlighter Mean Money/Hu$tla Baby
Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Products Mentioned:
*Malin + Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil:
*Malin + Goetz Revitalizing Eye Cream:
*Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturizer:
Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer:
** blendSMART:
*Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYC Strobe & Sculpt palette:
*Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYX Strobe & Sculpt brush:
*Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted and Plum Crazy blushes
Beauty Junkees sculpting brush. (amazon)
Physician's Formula Translucent Pearls
NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick:
Eye look is Lorac Cosmetics Desert Sunset palette *Esqido Radiance Mink Lashes

Fenty Beauty is a cruelty-free company and products are available on their website and at Sephora. Have you shopped Fenty Beauty yet or looked at it in store? What interests you in the line?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TooFaced X Kandee Johnson I Want Kandee Full Collection Review Plus Giveaway

Today's post features a full review on youtube of the TooFaced X Kandee Johnson I Want Kandee Collection, a limited edition group of products now available at Ulta Beauty.  There is a giveaway at the end of the video as well and will be linked below, and also some swatches for you.  I hope you enjoy the review.  Good luck to everyone who enters!

TooFaced X Kandee Johnson I Want Kandee Candy Eyes eyeshadow palette

The Melted Matte liquid lipsticks in this collection are absolutely gorgeous!  They are all quite wearable colors for me.

I don't have swatches of the banana powder, but I do have swatches of the Kandee Glow Luminizer, (probably my favorite item in the collection), both as a heavy swatch and blended out.

I find this collection to be one of the most wearable across all items that I've seen in a long time.  My complete thoughts are listed in the video.  The eyeliner is really cool and I'm currently trying to decide if I prefer it to others.  The more I have used it, the more I have loved it.

Have you picked up anything from the collection?

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Palette Giveaway

Monday, September 11, 2017

It's A TooFaced Faceoff! I Want Kandee Candy Eyes VS Natural Love Palettes

I've got a video on my youtube channel that you might want to check out if you're thinking about purchasing the new TooFaced Cosmetics X Kandee Johnson I Want Kandee Candy Eyes palette.  Phew, that was a mouthful.  If you already have the Natural Love palette, also by TooFaced, you might wonder how some of the shades compare.  My video is a comparison of the two palettes as well as some of my thoughts about both.  I hope you'll enjoy it.

The I Want Kandee collection is an Ulta Beauty exclusive.  I heard Too Faced anticipated a sellout within a month with no plans for replenishment.  I am wearing the Candy Eyes palette in my video.

As of this writing, I am editing my video of the whole collection and will add the link to this post when it is loaded.

Have you looked at the I Want Kandee Collection?  Did you see anything you liked?  I can't wait till my full thoughts are loaded for you. Until then...Be Sweet!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bic Gel-ocity And My Pen Pals

I received the Bic Gel-ocity gel pens for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review.  You can join Smiley360 at

Have you ever experienced the fun of having a pen pal?  My first one was a second grade class project.  We exchanged a few letters back and forth over the course of a year.  It was fun and all I really remember was my pen pal asked if I lived in an igloo, a common misconception about Alaska, where I lived at the time.  We learned to write letters and we learned about another part of our country.  We found out things the kids experienced there.  It's fun to learn about other people's lives, their hobbies and traditions in different parts of the world.   The experience of a pen pal can open you to culture across the globe as well as bonding over the things people have in common.

Fast forward to today, where I am blessed to have two pen pals who live in different places.  We began to talk on the internet when we met each other through our love of color, my first true love.  My second love is baseball.  My friends and I met thru color and bonded over baseball and pets.  We keep in touch on the internet and enjoy the tradition of being pen pals, often sending cards and gifts back and forth.

When I received the Bic Gel-ocity quick dry gel pens for testing, I immediately thought of my pen pals.  We all love cool pens...especially gel pens.  And I received three sets; one for me and one for each of them.  It couldn't be more perfect.

I ripped open my pack of three and tested them on one of the coloring pages that came with them.  Honestly, I wasn't expecting very much.  I've been disappointed so many times with gel pens that were dry before I could use them, pens that smeared and pens where the color was too pale to be seen.  The Bic Gel-ocity pens are SO different!!  They are vibrant and dry quickly so that they don't smear on the page!

There are three pens in the set; blue, pink and purple.  These are a joy to write or color with.  If you enjoy the artistic expression of coloring and you love gel pens, these are definitely something you want to check out.  There is a set of 12 that I'm eyeing at Target for just $12.99 and I really feel like I want more colors!!  I generally use different colored pens in my planner to code it and the gels I tried in the past were fails.  Now that I know I can use Bic Gel-ocity with the vibrance and staying power that I need, I want a couple more colors.

Here's some closer pictures to show you the colors.

The pens have a comfortable ergonomic barrel.  I appreciate that so much as the feel is nice and my hand doesn't cramp using them.

I didn't expect to be wow'ed but I really was.  I was thrilled to find gel pens that are dependable for my planner.  The color is strong, they dry quickly, and they're super affordable.  Whether you're journaling, planning, coloring or writing to a friend, you'll want to check out the Bic Gel-ocity.  The performance is very satisfying with these pens.

Having a pen pal has been a fun learning and social exercise for me both as a kid and an adult.  I've learned enough about my pen pals to know they're going to love getting these sets in the mail.  Do you love a good pen?  What are your favorites; gel or traditional ink?  Do you have a pen pal story?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer 17 Makeup Triumphs And Tragedies - Summer Favorites

Summer has been so busy!!!  I did a summer makeup favorites roundup on my youtube channel, rather than a month by mouth accounting.  I spend more time in the pool than the makeup chair in the summer months.  The following are what I've been loving for getting me through this hot desert summer.  All items mentioned are listed in the description under the video.

Products Mentioned:
Kylie Cosmetics Vacation shadow palette:
Models Own Barely There eyeshadow palette:
Urban Decay Basquiat eyeshadow palette:  (sold out, but check your Ulta or Nordy Rack)
Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe In Yourself palette:
Osmosis Colour Pressed Base:
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation:

Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYC Strobe & Sculpt Palette:
Pixi Beauty X MaryamNYX Strobe & Sculpt brush:
Becca Ipanema Sun Bronzer:
Manna Kadar Beauty Paris Dream Palette:
Osmosis Colour Brow Gel:
Ittse Glambition Collection Goal Digger Highlighter:
Models Own Golden Sand Highlighter:
Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter:
Laura Geller Diamond Dust Highlighter:

Flower Beauty Sweet Pea Blush:
Pixi Beauty Rome Rose blush by Aspyn Ovard:
Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Pretty Pink blush:
Emani Cosmetics :
Osmosis Colour Summer Rose blush:

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Hot Lacquer Lip Gloss:
Loreal Infalliable Paints Metallic Lip Gloss: Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel LIpstick White Russian: Buxom Full On Lip Cream Pink Champagne: Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick in Whip: Osmosis Colour lip pencil Rosewood: Osmosis Colour Lip Gloss in Bare:

Pixi Lip Pencil Summer Rose:
Bodyography Lip Lava Rose Moon: NYX Super Cliquey Matte Lipstick Empowered: Ella & Mila Laced Up Creamy Lips: Osmosis Colour Waterproof Eye Pencils: Cherry Blooms Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: Loreal Lash Paradise waterproof mascara: Loreal Lash Paradise mascara:

Phew, that's a lot of writing and linking!!!  Did you see anything that you like or is a favorite of yours?  What have you been loving over this summer?

Friday, September 1, 2017

Ipsy August Glam Bag Unboxing - Worth It?

I've been an Ipsy subscriber since the very beginning. I really enjoy receiving my Glam Bag each month and seeing what's in it. They list it on the website, but I enjoy the surprise. Some months are better than others - watch and see what I thought of August 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag.

I had ordered a perk with my points and unfortunately, it never showed up.  Meh.  How'd you like your bag this month?

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