Sunday, December 10, 2017

Black Friday And Cyber Week Haul-idayz

There's been no greater year to be a makeup junkie than this year!!  Thank you for joining me as I present all my Black Friday and Cyber week hauling.  If you like to see hauls, or if you don't, please let me know below.  It's something that I film infrequently, but if you love them, I'll do it more regularly.

Almost everything I purchased was planned ahead, except for the Fenty Beauty.  There were many things I needed that thankfully went on sale and I had been waiting so was able to pick them up.  And there were things I just wanted that also had incredible savings over Cyber Week.  If you'd like to see what decisions I made, just watch the video.



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Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Beauty Spotlight Weekly Reads First Week of December



While Jen from The Jedi Wife loves to wear red lipstick year round, she knows not everyone feels the same way. The holiday season is the perfect time to sport luscious red lips, and Jen is currently smitten with one from Make Up For Ever’s Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick line.

Cargo Cosmetics seems to get overlooked year after year. This year Prime Beauty thinks their Emerald City Holiday Collection is fabulous and it doesn't hurt that it is inspired by Seattle, one of her favorite cities! Check out the review of the Collection AND enter to win a Blockbuster Eyeshadow Palette! You're welcome!

This holiday season, Polarbelle wants to share some gift sets from Buxom Cosmetics. And, there is a giveaway!!!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a serious blush crush on Antonym Certified Organic Highlighting Blush Cheek Crush! It is the perfect peachy pink that imparts a gorgeous ethereal glow.


Pammy Blogs Beauty shares how to get natural-looking full lips with the PMD Kiss Lip Plumping Device!

15 Minute Beauty is sharing a full review and a peek at the ingredients of her latest skincare obsession, Olay Regenerist Whip Moisturizer!"

We're already in the thick of the holiday shopping season. Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is sharing her recommendations for holiday stocking stuffers and small gifts!

Holidays bring gatherings. Holidays bring parties. Holidays are the time to bring out the prettiest cosmetics you have. Beauty Info Zone shows you some fabulous $12 POP Beauty Prismatic Illuminating Powders that will bring out your best and make you feel like a million.

Justina's Gems is suffering from dry skin this winter. Check out some of her winter beauty hacks that never fail!

Are Glycolic Acids part of your skin care regime? Christa from Realizing Beauty gives us a peek at the extensive lineup of options from NeoStrata ranging from peels to daily skincare.

Makeup Obsessed Mom became obsessed with the idea of Microblading. See her experience with it.

As we all know Shipra of is our resident ColourPop expert. She's got a beauty to share with the ColourPop Golden State of Mind Palette. Get ready for dazzle.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

For The Perfect Pout This Holiday, Consider Buxom Cosmetics Plumping Lip Sets Plus Giveaway



Buxom Cosmetics has some awesome holiday gift sets that you may like to give or put on your own wish list.  These are the holidays unleashed!!  Guaranteed to release your inner slaying babe.  I have two lip sets to show you and one to give away!!

First is Plump, Pucker & Prowl, ($32), a plumping 6 piece mini lip collection.  It contains 3 mini Plumpline lip liners and 3 mini Full-on lip creams.



The mini plumplines are about half of the full size.  I purchased some of these this year and fell in love!  The Plumpline lip liners will be in my best of 2017, lips version, roundup; they're just that long lasting and comfortable.  The liners are creamy, matte, wear for a very long time, and have a brush on one end for blending.  The colors in this set are Dolly Danger, (mauve), Stealth, (nude), and Undercover, (brown).

plumpline, lip liner

The Full-On Lip Cremes have a tingling plumping action without being painful.  They can be worn alone or layered for maximum color push.  The glosses give a beautiful glassy shine.  The 3 colors in this set are Rose Julep, (pink punch), Blushing Margarita, (rosy nude), and Moscow Mule, (warm tawny).  They are .07 fl oz each.  The Buxom Full-On Lip Cremes are so popular that they have achieved cult-like status.

These 6 products come in a nice sturdy animal print box that can be kept on the vanity.  There is a lot of versatility in this set as well.  You could break it up into three sets to share as stocking stuffers or for people in your office.  The possibilities are endless!  This set is sold at Ulta and online at the Buxom Cosmetics website.


Next up is the big daddy of the gift sets, Lips Off Leash, ($59).  The set contains 7 x .07 oz Lip Polishes and 8 x .07 oz Lip Cremes.


Look at all the beautiful colors!!!  This would make a fantastic gift for anyone.  Buxom Cosmetics makes glosses in a wide array of colors in the two finishes and this is an awesome introduction to the products.  It is also a perfect gift for the Buxom lover or anyone who likes a little gloss with their pout.  You can also break this set up and put them in gift bags for neighbors, the girl at the grocery checkout, or your kids...but be sure to slip your favorite into your pocket as well!


On the top row are the Lip Polishes, a plumping comfortable shiny shimmer sheer gloss.  From left to right, in the box and the swatches, are Brooke, Clair, Sophia, Jasmine, Stacy, Jill and Kayla.  I love the mini sizes because it makes me feel like I can actually use them up and feel accomplished while wearing them.


The swatches are in the studio and then in full sun.



The second row contains the 8 Lip Creams in Pink Champagne, Peach Daquiri, Dolly, Mudslide, Berry Bramble, Wild Orchid, Cherry Flip, Sangria.




This particular set is like a whole year's worth of lip shades to play with!!  You can find it at Sephora, Ulta, and on the Buxom Cosmetics website.

Lest we should forget, all the regular Buxom products will make awesome gifts as well.  I'd urge you to check out the Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipsticks, ($22).  The wear is incredible whether worn alone or over a Plumpliner.  They are creamy and comfortable.  I received the perfect pink nude that I'd always searched for this year in White Russian.



In the swatch picture below, White Russian lipstick is at the top, White Russian Wildly Whipped Liquid Lipstick, ($21 and I also recommend checking these out), Pink Champagne Lip Cream and Peach Daquiri Lip Cream.


If you wander to my Instagram here you'll see that I used quite a few Buxom eyeshadows in my kitty look.  And I'm all Superhero'ed up in Buxom Cosmetics on this post as well.  There are others if you'd like to wander through.  I just want you to know that you've got to check out Buxom Cosmetics for your gift giving this year.

Buxom Cosmetics does not test on animals nor do they purchase products from third parties who test.  Buxom is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.  Visit them on their website, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. to learn more and see some awesome makeup looks.

So c'mon and enter to win a brand new Lips Off Leash set of 15 glosses!!  I've been wearing mine but yours is brand spanking NEW!  Someone will win - WHY NOT YOU??

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

For Soft Supple Wintertime Lips, Try Herpecin L

This post is sponsored by the Primp Network.  All opinions and experiences are my own.


I don't know about you, but my lips can get really chapped going into winter.  The blowing wind and use of the home and car heaters zap the air of the moisture that my lips need to survive.  Increasing my use of liquid lipsticks to keep the seasonal red in place can sometimes add to my deficient lip condition.  It can hit all of a sudden as I feel the discomfort of dry lips and realize I need to increase my application of lip balm.  Enter Herpecin L.


Now I know you're thinking "HerpecinL, isn't that for herpes simplex virus, HEV-1, cold sores or canker sores or whatever you want to call them?"  Yes, actually it is a cold sore treatment but so much more.  HerpecinL helps treat cold sores and their uncomfortable complications such as burning, itching and oozing by applying a medication that speeds up recovery.  It should make that fever blister last less than a week!  I'm fortunate that I don't have fever blisters but it's estimated that 50-80% of adults in 1st world countries have been subjected to the virus via friends or family.   Most people get it in infancy or childhood - something to remember when old Aunt Edna insists on a kiss from a child that is too timid to do so!  I know how embarassing it feels to get a sore, but honestly it is nothing to be ashamed of and HerpecinL can help to heal it faster!

My experience with HerpecinL has been nothing short of remarkable.  When the balm arrived, I was a couple of weeks into my yearly term of chapped lips.  Really chapped.  So chapped that they hurt.  I had gotten out of the habit of using much in the way of protection on my lips as summer was pretty much over and my use of sunscreen sticks when I went outside had diminished.  I hadn't thought much about lip protection while indoor and didn't know I was getting into a flaky place until I was there.


HerpecinL is in a tube like a typical lip balm.  Pop the top and roll the clear balm up to apply.  It has SPF 30 so it's perfect for both winter and summer activity and is an excellent healer for chapped lips while providing sun protection and a protecting barrier during your outdoor activities.  My lips are particularly sensitive to sun so it's important to me to keep them covered with an SPF when I'm outside, whether it is in the summer heat of Phoenix or when it was from the sun glistening off the snow in Alaska.  I've got to have SPF in my balm!


It was just a couple of days that I used the Herpecin L until the sore chapped feeling was gone and my lips have been smooth and supple with regular use.  I can't believe it.  My lips have always been flaky at some point during the day prior to using this product.  And I should tell you, there is no scent but a delicious vanilla flavor.  It's a treat to wear it.

HerpecinL is truly a hidden gem in the drugstore and it's recommended by pharmacists as a cold sore treatment.  Plus, it's under 5 bucks for a tube.  I have one that I take in my purse and one by my bed.  I need a third for my desk area and I'll be adequately covered!  I think this would make an excellent stocking stuffer for everyone from family to friends, neighbors and co-workers.


Ingredients: Dimethicone 1% (skin protectant), Methyl Anthranilate 5% (sunscreen), Octyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5% (sunscreen), Octyl Salicylate 5% (sunscreen), Oxybenzone 6% (sunscreen), Helianthus Annuus Oil (hybrid sunflower), Petrolatum, Ozokerite, Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Beeswax, Melissa Officinalis Extract (balm mint), Cetyl Lactate, Glyceryl Laurate, Flavor, Lysine HCI, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Pyridoxine HCl, Panthenol, BHT


HEV-1 is so common, I think it might even be more prevalent than the common cold!  Keep HerpecinL around for those with the virus and for anyone with lips.  You'll be kissably soft with regular use and protected from the harmful sun's rays.


HerpecinL is available in family and multi-packs, as well as singles, at Walmart.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and learn more about the brand on their website.

What are the hidden gems that you've found in the drugstore?


Monday, December 4, 2017

Live Your Unicorn Style With Lime Crime Unicorns Hi-Lite Highlighter and Diamond Crushers


The unicorn life isn't for everyone.  Sparking tones and wild colors do have their place, tho, with the bold and the beautiful.  I particularly love going a little extra with my makeup during the holiday season and I will easily vary from the norm.  I love the experimenting that makeup provides and these Lime Crime products fit that artistic desire.   (Briefly, I am aware there was drama with this brand, although I never paid attention to the particulars since I didn't own any of the brand.  I know that they have worked hard to change and have been drama free for years.  I do think people deserve second chances to prove growing maturity and  the wisdom to change, so I agreed to try their products.  Some other brands would do well to follow this example.)  Lime Crime is a certified vegan and cruelty free brand.

The Diamond Crushers, ($18), are a unique type of  product that can be used anywhere - lips, cheeks, eyes, and body.  They are packaged with a clear wanded tube like a lipgloss that has a pretty textured metallic light pink cap.  They are formulated with a base color and light glitters, however, they are very smooth, rather than a chunky or gritty type of feel.  You can easily wear these on the lips over a favorite lipstick and not have to worry about eating grit or glitter all day.  The product dries down almost immediately and you just see a light layer of glitter.  The swatches I have for you make the colors look bold but honestly, when I swipe them on my lips, I don't see as much of a lip topper color as I do the glitter.  I'd love to see these glitters in a little heavier base or I would love for them to make metallic glosses like this in these colors, including the glitter.  Yeah, cuz I'm a sparkly little unicorn that loves to play.

I received four colors to try; Black Unicorn, which I wore over a black lipstick on Halloween in my Polarbelle look, (see it here),, and a bundled set of three called Unicorn Queen, ($40), containing Unicorn Queen, Meadow and Over The Rainbow.

unicorn

From the top, Over the Rainbow is a sparkling nude in the tube and contains a rainbow glitter.  I'd LOVE to have this color as a metallic lip.

Meadow is green on green.  I like to wear sheer greens over a coral base on the lips, which makes the coral look especially juicy.  And honestly, on my eyes and lips, the Diamond Crushers go on so sheer that you just don't see the color as in the tube.  You'd have to pile it on in layers to get that type of coverage.  I went heavy on the hand swatch which hardly shows the glitter at all, because they're so smooth.  I layered the coverage of the swatches.

unicorn

Unicorn Queen has a pink toned violet base with iridescent violet glitters.  I'd love to see these glitters in a pink toned violet lip gloss.

Black Unicorn has violet and tiny black glitters and gives the fullest coverage, however it is still what I'd call sheer, showing mainly the glitter.

Overall, I think the Diamond Crushers are really pretty and sheer enough for most people. They are best worn over other colors as a base on the lips and eyes.  I'd love to see a little more boost to the coverage and color for myself.

The other product I received is the Unicorns Hi-Lite Highlighting Trio palette, (21 g / $38).  The three powder highlights are in a cool pink and purple iridescent palette.

highlighter

The first color is Electric Pink,  a rosy shade with tone-on-tone micro-shimmer.  The middle shade is called Green, and iridescent light green with micro-sparkle and the third shade is Mauve-Gold shift, a light lilac with golden micro-shimmer.

highlighter

I like and wear all three colors.  They will glow when the light hits the high points of your cheek.  The colors are different than what we usually see and the micro-sparkle might be a bit much for some, especially in a typical office type setting.

highlighter

The powders apply smoothly and I don't find any shimmer fallout.  The highlights last until I take them off so I'm a big fan.  While I realize sparkle and shine aren't for everyone, I'm really enjoying wearing this as I go about my business and especially to holiday events.

You can find Lime Crime on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Tumblr and Pinterest.  There is a long list on the Lime Crime website for additional places to purchase the brand, including Ulta.

How about you?  Do you have a time of year when you like to play a little more and vary from your traditional type of look?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads 12/1


It's that time of the week - The Beauty Spotlight Team is sharing our weekly reads.  Get a cup o'joe, put your feet up and relax for a minute while you check out what we have to offer.  You might find something to put on your Christmas list, or an idea for someone else.

Polarbelle wants to be sure you've seen all her reviews this past week on YouTube and the beginning of Vlogmas!

The holidays can be stressful, bring back the romance with The VIP Doubles Down from award-winning author Nancy Herkness plus a trio of beautiful liquid lipsticks for smooching! Enter on Prime Beauty.

Skincare that's affordable and feels heavenly should be on your face. That's why Beauty Info Zone is crazy about Vivo Per Lei's Collagen Collection. Marcia is thrilled that she's able to have a giveaway for 3 people to experience the love.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has selected covet-worthy beauty & household must-haves for the holidays that you need to check out before you finish your shopping!

Pammy Blogs Beauty partners with RoC Skincare with a #ForYourAge challenge to encourage us to change the conversation about beauty. Tell someone they are beautiful without saying "for your age" and share your #ForYourAge stories!

Justina's Gems loves to use less toxic fragrances and has a few favorites she wants to share with you. Click over to read about five delicious cleaner scents she loves!

Dull, dry winter skin? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty has been getting her glow on with new L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tint Moisturizer. The rich and pretty peachy-pink cream gives her that blush from within look!

If you haven't started using Micellar Water Realizing Beauty wants to know why. She believes that you are missing on some terrific products.

How in the world are we going to cope with cold weather skin? Well Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom has a solution for you with Camille Beckman lotions and balms that will make your skin a lot more comfortable.

No matter what your age pretty cosmetics will get to you every time. Shipra of Tanejas Bride isn't afraid of the beauty of Colorpop's My Little Pony collection and neither should you.

Holiday season is now in full swing and it is time to celebrate with glitz and glamour on your nails! The Jedi Wife is gaga over the KBShimmer new Holo-Day Collection, with each shade carefully designed with their own holographic flair that is sure to dazzle!

The parties are starting and your undereye area is telling you it needs help. Christine from 15 Minute Beauty has some solutions for you with the best undereye color correctors. Better check them out before it's too late.

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