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Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly For Mid September 2018

Prime Beauty has found the first ever nail lacquer with a swatch cap! LBK Nail Lacquer has a hinged cap that is the color of the nail lacquer inside so you can try before you buy and there are 48 shades!

Find out how Pammy Blogs Beauty makes every day a FUNday with sunshine and great SPF protection from Neutrogena!

Never Say Die Beauty is over the moon after using the stunning new Highlighting Blush from Mally Beauty. It's a swirl of 4 blushes and 2 highlighters that's sure to captivate you, too!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is over-the-moon about Tata Harper's Illuminating Eye Crème because it not only hydrates, plumps fine lines, reduces puffiness and dark circles, but also because the pearl infused “diamond dust mineral blend” serves as an optical diffuser that blurs fine lines and brightens the skin. #tataharper

Beauty Info Zone loves Boxycharm but sometimes the products are ones already owned. Get your chance to win the September 2018 box so you can experience the charm of this subscription.

The latest Deck Of Scarlet Subscription Box was in collaboration with youTuber Belle Jordan and Polarbelle has it for you to check out.

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom is still gambling with beauty subscription boxes every month. See what she got in this month's BeautyFIX box.

It’s blackberry picking season for Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour up in Northern California, and the colorful berry hues have inspired some nail art. Jen has created a fun look to showcase just one way you can use the shades from Zoya’s new Element Collection besides a simple manicure.

15 Minute Beauty is on a teaching mission and her readers lucky enough to be the students. Learn All About Laser Hair Removal. It's teaching for adults.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has all of the details about the Barneys New York LOVE YOURSELF Bag Event that runs from September 5-9. Stop by LSBB to see all of the details about the His and Hers Gift Bags and all of the amazing Step-Up Gifts– you won’t want to miss out!


The Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale can be both exciting and overwhelming! Kate Loves Makeup narrows down all of the items on sale and shares the top 5 products that you need in your collection.


Do you need some ultra refreshing skincare for this late Summer heat? Pammy Blogs Beauty loves the Aqua Reotier Water Gel Cleanser and Moisturizer from L'Occitane!

Prime Beauty has talked endlessly about the benefits of Vitamin C in skincare. Fresh has a brand new skincare line using their Vitamin Nectar Fruit Complex for a healthy-looking glow and soft, smooth texture.

After another beauty blunder, Polarbelle has found her self with a dropped brow and droopy lids thanks to Botox done across the back of her head to treat migraines. Watch her attempt to conquer the hooded lid situation in this new GRWM.

Did you pick up new beauty products at the recent Sephora sale? See what Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom bought and what she thinks of the products that she carefully selected.

15 Minute Beauty has had to change her makeup routine a lot now that she's over 40, and she this week she shared how to avoid caking with your concealer and foundation. Do you follow these tips?

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty attended the launch part at Interlocks Medispa for organic, luxury makeup brand Kjaer Weis. Check out her pix of the party and the gorgeous Kjaer Weis makeup.

Do you love a good giveaway? Beauty Info Zone is taking part in an Blog Hop that has 80 giveaways that you can enter. Beauty Info Zone's prize this time is for a $25 Amazon gift card and you know you'd love to win that.

An eyeshadow primer is essential in any makeup routine. Find out if Realizing Beauty thinks the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Amplifying Eye Primer is a worth checking out.



Friday, September 7, 2018

Sephora Appreciation Sale Haul Plus A Giveaway

I've posted my Sephora Sale Haul on youtube, which you can see below.  Additionally, I have a palette that I recently ordered twice from Juvia's Place so I wanted to give the extra one to a lucky subscriber.  I have the best subscribers and I do like to give back to spread the joy.

My 8th Blogoversary is in October and what better time to kick off giveaways to celebrate than now?

See what I decided to pick up and let me know if you have questions about anything or want to see anything in use.  And then just fill out the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway.  Good luck to everyone!





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Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Please help me to spread awareness of this harsh allergen for myself and others in cosmetics.  Thank you so much!  Enjoy the best of the best around the web!


This week, Polarbelle is giving us an insight into what happens with her during gluten poisoning, why it's serious, and why she is so adamant that cosmetics should be gluten free to alleviate the suffering and danger for people like her.

Jen of Laugh, Love, Contour currently has focused her attention on the land Down Under when it comes to cosmetics. This past week, she has tried out a few products by Australian brand BYS Cosmetics and has fallen in love with this affordable lineup!

Have you heard of dry brushing? Prime Beauty explains and introduces you to the Prana Ionic Brush!

Is there a brand that makes you want to buy absolutely everything they make? For Beauty Info Zone that brand is FarmHouse Fresh. When you read Lisa's magical Maypop Steeped Milk Lotion review you'll understand why it's a beloved brand.

We might be "back to school", but our skin still needs SPF protection! Check out some of Pammy Blogs Beauty's favorites from the Australian Gold Botanicals line!

Sisley Paris Sisleya Eye & Lip Contour Cream, which is a truly visionary product, deeply hydrates the delicate eye area (including eyelids), softens the appearance of fine lines, reduces puffiness and helps eliminate dark circles. Furthermore, many retailers are currently offering an AMAZING complimentary limited edition Ridoki Massage Tool with purchase– that is an absolute must have! Read our full review to see why Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has given this gem an A+ #SisleyParis

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom went on an Adventure of Your Life cruise to Alaska with The Oprah Magazine. She shared some of the highlights on her blog, including a beauty makeover.

Never Say Die Beauty gets excited about everyday luxuries like the retro packaging and exotic flavors of Italian toothpaste brand, Marvis. Check out her review and enter her giveaway to win a tube of your own!

Justina's Gems rounded up her favorite concealers that flatter 30+ skin. See for yourself if your favorite made the list or if it's time to shop!

Are you overwhelmed by all the back to school shopping? Shipra of Taneja's Bride has a way to make it easier for you.

Is paraben a problem for you? If it is (or isn't) Christine of 15 Minute Beauty thinks you should be aware of the range of Paraben Free Drugstore Makeup that you can find. At the same time she shares more expensive alternatives.


Friday, August 31, 2018

WHY COSMETICS NEED TO BE GLUTEN FREE: MY STRUGGLE WITH DERMATITIS HERPETIFORMIS & CELIAC DISEASE


You guys, making this video about what happens to me when I get ANY kind of contamination from gluten was one thing. Posting it and thinking about how serious it is for me and others like me was another. It has weighed on me for almost six years. In one respect, a burden was lifted in sharing it and not trying to hide anymore and in another, it's such a hard struggle on the daily that I got a little depressed after I posted.

I have celiac disease and a rare skin complication from it called Dermatitis Herpetiformis. It's not herpes as the name implies; it's literally a blistering dermatitis. I have to take a very risky medicine that has a potentially deadly side effect and it's very scary. If it goes bad, it's fatal. There's no recovery so they don't like to use it. However, the pain and itching of the condition becomes intolerable.

I recently had a gluten contamination from a cosmetic product. My outbreaks last at least 10 months of constant itching and sores. After that time, it takes a few more months to heal. It takes great restraint not to scratch the heck out of my face. I wake up at night with my fingers dug into my skin and blood on them. I've tried to wear gloves at night but apparently I take them off so I can scratch. It's ruthless. It's torture. So I take the medicine for a month at a time and have my blood tested every two weeks and I'm scared to death thruout the duration.

For someone like me, gluten in any cosmetic product can cause an outbreak of DH, which means I'll need the medicine and I could die. And that's not even me trying to be dramatic, it's the truth. It's frightening. It is my hope that one day, no one will ever use gluten in a shampoo, a skincare product or makeup again.

Thank you for watching.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly!

Prime Beauty loves products that do double-duty and these stunning Sterling Silver Necklaces from Lilu Lip Care do just that!

The Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Glowing Skin Palette, a Nordstrom Anniversary Exclusive, is an absolute must-have for Charlotte Tilbury enthusiasts, and Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has swatched and compared this gorgeous gem to other Charlotte Tilbury face products to help you decide whether you need to add it to your cart before it sells out! #CharlotteTilbury #nsale

Kate Loves Makeup shares her review of the new Drunk Elephant D Bronzi Sunshine Serum. See why she returned this much raved about product!

Enter to Win: Pammy Blogs Beauty is giving away a Georgia fragrance gift set from Dr. Phil's wife Robin McGraw!

Do you have a good neck cream in your skincare bag? Polarbelle has tested Image Skincare the Max Stem Cell Neck Lift and feels it is worth considering as your neck cream of choice.

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom had her question addressed in this month's Oprah Magazine. Read about how she deals with her fears to live her best life.

Finding a foundation online can be a drag! Read how Shipra of Taneja's Bride met her ColourPop No Filter Foundation match and what she thought of the finish.

Beauty Info Zone is taking part in a 14 blog Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop. Not only do you want to enter for the $90 worth of cosmetics on Beauty Info Zone but you want to see what other prizes you can win.


Friday, August 3, 2018

IMAGE SKINCARE THE MAX STEM CELL NECK LIFT REVIEW



Skincare and I were slow getting to know each other.  I had a casual relationship with exfoliation until my mid-30's.  I craved good exfoliation for my dry skin which eventually motivated me to start courting retinol and moisturizer.   Proper skincare, anti-aging regimens, brightening and tightening weren't even in my imagination at the time.  I didn't realize that good products can delay some obvious signs of aging and help to correct others.  One of the basic skincare facts I found out over the next several years was that facial skincare can and should be used on the neck and chest as well.  Granted, I was slow to learn about the beauty side of life, but I honestly had no idea!!  It was life changing information.  Fast forward to the present where you all know my skincare relationship status is "committed til death do us part".  That means good neck and decollete treatments are a must have!!


Recently, I've been using Image Skincare the MAX Stem Cell Neck Lift, (2 fl oz / $89).  If a brand wants to test a neck cream, my neck is the place to do it.  It's been physically ravaged by two major surgeries and a full year in a neck brace following the second one.  My two surgical scars join together at the base of the front of my neck and form an ironic smile line.  The year in the brace aged my neck rapidly causing sagging and atrophy beyond my years.  It was all pretty horrifying to see when the brace came off. I was using retinol on it as my only skincare for a few years, having to take major breaks in skincare treatment for the surgeries and the extended recovery treatments.

I thought all was lost when I could no longer use my retinol on my neck due to a sensitivity I developed.  Was I doomed to spend the rest of my life in black turtlenecks?  Perish the thought!!!  The Max Stem Cell Neck Lift came at a time that I was really discouraged about what to do with my neck.  So I started using it.  And I was pleasantly surprised.

My neck had been looking at least 15 years older than I am.  I think it looks much better now.  A lot of the dropping and sagging has firmed up and the lines are diminished.  I have seen progress.  It's been 4 years since I got out of the neck brace and this is definitely the best my neck has looked since then.  The sag is so much less....my turkey waddle is diminished by quite a bit!  I'm pretty happy with what I've seen.

These are the claims made by the company:

WHY IT WORKS
+ Supports elasticity to maintain firmness and support

+ Improves the look of neck sagging and jawline contour

+ Brightens and tightens skin

+ Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crepey skin

CLINICALLY PROVEN TO
+ Improve firmness

+ Improve elasticity

+ Improve skin hydration

It is my experience that the cream lives up to the claims.  I don't know about brightening, myself, because my neck is pretty white with no discoloration anywhere except in the scarring, also very white also.  I feel like my neck is about as bright as they get, unless I self tan, so I really have nothing to say about that claim but I definitely have had noticeable results that correspond to the others.

Before we part, I want to tell you what is in this product that brings such remarkable results. The main ingredients include skin strengthening peptides and plant stem cells as well as VECTORIZE TECHNOLOGY® (anti-aging complex), BV-OSC (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate), Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Guarana Extract.

You can learn more about Image Skincare by visiting their website.  Follow along on social media via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Do yourself a favor and if you're not already drawing your facial skincare down your neck,  start today!  It will make a world of difference as you get older.  Remember that neck skin is often more sensitive than facial skin so start a little slowly and build up.

What are you using to tone and take care of your neck?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Quick N Easy Green Urban Decay #BornToRun Eyeshadow Palette Get Ready With Me



I've done and down n dirty quick and easy green eyeshadow look featuring products I've purchased from the Urban Decay Born To Run Collection.   This palette and I have been having quite a time goofing around this summer and I hope you'll enjoy the first look I am bringing you with it.  There is an option without false lashes and an option with....something for everyone.  If you're thinking about this palette, (which is a permanent addition to UD), please come along and go on the road with me.

Urban Decay Born To Run

Hittin' The Road With Swatches

66
66, Overdrive, Lucky, Ready

Lipstick and Liner swatches

Route 66, Flagstaff, Springsteen

Feeling all kinds of Springsteen on Route 66 in Flagstaff, AZ with the Born To Run palette

Route 66, Flagstaff, Springsteen

If you'd like to see more, as well as a green look that I created, you can view it on my youtube channel.  I hope you'll enjoy it! 


Urban Decay Cosmetics can be found on their website, Sephora, Ulta and Macys.   Learn more about the brand and new announcements by following along on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and on their youtube channel.  You won't want to miss a thing!

Don't let the dust settle underneath your feet.  Feel the spirit of the palette and Rock ON, my friends!!

Have you added this to your palette stash or are you still thinking about it?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Prime Beauty has been disappointed with celebrity skincare too often, so is Robin McGraw's Revelation brand different? Find out!

Rodin Olio Lusso Geranium & Orange Blossom Luxury Face Oil just received a rave review from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog because it is lightweight, fast-absorbing and gives skin a gorgeous luminous glow. Furthermore, it is remarkably hydrating and it leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. The gorgeous aroma makes this ultra-luxe beauty oil a delectable treat to the senses!

Need some packing inspiration for your end-of-summer travels? Pammy Blogs Beautygives you the scoop on the NEW ELEMIS x Lily and Lionel Luxury Travel Kit.

National Lipstick Day is on July 29, and Never Say Die Beauty is celebrating by giving away the stunning red lipgloss, Garnet Glacier, from Burt's Bees Liquid Lipstick. If you love red lipstick, you must enter this giveaway!

Holy Grails don't come along too often but once Marcia of Beauty Info Zone started using the Mally Beauty's Mallywood Highlighting Blush she knew she'd found her HG blush.

It's the most talked about palette of the season and Polarbelle has an Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette Get Ready With Me review for your viewing pleasure.

Kate Loves Makeup is sharing her review of the MUCH raved about Too Faced Born This Way Concealer! Head to Kate Loves Makeup to see if Kate agrees with all of the hype.

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom introduced us to holistic skincare company Honey Belle this week. They have some great DIY products that you can personalize to your skin type that you must check out.

Are you missing the smell of pumpkin? If you visit 15 Minute Beauty you'll learn about the next best thing even if you don't drink pumpkin lattes. Indulge in Pumpkin Perfection Mask" for a perfect spa moment.

It's not often that Christa from Realizing Beauty actually finishes a skincare product but she simply couldn't put this skincare from IT Cosmetics down!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly

The Beauty Spotlight Team is excited to welcome a new member joining the group with her terrific beauty (and more) posts. Meet Kate of Kate Loves Makeup who is a 32 year old makeup lover from Texas. Besides having two dogs she adores Kate works full-time in Finance and Accounting and enjoys wine, photography, trashy reality television, cop shows, and hiking. Let's show her a big welcome by reading her first post for us.

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Kate Loves Makeup is sharing her review of the new Charlotte Tilbury Glowing Pretty Skin Palette. Find out what she thinks and see how this palette compares to other best-selling Charlotte Tilbury products!

When the Makeup Wars Team decided to feature our favorite lipsticks, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog selected the obsession-worthy KJAER WEIS Lipstick in Honor because it is unquestionably the perfect nude pink– plus it’s cruelty-free! Check out the review and swatches! #kjaerweis

Pammy Blogs Beauty gets an amazing paraffin spa treatment at home with Parasilk's Glove Treat disposable paraffin treatment.

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone may get irritated with Limited Editions but that doesn't stop her love for these new Zoella Splash Botanics. See what her excitement is all about.

Polarbelle is sharing her experience at The Makeup Show NYC and her picks from the Inglot booth featuring the new JLo collections. There is some talk of Cozzette shadows and a Get Ready With Me as well.

Tired of fighting the frizz? Prime Beauty has a variety of Shea Moisture Hair Care products than can help tame the summer frizzies.

15 Minute Beauty has a look at this year's Bobbi Brown Deluxe Eye & Cheek Set from the Nordstrom Sale. Have you bought it yet?

Does your skin get dry or dehydrated in the summer? Never Say Die Beauty is very impressed by the brand new memory gel MyChelle Bio-Firm Hydrogel Concentrate, a solid serum with hyaluronic acid and bioactives that's lightweight, fast absorbing and perfect for summer dry skin!

Summer usually means brightly coloured nails, but what is a girl to do when she needs a softer palette cleanser or just can’t wear such vibrant shades at the office? Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has the new Londontown summer duo on her blog as a great option for those trying to answer those questions!

Stacie, the Makeup Obsessed Mom, has a review and giveaway for the new Lorac Pro Palette 4 over on her blog.

Christa from Realizing Beauty has struggled with facial redness for years. See how Dermkalm Rosa Cream has helped her tame her problem.




Monday, July 16, 2018

Hair Stays Heat And UV Safe With White Sands Infinity Hair Spray



A hair spray that is also a heat protectant?  Yes, you read that correctly.  White Sands Infinity Hair Spray, ($22 / 10 oz.), protects hair from UV rays and heat tools, all while holding your hair in your selected style.  Infinity is a heat activated hair spray with thermal guards that ensure your hair won't be damaged while styling.  Infinity is an intellegent hair spray and is the spray of choice on many major television shows.

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Infinity has the ability to increase the amount of shine when heat is added to the hair due to the special copolymers it contains.

“When you put a flat iron or curling iron on the hair, these particular polymers lay the cuticle layers down,” explains Fernando Salas, creator of White Sands. “Hair now shows the melanin off better, which is the color found in the center of the hair. The cortex fractures light if the hair is damaged and cannot be brushed out easily. Many hairsprays use copolymers that are not combable which means you are right back to the problem of the hair being fractured again every time you comb. This will make the hair dull. The copolymers in the formula, once combined, make the hair incredibly glossy and bring the highest amount of shine.”

"When you put heat on the hair with Infinity, it super boosts these copolymers and increases the way it makes the hair glow even more.  Hair will not stick to the iron and never flakes with tresses taking on a weightless, nude-like feel once styled. These particular copolymers have a smoothing ability that is also anti-frizz and humidity resistant."

Other ingredients like Silk Amino Acids, the shiniest protein available, Vitamin B5 and Trimethicone give the hair a boost in extra shine so that when you comb the hair, it doesn’t pull up the scales of the strand. Silk Amino Acid provides resilience so you are not harming the hair as the heat is applied.

“When you normally put an iron on something, it almost cooks or makes the hair hard,” explains Salas. “Infinity does not do that. Again, it all goes back to having a spray that makes the hair combable. Hairstyles that can be brushed equal shine.”

I've used White Sands Infinity Hair Spray as hairspray to set my style, and also as a heat protectant before flat ironing or curling.  It does, indeed, increase shine when heat is applied and I absolutely love that.  My hair is rather coarse by nature and if I don't infuse it with shine, it just looks really dull.   Walking around in these Phoenix summers, I can use all the UV protection I can get and I really appreciate that about this hairspray.  It's a really large can, which will last well, like practically forever!

You can learn more about the White Sands brand on their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Are you using White Sands?  What are your favorite heat protectant and UV products for hair?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The MAKEUP SHOW NYC HAUL, PT 2 - DANESSA MYRICKS, SMASHBOX, MAC, NYX AND MEETING BOBBI BROWN

I've posted my second video detailing events and hauling from The Makeup Show NYC.  It was such an exciting event!!!  If you haven't heard my bathroom story with Bobbi Brown, you'll find it in this video.  I've broken my hauls into several videos to keep them shorter for you.  I have a couple of giveaways running, with more to come, so be sure to search for those as well.

I chose the thumbnail with Jordan Liberty, who I stalked thru Press Night.  Notice I hadn't finished my makeup because I had misplaced my blush and spent a lot of time searching for it.  Oh well, it was fun anyway!!!!


Monday, June 25, 2018

GET READY TO GLOW FOR IT WITH PIXI BEAUTY - REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY


I am really excited to bring you today's post.  I've talked about the Pixi Beauty Glowy Gossamer Duos and the Liquid Fairy Lights in a youtube video this spring, where I hauled them for you.  Pixi recently sent a box with the full line of these so I have extras that I want to give to YOU as part of my birthday month giveaways.

The Glowy Gossamer Duo that I originally purchased for myself is in Delicate Dew, a deliciously soft silky feeling gelee' formula highlighter duo.  One side is a light champagne and the other is the faintest hint of pink.  This is a brilliant formula.  I explain more in the video.

The Liquid Fairy Lights are a topcoat that can be worn on the eyes alone or over shadow.  If the Stila Glisten and Glows are too glittery and chunky for you, this will be more your style.  The shimmer is more sophisticated in their glowy goodness.

Check out the video to hear more and see what I'm giving away today.


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Sunday, June 24, 2018

JUNE BOXYCHARM UNBOXING

I had just a tiny bit of drama with my Boxycharm subscription this month.  Check out my video if you're interested.  I'll let you know next month how it all turns out.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Are you into essential oils? Pammy Blogs Beauty sure is! Find out what she thinks of the C.O. Bigelow Aromatherapy oils and Apothecary style skincare.

When the Makeup Wars Team selected their favorite night creams, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog immediately knew that there was only one cream to feature, and unsurprisingly it is the utterly sublime and ultra-luxe
African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Cream. It really doesn’t get any better than this! #AfricanBotanics

Now that summer is officially here, Prime Beauty has the low down on the newest innovations from the sunscreen experts, Supergoop!

Remember Mr. Bubble bubble bath? Never Say Die Beauty has been relaxing in the tub with a slew of delectable, hydrating bath additives from Luxe by Mr. Bubble, the new line for grownups!

What's your feeling about travel size products? Do you love them for taking with you? Do you like them to test out products? Or could you do without. See Beauty Info Zone's collection of ones from IT Cosmetics and maybe even win some.

Ten years ago, China Glaze released the OMG! Collection featuring a groundbreaking new holographic finish. Fans have been eagerly waiting for their return, and this summer China Glaze will be re-launching six of them! Jen of Laugh, Love, Contour got ahold of this 10th anniversary collection early and has swatched them on her blog to help you decide which ones you need this season.

There have been a lot of requests for Polarbelle's hauls from The Makeup Show NYC. This week, Pat McGrath Labs, Stilazzi and Smith Cosmetics hauls are up for your viewing pleasure.

Does it intimidate you to buy a drugstore foundation since there are no testers? Shipra of Taneja's Bride took the plunge with Cover Girl True Blend Matte. See what her final thoughts are of this new foundation.

Now that you've seen the foundation what about other Cover Girl products from Beauty Judy. You might be surprised at what you see.

Are you ready to take your skin care routine more seriously? 15 Minute Beauty is sharing her favorite anti-aging night creams, have you tried any of them?

Some beauty subscription boxes are good, while others are not. Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom says she found a winner this month from BeautyFIX.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Makeup Show NYC Haul, Part 1: Pat McGrath Labs, Stilazzi, Smith Cosmetics

My coverage for The Makeup Show NYC continues with the first part of my haulage. I hope you'll enjoy. Be sure to let me know what you want to see next and if you have any questions about what I did or didn't pick up.



Coming up next for The Makeup Show: 
ORLANDO, Sept 15-16, 2018

MOMENTUM

A Makeup Education Series
Featuring Danessa Myricks, James Vincent, and special guests.

DALLAS
 July 21-22, 2018

ATLANTA
August 5, 2018

NYC
August 18-19, 2018

VANCOUVER
February 2-3, 2019

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Do you have a shiny t-zone in the summer? 15 Minute Beauty hates mid-day shine on her nose and has tried just about every product out there to keep her skin looking matte. Here are her favorite products to mattify her skin.

Laugh, Love, Contour takes us on a trip to California this summer with the new KBShimmer Wanderlust Collection. The 8 piece collection will transport your nails to the lush West coast shore, even if the rest of you is stuck a little closer to home!

Are your feet ready for sandals weather? Never Say Die Beauty has fallen for Farmhouse Fresh Instant Pedicure Sampler for soft, smooth feet in minutes!

Beauty Info Zone loves meeting new brands and loves to host giveaways. Put those together and you'll be able to learn and hopefully win a Body Be Silk Lip Fix Kit. It's scrumptious and efficient. Read and enter.


If you have a penchant for luxury face oils, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends Herbivore Orchid Facial Oil and Herbivore Phoenix Facial Oil. The former is a delectable youth preserving oil for normal skin, while the latter is an ultra-luxe regenerating oil for mature and sensitive skins. Both are absolutely amazing! #Herbivore

Prime Beauty loves the new OleHenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask even if it makes her look like a Smurfette!

Shipra from Taneja's Bride just isn't a rule follower. She has exquisite taste and no one is going to tell her the rules. That's why you need to read her Kris Eyeshadow Palette x Kylie Cosmetics review with your wallet nearby.

There are many ways to save money on your beauty products these days. Head over to Makeup Obsessed Mom to make sure you're getting the most bang for your buck.

Thinking of booting your Vitamin-C game? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out JASON's Antioxidant skincare. Find out what she thinks!

Have you heard Covergirl released the Peach Punch Collection? Polarbelle has it as well as comparisons to the TooFaced Sweet Peach palette for your consideration.

How much do you rely on concealer? If you are Justina from Justina's Gems then it's a lot. See the comparison she did on two favorites from Tarte to see if one of them will become your favorite too.






Friday, June 15, 2018

Birthday Month Urban Decay Giveaway!!! #neonsummer

Hey everyone, in the video below, I am introducing my Neon Summer.  Find out my motivation and what's going on.  Enter to win after the video.  The video contains the answer to the Secret Question entry so be sure to watch.  Good Luck and have fun!!



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Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Few Minutes With The Makeup Show's Shelly Taggar



The Makeup Show, (affectionately called TMS), is an multi-site event held throughout the year that I talk about frequently on Polarbelle, my youtube channel and my Instagram account.    I like to include behind the scenes coverage, notable moments and vendors, and all the news about this unique show.  The Makeup Show is a pro-only venue held in five cities throughout the year.  Here you will find top artists and pro-driven brands presenting new products, seminars, forums and some hands on workshops.

The most recently concluded edition was The Makeup Show NYC, held in May, 2018.  It was an impressive show with vast amounts of teaching and learning opportunities, seminars, workshops and of course, shopping.   TMS is continuously evolving and bringing new forums, new brands and new experiences to the artist community.  The professionalism and excitement in the building is absolutely contagious.  I found myself wanting to know more and when the opportunity arose to interview The Makeup Show owner, Shelly Taggar, I jumped for it.


(Our conversation will be paraphrased as I took notes the old fashioned way; pen and paper.)

I learned Ms. Taggar has a background in photography and started producing events 18 years ago.   She started The Makeup Show 14 years ago, grew it slowly and it became a solo venture.  "This event is not just a trade show, but an experience to make people feel a part of the full community."  There were no makeup events when TMS started; just hair shows and Ms. Taggar wondered why there was nothing for the makeup side of beauty.  TMS became a big thing in NYC and continued nationwide from there.

It was fulfilling to me to hear the passion Ms. Taggar has for this show and I asked her how The Makeup Show differs from other cosmetic events.  She told me this is a pro-only show, no matter what.  Other shows are fan based or influencer driven, and most are consumer shows.  IMATS is a mix of the two being pro and consumer brands with pro and consumer attendees.   Many of the brands attending TMS don't do the other shows but are centered on reaching the pro artist community.

I told her how impressed I am with the amount of artist created brands at the show and asked if that was by design or a happy accident.  She told me the show is an edited event with careful choosing of brands that are displayed.  The goal is an even distribution of categories at price points that work for every level of artist; from the lower cost, mid-level, higher end and on to agency repped.   There will always be, for instance, 5 brush companies catering to the different cost levels and the same range exists in the other categories as well.  There is a long waiting list of brands that would like to be a part of TMS.

While in NYC, I was really impressed with how generous the artists in the seminars were and in sharing their time and talents.   We've all seen people who are talented in their profession who guard their knowledge like a state secret.  Not so with the artisan teachers at TMS.  I asked Ms. Taggar if it was difficult to get world reknown top talented makeup artists involved.  She told me that James Vincent was brought on from day one as Director of Artistry.  Mr. Vincent writes the education schedule for each show and consults with the brands and artists.  Sometimes there are scheduling conflicts that prohibit an artist from taking part.  The artists who are involved are usually ok with being on stage and they are people who want to give back to the industry that fulfills them.  The goal of the presentation line-up is to include business, celebrity and fashion artists as well as people who are transforming the industry like Bobbi Brown and Miss Fame.

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I asked about the new I, Artist forum that was held in San Francisco this past March.  Three days of workshops and teaching!!!  I would have given up a leg to be there.  Ms. Taggar told me, "It was inspiring to be in a forum with such dedication to the artistry, from the featured artists to the every day artist attendees.  Love for artistry was everywhere.  I think everyone was excited and pumped by the energy."   Oh man, what it must have been like to be there!!

I asked about the new Momentum series of artist trainings, which sound like I, Artist on a smaller level, to me.  The idea is moving pieces of I, Artist into the market.  Some of the main sponsors of TMS will bring Danessa Myricks and James Vincent to Dallas, Vancouver and NYC for 2-3 days of intensive education.  I seriously think these people are amazing creative artists and if you haven't seen their work, please check them out on Instagram.  You'll get an idea of the quality of workshops they will present.

One of the last things I asked about is the long term vision for The Makeup Show.  I've seen so many exiciting things happen in the time that I've watched and read about it and in particular I, Artist and the new Momentum series, so I was curious.  Ms. Taggar told me the industry has changed so much in the last 5 years and TMS is trying to change and adapt and while doing so, would like to return to it's international roots, bringing this show to the global community.  The plans for TMS include remaining true to the integrity of the show while continuing to help raise the industry every day.

Can you see why I just get so excited to be in this environment?  Teaching, artistry, communication...it's all very exciting.   My thanks to Shelly Taggar for her time!

You can learn more about The Makeup Show on their site and follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.   You can also subscribe on youtube.

Upcoming events:

MOMENTUM:

DALLAS  July 21-22, 2018

ATLANTA – August 5, 2018

NYC – August 18-19, 2018

VANCOUVER – February 2-3, 2019


WORK THE RUNWAY:
NYC - Sept 8, 2018


THE MAKEUP SHOW ORLANDO:

SEPTEMBER 15 – 16, 2018


October 13 – 14, 2018


NOVEMBER 10 – 11, 2018


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Covergirl Peach Punch Collection VS Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Plus Buxom Sexy Smoky Liner

There is a new video on my youtube channel today.  It features items from the Covergirl Peach Punch Collection that I picked up at Walmart, as well as comparisons to the TooFaced Sweet Peach palette, a cult classic.  I have also tried the new Buxom Cosmetics SexySmoky kajal liners for the very first time and I can say, with authority, that everyone will love this liner!!  One doesn't need to be a liner expert to work a nice fuller lash line with this one.  Even if a liquid liner is your jam, I think you'll appreciate the finesse of this kajal liner.

Take a peek if you'd like to check these items out.


Have you seen the collection in Walmart yet?  How cute are the puffy smelly things on display??


Monday, June 11, 2018

Battle Of The Body Glows - Round 2 - Sol De Janiero Ipanema Sunset VS Copacabana Bronze Body Glow Oils

Today's contenders in the Battle Of The Body Glow series are both from the brand Sol de Janiero.  The contestants are Ipanema Sunset and Copacabana Bronze Glow Oils, (2.5 oz/ $35).  They both have the same wonderful scent that you've come to know and love from the cult classic Bum Bum Cream.  While the scent is the same, I somehow prefer it in the oil.  The oils both have tiny mico-sparkles, however, when compared to a previous contender, Fenty Beauty Body Lava, the particles are not near as many or as big. 

I also really enjoy using them mixed into foundation and they give an incredibly beautiful natural glow.  I'll be showing that on youtube in the future during a Get Ready With Me.  I think you'll really like these.   Sol de Janiero can be found at Sephora.


What do you think about these two new oils facing off as Glow contenders?  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly

In anticipation of summer, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is sharing the best and most covet-worthy sunscreens for the face from TATCHA, Kerstin Florian, Goldfaden MD, KORRES and MyChelle.

Have you ever heard of a Game of Thrones Facial? Remember Shirleen and greyscale? Yeah, it's kinda like that. Prime Beauty takes you through her experience step-by-step. You've GOT to see the pictures and the afterglow!

Wedding season is in full swing, and there are so many final details to get sorted out! Jen from The Jedi Wife has your manicure covered with her look into the Zoya Nail Polish Bridal Bliss Collection. Colour comparisons and notes on formula will help you choose your perfect shade to accompany your sparkling new ring!

Why did Marcia from Beauty Info Zone have to call the Facial Mask Hotline? We'll give you a hint that it's about a FarmHouse Fresh Mask that you'll really love.

If natural cruelty beauty products are your preference then you'll want to see what Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom has been using from Good Earth Beauty.

If you're serious about anti-aging skincare you're likely using a retinoid, but not all retinols are created equal, and they are not one size fits all. 15 Minute Beauty talked to a dermatologist and a celeb esthetician and they're spilling the beans on over the counter retinoids and when they're the best choice for you.

Polarbelle is honored to be featured on Voyage Phoenix Magazine as an Influencer to know. Learn a little more about your girl here.

Looking for a new skincare line to suit your skin type? Never Say Die Beauty has been using a set of products from cruelty-free skincare expert, Zenmed, with great results. Enter to win a set of skincare products customized for you!

The new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Color Liners can be used on eyes, lips, and brows! Check out Christa from Realizing Beauty's review and swatches of all 39 matte and blendable shades.

Beauty Judy bas the KBShimmer Wanderlust Collection searched and reviewed on her blog this week!

Justina's Gems has some skincare secrets for glowy, dewy skin this summer. Check out her six tips and share yours with her too!

Ready to reveal some Summer sexy skin? Pammy Blogs Beauty gets her skin in shape for Summer with Sol de Janeiro's NEW Brazilian Bod Buff.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Deck Of Scarlet Roxette Arisa & Kim Thai Collabs Plus Giveaway

Hey guys!!   Today's video is centered on a review of the Deck of Scarlet palettes #7 and #8, also known as collaborations with  youTubers Roxette Arisa and Kim Thai, ($29.95 ea with subscription).  And....it's my birthday month so I thought I'd do some giveaways to celebrate my Summer Of Fun with you.  You can find the entry widget below.

Have you heard of Deck of Scarlet?   It is a subscription of curated palettes by different beauty influencers that arrives bi-monthly.  Each palette includes three eye shades, two cheek colors, two pallet-ed lip colors, and 1-2 separate items.  For instance, with Roxette's palette, (#7), there was a lip pencil and eye pencil.  Kim's palette arrives with a lip gloss.  Emails go out prior to shipping so that if you want to skip a shipment, you can with no problem!

Because the collections are collabs with youTubers, you will always be able to find instructional how-to videos.  Each mailing contains all new products.  It's a fun way to keep up with the folks that you watch!!  Deck of Scarlet products are paraben free, cruelty free, and the subscriptions ship for free in the US.

How would you like to see the palettes?


So what do you think?  Does this look like a fun subscription to you?  I really love the items I was sent to check out.  Really.  Totally.  Completely.  I'm impressed with the quality and the wear.  I think they're fun and would be awesome for travel and for keeping in the desk at work.  Check out some of the other color varieties here.  Boxes released earlier can be purchased at a one time rate of $44.95.  Each will have a value of at least $124 USD.

And so....now let's kick off birthday month with a giveaway!!!   It's explained in the video, so you might want to check that out.  Fill out the widget below and good luck to you all!!


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Honored To Be Interviewed and Featured On Voyage Phoenix Magazine!!!

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If you googled this image of me, you might find it as the lead-in to a feature about me from Voyage Phoenix Magazine where I am honored to be featured.  I would love for you to check it out and see if you learned anything about me, or if it gave you more questions.  I'd be thankful if you left a message here or there and sent it out over social media.   This is one of the coolest things to happen in my blogging career and my new home and I'm super excited about it!!!

Scroll to the end where there are pictures of my work and even a peek behind the scenes that I think you'll find funny.   If you are a brand, you might see your products in the pictures, so be sure to scroll down.

This is really fun for me.  Thank you for allowing me to share it in "our" space.   Ya'll have a great day and live your most colorful life!

Smashbox Primer

Monday, June 4, 2018

Does TROPHY SKIN RejuvaliteMD ACTUALLY CREATE A MORE YOUTHFUL LOOK IN JUST 2 MONTHS?


Sponsored through MavenX network.  All opinions expressed and my experience are my own honest evaluation.


It was just six weeks ago that I brought you an introductory post regarding the Trophy Skin RejuvaliteMD, an LED light that made BIG claims.   "RejuvaliteMD utilizes groundbreaking LED technology to safely and effectively stimulate skin healing and collagen production-reducing the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots while improving radiance, elasticity, and firmness. Safe visible and infrared light wavelengths penetrate the skin, stimulating the production of natural enzymes that increase collagen production, reduce inflammation, and improve skin tone and texture.How? "Unlike some devices that use only red light, RejuvaliteMD utilizes four UV-free wavelengths including red, yellow, amber, and infrared light to effectively treat multiple signs of aging."  You might remember that I had a pretty decent code for you to treat yourself or someone else to this light or a microdermabrasion kit, saving 15% off with the code POLARBELLE, (thru 6/30/18).   I also promised to come back in two months with my results....remember this device is guaranteed to bring change within two months or your money back.  So, did it?

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The light comes to you in a nice box, with eye goggles, and is easily assembled by twisting together.  It makes it perfect to travel with, too, being lightweight, easy to store and also to put together.  The RejuvaliteMD is easy to use and painless.   It only takes 5 minutes per body part that you wish to treat.  It can be used as often as twice a day or as little as three times per week.  I used it just about every day, except days of extreme laziness or excessive early sleepiness.  I'd say my usage was over 85% of the two months that I've had it.

I chose to treat three areas; chest, neck and face.  I find it delightfully relaxing to go to my bedroom, prop myself up all comfy like, turn on a youtube video to listen to, and treat myself to sitting still for 15 minutes.  It's such a treat to take that time to relax and rejuvinate without all the hectic mom/wife stuff that needs to be done.   The time can be used for relaxation and breathing techniques...things that we never seem to get enough time to do.  Life is BUSY!  Take a few minutes to renew and why not treat your skin at the same time, right?  In the picture below, I am treating my chest, snacking and listening to Friends on tv.

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Let's talk about my results.  Is this anti-aging tool worth it?

Area 1:  The Face.  What I've seen is increased structure and definition that looks less droopy.  That is everything!!!!  I also see a reduction in the number of wrinkles on my hooded eyelids.  One eye had three wrinkles and the other had two.  Each has reduced by one.   I didn't feel it quite right to bring you before and after pictures because I've had Botox along the way, which might cause you to doubt what you see.  In full disclosure, my Botox treats an errant nerve pattern in my head caused by neck trauma and isn't the usual pattern that people receive Botox for wrinkles.  However, just mentioning it would cast doubt on my pictures validity with some readers.  Additionally, I had a gluten contamination that caused awful facial sores around the time I was taking before pictures and I elected to keep my face out of the photos for posting purposes.  Nobody wants to see that with no concealer!!

Area 2:  The Neck.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I have had significant neck trauma, including two major surgeries.  Summed up, it's a mess.  It looks much older than I am physically.  Here is my before picture:

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Something that I noted in my neck "before" picture was that my thyroid was swollen.  I'm so thankful to have done these pictures so that I could follow up with my physician.  I found out I'd been under medicated and am in the process of adjusting my dosage.

Here is my neck picture after two months of use.

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The results of my neck that are most obvious are twofold.  (My thyroid is still a little puffy but it's coming along.)  First of all, in the area between the tendons right above my scar, it is tightened and more defined.   The major mid-neck wrinkle isn't as deep!  I have better definition of the jawline which helps to define the neck structure.  Some of that sag is coming back up!!!  Gravity, be damned, because I have RejuvaliteMD!!

Area 3:  The chest.  This is the area that I'm most excited to share with you.  I had been bemoaning my poor decision as a 19 year old to stand in the Carribean ocean for a couple hours because I was hot and didn't know about sunscreen.  I blistered badly on my chest.  It's left scars and discoloration.  It's true when they tell you that one bad sunburn can ruin your skin.  But there is now hope!!

I had deep grooves and a bumpy skin texture akin to an orange.  My skin folded badly at the base of my neck when I put on a bra or put my arms together across my breasts.  It was like you could float a kayak in those grooves!!

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Two months later, my skin is baby smooth!!  The uneven color is greatly improved!  Keep in mind, too, that it's uber sunny in Phoenix at this time of year.  I do use sunscreen but because I'm outside at least a couple of hours a day for exercise, I still pick up some color.  Especially when I catch up with chat time with my friend as we float around and solve each other's problems, lol.

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The skin on my chest is SO smooth now.  The bumpiness was pretty embarassing to me before I started using RejuvaliteMD.  The deeply etched crinkles when I moved my arms together went from my neck all the way down my chest.   I still have crinkles but I definitely have fewer and they're not as deep.  These results have increased my self confidence in walking around town like you just wouldn't believe!!  I'm excited and happy!  I also have a more even tone.  I can barely see that butterfly shaped dark spot showing up on film anymore.

I think you just can't lose when you pamper yourself by using this light.  It's guaranteed to improve your skin in two months or your money back.  I saw results beginning by two weeks!  My skin in all three areas is tighter, smoother, wrinkles aren't as deep, and the coloring is more even.  Will I continue to use this?  Heck yeah!  I'd be stupid not to!!

Don't you think you'd love to take a few minutes a day for pampering that turns back the hands of time?   Do you know a harried mom or dad who could use a few minutes of quiet pampering time?  It would make an excellent gift.  If you order a Trophy Skin RejuvaliteMD or microdermabrasion tool, use the code POLARBELLE and save 15% off your order.  Free shipping in the U.S.  60 Day Guarantee on all items purchased on TrophySkin.com.

This light absolutely has worked for me in all areas I've used it and I'll continue to do so as part of my anti-aging regimen.   I'm thinking about testing it on my hands to see what that would do.   My veins have been really sticking out lately but being super hot in Phoenix, that's to be expected.  While I don't have any dark spots yet, I think I might be able to do some good preventive work with this light.  Could you see yourself relaxing behind this light in your future?

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly

Prime Beauty says Winky Lux has fabulous formulas, affordable prices and fantastic packaging, what more could a beauty junkie want? Check out their darling lipstick kits!

In anticipation of summer, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is sharing the covet-worthy Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzers & Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow. One look at the swatches, and you will see why we're obsessed with these gems! #HourglassCosmetics #CharlotteTilbury

A lip facial? Pammy Blogs Beauty discovers Sara Happ lip products and transforms her lips!

Never Say Die Beauty reveals what she got in her April and May Sephora Play bags, and how she feels about the $10 monthly subscription!

If you agree that wetness belongs in the pool, not under the arms, you should see what Polarbelle's hubby has to say about It.

Are you a believer that makeup should be fun? Marcia from Beauty Info Zone shares the newest fun items from NUEST with you that will create a fun look and attitude.

Have you ever considered the Temptu Airbrush System? Do you think it would make your skin look as beautiful as it can? 15 Minute Beauty was intimidated by it at first but has she changed her mind?

If you prefer natural skincare then you'll want to see the products that Makeup Obsessed Mom is using to treat acne, wrinkles and more.


Monday, May 28, 2018

WETNESS BELONGS IN THE POOL, NOT UNDER THE ARMS - BAN ROLL-ON DEODORANT REVIEW


Sometimes a product rolls across the desk at Polarbelle Headquarters and my Associate Product Tester and Business Analyst will get grabby hands to test it.  Such was the case when Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant, (3.5 oz / $4.29),  arrived.


Just when you think your guy can't possibly surprise you, he does.  He has used Old Spice stick deodorant for decades.  But being the good sport I am, I tossed it to him with a wink and a nod and told him "go for it, kid".

Ban has the roller ball delivery that you'd expect from the name and to my surprise, my husband said he prefers this application.  I just thought of us as stick people so his reaction really surprised me!!  It turns out, after all these years, my hubs is a roll-on man!!! And Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant is his product of choice.


 He loves the roller ball for many reasons; the first is the ease of application.  He said the ball rolls easily and smoothly unlike his stick, which tended to have a bit of drag.   The application goes on wet, (which you'd expect from a fluid), and he loves that because you can easily tell if you've covered the armpit.  With a stick, sometimes coverage wasn't complete which would come with a sad realization later in the day.

The deodorant dries quickly, which he's also a big fan of.  He enjoys the nice mild pleasant fragrance and remarked that even with as light as it is, it dissipates quickly so as not to be bothersome.  Best of all, one application of the deodorant lasts all day.  A quick wiff of a manly armpit reveals a light pleasant scent and confirms his testimony.

Has he made me a believer?  Yes, he sure has!!   He's quite enthusiastic about this antiperspirant/deodorant!!

The ingredients:


You can find Ban Roll-On at any drugstore or mass merchant as well as on Amazon.   Learn more on the Ban website.  Am I going to try it based on his review?  You bet I am.   Have you tried Ban Roll-On?  What was your experience?

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