Monday, March 19, 2018

The Makeup Show Presents The Makeup Shop And I, Forum In San Francisco This Weekend!!

If you're a regular reader, you might remember seeing me talk about The Makeup Show, held several times throughout the year in various metropolitan areas for industry professionals.  There are classes, workshops and shopping at discounted prices as well as opportunities to network with others in the industry.  An off-shoot of The Makeup Show is happening this coming weekend, (beginning March 24th), in San Francisco called The Makeup Shop.  The Makeup Shop is a public event that any makeup artist or enthusiast is able to attend.  In conjunction with The Makeup Shop is a new and exciting three day event, (beginning March 21st), full of teaching and workshops called I, Artist, The Makeup Show Forum.  The entire 5 days will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.

I would urge you to read all about the event on the website.  "iArtist pulls you deeper and pushes you further into a place where there is no limit to your success. Make up your mind to surround yourself with people that challenge you. Figure out what you need to do to be where you want to be. Meet the people who are doing it and have done it already. Make the change. Take action. Are you up for the challenge?"  Doesn't this call to action just stir your soul??  It is THE place to be this week.

Three of the lead artists were very gracious to take a moment out of their busy preperations and answer a couple of basic questions about the event for you.  I posed two quick questions to them and would like to share their thoughts with you.  It gives you a little bit more insight into the events this week.

The artists who participated in my tiny questionnaire are:

Lijha Stewart is a Makeup Artist and Breathwork Healer.   She's been an MA for over a decade, having worked as an artist and trainer for Mac Cosmetics and Make Up For Ever.  You can read her list of accomplishments as linked by her name.  It's impressive.

Danessa Myricks has a slew of accomplishments synonymous with her name.  She is a makeup artist, consultant, photographer, teacher and CEW of Danessa Myricks Beauty.  She is so incredibly beautiful that when I saw her at TMS LA, she took my breath away.  I couldn't bring myself to speak with her because - no breath!!

James Vincent is Director of Artistry at TMS, a Makeup Artist and owner of Outlaws and Rebels, which launched at TMS LA when I was there last fall.  His resume' reads like a Who's Who in the beauty and entertainment industry.  Seriously impressive credentials that you should check out on the website.  At TMS LA, I couldn't believe I was fortunate enough to sit in the front row and listen to him speak.  Artistic greatness right there!

My questions:

1)  With the new I, Artist event, what are you most looking forward to?

Stewart:  "At iArtist Forum San Fransisco I am most looking forward to the unique immersive education that only The Makeup Show can provide. Attendees will learn, experience and gain exposure in topics to enhance this artistry and business."

Myricks:  "I’m so looking forward to artists being able to experience makeup and makeup education in a completely different way. The program is really special and I sincerely believe that perspectives will shift and creativity will flow like they have never experienced before. Im seriously counting the days!"

Vincent: " iArtist: The Makeup Show Forum is an event that looks at inspiration, artistry and career in and all new way. Completely immersed in it's experience with a 360 degree view. It is artists working with experts to see the bigger picture, yet gain insight into how to make their individual artistry and career work for them. It is about putting together real plans, taking realnacrion and setting a course towards success in a much more measurable way. iArtist kicks off our new TMS Makeup Shop with an intimate look at individuality and artistry in a city that has always celebrated those two things."

2)  What makes TMS Makeup Shop SF THE place to be this weekend?

Stewart:   "TMS Makeup Show is the place to be if you're looking to connect to your community, get inspired and be immersed in all things Makeup."

Myricks:  "How often to you have so many magical, talented, fun, positive people willing to share under one roof at one time! Beyond the education and the incredible networking and community building opportunity , who doesn’t love to shop for makeup at deep discounts! It's a no brainer !"

Vincent:   "TMS Makeup Shop is the place to be for Bay area beauty lovers. Whether you are a professional hair stylist or makeup artist that needs to replenish your kit, a makeup lover that wants to see the latest trend, or someone who knows little about makeup and wants to learn this is the place to be. With education from celebriry hair and makeup experts on topics ranging from complexion to smokey eye or business success, there are some amazing opportunities to learn. There is also more makeup shopping than ever with deep pro discounts on pro must have brands like MAKE UP FOR EVER, Gerard, Danessa Myricks, and so many others. TMS Makeup Shop is an opportunity to see what's happening in fashion or find the pieces that are your own individual style with all of the tools you need and the experts that can take you there ."

These folks know how to pump a girl up!!  Reading their comments, I can feel their excitement for this week.  They have such passion for the industry and for other artists.  They are committed to education in the industry and propelling the art forward.  I'm excited for them to hold their first I, Artist TMS Forum.  If you read the list of speakers,  you might see a lot of familiar names.  I see people I've met, people I've taken classes from, and even a personal friend!!  If you are going this week, you'll just have to come back here and tell me all about it.  I really can't imagine anyplace I'd rather be this week to share the passion of the beauty community.

You can find the schedule for I, Artist here and TMS The Makeup Shop here.  Make sure you're following The Makeup Show on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.  My thanks to Lijha Stewart, Danessa Myricks and James Vincent for their participation in this article.  Create on!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves to feature gorgeous nude lipsticks, and Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks in Kim K.W. and Valentine are absolutely covet-worthy nudes. Check out our review and swatches to see why! #CHARLOTTETILBURY

Prime Beauty tried the no!no!PRO hair removal device. She takes you through its use step by step and shows you before and after pics!

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom says she has a blush palette that's "to die for" gorgeous for spring and summer. Check out her review of the Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Blush Book.

Pammy Blogs Beauty dares you to be bold with this super bold and colorful collection from Vanessa Hudgens and SinfulColors.

15 Minute Beauty has finally published her much requested post on Pregnancy Safe Facial Sunscreens, BB & CC Creams! All of the products are full spectrum UV coverage. This post is a must read if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant!

If you missed out on the NARS Banc de Sable highlighter, Polarbelle just might have a potential dupe for you in her latest YouTube video.

Considering trying glycolic acid to exfoliate? NIP+FAB has an entire line of Glycolic Fix facial skincare products with several that are perfect for starting out with GA. Check out Never Say Die Beauty's review of these affordable, cruelty-free products.

Marcia at Beauty Info Zone is really into skin changing science with. Take a look at what has her eyes looking fabulous.

Do you think you can ever be too old for unicorns and rainbows? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares the Too Faced Life's a Festival Collection.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Vintage Cosmetics Launches New Spring Items In Ulta Beauty And They're Adorable!!

There are some new really cute and useful beauty items landing at Ulta this week from The Vintage Cosmetics Company.  I love the cute retro look and feel of the packaging as well as the high quality of the items I have previously shown you in this video on youtube.   When my husband and I met with the company at Cosmoprof North America last summer, we enjoyed reading the packages and you know I always love cute retro line drawings.  We went back to the booth several times because it was such a joy to be surrounded by the sweet look and feel of the brand.   I was fortunate last week to receive a set of three beauty lovelies to share with you.

scrubber, exfoliation, eye mask

Cute!  Cute!  Cute!!!  First let's talk about the Bunny Twist Makeup Headband, ($4.99).  Isn't it CUTE?!?!?!  I about died when I saw this!!  If you want to watch a video of me using it, it is below.

I love everything about this adorable headband.  I love the soft pinky coral of the base color.  Stars are my thing so I love that is has a star print.  The ears are lightly wired to retain the shape that you set them....make a bunny, make a Minnie Mouse, the shape will stay while you wear them.   The headband has light elastic in the back to hold it in place.  it is the most comfortable makeup headband I've ever had the pleasure to wear.

 And the best part of all?  I consider this adjustable!!  Because it is one long piece that is rather like a scarf, you can tie or twist the top wherever it suits you.  It will be comfortable for everyone!!!  Even big headed people like me!!  A scarf type of build that I pull and twist to my desired comfort works better for me than a preformed, non-negotiable cuff type headband.  It's a total adorable steal for just $4.99!!

The Gel Bead Eye Mask, ($6.95), is such a welcome item for me!!  I've had a lot of allergic eye swelling in the mornings this past year.  I enjoy being able to slip this in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes and put it on to help the puffiness dissipate.   You can see in the first picture that it has beads in it that can be used hot or cold.  Warm them briefly in the microwave and I can relieve some of that congestion from the allergies.  The back is a soft pink fabric.  And again, adjustable headband!!!  You just have no idea how hard it is to find and adjustable band in an eye mask!!  Trust me on this.

Beaded eye mask

Make sure to follow the instructions.  If it gets too hot, you could burn yourself, and if it's too frozen, you might end up with frostburn.

Also on the back of the box is the best retro throw back ever.  It's feel-o-vision!!!

This totally gave me all the feels.  I was immediately taken back to my childhood and the Pat The Bunny book my baby brother had.  I love him more than life itself and my memories of reading it to him and letting him play with it are precious.  I then bought the book for my own son and have those sweet memories as well.  Just a day before, I was at the store with my boy and he picked up a similar book, and I was awash with memories and still feeling nostalgic when I received these items.  I totally enjoy this attention to a retro detail that is significant in my own life.

My third item is the Exfoliating Face Sponge, ($6.95).  This is a silicone mushroom shaped piece with a sponge inside.   On the top are small scrubbing fingers that gently exfoliate as you clean.

The mushroom shape makes for a very comfortable hold.

You can see the sponge inside.

To use it, drop your cleanser on the top.  Cleanse and exfoliate by rubbing it around, which could make your cleanser foamy.  When you're done, rinse your face.  Rise off the sponge device well and set it out to dry.  It seems to me that if you could replace the sponge inside, you could keep the outside and use the thing longer.  I tried to pull the sponge out for testing sake and it didn't come out.  Honestly, at that price, it's just as easy to replace the whole thing whenever the spongey part gets old.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company is just so fun with their unique items and cute retro look - I think you should check them out.  The bunny headband would make a great part of an Easter or spring gift for any beauty lover.  Children will love it to play with.  Adults will love it for keeping the hair dry while doing makeup or skincare.

I think you'll enjoy checking out this brand either online or at Ulta.  If you shop online, get the lashes!!  They're on sale and oh so comfortable!  I can't find them in town anymore.  :-0   Learn more about the brand and their items by following them on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and now on Snapchat as TheVintageCosCo.

Have you tried their products yet?  Have you seen them in store?  Are you just dying over the bunny headband?

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week of Reads

Prime Beauty has discovered the unicorn of mascaras! Benefit's BADgal BANG! Mascara voluminizes, lengthens, curls and is made of material the astronauts use! See before and after pics!

The Barneys New York LOVE YOURSELF Beauty Bag Event , March 6-11, is featuring AMAZING his and hers gift bags and fabulous step-up gifts, and as usual Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has all of the details for you!

Looking for an anti-aging skincare powerhouse? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is giving away a bottle of Paula's Choice CLINICAL Cermaide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer. It's often sold out coz it's that good!

BeautyJudy has swatches of KBShimmer If You Want My Bodice but hurry, this polish is only available through the Polish Pickup this weekend; click through for more deets!

15 Minute Beauty has been updating her sunscreen series. Do you know why you should be looking for a full spectrum sunscreen instead of a broad spectrum? There's a big difference in coverage!

Polarbelle hauled it and now wants to show you how to use the Urban Decay Kaleidoscope Dream shadow palette. And check out the Vintage Cosmetics Company Bunny Ears Makeup Headband she's wearing to do it.

Hey Kiehl's fans, did you know that their classic Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate has been reformulated? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries it out and will give you the scoop!

Christa from Realizing Beauty reviews the new Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette and shares why she is loving this petite, yet complete, eyeshadow palette.

Can a drugstore highlighter perform as well as a high-end one? See what Stacie of Makeup Obsessed Mom thinks of this new one from Wet n Wild.

Friday, March 2, 2018

What I've Been Doing On YouTube...

If you enjoy youtube, I have some videos from the past week that might interest you.  I don't post all my videos here.  Even though all of my media are related, each has a different feel doesn't it?  I saw the funniest video on Instagram the other day where it was said to have all social medias in a meeting.  The LinkedIn persona said we should schedule a meeting to discuss this.  Facebook said they were going to repost something they saw from an unknown source on it.  Twitter #&$# them out.  YouTube paused doing their makeup, and Snapchat came in nekkid.  It was hilarious.  And true.  Each media has different content so you really need to follow all to get a well rounded version of Polarbelle.  :)

My most recent video contains the cutest bunny headband ever from The Vintage Cosmetics Company and is only $4.99 sold at Ulta.   They have brand new spring releases that just launched today.  I have a couple of things I'll show you soon.  I am doing a Get Ready With Me featuring the Urban Decay X Kristen Leanne Kaleidoscope Dream palette.  I'm in LOVE with this palette and it's a good price at just $39.  You heard it here first...this is THE palette of summer this year!

If you've been reading awhile, or following on social, or know me IRL, you'll know that I have a big collection of pretties.  Some of them have been just TOO pretty for me to use.  I'm showing you my favorites in my Makeup Too Pretty To Use video.  Maybe you'll see some of your faves in there.

And then there are my 5 powerhouse hero products that I use literally on the daily but they are so much a part of me that I forget to talk about them.  One day I realized that instead of assuming you know about them, I should tell you.  Karen from was deep in my brain and her idea for Unsung Heroes just kept popping to the surface of my consciousness until it was something I had to create.

So there you go guys...I've been busy.  Do you have any video or blog requests for me?  We're just a few subscribers shy of my next round number on youtube and I'm itching to do a video.  I kind of made myself wait to achieve a goal, so when we hit that round number, we'll have a giveaway.  What is you favorite type of video to watch?  Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Enhance Your Lips Without Injections Using The PMD Kiss - The Next Gen Of Lip Plumping?

Goldilocks probably said it right about my lips:  "Not too big, not too small, but just right".   I have average sized lips.  When I was growing up, I was really glad.  Kids made fun of people who had big lips.  Advance the clock a few decades and plump lips are THE thing...and THE thing that I don't naturally have.  Even so, it never bothered me until the past few years when I encountered some scarring on my lips from a condition caused by gluten intolerance.  If I accidentally ingest gluten, I develop long lasting sores in my T-zone and they leave behind unsightly scars.  I've had quite a few around my lips and a couple have been on the perimeter of them leaving scars that break up my lip line.  The scars have made my lips uneven, difficult to camouflage with lip products and have left me feeling self-conscious about the condition and look of my lips.  Injections really aren't an option for me.  Not only would needles in the lips freak me out a bit but I can't afford to do that every six months ad infinitum.  The PMD Kiss Lip Plumping System is an alternative that I was dying to try as it is said to work with your body's natural collagen production.  Natural enhancement?  Oh heck yeah, I'll try it!!

Everyone loses collagen throughout their body during aging.  Lines begin to appear and the lips are no different in that respect than the rest of the body.  Collagen disappears, the lips thin and lines begin to form.  The changes are small at first but they can make you feel a bit under-plumped in this age of injectable collagen.  Like I said above, that process didn't really bother me until, for me, it was combined with the scars that took out even more fullness in my lip perimeter.

lip injections

The Kiss system comes with the egg-shaped handheld device, a charging USB cord, a large rubber insert, a small insert and the Kiss Smart Lip Plumping Serum.  Before use, charge the device by attaching the provided USB cord to it and plug into a wall adapter as you would a phone.  You can charge the Kiss via computer as well.  For instance, one day I was using it and the charge ran out so I plugged it into the computer and was able to use it as I did my work.  To charge more quickly, plug it into the wall adapter.

Before use, I generally look a lot like this:  (no makeup, no lip products)

You might not be able to see my scars, but I tell you what, because they are scar tissue at the lip line, products don't always apply well in those areas, so I can look like I put lipstick on in the car on a bumpy road.  They're a really challenge to me, especially the one you see at the crest of the high point on the left side upper lip.  And I have quite a few lip lines, which I don't really need to point out, do I?  The scar on the left side of the upper lip diminished the fullness of that side of the lip by a certain portion itself.

Before using the device, spread a little of the lip serum on your lips.  When this runs out, just use a balm or gloss or whatever you have.  The device creates suction on the lip and pulsates with a sucking sensation.  Leave it on one section of your lip for ten pulses and then move to the next.  It has two speeds; just decide which size rubber insert is comfortable for you and which speed you like.  I find this very comfortable to use and was genuinely surprised by how little I actually feel it.  I assumed it would be mildly uncomfortable but it's not at all.  And honestly, I don't know which size sucker I should use but I find that the large is too big for the outside of my lips but I kind of like it in the center.

Here is an after, (again with no makeup):

These changes may not be as evident to anyone as they are to me because as a beauty blogger, I look at my lips a lot.  I see added fullness along the bottom of my upper lip and my lips look a little more toward looking somewhat symmetric.  The middle of my upper lip is a happy plumpness.  The outer line, which is kind of white colored on me, is plumper.  I can see that some of the lip lines have kind of disappeared or are diminished to the point that I don't see them.  My lips have some natural color, which thrills me because they're pretty much translucent usually.  The scars don't bother me hardly at all.  (Again, I doubt anyone sees the scars but me and I probably wouldn't even notice if they didn't screw up my product application so much.)  I think my bottom lip looks more even, fuller and the lines are DOA.

lip injections

PMD claims that the Kiss with "continued daily use boosts collagen which increases the look of fullness, fades the appearance of lip lines & wrinkles and revitalizes natural lip color".  I would say these claims are true.  I've been pleased with my results so far.  As the collagen production increases, you won't notice boom! bam! fat lips like with injections.  You'll have a gradual increase over time as I have.

Even the first time I used this, my husband said "wow, your makeup looks really good, is that a new lip color?"  Usually he tells me that my eyes look pretty but his comments are different now, especially right after I've used the system.  The immediate plumpness using the device lasts a few hours and I find that when I go over my lips twice, I get a better effect.  And while it doesn't hurt and I know what to expect, I still jump every time I turn it on, lol!

lip injections

The PMD Kiss is very comfortable to hold in your hand, having an ergonomic shape.  I think it would make an excellent gift for your BFF, at just $139.  Use the code PRIMP20 and save 20%!!

Below, in the first section of the video, I have a demonstration on how to use it, if you want to see it in use.  It takes about a minute and a half to use.

Learn more about the PMD Kiss on their website, and follow them on Instagram and Twitter for even more information.  Don't forget to use the code PRIMP20 to save 20% off the device.    (Do not use this device anywhere but on the lips.)

Do you think this is something you'd be interested in using?  Or are you one of the lip blessed?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

The Boxwalla February Green Beauty Box Moonlight & Silver Sleep which features MŪN Skincare Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and Amly Botanicals Beauty Sleep, is a must-have eco-luxe beauty box for skincare enthusiasts. Check out the review on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog to learn why you will want to get one before they sell out!

Prime Beauty is getting her skin red carpet ready with Brevena Skincare, the same product that is in the Oscar swag bags! You can too with her 20% off code!

Lisa at Beauty Info Zone can't resist Paula's Choice. There are two new skin boosters that you need to learn about.

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom got to try out a lipstick subscription box. See what she thought of her first box from LiveGlam.

Have you tried Caption Polish yet? Polarbelle has and thinks you should know about the polishes and ease of the stamping plates.

Check out Pammy Blogs Beauty's Clear Skin Favorites including Zapzyt and more!

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty has been learning the backstory of a new skincare brand, Pili Ani Beauty. Harvested from the nuts and bark of the pili tree from the Philippines, pili and elemi oils are the key ingredients in new Pili Ani Youthful Glow Facial Cream. So lightweight yet so hydrating at the same time!

Stunning duochrome lipsticks from Tarte are so much fun to play with. Read Justina's Gems review of the new Shade Shifting Lipsticks.

BeautyJudy used four new makeup products to create a fairytale makeup look Including a new palette from Maybelline and eyeshadow from Stila!

Maybelline New York has released 10 new shades of SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick. The new Un-Nudes Collection is all about an unconventional and unexpected take on nude lipstick. Check out all the shades, including a light lavender nude on Realizing Beauty!

15 Minute Beauty is sharing all of her long-haul flight beauty tips. No, she doesn't mist herself with water every hour. Did she include your favorite tip?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Young Nails Caption Nail Polish And Stamping Plates Review

Have you worn Caption Polish By Young Nails?  Or played with their nail art stamping plates?   If you've spied the brand in your local Ulta Beauty, chances are really good that you've been drawn to the brand as I have been.  I've purchased a few colors and stamping plates and enjoy them.  Two days before I found out I was having surgery mid-December, I received the Tinsel Time collection, a set of stamping plates and the base and top coats to try.  I had just started to play with them when I found out about the surgery and is why you are seeing this collection today.  The colors are available on the Caption Polish website where you will find the full line of Caption, as opposed to Ulta where the choices are limited.

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Let's talk first about the nail polishes, (10 ml /$9.95).   The polishes I purchased previously were chosen purely by color alone.  Caption polishes dry quickly.  During application, you can tell they're not as runny as other brands.  The satins, (pictured here in light blue, vanilla, pink and purple), dry almost as you apply them, it seems.  When combined with the top coat and base coat, well, that's when the magic happens and the polishes give incredible long lasting wear.   I was truly impressed by the length of wear, not receiving any tip challenges for the first week, and totally fell in love.  And I mean I am in love with this brand!!

Let me show you the colors I received in the Tinsel Town collection.  As previously stated, these are colors in the regular line as well and can be found on the Caption Polish website.

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On the far left is the gold holographic glitter called On Full Blast.  The picture just doesn't show the joy of the holo.  Both the gold and the silver, Drop The Mic, have incredible holo sparkle.  I like to wear these over one of the other colors.  The blue satin shimmer is Anywhere But Here.  The rose satin is Selfie Fulfilled Prophecy.

The lavender shimmer, Way Above Average, is my favorite polish in the collection.  It has the coolest color ever to it.  I couldn't stop staring at my fingers.  I got a lot of comments on Youtube, IG and Snapchat with a mani that I did wearing this combined with On Full Blast as an accent nail.  I'll be wearing this again soon. 

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The vanilla satin is named Rise & Grind.  Let's Be Frank is the incredible garnet color.  It has a depth to it that can't accurately be captured by my camera, with tone on tone and gold shimmer within.  Last but not least is the green with gold shimmer named Brave Inside.

stamping plates, nail art, stamping art

The stamping plates are well etched.  I haven't had any trouble at all with any of the plates I've used.  Each boxed set includes the duo-ended stamper that you see above as well as a polish scraping card.  The plate sets are sold in either single or double plate sets.  Pictured on the website is the clear type of fat squishy stamper.  I don't know which one is the current stamper, but I really like the one I received.  Below is a quick mani I did in the end of January with one of the Caption stamping plates that I had purchased earlier in the year.  Both of the center fingers are stamped with Caption plates.

I really enjoy this brand.  I highly recommend the base and top coats when wearing the polishes.  I have such incredible wear with a Caption sandwich!  And the plates are really really good.  They make stamping easy and I think they're a good place to start if you've always wanted to try stamping.  They are a joy to a more experienced nail artist as well.  Caption plates made me absolutely fall in love with stamping.  The only drawback about this brand is the super small space they have in Ulta.  We're just going to need immediate access to all the colors and nail art products!!! 

Follow Young Nails and Caption Polish on Instagram.  You'll probably want to follow their Facebook fan page as well.  You can purchase Caption products on their website and both in store and online at 

Have you used Caption polishes, stamping plates or nail art products?  Have you seen them in your Ulta?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I Had Some Hauls - New Videos On The Tube

In the last few weeks, I've taken advantage of some sales, gift cards and coupons and filmed a haul video with some mini reviews mixed in. I broke it up into two youtube videos; the first is drugstore, Mac and Sephora. The second video is my Ulta coupon haul. Posting on youtube generally has a different type of structure than blog posts. The content is often different and I don't really know if it's something blog readers like to see or not, but if you do, here they are.  Let me know if you'd like to see anything in a Get Ready With Me type of video or blog post.

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Detoxify + Brighten Purifying Pink Clay Mask is an effective 4-in-1 mask that effectively boosts radiance, clears clogged pores, regulates sebum production and detoxifies the skin in a mere 10 minutes, and it does so without drying out the skin. Read the full review on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog to see why this mask is worthy of your consideration!

Prime Beauty upped her lash game with the new L'Oreal Voluminous X Fiber Mascara. See before and after pics!

The love continues on Beauty Info Zone for Monat haircare. This week Marcia shares her straight, shiny hair favorites.

What are your On-the-Go beauty favorites? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her in her updated "What is in her bag?" post.

Polarbelle has done a little bit of damage with her hauls of the last few weeks. The video of the first half is now on YouTube.

In case you're in the mood to try out a new mascara or two, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty recommends her current favorites.

BeautyJudy took the new Maybelline Total Temptation Shadow and Highlight Palette for a spin! Check out two looks with this work appropriate AND nighttime appropriate palette!

Are you trying to save some money and not buy all the latest cosmetics coming out? Do you already have a substantial makeup collection not getting used? Jen from The Jedi Wife has been revisiting her old cosmetic favorites with her #TBTBeauty posts. Her latest post features the NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb palette.

There's a NEW bullet lipstick in town, and it's a STAR! Shipra of Taneja's Bride shares ALL 25 ColourPop Lux Lipsticks' lip swatches!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


I always have fun unboxing my Ipsy Glam Bag and my latest subscription box, Boxycharm.  Join me to see what I have in mine and let me know below if you got the same or different items.  I hope everyone has a nice day.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Bees Knees Lacquer and LynB Designs have partnered together on a nail polish collaboration to celebrate the upcoming Black Panther film. It has just launched and Jen from The Jedi Wife has swatches on her blog now!

Whether you travel a little or a lot, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog believes that bringing ultra-luxe travel sizes of your most coveted beauty products with you will make you feel pampered and happy– whether you are out discovering the world in your travels, or just going on a business trip.

Beauty Info Zone's emails quit on them so many articles and giveaways weren't seen. They are hoping you can catch up with their articles and enter their giveaways!

Check out our top picks! Pammy Blogs Beauty explores the Youthful Restoration Kit from DDF. Awesome products and great value!

Did you know that The Oprah Magazine has a subscription beauty box? Take a look and see what Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom got in her first box.

Prime Beauty thinks we all need a Va-Va-Voom in our lives if it comes in the form of a lipstick, all the better! Check out the new Buxom Va-Va Plump Shiny Liquid Lipsticks!

Want soft and smooth skin for Valentine's Day? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty recommends the delectable, totally greaseless, anti-aging Moon Dip Body Mousse from the fabulous natural and cruelty-free Farmhouse Fresh!

BeautyJudy talks about some current favs this month including a Pixi Skintreat and Violet Voss eye palette!

If you're a Charlotte Tilbury fan like Christa from Realizing Beauty you'll want to know that she's released a new limited edition Filmstar Bronze & Blush Palette and of course it's FABULOUS.

15 Minute Beauty has a thing for primers, she's tried so many of them! Here she's sharing her favorite eye shadow primers!

Polarbelle gathered her Top 10 eyeshadow palettes of 2017.See if any of your favorites made her list.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Perfect Valentine Gift? Try Sky Organics Bath And Shower Bubble Box Subscription!

Sky Organics has delivered the first subscription box for bath and shower bombs called the Bubble Box.  Isn't that a genius idea?  It's just $16.95 which includes free shipping.  Each month, the recipient will receive a bath bomb, a shower steamer, a bubble bar and one surprise item.  All items are made from 100% natural ingredients and are cruelty free.  Give a subscription as a gift and your honored recipient will remember you kindly with each fragrant bubbly thought.  Today I'm sharing the January Bubble box with you.

Wouldn't this be a cheerful box to receive?  It makes me happy just to look at it.  January's theme is Champagne...quite appropriate to enter the new year.  In my box are two bath bombs, a shower steamer and a bubble bar.

The scents in this box as described by the website are:

Lavender Champagne 5oz Bath Bomb
A sparkling mix of lavender oil, effervescent citrus notes, and sweet vanilla combine to make this festive fragrance

Love Potion Mini Bath Bomb
A sweet bouquet of citrus and berries

Lavender Luxury Shower Steamer
Described as a lavender lover's dream

Strawberry Shake Bubble Scoop
oooh, listen to this description: vine ripened strawberries combined with notes of juicy orange and peach nectar. Bring It ON!

You can subscribe yourself or be the one to give the best gift to someone else.  It will arrive monthly in the mail.  It's such a treat!!!   You can purchase a previous month's box for a one time fee of  $19.95 each, and I would urge you to check out the December box.  Those are my favorite scents!!!

Browse the organic goodies on the Sky Organics website or subscribe to the Bubble Box directly.  You can learn more by following Sky Organics on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. 

What do you think about a subscription bath box?  Are you as happy as I am about it?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Well....yeah, I've still been fighting this bug thing I got in surgery which has made working tough. I hope I get through it soon; I'm tired of fever and nausea, you know? I think the fam is getting bored with me. Yikes, but in between the first bout and the relapse, I filmed a video where I recreate Lady Gaga's Grammys look. I thought the camera was focused on me, but umm, it's made for more learning moments. Anyway, I cover skincare, the Kiss Lip Plumper, and the makeup. If you'd like to watch, you can find it here.  Are you looking forward to what look we should recreate from the Oscars?  I know I am!!

Are you a fan of the fantasy romance novel or adapted film "The Princess Bride"? If so, you’re in luck! Literary Lacquers has a new trio of nail polishes inspired by the story, with one of them being limited edition. Jen from The Jedi Wife has swatched and reviewed them on her blog.

Are you looking for something sweet for Valentine's Day that doesn't add any calories? Beauty Info Zone suggest you enter their Macaron giveaway. 3 people will win a great detangling brush in the color of their choice.

Prime Beauty discovered a brand that not only gives back but its mission is to empower women! Check out her review of the new RealHer Be Fearless, Be Limitless Blush Kit!

Glow bright like a diamond with Shipra of Taneja's Bride with the Wet N Wild Beauty MegaGlo Hello Halo Liquid Highlighters, a drugstore gem!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog can’t stop praising The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine Night Conditioner because this amazing nighttime treatment eliminates dead skin cells and it hydrates the skin! When you wake up you will be greeted by gorgeous glowing skin.

15 Minute Beauty has been busy revamping a lot of her site, and over on her new fragrance guide you can find a lot of perfume reviews and learn more about how fragrance notes work.

Thinking about Valentine's makeup? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty suggests adding Punk Rock, a subtle pink/purple/teal/gold/peach glitter liner from Urban Decay's Heavy Metals product line. It looks amazing over a purple pencil!

Do you love natural skincare? Pammy Blogs Beauty explores the natural skincare, hair, nails, and fashion from SUZANNE Organics by Suzanne Somers.

BeautyJudy has her nails and makeup ready for the Super Bowl Check out her Eagles-inspired looks!

The Lunar New Year is approaching quickly and Realizing Beauty shares two of the prettiest Givenchy cosmetic items she's ever seen.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit down, relax and check out what the members of The Beauty Spotlight Team have brought you this week. Enjoy!

Aroma M Camellia Prickly Pear Face Oil was just selected by Lola's Secret Beauty Blog as a must-have handcrafted, ultra-luxe face oil that is covet-worthy this winter.

You may have heard of Scentbird, the fragrance subscription service, but did you know they have expanded? See how much Prime Beauty is enjoying this.

There's a lot of controversy over Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation. Justina from Justina's Gems discusses the issue that is being discussed as well writing her personal review. What do you think about all of this?

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is hosting a giveaway Paula's Choice Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA, a lightweight essence/serum with multiple anti-aging benefits. Enter to win it!

A monthly beauty box subscription with limited-edition YouTube-inspired palettes? Yes, please! Pammy Blogs Beauty is totally onboard with Deck of Scarlet!

Want beautiful hair? Lisa from Beauty Info Zone has discovered Monat haircare and is head over heels with the products recommended for her. When you see her photo you'll understand why.

Shipra from Taneja's Bride wants you to follow the yellow brick road to Devinah Cosmetics Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bundle Set

Christa from Realizing Beauty doesn't have many "favorite" products but the Dior Lip Glows are absolutely one of them. She shares her review of some of the new shades and finishes!

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend. Polarbelle is going to show you just how brilliant a diamond can be with her review of the TooFaced Diamond Highlighter.

Are you looking for a reasonably priced subscription box? If so Makeup Obsessed Mom has the deets on the Target Beauty Box for January.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Genius of the TooFaced Diamond Light Highlighter.

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I thought I was doing fine in my highlighting stash, already possessing every tone of pink, green, white, and "my color of" golden highlighters. I felt that my highlighting force field would keep me from purchasing too many duplicate colored highlighters this year....although I did want to take a look at the TooFaced Dimond Light Highlighter, ($34 / .42oz), out of curiosity.   I heard it was predominantly green and I couldn't imagine a diamond in a pink box being green.   I knew Jerrod had something special in store for us and couldn't wait to discover the magic.

It took a couple days to find a store that even had a tester out.  I admired the beautiful presentation of the product.  It's in a ring box inside the type of box they put the special ring box in.   Cute and kistchy and it pulls on our inner princesses to want to feel it and gives that special moment of anticipation as you open it and pull out the special ring box.

When I opened the tester that the store had, I could see some pink and some green toned yellow.  And I told the sephora girl it looked like you're not limited to just green or just pink but you can mix combinations of the colors to come up with even more variations of tones.  And then my finger found a blue patch around the back side.  That's when the Diamond Light FIRE took off in my heart.  You can highlight with blue, or pink, or the green/yellow, or violet, or a silvery pink.  It's very interesting the colors you can play with in this one shimmering highlighter.

The one I have is mainly pink.  It has a big blob of pink on top which I was thrilled by.


It has much green/gold as well and some smaller spots of blue mainly around the corners.  I'm going to have to work to pull the blue out.


It's so interesting.  I can swatch it on any given day and depending where my finger placement is, I'll get a different variation of colors.   Here is my basic pink, blue, greenish gold, and the top mixed.


I can mix the pink with more of the gold/green and I get a lightly pink nearly white color.


I just think it's really cool that you can use it for different specific colors.  Or swirl it all together; it's up to you.  When I saw all the colors, it was like a window of highlighting opportunity opened for me and my imagination took me to a new highlighting plane I had never been to before.


On the left in the picture about are two attempts at duo-colored highlights.  The first is blue to pink, and the second is the yellow green to pink.  It's totally FUN WITH COLORS!

This highlighter can be found on the TooFaced website, Sephora and also at Ulta, which is where I found one to purchase.   You can follow TooFaced on TwitterPinterest, FacebookInstagram, and YouTube. 

Keep in mind that your highlighter will vary in percentages of the color mix from mine but it will still be brilliant.  Explore it and have fun with it.  I believe the next picture is what TooFaced wants to tell each of us in this new year.


What do you think?  Does the idea of using different mixes appeal to you?

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team

Hi everyone. I'm a day late with the roundup - I have been fighting something I picked up in surgery a month ago and it got out of control last week. My doctor put me on a new antibiotic that just made me sicker. I couldn't get up and about due to fever and that nasty pill, so it's Monday and we've changed antibiotics and all should be good in a couple days. I feel that I owed you an explanation of what's going on because, I don't know about you, but I never expected this all to take so long to get back to the keyboard. I hope you'll enjoy the roundup and don't forget to enter my giveaway on the previous post.

Do you have a pair of Tweezerman tweezers or other implements laying around that are blunt and no longer function correctly? Jen from The Jedi Wife writes about her experience with sending her own tweezers to the company sharpening service facility for a firsthand and honest look at the process.

If you are among the many people seeking to green-up your makeup routine, with eco-luxe lipsticks, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is thrilled to introduce you to AXIOLOGY Natural Lipsticks and Lip Crayons. They are ultra-pigmented, packed with good-for-you nourishing ingredients, and they put the luxe in eco-luxe. Check out the full review and swatches to see why this is a great brand to add to your collection.

It's time to get your exercise game up and running. Lisa from Beauty Info Zone has a beauty helper from Yuni - the Reset & Rejuvenate kit that she thinks is the perfect companion.

Pammy Blogs Beauty has some great Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet makeup ideas!

Prime Beauty tested out the new Olay Skin Advisor Tool and learned her skin age is 6 years younger than her chronological age! Find out how easy it is to use the tool, get product recommendations and see her results!

Have you ever gotten a Beautylish Lucky Bag, a limited edition luxury makeup subscription box that comes out every January? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares her impressions of her first one!

Continuing her countdown of the Best In Beauty for 2017 this week Polarbelle brings you her Best and Worst Lip Products for the year.

Are you looking for all natural, organic and chemical free skincare products to get you through the winter weather? See what Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom has been using to battle dry skin during the cold spell in Texas.

Take a walk down nail polish memory lane with BeautyJudy this week with Zoya and Ninja Polish!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

First Haul and Giveaway of 2018

January is always the best month for the drugstore.  The brands clearance products from the previous year and start rolling out their new and exciting new year products.  Some higher end brands also start the new year with something special.  I've seen a few things, (ok I saw it was more than a few as I filmed it), and there's some really interesting things out now.  In particular, I want you to see the new duochrome Jordana lipglosses in Walgreens.

I'd love to invite you to view my haul and all the swatches.  And then slide on down below and enter the giveaway.  Good Luck.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Best

There is a fabulous new makeup subscription box called Deck of Scarlet. Every two months you will receive a new makeup palette curated by a popular YouTuber. Prime Beauty got ahold of the January/February Edition!

What if you never used fragrances but suddenly found a way to enhance your life with aromatherapy? See what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone discovered that has changed it all up for her.

The New Year is a great time to revive your hair care routine! Pammy Blogs Beauty is working to repair past damage and she is loving Nexxus's ProMend line!

Aftelier Perfumes Cuir de Gardenia, a sublime work of art, was just selected as Lola's Secret Beauty Blog's all-time favorite perfume. If you purchase but one perfume this year, it should be this complex beauty.

Are you in need of some amazing skincare and a new foundation at a great price? Then you need to check out Justina's Gems review of the ">New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin collection that hits QVC this week!

Putting together a list of makeup to try in the new year? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorite makeup from 2017.

Has your skin been taking a beating from the winter weather? See affordable skincare that's available at the drugstore on Makeup Obsessed Mom's blog.

MAKE UP FOR EVER has reformulated their eyeshadows and Christa from Realizing Beauty shares some of the stunning 121 available shades of Artist Color Shadows.

What if you never used fragrances but suddenly found a way to enhance your life with aromatherapy? See what Marcia from Beauty Info Zone discovered that has changed it all up for her.

15 Minute Beauty has begun a series, Real Beauty Addicts, to share what leaders in the beauty world recommend. Start with her first article with Dr. Lilly to see the products she loves best.

This week, Polarbelle has declared her Beauty Goals for 2018 and would love to hear yours.

Join Beauty Judy to learn how to make your own Peppermint Salt Scrub.

Friday, January 12, 2018

My 2018 Beauty Goals

Since the year has turned to a new and sparkly 2018, I've been thinking about a few things I wanted to do just a little differently in the beauty realm this year.  As to my work, I still want to work harder, faster, better...that's always a goal.  If you're interested in the types of things I want to achieve and obtain this year, just check it out in the video.

On my face:
** Smashbox Primerizer
** Erborian BB Creme in Dore
** Pixi x MaryamNYC Strobe & Sculpt palette    now called Strobe and Chisel
** Mally Beauty Effortly Airbrushed blush in Pretty Pink
Makeup Geek Celestial Highlighter
Kat Von D  Lock It Concealer Cream
Too Faced Peach Perfect Setting Powder under eyes

LA Girl HD Pro concealer as eye primer
** Kevyn Aucoin Electropop palette on lids
Sephora Pro Editorial Palette in crease
Too Faced X Kandee Johnson Kandee Liner   oh no!!  Sold out!  Nooooo
Osmosis Cobra Curling Mascara
Physician's Formula Translucent Pearl Compact
** Hard Candy Sheer Envy Glow setting spray 
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Lip Ink in Lover

Do you have any beauty goals for 2018?  Or goals for other areas in your life?  I'd love to share.  I think we can help each other to achieve a better and smarter new year.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Picks For Highlighters of the year 2017

I think the Best In Beauty yearly awards are the videos I look forward to the most.   Throughout the year I get the most questions about highlighters.  I'm asked what highlighters I'm loving and which highlighter is a specific color.  So the end of the year Best In Beauty series had to begin with highlighters.  I wanted to make sure you had a chance to see the video, if you haven't yet.  Which of the items you love made the list.   Do you have any disappointing highlighters - I've included 1.

CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops - Celestial
** Pixi Beauty - Glow Booster
** Pixi Beauty Glowy Powders
** Hard Candy Illuminating Drops
Too Faced X Kandee Johnson Kandy Glow
Fenty Beauty Confetti and Starstruck Match Stix

Natasha Denona Glow #1
Tarte Cosmetics Goddess Glow
Milani Afterglow #01 Strobelight
Melt Cosmetics Gold Ore Highlighter
Mac Cosmetics Snowball Collection Whisper of Gilt
Wet N Wild Mermaid Highlighter

Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette
Senna Cosmetics Rose Quartz Divine Shine
Lime Crime Unicorns Highlight Trio
Kat Von D Metal Crush
** Pixi Glowy Powders
Ciate Solstice
Fenty Beauty Chic Phreak / Girl Next Door
Wet N Wild Lilac To Reality

Dose of Colors DesiXKaty Fuego and Mirame highlighters
Maybelline Master Chrome Molton Gold
Laura Geller Peach Glow
Laura Geller Diamond Dust
Itsse X Love For Lacquer Goal Digger from the Glambition COllex
** Model's Own Golden Sand

How did my list compare to yours?  Did I miss any that you'd like to tell me about in the comments?  The giveaway is currently closed unless the winner doesn't respond.   What were your favorite highlighters of the year?

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year, New Beauty Spotlight Team Roundup

Hey everyone!   I hope your holidays were terrific.  I'm still in recovery mode from my surgery as well as fighting bronchitis, and unfortunately, I haven't had the energy to post this past week.  I hope that changes quickly.  I went out yesterday briefly and it cost me physically.  Anyway, hopefully tomorrow I'll have a fresh post and as soon as my sinus's quit, I'll be back on youtube.  In this meantime, this is what happened over the past week:

Thinking about your New Year's Eve look? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty loves the gleam of BECCA Après Ski Glow Eye Lights palette of neutrals that can do double duty on eyes and face.

Prime Beauty discovered a brand that not only gives back but its mission is to empower women! Check out her review of RealHer Cosmetics!

Are you ready for the Pantone Color for 2018? Beauty Info Zone has some beauties to share with you in their purple giveaway.

Pammy Blogs Beauty shares a gorgeous New Year's Eve makeup look with Osmosis Colour.

INGLOT Cosmetics picks to covet for the new year were just featured, swatched and reviewed on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog. Once you see the gorgeous pink blush and lipsticks you will understand why we are so delighted by this often under-the-radar beauty brand.

Jen from The Jedi Wife brings the sunrises down from the skies and onto her nails using shades from the new Zoya Nail Polish Party Girls Collection.

BeautyJudy has an epic list of 2017 favorites that spans hair care and skincare to makeup and nails!

15 Minute Beauty has been hard at work updating her most popular series, everything you need to know about pregnancy safe skincare, from a pediatrician' point of view.

Polarbelle has started her wrap up of the best products of this past year beginning with the much anticipated Highlighters Of The Year 2017

Are you looking for a great cosmetic line? How about one with everything under $5? Justina's Gems has some Glamour Dolls cosmetics that she's uber impressed with.

ColourPop cosmetics is on the face and mind of Shipra of Taneja's Bride. Find out more about the Semi-Precious palette and why you will love it.