Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Hi guys!! I was away for the weekend at The Makeup Show in LA with no computer, so I'm posting a little late but wanted to make sure you had the best of last weeks offerings. We're getting into the Holiday shopping season and I'm sure you'll find some things you want to consider as gifts.

Halloween has come and gone and now it is time for all the winter and holiday collections to start popping up! Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour is thrilled to see all these new offerings and has the much anticipated Winter Collection by KBShimmer up on her blog. In addition to core shades, KBShimmer has created a nail lacquer with $4 from each bottle going to the Terra Haute Humane Society. Decorate your own claws while knowing your purchase is helping those of the feline variety!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has proclaimed that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette and the Shu Uemura La Maison du Chocolat Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipsticks and Rouge Unlimited Lipsticks are the best of the best holiday collections. #HourglassCosmetics #ShuUemura


If you’ve wanted to take less than perfect skin to a more flawless complexion Polarbelle has some tips in this week’s video. Be sure to enter the giveaway for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Makeup By Mario Master Palette while you’re there.

Lip Balms for you astrological sign? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out the Zodiac Collection from Fresh!

Never Say Die Beauty is showing off her new sterling silver, contemporary name tag necklace from online jeweler, Messages In Metals! Perfect for holiday gifting or for a self-treat, Messages In Metals has oodles of styles for personalized necklaces, Mom's necklaces with birthstones and even state-shaped key chains.

Prime Beauty has the low down on the new Sultry Eyeshadow Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. If you've been searching for a stunning cool-toned palette, you found it!

Have you wondered which products in the Kerastase haircare line are the best? 15 Minute Beauty can help you with that.

Are you wondering what to buy a fragrance lover for their holiday gift? Beauty Info Zone has a one-size-fits-all suggestion with The Sam & Lori Aromatherapy Necklace. This contemporary piece is a winner.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It's Fun And Excitement With The Body Shop 24 Days Of The Enchanted Advent Calendar



This year the excitement of the holiday season kicks off with The Body Shop's 24 Days Of The Enchanted Advent Calendar, ($70 / $130 value).  Join myself and Olivia The Owl as we journey thru an enchanted winter forest and frolick with our friends who are hiding 24 precious treats from The Body Shop.  How pretty is this?!?!  I gasped when I opened the box because it's so darned cute!!!


Inside you'll find Olivia's friends beckoning you into explore one door each day.


See the friendly furry faces and 24 doors begging to be opened?



A beauty advent calendar such as this can make an excellent gift to someone special or be opened early and broken up into a number of smaller gifts.  There are two additional calendars to choose from on The Body Shop's website and any of these could easily be used for stocking stuffers or to outfit the whole office!!!  Are you ready to look inside?  I know I am!!


On the inside you'll find 24 compartments scattered about for you to discover.  One thing that I really like about this advent calendar is that each door has a tiny tab that you push in helping you to get the  perforated secret compartment open to reveal your treasure without risking breaking a nail.  I can really appreciate that attention to detail!

Here is the bounty you'll have when the month is over.  And everything smells really good!!


For the face, the recipient will receive:


1.  Soft cleansing facial sponge
2.  Brow and lash brush
3.  Black kohl eyeliner
4.  Matte liquid lipstick in the color Tahiti Hibiscus
5.  Strawberry Born Lippy lip balm
6.  Watermelon Born Lippy lip balm
7.  1 oz. Gentle Camomile eye makeup remover
8.  British Rose fresh plumping mask packette
9.  Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask packette

Treats for the hands include:


1.  Bunny Nail File
2.  1oz Almond hand cream
3.  1 oz Berry Bon Bon hand cream
4.  1 oz Shea hand cream

And for the body, the treats are:


1.  2 oz Peppermint Candy Cane shower gel
2.  2 oz White Musk body lotion
3.  2 oz Strawberry shower gel
4.  2 oz Coconut body milk
5.  2 oz Strawberry shampoo
6.  A lily pink bath loofah
7.  Vanilla Delight bath bomb
8.  Green Tea bath bomb
9.  1.7 oz coconut body scrub
10.  1.7 oz Almond Milk & Honey body butter
11.  A pair of red exfoliating gloves

The contents of the 24 Days of The Enchanted calendar is $150.  Be sure to go to The Body Shop's website beginning in December and enjoy the interactive advent calendar on the website.  It will be full of beauty tips, and you'll even see  a little bit of Polarbelle there!!  I'm pretty excited to be part of this venture!!

What do you think of this cool beauty calendar?  Could you see purchasing one for a gift, or perhaps for yourself?  Be sure to take a look at the other two calendars as well.  They're all really fun!!!

I'll come back and let you know which day of the calendar I will be, so check back if you want to read the tip that I actually haven't shared with you before.

Follow The Body Shop on Twitter, YouTubeFacebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more holiday fun. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

How I Achieve Complexion Perfection Even With Scarred Compromised Skin PLUS ABH X Mario Master Palette Giveaway


Today I want to show you my tips and tricks that I've developed to hide scars, marks and abrasions on the face and achieve complexion perfection.  There are things that I've developed as I've gone along that I wanted to share as well as some really excellent forgiving complexion products.  You can learn more when you view the video.


And as a special surprise, we are giving away the Anastasia Beverly Hills Makeup By Mario Master Palette.  Enter via the widget below.  Have fun and good luck!!!

PRODUCTS USED:
Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Brush
Dermaflage Concealer   https://bit.ly/2z5Kr1a
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime, (Osmotics, Dermstore)
Hard Candy Pore Defense Primer, (Walmart)
Real Techniques Face Brush
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, (Nordstrom, Sephora)   https://bit.ly/2JltXH9
Esum Cosmetics Metal Palette, (Muse Beauty Pro)    https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vn/
Cover FX Power Play Foundation    https://bit.ly/2Ppzim7
Tarte Creaseless Cream Concealer   https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vz/
The Makeup Bullet Sponge, (Ulta)
JLo x Inglot Bronzer
Wayne Goss #00 brush, (Beautylish)
Hourglass Translucent Veil Powder   https://bit.ly/2Q4UHyl
Mac 165 brush
Esum Cosmetics X51 brush, (Muse Beauty Pro)   https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vn/
Pixi Beauty Makeup Setting Mist   https://bit.ly/2q7kHOe

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The First Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly In November 2018

Beauty Judy just may have discovered the fountain of “Yeouth!” Yeouth’s Anti-Aging Super Serum gets put to the paces over six weeks – check out the results on her blog this week!

A wonderful gift or stocking stuffer can now be found for 50% off. Everyone who loves style and beauty will want the Go Girl Designs Bangle. Beauty Info Zone is in love with this.

Prime Beauty is taking a trip around the world with the BECCA Passport to Glow Collection. See her latest destination with the Spanish Rose Glow Shimmering Skin Perfector!

Never Say Die Beauty is slowing down for some serious pampering before the onslaught of the holidays with the luxurious, giftable bath and body products from RITUALS: The Ritual of Ayurveda Balancing Treat Gift Set.

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom has two beauty tools that she's excited to share with you. One is for skincare and the other is for the hair. You'll definitely want to see these!

Pammy Blogs Beauty gives her tired eyes a treat with the Masque Bar's Hydro Gel Eye Patches!

The Shu Uemura La Maison du Chocolat Holiday Collection features the most gorgeous selection of eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, blushes, shimmery powders and more. You really have to check out Lola's Secret Beauty Blog to see nearly the entire collection swatched. In my opinion, it’s the holiday collection of the season! #shuuemura #lamaisonduchocolat #holiday2018

This week Polarbelle is unboxing her Alter Ego Boxycharm in Get Ready with me style. She did everything wrong in this video and hopes it will be encouragement that it can all work out in the end, despite your challenges.

The Urban Decay Elements Palette is a must for all the woo loving makeup addicts out there. Christa from Realizing Beauty shares her review and swatches.

What should you be looking for in cleansers? Christine from 15 Minute Beauty guides you to the best ingredients.

Every princess/Disney Lover needs the Disney Designer x ColourPop Collection. See all the swatches by Shipra of Taneja's Bride.


Monday, October 29, 2018

EARLY BIRD SPECIALS AT THE MAKEUP SHOW LA FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!

We have a major announcement from The Makeup Show LA.  The show is THE place to be in LA on Nov. 10-11, 2018, for working members of the beauty industry.  It is a professional exhibition only so be sure to contact The Makeup Show for more information.  Onto the exciting news!


For 1.5 hours ONLY exclusive doorbuster pricing will be offered at more than a DOZEN brands 


The Makeup Show LA will be arriving at the California Market Center next weekend to showcase the latest beauty products, exclusive offers, and much more - and for the FIRST-TIME ever exclusive early bird pricing.  From 9AM - 10:30AM on Sunday, November 11th, the show will be offering a “First Look” exclusive viewing, and doorbuster pricing for anyone that wants to take advantage of this early access.  Brands such as Smashbox Pro, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Pacifica Beauty, TEMPTU and more are gearing up to offer these exclusive deals. Below is a SNEAK PEAK on the deals you won’t want to miss! From special package deals, discounts, and more there is something for every shopper to check off their list.

WHAT’S LAUNCHING OR ON SALE?! 

SMASHBOX PRO: “First Look” attendees will have the opportunity to pick up Smashbox’s Photo Finish Radiance Primer for only $15!
Rude Cosmetics: During this early bird time only, visitors will receive 20% off all products.
Danessa Myricks Beauty: Stop by Danessa Myricks Beauty to get their limited Waterproof Cream Palettes for $15, originally $30.
MAKE UP FOR EVER: You don’t want to miss the MAKE UP FOR EVER booth! They’re giving away a free gift with purchase for the first 50 customers on 11/11!
Rebels and Outlaws: Gifting a free crystal with a purchase of a candle!
Parian Spirit: Offering an extra $5 off their show special kit (regularly $20).
Crown Brush: This brand is a must on your shopping list! Crown Bush will be offering a 35 color eyeshadow palette for only $10!
Temptu: Take an additional 10% off already discounted show prices only during the First Look.
MustaeV: Stop by MustaeV’s booth for 50% off all brushes
Pacifica Beauty: Receive a free Contact High Arornapower Micro-batched Perfume with any purchase!
M·Y·O Cosmetic Cases: Head over to M·Y·O Cosmetic Cases’s booth for a free makeup accessory with purchase! The choice of one of the following: Multi-tasking Silicone/Sponge Makeup Blender (regularly $9) or Double Ended Eye Shadow/Brow Brush CrueltyFree & Pro-Quality (regularly $12) or an Empty Spray Bottle for Alcohol (regularly $3).
Melanie Mills Hollywood: Offering their sealing spray 1/2 off
● Moira Cosmetics: Don’t miss this deal! All eyeshadow palettes will be 2 for $25!

This is just a SNEAK PEAK - over 80 more pro-brands offering limited deals the entire weekend!

The Makeup Show LA will be held on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 9AM and 5PM and on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 from 9AM and 5PM at the California Market Center, 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Tickets are available online and can be purchased at https://www.themakeupshow.com/la/

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A Lavender Get Ready With Me Using Viseart Cool Mattes 2!!

Today we've got a fun purple get ready with me video using the Viseart Cool Mattes 2, as well as a few other things I really love.  The Cool Mattes 2 is one of my best purchases of the year, hands down.  I hope you'll enjoy!  The products I used will be listed below the video.


PRODUCTS: Charlotte Tilburry Flawless Filter https://bit.ly/2JltXH9 CoverFx Power Play Foundation https://bit.ly/2Ppzim7 Pixi Beauty Strobe and Sculpt Palette http://go.magik.ly/ml/9ait/ Hourglass Veil Powder https://bit.ly/2Q4UHyl Benefit Cosmetics Brow https://bit.ly/2SmCOwt Dermaflage Concealer https://bit.ly/2z5Kr1a Tarte Creaseless Concealer (undereye) https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vz/ Buxom Cosmetics Maldiives bronzer https://go.magik.ly/ml/gtci/ MENTIONED: Viseart Cool Mattes 2 https://bit.ly/2yKZ0Iv Esum W23 brush https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vn/ Smith Cosmetics 230 https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vc/ Esum W21 https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vn/ Smith Cosmetics 247 https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8vc/ Esum Pro Pinky Powder Puff https://bit.ly/2OY922P Mac 242 https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8w0/ Elf angle liner Beauty Junkees Pencil smudger Crown Brush 528 https://bit.ly/2C3VigO Sephora 38 brush https://bit.ly/2O7AvtK Pixi Velvet Violet Silky Eye Pen https://bit.ly/2zajmu5 Mac Pencil shader Crown Brush https://bit.ly/2C3VigO Anastasia Beverly Hills Pool Party blush trio https://bit.ly/2qgIV8I Real Techniques blush brush https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8wb/ Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist https://bit.ly/2q7kHOe Esum T05 Stilazzi Sapphire Gel Liner Viseart Rose Coral blush palette https://bit.ly/2OcqbAL Benefit Bad Gal Bang mascara https://go.magik.ly/ml/f8wc/ Makeup Geek Celestial highlighter http://bit.ly/2lpdAjX Tarte fan brush https://bit.ly/2PobUFK Diet Coke, lol Buxom Plumpline in Hush Hush https://bit.ly/2CMxH3j Pixi Beauty Evening Rose liquid lipstick https://bit.ly/2Q2cohO Buxom Cosmetics Selena lipgloss https://bit.ly/2OU4Jp7

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly for Oct 20, 2018

Hey guys!!  How do these weeks zoom by so quickly?  Today we have the best from the best blogs on the net for you.  Enjoy and don't forget to enter my giveaway!!

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves high quality luxury skincare, and recently fell head-over-heels in love with several Erborian Skincare products that have quickly achieved holy grail status. Hint: Their Solid Cleansing Oil is truly covet-worthy! #erborian

Prime Beauty received her best subscription box ever with the BoxyCharm October 20118 box! Take a look at the goodies & brands she got!

With everyone talking about pumpkin everything, Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorite pumpkin skincare products, including an incredible natural pumpkin facial mask!

Are you interested in clean pure cosmetics? If so you'll want to learn about CLEURE. Beautiful products that you can trust.

Just because it is now fall doesn’t mean you have to say farewell to the beach for the next six months! Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has picked out her favorite 7 products that suit the cooler weather all while embracing her favorite elements of the beach. Check them out and see if any are your favorites as well!

Do you use and love essential oils? How do you store your essential oils? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares How to Store Your Essential Oils in a way that's affordable, organized, and improving her entire experience using them.

This week, Polarbelle is sharing her nighttime skin routine, which has some tips for everyone and particularly those with over 40 skin. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Pammy Blogs Beauty revives her damaged/highlighted hair with Nexxus's Keraphix line!

If you have sensitive skin you'll want to read about some of the Evercalm products from REN Skincare over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom's blog.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

My Nightly Skincare Routine Plus A Giveaway


Well, my friends, things have been a little complicated at Polarbelle HQ lately!!  During this extended illness, my computer kinda died as well as my back up computer.  I've been unable to load and edit pictures for nearly two months!!!  I just received a new computer today and am trying to get the bugs out.  Hopefully everything will be smooth sailing soon.

In the meantime, I've filmed my nighttime skincare routine and have it here for you today as well as an associated giveaway.  Due to size and weight, the giveaway is restricted to US and Canadian shipping addresses only.   Some of the items I use are great for everyone for age defensive skincare and a few are formulated especially for over 40 skin.  If you like sport healthy glowy skin, this routine could be for you.

I'm going to be covering my daytime routine, favorite masks and treatments, and facial oils in other videos and blog posts.


PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Pixi Beauty Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfhv/
** Osmosis Skincare Lift Away Cleansing Balm https://bit.ly/2OvQbvV
** DermaE Makeup Remover  https://bit.ly/2P4itx5
** Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfi4/
Thayer's Witch Hazel  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfhw/
** Pixi Glow Tonic  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfhx/
Lumene Glow Boost Essence  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfhy/

** (& Purch)  Skinmedica 1.0 Retinol Complex  http://bit.ly/2HT2Amo
**  Osmotics R & R Longevity Serum
** DermaE Advanced Peptide & Collagen Serum  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfi8/
** (& Purch)  Skinmedica TNS Essential Serum  http://bit.ly/2HT2Amo
** Skinmedica Lytera Serum  http://bit.ly/2HT2Amo
** (& Purch)  Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfib/

** (& purch)  Osmotics Necollete Age Reversal for Neck & Chest https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfif/
** (& purch)  Pixi 24K Eye Elixir  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfig/
** Osmotics Under Eye Rejuvenator  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfih/
Malin + Goetz Revitalizing Eye Cream   https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfii/
**  Malin + Goetz Revitalizing Eye Gel  https://go.magik.ly/ml/ggej/
** Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Eye Treatment  https://go.magik.ly/ml/gfic/

** Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Face  https://go.magik.ly/ml/ggez/
** Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime Sleep Tight Mask  https://go.magik.ly/ml/ggf5/
**  Skinmedica Lumivive Night Revitalize Repair Complex  http://bit.ly/2HT2Amo
Mail + Goetz Vitamin E Moisturizer  https://go.magik.ly/ml/ggfb/
** Skinmedica Scar Recovery Gel  http://bit.ly/2HT2Amo
DermE Scar Gel  https://go.magik.ly/ml/ggfi/

If you'd like to see my daytime skincare, my favorite masks, my favorite facial oils and a set of drugstore recommendations, just let me know in the comments below.


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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Best of The Beauty Spotlight Team, 1st Week of Oct 2018

Just in time for chilly fall weather, Never Say Die Beauty got two lightweight but warm pairs of anklets to wear with skirts or with jeans. The Berkshire Legs Opaque Dots Anklets are so cute, and the Cozy Hose are perfect for boots weather!

I love it when a beloved YouTuber has an opportunity to collaborate with a beloved brand! YouTuber Emily Noel collaborated with Makeup Revolution to create this travel-friendy Emily Edit The Needs Palette. Find out if YOU need it!

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom recently found an interesting makeup brush while browsing online. You can see this ergonomically designed brush over on her blog.

Coffee is a way of life for many people, and in honor of International Coffee Day, Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour had to create a nail art look to celebrate the occasion. Best of all, the design is simple and can be recreated easily with just a little stamping know-how and a few extra minutes!

Are you a migraine sufferer? Do you get hot flashes? Marcia from Beauty Info Zone suffers with both but thanks to Cold-Flash by Bueler those symptoms are gone with the wind.

Seeking gorgeous, luminous skin? Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is completely obsessed with Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask for the ultimate healthy glowing skin. You really have to check out this magical mask, and Tata Harper is currently offering a jumbo size with a brush at a very deep savings for the holidays! #tataharper

Are you looking for a new blush to perk up your complexion for Fall? Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out the new collection of blushes from Laura Mercier and they are gorgeous!

Christa from Realizing Beauty has found her new favorite fall makeup look using the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection.

Not only is there a Get Ready With Me featuring the new Viseart Libertine palette on Polarbelle's channel, but there is also a giveaway for a set of Lottie London lip products! Be sure to enter!

Looking for a simplified anti-aging skincare routine? Christine from 15 Minute Beauty has one using Boots No7 Restore & Renew products and loves the compliments she's getting.


Friday, October 5, 2018

Viseart Libertine & Ciate London GRWM Plus Lottie London Giveaway

Next week is my 8th blogoversary.  I was hoping to celebrate with you big time, but I haven't been able to work very much, or do anything really.  Short explanation is my adrenal glands failed and the doctors have no answers for me.  I *think* they're healing from the incident that *might* be responsible.  We're looking for another doctor right now.   I was waiting for answers before I talked about it, and last night, I thought about how my favorite blogs would disappear for awhile and I'd be worried about them, and hope they'd be back, so I thought I owed you an explanation for this months long virtual absence.....anyway, it's just been a situation where I couldn't get to the computer or have any brain power to write.  I probably won't say much of anything else until I really do get answers but I think I'm getting better.  My heart for this blog and my channel is to bring fun, encouragement and knowledge to you.  The world has too much seriousness already.  So let's get that giveaway going!!

I'm launching my brand new video doing a Get Ready With Me featuring the brand new Viseart Libertine palette and using some of my favorite Ciate London products with it.  Ciate and Lottie London were so kind to provide me with the lip products that I'm featuring plus an additional group to give away!!  I hope you'll enjoy the video and enter to win.





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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?

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Hi guys!! I was away for the weekend at The Makeup Show in LA with no computer, so I'm posting a little late but wanted to make sure y...