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Thursday, May 24, 2018


Hello friends!!   I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to New York to attend The Makeup Show.  There were three days worth of activities, shopping, teaching and meetings, and every moment was just spectacular.  It was incredible to me to be surrounded by artists all weekend and people who understand the love and passion I have for color and makeup.  I spoke to seasoned famous artists as well as to beginners.  Each were absolutely excited to be there and experience all the show had to offer.  It was just everything to me to be in such an artistically supportive all-encompassing environment.  I'll be floating on my artist's high for quite awhile.

When I returned home, I had pressing contracts and events I had to attend to before I could sit down and tell you all about the show.  I'll be covering everything here and on youtube as well in an ongoing fashion.  To open, I'd like to share the official press release from The Makeup Show, NYC as well as some pictures I took throughout the weekend.


Community, networking, education, and inspiration remain the best four words to describe the largest pro makeup event in the United States. 

NEW YORK, NY (MAY 2018) – The Makeup Show NYC, took place on MAY 6 th and 7 th at Metropolitan Pavilion. This year, the show brought a great platform for attendees to network, learn, get inspired, receive amazing deals on some of the top brands in the world, and so much more!

Shelly Taggar, Owner of The Makeup Show states, “The Makeup Show is so much more than just a trade show. It is a place for artists to network, shop, take classes, set new beauty trends in the industry, and for top brands to launch new products to the pro community. With our increase in education this year there was an even stronger sense of community and inspiration for artists. Our goal for the show is to continuously change people’s lives by creating new opportunities and inspiring artists to advance in their careers. I’m very proud of what this show has become and look forward to continuing to achieve these goal in Orlando, Chicago, and Los Angeles.”

 Below you will find a snapshot of what the weekend offered.

The Makeup Show NYC Highlights 

The Makeup Show NYC kicked off on Saturday, May 5th with The Beauty Brunch and Marc Jacobs “Meet the Artist” pre-event. These exclusive events gave attendees the opportunity to meet and network with artists, industry insiders, and top brands, in a more intimate setting. Not only did guests get to socialize and enjoy a cocktail with their idols, they received a gift bag filled with the pro community’s favorite products. The events were well attended by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Sarah Tanno, Kristofer Buckle, Hung Vanngo, Charlotte Willer, Kabuki, Miss Fame, Jordan Liberty, Roshar, and so many more.

(Here I am creeping on Jordan Liberty after the Marc Jacobs Event)

(Jordan was very kind to let me disrupt his lunch to fawn all over him. :)

This year the show featured more than 90 top beauty brands including: Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsors Crown Brush, Silver Sponsors, Frends Beauty, KISS, and TEMPTU, Supporting Sponsors, Smashbox, MustaeV, GLAMCOR, INGLOT, and Alcone Company and Contributing Sponsors NYX Professional Makeup and Pinnacle Cosmetics. Brands from Danessa Myricks Beauty, Breakups to Makeup, Rebels and Outlaws, and black|Up all used the show as a platform to launch and showcase new products to the pro community.

(The new incredibly creamy long wearing artist's pencils from Make Up Forever)

(Inglot was MOBBED due to the new JLo Collaboration)

(Veil Cosmetics released their new primer at TMS NYC)

The Makeup Show continues to set trends in the beauty industry! This years show was no exception with rose gold product launches, new brand collaborations, and glitter everywhere !

The legendary Pat McGrath hosted a Casting Call for new talent exclusively at The Makeup Show NYC! Artists lined up with portfolios in hand for a chance to be considered and to have the opportunity to interview with the Mother herself!

“Shades of Beauty” Art Gallery made its debut at The Makeup Show NYC! This gallery featured Danessa Myricks and Moshoodat Sanni, two individuals who have inspired us to embrace the artistry of makeup. With their insight of the elements of makeup and fine art, each of these women gave inspiration with every color chosen, every line drawn, every shape and texture.

(Shades of Beauty was the most incredible display of makeup art that I've seen.  I could have spent hours studying the techniques, colors and textures.  This collection proves that "skin is IN".  Sadly, pictures just couldn't capture what I saw with the naked eye but the pics will just give you a little idea of what was there.  The spotlight made for visual perfection in person but rough for photo capture.  You can see more images on my Instagram.)

Shades Of Beauty
(Art by Danessa Myricks.  Look closely at the use of violet on the shoulders and neck.  Stunning use of tone and highlights.)

Shades Of Beauty
(Queen by Danessa Myricks)

Shades Of Beauty
(Artwork by Moshoodat Sanni.  Stunning!!)

Shades Of Beauty

Shades of Beauty
("Bare Your Soul 2" by Moshoodat Sanni)

The Makeup Show NYC also featured a stellar lineup of today’s greatest celebrity artists in a series of keynotes, workshops, and seminars. A few in attendance included Bobbi Brown (bonus: she signed copies of her book to a long line of attendees!), Miss Fame, Elizabeth Scherle, Kevin James Bennett, Jordan Liberty, and more. These speakers shared their secrets to success, techniques, tips and more.

(Bobbi Brown inscribing a book to li'l ol ME!)

The Makeup Show’s Director of Education & Artist Relations, James Vincent took attendees on a beauty tour to some of his favorite makeup destinations. They grabbed a glass of bubbly and hopped on the bus through a ride around Manhattan, making stops along the way at all of James’ favorite makeup haunts.

Metropolitan Pavillion

About The Makeup Show NYC

The Makeup Show is owned and produced by Metropolitan Event & Production and travels from LA, NYC, Chicago, Dallas, and Orlando. Bringing each destination over 60 beauty brands, and unique convergence of artists and community, where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional. Each show offers an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community. The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business. You can also stay up to date on the hottest show news on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

To stay update to date on The Makeup Show news, participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit

I hope you'll come back to read my continuing serious on The Makeup Show NYC. I'll send my youtube vidoes here as well so that you don't miss out on one spectacular moment I experienced during the show. My thanks to Shelly Tagger and Melody Joy PR for this incredible show and opportunity. I have SO much more to come. What are you most excited to hear about from my time in New York?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


New Summer Series!!  Battle of the Body Glows.  Round 1 is Fenty Body Lava in Who Needs Clothes vs. Smashbox X VladaMUA Petal Metal spray.  See which might be right for you thru this video demonstration.

What's your favorite body glow for summer time?

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads For Mother's Day

Shu Uemura Art of Hair makes incredibly luxe and effective products that are a joy to use! Here are a few of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog's current favorite cleansing, treatment and styling products from them that you will want to know about!

Did you know that May is Melanoma Awareness Month? Cindy from Prime Beauty helps you get your tan on yet keeps it safe with Bondi Sands Self Tanners.

Never Say Die Beauty is a real fan of the unique texture and pigmentation of Butter LONDON's Glazen line. Check out the swatches from the Majestic Metals Glazen Eye Gloss set and the Glazen Blush Gelée.

Did you ever find something that you are just crazy about? That's how Marcia of feels about her RescueHer Essential Kit. You'll want one too once you see it.

Find out how Pammy Blogs Beauty layers her SPF products for Summer!

The new Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is not only versatile it's absolutely flipping GORGEOUS! Find out why Christa from Realizing Beauty can't get enough of it.

Justina's Gems has tried both the matte and the hydrating versions of Tarte's Shape Tape foundation. See which one is her favorite!

15 Minute Beauty has noticed that her skin has gotten drier over the years. She's just tried the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist and she's amazed at what a difference it has made in her makeup!

Polarbelle has began a new series leading into summer entitled Battle Of The Body Glows. The first edition is a Glow Off between Fenty Beauty Body Lava Who Needs Clothes and Smashbox X VladaMua Petal Metal spray luminizer. See which you prefer for glowing summer skin.

Beauty Judy took the new Urban Decay Beached Collection for a test drive. Check out her looks and thoughts on the palette and lipsticks!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Review - End of April '18

Are puffy eyes a problem for you? Beauty Info Zone may just have found the answer to that problems with John Masters Organics Firming Eye Gel. See for yourself if this meets your eye's needs.

Just in time for the spring and summer no-makeup makeup looks, Too Faced It Just Comes Naturally Collection. See which pieces are worth your hard earned cash from Prime Beauty!

The longest lasting manicure ever. Head over to see how she got a 2 week manicure!

Have a love of all things sweet? Why limit it to just your tastebuds? Jen from The Jedi Wife loves the Milk+Sass Macaron for Hair as a means of smoothing hair and ease of portability. The cuteness factor certainly doesn’t hurt either!

Pammy Blogs Beauty explores Pevonia Skincare. She loves this luxury skincare and body care and has even found a new favorite tinted SPF cream!

We see tools and devices throughout the beauty realm but have you seen on guaranteed to work or your money back? Polarbelle is just two weeks into a trial period with the Trophy Skin RevuvaliteMD and she's already seeing results!

Shipra of Taneja's Bride shares how to enter La La Land with Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Dream St Collection.

Did you know that May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness month? See what Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom is doing to help find a cure.

Lacquered shine, a long wearing stain, and plumping hydration all in one lip product? That is exactly what Dior is offering with their new Dior Addict Lacquer Plump. Christa from Realizing Beauty shares her review and swatches of the innovative new lip product.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


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

Scientific advances in all areas of life move at an ever increasing speed to bring us better, faster and more efficient methods of living.  The same is true in regard to advances in skincare and anti-aging treatments.  Creams, serums and devices are better than ever before and many actually work to bring us younger looking skin.  Today I want to introduce you to an innovative anti-aging LED light by Trophy Skin called RejuvaliteMD.   I'm two weeks into my use and already have some opinions and I'm pretty hopeful for what I'll see in the next month, which I will blog at that time.   If you have been looking to purchase this light or a microdermabrasion kit for yourself or someone special for Mother's Day, you can save 15% with the code POLARBELLE.  US addresses also receive free shipping and the code is good thru June 30, 2018.


It wasn't very long ago that the only way to turn back the hands of time  was a surgical cut and paste.  I love the new easy technologies that provide a less invasive way to have younger, better looking skin.  The claims of the light are substantial.  "RejuvaliteMD utilizes groundbreaking LED technology to safely and effectively stimulate skin healing and collagen production-reducing the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots while improving radiance, elasticity, and firmness. Safe visible and infrared light wavelengths penetrate the skin, stimulating the production of natural enzymes that increase collagen production, reduce inflammation, and improve skin tone and texture." How? "Unlike some devices that use only red light, RejuvaliteMD utilizes four UV-free wavelengths including red, yellow, amber, and infrared light to effectively treat multiple signs of aging."

Some pretty big claims, aren't they?  It claims to be able to help sun damage, wrinkles, lines,  hyperpigmentation and to do so painlessly!  I can tell you it is completely painless to use this light and it only takes 5 minutes per body part that you wish to treat.


The light comes to you well packaged for safety.  You connect the neck to the base, plug in the included adapter and you're ready to go. The small copper button on the base turns the light on and off.  There is a pair of eye safety goggles that need to be worn while the light is on.  The neck is flexible so that you can move the light to any angle that you need it to be.


For this testing period, I chose to test the light on my face for obvious reasons.  I chose my neck, which is aging much more quickly than I am due to two extensive neck surgeries.  After my second neck surgery five years ago, I spent a year in a neck brace.  I was horrified by the atrophy of the neck after that year which also caused wrinkles and scar tissue buildup.  I felt it put 10-15 years on me and I'd like to tighten that up, if I can.   My third area of testing is my chest which I'm estimating to be about 25 years older than I am thanks to a severe 3rd degree Mexican sunburn.  I have scars, discoloration and wrinkling on it.  PEOPLE!!!   Wear sunscreen!!!  Don't be dumb like a young 20 year old in a time where sunscreen wasn't the every day item it is now.  If you never had sunscreen in your youth and you can literally point out those areas, this light just might be for you.

You can use the light twice a day if you like.  I've only been able to get in one session per day due to a crazy schedule lately.  I want to make time for the morning session too, but let's face it, if you see my posting times, you'll know morning isn't my favorite thing.  You can use your session for complete relaxation as you close your eyes behind the goggles, or you can use it to listen to a book, a youtube video, or make that shopping list for the umpteenth time.

I use the light relaxing on my bed.  I prop my head up, grab the light and rest it on my stomach.  I bend the light to whichever part I'm treating and go for it.  Keep the light 4" from your skin as you do so.  I don't know if you can tell in the picture but I'm totally eating cookies as I use my light while working on my decollete!  (Wearing a tank top, btw)


Here I am treating my face.  haha!  You can't see me!!


There is a 60 day guarantee to work or your money back!!  What?!  No really, this product is guaranteed to work so your purchase is risk free!!  It's recommended to use it for about 2 months to see results.

You may wonder if it's possible to see any change in my first two weeks of trial.  My answer is yes.  I've seen a difference in all three areas.  I am saving most of my before and after pictures for the end of my first 2 months where I think you'll see the most change.  But here is what I've seen.   I've noticed a tightened look in my neck already.  It's small, but I notice it.

My chest is where I've noticed the most change and thank God for that!!!  My skin is smoother and more uniform in color.  I have white scarring all over it from that burn, deep vertical lines from...well, other things on my chest, lol, and a butterfly looking dark patch that is evident on HD film.  I can't see it with just my eyes yet but it is where the awful blisters were from that horrible burn.


After just two weeks, what I notice is, in particular, a smoother texture.  My skin feels completely smooth.  It had felt like it had some terrain before.  It's hard to describe as it wasn't bumps but it wasn't smooth, either.  The color is more even and the crevasses aren't as deep.  I'm really encouraged.


These pictures were taken in the same room under the same lighting so I'm not sure why the skin color has come out so differently.  I don't really know if you can tell a difference but in real life, I sure can.  It's a beginning and I'll take it!!

Check back in with me in another month to see where I am then.  In the meantime, you can order any device from Trophy Skin and save 15% using the code POLARBELLE, (good thru 6/30/18).    Here's to hoping I can turn my chest into baby's bottom softness!!

What areas of your body would you like to see younger, more improved skin?  Do you have special things you will be gifting for Mother's Day or any special beauty items on your Mother's Day wishlist?

Sunday, April 22, 2018


April 2018 brought a really cute and stylish bag full of Ipsy goodies. I love this bag so much!!! Pink and purple are my colors and it has the super popular of-the-moment rose gold accents. Too see the goodies I received in this month's Glam Bag, "just keep watching".

The Beauty Spotlight Team For April 22, 2018

If you are seeking a face primer that has truly earned its holy grail status, then Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is worthy of your attention. Not only is the consistency perfection, and the finish flawless, but it plays well with all of the foundations and tinted moisturizers that Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has paired it with, and it really extends the wear-time of your makeup.

Prime Beauty is keeping her blonde tresses free of brassiness with the new AGEbeautiful Topcoat Toners! See her before and after pictures!

Have you heard that Makeup Geek will now be carried at Ulta? It's exciting news for beauty lovers. Beauty Info Zone reviewed some MUG Showstopper Creme Stain lipsticks that would make a great start to your list.

It may be Spring in the Northern hemisphere, but it isn’t exactly feeling that way for many of us! If you haven’t been taking the best care of your skin and want to get your hands and other dry parts petal soft for Spring, Jen from The Jedi Wife has the perfect solution for you! She tested out Zoya’s Naked Manicure Hydrate & Heal System and was pleasantly surprised at just how well it worked from the very first use!

Every launch from Fenty Beauty seems surrounded by so much hype! If you're considering the new Body Lava Luminizers or Fairy Bomb sparkling powder puff as part of your Sephora VIB sale purchases, you might want to see Polarbelle's demonstration to help you decide.

It is time to start thinking about Teacher Gifts and Mother's Day Gifts! Pammy Blogs Beauty has some great ideas from the Soap & Paper Factory's NEW Block Party Collection.

The new Urban Decay All Nighter Concealer is perfect to tackle the humidity and sweat of the upcoming warmer months. Christa from Realizing Beauty shares a review and swatches of all 14 shades of this new lightweight, yet full coverage concealer formula.

Do you ever wonder what ingredients are best to look for in your skincare products. Makeup Obsessed Mom has a list for you based on your skin type.

BeautyJudy picked up six of the new Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Glosses worn and reviewed this week - which one do you like best?!

What is it about glitter polishes that make them so appealing? 15 Minute Beauty shares her favorite polishes that will catch your eye.

Friday, April 20, 2018


You guys!!! Fenty Beauty has another release that is creating a lot of hype...the glowing Body Lava body luminizer and the accompanying powder puff called Fairy Bomb.  If you'd like to see a demonstration to help you decide on your potential purchase, you can view the video I made below. I had played with both the Body Lava in Who Needs Clothes and the Rose' On Ice Fairy Bomb several times before I created the video because I wanted to tell you my initial impressions and a few subsequent thoughts.   I found that I needed to apply it in a heavier application for the colors to show on film than how I actually wear it in real life.

Someone had mentioned to me that these would be great for prom season, (festival season, too!).  If you have teenaged people wanting to glow at prom, all they'd need is one Body Lava to split between about 20 kids.  It retails for $59 and contains a full 3 fl oz.  And a very little goes a long way.

I'd love to hear your thoughts below and if you'd sampled either of these two or your favorite way to achieve body glow.

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads - Mid April 18

Beauty Info Zone has some beautiful Makeup Geek Foiled Lip Glosses to show you. The good news is that they are on sale at the moment too.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog can’t stop singing the praises of Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation because this lightweight, light to medium coverage, foundation has a luminous finish that is neither matte nor dewy. It also hydrates the skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, and it lasts all day. It’s perfection! #CHARLOTTETILBURY

BeautyJudy has swatches and details of the new Pixi Beauty Influencer collaboration goodies - and she wants to know, which one appeals to you the most?!

Pammy Blogs Beauty gets her pout ready for Spring with some super fun new lip products from Jesse's Girl!

If you are looking for a new and innovative Vitamin C topical treatment, check out what Polarbelle experience using Vitabrid C12.

Prime Beauty is loving the beachy vibes she's getting from the newest Deck of Scarlet/Roxette Arisa face palette!

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares the dynamic skincare duo from Kiehls that she relies on for smoother, more hydrated skin!

Are you getting the most out of your expensive skincare? 15 Minute Beauty shares the correct order to apply your skincare. It really does make a difference in how well your skincare works!

Do you wish you had longer, thicker lashes without having to turn to false lashes or lash extensions? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares her experience with RapidLash and why she can't live without this lash growth serum.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Proof Is In The Vitabrid C12 Bottle - Not All Topical Vitamin C's Are Created Equal

A little over two and a half years ago, I started using topical vitamin C products and found that my dry skin improved in texture and began to have a natural healthy looking glow.  When combined with a vitamin E cream, the changes I saw in my skin were remarkable.  I recently had the opportunity to try a relatively new form of topical Vitamin C by the brand Vitabrid C12, (.11 oz/ $60).  This innovative product had been awarded the 2016 Trendsetter Award at Cosmoprof North America.

Brightening, skincare

Vitamin C is used in skincare for brightening and firming of the skin.  In order to be effective, the ingredient has to be potent, stable and able to penetrate the outer layers of the epidermis.  It's not an easy task to create an effective vitamin C topical.   The first problem many vitamin C treatments have is stability.  You may have tried vitamin C serums in the past that oxidized, or turned yellow-orange, in the bottle with time.  It's difficult and expensive for companies to use a form of vitamin C that is stable while being effective.

The second issue many of these blends have is the ability to effectively penetrate the skin.  Not all vitamin C topical skincare treatments are created equal.  Vitabrid has developed a patented technology that combines the C with zinc to stabilize it while allowing the active vitamin to penetrate the skin over a 12 hour period.

In the bottle is the product, delivered in a powder form.  I like that there is a see thru window to keep track of how much is left in the bottle.  To use, pour a small amount into your hand and mix with a serum or moisturizer and apply.  There's a little trial and error as you find the right amount for you.  This bottle should last a month and I'm kind of a miser, so the amount I've used is small, slightly less than an American dime.  Apply in the morning and evening to face and neck.

Put simply, this is the best vitamin C product I've ever used.  As I stated above, vitamin C had radically changed the look of my skin.  It's tighter, brighter and glows from within.  I already felt like I'd found a secret by using vitamin C serums but nothing prepared me for my experience with Vitabrid C!!  In the course of 2 short days, I saw a dramatic reduction in a hyper pigmentation spot that I have on my face.  A dramatic reduction!!  People, I mean the results were even huge in just two days and notably visible.  Continued use made my skin look brighter and less lined.  This product is truly outstanding.  It's definitely worth testing it out to see for yourself.

You can purchase this award winning skin changing product as well as the rest of the Vitabrid line at Barney's.   Do you use vitamin C topicals in your skincare?  What kind of results have you had?

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty has been having loads of fun playing with the gorgeous new Jesse's Girl GlowStix, crystalline holographic lipgloss in eight 3D shades!

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom just started using a new personalized skincare prescription that she ordered online from Curology. Stop by to see what it's all about.

Flit into the spring with the ColourPop Butterfly Collection. Shipra of Taneja's Bride shares the entire collection and ways to use the products!

Moisturize in the shower? Yes!!! Pammy Blogs Beauty has transitioned to moisturizing in-shower on wet skin with Jergen's Wet Skin In-Shower Moisturizer. Find out about how this works and how much time it saves Pammy in the mornings!

Prime Beauty got her eyebrows microbladed and takes you through the procedure step by step and shows you before and after pictures.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog just reviewed and swatched Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Light to Medium palette, and if you are seeking an exemplary luxe blush and bronzer for the spring and summer– then you need to see this ultra-finely milled beauty. #CHARLOTTETILBURY

Pixi Beauty Skintreats is the star of the latest giveaway on Beauty Info Zone. See what new products you can win as well as learn about some of Pixi's newest beauty products.

Are you ready for summer beauty? Christa from Realizing Beauty shares her review and swatches of the new Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection.

Justina's Gems covered the Nars Spring Collection. What's your favorite makeup item?

How curious are you about making your eyelashes look longer and lusher? Christine from Fifteen Minute Beauty has the facts you need to know about using lash serums. Will her post sway you to try lash serums or keep you away?

Friday, April 6, 2018


You may have seen a lot of Boxycharm unboxings this month...but you haven't seen mine! lol. Find out why I got so excited over it. You can see my video below. Boxycharm is a really terrific subscription box and if you can imagine, I only pay $21 per month for everything in the box. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

If you have an obsession with luxurious neutral eyeshadow palettes, that are anything but ordinary, then Lola's Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends checking out the utterly gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette . It is a sublime study in stunning neutrals, and it's our latest luxe obsession! #CHARLOTTETILBURY

Calling all coffee lovers! Get your java fix with Prime Beauty and the Winky Lux Coffee Collection--great quality and an affordable price without the caffeine!

Beauty Info Zone can't help but be charmed by The Vintage Cosmetic Company's newest products sold at Ulta. You will be too once you see how cute and practical they are.

Pammy Blogs Beauty tries out Kiehl's personalized Apothecary Preparations personal service at Atlanta's Kieh's store at Lenox Mall. Find out how Pammy likes her personally formulated serum!

Looking for an affordable spring accessory? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares the adorable vintage-style floral makeup clutch that she just bought from The Vintage Cosmetic Company. Perfect for makeup or as a purse!

Viseart came out with some new Eyeshadow palettes for spring and Polarbelle has checked out Tryst and Siren with her latest Get Ready With Me.

Can you ever have too many neutrals? Christa from Realizing Beauty doesn't think so, and the fact the Too Faced It Just Comes Naturally Collection has some of the prettiest packaging ever makes these product a must have.

15 Minute Beauty has been fighting acne for decades. She's picked up a lot of tips and strategies to help keep her skin clear! She's sharing 7 Tips For Treating Adult Acne That No One Ever Told You.

If you are constantly searching for the best skincare for your skin, Stacie of Makeup Obsessed Mom has found a wonderful Clientele Elastology Starter Kit that just might be the end of your search.

Taneja's Bride has just the goodies to combine your love for animals with your love for cosmetics. See how to combine beauty and charity.

What really are the spring trends this year?. Justina's Gems shares some of her favorites that easily could become yours.

Sparkle anyone? The Jedi Wife shares a magnificent sparkle nail polish from Ellagee that you won't be able to take your eyes away from.


Hey guys.  I had two videos on youtube this past week.  The first features my Muse Beauty Pro haul with a Get Ready With Me using the Viseart Tryst and Siren palettes.  Siren really surprised me because it wasn't too warm for me!!!  Win!  Win.

My next video was an After Haul, a new series I want to try to do in reasonable time periods where we review some of the items I've shown previously on my channel that you may be curious about.  As always, don't be shy about asking what you'd like to see reviewed.  A lot of times, it might be a month or more before I use something I've picked up....due to limited edition fomo, health issues, trips out of state or whatever, but I definitely want to be better on youtube about following up after I show newbies.

Something new has come up that I talk about in the second video - I am now an Esqido affiliate.  If you use the code shelleyp you will save 15% and I earn a commission.  I'm excited to be affiliated with a brand and products that I truly love.

Do you have plans this weekend?  There are a lot of holidays happening in different religious groups.  I'm celebrating Easter by rising from the dead, (before nine, lol), and having a neighbor over for some girlie fun.  I hope if you hide eggs that the kids find them all!!

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?