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Monday, February 26, 2018

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


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

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

lip injections

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

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


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

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

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


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

lip injections

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

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

lip injections

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

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


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

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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Young Nails Caption Nail Polish And Stamping Plates Review



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

stamping plates, nail art, stamping art


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

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

stamping plates, nail art, stamping art

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I Had Some Hauls - New Videos On The Tube


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




The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FEBRUARY IPSY AND BOXYCHARM UNBOXING

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


Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thursday, February 8, 2018

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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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