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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly Reads

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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






Friday, June 15, 2018

Birthday Month Urban Decay Giveaway!!! #neonsummer

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



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Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Few Minutes With The Makeup Show's Shelly Taggar



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events:

MOMENTUM:

DALLAS  July 21-22, 2018

ATLANTA – August 5, 2018

NYC – August 18-19, 2018

VANCOUVER – February 2-3, 2019


WORK THE RUNWAY:
NYC - Sept 8, 2018


THE MAKEUP SHOW ORLANDO:

SEPTEMBER 15 – 16, 2018


October 13 – 14, 2018


NOVEMBER 10 – 11, 2018


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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

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

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


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


Monday, June 11, 2018

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

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

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


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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Deck Of Scarlet Roxette Arisa & Kim Thai Collabs Plus Giveaway

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

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

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

How would you like to see the palettes?


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

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


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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Monday, June 4, 2018

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is my neck picture after two months of use.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Weekly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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