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Monday, December 14, 2015

Youngblood Cosmetics Cobalt Blue Mascara Review - And Why You Really Need It



I've got a beauty secret I want to share with you.  Think of it as a Christmas gift from me to you.  You need a good blue mascara in your makeup arsenal.  I'd like to recommend that you add the cruelty free Youngblood Cosmetics Holiday 2015 Mascara in the Cobalt color, (.6 fl oz / $26).   Youngblood is a luxury mineral makeup line that uses minerals from the earth, rather than dyes and chemicals that can irritate eyes and skin.  You can read about the brand at this link.

I like to grab a cup of coffee or tea before opening presents, so let's have a cup of your favorite beverage together and talk about this mascara!!


Many years ago, I discovered the wonder of dark blue mascara.  I'm talking about a fashion forward blue, like the cobalt color of the Youngblood Cosmetics mascara, not a baby blue 70's kind of color.  I like to use either a navy or dark cobalt eyeliner to tightline my eyes, no matter what color theme I'm sporting, and/or a cobalt or navy colored mascara on the underneath part of my lashes, close to the lashline, and wiggle it in like a liner.  Why??  Because blue in a subtle form around the eye accentuates EVERY eye color.  Seriously, try it.  You'll see.  There is nothing like a deep bright blue to bring out your eye color.  And the Youngblood cobalt mascara is the perfect shade.

It's a little difficult to show the color of the mascara because it's on a black wand.  But let's try.  I've turned up the brightness on the first picture below so that you can see the color better.

Of the 50-some pictures I took just of the mascara on the wand, I felt like it showed best with no editing against my red pajamas.


I've swatched the mascara for you next to a black so that you can see the difference in color.


There are so many qualities about this mascara that are fantastic.  The color is the perfect depth of blue.  The formula of the mascara is outstanding!!!  It isn't goopy, doesn't flake, smudge or peel and applies like a dream.  The brush is perfect for seperating my lashes and the mascara lengthens them to just about the length of a false lash.

I normally only use blue mascara close to the upper lash line.  However, I can use the Youngblood Cobalt mascara all over, including my lower lashes.  Because it doesn't run or smudge, I can wear it all day without rubbing it all over.  I have an eye that's been weepy for the past year and this mascara stays put without wandering into the drizzle that I'm having such trouble with.

The mascara has a great feel on the lashes.  It's not heavy and it's just so smooth!!  I debated whether to post a picture of it on the eye just because the ones I took are without other makeup so that you can see the mascara and what it does for the lashes....but well, here we go.  My lashes are so long with this mascara!!


I'd love for you to try it.  I highly recommend it for application, wear, color and formula.  The formula includes moisturizing sunflower seed oil and conditioning emollients.  It feels great on the lashes.  The cobalt mascara is out for the holiday season 2015, so don't let it pass by.

You can purchase the Youngblood Cosmetics Cobalt Mascara online and be sure to read about the company.  Don't forget to follow them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Now that I've told you my beauty secret, tell me yours!  What is one thing you do that you feel subtlely perks up your look?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Block Island Organics Cruelty Free Vegan Formula Night Cream - Review Plus A Savings Coupon!



Today I want to share with you a moisturizer I've been using from Block Island Organics, a cruelty free organic company that includes all of the good and none of the bad in their night cream.  The team behind Block Island Organics wish to keep you informed about being safe outside from the sun's harsh rays all year 'round.  On their website is the best explanation of sun protection that I've ever read.  It explains the difference between typical sunscreen ingredients and what mineral sunblock is.  I'd highly recommend the read.  There is also a Q & A section about how UV rays work, which you'll find really interesting.  I really encourage you to read these sections and you'll feel the passion the company has to protect our skin.

So about the Revitalizing Night Cream, (2 fl oz./$29.99).


It comes in a nice white pump top bottle.  it has great skincare ingredients like the antioxidents vitamins C and E as well as organic ingredients like cocoa butter, rosehip, avocado, aloe vera, jojoba and more.  There are none of the things that are bad for us, such as parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalated dyes or artificial frangrance.  The cream has a barely detectible fresh scent, and I mean you have to smell it with passion to smell anything.  You can find a full list of ingredients on the website here.

It is recommended to use the night cream...well, at night.  It is fairly lightweight for a night cream and while it nourishes and moisturizes, it is non-greasy and absorbs quickly.  You can also use it during the day, which I do.  My skin is really dry.  I wait a little longer than usual to apply my primer and foundation, but it goes on easily and there is no conflict with the products using this as a day cream.

In the picture above, you can see the more hydrated area on my hand to the right of the cream blob where I rubbed some in...mainly because I was a spaz and forgot I was taking a photo and just thinking how dry my hands were.  I like to use facial moisturizers on my hands because hand cream doesn't usually have any sunblock to it.  At any rate, you can see that the right side of my hand isn't greasy or anything.  I wish I could show you how well it absorbs, but you'll just have to try it for yourself.

The story behind Block Island Organics is pretty cool.  It's a majority female owned family company that started on Block Island, Rhode Island.  It is their belief, as it is mine, that good skin care involves good suncare night and day because the sun is the leading cause of premature skin aging and damage.  They believe skincare doesn't need to be complicated, overly expensive or chemically manufactored.  They feel a passion to educate consumers while providing quality products and simplifying the skin care process.

I've been using this about six weeks.  I did something stupid and burnt my skin about 2 weeks ago with a product and had a cut by my eye, so I couldn't use anything, and boy did my skin miss this cream!!!!  I mean like it was screaming for moisture.  I was so thankful to begin using this again!! This is a night cream that I believe you will love the feel of as well as it's moisturizing and sunblock effects.

You can learn more about Block Island Organics on their website and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.   I think you'll really like this night cream and the company has provided my readers a discount when purchased from Wednesday, December 2 though Tuesday, December 8.  The 20% off coupon is "shelley" and isn't combinable with other codes.  That's right, twenty percent.    Be sure to check out all the suncare information.  You'll learn a lot!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Scored My New Tarte Bronzer With ShopAtHome.com!!




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I can almost hear you thinking, "holy cow, what is that beautiful piece of artwork and how did Polarbelle purchase it with ShopAtHome?"  First of all, you're right....it's beautiful.  All the spring Tarte Cosmetics items have great artwork on the packaging.  The beauty is practically overwhelming and could easily be displayed around the house or on a vanity to be admired.

Behold the inside of the Tarte Cosmetics Park Avenue Princess Bronzer Blush in Pink Bronze, (.31 oz/ $30).  How in the world did anyone think of something so outstandingly beautiful?   Top that off with Tarte being cruelty-free cosmetics and this is a real winner!

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Before I show you the swatches, I want to talk about how I purchased this with ShopAtHome.com.  I had seen the Bronzer Blush in a store and almost died on the spot because the beauty was so overwhelming.  I determined right there to own it but thought I should wait a few days due to some other purchases I'd brought home lately.  I swear my husband's new hobby is shopping bag counting.  Well, then a funny thing happened.  I should say life happened, cuz it wasn't too funny really.

Before I could get back to the store, I had an unexpected surgery on both feet.  It wasn't fun.  My plans to obtain this latest Tarte item flew out the window when the stitches were put in my toes.  I couldn't walk down the hall of the house and I knew I'd never make it back to the store for a couple of weeks.  Then I had some complications from restless leg, and blah, blah, blah....I had to go out of state for more treatment so I hadn't been able to walk by the time I left, much less go purchase my beloved.

Enter ShopAtHome.com, an online website offering thousands of coupons and different rates of cash back with each purchase.  I downloaded the ShopAtHome.com app and I was on my way to score my golden ticket, I mean Tarte Bronzer Blush.

I surfed through the app for hours, literally, looking at coupons and cash back rates.  It was pretty interesting as one thing I am all about is free shipping and ShopAtHome.com has MANY exclusive free shipping coupons when you shop through their site.

All you have to do is sign up with them, sign in when you go to their site and click through to your chosen shopping website.  Just make sure you click through on the specific coupons that you wish to utilize.  ShopAtHome.com sends your cash back out 12 times a year and they start sending it once you reach $20 back.

So I surfed around and found a lot of good deals but all I could really think about was the Tarte Cosmetics Park Ave Princess Bronzer Blush in Pink Bronze.  I'd waited so long!!!  I went to the Sephora site through the ShopAtHome.com app and ordered the Pink Bronze.  Ahhhhhh, finally I could relax and wait for "My Preciousssss" to arrive.  And in doing so, I am receiving 4% cash back through ShopAtHome.com.

Should we look at swatches?  I thought you might say yes.  Let me refresh you on the beautiful swirls and colors of this product, which comes in two different compositions, Pink Bronze and Peach Bronze.

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In the swatch pictures, I have numbered the different colors.  The lightest pink is 1, medium pink is 2, golden is 3, lightest brown is 4 and the deeper looking brown is number 5.

The swatch mixing the two pinks is labeled as A.
The swatch mixing the golden and the two browns is labeled as B.
The swatch at the bottom is a mix of all the colors together.

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I would describe the colors as such:

1)  Light pink - A light slightly warm pink with a light pink glow.
2)  Medium Pink - A matte medium range peach toned pink.
3)  Gold - A yellowed wheat colored gold with a golden glow.
4)  The lighter brown - In the palette this is the lighter brown, but in swatches it is darker than the other.  It is a matte peachy brown.
5)  Darker brown - in the palette this is the deep brown.  In swatches it is lighter than #4.  It is a beautiful lighter tanned glowing color.

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A)  The mix of the two pinks is a lovely glowing slightly peachy baby pink .  So pretty!!!
B)  The mix of the two browns with the golden wheat is a beautiful warm tanned peach with a golden glow.

The long swatch on the bottom is the mix of the whole palette.  It comes out as a terracotta toned peachy bronze with a golden bronze glow.  Add more pink to make it a little cooler.

I have to tell you that because this is made of mineralized clay and they way it is pressed with the pigments, it just GLOWS.  It doesn't have small shimmer particles that you see, nor does it look like shimmer on the face.  It's made of mineralized clay so it just GLOWS.  And It's a beautiful glow.

Just one more swatch picture:

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The bronzer blush gives me a great glow.  I like to mix more of the pink for myself or it can be a bit warm on me.  It tends to go warm anyway, and honestly, as long as I match the warmth on my lips and eyes, it looks fantastic!!  I use the bronzes with the gold in the typical bronzing patterns and use the pinks on the apples of my cheeks.

Give ShopAtHome.com a try.  I like that they have an app so you can access them anywhere!!  Doctors, pre-surgery, getting stitches out, whatever, lol.  Take a look around and tell me what you'd like to receive in the mail.  Do you have this Tarte Bronzer Blush?  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Softer Silkier Skin Is Yours With Dermalogica Body Therapy Essentials Set


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My body must be among the driest of skin types.  My dry skin gets itchy in winter.  In some water types, such as when I'm traveling from state to state, the water will leave me so dry that I have intense nearly unbearable itching and can't get lotion on quick enough to satisfy my skin's greediness for hydration.  I'm so pleased to tell you that there is a solution to this problem, found in the cruelty free Body Therapy Essentials set, ($25), from Dermalogica that I recently received.  Softer silkier skin is now as easy as 1, 2, 3!

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The Body Therapy Essentials kit is one of the special sets put together for your Holiday 2014 gift shopping.  Pamper a friend, (but don't forget to pamper yourself!), with the aromatheraputic spa type experience gift sets.  Any of the suggesting gift giving ideas and sets will make a wonderful experience for your family, friend, boss...or even a beloved blogger, (lol).

Dermalogic was begun with a clear goal in mind.  From the website, (the emphasis is mine):  "The vision was clear – a product line free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances) that would improve skin health, and were only available from qualified skin care professionals trained at The International Dermal Institute." 


So here comes the review:  As I stated before, this set is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to achieve softer skin, even in a dry winter!


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1.  Cleanse, (pictured at the left):  the Conditioning Body Wash is a clear fluid and it smells WONDERFUL!!!  To start the three part process, apply the Conditioning Body Wash and work into a lather.  Rinse off.  The body wash has a natural scent from the combined ingredients and is definitely a unisex smell.  It is light and doesn't linger, and is clean and fresh.  The cleanser is soap free, acid balanced and infused with purifying essential oils to prevent over drying.

Ingredients in the body wash are:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Disodium Laureth, Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Betaine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Butylene Glycol, Quaternium-75, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Sodium PCA, Glycol Distearate, Steareth-4, Panthenol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Ethylhyexylglycerin, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.  

2.  Scrub, (center):  One to two times a week, it's important to exfoliate your skin to remove the dry outer cells and make room for the new softer ones to rise to the surface.  Apply this scrub, work into a lather, and rinse.  The creamy lightly foaming body scrub exfoliates to dramatically smooth without hurting your skin.  Same great scent similar to the body wash.


Ingredients in the scrub are:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Cob Meal, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia
(Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Husk Powder, Ficus Carica (Fig) Powder, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Sorbitan Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Papain, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide.


3.  Body Hydrating Cream. (left in picture):  This is my favorite part.  The cream is amazing.  Lotions don't do much for me, so I don't use them.  My skin needs cream to drink the moisture in.  This one immediately soaks into the skin.  It doesn't ride on top like a lot of body creams do.  You can put your clothes on immediately!!  It has a similar unisex, delightful aroma to it as the body wash.  It ALWAYS leaves my skin feeling soft and not one bit itchy!!  "Lactic and hydroxy acids in this advanced moisturizer immediately smooth and condition skin while essential plant oils soothe and soften" your skin.


Ingredients in the Body Hydrating Cream: 
Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Potato Starch Modified, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8 Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil
Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.



I give my highest recommendation to these products. A lot of different body creams have been in my employ over my lifetime, but I've never before had a cream that just absorbed into my skin without the feeling of heaviness on the surface.   I'd like to invite you to cruise the Dermalogica website and especially keep the idea of gift giving in your mind.


Look for Dermalogica at Nordstrom and use your ten point day to earn more Nordy notes!!!!  You can use your reward points and purchase at Ulta.com!  And, of course, on the Dermalogica website.

I.  Can't.  Stop.  Smelling.  These.  Products!!!!!!


Which of the gift sets do you find most intruiging?  Who would you like to gift one to?


Monday, October 20, 2014

Tarte Holiday 2014 Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's Set Review, Swatches and Pictures Galore!


This review is going to start by telling you that I'm declaring the Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set, ($59), to be THE set to have from all the Holiday 2014 offerings. Tarte Cosmetics is a vegan friendly, cruelty free brand, offering products that are designed to be good for the skin and are infused with superfruits, minerals, vitamins and essential oils to be good for the skin.  Considering how the brand is made, the generous amount of items in the set, it means the value and quality are unbelievable.

Declaring this set as THE Holiday 2014 piece to own is a pretty bold statement, so let me tell you why I said it, one aspect at a time.  The gift box and travel bag make a beautiful presentation if you're giving this as a gift or keeping it for yourself.


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Doesn't it just look spectacular?  And royal, with it's purple and gold!!  This is a makeup case that you'll use over and over for it's beauty, durability and the amount of products it holds.  It will be beautiful on any vanity or dresser.

Opening the double zipper on the case reveals the makeup that comes with it.

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The pouch in the lid contains an eyeshadow palette with 20 full sized Amazonian clay eyeshadows.  In the bottom are, from left to right:

One full size LipSurgence Romantic lip tint 
One full size LipSurgence Visionary lipgloss
A deluxe sized Light, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara
One deluxe sized Muse cheek stain
A deluxe sized Maracuja oil
A deluxe size Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder.

All the items together are, get ready for this!, a $423 value and you can purchase the kit at Sephora  for $59!!!

When the insert is removed, you can see that there is a lot of room in the travel bag.  Enough for at least a week's worth of essentials and goodies.

Lipsurgence, Eyeshadow, Maracuja Oil, lipgloss, Muse Cheek Stain

Let's take some time to analyze the contents of the collection, since we've covered the bag so thoroughly.  First I'm going to have you look at the glorious Amazonian clay eyeshadow palette that is included in the kit.  It's called Tarte High Performance Neutrals.  The palette includes 20 full sized French-inspired shadows.  

(All Tarte items, including those in this collection are formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phythaltes, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, gluten and are dermatologist tested.)

Behold the Tarte Holiday 2014 Sephora Exclusive Bon Voyage Collector's Set Eyeshadow Palette!  Capitalized because it's JUST THAT beautiful!

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Enough shimmers and mattes to keep everyone happy!!!  
There are so many shades here to choose from.  This palette alone would be a great deal for the price of the set, making them slightly over two dollars a shadow.  Incredible!!  But you get so much more.

Would you like to see some swatches?  I thought you might.

The names of the shadows are, (left to right and swatched in the same order):
Top row: 
Palace Of Versailles, Moulin Rouge, I Think I Cannes, My Own Cotes du Rhone, Boudoir Noir

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Second Row:
Fall In Louvre, Provence Upon a Time, Eiffel For You, Too Haute To Handle, Bastille In The Night
Swatched above and below are other purples in the palette to compare with the plum, Bastille In the Night.

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Third Row:
Chantilly Lace, Merci You Later, No Champagne No Gain, Take On Bordeaux, French Riviera

I have two pictures for you.  The first under regular light and the second was when a ray of sunshine hit my arm.  Gah!!!  The greeeeeen!!!!!

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Bottom Row:
C'est le Vie, Marseille the Word, Play Nice, On A Good Notre Dame, Le Cordon Bleu


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It's so hard to do this palette justice in pictures.  Purples are notoriously difficult in front of a camera.  I do think these are fairly accurate, tho.  In the next picture, I wanted to show you the crazy amount of difference between using Nars shadow base on the left, and no base on the right. 

 I haven't color corrected in the photo, and they weren't in great light, so pay no attention to the color but look how much difference a shadow base can make.  Choose your base wisely because this palette is full of pigment.  When you see the plum on the end in real life, you'll just know it's the perfect Holiday smoky eye color.


Holy pigment, Batman!!  

Included in the Bon Voyage set are a LipSurgence Lip Tint in Romantic and a Visionary LipSurgence lip gloss.  Both are very nice alone or together.   The LipSurgence pencil is that wonderful minty flavor that we all know and love from a Tarte pencil.  The gloss is a wonderful vanilla and the two paired together make a delicious holiday treat.


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The lip tint in Romantic is a nice apricot color, and the lipgloss is a coordinating peach.  The lip tint goes to the pink side on my arm but stays true to color on my lips.  It's really pretty.


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Also included in the set is a deluxe .23 ounce size of Tarte's Maracuja oil.  My friend Tracy was with me when I opened this set.  She said the Maracuja oil is the best thing ever!!  I've learned that when Tracy says that, I better follow because she's right.  I asked her why she loves it so much and she told me that she has dry skin that can get flaky, especially in colder months and using the oil has really helped her.  She told me that it doesn't feel heavy like a moisturizing cream but it really does what it's supposed to, and it doesn't make her break out.  Win! Win!  

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Look what Tarte says about the oil:
"- After 6 weeks, 96% of women saw an overall visible improvement in skin and 91% saw a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles* 
                                     - Immediately after application, 93% of women said skin appeared free of excess oil 
                                                    - 90% of women said skin appeared smoother and softer* "

I haven't had the oil long enough to be able to comment on the claims but I tell you what, this oil absorbs VERY quickly, leaving no greasy feel.  I'm thinking Tracy knows what she's talking about!

Another of the really pretty items in the set is the Tarte Cheek Stain in the color Muse.  This is also a deluxe sample size at .17 oz.  Muse is a limited edition color.  WHAT?  Say it ain't so, Tarte!!!  This baby is totes gorge!!!

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I have two swatches in different lighting.  Why?  Well, they look just a tad different, where one shows more of the glow than the other.  Muse is a delicious nude glow.  SO PRETTY!!!  This will work for any skintone, either as a glowing cheek tint or a glow from within highlight.  It's not shiny, it glows.  Beautifully.  It dries down to the most beautiful color.  FAB!  AB FAB!

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Last, but not least, in the Tarte Bon Voyage Collector's Set and Travel Bag kit are a deluxe size, (.13 oz), Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.  It is opthomologist tested.  It's said to deliver a 330% increase in lash volume immediately.  That's, like...a lot!!!

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The deluxe, (.07 oz), Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder, like all Tarte offers, is cruelty free.  This powder is also vegan-friendly.


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I'm going to end with some snippets of the eyeshadow palette.  You can blow these up larger by clicking on the pictures.  I did groups of two, so I need to make sure you know one row is duplicated.  There are five rows down...not six.


And then some random pictures of chunks here and there to show the gorgeous, gorgeous shimmer shadows.  I'm partial to shimmer myself, so these knocked my socks off.  they're pretty!!

Again you can click to make them larger.

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Sephora exclusive, shimmer, matte

Do you think you'll be picking up this set from Sephora?   It's exclusive to Sephora and a limited edition Holiday 2014 item.  It won't be available forever. 

I think this has been my longest post ever to date in four years of blogging,  and with the most pictures.  I really hope it helps you in your holiday shopping decisions.

What is your favorite piece in the set?  Your favorite of the shadows?  Let me know which Holiday items you are most looking forward to.


Friday, June 27, 2014

BA Star Tropical Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review, Giveaway - Plus Body Shimmer Base Review


If you're at all like me, you may have eyeballed some of the neon and bright eyeshadow palettes that have made their splash on the makeup scene recently. Oh how I longed for a couple of them...and yet the prices stopped me because they were just a want and not a basic need. If you hoped for a great pigmented bright eyeshadow palette that was really affordable with high quality, look no further than the BA Star Tropical Eyeshadow Palette, a mere $8.75 for five coordinated cruelty-free eyeshadows!!!

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Check it out in the direct sunshine.  Pretty!!  You can really see some of the shimmer when the light hits.

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Would you like to see some swatches? Well, I'll show you but first I have to tell you, each color is wonderfully pigmented. You won't find cheap makeup in this palette. BA Star was formulated for performers and cheerleaders, in particular, so you know it has to have rich color and be long lasting, wearing thru sweat, movement, and for long periods of time. I don't have a face of the day, (FOTD), to show you, but when I applied the swatches below on my arm, (no shadow base under them), they stayed all night through my sleep and I still had color on my arm in the morning. Wow.  I'd say they pass the wear test!!

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Closer up:

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The eye palette comes with a brush that has a small nylon brush on one side and a sponge type applicator on the other. Go ahead and use the sponge but the nylon brush has got to go! Don't use it. It won't get you anywhere.

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With my eyeshadow palette, I received a tube of Body Shimmer Base. This is something that I don't see on their website but because it came with the palette, I am guessing it's the Glitter Glue and Eyeshadow Base.  I'm going to clarify with the company, but I know that's what my friend Sheila received if you look at her review and gorgeous makeup application here.  I would really urge you to view her post because she did a really fun application.

The Body Shimmer Base looks just like what Sheila received.

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These are the directions and ingredients:


Now I assumed I had a highlighter. And I swatched it on my skin. It wasn't until the night before I am writing this review that I saw the one on Painted Ladies and thought maybe this was a base for the eyeshadow. Notice the nice highlight on bare skin.  The first picture shows it swatched on part of the back of my hand.


And the next picture shows it swatched on the base of my thumb.  See, just a nice shimmer that would show as a gentle highlight when the light hits it.  I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!!

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So...then to write this post, I didn't have time to contact the company first, but I thought I would try this as an eyeshadow base on my arm and see how much difference it made. It made the shadows somewhat denser, but it's not dramatic or remarkable.  Just in case it's not easily seen, the Body Shimmer Base was applied under the top swatches.


This is my bottom line honest opinion:  Let's all run, not walk, to the BA Star website and get us some eyeshadow!!!!!!!  This stuff is awesome!!

And don't be scared of brights.  You can wear them heavy, light or as accents.  I will do some fotd's in the future using this palette and show some of my interpretations.

Before the giveaway:  BA Star is running a special just for you readers.   You will recieve a 50% discount when you use the code 50TROPIC at checkout.  This code is valid until July 4th, 2014.

GIVEAWAY:   Two lucky readers will each receive a free BA Star eyeshadow palette and the glue.  Go enter.  Tell you friends because we have room for TWO WINNERS!!!


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