Monday, June 27, 2011

Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go Review

The June Birchbox...what? You haven't heard of Birchbox? Well, it is this wonderful box that you can sign up for that delivers every month and is full of samples to try of all kinds of different cosmetic items. Sometimes they're even full sized. It's an incredible value and loads of fun for only ten bucks a month. Check it out on

So anyway, my Birchbox came this month packed full of goodies. They always make it fun and it's like unpacking a specially wrapped gift from your bestie. View the photo and cue the singing angels.

Looking in my box of wonder, it occurred to me I could not ONLY use these products, but I could tell you about them. We call this a lightbulb moment, only it should have been obvious. At any rate, let's get to the review. I'd been dying to try this product by celebrity nail guru Deborah Lippmann anyway because her polishes rock so I figured her remover would as well. I pulled it out of the box.

I love a nail polish remover that is portable for travel. Ever tried to get nail polish remover thru airport screening? No, me either, but sometimes you just need it and you take the risk when it's in your luggage that your clothing might smell a bit like acetone at the end of the journey. I was instantly intrigued by this Deborah Lippmann Stripper to Go, labeled for go-go girls. As a girl on the go, I figure I qualify. And lavendar scent? That beats remover scent, for sure.

Do you see the next line? It says finger mitt. What? An individual finger mitt to remove polish? I said to myself, "self, I gotta see this". But before I show it to you, look at the back of the package.

This Stripper to Go mitt contains Aloe Vera Extract, Lavendar, Acetone, and Glycerin. All good stuff for polish removal. And it promises that one mitt will work for all ten fingers!! So I opened the package and this is what's inside:

It really is a finger mitt. It is soaked in the remover fluid. It's a pretty good size, going down to the middle of my finger. Once I put it on, I began to rub and roll. I got five fingers cleaned and felt like my stripper was winding down. I looked in the package and there was more Stripper!!

I rewet my mitt, but as with most Stripper promises, I felt a little let down when I didn't get all the way there but only got 7.5 nails clean. Still, I found that rather impressive for a little finger mitt. Even if my Stripper didn't totally deliver, I got 75% of what she promised and I was pretty satisfied. It was a fun way to take off polish and smelled good doing it.

As far as the actual remover fluid itself, I have to say it's probably the best remover I've used. It worked quickly and well and I am likely to buy it when I run out of what I'm currently using. These retail at $10 for a box of six stripper mitts.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Taken Ill for Two Days of Blogus Interruptous

I didn't quite know how it happened, but I couldn't blog for a couple days.  It wasn't a lack of desire, a writer's block, lack of interesting products to write was a simple case of Blogus Interruptous.  I maintained Twitter contact with my Tweeps, so I knew it wasn't too serious.  Well, I had to google this to find out what the problem was.

In layman's terms, this is called "Family Vacation".  It's a time when everyone pulls Mom in different directions, and Mom is pulled aside herself by all things new and sparkly.  There are stores only found on these "vacations" that have to be properly surveyed and investigated to be able to bring you, the reader, really pretty pictures.  This is not a serious condition but rather a momentary distraction.  Going through a tank of gas every two days must stop and blogging must resume in the regular fashion.

Just keep in mind there may be a relapse here or there, such as when the Nordstrom stores here get the new fall stuff to preview...(I'm looking at you Chanel and Guerlain!).

Now the really good news is that in a couple of weeks, Rita Brown who did my Dior makeover in Anchorage, will be here to make me into something new yet again!  I'm so excited for that, I can't even tell you.  She is a beautiful person inside and out and I can't wait to see her magic of the month.

I get bored with posts without pictures, maybe I'm ADD...look, here's something shiny!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Revlon Custom Eyes Eyeshadow Palette 030 Rich Temptations Swatches and Review

Drugstore eyeshadow brands have come a LONG way since I first started wearing makeup. My favorites are Wet-N-Wild, Revlon and Maybelline. These brands pack a punch with pigment, apply smoothly and don't crease when worn over a good shadow base. I recently felt like living on the edge and trying something I hadn't yet...Revlon Custom Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes. These are a win, win, win!!! Today I am reviewing the palette 030 Rich Temptations.

This palette has a lovely mix of colors. On the back of the palette is a small drawing that shows you one option of usage but you can do whatever you want with it, combining the shades in any manner that suits you. I could do the mathematical calculations and tell you exactly how many combinations there are, but eh, who cares? lol. Let's just say hundreds for under $10 and often on sale!

I swatched the colors on my hand to show you what they look like, although I didn't do it in the order of the palette, but I know you can tell which corresponds to which of the lovely textured shades. I find these palettes really pleasing to look at and the mix of shades so interesting and easy to use.

I've worn this palette quite a bit since I purchased it. Again, these shadows do NOT crease on me over my lid primer. They apply buttery soft and wear all day and into the night. The shades look as fresh on my lids when I apply them as they do after a nap and even when I wash my face before bed. I'm just really impressed with the wear of them.

Here's a couple photos of the palette in actual application.

I am wearing my go-to mascara in the photos, LORAC 3D.

I am loving Revlon these days and have several more palettes to review along with their Color Stay lipsticks. LOVE!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lancome Kissed By Gold Color Design 5 Shadow and Liner Palette Swatches and Review

If you'd like to see some of the other 5-in-1 Brightening Color Design Eyeshadow Palettes by Lancome, please see my other reviews for:

      Taupe Craze

      Emerald Boudoir

      Amethyst Glam

But today, I have for you the 5 color palette Kissed By Gold.  I'm just feeling like a crazy kinda rebel today so I'm going to start with the swatches.

And now the palette. It's gorgeous. Don't forget to ooooo and aaaaaah. I'm leaving it bigger than usual cuz it's just so darned pretty.

The palette comes with an insert that folds out and shows you how to use it to create a day look and a night look. It's pretty nifty.

I did a quick and easy look with this palette that I'll show you now. I have to warn you, tho, I left my hair natural instead of straightening, (big hurry), so I am wearing what I call my cray-cray hair cuz it's crazy!

Lancome Kissed By Gold, as well as the other 5-in-1 shadow and liner eye palettes retail for $48 in the US. You'll find so many variations; they're all fun and there's truly something for everyone.

Now for the cray-cray hair:

I had no creasing or any other adverse effect with this palette. It wore very well and the shades apply well. I already have two more palettes on pre-order for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Call me addicted!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's a Nail and Makeup Haulapalooza!

My men made a mistake and turned me loose yesterday for five hours on my own. They went to see Lord Of The Rings and I went to every Sally's and Ulta, plus a few drugstores, as I could before everything closed. The movie was an excuse, cuz I would have done that anyway. So hang in lovelies, I have pictures to take and products to try, but it's all I'm so excited!! And some stuff to review from before I left home.

I am DYING to tell you about some Revlon and Maybelline eyeshadows and lipsticks that I've been picking up for a bit. Oh so good!

You've gotta see this! It's so pretty.

And one more you like Crocs? Do you like bling? Do you see where I'm going with this?

Stay tuned....

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Neon Eye Application Featuring Milani Paint Eyeshadow Palette Swatch and Review

Just below this post is my introductory post to The Milani Paint Collection of all neon colors, featuring their neon nail polishes, as well as a clear top coat, and the star of the show the Milani Paint Eyeshadow Palette.

As stated below, my initial swatch impression was that the shades were chalky. I had to try it to see how it worked in application in order to give a proper review. I primed my lids with my go-to duo of Mac Prep and Prime Virbancy Eye Primer with Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter Pen in Bright Forecast on top. Before these came along, I was a die-hard Too Faced Shadow Insurance girl. Urban Decay Primer Potion was too dry and Nars Smudgeproof didn't provide the color to even out my one lid that is more discolored than the other.

I hesitantly applied the lid colors with my Mac 246 brush, and when I swept the crease, I used my 217, which applied MORE than enough color! I was really surprised. The shadows applied like a dream. I had ZERO problems with fallout, or chalkiness or creasing. I wore them all day and still at the end of the creasing! By the shadow anyway, I do have creasing of skin that just somehow isn't where it used to be. grrrr. :)

I was surprised to find I liked this look. It even passed the husband test. I really thought he'd ask if a clown threw up on me but he liked it. Score! And when I went to Nordstrom later, the Chanel MA was wearing almost the same look, and I was stopped by at least four MAs from different counters asking me which counter did my shadow. Perhaps they were scared and wanted to avoid that counter, but they were surprised I'd done it myself. I don't know if that's good or bad, LOL

I'm really not snarling in the above picture, but the sun was out and no matter how I try, I can't not wrinkle up my nose like a little hamster. I think that the shadow was more vibrant and looked better in real life.

In my previous post, someone suggested using a white primer pencil underneath the shadows to really make them pop, and *in hushed tones*, I really think I'm going to try it. This isn't for every day, but it was fun on a day that the sun made it's rare appearance so far this summer.

I loved the white in the middle. It's great for brightening or for highlighting, just stupendous. Loved it so much more than I thought I would. I found that I wished I'd gotten a bigger splotch of orange...what was I thinking??? The pink applies like butter. It is vibrant and with my 217, I got on far too much. I toned it with the purple and threw a little orange under it and wiped over it with the white.

And on the lid, I used the yellow and green. Never in a 100 years would I have imagined I would use a Neon Yellow shadow!! But I liked it. Next time I will combine a different color on the lid with it than the green because they tend to lose their individuality when used closely together, and my objective of this application was to get a real feel for the palette and each color. So I would do that differently next time. All in all, this is total fun to play with and I'm super happy that I picked it up.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Milani Paint Collection... A Neon Swatch Extravaganza

While on a wander thru my local Fred Meyer, (Fry's or Kroeger's for those of you not in the Pacific Northwest or Alaska), I was blown out of my shoes by a stunning display of bright color. The advertising board simply says Milani Paint. The boldness totally took my breath away. I looked shyly to the left and right to see if anyone had noticed because this is a new and innovative expression for makeup.

Kudos to the development team because as a lover of all things color, there was no way I could just walk by as it caught my eye. It literally stopped me in my tracks and I was compelled by my curiosity to investigate. I was drawn to it by a force beyond my control. I had to read the display a little closer to be sure of what I was seeing. I mean Neon Eyeshadow?? That's bold! That's innovative!! That's daring!

I had to pick it up the multicolored neon round thing to be sure it was really eyeshadow, and it was. It is labeled 01 Paint Eyeshadow Palette. Each display holds just four of the eyeshadow palettes and they are all different. Each has a different amount of the seven possible colors, so choose your palette wisely. It is about the size of my palm, and comparable in size to a Mac Beauty Powder, if you're familiar with those. This palette retailed for $8.49 at my store.

The nail polishes in the display were existing Milani colors, mainly Neons. There were 2 Rad Purple, 3 Pink Hottie, 2 Dude Blue, (all pictured on the left side of the first photo). On the right side were 2 Totally 80's, 3 Quick Dry Top Coat, and 2 301 White.

I'm including some swatches of the eyeshadow palette and then I'll talk about my impressions. It is a bit impressionistic, isn't it? haha, art humor.

The display shows the model wearing all the shades together. I kind of doubt I'll do that since I'm not under 25...just doesn't seem like it would look right on me. I'll probably enjoy a color or two as accent to whatever else I'm using.

These are finger swatches onto my hand. My initial impression was that everything was quite chalky except the pink. The pink went on like butter, but it might take some work to use the other colors and get them to show up as well as to get them to stick. But I will find the answer to this puzzle in the next day or two and tell you what I've learned.


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