Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Unleash Your Inner Global Wanderlust With The Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture World Traveler Palette

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Anastasia Beverly Hills has introduced a new Shadow Couture eyeshadow palette called World Traveler. ($30)  This is an amazing value with 12 shades you can use wet or dry and a duo ended brush to boot!!!  Let your secret travel fantasies be fulfilled with the glory of these delicious well-pigmented eyeshadows of varying textures that can transport you to any continent with just a little imagination.

Let's take a closer look.  I took pictures in groups of six.  The left side of the palette contains, (top, left to right):

Soft Peach - a nice matte beige
Morocco - A rusty matte burnt orange
Heirloom - a sparkly eggplant color


The bottom row, on the left side, contains:

Spolied - a light metallic peach with some gold sparkles
Fudge - rich matte chocolate brown
Azure - a metallic blue


The right half of the World Traveler palette contains, (top row first, left to right):

Bellini - a golden peach with satin finish
Pink Champagne - a metallic pink toned taupe
Chic - metallic light taupe


The bottom row, left to right, are:

Intense Gaze - a satin rose
Metallic - an antique gold with a satin finish
Noir - a rich matte black

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All the shades are richly pigmented.  Some are very close to the color of my arm and will work just beautifully on my eyes with a shadow base.  This artist's palette will work for all skin tones.

I had already purchased two of the shades in this palette in the regular size at Macy's.  Four shadows and a palette are $40, so 12 shades for $30 is an absolute steal!!!!  Most palettes this size cost far more but please don't tell Anastasia!!!  And a double ended shadow and crease brush?  Plus a full sized mirror.  Wow.  GREAT Value!!!   I'm just spinning on my little global axis thinking of all the duo action wear I can get out of this palette.  I find this collection to have very wearable colors.

One last look.

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I have some absolute favorites in this palette.  And I just can't get over how awesome Morocco is in the crease.  So great!!!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills products can be found at SephoraNordstromMacy's, Ulta and the Anastasia Beverly Hills website.  12 shadows, a mirror, a brush = no brainer.

What are your favorites from Anastasia Beverly Hills?  And how do you like this shadow value???

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Morgan Taylor Ooh La La Nail Lacquer Collection and Nail Art




People, it is time to shine!!!  I'm recently from the Cosmoprof North America beauty trade show.  It's a show for professionals in the industry and for the press who cover the new ideas, trends, devices, and everything to help you be a more comfortable and beautiful you.  Read more about CPNA HERE and see why I went.

I attended for just a day and a half,  rather than the three full days in the past.  I don't have as many pictures and stories as you might be used to but we'll just talk about what we have.  Deal? OK.

The first place I went the first day was Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer and Gelish gel polish.  I always love to see their collections, talk about the inspiration behind them and see the duos that are put together with a color from each brand.  The idea is that you use the gel for nails and coordinate the polish for toes.  I like to do both gels and polish and often buy matching colors in each genre for when I want either type of manicure in a particular color, so having ready made duos is a win-win for me.

We'll talk more about what is coming out from both brands throughout the year in subsequent blog posts but today I want to bring you some colors from the Ooh La La Collection, which was released in May 2015.

Do You Harajuku, CanCanWe Dance. Postcards From Paris, Escargo To France

From left to right in the picture above are Do You Harajuku, (from the Hello Pretty collection this summer), CanCan We Dance?, Postcards From Paris and Escar-go To France.  The moment I saw these polishes, I visualized the manicure I knew I had to do.  It was in me and by golly, it had to come out.

Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer is a professional brand that can be found in salons or online at their website.  They have really interesting collections and the duos with Gelish are fab! and worth purchasing if you find them.  The lacquers are $8.50 each with the perfect size of pro brush.  The brush makes polishing my fingers so easy!!  I hate the skinny brushes some brands have and a couple brands have a brush so wide that you could land a plane on it.  The Morgan Taylor brush is in between the two extremes and fits my nails perfectly.

I've always found the lacquers to apply smoothly and be self-leveling.  I generally use two coats without streaking.  That held true for these lacquers.  Let's see what I had in mind for these and I'll talk about each polish individually.

This is how my vision came out:

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And now, let's look at each color.  The first one in the first picture above is from the Hello Pretty collection and is a pretty pale mint color.  Do You Harajuku has a pale minty-blue toned shimmer in it.  Barely seen on the nail, it adds depth and interest to the color and keeps it from looking flat.  I like it very much.  I like all of these colors very much.  I find them all appealing.  Do You Harajuku is on my pinky and worked well for the nail stripes on my ring finger.

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The next nail polish is CanCan We Dance? from the Ooh La La Collection.  This color is on my thumb and middle finger.  It's a beautiful creamy color that has a violet shimmer to it.  I have nothing else like it.  None of my cameras could pick up the violet sheen.  :(

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The third color in line is the gorgeous light turqoise cream Postcards From Paris.  It is on my middle finger with the nail art.  Such a pretty turqoise nail polish.

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The fourth polish I used in my manicure is the outstanding glitter polish Escar-Go To France.  For my mani, I applied two coats over a coat of Do You Harajaku.  This polish has the other three colors in it.  I honestly like the glitter better by itself because all the colors show off whereas applying over mint doesn't make the mint particles as noticible.  It contains holographic squares and squares of light coral, light mint, light turqoise, as well as tiny micro holographic shimmers in a clear base.  It's such a beautiful mix of color!!

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All these colors go together perfectly and were an instant inspiration for my nail art.  It's simple but shows off all the beautiful colors.

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You can shop Morgan Taylor nail lacquers on their website and in salons.  The Urban Cowboy Collection is the latest grouping to be released and it's hot, hot, HOT!!  Use the links and you can find some of the colors already on sale!!!

Have you used Morgan Taylor nail lacquers?  Do you love the Gelish and Morgan Taylor gel/polish combos as I do?  How are you nailing your summer art?


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Solemate Pedicure Scrubber and Soap Review


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Today I want to tell you about a product called My Solemate, (6.4 oz/$12.98), which has a dual yet singular purpose, to give you prettier feet.   My Solemate is a two part unit containing a scrubber and a soap.  It fits together in the middle, presumably you could take it apart and replace whichever side you used up first.  It's sold as one piece, tho, so you probably wouldn't actually replace either side singularly.

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The yellow is the lemon scented soap and the white is the a pumice type of sponge.  The soap contains such ingredients as aloe, vitamin E and shea butter.  The full list of ingredients:

Sodium Palmate,Sodium Palm Kernelate,Glycerin, Synthetic Sorbitol, Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vitamin E, Lavendula Angustifolia Extract,Synthetic Disodium EDTA, Perfume, BHT, CI11680, CI77891

What I want to tell you is that this item fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for a good grip while in the shower.  Use the soap to soften your feet and the white scrubber to exfoliate.  Having come from a place where summer still meant tennis shoes and socks for me, I honestly had no idea about this "summer feet" thing.  Most of the world wants pretty summer feet!!  Who knew??  Honestly as a kid from Alaska, I just had no idea.  But this is high season for pretty feet and you can achieve that at home with the help of My Soulmate.

So this is the exfoliating "stone":

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It does a pretty decent job of smoothing my feet.  My feet aren't rough at all and have some areas of sensitivity due to my recent foot surgery, but I'm able to control where I scrub rather well with this device.  I adore citrus scents and I do have to tell you this lemon reminded me a little bit of kitchen type lemon.  I'd like to see it smell like a mix of lemon and shea or something but that's just my personal citrus preference.

So save yourself a little money and pick up this handy soap and pumice stone combination.  Head over to Amazon.com where you can save on shipping if you're a Prime member.  You'll find yourself a Solemate via Twitter and Instagram... And let's have happy feet!!!

How do you currently exfoliate your perfect pedi?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nail Butter - The Cuticle and Hand Cream You Need To Know


Recently I was sent a sample of a product called Nail Butter, ($24), a cruelty-free, handmade in the USA, cuticle, nail and skin care cream.   I gave this product a full and thorough scientific investigation before I came to tell you what my opinion is.  I'll tell you straight out this will be in the running for my top cosmetic find of 2015, and probably my top nail product of the year.  I can't imagine finding anything better.

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Nail Butter arrives in a cute glass jar with a polka-dot lid.  It comes in two different scents, Gardenia and Lemongrass.  For review and testing, I chose the Lemongrass.  I'm so glad I did!!  I love anything citrus scented and the lemongrass practically smells like a pie.  I could just literally sniff the cream all day long.

It is a rich emollient consistancy so you only need a little to put on cuticles, hands, elbows or anywhere else that you might have dry skin.  A tiny bit is all that is needed as it goes a really long way awhile it melts and melds into the skin.

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It was during a heatwave of about 112 degrees that my tub arrived, so you can see just the tiniest bit of melt on the left side as it sat in my mailbox during the afternoon.  In no way has that affected the product efficacy.

I'm going to give you a quick run down of my analysis, with a little background.  I had been having trouble with my nails and cuticles for about six or seven months.  I'd literally tried everything I could find.  I was using a bunch of different kinds of lotion and cuticle removers.  My nails were breaking and shredding, which is pretty unusual for me.  I found out my thyroid was undermedicated, explaining a lot of the nail weakness.  However, once that was corrected, I was still having a horrible time with my nails.

We had moved during the winter and my skin just hates the water here.  A water softener made it worse so we ditched it.  Everytime I washed my hands, they got worse.  They looked like this just about a month ago:  (WARNING:  If you're used to pretty nail pictures, this could be horrifying).


It was pretty lousy for me.  I hadn't been able to paint my nails for four months.  The middle two kept breaking and no amount of maintenance could help my cuticles.  It was discouraging.  You can see on my middle finger where I had tried a nail color on my finger but the nails were in such sorry shape, that I just took it right off.

The first time I tried Nail Butter was overnight.  I could tell a difference when I woke up in the morning without all that crustiness.  (I'm sorry this is gross, but I just have to tell you how wonderful this product is.)   Five days later, my nails weren't chipping or peeling and I was able to actually do a manicure for the first time.  Totally thrilling for me!!

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My nails weren't perfect but they were a FAR CRY from where they'd been the previous six months.  My skin and hands suffered so much for so long!  Five days of Nail Butter made such a difference...I call that a miracle.

Ten days later, my two middle nails were GROWING...and healing and so was my skin.  I did another manicure.  Two in a row for the first time in at least six months!!!

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I was completely convinced that I need Nail Butter at all times by this point, but I really wanted to do a good investigation.  So I stopped.  And for a few days, I used my cuticle oils and hand creams again....and more often than I used the Nail Butter, (once a night).  I was quickly back to my sorry nail state.  I started up the Nail Butter again and healing began within 24 hours.   I know that Nail Butter is the only thing I've come across while living in this harsh water area that will soothe my nail beds.  It is a complete must have for me, any nail blogger and anyone with brittle nails or peeling skin.

Nail Butter contains all natural cruelty-free ingredients:  wool wax, (lanolin), beeswax, natural emulsifiers, (sodium borate, cetyl alcohol, oil of mustard, aloe vera extract, grape seed oil, and...something for the fragrance.  The jar says gardenia oil, but again, my scent is lemongrass, so something else is used.  What is does NOT contain are parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes or frangrances.

You can purchase Nail Butter on their website for $24.  Be sure to sign up on the website and receive immediate discounts.  I've already purchased two backups to put in my fridge until I need them.  I just can't be without it.

You can also follow Nail Butter on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

So tell me, do you find it better with Butter?  I sure do!


Friday, July 3, 2015

July 4th Weekend Beauty Sales and Steals



My inbox has a ton of really great coupons and sales for the Fourth of July Independence Day weekend.  Just in case you don't subscribe to the same lists I do, I want to share some with you.

Don't forget to sign up with Ebates.   You'll receive cash back for orders placed at many of the following online locations.  I've saved over $200 already in the few months I've been a member.  It's SO worth it!!

First of all, sign up at www.Algenist.com  They have amazing coupons and specials that will come to your inbox.  I just had the opportunity to buy backups of the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer, which I have no doubt will end up being my product of the year for 2015.  I was able to purchase a color I didn't have as well as two I already do.  Pretty excited about that.  Sign up for the newsletter and get a free gift with purchase with the code SUMMERGLOW.

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Tarte Cosmetics has a firecracker of a deal at 15% off with the code STARS runing now until July 5th.  If you'd like to see how beautiful Tarte is, please check some of my reviews.

Zoya has a great deal for BOGO 3!  Buy any three polishes and get three free.  Use the promo code 3Free, put the colors in your cart and there ya go.  Add the colors you want and put the promo code in the coupon field in the shopping cart and it makes the $$ adjustment.  There is no limit to how many sets you can buy.  This deal runs until 7/4/15 at 11:59 p.m.

ORLY, my goodness I think this is unprecedented.  Look at what I got in my email:

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Beauty For Real has a  $10 off coupon using the code FREEMONEY at checkout.  Check out some of their products here.  Code is available until Monday, 7/6/15 at 00:00 am.

There is a fantastic Beauty Gift With Purchase at Nordstrom.  Oh my!!!!!  So cute!  And you can pick the one you want!  Be sure to check for the items on sale that are price matched.  (wait, I can't finish this post till I place my order.)

Over at Z Palette, can get 20% off the colors in the Sunset Collection.  Sale end 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm.

BH Cosmetics has up to 73% off on various items.  The offer ends 7/5/15 at 11:59 pm PST.  I have the green and brown eye palettes and oh my gosh...just so beautiful!!

And if you love Reviva Labs Skincare, (I don't know anyone who's used it that doesn't.  I love their products, too), head on over to their website for 20% off during the WHOLE month of July!!!!!!  Use the code July15.  You can read about some of my favorites here.

Grace and Lace is a fashion site, and really, isn't fashion all about the beauty of it?  They are having an incredible 25% off sale with the code FREEDOM.  


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Bath and Body Works is having a great sale.  Stop by their website to view the deets.  And sign up for their email list for special coupons.  There are two; one for $10 off $30 and the other is $20 off $50.

Pixi Beauty has 15% off sitewide with the code JULY4.  Don't forget to check the sale section of the website for more specials.  Sale ends July 5th at 11:59 PST.  Read some of my Pixi Favorites HERE.

If lipstick is your game, Gerard Cosmetics has a four pack lipstick special for $38 until July 4th at midnight.  Enter the coupon code 4thpack.

Dermalogica is having a 15% off sale with the code FFJUNE15.  The sale runs until July 7th, 2015 at 11:45 pm PST,

While on your feet, check your local Fred Meyer, Walgreens and Ulta for more great cosmetic sales.  And don't forget to use your Kohl's cash this week for additional money off everything!

Be sure to check your cartwheel app for Target.  They have some awesome sales this weekend online and in store and add more discounts often.  Use that Target card for an extra 5% off.  It really adds up.

I think this will keep us busy for now.  Please feel free to add to my list.  As I was typing this up, I realized that I just missed the KB Shimmer 20% off sale.  I'm devastated.  ugh.  I guess I'll survive.....somehow.

Thank you for bearing with me for this long list.  And please let me know of any sale, whether home, fashion or beauty, whatever floats your boat.  And share your weekend plans, if you want.  I'm just going to stay home, pool it and work on my blog.  :)  How about you?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How Algenist Tinted Moisturizer Won My Homerun Derby

Let's be REALLY honest right from the first pitch; all beautyfiles are continually searching for the perfect foundation type of product to use to prime their facial canvas. I've felt fortunate over the years  to have found a few different products that I've liked, experiencing  tinted moisturizers as well as cream, liquid and powder foundations of every type and in every price range. I'm telling you right off the bat that Algenist Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer, ($42), is, hands down, my all time favorite and blows all others out of the water!!!!  It's so much more incredible than any other I've tried and yes, it is HOLY GRAIL status.

SPF30, tinted moisturizer, skincare, foundation, microalgea oil


You might want to know why I make such a bold claim?  Well, let me tell you my experience, (and why I've already re-ordered backups).

If you've been with me awhile, you'll know Algenist is one of my favorite brands ever.  You can read more about the company and their products here.  I have a few more products to talk about in upcoming posts but if you check my reviews, you'll see each says some variation of  "get this product!"  The Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer is no exception.  YOU WANT THIS ONE!!!

There are three components of the tinted moisturizer that are important to note.  The first is that this has an SPF30.  This is a broad spectrum sunscreen, and here it is in the midst of summer in the desert southwest and my skin is fully protected!!  I haven't burned, haven't had a dark spot...none of that stuff that happens with a lower protection or, (yikes!), no protection at all.  Please wear sunscreen!!  You're saving your skin as well as your life and the signs of age will show much more slowly.  If you can't remember to apply it alone as you go about your day, make sure it's in your foundation, such as with this product.

The second aspect to the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer is the skincare it contains.  Virtually all tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams make skincare claims.  Algenist's are as such:

(From their website):
  • Instantly blurs skin imperfections
  • Reduces the appearance of redness and sallow tones
  • Improves and refines skin texture
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection
Never before have I found any type of foundation or tinted moisturizer that actually helped my skin itself, no matter what the claims were.  The Algenist has ABSOLUTELY made my skin look better with every application.  I can make the bold statement and be 100% accurate and truthful in saying that my skintone is more even, the redness is gone, an age spot I had is disappearing, and the texture of my skin is definitely improved.

I had developed some bumpyness from a hideous scaring event that lasted two years.  That has been smothed with the use of the Algenist and the color has evened out.  The people who see me in my offscreen life know just how awful this was.   Dare I include a picture?  I hadn't intended to do this but I need to show you just how amazing Algenist is!

I suffered for two years from a complication of celiac disease.  At the time, we didn't know what it was.  I went to about six dermatologists in varying states and nobody had a clue.  The condition hit my face after my second neck surgery.  I had blisters and open sores.  It was ugly, hideous, deforming, itchy and painful.  After surgery, I looked like this:


I had been blessed with decent skin for most of my life.  I was thankful for that but I wondered if this new experience would be the death of my beauty blogging career.  It got far worse before I got better.  I could no longer try to cover it with makeup, and only showed myself to my closest friends.  They were even horrified.  The next picture I call my Frankenstein Look.  It was so bad and the sores so deep that my two knee surgeries had to be done with a spinal block because they didn't want to put a mask on my face.  In other words, I had to be awake.



SOOOOoooooo not pretty!!!  Shortly after the picture in the hair salon, I was sent a bottle of the Algenist Advanced Anti Aging Repair Oil.  This product CHANGED MY LIFE!!  In six weeks, I saw a lot of healing.  I was even able to wear foundation, if I wanted.  Most of the deepest sores disappeared, although I still kept to glasses and a ball cap most of the time.


Honest to goodness, the repairing oil was a miracle.  Open sores for TWO YEARS.  There was no hope of healing despite many doctor's prescriptions until I was able to try the Repairing Oil, ($79/1oz, in the golden bottle).  I've repurchased twice and it's worth every penny.  (I am wearing minimal makeup in the above picture).

Early this year, I found out the facial disaster was from celiac disease.  I stopped eating gluten products and saw more healing but was left with scars and tons of discoloration.  I thought I might have to get some kind of expensive resurfacing treatment to continue as a beauty blogger.  And now is where the fun begins!!!

I was sent some of the Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer to test.  It comes in four colors, as seen below.  I haven't blended them for you because I wanted you to see the differences.  Also, I don't have all four colors, so I ran down to Ulta to swatch them for you.   From left to right:  Light, Medium Light, Medium, Dark.  I have both Light and Medium.  I was the absolute palest I've ever been over the winter and Light was a perfect match.  Being a tinted moisturizer, you do have some play in the shades in application, meaning you can mix it with moisturizer and make it lighter or you can layer to make it darker.  I am probably a Light Medium now, but I use the Light and then contour with the Medium and that works for me.

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When I started using the Repairing Tint and Radiance Mositurizer, I immediately saw an improvement to my skin both in how it looked and in how much more of an even tone and texture that I was having.  I now have no plans to get any kind of facial treatement.  The Algenist is doing it all for me.

I'm more comfortable with how I look now.  I'm not even embarassed by the small amount of remaining healing to go.  I can do anything!!!  I can return to mugging for the camera in my jammies while goofing with eyebrows.

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I can go to Ulta, or anywhere else, for a quick swatchfest without makeup and not have to hide or be embarassed.


I can take random lip swatches in my car.   In the picture below, I'm wearing the Algenist tinted moisturizer.


You can see there's a tiny bit of the Duhring's Disease from Celiac left, but boy, oh boy, do I not even care about that because Algenist has improved my skin so much.  I'm fully confident that my skin will look better and better with continued use.

I mentioned three things that this tinted moisturizer does....gives sun protection, provides amazing skin treatment qualities and the third is how it looks on the skin.

Dahling, it look marvelous!!  It really does.  It goes on smoothly and evenly.  It has light to medium coverage without being too light, feeling heavy or masky, and is buildable to cover whatever you want to.  The wear of this is incredible.  It looks great and doesn't melt off in even 115 degrees F.  SERIOUSLY.

Do you know that I've walked through Nordstrom, more than once, and have been stopped by an makeup artist and asked what I was wearing?  Not my clothing mind you, but they asked about what foundation I had on because my skin just glowed.  They've asked about my "perfect" skin and how I use foundation without it being obvious.  They really have, and it does make me laugh because I remember how awful Mrs. Frankenstein was.

I love the way this looks and how it wears.  I love that it's buildable without looking cakey.  I love that it's not runny and weird like so many I've used.  I love that it looks natural.  I love that it protects my skin while using it's ingredients to make it healthier.  I love the radiance it imparts to my naturally dull skin.  There's not one thing I don't love about it.

Algenist skincare is sold at Sephora, UltaNordstrom, and Algenist's own website.  I have loved everything I've used.  The Repairing Tint and Radiance Moisturizer is in my top three.  I can't decide if it's number 1 or 2, so maybe you might want to test drive it and number it for your own skin, too.  Algenist loaded the bases with the Repairing Oil and just knocked it out of the part with the tinted moisturizer!!  Home Run!!!

Have you been fortunate enough to discover Algenist yet?  Do you know anyone with Celiac Disease who has suffered from this skin ailment?

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?  

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