Thursday, October 22, 2015

$200 Sephora Giftcard Giveaway - Instagram Giveaway From The Beauty Blogazons

We have a cool giveaway from the Blogazons this week via Instagram.  Be sure to check all the entries and one lucky person will win a $200 Sephora Giftcard for your spending joy!!  Have you seen all the new holiday stuff that's come to Sephora lately?!?  oh my bob, have fun entering and spending!!!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Phuse Beauty Hydration Head Case Shampoo And Repairman Conditioner Review For Healthy Shiny Hair!!

Phuse Beauty, "where science meets beauty", is a relatively new company in the land of loveliness.  There is over 30 years of professional beauty industry experience behind the brand.  Their mission is to bring professional products to the home.  I believe the products I have for you today, (as well as a couple other I've tried), do exactly that.

Today we'll be looking at their Hydration Head Case Shampoo, Repairman Conditioner and So Smooth Ta Da! Comb, but first I have to tell you that their Trim It cuticle nippers are THE BEST I've used!!  We're talking 'throw all your others away' kind of best.  Review to come!

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

The Hydration Head Case Shampoo, ($18 / 10 oz),  is for all hair types.  There is no animal testing in Phuse Beauty products and they are gluten free, something I'm particularly thankful for.  The shampoo is touted as controlling frizz, safe and gentle for colored hair, and are paraben and petrochemical free.  The shampoo is sodium and sulfate free, (yay!), and is infused with argan oil, (another yay!).  It is safe enough for daily use.  And it smells really good; a light clean scent.

Here are the ingredients:

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

I use the shampoo and follow up with the Repairman Conditioner, ($19 / 10 oz), which also smells good with a light clean scent.  It is formulated without formaldehyde and petrochemicals.  It is sodium and sulfate free to be safe for even colored hair.  Keratin is an important ingredient in the conditioner to mend damaged hair and promote shine.  It is safe for every day use.

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

Thirdly today is the So Smooth Ta Da! comb, ($7), easily the best comb I've used in the shower to draw the conditioner through the hair evenly and after the shower before styling my hair or even for next-day hair.  I have thick curly hair so the wide teeth are a blessing to my locks, sifting through them without pulling them out.  This is HUGE to me.  Huge.  The comb has a wider tooth space on one end to easily part your hair.

Ta Da! Hydration Head Case, Repairman, review

I've only used wide toothed picks before I received this comb and even they pulled my hair out in knots when I'd comb it.  Every time.  It's like a secret hair curse.  Part of the reason this comb works so well is that it has an infusion of argan oil, olive oil and keratin protein, all wonderful ingredients to promote hair health and shine.

My hair is naturally curly and coarse as the hair shaft is always bent.  The cuticle just doesn't lay flat by itself to promote shine.  And then when I straighten it and add more heat, it tends to get dry.  I can honestly tell you that I have seen a natural type of shine in using these products for the past month.  It's not a heavy or greasy looking faked shine.  I can't really believe it.  I usually use a gob of oil and even then, feel like it looks dry in places.  I'm pretty impressed with these products!!

After washing my hair earlier this week, my friend Kelly curled it.  I have rarely tamed my curls with a curling iron as I've felt that the heat would dry my hair even more.  But with the Phuse Beauty combination, I have a shine that I've never known before!!  I blow dried it.  Kelly curled it.  And look at the SHINE!!!

Kelly is really good with hair.  She should be a stylist!!

Phuse Beauty, in addition to web sales, has a home beauty hosting program.  Check out the link in this paragraph and you can get started earning free beauty products which, in my experience, are top quality.  No joke.  You've got to try the products!!!

You can also follow Phuse on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  These are products worth checking out.  I'm glad I did.

So tell me....what is your greatest personal hair challenge?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I Had A Tarte Attack - Tarte Cosmetics Ulta Exclusive Holidaze Greatest Glitz Collector's Set Swatches

My first item to introduce you to the Holiday 2015 season is the Tarte Cosmetics Greatest Glitz Collector's Set and Portable Palettes, ($49), exclusive to Ulta Beauty.  Tarte is a cruelty free, vegan friendly company and every year they put out a variety of really nice sets for the holiday season.  I missed the Ulta exclusive set last year and I didn't want that to happen again, so this set was the first item I purchased of the season.

The set consists of three palettes in neutral, rose gold, and smoky themes housed in a rose gold cardboard box which has a hidden magnetized closure and a full size mirror in the top.  Each of the three palettes contain .024 oz of eyeshadow and a .155 oz blush.  Also in the set, in a pull out drawer in the bottom of the box, are a deluze size Lipsurgence Lip Creme, (.056 oz.), and a deluxe size, (.13 oz), Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, my current favorite.

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The box is quite sturdy and has a pattern of sequins in the corresponding gold, rose gold and smoky colors on the top.

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palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Let's open the palettes and see the pretties!!

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Each palette is easily removed from the box.  There were one or two eyeshadows that reminded me of last holiday's Sweet Dreams Bon Voyage Collector's set and one or two that reminded me of the Tartlette palette.  Having said that, I want to be clear that the shades are different.  They're not the same as earlier palettes, but a couple may remind you of some of your favorites.

The first palette on the left is the neutral themed palette.

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My swatches are done outside on a sunny day.  Tarte always surprises me when I swatch the products because of the incredible pigmentation.  The colors are soft and swatch easily.  Many of them are very complex, to the point that the camera can't pick it up in a group shot.  I'm including a couple of different shots of my arm at different angles because, as you can see, when light hits the shades at different angles, it brings out different properties and shimmers.

I have swatched the Lipsurgence in Flashy on the right after the blush.

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palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Flashy is the limited edition Lipsurgence for the Greatest Glitz set.  It's a nude rose color, universally flattering.

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The rose gold palette is next in the set.

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Again, I have several swatches of this palette.  As the light changes hitting it, so do the colors.  Sometimes the shimmer is more evident than others and also takes on a different tone.  Tarte has  complex shimmers that must be appreciated from different angles to get the full effect.  The two purples might remind you of the Tartelette palette but the Tartelette purples have more of a browned base to them.

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palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

The third palette has a smoky theme, with a matte purple-black and a matte soft black.  The color Mint Spring, (3rd from the left in the bottom row), has the least pigmentation in all three palettes.  It reminds me of a color in the Bon Voyage set from Holiday 2014 by sight, but when swatched, it's quite different and a greener grey than was found in Bon Voyage.

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

palette, blush, eyeshadow, Ulta, swatches

Tarte has one of the most extensive and intriguing holiday collections.  This palette is found at Ulta and is exclusive to that store.  SEPHORA has their own specific Tarte Holidaze Collection.   Macys and Tarte Online have a shared collection and some pieces that overlap with Ulta and Sephora.

I wanted to put swatches up as quickly as possible for you.  There is quite a variety of Tarte items for you to look at this season, and you'll want to investigate them all, I'm sure.  Tarte Cosmetics offers top quality long-wearing makeup, and there is surely something this Holidaze season for everyone.  Tarte is a vegan friendly, cruelty free company.  You can follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook as well as other social media webbys listed on their site.  Be sure to search their hashtag #TarteHolidaze across all social channels.

Tell me what has caught your eye this holiday season and given you a Tarte Attack?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Swatches

The newest liquid lipstick to hit the market are the NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream lipsticks, (.13 fl oz / $6.99).  They are in the familiar lipgloss type tube with a doe foot applicator.  I picked up a few at Ulta to check out and have those swatches for you today.

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From left to right, I have:   Tea and Cookies, Sandstorm, Pink Lust, Soft-Spoken and Life's A Beach.  I've swatched them below in the same order.

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When I tried these on for lip swatches, at first I was surprised.  They remain tacky feeling on the lips for as long as five minutes.  Taking a sip of my water, I did have just the faintest hint of color transfer.  Once the colors set up, however, they will last well throughout the day.  They have a comfortable feel on the lips and even as I ate and drank, I didn't feel I needed to refresh afterwards.  The formula is definitely long wearing, even for a liquid lipstick.  The finish is matte in the colors I tried.

I've swatched them on the lips in the same order.  First is Tea & Cookies, a nice soft natural pink.

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This pink is really easy to wear and one you'll feel comfortable mucking around in on any given day.

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The next color is Sandstorm, a neutral toned nude of medium depth

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In the middle of my first photo is Pink Lust, a vibrant hot pink.  It glows, it's so bright.


The darker nude is Soft-Spoken.  It is slightly darker and redder than Sandstorm, but not by a lot.  On my pale lips, the colors are really close.


The last color I have is the bright orange Life's A Beach.  This is a neon orange, about the color of a traffic cone on me.  It's so bright that my camera couldn't really handle the difference between it and my skintone.


For about the last year or so, for me personally,  I prefer a more natural type of coral like Anastasia Beverly Hills Sorbet liquid lipstick.

The NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede lipsticks can be found on the NYX Cosmetics website, as well as Ulta online and in stores.  The selection of colors is limited at this point, but they're new, so maybe more colors will come in the future.  These liquid lipsticks are easy to apply, cover without being splotchy and can be layered, if you wish.

Have you tried the Liquid Suedes yet?  What are your favorite liquid lipsticks?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Have Soft Supple Skin With Reviva Labs 10% Glycolic Acid Cream

Let's take a moment to talk about skin...facial skin. I've found that as time passes, for some reason my skin gets bumpier. There can be a roughness to it if I slack off on my skincare. And lines...yeah, those too. One of the best things to do for lines, wrinkles and bumpiness is to introduce an exfoliator into your skincare process. I was fortunate to receive a sample of Reviva Labs 10% Glycolic Acid Cream, (1.5 oz / $29) and it was true love at first use. You can read more about this Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free company here and here.

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Glycolic Acid is an AHA derived from sugar cane.  It is used to exfoliate the top layer of skin and promote cellular renewal.  The molecules are very small and penetrate the surface of the skin.  The allow the outer layer of dead skin to exfoliate off the top, revealing softer smoother skin.  Glycolic Acid is used to treat wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skintone, bumpiness and improve skin's tone, texture and look.  Those darned skin curses that pop up around 35 or 40 can be improved with regular use of an AHA in your skin care routine.

Here are the ingredients, all natural and cruelty free:  Purified water, 101% glycolic acid polymer (extracts of sugar and rhubarb), extracts of pumpkin, peach, sage, cornfrey, chamomile, witch hazel, vitamins A, D, E, safflower oil and sunflower oil.

The 10% Glycolic Acid Cream is white and absorbs easily.

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It should be used at most every other night before bed.  I use it a couple of times a week.  Sensitive skin types should begin with the 5% Glycolic Acid Cream and adjust to that first.  If you have some irritation the next morning, be sure to apply moisturizer over it the next time you use it.   Don't use your AHA's the same night that you do a manual exfoliation, such as with a brush or beaded exfoliator.  Both manual and chemical rejuvenation are important and I use both, but not on the same night.

I really like this.  The first time I used it, I was amazed by how SMOOTH my skin was in the morning.  I've never had irritation from it but I also don't have sensitive skin.  It improves my skin texture.   There's just nothing like having a face as smooth as a baby's bottom.  Like the back side of a baby, you'll have fresh skin exposed to be sure to protect it with an SPF.  Again, the cream contains all natural cruelty-free ingredients.  The 10% Glycolic Acid Cream is something that I simply NEED to have in my skincare routine so that I don't look really old and dry.  :)  And rough.

If you haven't tried Reviva Labs yet, you should.  I have reviewed several of their products and they have never disappointed me.  You can purchase on their website or at Ulta Beauty.  Be sure to browse the Reviva Labs website as their range of products is greater than what Ulta carries.

Do you do regular exfoliation for skin turnover and renewal?  What's your routine?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Esqido Mink Lashes Review, How To And Giveaway

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Let's have a glam giveaway!!!  I've been fortunate to be able to experience ESQIDO mink eyelashes and ESQIDO has offered one lucky reader a pair of mink lashes as well!!  Wait for the widget to load while I tell you about these cruelty-free lashes.

 First of all, they arrive in a cushy white box, which you will keep them in between wears, protecting them until the next time.  It's glam all the way around with the copper writing.

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Esqido makes hand-crafted lashes made of naturally shed mink with a comfortable cotton band.  They are long yet lightweight with an uplifting curl and feel natural on the eye.

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The pair I received is called Unforgettable, ($38).  It's a natural looking lash that provides me length and added fullness.  I totally feel like JLo when I wear these gorgeous mink lashes.

Do you see the insert card two pictures above?  Inside it has instructions for care of the lashes as well as some handy tips for application.  I can honestly tell you that with the tip included, I learned the quickest and easiest way for me to apply lashes.

After you have fit them to your eye and trimmed, if needed, and after you have applied the glue to the band, place a mirror on your lap or table and look down into it.  Looking down into the mirror makes lash application so much easier.  Oh my!!  This makes all the difference!!  I've never heard that before!!!  I have always put them on facing a mirror, which is 10,000 times harder than simply looking down into a mirror and popping them on.  Thank you, ESQIDO for this handy useful tip!!  So be sure to read the inside of the insert.  So helpful!!

You can see they have a nice length:

false lashes, cruelty free

My upper and lower eyelids have been puffy and watery with allergies since we moved.  It's been difficult to deal with, both in how it feels and looks.  My upper lids are so puffy that you can barely see my eyes!!  Thankfully, the ESQIDO mink lashes are long enough to combat the puffiness and yet look very natural on my eyes.  And they are so lightweight that they don't bother me at all.  Very comfortable!!

I'm not at all happy about the puffiness or the darkness from allergies, but I'm really happy with the lashes.  I can't emphasize enough how totally comfortable they are.  You'll forget you even have them on until you look in the mirror.

One lucky winner will receive a pair of ESQIDO lashes to enjoy.  This giveaway is open internationally.  So have fun, enter, and have a blast with your lashes!!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Cleansing Antimicrobial Face And Body Cleansing Brush

Today I want to tell you about the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite cleansing system, a new and innovative electronic brush with microbacterial product protection and patent pending C-boost technology, ($149).  That's a mouthful to say, isn't it?  But it's important because those details are what set the Soniclear Elite brush apart from any others you've experienced to date.

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The Soniclear Elite is a sonic cleansing device with six modes and two brushes; a body brush and a facial brush.  The Elite has a built-in antimicrobial system which cleanses the brush and keeps it from staining, a really important element to help keep your skin clear.  If your brush has bacteria, it will definitely affect your skin negatively.   Michael Todd has created the first self-cleaning sonic cleansing brush.  Your brush heads stay cleaner long, i.e. most brushes will tell you to replace the brush head in 3 months.  With this self-cleaning system, the suggested replacement period is six months!!  Saving you money!!

Soniclear operates a little differently than most brushes you may have experienced.  The brush heads don't turn in a circle but use sonic technology to vibrate the bristles with over 18,000 massaging movements per minute, in a variety of speeds.  You choose whether low, medium or high is your desired speed with just a push of a button.

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The Soniclear Elite is lighter weight than a lot of brushes and fits easily in my hand.  It has two rubberized grips on the side for easier holding when your hands are wet or soapy.  You can see on the neck that it has three buttons.  The bottom button turns the device on and off.  The middle button is for speed control and the top button is for the C-Boost technology.  One can easily hit the button and change speeds or add a C-Boost while the product is in use.  There are two little lights above the controls that tell you if you're using the device on cleansing mode or C-Boost.

C-Boost technology is a first to the skincare brush industry.  When you push the C-Boost button, you get a special cycle that massages to stimulate circulation and stimulates collagen and elastin production.  With the increased circulation, toxins are flushed out from the skin's surface.  Increasing collagen and elastin will plump up the skin and improve texture, two things you definitely want to combat aging skin!

Clinical studies have shown, (from the Michael Todd website):
  • Clinically validated to improve the appearance of fine lines by 84% in 8 weeks
  • Clinically validated to improve skin firmness by 70% in 8 weeks
  • Clinically validated to improve skin texture by 91% in 8 weeks

In the picture above, the facial brush is on the device handle and the body brush is to the side. The area of the facial brush is about half that of the body brush.  Both are good sizes for their intended use.  The Soniclear Elite is waterproof so don't hesitate to take it in the shower and give your skin a good massage.

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The brushes are easily changed.  Just twist the brush head and pull it off.  Then twist to tighten the new brush head on.

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antimicrobial, C-Boost, skincare, body care, review, charcoal detox

antimicrobial, C-Boost, skincare, body care, review, charcoal detox

The brush has six speeds; three for the face and three for the body.  The Elite actually knows the difference between the brushes and which set of speeds to use.  It has an automatic skin cleaning cycle and turns off once it's done.  If you require more time, as I do, just hit the on switch for another round.

When you first receive the Soniclear Elite, be sure to charge it for a full 24 hours before use.  The lights on the back will tell you when it's charged.

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The first self-cleaning antimicrobial brush of it's kind, you can find the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite, ($149.),on their website and at Ulta.  It is available in a variety of colors and comes with a 5 year warranty.

I have seen an improvement in skin texture since I've been using this, as well as better looking pores, especially when I use it with the Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Gel Cleanser, ($23/200 ml).  I received the cleanser before the Soniclear Elite so I've been using it a few months.  It unclogs my pores like nobody's business and the Soniclear Elite wisks all the badies away.

I've never looked forward to washing my face until I received these products, but I'm not kidding you when I tell you washing my face is one of the delights of my day.  I believe my skin is definitely improving.  Charcoal is a great ingredient in skincare which purifies pores and draws all the ick out.  I had a lot of trouble with makeup left in my pores after cleansing before I started using the Charcoal Detox along with the rechargeable Soniclear Elite.

Be sure to take a look at The Soniclear Elite while at Ulta and read about it and the Charcoal Detox Cleanser on their website.  You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Have you been introduced to Michael Todd yet?  What do you use to wash your face?

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