Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I've Been Enjoying Pantone 2016 With Youngblood Cosmetics - Read On For More!

It's always fun when the Pantone color of the year is announced and we find out what colors will be big for the new year.   For 2016, two colors were chosen: Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue, a baby pink and baby blue that will coordinate well together.  Beauty mavens generally desire to work the Pantone inspired colors onto the eyes, lips, hair or fingertips and enjoy wearing the colors of the year.  Today I am bringing you some suggestions from Youngblood Cosmetics that I've been wearing to bust out my best Pantone 2016 moves!

My first foray into Youngblood, (a cruelty free luxury mineral cosmetic brand), was their cobalt blue mascara that you might like to read about.  I believe a good color of blue mascara is a staple in every makeup bin.  It's also hard to find, especially in a cruelty free brand.

All of the above brings me to today's feature:  Youngblood Cosmetics pressed mineral eyeshadow quads in Glamour Girl and Vintage, and Pink Lust lipstick.  (In the picture below, you can see where I slipped and dug my thumbnail into the top pink.  Ugh.  Long nails.)

Each eyeshadow quad, (4 gm / $43), can be used wet or dry and has matte, pearl and shimmery finishes.  The quads have a full mirror on the lid.  The shades apply well, blend easily and wear for a full day.  I didn't have any patchiness from the mattes, or any of the other finishes.  I found the colors to be well suited in the way they were picked for the quads.  I have my eye on another even as we speak.

I love that you can use the shadows dry or wet for an intensified look.  Let's look at Glamour Eyes first; the blue and brown quad containing the shades Enticing, Alluring, Stunning and Charming.

The next picture shows some use as I've worn this a few times already.

The swatches I have are all done dry...I apologize, I should have done them wet, too.  I'm just so used to swatching everything dry.

And then I swatched Pink Lust lipstick next to the quad.  The work SO WELL together!  Pink Lust is a really gorgeous peachy pink with some gold shimmer.  It looks warmer in the tube and on my arm than it does on my lips.  The first two pictures are in my studio set-up.

And the following picture is outside.  You can see in my pictures how the shine of the colors picks up in bright lights.  Look at the gold shimmer of the lipstick!  Mmmmmmm.

The lipsticks, (4 gm/$19), are also outstanding.  On my lips, the color lasts a really long time.  I can't really say how many hours because I drink water or soda constantly.  But hours.

How about a pinky kissy kissy?  I love this lipstick SO much.  It's a nice wet looking pink shine.

My third item to tell you about today is Vintage pressed mineral eyeshadow quad.

The coordinating pinks and mauves can give a sweet feminine feel.  Or pair it with the Glamour Eyes quad and create your own special look.  Vintage also plays nicely with my Pink Lust lipstick.

The first swatch picture of Vintage is taken outside in full sun.

The other two are in my studio.

Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics are formulated with minerals and are free from most allergens.  You can read more about the product formulas HERE.  You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube.  You can subscribe to their newsletter and purchase at this link.

 I should tell you there are some mineral brands I can't wear because they make me itch but Youngblood and I are a match made in Heaven.  The makeup is pure, smooth and doesn't cause me any skin problems.

Have you tried Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics yet?   What are you wearing on your face or nails to celebrate 2016's Pantone inspired colors?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day Nail Art with KB Shimmer and Painted Polish

I've had a nail art idea in my mind for awhile that I wanted to try close to Valentine's Day.  I used 3 KB Shimmer nail polishes and one holo jelly from Painted Polish.  I've really enjoyed it the past week.  These are the polishes I used for my manicure:

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From left to right as you read:  KB Shimmer Falling For Hue, KB Shimmer Foiled, KB Shimmer Leaf Of Faith and Painted Polish Frisky in Fuchsia.

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I just ADORE the off-white with glitter crellies by KB Shimmer.  I'd like to say they're my favorite of her line, but I feel that way about every one of her polishes that I use.  Having said that, the crelly shimmers are my favorite, and Falling For Hue is my favorite of the crellys.  :)  There are purple and red glitter specks of all shapes and sizes that reflect color as the light hits.  Each glitter speck provides holographic depth to the white crelly.  It applies like a dream and I used two coats on my middle finger.  Sad to tell you it is a retired color.

KB Shimmer Foiled, ($9.25), well the name just does a great job of describing it.  It is loaded with small silver metallic flakes.  It applies so smoothly!!!  I was really curious about the silver metallic polishes at KB Shimmer, and whether they would buckle as the flakes hit each other....I was so silly!  I should have known they'd be absolutely smooth as glass.  Just two coats are used as a base for the nail art on my thumb, ring and index fingers.  It's hard for me to take a great picture of this because it's so reflective, so bear that in mind when you see the manicure pics.  Foiled is everything I ever could have hoped it would be.

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Leaf of Faith, ($8.75), is a deep red jelly with red, gold and orange glitters that make this polish really come alive!!  I think a plain red jelly in this color would be super fantastic, too.  You can see the random holographic specks in Leaf of Faith to really draw you in.  I used this for nail art on my ring finger.  If I hadn't already had so many fingers full of polish, I would have done a full finger in this, too.  The sad part is that the nail art on my ring finger is really hard to photograph given the sparkle of the polishes and the size of the nail vinyls that I used.

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Holy snap!!!  Painted Polish Frisky In Fuchsia, ($10), is everything you could ever want in a pinky fuchsia holographic polish!  It looks like a delicious jam and the holo is mainly red and violet and can spark shades of gold and orange.  It also applies smoothly and with ease.  I used two coats on my pinky and one coat with a nail vinyl on my index finger.  Obviously I'll need more polishes from this line.  Everything about this polish was outstanding.

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So that's my mani.  Those are lips on my ring finger plus a heart shaped jewel.  I just couldn't get it to come out in photos.  Don't you think that KB Shimmer needs to bring back Falling for Hue?  Love that white crelly glitter!!!  Shoot, I really love all the polishes I used.

You can shop KB Shimmer's nail polish along with bath and body products HERE and Painted Polish HERE.  Their websites contain links to all their social media sites.  I love a great indie nail polish and these are.  They make me feel all lovey and mushy....just like Valentine's.  Who needs chocolate when you can have nail polish?!?!?!?!

Please visit the other blogs linked for more manicure ideas.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Revlon Hair Products Review AND Valentine Blog Hop Giveaway Plus A Suprise!

I'd like to invite you to join a Valentine's Blog Hop set of giveaways by the Beauty Blog Coalition.  The links to them will load at the bottom of this list after my Rafflecopter widget.   For my giveaway, I have a set of Revlon hair care items.  They sent me a set to try out and tell you about as well as a set for a giveaway!!  Very nice of them, AND they told me about the One Step Blow Dryer and Stying Tool, which I bought as soon as it came out.  I'm indebted to Revlon forever for telling me about this tool/blow dryer because it has truly changed my life.  You can read about that in the previous link.

One lucky winner will get the following from my giveaway.  I'm so sorry but due to size and weight, I must keep the entrants to Canadian and US shipping locattions only.  :(  However, if you do the manatory entries on each blog, worldwide entrants are eligible to win the grand prize.

Lorac Champagne Dreams palette

Oh wait!!  There's a Lorac Champagne Dreams palette!!!  I put that in the giveaway so that you'll be able to fix your hair and your face up for all your date nights...or everyday wear.

I had a Revlon brush, kind of similar to the one in the middle, all through the 70s and 80s.  We moved and I lost it somewhere in the process.  It styled my hair like nobody's business!  I'd been looking for something that I liked ever since.  I've bought fancy brushes and I've bought cheaper brushes.  I'd use them and toss them out of frustration.   But, for some reason, I thought I had to find the right brush in a salon.  It should have been so simple for me to think of trying another Revlon brush.  Anyway, fast forward to now and enter the Revlon Scalp Sensations Styling Brushes.

The big paddle brush on the bottom is my favorite.  All the brushes are ionic for less frizz, and have nice nylon bristles with little bulbs to be soothing to your scalp.

The brushes are extra gentle, suitable for all ages, and retail for less than $10 each!!!  It's a steal.  Here are the other two.

Whatever your brushing preferences, there is a shape for you.  The other Revlon items will be an answer to prayer, especially if you have thick hair.  This is what you're dreamed of!!  (I have thick curly hair which I straighten).

XL elastics for hair!!!!  If you know the struggle of "2x isn't enough, 3 is too tight", you'll love these!  You can actually get these around your hair and have a secure hold!!

You also receive a striped headband...and look at this thick haired people!  Clips with grips!!!!  It can be so hard to get a clip to stay in thick hair!!

You can find these Revlon items at Target or any other drugstore that you choose.  And check out the new blow dryer.  It's changed my world!!!!!!!!!

So the surprise part of the giveaway is the Lorac Champagne Dreams palette that I added.  It's so pretty.

Enter my giveaway via Rafflecopter.  There are two items that are mandatory, as you'll see, and then many other options to build points toward winning.  Then hit up the blogs in the link as well to be eligible to win those items.  Have fun!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For this super-awesome Valentine's-themed blog hop, 38 fabulous bloggers have teamed up to give away some epic prizes, all beauty-related, of course! If you've been wanting to splurge on some fun items for yourself...you're in the right place!

Here’s How it Works: Each of the blogs participating are giving away their own prize on their blog. Yes, you heard that right — this blog hop has 38 separate giveaways that you have a chance to win! So after you’ve entered my giveaway, make sure you hop to all the other blogs (linked below) for more beauty products that you could win!

GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY: Because we like to spice it up a bit, we didn't stop at 38 giveaways...we wanted to make it a nice, round 40 with an epic grand prize that you could win! So, if you go around the blog hop and enter all the giveaways, you’re eligible to enter to win a $400 eGiftcard to Sephora or Ulta (winners choice!). If you live in a country that Sephora or Ulta doesn’t ship to, no worries! You’ll be given the money via PayPal to use at whatever beauty store you have nearby!

International Readers: There are some blogs who do not have their giveaway open worldwide, but you can still enter to win the grand prize giveaway! Here's how that will work -- for all the blogs in this hop that do not have their giveaway open worldwide, all you have to do is check out their giveaway, complete the required entry, and leave them a comment on their giveaway post letting them know you’re international but still did the required entry so that you can have a chance to win the grand prize! Then click the link below that will take you directly to where you can fill out the form to enter the grand prize giveaway.

You got all that? Any questions, just ask below! Let’s get into this hop!

In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in the beginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Osmosis Skincare Watercolor Pigment Eyeshadows With Review and Swatches

If you're familiar with the brand Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare, you're probably most familiar with the items of skincare that they make. I'm currently testing some and I'm impressed so far! You may not know that Osmosis also has makeup products. What I have for you today are two of the Watercolors, a loose type of eyeshadow that is vastly different than any others you've used.  I hope this post can convey the differences accurately and the superiority of this products.

On the left you will see Onyx and the right is Pink Champagne, (0.075 oz ea.).  And you can see that the properties of the shadow accurately describe their names.

I think I'll just tell you right now that these are by far the best loose pigment makeup I've ever used.  I've used several brands of loose shadows, starting with Mac pigments.  When I started doing makeup, access to different brands, formulations and colors was fairly limited, so I used a lot of pigments and loose makeup to get what I needed.  In the last few years,  I gradually got away from them when the ease of pressed shadows from every internet nook and cranny satisfied my color cravings.

I didn't expect to love the Osmosis.  I assumed they'd be messy and like any other pigment I've used.  Not.  Sooooo not!!  I'll stop my story right here so that you can look at swatches...mean, right...?

When you move and the light hits different facets of the color, the shimmer will show either more or less.  They have multi-faceted color vallues.  They are superb.

The first time I used these, I held my breath and steadied my hands, expecting a Mac-like experience.  The formulation seemed somewhat different...they feel hydrating to the touch.  The company claims that they are a hydrating eye formula offering a radient glimmer to the lids without creasing.  I can tell you this is TRUE.  I've had zero creasing with these shadows which are infused with green tea, vitamins A, C and E, and goji berry.

More importantly, I've had zero fall-out from them, whether we're talking about dipping into the pot with a brush, applying the shades or wearing throughout the day.  I've had NO fallout!!!  And here's the other thing, I just slapped them on, without any special glitter primer or anything like that.  They wore really really well.  And I have had no fall out.  How is that even possible?

In the picture above, I'm not all dolled up or anything but this was my first run of the shadows.  And I took more pictures when I got home after running around all evening, probably five hours later.

I find the wear really impressive.  That's the Pink Champagne in the inner eye and Onyx at the outside.

Another time, I tested the shadows while going to see zoo lights.  Again, I had no fallout applying or later after we got home.  It's simply amazing.  AND...these are by far the best loose shadows I've ever used.  I wish we had feel-o-vision so you could feel the texture.  It's really cool.

Bottom line is the Osmosis Water Colors are the best loose makeup I've ever used.  I've said this 40 times already but you have to understand how impressive it has to have had no fallout in application or during wear.  And NO creasing!!  I'm truly amazed at this product.  Of course I want all the colors now, lol.  They are really terrific!!!

You can follow Osmosis on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and you can read all kind of useful information on their blog.  Osmosis is available for purchase on HERE.

I'm going to leave you with my smoldering look....and ask....

...do you have a favorite loose shadow you'd like to tell me about, brand, color or both?

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Perfect Holiday Red Gel Polish - Gelish Good Gossip

So before Christmas, I wanted to do a really cool nail art manicure, using Gelish Good Gossip as the base.  I applied the base and a coat of polish, then another....I looked at my nails and said "oh my gosh what a beautiful color!" and ditched the nail art ideas and wore this delicious red instead.

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I wasn't prepared for the terrifically holo scattered red lights inside.  The polish gives the look of layer after layer of shiny red Christmas lights.  It's so much more beautiful in person than pictures.

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I hoped showing it under different lights could bring out the glowing effect of the red specks inside.  They just glow like Christmas lights.  It's a bright and beautiful color.

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It's just crazy pretty and sparkly without glitter no matter how you look at it.  This is two coats of Good Gossip and applied using the Gelish lamp and treatment system.  I LOVED wearing this!!

Gelish Mini's can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for $12.99 each, and the cost is a little cheaper if you are a beauty club member.  I loved wearing this as you might have seen on my social media.  Gelish just never fails me.  I wore this for 12 days when I got really ancy for a color change.

Did you have special Christmas or other holiday makeup or manicures?  Feel free to share what you did below.  Do you do gel polish at home?

Monday, January 4, 2016

Now at Ulta Beauty, Tartan + Twine Plaid Brinton Alley Beauty Organizer Makeup Bag.

Today I want to show you a cute Tartan + Twine cosmetic bag to organize your latest purchases and gifts from the holidays. You can find it in store at Ulta Beauty where I just saw it on sale for $16.99.   It's the cutest plaid, a great size with lots of places to store stuff  and I know you need it!!

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This bag is the perfect size to use as a clutch purse.  It will hold your day's makeup, your cell phone and your wallet, or if you use a large purse, you can slide this bag right in it.  It is a very sturdy woven nylon in red, white, blue and black.   It measures 8.5" long, 6" high and 2" in depth.  You can see it has the Tartan + Twine gold bar log on the front, which matches the zipper handles on the outside.

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Cute, right?  But wait until you see the inside!!  The bag packs a bang for the buck!!!  It has two removeable pouches on the inside, a zippered pouch on one end and a sectioned holder for brushes, pencil liners or mascaras on the other end.

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As much as I love the plaid on the outside, the inside is "all that" and so much more!!!  The inner removeable pouches snap into the bag with ease and can be removed just as well.  They measure 7" long by 5" high each.  Great sizes to remove and carry around with you if you don't want to take the whole bag.

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I have put my Beauty Junkees kabuki brushes in the slotted end of the bag so you can see that there are two levels of slotted pouches.

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The inside is a beautiful crimson.

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The bag easily doubles as a clutch purse, if you want to run around with it.

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This is a sweet bag.  You'll want to go to Ulta as soon as you can to look at it.  It's going to be so sturdy...you can just tell by the feel of it.  It has a lot of attention to detail and is put together well.  And it's CUTE!!!  I LOVE the plaid!!!

It truly will hold and organize many of your new products.  What do you think?  Could you see this in your purse or on your vanity?  What would you store in it?  Specific products or the day's makeup for touch ups?  I hope you all have had a great holiday season!  Here's to the New Year!

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