Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Brush Lover's Investigation of The Artis Elite Smoke Collection Oval 8 and Oval 3 Makeup Brushes

If you've been anywhere on social media channels lately, you may have seen the oval Artis brushes showing up and wondered if the hype was real.  The oval brush heads with these dense fibers may even look quirky to you and as the oddest makeup applicator you've seen yet.  Today I hope to answer some questions you may have and give you my honest opinion, as a brush lover, of the quality and performance of the Artis Oval 8 and Oval 3 brushes.

The brushes are housed in substantial boxes so that they won't get smooshed in shipping.  I really appreciate that.  I'd suggest when you travel, to take your larger Artis brushes in the box.  I recently went on a trip that included 6.5 hours of flight and while I had packed my carryon full of makeup and brushes with exquisite care, they had a new jet where the bags are placed sideways in the overhead.  To say I was flipping out over how my Oval 8 would be since I packed it for horizontal storage, is an understatement.  When I pulled it out of the bag, it was a little wonky on one side, but a quick brush of my hand across it and it was perfect again!  On the back of the boxes, there are suggestions for use.

The boxes are pretty nice, but let's take a look at the brushes in them.  The Artis cosmetic brushes are made with animal-free Cosmefibre technology.  The brushes are uniformly constructed with 3-10 times as many fibers as a conventional animal hair brush.  They are made with a technology that retains it's shape, as I found out during travel.  The brushes are so densly packed with microfibers that they trap less product on the brush which also allow them to move over a face in movements so smooth that creases and lines can't be seen.

Artis brushes have ergonomic handles are are really comfortable to hold and work with.  Due to the density of the hand-formed Cosmefibres, they absorb less products than a traditional brush.  I really really like that.  I'm the worst miser ever when it comes to getting every drop out of a product.  And because they don't retain product, water, alcohol, cream or cleanser, they're easier to clean.

The Oval 8 is a big daddy!!!  It works so well for body cream, body contour and highlight, facial treatments, foundation, blush, bronzer, highlight and powder.  The box tells me it can be used for eyeshadow, and I suppose you could because sometimes I use the very tip of it for things.  For contour and bronzer, I use just one of the length edges.  Here are some pictures to show you the size of this brush relative to other things you might have around.  It's huge!!

I had a little bit of a learning curve using it with foundation.  My usual method was dabbing the foundation around the face and then using brush strokes to blend.  With the Artis Oval 8, it is best to put the foundation on the brush and then smoothly take long stroke across half the face at a time.  There's no need to pounce or make small strokes.  Drawing it smoothly all the way is the best application I've had with it.  And that makes it so fast, too!!  The Oval 8 is the length of my pinky finger.  My hands are just slightly longer than most women because I'm tall.

The Oval 3 is much smaller.  I use it for eye cream, concealer, eyeshadow, and sometimes brows when I'm in a hurry.  My nails are too long for me to safely get eye cream in the inner corner of the eye so the Oval 3 is just perfect for me.  In the next set of pictures, it shows eye primer dotted about the eye in three of them as I smooth it and the last lower right corner shows me applying shadow in my crease.  It's a perfect fit.  I can reach absolutely every angle of my eye.

Here is the relative size of the Oval 3.

 Both together:

If this is your first look at Artis Brushes, but they look vaguely familiar, you might be aware that Mac Cosmetics had put out three look-a-like oval brush sizes in 6, 3 and 1.   Artis and Mac oval brushes were designed by former Mac Cosmetics Senior Executive Matthew Waitesmith.  I had purchased all three sizes and have been using the 6 as face cream, primer and foundation before I received the Oval 8.

I have some size comparison pictures for you if you've seen or own the Mac and are wondering if you need Artis brushes, (you do, they're fantastic).  Below is Artis Oval 8, Mac Oval 6 and Artis Oval 3.  You can see just how awesome this brush will be for body care.

Mac Oval 6 brush

Here are all the Artis and Mac brushes that I own, the Artis Oval 8, Mac Oval 6, Artis Oval 3, Mac Oval 3 and Mac Oval 1.  The oval 1 is useful for brows, eye and lip liners and cutting the crease.

Mac Oval 3, Oval 6, Oval 1 brush

The Artis Elite Smoke Collection is so similar to the Mac, they are like twins.  Both have a dark smoky purple color and a charcoal grey grip with the brand name.

Overall the feeling, look, performance, grip and function of the Artis and Mac brushes are the same, with the exception being that Artis has varied colors and a vastly larger range of sizes and shapes.  I have more of the Artis brushes on my ever expanding wishlist!!

Oh!!!  I almost forgot, here is a really simple everyday look where I only used the Artis Oval 8 and the Artis Oval 3 brushes, mascara and a little gloss.  It's with no editing.   (It looks like a senior picture to me, only 100 years later, but I'm looking off into my future of makeup brushes, lol)

And then the monkey in me came out to play with my funnest brush.  You can do so many things with these brushes!!!

My bottom line is that the Artis Elite brushes are really fantastic.  I've never experienced anything like the Oval 8.  I mean, the Mac Oval 6 is similar, but people, you just can't imagine how great the Oval 8 feels and how quickly it applies everything!!!  I've always really enjoyed brush stroking foundation so at first, I couldn't decide if the Oval 8 would take over that task or not.  But let me tell you, this brush is SO smooth, the look of primer and foundation just can't be beat and you use less product because the brush doesn't absorb it!!

The Oval 8 is definitely an investment at a price of $65, but the workmanship you get in that brush is worth it.  I believe an artist is only as good as their tools, so I believe in buying good brushes to get the best use out of my makeup.  And if you have really good brushes at a smaller price, that's good, it really is.  I'm just saying this brush is unique, it makes so many things quicker and easier and hold this in your hand and you really feel like you're awesome.  It has that "I've got a great tool" satisfaction feel.  I am a brush fanatic, what can I say?  It's a different experience and it does take using a technique that you probably don't use now but it is quick to master.

I have an Artis Oval 3 in my makeup room and a Mac Oval 3 by my bed.  One for day cream, easy to reach for my night goo.  The Oval 3 is a $40 brush and worth every penny.  There are different size and shape combinations that will save you money if you want more than one brush.  There are also different colors.  If you know anyone who loves makeup or skincare and the art of applying it, you will slay with Artis brushes for gift giving!!

Read about Artis Makeup Brushes and watch some of their videos to learn more.   You can purchase them online on at or check out the list of retailers here for a source close to you.  Follow them on InstagramFacebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

What do you think of these funny brushes?  What are some of your most unusual yet cosmetically functional brushes?  Do you have any other questions for me about the Artis Oval 8 and Oval 3 makeup brushes?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Matrix Total Results Hair Products Will Have You Saying So Long Damage and Hello Heathly Hair!

When the Matrix Total Results So Long Damage products arrived at my house, I really didn't expect much. I thought I'd try them for review but never in my wildest dreams did I think they would become my holy grail hair care products. You see, I was aware of the Matrix name for most of my life, but I'd never tried any. There must be over 100 different hair care choices at any store or salon at which I've shopped, so naturally I haven't tried them all. With the first use of the Matrix products, I was sure my holy grail hair system had landed in my home.  A bold claim, right?  Let's take a look.

leave in, shampoo, conditioner, haircare, hair, salon
There are a few more products in the So Long Damage line, but these are the three I was drawn to at first as they were similar products to what I've used from every brand; shampoo, conditioner and a leave-in product.  I found that my hair didn't seem to need anything else when I used these three products!  Not a gel or any other kind of goo like I usually use.  That surprised me.  Later I read that Matrix says that the use of the So Long Damage shampoo and conditioner along with the Total Results Miracle Creator leave-in spray will give stronger hair with less breakage and increased shine.  That is exactly what I've experienced!  My  hair has never felt stronger or experienced less damage.

And my hair is SO SOFT!  I have naturally curly coarse hair and I've always hated the texture.  It's not, by nature, the soft Rapunzel hair that you would want to run your hand through.  With my first usage, I was so impressed with the soft texture of my hair that I ran to my husband and yelled  "feel my hair!!"  He did and he said "wow, that's so soft".  Yeah, baby!!  This is exactly the experience I've always longed for from hair products.

The shampoo has a delightful fruity scent and lathers up well.  I feel clean after using it.  The conditioner smells like conditioner mixed with the shampoo's fruity scent.  You will recognize the fruity scent but also the typical smell of conditioner...does that make sense?  It is pleasant and when you use the 20 function leave-in Miracle Creator, you'll smell the wonderful scent of cookies.  Kind of like a snickerdoodle.  I love it SO much that I can't stop smelling my hair.  When my head heats up, it activates that cookie smell and I tell you what, that can definitely be comforting and reassuring to the soul as well as the hair.  I just love it!

The reduction in breakage has to do with the ceramides in the formula.  I know you've heard the word but let me tell you what it means as I understand it.  Ceramides are lipids, which are a fatty acid that is essential to the longevity of the cuticle of the hair.  They bind to the cuticle, help retain moisture and make it stronger which also works to protect against environmental damage...including the sun, pollution and even the products we use to style our hair.  And it works!

(While I have you here, I'd like to share a couple other Matrix products that I had been testing and fell in love with.  I'm just going to tell you briefly that they performed very well and I've been really impressed with how well they work.  You should check them out too.  They are the Matrix Smooth Setter Smoothing Cream and the Gloss Booster.  I haven't used them for the past couple of weeks just because I was testing the Total Results line by itself.  These both absolutely work and are now holy grail products as well.)

salon, haircare, hair,

Matrix Total Results products can be found wherever Matrix is sold, including Ulta for your purchasing pleasure.  The Matrix website also has a salon locater in the upper left hand corner.  You can learn more about this and other Matrix lines by visiting their website and following them on Facebook, Instagram. Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat.

Have you experienced Matrix hair products?  What steps do you use in your hair regimen?

Friday, April 8, 2016

Beauty Junkees Kabuki Makeup Brush Set And Mini Precision Kabuki Set Pictures And Review

Guess what I have to tell you about today?  Beauty Junkees brushes!!!  Today we're going to talk about the full size 5 brush Kabuki set with bonus brush holder as well as the 5 piece Precision Mini Kabuki set with makeup case.  I'm covering both sets in one post to compare them in order to show the sizes.  I had planned to show you the eye makeup brush set and start a giveaway for them but dang it, I discovered that when my computer died a couple weeks ago, it took those pictures with it.  I'll be re-doing the photos and launching the giveaway in a few days.  In the meantime, Beauty Junkees has issued a 25% discount on all their products using the code POLARBEL until the end of April 2016.  You'll want to be sure and check out the 5 piece Highlight and Contour set also as it included the best makeup sponge I've ever used.  Ever.  (FYI:  Mother's Day is coming SOON!)  Let's get started.

The full sized kabuki set contains 5 brushes as well as a nice sturdy 2 piece brush holder, ($39.97 per set).  I use both halves of my brush holder to keep brushes in on my counter.  It's so handy!!   The two ends snap together for security and make a great traveling case.

mini precision, brush holder

The 5 brushes have great shapes of kabukis; flat, rounded and tapered.  Each Beauty Junkees item is also sold individually.  The kabukis are all made of vegan friendly, hypoallergenic and antibacterial synthetic taklon.  And they don't shed!!

mini precision brush, brush case

mini precision brushes, brush holder,

The Precision Mini Kabuki set, ($19.97), contains smaller brushes shaped exactly like the full sized brush heads.  It comes in a faux leather, nicely weighted, zippered pouch with an attractive hot pink satin feel interior.  The pouches are really nice!!  They measure 9.5" x 4.5" x0.5 and you could easily use it for a cluch purse.

Each set has two flat topped kabukis, one which is angled.  They work very well for buffing lotions, potions and creams onto the skin.  You can apply foundations or blushes with them as well.  Pictured below is the premium foundation brush and the angled flat bronzer.

I use the mini flat tops to apply concealer and color correctors.  My favorite of the small kabuki brushes is the flat top angled blender.  I have deep set eyes and trying to put eye cream on with my finger will leave the inner third of my eye without anything on it.  I can reach all the angles of my eye perfectly with this brush.  They give a really nice application of concealer.  Especially in the tiny angled areas like eyes and nose.  These are so precisely cut, it's just a joy to admire them.  I love a pretty brush!  I use these every day.

color corrector, color correction

Each set contains two rounded cut kabukis which are also precisely cut.  The angled large size is a blush brush and the round is a mineral foundation brush.  I use both of these most often for my liquid foundation and I've also used them with cream foundations.  I don't have powder foundations, so I can't talk about that, but I LOVE these for my face creams and foundations.  I also use these for contouring.  These two are my favorites in the large brush set and I use them every day.

I find brushes to be soothing personally.  I love to admire the precision of the cut of the brushes.

The minis are just so fun to play with.  You will LOVE these!  I love all of these so hard!!

The 5th shape is tapered with a beautiful cut.

Just look at this perfection!  It's seriously cut perfectly!

I want to show you how the sizes of the regular and the minis compare.  I think it's hard to imagine the minis until you have them in hand.  They're adorable and perfect juniors to their daddys.

Both sizes are comfortable in the hands.

When I agreed to take a look at these brushes, I never imagined they'd be great quality.  And I mean great.  I really love them.  I'm so impressed with them.  I've told you before that I've painted all my life so I learned the value of a good brush early on and the same is true with makeup - you can't do good work with bad tools.  I believe these brushes have improved my application and I use them every single day.  They have replaced my other brushes which I had carefully picked out over the years.  The only other face brush I need is a large powder brush.  I'm so impressed with everything I've purchased and every brush I own from Beauty Junkees.  Please visit them in their shop to read more about the items.  I think you're going to fall on the floor when you see my Eye Brush Set review.  Yes, they're THAT GOOD.

The brush sets are such a fantastic value!  I don't want you to miss out.  So be sure to use the code POLARBEL for a discount of 25% - substantial!!!  I don't make commission off the sale.  I just want you to own these brushes which, by the way, have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  Come back for the giveaway we'll do on the eye brush set.

You can follow Beauty Junkees on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest.  Please don't miss this sale.  These brushes are top quality, made of vegan friendly cruelty-free synthetic taklon bristles and don't shed.  What more could you ask for?  Wouldn't these make great gifts??  Have you heard of Beauty Junkees yet or experienced their products?  What do you think?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Want Lips Dreams Are Made Of? Try Michael Todd Beauty Intensive Lip Cream On Your Pout

Who doesn't want the poutiest pout on their kisser?  It's what's in for lip shape!  Most people aren't able to choose injectibles to plump up our pout so we need to turn to good treatments that work without sacrificing comfort.  Michael Todd Beauty's Intensive Lip Cream, ($15 ml/$48), is a lip treatment I've been using for a couple of months to test if it safely and effectively brings me a softer fuller date night look.  This lip cream is a cruelty-free vegan product.

See the slanted applicator tip on the pretty purple squeeze tube?  It applies the cream directly to your lip area feeling cool and smooth the whole time.  It's a great tip for the application of the cream.  And all you need is the tiniest bit!!  In the next picture, the dot on my finger is easily twice as much as what you need per application.

 There is a cooling minty sensation when you apply the cream to your lips.  It's not the painful or annoying type of tingle, but just a cool mintyness you're bound to enjoy.  The product can be applied on the lips as well as the skin above and below and rubbed lightly in.  It absorbs quickly without any greasiness and leaves the lips looking soft and supple with a healthy glow.  It's not shiny, it's just a natural satin type of skin glow.

It has really helped to keep my lips soft, supple and has even helped promote fullness.  I notice a difference especially when I have lip color on.  I wish I had before and after pictures to show you, but  I had a hard time becoming regular in my use at first, applying in the morning and at night.   Things like lip balm weren't something I'd use a lot, so I wasn't in the habit of really taking care to keep my lips soft.  Growing up in the harsh climate of Alaska, I just got used to have dry lips now and then and would exfoliate when necessary.  There's just no reason not to treat your lips well when there are products like this on the market.

The Intensive Lip Cream really needs to come with a dislaimer:  Warning!!  You will become a babe magnet with regular use!!   Not even joking, I can look like I wrestled a cat all night, with my hair all crazy and bloodshot allergy eyes and if I go apply my Intensive Lip Cream, my husband says "you look really pretty" every single time.  There's something to this lip cream!!!!

I want you to see some items of interest about the ingredients from the Michael Todd website:

This anti-aging formula combines skin plumping, firming and smoothing actives in a soothing natural base to treat the visible signs of aging on and around the lip area while protecting from UV induced damaging enzymes.
Benefits & Key Ingredients 
Soluble Collagen 
  • Naturally occurring protein in the skin that is responsible for skin’s elasticity and firmness 
  • Infused collagen plumps and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out 

Hyaluronic Acid 
  • Naturally occurring hydrating water binding molecule 
  • Attracts water to the skin’s surface to plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles from the from the inside out while delivering nourishing hydration to the skin’s outer layers 

Actimp™ (Peptide blend extracted from Parisian sustainably farmed Sweet white Lupine Flower) 
  • Sweet white Lupine was first recognized 2,400 years ago by Hippocrates for its’ nutritional and medicinal value 
  • Present day, extracted peptides from the Lupine flower are clinically validated to strengthen the dermal-epidermal junction restoring elasticity & firmness while healing & repairing through an increase in collagen & elastin production and a decrease in damaging enzymes 
  • Clinically validated to increase collagen production by 95% after 10 days 
  • Protects and preserves the skin’s firmness and elasticity by halting the production of destructive enzymes produced by the skin due to UV exposure by 93% in 10 days 

Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice 
  • Nature’s first aid kit is known for its’ soothing, healing and anti-inflammatory properties 

You should go look at the website for a great before and after picture!

The following is a list of ingredients for this vegan product:
Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Organic Olive) Fruit Oil, Organic Extracts of Lavandula x Intermedia (Organic Lavender) Flower, Aspalathus Linearis (Organic Rooibos) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Calendula) Flower,Aphanizomenon Flos Aquae (Organic Blue Green Algae), Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Glycerin (and) Butylene Glycol (and) Aqua [water] (and) Carbomer (and) Polysorbate-20 (and) Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (and) Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 [Matrixyl 3000®],), Hydrolized Lupine Protein (Actimp®), Stearic Acid, Ubiquinone (CoQ10) , Tocopheryl Acetate Tocopherol, C12-15 AlkylBenzoate, Flavor, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Collagen, Oenothera Biennis (Organic Evening Primrose) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Glycerin (and) Water [Aqua] (and) Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin (and) PalmitoylTripeptide-38 [Matrixyl® Synthe6], Acetyl hexapeptide-3 [Argireline®], Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Xanthan Gum.

Please visit the website to learn more about Micheal Todd Beauty.   You can purchase the Intensive Lip Cream on their website.  Have fun following them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.  I've mentioned how much I love the Charcoal Detox Cleanser all over my social media channels as well as on my blog in this review.  It's an outstanding skin purifier, clarifier and cleanser.  You need it in your life.  Search my Instagram and Twitter for my massive raves. The Charcoal Detox Cleanser was my 2015 Product Of The Year.  Cuz it's great!!!

Have you tried anything from Michael Todd Beauty?  I have my eye on the Eraser, a device that helps infuse serums.  The website tells me this helps the product to absorb and work better and they haven't steered me wrong yet.    I'm thankful to have been exposed to this company.  Any items you see that are peeking your interest?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Matching My Diet Coke It's Mine Bottle With A Manicure & Nail Art Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyFavoriteIsAllMine #CollectiveBias

When I met my husband, I knew he was the one.  I just knew.  It was probably because he introduced me to Diet Coke.  It was love at first drink!  That cold fresh taste opened a world of wonder that I had never known before.  If you know me in real life, you probably think Diet Coke runs through my veins because you never see me without one, and you would be right!!!  It is my life's blood...the very reason I get out of bed in the morning.   When my eyes first open, I slam them shut and try for a few more minutes of slumber.   Then I think about the cold refreshing bubbly taste of a Diet Coke, and truly, that gets me out of bed.  It is unspeakable joy that courses over my tastebuds as I take the first sip of the familiar liquid every morning and again with each sip throughout the day .  Truly refreshing to my often dry throat.  You may or may not know that I am a lifelong artist, so to combine my favorite beverage with varied bright bottles in different patterns, to me is an absolute thrill.   Seriously.  Diet Coke It's Mine 12 oz. bottles were made for me!!


So we were out the other day and hubs suggested we pick up some of the Diet Coke It's Mine individualized bottles. (We have a Coca Cola collection that we started after he gave me that first bottle.) We dropped into Albertson's to check them out. Did you know that there is a Sweepstakes running only at Albertson's to win 1 of 10 VIP packages for two to go to Los Angeles and attend Primetime's Biggest Awards Show in May 2016?   The packages include hotel, travel gift card, a pre-party reception, exclusive gift bag and ticket to the awards show.  Now, I know you all want to go see if Jimmy or Jimmy wins, lol.  You can enter with a selfie of you and your personal Diet Coke It's Mine bottle.  Use the hashtag #ItsAllMineSweepstakes on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win.  Twitter and Instagram accounts must be public throughout the contest, which runs until April 26, 2016.

My ever funny hubby wanted a selfie of his bottle.  Imagine the conversation when I tell him he needs a selfie of him WITH his chosen bottle....he said my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle is the star and I want to show it in a selfie with Albertson's.  hmmm...okay....


Funny guy!!!  He picked out his bottle to go with a purple and red Coca Cola lamp that we have which sits on this cool Coca Cola baker's shelf that we found at an antique mall.  The manager at Albertson's was SO nice!!!  He offered to let us go into the back cooler, (we were rowdy, ha!), and pick through more bottles if we wanted, but we didn't want to be a bother, so we thanked him and declined....we shoulda done it!!!!!  Anyway, I picked up a couple of Diet Coke It's Mine bottles that I thought would accent both the lamp and the shelf itself.    Doesn't the bottle on the far right remind you of a desert sunset?  Umm hmm.  And look on the second shelf to see the Diet Coke It's Mine can in the 8 oz size.

selfie, manicure, nail art

If you know me, you'll know any time I go to pick up another Diet Coke It's Mine unique bottle, I have a hard time choosing just one.  I pick til my arms are full and then load up the arms of whomever I'm with.  The 2 million bottles each have their own individual pattern and you know, I want one of every color scheme at least!!

Hubs and I both had our arms full when I spied the next bottle.  Kid you not, it zinged me in the heart!  Peering deep into it's color scheme and pattern, I was transported in my mind to my happy place....a tropical beach with a Diet Coke It's Mine bottle in hand!!!  Just look at this beauty!!!

I could feel the palms waving in the breeze while I watched the sea lapping in the background thru the tree's branches.  I marved as sea met sky and the varying colors of blue combined with the glory of a tropical sunset.  I squinted as the sun bounced off the ocean and I sipped my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle.  I was transported to the happiest most colorful imaginary place.  Hubby spoke me back into the moment and I said "I have to have this bottle.  This is truly MY Diet Coke It's Mine bottle, and I need this on my nails".

 I'm going to show you how to make your manicure match your Diet Coke It's Mine 12 oz bottle.  First, choose your weapon, er bottle.  I really really love these bottles.  I just get lost looking at them.  The one of the right made me think of the people playing at the beach because it had a fleshy color.

selfie, manicure, nail art, nail polish
I chose a light blue background to match my special bottle.  The polish has small white and holographic glitters.  I felt those mimicked the feel of movement in the trees and the wind that I imagine softly making the palm branches dance when I look at my bottle.

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I wanted to make sure what was in my head would translate to my nails because it doesn't always come out like my mind sees it.  I swatched different colors and patterns on my nail wheel that I used as a palette.  You can find palettes and nail wheels at most nail supply stores, but if you can't find one, use the plastic inserts that come in so many things, (like makeup).  They make excellent recyclable art palettes.  Have fun and reuse, too!!!

I chose the blue in the middle of the above picture to add to the implied movement on my nails.  It is a fairly sheer polish, so I just dabbed in spots and drew different shapes, much like the creation of the Diet Coke It's Mine bottles.  At this point, I took a picture to see if it was looking like what was in my mind.  Thankfully, it was coming along fine.

selfie, nail art, manicure, nail polish

I really like it like this and I think it matches the bottle well.  I wanted to add the pink sunset flare to my nails.  Sometimes less is more, so what I did was dab a bit of a sheerish pink into the middle of the palette.  Had I used the color straight from the bottle with the nail brush, I would have too much and it would flood my design.

I dipped the blunt end of a small paintbrush into the pink polish and just did small dots where I thought might work out.  If you want to use sheer polishes and you don't have them, you can use acrylic paint instead.  A lot of nail artists use acrylic paint, just sheer it with a bit of water.   Well, I really like how it turned out.

nail art, selfie, manicure, nail polish

When I went out today, people were all asking about my manicure.  I told them it matched my Diet Coke It's Mine bottle and they could do something similar.  This is SO FUN!!!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have questions or need more help, I'd be happy to help you.  Don't hesitate to ask.

You can have a lot of fun following Diet Coke and Albertson's on Twitter.  Follow Diet Coke with me on PinterestInstagram, and Facebook.  And Selfie a picture with your Diet Coke It's Mine bottle to enter the Sweepstakes with the hashtag #ItsAllMineSweepstakes.

Diet Coke It's Mine 12  oz bottles are only available for a limited time.  I'd love to buy the whole 2 million so that I had them all, but, ya know.  I will keep collecting as long as I can find them, but I'd also like to see yours!!!  I couldn't ever possibly see every bottle, so please show me yours.  I just love color, texture and patterns so much, that I'd love to see each bottle, every makeup and nail inspired look that you come up with.  Have you been inspired by a Diet Coke It's Mine bottle or can yet?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Osmosis Colour Melt Away Gelee Makeup Remover and Cleanser Review

Hi!!!  I hope you've had a chance to read my review of the Osmosis Watercolor Loose Pigments, because they're the best loose powder shadows I've ever had the pleasure to use.  I've had really good results with Osmosis Colour products so when they sent their Melt Away Gelee makeup remover, (.63 oz/$19), I was really interested to try it.   See the nice clean frosted jar with the brown lid?  That's the Melt Away Gelee pictured next to the Osmosis Curling Mascara.

skincare, skin, cleansing

The frosted plastic jar and brown lid give a very clean and somehow a soothing look to the product.  It honestly imparted some mellowness to my attitude....and then I looked inside.  I was all "what" and "duuuuuuuuude" and "huh?" as I took my first view of this melt off makeup remover.  I swear it looks like gelatin!

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The product is absolutely clear and see through in the jar!!  It is pristine in its environment.  And it is really easy to use.  All you need is a tiny little bit to rub on your face.  The following is after I'd used it for a couple of weeks by scooping out product with the back of my nail.

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It works to melt off the makeup and then you just wipe it off your face with a cotton ball, washcloth or whatever kind of wipe you'd like to use.  I often use makeup wipes to clean my face and have been  frustrated that it takes more than one wipe.  Using this makeup remover, (with just a small amount and rubbed onto my face), all my makeup is then loose and ready to come off with just one wipe.  It's SO easy and really cleans away the makeup!!!

And it's so effective!  It truly takes it all off.  I've taken my eye makeup off many times with the gelee.  I haven't yet tried this with waterproof mascara so I can't attest to that.

This was my first experience with a gelee or melting type of product and it's been completely positive.  The gelee has made my life easier, and makeup removal faster.  AND I can do it laying in bed, surfing the net on my phone!!!  I do have other skincare I am testing and other cleansers and removers that I love, but I reach for the Melt Away Gelee at least five nights a week.  Remember, it just takes a very small amount; about the size of a pea.

I'm really happy to have been able to test this product.  I love it and I want you to try it!!!  It is gentle enough that my dermatologist said to use it to wash two biopsies she took of my face while they are healing.  Gentle yet effective!!  It doesn't dry out my skin and leaves it feeling silky and hydrated.  That's a tall order for this desert dry skin!!

Here are the ingredients:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, 2-Octyldodecanol / Dibutyl Lauroyl Glutamide / Dibutyl Ethylhexanoyl Glutamide, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Lycium Barbarium (Goji Berry Fruit) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Pheoxyethanol

You can purchase the Osmosis Skincare Melt Away Gelee makeup remover at this link.  Read more about Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare on their website and you can follow them on Facebook,  Twitter,  YouTube,  and Instagram.  I HIGHLY recommend reading their blog, which you can sign up to read via email or whatever subscription service you normally use.  It has just a ton of useful information and for my own life, it has really been helpful and has been able to teach this old dog some new tricks!!

If you love using loose pigments in your beauty routine, check out their Watercolors.  You will love them!!!

This was my first experience with a melt off makeup remover and I'm loving it!!!!  Have you tried any?  Do you have any favorites?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Two Winner Giveaway! Enter Now!

Have you had a chance to breath since our last giveaway? lol This one has a lot of room for entries on all types of social media platforms, so you'll probably find your favorite.  For a lot of the entries, you'll have to click on it to see who you're following...has something to do with how Gleam hosts giveaways.  Onto the show:

 I’ve teamed up with a group of awesome bloggers to bring you a FABULOUS giveaway! This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! It will have TWO winners, and the winner will get a $300 gift card to either Sephora or Target (Winner’s Choice). All you need to do is enter below for a chance to win!



Winner's Choice (2 Winners) $300 Sephora or Target Gift Card

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