Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
On to my New Year Eve manicure. I had been thinking about my NYE manicure for at least a few weeks. Just in time, I received my very first Lancôme Nail Polish to review. Lancôme's 2012 Holiday Collection consists of products for Eyes, Lips, Face, and Nails.
I was anxious to try the nail polish and the shade I received was just what I was needing for my New Years Eve manicure. I received Lancôme Ginger Swing, which is a gorgeous cool, champange gold shimmer.
As I mentioned this was my first experience with a Lancôme Nail Polish. So I had no preconceived notion on its application. The brush, is a wider, rounded brush-head, which normally I don't like, but in this instance, the application was impeccable. The flaring of the brush-head allowed me to get close to the cuticles without flooding them.
Also, the formulation of this polish was close to the beloved "one coater". In these pictures, I am wearing 2 coats of Lancôme Ginger Swing.
This collection is available everywhere Lancôme products are sold including, lancome-usa.com.
What have been your experiences with Lancôme products? I think I need to give some of their other products a try.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Last Summer, I did a blog post on a collection of lip glosses from the nail polish company, Sinful Colors. I really liked that collection. The collection was pigmented and contained a few MAC dupes. If you would like to see that earlier post, click HERE.
I recently came across another collection of lip glosses from Sinful Colors, and based on my first experience with the brand and their lippies, I wasn't hesitant to buty this latest collection. At first sight, the colors looked to be perfect for Spring & Summer. The collection of this Summer was all creams, but this latest collections were mostly shimmers, with 1 cream.
Then there is Strawberry Kisses, a warm pink shimmer. Of this collection, this is probably my favorite.
What disappointed me the most about Peach Me was the applicator. My first time removing the wand from the tube, the wand was without the doe-foot sponge. I will need to purchase some disposible wands during my next trip to Sally Beauty. This is not my first issue with the Sinful Colors Lip Shines. The first collection had packaging issues also. The squeggie thing that meters the amount of product that stays on the wand, came off 3 of the 5 lip glosses I purchased. I hope Sinful Colors makes an improvement to their packaging.
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I mentioned in my original post that the Sinful Colors Website was under construction. Since then their site is up but there is no mention of their lip shines.
Have you tried any of these latest Sinful Colors Lip Shines, and if so what was your opinion? Do you prefer the shimmers or the creams?
Friday, December 28, 2012
Prior to this purchase, I only owned one other Color Club polish. I had been wanting to get more but just hadn't yet. At first sight, I picked this polish up and was taken by the beautiful emerald green with a golden highlight. It is a foil finish that is not too "in your face". But this is one of those polishes that caused me to continually admire my manicure throughout the day.
I really do need to get some more Color Club polishes, but just need to remember to make sure the room is well ventilated when I'm polishing my nails. What are some of your favorite Color Club polishes? I need to start my shopping list, LOL!
- Opacity: As pictured, 2 coats for full opacity
- Price: At Sally Beauty, $3.99 for 15ml, 0.5 oz
- Availabiltiy: Some Ross Department Stores, some Sally Beauty Stores, and Online retailers
- Application: Smooth with no flooding of the cuticles.
- Con: There is a definite strong scent. Even after 2 days, the chemical scent was noticable.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Between parties, shopping and cooking, the holidays can leave many women feeling and looking rundown, often showing up as bags and dark circles under the eyes. Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Protector is a do-it-all product that not only brightens and conceals but is clinically proven to de-puff and treat dark under eye circles, formulated with optical eye brighteners, this silky formula instantly boosts radiance and lightens shadows around the eye area, leaving skin looking refreshed and more even-toned, so you're close-up ready!
Often times, the photo flash can make our look washed out. To really make our eyes pop, eyeliners is a girl's best friend. Nourishing Eyeliner contains a specialized blend of light-reflecting pearls that help make the whites of eyes appear whiter, while the rich color instantly brightens and defines eyes. What's more, the formula is enriched with skin-conditioning ingredients including olive oil, rainforest shea butter and Vitamin E to help nourish the delicate skin at the base of the lashes.
My must-have accessory for any holiday look is mascara! My personal preference is Healthy Volume® Mascara because it builds lash volume by 400% with the triple benefits of olive extract, Meadowfoam seed and sweet almond for fuller, more conditioned lashes. The exclusive super sized visible volume brush quickly coats and builds every single lash, without clumping, smudging for flaking, resulting in beautifully defined lashes that are conditioned from the inside out.
Personal Experience: I have used several of the Neutrogena skin care products, but never their make-up. My first impression of the Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara is that I need to visit other Neutrogena make-up products. This is a a great product; with just 2 coats, I achieved the full volume look I strive for. There was an evident increase in volume with just the first coat. The formulation is more dry than wet, but still good, and created no clumps. The one thing I would change would be to make the brush a bit smaller. However, Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara is a product you should give a try; I know that it is one I will be revisiting.
No holiday look is complete without the perfect pout to round off the picture perfect look! Every woman wants soft, luxurious lips, but achieving them isn't always so easy since many products can leave lips feeling dry, especially during the winter months. Revitalizing Lip Balm SPF 20 is formulated with ion2complex ™ Technology that offers a surge of moisture and improves lips' overall appearance. In just one week, this sheer tinted balm is clinically proven to improve the texture of lips while restoring lips' rosiness.
What are some of the products you use for that Picture Perfect Look?
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
OPI announces the launch of six limited edition nail lacquers and a new Liquid Sand™ shade, inspired by Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful. With an all-star cast that includes James Franco and Michelle Williams, this highly-anticipated film opens in theaters on March 8, 2013.
With a mix of soft crème and warm glitter shades, the line is ideal for layering to create rich, complex looks. In addition to the Liquid Sand nail lacquer in What Wizardry is This?, the promotion includes:
As with all OPI nail lacquers, the shades inspired by Oz The Great and Powerful contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning March 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
I was completely unfamiliar with b-glowing.com, so I took my time to really review what they had to offer. They carry several higher end lines that I was familiar with but they also had brands with which I was not familiar. I saw products for skin care, nail care, bath & body, hair care, fragrance, men, and makeup. The site itself is clearly categorized and easy to understand. The pictures are clear and easily discernable.
One of the first products I selected was the Peppermint Lip Scrub, by Sara Happ. I have made no secret of the fact that I love peppermint and I love scrubs and exfoliants. So this product fell into both categories. This product comes in an adorable little box with a bow. How cute is that?! But what I like most is that I can pronouce all of the ingredients in the product. Nowadays, so many of us are trying to avoid harmful products, it's good to find a product that we are not "afraid" to use.
The next product I selected was from a brand I was familiar with but had never tried this particular product. Peter Thomas Roth, is a brand that a fellow YouTuber, Pink2Paris, has often raved about. I chose the Peter Thomas Roth Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Now I already have a holy grail one step facial cleanser that I have loved for years, but this product also touts that it is a cleanser and makeup remover in-one, that is also soap-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, and good for all skin types.
My first attempt to use it, I was not overly impressed. While it did cleanse my face, it did not remove all of my eye makeup. I tried it several other times, but after using an eye makeup remover. I must admit, I do like the results of using this product, especially when I used it with my Clarisonic. The jury is still out on if I will purchase this product, but I am glad that I gave it a try. I will be giving other products from the Peter Thomas Roth brand a try. I will not give in my aging without a hard fought anti-aging battle, LOL!
My normal routine with exfoliants is to apply them to dry skin, massage, then shower, but as this is a cream base, I showered first, and applied the LaLicious Coconut Cream Sugar Souffle after then rinsed. This left my skin so soft, and so moisturized that I really didn't need a body lotion afterward. LaLicious is definitely a brand that I will be revisiting.
Lastly, I selected a product from a brand that I have used for some time, Bliss. Wish the Bliss gods would bring back their Shock Therapy-Super Minty Body Wash. That was my absolute favorite hot summer days body wash. But I digress, I had never tried their Body Butter. I selected the Bliss Naked Body Butter. I chose this for those days, that I was wearing a fragrance for which I did not have the matching moisturizer. The Bliss Naked Body Butter is fragrance free and paraben free. As we are fast approaching Winter, this has been an excellent moisturizer for these colder days. I apply it to my damp skin and it keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized throughout the day. There are other scents of their body butter that I need to try. In addition, the next time I go home to NY or visit family in Atlanta, I really need to make a spa appointment at one of the Bliss Spas.
A final note about my order with b-glowing.com, it also included a little "Thank you for your order card" as well as three samples. I love samples. Note to self: I still need to do that "What's in my samples stash" post and video, LOL! Anyway, I got a sample of Skyn Iceland Angelica Line Smoother, a Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacer, and a Neil George Indian Gooseberry Treatment Oil for my hair. Each of which I will definiately use.
So this has been my experience with b-glowing.com. I can say that I have enjoyed the service and the products and now have another resource when seeking out products. What, if any, has been your experience with b-glowing.com since its relauch?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
China Glaze® Introduces TranzitionsColor Changing Collection
Step 3: Lastly, apply one coat of clear top coat such as China Glaze® Fast Forward and watch the color change right before your eyes.