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Monday, August 12, 2013

Salon Perfect First Look Fall Polish Forecast, 2013-Swatches-Part 1

It's days like today, with a heat index of 105 degrees, that makes me super anxious for cooler months. Not only because of the cooler temperatures, but I really love the colors of Fall. And the nail polish makers are going strong with the Fall collections. I was recently sent half of the newest Salon Perfect First Look Fall Polish Forecast Collection, for review. And after seeing the collection in person, I purchased the other half.  In addition to the newest 11 shades, this collection includes a matte top coat, Matte FX, so that actually doubles the number of manicures you can achieve from this collection :) 

Today, I'm sharing the first four from the collection. I'm also showing swatches of these four topped with the new matte top coat.
*Playful Plum is described as dark berry sheen . Its a pretty purple with a red undertone. Like that red-violet crayon from the Crayola box. This is photographed using 2 coats. The manicure using the matte top coat is using one coat of the Matte FX. I'm really liking this mattified look. While this is not a unique shade, it is certainly a shade that needs to be in every collection.

Next is *Raisin The Roof, described as plum raisin with gold shimmer. I actually didn't have anything in my collection like this shade.  I like the dark shade without it being black.  I normally prefer a shiny finish, but I'm loving this shade with the Matte FX top coat.

This next shade is Dirty Martini. It is very close to a China Glaze shade I've been wanting from a Christmas collection several years back, Peace On Earth.  It is a gorgeous olive green with golden shimmer. I did have a slight issue with brush strokes but if you are applying the Matte FX, no issue at all.

Lastly for this posting is Cafe' Ole', described as a milk chocolate brown with a gold shimmer. for some reason, the matte version of this polish reminds me of a cashmere sweater-cozy. The shiny version gives me a winter mannequin look.  Again, this is two coats and then one coat of the Matte FX. The application of each of these four was smooth. I really do like the Salon Perfect line. I foresee others being added to my collection.

I've done several blog posts on the Salon Perfect brand and even had a giveaway. Salon Perfect and China Glaze are manufactured by the same parent company so some of these shades may look very familiar. If you are interested in the Salon Perfect brand, click HERE. I plan to so some comparison posts in the very near future. Have you tried any of the Salon Perfect polishes? Which are your favorites?

Salon Perfect’s First Look Fall Polish Forecast launched earlier this month exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide as part of a limited edition promotional display.  Individual shades will retail for $3.98. 

View the complete Salon Perfect collection at www.SalonPerfect.com.  
Follow Salon Perfect on Facebook (@SalonPerfectLashes), 
Twitter (@Salon_Perfect),
Instagram (@SalonPerfect), 
Pinterest (pinterest.com/salonperfect),
YouTube (youtube.com/salonperfect).

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* Some of these products were provided by the Brand or by the representing PR firm for review consideration, noted with a (*), others were purchase with my own money. These however are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by this company.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

1st Impressions: Limited Edition Milani Roses Powder Blush

I was late getting my hands on the Milani Baked Blushes but now own 8 of the 9. Ever since, I've been hoping that Milani would release another collection of baked blushes & shadows. I recently received a press release on their latest collection, Roses Powder Blushes. I knew that they weren't baked but I hoped that I would like them as much. Add to that, the fact that less than 24 hours after Milani sent out the notice announcing the release of the Roses Blushes, they sent out another notice explaining that the Roses Blushes had already sold out on their website.  

This evening when I went into my local Walgreens I stumbled across the Limited Edition Milani Roses Blushes display. There are 4 shades in the collection - 3 more matte-satin and one shimmer.  They are pressed to give a rose bud appearance.  I've always loved these textured/patterned compacts that so many cosmetic companies release.  They are almost too pretty to use. I also appreciate the packaging. With other Milani blushes, many complained/commented on the bulky packaging and useless brush.  with this collection the compact is sleek and the omit the brush that no one used anyway. Good Move Milani!

I spent a good few minutes trying to decide which shades I wanted. I walked away with 3 of the four.  
The first is Romantic Rose which is a pale dusty rose color with no shimmer. I wouldn't call it chalky but maybe a little powdery. Although the feel is soft and velvety. 

Next is Flora Passion, which is a warmer, more coraly-pink rose. Also a matte finish. 

The next is Warm Petals. Probably the first of the collection to catch my eye. It's a warm bronze with a golden shimmer. Now that I've swatched it, I thinking it might end up as a highligher...like a need another highligher.

Last in this collection is Bella Rosa, the only shade I did not purchase. I just didn't think it would compliment my skin tone.  It is a dusty bubblegum pink matte.

Yes, these are pretty blushes, but my 1st impression is still uncertain  They may be too light for my NW43 skin tone. I will be using them for several days before giving my final opinion but I will say to Milani, roses come in many other gorgeous shades that would make wonderful blushes-a deeper red, berry, purple or magenta, would be a good start.

So if you are intrigued by the Milani Roses Powder Blush collection, make a fast run, because remember, this is a Limited Edition collection.  They are available at Select Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, & Fried Meyer stores.  They retail for $6.49 each and contains 0.60 oz/17 g.

Have you spotted these blushes yet? Which shade is calling to you the most?
Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* FTC: These products were bought with my own money. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

*PRESS RELEASE*: Salon Perfect First Look Fall Forecast, 2013

Salon Perfect® Gives a First Look at Fall Polish Lineup
When it comes to accessorizing this Fall’s most fashionable looks, a pop of rich color is the perfect way to spice up otherwise sensible shades for the season.  Gorgeous emerald green looks luxe against neutrals while deep berry tones add pizzazz to black.  This August, polish off any look with the new Salon Perfect® First Look Fall Polish Forecast

Accessorize with a colorful manicure in one of the gorgeous seasonal shades.  Choose from iridescent metallics and vibrant blues to rich reds and subtle pinks.  No matter the shade, achieve a smooth, satin finish with the limited edition Matte FX top coat, or slick on a shiny top coat for a glassy, glam finish.  The Salon Perfect® First Look Fall Polish Forecast offers a bounty of manicure options this Fall. 

Salon Perfect® First Look Fall Polish Forecast includes: 

Tainted Love – warm rosy peach with a pearlescent gold finish 
Scarlet Enchantment – rich red with a pearlescent finish
Pink Taffeta – dusty rose with a gold shimmer
Playful Plum – dark berry sheen 
Royal Knight – deep eggplant 
Nautical Nights – shimmering dark blue 
Ivy League – dark forest sheen
Dirty Martini – olive green with a hint of gold 
Café Ole – milk chocolate brown with a gold shimmer
Red Dahlia – dark burgundy
Raisin the Roof – plum raisin with gold shimmer 
Matte FX – mattifying top coat
Salon Perfect®’s First Look Fall Polish Forecast will launch in August exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide as part of a limited edition promotional display.  Individual shades will retail for $3.98. 

From lashes and brow products to nail color and beauty tools, Salon Perfect® has the products needed to look effortlessly beautiful at an affordable price.  
View the complete Salon Perfect® collection at www.SalonPerfect.com.  
Follow Salon Perfect on Facebook (@SalonPerfectLashes), 
Twitter (@Salon_Perfect),
Instagram (@SalonPerfect), 
Pinterest (pinterest.com/salonperfect),
YouTube (youtube.com/salonperfect).

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

Monday, August 5, 2013

NOTD: Color Club Halo Hues, 2013-Eternal Beauty

Today's NOTD is Color Club's Eternal Beauty from the 2013 Halo Hues Collection. The is just a gorgeous polish.  The 2013 Halo Hues collection was gifted to me by my god-dog, Rudy, and his polish loving mother-NayButterfly as a birthday present and I love every one of the polishes in this collection.  Holo, purple, good coverage...what more could a girl ask for?
There are some holographic polishes that are tricky to apply, but this Color Club Eternal Beauty was no more tricky than your common polish. I didn't use any special base coat and also used a fast dry top coat. All, with not impact to the holo effect.  There was no dragging or bald spot as you sometimes experience with some holographic polishes.
Well, that's all I'm going to say. I will just let the photos speak for themselves...btw, this is just two coats of polish, with base coat and top coat.

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* FTC: These products were given to me as a gift from a fellow nail enthusiast.  These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

1st Impressions: Ruby Kisses Luxe Colour Customizable Shadow Palettes

Last week my favorite local beauty supply store mentioned on Instagram that they had the newest customizable shadow palette from Ruby Kisses. Shortly thereafter a few mentioned seeing them so I was determined to make a trip this weekend to get a look myself.  Ruby Kisses is one of those brands that is often overlooked. It's most often found in smaller locally owned beauty supply stores (BSS). Last year there was much talk about their HD Set n' Forget Setting Powder that is supposed to be similar to the Ben Nye Banana Powder. They also have a concealer, Face Creator, that has been compared to MAC Studio Finish Concealer.  

So Saturday, I stopped by and look what I found.  The Ruby Kisses Luxe Colour costumizable palette system.  We are not new to the concept of costumizable shadow systems-MAC, Urban Decay, Coastal Scents, and Mary Kay, are just a few of the brands that have there own systems.  Well now enters Ruby Kisses and at these prices, this is excellent especially for the beginner make-up maven or for those wanting to step outside their comfort zone and try newer fashion colors. At my BSS, the empty palettes run for $2.99 each and the individual shadows are $1.00 each.  There are currently 34 shades in the collection. Each shadow comes with 2.5 g / 0.08 oz US of product (compared to MAC single shadows-1.5 g / 0.05 US oz-$15 USD).  Each palette holds 4 shadows and has a large mirror. Unlike some of the other systems, neither the palette nor the shadows are magnetized, they simple snap in and out of the palettes. 

Now on to the product, they clam be to 24hr long lasting colors. Also to be water and crease resistant.  So I will be paying close attention to these claims while wearing them over the next several days.  I picked up 8 of the 34 shadows. Ruby Kisses also has their shadow primer with this collection for for my swatches, as I didn't buy the Ruby Kisses primer, I'm showing you both with ad without a primer. I used Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer.  In each photo, left swatch is without primer and the right swatch is with the primer.

Left: w/o Primer, Right: w/ Primer
Left: w/o Primer, Right: w/ Primer
Left: w/o Primer, Right: w/ Primer
Left: w/o Primer, Right: w/ Primer
Of the 8 shades I purchased, from my experience while swatching the formulation was good, the feel was velvety, and not chalky, but I would still put the overall quality of MAC on top. But again for $1.00, they are definitely worth a look and a try. These are great shadows to start with. I hope to see more matte shades introduced. I will certainly be looking at some of the other Ruby Kisses products. I already have their Set n' Forget Setting Powder in banana and their Face Creator concealer.

Ruby Kisses is one of those brands that the main stream often overlook. It's really by word-of-mouth that gives them any attention.  So the next time you find yourself in one of those smaller beauty supply stores, stop and take a look.  I have found some of my favorite cosmetic products, including nail polishes in these little hidden gems.  What more information about Ruby Kisses, click HERE for their website.

UPDATE: My eye look for today was made up of these Ruby Kisses shadows. I used the same primer as I mentioned above, Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer. It has been 12 hours and my shadows are still going strong. No fallout during application; no creasing throughout the day; and the colors are still going strong even after 12 hours. So my overall opinion is if you can find them, give them a try.  Again, for $1 a shadow, you won't be disappointed.

Grace, Peace, & Blessings.

* FTC: These products were bought with my own money. These are my honest opinions. I am not employed by nor was I paid by any of these companies. This is not a sponsored post.

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