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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Easy New Year's Eve Nail Look

The New Year is approaching, fast. Parties, a night with your special someone, a family evening playing games and watching videos until the clock strikes midnight...

Whatever our plans, we all want to look great and feel festive and sparkly on that evening. Here is a quick idea for your nails. No artistic talent is required, no special skills. Just two polishes; a rich, deep toned creme and a contrasting glitter. Then top it all with a high shine, quick dry top coat for maximum sparkle and flash. For this look I used China Glaze De - Light over China Glaze Out Like a Light. I love the sparkly, high shine glam of the gold glitter mix in De -Light topping the deep, greyed green of Out Like a Light. I finished with good old Seche Vite.

You can use just about any polish and glitter combination but for maximum impact, choose polishes with plenty of contrast. Also, don't be afraid to try what might seem to be an unusual combination. I didn't think that these two polishes would work together. I just threw this glitter over this creme for the hell of it and I think that they are dynamite, together.

What are you doing for the New Year? Decided what you're doing with your nails, yet? 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil Holiday Gift Set

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Okay, this is a jerk move. I know. This BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil Gift Set is no longer available. You may take me out and beat me. But I'm excited about BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils, in general. I happen to be a huge fan of these lippies so I am sharing this set with you because two of the shades in this gift set are available in the permanent line. So... BITE me. See what I did there? #clevergirl

Sold at Sephora, this darling little giftable set was priced at a very reasonable $25.00 and was so adorably packaged. First was the outer slip cover, with a photograph of the four lip pencils, embossed with shiny fuchsia snowflakes.

Inside the slip cover was a bright red candy sized tin with a slightly rubberized texture and the BITE logo in raised relief on the lid. This tin now lives in my handbag, it is holding all of my loose change.

When I opened the lid, in the upper portion is a full sized mirror. In the lower half of the tin, wrapped in white vellum printed in red with the BITE logo were four snack sized High Pigment Lip Pencils. Two are permanent shades, two seem to be just in this set.

Look at these adorable snack sized pencils. Just look at them! The coloured ends kind of match the colour of the lippie within. Kind of. More on that, later. These pencils are perfectly portable; they are the exact right size to pop into a wallet, clutch bag for the evening or stuff into your already bulging makeup bag in your already bulging handbag. While these pencils are petite, they don't skimp on quality and impact on your lips!

Swatches on my hand. Look at how smooth and creamy these babies are! I didn't have to struggle to draw these happy, smiley faces, gentle reader. They practically drew themselves. These four shades are very neutral, wearable and I feel, pretty flattering to a wide range of skin tones.

Sable is a soft, neutral pink/nude. The end of the pencil looks pretty scary. Brown/nude. When I first saw that pencil, my gut reaction was, "Aw, hell NO!" Then, I popped off the top and realized that the end cap was very much not what was inside the tube. *big sigh of relief* This has become a fave, I reach for this when I want a quick, easy, pretty lip that I can splash on and not think about for hours, on end. BITE really needs to make this a permanent shade. STAT!

Pomegranate is a rich, true, beautifully balanced red that I feel would flatter many. I have worn this a couple of times, now and I have to say, I'm starting to really enjoy sporting a bolder lip. This is a permanent shade.

Winterberry is a clean, cool plum. This is delicious. And another shade I think that BITE should add to their permanent line. While this one isn't available, a similar one seems to be Amarone.

Then there is Rhubarb. This beautiful rosy plum swatched a little to the brown side on my hand but goes definitely rosy on my very red lips. Yay for that, as I don't like brown lippies, myself. ***mmm... Peach Tea Diet Snapple...*** This is another permanent shade so if you like the look of it, you can have it.

As with the full sized BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils these snack sized beauties are every bit  the high quality, intense pigmentation, gorgeous shades and tones, lovely hydration, long, comfortable wear. BITE doesn't skimp on the quality when they go petite for their giftie sized goodies.

I like to wear these with a good clear barrier pencil to keep things in place because #verticalliplines are a thing for me. These wear for me for hours without worrying about touchups or having them crawl all over my face or ending up all over my teeth. They are moisturizing and when I take them off, my lips and soft and happy and ready to have them back on, the next day, if I choose.

You can find BITE Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils and other scrumptious BITE lip beautifiers on the Sephora website and in their stores. If you really wanted this mini lip pencil set, tho it is sold out online, there may be some left in random stores. I would suggest trying out of the way Sephora stores or Sephora in JC Penney locations and so on. You never know... You might get lucky.

Do you love and wear BITE? Did you get this set? Please do tell.

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Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Cream

If there is one thing on this planet that I love, it is something that will quench my skin's never ending thirst. Like a vampire who has been kept locked away, deprived of sustenance for centuries, my very dry skin burns to drink, to fulfill it's self.

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Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Cream is the nourishing, deeply hydrating, sustaining drink that my parched, maturing skin craves at it's deepest level. 

What Dermalogica says about it:

Deeply nourishing skin treatment cream minimizes chronically dry, dehydrated skin. Heavyweight cream helps replenish skin's natural moisture levels to defend against environmental assaults. Powerful peptides help encourage collagen - producing activities while an acid free smoothing complex supports elasticity and tone. Shea Butter and Oil of Evening Primrose help replenish and hydrate while antioxidants help defend against free radical damage. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours. 

What I say about it:

This cream is amazing. This thick, rich formula deeply hydrates my skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth, comfortable and calm. I can use this over my favorite serums, alone or in tandem with other targeted treatment creams at night and wake with fresh, smooth, plumped and happy skin. In my experience, this cream doesn't play all that well with makeup. I prefer it when I am bare faced. 

Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Cream is packaged in an air tight jar with a pump delivery system. I love this packaging! It keeps the product in premium condition and clean and sanitary. It is easy to dispense just the perfect amount that you want, every time. No worries about dipping fingers or sanitizing those stupid little spatulas. Thank you, Dermalogica!

Here are the ingredients, in case you are curious about what's in this cream. I was going to type all of this out but... I don't touch type and I would be at trying to get that business typed out all my life long. So I'm taking the lazy way out. You get a photograph and you'll like it. Oh my gosh. I am my mother.

Here is a little swatch of the cream on the back of my hand. Look how rich! It holds it's shape. Doesn't move. But, it's not stiff or weird. It's just full of good stuff that adds that body. I had my usual hand lotion on, in the photo on the left. And on the right, the back of my hand, after it was rubbed in. You can see the immediate improvement in the texture, softness and smoothness of the skin. (The only photo editing done on that shot is cropping, resizing, sharpening and brightening the exposure a little, as my camera tends to photograph my skin darker, for some reason and my lighting sucks.) That hand, through multiple hand washings and housework and the long long day stayed soft and supple while my right... Well. Not so much. Colour me impressed. If this moisturizer could do that for my hand, imagine how well it could work for my face.

And so it does. Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Cream is what my skin has been dreaming about. In rotation with my other favorites, my skin looks and feels better than ever. This cream works. And I love it. I just wish I were super rich and I could buy it in huge gallon jugs with pump dispensers and I could slather it on, from my hairline to the bottoms of my feet, every single day. I would love for my entire body, top to toe, stem to stern to feel like my face does.

 Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Cream comes in a 1.7 ounce jar and retails for $80.00. It and other beautiful Dermalogica skin care is available from DermalogicaUltaNordstrom. This cream is not all natural but according to My Beauty Bunny (a source CF beauties can absolutely trust for this information) it is cruelty free.

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Have you tried Dermalogica Super Rich Repair Cream? Any other products from the Age Smart Line? Do you use Dermalogica? What are your favorites? Please do tell. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this exemplary line in a comment, if you have a little time to chat.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Body Polish

If there is one thing that I love, it is a good, scrubby scrub. I have dry skin that needs regular exfoliation to look and feel it's best and I enjoy using scrubs to do the job.

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Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Body Polish, 1.5 oz $10.00 or 6 oz $34.00 is a rich, delightfully nourishing blend of natural and organic ingredients including antioxidant and vitamin rich Buriti, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed and Maracuja oils. There are also exfoliating and polishing agents such as Acai Seeds and Amazonian Clay to help smooth away dead, dry skin cells and reveal brighter, smoother, healthier looking skin all while enveloping your senses in a woodsy, herbal sensory cocoon.

Teadora Body Polish is also available in Rainforest at Dawn for a refreshing, invigorating experience. 

Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Body Polish body polish is a green base with the natural exfoliating ingredients suspended within. This is a very gentle polish. Personally, I find it not scrubby enough for my own skin's taste but I did love how nourished and soft my skin felt, thanks to the beautiful, hydrating ingredients in the scrub. I also very much enjoyed the rich, earthy, herbaceous scent.

If you love body care products crafted from high quality, fair trade, natural and organic ingredients in an ethical, animal friendly fashion, give Teadora a look. They have a beautiful mission statement. Their purpose is to provide gorgeous skin and body products and to Rain Down the Good  by contributing to the preservation of our planet's crucial rain forests. Their products are perfect for an indulgence for yourself or a gift for someone you want to pamper, this holiday season.

Visit Teadora and spend a little time enjoying their website. Meet the brand, read about Sensory Beauty, their commitment to quality and the world around us. Follow Teadora on Twitter and Instagram and Like them on Facebook for information and the latest news.

Have you tried the Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Nourishing Body Polish? How did you enjoy it? Please share.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold + Multi Peptide Cream Review

As Truvy said in Steel Magnolias, "Time marches on. And sooner or later, you realize it's marching across your face."

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If there is one truism I have learned in my fifty years spinning on this third rock from the Sun, it is that aging is inevitable. As we gain years, experience and wisdom we also gain fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and nasiolabial folds or "marionette lines." Those oh so lovely deep folds in the skin, bracketing our nose and mouth. Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold + Multi Peptide Cream is a cream that can help, with correct, consistent use to soften and diffuse the appearance of those lines.

When Reviva Labs approached me and offered this product to me for consideration, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only am I a true fan of this line, I am down for any product that may help stave off the signs of aging. A cream that could potentially improve the appearance of my marionette lines? Yes, please! 

Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold + Multi Peptide Cream is a thick, rich, moisturizing formula. I have learned, through trial and error that less is more. It doesn't take a lot of this product to do the job. In my experience too much product will result in a waxy buildup on my skin and product rolling and balling off. I don't have that problem, as long as I use the right amount.

I have been using this cream, according to the directions printed on the label consistently since I received it and my personal experience is hydrated, very soft, temporarily plumped up skin. The appearance of my deeper skin folds bracketing my mouth does seem to be somewhat softened. I also notice a little improvement in my forehead lines. (Which, thankfully are not all that bad, for me, yet.) I also like this cream for my neck, it feels firming and seems to be helping that subtle neck ring line that is forming. I am seeing some results from this cream. I don't look twenty-five, again. I never will. But this is helping to slow the march of time and aging across my face a bit. Putting off when I will need to seek perhaps more drastic intervention. I'll take it. I like this product and I suggest that if, like me, you have those signs of aging, you give this cream a try.

What Reviva Labs has to say:

No skin cream can claim it can totally remove deep nasolabial folds but now, we can help reduce their appearance as well as other stubborn facial lines
Details about Nasolabial Folds and Deep Lines Near Mouth and Jawline.
The skin “folds” that run from each side of the nose to corners of the mouth (called “Nasolabial Folds”) are commonly thought to be the result of years of facial movements like smiles, frowns and other expressions. But Reviva Labs and various medical experts agree that facial contractions are not the only cause. Aging and the loss of cheek fat is a major factor. The young face is full, with cheeks that have a “fat pad”. With age, the fat falls down toward the nose causing skin sag and folds. In addition, skin along the jawline drops (creating jowels) and skin towards edges of mouth loosens, forming lines or wrinkles.

The Difference in Our New Peptide/Nasolabial Fold Cream.
Reviva’s original Peptide Cream was excellent for wrinkles. But the new formula features an advanced combination of peptides that address deeper wrinkles and so much more! Special new peptides and additional ingredients can help increase the volume of fatty tissue.Thus, it can soften, plump up and help folds look less pronounced.Result? A more youthful look. No skin cream can claim it can totally remove deep nasolabial folds, but now we can help reduce their appearance as well as other stubborn facial lines.

If you are interested in trying Reviva Labs Nasolabial Fold + Multi Peptide Cream it is available from Reviva Labs in a generous 2 oz jar for $49.00. And remember, a little goes a long way, this cream will last quite a while, especially if you concentrate it's use to areas of concern.

Reviva Labs is cruelty free, many of their products are also animal product free. Their skin care is efficacious, affordable and I personally have quite a few Reviva Labs products in my skin care rotation. Products that I happily pay for with my own money, because I have either been sent those products to try and repurchased, over and over or tried on my own. I like this line and I like and respect this company and their mission. I highly recommend their products.

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Do you use Reviva Labs skincare? Have you tried this particular cream? What do you think of it? Please share.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

China Glaze All Aboard Swatches and Review ~ Part Two

I finally got my China Glaze All Aboard cremes and glitter photos together and ready to go and it is time to present part two of my swatch and review fest of this incredible collection. There are lots of photos, so I am going to put in a page jump, see if it makes it easier for everyone to read.

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