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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I Love Nail Polish My Little Glacier

Hello gentle reader.

I Love Nail Polish My Little Glacier is a masterpiece of multichrome and holographic wonder. This glorious shifter starts grey, goes to blue then deep blue, on to green, even flashes of yellow, at just the right angles. Add the subtle diffused and rainbow linear holo effect and well... Your nails are in for a real treat.

Just don't look for it in these photographs. I managed to make this polish look about as dull as it possibly can. Duo and multichromes and holos... I just fuck them up. Utterly and completely. Every time.

This is two coats of My Little Glacier and two coats of Posche top coat. I don't know why, but I find that these polishes seem to work best on my nails with two coats of this top coat. So, I go with it.

So frustrating.

In this last shot, if you look carefully, you can see hints of some of the beautiful colours that show from this polish in person. I really need to learn how to photograph duochrome, multichrome and holographic polish better because this shit is completely unacceptable.

What isn't unacceptable is the formula on this polish. It is, in a word, fantastic. Fluid, easy, biddable. This polish applies like a dream. It doesn't run, streak, drag, pool, bubble or give any other trouble. I had a little bit of cleanup, mostly just fussbudget refining. Dry time is excellent. I got a solid four days out of this manicure. Good enough for me.

I really love I Love Nail Polish's duo and multichrome polishes and holographic polishes. And when the effects are mixed? Well, the result is just dynamite.

If my photographs didn't scare you away and you wold like to have your own bottle of this stunning polish, you can grab a bottle for yourself right here. This polish is $12.50 and worth every penny. I Love Nail Polish has beautiful polish, fabulous quality, excellent customer service and they ship lightening fast. When my budget allows, I love shopping from them and I am so happy that I bought My Little Glacier.

So tell me, do you own I Love Nail Polish My Little Glacier? Any other ILNP polishes? What is your favorite ILNP shade or finish? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for stopping in and reading and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Limited Edition 15 Piece Professional Brush Set Review

Hello gentle reader.

A while back I was swanning around on the Target website and I ran across the Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary 15 Piece Limited Edition Professional Brush Set. It was beginning to get some buzz on the blogs so I pulled the trigger on that set without hesitation. Unusual for me. I am an online shopping ditherer. I chose the pick up at my local store option and from the time I placed my order to receiving the text that my brushes were ready to come home, it was ten or fifteen minutes. Talk about instant gratification online shopping!

I feel like kind of a jerk doing this review because this brush set has become difficult to find. But not enough of a jerk to not do the review. Now, how's that for rocking sentence structure? Want to indulge in more crappy grammar? Read on.

This beautiful, limited edition, purple and gold fifteen brush set was created to celebrate fifteen years of award winning brushes by Sonia Kashuk. The brush set was packaged in a flat, red and silver presentation box with Thank You in different languages written all over it. In the box is a clear, moulded bed in which nestled the fifteen brushes, all safe and ready to delight the eye or to be given as a gift.

These special edition brushes have deep aubergine plastic handles with Sonia Kashuk imprinted on them in gold tone. There are no numbers or brush functions printed on the handles. Some may find this to be an inconvenience. I don't. I have been slapping makeup on this old face long enough that I pretty much know which brush does what. And there is a legend on the back of the box. The handles are tipped in gold tone and the ferrules are gold tone, as well. All of the brush heads are a beautiful saturated purple.

The brush fibers are a mix of natural hair and synthetic.

The Face Brushes from the top:

  • Powder Brush. Natural hair. Very soft and fluffy. Not densely packed. Sweeps powder or bronzer onto the skin without disturbing the foundation. 
  • Blush Brush. Natural hair. Very soft and fluffy. Not densely packed. This is a nice brush for pigmented powder blushes or for spot application of setting powders. 
  • Contour Brush. Natural hair. Very soft, short, densely packed brush applies contour in a precise and controlled fashion. I am loving this brush! I never want to apply contour with a standard angled brush, again. This brush has changed my contouring life! 
  • Angled Multipurpose Brush. Synthetic. Densely packed. Kind of prickly and scratchy, to me. I have tried to make this work for foundation application and it just leaves my makeup looking streaky and brushstroke-y. I think I am going to repurpose this one to masque and other skin treatment application. 
  • Duo Fiber Buffing Brush. This is a mix of natural and synthetic hairs. This brush is dense and very soft. I keep petting it as I go by but I have yet to put it to use.
  • Foundation Brush. Synthetic. *le sigh* You all know how I feel about these brushes. Thanks to the lovely and creative Nidia of Lit From Within I now have a use for the once useless paddle foundation brushes! At Nidia's suggestion, I started using them to apply masque and sticky scrubs and so on. I should be able to use them for peels, too. Freaking brilliant!I love you, Nidia. Great idea. So, if you have a pile of paddle brushes languishing in a drawer, haul a couple of those lazy bitches out and put them to work! 

On to the Eye Brushes:

  • Concealer Brush. Synthetic. Applies concealer, cream shadow, even powder shadow. I like it best for creamy concealer and cream shadow. 
  • Small Eye Shadow Brush. Natural Hair. This is a nice brush for soft, easy looks. It doesn't really pack colour on the lid like a dense, flat shader but it does a nice job of sweeping the colour across the lid and blending, too. 
  • Blending Brush. And how! This natural hair brush does it's job like a champ. So soft, there is no irritation to the delicate eye area but it is just firm and fluffy enough to get in there and soften edges, blend shades and colours together and make your eye look like a dream scene. Excellent brush.
  • Crease Brush. Natural hair. Yep. This does good crease work. Because I am a hooded eyed old battleaxe and this brush is a bit on the "plump" side for a crease brush (I tend to favor pencil brushes for crease work) I need to use a little care with this brush or shit can get out of control, fast. This brush is very soft but firm enough that with care does an excellent job of pulling a deep colour from my crease up onto my orbital bone then blends the upper edge to form that gradient that I like so much. 
  • Spoolie. Synthetic. I was happy to get this in this kit. I picked up a spoolie in a clearance sale in an Avon catalogue in 1994 for .49 and it's served me well ever since but it is beginning to show it's age. Plus, this one is so pretty! 
  • Fluffy Eye Shadow Brush. Natural hair. Big, soft, fluffy blending brush. This bad boy is great for fast washes of colour across the whole lid or blowing out a smokey eye for day. Great brush. Just watch it. This brush is very good at it's job! 
  • Smudge Brush. Natural hair. Say hello to my little friend! This brush is a wonder for applying shadow under the lower lash line, smudging liner, applying dark colour along the top lash line... It is perfect for that precise application of the inner corner highlight. Fabulous little brush. Fabulous.
  • Angled Liner Brush. Synthetic. Applies liner very nicely. I like it. 
  • Precision Smudge Brush. Natural Hair. AKA Pencil Brush. Crease Brush... Call it what you will, it's a good, all around crease, inner corner, outer V, under the eye brush. This baby gets a good deal of use and it never lets me down. 

The Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Brush Set is fantastic. It is sleek, pretty and well made. The handles and ferrules are solidly affixed, the bristles seem to be glued in well. I have had a little bit of shedding with the natural hair brushes with the first few uses and cleanings but that is tapering off, now. Overall, this brush set is a terrific value for the price and I couldn't be happier with it.

I am so glad that I pulled the trigger on this brush set when I saw it on the Target website. If I had hesitated, I would be kicking myself, now. This set retails for $49.00 and is a Target exclusive. It is sold out online but I am hearing reports of sets still being found at random Target stores. If you want one, sashay your self out and hunt! And if you find one, grab it, fast. It is worth looking for.

Do you own this brush set? What do you think of it? Do you like it? Please do tell. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a beautiful day.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lancome Lip Lover Dewy Colour Lip Perfecter: Review

Hello gentle reader.

Lancome Lip Lover Dewey Color Lip Perfecter is a makeup product I rarely hear about and this is something I honestly don't understand. Lip Lover is a newer item in Lancome's line and it is a beaut. Let's take a look, shall we?

Lancome Lip Lover is a glossy lip product that is part lip colour, part lip gloss, part lip perfecter. It is moisturizing, cushioning, comfortable while delivering great pigmentation and high shine. This lip colour is very silky on the lips, it doesn't feel at all thick or sticky, wear time is decent for a glossy lip colour.

The packaging is a sleek, silver and clear tube with a fun click button cap release. Application is accomplished via a firm, pointed doe foot applicator. I like that this applicator can precisely place product along my lip line and cupid's bow for a neat, clean line then pick up enough product to fill my lips in quickly.

Ingredients: (From the Nordstrom website. I love you, but not enough to type all of that out, myself.)

Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer, Dilinoleate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica Silylate, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Alumina, Magnesium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentylene Glycol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Parfum / Fragrance; May Contain: Ci 15850 / Red 6, Ci 15850 / Red 7, Ci 15850 / Red 7 Lake, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, Ci 45380 / Red 22 Lake, Ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake, Ci 75470 / Carmine.

Shade number 337 Lip Lover is a pretty wearable, juicy pink. It is pigmented, subtly shimmery, just enough to add a little light, not sparkle to your lips.

Lancome Lip Lover on. See what I mean? Isn't it pretty? It makes even my old lips look gooood.

Lancome Lip Lover Dewy Colour Lip Perfecter can be purchased at Lancome counters in any major department store or from their websites that carry the brand. I bought mine from Dillard's. A tube of Lip Lover contains 4.5 mL/0.15 fl oz of product and retails for $23.00.

Have you tried Lancome Lip Lover? Which shade do you you own? Do you like it? If you don't yet have it, are you now thinking of picking it up and giving it a go? Please do tell, I'd love to hear what you think.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading my review of this pretty lippie. Take care and have a beautiful day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

My Last Summer Giveaway! Enter! While it's Still Hot!

Hello gentle reader.

Well, this is it. My last giveaway of the Summer.

As you can see, this prize is a little something to grace your nails and your wrists! We begin with two brand new, unopened bottles of high quality, beautiful nail polish. For the hot days, OPI Live. Love. Carnival. A gorgeous orange coral that will, I believe, transition beautifully into Autumn. And for the cool, crisp nights to come, I Love Nail Polish Mega, a stunning, cold silver with a powerful linear holographic effect.

To enhance the beauty of the polish on your nails, you are going to need a little wrist action. Coordinating with the OPI hot coral is a delicate, gold tone cuff bracelet from Bauble Bar. And to pick up the sparkle from Mega, a duo of sparkling clear and silver tone beads on stretchy cords. One bracelet has a large heart encrusted with clear crystals and the other, a tiny silver tone plaque engraved with the word, "love." I bought the beaded bracelets at a local store.

All items are brand new and were purchased by me expressly for this giveaway with my poor, hardworking hubby's hard earned money. And I enjoyed spending every penny. *evil grin*

The winner of this giveaway will receive both bottles of polish and both bracelets.

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Please, gentle reader, click the Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter widget and read and follow the rules. I hate to disqualify entrants. I really do. I get so happy and excited for the winner when their name pops up in the random generator, then either they broke a rule, made a typo on their e-mail address or I couldn't verify their winning entry and I am forced to click the button that sends them into the ether and draw a new name. Please, don't make me send you into the ether. Read the rules, follow them and be a happy contest entrant and possible winner. And make me a happy and excited Hostess of the Giveaway.

This giveaway will run from Midnight 8/29/14 until 9/21/14 at 11:59 P.M. Mountain Standard Time. Please use the Rafflecopter widget to enter. Just give it a moment or refresh the page, if it doesn't pop right up. There are lots of options to win, do as few or as many as your heart desires. There is only one mandatory entry.

Okay, so I think that we can call this giveaway open! Enter! Enter! All who venture here!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in No. 55 Romance

Hello gentle reader.

I am of the opinion that we all need a little luxury in our lives. Be it a beautiful bottle of fragrance, some gorgeous makeup, a very special handbag, that suit or dress that you saved for for so long, a great car you worked so hard for... Whatever it is, big ticket or small indulgence, I believe that we all deserve to treat ourselves to something very designer, very chi-chi from time to time, when the spirit moves us and the budget allows.

The last time I was in the Valley, the spirit moved me. I had just had a doctor's appointment and I deserved a treat. Little kids get a lollipop, big kids get makeup. Specifically, CHANEL makeup. That day, I splurged on a lipstick and an eye shadow quad. (Which I will talk about in a future post.)

The lipstick I chose, after much swatching, narrowing down of choices and agonized waffling back and forth between two finalists is CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 55 Romance. I almost chose Boy, as it is a beautiful neutral and a very appropriate first purchase but in the end, Romance won my heart.

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 55 Romance is a medium, bright rose pink creme. This is the perfect pink for anyone who wants a wearable, everyday shade with just a hit of bright, happy fun. This lipstick is a semi-sheer; it is ultra lightweight, silky and has a lovely shine but isn't overly glossy or "too much." This lipstick glides on without dragging or pulling at the lips. It feels smooth, weightless and moisturizing. CHANEL Rouge Coco Chine doesn't have stellar wear time, it is so light and soft that I find myself reapplying almost as frequently as I do a gloss. However, this lipstick is so nourishing and comfortable and just so damned pretty that I don't mind. Besides, who doesn't love pulling a CHANEL lipstick out of their bag, opening that luxurious black and gold packaging with the iconic interlocked double C's on the cap and doing an oh-so-ladylike touch up of their lips?

A swatch of CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine, 55 Romance on my hand.

And on my lips:

I love this lipstick. I love everything about it. From the beautiful, sleek packaging to the perfect, seems as if it was created just for me shade to the light rose scent, I just love, love, love CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 55 Romance. I am so happy that I bought this lipstick and I plan to buy a couple more in other shades that were really speaking to me, the day I bought this one. Some day.

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick is available wherever CHANEL cosmetics are sold and retails for $35.00. Yes, this lipstick is a splurge but in my opinion, it is worth every penny.

What is your favorite CHANEL lipstick or cosmetic item? Are you lusting after anything in particular? I am still kicking myself that I didn't buy the LE Nordstrom Exclusive Luminizer the day I bought this lipstick and my eye shadow quad. In for a penny, in for a pound and I really, really should have bought that luminizer! Okay, I need to stop thinking about it, now!

Thank you so much for dropping in and reading my blog. Take care, have a beautiful day and go treat yourself to a little something special. You deserve it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August Ipsy Bag Review Plus... A look at July, too!

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Hello gentle reader.

Time to take a look at what came in my August Ipsy Bag. Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that includes a little makeup bag and five products, some samples and some full sized products. The subscription costs ten dollars a month and it is easy to sign up. You give them your info, take a quick quiz and you're off to the races. Hint: They will most likely put you on a wait list. but you can "hop off" by doing the share on Facebook thing and then you will immediately be off the wait list and up for the next bag to ship. A bit manipulative when you think about it but I guess that we all need a little promotion in our lives.

Sooo... My August Ipsy Bag was a so-so experience. I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't blown away.

My August goodies consisted of two full size and three sample sized products.

First out of the pink bubble mailer were the card that informed me that this month's theme was "Beauty Schooled." It's been a while since I attended classes and as I am not likely to be doing so anytime in the near future, I was hardly excited. Next was a big, waste of good trees paper sample holder card with a great big, slightly scary looking face on the front. That card even wigged out my camera. When I was firing off this shot, my camera kept zeroing in on the face. Next from my mailer was that God-awful vinyl barrel style bag covered in anemic orange spots, looking rather as if it caught some strange, tropical virus while on it's journey to my doorstep. I didn't know if I should keep it or quarantine it. At least it didn't stink. It's currently housing clean Beauty Blenders to keep them dust free until I find just the right jar for them. Then it's buh-bye ugly bag.

The contents of my August Ipsy Bag left me a little Yay! Wut??? Meh! and OUCH! Not receiving individual photo reviews this time around are samples of  Dr. Brandt Pores No More (Wow! What an imaginative name that one is!) pore refiner primer and Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo. The Dr. Brandt primer is unopened and in a drawer because I have three face primers going right now. I didn't need to add to the confusion another one, at this time. The dry shampoo is... Dry shampoo. It works well and smells pretty. I'd probably buy this in full size.

Moving on to featured items:

Jersey Shore Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Balm. I don't know about nutrients, the only thing that is dense about this stuff is the scent. It wasn't altogether unpleasant; it reminded me of Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream... That lemon-y, sharp scent. The taste is what I imagined that scent to taste like. I didn't hate it... I kind of dig scented, flavored stuff, as you know. The balm was smooth, somewhat thick and coated and moisturized my lips pretty well. Unfortunately, it also irritated the snot out of them. I have a lip condition that is under my dermatologist's care and it is making my lips much more sensitive than they used to be. This stuff hurt to wear and by the end of the first day, my vermilion line was irritated. This went into the round file.

J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single. The shade is Half Naked. This shimmery, light apricot eye shadow is soft, somewhat velvety and applies and blends nicely. Pigmentation isn't stellar; the apricot colour doesn't translate very well on the eye, it is overpowered by the shimmer.

Swatch of the eye shadow. As you can see, it is smooth and showy but the pigmentation isn't fabulous.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. Sorry, some idiot, whose name we won't mention forgot to take an individual shot of the mascara sample tube so I'm showing it in use. This is one generous coat and the eye shadow is last month's Ipsy offering, the Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow duo in The Inspiration and this month's J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single in Half Naked. The three shadows worked nicely together. I used Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra to line my upper lash line.

That Urban Decay mascara... Wow! Yeah, I'm liking that stuff. It applies beautifully, gives fab volume, even on the first coat and emphasizes the natural length of my lashes. No clumping, no smearing or transferring and it didn't flake, even a teeny bit. Just before I took my makeup off that night, I added two more coats, just for shits and giggles. I had glamazon lashes and not a clump in sight. This mascara is also not too difficult to remove, even built up to the extreme. Urban Decay Perversion mascara is a huge win, for me. I am definitely buying this in the full size. Soon.

And that is my August Ipsy Bag experience. A little win, a little meh. Always fun to receive and discover what goodies are to be had. And for ten clams, not an expensive adventure. If you would like to try Ipsy and are inclined to use my link, I receive points that I can use to redeem for goodies, in the future. I receive no other compensation. If you don't want to use my link, it is easy enough to hook up with Ipsy by just typing it into your command bar. I'm perfectly happy, either way.

Since we're at Ipsy bags, here is a quick gander at my July bag:

July was a frakking bust. Three products packed with my old nemesis chemical sunscreen. Really, Ipsy? They went to live with my mother in law who was delighted to make use of them. I received a Pop Beauty bronzer in Secret Sunshine. The sunshine may have been a secret but the shimmer certainly is not! This is not for all over application, I just put a little along the tops of my cheekbones and my decollete. And I just want to add, my bronzer arrived cracked. No bueno!

The one product from my July Ipsy bag that I really liked was the sample of Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow 2.0 in The Inspiration. This shimmery, purple shadow duo was a total win. The shadows are soft, buttery and smooth, very pigmented and have wonderful payoff. They are also complex and interesting. I need to obtain some more shadows from the Ready line.

Okay, I think I've prattled on, long enough. If you made it through this entire post, I'm over the moon in admiration for you. If it is TL/DR the fast and dirty version is, August's Ipsy was pretty good, July made me want to throw it out the window.

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? Did you greet your August assortment with delight? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a beautiful day!

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