Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos

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Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos Packaging

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos are new to me and I am so happy to have been introduced. According to Youngblood, these shadows are "perfectly paired to create an alluring eye."

With their sleek, round black magnetized compacts complete with a little mirror, these shadows are perfectly poppable and portable. They can be applied wet or dry, with fingers or brush, combined or used alone to create a plethora of eye looks.

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos Product Details

There are four beautiful duos from which to choose:

  • Virtue- Passionate is a shimmering roseberry. Pure is a clean, matte white.
  • Charismatic- English Tea is a smooth, matte reddish brown. Calla Lily, a stunning rose gold shimmer.
  • Desire- Iris is a satin with a subtle duochrome shift. Pink Rose gives us a soft, tea rose matte. 
  • Graceful- Azure is a clean navy blue shimmer with tiny blue sparkles. Apricot is soft and orange-y with a silvery shimmer. 

Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Polyethlene, Nylon-12, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silesquioxane, Crosspolymer, Stevioside, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Isopentydiol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide. 

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos Swatches

Swatches in the image, above!

All of the shadows in Youngbood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos have very good pigmentation and payoff in both swatches and on the eye. All of these shadows build and blend easily and smoothly without producing a lot of fallout. English Tea, Iris and Azure are a little stiff to the touch but they perform well. The shimmery shades can be a little flaky, your finger or brush will kick up a little excess, be sure to tap off the brush before going to the eye. I get the best performance and all day, crease free lasting power when I apply and wear them over primer. My lids are not oily but they have been forever prone to creasing and will eat my eye shadow unless I prime, first.

I like these shadows and recommend them. You can buy the Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos from their site, authorized online retailers or use their Store Locator to find a brick and mortar retailer or salon/spa near you.

Youngblood Cosmetics are Cruelty Free, Paraben, Talc, Oil and Fragrance Free.

Have you tried any of these pretty Shadow Duos or any other Youngblood products? Please share and tell me what your favorites are. I've been perusing the website and I see quite a few items I'd love to try.
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A Girl's Gotta Spa! A Planner's Gotta Plan!

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I have two obsessions occupying my time, recently. Skin care. Always. And planning. I got bitten hard by the planner bug and I'm having so much fun with it! It's the perfect excuse for adults to play with stickers, coloured pens and washi tape! I love to sit at my desk with a coffee and a snack and all of my supplies and decorate my weekly and monthly layouts and plan out my days and weeks. Such a nice way to relax, have a little fun and be productive, all at the same time. 

A Girls's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion and Planner

One aspect of good skin care is taking care of the bod. Keeping the skin soft, smooth and hydrated is key, especially as Winter approaches, the temps drop and the humidity and every last bit of moisture is sucked out of your skin! If you are like me and have a few more miles on your tires, dry skin is likely an even bigger concern. A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion can help. With their beautiful assertion that You Deserve to Be Pampered! and their mission to create effective, caring products that wrap your skin in comfort. 

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion and Planner Stickers

A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion is a lightweight, almost whipped textured lotion that spreads silkily, drops almost instantly into my skin, I don't have to rub and rub and rub forever. I feel velvety, never sticky, greasy or slimy and I can get dressed immediately after application. This lotion beautifully moisturizes and leaves me feeling satin soft all over all day long. The light, fresh citrus scent is invigorating and while it lingers for a bit, it is so soft, so gentle that I can easily wear other fragrances without worrying about scent clashing. This lotion is beautiful and I would like a barrel full. 

Energizing Citrus Body Lotion Ingredients: Purified Water, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Vegetable-based Emulsifying Wax (Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60), Citrus Paradisii (Pink Grapefruit) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil.
A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Loton is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free, Vegan and made in small batches, here in the United States. Absolutely free of Sulfates, Formaldehyde, Petrochemicals, Parabens, Synthetic Dyes or Fragrances, this is a lotion that you can feel god about using and sharing with your family and friends. This lotion or perhaps an Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set would make a lovely holiday gift!
A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub
Speaking of lovely gifts... Between 11/27/15 and 11/30/15 if you purchase a tub of A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Salt Scrub formulated with pure Mediterranean and Israeli Dead Sea Salt, Avacado Oil and Green Tea, you will receive a very special Gift With Purchase! A Girl's Gotta Spa! has teamed up with My Newest Addiction on Etsy and you will receive a beautiful floral personal sized dashboard with the daily reminder that "You Deserve to Be Pampered!" and spa and bath and body related sticker sheets. 

If you sign up for the A Girl's Gotta Spa! Newsletter, now you will receive a code for 15% off of your next order. You can use that 15% off to take advantage of the Salt Scrub/Planner GWP. 

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion and My Newest Addiction Planner Stickers GWP

I am in love with Laura's (My Newest Addiction) stickers. They are pretty, fun to use, beautifully made and fairly priced. Laura makes the stickers to order and ships in a very timely manner. Doing business with her shop is a pure pleasure. I have a few sheets of her stickers on top of my planner in my photos, above. Of course, I am loving the coffee and makeup themed stickers! I already have my Christmas Week stickers, bought from her shop. Yes, I have already planned that week's layout! Starting Friday at Midnight and running all of Black Friday, you can save 50% on your order of $10.00 or more. Just use code: HOLIDAY50 when prompted. (I don't "make" anything off of this, I just like to support independent, woman owned small businesses, when I can.) 

My planner is the Me and My Big Ideas Happy Planner in Gold Foil Dots. Gentle reader, would you be interested in review, Plan With Me, How I Customize My Planner type posts? I am no perfect expert but I'm having a lot of fun with this and I'd love to share. 

Are you a fan of A Girl's Gotta Spa! and their gorgeous products? What are your favorites? 

A Girl's Gotta Spa! A Planner's Gotta Plan!
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Pamper Your Lips and Delight Your Senses with TokyoMilk DARK


TokyoMilk DARK Lip Elixirs Cocoa Noir Review

One of my favorite little indulgences is really good lip balm. I have to keep my lips protected and extremely well hydrated so high quality, effective lip balms aren't just a luxury for me, they are an everyday staple. Price and where I buy them isn't my biggest concern, performance is everything. However, if it happens to be a gorgeous product in lovely packaging, I'm certainly not going to turn it down!

TokyoMilk DARK Lip Elixirs Review Tin

ToykoMilk DARK Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixirs qualify as gorgeous and are an experience, every time I use them. Packaged in sturdy, black enameled round tins with a raised design and logo they come with a decorative paper tape and plastic shrink wrapped over seal. The first delight is removing that shrinkie wrap. It comes off and a puff of the scent from inside reaches the nose and entices you to tear away the paper tape seal that is reminiscent of the government seal on a liquor bottle, remove that lid and get into the contents. 

TokyoMilk DARK Lip Elixirs Cocoa Noir Product Detail

In the tin is a silken blend that contains bee balm, jasmine, crushed extracts of aloe and Vitamin E to soothe, hydrate, soften and protect my lips. Luscious flavor extracts tantalize the senses and keep me coming back for more. 

Petrolatum, Microcrystaline Wax, Flavor, Canola Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Acetate, Stevia Rebaudiana (Stevia) Leaf Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Monarda Didyma (Bee Balm) Leaf Extract. 
The flavor I have here is Cocoa Noir NO. 60. This Lip Elixir scented with Dark Rum, Maraschino Cherry, Sweet Milk and Cacao Bean can be best described as unctuous. I was surprised at how complex, rich and full of depth is the scent of this lip balm. The flavor to the tongue is softly sweet with a zephyr of cocoa and vanilla. This Lip Elixir makes my lips feel soft, pampered and cherished. Just the stuff I need and the fact that it is a lovely sensual experience as well makes it doubly delightful. 

TokyoMilk DARK Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixirs come in six rich scent/flavor combinations so any sensualist should be able to find one, two or more that will entice and delight. I bought two more flavors (Salted Caramel and La Vie En Rose) after I experienced this one. I'm hooked! At $7.00 each, this is an affordable indulgence. It's also a perfect little cart tosser if you need just a few clams to make free shipping! 

TokyoMilk DARK is cruelty free. 

Have you tried these delectable lip balms? What do you think of them? What are your favorite scent/flavors? 

Madam Glam Nail Polish | Swatches and Review

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Madam Glam Nail Polish Cashmere

I was recently offered the opportunity to share a few Madam Glam nail polishes with my gentle readers. I was in a weird head space that day and rather than being smart and choosing four colours across the spectrum of shades available, I chose four. blue. polishes. Yeah. I know. But in my defense, they are four very pretty blue polishes. Let's take a look-see, shall we?

Cashmere is a soft, ever so slightly blue-y grey creme. Very clean and chic.

Madam Glam Nail Polish Dusty Navy

Dusty Navy is a dirty deep blue crelly. Grown up edgy.

Madam Glam Nail Polish Sea, Swing and Sun

Sea, Swing and Sun, this is a softly blurred, warm sky blue creme. Soft and comfortable.

Madam Glam Nail Polish Underground Queen

Underground Queen. A sleek, sophisticated greyed blue crelly.

Lets run it down.

Formula, Application and Wear:

Both the cremes and crellies have very good formulas. The viscosity is medium, with good flow without being runny or sticky. The polish applies smoothly and easily without stacking, running, pooling, dragging, bubbling or flooding my cuticles. I didn't have to do a lot of cleanup, just fussy refining. Dry time is pretty decent, especially with a fast dry top coat. I always use fast dry top coats, I can't attest to dry/cure times with a standard top coat. Wear time for me is three to four days, about the same as I get with any nail polish on my natural nails. I am happy with that wear time. YMMV, of course.

Madam Glam nail polishes are cruelty free, 5-free and vegan. 

Bottles and Brushes:

The bottles are tall, slender, squared. They hold the standard 1/5 ounce. I like the way they look but the narrow base makes them a little precarious while in use. Be careful to steady the bottle when pulling the brush out of the bottle and dabbing off the excess polish to not tip the bottle. Especially if, like me, you are an epic klutz.

I enjoy a wider brush to apply my polish, they work with my nail shape and polish application "style" and the brush in Madam Glam polishes don't disappoint. Three of my brushes were of the wider, "OPI style" they were cleanly trimmed, applied the polish smoothly without leaving insane streaks or trails of bubbles in their wake. One bottle had a standard round brush in it. Strange, but the brush was good quality and applied the polish well so no big deal.

Pricing and Availability:

Madam Glam nail polishes are $10.95 a bottle. For a limited time, get an early Black Friday discount: Buy 6, save 50% by entering code EARLYBF at checkout. (I do not receive any benefit from this. Just sharing the info.)

 So far, I am impressed with Madam Glam polishes and I would like to try other colours. Have you tried these polishes, their gels or makeup? What do you think of them? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Madam Glam Nail Polish

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