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.

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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.

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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Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Hello gentle reader.

This last week was a good one, in beauty. Check out what some of my fellow Beauty Blog Coalition members were up to!

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love blotting papers? Then TATCHA Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers are a must try-- they are PERFECTION!
  • TheFabZilla: This week, TheFabZilla shows her own take on jewel-tone eyes, one of Fall 2014 makeup trends.
  • Icy Nails: Erika reviewed the LORAC Pro 2 palette. Was it love? Come find out.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Estonian flag inspired nails
  • Color Me So Crazy: Have you seen the Sally Hansen Color Foil polish? Check them out here!
  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Want to look radiant? Check out Mina Slater's review + swatches of Gleam by Melanie Mills!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is over the moon about her hydrated fuller lips from City Lips plus a great discount!
  • I Know all the Words: Take glitter to the next level with OPI Desginer Series Tourmaline and Titanium

  • Did you have a beauty favorite last week? Did you discover something new? Rediscover an old favorite? Please do tell in a comment!

    Thanks for stopping by and reading and checking out my fellow beauty bloggers and have a beautiful day!

    L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: Review

    Hello gentle reader.

    Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara. I have been using this product for a while and I think that the time is right to speak my piece.

    L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara is a newer addition to the L'Oreal mascara line up. L'Oreal claims that this mascara will give you long, voluminous lashes and a wide open eyes look. Now, I think that we all know that this mascara is not going to give us the lashes that that pretty little creature in the Lolita costume and three sets of false lashes had in the commercial that is running to sell us this product. If anyone does believe that let me know, I have a bridge in which you may be interested.

    False lashes aside, (please don't get me started on makeup companies and how they style their products for commercials and print ads, that rant would take all day), this is a good mascara. Let's explore why I say so.

    L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara is packaged in a sleek, tapered and angled tube and the black and pink colour scheme drew me like a moth to a flame. I have ever loved that colour combination and it worked to get me to toss this mascara in my basket about 0.6 seconds after I saw it on the display.

    My initial reaction to the wand  the first time I pulled it out of the tube was NOPE!. First, the wand is a little crazy looking, rather like a well chewed Christmas Tree. Then there is the Flexi Wand feature. I have tried mascaras in the past that have a flexible wand and I didn't like them. The wands were too floppy and I didn't feel as if I had good control over the application. Not a feeling I want when maneuvering a black goop covered sharp object a fraction of an inch from my very vulnerable eyeballs.

    But, as my mother used to tel me when I was growing up, "You don't know if you like something or not until you try it. So, try it. Then form your opinion based on your experience." So, I tried it.

    L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara is a wet formula, this seems to be a thing with L'Oreal mascaras. I am used to them, wet mascara doesn't bother me but I know that a lot of people don't apreciate them. I am amazed at how much I like the way that crazy, pointed, rat chewed looking wand applies the product to my lashes. It has some grab and the uneven cut separates the lashes and deposits mascara at different amounts as the wand travels up the length of the lashes. This mascara applies smoothly, I don't have any real trouble with clumping and I can apply one generous coat for emphasized, natural looking lashes or I can build on another coat for glamazon lashes. I normally just apply one good coat. It's a look I like, day to day.

    I don't really notice the Flexi Wand aspect all that much. There is a little give as I apply my mascara but it doesn't bend or flop all over the place. Honestly, I don't see the point of the flexible joint in the wand. It just doesn't seem necessary, to me.

    This mascara wears well all day, I don't experience any fading, smudging, transferring or flaking. Flaking is the problem I normally run up against with mascaras. That and clumping. My lashes are decently long but they aren't terribly thick and if I am not careful, they will, upon seeing a mascara wand coming at them, run and hang together and not let go of each other. It's annoying.

    My lashes dressed with one coat of L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara. Please don't mind my orange-y-pink skin tone. I was test driving a foundation sample. Yeah. No. It went on my face, once then it went into the trash. Another story for another day.

    Moving on.

    I like L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara. I am enjoying the tube I have and I would definitely repurchase.

    L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara is available at drugstores, mass retailers, Ulta. It is about eight dollars a tube, depending on the store from which you purchase and your region. Shop BOGO 1/2 off sales and use coupons to make this mascara even more affordable.

    Have you tried L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara? Do you like it? Not so much? Do you have a favorite L'Oreal mascara? A favorite mascara of any brand? Please hit me up in a comment and let me know what you think.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered my latest giveaway. It is now closed and I will be drawing a winner and contacting them in the next day or so. Please keep your eyeballs peeled for my next giveaway. A little hint: Hot. Cold. Holo and flash.


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

    Review: LORAC Pro 2 Palette

    Hello gentle reader.

    The Lorac Pro 2 palette is a makeup item I was excited to get my greedy paws on the moment I heard that a second! Lorac Pro palette was coming out. I love the original Pro, I only bought it this last Spring and I am so happy that I did. The quality of that palette is absolutely stellar and I knew that if this follow up was as good that I would love it.

    The Lorac Pro 2 palette is a cooler, more vibrant counterpoint to it's warmer, neutral sister, the original Lorac Pro. The packaging is the same, save the colour. The original is in a black palette, this one is a charcoal grey. The sleek, flat, coated paperboard palette is slightly "rubbery" to the touch, the palette is lightweight and slender enough to be held comfortably in the hand during use, yet it is substantial enough to have a presence on your vanity. I love that this palette, like it's predecessor, stores easily, taking up very little room in it's drawer. If I could lodge one gripe about the packaging it is that the somewhat rubberized coating on this palette grabs on to dust and makeup flotsam and jetsam and is a bit difficult to keep clean.

    Inside the sleek packaging is sixteen individual pans of eye shadow. The top row is all matte shades, the bottom, shimmer and metallic shades. There is a nice large mirror in the lid for your application convenience.

    A closer peek at the shadows. This palette is cooler toned and contains neutrals and some brighter shades, as well. This is a fantastic addition to a palette collection. It can mix and match with the rest of your stash yet it is complete enough to be the one palette you toss in your carry on for a weekend or vacation getaway. The softer, more neutral shades will get you through your work day with style and the fun colours will amp up your look for a hot date, dinner out with your special someone or a night out with the girls.

    You know that I swatched this baby. Let's take a look, shall we?

    From the top row we have the mattes. All eight of these shadows are soft, smooth, slightly creamy to the touch. They are very pigmented and have great payoff on the eyelid. These shadows can be packed on for maximum impact or applied with a light hand for a soft, subtle accent. They go on without annoying fallout, patchiness or skipping and blend flawlessly. Buff, the lightest matte shade is extremely close to my skin tone, rendering the swatch difficult to see but the quality of the shadow is excellent. Don't let the picture scare you!

    On the bottom row live the shimmers. All of these shadows are velvety, soft and intensely pigmented and the payoff is fabulous. These shadows apply and blend out like a dream. They work to create a beautiful, gleaming eye look and blend impeccably with their matte companions for a balanced, chic eye.

    Gentle reader, I love this palette. It is beautiful, versatile and if you are on the lookout for a cooler toned eye shadow palette that will give you neutral and fun shades all in one and be a beautiful addition to your makeup stash or perhaps serve as your one fantastic, go to palette, I happily recommend the Lorac Pro 2.

    If you wold like to buy this palette, it is available from Ulta stores, the Ulta website and the Lorac website. This palette contains 8.8 g./.32 oz. of product and retails for $42.00 and includes a bonus mini Lorac Behind the Scenes eye shadow primer.

    Do you own the Lorac Pro 2 palette? Do you like it? Love it, as I do? What are your favorite, most worn shades from this palette?

    Thank you so much for swinging by and reading my review. Take care of yourself and have a beautiful day.
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    Review: Derm Organic Hair Care

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    Hello gentle reader.

    Derm Organic  hair care. This review was supposed to be written Sunday afternoon or evening to post for Monday. However, I got distracted. By what? You might ask. Not what. Whom. Sherlock. On Nexflix. I told myself that I could watch one episode then to work. Next thing I knew, it was two in the morning and I had binge watched the entire series and was too fried to write my name, much less a blog post. Lesson learned. Stay the hell off of Netflix until after my work is done! We won't discuss how I binge watched all seven seasons of The West Wing in about a week... 

    Moving on.

    Derm Organic  Argon Hair Care is a line specially formulated without artificial preservatives, sodium chloride,salt, MEA, DEA or artificial dyes. This hair care line is sulfate, paraben and propylene glycol free. It is pH balanced and formulated without heavy artificial fragrances. Derm Organic hair care is vegan, gluten free and cruelty free.

    Okay. That all sounds good. But, does it work? Let's run it down and find out, Shall we?

    Derm Organic Daily Conditioning Shampoo is a gentle, sulfate free formula that none the less gets my hair lovely and clean without leaving it feeling dry, stripped or unhappy in any way. My hair doesn't usually like sulfate free shampoo, most of them leave it angry, staring and looking as if it had been washed in rocket fuel. This shampoo, while gentle, cleanses very well. I can usually get my hair clean in one good shampooing, even after using product, including hair spray, heavy silicone treatments and oil. Impressive. And no straw stack head.

    Derm Organic Daily Hydrating Conditioner is a lightweight, silky formula that spreads evenly through the hair, moisturizes and gives pretty impressive wet slip for combing with the conditioner in my hair and after rinsing it out. This conditioner rinses out quickly, leaving my hair feeling light, soft and bouncy after it dries. I just have to ask, why do hair care companies release smaller bottles of conditioner than shampoo? I go through more conditioner, faster than I do shampoo. Yet, smaller conditioner bottles. No bueno.

    Derm Organic Daily Conditioning Shampoo. This pearly, white creamy shampoo has a very light, clean scent that reminds me of Ivory soap. The scent is not obnoxious and it doesn't linger so it would probably not be irritating to but the most sensitive.

    Derm Organic Daily Hydrating Conditioner. This medium viscosity white creamy conditioner has a lightly naturally sweet scent. Again, the scent is very subtle and doesn't linger.

    Derm Organic Intensive Hair Repair Masque. I am always wary of hair care line claims of repairing or healing damaged hair. Bottom line, our hair is a dead thing, it is incapable of healing or being repaired. It is possible for ingredients like silicone and oil to temporarily coat, smooth, "glue" splits and weak areas, leaving the hair looking and feeling smoother and softer. This masque does that admirably. I like this on it's own as a deep treatment or mixed in with my Daily Hydrating Conditioner to give it an extra hydration bump. I also like to take a little bit and run it through my dripping wet length and ends as a leave in.

    Derm Organic Intensive Hair Repair Masque. This is a smooth, thick, creamy conditioner that is super slippy and deeply hydrating. It has a slightly stronger naturally sweet scent that doesn't linger long.

    Derm Organic Firm Hold Volume Foam. This product works pretty well. Like all mousse like foam hold products, there is potential for stiff, slightly sticky hair if it is abused. I like to use this when I want to wear my hair in it's natural wurls. It also does a good job of volumizing my roots when I blow dry. I currently have much thinner hair than normal so I have to use this with care or it will overwhelm my hair and leave it looking like 80's moussed perm hair. Not what I want to see in the mirror.

    Derm Organic Firm Hold Volume Foam. Is mousse. A mousse by any other foamy name is still mousse.

    Derm Organic Leave In Spray Therapy is a beautiful spray shine enhancer and hair smoother. I like this as a finisher and my dry, chemically blonde hair loves this used as a leave in treatment, when applied while my hair is damp. As with any product of this type, it can make the hair look oily if too much is used. This shine spray has a bit more scent than the other products in this line but it doesn't linger long.

    Derm Organic Fast Dry Shaping Spray. This is a pretty good hairspray. It isn't heavily scented, it does dry pretty quickly and gives firm, flexible hold. I can feel this hairspray in my hair more than I really care for but it is still pretty good and I am cheerfully using it.

    So you are probably asking yourself, "Does she really use these products or did she just give them a sniff and a swatch, fire of her pictures, stuff the bottles in a box  and write up her review?"

    I really use them. Check out my shower caddy.

    I like the Derm Organic Hair Care Line. It is effective, gentle and for a specialty line, affordable. This line is available from the Derm Organic Website, Ulta, Amazon. I have seen random products from this line at stores like TJ MAXX, Beall's Outlet, Ross. Keep your eyes peeled, they aren't hard to find. I would be happy to purchase any of the products in this line, save for the hairspray. I like the hairspray well enough but it isn't my favorite. Hairspray is one of those products that is very personal. We like what we like... And to be perfectly honest, I love another.

    If you would like to keep up with the latest from Derm Organic you can Like them on FacebookFollow Derm Organic on TwitterHit Derm Organic up on Instagram.

    Have you tried Derm Organic hair care? What do you think of it? Love? Leave? Are there certain products that float your boat and others that kind of sink it? Please do tell, I'd love to hear what you have to say about this line.

    Thank you so much for reading this long review. Stay cool and have a beautiful day.

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    Zoya Tinsley: Review and Photographs

    Hello gentle reader.

    Zoya Tinsley is one of those shimmer jellies that Zoya does so very beautifully. This grapefruit pink jelly base is packed to the rafters with gold fleck shimmer. In some light, it is pink with sparks of gold and in others, it turns to blazing golden coral and shifts back and forth depending on the light and movement of the hand.

    This mani was two coats of Zoya Tinsley and topped with two coats of Posche`.

    Taken in my impromptu photo studio under my new lights.

    In the sun.

    And a shot taken in the light coming in through my window. Oh, spank me!

    The formula on Zoya Tinsley is stunning. Fluid, smooth and oh so easy to apply. I enjoyed putting this polish on. It flows off of the brush, sits down where it is told to, doesn't streak, drag, run, pool or bubble. Dry time isn't bad. Better with a fast dry top coat. This polish is thirsty; I used two coats to get it as smooth and shiny-shiny as I wanted it to be. Wear time is pretty good. I got three days out of this which is about normal for me with Zoya. I don't know why my stupid nails don't wear polish with more grace for longer periods of time. They just don't. I don't blame the polish, (unless it is just bad). Shorter wear time for me is just the way it is. I'm good with it.

    Zoya polishes can be found on their website, many walk in retailers, including Ulta and online from various retailers. Zoya retails for $9.00 a bottle and is, in my not so humble opinion, worth it.

    Do you love some Zoya Tinsley? Zoya polish, in particular? What is your favorite shade of Zoya polish? Please drop me a comment and tell me all about it.

    Thank you so much for reading this review. Have a fab day and may your polish never bubble.

    Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in 03

    Hello gentle reader.

    When Ulta held a (not so) recent beauty steal event, one of the products I decided to pick up is the Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in shade number 03. This blush normally retails for $22.00 but I was able to snap it up for a mere $11.00. Eleven dollars very well spent, as it turns out.

    Look at the box. It goes with my blog, don't you think? *grin*

    The packaging. Oh! The packaging! Gentle reader, it is gorgeous. The heavy plastic is smooth, silky and as shiny as a polished piece of agate. The corners are rounded and the compact feels lovely in the hand. This is luxury level packaging for a mid tier makeup product and I love it.

    The front view. I can't stand it! Oh! So nice! Just look at that subtle bevel and the rounded corners! You should hear the solid snap! when the packaging is closed. So satisfying.

    Have some details. We all need a little information. I need to learn how to photograph shiny packaging without showing the reflection of my camera or self.

    Inside the compact is a cake of beautiful pink toned coral blush and a mirror in the inside of the lid.

    Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in 03 and my favorite brush for applying this particular product, my Luxie Lush Large Powder Brush.

    A swipe and brush blended swatch on the back of my hand under my OttLight.

    The same swatch in direct sun. This lovely pink leaning coral has an ultra fine gold shimmer that gives an instant highlight in the sun or bright light. No need to apply additional highlighter with this pretty stuff. Unless you want to.

    Japonesque Velvet touch Blush in 03 is a finely milled, smooth powder that applies and blends in like a dream. There is a little powdery puff up when a brush lands on the cake but there is no fall down on the face upon application. Wear time is good for me with this blush. It wears all day without needing to do touch ups all the time. I had to do a light touch up one day after about eight hours of wear. Colour me impressed. And happy to recommend this beautiful blush to you. If you would like to experience this blush, you can find it here.

    Have you tried the Japonesque Velvet Touch Blushes? Do you like? Love? Please do tell.

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

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    Review: Luxie Lush Pink Perfection Professional Brush Set

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    Hello gentle reader.

    Makeup brushes. I am turning into a damn ass hoarder of makeup brushes. Since the fist of the year I have switched out my few very, very old, very, very bedraggled makeup brushes for lots and lots of brand new, very nice makeup brushes.

    One recent acquisition is the Luxie Lush Pink Perfection Professional Brush Set. This set of brushes was a gift to me from my husband. I like to spam his e-mail with stuff on my Amazon wishlist just in case he gets it into his head to pick up a little something for the old ball and chain. This brush set is one of those little somethings.

    Comprised of a synthetic leather covered two piece travel cup and twelve hand made synthetic makeup brushes, the Luxie Lush Pink Perfection Set is a complete set of brushes that can work as a minimalist's sole set of makeup brushes or is a beautiful addition to a makeup brush hoard collection. This brush set is perfect for vegan and cruelty free beauties, as the bristles on all of the brushes are synthetic. No soft creatures are harmed or bothered to produce the brush hairs.

    The Luxie Lush Pink Perfection brushes are just so pretty. The lightweight wooden handles are painted in a slightly pearly light pink. The Luxie Lush name is embossed on the handles in silver and the ferrules are rose gold tone metal. There are no numbers or brush designations on the handles. Some users may find this to be an inconvenience but I don't really mind. I tend to use brushes as they best work for me, not according to what the brush maker tells me that brush is "supposed" to do.

    Let us explore this set of brushes, shall we?

    First we have four face brushes. From the top:

    • 502 ~ Large Powder Brush 
    • 508 ~ Duo Fiber Stippling Brush 
    • 504 ~ Large Angle Brush  
    • 510 ~ Foundation Brush 

    The eye brushes. From the top:

    • 205 ~ Tapered Blending Brush 
    • 213 ~ Eye Shading Brush
    • 209 ~ Large Shader Brush
    • 207 ~ Medium Angled Shading
    • 217 ~ Pencil Brush
    • 211 ~ Precision Concealer Brush
    • 215 ~ Small Angle Brush
    • 219 ~ Point Eye Liner Brush
    The only brush in this set for which I have absolutely no love is that stupid paddle foundation brush. Why do brush companies insist upon saddling us with that brush in every frakking set? Does anyone really use them? In my opinion, they are a waste of money and space. Offer them separately for those who love and really want them and give us a brush we will actually get off on owning and using, regularly. Like, a nice blush brush or a big tulip shaped all purpose face brush or even a big, super soft, heavenly huge fan brush. (Hint. Hint.)

    The bristles/brush hairs - whatever you like to call them - on these brushes are so soft yet densely packed and firm enough to pick up products, apply and blend them out beautifully. These brushes are useful when applying powder, liquid and cream products. Not one hair has shed. Not one hair has broken. These brushes feel sturdy and well made but are light and comfortable in the hand. So far, the ferrules are nice and tight, no wigging or gluing.

    These brushes clean up beautifully. I can use them to apply the most richly pigmented products, the stickiest silicone based foundations and concealers and upon cleaning, the silky, synthetic fibers release product easily and come out spic and span. No staining, no holding on to nasty bits, deep in the brush head. If washed in soap and water, these brushes take a little longer to dry. I routinely clean my brushes in 91% rubbing alcohol and these brushes dry fast. Eye brushes in just minutes, face brushes within an hour or so.

    I like the Luxie Lush Pink Perfection Professional Brush Set. For a twelve piece, quality synthetic brush set, the price of $110.00 is a touch spendy but I don't feel as if husband person paid too much, really. And he certainly didn't object; in fact, he expected them to be more expensive. The prices are about the same, maybe a few dollars lower than Sigma and similar tier brushes.

    I received a coupon with a discount code with my brush set that I can use when I shop on the Luxie Lush website. And I plan to shop on their website. I would like some more of their beautiful, useful brushes in my collection.

    Have you tried Luxie Lush brushes? Do you like them as much as I do? Please hit me up in a comment, I'd love to hear what you think of this brand.

    Thank you so much for coming in and reading my blog and have a beautiful day!
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    Review: Derm Organic Skin Treatment

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    Hello gentle reader.

    Derm Organic  Signature Argan Skin Treatments are formulated with good things like argan extract to help protect, treat, and moisturize your skin. Gentle formulations are pampering and efficacious. My very dry skin really digs this line.

    Derm Organic Skin Care is vegan and cruelty free, they use no artificial preservatives, sulphates or gluten. This line is free of sodium chloride, salt, MEA, DEA and dyes. It is oil and fragrance free. These products are paraben and propylene glycol free and are pH balanced 4.5 - 5.5.

    Let's take a look at the four products that were sent to me to test drive:

    Derm Organic Hand and Body Moisture Lotion: 12 oz. $20.00. This lotion is lightweight, a little goes a long way, spreads easily and evenly across the skin, sinks in fast and leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and comfortable.

    This lotion is wonderful as a body lotion for me, it doesn't have enough oomph to work as a hand lotion, for my skin. Few do, so that is not a knock against this lovely product.

    Next up:

    Derm Organic Soapless Facial Cleanser, 8.5 oz. $20.00, is a gentle, softly clean smelling creamy cleanser that carefully cleanses without foaming up. It just smooths over the skin and does it's job without stripping or leaving my skin feeling tight or uncomfortable.

    This cleanser is so gentle that it doesn't do a stellar job at removing eye or face makeup. I suggest using a makeup remover for eyes and face, first, then cleansing. As long as I use a makeup remover, first my face is nice and fresh and clean, after using this product.

    Our next contender is:

    Derm Organic Daily Moisture Renewal Face Moisturizer. 3.7 oz. $20.00. I had to turn this one over to my mother in law to test out for me, as it contains a chemical sunscreen. My mother in law loves this moisturizer. She adores the lightweight feel and how soft and velvety her skin feels. This moisturizer leaves her with no oily after feel.

    Derm Organic Facial Moisture Lotion. I couldn't swatch this on my skin, I pumped a bit out on a surface, instead.

    And, last but not least:

    Derm Organic 100% Pure Argan Oil. 1.7 oz. $36.00. This is a little bottle of golden magic for the skin, cuticles and hair. I love pure, natural oils and use them in various ways from head to toe.

    The Derm Organic Pure Argan Oil is lightweight, powerful and has become an indispensable part of my skin care arsenal. I like to use it for pre and post wash oiling of my hair, as a cuticle oil, on my face in place of my regular moisturizer or, layered under my moisturizer when my skin is being insanely, not just extremely dry. This oil softens elbows, knees, heels and soothes dry, itchy skin in the cooler months. Everyone should have at least one bottle of high quality, pure oil on hand at all times. This is a good one to keep at the ready.

    I like this skin care line. With the exception of the facial moisturizer, which I can't use I would be happy to purchase any of these products for continued use. I recommend this line and encourage anyone to give these lovely products a try.

    You can buy Derm Organic Skin Treatments from their website, at Ulta stores and on Amazon. This line is available in sets and for individual purchase.

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    Have you tried Derm Organic Skin Treatment? How do you feel about this line? Does it work for you? Please share your experience and opinion in a comment, I'd like to know what you think.

    Thank you so much for coming in and reading this review. Take care and have a beautiful day.

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