Soufeel Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet and Charms Review

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Have you experienced Soufeel? Purveyors of beautiful, quality silver and fashion jewelry for all occasions and gift giving, their premiere offering is their sterling silver European style charm bracelets. Modeled after the popular but pricey Pandora and Chamilia, Soufeel offers the style and selection without the high price tag.

Soufeel offers the 925 Sterling Silver Basic Charm Bracelet925 Sterling Silver Charm Bangle Bracelet  and Leather Charm Bracelets with Sterling Silver clasps in a variety of sizes to fit many and a huge selection of beautiful charms with and without sparkling stones to document important life events and milestones and show off your fabulous personal style.

Soufeel Silver Charm Bracelet and Charms Review

From the Minds of Great Bloggers...

Have a look at this week's posts from some of the incredible ladies from the Beauty Blog Coalition.

  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Have you ever avoided a messy manicure because of the cleanup you'd have to do? Jessica reviews a product from Ellison's Organics that will help you out!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: EcoBrow Defining Wax and Brush are the perfect duo to achieve anything from subtle brows to the boldest of the bold. The formula and buildable coverage are just outstanding!
  • TheFabZilla: So is it a bronzer, foundation or mist? TheFabZilla reviews Givenchy Brume Bonne
  • Painted Ladies: Hello, tomato red! Review and giveaway of the Butter London Shine Out Loud collection.
  • I Know all the Words: Give your black liners a break and embrace a new shade with Kat Von D Ink Liners in Bosch, Hemingway, and Baudelaire
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is hosting a butterLONDON new makeup GIVEAWAY on her blog now!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Kate by Rimmel is on the Blog!! Check out my LOVE!!
  • Beauty by Miss L: No makeup makeup look and no makeup eye makeup tutorial featuring Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika shares her fast, easy No Makeup, Makeup Look.
  • Soap and Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel


    I ordered a bottle of Soap and Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel back when I was shopping the latest Sephora VIB sale. It was marked down, as Sephora was clearing out the line and I had my discount so I thought, what the hell, why not? Sephora had it priced at, I think... $16.00 or so? Full price? It was down to ten, clearance when I picked it up, then I had fifteen percent off. So, it was a pretty good deal. is now carrying Soap and Glory and has this shower gel in stock and it is priced at ten dollars.

    Soap and Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel is 16.2 ounces in a recyclable plastic pump bottle. The label is pink and white, grey and black, graphic and eye catching. There is a lot to look at, read and enjoy. I love labels like this. I freely admit that I am an avid label reader. The more fun, information and good stuff on a label, the happier this girl is. This label makes me happy.

    The shower gel is a creamy pale. pale pink-y creamy gel-ish that works to bubbles and lather. The scent is light, fresh, soapy-clean with a hint of kiwi and slightly floral and a little chemical. Pleasant. Not stellar. I like it... I am not head over heels in love with it.

    Bubbles! As you can see there is only a fair amount of lather. Not as much as I would expect and I had to use quite a bit of the shower gel to get this rather anemic foam action. Kind of womp-womp, overall. I own and have owned shower gels and body washes that give me insane cushioning lather and bubbles using less product. This shower gel cleanses very well and is okay to shave with. Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel rinses cleanly away and leaves my skin feeling fresh and lightly scented but once I pat my skin dry, that little word, "clarifying" makes it's presence known when my already dry skin is left tight and uncomfortable and I'm reaching for the body oil and lotion. Now, I'm not blaming the shower gel all the way here, remember that I'm a #driedoutoldhag while reading this.

    Gentle reader, I think that Soap and Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel, $10.00 is a fairly nice product, overall but honestly, there is better to be had and at a more wallet friendly price. I am using this bottle of the product that I have but once it is gone, I won't be purchasing it, again.

    Have you tried Soap and Glory Clean on Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel? Do you like it? Please do tell.

    My Fast, Easy No Makeup Makeup Look

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    Who the living hell woke up from their drug induced stupor and had the bright idea that it was time to make the No Makeup Makeup Look hot, hot, hot, once, again? What did they do? Have a dream about nubile, fresh faced beauties prancing in slow motion through a daisy filled meadow (this is beginning to sound an awful lot like a douche commercial) and decide that all of us need to switch from our nicely made up visages to fresh scrubbed looking faces glowing with youth and dew? 

    All I can say is, that person had better stay far away from me because I'm in the mood to put a serious hurt on someone and it might as well be them. Gentle reader, have you any clue how difficult it is to pull off the dewy, prancing through a douche meadow, No Makeup Makeup Look when you're fifty, have wrinkles, dark circles and have to draw on your eyebrows? Oh yeah. And you've lost that loving feeling youthful glow that is so crucial to pulling the whole thing off? 

    Happily, there are products - a - plenty to help an old broad fake it so she can make it. Kinda. Let's take a quick look at what I use to put on a fast face that allows me to get out the door to a hair appointment, a quick store run or just bum around this joint with a little dignity. 

    Or without scaring the shit out of my cat... 

    I am going to share with you how I do an easy, quick (for me) No Makeup Makeup Look. 

    I start with clean, well moisturized skin. I believe that the secret to a look like this is well cared for skin. If I'm going out, it is at this point I hit the sunscreen. (Forgot to include that in the pic. I use the Neutrogena Pure Screen. High SPF, chemical free.) 

    First, I have to get my dark circles under control (kinda) and my brows on. I grab my IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector  in light and get some on my deep darkness and let it start sinking in. I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe and half ass on some fast framers. 

    Next, I take a mo and dampen a clean Beauty Blender and bounce on a smooth, even layer of a mix of Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre and Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in N20 all over my face. Then I use the tip of my Beauty Blender to smooth my under eye area, add a little more corrector so that it's as good as it's going to get. I use my finger to tap on a little creme eye shadow, usually Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Pink (not available) then I apply a very light coat of mascara. I need the mascara to give my eyes a little definition, as they are so hooded. I use my fingers to tap a little creme blush on my cheeks and a little creme highlight on my brow bones, cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and cupid's bow to add some light and brightness to my face. I used my L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eye Liner in Highlighter, for this look. 

    To finish, I just slicked on a little Vaseine Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips. And done. It all takes me just a few minutes. 

    Emerging from hiding to share my No Makeup Makeup Look. I was just slopping around the house and my hair was in a damp bun (keeping it real, here) and I forgot to put on earrings before I shot these pictures. Some blogger I am. 

    This is the new hand fan I bought for the Summer. It's bigger then the one I usually buy each year and I'm in love with it. 

    What is your No Makeup Makeup Look routine? Do you do a full face that doesn't look like one? Just slick on a little gloss and flick on some mascara? Grab a pair of sunnies and rock your fabulous face as it is? Please share. And, if you have a little time, swan around the gallery you will find below and read my fellow bloggers' articles about their favorite No Makeup Makeup Looks. They are special, beautiful gals and I know that you will love them as much as I do! 
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    NYC Expert Last Lip Color | Review

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    Blog block is like writer's block. It's freaking brutal, gentle reader. I keep opening my blog, bringing up one of the many partially completed posts that are piling up and piling up and piling up to complete and post it and I just stare at my blinking cursor until I hit the SAVE button and X out and close my browser and open NETFLIX or go drift aimlessly around on Facebook or Amazon, adding to my already huge wishlists. 

    But I have to get some of these posts up so I'm going to start with an easy, low key one and see if I can't ease in. Kind of like dipping my toes into a too cool swimming pool early in the Summer. Hopefully after that first shock of chill, I'll get back into the swim of things. 

    NYC Expert Last Lip Color is part of the new release of products from NYC for Summer, 2015. 

    The packaging is a sleek, plastic tube. The bottom is coloured to correspond with the shade of the lipstick housed within. The brand logo and name of the lipstick are emblazoned on the tube in silver. The part of the tube that holds the bullet is silver. The cap is clear plastic with the NYC logo embossed on the top. The Lipstick bullet does not fully swivel down and is fully visible through the clear cap. This is both a blessing and a curse. It is easy to see the colour of the lipstick, making opening the packaging unnecessary. Unfortunately, since the bullet stays up, you must be very careful when removing and replacing the cap or you will damage the lipstick. I don't like this feature of the packaging, in the least. I don't like to damage my product with the packaging or have to be so. very. careful. not to. 

    NYC claims to offer a balance of matte and satin in their new Expert Last Lip Color tho honestly, neither of the lipsticks I have are matte. The velvety soft formula wraps your lips in amplified colour designed to last up to six hours. There are five new shades from a soft, creamy nude to an intense, deep red. I have two to share with you, today.

    Pure Coral is a bright, clear red based coral with a gel like formula. 

    Creamy Mauve is a soft, neutral mauve-pink satin creme.

    Swatches on my hand.

    Pure Coral has a lightweight, gel like base, is very pigmented and applies smoothly and easily. I get a solid couple of hours of wear before needing to touch up. Comfort is... Pretty decent for such an affordable lippie. If I balm up well before applying, my lips are even happier. 

    Creamy Mauve is a smooth, satin creme. This isn't really a matte in any way, shape or form. Application to a complete, unbroken film as you see in this photo takes a little doing, it isn't a one swipe and done kind of proposition. Wear time is not stellar... I find that as with many lipsticks of this kind, Creamy Mauve tends to break apart on me and needs to be checked and touched up on a fairly regular basis. It's a pretty color but it's a fairly high maintenance one, in my experience. 

    The comfort level with this lipstick is not at all high. I have to wear lip balm under it and even with that precaution after a few hours, my lips are ready to shed this lip colour. Now... My lips have a condition that causes them to be especially sensitive and prone to being dried out by many lip products that others find perfectly okay to wear, so take my crying about drying out with a grain of salt. 

    Of the two, Pure Coral is my clear favorite for both colour and comfort. Creamy Mauve is pretty but my lips aren't happy with it. (Not the lippie's fault.) 

    I think that these are nice lipsticks for a good price. You can buy the NYC Expert Last Lip Color Lipsticks at drugstores and mass retailers near you for $1.99 each. 

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    For Hydrated Skin Try Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C and E

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    As a Dry Skinned American, I struggle with getting enough moisture into my skin to help keep it looking and feeling healthy and well hydrated. Add Retinol to the party and the job gets that much harder. As much as I love Retinol, it can be drying and I need something that can help draw and lock additional moisture into my skin.

    I recently invited Amara Organics Hyaluronic Serum with Vitamin C and E to my skin care party. Hyaluronic acid is an amazing substance. Hyaluronic Acid is hydroscopic, meaning that it can pull or absorb moisture from the air, attract it to the skin and hold it there to aid in overall hydration and help skin to look plumed up, fresher and feel softer and healthier. This serum contains Vitamins C and E, both vial elements to help skin rejuvenate and heal it's self.

    Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamins C and E is a clear, sightly viscous gel serum that applies easily, sinks in swiftly and is wonderful to use night and morning before my moisturizer, even under makeup. This serum makes using Retinol much easier on my very dry skin. I commonly mix my Retinol serum and this one together and smooth them over my face, throat, neck and upper chest. I firmly believe that this serum is a huge reason why I'm getting results from my Retinol serum while experiencing less of the extreme dryness or flaking that can occur with consistent Retinol usage.

    Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Wildcrafted Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Pelargonium Gravolens (Geranium Essential Oil), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).
    Amara Organics Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C and E is vegan, contains high quality, plant based ingredients and is alcohol, paraben and cruelty free.

    Amara Organics offers lovely, effective skincare at an affordable, attainable price for just about every budget. You can find the Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C and E on their website and it is listed on Amazon. The price is a very wallet friendly $17.95 for a full one ounce.

    Do you use Hyaluronic Acid in your skin care routine? Have you found it to be as effective as I have in aiding in hydration and moisture retention for your skin? Please share your experience or opinion in a comment, I'm truly interested.
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    Eyebrows... The Bane of My Existence


    Crazy. Granny. Clown. Freak. Ugly. Weird. Disgusting. Gross. Puke Worthy. Stupid. Fucked Up. Wrong. Bad. Strange. And of course, my personal favorite (eat my sarcasm), Retarded. 

    These are just a few of the adjectives that I have heard and read about drawn on or, as I like to call them, created eyebrows. 

    Many of us, for a variety of reasons are compelled to make our own eyebrows in whatever way we can. Some lose their brows due to illness, medical treatment, over plucking or waxing in their misspent youth. 

    In my case, I lost my left eyebrow in an accident when I was a child. My doctor told my mother at the time that he didn't know if my brow would grow back. It did grow back but it grew back all kinds of wrong. For a long time I just ignored it, and my other brow, too. I figured why bother with them? They looked so different and so bad I just wanted to pretend that they didn't exist. 

    I was in my thirties before I got tired of having what I perceived as ugly brows and decided to do something about it. I tried plucking them to a shape and to match somewhat. Nope. My left brow was just too mucked up. So, I tried plucking my left brow down to practically nothing and just shaping my right brow to suit me then I would create (draw on) the left brow. I looked as if I had the brows of two different people on my face. Nope.

    I finally came to the conclusion that in order to have two halfway decent eyebrows that look as if they belong on the same face, I would have to pluck both down to practically nothing and build them from the ground up. Over time, I have experimented with various products and techniques. Stencils. Wax. Powder. Tinted brush on gel. Pencils. So very, very many pencils. After much trial and error and mad frustration, I have landed on a few products and a relatively easy routine that get the job done for me. 

    My chosen tool for plucking my brows is my petite Tweezerman tweezers. Similar here

    An eye shadow primer. My favorite is the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer but just about any will do. 

    To create my brows I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil. I use Taupe and Medium Brown (formerly Medium Ash). My Medium Brown pencil is a backup I had of the Medium Ash, the old packaging that would shed the printing. I'm so happy that they fixed that little problem. 

    I create my brows before I put on any other makeup. I find that it is easier and my brows go on better and last longer if I start with clean skin with very little moisturizer and no primer or makeup. 

    My tweezers are old but they still work perfectly. One of the best five dollar investments I have ever made. I use them to pluck my eyebrows just about completely away, leaving just a thin line of hairs in the front section. I have tried leaving various amounts of hairs and different shapes, this is the one that works.

    After I have plucked, I apply eye primer to my brow areas and smooth it into the skin and let it dry down. 

    Once that is done, I grab my Brow Wiz pencil in Taupe and I use the spoolie on one end to brush my brow hairs up and kind of into place. Then I start creating. I begin at the apex of my arch and sketch in the tail. Then I go to the front of the brow, determine where I want it to start and I begin, with light, short strokes to sketch on the main part of my brow. I start along the bottom line, working my way up, following the natural line of the hairs I do have until I hit the arch and connect the front and tail. Then I go back to the front, start filling in the middle then the top line. I refine my arch and the join and finish shaping and filling in the tail. I use Precision Tip Q-Tips to clean up, refine, even up. And finally, I use my Medium Brown pencil to sketch in "hairs" to make the brow look a little more filled in and "hair like" and not something I Sharpied onto my face. 

    After I do all of that, I apply my makeup, working carefully around my brows. After I'm finished, if necessary, I touch up my brows with my pencil then run a little clear gel through them to set them and I'm done. Depending on how my day is going, the procedure takes me anywhere from five to fifteen minutes. If I'm in a tearing hurry I can just about guarantee that my brows are going to look like something that the cat dragged in and take way, way too long to do. 

    I aim for brows that look as if they could live, naturally over each eye. I don't worry about getting them perfectly alike. Sisters, not twins works just fine for me. My brows never look exactly the same from day to day but I try to be as consistent as I possibly can. 

    My eyebrows are far, far from perfect. They aren't "natural" or "on point." I would give anything to have natural, full brows that are easy to shape and would look fabulous in about a minute flat by just plucking a few stray hairs and running a little gel through them. You can't even imagine how much I would love that. Being forced to endure all of this ragle baggle just to have eyebrows is a time consuming pain in my ass. But it isn't in the cards for me. I just have to do the best I can. 

    I hope that this post doesn't read too whiny or bitchy. This is a painful subject for me and this wasn't an easy post for me to write. But I kind of feel a little better for having done so. I hope that it will help others in a similar position. Maybe my how-to will be useful someone who doesn't have brows for their own reason and is struggling. If that is the case, this is all worth it. A thousand times over. 

    This is a Beauty Blogger Collaborative post. Please scroll down to the gallery at the end of this post and go visit my fellow bloggers.


    For the Love of My Skin | Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E

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    Retinol is one of the premiere skin care ingredients for one reason. It works. Whether you are using it to help with your anti aging ritual or you have troubled skin that breaks out, Retinol can help. 

    I turned to Retinol when I was younger to help clear my chronic, awful acne and to fade post acne discolouration scarring and even my skin tone. At that time, I couldn't afford a trip to a dermatologist to get a script for a higher concentration. I had to settle for a drugstore brand that contained .5% and I was happy to have it. It took some time but with consistent use my skin did start to clear up and to my delight, the terrible swaths of darkened, mottled skin along my jawline on both sides and just under my cheekbones began to fade and even out. As the months passed, I found that I was using a little less concealer and foundation. My overall tone was steadily improving and my skin was less congested and bumpy.

    When I hit my forties, my skin changed, overnight. Like the flip of a switch, I could swear that I went to bed with oily, breakout prone skin and woke up with the Sahara Desert for a face. I didn't break out, after that and my main concern went from battling oil, shine and pimples to desperately pouring as much moisture as I could into my skin and trying, in vain to stave off the march of time across my face. For years I forgot about Retinol in my quest for what I felt could be the latest and greatest. The question I have to ask myself is, why? Why did I set aside Retinol when I started using other skin actives. Especially when, in my experience, it works so well with them. 

    I was recently given the opportunity to receive and try out Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. Buffered with Hyaluronic Acid and organic Jojoba Oil, this powerful concentration is gentle and suitable for even sensitive skin. I would suggest of course that if you are very sensitive, that you test before diving in, just to be on the safe side.

    Packaged in a light and air safe dark amber glass bottle with a pump delivery system this serum is packaged to last and to remain effective.

    Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E is nearly clear, viscous enough to mound softly when pumped out onto a surface but it doesn't feel thick or gummy on the skin. This serum spreads easily, sinks in swiftly and feels slightly tacky for a minute or two until it fully absorbs and dries. While this serum does contain Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba Oil, I don't find it hydrating and I must follow it up with a nice, rich night cream.

    I don't experience any stinging or burning when I use this serum, just a gentle warming sensation that fades away after a few minutes. The first time I used this serum I had done a very thorough exfoliation and I pumped out a little of this serum, lightly rubbed my hands together and as I was bringing it up to apply my only thought was, "This is going to suck. Retinol stings and I just scrubbed off half of my skin." *I am prone to exaggeration.* I was thrilled when this serum smoothed on painlessly and did not, in fact, suck. I can bring this serum in very close to my eyes without any irritation. I am careful to not get it on my movable lids or mucous membranes, of course!

     It is suggested that you start off using this serum every other night, see how your skin does with it before you go to every night. If you use an AHA treatment, be sure to alternate them. Retinol and AHA don't work and play well with one another. Retinol makes the skin more sensitive to UV and you certainly don't want those rays to undo all of the good work this serum will do for you so be sure to wear your sunscreen every day.

    So, after using this serum for a few weeks, what are my initial thoughts? I haven't been using it long enough to get a solid read on results, yet but I can feel additional firming along my cheekbones and my skin appears to be getting that good Retinol glow. I'm enjoying using it along with my other serums and treatments and I am hoping that longer term use will give me firmer, perhaps even... Dare I hope it? More youthful looking skin. I will do a follow up, after I have used this product consistently for a longer period of time.

    Deionized Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Wildcrafted Resina Propoli (Propolis), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Organic Gotu Kola Extract, Organic Horsetail Plant Extract, Organic Geranium Extract, Organic Dandelion Extract.
    I like this serum. I plan to purchase it for myself once this sample bottle runs out and I recommend it. If you are looking for a gentle, effective Retinol serum at a very reasonable price, I urge you to give this one a go.

    Amara Organics 2.5% Retinol Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E is available on their Website. You can also buy it from Amazon, This serum is very affordable at $19.95 for a one ounce bottle but don't let the low price fool you. Amara Organics makes affordable, effective skin care that is natural, vegan and cruelty free.

    Do you use Retinol? A prescription formula or something you buy at retail? How is it working for you? Please do share.

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    Afternoon Delight | Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner


    Lip liner. Never much liked the stuff. Even in the nineties when everyone was rimming their lips in brown liner and applying a pale lipstick (what a look that was...) I just wasn't into it.

    Then I got old. And little lines started running out from my lip line and my lipstick and gloss started grabbing onto those tiny vertical lines, making their escape and crawling all over my face. In an effort to dam the floods, I decided that it was time to start using. And appreciating, if not loving, lip liner.

    I routinely use a clear barrier pencil just to the outside of my vermilion line to help fill and smooth over the tiny lines and keep my lip colour of choice corralled but I found that the barrier pencil needed a little back up. So I've started buying lip liners.

    This is Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in East End Snob: $5.99.

    Available in thirteen shades, this lip liner comes in a plastic twist up tube. No sharpening required. The product comes to you with an angled tip to help make more precise lining easier. That angle doesn't last long. I had pretty much murdered it after just a few uses.

    East End Snob is a soft, neutral nude pink that works with a variety of lippies in shades of pink, rose and mauve. It applies very easily and doesn't drag or tug as it's going on. It gives me a crisp, clean line and helps to contain my lip colour. Wear time is okay. Several hours. I just carry it with me when I am out and about so that I can do a quick retouch, if necessary.

    Swatch of the lip liner. I like this shade, I find it to be versatile and useful. I'd definitely re purcase when the one I have wears out.

    You can find the Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Pencil at a drugstore or mass merchandiser near you and at Ulta.

    Have you tried this lip liner? Do you like it? Please do tell.


    Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre | Does it Live Up to the Hype?


    I have been hearing so many raves about Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre for so long. How it is the greatest moisturizer, ever. The best under makeup primer... You don't need anything else! When I placed a recent Sephora order, I decided to buy a small tube to try it out. See if all of the hoopla bore out.

    First of all, let me say thee yay! Embryolisse for packaging your Lait-Creme Concentre  in an air tight, light safe, sanitary tube. The fact that it is metal is a bit of a gripe, I find plastic easier to deal with but whatever. At least I'm not having to dip fingers or a stupid spatula into a jar.

    The formula of this moisturizer is a light, slightly whipped texture. It reminds me of creme fraiche, it is very silky and softy mounds and holds it's shape when dispensed. It spreads onto the skin smoothly and absorbs fairly readily and is under makeup friendly.

    The scent - there is a scent - is soft, creamy-clean-lightly floral. I love the fragrance, it isn't strong and it dissipates as it is applied and sinks into the skin. I don't notice it, once it's on and doing it's thing. If you are opposed to scent in your skin care or very scent sensitive, this moisturizer may not be your bag.

    You can use Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre as a makeup remover, an under makeup primer (I prefer to top it with a face primer but that is me...) and even on babies and kiddos. I would skip using this on tiny humans who have sensitive skin. I could not have used this on my son when he was small as he has very sensitive skin and anything that was scented irritated him.

    Le Ingredients. Yes. Mineral oil. I know that not everyone is okay with it but I don't have any problem using it. Cosmetic grade mineral oil is safe and effective and it doesn't break me out or clog my pores. Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre has no sunscreen protection, so you will want to use sunscreen before UV exposure.

    Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre is for me a lovely, effective basic day moisturizer. It doesn't contain any specialized anti aging ingredients; it isn't going to magically reduce wrinkles or brighten my skin tone. That's fine. I have serums and other creams that do those jobs. It works, smells delightful, makes my skin feel soft and comfortable and it's beautiful under makeup. It doesn't pack the hydration power punch I require in a night cream. I like this moisturizer and I will definitely re purchase when this baby tube runs out.

    I bought my 1 fl oz tube at Sephora for $16.00. A 2.5 fl oz tube is $26.00.

    Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre is also listed on Amazon.

    I almost forgot to mention. Well, I did, actually, which is why I'm popping back in to do so... Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre is cruelty free.

    Have you tried Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre? What do you think of it?


    Afternoon Delight | KB Shimmer Rollin' With the Chromies


    How many times have you looked at a beautiful duochrome polish and wished for holo rainbows dancing over the glorious, shifting base colour as you move your hand and fingers? 

    Wish no more. 

    You can have it all with KB Shimmer Rollin' With the Chromies. This rich, multichrome shifter slides from blue, to purple, to pink... Even a touch of green. Then, as you bring your fingers up into the light linear and diffuse holographic dances across your nails. 

    I managed to catch some of the gloriousity that is the insane shift that comes from this multichrome polish. Just... Look at it! You should see this baby in person, on your own nails. This is two coats and top coat. 

    The formula on this beauty is fantastic. Smooth, fluid but not runny this polish flows off the brush, sits sweetly down where I place it and doesn't run, pool, streak or drag. Dry time, with a fast dry top coat is very good. I used KB Shimmer Clearly on Top Quick Dry Top Coat. Wear time on this polish is average for me... I kept this chromie rollin' four days before it fell apart and needed to go. I am happy with that. 

    What are your favorite KB Shimmer polishes and other products? Are you as crazy for KB Shimmer nail polishes as I am?


    Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Highlighter | My Thoughts


    Thank you to all of my lovely readers for entering my giveaway! A winner has been drawn and contacted. 

    Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Highlighter Review

    One of my favorite pieces from the limited edition Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset makeup collection is the Arabian Dreams Highlighter

    The sleek black, cinnabar and gold striped compact looks and feels surprisingly weighty and luxe in the hand for an affordable range product. There is a full sized mirror under the lid and in the well of the compact is a four colour palette powder cake of warm, glowing goodness. 

    From the Website:
    One brush swirls the shades together in this multi-shade compact for a dose of skin-perfecting shimmer. The anti-aging formula contains porcelain flower for antioxidant protection and vitis vita, derived from the Italian wine industry, to improve cell detoxification, increase collagen production and hydrate skin.

    Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Highlighter  Detail

    The multiple tones in this highlighter are golden, sandy and peachy. The powder it's self is very soft, velvety, finely milled and while it is very radiant, is not glittery or overtly sparkly. This powder can be swirled together and applied with a soft brush and a light hand for a subtle sheen or dip your brush in the round, lightest area and buff it in for a high beam shine that will set off a Summer tan and make you look like a glowing goddess. This powder can also be used on your eyes but it is not lip safe. 

    Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Highlighter Swatches

    Here are the various individual colours swatched and next to them, a swatch of them all swirled together and buffed on with a brush. 

    Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Highlighter On My Face

    I'm wearing this highlighter in this photo. It's not easy to see (my lighting is a source of frustration for me, right now) but it's there. I buffed the highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones, a little across the center of my forehead, down my nose and a little on my cupid's bow and chin. It gives me that brightness, some radiance but it isn't too much. I don't notice that this powder sinks into my lines or enhances my pores. This is a glorious highlighter for younger or more mature skin. 

    At the time I am writing this post, the Sonia Kashuk Arabian Dreams Highlighter is not available on their website but you can click the link to check availability in store in your area. The Arabian Dreams Highlighter is $19.99. 

    Did you pick this beautiful thing up? What do you think of it? 

    Afternoon Delight | OPI Coca Cola Red

    If you read here with any frequency at all you are likely aware of my love for red nail polish. It is deep and it is real.

    Last Summer OPI released the Coca Cola Collection and I bought most all of it. I gave away a bottle or two before I opened them and kept the rest for my greedy self. I never got around to swatching them, when they were current. I don't know why, really. Last year was a weird blogging year for many reasons.

    I know that this polish was limited edition and is no longer widely available and I kind of feel like a dick about showing it, now but it needs to be featured. It's crying out for it's moment so...

    OPI Coca Cola Red is a glorious, true, fire engine red creme. The formula on this is a love and it just looks fabulous! If you like red polish and you see a bottle of this one floating around, anywhere I suggest that you snag it.

    Did you buy any of the OPI Coca Cola polishes when they came out?

    Oh! Midi ring... Amazon. Of course! It's part of a two piece set. Get them here.

    Sample Saturday | Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads

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    When I received my tube of Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish (buy here) They included in my package a few lovely samples, one of which I am sharing with you, today for Sample Saturday.

    Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads: Set of 12 Applications, $48.00 are made of angel wings.

    What Exuviance says:
    • Lactobionic Acid refreshes and soothes
    • Bionic treatment firms skin around the eyes, reducing appearance of crow's feet
    • Pro-Vitamins A, C, and E provide antioxidant protection and restore skin
    Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads firm and hydrate the delicate skin around the eye area. These single-use pads contain concentrated ingredients to provide maximum anti-aging benefits in a gentle formulation. Lactobionic Acid (10%) hydrates while it stimulates cell renewal and supports the dermal matrix, firming the skin and minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Pre-packaged in sets of two, our Intensive Eye Treatment pads are the perfect way to refresh, replenish and revitalize your eyes after a long day. Dermatologist and allergy tested. Fragrance-Free, Paba-Free. For all skin types.

    Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Lactobionic Acid, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Arginine, Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 17200 (Red 33).

    What I say:
    These pads are saturated with the good stuff, they mould to the contours of my face, perfectly and are cooling and comforting to have on my eye area as they are doing their thing. I left these on until they were pretty much dry then removed them. The skin under my eyes and on the tops of my cheekbones felt refreshed, smooth and silky soft and looked and felt firmer. My fine lines and baby crow's feet were softened and diminished. The effects lasted all day. These wonder pads did not irritate or sting my very sensitive eyes. I wish that the effects of these pads could last and last. And I want a case of boxes of these. They are so good! 

    Have you tried the Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads? Would you give them a go? I am going to treat myself to a box, when my budget allows. I like them, that much.

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    Afternoon Delight | OPI Aloha from OPI


    Summer is on it's way, gentle reader and one colour our nails need for the season is a hot mama red/orange coral. 

    Say hello to OPI Aloha from OPI

    This polish is Summer in a bottle. This rich, red/orange coral creme is as delightful to apply as it is to wear. Application is dreamy smooth and easy with no nonsense like pooling, running, streaking or dragging. I got a perfect, opaque finish in two coats over well prepped nails. For me, that means a lot of ridge filler. Ruffles have ridges... So do my freaking nails. 

    Dry time on this polish is downright respectable, especially when topped with a good fast dry top coat like Seche Vite. Wear time is about average for me from OPI... Three days or so. I'm a frequent polish changer and shorter wear doesn't bother me and honestly, I have yet to meet a polish that wears, flawlessly for more than four or, at the top end, five days. 

    Have you picked up this little stunner, yet? If you are craving Aloha from OPI or any of the OPI Hawaii Collection polishes, they are still available!


    How I Get Super Smooth Skin with Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish

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    Regular exfoliation is crucial to smoother, softer, healthier skin. It aids in cell turnover and by sloughng off excess dead skin cells, my skin looks and feels smoother and it can more easily absorb more of the beneficial ingredients in my skin care. I like to exfoliate well a couple of times a week.

    My current favorite exfoliating treatment is the Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish, This is a luxurious, triple threat that combines mechanical and chemical exfoliation to reveal softer, brighter, more even toned skin.

    There are three main components to this scrub:
    • Grade Crystals Smooth away dead skin cells. 
    • 10% Glycolic Acid  This Alpha Hydroxy Acid chemically exfoliates, evens tone and brightens. 
    • Papaya Enzyme A fruit acid that further exfoliates, brightens and evens overall skin tone. 
    From the Neo Strata Website:
    Our latest antiaging breakthrough masters a triple action approach to skin renewal in a single, yet powerful treatment with a unique blend of physical, chemical and enzyme rejuvenators. With just one application, this intensive exfoliating treatment delivers instant skin resurfacing.
    Contains pure professional grade crystals used by dermatologists to smooth skin. Feel this potent exfoliator working as Papaya Enzyme and Glycolic Acid help dissolve impurities that contribute to congested pores, and loosen dead skin cells and dull and dry patches, polishing skin to a gorgeous silky softness and glow. Cell renewal is stimulated, encouraging skin to renew itself. With consistent exfoliation, once or twice a week, skin will be clearer, brighter with reduced appearance of pores and dark spots. Regular use helps increase the performance of your cosmetic treatment products. For best results, complete your facial with an Exuviance concentrated serum or antiaging moisturizer.
    Does not contain plastic polyethylene beads, which may be harmful to the environment.
    Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Alumina, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Isononyl Isononanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylate-1 Crosspolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobionic Acid, Papain, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, PEG-75 Stearate, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Carbomer, Algin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4).

    This orange, somewhat citrus scented treatment is easy to use and powerfully effective. The directions say to apply the treatment, gently rub in a circular motion for about thirty seconds, leave on the skin for up to one minute then rinse.

    I admit that I am a rebel and like to do things my own way. I apply some of the Triple Exfoliation Face Polish and scrub until the base turns from white to clear. I rinse that off, then apply a bit more, scrub it until it turns white then I leave it on for a couple of minutes, give another scrub and rinse, again. My skin feels so smooth, silky soft and stays that way for days. I am loving the results I am seeing from this treatment. I would like a fifty-five gallon drum delivered to my front door, please.

    If you would like to try this fantastic facial treatment you can find it and a wide selection of beautiful and effective skin care on the Neo Strata Website. The Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish is $72.00 and it is worth every penny.

    Follow NeoStrata on TwitterFacebook and Google+ for the latest in skin care technology.

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    New! Cover Girl The Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Liquid Eyeliner

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    Cover Girl recently reached out to me and offered to send me a couple of the new products that they are going to be launching, soon. I received the new The Super Sizer mascara and Intensify Me! Eye liner pen by Lash Blast. I have had a chance to take them both for a test drive and I'd love to share my thoughts with you, now.

    First up is The Super Sizer by Lash Blast mascara. Cover Girl's Clump Crusher is one of my all time favorite mascaras so I was really intrigued by the claims about this new addition to the Lash Blast lineup and I was excited to try it out. The packaging is pure Lash Blast. A fat, plastic tube bedecked in bright, contrasting colours that grab your attention, right off the bat. I like the teal blue and metallic lime green colour scheme. I received the shade Very Black and this formula isn't waterproof. I imagine that more shades and a waterproof formula will be offered in stores.

    Cover Girl claims that The Super Sizer will deliver 400% corner to corner volume thanks to the unique lash styler wand. I never take claims like that all that seriously. If I can get good enhancement of my naturally decent lash length and a nice bump in volume without the stuff burning my eyeballs, turning my lashes into tarantula legs or flaking off all over my face, I'm pretty happy.

    The wand is pure new mascara gimmickry. I love seeing what new heights cosmetics companies go to in order to win fans and influence makeup junkies. This wand doesn't disappoint. Made of rubber, the slender wand is covered with short, evenly spaced teeth that act as bristles. The wand is slightly curved and there is a twist and a flatter panel on one side.

    The idea is to set the flat side wand at the base of the lashes to get an immediate, even shocking drenching of mascara at the roots then twirl the wand as you comb it up through your lashes to evenly distribute the product and lift and separate the lashes as you go for a full, fanned out effect. I am still working on the twirl. Old dog, you know. I just apply this stuff as I do any mascara.

    So. How does this stuff work? Pretty well, actually. The formula isn't overly wet and it applies smoothly, the teeth on the wand are good at combing and don't clump my lashes up. My natural lash length is nicely enhanced and I do get some volume and thickness. I only apply one good coat of mascara. I hate running a wand over already mascara'd lashes, it kind of squicks me out and I always end up making a clumpy mess of the business so one coat, for me. The wand does a nice job of getting the inner and outer corner lashes without depositing product on my cheeks or nose. The mascara sets up pretty quickly. If you are a multiple coat kind of person, I would suggest going for the second and so on on the same eye then move next door and repeat. This wand makes applying mascara to the lower lashes a breeze. I didn't make even a tiny bit of a mess while coating my lowers.

    My lashes feel coated but not heavy and they feel dry but not overly hard or "crunchy." This mascara wears very well for me. I experience no transfer, smudging or flaking. My lashes look as fresh and full at the end of the day as they do when I apply. Removal is easy. This mascara whisks away with a little remover on a cotton square. My very sensitive eyes are calm and happy when my lashes are enrobed in this formula. I don't experience any stinging, burning or other irritation, even on removal. I like this stuff! It's good and I'd buy it.

    This is my lashes wearing one coat of The Super Sizer. Don't mind the wonk. My fault, not the mascara. Of course, the day I take pictures of my lashes for this post... They look like this. When I'm not slated to photograph, my lashes look like a freaking magazine ad. I can't catch a break.

    Next we have the Intensify Me Liquid Eye Liner by Lash Blast. This slim, plastic pen style tube is outfitted with paddle shaped felt tip applicator that is designed to give you the control of a pencil and the intensity of a liquid liner in one easy to use product. Cover Girl claims that this liner will make even cat eyes easy. Does it?

    At the end of the liner pen there is a lightly textured, concave panel to make the liner easier to hold. The applicator tip is paddle shaped and when turned so that the flat side is up, will dispense a thick, dramatic line.

    Turn to the narrow side up and you have a tip that will lay down a thin, more precise line.

    The formula is fluid and smooth. It flows out of the applicator without spurting or clogging, The applicator lays down the product without dragging, tugging or skipping. Pigmentation is excellent. The above swatches are one pass, only. This liner is very gentle and does not irritate my sensitive peepers.

    In action. As you can see, I did my customary excellent (tongue in cheek) application. Me and liquid liner... There ought to be a law. I will say, in spite of my bungling it, the pen was easier to use than any other liquid liner I have tried. I appreciate that. Dry time on this liner is a little longer than the claim on the packaging. If you apply a thicker line or go over in more than one pass (which I had to do because... bungler) be prepared to wait a good minute or more for it to fully dry. Once it sets, it sets. This liner wore all day with very minimal fading toward the end of the day.

    I can't wing out liner for a cat eye because of my hooded and drooping lids so I pull my liner in and down to the inner corner of my eyes to emphasize and enhance their shape and I experienced a little transferring in that area after several hours of wear. It cleaned up easily enough with a Q-Tip. The liner along my lash line wore rock steady and did not transfer or smear to my hooded lids above. Removal was easy with remover on a cotton square.

    Overall, the performance of this eye liner is pretty good. Especially for a liquid liner neophyte like me. I'll definitely use this when I'm in the mood for a liquid line.  Would I buy this product in the store? Sure. If I want a new liquid liner, this one is worth picking up.

    And, my eyeballs, with both the mascara and the liner. My eye shadow is Wet-n-Wild Comfort Zone shadows and Brulee. Blush is NYX Pinched. Lippie is NARS Audacious in Claudia.

    What do you think of these new for eyes products? Cover Girl The Super Sizer mascara and Intensify Me liquid liner by Lash Blast should be launching, soon and available in stores where you buy Cover Girl. Will you be picking up either? Both? Please do tell.

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