SinfulColors Back to School

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Just in time to be late on the Back to School wave, I present nine of the SinfulColors polishes for Back to School. I had ten... Don't ask me what happened to tenth one. I was working on rearranging my blogging studio/beauty room (oh yeah, I am now one of those people) and one of my Sinfuls decided to take a header. I don't know where it went. I hope that where ever it is, it's having a good time. Maybe it'll text me... 

sinfulcolors back to school

My swatches are, uncharacteristically for me, on a nail wheel. My nails are trashed, again. My nails are having themselves a moment, right now. I won't bore you... Let's just get on with the polishes, they are far prettier than my whining about my stupid nails. 

Running clockwise:
  • Purple Diamond:  A semi sheer lavender glass fleck shimmer. Pretty alone and layered.
  • Ice Blue: Semi Sheer blurple sparkly layerable. 
  • Rebel Rose: Deep fuchsia rose shimmer opaque in two coats. 
  • Why Not: Cadet blue creme. Opaque in two coats.
  • Burst of Fresh Flair: Bright yellow shimmer that is opaque in two coats.
  • 24/7: Deep pink creme. Opaque in two coats. Topped with Sinful Sunrise, an iridescent flakie topper in a sheer pink base.
  • Pink Break: Demi Matte dusty pink. Opaque in two coats. 
  • VIPeach: Isn't peach, it's yellow, another Demi Matte, also opaque in two coats. 
SinfulColors has recently stepped their formula game back up and their polishes are up to the standard that made me fall in love with this brand, years ago and I'm happy to see that. All of these polishes except for the Demi Mattes apply easily and smoothly, no running, pooling, dragging or bubbling. Dry time is good. Top with a fast dry top coat for faster dry time and the best shine of your life. As ever, I suggest Seche Vite. 

The Demi Mattes require a bit of care on application. Make sure you have plenty of polish on the brush, apply deftly and get your coat on in as few strokes possible. Let the first coat dry a few minutes then apply your second coat, if you need it. 

Have you picked up any of these polishes? Tried the Demi Mattes? You can find SinfulColors Back to School and many beautiful SinfulColors polishes at Walgreen's and  WalMart. 
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BBC Roundup

It's time to snuggle in and swan around the Interwebz and enjoy some great articles by some of my favorite beauty bloggers. Care to join me?

  • TheFabZilla: Great quality makeup brushes at affordable price? Yes it's possible. Check out TheFabZilla's review on Beauty Junkees Large Kabuki Set + enter the giveaway! 
  • Painted Ladies: Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops meld skincare and makeup in a brand new way. Sheila takes you on a tour of all four of the new Infusion Drops. 
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you seek an antioxidant rich anti-aging day cream that is lightweight, nourishing and hydrating, then Colbert MD Nutrify & Protect Day has perfected the formula! 
  • Beauty on the Bayou: SMOOTH HAIR WITH GLOSSY SHINE – Wella Oil Huile Reflections Hair Serum
  • I Know all the Words: Love your soft shades? OPI Infinite Shine Soft Shades for 2015 bring soft, feminine shades with perfect, extended wear. 
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Are you an Aliens movie fan? How about just a sparkly nail polish fan? Jessica has reviewed a collection from Darling Diva Polish that will satisfy both your cravings!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Final Installation of the Back to School- SinfulColors Edition
  • Beauty by Miss L: Does Essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-Up Box really helps to get bright eye makeup look? 
  • george&bear: A "Normal" shampoo & conditioner review by someone with "normal" hair. Wait - is that even a thing? 
  • Collective Beauty : Enjoy an endless summer tan with Cocoa Brown!
  • From My Vanity: Find out if the more afforadable Physicians Formula Liquid Eyeliner is a dupe for the high-end LORAC Liner on Katie's blog!  
  • Confessions of a Makeup Addict: IT Cosmetics Cream Illuminizer Review
  • Beauty In The Geek: Fall collections everywhere! This time we have the Orly In The Mix collection that features 5 creme shades and a glitter.
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Looking for the perfect matte eye shadow palette? Stop by to see this one from Viseart that's being loved by all who have used it.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison just may have found her HG hand and body products with citrusy Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals!
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Have you tried Cover FX Custom Cover Drops? Erika tells us why she loves them.
  • Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals Hand and Body Care

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    I was recently offered the opportunity to try some products by Peter Lamas. Not knowing anything about this brand, I decided to do a little digging and learned a very interesting story about a Cuban immigrant who came to America at the age of seventeen, studied cosmetology in New York and trained with Paul Mitchell at the Vidal Sassoon Salon. After working at Sassoon for three years, Peter went to work for Kenneth Batelle at his Kenneth Townhouse salon in Manhattan and later opened his own salon that he named The Reapers.

    In his years working at The Kenneth Townhouse and The Reapers he built up a high end clientele and did a lot of high fashion and editorial work. He also began doing a lot of research into common beauty products and the effects that the ingredients can have on our skin, hair and our bodies. Not liking what he found, Peter Lamas developed his own brand of natural beauty products, free of harmful chemicals, containing herbs, vitamins and botanicals created to nurture, not harm. Peter Lamas Products are a unique blend of nature and science, formulated to enhance all skin types and provide performance driven results.

    I have three Peter Lamas Spa Sensuals products to share with you, today.

    peter lamas spa sensuals hand and body care

    The Spa Sensuals Rejuvenating Hand Scrub, $21.00 is a gorgeous mix of sea salt crystals, mango and shea butters, almond and grape seed oils and lemon oil for a crisp, citrus twist. Take up a bit of this satisfyingly odd, spongy scrub, (seriously, it's odd, you have to feel it!) and get at your hands, scrubbing away dry, dead skin and treating the skin with nourishing oils and butters and vitamins. I like to scrub until I kind of tire of it, add a tiny bit of water, keep going, it makes this weird, creamy kind of soup and rub that in a while, then rinse it off with warm water, pat my hands dry with a soft towel. Soft. So very soft skin. And this stuff smells good. Sharp citrus good with a hint of herb-y whisper.

    Scrub Ingredients:
     Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract**, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Linoleic Acid & Glycine Soja Sterols, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Caprylyl Glycol, Phospholipids, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil.
    *Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). **Certified Organic by Agricert.

    peter lamas spa sensuals rejuvenating hand scrub

    Spa Sensuals Intensive Repair Hand Cream, $21.00 is a rich, nourishing blend of shea butter, grape seed, almond and macadamia oils pamper, soothe and soften skin as vitamins and antioxidants treat and protect with a light, citrus scent. This cream is thick and emollient, a little spreads easily into the skin, sinks in readily, starts working immediately and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky. When used in concert with the scrub, my hands feel like buttah. Buttah for days. 

    peter lamas spa sensuals intensive repair hand cream

    Intensive Repair Hand Cream Ingredients: 
    Deionized Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin (Vegetable), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract**, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Brassica Campestris Extract, Linoleic Acid & Glycine Soja Sterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Sorbitol, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Sodium PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil.
    *Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). **Certified Organic by Agricert.
    peter lamas spa sensuals energizing antioxidant body lotion

    Spa Sensuals Energizing Antioxidant Body Lotion, $24.00. A powerful blend of hydrating herbs, and fortifying minerals revitalize and protect skin. Green tea extract and Chinese herbs, help neutralize free radicals. Shea and mango butters create a protective barrier that conditions skin and locks in moisture and foe softer, luminous, younger looking skin. This lotion Is very soft, lightweight and silky. It sinks in easily, leaving my skin feeling very soft, not at all greasy or slimy. The scent is kind of neutral, with a soft herbal whaft. This is a good one to wear with perfume. It won't interfere.

    Energizing Antioxidant Body Lotion Ingredients:
    Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract,** Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,*** Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract,Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract,Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract,Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract,Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Caprylyl Glycol & Phenoxyethanol & Hexylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter),*** Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Algae Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Fragrance with Essential Oils, Allantoin.
    * Certified Organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI).
    ** Certified Organic by Agricert. *** Certified Organic by Quality Certification Services (QCS).
    peter lamas spa sensuals hand and body care products review swatches

    I want to use these three products all up, pampering myself every day with them until I've drained every last drop and grain of goodness from their packaging but I'm waiting. Hoarding them. Winter is coming, soon. My dry skin takes the cold season hard and I think that these three products will be an especially welcome treat when the temperatures drop, the humidity bottoms out and the winds start to howl. They are tucked away, waiting.

    I am very pleased with my first encounter with Peter Lamas products. They are beautiful and efficacious. Cruelty free, vegan, free of parabens, petrochemicals and sulfates, these are products you can feel good about.

    Have you tried anything by Peter Lamas? What do you think of this line?

    Visit Peter Lamas on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Instagram.
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    Cover FX Custom Cover Drops


    cover fx custom cover drops notes from my dressing table

    I have been using Cover FX Custom Cover Drops for some months, now and it is now safe to say that they are a game changer makeup product in my world. As a woman of a certain age who is fussy about coverage, finish, shade and tone and is allergic to chemical sunscreens; finding beautiful, flattering foundations is a real challenge. This one has great coverage but is too drying. That one is the perfect shade and tone but once it sets, falls apart, leaving my face looking like a dried out crocodile suitcase in a Death Valley bus depot. Another is gorgeous in every way but never sets, rubs off on everything and everyone and itches my face something fierce! 

    Now, that's not to say that there are no foundations out there which I can wear. There are. But hey, a makeup lover needs options, do you feel me? I think that you do. And, I do own a foundation and a CC cream that I adore beyond distraction but I still want those options. And Cover FX Custom Cover Drops gives them to me.

    What They Say:
    A revolutionary drop formula of concentrated pigments that allows you to weightlessly transform products in your beauty regimen into your ideal coverage. This innovative formula contains Flash Fusion Technology, so as soon as you drop in and mix with your favorite product, nothing but pure pigment is left behind—allowing you to customize your ideal level of coverage. Blend them with anything liquid to create your desired coverage, including moisturizers, serums, oils, primers, foundations, and tinted moisturizers that are water-, oil-, or silicone-based. Simply adjust your coverage by the number of drops you add. The pigments are coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin, to ensure seamless blending, precise control, and the smoothest application. 
    Ethyl Trisiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Mica, Jojoba Esters, Triethylhexanoin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Water, Alcohol, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Polyglycerin-3. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

    cover fx custom cover drops packaging notes from my dressing table

    Contained in a narrow, cylindrical one-half ounce glass bottle with a dropper cap and pipette to dispense the highly pigmented fluid one drop at a time, Custom Cover Drops are in precarious packaging. I appreciate the need for precise measurement of the drops... These babies are concentrated! But this dropper system is messy business and, klutz that I am, I have come dangerously close to dumping the whole works all over my dressing table a couple of times. Gentle reader, that is not a mess I would relish cleaning up.

    cover fx custom cover drops swatch notes from my dressing table

    One tiny drop in the top frame. In the lower, that same tiny drop pulled out across the back of my hand to show you just how pigmented these drops are.

    My shade is N20, second to the lightest shade in the Neutral Zone. (Oh yeah. I went there. Deal with it.) These drops look a little darker than you would think you would want them in their natural form then they lighten up as they are combined with your mixer of choice and worked into the skin.

    You are probably curious about just what are my mixers of choice? I'm happy that you asked. First and most favorite is Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre. A few drops in a nice dollop, mix, bounce on with a damp Beauty Blender. Perfect coverage, a touch of healthy radiance and the Embryolisse hydrates my skin all day long. If I want sheer coverage, I like to mix with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. And on days when my skin is being especially assholic, I grab my It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+, dump in four drops, mix and buff it in with a synthetic kabuki. That shows that pesky redness who's boss, lemme tell you. But most of the time, I am happy with the gentle combo of Lait Creme Concentre and the drops.

    cover fx custom cover drops shade n20 look notes from my dressing table

    In this shot, my foundation is three drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and Embryolisse. Finishing powder is a light dusting of NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder. I can apply my chosen mix in the morning and my face stays looking fresh and perfected all day.

    My only tiny wish would be that the drops could cover my dark circles. I had hoped that they would do the job but alas... They can't stand up to the hell pit darkness that swirls under my eyes. My quest for that solution ever continues. *sigh*

     I like Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. They are brilliant at their job, chemical sunscreen free, beautiful on the skin and wear like a miracle all day long. At $40.00 for 1/2 ounce they are a tad spendy but I only use a little bit and, barring an unfortunate klutz moment, this bottle is going to last me a long time. I feel that it is definitely a worthy investment.

    Cover FX has a few more products I have my eyes on. An anti aging primer, some skin care drops... I'm intrigued by this brand and I would like to explore it, further.

    Have you tried Cover FX Custom Cover Drops? What do you think of them? Any other Cover FX products that you love and would recommend?

    cover fx custom cover drops pinterest collage notes from my dressing table

    Great Reads from Great Bloggers

    In the mood to read some good beauty blogging? Well, grab a tall, cool one, get comfy and enjoy.

  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Need a sparkly manicure for these end of summer days? Don't miss this Verity + CrowsToes nail polish combo from Jessica!
  • TheFabZilla: Another week, another jewel-toned eye look. Check out TheFabZilla's Amethyst Eyes
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Nude lip gloss junkies, you haven't lived until you have tried the delectable Clarins Eclat Minute Instant Light Natural Lip Protector in Nude Shimmer! It's GORGEOUS!
  • Painted Ladies: Who doesn't love a good matte liquid lipstick? Sheila has comparisons from Anastasia Beverly Hills, Ofra, ColourPop, L.A. Girl, and more!
  • Beauty on the Bayou: A MASCARA THAT DOES IT ALL – Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara
  • I Know all the Words: Re-think foundation with the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • AdviceSisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle : What do Britney Spears, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Anniston all have in common?
  • ProcrastiNails: If you're looking to add some extra color to your life you will definitely want to check out Katherine's swatches of the OPI Color Paints Collection!
  • Beauty by Miss L: The Body Shop Pomegranate Softening Cream Cleanser and Firming & Refreshing Eye Roll-On are promised to address the signs of ageing and help the skin feel firmer and softer.
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Does this new eye shadow palette live up to it's name? See Stacie's review of the Delectables Palette.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Some of MY Summer Time Faves ALL in ONE Post!!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is sporting groomed brows from the new Mirabella Beauty Borrowed from the Boys Brow Collection
  • From My Vanity: Katie shared a review and lip swatches of 3 Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick colors that were added to their collection recently!
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Pithy and to the point reviews on lots of goodies in one post! Erika's Skin Care Sample Extravaganza!
  • Confessions of a Makeup Addict : Fall Beauty Wishlist
  • Collective Beauty : Review and swatches of Makeup Geek Eyeshadows!
  • KB Shimmer What are You Wading For?

    kb shimmer what are you wading for notes from my dressing table

    My holo killing camera did this beautiful periwinkle blue with a dancing linear rainbow holographic effect no true justice. KB Shimmer What are You Wading For? is a day at the pool on my nails. Application is, like with every KB Shimmer polish I have the privilege to own a pure pleasure. The formula is flawless, flowing off of their perfect brush, sweeping up the nail and never giving me trouble. I don't get long wear time from this brand, but... I don't really get long wear time from any brand. My nails shed off polish quickly. It isn't rare for even long wearing brands to chip in a day. My nails are rebellious little suckers. 

    So, I had this beautiful polish on for a couple of days, had to do a little touch up work when I got the bug up that I wanted to do some nail art. I grabbed some nail vinyls, crystals and my bottle of ILNP Mega and got to it. I made a mistake when placing the tail of the spiral on my left index nail and I almost cleaned all of my nails in a snit because glaring mistake. But I made myself live with the flawed beauty of it for a few more days. I felt it was a growing experience. I finished my flawed art with crystals in the center of each spiral and a coat of Seche Vite. Again, my photos don't even begin to show you how gorgeous the holo crazy was on my nails. 

    kb shimmer what are you wading for nail art notes from my dressing table

    Photographing holographic polishes is my continuing challenge. I will figure it out, eventually. I see photos of holos and I know that it can be done. I just need to find that right balance of light, angle, settings and it will click. 

    What do you think of  these two beautiful polishes? Do you own either? Do you make yourself wear nail art that you screw up? 

    The Great Skin Care Sample Extravaganza

    I get samples of stuff when I buy stuff and receive samples of stuff to try and talk to you about and I have had these samples building up and rather than feature them one by one, I thought it would be fun to trot out a pile of them, all at once. So, grab a beverage of choice, get comfy and get ready for my

    This Week's Standouts

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you love lip crayons, then Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayons are must-haves! They are gorgeous, they boast highly saturated color, and they feel great on the lips!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you're looking for a fun color & pattern combination for your nails, then be sure to check out Jessica's post featuring Pahlish and Sinful Colors!
  • Beauty on the Bayou: BE REVITALIZED INSTANTLY – StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask + GIVEAWAY
  • Painted Ladies: Your brows will be on point with the upcoming Mirabella Beauty Borrowed From The Boys eyebrow collection.
  • I Know all the Words: Need a polsih refresh? OPI Infinite Shine Summer Shades 2015 include a rainbow of hues for every polish lover.
  • AdviceSisters Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle : Alison of the Advice Sisters has a feature on Maybelline'snew & nifty longwear makeup items
  • ColorMeSoCrazy: In Search of FREE Samples?? I've got them here with MY "Just In Case" Bag
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Is the Urban Decay NAKED Smokey Palette a Wow! or a Womp? Erika gives up the details.
  • Collective Beauty : Swatches of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadow Couture Palette!
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: If your a fan of perfume you'll want to check out Stacie's post on a monthly subscription box for perfume and cologne lovers.
  • From My Vanity: Katie's sharing the contents of her Boxycharm August box -- 5 full size products that value over $100, for only $21? Yes please!
  • Polarbelle: Polarbelle has two Nars products this week to help you create your best nude look.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is hosting a giveaway: StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask (ARV $62), a gentle white clay mask that you can use several times a week to brighten and help even skin tone!
  • My First Rocksbox What Do I Think?

    I Have Enough Jewelry - said no one ever

    my first rocksbox vignette shot notes from my dressing table

    I love great looking fashion jewelry. It allows me to indulge my love of sparkle and flash and stay within my budget. Great fashion jewelry wears well on it's own and it stands alongside my good pieces, mixing and matching so that I can make my own personal style statement.

    Urban Decay NAKED Smokey Palette | My Notes

    Urban Decay NAKED Smokey Palette

     *** I revised this review after I cracked into this palette and really dug into the shadows a good bit more. ***

    Que up the angel choir, shine down the golden light. The newest Urban Decay NAKED Palette has landed and of course, being obsessed and having to own all of the NAKED palettes, I bought this baby as soon as my local Ulta got them in stock. Why, you might ask did I wait until my Ulta got them in, and not order it online the moment it dropped, like the rest of the makeup maniacs? Easy. Rewards points, Baby. I got a big, fat discount on the price of this palette, thanks to my Ulta Platinum Member Rewards points. I'm not going to say exactly how much I paid for this palette because I'd make you cry. Suffice it to say, it was worth waiting a little longer than the cool girls did to get mine.

    Great Reads by Great Bloggers!

    Get ready, gentle reader. It's time for the Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup. Please enjoy these articles by my fellow bloggers.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Deborah Lippmann Baby Love Nail Lacquer is the perfect pale pink polish for summer!
  • TheFabZilla: This week, TheFabzilla 's rocking taupey-green eye makeup. Check it out if you're feeling smokey eyes with pop of color!
  • Painted Ladies: Ever wondered what baking your makeup is all about? Sheila shows you how to bake your makeup in an easy makeup tutorial.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Have you seen the new SinfulColors A Class Act nail polish collection? Jessica has a comparison post so you know what you can skip buying!
  • I Know all the Words: Feed your brush additiction with Sephora Collection Pro Pro Stippling Brush #44 & Pro Full Coverage Airbrush #53 (you know you want to!)
  • Color Me So Crazy: The ENTIRE Tara Smith Haircare Line and an AWESOME Giveaway!!
  • Grow It Girl: Let's Get Glossy! Don't you hate lip glosses that leave you with a tacky feeling. I found the perfect gloss without any tackiness.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Check out Allison's new hot pink Claremont bucket bag from Dooney & Bourke!
  • From My Vanity: Review of YSL's new Touche Eclat Blur Primer and Perfector.
  • Confessions of a Makeup Addict: FOTD From the Weekend!
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Need super long lasting lip color? You'll want to try the Limited Edition Milani Lip Creme after reading Stacie's review.
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika met her perfect nude nail polish in butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Shop Girl.
  • Crazy Beautiful Makeup: New Blur Products from YSL
  • george&bear: It's fragrance week on the blog and to kick it off, Clare shares five of her favourites.
  • My Name is Cybele and I Support Sweatshops
  • Makeuprshutup: You win some, you lose some. Was this Box a winner? Stephanie gives us the scoop.
  • Collective Beauty : Find your perfect pair of lashes with Esqido!
  • Style, Decor & More: Nancy discovers an eco-friendly FlowerColor makeup infused with flower wax!
  • The Stepford Witch: This week K reviews the Etude House Dust Cut Facial Mist.
  • The Cutest Lip Balm... Ever

    the cutest lip balm ever skin food honey pot lip balm notes from my dressing table

    No self respecting packaging hound could look at a Skin Food Honey Pot Lip Balm (price varies by retailer) and resist it. I couldn't. I was first exposed to this squat pot of adorable on Glamorable, Anastasia's deliciously enabling blog. At first sight, I fell in love and knew that one day, I had to have one. If for no other reason than it is just so stinking cute. I was recently placing an order on Amazon for a couple of charms for my Soufeel bracelet (yes, you can order authentic Soufeel charms, from Soufeel through Amazon!) and I needed to add a few clams to my cart to get free shipping. So, I went over my wishlist to see what I could toss in that would get me there while making it worth my financial while. Skin Food Honey Pot Lip Balm filled the bill. 

    the cutest lip balm ever skin food honey pot lip balm close up of product notes from my dressing table

    Translucent, golden balm poured into a pot belly jar looks like the lightest, clearest honey. A little, tiny wooden honey spinner is included for application or just to hang out and look cute. Your choice. The lid is a tiny, plastic work of kitschy art that delights my eyes and soul. This gold medallion with a little winged cupid! Squeee! - worthy. 

    the cutest lip balm ever skin food honey pot with spinner detail notes from my dressing table

    I can't find a comprehensive ingredients list in English for this lip balm so I don't know what's in it. I was expecting this lip balm to smell and taste like honey. It does not. The balm has a gentle, flowery-sweet scent and a lightly sweet taste to the tongue. Bummer! The scent and taste are nice, don't get me wrong, but dammit! I bought a honey pot and got no honey. *pout*

     Skin Food Honey Pot Lip Balm is lightweight, when applied to my lips it feels slippy - clingy. I know... That is a weird description, but it's apt. The balm give my lips a light glossy shine and make them feel soft and comfortable for a while. Long term moisturization isn't stellar for me which doesn't surprise me, with my stupid lips. If your lips are less fussy, you should be just fine! This balm isn't long lasting for me. I'm a lip worrier, so... Stuff wears off fast. If you don't smush and mush you may get better wear than I. 

    What do I think of Skin Food Honey Pot Lip Balm? I think that the packaging is beyond the cutest. I think that the product it's self is of nice quality and does what it's supposed to do. I am a bit disappointed that it doesn't live up to it's name. Would I buy more? Perhaps. There are two other flavors available, Berry and Mandarin Orange if flowery-sweet doesn't float your boat. 

    Have you tried Skin Food Honey Pot Lip Balm? Might you consider doing so?

    the cutest lip balm ever skin food honey pot collage for pinterest notes from my dressing table


    Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eye Shadow Palette | My Thoughts

    tarte tartelete amazonian clay matte eye shadow palette my thoughts notes from my dressing table

    I am firmly of the opinion that one can never own to many beautiful matte eye shadows. Hell, I am of the firm opinion that one can never own too many eye shadows, period. I'm kind of a sucker for them, you know.

    KB Shimmer Stark Raven Mad

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    I was planning to finish and post my Urban Decay NAKED Smokey Palette swatches and review today but I need to finish some of the writing and I have a bad attitude and I don't feel like working on it so... Nail polish it is. 

    KB Shimmer Stark Raven Mad (seems appropriate, considering... ) is a stunning deep charcoal linear holographic which my stupid camera, of course, butchered all to smithereens. This polish is absolutely glorious, in person. 

    kb shimmer stark raven mad notes from my dressing table

    The formula is KB Shimmer fabulous. This one is a tiny bit streaky on the first coat but evens out to smooth, opaque perfection by the second. There is no running, pooling, dragging, bubbling or running. Try to keep this off of your cuticles, if you can as the intense black pigments tend to grab. Have a little acetone and a cleanup brush ready to catch any outliers before they can cause you trouble. I topped this with Clearly on Top Quick Dry Top Coat, A top coat of which I'm growing extremely fond. 

    What do you think of KB Shimmer Stark Raven Mad? Me, I'm digging it. 

    Okay. I need another cup of coffee and a serious attitude adjustment. I really do want to get that NAKED Smokey palette review up. 

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    My Perfect Nude Polish?


    Nude polish is a sore subject for me. Most are terribly unflattering on my skin tone, either giving me lobster claws or making my skin look sick or cadaverous. Not the look I'm looking for! I could be forgiven for being wary of butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Shop Girl. This opaque, soft beige creme had me wary. I was afraid that it was going to mess me up, the moment that I applied it. 

    My Perfect Nude Polish? - Butter London Patent Shine 10 X Nail Lacquer - Shop Girl

    Shop Girl is a soft, nude beige that looks a bit yellow-y in the bottle. Upon application, I saw that it contains just enough pink to be complimentary to my skin tone. It doesn't turn my fingers red, nor does it make them look sickly. It's that perfect, flattering neutral. I am so pleasantly surprised. I love this polish! 

    The formula on butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Shop Girl is as lovely as the colour. Smooth, silky and biddable, it sits down where I place it, sweeps up the nail without streaking, dragging, running or pooling. Bubbling isn't bad, thanks to the cut of the brush being a bit better in this bottle. Dry time is good, made even better by old faithful Seche Vite. I get an average of three days of wear from butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer. Which is fine... By that time, I'm ready to change it out. Remember that YMMV as far as polish wear is concerned. My nails shrug off most polishes after a day or three so take that for what it's worth to you. 

    If you have been struggling to find a nude polish that doesn't make your skin look yuk, try butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Shop Girl. It might just take the cake. 

    butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer polishes are available in fourteen beautiful high shine shades and retail for $18.00 each. You can buy them at butter London's websiteUltaNordstromMacy'sBEAUTY.COM and any fine retailer where butter London beauty is sold. 

    Have you tried Shop Girl? Have you had difficulty finding a perfect nude for your nails? 

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