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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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I'm taking a little time away to enjoy Christmas with my family and recharge. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of you, my gentle readers for popping in, reading my natterings and supporting me in this passion that is blogging. This blog brings me a great deal of joy it is is only made better by all of you.  To those of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! For those of you for whom these are just regular days, I hope that you have having a happy, healthy, beautiful day.  I'll see you all on the flip side. *kisses*

NARS Steven Klein Collaboration One Shocking Moment Face Palette

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//affiliate// The  NARS Steven Klein Collaboration One Shocking Moment Cheek Palette  for Holiday, 2015 is a thing of beauty. After falling in love with last year's  Virtual Domination Cheek Palette  I knew that I had to have this one. My  NARS One Shocking Moment  (I am not typing out that insanely long name, every time) palette is packaged in the same style as last year. A Sharp, clean lined, hard plastic palette with a clear overlay protecting the cover art. This year's theme is sexy, a little dark and dangerous.   Inside the lid is the customary full sized mirror. This mirror is large enough to use to do a full face, if you have taken this palette on the run. In the well below are the cheek powders: Four blushes, a contour and highlight and a very large Laguna Bronzer. The four blushes are 0.12 oz. each, coming in considerably smaller than last year's blushes which were 0.16 oz. each. They are still large enough to comfortably take a blush brush bu

A Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick Makes a Perfect Little Gift

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//affiliate// Are you looking for a perfect little last minute something to slip into a stocking, pop into a larger gift bag or box or perhaps... Into your own handbag? May I suggest a luxe lippie? A  Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick  is a lovely, thoughtful and very special little indulgence for someone special or a gorgeous treat for yourself. The packaging is pure, elegant simplicity in sharp black and white. The tube is large, shaped in a rounded off rectangle embellished with a silver round and the designer's logo in crisp, clean white. This lipstick feels very weighty and luxurious in the hand. The double walled cap is magnetized and snaps precisely back into place. Show of hands: Who else is ridiculously amused by magnetic lipstick caps? Roll the lipstick up with a smooth glide and you see a clean, precisely finished bullet. The tip is oval shaped and the overall look is soft and rounded. I don't discern any real fragrance or taste from this lipstick.

Pretty Cheeks for Holiday and Beyond with Tarte

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//affiliate// Four snack sized wearable, flattering, adorably packaged blushes are what you will find in the  Tarte at First Blush Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set . Tarte does holiday themes so beautifully and this year is no exception! All four of these little face flushers are tucked into compacts that colour coordinate with their contents and two are decorated with a metallic chevron pattern that ties in with this year's holiday theme. Tarte doesn't skimp on the quality of the makeup they put in their holiday collections. The smaller Amazonian Clay Blushes are just as pigmented and pretty; apply, blend and wear just as beautifully as their full sized counterparts. I'm not worried about these blushes being petite... I own so much blush that the chances of my using these up are pretty slim. #makeuphoarder #noshame I like to sweep these blushes on with the  IT Cosmetics Live Beauty Fully Flawless Blush Brush . No BS, this has become one of my favorite blush brus

Warm Holiday Metallic Eye Look for Hooded Eyes

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#StyleHunters4Ulta #UltaTrendAlert //sponsored//sent for consideration//self purchase//affiliate// The holidays are in full swing and we are all attending parties, special events, family gatherings and we want to present our prettiest and trendiest makeup looks to the world. One makeup trend that surges this time of year is metallic eye looks. They brighten our faces, attract admiring glances and photograph beautifully. Shiny, metallic shadows are perfect day or evening, for just about any situation and every age. Wait! What?? No. "They" say that anyone of a certain age isn't supposed to wear metallic eye shadow! It makes you look older and you are required to wear retiring matte shades, only. Yeah. Right. You know what I say about that. (If you know me well, you know that it's acerbic and rather profane.) Not only can more mature beauties wear shine, we should! Some shimmer and shine is brightening and youthful.  My warm holiday metallic eye look is paired w

Planner Girl: Me and My Big Ideas Happy Planner Overview

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//affiliate// The New Year is fast approaching and resolutions to be better organized and productive will be high on many of our lists. One way in which I stay organized and on top of everything I need to remember and get done is to utilize a planner. Planners are just about the hottest thing going. Everyone is loving, using, collecting and socializing around planners. Businesses and cottage industries have sprung up and are thriving on the planner love.  The planner I use and depend on is the  Me and My Big Ideas Create 365 Happy Planner , (price reduced) $20.57. This 18 month planner, in it's new form runs from July, 2015 to December, 2016. Now, obviously it is well past July but this planner will still be useful for all of 2016. An entire year. And, if you are wondering what the hell you're going to do with the dividers and pages you won't be needing, fear not, gentle reader. I will be sharing what I did with them, in my next planner post.  There are so many

Adorable Beauty Charms for My Soufeel Bracelet

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//sent for consideration//self purchase//affiliate// As you probably know, I am a huge fan of  Soufeel  and their silver charm bracelets and charms. I have received some pieces from the company to share with my gentle readers and I have purchased some, myself. Today, I'm sharing a couple of adorable charms that I think any beauty fanatic would love and would want to add to their own bracelet. Soufeel  packages your jewelry beautifully. Even a single charm comes with a beautiful ribbon and bow embellished presentation box, a matching gift bag, velvet storage bag and polishing cloth. Every time you receive a piece from  Soufeel  or give it as a gift the experience is a special event.

BITE Beauty Best BITE Rewind Matte Creme Lip Crayon Holiday Collection

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//affiliate// BITE Beauty Best BITE Rewind  is this year's BITE Beauty Holiday Lip Collection. When I saw early swatches of this collection, I was determined to pass on it because the shades seemed too brown leaning. I'm so happy that I changed my mind and bought it in spite of my reservations. The  Best BITE Rewind  is not brown (a shade I don't normally wear on my lips), just neutral.

Reach for the Stars with the Sonia Kashuk Starstruck Makeup Brush Set

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Mascara Masquerade

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//sent for consideration//self purchase//affiliate// I thought it might be fun to do a retrospective of some of the mascaras that I have experienced in the last little while. I've had some of these lying around in a little bag for some time. Others, I finished fairly recently. Some I really enjoyed, some... Not so much. I thought that I had saved all of the tubes, used, awful or foul but I guess that I was so disgusted with some of them or forgot to save them and I heaved them, rather then putting them in the used bag. Shame... I don't think proactively, sometimes.  I don't believe in the "Three Month Rule." I keep an opened mascara going until it runs out, dries out or I feel it's starting to go off. I have always wondered how "they" arrived at the Ninety Day Cutoff Rule of Doom. One day, my mascara is perfectly good, the next, it is twelve weeks old and "OMG!!!!! It's going to make my eyeballs fall out!!!!!" I have never had

Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder | Moodlight

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//affiliate// Once in a while, one must have a mad splurge and spend way too much on one makeup item. In my case it is the limited edition Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo in Moodlight . I was seeing it on blogs that I like to read and drooling over it and I finally decided to blow a small Nordstrom gift card and buy it. I see that it's back in stock on the  Nordstrom  site, for now, so if you wanted it, grab it! This dual shade powder lives in a sleek brown and gold compact with a magnetized, flip up lid that contains a good sized mirror. The packaging is weighty and feels luxe in the hand. The surface is glossy, highly reflective and hoards fingerprints. I am kept busy polishing it up! Open the lid and the powders are presented in a divided pan. The top powder is an ivory highlighter and on the bottom is a soft, slightly peachy bronze shade. The compact came in a dark brown, diamond pattern embossed outer box and nested in a brown, velvety slip case. I need to sa

Gift Exquisitely | Soufeel Jewelry

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//sent for consideration// Soufeel  has the perfect pieces to help you gift exquisitely, this holiday season.

FOREO ISSA Redux

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#IFabboMember #ISSAaccessories //sent for consideration//affiliate// I don't know if you remember my  review of the FOREO ISSA Oral Care Device . I had a very mixed reaction to this device when it was first sent to me. I loved the sleek. modern design, the smooth, hygienic silicone coating, the easy and waterproof controls and of course, the fact that thousands of sonic pulse waves were dedicated to getting my teeth and mouth clean as I brushed. I am impressed with how fast this device charges and how insanely LONG this device holds a charge! I wasn't so happy with the brush head that came with the device. The very soft silicone bristles gave my gums a lovely, gentle yet invigorating massage but they didn't get my teeth clean.  And that is a problem. Happily,  FOREO  listened to those of us who loved the device it's self but felt that the brush head wasn't as effective as it should be. They designed a new  Hybrid Brush Head . Comprised of traditional nylo

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos

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//sent for consideration// Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eye Shadow Duos  are new to me and I am so happy to have been introduced. According to Youngblood, these shadows are " perfectly paired to create an alluring eye." With their sleek, round black magnetized compacts complete with a little mirror, these shadows are perfectly poppable and portable. They can be applied wet or dry, with fingers or brush, combined or used alone to create a plethora of eye looks. There are four beautiful duos from which to choose: Virtue- Passionate is a shimmering roseberry. Pure is a clean, matte white. Charismatic- English Tea is a smooth, matte reddish brown. Calla Lily, a stunning rose gold shimmer. Desire- Iris is a satin with a subtle duochrome shift. Pink Rose gives us a soft, tea rose matte.  Graceful- Azure is a clean navy blue shimmer with tiny blue sparkles. Apricot is soft and orange-y with a silvery shimmer.  Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Ca