Friday, April 29, 2011

Butter London No More Waity, Katie

I ordered Butter London No More Waity, Katie when it first came out, and rather than leave it as an untried any longer, I thought today would be a good day to try it. And yes, I was one of those people that got up at 4:00 AM to watch all of the festivities! I've always been fascinated by the British Monarchy, so I enjoyed it all. Last night I baked a batch of Nigella Lawson's Strawberries and Cream Mini Muffins to enjoy while watching, so there you have it. I am a royal nerd! Now if I'd had a tiara to wear, it would have been the perfect morning.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Spring/Summer Swatches

Deborah Lippmann has four new fun and flirty colors for Spring and Summer, and today I have swatches of two of them, Girls Just Want To Have Fun and I Know What Boys Like. Below is a look at all four shades, followed by their descriptions.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun - A smooth, vintage coral that everyone can wear because it’s bold yet velvety – a sort of carefree, creamy coral.

I Know What Boys Like - A creamy periwinkle that credits to both the 80’s and my clients. Several of my clients have asked for interesting blues. This one is a blend of blue and purple with a creamy finish, which gives it a slightly retro look that is so playful and hip.

Yellow Brick Road - a sheer mellow yellow with a jelly finish. The proof that it wears beautifully on all skin tones: it complements me and Lady GaGa, who wore it first for her “Born This Way” performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

Lara’s Theme - was created with supermodel Lara Stone is Deborah Lippmann’s newest celebrity collaboration. It’s a dare to wear shade of hot-hot orange.

Price: $16

Where to find: Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and

Here's a look at Girls Just Want To Have Fun, a bright creamy coral shade. This bright melon cream shade has just a hint of pink, making it a perfect coral shade. The first two photos were taken indoors with an Ott lamp, and the third picture was taken outdoors, just as the rain started.

I Know What Boys Like is a unique periwinkle blue cream. This has a very high gloss finish, and while not as bright as a royal blue--which is actually why I love it, there is a slight dusty element to this shade. Again, the first two photos were taken indoors with an Ott lamp, and the last photo was taken outdoors under heavy cloud cover.

I love both of these shades, and they are the typical Lippmann formula: extreme perfection, 2-coat coverage, and a beyond exceptional ease of application. If you asked me what my favorite polish brand was overall, I'd probably go with Lippmann. From the heavy architectural bottles, to the consistent without being predictable shades and finishes that she continues to release, to the quality formula, it's all there. There was only one time that I was disappointed by a polish from this line, and you can probably guess that it was Funky Chunky. I thought the concept was very interesting, but I just couldn't get that one to perform for me the way I wanted it to.

No disappointment with today's shades though! They're fabulous for the season. Do you have any favorites from the Spring/Summer Shades?

*Products featured were furnished by the manufacturer of PR firm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bath & Body Works Scent Stackers

Bath & Body Works recently began offering some of their best-selling scents in stackable, travel-friendly packaging. The space-saving design of these 3 oz. bottles is sure to appeal to the storage space challenged! Available in a shower gel, fragrance mist, and body lotion, you can mix and match from a range of six different scents, which you can find here.

I adore bath and body products, but to keep the clutter at bay with all of the different sized bottles, I have a 3-drawer rolling cart in my bathroom closet where I keep most of mine. When stacked, the Scent Stackers only take up about a 2.5" space, so they're perfect for leaving on the bathroom counter or a shelf. These retail for $7.00 each, but the better bargain is 3/$15.00. That's a little pricier than their original travel-sized products ($5.00 each or 3/$10.00) at the same 3 oz. size, so that may not appeal to the cost conscious consumer. The cuter packaging with its bright cheery colors and novelty space-saving design will no doubt be a popular item, regardless of the higher price.

*Products furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for review.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Revlon Mini Haul & Mini Revlon Polishes!

I went to Walgreens looking for some of the new Revlon shades, and they had two identical displays with mini Revlon boxed polish sets. I don't recall ever seeing Revlon mini's, so I had to have them! The tabletop displays were titled "Bloom with Captivating Color". The first photo shows the Tea Party Collection (0.25 fl. oz., left to right: Butterfly, Moss, Tulip. The second photo shows the Garden Party Collection (left to right: Waterfall, Sparkle, Garden). These were $7.99 for each set.

These were the shades I was actually looking for! L-R: Tangerine, Sunshine Sparkle, Black With Envy, Fashion's Night Pout lip stick from the Black With Envy Display, and Blue Lagoon. Even though Waterfall (the blue mini above) has a different name, it looks exactly like Blue Lagoon.

I used Tangerine for my kitchen paint inspiration! The flash washed out the paint card a bit, but it's a close match. I'm going to use the two shades with the check marks on them, so let's hope it turns out the way I envision it!

Have you ever seem Revlon mini's before? I'm hoping the formula is half-way decent, but if it's not, they'll look cute anyway!

Monday, April 25, 2011

American Apparel Neon Shades For Summer!

Here are some photos of American Apparel's newest offering for Summer...neons! From American Apparel: To celebrate summer coming we're releasing a series of neon polishes! There are 6 shockingly bright new colors; Neon Green, Neon Coral, Neon Red, Neon Violet, Neon Orange and Neon Yellow!

I've always enjoyed the formula that American Apparel polishes offer, and I think these will make a nice addition to their color selection. These should be available on their web site soon.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Earth Week Focus & Giveaway: Day Seven!

Welcome to Day Seven, the final day of my Earth Week Focus! Alima Pure is a cruelty free natural mineral cosmetics line that strives to create greater economic opportunity, strengthen local communities, and preserve the environment. Each year they donate a percentage of their annual gross revenue to environmental organizations working to protect our planet. They also happen to make a fantastic range of minerals in gorgeous shades with flawless application and coverage.

Their limited edition Welcome to the Rainforest Collection is a perfect fit for my Earth Week Focus Series. This 4-piece set of earth-rich shades honors our Rainforests through color, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Rainforest Action Network. Here's some more information about this collection:

In honor of earth day we pay homage to the "jewels of the earth" - our wild, delicate, ridiculously beautiful rainforests. This luxurious, yet completely natural set of four eyeshadows is packaged in a lovely box made from 37% recycled content. (Also completely recyclable - but you'll want to keep it!)

Bromeliad - a sparkling light green to refresh your spring color palette
Jaguar - a slinky, golden-brown shimmer that pairs with everything
Macaw - as vibrant as the tropical bird - light shimmering teal
Kapok - a deep, dark brown sparkle to bring depth to your look

This collection is available for a limited time. $2 from each collection sold will be donated to the Rainforest Action Network.

I reviewed this set previously, so if you'd like to view some swatches, you can find those here.

I've mentioned before that in addition to using Alima minerals for their intended purpose, they also work great as color additives for Franken nail polishes. I wanted to make something to wear today for Easter that resembled a delicate robin's egg. While I'm still in the midst of preparing our Easter dinner so I haven't yet done my nails, here's a quick look at what I came up with using Macaw and a sprinkle of Jaguar mixed into a white creme.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out! The mineral texture gives it a satin finish, just like a real egg. Maybe I should say an "egg shell" finish! I took these pictures in darker lighting, but outdoors in the sunshine it has some hidden shimmer. The two shades I used from the Rainforest Collection were a perfect combination for the tiny speckles I'd hoped to get for my robin's egg look.

One winner will receive the full-sized set of Welcome to the Rainforest, and my thanks go to Alima for joining in my Earth Day celebration. Because this prize will be mailed directly to the winner from Alima, this is only open to U.S. followers.

As with all of the daily Earth Day Focus prizes, entries will be accepted through midnight tonight. Please leave your eMail below in the comments if you'd like to enter.

*Prize furnished by Alima.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Earth Week Focus & Giveaway: Day Six!

Welcome to Day Six of my Earth Week Focus! One of the things I enjoy about writing my blog is that I have the opportunity to try many products that would otherwise remain unknown to me, and to share those discoveries with you. While I appreciate that opportunity, I also am just as interested in learning about the company behind the product. I have been inspired and impressed by the effort that many companies make to not only produce a quality product for people, but to produce it in an eco-conscience, responsible manner. Kio Kio of New Zealand is one of those companies. Only two years old, they have taken a firm stand in the environmental arena.

Kio Kio™, the natural bodycare collection from New Zealand, plays an active role in setting new standards in eco-consciencebeauty with its “wild harvested” methods using botanical native extracts from the country’s virgin forests to its efficient, recyclable product design and more. The rare native bio-compatible (how specific ingredients interact with human tissue) botanicals used in Kio Kio’s products are permitted by Maori tribal leaders to be "wild harvested" by a natural healer from their lands. In keeping with traditional culture the Maori tribe has a high regard for the healing properties of plants and are intimately familiar with the varieties of their immediate environment. The trees are asked for permission before the leaves are respectfully harvested and then blessed with positive intent. Only leaves that can be removed without damaging the trees are used.

“We have the philosophy that charity begins at home so we focus on our own natural resources in New Zealand and have purchased protected land with native trees to offset our carbon footprint,” says co-founder Fiona Terry. “The land is held in trust to ensure it remains protected.” Kio Kio is also a member of The Sustainability Council of New Zealand. Kio Kio is as eco-friendly on the outside as it is on the inside. All product packaging is made in New Zealand from cardboard that is FSC certified. The packaging includes the first fully uncoated boxes ever made and used in the country. The dyes utilized in producing the boxes are water based and the only embellishment added is done with embossing to ensure easy recycling.

Kio Kio uses no parabens, petroleum derivatives, by-products, propylene glycol, PEGS, silicones, GMOs, artificial colours, synthetic fillers, isothiazolinone, DEA or TEA, IBPC, harsh detergents or surfactants. The company has not commissioned or conducted any animal testing on their ingredients or products.

Kio Kio makes a range of bath and body products that include, body lotion, cream, mist, soap, and wash. There are four scents available:

Kio Kio Fragrances & Native Botanicals Feature:

CITRUS PETAL & TARATA (yellow) Tarata tree has sweet, lemon scented leaves & flowers that are used as potent scented healing oils.
PACIFIC TIARE & TI KAUKA (blue) Ti Kauka is naturally cleansing & nurturing. Traditionally used to heal skin, ancient people also regarded it for good luck & fertility.
RAINFOREST & KOROMIKO (green) Koromiko renews and smoothes stressed skin. It was used in ritual ceremonies & for healing skin complaints.
FRANGIPANI & PURIRI (pink) Puriri provides natural balance and was also traditionally used to treat sore throats, common aches & pains.

I received the Rainforest & Koromiko body mist and body wash for review, and was first taken by the clean look of the well-made packaging--you know I'm a sucker for packaging! The colorful graphics set against a bright white and lime green background are simple and artistic. The minute I smelled this scent, I knew I'd have to order some of these products. You see, I used to have a scent that if I ever had a signature scent, it was this one--Lancome's Aroma Tonic. As with everything I fall in love with, it was discontinued several years ago. The Rainforest & Koromiko scent took me back to my beloved Aroma Tonic, with its similar citrus notes. The same hints of green tea and grass can also be found in the Kio Kio scent, and while it's a little lighter, if I didn't know better, I could swear it was Aroma Tonic.

The quality of the products (I did purchase a soap and the lotion to add to the mist and wash) I have are all excellent. They're rich and moisturizing, and very luxurious. As I mentioned, the scent is light, but I don't feel the need to use or layer everything in order to strengthen the scent. It's subtle and beautiful, regardless of which product I use. Light, natural, clean, and fresh.

You can read much more about the company and their products on their web site. They are available in New Zealand, Singapore, and the U.S., and you can find their stockists here. The will also be available at beginning May 13.

Now for the giveaway! One winner will receive a body wash and a soap (retail $50.00) in the Rainforest & Koromiko scent. Just leave your eMail in the comments section if you'd like to enter. A reminder that all daily Earth Week Focus prizes are open for entry until midnight tomorrow. I hope you're enjoying my Earth Week Focus, because I know I am! Tomorrow will conclude this series, and then I'm going to spend many hours drawing the winners, followed by many more hours of packaging and shipping! I'm very happy to celebrate all of the companies included this week for their earth-friendly products and efforts.

*Products reviewed furnished by Kio Kio or their PR firm.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Week Focus & Giveaway: Day Five!

Welcome to Day Five of my Earth Week Focus! Today's giveaway is sponsored by Tarte Cosmetics, whose natural line of make up and trendy packaging have made them a favorite of mine. Tarte has a long-standing relationship with many eco-conscious charitable organizations, including the Sustainable Amazon Partnership (SAP). With the purchase of every tarte product that has our new t5 super fruit complex™, customers will be helping to preserve the Amazon Rainforest through forest conservation, improved living conditions and educational opportunities for communities in Brazil. We’re supporting the Sustainable Amazon Partnership (SAP), a public and private collaboration to promote lasting sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. We’re using sustainable organic acai in t5™ and will be making contributions to SAP throughout the year.

Tarte's line of nourishing cosmetics recently introduced a range of products that contain Amazonian Clay, a hydrating and reparative ingredient. The Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara is one of those products, and is also today's giveaway item!

From the press release: This amazing mascara delivers a 406% increase in lash volume and long-term reparative, rebuilding, and strengthening benefits with each swipe giving you instant results and better lash health. Just as it intuitively restores hydration and texture in skin, Amazonian clay intuitively hydrates and replenishes dry and brittle lashes to prevent fallout.

I have wanted to try some of their Amazonian Clay products since I first started hearing about them, particularly the 12-Hour Blush. That product retails for $25.00, so when I saw the QVC Exclusive last month called the 8th Wonder of the World Best of Amazon set (below) offered as a "Today's Special Value" for just $48.36, I couldn't pass it up. I have a love-hate relationship with those QVC eMail alerts I get--or maybe it's my credit card that has the "hate" part of the relationship! At any rate, I am very pleased with all of the products that were included.

If you're a Tarte fan or have been interested in trying their products, I wanted to let you know about an Earth Day special on their site. Through April 25, they're offering a 25% discount site-wide, and also free shipping over $40.00. The code is EARTHDAY2011.

If you'd like to enter to win a Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara, just leave your eMail in the comments section below. As with all of the daily Earth Week Focus prizes offered this week, entries will be accepted until midnight Sunday, April 24. All prize winners will be announced Monday in my Come Monday weekly newsletter.

*Prize furnished by Tarte Cosmetics.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Week Focus & Giveaway: Day Four!

Welcome to Day Four of my Earth Week Focus! With so much focus directed at the earth and our environment this week, we tend to think primarily about nature and animals and their safety and protection, as well as our own. I believe that it's also imperative to focus on better living standards for people in addition to the safer standards that we generally think of when discussing Earth Week. Shea Moisture sets a wonderful example of utilizing certified natural and organic ingredients, while helping to improve the lives of the people who produce them. It warms my heart to know that there are many companies out there who are willing to take this position of caring for both nature and people. They prove that companies can be financially successful and Eco and socially conscious at the same time (Are you listening, BP and Exxon Mobil?).

I posted a review a couple of weeks ago on some products (view here) from Shea Moisture that I'd picked up at my local Target store. It was was of my typical purchases--I knew nothing about the company, but was initially attracted by the color of the packaging! I read the labels and thought the ingredients sounded fantastic, but I was also taken by the little bit of company history printed on the label. After reading more about this company on their web site, I was truly impressed with their entire story, from their humble beginnings to their successful position in the industry that they have worked hard to attain. Here is just a little bit of their information:

The company purchases ingredients directly from women cooperatives and indigenous farmers in Africa, paying above market prices to help improve the standard of living for those suppliers. They are working closely with local and international organizations, including ECOSERVE and AFRICARE, to protect the integrity of ingredients and improve production processes to ensure sustainable harvests. Partnering with organizations such as The Liberian Education Fund and Todee Mission, the company is working to build schools and provide access to education for impoverished girls in Africa, many of who are suppliers of Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and other natural ingredients.

Locally, the company provides community entrepreneurs, artists and authors a platform to sell their crafts, books, jewelry, clothing and other handmade products through the Sundial Stores. A percentage of sales are donated to local congregations to support youth and other community development programs.

How nice is that? There is a lot more "good" on their web site, so take a few minutes to become inspired by the people behind Shea Moisture. Another nice thing about them? Their products rock! No animal testing, 100% certified natural and organic, moisturizing and effective--and the scents? I can't even begin to explain how good these products smell, but trust me that they smell divine.

My latest acquisitions from Target (their products are also available at Walgreens and on their web site) are the Red Bush & Sage with Egyptian Musk soap and scrub. I fell in love with the scent of the Coconut Hibiscus products first, but now this may be my new favorite scent. I have a feeling I'll change my mind every time I try another one though! The soap is moisturizing and lathers up well, while rinsing clean leaving a soft, soothing scent. This is available in an 8 oz. bar in a variety of scents, and retails for $4.99.

The sugar-based scrub is packed with natural oils and extracts and does a great job of exfoliating, while leaving my skin soft as can be. It glistens and sparkles too! It's difficult for me to describe or compare this scent, because I've never come across anything like it. Fresh, clean, unique...all of that and more!

Shea Moisture makes a wide range of bath, body and hair products, so if you're looking for an all natural product within those lines, spend some time reading other reviews about them and check out their web site. You'll find high praise for their generous spirit of giving back, as well as for their products.

Are you ready for the giveaway part yet?!! One of my favorite items from their collection of products is the 100% Organic Shea Butter. I've used many products with shea butter in them, but I don't believe I've ever used pure shea butter. As I mentioned in my earlier review of this product, it works on everything from dryness issues, to cuticle problems, insect bites, lip moisturizing, dry feet and hands, stretch marks--you name it! Shea Moisture was very happy to be part of our Earth Week Focus, and generously furnished some of their 100% Organic Shea Butter to use as a giveaway. Rather than have one winner receive what seems like a lifetime supply, I'd prefer to pass around the love and let as many people as possible experience this brand.

Twelve winners will each receive a full sized jar (4 oz., retail $9.99) of Shea Moisture 100% Organic Shea Butter! I have a variety of scents available, so I'll randomly select one for each winner. As always, leave your eMail below in the comments as your entry. Entries for all of the Earth Week Focus prizes will be accepted until midnight Sunday, April 24. All winners will be announced in my Come Monday weekly newsletter on April 25.

Thank you Shea Moisture for your generous donation, but more importantly, for making a difference for our Earth and for the people.

*Prizes furnished by Shea Moisture/Sundial Brands.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Earth Week Focus & Giveaway: Day Three!

Welcome to Day Three of my Earth Week Focus! When we think about nail polish and the environment, there is one company that stands out for their proactive approach in manufacturing a safer product: Zoya. They posted that there's going to be a big announcement today on Twitter, and referenced Earth Day. Could it be another offering of their nail polish exchange? We'll have to wait and see! Update: Zoya is indeed offering the polish exchange! Details can be found here.

Earth-friendly Zoya has graciously provided their Sunshine & Summertime Collection for my Earth Week Focus! One winner will receive all 12 polishes in these bright and cheerful Summer 2011 sets. If you've been following my posts this week, you know what to do! All Earth Week Focus contests are open for entries until midnight Sunday, April 24. Leave your eMail in the comments section below if you'd like to enter for this fabulous Zoya prize!

*Prize products furnished by Zoya.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Week Focus & Giveaway: Day Two!

Welcome to Day Two of my Earth Week Focus! In my mind, there are many issues we face with regard to the future of our earth. While some of these issues are more global in their reach, such as fresh air and clean water, there are some smaller, often overlooked subjects that have treated the earth with more respect than humans have. Animals, like nature, do not need us to survive. We as humans, cannot say the same.

If you know anything about me, you know that I adore animals of all kinds, and I spend a good portion of my time and money trying to save as many of them as I can. It gives me great pleasure to introduce and recognize a company that advances the ethic of respect by not testing on animals for their products, Eau de Nous.

Eau de Nous is a new fragrance company that was started by the two lovely sisters you see below, Daya and Vally. They ventured out to create a series of fragrances that reminded them of their own childhood, and they are “inspired by nature, designed by passion.”

The creators behind this line believe strongly that "affordability should not compromise quality". Their products are very reasonably priced at $35.00 for a 3.8 fl. oz. bottle, and $12.00 for an 0.34 rollerball bottle. Also available, is a Fragrance Set (below), which offers all four of their scents in the 0.34 oz. size for $38.00. I have become addicted to rollerballs lately, because they are so affordable and portable. I find that they're a great way to try a product without too much of a financial commitment, while still getting plenty of product for your money.

I can tell you that after wearing this fragrance for a couple of weeks now, they did not sacrifice any quality for affordability. The scent I have is Bebé Breeze in the rollerball, whose top notes are roses and lilies. I wanted to see how long the scent of the Eau de Nous product lasted when compared to some other higher priced rollerballs, so I put it up against Michael Kors Hollywood and Marc Jacobs Daisy (both $20.00, but also smaller at 0.24 fl. oz.). What I discovered was that the Eau de Nous product was still lightly scented on my skin even after 6 hours, while the two other products were completely void of scent.

Bebé Breeze actually reminds me of my own childhood, which was a premise that the creators based their scents on. My mom always wore a fragrance that has been around for a long time--White Shoulders. I love that I think of my mom every time I wear this! They both have roses in their notes, but I find Bebé Breeze to be lighter and fresher, almost an updated version of White Shoulders. It's a sweet scent, but delicate and pleasant, and not too sweet.

Eau de Nous products have already made a fabulous start in their industry, attracting many Hollywood stars such as Mila Kunis, Demi Moore and Hayden Panettiere to their fan base. I'm no Hollywood star, but they can certainly add me to their list!

The four scents that are available from Eau de Nous are:

Bebé Breeze (roses & lilies)

Citrus Charm (grapefruit & mandarins)

Gardenian Gift (jasmine orange & cloves)

Jasmine Joy (honeysuckle sandalwood & jasmine oil)

If you'd like to win one of their rollerballs in your choice of fragrance, just leave your eMail below in the comments and mention which scent you'd like. This will be sent to the winner direct, so this is only open to U.S. followers. There will be one winner in this contest. All Earth Day Focus contests will remain open until April 24 at midnight, and all winners will be announced on April 25.

*Products furnished by Eau de Nous.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Earth Week Focus & Giveaway: Day One!

Welcome to Day One of my Earth Week Focus! Each day I'll be highlighting a company that produces beauty products that I am not only fond of, but that I also respect for maintaining an eco-friendly belief in the manufacturing of their products. Each focus will contain a review, some information to let you know how they do their part to help sustain the earth, and a giveaway of something from their product line.

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that Reviva Labs is my everyday skin care line. While I continue to test skin care products to review on my blog, I personally have not found another line that works as consistently and effectively as Reviva. Their range of products seems endless, but because everyone has different skin care needs at different times in their lives, I think they are able to offer a product for just about anything your skin might require.

Their commitment to utilizing natural ingredients rather than chemical ingedients in all of their products has been recognized by their peers, and they have received numerous industry awards. Their products contain no animal ingredients, nor do they practice any form of animal testing. Their products can be purchased on their web site, and also in many natural product stores such as Whole Foods. If you're interested in natural skin care, Reviva's web site contains a wealth of information on the subject.

The prize package contains five products to get you started on a basic but thorough skin care routine. I selected four items that I use regularly, and the kind folks at Reviva suggested that we also include an exfoliant of some sort to complete the facial care process. One winner will receive this five piece skin care set which includes:

-Organic Cleansing Milk

-Make Up Primer

I've reviewed a couple of these products in the past (check my Reviva label to view), and today I'd like to share my thoughts with you on the Makeup Primer. After recently starting the transition from a powder foundation to a liquid foundation, I felt the need to start using a makeup primer on a more regular basis. I've tried numerous ones, but to be honest, I saw no real difference in the final look. That's not to say that some of them didn't work at all, because they did to some degree. However, my main issue was that the foundation seemed to settle into the pores on and around my nose, making them more obvious. I saw very little visible difference in that problem area, until I started using the Reviva product.

The things that I prefer about Reviva's Makeup Primer are first, it's a clear gel formula so I don't get any chalkiness or discoloration from the primer. Also, it applies like silk and I experience an even application without flakiness. Some of the other products I've used seem to "ball up", for lack of a better term, and that is not a pretty sight when mixed in with foundation! I'm still mastering the application of a liquid foundation after having used a powder one all of my life--I just felt that I needed something with a little more coverage, and having finally found the right foundation seems to be the answer. Reviva's Makeup Primer definitely helps me to gain a near-flawless finish when using a liquid foundation. I apply it after my Day Cream, and one quick pump is all you need. It also helps to control oil, so that will be appreciated if it ever warms up around here! You can click the link above to view more information, including the ingredients.

How to enter: If you'd like to enter for a chance to win this fantastic Reviva Skin Care Set, just leave your eMail address in the comments section below. Feel free to add other other comments as well. I'll leave all of the Earth Week Focus contests open for entry through midnight Sunday, April 24. All of the winners will be announced on Monday, April 25 in my Come Monday weekly newsletter.

*Prizes furnished by Reviva Labs.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blog Sale!

I managed to get through 2 Melmer drawers and select some shades to get rid of, and they've been added to my Blog Shoppe. It's either buy more Melmers to make room for new polishes, stop buying new polishes (um, that's probably not going to happen!), or be realistic and part with some of them. I still have 25 more drawers to go through, so I can see this being a loooooong project!

Send me an eMail ( if you're interested in any items and I can send you a PayPal bill. I'm not offering International shipping at this time. The postage will be $2.00 for the first item, then .50 for each additional item until a flat rate weight is reached. I'll answer all of the requests in the order received, and delete items as they are paid for. Click the Shoppe button at the top of the page to view items.

Cover Girl NailSlicks Fail!

Here's a looks at some rather ugly Cover Girl NailSlicks! I've had these sitting on my desk for a while now, so even though I thought they looked less than stellar in the bottle, I just wanted to be sure. And now I'm sure! I picked up a lot of 10/$10 on eBay because it had a couple of the sparkly IceSlicks in it that I wanted, but these are just--not very pretty. Too frosty, too get the idea.

Above is Bronze Glace, a pale bronze shimmer, and below is Silver Plum, a subtle lavender shimmer with a hint of grey.

Silver Belle is a medium silver shimmer that comes complete with a whole lot of streaks!

It wasn't a total loss, because I was able to get some of the IceSlicks, but I was hoping there might be something else desirable in the lot. I find that the lighter shimmers in the NailSlicks line are not nearly as nice as the darker shimmers and some of the cremes in this line. Maybe these will make their way into a Franken--or into the trash can!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

NOTD: Sally Hansen So Much Fawn

How is your weekend going? We're just hanging out on a cool and cloudy day, and my husband's bringing home Gyros for dinner so I don't have to cook. Yay! Here's a look at Sally Hansen's So Much Fawn, which is a nice neutral shade without being too subtle. This is a terra cotta rose creme shade that was almost opaque with one coat, so I went ahead and applied a second coat.

I remember struggling to accept the brush shape when I first tried the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line, but over time, I've come to appreciate it. The coverage it gives makes for a quick and easy application every time, now that I've gotten used to it. I picked this shade up a couple of months ago, and I think I be using it a lot this summer. Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Orly Pin-Up: Bubbly Bombshell & Here Comes Trouble

Orly's Pin-Up Collection contains 4 shades, 2 bright cremes (pink and coral) and 2 glitters. Today I have a look at the glitters for you, and if you like glitters, you're going to love these! Both of these covered very well using 2 coats, and the finish is relatively smooth. The foil glitter within these shades is a mix of micro glitter and hex glitter in matching colors.

Bubbly Bombshell is a bright violet shade whose glitter is in a clear base. I expected that I'd have to apply about four coats to get acceptable coverage, but surprisingly, that was not the case.

Here Comes Trouble, a lighter shade of Kelly green, has a green tinted base. I took these photos outside under cloudy skies, so I can only imagine their sparkle factor on a sunny day!

Both of these shades had excellent coverage for glitter polishes, especially Bubbly Bombshell. They have so much glitter in them, that after the first coat is in place, it gives the second coat a lot of texture to grip on to. That's my scientific explanation! There's plenty of sparkle to be found in these, that's for sure.