Thursday, June 28, 2012

Revlon Escapism Collection Birthday Giveaway!

Revlon's Summer 2012 Escapism Collection has some beautiful products in it, and I've picked up quite a few for myself over the last couple of weeks. I also picked up some extra items for another Birthday Month Giveaway!


I'm a huge fan of Pantone and their color matching system, so when they announce their Color of the Year, it's guaranteed that I'll be sucked in by their marketing. Cosmetics companies and fashion lines don't help me any when they take part in this ploy to attract our attention to their products, which are often inspired by Pantone's Color of the Year. Needless to say, my closet now has quite a few more Tangerine items in it than it did last year at this time! It goes without saying that my make up and nail polish collections have also increased, solely because of the 2012 Color of the Year.

This Birthday Month giveaway was inspired by Pantone's Tangerine Color of the Year, and contains all of the Tangerine toned products from the Escapism Collection. One winner will receive:

Red Bikini Nail Enamel
Photoready Cream Blush in Coral Reef
Colorburst Lipgloss in Sizzle


If you'd like to enter for a chance to win these products and share in my love for this color, just leave your eMail in the comments section below. Let me know if you've expanded your wardrobe, your home decor items, your cosmetics, or your accessories this Spring/Summer with anything Tangerine! If you aren't comfortable leaving your eMail, please check back on Monday, July 2, when I announce the winner. This is open to International followers also. Contest ends at midnight, July 1.




Essie's Stroke of Brilliance Shade Added to Luxeffects Line

Essie has a new shade offering in the Luxeffects line called Stroke of Brilliance. This shade is described as a blue platinum sparks multi-dimensional top coat. It's listed on the web site, but is currently unavailable for purchase. I received the information in an eMail from Essie, so it should be available soon.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Reviva Labs Summer Skincare Review/Giveaway for June

Reviva Labs is hosting their Summer Skincare Giveaways all summer long on a number of blogs, and June's giveaway features their Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit and Willard Water Skin Smoother.


The Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit is a product that reduces puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles around the sensitive eye area. During the Summer months our eyes are exposed to more sun, possible allergens, and a number of other factors that can stress the delicate skin around the eyes. These pads works great after a day in the sun (or anytime!), and they'll have your eye area looking soft, smooth, and younger in less than 30 minutes.

The Collagen works to plump and smooth skin, while the Myoxinol (known as a natural alternative to Botox) relaxes facial wrinkles. This duo combined, gives eyes an almost instant overall improved look. The effect is temporary, but continued use does bring cumulative benefits. I've gone through a couple of boxes of this product, and I've been very pleased with the results. The kit also includes Reviva's Skin Energizing Gel, a trace mineral hydrating gel that boosts the effects of products layered over it. Using the gel before the Collagen-Fibre Pads or before night creams will enhance the results.

Below is some key information from the packaging:



The Willard Water Skin Smoother is a product that I initially received a couple of years ago, and I thought it would be something that my husband would get more use out of than I would. I was wrong! While he does use it as a skin soother after he shaves, I've found this product to be multi-functional for my own use. I too use it after shaving my legs as a skin soother, and I also use it on mosquito bites, small cuts, the occasional hive or two that I pop up on my face when I'm nervous (I know, how odd!), and also to relieve pain from burns, including sun burns. This clear gel formula works much better for me on bug bites and stings than any of the other products I have that are made specifically for those things.

The key information from the packaging:



Reviva Labs makes only all natural products, and they never test on animals. They have a wide range of products to address just about any skin issue you may have. If you have an interest in skincare, check out their web site for lots of useful information.

ENTRY DETAILS: If you'd like to enter for a chance to win these two products, just leave your eMail in the comments section below. If you aren't comfortable leaving your eMail, please check back on Monday, July 2 when I announce the winner. Note: This is only open to residents of the U.S.A., as fulfillment will be made directly from Reviva Labs. Contest ends July 1 at midnight.

*Products/prizes featured furnished by Reviva Labs.



Monday, June 25, 2012

The Suave & Revlon Winners Have Been Chosen!


The winners of the Suave Everlasting Sunshine body lotion and body wash sets are:

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Megan

Julie

Allison L

The winner of the three Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains is Lisa.

The winners have been notified, and I've got some more Birthday Month giveaways to offer yet this week. Congratulations to all of the winners, and many thanks to all who entered.

(Random.org was used to select the winners).


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Color Club Fall 2012: In True Fashion Collection

Here's a quick look at Color Club's Fall 2012 Collection, In True Fashion. Do I see a possible Chanel Peridot/OPI Just Spotted the Lizzard/Jessica Iridescent Eye dupe in Color Club's Editorial?




Friday, June 22, 2012

L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream

B.B. Creams are flooding the U.S market this year, and today I have a review on L'Oreal's Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream which recently hit the shelves. The retail price is $10.95 for a 1.0 fl. oz. tube, and you can view the ingredients by clicking on the link above, then clicking the Ingredients and Innovations tab to the right.


The packaging is a simple plastic tube that measures about 5" in length with a screw on cap. The product is dispensed through a narrow tip.


According to the label, this product primes, perfects, hydrates and corrects skin. It's interesting how they capitalize the B.B. and the B's in Beautifying Beads. It makes me wonder if this is meant to be an American version of a true B.B. (Beauty Balm) cream, or if the B's are simply referring to Beautifying Beads. At any rate, it's an interesting product, and while American B.B. creams don't measure up to Asian B.B. creams, this product does have some unique qualites.


Available in four shades (I'm using Medium), the cream appears white right out of the tube. It's filled with tiny dark grey "beauty beads", which have a sandy feel to them. The formula itself is of medium consistency. I don't really notice much of a scent with this product.


Once you begin to apply it, which feels a little strange with those gritty beads, the cream smooths out and the beads will melt right in to your skin.


After a little blending, you're done! This cream transforms to match your skin tone, and surprisingly, it's really pretty close to mine. If you look along the inside of the arrows, you can see where the beauty cream is, and my bare natural skin is on the outer edges.


Below shows the product on a Kleenex right out of the tube on the left. I let it sit for about half an hour to see if it would change color, but it never did. Then I dabbed a bit on my fingers and swiped right next to that, showing how once the formula touches your skin, the color emerges. That must be the "Magic" in the product name!


I think it's pretty impressive that this cream changes color and transforms to match my skin as well as it does, but it doesn't provide a whole lot of coverage. The tube says that it creates a flawless bare skin finish, and while I do like the way it looks on my skin, I still need to use concealer for problem areas. It does do a nice job of evening my skin tone, but under my eyes and some darker imperfections on my skin still need additional coverage. It's very light feeling, which is another thing I like about it. Some B.B. creams feel very heavy and almost greasy to me, but this one feels very nice.

The fact that I still needed to use a concealer is not a big deal for me, because I have that same issue with every skin base color product I use. The one drawback for me with this product is that it settles into my pores and that it's noticeable. I find if I use a primer just on my nose first, then that problem is very minimal. But the point of these B.B. creams is that they are an all-in-one product, so technically, I shouldn't have to do that because they all claim to prime. I use it on my skin with no moisturizer, and my skin looks and feels hydrated and soft. It also does a good job of giving my skin a dewy finish with no oil breakthroughs. So maybe the built in primer works well for keeping oil at bay, but it didn't work as well in the pore department for me. In a perfect world, one product would miraculously transform us, but it never seems to work that way!

All in all, I like this product rather well. It feels nice on my skin, it's a decent match, it's scientifically fun to play with and watch the magic color change action, my skin looks even and almost flawless (with the concealer in place!), and according to the label, the ingredients will improve my skin over time. We'll see how that plays out over the next couple of weeks! Rite Aid has bogo half off L'Oreal this week, so I payed $5.47 for this product, and full price for their new True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup, which I'll review soon.

Have you tried this yet? What are some of your favorite B.B. creams? Has anyone found a B.B. cream that's changed their life, so to speak?





Thursday, June 21, 2012

Swatches of the New Summer L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows

Curse you L'Oreal for coming out with more of these fabulous eye shadows! If you haven't tried L'Oreal's Infallible Eye Shadows, you need to put that on your to-do list! These part cream part powder hybrid shadows last and last, for up to 24 hours of wear time. They feel luxurious and silky during the application, and they're crease resistant, fade resistant, and waterproof. These retail for about $7.95, but use those bogo deals, coupons, and register receipts, and you'll save some bucks!

There were twelve shades in the original core collection, and there are 3 new shades in the It's Gold Or Nothing At All Summer 2012 display. The display holds four shades, but one is from the core collection, Golden Sage, if I recall correctly. There's also a new display that holds six shades and some gel eyeliners, for a total of nine new shades. The L'Oreal web site shows these six shades with the core collection, so I'm guessing they are core and the Summer display shades are L.E., but don't quote me on that.

First up are the three new shades from the It's Gold Or Nothing At All Summer 2012 display. I do have all twelve shades from the core collection, but I haven't done any comparisons to those with these new shades yet. If there's something you'd like to see compared, let me know.


Gleaming Bronze is an antique bronze shade that's heavy on the olive undertones, Gold Imperial is a nice lighter shade of gold that's bright and clean, and Pink Sapphire is a medium pink fleshy tone that is a bit muted.


Below: Gleaming Bronze looks like a dirty antique bronzy/gold shade in the pot, but this is a gorgeous olive bronze tone with a hint of gold on the skin.


Below: Pink Sapphire is a nice pink shade because it's somewhat muted, not too crazy pink, not pastel, just a good workable pink. I don't use too many pink shades, but this one works for me.


Below: Gold Imperial is a very clean, clear shade of gold. It's what I would call a lighter shade of gold, and it's bright without being too dramatic.




Swatches on my arm under bathroom lighting, and on paper using natural light near a window.


Next are the six new shades in their own display, which are listed under the core collection on L'Oreal's web site. Top row, left to right: Bottomless Java is a deep cocoa brown, Glistening Garnet is a violet/magenta shade, and Liquid Diamond is a medium silver tone that's a little muddier than a straight silver, but it has beautiful smoky lavender undertones. Bottom row, left to right: Smoldering Plum looks like a chocolate brown with red undertones in the pot, but it's actually a a gorgeous rich purple shade, Endless Sea is a turquoise shade with very subtle hints of gold undertones, and it seems to shift from turquoise to a more medium blue in lower light, and Golden Emerald is a strong olive shade with gold.





Below: Bottomless Java is a darker shade of brown, but not too dark. I wear browns more than any other color, so this one's getting a lot of use from me.


Below: Glistening Garnet is a toned down magenta with some violet mixed in. It looks more magenta/deep pink, but this one shifts a bit to the violet side in certain lighting.


Below: Liquid Diamond is a silver tone, like the color of a nickel. It's not bright in the pot, but brightens up on the skin and has lavenders undertones.


Below: Smoldering Plum looks quite different from the pot to your skin, as you'll see below in the swatches, although my swatch photo didn't come out as purple as it is in reality. This is a gorgeous deep purple shade.


Below: Endless Sea is a vibrant turquoise that seems to have some gold mixed in. When I'm wearing this in lower lighting, it shifts to a bluer tone. It's intersting how some of these shades shift, but it's subtle shifting, not entire color changes.


Below: Golden Emerald is more olive than emerald, which is fine with me because I love olive shades like this. The gold seems to brighten it up, and it's a beautiful color.




Swatches on paper and on my arm. The arm swatch photo with the shade names was taken under bathroom lighting, and the photo below that was near the window in natural light. The Smoldering Plum is deeper and richer than it appears, but I reswatched several times trying to get a photo that shows it's true beauty, but I never succeeded.




Have you tried the L'Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows? Let us know what you think of them and if you have any favorites, or if you've picked up any of the newerst shades.





Birthday Giveaway! Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Yesterday I posted swatches here of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, and today I have a Birthday Month Giveaway for three of the shades for one lucky follower!


The three shades include Rendezvous, because tangerine is the color of the year and you can never have too much of this color, Honey, because this is my personal favorite, and Adore, which gives a beautiful flush of red to your lips without looking "too" red.


Entry Details: Just leave your eMail below in the comments section if you'd like to enter. If you aren't comfortable leaving your eMail, check back on Monday, June 25 when I announce the winner. This is open to International readers also. Contest ends June 24 at midnight.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Master List & Swatches


Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have been one of the most talked about products this Spring and Summer, so I put together some swatches and similar product comparisons to share with you. According to Revlon's web site, these lip products are a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood. They are available at Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target, and many other chain retailers. I've seen them priced from $7.49 to $8.99, and my method of procurement was to purchase them from Rite Aid using buy one get one half off deals, Revlon $1.00 off coupons, my 10% off Rite Aid Wellness discount, and Rite Aid UP reward coupons. Thanks to those discounts, I managed to buy all twelve shades for about $2.37 each.

There are twelve shades available in this line, and here's hoping they add more to the line up! You can find them in tabletop displays, and hopefully you can find ones that haven't been opened and swatched. Seriously, I saw these at Target and more than half of them had the protective plastic wrap ripped open and they had been swatched. Yuck! Who does that? Thankfully, Rite Aid had theirs on an end aisle display facing the register so the cashier would be able to see someone doing such a thing.

Below are the shades swatched lightly (2-3 passes) on my arm, and keep in mind that these shades are buildable should you want a more saturated color. Obviously, the lighter/paler shades are not as buildable as others. For me, Charm and Precious add very little color to my lips, but I've been using them on top of other colors for different looks. Honey is my personal favorite because it's a "my lips but better" shade for me. Whether you're looking for a punch of Summer color or just a subtle wash of color, you'll probably be able to find something you like in this product range.


I thought it might be informative for you if I swatched them on watercolor paper also, because skintone on arms and pigment in lips varies from person to person. If you'd like to see some looks "on the lips", Gia and Kelly from Nouveau Cheap and Vampy Varnish respectively, have done some nice looks you can check out by clicking on their links.


The packaging is a 4.25" long plastic stick that's 1/2" in diameter. The product is retractable by twisting the end, and it never needs sharpening. The texture feels a bit dry during the application, but it does not feel dry in the slightest once it's applied. It's hydrating and moisturizing, glossy not sticky, soft and creamy...I could go on and on singing the virtues of this product! They do have a very slight minty taste, but that fades quickly. It's interesting because it "sets" very quickly. By that I mean that although it looks glossy, it doesn't transfer much at all. I had it on the first time I used it for about 15 minutes and pressed my lips to a kleenex, and there was barely any color on the kleenex. There was definitely color on my lips though. I guess that's why they're called "kissable".

The glossiness does wear off after a while, but the stain of color remains much longer than any other similar product I have. These have been compared to Tarte LipSurgence and Clinique Chubby Sticks, and while they are similar products, there are notable differences. The most obvious difference is the price: $24.00 for Tarte, $16.00 for Clinique, and $7.49 for Revlon (they are virtually all the same net weight/size in product). While I love the Tarte and Clinique products, I love the Revlon more, and not just because of the price. It performs better than the other two in my opinion. The stain of color lasts far longer for me on the Revlon shades, particularly the more pigmented colors. The Tarte and Clinique products both feel a little silkier during the application, but all three products have a great color payoff initially and all three products have a nice gloss to them. But after four hours, the last one standing when it comes to color is Revlon. The stain is still very obvious with the Revlon, whereas I can hardly detect the stain color at that point from the other brands. So the price point, availability (able to buy locally without shipping), and staying power make the Revlon product the better buy for me. Below is a quick side-by-side of these three products and their similar outward appearances.





I still love all of my Revlon Lip Butters, but these Just Bitten Balm Stains are also very worthy of my lip product love! Have you picked up any of these yet? What are some of your favorite shades? I've got another Birthday Month giveaway that I'll post tomorrow, and one lucky winneer will receive three of these shades.



Suave Everlasting Sunshine Review & Giveaway!




Today I have a giveaway for five lucky winners from Suave! Suave recently introduced the Everlasting Sunshine line across all product categories (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, deodorant), and it smells wonderful! Today is also my birthday, and it's the first day of Summer. I am definitely a child of Summer, and this scent is Summer in a bottle to me. My review is for the body lotion and body wash, and five of you will each receive this duo.



I've always been fond of Suave's body lotions and body washes, simply because you can't beat the price, the scents (including the Seasonals) are delicious, and they perform very well. This particular scent has captured my soul because it reminds me of so many Summer memories. Every time I wear this, I'm reminded of idyllic childhood Summers spent collecting beach glass and chasing waves. I'm also taken back to my teen and college years, which were spent with my friends and my sisters, lying endlessly on the beach oiled up with Hawaiian Tropic.



This is where I live, and the beach and the lake have been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I grew up here, and now I'm growing old here. My life no longer consists of careless Summer days in the sunshine, but I still enjoy watching the sun set over the lake, walking along the pier, and catching a few rays every now and again with a good book in tow. Not only does this scent smell good, it also bottles up so many good memories for me!



Enough of my trip down memory lane! Let's talk about the scent--Passion Flower and Vanilla are the key notes, and Suave compares the scent to Bath & Body Works Pearberry. It's a very clean, uplifting scent, but I don't have Pearberry around anymore to do an accurate comparison. This isn't a heavy scent, and if I didn't know what the key notes were, I wouldn't necessarily think vanilla and passion flower. It does have a light vanilla and floral scent, but it seems more intricate than that.

When I first used the Everlasting Sunshine products, my thought was "This smells just like Summer on the beach." Keep in mind that Hawaiian Tropic covered our bodies back in the day, so that was a big part of my scent bank's memories. I checked the ingredients in the Everlasting Sunshine products against Hawaiian Tropic's Deep Tanning Oil, and Passiflora Incarnata/Passion Flower is found in both of them. I could also swear that a very delicate banana and coconut scent are also in the mix! Below are the ingredients for both products:

Body Lotion Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Mineral Oil, Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Cyclopentasiloxane, Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, DMDM Hydantoin, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Stearamide AMP, Polysorbate 20, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Caramel, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5, Yellow 6

Body Wash Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, PPG-9, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Polysorbate 20, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Caramel, Yellow 5, Yellow 6

These both have characteristics typically found in Suave lotions and washes. The lotion is in a pump style bottle, and the formula is of medium consistency. It absorbs quickly with no greasy residue, and leaves my skin soft and silky throughout the day. The shower gel is in a flip-top bottle, and a little goes a long way on a bath pouf or exfoliating gloves. It lathers up nicely, rinses clean, and leaves a light fragrance behind. The scent won't last all day, but layering it with a light floral or vanilla body spray gives it a boost. I would love to see Suave make this scent in a body spray!

ENTRY DETAILS: If you'd like to enter for a chance to win a set of Suave's Everlasting Sunshine Body Lotion and Body Wash, leave a comment below with your eMail. If you aren't comfortable leaving your eMail, check back on June 25 when I announce the five winners. Contest ends June 24 at midnight. Note: This is only open for residents of the U.S.A., as prizes will be sent directly from the PR firm.

You can follow Suave on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all of their products.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite Summertime anthems from my home state boy, Kid Rock! His lyrics are my memories of Michigan summers, both in my hometown here and our "up north" adventures. If you're from Michigan, you know that everyone has "up north" adventures!


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





Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Sheer Lacquers From American Apparel

To celebrate the Summer weather, American Apparel recently released a limited-edition (for Summer only) line of 6 vibrant-yet-sheer colors inspired, and named after California beaches.  The 6 new shades are; Summerland Beach, Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach, Moonlight Beach, Redondo Beach, and Pacific Beach.

These new sheer lacquers are unlike other sheers polishes. It's highly pigmented making it perfect for layering art or ombre effects. These lacquers are cruelty-free as well as DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free, like all of our other nail lacquers!

They are now available online at http://store.americanapparel.net/nailpoliss.html. As well as in stores across the US (and soon internationally).