Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing and Bronzing Body Butters

I picked up Pacifica's Coconut Crushed Pearls Body Butters at Ulta a few months back, and I've been using them quite a bit recently. These retail for $18.00 (5.25 fl. oz. tube), and I see that they're buy one, get one half off currently at Ulta. I believe these two are Ulta exclusives. Both of these are very nice, but my favorite one is the Bronzing Body Butter. The tube states "Sun-Kissed Glow", while the Luminizing Body Butter tube states "Shimmer & Glow".

The scent is something I'm a little indifferent to, because while it smells somewhat like coconut, it smells a little too artificial for my taste. The Bronzing Body Butter also has a hint of something that smells like caramel mixed in with the coconut. Not to worry, the scent doesn't linger! In all fairness, I had several of my friends smell it to get some other opinions, and they all loved it. I am just very picky about coconut scents, for some reason. Anyway, It does all of those good things we want, like moisturizes well, absorbs nicely with no residue, and contains nourishing ingredients to improve skin over time. Because Pacifica is a natural line that's vegan and cruelty-free, that earns it an extra star in my book. The first time I used these, I put the normal amount into my hand that I usually use for a moisturizer, and I found that I don't need nearly as much with this product. A little goes a long way.

As you can see, the Shimmer & Glow (left) is a pearl white, while the Sun-Kissed Glow is a rich bronze color. I tried several times to photograph it on my skin as a swatch, but it's so subtle that it just didn't show up in a photo. To me, the differences are that the Shimmer & Glow has tiny silver shimmer and adds no color to my skin. It does have a very slight opal/pearl sheen, but it is super subtle to me. The Sun-Kissed Glow has coppery/gold shimmer, and adds just a hint of bronzing to my skin. As a bronzer, it's completely fool-proof. There is absolutely no streaking or orange tone.

The shimmer to me is more like glitter, but don't be put off by the term glitter. I promise you won't look like a disco ball! It is very tiny, and it's pretty--not flashy--in the way that it catches the light. I seem to notice it more in the Shimmer & Glow, perhaps because it's silver, while the coppery/gold in the Sun-Kissed Glow is closer to my skin's color, so it's less evident. Very subtle though in either one. Both of these add a touch of illumination to the skin, but the Sun-Kissed Glow goes one step further and seems to blur the skin, for lack of a better word. It just makes my skin look better by adding a hint of color and evening the skin tone.

Pacifica isn't a brand I've used a lot of, but I did pick up a couple of their lip tints when I bought these body butters, so I'll be giving those a go soon. My Ulta doesn't have too much of a selection, so I looked on their web site earlier today when I grabbed their link for this post, and I never should have spent any time there! They have tons of great looking products, and I just know I'll be placing an order soon. I'm very happy with these body butters, so hopefully I'll enjoy more of their products.

Just look at this little pretty I spotted on their site!


Monday, June 8, 2015

IT Cosmetics TSV on QVC June 8, 2015: IT's All About You! Four-Piece Customer Favorites Collection

IT Cosmetics has another fabulous set available today only, June 8, 2015, on QVC as their TSV. This limited-edition, one-time-only set combines a couple of existing customer favorites, as well as two brand new product launches. If you haven't tried IT Cosmetics, these sets are a great introduction to their products. If you're already familiar with this line, now it a great time to stock up on some favorites and try out some new items as well.

I'm loving all four of the products in this new Naturally Pretty Face Palette! Because I'm a slacker when it comes to using sunscreen (I know, I know), I'm also thrilled that the Celebration Foundation is now offered with an SPF 50. I have no excuse now, right? The pressed blush gives my cheeks a beautiful flush, and it's super soft and buttery in texture.

Take a look below at the details of this set, and I think you'll find the price of $59.95 (easy pay is available) to be very tempting!
It’s All About You! Four-Piece Customer
Favorites Collection QVC Item #A265298; #A270440 (Auto-Delivery) 

It’s All About You! Four-Piece Customer Favorites Collection gives you the power to look and feel like your most beautiful you! This Today’s Special Value® is scheduled to debut on QVC® Monday, June 8, 2015, at midnight (ET). Every day, QVC picks the best find of the day that they believe shoppers will love and offers it at an extra special value. The one special item is offered at midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day.

Inside the collection: The debut of the Naturally Pretty Face Palette includes four IT Girl® favorites for your most beautiful skin! Award-winning Bye Bye Under Eye® truly helps cover everything! Plus the new worldwide launch of Celebration Foundation® SPF 50, exclusive to QVC through June, 30, 2016, helps transform your skin in 30 seconds, giving you the appearance of an airbrushed, flawless-looking complexion—and now with SPF 50! The Heavenly Luxe® Complexion Perfection Brush is your cult-favorite brush that does the work for you!

Shop IT on QVC
Tune in to QVC June 8, 2015, at midnight, 3 AM, 6 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM, 7 PM and 9 PM (ET) for more details on the It’s All About You! Four-Piece Customer Favorites Collection. Visit QVC.com, the QVC apps or call 800.345.1515 beginning June 8, 2015, at midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT), to take advantage of this exceptionally low price while supplies last.

About Each Product:
New! Naturally Pretty Face Palette
Experience your most beautiful you with this palette of must-haves! Together, these customer favorites help perfect, illuminate, revitalize and warm the appearance of your complexion for your most beautiful-looking skin. The palette includes Hello Light® Crème, Vitality Matte Bronzer and Bye Bye Pores® Pressed Powder and the worldwide launch of Bye Bye Pores® Pressed Blush.

Bye Bye Under Eye® Concealer
This full coverage, anti-aging concealer helps to visually camouflage the appearance of imperfections with long-lasting pigments that never crease, never crack and give you the appearance of your most flawless-looking skin.

New! Celebration Foundation® SPF 50
It’s your 30 seconds to flawless-looking skin, now with physical-only UVA/ UVB broad spectrum SPF 50! This full-coverage foundation is formulated to help visually blur the appearance of imperfections.

Heavenly Luxe® Complexion Perfection Brush
It’s your brush therapy!™ This dual-ended, ultra-plush concealer and foundation brush is designed to do the work for you, with a large brush head for an airbrushed finish and a small brush head for precision and seamless application in hard-to-reach areas.

#ITCosmetics  #ItGirl  #QVCBeauty  #ITsAllAboutYou

Products provided for editorial consideration.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

#tbt Sally Hansen's Magical Nail Makeup in Fairy Dust Pink

Here's an oldie but goodie for #tbt, Sally Hansen's Fairy Dust Pink from the Magical Nail Makeup collection. Before holographic polishes became mainstream, this line of polishes was one of the few available back in the day.

The formula for holographic polishes has improved quite a bit since these first came on the scene, but they are still very eye-catching and unique, if you can work out the streaks and tolerate the vapors!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Vernis A Levres Plump Up Glossy Stain from the Pop Water Collection

The Yves Saint Laurent Pop Water Collection for Spring and Summer 2015 introduces us not only to some new shades of their ever popular Glossy Stains, but it also features a "Plump Up" version. Plump Up (#200) is a very pale milky pink, and it has the slightest hint of shimmer.

The official description reads:

Introducing the first Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain Plump-Up for long-lasting volume impact! Give your lips an instant push up effect from the first application. Enjoy the invigorating and hydrating effect thanks to the hyaluronic acid enriched formula. Instantly Lips look fuller and voluptuous with shine that lasts up to 6 hours. Available in one universal shade, layer under any YSL lip product for a couture lip or alone for a naturally full look.
How to use: Wear it alone or pair it with another lip product.

Plump Up, I'm both in love with you and at the same time, a little disappointed in you! Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient, always adds to the reason that I buy a product. It works well to hydrate my skin enough so that fine lines are nearly erased. While I don't have fine lines on my lips thankfully, I did hope Plump Up would make my lips look a bit fuller. I don't see any evidence of that, and I've been using this product daily for a solid 3 weeks.

On the plus side, I love the way this feels...not too glossy, not too tacky. Perfect.It adds little to no color, which is what I expected. Worn alone, it looks very nice. It's plenty shiny, has very subtle shimmer, and it lasts for hours. My lips do feel extra hydrated and soft, but I just wish it made my lips look fuller, as it states in the description.

Plump Up retails for $36.00, and is available at Yves Saint Laurent's web site, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and other retailers.


Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Scent: Fragrances of Ireland Inis the Energy of the Sea

We are finally starting to see warmer temperatures here, so it's time to start enjoying some of the fragrances I picked up during the colder months. I tend to start dreaming about Summer right after the holidays when the snow is piling up, so I seek out scents that remind me of the beach, fresh cut grass, delicate blooming flowers--anything to save me from those Winters of discontent. Just taking a quick sniff of some of these when they arrive, can lift my spirits. One of the "Summer" scents I bought a few months back and started wearing last week, is Inis the Energy of the Sea.  

This little gift set came from QVC, and it runs $23.88. Below is the description from QVC and the ingredients list on the packaging:

Perfect for men and women, day or night, Inis the Energy of the Sea is a truly universal scent inspired by summer days on the Atlantic coast. Taking its name from the Gaelic word for "island," Inis blends lemon, neroli, lily of the valley, cloves, oakmoss, and cedarwood to intoxicate and exhilarate whether sprayed, washed, or slathered on the skin. Luckily, with this trio, you get to do all three with a cologne spray, plus a luxurious shower gel and body lotion enriched with shea butter and the extract of seaweed hand harvested from Ireland's west coast. From Fragrances of Ireland.

  • 0.5-fl oz Inis the Energy of the Sea Cologne Spray
  • 1.7-fl oz Inis the Energy of the Sea Body Lotion
  • 1.7-fl oz Inis the Energy of the Sea Body & Shower Gel

This is a light fragrance, and layering it with the shower gel and body lotion gives it lasting power without intensifying the scent to an unfavorable level. Wearing the cologne spray alone, I find I need to reapply it about halfway through the day. It's a lovely scent for Summer, and I get compliments every time I wear it. It definitely reminds me of the beach, and it's crisp and clean, which is what I often look for in a Summer scent.

Fragrances of Irelend does not test on animals, so that's always a bonus. This is made in Ireland, and it's also available at several other online sites, including Amazon.