Sunday, March 1, 2015

First Look: Tarte Cosmetics


In the video below you will see some new items from skin care to makeup all from Tarte.

Below, you will also find swatches of the makeup products and a close look at the new neck cream, so let's get started.

Inside the box

This is a seriously rich cream, that's ready to moisturize your thirsty skin..
Next up is the new Park Avenue Princess Contour Palette:

The large brown circle is the Park Avenue  Princess bronzer. The pink blush is named  "Posh" and the palette is complete with a highlighter named champagne gold. 
Check the swatches on my hand

You can barely see the bronzer on my skin because it blends in, which is why I can't use it to contour. I have a single swatch  of  the blush in the middle and the highlighter is at the far end of my hand. The shot below may give you a better view:

Again you can see that the bronzer on the left side of my hand is barely visible. The swatches are in the same order as they appear in the palette pictured above.

Moving on we have a new blush named "Celebrated". Here is the cute new packaging:
The picture below was snapped in sunlight.
The shot below is in natural light outside of the sun's glare. This picture shows the true shade that you will see in the compact.
Swatch time:
Here is Celebrated with flash.
Here is Celebrated without flash:

  On to the lips, let's look at the packaging first.

On the left we have the Amazonian Butter lipstick in "Ethereal Pink" and on the right is the LipSurgence lip tint in the shade glitzy.
Caps off
Now it's swatch time
 LipSurgence is on the left and the Amazonian lipstick is on the right. Please check the video to really see the golden flecks that appear in the LipSurgence lip tint.

Thanks so much for watching!
Have you tried any of these new items? What would you like to see from Tarte?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's A Wig.Com - My Review

Hello All

This video features my very first wig which I received for review from the company You can purchase Its A Wig units from your local beauty supply shops where the wigs will be priced from $25-30 dollars. The unit that I am wearing is heat safe from 350-450 degrees.
There is a wide selection of wigs on the site, so feel free to check them out by clicking here .
Here is the link to the exact  lace front unit that I am wearing in this video
Wigs can help if we are trying to wear protective styles, change up your look or if we are simply too pressed for time to style your own hair.
 Thanks to It's A Wig for supplying me with this unit.

Monday, February 9, 2015

WNTW (What's New This Week)

Hello All

As usual I picked up a few items and I thought these particular treats might be of interest to you.

What treats have you picked up recently?
Thanks for watching.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Haul Time

Hello All
Here is my very late Sephora VIB haul. Please let me know what goodies you're loving now.
Thanks for watching.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Colour Pop Haul Lippie Products and Eye Shadows (swatches)

Hi All
I am sure that you have heard about the Colour Pop brand, but if you haven't please check out this video which includes swatches.

  Part 2 Eyeshadows

Have oyu tried anything from COlour Pop? If so please tell me what your thoughts on the brand.
Thanks for watching.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Black Friday Haul 2014


Here is my final video for 2014, and it is my Black Friday/ Cyber Monday haul video.
I purchased from just a few companies this year, but I hope you enjoy the video.
Thanks for watching and for your continued support.


Monday, December 22, 2014

How To Winterize Your Nails

The picture above is my awkward attempt at showing you freshly winterized nails. :-) I've been super busy the past three months and when that happens, my nails generally suffer. During that time,  I rarely found a moment to apply a clear coat of polish, which was evident by my dull peeling nails. Whenever I need to transition into the winter season or when my nails simply need a little love, I turn to my winterized nail  routine. 

First take a look at my dry nails, if you enlarge the picture you will see the visible ridges  and dehydrated appearance of my nails. 

Clearly these nails are in desperate need of repair. 

Step 1
I love to start by removing my excess cuticles. Although I have not blogged about this yet, my favorite cuticle remover is now  Vanish by Julep. Unlike other cuticle removers, I've noticed that you you can actually remove your cuticles immediately following application. However, it's recommended that you allow the product to remain on your cuticles for 30 second before attempting to remove the excess cuticles. The dropper applicator allows you to control the amount of product that is dispensed on each nail.
Vanish is priced at $16.00.

 I use the angled side of my trusty orange wood stick to remove the unwanted cuticles.  The pointy side of the wooden stick is then used to clean any unsightly remains from under my nails.

Step 2
Although the instructions that accompany Vanish, suggest that you wash your hands with soap and water after removing your cuticles. Before washing my hands I buff my nail bed just a bit with my Julep buffer, which I received in a Julep Maven box.

 Step 3
I now turn to my glass nail file to shape my nails. I also use my nail clipper to clean up any additional areas that may need attention.  The objective is to first address all of the steps in my nail care routine that would result in additional nail debris on the surface of my nails.

After shaping my nails properly, I am ready for the soaking process.

Step 4

Since it's difficult to separate our nails from the rest of our hands, I like to incorporate a step that will also cater to my entire hand. I take a bowl of warm water and I add in oils, pieces of a bath melt and a special milk based therapeutic spa treatment.

I break off a chunk of this paraben free bath melt which will soften the skin surrounding my nails as well as the rest of the skin on my hands.
I generally submerge both hands in the solution and soak my hands for 5-10 minutes.

 Next, I typically turn to a mild scrub which I use on my hands to further smooth out my skin.

 After completing this part of the process, I always see a drastic improvement in the appearance of my nails.

Step 5
If necessary I use a buffer to add a bit more shine and luster to my transformed nails.

Step 6

Now it's time to paint. I like to start with my $18.00 Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat by  Julep. This particular base coat is designed to smooth out any ridges that you may have on your nails. It's supposed to lay a smooth foundation before you apply your nail color.
Let's take a look at my nails after one application of this base coat.

 After two coats:

Step 7

I am ready to add a little color. Today, I applied Dahlia by Julep, which always reminds me of a shimmery version of curry powder. You can click here to shop this and other Julep nail polish  colors.

I used two coats of Dhalia.

Step 8

 I seal the entire process with a coat of the Julep Freedom Top Coat. Although I have never held my nails up to a light bulb to test out Julep's claim that the Freedom top coat can give you gel like results, I do know that when allowed to dry under normal conditions, it leaves my nails super shiny.

After my nails have dried completely, I like to add a little lotion to my hands to finalize the entire process.

Here is a final look at some of my most important pieces of the puzzle.

So do tell, how do you winterize your nails?
Thanks for reading!!!