Thursday

Quick LUSH Halloween Party Favor How-to

Products in this post were purchased by me


LUSH Pumkin Mumkin Bubble Bar Review and Party Favor Tutorial

Non-Food Halloween Party Favors

Happy Halloween! Don't forget to check out my Lichtenstein-inspired Halloween Pop Art Makeup Look!

If you're throwing a Halloween or fall party in your home or you have a similar situation to my son's class, this may be a great alternative for you instead of giving out candy and baked goods as party favors. I should preface this by explaining that I tend to go all-out when it comes to party favors! Also, I only have 2 little ones, so doing something like this may be more feasible for me than for those with more than 2. Do what works for you and obviously you can substitute things to suit your budget!

My youngest son goes to a small private school and a handful of the kids have extreme food allergies. As a result, the school cannot allow food to be brought in for holiday parties. Since today is his Fall Festival (aka Halloween party) I wracked my brain for something super cute and non-food related that he could bring in as favors for his class. Granted, he has a smaller class than some schools so this was within my budget to do, if you're having a themed party in your home (doesn't have to be Halloween) and you have some kids coming this may work for you as well. Obviously you don't have to use LUSH Pumkin Mumkin bubble bars, but they're one of my favorites and perfect for a fall party favor in my opinion!

Both my sons helped me put these favors together from start to finish and my youngest is beyond excited to hand them out today!

What You Need:

  • LUSH Pumkin Mumkin Bubble Bars - 1 per guest (obviously you can use anything you like, but this is what I used)
  • Foldable treat boxes - 1 per guest (I use these all the time even for non-food favors! They're cute and usually you can get them pretty cheap at places like the Christmas Tree Shop, Michaels, etc.)
  • Coordinating tissue paper - 1/2 sheet per guest (I used purple and cut each sheet in half)
  • Printer paper - 1 sheet per guest
  • Printer
  • Internet access (I didn't test the site below used to create the cards for its mobile functionality, but you may be able to access it via smartphone as well as computer)

Step 1 - Choose your favors!

As I mentioned above, we chose LUSH Pumkin Mumkin bubble bars, which I had previously reviewed a while back HERE. These were a huge hit with my kids and my youngest loves pumpkins so he loved the idea of giving these out! I went to my "local" (it's actually about an hour away) LUSH to grab these, but obviously most of LUSH's products are available online as well. 

Step 2 - Print and Decorate Fall Cards

Rather than purchasing little cards to go with these favors, I wanted my son to have a heavy hand in creating them. I found a free website that allows you to make printable, simple, somewhat customized cards. You can access it HERE. The cards aren't insanely amazing, but they worked for our purpose and my youngest got to color the pumpkins he chose for the front so it was more personalized! When I created the cards, I included instructions on how to use the Pumpkins in case this was anyone's first experience with LUSH bubble bars. My youngest wrote the name of each recipient on the inside of each card and signed his name as well--great for young ones practicing handwriting! 

how to make printable halloween cards
Here's my youngest hard at work on his cards!

Printable Pumpkin Halloween Cards
Aren't they cute?


Step 3 - Fold Favor Boxes and Fill with Tissue Paper

If you've never used these cute little treat boxes, they are super easy to fold and require very little time. I'd say they're pretty much frustration-free once you get the hang of it and they look adorable! I tend to like the ones made for cupcakes best because their square shape means most things will fit inside. After I folded them I had my son stuff them with the 1/2 sheet of tissue paper down at the bottom.

Halloween Party Favor How-to Tutorial Cupcake Box

Step 4 - Pop in Your Pumkin and You're Done!

Now that your boxes are all set up and filled with tissue paper, you can pop in your LUSH Pumkin Mumkin bubble bars (or whatever treat you've chosen instead). These boxes had a flap that folded over the top and they came with stickers to keep them shut. I had my youngest carefully put each Pumpkin inside and let him put the sticker on. He was super careful and did a fabulous job!


Isn't that cute?! I loved how adorable these little LUSH Pumkins were peaking out of their treat boxes! I'm sure the kids will love them, too.

Total cost per person was about $6.50 each. While this may not be feasible for a class party, it may work well for holiday parties in your home! And like I said, do what works for your family and budget!

Happy Halloween! Stay safe and have fun!

Wednesday

Antipodes Organic Skin Care Review

Press Sample

Antipodes Organic Skin Care Review

Antipodes Profile

Antipodes is a green beauty brand originally founded in and inspired by New Zealand. The brand produces natural products that they state are clinically and scientifically proven to benefit skin. Packaging features recyclable glass and aluminum as well as biodegradable card stock. The range of natural products they offer is impressive and all of the products I reviewed were certified organic.

Where to Buy

Antipodes products can be purchased directly through their US site HERE


Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser


Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Review

Product Type

This is a balm face cleanser meant to be applied to the face then wiped off with a warm, damp cloth.

On the Face

I'm a huge fan of balm cleansers because they generally work well with my dry, sensitive skin. This is one of the thickest, most hydrating balm cleansers I've used. This applies like a thick ointment and because it has no chemical detergents, it does not lather. It wipes off easily with a damp, warm cloth, but keep in mind that because it is so thick, it may require an extra minute or two for removal. It left my skin cleansed and hydrated. I found it removed my makeup well, including waterproof makeup.

Price

Antipodes Grape Butter Cleanser retails for $47 (75 grams/2.5 fl oz)

Where to Buy

This cleanser is available on Antipodes' US site HERE


Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner Review


Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner Review

Product Type

This is a spray-on facial toner meant to balance skin and reduce the appearance of pores. It is meant to be used up to 3x per day.

Scent

This has an initial scent that is somewhat citrus-y mixed with strong lavender and chamomile notes. The second this hits the face it absorbs quickly and the scent does not linger.

On the Face

As I mentioned above, this absorbs very quickly on the face. Because I have dry skin, I personally wouldn't use this 3x per day, but using it once per day kept my skin fairly happy! I didn't find it drying or hydrating. It is by far one of the more gentle spray-on toners I've used.

Price

Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Facial Toner retails for $34 (100 mL/3.5 fl oz).

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through Antipodes' US site HERE


Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum Review


Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening Tone-Correcting Serum Review

Product Type

This is a water-based serum that is meant to correct and even out skin tone.

Scent

This has the most fresh, delicious fruity smell--totally natural and not at all chemically smelling! It isn't overly strong and does not linger on the face, but I love it and wish it did!

On the Face

I used this in combination with the Divine Face Oil (see below) and found it left my skin hydrated and even looking. I don't suffer from a lot of hyper-pigmentation on my face, but sometimes my complexion looks a tad uneven overall. With this system I found my skin looked clearer and healthier!

Retail

Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum retails for $58 (30 mL/1 fl oz).

Where to Buy

This is available through Antipodes' US site HERE


Antipodes Divine Face Oil Avocado & Rose Hip Review


Antipodes Divine Face Oil Review

Product Type

This is a facial oil meant to be used to moisturize and nourish skin. I use facial oils such as this in place of conventional moisturizer creams.

Scent

This has a light, sweet, natural scent that is not overpowering. I prefer naturally scented face care, so I find scents like this pleasant.

On the Face

This is a fabulous face oil! I have been using oils to cleanse and hydrate my skin for years because they work well with my dry, sensitive skin. This oil smoothed into my face and absorbed well. My skin felt hydrated and firm with use. Loved this!

Price

Antipodes Divine Face Oil retails for $34 (25 mL/.9 fl oz).

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through Antipodes' US site HERE


Antipodes Organic Lip Balm with Lime Leaf & Cocoa Butter Review


Antipodes Organic Lip Balm Review

Product Type

This is a hydrating lip balm that can be used daily.

Scent/Flavor

This has a natural lime and cocoa butter scent. You can faintly taste the lip balm base while it is on your lips, but if you're accustomed to natural cocoa butter based balms this will probably be a familiar taste.

On the Lips

Given how much wear and tear my lips experience between daily lip product wear and lip swatches, I have to be really careful to take good care of my lips. This was a great balm to use!

Price

Antipodes Lip Balm retails for $9 (5 grams/.17 fl oz)

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through Antipodes' US site HERE


Final Re-Cap


Where to Buy

Antipodes products can be purchased directly through their US site HERE

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this skin care system! I found that the combination of all 5 products left my face and lips hydrated, incredibly clear and even. The texture of my skin was a bit firmer and the general color was pretty even. I'm a huge fan of organic skin care and a long-time oil-based product user. Antipodes has my seal of approval for sure! I highly recommend giving any or all of their products a try if you're a fan of these types of products. I also think these are great for those with sensitive skin (like me) or troubled skin. 

What do you think? Would you give any of these products a try?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Monday

Maijan and Maijan Baby Luxury Hair and Skin Oils Review

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Maijan luxury hair and skin treatment review and baby maijan review

Maijan and Maijan Baby Profile

Founded by Stylebell.com CEO Sapna Parikh, Maijan and Maijan Baby offer a wide variety of luxury oil treatments meant for use on the hair, skin and face. Playing an active role in Maijan and Maijan Baby products from beginning to end, Sapna has an impressive background in a number of fields including beauty product development, marketing, etc. Products in the Maijan and Maijan baby lines are cruelty-free and target a number of hair and skin needs without the use of sulfates, parabens or alcohol. None of these products have been tested on animals.

Where to Buy

Maijan and Maijan Baby products can be purchased through Stylebell.com HERE.


Maijan Hair and Skin Oil Treatments Review


Maijan Hair Oil Treatment Review

Product Type

Maijan offers a wide variety of oil treatment formulas meant to target different skin and hair needs. Products are paraben-, alcohol- and sulfate-free. All are cruelty-free and safe for chemically processed hair.

Maijan Oil Formulas

Maijan offers the following formulas (their purposes are noted as relayed by Maijan):
  • Organic Mustard Seed and Argan Oil - conditions hair, treats scalp/hair dryness, assists with hair growth
  • Organic Hemp Seed and Argan Oil Hair/Face - regenerates dry hair and skin
  • Pure Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment with Grapeseed and Essential Oils - nourishes scalp and protects against UV and environmental damage.
  • 100% Pure Moroccan Organic Argan Oil Treatment fragrance-free - softens and soothes troubled hair and skin
  • Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Serum - hair softening and de-frizzing for all hair types
  • Argan Oil Shimmer Shine Spray - lighter version of Leave-In Hair Serum
  • Deep Conditioning Boost Hair Oil Treatment - nourishes extremely dry, damaged hair and includes lavender oils
  • Dry Scalp Relief Hair Oil - relieves dryness and includes tea tree oil
  • Fine Hair Boost - promotes fullness in fine hair

Scents

Each of these formulas have unique scents as a result of the oils in them (the fragrance-free formula does not have much of a detectable scent). All scents were fairly light and pleasant and none were overpowering even when I left the oil treatments in my hair prior to washing them out.  Leave-in formula scents were light enough that they were subtle in my hair.

In the Hair

I tried all of these formula with the exception of the Fine Hair Boost because I have extremely thick, textured hair. These formulas left my hair shiny, noticeably hydrated and soft! It is actually very hard for me to find products that truly hydrate and soften my hair because of my hair type--these were a huge win! I also find that most hair products irritate my sensitive skin and calm, but these did not.

It is very dry up here in the fall and winter and for some reason this season has been dryer than most--we've had so many brush fires in the last week alone I've lost count. If this is something you struggle with, I strongly suggest giving the Dry Scalp Relief a try! Not only did it relieve my poor dry scalp, but it left my hair healthier looking and feeling. When using the wash-out formulas I used the droppers to apply oil directly to my scalp, massaged it in, then put several drops in my hands and worked it through the rest of my hair. I then threw my hair up in a bun with some bobby pins and let it soak in for a good 20 to 30 minutes prior to shower. This did wonders and all were easy to shampoo out. The leave-in conditioners did not leave my hair greasy, but there was noticeably more shine and softness.

Price

The formulas I reviewed are priced as follows:
  • Organic Mustard Seed and Argan Oil- $30 (2.0 oz)
  • Organic Hemp Seed and Argan Oil Hair/Face -$30 (2.0 oz)
  • Pure Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment with Grapeseed and Essential Oils -$30 (2.0 oz)
  • 100% Pure Moroccan Organic Argan Oil Treatment fragrance-free -$30 (2.0 oz)
  • Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Serum -$30 (3.4 oz)
  • Argan Oil Shimmer Shine Spray -$30 (3.4 oz)
  • Deep Conditioning Boost Hair Oil Treatment - $30 (2.0 oz)
  • Dry Scalp Relief Hair Oil - $30 (2.0 oz)
  • Fine Hair Boost - $30 (2.0 oz)

Where to Buy

All of these Maijan hair and skin oil treatments are available on StyleBell.com HERE.

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of using oil masks and treatment in my hair--some of the only effective things for my hair type. I loved each formula I used and found all to be super effective in my hair! My hair type is extremely thick and textured. If you find that oil treatments work well for your hair type I strongly recommend giving any of these formulas a try!


Maijan Baby Massage Oil Review


Maijan Baby Massage Oil Treatment Review

Product Type

 Maijan Baby massage oils are hand-blended, natural oils meant to hydrate and protect delicate skin. This line is all-natural and free of synthetic fragrances. None were tested on animals.

Maijan Baby Massage Oil Formulas

Maijan Baby offers the following massage oil formulas:
  • Infant Massage Oil fragrance-free - non-greasy oil meant to hydrate and protect sensitive skin
  • Lavender Infant Massage Oil - can be used daily to hydrate skin and promote relaxation
  • Eucalyptus Infant Massage Oil - can be used daily to moisturize skin

Scents

  • Infant Massage Oil fragrance-free - no real scent
  • Lavender Infant Massage Oil - natural lavender
  • Eucalyptus Infant Massage Oil -natural eucalyptus

Price

These each retail for $9.95 (4.0 oz)

Where to Buy

These can be purchased on StyleBell.com HERE.

My Thoughts

While my kids are no longer babies, they are young and I did use all 3 of these on them. They worked well--absorbing fast and hydrating their skin well! I would recommend giving these a try on your skin if you like to use natural oils as moisturizers (which I do!) or you're looking for something for your little ones. These could make great new baby gifts or Christmas gifts for an expectant mommy!

What do you think? Have you tried oil treatments in your hair? Are you interested in trying any of these?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 


VUESET Pro Palettes and Cases Review

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vueset pro palette makeup, hair and nail storage cases review

VUESET Pro Palette and Case Profile

Created by veteran hair stylist and makeup artist Brenda Green, VUESET offers a line of super versatile, functional pro palettes and cases meant to store a broad variety of products and tools. Palettes and cases are made of high-quality acrylic, making it easy to see what they hold within, and designed to neatly stack on top of one another.

I should note that in order to make sure I kept the different models organized while reviewing, I peeled off the clear stickers that came on the protective sleeve of each palette or case and put it on the back of each one. You could easily purchase clear stickers from office supply stores or online and print or write (with permanent marker) the names and shades of the products you store inside of these palettes and cases.

How many times have you guys considered purchasing those plastic, sectioned-off containers at craft stores to store some of your supplies? Trust me, these are sturdier, more secure and they're 100% clear!

Where to Buy

VUESET palettes and cases can be purchased directly through the brand's site HERE.


VUESET Bonanza Pro Palette Case Review


vueset bonanca pro palette case review

Product Type

This is a 15 compartment acrylic pro palette case meant to store cosmetic products. This pro palette case is 4.5" x 4" x 1.25".

Storage Flexibility

Given its size and the number of compartments, this case will easily allow you to store a number of cream products, small decorative supplies (glitter, rhinestones, etc.) and just about anything else you can think to fit within it as long as they're fairly small. I can see a pro palette case such as this being especially appealing for both makeup artists and nail techs or makeup and nail enthusiasts.

vueset bonanca pro palette makeup, hair, nail case review

Price

The VUESET Bonanza retails for $14.

Where to Buy

The VUESET Bonanza can be found on the VUESET site HERE.


VUESET Disco Prima Pro Palette Case Review


Vueset disco prima pro palette case review for hair, makeup and nails

Product Type

This is a multi-functional pro palette case with 1 large compartment and 12 small compartments of varying sizes. This pro palette case is 9" x 4" x 1.25".

Storage Flexibility

Given its setup, the large compartment can easily hold longer items such as pencils, liners, dotting tools, etc. The small compartments can easily hold cream products or small embellishment supplies (glitter, rhinestones, etc.). I tried a number of brushes in the longer compartment, but as I prefer longer brush handles such as MAC, Royal & Langnickel, etc. they did not fit. If you have brushes (such as travel size) with shorter handles they may fit well in the longer compartment.

Vueset disco prima pro palette case review for hair, makeup and nails

Price

The VUESET Disco Prima pro palette case retails for $18.

Where to Buy

The Disco Prima is available through VUESET's site HERE.


VUESET Star Nova Pro Palette Case Review


Vueset Star Nova pro palette case review for makeup, nails and hair professionals

Product Type

The VUESET Star Nova pro case has a single, long compartment. This pro case is 9" x 4" x 1.25".

Storage Flexibility

Because it has one single compartment, the VUESET Star Nova offers incredible versatility. You can easily store makeup brushes, nail brushes, pencils, liners, and more inside.

Price

The VUESET Star Nova retails for $18.

Where to Buy

The Star Nova can be purchased through VUESET's site HERE.


VUESET Tahiti Pro Palette Case Review


Vueset Tahiti pro palette case review for makeup artists, hair stylists, nail techs

Product Type

The VUESET Tahiti pro palette case offers 24 identical compartments. This pro palette case is 4.5" x 4" x 1.25".

Storage Flexibility

This pro palette case is perfect for storing cream products you need in limited amounts (lipstick, concealer, color correctors, etc.) as well as small decorative supplies (glitter, rhinestones, etc.). I love that it offers 24 sections in such a compact case!

vueset tahiti pro palette case review for makeup artist, nail tech and hair stylist organization

Price

The VUESET Tahiti pro palette case retails for $14.

Where to Buy

The Tahiti can be purchased through VUESET's site HERE.


VUESET Taxi Pro Palette Case Review


Vueset Taxi pro palette hair stylist review

Product Type

The VUESET Taxi pro palette case offers 5 compartments. This pro palette case is 4.5" x 4" x 1.25".

Storage Flexibility

While this can easily store a decent volume of cream products, this also makes it easy to store beauty and hair tools such as q-tips, bobby pins (multiple sizes), clips, safety pins, etc.

vueset taxie pro case review for bobby pin storage

Price

The VUESET Taxi pro palette case retails for $16.

Where to Buy

The Taxi pro palette case is available on VUESET's site HERE.


VUESET Viking Jack Pro Palette Case Review


Vuset Viking Jack pro palette review for makeup artists

Product Type

The VUESET Viking Jack pro palette case offers 12 identical compartments. This pro palette case is 4.5" x 4" x 1.25".

Storage Flexibility

To me, this is the perfect little palette for cream products when you want a bit more on-hand. You can also easily use this to store other products such as glitters, rhinestones, nail stickers, adhesives, etc.

Vuset Viking Jack pro palette review for makeup artist kit organization


Price

The VUESET Viking Jack pro palette case retails for $14.

Where to Buy

The Viking Jack can be purchased directly through VUESET's site HERE.


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Where to Buy

VUESET palettes and cases can be purchased directly through the brand's site HERE.

My Thoughts

I love palettes and cases such as this that allow you to use them as you wish! I also love the uniformity between the sizes, making it easy to stack and store them at makeup, hair or nail stations as well as in train cases, drawers, etc. I know quite a few pros that love VUESET (it's not hard to see why) and I can see these being very appealing to beauty enthusiasts that want more compact ways to store hair, makeup and nail supplies and products. I think the prices are fabulous for the value and the acrylic has proven to be sturdy during the time I tested them. I did find that some of the smaller cases and palettes were a tiny bit harder to open (though not difficult enough to make them less functional), but I love that the lids are super secure--it's a bit of a catch-22. You definitely don't want your products and supplies spilling out in transit! The variety of different compartment sizes is great and even the smallest compartment can hold a fair amount of product because of the depth of the palettes and cases.

If you're interested in purchasing these, I'd recommend determining what you wish to store in them ahead of time and then purchasing the models that best suit your needs. I think you'll find these super functional and convenient. I can see these being added to quite a few holiday wishlists this season!

What do you think? Could you use VUESET pro palettes and cases to better organize your beauty products and supplies?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Sunday

KBShimmer Winter 2013 Release Info Including Blogger Collection

Info in this post was provided by PR/the brand

KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of 22 new colors to their 3-Free glitter polish line.  Owner Christy Rose says “This winter, we are set to release the largest amount of new polishes to date.  We were honored to work with a great group of bloggers to create a stunning set of winter and holiday inspired polishes.  These eleven polishes will release alongside additional polishes designed by KBShimmer to capture the joy, color and wonder that surrounds us all.”

The blogger collection includes three glitter top coats, four sparkling jellies, two glitter creally polishes, one matte, and one shimmering cream.  “We are launching eleven unique polishes that capture the feelings of winter and the winter holidays.  Each blogger had a different idea, and it was so fun working with them to create a polish that told their story.” says Rose.

Returning this year a charity polish. “Kringle All The Way is this year’s charity polish.  $4 from each bottle will be used to purchase toys for Toys For Tots.  Last year we raised over $800 and we hope to top that this year!” says Rose. “In addition to several holiday and winter themed polishes, we are also excited to release our first set of multi-chrome and linear holographic polishes. We think that this release is our most exciting to date!”  All 22 polishes are set for release Friday, November 1st at KBShimmer.com and will retail for $8.75 for a 15 ml bottle.  KBShimmer will also be offering free priority shipping through 12/31 for all orders over $50.

KBSHIMMER – BLOGGER 2013 COLLECTION


Christmas Now - Crystal from Crystal’s Crazy Combos – A green jelly with multi-colored squares, circles, and stars. 3 Coats Recommended

Green Hex And Glam – Kayla from Kayla Shavonne - A forest green jelly with holographic hex glitters.  Best in 3 coats.

I’d Rather Be With Blue – Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary - A light blue is a matte polish with subtle iridescent shimmer sparkles like the snow.  2 Coats Recommended

Snow Much Fun  - Victoria from The Manicurator - A  light blue jelly  with light blue holo glitter, white glitters in several sizes and finishes, a sprinkling of micro holographic glitter, and white snowflake glitter. 3 Coats Recommended


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Merry Pinkmas – Cris from Let Them Have Polish - A light cotton candy pink polish featuring red, green and neon glitters in a variety of shapes.  2-3 Coats Recommended

Plum Tuckered Out – Sheila from Pointless CafĂ© - A rich plum color with blue shimmer. 2-3 Coats Recommended

Toast-ess With The Mostest  - Valesha from Peachy Polish - A clear glitter topper loaded with glitters in shades of gold, silver and pink in circles and hex shapes to mimic champagne.  1 Coat Recommended

I Only Have Ice For You – Sarah from Chalkboard Nails - Clear top coat with shimmering white flakes and holographic glitters. 1 Coat Recommended


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Strung Out- Jackie from Candy Coated Tips - A black jelly polish with circle “light” glitters in gold, silver, green, blue, red.  1-2 Coats Over Black Recommended

Sand In My Stocking – Jen The PolishAholic - A golden toned sand inspired polish with pops of orange, aqua, and holographic stars.  1 Coat Recommended

Will Yule Marry Me? – Chelsea from The Nail Network - A navy blue creally with sparkling silver holo circle and hex holo glitter.  2 Coats Recommended


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KBSHIMMER– Winter 2013 COLLECTION


Kringle All The Way- 2013 Toys For Tots Charity Polish  - A glitter top with circle glitters in red, green, and silver.  1 Coat Recommended

All Elf’d Up - A white creally with hex glitters and micro slices in red, green and sliver.  3 Coats Recommended

Snow Flaking Way - A deep indigo jelly base with violet and sky blue holographic glitters and sliver holographic snowflakes. 3 Coats Recommended

When The Doves Sigh - A warm gray creally filled with fuchsia circles, square and hex glitters.  Turquoise, sapphire, and chrome hexes, micro slices and circles swim among micro holographic sparkles.  2 Coats Recommended


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Pigment of Imagination - This multi-chrome polish shifts depending on the angle and the light, from blue, to purple, to red, and more. 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Myth You Lots (Holographic) - Similar in shift to Pigment of Imagination, this multi-chrome also has a linear holo! 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Shade Shifter - A multi-chrome polish that changes depending on light and angle from cyan, to blue, to red orange, to purple, and more.  1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Rollin’ With The Chromies (Holographic) - Similar in shift to Shade Shifter, this multi-chrome also has a linear holo! 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended


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Urban Camo - A multi-chrome polish that shifts from a pretty pistachio green, to a bright green, to silver, to a soft pink almost lavender color depending on the light and viewing angle. 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Pretty in Punk (Holographic) - Similar in shift to Urban Camo, this multi-chrome also has a linear holo! 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Maybe Navy - A deep blue polish is filled with shimmering flakes. 2-3 Coats Recommended
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On Sale And Shipping November 1, 2013

KBShimmer products can be found at Http://www.KBShimmer.com.  For sales outside of the US visit http://www.HarlowandCo.org.

KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose.  KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application.  KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products.

Saturday

Halloween Pop Art Lichtenstein Inspired Makeup Look

What is Pop Art?

Pop Art was an artistic movement in the 50s and 60s that focused primarily on iconic images and people. You're probably familiar with many pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Pop Art has recently become trendy once again in the makeup world--which isn't shocking given how inspiring this movement was and is. You can easily google or wiki Pop Art if you're interested to learn more!

Roy Lichtenstein was inspired by comic strips, the affects of which can be seen in his work. I love this style and wanted to create a Halloween look loosely based on some of his work. This has become very popular this year and I've seen a number of fellow bloggers and makeup artists recreate their own versions. My look is not based on anyone else's work with the exception of Roy Lichtenstein's. I think it's important we make our makeup our own--it is a form of art after all!

I'm going to show you 3 different phases of this look. I think it's fun to see the progression! The first was after I created the features, the second shows the addition of the falsies, the third shows the full look including the dots. I know it's a bit hard to see the side of my face where I drew in my cheek bones--my silly hair has a mind of its own--but it's there!

I'll include a full list of everything I used at the bottom. I wanted to challenge myself to do this with products I already owned, making it a really "cheap" Halloween look!

It's such a fun look I may go around like this all the time! Just kidding, too much work, but I would if I could!


Halloween Pop Art Phase 1 - Features Only

This was the first phase of this look after I had created an even canvas (on my face), did some contouring on my cheeks, and emphasized/outlined my features. In this phase, I looked essentially like a cartoon. Rather than changing my existing features, I modeled this look after my own and emphasized the shape of my features.

halloween cartoon makeup tutorial

halloween cartoon makeup tutorial


Halloween Pop Art Phase 2 - Addition of Falsies

In the first phase I had drawn on some lashes, but I really wanted to play up the idea of this being an over-the-top illustration of myself, so I added on some of my favorite falsies. You can see how it changed the look here.

Halloween pop art makeup look

Halloween Japanese Manga Girl Pop Art Makeup Tutorial Comic Strip


Halloween Pop Art Phase 3 - Dots!

The dots. This was probably the one aspect I stressed out about the most ahead of time and the one thing that was the least stressful while creating the look--ironic! I went through about 12 pencils ahead of time trying to find the right shade. I finally landed on a lip pencil that I think worked really well.

Halloween pop art makeup tutorial

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comic book makeup tutorial

pop art comic book makeup tutorial

halloween pop art comic book makeup tutorial roy lichtenstein


What I used for my Halloween Pop Art Makeup Look

All of these products are items I already had within my (admittedly large) collection, so this Halloween look will cost me nothing! For anything I've previously reviewed, I linked it below within the list.


What would I do differently the second time around?

Overall I'm pleased with this look, but the second time around I'd use the inglot gel liner on my eyebrows. Given that I have black brows (which are sparse) I sometimes find them to be too harsh if I use anything other than powder so I'm a little overly cautious about them. Obviously the point of this look was that all features were supposed to be bold, but when doing the look I got a little apprehensive and stuck with black brow powder instead. Next time I'll be comfortable making them 100% bold with the gel. I would also take my cheek bone line in further. I followed the natural hollow of my cheek here, which isn't very long because of the shape of my face. For the purpose of this look and because of my hair, I'd actually take it an inch or so further towards the center of my face. Because I have a heart shaped face, I found outlining the edge of the bottom of my face kind of hard. I moved the line half a billion times, but I think I'd play around with that some more just for kicks. In person it was easy to see, in pictures not always.

All in all, it was a fun look to create! It took a decent amount of time for me to do this and if you're a perfectionist like me, I suggest making sure you have a good block of time cut out to play around. I did try this look with white dots instead of pinky-red dots. I liked the way it looked against my skin tone, but unfortunately it was hard to make sure every dot was opaque with the pencil I had--the formula was a tiny bit thin. I actually think the lip liner I went with in the end for the dots was the best of the dozen or so pencils I tried! 

If you try to create a Pop Art makeup look my biggest piece of advice is to make it your own and do what feels right! It doesn't have to look identical to mine or anyone else's ;)

What do you think? Have you tried to create a Pop Art makeup look? What will you be wearing for Halloween?

Friday

Paul & Joe Beaute Holiday 2013 Collections

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Paul & Joe Beaute Profile

Founded in Paris in 1967, Paul & Joe launched its whimsical beauty line--Paul & Joe Beaute--in 2002. Perhaps best known for their beyond adorable cat shaped blushers, Paul & Joe Beaute offers a wide variety of themed cosmetics that are the epitome of dainty girly-ness. Paul & Joe has released their fabulous Christmas collection, which consists of a number of different products--including the much-loved cat blushers! I recently shared Paul & Joe's wonderful fall collection HERE. If I have the opportunity to swatch and review any of the holiday products I'll be sure to share!

Where to Buy

Paul & Joe Beaute products can be purchased online at a number of authorized retailers, which can be found through their site HERE

Paul and Joe Glossy Lip Color Holiday 2013 Swatches and Review

paul and joe limited edition eye and cheek color set holiday 2013 cat blusher

paul and joe treatment balm review holiday 2013

What do you think? Will you be grabbing any of these Paul & Joe Beaute items for yourself or others this holiday season?

Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Natural Collagen Face Masque and Nanogold Repair Natural Collagen Eye Pads Review

Press Sample

Knesko Skin Profile

Founded by beauty expert Lejla Cas, Knesko Skin offers luxurious spa skin treatments in the form of face masques and eye pads that can be used in the comfort of your home. They have been developed to rejuvenate and repair your skin and well-being, inside and out. 

As a big fan and regular user of face masks, I can tell you that from my experience these are the cadillac of face masks in comparison to many others you can use at home.

Where to Buy

Knesko Skin face masques and eye pads can be purchased directly through Knesko Skin's site HERE as well as through authorized beauty retailers and spas listed HERE.


Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Natural Collagen Face Masque Review


Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Natural Collagen Face Masque Review
The Diamond Radiance mask comes in 2 pieces--upper and lower.

Product Type

This is a face masque meant to do the following according to Knesko Skin:

  • Rejuvenates the skin, improving its youthful radiance and glow
  • Brightens the skin, instantly reducing signs of fatigue
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Neutralizes free radicals with powerful anti-oxidants
  • Increases hydration and protects the skin from further moisture loss
It is paraben-free, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and ophthalmologist recommended. 

The Masque

This face masque is unlike any I can remember using. Rather than being made of fabric or paper, it felt as though it was made of silicone, which had been drenched in the skin treatment serum. The Diamond Radiance face masque uses Diamond Powder (according to Knesko Skin), which penetrates deep to deliver its skin-beneficial qualities. This mask also contains Jojoba oil, Marine Collagen, Hyaluronic Acide and CoQ10. 

Scent

This has the most amazing scent as a result of the aromatherapeutic rose essential oil used in the Diamond Radiance line. I love rose essential oils, so this was heaven to me! It's strong enough that you can detect it while wearing the mask, but light enough that it not overpowering by any means.

On the Face

This mask is meant to be worn for 20-30 minutes--I wore it for the full 30. Knesko suggests placing the packet containing the mask in the freezer or warm water for 5 minutes prior to use depending on the season and your preference. Given how cold it is right now, I let mine sit in warm water for 5 minutes prior to use and the warmth of the mask was amazing once applied!

While wearing this mask I found I had a slight tingling coldness all over my face, but it was not uncomfortable. I did not have any irritation with my sensitive skin during or after. Wearing the mask can be done while sitting up from my experience, but I found it more relaxing laying down with it on. However, if you're like me and constantly doing something, this can definitely be used while you're upright in my opinion.

I'm not sure if my face is just a bit smaller or if the mask is actually large on everyone, but I did find that I had to overlap the upper and lower pieces in order to get both on my face. I also found that the nose section was very large on my nose. While it doesn't say you can trim the mask, if you find yours is as large on your face as mine was (I had at least 1/2 of an inch extra past the tip of my nose), I'd suggest trimming it as I later did because it made breathing through my nose a bit difficult as the end sucked in over one nostril each time I inhaled. Again, this may not be an issue for everyone as faces come in all sizes and shapes.

When I removed the mask, there was a little bit of the serum left on my face. I massaged this into my skin as directed and it quickly absorbed. I did use my regular face cream within half an hour because my skin can get very dry very quickly in the fall and winter without extra hydration.

I know you guys are dying to see what this looks like on, so for those of you that don't follow me on instagram (I posted a sneak peek earlier) here you go!

Face mask review similar to Japanese paper mask, Knesko Skin face masque

No makeup and just the Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Face Masque--only for you guys!

 Price

These retail for $150 (set of 4 masks)

Where to Buy

The Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Face Masques can be purchased directly through Knesko HERE as well as through authorized beauty retailers and spas listed HERE.

My Thoughts

I loved this mask and the way it worked on my skin--its purple iridescent glow was such a fun detail, too! It was easily one of the nicest I've ever used and my skin looked and felt amazing afterwards--firmer and brighter. The price tag may be a little high for some, but if you think about the fact that these average out to $37.50 each, while a basic facial at a high-end spa (at least up here) is easily over double that and you have to make time for it (plus drive there and back), you may find these are actually more economical if this is something you like to treat yourself to. 


Knesko Skin Nanogold Repair Eye Pads


Knesko Skin Nanogold Repair Eye Pads Review

Product Type

Eye pads meant for use under eyes. They do the following according to Knesko Skin's site:


  • Ophthalmologist approved and recommended
  • Diminishes puffiness, dark circles and signs of fatigue
  • Helps firm, brighten and hydrate the under eye area
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Conveniently portable for use when traveling or on-the-go

These are paraben-free, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and ophthalmologist recommended. 

The Eye Pads

According to Knesko Skin, these eye pads use nanogold particles to stimulate circulation and temperature, allowing your skin to better absorb the skin-beneficial ingredients. These pads include Marine Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acide as well as Aloe Vera. They are meant to reduce fine lines/wrinkles and reduce puffiness. 

Scent

These are also scented with rose essential oil--which you know I love.

Under the Eyes

These pads sit nicely under each eye. I prefer cold items as opposed to warm under my eyes, so I chilled these prior to use and they felt amazing! These have the same silicone-like feel to them and they are also drenched in serum. I could not find instructions on the packet as to how long to leave these on for, so I assumed it was the same as the face masks and left them on for 20. I had no irritation with use. 

Price

These retail for $50 (set of 4 pairs)

Where to Buy

The Knesko Skin Nanogold Repair Eye Pads can be purchased directly through Knesko HERE as well as through authorized beauty retailers and spas listed HERE.

My Thoughts

I love eye care product! I've been wearing a decent amount of eye makeup daily for 16+ years, so I take great care to treat my eye skin well. These are absolutely the type of products I look for and I would definitely purchase these and use them again! They are so incredibly luxe and my under-eyes looked refreshed after use. I think these could make a great treat for yourself or someone you know--Chritmas gift or stocking stuffers perhaps? If I was getting married (again), I'd totally buy a set of these and split them up and put them in my bridesmaids' gifts. This could also make a great gift for new moms--I swear I never had circles under my eyes until my kids were born!

If you tend to splurge on skin care, I definitely recommend checking out Knesko Skin!

What do you think? Would you purchase either of these products for yourself or gift them this holiday season?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.

Thursday

OCC Launches "Everyday is Halloween" Collection - Halloween Sets

The following information has been provided by PR

OCC Has Launched Limited Edition Halloween Sets!

The Adonis

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Admonis Collection

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Admonis Collection

The Madcap Madame 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Madcap Madame

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Madcap Madame

The Scream Queen

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Scream Queen

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Scream Queen

The Venomous Vixen 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Venomous Vixen

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics The Venomous Vixen

Collection Info From OCC

For Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Halloween isn’t just a holiday-- it’s a lifestyle! 

Right in time for Halloween, OCC unearths Everyday is Halloween, a limited edition collection composed of four makeup sets that feature a mix of new products, “resurrected” faves from OCC’s past, and best-selling classics! Each set is coordinated by OCC artists to be utilized either for wearable, every day looks or more dramatic applications! All productsin the sets are full-sized, they include a Lip Tar™, a Nail Lacquer, and two pots of a colour (including Loose Colour Concentrate and Cosmetic Glitter), to be used on their own or together for an array of looks. Two of the sets feature brand-new releases: Loose Colour Concentrate in ‘Atlas’ (golden champagne shimmer) and Nail Lacquer in ‘Just The Same’ (deep blue 
velvet shimmer).

David Klasfeld, CEO/Creative Director, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics had this to say about the Everyday is Halloween collection: ”Halloween is certainly my favorite holiday, and I think most makeup artists and enthusiasts can say the same. Working with The Misfits on this project is amazing because they’re men and women of every background and style -- exactly our target audience.”

Everyday is Halloween launches Friday, October 18th, 2013 exclusively on OCCMakeup.com and at the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics boutique in Manhattan for $42.50 USD each.

What do you think? Will you be grabbing any of these fun OCC sets?