Friday, September 22, 2017

CPNA Beauty: Kokie Cosmetics Fall Polish Picks

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Friday and first day of Fall! In a previous post, I shared Kokie Cosmetics, a brand that I was introduced to while attending Cosmoprof North America in July. In my first post, I had shared my top nail polish picks from Kokie for the summer, and as promised, I am now back to share my Fall picks! Below are the shades that really caught my attention while at the show, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Let's check them out!

Cosmic Dust
Two coats plus top coat

Out of all the shades from this post, Cosmic Dust is probably my favorite! The dark charcoal base is loaded up with green shimmers that are much more obvious than my camera would capture. As the days get shorter, I particularly love wearing dark hues on my nails; this one certainly hits the spot nicely! The formula of Cosmic Dust is a little thicker than the rest of the polishes in this post, and thicker than a lot of mainstream polishes in general for that matter, and I LOVE it!

Under the Sea
Two coats

Hello, gorgeous! I've been finding myself particularly drawn to creme finishes recently, and Under the Sea is a fantastic choice for the fall! Rather than being a true blue, it has a hint of teal with a kiss of dustiness that I simply adore. The formula is also fantastically smooth so it was easy to fall in love with this beauty!

Euphoria
Three coats plus top coat

I went back and forth on my decision to include Euphoria in this post, but in the end, it is far too pretty to leave out. In the bottle, Euphoria looks like a gorgeous multichrome-like polish that shits from a darkened gold to green to indigo, and if this is what attracts you to this particular polish, I'm afraid you will likely end up disappointed. While there is the obvious shifting as you rotate your bottle in your hands, you likely won't see these transitions on your nails. This type of colour shifting seems to require extreme angles to be seen, and finger nails just aren't curved that much. Changing the light source and angles of my hands from my eyes didn't change things. So why am I still including it? If you can get past the disappointment of colour shifts, Euphoria is an exquisite golden bronze hue that screams HELLO AUTUMN! The formula is also super smooth and easy to apply with a minimal streaky finish.

Indulge
Three coats plus top coat

Indulge is a magnificent plummy shade although it has photographed a little more on the red side for me than it should have. It certainly is a very red leaning purple shade, but it is a little more purple than these photos will lead you to believe. Rich and creamy, it is another fantastic addition to your fall polish lineup!

Café Ole
Two coats plus top coat

If you aren't quite ready to make the leap from summery brights to fall vampy hues, Café Ole is the perfect solution! This neutral hue will keep you looking professional if you can't wear those darker shades at work, and even if you can wear whatever colours you want, it serves as a refreshing palette cleanser before you jump into your next shade. The formula is a little on the thinner side although it is still easy to work with. I ended up only using two coats for opacity for these photos, but you may find you need a third coat if you tend to paint with thinner coats.

There you have it, dear readers, my top five polish picks for the Fall from Kokie Cosmetics! I selected these particular polishes because not only are the colours on point for autumn, the formulas are really nice to work with and I love the assorted finishes. Now if only I can narrow this list down to what I should put on my toes this weekend.....

What do you think about my polish selections from Kokie Cosmetics for this autumn? Is there one in particular that is grabbing your attention? What types of colours and finishes do you like the wear during the fall? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CPNA Beauty: Testing Products from Palladio Beauty

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Greetings, dear readers! I am still working diligently to test and write up my reviews of the various products I brought back with me from Cosmoprof North America. I definitely have my work cut out for me! While it has been a little slower process than I had hoped, I really want to give all the products the time and attention they deserve. With only a week and a half left this month, I don't think I'll have everything completed by my self-imposed September deadline, and I hope you don't mind the wait as I continue to share items with you! Now let's jump in on today's post!


One of the brands I visited with at the show was Palladio Beauty, and I brought a few items back with me to test out and review. Palladio is not a new to me brand, and their rice paper oil absorbing blotting tissues have found a home in my purse for a few years now! I've picked up a few things at my local Sally's before, and I was thrilled to be able to try out even more products. Let's jump in and check them out!


As someone with oily to combination skin, I definitely want my primers to have a mattifying effect on my skin! Their new Rice Primer is lightly tinted to help blur out skin imperfections and even skin tone. While this product does contain dimethicone that gives many primers an ultra slippery feeling, the additional ingredients keep it from having too much slip. The final result is a truly matte and smooth finish on the skin. While testing this with my makeup, my face definitely kept a matte appearance and my foundation stayed in place all day long! 


This is the Under Eyes Disguise Full-Coverage Concealer in the shade Toffee, and it is definitely the best match for my skin tone! This liquid concealer is lightweight and blends out easily with a skin-perfecting finish.


I blended out this concealer over three black lines on my skin with carefully placed layers on product. It does conceal pretty well, but you will have to build it up if you want more coverage. It dries quickly to a cream-like consistency so you will want to work quickly with this particular concealer. While I liked it for some spot coverage on my face, I didn't care for this under my eyes as I felt it just slipping around and caking up under my eyes, even after setting it.


I brought home the Rice Powder in the shade Translucent so I could really place with it as a setting powder! While the lid could stay affixed to the container, I opted to break the taped seal so I could gently tap the powder I wanted to use into the lid for each use. I also comes with a little puff for application although I personally am not a fan of it and preferred to just use a large brush. The compact size is nice for portability if you prefer to travel even with loose powders over pressed, but the small size did made getting product out with a brush a little problematic.


This is what the Rice Powder looks like on my skin before brushing it out. It definitely absorbed the oil from my skin! I used it a few different ways and have thoughts on each of them. First of all, I tried this on my skin with no other makeup just as a means of controlling oil. I LOVED it! It certainly kept the oil on my face under control and it didn't cake up or give strange lines on my face. I also used this Rice Powder to set my makeup, and this is where I started having issues. I don't know if it is just my body chemistry, but when I used this to set my under eye concealer, my under eyes ended up looking so dry and crepe-thin: definitely not a good look! It would set the rest of my makeup nicely and felt comfortable as long as I did NOT use the Rice Primer I shared earlier in this post. Having the two products together was just far too drying on my skin although I did not notice this issue when used in combination with other primers. If you have dry skin, this might be too effective at removing excess oil from your skin and leave your skin longing for a drink.


I did not win the lottery when it came to my eyes- I have very oily and hooded eyelids, so my cat-eye makeup has to be kept much smaller that what others can do. That being said, I still played around with the FIFTY-FIFTY! On one end is a fiber-tipped liquid liner while the other has a super soft kajal cone crayon.


The left is the liquid liner and the right is the kajal. I can never seem to get kajal to stay in place on my oily skin so I didn't really use that side much and stuck primarily to the liquid liner. The first thing to note is while there is definitely nice colour payout with the liner if you are able to hold it at a slight angle and add pressure, you do not get the rich black shade if you use a lighter hand. Due to my eye shape, I cannot hold this liner at the angles needed for a heavier application and found myself having to repeatedly go over the light lines to darken them up on my eyes. While that wasn't a deal breaker, it was frustrating for me to apply this eyeliner only to have it smudge away an hour or two later. It just wasn't the most compatible with my oily lids no matter what I tried.


If your eyes are the window to your soul, one of your most important features naturally must be the brows that frame them! I am a powder or pencil person when it comes to my eyebrows, although I was happy to try out the BROW OBSESSED mousse with fibers. I was given the shade Light/Medium which I found to be a little too light for me, but since I had added lighter highlights to my hair, I was eager to try out a lighter shade. It applies with a little spoolie, and I was not a fan! Please keep in mind this is a different type of brow product than I am used to so I have nothing to compare it too, but I found the spoolie to be too firm and the scratching sensation on my eyebrows was really uncomfortable. I also have a few sparse areas in my brows that I felt this did nothing to help fill out just by combing my eyebrows alone. It's not a product for me but I would love to hear your thoughts if you've tried this or similar type products!




Palladio Beauty continues on with their two-in-one product with their two-sided mascara to add extra VA-VA-VOOM to your natural lashes! This is a great mascara because the undercoat, or Step 1, operates as a normal mascara to give your lashes a natural look for the day. When you want to add more drama to your lashes, you can then coat your lashes with the fiber-filled step 2 to add volume and length to your natural lashes. While I did like the first undercoat on my lashes, it was still a pretty basic mascara that didn't seem to do anything special to my eyelashes. Adding the second step with fibers definitely added oompf to my eyelashes, but the effect was more spidery than I like.


Here I am wearing the Double Agent mascara with both under and overcoats, Fifty-fifty eyeliner (liquid side only), and the Brow Obsessed mousse.


Another product I tested (that my toddler ran off with while I was photographing my product shot at the top of this post) was this stunning Velvet Matte Metallic cream lip color in the shade Ritzy. This gorgeous metallic shade is a liquid lip that applies flawlessly with a doe-foot applicator.


I am obsessed with this colour! The application is so creamy and smooth, and I love just how pigmented it is! I got several hours of wear with this beauty, and even when it did start to fade/rub off, I still had the sparkling pink glitters on my lips leaving  gorgeous colour!


And here I am utilizing all the products in this post for a simple look for the day!

I really enjoyed testing out these products from Palladio Beauty and will be incorporating a few of them into my beauty routine. While the smallness of the Rice Powder makes it a little more difficult to use, it certainly was one of my favorite products that I tested. I have actually been using it often on my no makeup days the most and love the matte finish it leaves on my skin! The Rice Primer seemed to work well for me although I have mixed feelings about whether or not I'll continue to use it. The beige tint makes my face seem almost sickly, and while I know it is going to be covered with foundation, the overall experience is still a little alarming. The Fifty-Fifty dual-ended eyeliner was a bust with my hooded oil-slicks, and I am so eager to hear feedback about it from those who don't have the issues I do with my skin and eyelids! This lip colour was another winner from the collection for me, both in regard to the colour itself and the creamy finish; I definitely will have to pick up other shades!

Have you tried any of these or other products from Palladio Beauty? What were your favorites? Is there something in particular you think I might want to try out next? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lyn B Designs: Polish Con Chicago 2017 Exclusives

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Greetings, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and your week has been off to a fabulous start! I'm having a little trouble getting back into the normal swing of things since my week off, but I'm hoping to actually get to bed at a reasonable hour and get decent sleep! Here's hoping!

If you are one of the lucky individuals who will be attending Polish Con in Chicago this weekend, do I have something special for you! Lyn B Designs has created three exclusives for the event, and you are definitely going to want to get your hands on these! Let's check them out!

Shedd Some Light

Medium blue toned green with purple to blue to green shimmer, green galaxy flakes, and holo micro shimmer.

Let's just go ahead and start off with one of my favorites from the offerings! I have a particular weakness for aqua hues so Shedd Some Light won me over instantly! The formula was fantastically easy to work with although you may have the stray flakie that wants to hang off over your nails. I found they easily pushed back up onto the nails, or you can always just pull them off if you prefer. I used two coats plus top coat for these photos. Please pardon the touch of "wrinkling" on my index finger- the top coat I originally grabbed did not play well with this polish and my camera only exacerbated the issue. This was not due to the Lyn B Designs polish by any means!

Retail: $8

Millennium Park Pink

Light pink crelly base with linear holo, pink to purple shimmer, and white micro flakes.

I'm not typically a crazy pink fanatic, but Millennium Park Pink is just so darn pretty it was hard not to love it. Delicate and feminine, this is a great shade for when you want your nails to dazzle without being too dark. The white micro flakes are subtle and add a great touch! Not too thick or thin for my preference, Millennium Park Pink applied easily with two coats to opacity; I then topped my nails off with top coat for these photos.

Retail: $8

Chicago After Midnight

Deep navy jelly with color shifting iridescent glitter and micro rainbow glass fleck.

With the start of autumn this Friday, I am so glad to see a darker shade being offered as a Polish Con exclusive, and what a beauty she is! Chicago After Midnight stole my heart when I first saw it in the bottle, but it really took my breath away once I added a matte top coat. Check it out!


Whether you prefer a shiny or matte finish, Chicago After Midnight has so much depth that you can get lost just staring at your nails! Like the rest of this selection, Chicago After Midnight had a great formula that applied easily to my nails without any issue. I then added top coat, either shiny or matte for the photos above.

Retail: $8

I am totally jealous of those that have the opportunity to be attending Polish Con this weekend, and I look forward to stalking social media to see photos from the events and polish hauls! If you are attending, I would recommend picking up these beauties! If you are unable to attend, don't despair: if you haven't already, join the Polish Con Facebook group in my links below and surely you can find someone to help you pick up these exclusive shades!

Do you have a favorite Lyn B Designs Polish Con exclusive shade? Do you prefer Chicago After Midnight with a shiny or matte finish? Will you be attending the Con? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!



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