Thursday, February 22, 2018

LynB Designs for March Polish Pickup: Saunter Vaguely Downwards

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Greetings, dear readers! I hope you've been having a wonderful week and have something fun planned for the weekend! This week has been a bunch of me attempting to play catchup on everything that fell to the wayside with my illness last week. I'm currently trying to juggle that delicate balance of getting stuff done while still not pushing myself too hard as I am still very much in recovery. My MUST NEEDS DONE NOW instinct is a tough one to fight, and I am truly my own worst enemy when it comes to that sort of thing. Thankfully, with the weekend just around the corner, I can (pretend to) rest some more and have a little more time to myself to get things done. Now if only I can stop the chatter and get in on today's blog post..... Let's do this!


With a new month only a week away, it's time that I start sharing my posts for the upcoming March Polish Pickup! LynB Designs is going to be participating once again in this fabulous shopping experience, and the theme for March is Books! Jenna, the creative mastermind behind LynB Designs, was inspired by Crowley from Good Omens to create the stunning polish, Saunter Vaguely Downwards.


Saunter Vaguely Downwards starts off with a black base that is loaded up with linear holographic particles. It is then filled with multichrome shimmer that shifts from red to orange to copper to violet. The final result is this glorious shifting beauty as shown above!


Not too thick or thin for my taste, Saunter Vaguely Downwards has a great formula that gave me no issues during application. There was no dragging or balding areas of my nails, just a nice smooth coverage across my nail beds. While I used two coats for opacity for these photos, it was *thiclose* to being a one coater for me; those with short nails or those that tend to apply their polish in thicker coats may find they only need one coat for full opacity.


Saunter Vaguely Downwards will be available for purchase from the Polish Pickup website only when the March shop opens from Friday March 2nd through Monday, March 5th. Please note this is the only time and location that this polish will be offered for sale. If you have your eye on it, be sure to pick it up during this window! Also, please note it is CAPPED at only 200 bottles, so you will want to be sure to shop early so you don't miss out! It will retail for $12 per bottle.

As always, the Polish Pickup is open as a preorder during the shopping time frame. Please allow three weeks for preorders to ship out to you.

Are you excited about the latest Book theme? Will you be adding this beauty to your cart? I'd love to hear from you!

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



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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

TMS Makeup Shop San Francisco Returns on March 24th and 25th For a Weekend Celebration of Spring Beauty

An exclusive luxury sale for anyone who considers themselves a beauty lover, featuring brands such as Dr. Brandt Skincare, NYX Professional Makeup, Crown Brush, and more! 

The Makeup Show will be bringing back its highly anticipated TMS Makeup Shop San Francisco on March 24th and 25th! This exclusive sale, is usually only available to industry pro’s, but now consumers alike will be able to shop huge discounts from top beauty brands, hear tips from some of the industries greatest makeup artists, and walk away inspired in all things beauty.

Brands that will be featured at TMS Makeup Shop San Francisco include MAKE UP FOR EVER, Dr. Brandt Skincare, Gerard Cosmetics, Frends Beauty Supply, NYX Professional Makeup, and more! Aside from a great sale, attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discover new things in beauty! Guests will not only get to meet with their favorite brands and artists, but they will also get to hear from some of the industry’s greatest by attending seminars and hands-on workshops! These complimentary seminars are perfect for any aspiring artist or anyone who wants to touch up on their makeup skills. Guests will have the opportunity to learn tips such as how to achieve radiant skin and what it takes to emphasize your eyes all from legendary artists including James Vincent, Roque Cozzette, Bethany Townes, and Fidel Gonzalez.

Additionally, the two days prior to TMS Makeup Shop San Francisco will be the debut of the first ever I, Artist - The Makeup Show Forum, a two day event created not only for professional makeup artists, but for anyone in a creative career. The forum's sole purpose is to help create an environment for anyone, whether up and coming or a seasoned artist, to get insight from some of the most successful in the industry and be re-inspired. I, Artist - The Makeup Show Forum will be a platform for those who may be looking to redefine their success, re-engage with their passion, and discover how to get back on their path.

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TMS Makeup Shop San Francisco will be held on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday March 25th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt, 345 Stockton St., San Francisco. Tickets are $23 each day or $40 dollars for two days and can be purchased here.

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Additionally, the two days prior to TMS Makeup Shop San Francisco will be the debut of the first ever I, Artist - The Makeup Show Forum, a two day event created not only for professional makeup artists, but for anyone in a creative career. The forum's sole purpose is to help create an environment for anyone, whether up and coming or a seasoned artist, to get insight from some of the most successful in the industry and be re-inspired. I, Artist - The Makeup Show Forum will be a platform for those who may be looking to redefine their success, re-engage with their passion, and discover how to get back on their path.

Attendees of the I, Artist - The Makeup Show Forum will learn life-changing tips and tricks and how the best of the best use color, depth, dimension, lighting, photography, and more to their benefit and stand out from the rest. 

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I, Artist – The Makeup Show will be held on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm through Friday March 23th, 2018 from 8am to 9pm at the Grand Hyatt, 345 Stockton St., San Francisco. Tickets can be purchased here and includes admission to the TMS Makeup Shop San Francisco which follows that weekend. 
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About The Makeup Show
The Makeup Show is the largest pro-only event, which travels internationally stopping in multiple locations throughout the United States. Bringing each destination, a unique convergence of artists and community where beauty professionals are sure to find an artistic energy that will inspire any beauty buff, from the passionate beginner to the seasoned professional. Each show offers an unparalleled lineup of education and appearances from top beauty professionals and focuses on career building and networking within the makeup community. The show provides a unique experience for the makeup professional to network directly from the best in the business. For more information on The Makeup Show, visit www.themakeupshow.com

Monday, February 19, 2018

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Greetings, dear readers!This sickness has really taken hold of me, and as a result, I'm late in sharing the latest news from the Beauty Spotlight Team. I'm so sorry about that! I hope you enjoy what everyone had to share last week!

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Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Detoxify + Brighten Purifying Pink Clay Mask is an effective 4-in-1 mask that effectively boosts radiance, clears clogged pores, regulates sebum production and detoxifies the skin in a mere 10 minutes, and it does so without drying out the skin. Read the full review on Lola's Secret Beauty Blog to see why this mask is worthy of your consideration! 

Prime Beauty upped her lash game with the new L'Oreal Voluminous X Fiber Mascara. See before and after pics! 

The love continues on Beauty Info Zone for Monat haircare. This week Marcia shares her straight, shiny hair favorites. 

What are your On-the-Go beauty favorites? Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her in her updated "What is in her bag?" post. 

Polarbelle has done a little bit of damage with her hauls of the last few weeks. The video of the first half is now on YouTube. 

In case you're in the mood to try out a new mascara or two, Allison from Never Say Die Beauty recommends her current favorites

BeautyJudy took the new Maybelline Total Temptation Shadow and Highlight Palette for a spin! Check out two looks with this work appropriate AND nighttime appropriate palette! 

Are you trying to save some money and not buy all the latest cosmetics coming out? Do you already have a substantial makeup collection not getting used? Jen from The Jedi Wife has been revisiting her old cosmetic favorites with her #TBTBeauty posts. Her latest post features the NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb palette

There's a NEW bullet lipstick in town and it's a STAR! Shipra of Taneja's Bride shares ALL 25 ColourPop Lux Lipsticks lip swatches! 

Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom has been sporting red hot lips that last all day. See what she thinks of this new formula from D.E.N. Cosmetics.

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I hope you've enjoyed the roundup of beauty posts from the team!

I'm still in the early stages of recovery from my illness so this may end up being a light week regarding blog posts. I'll be around when I'm feeling more up to it. Until then, take care and enjoy the week!
XO!


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

#TBTBeauty with NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb Shadow Palette

Greetings, dear readers! I hope you've been having a wonderful week and have something fun planned for the weekend! It's been a rough week here, and I'm just looking forward to the weekend so the husband can be home and help out this poor sick momma! I *almost* decided against getting this post up today, but after trying to get it up for over a month now, it is time!

Way back in December, I did some cleaning out and rearranging of my makeup products, and I stumbled across some older items that I hadn't thought about for some time. I wanted to give some love to some of these products as a means of shopping my stash and appreciating what I already had; thus, Throwback Thursday Beauty (#TBTBeauty) was born! I have my next look ready for you utilizing the NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb eyeshadow palette! Check it out!


The Sex Bomb palette came into my life a few years ago when I wasn't wearing taupe or red shades on my eyes. At the time, I didn't have either option in my eyeshadow collection, nor was I sure that I would actually like these colours, particularly a red. The Sex Bomb palette was a great opportunity for me to branch outside my comfort zone at an affordable price.


This is a great palette to play with if you want to add a little bit of red to your eye looks! While not the most pigmented, it does build up pretty well when you want more colour on your eyes. The quality as a whole is what I consider acceptable given the cost. While the colours are a little on the chalky side, they're still easy to manipulate with brushes. Add in the $7.50 price tag for all six shades when at full price, and it's a pretty good deal! Is this red shade going to knock your socks off? Eh, probably not. I find this particular red shade to be geared more towards those who want to branch out a little but may not wear this type of colour all the time. It also pulls a little on the berry side, so if you want a true red, you will be disappointed. It works well for my needs, but you know your own far better than I do!


The one aspect about this palette that I don't like is the shimmery purple-greige colour. I'm not even going to dance around it- the quality of this particular colour is atrocious. The pigmentation is minimal, and the fallout is ridiculous. I would expect some fallout anyway from a shimmer shade, but this one is just SO BAD. Oftentimes when I want to create an eye look with this palette, I grab a similar type of colour from a different brand rather than using the one in this palette. For today's blog post, I did wear only the Sex Bomb shadows, so you can make it work, but it is just that: work. To wear the shimmery shade in this palette, I start off using NYX Cosmetics glitter primer and then patting the colour in from either a fingertip or the flat side of an eye brush. Because there is a substantial amount of fallout, you're probably going to want to do your eye makeup first so you can clean up the fallout before working on your foundation.


I completed my look with Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, Battington Lashes in Kennedy, Beauty Escape Cosmetics highlighter in Wonderland, and Gerard Cosmetics lipstick in Rodeo Drive.

In spite of some of the issues that I have with the NYX Cosmetics Sex Bomb palette, I am still glad that I have it in my life. I just don't gravitate towards red shades often, at least not for my eyes, so I am content with this one. The shimmery shade my be terrible, but I have found a way to make it work or just use one of my other shimmery options. I've become really picky about what makeup I'm buying lately and have been gravitating towards singles; I'm not sure that I would buy this palette again. That being said, I'm glad I picked this up when I did and have enjoyed playing with it again. Maybe I'll start branching out with more red shades in the future, but for now, this palette works for my current needs.

What older beauty products have you been loving recently? I'd love to hear from you!

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


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Nail Art Design

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Happy hump day, dear readers! It is a rough one around here, so it's not going to be a glamorous, romance-filled day for me. The sickness that I thought was relatively mild took a turn for the worse yesterday, and I am now at home still sick myself with my two year old who is even sicker. I'm hoping it passes quickly, but since I'm pretty sure we have the respiratory bug that's been going around work, I suspect we're going to be down for the count for a little while. I did want to get today's blog post up so I am typing away while my little man cuddles against me watching Elmo. Now onto the nail art!


While going through my boxes of nail art supplies, I came across these cute heart-patterned Freya Wraps that I reviewed on my blog as part of Pandora's Box last February. I fully intended to create the design with polish rather than using the wraps, but I was far too sick last night to do so. I still wanted to attempt another nail art look for Valentine's Day so I opted to just use the wraps instead.


I paired the wraps with Literary Lacquers shade Princess Buttercup from the new Princess Bride-inspired As You Wish trio and the upcoming Ellagee Polish shade for the March Polish Pickup, Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum (not such a great pick for Valentine's Day based on the inspiration, but the red was too pretty to pass up). I then completed the look by adding a cute heart stud I received from Born Pretty Store a few years ago (and is sadly no longer available) and added a layer of Ellagee's Glass top coat.


While I would have preferred to have painted the heart pattern on my nails rather than using wraps, the final look is still cute. I'm festive for the holiday, even if my day is spend curled up on the couch in a sweatshirt and heart-covered leggings!

Are you doing anything special for Valentine's Day? Please share your plans so I can live vicariously through you!

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


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Heart Nail Art Design with Zoya

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! I has been a rough few days around the house as both my husband and I have been sick and trying to keep our energetic little boys entertained while being exhausted. I'm currently at home trying to get some extra rest in the hopes that I am well enough to go into work tomorrow. Until then, how about some Valentine's-inspired nail art?


I have been wanting to do something fun with the Zoya Kisses jelly nail polishes, and this was the perfect opportunity to play around with them!


I started off with a coat of Zoya Libby, a buildable, milky lavender jelly shade. I then added a layer of Zoya Leia, a fleck-filled sheer opalescent polish that Zoya suggests using to layer with the Kisses jelly polishes. I sealed my base colours in with top coat for a strong and shiny finish. Since I had other decorative plans for my look, I opted to then layer on another coat of Libby over Leia, creating a subdued flecked jelly sandwich. To complete the look, I wanted to play with more textures, so I created my hearts using Zoya PixieDust polish in Arabella.


While I'm not really loving Libby against my skintone, I do love the look of this design! As much as I like the sparkle of Leia, I really like the subtle effect it creates when used in a jelly sandwich.


I was a little unsure of going with a textured PixieDust when I first created this design, but I am so glad I did!


I really enjoyed creating this simple nail art design for Valentine's Day! I have another design in mind, although I'm not sure that I'll be feeling up to creating it if this sickness doesn't pass soon.

Have you created your Valentine's Day nail art look yet? What do you have in mind? I'd love to hear from you!

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


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

Bees Knees Lacquer and LynB Designs have partnered together on a nail polish collaboration to celebrate the upcoming Black Panther film. It has just launched and Jen from The Jedi Wife has swatches on her blog now! 

Whether you travel a little or a lot, Lola's Secret Beauty Blog believes that bringing ultra-luxe travel sizes of your most coveted beauty products with you will make you feel pampered and happy– whether you are out discovering the world in your travels, or just going on a business trip. 

Beauty Info Zone's emails quit on them so many articles and giveaways weren't seen. They are hoping you can catch up with their articles and enter their giveaways! 

Check out our top picks! Pammy Blogs Beauty explores the Youthful Restoration Kit from DDF. Awesome products and great value! 

Did you know that The Oprah Magazine has a subscription beauty box? Take a look and see what Stacie from Makeup Obsessed Mom got in her first box. 

Prime Beauty thinks we all need a Va-Va-Voom in our lives if it comes in the form of a lipstick, all the better! Check out the new Buxom Va-Va Plump Shiny Liquid Lipsticks! 

Want soft and smooth skin for Valentine's Day? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty recommends the delectable, totally greaseless, anti-aging Moon Dip Body Mousse from the fabulous natural and cruelty-free Farmhouse Fresh! 

BeautyJudy talks about some current favs this month including a Pixi Skintreat and Violet Voss eye palette! 

If you're a Charlotte Tilbury fan like Christa from Realizing Beauty you'll want to know that she's released a new limited edition Filmstar Bronze & Blush Palette and of course it's FABULOUS. 

15 Minute Beauty has a thing for primers, she's tried so many of them! Here she's sharing her favorite eye shadow primers

Polarbelle gathered her Top 10 eyeshadow palettes of 2017.See if any of your favorites made her list.