Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I, A.M....Custom Color Cosmetics: Halloween 2017 Polish

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Good morning, dear readers! I am so excited to be sharing the first Halloween polish this season on my blog today! Last year, I, A.M....Custom Color Cosmetics (IAMCCC) released "This is Halloween" as their Halloween shade; it was inspired by none other than The Nightmare Before Christmas. This movie is a particular favorite of the brand creator, Ashlie, and as a fan myself, I can always get behind a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed polish! Rather than creating a 2.0 version of the original polish, Ashlie decided instead to continue on with the lyrics of the song with a new shade. Today's blog post features Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, a glorious polish topper. Let's check it out!

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
Over Kokie Cosmetics Under the Sea

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween is packed with holo glitters in silver and gold, bats, triangles, stars, large dots, neon green bats, iridescent glitters and matte black glitters in varying sizes and skulls in a shifting green to purple shimmery base. There is definitely a lot going on with this topper, and you never really know what interesting glitter shapes might come out as you are painting you nails! I used a single coat as a topper for these photos, and I did not have to dig for the couple bats that are on my nails.

Over Kokie Cosmetics Indulge

I naturally had to play with this polish over other base shades! While I still used one coat for the topper here, I did use a thicker coat, hence the more dense appearance on my ring finger in particular. If you wanted to, you could choose to wear this on its own without a base colour and reach opacity in two thicker or three thinner coats.

Over Sinful Colors Olympia

 While I did end up with one of the neon green bats in my first set of photos, the colour is really popping against the light green!

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween is such a fun glitter that is perfect to add some sparkle to your Halloween nail looks! I am happy to report that I did not have to dig for the glitters that are on my nails for these photos. While I would definitely see some larger holographic dots and triangles in the bottle, I did not have any on my brush. I couldn't see any of the skulls even when swirling around the brush in my bottles, and bats are the predominant unusual glitter shape. This was by no means a deal breaker for me, but if you want a lot of skulls in your polish, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween may not be the best choice for you.

As far as application, this polish applied easily using my usual dab and swish method that I prefer for glitter toppers. This method helps to break up and spread glitters evenly. While I did not find the polish to be too thick, it does become harder to work with as it dries if you play with it too long for application. If your goal is very precise placement of glitters, at least of the bats or other unusual shapes, you are probably better off removing the shape from the brush and using a nail tool or a toothpick for placement on the nails. The final finish is textured due to all the glitters so you will want to use a coat or two of top coat to smooth out your nails. I also would plan to use the foil method when it comes to removal to make it go faster for you. Even though they don't seem as popular as they once were, I still have a special love of glitter polishes and am happy to have this one in my collection!

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween will be launching on the I, A.M...Custom Color Cosmetics website this Friday, September 29th. It will be available in 0.35oz square bottles, and each bottle will retail for $6. It is being launched in limited quantities, so if you want to add this dazzling shade to your collection, you will want to pick up yours before it sells out!

Are you excited about Halloween, Halloween, Halloween? Would you were it as a glitter topper like I have, or would you choose to layer it on its own to opacity? What colour base do you prefer it over? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Lyn B Designs: October Polish of the Month and Throwback Shade

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed a fun filled weekend and your week is starting off on a positive note! As for me, it was a weekend of random errands as this is another week of solo parenting while my husband is out of town for a conference. I'm hoping that is won't affect my blogging too much, but if it seems quiet on this end, that is why! Now let's jump in on today's post!

I always look forward to the start of a new month and the newest offerings from Lyn B Designs! Jenna, the creative mastermind behind the brand, has a new shade to decorate your digits as well as the return of a favorite oldie for the month of October. Let's check them out!

Deep teal holo with shimmer that shifts from pink to blue to purple.

Whelmed is a new offering by Lyn B Designs, and this blackened teal with shimmer is perfect for autumn as the days get cooler and shorter. The formula is fantastic as well. I used two coats plus top coat for these photos. The colour is a little on the sheer side so you may need to use a third layer if you paint with very thin coats.

Retail: $10

Fire Swamp
Shimmery golden bronze base with orange, red, black and gold glitters.

If you're relatively new to the indie polish world, you may not be familiar with this month's throwback shade, Fire Swamp. It was originally released as part of the Princess Bride-inspired collection, the Dweam Wiffim A Dweam Collection, back in 2013. The polish screams fall, so I am delighted to see its return this month! The formula was easy to work with overall, although the first coat was a little uneven and patchy. The second and third coats evened my nails out nicely. I then added top coat for these photos. If you would prefer to use fewer coats, you can easily layer this over a similar base shade.

Retail: $10

Both the Polish of the Month, Whelmed, and throwback shade, Fire Swamp, will be available for purchase from the Lyn B Design website located here starting September 30th.

Do you look forward to seeing the newest shades being launched by Lyn B Designs each month? Do you have a favorite shade between these two? Is there another older Lyn B Designs polish you hope to see make a return as a throwback shade? I'd love to hear from you!

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

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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!

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.

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!

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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!

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