Old Hollywood glamour with Madame LA LA Self Tan Mousse

ml-banner-new1Madame LA LA is an American-Brit self tanning line that promises ‘Old Hollywood’ glamour with a glowy tan you can have year round.  This line gets inspiration from the tanned goddesses in LA who exude youth, health, and well-being.  At the same time, it incorporates a French and British sense of style and culture.  You know all about BB creams that are skin care and light makeup in one, and CC creams that color correct.  Well, these self tanners are DD creams – Dynamic Do-all potions that treat and color correct all in one.  They sent the BIZ their Light Self Tanning Mousse to try.

Madame LA LA Self Tan in Light

Madame LA LA Self Tan in Light

Anything that has ‘DD’ as a descriptor gets my hubby’s vote, but I’m not so easy.  This ‘DD’ Dynamic Do-all promises immediate gratification with instant bronzer, a long-lasting self-tan in 3 hours, and mega skin hydration with coco water, aloe, green tea and vitamin E.

Madame LA LA Self Tan in Light

Madame LA LA Self Tan in Light

Madame LA LA Self Tan in Light mousse

Madame LA LA Self Tan in Light mousse

The foamy mousse dries super quick – in fact, I had quite a bronze patch on my palm just from the time it took to take this photo.  This is a great faux-tanner for lighter skin tones.  It starts off as an instant bronzer, then becomes a light golden brown shade that evens skin tone, covers stretch marks, and makes me look a little thinner.  On me, I found that an all-over application lasts about 7 days before I need to reapply to deepen and brighten the color.  It fades evenly without patchiness so the tan looks totally natural.

The coco water hydrates skin and improves elasticity.  Vitamins A and E are antioxidants that fight off free radicals and increase collagen production.  Aloe vera and green tea moisturize and reduce inflammation and irritation.

Madame LA LA gets a thumbs up from the hubby, who is always in favor of double D’s, and it gets a thumbs up from me for being an easy to use self tanner that definitely multi-tasks.  If you are in the market for a self tanner, this is a great choice that delivers instant bronze, a long-lasting self tan, and a skin treatment all in one.  They do offer international shipping, so everyone can have a glowy LA tan.  – Lisa

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Beauty Addicts Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

I am definitely a believer in bronzer.  One of the things I learned in my cosmetics training is that nothing perks up a complexion better than a little color.  A sweep of bronzer on cheeks and the neck can instantly transform ‘sickly’ into ‘healthy’.  Beauty Addicts sent me their Hydra Sunrays Bronzer ($28) to try, and it’s a fabulous option for creating a warm, glowy complexion.

Beauty Addicts BronzerHydra Sunrays Bronzer is a matte powder that also has skin-loving ingredients like green tea and vitamins A, C, D, and B5.  As with all the Beauty Addicts products, the packaging is sleek minimalist black with a round mirror.

Makeup Geek Face Buffer Brush

Makeup Geek Face Buffer Brush

The bronzer does not come with a brush, but the ones that typically come with bronzer are useless anyway.  My favorite bronzer brush of the moment is the Face Buffer brush ($17.99) from Makeup Geek.

Beauty Addicts Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Beauty Addicts Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

This a lightweight, silky bronzer that can be a little powdery if you use a heavy hand.  Just a light swipe with a big brush creates a perfect, natural looking bronze great for contouring or for adding warmth.  The color is definitely buildable, but do it one swipe at time.  I can’t see fair skin using this shade, but those with light/medium to dark skins will love it.  The bronzer has a red undertone and I often use it as blush.

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

The texture is terrific.  I often find powder bronzers apply patchy, but this is buttery and blends like a dream.  I love the eyeshadows and lipsticks from Beauty Addicts, and now this bronzer is on my list of favorites too.  Unless you have a very fair skin tone, this is a bronzer you will want to invest in.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Good to glow! Votre Vu Silk Stockings

It’s still way too hot to wear pantyhose. However, my legs aren’t exactly as perfect looking as they were 20 years ago, so I am always hesitant to go bare. A perfect answer for leg woes was sent to us by Votre Vu, and it has a truly awesome name - Silk Stockings ($34 retail, $24.80 for brand ambassadors).

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Votre Vu Silk Stockings

Silk Stockings is a glow-tion that takes the place of pantyhose. The lotion is infused with vitamin E and extracts of calendula, linden, chamomile and Saint-John’s-wort, so it’s definitely hydrating and comfortable on. The glow comes from tiny multi-colored shimmers that blur your lines in a way that Robin Thicke would love.

All those gold and blue shimmers give a fabulous glow

All those gold, pink, and blue shimmers give a fabulous glow

It’s not just awesome leg lustre, it’s awesome body lustre. I use it all the time on my arms and decolletage. The bronze shade evens skin tone and covers small imperfections like veins and scars. The effect is slimming and it really looks natural.

Before Silk Stockings

Before Silk Stockings

After Silk Stockings

After Silk Stockings – a subtle but definite difference

Whenever I use a product like this, I worry about it running down my legs if it gets really hot out and I start to sweat. But I have had no issues with Silk Stockings and it doesn’t transfer onto clothing either.

If you want a little bit of help going bare, I highly recommend Votre Vu Silk Stockings. Put this on and you are good to glow!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

ients: Aqua (Purified Water), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane/Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane and PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone (and) Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Steareth-20 , C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Stearic Acid, Steareth-2, Kaolin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, PEG 10 Soy Bean (Glycine Soja) Sterol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carboxymethylcellulose, Polysorbate-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance, Sodium PCA, Peg-40 Stearate, Lecithin, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Polysorbate-80, Stearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower (Linden) Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark review and swatches

Tarte Cosmetics has an exciting new, limited edition palette out called the Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette ($38).  This is a wonderful palette with a beautiful range of shades inspired by dusk in the rainforest.  I had high expectations when Tarte sent this to us, and I was not disappointed!

tarte rainforest after dark...the box is even textured like snake skin

tarte rainforest after dark…the box is even textured like snake-skin

tarte rainforest after dark

tarte rainforest after dark

The packaging is gorgeous, with a golden snake design and a purple snake-skin textured box.  Inside, the palette is a round, CD size palette emblazoned with the snake and a purple jeweled eye.  It has a large round mirror that is big enough to reflect your entire face.  Nice!

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

tarte rainforest 5tarte rainforest 3

The products inside include one blush, one highlighter, one bronzer, and six eyeshadows.  The unique thing about Tarte powder products is color-correcting colored clay.  The rose clay helps to soothe skin, vanilla clay controls oil, and gold clay moisturizes.

unleashed blush

unleashed blush

champagne highlighter

champagne highlighter

park ave princess bronzer

park ave princess bronzer

left to right:  champagne, unleased, park ave princess

left to right: champagne, unleased, park ave princess

The Unleashed blush is a pretty plum matte pink.  It has terrific staying power and is such a flattering shade.  Champagne is a gorgeous highlighter, just be sure to buff it well – that’s what turns it into a flattering glow.  I actually use this on my eyes as a brow shade, too.  And Park Avenue Princess is a perfect bronzer, a buttery satin warm gold brown that looks terrific on almost everyone.

The eyeshadows are just to die for.  The texture is buttery soft, the pigmentation is wonderful, and the shades are beautiful. Three are golden browns, and three are pinky purples.

left to right:  don't turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right: don’t turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right:  up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don't turn a-brown

left to right: up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don’t turn a-brown

First up, the golden brown shades.  up to no gold is a shimmery gold with a velvet texture.  I think this is my favorite of them all, it really makes my brown eyes POP. tan-gled up in you is a matte tan that goes on so smooth, I almost can’t believe it’s a matte eyeshadow.  don’t turn a-brown is a dark brown with tiny golden shimmer.

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

Next, the pinky purples.  bare to explore is a matte pink beige that has a silky texture and is a great base shade.  On busy mornings, I throw this on as a wash with some black eyeliner and I am good to go.  make a mauve is a satin plum mauve that is even prettier in person.  plum away with me  is a shimmery dark plum with silver sparkle.  Gorgeous.

Included with the palette is a card with instructions for two different eye looks, the Afterhours Adventure, ‘inspired by the deep orchid hues of dusk, this spellbinding evening look will unleash your inner bombshell as you flawlessly take on the night‘; and Seductive Sunrise, ‘ignite your wild side anytime with this sultry, yet subtle everyday look.

Rainforest After Dark definitely give you everything you need for day or night, subtle or sultry.  Pick it up before it’s sold out!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Vapour Organic Beauty – eco beauty done right

Vapour Organic Beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty creates products that they say are good enough to eat. According to the USDA “Vapour is the only color cosmetic manufactured to the USDA’s Organic Food Standard.” vapour beauty usdaThat’s saying something but there’s a lot more to say about this company that is made entirely from certified organic plants, vitamins and minerals. They are cruelty free, sustainable and ethical. And they make great products if the 5 lovelies they sent, seen above, are any indication of what they can do.

I’ve reviewed a few other Vapour Beauty products and liked using them but the newest ones I have are even better than before. I’ve been wearing them a lot and getting a lot of pleasure from doing so.

Aura Multi-Use Blush sticks in Charisma and Intrique

Aura Multi-Use Blush sticks in Charisma and Intrique

My absolute favorites are the AURA MULTI-USE BLUSH STICKS. That’s no surprise to anyone who knows me. I’d much rather use a cream blush product than a powder one. I find creams to be much more natural looking and easier for me to control. With a powder blush I never quite know how much pressure to put on a brush and I can end up with too much. But with these AURA Multi-Use Blush Sticks I quickly learned how much to use and I find them exceptionally easy to apply and blend.

Aura Multi-Use

Aura Multi-Use

The two that I have – Charisma and Intrique – are unfortunately not available at the current time but they’ll give you an idea of what these are all about. The colors that are available are stunning (see beauty.com for great swatches). These aren’t just blush sticks, they are multiple use so you can use them safely on lips and eyes as well.

There is no fragrance to these, they are silky smooth and glide on beautifully, and they last well throughout the day.

Vapour swatches: Solar Translucent Bronzer, Charisma & Intrique Aura blush sticks

Vapour swatches: Solar Translucent Bronzer, Charisma & Intrique Aura blush sticks

SOLAR TRANSLUCENT BRONZER comes in 3 shades; from lightest to darkest they are Mirage (shown), Simmer and Spicy. I personally love the translucent quality of this bronzer since I am not a bronzing queen like my dear blog partner Lisa. I like a touch of color and I’m able to achieve that with Solar Translucent Bronzer stick in Mirage. Like the Aura sticks this is a cream product and I feel that I can control the amount I use as well as the placement better than I can with a powder product. Plus if I goof, it’s easier to blend down and fix.

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage

Solar is infused with sun-specific super antioxidants Pomegranate, Green Tea and Acai Berry, and nourishes with a soothing organic Calendula Flower and vitamin-rich organic Shea Butter. This isn’t orange on me even though my lousy photography makes it look that way. Instead it’s a light tan that works well on my paleness. It’s described as a “pale gold that brings a kiss of the sun to pale skin”.

SIREN is the name for Vapour’s lipsticks and some of these shades really fit that description. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package to find this lipstick:

Vapour Beauty Siren lipstick in Dare

Vapour Beauty Siren lipstick in Dare

DARE is a rich plummy brown that looks almost black in the tube. I’m the girl that wears light lips. So how do I review a product that is this dark and vampy? EASY PEASY LADIES!! I applied it and then applied the gorgeous POSSESS lipstick over it and the angels sang. (Well maybe they hummed a little.)

Vapour lipsticks in Dare and Possess

Vapour lipsticks in Dare and Possess

POSSESS is a color that I absolutely love. It’s called a “sexy adult pink” and on my lips it turns a perfect soft mauve. It’s the type of color I grab when I want to look my best but still natural. When it’s worn over Dare it becomes a deeper version of itself. SIREN LIPSTICKS are unscented beauties. While Dare will only get used occasionally, Possess has a permanent place in my makeup bag. They have a creamy jojoba, pomegranate and camellia oil base so they don’t feel dry.

My comeaway impression of VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY is that this is a very special brand of organic makeup. They are so sure of their products that they even sell samples of many of them. They are confident that once you try the textures and colors that you’ll come back. I’m confident of that too. Have you tried Vapour lately? — Marcia

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One day sale! tarte Shades of Clay Collection, February 4 on QVC

The tarte Shades of Clay Collection, a one day only sale on QVC, is definitely one of the best sales/collections I have ever come across. The Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. The TSV Price is $59.96, and the total value of this terrific collection is $202.00.

tarte shades of clay collection

tarte shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

The Shades of Clay Collection includes:

  • 0.68-oz colored clay SPF 15 liquid foundation and 0.51-oz colored clay CC primer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep
  • 0.31-oz clay blush bronzer in Pink Bronze
  • 0.27-oz LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love, a sheer raspberry shade
  • 0.10-oz clay eyeliner in Black
  • 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Bamboo foundation brush
  • Bonus Makeup bag
all the goodies inside

all the goodies inside

I have been using every single item in this collection every day since receiving it and it gets an A+ from me. This set is a seven-piece collection that features colored clay for a whole routine that creates a natural, glowy look. The set is pretty much everything you need for a full face of gorgeousness. It’s fantastic.

I also found a little gift inside, a crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus. Wow, is this stunning!!

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

wearing my gorgous necklace

wearing my gorgeous Crystal Cactus necklace

Amethyst is my birthstone, so I was really happy to find this jewel inside that huge raspberry makeup bag.

What else was inside?  The truly unique colored clay CC primer.

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer that includes color correcting lavender and green

CC Primer swatch

CC Primer swatch

Mine is in shade light. This is a color-correcting stick that neutralizes imperfections, brightens the complexion, and primes skin for foundation. Just smooth it on and then tap it in with fingers. The CC primer melts right in and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application.

Once you have primed with the CC primer, next up is the colored clay liquid foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (a World-wide Launch, by the way!) using the bamboo liquid foundation brush.

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation - see the mesh?

colored clay liquid foundation – see the mesh?

swatch of Light shade

swatch of Light shade

bamboo foundation brush

bamboo liquid foundation brush

The colored clay foundation with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage gives medium but buildable coverage with a satin finish. The bamboo foundation brush is stellar – just press in onto the mesh sifter inside the foundation container then buff onto skin, going from the center out.

Follow that with the colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze (yet another World-wide Launch).

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

I can hear all the oohs and aahs and this beaut certainly deserves it! It’s a combination of pinks and golds that warms the complexion and adds a natural glow. Dust it all over for instant warmth, and layer it on the cheeks as a blush.

Moving on up to the eyes, line with the colored clay eyeliner in black (woohoo, another World-wide Launch!) followed by two coats of the stupendous lights, camera, LASHES™ 4-in-1 mascara in Black.

mascara and eyeliner

lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara and cc eyeliner

CC eyeliner in black

CC eyeliner in black

eye look with eyeliner and mascara

eye look with CC eyeliner and lights, camera, LASHES mascara

For my eye look above, I am wearing a wash of MAC Painterly. I defined and lined my top lash line and waterline with the new colored clay eye liner in Black, which is a velvety eyeliner that truly glides on easily. Then, I finished with two coats of  lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascara. This is a seriously fantastic mascara, one of my top mascaras ever.  It gives great length, volume, and curl, plus it never smears on me. Love it.

The final touch for your tarte Shades of Clay look? The golden raspberry LipSurgence™ lip gloss in true love (can I get a World-wide Launch here?)

lip gloss

LipSurgence lip gloss in true love

eyeliner and lip gloss swatched

CC eyeliner and LipSurgence true love swatched

lip gloss on

true love lip gloss on

LipSurgence(TM) Lip Gloss in true love is a wonderfully flattering sheer raspberry shade with tiny golden shimmers. It has great slip and feels terrific on – this has found a permanent home in my purse.

My tarte shades of clay FOD

My tarte shades of clay FOD

I think every product is a winner and the shades are incredibly flattering. Plus, at this price you just can’t go wrong! Set your timer, leave yourself a note, do something so you don’t miss this sale. Again, the Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. You will be glad you remembered!  – Lisa

*pr samples

tarte Holiday 2013: Off the Cuff

My goodness, tarte sure has some out-of-this-world holiday sets this year! Flying off the shelves is Off the Cuff ($42), a Sephora exclusive that is a $110 value ($95 of which is cosmetics). Unfortunately it looks like Off the Cuff is sold out online right now. I sure do hope they get more in stock because this is a terrific holiday gift option.

Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff

the cuff

the cuff

Off the Cuff is a pretty blush palette that comes wrapped with a bracelet. The bracelet is a black faux-leather cuff with a gold bow. There are two different closure snaps on the back which is great for different wrist sizes.

the palette

the palette – four blushes and a bronzer

up close

left to right:  Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, Park Ave Princess

The black and gold palette houses four (almost) full size blushes and one (almost) full size bronzer. The shades include Crave, a matte warm pink/coral; Dazzled, a shimmery satin berry rose shade that is part of the permanent collection; Darling, a matte melon; Dollface, a matte cool pink that is part of the permanent collection; and Park Ave Princess bronzer, a satin warm gold brown that is also part of the permanent collection.

left to right:

left to right:  Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface

Park Ave Princess swatch

Park Ave Princess swatch

I like that this has a few ‘new’ shades plus the permanent shades are some of my favorites. I adore tarte powder blushes and bronzers because they are so pigmented. It doesn’t take much to get great color that lasts all day.

Keep an eye out for this set – even if it’s sold out online, I am sure there are some still available at Sephora stores. How can you resist such gorgeous shades all wrapped up in some bling??  – Lisa

*pr sample