Beauty Organizers you need in your life

Top Ten Tuesday has chosen Beauty Organization as this week’s theme. I am the most unorganized person in the world but I love my beauty organizers. Most of these are items I own but a few are wishlist. The Beauty Spotlight Team will also be featuring Organization and that’s when I’ll be sharing my personal pictures. Until then take a look at all the wonderful ways you can organize your life – from $5 to $400!!  — Marcia
1454967731_51jhvqunkrl._sy300_Clear Organic 60 Bottle Nail Polish Organizer –  Of all the nail organizers I looked through this one is the one I think is the most useful (although I’d need about 5 of them). Besides having room for 60 bottles there are 2 drawers at the bottom to hold supples. ($35.50)
1454966686_icebox_wide_5659fc74e36a7_150x150SHERRIEBLOSSOM ICEBOX WIDE is absolutely incredible. This is what you want if you want the finest available. The quality of this is top notch. It’s sturdy, well crafted and holds an amazing amount of product. I’m thrilled to see this on my vanity daily. ($415) There are other styles that Sherrieblossom makes too. *
1454966532_41mf8i5-qul._sy300_ql70_ACRYLIC LIPSTICK HOLDER –  This holds 24 lipsticks and it’s only $10.32. I have a wide drawer in my bathroom which holds about 5 of these. There are other lipstick holders that are tiered but I prefer the flat ones to hold my collection.
1454966311_71m869h0x3l._sl256_MELODYSUSIE LARGE COSMETIC ORGANIZER –  This $49.99 acrylic cosmetic holder is a gem. Both Lisa and I have reviewed this and we just finished a giveaway for one. While this doesn’t hold as much as the Sherrieblossom, it holds a good amount and there’s a separate holder (seen on top) for lipsticks or naipolishes. I like that it holds my rectangular nail polishes easily and  I can even move it elsewhere.*  Reviews:  Marcia’s  –  Lisa’s
1454966142_51zhyf9gvtl._sy300_ql70_ZAHRA SPINNING LIPSTICK TOWER - This is a wishlist item. This “lipstick condominium” has 4 sides and fits 81 lipsticks. If you have counter space this would be a delight to have.  Spin and pick!  ($99)
1454966026_51rcrm1rcel._sx300_MESH VANITY COSMETIC ORGANIZER  – such a handy organizer especially if you have a drawer you can store it in. Large deep capacity holds many shapes and sizes of cosmetics like blushes, compacts, eye shadows, lipsticks, nail polishes. What I like most is the long compartment in the back that I can lay down two sided brushes. Make sure you choose the $12.98 organizer since there’s an identical one that’s almost twice the price.
1454965710_51yyqvuk_2b1l._sy300_STEEL MESH PENCIL CUP  – I have at least 8 of these cups in both silver and black that I’ve bought over the years. They are perfect for holding anything tall. I have one for lip pencils, one for eye pencils, others for lip crayons or eye crayons. I keep my brushes in them too. And the best thing is that they are only $5.25.
1454965592_41ejfj-evnl._sy300_SEVILLE 10 DRAWER ORGANIZER -  I have two of these that I keep in a separate room to hold overload. Now not everyone has overload like I do but I also use one for other things like stationary and important papers. I bought mine at Costco and spent more than the current price of $35.16. It’s also made in white and black if you want something more subtle.
1454965117_s0634525_sc7__splssku_?1454965117BLUE HILLS STUDIO 3 DRAWER CART can be found at office supply stores like Staples. This is perfect for hair product IMO. You can fit all your tools in one drawer, use another for your styling gels, goos and sprays and still have one more for skincare. This sturdy cart ($45.59) will hold up for a long time.
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Now that you’ve seen some favorites of mine, check out the other lovelies and decide what organization you can’t live without. — Marcia


*items were pr samples, some affiliate links used

Splurge vs Steal with Urban Decay, Covergirl, NYC Lovatics, Makeup Revolution USA

close up of usa dollar money and piggy bank

It’s time for a new Makeup Wars and I’m excited about this one. I can’t wait to read what the other bloggers have chosen as their SPLURGE vs STEAL items. For my edition I decided to stick with neutral palettes since they are so popular. Urban Decay Naked palettes started the craze with Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Bon Bons following. At $54 and $49 respectively it’s hard to own all the ones you are interested in…. so here comes the steals.

I read this type of article often in magazines and the first thing that comes to my mind is the question of Quality. Yes, two items may look similar, but is the steal something you’d want to wear/use? I have made sure that my steals are ones that I can recommend without question.

URBAN DECAY is the brand that I believe has led the way into the neutral revolution. They have excellent marketing and know how to get the word out with some cutting edge products. Just look at how they’ve promoted the Gwen Steffani items! People are going nuts over them. Also their Naked palettes don’t go out of favor. When I was pulling this together I realized that I can’t find my Naked Basics and Naked 2. Just because they are older doesn’t make them any less relevant and now I’m thinking about purchasing them. I looked to see how to compare my ‘steals’ to my Urban Decay and Too Faced. I hope I’ve succeeded.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Cosmetics has a new collection in collaboration with Demi Lovato. I received several items that I’ll be reviewing in full and I’m loving them. This $6.99 palette LOVATICS BY DEMI is incredible and a perfect match for the original URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE. $6.99. vs $54. Now that’s what I call a Splurge vs Steal. When you find this at Walmart, Target or wherever NYC is sold, grab it before it’s too late.

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 vs ULTA ROSE GOLD PALETTE

These two are so close that I can blindly reach for either to achieve the same looks. This is a $54 vs $20 Splurge vs Steal except that Ulta’s palette is always on sale and you can use their coupons. This particular week all ULTA products are buy 2 get 2 free, last week this palette was $12.

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

MAKEUP REVOLUTION USA AFFIRMATION vs URBAN DECAY SMOKY and TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BONBONS

There are 32 eyeshadows in MAKEUP REVOLUTION’S AFFIRMATION PALETTE. This Ulta exclusive is $15 with BOGO 1/2 currently going on. It’s also available with the $3.50 coupon that Ulta advertises. I had to seek out two palettes to match up with the AFFIRMATION palette because it has so many versatile shades.

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky contains these shades: champagne shimmer micro-glitter, medium bronze, metallic taupe iridescent micr-glitter, metallic silver taupe tonal sparkle, light metallic gray, medium charcoal micro glitter, jet black satin, deep plum taupe, cool taupe matte, rich brown matte, soft pink taupe and light beige satin. Look at the above picture – recognize those shades?

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons contains these shades: matte mauve, cool greige, matte suede, matte plum brown, gilded rose, electric fuchsia pearl, cherry cola shimmer, satin nude, smokey sapphire, deep metallic amethyst, gilded cocoa, metallic taupe, metallic cocoa bronze, and matte warm cream. You can find duplicates of all these shades in the Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette too.

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation USA, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

While I love my Urban Decay palettes I shudder thinking about how much money they’ve cost me. Makeup Revolution USA Affirmation isn’t as pigmented as UD and TF but I end up with the same colors and looks. I’m the only one that knows that the Affirmation palette costs a fraction of the other too.

COVERGIRL TRUNAKED NUDES

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Last is the Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette which is a beautiful rendition of a nude palette. The colors are exactly what you need to create daily looks as well as smoky eyes. The palette sells for approximately $12.99 but you can find sales on it. Currently at Ulta it’s $11.98 with a BOGO 1/2 on Covergirl products. I have been blown away by the color and quality of this palette.

I think these steals are pretty fabulous and the true definition of Splurge vs Steal without compromising quality. What’s your favorite steal?  –  Marcia

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*NYC, Covergirl, Makeup Revolution received for editorial consideration, others are self purchased

The MiniMD is going to change your skincare routine and your skin

This week Makeup Wars is about Beauty Tools that we love. I have quite a few that fit that category but I’m going to talk about one in particular: MiniMD by Trophy Skin. The MiniMD has won me over and I think it will win you once you see what this is and what it does.

press sample

MiniMD is the smaller version of Trophy Skin’s RejuvadermMD Dermabrasion System. The MiniMD is the mini handheld microdermabrasion system that you can easily use on yourself to have younger and more radiant skin at home. This is perfect for me since I hate going out for appointments especially in the winter. This is not only a time saver but it’s a skin saver. I’m crazy about this. This takes approximately 5 minutes to use which is nothing in the scheme of things.

MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion System

MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion System

Let’s start at the beginning.

MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion System

MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion System

Inside this box you’ll find the MiniMD apparatus, a Diamond Tip for exfoliation and a set of 30 Black Wool Filters. The apparatus comes complete with the Diamond Tip attached. There’s also one of the black wool filters inside. This system is so easy to use even if at first it looks difficult. The hardest thing for me was to figure out where the filters went. I didn’t realize that I had to unscrew the diamond tip in order to place the black wool filters. I feel silly for that but maybe now you won’t have that problem.

inside the Mini MD

inside the Mini MD

What makes the MiniMD unique is the 100% Crystal Free Natural Diamond Tip for exfoliation. This isn’t a crystal tip so it doesn’t cause irritation or undue redness. The Diamond Tip sloughs away dull skin cells and primes your skin for the products that you use and love. Trophy Skin sells an Argan Oil Anti-Aging Serum which I haven’t tried yet but I’ve been using my current skincare serum and it’s working just the way it should.

MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion System

MiniMD Handheld Microdermabrasion System

You can start using your MiniMD within minutes of receiving it. It’s powered by electricity so you plug it in, push the power button to turn it on and go. BUT I do advise reading the booklet first.

example protocol for MiniMD

example protocol for MiniMD

example protocol for MiniMD

example protocol for MiniMD

The number one thing you need to know is that you should start on Low for the first few times you use this. After your skin is used to the MiniMD then hit the power button a second time to adjust it to High. You can readjust the power for different parts of your skin too.

The second thing you need to know is that it takes a total of 5 minutes to do your entire face. Even after several weeks of using this I still don’t go over any area more than twice.

Number three is to only use this 2 – 3 times per week. I’ve been using it twice a week and I find it especially helpful on my nose and chin where I get flaky.

MiniMD

MiniMD

Keep the Diamond Tip flat on your face to keep the suction working. Whenever I stop I can feel it pulling on my skin. It’s inevitable that this happens to me several times when using this so it’s not a big deal – but it’s when you can really feel what the MiniMD is doing.

When I’ve done all the passes I want to on my face I turn it off and use the washcloth that I’ve used to cleanse with and go back over my skin. You’ll find that you need to remove all the dead skin that has been exfoliated. You can also do this with a toner but I prefer to wipe it off first with water, tone, then serum and moisturizer. My skin can feel a little dehydrated after using this but that’s all the better to soak up my skincare and make it more effective.

MiniMD wool filters

MiniMD wool filters

When finished replace the wool filter. The wool filter looks like it does nothing but it does two jobs. It keeps the motor clean so that dust etc doesn’t accumulate. And it picks up the dead skin so it doesn’t go back into the machine. You can purchase a set of 30 for $15, they’ll last you 3-4 months depending on how often you use your MimiMD.

So why do you want to try this?

*It’s only $99 for everything you need.

*You use this in the privacy of your home when you feel like it.

*This is known to help with pores, fine lines, wrinkles, age and liver spots, sun-damaged skin, acne scars, and uneven skin tone and texture.

*The MiniMD can be used on your face, hands, feet, and neck. (I’m going to start using it on my hands for sure).

In a 6 week Trophy Skin Microdermabrasion Clinical Trial

  • 80% experienced decreased wrinkle depth
  • 95% had softer, more hydrated and refreshed skin
  • 85% had less noticeable blemishes

I’m thrilled to be using this and I’m noticing a difference. One of my goals this year is to work on my pores and fine lines and the MiniMD is the way to go. Exfoliation at home for 5 minutes several times a week to help me with anti-aging? Color me happy.  —  Marcia

MiniMD by Trophy Skin can be purchased on their website and on Amazon.com

*sent for editorial consideration (all opinions are my own), affiliate links

Join the others to see what has blown them away as much as MiniMD has with me.

 


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Makeup Wars splurged!!! Here are my OMGs…

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Makeup Wars splurging with Viseart and Tom Ford

Welcome to Makeup Wars or as I call it this week, Spending Wars. I splurged over the holidays and many new products ended up at my home. I’d be taking pictures forever and a day if I showed you everything so instead I’ve chosen two brands, Viseart and Tom Ford Beauty, that I’m most excited about. I did go overboard but I “needed” these. Didn’t I??

TOM FORD BEAUTY “LIPS & BOYS” LIP COLOR

Last year Tom Ford came out with a limited edition Boys & Men collection. I admit I bought even more last year than I did this year but I couldn’t resist. These are small lipsticks and probably not worth the $35 each but I just had to have them. I prefer wearing lipstick and Tom Ford lipsticks are my favorite ever. They have a slight vanilla fragrance that I don’t really notice at all. They are moisturizing and I feel like a million bucks when I wear my TF lips.

“Tom Ford Lip Color is filled with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to create an ultra-creamy texture with an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.”

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

AUSTIN

Tom Ford Austin

Tom Ford Austin

Austin is a light coral with a slight metallic finish. This is a combination of peach & pink and I find it very versatile.

FLYNN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Flynn

This is actually my second Flynn. I bought it last year, fell in love with it, wore it a LOT but was afraid to wear it more. Once it was brought back I had to buy another. Now one is constantly with me while my newest one can live at my vanity. On me Flynn is a light pink that’s neutral. There is a little touch of peach so that it’s not a bubble gum pink. Different lip liners can change this up so it can look perfect no matter which blush I’ve chosen for the day.

JUDE

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Jude

Jude is my pink of the group. This is a cool, blue based pink. It’s not too light and it’s not too dark so it must be just right!

JUSTIN

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Justin

Justin is different than any of my other Tom Ford lipsticks. It has more depth to it than I usually choose. It’s a purple based pink that I’ve seen described as fuchsia but it doesn’t turn bright on me.

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Austin, Flynn, Jude, Justin

If you want to see swatches of all the Lips & Boys Lip Colors visit my friend Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog for her great description and awesome photos and swatches.

VISEART

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

Viseart eyeshadow palettes

There were some great sales on Viseart palettes but even without a sale these palettes are the cream of the crop. They are a splurge at $80 each but the quality is unsurpassed. I prefer their satin palettes to their mattes but I still indulged in two matte palettes since I know how outstanding these are.  At some point I’ll have to give in and leave my beloved satins behind so when that time comes, I’m ready.

SULTRY MUSE

Viseart Sultry Muse

Viseart Sultry Muse

I have (and reviewed) a similar palette to Sultry Muse, it was a gift from Lisa and my first experience with Viseart. It stopped me in my tracks. The shades in Sultry Muse are mostly neutrals with a few shades that pop. The brown tones are my favorites, especially the top row. But there’s also a rose gold, silver, and charcoal w/blue undertones that make this quite unique. Viseart shadows practically apply themselves, that’s how smooth they are.

BRIDAL SATIN

Viseart Bridal Satin

Viseart Bridal Satin

Of all the Viseart palettes this is the one that truly shines. I question the name “bridal” only because most makeup artists that I’m friends with use a very subtle eye look on their brides; this is far from subtle. I’d call this “Rehearsal Dinner Satin”. Some of the shades look similar to Sultry Muse but they are just variations. Bridal Satin is brighter, more vibrant and is a palette to wear any time you want to look your best. The shades are both warm and cool making it quite adaptable. Satin eyeshadows from Viseart have a small amount of shimmer to them. If you pat them on you won’t get glitter, you’ll get shine.

NEUTRAL MATTE

Viseart Neutral Matte

Viseart Neutral Matte

Neutral Matte is the palette I’d use on a bride. It amazes me that these are mattes in the way they perform. They are silky soft and glide on without any patchiness. The hues are in the warm range with shades of beige, bone, brown, taupe plus an orange, black and charcoal. The only shade I can’t personally wear is the orange one in the second row.

DARK MATTE

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Viseart Dark Matte palette

Dark Matte is darker than my picture shows, my lighting isn’t the best, although the photo with all 4 palettes is more accurate. The shades are livelier than Neutral Mattes and is a great companion piece. Dark Matte is more a a cool neutral palette. The oranges in the middle row are much easier for me to wear as they are softer. If I had to pick only one of these two matte palettes I’d get the Dark Matte since it works better for my coloring and preferences.

What do you think of my splurges? Would you use your hidden money to buy any of these? What about your own splurges? Will you share?  — Marcia

Please join my friends in Makeup Wars to find out what these bloggers have taken the plunge and bought!




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KBShimmer leads the way for winter nail polish

KBShimmer winter 2015

KBShimmer winter 2015

Makeup Wars has chosen a favorite topic for me this time around — nail polish. I’m the blogger that bit my nails for most of my life. And not just bit them but kept at them until they bled. I considered it a hobby (not really but it felt that way). When I decided to stop biting it was because I wanted a French Manicure. It took a long time and a lot of broken nails to get my nails strong enough to have that french mani but guess what? I hated the look on me. Then I turned to red and pink polish and wore the same ones over and over and over again. When the dark nail fad became real, I changed and now you can’t stop me. I’ll be the woman in the nursing home with neon or holographic or glittery nails loving every minute of it.

Back to the topic of winter polishes!! I’ve found some beautiful ones this winter and wanted to share some of my favorites today which means KBSHIMMER. We were lucky enough to receive the polishes and I do mean lucky since there’s nothing like KBShimmer for quality and color.

My blog partner Lisa shared these with you:

KBShimmer Winter Holiday Collection

KBShimmer Winter Holiday Collection

Pictured here are Coal in One, a charcoal gray holographic polish that is one of my favorites for this winter. It glistens with micro glitter. Next is Kind of a Big Dill, a fabulous glitter loaded polish with micro and medium size glitter. This is perfect for Christmas (and for St. Patty’s Day). Smoke Signals is the one to wear by the fire with its orange, red and aqua glitter in a very light gray base. Claws and Effect is my very favorite polish from this collection. I knew once I saw it that I needed it. This is a navy holo with teeny holographic shimmer. I love it in all lights but it’s very special in bright light. Chilly Pepper is Christmas red personified. It’s a beautiful creme polish that wears and wears. Fleece Navidad is the sleeper of the group. It looks like a light silvery gray polish but it comes alive on nails with blue micro flakes and holographic glitter.

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection - sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Winter 2015 Collection – sELFie, Oh Holo Night, How Corn-y, Yule Worthy, Owl Miss You, and Brr-tiful Dreamer

Six more to admire!

KBShimmer sELFie

KBShimmer sELFie

sELFie has the best name. I just love how clever it is. Here’s another green but this one is more glitter laden. It has a heavy load of glitter and is textured. I think it’s best with a white or green base and then one thick coat of sELFie over it so it doesn’t get too thick.

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

KBShimmer Oh Holo Night

Oh Holo Night (another fab name) is a top coat with heavy glitter and silver and blue holo mini stars swimming among holographic blue and silver hex glitters. It stands out best over white but has an unusual touch when worn over a dark shade too.

KBShimmer How Corn-y

KBShimmer How Corn-y

How Corn-y was inspired by Indian Corn with a light creamy yellow base and lots of colorful glitter in fall shades of burgundy, red, orange and gold.

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

KBShimmer Yule Worthy

Yule Worthy is a beauty and not what you normally see. The glitter in this absolutely shines. Move your hands and you’ll see micro metallic flakes that look prismatic. The base is a brown burgundy crellie/flakie.

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KBShimmer Owl Miss You

KB Shimmer’s Owl Miss You is the most office appropriate – as long as your office doesn’t mind stunning hidden glitter that is. This has a very soft neutral beige base but within it is the beauty of gold and copper flakes.

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

KBShimmer Brrr-tiful Dreamer

Brrr-tiful Dreamer is gorgeousness!! The base is a crellie that is a muted grape with grey that’s loaded with aqua, sliver, purple and fuchsia glitters.

KBShimmer polishes are $7 for creams and $8.50 for holos and glittery shades. They are worth every penny. Beauty Info Zone will soon be having a giveaway for the last 6 polishes so be sure to come back with your wishlist!

I had a lot of polishes to share with you but these are the ones I’m craaazy about for winter. I hope you are too. — Marcia

Let’s check to see which other bloggers have some beauties to share.


* sent for review consideration

Stocking Stuffers for Nail Lovers

 STOCKING STUFFERS are either the most fun items to buy or the hardest ones to buy. All ages love gift cards but that’s too impersonal (unless it’s a fussy teen who hates anything you picked). This year do something different and do a themed stocking. My theme is for my favorite females and it’s all about nails.
SOME FAVORITES ….

1.  VIOLIFE SLIM UNO PORTABLE NAIL KIT is cute and practical. It’s a battery powered manicure kit that is 4 tools in one. It comes with an emery board and replacement pad, a shaping file, buffer with a replacement pad and a cuticle pusher. It comes in a carrying case so it’s perfect for the travelers you know and it’s cute enough to make every woman smile. Also check out Violife’s great travel toothbrushes which come in a style for everyone on your list.

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

Violife Slim Uno

2.  NAIL BUTTER is going to change the nail life of the lucky recipient. This non-greasy butter comes in 2 fragrances, lemongrass and geranium. This is a pure, all-natural product that contains essential oils and lanolin. It can be used just about anywhere you need some softening. But the beauty of it is what it does for you nails. It not only helps strengthen nails but it’s great for encouraging growth. Your cuticles will be moisturized and look better than ever. Maybe you should put this on your list while you’re at it!

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

Nail Butter

3.  MONT BLEU CRYSTAL NAIL FILES has a certain je nais se quois about them. These are the products you want to put in an adult’s stocking because it will blow her away. No one has the quality of Mont Bleu’s files nor the stunning designs and colors. You could easily buy a different one for every female on your list without repeating designs. Expect a “WOW” when it’s opened.

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

Mont Bleu

4.  FARMHOUSE FRESH MARSHMALLOW MELT is an all purpose Shea Butter Balm that is slim enough to fit into a cosmetic bag. It combines pure shea, cocoa and mango butters to make it an all-purpose balm. You can use this on your feet, your hands, elbows and even lips. The fragrance is enticing and not too sweet. You won’t feel like a child using this or smelling it on your body since it adds a little tonka bean and sandalwood to cut the sweetness but leave it smelling good enough to eat.

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

Now to the nail polish! I’m a nail polish fanatic and want to wear a different one every week. That means I need at least 52 polishes a year (a hint to my family who might be reading). I chose 3 different brands at 3 different prices. All are high quality and wear beautifully.

1.  PURE ICE NAIL POLISH ($1.97 each) has a new winter collection called Fairytale Forest that is sweet and fun along with a nice change of pace from the typical greens and reds of the season. I chose Pure Ice because it contains some of the Pantone colors of 2016 that were just announced. Pinks and light blues make me smile.

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice Prince Charming with Stella Grace

Pure Ice True Love's Kiss

Pure Ice True Love’s Kiss

2.  KBSHIMMER always makes me ecstatic. Each season they create a new collection that makes my heart flutter plus they have their permanent collection. All are not only beauties but the wear is incredible. I have a thing for their holographs like Coal in One and Fig-Get About it. ($8.75)

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Coal in One

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

KBShimmer Fig-Get About It

3.  butterLONDON polishes make me so happy. It’s hard to walk out of Ulta without perusing their selection and I often walk out with one. KIP was a favorite this past summer and now it’s coming out again so I can be in tune with Pantone now! This is an oxford blue men’s shirt come to life. If you insist on red for Christmas though there’s lots to choose from, especially Knees Up which I love!($15)

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Kip in sunlight

butter LONDON Knees Up

butter LONDON Knees Up

Now you know how to make a female happy. Buy her a few fabulous polishes, a terrific hand/cuticle cream, and a perfect nail file! She’ll be your BFF forever.  — Marcia

I can’t wait to see what our other Makeup Wars bloggers have chosen!

*sent for editorial consideration, some affiliate links

 

 

Favorite products to get holiday ready

For Makeup Wars today we are sharing our favorites for holiday beauty. For my post it’s the products I recently used to go out for a special dinner and that I’ll be replicating on Thanksgiving when someone else (hallelujah) is hosting a very elegant dinner. Come along and see what my special items are.

Surratt Eyelash Curler

Surratt Eyelash Curler

During Sephora’s F&F sale I treated myself to a Surratt Beauty Relevee Eyelash Curler ($30). I already own lash curlers and use one daily or my eyes disappear, but the hype on this was so strong that I needed to try the Surratt one. It has its pros and cons but for me it’s mostly a pro.

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler opened

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler closed

Surratt Beauty Relevee Lash Curler closed

I feel like my lashes are curled better than ever without having any crimps in them. The curl seems to last longer too. The problem with this is that it’s black and my eyelashes are very dark so it’s sort of a game using the lash curler. I can’t see if my eyelashes are in there straight so I just wait til it feels comfortable and squeeze; move it again and squeeze. So far so good.

Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow

Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow Duo

As an eyeshadow base I used Wander Beauty Exquisite Eye Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne*.  This is one of the two liquid eyeshadows sold together on QVC ($34). I love both shades and wear them when I want some gorgeous shimmer that won’t wander – ever. On my non-oily lids I don’t need an eyeshadow primer since this does the job.

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadows in Champagne and Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadows in Champagne and Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne Bronze

Wander Beauty Liquid Eyeshadow in Champagne Bronze

The swatches are applied heavily but on my eyes it becomes a sheer wash of color. My powder eyeshadows become even more vibrant and long lasting when using these as a base but these cream shadows are great all by themselves too.

Lorac Pro Metal Palette

Lorac Pro Metal Palette

Right now I have a crush on Lorac Pro Metal Palette ($28). I bought this after seeing a review on Beauty Junkies Unite and knew it had to be mine. I love a high shine and these 8 shades do it right. Quartz is very white on me which is why the Wander Beauty base is better for my brow bone. I love Gilded‘s gold on my lid and Graphite‘s golden taupe in my crease. The palette in general though is fabulous with Rose Gold, Onyx (dark charcoal), Amber (copper), Clover (golden khaki), and Cobalt (navy). These shadows are like silk. This is limited edition so if you love these kinds of shadows be sure you check it out.

Youngblood Luminous Crme blush in Taffeta

Youngblood Luminous Creme blush in Taffeta

Youngblood Luminous Creme Blush in Taffeta is my favorite blush ever. I use up just about nothing cosmetic wise but I’m on my second pot of this. It’s a go-to blush for me that I feel is the perfect pink for my skin. I really didn’t think it could get better until Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick ($28)* came into my life.

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

Jennifer Bradley The Glow Stick

The Jennifer Bradley Glow Stick is a light pink cream highlighter that can be used on cheeks, face and eyes. It’s got a luminous quality without a single drop of glitter or shimmer. It feels almost magical when applied. This comes in a plastic tube with a wand ball applicator that makes it easy to apply. It doesn’t migrate on my face. I’ve used it on my browbone, over a blush and on the cupid’s bow of my mouth. While it’s subtle, it gives a twinkle when you move your head certain ways or in some lights. It’s the perfect strobing product for people who want the glow without the fuss. I store mine upside down in a lipstick holder and shake it just before use.

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox’s Brow Tech Gloss Stick ($21)* brings a new dimension to my quest for good eyebrows. I follow a blog (If Makeup Could Talk) and she always has the most amazing brow look. I never could figure out how to get my brows to look glossy like hers. I didn’t want anything sticky.

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick - taupe on top, brunette on bottom

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick – taupe on top, brunette on bottom

Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick is the answer to my question. This wind up brow stick comes in 4 shades. I was sent both Taupe and Brunette. I can use them both but it’s Brunette that really gives me that special look. These are glossy without being over the top. They add a beautiful, non-sticky sheen to my eyebrows while filling them in well. I save these for nights out so that I can feel special when I’m trying to look my best.

Of course there’s more to it than these 6 products but this is gist of my favorite look lately. I feel it’s holiday ready and ups my everyday face to something more special. Each of these are products I can highly recommend.

What are your favorites for holiday party looks? — Marcia


*products were sent for consideration, rest are personal purchases