PRITI NYC Polish takes us to the Bahamas (we wish)

priti bahamasHow would you like to spend your summer with PRITI NYC? You can do that with these 4 gorgeous nail polishes that were brought out in May of 2013. Marcia and Lisa will only be spending part of the summer with PRITI NYC since we were sent 2 of these beautiful colors from the Bahamas collection to share with you but we’d be thrilled to spend the rest of the summer with them.

PRITI NYC is a new company for us and it’s been fun to learn about them. The word “priti” in Sanskript means things like “out of satisfaction”, “with love” or “pleasurable sensation”. We felt all three of these when we used this Cruelty Free, Organic line of nail polish. PRITI NYC is 5 free and vegan. The brand was created by Kim D’amato during her pregnancy. She wanted to live an organic lifestyle yet she couldn’t find nail products that she felt were safe for her at that time. Voila – PRITI NYC was born. And now we can share some of the beauty of this line of polishes with you. Polishes sell for $13.50 each but they also have a great selection of past limited edition polishes for $9.99 too.

PRITI NYC polishes in Hedge Hog Rose and Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC polishes in Hedge Hog Rose and Baby Blue Eyes

LISA’S POLISH:

Marcia and I were sent a gorgeous rose and a stunning blue to review. I chose PRITI’s Hedge Hog Rose partly for the name which I love but mostly because I love this type of color. This is not your typical rose as you can see, it’s much more vibrant and exciting. This is not my mother’s idea of “rose” but it sure is mine.

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

PRITI NYC Hedge Hog Rose nail polish

Hedge Hog Rose wore so beautifully on me. It lasted through days of packing for a trip, cleaning, and my daughter’s birthday party (which was wild with a group of 9 year olds!!). I am looking forward to wearing this soon as a pedicure too since the color is one I’ll continue to enjoy.

Priti Hedge Hog Rose

Priti Hedge Hog Rose

MARCIA’S POLISH:

When Lisa said she wanted the rose polish I was secretly thrilled because Baby Blue Eyes was calling my name. (It has nothing to do with the fact that my adorable grandson has big blue eyes – or does it??).

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes

I love the color blue and when I’m not wearing black I’m almost always wearing blue. This is a bright blue like the sky on the prettiest day of the year. It attracted attention but only in a positive way. You couldn’t help noticing this against my pale skin. It’s soft yet vibrant. Different lights brought out different shades in this too. (My pictures were taken under bright indoor light which accounts for my yellow skin.)

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes Nail Polish

PRITI NYC Baby Blue Eyes Nail Polish

This cream polish not only applied like a dream in two coats but it lasted for one solid week without showing any wear and tear. Even the tips of my nails looked like new at the end of the week and my nail tech was duly impressed. This too will make an amazing pedicure shade that will last a long time.

The best news – through July 26th PRITI NYC is on sale for 30% off through their website. It’s their summer sale and you don’t want to miss it.

Now that we know about PRITI NYC we might become addicted to these polishes. One of the most interesting things we learned is that PRITI NYC works with Chemwise to recycle polishes safely. That’s amazing and we are the ones impressed!

*sent for review

 

Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush get some love, side by side

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Purminerals is a cosmetics line that is famous for what it’s products DON’T have – you won’t ever find any Parabens, SLS, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, DEA, Formaldehyde, or Hydroquinone in their products.  What they do have are excellent mineral-based products that perform, and are affordable to boot. Let’s see what Lisa and Marcia think about two Purmineral best sellers:  4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and the Chisel Brush.

Lisa’s Side:

I’ve been a huge fan of Purmineral’s 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup ($26) for years. In fact, I haven’t been without one of these babies in my stash for the past six years.  This pressed powder makeup is one hard working compact, tackling four different jobs:  it can be used as a concealer, as a foundation, as a finishing powder, and as sun protection.

Pur Minerals

Pretty compact!

The coverage is medium, and it’s very natural looking. It doesn’t make skin look dry, nor does it settle into fine lines – I think because there’s no talc in it. In fact, it has shea butter in it which makes it a much creamier powder foundation than most. It really ‘melts’ into your skin, doing an especially terrific job of covering any red areas.

Pur

Sturdy, thick compact

My only complaint about this terrific 4-in-1 foundation is that it seems to go so fast! I find that I hit pan relatively quickly, but then I just go back to Ulta and buy myself another one. This really is one of my favorite powder foundations ever.

Pur

4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Blush Medium

My shade is Blush Medium, which works perfect for my somewhere-in-between-light-and-medium skin tone.

Pur

Blush Medium swatch

Pur

Blush Medium swatched again

Pur Mineral 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

Purminerals 4-in-1 powder foundation in Porcelain

The finish is matte but with super tiny shimmers which give the skin a great glow. I have long adored the Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and I highly recommend it.

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

Purminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and Chisel Brush

 Marcia’s side:

Now that Lisa has sold you on Pürminerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation you need to know more about the Chisel Makeup Brush. This brush is great for the foundation but it has other uses, especially with Pürminerals Pressed Blush and Specialty Powders.

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

It’s so easy to use the Chisel Makeup Brush with the foundation or other products. Pürminerals calls the method the “3D” method – Dip, Draw, and Dust.

DIP the brush into the powder foundation and pick up the amount you need, I swirl it around on the powder.

DRAW circles on the lid to remove the excess.

DUST on the foundation in downward strokes to get a flawless finish.

A pristine brush will look like this:

Pur Minerals Chisel brush

Purminerals Chisel brush

Here’s what the brush will look like when you have the foundation on it:

 

Pur

Pur

I advise washing the brush before you use it. It’s a little bit scratchy at first but washing it in something like J&J Baby Shampoo or a mild cleansing product that you’d use for your brushes takes away that feeling. The brush is stiff, it needs to be since it has to pick up the product and blend it on your face. But once washed it becomes soft and easier to use.

This duo sells for $40 and the pressed powder foundation is available in 10 different shades. Buying these together is a savings of $10 since the brush retails for $23 and the foundation for $26. A bonus is that if you order from the Pur Minerals website you’ll also receive a free palette (there’s a choice of 3 at checkout!!). We don’t know how long this bonus lasts but it’s a winner. One of the choices is the Beautiful Creatures palette that I reviewed here. If you are in the market for a new foundation put this Pür Minerals duo on your list.

*samples sent for review

BREAKING NEWS: On Tuesday June 25th this duo is on Hautelook for the amazing price of $15 and not only that but you get a blush with it. Total steal and the perfect time to buy this. Hautelook keeps things on sale for 3-4 days but often sells out.

 

Side by Side: more Emotional Brilliance from Lush with reviews and swatches

Lush, well known for its huge selection of organic bath and body products, is now gaining a great reputation for cosmetics. They have their own unique point of view, with a focus on personal happiness and well-being, and this perspective is certainly paying off for Lush with the Emotional Brilliance line.

Emotional Brilliance

Emotional Brilliance

Recently, Lisa and Marcia reviewed several Emotional Brilliance eyeshadow and lipstick shades here. Today, they have more  shades plus eyeliner reviews as well. Check it out as Lisa gets bubbly and motivated and Marcia gets charmed, sophisticated, and quietly motivated.

Lisa’s Side:

Bubbly and Motivation

Bubbly and Motivation

Bubbly is pretty easy for me – I’m in a good mood most days and I am naturally rather outgoing. Motivation? Now that’s something I could use more of, I definitely tend to put things off. Lush’s Emotional Brilliance products reflect who you are or encourage you to get more of what you want, so Bubbly and Motivation both sounded perfect for me.

Bubbly up close

Bubbly up close

Bubbly is a truly beautiful medium shimmery pink lip gloss.

Bubbly

Bubbly

I really like a doe foot applicator, it’s my favorite for lip gloss.

Bubbly swatched

Bubbly swatched

This pretty pink actually goes on rather sheer with a nice amount of shimmer. In a pinch, it also works as a cream blush. It’s a fun lip gloss that should be flattering on most skin shades. It definitely does make me happy and bubbly because it’s so pretty!

Motivation up close

Motivation up close

Motivation is a two-toned, bright shimmery blue. This is a beautiful liquid liner that goes on easy and stays all day without smudging or flaking.

Motivation applicator

Motivation applicator

I love the applicator, when you pull it out of the bottle you can actually sort of scrape off any excess so it lines perfectly. It makes thick or thin lines easily.

Motivation swatch

Motivation swatch

I absolutely love this in a thin line over a thicker black eyeliner. It’s beautiful and it really makes brown eyes POP. I don’t know if it increases my motivation, but it certainly makes me look prettier when I put things off!

Marcia’s Side:

Lush Charm, Quietly Motivated and Sophisticated.

Lush Charm, Quietly Motivated and Sophisticated.

According to Lush my cosmetic profile is Charm, Quietly Motivated and Sophisticated. Interesting descriptions of me. Let’s see if they fit!

Lush Emotional Brilliance in Charm

Lush Emotional Brilliance in Charm

 

lush charmLet’s start with Charm since everyone that knows me knows how charming I am. Well maybe not everyone. But they know me enough to know that I prefer light lipstick and Charm fits the bill with that. Charm is a baby pink and may not be for everyone. The Lush Emotional Brilliance lipsticks are my favorite cosmetic products that Lush makes. My absolute favorite is Perspective so what I’ll often do is mix put on Perspective first and then layer Charm over it. That gives me a look I can really call charming.

Lush Emotional Brilliance lipstick in Perspective

Lush Emotional Brilliance lipstick in Perspective

Next Lush says I’m Quietly Motivated and I think that’s a pretty great description of me. When I love to do something then I’m very motivated, if I don’t love it then I can procrastinate but I do get it done. Since Quietly Motivated is an eyeliner then I’m greatly motivated to use it. I go nowhere without my eyeliner on!! I love this description from Lush about Quietly Motivated: “cause (someone) to have interest in or enthusiasm for something: it is the teacher’s job to motivate the child at school” since I taught elementary school for 30 years and I feel one of my strengths was how motivating I was to my classes. (Can you see me patting myself on the back?)

Lush Quietly Motivated Eyeliner

Lush Quietly Motivated Eyeliner

I personally find the brush difficult to use even though I love the color of this eyeliner. It’s a beautiful chocolate with a bronze glow. It’s shiny and slightly metallic. But with my longer nails I have trouble using a brush this tiny. It’s easy to solve though since I just take the eyeliner from Lush’s brush, put it on my own brush and can do my eyeliner much easier.

Quietly Motivated from lushusa.com

Quietly Motivated from lushusa.com

lush cosmetics jan quietly wand

Last but certainly not least I’m Sophisticated. NOT. The color wheel might not have gotten the name right for me on this one but it got the color right. Sophisticated is described as a shimmering taupe and I love taupe eyeshadow. This particular taupe is a brown taupe. Taupe has a million interpretations and this one goes on my eye the way I originally thought of taupe. As you can see it’s lighter on my eye than it appears in the tube. Once it’s spread out the color changes to become a softer shade.

Sophisticated's wand

Sophisticated’s wand

Wearing Sophisticated eyeshadow and Quietly Motivated liner

Wearing Sophisticated eyeshadow and Quietly Motivated liner

The consistency of Sophisticated is very creamy and easy to work with. I start with an eyeshadow primer (as always) and then I applied it with the sponge tip wand. I usually smooth it out with my finger after. It lasts me the entire day with just a little bit of creasing about 10 hours later.

Whatever traits you have, you’ll find a color and product from Emotional Brilliance by Lush to suit your style. They’ve improved the website showing the colors so it’s easier to see what they are actually like. The descriptions are more accurate as are the pictures. It’s a fun and unusual way to add color to your life. Let your brilliance show with Lush.

Lush-ious Hair: Blousey, Big Solid, and Shine So Bright

Lush gets a lot of love from the BIZ and for good reason. Lush has consistently excellent products that are unique and familiar all at the same time. While I always turn to Lush for body products I never really think of them for hair care. Now I am ticked I waited so long.

Blousey

Blousey

I have gone totally BANANAS for Blousey Shampoo ($25.95 for 8.4 oz). This looks like mashed up bananas, as it should since it has tons of fresh bananas in it.

A big jar of Blousey

A big jar of Blousey

Looks just like smashed bananas!

Looks just like smashed bananas!

It also has cocoa and cupuacu butters and the combination leaves even the most dried out, over-processed hair feeling silky soft. It cleans my hair while still moisturizing it. Using this shampoo gives me soft, bouncy, beautiful hair that keeps looking good for three days. I love this!

The Big Solid

The Big Solid

I had a lot of trepidation before trying The Big Solid Conditioner ($9.95 for a 3.5 oz. bar). Somehow ‘hair conditioner’ and ‘solid’ didn’t go together for me. But once I opened the packaged and smelled the gorgeous vanilla and jasmine scent, I almost didn’t even care if it worked. I just wanted my hair to smell like this!
another view

another view

There are some great benefits to a solid conditioner, it’s especially handy for travel. And I was pleased to find it really worked great. My hair is long, so it was a little awkward figuring out how to best use the bar, but the results were wonderful. I finally figured out that if I got the bar wet, then smoothed it straight down my wet hair from crown to ends, it conditioned my hair without getting tangled up in it. Just be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse after, and then rinse one more time to get the best results.

and one more just because it looks awesome

and one more just because it looks awesome

It has sea salt to help build body, extra virgin coconut oil and toothed wracked seaweed infusion to make hair super soft, and some citrus for added shine. It leaves my hair full of body with fantastic softness. This is a real winner.

Shine So Bright

Shine So Bright

For a perfect finishing touch I use the Shine So Bright Balm ($9.95 for 0.4 oz). This is a small tin of hair balm, a little goes a long way. I smooth some balm on my palms and then run my hands through my hair and it  makes it extremely shiny and smooth. No more split ends or flyaway hair!
inside Shine So Bright

inside Shine So Bright

This small tin is chock full of extra virgin coconut and olive oils, shea butter, and even free range eggs! It has a fresh, citrusy scent that is very refreshing and pleasant. The tin makes it easy to take with to freshen up any time of the day.

When you want some new hair products, Lush may not be the first line you think to try. But they have some truly excellent hair products that are definitely worth a look!  – Lisa

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Tarte and QVC bring you Journey to Natural Beauty

tarte journey

It’s time for another fantastic QVC deal from Tarte Cosmetics!  Tarte says, “Start your journey to natural beauty with this 6-piece collection of essentials infused with the best kept secrets of the Amazon. This hand-picked set comes with a chic, travel-friendly bag and brush – making it the perfect accessory to face any adventure.” You can pre-order the TSV, Journey to Natural Beauty, by using item # A233578. It will be available on QVC live and also on QVC.com Tuesday, Feb. 5th using item #A231029. This is priced at $59.94 (after the TSV is over it will cost $72.40).

Sounds like a winner – let’s see what Marcia and Lisa think as they divide up the items to tell you about this set.

Lisa’s Descriptions:

I have long been a huge fan of Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (retail price ($26) and this beauty certainly didn’t let me down. This is a new shade called Fearless, which is a warm pink with silver shimmer. This is only available in this set.

Fearless Blush

Fearless Blush

I love the color and the formula has the same long-lasting, beautiful finish that all Tarte blushes have.

Fearless Blush swatched - see the tiny silver shimmers?

Fearless Blush swatched – see the tiny silver shimmers?

If you like cool-toned blushes you will be very, very happy with this one.  The accompanying brush (Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush, retail $32) is so pretty – it matches the bag perfectly. This is a limited edition brush that you’ll only find in Journey to Natural Beauty.

tarte journey to natural brush

The description says this is a foundation brush and it works beautifully for that. But it’s also a terrific powder brush and it works for blush too – pat it on the blush then quickly pat on the apples of the cheeks for a healthy look.

So pretty!

So pretty!

tarte journey to natural brush head

Tarte says this brush is “the secret to airbrushing without the air.” At a retail value of $32, this brush alone is worth over half the price of the entire set!

A wonderful finishing tool is the Brow Architect Shaper, Liner & Definer (retails for $25).

The Brow Architect

The Brow Architect

This is a terrific brow tool with a spoolie on one side, highlighter in the middle, and color on the other side. Gotta love three in one products!! Start with the highlighter (it’s in the middle of the tool – easy to miss unless you know it’s there!) under the brow. This unique sponge-tip applicator has the powder already in/on it. Sweeping this under the brow shapes, highlights, and hides stray hairs.

highlighter

highlighter

Highlighter swatch

Highlighter swatch

fair - light brow color

Fair – light brow color

Next, fill in your brows and make them more defined with the color end of the tool.

My sample kit came with the fair-light shade, which worked fine for my dark brown hair.  You actually want your brows to be a little lighter than your hair color.

fair-light brow color swatched

fair-light brow color swatched

After shading in the brows, finish the look by combing your brow hair UP with the spoolie end. Doing so will give your eyes a real lift and make your brows look perfect.

spoolie

spoolie

Marcia’s Descriptions:

Besides the large beautiful cosmetic bag that these are housed in there are 3 more items to love in this kit. First there’s the foundation, Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF15 (retail value $38). This is a beautiful weightless foundation that is both buildable and easy to blend. When you order you’ll have a choice of 5 shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Deep.

•Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation

• Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Foundation

This is an oil-free foundation that is long wearing. Even though it’s called full coverage it’s not a heavy foundation. Your skin will still breathe and you won’t look like you are wearing a mask. Even though I normally wear Fair in most Tarte foundations I’m very comfortable with Light in this too.

swatch of Light unblended

swatch of Light unblended

There’s a beautiful lipstick included in this kit that’s a perfect complement to Fearless blush. It’s called Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose (retail value $26) which is a perfect description for the tones of this lipstick. Tarte doesn’t use artificial scents in their products so I had nothing to fear when I applied this buttery lipstick. The description calls it a deep rose but I find that if applied lightly it’s more like its name. I can intensify the lipstick to a deep rose shade but I like it with a light layer personally.

Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose

Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Plummy Rose

This is a buttery moisturizing lipstick with a light peppermint scent that is gone quickly. I love how it feels and looks on my lips.

Plummy Rose swatched

Plummy Rose swatched

I saved the best for last. I love Tarte mascaras. I think they are amazing and they’ve brought out a new one just for this TSV. You’ve probably heard of Lights, Camera, Lashes! before but now they created Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara. This is not only a deep rich black that lengthens and defines but it has incredible volume. They say up to 752% more volume. I’ll have to take their word for it since I don’t have the proper measuring tools but what I see in the mirror makes me believe that it’s got tons of volume.

Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara

Lights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara

tarte journey to natural mascara brushI’ve had no clumping or smudging and the raccoons are being kept at bay with the mascara. I need eye makeup remover to get it off but it comes off easily with it. While Lights, Camera, Lashes (Sephora, $19) comes in a purple tube, they’ve pumped up the volume of this Statement Mascara with a gold tube. If you want to try this special mascara, guess where you’ll find it exclusively? That’s right – in this Journey to Natural Beauty set from QVC.

Overall, this is yet another amazing set from Tarte that is an incredible value.  If you had to buy these separately it would cost you $166 without the cosmetic bag. But on February 5th (or preorder now) you’ll get this for only $59.94. That’s some savings!! Tune in to QVC for tarte beauty Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from Midnight – 1 a.m., 10 – 11 a.m., 3 – 4 p.m., 7 – 8 p.m. EST to see this deal. We’re convinced once you see it, you’ll want it.

*pr sample

DermOrganics hair care products are not only amazing but they have an amazing giveaway for you!

DermOrganic Conditioning Shampoo

DermOrganic Conditioning Shampoo

DermOrganic Hydrating Conditioner

DermOrganic Hydrating Conditioner

 

I have a great opportunity for you to win some hair care that is out of this world. I’ve just received these products myself and will be testing them out prior to a full review but I can tell you that with DermOrganic there are raves everywhere for this brand. DermOrganic has quite a few products in its line including shampoo, conditioner, a hair masque and a leave-in treatment. These are the products that I’m testing and that they’ve offered to one of our readers. So few U.S. companies are willing to send products internationally so I jumped at the chance to offer this giveaway to ALL my readers, no matter where you live.

I’ll have a full review of the DermOrganic haircare that I’m testing in early January but here’s a little background about them. First is that not only is this line cruelty free but it’s also a vegan hair treatment. You don’t find that too often. Second is that it’s a great line for all types of hair especially if you color  your hair or do any chemical treatments (straightening, perms etc.). The list of what it doesn’t contain thrills me. Here’s just a few:  Sulfate-Free and Gluten-Free; No Sodium Chloride, Salt, MEA, DEA or Dyes; Paraben-Free and Propylene Glycol-Free.

So what does it have? How about natural moisture factors, lipids and Panthenol B5 to increase absorption, improve slip, eliminate tangles and prevent flyaways? Does that sound good? How about Argan Oil? That makes it sound even better. But it doesn’t just sound good, it works gooder than good. (Yep, poor grammar from the former teacher!) Your hair will love this line.

DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque

DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque

DermOrganic Leave-in Spray Shine Therapy

DermOrganic Leave-in Spray Shine Therapy

Now here’s what you’ll win: DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo (sulfate free), Daily Hydrating Conditioner, Intensive Hair Repair Masque and Leave-in Spray Shine Therapy.  You can see these all on Ulta’s website and read more about why these are recommended. This prize package is valued at $68.

Join me in finding out about this great organic hair care line. — Marcia

The giveaway is open internationally through 1/2/13 at 11:59 p.m.EST. You must be 18 years or older to enter. If the Rafflecopter doesn’t appear please don’t enter until you see it appear. It gets a little fussy sometimes. You’ll be able to tweet daily to give yourself more opportunities to win too. Good luck.

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