SPARITUAL GOLD for all your holiday nail needs

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

SPARITUAL GOLD & GLITTER

There are so many days to celebrate between Christmas and New Year’s and there’s nothing like a new polish to change up your look. SPARITUAL has a new long wear collection, Rise, that has quickly become a favorite. There are 4 holiday polishes that were sent to me for review. There’s not a one that you won’t want to wear on your nails. I see Christmas, I see Chanukkah, I see New Year’s Eve, and I see Bowl Games when I look at these polishes.

SPARITUAL GOLD ($18) has 3 finishes in their line and all are true winners. There are cremes like Take a Stand and Come Together, shimmers like Rising Spirit and Soulful, and glitters like Beyond Love. What makes these more unique is that they are quick drying polishes. But what reallllly makes them unique is that these are truly a self leveling polish when you use their Flexible Topcoat. They bounce back if you smear them when wet. I always mess up my nails putting on my jacket or seat belt and it happened again when I had my nails done with Rising Spirit. But where is that mistake? It’s gone, totally gone. I did nothing to it and it came back to its original finish. I’m amazed and grateful.

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

Sparitual Gold and Flexible Topcoat

The brush on these polishes is one of the best I’ve used. I had my nails done with Rising Spirit as my first choice and one brushload was able to cover 3 nails. My nail tech was as amazed as I was. The name of the brush is the Mindful Brush and Sparitual created it with over 600 bristles that fan out for a precise application.

SPARITUAL GOLD RISING SPIRIT – when you look at the bottle you might not be attracted to it. I know I wasn’t and even my nail tech wasn’t impressed. Until, that is, we opened it and saw the beautiful yet subtle gold shimmer and outstanding shade. The bottles have a cover over them which I think is a shame because you can’t see the beauty within.

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Sparitual Gold: Rising Spirit

Rising Spirit is a work friendly gold which I didn’t think was possible. It’s not garish as some golds can be and that’s because the shimmer is within. It’s a stand out without being a turn off. I am crazy about it!

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

Sparitual Rising Spirit and Soulful

The shade I’m going to be wearing for Christmas is Soulful. It’s not labeled as a metallic but it definitely is plus it has that subtle shimmer that I’m loving. It’s the type of red that I crave on my nails any day of the year but especially around the winter holidays. When you add the Sparitual Gold Flexible Topcoat you are guaranteeing long wear on their polishes. I never did well with the original Sparitual polishes but these are out of this world with wear time.

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

Sparitual Gold in Soulful

 

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Take A Stand is the holiday green polish that you need on your hands. This is just the perfect green to match the holiday colors. This green creme is practically a one coater. It’s thick and rich. It applies like a dream.

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Sparitual Gold in Take a Stand

Come Together is harder for me to describe. It’s also a creme though it was a thinner cream. It’s not a red, it’s not a purple, but it has some of each of those colors in it.

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual Gold in Come Together

Sparitual has a whole new take on glitter polishes ($12). Not only did they create some beauties but knowing of the complaints of glitter removal they also created a Peel Off Basecoat, Unveil. This is a wonderful basecoat for any polish you use with glitter but especially with Sparitual polishes. Apply a coat of Unveil and then a polish like the beautiful Beyond Love that I was sent, apply as many coats of the polish as you’d like. When you are ready for a new shade all you have to do is peel it off. No soaking, no acetate all over your hands that dry them out. Just peel. You’ll love it.

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Sparitual Glitter polish in Beyond Love

Beyond Love

Beyond Love

These shades are just a small picture of all the beautiful polishes that Sparitual Gold has created. I’m so much happier with this formula than the original and I love that it’s a vegan, cruelty-free brand. It’s dramatic to say these are a Christmas Miracle but they come close to one that you can buy. Have a happy holiday with Sparitual Gold.  — Marcia

*sent for review and worn with delight

some photos are from sparitual.com

 

Limited Edition Holiday Treats from Kaplan MD!

Kaplan MD Limited Edition Holiday Gift SetsPersonally, I think the very best part of the holidays are Limited Edition gift sets. LOVE this — great collections at amazing prices. When I’m shopping I often don’t even do the ‘one for you, one for me’ thing…it ends up just being ‘one for me’!
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While doing your holiday shopping, you’ve got to check out the Kaplan MD Holiday Gift Sets. I was sent a few samples from their fantastic Perfect Pout Gift Set and the Nude Series Gift Set (the Nude LIP 20 Treatment ($30) and Liner ($28)).
 Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask The Perfect Pout Lip Mask and Lip Balm Duo ($24.00, Lip Mask 0.35 oz, Lip Balm 0.17 oz) is a wonderful deluxe size set of Kaplan MD’s best-selling lip plumper treatment. The lip mask is a thick cream that you put on clean, dry lips for 3 minutes. It doesn’t taste like anything, although it has a slightly menthol scent. This mask contains “Papaya Enzymes, Two Forms of Hyaluronic Acid Acid and Adipofill’in, a patented amino acid that naturally plumps the lip contour.
The Lip 20 Mask hydrates dry, cracked lips and plumps up your kisser – just in time for some mistletoe!

Follow the Lip 20 Mask with the Lip 20 Balm for super nourished, luscious lips. After exfoliation, it’s essential to hydrate. “LIP 20 Balm is an ultra-hydrating formula that moisturizes, nourishes and protects with SPF 20 – all in one.  Using a soothing blend of Beeswax and Sunflower Seed Wax, LIP 20 Balm gently glides onto the lips, while nourishing the skin with 22 Organic Extracts. It also contains a powerful lip plumping peptide, Maxi-Lip, along with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, to give lips added hydration and natural fullness.

I love this set.  I am rather lip-challenged myself so any boost in volume is a good thing!

kaplan-md-the-nude-seriesAnother outstanding set from Kaplan MD is The Nude Series ($45, a $208 value!!).  There are 7 items in this set, including 3 anti-aging lipsticks, 3 lip glosses, and a lip liner.

3 x Sheer LIP 20 Treatments in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

3 x LIP 20 Treatment Glosses in:

  • Peach
  • Nude
  • Natural

1 x Matte LIP 20 Liner in:

  • NudeKaplan MD The Nude Series

Kaplan MD The Nude SeriesKaplan MD Nude LipstickKaplan MD Nude Lip Sheer and Lipliner swatchesThis set is final sale and I can see why – what an amazing value! I tried the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment and the Nude Matte Lip 20 Liner. The lip liner is creamy and strikes a good balance between brown and peach. I adore the Nude Sheer Lip 20 Treatment. The lipstick case is a gorgeous silver and is wonderfully dramatic, which contrasts with the super hydrating lipstick that is a sheer light peach.

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

Wearing the Kaplan MD Nude Lipstick and Lipliner

“Beeswax and Shea Butter to gently glide on the skin, without leaving a sticky or tacky residue.  Products contain our exclusive complex of 22 Organic Extracts to smooth and soften skin, along with Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, clinically proven to be 20x more moisturizing than Vitamin E, to provides intense moisture.  Maxi-Lip ®, a powerful patented tri-peptide, combined with Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, work to instantly smooth and plump fine lines and wrinkles for a visibly smoother, more youthful appearance.  LIP 20 Treatment & LIP 20 Treatment Gloss include SPF 20 to help prevent premature skin aging caused by sun damage.”

This is a fabulous set and you really can’t beat that price. These two gift sets are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Kaplan MD online at kaplanmd.com and check out the limited edition sets before they are all gone!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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Holiday Blogger Giveaway

holiday-giveawayIn order to celebrate this holiday season, we teamed up with some amazing bloggers to give back to a special reader!  With all of the adorable holiday gift sets available, we thought what better way to ring in the season than with some awesome sets!
To be included in the giveaway:
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Tony Moly Sheet Mask Box Set
Essie Winter Collection Mini Set
The Body Shop Caring Hand Trio
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Pixi Beauty has wallet friendly, beautiful LE holiday gift sets

This is the season that our wallets really start hurting. Everyone is bringing out gift sets that are too fabulous to ignore. Some of the ones we’ve shown already (or will be showing) are for those times when we can splurge. Most of our needs, wants, and gifts need to be more affordable so we don’t go into debt.

Pixi Beauty (Pixi by Petra) is in the latter category. Fabulous sets for yourself or for gifts. Holiday sets that you can put on a wishlist without feeling guilty. Perfect stocking stuffers and grab bag items can be bought for $12 to $24 from Pixi.

The hottest thing this year is contouring, highlighting and strobing as you no doubt know from reading magazines and blogs. Pixi’s Natural Contour Kit is all that and more! 4 facial shades and 8 eyeshadows can be mixed or matched for affordable beauty ($24).

Pixi Beauty Natural Contour Kit

Pixi Beauty Natural Contour Kit

The other trend this year is matte lipsticks. As beautiful as they are, they aren’t that easy to wear. I’ve reviewed two of Pixi’s Mattelustre Lipsticks and found them very comfortable and not drying. I can’t wear a true matte for more than an hour before I feel uncomfortable. That isn’t my reaction with Mattelustre since they feel creamy on my lips and don’t accentuate fine lines. The good news is that you can try them, or gift them, in a limited edition set called Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette and it’s only $12. The shades are from their regular collection: Honey Bare, Petal Pink, Rose Naturelle and Bitten Rose.

Pixi Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette

Pixi Mini Mattelustre Lipstick Quartette

Then there are the very popular and incredible Silky Eye Pencils. These were the first items I ever bought from Pixi since the raves were amazing and rightly so. Now for only $18 there’s the Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette for this holiday.

Pixi Beauty Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Pixi Beauty Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

I was sent this set to test out and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. I never, ever go without eyeliner when I’m going somewhere. I just don’t look like myself if I leave it off. It’s a need, not a want. But you will want this set because it gives you the opportunity to try out their phenomenal pencils in 4 great colors.

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Pen Quartette

This giftable box holds 4 liners that will work with whatever you wear. Three of the shades are from their collection and one shade is a new one created just for this LE gift set: BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey (the limited edition shade).

BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.

BlackNoir, BlackCocoa, DeepPlum and SlateGrey.

top row: BlackNoir, SlateGray bottom row BlackCocoa, DeepPlum

top row: BlackNoir, SlateGray
bottom row BlackCocoa, DeepPlum

These are the silkiest pencils, you can smudge them if you want without a problem but once they set, they SET. You won’t find the colors migrating under your eyes during the day but you will find your eyeliner on after the work day is over.

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Pixi Mini Endless Silky Eye Pen Quartette

Even though I’ve only tried this eyeliner kit out of the three kits, I have no problem recommending any and all of these three holiday sets. I’ve worked with Pixi Beauty often enough and wear so many of their products that I’m confident in these. They are ready to go for gift giving and for your merry self too. Don’t be late to the party!

Which set would you most like to see in your holiday haul? — Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

Have yourself a ‘Lush’ious holiday with these limited edition treats!

I look forward to many things in the holiday season, like decorating and eating frosted sugar cookies and the amazing scent of a real pine tree inside the house.  Also on my list every year?  The fabulous limited edition Lush holiday treats!  Here are some favorites that Lush sent us.  They make fantastic gifts and each one always puts me right into the holiday spirit.

Lush Star Light, Star Bright and Golden Wonder

Lush Star Light, Star Bright and Golden Wonder

How could the Star Light Star Bright Luxury Bath Melt ($6.95) be more holiday perfect?  It makes for an extremely festive bath, so definitely be prepared for a sparkly version of yourself afterward.  Star Light Star Bright is mega-moisturizing with organic shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil, and it smells clean and happy with notes of ginger and lime. The shea butter is magical for dry skin and makes bath water silky and creamy. There is a hidden treat inside that I won’t spoil for you, but it does turn bath water blue shot through with silver glitter.

The Golden Wonder Bath Bomb (6.95) is one of Lush’s most beautiful bath bombs.  It looks just like a perfectly wrapped gift begging to be opened.  The sweet orange, lime, and cognac oils in it soften skin, and there is a special surprise inside – a little gift just for you!  This is a perfect treat for a special bath on Christmas Day.

Lush Rosy Christmas

Lush Rosy Christmas

A wonderful pre-wrapped gift is the Rosy Christmas ($16.95) duo.  Already ensconced in pretty paper, it’s totally gift-ready and with two great bath products – Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.  Rose Jam Shower Gel is limited edition and I am not sure why, since I would buy this any month of the year.  It smells amazing, sort of like strawberry jam tempered with lemon, a truly gorgeous scent that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is a wonderful mixture of cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, almond oil and Argan oils.  It’s meant to do for your body what conditioner does for your hair.  This is slathered on then rinsed off in the shower, and it makes skin ultra smooth and baby soft. It is particularly great for leg shaving day!

Santa Baby Lip Tint

Santa Baby Lip Tint

The perfect stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift is the limited edition Santa Baby Lip Tint ($8.95).  The little tin is darling, and the red tint makes lips mistletoe ready.  This is a blue-toned red, and WOW is it pigmented!  It’s not like a lip balm.  Santa Baby Lip Tint is so pigmented that a tiny amount is all that is needed for a party-perfect pucker. Plus it tastes like a cherry Coke.

There are many more fabulous limited edition lovelies available at Lush, and they don’t last long.  Make sure a trip to your local Lush store – or the online store – is on your to-do list for the holidays!   – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

tarte cosmetics holiday: away oui go portable palette and collector’s set

Many lines come out with holiday sets, but I think I look forward to tarte’s more than any other.  I have beautiful sets from years ago that I still use…they definitely stand the test of time.  Tarte recently sent us the away oui go portable palette and collector’s set ($48, a $410 value) and it does not disappoint!

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

tarte away oui go

Away oui go is a limited edition set that is an Ulta exclusive.  It’s one of the sets available in the new Sweet Dreams Holiday Collection.  It includes:

  • four removable eye and cheek palettes with a total of 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay eye shadows and four full-sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes
  • three deluxe sized Maracuja lip glosses
  • a deluxe lights, camera, lashes mascara
  • teal fabric stitched with pearls collector’s compact that holds the removable palettes

The lights, camera, lashes mascara is a staple for me.  It gives great volume and length and doesn’t smudge.  I love it.  The lip glosses come in three shades:  Nice, a creme mauve; Cannes, a shimmery pink; and Paris, a creme raspberry.

left to right:  Paris, Canne, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

Paris

Paris

Cannes

Cannes

Nice

Nice

left to right:  Paris, Cannes, Nice

left to right: Paris, Cannes, Nice

They are typical tarte lip glosses that are just slightly sticky and nicely glossy, although the applicator is different.  The brush is beyond stiff – it’s frozen.  I’ve had other lip glosses with a brush that started off that way, but if you bent it the bristles released.  These don’t.  It’s interesting, and I am not sure if I am a fan or not.

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

tarte away oui go portable palette compact

with a palette inside

with a palette inside

I adore the compact.  It’s very vintage looking and the palettes fit in it just perfectly.  It also has a nice mirror inside, so this really is a great item for travel.  I am actually storing the box the set comes in and leaving the palette on my vanity, switching the palettes out every few days.

The eyeshadows are all beautiful, with a great selection of shades and variety of finishes in each palette.  I think my favorite palette is the one with the intrigue blush.  I have always adored tarte blushes, so four eyeshadows and a full-sized blush makes my knees weak.

tarte away oui go palette 1

left to right:  macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

left to right: macarons for you, champagne & chocolat, kisses under the Arc, art in Montmartre

envisioned blush

envisioned blush

Eyeshadows:  macarons for you is a matte light pinky- brown; champagne & chocolat is a shimmery champagne brown; kisses under the Arc is a shimmery copper/pink; art in Montmartre is a bronze shimmer.  Blush: envisioned is a shimmery light peach.

tarte away oui go palette 2

left to right:  private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

left to right: private chateau, cafe for creme brulee, tea for two, marvel at the Mona Lisa

irresistible blush

irresistible blush

Eyeshadows:  private chateau is a matte vanilla, café for crème brûlée is a matte golden brown, tea for two is a warm shimmery brown, marvel at the Mona Lisa is a matte chocolate-brown.  Blush:  irresistible is a matte light pink.

tarte away oui go palette 3

left to right:  snow angels in the parc; navigating the Metro; midnight stroll; liaison at the Louvre

left to right: snow angels in the parc, navigating the Metro, midnight stroll, liaison at the Louvre

intrigue blush

intrigue blush

Eyeshadows:  snow Angels in the parc is a light shimmery gold, navigating the Metro is a medium shimmery taupe, midnight stroll is a dark plum with a tiny bit of shimmer, liaison at the Louvre is a matte deep reddish-brown.  Blush:  intrigue is a medium matte pink.

tarte away oui go palette 4

left to right:  Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

left to right: Champ-Elysees shopping, stargazing on the Seine, Eiffel Tower engagement, secret soiree

limitless blush

limitless blush

Eyeshadows:  Champs-Élysées shopping is a matte clay, stargazing on the Seine is a shimmery light golden brown, Eiffel Tower engagement is a matte greige, secret soiree is a dark shimmery plum.  Blush:  limitless is a shimmery medium peachy-pink.

By the way, did you notice that sells for $48, but it’s a $410 value?  My prediction is these won’t last long.  Get to Ulta and get one for yourself and one for a holiday gift.  It is totally worth it.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Happy Holidays Giveaway – $400 Sephora g.c.

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Beauty Info Zone is pleased to be part of another group giveaway. This time one winner will receive a $400 Sephora gift card. This ends on Christmas so it might just be a late addition to your holiday gifts.  The best news is that this is an international giveaway.

Happy Holidays! One lucky winner will receive a $400 Sephora Gift Card! Good luck & be sure to visit the lovely ladies participating in the giveaway!!

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