Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Enchanting Gems

Sally Hansen's Color Therapy line is a favorite here.  I have nails that peel easily when polished , they dry out and the  argan oil formula really makes a difference in helping my nails hold up better.

For Winter/Holiday  the new  Enchanting Gems collection is downright gorgeous, especially if like me, you like a little shimmer.

The one to grab is Smoky Emerald. This deep blackened green has a nice but not bold shimmering look on the nail and is darker than in the bottle. I love it.

I also have Brilliant Lapis, a rich , bright blue and Pink Sapphire, an of the season reddish pink that says Holidays and one I will be rocking  further into the season.

There are several other colors as well, pearl and amethyst among them, 6 in all.

These are LE and available now.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Chanel Nude Mood Rouge Coco Glossimer Trio Gift Set

Who wouldn't want a little Chanel under the tree or in their stocking?  

The Nude Mood Rouge Coco Glossimer Trio has  three shades of Glossimer in Subtil, Caramel and Melted Honey,  all easy to wear nudes along with a logo cosmetic pouch. It's easy but great gifting. 

$ 92 wherever Chanel is sold  including Nordstrom and

Monday, November 27, 2017

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipcolor

Liquid matte lips are a strong trend  right now and are coming in all at price points, which is nice.  Rimmel has recently launched their Stay Matte Liquid Lipcolor .

Stay Matte has good , almost full pigment, applies easily and once set, stays put. This is a pretty dry matte but they have some flex and feel lightweight on lips.  The applicator is an elongated doe foot  and it works well to cover lips fully in one pass.

They do have a  plastic like scent , which may be an issue for some. Other than that they perform really well and as stated do last.  I went thru drinking and light eating with minimal wear.

There are 14 shades including some edgy ones like black and navy. I went for the nudes , shown are Rose & Shine , Be My Baby and Pink Blink

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipcolor is approx 4.99- 5.99 depending on store/ sale.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Commodity Black Friday/Cyber Monday- Get & Give Back

For Black Friday through Cyber Monday,  Commodity has partnered with The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund .

From midnight 11/23 to midnight 11/27, 50% of all sales from will be donated to assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey  Irma and Maria . The program is open to all US, UK and EU residents. 

The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund is committed to ensuring that 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to support the victims, as opposed to administrative funds to support the charity. Additionally, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund matches all donations that Commodity makes up to $5MM.

Plus there's a gift with purchase - a complimentary 10ml fragrance or bath bar with the purchase of a candle or 100ml fragrance.

I highly rec their Gift Set( reviewed here) and I am also loving the new Leather candle which is great for gifting and won't smell like  any other candle out there.  It's rich and smoky with labdanum and akigalwood in addition to leather. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Yes To Black Friday Buy 1 Get 2 Wipes FREE

Yes To Wipes are Buy 1 Get 2 Free at Rite Aid from 11/23- 11/25.

Yes that's TWO free.  One of the best deals out there for beauty. Stock up gals.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

NARS Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Just What I Needed Powermatte Online Excl. Shade
Starting tonight  all purchases on will be 20% off ( excluding Man Ray, palettes, books and candles) .

This is their only sale of the year site wide and there are many online exclusive products incl. shades of Powermatte and Audacious Lipstick and the 413 BLKR collection.   413 BLKR is one of my all time  favorite NARS lippies . It's a perfect Winter color.  

Sale runs 11/23  to 11/28 on


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

OGX Sparkling Cider Shampoo/Conditioner

Each year at the Holidays OGX releases seasonally fun scented shampoo and conditioner.

This year they partnered with Kandee Johnson for three fragrances.

Sparkling Cider is very fragranced and packs a hit of  warm cinnamon along with a little fruity apple. It smells great and does leave a lingering scent on your hair. I'm still on the fence about how I feel having scented hair but I do love the smell of the shampoo.

OGX products work great for my hair and these are no different. You get moisture and  light conditioning for soft, but not weighed down hair without sulfates. If you  have very dry hair, you might find you need something heavier or more conditioning ( I rec their Coconut Miracle Oil), but normal to slightly dry should do well.

OGX Holiday Sparkling Cider, Candy Gumdrop  and Frosted  Sugar Cookie are  available at Wal Mart and Ulta for $ 7.99 per bottle.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Karity Nude and Rudes Eyeshadow Palette

Have you heard of Karity Beauty yet ? It was new to me but so worth checking out .

The brand was founded by Isaac Rami as an antidote to how expensive most makeup was.  He felt it could be done as well, at a better price and Karity was born. They also, and I truly love this part,  created  Palettes For Paws and partner with local SPCA's. For every palette sold, Karity donates a meal to animal in need. Their makeup is also 100% cruelty free and vegan.

decadence, rockstar,butterscotch

So what about the makeup you ask? Well, I have the Nudes and Rudes palette and it's just about become my favorite. These shadows are so creamy they apply and look/feel like a cream. Smooth, easily blended with deep pigment that lasts well. Oh and even the shimmeriest shade has almost no fallout. 

Nudes and Rudes has so many great colors, it is not one of those palettes where most of the shades won't get used. These are all ones to wear. Some are shimmer, some are metal, some are matte, all are gorgeous. The quality here is high end all the way.

If you don't like any of the pre-done palettes, you can grab an empty magnetic one and buy individual shadows  (only $4 each) to fill as you wish.

There are also contour and lip palettes as well as very nice quality brushes incredibly priced. Some are only $4.

Karity is online based and shipping is also well priced. Free over $ 35, only $ 3.50 otherwise.  hey will ship Internationally  too.

Karity 15 Nudes and Rudes Palette is $ 25 .

Friday, November 17, 2017

Boots No 7 Forever Flawless Brush Set

Boots No 7 has some fabulous ( and well priced) gifts this holiday season. Last week I showed you the  Glamourous Nudes Eye Palette.  Also new is this cute brush set.

With the Forever Flawless Brush set you get 4 teal handled travel sized brushes in powder, foundation, eye shadow and angled liner along with a sequin mini zip top bag.  This is nicely packaged and the brushes are soft with good sized heads.

The bag measures approx. 5  1/4 x 4 inches. Just enough to hold the brushes or some lipstick and powder and tuck into a larger bag or carry on it's own.

At  $ 12 it's hard to go wrong here.

Boots No 7 Forever Flawless Brush Set is available at Walgreens in stores and online.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chanel So Close Blush

So Close is  Chanel's Winter/ Holiday blush from Collection Libre.

It's an unusual choice for a cold weather collection, it looks very Summer and I'll admit I had my doubts  even though I can wear oranges.

But it pays to try and test , because I've ended up really liking it . It gives a brightening, warm pop of color that is welcome  right now when the little tan I had is fading.  I am light , not super pale, but fair and  I use a light hand but it's also not as pigmented on first pass as it looks it would be. It has very light golden shimmer but has semi matte /satin finish that blends and sheers out easily. My swatch is a couple layers without much blending.

I can't say I'll wear this all the time, but it's a fun shade to have around and works nicely against a light/medium eye and nude lip. If you have darker skin , it will probably look even  better.  If you love the look of So Close, don't be afraid to give it a try, you may surprised as well.

Chanel So Close Blush is $ 45 and LE.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CYO Cosmetics

CYO is a new brand just landed at Walgreens.

The line is 160 product strong and it's got all that's hot right now in beauty- metallic, contouring, highlighting as well as  foundation, bronzing oil, a  great eyeliner and more.

I've got a handful of the line here to test and so far I'm impressed . Oh and did I mention everything is $8 or less ?  Plus the packaging often recalls higher end brands.

Kohl Gel Eyeliner is deeply pigmented and glides on easily. All things we want in a liner, right ? The shade here -Highflier is a rich teal that brightens eyes and lest you think this brand is just for the youngsters ( who are the inspiration behind it), The Mom grabbed this up. ( $3.50)

Ombre Lipstick  is a two toned square bullet that gives just a slight ombre look. The formula is well pigmented and creamy .  Shown in Liquid Lunch. ( $ 5.50)

Metallic Eye Stick is a brightening, shimmering eye crayon to use  inner corners, brows or all over. It's easy to apply, creamy and wears well. Shown in Clowning Around. ($5)

Metallic Liquid Lipstick packs a lot of pigment  and is on trend as it gets right now. It feels good on lips , and just beams color.   This is one I will be grabbing more colors in. Shown in Misconduct. ( $6)

Also shown in the pics are Contour Stick, Bronzing Shimmer Oil ( in a glass bottle and only $7 ) , and Illuminating Mixing Cream.

CYO is a Boots brand ( Boots Walgreens Alliance now) and they know their way around beauty.

All CYO is available at Walgreens in store and online.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Chloe Absolu La Parfum

I do love when all the holiday fragrance editions start rolling out .

New from Chloe is the Absolu La Parfum edition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the line.  This is a more enhanced version of the original ,  according to the brand with more Damascena rose and added Centafolia rose. While it still recalls Chloe ,  it  does feel a bit richer and more straight up rose .

 This is very rose, a soft young, clean rose that feels cozy yet light . There is  somewhat of a citrus start,  then the rose comes in . The rose is very prominent but nicely done and not strong.   Patchouli is listed as a mid point ingredient but I get very little of that.  It's there to ground things most likely, but never overshadows the rose.  Vanilla is also mentioned and it's there in the drydown, but again in a very light way.

Chloe Absolu de Parfum  wears fairly close to the skin ( but is not a skinscent), with  medium sillage and lasts well.   It's lovely , if you are a rose fan, as I am. You'll find it easy to wear , especially for day.

Chloe Absolu La Parfum is  $115 (1.7oz) and $145 (2.5oz) at Sephora 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Norell Blushing

Norell Blushing is built around the rose.

Each bottle is said to possess over 500 luxuriant petals of the coveted Damask Rose. Remarkably with that much rose in it it's not a straightforward or all rose  fragrance. 

Norell Blushing has a  floral opening , with touches of juicy fruit including nectarine and pear.  It's very rose, but a young ,bright rose , not powdery along with orange blossom and then it gets a bit musky and woodsy with the sandalwood note prominent. In the full drydown, it becomes soft, staying closer to the skin with the rose , vanilla and sandalwood mixing.

It smells like pink , echoing the juice color if that makes sense and is ladylike , easy to wear and casually elegant.

I do also love that rhinestone trimmed bottle, it's very glam and made for display.

$ 150 for 3.4 oz exclusively at Neiman Marcus with a gift set now also available.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

IT Cosmetics All That Shimmers Brush Set

Here's another great brush gift set from It Cosmetics. 

All That Shimmers has 5 brushes tucked into a silver cup/brush holder. You get a powder, foundation, eyeshadow , crease and smudge brush.  There us a foam piece in the bottom with a hole for each brush and makes for easy display.  You can remove that if you want to store more brushes in it.

Like the Chic in the City set I featured earlier this makes a great gift. All the brushes are large, not travel size with silver ombre tipped handles.

It Cosmetics All That Shimmers is $58 exclusively at Ulta 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chanel La Creme Main Hand Cream

This may be the chicest hand cream ever.

Chanel La Creme Main ups your hand lotion game exponentially. The egg shaped  container  fits perfectly in  your hand.  Take the top off and  squeeze to get the very lightly fragranced cream out.

The cream itself is light  with a  velvety feel and moisturizes well along with having ingredients for brightening like iris pallida and licorice root extracts. May rose wax,  shea butter and glycerin provide the hydration.  It sinks in quickly but leaves skin feeling softened and moisturized fast. You can tell the difference right away .

Would it be wrong to have this sitting out right next to me at my desk all day ?

Chanel La Creme Main is available now for $ 50 and is 1.7 oz

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

BRÖÖ Holiday Cheer and Shower Beer Gift Set

How fun is this set from BRÖÖ ? It makes such a cute gift for men and women on your list.

The Holiday Cheer and Shower Beer gift set has a full size of both BRÖÖ
Thickening shampoo and conditioner along with a Kleen Kanteen 16 oz stainless pint cup.

 I love BRÖÖ 's shampoos , I first used them a few years ago and they were great for my hair. So know that you are getting not only a fun gift but also products that really work. They have good for hair ingredients like barley , hops ,  aloe juice  and yes,  craft beer. They are sulfate, paraben, silicones, dyes and more free. They are color safe, 100% natural and vegan.

And no your hair won't really smell like beer . The products have a slight beer like fragrance, very hoppy , it's nice but also light and fades quickly leaving hair that's well conditioned,  shiny, soft and with some volume.

BRÖÖ Holiday Cheer and Shower Beer gift set is $ 15 at Wal Mart.