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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Votre Vu ARCH DE TRIUMPHE Brow Definer- Review




Brows are the most important feature on the face when it comes to creating structure. A great makeup can look less than flattering without a defined brow. I am a bit of a collector of brow products, always looking for the next best thing. This brow cream from Votre Vu did not disappoint.

From the website:

Raise brows when you amp up your allure with Arch de Triumphe, an innovative, antioxidant-enriched brow-shaping formula. Lightweight and water-resistant, this long-lasting blend of soft waxes, vitamin E and micronized minerals mimics the sheer and natural highlights of your hair — so you don´t appear stenciled-n-penciled, just coquettish and coiffed! Select from four silky shades to create a highbrow, custom palette. French women know a polished brow projects a more youthful and vivacious visage; so take their comely cue and fill in what nature left out. So easy to use that in just a few seconds, you can reveal a beautifully framed face, brilliantly highlighted eyes, and more confident vous.
For every French Accents cosmetic purchased, Votre Vu donates $1 to the St. Baldrick's Foundation in support of the 46 Mommas and their efforts to treat and cure pediatric cancers.

This product is available in four shades- fair, warm, dark brown, and soft black. I was sent the fair and warm. Fair is great for blondes and does not have too much warmth to it like some blonde brow products tend to have. Warm is a warm, medium brown, that is perfect for those of us who like to have a warm shade of brown to our hair or for red heads. I would love to add the other two shades to my collection, eventually.

fair, warm

fair, warm

I really like the consistency of this formula. It is not too creamy like some products can be so it gives just the right amount of color and clings well to the brow, without looking over done or sharpied on. It closest reminds me of the Tarte brow mousse, except that the Tarte made my brow hairs fall out and this doesn't. I recently used these during a photo shoot and they worked perfectly. The jar container makes it easy to scoop out onto a palette for sanitary use.

 Two models from a recent photo shoot I worked on.

Wearing fair brow definer

Wearing warm brow definer



If you haven't checked out this exciting brand, I would highly recommend doing so. I am loving every product I have tried.

You can purchase this brow definer HERE for $24.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Votre Vu Bébé Duette luxurious lips and hand cream duo- Review



I don't know about you, but I love a good lip balm. Add a hand cream to my lip balm, and I have a handy dry skin savior. Most of us are driest on our lips and hands, so this makes perfect sense.

Votre Vu is a brand new to me and first introduced when I did a review for My Beauty Bunny several months ago. The company is California based, with a mix of French and American ingenuity. The products are luxe, and well made. I will be doing several reviews in the coming weeks.

The Bébé Duette was sent to me in both a clear balm and tinted balm formula. The tinted offers a tiny red tint to the lips (think Cherry chapstick, but much better), but both are the same great formula.

Luxe Lips

This nourishing lip balm made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax gently protects, nourishes and softens lips in every condition. A deliciously light and natural coconut flavor delivers a guiltless treat to your mouth with every application. Intensively nourishing, your lips will become supple and shiny again. This formula is worth its weight in gold! Topped with UV filters to add extra protection to your luxe lips, you can indulge in dessert as often as you wish.

Luxe Hand Crème

This intoxicating hand crème leaves a soft veil of almond and coconut fragrance lingering on the skin. Beautifully absorbed, this special formula was developed to maintain the health, beauty and suppleness of your hands, while delighting your nose with a decadent aroma. This succulent recipe of nourishing and protecting sunflower, grape seed and jojoba oils combined with moisturizing and healing aloe, wheat proteins and natural sun filters develops into the perfect treat, anytime of the day. You'll never gain an ounce of fat, just one big serving of hydrating heaven! Luxe Hand Crème contains sun filters for UVA/UVB protection to maintain skin tone, while helping protect and keep hands soft, supple and younger looking.

The Almond Pie hand cream reminds me of the Laura Mercier hand creams. It is rich and moisturizing with that heavenly sweet scent. I would love this in a body cream.

I love anything with coconut oil or coconut scent, so these are right up my alley.

I have not been disappointed with anything I have tried so far from this amazing company. I highly recommend checking them out!

This duo retails for $39.50 on the brands website







*Sent by PR for review consideration. My reviews will always remain honest and true.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Bronzer and Highlighters- Review



My inspiration for this haul was a live chat with Corey Bishop via Specktra several weeks ago. He really talked up the Prism highlighter, so I had to have it. I will link the live chat recording at the end of this review

The four products pictured are Prism Summer highlighter, Endless Summer bronzer in 01, Prism highlighter, and Apples blush.

All but the Prism highlighter came in the matte black rubber like packaging. Prism came in a mirrored compact. I don't like the mirrored compact because it feels more fragile and the mirror will not stay up when the compact is open, it just falls backward.


Prism Summer highlighter

Prism highlighter

01 bronzer

Apples blush

summer, prism, bronzer

I did not swatch Apples because it will be included in my review of the blush palette that is coming up. (If you love a pinky/peach blush, get it!)

Summer is the perfect golden highlight. It has the perfect amount of sheen but no sparkle or glitter. It is the kind of sheen that captures the light at certain angles and looks fresh and dewy, not metallic and shiny. I love the honeycomb pattern and ombre effect. It is beautiful.

Prism is a pinky opal gleam. It is almost not existent. On very fair skins, it might be enough color for a blush, but on most of us, this is a great everyday highlighter that is not in your face, bold. It is subtle and beautiful.

The bronzer was an unexpected love for me. I do not wear a lot of bronzer. This is one of those matte but not flat kind of brown bronzers. It has the tiniest amount of red to it that makes it look natural but not orange. I fell in love instantly.

What I noticed with all of these is the texture of the powders. They are not powdery. If you have tried It Cosmetics powders, you know what I mean. They apply beautifully, blend like a dream, but you never see powder dust. They lay flat on the skin making them look like skin. You don't see texture.

If you are a highlighter connoisseur, you have to try these. I do not have anything else like them in my collection. There is always room for more subtle, dare I say natural, looking highlighters.

I purchased these from www.gorgeouscosmetics.com.

I found a coupon code today for 30% off your order, but I do not know how long it lasts. fan30


I know I will be placing another order soon!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Fashion Eyeshadow Palette- Review and Swatches

I must admit, I ordered this palette for one shadow- goldfish! I was going to buy it separately, but it was in the palette, and the palette is a better deal.... you know how that goes.



Lucky for me, all the shades in this palette are gorgeous!

gorgeous gold, goldfish, marshmellow, plum

teal, cadet, papa smurf, peter pan


Gorgeous Cosmetics knows how to make a shadow. Most of their shadows have amazing pigmentation, with the exception of some of the mattes. I always swatch without a base, and I still got good color payoff. Teal was really the only chalky looking one in the swatches, but to the touch, the color payoff was outstanding.

This whole palette is a winner for me.

I am not saying this is a stand alone palette. But, if you have a large collection of neutral and are looking to expand into some color, this is a great palette to get.

And that goldfish shade.... if you have blue eyes, just get it!

No duds in this one.

I actually think this would make an amazing Fall palette. And keep in mind that these shadows sell for $25 individually. At $59 this palette is a great value. These shadows are huge.

Purchase yours at www.gorgeouscosmetics.com or Nordstrom.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Midnight Velvet Braided Tassel Hobo Bag Review and Giveaway!

I am not a big handbag person. I usually don't even carry a handbag. When I was recently given the opportunity to choose a handbag to review, I really weighed the options to pick a handbag that was classic and stylish, as well as useful.



I ended up choosing the Braided Tassel Hobo Bag. I love a simple, white handbag. The taupe trim makes this bag the perfect neutral piece for any wardrobe. The style goes from casual to dressy. This handbag reminded me of a much more expensive version that my QVC friends go crazy for, but smaller, lighter, and faux leather.  If you are like me and do not want animals to be killed at the expense of a handbag, you will appreciate the faux leather.

This white bag is roomy with a middle zippered compartment for more valuable items and many pockets for organization.


The outside of the bag features a zipper compartment and decorative tassel.





This bag also fits over the shoulder comfortably.



The retail value of this bag is $89.95, which is superb for the quality and size of this handbag. And even better news, is that Midnight Velvet has offered to give one away to one of you!!!


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Neon 8 pan palette- Review

I just placed a massive order with Gorgeous Cosmetics after watching and winning on a live video Q and A with Corey Bishop, their Director of Artistry. I was intrigued and wanted to try everything, but since I could not afford to buy one of everything, I ordered as much as I could.

For my first "show and tell", I am reviewing the Neon palette. This palette was the one I was immediately drawn to because of the vibrant colors. I found the palette to be misleading as the promo image shows a red shadow and two purple shades in the palette-


And this is what I got-


This confuses me. Did they put the wrong shades in my palette or is the promo really misleading? I wanted the palette from the promo.

On to the swatches and reviews of the shadows I did receive. (Oh, I also pushed one of the shadows out of the palette to see if it was labeled and they are not. They are glued into the palette. It seems like these aren't made to easily refill.)

The Swatches:

Buttercup, OJ, Orange, Grapewine

Cosmopolitan, Violet Satin, Electric Dream, Leprechaun



For the most part, the shadows are nicely pigmented. A couple of the shades have a rougher texture than the others (mainly the oranges and green). The Grapewine shade is beyond gorgeous! But, am I the only one that thinks Violet Satin doesn't belong in this palette? It is not neon, but is a beautiful, smooth, richly pigmented shadow. It just doesn't go with the theme of this palette.

About that Leprechaun shade. It is the most horrible eyeshadow I have ever tried in my life! It would not swatch. I couldn't get any color on my finger rubbing across it. I even tried scraping it with a knife and this is what I got-
It is just a complete dud. Greens are my favorite, so this saddens me. I am hoping Gorgeous Cosmetics will see this review and address this issue, along with the misguided promo image.

I also purchased four other palettes along with this one, and let me tell you, some of the shadows are amazing. Don't judge the brand by this palette, but this one is just a complete miss for me. When I see the word "Neon", I want neon. These shadows do not flow together, are not neon, and are not what I thought they would be.

I'm so sad to give a negative review, but this palette really needs work. (But those two purple shadows are amazing!)

The price of this palette is $59. The single shadows run $25 each, so you are getting a bargain with a palette. Wait until you see the other palettes!!!!

Please, Gorgeous Cosmetics, email me and talk to me about this palette. Did I get a bad egg? Should I send it back and get a new one? Help!!!! (misty.ewing@hotmail.com)

Update: Gorgeous Cosmetics are replacing this palette and sent me this response:

"...we wanted to let you know that our Quality Team is looking into the issue with the Neon Palette you received. It appears there is a glitch and that as we are in the process of reformulating some of our eye shadows, so you will see a variation in the pan shades included in the Neon Palette.

We are currently updating the product image on our website, as this is the former Neon Palette and until we revise the new shade ordering, the new Neon Palette will be built with the same shades as the one you received.

We hope this helps to clarify the difference in the shades and we apologize for any dissatisfaction or inconvenience this reformulation has caused you. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. We take the quality of our products very seriously and hold ourselves to the highest of brand standards and customer satisfaction."
 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fusion of Color Cosmetics- Review

Unless you live under a rock, if you are a makeup artist or enthusiast, you have heard of the group, "In My Kit". This group is where I found out about diamond powder and the company who makes it, Fusion of Color. The creator, Kathy, was kind enough to send me some samples to try.


This sampler bag featured a variety of products offered on the website. I tried out every product and will give you my thoughts and let you know which I have purchased in full size, or will be purchasing.

Perfect Canvas Cleansing Oil- I love cleansing oils. This one thoroughly cleansed my skin and left it feeling so silky soft. I was shocked at how soft! The only downside is the smell. I am guessing it is the natural smell of the ingredients, but I would prefer a natural fragrance oil to be added such as sweet orange or vanilla. Other than that, I love it and want a giant bottle. Will purchase!


with beauty balm

Perfect Canvas Skin Perfect Beauty Balm- This product is a multi-tasker that hydrates, primes, and softens the skin. It feels luxurious, like an expensive day cream. Dry skin will love this in place of primer. Will purchase!


with primer

Perfect Canvas Primer- This is the kind of primer you picture when you hear the word primer. It is thick and silky with a powdery feel after it sets. Large pores be gone! You only need a tiny amount. The cost is great as well. I already have a ton of primers in my collection, but this one is nice. She also has an oil control primer available.


with concealer and primer

Cream Concealor- This cream concealer is also a multi-tasker, providing skin care benefits with vitamin E, and can be used as a concealer or eyeshadow base. It was medium to full coverage, but it did cling to the dry areas around my nose. The website states that it is water resistant, so check it out if you are needing an affordable new concealer for summer. My shade was sand.

with tinted diamond powder over concealer

with diamond powder over concealer

Aura-Lusion Diamond finishing powders- I received two diamond powder samples- one tinted and one translucent. The tinted says #2 on the bottom. I love these powders! I already purchased the large size of the translucent diamond powder if that tells you anything. These powders do the job of an HD powder, control oil like talc, but with optical blurring and none of the white flash-back. The tinted version does add a bit of warmth to the skin, but I prefer something I can use with all skin tones.


merry berry

pleasure

pleasure, merry berry, concealer


Lip Gloss- I received two lip glosses, which I could not find on the website in a wand form, but I did find the same shades in pan form. These glosses feel hydrating like a balm, and the colors are great. They are nice a slippery and no stickiness. The only downside for me is the taste. They have a plastic taste that is not pleasant. I would only add some kind of flavor, which I am guessing is why a lot of companies add mint. to cover the taste. The product itself is quite good and the Merry Berry shade is gorgeous!


All of these products can be found at Fusion of Color website.


Overall, the quality of these brands is great. I follow Kathy on Facebook and see the time and work she puts into creating these products. The prices are great as well. Anyone who does makeup or is wanting to do makeup, should have Diamond Powder in their kits. You can sign up for the Pro Discount through the website as well.

Have you tried/will you try Fusion of Cosmetics? I think I will try the matte lipsticks or the mineral makeup next. :)