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Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

How was your Christmas this year? What I appreciated more than anything is else is the time spent with family and friends. I was happy to help out with the baking and tons of wrapping. I love seeing the faces of surprise and awe when they open unexpected gifts! There were tons of food and laughs. But of course I took advantage of after Christmas sales the moment I could and ended up with some goodies I’ve been holding off getting for a better deal or price. I loaded up on Philosophy stuff from Macy’s site (since they’re at 50% off instead of just 40% on the brand’s site) and I got some Fall 3-wick candles for a great price at Bath and Body Works online (I didn’t really want to fight the crowds the day after Christmas). ULTA doesn’t seem to have their holiday sets marked down yet and Sephora has some, but nothing that moved me to make a purchase. Speaking of Sephora, I’m so glad I grabbed this palette when it was still available last month. I blogged about it in my Holiday 2014 Shopping Ideas post earlier. I was afraid this Tarte blush palette along with their other Sephora exclusive set would sell out before they do their after Christmas markdowns. I was right on the blush palette at least. Here’s Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette.

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette

I actually liked the packaging a lot and while I will not be using the hair pins it came with, I think it looks pretty as an accent to the palette case. This is no longer available on the Sephora website. Your best bet in scoring this beauty still would be if your local Sephora stores still have some available. For the price it sells for — it’s a steal. I managed to get this during Sephora’s F&F so taking an extra 20% off the retail price made it an even sweeter deal. I don’t own a lot of Tarte blushes and this makes a nice addition to my makeup collection. I really like the feel of their Amazonian clay products on my skin. In my opinion, it’s very lightweight with decent lasting power. From left to right, the blushes are: Breathless, Embraced, Whimsy, Bashful and Irreplaceable.

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette (unboxed)

Tarte Pin Up Girl Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Palette (opened)

These blush shades are limited edition as well. If you can still find it at your local Sephora stores, I’d grab it especially if it’s even further reduced for after the holiday markdowns!

dr. brandt® Microdermabrasion

I’ve been trying to cycle through more of the trial and deluxe size beauty items I have in my stash to avoid having to accumulate a lot of things that are new and untried (and also to find out if some of them will be introduced into my beauty regimen). I started using this item from my ipsy April 2014 Glam Bag a few weeks ago in the shower. I’ve been using it up to twice a week and can now provide my feedback on this. Here’s dr. brandt® Microdermabrasion.

dr. brandt® Microdermabrasion

What I love about this product? First, it has a good scent that’s not overpowering. The lemon scent isn’t very faint, but since this is not a leave-on product then it doesn’t matter as much to me. It cleans my face up well like a face scrub would. The scrubbiness of this is not as aggressive as other microdermabrasion products I’ve tried. I could go with more scrubbiness with a product that’s meant for microdermabrasion. It leaves a tingly sensation like you would expect from a minty or menthol product. It doesn’t stay for long though, which is good since that would annoy me. With just the right amount of time, a tingly sensation equates to being refreshing for me. If the tingly sensation lasts for more than a few minutes — we have a problem.

What I don’t like about this product? The price. For what you get, I don’t think the price is worth it. I can get similar or better products that suits what I’m looking for in a mircrodermabrasion product for a fraction of what they’re selling this for. $78 for 2 oz / 60 g or $125 for 3.5 oz / 100 g is what this product retails for. I don’t doubt that it works for a lot of other people cause it’s a well-known and trusted brand. It’s just not for me for the combination of reasons I mentioned. I am glad I did get the chance to try it out or else I’ll be left wondering. If it goes for a really good sale price, I think I’ll consider grabbing it.

This item is available on their online store here as well as at various retailers such as Sephora, Macy’s and Beauty Brands.

Finger Paints Holiday Glitz Manicure Kit Swatches

Hey all! It’s a new week and I’m finally off for the rest of the year! I’m all done with the gifts and all that’s left is dessert items for the day of Christmas. I’m making my hazelnut swirl cupcakes and apple pie. I managed to catch the sun today and got these going. Here are swatches for Finger Paints Holiday Glitz Manicure Kit.

First up is Glitz & Glam.

Finger Paints Glitz & Glam

Glitz & Glam is a silver foil. I actually like this more than I think I would. I was afraid it’d show brush strokes too much. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Finger Paints Glitz & Glam (in shade)

Finger Paints Glitz & Glam (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Glitz & Glam (close-up)

Next is Tangled In Tinsel.

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel

Tangled In Tinsel is a shade made up of multicolored glitter in regular and hex shapes in a clear base. I love glitter shades and I haven’t really not liked any from this brand. Shown below is the shade alone with one generous coat and no top coat.

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel (in shade)

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel (close-up)

Shown below now is one coat of Tangled In Tinsel over Glitz & Glam.

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel over Glitz & Glam (in shade)

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel over Glitz & Glam (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel over Glitz & Glam (close-up)

Last we have Sparkle With Me.

Finger Paints Sparkle With Me

Sparkle With Me is a shade made up of white and silver holographic glitter in a clear base. The white glitter pieces are made up of small and larger hex size and shape as well as small round shaped ones. The silver holographic glitter reflects nicely with movement in the light. Worn alone, I find it slightly boring. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat.

Finger Paints Sparkle With Me (in shade)

Finger Paints Sparkle With Me (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sparkle With Me (close-up)

Shown below now is one coat of Sparkle With Me over Glitz & Glam.

Finger Paints Sparkle With Me over Glitz & Glam (in shade)

Finger Paints Sparkle With Me over Glitz & Glam (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Sparkle With Me over Glitz & Glam (close-up)

I tried to see what it would look like to have all 3 shades on, so I used one coat of Tangled In Tinsel over one coat of Sparkle With Me over one coat of Glitz & Glam.

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel over Sparkle With Me over Glitz & Glam (in shade)

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel over Sparkle With Me over Glitz & Glam (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Tangled In Tinsel over Sparkle With Me over Glitz & Glam (close-up)

Overall? It’s a pretty neat kit! I love all 3 shades. This kit should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for $12.99. I’m actually going to pick several of these up as they will make neat small gifts for friends and hostesses during this holiday season.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo

Only a few more day’s before Christmas and I’m all set for it. Are you guys done with your holiday shopping? There’s always some last-minute gifts you can grab for everyone on your list. I’ll make a post tomorrow maybe on some really last-minute gift ideas. Today’s post is on the last Nina Ultra Pro shade from their Sultry Samba Collection a few years ago. Here’s Nina Ultra Pro Mambo.

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo

Mambo is the purple creme in this collection. Just like most of the other shade, there is a dustiness to this. I have no idea how many coats this is or how the formula fared since I took this years ago.

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo (in shade)

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo (direct sunlight)

Nina Ultra Pro Mambo (close-up)

Please excuse the lack of clean up in these shots. These were taken shortly after I just started blogging years ago.

Shimmer Polish Strength

Hey guys! How are y’all doing? I hope good. I have 2 days of work left for this year and I’m looking forward to it a lot. I can’t wait to sleep in on the first day I’m off. My sleeping pattern has been messed up lately. I’m looking forward to making my last ULTA order for the year tonight (yeah, right!) and I’m ashamed to say that I recently hit Platinum there. Today’s post is on my lats Shimmer Polish shade on hand. Here’s Shimmer Polish Strength.

Shimmer Polish Strength

This glittery shade is pretty with a twist. It is described as “teal & silver with hearts” according to the creator. The hearts definitely caught my attention with this shade. I am not a huge fan of non-regular shaped glitter shades usually, but I’ve made a few exceptions in the past. Each sale of this shade yields a donation to charity for PCOS. Just like other Shimmer Polish shades I’ve used and reviewed, glitter pieces are abundant and no sinking glitter at all even though I’ve had this bottle for more than a year. I did have to pat the heart piece where I wanted to though. There is a tiny bit of evaporation, but it didn’t affect application at all. Formula is nice and applies beautifully. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Shimmer Polish Strength (in shade)

Shimmer Polish Strength (lighting changed)

Shimmer Polish Strength (direct sunlight)

Shimmer Polish Strength (close-up)

Shimmer Polish Strength (lighting changed again)

Shimmer Polish retails for $12 each and you can purchase them on the website or through their Etsy store. If none of the shades are quite right, you can request a custom polish to be made in any name you want for $15 each.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

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