Cosmetics and nail polish - and the life of a mom just trying to keep it together.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Barielle Me Couture collection swatches, review and giveaway!

Have you guys seen the new Barielle Me Couture collection? These gorgeous fall colors are great - some even one coaters! I am kind of annoyed with our weather lately. We haven't had much sun :( I have worked to capture these colors with indoor lighting - and I got them as close as I could :)

Starting with Berry Posh! This gorgeous berry creme is hands down my favorite of the bunch. The formula is perfect - one coat! It's such a wonderful berry shade for fall!

Next is Boho Chic, a deep teal green. This polish was almost a one coat wonder. The first coat was just ever so thin; almost jellyish. But the second coat made all the difference.

Vintage Gown reminds me of chocolate. Melted, of course :) The polish kind of had the consistency of melted chocolate, too. It was a tad on the thick side, but not so much that it was difficult to work with.

The purple goodness of Soho At Night leans a little blue, but it's all purple! This one is a one-coater for me - had no issues with formula or application.

I may not be a fan of the shade, but Taupe Notch had the most awesome formula. It did need two coats, but those two coats flowed on my nail like butter.

And now for Mod Bleu. I'm not a fan. I mean, the color is pretty. The formula was thin and a bit jelly-like. I don't feel like I connected with this polish. I know that sounds weird.... but I don't feel like it wanted to be on my nails. I had to put the polish on three times before It looked like anything decent. For the record, I don't think it was the polish's fault. I just don't think we meshed well.

Want to win your own set? Barielle has generously provided a set for one of my lucky readers! Wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load. Entrants must be 18 years or older. It is open Internationally, however, once the package leaves my hands, I cannot be responsible for it. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Winners must provide me with a shipping address, so that I may mail your winnings to you. I will contact the winner and he/she must reply to my e-mail within 48 hours, or I will draw another winner. Always check the Rafflecopter widget to see how much longer you can enter - entries will be accepted until 12 p.m. EST on October 30. Providing an e-mail address is the ONLY mandatory entry. I will need that to contact you if you win. You can earn additional entries after you give an e-mail address. There will be one winner.

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DISCLAIMER: Some products used in this post were provided to me by the company for consideration. This blog is written and edited by me, and the opinions are not influenced in any way and are not compensated. Please read this post for more information.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vampire Diaries night with Dollish Polish, Catrice and Wet in Wild!

It's Vampire Diaries night! I'm celebrating with a little Dollish Polish Team Salvatore! I've featured this polish already, but I apparently misplaced it. While cleaning a few weeks ago, my husband found it, and much rejoicing was heard (I'm fairly certain I heard an angel or two singing). So I paired it with Catrice London's Weather Forecast (the grey base) and accented it with the new Wet n Wild Megalast Rouge 66, a polish with a waxy matte-esque finish.


What do you think? Do you watch Vampire Diaries? I am a big fan :) I even went to a convention a few years ago, and I was able to meet some of the stars! It was such a fun time! For the record, I'm early series Damon - before he went all mushy! haha

**DISCLAIMER** I was not paid for this review by anyone. I either purchased these products myself or was given it as a gift.

Beauty Blog Coalition Facebook Giveaway!

To celebrate October with you the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition are giving away three cash prizes! That's right. THREE of them! This Giveaway is a Facebook Only giveaway. Meaning your only entry options are going to be to follow us on Facebook. You can enter by following one, three, all… it’s really all up to you! Obviously, the more you enter the greater your chances are of winning. The winner must be able to accept a Paypal transfer for the amount they’ve won. No exceptions. The giveaway begins October 16, midnight central and ends November 1, midnight central. This giveaway is open internationally.

The Prizes:
1st Place: $155
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $55

Please make sure to visit all the participating bloggers!
Aquaheart: http://www.aquaheart.net
Beauty by Krystal: http://www.beautybykrystal.com
Beyond Beauty Lounge: http://www.beyondbeautylounge.com
Blushing Noir: http://blushingnoir.com
Color Me So Crazy: http://colormesocrazy.blogspot.com
Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: http://www.confessionsofasarcasticmom.com/
Cosmetically-Challenged: http://www.cosmetically-challenged.com
Everyday Beauty Blog: http://everydaybeautyblog.com
Geniabeme: http://www.geniabeme.com
Glamorable: http://www.glamorable.com
Hairspray and Highheels: http://www.hairsprayandhighheels.net
I Know all the Words: http://www.iknowallthewords.com
Intrubeauty: http://www.intrubeauty.com
Liesl Loves Pretty Things: http://liesllovesprettythings.blogspot.com/
Lipgloss Break: http://www.lipglossbreak.com
Lit From Within: http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com/
Makeup Life and Love: http://www.makeuplifelove.com
Midnight Manicures: http://www.midnightmanicures.com
MinaSlater.com - Fabulous Awesomeness: http://www.minaslater.com
My Highest Self: http://myhighestselfblog.com/
Nail Polish Anonymous: http://www.nailpolishanonymous.com
Peek & Ponder: http://peekandponder.com
Phyrra: http://www.phyrra.net/
Pointless Cafe: http://www.pointlesscafe.com
Polarbelle:  http://www.polarbelle.com
polish insomniac: http://www.polishinsomniac.net
PolishGalore: http://www.polishgalore.com
The Dalai Lama's Nails: http://www.thedalailamasnails.com
The Lacquerologist: http://www.lacquerologist.com/
The Mercurial Magpie: http://www.themercurialmagpie.com/
The Plastic Diaries: http://www.theplasticdiaries.com/

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BFTE Cosmetics Blush in Destiny

BFTE Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Destiny has been a long time coming to me. You know, I kind of have an "in" with the owner! And while this blush isn't named after me, it's kind of mine haha! I've been told by the owner, Kimberly, that whenever she comes across this blush, it makes her think of me and all the fun we had at Cosmoprof in Vegas a few years ago :)


This color is a deep peach with hints of sparkle that shift from orange to green to blue (or at least that's what it looks like to me). Below is a full color swatch on my arm next to a swatch of it blended into my skin. You can see it blends so well into my skin that all that's left is a slight shimmer! When I wear this, I havta remember to put more on if I want color ;) The consistency is smooth as silk. It glides on easily and blends super well. Almost too well :)


Also in my package where some sample eye shadows! They are Whisper, a delicate shimmery off-white with a blue-violet sheen; Lollipop Kid, a bold brassy violet; and Spring Fever, a soft sandy pink with a golden orange duochrome.


These swatches are one quick swipe on my arm after sticking my finger down in the little sample bags. They add a soft touch of color.... just imagine how they'll build up! Even more how they will look over primer! Spring Fever really stand out for me, as it looks like it's jumping off my arm. Such an awesome color!


Do you have anything from BFTE Cosmetics? From these samples, I know I need more! I definitely need some of the Amityville Horror Collection and The Shining Collection!

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DISCLAIMER: Some products used in this post were provided to me by the company for consideration. This blog is written and edited by me, and the opinions are not influenced in any way and are not compensated. Please read this post for more information.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Spooktacularly Colorful Halloween Giveaway!


How's about a little Halloween giveaway? As I've been destashing and sorting my collection, I'm come across a HUGE chunk of Halloween stuff - and I'm passing these unused items on to one lucky winner! What's all included?

Two previous Halloween mini sets from OPI

 A set of Bonita Halloween polishes

A WnW Fantasy Maker palette, Sweet Libertine shadow samples, nail jellies, Fantasy Makers Glitter Gel and a container of Confetti holo glitter.

You ready? Wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load. Entrants must be 18 years or older. It is open Internationally, however, once the package leaves my hands, I cannot be responsible for it. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Winners must provide me with a shipping address (NO PO BOXES), so that I may mail your winnings to you. I will contact the winner and he/she must reply to my e-mail within 48 hours, or I will draw another winner. Always check the Rafflecopter widget to see how much longer you can enter - entries will be accepted until 12 p.m. EST on October 22. Providing an e-mail address is the ONLY mandatory entry. I will need that to contact you if you win. You can earn additional entries after you give an e-mail address. There will be one winner.


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