Thursday, December 10, 2020

Stocker Stuffers for the Beauty Product Lovers in Your Life

 We are racing at full speed into the holiday season with Hanukkah starting this evening! While my family doesn't celebrate the holiday, I have several friends that do, and I have no doubt some of you wonderful readers do as well! Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate!

I know many are still shopping for gifts, and if you're anything like me, you'll have all the gifts purchased and then remember at the last minute you haven't picked up any stocking stuffers! Consider this post a reminder to pick them up! I'm not filling stockings for any beauty product lovers for the foreseeable future, but I still wanted to share a list of things I would love to put in stockings this year.

KBShimmer Sugar Scrubs

I've not made it a secret that I love KBShimmer's Sugar Scrubs. I always have at least one, if not two, hanging out in the upper alcove in my shower (to help keep water out of it). While the scent options vary monthly with the opening of the Polish Pickup shops, KBShimmer carries a selection of their own scent options on their website. Whether you want to use them as part of your manicure and pedicure routine or as part of your full shower routine, you really can't go wrong with it! Deep Cashmere is one of my personal favorites this time of year for its cozy, warm scent.

The Brush Guard Cosmetic Brush Sleeve Sets

If your beauty lover wears cosmetics, these brush sets are a must have! Cosmetic brushes get expensive quickly, and I am a fan of protecting your investment. I love to use these sleeves to help my brushes get their shape after a washing each week so I don't have to worry about early fraying. I also use them while storing my brushes, and they are the perfect brush travel companion! They are available in different sizes, and I've got an extra variety pack on hand for when I lose a sleeve or add another brush to my collection.

ASP Just For You Manicure Tool Set

With more and more people doing their nails at home, a manicure implement kit would be greatly appreciated! ASP is a brand that caught my attention this year, and I love that it is readily available at my local Sally's store. If you have multiple people in your home that would use these, I always recommend getting a set for each person to keep things sanitary. At only $17 a set, it's worth the affordable cost to help keep things clean!

Blenderelle Makeup Blender Case

While I'm certainly a "brush" girl when it comes to my makeup application, I still use a blender for certain things. The down side to a blender is they get pretty gross if they aren't cleaned and dried properly, and that means not sealing it in a plastic bag! I stumbled across the Blenderelle and fell in love with these storage containers! I started out with the original, which looks like a flower bud when closed, but they have added this cool crystal design since then. No matter which style of case you prefer, both have small holes to allow proper air flow so your blender can dry. No more leaving dirty blenders just sitting on your vanity! One added bonus in my case is it keeps my cat from running off with my blender! Prior to owning one, my previous cat would abscond with my blenders and I never did find them, even when packing up and moving across state lines!

Cuccio Naturalé Whipped Hemp Revitalizing Butter

Winter brings dry weather, and using extra moisturizing lotions and butters becomes a necessity! I'm particularly fond of this Hemp Revitalizing Butter, as the hemp seed oil, cupuaçu seed butter, and chia oil are incredible at rejuvenating and nourishing the skin. A little goes a long way so your giftee can look forward to many uses from this jar! This is perfect for skin health in general and definitely feels like a pampering treat!

I hope this post helps give you a few more ideas of different items to add to your beauty lover's stocking this year! I wanted to include some consumables in addition to some of my preferred staples that I've not really seen mentioned frequently.

How is your holiday shopping going thus far? Are you almost done or have you been putting it off?

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Krampusnacht with KBShimmer

 Greetings, dear readers! It's been not so fun times around here since my knee injury last week. I'm actually going to need surgery and they have rushed it to this week. Yikes! I'm getting around on crutches for the time being but it's not exactly been a fun time.

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I don't know if it was my current mood with the injury, dealing with all that 2020 has thrown out, or just in the mood for something different, but I felt the urge to create Krampus nails for Krampusnacht this past weekend. I had the gorgeous new KBShimmer multichromes begging for some love, and the darkness of Obsidian and Much Lava To You were exactly what I had in mind. I hope you enjoy my quick and easy nail art!

I really didn't want to add too much to cover up the multichromes, and I opted to keep the final look simple. Using What's Up Nails Hotter Than Red Stamping Polish, I applied a few images from the Bah Humbug-02 Stamping Plate by Hit the Bottle.

I'm loving this look! It's fitting my mood recently, for better or for worse, and the multichromes are incredible! I still have the other two I want to use for nail art once I can decide exactly what I want to do with them.

Have you picked up the newest KBShimmer multichromes? Which one is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Highlights from the Beauty Spotlight Team

It’s Polish Pick Up this weekend and Kristi over at BeginNails reviewed KBShimmer’s contribution called Cats and Pajamas.

Have you tried dry brushing? Never Say Die Beauty tried the 4 Step natural, vegan dry brushing set from Ida Body Care, and her dry, itchy skin has never felt better!

Prime Beauty’s favorite bath and body line Nectar has a lovely Holiday Collection that everyone on your list will love.


Have you found the perfect gift yet? Have you found one that’s one size fits all adults? Beauty Info Zone has the answer to that question with the Conair ExtremeSteam Handheld Fabric Steamer. How did Marcia live without it?

Is facial mist a must have product? I Know all the Words thinks it is. She’s sharing a few budget friendly options perfect for any skincare routine.

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog loves a great beauty gadget, and the FOREO BEAR Smart Microcurrent Facial Toning Device is just that! It’s easy to use, ultra-effective, and well-worth the splurge!

If you’ve been afraid to try false lashes in the past, you’ll want to take a look at an easy to apply option over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom blog.

Everything is FINE. Just FINE! This is the mantra many clung to throughout all the twists and turns thrown out at us in 2020. This became the theme for the final month of the Polish Pickup, open through Monday, December 7th. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has the offering by ellagee Polish, Lawn And Order, on her blog this week for your shopping consideration.

Cassie over at Southeast by Midwest is unboxing Six Months of Birchbox in one post! If you want to see if Birchbox is worth subscribing to, this would be a good way to find out.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

ellagee Polish is Back for the Final Polish Pickup with Lawn And Order

 Tomorrow is the day! The December Polish Pickup Shop will be open for the next four days, and do I have some amazing news for you: ellagee Polish has created a nail lacquer for the event! I'm so excited to see the brand make a return, and I know many of you will be a well! For today's blog post, I have ellagee's offering, called Lawn And Order, to share with you. It's a beauty, so I hope you are ready!

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Lawn And Order was inspired by the Four Seasons Total Landscaping Press Conference held last month. Like many events in 2020, it wasn't something we would have expected to think of when it came to 2020, and yet here we are.

Lawn And Order starts off with a beautiful teal blue base and is jam packed with blue to green shifting shimmer. It truly is a stunning, and as Laura, the creative mastermind behind ellagee Polish puts it the shimmer "sparkles with hope for the future". 

I have a weakness for teal shades, and this one is positively exquisite! The colour is incredible; I'm sure to wear this baby frequently! The formula is also really nice as it applies flawlessly to the nails without issue. I used two coats for opacity plus top coat for these photos.

Please keep in mind that orders to the Polish Pickup are submitted as a pre-order and to allow 3+ weeks for shipping. This allows the indie brands ample time to create all the necessary products at the close of the Polish Pickup monthly opening, ship it to Polish Pickup headquarters, and then packaged together and sent to customers. It may slow the process down some, but it's a great way to pick up a large assortment from different makers for one very low shipping cost!

The December Polish Pickup will be open Friday, December 4th through Monday, December 7th. This is the only time to pick up the items offered in the shop so be sure to be there to snag whatever items you have your eye on!

Are you as excited as I am to see ellagee Polish return to the Polish Pickup? What items are on your wishlist? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

One Final Polish Pickup for the Year: Offerings by KBShimmer

 Oh, 2020, amirite? It has been quite the year with one thing after another, not to mention the major elephant in the room that is COVID-19. Yours truly definitely had more than her fair share of issues thanks to this *bleep*ing virus, but hey, I'm still here and hanging on! Naturally, as the year has entered its final month, I had a little accident with my knee yesterday and I'm waiting for doctor followup to find out just how bad and what it will take to fix. Sigh. Everything is just FINE.

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To end the dumpster fire that is 2020, the theme for the December Polish Pickup is "Everything is FINE". Indie brands pulled their inspiration from different events and mini themes that occurred throughout the year, and for today's blog post, I have the nail polish and sugar scrub offerings by KBShimmer to share with you. As I like to start off a manicure with a good scrubbing first, let's start off with Cozy At Home!

Cozy At Home Hand and Body Sugar Scrub

When the world is in turmoil, our homes becomes a sanctuary. The simple pleasures become important; a warm blanket, a fuzzy pair of socks, a loving nudge from a pet, or a pleasing scent can calm and sooth us on the craziest of days. When life gets to be too much, I long to be cozy at home.

At first smell, Cozy At Home starts off sweet with a hint of vanilla before deeper notes of tonka beans develop. Rich and complex, subtle floral notes from jasmine and vanilla add depth, while a very subtle hint of patchouli anchors this intoxicating blend.

The cold, dry winter days are rough on your skin, with dry leathery skin following closely behind if you aren't mindful of your skin's condition. The fine sugar scrub is made using olive oil, castor seed oil, palm kernel oil, and cocoa seed butter to left your skin soft and nourished in addition to sloughing off any dry patches.

In addition to using the KBShimmer sugar scrubs periodically on my hands, I also like to use them on my body for the occasional once over to remove dead skin and a little more frequently on the backs of my arms as I have those obnoxious tiny bumps.

Cats & Pajamas Nail Polish

For most of us, 2020 did not work out as planned. Trips were cancelled and outings were postponed as we all scrambled to find toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Families started cooking together more and chatting around the dining table. Lots of cats and dogs found homes as more people treasured their company. Many shifted to working from home, and comfy pajama pants replaced stuffy work attire. Plaid patterns come in a rainbow of hues, but KBShimmer's favorites are a well-worn pair of pink, orange and gray.

Cats & Pajamas is a nod to flannel pajamas and animals that kept us company while at home. A blue-leaning gray crelly base is flecked with glowing holo flecks. Color-shifting flakes shift between fuchsia, pink and orange.

Cats & Pajamas was thiclose to being a two coater for me, but I did end up needing a third coat under my bright light setup. Those with shorter nails or that tend to paint with slightly thicker coats than me likely can get away with just two. I followed up Cats & Pajamas with KBShimmer's Clearly On Top top coat for the previous photos.

I love the look of flake-filled crellies with a matte top coat; I have added a layer of KBShimmer's Oh Matte! Matte Top Coat to my nails in the following pictures.

The December Polish Pickup will be open from Friday, December 4th through Monday, December 7th. Please keep in mind that orders through the Polish Pickup are submitted as a pre-order; please allow 3+ weeks for orders to be shipped to you. This system allows for multiple bottles of nail polish and items to be shipped to you in a single package for only $3 domestic shipping, and it is well worth the wait!

Are you ready for the December opening of the Polish Pickup? What items do you have on your wishlist? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Fall Leaves with Cuccio Colour

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Can it ever truly be fall without a leaf manicure? I haven't exactly been putting off the design, but when it just feels too warm to be fall, it's a little hard to be inspired to put the iconic fall imagery on my nails. This past weekend, however, it was a little cooler and wind was finally blowing leaves off the trees in my neighborhood. November is pretty much over, but at least it feels like fall has arrived! I decided I better take advantage of my inspiration now as I'm ready to be transitioning to holiday designs. I'm glad Mother Nature got the memo, otherwise this never would have happened this year! Before I keep on with the chatter, let me share my design!

In spite of it being a 4-day "weekend", it was pretty busy around here so I needed to get my leafy nail look created very quickly!

I started off by using Cuccio Colour in the shades Hot Chocolate, Cold Day (left) and Getting Into Truffle (right), both from the combined Fall/Winter Chocolate Collection.

I had picked up these pretty metallic leaf water decals/sliders by Fashion Nails at What's Up Nails and applied them over Hot Chocolate, Cold Days. I applied a quick coat of top coat and my nails were done!

I love when nail art looks come together quickly so I can go about my day and still enjoy cute nails! As I mentioned earlier in this post, I am about to switch over to holiday looks, and I doubt I'll enjoy this look more than a few more days. Alas, this is the life of a beauty blogger!

Have you picked up any of the beautiful chocolate shades from Cuccio Colour's latest collection? If so, which has been your favorite? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Highlights From the Beauty Spotlight Team

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales are incredible this season, and if you are looking to spend mindfully and save a bundle, then Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has a big list of amazing deals!

KBShimmer released their winter collection this week. The Love At Frost Sight Collection is full of fun finishes, sparkles, magnetic, thermal, glitters and more! Kristi over at BeginNails has swatches of the first part of the collection.

Never Say Die Beauty does the bulk of her beauty shopping during Black Friday Week. Check out her list of BF2020 sales for the best prices of the year!

We’re in the thick of holiday season, and while you’ve been busy shopping for others this holiday season, Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has done some shopping to celebrate you! She’s back with her annual 12 Days of Holiday Celebration Giveaway!

A gift for you or a gift for someone else? Beauty Info Zone believes that NECTAR Mix-In Mask Kit is a delight for everyone. Be a magician and create your personalized facial mask. This is a gift sure to please.

Is the Pat McGrath Sublime Perfection Foundation worth the hefty price tag it boasts? Southeast by Midwest has a review letting us know if it is or isn’t.

Rather than talk about makeup and skincare, Stacie’s sharing a recipe for Instant Pot mini cheesecake bites that are sure to please. Check them out now over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom Blog.

Prime Beauty introduces a wonderful line: 3 Graces. These clean beauty products believe that beauty is more than physical attractiveness, it is an attitude, an inner light, and what they like to call Grace.

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12 Days of Holiday Celebration Giveaway!


Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we are in the thick of holiday season! Each year, I like to put together a gift pack with a beauty item wrapped to be opened each day. I don't personally celebrate Christmas, and I know not all of my readers do as well, so this is my take on the 12 Days of Christmas. No matter what holiday you celebrate, or even if you don't, this is my way to celebrate you being here with me this year and into another year.

As for opening your gifts, as much as I would like to have it extend the full 12 days, I know many will want to dive right on in. It's the joy of giving that I like most, so ultimately you do you!

All rules are included in the Rafflecopter widget below. Best of luck to you!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The New KBShimmer Love At Frost Sight Winter Collection Drops Today!

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Greetings, dear readers, and happy hump day! It's quite a week, between school being out for the next two days for Thanksgiving Day and a new KBShimmer collection dropping today! From holographics to crellies to flakes to a magnetic polish, the 10-piece Love At Frost Sight collection of both dark and light shades are sure to dazzle this holiday season. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy! Let's check out the shades!

Sip Back & Relax

When the day's work is done, coming home and putting on comfy clothes is the first step towards relaxation. For many, the next step is pouring a glass of wine before snuggling into the couch. For others, a special dinner or celebration may be cause for uncorking a bottle of wine. No matter the reason, wine is a treasured drink for many when they want to sit back, or "sip back," and relax.

Sip Back & Relax is a deep red, wine-colored linear holographic polish. This merlot-inspired shade shows off its sparkle best in bright light, while indirect or indoor lighting will let the rich cranberry hue shine.

Two coats

Stream On, Stream Away

There's something comforting about re-watching a favorite show. It's so easy to head over to a streaming service, select a favorite, and reexperience all the emotions the emotions that made you fall in love with a show in the first place. For those who hate to be left hanging, finding a new show that you can watch to completion is a simple pleasure. One click on a navy blue or red logo can sweep you away into a real-life crime, or a cartoon movie from your childhood.

Stream On, Stream Away is inspired by those binge-watch-enabling services. A deepened navy blue creme, this cool-toned hue covers perfectly in two coats. Stream On, Stream Away is the perfect base for any of KBShimmer's glitter, magnetic, or flakie toppers.

Three coats

Love At Frost Sight over Stream On, Stream Away

There are people who just love winter. That sparkling first frost on the ground excites them as they tune up snowmobiles, break out the winter gear, and start checking when the slopes will open. For others, that first frost ushers in a season full of family gatherings and celebrations, all while staying warm and bundled up inside. Team winter or not, you can't deny that the sun glittering off thousands of icy prisms on frosty mornings is a beautiful sight!

Love At Frost Sight is a sparkling silver magnetic polish. Layer over your favorite shade and use the magnet for a mesmerizing silver effect. You can use this magnetic polish over lighter shades too, for a unique, shadowy look that allows the silver effect to really pop.

One coat with S/S Magnet

Baking Spirits Bright

Sugar, crinkle, frosted or ginger, cookies make a holiday table so festive and bright. Creamy frosting makes the perfect background for colorful candy sprinkle. Nonpareil sprinkles in red and green take a cookie from plain to festive with just a flick of the wrist.

Baking Spirits Bright is a frosting-white crelly nail polish loaded with nonpareil-like glitters in red and green.

Three coats

Sol Amazing over Thyme On My Hands

The sun is remarkable. It helps nature grow, warms the earth, and lights up the sky. Those radiant beams of light also helo to create rainbows! Sunlight refracting through prisms, reflecting rainbows after a rain to color the sky, or causing snow to sparkle like glitter, without the sun, life would be a lot less colorful!

Sol Amazing is a celebration of rainbows. Thin flakes in a clear base easily shift to show off shades of red, orange, gold, green, and, at extreme angles, aqua. These incredible flakes are best worn over darker colors but will ass a pop to any manicure. Love the flakes in Sol Blue or in our Endless Summer collection? These are it!

One coat

Knit Happens

There is something about knit that makes me happy. It may be fond memories of older relatives knitting afghans and mittens. Maybe it's the warmth that a favorite knit sweater brings on a crisp day. Or how seeing a long, knit scarf wrapped around a snowman never fails to bring a smile to my face. All I know is that when winter hits, knit happens!

Knit Happens is a bold red polish with a jelly finish. Color-shifting flakes show off hues of crimson, orange and gold, and in low lighting you might catch a glimpse of lime and green. In bright lighting, micro holographic flakes sparkle and shine.

Two coats

Celebrate Good Shine

Glittery shoes, shimmering eyeshadow and sparkling décor are part of many celebrations. Noisemakers on New Year's, ornaments on trees, or a favorite dress for a birthday night out, a bit of sparkle always seems to add that special touch to a celebration.

Celebrate Good Shine is a pale champagne-colored holographic polish. A mix of micro and small glitters in a copper and gold holographic finish combine for a nail polish with mega sparkle!

Three coats

Bearly Awake

Daylight Savings Time in the fall is hard. It seems that we leave the house when it's dark and arrive home in the same lightless sky. That combination of increased darkness and lower temperatures has us wishing we could sleep the winter away, cozy in our homes like bears do. Most winter mornings, being warm under the covers with the snooze button easily reachable tempts me to grab a few more minutes of sleep. When I finally rise, I find myself bearly- I mean, barely - awake!

Bearly Awake is a blackened cerise thermal polish. When cold, a black cherry color set off color-shifting flakes in shades of pink, orange and indigo. When warm, a bold, pink-leaning ruby hue glitters like jewels, with the flakes giving it a jelly-like appearance.

Two coats

How's It Growing?

Cactus, Ficus, or a Fiddle-Leaf Fig, indoor plants are all the rage. It's nice to bring a piece of the outdoors in, and a bright green plant can boost your mood and make your home beautiful. Even winter can bring beautiful blooms and colorful hues when you have a green thumb!

How's It Growing? is a nod to plant lovers filling social media feeds with propagating tips and sprouting avocado seeds. An emerald green jelly base is accented by holographic micro flakes that sparkle in bright light. In lower lighting, color-shifting flakes show off hues of orange, gold, lime and Kelly green.

Two coats

Shamash Hit

At a time when many feel a miracle is needed, the story of Hanukkah can give one hope that everything will be all right. A long time ago, The Temple of Jerusalem was being rededicated after destroyed by a King trying to eliminate the Jewish religion. Part of that ceremony involved lighting the eternal light. There was a problem though: all but one day's worth of oil was destroyed and it would take days to acquire more. Miraculously though, oil for one day managed to burn for eight! That miracle and dedication is now celebrated as Hanukkah: for eight days, using the Shamash, a candle is lit on the menorah to celebrate that jar of oil burning bright.

Shamash Hit is inspired by those flickering lit candles and long-ago burning oil. A pale golden base quickly shows off hues of peach, orange, and copper as this shimmering multichrome shade flickers through flame-like hues. Linear holographic sparkle adds a pop of rainbow that shines in bright light.

Three coats

The Love At Frost Sight Collection launches TODAY at 10 AM EST!

It is always so hard to pick favorites when KBShimmer launches a new collection, and this collection is no exception. I have a particular weakness for vibrant jellies so Knit Happens and How's It Growing? in particular first caught my attention, but I also adore Shamash Hit, Baking Spirits Bright, and Celebrate Good Shine. This collection is fantastic because there is really something for every mood!

In addition to these 10 shades, there are also four multichromes which are a last minute addition to the collection. The just landed at my door last night after a misdelivery to a neighbor, and I will be sure to get them swatched and shared as soon as possible. Or perhaps I'll save them for some nail art instead? Let me know which you might prefer! KBShimmer has a great group of swatchers already, so I may let them take the lead on the swatching and let my creative side take off.

In addition to the collection, KBShimmer's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals will also be launching today at 10AM EST. Enjoy 15% off your entire order until 11:59 PM on Monday, November 30th.

Are there any shades from this collection that have caught your eye? What are you thinking of picking up this season? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!


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