Studio M: De-Luxe-Cious (A Mysterious Brand)

One of the fun things we get to do at our Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida meet-ups is swap polish, makeup and skincare items. I get a chance to try out brands I’ve heard about and always wanted to try, as well as some that are totally new to me.

Studio M is one that is new to me…

This shade is named ‘De-Luxe-Cious’. That’s hard to say!

From searching with Google, I didn’t turn up a lot about the Studio M brand. From other blogs, I discovered that it is found at Meijers, which is a grocery store. They are not here in Florida, though. I found only one being sold, currently, on ebay. I was able to find nail blogs that have done reviews on Studio M polishes and, the polishes seem to all be very pretty. I saw a pink one like this blue polish.

What I found out myself…

is that ‘De-Luxe-Cious’ is a stunning polish. The base is a slate blue with iridescent micro-glitter. When I look closely at some of these glitter pieces, I see some that flash from blue to green, some that are gold and some that are magenta to purple. All are spellbinding.

On the nail wheel, the polish has a dusty hue. And, unless it is shown in a strong light, it can just look gritty without any pretty. The polish applied fairly well. When I got to the tip, it did create a bald spot and I wasn’t able to cover it up with another coat. There are three coats applied on the wheel.

‘De-Luxe-Cious’ needs to be viewed from a ‘regular’ distance. Looking at it up close doesn’t show off the beauty of this shade. And, even though I swatched this just on a nail wheel, I will hold onto this polish for a full manicure, rather than putting it back in as a swap. It is a keeper.

The bottle looks like a Cosmetic Arts polish bottle. However, I couldn’t find a connection between Studio M and the creators of Cosmetic Arts, Forsythe Company. What do you know about Studio M? Have you tried any of their polishes?

I Spy…Lots Of Halloween and Fall Makeup From Wet ‘n Wild, Revlon, L’Oreal

(Picture heavy and snapped with my cell phone.)

Halloween makeup has been showing up in stores for better than a week now. I usually spot them at Walgreens first. Sinful Colors got their collection out in good time…

But, I also spied another Sinful Colors for Fall…

I think there might be two new colors in this collection. However, most of them I recognized and already have.

Revlon has a cute Halloween collection with stencils…

It wouldn’t be the same if Wet ‘n Wild didn’t do their Fantasy Makers collection for Halloween. I saw two different displays. One was an endcap, which is a larger display. And the other was a smaller version, as a sidekick, which is to the side of the endcap..

L’Oreal has several of their Runway collections out. This limited edition is ‘The Enchanted Queen’…

One of Revlon’s newer collection, ‘The Shanghai’ has rich, Fall colors. Unfortunately, I like powder shadows and these awesome shadow shades are creams…

There is a new retail store in Orlando called ‘The Christmas Tree Shops’. It isn’t just Christmas stuff, though. In fact, it’s more other kinds ofstuff! Owned by Bed, Bath & Beyond’, this store has a Harmon Department as well (Harmon stores have the makeup, skincare, cosmetics, hair care, etc. department).

I found this there…

And, here is one display that should be for Christmas that has sneaked in on us…

Just a couple more things to show you. I found this at Icing’s Store (And I have a great, big UGH on this)…

But, the REAL Halloween stuff was in the CANDY aisle…

So, besides a bag of each of those candies (which I used for a giveaway at a bloggers’ meet-up), this is what I came home with…

I got the Halloween charm earrings at the Christmas Tree Shops. I will be doing a post on the 8-pan Wet n’ Wild palette soon.

What Halloween makeup have you seen? What are you getting?

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Kisses On My List Lip Gloss Set

Makeup products from Anastasia Beverly Hills are gorgeous and up-scale. Super nice! I would be delighted to get any of their products as a gift. The Holiday 2012 ‘Kisses On My List’ set of 6 glosses would be wonderful to receive. And, to give too, because the set is only $30!…From Anastasia’s press release…

“The Kisses on My List gloss set features six high-shine glosses in matte and shimmer shades that wear all-day.  With three softly sheer, opalescent glosses, and three new Hypercolor Glosses that actually stain your lips…don’t be standing too close to the mistletoe if you don’t want to be kissed!  Each gloss is named after famous 70’s muses you won’t soon forget.  Lola, Maggie May, Sharona, Roxanne, Jolene, and Moi are sure to inspire your loved one to write a song about you! The Kisses on My List gloss set retails for $30 ($108 value) and is available at Sephora and Anastasia.net.”

This set of glosses is everything you’d like about a gloss. They truly are glossy.  I found myself admiring my smackers because they looked so delicious. Without a tacky feel, the color stayed put. My lips felt hydrated longer than with most glosses.

As with other Anastasia glosses, the applicator is paddle-shaped…

It did take me a bit to get used to this type of applicator.  When I apply it, I use a mirror, however. The paddle tends to pool lines along my lips that I work to smooth down. I think it will work for anyone, though.

‘Moi’ is a great neutral shade with a fab gloss shine.

If you were around in the late ’70’s, you’ll remember when Rod Stewart started off with ‘Maggie May’. She’s a demure, soft pink creme.

Every time you hear ‘My Sharona’ you’ll have to think about me breaking out into skipping. LOL When I want my lips to make my guy skip, I’ll put on ‘Sharona’.

‘Lola’ is a favorite for me.

Not a favorite song, but ‘Roxanne’ looks truly hot on my lips.

‘Jolene’ steals boyfriends when you wear this pink with gold and silver sparkles gloss. This color suits me, quite well. What do you think?…

From the left: Moi (creme), Maggie May (creme), Sharona, Lola, Roxanne, Jolene.

Wow! I’m going to have the best-dressed lips of the season thanks to Anastasia Beverly Hills. ‘Kisses On My List’ is named perfectly…..Kisses, Plural!

You are set for the entire year with ‘Kisses On My List’ gloss collection.

 

This product was provided to me for my review. These are my own honest opinions. 

 

Anastasia Bevery Hills: Want You To Want Me Holiday Eye Palette

(Photo heavy because this rocks!!)

Anastasia Beverly Hills brings back the best of the ’70’s with their 2012 Holiday collection. I’ll show you a ton of cool photos, while this is part of Anastasia’s press release…

“The Want You to Want Me deluxe packaging includes a removable mirrored palette inside a 70’s inspired mirrored clutch and is following in the footsteps of Anastasia’s sold out 2011 holiday palette All Eye Want.  This gorgeous kit comes with a mini version of Anastasia’s bestselling Clear Brow Gel, as well as a new Jet Black Liquid Eyeliner to create perfect stunner looks.  70’s glam is on high display with the nine featured matte and pearlized nude and plum shadows that include Platform Wedge, Front Row Center, Ziggy, Members Only, Power Ballad, Jellies, Graphic T’s, Brass in Pocket and Iron On.”

The packaging is sassy and bold. And the glosses, I’ll be posting about them next!!

I saw the LP and thought ‘Oh, no! I don’t have a record player!’ But it wasn’t real. LOL!

When the song ‘Sharona’ comes up on my playlist, while running, I can’t help but start to skip and swing my arms. So what if it looks odd; it feels FUN!!!

OK, you can see that I’m totally in love with Anastasia’s packaging. But, let’s get to the palette…

Along with the shadow palette is a marvelous black eyeliner…

And, a clear brow gel to get those brow hairs in order..

These are some of the creamiest, softest shadows. The quality is there!!!

This is the top row…

And the middle row…

The bottom row…

I used a swab to swatch these and I didn’t use any primer. It’s easy to see that these shadows all work together and the colors are magnificent. You can go from a soft rock look to a heavy punk look with just this palette.

I did an everyday at the Vanity look…

I used the top row shades and then very last one from the bottom. I, also, used the black eyeliner, the brow gel and I used Laura Mercier’s Full Blown Mascara in Black.

Are you ready for some Holiday Cheer well before the Holiday season? This entire palette is $34!! That beats the heck out of other high-end Winter palette prices.

Sephora is the store that will have this in store for you. And, if you are looking to give a gift that will knock socks off, this is it!

Is this not a fun set?! I love almost every one of those songs. How about you?

This product was provided to me for my review. These are my own honest opinions.

Lustre Shine Collection by Sally Hansen

The new Sally Hansen Lustre Shin polishes were ones I knew I’d have to have. These are excellent examples of duochrome and multichrome polishes.  I saw them on PR releases, even though the pictures were actually computer renditions, I, still, sort of knew they’d be special.

I think I’m right…

I kept it to 4 out of the 6 in the collection. The first swatch, the glitter teal, is NOT part of this collection (sorry!). The orange is Lava, then Scarab, Plume and Moonstone.

As a beauty blogger, my stash of nail polishes grows by leaps and bounds. And I have a considerable amount of unswatched polishes. Even though it can be tough, I’m working on only purchasing those that are not duplicates of something I already own.

And then, I think the price of $8.50 is steep for any Sally Hansen polish. I did have $1 off coupons and that helps. However, I think these shades are awesome; don’t get me wrong. My expectations are that drugstore polishes shouldn’t be more than $7.00.

Regardless, I spent the money and, am happy to have these to add to my hoards collection.

It’s not unusual for the first coat of nail polishes to be thin. And these were, definitely, no exception. I’ve learned not to cause myself alarm thinking I’ve wasted my money on crappy polishes.The swatches, below, are all 3 coats and no top coat.

This is ‘Lava’, a blazingly brilliant orange with a flash of copper…

‘Plume’ is my favorite of the group. I do have several polishes that are so similar to this. Yet, I can’t resist the bronze and green flashes that remind me of a dragonfly’s eye…

Here is ‘Scarab’. I think ‘Plume’ should be named ‘Scarab’ and, vice versa…

And, my second favorite, ‘Moonstone’ that is anything but just a white polish…

I used to have a Toyota Celica this color!

Any way you turn these polishes, there is complexity to the shades as the light plays on them. The shades do work with transitioning into Fall and, the jewel-tones that this season is known for.

Do you have a favorite one? Or, could you not decide and get them all?

Maleficent: elf Limited Edition Disney Villain Palette

Before I had a chance to dig in and do a thorough review, I mentioned I purchased the Limited Edition elf Disney Villain Palettes here. I reviewed Cruella’s Palette, first, here. The Evil Queen, my favorite of all three, I reviewed here.

Now, for the last of the three, Maleficent: Sinister Smoky Eyes…

Of all the villains in this collection, Maleficent has the best look. Change out her garb and she looks quite benign, actually. Sultry, not evil.

The false eyelashes are bold…

The Day Evil shades…

Spindle; Sceptre; Fog of Doom; Fauna.  ‘Spindle’ has a sheen to it. But, ‘Fauna’ is your matte in this group.

Have I sufficiently convinced you that I’m mad about these lip and cheek pencils?…

The Night Villain shadows are truly smoky…

Misfortune; Forest of Thorns; Deep Sleep; Diablo. Diablo is actually a very matte charcoal soot color.

The eyeliner, while glittery and pretty, just doesn’t translate well, sadly…

I would use this over another eyeliner. And even then, I don’t think it would show much sparkle.

And, the pencil doesn’t disappoint…

Enjoy some swatches…

If you are inclined, you can use the mirror that is in the book…

Each book has a day/night look tutorial and they are so doable. You can view them on my post here. This collection is a Limited Edition, so you may not want to sit on the fence too long deciding if you want them or not. For $10 each, I think they are better than the price tag. I hope elf will do something similar to this again.

Did you find your palettes at Walgreens? It is my  understanding that is the only place you will be able to find these.

Evil Queen: elf Limited Edition Disney Villain Palette

elf has very recently released a set of 3 Disney female villains makeup palettes. This is a limited edition that I could NOT miss out on. This post is the second of three and it is showcasing the Evil Queen. You can read the first review on Cruella by clicking here. I posted here the different looks presented as tutorials in each palette.

The Evil Queen: Devious Dramatic Eyes is my favorite palette of the three…

I would never have guessed that the Evil Queen would have such luscious lashes…

These are the Day Evil eye shadows…

One Bite; Vanity; Narcissistic; Potion. ‘Vanity’ is the matte in this foursome.

The pencil that is for lips AND cheeks is a secret delight from these sets…

And here they are all carefully swatched on my wrist…

‘Vanity’ is practically the color of my flesh. ‘Potion’ is a bit crumbly and will give some fallout.

As with Cruella’s palette, the eyeliner brush is terrible and the top to the tube doesn’t seem to be properly flush, but I do like the liner itself…

These shades are for the Night Villain look…

Fairest of the Land; Majesty; Peddler’s Cloak; Poison Apple. ‘Poison Apple’ is the matte this time. The others are shimmery.  And, ‘Fairest of the Land’ has that icy/purpley/blue shift in it. A little touch of that on the center of the lips will lure in your Prince Charming!!!

The pencil for the night look is just as stunning…

Swatchy, swatchy…

‘Majesty’, the purple, is blotchy, but again, I am using just a swab to swipe the colors. A good makeup brush would make all the difference. You can see, just a bit, of ‘Fairest of the Land’ color shift. And even ‘Poison Apple’ is actually more black than the photo displays. The second photo I had to add to highlight the pencil color. It’s apple red, isn’t it?

Kayla has no problems dropping by my makeshift studio…

I love these darker, more dramatic colors. They suit the Evil Queen’s look. And if she wasn’t such a murderess, she could be a Beautiful Queen. I know her palette will play quite nicely with the other two in this collection.

Do you like the darker shadows best?

Cruella: elf Limited Edition Disney Villain Palette

Today was a fun day. I swatched and played with my new elf Disney Villains palettes. These are limited editions so, if you want them, I think you better high-tail it to Walgreens before they are gone.

Each of the three palettes are getting their own post and review from me. That way, I don’t have one HUGE post and I can share more details from each.

I did an EOTD with the Cruella: Evil Everyday Eyes palette, so I’ll start with her…

My gosh! These lashes are beautiful. I look forward to trying them on. They are fuller than what I normally use so, it will be fun to try a new style.

The top 4 shadows are for the Day Evil look…

Puppy Love; Coat of Dreams; Cruelty; Sewage. For those that love neutral colors, this palette will make you happy. Cruelty is a very gorgeous, mossy green. These are the shadows I’ll show at the end for an EOTD look.

This is the first pencil and it can be used for lips and cheeks, as with all the pencils…

I’m floored with how creamy these pencils are. I bet I’m going to wish they were not so stubby in size.

Swatched out…

I swatched these in the same order shown in the palette. All but ‘Puppy Love’ are shimmer shadows. The eyeliner is jet black. I tried to make a steady line but the brush is not great, at all. You will notice there is a bit of crumbs with ‘Sewage’. Not terrible, as I swatch with a swab. But, what I wanted to show you in the second photo is just how pretty the pencil color is. Surprisingly, the pencils are not named.

Now for the Night Villain look…

Spoiled; Maniac; Little Beasts; Extinction. I hear cheers from the neutral shadow-loving people! ‘Little Beasts’ is the closest to a matte with these four. However, I hesitate to even call it a matte. I see just the slightest bit of sheen to it. And you will notice how crumbly ‘Extinction’ is. That’s just with using a swab to ‘gently’ brush over the powders.

Here they are swatched…

Seriously, that pencil is a hot color! I had to try that one out…

I love bold lips and the evening look pencil does not hold bold back. I got into it more with the day look shadows…

It’s a bit hard to tell, but I did use the same pencil on my lips to color my right cheek. I don’t have any makeup on my face; no foundation or powder….BARE!!! I didn’t put on any mascara either. So, I just did the Day Evil tutorial from the book, without the eye primer and, used the Night Villain pencil for my right cheek and for my lips.

Gosh (again)! These are very awesome. There are a few shadows that are crumbly but none of them are hard. The eyeliner brush is crap but, I like the smooth glide of the product. I found the shades easy to apply and blend together.

Cruella is my least favorite villain. Probably why ‘101 Dalmatians’ is my least favorite Disney movie too. Maybe it’s that Cruella isn’t deadly gorgeous as Maleficent and Evil Queen. She looks like a maniac, crazed woman, which of course, she is. Yet, all of that aside, I adore this palette. I feel I got better than my $10 I spent on this.

What is your opinion on Cruella’s palette for Evil Everyday Eyes?

elf: Disney Villainous Women Palettes

These elf palettes are causing quite a stir in beauty blogsphere…

This is a fast and furious posting as I will do a more, in depth review this weekend. I wanted to get this up so you can see what they are all about. I picked these up at Walgreens yesterday. I found them on the checkout counter in the cosmetics department.

Shall we start? This is Maleficent: Sinister Smoky Eyes…

Wickedly wonderful, right?!!!

Check out the Evil Queen: Devious Dramatic Eyes. She must be so horrible, she didn’t get a name!…

I think the Evil Queen gives a whole new meaning to ‘drop dead gorgeous’.

Lastly, is Cruella: Evil Everyday Eyes. Did anyone else see the similarities when they watched ‘The Devil Wears Prada’?…

Luckily, her look doesn’t have to be so manic on you!

Each of these palettes has the following:

8 Shadows; 2 Lip and Cheek Pencils; 1 Shadow Primer; 1 Liquid Eyeliner; 1 Set of False Lashes; 1 Tube of Lash Glue; and they state ‘1 Mirror’…

Yikes! I have enough issues using a regular makeup mirror, much less this! But, in all fairness, I left the plastic covers in place until I do a proper swatching. So, maybe there is a protective film over the mirror part.

On the opposite side of the makeup, the overlay that shows two different looks: Ingenious!! And, the looks are very doable. Also, I like the idea of the pencil doubling as a lip liner and cheek color. I hope that does a great job.

The young woman that was in the cosmetics department, when I found these, went to get another worker after I told her about the sensation these limited edition palettes are causing. She wanted me to tell her too. I think I had them both in my spell!!!  Bwaaahaaahaaaahaaaaaa!

More details this weekend!

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Rich’s Cosmetic Brand

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to test a new skincare line, so I haven’t used any facial wipes as of late. This review, today, is on a facial wipe product I used before then.

This brand, called Rich Cosmetics, is one that I picked up at the Premiere Orlando show this summer…

Green tea is known for soothing inflamed skin. It does that by helping the skin balance its pH levels.

Once I opened the pack, it had a hard time staying closed…

I ended up putting pieces of tape on the corners to keep the package sealed.

This package felt thicker than some of the other 30 day supply of wipes…

Yet, oddly enough, these wipes were smaller in size than one of the other brands that I had used. The Rich wipe is on top so you can see how much smaller it is…

And, the tissue is rather thin…

My assessment is that even though Green Tea is meant to soothe the skin, it doesn’t necessarily make it something that will clean eye makeup off. The Rich’s brand does take off foundation and blush OK. But I had to work on getting it to take off my mascara every day.

The wipes smelled fresh and were not offensive but it didn’t smell like Green Tea, which I find to be an earthy smell.

I’m in the middle of the road on recommending these wipes. If you just wish to wipe your face and not remove any eye makeup, these are quite nice. However, I’m going for the full, clean face when I purchase facial wipes. Since I paid only $2 for the package, I don’t feel I was ripped off.

Do you use facial wipes to just wipe your face and not looking to remove eye makeup?