James Vincent & Orlando Santiago: Creative Celeb Makeup Artists Bring The Makeup Show To Orlando

This past Monday, October 29, I got to have dinner, at Cafe Tu Tu Tango, with Orlando Santiago and James Vincent. Not only are these two gentlemen top celebrity makeup artists, they are the brains and brawn behind The Makeup Show

The Makeup Show has been held in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and LA. What a statement for them to bring The Makeup Show to Orlando!

I got sweet with James…

Without a doubt, James loves women and, of course, people. He is so passionate about his work and the makeup industry. I found him to be open, friendly, supportive and very positive. He is so passionate about makeup artistry that I found myself wanting to be a makeup artist again!

And, I got to sit with Orlando…

Orlando shares his talent around the world. He’s all about providing education to the makeup industry. Besides working with so many celebrity artists (you have to check out James and Orlando’s websites to see their lists), James and Orlando have teamed up to share education to all makeup artists. The Makeup Show is more than just a chance to purchase quality makeup. It is an extreme opportunity to get some of the best training and info about the makeup industry.

And, a few of the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida were there to make it even more awesome!

My gal pals, Maria of Cult Nails and Safia of Lipstick Mixtapes

Me with Safia

Beautiful Alyssa of Pretty Little Bottles, with Orlando Santiago…

Su from Chronicle Stones, and Phyrra of Phyrra.net hung out with me…

This is our darling, Brittney from Clumps of Mascara. She helped organize this dinner for the Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida to meet James and Orlando. And, she is showing off ‘Baby Clumps’ who is on her way to meet the beauty world…

It’s no lie, pregnant women glow!

What a grand evening! I got to meet two international celebrity makeup artists and have fun with my gal pals from Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida too. We are all so ready to attend The Makeup Show this coming weekend. Beauty bloggers at a Makeup Show??!!! Sounds like the grown-up version of kids in a candy store!!!

I bet you’d like to go too, right? James Vincent has arranged for this to happen! Yea!! This show is for industry folks, that means makeup artists. However, you don’t have to be one to get in, with a little bit of help. Here’s what you do: Go purchase a ticket to the show here. You HAVE to do this by tomorrow; the deadline is 11/1!!! When you come to the box were it asks ‘Company’, put in my blog name ‘Libby’s Pink Vanity’ and THAT is your credentials to get in! You can get in as a fan and reader of my blog. Let me know if you get a ticket so I can arrange to meet you as well.

One more thing, Cult Nails will be there too. Do stop by and pick up some Cult Nails polishes. You will NOT be disappointed in these polishes. They are my favoritest!! And you’ll get a chance to meet Maria Morrison, the owner and creator of Cult Nails.

Safia from Lipstick Mixtapes blogged about our meet up here.

Maria from Cult Nails blogged about our meet up here.

Phyrra of Phyrra.net blogged about our meet up here.

Is Halloween Getting Rust-y? Try Forever 21’s Version

Oli Oli In Come Freeeeee!

Only one more day left to call out Halloween polishes. After that, I’m doing ‘Fall’ manicure swatches. OK, maybe they could be Halloween ones still. And, just because I didn’t get in all the Halloween looks I wanted to, doesn’t mean I can’t morph them into Thanksgiving/Fall swatches. I’m getting into this ‘my blog, my rules’ thing. Bwaahaaahaaa!

This polish definitely fits into both categories…

‘Rust’ is a copper glitter overload from Forever 21’s love and beauty. And one thing about Forever 21 polish, most of the glitters are dense and easy to use. This one makes coverage by using a lot of different sizes of glitter. Look close…

Hex, micro and regular sizes galore. And these babies didn’t have any issue laying down on the nail.

I swatched up some orange and black fun…

Starting from the left: Forever 21’s ‘Rust’ over Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore'; ‘Rust’ all by itself; ‘Rust’ over Zoya’s ‘Arizona'; Pure Icing’s black crackle over Zoya’s ‘Arizona'; ‘Arizona’ all by itself; and last is Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore’ all by itself.

I really liked how ‘Rust’ seemed to be glowing orange embers with ‘Nevermore’. I did a manicure with it and it was definitely THE Halloween look…

How’s that for some fire on the fingertips? ‘Rust’ wasn’t terribly hard to remove. Since ‘Nevermore’ is a one-coat polish (love that!!!) and I only used one coat of ‘Rust’, this was a quickie.

Are you finished with Halloween looks and ready to move one? I feel I am.

Icing’s Sunlit Pairs Up With Revlon’s Cosmic For A Swamp Thing Look

I found this random polish immediately say to myself that this is a great one for Halloween! I found this one at Icing and saved it til now…

Wild, isn’t it!? This is ‘Sunlit’ and I found it on the clearance shelf. Because it is so unique, I had to get it…

Let me see if I can describe this one. It’s a jelly and the base is a murky olive color. There is iridescent micro glitter in this along with a lot of bar glitter. The bar glitter is holo and some is medium green. And the green looks to be transparent. (Remember Toxic Seaweed from Cult Nails? This looks like the ‘real’ stuff!)

I didn’t feel that ‘Sunlit’ was going to turn out so good alone. So, I paired it up with a Revlon dual-end polish. I used the creme end of ‘Cosmic’…

I like this green so much! And, it is perfect for ‘Sunlit’…

My thumbnail has a hangnail and it didn’t get noticed until doing the posting. Groan…

I used two coats of Relvon’s ‘Cosmic’ and one coat of Icing’s ‘Sunlit’. That looks so much like stagnant, murky water. And, I’m sure there is some sort of swamp monster in there!

Does getting into water where you can’t see your feet creep you out too?

Icing’s Sipping On Bubbly; Cheers With Champagne

Icing is a sister store to Claire’s. There used to be another sister store called ‘Topkapi’. I managed one of those stores, way back. For a very short time. It was terrible. They didn’t have makeup or polish back then. It was terrible.

What’s not terrible is checking out Icing for their funky nail polishes. It is always a delight to find something new. This is a rather new addition for me…

‘Sipping On Bubbly’ is a cute name for a very unique polish. This one has a lot going on…

Lots of micro glitter. I see iridescent, gold and bar glitter that flashes from magenta to orange then to a sparkly iridescent look. I meant it when I said it was complex!

On the nail, it isn’t as fantastic as it is to look at in the bottle…I have two coats over bare nails. No top coat here and surprisingly, this polish was not difficult to remove. I did experiment with different base coat colors. And, I found some shades did better than others. However, I decided to go naked…

I didn’t work on trying to get a lot of the bar glitter out. I just applied like I would any other polish. So, this is a rather demure glitter manicure. I can see how the name reference to champagne is used; the micro glitter looks just like a pale bubbly drink.

Even though it isn’t all that flashy…

It does have a different look. Maybe I don’t need to always wear ‘out there’ colors. Maybe a sophisticated ‘Sipping On Bubbly’ fits the bill once in a while.

I like champagne, most of the time. Do you like it? How about Icing’s ‘Sipping On Bubbly’? Do you like that better?

 

 

 

China Glaze’s Glitter Goblin Or, Cursing Camera Capturing

Allow me to do this post with my phone camera. I think it takes pretty good photos, however, I want to see how it translates to the blog.

China Glaze’s ‘Glitter Goblin’ looks so cool that I wanted to find a base color that would promote it efficiently…

Zoya’s creamy ‘Arizona’ worked quite well.

This is ‘Glitter Goblin’…

And ‘Arizona’, a perfect orange creme in my stash…

Using two coats of ‘Arizona’ and two coats of ‘Glitter Goblin’, the marriage produced a whimsical Halloween manicure…

Removing this glitter is exactly what you’d expect: nail scrubbing. Nothing to make me curse at a goblin, however. I cast my vote that it was worth the effort.

Have you seen ‘Glitter Goblin’ yet?

Maxima Rejuvenation Skin Care Review

(Facial Wipe Wednesday has been on hiatus as I have been testing out a couple of new skincare items.)

Getting an opportunity to try out a new skincare line is exciting for me, as a blogger. When I got the chance to try Maxima Rejuvenation Skin Care, I was very interested to check it out.

Here are the samples I got…

Gentle Daily Cleanser; Vitamin C 20%; Sunscreen SPF 30 and Biopeptide Mask.

I’ll start first with the Gentle Daily Cleaner

I was able to get 5 washes from this sample. Right off, I noticed it had a very distinct and strange smell to it. I can’t say it was terrible however, it wasn’t floral-y or clean smelling. It was a chemical odor. I wasn’t too put off by it but, I will forewarn those with even the slightest sensitive nose that they should not indulge in this cleanser.

The product was effective, for the most part. It didn’t tackle my mascara as well as I would like. The website says that Gentle Daily Cleanser works while ‘…leaving (skin) smooth, clean, refreshed, and  healthy looking.’ That, it does. My skin felt very clean, soft and pliable. This cleanser didn’t make my skin feel taunt after I used it. There are plenty of healthy ingredients in this cleanser too: shea butter, chamomile extract, aloe and tangerine oil. Gentle Daily Cleanser sells for $43  for 4 oz.

Next is the Vitamin C 20% Serum. Rough-handling by the USPS cracked this little vial’s glass at the top. Even though some of it had leaked out, I got 3 applications from it.

I used the serum right after I used the cleanser. I didn’t want to use a topical with Vitamin C in the morning, as sunlight can cause a not too pleasant photosensitivity to the skin. With each application of the serum, my skin drank it in. My skin was open to taking in the serum after such a thorough cleansing. I know that I couldn’t use the Vitamin C 20% Serum without following up with a moisturizer. This serum prepped my skin for that next step, though. Per Maxima’s website, this serum is a hard-working power horse. It helps diminish fine lines, detoxes the skin by bringing in oxygen to the cells. And, it will help firm the skin and that plumps up any wrinkles. A 1 ounce vial is $48.

And, next…

Sunscreen SPF 30 moisturizer. I have never liked any skin products that specifically had SPF in it. Especially facial products. But, there are a couple of things that Maxima has done with their SPF moisturizer to overcome some of the issues many folks have with this type of product. One is that it doesn’t have a smell, save for the slightest fragrance of citrus. I can smell it when I take a whiff from the jar but not when I have it on my face.

Here’s another hurdle, most SPF products are a royal pain to rub in. Actually, SPF is meant to sit on the skin to protect it. However, with the right moisturizing emollients, Maxima has developed the best of both worlds. I can’t say that my skin drank in Sunscreen SPF 30 but, I can say with a bit more rubbing in than usual, this lotion smoothed out and the white residue just didn’t exist. I have somewhat dry skin and yet, this moisturizer left my skin more dewy than I like. However, since I use mineral foundation, SPF Moisturizer worked hand-in-hand with that combo. This product is sweat-proof and doesn’t clog pores so, that makes it the best facial sunscreen for when I am out running. A 1 ounce bottle is $23.

Here is a photo of the Sunscreen SPF 30 moisturizer and the Biopeptide Mask…

The Biopeptide Mask is another product that works really hard. When I read the ingredient list for this mask and I saw ‘Matrixyl 3000®’ listed, I got excited. Matrixyl 3000® is a very potent and effective line and wrinkle remover. I have tried products in the past with this ingredient and it means business. The Maxima website states:

‘The use of the mask inhibits future new wrinkle development, brightens and lightens skin tones, rejuvenates and moistens the skin, in addition to encouraging new cell development.’

That’s a lot of jobs! And I want to add, this gel product works for all skin tones. I found that it made my skin feel very plump. And peptides are a godsend for products to be delivered into the skin layers. Think about peptides being the train that carries in the emollients into the skin cells.

I used it as a mask twice, leaving it on 20 minutes the first time and then 10 minutes the next. This method didn’t work for me as well as putting on a thin layer and leaving it on before bed. Not that there is anything wrong with the product, I just preferred using it as a moisturizer before bedtime. This gel isn’t heavy and feels cool when first applied. It has the lightest scent but, like the Sunscreen, I didn’t notice it at all when applying it to my face. Biopeptide Mask is $70 for 2 ounces.

These products performed as stated on their website. I can’t attest for the long-term effects of the Vitamin C 20% serum, as that is a product that needs to be used over a longer length of time to see results. However, I wouldn’t hesitate to use this serum long term. The Sunscreen is something that I will use during my morning runs. I found it just a bit too heavy for my liking to use under every day makeup. I’m happy I still have some of the Biopeptide Mask left as it is my favorite from the samples I tested. The one caveat I see is that the prices are expensive. I put these prices in the high-end arena. Yet, I think Maxima would hold its own up against some of the more famously known skincare lines.

Maxima Rejuvenation Skin Care is a US company. You can order their products directly from their website.

These products were provided for me to test and review. All opinions are my own honest ones.

China Glaze’s Unpredictable Looks Like Monster Snot

There are some polishes that just make you think of Halloween even if they are not intended to be for the Fall holiday. China Glaze’s ‘Unpredictable’ from the Bohemian collection, earlier this summer, is exactly one of those…

‘Unpredictable’ is a fancy duochrome of green and gold. But, I see blue and teal in this as well…

It’s complex enough to be some sort of monster color. Or, monster mucus. Like those Mucinex phlegm commercials. If you think about it, they are making cartoons of loogies! Eewww. I’m going back to talk about nail polish!!!

‘Unpredictable’ was just a little fussy to apply. I have on 3 coats. However, the first and second coats wanted to be patchy. So, I did the third coat a bit thicker to even that out…

I liked that the polish didn’t take on a streaky look. Sometimes duochromes will do that. I finished this manicure off with Famous Names’ Lumos top coat (my very, very favorite top coat).

If you are going to be a swamp monster or an alien for Halloween, I would recommend China Glaze’s ‘Unpredictable’ to finish the costume. And, no one will have to hand you a tissue to wipe your snot from your nails.

 

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Time To Start Looking Up At Walgreen’s; Holiday Stuff Spotted

I know Christmas is near when I see beauty products lining the very top shelves at Walgreens…

Looks like Sally Hansen is coming out with a nail sticker that is gel-like in the fact that you use a little LED light, sold separately, to have the sticker adhere to the nail.

A few Walgreens, I have found, already have some of the Winter Holiday beauty products out on endcaps…

These shadow palettes are in three different collections. It’s cool that the color of these are ‘winky eyes’…

Very difficult to capture in a photo. And, sort of creepy, too!

And these will remind you of a very famous, and obviously duplicated, naked-colored palette…

It seems that prices haven’t changed too much from last year on these no-name brands. However, it does seem like they are working hard to duplicate what is found, and popular, at the higher-end makeup counters.

I even spied some more Revlon’s Moon Candy polishes…

I’m sure the nail stickers and regular polishes could have been new too. I just honed in on the Moon Candy collection as I am ‘star-struck’ over them. I got two new ones to add to my collection: Meteor and Eclipse. Those lovelies will be swatched and showing up soon.

Besides the Sally Hansen gel stickers, I haven’t seen any name brand products on the high shelves yet. Have you been checking your high shelves at Walgreens yet? What are you seeing?

L’Oreal’s The Enchanted Queen Collection: The Temptress’ Touch Nail Polish

Many cosmetics that come out around Halloween are not blatantly said to be for that holiday. This L’Oreal polish is one of those…

This is from L’Oreal’s Runway series and is from The Enchanted Queen collection. Even the name of this polish is wicked: ‘The Temptress’ Touch’. She’s just the slightest bit of a duochrome. Enough to mesmerize you…

I wouldn’t have dreamt that a lime green polish that morphed into a gold shimmer would be so delicious…

If you like nails that get attention, ‘The Temptress’ Touch’ is the one you want to get. I must have had 3 different people ask me about my nails the day I wore this. I have on three coats and a top coat of Color Club’s Eco Chic. Wonderfully smooth, I didn’t have an ounce of issues applying this L’Oreal Fall color.

I had tip wear, after two days, on my middle finger but that comes from my work. And, even if L’Oreal didn’t say this was a Halloween collection, ‘The Temptress’ Touch’ debuts at just the right time for it.

Pure Ice: Halloween Crackle Looks Get You Into The ‘Spirit’

I’m all about getting the best deal for my money. And Pure Ice polishes deliver. Their color range is huge. Even their crackle polishes come in 11 colors. And, at $1.99 each, you can get several.

Here are some that will get your nails in the Halloween spirit…

For the nail wheels, I started off with Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore': my go-to one-coat black polish. The next swatch is the yellow ‘Catwalk’ crackle over the black. And then, the Shattered’ green over black creme. The far right is Pure Ice’s black crackle, named ‘Strobe Light’ over L’Oreal’s ‘The Temptress’ Touch’.

And then I just went Pure Ice Crackle Happy…

‘Catwalk’ over black on my thumb and middle finger. ‘Shattered’ over black cream on my index and ring finger. On my pinky, ‘Nevermore’ by itself.

Wait…I still have more to show you…

Random polishes with Pure Ice over them. Check out the middle finger: that’s an orange glitter with ‘Shattered’ over it. The pinky is an orange and yellow glitter with ‘Strobe Light’ over it.

So, you can see that it would not be hard to come up with some spooky, crackle nails for Halloween. And, just one bottle of crackle from Pure Ice, you can make lots of combos with polishes you already own.

Pure Ice is found at Walmart stores.

The Pure Ice crackles were sent to me for my review and my honest opinion. Cult Nails sent me ‘Nevermore’ for promotional use as well.