Beauty Swatches

Color Your World With 3 FREE Zoya Nail Polishes

Posted on | January 4, 2013 | No Comments

I have a huge love affair with Zoya nail polish going on.  They have SO MANY gorgeous colors.  If you’ve never tried it and want to try it for free (with a shipping charge) or if you’re already in love with Zoya, you won’t want to miss this deal!

AG Hair Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray Review

Posted on | January 3, 2013 | No Comments

Wow, I took quite a break from blogging, didn’t I? 2012 was one of the busiest years that I can ever remember having and unfortunately, my love of makeup and blogging suffered. Don’t get me wrong, I still bought a LOT of beauty products, but I never reviewed them. I’m going to start doing some random swatches of my collection and then of course the new things I buy when I get them. Now onto the good stuff!

I have really thick, naturally curly & frizzy hair. Even when I blow dry and flat iron and it starts out all shiny and smooth, it’s almost impossible to control the frizz and keep it that way. So I was pretty excited to try AG Hair’s new product: Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray. Here’s what the press release had to say about Frizzproof and then I’ll tell you my thoughts:

Frizz can wreak havoc on your hair, and up until now, products promising to fight it have been anything but effective. Enter AG’s new Frizzproof. Designed to shield hair from humidity by locking out moisture, this lightweight, protective aerosol keeps hair smooth, silky and most importantly frizz free.

“Without a doubt, frizz is the biggest hair concern we hear from consumers. There is nothing worse than slaving over your hair for hours only to have it ruined by humidity,” says Lotte Davis, Co-Founder and CEO of AG Hair. “Using Frizzproof is ta critical final step to any haircare regime focused on creating silky, smooth and soft hair.”

Frizzproof is the latest addition to AG’s Smooth Category, which includes six argan infused products. AG’s argan oil is sourced using sustainable farming methods and produced by local women of the Berber tribe in one of the poorest regions in Morocco. The income these women earn goes directly into their community, helping to provide food, shelter and eduction for these children and their families.

Okay so my thoughts:  I really like this product.  It’s very lightweight and doesn’t hold my hair down.  My hair is heavy enough on it’s own so I certainly didn’t need something else to make it fall flat.  It really does make my hair REALLY shiny and I love that.  It’s not sticky at all, which is important.  It doesn’t leave my hair stiff, either.  The smell is pleasant.  While I haven’t been able to use this product during the extreme humidity of summer, I am really confident in telling you that it DOES do what it claims to do.  It works for me very well.  My mom “borrowed” it too, and it also worked well for her.  She asked me where she could buy some so that’s a sure sign that she loved it as much as I did.

AG’s Frizzproof Argan Anti-Humidity Spray can be found in salons across North America now!  It retails for $24 US/CDN.

This product was provided to me for review.

Bare Escentuals Wanderlust Rainforest Collection Swatches

Posted on | May 11, 2012 | No Comments

As I’m sure you can tell, I have been on a little blogging hiatus. I didn’t mean to, but I guess life just happened & got in my way. But I am back with a GORGEOUS collection from Bare Escentuals!  They recently had four new Wanderlust kits come out and this one is the Bare Escentuals Wanderlust Rainforest Collection.  The kit includes:

- Bare Escentuals Shimmering Shell Eyeshadow Primer
- Bare Escentuals Untamed Eye Color|
- Bare Escentuals Round The Clock Eyeliner in 10 AM
- Bare Escentuals Enchanted Blush
- Bare Escentuals Natural Lip Gloss in Nude
- Double Ended Tapered Eye Shadow and Crease Brush
- Travel Bag

I really love this kit.  I think it would be perfect for a smoky eye.  The eye primer & eye shadow would be gorgeous like that.  And the nude lip.. well everyone knows a nude lip goes with a smoky eye.  And the bag is SUPER cute.  I hoard cute bags so I really had to get this one ;)

The Bare Escentuals Wanderlust Rainforest Collection is available at high end department stores.  Mine came from Nordstrom.  I’ll update when I have the actual list of places you can get it.

And now for the pictures.  Click on the pictures to see the original ginormous version ;)

May Day $500 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Posted on | April 15, 2012 | No Comments

We’re at it again!  The Beauty Blog Coalition is giving away another $500 (USD) Visa Card!  All terms and conditions may be found at the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget.  Please allow the widget to load in full.  Competition ends 1 May 2012.  You may enter on any of the blogs below – Rafflecopter won’t allow you enter twice.  You may tweet about the giveaway (the last option in the Rafflecopter) every day for extra entries!

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China Glaze Material Girl Swatch

Posted on | April 12, 2012 | No Comments

Today, I have China Glaze Material Girl for you! This polish is from the China Glaze Eye Candy 3D Glitter Collection.  I don’t even have words for how much I am in love with this.  It’s hard to render me speechless… but yeah, I am.   However, for the sake of informing y’all, I’ll dig deep to find something to say! ;)

The other day I wanted something fast… and usually when I want that, I reach for a glitter.  They seem to dry faster AND if I smudge it a bit, it’s not as in your face as a creme/shimmery polish.  This one did NOT disappoint.  To my eye, it looks like it has round and hex shaped glitter in several different sizes and it really does look 3D… especially out in the sun.  Take this girl outside and she’s will surely make you happy!  In the pics, I’m wearing 2 coats plus OPI topcoat.  I have nothing else to say… you’re just busy looking at the picture anyway! ;)



The Body Bartender Peep Show Review

Posted on | April 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

It has been one heck of a long week!!  I wanted to get this review posted sooner, but life got in the way.  Silly life ;)  But I am SUPER happy to tell you about this lotion now!!

Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for lotion.  There are few things I hate more than my skin feeling dry and itchy!  Being indoors a lot during winter with the heat on always makes my skin unbearably dry.  Even the lotion I’d been using didn’t seem to be helping.  I don’t know if your skin can get used to something… but mine needed something more.

Sooo imagine my delight when I was given the opportunity to try a new lotion from an up and coming brand – The Body Bartender created by the fabulous Heather Losik.   I got The Body Bartender Peep Show firming lotion in the mail the other day.  It’s  & have been using it for a few days and I’m in LOVE.  Let me tell you a little about it.

  • What it IS:  an all over body firming lotion.  It’s formulation is NOT greasy and all and it absorbs into the skin really well.  It is infused with natural extracts and caffeine and helps firm and tone skin.
  • What it is formulated WITHOUT:  Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Triclosan
  • This product is cruelty free!  The cute little animals are  not being harmed!

Okay so my thoughts.  First, I LOVE the smell.  It’s light and refreshing… not overpowering at all.  There have been times when I put on lotion and went to bed only to wake up to a headache.  That did NOT happen with this.  This one is super yummy!

The packaging is SO SO SO cute.  I mean, look at this… it’s FANTASTIC!  Cute, sexy, girlie.  LOVE.

My skin definitely did feel AND look smoother.  It was hard to see my backside, but my arms truly did appear to be more firm.   And my skin has been SO soft.    Soft AND firm… who doesn’t want THAT?!

I would (and will!) definitely use this lotion again.  I think it’s definitely worth trying.  Go to their website and get it now!!  It’s undergoing some construction now, but the upcoming site is something you are going to LOVE!

You are gonna want to place an order and if you spend $50 or more, you get FREE SHIPPING with the code beautyswatches!  To get the special deal, e-mail and tell her I sent ya!

I have a couple more products from The Body Bartender to review and those are coming SOON! :)

Disclosure:  This product was provided to me for review.


China Glaze Hunger Games Riveting Swatch

Posted on | March 26, 2012 | No Comments

Today I have China Glaze Riveting from the Hunger Games Capitol Color Collection.  It’s a REALLY bright and loud orange.  I apologize for the fact that you can see the visible nail line here… I could not see it in person and then I looked at the picture and was like whoa.  Looks like someone forgot to scrub under her nails, huh?  I assure you, I did not.  Anyway, this polish was hard to get a good picture of.  I tried for quite a while but this was the best of the bunch.  It took me 3 coats to get this coverage level.  I didn’t use a top coat.. forgot.  I applied one after I took the pictures and it didn’t make much of a difference… a bit more shiny, but not much.  It was pretty shiny on it’s own.  If you click on the picture, you can make it bigger and see more detail in the color.

I wanted to love this one.  I really did.  The application was not very smooth and even after three coats, it just didn’t look great to me.  Maybe I’ll try again, but this is not one of my favorites from the China Glaze Hunger Games Capitol Color Collection :(

China Glaze Hunger Games Fast Track Swatch

Posted on | March 23, 2012 | No Comments

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I have been in quite a blogging slump.  I’ve had the China Glaze Hunger Games Capitol Colors Collection for 3 weeks now and I’m just getting around to posting them.  There’s no way I’m doing them all in one day… mostly because I’m almost out of nail polish remover!

I had never even heard of The Hunger Games until I started hearing rumors about this nail polish collection.  I picked up all three of the books and recently read the first one.  I read it in just a few hours… could not put it down.  I have not started on the second one yet, but that’s coming soon!  I’m SO excited that the movie is out.  It looks like it’s gonna be kick ass!

So ANYWAY… swatch number 1 of 12 is China Glaze Fast Track!  This is one of my favorites of the collection.  Mind you, I have not worn them all yet, but just from looking at them in the bottle and all of the other swatches of them that I’ve seen… yeah, one of my favorites.  It’s a taupe/beige base with gold shimmer.  To my eye, it looks a LITTLE flaky.  If you click on the picture, you can see the color really well!

Stay tuned because I’m going to do a polish per day until I’ve swatched the entire collection!


Nicole by OPI Launches New Kardashian Kolor Nail Lacquers, Exclusively at CVS

Posted on | February 12, 2012 | No Comments

Nicole by OPI announces seven new Kardashian Kolor shades to be exclusively sold at CVS, in stores February 2012. These richly-pigmented, fashion-forward hues include crèmes in bright key lime, pinky peach, poppy red and fuchsia, as well as shimmers in light lilac and deep burgundy.

Nicole by OPI is very excited to bring new Kardashian Kolor lacquers exclusively to CVS for 2012. The CVS shopper knows how to find the hottest look at the best value,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “In collaborating with the Kardashian/Jenner family on the CVS exclusive shades, we came up with lacquers to represent each of their vibrant personalities and individual styles. The seven resulting colors offer the perfect accessory for spring’s bright colors, feminine frocks and reinvented neutrals.”

The CVS exclusive Kardashian Kolor shades include:

Smile for the Glam-era
The paparazzi is all about this photogenic plum.

Back to Reality…TV
This pretty little periwinkle was made for TV.

One Big Happy Fame-ily
This lavender shimmer is the American dream.

Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright
This purple-y fuchsia has the world at her hands.

 Ladies in the Limelight
The most talked-about yellow-lime of our time!

Paparazzi Don’t Preach
This pretty blush pink is doing just fine.

Strike a Pose
A totally camera red-y color.

“These lacquers provide a great way to transition from winter to spring,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Try Our Fuchsia’s Lookin’ Bright to maximize winter’s rich jewel tones, or lighten the look with One Big Fame-ily for a burst of lavender.”

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. These CVS exclusive lacquers will be available February 2012 for $7.99 each at CVS locations nationwide and online at

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Nicole by OPI Launches Three New Nail Lacquers, Exclusively at Walmart

Posted on | February 11, 2012 | No Comments

Nicole by OPI announces three new shades to be exclusively sold at Walmart, in stores January 2012. These rich shimmer and glitter hues give fingers and toes an elegantly chic look, with colors that include a sparkly champagne gold, a shimmering rose pink, and a confetti glitter.

Nicole by OPI is excited to bring three new nail lacquers exclusively to Walmart for 2012,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Both the gold and pink hues have a chic metallic finish, but the warm-toned pigments in these lacquers are distinctly feminine. The glitter in ‘Fabulous’ is My Middle Name includes red, fuchsia, blue, gold and silver sparkles, adding multidimensional shine when worn alone or layered over either of the other two shades.”

The three new colors include:

The Gold Shoulder
A surprisingly approachable shimmery light gold.

Best Pink Ever
Seriously. This magnificent metallic pink is the best in town.

“Fabulous” is My Middle Name
But you can call me “multi-colored sparkle.”

“Metallic and glitter are currently very trendy lacquer finishes,” explains Weiss-Fischmann. “Some metallic lacquers look 3-dimensional or holographic when applied, while others sparkle from different angles, or reflect when exposed to different types of light. All are extremely beautiful!”

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. These Walmart exclusive lacquers will be available January 2012 for $7.00 each ($9.68 CAN) at select US Walmart locations and and in February 2012 in select Canadian Walmart locations.

For more information, visit Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

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