Polished By KPT Cosmic XOdus Collection - Swatches & Review

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Happy Monday loves! I am SO sorry I am putting up a post so late - I hope you'll forgive me! Today got busier than expected. I had a pie party at my sons school, then he had a doctor's appointment and my new lighting came in and it took forever to set up. But regardless, here we are with an outstanding collection from Polished By KPT! This collection is currently in pre-order status and will ship by December 15th (You will get them in time for Christmas!) I highly recommend grabbing some of these - They are so unique and gorgeous! (Also - I am still adjusting my lighting and working on the best way to take nail shots, so they are kind of all over the place  - bear with me!)

Bleeding Stars - Described as a multidimensional red copper, silver & rainbow holographic glitters all swimming in a clear base. You can layer this over your favorite shade or use 3-4 coats on it's own.  I prefer it on it's own! Photo below shows three coats. 


A Dream Within A Dream - Described as a bold magenta with red undertone thermal polish when cold & transitions to a soft milky lilac when warm. Gorgeous color combination! Photo below shows three coats. 


Lambda Max 510 - Bright green thermal lacquer and then transitions to a pale silver olive. It is also filled with micro gold shimmer and scattered holo. This one changed too quick for my camera to capture! It was crazy! Photo below shows two coats. 


Light Years - Stunning multidimensional silver holographic that is also filled with micro silver holo bar glitters. I'm not usually a bar glitter fan, but I am totally loving this! This is another shade that can be worn over another color or on it's own once built up. Photo below shows three thin coats. 


Mars Escapade - Deep purple with a blue undertone base, this thermal transitions to a gorgeous light reddish orange when warm and a deep blue / purple when cold.  It's so warm in my house, that I couldn't get the purple to hold for more than a minute! Love it though! Photo below shows three thin coats. 


Nalani - Rich navy blue jelly filled with blue and purple color shifting shimmers and silver / rainbow holo glitters. Talk about GORGEOUS!  This shade is absolutely amazing. Photo below shows two coats. 


Underneath The Milky Way - Black base filled with deep royal purple duo-chrome shimmer flakes with holographic glitters.  I am absolutely smitten with this shade.  It changes color when viewed in different angles! Photo below shows two coats. 


Vacay To Venus - In a clear base, this shade is packed with multidimensional rose pink,silver, & rainbow holo glitters. This is a holo glitters DREAM polish! Photo below shows three thin coats. 


Wave Function - Bright berry base with a red undertone, this shade is packed with multidimensional red, violet, silver & rainbow holo glitters.  This shade is giving me LIFE. It's a little darker berry on the nail, but it's coming off brighter on camera. Either way, it's an absolute MUST HAVE. Photo below shows two coats. 


Wreath For The Stars - In a black base, wreath is filled with emerald green duo chrome micro shimmer flakes with silver holo glitters. Wishing you could do a galaxy mani? LOOK NO FURTHER! This is the PERFECT galaxy mani polish of LIFE.  The green / purple duochrome is absolutely unreal.  Photo below shows two coats. 


Overall, Katharine nailed it with this collection. I feel like this was so different of her to do and she absolutely killed it.  I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a few of these shades (or the whole collection!) before they are completely sold out. These would make a great Holiday gift for the nail guru in your life! 

Top Picks : Wreath For The Stars, Wave Function, Vacay To Venus & Underneath The Milky Way

Which ones are you loving?


Availability : Polished By KPT

Price : $108 (FULL collection) | $12 Each

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*Provided for an honest review. All opinions are my own*











The Lipstick League - Week of 11/17/14



Question of the Week: Do your beauty spending habits change during the holidays? Do you tend to purchase more (or less) beauty-related items for yourself at this time of year? 

Jess' Answer : I always tell myself I'm not going to go crazy around this time of the year, but it never happens.  Between the gift sets, the sales, limited edition items.. it gets out of control.  I just tell myself (and my husband) it's all for LFL research purposes to let YOU guys know if you should be spending your hard earned cash on these items for yourself & your loved ones!

Lipstick Links Of The Week

  Love for Lacquer - Jess has the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot to share with you PLUS how they compare to the individual boxed blushes! 

  My Beauty Bunny - Love multi-tasking products? Want baby-soft feet? Check out My Solemate - a moisturizing soap and light pumice-based stone all in one easy to use package! It's my new favorite shower gadget! 

  My Newest Addiction - Do you like to incorporate some holiday cheer into your makeup this time of year? Laura shares with us her three favorite Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks for the holidays!

  Nouveau Cheap - Having a hard time keeping track of all the beauty deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday? G’s got your back

  Prime Beauty - got together with several other bloggers to test the iconic Clinique Black Honey Lipstick to see if it really is flattering on all skin tones. See for yourself and enter to win a Clinique Black Honey Collection of your own! 

  Phyrra - Overwhelmed with where to start for Beauty Oils? Check out Phyrra's Beauty Oils You Need to Try Now with recommendations by skin type. 

  we heart this - We don't know if we're more in love with the glosses or the box when it comes to the MAC Holiday Objects of Affection Nude & Red lipglass collection

  Beauty Junkies Unite - As you're planning your Black Friday shopping strategy, RUN and do not walk to ULTA to pick up one (or both) of these gorgeous eyeshadow palettes from LORAC! They're limited edition, ULTA exclusives for Black Friday ONLY, and will be just $12 each. Are you a Vintage Vixen, or a Sultry Starlet? 

  EauMG - It’s time for this month’s “In the House” feature on EauMG! This is a brand overview of the Spanish niche perfume line, Ramon Monegal Perfumes. Victoria’s also included her “must try” picks! 

  Glitter.Gloss.Garbage - Check out these fruit inspired shades from Zoya’s Fall Ultra Pixie Dust line! 

  Gouldylox Reviews - Looking for holiday inspiration that is easy to wear? I've got a FOTD that is perfect, plus $100 Visa Gift Card to kick off your holiday shopping season. 

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

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KBShimmer Winter 2014 Collection - Swatches & Review (Partial)

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Happy Friday! Today I have a few shades from the new Winter 2014 collection from KBShimmer! Christy never disappoints me with her collections - They are always so thought out and SO gorgeous! Along with the new shades being released, she is also bringing back some old favorites such as Merry Pinkmas, Snow Way! & Sugar Plum Faerie.

And as always, there is a special charity polish. When you purchase Pine-ing For Yule up until 12/15, $4 will be donated to Toys For Tots charity.  I absolutely love that Christy does this! And now onto the swatches!

Deja Brew - Described as a rich cognac brown linear holographic shade. This totally reminds me of coffee.  Formula was outstanding and perfect in two coats. 


Dressed To Gild - A gold cousin to Hexy Bikini, this is a beautiful holographic gold glitter textured shade.  This will dry to a matte finish and be fairly gritty. You can always apply a thicker top coat if you'd like. Formula was easy to work with and dried fairly quickly. Photo below shows two coats. 



Flake Dance - Silver holographic snowflakes with small silver holo glitters in a clear base. The perfect Winter top coat! I did have a few issues getting the snowflakes out, but once I turned the bottle over for a few minutes, they came out just fine!


Holly Back Girl - You can get this shade FREE! If you spend $70 or more on kbshimmer.com, enter code HBGFREE at checkout. (Valid until 12/31)  Described as a white crelly with red & green metallic glitters. This is pretty much Christmas in a bottle! Photo below shows two coats. 


Let's Sleigh Together - Pale grey crelly base with hex glitters in green, navy & pale mint plus circle glitters in blueberry and micro holo glitters for that extra sparkle.  Not your typical Holiday shade, but I LOVE it! Photo below shows two coats. 


Mauve On Over - Pale mauve crelly base with colored hexes in orange, navy & aqua.  This shade is based on the Pantone Fall / Winter 2014 color of the year shade. Christy totally nailed this one! Formula was perfect! Photo below shows two coats. 


Merry Pinkmas - Returning from last years blogger collection, Merry Pinkmas was created by Cris over at Let Them Have Polish! Light cotton candy pink base with red, green & neon glitters in different shapes and sizes. I am SO happy to finally have my hands on this - I LOVE it! Photo below shows two coats. (I probably could have used one more)


Too Cold To Hold - Another textured shade - Rich sapphire blue base filled with holographic silver, blue & green holo glitters for a bejeweled textured look.  Photo below shows two coats. 


Turnip The Beet - Rich sangria base with holo glitters in magenta, purple & red. This also a textured polish, but I can't WAIT to use a top coat with it to make it extra sparkly! Photo below shows two coats. 


Overall, I absolutely LOVE each and every one of these shades! Christy did a wonderful job as per usual. These are just some of the options she has to offer, so I would recommend checking out her shop at the links below!

What do you think of the KBShimmer Winter collection? Did you pick anything up?


Availability : KBShimmer | Harlow & Co

Price : $8.75

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*Provided for an honest review. All opinions are my own*

Pur Minerals Soul Mattes Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches & Review

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Happy Thursday! Today I have a brand new ALL MATTE eyeshadow palette from Pur Minerals to share with you! I think this is going to be the perfect Fall & Winter palette, especially if you're a big fan of matte shadows and rosy neutral tones.  Containing 8 shadows plus an eyeshadow brush, take a look at your new soul mate!



The shadows come housed in a chic metal container with a snap closure. Very comparable to the Kat Von D eyeshadow palettes. 
I definitely think these shades will look flattering on any eye color. They all blended seamlessly together and all but one had decent pigmentation. The 4th one in, Better Half, was not as pigmented as the other shades.  I felt like this one had a film over it, and I spent quite some time digging at it with my finger and an eyeshadow brush. It does take a bit of work to build up the color.  I didn't find there to be any powder or kick up either - which is always a huge plus in my book! 


Other than that one shade, I am absolutely in LOVE with the color range of this palette.  I definitely think if you owned Urban Decay Naked 3, this would be a great companion to that palette.  Or if you just love a warm rich neutral look, this is the palette to grab!  Even the eyeshadow brush is amazing quality. It's nice & fluffy and dense and works well with the shades. 

The names are listed on the back of the palette, but I completely forgot to take a photo for you - Sorry!

Sweetheart - Pale Pink
Companion - Vanilla
Adore - Light warm brown
Better Half - Raspberry


Alter Ego - Plum
Sidekick - Mocha
BFF - Cinnamon
Confidante - Tea Rose


Overall, I can definitely see myself getting a ton of use out of this palette! The shadows are absolutely perfect for this time of year and I am a sucker for cranberry / rosy toned shadows!

What are your thoughts on Soul Mattes? Is this something you may pick up for yourself?


Availability : Ulta | PurMinerals

Price : $32

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*Provided for an honest review. All opinions are my own*