Beauty Spotlight Team: Nail Serum, Microfiber Makeup Sponges, Sheet Mask reviews, and more!

Phew, what a weekend! I’m glad I have time to sit down and enjoy reading this week’s links from the Beauty Spotlight Team. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Allison’s blog about Bitter Gold, since I have several nail biters in my household. 

Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is absolutely smitten with Alima Pure Velvet Lipsticks in Olivia and Lucy! They are healthy eco-luxe lipsticks filled with good-for-you ingredients, but unlike many natural lipsticks, these boast vibrant long-lasting colors that are highly saturated and utterly swoon-worthy. The semi-matte finish has a light sheen, and the formula isn’t in the least bit drying.

Skin need a little boost? Come join Prime Beauty for a girls night in with the I Dew Ice Cream Collection of face masks!

It’s been a rough week for Jessica at Be Happy and Buy Polish, as she commemorated the anniversary of her mom’s death. But a gorgeous thermal polish that shares the same name as her mom helped cheer her up. Check out Heather’s Hues Lucy over at Jessica’s blog!

If your nails need some extra help or if you or someone you care about is a nail biter, Allison from Never Says Die Beauty says you need to know about easy to use, affordable and effective Bitter Gold by Amanda Nail Serum!

Marcia from Beauty Info Zone has lips that need extra help. That’s why she’s sharing why L is for lips.

Pammy Blogs Beauty loves that L’Occitane is supporting women through their sale of the Limited Edition Solidarity Balm.

Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table took a couple of the Juno & Co. Velvet Microfiber Makeup Application Sponges for a test drive. Did she love them or leave them?

Are you still deciding on a nail art look for St. Patrick’s Day? Is a true green not quite your thing? Jen from Laugh, Love Contour has created an easy look that suits the holiday for those that aren’t fans of traditional green nail polish. Be sure to check it out!

Join Polarbelle for her Jan/Feb exceptional Favorites and Fails that have been discovered while traversing the beauty space. Those fails caused a bit of drama!!

Have you tried Korean sheet masks yet? They now have a very affordable subscription box for under $10. Check it out on The Makeup Obsessed Mom.

Shleee Polish Apophis compared to Tonic Polish Mirabilis

Polishes used:
Shleee Polish Apophis, 2 coats over black
Tonic Polish Mirabilis, 3 coats over black

Tonic Polish Mirabilis compared to Shleee Polish Apophis | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I can’t remember what group it was but someone asked for a comparison of these two polishes. Since I happened to have the both of them, I polished one hand with Apophis and one hand with Mirabilis. In this photo above, Apophis is the top hand, and Mirabilis the bottom. Continue reading

OPI All Your Dreams in Vending Machines swatch + review

Purchased by Me buttonPolishes used:
OPI All Your Dreams in Vending Machines, 3 coats
Formula was a bit thin but otherwise it applied nicely.

Morning everyone! I’ll be honest, I can’t even remember where I picked this nail polish up from. It was either Sally Beauty Supply or Walmart. It just intrigued me in the store and I had to buy it!

OPI All Your Dreams in Vending Machines | Be Happy And Buy Polish

OPI All Your Dreams in Vending Machines sunlight | Be Happy And Buy Polish

OPI All Your Dreams in Vending Machines close up | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Isn’t it just pretty? I love when OPI does polishes like this because it reminds me of all the really oldie-but-goodie polishes* from way back when.

*black label smell not included

Beauty Spotlight Team: CBD beauty products, sexy eyeshadow quads, Project Pan Challenge and more!

I’m a tad late getting this post up, but better late than never! Seriously so many great reviews this past week from the Beauty Spotlight Team members. Have I said how proud I am to be among such amazing bloggers? What are you going to read first? 

If you are seeking to nourish and hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes, and want to plump fine lines, and diminish dark circles and puffiness, then Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog highly recommends Colbert MD Uplift Eye Serum! Plus it is available at Barneys New York, in case you are shopping their LOVE YOURSELF beauty event!

If you love eyeshadow it’s time to learn about a new brand Clove + Hallow and see the great palette that Beauty Info Zone has shared.

Are you over Winter weather like Pammy Blogs Beauty? Find out how she helps get over her Winter-dry skin with some new releases from the Neutrogena HydroBoost line!

Prime Beauty is channeling her inner sex kitten with the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Eyeshadow Quad! It’s the perfect mix of feminine and sophisticated!

Want to plump your lips without irritation? Checkout Never Say Die Beauty‘s review and swatch of the new look for clear, sheer and opaque City Lips Plumping Lip Gloss.

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of beauty products containing CBD. You can read about the science behind it all on The Makeup Obsessed Mom’s blog.

ColorSutraa says I “heart” lipstick. On her blog are her new lippie discoveries from NYX Professional Makeup. She promises you there is a shade you are sure to “heart” too.

Have you joined the Project Pan Challenge this year or have your own product purging goals? Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour is doing a combination of the two and has already hit over a third of her goal for the year! Check out her latest post featuring her February empties and purged products to see what she has finished up and how she is purging products from her life.

Anyone else in the midst of winter doldrums and in need of spring already? Jessica of Be Happy and Buy Polish has Sinful Colors nail polishes that will definitely get you ready for warmer weather. The Sinful Mattes line has some gorgeous colors that will compliment any spring outfit!

Let Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table tell you why she loves, loves, loves her AQUIS Hair Drying Turban and why she thinks that you would love it too.

Flower and nail gems manicure with Heather’s Hues Lucy [February 2019 Polish Pickup Pack]

Gift buttonProducts used:
1 coat of base coat
Heather’s Hues Lucy [Polish Pickup Pack February 2019], 3 thin coats [gift]
flower nail decals [company unknown] [gift]
Nicole Diary iridescent nail gems
1 coat of QDTC

flower manicure with Heather's Hues, Nicole Diary | Be Happy And Buy Polish

flower manicure with Heather's Hues Lucy Polish Pickup Pack February 2019 thermal nail polish | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’ve been crying off and on for days, and this manicure made me tear up even more. Confused? Well, I’ll attempt to clear it up. If you’re new to my blog, you might not know that this week marks the 8th anniversary of my mom’s death. Usually on the actual anniversary date, my kids and I go perform Random Acts of Kindness in our community in her honor. (#RAOK4Lucy on Thursday to follow along.) I’m really struggling this year though. Maybe it’s because as my youngest two grow up, I’m realizing more and more not only what my mom is missing, but what they are missing by not having known her. Let’s see more of this manicure and then I’ll tell you why it made me cry this morning.
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Glitter Manicure with Necessary Evil Polish and L.A. Colors

Purchased by Me buttonPolishes used:
1 coat of OPI Natural Nails Base Coat
3 thin coats of Necessary Evil Polish Norepinephrine,
1 coat plus dabbing of L.A. Colors Mermaid Magic Shimmer Mist
1 coat of Dreamland Lacquer Ooh Shiny!

glitter manicure with L.A. Colors Shimmer Mist, Necessary Evil Polish Norepinephrine | Be Happy And Buy Polish

This is a manicure I created while I was on my staycation last month, and of course I have almost no recollection of it! 😛

Necessary Evil Polish Norepinephrine, L.A. Colors Shimmer Mist glitter manicure | Be Happy And Buy Polish

L.A. Colors Shimmer Mist, Necessary Evil Polish Norepinephrine glitter manicure | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Norepinephrine is a thermal polish but I wasn’t able to capture it very well. I’m going to point you to Jenalyn’s swatches which made me buy the darn thing in the first place!

Makeup and Outfit of the day with Becca Cosmetics, Maybelline, Nyx Cosmetics, and Hot Topic

Purchased by Me buttonProducts used:
becca Cosmetics Volcano Goddess eyeshadow palette
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Seductress
Nyx Cosmetics Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Exposed

Hot Topic Black Skull Crochet Back Tank Top
Ruff Hewn khaki jacket
Universal Thread Goods Co Women’s Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in burgundy
Nine West criss cross wedges

styled outfit with khaki jacket, burgundy velvet slacks, criss cross wedges, styled Hot Topic Black Skull Crochet Back Tank Top | Be Happy And Buy Polish

styled Hot Topic Black Skull Crochet Back Tank Top | Be Happy And Buy Polish

makeup for redheads with becca Volcano Goddess palette, Nyx Cosmetics Liquid Suede, Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink | Be Happy And Buy Polish

I’m so ready for spring and summer, I’ve started buying tank tops and wearing open-toed shoes! I knew today was going to be super nice so I layered a black tank top under this new crocheted skull top I picked up from Hot Topic with a “new to me” (picked up at a thrift store) khaki jacket. Also I apparently don’t know what to do with my hands when I pose ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

becca Volcano Goddess eyeshadow palette | Be Happy And Buy Polish

becca Volcano Goddess palette | Be Happy And Buy Polish

At any rate, I think doing my makeup yesterday did end up helping me because I woke up feeling so much better this morning. I slept like a rock too, so I’m sure that also helped. This was another eyeshadow palette that I picked up from TJ Maxx and I freaking love it! I really did buy it for Gilded, Lava, and Midnight Sapphire but the other colors are quite lovely as well.

becca Volcano Goddess Cloud, Volcanic Sand, Granite, Gilded eyeshadows swatches | Be Happy And Buy Polish

(top to bottom) Cloud, Volcanic Sand, Granite, Gilded

becca Volcano Goddess Diamond Dust, Haze, Red Rock, Lava eyeshadows swatches | Be Happy And Buy Polish

(top to bottom) Diamond Dust, Haze, Red Rock, Lava

becca Volcano Goddess Agate Ash, Crater, Hematite, Midnight Sapphire eyeshadows swatches | Be Happy And Buy Polish

(top to bottom) Agate, Ash, Crater, Hematite, Midnight Sapphire

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