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Thursday, August 21, 2014

B.A. Star Pallette in Tropical

**review sample**

Today I have a really great summer product from BA Star. It is the Tropical Palette. I was lucky enough to be able to review yet another product from BA Star. As you may recall, I showed you the Midnight Smokey Palette earlier this summer. 

I really like BA Star eye makeup because of it's staying power. The colors are vibrant and rich in pigment. That, mixed with the primer makes a great formula for all day staying power. 

I mentioned this in my last review, but these were made with such great staying power that this eye makeup is used for dancers and cheerleaders. It is intended to last through sweat and time. 

As you can see in the picture above, the colors really pop. My skin is pretty dark right now. I am usually pretty pale, so this is pale skin tanned and the colors don't overtake my tone. 

These are the colors swatched with a flash to show you them in a little different lighting set up. I really liked these colors for the summer. They are bright and they really blended well. 

Have you ever tried any of the BA Star products? If so, which one? What did you think?

BA-STAR specializes in products for the performing arts beauty care genre.

This palette is in the color of Tropical and it's for the perfect summer eye design. This retails for $8.75. 

If you are interested in learning more about this product or following any of their social media, you can check out the links below. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Zoya Twitter Party

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You and your stylish friends are invited to talk all things Fall with ZOYA! 

Join us on Twitter Wednesday, August 27th from 8-9pm EST (5-6pm PST). We'll cover the hottest nail colors for Fall, trends from the NYFW (New York Fashion Week) runways and much more (ahem, giveaways)!

In addition, there will be a special Q&A session with the woman behind our 300+ color assortment - ZOYA's Creative Director, Rebecca Isa. So get your questions ready!

How it Works:

·         Follow @ZoyaNailPolish on Twitter.
·         Zoya will release a series of questions marked Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.
·         Reply to these questions with the corresponding A1, A2, A3, etc.
·         Use the hashtag #FALLingForZoya so Zoya (and everyone else) can find your tweets easily!
Did someone say PRIZES?! Join in on the fun and you could WIN*! Followers that participate and answer questions throughout the Twitter Party will automatically be entered to win special prizes from the Naturel 2 and Entice & Ignite Collection at random.
PLUS - Enter to win a full Fall Zoya Nail Polish Wardrobe! All you have to do is upload a picture of your ZOYA manicure at any time during the Twitter Chat (8-9pm EST) and tell us which shade(s) you're wearing to the party. Don't forget to include#FALLingForZoya. The grand prize winner will be announced at the end of the event following the Q&A session.
*Terms & Conditions: No purchase necessary to participate or win. Promotion begins Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8pm EST. Entry via Twitter ONLY - Twitter account must be on public setting and must follow @ZoyaNailPolish to be eligible to win. Giveaway winners will be DM'd codes - codes are not valid in conjunction with other coupons, codes or promotions. Continental US only. Art of Beauty is not responsible for incorrect addresses, credit card entry errors, web related issues or any errors associated with declined credit cards. Returns or exchanges of promotional items not permitted. This Twitter party is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Twitter, Inc.
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Sally Hansen Color Foil Polish Review

**Press Sample**

Sally Hansen Color Foils are brand new to the Sally Hansen family. I get to show you two of them today. I really like metallic finishes for when I need some extra pizzazz. I think metallics add a very futuristic look to any nail design.
A review of Color Foil metallic polish from Sally Hansen.

First up, I have Cobalt Chrome. It is a blue metallic polish. As with all metallic polishes I have come across, this needs to be handled with care. First, you need to shake your bottle- well roll it. You should always give your polishes a good mix before you use them, but these need a little extra.
A review of Color Foil metallic polish from Sally Hansen.

Also, I learned that these apply the nicest without a base coat. I do not like to put any polish on my nails without a base coat, but if you want a more even application, you need to with these. The only thing I put underneath these are my protein treatment. You have to let it dry COMPLETELY before you put the polish on.
A review of Color Foil metallic polish from Sally Hansen.

The next color I have is a silver chrome called Sterling Silver. This is a almost perfect dupe for essie No Place Like Chrome and OPI Push & Shove. So, SAVE YOUR MONEY AND GO DRUG STORE BRAND!!
A review of Color Foil metallic polish from Sally Hansen.

Once you put your polish on, you are going to want to apply it from side to side on the nail. Try not to put polish on top of an area that you already did because it may pull it down. The finish is really awesome, but the application is key. They are not the easiest polish to put on, but if you take your time and put it on carefully it looks great!
A review of Color Foil metallic polish from Sally Hansen.

My last tip for wearing metallic polishes including the Sally Hansen Color Foil polishes are wait until you nails are COMPLETELY dry to add your top coat. Your polish will pull and you will have to start over. You should absolutely wear a top coat to seal all those visible ridges in, but wait so you don't have to strategically pace the polish all over again.
A review of Color Foil metallic polish from Sally Hansen.

If you love these and want to see the rest of the colors from the collection, you can check them out here.
You can buy them from just about any grocer or drugstore and even your local Target! These retail for about $10. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pretty Little Liars Red Coat Tuesday

 All I can say is MELISSA... Holy Crap! I knew it!! I knew she was shady the whole time. I still think Ali is involved with the shade, but Melissa. Wow!! This episode is titled "No One Here Can Love or Understand Me?". Back to Melissa. I hope that we get more information about Melissa and I hope that she comes clean. I doubt it. That's why it's called Pretty Little Liars. 

I hope that Hannah and Caleb are also done. Caleb is starting to be a really bad influence on Hannah and now that Hannah is getting on the straight and narrow, I hope that Caleb is getting that way as well. Although, it does not look like it. According to the teasers, Caleb is finally going to spill why he's been hitting the bottle so hard and it has to do with Ravenswood. 

Also, I am kind of pumped that Ezra is back in the picture. I kind of lost all trust for him after all his shennanigans, but I am hoping that I can earn it back. Apparently Aria isn't working with Ezra but Emily. Huh?!? I wonder what is going to happen with that. I also hope that I get more answers about poor little Bethany. What do you think??

Colors Used:
JustRica- Squishy Strawberry
JustRica- Blackout
JustRica- Whiteout

Monday, August 18, 2014

Foundation Brush from Born Pretty Makeup

**Press Sample**Affiliate Link**

DISCOUNT CODE!! I have a special code just for you. When you buy form Born Pretty, I can give you 10% off your order with the code BSH10. This is a great deal since ALL of their products are already reasonably priced and you can replenish a lot of your beauty needs for not a lot of money. 

I love this brush. I officially call it my new foundation brush.  For only $9.68 (EVEN LESS IF YOU USE MY DISCOUNT CODE ABOVE) you can get a really great quality brush. The bristles are synthetic fibre and that makes blending sooo easy and cleaning even easier!! 

What I like:
The handle is the perfect size for my small little hands. It allows me to blend everything in nicely.
It does not chunk product on the bristles. I use it for moisturizer, BB Cream, CC Cream, foundation and concealer.  After all of that is blended nicely, the bristles wipe off easily. Cleaning brush is a little liked chore and anything to make it better is just awesome. 
The bristles are short and bundled thick. This makes for really easy application of liquid on your face. Use this! Blend the hell out of it. No one likes to see makeup lines.