Keep Summer Going With Bright and Fun Eye, Lip, and Nail Products!

I am really looking forward to fall, but it’s still summer! And while the weather is still warm and the sun is shining, I want to wear bright colors!

Below are my picks for the end of summer.  I received samples for my honest review of everything except for the Maybelline Soda Pop palette:

Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette
Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette ($13.99 USD) — I don’t have this yet, but I do want to get it because I think the shades are gorgeous! Here’s the info:

Use the NEW Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette¬†to take nudes to a new level. Wearable neutrals meet bold pops of color ‚Äď encompassing the hottest color trends in one convenient palette! Curated with 12 super creamy shades that pack a strong pigment punch, this palette offers intense color payoff in just one swipe.¬†The best part? The palette is enriched with a cherry-cola scent that is sure to quench your color thirst. Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette offers everything you need to create your soda-inspired look that POPS!

This is available NOW on Ulta.com

WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
Wunder2 Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner

Wunder2 Wunderkiss Gloss Lip Liner ($11.95 USD) — This liner is created to be used with ¬†lip gloss! The liner is very smooth and easy to use. The claim is that it can be used to¬† create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. I find that it does just that.¬† My gloss looks fresh for longer. Available in 3 shades — Nude, Rose and Berry.¬† I love the Nude, but the Rose is so pretty, too!¬† The Berry is a little dark for me, but I might try it in the fall.

Purchase at www.wunder2.com

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection

I have been loving these Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Sunset Splash Collection for my end of summer nails looks. Give your nails a gradient summer splash with the ‚ÄúSunset Splash‚ÄĚ collection which features 6 shades.¬†From glamorous sunset sky to glitter gradients this collection definitely has you covered. I love doing an ombre look with these or I use a cream like Smartease and add a shimmer or glitter accent like Metro Midnight. Plus since I use these with their gel top coat, they stay looking amazing for about a week!

What products are you loving now? Are you still wearing summer products or are you all about fall?

 

 

 

New (To Me) Anti-Aging Skincare

I have been testing new skin care products I was sent for my honest review.  I love trying skincare to add to my daily routine.  I think anti-aging skincare really helps my skin looks smoother and younger.

There are the current products I’m using:

 

 

I received anti-aging skincare from Robin McGraw’s new line, Robin McGraw Revelation.¬† Robin is Dr. Phil’s wife, and she has worked closely with chemists for years and each product has been custom-crafted to utilize the highest-quality, most potent active ingredients, along with cutting-edge technology. Products are void of harmful sulfates, mineral oil, parabens and chemicals. As with all Robin McGraw Revelation products, there is no animal testing. Many of the products are powered by their patent pending Dynamic Infusion Technology. The products I received are:

OMG! Is This Really Me?¬†¬†Instant Face Shaper¬†¬†($34 USD) —¬†Fast-acting formula of high performance ingredients.¬†It claims to to visibly smooth, tighten, and lift the eyes, face, and neck.¬†Packed with 5 unique peptides, each designed to target multiple skin concerns. When I use this, my skin does feel smoother and tighter instantly. I like using it under makeup for a smooth and youthful look during the day.

Dot Your Eyes ($40 USD) —¬†This tightening eye cream takes a multi-action approach to refreshing tired eyes, combining cutting-edge skincare science with potent botanical ingredients to improve skin at the cellular level. Reduces the appearance of puffy eyes, dark circles and fine lines while assisting in natural collagen production to tighten puffy and sagging skin. I use this cream in the morning to ensure that my eye area is smooth before makeup.¬† It really helps my concealer and powder look flawless!

Live Life LIFTED¬†($42 USD) — This¬†formula delivers a potent blend of five skin-smoothing, anti-wrinkle peptides and hyaluronic acid deep into to hydrate as well as visibly lift, firm and smooth skin‚Äôs appearance for a more sculpted silhouette.This lightweight cream also features jojoba esters with moisturizing vitamins A, D, and C, plus free radical blocking, anti-aging vitamin E-rich sunflower seed oil to provide intense healing and hydration without the sticky after feel.¬† I have been using this twice a day and have noticed a bit of a lift and tighter skin.¬† I will continue using it to sculpt my chin and neck!

Available at www.robinmcgrawrevelation.com

DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm
DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm

DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Rescue & Protect Eye Balm ($50 USD) —¬†Super hydrating eye balm enriched with peptides, caffeine, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, approved for use on delicate upper eyelids, under eye area and crow’s feet region.

Helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps the eye area feel refreshed, alert and youthful. I apply this on my eyes at night as a hydrating sleeping treatment. Its moisturizing, but not greasy. I’ve noticed that my eyes have been looking smoother since I have been using this.

Available at www.dermadoctor.com, Ulta and other great stores.

NeoCell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews
NeoCell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews

Neocell, Hair, Skin, & Nails Beauty Chews, Berry Medley, 30 Soft Chews —¬†Feeling beautiful and healthy has never been so easy as it is now with NeoCell Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Chews.¬†These potent chews deliver beauty nutrients in a delicious soft chew bursting with natural berry flavors and are perfect for those who have trouble swallowing pills. I like the taste of these, they are a bit tarte.¬† My nails and skin have been looking nice lately, so I will continue using these!

Research suggests that the right nutrients can have a major impact on hair, skin and nail health:

BioActive NeoCell Collagen –¬†Lab tested for potency & purity

Hyaluronic Acid –¬†Essential component for skin rehydration

Biotin –¬†Supports healthy, luxurious hair & promotes natural energy

Vitamin C – Supports collagen formation in the skin, Antioxidant support against free radicals

What skincare products have you recently discovered?

 

 

 

 

Paperless Post Review — Cool Customizable Greeting Cards and Invitations

Hi All!  I recently tried Paperless Post for my honest review.  It is a company that designs customizable online stationery, to show that communication can be personal and well-designed regardless of the medium.

Paperless Post has partnered with several world-famous designers and lifestyle brands, including kate spade new york, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Rifle Paper Co., and has delivered over 85 million cards to date. Which I think is really cool.¬† But I really didn’t know what to think until I tried it.

I thought it might be an animated card, like you see on Facebook.¬† But, it’s actually like a paper card, you just send it online.

So, to try it out, I created an account, which was fast and easy to do. I was given some Paperless Post coins.  To use this service, you need to purchase coins to create cards.

I made a birthday card for myself. I chose one from Rifle Paper Co. It was super cute and easy to customize.  Here is the card:

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First, there is a backdrop to the card that shows when you open it (but did not show up when I tried to copy it).  I chose a gold one that matched the font color of the card, but there are many colors and prints to choose from.

Next was the greeting.  You can edit the format, typeface and color.  You can also change the message. It was quick and easy.  It only took me a couple of minutes to do this.

Next, I was able to customize an envelope:

Lorena I chose the color, stamp, postmark and the inside of the envelope.  That only took a minute or two as well.

After I was done, I entered my recipients name and email address, plus my email address and a subject line.  Then I sent it to myself.

When I received the card, it showed the envelope.¬† I “opened” it and the card appeared! It was so much fun to receive.

This card costed a total of 6 coins.  The basic card was 5 coins and the unicorn stamp was 1 coin. 20 coins cost $10.  Some invitations and cards start at 2 coins each, so you can get quite a few for $10.

I think this service was fast and easy to use, and really cute to receive.¬† It’s a lot easier than buying a card, filling it out and mailing it off!¬† And it’s less money.¬† A birthday card can cost up to $10, and the one I created was 6 coins or about $3.

I definitely recommend Paperless Post!  Check it out at www.paperlesspost.com

 

Gorgeous Lippies for National Lipstick Day on July 29, 2018!

Today is National Lipstick Day! It’s time to wear your favorite lip product — or maybe buy a new one!

I thought I would spotlight some of my fave lip products. Need some ideas? Lipstick-Method-In-The-Madness-Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Method In The Madness Lipstick ($25, on sale today for $17.50) Lipstick Queen invites you to experience the magical chaos of Method In The Madness as swirls of ultra-luxe creamy hues combine into one bold lip color of its own.

Featuring several uniquely stunning shades, this rich and hydrating formula is infused with vitamin E leaving lips soft and supple to the touch.

The entire Lipstick Queen brand is on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.  Also check out another fave, the Nothing But the Nudes collection each shade is $16.80 today!

 

Rimmel London has amazing lip products!

Lasting Finish Lipstick ($4.99) —¬†Intense long lasting color for up to 8 hours wear.¬†¬†+25% color impact, smooth creamy texture and all day comfort

Stay Glossy ($3.99) –These are high shine lip gloss.¬† Gorgeous alone or over a lipstick.

Stay Satin Liquid Lipstick ($4.99) —¬†A new vivid satin liquid lip color with superior color payoff! High-intensity color that delivers a bold satin finish in one stroke,lasts up to 8 hours and is comfortable on the lips. Available in 14 bold shades

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Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline has some of the best lipsticks out there!  The SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is a hit and is on sale today at Ulta!

This liquid lipstick features a unique arrow applicator for precise application and is available in a range of super saturated shades. It features a flawless matte finish, highly-pigmented color and is a long-lasting, saturated matte.

Select Maybelline lip products are on sale today for 30% off at Ulta.

WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER
WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER

Define your glossy lip look with our ‚Äėfirst of its kind‚Äô WUNDER2 WUNDERKISS GLOSS LIP LINER ($11.95) to be used specifically with your favorite lip gloss! Use our unique glossy formula on the outside of the lips to create a beautiful, long-lasting lip contour that keeps your lip gloss in place. Available in 3 shades to perfectly complement the WUNDERKISSLip Plumping Glosses, create the most precise & perfect pout with gloss-rich lips.

What are your favorite lip products?  And what are you wearing today for National Lipstick Day?

 

 

 

 

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — July 2018

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I received my July BoxyCharm later than usual this month. I receive this box each month and really like it.

Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 5-6 beauty items, most of them full-sized.¬† It’s an amazing way to try new makeup and beauty tools!

This month I received:

I didn’t take individual photos of the products this month.¬† This is was so late that I thought I would just get it posted!

I think this is an okay box.  I will use the Tarte mist.  I love setting sprays and skincare mists and this is a combo of both. It has a really nice mister and and herbal scent.

I am also testing out the dr. brandt eye gel.  I do see that it instantly helps the dark circles under my eyes.  You use it after eye cream and before makeup.

I will also use the Wander Beauty mascara.¬† I am waiting to open it because I already have enough mascara open.¬† And as we all know, mascara’s only good for about 3 months. But I will be trying it in a month or so.¬† I like the claims that it curls and gives volume.

I will be giving away the Note blush and the Chella eyebrow product to a friend or family member.  The blush is too orange for me and the eyebrow product is too light.

Although there was nothing too exciting this month, it was well worth the $21!

Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you get this month?

Beat The Heat With Fun Summer Products!

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Yes, it’s still summer and it’s still HOT!¬† And I have more amazing summer products to share!

I received the following products for my honest review:

NaturaBrasil Acai Body Scrub¬†($25 USD) — this is a gentle way to slough off dry skin after being at the pool or beach. Or, before self tanning. And, it smells amazing! This scrub has natural a√ßa√≠ seeds and sugar, as well as moisturizing shea butter and olive oil.

Love Sun Body SPF 30 Lightly Scented ($32 USD) —¬†¬†This is a 100% natural mineral sun screens. It is very lightly scented with tiare & vanilla. It’s kind of hard to detect the scent. It claims to absorb with a matte finish that doesn‚Äôt feel sticky.¬† It is VERY thick.¬† And white.¬† I have to really rub it in to get the matte finish.

Certified by EcoCert Cosmos Natural and is recipient of EWG’s highest ranking. Love Sun Body is available in two sizes and scents at Credo, Amazon and lovesunbody.com.

Cricket’s wide tooth Ultra Smooth Coconut Conditioning Comb ($6.99 USD) helps gently detangle wet hair and is great for pulling a hair mask through to the ends. Coconut oil and keratin protein are baked into the plastic of the comb which also helps to smooth and de-frizz from the summer humidity. Available at Target and Ulta.

My favorite products of this bunch are these bright Morgan Taylor Lacquer:

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This is a celebrity nail tech favorite and has 130+ phenomenal colors that are available  at Ulta. These are perfect for pedis or manis this summer!

These shades are Girls Love Buoys (on my nails and in my hand), Tokyo a Go Go, Orange Crush, Go For The Glow and Gotta Have Hue.¬† These are so bright and gorgeous, but they don’t last long, so make sure to use a bottom and top coat!

What are your current favorite summer beauty finds?

Keep Your Makeup Fresh in The Heat With Urban Decay and Wunder2!

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Hi all!  It is HOT in Kansas City. Every. Day.  It has been since mid-May.  And it is a challenge keeping my makeup looking fresh and staying in place.

I was sent these amazing products from Urban Decay and Wunder2 to test out for my honest review.  And they were tested in the heat and humidity!

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Urban Decay¬†Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray ($32 USD) — I love anything that will cool me down in the summer time! This spray¬† features cooling time-release Temperature Control Technology that actually chills the surface of your makeup – to keep it looking gorgeously just-applied for up to 12 hours.¬†Developed in an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia, UD’s groundbreaking, tested formula holds foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place.

I use this for days that I know I’m going to be out in the heat and I want my makeup to stay in place.¬† It feels cool going on, but not cold.¬† It’s a very pleasant feeling.¬† The sprayers on the UD mists are all so good, and aren’t harsh at all!¬† This has become a summer essential for me.

 

 

Urban Decay¬†De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray ($32 USD) —¬†This spray mists on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte. High-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading – so you hardly ever need to touch up.

This is great for days that I know I’ll be out in the heat for a prolonged period of time and that the oil is coming.¬† I don’t reach for it as much as I do the Chill spray, but it does work and helps keep my makeup on my face.

 

 

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Setting Powder ($34 USD) — I love a good setting powder and I was excited to try a water proof one! This weightless powder claims to¬† instantly makes any foundation totally waterproof for a mattified complexion that lasts all day, no matter what.¬†This high-tech formula blurs pores and imperfections and blocks shine, without dulling your inner glow. Your luminosity shows through while the powder keeps moisture out.

I agree with the claims that it mattifies but doesn’t look dry on my skin.¬† That’s important to me as I age, and the fact is my face isn’t oily.¬† But it does get greasy in the summer when it’s so hot and humid.¬† The combo of this and the Chill or De-slick setting spray really keeps my makeup in place all day!

 

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Wunder2 Super-Stay Liner ($14.95 USD) —¬†Wunder2 24-hour wear Super-Stay Liner’s ensure that after just one application, your look will stay set and picture perfect from morning to evening! Waterproof and smudge-proof, the highly pigmented and easy-glide pencil eyeliners are a must-have beauty staple that create a perfect, full lash line or a playful, colored look that glide on with ease. Super-Stay Liner’s are available in the three collections of ‘Essential’, ‘Metallic’ and ‘Glitter’ finishes to complete any makeup look depending on your mood.

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These shades from left to right are Glitter Aubergine, Glitter Pink and Metallic Rose Gold.¬† I swatched these, waited about a minute, then rubbed the swatches vigorously.¬† Then I took the photo.¬† As you can see, they didn’t budge!

All three of these shades are perfect for summer looks, but I really love the Aubergine on my top lid and the Rose Gold on the bottom.¬† They look amazing together.¬† And they really glide on smoothly. Honestly, I probably will give the Pink one to my daughter, because I won’t reach for it.¬† But it is pretty.

What products are you using this summer to beat the heat?

Brand Review — Studio Selection line at Dollar General

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Hi all!  I am reviewing a new line of beauty products at Dollar General called Studio Selection.  It is a range of products that includes skincare, body care and hair care. The products are dupes of other brand name products, and let you know on the package what products they claim to be like.

I received a gift card to purchase a few products for my honest review.  I got all of the Studio Selection products that were in stock at my local store at the time, but there are a lot more to choose from online. Here is what I picked up:

Studio Selection Makeup Remover And Cleanser Micellar Cleansing Water ($4 USD for 13.5 Oz) — this claims to¬†gently refresh and hydrate skin while removing makeup.¬†Won‚Äôt clog pores and is dermatologically & clinically tested. Formula is free from: Alcohol, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Compare to Garnier SKINACTIVE Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser.

I really like this.¬† I haven’t used the original Garnier, but I have used the Garnier waterproof makeup micellar cleanser with the blue cap and hated it.¬† It was so greasy.¬† ¬† This one cleans without leaving a greasy residue.¬† I think for the price point, it’s a good buy.

Studio Selection Age Daring Body Wash ($2.80 for 18 oz) —¬†Studio Selection Age Daring Body Wash cleans and moisturizes aging skin. This formula contains Vitamin E and with daily use, helps to revitalize and soften skin over time. Use this rich body wash to fight dryness due to aging skin. This compares to an Olay body wash.

I like the value of this.¬† You get a lot of product for $2.50.¬† It does cleanse well, but I didn’t notice any extra moisturization.¬† Plus, the scent was very soapy, and I wasn’t a fan of the fragrance.

Studio Selection Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($2.95 12 Oz) —¬†helps moisturize your skin for up to 24 hours. This formula also helps to prevent and protect dry skin, providing temporary relief of scaling and chapping that can accompany dry skin.¬†*Compare to Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

I gave this to my daughter who has eczema.  It does help her dry skin and she has been enjoying it.  It does not have a fragrance. Like the other products, the value is great!

Studio Selection Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Makeup Removing Facial Towelettes ($3.50 USD 25 Ct) —¬†With skin conditioning agents to help moisturize and soothe, suitable for blemish-prone skin, leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.¬† They compare to the Neutrogena grapefruit towelettes.

These are my favorite items from this haul.  They smell really nice and are so refreshing.  They remove my makeup and clean my skin.  I think they are definitely worth the $3.50 and I will purchase them again.

So, I think the prices on all of these are great.  When I go back to purchase more wipes (and the micellar water), I will check out some of the other wipes and products they have.

Visit www.dollargeneral.com to learn more about the products available and to purchase them.

Do you shop at Dollar General? Have you purchased anything from this line?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Pan April-June 2018 Final Results

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Hi Everyone! I’m at the end of my 2018 second quarter Project Pan.¬† This ran from April-June. This is the second one I’ve ever done, and I plan to do two more this year.

I’m pretty much enjoying these.¬† I think I was more in to it in the first one.¬† I used up products right away and even added in more.¬† And I used all of them up!¬† You can see the wrap up for my first Project Pan here.

So in this Project Pan, I used almost all of the products up. Here is the link to my first post of this quarter’s pan so that you can view the info on the products.

But, here are the products I didn’t use up:

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The two products I didn’t use up were my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Reversible and Maybelline Fit Me! Loose Finishing Powder in 10 Fair Light.

The shadow is almost gone, but it’s really crumbly now, so I am going to toss it. It is very pretty, though. The Fit Me! powder has been going strong for months!¬† I have been using it almost exclusively, too.¬† I think it’s almost out now.¬† I would repurchase the powder.¬† I think the shadow is discontinued, but I’ll buy more Super Shocks!

And of the products I panned, I would repurchase everything if I run out of my current skincare and makeup.¬† I have so much right now, so we’ll see.

So I call this a successful Project Pan!¬† I got through some skincare, hair care and a little bit of makeup, too!¬† I’ll be announcing my next quarter pan in about a week.

Have you done a Project Pan?  How did it go?

Fun Products For Easy Summer Beauty!

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Happy Friday!¬† I’ve received samples of some fun products for my honest review.¬† Some are new and some are new to me, but all are fun for the summer to some degree!

Ola¬†Tropical Apothecary Body Mist ($14 for 2 oz) –¬†The secret ingredient in¬†Ola¬†Tropical Apothecary‚Äôs Deep Sea Body Mist is‚Ķthe water.¬†¬†Found at 3000‚Äô below the ocean surface off the¬†Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90 trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium.¬†¬†A few simple spritzes to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes.¬†

I first thought this was like a body cologne spray, but it has a very fine mist and I read that it can be used on the face.¬† I have the Pikake, which smells like a Hawaiian lei, and the Passion Fruit.¬† I LOVE the passion fruit one, it’s one of my favorite scents. These are very refreshing and hydrating.

Hotheads’ Mini G Hairbrush¬†($9.29 USD) –¬†Good things really do come in small packages!¬† The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag.¬† Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks.¬†¬†It‚Äôs the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun.¬† Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair.¬† Finishing your day at the beach using¬†the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.¬†¬†

Mally Beauty More Is More Mascara ($20 USD) has a special brush designed to grip lashes and smooth mascara out to the very tips for exceptional length and definition. Has a rich, creamy, jet black formula. It took me a few uses to get a very voluminous look.  And it only really lengthens if I use a primer underneath. It is very black, though!

Mally Beauty Kiss Me Tinted Lip Oil ($27.21 USD for 3) — I received this in Crystal Clear, but you can get a trio including¬†Crystal Clear, Peach Me and¬†What a Melon. This is a conditioning oil that gives shine like a gloss, but it’s not sticky. It has a minty taste. This is nice when I want something on my lips, but don’t want to wear color.

Hard Candy Stroke of Gorgeous Colored Mascara ($5 USD) —¬†Delivers intense opaque color that will not clump or flake.¬†Maximum bristled brush¬†helps give volume and length to all lashes.¬†Available in 8 colored mascaras and two glitter top coats. The two shades I received are the glitter top coats in Disco Ball and Shooting Star.¬† Disco Ball has silver glitter and shows up more than Shooting Star, which has black and multi-colored glitter. These show up the best in the sunlight.¬† They are fun, but I will probably be giving them to my daughter.

What products have you been trying out lately?