Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Madam Glam I Love Winter, For a Lady and Dark and Classy Nail Polish Review

Good evening, dear readers!

Today I have a review of 3 Madam Glam polishs that were sent to me for review.

I'd like to ask that you overlook the dry skin on my hands, it's been a rough month for them and although I am wearing moisturizer in the photos, they are sooo dry (to the point of splitting).

Thankfully its mostly the back of my hands that are doing this so the photos shouldn't be too bad.

For this review I am testing the polish as they are, without top coat.  I usually wear top coat with polishes so I cannot say very well in comparison how long these wear vs. other brands, but I want to give an accurate review of how long they last on my nails by itself.

The product I am reviewing today is their I Love Winter nail polish.

"This is a glitter polish that will remind you of winter holidays. The golden, maroon and sometimes brick-red glitters will party all day long on your nails!" - Madam Glam

Oooo how could I not choose this one? The name is so perfect for me!  (That's another thing; I really like a lot of the names they have for their products! :D).

This polish makes me think of wet asphalt glittering in street lights during the night. The flecks are multichrome, so they change colour depending on the angle you are looking at them.  If I am holding the bottle low, it reflects pink and gold/orange, but if I tilt the bottle and look at it at a slanted angle towards the light, the flecks shift to more orange gold, yellow, then green and gold.  If I hold it at a very extreme angle I think there actually might be some blue reflecting too, but it's basically holding it at as far as an angle I can while still being able to see it, so don't expect to see much blue there.

In regular lighting and at the angles that one would normally look at nails, it is mostly the pink and orange-y shimmers that show up the most.

This is a textured polish (which I think adds further to my association of beautiful wet asphalt glitters).  Because of the texture it has a more matte look without top coat.

 Wear time: At the end of 24 hours one of the tips was worn.  That might have been user error, but by day 2 another two tips were worn and I'm pretty sure they weren't before.

Some thoughts:

The colour is lovely and I really like the texture.  The formula was great for application, and it was a pleasure to apply.  The wear time wasn't as long as I would have hoped for.

Next up is For a Lady. This retails for $10.95 USD.

This is such a beautiful colour!  The formula was good to apply, slightly running, and two thick coats were what I used for the manicure here (spaced about ten minutes apart).  About 40 minutes to an hour after I had applied the polish, I accidentally scrunched up my nails against something and they smudged.  So if possible, thin coats are recommended as the polish hadn't enough time to set.  I'm used to wearing quick drying top coat with my polishes.

I serisouly ADORE this colour!  It is a hot chocolate/chocolate milk shade (like that brown with a purplish tinge to it... I don't know why some hot chocolate and chocolate milk has that) and if it is held up against something purple, it looks more purple.

For my last review of the day: Dark and Classy.  This retails for $10.95 USD.

This is a very dark plum/grape, and it's so dark it almost looks black to me (granted I don't have the brightest lighting in my bedroom as I sit here with the bottle beside me, but still!).

The bottle was a bit hard to open at first as some of the polish had leaked out of the top (I'm guessing during production) and a bit dried on the glass threads.  It wasn't very much though.

The polish formula was a bit thicker than For a Lady so it was a bit goopier.

I found that Dark and Classy had tip wear within 24 hours of applying it (possibly within 12 actually).  I think the same might have been said for For a Lady, but it's hard to tell because some of the nail polish got smushed. A nail or two looked okay after that incident and I saw tip wear on them, but I didn't want to say that yes there was definitely tip wear when it could have been my own fault.  I wrapped the tips but it still wore off on the ends.  On day 2 of Dark and Classy the tip wear hasn't really progressed very much, so that is good.  There was a bit of a tiny chip at the bottom of one of the nails (other tip wear aside) but other than that it was not too bad.  While the wear was there, it was not severe and it is something that someone other than myself (in my vicinity), I doubt others would notice.  I bet that wearing a top coat over this would extend the wear time even longer, but like the other polishes I wanted to do an accurate review.

On days 4-5 of this the tip wear was much more noticeable.  For my wear test I had on 2 coats of polish (I think that two coats is sufficient for opacity).

One thing that I noticed was on day 3 or 4, I could put dents in the polish with my other nails (not horribly huge squishy dents but enough that I could see them when looking for them) so it doesn't dry to a rock hard finish.

I did a set of nails using the three different polishes with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat, and while it's hard to say for I Love Winter, the other two definitely had tip wear within 32 or so hours (before then but I'm not exactly sure when it happened).

In the end these are lovely looking polishes, but are pricey at $10.95 USD (which is around $14.62 CAN). I will say that I expected them to wear for longer.  It's been a while since I wore other nail polishes and so maybe other brands I've used do this too just as fast, but I cannot say with 100% certainty.

The colours are lovely and while Dark and Classy was a bit on the goopey side, they have decent pigment and weren't hard to apply.  The brushes are about mid-thickness; not as large as an OPI but larger than the small standard size that polishes used to have for a long time.  The bristles are arranged in a more flat shape than round.  Two coats is mostly sufficient for opacity (For a Lady can have a bit of unevenness).

I am glad that I was given the opportunity to try these out, but I hoped that they would have lasted longer.  It is wonderful that they are cruelty-free and they definitely get bonus points for that.  Also, the lady whom I was in contact with throughout the reviewing process was very kind, and corresponding with the brand has been pleasant.

However I think the favourite products I have used from Madam Glam are their lipsticks.  They didn't dry my lips out the way most other lipsticks do, and they applied well.  The pigment in Cinnamon especially was wonderful and I wanted to leave this review off on a positive note.

Madam Glam provided me with this Black Friday discount code to give to my readers:

BFArtevolve 40% discount  

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Lush's Gift Guide

Good evening dear readers!

Lush has their gift guide out for a little bit, and here's a link to their Lush Christmas website.  I was notified via a Lush e-mail and am sharing the news.

Anything that you've been wanting to try this season from Lush?


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Madam Glam Review - Cinnamon Lipstick and Simplicity Lipstick

Good afternoon dear readers!

A little while ago I was approached by Madam Glam, and asked if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products!  I have been very excited to do so! :D

Madam Glam is a cosmetics company that focuses on nail polish (both regular and gel) and face makeup.  I was fortunate in being able to review some of their nail polishes as well as some lipsticks.

Their nail polishes are 5-free, so they are without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl pthalate, toluene, and camphor.

In their regular polish line they have over 80 polishes available.
In their gel line they have around 170 different polishes (not including top/base coats)!
They have a really delightful selection!

They also have a line of colour-changing gels (reacting to temperature) and gel pens.  They have over 20 of the colour-changing gels and about 21 of the pens.  If you are a fan of gel polishes, I would definitely suggest giving them a peek!

Overall a very broad range that is sure to have something for so many gel/polish fans.

Their polishes and cosmetics are cruelty-free, but their lipsticks do contain beeswax if that is something that you are concerned about.

Today I am reviewing their Cinnamon and Simplicity lipsticks.

First up, Cinnamon!

The product is described as this on their website:
"It's getting hot in here! Sizzle with this hot dark red lipstick and prepare to turn some heads around!"

It retails for $15.95 USD for 4.5 g.

This is a really lovely colour and the pigment is very nice.

(Most photos here with flash; the first one not, but my bathroom lighting is yellowy and not the best)

(Swatch from inside my lightbox, without flash)

(Outside lighting, I edited the skin on the side of my lip to remove an ash or something, but the rest is untouched.  This is the most accurate representation of Cinnamon out of all my photos.)

The formula is very creamy, where you can definitely feel the oils on your skin.  It also stays feeling creamy for hours during wear.  The scent is reminiscent to me of some lipsticks from the 1990's/early 2000's? (but not as strong).  I taste it a bit too at first, but then I stop noticing it pretty fast.  While I am not a fan of the scent. I usually wear lipsticks that have a vanilla or chocolate fragrance and that is personal preference.  There is a definite shine to the lips while wearing this.

The packaging is really nice; I really enjoy the matte texture of it and that the cap slows down as it's being pushed onto the bullet.  The design is nice and compact, taking up less space than my usual lipsticks.  The weight listed on my usual Maybelline is 4.2 g and the weight listed on Madam Glam is 4.5 g.

I find wear time is on par with most lipsticks I use.  It's on the lips for hours with the usual wear, mostly in the center of the lip where it touches things and on a side if that touches something.  I do smoke and drink tea a lot and this is not a dry matte lipstick, so it will transfer on things your lips touch while wearing it.  It doesn't really bother me as I don't mind reapplying lipstick as needed, and because of it not being a matte formulation, it isn't super drying on the lips.  I also find that almost every single lipstick I use does this, as I prefer the creamy ones and that's just how they work.  However, personally I find that creamy lipsticks that are fading can be helped a bit by rubbing your lips together and smoothing the remaining lipstick back over the lips.

Next up: Simplicity!

Here is the product description:
"Make your lips look fuller than ever, with this beige glossy lipstick! It will highlight your lips, without making them too loud."

I'm partial to shades like these because they remind me of Angelina Jolie and for a long time I've loved the way she did her lips in the 1990's-2000's.

The formula is pretty on par with Cinnamon, as is the wear.  There *may* be a bit less pigment, but an extra swipe across the lips is no problem to me.  It also retails for the same amount and has the same amount of weight and packaging.  I find the website swatch makes it look more light pink than beige, and it's more beige in person but that could also depend on the lighting.

(These photos taken in my bathroom with flash)

(These photos taken in my room by my light box)

(Swatch from inside my lightbox, without flash.  I think this makes things look a bit more yellow)

(Outdoor lighting, more accurate representation)

I've found the formula to be very similar to other lipstick brands I have tried, both less expensive and more expensive than this one.  The formula (scent aside) reminds me of both a mainstream pharmacy brand and a luxury brand.  Both of which I like, but at different ends of the price spectrum.  Madam Glam is closer to the middle, between the two in price but similar in quality to both (and when I say mainstream pharmacy brand, that does not mean a bad formula, as the particular mainstream brand I use often has a great formula). However, I think this might be even more creamy than the other ones I've tried.  I do really like that this brand is cruelty free (both in and out of production) and while I do find their products pricey, the ones I have tried so far are good quality to me and cruelty free is a great thing.

I didn't find the lipsticks to be super moisturizing or very drying.  My lips are naturally very dry and peely and tend to peel more after wearing products, and it's most products that do this (I might actually have really sensitive lip skin and it just gets irritated most of the time from almost all products I use on them).  Someone with more normal lips would probably have a better idea of how this reacts with them.  However my lips were less dry after wearing these then I had expected and that is a bonus.  I was wearing Simplicity for hours, then wiped it off and applied Cinnamon for an outdoor swatch, then wiped that off and my lips were softer than before wearing it and that is not as common as I would like with other lipsticks I have tried over the years.

I'm glad I was given the chance to give these a try and they are lovely lipsticks!

Have you tried Madam Glam before?

Have a lovely day,


EDIT: I forgot to add this in when I originally posted this review, but for Black Friday Madam Glam has this code to recieve a 40% discount off of orders: BFArtevolve.  I think you enter this during the checkout process and it should give you the discount for the next week.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Lush #bathart

Good afternoon dear readers!

Lush is holding a contest (I believe it is for both Canada and the USA) where you share your Lush "bath art" photos on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #bathart and then  25 winners will be chosen to receive Lush goodies.

Here are the rules and regulations:

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics #bathart Contest
October 16, 2015

Official Rules
Introduction: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Ltd. (the “Sponsor”) is holding the #bathart (the “Contest”). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Eligibility: To be an eligible participant, entrant must be a legal resident of Canada or the United States, excluding residents of Puerto Rico, and have reached the age of thirteen (13) at time of entry.  Employees of the Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents and the immediate family members (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents) of such employees, and all those with whom such employees are domiciled, are NOT eligible to participate in the Contest. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to these Official Contest Rules and to the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects.
How to enter: The Contest begins on November 1st, 2015 12:01:00am ET and ends on November 24th, 2015 11:59pm ET (the “Sweepstakes Period”). The Sponsor’s clock will be the official timekeeping device for the Contest. During the Sweepstakes Period, entrants can enter the Contest by:
  1. Tweeting a photo and using the hashtag “#bathart” through their Twitter account
  2. Uploading a photo to Instagram using the hashtag “#bathart” on their Instagram account
All entries must be received by the Sponsor by 11:59pm ET on November 24th, 2015 in order to be a valid entry. All entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged. Incomplete entries will be disqualified and void.
Entry limit: There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Sponsor and its agents are not responsible for lost, late, damaged, misdirected, illegible, or incomplete entries.  Incomplete entries are ineligible.  All entries become Sponsor’s property and will not be acknowledged or returned.  Message and data rates apply to use of mobile device for Contest entry.  You may be charged by your wireless carrier for sending your entry via mobile device. Be sure to check your wireless carrier’s pricing plan before participating via mobile device. Not all mobile devices offer wireless Internet access; and, wireless Internet access may not be available in all areas.
Additional terms: Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor or its agents, or if entrant has or has attempted to submit malicious code, .exe files, or any file that contains malicious code.
Entries must comply with all of the following requirements as to content (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion):

(a)   Content must be original and not copied, in whole or part, from any other source;
(b)  Content must have been created specifically for this Contest and not previously published;
(c)   Content must be truthful;
(d)  Content must not violate the rights of any third party;
(e)   Content must not be inappropriate or unfit for publication (e.g., include nudity, obscenity or hate speech);
(f)   Content must not disparage Sponsor, its products or otherwise reflect unfavorably on any of the preceding; and
(g)   Content must not advocate alcohol or drug use, violent or reckless behavior or any illegal activity.
Sponsor may choose, in its sole discretion, to post (or re-post, as the case may be) entries on one or more of its social media accounts. Should Sponsor choose to do so, such posting/re-posting is for entertainment and informational purposes only and will have no bearing on the selection of the winner. For winner selection procedure, see below.  POSTED/RE-POSTED ENTRIES REPRESENT SOLELY THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS/OPINIONS OF SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER.  SPONSOR IS ACTING AS A PASSIVE CONDUIT FOR THE POSTING/RE-POSTING/PUBLICATION OF ENTRIES AND DISCLAIMS ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR SCREENING, MONITORING OR REVIEWING ENTRIES PRIOR TO POSTING/RE-POSTING/PUBLICATION OF SAME. SPONSOR WILL NOT EDIT ENTRIES PRIOR TO POSTING/RE-POSTING/PUBLISHING THEM ON ITS SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CONTEST.
Entrant grants to Sponsor and its designees the non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, transferable, sublicenseable right and license to use, perform, exhibit, reproduce and/or otherwise exploit his/her entry in any manner and in any and all distribution channels, venues or media now known or hereafter devised, without further notice or any compensation to entrant. Such use includes but is not limited to Sponsor possibly posting one’s entry on one or more of its social media. (The preceding grant of rights is subject to any rights retained by the social media channel used by entrant to participate in the Contest, as applicable).  Entrant further agrees, upon Sponsor’s request and without compensation, to sign any and all necessary and appropriate documents so as to effect, perfect or record such license rights.
Winner selection: Twenty-five (25) prize winners (the “Prize Winner”) will be selected by a panel of the Company based on the image and depiction of transformation used with the hashtag #bathart. If the selected Prize Winner is found to be ineligible or cannot, or does not, comply with these Official Rules, such Prize Winner may be disqualified and an alternate Prize Winner may be selected from the entries, all as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. The odds of an entrant winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received by the Sponsor. The winner will be contacted through the platform they entered on.

Quebec Residents Only: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

Twenty-five (25) prize winners will receive: a prize pack of Lush Cosmetics products.
Total approximate retail value of the prizes awarded in this Contest: $1200 CAD.
The Prize is non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor at its sole discretion. In the event that the Prize cannot be awarded for any reason, the Sponsor may choose to award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges wherever applicable on the Prize are the sole responsibility of Prize Winner.  Any unclaimed prize will not be awarded and will be forfeit.
Claiming prizes:
Acceptance of the Prize constitutes Prize Winner’s permission for Sponsor or its respective designees to use Prize Winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice, biographical information, statements and address (city and state) for advertising and/or publicity purposes worldwide and in all forms of media now known or hereafter developed (including, but not limited to publishing the Prize Winner’s name on Sponsor’s Social Media pages), in perpetuity, without further compensation, except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law. If the selected potential Prize Winner fails to comply with these Official Rules, is found to be ineligible or does not submit required documentation within the designated period, the Prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. By accepting the Prize, the Prize Winner further acknowledges that the Sponsor and any other entity involved with this Contest have neither made, nor are in any manner responsible or liable for, any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied in fact or in law, relative to the Prize or the Prize suppliers or to any portion thereof, including by not limited to its quality, merchantability, mechanical condition, or fitness for a particular purpose including, without limitation, use of any equipment associated with any portion of the prize. If the Contest prize notifications are returned as undeliverable, or if any Prize Winner refuses their prize, or any portion thereof, such Prize Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Prize Winner may be selected in accordance with the rules of this Contest.
Miscellaneous: In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the Instagram or Twitter account (as per the Instagram or Twitter account provider’s records) at the time of entry. A potential winner may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the Instagram or Twitter account associated with the winning entry. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, human error or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest without awarding a prize, subject only to the approval of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (the “ Régie ”) with respect to the province of Quebec, and disqualify any individual who is responsible for such action. If terminated, subject to the permission of the Régie, the Contest Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the Winners from among all eligible Entries received up to time of such action using the procedures outlined herein. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by the Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Contest. The Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, stolen, or misdirected entries. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Each entrant agrees (i) that any dispute arising out of or relating to this Contest or these Official Contest Rules shall be resolved individually and without resort to any class action, and that any judicial proceeding relating to such dispute shall take place in a court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and (ii) to waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages (including attorneys’ fees) and any and all rights to have such claims multiplied or otherwise increased.  All issues, questions or controversies concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Contest Rules or the rights and obligations of participants in this Contest shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and of Canada, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law, rules or provision that would cause the application of laws of any jurisdiction other than that of British Columbia/Canada.  By participating in this Contest, the Prize Winner is deemed to have consented to the disclosure of his/her personal information to prize suppliers for the limited purpose of delivery of prizes.

Winner’s List: The Prize Winners shall be announced daily starting November 1st, 2015 until November 24th, 2015 or on such later date as a winner is finally determined at and and only a first name and state/province will be provided.

Privacy policy: Please see the Company’s privacy policy located at,en_CA,pg.htmland,en_US,pg.html for details regarding the use of personal information collected in connection with this contest.
No Endorsement:  This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Inc., Twitter or Instagram (the “Social Media Sites”).  You understand that by using and interacting with a Social Media Site, you are subject to the terms, conditions, and policies that govern the use of such Social Media Site. You should therefore review the applicable terms and policies for each Social Media Site, including privacy and data gathering practices, before using or interacting with any such Social Media Site.
Sponsor & Administrator: The Sponsor of this Contest is LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetic Ltd., who can be contacted at, by phone 1-888-733-5874 or by mail c/o #bathart Contest, LUSH Cosmetics, Unit 8680 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6P 6M9.  A copy of these Official Contest Rules can be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the foregoing address.

Have a great day!


Products I'm Really Enjoying Right Now

Good afternoon, dear readers! Today's post is about some of products that I've been enjoying lately!  Swatches (where applicable) ...