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tarte Beauty in the Basics QVC TSV Collection review and swatches

tarte beauty basicsThe tarte Beauty in the Basics QVC Today’s Special Value Collection will be sold for one day only – Monday, May 11th. Regularly $58, this set is going for $47.96. It’s a great deal on an excellent collection. Take a look at the six full size items inside!

Amazonian clay smoothing balm in Fair and bamboo balm brush

Amazonian clay smoothing balm in Fair and bamboo balm brush

Amazonian clay smoothing balm in Fair

Amazonian clay smoothing balm in Fair

The Amazonian clay smoothing balm and bamboo balm brush are both new and are truly lovely. While this smoothing balm is in the shade Fair (so it is definitely going to end up in Marcia’s makeup bag) I really like it. I would need the light-medium shade, but this creamy, medium coverage foundation is very very interesting. It has a great texture. I thought it was going to be heavy like a cream foundation, but instead it is light and smooth. There is no oily or greasy texture, yet it has plenty of slip and is nicely buildable. It is a perfect foundation for hot summer months. The brush is substantial, that’s for sure  I love it as a buffing brush, but it is too large to get into smaller areas like under the eyes. Still, it’s a great brush and will get tons of use.

lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara and Amazonian clay tightlining eyeliner

lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara and Amazonian clay tightlining eyeliner

There are three eye products, including the mascara staple lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara, and the new Amazonian clay tightlining eyeliner in a black/brown shade. The eyeliner is perfect for tightlining, which is lining the upper lids from underneath the lash line. I am a huge fan of tightlining because my eyelids have a ridge, so tightlining completes the lined look and makes a big difference for me. The tarte tightlining eyeliner is the perfect size for this – it reminds me of a brow lining pencil. The texture is harder than a typical eyeliner, and the liner really stays put. I also love this for a very thin line on the lower lash line.

colored clay eyeshadow palette

colored clay eyeshadow palette

colored clay eyeshadow palette swatched

colored clay eyeshadow palette swatched

tarte beauty basics eye look

tarte beauty basics eye look

I really love the colored clay eyeshadow palette. I can’t say that the colors are anything out of the ordinary, but this is the Beauty in the Basics Collection, right?? These colors are staples for any makeup kit: classic cream, simple slate, tantalizing tan and breathtaking brown. The biggest news, though, is the texture of these eyeshadows. When I swatched them I literally said “Ooooooohhhhhh!” Talk about buttery smooth. They are so buttery they almost feel wet. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Trust me, you want this palette.

LipSurgence lip creme

LipSurgence lip creme

The final item is the LipSurgence lip creme, a chunky lip pencil in a pretty, shiny honeysuckle pink. This is an excellent summer shade.

My tarte beauty in the basics FOD

My tarte beauty in the basics FOD

tarte back to basics inside 2

Remember, this set is available for a ONE DAY ONLY price of $47.96 on Monday, May 11th. The set is totally worth it…be sure to head over to QVC to get yours before they sell out!  – Lisa  #tartebeautybasics @tartecosmetics

*sent for editorial consideration

Tarte’s Miracle from the Amazon 6 piece collection is the TSV for February 13th

tarte miracle from the Amazon 6 piece collection TSV @tartecosmetics

tarte miracle from the Amazon 6 piece collection TSV @tartecosmetics

A tarte TSV on QVC is reason to celebrate. The products are unique and most are limited edition, the quality is superb, and the price is always good. I’m sure that you’ll be as thrilled opening your collection as I was when sent this.

Tarte is known for using pioneer skinvigorating ingredients that come straight from the Amazon. This cruelty-free company has some of the best products available. But you need to hurry because this is a one day special. Today February the 13th won’t be a bad luck day if you decide to get this!

tarte miracles from the Amazon collection #miraclesoftarte

tarte miracles from the Amazon collection #miraclesoftarte

1.  MARACUJA MIRACLE FOUNDATION is both a foundation and a concealer. This is a new product from tarte that is very hydrating. It’s available in 6 shades (fair, light, light-medium, medium, tan and deep). The foundation is infused with maracuja oil for a firmer, brighter and smoother appearance. I’m crazy about my maracuja items like the concealer so this is a great edition to the line and my life.

tarte  Maracuja Miracle foundation

tarte Maracuja Miracle foundation

The foundation has a dropper inside for easy access. Shake the bottle first and put a few drops on your face. Then blend with the brush included. It’s not a thick foundation yet it will give you great buildable coverage. I have it in Light which is a little on the yellow side so I’ll have to buy this in Fair which I know will be perfect. I know they call this a foundcealer but I don’t find it enough coverage for concealer. It looks great as a foundation though.

tarte  Maracuja Miracle foundation in Light

tarte Maracuja Miracle foundation in Light

tarte  Maracuja Miracle foundation

tarte Maracuja Miracle foundation

2.  MARACUJA MIRACLE FOUNDATION BRUSH is a great brush for this foundation and for your cosmetic life. All tarte brushes are cruelty free, soft and do their job perfectly. I won’t tell anyone you are using it with every foundation you own if you won’t!

tarte maracuja miracle foundation brush

tarte maracuja miracle foundation brush

3) LIMITED EDITION AMAZONIAN CLAY EYE & CHEEK PALETTE is absolutely beautiful. Not only does this beautiful palette contain 6 new eyeshadow shades but it also contains a very flattering blush. This is by far my favorite piece in the collection. I’m an eyeshadow fanatic and these are such gorgeous colors that they are worth my fanaticism.

l.e. Amazonion clay eye & cheek palette from #miraclesoftarte TSV

l.e. Amazonion clay eye & cheek palette from #miraclesoftarte TSV

tarte Amazonion clay eye & cheek palette from #miraclesoftarte TSV

tarte Amazonion clay eye & cheek palette from #miraclesoftarte TSV

The eyeshadow colors apply beautifully and the wear is long lasting. I was trying to pick a favorite side but it’s impossible with shades like this.

tarte palette swatches: Pink Beyond, Taupe for the Best, Dreams Plum True

tarte palette swatches: Pink Beyond, Taupe for the Best, Dreams Plum True

Pink Beyond is a very soft pink matte shadow that I use as a brow highlight. It’s beautiful too if you want a light shadow look to use it as a lid shade. Taupe for the Best is a dreamy shimmering steel taupe. The shimmer is soft and the color will knock your socks off.  Dreams Plum True is a matte purple that applies like a satin. It’s dark enough to be used to line but I love it on the outer corner of my eye.

tarte Out of this Pearl, Thistle be the Day, and Paint the Brown

tarte Out of this Pearl, Thistle be the Day, and Paint the Brown

Out of this Palette is a pearly golden ivory that is fabulous on. It has a beautiful sheen that I just love. Thistle be the Day is described as a plush matte greige. I see taupe and I love taupe shadows. Paint the Brown is a matte chocolate brown that will make the perfect lining shade or crease shade for anything in this palette.

tarte Talented blush

tarte Talented blush

The blush in the palette is a full size tarte Amazonian clay shade in Talented, a color limited to this TSV palette. It’s a peachy coral though I find there’s a good amount of pink in it too. Beautiful color that works well with all the eyeshadow shades.

4) The double ended eyeshadow brush has a crease/blending end and a lay down side. tarte tsv  brush blend

tarte tsv  brush pat

5) LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite is a limited edition shade that has a great texture to it. It’s sheer yet imbues enough color on its own that you don’t need another lipstick unless you want it of course. LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine are very hydrating and not too sticky.

LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite

LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite

tarte LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite

tarte LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite

6) Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara in limited edition packaging is a gem. I’ve always liked tarte mascaras and this is no exception. Gifted mascara is available for $20 on the tarte website but not with this great packaging. According to tarte

  • Amazonian clay: balances, nourishes, hydrates, replenishes and repairs to promote healthy, more voluminous lashes and while preventing lash loss
  • Rice wax: natural wax that helps lengthen lashes
Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara from tarte

Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara from tarte

Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara from tarte

Gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara from tarte

All 6 of these great products come in a limited edition travel makeup bag. The value of these products is $182 if you bought them separately but tarte has this for $59.96 on QVC on Friday, February 13th only. The number of the set is A261420. Or you can buy it on auto delivery with the number A265526. I advice you to act quickly. The last time I showed a TSV it sold out early. Don’t be the one to regret holding off. — Marcia

tarte miracles from the Amazon TSV #miraclesoftarte @tartecosmetics

tarte miracles from the Amazon TSV #miraclesoftarte @tartecosmetics

*sent by PR for editorial consideration

#miracleoftarte  @tartecosmetics

The Sunday Scoop giveaway page is coming to get you

What a week. I started the week knowing I had a giant giveaway for you and we ended the week with four giveaways! Beauty Info Zone alone is going to keep you busy but as usual I searched out the giveaways I think you’ll want to enter. I hope your trick or treat bag becomes full of winnings.  —  Marcia



10/31  MEGA BEAUTY BLOG HOP, COLOURPOP PALETTES  –  1 win, WW plus 34 other prizes and a grand prize of $350 paypal. Enter to win, prizes from Too Faced, Clean Fragrance, Tarte, Models Own, Buxom, Urban Decay, Anastasia and so much more.



11/5  MELODYSUSIE WIG  –  2 winners, US

Winner’s circle: ColorProof was won by Liz R and Sharon R.  The Models Own Celestial products were won by Abigail B and Paol T. Congratulations to our winners!


10/22  Phyrra  –  Epic Cruelty Free giveaway, WW  (Urban Decay, PUR Contour Diaries Palette, Milk Liquid Strobe, Hourglass Girl Lip Stylo Lipstick, Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick in Cold Shoulder, Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Palette, Kat Von D Alchemist Palette, Tarte LipSurgence Skintuitive Lipgloss in Energy Noir,, Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara,Urban Beauty United “Flash Lash” lashes)

Beauty Undercover  –  30 winners, Billy B e/s palette, Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom Shower Cream, US

Preen. Me  –  500 win, InnisFree Pore Cleansing Clay Mousse Masks with Volcanic Clusters, US

10/23  Notes from my Dressing Table  –  Hellow Gorgeous sweatshirt and book plus Amalie Natural Facial Oil and Wink Lash/Brow Oil, US

10/23  Cake Beauty  –  8 different hair products, US

10/23  The Happy Sloths  –  10 winners, Omorovicza Brightening Masks, Canada only

10/24  Realizing Beauty  Ste. Anne’s Skin Nourishment Skincare Gift basket,  Canada only

10//24  Mama the Fox  –  Jammy Girl bath products, US

10/24  Prime Beauty  –  Sage Onyx Perfume Oil & 1 Onyx Candle, US

10/24  Beauty Care Choices  –  Halloween Woochies plus Joico InstatTints and more, US

10/25  Reviewz and Newz  –  Jammy Girl Bath Bomb, lip balm, sugar scrub, US

10/25  Literary Winner  –  Kiss nails and false lashes, US

10/25  Angie’s Angle  –  7 sets of Jamberry nail decals, US

10/25  The Homespun Chics  –  “Love your face” package with masks, cleansers, and more, US

10/25  Erica Ever After  –  Totes Oats Calming Face & Body Mask, US

10/26  Dave Lackie  –  Guerlain KissKiss lip palette, WW

10/26  Redken  –  Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender, Triple Take 32, Windblown, Pillow Proof Express Primer, US/Can

10/26  Wei Beauty  –  30 winners, set of Wei Beauty favorites, US

10/26  A Very Sweet Blog  –  IT Cosmetics Chic in the City brush set, WW

10/26  NYC Pretty  –  RoC Night Cream and Resurfacing Disks, US

10/27  Breaking Beauty  –  3 winners of Glossier products

10/27  Extra TV  –  Avon, Elemis, Dermaflash, 5 winners, US

10/28  Fashionista Budget  –  Tarte’s Glow Girls Bronze & Highlight Duo, WW

10/28  Milani  –  starts on 10/23, $100 Ulta g.c., 10 winners, US

10/28  Fishbowl Prizes  –  CliShea Moisturizing Hair kit, WW

10/28  I Do DeClaire  –  DermaDr Kakadu C products, US

10/28  RapidLash  –  weekly giveaway

10/29  Agape Love Designs  –  BlendSmart 2 starter set with rotating foundation brush, US


Free Weekly  –  6 months of vegan snacks, US

10/23  Mom Does Reviews  –  Armitron watch of choice, US

10/23  Toronto Reviews  –  3 months Netflix, Canada

10/23  Giveaway Guy  –  Kindle Fire HD8, WW

10/23  Clane World  –  Kindle Paperwhite, US/Can

10/24  Parenting in Progress  –  3 winners, Kinzd Accordian wallet, US

10/24  Made in a Pinch  –  homemade popcorn package, US

10/24  SAHM Reviews  –  3 months Netflix for you and for a friend who doesn’t have Netflix

10/25  My Style Spot  –  set of Noble Excellence Towels, US

10/25  Still Blonde  –  subscription box from Women’s Up, US

10/25  Beautiful Touches  –  set of PeachSkin Sheets, US

10/25  Hip Mama’s Place  –  First Alert Fire Prevention Kit, US

10/25  Lenore Harper  –  Kindle Fire, US

10/25  Rita Reviews  –  ROKU Express, US

10/25  Budget Earth  –  JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Speaker, US

10/25  Sweet Southern Savings  –  40 Count Box of Java Factory Trick and Treat flavored coffee, US

10/25  Sweet Southern Savings  –  40 count box of Two Rivers Fall Flavors coffee sampler, US

10/25  Luv Saving Money  –  DoTerra essential oils, US

10/25  The Jersey Mom  –  Funko figurine pack of Batman and Batgirl, US

10/25  Susie’s Reviews  –  set of PeachSkin sheets, US

10/25  Modern Day Gramma  –  G.H. Cretors Popped Corn Prize package, US

10/25  My Style Spot  –  3 winners, Kinzd prize of choice, US

10/26  Lee Bezotte  –  Kindle Paperwhite, US

10/26  Leah Says  –  Fall Gift Basket from Gourmet Gift Baskets, US

10/27  Budget Earth  –  EyeVac pet vacuum, US

10/27  DealMaxx  –  14 piece Cuisanart Chef’s Classic Cookware Set, US

10/27  Burning Moon  –  3 winners, Nightmare Before Christmas prize pack, US/Can

10/27  Powered by Mom  –  Fire Prevention kit, US

10/27  Motherhood Defined  –  Macy’s Hotel Collection Micro Cotton towels, US

10/27  Percolate Kitchen  –  6 qt Insta Pot electric multi cooker and cookbook, US

10/27  Pawsitive Living  –  Cariloha Bedding, US/Can

10/27  Powered by Mom  –  Pretty in Pink Penclic Wireless keyboard, US

10/28  B Fisher Books  –  Kindle Fire, WW

10/29  Goodie Girls Cookies  –  Grand Prize: 32″ flat screen TV, Blu-ray player, Blu-ray combo pack of Wonder Woman, one mixed case of Goodie Girl Cookies, Second Place: 25 winners of digital copies of Wonder Woman, US

10/29  Republic of Tea  –  Monthly delivery of Republic of Tea for you and a friend, US


10/23  Hounds Bay  –  $200 Cole Haan g.c., US

10/24  ||  Crayons and Cravings, $200 Amazon, WW  ||  Southern Mom Loves, $50 Amazon, WW  ||  Modern Day Fairy Tale, $25 Fandango, US  ||  Promotions are Fun, $25 Darden group restaurants (plus others on page), US  ||  Everyday Gizmos, $50 ThredUp, US  ||  Putting Me Together, $250 ThredUp, US  ||

10/25  ||  Mello June, $30 Walgreens, US  ||  Shopping Kim, $25 Target, US  ||  Practical Frugality, $25 Fandango, US  ||  Parenting in Progress, $20 paypal, US  ||  Tammie’s Reviews, $25 Amazon, US  ||  Imperfect Women, $25 Amazon or paypal, WW  ||  Go Paint Brush, $15 Amazon, WW  ||  On Honeysuckle Hill, $25 Walmart, US/Can  ||  Miss Molly Says, $15 Petco or Amazon, US  ||  Silver Dagger, $50 Amazon or paypal, WW  ||  Candid Cover, $20 Amazon, WW  ||  Like Hanna, $25 Amazon  ||  Africa’s Blog, $100 American Express gc, US  ||  Heck of a Bunch, $40 Cinemark Theaters gc, US  ||  The Garden Dreams, $25 Amazon and garden metal sunflower stake, US  ||  This Roller Coaster, $25 Walmart  ||  Comeback Momma, $50 Amazon, US  ||

10/26  ||  Miki’s Hope, $25 Amazon or paypal, WW  ||  Sonya’s Happenings, $25 Amazon or iTunes, or paypal, WW  ||  Tammie’s Reviews, $25 Walmart, US  ||  Chryss VI, 2 winners, $40 Sam’s Club, US  ||

10/28  Marino Bambinos  –  $50 Target and C9 Champion Embrace Tights, US

10/28  Skechers  –  $100 Skechers g.c., US

10/29  Midlife Healthy Living  –  $25 Amazon, US

10/29  Maurice Trent  –  $50 Amazon, US

Subscription catchup with Ipsy, Sephora Play, and Boxycharm plus giveaway

Boxycharm, Sephora Play, and IPSY Glam Bag

Boxycharm, Sephora Play, and IPSY Glam Bag

At this point in my cosmetic life I’m the last person that should be buying monthly subscriptions but I can’t seem to stop. I’d say that I’m afraid to miss out on something great so each month I buy Ipsy ($10), Boxycharm ($21), and now I’m getting Play by Sephora ($10). That $41 goes into my makeup allowance for the month and I always seem to come out ahead.

Today is a quick rundown of what I’ve received in my last two month’s packages without a ton of detail. I’ve chosen the items I know I won’t use to put in a giveaway since not everyone is quite as nutsy as I am.


IPSY Glam Bag for April 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for April 2016

April’s theme is Dreamers and to me its only the pretty cosmetic bag that fits in with that theme. In the package there’s a very pretty peach Elizabeth Mott blush in Peach Pink (giveaway). While I love the color, the packaging seems to be something you toss and put the blush into another palette. There’s also a Nomad mini eyeshadow in Desert Sand, a sparkly golden sand shade.

IPSY April Nomad Desert Sand e/s and Elizabeth Mott Peach Pink Blush

IPSY April Nomad Desert Sand e/s and Elizabeth Mott Peach Pink Blush

In addition there’s a Crown Tapered Duo Fiber Blush brush (giveaway), Tarte deluxe sample size Lipsurgence in Wonder (giveaway), and two Purlisse Sheet Masks. April was definitely worth the price of admission.

tarte lipsurgence in Wonder

tarte lipsurgence in Wonder


IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

IPSY Glam Bag for May 2016

The May bag is titled Destination Chic and contains 5 items, 2 of which will be part of the giveaway. There’s a Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude (giveaway), Smashbox X-Rated mini mascara (giveaway), Epice Hydrating Mask, Peek Nom Nom teensy tin of lip balm, and SLMISSGLAM small contour brush.  I’ll probably lose the Peek balm since it’s that small but I wanted to try it, I love masks so Epice is a keeper, and the brush is so soft that I want it!!


Play by Sephora May 2016

Play by Sephora May 2016

I think I’m in the minority about my feelings for the Sephora Play bag. Most people are thrilled by it but I was underwhelmed. The items aren’t bad, they just aren’t for me. The prettiest item in the bag is BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI. If I wore reds I’d be thrilled with it but instead it’s in the giveaway so someone else can enjoy it.

BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI

BITE Amuse Bouche Lipstick in KIMCHI

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (giveaway), I love Korres but I don’t love rose scented items. Speaking of fragrance there’s a vial of Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanquine that sounds really nice (giveaway). The box also contains Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! deep conditioning mask (giveaway), a very thin Tarte Tarteist lipliner in Latergram, and a trio of sample sizes from Origins. The trio contains Maskimizer, a primer mist, Clear Improvement, a charcoal mask, and Drink Up Instensive, an overnight mask. I’ll continue with Play by Sephora to see if more items will appeal to me in the future.


Boxycharm for April 2015

Boxycharm for April 2015

Sadly for me, happily for my winners, everything in this box is part of the giveaway. The products are nice but I am so overloaded with items that it’s hard to keep these and not share. Items include Blinc Black Lash Primer (full size $26), Purlisse Lip Comfort (full size $16), Anderson Lilley hand cream (full size $24), Ofra Long Lasting Lipstick ($19.90, full size) in Pasadena, Your Minerals Eyeshadow (full size, $21) in Brown Hypnotic.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, Your Minerals eyeshadow in Brown Hypnotic

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Pasadena, Your Minerals eyeshadow in Brown Hypnotic

The value you receive in each Boxycharm amazes me. This box costs $21 yet the 5 full size items are valued at $106.90.


Boxycharm May

Boxycharm May

When I opened this box with the theme Springvibes I had a big smile on my face. These is a fabulous box.

Boxycharm May

Boxycharm May

I was most excited to see a box containing a Makeup Geek blush. Different boxes had different shades and I received Covet which I don’t own (full size $15). I have some MUG blushes but not in this beautiful new packaging.

Makeup Geek blush

Makeup Geek blush

Makeup Geek blush in Covet

Makeup Geek blush in Covet

Another favorite for me is the Pur Cosmetics Double Ego eyeliner. I use the brown one all the time. This time I received Bora Bora, a bright navy liquid and a blue gray pencil (full size $21). Boxes contained different shades. Catherine Malandrino Rome de Provence Deluxe Mini Sprayer ($20) (giveaway) is a nice change for a fragrance since it’s a spray that’s easier to use.

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache

The Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Pistache will be part of the giveaway but that’s tugging at my heart. I just love the logo and I’ve been wanting a polish from them. But I know that it’s not a Marcia color (full size $10.50). Boo hoo.

What I am keeping though is The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks Clear Brow Gel (full size $20). I use brow gels but I usually toss them after about 4 months so having this one is great for me. I’m also looking forward to using the Starlooks Luxe Liner in Boxycharm, a great pinky peach shade (full size $19.50). The May Boxycharm is what I’ve come to expect from them. 6 full size items that are worth $100.50.

If you choose to join Ipsy or Boxycharm I’d appreciate it if you could use my referral so that I can get some credit towards future items. Thank you — Marcia

GIVEAWAY:  This is an international giveaway for 2 Beauty Info Zone subscribers. I have to say again (and again) that in order to be eligible to win you must be a proven subscriber and make a comment. Anything beyond that is extra to give you more chances to win. The comment is to list about 4-5 items you’d like to win (or you can mention things you wouldn’t want) since I haven’t divided these up and will do that once winners are chosen.

most of the items in this subscription box giveaway

most of the items in this subscription box giveaway

This giveaway is open through 6/17 at 11:59 eastern. UPDATE: Commetns have closed (stupid WP) so early  email me at [email protected] and label it SUBSCRIPTION, send me your comment and continue on IN the Rafflecopter since that’s how I choose winners.. The giveaway is open even when WordPress decides to close the comment section. Good luck!

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The Sunday Scoop 3/27 wishes you happy Easter and happy winnings with these giveaways

sunday scoop easter

Your head will spin with the amount of giveaways ending from 3/28  –  3/31. The end of the month is always amazing but this is truly impressive. I hope you don’t mind a PSA from me about giveaways – bloggers, especially beauty bloggers, will look at your entries and eliminate people whose accounts are either set to private or are giveaway only accounts. Don’t just tweet the giveaways, tweet other things too. Don’t be seen as a freebie follower. You’ll get farther that way. Thanks for reading and I hope you win.  — Marcia


3/28  IPSY GLAM BAG  –  1 winner, US only

4/4  MELTOLOGY – 4 winners, US only

4/5  ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY 1, EYELINERS  –  3 winners, international

4/7  CHAPSTICK MYSTERY FLAVORS  –  2 winners, international

Winner’s Circle  –  Christie Brinkley Hair2Wear was won by Jeanette S and Erin E while Scarology was won by Jana W. Congratulations to you all.

Lots more giveaways coming your way especially since it’s our 6th anniversary.

3/27  My Subscription Addiction  –  April PopSugar Must Have box, US

3/27  Shop With Mama  –  Shielo Complexion Moisturizer, US

3/28  Pretty Thrifty  –  Sephora Collection Ombré Obsession Eyeshadow Palette, US

3/28  Jessoshi  –  Colorado Aromatics Skin Care 3-Piece Set, US

3/28  Clumps of Mascara  –  Whole Foods Beauty Bag, US

3/28  The Feminine Files  –   2 winners each get 3 (1 oz) Tubes of Weleda Skin Food, US

3/28  Dave Lackie  –  Philosophy Your Best Skin Set

3/28  Perlier  –  6 pack of Shea Butters, US

3/28  Budget Earth  –  Pearlesque Beauty Box (organic skincare), international

3/29  Daydreaming Beauty  –  Paula’s Choice skincare regimen of choice, US/Canada

3/29  Pretty Thrifty  –   LED Nail Dryer Lamp; U.S., Canada, France, Germany and the U.K.

3/29  Here We Go Again  –  NuMe Curling Wand, US/Canada

3/30  Dorky Deals  –  Era Organics Moisturizer, US

3/30  A Very Sweet Blog  –  Kylie Lip Kit in 22

3/30  Stylista Fitness  –  $50 Ulta g.c., US

3/30  T3  –  2 hair dryers, one for you and one for a friend

3/30  Amanda and Lola  –  3 Victoria Secret fragrances, US

3/30  Kelsie’s Nailfiles  – variety of nail products for blog anniversary, International

3/30  Beauty Care Choices  –  Box of Beauty holds lots of choices…for hair, skin, nails and cosmetics, US

3/31  Cosmetopedia Digest  –   2 winners, cosmetic packages, international

3/31  Rita’s Reviews  –  4 winners of an Ipsy subscription bag, US

3/31  Savings in Seconds  –  3 months of Birchbox, US

3/31  Stylishly Social  –  Stemology Cell Renew Hydro-Plus Overnight Moisturizer

3/31  Beauty Blogger Review  –  Art. Love. Color Smashbox Gift Set

3/31  Barielle  – Ultimate Barielle Giveaway! win a bold and vibrant #KateSpade Tote, 4 spring Barielle nail shades, Barielle’s Top Coat & Base Coat, and a Barielle Naturale Essentials Eye Shadow Palette — a $375 value, US

3/31  From My Vanity  –  CB Colour products, US

3/31  Practical Frugality  –  Ipsy subscription bag, US

3/31  Amope  –  Enter for your chance to win one of THREE spring beauty prize packs, featuring an Amopé Pedi Perfect Wet & Dry Rechargeable Foot File and Walgreens gift card!, US

3/31  Inspirations and Celebrations  –    estørsea Rejuvenating Day Lotion SPF 30, Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Skin Mask, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Set, Verb Travel-Sized Shampoo & Conditioner Duo, Dessange Paris Purifying Clay Balance Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask, Terranova China Rain Perfume Essence, Mally Waterproof Volumizing Mascara, Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint (in color Praise), Colorescience Sunforgettable Lip Shine (in color Champagne), Bobbi Brown Beauty Book, and a Joules ‘Clarence Meadow’ Silk Scarf. US/Canada

3/31  Saving You Dinero  –  era organics skincare, US

3/31  Trind Nails  –  4 spring nail polishes, US/Canada

3/31  Extra TV  –  5 winners, ZO Skin Health  Gift Bag, US

3/31  Stacy Sez So  –  Farmhouse Fresh Pudding Apeel mask

3/31  Literary Winner  –  BBW White Tea Ginger shower gel and lotion, US

3/31  Real Techniques  –  4 winners, Cheek + Lip Set, Brush Cleansing Gel + Palette

3/31  Naked Without Polish  –  51 indie nail polishes, US

3/31  EcoTools  –  brush travel set, US

4/1  Dave Lackie  –  Dior skincare and cosmetics package

4/1  Spill the Beauty  –  MAC lipstick in ’Ruby Woo’, and MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour in ’Hi Jinks!”, international

4/1  Mimi and Chichi  –  Buxom Customizable Eyeshadow Palette

4/1  My Nail Polish Obsession  – 4 winners will receive 1 of each of my customs from Paint Box Polish, Lacquistry, Dreamland Lacquer and Sweet Heart Polish

4/2  Fashionista Budget  –  Clinique’s Happy Holiday Helpers, international

4/3  ERA Ageless  –  $1600 in ERA Ageless skincare products

4/3  My Style Inside Out  –  Carli Bybel eyeshadow and highlighter palette

4/4  Eco-Chick  –  instagram2 mood elevating, yoga inspired roll on perfumes by @asananaturalperfumes valued at $49

4/4  Joanne Sherrell  –  UD Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette

4/4  A Little Umbrella  – Eminence Organics Stone Crop Hydrating Mist AND Image Skincare Sunscreen from Skincare by Alana

4/4  Shop With Mama  –  Kenra Platinum Revive Hair Care System, US

Prime Beauty  – Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster Liquid, Clorox 2® Pre-Treat Stain Remover Pen $50 Shutterfly gift card, World Expedition Passport cover & Luggage Tag, Nap Travel Flight Kit, Fuzzy socks set

3/28  Literary Winner  –  DB Logic Earbuds, US

3/28  Reviewz and Newz  –  $200 Kerrygold package of butter and cheese, US

3/28  Weidnecht  – Zim’s Max Crack Creme Original Liquid FormulaZim’s Max Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula Zim’s Max Heels and Feet Foot Creamand Zim’s Max-Freeze Gel, US

3/28  Kats Daily Inspiration  –  Tupperware Smooth Chopper, US

3/28  Literary Winner  –  Silver Hoop Earrings, US/Canada

3/29  Shop With Mama  –  Dove Dry Oil Body Wash and Beauty Bar, US

3/29  ConservaMom  –  Fitbit Blaze, US

3/29 Laura Lily  – Eighty Smith Creative Wine Tag Set of 4, US

3/30  Luggage Factory  – Vera Bradley Large Duffel 2.0 and Lighten up Large Wheeled Duffel, US

3/30  My Belonging  –  3 winners,  Montblanc Legend Spirit Fragrance for men

3/31  The Movie Network –  one year of Amazon Streaming, US

3/31  My Silly Little Gang  –  FabFitFun Welcome subscription box, US

3/31  Karen’s Got Mail  –  Love with Food subscription box for 3 months, US

3/31  The Homespun Chics  –  subscription box from Cloth & Paper with 4-6 unique pens, US

3/31  Dorky Deals  –  Ninja Coffee Bar, US

3/31  Susan Heim  –  Chef Club Classic Food Box, US

3/31  Mom Does Reviews –  Line & Shape Coloring Book, US

4/1  DealMaxx  –  Keurig K45 Elite Brewing System, US

4/1  Budget Earth  –  SOL Organic Cotton Sheet Set, US

4/2  Mom Does Reviews  –  Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser and 3 Essential Oil Diffuser Necklaces (Floral, Heart, and Eye of Knowledge), US

4/3  Mom’s Makeup Stash  –  Jack Black Gift Set (men’s), US

3/28  Meg O on the Go  –  $115 g.c. to your choice of Paypal, Target or Sephora

3/28  $25 Paypal giveaways  Here We Go Again  || On Honeysuckle Hill  (international)

3/28  $25 Amazon giveaways  Karen’s Got Mail (US) ||  Practical Frugality (US)  || Leah’s Views (US)

3/28  Imperfect Women  –  $25 Target or paypal, international

3/28  Here We Go Again  –  $25 Kohl’s, US

3/28  Practical Frugality  –  $25 Visa, US

3/28  The Mommy Island  –  $25 Meijer g.c., US

3/28  Karen’s Got Mail  –  $25 Macy’s g.c., US

3/28  T Pantuch  –  $25 Walmart, US

3/28  Sonya’s Happenings  –  $25 paypal, Amazon or paypal, international

3/29  Budget Earth  –  $45 Target g.c. or paypal, international

3/29  NYC Single Mom  –  $100 Fandango gc, US

3/30  My Newest Addiction  –  $100 Visa g.c., US

3/30  ConservaMom  –  $200 Target g.c.

3/31  DealMaxx  –  $100 Best Buy g.c., US

3/31  Dorky Deals  –  $150 J. Crew g.c., international

3/31  Still Blonde After All These Years  –  $100 Kohls gc, US

3/31  Here We Go Again  –  $250 g.c. of choice, international

3/31  $25 Amazon g.c. at Still Blonde After All These Years ||  Go Paint Brush (international)

4/2  Books and Coffee  –  $100 g.c. to Amazon or Book Depository, US

4/3  Dorky Deals  –  $25 Bravo Cucina restaurant g.c., US

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015 is a huge box of fun! @FabFitFun #FabFitFun

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FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015Talk about a box of fun! FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015 is chock full of awesomeness. In fact, even though it was Marcia’s turn to review, I snagged this box because it has so many things I just knew I couldn’t do without. Let’s address the numbers right up front – it costs $40. It has $276 worth of goodies.  This box is worth it people.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The big-ticket item in this box is the Wren 14Kt Gold and Sapphire Necklace ($100). There are three possibilities you might find in your box:  a heart, a horseshoe, or a moon. They all feature a black sapphire and I am thrilled with the one I got – a moon to match the stars in my eyes! This is definitely a fab necklace.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Summer isn’t summer without some jams and the Everyday Wireless Speaker ($29.99) makes sure I have tunes wherever I go. It latches onto a purse, bag, keys, whatever, and has an FM radio, a bluetooth feature, and is a great speaker for my iPod.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The roll-on perfume from Inkling Scents is the scent ‘Sultry‘, perfect for summer nights. The notes include sandalwood, white amber, lotus flower, orchid, Bulgarian rose, and vanilla. It’s far more sultry than I typically go, but this summer I am purposely going out of my comfort zone.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

With trips to the beach and long bike rides, my hair can easily get fried so I am thrilled with the Gorge “I’ll Make You Look Amazing” Daily Spray ($24.95). This is a spray on conditioner with a wonderful name. Love it.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Since I am already a big fan of tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss ($19) I was happy to find this in my box – the shade is True Love and oh yes, just picture yourself wearing this awesome lip gloss, running down the beach with the man of your dreams! It looks like it would be a true red, but it’s a shimmery pinky/red that looks awesome with a tan.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The season calls for some fun, funky nails and the FabFitFun box has fun…Scratch Nail Wraps ($12). I don’t know if every box has the same color, but mine is a pretty teal with darker teal triangles.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

A big winner for me is the Hello Konjac Cleansing Sponge ($12). I’ve never tried this Korean cleansing sponge before, and it is really terrific. It has an attached string so you can hang it to dry after each use.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

No one wants heavy body moisturizer in the summer, so the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer ($7.99) is perfect. It sprays on, smooths in, and leaves skin soft and moist but not the least bit sticky. This is going to be a repurchase for me for sure.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Don’t forget the ‘fit’ part of FabFitFun. The last two items keep you fit physically and emotionally. The CosmoBody Jump Rope ($14) gets a big thumbs up from the jump rope queen, my daughter. She is very picky about her jump ropes – no plastic kids stuff for her!  This is a heavy-duty jump rope that will get the job done.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

Also included is a 3 month subscription to Headspace ($38.85). I hadn’t heard of this before, but it’s an app with guided meditations that you can dive into anywhere at any time. How smart is that?? I can’t wait to give this a whirl.

FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015

The FabFitFun Summer Edition 2015 Box truly is a HUGE box of fun. Get yours before it’s sold out!!!  – Lisa

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Top 10 beauty products to survive the heat

Beat the heat with waterproof and water resistant products

Beat the heat with waterproof and water resistant products

Welcome to the newest edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Considering we are just a few days from the official first day of summer it’s time to find out what the beauty bloggers use to beat the heat. We all might approach this a little differently from each other but our blogs are trying to get you through summer in the most beauteous way.

My 10 are ones I rely on to get me through heat, humidity and hot flashes. The colors are pretty much interchangeable, it’s the type of product that counts today.

1.  IT COSMETICS CC+ CREAM WITH SPF (Your Skin But Better CC+) is something I talk about endlessly. Of all my CC Creams this is number uno. It’s not waterproof but when I start streaming it doesn’t end up streaky on my face. I’m on my third tube of this and I’m sure I’ll end up with a fourth.

It Cosmetics CC Cream  SPF 50 and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50 and Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

2.  SKINDINAVIA MAKEUP PRIMER SPRAY * can be used as a primer before applying foundation or the way I usually use it which is to set my makeup (including eyes) after I’m done. My blog partner Lisa just reviewed this and she uses it as a preprimer, I find it also sets my makeup helping it last longer. Wonderful product.

MUFE Aqua Eyes liner, IT Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes crayon in Bulletproof Beige

MUFE Aqua Eyes liner, IT Cosmetics Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, Rimmel Scandaleyes crayon in Bulletproof Beige

3.  IT COSMETICS WATERPROOF GEL EYELINER PENCILS *are really waterproof. If you are looking for a great line for summer IT Cosmetics is your BFF. There are 10 shades of these Waterproof Gel Eyeliner Pencils and you can’t go wrong with them. Many eyeliners last on my top lash line but only a few last on my bottom lash line in the summer and IT is one of them.

4.  MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA EYES PENCILS *are the other eyeliners that you want for summer or anytime actually. Make Up For Ever is a fabulous line if you are in the heat. They make many eye and lip products that are perfect for summer which is why many of their products use the word AQUA in their name. This shade is 52L which was an LE shade but others like 7L and 12L will give you this turquoise pop.

5.  RIMMEL SCANDALEYES EYESHADOW CRAYON is not touted to be waterproof but it lasts and lasts through anything I put it through. I have this in half a dozen shades and Bulletproof Beige (which looks peachy on me) gets the most use. They are creamier than a lot of brands of eye crayons and they are only around $7.

IT Cosmetics Build A Brow and Liner Love plus the eyebrow brush

IT Cosmetics Build A Brow and Liner Love plus the eyebrow brush

6.  IT COSMETICS BUILD-A-BROW is truly waterproof. This baby lasts and lasts. My new craze is filling in my eyebrows and I choose between Build A Brow or Senna. But when push comes to shove, I use IT Cosmetics. This shade is Dark Brown but I recently ordered Natural Taupe too for when I don’t need quite as dramatic eyebrows.

–  IT COSMETICS EYEBROW BRUSH is probably the best brush I’ve ever tried. I have a few other great brushes but the IT brush is perfect for a cream eyebrow product. The brush is unique since it has grooves in it that pick up and apply the cream by itself. You almost aren’t needed. By buying this combination from QVC you pay so much less than if you buy them separately. Even though I have the brush, I bought the combo again with the new shade. That’s how great this brush is. (I know this is OT since it’s not waterproof but I get a little carried away!)

It Cosmetics Eyebrow brush

It Cosmetics Eyebrow brush

7.  IT COSMETICS LINER LOVE is a waterproof gel eyeliner. I prefer a gel eyeliner to a pencil though I’ll use all kinds. The first one I bought was Espresso and when I realized that QVC had a duo with an eyeliner brush I bought it in Silk Taupe seen here.

Rimmel Provocateur, IT Cosmetics, tarte lipsurgence

Rimmel Provocalips, IT Cosmetics, tarte lipsurgence

8. RIMMEL PROVOCALIPS 16 HOUR KISSPROOF LIP COLOR* in Play with Fire. This is NOT my shade. I don’t do red but I do appreciate this lip color. It comes in 10 shades with one side being the long wear lipstick and the other end the clear gloss. Give the liquid lipstick time to set before applying the gloss or it will be a gloppy mess. I wore this only once and boy did it last. I want to pick it up in Dare to Pink or Pucker Up for my more neutral lip look.

9.  IT COSMETICS YOUR LIPS BUT BETTER WATERPROOF LIP LINER STAIN * – there’s that word again “waterproof”! Like I said before IT Cosmetics is your summer BFF when it comes to waterproof. These lipliners are currently available in 7 shades. My favorite is Buff Nude since it blends in with everything. These are great all over your lips with a touch of gloss too.

10.  TARTE LIPSURGENCE * is a product you’ve seen me mention dozens of times. tarte makes several formulas and lots of shades, it doesn’t matter which you pick since all are terrific. While they aren’t called waterproof they last well on me and they don’t seem to melt when they are in my purse.

What do you use to stay beautiful and live through the summer heat? Curious minds want to know. — Marcia

*some products were press samples, others purchased