Beauty Junkees Side by Side Part 1: Powder Makeup Brush Set

Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

Not much makes our hearts go pitter-patter faster than the sight of gorgeous makeup brush sets, and Beauty Junkees has the BIZ all a flutter with some great brush sets that really good quality and very reasonably priced.  The bristles are synthetic and they are soft yet firm, so they pick up color and blend beautifully.  It’s good stuff that all beauty junkies will love!

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Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

Today I have the Pro Powder Makeup Brush Set, and tomorrow Marcia will have the Duo Fiber set for you.

The 3 piece Pro Powder Makeup Brush Set ($20) comes with a pink satin lined zippered pouch.  Inside are three brushes with synthetic bristles:  the Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush, the Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush, and the Pro Setting Powder Brush.  These are brushes are for loose and pressed powders for face and body, and they work with mineral powders, blushes, contour powders, and highlighters.

Left to right: Pro Setting Powder Brush, Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush, Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush

A few general details about these brushes:

  • High Density Synthetic Taklon Bristles – Vegan Friendly
  • Solid Wood Handle
  • Double Crimped Copper Ferrule
  • Does Not Shed
  • Works Best with Powders & Minerals

Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush

The Pro Large Finishing Powder Brush is a nice big fluffy brush for loose finishing powder.  It’s flatter than some finishing powder brushes – I have a few that are like big round balls that are fun, but they certainly don’t travel well.  This one does the job and is a little more practical.  I like how it’s soft enough to make you super sensitive folks happy, but firm enough to hold onto that powder so it’s not flying around the room and up my nose, making me cough and sneeze all over.

Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush

The Pro Multitasker Powder Blush Brush is a favorite because it is a great mulitasker.  It’s wonderful for blush, highlighter, contour, mineral foundation…this baby does it all, and does it all well!  It blends and buffs like a dream.  Love it.

The Pro Setting Powder Brush gets the least amount of play from me.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice…but it’s not really a necessity.  This is meant for applying loose powder over concealer under the eye to set the concealer and prevent creasing.  Nice, but…not really necessary.  Beauty Junkees also recommends spraying the bristles with some setting spray then dabbing under the eye to really guarantee no creases.

Inside the zippered bag – the Beauty Junkees pro Powder Makeup Brush Set

Overall, this is a terrific set.  I would pay the $20 for the Large Powder Brush and the Brush Blush alone anyway, and the zippered case is wonderful.  I love my set and I can’t wait to read what Marcia thinks about her set tomorrow!  – Lisa

The Beauty Spotlight Team reads and a new addition

We’re adding new members to The Beauty Spotlight Team and we’d love it if you helped us welcome them as they come aboard. This week we’d like to introduce you to Shelley of Polarbelle. Shelley lived in Alaska for many many years hence her great blog name but she’s now an Arizona resident. She’s been blogging for just under 7 years and is one of the biggest lovers of highlighting around. Be sure to read her post along with the rest of ours this week.

Christa from Realizing Beauty shares with us 18 of the 34 shades of the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Face Color. These highlight, blush, and sculpt powders will take your breathe away!

This is the last chance to win the Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit Gift Bag, each valued at $500.00, for TWO lucky Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog readers! Giveaway is extended to Sunday, September 24. #SpaceNKUSA #SpaceNK #SpaceNKBeautyEdit

Prime Beauty has had great success with probiotic supplements but do they work in skincare? LaFlore Skincare is a brand new skincare brand that harnesses the power of probiotics in their simple 3-Step Skincare System.

Pammy Blogs Beauty creates a spa environment at home with these decadent products from Rituals!

Allison from Never Say Die Beauty forgot about her Scentbird fragrance subscription, and she was surprised to receive a new perfume that she has fallen in love with: La Mia Perla EDP!

We can’t deny that colder weather is going to find us sooner or later but we can look for ways to protect our skin from it. Beauty Info Zone is sharing some favorites from AmLactin that are easily available and affordable. Stock up now before you’re hit with scaley skin.

Not a day goes by that Polarbelle doesn’t think about the beauty of sunsets. It was natural for her to review The Lorac Sunset Collection Shadow palettes Does anything match the beauty of a glorious sunset?

Have you seen the new Revlon 360 blow dryer? It works like a Dyson Air Blade Hand Dryer! 15 Minute Beauty tried it out, and this hair dryer is like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

I’ve joined the coconut revolution with Palmer’s (giveaway time)


Walk into any drugstore or superstore like Target and Walmart and you’ll be sure to see this logo. Palmer’s has been around helping us out for years. But they aren’t the same old Palmer’s of your youth. They are new and improved and keeping up with the times.

My blog partner Lisa is a coco-NUT. Anything that has the scent of coconut is something she’ll try so I had to sneak today’s products by her so that I could see what the fuss was all about. And now I do. Palmer’s has created two great Coconut Oil Formula products that I’m the one getting nutty about.

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Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balms are a great alternative to regular cleansers since they are so gentle on your skin. This one by Palmer’s uses their Coconut Oil Formula which uses only ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoi Oil that’s been infused with Tiare flower petals. Sounds fancy doesn’t it? But this is just $8 and will last for so long.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Upon opening you’ll find a slightly solid texture that you use on dry skin. Work it onto your face with just a small amount of warm water and it will transform into a rich and creamy texture to gently remove everything from the day from dirt and impurities to  makeup. It feels wonderful while on and you’ll enjoy massaging this in. I use warm water and a wash cloth (usually a flannel cloth from The Body Shop) to remove this.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

So why this cleansing balm as compared to some of the more expensive ones?

  • No Phthalates
  • No Parabens
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Gluten
  • No Sulfates
  • No Dyes
  • Natural Coconut Oil & Monoi

Not only is this effective but the smell is intoxicating! My skin doesn’t feel stripped and this adds just the right touch of hydration especially as the weather is flip flopping around.


Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

As a certified (or is it certifiable?) mask lover I am totally impressed with the Hydrating Facial Mask from Palmer’s. The first time I used it I was bowled over by it. This is one of the gentlest masks I’ve ever used and it’s definitely the least messy mask I’ve used. I can’t rave about this enough and for sure I’ll stop at Walmart to pick this up when I’m done with this tube.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

It shows up as a pure white on my skin so my pictures wouldn’t show you anything. This Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask feels so light on yet when I wash it off my face my skin is totally replenished and feels soft for days. It only takes 10 minutes to use and then I massage it onto my skin before rinsing. While it makes no promises to reduce pores and make me look 10 years younger, it does tighten up my pores and makes my skin look its best. I can use this as many times a week as I want because it’s as gentle as a lamb.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask

It’s made with pure coconut water along with a rich blend of natural oils (Coconut Oil, Monoi Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil).

  • No parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates and dyes
  • No gluten
  • Made with natural coconut oil and monoi
  • Formulated with ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients
  • With raw coconut sugar
  • Made with natural vitamin E

Not only am I happy that I’m now part of the coconut family but two of you will be able to win these products thanks to Palmer’s.  —  Marcia


Two US Beauty Info Zone subscribers will win both the Coconut Oil Hydrating Facial Mask and the Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm from Palmer’s. The giveaway is open through October 5th at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Remember I need to be able to find your email subscription to Beauty Info Zone so if you aren’t receiving emails then sign up again!
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September is sizzling with the September 2017 Your Bijoux Box!

September 2017 Your Bijoux Box

September is settling in and Your Bijoux Box sent a super sizzling box to transition into the cooler days and nights of fall. This month Your Bijoux Box sent me a gorgeous pave’ crystal necklace, huggie earrings, a sparkling cocktail ring, and a surprise fourth item, some super fun hair bands.

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September 2017 Your Bijoux Box

The September Collection from Your Bijoux Box is a coordinated set of three jewelry/accessory pieces that complement almost any outfit, dressed up or dressed down. Each monthly box has three items for women (this month there were three items plus one extra item). The boxes are curated by stylists so although these are customized, everyone gets the same jewelry each month, although September has different style options for some pieces and different metal options for the earrings. A monthly subscription is $36 and there are options for a three-month ($103) or six month ($206) subscription. They ship to the US and Canada.

Infinity Necklace by CC SKYE

Infinity Necklace by CC SKYE

Infinity Necklace by CC SKYE

September was all about the pave’ – pave’ crystals!! I am really excited about the feature item, the Infinity Necklace by CC SKYE. This is the first time CC SKYE has had items in Your Bijoux Box, and I hope to find lots more from this lovely, elegant brand. The Infinity Necklace is 18k gold dipped with pave’ crystals with a 17 inch chain and has a retail value of $150. I always worry that this style will look crooked, but no issues here – it always looks straight, and ladies it is SO BEAUTIFUL in person!! The pics don’t begin to do it justice. I think this is prettiest piece of jewelry yet from Your Bijoux Box. A mega home run.

Starry Disc Ring by Karen Kane

Starry Disc Ring by Karen Kane

Continuing with the pave’ trend is the Starry Disc Ring by Karen Kane, a frequent flyer in the Your Bijoux Box collections. This is the first time we’ve gotten a ring, and I’m happy to see one. This sparkling cocktail ring is pretty hip – I wish you could really see how sparkly it is. It’s a great complement to the Infinity Necklace. Mine came in gold, some boxes have the silver style.

ZigZag Huggie Earrings by House of Harlowe 1960

ZigZag Huggie Earrings by House of Harlowe 1960

The ZigZag Huggie Earrings by House of Harlow 1960 strike a more conservative note. These lovely red and gold geometric patterned huggie earrings are fabulous with fall denim. The pattern is just edgy enough to make these earrings interesting and fun, and I love the red – perfect for autumn!

Jeweled Deluxe Hair Bands by Lucky Feather

Jeweled Deluxe Hair Bands by Lucky Feather

As an extra bonus, there are four Jeweled Deluxe Hair Bands by Lucky Feather. Two have super cute rhinestone charms on them. Wear these on your wrist as bracelets, and use them as hair ties whenever the mood strikes!

Your Bijoux Box is always a great value but this month is especially impressive thanks to the Infinity Necklace. It is such a blast to have a box of surprise treats on your doorstep once a month, and September is a huge hit in my book! – Lisa


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Four favorites from AmLactin for beating dry skin blues!

Four favorites from AmLactin for beating dry skin blues!

Summer is my favorite season for many reasons but I think the biggest one is that my skin stays soft and hydrated since it doesn’t have to deal with dry indoor heat. As soon as the coolness of fall descends I start getting itchy and I know it’s time to break out my heavy hitting body moisturizers. Some of my favorites come from AmLactin.

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AmLactin has serious skin relief that is easily available, easy on the pocketbook, and easy to use. Plus, the selection of products is impressive. Here are my top four favorites for beating the dreaded indoor heat.

AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensly Hydrating Cream

AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensly Hydrating Cream

AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream

  1.  AmLactin Ultra Smoothing Intensely Hydrating Cream ($13.80)  This is a magnificent hydrating cream for tackling Keratosis Pilaris, aka ‘KP’. I have these tiny bumps on my upper arms, and nothing gets rid of them like this moisturizing lotion. I love that this is fragrance free, so it doesn’t compete with any other scents I am wearing. It does tingle a bit when I put it on, but that sensation is very mild and short-lived. You can use this anywhere on the body and even the face, according to the packaging, but I save it specifically for my arms. It makes that KP a thing of the past and keeps dry patches from forming.

    AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

    AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

    AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

  2. AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion ($14)  AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion is a workhorse body lotion. This is the one to keep next to the sink in every bathroom, the one you want to always have available for guests. It’s pH balanced for skin with 12% lactic acid and it keeps skin beautifully moisturized. It promotes cell exfoliation so all the good stuff is able to penetrate and everyone loves this fragrance-free, gentle moisturizer. Get several bottles so you never run out.  

    AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides

    AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides

    AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides

  3. AmLactin Rapid Relief Restoring Lotion + Ceramides ($16) When I get itchy this is what I reach for to get instant relief. Rough, flaky, itchy skin is gone immediately with this miracle cream. This is thicker and more emollient than the other lotions – it takes a while to soak in, but once it does it sure does a fantastic job of taking care of stressed out skin! The bottle says 24 hour relief but I typically apply in the morning after showering and then slather it on again at night before bed during the really cold months just to keep super dry skin at bay.

    AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy

    AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy

    AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy

  4. AmLactin Foot Repair Foot Cream Therapy ($10)  Such a nice foot cream!! While this gives instant relief and immediate results to dry, cracked skin and calluses, it really impresses when you use this regularly. Keep it on your bed stand and a few nights a week put a thin layer on your feet and wear socks as long as you can stand it. I can only keep them on for a few hours before I feel like I am suffocating…am I the only weird one like that? Then I have to take them off and put at least one foot out from under the covers. I know, I’m strange. Anyway, the longer you can keep those socks on, the better your feet get – split and cracked skin heals right up, and calluses smooth and shrink. It’s a beautiful thing!

I love AmLactin for many reasons, but mainly because the products really work and they are very affordable. It’s almost time for that dry indoor heat to kick in, so the next time you are at the drugstore remember to stock up and you’ll be ready – you may even make it through the season without any dry itchy skin at all because you are so prepared!  – Lisa

Another charming box for Boxycharm and another charming giveaway

September 2017 Boxycharm

I think I get more excited about receiving my Boxycharm each month than just about anything. I’ve purchased this now for about 2 years and I’m even on a 6 month prepurchase. After I moved my box never got forwarded and they were terrific about getting me a box so their CS is top notch.

The variety of items in Boxycharm makes me happy plus just about every month there’s a full size eyeshadow palette and you know I’m all about eyeshadows. This month’s box is great for those of us who love eye makeup.

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette

I was most excited to learn about this Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette? Is the Pope Catholic? Darn tootin’ I was and this shows why:

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries eyeshadow palette

8 beautiful matte shadows and 4 shimmers and all in colors I love to wear.

Pur Cosmetics Soiree Dairies (from

This $34 palette will be getting a lot of use from me and Boxycharm has more than paid for itself with just this one item.

Bodyography eyeshadow and angled liner brushes

This Brush Duo from Bodyography (value $20) is a great accompaniment to this palette. The flat shader is the style brush that I use for my lids every day.  It’s a goat hair brush that is soft yet dense. The angled liner is soft and easy to use with the matte shadows or gel liners for lining.

MAC Lingering Eyebrow Pencil

Not only has Boxycharm added brands like Pur and ColourPop but now there’s MAC. MAC Lingering Eye Brow Pencil is a self-propelling, self-sharpening brow definer. Great for travel. Subscribers received either Lingering or Spiked. ($18)

Studio Makeup HD Powder

Studio Makeup HD Powder ($35) is also in the box. I don’t know about you but a jar this size will last me for years. Since it’s a translucent powder it should work on just about everyone. Some people received a loose blush from Studio Makeup in their box.

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Strut

Each month brings us a lip from Boxy and this month they again sent the popular Colourpop our way. I received Strut which is a pretty fall shade in their Ultra Satin Lip formula.

Colourpop Sturt Ultra Satin Lip (from

Colourpop describes this as a cool toned taupe. Even with the name “ultra satin” it’s a matte liquid lip but it’s not as drying as their Ultra Matte.

Brigeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask

Boxycharm seems to be putting in a non-cosmetic item each month too and this month it’s Brigeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask (2 oz, value $9). Brigeo is very popular and this mask is one of their top sellers. It’s to be left in your hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing out. This isn’t a good mask for me since it’s so highly fragranced (my opinion) but one of my good friends love it so she’ll receive it in the next package I send her.

The total value for my $21 Boxycharm subscription is $123 so I’d say I’m ahead of the game. And since my last Boxycharm giveaway was such a success I have another one for you today.In this particular giveaway you’ll receive two items from Studio Makeup plus the MAC Lingering Eye Brow Pencil and lots of surprises. The palette is from a previous Boxycharm and has been knocking around in my drawer so it looks a little under the weather but it’s brand new.

Studio Makeup On-The-Go palette

To enter you need to be an email Beauty Info Zone subscriber and comment. Those two are mandatory although you wouldn’t believe how many entries I get that people don’t do these (bye bye kiddo). All other Rafflecopter entries are there to help you get more chances to win. The giveaway is open through 9/30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. If comments close early email me at with your comment. This is open for US and Canada only.

If I’ve convinced you to become a Boxycharm subscriber then I hope you’ll use my affliate link. — Marcia

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Fashion Flash waves bye-bye to summer

As summer winds down the Fashion Flash bloggers wind up. Where else can you read a variety of 12 articles that help you travel, be healthy, be even more beautiful both inside and out? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty is our hostess this week with these articles so be sure to visit.