Bringing out the colorful side of life with Anastasia Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint

Most of us think of mascara as brown or black with an occasional color like navy or dark green thrown into the mix. But Anastasia can be all about fun which they prove with their Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint. As they say “Bright is the new Bold”. They’ve proved that you can be bright and beautiful with three new mascaras.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

When this package arrived at my door I must admit I looked at my driver’s license to see my age. I am old and wearing these amazingly bright colors could be a shock to my system. But I’m game for just about anything with cosmetics since my philosophy is that it all washes off. So I gave them all a go and figured out that I can wear some of these some of the time. These are not going to be my everyday products but for a fun night at the lake or a party, why not?

There are 3 different shades of Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint: Ultra Violet, Electric Blue and In the Pink.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Brow & Lash Tint

Each shade is $22 and comes with a small size LASH GENIUS so you are getting a bonus with these. It’s the perfect way to try out Lash Genius.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Lash & Brow Tint

Now enjoy these pictures

Let’s start with Electric Blue – a perfect name for this color. On my dark lashes and with my fair skin it’s definitely electric but the funny thing is that I applied this, put on my glasses and it was hours before my husband realized I was wearing Electric Blue on my lashes.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue with Lash Genius

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue

In The Pink: I didn’t get a picture of me wearing this as a mascara but here it is with Electric Blue on my brows. Now THIS my husband noticed!! In the Pink is a bright fuchsia shade though I I find it casts a slightly orange/red tinge.

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR Electric Blue and In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR In The Pink

Ultra-Violet is the normal one in the group and my favorite. It doesn’t show up on me as wearing a purple mascara though in certain lights you can see that it is. It brings out the coolness of some eyeshadows though. It’s much more obvious on my eyebrows and would be more so if I’d filled them in better. I like this a lot as a mascara.

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

Anastasia Ultra-Violet Brow & Lash Tint on my lashes and brows

A few things you want to know:

1) This is a thick mascara, it wasn’t wet even from day one.

2) I didn’t get extra volume or length from these but I did get nice definition.

3) I had no smudging or flaking from the mascaras. The only time I noticed a problem was when I rubbed my eyes and some came off but I hadn’t used the Lash Genius.

4) This dries really fast. That’s not a problem when using it as a mascara but if you want to comb your lashes do it quickly. It did make it a little hard to use it on my brows though since I wasn’t adept enough to make them clump free.

5) If an old broad like me can wear these, then anyone can! I may not be Cindy Lauper but I’m willing to have fun with Anastasia’s Hypercolor Brow & Lash Tint – though not every day!anastasia hypercolor  swatches

Are you brave enough to wear these? What color/s would you pick?? — Marcia

*sent for review

 

Getting Bold Brows and Beautiful Eyes with the stunning Anastasia Bold and Beautiful Kit

Anastasia Beautiful Eyes and Bold Brows

Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit

Anastasia, the line renowned for amazing brow products, has a truly gorgeous set available that makes for both bold brows and for beautiful eyes. This fabulous set, called the Bold & Beautiful Kit, is a real bargain at only $36 so we were thrilled they sent it to the BIZ for review. Look at all you get for that terrific price:

Vol. 1 Bold Brows

Brow Powder, Pomade, Mini Duo Brush, and Mini Tweezers allow you to sculpt, define, and beautifully layer color for perfect brows.

Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes

Four matte and shimmering shadows in versatile neutrals are the perfect shades to finish any look. Layer them wet and dry to create anything from a subtle, sheer wash of color to an intense, nude smoky eye.

the books of beautiful

the books of beautiful eyes and brows

The packaging is fantastic. It’s put together like a vintage mini-book set. It is truly gorgeous and I think I’d buy the set just because it looks so elegantly magnificent. Anastasia really outdid themselves with this one. This is a wonderfully compact set that is fabulous for travel; this set is one to take on vacation with you.

The Beautiful Eyesbook’ has four eyeshadow shades plus a dual sided eyeshadow brush. The colors include a matte cream, a shimmery peach, a matte light tan, and a blackened-brown with shimmer – actually it’s more like glitter, the particles are larger.

Beautiful Eyes

Beautiful Eyes book

First two shades

first two shades

second two shades

second two shades

swatched

eyeshadows swatched

The pigmentation is excellent and these shades can be used wet or dry. I love the first shade as a lid shade and for the brow. The middle two shades are excellent for the lid or crease. The last shade is a fantastic eyeliner, really impressive.

brush

dual-ended brush

The Bold Brows ‘book’ includes  a medium brown brow powder, tinted brow pomade, mini tweezers, and a mini dual ended brow brush/angled brow powder brush.

Bold brows

Bold brows book

On the far left is a deep brown pomade, next to it is a taupe ash-brown brow powder.

brows up close

brows up close

You can apply the just the pomade with the spoolie end of the brush for a natural look since it gives little color to the brows or apply the brow powder first then the pomade to hold it in place.

brush and spoolie

mini dual ended brow brush/angled brow powder brush

The brush and spoolie are terrific – you will keep these in your stash forever.

tweezers

mini tweezers

And hooray, the tweezer is fantastic! It should be no surprise since Anastasia is known for its brow expertise, but I am so used to slightly sub-par tools in mini sets that this was a happy revelation.

Anastasia

Anastasia brow and eye of the day

Anastasia

Another look at my Bold and Beautiful eye of the day

For the eye look above, I used the brow powder with the pomade swept through.  I then used the shimmer peach on the lid and up through the crease, the blackened-brown over on the crease and outer portion of the lid, and the cream for the brow.

Here are a few eye charts with some ideas for you.

Anastasia chart

Anastasia chart 2

 

This is one gorgeous set that is well worth checking out. You can find the Bold & Beautiful Set at Sephora, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Nordies, and Ulta.  - Lisa

*pr sample

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes

My sister is a makeup artist and the only thing she ever criticizes about me (lovingly of course) is that I don’t apply eyebrow makeup often enough. She’s absolutely right and it’s a habit I have to break. I find that try as I may, too many products end up looking unnatural on me. But I’m not giving up and my goal is to perfect eyebrow application. Luckily Anastasia Beverly Hills has sent some products for review.

My first step is with the Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes set. This is a great set especially if you need to shape your eyebrows. It contains almost everything you need, it’s only missing a tweezers. Inside the faux leather kit are 5 stencils, brow products and a great angled brush to apply the products.

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express stencils

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

Anastasia Beauty Express brow stencil

The stencils cover the different shapes that your current brows could be. There are directions to teach you how to use the stencils to change the shape to perfection. The 5 stencils are: Petite Arch, Medium Arch, Slim High Arch, Full Arch and High Arch. For me the Medium Arch is the best fit.

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

Anastasia Brow Express cosmetics

The brow products are double duty products. You use them at first with the stencils to shape the first time or to keep your brows precise several times a month as needed. They are also what you’ll use on a daily basis to fill in your eyebrows. There is a brow wax cream, a double sided brow powder and an eyeshadow duo.

Anastasia brow brush from set

Anastasia brow brush from set

Directions in the top of the palette

Directions in the top of the palette

What I do after my brows are cleaned up is to put a little of the brow wax on the brush and go over my eyebrows. The set I have is Brunette and the colors are good ones for my hair (it also comes in Blonde). I find that I have to fill in my brows a little darker towards the front because they aren’t full there. I pick up the lighter tone and fill in my arch area. I go over the front with the lighter tone too to make it all blend and look more natural. Sometimes I just blend the two colors together on the brush instead of using them separately. The eyeshadow duo hasn’t gotten a lot of use from me but the colors are great for your browbone and enhancing the inner corner of the eye to lighten and brighten. Since using eyebrow makeup isn’t a built in habit yet I’m happy to have the directions as part of the palette for reminders.

Anastasia Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes is $39.50 and you get a lot for the money. It’s a great beginner set for those of us who need direction and brow shaping. The products in it contain a sample of what makes Anastasia Beverly Hills a leader in eyebrows. It’s also great for travel since it’s all in one.

You’ve seen my before in my Joey Healy review and in my pictures throughout the last three years. Now I’ll share my after. I’m still learning but Anastasia Brow Express is making it easy. What Anastasia items have changed your brows? — Marcia

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

Brows filled in with Anastasia Beauty Express

the other eye!

the other eye!

*pr sample; post may contain affiliate links

 

Marcia’s top 8 list from 2012 plus 1 worst

top8I’ve wanted to do a top 10 list for the longest time but I keep finding more and more items I used for the first time in 2012 so the list has been growing exponentially. I’m forcing myself to cut it down though so that I don’t bore the heck out of you. I know I’m going to regret leaving out some things but if I keep talking about them over and over (like Youngblood Cream blush, BB creams or It Cosmetics products) you’ll most likely click this post off. I might be sorry but the Top 10 is now the Top 8 plus 1 worst for 2012.

Algenist skincare – I haven’t reviewed everything I’ve tried yet from Algenist but with the three I have reviewed and the items I will be reviewing, I can say that this skincare line is my find of the year. As a beauty blogger I try a lot of skincare but few really grab my heart and my wallet. Algenist has done that with their Eye Renewal Balm and Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 plus more that will be coming.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Anastasia – my first review for Anastasia was She Wears It Well eyeshadow palette. At the time I said that it seemed like so many of my other palettes. If that’s the case then why do I reach for it all the time? Then along came Want You to Want Me and that came with me to the Beauty Spotlight Team’s desert island. And don’t get me started on Kisses On My Lips since they are so amazing. Yes, Anastasia has won a place (or 3) on my 2012 favorites list.

Want You To Want Me

Want You To Want Me

Mont Bleu – the most beautiful items ever to own or give as gifts. I’m a huge Swarovski crystal fan so when I was sent a mirror and file from them I went a little nuts. I’d love to own one of everything they make.

Pink Flowers in the box

Pink Flowers in the box

Morning Glamour satin pillowcases – when I started this list I never had a clue that a pillow case would be part of my top items. But I like them that much. I just wish they’d come in King size too since a lot of people I recommend them too only have King size.

Morning Glamour

Morning Glamour

Nail polish – this is where I’m cheating because I’ve found brands in the past year that I’m crazy about. I haven’t reviewed them all yet but that will change in 2013. The ones I have reviewed and recommend are SoFlaJo, Color Me Monthly subscription box polishes, butter London, NCLA, A England, and Polish & Co to name just a few.

A-England Princess Sabra

A-England Princess Sabra

Subscription boxes – how could these not be on my 2012 list? I don’t dare add up what I spent on these. I love trying these in the hopes that I’m going to find a holy grail item. The one box I have had the most fun with is PopSugar Must Have. It’s not even cosmetic either. But there are so many items I’ve never tried before nor run across since I’m not a big shopper (outside of the cosmetic counters that is). This has been fun and of all the boxes the one I know I’m sticking with for 2013. The others may go, new ones may come, but PopSugar will remain. (Hint – I have a new exciting subscription box coming up soon that will be fun too.)

October from the popsugar.com website

October from the popsugar.com website

Sunday Riley – I’ve gone a little nuts with Sunday Riley products though not all have been reviewed. My favorite powder blush that I bought in 2012 though is Honest from Sunday Riley so I really needed to include this in my list.

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Sunday Riley Honest blush

Tarte – It’s exceptionally difficult not to list and list oodles of Tarte. There’s so much I love about the brand but for 2012 the best product is Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer. I’m mad about this concealer and during the last 30% off sale on tarte’s website I even bought a backup while knowing I won’t need it for a long time. But what if I misplace it?? I needed that backup!!

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Tarte Maracuja Waterproof Concealer in Fair

Now for my worst – Venus Spa razors. I hate spending the money on razor blades but they are a necessity. When I ran out this month I bought Gillette Venus Spa at Costco which contained a razor and 12 cartridges. I used one of the cartridges on my Venus razor and hated it from the first time I used it. These contain huge gel bars on the ends. Not only did I cut myself every time I used the razor but after 1 leg shave and 3 underarm shaves one end fell off. I usually get a few weeks out of a razor. It bothers me that I spent $30 on this and I will be returning it for the Venus Divine blades that I like.

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa blade new

Venus Spa after 3 showers

Venus Spa after 3 showers

 

I have to give one B.I.G. shout out to Makeup Wars. This series is so much fun and I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. I hope you’ve discovered a lot of new blogs and enjoyed reading these as much as I enjoy doing them. makeup wars holiday look logo

Thanks for reading my new favorites for 2012. I already have some items ready to review for 2013 that could easily be in the running for next year’s list so keep on reading!! — Marcia

Anastasia has Kisses on my List!

Anastasia Kisses On My List

 

There’s something about Anastasia’s lipgloss kit Kisses On My List Volume 2 that makes me want to sing. Not sure what it is. Could it be the names of the glosses? Jolene, Sharona, Roxanne, Moi, Maggie Mae, Lola? I need to think about that but first I want to tell you all about this amazing set and why you need to put this as numero UNO on your list!

This set of 6 dazzling colors has two different formulas. First there’s Anastasia’s Hydrafull gloss formula in Maggie May, Moi and Sharona. These are sheer, opalescent colors. There’s also a new formula called HYPERCOLOR glosses that will stain your lips. Those shades are Lola, Jolene and Roxanne. This set of 6 cover the gamut too from matte to shimmer. There isn’t a shade that hasn’t won my heart so I’ll try not to play favorites.

The Hydrafull gloss formula is very moisturizing and while it won’t last all day it does leave a very hydrating feeling even after the color has worn off. Moving on to the Hypercolors we have a totally different texture that we’re dealing with. The three Hypercolor glosses are the ones that will actually leave a stain behind. These are thicker than the other glosses and wear longer. They change after a few minutes to the color you’ll end up with. They really do leave a light stain even after the gloss has worn off.

Maggie May is the lightest and warmest, a pinky-peach nude. My lips turn this apricot into a shade that I can wear with everything except the coolest of cool eyeshadows. I love it when I’m wearing greens on my eyes especially.

Maggie May

Maggie May swatch

Maggie May

Moi appears to be the darkest of the 6 shades in the tube but I still wouldn’t say it’s dark once on. Moi has a slight brown undertone to it while still being pink. I’ve seen it described as a nude cream.

Moi

Moi swatch

Moi

Sharona is a gorgeous peach with just a touch of coral. You can see the shimmer in the tube but when it’s on your lips it isn’t the type of shimmer that will migrate. It stays where it belongs.

Sharona

Sharona swatch

Sharona

Lola is a very cool toned light pink. If I were standing in front of an Anastasia display and these 6 glosses were available separately Lola is the first one I’d swatch. I love this tone and the light shimmer in it. It’s a little lighter on my lips than my swatches show. It’s actually a “my lips but better” shade for me.

Lola

Lola swatch

Lola

Jolene steps up the color a bit from Lola. There’s not as much of a cool blue undertone on Jolene. Comparatively it’s a slightly warm pink that’s just a tad darker on my lips.

Jolene

Jolene swatch

Jolene

Roxanne is my favorite (I said I wouldn’t pick favorites but between my unbridled love for Sting and the color I just can’t help myself). This is a deep cool pink with a little bit of coral. It is not an in-your-face pink. Roxanne deepens considerably on my lips after about half an hour.

Roxanne

Roxanne swatch

Jolene, Lola and Roxanne

Jolene, Lola, Roxanne

From what I’ve experienced and what I’ve seen on other people’s lips, the Hydracolors change a little so that they are more customized to you. I don’t think these will wear the same on each person’s lips. Your personal chemistry will play an effect making these more unique.

the Hydracolor wand – it’s hot pink

Maggie May, Moi, and Sharona

Maggie May, Moi, Sharona

This is not a vampy set, this is a set for everyday living. When you first apply any of the Kisses on My List products you might think they are very sticky and extremely glossy but within a minute they settle down. It’s pretty amazing. They become comfortable and natural looking. The applicator is different than any other brand too. It’s a silicone wand that feels odd at first but I soon got used to it and I like the way it applies the gloss. The most amazing thing is that this set is only $30 at Sephora or $2 at Anastasia.net. That makes this set even better than I already thought it was.

Here are two other blogs with some great pictures. 15 Minute Fanatic’s isn’t in depth but the swatches are great. Portrait of Mai has some terrific photos that show you how the colors change on her lips. Remember though that your mileage may vary, mine did. They don’t look the same on my lips as they do on Mai’s. And last but not least, Lolas Secret Beauty Blog, has great swatch pictures on her arm that show the colors at their finest.

While I’m not a very good singer I’m pretty good at applying lipgloss and I can assure you that these are lipglosses I want to apply! Anastasia’s Kisses on My Lips are unique and amazing. — Marcia

*pr sample; some photographs are courtesy of Anastasia

Want You to Want Me? Anastasia knows what your eyes want

Want You To Want Me

For me there is nothing quite like opening a new eyeshadow palette. It’s an adventure waiting to happen. Give me a choice of what to buy and it will always be eyeshadow. With Anastasia’s Want You To Want Me though I get a lot more than eyeshadow; I get 9 beautiful colors of shadow, 1 shiny black liquid eyeliner, a clear eyebrow gel and a mini brush. And I get excitement. If you follow Beauty Info Zone then you know that Want You To Want Me came to a desert island with me. Not every woman gets to pick what she can take with her but I did and Anastasia is what I picked.

open the box and you see this…

Let’s see why? The 9 eyeshadows are beautiful shades that work in so many combinations. Applied dry they can be sheer but you have the option to also apply them wet to intensify them. The shadows have a variety of finishes from matte to satin to shimmer. Even with two shimmer shadows though what you won’t find is glitter. This palette is age appropriate for those of us who aren’t sweet sixteen (or super twenty-six or terrific thirty-six or even fabulous forty-six).

The style of the palette will take you back to the 1970’s and your disco dancing years. Those were wild and semi-decadent years for me, I even went to the fabulous Studio 54 when it was at its peak of popularity so I have some amazing memories from that time. Want You To Want Me brings back some of those memories with names like Platform Wedge, Members Only and Ziggy. The Jet Black Liquid Eyeliner in the kit is exactly what I wore then too.

The star of the show is the eyeshadow palette so on to descriptions.

Anastasia Want You To Want Me shadows

eyeshadow names

Left side from top to bottom:

-          Platform Wedge: matte vanilla with a touch of caramel that highlights your browbone area gently

-          Members Only: a light caramel shade

-          Graphic T’s: a beautifully sparkled dark brown that’s terrific for a smoky eye, a crease color or an eyeliner

Top to bottom: Platform Wedge, Member’s Only, Graphic T’s

Top to bottom: Platform Wedge, Member’s Only, Graphic T’s

Middle section:

-          Front Row Center: a lightly shimmered gold with a touch of beige

-          Power Ballad: I love this shade!! It’s a medium satiny brown with just the right amount of shimmer

-          Brass In Pocket: perfect name for this lightly shimmered copper/brass

Top to bottom: Front Row Center, Power Ballad, Brass in Pocket

Bottom to Top: Front Row Center, Power Ballad, Brass in Pocket

Right side top to bottom:

-          Ziggy: a sparkly purple that you can build in intensity or leave light

-          Jellies: just like those jelly shoes that were so popular in a sparkly pink

-          Iron On: this dark purple shimmer has amazing pigment, like Graphic T it’s extremely versatile

Top to bottom: Ziggy, Jellies, Iron On

Bottom to Top: Ziggy, Jellies, Iron On

Anastasia shadows are known for their anti-aging qualities which those of us who lived through the 70’s appreciate a lot! They contain “Youthful Synergy™ Complex in the shimmer shades. They also contain Brown Algae – A key ingredient that smoothes, firms, hydrates, and revitalizes the appearance of skin. Diamond Core Powder – Diffuses light for a soft focus effect. Sea Whip Extract – Soothes the skin. Macadamia derivative – A natural hydrator capable of holding up to 300% more water in the skin. Powerful antioxidants of Vitamins A, B, C, E, and F. Balkan Botanical Infusion®.” They never crease on me but I always use an eyeshadow primer.

In addition to the 9 shadows that you can use wet or dry there’s also the black liquid eyeliner and their best selling clear brow gel. Both of these are very long lasting and great to have. On my desert island trip I “used” the brow gel in place of mascara but in real life I like that the brow gel tames my brows and make them look so well groomed.

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

Anastasia Clear Brow Gel wand

Anastasia Jet Black Liquid eyeliner

Anastasia Black Liquid eyeliner swatch

Daytime look using Jellies, Ziggy, Jet Black Liquid eyeliner

Evening look using Platform Wedge, Power Ballad and Graphic T’s WET

I think you can see just why this came with me on my journey to a desert island. I’ve got versatility, options, value (it’s only $34), and quality all wrapped in one pretty package. This set is exclusive to Sephora and if it’s anything like last year’s holiday eye set it’s going to go quickly.  — Marcia

*sample provided for honest review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Spotlight Team takes you to a Desert Island

Packed and ready for the desert island

Welcome to the first edition of Beauty Spotlight Team On A Desert Island. The Beauty Spotlight Team has shown you our makeup bags and also a “mystery” post about things you’d never seen that we like. Now we’re deserting each of the bloggers on a “desert island” to see their interpretation of this challenge. The rules are that we can bring a bag holding only twelve items. We aren’t bringing sunscreen or lip balm because our desert island will have a stash of that. Civilization rules when it comes to beauty bloggers. We hope you will be looking forward to our future posts.

You’d think that think that this would be an easy assignment. After all finding twelve items that you love isn’t hard at all. Until you try to put it together that is. I had several dilemmas. First do I want to look glamorous? I’m not sure who I’m looking glamorous for though. Second do I need to just pamper my skin so that when the rescue ship comes to get me I won’t look like Tom Hanks or his basketball. Third this reminds me of the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. As soon as you pick one item you need more to go with it. Pick an eyeliner and you need a brush or sharpener. Pick eyeshadow or powder products and you need tools. The list could go on and you’d still want a cookie. I’ve decided to bend the rules a tiny bit. Some of these items are my Holy Grails and some are things I like a lot but could switch if needed. But they all are items I’d enjoy on my stay on the desert island.

12 items for my adventure

Here are the 12 in no particular order:

1. Anastasia’s Want You to Want Me Eye Shadow Palette– this is my cheat. This amazing set is all in one box though so I’m counting it as one even though in reality there are 4 items in it. There’s a beautiful e/s palette with 9 shades in the brown and purple families, a small liquid eyeliner in black, a mini clear brow gel and a small two sided brush. Plus the box has a nice size mirror so that crosses that off my list. This will be reviewed in full soon but believe me it’s “desert island” worthy.

Anastasia Want You to Want Me

Anastasia Want You to Want Me open

2. 3Lab Perfect BB Cream – this was one of my choices in the recent Makeup Wars. The reason I picked this particular BB cream is that the tube is easier to travel with than the Skin79 cylinder and I don’t notice any lingering fragrance. I figured that a BB cream is everything I need for my skin during the day and it’s light enough that it won’t be melting off in the sun.

3. Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender – which is a Holy Grail item for me. I use this almost every day (on the other days I’ll use powder especially IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores). The problem with the Mally is “if you give a mouse a cookie”…

Mally Poreless Face Defender

Mally Performance Sponge (just 1)

4. then you need the applicator. So number 4 is the Mally Ultimate Performance Sponge applicator which is perfect for the Pore Defender.

5. MAC 217 brush is next. I have a ton of brushes but this is the most versatile and reliable for the way I apply eyeshadow.

MAC 217 is on the right

6. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer, another HG item. It’s perfect for my undereye area and I rely on this to hide the dark circles daily.

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer in Fair

7. Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint in Sweet for my lip product. I love the color and the feel plus it winds up so I don’t need to worry about sharpening this lip crayon.

8. Tweezerman Pro Curl Eyelash Curler is going with me but I don’t have room for mascara. I love the eyelash curler and if I at least curl my lashes it’s not too bad plus I’d probably cheat and use the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel on my lashes instead since my eyebrows aren’t great.

Tweezerman Pro Curl Lash Curler

9.  Youngblood Luminous Cream blush in Taffeta which is very close to being a Holy Grail blush. I wear this more than any other blush I own. The color works well too with my Tarte Lipsurgence and the Anastasia eyeshadow colors.

Youngblood Cream blush in Taffeta

10. Algenist Eye Renewal Balm- this is my current favorite. I’m a slut when it comes to eye creams and this eye balm is one of my favorite “customers”.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

11. Tweezerman tweezers– if I didn’t take this I’d look like Santa Claus when I was picked up. I’d have a beard! My Tweezerman tweezers are absolute HG material.

Cynthia Rowley tweezers for Tweezerman

12.  Another cheat is coming – my Adventuress Skin Care travel set. I just reviewed this and while I was debating what my 12th item would be I realized that this kit is perfect – cleanser, SPF that is good for my face, skin purifier and a moisturizer I’d use at night especially.

Adventuress Intro Offer Collection

Adventuress interior

This sounds like a lot but think of everything I left out: shampoo, conditioner, a comb or brush, eye makeup remover, body lotion, tooth brush and toothpaste etc. I just hope I have a Twistband in my hair when I’m taken away to the island since that will at least keep my hair a little tidy. I wonder if the mouse will be a stowaway in my bag! Are any of these on your Desert Island list? — Marcia

Which of these would you take?

*several items were PR samples, others were personally purchased