Top Ten Summer Lips

Top Ten Summer lips

Top Ten Summer lips

Top Ten Tuesday has chosen summer lip products and this was so hard to do. How do I pick out 10 (or in my case 11) lip products out of dozens in my collection? I decided to choose the ones I reach for the most even if a few are really new. My palette of shades consists of nude, pink and peach. Nothing too dark, nothing too bright for me.

Top Ten summer lipsticks

Top Ten summer lipsticks

LIPSTICK CHOICES:

1. URBAN DECAY REVOLUTION LIPSTICK in NATIVE – pale pink

2. URBAN DECAY REVOLUTION LIPSTICK in NAKED – nude pink

3. MARC JACOBS NEW NUDES SHEER LIP GEL in HAVE WE MET? – shimmering warm pink

4. SURRATT BEAUTY LIPSLICK in FEE SOIE – a glistening sugar pink

Urban Decay x2, Marc Jacobs, Surratt Beauty

Urban Decay x2, Marc Jacobs, Surratt Beauty

Urban Decay Native and Naked

Urban Decay Native and Naked

UD Native, UD Naked, Marc Jacobs Have We Met, Surratt Fee Soie

UD Native, UD Naked, Marc Jacobs Have We Met, Surratt Fee Soie

5.  DIOR ADDICT LIPSTICK in CHARMANTE – soft coral

6.  BARE MINERALS MODERN POP MARVELOUS MOXIE LIPSTICK in DREAM BIG* – nude peach

7.  CHARLOTTE TILBURY K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in PENELOPE PINK – pink brown nude

Dior, bareMinerals, Charlotte Tilbury

Dior, bareMinerals, Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink, bareMinerals Dream Big, Dior Addict Charmante

Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink, bareMinerals Dream Big, Dior Addict Charmante

LIPGLOSS CHOICES:

8.  DIOR ADDICT FLUID STICK in KISS ME 389 – bright pink

9.  IT COSMETICS VITALITY BUTTER GLOSS in PRETTY IN PINK* – pink mauve

10. BEAUTY ADDICTS LIP ADDICTION LIP GLOSS in PLAYMATE* – irridescent shade to brighten any lipstick

11.  PIXI BEAUTY LIP LIFT in ICE* -clear lip plumper

Beauty Addicts, Pixi Beauty, IT Cosmetics , Dior Fluid Stick

Beauty Addicts, Pixi Beauty, IT Cosmetics , Dior Fluid Stick

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

Beauty Addicts Playmate, Pixi Beauty LipLift Ice, IT Cosmetics Pretty in Pink, Dior Fluid Stick Kiss Me

These are the lip choices that will get me through until I’m tempted by more which I surely will be. What lipsticks and glosses are your favorites for summer? Any shades that I “need”? Join the fun by seeing what the other Top Ten bloggers have chosen.  — Marcia

*indicates sent for editorial consideration, rest were purchases

 

Beauty Addicts celebrates the BIZ Anniversary with a giveaway

As we come to the end of Beauty Info Zone’s Anniversary giveaways I’ve saved one of the best for our last cosmetic event. We love Beauty Addicts products and have reviewed many so that you can learn about this independent brand. The best news is that they’ve offered to have a giveaway for 2 Beauty Info Zone subscribers. Two of you are going to be doing somersaults if I’m able to email you that Rafflecopter chose you as a winner.

The two prizes are

1st Giveaway: Motivate Solution Eyes, Motivate Glimmer Sheer, & Lipstick/Lipgloss of choice

2nd Giveaway: Express Solution Eyes, Express Glimmer Sheer & Lipstick/Lipgloss of choice

Now let’s learn about these so you can decide which amazing set you want to win.

I reviewed Motivate SolutionEYES with all its purple goodness last summer. It’s a beautiful subtle palette so you don’t have to worry about being stared at for wild & crazy colors, just for your beauty being brought forth.

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addicts

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

Beauty Addicts divides their line into categories and this is how they’ve categorized MOTIVATE products, Motivate:  classic, edgy, evening shades. While this beautiful palette is suggested for evening, I think it’s daytime perfect too. I love the muted shades.

Lisa chose the EXPRESS palette when we received these and she has nothing but praise for it. Express colors are described as “Express:  casual, elegant, earth tones” which is perfect for what you’ll find with this beauty.

Beauty Addicts Express Solution Eyes

Beauty Addicts Express Solution Eyes

Beauty Addicts Express Solution Eyes

Beauty Addicts Express Solution Eyes

These go a step beyond the typical nude range with shades of peach, copper, brown and a creamy white. Great for work, wonderful to darken and wear out on your special evenings.

Not only will you receive an eyeshadow palette but you’ll receive the matching Glimmer Sheer. These are magical. Check out Lisa’s Beauty Addicts Glimmer Sheer review and I know you’ll agree with me. Express, a yellow/beige tinted gel with a champagne luminizer. Motivate, a pink tinted gel with a baby pink luminizer.

Motivate Glimmer Sheer

Motivate Glimmer Sheer

Express Glimmer Sheer

Express Glimmer Sheer

GLIMMERsheers swatched, left to right: Motivate, Seduce, Express, Glow

GLIMMERsheers swatched, left to right: Motivate, Seduce, Express, Glow

Last but not least which group you decide to try to win, you’ll receive a lipstick or gloss of your choice. Beauty Addicts has gone out of their way to make this a very special giveaway.

MOTIVATE LIP CHOICES:

Beauty Addicts Motivate Vintage lipstick

Beauty Addicts Motivate Vintage lipstick

Beauty Addicts Motivate Peep Show

Beauty Addicts Motivate Peep Show

Beauty Addicts Pin Up Lip Addiction gloss

Beauty Addicts Pin Up Lip Addiction gloss

Beauty Addicts Tease Lip Addiction gloss

Beauty Addicts Tease Lip Addiction gloss

EXPRESS LIP CHOICES:

Beauty Addicts Shy lipstick

Beauty Addicts Shy lipstick

Beauty Addicts Toast lipstick

Beauty Addicts Toast lipstick

Beauty Addicts St. Tropez Lip Addiction gloss

Beauty Addicts St. Tropez Lip Addiction gloss

Beauty Addicts Naked Lip Addiction gloss

Beauty Addicts Naked Lip Addiction gloss

I’ve given you a lot to think about. Right now though you only have to decide between the cool tones of Motivate and the warmer tones of Express. Not too hard since you can’t make the wrong choice. If you win you’ll be thrilled and have some quality cosmetics to help with your BEAUTY ADDICTs addiction.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION – This giveaway is being provided by Beauty Addicts and will be sent directly to the winners by the company. This is for US only. All options will be verified. The Beauty Addicts giveaway is open through 5/12/15. If comments close towards the end of the giveaway you should email me at [email protected] Label your email Beauty Addicts Giveaway and tell me your choice of Motivate or Express. Then you can continue on with other options. Lots of luck!

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BeautyADDICTS giftset giveaway – you’ll love it!

beautyADDICTS has created a wonderful giveaway for Beauty Info Zone to give to 3 lucky winners. These gift sets are fabulous and we are excited to be able to offer you this giveaway.

Prize 1 from beautyADDICTS

Prize 1 from beautyADDICTS

We have 2 of the above gift sets to give away. Set 1 contains 3 products: BeautiFULL Lips in Femme Fatale, Luscious Lips liner in Sinful and LipADDICTION gloss in Hollywood ($51 value). If you love a bold lip you are going to love this set.

prize 2 from beautyADDICTS

prize 2 from beautyADDICTS

Set 2 contains ShowOFF Mascara and LipADDICTION gloss in Beauty & Brains ($37 value). This is a softer set with items that you’ll be thrilled to own. We have 1 of these to give away.

This giveaway is open through January 7, 2015 for US subscribers. All options are in the Rafflecopter. If comments aren’t open please comment on our Facebook page or email me at [email protected] Good Luck and be beautiful with beautyADDICTS.

Don’t forget to  follow beautyADDICTS on social media: @beautyADDICTS

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Shades for a perfect nude lip

Nude lips 3The nude lip look is everywhere – it’s definitely not a trend that is going away any time soon!  I am always on the lookout for products that creat a perfect nude lip.  I have thin lips without much pigment, so I have to be careful the nude isn’t too white (makes me look like a zombie) or too brown (makes me look DOA).  Here are some products that were sent to the BIZ that together give a ton of different gorgeous nude lip looks.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter

1.  Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter ($15)  Are you surprised?  No, this doesn’t give lips a yellow cast…in fact, it doesn’t have any color at all. But this little pot is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, including Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracuja, and Acai Oils, plus Cupaucu, Murumuru, and mango butters. This is a dual functioning lip treatment that can be used as either a light exfoliator or a lip moisturizer. It leaves lips healthy and flake-free, ready for liner and gloss. It comes in two flavors:  Laranja, a juicy citrus flavor, and Acai-Acu, berry chocolate.

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

beautyAddicts Luscious LipLiners in Glow and Express

2.  beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner ($16)  beautyAddicts Lipliner is a creamy, self-sharpening liner that locks in lip color and fights off feathering. Perfect base colors are Express, an earthy terracotta, and Glow, a natural peach. If these look familiar, you probably saw they were recently featured in Lucky Magazine!

The perfect prescription for nude lips

The perfect prescription for nude lips

3.  Gabriel Cosmetics Inc.’s Shades of Nude Lip Palette ($19.95)  This beautiful lipstick palette has removable pots and an accompanying lip brush. Ingredients include jojoba seed and aloe for mega moisturization.

Nude lips shade 1

The first pot has just a light nude tint with shimmer. This is awesome in the middle of lips to give depth and to make them look more lush.

Nude lips shade 2

The second pot is a pretty matte peach.

Nude lips shade 3

The third pot is a muted rose.

Nude lips shade 4

The fourth pot is a shimmery light grape.

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Palette

These are all amazing on their own or layered to create a whole array of beautiful nude looks. They are lipsticks, so the staying power is great.

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Shade of Nude Lip Palette swatched; plus Glow and Express Lipliner

Yes, you can rock a nude lip, no matter how thin or thick your lips are!  Invest in Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter, beautyAddicts Luscious Lips Lipliner, and Gabriel Cosmetics Shades of Nude Lip Palette for everything you need to create a perfect nude lip.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Beauty Addicts Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

I am definitely a believer in bronzer.  One of the things I learned in my cosmetics training is that nothing perks up a complexion better than a little color.  A sweep of bronzer on cheeks and the neck can instantly transform ‘sickly’ into ‘healthy’.  Beauty Addicts sent me their Hydra Sunrays Bronzer ($28) to try, and it’s a fabulous option for creating a warm, glowy complexion.

Beauty Addicts BronzerHydra Sunrays Bronzer is a matte powder that also has skin-loving ingredients like green tea and vitamins A, C, D, and B5.  As with all the Beauty Addicts products, the packaging is sleek minimalist black with a round mirror.

Makeup Geek Face Buffer Brush

Makeup Geek Face Buffer Brush

The bronzer does not come with a brush, but the ones that typically come with bronzer are useless anyway.  My favorite bronzer brush of the moment is the Face Buffer brush ($17.99) from Makeup Geek.

Beauty Addicts Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Beauty Addicts Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

This a lightweight, silky bronzer that can be a little powdery if you use a heavy hand.  Just a light swipe with a big brush creates a perfect, natural looking bronze great for contouring or for adding warmth.  The color is definitely buildable, but do it one swipe at time.  I can’t see fair skin using this shade, but those with light/medium to dark skins will love it.  The bronzer has a red undertone and I often use it as blush.

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

Hydra Sunrays Bronzer

The texture is terrific.  I often find powder bronzers apply patchy, but this is buttery and blends like a dream.  I love the eyeshadows and lipsticks from Beauty Addicts, and now this bronzer is on my list of favorites too.  Unless you have a very fair skin tone, this is a bronzer you will want to invest in.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Get In the Buff with Beauty Addicts

Beauty Addicts lippies are getting nude

Beauty Addicts lippies are getting nude

For summer beauty ADDICTS has combined products from their line to create IN THE BUFF, a collection of skin toned items that are great for a no-makeup makeup look. The tones are based on peach, brown and tan that look more like what we look like before we put on makeup so they enhance our beauty without making us look all dolled up. We were happy to receive these lipsticks, glosses and their tinted moisturizer to share with you.

Beauty Addicts lip addiction

Lisa’s Side:  Hello, my name is Lisa and I have a lippie addiction. I have so many lipsticks and lip glosses that I refuse to reveal the exact number – a number so high it is beyond embarrassing. Beauty Addicts only feeds my addiction with their Beautifull Lips Lipstick ($18) and Lip Addiction Lip Gloss ($17).

Left to right:

Left to right:  In the Buff, Toast, Shy

Left to right:

Left to right:  Playmate,  Addict, Naked

The Beautifull Lips Lipstick is a cream lipstick that keeps lips quite moist. Ultra-moisturizing ingredients include Vitamin E, shea butter, and jojoba oil. Plus, the formula has natural peptides that keeps lips healthy and plump. The lipstick has nice pigmentation and a rich satin finish.

The Lip Addiction Lip Gloss ($17) is a moisturizing, shiny gloss that isn’t the least bit sticky. In fact, the slip is terrific and I love how it makes my lips feel. Plus, these have my favorite doe-foot applicator and the same natural peptides as the lipstick. The formula for both the lipstick and the lip gloss is great, and the nude shades are outstanding.

It’s not easy for me to pull off nude, in every sense of the word. When it comes to my lippie addiction, I am constantly searching for the right nude lip that doesn’t wash me out or make me look like I stopped breathing about ten minutes ago. I have to say that the In the Buff  collection has awesome shades that look great alone and even better when combined. Here are my favorite combinations.

In the Buff Lipstick

In the Buff Lipstick

Naked Lip Gloss

Naked Lip Gloss

Top to bottom:  In the Buff Lipstick, Naked Lip Gloss, then Naked over In the Buff

Top to bottom: In the Buff Lipstick, Naked Lip Gloss, then Naked over In the Buff

In the Buff Lipstick is a peachy/brown cream nude. It actually applies a little darker than I expected, which is good because too light and my already thin lips disappear. Naked Lip Gloss is a creamy, milky peach. I can’t get away with wearing it alone – but I adore it layered over In the Buff.  This combination creates a fabulous peach that is glossy and understated – the perfect partner for a smoky eye.

Toast Lipstick

Toast Lipstick

Addict Lip Gloss

Addict Lip Gloss

Top to bottom:  Toast, Addict, then Addict over Toast

Top to bottom: Toast, Addict, then Addict over Toast

Toast Lipstick is a warm rosy brown that really shines. Addict Lip Gloss is peach with golden shimmers…it brings me right back to a few years ago when the Pantone color of the year was tangerine.  Layer Addict over Toast and it creates a fantastic neutral tangerine that is super flattering.

If you already has a lippie addiction like I do, you have been warned – Beauty Addicts is only going to feed that addiction. And if you aren’t already addicted, you will be soon!

Marcia’s side:  I’m not as addicted to lipstick as Lisa is, as a matter of fact I often forget to put on lip color and only realize it when I’m out and about. But a nude lipstick is my favorite and that’s what I normally choose.

I have the Beautifull Lipstick in Shy and with the Lip Addiction Lip Gloss in Playmate. Sort of contradictory terms but that doesn’t make these any less beautiful.

Beauty Addicts Shy lipstick and Playmate lipgloss

Beauty Addicts Shy lipstick and Playmate lipgloss

Beauty Addicts: lipstick alone, gloss alone, combo

Beauty Addicts: lipstick alone, gloss alone, combo

This is a great combination for me whether I want to be “in the buff” or I just want to be me. Easy to wear, moisturizing and they make me feel comfortable.

What I’m really hear to discuss though is the rest of In the Buff: beauty ADDICTS Mineral SheerTINT. This is a true Tinted Moisturizer that isn’t making any pretense about being a BB Cream or a CC Cream (although it has the same qualities).

Beauty Addicts Mineral SheerTINT

Beauty Addicts Mineral SheerTINT

Mineral SheerTINT is color, moisturizer and sunscreen (SPF20) all rolled into one. This fragrance free product has surprisingly good coverage, much better than any TM that I’ve come across. It contains a blend of Ginseng Root Extract, Vitamins A, C, and E and powerful antioxidants. It’s available in 7 shades from Porcelain to Dark. I have it in Light which is actually too yellow for my skin so all you porcelain princesses should be looking at the lightest shade. I love to wear it, but I have to mix a little Face Atelier Zero into it to lighten it for my complexion.

Beauty Addicts SheerTINT in Light

Beauty Addicts SheerTINT in Light

Tinted Moisturizer in Medium

Tinted Moisturizer in Medium

As you can see from the two swatches, it runs dark and a little on the yellow side so keep that in mind when ordering. Mixing in Zero makes this a great shade for me.

Light with some Face Atelier Zero mixed in

Light with some Face Atelier Zero mixed in

The interesting thing that I’ve found when wearing Mineral SheerTINT is that it lasts a long time on my face. It’s surprising to me just how natural and long lasting this is. I’ve been using Skindinavia’s Primer Spray and Kiehl’s Micro Blur so I’m sure that helps but I’ve used those with other BB/CC creams without this success.

Beauty Info Zone is giving double thumbs up to beautyADDICTS for their summertime items. Whether you are in the mood for gloss, lipstick, tinted moisturizer or ALL you’ll be in the right place with these products.

*provided for review

Beauty Addicts wants to Motivate your eyes

Beauty Addicts photo credit: http://www.beautylish.com/b/beauty-addicts

Beauty Addicts photo credit: http://www.beautylish.com/b/beauty-addicts

I’m a little late on reviewing this beautiful Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES palette in Motivate. Exactly one month ago my blog partner Lisa started what we call a Side by Side review. Normally we do these together but Lisa was so thrilled with her Beauty Addicts Express palette that she wanted to let it shine alone. I understand that now after wearing Motivate for many weeks. When Beauty Addicts sent both palettes we didn’t know who would get to review which one. Once we picked though we were both hugging the one we ended up with.

Beauty Addicts divides its shadows and lip products into five different color families:

Glow:  youthful, flirtatious, shimmery

Express:  casual, elegant, earth tones

Motivate:  classic, edgy, evening shades

Seduce:  sexy, sultry, smoky

Play:  creative, liberated, colorful

Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES in Motivate

Beauty Addicts SolutionEYES in Motivate

While Motivate SolutionEYES may be considered evening shades, I’ve been wearing it both day and night with ease. The four shades coordinate perfectly and it’s one of the few palettes that I can easily use every color to create different looks. That’s the beauty of it. You can use anywhere from 1 to 4 of the shades and the combinations are wonderful.

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

Beauty Addicts Motivate SolutionEYES

The shadows themselves are soft and blend easily. I find that the best way to apply them is to pat them on, not rub. If I pat then I don’t get eyeshadow fallout so I definitely recommend that. I’ve been using a taklon brush like the MAC 242 for application. You absolutely need an eyeshadow primer with this palette since the shadows are so soft.

Clockwise from the top the shades are a light pink, an orchid that I’ve seen described as radiant orchid, a dusty lavender and a deep blue toned purple. The darkest shade can be used as your eyeliner. The lightest shade, pink, is a great shade to brighten your eyes. It’s not a rabbit type pink, it’s soft and lovely.

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addict

Motivate SolutionEYES by Beauty Addict

The pink and dark purple are both matte shades and have more pigment to them than the other two which have very subtle shimmer in them. You won’t see shimmer when you open the palette (or at least I don’t) but I do see it lightly come through when blending.

Beauty Addicts Motivate - how I really look

Beauty Addicts Motivate – how I really look

Motivate eyes with Beauty Addicts

Motivate eyes with Beauty Addicts

Whether you choose to be MOTIVATED with these soft purples that can become more intense for a smokey night look or you want an EXPRESS look with warm earth tones, you won’t go wrong. Beauty Addicts has the solution for your eyes. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration