The Zin and Zen of Youngblood Cosmetics

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Cosmetics Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

press sample

Some people are into yin and yang but I’m all about Zin and Zen. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics knows how to get my attention with their eyeshadows and blushes. Since yin and yang are a combination of harmony and balance that makes the two products I’m showing you today the epitome of yin/yang since they work harmoniously together to balance my face.

Whenever products come my way the first ones that get tried are eyeshadows. I’ve worn Youngblood for several years and I’m always happy to try out new colors. Unfortunately there are only 7 shades of Pressed Individual Eyeshadows still being produced ($21 each but you can find them for less at Amazon and other sites) in matte, satin, and shimmer formulas. Youngblood has other eyeshadows with Perfect Pairs and Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quads so all is not lost.

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

ZEN is a shade I find irresistible. It’s a metallic shimmer but not over the top shimmery. I like to start with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue though I don’t always remember. A primer is a necessity for me and the TF Glitter Glue keeps the shimmer from spreading. Now when I say ZEN is a shimmer shadow I don’t mean it’s a glitter shadow. I find it perfectly acceptable for day or night. It’s buttery soft and easy to apply. All Youngblood eyeshadows are hypoallergenic and made from 100% minerals.

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

Youngblood Zen Pressed Individual Eyeshadow

ZEN is a khaki with a brown base. It makes an unusual smoky eye, a beautiful eyeliner, or a sensational crease color. The compact it comes in is wonderful since it has a magnetic closure and a nice size mirror.

Youngblood Zen and Zin

Youngblood Zen and Zin

Youngblood ZIN Pressed Mineral Blush is the perfect harmony blush for me when I wear darker shadows. ZIN is a soft mauve that’s almost a nude shade. It’s very pale looking in the compact but it has more color than it appears at first. There are 8 Pressed Mineral Blushes in Matte, Satin and Shimmer shades. ZIN is in the matte category which is wonderful when my eyes are strongly made up.

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

ZIN Younglood Mineral Pressed Blush

This subtle blush is just deep enough to make my face look balanced without any clown cheeks. When I use a big fluffy brush I can always do a light veil of ZIN on my entire face along with a stronger blush to take away the paleness when I’m looking ghostly (or ghastly).

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Youngblood Zen eyeshadow and Zin mineral blush

Like Zen, it comes in the magnetic compact that feels so pleasing to shut. All Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics are free of talc, oils, paraben and fragrance. Best of all – Youngblood is a cruelty free company.

These will now be added to my list of favorites from Youngblood. Do you have favorites from them? — Marcia

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6 beauty essentials for a summer getaway!

6 Beauty Essentials for a Summer Getaway!In my book summer isn’t over until after Labor Day Weekend, so there is still plenty of time to go on summer weekend getaway! Whether it’s to the city, a cabin, or the beach, there are six beauty products that I always have in my bag.

Red Oxx Gator Carry On BagSpeaking of bags, I truly believe I have found the perfect one:  the Red Oxx Gator Carry On Bag ($125). I bought this in red for a recent trip to Spain and it was PERFECT. I could not believe how many things I could stuff into this rugged little baby and still have room. It’s exactly what you need for a weekend getaway – room for all your clothes and your products, and it is the size of a large purse.

Six summer getaway beauty essentialsAlong with the perfect bag, here are six products I was sent to test that you will want to always have packed so you can just grab and go on any last-minute adventure:Design.Me Puff.Me Volumizing Cloud Mist

  1.  Design.Me Puff.Me ($20): This is a tiny but mighty bottle of hair rescue. The spray powder not only soaks up oil and dirt, it also volumizes and gives hair wonderful texture. Bring this instead of bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Puff.Me is available in Cosmoprof stores nationally. I hear that Design.Me is launching other new professional products soon and I can’t wait.Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment DeviceMe Clear Spot Treatment Device
  2. Me Clear Spot Treatment Device ($60):  An absolute must for any trip! This small device is exactly what you need when you get that one big zit brewing under your skin. You know how that goes…everything is great until you feel a little pressure, a little soreness, and you realize there is a mega-blemish brewing that is going to totally ruin your weekend. The Me Clear Spot Treatment Device is your savior.  Me Clear Spot Treatment DeviceJust press it against the area and the blue light goes to work, painlessly and quickly – the blue LED light makes eruptions vanish overnight through a combination of blue light, sonic vibration, and gentle warming. Standing there for the full two minutes can seem a little tedious, but I am astounded by the results and will never be without this gem.Saje Pocket PharmacySaje Pocket Pharmacy
  3. Saje Pocket Pharmacy ($59.95):  Despite every effort, getting sick on a vacation happens. This awesome little pharmacy has therapeutic remedy roll-ons:
    Peppermint Halo – headache relief
    Stress Release – promotes relaxation 
    Pain Release – reduce inflammation and muscle pain 
    Immune – helps alleviate cold symptoms 
    Eater’s Digest – helps soothe upset stomachs 

    So go ahead and eat too much, drink too much, stay up too long…there’s a remedy for every symptom of partying too much and having more fun that a person probably should.Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil

  4. Soap & Paper Factory Jasmine Perfume Oil ($16):  It is impossible to describe how amazing this jasmine scent is. It really is a little bottle of summer and tucks so nicely away in a bag or pocket. One discreet roll onto wrists and behind the ears is all you need to smell beyond amazing.Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral GlowRimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit
  5. Rimmel Kate Sculpting and Highlighting Kit in Coral Glow ($7):  This beautiful Kate Moss palette has three shades for highlighting, contouring, and defining cheeks. You won’t need a separate eyeshadow palette – just use your fingers and pat onto eyelids for a beautiful glowy look.Rimmel Super Curler Mascara
  6. Rimmel Super Curler Mascara ($6): Even on the most low maintenance vacations I always make sure to put on some mascara. This mascara lifts so I don’t even bring an eyelash curler, and it really lasts in the heat.

Now keep that bag packed with these essentials and you’ll just need to throw in some shorts, a bathing suit, and a cover up (my picks below!!) for an awesome summer getaway.  – Lisa

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True Religion Joey ShortsMisa Dali Cover Up DressStella McCartney Wrap Swimsuit

Variety galore with Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

If you are ready for the prettiest blush palette of the season, I have the perfect solution for you. Just check out the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette, Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold. Be ready to swoon. When I was sent this palette for review my mouth totally dropped open when I took it out of the box.

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette

I stared at it for so long because I couldn’t believe the gorgeous shades it contained. As a fan of rose gold in my fashion and cosmetic life I was eager to receive this and the realization is better than I ever expected. The palette consists of 4 baked powder shades, 2 shiny highlighters, and 2 matte pressed powder shades for bronzing or blushing.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2

Numbers 1 through 4 are the ones I’m getting the most use out of. #1 is a soft warm pink, #2 is a beautiful swirly peach, #3 is a glowy light creamy peach, while #4 is a stunning glowy rose. These all feel like they are baked powders so they aren’t particular soft when you touch them with your fingers but they apply beautifully with any brush I’ve used.

Now comes the variety since I like to mix and match all the shades in the palette. I like to layer these and as I’m typing this out I’m wearing number 1 and 7 as my cheek color.

Top row swatches 1, 3, 5, 7 Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2

Top row swatches 1, 3, 5, 7 Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2

#5 is a simply amazing gold that makes a fabulous highlighter. Plus I wear this on my eyes. This is very soft and it doesn’t take a lot to get a glowy yellow gold that is so striking. #6 is the only one that has any glitter to it and even then the glitter isn’t overwhelming. #6 is the one that gives this palette its Rose Gold name. It’s not subtle on me but it is gorgeous.

#7 is so soft to the touch, I find it to be mauve on me but I think different skin tones will pick this up differently. I consider this a bronzer but that’s because I don’t wear brown bronzers. #8 is the brownest shade in the palette but it’s such a light shade on me that it’s perfect.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2 - swatches for #2, 4, 6, and 8

Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Golden Sugar 2 – swatches for #2, 4, 6, and 8

There is so much diversity in this palette that it will keep you blushing and glowing through fall and beyond. The best part is that it’s $10 – that’s it – just $10 for 8 colors!

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette and Chauffeur lipstick

Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Ultra Blush Palette and Chauffeur lipstick

We can’t stop with just blush when we know that there are 5 lipsticks in this Rose Gold collection. 5 for the price of $5 each. 5 creamy, smooth, pigmented, non-fragranced lipsticks! I have Chauffeur which is ideal for my taste and there’s also Red Carpet (red), Private Members Club (black), Diamond Life (chocolate), and Girl’s Best Friend (bright pink).

Makeup Revolution Chauffeur Lipstick

Makeup Revolution Chauffeur Lipstick

Chauffeur is a rose nude I can wrap my head around – actually wrap my lips around. It’s not deathly pale but it’s light. I look like I’m wearing lipstick when it’s on. If I want to deepen it then I’ll use a lipliner all over which also assists the lipstick in lasting for a longer time. The packaging of the Rose Gold collection is contemporary and rich looking. No one would expect this to be as well priced as it is.

Makeup Revolution USA Chauffeur

Makeup Revolution USA Chauffeur

These products are part of a collection you don’t want to miss. —  Marcia

Makeup Revolution USA Rose Gold collection products

Makeup Revolution USA Rose Gold collection products

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My friend Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has some fabulous swatch pictures if you want to see an artist at work.

Hard Candy makes me feel like A Living Doll

Hard Candy Living Doll

Hard Candy Living Doll

When I want to look my best I’ll choose a pink blush. Not only is pink my favorite color but it’s the most flattering shade for my fair skintone to liven me up. HARD CANDY sent the perfect pink blush that I’m totally enamored with. LIVING DOLL may be $7 but put it in different packaging and it would pass for Chanel. Seriously.

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush, Living Doll

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush, Living Doll

The Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll is made to make you glow but in such a subtle way that you won’t be accused of trying too hard.

Glow All The Way Baked Blush, $7

Baked blush offers cheeks an all over warmth and glow

Infused with ultra light micronized pigments with radiance enhancing pearls

Available in 2 shades including Living Doll and Honeymoon

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush in Living Doll

Can you see that slight glow on my finger? It’s so much better on my cheeks. This is a luminous blush that is never glittery. You can’t see shimmer in it because it’s not there. Instead it’s magic that infuses your cheeks with light. If I sound over gushy it’s because I’m crazy about this blush. This is a light pink so I usually have to go over it twice. It’s got just a touch of gold.

Hard Candy Living Doll

Hard Candy Living Doll

Blush like this makes me want to run to Walmart and stock up. Not only does this look beautiful in the warmer blush, Honeymoon, but there are also Ombre Blushes calling my name!

Hard Candy Blush

Hard Candy Blush

Can you resist this? It doesn’t even break my no-buy pledge (at least the way I do a no buy!!). — Marcia

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Pack your tiniest bags for a trip with Stowaway Cosmetics

Stowaway CosmeticsSTOWAWAY Cosmetics call themselves the Right Size Makeup Company for a good reason. All their products are small enough to stow away in a purse, pocket, or cosmetic bag. They are small yet powerful and a great size for those of us with commitment issues, overnights, quick trips, workout trips, and more.

Our product formulas are simple, refined, and hardworking, eliminating any guesswork and offering just beautiful solutions. They are packaged in a thoughtful, minimalist, and portable way—because you are busy and are doing big things. Stowaway knows that if you’re on-the-move, your beauty products are too. Stowaway is a cosmetics brand built on the philosophy that makeup should be designed to go wherever women go. Finally, the makeup you love in the sizes you can carry.

We were sent some of their products which we are happily using. We love the concept of having products that we can actually use up before trying something else. As makeup bloggers and makeup junkies STOWAWAY COSMETICS is just right for us too.

Marcia loves eyeshadow – STOWAWAY ESSENTIAL EYE PALETTE

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

No surprise to any Beauty Info Zone readers but when we received a box (tiny box) from Stowaway I wanted the eyeshadow palette instantly. Lisa allowed me to have my wish since she ended up with a very nice collection of products that you’ll soon see.

The eyeshadow palette is the size of a credit card. A long time ago Trish McEvoy used to sell palettes this size for double the price of the Stowaway Essential Eye Palette. At $25 this might seem high because of the size but when you see how useful this is, you won’t think twice about the cost.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Inside the palette are 4 shimmer shadows on the top row and 4 matte shadows on the bottom. At first I was a bit dismayed when 0pening since the shimmers looked like glitters. My dismay turned to pleasure once I applied these and saw that they not only glided on with ease but they were shimmery without being glittery.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette shimmer shadow swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette

S1 is a light creamy linen shade. I had trouble showing it on my arm which is fine with me since I like the subtlety of it. S2 is a very pretty rose gold that I love on my lid. S3 is more of a golden brown which can be intensified or worn as is. This is a great crease shade for me. S4 is the darkest of the shimmers and harder to categorize color wise. The swatch looks brown but there’s a lot of purple in this shade.

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

Stowaway Essential Eye Palette all swatches

The bottom row are the mattes but they apply and look more like satins except for the black shade. They all have a silkiness to them that make them easy to wear and easy to work with. M1 is a milk chocolate with a touch of cream added to it. M2 is a darker milk chocolate so they left out the cream! M3 is the darkest of the browns. On my eyes it looks warm as I see some burnished undertones. M4 is a matte black. The pigment is great and works well as an eyeliner but the texture is harder than the other shadows.

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

Wearing S1, S2, and S4

In spite of the blazing heat we’ve been having, these last very well and don’t need touch up. But rest assured, when we need touch up we can easily find it in this pint size palette.

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Stowaway Cosmetics

Lisa loves the Pretty in Pink Set STOWAWAY CREAM LIPSTICK, EFFORTLESS EYELINERMASCARA, CHEEK & LIP ROUGE

Spain

I recently had a wonderful reason to fully appreciate the size and quality of Stowaway Cosmetics products, because I took a trip to Spain with my mom. There we are, inside the Palacio Real de Madrid. Getting to Spain was interesting as I had never traveled to Europe before and I was determined to bring only one bag that I didn’t have to check. Have you tried packing for a nine-day trip with just one carry on bag?? It was a challenge but oh so freeing once I achieved it! Stowaway Cosmetics constituted my only lipstick, blush, eyeliner and mascara (ok I lied…I also brought one other eyeliner!). But the size of these gems is incredible and the quality is definitely impressive.

SpainI walked, on average, 10 miles each day through the streets of Madrid, Segovia, and Toledo in stultifying heat, and Stowaway never let me down! The Cream Lipstick ($15) has wonderful pigmentation and is hydrating, so even those 100 degree days didn’t dry out my lips. The size is small but the lipstick is mighty and I love the pinky/peach Peony shade.Stowaway Cosmetics Cream Lipstick in Peony

I love a multi-tasker, so the creamy Cheek and Lip Rouge ($15) is a favorite. Again, small but mighty – the pot is about 1/3 the size of a typical blush. My shade is the pretty pinky/peach Peony, and it looks lovely on cheeks and as a lip stain.Stowaway Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Rouge and Mascara

 I tested two products for eyes – the Extreme Lash Mascara ($12) and the Effortless Eyeliner ($10). The mascara is terrific! It has thickening fibers so it makes lashes lush and long, and the brush has a thick and a thin side, making application easy. The mascara lasts all day without smudging or smearing.

Stowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless EyelinerStowaway Cosmetics Effortless Eyeliner

You will be shocked at the size of the Effortless Eyeliner ($10) – it’s literally the size of a q-tip! No need to sharpen this gel-textured pencil and it glides on beautifully. The Spice shade is a gorgeous shimmery copper that doesn’t smudge once it sets, which takes less than a minute.
Spain
I can’t imagine taking another trip without my Stowaway Cosmetics. No matter how tiny your bags are, you never have to be without great color products so you can rock any country you choose to explore!!
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A plethora of picks from Pixi Beauty!

A plethora of picks from Pixi Beauty!No question, one of my most favorite drug store cosmetics lines is Pixi Beauty. The packaging is awesome, the color products are great, and the price is right!  Today I have four Pixi picks that go from eyes to cheeks to lips to face.                                                                                              samples

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

Let’s start with the eyes. I am really digging ink liners these days. I recently went on a trip to Spain and I took two eyeliners – a pencil liner and my Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk ($14).  I love how this deep black liner is so easy to apply – the tip is longer than most ink liners which makes it easier to maneuver. The ink liner stays in place, even through my 13 hours in airports and on planes.  And creating a thin line or a thick line is a snap. Interestingly, this liquid liner is much more ‘wet’ than most I’ve tried, which are more of a stain. Initially, it looks shiny, almost like a black patent leather which is definitely unique. The patent leather effect lasts a few hours, after which it flattens and becomes a stain. Love this liner!

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare swatched

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare swatched

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

Pixi Beauty Lash Line Ink in Black Silk and Tinted Brilliance Balm in Baby Bare

On to lips — Marcia has raved about the Pixi Beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm ($14) forever. Seriously, I think she’s written about ten posts featuring this lip crayon. Baby Bare is my first Tinted Brilliance Balm and I am as big a fan as Marcia is. It’s wonderfully moisturizing, easy to apply, and the peachy-nude shade is a universally flattering color. If for some insane reason it’s not your cuppa tea, no worries because Pixi has 10 more shades available. The slip is just perfect and I love this lippie…I think it’s tied with the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms for my favorite Pixi lip products.

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Pixi Beauty gets cheeky with the Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki ($18). How cute is this?? My shade is Peach Honey, and it also comes in Rose Gold. Peach Honey has a peachy nude sheen and a gold beige highlight. It’s more of a highlighter than a blush unless you are super fair. The powder is silky and soft and blends well. It gives a great glow and it’s also a pretty eyeshadow in a pinch.

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey swatched

Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey swatched

Beauty Blush Duo Kabuki brush

Beauty Blush Duo Kabuki brush

The kabuki is a tad soft for my taste – I like a kabuki that is firm, but this one is a nice size and works well as a brush to carry in your purse.

Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi Beauty Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi’s answer to keeping your look from melting in the summer heat is the Makeup Fixing Mist ($15). It’s rose water with green tea that is sprayed on to help keep makeup in place. I have to say, this isn’t for me. The spray is very wet – too wet for my somewhat oily skin. It’s also pretty fragranced.  If you have super dry skin and fragrance isn’t an issue, you might like this – but I think there are better fixing mists out there. The Makeup Fixing Mist seems more like a refreshing moisturizing spray than a setting spray.

Pixi Beauty is available online at Pixibeauty.com as well as at Target stores. With such a plethora of pretty picks from Pixi, be sure you check them out next time you are shopping!  – Lisa

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I’m blushing, I’m blushing – thanks to Arbonne

Arbonne Blush (Fard A Joues)

Arbonne Blush (Fard A Joues)

Have you ever gone a day without wearing your blush? Put on your other makeup but totally forgot to add blush? If you think about it, blush is what gives your face the pep and lift it needs. We (or at least I) look sick without a pretty blush. When Arbonne sent me two blushes I couldn’t wait to wear them to see what beauty they’d add to my look.

Arbonne Blush

Arbonne Blush

With the trend of matte lips you need something that will brighten beautifully and Arbonne Taffeta and Blossom will do that perfectly. Arbonne has 8 blushes total ($30 US each) so it’s easy to find a flattering shade that you’ll want.

Taffeta is a bright pink that is my favorite of the two. It’s a matte blush that blends beautifully and makes me look alive. I feel great when wearing this shade. I use a fluffy brush with it, often a duo fiber brush or a loose kabuki since the color can be so intense. Using that kind of brush helps apply it softly though I can build it up if needed.

Arbonne Taffeta and Blossom Blushes

Arbonne Taffeta and Blossom Blushes

Blossom has also been getting a lot of wear from me since it arrived. I mostly wear neutral eyeshadows and this works well with them all. It has an infinitesimal amount of shimmer in it. It just adds a bit of beauty to this light peach shade that has a pink undertone to it keeping it from being too warm.

These blushes blend with ease and are long lasting. I’ve napped in them and they haven’t had to be touched up at all. The formula is made with polypeptides which contains skin-conditioning amino acids making the application glide on smoothly simultaneously moisturizing your skin.

The next color on my list is Ballet, which looks to be a soft pink that I’d be able to wear with ease.

Arbonne Ballet blush

Arbonne Ballet blush

I like the fact that I can purchase ARBONNE online now since I am not a party person. At one time my niece sold Arbonne so it was easy to place an order with her but now I am an online babe.

Have you looked into Arbonne lately? —  Marcia

Arbonne Blossom and Taffeta blush

Arbonne Blossom and Taffeta blush

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