Makeup Geek Blush review and swatches

My quest is over.  I have finally found blush nirvana, and it’s at Makeup Geek.  I read some rave reviews about these extremely affordable, high quality blushes and could not wait to try them.  I always have issues with powder blush lasting throughout the day.  I need pigment that really sticks around, like Nars blushes.  When Marlena from Makeup Geek sent these beauties, I had high hopes…and her blush actually exceeded my expectations.

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes

Makeup Geek Blushes, left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush ($12.99 for the compact, $9.99 for pan) is talc, paraben, and cruelty-free.  Pans are perfect for a Z Palette (you can also get these on Makeup Geek, just think of the epic palette you can create!) and the compacts are sturdy with a very handy clear top.  The texture is creamy and smooth.  Pigmentation is amazing, and as I said the color lasts all day long with hardly any fading.  One swipe of a blush brush gives enough color, which makes these blushes an even better value.  There are 13 shades in the range, and I have swatches of 6 of them today.  I tend to gravitate toward pink blush shades, so the ones I don’t have are the peach and brown toned shades.

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

Makeup Geek First Love

First Love is a soft matte ballerina pink.  This is great for fair and light/medium skin.

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Makeup Geek Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels is a shimmery bubblegum pink. It creates a stunning pop of color that really wakes up the complexion.

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Makeup Geek Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky is a matte medium rose-pink.  I adore this shade on my medium faux-tanned skin.

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Makeup Geek Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer is a matte orchid purple/pink.  Cool-toned blush lovers will flip over this shade.

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Makeup Geek Rendevous

Rendevous is a matte medium pink with purple undertones.  It blends beautifully – I think I reach for this one the most often.

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Makeup Geek Love Affair

Love Affair is a matte pink coral shade with super pigmentation; use a light hand with this one!

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right:  First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

Makeup Geek Blush swatches left to right: First Love, Head Over Heels, Secret Admirer, Hanky Panky, Rendevous, Love Affair

While I truly love them all, the one I reach for most is Rendevous, followed by Hanky Panky.

I can’t rave enough about Makeup Geek Blushes.  Right now, several of them are out of stock – I am sure Marlena ran out because so many people realized how fabulous the blush is.  Get the ones you can today, and the rest should be restocked in September.  I know I am going to collect the remaining 7 shades, because a girl can never have too much blush.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Stealing Marcia’s boyfriend…Eddie Funkhouser lips, cheeks, and eyes

I think I am a homewrecker.  My blogging partner Marcia has been having this love affair with Eddie Funkhouser.  I love her dearly…but I am out to steal her boyfriend.

I cried and whined until I finally guilted Marcia into letting me test the latest PR samples from the Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics line.  After reading all of her rave reviews of his products, I couldn’t wait to try some out…and let me tell you, girls, Eddie does not disappoint.

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

Chromographic Lip Color ($11.99):  the Chromographic Lip Color is a creamy, easy to wear lipstick that has light reflecting particles which make my on-the-thin-side lips look a little bigger.  The formula is very lip friendly with flower and mango fruit extracts and Vitamins C & E.  I can wear this all day without any lipstick migration or dryness.  

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Epic is a stunning magenta rose that looks bright, but it’s actually a rather natural and very wearable shade.  It has excellent pigmentation but doesn’t feel heavy on, and the color really lasts.

Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss ($10.99):  This is a thin, non-sticky lip gloss that definitely packs a color punch.  I love how it feels on; in fact I keep it right next to my computer at work so I always have it handy.  Aloe Vera keeps lips moist, and vitamins A, C, and E keep lips healthy.

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Publicity Stunt is a flattering grape shade that is great both alone and over lip pencil or lipstick.  Since the formula is on the thin side, I found it’s best to wipe the doe foot applicator against the rim of the tube as I pull it out to make sure I don’t apply too much gloss at one time.

Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.99):  This is one pigmented blush – and just look at that price! I can’t get over it, because this blush looks and acts like a high-end product.  Ultra Intensity Cheek Color is soft and creamy for a powder, and it goes like a dream.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Plum Crazy is a matte pale plum that is perfect for fall.  I use just a light dusting on cheeks for a natural look, or layered for more drama.

Eddie Funkhouser® Hyperreal Eye Colors ($8.49):  Made with premium micro-milled pigments, Eddie’s eyeshadow is just what I am looking for.  Buttery texture, terrific color payoff, and supreme blendability – plus it lasts all day without fading.

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Lavender Sky is a stunning iridescent pastel lavender that I use as a lid shade to make my brown eyes pop.  I tried to get a photo that would show the beautiful complexity of this shadow, but nothing really did it justice.  This is so beautiful you really need to see it in person.

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eyeshadow

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eye Color

Eddie Funkhouser is a super talented makeup artist and his cosmetics line is truly impressive.  Every one of these extremely affordable products is top-notch, professional quality stuff.  You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore.  He may be Marcia’s boyfriend, but there is plenty of Eddie to go around for all of us!  - Lisa

P.S. – you can talk to Eddie yourself!  Just #ASKEDDIE

*sent for editorial consideration and a major arm-wrestling match between Lisa and Marcia

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  - Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

Tarte Rainforest After Dark review and swatches

Tarte Cosmetics has an exciting new, limited edition palette out called the Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette ($38).  This is a wonderful palette with a beautiful range of shades inspired by dusk in the rainforest.  I had high expectations when Tarte sent this to us, and I was not disappointed!

tarte rainforest after dark...the box is even textured like snake skin

tarte rainforest after dark…the box is even textured like snake-skin

tarte rainforest after dark

tarte rainforest after dark

The packaging is gorgeous, with a golden snake design and a purple snake-skin textured box.  Inside, the palette is a round, CD size palette emblazoned with the snake and a purple jeweled eye.  It has a large round mirror that is big enough to reflect your entire face.  Nice!

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

one blush, one bronzer, one highlighter, and six eyeshadows

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The products inside include one blush, one highlighter, one bronzer, and six eyeshadows.  The unique thing about Tarte powder products is color-correcting colored clay.  The rose clay helps to soothe skin, vanilla clay controls oil, and gold clay moisturizes.

unleashed blush

unleashed blush

champagne highlighter

champagne highlighter

park ave princess bronzer

park ave princess bronzer

left to right:  champagne, unleased, park ave princess

left to right: champagne, unleased, park ave princess

The Unleashed blush is a pretty plum matte pink.  It has terrific staying power and is such a flattering shade.  Champagne is a gorgeous highlighter, just be sure to buff it well – that’s what turns it into a flattering glow.  I actually use this on my eyes as a brow shade, too.  And Park Avenue Princess is a perfect bronzer, a buttery satin warm gold brown that looks terrific on almost everyone.

The eyeshadows are just to die for.  The texture is buttery soft, the pigmentation is wonderful, and the shades are beautiful. Three are golden browns, and three are pinky purples.

left to right:  don't turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right: don’t turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold

left to right:  up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don't turn a-brown

left to right: up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don’t turn a-brown

First up, the golden brown shades.  up to no gold is a shimmery gold with a velvet texture.  I think this is my favorite of them all, it really makes my brown eyes POP. tan-gled up in you is a matte tan that goes on so smooth, I almost can’t believe it’s a matte eyeshadow.  don’t turn a-brown is a dark brown with tiny golden shimmer.

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right:  bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

left to right: bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

Next, the pinky purples.  bare to explore is a matte pink beige that has a silky texture and is a great base shade.  On busy mornings, I throw this on as a wash with some black eyeliner and I am good to go.  make a mauve is a satin plum mauve that is even prettier in person.  plum away with me  is a shimmery dark plum with silver sparkle.  Gorgeous.

Included with the palette is a card with instructions for two different eye looks, the Afterhours Adventure, ‘inspired by the deep orchid hues of dusk, this spellbinding evening look will unleash your inner bombshell as you flawlessly take on the night‘; and Seductive Sunrise, ‘ignite your wild side anytime with this sultry, yet subtle everyday look.

Rainforest After Dark definitely give you everything you need for day or night, subtle or sultry.  Pick it up before it’s sold out!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Refresh your beauty products with Vincent Longo

It’s six months into 2014 – time to clean out your cosmetics stash! Get rid of all your old, expired items and then stock back up with new exciting shades. Where to go? How about Vincent Longo. Now is the perfect time since we have a promotional code for Beauty Info Zone readers. Use BSBZ6WO for 15% off through Labor Day!

Get great new summer colors from Vincent Longo

Get great new summer colors from Vincent Longo

BeautyStat sent us some awesome Vincent Longo products to try and I can’t wait to tell you about them. I think it’s really exciting that VL has several gluten-free products available. Plus, there are great shades that are wearable yet still unique enough to expand your stash.

Vincent Longo Danae Lipstick

Vincent Longo Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae

The Silk Velour Lipstick ($23) is a long-wearing yet moisturizing lipstick. It has tons of pigment with tone-on-tone pearl, which reflects light and makes lips look lush. It has Vitamins A, C and E for optimal lip health. Pictured above is the shade Danae, a beautiful rose brown. It leans more rose than brown, bringing lips to life while also staying wonderfully neutral. This is a gluten-free product.

Vincent Longo Cupid's Breath Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

Vincent Longo Cupid’s Breath Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

The Lip/Cheek Gel Stain ($24) is a multi-tasking tinted gel that is both gluten and paraben-free. There is good reason why this is Vincent Longo’s number one selling product.  The stain is waterproof and won’t transfer to clothing…or to his lips when you kiss him! A great shade for summer is Cupid’s Breath, which is a true peach. It makes for a natural, glowy blush, and is a terrific lip stain shade. I put this on my lips, let it dry for 30 seconds, then cover with a little clear gloss for a pretty summer look. I have issues with gel blushes disappearing in about twenty minutes on me, but this stain sticks around all day. I just dot this on using the doe foot applicator and then blend with my fingertips.

Vincent Longo

Vincent Longo Creme Gel Eyeliner in Velvet Plum

The Crème Gel Eyeliner ($25) is really cool. It is definitely creamier than any other gel eyeliner I have tried. The creaminess makes it a dream to apply and it works fabulous as either a precise, thin line or completely smoked out. Once it sets, it stays in place and is waterproof. This stunning shade is Velvet Plum, a deep purple with blue pearl.  It’s a winner and it’s also gluten-free.

swatched top to bottom:

swatched top to bottom:  Creme Gel Eyeliner in Velvet Plum; Silk Velour Lipstick in Danae; Lip/Cheek Gelstain in Cupid’s Breath

There is one more Vincent Longo product I think is a must-have for your stash:  the Dew Drop Radiant Blush ($30). Just check out how gorgeous this is.

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom

Misty Blossom is a medium pink with tiny drops of varying champagne shades. It is a demi-matte powder with pearl, so once applied it gives a beautiful youthful glow. I love this lightly dusted all over my face and neck for a quick glow. I also layer it on my cheeks for a pretty pink flush.

Misty Blossom swatch

Misty Blossom swatch

My Vincent Longo face of the day

My Vincent Longo face of the day

Here is my Vincent Longo face of the day, with Velvet Plum Creme Gel Eyeliner, Misty Blossom Dew Drop Radiant Blush, and Danae Silk Velour Lipstick.

Clean out your cosmetics stash and give yourself a great reason to buy new, updated replacements! And don’t forget the promotional code for Beauty Info Zone readers – BSBZ6WO for 15% off through Labor Day.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial review by BeautyStat

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Get a rosy glow with Lipstick Queen Look of Love

I love lip sets and I love Lipstick Queen lipsticks…so the Lipstick Queen Look of Love set ($48) had a definite advantage from the get go.

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Poppy King is a master at coming up with color combinations, and I adore her thought process behind the creation of this set. Poppy says, ”I’ve always been intrigued by how your lips and cheeks naturally take on a rosy glow when you fall in love and so I put this set together so you can recreate that same look.

When Poppy sent this set to test, I was ready for some romance! Lips and cheeks that have that soft pink flush reminiscent of the blush of love…or a quick roll in the hay? Sign me up!

Inside the Look of Love

Inside the Look of Love

Here is what’s inside:

  • Oxymoron in Honest Politician gives cheeks a gentle ‘lit from within’ glow
  • Saint Pinky Nude’s sheer, Shea butter-enriched natural pink leaves lips soft and kissable
  • Butterfly Ball’s moisturizing texture glides on and imparts a magical radiance
Saint Pinky Nude

Saint Pinky Nude

Saint Pinky Nude is creamy and long-lasting for a 10% pigment, lip balmy type of product. I would say this is a YLBB shade, except my lips don’t even come close to being that beautiful of a shade naturally. It’s a fantastic pink-toned nude that doesn’t wash me out.  The perfect neutral lippie.

Oxymoron in Honest Politician

Oxymoron in Honest Politician

Oxymoron does double duty as a lip-cheek rouge. The shade in this set is Honest Politician, a matte pinkish brown. This lip/cheek compact is an oxymoron because while it is matte, it feels like a gloss. It definitely gives cheeks a great glow-from-within look and Honest Politician makes a great base shade for lips.

Smitten

Smitten

The final lippie in the Look of Love set is Butterfly Ball in Smitten. The Butterfly Ball formula is sheer and slick, like a conditioning moisturizer with a hint of color. Each shade also has a slight iridescence that help make teeth look whiter. Smitten is a soft rose shade with a slight turquoise shimmer.

Left to right, indirect sunlight:

Left to right, indirect sunlight:  Oxymoron Honest Politician, Butterfly Ball Smitten, Saint Pinky Nude

Left to right, direct sunlight:

Left to right, direct sunlight:  Oxymoron Honest Politician, Butterfly Ball Smitten, Saint Pinky Nude

Here is a great recipe for a perfect ‘in love’ look:  using fingers, tap Oxymoron Honest Politician onto the apples of cheeks for that ‘glow-from-within’ look. Then, use it as a base color for lips. Apply Saint Pinky Nude over, and follow with Smitten just in the middle of lips to make lips look super lush.

Lipstick Queen

Lipstick Queen Smitten and Saint Pinky Nude

I adore this set and think it’s a perfect way to get ‘love’ly lips. Head on over to www.lipstickqueen.com to take a look!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Vapour Organic Beauty – eco beauty done right

Vapour Organic Beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty

Vapour Organic Beauty creates products that they say are good enough to eat. According to the USDA “Vapour is the only color cosmetic manufactured to the USDA’s Organic Food Standard.” vapour beauty usdaThat’s saying something but there’s a lot more to say about this company that is made entirely from certified organic plants, vitamins and minerals. They are cruelty free, sustainable and ethical. And they make great products if the 5 lovelies they sent, seen above, are any indication of what they can do.

I’ve reviewed a few other Vapour Beauty products and liked using them but the newest ones I have are even better than before. I’ve been wearing them a lot and getting a lot of pleasure from doing so.

Aura Multi-Use Blush sticks in Charisma and Intrique

Aura Multi-Use Blush sticks in Charisma and Intrique

My absolute favorites are the AURA MULTI-USE BLUSH STICKS. That’s no surprise to anyone who knows me. I’d much rather use a cream blush product than a powder one. I find creams to be much more natural looking and easier for me to control. With a powder blush I never quite know how much pressure to put on a brush and I can end up with too much. But with these AURA Multi-Use Blush Sticks I quickly learned how much to use and I find them exceptionally easy to apply and blend.

Aura Multi-Use

Aura Multi-Use

The two that I have – Charisma and Intrique – are unfortunately not available at the current time but they’ll give you an idea of what these are all about. The colors that are available are stunning (see beauty.com for great swatches). These aren’t just blush sticks, they are multiple use so you can use them safely on lips and eyes as well.

There is no fragrance to these, they are silky smooth and glide on beautifully, and they last well throughout the day.

Vapour swatches: Solar Translucent Bronzer, Charisma & Intrique Aura blush sticks

Vapour swatches: Solar Translucent Bronzer, Charisma & Intrique Aura blush sticks

SOLAR TRANSLUCENT BRONZER comes in 3 shades; from lightest to darkest they are Mirage (shown), Simmer and Spicy. I personally love the translucent quality of this bronzer since I am not a bronzing queen like my dear blog partner Lisa. I like a touch of color and I’m able to achieve that with Solar Translucent Bronzer stick in Mirage. Like the Aura sticks this is a cream product and I feel that I can control the amount I use as well as the placement better than I can with a powder product. Plus if I goof, it’s easier to blend down and fix.

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage

Vapour Organic Beauty Solar Translucent Bronzer in Mirage

Solar is infused with sun-specific super antioxidants Pomegranate, Green Tea and Acai Berry, and nourishes with a soothing organic Calendula Flower and vitamin-rich organic Shea Butter. This isn’t orange on me even though my lousy photography makes it look that way. Instead it’s a light tan that works well on my paleness. It’s described as a “pale gold that brings a kiss of the sun to pale skin”.

SIREN is the name for Vapour’s lipsticks and some of these shades really fit that description. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package to find this lipstick:

Vapour Beauty Siren lipstick in Dare

Vapour Beauty Siren lipstick in Dare

DARE is a rich plummy brown that looks almost black in the tube. I’m the girl that wears light lips. So how do I review a product that is this dark and vampy? EASY PEASY LADIES!! I applied it and then applied the gorgeous POSSESS lipstick over it and the angels sang. (Well maybe they hummed a little.)

Vapour lipsticks in Dare and Possess

Vapour lipsticks in Dare and Possess

POSSESS is a color that I absolutely love. It’s called a “sexy adult pink” and on my lips it turns a perfect soft mauve. It’s the type of color I grab when I want to look my best but still natural. When it’s worn over Dare it becomes a deeper version of itself. SIREN LIPSTICKS are unscented beauties. While Dare will only get used occasionally, Possess has a permanent place in my makeup bag. They have a creamy jojoba, pomegranate and camellia oil base so they don’t feel dry.

My comeaway impression of VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY is that this is a very special brand of organic makeup. They are so sure of their products that they even sell samples of many of them. They are confident that once you try the textures and colors that you’ll come back. I’m confident of that too. Have you tried Vapour lately? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration