Our cheeks are rockin and rolling with Eddie Funkhouser

Eddie Funkhouser is the man behind an amazing independent cosmetic company. There’s nothing ordinary about him or about his cosmetics.

Eddie Funkhouser with his dog Raja

Eddie Funkhouser in his purple glory

Today we are giving you a glimpse of his version of bronzer and blush. They are as fabulous as he personally is. Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics are affordable, long lasting, and sizzling hot.

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Marcia has the pleasure of sharing the Ultra Intensity Cheek Colors

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Blush

If you are in the mood for blushes that are soft as silk yet have pigment that goes on for miles then Eddie Funkhouser is your guy. He’s created 4 shades of blush and you’ll have trouble picking out just one, but at only $8.99 each you can splurge a bit so your cheeks will have a radiant flush.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy

Plum Crazy was the first one I tried of the four and I knew immediately it was a keeper. My personal photos didn’t turn out as accurate as I wish they had but this is a plum shade, not a purple shade. I consider it a cool color yet I wear browns on my eyes most of the time and it looks great. You probably have a dozen lip colors that work perfectly with this blush; I recommend Eddie’s Model Citizen since they make a banging combo.

Eddie Funkhouser Peep Show

Eddie Funkhouser Peep Show

Peep Show is my favorite but it’s making me cry right now as it broke and I now have a beautiful bright pink keyboard. While I lost a lot of it I’m going to try to piece it back together as the color makes me look radiant and healthy.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy and Peep Show

Peep Show is for those of us who love cool tones on our cheeks. If that’s you, I promise you won’t be sorry.

Eddie Funkhouser Sidestreet Blossom

Eddie Funkhouser Sidestreet Blossom

Eddie didn’t forget about the warm tones and that’s where Sidestreet Blossom comes in. This beauty is a warm peach with some pink undertones. For me Sidestreet Blossom is a universal go to. It’s got enough pink in it to keep my rosy cheeks happy yet it’s perfect for the neutral eyes and lips I wear often. I like it with his Innuendo lipstick but for those who prefer darker shades I’d recommend Foxy Brown.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted

A Little Toasted has a name that describes it well. It’s like lightly toasted bread with some apricot jam on top. It’s warm but it’s not too warm, if that makes any sense.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted (top) and Sidestreet Blossom

You won’t go wrong with any of these silky blushes.

Lisa has the pleasure of sharing Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

I love a good bronzer, especially one that I can use as a blush, a cheek contour, and even as an eyeshadow…and the Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder, Pyramid Bronze does it all! This is a beautiful multi-purpose cheek powder that is a minimalist’s dream come true.

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

The formula is soft and satiny with just enough shimmer to give skin a lovely glow. Each stripe down is a beautiful shade – creamy white, soft tan, shimmery burgundy, shimmery mauve, and shimmery pink – that also make for lovely soft eyeshadow shades. Swirl a large brush over the whole brick and you get a wonderful bronzey shade that is great for a natural blush color, or swept over high points as a bronzer. Or you can concentrate brush strokes over the middle of the brick for use as a contour under cheekbones and under the chin.

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder

Ultra Definition Bronze & Sculpt Powder is a lovely bronzer, blush, contour, highlighter, and a great eyeshadow palette in a pinch. This is definitely one to take traveling or to have in your office drawer!

Eddie Funkhouser never disappoints, and his cheek products are no exception. The formula is terrific, the price is right, the shades are beautiful, and they are so versatile. Way to go Eddie…our cheeks are rocking and rolling and it’s all thanks to you!!

More beauty from Hikari Cosmetics – eyes, lips, and cheeks, oh my!

Last Sunday, Marcia shared her beautiful Hikari products with you – the Jennifer Eyeshadow Palette, Iris Liquid Eyeliner, and Final Touch HD Powder.  This week I have more Hikari to love!  I tested the Jahren Eyeshadow Quad ($15), the Island Glow Blush ($15) and the Fireside Lip Crayon ($13).

Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad

Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad swatches

Jahren Eyeshadow Quad has two satin shadows and two matte shadows.  The names are Sage, Almond, Sable, and Magnetic.  I know which one is Sage, but the others I am not sure about – so I will just go in order top to bottom clockwise!  Top left is Sage, which is a gorgeous satin sage green.  This is a beautiful shade that is especially nice with hazel eyes.  I love it swept underneath bottom lashes – actually a trick Scott Barnes taught me many years ago with a similar shade of green he used to carry.  Next to the green shade is a pretty satin taupe shade.  Love this as a crease or lid shade.  The bottom row has the matte shades, first a light cream that is a great brow shade.  I also use it as an all over wash on days I am in a hurry.  Next to it is a deep chocolate-brown that is perfect for the crease or as a liner.

Hikari Island Glow Blush

Hikari Island Glow Blush swatch

The Hikari Island Glow Blush is a beautiful blush or bronzer.  I wear it as a blush on my low maintenance days, but typically I use it more as a contour.  I sweep it under my cheekbones then put a peachy/pink shade on the apples of my cheeks.  In the FOD pic below I am wearing only Island Glow.  It does give skin a nice glow and it’s tough to overdo this flattering peachy brown.  The Hikari blushes come in nine different shades and I would love to try some of the other shades because I find the texture is great and it really wears well.

Hiraki Fireside Lip Crayon

Hiraki Fireside Lip Crayon swatch

The Hikari Fireside Lip Crayon is really beautiful.  I wasn’t sure I could pull off such a bright color, but I just love this!  Fireside is a matte reddish pink that has some slip.  I put this on and it lasts quite a while.  Most reds turn pink on me, and this is no exception – it leans pink quickly.  It might be different for you based on your body chemistry.  I love the formula, the pigmentation, and the wear.  The Lip Crayons come in ten different shades and I am totally up for trying more of these!

Swatches of Hikari Island Glow Blush, Jahren Eyeshadow Quad, Fireside Lip Crayon

Wearing Hikari Jahren Eyeshadow Quad, Island Glow Blush, Fireside Lip Crayon

Marcia and I both are very impressed with this cruelty free and PETA certified line.  We are looking forward to checking out more from Hikari, and we hope you are too.  – Lisa

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Pixi Pixi Pixi, what summer wonders have you brought?

While the PIXI BEAUTY products I have to share today are wonderful in other seasons, they totally project summer. And we are far from done with this season. Pixi by Petra is always right on with their products and these are some extremely fun items.

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Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stains

I admit I’m a fool for the 3 Sheer Cheek Gels that Pixi has created. I love cream blush but it’s not always convenient in hot or steamy weather. Instead using these Cheek Stains makes summer life a whole lot easier.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stains

There are 3 Cheek Gels available ($14) and I think you’re going to want them all.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stain in Natural

Natural is probably the easiest to wear, it’s a neutral that blends with ease making you look refreshed but not made up.

Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stain in Rosy

Rosy is a beautiful rosy stain. It’s my favorite, enough of a favorite that I even used one up completely. I apply this with my finger and at first it looks like it’s going to really stain both my finger and cheeks but it blends into a happy pink that looks like you’ve been out and about and feeling your best.

Flushed Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Stain

Flushed is scary dark in the tube. It’s the one that I think most people will be surprised by since it looks sort of goth. But once applied and blended you’ll be surprised by the the ease of the plum stain.

Rosy Sheer Cheek Gel Stain

Things to know about these Sheer Cheek Gels: like all Pixi products they are cruelty free. These are also oil free, fragrance free and hypoallergenic. You can build these up if you want but I’d definitely start with just a little bit and blend before deciding how deep to go. They are travel friendly and need no tools. Plus you can use them as a stain on your lips. You are going to love them!

Pixi is available at Target stores and online as well as Pixi’s website. Thanks to Pixi for making sure summer is filled with summer beauty.  —  Marcia

3 summer beauty favorites from Pretty Vulgar, Eddie Funkhouser, and Nars

Did you ever get obsessed with something you bought? Do you have a large cosmetic collection yet ignore everything in it because you just can’t get enough of some products? That’s describing me and my summer beauty favorites these days.

Summer beauty love from Pretty Vulgar, Eddie Funkhouser, and Nars

As soon as Nars introduced their Liquid Blush I knew I had to have it. I was on a “no buy” and had promised not to buy anything before I moved … but the minute I moved, all bets were off. I needed Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush in my life. Having a $15 off $50 code from Sephora helped but it made me add something to my order. On a whim I ordered Pretty Vulgar Early Bird Eyeshadow Palette. I hadn’t seen one thing about this but I had heard of the brand. BEST MOVE EVAH!!

pretty Vulgar Early Bird Eyeshadow Palette

I’m in love with this. I have worn it every day since it arrived and I’m nowhere near to moving on to something else. I find new combinations of this every day. I can’t get enough of it.

pretty Vulgar Early Bird Eyeshadow Palette

There are 12 shades in this palette (which I didn’t swatch – so sorry) and I’ve used each and every one over and over.

Here’s my color interpretation:

TWEET: Very soft pink that seems a little powdery compared to the others. But using a light hand with it makes it a great browbone shade.

WINK: This is a peachy pink that I like on the browbone or lid. It also makes a good transition shade. I wear it on my lid and notice just a tiny bit of shimmer.

CHIRP: LOVE!!!! If you are into rose gold you will love this metallic shade. It’s the star of the palette in and on my eyes.

RISE: Rise is a matte pinky brown. It’s not an unusual shade but it works well with the other colors in the palette.

SHINE: Very pretty golden brown (pink undertones) with a nice sheen to it.

RUFFLED: This shade shocked me. When I opened the palette I figured I couldn’t wear it. It looked so shimmery to me. But I gave it a chance and now I can’t get enough of it. It’s a pinky lavender with shimmer that is much more visible in the pan than on my eye. I have no glitter fall out from it and it seems to brighten my look whenever I wear it.

UNRUFFLED: This is Ruffled once off steroids. It’s the matte version and it applies very smoothly. It looks great with the darker brown shades in the palette.

Pretty Vulgar Early Bird

NEST EGG: a soft matte brown with a neutral base.

TRUE COLORS: This is another favorite from the palette. It has some shimmer but it translates into a metallic shade. It’s a pinky mauve that gives my eyes a purple look. I haven’t been wearing much in the way of purple shadows but this lighter tone is close to perfection for me.

VICTORY: A matte chocolate brown, think of a Hershey’s square. It goes on smoothly with basically no fallout when applying it.

CONQUER: I can’t get enough of Conquer. I want to wear it daily. It’s a rich goden bronze with an almost metallic finish and very light shimmer. It gives me the oomph I want.

UNVEIL: This is the least used shade for me. Since Victory is in the palette I feel that this slightly darker matte brown is redundant. I’d have preferred another peachy shade instead of Unveil.

After I bought this I read the review that Temptalia wrote about Early Bird, and I wondered if we had the same palette. She doesn’t have a high opinion of this yet I find it a perfect way to get away from my typical taupes and browns. It’s got enough soft colors in it to make it a summertime pleasure and enough darker ones to add drama and style.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

When you have eyeshadows that make you look forward to waking up then you need a mascara that matches that quality and that’s where Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara comes in. I’ve bought this mascara numerous times but my dear Eddie seemed to fall off the ends of the earth for a while. He’s back and he’s made me so happy. I’ve got some of his lip products coming up soon to share but for now let me write about my love for this mascara.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

This totally unique mascara gives you every look you can dream of. Depending on where you dial you can get 4 finishes from natural to va-va-voom. I typically apply two coats on #2 or 1 coat on #2 and 1 coat on #3. I get amazing definition, lots of volume, and happily some length. Eddie Funkhouser’s mascara has never smudged on me and lasts the entire day and evening without a problem. It coats your lashes, almost like a tubing mascara but not exactly. Sometimes when removing it I’ll find flakes of mascara but that’s only during removal. This $12.95 mascara is the best ever. And right now you can buy one and get one free! To celebrate Eddie Funkhouser’s birthday he’s having a BOGO sale. You’ll want two for sure!

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

 

FX DIAL SETTINGS

  • = Lengthens and separates for a natural lash look
  • • = Enhances fullness and curl
  • •• = Boosts lash density and extends
  • ••• = Amplifies lashes for ultimate length, volume and curl

NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm

What started my obsession is this blush. Once I saw it I knew I needed it. I’m glad I bought Nars Liquid Blush in Orgasm when I did since right now most of the cosmetic world is upset with Nars for changing their cruelty-free status.

NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm

I never could wear this blush in the powder form, it just didn’t look right on me. But this pinky peach liquid with a touch of shimmer is gorgeous in the liquid form. I’ve always liked cream and liquid blushes and this has become my favorite.

NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm

While it’s not the longest lasting blush it gives me hours worth of pleasure. If I have to touch it up I’ll often use a powder blush over it. The only caveat is that you need such a tiny amount and the pump gets out much more than you need. I pump out as small a portion as possible, apply with a cotton bud in dots on my cheeks, then blend with my fingers. It plays well with highlighters too like Model’s Own Golden Sands.

What are your summer favorites? I highly recommend mine and am thrilled to say they are gracing my face every day.  —  Marcia

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IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow #ItsMyConfidence

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

Looking for a pop of color, a little brightness? Beautiful skin texture and some glow?  Then you’ve got to check out these three new multi-tasking palettes from IT Cosmetics! The Confidence In Your Glow palettes ($32) are ombre powders that act as highlighters, bronzers, and blushes. They brighten skin and warm the complexion with one sweep of the Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705…which is also pretty cool. There are lots of reasons to give this collection a gander.

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IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

  •  Delivers your blush, bronzer and highlighter in one simple step for an instant all-over glow
  • Drops of Light Technology™ gives you lit-from-within radiance without glitter or shimmer
  • Talc-free universal shades look flawless on all skin types and tones
  • Anti-aging, skin-brightening vitamin C, plus a super ceramide complex, peptides and collagen for your most beautiful skin!
  • Pairs perfectly with the NEW Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705  ($48)
Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705

Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705

The Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705 is a new IT Cosmetics brush. IT Cosmetics does a lot of things right and brushes are a specialty. This brush is flat with dual-fiber hairs and a tapered brush head. The handle is short and designed more for sweeping across the face, not for precision work. It’s great with these palettes. Even if you are a bit ham-handed like me, skin ends up looking soft and glowy. The bristles are treated with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants, and you can use this brush to apply everything from liquids to powders and from skin care to color products.

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Nude Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Nude Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Natural Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Natural Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Warm Glow

IT Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow Warm Glow

The Confidence In Your Glow powder palettes – interestingly! – smell nice, like oranges. The powder is creamy and blends like a dream. The palettes have a really smooth skin texture and give it a soft, diffused look. I tried to use the different shades within the ombre separately, but that didn’t really work for me…I get the best result just sweeping my brush across the whole palette, which then gives a beautiful color that I can build into a deeper shade if I want.

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

left to right: Nude Glow, Natural Glow, Warm Glow

Nude Glow warms the complexion and is a wonderful bronzer and contour shade. Natural Glow is definitely more of a highlighter/natural blush shade. Warm Glow is a peachy/pink bronzer/blush, and boy is it pretty…I can’t tell you how often I reach for this. I wear Nude Glow to warm up and contour my skin first, then sweep either Natural Glow or Warm Glow onto my cheek bones almost every day.

You can find all three shades of Confidence in Your Glow as well as the Heavenly Skin™ One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705  at IT Cosmetics online and at Ulta. Be sure to pick these up and post your own confident glow, and tag #ITsMyConfidence! – Lisa

Check QVC for their price of $$35.92 for the brush and one Confidence in Your Glow.

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Great picks from Good Earth Beauty: nvey eco Lip Gloss and Gabriel Blush

nvey eco and GabrielAfter reading all of Marcia’s reviews about the fabulous brands available on Good Earth Beauty, I decided to take a few of the products to try for myself. This is an amazing website that features wonderful brands that focus on natural, organic ingredients. I guess I can’t blame Marcia for always loving the samples we get!

Marcia reluctantly parted with two beautiful items:  nvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby and Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush. I loved the colors and thought they went well together.nvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Rubynvey eco Hydrating Lip Lustre Gloss in Ruby is a great gloss – it’s not sticky but it sticks around. I love the Ruby shade and the organic beeswax is great for lips. This one has gone into my purse and I wear it all the time. It’s a great shade that goes with everything.Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink BlushGabriel Color Vibrant Pink BlushGabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush Gabriel Color Vibrant Pink Blush looks extremely bright…and it is! Go easy with this one or you will be instantly transported back to 1985. If you use a light hand, it gives the best pink flush that perks your skin right up. It’s a lovely blue-based pink that I am very happy to have in my collection.

Now I am thinking I need to arm wrestle Marcia more often for the opportunity to test the natural organic beauties from  Good Earth Beauty! Head over to this awesome website to check out all the wonderful options for yourself. – Lisa

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Perfectly pink Nars blushes for a Valentine flush: Angelika, Gaiety, Mata Hari, and Desire

Nars does pink four ways

Nars does pink four ways

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m feeling like going retro and digging deep into my blush stash. Nothing completes a perfect Valentine’s Day look better than an awesome pink blush.  Nars makes the best powder blushes ever and they have four pink shades that are just different enough to justify having each one in your collection. The $30 you spend is worth every penny because these blushes last almost forever.

Angelika

Angelika

Nars Angelika Blush is a ‘cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle‘. That silver pan at the bottom of the blush solves the mystery of which shade is my favorite. I have 20 Nars blushes and this is the only one I have hit pan on – mostly because they are so pigmented I only need one light swipe to get great color that lasts all day. The sparkles in Angelika aren’t obvious, somehow they morph into ‘glow’ and really wake up your complexion. However, if you aren’t looking for sparkle, check out Desire – it’s the same shade only matte.

Desire

Desire

Nars Desire Blush is a ‘matte cotton candy pink‘. This is Angelika without the shimmer. I find that Desire is even more pigmented than the other blushes…a light hand is essential to avoid a clownish appearance. But used correctly this is amazing.

Gaiety

Gaiety

Nars Gaiety Blush is a ‘bright candy pink‘.  It is a natural, fresh, and glowy lighter shade of pink.  Gaiety is a newer addition to my collection, I love the cool blue toned pink because it is light with buildable color.

Mata Hari

Mata Hari

Nars Mata Hari is a ‘pink with a trace of crimson‘. This matte pink beauty leans a little plum. It’s a natural shade but use a light hand because it is super pigmented.

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Left to right: Angelika, Gaiety, Mata Hari, Desire

Any one of these gorgeous pink blushes will make a perfect Valentine’s Day. Look into your blush collection and get a little retro – which one of your classic shades gets you ‘in the mood’ for some fun on Valentine’s?  – Lisa

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