Pur Minerals Cheek Stains – soft, cool and lovable

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Have you ever seen anything so cute? When I saw these Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains I couldn’t help but crave them and happily I was sent two to try out. In my world cream blushes rule and I already knew that Pur Minerals knew what to do with them when I wear the two Chateau Cream Blushes that I have.

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

What makes these unique is that these blush tints have an attached brush on the opposite end. It makes it so handy for travel purposes. I had these in my cosmetic bag the entire holiday weekend since I was on the go more than usual. Not only are the colors beautiful but the brush makes them apply easier than ever. The brush is soft and feels lush on your cheeks. You’ll want to use it with other blushes too.

Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Peach Bellini and Rose'

Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Peach Bellini and Rose’

The Cheek Stains are described by Pur Minerals as “Blush Tint and Brush Duo” ($26). I think that’s a better description than stain. The sticks go on with a refreshing coolness that is irresistible. I love the way they feel upon application. The colors aren’t as intense as I’d expect from something called a stain. Instead they are easy to wear shades that look so pretty once applied.

There are 4 shades available: Prosecco is a beautiful rose shade that will show up darker than Rose’ that I have.

Pur Minerals Prosecco

Pur Minerals Prosecco

Cabernet is a wine shade that appears to be quite cool toned.

Pur Minerals Cabernet

Pur Minerals Cabernet

Rose’ is a baby pink that’s almost Barbie Pink but it’s such a soft and flattering color that it doesn’t remind me of a doll.

Rose' from Pur Minerals

Rose’ from Pur Minerals

Peach Bellini is the only warm shade in the group but it’s not overly warm. It looks like a slightly scary orange in the tube yet in actuality it’s a gentle peach that isn’t too dark.

Pur Minerals Peach Bellini

Pur Minerals Peach Bellini

Cheek Stains have a dewy glow. They contain skincare benefits with anti-oxidant wine extract to help with signs of aging.  Besides being cool to the touch, easy to use with luscious shades they also have a fruity fragrance that reminds me of bubble gum. I notice the fragrance at first but within about 10 minutes it’s gone.

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

Pur Minerals Cabernet Cheek Stains

These are blush sticks that I can easily recommend for you and in the lighter shades they’d be great for a teen since they are almost impossible to overdo. Pur Minerals is found on their website as well as at Ulta stores and online.

What have you tried from Pur Minerals? And don’t tell me nothing since you are missing out big time if that’s your answer! — Marcia

Ingredients:

Butylene Glycol, Aqua, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Vine Extract, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance (Parfum), Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

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Cuepido Cosmetics – a hidden delight on Amazon plus a BIZ giveaway

Did you know that Amazon is filled with hidden stores? Some companies send their inventory to Amazon and have them handle the shipping. A brand that does that is CUEPIDO Cosmetics. There’s so much we don’t know! Cuepido offered to send us a few products to try and even better they are offering a giveaway for one of our readers. We didn’t say no and we think you won’t either.

CUEPIDO has 13 types of products at their Amazon store. They range from face to lips to eyes. Cuepido uses natural ingredients that are infused with plants and flowers extract, and minerals.
What is Cuepido All About?
With the mission to create SIMPLE yet HEALTHY makeup that is good for every woman’s skin, CUEPIDO, a brand carrying the love and care for your skin started its operation in 2013 Valentine’s Day.

 

MARCIA and OHH BLUSH

Cuepido OHH Blush

Cuepido OHH Blush

There was no doubt in my mind what I’d pick from the Cuepido Store once I saw that they had a liquid blush. As a huge fan of all cream products I looked no further. The shade I was sent is Peony and it’s the exact shade that I love wearing in the summer.

Cuepido Ohh Blush

Cuepido Ohh Blush

Since it’s a liquid/cream you have to be careful that you don’t overdo it. The first time you pump it, you’ll get way too much out so beware of that. But after that use a light touch to get out a small amount. I usually pump it onto my hand or a flat steel palette I have and then pick it up from there. I prefer my fingers for application and then I’ll use a sponge to make sure it’s blended softly.

Cuepido Ohh Blush

Cuepido Ohh Blush

They say it’s waterproof though I haven’t tested that but it’s definitely humidity proof and lasts for a good amount of time. There are light reflecting pigments to help with a natural looking glow. You could build it up if you wanted though I don’t do that since my skin is so fair.

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch blended

Cuepido Ohh Blush Peony Swatch blended

OHH BLUSH Cheek Stain comes in 3 shades with Peony appearing to be the lightest. Camellia appears to be more coral while Rose is a dark rose. For our giveaway there will be a $30 discount/g.c. to the Cuepido store and at $29.99 one of these shades would be a great choice.

Cuepido Flaws Away

LISA and FLAWS AWAY

I am always on the lookout for a great concealer, so Flaws Away ($26.99) got my attention. It promises maximum coverage with a lightweight formula and my dark undereye circles need more than average – actually MAJOR coverage.

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer

I had mixed results with Flaws Away. This is a liquid concealer with a brush applicator. I went with the Cream shade, one of five available. While Cream is the second lightest shade, I found it to be darker than expected with a strong yellow undertone. The yellow is actually a plus as it works well covering blue/purple tones. Those of you with fair skin probably have more green tones under the eyes, so you would want a red-toned concealer shade.

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer applicator

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer applicator

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer in Cream

Cuepido Flaws Away Concealer in Cream

My first mistake with Flaws Away was using way too much. Too much does not blend well; it just sort of sits on top of the skin. So I cut way back and slowly built up coverage. A few small dots blend in nicely, and I found using fingertips to be preferable to using a brush. The warmth from fingers helps it meld into the skin for a natural look. The Cream shade definitely counteracted the blue under my eyes…but I can’t seem to get the amount of coverage I need before it stops blending in. I think this is a great concealer for those with normal undereye issues. If  you have major blueness like I do, it just isn’t heavy duty enough.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Cuepido is giveaway away a $30 discount to their Amazon store. That means you could buy a product like OHH BLUSH, FLAWS AWAY or a lipstick, lipgloss, mascara or eyeliner without having to add to the g.c. amount. There are other products that would cost you extra though if you wanted one of those. In our comments we want you to go to the CUEPIDO STORE and pick out what you’d want to win if you are the lucky one. Of course you can change your mind when it comes down to ordering.The giveaway is US only due to company mailing restrictions. It will be open through June 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close before the end of the giveaway please email to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Cuepido or Amazon. You can send your comment and consider that done! Good luck and good picking.

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What are your favorite blushes for spring?

It’s blush time for Top Ten Tuesday. There are so many amazing blushes from low end to extremely high end. It’s easy to covet blush we don’t have but it’s a little disconcerting to open a drawer and find it crammed with blush. Does that stop me? No but I’m getting better. Here are 7 of my favorite blushes that I’ll be wearing this spring and 3 that are on a wishlist. What are your favorites? — Marcia
1425854102_rapture-resizeRITUEL DE FILLE in RAPTURE is the first of my wishlist blush. My blog partner had the opportunity to review this beautiful cream blush ($24) and it is so up my alley. I love this gorgeous pink and I love cream blush. Gloss48 picked a winner!

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

1425853994_0607845055037NARS ADORATION DUAL INTENSITY BLUSH ($45) has been on my wishlist since they were first announced. I love the sparkling baby pink and shimmering hot pink. Of all Nars’ blushes I know this is the one that would get the most use.
1425853888_62d56e5f-ce6e-4e12-9b1f-a87bf8e9c73a_90120.pngPAULA’S CHOICE BLUSH IT ON CONTOUR PALETTE seems to have it all. 4 blush shades, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. At $36 the price is right.The blush shades are Delicate Coral (vibrant peach), Peony (light to medium muted pink), Dusty Rose (medium pink with a hint of coral), and Soft Mauve (rich, medium berry-pink). The highlighter is Pearl and has a luminescent quality while the Bronzer is a warm brown. This is probably the next item I’d buy.

1425853814_head-over-heels-compact_2MAKEUP GEEK HEAD OVER HEELS powder blush ($9.99 pan, $12.99 compact). I have a few of the Makeup Geek blushes and they are packed with pigment. Head over Heels is the lightest of them all, it’s a soft bubblegum pink with a little shimmer. Great price and quality.
1425853732_2275337__detail_?1425853732L’OREAL VISIBLE LIFT BLUR BLUSH ($12.99) is available in 3 shades though I found it nearly impossible to locate in stores. Luckily Meijers had this in Soft Peach along with a $2 coupon so I scooped it up. The texture is very silicone like so it may not work for some people but I’m enjoying it. It uses an opti-blur technology and contains anti-aging benefits. I’m happy that it’s not fragranced. Soft Peach is a pinky peach and a lovely spring shade.

1425853644_chateau-cheeks-cream-blush-flirt-opencpt-.08oz-72dpiPUR MINERALS CHATEAU CHEEK CREAM BLUSH in FLIRT ($18) has stolen my heart. This cool pink that leans toward the blue side of the spectrum wears wonderfully, glides on, and dries down to a perfect finish. I love the blush in Coy too but Flirt is spring in a compact.
1425853584_secret-admirer_2MAKEUP GEEK BLUSH IN SECRET ADMIRER is the perfect spring blush. It’s a matte orchid that is packed with pigment. I keep a powder puff nearby since it can be intense but that intensity means it’s going to last all day. If I had to pick one MUG blush Secret Admirer would be the one.
1425853513_2268213__detail_?1425853513TARTE CHEEK STAIN in Blushing Bride ($24) is another pink favorite. The tarte cheek stains are unique in many ways and all the colors are gorgeous but it’s Blushing Bride that I’m currently craving for warmer weather.

Tarte Blushing Bride

Tarte Blushing Bride

1425853435_2264082__detail_?1425853435IT COSMETICS VITALITY BLUSH STAIN in Radiant in Rose ($24) is probably the most long lasting of any blush. It’s true to its name as a blush stain. It’s loaded with anti-aging ingredients and anti-oxidants. I love everything from IT Cosmetics and this blush stain is an example why. (Available at Ulta)
1425853344_tarina-tarantino-parasol-openTARINA TARANTINO DOLLSKIN BLUSH in PARASOL ($25) shouldn’t be a surprise to Beauty Info Zone readers. I chose it as my favorite blush of 2014 and it continues into 2015. I love this pinky peach shade more than any blush in my collection.

Click on the icons below to find out what products are making our bloggers blush this spring.


*some products have been provided for review, those are noted in the original review

Am I a Savvy Flirt or am I Coy? Let’s ask Pur Minerals.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks blush in Flirt, Coy and Savvy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks blush in Flirt, Coy and Savvy

When PUR MINERALS wanted my attention they knew the way to my heart was through cream blush. As much as I love a beautiful powder blush, I love cream blushes more. I just find them so easy to wear. But Pur Minerals wanted me to know how great their powder blush was so they sent one of those too. And they were correct. They got my attention and my heart.

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt and Coy

Pur Minerals created two Chateau Cheeks Cream Blushes ($18) one cool, one warm. There’s no way for me to pick a favorite since the colors on both are beautiful. Flirt is a cool pink with a touch of blue in its undertone (even if my pictures belie that statement). It’s described as a soft pink shade which it is but you can build the depth without a problem.

Pur Minerals Flirt (dermstore.com)

Pur Minerals Flirt (dermstore.com)

Flirt Cream Blush by Pur Minerals

Flirt Cream Blush by Pur Minerals

These cream blushes have a very lightweight formula that isn’t the least bit greasy which is what I think people fear from a cream blush. They dry down nicely while still leaving the dewy look that they start with.

Pur Minerals Coy Cream blush

Pur Minerals Coy Cream blush

Chateau Cream Blush in Coy is one of the most natural looks I’ve experienced in a blush. It’s a soft nude apricot that I find can be worn with just about everything. I especially like it when I’m wearing a more intense eye since it doesn’t compete. I do have to apply it again in the evening if I’m going out but a little dab is all that I need.

Coy swatch

Coy swatch

Pur Minerals cream blush contains antioxidant-rich resveratrol and vitamin E to nourish, hydrate and promote healthy, youthful skin. They blend easily and beautifully.

Pur Minerals Savvy powder blush

Pur Minerals Savvy powder blush

There are 4 shades that Pur Minerals has created in their Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder blush ($18). I have Savvy and it amazes me how pigmented this blush is. The first time I applied it with my angled blush brush I was a little shocked at the intensity of it. A powder puff tamed it but from that point on, I used a very light touch. Savvy is an inviting neutral pink. It’s extremely long lasting so if I’m going out for a long time this is the one I reach for.

Pur Minerals Savvy Pressed Powder blush

Pur Minerals Savvy Pressed Powder blush

Pur Minerals Chateau Cheeks Pressed Powder blushes are infused with Resveratrox® and Vitisin which are harvested exclusively for Pur from Bordeaux’s wine region. You get the anti-oxidants of the grape vines and fruit built into the ingredients of the blush.

Pur Minerals: Flirt, Coy, Savvy

Pur Minerals: Flirt, Coy, Savvy

Pur Minerals blushes are paraben-free as well as gluten-free plus they never test on animals.

You can make a savvy choice when buying these blushes. You may come off as coy but you’ll still be the flirt that you want to be. Have you experienced the joy of Pur Minerals? If not, here’s your chance to glow. — Marcia

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Mineral Fusion 3 in 1 Color Sticks make me blush

Mineral Fusion 3 in 1 Color Sticks

Mineral Fusion 3 in 1 Color Sticks

If you are afraid of cream blush, I have the solution for you. It’s made by Mineral Fusion and it’s their 3-in-1 Color Sticks. Not only are they a cream blush (which I love) but they can be used on lips and are safe for eyes. I have two of the 4 available shades that were provided for review and I’m really enjoying them.

Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Sticks

Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Sticks

The 3 Color Sticks available on Mineral Fusion’s website are ROSETTE (pale pink with a hint of shimmer), TERRA COTTA (peach with a hint of shimmer) and BERRY GLOW (sheer berry). Another available shade is MAGNETIC (sheer plum).

Mineral Fusion Magnetic

Mineral Fusion Magnetic

MAGNETIC 3-in-1 COLOR STICK is a difficult color to describe. I find it to be a sheer plum but I don’t see any purple in it. It’s more a raisin shade that got kissed by a grape. The color is sheer though so it’s not a frightening shade when it’s on. It’s easy to wear with both warm and cool colors.

Mineral Fusion Magnetic 3-in-1 Color Stick

Mineral Fusion Magnetic 3-in-1 Color Stick

BERRY GLOW is definitely brighter but nothing to be afraid of. It’s a beautiful berry shade that goes on sheerly though it can be built up.

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

Mineral Fusion Berry Glow

This is the shade I like best on my lips. I prep my lips by exfoliating and applying a lip balm before I apply one of the Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 sticks. After a few minutes it appears more as a stain than a lipstick would. It can be left alone or you can use it as a base for a lipgloss.

first Magnetic, second Berry Glow

first Magnetic, second Berry Glow

Neither of these apply as darkly or as bright as my swatches. Once on they give your cheeks a subtle look. I haven’t tried them on my eyes since I don’t think I can carry off these shades on there. My favorite way to use them is as a blush.

When I started this post I said “If you are afraid of cream blush, I have the solution for you.” The solution is to try sheer colors like Mineral Fusion 3-in-1 Color Sticks to see how comfortable you are with a cream blush. Everything I read says that cream blush works best for us as we age. I guess that’s why I’m so attracted to these. — Marcia

*provided for editorial consideration

Mineral Fusion can be found at their website, Whole Food Stores, iHerb.com and Dermstore.com

INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PCA, Iron Oxide, Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol

Tarina Tarantino sale and giveaway! Win a Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Enter to win a Tarina Tarantino Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklecity Shimmer Dust!

Lucky you, Tarina Tarantino is on sale at Hautelook as of 8 a.m. this morning. Even luckier, we have an awesome TT giveaway in celebration of the sale! Beauty Info Zone and Tarina Tarantino are giving away two of our favorite TT products: Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette and Sparklicity Shimmer Dust.

Marcia recently named the Dollhouse Cheek Blush Palette as her favorite blush of 2014.  You can read her full review HERE.

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

Dollskin Cheek Blush Palette

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE

Marcia says, “DOLLSKIN CHEEK BLUSH PALETTE contains 4 of the 5 blush shades that Tarina Tarantino makes. It’s perfect for on the go because you have every shade you’d need, especially on a trip.  This formula has micronized powders (also known as “HD” or “High Definition”) which blend over skin evenly and allow for build up.”

Her favorite shade in the palette? Parasol, the perfect pinky/coral blush.

I wrote about Sparklicity Shimmer Dust about a year and a half ago. I love this shimmery highlighting spray-on powder and its gorgeous vintage bottle.

Tarina Tarantino Sparklecity Shimmer Dust

Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Shimmer Dust

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Just the right amount of sparkle!

Sparklicity Shimmer Dust is a micro-crystalline sparkle pigment that is safe for anywhere on the body, including face and hair. There are three different opalescent shades available:  Bronze (shimmering bronze), Aurora Borealis (iridescent shimmering pink),and Gold (shimmering gold).  I have the Gold shade and every so often my daughters and I shimmer up then go out for a girl’s day.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, these two products and lots more awesome Tarina Tarantino goodies are on sale at Hautelook.  It really is an awesome opportunity to stock up on old favorite or find some new ones.

Now enter the giveaway which is open to US only through 2/9/15, then go check out the fabulous Tarina Tarantino sale going on at Hautelook!  – Lisa
*products reviewed and giveaway prizes from Tarina Tarantino

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Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush and Forbidden Lipstick

Ok, first of all, have you checked out Gloss48 yet?  Gloss48 is niche brand heaven.  They find the coolest indie brands then put them on mega sale for one week.  Take a look!  It is a beauty junkies dream come true.

Gloss48 recently sent us some Rituel de Fille to review in anticipation of the amazing sale happening this week.  A few months ago I read about this hip line on the beautiful Phyrra’s blog, Beauty for the Bold.  She loved the cream blushes and lipstick, and I was just itching to try them.  The itch has been scratched!

Rituel de Fille packaging

The Rituel de Fille packaging is pretty cool.  I like the simple, art deco type design and the accompanying stars.  While the packaging is plastic, it has heft and feels substantial.

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Rapture Blush

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture

The Inner Glow Cream Blush in Rapture ($24) is simply divine.  This is a peachy pink that looks like the flush you get after a quick jog.  The blush is very pigmented and the texture is velvety.  It goes on just a bit wet, then dries down to a soft dewy finish.  I like that this is a pan, not a pot, so it’s easy to use a brush with it.

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Fortune Teller Lipstick

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller

The Forbidden Lipstick in Fortune Teller ($23) is a deep berry red.  It has a lot of warmth in it, and reminds me of Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year.  This is a lipstick to pat on, not swipe on.  It feels like a matte stain, and even though it doesn’t have much slip it also doesn’t feel dry.  The color has great lasting power, and this shade in particular is great for layering for more drama.

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

My Rituel de Fille face of the day

Based on these two products, I think Rituel de Fille is one fantastic niche line.  Gloss48 has a really terrific sale going on this week, so now is the time to order yourself some instant indie coolness.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration