tarte cosmetics does eyebrows right!

There are many things that tarte cosmetics does well and that list definitely includes brows. They sent their Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder ($25) and frame worker double ended brow powder brush ($21) to test and my eyebrows are very, very happy.

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The Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder is full of mineral pigment, and it has the Amazonian clay that locks pigment in place and keeps the color vibrant and true. The brow powder comes in four shades: blonde, medium brown, rich brown, and grey. We were sent the blonde and grey to test.

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tarte grey volumizing hair and brow powder

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tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

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grey and blonde swatched

While the grey obviously isn’t my shade, the blonde is surprisingly perfect for me and I have medium brown hair. A great tip for foolproof brows is to go one or two shades lighter than your normal brow shade. It looks very natural and it brightens the face and makes you look younger.

brows with tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

brows with tarte blonde volumizing hair and brow powder

The brow powder is long wearing and doesn’t fade. It makes brows look full without looking painted or drawn on. The texture isn’t overly powdery; in fact it is quite silky and once applied it looks like natural hair.

This wonderful brow powder does double duty – it also fills in sparse areas on the scalp and covers gray roots. Another plus – these make for beautiful eyeshadows!

A fantastic partner for the Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder is the frame worker double ended brow powder brush ($21). This brush is made from sustainably harvested bamboo and synthetic bristles.

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tarte frame worker double ended brow powder brush

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thin angled end

The thin angled end has just the right amount of firmness for filling in brows. Tap it into the brow powder, then angle it along the natural brow shape and use upward strokes to expertly fill in brows.

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thick angled end

The thicker angled end is fantastic for blending the powder into brows, or for filling in the hairline or thinning spots on the scalp.

I adore both the Amazonian clay volumizing brow and hair powder and the frame worker double ended brow powder brush, and I use them every morning. I give both products my highest recommendation for easy, elegant, and natural looking brows.   – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Perfect eyes for a girls’ night out: Beth Bender Beauty

Love a smoky eye or a cats eye but hate trying to create the look? Then Beth Bender’s Girls’ Night Out Pro Eye Makeup Stencil Set (an $81 value, normally $49.99 but right now is only $34.99!) is a set you are going to love.

Beth Bender

This is an extremely versatile set for simple looks or for high drama evening looks. It’s super easy to make a perfect cats eye or smoky eye in about 60 seconds, no kidding.

Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out Pro Eye Makeup Stencil Set

The set includes:

*  1 Pro Eyeshadow Brush

*  1 Pro Eyeliner Brush

*  1 Duo Eyeshadow – 4 Eye Shadow Duo’s to choose from, I got Golden Girl

*  1 Full size loose eyeshadow in Gunmetal or Onyx depending on color choice, mine came with Gunmetal

*  1 Cat Eyeliner Stencil/Top Eyeliner Stencil

*  1 Smokey Eye Stencil/Bottom Eyeliner Stencil

*  1 Instruction card

*  1 black zippered neoprene case (this was not included in my sample so I don’t have pics of it)

I really love the stencils – they are the stars of the kit.  Here is the Smoky Eye Stencil:

Smoky eye stencil

Smoky Eye Stencil

Step One

Step One

Step two

Step two

The stencils are made of clear vinyl and they seem to fit just about any eye shape. I love that they sort of ‘stick’ to my skin so they are super easy to use and keep in place. With my morning pre-coffee shaky hands, perfect eyelining can be darn near impossible – but not with these babies. They are fantastic for lining with either eyeshadow or with eye pencil.

Here is the stencil for a quick, easy, and perfect cats eye look:

Cat's eye stencil

Cat’s Eye Stencil

first step

first step

next step

next step

Two – or really three – eyeshadows are included in the kit. First, there is a duo compact of eyeshadow that can be used wet or dry. There are four different duos from which to choose. My kit came with Golden Girl, a super pretty combination of shimmery peach and golden brown. I love the shades and the eyeshadow is creamy with excellent pigment.

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Golden Girl Duo

Golden

Golden Girl Duo

Golden

Golden Girl Duo swatched

The kit also comes with a loose shadow in either Matte Onyx or Iridescent Gunmetal. Mine came with Iridescent Gunmetal, a shimmery dark black/grey.

Onyx

Iridescent Gunmetal

Onyx

Iridescent Gunmetal

swatched

Iridescent Gunmetal swatched

I find that this works best with water or a mixing medium to create a liquid liner otherwise there is too much fallout under the eyes and it tends to smudge. But wet it’s terrific and the stencils make it a dream to use.

For perfect eyelining you need great brushes and this set has two excellent options.

Pro Brushes

Pro Eyeliner and Eyeshadow Brushes

The Pro Eyeshadow Brush is a small, fluffy eyeshadow brush that is perfect for the mobile lid and for softening eyeliner up a bit. The Pro Eyeliner Brush works great for both dry and wet lining.

Pro Eyeshadow Brush

Pro Eyeshadow Brush

Pro Eyeliner Brush

Pro Eyeliner Brush

If you struggle with eyelining, then this is a perfect set for you. If you don’t struggle but want something that makes eyelining quicker and easier, pick up Beth Bender’s Girls’ Night Out Set! I love it – and at $34.99 it is a real bargain right now.  - Lisa

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One day sale! tarte Shades of Clay Collection, February 4 on QVC

The tarte Shades of Clay Collection, a one day only sale on QVC, is definitely one of the best sales/collections I have ever come across. The Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. The TSV Price is $59.96, and the total value of this terrific collection is $202.00.

tarte shades of clay collection

tarte shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

inside the shades of clay collection

The Shades of Clay Collection includes:

  • 0.68-oz colored clay SPF 15 liquid foundation and 0.51-oz colored clay CC primer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep
  • 0.31-oz clay blush bronzer in Pink Bronze
  • 0.27-oz LipSurgence Lip Gloss in True Love, a sheer raspberry shade
  • 0.10-oz clay eyeliner in Black
  • 0.24-fl oz lights, camera, LASHES mascara in Black
  • Bamboo foundation brush
  • Bonus Makeup bag
all the goodies inside

all the goodies inside

I have been using every single item in this collection every day since receiving it and it gets an A+ from me. This set is a seven-piece collection that features colored clay for a whole routine that creates a natural, glowy look. The set is pretty much everything you need for a full face of gorgeousness. It’s fantastic.

I also found a little gift inside, a crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus. Wow, is this stunning!!

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

crystal stone necklace from @Akitching ‘s jewelry line, Crystal Cactus

wearing my gorgous necklace

wearing my gorgeous Crystal Cactus necklace

Amethyst is my birthstone, so I was really happy to find this jewel inside that huge raspberry makeup bag.

What else was inside?  The truly unique colored clay CC primer.

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer

CC Primer that includes color correcting lavender and green

CC Primer swatch

CC Primer swatch

Mine is in shade light. This is a color-correcting stick that neutralizes imperfections, brightens the complexion, and primes skin for foundation. Just smooth it on and then tap it in with fingers. The CC primer melts right in and creates a perfect canvas for foundation application.

Once you have primed with the CC primer, next up is the colored clay liquid foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (a World-wide Launch, by the way!) using the bamboo liquid foundation brush.

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation

colored clay liquid foundation - see the mesh?

colored clay liquid foundation – see the mesh?

swatch of Light shade

swatch of Light shade

bamboo foundation brush

bamboo liquid foundation brush

The colored clay foundation with broad spectrum SPF 15 coverage gives medium but buildable coverage with a satin finish. The bamboo foundation brush is stellar – just press in onto the mesh sifter inside the foundation container then buff onto skin, going from the center out.

Follow that with the colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze (yet another World-wide Launch).

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush up close

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

colored clay bronzer blush in pink bronze swatched

I can hear all the oohs and aahs and this beaut certainly deserves it! It’s a combination of pinks and golds that warms the complexion and adds a natural glow. Dust it all over for instant warmth, and layer it on the cheeks as a blush.

Moving on up to the eyes, line with the colored clay eyeliner in black (woohoo, another World-wide Launch!) followed by two coats of the stupendous lights, camera, LASHES™ 4-in-1 mascara in Black.

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lights, camera, lashes 4 in 1 mascara and cc eyeliner

CC eyeliner in black

CC eyeliner in black

eye look with eyeliner and mascara

eye look with CC eyeliner and lights, camera, LASHES mascara

For my eye look above, I am wearing a wash of MAC Painterly. I defined and lined my top lash line and waterline with the new colored clay eye liner in Black, which is a velvety eyeliner that truly glides on easily. Then, I finished with two coats of  lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascara. This is a seriously fantastic mascara, one of my top mascaras ever.  It gives great length, volume, and curl, plus it never smears on me. Love it.

The final touch for your tarte Shades of Clay look? The golden raspberry LipSurgence™ lip gloss in true love (can I get a World-wide Launch here?)

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LipSurgence lip gloss in true love

eyeliner and lip gloss swatched

CC eyeliner and LipSurgence true love swatched

lip gloss on

true love lip gloss on

LipSurgence(TM) Lip Gloss in true love is a wonderfully flattering sheer raspberry shade with tiny golden shimmers. It has great slip and feels terrific on – this has found a permanent home in my purse.

My tarte shades of clay FOD

My tarte shades of clay FOD

I think every product is a winner and the shades are incredibly flattering. Plus, at this price you just can’t go wrong! Set your timer, leave yourself a note, do something so you don’t miss this sale. Again, the Today’s Special Value® is only available at its special price until 11:59 p.m. PT on February 4, 2014 while quantity remains. You will be glad you remembered!  - Lisa

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New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! It Cosmetics Collection – one day only QVC sale

 

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IT Cosmetics New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! Collection

I am so excited about this one day special offer!  On Saturday, December 28th, QVC.com is offering a set of five fantastic It Cosmetics items as the Today’s Special Value.  For an unreal price of $59.96, you get a Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum, a Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush, a Celebration Foundation Illumination, a Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush, and a Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Brightener Dual End Concealer.

Everything comes in a pretty white and silver box.

Prepare to get beautiful...

Prepare to get beautiful…

All the goodies inside

All the goodies inside

It all starts with a truly fantastic primer/moisturizer and brush, the Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum and Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush, along with a silver stand to house them together.

Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum with Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum with Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

a view from above

a view from above

Heavenly Luxe

Heavenly Luxe Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush

The Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum is a thick, super hydrating primer that makes skin baby smooth.  Ingredients include caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and C, argan and jojoba oils, and avocado.  The serum is in glass jar with a dropper,  and two drops is more than enough to prime and hydrate.  It goes on slightly tacky then dries down to create a perfect canvas for makeup.  For a really luxurious experience, use the fan brush to sweep it on.

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IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination

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the top compartment

the bottom compartment

the bottom compartment

Celebration Foundation Illumination is IT Cosmetics new version of their powder foundation with extra ingredients for illumination.  It’s got some pretty cool packaging.  The white compact has a lower compartment with a brush (and the reflective metal above it works as a mirror if you need it).  The top compartment has the powder foundation and a regular mirror.

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The Celebration Foundation Illumination in Medium

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Medium swatched

This powder foundation has peptides, antioxidants, and ‘drops of light technology’ for the added illuminating properties.  This is a very silky powder that is particularly excellent for those with oilier complexions.  It is definitely full coverage, so a lighter hand is better when applying this.  Right now, the only way to get this foundation is with this set.

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Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush

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dual fiber brush hairs

IT Cosmetics has flipping fabulous brushes, and the Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush is no exception.  The brush head has dual fiber brush hairs that are amazingly soft yet firm enough for buffing.  This really is a fantastic brush.

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Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer

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Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium

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Hello Light Brightener in Light

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Top:  Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Neutral Medium; Bottom:  Hello Light Brightener in Light

The final item is worth the price of admission alone.  I adore the Bye Bye Under Eye and Hello Light Liquid Brightener Dual End Concealer.  One side is the iconic IT Cosmetics concealer with a sponge applicator.  This is my favorite concealer because it really covers all skin sins.  It blends beautifully and leaves skin looking flawless, which is pretty impressive given my super dark under eye circles.  The other end is the Hello Light Liquid Brightener, which is fabulous for highlighting under eyes, tops of cheekbones, the center of the nose to slim its appearance, the inner corner of the eyes…there are so many ways to use this!

The New Year, Your Most Beautiful You! Five-Piece Collection is an outstanding value.  Make an appointment with yourself to check in with QVC on Saturday, December 28th so you don’t miss this absolutely fantastic bargain.  - Lisa

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Becca The One Perfecting Brush

Becca - The One Perfecting Brush

Becca – The One Perfecting Brush

Sometimes you just can’t resist. The lure of the product is too much and before you know it you’ll find that product in a shopping cart and your fingers ready to hit “BUY NOW”. That’s how I am with brushes. I love a good cosmetic brush and always want to splurge on them.

BECCA THE ONE PERFECTING BRUSH is a brush to splurge on. I was sent this through my membership in iFabbo and it’s made my life that much happier. It’s called “The One” because it’s supposed to take the place of all your brushes or at least most of them. That’s not going to happen but it does work beautifully for certain applications.

Becca The One

Becca The One

Becca The One Perfecting Brush is supposed to cut your makeup application time in half by replacing 10 other brushes and tools: foundation brush, powder brush, contour brush, bronzer brush, stipple brush, fan brush, blush brush, kabuki and sponge. That’s a big job for anyone. The brush has a 3.5″ head that’s about 0.75′” wide. The Goat Hair bristles are very densely packed while being fluffy and soft at the same time.

Becca The One Perfecting Brush

Becca The One Perfecting Brush

Can I use this in place of 10 brushes? Not at all but what I can use it for makes it worth its $49 price. I’ve used this with foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, and blush without a problem. I can’t judge it on bronzer since I so rarely use that but I can envision it. The brush sides curve enough for blending the bronzer as you go along. With blush you need to be careful to only use one side of the brush so you don’t end up overdoing your application. It won’t be perfecting if you look like Bozo.

My favorite uses:

1) Liquid foundation – I dab the foundation on one side of my face and use the brush to blend it in. The brush doesn’t really absorb the foundation so it’s not using too much. I then switch to the other side of my face and then sweep the brush over the middle to merge the two. I always end with a swirling application since that seems to smooth away any lines that might be seen.

2) Loose powder – I use a loose powder (Purely Cosmetics Diamond Perfect Finish Powder or It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores) several times a week. I need a brush that will make the powder one with my skin and not just sit on top. Becca’s The One does a great job with that. This is another swirler.

3) Pressed powder (foundation or finishing powder) – I am still using Darac Beauty Sifted Blur powder (it’s over 3 years old). I hit pan a long time ago but it’s my favorite finishing powder and it’s no longer available. Becca and Darac are good friends now. The powder foundation I use is from It Cosmetics from a TSV (I love those things) and Becca The One is used with Celebration foundation now.

4) Blush – I only use this brush when I want a very natural blush look, something that gently enhances but doesn’t scream blush.

5) It has taken the place of my kabuki brush for powder but not for cream blush.

Becca are you the ONE?

Becca are you the ONE?

Is this brush “the one”? Not really but it’s a terrific brush for what it does do. It can take the place of many of your brushes and feel luxurious while it’s doing so. You won’t be tossing other brushes but you will be reaching for this often if you are anything like me. — Marcia

*received from iFabbo for possible review. This is a Sephora exclusive.

 

LE Luxe Blurring Micro-Airbrush Brush Collection from IT Cosmetics

Just imagine finding this gorgeous silver box under your tree.  Love the matching bow and that darling gift tag!

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IT Cosmetics is always welcome under my tree!

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what a fabulous gift tag

The box is so pretty, you just know that what is inside has to be spectacular. And it is!! Inside you find total brush therapy from IT Cosmetics. They recently sent us the Limited Edition Luxe Blurring Micro-Airbrush Brush Collection with Stand to review and it is one tree-worthy set. For a limited time you can find this at QVC.com for $59.50, a spectacular price considering it’s a $254 value.

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it’s your brush therapy!

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the seven brush set with stand

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love the stand

These brushes represent a new category in makeup brushes at IT Cosmetics, micro-airbrush hair brushes. They are all full size and the softness is not to be believed. They have 100% cruelty free, animal-free hair that are designed to created a flawless, airbrushed look. In addition, the brushes come in a chic acrylic stand that is truly stunning.

The $59 gift set includes:

  • Micro-Airbrush Powder Brush
  • Micro-Airbrush Angled Complexion Brush
  • Micro-Airbrush Flawless Foundation Brush
  • Micro-Airbrush Blurring Concealer Brush
  • Micro-Airbrush Eyeshadow Crease Brush
  • Airbrush Allover Eyeshadow Brush
  • No-Tug Eyeliner & Eyebrow Brush
  • Vanity stand
  • Box with bow and gift tag
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Micro-Airbrush Powder Brush

Airbrush

Micro-Airbrush Powder Brush

The Micro-Airbrush Powder Brush is just a dream come true…a huge, soft, silky brush that perfectly applies all-over powders. It is an absolute pleasure to use, it feels so amazingly luxurious.

Angled

Angled Complexion Brush

Angled

Angled Complexion Brush

The Angled Complexion Brush is perfect for blush or bronzer. The angle makes it fantastic for contouring. I find this works best with powder products, although it works with cream products as well.

Flawless

Flawless Foundation Brush

Flawless

Flawless Foundation Brush

The Flawless Foundation Brush works beautifully with any type of foundation:  powder, cream, or liquid. It blends beautifully and feels amazing on the skin.

Blurring

Blurring Concealer Brush

Blurring

Blurring Concealer Brush

The Blurring Concealer Brush blends out concealer flawlessly, covering all those dark or red areas you don’t want showing.

Eyeshadow Crease

Eyeshadow Crease Brush

Eyeshadow Crease

Eyeshadow Crease Brush

The Eyeshadow Crease Brush is a great crease brush that works well with both powder and cream eyeshadows. A darker shade in the crease gives your eyes depth and definition.

All-over

All-over Eyeshadow Brush

All-over Eyeshadow

All-over Eyeshadow Brush

The All-over Eyeshadow Brush is a flat brush that is perfect for applying shadow anywhere on the lid and is a great blending tool as well. Remember, PAT your eyeshadow on, don’t swipe it on!

Eyeliner

Eyeliner & Eyebrow Brush

Eyeliner

Eyeliner & Eyebrow Brush

The Eyeliner & Eyebrow Brush works with powder eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, and cream/gel eyeliner. It’s also great with brow powders. It’s stiff enough to create precise lines, yet soft enough for even super sensitive skin.

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Together, this makes a fabulous selection of brushes that will work on anyone’s skin, even those of you super sensitive souls! The brushes are truly luxurious and have a high brush-hair count. The price is so right, it’s a perfect ‘one for me, one for you!’ gift.

The only complaint I can imagine about this beautiful set is that it doesn’t have a cover and brushes can get dusty sitting out in the open air. If you want something that works even better than a cover, check out Brush Guards (read my review HERE – the contest is over, but the review is still there!!)

I hope this beautiful makeup brush is in your future somehow, it really is amazing quality at an even more amazing price.  - Lisa

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Customized beauty with Wantable’s November Makeup Box

I am sure you remember Marcia’s review of her Wantable Makeup Box from November - she got gorgeous products, including a Face Stockholm Corrector Quad, a bronzey Girlactik Beauty Eye Glaze, a black Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil, and a burgundy red Color Club Nail Polish. Well, if you compare my November Wantable Makeup Box to hers, our two posts really illustrate just how customized these boxes are. Marcia and I have totally different preferences in makeup, which is what makes us such great blogging partners! My box of goodies had the perfect eye, lip, and nail choices for me.

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My Wantable November Makeup Box

My November Wantable Makeup Box included a total of $67.50 worth of items – that’s pretty impressive considering a monthly subscription is $36 per month or $40 for a single box.  So if you feel guilty about a little indulgence for yourself, find comfort in the fact that it’s a deal!! My box had items from every category I said I ‘love’ on the detailed questionnaire, including eyeliner, lip color, nail polish, and tools.

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Skiin Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filler Sample

First, there was an extra, a fun sample of Skiin Instant Skin Tightener & Line Filler. I don’t know about you, but I can use some of both, so this was a welcome sight.

Next was a Japonesque Travel Smudger Brush ($14.50).

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Japonesque Travel Smudger Brush

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Travel Smudger Brush up close

This is a high quality brush that beautifully blends out eyeliner and eyeshadow. I especially love to use this with my chubby eyeliner pencils. It does a great job of smudging and softening and the smaller size makes it very easy to maneuver around the lash line.

Also for eyes, I found a Girlactik Beauty Precise Marker Liner ($19). This is like a very thin magic marker or Sharpie for your lashes.  It is flipping fantastic.

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Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker

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the tip is firm but flexible

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You can go thick or thin, whatever you prefer!  I drew a heart because I LOVE this.

The tip is firm, so you can get a super thin and precise line. It’s also just flexible enough to be wonderfully versatile, so if you want a dramatic thick line, or even a fake beauty mark, this is the liner for you. The liner doesn’t run or bleed and it lasts all day long. The tip is exactly the right size to ‘dot’ along the lash line for a fuller, thicker look without hard edges. This is a real winner!

For lips, my box included 29 Cosmetics Dew Lip Gloss in Top It Off ($24).

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29 Cosmetics Dew Lip Gloss Top It Off

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Top It Off

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swatch of 29 Cosmetics Dew Lip Gloss in Top It Off

Top It Off is a sheer nude pale pink. My lips are way too thin to wear this by itself but it really is a perfect color to ‘top off” a matte lipstick. It feels wonderful on and hydrates lips beautifully.

I love, love, love the nail color I was sent this month! I got Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Wistful ($10).

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Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Wistful

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Wistful

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Wistful again

Wistful is part of the Rainbow Honey Sakura Matsuri collection and it’s a ‘blushing green shimmer, full of microglitters that sparkle in the sun’. This is a fabulously ethereal color that is like nothing else I own. I took it to my manicurist and almost had to tackle her to get the bottle back! It’s a gorgeous, one of a kind color that makes me happy just looking at it. Rainbow Honey has tons of cool colors.  If you are into nail polish you will want to check out the website at rainbowhoney.com.

Now you’ve got to re-read Marcia’s review of her Wantable November Makeup Box HERE, just so can see firsthand the variety and customization of this terrific beauty subscription box service. It is a fantastic way to spoil yourself with surprises that really fit your tastes!  - Lisa

 *box received for review, this link https://www.wantable.com/invite/1DV7tjqbktQ is an affiliate code to help us earn credit off our future boxes.