Makeup Wars tackles black eyeliners

Makeup Wars has decided to do a very basic, one might say boring, topic this week – black eyeliners. As a blogger with limited photography skills as well as no photoshop program, I can’t even make it pretty. But I can tell you about my favorites and it’s more than possible that you’ll learn about a liner or two that you’d want to try.

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

I live for eyeliner (in a cosmetic way that is). I feel dull and unfinished without it. It is an obsession of mine. This past year I’ve been on a quest for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. In that quest though I found a lot of black liquid eyeliners, many more than brown.  Just about every brand makes a black liquid. But they are not created equal. Read about my experience with an Essence liner for proof of that.

6 favorite black liquid liners - it's the point of it all

6 favorite black liquid liners – it’s the point of it all

I want a liquid eyeliner with a firm point, one that is dark black, one that I can make a thin line with and one that doesn’t make my eyes water. I want a liner that lasts the entire day but that removes easily with eye makeup remover. I want one that doesn’t crack or disappear if my eyes tear up. Not too much to ask, is it? Let’s see which ones can meet my criteria.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus is the one that started it all for me. It wasn’t my first black liquid eyeliner. I’d tried many. But it made me stand up and take notice. Here’s what I said before and it stands to this day: “This doesn’t fade or smudge, it lasts through even my major hot flashes, it doesn’t migrate, and it’s so black that it’s blacker than black. It practically applies itself, it’s that easy to use.” I first got it as a PR sample and I’ve since bought it so I won’t be without. ($10.99)

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

FACE STOCKHOLM PRECISION LIQUID EYELINER is the first black liquid liner I reviewed on Beauty Info Zone. I remember when I received it from the company and how excited I was. I use this often still and it’s as precise as the day the first day. The nib of the pen hasn’t broken down at all. It’s still as perfect as in its early life. ($36)

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER IN NOIR is the newest addition to my collection. I am blown away by the Youngblood Eye Liquid Liner Pens. They come in 5 shades which are all great. Marron, the brown, is holy grail for me – the best brown liquid eyeliner I’ve found. Noir, the black, isn’t far behind. These liners are good for the entire day, no matter the circumstances. Noir glides on without skipping and I get the thin line that I prefer. ($26)

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

SENNA PINPOINT MICRO TIP LIQUID EYELINER is especially great if you feel you have unsteady hands for liquid liners. At the top where you hold it the plastic is somewhat indented and the material is more matte making it easier to hold onto. There’s no sliding of your fingertips. This liner is wonderful if you want to create a cat eye and Senna has some great tips on how to do that. ($20)

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

CAILYN IDEFINE LIQUID EYELINER is my new favorite product from Cailyn. I’ve got a slew of eyeliners from Cailyn but this is the one that I’m using the most. The brush is the thinnest of the 6 I’m sharing today. It’s a very flexible yet firm felt tip that applies easily plus it’s a super dark black. ($18)

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

EYEKO SKINNY MINI LIQUID EYELINER was in one of my many subscription boxes and it’s a treasure. The full size is available at Sephora for $16. I find this to be more of a blackened charcoal. It’s not super black, it’s not a harsh shade, so it’s a great addition when I don’t feel like my liner looking too dark. It’s made me want to try the waterproof Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner next.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

So there’s my sea of black. The only thing that could make me happier (eyeliner wise that is) would be if these wonderful liners also came in a dark brown. Then I’d be doing a happy dance. In the meantime, I’m loving these black liquid eyeliners. I hope some of my blogger buddies have some suggestions in their posts. Have you tried any of these? Do you have an idea for a black liquid I should try? — Marcia


*some items received from PR

Wantable, you brought a big smile this April

Have you heard of Wantable? Of course you have. Lisa and I talk about it all the time. We are Wantable fiends. Lisa has become the Wantable Accessory fiend while I remain the Cosmetic Box fiend. We have our readers to thank for a lot of that because you’ve used our affiliate link to help us earn credits toward a box to review – like this April Cosmetic Subscription box.

Wantable Cosmetic Subscription for April 2014

Wantable Cosmetic Subscription for April 2014

You are going to have to forgive me a little or at least be prepared for me to gush. Yes I’m going to gush. There’s a gush-worthy item in this delightful box and I can’t stop myself.

To give a quick recap – you fill out a very comprehensive profile that Wantable keeps improving upon. You pay either $40 for a one time box or $36 for a subscription that you can cancel at any time. If you get a box that you don’t like, you can return it for a refund. So if I like nude lips and bright polish I’m not going to get a flaming red lipstick and a nude polish. Your box will always be worth at least double and sometimes a lot more than you’ve paid.

my loves, likes and dislikes

my loves, likes and dislikes

April’s box had some great products. From my “love” list is a Cailyn Cosmetics eyeliner. I’ve reviewed lots of Cailyn eyeliners but I’ve never had a regular pencil from them so this is a first. Not my favorite item in the box but something I’ll get a lot of use out of. ($7)

Cailyn Cosmetics black eyeliner pencil

Cailyn Cosmetics black eyeliner pencil

The rest of the items are from my “like” list but they are more loves than likes! Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint Taupe brow gel is one of the few BDB products I haven’t tried so I was happy to have this in my box. It’s great for the many days I’m rushing but need something on my brows without having to be precise. It has a mascara wand to combine color and hold. The more you use, the darker it becomes. It’s also good to have to hold other brow products in place like a cream color. ($18)

Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint

Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint

Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint

Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint

Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint wand

Billion Dollar Brows Hint of Tint wand

La Bella Donna Mineral Light Lip Color in Shell is a beautiful lipstick that is conditioning while being rich and creamy ($24.50). Shell is the color of my mother’s lips. I looked at it and instantly felt my mom. At the moment my mom is in a nursing center but the minute she is up to putting on makeup again, this will be hers. It’s a beautiful shade that I’m sure would be fine on me but it’s screaming Mom to me and I know it will look great on her. Plus who doesn’t want a new lipstick to feel better?

La Bella Donna Mineral Lip Color in Shell

La Bella Donna Mineral Lip Color in Shell

La Bella Donna Mineral Lip Color in Shell swatch

La Bella Donna Mineral Lip Color in Shell swatch

Now for my gush, I hope you are ready. When I opened the Wantable box and saw a box from GlamNatural I was really happy. When I saw the words CREAM BLUSH I did a happy dance. You know I love cream blush and I’ve only had the opportunity to try very small samples of GlamNatural Cream Blush before. I had ordered a sample kit from the company and I loved the blush but I didn’t have the exact right shade since it was too light. Well, gush gush, Wantable sent me Glam Natural Cream Blush in You Make Me Blush, and it does. I mean it does make me blush and beautifully so.

Glam Natural Cream Blush

Glam Natural Cream Blush

Glam Natural Cream Blush in You Make Me Blush

Glam Natural Cream Blush in You Make Me Blush

Let’s start with this luxurious packaging. Open the box and you’ll see a black velvet pouch with the blush contained in a golden bottle that pumps out what you need.

Glam Natural Cream Blush in You Make Me Blush

Glam Natural Cream Blush in You Make Me Blush

You don’t need this much because it’s so richly textured. The color of Make Me Blush gives a beautiful, healthy glow. It’s super easy to blend since it’s really a liquid. It’s very satiny. My advice is to pump out a very small amount and build it up if you want. The amount above is too much for both cheeks.

Glam Natural Cream Blush in You Make Me Blush blended

Glam Natural Cream Blush in You Make Me Blush blended

Glam Natural Cream Blush

Glam Natural Cream Blush

I’m in love with this cream blush ($32) and I’m thrilled that Wantable included it my April 2014 box. While they didn’t know that I’d love it, someone has very good taste to put this brand and this product in the box.

Other brands in other boxes this month were Chella (a tool kit that I’d have also gushed about), BelleZZa eyeshadow, ‘Tini Beauty lips and more. No matter which brands you’d end up with, you’d surely love them. And if not then have no fear and return the box.

I look so forward to my Wantable boxes coming. I am going to do a little switching on my profile to see what changes will do – just for the fun of it since I can always change back. I hope you’ll use our affiliate link if you do decide to subscribe. And I hope if you subscribe you’ll find things to GUSH about too. — Marcia

*sent for review using affiliate link credits

Cailyn Liquid Eyeliners are competing for the win

I’m on a liquid eyeliner expedition to find the best. For years I wore nothing but gel eyeliners and while I still love them I think I was just ready for a change. In this search I’ve been testing a lot of eyeliners, both pencil and liquid, to see what which ones are the winners. So far I brought you my first eyeliner quest here and then reviewed the matte liquid eyeliners from Ellis Faas here. Today brings you Cailyn and their liquid eyeliners plus a pencil eyeliner. Let’s see if they can take the top spot in this competition.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliners

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliners

The above picture is to show you how I love my Cailyn Gel Eyeliners. I reviewed these and still recommend them although I did get a strange texture in my Chocolate Mousse one from a subscription box. Other than that one though they are amazing liners. I haven’t given up gel eyeliners though since they are longer lasting than any other liners I own. Cailyn doesn’t have to worry about me and their gel liners, that’s for sure.

My original quest was to find the perfect brown liquid eyeliner but that’s not as easy as finding the perfect black liquid eyeliner. So many companies only make black liquids and ignore the browns. Cailyn Cosmetics makes two different types of liquid eyeliners and one does come in brown although I don’t have that one (y.e.t.).

Cailyn Liquid Eyeliner (brown)

Cailyn Liquid Eyeliner (brown)

I do have it though in both Silver and Blue Shimmer and I love it. Both of these were in my Wantable subscription boxes which is great since Cailyn is a brand I am very impressed with. I wore the Blue Shimmer the other day with a neutral brown eye and it was the perfect pop of color. I found that it was easy to use and dried in an appropriate amount of time. With a liquid liner that has such a short brush you do have to be careful not to get it on your eyelashes but that’s the only thing to worry about. It’s close to perfect otherwise.

Caitlyn Blue Shimmer Liquid Eyeliner

Caitlyn Blue Shimmer Liquid Eyeliner

The other liquid eyeliner from Cailyn is their idefine Liquid Eyeliner (sent for review). The only downside to idefine is it only comes in black ($18). I want this in every color. It’s that terrific! It’s a cross between a felt tip and a floppy tip.

Cailyn idefine Liquid Eyeliner

Cailyn idefine Liquid Eyeliner

I find this incredibly easy to apply because the tip is thin enough to get a fine line yet it’s sturdier than most liquid brushes. It’s not a brush though it may look brushlike. So many of the liquid eyeliners I’ve found apply too thick for my taste. This is just perfect. The best thing is that it lasts beautifully and it’s a true dark black.

Cailyn idefine liner

Cailyn idefine liner

Cailyn idefine

Cailyn idefine

Cailyn isn’t done though with eyeliner since they make some fabulous gel pencils. The Gel Glider Eyeliner Pencils ($17) come in 6 colors (black, chocolate, green, blue, purple and charcoal) and they do what they say – they GLIDE on. They are so smooth and easy to use.

Cailyn Gel Glider Eyeliner Pencil

Cailyn Gel Glider Eyeliner Pencil

The Chocolate (received for review) is a great brown. I love a brown that looks brown and not black. I also love that this is an eyeliner I can sharpen. I’ve got too many self sharpening liners that either break off or don’t get a fine enough line for me. Cailyn stuck with a real pencil which I appreciate. I will be able to use this exactly the way I want to – sharp and down to the end.

Black idefine liquid, chocolate Gel Glider pencil

Black idefine liquid, chocolate Gel Glider pencil

I think I could live happily ever after with Cailyn’s collection of eyeliners. They know what they are doing when it comes to these types of products. I can say for sure that idefine is in the running to win the gold medal for black liquid eyeliners!! Have you tried any of these Cailyn eyeliners? What did you think? — Marcia

*some products sent for review, others were purchased

*photos are both personal or from Cailyncosmetics.com

 

Lisa’s Top Twelve Picks for 2013

The older I get, the faster times flies…I just can’t believe another year has gone by already!

goodbye-2013-and-hello-2014-32013 was a great year for fantastic finds that I now use almost every day.  Here, in no particular order, are my favorite products that have brought me constant joy.

1.  Verge Ribbon Wand ($120)

Ribbon

The Ribbon Wand

Ribbon

a Ribbon Wand curl…

Ribbon

and then the Ribbon Wand curl combed through with my fingers…swoon!

The Verge Ribbon Wand is like a curling iron and a flat iron got together and had a baby. It makes extravagant, sort of retro curls.

2.  Wantable Accessories Subscription Box ($40 for one box)

Ellen

Wantable Ellen Necklace

I adore subscription boxes and none continually delighted me as much in 2013 as my Wantable Accessories Subscription Box. My jewelry wardrobe now has far more depth and interest than ever before.

3.  Bronze Buffer (2 sponges for $10)

Bronze Buffer sponges

Bronze Buffer sponges

Ah, sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. These little sponges (they always make me think of Lisa from The Simpsons!) ensure that my every faux tan is perfection.

4.  HTY Gold

HTY

HTY Gold

This wonderful line was new to me in 2013 and I adored everything I tested…the Face and Neck Serum is unquestionably worth its weight in gold.

5.  Lanikai Bath and Body

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai Loofah Soap

Lanikai is such a gorgeous bath and body line, and I am always up for some Hawaiian daydreaming. I adore, adore, adore the Loofah Soap, it is amazing.

6.  Zuca Artist Backpack ($139)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

Zuca Artist Backpack filled (zuca.com)

I use this backpack at least six days a week. I love it. Zuca has tons of amazing travel items and organizational things for makeup artists but this is my favorite. I rarely go anywhere without it.

7.  Make Up For Ever 102 Small Foundation Kabuki Brush ($36)

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

102 Small Foundation Kabuki

I use this every single day. It is the best buffing brush for concealer I have ever found.

8.  Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99)

Bango

Bango Hair Cutting Kit

If you have bangs…or if your kids have bangs…you need this. I am a total klutz with scissors and I get perfect results every time. It saved me a ton of money in 2013.

9.  Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow ($22)

the top conceals the brush

Cailyn Gelux Eyebrow – the top conceals the brush

I love the ingenious packaging, and I love the eyebrow gel even more. It makes great looking eyebrows a very easy thing to accomplish.

10.  Ellis Faas Hot Lips ($35)

Ellis

Ellis Faas Hot Lips

Without fail, one of these liquid lip gloss/stains is always in my purse. I dig everything about them – the texture, the shades, the packaging…and especially how great they make my not-so-great lips look.

11.  Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcases (from $36)

Savvy

Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillowcase

Not only does this satin pillowcase prevent those awful morning face creases, it also has a secret pocket for my hubby to slip me a love note. It is awesome.

12.  Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22)

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

Senna Voluptulash Mascara

This is the best mascara I tried in 2013. The super cool helix-shaped brush gives me great big, soft, long lashes with just one coat.  It’s a winner!

2013 was a great year for beauty items…what fabulous finds made your list??

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Lisa

Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

I am always amazed at the difference eyebrows can make. Some people actually look better without eyebrows, like Whoopi Goldberg. Have you ever noticed that she removed hers completely? Check it out.

No question, she looks better without them!

No question, she looks better without them!

Most people, however, look better with them…especially if they are well-groomed. A fabulous eyebrow option that was sent to the BIZ is Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow ($22), which is a waterproof gel eyebrow filler. I am reviewing Cocoa, a wonderful shade for those with medium brown hair with blonde highlights (if you have more red in your hair, consider Mahogany instead).

Cailyn

Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

Cailyn

a closer look at the bottom jar that has the eyebrow gel

the top conceals the brush

the top is actually the brush

I love the packaging; I think it’s pretty ingenious. The top handle is actually a slant tipped brush that makes it easy to achieve a realistic looking eyebrow – not the dreaded ‘unicolor’ that looks unnatural. Just  fill in brows with short strokes going from the bottom of the brow upwards. Be sure to clean the brush before popping it back into the handle.

The top unscrews to reveal the gel eyebrow filler underneath.

Cocoa

Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa

Cocoa swatched

Cocoa swatched

The gel eyebrow filler is different from a typical brow wax. It’s softer and more natural looking. It’s also extremely long wearing. Cailyn Cosmetics has perfected something called ‘3D Smart Film Former’, which turns the pigment into a balm that keeps color true. The color doesn’t fade throughout the day so touch-ups just aren’t necessary. It’s also waterproof so you can go swimming without fear of losing those awesome eyebrows.

The Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow comes in eight different shades to fit most hair colors:  Birch, Hazelnut, Nutmeg, Cocoa, Mahogany, Oak, Ebony, and Espresso.  Birch is for the lightest of blondes, Hazelnut is for cool blondes, and Nutmeg is for warm or strawberry blondes. Cocoa is perfect for my medium brown hair with blonde highlights, while Mahogany is for medium brunettes with red highlights. Oak is for deep brown hair, and Ebony is for grey hair. Espresso is for the blackest black hair. Remember, you want to go a shade or two lighter than your hair color for the best results.

If you are looking for something easy and effective for gorgeous eyebrows or if you are looking to try something other than the typical eyebrow pencil or brow wax, I definitely recommend the Gelux Eyebrow. It’s a winner.  – Lisa

*pr sample

You want gel liners? Then look to Cailyn Cosmetics for colors galore!

cailyn eyelinersAlmost two years ago I went to the IMATS show in L.A. and learned about Cailyn Cosmetics. I spent a small fortune on that trip between what I bought at Barneys, Neiman Marcus, and IMATS but the one product that I came home the most excited about was my Cailyn LineFix Gel Eyeliner. I had been looking for a green gel eyeliner so when I saw it I ignored all the other shades and put that in my cart instantly (along with half a dozen other items).

Ever since then all I’ve done is raved about these gel eyeliners. I’ve since bought two more and gotten others in my subscription boxes; recently Cailyn sent a few shades for review and I’ve fallen in love with those too.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliners

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliners

Cailyn LineFix Gel Eyeliners come in 13 shades now and I want them all.  Shades available are Black, Chocolate Mousse, Blue*, Green, Bronze, Purple*, Plum, Charcoal, Mermaid, Gold Khaki, Iron, Fall Night and White. The colors are rich and vibrant and they last! These are waterproof so they even sell a product called Pure Ease Eye-Lip Makeup Remover though I find that as long as I use eye makeup remover that they come off well.

Cailyn Pure Ease Remover from website

Cailyn Pure Ease Remover from website

The shape of the Cailyn Cosmetic box and products make these stand out a little more than most products you own. The pyramid box holds the liner with a brush screwed into the top.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner

Cailyn LineFix Gel Eyeliner

Cailyn LineFix Gel Eyeliner

Cailyn LineFix Gel Eyeliner

The texture of the liners is firm but moist. You have time to work with them if you want to smudge them but then they’ll set.

Cailyn swatches

Cailyn swatches with flash

No flash

No flash

Here are the 7 in my possession right now. Black which is the classic dark black. Blue which I find to be a little more denim than navy (one of my favorites). Chocolate Mousse looks darker than the black in this picture but it’s really a dark chocolate; my jar happens to have a looser texture than the others so I have to use a thinner brush with it. Gold Khaki  is the newest one I bought. I wish it was more gold and not quite so dark but it’s still unique. Green, my first and still a huge favorite. Iron, a light charcoal. They do make a true charcoal but Iron is a softer version for those that don’t want a liner that’s too dark. Purple is a true purple and doesn’t have as much red in it as Plum does.

Cailyn LineFix Gel liner in Purple

Cailyn LineFix Gel liner in Purple

My three favorites are shown below – Blue, Purple and Green. The reason they are favorites is that they are the colors that they say they are. So many times everything just looks black when I wear them but these show the color so they are an enhancement to my eye look.

Cailyn Linefix Gel Eyeliner favorites

Cailyn Linefix Gel Eyeliner favorites

These sell for $21 each. They carry them at dermstore.com so I put Mermaid and Brown on my Favorites list and will wait for a 20% off sale. I’ve got this feeling that they want to come join all the others! Which Cailyn LineFix has you most mesmerized? — Marcia

*some provided for review, others were purchased

 

Cailyn Cosmetics – the way to go for longwear eyes and lips

cailyn eyeliners

Cailyn Cosmetics is a new find for Beauty Info Zone. Marcia was at the L.A. IMATS show in January and found herself at the counter being enticed by the most charming gentleman, Asi, the Marketing Director. He could have sold her the Brooklyn Bridge with his style and accent. Instead he sold her several items including the Long Last products in today’s review. Her only regret was that she didn’t buy more products when she was there.

Cailyn Cosmetics isn’t a new company though, it’s been in business for 10 years as a creator of 100% pure mineral makeup and skincare. They’ve come out of the woodwork with their own brand that we can proudly buy now. They don’t load their products with fillers, they are proud to only use the highest grade of ingredients to stay true to their vision of pure professional products. If you look at their website you’ll be amazed at the variety of fabulous products.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

I truly was swept off my feet at the Cailyn booth. I only wish I’d explored the products more but I instantly fell in love with both Cailyn Gel Eyeliner and Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm. These are both long lasting products that live up to that claim. I’m very picky about the color of lip products and found that the Tinted Lip Balm that Lisa will be reviewing changed color on my lips. I was really sad but I had the perfect person to give this to, my blog partner! We got together recently and she applied it and I knew that was a good decision.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Eyeliner

But an even better decision was to buy the Gel Eyeliner with Built In Brush ($21). These come in 8 shades and as much as I’d love them all when I saw it in green that was the end of my looking. I’ve been searching for the right shade of green eyeliner for me and this was finally it. The green is a deep forest green that actually looks green unlike most that look black and if you turn your head just right you’d see green. Not this baby. Depending on what I choose to wear with it and how intense I make the line, it can look forest green or almost khaki.

cailyn eye bottle

cailyn eye on sideIt comes with a built in brush that creates a line a little thicker than I like to apply. But this gel liner is unlike others, it’s not wimpy. It’s a thick liner and the brush stands up to it. I switch between this and my Paula Dorf eyeliner brush depending on the day’s look.cailyn eye box side

If you notice the box it says a few things: Line Fix Gel Eyeliner, Waterproof, 24 Hour Wearing. I haven’t really tested out the 24 hour wear since I don’t have that lifestyle but I have fallen asleep wearing this during the day and it’s perfect when I wake up. It doesn’t crack or fade away like most gel eyeliners do. It really does last yet it comes off with my eye makeup remover without a problem.

Cailyn gel eyeliner in green

Cailyn gel eyeliner in green

Cailyn gel eyeliner in green

Cailyn gel eyeliner in green

RBR eyeshadow and Cailyn green gel liner

RBR eyeshadow and Cailyn green gel liner (get this girl some concealer!!)

The adorable Asi had all the shades on his hand and everyone was rubbing his hand and they didn’t budge. Of course my friends and I just wanted an excuse to touch him but that’s a different story.  I’m totally in love with this eyeliner and plan to get it in other shades as well. You should too!!

LISA’S SIDE

I was pretty excited when Marcia showed me the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm. The packaging is just so darn cute, it looks awesome even before applying it.

tinted-lip-balm_02_bubble-gum

Very cute!

Very cute!

I don’t like sticking my fingers into lip pots, so the concept of a pot lip product with an attached lip brush is extremely appealing to me.

love the lip brush

love the lip brush

I have to admit, even though I’m not a pot-gloss girl, I don’t always use the lip brush – sometimes I am in a hurry and I just slap the balm on with a finger. But usually I take my time, and the lip brush gives great control of the amount of product as well as proper placement.

Fiesta

Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm in Fiesta

I assumed that since this is a balm, the color would take a backseat to the texture. But the color is quite pigmented – the one I have is Fiesta, a deep pink. Marcia likes lighter shades, which is why this didn’t work for her. But for me, it’s a fabulous color. Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm doesn’t go on sheer, it’s more like a lipstick than a balm.

such a pretty pink

such a pretty pink

It also applies darker than I expected. It is definitely a lip product that lasts, I don’t need to reapply every half hour like I do with most balms. I love this lip product and I am so happy Marcia decided it more of a ‘Lisa’ color than a ‘Marcia’ color!

My Fiesta lips!

My Fiesta lips!

Cailyn Cosmetics is an exciting new brand for Beauty Info Zone. The eye liner and the lip balm definitely rock, so be sure to give this line a closer look.