A few of our favorite things – a blog hop giveaway that you’ll love to enter

Welcome to Beauty Info Zone. As part of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways we’ve joined with a group of bloggers to do our first BLOG HOP. Each blog will have a different prize that they’ve chose to give away. I’ve chosen the COLOURPOP FAUNCY BOX which contains 3 creme gel eyeliners and 3 creme pencils. I bought one for myself as well so I could show you what you’ll be getting.

ColourPop Fauncy

ColourPop Fauncy

ColourPop Fauncy Creme Gel Colour Set

ColourPop Fauncy

ColourPop Fauncy

There are 3 pencils in the set:  Bustier – matte black, Soiree – charcoal with some shimmer, Frill – silver/lavender metallic. I really like the variety in the pencils. Both Soiree and Frill add a nice dimension to my collection. These apply easily and they are long lasting. While they don’t work well on me on my waterline, they do last when I use them as a lower lash eyeliner. Frill is described as a soft, icy lavender. It has a little bit of shimmer but it’s not too much. It’s unique to me. Soiree is a pencil that was missing in my collection since finding charcoal is tough. It’s described as a deep gunmetal with silver and gold shimmer. I don’t find the shimmer to be obvious but I don’t layer it which would probably make it show more.

ColourPop eyeliner pencils in Fauncy

ColourPop eyeliner pencils in Fauncy

ColourPop eyeliner pencils in Fauncy

ColourPop eyeliner pencils in Fauncy

The creme gel eyeliners are all black or charcoal. Bustier – matte black, Polar –  black with multi shimmer, and Soiree –  charcoal metallic, slight shimmer. The Creme Gel Eyeliners are a tad disappointing but that’s because I normally line top and bottom lash lines. While the Creme Gels last quite well and apply smoothly along my top lashline, they don’t last at all on my bottom lashline. They’ll crack on me after a few hours. That doesn’t make me not wear them though, I just use the pencil on the bottom and the creme gel on the top!

ColourPop Creme Gel eyeliners in Fauncy

ColourPop Creme Gel eyeliners in Fauncy

ColourPop Creme Gel liners

ColourPop Creme Gel liners

Polar is a black that’s not ultra black. It’s softened by multi-colored shimmer in it. I really like this a lot and wish it worked on my bottom lashline. Bustier is described as a deep blackened olive but on me it’s basically black. I don’t find that the olive shows up when used as an eyeliner. Soiree is my favorite. It works well with the pencil of the same name as they are both a gunmetal with silver and gold shimmer. I don’t find the shimmer to be glittery which is a plus in my book.

ColourPop Fauncy prize

ColourPop Fauncy prize

Beauty Info Zone’s giveaway will end on Sunday December 20, 2015 at midnight as will the other giveaways in our Blog Hop. Our giveaway is international unless your country prohibits it. There is no guarantee that you’ll have your prize by Christmas but I’ll do my best to get it mailed ASAP. In addition to my prize and the 34 others if you enter all of the giveaways you’ll be eligible to win the Grand Prize. To be eligible for Beauty Info Zone’s giveaway there are only two musts and the rest are options to help you increase you chances of winning. MUST 1: you have to subscribe to our blog to be eligible to win. MUST 2: You need to leave a comment. Also since we are in the beginning of our Twelve Days of Christmas giveaways (this is Day 3) be sure you keep coming back to enter our 12 giveaways. Lots of fun at Beauty Info Zone!!  —  Marcia

A total of 35 fabulous beauty bloggers have all teamed up to give away “A Few of Our Favorite BEAUTY Things!” to our readers! It was created to be a fun blog hop to give back to you — our readers — and hopefully help you discover new beauty blogs and makeup lovers along the way!

A Few of Our Favorite Beauty Things // Holiday Giveaway // Blog Hop // #holidaygiveaway #giveawayHere’s How it Works: Each of the 35 blogs participating in this blog hop are giving away their own bundle of beauty items on their blog. Yes, you heard that right — 35 separate giveaways that you have a chance to win! So after you’ve entered my giveaway, make sure you hop to all the other blogs (linked below) for more beauty products that you could win!

It Gets Better: As if that wasn’t awesome enough…we’ve added a little something to make the giveaway even sweeter! For those gals who can’t pass up on the chance to win beauty products…if you enter into all the giveaways in the blog hop than you’re eligible to enter to win a $200 eGiftcard to Sephora or Ulta (winners choice!). If you live somewhere where Sephora or Ulta doesn’t ship, no worries! You’ll be given the $200 via PayPal to use at whatever beauty store you have in your country!

International Readers: There are a few blogs who do not have their giveaway open worldwide, but you can still enter to win the grand prize giveaway! For all the blogs in this hop that do not have their giveaway open worldwide, all you have to do is check out their giveaway, complete the one required entry, and leave them a comment on their giveaway post letting them know you’re international but still did the required entry so that you can have a chance to win the grand prize!

You got all that? Any questions, just ask below! Let’s get into this hop!

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GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY: $200 Sephora, Ulta, (or PayPal) eGiftcard

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Top 10 Under $10

Top Ten Tuesday is always fun but today is especially so. I got to pick out 10 items that cost $10 or less to show you. With the winter holidays peeking around the corner you need to find some stocking stuffers or just something to perk up your own life. Here are some of my favorite cosmetic items. I’d love to learn what yours are too. — Marcia

LIPS

1.  PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALMS ($8) come in 5 colors plus clear and they are totally awesome. They are a combination of a nurturing lip balm and a lipstick except they aren’t sticky at all. My blog partner Lisa raves about these constantly so I had to see what the fuss was about and now I agree with her. Pick from Ripe Raspberry, Coral Crush, Pixi Pink, Natural Rose, Honey Nectar or clear. I can’t wait to go back to Target to pick up Pixi Pink.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

2.  COLOURPOP is the hot brand of 2015. Their products are all so reasonably priced ($5-$8). They are known for their Ultra Matte lipglosses but those don’t do it for me. I do like their Lippie Stix though and I have several including the sheer Juice Bar in the collage. While not my favorite I appreciate all the choices and that they have matching Lippie Pencils for most of the Lippie Stix ($5 for the Lippie Stix, $5 for the Lippie Pencils). Totally fun pick me up and if you use the code “thanksbabe” you’ll get $5 off your order.

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BLUSH

3.  Speaking of ColourPop, they have 24 shades of blush in three different finishes (matte, satin, and pearlized). The texture of ColourPop blush and eyeshadows is not what you expect. They have a spongy feel to them and are a bit tricky the first time you apply them, but after you get the hang of them you’ll come back for more.

4.  MILANI ROSE POWDER BLUSHES aren’t in my collection but they need to be. There are nothing but raves for these. At $7.99 if you see them, grab them.

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EYES

5.  HARD CANDY SASSY EYES SULTRY PALETTES ($8) are in sturdy metal palettes with shadows that belie their price. There are 3 variations of these and if they are anything like the Smokey Eye Palettes that I have from the spring, then they are top rate. I still use my Smokey Eye Palettes all the time.

6.  SLEEK I-QUAD EYESHADOW & EYELINER PALETTES  ($8.99) are on my wishlist. There are 3 different palettes with three eyeshadows and a gel eyeliner. I’d have chosen one of the I-Divine eyeshadow palettes if it were under $10 but those are just above the limit at $11.99. This is a brand that I’m loving the more I use it.

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NAIL POLISH

7.  SINFUL COLORS ($1.99) amazes me. I’ve had the opportunity to review quite a few of their polishes and they last a full week on me. I know I mention them often but there’s a good reason for that.

8.  PIXI BEAUTY NAIL POLISH ($8) is another polish brand you’ll hear about from me over and over. I love how easy these are to find at Target, I love the colors, I love the wear. I just bought Olive Gold at Target after craving that shade for so long.With 40 shades you’ll easily find some you’ll crave too.

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HIGHLIGHTER

9.  e.l.f. ILLUMINATING PALETTE ($6) will satisfy your craving for highlighting aka strobing. 4 shades, $6. Can’t be beat. I just wish I could find the newer e.l.f. in stores.

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CLEANSING

10.  SIMPLE SKINCARE MICELLAR MAKEUP CLEANSING WIPES (approx $6) don’t totally fit this week’s theme for me but I just bought them and I’m impressed with a capital I. These wipes are different than the other brands I’ve tried. They are refreshing and remove cosmetics really well. They are gentle enough for my eyes which surprises me. Normally I use a separate eye makeup remover but so far I’ve even been able to get away without that. These may end up on my Top 10 list of the year.