May’s BIZness

The month of May has just flown by, hasn’t it??  With all the parties, wedding and baby showers, and spring cleaning the month has melted away. We know that it’s not always possible to read each post every day so we thought a summary post of the month’s reviews would be helpful. Here is everything we reviewed and reported on this month. Happy reading and hello June!!

May

COSMETICS:

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Vapour Organic Beauty, eco beauty done right

Butter London Lolly Bright lipglosses

Top 10 Tuesday gift time

My Beauty Diary

Senna HD Concealer

Susan Posnick ColorEssential Lipsticks

Face Stockholm Pastel Eyeshadows

Face Stockholm BB Cream

Ellis Faas Mascara

Beauty Addicts GlimmerSheers

Bella Mari natural foundations

Makeup Wars takes on Nude lips

Epic Blend Lip Balms

Tarina Tarantino’s Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Eyeshadow Brushes

SUBSCRIPTION BOXES:

May Wantable Accessories Box

May Wantable Cosmetics Box

May IPSY bag

FabFitFun VIP Summer Box preview

NAIL POLISH:

Butter London Lolly Brights

Butter London Kerfuffle

3 perfect bold nail polishes for spring

Dior Front Row gel formula polish

Top Ten polishes for spring and summer

Trind polish – Mint Julep

Butter London Sweet Somethings Set

BATH AND BODY:

Beautifully Clean with Faith Aromatherapy

Ole Henriksen Nurture Me Cleansing Cloths

See what MST Miracle Balm can do for you

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Magnolia Sparkling Soak

Lush Mum Gift Set

4 tips for brushing wet hair and a Knotty Girl Coolway Brush review

RITUALS Laughing Buddha line

SKIN CARE:

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair with Peptide K8

Introduction to Derma MD

Clayspray Masks:  The most hygenic mask you’ll ever try

Livad A&D Cream

Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care Seven Facial Rejuvenating Oil Treatment

Neova Illuminating Eye Therapy 4.0 and Cu3 Intensive Lip Repair

Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser

YBF Define and Quench lip treatments

HAIR CARE:

Cristophe Volumizing Spray, Argan Oil Treatment, and Shaping Spray

Argan Oil 7 5-in-1 Moisture Healing Shampoo by NelsonJ

FRAGRANCE:

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent and Shimmering Body Oil

EXERCISE/HEALTH PRODUCTS:

Malory Band

FlipBelt

POISE MicroLiners

SUNDAY SCOOP

Giveaways from Beauty Info Zone and beyond

ACCESSORIES:

3 graduation gift ideas from Mont Bleu

June

Meijer Beauty Perks is now open for your buying pleasure

meijer logoAre you a Meijer shopper? If you live in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio or Kentucky then there’s a good chance that you have a Meijer nearby. My family has been Meijer shoppers for years. When you have growing kids you really appreciate the one stop shopping and great prices.DSC00540

But it’s not all about Cheerios, milk, peanut butter and Milk Bones; it’s also a place to stock up on all your beauty needs whether they are toothpaste, vitamins, shampoo, or cosmetics. When I’m looking for a new collection from Maybelline or L’Oreal I love to look at the end caps of Meijer stores since I’m more likely to find it there than any other store.

Maybelline at Meijers

Maybelline at Meijers

Meijer has a program called mPerks and you want to be a member of mPerks if you aren’t already. You always receive savings with the program but right now (April 20 – May 17) is Meijer Beauty Perks time. It’s a great time for saving. mPerks is a digital coupon division that helps save you time because you don’t have to cut out coupons; instead you digitally clip them and at checkout use your mPerks number to redeem. This free service is easy to use. They often have beauty coupons but through May 17th there are even more “Beauty Perks”.

Colgate at Meijer

Colgate at Meijer

polish galore at Meijer

polish galore at Meijer

The brands in my pictures are an assortment of what you’ll find during this special program – L’Oreal, Maybelline, Essie, Colgate, Garnier, Dove, Goody, Caress, Softsoap, and Nature’s Bounty among others. Take a gander and then get to the mPerks website, sign up and start saving. — Marcia

Goody, Nature's Bounty, accessories for beauty

Goody, Nature’s Bounty, accessories for beauty

Caress, special edition Softsoap, Dove

Caress, special edition Softsoap, Dove

mascara galore at Meijer

mascara galore at Meijer

More information and photos can be seen on Meijer’s Flickr Account.  Happy shopping!

*we have received products from Meijer to help promote Meijer Beauty Perks; this is not a sponsored or affiliated post

Want want want Wantable for December

Wantable December 2013

Wantable December 2013

I feel that Wantable’s subscription box needs no introduction since I write about it monthly and rave about it monthly too. In my book it’s the premier cosmetic subscription service around because they are all about COSMETICS. They aren’t sending me skincare to add to my piles of that. They aren’t sending me fragrance, thank goodness. I don’t have to worry about hair products that aren’t good for my hair. What they send for $36 a month is what I love – color cosmetics. Piles of that don’t bother me!

My December box was sent for review while previous boxes were purchased by me. I was fortunate enough to earn some credits by subscribers purchasing the box so I thank you for that. But now let’s get onto the good stuff – introducing my personal WANTABLE BOX FOR DECEMBER 2013.

Wantable December 2013

Wantable December 2013

On my profile I’ve got Eyeliner as a “love” item and I was especially excited about the EVELINE EYELINER MARKER ($10.99) included this month. Lately I’m on a liquid eyeliner journey and wear liquids easily 5 out of 7 days. EVELINE is a brand I never had heard of before which is one of the things I love about Wantable.

Eveline Eyeliner Marker

Eveline Eyeliner Marker

Eveline Eyeliner Marker

Eveline Eyeliner Marker

The point on this is firm so it’s very easy to use. I can do a one stroke liner with it though Eveline also recommends dotting along your lash line and then connecting in small strokes. While this needs a little touch up on the bottom lashline for me, it lasts the entire day on the top.

Eveline Eyeliner Marker

Eveline Eyeliner Marker

MICHAEL MARCUS SHADOW PRIME ($24) – I put eyeshadow as one of my “loves” and Wantable knows that eyeshadow needs a good eyeshadow primer. The primer reminds me a lot of Paula Dorf’s Eye Prime in consistency and color. This is a thick cream product. I apply it with a brush since my nails are too long for the pot but then I smooth with my finger. If I put on too much though it tends to eat my shadow so I have to be careful with the amount and be sure to let it melt into my skin. Where a thick cream can especially work well is with a pigment since it gives the loose powders something to grab onto. I need to try it with some of my sparkly shadows too.

Michael Marcus Shadow Prime

Michael Marcus Shadow Prime

My next two products are from my “like” list – blush and lip gloss.  The lip gloss is from 29 Cosmetics and it’s Dew Lip Gloss in Top It Off ($24). The color is a very sheer pale pink. It doesn’t give much color actually but it feels really good one the lips to top off a lipstick.

29 Cosmetics Dew Gloss in Top it Off

29 Cosmetics Dew Gloss in Top it Off

29 Cosmetics gloss in Top It Off

29 Cosmetics gloss in Top It Off

GIRLACTIK BEAUTY BLUSH in MILAN ($18) is a soft and luxurious feeling lilac pink blush. On the Girlactik website it shows this is the newest shade they’ve created. It also says that it’s a matte nude pink. It’s a silky matte but it’s not nude on me. It’s just a pretty light shade that I think is on the cool side. Since my skin is very fair though it probably is more of a nude on someone with darker skin.

Girlactik Beauty blush in Milan

Girlactik Beauty blush in Milan

Wantable always includes an extra in their packages and this month’s is just the cutest. It would make a great stocking stuffer or gift to put in a birthday card to a friend. Look at these cute GLAM GIRL MATCHBOX EMERY FILES from Kikkerland. Perfect size to put in a makeup bag and with its matchbox cover it won’t scratch anything. (I found them at shopinbliss.com for $1.99)

Glam Girl Match Book Nail Files

Glam Girl Match Book Nail Files

Glam Girl Match Book Nail Files

Glam Girl Match Book Nail Files

Another wonderful box that was a thrill to open. I always discover new brands and feel like I’m opening a birthday present when Wantable’s Cosmetic box arrives. Have you subscribed? You know you want to! — Marciawantable december all2

*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.

butter LONDON cosmetics – yes we said cosmetics!!

butter LONDON Rock On Tour

butter LONDON Rock On Tour

Here on Beauty Info Zone we’ve reviewed butter London nail lacquers and Lippies and are quite enamored with them. The good news is that butter London has expanded and now has a wonderful line of cosmetics that include eye pencils, blush, mascara, lip glosses and more. It’s an exciting colorful line that we can’t wait to test out.

The new Bespoke Colour Cosmetics Collection will be available at Ulta stores. To celebrate this butter LONDON has their team of artists including Katie Hughes coming to the following cities between August 7th and 29th.

·         Seattle, CA

·         Sacramento, CA

·         San Francisco Bay Area, CA

·         Los Angeles, CA

·         Orange County, CA

·         San Diego, CA

·         Las Vegas, NV

·         Atlanta, GA

·         Houston, TX

·         Dallas, TX

·         Chicago, IL

This ROCK OVER TOUR will include giving ULTA shoppers a free 20 minute consultation and Rock Over with Katie Hughes and her team of makeup artists. Additionally, consumers who purchase $25 of butter LONDON product will receive a full size Nail Lacquer in Chancer, while supplies last. If you are lucky enough to live in one of these cities you can get more information about the tour locations by visiting http://www.butterlondon.com/rock/index.html and call your local Ulta to book a free appointment!

butter LONDON Rock On Tour

butter LONDON Rock On Tour

 

Starbox is back for January with Pantone colors to thrill us

January Starlooks.com Starbox

January Starlooks.com Starbox

Suddenly the name Pantone has become a buzz word in the cosmetics world. Artists have always relied on Pantone for color accuracy and it’s been important for true makeup artists as well. But now it’s come to the masses and we will be influenced by Pantone’s colors and Color of the Year for a long time to come. In 2012 they announced it was Coral and now for 2013 Emerald has been coronated. The January Starlooks box (aka Starbox) is right where it belongs with beautiful shades of lighter coral and green.

Starbox for January

Starbox for January

Each month Starlooks sends a beautiful box they’ve curated of their own cosmetic line along with a surprise or two. So far the boxes I’ve received have all been quite different from each other, always filling me with surprise and delight.

January Starbox

January Starbox

January’s box contains a gorgeous peach blush called Cuty Peach, a brown eyeliner pencil, a Diamondline Eye Liner in Fancy (a fabulous light green), a dome eyeshadow brush and the surprise of a beaded bracelet by Abby Rose Designs in Emerald. Plus they always include a crystal to collect. I now have a small collection of these. They’ve changed their program a little which I’ll explain after telling you about these great products.

All the Starbox goodies

All the Starbox goodies

I’m trying not to pick a favorite but I’m absolutely loving Cuty Peach blush and Fancy Diamondline eyeliner. The blush is luminous and reminiscent of much more expensive blushes that I have including one from Sunday Riley. The peach has enough pink in it to be a universal shade. It’s not shimmery at all, it’s just buttery soft and well pigmented. I have to use a light hand with this but it lasts all day long!

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach blush

Cuty Peach swatch

Cuty Peach swatch

Fancy Diamondline eyeliner is a beautiful eyeliner but I personally don’t use light shades like this. So how am I using it? As an eyeshadow or eyeshadow base! It’s so soft and smudges beautifully especially with the great Dome Brush included in the Starbox. The brush is very soft and does a great job of smudging especially. The other eyeliner is a brown eyeliner – what else can I say? It too smudges well but I like it as a straight brown eyeliner for my top lashline.

eyeliners and brush

eyeliners and brush

Fancy Diamondline eyeliner

Fancy Diamondline eyeliner

Brown eyeliner pencil

Brown eyeliner pencil

pencils swatched

pencils swatched

look at this gorgeous green Fancy Diamondline!

look at this gorgeous green Fancy Diamondline!

 

Dome Brush

Dome Brush

The bracelet was the biggest surprise. Abby Rose Designs is a shop on Etsy. (etsy.com/shop/abbyrosedesigns). Their motto is “The world around us is inspiring – a gorgeous palette of emotion and allure, both of which are incorporated into each Abby Rose piece. Inspiration can be drawn at a moment’s notice – from texture, color, or even a fleeting thought.” Beautiful sentiments and a nicely made piece of costume jewelry just right for this season. (Plus I’ll finally have something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day!!).

Abby Rose Designs

Abby Rose Designs

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Abby Rose Designs bracelet

Here’s how Starlooks/Starbox has changed (or maybe it was there all along and I didn’t notice it!!). You can accumulate Star Dollars through purchases. For every dollar you spend you receive a star dollar. 100 points gives you $10 Star Dollars towards a purchase. They ship for free (unless your package is over 10 lb.) and the prices of their products are very reasonable. The eyeliners are $8, the blush is $12, the brush is $15. The Abby Rose Design bracelet sells for $15. The box costs $15 each month and if you miss a box they often have them still for sale for $25. The January box has a value of $58. I received this box from the company for review but I’m having so much fun with it that I’ve now subscribed to Starlooks/Starbox to see what other treasures they’ll be bringing me starting in February. This box of beauty is definitely worth the fun that the $15 will bring. — Marcia

jan starbox contents

See my other Starbox reviews here starlooks logo

Starbox by Starlooks – a true cosmetic subscription box at last

Starlooks

Whenever I talk about subscription boxes I hear complaints that people don’t need or want more fragrance or skincare samples. They are inundated with them and plain old tired of them. Yes if the boxes had one of those samples and included cosmetics then people would be happy. Instead they are loaded with samples that will probably never get used. But Starbox by Starlooks  is different – they are just what you have been asking for: COSMETICS!! Just about everything in the box will be cosmetic. What a dream come true.

Starlooks for October

I have the latest box from Starbox and it’s what I’ve been hoping for all along. Full size cosmetics and lots of them. Each month you’ll receive 3-4 FULL SIZED pieces of makeup, hair product, or accessories by STARLOOKS. Each month will include a different mix of product types including colors, styles, formulas, etc.

A box costs $15 a month and there is a small charge for shipping (usually $1.98). Starbox cosmetics are created by the company. They have a very complete FAQ section, much better than any I’ve seen.

Let’s get to what was in my October box and why I’m so happy. There were 3 full size cosmetics that create a beautiful look plus a fun extra.

Gold Dust eyeliner pencil

Gold Dust swatch

  1. Starlooks Eye Pencil in Gold Dust. This is one of 20 shades that Starlooks makes. The shade is perfect for holidays especially. It’s a beautiful gold that isn’t brassy or too yellow. It applies smoothly and evenly. I find if I warm up the tip with my fingers that I can even use it as an eyeshadow. You can buy the pencils at the Starlooks store for $8.

    Starlooks Posh pigment

    Pigment jar opening

    Posh pigment swatched

  2. Starlooks Pigment in Posh. If you love pigments and you love purple then this is for you. It’s a beautiful slightly iridescent shade of purple that isn’t glittery. It applies like a dream. A little goes a long way. What’s so amazing about this pigment is that it lasts so well. I like using a tacky base with a pigment (lately it’s Mally Beauty Eye Primer) and Starlooks Posh pigment is easy to blend over it and lasted me the entire day. You can buy one of the 21 shades for $12.

    Masquerade

    Masquerade

  3. Starlooks Lipstick in Masquerade. This lipstick surprised me in a few ways. First I opened it and wondered why they’d send a red brown lipstick with purple eyes. Boy was I wrong. Masquerade is a beautiful red with a slight brown undertone that doesn’t show up that way on my lips. I’ve worn it straight from the tube and also applied with a lipbrush. I prefer the lipbrush because I like a softer look if I’m going to wear red lipstick. The other way it surprised me is that it doesn’t have fragrance. Anyone who has read Beauty Info Zone knows that I’m very fussy about fragrance. When I smelled it (I always smell products, one of my idiosyncrasies) I noticed nothing. When I applied it I noticed no fragrance but lots of moisture. Starlooks has me in their lipstick corner now. The online swatch is very accurate for Masquerade so I’m sure that the others are too.

    Online swatch for Masquerade

    Starlooks carries a whooping 89 lipstick shades at $11 each.

    Gold Dust pencil, Posh pigment, Masquerade lipstick

  4. Now for the surprise in the box. It’s called Eye Rock and it’s a set of Eye Tattoos.

    Eye Rock Eye Tattoo

    To use them you start with clean skin without any makeup or creams on. Play around with them to figure the right placement and see if they need to be trimmed. Wet the paper back thoroughly and then let the water soak in for about 40 seconds before you remove the paper. Now wet the area around your eyes liberally and smooth on the tattoo. Wait about 5 minutes for them to dry and seal. Eye Rock has dozens of designs and they cost $5.99 at Beauty.com.

If you’ve been doing the math you’ll see the box would cost $36 if bought separately but it sells for $15 total, no hidden costs. As with all subscription boxes, you take a chance because you don’t know what you’ll get but I can assure you that this is an amazing box for a great price. While it will be my 18 year old niece who ends up with Eye Rock tattoos, I’m happily using all the other products.

Starbook December teaser

Starbox December special

Now here’s the best part, Starlooks sells eyeshadow palettes for $99 but if you pre-order the December Starbox subscription you’ll be getting one for $15.  If that doesn’t persuade you to pre-order the December box I don’t know what will. It would make a fabulous gift too for any cosmetic lover on your list.

I see Starboxes in my future, do you? — Marcia

*sent for an honest review

Introducing Whip Hand Cosmetiques – fun, beautiful and unusual

Riese Lauriat of WHIP HAND Cosmetiques

I’m from Michigan and I’m proud of it. I was born in the city of Detroit, I was raised in the city of Detroit and I went to school in the city of Detroit. While I no longer live there, I do live close by. Detroit gets a bad rap all the time. Too often it’s well deserved but in spite of its problems it’s actually a great place. I love Michigan even with its lousy weather. We have great schools, we have 4 seasons, we have amazing museums, a great zoo and great sports teams and fans. We are surrounded by the Great Lakes and there are small lakes all over making us a water wonderland. And we now have WHIP HAND Cosmetiques. (You knew I would talk about makeup didn’t you???). I’m excited to be introducing Whip Hand to you and am going to be writing a series of reviews about this brand because it’s so dynamic and fun.

I had the pleasure of going to their grand opening and was able to meet the terrific people behind the brand. The enthusiasm for what they created was definitely contagious. The owners, Matt Cardwell and Riese Lauriat (founder and chief makeup artist), and Stacey (educator & master MUA) were delightful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. One of my favorite things is that a portion of what I bought was donated to a Detroit based charity dedicated to the financial empowerment of victims of domestic violence (SAFE). Plus they had some delicious food that I’m still thinking about!

Stacey and Riese of WHIP HAND

What Whip Hand Cosmetiques is all about is the empowerment of women. The story of how they created their name is interesting but too long so I’ll share it in the future.

Riese Lauriat is a professional makeup artist who has worked around the United States. She was born and raised in Hawaii and made her way to Detroit through her work. Seeing the potential that the city has she decided to stay and manufacture her dream products in the city. It took her two years to create the line before she was ready to debut it and she continues to work on it, creating new colors and products.

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When you look at the packaging it’s basically very plain. They carry pigments (they are gorgeous by the way) that are sold in small vials. Their lipsticks, cream blushes and cream eye shadows are sold in pans the size of a small eyeshadow with each being hand poured. They are then labeled and packaged in a small plastic container. Fancy – no. Beautiful, concentrated colors – yes. When they talk about their products they say they are “Made with attitude in Detroit”. As a native Detroiter I applaud them.

Premade lip palettes

Cream blush and lipsticks on magnetic testing wall

Cream eyeshadows samples

The testers for the pigments

The storefront they’ve opened is in a nearby city, Plymouth. After Riese and Mark decided on what to concentrate on with Whip Hand for now, they then searched for some of the best items to also carry in the store. If you are lucky enough to shop there you’ll find foundation and concealer from Face Atelier, brow products from Senna, pressed powder from Kett, Diamond Finishing Powder from Fusion of Color, amazing lashes and brushes from Stillazi, and brush sets from Esum. One of their goals is to carry brands that are from some smaller producers that are mostly owned and empowered by women.

Stilazzi brushes

Face Atelier foundations and concealers

Whip Hand Cosmetiques are fairly priced and there is free shipping on whatever you buy. You just don’t know how much I hate paying shipping so this is really thrilling to me. Lip creams are $9 as are the cream eyeshadows and pigments are $14. You need so little of these products that they are actually a bargain. Their amazing face primer, Set the Stage, is $36. They’ve also created other products like Give Good Face (Rosewater toner), Strike It Rich (deep cleansing oil) and Brush Job (brush cleanser).  They have cream blushes which I didn’t realize or I’d have bought one for sure (and probably will soon). Those are also $9.

WHIP HAND Set the Stage Primer

WHIP HAND Ctrl-Alt-Delete makeup remover

WHIP HAND Give Good Face

There was so much more I learned there that my head is spinning and I can’t remember it all. What I do remember though (besides the chocolate chip peanut butter enchilada type cookie) is that I was impressed with WHIP HAND Cosmeticques and am looking forward to sharing my finds with you. So stayed tuned for more to come. — Marcia

p.s. I just rejoined Beauty Army because I saw that they have a special CAMO collection from Whip Hand Cosmetiques as part of their choices. I had to change my profile to show I only wanted makeup (and nails and eye care) to get it to show up but it’s ordered!!! YEA!!