Splurge vs Steal with Urban Decay, Covergirl, NYC Lovatics, Makeup Revolution USA

close up of usa dollar money and piggy bank

It’s time for a new Makeup Wars and I’m excited about this one. I can’t wait to read what the other bloggers have chosen as their SPLURGE vs STEAL items. For my edition I decided to stick with neutral palettes since they are so popular. Urban Decay Naked palettes started the craze with Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Bon Bons following. At $54 and $49 respectively it’s hard to own all the ones you are interested in…. so here comes the steals.

I read this type of article often in magazines and the first thing that comes to my mind is the question of Quality. Yes, two items may look similar, but is the steal something you’d want to wear/use? I have made sure that my steals are ones that I can recommend without question.

URBAN DECAY is the brand that I believe has led the way into the neutral revolution. They have excellent marketing and know how to get the word out with some cutting edge products. Just look at how they’ve promoted the Gwen Steffani items! People are going nuts over them. Also their Naked palettes don’t go out of favor. When I was pulling this together I realized that I can’t find my Naked Basics and Naked 2. Just because they are older doesn’t make them any less relevant and now I’m thinking about purchasing them. I looked to see how to compare my ‘steals’ to my Urban Decay and Too Faced. I hope I’ve succeeded.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Cosmetics has a new collection in collaboration with Demi Lovato. I received several items that I’ll be reviewing in full and I’m loving them. This $6.99 palette LOVATICS BY DEMI is incredible and a perfect match for the original URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE. $6.99. vs $54. Now that’s what I call a Splurge vs Steal. When you find this at Walmart, Target or wherever NYC is sold, grab it before it’s too late.

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 vs ULTA ROSE GOLD PALETTE

These two are so close that I can blindly reach for either to achieve the same looks. This is a $54 vs $20 Splurge vs Steal except that Ulta’s palette is always on sale and you can use their coupons. This particular week all ULTA products are buy 2 get 2 free, last week this palette was $12.

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

MAKEUP REVOLUTION USA AFFIRMATION vs URBAN DECAY SMOKY and TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BONBONS

There are 32 eyeshadows in MAKEUP REVOLUTION’S AFFIRMATION PALETTE. This Ulta exclusive is $15 with BOGO 1/2 currently going on. It’s also available with the $3.50 coupon that Ulta advertises. I had to seek out two palettes to match up with the AFFIRMATION palette because it has so many versatile shades.

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky contains these shades: champagne shimmer micro-glitter, medium bronze, metallic taupe iridescent micr-glitter, metallic silver taupe tonal sparkle, light metallic gray, medium charcoal micro glitter, jet black satin, deep plum taupe, cool taupe matte, rich brown matte, soft pink taupe and light beige satin. Look at the above picture – recognize those shades?

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons contains these shades: matte mauve, cool greige, matte suede, matte plum brown, gilded rose, electric fuchsia pearl, cherry cola shimmer, satin nude, smokey sapphire, deep metallic amethyst, gilded cocoa, metallic taupe, metallic cocoa bronze, and matte warm cream. You can find duplicates of all these shades in the Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette too.

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation USA, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

While I love my Urban Decay palettes I shudder thinking about how much money they’ve cost me. Makeup Revolution USA Affirmation isn’t as pigmented as UD and TF but I end up with the same colors and looks. I’m the only one that knows that the Affirmation palette costs a fraction of the other too.

COVERGIRL TRUNAKED NUDES

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Last is the Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette which is a beautiful rendition of a nude palette. The colors are exactly what you need to create daily looks as well as smoky eyes. The palette sells for approximately $12.99 but you can find sales on it. Currently at Ulta it’s $11.98 with a BOGO 1/2 on Covergirl products. I have been blown away by the color and quality of this palette.

I think these steals are pretty fabulous and the true definition of Splurge vs Steal without compromising quality. What’s your favorite steal?  –  Marcia

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*NYC, Covergirl, Makeup Revolution received for editorial consideration, others are self purchased

Holiday parties? Try these five drugstore beauty items!

Holiday parties?  Try these five drugstore beauty items!‘Tis the season for holiday parties! The drugstore is my favorite friend because it has pretty much everything needed to get party perfect. Here are five picks to help you get smooth, styled, and glammed up gorgeous.

*pr samples

Venus Snap Razor

Venus Snap Razor

GET SMOOTH! Venus Snap Razor, $9.99-12.99  How cute is this? I’m often in a hurry when getting ready and the Venus Snap Razor‘s no-slip-grip is perfect, giving a super close shave while also hydrating skin. If you are going out of town for your parties, this is the perfect razor to pack.

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

GET STYLED!  Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask, $11.99 The Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask is a once a week treatment, and it’s terrific to use for party perfect hair. This isn’t a mask you need to pile on…a little goes a long way. Be sure to rinse well because it’s so moisturizing it can leave hair feeling a little sticky when it’s wet. After hair dries it is unbelievably smooth, shiny, and soft – exactly what want for a holiday party!

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

GET GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, $9.79-12.79  This a liquid foundation that is great for those with normal skin. It really does last and last, which is what you want when you are going to party all night. It gives medium coverage and a natural look. It does have a slight fragrance. I find that it’s better to use a foundation sponge than a brush or even fingers – sponging it on gives the best coverage and finish.

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick in Magnetic Mauve

GET EVEN MORE GLAM! COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipstick, $6.99-8.99 Get some major glam and keep it with Covergirl Outlast Lipstick. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips. I am loving the Magnetic Mauve shade, which is a flattering, pretty holiday berry.

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

Swatches of COVERGIRL Magnetic Mauve and Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club

GET SUPER GLAM! COVERGIRL Bombshell Shine Shadow in Platinum Club, $6.99-8.99 Have you tried the Covergirl Bombshell Shine Shadows yet?  If not, you need to get some stat!! It’s a soft, sort of powdery mousse that goes on in sheer layers. It takes only a few moments to dry into a beautiful shimmery finish. Platinum Club, a multi-hued purple/brown/gray is my pick for a holiday perfect shade. It’s fantastic alone, although it’s wonderful paired with a matte pink or light gray shadow. The staying power is excellent, even without using an eye primer.

Get to the drugstore and get ready to party on!!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Five essential tips for transitioning into fall – with a little help from Meijer

Everything you need to transition into fall from Meijer!

Everything you need to transition into fall from Meijer!

I guess it is officially fall…I saw my first Christmas display at the store today!! I also saw my first red and orange leaves on the trees in my yard. I’m breaking out my heavy jeans, sweaters, and jackets – so much fun to rediscover a whole new season’s wardrobe. Meijer sent me a fabulous box of goodies with everything needed to also change my skin care and cosmetics wardrobe and it reminded me of the five essential tips for transitioning into fall.

Rethink your skin care

Rethink your skin care

1.  Rethink your skin care.  With the weather turning cooler, the air inside gets drier which changes your skin care needs.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

A terrific option for makeup removal and toner is Simple Cleansing Micellar Water ($6.29). It’s all the rage right now and for good reason. This is gentle and easy to use, and most importantly it doesn’t dry out skin. In fact, the micellar water boosts skin hydration 90%. The price is right too, making it a no-brainer for fall.

Switch your hair products

Switch your hair products

2.  Switch your hair products to compensate for dry indoor air.  Just like skin, hair changes with the seasons, and fall brings dry, frizzy, static-filled hair. Go for moisturizing hair products, like Pantene Expert Collection Dry Defy Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.39). This ultra-moisturizing duo tackles even the most parched hair, taking care of frizz, split ends, and static.

Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant

Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant

3.  Try going natural for toothpaste and deodorant. My daughters have completely switched to Tom’s of Maine products and swear by the AntiPlaque and Whitening Toothpaste ($4.49) and Natural Deodorant ($4.49). The toothpaste is flouride-free and fights both cavities and plaque, and the deodorant is aluminum-free with 24 hour odor protection that really works. Not only do these natural products truly perform, Tom’s of Maine walks the talk as a planet friendly line that is truly natural, sustainable, and responsible.

Update and invest in new fall colors

Update and invest in new fall colors

4.  Update old products and invest in some fun fall colors.  It’s a great time to invest in some new makeup brushes, and definitely time to throw out your old mascara, lip gloss, and foundation and get some fresh new shades.

Fun fall shades and products to update

Fun fall shades and products to update

I am so happy to see that the Real Techniques Travel Essentials Makeup Brush Collection ($12.59) is available at Meijer. Marcia first introduced me to these brushes several years ago and they are absolutely fantastic. This set comes with a cool travel case and it includes my favorite brush of all time – the Domed Shadow Brush.

Mascara needs to be replaced every 2 months or so, and there are great sales at Meijer for the fall season so take advantage! Two picks for long and lush lashes include Covergirl The Super Sizer ($6.99) and Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal Chaotic Lash ($6.99). Why not go big this fall?  The Super Sizer makes lashes as long as they can get.  Don’t give up on the Colossal Chaotic Lash…once I figured out how to use the brush both vertically and horizontally my lashes went from ok to incredible.

Lippies need to be updated too…throw out those gross old lip glosses and sticky lipsticks and try something a little different. I can’t stop raving about the Covergirl Outlast Lipstick in Into the Fuchsia  This is a bright, bold shade with a hint of shimmer and the opaque coverage really lasts. It’s a cross between a lipstick and a gel-based balm and it feels divine on the lips.

And how perfect is that Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Palette in Surreal ($6.59)? Interestingly, this was part of the Summer 2015 Collection, but I think the gold and green shades are truly perfect for fall.

New season, new scents!

New season, new scents!

5.  Switch to new scents for the new season.  It’s time to say goodbye to soft summer scents and go a bit bolder. For women, I love Versace Bright Crystal ($73). The top notes are pomegranate, Yuzu and frosted accord. Mid-notes include peony and magnolia, and base notes include amber extracted from plants, musk and red woods. I think of this as a ‘frozen flower’ scent…great for transitioning into colder months!

For the man in your life, I am totally gaga for Hugo Man by Hugo Boss ($19.99). The top note is green apple, with aromatic notes and a base of fir balsam. Makes me picture a buff guy in flannel, riding a horse, stopping to pick me an apple as we ride through an orchard…ah, you get the idea. It’s fabulous and you want your guy to smell like this.

If you need an excuse to go shopping, you’ve got two here – you need new things for the new season and Meijer has great sales going on right now. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get ready for fall!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

A trio of interesting drugstore mascaras (Covergirl, Maybelline, Rimmel)

Rimmel Wonderlash, Covergirl The Super Sizer, Maybelline Lash Sensation

Rimmel Wonderlash, Covergirl The Super Sizer, Maybelline Lash Sensational

Drugstore beauty shopping is always a fun treat. If I want a pick me up I head to the aisles of CVS, Walgreen, Meijer or Ulta to find something new to try out. While two of these mascaras were sent for review, I know I’d have eventually picked them up during a sale.

I find this trio to be very different from each other. They aren’t sisters from another mother in any way. They may not even be from the same clan though they all have something I like about them. I’m reviewing them in order from least to most eyelash presentation.

Covergirl The Super Sizer

Covergirl The Super Sizer

COVERGIRL THE SUPER SIZER* is the newest addition to the Covergirl family ($6.85). What stands out about this mascara is the wand. This very skinny wand has small and larger bristles intertwined. It looks like it’s not going to give you any volume, but depending on your own lashes you might be surprised. I personally have straight, wimpy lashes and I don’t get much in the way of volume from Super Sizer. It’s a great bottom lash mascara because it doesn’t smudge when you apply it. The trick with Covergirl Super Sizer is to twirl the brush as you apply it. I didn’t do that the first time I used it and I was very disappointed. But I kept on and each day got a little bit better. While this isn’t going to give me the lushness I crave, it does open my eyes and never smudges.

Rimmel Wonder Lash

Rimmel Wonder Lash

RIMMEL WONDER LASH MASCARA WITH ARGAN OIL* is a step beyond others I’ve tried from the drugstore. I love that this conditions my lashes while making them look good at the same time. While the package says it’s a volume mascara, I find that it gives me better length and definition than it does volume. This is the mascara that I like to use on a daily basis. It’s not as lush as I’d like to see my lashes get but it’s not meek or mild either. It removes with ease and my lashes aren’t crispy or flaky with this. No raccoons need apply for this job.

wearing Rimmel Wonderlash with argan oil

wearing Rimmel Wonderlash with argan oil

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL ($8.99) and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the mascara and have recommended it but I hate how difficult it is to remove. No matter which eye makeup remover I try, I do seem to lose some lashes with it and that drives me nuts since I don’t have extras. The best remover for this is Reviva Labs Eye Makeup Remover Gel which I put on a cotton pad and let sit on my lashes for at least 10 seconds before trying to remove.

Maybelline Lash Sensation

Maybelline Lash Sensational

I bought this in Blackest Black (on special of course) and it definitely is the darkest of these three. It also gives me the best lashes of the group. I love the curved brush since it seems to get all my lashes in one scoop. Maybelline calls it a “full fan effect” and I think that’s an accurate description. The curved brush has 10 layers of densely packed bristles to give that fullness. What I get with Lash Sensational is volume, definition and length. What else can I ask for? Well… there’s that issue of removal and there’s the issue of longevity. Normally I get a good three months out of a mascara (especially since I have several in use at the same time) but by month two I noticed that Lash Sensational didn’t have the oomph any more. It dried out faster than I expected. I’ll most likely buy this again during a sale but at least I know the limitations of it.

Have you tried any of these mascaras? What’s your opinion of them? — Marcia

*starred items received for consideration

Huge ULTA and COVERGIRL giveaway plus a Grammy inspired look!

Wow, the Grammys sure were polarizing this year, in terms of both the fashion and the politics! It was a great show and to celebrate ULTA and COVERGIRL are sponsoring a HUGE giveaway for BIZ readers. Plus, I have a COVERGIRL look inspired by the pop princess herself, Rihanna.

Win all of these COVERGIRL products and a $50 Ulta giftcard too!

Win COVERGIRL products and a $50 Ulta giftcard too!

Also, from now until February 21st, ULTA shoppers who purchase any COVERGIRL product can receive an additional COVERGIRL product for 50% off!

photo credit:  cnn.com

photo credit: cnn.com

Yes, Rihanna was pretty amazing performing Four Five Seconds with Paul McCartney and Kanye, but her true WOW moment was on the red carpet in her Giambattista Valli couture silk and tulle gown. I know, I know…lots of people thought this was a huge miss and that she looked like a giant toilet paper cozy. But I loved this! It’s big, it’s a statement, and it’s fun! I think the gown looks amazing on Rihanna and the pink shade is beautiful. A gown like this needs soft hair and makeup, which is exactly what Rihanna chose.

My Grammy inspired look with COVERGIRL products

My Grammy inspired look with COVERGIRL products

That gorgeous pink gown and Rihanna’s understated makeup inspired my look which I created using products sent to the BIZ by ULTA and COVERGIRL. Products I used include Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad, Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner in 805, Full Lash Bloom Mascara, and Outlast Lip Color in 720.

Covergirl Grammy Inspired look

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

The Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad has a beautiful deep pink which I used on the mobile lid; a shimmery copper pink I used in the crease; a medium matte brown used in the crease and the outer portion of the mobile lid; and a light shimmery pink which I used on the brow. The end result? A glam yet still understated eye look that really opens the eye.

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad swatched

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad swatched

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad and Bombshell Eyeliner swatched

COVERGIRL Blooming Blushes Eyeshadow Quad and Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner swatched

I then lined my upper and lower lash line with the Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner and filled in my eyebrows, too. This is a winner of an eyeliner thanks to the easy to use felt applicator and the powder doesn’t smudge.

Covergirl Blooming Blushes eye

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara brush

Then I applied three coats of the Full Lash Bloom Mascara, which has a stellar brush that really grabs every lash. I finished with a peachy-pink lip courtesy of the Outlast Lip Liner in 720. This is a longwearing lip color that comes with a fabulous topcoat that adds moisture and shine.

My COVERGIRL Grammy inspired look

My COVERGIRL Grammy inspired look

To celebrate the Grammys, ULTA and COVERGIRL are sponsoring our giveaway so you can create your own Grammy inspired look! Here is what you can win:

Covergirl and Ulta giveaway

A $50 ULTA gift card so you can go buy lots of goodies to make your own look

Covergirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara

1 COVERGIRL Full Lash Bloom Mascara:  Bring out every lash with Full Lash Bloom by LashBlast Mascara. The petal-shaped brush design aligns, combs, and coats every lash evenly for full, separated volume, while the soft mousse formula with full-flex system makes lashes soft and full as a flower – not stiff or spiky.

CoverGirl Eyeshadows

Covergirl Eyeshadow Quads

COVERGIRL Eyeshadow Quads

1 COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quad:  New shadows with high-intensity shades, rich textures and beautiful intuitive pack design providing that instant eye impact. Shadows are enriched with skin conditioners and modifiers for a smooth, even application.

Covergirl Bombshell Eyeliners

1 Bombshell Pow-Der BROW + Liner:  Get beautifully defined, face-framing brows & soft eye definition instantly and easily.

Covergirl Outlast Lip Colors

1 Outlast Lip Color:  Our advanced formula, with resilient, brilliant coverage, color, and shine, gives you up to 16 hours of color that stays true, in just 2 easy, breezy steps. Outlast’s long-lasting lip color has a moisturizing topcoat that helps lock in shine – no feathering, no bleeding

With all the beautiful artists in the music categories of Alternative, Pop, R&B, Country and Rock, there must be at least one who inspired a makeup look for you. Take a moment to enter this giveaway so you can create your own look with ULTA and COVERGIRL! And don’t forget, from now until February 21st, ULTA shoppers who purchase any COVERGIRL product can receive an additional COVERGIRL product for 50% off!

This is open to US only through February 23rd @11:50 p.m. EST. If the comments close early then just comment on our Facebook page or email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment, then you can click “I commented” and go on with other options.  Be sure to enter today!! — Lisa

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*products reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of ULTA and COVERGIRL
 

10 Budget Friendly Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

Whether you or your kids are going back to school or off to college, it’s the perfect time of year to find deals on essential beauty products.  The Meijer Beauty team challenged me to find my top back-to-school picks, and it was gratifying to see my must-have bath, body and color items with wonderful prices.  Considering I work in a high school and have kids in both college and middle school, I am all about finding the best products at the right price.  Drumroll please…my top ten recommendations for essential (and budget friendly) back-to-school products.

Soap for school:  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love...Coconut & Cream Shower Gel

Soap for school: J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap and I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream

1.  J.R. Watkins Foaming Hand Soap ($4.99, I got it at Meijer for $4.49)  The reason I first bought this hand soap was for the awesome vintage label.  The reason I keep buying it?  It’s excellent foaming hand soap, especially for the price.  The soap in public buildings like schools is usually pretty rough stuff, I wash my hands all the time.  My solution is to bring my own.  I keep this soap in my office, and it would fit nicely into a locker.  I like the Aloe and Green Tea scent as a real mood enhancer to help get the school year off right.

2.  I love…Coconut & Cream Bubble Bath and Shower Cream ($7.29)  This British brand is soooo good…doesn’t the packaging look like the Philosophy bottles?  I actually prefer the I love… brand, and it is so much more affordable.  I start my day with a shower then end it with a bubble bath, and the Coconut & Cream scent takes me right back onto vacation.

Necessities for school

Necessities for school

3.  Goody 50 piece Ouchless No Metal Elastics ($2.19, but I got mine at Meijer for $1.10!)  The perfect way to hide morning bedhead is with a ponytail or bun…and these Ouchless Elastics don’t snag, pull, or break hair strands.

4.  Nivea Lip Butter in Caramel Cream Kiss ($3.99)  This super cute lip butter has only been available in the U.S. for about a year, and I am so happy it’s easily found now!  It has great slip and keeps lips soft and moist, plus it tastes like caramel toffee.  Yum.

5.  Meijer Hand Sanitizer ($1.19)  This is simply a must-have for purses and backpacks.  You never know who was sitting in that desk or what nose they were picking…eewwwwww.

Perfect colors for back to school!

Perfect colors for back to school!

Nudes and deep pinks

Nudes and berries

6.  Cover Girl Bombshell Volume by Lashblast Mascara ($9.39)  I think this is the best drugstore mascara out there.  One end is the base coat, which gives definition and length perfect for casual days.  When I want more oomph – and I mean fantastic oomph – I use the other end, the intensifying top coat.  This side darkens lashes and provides mega-drama without any flakes or smearing.

Physician's Formula Nude Eyes

Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes

Nude Eyes - gorgeous.

Nude Eyes – gorgeous.

7.  Physician’s Formula Nude Eyes ($9.99, but I got mine at Meijer for an incredible $6.99)  I am loving neutral, nude eyes with berry cheeks for the fall, and this nude eyeshadow palette is to die for.  Is it reminding you of the Urban Decay Naked2 palette?  Yup, me too, but this is way cheaper with the same quality.  Use these shadows dry or wet for more intensity, and keep the palette sitting out because the packaging is stunning.

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose

8.  Maybelline Hi-Lighting Blush in Pink Rose ($8.29)  Just check out the gorgeousness of this mosaic highlighter/blush.  The soft, creamy shades can be used alone, but I like to swirl a big brush over the whole thing for a beautiful berry glow on my cheeks.

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

Nicole by OPI mani and pedi shades for school

9 and 10.  Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Sing You Like a Bee and Cocoa a Gogo ($5.99 each)  Going back to school is an awesome reason to treat yourself to a manicure and a pedicure, and these two shades are perfect for a nude and berry combo.

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee

Sing You Like a Bee is from the Carrie Underwood collection.  This is a gorgeous sheer white with golden shimmers.  It is a beautiful shimmery nude look by itself, and it makes a perfect top layer over pretty much any color.

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo

Cocoa a Gogo is a shimmery chocolate-brown that I love for pedicures…and it is the perfect color for transitioning into cool days and cozy nights by the fire.  Even better, it smells like cinnamon!

Not only are these ten products essentials, it also costs less than $55 to purchase them all at Meijer.  Get your style on for back to school and save money too!

Be sure to check out MeijerStyle.com the last week in August for a post with links to lots of blogger Back-to-School articles – one lucky person who comments on the MeijerStyle.com post will receive a gift basket of Back-to-School/Back-to-College products.  – Lisa

*products reviewed courtesty of Meijer, opinions and selection of items all my own!

A Night at the W™ courtesy of Walgreens and Procter & Gamble (plus a giveaway)

First 3 Procter & Gamble products you can win

First 3 Procter & Gamble products you can win

Walgreens® and Procter & Gamble have created something fun for all of us and it’s totally free. Every single Walgreens® in the country, bar none, will have a “Night at the W™,” for us beauty lovers. “Night at the W™,” will be on Thursday, January 10th from 4-9 p.m so you can stop in when it’s most convenient for you. They call this the official party of the People’s Choice Awards. Now why would you want to do this? Because you can win prizes to make you red carpet ready even if the carpet you walk on isn’t red and isn’t going into a big event. We all want to start 2013 looking our best. We make New Year’s Resolutions about taking better care of ourselves, losing weight, exercising so why not looking better too.

Walgreens® and Procter & Gamble have worked with Tim Gunn to create some tips for all of us. After you read them you’ll have a chance to win some items to help recreate what Tim Gunn shares right here on Beauty Info Zone.

Tim Gunn’s tips:

* Get a Camera-Ready Smile: A bright white smile is absolutely necessary whether you’re walking the red carpet or the runway. A simple tip I tell all the runway models is use something like a Crest Whitestrips. There’s this 2 hour treatment you can put on when you are getting ready.

Crest 3D White Whitestrips

Crest 3D White Whitestrips

* Get Ready for Your Close-Up:  When it comes to facial hair removal, there’s nothing to be ashamed of, and there’s everything to gain. Olay has something new that is perfect for this and because it’s from Olay you know your skin will look fabulous!

Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo

Olay Facial Hair Removal Duo

* Every day is a new chance for you to “walk the runway,” so I like to encourage woman to try new things whether it be a new lipstick or nail color.

Procter & Gamble cosmetics you can win

Procter & Gamble cosmetics you can win

 

* Some of the most stunning looks I have seen lately are topped off with healthy-thick hair. Not every woman has thick hair and as women age their hair tends to thin. There is a new hair thickening product on the market from Pantene that will give you that gorgeous hair.pandg pantene

* To keep your skin glowing, it is important to stay hydrated by using a good moisturizer and drinking lots of water. And you can make your features pop with the right makeup and brightest smile.

Now for the giveaway – you can win a sample package of Crest® 2 HR Express Whitestrips; Olay® Facial Hair Removal (Medium to Coarse); Pantene® Expert Collection AgeDefy Thickening Treatment, CoverGirl® Clump Crusher (Very Black); CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balm; and CoverGirl Nail Gloss.

This whole prize is great and will be sent to one US based subscriber. I can’t help but have favorites though. I had recently bought CoverGirl® Clump Crusher mascara after some of my fellow bloggers raved about it in a recent Makeup Wars. It’s absolutely clump proof no matter how many coats of mascara you put on. CoverGirl® has new nail polishes out called Nail Gloss and these are beautiful and so shiny – no need for a top coat because the shine is built in. I received a sample box in order to tell you about the “Night at the W™” and my polish is #275 which is a dark, sultry Wine Stain. The CoverGirl® LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm I received is Toffee Twist, a great nude lip crayon that twists up so you don’t have to sharpen it. I don’t know what colors you’ll get in the Nail Gloss or Jumbo Gloss Balm but the two I received are terrific.

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara

Cover Girl Lipgloss Balm in Taffy

Cover Girl Lipgloss Balm in Toffee Twist

Cover Girl Nail Gloss 275

Cover Girl Nail Gloss 275

one coat on left, two coats on right, no topcoat needed

one coat on left, two coats on right, no topcoat needed

Our giveaway goes until January 14, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. But only one person can win. We all want to be winners so get yourself to Walgreens® on January 10th between 4 and 9 and see what goodies they might be giving away along with tips to be Red Carpet Ready. I’ll be there!! — Marcia

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