Add Macy & Mia to your life for wonderful cruelty free fun!

macy and mia bag frontMacy & Mia was created by artist DJ Victory and it’s such a fun exciting brand. We were lucky enough to receive products from this cruelty-free line and we’re having a ball using them. Even better though is introducing you to the brand knowing that they donate 10% of retail sales to Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need. DJ Victory is a hero to us in that way.macy and mia card

MARCIA HAS A UNICORN BRUSH COLLECTION AND THE SILICONE SPONGE

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Makeup Applicator

I’m sure you’ve read about the new Silicone Sponges. These work to help you with your foundation application. Macy & Mia’s is the only one I’ve tried and I love the bright pink of it. The silicone sponge has a thermoplastic polyurethane outer shell and is filled with silicone. It’s soft and pliable and it’s PINK!!

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

Macy & Mia Silicone Sponge Applicator

There’s a learning curve with this kind of applicator that can be frustrating but once you have it down you’ll find that just a drop of foundation is enough to cover your entire face. ($7.99)

The 5 PIECE NEON BRUSH SET is the cutest item I have in my collection. These cruelty-free magical brushes have added some fun to my vanity.macyandmia unicornMacy & Mia have a variety of Unicorn brushes that would make the best graduation gift for someone in your life. They are fun, colorful, vegan, cruelty-free brushes that will bring a smile to someone’s face.

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

The 5 piece Neon Unicorn Brush Set is on sale right now for $14.99 which is a great price, regular price is $24.99. There are 4 face brushes and 1 eyeshadow brush with neon synthetic bristles. These are super soft so they are lovable!

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

Macy & Mia Neon Unicorn Brush Set

In addition to this set there are others like a 5 piece Pastel collection and a 5 piece Multi-colored collection (3 face, 2 eye brushes, $14.99), a 10 piece Unicorn collection (6 face, 4 eye, $$24.99), and their 11 piece Original Brush set in a makeup pouch ($49.99)

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

Macy and Mia Original Brush Set

The vibe I get from Macy & Mia is a “girls just wanna have fun” one and I love that fun.

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

LISA HAS CRUELTY-FREE LIPSTICK/LIP LINER SETS 

Ok, true confession:  when I first saw the colors of these lip sets, two words ran through my mind:  OH NO.  I never thought in a million years that these shades would work for me…plus they are matte.  That alone is usually the kiss of death for my thin, skinny lips.  My MO is to brighten my lips up as much as possible and give them all the thickness I can get without needles full of Restalyne, typically with tons of shine and shimmer and pinky/rosy/peachy shades.  But I was very happy to give the Matte Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Sets a whirl, especially after I read this quote from DJ Victory:

“It’s my hope that each morning when women apply their makeup that they will remember that they are beautiful with or without it. I try to be always grateful for what I have. Sometimes that is difficult when we live in a society that makes us feel less than if we don’t meet certain beauty standards. I hope these beautiful colored lipsticks and fluttery eyelashes remind women to always see the beauty within themselves and others as well as to show compassion, teach gratitude, and remain humble.”

How can you not adore her??

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner in Samantha and Tristan

Ok, so back to the Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lip Liner Sets ($24.99).  The Lip Liner is a gel liner that glides on and creates a perfect canvas for the Matte Liquid Lipstick.  Matte lipsticks are notorious for showing every crack and wrinkle, so a matching creamy lip liner that also acts as a moisturizing balm is a total bonus.  Lucky for us, the liners come free with these!  The shades are very interesting – the two I tested are most definitely throwback shades to the 1990’s, which is a lot of fun.  If you wear them full on, they dry matte and stay on for a long time with strong opaque color.  Or, as I discovered, you can blot blot blot right after application, and they are the shy sister of the full on bold color – pretty, feminine, still unique but oh so wearable at any age.  Yay!!!!  These are sets that my 17-year-old steals when I’m not looking, but I still want them enough to refuse to give them up.  They are pretty terrific.

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Misa Tristan Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

 


Tristan Liquid Lipstick is a cool coco brown that takes me right back to 1996. Interestingly, I see this shade on the high school girls all of the time now…it’s definitely making a comeback.  I never thought I could wear it, and when I first put it on I was like, oh hell no.

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Tristan

Luckily I grabbed a tissue and did the classic lip blot three times, which was the exact magic formula to make this shade work beautifully for me.

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

Macy and Mia Samantha Liquid Lipstick (macyandmia.com)

The Samantha Liquid Lipstick is a smokey lavender with grey undertones.  Again, I thought oh no way can I pull this off.  But guess what?  With the three magical blots I not only pull it off, I love it!!  It turns into a soft grey purple berry shade that is different and feminine.  So pretty and it reminds me of spring lilacs.

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Liquick Lipstick in Samantha

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Macy & Mia Lip Liner and Liquid Lipstick swatches in Samantha and Tristan

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

Wearing Macy and Mia Liquid Lipstick in Samantha

I am just shocked that I love the shades Tristan and Samantha, and I adore the moisturizing lip liner and liquid lipstick combo.  In fact, I would go so far as to say I am rather obsessed.  I really want to try Jennifer, which is a deep pink; Jessica, which is a pale peach; and Heather, which is a mauve/neutral nude.  I honestly can’t wait to try them all.

A the BIZ, we love animals as much as we love cosmetics.  So it’s no surprise that we adore the super fun Macy & Mia line and are thrilled that part of the profits go toward Pay It Forward For Pets, a 100% non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals in need.  We really hope you check out this whimsical yet practical line for yourself!!

*samples

Double your chance of winning – Pacifica giveaway and #PacificaMuse Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

Pacifica Must Contest

What’s not to love about Pacifica? They sell cruelty free, vegan makeup, skincare, and fragrances. The emphasis being on cruelty free. They are sponsoring a big giveaway on Instagram to find a Pacifica Muse, a person who represents beauty in their own way. To inform Beauty Info Zone readers about this contest they’ve sent us some products that we’re going to be giving away to one of our readers.

First the Pacifica Muse Contest:

1  Take a video that’s 30 – 60 seconds long explaining why you should be the #Pacifica Muse

2  Upload the video to their Instagram

3  Be sure you tag it #PacificaMuse

Pretty easy directions to hopefully win $15,000 in cash and prizes

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

Beauty Info Zone Pacifica Cosmetic giveaway

The two items we have to share with our winner are the beautiful Power of Love Eyeshadow Palette. These are coconut-infused mineral eyeshadows that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

Pacifica Power of Love Palette

This is a neutral plus palette with all the colors you probably wear on a daily basis yet pops of color to make it more fun. They are all velvety with a combination of matte, satin, and pearl shades. This $20 palette from ULTA is sure to make your days more lovely.

The second delight you’ll receive is Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in the shade Beach Goth. The Devocean Natural Lipsticks come in 6 shades and are deeply pigmented, hydrating lipsticks. They are loaded with anti-aging ingredients that will help nourish your lips.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in Beach Goth

Do you have the gumption to be the next Pacifica Muse? There will be a variety of prizes given out to those who enter but that main prize of over $15,000 in cash and prizes plus more is going to be perfect for someone. Will it be a Beauty Info Zone reader?  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  Today’s giveaway is open to US and Canada subscribers. If you don’t subscribe to Beauty Info Zone by email then you aren’t eligible to win. The winner will receive these two beauties and maybe a little more. The giveaway continues through 8/8/16 at 11:59 p.m. ET. If comments close just email your comment to me at [email protected] and label it PACIFICA. Make your comment in the email and then go on to do more entries. Remember you can tweet daily on our giveaways so that’s even more chances to win. We will check all entries so keep it honest.

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*product for giveaway sent by @ilovepacifica
Follow Pacifica on social media channels:  Facebook @bacificabeauty, Instagram @ilovepacifica, Twitter @ilovepacifica and Pinterest at ilovepacifica

Vapour Organic Beauty now has a carmine free line

If you know about Vapour Organic Beauty then you know that this is an independent brand founded by three people who only create and sell what they believe in. It’s made entirely from pure minerals, essential oils and organic plant ingredients. Many consumers that are interested in Vapour Organic Beauty only use cruelty free products and vegan lines. Carmine is a beetle that is found in South America. The beetle is a parasite that lives on the prickly pear cactus. Their dye is used in clothing dye, food dye, and in cosmetics as well as other items. The beetle is basically boiled to remove the color. Knowing this, it makes sense why many want to only use carmine free products.

Vapour Organic Beauty carmine free products

Vapour Organic Beauty carmine free products

Vapour Organic Beauty has a big line of carmine free cosmetics and they sent 5 of their newest ones for us to share with you. These glosses, blush sticks and eyeshadow were newly added to Vapour in the spring. You’re going to want them all.

Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush in Charm and Cheeky

Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush in Charm and Cheeky

Vapour has created some fabulous Aura Multi-Use Blush ($36) sticks that I’ve reviewed before. The two new shades are fabulous and I can’t get enough of them. I love a cream blush so these make me very happy.  I have normal skin that is only oily in the t-zone. The Vapour Beauty Blush sticks work beautifully on me. They glide on, are easy to blend and last well. I like to have a thin layer of translucent powder on my cheeks on the days that I use a cream blush since that’s going to make them blend better and last longer.

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Cheeky

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Cheeky

Cheeky Multi-Use is a soft cool pink that looks great on a cool skintone as a blush but also as a lip color. You can use these sticks on your eyes too. Charm Multi-Use is a warmer, peachier tone. Vapour describes it as “peaches & cream”.

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour Aura Multi-Use Blush in Charm

Vapour also makes cream eyeshadows called Mesmerize Eye Color ($20) or Mesmerize Eye Shimmer. This is my first experience using their cream eye color and I have the shade Ace. This is a beautiful plum tone brown described by Vapour as “smoky plum”. It’s a very subtle shade that can be used alone or with other shadows for more definition. I use an eyeshadow primer with this so it doesn’t crease on me but I think without one it would probably crease and/or fade. I apply it with my finger and then use a taklon brush to smooth it out.

Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

Vapour blush in Charm and Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

Vapour blush in Charm and Vapour Mesmerize Eye Color in ACE

If you love lipgloss then you need to know about Vapour’s collection, Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss ($22). The two new carmine free shades are Flutter and Tickle and both make my heart flutter and tickle my fancy. These are cool toned so they work best for me with Cheeky blush stick. There’s a slight sweet fragrance to them at first and the plumping action is non-stinging. You’ll notice your lips but you won’t feel any discomfort. Elixir Lip Gloss contains Vapour’s unique lip-specific nourishing blend of healing ingredients such as vitamin-rich Lecithin, Jojoba Oil, restorative Lemon Balm, and antioxidant Green Tea.

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Flutter and Tickle

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Flutter and Tickle

Tickle is the lighter of the two and could be considered to be a pink nude shade. Vapour describes it as a sugary sweet shimmery pink. When they say shimmer though, it’s not glitter, it’s a luminous quality that makes it look shimmery. Flutter is more pigmented and is described as a “multi-dimensional mauve with a hint of pink” and also “grown up sexy pink”. This is a non-sticky formula that feels very comfortable on because it’s so hydrating. My lips just feel soft when I wear these and never gooey.

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Tickle and Flutter

Vapour Elixir Plumping Lip Gloss in Tickle and Flutter

Elixir Lipglosses and Aura Multi-Use Blush

Elixir Lipglosses and Aura Multi-Use Blush

Kudos goes to Vapour Organic Beauty for being so socially aware and releasing carmine-free products. This collection is beautiful and filled with ingredients good for you and good for the earth. Do you have a favorite amongst these? — Marcia

You can find Vapour at online at www.vapourbeauty.com, www.spiritbeautylounge.com, www.b-glowing.com

Follow Vapour Organic Beauty #VapourOrganicBeauty on Facebook

*sent for editorial consideration

New tarte Cheek Stains and Power Pigments, part one

tarte Cheek Stains

tarte Cheek Stains

The iconic Cheek Stains are the gel/cream blushes that first fostered tarte cosmetics amazing reputation for cutting edge, quality products. Not only does tarte have 8 new Cheek Stain ($30) shades, they also have matching Power Pigments ($24), pencil lip tints with tons of color and lots of shine. Today, I have reviews and swatches of four shades:  Blissful, Flush, Natural Beauty, and True Love. Tomorrow Marcia will have her review and swatches of the other four: Tipsy, Exposed, Fearless, and Blushing Bride.

Tarte’s Cheek Stains are gel (with one exception that’s cream) blushes that give a ‘glow from within’ look. They come in a push-up container and are usually applied straight onto the cheeks. They go on a little wet, with quite a bit of play time to blend perfectly before drying down to a lasting, natural looking flush. Not only do they look beautiful, they are also great for the skin. They have five superfruits that are full of antioxidants to fight free radicals, including maracuja, goji, açaí, acerola, and pomegranate. These superfruits have tons of Vitamin C that brightens skin and moisturizes dry areas.

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

tarte Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments are extremely moisturizing and they quench dry lips while also healing them with antioxidants. In addition the color is fabulous thanks to that powerful pigment and the thinner pencil allows for a more precise application than is normally found with lip crayons. Ingredients include Vitamin E for antioxidant power; shea butter for emollience, and canauba wax for a super smooth application.

The Cheek Stains in today's review

The Cheek Stains in today’s review

The matching Power Pigments

The matching Power Pigments

I tend to be drawn toward darker shades while Marcia prefers lighter ones, so today is all about berries and reds (well, one peach shade snuck in there!!)

Blissful

Blissful Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Blissful swatches

Blissful swatches

Blissful is the lovely warm peach shade that snuck its way into the shades I chose to review. This is the lightest of my four today and it is a very soft, pretty peach that doesn’t lean too brown. The cheek stain is better suited to lighter skin tones, but the lippie will work for anyone who wants a warm peach without a ton of drama.

Flushed

Flush Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Flushed swatches

Flush swatches

Flush is a sheer berry shade. This is the shade that first drew me to the tarte line so many years ago! I find this shade is very natural. It looks like you just came in from a chilly day or a quick run. I love it.

Natural

Natural Beauty Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

Natural swatches

Natural Beauty swatches

Natural Beauty is a sheer rosy red shade. This is the only cream cheek stain in the bunch, which is why it has a difference appearance – the others have a rounded top, while this one is decidedly flat. The texture is different as well. It doesn’t go on as wet and the coverage is much less sheer for the cheek stain. The Power Pigment has the same texture, shine, and staying power as the other lippies. I think this fresh, healthy-looking shade is my most favorite of them all.

tarte True Love

True Love Power Pigment and Cheek Stain

True Love swatches

True Love swatches

True Love is a sheer watermelon shade. While the Cheek Stain looks incredibly dark, it goes on quite sheer and natural looking. The Power Pigment is certainly a deeper shade and they complement one another beautifully.

These four new tarte shades are all winners in my book and they all get tons of play from me. I love the matching cheek and lip colors – all of the lip shades are deeper versions of the cheek shades, making simply perfect mates for one another. If you prefer lighter shades, be sure to stay tuned for Marcia’s review tomorrow!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Makeup Wars: Cruelty Free Favorites

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It’s always fun to write a Makeup Wars post like this since it gives me a chance to really think about what I have and what I’d say are favorites. Truthfully I have a lot more products than you have the patience for so I picked 9 items that I’d buy again and again. Several of these were samples (*) but knowing that I will buy them myself led them to be the chosen ones.
1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette – naturally I have all the pictures done and no time to write about this but this is a favorite and will be reviewed soon. Too Faced is known to be cruelty free and their eyeshadow palettes are beautiful. Their palettes are $36 which is great for 9 shadows.
2. Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Cream Blush* – ooh la la! I have both shades of the blush duos and I can’t stop wearing them. There’s a beautiful bright cool toned pink called Mr. Pink and a fabulous pinky coral called Coral Cameo. I could never pick a favorite since they are both out of this world, long lasting and of course cruelty free.
3. Tarte Smooth Operator Concealer* – I love tarte concealers. I truly love them. I recommend them to people all the time. They have a lot of formulas so it’s easy to find one that fits your needs. Smooth Operator Concealer is my new favorite from tarte. I still use my others but this one sort of pushes them out of the way. It’s creamy, not messy, and like all tarte is cruelty free.
4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation – the last few months I’ve been using mostly BB and CC creams but the minute the weather cooled down a little this is the foundation I took out. I apply it with their Good Karma Optical Illusion Brush and the finish is wonderful. There are so many shades of this that you really need to go in and get matched for it, once you have it though you won’t want to put it down.
5. Bootie Babe Nail Polish* – I’m c-c-crazy about my Bootie Babe! Not only are the bottles the cutest thing this side of Miley Cyrus but the polishes are beautiful and last. This is not the last time you’ll be hearing about Bootie Babe from me!
6. Beauty Blender Sponge – I’ve been using the Beauty Blender sponge for years and years. It’s affectionately known as the Pink Egg around here. Even my 2 year old grandson is fascinated with the Beauty Blender Sponge and is always taking it off my vanity or asking for it. He may think it’s a fun toy but I think it’s great for blending my foundations.
7. DermOrganic hair care* – I love trying new hair care (though not as much as my blog partner Lisa) but you always need a staple to come back to and DermOrganic has made that cut. This argan infused line leaves my hair shiny and easier to manage.
8. It Cosmetics brushes – I don’t own this set but it was a great way to show you several of the It Cosmetics brushes together plus it’s a great buy on QVC. The It Cosmetic brushes are superior cruelty free brushes and every one I have is a delight. The good news is that you’re able to buy It Cosmetics at Ulta now too so you’ll have several places to find this amazing line.
9. Reviva Labs Hyaluronic Acid Serum* – actually I could have picked one of a dozen Reviva Labs products since they are all wonderful. I’m totally in love with their Makeup Primer, Anti-Irritant Gel, Vitamin E stick and this Hyaluronic Acid Serum. I wanted to include some skincare in this post and Reviva Labs jumped to the forefront. You can’t go wrong with this cruelty free well priced line.
Thanks so much for reading about some of my favorite products. Beauty Info Zone isn’t a cruelty free blog but we appreciate products that are and try to mention that in our reviews. There are wonderful CF brands as you can see. Which of these have you tried? — Marcia
Be sure to click on the rest of the links. You’ll be delighted to find products that you might not have realized were CF.