The best eyeshadow, lip gloss, and nail polish for the Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July!  Here is a holiday cosmetics Rorschach test for you.  What do you see in this photo?

photo from sf.funcheap.com

photo from sf.funcheap.com

Did you say patriotic Elvis?  Or did you say inspiration for your Fourth of July cosmetics???

Since you read this blog, I am guessing the latter.  And I’m with you!  Here are my top red, white, and blue eyeshadows, lippies, and nail polishes.

Red white and blue!

All you need for the Fourth of July!

Let’s start with RED.

left to right:

left to right: Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24, tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence lip cream in Promise; Zoya Nail Polish in Lisa

My red choices always tend to be on the ‘berry’ side of the realm.  Face Stockholm has the consummate raspberry red eyeshadow with Pearl Eyeshadow 24 – and yes, it does double duty as a blush.  It even does triple duty as a lip stain when mixed with some clear lip gloss.

Speaking of lippies, my most-loved red for this holiday is tarte cosmetics Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Promise.  This is a chubby lip creme that is self-sharpening and has a slightly minty taste.  It is a primo shiny strawberry red – not too warm or too cool.

My red nail polish choice is – but of course – Zoya in Lisa.  Lisa is the supreme 4th of July red – ruby-red with pink and red shimmer.  It’s fun and festive and not TOO over the top…just like me?  Maybe!

Next is WHITE.  All three of these products should be in every makeup artists bag.  Period.

left to right:

left to right:  Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies; Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss in Phuket; Cult Nail Polish in Tempest

The cream of the crop white eyeshadow is, hands down, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in White Lies ($5.99).  This is a pure white matte shade that should be in everyone’s collection.

If you are looking for a true white lip gloss, Whitening Lightning Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Phuket Exotic ($24) is your answer.  This is an opaque white gloss that can be worn alone, or it can be mixed with other colors to create a lighter shade.

My go-to white nail polish is Tempest from Cult Nail Polish ($12).   It’s an absolute pure glossy white, and it looks great on its own or is, of course, perfect for nail art.

Last but not least, BLUE.

left to right;

left to right:  Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri; Whitening Lightning in Bahama; Lacquer Lust in Zircon

I adore blue eyeshadow with brown eyes, and my most cherished blue is Senna Eye Color Glow in Capri ($18). It is the loveliest sapphire blue I have ever seen.

My blue lippie choice is yet another from Whitening Lightning, this one is Bahama Exotic.  Yes, it’s a daring choice, but let me tell you that blue makes your teeth look super white!  If you can pull off blue, this is a lip gloss you need.

I have tons of blue nail polishes (can’t say that about lip products, ha!) so this was a difficult choice…but ultimately Laquer Lust’s Zircon ($12.50) won out.  This teal blue with microshimmer was part of the infamous Birthstone Collection, and lucky us it’s still available thanks to a relaunch!  The color is simply stunning, and the reflection from all those fireworks will only make it even better.

For those who would rather categorize by product type, here is the lowdown.

left to right:

left to right:  Whitening Lightning Bahama; tarte cosmetics promise; Whitening Lightning Phuket

left to right:

left to right:  Bahama, promise, Phuket

Top Three Fourth of July Lippies:

1.  Whitening Lightening Bahama Exotic

2.  tarte Lipsurgence promise lip creme

3.  Whitening Lightning Phuket Exotic

left to right:

left to right:  Senna Capri; Makeup Geek White Lies; Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Capri, White Lies, Pearl Eyeshadow 24

Top Three Fourth of July Eyeshadows:

1.  Senna Capri

2.  Makeup Geek White Lies

3.  Face Stockholm Pearl Eyeshadow 24

left to right:

left to right:  Zoya Lisa, Cult Nail Tempest; Lacquer Lust Zircon

left to right:

left to right:  Lisa, Tempest, Zircon

Top Three Fourth of July Nail Polishes:

1.  Zoya Lisa

2.  Cult Nails Tempest

3.  Lacquer Lust Zircon

Get into the holiday spirit today with some red, white, and blue eyes, lips, and nails.  And Happy Fourth of July from Beauty Info Zone!  - Lisa

*some products sent for editorial consideration

Happy Fourth of July!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

Cult Nails Flushed nail polish review and swatches

My latest obsession is the nail polish mecca otherwise known as Cult Nails. They had a sale recently and I spent so much money I almost feel ashamed…and I really hope my husband doesn’t read this blog regularly!!

Here is one of my favorite purchases:

Cult Nails Flushed

Cult Nails Flushed

Flushed, the perfect blurple. This is such a pretty color and a very unusual choice for me. I typically go extremely neutral – to the point of almost non-existent – for my manicures. But this color is so gorgeous I had to wear it immediately and I wanted everyone else to see it!

Flushed up close

Flushed up close

Cult Nails Flushed

Cult Nails Flushed

I love the pinky/purple shimmers. In the light, this colors shines from within, and it’s so fascinating I can’t stop admiring it. This is a limited edition color, so get it now while you can!  - Lisa

*personal purchase

Happy 4th of July!! My red, white, and blue favorites for nails, lips, and eyes

Some people make red, white, and blue desserts for the 4th of July.

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

photo courtesy of HGTV.com

Me?  I make my favorite red, white, and blue selections from my nail polish, lip gloss, and eyeshadow collections.  Here’s are my selections in celebration of our patriotic holiday!

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My picks for 4th of July nail polish shades

My favorite red, white, and blue nail polishes are:  Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love (popsicle red), China Glaze White Cap (sheer white with gold shimmer, I am wearing this one now!), Cult Nails Princess (light dusty blue with pink shimmer).

My July lip gloss picks

My July lip gloss picks

My holiday lip gloss picks include:  Butter London Come to Bed Red (classic cream red), Elizabeth Arden Crystal Clear Lip Gloss (sheer shiny gloss), It Cosmetics News Anchor Blue (sheer blue that makes teeth look super white).

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My beautiful Z Palette holding my patriotic eyeshadows!

My Z Palette holds my favorite red, white, and blue eyeshadow 4th of July collection.  Here are my picks:

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Red, white and blue eyeshadow picks

Far left row from top to bottom:

Nars Tibet (the consummate shimmery sheer white)

MAC White Frost (a buttery white frost that is perfect for the brow and inner corner of the eye)

MAC Crystal Avalanche (fabulous pigmentation, and this works beautifully as a face highlighter too)

July whites and reds

July whites and reds

Second from left row top to bottom:

MAC Vanilla (this is a homemade pan made from the Vanilla pigment.  I prefer this to the regular MAC Vanilla eyeshadow, which I think is rather boring.  My absolute favorite for an eye-widening lid shade)

MAC Star Violet (just enough plum to keep it from being too red, and the Veluxe Pearl texture can’t be beat)

MAC Plum Dressing (gorgeous, different, and makes a great smoky eye look)

July reds and blues

July reds and blues

Far left row in picture above, top to bottom:

MAC Moon’s Reflection (stunning periwinkle blue that is totally wearable)

MAC Leisure Time (red-gold-bronze that is unique and stunning with brown eyes)

Giorgio Armani #46 (fantastic red-bronze that doubles as a beautiful blush, it applies soft but is buildable for more drama)

Second row pictured above, top to bottom:

MAC Electric Eel (not for everyone, but this is the prettiest, most dramatic blue I have ever owned)

MAC Freshwater (fantastic ocean blue, love this as a liner…and it’s got that fabulous Veluxe Pearl texture)

MAC Deep Truth (sultry true deep blue, one of my most favorite blues of all time…it is a perfect liner shade)

Far right row top to bottom:

Sue Devitt Alexandria (totally underrated brand…this is a fantastic cobalt blue)

MAC Contrast (deep violet-blue, try this over black eyeliner for some mega sultry drama)

Giorgio Armani #1 (rich,velvety navy blue that is a fabulous eyeliner)

There you have my red, white, and blue selections in celebration of patriotic makeup geekdom!!  What are yours??  - Lisa

PS – and just for fun, here are some more China Glaze White Cap pictures for you.  Happy 4th of July!  – Lisa

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

China Glaze White Cap and my beautiful flowers

and one more just for the heck of it!!

and one more just for the heck of it!!

My favorite holiday nails combo: Rescue Beauty Lounge and Cult Nails

I don’t usually rock red nails, I tend to go for pale neutrals for my manicure. But the holidays call for an exception, and I just had to share my most favorite holiday color combo of all time.

I absolutely love two coats of Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love:

Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love

Rescue Beauty Lounge Cherry Love

and one coat of Cult Nails Doppleganger:

Cult Nails Doppleganger

Cult Nails Doppleganger

Cherry Love is described by Rescue Beauty Lounge as “Popsicle-fuschia, the love child of hot pink and sizzling red. When pink is too tame and red is too expected, give this glamorous shade a try.” I truly think it’s the perfect matte red with blue undertones. It’s sold out at Rescue Beauty Lounge, but you might be able to find it on ebay or other discount/resale sites.

my favorite combo!

Red nails…so unlike me!

By itself, Cherry Love is a perfect red – but what makes it the ultimate holiday combo is the addition of one coat of Cult Nails Doppleganger ($10). Doppleganger is a topcoat that slightly changes whatever color you apply it over, giving it a slight milkiness plus lots of tiny white shimmer.

rocking red nails

rocking-around-the-Christmas-tree red nails

Over Cherry LoveDoppleganger looks like a little snowstorm.

like a snow storm over red nails

like a snow storm over red nails

The shimmer is perfect, not too much and not too little.

looks great in any light

looks great in any light

I don’t often have a red manicure, but December is definitely my exception to the rule. Cherry Love plus Doppleganger is my favorite, go-to holiday manicure combination.  What’s yours?  – Lisa

Bloggers against Bullying – a purple polish round up

“Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.

Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color…even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people’s view of “normal” dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.

In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.”

This statement might be a little vague unless you know the whole story. Bullying seems to have taken ahold of the world lately whether it’s for the way you dress, the way you look, the way you talk, or the way you polish your nails. A group of nail bloggers had started a blog post condemning other bloggers for not having perfectly manicured nails. I’m not a nail blogger and I never will be but I love polish and I love sharing my many buys with you.

I hope when you look at my manicures what you see are the beautiful colors, holographic glow, shimmery seduction or shiny surface. I hope you aren’t looking and thinking “boy Marcia needs to learn how to clean up those cuticles” or “Marcia sure made a mess on her pinky”. I admit I’m not perfect but which one of us truly are?

Cult Nails Seduction

Purple is the color chosen to stand in solidarity with my fellow bloggers and I’ve got a gorgeous one for you by Cult Nails. This lacquer is called Seduction and it has the most gorgeous glitter in it. I swear I stared at this for one week straight.

Cult Nails Seduction

The base of this polish is a purple jelly while the glitter is red and blue. Sometimes you even see a drop of orange or green. The type of glitter in this is smooth so you don’t need to worry about it eating top coat or feeling funny. I wore Seche Vite as my top coat and it lasted well for a week.

Here’s what Cult says about Seduction: A diva true to her name, Seduction lures you in with her purple sheer base and leaves you speechless by adding red and blue flakes that offer a slight flash of color shift to gold at certain angles.

Cult Nails Seduction

The next time I wear this polish I plan on using it over a black or a deep purple since the jelly base was a little sheer, especially close to my cuticles.

Cult Nails Nail Lacquers are $10 and available through their website. Seduction is a limited edition shade and it’s still available. If you love purple and you love glittery polishes you surely be seduced by Seduction.

I hope you’ll visit the other anti-bullying bloggers to see what purple they’ve chosen. — Marcia