Lisa’s top five favorite repurchases!

Lisa's Top Five RepurchasesI don’t just repurchase my most favorite items. I am a little OCD, so I’m always afraid of running out. I repurchase my favorites in bulk. So whatever I know I can’t live without, I simply make sure I will never have to!! I have at least three or four extras waiting in the wings at all times. Here are my top five repurchases that have lots of brothers and sisters waiting their turn on my shelves.

Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover

  1.  Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($16):  This is the very best makeup remover I have ever tried and I buy this four bottles at a time whenever there is a sale. I usually wear full coverage foundation and my skin tends to break out especially in my t-zone. So I take cleansing very seriously, and the first step is always makeup remover. This dual-phase liquid makeup remover needs to be shaken first. After squirting some onto a cleansing pad you wipe off makeup prior to cleansing. It removes everything, even waterproof mascara and the most tenacious lipstick. It’s completely safe to use on eyes, and it leaves skin feeling moist and hydrated but not oily or greasy.

    Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist

    Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist

  2. Creation Pharm Jewelweed Topical Mist ($12.95) Creation Pharm has a store in Traverse City,Michigan and you can find the line in person in lots of cool little stores all over Michigan. They have amazing soaps, oils, tanning lotions, bath products, and skin care. Jewelweed Topical Mist keeps my skin clear and is the best thing I’ve ever tried for keeping blackheads and acne at bay. It also clears up just about any other sort of skin condition you can think of – any itchy, rashy skin like Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, food allergies, and even bug bites. My brother was playing softball and he accidentally grabbed some knee pads that had mold in them. During the game, he slid into home and scratched up his leg. Two days later he had the most horrible infection in his leg, and after three weeks of treatment by doctors it was just getting worse. I gave him my precious bottle of Jewelweed Topical Mist and his leg immediately began to heal. Three days later it was all cleared up. He won’t give me back my bottle. I guess I can’t really blame him. The ingredients in this secret weapon include extracts of Jewelweed, White Oak Bark, Comfrey Leaf, Witch Hazel and Aloe. Native Americans used Jewelweed because it has a natural antihistamine in it that is very quick and totally effective. I use my Jewelweed Topical Mist for so many things that I always have extras on hand.  My son has very sensitive skin that will get itchy for seemingly no reason, my husband gets welts on his skin from heat rash, and my daughter is always getting scraped up. Jewelweed Topical Mist takes care of all those issues, plus it truly is the best toner I have ever used.

    Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation

    Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation

  3. Dan Read Cosmetics Silver Screen Foundation ($33.50) Dan Read Cosmetics is a fantastic niche boutique line with one of the best full coverage foundations available. This is a cream to powder foundation that is well-known among stage and film performers because it lasts through anything. It’s bulletproof. Hot lights, wet weather, long workouts – this foundation holds up like a champ. It corrects uneven skin tone, dark under eye circles, red areas, any problem you’ve got, and it looks natural. It is extremely pigmented so you don’t even need a separate concealer. I always have four shades – my winter color is Soft Ivory 3, which is my lightest shade. Natural 1 is my typical shade, and I use Natural 2 and Natural 3 when I faux tan. Silver Screen Foundation is available in a shimmer version that I also always have on hand. When I travel, this is the foundation I take with me every time.

    Guerlain Terracotta Spray

    Guerlain Terracotta Spray

  4. Guerlain Terracotta Spray ($64)  So, this is spendy, I know. But wow is it awesome. It’s not even perfect — the aerosol sometimes gets gummed up – but I have never gotten the same utterly fabulous bronzed glow with any other product, ever. It makes my skin look perfect. The spray is super light and the effect is freaking fantastic. This is a secret weapon that I am happy to share. Once you try this you will never ever want to be without it again. By the way, I honestly don’t find there to be much difference between the Light and Medium shades.

    Coconut Hut Coconut Oil

    Coconut Hut Coconut Oil

  5. Coconut Hut Coconut Oil in various scents ($17, I have slathered this body oil on for years and years…I remember I found it way back when I first discovered the Internet, so it’s been a while! I just love this little Hawaiian body product boutique. I get different scents all the time, but they are always some variation of coconut. Some of my all time favorites are Coconut Kanantik, Tahitian Black Coconut, and Beach Goddess, and I am currently loving the limited edition Hawaiian Tropics, a mix of coconut milk and dark tanning oil.

I’m so happy to share my top five repurchases with you!  I hope you find something that works for you…and I would love to know what your favorites are too!! – Lisa

Best of the Year 2012: Lisa’s picks



It’s the new year, so you know what that means – a bunch of people with hangovers and a ton of ‘Best of 2012’ lists!  Beauty Info Zone is jumping right into the pool with our own lists.  Here are my personal picks for Best of the Year 2012, stay tuned for Marcia’s choices tomorrow. 

Shimmer, color, extensions, scents…it’s all here!  I have much to be grateful for, much to be thankful for, and here is my big virtual hug to all the products and product lines that brought me so much joy in 2012.


Best new (to me anyway) cosmetics lines



Christina Choi lipgloss

Christina Choi – beautiful lip glosses, gorgeous eye shadows (love the duo with a coordinating cake liner), plus so much more.  I am very, very excited about this line.

in my Z Palette

My gorgeous Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my Z Palette

Makeup Geek – love the lipsticks, and the eyeshadows are truly the bomb.  If you don’t have any yet, they should be first on your list of new purchases for 2013.

Best old (to me anyway) cosmetics lines


Le Metier

Le Metier eyes

Le Metier de Beaute – 2012 was a Le Metier year for me, from fantastic makeovers to awesome facials to workhorse products that I can’t do without. 

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

Bye Bye Pores powder and puff

It Cosmetics – I am constantly amazed by this line.  There hasn’t been ONE thing that I didn’t love.  I think I look forward to new products from It Cosmetics more than from any other line because they never, ever disappoint.

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Dan Read Cosmetics –  another line that never lets me down.  I always have my Dan Read Silver Screen Series foundation with me – in fact, on Christmas Day I bought myself another one as a Christmas gift to myself.  I also love the eyeshadows, they are fantastic.   Dan Read is on my ‘best of’ list every single year.  He rocks – and so does his cosmetics line.

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever Iconic Red

Make Up For Ever – did you watch Syfy’s Face Off this past season?  I think it was the best ever thanks to Make Up For Ever.  Dany Sanz is brilliant, and I love all of her creations, particularly the Aqua Rouge lip colors.

Best skin care


reviva-primerReviva Labs – I have probably tried 15 different things from this line and I love everything. I think that is amazing. My absolute favorites are the Makeup Primer, Hyalauronic Acid Serum, and the Willard Water.

cooling metal tip applicator

Love the StriVectin cooling metal tip applicator – and if you look closely, you can see my camera reflected in it!!

 StriVectin – oh boy do I love the 360 Tightening Eye Serum – it’s a great serum with the best applicator ever.

Jewelweed Topical Mist close upCreation Pharm – this is a terrific organic line with intriguing products. I still use the Jewelweed Topical Mist every day. I am probably on my 20th bottle.  If you look close, I do believe that is my photo of my fingers holding the Jewelweed bottle on their website!!!

Love my Kleraderm

Love my Kleraderm

Kleraderm – one of the very best skin care lines there is.  I have used it for years and will always be a ‘Kleranet’.  I have an appointment for a facial with Joanne Recchia-Kallabat in a few days and I am so geeked.  She gives a $200 facial for just $20, plus I will be finding out about the latest new products – and I will be sure to share!

Best brushes


Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush

Real Techniques (Pixie Woo) Domed Shadow Brush – this is by far the very best eyeshadow crease brush I have ever used.  I say thank you for this every day.

212 up close and personal

212 up close and personal

Hakuhodo 212 – the supreme brush for blending eyeshadow.  If you don’t have this — you need it.

Best hair care


I will never be without this hairspray

I will never be without this hairspray

Unite – the Go365 Hairspray is the primo hairspray ever. Period.

Cristopher Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe Glossing Shampoo

Cristophe  – the Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner never fail to make my hair super soft, shiny, and bouncy.

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl makes for a good hair day!!

Leonor Greyl – gorgeous products that smell amazing.  So many of her hair products are cult favorites, and for good reason!

Biggest personal influences in 2012


soft waves

Soft waves?  No problem!

Verge One – I would say that two lines dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012.  The first is Verge One.  Their ‘texture wands’ have completely changed the way I wear my hair.  Now pretty much every day I am curly or wavy, and I love it.  The texture wands are truly fabulous finds for which I am extremely grateful!

More lashes = love!

More lashes = love!

Novalash – the second line that dramatically changed my daily appearance in 2012 is Novalash.  I had what I thought were nicely dramatic eyelashes thanks to Latisse…and then I found Novalash.  WOW.  My lashes are huge and beautiful and easy to care for every single day.  This is a ‘get down on my knees and say THANK YOU‘ find!!

Most fun


Everything is better on a stick!

Everything is better on a stick!

Lush – Reflecting back on 2012, I remember so many awesome, entertaining products from Lush.  Seriously, everything they make is not only useful and practical, it’s also a blast. 


Who knew blue hair could be so fun?

HairUWear – another surprising super fun discovery for me this year were hair extensions.  I adore the ones I have tried from HairUWear, whether they are lively and funky bright colors or seriously hair-enhancing extensions.  Absolute enjoyment that reminded me I need to step outside my comfort zone to make new discoveries.

My top product picks


OCC Skin:  Conceal Y series

OCC Skin: Conceal Y series

OCC Airbrush Foundation and Conceal Concealer – two of the best finds of 2012.  The foundation is a fantastic water-based foundation that works with every application technique, it looks totally natural and wears like iron.  And the concealer is nothing short of amazing – it’s the perfect concealer times twenty. 


Tarte Magic blush really is magic!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushfirst-rate blushes with lots of different shades and perfect pigment.  This is a blush that will keep you blushing all day long.

Lisa Hoffman bracelet2

Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Jewelry – so gorgeous, clever and unique!  One of my favorite fragrances of all time is Lisa’s Tuscan Fig, and to be able to have that inside beautiful jewelry?  Fantastic.

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara – this is the best mascara I have ever found for my lower lashes.  It’s pretty amazing.

Tarte concealer top

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Waterproof Concealer – another pick from Tarte.  This concealer is creamy long-lasting goodness that saved my eyes this fall when they were going crazy with allergies.  It’s a total winner.

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

My perfect tube of 3Lab Perfect BB Cream

3lab Perfect BB Cream – my very first BB cream and the best one out there.  Yes, it’s expensive – but it’s also worth every single penny.

CV Skinlabs bottle

CV Skinlabs – sunburns, bug bites, hives, rashes, it’s all so much easier to live through with Rescue + Relief Spray.  I have a bottle of this in my refrigerator at all times.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer – the snake serum is far more than a marketing ploy. This stuff works. If you want less wrinkles in 2013, get yourself some Wrinkle Killer.

If 2013 is even close to as good as 2012 was, then we have a LOT to look forward to.  2012 was chock full of great discoveries, wonderful ‘old faithfuls’, tons of joy and nothing to complain about.  Life is good!  – Lisa

Dan Read Cosmetics eyeshadows and blush from another perspective

If you had a friend that couldn’t stop talking about something, wouldn’t you want to try it out? That’s why I’ve borrowed (aka stolen) 3 eyeshadows from my blog partner Lisa. I hear about Dan Read eyeshadows from her over and over. I finally couldn’t take it and dared her to show me. She lent me 3 eyeshadows named Desert Sand, Pewter and Slate. If she didn’t know where to find me, she’d never see these again though.

Dan Read eyeshadows are what Lisa has touted them as being. Going by these three I’d say they are a perfect formula for just about anyone, but especially for those that don’t need shimmer, sparkle or glitter in their lives. I always use an eyeshadow primer with Dan Read eyeshadows or they’d fade on me but I believe in eyeshadow primers for 95% of shadows anyway. Dan Read has two types of eyeshadows – matte and pearl. The eyeshadows I’ve tried are Slate (close to charcoal gray matte), Desert Sand (a light sandy pearl) and Pewter (cool toned taupe with a slight purple undertone, pearl). Each shadow is $16.25.

Desert Sand (also called just Desert) is the easiest shade to wear of the three. It’s the perfect neutral for me. The pearl finish gives it just that little bit of extra light. I wear this all over my lid or just on the browbone.

Dan Read Cosmetics Desert Sand Eyeshadow

Desert Sand swatch

Pewter is the one Lisa better forget about. I swooned when she let me borrow it. It’s the kind of shade I love wearing either in combination with other shadows or all by itself as a lid color. It’s got a cool base and I see just a touch of purple to it. The pearl finish stands out more on Pewter than it does on Desert. It’s got a beautiful sheen to it.

Dan Read Pewter Eyeshadow

Dan Read Pewter swatch

Slate looks more charcoal than it applies on me, it’s a medium gray shade when applied dry; it’s darker applied wet. It’s the only one I tried with a matte finish. It goes on as smoothly as the other two. I have used it as eyeshadow and also as eyeliner. I like to use an eyeshadow fixative if I’m going to use shadows as liner and when I do with Slate, it goes on quickly and smoothly and lasts the day.

Dan Read Cosmetics Slate Eyeshadow

Slate swatch

Wearing all three eyeshadows with Slate as eyeliner

Just to show you I’m not only about eyeshadows, there’s also DR’s gorgeous blushes ($21.50). The one I have is Toasty Peach and it’s as close to a perfect shade for me as I can get. The website describes this as a warm, delicate peach tone for the Soft Ivory, Natural, and Olive Fawn series foundations. I wear Soft Ivory foundation from Dan Read so it was a great choice for me. Toasty Peach is reminiscent of a Sunday Riley blush I recently reviewed with raves. The finish of Toasty Peach isn’t glowy though, it’s more natural looking. It’s the color that’s often recommended to me by makeup artists wanting to give me a very natural look. It’s the perfect shade too for anyone with rosacea since it counteracts the redness in cheeks.

Dan Read Toasty Peach Blush

Dan Read Toasty Peach Blush swatch

Dan Read Cosmetics Toasty Peach ingredients

Dan Read Cosmetics have kept their status as a Beauty Info Zone favorite. There is no animal testing unless you can Dan himself as an animal; to quote his website: “Dan says he’s the only animal this makeup is tested on!” I have to hand it to both Lisa and Dan for convincing me about the terrific quality of this niche line. — Marcia

*blush is a PR sample, eyeshadows were “borrowed” from Lisa’s collection

Dan Read Spring Color FOD

I love how beautiful the world becomes once spring is in full swing.  I saw this flower in my garden the other day, and it was my inspiration for my Dan Read Cosmetics spring face of the day.

My inspiration

Pastel eyeshadows are perfect for spring, and some of my favorite pastel eyeshadows are by Dan Read Cosmetics.  Two of my favorite colors are Champagne and Icy Lilac.  I paired them together and came up with this spring face of the day.

Dan Read Red Neutralizer

First, I started with my Dan Read Red Neutralizer ($15.75).  It’s a fabulous concealer, it completely eliminates any red and blue under the eyes and around the nose.

Red Neutralizer swatch

Used with the totally amazing Dan Read foundation, your skin looks completely flawless yet natural at the same time.

Dan Read Champagne eyeshadow

Champagne Eyeshadow ($16.25) looks rather white in the above picture, but it definitely has some yellow in it.  It’s slightly shimmery, so it’s fantastic on the mobile lid for really opening up the eyes.

Champagne eyeshadow swatch

See the yellow in it?  Yellow does wonders to brighten up your spring look.  And when you add in lilac…watch out!

Dan Read Icy Lilac eyeshadow

Pictured above is Icy Lilac Eyeshadow ($16.25), which in my humble opinion is one of the most beautiful eyeshadows EVER.  It’s complex, shimmery yet not over the top, and it looks fantastic on.

Icy Lilac swatch

Just look at that gorgeousness!!!  The lilac is just bright enough, and the pink and champagne shimmers help it to pair perfectly with Champagne.

Champagne and Icy Lilac eyes


My DRC spring eyes closed


front view


Dan Read eyes wide open

After I did my eyes, I thought I would pair them with a deeper blush to play up my cheeks.  I went with Redwood Blush ($21.50), a warm red with golden shimmer.  This blush isn’t child’s play, let me tell you – use a light hand because it is heavily pigmented.

Dan Read Redwood Blush

I find the quality to be very similar to Nars.  The blush lasts all day, and you truly need just a touch to get a warm, beautiful glow that looks great on medium to dark skin.

Redwood swatch

See all the fabulous shimmer?  Yet when applied, the shimmer isn’t obvious.  It sort of melts into the skin and becomes luminous.

My Dan Read spring FOD

I loved how it turned out – my eyes popped with the champagne and lilac pastels, and the warm red blush definitely balanced out the look.  If you haven’t tried Dan Read Cosmetics yet, I urge you to do so pronto.  DRC has fantastic products at great prices, with some awesome spring colors.  – Lisa

* pr samples


Click and vote for Dan Read Cosmetics in the Alive – New York 2012 Contest

Those of you who read the BIZ faithfully know that we are HUGE fans of Dan Read Cosmetics, the creation  of Dan Read, international makeup artist.

Dan Read, owner of Dan Read Cosmetics

Check out our article about Dan here.  His line is nothing short of amazing, especially his foundation.  Just check out these before and after pictures:

Dan is in the running for first place in the Alive – New York 2012 contest, which is the largest celebrity health even and awards show in New York City.  Come on BIZ readers, let’s show our support by voting for Dan!  Just click here:

Dan Read Cosmetics never lets me down, I get some great FOD’s from this line.  So let’s show a little love and get clicking!  – Lisa

Dan Read Cosmetics FOD for an evening out - false eyelashes and all!

Dan Read Cosmetics eyeshadows: Fair Peach, Mauve, Black Orchid review and swatches

It’s no secret, Dan Read Cosmetics is one of my favorite lines ever and my go-to line when I want to make sure I look my best.  Last night my husband took me on a date (yay!!!) so I used Dan Read foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner, and eyeshadows.  I rave on and on about the foundation, which is spectacular, but today I am going to give a lot of love to his eyeshadows ($16.25).

I have quite a few shades that are now staples, I reach for them constantly.

Dan Read Fair Peach Eyeshadow

Fair Peach is a matte light peach that is very creamy, difficult to find in a matte eyeshadow.  I love wearing this as a wash with a thick black eyeliner and loads of mascara for a cool mod look.

Fair Peach swatch

Here I swatched it quite heavily for you.  This is a wonderful brow color, and I also often use it a lid color to really brighten and open my deep-set eyes.

Dan Read Cosmetics Mauve Eyeshadow

Another favorite matte color is his Mauve Eyeshadow.  This is definitely different from colors I usually use, and it’s surprisingly flattering on.

Mauve Swatch

Like Fair Peach, it’s got a beautiful buttery texture that is just so difficult to find in a matte eyeshadow.  And it’s fantastic for the crease, it gives great depth and it plays well with so many other colors, from browns to purples, like Black Orchid.

Dan Read Cosmetics Black Orchid Eyeshadow

Would you look at the total gorgeousness pictured above??  Black Orchid is a pearl eyeshadow, and it is spectacular.  The color is extremely complex, and it’s a beautiful blackened purple that is extremely wearable.

Black Orchid swatch

Pictured above is a swatch.  It’s just gorgeous used as a lid or crease shade, and it’s also a beautiful liner.  All of Dan’s pearl eyeshadows are flipping amazing, you must check them out – he’s got a beautiful new website, go there and spend a few hours drooling.

Dan Read Cosmetics FOD for an evening out - false eyelashes and all!

I love the combination of those three colors, so I used them last night along with Dan’s Black Eyeliner ($12.75).  I decided to go all out and also use false eyelashes.  I chose Kiss #02 Lashes.

Kiss 02 False Eyelashes

Dan Read FOD for the evening - side view

*edited to add:  I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking what lip gloss I am wearing in the pictures – it’s Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss in Sparkle Mauve.  I reviewed this here.*

We had a great night out, and my husband said many times over that he thought I looked really pretty.  So thanks Dan, you did it again!  And I really recommend that everyone try not only Dan Read’s excellent foundation, but also his awesome eyeshadows as well.  – Lisa

*pr samples

Mystery Make Up Bag: What’s inside Lisa’s bag?

I must admit, my makeup bag never stays the same.  I always have waaaay too much stuff in it, and I am constantly changing things out and rotating colors.  Here’s my latest bag, and it’s filled with most of the ‘regulars’ as well as a few ‘guest stars’ for the week.

Lisa's Mystery Make Up Bag

I love my make up bag, I think it’s so pretty with that sweet flower.  This was a special from Sephora, although I got this one as a gift from an amazing friend.  And you would not believe how much stuff I can cram in there:

I never realized how much I had jammed in there until I put it all together for the family photo!!

I always have some primers, loose powder, and concealer with me.  Here I have my favorite primer, Reviva Makeup Primer.  It’s perfect under any type of foundation.  I also have Eye Rescue, an eyelid primer from Make Me SmoothMMS quit carrying this a few years ago, but I totally stocked up before that happened.  It’s the best eyelid primer there is.  I also have a pot of concealer by Cinema Secrets for quick touch ups, and a little jar of Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder.

I always carry these two foundations with me, because both last forever and conceal any flaw without looking fake.  On the left is my trusty Dan Read Silver Screen Series Foundation, the best cream foundation ever.  On the right is a can of ERA everyday foundation by Classified Cosmetics.  This is a spray on foundation, remember how Carmindy used to use this on What Not to Wear?  It’s fantastic, quick, and easy.

For blush, I have my trusty Paula Dorf applicator which smooths out both foundation and blush.  I also have two Origins Pinch Your Cheeks liquid blushes, one in Raspberry and one in Coralberry.  These are flipping amazing – the best natural color that just doesn’t fade.  I also have a Suqqu powder blush in 02, which is a super pretty peachy/pink (I think was a gift from Lydia!).

Lately I have been using Dior Extase mascara, although this tube is just about ready for the trash.  I also always have one pencil liner and one brow liner with me.  In this bag, I have Make Up For Ever’s Gypsy Aqua Eyes pencil, the perfect matte brown, and a new addition to my bag, Senna’s Sketch-A-Brow.

I always have two eyeshadow palettes with me, one with cool colors and one with warm.  In this bag I have Kevyn Aucoin’s Palette #2, which never lets me down for an amazing cool eye look.  The black eyeshadow works as a great black eyeliner, and as you can see this is one palette where the applicators are actually fabulous and get a lot of use from me.  Next to it is a Shu Uemura Holiday Palette in Dignified Grace, with a gorgeous selection of warm colors plus a pretty peach blush.

And finally, my lip products.  These probably get the most rotation, I grab different lippies almost every day.  Here I have Armani Lipstick Mania 14, a sweet peachy-pink, then Lipstick Queen Butterfly Ball in Goodbye, a deep shimmery mauve, and then Armani Shine/Brilliant 13, a sheer medium pink.  My lip gloss is Le Metier Sweet Cream, which makes every color look even better.

Whew, that’s it!  I hope you enjoyed this quick peek into my make up bag – well, this week’s version anyway!  – Lisa