Favorite highlighters & contouring products

Top Ten Tuesday is into highlighting and contouring. I’m just learning about contouring and it’s a slow but interesting process. But it’s slowly coming along because, as they say, practice makes (almost) perfect. Now highlighting is something I love so it was easy to find what I wanted to share with you. Though my college shows 9 products, it’s actually 10 which I’ll mention below. What highlight & contour products do you like?? — Marcia
1429474283_luxlight-revitalizing-foundation1-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT HYDRATING PRIMER * ($14.99) is what I often start with when I want a more glowy look. I have other illuminating highlighters but this is the one I grab. The price is right, as is the Candlelight shade which gives a peachy radiance.
1429474197_mi-01-2tDEX COSMETICS MINERAL ILLUMINATOR ($33) is the unknown brand. No one talks about DEX, it’s more of a cult brand. When Lisa and I went to IMATS once she fell for the line, therefore I bought several items. This mineral illuminator is the one to find if you love a soft beautiful glow wherever you’d highlight. It brightens up the undereye area and looks great at the cupid’s bow to help your pout.
1429473863__82371DIOR SKINFLASH RADIANCE BOOSTER PEN ($38) is available in 6 shades. I bought 002, Candle Light, during a makeover. The makeup artist aka my sister loves this more than my favorite Touche Eclat. I still prefer TE but Dior did a great job on this pen. I mostly use it to soften the look under my eyes.
1429473386_luxlight-illuminator-315x315EDDIE FUNKHOUSER LUXLIGHT ILLUMINATOR PEN* ($11.99) has the best price and it’s very close to the original Touche Eclat, Luminous Radiance, shade. Mine is in Candlelight for cool skintones and it’s also available Arclight for warm skintones. This stands out from the crowded field because of its excellence and price.
1429473252__9457300CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER ($35) is the first CT product I bought when it came to Nordstrom. I’m still deciding what else to buy from the brand but I wanted to see if I could find something better than Touche Eclat. I bought it in shade 1, Fair, which is lighter than my TE so it works great as a highlighting concealer.
1429473050__5813776YSL TOUCHE ECLAT, RADIANCE ECLAT ($42) is the first highlighter that I ever bought. Since then I’ve bought dozens of other brands but this remains my favorite. It is now available in 10 shades but I’m still in love with the original, Luminous Radiance. There’s just something about this that I can’t describe.

highlighting pens

highlighting pens

highlighting swatches - YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

highlighting swatches – YSL Touche Eclat, Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Eddie Funkhouser Candlelight, Dior Skinflash, Dex Minerals Illuminator

1429472802_2264104__detail_?1429472802IT COSMETICS HELLO LIGHT ANTI-AGING CREME ILLUMINIZER (and Hello Light Anti-Aging Illuminizer, the powder version*) ($24) is aaaamazing. I love creme products so that’s why this is the one in the collage. I can get this exactly where I want it to be and blend it with my fingers. As with all IT Cosmetics products for me, it’s the cat’s meow.
1429472649_2264092__detail_?1429472649IT COSMETICS MY SCULPTURED FACE ($38) has been in my collection for a long time. After I bought it though, I was afraid to use it. When I see dark colors for contouring I run. Once I started using it, I saw that IT Cosmetics only had my best interests in mind. The tones in this give you everything you need for highlighting, concealing, contouring and bronzing. It’s the perfect travel companion.

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

It Cosmetics The Sculptured Face

1429472501_smashbox-step-by-step-contour-stick-trioSMASHBOX STEP BY STEP CONTOURING TRIO *($45) is the best concept of all of these items. Three separate crayons that Contour, Highlight and Bronze

•    Contour: A darker shade that sculpts by creating shadows
•    Highlight: A light shade that pulls features forward
•    Bronze: A transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight shades

A full review is coming up tonight.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Now that you’ve seen my mostly highlighting choices, which of these 9-1o products would you want to try? And what others would you recommend? I know my other blogger friends have some ideas for us all and I’m ready to check them out.  — Marcia
*products were pr samples

Further reviews on these can be found on Beauty Info Zone
IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Creme Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Hydrating Primer and Illuminator Pen

Eddie Funkhouser lips invade the Makeup Wars team

Eddie Funkhouser Lipsticks and Lipglosses

Eddie Funkhouser Lipsticks and Lipglosses

For our latest version of Makeup Wars we were all sent lipsticks and lipglosses from Eddie Funkhouser. Now you can learn about some of the available shades and we can share what we love about them. Eddie Funkhouser and I have had a long time relationship. I’ve written many posts about his products because I luv them. I even did an entire Makeup Wars article starring Eddie. He’s a pretty amazing makeup artist and I love his cruelty free and indie products. It’s hard to make it in the cosmetic world without a big backer but Eddie is doing it and I stand behind him (probably pinching that cute tush) in his efforts.

I was sent two lipsticks and three glosses to revel in.

Eddie Funkhouser lips

Eddie Funkhouser lips

RUMOR is a dark cherry from his Hyperreal Nourishing Lip Color line. Nourishing Lip Color is the most pigmented of his two lines. Rumor is very pigmented and is nicely moisturizing. This isn’t a heavy finish although with such a saturated color you’d expect it to be.

Eddie Funkhouser RUMOR Nourishing lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser RUMOR Nourishing lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Seach and Rumor

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Seach and Rumor

STRIP SEARCH is part of his Chromographic Lip Colors. Strip Search is a bright magenta but because of the light reflecting particles and creamy finish I feel comfortable wearing this even though I’m basically a light lipstick babe. Strip Search looks very creamy on me so I can wear it with or without a gloss.

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick

Strip Search

Strip Search

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search and Rumor swatches

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search and Rumor swatches

My three Hyperreal Hydrating Lipglosses:

EF Girl Gone Bad, Broadway Babe, Belle de Jour

EF Girl Gone Bad, Broadway Babe, Belle de Jour

BELLE DE JOUR Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss is both the perfect accompaniment to Strip Search lipstick and a great bright fuchsia lip color on its own. If you prefer a gloss then this saturated shade is perfect for spring. I’m more of a lipstick girl with a touch of gloss on my bottom lip.

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick and Belle de Jour lipgloss

Eddie Funkhouser Strip Search lipstick alone and with Belle de Jour lipgloss

EF Strip Search and Belle de Jour gloss

EF Strip Search and Belle de Jour gloss

GIRL GONE BAD Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss is a mauve berry gloss that has great pigment. It works well with Rumor lipstick and I also like it alone with just a lipliner.

Girl Gone Bad

Girl Gone Bad

Belle de Jour top, Girl Gone Bad bottom

Belle de Jour top, Girl Gone Bad bottom

BROADWAY BABE is the one not to miss no matter what shades you like on your lips. This clear sparkle gloss is going to make your lips shine. You really want this for evenings out or party time since the subtle sparkle is going to catch people by surprise when it flashes in the light. There isn’t glitter so you don’t feel anything other than a smooth gloss but there is sparkle that makes you gleam like the best of the babes out there.

Eddie Funkhouser Broadway Babe Lipgloss

Eddie Funkhouser Broadway Babe Lipgloss

Now onto the other Makeup Wars ladies to see how they can tempt you with their Eddie Funkhouser. (I’m good at sharing.)

*products provided for review. Available at eddiefunkhouser.com, dermstore (blush.com), gloss48.com, and urban outfitters. (I’ve bought from both eddiefunkhouser.com and blush.com personally)

Drugstore Makeup Wars – Eddie Funkhouser rules

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics

Makeup Wars has chosen Drugstore Brand Favorites this week and it took me zero seconds to decide that EDDIE FUNKHOUSER had to be my choice, I’m in love with Eddie so excuse my familiarity when I don’t use his full name.. While I buy a lot of drugstore items I don’t have a lot of any brand other than Eddie Funkhouser. Many of these items were sent for consideration but I’ve also bought (and rebought) quite a few. What I’m sharing today are the Eddie products I could find since some are hiding from me.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze, Ultra Defining Eye Liner Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner and variable mascara

1) Eyeliner and mascara – This is what started me on the road to my love affair with Eddie. Of all the liquid eyeliners I have, this black Ultra Defining Eye Lining Stylus EF is the best ever. I wasn’t taking any chances of not having it even though it’s lasted forever so I bought a back up. And the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is so fabulous that I have two backups as well as one in use. Ultra Defining Lining Stylus ($10.99) has a thin felt tip that I can control with ease. Quattro Variable Lash Mascara ($12.99) has 4 settings so you can build it up to get the volume you desire. I forgot to put a picture of the Graffiti Cream Eye Pencil in Black but it too is a wonderful eyeliner for all pencil lovers. The fun of Eddie’s liners are in the Graffiti Metallic Liquid liners. This comes in 3 metallic shades and add a spark to your eyes.

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows from Eddie Funkhouser

2) Hyperreal Eye Color Shadows ($8.49) are the cream of the crop. These single shadows have rich pigmentation, are long lasting and smooth to the touch. I’ve got 8 shades and don’t want to play favorites but ….

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Eddie Funkhouser Stage Beauty

Shadows shown above are Stage Beauty, Femme Fatale, Dreamcatcher, Stage Beauty, All Nighter and Lavender Sky. Below are The Benjamins and New Boheme (review).

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

Eddie Funkhouser The Benjamins and New Boheme

3) Pro Brushes are the newest addition to the Eddie Funkhouser family. I bought three from Dermstore but I didn’t see one in the box and now it’s gone (dang it). What I do have to enjoy are the All Over Eye Brush ($8.99) and Tapered Shadow Brush ($10.99). The All Over Eye Brush has a medium head that’s great for shadow placement and the browbone area. The Tapered Shadow Brush has a fluffy, full tapered head that I love for blending.

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Eddie Funkhouser Tapered shadow Brush and All Over Eye Brush

Like all Eddie Funkhouser products these are cruelty free brushes. “Artisanal quality crafted brush, featuring hand-scored premium hair, expertly-sculpted head integrated with premium aluminum ferrule and hardwood handles painted with hard-as-nails, multi-layered high-gloss black lacquer.”

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Primer, Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

4) Luxlight Hydrating Primer and Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation are the two face products I enjoy from my beau. The Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight, which adds a luminous peachy glow. Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades and is a lightweight foundation that is buildable. This has a light diffused finish to it. I actually used up my Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight ($11.99). This can be used the same way you’d use Touche Eclat. I like it under my eyes to brighten up and make the end of the day circles look lessened.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

5) Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.49) only comes in 4 shades and I’ve been whispering in Eddie’s ear that he needs to add more. I have it in A Little Toasted which is described as a matte pale crimson. I find this to be a neutral shade on me though if I apply it with a soft brush. It can be deepened too.

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

Eddie Funkhouser A Little Toasted blush

6) Chromographic Lip Color and Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss are the two lip products I bought. It’s a little hard to tell the colors online so this was the hardest choice I had to make. Eddie has two formulas of lipstick, Chromographic Lip Color which has some sparkle to it to light up your lips and Nourishing Lip Color which is more pigmented ($12.99 each). Lovefroze is a sparkling pinky peach that has a more dimensional finish because of the light sparkle in it. There are 12 shades of Hyperreal Hydrating Lipgloss ($10.99) and I went safe with my first buy of Meow Meow, a nude beige pink that brightens up any lipstick I apply it over.

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

EF Meow Meow gloss and Lovefrozen Chromographic lipstick

I have a list of future Eddie Funkhouser buys like the 16 Hour 4 Way Liquid Concealer ($10.99) in Light and Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes ($14.99). I need to keep my boyfriend happy after all.

Now it’s time to visit the other drugstore brands to see what favorites those ladies have. — Marcia


Workout favorites with Makeup Wars

When Makeup Wars decided that they would do a post about workout favorites I was sort of stumped. I’m not a gym rat. As a matter of fact I scurry away from the gym. But since August I am in a gym at least 3 times a week though it’s for physical therapy. It’s the most workout I’ve gotten since writing those checks for my gym memberships that I never actually used.

At first I had nothing on my face other than sunscreen but now that I’m out and about I’m usually coming from somewhere or going somewhere so I do some makeup after all. This list is what I usually chose from when going to do my exercises.
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LAVANILA HEALTHY DEODORANT in Lemon Vanilla – Lavanila’s deodorant comes in 7 different fragrances and two sizes. It’s a solid stick deodorant and never sticky. I find it gets me through my therapy sessions no matter how long they last and I still feel fresh as the day goes on. A full size is $14 (mini’s are $8) and I’ve barely made a dent in the months I’ve used it.
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WAXELENE LIP TUBE is the product I’ve been using since the weather changed. There’s no color but I don’t usually want much color when I’m working out. This is a great protectant. I have a giveaway going on for a tube if you want to enter.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEA BUTTER LIP BALM comes in 5 sheer shades plus clear. If I want just that touch of color then I like to wear it in Natural Rose. I get the comforting lip balm with Vitamin E and color in one little tube.
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IT COSMETICS CC CREAM is one of several CC Creams that I reach for. I also like Pur Minerals CC Cream and the pick of 2014 CoverFX. I’m on my second tube of the one from IT Cosmetics and I’ve completely transformed my sister into being a fan of this CC Cream and the brand. This gives me plenty of coverage, SPF50, anti-aging benefits and hydration. Plus when I’m done working out my skin isn’t dripping color.
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PURELY COSMETICS DIAMOND PERFECT FINISH POWDER is what I use to set the CC Cream. This silky soft powder gets raves from me every day. It works wonders setting any foundation or CC/BB Cream and it makes my skin look finished. I rave about this all the time and I’m doing it again!
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MAYBELLINE COLOR TATTOO – I have several shades of Color Tattoo eyeshadows though I tend to wear the base shades like Nude Compliment or Barely Beige on workout days. These wear like iron on me so they are perfect for any time I want color that isn’t going to budge.
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MAKEUP GEEK GEL EYELINER is one of my favorite brands of gel eyeliner. I think a gel is perfect for the days you want to wear some makeup yet need your exercise. They never budge on the top lashline though sometimes they’ll wear off a little on the bottom lashline. Makeup Geek makes this in 8 shades, I wear Mobster (brown) all the time.
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EDDIE FUNKHOUSER QUATRO VARIABLE LASH MASCARA is my OMG mascara. I am in love with this mascara and always have one open. I usually buy mine from Dermstore. This dark black mascara has an innovative tube that allows you to go from “nice lashes” to “va va voom”. Eddie always notices when I’m wearing it.
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MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER MASCARA is my favorite mascara that I can pick up at the drugstore. It sells out quickly so when I see it I’ll usually pick one up just in case. It’s not va va voom like Eddie’s is but it doesn’t smudge and gives me well defined eyelashes.
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PERRICONE MD NO BLUSH BLUSH was supposed to be reviewed way back in the summer. My best makeup friend raved about this line so much that I had to buy it and see what the fuss was about. Since then I’ve used it constantly. I prefer this liquid blush on the days I’m going to be getting ‘moist’ because it’s more like a stain. It doesn’t ever wipe off. It stays where it belongs. It will fade during the day so I sometimes have to refresh it but in general it lasts really well.
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PIXI BEAUTY SHEER CHEEK GEL makes me look like I already have that workout glow before I even get in the gym. I have it in Rosy which was on one of my wishlists a long time ago. I love the stain and I love the ease of it. It’s easy to pop into my bag in case I feel the need to touch up but I rarely have to.
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Considering that this is all new to me, this post made me realize what has become important on the days I want to remain fresh and need to do my therapy. I’m sure my fellow Makeup War warriors have some great suggestions including what clothes to wear and I can’t wait to read them. What would you recommend that I add to this list? — Marcia

*some products sent for editorial consideration while others are purchases

Stealing Marcia’s boyfriend…Eddie Funkhouser lips, cheeks, and eyes

I think I am a homewrecker.  My blogging partner Marcia has been having this love affair with Eddie Funkhouser.  I love her dearly…but I am out to steal her boyfriend.

I cried and whined until I finally guilted Marcia into letting me test the latest PR samples from the Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics line.  After reading all of her rave reviews of his products, I couldn’t wait to try some out…and let me tell you, girls, Eddie does not disappoint.

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

The amazing Eddie Funkhouser

Chromographic Lip Color ($11.99):  the Chromographic Lip Color is a creamy, easy to wear lipstick that has light reflecting particles which make my on-the-thin-side lips look a little bigger.  The formula is very lip friendly with flower and mango fruit extracts and Vitamins C & E.  I can wear this all day without any lipstick migration or dryness.  

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Eddie Funkhouser Epic Lipstick

Epic is a stunning magenta rose that looks bright, but it’s actually a rather natural and very wearable shade.  It has excellent pigmentation but doesn’t feel heavy on, and the color really lasts.

Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss ($10.99):  This is a thin, non-sticky lip gloss that definitely packs a color punch.  I love how it feels on; in fact I keep it right next to my computer at work so I always have it handy.  Aloe Vera keeps lips moist, and vitamins A, C, and E keep lips healthy.

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Publicity Stunt Lip Gloss

Publicity Stunt is a flattering grape shade that is great both alone and over lip pencil or lipstick.  Since the formula is on the thin side, I found it’s best to wipe the doe foot applicator against the rim of the tube as I pull it out to make sure I don’t apply too much gloss at one time.

Ultra Intensity Cheek Color ($8.99):  This is one pigmented blush – and just look at that price! I can’t get over it, because this blush looks and acts like a high-end product.  Ultra Intensity Cheek Color is soft and creamy for a powder, and it goes like a dream.

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Eddie Funkhouser Plum Crazy Ultra Intensity Cheek Color

Plum Crazy is a matte pale plum that is perfect for fall.  I use just a light dusting on cheeks for a natural look, or layered for more drama.

Eddie Funkhouser® Hyperreal Eye Colors ($8.49):  Made with premium micro-milled pigments, Eddie’s eyeshadow is just what I am looking for.  Buttery texture, terrific color payoff, and supreme blendability – plus it lasts all day without fading.

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Lavender Sky is a stunning iridescent pastel lavender that I use as a lid shade to make my brown eyes pop.  I tried to get a photo that would show the beautiful complexity of this shadow, but nothing really did it justice.  This is so beautiful you really need to see it in person.

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eyeshadow

My Eddie Funhouser FOD with Epic Lipstick, Plum Crazy Blush, and Lavander Sky Eye Color

Eddie Funkhouser is a super talented makeup artist and his cosmetics line is truly impressive.  Every one of these extremely affordable products is top-notch, professional quality stuff.  You can find Eddie at his online store, Rite Aid, Urban Outfitters, and Dermstore.  He may be Marcia’s boyfriend, but there is plenty of Eddie to go around for all of us!  – Lisa

P.S. – you can talk to Eddie yourself!  Just #ASKEDDIE

*sent for editorial consideration and a major arm-wrestling match between Lisa and Marcia

Makeup Wars tackles black eyeliners

Makeup Wars has decided to do a very basic, one might say boring, topic this week – black eyeliners. As a blogger with limited photography skills as well as no photoshop program, I can’t even make it pretty. But I can tell you about my favorites and it’s more than possible that you’ll learn about a liner or two that you’d want to try.

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

6 favorite black liquid eyeliners

I live for eyeliner (in a cosmetic way that is). I feel dull and unfinished without it. It is an obsession of mine. This past year I’ve been on a quest for the perfect brown liquid eyeliner. In that quest though I found a lot of black liquid eyeliners, many more than brown.  Just about every brand makes a black liquid. But they are not created equal. Read about my experience with an Essence liner for proof of that.

6 favorite black liquid liners - it's the point of it all

6 favorite black liquid liners – it’s the point of it all

I want a liquid eyeliner with a firm point, one that is dark black, one that I can make a thin line with and one that doesn’t make my eyes water. I want a liner that lasts the entire day but that removes easily with eye makeup remover. I want one that doesn’t crack or disappear if my eyes tear up. Not too much to ask, is it? Let’s see which ones can meet my criteria.

EDDIE FUNKHOUSER Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus is the one that started it all for me. It wasn’t my first black liquid eyeliner. I’d tried many. But it made me stand up and take notice. Here’s what I said before and it stands to this day: “This doesn’t fade or smudge, it lasts through even my major hot flashes, it doesn’t migrate, and it’s so black that it’s blacker than black. It practically applies itself, it’s that easy to use.” I first got it as a PR sample and I’ve since bought it so I won’t be without. ($10.99)

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

FACE STOCKHOLM PRECISION LIQUID EYELINER is the first black liquid liner I reviewed on Beauty Info Zone. I remember when I received it from the company and how excited I was. I use this often still and it’s as precise as the day the first day. The nib of the pen hasn’t broken down at all. It’s still as perfect as in its early life. ($36)

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

Face Stockholm Precision Eyeliner

YOUNGBLOOD EYE-MAZING LIQUID LINER IN NOIR is the newest addition to my collection. I am blown away by the Youngblood Eye Liquid Liner Pens. They come in 5 shades which are all great. Marron, the brown, is holy grail for me – the best brown liquid eyeliner I’ve found. Noir, the black, isn’t far behind. These liners are good for the entire day, no matter the circumstances. Noir glides on without skipping and I get the thin line that I prefer. ($26)

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

Youngblood Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen

SENNA PINPOINT MICRO TIP LIQUID EYELINER is especially great if you feel you have unsteady hands for liquid liners. At the top where you hold it the plastic is somewhat indented and the material is more matte making it easier to hold onto. There’s no sliding of your fingertips. This liner is wonderful if you want to create a cat eye and Senna has some great tips on how to do that. ($20)

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

Senna Pinpoint Liquid Liner

CAILYN IDEFINE LIQUID EYELINER is my new favorite product from Cailyn. I’ve got a slew of eyeliners from Cailyn but this is the one that I’m using the most. The brush is the thinnest of the 6 I’m sharing today. It’s a very flexible yet firm felt tip that applies easily plus it’s a super dark black. ($18)

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

Cailyn Idefine liquid eyeliner

EYEKO SKINNY MINI LIQUID EYELINER was in one of my many subscription boxes and it’s a treasure. The full size is available at Sephora for $16. I find this to be more of a blackened charcoal. It’s not super black, it’s not a harsh shade, so it’s a great addition when I don’t feel like my liner looking too dark. It’s made me want to try the waterproof Eyeko Eye Do Liquid Liner next.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

So there’s my sea of black. The only thing that could make me happier (eyeliner wise that is) would be if these wonderful liners also came in a dark brown. Then I’d be doing a happy dance. In the meantime, I’m loving these black liquid eyeliners. I hope some of my blogger buddies have some suggestions in their posts. Have you tried any of these? Do you have an idea for a black liquid I should try? — Marcia


*some items received from PR

E is for Eddie, F is for Funkhouser, A is for Eddie Funkhouser face products

I’ve been trying to keep my rendezvous with Eddie Funkhouser under the covers but I think it’s time to come clean again. Eddie, that rogue, is now following me on Disqus and Twitter. I’m following him with Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation, Luxlight Hydrating Primer plus Luxlight Illuminator Pen. When these were sent for review I knew that Eddie Funkhouser was only sending me a little extra loving. That’s how it is with the two of us.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Luxlight Hydrating Primer ($14.99) comes in one shade, Candlelight. It was created to leave your skin dewy and delicious. It’s described as having a luminous glow with a golden peach undertone. What I like about the primer is that it is a beautiful glow and one that I can wear any day, any time, with any foundation (shh, don’t tell on me). With my fair skin I was a little leery about wearing a tinted primer but that feeling was dispelled once I started using it. It can be used alone for those of you who prefer not wearing a foundation. Or you can mix it in with your foundation or just wear it as a primer under foundation (preferably Luxlight Revitalizing).

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer

But why do you want to use this? For starters it has Glycerin in it for skin softening. It also contains Castor Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil to condition and smooth. Other ingredients are Squalene, Vitamins A, C and E. And the best part is that you can wear it alone on your arms and/or legs to give you a soft glow that won’t rub off.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation

Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation ($14.99) comes in 6 shades (fair, light, medium beige, medium, medium tan and golden dark). I have this in Light which is for light skin with yellow-olive undertones but I think when I rebuy it I’ll try Fair since I have cool undertones. Even though this is a little warm on me the foundation is so lightweight that the color still works great. Eddie’s website describes this as “ultralight, creamy, and buildable formula enhances skin’s natural radiance for a flawless, light-diffused finish throughout the day”. I can’t put it any better. I’m using this in a single layer and not building up the coverage. I really prefer it as a light coverage natural looking foundation.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Revitalizing Foundation in Light

This foundation may not be for everyone though because of the ingredients. It contains Talc to give it a soft focus, diffused light finish. It also contains silicones to extend the wear. I know both of those can be a problem for some people although they aren’t for me. Other ingredients are Volatiles (long wear properties and fast drying application), Resins (long wear properties), Glycerin and Vitamin E. I’ve worn this in winter, spring and summer and am enjoying how my skin looks. Sometimes I wear the Primer, sometimes I don’t. Eddie doesn’t seem to mind. He told me he likes me both ways.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

The other facial product I have is the Luxlight Illuminator. This is a pen like product with a brush. You’ve seen them before for a whole lot more money than the $11.99 this costs. This is available in two shades (Candlelight for a cool luminous glow and Arclight for a warm glow).

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator

This versatile pen will add illumination to any area of your face you want. Highlight your brow bone, the bridge of your nose, the cupids bow of your lips and the tip of your chin to make sure the light catches you at your best.  It’s not a concealer but it is a wonderful highlighter/illuminator. This contains: talc, volatiles, light reflecting pigments, glycerin and peptides.

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator in Candlelight

Since Eddie Funkhouser and I first got together he’s spread himself out a little more. We are lucky enough to be able to purchase his products at a variety of places like gloss48.com, blush.com, nastygal.com and urbanoutfitters.com. Also some of you incredibly lucky ladies can see the line in person at a variety of Rite Aid stores (if only that were me!). As for me, I’ll just keep hangin’ with Eddie and make my move when the time is right!

Have you been introduced to Eddie Funkhouser cosmetics yet? He might be just the man and brand you are looking for to stretch your pennies while remaining beautiful as always. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration