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Favorite eyeliners and lipliners

Eyeliners and lipliners are the stars of the show this week and I’ve got a lot of pictures to share. I like lipliners but I don’t use them all the time but I don’t go out without eyeliner. That’s my jam and I absolutely must have it on if anyone other than my immediate family is going to see me. My eyes totally disappear otherwise.

I was a huge gel eyeliner fan for years. I’d use almost nothing else. I had every MAC and Bobbi Brown one and then started collecting other brands. I was sure that gel eyeliners were going to be all that I used. And then I had an epiphany. Eddie Funkhouser came into my life with his Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus and that was it. Yes I still used my gels but the more I used the black liquid eyeliner from Eddie Funkhouser the more I grew to love liquid liners.

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Defnition Eye Lining Stylus

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Defnition Eye Lining Stylus

The tip of a liquid eyeliner is what is most important to me and the tip on this EF one is what all others get compared too. It’s thin yet firm. Some liquid liners have squishy styluses but not Eddie. The ultra black ink flows without skipping. I can do a line once and not have to go back over it. At the end of the day with this and all others though I do usually have to add more on the bottom lashline since my eyes water a little.

Physician’s Formula Eye Booster and Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus

After my experience with Eddie’s black liner I bought a ridiculous amount of brown liquid liners until I found my favorite: Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum (aka PF). Of all the brown liquid liners this is the one I’ve bought half a dozen times including just this past weekend. Although it’s available in black, ultra black and deep brown I’ve only purchased deep brown. Between Eddie Funkhouser and PF I’m in eyeliner heaven.

liquid eyeliner swatches

Other brown liquid liners I recommend are Jesse’s Girl, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Mad Max Brown, and Youngblood Marron. All 3 of these have worked great for me. I have backups of the Youngblood, PF, and Eddie Funkhouser since I’m going nowhere without them.

Pencil eyeliners from MAC, Eddie Funkhouser, and Painted Earth

Pencil eyeliners in my house outnumber the amount of lipsticks too even though I don’t use them often. I do have three favorites though that I think are beautiful.

Pencil eyeliners from MAC, Eddie Funkhouser, and Painted Earth

I used to wear only MAC eye pencils before I became enamored with gel liners. MAC Black Russian remains a favorite and one of the few I use. It’s a black blue with teeny sparkles and really adds a twinkle. But of course it’s discontinued so I’ll savor mine. Eddie Funkhouser’s Graffiti Cream Eyeliner is an excellent black pencil that wears well on the waterline, can be smudged, and lasts on me! I love Painted Earth Superwear Gel Liner in Baroque. The color is stunning with it’s metallic golden brown hue. Another I have backups of. The other shades are great too but it’s Baroque that’s so unique.

Jane Iredale Mystikol liner in Dark Topaz

Jane Iredale Mystikol liner in Dark Topaz

Jane Iredale Mystikol liner in Dark Topaz

I haven’t forgotten gel eyeliners and I do use them often. My newest is Jane Iredale Mystikol in Dark Topaz. I bought this after reading Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog about the one she has in black. This is a beautiful golden brown with a built in brush that is actually great to use. It’s become my go to for gel eyeliner (even though it’s called Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner).

Wet n Wild Perfectpout Gel Lip Liners

Lipliners are the second part of this post. Last week I found a display with Wet n’ wild Perfectpout Gel Lip Liners ($3.19 each) at CVS (They are $2.99 on the wnw site). Since my local CVS stores never have anything new from WnW I grabbed these up and plan to go back for another one.

Wet n Wild Perfectpout Gel Lip Liners

My bathroom light where I’ve been taking pictures is very yellow so these aren’t totally true but Bare to Comment is a great nude lipliner. These are wind up so no sharpening needed. Gel liners, whether eye or lip, can dry out quickly so be careful to keep the top snapped in place. Since you can’t swatch you have to guess but at this price (and a CVS coupon) you can’t lose out. Never Petal Down is a great pink.

Lipliner favorites

More lipliner favorites though a lot are discontinued: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk which is a great nude and works well with my 2 CT lipsticks and others, Estee Lauder Midnight Plum (discontinued) and the only dark lipliner I actually use, Shiseido 702 and Brun Mauve (both discontinued but there are other great shades).

Lipliner favorites

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lips in 14C (Light Rosewood) is another great one for nude lips, Mary Kay Dusty Pink which is old as the hills and I was so upset when it was discontinued though I bought 3 more on Ebay within the last year, Mally Nude Light is a gel lipliner that’s glossy and fun to wear, and Lancome Charme.

And now you know my liner secrets! If I was forced to narrow this down it would be hard but Eddie Funkhouser liquid liner in black, Physician’s Formula liquid liner in brown, and Mary Kay’s discontinued Dusty Pink lipliner would be the ones you couldn’t wrest from my little hands!  —  Marcia

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Calm skin with Arbonne: Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer and Soothing Eye Gel

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer and Eye GelThere are just a few direct sales cosmetics lines that fascinate me, and Arbonne has always been one of them.  A good friend of mine is a 20+ year representative of Arbonne, and she swears her amazing skin is a direct result of this line.  I have some favorites that are simply incredible (if you haven’t tried the Unwind Massage Oil yet you have NO idea what you are missing!!) so I was super happy to test samples of two skin care products:  Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer and Soothing Eye Gel.        samples

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer

The Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer ($40) is a total winner.  Granted, it doesn’t have any SPF in it, so if you use it for your daytime moisturizer you also need sun protection – but my foundation typically covers the need.  This beautifully lightweight moisturizer is certainly worth that extra step for some SPF because it’s chock full of antioxidants to fight free radicals and emollients to hydrate thirsty skin.

I recommend this for anyone who has dry skin, especially those with sensitive skin since it is fragrance-free.  It does a great job of repairing skin, improving texture, and plumping fine lines.  Yay for Arbonne on this one!

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel

The Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel ($31) is really nice, although it’s not quite as impressive as the Calm Gentle Daily Moisturizer.  I like that the Soothing Eye Gel is water-based, which means no chance of milia for me.  It’s also fragrance-free, which is essential for anything that comes near my eyes.  And I think the rollerball applicator is pretty cool – literally, since it feels nice and cool going on, plus it gives an undereye massage that feels wonderful.

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel

Arbonne Calm Soothing Eye Gel

The massage provides instant gratification for undereye puffiness.  You can get the same instant de-puffing with a manual massage, but the rollerball is a neat shortcut.  What I worry about is this – I never put my fingers into my products because I don’t want to potentially contaminate them with bacteria.  The rollerball is applied directly, so that means whatever is on my skin goes into the jar no matter what.  Maybe this isn’t an issue, but the older I get the more paranoid I get about this sort of thing.

Beyond that, the ingredients – including cucumber and aloe – are very soothing and calming.  If you are looking for something easy to use with an immediate calming effect for puffy eyes, it’s something you will want to check out.  You can find Arbonne online at www.arbonne.com, as well as locally through direct sales representatives.  – Lisa

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Reviva Labs Collagen Fibre Eye Pads w/Myoxinol Kit review and giveaway

Collagen Fibre Eye Pads w/Myoxinol Kit

Collagen Fibre Eye Pads w/Myoxinol Kit

We aren’t going to tell you how much we love Reviva Labs products because you’ve read about them over and over. We aren’t going to tell you that Reviva Labs has been in business since 1973 making products that are innovative. You probably don’t want to know that they were the first company to introduce Elastil to the United States. In 1973 the concern about products being cruelty-free wasn’t an issue, yet Reviva Labs instituted that mission for all their products. No we aren’t going to tell you that because what you really want to know about is REVIVA LABS COLLAGEN FIBRE EYE PADS W/MYONIXOL KIT (#590) that were sent for review and for a giveaway. There are two different products in this kit and both are wonderful.

MARCIA’S SIDE, part 1

Reviva Labs Skin Energizing Gel

Reviva Labs Skin Energizing Gel

Lisa and I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Skin Energizing Gel before. Lisa was the one who had these fabulous words about it: “it’s like a Wonderbra. It takes what you’ve got and makes it a little more impressive.” While that cracked me up, I think it’s also spot on. This is sold separately for $11 and is a product you’d love with or without the Collagen Fibre Eye Pads. Skin Energizing Gel is the item in the kit that will keep on going after you’ve used the eye pads. This can be used either alone or under your under your other facial products. The purpose is to boost the effects of products that you lay over the gel. It helps energize the absorption and performance in your products. Once combined with the Collagen Fibre Eye Pads the magic will be noticeable.

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

Ingredients: Purified water, algae extract (Hawaiian seaplant), phenoxyenthanol and chlorphenesin and sodium dehydroaceteate (preservative system).

LISA’S SIDE, part 1

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit eye pads

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit eye pads

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad

Got undereye wrinkles? How about puffiness? Dark circles? The COLLAGEN FIBRE with MYOXINOL® Eye Pads give immediate gratification from these under-eye woes, and over time they bring lasting results. The eye pads are made with 100% pure freeze dried Collagen-Fibre, which gives the under eye area an immediate lift through intense hydration. Reviva Labs also added Myoxinol, which is an ingredient from Hibiscus flowers that relaxes skin tissue and truly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The immediate gratification is dramatic – although temporary. However, keep using these little eye pads of awesomeness to turn that ‘temporary’ into ‘permanent’.

MARCIA’S SIDE, part 2

I write about masks for the face and eyes all the time and I use them often. I’m a firm believer in spending an extra 15 or so minutes several times a week to boost my skincare. This set ($38 for 4 sets of eye pads and a 2 oz. bottle of mineral rich Skin Energizing Gel) is a wonderful addition to that routine. They are easy to use and they stay on me so I can do something while I’m beautifying. Or I can take an iPad break and lay down and rest. I really like to use these on days I’m going out somewhere other than my errands. My eyes look rested and less lined. Anything that will plump while reducing puffiness is a wonder.

LISA’S SIDE, part 2

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit

The Collagen Fibre Pads feel like paper, but with the addition of water they turn into a gel that infuses the under eye area with hydrating collagen. They are pretty terrific used with just water, but the addition of the Skin Energizing Gel definitely amplifies the results. The eye pads are quite large so if you wanted to concentrate on one area of wrinkles or under eye darkness you could cut the eye pads in half for two treatments out of one pack. I like to use these while getting ready for ‘date night’ since they make such a difference so quickly. After working all day I have dark circles and I look pretty tired. It just takes 20 minutes with my Reviva Labs Collagen-Fibre Eye Pads to erase the day and take a few years off my face!

 

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Botox without the needles…Kleraderm Botofit Cream and Antiage Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Botofit Cream and Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Botofit Cream and Eye Contour Gel

As I come to terms with the fact that I am not getting any younger and the skin care ‘concerns’ of my 30’s and 40’s are now skin care ‘issues’, my focus is on RESULTS.  I want skin care that doesn’t just keep the status quo…I want products that turn back time – and quickly.

A skin care line that I turn to over and over is Kleraderm.  Kleraderm’s motto is “We are into your skin, not your pocketbooks.” This Italian skin care line is sold at Nordstrom’s in the Somerset Mall and the Partridge Creek Mall, and is now also available for online purchase. I’ve been using Kleraderm products for years and I really think it’s one of the best kept secrets in skin care.

Two of my favorite products are ones that Joanne Recchia herself recommended for my current skin care needs:  Antiage Eye Contour Gel and Botofit Cream.

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

The Antiage Eye Contour Gel ($75) improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. It’s also terrific for eyelids to help keep them smooth and free from the crepe paper look. I couldn’t figure out why my eyelids looked so dry when they are actually oily, and Joanne helped solve that mystery when she told me my eye shadow primer was increasing my eyelid wrinkles because it dries out the lids so much.

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel swatch

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel swatch

The active ingredients in the Eye Contour Gel include Aloe Vera gel, Elastin, Hyaluronic acid, Carrageen algae extract, Lactic acid, and Wheat protein.  This gel calms puffiness, treats existing lines and wrinkles, and helps to prevent new ones from appearing.   I use this along with Botofit Cream to get as close as possible to botox…but without the needles!

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream ($138) is made from pure plant and hexapeptide 3 amino acids that reproduce the botulin effect without injections or harmful side effects. This helps to regain muscle control while at the same time decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. Basically, Botofit wraps around the broken ends of collagen, building bridges that take the depth out of wrinkles.

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

With daily application Botofit travels down the derma not only repairing broken collagen fibers, but also jumping on to neurotransmitters, slowing down the nerve flash and keeping the muscle from constricting.

Active ingredients include Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Carrageenan algae extract, Jojoba oil, Macadamia oil, Shea butter, Aloe extract, Olive oil, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E.

Keep in mind that the Eye Contour Gel and Botofit Cream aren’t moisturizers – they are treatments.  You will still want to use an eye cream and a moisturizer over top.  These treatments are extremely effective and truly deliver results.

Kleraderm just launched a terrific website, kleradermusa.com, where you can find detailed information on the products available for purchase.  I highly recommend the Eye Contour Gel and Botofit Cream for anyone looking for real relief from wrinkles.  – Lisa

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Why I love Lindi Skin and a giveaway so you can too

Lindi Skin collection

Lindi Skin collection

I try a lot of skincare brands but none of them is like LINDI SKIN. The 4 products I was sent to test are remarkable and unusual, all in a great way. The line is unlike anything I’ve tried and I’m so delighted with it that I begged asked the brand to do a givaway for one of you.

LINDI SKIN has a variety of skincare that is meant to be a solution to problems. Their products were created to soothe skin especially to relieve the effects of radiation, chemotherapy, and day-to-day wear resulting from cancer treatments. The brand goes beyond cancer patients though as I’ve seen in my own use. It’s for anyone.

The 4 products I have are the Lindi Face Wash ($22), Lindi Citrus Face Serum ($36), Lindi Eye Hydrator ($30), and Lindi Lip Balm ($10).

LINDI FACE WASH

Lindi Skin Face Wash

Lindi Skin Face Wash

Lindi Fash Wash is a liquid cleanser that is meant to both clarify and hydrate. It doesn’t strip my skin but I do need moisturizing after using it. This is a very effective and gentle cleanser that removes makeup and grim with ease. It’s the basis for getting your skin ready for more.

LINDI CITRUS FACE SERUM

Lindi Citrus Face Serum

Lindi Citrus Face Serum

The Citrus Face Serum is my very favorite of the products I am using. I’m in love with this. It’s thicker than any serum I own and it’s luxurious feeling on my skin. It was created to both soothe and revitalize skin and it does that to my skin.

I find it a little too thick to use under makeup but I adore it as my night time serum. The feel is amazing. This comes in two scents, lavender and citrus. The citrus is just a hint of a wonderful scent and dissipates quickly.

Lindi Facial Serum

Lindi Facial Serum

Here’s what Lindi says about this: “Formulated with the highest concentration of our proprietary LSA Complex ®, replete with botanicals, antioxidants and vitamins, this serum provides beneficial moisture and ultimate comfort to compromised skin on the face, neck, chest, back and scalp. The unique non-oily formula glides on silky-smooth and begins restoring immediately. The Serum has been clinically proven to reduce the facial rash, redness and itching that are a common side-effect of some types of chemotherapy.  It’s gentle soothing nutrients also make it great for anyone who wants healthy skin.”

Lindi Facial Serum

Lindi Facial Serum

I wish I was able to adequately explain how soothing and wonderful this feels on my skin. The first time I used it I was a little surprised because it felt so different than anything I’ve used. Now I never want to let it go. I use this either with my fingers or the wonderful JeNu Ultrasound Infuser and it’s made my skin smoother than ever. A+++

LINDI EYE HYDRATOR

Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Eye Hydrator

I make no secret about my love for eye creams and eye treatments and Lindi Eye Hydrator is one of these loves. The Eye Hydrator too is totally different than anything I’ve tried. It comes in a small glass jar and feels and looks like silky honey. It’s not sticky at all though. It makes the area under my eyes so smooth while hydrating it too.

 

Lindi Eye Hydrator

Lindi Eye Hydrator

This is a nutrient rich gel that also helps with undereye puffiness and works to improve the look of your skin. What I have on my finger above it enough for 2 full days. I just need a dab of it. I use a small plastic facial spatula since I don’t want to use my fingers to get this out. I know people complain constantly about jars but this seems to be the best packaging for this silky gel. I love the effect of this and use it at least once a day.

LINDI LIP BALM

Lindi Lip Balm

Lindi Lip Balm

I wanted to hate the Lindi Lip Balm because of the packaging. I have long fingernails so I can’t easily dip into a little pot like this. But I can’t hate it and still use it every night before bed, can I? The lip balm is soft yet firm. I keep a covered lip brush right next to it so that I can slather this on before I pop into bed. Even when I wake up during the night I can feel how soft my lips feel and that it’s still working. It’s also a great cuticle cream that I like to use just before bed.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the effects of Lindi Skin. It’s good for us and it’s even more wonderful for people with serious dry skin issues because of cancer and radiation along with a slew of other illnesses. I will continue to use the Face Serum and Eye Hydrator long after these 4 items are used up. — Marcia

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Lindi Skin

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All LINDI Skincare products are

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  • Proudly made in the U.S.A. in an FDA compliant facility
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  • Non-irritating

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Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel, the Aging Younger one

Sublime Beauty®

AGE YOUNGER!

I love this tagline for Sublime Beauty. Yes I’d love to age younger and I’m sure that most of you above a certain number (ahem 40, 45, 50??) must be loving on that tagline too.

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel (site)

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel (site)

I also love the name of the Sublime Beauty eye gel that was sent for review: Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel. This is just one product in their Face Whisperer line and is their newest product. The others are a Day Cream, Night Cream and Neck & Decollete Cream. All products that are Face Whisperer are meant to

1) Reduce Wrinkles
2) Boost Collagen
3) Moisturize & Hydrate
4) Soothe & Heal (including dark circles & bags under eyes)

Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel

Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel

The Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel contains select ingredients like Matrixyl®, Eyeliss® and Haloxyl®. According to Sublime Beauty these wonder ingredients were created in France and are clinically tested.

The eye gel is recommended to be used twice a day to help with dark circles, bags and wrinkles. Here’s one of their before and after pictures:

from http://sublime-beauty.net/

from http://sublime-beauty.net/

What I like best about Sublime Beauty’s Advanced Eye Gel is the soothing coolness I get from this gel. When you first pump it out it looks watery. Don’t be fooled by that, it’s just that it’s lightweight. It uses these high powered ingredients to take away the negative and emphasize the positive. We all want younger looking eyes, we all want any discoloration under our eyes GONE, and we all want to reduce bags and wrinkles. Since Sublime Beauty’s Face Whisperer Advanced Eye Gel does all that then we all want this eye gel. Read more about it on Sublime Beauty’s website, then go to Amazon where they sell this for $42.99.

You too can Age Younger – I sure want that and this eye gel helps! — Marcia

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Ingredients:

Matrixyl® and Matrixyl 3000®, peptides that boost collagen production Haloyxl® developed in France to reduce dark circles and inflammation under eyes. Eyeliss® also developed in France, has four ingredients to reduce bags and puffiness under eyes.

Key ingredients: Matrixyl, Haloxyl and Eyeliss. Aqua, dimethicone, palmitoyl pentapetide-4 (Matrixyl), palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (Haloxyl), hesperidin methyl chalcone and dipeptide-2 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (Eyeliss), acrylates copolymer, iodoproprynl butylcarbmate, phenoxy-ethanol, caprylyl glycol.